Home Sweet Home…..
Boy does it feel good to be home. Peter and I arrived home in Edmonton last night at about midnight after making a quick stop in Camrose to pick up Lulu (our Pug!) and drop the trailer off in Wetaskiwin. We had a good drive home from Toronto with lots of laughs and a few adventures along the way.
Our adventure began on Thursday morning picking up a load of hay to bring home. This was a stressful part of the trip as the farm yard that we picked up the hay in was definitely not built for our trailer. One of our goals making it home was to not dent the truck with the trailer (which can happen if turning to sharply on an incline). Unfortunately, we weren’t successful and dented the truck trying to maneuver out of the hay shed onto a very narrow driveway. At least we got it out of the way early in on the trip ?!?!
We made it to Marathon, ON the first night. We got the 2nd last hotel room in the town. I have a bit of a “thing” about the cleanliness of hotels. In our consulting business, Mom and I travel to many rural communities in Alberta and I have been mildly traumatized by some of our experiences. I even have a test for cleanliness…..do the pillows smell like old men??? Check it out the next time you are in a hotel (TIP: Use a towel on top of the pillow to create a barrier against the “old man smell”). The hotel in Marathon definitely didn’t meet my standards but at midnight I had to let my standards slide for one night. I must admit that we were feeling a little jealous of Vickie and Ivars in the coach!!
The second day we travelled to Portage La Prairie, MB. We had a bit of tough time getting diesel in Kenora, ON…..if you are ever driving that way with a trailer pick another town to fill up!! We learned that the hard way but got a nice tour of the beautiful town of Kenora. We stayed at the Super 8 in Portage La Prairie that night and set the fire alarm off in the hotel room at 4am by turning the heater on. Ooops, hopefully we didn’t wake up too many other hotel guests!
We travelled the rest of the way home on Saturday. It was great to cross the border to Alberta (although it definitely isn’t as green here)! Vickie and Ivars are on their way home and will arrive home midweek. It sounds like they are having a great time – visiting family, golfing and fishing. The horses arrived home Sunday morning at about 8am. Katie followed them into the driveway this morning and says they look great! They were happy to have full day of turnout in their own paddocks today.
I am spending Sunday getting settled in and will head to the barn on Monday to start the job of unloading the trailer. It’s amazing how much stuff you need for 2 months and 3 horses. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and getting back into the groove of things. I think my Mom (aka my business partner) will also be happy to have me back working. Lance, Freddie and William will have a few days to recover and then we’ll start gearing back up again. It’s not very often that I take more than two or three days off, so i’ll be anxious to get riding soon (ok, maybe I am already!!!).
Thank you to Gillian, Marnie and everyone else at Gillian’s for the great care and support during our time in Ontario. We’ll miss you and hope to see you all soon!