Saturday pulled out of driveway about 4pm headed to Leach's because trailer brake lights weren't coming on. They changed the plug, tested and showed everything working in trailer and in RAV but somehow electrical wasn't connected. Went to Cichinsekis(sic) 'cause they dealt with electrical when we first got the trailer. Learned wiring was fried, apparently due to erroneous plug connections. 24 hours later (Sunday) the wiring is repaired but we're waiting for new trailer tires (I said we needed to check this some time ago) as originals were 'uneven'. So we're at the library computers awhile and later I'll surprise the gang at gaming when I walk in. Monday we will reload the cooler and pillows to head west.
Monday after lunch and library computer time I returned home to move the rest of the cement blocks into the backyard. Leofwyna had the camper out for battery and brake light repairs. Apparently the connection to the battery wasn't tight enough and so lost power, they're recharging the battery she'll go back to pick it up tomorrow. We both had massages tonight... so much worth the money to keep joints and muscles happy.
Friday we loaded up the RAV and trailer and were heading out of town to Horse and Falcon at Smithville by 2:30 in the afternoon. A little sooner than I'd anticipated but later than Leofwyna had hoped. We stopped at a couple thrift stores in St Jo before heading on to Smithville where we were fortunate to get permission to park with the horse trailers near the permanent showers. Saturday we awoke to rain so went back to sleep. Didn't get dressed and out until after two when the weather cleared up some... though it did rain again during court. Gyda's laureling was a lovely rite and her scroll is pyrography on a loom... the tablet cards can be laid out together to show a laurel wreath. Very cool! Following court Leofwyna and I changed, dropped the trailer and were back on the road by 7pm. We stopped for supper at Red Lobster in St Joseph and got home near 10. The RAV was quickly unloaded and then loaded to Sunday's JAV duties. The morning is going to be early to get the sunshade set up and the camera key arranged to the afternoon's photo sessions.
Monday was a lovely, sunny day and I headed out for lunch and computer time at the library. (No problem with the one at home.) When I got back I trundled the camper into the garage to surprise Leofwyna. When I opened it up inside the garage I cleared the rest of my things out of it. Leofwyna had voiced a desire for 'new' potatoes and peas when she saw me sorting and de-sprouting potatoes so that's what I made for supper tonight with smoked porkchops; a really easy meal. At the sewing table I'm still putting together kronberg blocks. We may be heading west sometime in March and I want these assembled so I can get the pile out of the house.
Tuesday I went to lunch and the library and managed to lose track of time and miss FoodNet this week. Instead went to the grocery store to stock up a bit for this week. After supper I continued working on kronberg blends but wasn't able to finish another top in time to add it to the pile. Wednesday after lunch and genealogy at the library I unloaded the new table from the car, loaded up the quilt tops in the car and moved the gold key out of the living room into the garage. Then I was able to head out for scribes' moot with a clear conscience. Thursday I waited to help Leofwyna move the camper out of the garage to get ready for the weekend. Then after lunch, library and supper I packed and loaded, ready to go. Today my back near tire was 'squishy' and had to go get it filled.
Monday was sunny and somewhat warmer so Leofwyna and I got out and organized the garage for winter.  Now there's room for the camper to go under cover when we get back from Kris Kinder next week.  
Tuesday I loaded up the mower to take to Mohrhoff to have front wheels replaced while we're gone.  On the way the mower handle broke out the back window on the RAV.  Back home to confess to Leofwyna before heading out to get lunch, CDs for trip.  Back home again and putting up tomato cages, watering veggie beds, staging to load and so on.  Wednesday morning after the window was replaced on the RAV I started loading both camper and RAV.  However, all forward progress halted when a/c issue wasn't being successful.  Leofwyna is gone to Apache to see if they can get it going.  We may not have a/c for this trip which will be very unfortunate.

NOTE:  The air conditioner problem was resolved and we finished loading up except for the ice chest.  Wednesday we were up and loaded and on the road near noon.
Friday we loaded up the aliner and headed out to Weeping Water for the weekend.  I drove out separately 'cause I wasn't ready to go as
early as she was.  Magmor hosted Crown Tourney Saturday and Leofwyna was in the kitchen all day with Haldora cooking feast.  We had perfect weather for the day and a wonderful feast.  Sunday we helped wih clean-up before hurrying home to get ready to go to Kronberg for a fundraiser for the church roof.

