Its a Long Way to the Birthday Party

Well with the Valley smoke and hot temperatures forecast to hang around for a while yet it looks like we picked a good time to pack up and head eastward to the Oggorfian Empire for MODDs 90th birthday and a visit with the rest of DD’s Oggorfian clan. For those who are uniformed about the Oggorfian Empire and for those that have blissfully forgotten I include below an excerpt from a previous blog post for your erudition. This is obviously a gratuitous filler given a decided lack of intelligent/interesting current content not flowing from CC’s brain.

“For those of you who are interested, and who wouldn’t be, DD’s hometown is also known by some (the Captain) as the Oggorfian Empire. This derives from the convoluted thought processes that flow out of the Captains head. DD was at one time referred to as “Froggy” because of her mixed French/English/Irish heritage. This became tiresome after a while but fate would intervene. Watching an episode of Star Trek, the crew was beamed down to earth in the 1930’s gangster era. To disguise Spock from the gangsters he was given a hat that covered his pointy ears and referred to by the moniker of “Spocko”. At this point Froggy became “Froggo”. Alas again after an undefined period of time Froggo became even more tiresome and unimaginative. The solution, say Froggo backwards and what do you get but “Oggorf”. From this very obvious and rational evolution to the name of Oggorf there was a need for a connection to a homeland hence the Oggorfian Empire was born which I might add has its own national anthem and other empirian bling.”

Before heading out EE had a visit with Sophie for a romp around the yard. The poor little girls won’t see each other for 6 weeks. SAD.

EE on her way to visit Sophie

so yes Ill be going away for awhile

so lets play a bit first

So on with the show. For the first time in several years we headed out on a road trip without Eagle 5 in tow. The trip to Oggorfian would take us 5 full days of driving (800 km per day) and would be a test of EEs travelling tolerance. After a somewhat antsy first morning of driving EE adjusted quite nicely and settled in and handled the trip with ease.

these long drives really stress me out

It certainly was different staying in motels every night and one would think this would make life easier on the road and it probably would have except for the time and effort required loading and unloading EEs and DDs copious cargo morning and night.

heading out of Vernon and the smoke

good morning sunshine

and through the Rockies

starting to clear up a bit

finally smoke free near Banff

moving day on the prairies

DD’s trifecta of art decos

hope this doesn’t bring back bad memories to Fearless Frank (inside joke folks)

a roadside stop near Dryden Ontario

EE always up to playing with new friends along the way

Our 3rd night on the road landed us at the northern Oggorfian Outpost of Thunder Bay Ontario where MODD just happened to be visiting her sister Bea. We were invited to dinner by DDs cousin Cathy and husband Joe and enjoyed an evening with them and MODD and Bea.

Bea and Joe

Joe and Cathy

MODD and DD

the mothers and daughters

getting goosed in Wawa

waterfall at another roadside stop

MODDs Birthday

MODD given her exalted status of 90 years was allowed to have 2 birthday parties. The first party (August 16th – the birthday) was for the kids only; DD, Lynn, Jim, Jeneen, Maureen, Jodie and their spouses. Making a special guest appearance for the dinner was our darling granddaughter Alyssa who flew in from Powell River BC for the celebration. As Alyssa could only be in Newmarket for 3 days she was allowed special dispensation from MODD to be on the guest list.

the Oggorfians with added attraction Alyssa (bottom right)

MODDs 2nd birthday celebration was on the 20th and was hosted by Lynn and Bob in their condo party room. The fete was well attended with almost 70 well wishers stopping by. The majority were relatives hence the term often used by CC to describe the family as the Oggorfian Horde. MODD thouroughly enjoyed the afternoon despite it cutting into her nunu time (afternoon nap). She did make up for it when she got home though.

MODD 90 years young at 2nd party

not sure these guys liked the cake??

brothers Jim and Jody with DD

Maureen with new grandson James

MODD with some of the great grand children

Laura with her mom, grand daughter Alyssa and daughter Leah

The rest of our visit in the Empire (until August 31st) had us visiting DDs siblings and CC doing a lengthy list of chores for MODD. Well not really lengthy or difficult; to refuse would be downright rude and might also bring the wrath of the Oggorfian Empire down upon ones head, so compliance really isn’t an issue. Ha Ha just joking MODD. EE was reasonably well behaved in her first visit to an apartment condo building although she refused to walk into the elevator and had to be carried down 3 flights of stairs to go out for her nightly pee. She’s definitely not a city dog.

