Thursday, October 19, 2017

Go-Go-Go, Much to Do and Much Done

Thursday, Oct. 19th I woke up a couple of times through the early morning hours but only because I could hear Bill coughing. I feel horrible when he is sick and actually he isn’t complaining about it all! Huh! I think he is trying to ignore it as much as possible so it goes away. We slept in though until after 7 so that was a good night’s rest.
The start to Thursday was wonderful
 We got up and had our coffee and tea while reading blog posts. It was 11C outside and the wind was picking up as we sat at our laptops. The sunrise was pretty and we were happy we’d decided to do laundry today. With the sun and the wind, they would dry quickly. So, by 8:30 we were arriving in town at the laundromat. At 10 to 9 Bill drove to the other side of Hwy 4 to the Bath & Biscuit Dog Grooming Salon.

We were the only ones there so got our pick of washers
The girls were just opening up the door and took their first ‘puppy client’ right away. We needed more laundry change so Bill stopped at the bank before joining me to finish loading 5 washers! That is the largest pile of dirty clothes we’ve ever had! Two consisted of a duvet and sheets so we won’t count those. I knew I only had so much room on my umbrella line so we dried the sheets and duvet before bringing them home.

We were finished at 10 and went to pick the little spiffy fellow up. He was just getting some finishing touches, yay! I got to see him on the table. We’ve always wondered how the heck he sits so still for the girls and not for us. He was getting the full treatment and all for an awesome $50. Now he is already to travel to the warmer temperatures.

The Royal treatment

Someone feels pretty good

Daddy loves his little guy
After getting home, we had another hot drink and I made up omelettes for breakfast/brunch. I made an extra one for each of us so tomorrow will be another good meal without a lot of hassle. Before doing the dishes, we went outside to get to work. I hung the clothes but was doing a fair bit of grumbling. The clouds had completely taken over the sky and they weren’t nice fluffy white ones.

the river through Durham
The wind was strong around 24km so cool without the sun. I persisted and hung the clothes anyway. It was only supposed to be a 10% chance of rain this morning so once more I put my faith in that. 

Bill had a few projects on his list so he put my wagon in the bunky, then cut some grass around our Goose the Spruce tree on the hill. He wanted to get him and our baby red maple covered for the winter, so managed to finish that. 

Next, I cleaned out the firepit of ashes so we can put it in the outhouse before we leave. All sheds get locked up so we make full use of the storage space at the end of the season.

Started out with a great sky but it didn't last long
When I finished that Bill pulled the old vacuum out of the shed and I started vacuuming the car out. We like to put it away clean and I had left some dirt in the trunk from my sunflowers a month ago. One of those things you mean to get at but it gets put on the back burner. It is done now. While I was doing that, Bill hooked up our little wagon to the back of his riding mower and went down the lane to bring our mailbox up. It will also go into the outhouse on Sunday.

No more mail delivery this year

The mail lady turns around
 From one project to the next, I got my small battery mower out for the last time and cut the grass up on the hill and around my vegetable garden. I was feeling warm so also did around the main area in front of the Suite one last time. I wasn’t noticing the cool wind so much and by this time, the sun had returned in full glory. Now, for sure, the clothes would dry in decent time.

My wagon is the last thing to go in the bunky
Bill just finished bringing the mailbox and post up when he pointed down the lane way. The mail lady was driving up to see us. We forgot to put Mom’s name on our request to forward mail, which started today, and she had one today for her. My, that was silly! Usually, any mail for her comes c/o me but from the bank, of course not. She was quite nice about it and we told her we’d take care of that. When we came inside, Bill went online and updated it so it won’t happen again.

What next? Well, Bill had enough gas in the big mower to do the front field and the corral so he went to do that today. He can get more gas in the morning and do the back field and hillside tomorrow. I, for one, was exhausted from the go-go-go today and by 2 o’clock I was calling it quits. Well, almost.
Everything in its place
I checked the clothes on the line first but only a handful of things were completely dry. The duvet still has some damp spots in areas so when enough of our clothes come off the line, I will hang it out to blow dry the rest of the way. I came inside and made the bed and Bill started doing the dishes. At 2:30 we were done for the day, and all things outside were put away.

