Monday, July 15, 2019

Lovely Day, Laundry, Visiting My Mom, Bill Digs, Quiet Afternoon

Home on the Ridge
We woke before the alarm at 6 on Monday, July 15th. Bill had offered to come to town to clean the big dryers with me and we took 2 loads of laundry to do as well. The Mat wasn’t too bad other than the main floor needed a really good damp mopping. It must be detergent that spills and leaves such a mess. Bill loaded the washers and we had to do some scrambling for change since the coin machine wouldn’t take my $20.

A little peek at the pond on our way into town
Bill set about opening big dryers and sweeping out the lint while I emptied the lint drawers in the small ones. I washed counter tops, washroom and washers in the time he dust-mopped and damp mopped all the floors. We worked well as a team and when the hour was up, we were done and I had our clothes folded in the basket to take home to the clothesline. It was 7:40 by the time we were in Ptooties and on our way home.

The pipe will start here (in the ground)
Back home, I made my tea and Bill went to the Hangar for a second coat of primer, I think. I lose track ofwhat he does. I got caught up in reading blogs and it wasn’t until Bill came in at 8:30 and mentioned the clothes that I remembered I hadn’t hung them yet! My memory, I swear!! So, I did that right away. It won’t take them long to dry as at 10:30 it was 69F/21C. Not much breeze to blow them but no complaints here either.

down this hill (doesn't need to be buried here)
Bill needs to dig or have a trench dug from the Hangar up across the lane and into part of the area to the Bunky. This is for a Big O black tube to feed his power cords through. They need to be below the ground but accessible to remove at any time should it be necessary. Not an easy task but he went out to feed the cords through before I started breakfast. After we both had peameal bacon and eggs (yup, me too) he began digging in the shade.

I was hungry for eggs today

this part covered leading to the driveway
I cleaned up dishes and went out to see what he was doing and to give him the typical ‘wife-warning’. Be careful and take breaks and drinks often. He is trying to save money by doing it himself, if possible. With a visit to see Mom on my 11 am agenda, we decided that he could carry on in the drive (the hardest part) and I’ll drive down Corral Hill to get out. I took a few pictures and then left for Durham at 11:05.

This wasn't easy but not as hard as we thought it would be either
I got up to the 3rd floor and found her down past her room with her walker. It looked like she was quite confused, looking into different resident rooms and saying “I don’t know where I’m supposed to be”. It put in perspective just what her world is like and that must be very scary for her. She was calm and just kept moseying along when finally, she looked up and saw me. After the initial glance from a distance, she moved closer and recognized me. There it is, the smile that makes the visit all worthwhile.

We remained in her room and her conversation was a little improved from my last visit so that was good. I walked her down to her table and although it is harder to get her moving, she stayed in her chair and waved as I walked away. I saw Aunt Mary looking my way so ducked behind the pillar and bent down to say hello. She hasn’t seen me for a while but set her glass down as recognition dawned in her face and eyes as well. She reached for my hand so I’m glad I stopped.

These new devices always set her off in giggles
Mom was still looking for me and waving with one or both hands until I reached the door. The love I feel from and for her across the heads of the other diners is too hard to describe. I just know that it is right for me to go each week to see her and feel that unconditional emotion. One last wave and she turned away with a smile to speak to her table mate. 😊 I drove home and was able to drive up the lane over the covered O pipe. Bill had just finished digging for the day since the area was now sun-filled.

Inside, we sat with a cold bottle of water before he went out to putter in his shed again. Outside, it is 75F and in his Hangar and in the Bunky, a comfortable 64F. That is what the insulation does. We both felt tired, even though I haven’t done too much, and were ready for a snooze around 1 o’clock. I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.

We’ve made plans, during the morning hours, to have Bill’s daughter visit one morning and for lunch and also for good friends from London to come for an overnight Bunky stay. It is nice when they can look ahead and pick a suitable day that works for them. That gives us time to choose as well from their options. They missed last year so we are happy to have them coming this summer again. As Bill kept himself busy, I did some reading and then walked down for the mail.

And the trench across the lane is finished
and the pipe burried with the cords in it
My book was getting close to being finished so shamelessly I admit that I devoted a fair bit of time to that today. We did each have a snooze, relative to how much work we’d done. Meaning, Bill’s was a lot longer than mine. I brought the clothes in off the line and we took turns putting our own clothes away. My book was done by 5 and around 5:30 I got Madame IP out to cook chicken thighs and a thick pork chop for Bill.

After sautéing the 4 items, I removed them and added water to scrape the bottom. Cooking for 12 minutes, the lightly spiced thighs and chops took priority space directly on the trivet and then I placed 2 large cut potatoes and 3 carrots in large chunks on top. We haven’t had potatoes for quite some time with our meals so I decided to have a treat for supper tonight. I wish I could say that we don’t like them, but I can’t.

Bill had the pork chop with corn

I had the chicken thigh with carrots
When the time was up I let it go to Natural Release for 6 minutes before releasing it manually. I grilled the meat on the Weber for 5 minutes each side with some barbecue sauce and boy was our supper ever good! There are a couple of small thighs left but hardly enough for another 2-person supper. 

The clouds took over late in the afternoon
We relaxed after dinner with some reruns and watched the last half of Ice Age:The Meltdown. Love these movies. The air outside was still registering 76F/25C and inside at hefty 80F/27C.

This was a good day and we both took care of some necessary things. Laundry, Mom visit, trench started and some painting. There were a few sprinkles of rain but ain’t it the truth that if you want it and need it, you don’t get it. Well, that’s living in Ontario anyway. I hope you enjoyed your day. At 8:15, the air cooled by a couple of degrees and we got some gentle rain. I hope it keeps coming down.

