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20 Sep 2017 New Snow On The Mountains………
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I was up to greet the day well before six. I checked the temperature and it was a few degrees below freezing meaning more frost and probably a thick coat of ice on our windshields.

I checked my e-mails and made my daily to do list. With that done I logged onto Pokerstars and finished first in a $3.50 SNG.

I search the internet and found a Dry Flush toilet for the Trapper’s Cabin. They have no distribution in Canada but do ship the product to the Great White North. We have no UPS service in this part of the world but it will be transferred to a carrier that does. Greyhound has always had great freight service to our remote part of the world but word has it they are pulling out. It is never easy……

My intention was to join Michael, at the Lake Cabin, at eight for a cup of coffee and to discuss the day. Things got crazy and that didn’t happen. By the time the smoke cleared both Andrew and Dave arrived to start their days. I sent Andrew to the river to cut in a new trail to give us access to another good hole near the new property. Dave went to work and finished spreading the sandy loam at the exit side of the new entry gate. As soon as it warmed up to above 50 (f) he resumed his staining duties at the main shop.

Michael worked on resetting the windows at the Trapper’s Cabin. They were put in on a temporary basis years ago.

Michael and I were back on the river at four. Three casts into the afternoon I got a hookup but instantly realized it wasn’t a steelhead. Minutes later I landed a spend pink salmon. We fished the best two holes on this part of the river and came up dry. Thanks Andrew for the new trail. With few boats on the river my guess is the fish haven’t made their way this far inland. That can change in a heartbeat and we plan to fish at least two hours every day until they do. Once fish arrive we’ll take off the gloves and spend more time on the river.

Judith cooked one of the Weston’s chickens along with mashed potatoes and carrots from my garden fro dinner. Wonderful. A piece of her rhubarb cake was the perfect dessert.

Tomorrow Michael and I will head to Smithers at seven with a long list of things to accomplish. With luck we’ll be home by ten. The F-450 is done and the good news it was a simple and inexpensive fix. My fingers are crossed it hangs in there until the curtain comes down on our RVing at the end of this next “season”. I hope to get a little something done before we hit the river at four.

19 Sep 2017 Whoops…some how this didn’t get posted……
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I was up early glad to have the Charity Yard Sale behind us. While it was fun it was a lot of work. It did move a lot of things off the property that wouldn’t have been included in the sale and got those things in the hands of people that can use them. Nice.

For the first time in many a moon I was looking at a Sunday that wasn’t a full work day. I logged onto Pokerstars and played in $3.50 SNG but didn’t cash. When I logged off I made a mental note to play in the Sunday Storm at ten.

I was off to the Lake Cabin, to have coffee with Michael, at eight. What a jewel that little cabin is and a shame that we haven’t spent more time in that cozy little spot. Michael was enjoying the fire and a cup of coffee. We caught up on old times and talked about the Trapper Cabin’s facelift. We also agreed to fish at least three hours a day as long as the river is fishable.

At nine we were out the door to check out the shop and Trapper’s Cabin. It needs a good cleaning which I had planned to do before Michael arrived but that didn’t happen. My father, Thomas, always said “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”……. Smart man!

I got back to my office at ten thirty and decided to buy a late registration into the Sunday Storm and plunked down my eleven bucks. I played for almost four hours and made the first payout level in a prize pool that was over $225,000. I few hands later I had an 80% plus chance of doubling up and went all in to get a bad beat. Poker.

When the rain stopped I hopped on the Kubota and headed for the entry gate. For the next three hours I moved dirt around the exit side and finished putting the electrical wires into and burying the PVC. With the exception of smoothing out the sandy loam, installing the flood lights and planting a few shrubs the exit side is finished. More works awaits me on the entry side but we’ll start on that tomorrow and should put this task in the books by week’s end.

Michael came down at six for drinks by the roaring fireplace. I multi tasked and branded small cedar blocks with the River House www.riverhousecanada.com brand which I picked up fifteen years ago while visiting my brother in Tennessee. The first one I attempted to brand instantly burst into flames. I can’t imagine sticking a branding iron on some animal.

Judith and I shared the cooking. I fired up the Tool Box Grill and cooked lamb chops. All the rest of the dinner came from my garden right down to the rhubarb cake covered with raspberry sauce. Wonderful.

