Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Glorious Morning! Wildflower Walkabout, Surprise for Supper

It is Thursday, June 22nd and this is looking like a wonderful day. I woke up first at 6:30 and Clemson was snuggled up really close beside me. He has less hair to keep him warm now so lots of cuddle time. When I shifted position he lifted his head so I invited him under the covers with me. No hesitation there, he crawled in and promptly fell back to sleep.

Snuggled under my shirt
I did my morning stretches and got up around 7:15 to open blinds to brightness and sunshine. Yay! By the time I texted Bill, turned the Keurig on, turned the inverter on and unplugged, Clemson decided to drag his little body out of bed too. Bill called so we could catch up on our evening after last chatting and our plans for the day.

Clemson hopped up on the recliner after his outing while I sat at my laptop. I can see his little body shivering over there so covered him with my shirt. It is 19C inside the Suite so he shouldn’t really be cold but I guess if I were a fluffy ball one minute and a skinny bean the next, I would need time for adjustment too.

After my tea, I put Clemson’s leash on and we walked and jogged down the lane and down North Line to Baptist Church Road. I wasn’t aware of the risk we were taking until I got to the King’s driveway and looked up. The sun was behind us in the east but slowly these dark clouds were shuffling and taking over the sky again.

I decided to turn this into a Wildflower Walk, since I had already posted pictures of the wildflowers on the Ridge earlier. These belong to the country and even though I can’t name them all, they are pretty. Before living here at The Ridge, I didn’t appreciate the ‘wild’ side. Living in a city does that to you if you let it, so this was nice.

While walking Bill called to report on his day. Dealing with a couple of disappointments since he left yesterday had him feeling down and yet still determined to do the things he planned to do. There is always next week. He will be on the clock at noon today at CanAm and kept busy this afternoon and tomorrow. I know it might sound mysterious but I am leaving details up to Bill when he writes his next post.   

Clemson and I got back in the nick of time. I took a small video of our eager beaver as he trotted up the lane. Too bad it takes so long to download into blogger, it's cute. No sooner did we step on the patio mat when we felt the beginnings of rain AGAIN!

With his long skinny legs you’d think he would be a pro at these 4 steps up to the Suite but he isn’t. He has a fear of the ‘open’ style and they are very steep for a little guy. With a few unsuccessful attempts, he has been hurt enough that we pick him up to put him inside. I’d rather spoil him than deal with an ‘ouchie’.

So, I made myself another tea and wondered when to go to Durham. I was hoping to cut the grass this morning but with the rain that wasn’t happening. Glad we got our walk in though first thing, it has been a while since we’ve gone that far. It was a mild day and yet the winds were quite gusty today.

At noonish, my sister, Wendy, texted and asked if I would be open to having her and Morgan come for a visit and bring supper. Are you kidding me? What great news! It would be perfect girl time and I said yes and yes! Yay! I was excited because it is always great seeing my little sister and also because they have never been to The Ridge to see our summer location.

I didn’t have to do anything, really, except put away the stuff that piles on the tabletops, you know those papers you just drop there. It was coolish at 15 so I suggested they dress warm so we could walk the property. Well, as it turned out, when they arrived around 4 o’clock it was quite a lovely day without sun. 

Pretty sky before Wendy arrived
The winds had died down. Morgan doesn't say much but did tell me that she had 4 more days of school, one of those being a playday. I remember that elation, the last days before summer vacation.
Ah lovely clover

Milkweed ready to bloom

We had a nice walk around, showing them the gardens, sheds, restroom and bunky. Next time they need to come for an overnighter. That is a big commitment for anyone let alone someone as busy as Wendy is. I hope it works out sometime. We had a delicious roasted chicken with a salad and delightful little cake for dessert. Yum!
this grass is gorgeous!
Clean up was easy and it would be another meal for the two of them so sent the leftover chicken and dessert home with them. Little bird, Morgan, doesn’t eat much so it will be perfect. As we said our goodbyes I felt so happy that she took the time to come and visit me while I was on my own.

