The Last Days of Summer…

August 31/16

img_2129This last week of August, while Ross was home, we spent living in the RV on the property giving the Rabey’s their house back as they pack and prepare for their big trip across the continent.

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Keeping Busy While We Wait

August 16/16

IMG_2080We are patiently waiting for our extra lot to sell.  There have quite a number of calls and some lookers, but nothing in writing.  We are feeling that is now getting a little late in the season to be thinking about breaking ground this year as we really don’t want to be pushing to get to lock up before the rainy season hits… so we wait.  We are so thankful for a nice place to live at the Rabey’s as we get to know our new community and look towards another Westcoast winter. Continue reading

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Everything Finally in One Place!

July 6/16

IMG_1968We and all that we own are here in the Comox Valley.  Our 2 moving days were busy but went very smoothly.  Turns out that we cannot get all our belongings into a 30 foot moving van even with all Ross’ shop stuff already moved…  We had to rent a UHaul truck to help finish. Continue reading

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Making the Most of the Evacuation

June 12/16 part 2

IMG_1957In addition to getting Lot 2 ready for sale, we were very busy getting our property ready to receive containers to get our belongings out of storage and onto our own land.  We gave our notice to the Wason’s and the storage unit for the end of June so that is our target.

Ross kept really busy while home…he fit in a couple of electrical jobs as well as:

  • We went back to the designer to modify the house plans for a more conservative home.  It is looking great and we are excited about it.
  • During the first sunny days, Ross reinforced the seals on the 5th Wheel and did some maintenance on truck and RV – getting it ready for winter.
  • Ross put concrete foundation walls and drainage on the container site on the back of our lot with the help of his brother, Paul and nephew, Ben.  We are thankful for these 2 guys that are excited about concrete!
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When the Fires come…Be Flexible and Count Your Blessings!

June 12/16 part 1

FortMacFire2 FortMacFireThe last 7 weeks have been an unplanned adventure for us.  On May 4th (2 days after my last post) Ross was evacuated from Fort McMurray with the wild fires burning out of control.  I could write pages of that experience with he and Michael (who made it out a couple of days later) being in a camp with NO supplies (food, water and diesel for power generation) coming in but it being on the only road and direction that Fort Mac refugees could take once the highway to Edmonton closed.  Ross said it was very emotional to have families arrive in shorts, sandals and their pets but nothing else seeking refuge under the camp roof.

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We Can See Land!


“We Can See Land!”

I’m sure THAT is what Noah said after 5 months in the ark.  It has been about a 5 month journey for us to get to this point.  As of last week, the lot is cleared and ready for the next phase – the building phase.

IMG_1732We chose our demo guy well!  One of the firefighters is a contractor and had all the equipment needed and so we decided to go with him.  Nick from Huxham Contracting is an artist with an excavator and watching him was impressive as he picked apart the travel trailer and separated it into recyclable and burnable parts.  Continue reading

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House Warming Party

House warming the non traditional way!

House warming the non traditional way!

After a lot of effort on many people’s parts in the previous 3 weeks, we got the demolition permit in time for the Oyster River Fire Dept to burn it on their schedule.  We didn’t think it was going to happen because asbestos was found in 50% of the flooring so a Haz Mat team had to come in to remediate it.  We found a gem of a company in Home Soulutions Remediation that pushed us to the front of the line so that the fire dept could keep their schedule.  They were thorough, fair and before quoting on the job, found more than the assessment company found so we knew what we were getting ourselves into.  Highly recommend these guys!

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Burning or Bulldozing?

New Engine

  • We’ll BURN – April 3/16 is the target date!  Stay tuned for pictures and video of the event.
  • But a Bulldozer will probably get involved afterward for the final cleanup.

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Gum Boots, Respirators & Gloves- Not Optional!

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March 9, 2016 – It’s ours!  All 1.6 acres of it! What a great day even though the weather was typical March winter weather.  We packed a lunch and Ross and John Wason took the truck and tool trailer and … Continue reading

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The Miracles are in the Details

To March 8, 2016

The last 6 weeks have flown by in such a flurry of activity, that there has hardly been any time for reflection.

  • For one week, we were completely debt free –That is an unreal feeling after all the property that we have held the titles to over the last 3 decades.
  • All our earthly possessions are put into a 8×20 storage locker except for living essentials for the next few months.  It is crammed full!IMG_1532IMG_1316

March 1st, Ross and Karen are no longer landlords and responsible for anyone’s but their own living situation.  Wow!  Our experience as landlords started in 1985 in the home we built on Falaise Crescent in Victoria.  Will this be the end of us providing nice places for others to live? Continue reading

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