500,000 bottles of sparkling wine mature in this section of the underground cellars at Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 3, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

On the lookout for airfares

We're not in Nova Scotia to do any touring this time around, so I dug through the photo archives to come up with a nice sunny header picture from when we were in Nova Scotia with the motorhome. There are some really beautiful places in this province...you just have to get here at the right time of year!

Our daughter and her family are moving to Ottawa in June, so it'll likely be a long, long time before we're ever back here again.

Today's header pic was taken in Meat Cove, one of the most beautiful, remote parts of the province.

One of the best campsites we stayed at in June of 2011.

This coming Tuesday, we fly back to Las Vegas and then we're back in the motorhome for the drive up through Utah. We've never been to Utah before, and we're really looking forward to it. Only problem is that we don't have much time there because we have to be at our summer job in Cabri, Saskatchewan in time for May 1st. 

So we'll stay in the southern part of Utah for as long as possible and then we'll do several long driving days to get us into Canada for the end of April.

And then, it's five months of work.

But that's okay.

We're going back to work at the same campground that we were at last year, so this is the first time that we know what kind of a situation we are walking into. And we know that the park and equipment is in good shape because it's us who left it that way! 

And, we know that five months of work actually goes by quite quickly, especially when there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Our facebook fans have already seen this.


What we do with the grandkids to keep them (and us) occupied!

No idea yet what travel is in store for us when we finish up at the end of September, but I've got my eyes open for a flight deal. Sort of thinking that maybe we'll drive the motorhome back into the states and fly somewhere from there for six weeks or so and then fly back and continue driving south back into Mexico. Maybe Thailand, or Camobodia or something. But, anywhere with decent weather that's new to us would be fine! Arizona was fun, but certainly not something we would do every year. And to be honest, we missed Mexico. And then maybe we can fly out of Mexico City somewhere for another month or six weeks away. We'd like to go somewhere in South America. Colombia keeps coming up in my mind!

Yesterday, we took the kids to a place called Roos Playhouse. It's a kind of a giant indoor playground for little kids. 

Cameron, on the climbing wall.

Sadie.

Having fun with the balls.

Dropped the kids of at preschool this morning, so we've got a few hours on our own. Ruth is cleaning Lindsey's oven and I'm cleaning her computer! She picked up a virus somewhere along the way and it's a tough one to get rid of. But I'm confident I can get it done.

Cameron has a very special looking clock in his room, and so I did some research on it. Toddlers obviously can't tell the time, so when they wake up in the morning (or in the middle of the night) they don't know if they should get up. This clock stays blue if its still bedtime, but if the clock is yellow, it must mean the sun is shining and they can get up.

Lindsey says that this clock is the best thing they bought to make their life easier with Cameron. He totally loves it, and will stay in his room when he wakes up until it turns yellow. And that's exactly what he does.

At night, the clock is blue.

When it's okay to get up, it turns yellow!

It's called a Gro Clock. It's made in the U.K., and although it's available on Amazon.com you will get the UK version that needs a voltage adapter. Better for our U.S. readers to buy it off Amazon.ca where they sell the 120 volt version and pay for extra shipping. If you have grandkids this age, their parents will love you for it!


Our Amazon readers in the U.S. can get a great deal on RV tire covers. Almost half price!


Make sure you order the correct size!



18 comments:

  1. Love how you two plan - traveling, spending time with your family, working in the summertime - it's a great life! That Gro Clock is a neat idea - going to order one for our 4 year old grand - tks for the info. Cameron is quite the climber. Sadie, so cute at the age learning about everything. Aren't grandchildren precious?

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    1. Hi there Connie, if you haven't already ordered this clock you may want to order the one that Dugg suggested in his comment below, http://www.amazon.com/American-Innovative-Teach-Talking-Nightlight/dp/B003D7KV0Q it is much the same and you wouldn't have to worry about the adapter for it.

      Cameron is full of energy, sometimes a little too much. This was a great place for him to burn it off. Sadie is just so happy and is absorbing everything in, she is a real smart little cookie. Grandchildren are amazing but tiring!

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  2. I have never heard of that clock before, it sure would have come in handy when my kids were a bit younger!! What a lifesaver!! I know what I'm buying for future baby shower gifts.

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    1. It is a little pricey but it works wonders and is so worth it. Something to keep in mind for future gifts for sure.

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  3. The required voltage adapter for that clock is a real deal killer IMHO. So I found another one on Amazon that is way better! http://www.amazon.com/American-Innovative-Teach-Talking-Nightlight/dp/B003D7KV0Q

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    1. I agree that if you buy the clock on the U>S> Amazon site, you end up with the UK version of the clock which requires the voltage adapter. A little stupid, which is why I said to buy it from Amazon.ca instead which comes with the proper plug in. And American readers get to take advantage of the Canadian exchange rate benefit, but may have to pay a little extra in shipping.

      However you're right, the one you found does seem similar.

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    2. Ah, I didn't realize the Canadian version worked with 120VAC. But I still like mine better, it TALKS :)

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    3. I emailed the company and asked why this is a problem. They were really efficient in getting back to me...

      Dear Mr Read,
      Thank you for your recent enquiry. Amazon.com should not be Selling this product into the USA, they know it will not work and they also it cannot be sold there for legal reasons. This product has not been tested or approved for use on transformers, adaptors or leads that are not produced for this product.

      Due to restrictive patents we are currently unable to sell the Gro Clock in the USA and some European countries these do not restrict the sale of the Gro Clock in Canada which is why there is a Canadian version. We are currently working on resolving the issue but as with most legal issues it can take time. We are hoping to have a newer version of the Gro Clock which will hopefully run on batteries however this is just in the early stages of design at the moment and wouldn’t expect to see this launched before 2016/2017 at the earliest.

      We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


      So, it would seem that if you want the correct item, there is no problem with ordering it from Amazon.ca

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  4. Wow they are moving to Ottawa in June? I'm sure they will miss the area there, it sure looks pretty and quiet.
    Hope the move goes well!
    The kids look cute at the playplace. I used to love taking my son there.

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    1. I am sure that they will miss many things here but they will also have many things to look forward to in the Ottawa area as well. They will always be back here for visits with Justin's family.

      The play area was a great place for they to burn off energy and the grandparents didn't have to worry about picking up all the toys afterward.

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  5. Love the clock.

    I can't wait to see Utah with you guys.

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    1. We can't wait for Utah either, we have heard so many amazing things about the scenery there.

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  6. Columbia has always been on my list. I've been to Central America but not South America. Ecuador seems pretty darn interesting too. Can't wait to see where you guys end up!

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    1. We have only been to Guatemala in Central America and none of South America so really we would be happy to go to any country out of the bunch but Columbia is certainly our top pick and I think Ecuador would be a great second choice.

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  7. I loved Bangkok and what all we saw of Thailand... also Viet Nam. Would like to spend more time there an skip some of the other countries we saw. Only thing... that flight from LA to Tokyo is one LONG flight!

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    1. I think if we went to Thailand we would spend as much time there as we could because it is a pretty big country and after spending 4 weeks in South Korea and realizing that that wasn't enough time and it is a small country in comparison. We know all about long flights now after having done one to South Africa, and another to South Korea! They sure are long but the reward is worth it.

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  8. I loved Colombia! Ten days was way too short. Beautiful country, beautiful people. But after experiencing the promptness of Mexico's bus system, the Colombian buses drove me mad!

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    1. We have heard so many good things about Columbia and seen some gorgeous pictures of the scenery there, we sure hope we can get a good flight there next winter. We will have to keep the bus system in mind when traveling there and allow ourselves a little more time on our travel days.

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