Michael and I bought our fishing licenses. It is that time of year that I have to pay the classified water’s fee of twenty bucks a day. Non-Canadians are also prohibited from fishing weekends without a guide. I don’t agree with that but…………

Tomorrow Andrew will arrive and job one will be cleaning out and around the Trapper’s cabin and getting things set up for the project. Once that is done Andrew and I will head for the entry gate. Andrew will work on the exit side and I’ll start placing the boxes for the flood and gas lights. At four Michael and I will hit the river for a couple hours of ripping lips.

19 Sep 2017 Skunked……
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I woke up at six with over nine hours of shut eye under my belt. I can’t seem to break the up early to bed early to rise rut I’m in. It is never easy………….

I did log on to Pokerstars and play in and take first in a $3.50 SNG. In less than another four weeks I’ll be restricted from playing on line poker by our do nothing Congress. What part of allow it and tax it don’t they get? Don’t get me started…….

I made my morning trek up to have a cup of coffee with Michael who has settled into that wonderful spot. We talked and looked for a moose at the end of the lake. Nada.

Andrew came down the driveway at nine and we were off to the races. Job one was hoeing out the Trapper Cabin which was the only structure on the River House property other than the previous owner’s mobile home when we bought it. I had bought many items years ago to do the facelift and it was like Christmas finding all those old goodies. The minute we cleared out all the debris and removed and old bunk bed I built years ago Michael started measuring and checking things out. Our plan is to have a rustic and quant place for someone to spend a night or two without little things like running water and electricity. The really cool part it is only one minute and thirty seven seconds from one of the best fishing holes on the Bulkley; the Guarantee Hole.

With the inside clean Andrew and I started on cleaning up around the cabin and cutting a better view to see the hayfield. We started two fires to burn everything.

Michael and I were on the river at four and fished for two hours. Skunked. That is steelhead fishing. If it was easy we wouldn’t do it!

Judith had dinner waiting when we returned; prawn filled pasta. Wonderful.

I was in bed by eight forty five.

Today both Andrew and Dave will arrive at nine. Dave will finish a few staining projects and Andrew will clear a couple trails before joining me at the entry gate. Michael will be at the Trapper’s Cabin and we will fish again at four.

18 Sep 2017 Sunday—–Sunday………
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Soon To Be Atop The Cement Corner Posts…….

I was up early glad to have the Charity Yard Sale behind us. While it was fun it was a lot of work. It did move a lot of things off the property that wouldn’t have been included in the sale and got those things in the hands of people that can use them. Nice.

For the first time in many a moon I was looking at a Sunday that wasn’t a full work day. I logged onto Pokerstars and played in $3.50 SNG but didn’t cash. When I logged off I made a mental note to play in the Sunday Storm at ten.

I was off to the Lake Cabin, to have coffee with Michael, at eight. What a jewel that little cabin is and a shame that we haven’t spent more time in that cozy little spot. Michael was enjoying the fire and a cup of coffee. We caught up on old times and talked about the Trapper Cabin’s facelift. We also agreed to fish at least three hours a day as long as the river is fishable.

At nine we were out the door to check out the shop and Trapper’s Cabin. It needs a good cleaning which I had planned to do before Michael arrived but that didn’t happen. My father, Thomas, always said “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”……. Smart man!

I got back to my office at ten thirty and decided to buy a late registration into the Sunday Storm and plunked down my eleven bucks. I played for almost four hours and made the first payout level in a prize pool that was over $225,000. I few hands later I had an 80% plus chance of doubling up and went all in to get a bad beat. Poker.

When the rain stopped I hopped on the Kubota and headed for the entry gate. For the next three hours I moved dirt around the exit side and finished putting the electrical wires into and burying the PVC. With the exception of smoothing out the sandy loam, installing the flood lights and planting a few shrubs the exit side is finished. More works awaits me on the entry side but we’ll start on that tomorrow and should put this task in the books by week’s end.

Michael came down at six for drinks by the roaring fireplace. I multi tasked and branded small cedar blocks with the River House www.riverhousecanada.com brand which I picked up fifteen years ago while visiting my brother in Tennessee. The first one I attempted to brand instantly burst into flames. I can’t imagine sticking a branding iron on some animal.

