Monday, September 25, 2017

Beautiful Sleep, Lots of Monarchs, Another Lazy Day for Me

 I woke up around 7 am on Monday, Sept. 25th and both Bill and Clemson were still sleeping. Good thing I don’t need much room to stretch since Clem was right up against me and I was on the edge of the king bed. I peeked out the open window and the air was refreshing. By the time I was out of the bed they both moved and joined me downstairs.

This was to be another one of 3 hot days still to come our way. I went for a walk right away as I didn’t think it would be comfortable after 8. Well, it was a nice walk to the turbine lane and back but maybe I should have got up earlier! There is a slight breeze again up here but it will not be a day to work in the garden or much of anything.
The gathering at the corner is where the bus picks
high school students up so the parents are waiting with them

Bill likes to putter and has a few little things he wants to complete before we head to the southwest. Off he went after his coffee and blog reads. I was happy that he posted yesterday about Saturday and his flying event. You can read it here if you haven’t already. He doesn’t write often but I enjoy it when he does, and I’m sure his followers are happy to see that he is still active, not only by my words.
My turn-around point
Yesterday, Bill declined a bacon and eggs brunch unless I was going to make an omelette. This involves more chopping and inside cooking than I was prepared to do so he had cereal and I had yogourt instead. Today, I’ll treat him to an omelette so he has a good meal in his belly. I texted him to come in when it was ready and it was quite fluffy and fulfilling. There is enough left over for him tomorrow morning too. Bonus!
Interesting - someone is littering
After dishes were cleaned up I sat outside in the shade and the breeze. I don’t notice the humidity as much today and the breeze is stronger coming from the southwest. The awning is flapping a bit but not enough yet to bring it in. It helps to keep the Suite cool with them out, especially after lunch. We get shade at the front patio all day until probably 3 and then it moves to the northeast.

But more importantly, it looks like someone is quitting smoking
(or possibly a disagreement and someone threw their friends smokes out the window!)
With Bill finishing a couple of things on his ‘list’, he mentioned that the mail lady just stopped at our box. I slipped on my clogs and took a walk down the lane. Each time I walk down I watch for new born turtles but no movement yet from the nest I was watching. It has certainly been hot enough for them to emerge but maybe they decided to wait until spring.

The mail box held a piece of junk mail so certainly not worth the walk but for the exercise, it was worth it. I sat outside again with my book and once again get a taste of what this life of retirement really is all about. I’m not much help with the things on Bill’s list so other than online searching for things, I have no commitments. That feels freeing.
Ate half of my brunch before I remembered to take a picture
Bill had mentioned looking for something that he thought he’d seen at Welbeck’s so I thought maybe we should take a drive. This turned out to be fruitless, kind of like my walk to the mailbox, other than the pleasant drive down the country roads around here. 
Visitors in our pond today
On the way back, we came a different way and followed a dead-end road on purpose. Curiosity, you know? We were trying to find the huge house which we can see from the highway. It seems to be ‘in process’ but the lanes are too long and too far back in the trees to see the houses.

Back home, we had a Chapman’s ice cream bar and then found ourselves dozing in our chairs with our books. Not that they aren’t exciting stories, our eyes just won the battle. I can’t doze for long, something or other distracts me unless I go up to the bedroom. That’s okay, it is why I go to bed at 10 and why I sleep so well through the night.
But I spooked them
I made a note in the title of this post about the Monarchs. I’m referring to the butterflies. We have seen so many around here, no more than one at a time, but since the first beach day with Donna, every day I have seen them. They are so beautiful but very skittish. I can’t get close enough, thought I have certainly tried, to get a picture. I’m sure you’ve seen them too.

Reading about these lovely creatures, it is by instinct alone that they gather and migrate to Mexico. Apparently, there are phone apps where you can report seeing them and track them on their journey. 

At 6 Bill lit the Weber and I wrapped 2 cobs of corn and prepared us each a green salad. A nice meal tonight to make up for our lazy decision last night. And boy it was delicious! This summer we have tasted the best corn ever and it is all local stuff. Yummy. We did the dishes up and I went for another walk to capture the sky. That is never a disappointment, well usually never.

