Monday, September 25, 2017

Beautiful Sleep, Lots of Monarchs, Another Lazy Day for Me

 I woke up around 7 am on Monday, Sept. 25th and both Bill and Clemson were still sleeping. Good thing I don’t need much room to stretch since Clem was right up against me and I was on the edge of the king bed. I peeked out the open window and the air was refreshing. By the time I was out of the bed they both moved and joined me downstairs.

This was to be another one of 3 hot days still to come our way. I went for a walk right away as I didn’t think it would be comfortable after 8. Well, it was a nice walk to the turbine lane and back but maybe I should have got up earlier! There is a slight breeze again up here but it will not be a day to work in the garden or much of anything.
The gathering at the corner is where the bus picks
high school students up so the parents are waiting with them

Bill likes to putter and has a few little things he wants to complete before we head to the southwest. Off he went after his coffee and blog reads. I was happy that he posted yesterday about Saturday and his flying event. You can read it here if you haven’t already. He doesn’t write often but I enjoy it when he does, and I’m sure his followers are happy to see that he is still active, not only by my words.
My turn-around point
Yesterday, Bill declined a bacon and eggs brunch unless I was going to make an omelette. This involves more chopping and inside cooking than I was prepared to do so he had cereal and I had yogourt instead. Today, I’ll treat him to an omelette so he has a good meal in his belly. I texted him to come in when it was ready and it was quite fluffy and fulfilling. There is enough left over for him tomorrow morning too. Bonus!
Interesting - someone is littering
After dishes were cleaned up I sat outside in the shade and the breeze. I don’t notice the humidity as much today and the breeze is stronger coming from the southwest. The awning is flapping a bit but not enough yet to bring it in. It helps to keep the Suite cool with them out, especially after lunch. We get shade at the front patio all day until probably 3 and then it moves to the northeast.

But more importantly, it looks like someone is quitting smoking
(or possibly a disagreement and someone threw their friends smokes out the window!)
With Bill finishing a couple of things on his ‘list’, he mentioned that the mail lady just stopped at our box. I slipped on my clogs and took a walk down the lane. Each time I walk down I watch for new born turtles but no movement yet from the nest I was watching. It has certainly been hot enough for them to emerge but maybe they decided to wait until spring.

The mail box held a piece of junk mail so certainly not worth the walk but for the exercise, it was worth it. I sat outside again with my book and once again get a taste of what this life of retirement really is all about. I’m not much help with the things on Bill’s list so other than online searching for things, I have no commitments. That feels freeing.
Ate half of my brunch before I remembered to take a picture
Bill had mentioned looking for something that he thought he’d seen at Welbeck’s so I thought maybe we should take a drive. This turned out to be fruitless, kind of like my walk to the mailbox, other than the pleasant drive down the country roads around here. 
Visitors in our pond today
On the way back, we came a different way and followed a dead-end road on purpose. Curiosity, you know? We were trying to find the huge house which we can see from the highway. It seems to be ‘in process’ but the lanes are too long and too far back in the trees to see the houses.

Back home, we had a Chapman’s ice cream bar and then found ourselves dozing in our chairs with our books. Not that they aren’t exciting stories, our eyes just won the battle. I can’t doze for long, something or other distracts me unless I go up to the bedroom. That’s okay, it is why I go to bed at 10 and why I sleep so well through the night.
But I spooked them
I made a note in the title of this post about the Monarchs. I’m referring to the butterflies. We have seen so many around here, no more than one at a time, but since the first beach day with Donna, every day I have seen them. They are so beautiful but very skittish. I can’t get close enough, thought I have certainly tried, to get a picture. I’m sure you’ve seen them too.

Reading about these lovely creatures, it is by instinct alone that they gather and migrate to Mexico. Apparently, there are phone apps where you can report seeing them and track them on their journey. 

At 6 Bill lit the Weber and I wrapped 2 cobs of corn and prepared us each a green salad. A nice meal tonight to make up for our lazy decision last night. And boy it was delicious! This summer we have tasted the best corn ever and it is all local stuff. Yummy. We did the dishes up and I went for another walk to capture the sky. That is never a disappointment, well usually never.