The sun is drawing up water
and the rain fell mid evening
Good night everyone!

Thank you for dropping in!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Slept In! Foggy Morning, Friends Depart, Empty Late Afternoon

The Ridge
 On Sunday, July 14th I woke at 5 and rolled over all 4 ways until 6 when I last looked at the clock. It was too early to get up on a day off especially! Bill was still sound asleep. Next thing I knew, it was 7:30 and the space beside me was empty. After getting up and coming downstairs, Bill told me he’d only been up 20 minutes so we both slept in a bit.

Foggy across the pond and on North Line
It felt warm in the Suite after last night’s cool down but we had closed our windows before going to bed around 10:30. I looked outside and it was too foggy across the area and the pond to go for a walk. I couldn’t see North Line so I made my tea and joined Bill until he headed down to the Hangar. Jo-Ann was outside with Higgins so I took my coffee out and sat at the King chairs. With her drink, she soon joined me.

back window - no sunrise
We looked at some of her pictures of Arizona from 2014 and then took Higgins for a walk to Turbine Lane. She made me work this morning! She really moves and this ole gal had a time keeping steps with her. It was good for me though and once I got the groove, coming back was much easier. She said she was trying to ‘rein’ it in too! Higgins was a good boy and used his ‘new to him’ retractable leash.

And then by 8, the fog was gone

And the sky was gorgeous
Last night, a lot of Clemson’s things moved to a new home, a new puppy and we feel really good about that. Setting up a new trailer is the perfect time to have duplicates of things and when you have a pooch, he needs duplicates as well. Clemson liked Higgins when they had their first meeting in June so we know he’d be happy to share his stuff.

so, we followed Higgins down the road
There has to be a setting on my phone camera that I'm missing
The selfie pictures are blurry
We sat with the boys for a while outside when we returned until 9:30 when I made Bill his bacon and eggs.

The guys were chilling in the shade when we returned
They had finished laying the flooring in the Hangar last night and it is looking mighty fine! I’m happy because Bill is happy and that is putting it mildly. Bob was a huge help in getting that project to 95% completion. Awesome! After breakfast, we all hopped into Black Beauty and drove over to the Acreage. Gerry had invited us over to show Bob and Jo-Ann their summer haven.

No b & e for me today
Instead I had this filling brunch on a pretty plate
Higgins curled up on the car bed we gave him
Bill filled the water bladder as well and we’ll use it either for washing a vehicle or two and/or topping up our fresh water tank. At least we have it on hand and he was able to show Bob our easy procedure for getting water. They liked Donna and Gerry’s Landmark 5th wheel, made by Heartland as is their Redwood. The Acreage received praises too and then we sat with Mike at the pond. None of us was more surprised (or should I say shocked?) than Jo-Ann when Higgins walked to the end of the dock and jumped in the pond! A squeal from her got our attention.

The little drowned rat
Bob emptied his pockets, and so did Bill, prepared to jump in after him. He’s just a little guy but also smart and turned around swimming to the dock, saving both guys from getting wet. It was scary, comical and so cute all at the same time. Jo-Ann was afraid he’d do it again so we put him on a rope that Gerry had. Now, soaking wet, he looked even more like our little Clemmy.

Mama says 'No more water, Higgins'
The guys all got a kick out of Higgins' swim
Clem did NOT like water and the only time he swam like that was when Bill took him into the pond about 6’ out and let him swim to shore. Let’s just say we were all entertained today. 

Roped in, he chewed on a stick and dried quickly
in the hot sun
Soon enough, we headed back home and our company began packing up. Oh, after a group photo on my funky tripod and phone camera. All the grumbling we endured from Bob and Bill about taking a picture. Good grief! This is memory making time!

Still blurry but a nice picture of the 5 of us
They were ready to pull out around 2:30 and I asked ‘were they not wanting to dump?’ Oh yes! They may as well, instead of going to a park in Tavistock. This was another ‘virgin’ project so it was good that Bill could help show Bob the process. The first time is always a bit intimidating so it went well and he learned for the next time. We waved goodbye as they went down the laneway. It was a great visit and we were happy to get to know them better.

Easy fold-up steps
For some reason, Bill and I felt kapooped so came inside with our books. Well, I tried sitting outside first and the sweat bees drove me nuts again so that didn’t last. I moved inside and relaxed. We read, dozed, read some more and then around 5:30 we got the ‘arrived home safely’ text. Now we can really relax. We certainly hope they come back and we would like to accept their invitation to their cottage at Turkey Point soon. I’ve never stayed at anyone’s cottage (without our own rv).

Higgins waits in the shade 

Jo-ann closing hatches
Bill went to the Hangar to do a bit more sanding for his base board trim and then at 6:00 after I took a walk down the lane, he lit the Weber and grilled burgers for supper. I debated the bun but went with it in the end. It was a filling burger; no salad was necessary. For dessert, no rhubarb custard tonight, we finished the last two Creamy lime Jell-o dishes with a Fat Bomb. I need to pester Jo-Ann for the recipe for the rhubarb dish, loved by all of us.

And Higgy and I stayed out of the way and
took selfies
After dishes, Bill went down to primer his wood pieces and then called it quits for the night. I’m not showing you the flooring intentionally, once it is done Bill can take pictures and write his own post. This was a wonderful day although we were saddened to say goodbye. The time spent with them and little Higgins was A-1. I had a sweet cuddle with him on my lap while the hooking up process was going on.

all hooked up
Ready to go on his new bed

He kept his eye on Jo-Ann but only a couple of times seemed like he wanted to jump down. I think he was tired out. I hope your day was a good one too! The weather was absolutely perfect reaching a high of 77F/25C and hardly any wind to speak of all day. Let’s have a repeat tomorrow!

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