With another dose of cough syrup Bill and Clem settled in the recliner. I sat here to start my post. I feel whooped but not enough to snooze so will take my book upstairs. We don’t have a warm enough, sheltered sunny spot to sit outside and read but I love my indoors just as much. I decided to plunge on with the Michael Connelly book since so much of it is lost in my memory anyway. It is still good.

Our firepit sure got rusty this summer
But it is cleaned out at least

So, after reading a few chapters, resting and even dozing a bit, I got up and Bill and I went out to bring the clothes in. It was a battle up there on the hill (we are The Ridge!) with the strong winds. We know if we were in a more communal place with neighbours and buildings and trees all around, it wouldn’t be so cold, but this chilly wind is making us even more ready to head out on Monday.
Once clothes were brought in and put away, it was 5 and time to feed Clemson. He actually waited until 5 tonight, partly because we weren’t in our regular spots in the recliners.  Otherwise, he would be sitting staring at us for food. With the wind gusts over 30 km I’m going to bake my chicken breast inside and we can warm up Bill’s butt chop the same way.
This tasted good but what a bland looking meal!
I forgot to add my little tomatoes for the picture
We are avoiding purchasing too much right now, especially fresh veggies which are questionable going across the border. We’re out of green leafy veggies and potatoes. Hmmm. There was some rice left from last night for Bill and I’ll steam cauliflower for my side dish. Oh wait! I have a box of Stuffing mix in the cupboard. That will be nice for a change.

So, my chicken in the convection oven took a shade over 45 minutes but that was okay. We were eating by 7 and it was very good. With dishes cleaned up it was time to relax for the remainder of the evening. The outside temp is dropping, already sitting at 10C from 14C today. Sorry, that is 50F and 57F for our American friends. The wind died off completely before 6 and for half hour it felt nice out there.

We accomplished more today and the list is getting smaller. Tomorrow is another day. I hope you’ve had a great one.

Thank you for reading. I love hearing from you.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Strong, Rockwood Visit with Clemson, Sleeping Beauty

On Wednesday, Oct. 18th I woke up again in an empty bed. Bill and Clemson had vacated an hour earlier at 6:30. I never heard a thing, I was into a dream about a bunch of people I don’t know! Weird. I got up and joined my sweetie at the laptop with my tea. I had a blog post to write so set to work remembering our day yesterday.

A really nice start to the day

Every week I can see more through the laneway brush
The sun was rising in all its glory shortly after I got up and the sky was proving to be clear blue all day. The 9C soon rose and after my tea and publishing I went for a walk down North Line. I wanted to see how the new house was coming along and they are certainly moving quickly with it. 

They’ll be in it before Christmas which must be nice for this family.
Me, myself and I walking - oh, and my shadow too!

A newly graveled road
While I was walking, Bill was puttering outside. He took down our turtle signs and solar panels and was sorting things in the back of Black Beauty when I returned. He added the remaining contents of Def fluid he had already opened and made note to pick up another supply. We have one full bottle to take with us and he likes to be more prepared than that. We’ll check out a price in Hanover this afternoon.
Topping up the Def fluid
I made bacon and eggs up for breakfast at 10 and we cleaned up dishes. Bill went back outside and without my knowledge or assistance removed the car shelter cover. I was busy inside sweeping floors going through the freezer to see what we had on hand. When I walked out to dump my kitchen compost, he was folding it up. Well, he managed it without any undo distress so that was good.
The car shelter ready for winter too
When he came in, he washed up and we drove to Hanover. It was just 12 noon but we wanted to pick up cough syrup at Shopper’s, buy bread at Bread Depot and get some Def fluid at the Napa dealers. The price wasn’t unreasonable for around here so now Bill has the stock he’ll need to get us going. On the way to Hanover, we turned on the Keady road to see if Murray Fleming was home. This is where we store our car for the winter but he wasn’t around today. He is reserving a spot for us we just need to tell him when we are bringing it in.
There is a snug little corner in this barn for our Toyota Corolla
The bread is something we haven’t had in the Suite for a while, trying to cut back a bit, but we’ll need some on hand to make sandwiches while travelling. You can’t get good bread down south, well, that is our opinion. Other than Italian or French which requires you to eat it within a day or two. To buy a loaf in a grocery store of regular bread, D’Italiano or not, it isn’t the freshness we are used to.