The temperature today reached 29C here and with a bit of a wind, it was kind of perfect. We were in and out all day doing exactly what we wanted and what we love to do. Tonight, one of our programs start its new season so we will settle in at 8 to watch The Voice. And that is it for our Monday. I hope yours has been fun!
Tonight, I couldn't  put my camera down before taking not one, not two but.............many shots

And the moon says goodnight

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Facebook Says the Party is Not Over, Perfect Sunday, Celebrating with Family and Special Friends

I woke up around 7 this morning, Sunday, Sept. 24th feeling refreshed and surprised that Clemson and I were alone in bed. I never heard my sweetie get up at all. Another perfect day is coming our way so I must get up and enjoy it! I sat with my tea and finished my post from yesterday. Once done, Bill and I went for a walk before the heat and humidity became too much.
If you look closely, you'll see the flies crowding the door
We wandered across Baptist Church Road so I could show Bill the foundation of the house on North Line. He is always interested in that stuff and can easily describe what openings are for where I am useless. I can’t picture the big picture if you get my drift. I would never be an active participant in the building of a home, not one to be present through every process. The designing, yes, and once the drywall is up then bring me in to help make further choices.

someones new home in the early stages
This place looked at first to be a big home but when Bill pointed out the double garage opening, it will be just a nice size at floor level anyway. There was a lot of water in the ‘basement’ level so that will be a deterrent until it dries up but the tresses and dormars are ready and waiting for their turn to be utilized. Bill is always surprised how soon these pieces are dropped off and left sitting before they are actually used.

When we returned from our walk Bill put the water bladder in the back of the truck and went to the Acreage to get more water. Donna and Gerry are there, actually have spent much of the weekend there for the first time in a long time. The weather makes that an easier decision, I’m sure. I killed a few more pesky ‘devils’ inside and then swept through the Suite. Then I closed windows and lowered the a/c temperature. It was already 26C inside.
the walk back home with my sweetie
With the bladder emptying into our tank, we had another cup of coffee and tea. This one was had outside in the shade. There won’t be much sun sitting today. Inside, I had some bananas and raspberries to use up so since we were plugged in anyway, for the a/c, I pulled out my blender. Time for a smoothie! Adding the fruit, milk, cream and ground flax seed I hit the ‘Smoothie’ button. I love these and since I only make them once every two weeks or so, it is like a treat for me.
Preparing to get water
Bill worked over at his cargo trailer for the remainder of the morning while I stuck around close to the Suite, in the shade. 

At noon, I made us each up a stacked pastrami, ham, salami, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo sandwich on a bun. It was quite filling and as much as we’re trying to avoid the bread, it hit the spot on a hot day. Hot days for me mean ‘simple meals and as little cooking as possible’. Luckily, my man agrees.
Bill found this little garter snake crossing the gravel 
The afternoon went well with each of us doing our own thing. Donna and Gerry came over around 2 for an early happy hour and birthday wishes. They missed seeing us yesterday so even brought the bar with them. Offering us a drink from their ‘bar in a bag’, Bill had a rum w/ coke, Gerry had a rye w/ginger and Donna and I had a glass of Disaronno w/ice. Donna brought me a beautiful deep red dahlia from her garden at the Acreage.
Beautiful dahlia from Donna
At 3 our friends, Rob and Pat called and asked if we were home and would we like company. We haven’t seen them for a while, at least not together, so told them to definitely come and join us. We were moving down the line of the shade as much as we could while sitting under the awning. The sun was very hot and yet our sun shade wouldn’t have helped because of the angle we are on. The offer to move inside was given but everyone seemed content to stay outdoors.

This afternoon I saw this caterpillar
According to folklore, this means a mild winter
You'll have to tell us if it is true
 When Rob and Pat arrived, Rob handed me a pot of lovely Hardy Mums in shades of yellow. 
Beautiful Hardy Mums from Pat and Rob
Pat gave me birthday cards including one from Aunt Mary. How nice. I didn’t see family or close friends on my birthday so today’s small gathering made it complete. It was so nice that they all dropped in to have a drink with us. At 4:30 we said goodbye but not before Pat asked for a picture of the two of us. She’s right, we didn’t have a picture of just us together.

