Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho

December 8, 2018 0 By Jeanah Bartruff

The end of September through October finds us be-bopping back and forth between La Grande and South Albany. A big move for Victor’s folks, Vic and Carolyn, had them settling closer to the beloved OSU Beavers. We were there several days trying to be helpful and occasionally succeeding. Vic and Carolyn may rethink the comfy guest quarters they made available to us because we are finding many excuses to visit.

When we were back in La Grande we worked on house projects, mainly revamping the front and back porches of our 1890 Victorian.

We completed a few van upgrade projects, the most important being the swivel seat installation on the driver side.  This was a wee bit of a challenge as the box the seat is mounted on houses a rats nest of electrical “stuff” and we needed to shorten the box to accommodate the swivel mount.

Victor and my dad, Doug are brilliant and figured out what to do and how to do it.  Some welding and creative layering and we were in business.










My dad is awesome!

And a shot of our finished box, painted and mounted and electrical all back in working order.

Until I tried to roll up my window that is…Fortunately we had just blown a fuse.

The seats are so dreamily comfortable and now both swivel around turning our “Captains Chairs” into our living room.


Our other Top Priority: lots and lots of visits to the wonderful gals at the Grande Ronde Wound care clinic for Victor’s leg booboo.


Do you know what a wound vac is?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  It’s an electronic pump and tubing connected to a sealed bandage that creates negative pressure, speeding wound healing and lessening the chance of infection.  This little baby worked a treat and Victor’s deep wound healed rapidly and with very little scarring.

This had been a really deep wound, he essentially had an inch deep chunk out of his leg so we were so happy to see that after two weeks on the pump the hole was much shallower.

And a couple of weeks later…

And finally, full healing just in time for our next adventure!

Thank goodness because there is lots of pool and hot tub time coming up…Sadly though, we do believe his leg modeling days are behind him.