 I separated these little sausages into 8 meals and no gluten!
I had an appointment with Shannon at the Hanover branch of BMO to talk about Mom’s finances this time. With a TFSA GIC coming due in December, I wanted to take care of either setting it up for re-investment now or flag it to be held until her next one in May. That is what I did and I also left instruction for another investment to be moved into the same account in January. With that done, I could breathe a sigh of relief knowing her funds would be looked after in my absence.

And to answer a question about the peanut butter we buy.........and then a few of the things I mentioned yesterday.

Best peanut butter out there
(in our opinion)

Coconut Oil from Costco, lasts me a couple of months

Our hall closet is our overflow for coffee, mustard, cranberry juice,
cereal, beans, soup

Another thing I had a hard time finding last year
This will last me well through the winter
When we got back home, Bill emptied our gray tank and put away a couple more things before driving over to meet Gerry at the Acreage. Bill suggested he seal the roof on their Prairie Schooner 5th wheel, it had never been done since they purchased it.

Sometimes, you just don’t know what needs to be done and they don’t pull theirs around so wouldn’t get the same tips we would. Bill has been able to advise them and help them with this kind of stuff. Gerry won’t be able to take care of it just recently recovering from his op so at least Bill can do that for him.

It is blurry because I had to move fast
but Aunt Mary was loving the visit from Clemson
 I decided to take our little bum into town to visit Mom at Rockwood. She hasn’t seen him for a while. As soon as I stepped in the door, Aunt Mary was there at the sign-in book. She was happy to see me so we chatted right there and then she noticed Clemson. Reaching as best she could to pet him, I picked him up and set him on her tray. That lasted about 10 seconds and he jumped down.

the joy in her voice and face was apparent
He is such a greeter but at the same time, yanking and pulling on the leash. I picked him up and brought him back to Mary again. She indicated that she didn’t mind that he wanted to crawl up and give her kisses, so cute. I tried my best with arms full to get a picture but this is the best I could manage. It is always so warm/hot in that home and I know it is for the residents. They don’t mind.

When we said goodbye to Aunt Mary, I felt I’d run in a 5K race. We went up to Mom’s room and stopped numerous times for people to pet and comment on the pooch. When we reached her room, she was sound asleep across her bed. I know she has been experiencing discomfort in her back so we crept in not to wake her. I closed the door, took Clem off his leash and got him a drink of water. All he wanted was to get out.
When I went up to close out my garden, I snapped a pix of the corn behind us
I wish we'd be here to see them take it in
(um, not so much that we'll stick around though!)

And the hostas are still blooming
I made a few gentle noises hoping to rouse her but she was deep in sleep and looking lovely. After 10 minutes, we crept out. Sad but all for the better today. It would have meant only a short visit anyway. I saw on the board that my sister, Cathy, had been up earlier so I didn’t feel too bad. I’m close enough to get up there a couple more times before we head south. 

