This Season’s “return to Canada” has been very busy for some reason ?? Seems like my “To Do” list is not getting any shorter despite crossing numerous things off each day.
And it’s been awfully expensive also. Gonna take me several months to get back on track !!
When crossing the Border with Ms. Daisy I had to pay the GST portion of the taxes.
I arrived in London, Ontario well over a week ago (April 5th) and wanted to get all the ‘chores’ out of the way before I settled into my Boondocking spot.
First order of business was getting ‘connected’ now that I’m back in Canada – Wi-Fi and Cell Phone. I previously had both for several years now but cancelled both of them early last year when I was in B.C. The RV Park that I spent all of last Summer at had free (and a great signal) Wi-Fi but the cell phone reception was virtually nil.
And of course now both the Turbo Stick that I had and my Cell Phone were ancient technology.
I went to the local Bell Canada store and purchased a MiFi Device.
I wanted to purchase this outright in order to avoid any type of contract. No contracts for me !! So far it’s working great. Very similar to the Verizon MiFi I use in the States whereby you purchase data each month. When I (hopefully) return to the States in the Fall I simply turn it off.
Next up was a cell phone. I went to the local Wal-Mart and bought this.
I very seldom use a Cell Phone as I make all of my calls using Skype. But I did want one for emergencies. So again, I own the phone outright and buy minutes each month as I need them.
Next order of priority business was getting Ms. Daisy’s Safety Inspection done so she can become legal in Canada. Went to the local Canadian Tire (aka Crappy Tire LOL) to get that done.
She flew through this Inspection – well almost – and the mechanic said he couldn’t believe what great condition she was in for a 1998. Well she is an Arizona girl after all and of course she doesn’t know anything about things like SNOW or RUST !!
When I say ‘almost’ – they were not going to pass her for the Inspection because of the tires. Personally I think they just looked at the ‘age’ of the tires and said FORGET ABOUT IT !! Money grabbers that they are.
WELL I had a WORD OR TWO with them about that and once they realized I kinda knew what I was talking about PLUS the fact that I had had the tires checked previously- they passed it.
Got the paperwork off to NL Motor Registration and this is where the balance of the taxes had to be paid. Ms. Daisy’s Registration and Plates are on their way to me now.
I ‘may’ have mentioned in my last couple of posts about how COLD it’s been. Somehow I miscalculated and ended up arriving North two weeks earlier than I had to be. WON’T make that mistake again.
So off to Canadian Tire again to find something else to heat the rig. I LOVE my Mr. Heater and it has been quite sufficient up to this point. I found a smaller version and now I am quite toasty.
The bike stickers were up for renewal so that had to be paid and I needed a new (filled) BBQ Tank.
And those are just the things I’m remembering right now.
SEND MONEY !!!