Ellie and CC strolling down creating memories lane

Tom Taylor Trail near Fairy lake

Ellie meets Otis at the market

I could use a BIG friend like you Otis, my man

Jaina and nephew Allan on porch of their new house

MODD and Maureen at Allan and Jaina’s house

DD wants me to say “And the beet(s) goes on” for this pic???? real funny ha! ha!

soon to be filled

DD and Donna beeting around the bush

MODD displays her knitting handiwork with wool frm Bouncy Bernice

EE posing after her spa day!

Next stop on the trip will be to the Bath House for visit with the Coach and Aud One.

By stubbs99

Swan Lake – Smoke on the Water

Well surprise, surprise the title of this Blog Post just happens to also be a song title. And of course that gives me the opportunity to once again link to that Golden Oldie of the same name, Smoke on the Water, by those old time heavy rockers Deep Purple.  Naturally this is a cute little segue into, no not lighting up a doobie in a canoe, but a more sobering report on the nasty weather we are enduring up here in Beautiful British Columbia. After a spectacularly wet spring with major flooding most of the province has hit a very dry spell with some areas including ours not receiving any rain since the beginning of June. In addition we have had 32C (90F) plus degree weather for several weeks now with more in sight. The inevitable result has been hundreds of forest fires burning. Fortunately none of the fires has been too close to us but over 50,000 other unfortunate folks have at times been evacuated from their homes and this is right now normally when fire season starts. Yikes!!!  So yes there is fire in the sky and smoke on the water which is the chorus of the song.  From rereading the foregoing there is a good chance that the smoke has affected me more than I thought, or maybe not some might say.

smoke on the water

a fire in the sky

And madly off in another direction I just realized that we now have an alphabetically correct alliterative family group. CC (Captain Canada), DD (Debbie Dewdrops) and EE (Energetic Ellie).

baby quail at our site

Video of Bay Quail

Canada Day at the Park

DD and Captain Canada spent a relaxed Canada day at the RV with EE before heading over to the Canada Day Barbecue and the park Club House. Despite this being “his day” the Captain was forced to provide his own veggie dogs for the barbecue. The Captain was gracious enough to ignore this unintended slight in true Canadian fashion by apologizing to everyone there for being a vegetarian.

Canada Day 2017

Canada Day barbecue at the Club House

Leslie, Rob, Jim, CC and Chris

same pic with DD

diet size cakes and cookies

All about DD Month

Once again anyone who was within shouting distance of DD was reminded that it was her birthday month and that it was all about her for the month of July. So it was with some trepidation that our neighbourhood Happy Hour group arranged a party for DDs 65th that would be shared with Terry another member of our group. Amazingly DD took no umbrage at this intrusion into her month and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration.

Norm and Teresa with the Birthday Girls

something not quite right

Ha Ha DD is really 70

DD and CC received a visit from our good friends Pat and Bill from Campbell River who stopped by on their way home from touring BC and the Yukon. We expect to see Pat and Bill again in the Desert this winter.

Pat and Bill with CC

Pat and Bill with CC

We also hosted our Dinner Club group at the RV Park with Bouncy Bernice, Fearless Frank, Don and Virginia attending.

Don, CC, Virginia, Bouncy and Fearless

Ellie and Sophie

Shortly after meeting Ellie, Bouncy Bernice decided it was high time for her and Fearless to get back in the doggy game and within short order she adopted a 7 week old puppy (Phantom Poodle) named Sophie.

Bouncy and Sophie

CC and the kids

Ellie and Sophie have become PPs (Poodle Pals) and visit each other regularly for PPP (Poodle Pals Playtime). The two kids (Ellie is 3 weeks older) get along wonderfully despite the slight size difference and manage to roughhouse it without anyone getting hurt. It’s actually quite tiring watching these 2 and their nonstop frolicking.

the girls go at it

winner gets the ice cream cone

a take down by Sophie

and maybe a pin

The Kids in Action

halftime break

EE (now a whopping 6 lbs) has also managed to make many doggie friends (Spuds, Tiki, Sparky, Whiskers, Gladis, Zena etc. etc.) around the Park and shows no fear of event the very big doggies.  We have also had a few folks we have never met stop by to see the “new cute puppy” in the park.

