Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SUMMER SOLSTICE, Yay! Clemson and Mom On Our Own.

Wednesday, June 21st I woke up to Bill’s alarm but only briefly and I was off to sleep again. At least it was more appropriately 6:15, I think. He was in and out of the shower before I woke the second time. I’m glad we packed things together for him last night, he didn’t need to rush this morning.
Not so great start to this Summer day
Hi-Tech - our London mechanic
 His first destination today will be an oil change at our favourite mechanic haunt, Hi-Tech Auto Care in London. Bill will enjoy chatting with Dan and Brad at the shop while getting the Toyota done. Funny, I just had a flashback of my Dad in the garage in Lucan doing the oil change on his Chev Impala.

Our outdoor/indoor gauge in front of  Bill's Father's Day cards
It doesn’t look like a nice day to be driving at 7 am with all the fog. I can’t even capture Bill going down the road. Looking across the pond it is amazing how lush things are from all the rain. It is quite lovely, I must admit. I hope to see and feel a bit of warmth today but it is only 12C/53F so we have a long way to go.
See ya sweetie! Look after my car!
 As I drink my tea, I try and settle on what I can do today. It feels kind of nice to not HAVE to do anything. It has been a few days full of commitments of one kind or another. I’m not complaining, I like to be doing something for the most part but a quiet day of rest and reading is okay too.
Looking out across the pond
I dumped my little kitchen compost pot this morning up on the hill and must remember next time to give the big bin a stir. I sometimes wish I wasn’t so observant. Walking back, I saw a hummingbird lying on the ground beside the Suite.
Clemson was shivering with his new haircut so I put his sweater on
He has less hair to keep him warm and cuddly
 Bill and I had heard a small thud on the window last night but figured a bird had hit and flew off. This explains the small sound but it broke my heart to see the end of his wee life. I need to dig another grave, just a small one this time. I feel bad because I have feeders out for them and yesterday there were at least 4 hummers around.
and I put a sweater and slippers on
So, Clemson and I spent most of the day inside until early afternoon. I read for the most part and we took a walk to get the flyers from the mailbox. I swept the Suite, brushed the carpets and finished by washing the tile floors. It was another good excuse, when I was done, to sit with the pooch and read more about Harry Bosch. This book is so good and I will be finishing it tonight. It was cloudy and cool so I wasn’t missing anything outside.
Rob spoke a bit with thanks on behalf of Aunt Mary
At 2:30 I cleaned up and drove to Rockwood Terrace to attend the dedication and unveiling of a painting for Rob’s Uncle Archie. The temperature never seemed to change much until the sun came out at 3 and we got up to 19C. Whoop whoop! While at the dedication, standing in the back, I saw Rob, Pat and Aunt Mary seated in the front row. Archie was Mary’s brother and passed last fall.
Sorry for the blur of this lovely family picture
Such a beautiful painting of Archie’s farm. Two portraits of him, one on each side of the tractor and each one from a different era. An old Ford Fairlane sits in the background near the house. The painting was hung at Rockwood for everyone to appreciate. It was a nice event with many attendees’ present. I’m glad I went.

I spoke to Aunt Mary for a while and Rob and Pat’s kids. It was nice to see Sandra, Bill, Trevor, Trace and Karen. Gee, I hope I remembered Karen’s name correctly. I said my goodbyes and headed to F & S to check out the mulch that they have on sale. I’m sure $5 for their large bags is not a bad price but Bill texted to say there was a sign out this morning saying cedar mulch 3 for $12. If I can save money, all the better.

When I got there, I asked if that sale included the Black Beauty mulch and it did not. I’m not desperate for it at this point so will wait and see if it comes on sale. I need the black or else I’m looking at re-doing the whole flower garden. No thanks. I got back home again before I remembered I was going to pick up some Miracle Grow, shoot! I need to make a list.
Someone was thirsty

At home, there was at least more sunshine although it was still very sporadic. Clem and I hung around outside for a while, walking down the lane again. Ellie May came over just long enough to throw Clemson some new scents to follow then she drank all of his water. On our walk, you had to know it was time to see another Yertle and sure enough, there he was.
Inside the Suite I read some more until it was time to feed someone. At the same time, I realized that I hadn’t eaten much all day. That is one problem when I’m alone, I don’t feel hungry so don’t take the time to make anything. Today, however, I had a banana smoothie I made up yesterday and drank it throughout the day along with a few pieces of cheddar cheese.

The scent dance
I pulled the last of the sausage/potato casserole out of the fridge and warmed it up around 5:30. With all the clouds today I didn’t unplug from electric so knew I could use the microwave. Now at 7 the sun comes out but it is too low to benefit the panels on the roof. We think the transmitter on the portable panel is done so can’t count on that. Bill was going to check on getting another one while at CanAm.