The temperature today reached 29C here and with a bit of a wind, it was kind of perfect. We were in and out all day doing exactly what we wanted and what we love to do. Tonight, one of our programs start its new season so we will settle in at 8 to watch The Voice. And that is it for our Monday. I hope yours has been fun!
Tonight, I couldn't  put my camera down before taking not one, not two but.............many shots

And the moon says goodnight

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Facebook Says the Party is Not Over, Perfect Sunday, Celebrating with Family and Special Friends

I woke up around 7 this morning, Sunday, Sept. 24th feeling refreshed and surprised that Clemson and I were alone in bed. I never heard my sweetie get up at all. Another perfect day is coming our way so I must get up and enjoy it! I sat with my tea and finished my post from yesterday. Once done, Bill and I went for a walk before the heat and humidity became too much.
If you look closely, you'll see the flies crowding the door
We wandered across Baptist Church Road so I could show Bill the foundation of the house on North Line. He is always interested in that stuff and can easily describe what openings are for where I am useless. I can’t picture the big picture if you get my drift. I would never be an active participant in the building of a home, not one to be present through every process. The designing, yes, and once the drywall is up then bring me in to help make further choices.

someones new home in the early stages
This place looked at first to be a big home but when Bill pointed out the double garage opening, it will be just a nice size at floor level anyway. There was a lot of water in the ‘basement’ level so that will be a deterrent until it dries up but the tresses and dormars are ready and waiting for their turn to be utilized. Bill is always surprised how soon these pieces are dropped off and left sitting before they are actually used.

When we returned from our walk Bill put the water bladder in the back of the truck and went to the Acreage to get more water. Donna and Gerry are there, actually have spent much of the weekend there for the first time in a long time. The weather makes that an easier decision, I’m sure. I killed a few more pesky ‘devils’ inside and then swept through the Suite. Then I closed windows and lowered the a/c temperature. It was already 26C inside.
the walk back home with my sweetie
With the bladder emptying into our tank, we had another cup of coffee and tea. This one was had outside in the shade. There won’t be much sun sitting today. Inside, I had some bananas and raspberries to use up so since we were plugged in anyway, for the a/c, I pulled out my blender. Time for a smoothie! Adding the fruit, milk, cream and ground flax seed I hit the ‘Smoothie’ button. I love these and since I only make them once every two weeks or so, it is like a treat for me.
Preparing to get water
Bill worked over at his cargo trailer for the remainder of the morning while I stuck around close to the Suite, in the shade. 

At noon, I made us each up a stacked pastrami, ham, salami, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo sandwich on a bun. It was quite filling and as much as we’re trying to avoid the bread, it hit the spot on a hot day. Hot days for me mean ‘simple meals and as little cooking as possible’. Luckily, my man agrees.
Bill found this little garter snake crossing the gravel 
The afternoon went well with each of us doing our own thing. Donna and Gerry came over around 2 for an early happy hour and birthday wishes. They missed seeing us yesterday so even brought the bar with them. Offering us a drink from their ‘bar in a bag’, Bill had a rum w/ coke, Gerry had a rye w/ginger and Donna and I had a glass of Disaronno w/ice. Donna brought me a beautiful deep red dahlia from her garden at the Acreage.
Beautiful dahlia from Donna
At 3 our friends, Rob and Pat called and asked if we were home and would we like company. We haven’t seen them for a while, at least not together, so told them to definitely come and join us. We were moving down the line of the shade as much as we could while sitting under the awning. The sun was very hot and yet our sun shade wouldn’t have helped because of the angle we are on. The offer to move inside was given but everyone seemed content to stay outdoors.

This afternoon I saw this caterpillar
According to folklore, this means a mild winter
You'll have to tell us if it is true
 When Rob and Pat arrived, Rob handed me a pot of lovely Hardy Mums in shades of yellow. 
Beautiful Hardy Mums from Pat and Rob
Pat gave me birthday cards including one from Aunt Mary. How nice. I didn’t see family or close friends on my birthday so today’s small gathering made it complete. It was so nice that they all dropped in to have a drink with us. At 4:30 we said goodbye but not before Pat asked for a picture of the two of us. She’s right, we didn’t have a picture of just us together.

Happy Hour with Happy People
When our company left, we caved and moved inside into the cool Suite. I felt zonked and knew it was the heat since I’d done nothing all day. Bill dropped off in his chair and I watched a program about Costco. It was quite interesting and even more so because we love shopping there. I think my eyes dropped closed for a bit too so I’m glad I recorded it.
If it weren't for the reflection of the sun on my camera lens
this would be a very nice picture of us two Pats
two great friends
 Neither of us was very hungry so we settled for beans and franks for supper. After dishes, it felt kind of nice outside with the sun disappearing so I walked down the lane and to the corner. It had dropped from 30C to 26C. 

A walk down the lane
This heat wave is supposed to stick around for another couple of days so we’ll be relying on our a/c for a while yet. Come Wednesday or Thursday, we’ll wonder who turned the heat off!

Playing with colour options on my gallery
I thought I’d sit outside and read but soon enough a couple of mosquitos found me and that chased me indoors. Inside I finished my post and then sat with my book. I’m now reading Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge. It is another good one with Tom Dunleavy as the main character. Someone new, but just as captivating.

Caught this picture and thought I'd play with the moon

I hope you have enjoyed this day. We can’t do much about the weather and because I complain about the cool and wet, you will NOT hear me complain about the hot and dry. It is what I've been waiting for.

Using a Sunscreen adjustment on my photo gallery

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