Thursday, September 19, 2019

Work Away and at Home, PayDay! Company Arrival Delayed

On the Ridge
Thursday, Sept. 19th I didn’t have an alarm set. I just let my body tell me when it was time to get up. We woke around 6:30 and I didn’t move out of bed until 7. There is no rush to get to the Mat now that it is still dark at 6:30. I washed, dressed and brushed my teeth before heading into town at 7:15.

After trimming, I watered all of the flowers
Bill was having his coffee and then was going to go to the Acreage to fill the water bladder. We weren’t much below half but like to top up when we can. We had a call last evening from our friends who were expected to arrive on Friday. They somehow mixed the day up and upon checking their calendar realized he had to work Friday. No worries, we’ve been very busy so gladly took an extra day for ourselves and told them Saturday to Sunday worked for us too.

In my garden, between the iris was a large
mulien plant
It will go to waste as I don't make mulien tea
The Mat looked quite good, aside from the new clean looking paint job, it didn’t take much effort at all for me to wipe out machines, dust mop and then damp mop sections of the floor. I had extra time so got a putty knife and scraped the paint drops of gray and white off the tile floor. They are pretty much done painting, with maybe a couple of little things left, so I felt doing this now when I had time made sense.

This worked for a while but its usefulness is obsolete
He took it apart and if he can use anything for something else, he will
Back home, I made my tea and then set about writing yesterday’s post. I hadn’t started it before we left for Fort Erie and had no energy or ambition to start last night after we got home. It was a full day from the moment we got up to bedtime. The air felt cool this morning even though the sun was out in full force. Bill went out to do some painting and to take apart his wing rack. He’d made this three years ago for the cargo trailer but now it isn’t required.

Goose the Spruce shows how he has grown with his lovely
I did some research on the internet, checking out websites that I’d made note of over the past week. The yogourt site didn’t pan out, lots of detail but no actual recipe so I’ll keep searching, following my next reader’s suggestion. I checked out the Grey Bruce Airbus for rates to Pearson Airport in October. We’re still tossing ideas around on that one. I checked hotel rates as well in Toronto near the airport and lastly, I checked how to winterize my hardy Hibiscus plant.

a nice fluffy omelette with bacon, peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of
mozzarella cheese - oh and eggs of course!

We had omelettes for breakfast and after dishes carried on outside. I trimmed the hostas, lilies and irises in 2 more areas. One more garden up on the berm and one down along the fence at the end of the lane is all that I have left. While we were working, Jamie came to pay us both. What a guy, he even separated mine from Bill’s. Too bad I got the lesser amount! We chatted for a bit and after he left, I finished working in the garden. I chatted back and forth on FB messenger with a couple of sisters about their gardening progress as well.

Not a real clear picture, my phone camera focused on the wrong thing
but you should be able to see the Monarch wing
I took a picture of my chrysalid on the handle because its colour has changed. Upon looking closer, I see why. How exciting and how beautiful! See for yourself! By the end of the day, it had even turned darker.

And by suppertime, a clearer wing 

Isn't it exciting?

and darker cocoon
Bill and I had moved his Telemaster out of the cargo trailer and then back in when we were done for the day. Without the wings, we tested the weight after he’d glued more lead weights to the nose. Tadah! I think he mastered it this time! We had a call from Bell in Hanover that my phone's protective cover had arrived but not Bill’s case. We’ll take a drive in the morning and see if there is something else he can get. It isn't good not to have it in a case.

no turtles today
We need to go shopping for a new Keurig, not being able to put it off any longer. The leaking is non-stop and the amount of water on the shelf is ridiculous. We’ll set it out on the island in the morning to make our coffee and then find one in town somewhere. Bill is calling it *%#*! names BUT I think it has done well. It is 5 or 6 years old and used every day, 3 or 4 times a day. No point in whining. Things just don’t last the way they used to.

Up on the berm, I just admired our home from the back side
I walked to check the mail box and there was nothing left so then I cut across the front field to see the turtles. Alas, and a disappointment there when none were in sight. On the log nor on the bank. Bill and I were done for the day so he put stuff away and we came inside. The warmth of 74F was dropping off, the afternoon sun beginning its descent by 4:30. Such a change in temperature but at least our daytime highs are really nice.

Lots of green tomatoes and some peppers too
My watermelon isn't growing too quicky so I uncovered it
Inside, I caught up on my post, downloaded pictures and then sat with Bill to watch NCIS. We’d agreed on cheeseburgers and salad for supper even though we had no anymore carbs. Bill offered to have his burger with toasted rye bread and I knew I didn’t need one. He lit the Weber Q at 6 and we were eating by 6:30. 

my garden fare today
I used store bought head lettuce but chives, peppers and tomato from the garden. It was very good for a simple meal.

And lookee!
I had to stand beside it to show its height
Hey Daddy! I've finally grown a sunflower!!
I have a lot of green tomatoes so I know we’ll get some relish out of them. If you think that makes me happy, you can imagine my excitement to see my sunflower. It has stopped growing in height and now there is an actual bloom. Nature is so much fun! We took care of the dishes, watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and then sat back and I started a new book. James Patterson’s Jack and Jill was my next read.

