Sunday, March 23, 2014

Releasing the ‘hounds?’

When this blog was ‘born’ almost six years ago, coming up with a name was an easy one..after reading many blogs we realized that our ‘RV’ needed a name..


Doug’s nickname being ‘Bigdawg’..we just needed another name to add to being ‘dog lovers’ we searched the internet looking for a ‘dog name’ that ‘flowed’..and

‘Bigdawg and Freeway’ was born..


No matter what RV we have had over the past few years we never strayed from this was our ‘identity’ no matter what we were ‘camping in’..

So if you have been following along through all the trials and tribulations that is our life..we want to say thank you….

Fast forward to this year..and there is a new ‘Bigdawg and Freeway’..

We have gone from this..

IMG_2328 this..


sometimes it takes a while to finally get things ‘right’..and for us this is ‘perfection’ works..and it fits…

Yes, we had a Cougar travel trailer before, but it was a smaller one…this one is 27 feet long and fits us to a ‘tee’..


..this past weekend we made our first trip  to visit our ‘little white box’..1974720_253191438195973_1132746891_n was time to release it from it’s ‘pink antifreeze’ hibernation, in  the hopes that it survived the –23 degree weather over the past few months..

10013696_261319477383169_2037761690_nMy sister-in-law sent us this picture on Friday the sun was shining….the white stuff is gone as is the ‘water’ that had surrounded it over the past few weeks as the snow melted..

Friday afternoon couldn’t come fast enough..

Doug is off work at 1:30 and he picked me up at the hospital and by 2:00  we were heading east towards Keremeos..the Hope Princeton Highway  was snowy..


but before long the blue sky appeared..

IMG_3270just before 6:30 we pulled in the driveway..the anticipation was over and now we could prepare our ‘home on wheels’ for  it’s first full camping season..



…water tank filled, furnace on..lines were flushed..water heater turned on..and then the unloading began!

IMG_3285IMG_3284 no time at all things were unpacked and we were settled in..

our mascots are perched on the back of the sofa, with their buddy, Bart..(yes, the adventures of Bart will continue this year)

IMG_3292IMG_3286 you can see, my love of the colour orange continues.


IMG_3281 the weekend fun can begin!!

Saturday morning sunrise..


I baked a cake in the oven..oh, sure it came out of box..but it was a cake still the same..


Butter Pecan with Cream Cheese icing..our contribution to Saturday night dinner..


..Saturday afternoon it started to snow?..


..we were tucked in nice and warm..reading, knitting and napping..

the day went by very quickly and before we knew it, Sunday was here..

I made breakfast for Doug, myself and Ron and Karen..


French Toast and sausages..


..after the food was all gone..we began the packing up process..the laundry, and the few food items..and then we emptied the tanks..and refilled the water…

within an hour we were ready to hit the road..

We said ‘so long’ to the residents of the ‘big white house’ and said thanks for looking after the ‘little white box’..

See you all at Easter…

and we were heading west back towards home by 11:00..


one quick stop in Hope for gas..for our American readers that is $4.96 a gallon..and that is a ‘deal’ here in B.C..



so as our first ‘weekend’ away draws to a close..and the ‘hounds have been released from their winter  hibernation’ we hope that you will all enjoy riding along with the new ‘Bigdawg and Freeway’ in 2014!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Y’all come back now??


Yet again, my blogging has gone by the we are in mid-March and not one entry or even an inkling of one.

Shame on me for being so ‘quiet’..but..

We have been busy these past two months..going through an adjustment phase…


a new job for one that began just about a month and a half  ago..and with it comes a ‘4:00 am’ alarm..what an ungodly hour that is..


and then there was some major packing and organizing….moving on up to the South-side??


No~~we have not moved where we had originally wanted to go..that plan is on the back burner for now..but  we have moved..


..there was weeks of packing, tossing, organizing, cleaning and then there was the unpacking..not much time to take photos of the whole process, but you can just trust me that it was a ton of work..and not one that I could have done by myself..and I am most thankful  for the help of my husband, daughter and the trusty movers..without them this would have been an even more difficult event..

But now we are settled into our new home..


..the cardboard boxes and crumpled newspaper are but a distant memory..


IMG_3256 has been two  weeks since we moved in..and finally we are all adjusting to the new home and the new ‘quiet’..



..the ‘boys’ have settled in nicely..there was an adjustment phase..and that look of ‘when are we going home?’..


..but now everyone is adjusting….


..moving is hard work..


..I think an afternoon nap is in order?..


..or is it maybe ‘bedtime?’..


Aww nuts…

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