Driving down the lane, from my place on the hill I saw her brake lights come on and behind the car scurried Yertle. My oh my!  Morgan is a real little nature nut so got out to check him out. We chit chatted a bit more about these prehistoric descendants and they were on their way. I texted at 8:30 to make sure they got home safely and was informed that Owen Sound was getting a downpour.
Wendy and Morgan arrive
I walked over to the restroom and caught this gorgeous cloudy sky. Again, if only I could paint. I put our lawn chairs away in the event that rain comes this way. It is up to 23C and 25C inside the Suite so the breeze coming in the windows is pleasant.
And supper is delivered!
I have had a relaxing but wonderful day today. I hope you have had a great one as well. Before I sign off I’d like to send a special ‘shout out’ to Russ & Sheila Busby. Hey there! Thank you for following our blogs and for taking the time to ask for Bill today. Hopefully we will connect in one place or another this winter.

When I took Clemson out for his last piddle of the day at 9:30 I noticed that the fireflies are out in full force. It wasn't even dark and there had to be 6 or 8 flitting around. Cool!

As I'm signing off, it is 9:40 pm and the rain is hitting the roof and the thunder is rumbling off in the distance. Night time is the perfect time for a rain shower.

Thank you for reading and thank you, Wendy and Morgan for the visit! Please feel free to leave a comment.


  1. love READING your blogs...keeps us feeling connected.. :) Still planning on coming to visit in mid to late July for a day or two and a clemson cuddle since schatzi will not be with us...goodness, seems just around the corner.

    1. Thank you, I'm glad I got you Hooked on Reading now. :D
      Yay! Looking forward to seeing you both. As soon as you can pin it down, let us know. Will it be through the week? I can email you some dates that are not available for us. We really want to see you for a nice visit!

  2. Another fun day weather similar to ours. Nice that you had you sister came for a visit and spend some time together.

    1. It was such a good day all the way around. :) And more coming!

  3. Lots of pretty wild things that some people call weeds in bloom just now. Lots of fireflies here too. I always look forward to seeing them in June.

    1. Many beautiful flowers around, wild or otherwise. This is the first sighting of fireflies up here.

  4. Hi there, I have not been reading blogs for several weeks so don't know what has been happening. However I see that Bill is still busy with jobs and you are holding the fort nicely. Clemson looks fit and healthy and all seems to be ok at the Suite. Your Mom is doing ok too, I presume, so that is good news. Weather wise I think we are a lot warmer here close to Windsor than where you are, but today and the weekend looks crummy with overcast sky and rain. I will use the time to do some back reading to see what has happened. You always have something positive to say so look forward to it.

    1. What a lovely catch up note. Thank you. We are doing well. Bill is content, he still enjoys the job a couple of days a week and the $ is nice too. Our weather is really wonky but hope it settles out soon now that it is summer. Happy reading! I hope it doesn't put you to sleep! :)

  5. It was nice that Wendy and Morgan could stop by for a visit! It had turned quite warm late afternoon here in Hanover as well. I heard the rumblings of a storm in the distance and wondered if you got it over there. Nothing too bad though.

    1. It was great to see Wendy. Clemmy and I fared the storm fine, it really didn't amount to much up here, thank goodness!

  6. What a great surprise to have your sister and niece stop in for a visit. Plus bring, win...:)
    The wildflowers around your place are wonderful the one thing about living in town if we want to see wildflowers we need to take a ride.

    1. Win win for sure! Wendy doesn't like cooking so I was surprised and then pleased when she did her cooking at the Foodland! :)
      I'm appreciating wildflowers really for the first time with this whole travelling and living in the country experience.

  7. Your skies are amazing! Sounds like a wonderful little visit..Morgan is a cutie. That cake looks so delicious, we don't eat sweets much, but I know I couldn't resist that one!

    1. I love the skies up here and such an open view. Morgan is really quiet but such a sweetheart, just like her Mom.
      The cake was good, I'm not much into cake unless it is a cheesecake but this had lots of soft whipped creamy stuff. Yum, nice for a treat.