We spent the first day of the month in our rig in Kings Acres RV Park in Regina. The next day we went to my appointment for a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and then dropped off the favourable results at my soon to be employer's office and we headed north.
It is interesting driving the same roads with a GPS that you have driven for years all by yourself without any more guidance than the occasional suggestion from your friendly family navigator.
All went well until we crossed over the Saskatchewan River on Circle Drive in Saskatoon. The GPS directed me onto the exit ramp for Warman Street and then could not deal with me not staying on Circle Drive. I eventually shut it off since it was just sitting there reseting itself and not coming quite back to life before reseting itself again. Later, near North Battleford, I powered it up and it was fine. Other, of course, than wanting me to take the powerline access road through the muskeg before the turn off the highway onto the grid road to our house. The road it wanted us to go on shows up on the survey maps as a road allowance, but it has not been a road in the twenty-six years we have owned the property near Meadow Lake.
Back home the property was all dug out and the snow piled where it would melt harmlessly. I marvelled at how a farmer with a blade on the front of a pick-up truck could do what had been done. I phoned the next day to find how much to make out the cheque for and complimented the farmer's wife on the job he had done. Apparently when he got to the driveway he realized it was beyond the capability of his truck and blade and he called his brother's Bobcat service. It made more sense then.
The next few days were busy with teeth cleanings, annual eye exam, picking up police check form for soon to be employer. We sorted through the backlog of mail to find tax receipts and start on that until there was only one more piece of paper needed and it was back in Regina in the fifth wheel. We took our tempermental portable printer and left it in Meadow Lake. I set up the printer that I bought on a New Year's sale from HP and had delivered to our daughter's house. It is bigger than the old one, but is wireless so can sit where the television would sit if we had one in the living room of the fifth wheel. The new printer is a scanner as well so it was handy when I had to send a copy of the police check form to keep people happy until I could bring the original to Regina.
Debbie arranged for a farmer to dig out Debbie and Ernie's farmhouse where we had stored our car and Debbie and I went out to dig it out. It tried to start, but needed a boost to get things going. It also needed a push to get going. There was no snow when we parked it so it was in a depression of wet, frozen grass surrounded by snow. It didn't seem that deep, but still took a bit of effort to get out of the hollow. A bit of mud was sprayed. Sorry, Debbie. Just so you know her coat washed up fine.
The truck went in for its scheduled service. There was another recall. One that could set the truck on fire. The recall was an advisory only. They do not know how they are going to fix it and do not have any parts to fix it with yet. Another notice will go out if they do figure it out. That's reassuring. Good thing the truck is too big to park indoors.
I took the car for its scheduled oil change. It sure hurts to dump out clear looking synthetic oil with under 2,000 km on it just because it was last changed six months ago. Oh well. Them's the rules when it is under warranty coverage.
A friend e-mailed that it looked like I would need snowshoes to get around and she bet I didn't have any. I got the pair out of the sea can and took a selfy carrying my snow shoes. Bad bet.
We raked off the snow from the roof where we could reach it. Warm weather coming should take care of the rest. Not much chance of ice dams with a 12:12 pitch and a metal roof.
We had supper at Debbie and Ernie's a couple of times. One night there was a home inspector doing his thing for a potential purchaser. Mostly a good report with one item that needed fixing. That item was all fixed except for the second and third coat of mud and the painting by mid month. Time will tell if there is a sale there or not.
One evening we went to a fund raiser for the high school. There were raffle tickets, a fifty-fifty draw and many donated objects available for bid in a silent auction. They were also selling desserts to raise money. We are beyond the point of acquiring stuff, but we did try the desserts. You do what you can to help.
Sonja played fiddle music as part of the pre-auction entertainment. She looks so serious when playing, I got her to smile a bit, but never when I was snapping a picture.
After a busy week we headed south again on Saturday. We visited and stayed with friends in Saskatoon and drove the rest of the way to Regina on Sunday morning. I drove the truck. Juanita followed in the car. It is handy to have two vehicles. She volunteers just off downtown and the car is easier to find parking for and provides a way for her to go to Edmonton and back to Meadow Lake for family birthdays. The first weekend after I started work she headed to Edmonton for the weekend for Ezekial's baptism and for some follow-up on the dental implant she had done last year.
We got home about one, turned up the heat and went for lunch and to buy groceries. When we got back the trailer was warm. Speaking of warm. I messed up and left one thermostat back home at 15 C./ 60 F. all winter. With twelve inch thick walls the little house only cost about half of what a normal house would cost to heat. Still you can bet that I will check thermostats more closely in the future.