Quite a windy day
After getting home, I remember that I left Mom’s dish on the floor with water in it for Clemson’s drink. They will certainly wonder what she was trying to do and so will she! So, I called to tell them it wasn’t Mom who was losing her mind, it was me. LOL

When I got home I poured myself a glass of Mountain Dew, trying to cool down and quench a thirst at the same time. I went up to my garden and pulled out the small metal and plastic trellis’ that I used to hold my plants up. The plants themselves will go into the compost and the tomatoes will just get turned over in the soil. It is done for the year.
Yay! My geraniums down at the fence line have taken hold
With Bill still gone, I then walked down to the corner of Baptist Church Road again. Such a beautiful day at 18C this afternoon. The wind is quite strong or it would be much higher than that. Bill drove in around quarter after 4 from helping Gerry. He has been coughing since we got home from Toronto so a cold is lurking. Obviously, from someone on the weekend he caught the virus. Darn! After dinner I will make him some mullein tea, Donna swears by it so we’ll give it a try!

I went upstairs away from the tv noise and got into my book. This is Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room and now that I am 10 chapters in, I’m sure I’ve read it before. With my memory it isn’t surprising that the name wasn’t familiar but I think I’ll keep reading anyway. It might have been a movie we watched that is making it familiar.

Furry Gnome may have to help me with the name of this butterfly
So, we barbecued butt chops for supper and I cooked rice and our veggies inside. I’m still not a fan, the chop was not doing it for me but I ate enough to fill me with the side dishes. There is enough pork chop left for a couple of meals so I stuck half in the freezer and Bill will eat half tomorrow night. I have 2 chicken breasts in the freezer that need to be eaten too.

We did dishes up and Bill was about to make a phone call when he realized he 
didn’t have his phone with him. Oh-oh! I called him on mine to see if it was anywhere on the property but we realized it had to be over at the Acreage. With hope in our pockets that it was on the roof of Gerry’s trailer, we drove over at 7. Up he went with his flashlight and sure enough there it was right where he left it.

Just a few baby peppers trying to grow

More Goose Talk - Which way do we go?
When we got back home, we made the call to Bill’s step sister to chat with her before we leave on Monday. Caroline is going through some not so pleasant stuff right now and we wanted her to know we think of her daily in our prayers. It was nice to hear her voice so positive.

Watching the sun go down after a great fall day
The day has passed, with a few more things accomplished and off our list. Bill got the flag down and sensor solar lights in the Restroom and outside the Roost (bunky) down and away for the winter. Just a few things left to do. I hope you’ve had an enjoyable day in your neck of the woods. What a beautiful fall day!

Bill pays NO attention to the sign as he unlocks the gate to the Acreage

Up the ladder he goes hoping against hope that the phone is up there

Happy man, he climbs back down

Thank you for popping in today. I’d love to hear from you!

London List of To Dos, Meeting Friends

On Tuesday, Oct. 17th Bill and I were up to the alarm at 6 am. No poking around this morning so we had our tea and coffee, read a bit and loaded into the car. Clemson was seat belted in the back seat, we weren’t going to leave the little guy at home again today. We stopped to top up with gas in Durham and it was 7:30 when we hit the road.

Pulling out of The Ridge - a quick not so good shot

Gas fill up in Durham
I tried to capture the gorgeous pink sky that preluded the sunrise but it was difficult. When Bill and I saw this squiggly cloud or trail in the eastern sky, it took numerous attempts at snapping the photo but I finally got it. Before long the sun was making its appearance. The red sky this morning only brought great news, it was a beautiful warm day.

"thanks for bringing me this time, Mom and  Dad"
Along the way we were comparing the crop fields of corn. Where one field would be totally brown and ready to be harvested another closer to Stratford would still have quite a bit of green. We saw fields where the stalks at the corners of a field would be mostly green and further in brown and ready to go.

The sky was so pretty at 7:30

At Teviotdale - what pollution?
We made good time arriving at Hi-Tech Auto Care at 9:20. It is on the east end of London. It was nice to see Dan and he talked about his experience this year at the London Air Show. He worked it with Bill a few years together when we lived in London. I know Bill used to enjoy being around those flying machines.

