Tuesday, July 18th I was up with the birds at 6:30 and when I opened the blinds it seemed a useless endeavor. I couldn’t see too far, that fog was heavy and very damp. Our 2 lawn chairs were out and seemed rained upon although it didn’t rain. The day’s forecast was for 27C, feeling like 31C, so knew this would clear up soon.
We stopped in at the Sander’s Men’s Wear store to talk to the man at the Service Ontario counter. Small town, dual business in one shop. Makes you chuckle. When we got home, I swept up the floors in the Suite, which never takes long and then settled down to relax for a bit. It wasn’t long before we noticed a white Journey coming up the drive.
|Charlotte and the girls arrived around 11|
It was only 11 o’clock so we were surprised and pleased that Charlotte, Bill’s second daughter and her girls had arrived. They made good time, having gotten away from home earlier than expected. It was so nice to see them! The day was a perfect one for company as we were able to sit under the awnings and still get a lovely breeze.
|The girls had a ball in the hammock|
|I caught them at a calm moment although a giggly one|
After a catch up and the girls were tumbling for awhile on the hammock, we lit the barbecue for lunch. Bill grilled up hotdogs and I made up a quick lettuce/chard salad with cukes, onions, cheese, tomatoes and peppers. We don’t usually eat outside on the patio table because of the annoyance of pesky insects but it seemed appropriate today since it was cooler outside than in. We didn’t really notice the bugs but Olivia was sure they were after her.
|I actually enjoyed eating outside today|
Bill gets goofy when kids are around
We cleared the table and brought things inside and Bill invited our 3 guests to join him as he went to fill the water bladder at the Acreage. I stayed behind and cleaned up dishes while they were gone. Olivia, especially, was interested and kept a close eye on Grandpa’s process. Maybe she was just being polite, bless her heart.
Charlotte had brought some Little Janes from Anna Mae’s in Milverton for dessert so they enjoyed one of those while sitting in the shade. I was still quite full from lunch so passed on the gooey, yummy looking treats.
|Olivia, the youngest|
The girls managed to entertain themselves for the most part with their whiz spinners or whatever they called them and the hammock.
|Hide and Seek, come and find me, Liv!|
|Are you around there, Chelsea?|
At one point, they rode their bikes down the lane way to the end and back a couple of times. Chelsea is an athlete in every way and made it up the steep part of the hill both times. She has the long legs for it and proudly announced that she and her Dad completed a 12km ride in the past. Cory had to work today so he was in London while the girls ventured off.
|Bill shows the girls how he gets water into our tank|
|Olivia watches every move|
|Charlotte and her Dad|
They packed up after we set up the camera and tripod for a group picture. I tried a couple of poses hoping we weren’t too shaded. I think it turned out pretty nice. They pulled out of the Ridge around 3:30 heading to Millbank for dinner with more family. It was a wonderful visit, next time maybe we’ll have them bring life jackets and we’ll get the paddle boat and kayaks out. Hopefully, their Dad will be able to come too.
Bill and Clemson moved inside with a drink to watch NCIS reruns and I sat out with my book. This is the type of day and I have the type of book that I could get lost in for what’s left of the afternoon. I sat in the shade of the awning for a while and then moved to the hammock and stretched out in the sun. The breeze was refreshing and I was able to remain comfy enough to read a few more chapters.
I could hear noises from the Suite and realized that Bill had given in to Mr. Sandman. He tried hard earlier not to drop off but when you’re tired, you’re tired. We weren’t too hungry for supper what with having a couple of hot dogs and salad around 12:30 so opted for toasted tomato sandwiches instead of a regular meal. Bill had sandwiches to make for his lunches tomorrow and Thursday. Yes, you know that means he will be heading into London for a couple of days.
The stillness of the evening at 7:30 was so peaceful. I wanted to move outside for more reading, but AGT is on and it is a program Bill and I like to watch together. My plan is that this book will be done tonight, that is to be seen. Another reason for us to install a tv in the ‘garage’ of our Suite.
|The entrance to the base where Michael worked in 2011|
|Bill was a wee bit in his glory|
As the sun did its disappearing act and we watched a few spectacular acts on America’s Got Talent I’m ready to close this for the night. It has been a really nice day with company from London. I can’t believe tomorrow is Wednesday already!
Thank you for reading! I hope your day was a great one too.