Monday, April 24, 2017

Banking, Common Snipe, Cleaning up Outdoors, Jello at Home

Monday, Apr. 24th was another beautiful sunny day. Too bad the wind is so cool again this morning. We were up at 7 for our coffees and blog reading. As I stepped out to walk to the Restroom I could hear the bird that we heard last July again. We had searched for the sound on a bird app and came to a conclusion, then, that it was a boreal owl.
Bill leaves to get water
 This morning I was able to see it and it sure doesn’t look like any kind of owl I’ve ever seen or read about. It was flying singly and really high up that I couldn’t focus on its quick flight long enough to get a picture. Hmmm. I wanted to google it now that I know what the bird looks like.

I pulled out my collection of yard ornaments
These are things we brought from our house before we sold last year

some things I couldn't leave behind when I knew we were coming to the Ridge

Our neighbour, Caroline, had these out at the curb
Loved the 3 blind mice wind vane
Let the hummingbirds come
Seems that the owl makes the exact same sound as the Common Snipe and to be honest this looks much more like a snipe than an owl. If I could get a photo of him I could confirm my findings so I’ll continue to try. I have all summer to capture him.

Our neighbours have this little shed way back on their property
Why let something like this go to waste?
We drove into Durham for a 10 o’clock appointment at RBC about the investments that were due. Susan was very interested in the lifestyle we have chosen and asked a lot of questions about the southwest. She was thrilled to get one of our cards so she could read our blogs. That cleaned up and settled for a few years, we went to F & S to fill a propane tank.

Gabe swims
Bill always looks after things that are needed for the Suite but is even more in-tune to my needs when he will be away. I can’t help but think how useless I would be for so many things if he wasn’t around for a few days. I’m sure I’d manage with instruction but you know what I mean. He needs to stick around for a very, very long time!

Taking a break, see the piles I need to go back and pick up?

Back home by 11 this morning and the temperature has risen to 12C/53F and the wind has died down considerably. In town there is no noticeable wind so it is probably 3 or 4 degrees warmer. I’ll take this in a heartbeat though, nothing compares to the serenity and privacy up here on the hill. We sat down and while made a few phone calls to change our mailing address, I went online and did the same for my connections with being Mom's poa. I think we might have everything updated now to our rural route delivery.

So I'm watching a visitor in Gabe's pond
He flies in behind him/her and seems to stalk

Flirting or showing who is boss?

Seems like they have come to terms with each other
After a bite for lunch we headed outside. Bill and Clemson drove over to The Acreage to get the bladder full of water. We were just below half but because he was expected to go to London for a couple of days, we wanted to top up. While he was gone, I hopped on my bike and went for a spin down the lane and road to the corner. Gosh, my legs need to be stronger! Good thing for the 6 gear changes on my wheels. It was good and I just need to build up the muscle so it doesn’t take so much out of me.

I was stunned when these geese came from nowhere
 My next venture was to rake the secondary lane from the bottom of the corral up the hill to the Suite. Mostly small branches from the overhead trees but also dead grass needed to be raked and cleaned up. So, from the leg work out to the arms it felt good to work outside. Often, I stopped to take a breather and have a water break. The sun was warm and I was grateful for the wind today.

One day I'm going to catch this guy in flight displaying his beautiful red wings
Bill returned and set up the hoses and filter to fill the tank before opening up his cargo trailer that holds his remote-controlled planes. I should have got a picture but maybe I’ll wait until he has it organized again. He is always coming up with new ideas.

Once I finished raking and dumping the loads in the brush pile, I was truly exhausted. I think the bike ride had caught up with me and my legs felt like rubber. I walked the lane a couple of times just to keep moving and then gave in and sat in my lounge chair with Clemson.
In case you missed it, this  will be our temperature for the next few

At 5 I lit the Weber and heated it up to start roasting potatoes. I could have sat outside in that warmth for a bit longer but I knew I would be asleep. After putting the cut-up spuds in a tinfoil pan, I came inside with Bill and Clemson and cut up onions and mushrooms. I would fry those up on the stove inside.
Dinner was delicious with the sides I’ve already mentioned and the steak we didn’t eat last night. After a good working day, sitting down with a full tummy was just what we needed. Not sure how long I will be able to sit and read before these eyes give in.