Judith and I shared the cooking. I fired up the Tool Box Grill and cooked lamb chops. All the rest of the dinner came from my garden right down to the rhubarb cake covered with raspberry sauce. Wonderful.

Michael and I bought our fishing licenses. It is that time of year that I have to pay the classified water’s fee of twenty bucks a day. Non-Canadians are also prohibited from fishing weekends without a guide. I don’t agree with that but…………

Tomorrow Andrew will arrive and job one will be cleaning out and around the Trapper’s cabin and getting things set up for the project. Once that is done Andrew and I will head for the entry gate. Andrew will work on the exit side and I’ll start placing the boxes for the flood and gas lights. At four Michael and I will hit the river for a couple hours of ripping lips.

17 Sep 2017 Hectic But Rewarding Day……..
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Buyers Checking Out The River House Yard Sale……………..

I was up at five thinking about the day. I quickly fed Buddy who is still hanging in there and headed for my office. I printed out bid forms and made my daily to do list.

I heard footsteps upstairs; Judith was up at seven to greet the day. She agreed to take on the money collection duties along with Nola one of our wonderful neighbors.

I was out the door at seven and put a Yard Sale sign by our driveway then went to the Top Shop area for a few last minute tasks. The Weston’s arrived at seven thirty and parked their truck so it blocked the road going down our eastern fence line.

At eight on the dot I opened the gate to twelve or fifteen waiting cars and trucks. Within minutes the parking area was half full and people were swarming all around the items for sale. The next ninety minutes was chaotic. Judith and Nola were kept very busy collecting money and getting it in the correct bucket. Since it was all for charity many buyers also donated their change. We received five or six bids on both the Blazer and Polaris; none on the tractor or 105 Evenrude. That was surprising. When the smoke cleared we raised over eight thousand dollars. We’ll announce the exact amounts for each charity on Monday. A neighbor, who was in Vancouver, called in and bought two items and will pay for them Monday and pick a charity. We still have a couple people interested in both the Evenrude and tractor so the amount could increase. We will keep you posted. Thanks to everyone who made this event a success. A few people indicated they knew people that might be interested in River House and knew about our finder’s fee program. Thank you, Darrell.

We closed the gate at twelve on the dot and opened the bids then went to the house to count the proceeds and have a well-deserved beer.

Our friend, Michael, arrived at four. He drove up from Lake Tahoe and will be here for the next three weeks. He is my ticket to fishing every day, except weekends, for the rest of our stay. A few hours each day and more on weekends we’ll give the Trapper’s Cabin a face lift. Fun.

Judith and I took on the cooking duties. I fired up the Tool Box Grill with my natural coals and cooked smoked pork chops. Judith roasted potatoes from garden and served them with my green beans and a carrot salad also from my garden.

Tomorrow I’ll go up to the Lake Cabin at eight to have coffee with Michael and talk about the Trapper’s Cabin project.

16 Sep 2017 D-Day……..
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I’m always behind the eight ball after poker night. I’m usually up by six with at least eight hours of sleep but that isn’t the case following Poker Night. If I get six I’m doing well. My feet hit the floor thinking about Saturday’s Yard sale. It has been a long time coming and 99% of all the items are stored around the top shop; however, it will still take many hours to get it pulled out and on display.

I fed Buddy and head for my office to check e-mails. I barely finished my blog when I heard the driveway alert. It was Andrew ready to start the day. I joined him and drove to the top shop.

Andrew started cleaning out the Blazer which was no easy task. We have been using it to carry fencing supplies for the last year. With that done he started staging the larger equipment; brush hog, jumping jack, etc. Meanwhile I put up more sawhorses to make benches for the smaller items. It took two more hours after lunch to finish the staging.

With just an hour left we went to the Entry Gate and put up the last of the split rail fence on the southern side. While I’m not the best at estimating how long it takes to complete a job I think a couple more days on the entry gate should wrap things up.

We heard from Michael, a fishing friend from Lake Tahoe, who had just crossed the border and should arrive tomorrow afternoon. Michael has been coming for years. His wife, Carol, will join him for a week in October right before we head south on the 14th.

