One of Those Days

Yesterday was one of those days where things just kept going wrong.

Curtis was up all night pacing and panting with anxiety and restlessness. It was raining, and his new music box wasn’t enough to calm him down.

We woke up tired from a bad nights sleep surrounded by red mud, which means muddy paws and tracking dirt inside.

After Curtie’s walk, we packed him up in the truck and went out for breakfast and grocery shopping.

On our way back, we were scouting a possible new campsite and ended up getting stuck in the turn-around. Four wheel drive wasn’t enough to get us out. Fortunately, when we put some lynx leveling blocks behind the wheels we were able to get enough traction to get out.

When we returned to our campsite, we were going to move into our friends spot that they had just vacated but we were too late. Some other RVers had already moved in on it.

We ended up moving down the road to what ended up being a great spot, but it wasn’t without more challenges.


Our electric hitch jack has been finicky for the past year or so, but would always work after some jiggling. Well of course yesterday it decided not to work at all and we couldn’t find the device the trailer comes with to manually raise it. Lucky for us, we had neighbors with a socket set and Brian was able to unhitch the trailer.

Meanwhile, a drawer inside came off a track and my eyeglasses glass popped out at the same time I got covered in grease from the drawer track.

Are any of you dreaming of life on the road still interested? Well, it was probably worth the effort. Check out the office view this week:


Dinner Last Night:
Crispy Orange Tofu. After all that, I was still up for cooking dinner. I skipped the Sticky Orange Sauce, and did just the Orange Coating. I served it with sauteed kale, but wished I had broccolini. It was tasty and very similar to the orange cauliflower dish.

2015 Cost of Camping:
57 night paid camping
59 nights free camping
116 days this year
Total spent: $771
Daily average cost: $6.65

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  • Reply Russ April 27, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Bless your hearts. ; )

    • Reply Leigh April 27, 2015 at 11:19 am

      hugs to you xoxo

  • Reply Rob Bryant April 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Seems like it happens in 3 or more. We found a mouse had moved in and shredded the toilet paper. And a battery that was declared ok for another year. Would not hold a charge and was shutting down the fridge. So spent the day washing cleaning and charging. Oh well it was nice to wake up quite and great view of sunrise on the lake.
    Cheers rob

    • Reply Leigh April 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      The nice views always help, right?! Where are you guys camping?

  • Reply Rich C April 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Oh it sounds like my week last week. Flat tires, broken door handles and broken axles! There’s always the promise of a better day. 🙂

    • Reply Leigh April 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that. The worst is when it all happens in a row.

  • Reply Ed @ Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets. April 27, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    These are all small and manageable problems, although they may not seem that way at the time. Take a deep breath or two, make yourself a Mai Tai and take ANOTHER LOOK out your “office” window.

    There…isn’t that better?

    • Reply Leigh April 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I think we’re missing an ingredient for a mai tai – but you may be on to something, that IS one of Brian’s favorite drinks!

  • Reply Rob Bryant April 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    We are at fintry provincial .(between kelwona and Vernon) the park that is being managed by Threasa and Derrick of rantin raven blog fame.

  • Reply Maggie April 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    That is an incredible view!
    Hope tomorrow is a much better day. Kisses to Curtis.

  • Reply Pam Wright April 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    When it rains, it pours! Why does everything happen at once! Hope your beautiful view was enough to calm everyone down. Has Curtis settled?

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Yes – he’s a lot better. Thank you! A couple years ago when we were camping in Reno he was up every night and wanted to be walked in the middle of the night, and it was just the spot we were in – everything seemed normal, but something about it bothered him. I was worried we might be in for a repeat of that, but he’s been fine since Saturday night.

  • Reply Ray Lough April 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Our Lab, Hobbs went thru a period of pacing and panting and stand by my side of the bed. Our Vet said Hobbs was going thru Sundowner syndrome. It is like Dimentia and has the same results as what humans go thru. I never cried so much when we had to let our best friend go. My thoughts are with you and Curtis.

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Ray. We’re expecting this to be the difficult year with our old guy. For now his good days out-weigh his bad.

  • Reply Jim Klinger April 28, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Well hopefully you have banked enough bad juju to last a month or two.

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Me too! We’re thinking about you two this week, we’re getting our cushions done at Lerette’s!

  • Reply Whit April 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Who was driving when you got stuck?

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Brian…what are you implying?!!

  • Reply Whit April 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I guessed wrong

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm


  • Reply Whit April 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    scientific method
    a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      I don’t think you did enough information gathering. xo

  • Reply Whit April 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I have a source….

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Your source has bad info. I’ve driven the truck once when Brian was sick and everyone survived without incident.

  • Reply Rich April 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    totally spectacular photo! As for the spate of little challenges, I thought that’s what Living the Dream was all about…no…??

    • Reply Leigh April 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      We don’t do it for the challenges that’s for sure! Fortunately, days like that are far and few between. 🙂

  • Reply terrie May 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Leigh, have I mentioned Melatonin 1 mg tablets to you for The Curtits? Canines can use same as bought in health food store…..35 to 100 lb dogs can take 3 mgs at the time….our 15 yr. old foster dog, Buddy, sometimes needs them…..of course, he is storm and regular rain phobic and is much better with the gentle pressure of his Thundershirt….but he also has pacing and panting nights….I get up with him and if I don’t think it is pain, I give him 3 1mg Melatonin….I sit with him for about 30 mins. then lead him to his night-night….he goes to sleep…..for the next several nights, to head another episode off at the pass, I give him 1 or 2 1 mg Melatonin when we are ready to go to bed…..he takes Rimadyl daily for arthritis pain and has Tramadol…but hate to give him that stuff….I only give him that when he starts licking and nibbling on his leg joints….that looks like pain to me…..try the Melatonin for The Curtis…..don’t need sleep deprived, cranky dogs and people out there on the road….xoxo

    • Reply Leigh May 22, 2015 at 8:52 am

      That’s really interesting to know! Thanks Terrie!

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