|The 2017 blackberry crop - should be ready for picking in August|
- took the deposit bottles in for a refund of $14 - put towards our August Ucluelet fund
- steam cleaned the carpets in our house (2 bedrooms and an office)
- steam cleaned the carpets in Mom's home (entire condo)
- did 2 hours of landscaping at Mom's house
- weeding and mowed lawns at home
- 1 day (2 months) worth of catch-up accounting for the business
- Powerpoint presentation for the business (4 hours)
- cleaned entire house
- did 10,000 plus steps every day plus made sure dog was walked (all but one of the days)
- spent 4 hours on the phone with quickbooks getting our accounting upgraded from a five year old version of software on an 8 year old computer to the online version. This was very time consuming as they had to upgrade the software to a 2015 version just to be able to upgrade to online. Now we will never have this issue again and I can access the information from any computer any time. No more waiting to do accounting until hubby is away from his desk. I had no idea it was going to be such an ordeal though. Now I have to learn the new version which is completely different than the old version (*says yay very sarcastically)
So...basically I am exhausted. I did a bunch of other things too but can't even recall them. It's 9am on Sunday and I am still in bed in my jammies with my tea by my side and dog at my feet typing this. Moving rather slow today.
We had a bit of a scare yesterday after picking up hubby from the airport. We went to the farm market that is about half a mile from the airport and could clearly smoke from a bush fire another half a mile away. I went on facebook and saw that they were calling all the volunteer fire fighters in from surrounding towns to assist. It took a couple of hours but they put it out, thank goodness. This spot is within 4 miles of our house.
British Columbia has so many forest fires right now there is a state of emergency that has been called for the whole Province. They do that so municipalities can access funds for things like extra resources to fight the fires and get law enforcement assistance. Thousands of people from the area around where I went to high school have been evacuated and homes have already been lost. Our island has been mostly spared the fires other than this fire and one on the north end which is mostly contained. The thing about this fire is that if it had grown there are many homes, an airport and an airforce base all within 5 miles. It could have been quickly catastrophic. And they say it was human started since there was no lightening at the time. When will humans learn?
Other than making a donation to the Red Cross (a repeat of last year's donation for the Fort McMurray fire victims) I was left feeling a bit helpless. After yesterday I decided I will be making a list of everything to take in case of evacuation. There are lots of lists on the internet to assist you if you want to make one of these lists up. I was surprised at all the things I had totally not thought of like blanket if we had to sleep in a vehicle. Things like water, dog food, passports/cash/all the extra keys to the house and vehicles. Medications, and for us, all our company laptops which hold the information for us to continue to do business. We bought two usb backup batteries two years ago and have used them for traveling but they would go along too. Snacks/food. Also super critical would be to shut off the water and natural gas for our home before departing. Sometimes you only have a few minutes when you are evacuated. We don't have a travel trailer so would load up the truck and the car with the dog and stop and get Mom and hit the road. She is only 3 blocks away so no matter what she would be coming with us - her kitty of course too.
A friend from highschool was very close to being evacuated so she painted her phone number on her horses hair as well as hooves in case she had to let them go suddenly. I found that so sad/scary that she couldn't take them with her. So far the fires have gone further from her house so she hasn't had to leave yet.
So what would you take if you had 10/20 minutes to pack? Wouldn't an emergency packing list be helpful?