Judith and I headed for the Yard Sale area right after dinner and worked until dark which is now happening around eight.

My head hit the pillow at nine ending an exhausting day.

The gate opens and the Yard Sale starts at eight. Darrell has worked his butt off promoting the event and I think we’ll have a better than decent turnout. I’ve set a goal of six to ten thousand to give to local charities. To hit the upper end the tractor will need to sell for more than the $4,000 reserve. The world is unfolding as it should…………………………….

15 Sep 2017 DONE!
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I woke up, at five thirty, to another heavy frost. Ole Man Winter is banging on our door. The frosts will cause the leaves to turn resulting in very beautiful fall colors. The moment I walked outside I could hear the Sandhill Cranes winging their way south.

I fed Buddy and headed for my office. She keeps hanging in there; tough little kitty.

I went through a pile of e-mails and made contact with a potential buyer. Directing them to the River House Website www.riverhousecanada.com is job one then requesting a convenient time to talk and answer any questions is next on the list. The average call is between thirty and forty minutes. Amazingly cell reception is usually within the first three questions. It has improved dramatically in the last seventeen years and will continue to do so. Many neighbors have gotten the new “rural hub” and are singing its praises. Even with less than thirty days before we head south I’ll check that out before we leave.

Andrew drove down the driveway at nine and we were off to the races. We headed straight to the fences and by two thirty finished the FENCE. That ends a two year project. Amen!

We didn’t hear back on the F-450 which has been in the shop for three days. That doesn’t give me that warm fuzzy feeling. I’d really like it back for several reasons including using it as a roadblock to direct traffic to the Top Shop for Saturday’s Yard Sale.

Nine showed for Poker Night. The conversation was great as always. I consider myself lucky to be included in the group. I had decent cards and played well booking a fifteen dollar profit. With Michael and our son, Doug, coming it might be my last poker night. It is never easy.

Andrew will arrive at nine and we will spend most of the day setting things out for the Yard Sale. It is forecast to be clear, cold and sunny tomorrow. I’ll have plenty of tarps just in case. It has been a long time coming but I’m looking forward to seeing the Yard Sale in my rearview mirror.

14 Sep 2017 FROST……………
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I woke up this morning to Ole Man Winter dealing the killing blow to my garden. It was two or three degrees below freezing. Only the hardest plants like kale, Swiss chard and salad greens are still kicking. I started harvesting the potatoes and onions. Why again do I plant so much? Still crazy after all these years………….,……

Buddy is still hanging in there. She doesn’t seem in pain as the right side of her face keeps swelling and her eyesight in her right eye is questionable. As long as she isn’t in pain we’re committed to take care of her and enjoy her last days. It is never easy…………

Andrew was here at nine and we started our day. We went to the Top Shop and set up a long table over three saw horses I just built. We charged the battery on the Massey Ferguson and it hummed to life. We moved it to a place where people can test drive. The yard sale is on Saturday and there are still lots to do. I’ve reserved Friday to nothing but get ready.

Dave came back to give a hand and started with cleaning all the glass on the outside gas lights. I’ve put ladders off limits to everyone over seventy…….. Once that was done he put another coat on the cedar rounds which will surround the helipad that is near competition. Andrew finished the two sections of fence above the lake leaving only two sections near the river.

We’ve been here seventeen years and today I saw something I’ve never seen before. A float plan came in and landed right on our section of the Bulkley River. It is very high for this time of the year and seemed quite dangerous to me.

It is definitely fall. The Sandhill cranes have started their trek south as have the geese and ducks. Last night I checked the lake and there were well over a hundred ducks at the end of the lake. With luck we will see swans before we leave in just THIRTY days.

After lunch Andrew and I worked on the entry gate and poured the pads around the supports that will hold the flood lights on the exit side of the gate. We also placed a pad for a large Cedar log which will be part of the entry gate split rail fence. We have four more pads, on the entry side, to pour and hope to get to that before the weekend.

Tomorrow Andrew will completely the last of the fencing. I’ll give a hand putting up the cedar nailing strips then get out of his way. It is Poker Night and I hope to make the trek to Smithers.

