Friday, May 8, 2015

Getting settled in

My little glamper is all tucked in to what is to be my new home, it is pretty enough, from my toilet (if I leave the door open)  I can see my neighbours, from my kitchen table I can see my neighbours, from my bed I can see my neighbours, while I am standing at my kitchen sink I can see the neighbours. Nuff said about that.

 First morning I was surprised to hear birds singing, not sure why I was surprised, there are some trees, big trees, old maples trees, maybe because of my heavy heart I wasn't expecting any joy, and here they were singing their little hearts out. Well....if they can be happy and sing why can't I. I started unpacking and getting all my services hooked up, of course kept needing stuff, I made a list (bird feeders on the top of the list) and headed out in the afternoon to my new little town in search of a hardware store and a grocery store....couldn't find either.

I found a cute little diner, all chrome and shiny with red 50's style decor, my kind of place. They seat me at the bar, perfect, I can chat up the waitress and find out whats what around here. She's friendly and can't believe someone would move here willingly. I don't tell her I had no other choice, that RV parks won't let us in. There is no grocery store or hardware store she says. What?! How can a town not have a grocery store. Great for the 3 restaurants that are here. (the mayor must own those) There is a Redi Mart/gas station that has a few little things she says but not groceries. She says people go to Innisfail or Olds for groceries, she goes to Olds because they have a Walmart and Canadian Tire, it just only takes 8 mins she assures me, either way they are both about a 10 min drive. (but takes 8 minutes ) I don't need a Walmart just an ordinary grocery store and since I am working in Innisfail I should get acquainted with it, may as well be today.

 I set off for my 10 minute drive, (that should only take 8 mins)  only to miss my exit and have to drive another 6.7 kms to turn around. I find a No Frills, not exactly what I call a grocery store, but by now I am in no mood to go looking for something smaller, there seem to be too many overpasses, underpasses and exits for me to find anything. On my way to finding my way out I find a Coop Centre, I like this place. Now to head back, I take the wrong exit...again, and drive another 8kms before I can turn around....agh! I get home an hour and a half later, but I forgot cream (most important item) so I decide to check out the Redi Mart, turns out it had everything on my grocery list except bananas which I would have substituted for the cucumbers they had...bananas, cucumbers.....they are interchangeable.  What's she talking about "they don't have groceries", they do, and they are 8 minutes away from me, as far as I am concerned Innisfail is an hour and a half away, Which could be problem for me because I have to be at work at 5:30 am which means I have to leave  here at 4 am, I must learn to make better time or find a back way in with no exits.

 I don't have room in my glamper for big boxes and cans of groceries, I just need basic stuff, fruit/veggis/cream/coffee/toilet paper/bird seed/ and one package of meat a week and a bottle of wine every other week (we do have a liquor store) and a store called "Ocean front saddlery"....yeah "ocean front", there ain't no ocean here for many many miles and it would take days to get too, and according to Mircosoft "saddlery" is not a word, but we have the store.

Now some will say it's more expensive at a Redi Mart instead of going to Wamart....ah but it is not. That is what they want you to believe. If you go to Redi Mart you will buy only what is on your list, the basic groceries, if you go to Walmart you will come home with stuff you didn't need, something that was on sale, you will spend more money, and then on your way out of the parking lot you will stop at a Tims and buy a coffee or.....hey look! Reitmans is having a thing you know you have new shoes and a  face cream that promises you will look younger in the morning and a shampoo that will turn your hair into a Texas a beauty queen and  you weren't even aware that you needed all this. This trip is not cheaper than going to the Redi Mart. Plus let's not forget, I am single, I don't need that guy-normous box of cereal or 4 litres of milk or an army sized box of laundry soap, Redi Marts are made for single's one of our perks, along with we don't have to share our wine and no one sits in the passenger seat and calls you a dumb ass when you miss your exit (twice), imagine explaining to your husband when the kids tell him "mommy drove the car through the ditch and did a uie"...... this I believe is the biggest "single perk" of all, but then, if I were not single I wouldn't have been going to the hardware store in the first place...."he" could have gone and I would have sent him a text saying "pick up cream on your way home"..... and he would have. I think that is how it my fantasies anyway.

Shortly after hooking up to water I find I have a leaky pipe, of course you don't know this until you step into a puddle, all pipes are tucked away under everything, in this case under my bed. A kind man that owes this place comes and has a look and says we need to get a piece of pipe and some fittings, we need to go to Olds he says. He's a Innisfail man but Olds now has a walmart and a Canadian Tire he says. He explains to me how the two towns, Olds  and Innisfail are rilerverys, (like Edmonton & Calgary but on a smaller scale) and the people of Bowden are caught in between and can choose sides, the people that go to Olds don't like Innisfail and the people that go to Innisfail don't like least this is how it was until Olds got a Walmart and a Canadian Tire, now people say "I don't like Olds, but they have a Walmart and Canadian Tire"  making it sound like they are not switching sides but you can't blame them now for going there .....oh what fickle people we are, our heads are turned so easily......and to  think we are all allowed to vote.

Nice man says I need to go to Canadian Tire, so of to Olds I go, it's one straight country road to get there, no turnoffs to miss, I like this part, the  town seems to be laid out in a more orderly manner.....for me anyway. Turns out Canadian Tire did not have what I needed but they had something that could be made to work.

So, am I going to choose a side? Probably not, that would require more of a commitment than what I am willing to give right now but if I do it won't be based on Walmart or Canadian tire, it will be based on who has a Value Village. But, like I said, I work in Innisfail, I will try my best to get more acquainted with it.....I will tape the exit #  onto my dashboard  if I have too. The nice man did tell me of a shorter way on a country road, I will try that on Monday. I also need to find a map, do they still make those?

 Meanwhile my bird feeders are hung action there yet but they will come.
My aunt just sent me a text "Walmart has a gazebo on sale".  Damn you Walmart.
And this morning it is -7C out, my furnace went all night, at this rate I will need more propane soon, I did see the Redi Mart had propane too.

When nice man found out I work at the golf course he mentioned that if I want I can work for him to help keep his property neat, like cut the grass and trim hedges. He usually hires a guy but he hasn't shown up yet. Sure, I can't say no to grass. So like some of my friends predicted I already have a part time job aside from my full time job, life is good. 


After....."do what you love, love what you do" the "love" keeps falling off, I need to redo this and straighten it out. 






Contessa said...

This back and forth to the store is driving me crazy so you must be really unsettled. Love what you have done with your RV. So many great changes. Only way to get away from neighbors is to buy an acre somewhere. We can't see ours here in Kelowna but we can hear them :(

Perhaps you might want to start checking out options for next spring. Maybe once you find a lake for your paddle board you will feel better.

Happy Mothers Day and good luck getting to work on Monday.

Alexandra said...

Mary, I love your new look for your home! Keep writing your wonderful letters, we miss you. But will definitely visit when we are in your neck of the woods..

Barbara Lane said...

Oh I am pea green with envy! What wonderful things you've done with your new home! So fine!! Thank you for sharing. You've encouraged me to spend hours and hours online (such a vortex) looking at homes like yours and smaller. Oh the dreams....I've already been everywhere and back in my mind! :)

Can't wait to hear of further adventures. Pea green I tell you.

Suzanne said...

Your little Glamper is looking quite glam...nice touch!