Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Overcast Day, Mom, Mail Arrives! Baked Things

Woke up to this sky, no sunrise and no chance of sun today even though the forecast model showed some this morning. It is only 7C and I’m sure we’ll see some rain spatters as well. That’s okay, after our showers, I have plans to visit Mom and maybe poke around Durham stores to get reacquainted.
This morning sky didn't show too much promise for a sunrise
After reading posts and having my tea and breakfast I showered and got ready for my visit. Captured this blue jay around the property. First time this year we’ve seen them here. Last year they hogged the bird feeder, of course, that was later in the year.

I drove into Durham in the spattering rain and wind at 10:45 and parked in front of Rockwood. I found Mom sleeping in her room, dressed but such a peaceful sight. It was such a gift to wake her up and get such a welcoming smile. Of course, she didn’t think she’d seen me for years, but that was okay. I know better, wink, wink.
Good day to go visiting

Rockwood Centre
I can’t help but wonder what the visits will be like and want to be comfortable suggesting a walk for exercise or just to go down to the puzzle room. Today I need not worry. I sat on her bed with her and we chatted non-stop for an hour. The time seemed to fly by and I soon had to take her down to her dining room for lunch.

Saying goodbye was 100% better today than last time because someone was at her table already. She made a joke about not inviting me for lunch because there wasn’t a chair for me but kissed me goodbye and watched and waved as I went out the door. That is exactly I want to leave her, happy, comfortable and content.
Mom was so happy to see me and very willing to pose for me
After leaving Rockwood I picked up the mail from our short-lived post office box and then drove to Main St. (hwy. 6) and parked. I wanted to scoot around the town a bit and see what I might have missed last fall. I went into a book store and picked up 5 for $3, authors that we will read, James Patterson and Tami Hoag to name a couple.

The view from Main Street (Garafraxa)
 From there I wandered down as far as the community pool which took me across the bridge over part of the Saugeen River. The other day I viewed a different part of this river when I walked alongside the McGowan Falls.

Love the talent displayed on the brick buildings in town
Then I poked my nose into one other store, a second-hand store of course that I’ve been in before. I like the owner of this place and found a pretty little pair of shoes to replace a couple I’m purging on Sunday. From there, I’m heading home to my sweeties. I’m sure they’re missing me like crazy. Oh, I’m pretty good at sarcasm too!

Bill had finished his James Patterson book “Along Came a Spider” so I left him long enough to get that out of the way. I was sitting at my laptop when I looked out the window towards the road and noticed the mail lady was stopping at our mailbox. Yay! Our first delivery! “We’ve Got Mail!”

Clemson and I took our walk down the laneway to get the mail. That was fast, we just made that change a few days ago. Bill noticed that my income tax refund was in the bank already too, that only took 8 days. Too bad it wasn’t enough to cover what he owed on his.

My walking partner
Bill found himself outside working in his cargo trailer again. Since the air was still cool at only 10C he at least was in out of the wind. I’m not sure what he got up to but I left him alone and I set about baking something. I plugged our Suite in to the power and made pulled out a few recipes to choose from.

I chose a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake as well as a fudge, so you can probably tell from this that I have been craving chocolate the last couple of days. Bill popped in a couple of times to see what the creations were going to be and it will be determined after dinner if they were a success.

I made up 4 burgers for dinner and lit the Weber Q. Bill took over cooking the meat and the bacon while I cut an onion and tomato and set things up inside. I haven’t had a hamburger in a long time but still could only eat one. That’s okay, leftovers.

When dishes were done I saw the first sighting of the sunshine since that morning peak at 7 am. We heard on the news that London was getting sun for most of the day and we’re sorry to have missed out on that. Looks like we’ll have our own for tomorrow and that is good, I am anxious to get outside again.

We watched a bit of Canadian Pickers and then a rerun of one of our favourite NCIS shows. We recorded The Voice and watched it at 9 and then put on 48 Hours: NCIS. I hope you have all had a good day and got some of that sunshine wherever you are.
My garden with frogs in place

My tired pooch - sorry for the blur, I was trying to take it quickly so as not to disturb them
Goodnight from The Ridge and from the sun that made this only appearance
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Banking, Common Snipe, Cleaning up Outdoors, Jello at Home

Monday, Apr. 24th was another beautiful sunny day. Too bad the wind is so cool again this morning. We were up at 7 for our coffees and blog reading. As I stepped out to walk to the Restroom I could hear the bird that we heard last July again. We had searched for the sound on a bird app and came to a conclusion, then, that it was a boreal owl.
Bill leaves to get water
 This morning I was able to see it and it sure doesn’t look like any kind of owl I’ve ever seen or read about. It was flying singly and really high up that I couldn’t focus on its quick flight long enough to get a picture. Hmmm. I wanted to google it now that I know what the bird looks like.