Another ten days gone.  Tuesday and Wednesday a little garage reorganizing was attempted.  At the sewing table I tried to use up the 1.25 strips but there's still quite a ways to go with those.  Thursday I mowed the lawn and packed for the trip.  We took Maggie in because of her issues.  Friday we loaded up and drove up to Huron, SD.  Saturday morning was Sash's "Celebration of Life" at Wolsey with family and community friends.  About a dozen Scadians were there including four of the five apprenti and we were invited to join the immediate family at the cemetary for the burial of the ashes.  While there I got stung by a bee on the left shoulder.  We were also shown where Sash's red oak tree will be planted at the homeplace.  Saturday afternoon Leofwyna and I headed west and spent the next four days exploring the Badlands and the Black Hills with a highlight being the evening lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore.  Animals we saw while we were gone were bighorn sheep, antelope, prairie dogs, mule-ear deer red squirrel and thirteen-stripe ground squirrel.  Thursday was all day driving the long way home.

Sunday morning I got my car unloaded before Leofwyna got home, then spent the afternoon dealing with laundry.  At the sewing table I'm working on 1.25 inch strips for sashing.  Monday I went to get a concrete block to park the aliner with since the 'wheelie' mount is mis-shapened. I checked the raised beds and found several broccoli heads to harvest, pulled a bunch of weeds, too.  The potatoes are still green so it will be a late harvest this year... maybe another month.  At the sewing table I've got Sash's job-tunic serged and ready to sew up.
Friday I got a late start but we got Leofwyna loaded up and out the door.  Then she was back... the trailer had bounced off the ball a couple of blocks from home and we had to jack it up to get it back on the hitch.  The pipe is bent so we won't be able to mount the front wheel on untill we get that fixed so we'll have to figure out a temporary support when we park it.  Anyway, once she was gone again I still needed to get loaded up myself, so it was after seven when I arrived and we put up our camp.  I spent the end of my evening taking advantage of tables and basted the purple and gold quilt.  Seeing it spread out like that, I'm liking it much better than I did initially.  Saturday was a full day of activities at Cattle Raids.  I offered to help at the steel table and spent time there, although only four fighters were available and I didn't have much to do.  During the afternoon I sat in at Natalya's show and tell session.  Court was busy with the changeover from Saraphina and Randwulf to Gyda and Villhelm, unfortunately some pretty intense rain came down on the metal roof so no one could hear anything after the elevation.  And then to top off the day, ALL the apprenti took the opportunity to head into town to visit Sashatec together.
Back from Lilies War.  It was wet and hot and humid!  The lake was extremely high from the spring rains.  Leofwyna and I set up the Aliner at the campgrounds up the road from the Lilies site where we could have electricity for the A/C.  Leofwyna went back most afternoons for a cool nap and to avoid the hottest part of the day; this worked as she was then able to enjoy some of the activities.  She spent Friday dealing with a dead battery and a subsequent engine problem but was able to get back in time for the fireworks.  Apparently our LOI didn't get received so there was no interview,  Leofwyna gave Saraphina one of our paper copies and she passed it on midweek.  Sunday morning we folded up the camper in the rain and headed in to KC for the Savers there.  Drove late into the night to be in Aurora for Monday's female cousins' luncheon.  Learned Streeter's Park has eight camping spots with electric and no sign in or fee.  Amazing!  Now Leofwyna is planning a few days visiting acquaitances in Hamilton County using Streeter Park as base.

June 1-2

Jun. 9th, 2015 12:04 pm
Monday we were up at 9 am and on the road at noon (after showers at Flying J).  We drove through rain storms throughout the day so we stopped again at Walmart, this time in North Platte.  Day list: antelope, barn swallow, prairie dogs, hawk, deer, red-wing blackbird, geese and a bat.

Tuesday we were up at 9 am and on the road a 10:00 am.   I nearly ran us out of gas again at Pleasant Dale but fortunately was able to pull on into a station in Emerald.  The RAVs empty is considerably below the E and I lucked out.  We pulled into Lincoln at 4 pm and stopped for ice cream before continuing home... arriving at 5 pm.   Daylist: mourning dove, sparrow, hawk, deer, robin, flicker, pelicans and turkey.   4,170.8 miles  We both agree, it was a very good trip.

Ian from next door had just begun mowing as we pulled in and was done before we finished unloading.