Gabe returns to his self made peace

I kept an eye on Gabe today in our east pond and watched swallows frequent the sky. Like the snipe, they are very fast, too fast for my lens. As a few of my readers have stated, this is a nature haven………….or should I say heaven. There is always something to listen to or look for related to ‘the nature of things’.
With the sun setting behind me, I’m going to pop in last night’s final sunset and call it a night. I’ve no doubt, if you are an outdoors type of person, whether it is landscaping you’re into, hiking, driving or reading, I’m sure you enjoyed this beautiful day in your neck of the woods as much as I did.
Good night from our summer place
By the way, Bill got a call this morning from CanAm. Change of plans, jiggling jello happens even here at home. While we were prepared to have Bill go to London Tuesday and Wednesday to work, Tuesday got postponed. Hmm, it would be a really long day for him to drive the 2 1/2 hours, work 8 hours and drive home so Phil was able to find someone to cover Wednesday's jobs. that makes life easier this time for us. We have to take the Ford in for the bumper repair Thursday morning so staying overnight was not going to be an option. Thanks Phil!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Laundry, Planning Pots, Company!

So, Sunday, Apr. 23rd is laundry day for us. Maybe not quite the thing to be doing on a Sunday but every day could be a Sunday for all that matter when you’re retired. Not church goers anyway, I might has well do something useful and take advantage of this gorgeous day.
It is a gorgeous day
I (we) slept in this morning until almost 7:30, unheard of! It was obvious it was going to be a blue-sky day when I saw the sun beating in the windows when Bill opened the blinds. Wonderful! It was hovering around 5C (41F) which was cool but with a promise of 15C (59F).
Columbus checks out the front of our property

After my tea and some blog reading, I quickly sorted the laundry and gather up the coin needed for 3 loads. Bill loaded the bag into the car and I took my book so I’d have something to do while waiting. It isn’t necessary for two of us to go and this would give him an opportunity to vacuum and clean the bathroom. We share the duties just like every couple should.

I left at 9 and was home at 10:15 hanging the clothes on my clothes line. The wind was making it a bit of a challenge, spinning the line around on me. I knew it was just something to endure because they would dry very quickly in the wind and the sun. It felt good to be able to hang our laundry out again.
Clemson runs up the hill, he always thinks it is a race
When finished doing that I came in for a coffee and made up bacon and eggs for breakfast/brunch. The sun was going to rule the sky today so it was around noon hour that I unplugged the Suite and let the solar do its job. We are still a little confused about the inverter/panels/on/off process and need to get it straight once and for all. I won’t go into it, we’ll figure it out.
My corabelle are filling the shovel
After dishes, I set about pulling some of my planter pots out of the storage shed. I don’t know what Bill was doing but he was puttering around too. I get an idea in my head about something and if I can do it on my own, I get at it. This time it was just a plan about where I wanted to add some colour with potted plants. I placed the empty pots in places around the corral and property to visualize it. In a week or so I will take the next step and buy the plants to fill them.
Just like in the southwest, 4 wheelers run the road on a weekend
I was so excited while up on the hill to discover that the rhubarb Donna and I transplanted last spring, no in the fall of the previous year, was peeping up with bright little shoots! Yay! I have wanted rhubarb in my yard for years but didn’t have the appropriate spot while living at our house in London. Just not enough sunny garden space. Now I do and I can see our summer of desserts already.
By this time, the Suite was vacuumed and dusted and we went outside to wait for our company. Around 2, right on time, Rob and Pat drove up the lane way. I hadn’t seen them since we said goodbye at Pilot Knob RV Resort, Winterhaven, Ca. That was way back on February 26th! I missed them.
Rob and Pat arrive
Pat and Rob thought this was a lovely place to be for the summer and we showed them around the property. We sat down outside in the sun and had a great Happy Hour for going on 3 hours as if no time had passed. That is what it is like with good friends. We shared our tea with them and they brought Timmy’s muffins to share with us.
We've missed Happy Hours with these guys
When they left it was with a promise to pop in anytime we felt like it and visa versa. Clemson got to reunite with his friends too although he is trying to play it cool, pretending to be aloof. He greeted Rob first as soon as he opened his car door. Too funny.
Good spot for a colourful plant

Another good spot, but might not use the pot
Also a little play with colour
 We enjoyed the outdoors today, one of the first days to be out and relaxing without feeling the cold. The temperature did reach 17C by 4 pm and that is encouraging.
I thought we’d have steak tonight but as the time passed we both realized that we weren’t hungry enough for steak. Must have been the muffins and veggie sticks we’d eaten with our friends. That’s okay, we’ll eat it tomorrow night. Tonight we had tomato soup and toast. It was enough, it was easy and we both agreed.
A little resting place I've created
After dishes some clouds moved in and covered the sun briefly. It was such a great day, we accomplished things and got reacquainted with friends from Durham. Maybe that is why I feel exhausted, in a good way. I’m going to settle into my recliner with my book and enjoy the rest of the evening with Bill until 9 o’clock when Madame Secretary is on.
this little guy had no fear of me so close
Robin redbreast

I hope your day was a good one too. 

Home Sweet Home for someone

Awesome sky tonight
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