Happy Hour with Happy People
When our company left, we caved and moved inside into the cool Suite. I felt zonked and knew it was the heat since I’d done nothing all day. Bill dropped off in his chair and I watched a program about Costco. It was quite interesting and even more so because we love shopping there. I think my eyes dropped closed for a bit too so I’m glad I recorded it.
If it weren't for the reflection of the sun on my camera lens
this would be a very nice picture of us two Pats
two great friends
 Neither of us was very hungry so we settled for beans and franks for supper. After dishes, it felt kind of nice outside with the sun disappearing so I walked down the lane and to the corner. It had dropped from 30C to 26C. 

A walk down the lane
This heat wave is supposed to stick around for another couple of days so we’ll be relying on our a/c for a while yet. Come Wednesday or Thursday, we’ll wonder who turned the heat off!

Playing with colour options on my gallery
I thought I’d sit outside and read but soon enough a couple of mosquitos found me and that chased me indoors. Inside I finished my post and then sat with my book. I’m now reading Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge. It is another good one with Tom Dunleavy as the main character. Someone new, but just as captivating.

Caught this picture and thought I'd play with the moon

I hope you have enjoyed this day. We can’t do much about the weather and because I complain about the cool and wet, you will NOT hear me complain about the hot and dry. It is what I've been waiting for.

Using a Sunscreen adjustment on my photo gallery

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Someone Turns a Year Older, A Day at the Field with my Guys, Stop in Stratford, Supper Treat

On Saturday, Sept. 23rd I woke up to the gentle tap tap on my leg. It was 6 o’clock and Bill had been up and showered already. We wanted to leave for London at 7 so I needed to move. I had such a great sleep, don’t think I woke once. Bill was out hooking up the cargo trailer so I washed and prepared myself for the day.
A great day to get a year older
 We made a tea to go and I had a small bowl of cereal just for something in my  tummy. Checking the list on my phone for things to take I set things by the door and Bill loaded them into the truck. We were on the road at 7 as planned and I soon realized the only thing I forgot was Clemson’s bed and blanket. Nothing major, he will have his stool at least.

Aside from the dirty truck windows, a pretty morning
It is a beautiful morning for a drive with light clouds over the Ridge but a perfect forecast all around with clear skies and light winds. My daughter, Bridgette, called en route and sang Happy Birthday to me, as only she can. Made my day. Good flying weather for the RC club at 5 to 10km/hr. It was an uneventful drive and we arrived at the Forest City Flying Field at 9:20 am.
Happy to be going with us today
Good timing. There was room beside Keith and soon after we backed in, Kevin and Chris arrived. These are Bill’s closest flying friends along with Gary and Tom, who were further down the line.
Stratford by-pass

Love this '67 Chevelle
But even more got a kick out of the license plate
I set up my chair and Clemson’s stool in between ours and Kevin’s cargo trailer. We were in the shade and I had everything I need. My table for drinks and my book, my camera and hat. I felt bad that Bill’s shelter got damaged at home because it meant he had to set up his planes in the heat of the sun. He was early enough to nab a little table to put a plane on rather than working from the ground.
Our turn off to the flying field, appropriately close to the Flying M truck stop

They need to get someone to paint their sign
With a trip to the port-a-pot, I realized how much I like our Restroom back at the Ridge. Next to us on the other side, Keith was set up with an awning for Bear, his buddy. Bear is a big hairy dog and I’m sure much hotter in this heat than the rest of us. I’m aware that in a short time, I will lose my shade too so thank goodness for my hat at least. I still won’t complain about the 30C day.
Black Beauty nestled in there with the other Fords

We started at the back and moved forward with the shade

Bill getting his Stinson together, hoping for a maiden flight that unfortunately didn't happen
But the plane looked nice all the same

We have the best little guy
 Picture overload here of a few planes and our pilot friends
Kevin first does some aerobatics

Yikes! It's okay, he has perfect control

I love watching the pilots 'walk' their planes home
Chris brings his in for a landing
Bill can name them, I can't

A nice soft touch down

and comes home

Another beautiful plane
Chris, being from Barbados, I think is a rum man!
It was very hot and humid sitting there for the afternoon. Clemson was the best little guy ever, moving from the blanket to the stool to under the cargo trailer to my lap. Always in the shade. He drank lots of water as did the rest of us. Bill was mostly in the sun as were the other pilots so I encouraged him occasionally to sit with us.

