Friday, April 28, 2017

Heat Loss, Haircut, Baby Yertle and Taking Control

On Friday, Apr. 28th we woke up to guess what? Clouds again. Lordy oh Lordy, will Julie from CTV news ever get it right this week? The wind had died down this morning only to pick up again by noon hour just in time for the sky to clear and the sun to bring us some warmth.

Good morning
Over coffee/tea Bill and I made plans for today. Not written in stone, we had discussed yesterday that maybe I would go into Hanover for my haircut on Monday and get the license plate cover put on at Heinz while I’m there. They didn’t have one in stock yesterday.
Just another view across our patio set to the pond 

This morning we decided to both drive in and get both things done. Bill will be out of town on Monday and Tuesday so this way I don’t have to drive in next week. He dropped me off at First Choice at 9:30 and I was pleased that there were only 2 customers ahead of me. I was taken care of pronto by Brandy. Who names their offspring after booze anyway? She was charming as is the right type in a snifter.
Dandelions have made an appearance

A peek through the brush along the driveway
I only wanted a trim and she took off at least 2 inches, trying to get rid of my ‘scraggy’ ends. My word, not hers. With my $3 coupon I only had to pay $12.47 plus tax and a tip. Pretty good price, I’d say, and she even blew it dry with some product on it. Such a little touch up makes a huge difference.
What do you see in this picture?
I wandered into Mark’s Work Warehouse as I noticed a ‘storewide sale’. I love that store, their clothes and their sales. I didn’t get too far into the store as I didn’t need anything other than some new socks. Found a great deal, buy one get one for 50% off on Denver Hayes so walked out a happy ‘camper’. Literally!
Meet Baby Yertle
I don't know how I didn't step on him on my way to the Restroom
Bill tooted around town a bit waiting for my text to say I was ready and timed it perfectly as I walked back to the parking lot, he was there. We came home just before 11, done running around for the day. The temperature was rising but not very quickly at 11C and the winds were also stepping it up. Naturally.

I felt a chill so made myself a cup of tea and we each enjoyed one of my corn muffins with butter. Yummy, even without nuking them. After yesterday’s 27C my body was feeling cheated with such a drastic heat loss. I think I’ll brave it this afternoon, bundle up and go out and dig up a persistent nuisance plant in my garden. I can’t remember what Donna called it, but that is my name for it.
this green ground cover plant as well as the green and white is what I'm evacuating
I’m glad I went out, despite the cool wind, as the sun was wonderful. I dug out the 3-prong trowel and a shovel, my garden gloves, a board to sit on and a container for the ‘disposals’. Before I got too far, one of my layers came off. Granted I was wearing a few so I had some to spare.
Clemson checks the air and the sounds around us
Clemson is always happy when our jackets, sweaters or shirts come off. You can see why in the picture. Here he sat listening to the sounds of nature and I’m sure smelling all kinds of things I was not aware of. He was my watch dog and kept me in his sight.
I started at one end of the garden and decided I wasn’t stopping until I got to the other end. It took me about 4 hours and even though I feel confident that I got 90% of these pesky plants, I’m sure there are roots still stretching up to the surface as I type. I’ll watch and keep pulling them. Eventually, I should prevail.
Where you see  brown, is where that plant took over
Once I was finished, I put things away and admired my work. My back always argues with this type of chore so I decided to take a walk down the lane and stretch it and my legs out. Of course, a camera in had means a few pictures of the pond along the way.

Bill came out after feeding Clemson at 5 pm and I showed him the garden. I wanted his opinion of where I wish to plant a small vegetable garden so we checked that area out as well. I plan to start digging in the next couple of weeks if the weather ever co-operates.

Done for today
Since we had some leftovers in the fridge that needed to be cleaned up, that is what we did for supper. I plugged us in after using solar power all day and reheated a pork chop and a hamburg patty. On the side, I made up a salad. It was just enough and tasted pretty good.

With dinner and dishes cleaned up, I noticed the clouds had moved in leaving only a sliver of sun. It was a pretty good day and it feels pretty nice that at 8 o’clock the sun still hasn’t set. I enjoy watching the performance put on in the evening sky, the colours, the play of the clouds and the overall effect. Tonight was no different.

Goodnight all

I hope that you have enjoyed your day. I hope that the sun shone in your world.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Short and Sweet, Passports, Storm Coming

On Thursday, Apr. 27th we woke up early, 6:15 early, and had a coffee before heading out the door at 7:15 am. We had an appointment to take the truck in to get the bumper replaced. Remember the El Reno casino incident? Yah, well they had to replace the whole bumper, by law. The bummer is that we will have to pay our 500 deductible. How is that fair?
Beautiful sunrise this morning
After dropping Black Beauty off, we drove to Donna’s for a quick hello, picked up my jackets I left her last week and picked up a $3 coupon for First Choice Haircutters. My hair needs a trim and instead of doing it myself, thought I’d splurge! Ha!

We then stopped at Shopper’s Drug Mart to get our passport pictures taken. Lucky us, we were there at 8:30 and got taken care of immediately. Seniors deals were on so we got 20% off, bonus! Too bad the pictures are so somber, no glasses, don’t smile, gotta see your ears. I must remember not to show my teeth when looking at the next Border Security person. Good deal at $11.99 each. I'm not posting those lovely pictures.
Look at that sky
 We then drove to Owen Sound to the Service Canada office in the Heritage Mall and submitted our applications. Ouch, these passports are so expensive, they have us travelers by the short hairs. We got the best deal going and ordered it for 10 years. Best service we’ve received though in any passport dealings.

I wanted to get my hair cut but when I stuck my head in the door, I was told “at least an hour wait”. All 5 chairs were filled, so I left. We headed back home after a quick stop at Pet Smart and Princess Auto. We were both hungry and tired and wanting to take advantage of this nice warm day. 

