I woke up on Thursday, Sept. 21st to the sound of Bill in the shower at 5:15 or so. I didn’t look at the clock because I did hear his phone alarm go off in my sub-conscious brain. I had my window beside me open all night, as were many others in the Suite so I also heard the loud rumbling of our little hotrod as Bill was loading it. He crawled across the bed to kiss me goodbye and I snuggled down in the covers.
|Here comes the sun do be do do|
I opened the blinds when I got up and wasn’t surprised that Clem didn’t have to go out. Bill informed me that he was out at 4 am. Oh-oh, this is what I worry about when Clemson stays overnight at our friends in October. I would feel bad even though as a rule, 9 times out of 10, he sleeps through from 10 to 6 or 7 am. I made my tea and decided to sit and wait for the sun before walking.
|I took this to show the fallen leaves but I rather like|
the fence shadows instead
|Here are the leaves|
Clemson made no move off the couch when I put my runners on or when I suggested a walk. Nope, he wasn’t having any of it this morning. So, off I went. I crossed Baptist Church Road instead of turning onto it and walked further west on North Line. This is gravel but very serene with roadside trees on each side. I wouldn’t do this in the very early morning or later evening but in daylight I don’t mind.
The problem with going down unknown roads for me is more the farm dogs people own. Most are fenced in or at least well-trained not to run out onto the road but how do I know that? When I saw a house just ahead, I slowed and turned around. I don’t think they had a dog but until I am more familiar with the area, I’ll play the safe card.
There is a property that was sold along there recently and when I saw a Port-a-Pot at the entrance to a field I wasn’t surprised to see a foundation poured for a new dwelling.
|A couple of pictures for my "Purple-loving" gals|
|Pat and MaryBeth, for you|
|One section on my walk was very shaded when the sun was hidden|
There was no sky performance this morning but just glorious blue sky with wispy clouds. The wind was up a bit which will be much needed in the heat of this 30C day coming. My sister, Donna, and I have made plans to meet in Durham this afternoon for a couple of hours at the beach. It will be quiet and possibly all to ourselves now that summer holidays are over for the children. Yay! Just the way we like it!
So, at a pre-arranged time of 1:30 I left the Suite and drove to Riverside Fish & Chips to meet Donna. She wasn’t sure of where the entrance was to this Day Use Area so this way she could follow me the hop, skip and jump up the hill off Hwy 6. I told her east of the chip place but it is actually north on 6 and east (behind) the dam. We got a chuckle out of my directions and her understanding of them.
|Donna enjoying the sun|
|And we all know I love it!|
|With our fantastic fan sucking out hot air|
The flies get caught up in the updraft
About 30 minutes and we both took the plunge, literally. I took a pool noodle because I like to float around on it and was quite enjoying the water. Donna felt the coolness of the water first and started getting out so I joined her. We chatted non-stop, something about sisters and good friends that is common. Within approximately 2 hours we thought we should pack up. Donna had other commitments and I had a pooch at home waiting for me.
|My 'tree stump' pot worked perfectly this summer|
|I ate the front half of the squash and my heart/mushroom mix|
Yummy with butter, salt and pepper
For supper, it was an easy decision for me. I had a half of a spaghetti squash in the fridge that needed to be cooked at least, although they do last an incredibly long time! Plus, I had another pack of 10 or 12 chicken hearts in the freezer I could fry up with mushrooms. I needed to plug in so I could use the microwave so did that and made my little meal.
|And the sun starts to say goodbye behind the trees|
With a glass of red wine that was left over from what Kathy and Derrick brought, it was a delicious dinner. There is enough squash leftover for tomorrow night and since Bill won’t be home on time, that will work just fine. After cleaning up the dishes I popped the tv up and watched a bit while working online again. The memories of last winter sweep in close when I’m doing this, we enjoyed it very much our first year.
|and to the north, the clouds are pretty too|
|So, we walked down the lane to capture tonight's act|
At 8:30 it was pitch black out there and my nerves act up a bit knowing I’ll have to let him out once more before bed. I try to calm myself and not fret about it and when Bill called he helps with his ‘you can do it, turn all the scare lights on, put him on a leash if you’re worried’ pep talk. And at 10 when Clem jumped off my chair to go out, I was fine. No leash and I did take a peek under the trailer while he did his business. No animals, just hurry up. Wimp.
|Love how it sneaks below the horizon beside the church|
This has been a really nice day and I enjoyed myself. I hope you can say the same where ever you are.
|Goodnight from The Ridge|
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