Bill walks his Piper Cub out for a flight

Good buddies flying together behind their stations
Keith's beautiful plane

More aerobatics

Bringing it home
There were quite a few attendees, approximately 30 when you included the observers, wives and children. I enjoyed seeing a couple of wives whom I haven’t seen for a while. Helen and even longer since I’ve seen Lena and Giselle. How did that young Giselle, who was like 5 or 6 when I saw her last grow to be this 16 yr. old beauty? And to think her sister is starting University in Guelph! I’m getting old, literally as I write. It was great catching up with Lena and their family.
My sweetie doing what he loves

The Piper flew nice
So, I took our turbo hub and my laptop today so I could keep up with postings and greetings on Facebook. My phone has been pinging all day which sure makes a gal feel special with all the friends and family members wishing me well on my birthday. I tried to at least acknowledge with a ‘like’ because I appreciate every single one.
Beautiful landing

and touchdown

And the walk home
The club members barbecued sausage dogs and hamburgers with cold drinks and potato chips for us at no charge. What a wonderful thing to do. Bill got a few flights in today with his Piper Cub and his drone so he will be anxious to see these pictures too. All good things come to an end and so did this time at the field. We said our goodbyes as others left and then our own when we pulled out around 3:30. There were only a handful still there when we left, 4 actually.
Beautiful classic

Clemson and I took a walk, more wildflowers

The laneway to the road

Nice field for the guys to fly on
Chris, Lena and Giselle
Giselle is looking through Keith's Virtual Reality glasses
so she could see what his sail plane could see
We drove the 401 to our Embro exit 222 and stopped at McCarthy Place in Stratford to see Dad and Marilynne. They called me earlier to wish me a great birthday but Bill didn’t get to talk to them. We caught up with their goings on and headed off for home. Clemson got his supper in the truck tonight right around 5ish so he is happy for the rest of the way.
A look inside a couple of cargo trailers

Keith took a lot of planes but only 3 shown here
Chris's set up using his business truck and trailer
He is the owner of the business and does it up nicely!
Need a walk-in closet?

Bill models his new wing drawer
The guys thought this was a great idea and gave him the ☝☝☝
That sky is still gorgeous, no sign of clouds at 6 pm so another wonderful evening. We had a peaceful drive home and other than stopping at hwy 89 for Bill to close his eyes for 15 minutes, we had no reason to stop or detour. Bill said last night he had 2 instances on the highway between Embro and home where he was detoured because of accidents.
The London Air Show was on this weekend and this military refueling tanker flew over
Wish I'd had my zoom lens on

This peaceful road takes us to..........................

this quaintly-named town
For you, Brenda, I mean "Joy"

We were home by 7:15 pm, dropped Clemson inside and turned the a/c on. Bill unhooked the cargo trailer in its spot and we drove into Durham for supper. I had no intention of cooking tonight nor was it expected. We went to the Country Corner CafĂ© on #4 and ordered the small Haddock and Chips order. This was quick and delicious. 

Needless to say we had the a/c on in the truck all the way home
To celebrate my birthday, I ordered a rum and coke and Bill opted for a tall chocolate milkshake. This was the fastest service we’ve ever received here so a good time to go with only 3 other patrons there for a meal.

A quick shot of popular Durham diner

Yum, fish and chips and the best thing of all
It was prepared for me and no dishes!
We were back home by 8:15 with full tummies. It was cooling down inside and more flies were dead from the heat most likely! I had a wonderful birthday and I know Bill enjoyed it as well, doing what he loves. I hope you enjoyed your first full day of this new fall season.
Happy Birthday, me!
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