13 Sep 2017 Burns Lake and Back………..
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I was up at Oh-dark-thirty. The temperature when I arrived at the kitchen was right at freezing. I checked for frost and found none.

Job one was working on the Saturday Yard Sale. I spent the next two hours making a spreadsheet and putting prices on tags that will have to be affixed to the larger items. We have lots of small items that will end up in bins for as little as a nickel up to five bucks. Everything over five bucks will have a tag.

I Gave Judith a wakeup call at seven thirty and we were off to Burns Lake at eight. Judith is a little old lady when it comes to her T-Bird and took forever to get up the driveway. I put the F-450 on 55 MPH and crossed my fingers it would make the seventy miles to the repair shop. The whistling gets worse with each mile and it is a matter of time before it gives up the ghost. We made it and turned into Porter’s Auto at nine fifteen. Bob listened to the noise and said he hoped it wasn’t on the driver’s side. Unfortunately I think it is…….. Yuck. Hopefully it will be back before week’s end.

Judith and I went to the Mall in Burns Lake but just looked around and we were back on the road in fifteen minutes.

We arrived in Houston at eleven and stopped at the Elements for an early lunch. I had Chinese and Judith had a late breakfast. Both were better than decent and our waitperson couldn’t have been nicer.

The minute I got home I went to the shop and spent two hours straightening things up. I made a trip to the fence line and fluffed the burn pile. Next I started building sawhorses which I’ll use for the yard sale and can always be used around the River House www.riverhousecanada.com shops.

We had lots of activity on the finder’s fee front today. Darrell’s efforts are really paying off. He is driving thousands to our web page; a good thing.

Judith took on the cooking duties boiling bratwurst and frying new potatoes. Swiss chard from my garden filled out the menu.

Tomorrow Andrew will help me with fencing and getting ready for Saturday’s yard sale. The weather forecast, at the moment, seems good although it will be just above freezing when it starts at eight. I really wanted to have it earlier in the year but…………

12 Sep 2017 Fixed Or Repaired Daily………………
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The news was all about 9/11 overshadowing the mess IRMA left in Florida. Everyone remembers that day. I was on my way to the then US Audio’s office in Oakland when the grim news came over the airwaves. I spent the rest of the morning glued to the TV in the breakroom. The world hasn’t been the same since………….

We have RVed through all the areas affected by both Irma and Harvey. The Florida Keys are beautiful and one of the places on our bucket list for spending winter months when our RVing days are over. The devastation will take years to repair. It is never easy…….

Andrew was a good sport and looked all over Smithers for the clamps needed for today’s Job one of fastening the anchors to the corner posts. He stopped at every hardware store and got the required thirty two. He also stopped at North Country Rentals and picked up a humungous drill and a cement saw.

It rained well over an inch last night making for a VERY muddy work day. Rubber boots are referred to as Gum Boots here in The Great White North for a good reason. The mud just clings to your feet forming growing balls with each step.

I checked the river and the jet boat to find a swollen river barely fishable and a jet boat with lots of water in it. I turned on the bilge pump and returned thirty minutes later. It is always touch and go this time of the year as to fishability making checking the river Job one every morning.

The first anchor was at the northwest corner near the burn pile I put ablaze yesterday. The pile was nothing more than a few unburnt pieces and a sea of nails and screws. We piled up the unburnt pieces over some smoldering ashes. As soon as everything cools down I’ll return with my magnetic rake and make short work of getting rid of the nails and screws.

As in all tasks the first post took almost as much time to secure as all the rest. With that done we drilled the last of the large post and placed the anchor bolts then put up all the nailing strips on the southern fence line above the lake.

The last job of the day was cutting three forty two inch pieces off damaged fence posts. I will use them to hold the floodlights at the entry gate. Little of them will be seen but will last forever and match the fence posts. We called it a day at five making for a VERY long day.

Judith cooked dinner using the new crop of salad greens from my garden. When I picked those it was barely fifty and I expect the first killing frost any morning.

I’ll wake Judith at seven thirty tomorrow morning. I’ll take the F-450 to Burnslake and hour east of here to get the latest problem fixed. Judith will follow in the T-Bird to give me a ride back home. When I get back there are still lots to do before the Yard Sale on Saturday. It is never easy…..