Even with the clouds, it was a warm day
Bill was kind enough to stop in Williamsford so I could get a picture of this store. It reminds me of Julian, California. I’m going to have to check out their pies too!

 If it wasn’t for the wind, it would have been a very hot, humid day for sure but it could have calmed down a wee bit, no? The temperature rose to 27C so I went out and read my book. 

Bill continued to work in his trailer and by 2:30 we got the call that our truck was ready.
On the way back from Owen Sound, I took a picture of my sister, Gayle's Montana
The ground was soft when they got home and it got stuck this way
Looks nice though down in their valley
A quick trip back into Hanover, me thinking on the way home in the car I could stop at F.C. for that trim. Looking behind me at the blackening sky to the west, I didn’t think it would be a good idea to get caught in that on my way home. It wasn’t that important today, I just wanted to get home.

Guys store, I went to Pet Smart instead. :)
In the door by 4 and the rain started. We are in for a storm so I will close this up and wish everyone a safe and dry evening. I know my book will get finished tonight! Something to note before I leave. On my phone, I got a notice of the severe weather warning for storms and strong winds in the Durham area. At the bottom it said, “rain to stop at 4:40pm”. Laugh out loud at that. Well, at 4:42, the rain stopped. Literally stopped! Not for long mind you, it started up 5 minutes later but isn’t that uncanny?
Our Canada flag takes a beating up here
The storm ended by 5 and things brightened up and the winds died down a bit. I guess we needed the rain and it didn't dampen the frogs choir. They are still at it!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Too Hopeful? More Baking, Gorgeous Sunset

On Wednesday, Apr.26th I was happy to see blue sky out my westerly bedroom window. It was about 7:30, which surprised me that I slept in so long, so I got up not to miss another minute of a sunny day. Bill and Clemson were up and already settled downstairs. “Your tea is ready” said my sweetie. Nice sounds to wake up to.

The joy for the bright day was short-lived, however, when I saw clouds creeping up from the east and slowly spreading across the sky. I try not to let the weather get to me and usually it doesn’t. How it affects my feelings is when I believe the guessers from the previous day telling me “21C and full sun”. I count on that and then have the letdown when it doesn’t come to fruition. Darn!

I was trying to capture the pink pond weeds

Okay, the bright side is that I am on the right side of this wonderful earth and there was 'no tag on my big toe when I woke up'. One of my father-in-law's recent one-liners.  We will make the best of this day. I told Bill yesterday that I had a couple more recipes to try IF the day turned out to be a dud, so guess what I’ll start with?

I sat down with my tea and noticed the warm 10C for the day’s start up. Hmm, not too bad at all in comparison to the latest overnight temps. It is slowly warming up. I read blog posts from yesterday and left some comments when moved to do so.
These little weeds are so interesting
When I walked outside to the Restroom it was nice to hear the birds and a squawk from Gabe. The Snipe (if that is what it is) was circling as well although I couldn’t see him. Looking up at the bird, his white underbelly is lost in the clouds.
My hostas are starting to pop up, finally!
Yesterday, in the town mail box I had a notice from one of Mom’s life insurance providers to confirm that she still requires their premium so I filled that out (it is a yearly confirmation) and Clemmy and I walked it down to the mail box.
Notice the 2 lard packages - The Morrell brand, bought in the US does not spoil us
with the measurements on the lid. funny how disappointing that is!

I'm so glad I have my island
I love it when the postage is paid like that. I haven’t gotten back into the routine of having stamps on hand yet. I popped the flag up and once again felt the satisfaction that comes with having a mailbox at the end of the lane.
Cherry and butter tarts
I didn't have dates for the butter tarts so added raisins for Bill instead

Corn Muffins
Every once in a while, as I’m inside baking I feel the gusts of wind. I believe they got up to 26 mph and didn’t seem to let up all day. It was nice though to open the door around 1:30 when the temperatures soared and the sun started making brief appearances.
Bill up on the hill with his cargo trailer
Bill was involved with his planes and cargo trailer, there is some major renovating going on out there. I went for a couple of walks down the lane, one with Clemson and one where I thought he was following me but got sidetracked. More mail today and my letter got picked up.
Our energetic pooch taking a break
I made up a batch of Corn Muffins first and fresh out of the oven, took Bill a warm one with butter. They smelled so good and he confirmed the taste was just as good.  Once I cleaned up from those I got into the more time consuming job of making pastry.
And Chippy makes an appearance
Butter Tarts and Cherry Tarts were on the agenda. Most of my prep time took place in the morning so when the sun came out, I asked Bill if we should unplug and take advantage of some free solar power. That would mean not using the convection oven until later this evening. I think he was anxious for the goodies and suggested I continue and finish all the baking.
A path for the kayak one day
The indoor temperature rose to 26C but Bill was still surprised when I changed into shorts. He had been outside and wasn’t quite feeling the same heat I was. By suppertime, I had tried a few more times to get out and enjoy the day. No matter how many times I went out, once to sit in my chair in the sun with my book, I was chased back inside because the wind was so strong.
For dinner, I cooked inside. We had Tilapia fried with lemon & pepper seasoning and a nice salad on the side. The loins were huge and turned out very well. Yummy. Dishes took longer than usual because of all the muffin tins and baking dishes.
The sun is playing games again tonight, coming out full midafternoon, just in time to disappear in the west. Once more Clemson and I walked down the lane way, to burn off supper or maybe prepare for dessert. Hmm.
Jet contrails coming directly from the sun
I hope your day has been a great one. It was great to have you along today whether your weather was conducive to in or out of doors.

Good night
And this evenings sky made up for the late sunshine today
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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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