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31 May 2017 Let The Goodies From The Garden Begin………
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My day started at five. The forecast for the day was thundershowers something that isn’t too common here in The Great White North.

Leg cramps are back into my life and I honestly believe it is because of the copious amounts of water I’m consuming. Cramps occur when ones electrolytes are out of balance which can be caused by too little or too much H2O. It is never easy.

I left River House, last fall weighing 195 then climbed to 210 during our six months of doing nothing and eating bon bons. Now after just a month of being back and working all the hours I can stay awake I’m down to two hundred. I’m eating everything in sight and many days have ice cream at lunch and for a late night snack.

I went to check on the chickens and garden around seven. As I started back to the house I was greeted by a big clap of thunder and the skies opened before I reached the back door. Thunder and showers were the order the rest of the day.

Andrew and Dave arrived at nine: Dave finished staining the River Cabin deck and then started on the back deck of River House. I gave Andrew a long list mostly of maintenance duties starting with fixing the tire on the ride on lawn mower and putting a new battery in the Massey Ferguson. I went to the garden to finish the planting. I put in the last row of onions, planted fourteen more hills of potatoes and transplanted twenty two corn plants in the corn shed. I think it safe to say my grape plant is dead as are the peonies and over half of my strawberries. Just over half of my sixty asparagus plants are producing but I still have hope more will emerge. Gardening isn’t easy in this part of the Great White North. As my favorite Uncle Nick once said “if you want cheap vegetables—go to Safeway.”

After lunch I headed over to the Boonstra’s to pick up replacements for my peonies; something more suited for these harsh winters. I dropped off a sample of the cedar slats I need to complete the fencing job and Rick will make another two hundred.

Dave spent the rest of the afternoon on the back deck and Andrew and I worked on cleaning and filling the water feature by the front door. We ran out of time but it should be up and running by noon tomorrow.

Judith won the evening Gin game before have a quick and easy dinner of leftovers. Immediately after dinner I hit the couch and slept right through my I-Pad alarm.

I have lots to do tomorrow to get ready for the arrival of Tina, Chris and grandson Avery on Thursday. Let the visits begin……….

30 May 2017 Leg Cramps and Thundershowers……………..
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My day started at five. The forecast for the day was thundershowers something that isn’t too common here in The Great White North.

Leg cramps are back into my life and I honestly believe it is because of the copious amounts of water I’m consuming. Cramps occur when ones electrolytes are out of balance which can be caused by too little or too much H2O. It is never easy.

I left River House, last fall weighing 195 then climbed to 210 during our six months of doing nothing and eating bon bons. Now after just a month of being back and working all the hours I can stay awake I’m down to two hundred. I’m eating everything in sight and many days have ice cream at lunch and for a late night snack.

I went to check on the chickens and garden around seven. As I started back to the house I was greeted by a big clap of thunder and the skies opened before I reached the back door. Thunder and showers were the order the rest of the day.

Andrew and Dave arrived at nine: Dave finished staining the River Cabin deck and then started on the back deck of River House. I gave Andrew a long list mostly of maintenance duties starting with fixing the tire on the ride on lawn mower and putting a new battery in the Massey Ferguson. I went to the garden to finish the planting. I put in the last row of onions, planted fourteen more hills of potatoes and transplanted twenty two corn plants in the corn shed. I think it safe to say my grape plant is dead as are the peonies and over half of my strawberries. Just over half of my sixty asparagus plants are producing but I still have hope more will emerge. Gardening isn’t easy in this part of the Great White North. As my favorite Uncle Nick once said “if you want cheap vegetables—go to Safeway.”

After lunch I headed over to the Boonstra’s to pick up replacements for my peonies; something more suited for these harsh winters. I dropped off a sample of the cedar slats I need to complete the fencing job and Rick will make another two hundred.

Dave spent the rest of the afternoon on the back deck and Andrew and I worked on cleaning and filling the water feature by the front door. We ran out of time but it should be up and running by noon tomorrow.

Judith won the evening Gin game before have a quick and easy dinner of leftovers. Immediately after dinner I hit the couch and slept right through my I-Pad alarm.

I have lots to do tomorrow to get ready for the arrival of Tina, Chris and grandson Avery on Thursday. Let the visits begin……….

29 May 2017 Hot In The Great White North………….
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I greeted the day at six with the expectations of another very warm day. Very warm for the Great White North that is……. The temperature hit the mid-eighties yesterday and more of the same is forecast for today.

I went out to the chicken tractor to let the girls out and was greeted by a beautiful sky. The early mornings are breath taking; nothing in our universe but miles of trees and mountains. The river is bank full and I can hear the sound of rushing water. The warm temperature is melting the mountain snow adding to an already pretty full river. The river opens to fishing on June 15th and I’d bet dollars to donuts it won’t be fishable.