This was a good day. Got a few jobs done, got some cash and saw some very cool things around the property. I hope you had a fund day as well.

And the sunset tonight taken at a different angle

Goodnight everyone!

Thank you for your visit!

Great Day for a Drive, Visiting in Fort Erie

The Ridge
It was 6:30 on Wednesday, Sept. 18th when we grumbled at Bill’s alarm. We listened to it though and got up. This would be a long day so I hopped in the shower right away while Bill had his coffee and toast. Then it was his turn for the shower and I had my tea and toast with choke cherry jelly. I wish I didn’t enjoy it on rye toast so much! At least, we are still controlling our weight and I’m keeping the 6 lbs. off – for now.

A lovely morning taste of fall

Lots of collages today of our trip
This was as we entered the  401
It was a slow 30 minutes to go 4 km
We were out the door by 8 am and on our way to Fort Erie. The sky was clear blue with no clouds in sight. There wasn’t even any breeze to speak of, very light if any at all. Bill followed the instructions on our Rand McNally Good Sam GPS and although we encountered little traffic most of the way, taking hwy 6 to the QEW.  That all changed as we entered the ramp for the major highway. Whoa!!

A new overpass was being erected but they weren't even working today
Two accidents - one steaming red car and I missed the tractor trailer loaded on the
tow truck
It was backed up ahead and behind us on all traffic lanes heading east. They were barely moving. We’d allowed 3 hours to get to Marilynne’s, Bill’s Step-Mom, but with the 30-minute delay on the 6 lane 401, that plan went to you know where. She doesn’t text or use a cell phone so we just played it out instead of calling her and she’d see us when we got there.

The smog over Burlington
and otherwise sunny skies
Crossing the Burlington Skyway Bridge is always a sight to behold
The pair of bridges, built in 1958 and 1985, span the Burlington Bay Canal
There is a bit of a tricky scenario to be careful of and we got caught up in it as instead of exitting onto Central Ave, we took the first exit (seeing her hi-rise right ‘there!). Unfortunately, the first exit was to Tim Horton’s and the Duty Free. Once you drive through their lot, you have no choice but to cross into the U.S. What??!! Good grief! All lanes led that way and we had no intention of going into Niagara Falls, NY. Plus, we didn’t have our passports.

Entering wine country
for our friends who enjoy a glass or two
Entering Niagara Falls, Ontario
We found the small “U-Turn, Return to Canada” sign and squeezed through the pylons almost blocking the lane. It was an easy explanation to the crossing guard (I think this happens a lot) but regardless, we still had to pay the toll of $5 to return into Ontario. A lesson learned and just a simple error, turning too soon rather than paying attention to the gps. We laughed about it and you can be sure it won’t happen again.
The left picture depicts us going in the right direction
and then the right picture was ALL wrong!! haha
Marilynne was happy to see us when we arrived and after a welcoming chit-chat, I gave her a small jar of my apple sauce and a honey oat apple muffin. 

Marilynne's building and sunny balcony facing southwest
and a nice happy picture of Bill and Marilynne
Then, Bill drove us down the street to The Barrel, an Italian restaurant the Marilynne frequents when she has company. I ordered a tea, the chicken rice soup and shrimp linguini. Oh my, it was delicious and just the right amount for a filling meal. We wouldn’t need much for supper, that’s for sure! Bill ordered pizza, which surprised the heck out of me, and it looked yummy too.

A great little venue just down the street from her apartment
So good! Thank you Marilynne!
After helping her with a couple of small things in the apartment and a nice visit, we said goodbye around 3 pm. Bill did well without a snooze and only once, within 30 minutes from home, did he start to feel sleepy. 

On the drive back to M's apartment, we laughed at this bar name
(just in case your wife called!)
The Niagara River separating Canada and the United States
Marilynne's beautiful old church, built in 1821
I always carry water, as many of us do, so with that and some ‘always’ available candies in my purse, we made it home by 6. We didn’t follow the same route coming home but we did avoid the busy highways when we could and caught #6 asap.

Back through wine country, I managed to get one of the signs
(there are soooo many wineries here and we've been to a lot of them)

I like the street names too
Play it again, Sam
On the way home, I did get a good picture of the freighter crossing from Hamilton Bay to
Lake Ontario
A little car had this in his back window - eek!
We were tired so relaxed for the evening in front of the tv. Our finale for America’s Got Talent was on from 8 to 10 and then Bill turned on one of his car shows. No thanks. I moved upstairs to the bedroom and watched the last hour of a Denzel Washington/Angelina Jolie movie called The Bone Collectors. Ooh, I need to see it from the beginning, I love her acting and D.W. makes my heart go pitter patter. 😊 I turned the tv off at 11 and dropped off quickly.

A field of pumpkins
'Tis the season
Pretty clouds 4 minutes from home
 This was a long day but a good one. We’re glad to have gotten to see Marilynne before heading to the southwest again. Things have been busy and between her and us, this was the only time it worked.

Home Sweet Home
Good night!
Thank you very much for popping in today.