I'm not up for a game of  Hide and Seek but he is!
I heard from Bill at one point that he needed me to scan a document to him so took care of that earlier in the day. The oil change was done so he put in a couple of other visits while in the city before driving to Lambeth.

He stopped at AVF to see the boys and then to the School Board warehouse where we used to work. He chatted and caught up with Deb and a few other former co-workers. I wish I could have seen them again too but I’m happy that he is touching base with them all the same.

I cleaned up dishes and finished The Crossing. It was definitely a page turner. Of course, the sky has cleared out and it looks beautiful out there. Well, better late than never! I am going to think very positively about tomorrow and pray for some lovely sun. I went online this morning to Yelp and made a review of Bath and Biscuit for dog grooming. We were both so impressed with them. While searching for the business, this popped up in the GTA. This is my maiden name and I thought it kinda cool!
Anybody home?
My sister and her husband went out to the Saugeen Airport this afternoon to see the Snowbirds. Bill and I would have gone had he been home, but we have seen them in London in the past so maybe another time. I’m sure they put on a spectacular show. This is the smallest town where they have been scheduled to perform, how cool!
The flies want in now? It is the nicest part of this day!
I’ve got a new book lined up but probably won’t get into James Patterson until tomorrow. I have a taped program that I like to watch so will close my post for today and go watch it. I don’t know what kind of weather you have had in your area but I hope you are enjoying this 15 hours of daylight. Happy Summer!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Last Day of Spring, Clemson’s Haircut

I was awake and up before 7 am on Tuesday, June 20th. I saw a bit of sun this morning when I took Clemson out for his piddle. Snapped a picture and by the looks of the forecast, that is all we will see of the sun today! Bill was up soon after I plugged us in to electric and turned the Keurig on so I made him a coffee after my tea.

We sat and read posts and did our normal grumble at the weather. There are always things to do outside if the day is appropriate but we’ll have to see if this is one of those days. Can’t wash the Suite roof on a day when it could rain at any time. Because the Bread Depot is not open on Mondays, (we forgot that when Bill went yesterday) we’ll take a drive to Hanover this afternoon.
I've been watching this sign and dilapidated flage
Today, I noticed the new Canada Flag was hung
thank you!
So, it was time for my shower, not that it was noticeable, but a couple of days had passed since my last one. This life style is sure different than our working days, it isn’t necessary for a daily shower unless we’re mucking in the gardens and what have you.
Posing in his new haircut
And he smells really nice too!
Clemson goes in for 11 to the Bath and Biscuit for his haircut and the works. Bath, nail clip and meeting a new groomer. I hope he isn’t nervous and behaves for her. He will sure appreciate the shorter ‘do’ when the warmer weather returns and he will be spiffy for Canada Day and his birthday!

Yesterday, I mentioned that Bill and I would be going to Hanover this afternoon and also going to get more water for our fresh water tank. Those plans kind of got turned upside down as I had other things going on but Bill took the truck to Hanover on his own. He got 2 loaves of the best bread at The Bread Depot and then went to the Acreage to fill our water bladder.
He sits with his front paws crossed
We were both surprised when Kate at Bath and Biscuit told Bill to come and get Clemmy at 12:30. That is good timing and we were even more surprised when he came out looking perfect! I don’t understand how they can get him to stand still but never-the-less, she did a fantastic job and we would highly recommend her for $50. He looks so handsome!

What a crappy day, excuse me but we had rain, teensy spots of sun, a brief thunder storm and cool temperatures. None of it amounted to much including the thermometer not rising above 16C. Who believes that summer arrives tomorrow?

I wasn’t walking, I wasn’t out enjoying the garden and I wasn’t sitting outside reading my book so that means I didn’t take many pictures. I think Clemson stole the show there. Anyway, the day passed, I finished what I was involved in and by suppertime, with doubts about the sky, I boiled and then fried 3 sausages inside for supper.
He must feel so much better with his hair short
I peeled up a couple of small potatoes and steamed broccoli and corn to have with them. It was a typical inside meal for a cooler day. When dishes were cleaned up, Bill went out to dump our black tank and I made his sandwiches, filled the water bottles with milk, cranberry juice, orange juice and put them with coke and water in the cooler. So, for anyone keeping track, burgers, sausages and potatoes with corn for supper.
I think he is saying, Thanks for the haircut, Dad!
Yes, Bill is leaving in the morning for 2 nights this time and the joke is that I hope he isn’t weening himself off Clemmy and I. He has things going on tomorrow and then going to work at CanAm for a couple of days. He’ll be home on Friday evening.

I hope you have made the best of your day, you probably had better weather than we did here on The Ridge.

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