Roxy checks out EE

EE is now just about 4 months old and is finding out that when at home just being cute doesn’t get her a free pass to chew shoes and dig in the yard at her pleasure but we’re not really sure if she is getting the full message.  She sometimes seems to have a bad case of “puppy brains”.  Despite the many “what we have here is a failure to communicate” moments she is a real little sweetie and we love her to bits.

hey my bowls empty

In another week we will be heading to Ontario for MODDs (Mother of Debbie Dewdrops) 90th Birthday and a visit with the Coach and the Aud One.

By stubbs99

Swan Lake – Turtles and “Toddlers”

Well looks like summer has definitely arrived here at Swan Lake with the summer solstice. Temperatures hit the low to mid 30s (hot whether expressed in C or F) this past weekend and are supposed to stay around 30 for at least the next week. So it’s a good thing that the Captain has completed all the heavy manual labour on the RV lot. Summer is not the only hot arrival this past week as “hurricane” Ellie has also arrived. More on this little storm later!!!

CC checking out his new living quarters

a bit of a tight fit

a baby quail hiding in the rocks

laying the pavers (90lbs each)

DD pretending to assist the Captain

oh oh!!! who ordered the pavers

CC scaring away the blackbirds

aliens left paver circles overnight

CC worked his ass off on this project

time to relax

table set for our first new patio dinner

mmmmmm yams, asparagus and veggie chicken

Pauline and Uncle Normie drop by for Sunday morning coffee

The annual turtle migration at Swan Lake Recreational Resort has started and we had a momma turtle use our lot to lay her eggs. They are currently in the ground and not sure when they will hatch but we will be keeping an eye out for the little turt-lettes when they poke their heads up out of the ground.

the turtle

A slow moving video” 

DD is starting to feel her age (65 in just one month) as she had a very busy week last week working  4 full days, a return day trip to Abbotsford, a Canada Day ukulele jam with over 100 ukes at Salmon Arm on Saturday and more ukulele on Sunday. Could be that she also rode her bike the 14.5 km to work every day. Such is life and not one to give up easily DD was seen again this morning one again pedaling her a_ _ to the office. What a trooper.

Our social calendar has been a little lite as of late however we did manage to meet with our Dinner Group at Bouncy’s and Fearless’s house in Armstrong and a couple of Happy Hours in the old neighbourhood.

the Dinner Group Wendy/Jim (back), Bouncy/Frank (right), Don/Virginia (front)

Irene’s Birthday Party and the neighbourhood Happy Hour

Fearless and Bouncy also subjected themselves to the inevitable DD screeching when they took us up to Becker Lake for an afternoon picnic in the Honda Pioneer. No word from Fearless and Bouncy as to whether they would ever subject themselves to a repeat performance.  A word to the wise: if you expect it can only get better expect to be mistaken.

should have had a muffler on this helmet

a very rustic campsite

CC and DD at Becker Lake

out for a family swim

thousands of tadpoles in the lake

Kalamalka Lake (left) and Okanagan Lake (right)

Kalamalka Lake

some of the wildlife we saw

these are deer in cow clothing (preparation for hunting season)

wild mountain roses

DD and the very tall Captain

Fearless Frank and Bouncy Bernice

a wreck sited down off the road

definitely been here awhile

the Captain checks looks for crash survivors

its an old GM according to the VIN

“Hurricane” Ellie

For those who have been reading the Blog for a while will know we lost our “Princess Kasey” about 2 ½ years ago and last winter we began our search for a new puppy. After several opportunities that fell through for a variety of reasons we are happy to announce that we are proud new parents of a 4 pound bundle of chaotic joy. Ellie is a toy/miniature poodle and will be about 9 pounds when fully grown.  DD and the Captain hope they are not causing her to have an early identity crisis as both of us have quite often called her Kasey instead of Ellie but I am sure we’ll all get over it eventually. Well I’m sure Ellie will but for us, well who knows for sure.  But for now it’s some sleep deprived nights and having to be extra careful to not step on the little ball of fluff that is constantly on our heels. Anyway its noon now and Ellie and the Captain are going to have our afternoon nap so we are awake when DD gets home to make us dinner.

Kasey at same age as Ellie

mom and Ellie

Ellie and DD ready to head home

Ellie seems okay with the seating arrangement

picnic stop on the way home

and a chance to stretch the legs a bit

the green green grass of home

checking out the patio

Ellie somewhat concerned to find another Oggorfian in Eagle 5

PS. Ellie has a message for cousin Gypsy. You will need to get a saddle or saddle bag so we can go on hikes together. Ha Ha.

the Captain shopping for Canada Day supplies

By stubbs99