Dan, hard at work behind the counter
I had bundled up in hoodies and a scarf so took my camera and walked down the 3 blocks to the corner of Clarke Rd. and Trafalgar. It felt good to stretch the legs after our drive. I realized about 30 minutes into our drive that I didn’t have my sunglasses and couldn’t imagine how I did that. They are always something I grab when I go outside.

Corner of Clarke and Trafalgar - rush hour traffic has subsided
I love the beautiful oak leaves

Remnants of an acorn

you would be hard pressed to see an acorn in the bunch of caps
The squirrels have cleaned them up pretty good
Oh, I see one at the top of the picture
 I had hoped there was a dollar store at the corner mall to pick up another pair of cheap ones but no such luck. I wandered across the busy road into Shopper’s Drug Mart but decided it wasn’t worth paying $25 for a pair. When I returned to the shop Bill and Clem were settled inside and the car had been taken in. With the London Free Press crossword, I set to work. They are too easy, really, no challenge, but it passed the time.

Close to home, fields are brown and the farmers have started to bring the corn in

Near Stratford, this corn isn't ready unless it is a different kind ?
Great price $33 for an oil change and they must have done something to the muffler as it is quieter. We asked them to give us an estimate for the spring job and were not surprised that the whole exhaust system is in need of replacement. It has never been done since we bought the car in 2007. We said our goodbyes and drove to CanAm for a few small things required for the Suite. It was nice to see some of the staff who didn’t work the show this past weekend. Sorry we missed you Phil, Peggy and Nicole!

Bill had a list in his head of a few items at Princess Auto so while he was in their store, I texted our friends, Debbie and Mike, to meet at Tim Horton’s near Costco at noon. When they arrived we all had lunch. A nice chicken bacon ranch wrap for me and a turkey club sandwich for Bill.  That hit the spot! Debbie has been trying to squeeze a quick visit in for some time.

Even though the trees are changing, there was no brilliant red from other years
Bill ran into Costco while Clem and I waited in the car. This would be our last stock up before heading out. He is much quicker than I. Some of the deals are bulk sizes but the prices are great and prevents us from running back and forth to the store as often. We got peanut butter, coconut oil, cranberry juice and another box of our Keurig coffee. Sometimes you can’t find the brands you are most fond of and many times we don’t enjoy what they offer. We are particular about our coffee and peanut butter!

When we left Costco Bill dropped me at the door to Value Village and parked the car in the shade under the trees. I didn't plan a long visit, just wanted to check for something in particular. I forgot it was Tuesday which meant Senior's Day and 30% off. I could have easily spent an hour but I was in and out in 15 minutes. I found something though and was happy to get on the road home. 

Mike and Debbie
It was short but a nice catchup
We had one more stop and that was in the north east corner of the city. Leaving there it was after 2 when we drove to Glenora Drive and dropped a late birthday card off for Olivia. Of course, they weren’t home, Charlotte and Cory both work and the girls would be in school. That is what mail boxes are for! Before we arrived home, Charlotte texted a thank you.

Bill drove for an hour and at Zorra Highland school, west of Stratford, I took over. It was 5 on the nose when we drove into the Ridge and unloaded the groceries. Clemson got his supper pretty much on time tonight and I put things away. I have a bit of organizing to do now with a 12-pack of Kirkland brand paper towels. We buy these once a year and can take 4 along and store the rest in the bunky. Actually, I have the perfect cupboard for them.

It was good to get home and by the time we had supper, my left leg was achy from the drive so I took a couple of Advil and dropped into my chair. There wasn’t going to be any blogging last night. Our shows were on so we watched NCIS, Bull and I said goodnight. The Voice and This is Us recorded for another night. We still have The Good Doctor and The Brave to watch on a slow night too.

On our way home, this fellow had a full trailer of corn
It has been great to see the sunshine all day with temperatures rising to 20C in the city. Overnight the temperatures dropped down to about 5 or 6C. I hope you’ve had a good day.

Thank you for reading along today. Your comments are welcome.