May 30-31

Jun. 9th, 2015 11:50 am
Saturday we were up at 9 am and on the road at noon (again the morning disappeared on us).  While I was driving I ran us out of gas; fortunately JUST past an interchange with a Conoco station.  I was able to walk the mile back for gas; two miles if you also count the off ramp and drive back in to the station that I didn't have to walk.  A nice local gentleman and his dog, Bubba, picked me up on the off ramp and drove me on into the station, then back out with the gallon of gas.  That got us back on the road in pretty short order and we drove on through to Bozeman at 9:30 pm where we found another Walmart for the night.  Day list:  red-winged blackbird, Bald eagle, antelope, crow, magpie, barn swallow, Teal and other ducks.

Sunday we were up at 9 am and on the road at 11:30am.  We're beginning to be eager to get home; so much so I didn't even record where we stopped for the night in Wyoming (probably Casper Walmart).  Day list robin, crow, sparrow, magpie, prairie dogs, meadowlark, antelope, ducks, deer and mourning doves.

May 28-29

Jun. 9th, 2015 11:28 am
Thursday we were up at 8 am and on the road at 8:45 am to catch the Black Ball Ferry back to Port Angeles in Washington State at 10:30 am.  We're headed home.  We don't want to push mileage quite so hard as we did heading west.  Maybe set up camp a little earlier in the evening, have a campfire after supper.  Stopped at Kanaska State Park at 7:15 pm.  Day list: sparrow, Swallowtai butterfly, harbor sea, seagulls, Canadian geese, robin Stellar's jay and crow.

Friday we were up at 9 am and on the road at noon (where did our morning go).  We hit a rain/hail storm in the pass coming through the mountains.  Upon reaching Spokane, MT we were looking for someplace interesting to eat and found the Spokane Falls Skyride in the Riverfront Park.  It rained again during supper so we set up for the night at Walmart in Post Falls about 10 pm.  Day list: raven, robin, red-winged blackbird, ducks, crow and seagulls.

May 27

Jun. 9th, 2015 10:56 am
Wednesday we were up at 9 am and on the road at 11 am leaving Al in camp.  The destination for this excursion was Butchart Gardens where Leofwyna had been in early spring 25 years ago and wanted to come back for a better flowering season.  It did not disappoint... glorious place.  Day list: raven, robin, geese, Swallowtail butterflies, dragonflies and bee-ee-eez-zz-zz-z.

May 26

Jun. 9th, 2015 10:50 am
Tuesday we were up at 9 am and on the road at 10 am.  We reached Port Angeles at 1:30 and decided to deal with laundry before catching the ferry to Vancouver Island at 5:20 pm.  We had reservations for camp at Goldstream Provincial Park, arriving there at 8:30 pm.   Reading in poor light during supper I gave myself a terrible headache.  Leofwyna medicated me and tucked me in for the night by eleven and I was relieved it was thoroughly gone by morning.  Day list: seagulls, heron, robin and barn swallows.

May 25

Jun. 9th, 2015 10:39 am
Monday, Memorial Day, up at 8 am and on the road at  9:30 am.  In all our planning we'd thought Memorial Day was next weekend when we'd be past sightseeing and headed home.  Traffic was heavy in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and being unable to leave Al parked for the day, we were only able to stop at three of the four waterfalls.  A flyer Leofwyna had picked up lead us to Fabric Depot where I went over the top choosing quilt fabrics... many wonderful print lines I've never seen before and many hundreds of bolts!  Again with local restrictions so we bought into Potlatch State Park ($26).  Day list: crows, heron, robin, yellow finch  and  seagulls.

May 24

Jun. 9th, 2015 10:23 am
Sunday we were up at 9 am and on th road at 10 am.  We stopped a Cannon Beach so Leofwyna could fly her kite.   We'd hoped to see Puffins at Haystack Rock but it was too distant.  Since local restrictions prevented using Walmart and we'd had so many 'free' nights, we invested in an RV camp in Aurora, OR... with showers.  Day list: seagulls, crow, cormorants, deer, robins, eagle, barn swallows, Stellar's jay and heron.

May 23

Jun. 9th, 2015 10:09 am
Saturday we were up at 8:30 am and on the road at 9:30 am leaving Al 'in camp'.  Leofwyna announced the day was dedicated to me and my interests.  Our first stop was Driftwood Beach.  She took me to a quilt shop, a bead shop, a Goodwill and South Jetty Beach in Florence.  We finished up at Bob Creek Beach.  All these beaches but no more sea glass was found, only pebbles, bits of shell, even parts of sand dollar.  Day list: crow, grackle, robin, geese, buzzard, cormorant, barn swallow, pelicans and seagulls.



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