Monday, April 30, 2012

The Rest Of April

Did I mention that Kim wasn't feeling well when she was visiting and that the girls had the sniffles.  When they left, our colds were already starting.  Sandy's was nasty and mine was worse with a full blown lung infection. We both had regular doctor's appointments and he prescribed DM cough medicine for Sandy.  For me, with coughing fits that wouldn't let me catch my breath and reduced blood oxygen levels, he prescribed some heavy antibiotics.  The effects still lasted another couple of weeks.

The Mighty Stonewall made a stop in Sudbury in his new capacity and tour coach driver.  He was bringing potential French post-secondary students from Toronto to explore College Boreal and Laurentian University.  He couldn't leave the bus so we so we picked up some coffees at Tim's and went over to see him at Boreal.

The Mighty Stonewall and his mighty coach

My original plan had been to leave town in the latter part of April and head for the Carolina's coast before heading on to Maggie Valley for the SEVROC gathering in mid-May.  We have never explored the Outer Banks before.  Unfortunately, being sick slowed me down and working as Director of the Freedom Rally and Treasurer of the Ontario Provincial Police Veterans Association AGM used up most of the little motivation I could muster.  We didn't get the motorhome from Rob's until Wednesday the 25th.  It was pretty filthy with black streaks but we took it straight to Don's RV to be de-winterized.  Wendy said it would be done by Monday.

Friday, I delivered the OPPVA AGM program masters to Ron to be sent to the OPP print shop.  Saturday, we played a fundraising Bingo for the AGM at Boardwalk Gaming.  I spent $30 for two tickets (giving us $60 worth of cards) and spent $8.20 on lunch.  I won $38.00 by splitting one regular Bingo and Sandy won a Cuisinart toaster in a draw so we came out ahead.  And we had just been looking at toasters last week so it was timely.  To top it off, the OPPVA made over $1,000 which made the Treasurer happy:-)

Sunday, we delivered the Lees-ure Lite motorcycle camper trailer to Rob and Chantal.  They stayed in it at the Freedom Rally last year and liked it enough to buy it.  We also picked up our enclosed motorcycle trailer.  Rob fixed a bad ground wire to get the lights working.

We  went out fairly early and stopped at the new Service Ontario office in Garson so Sandy could renew her Driver's Licence and Health Card.  Then we stopped by the CAA office and renewed our out of Canada health insurance.  This covers us for any medical expenses while out of Ontario that exceed our government rates.  that is pretty much everything in the USA so this coverage is essential.  As a diabetic with a heart condition, my premium was double what it cost Sandy.  Yikes.

The motorhome was ready this morning so we picked it up on the way home.  Everything was good to go and they had repaired a small leak in the propane system.  I arranged to take it to Cambrian Ford the next morning to have the wheel nuts torqued since we had the tires rotated about 600 miles ago.  Then I got an inspection mirror at Princess Auto to check the manufacture dates on the RV tires.  Old tires are a menace.  Luckily, these all showed they were made in 2010 so I am good to go.  Next, I washed the black streaks off the motorhome using a cleaner I picked up at the Toronto RV show while Sandy started restocking it.

So that was it for April.  Before we leave, I still need to fix the roof and grease the wheel bearings on the trailer.  The bike has been started but hasn't gone anywhere.  And I have a large list of other things to get done.  With any luck, we will be rolling by next Monday.

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