I entered in two $3.50 SNGs and busted out early in one and took first in the other booking a seven dollar profits for my efforts. I have cashed in seven out of the last eleven SNGs I’ve entered.

Harry had never heard of let alone eaten Huevous Rancheros. Until this morning. Harry joined Andrew and me for breakfast. Harry gave two thumbs and ate every bite. That is a great compliment from a guy you can cook and bake with the best. He has been making killer breads and leaving them on our back deck almost daily. I’ve been leaving asparagus and fresh eggs on his doorstep.

Andrew helped Harry with the entry gate early this morning and the rest of the day he spent helping in the garden. By the time Andrew went home at three thirty I was totally spent. I made a beeline for the couch in my office and never moved a mussel until Judith called, from Smithers, at five.

Our neighbor, Richard, stopped by with fresh crab and prawns which we had for dinner. The phone rang as we were finishing and it was Roland, a friend, who was doing a job on Walcott Road. We invited him down and we got caught up over a beer or two.

I played an evening $3.50 SNG and took first. I love it when the magic works.

Tomorrow I’ll finish planting in the garden. Dave will work on staining. Harry will be putting rocks on the entry gate and Andrew will start compacting around the cement posts. The ground is really drying up and we should be able to finish the fence project when Fred returns from his Grandson’s graduation in……..Walla Walla, Washington.

28 May 2017 Sunday….Sunday
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Enjoying A Beautiful Day On the River House Lake…….

I woke up at six to the sound of Kitty Crazy. What is Kitty Crazy? That is when our eighteen or nineteen year old Buddy is romping up and down the hallway heading to the kitchen. She makes a lot more noise than a ten pound cat should. Once I was awake and up she started mewing which doesn’t please Judith at six in the morning.

The temperature was fifty when I hit the kitchen and the forecast was to hit a toasty eighty degrees before day’s end. I turned on the TV and did an animal check. Nada.

I entered and took third in a $7 SNG. My streak continues. Next I decided to finish the fishing equipment project spread out in the garage. By the time Judith greeted the day at nine I was finished. Everything now has a home and as soon as the new sheetrock in the basement of the River Cabin is taped I’ll move everything back.

I was in the garden a few minutes after nine and spent the entire day getting things cleaned up and organized, Job one was clearing all the grass and chips out of the area where I put two chairs and a small table. I spend little time sitting when I’m in the garden but…….. Once that was done I moved the chairs and table out of the green house and started removing all the stuff stored in the greenhouse for the winter. Lots of weeds grew in the warm greenhouse perfect for the compost pile.

I built my greenhouse a few years after we bought the River House property www.riverhousecanada.com and it has never had adequate ventilation. I decided to change all that thanks to a couple of windows I commandeered from the shack we tore down on the new property. With the greenhouse empty I took the corrugated plastic off the front and made new openings for two windows. Judith has volunteered to paint the new boards tomorrow and once the paint dries I’ll put the corrugated plastic back on and plant the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

At the end of the day we drove the trail on the new property down to the river and then took a canoe ride on the lake. Wonderful!

The Entry Gate–Coming Along Nicely

Harry came over around seven with two cold beers. We set in the living room telling stories and enjoying the beer until eight thirty. Judith cooked a pot roast with potatoes, carrots with sliced tomatoes as our salad.

Tomorrow Andrew will arrive at eight thirty. Harry will join us for Huevous Rancheros then borrow Andrew to help move the swinging gate back to the shop to weld a few extra decorative bars. With that done Andrew will join me in the garden to finish a few projects before we get down to the business of delivering posts to the fence lines.

27 May 2017 Long, Productive Day In The Garden…….
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Cherry And Apple Trees in Full Bloom, Osprey Kite Flying And Lots Of Weeding Ahead

I woke up at five thirty with just one thing on my mind; gardening. We have such a short gardening season, here in The Great White North, every single day counts.

Buddy knew there was an open can of tuna fish in the refrigerator and she was going through her feed me dance when I got to the kitchen. I fed her, put on the coffee, did my animal check and spent a few minutes at the puzzle table.

I started my day by playing in a $7.00 SNG and failed to cash for the first time in four events. Next I put together my daily to do list. Other than paying a few bills every other item was gardening related.

I was out the door at nine and spent the entire morning in the garden. My little rototiller wouldn’t start. Getting it fixed would take a week I don’t have so I grabbed a fork and started turning soil. The good news is my garden soil is well worked and within an hour I had a 4 x 30 foot raised bed ready to plant. Next I dug and an area large enough to plant thirty two hills of potatoes which is about half of what I plan to plant this year.

Harry came by the garden and asked for my help at the Entry Gate. I followed him up on my Polaris which is running nicely. The swing gate is installed and working and swings open with pressure from just ONE finger. Amazing. The gates are perfectly aligned thanks to Harry who is a truly amazing guy.