I pulled out my collection of yard ornaments
These are things we brought from our house before we sold last year

some things I couldn't leave behind when I knew we were coming to the Ridge

Our neighbour, Caroline, had these out at the curb
Loved the 3 blind mice wind vane
Let the hummingbirds come
Seems that the owl makes the exact same sound as the Common Snipe and to be honest this looks much more like a snipe than an owl. If I could get a photo of him I could confirm my findings so I’ll continue to try. I have all summer to capture him.

Our neighbours have this little shed way back on their property
Why let something like this go to waste?
We drove into Durham for a 10 o’clock appointment at RBC about the investments that were due. Susan was very interested in the lifestyle we have chosen and asked a lot of questions about the southwest. She was thrilled to get one of our cards so she could read our blogs. That cleaned up and settled for a few years, we went to F & S to fill a propane tank.

Gabe swims
Bill always looks after things that are needed for the Suite but is even more in-tune to my needs when he will be away. I can’t help but think how useless I would be for so many things if he wasn’t around for a few days. I’m sure I’d manage with instruction but you know what I mean. He needs to stick around for a very, very long time!

Taking a break, see the piles I need to go back and pick up?

Back home by 11 this morning and the temperature has risen to 12C/53F and the wind has died down considerably. In town there is no noticeable wind so it is probably 3 or 4 degrees warmer. I’ll take this in a heartbeat though, nothing compares to the serenity and privacy up here on the hill. We sat down and while made a few phone calls to change our mailing address, I went online and did the same for my connections with being Mom's poa. I think we might have everything updated now to our rural route delivery.

So I'm watching a visitor in Gabe's pond
He flies in behind him/her and seems to stalk

Flirting or showing who is boss?

Seems like they have come to terms with each other
After a bite for lunch we headed outside. Bill and Clemson drove over to The Acreage to get the bladder full of water. We were just below half but because he was expected to go to London for a couple of days, we wanted to top up. While he was gone, I hopped on my bike and went for a spin down the lane and road to the corner. Gosh, my legs need to be stronger! Good thing for the 6 gear changes on my wheels. It was good and I just need to build up the muscle so it doesn’t take so much out of me.

I was stunned when these geese came from nowhere
 My next venture was to rake the secondary lane from the bottom of the corral up the hill to the Suite. Mostly small branches from the overhead trees but also dead grass needed to be raked and cleaned up. So, from the leg work out to the arms it felt good to work outside. Often, I stopped to take a breather and have a water break. The sun was warm and I was grateful for the wind today.

One day I'm going to catch this guy in flight displaying his beautiful red wings
Bill returned and set up the hoses and filter to fill the tank before opening up his cargo trailer that holds his remote-controlled planes. I should have got a picture but maybe I’ll wait until he has it organized again. He is always coming up with new ideas.

Once I finished raking and dumping the loads in the brush pile, I was truly exhausted. I think the bike ride had caught up with me and my legs felt like rubber. I walked the lane a couple of times just to keep moving and then gave in and sat in my lounge chair with Clemson.
In case you missed it, this  will be our temperature for the next few

At 5 I lit the Weber and heated it up to start roasting potatoes. I could have sat outside in that warmth for a bit longer but I knew I would be asleep. After putting the cut-up spuds in a tinfoil pan, I came inside with Bill and Clemson and cut up onions and mushrooms. I would fry those up on the stove inside.
Dinner was delicious with the sides I’ve already mentioned and the steak we didn’t eat last night. After a good working day, sitting down with a full tummy was just what we needed. Not sure how long I will be able to sit and read before these eyes give in.

Gabe returns to his self made peace

I kept an eye on Gabe today in our east pond and watched swallows frequent the sky. Like the snipe, they are very fast, too fast for my lens. As a few of my readers have stated, this is a nature haven………….or should I say heaven. There is always something to listen to or look for related to ‘the nature of things’.
With the sun setting behind me, I’m going to pop in last night’s final sunset and call it a night. I’ve no doubt, if you are an outdoors type of person, whether it is landscaping you’re into, hiking, driving or reading, I’m sure you enjoyed this beautiful day in your neck of the woods as much as I did.
Good night from our summer place
By the way, Bill got a call this morning from CanAm. Change of plans, jiggling jello happens even here at home. While we were prepared to have Bill go to London Tuesday and Wednesday to work, Tuesday got postponed. Hmm, it would be a really long day for him to drive the 2 1/2 hours, work 8 hours and drive home so Phil was able to find someone to cover Wednesday's jobs. that makes life easier this time for us. We have to take the Ford in for the bumper repair Thursday morning so staying overnight was not going to be an option. Thanks Phil!

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