Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Laundry, Lawn Maintenance, Shopping with Mom, Cooling Off

I know I slept well as I woke up later on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:15. Hmm, I remembered being semi-awake when Bill let Clemson out for a piddle at 6:45 or so but it was a very restful slumber. I had gone up to the bedroom last night at 10 and watched a new program until 11 when Bill retired. Staying up that late is not my norm, for sure. I wasn't surprised that I'd slept so late.

Nice looking sky today
We both got up and made a coffee and tea in our to-go mugs. The laundry just needed to be loaded into the Rav and we drove to town together. Bill helped load the 4 machines (lots of dirty clothes this week!) and then left to run some errands around Durham. I read the flyers on the bulletin board, as per usual, and read a few chapters in my book. The 4th of July by James Patterson, in case I hadn’t told you. It is a good one.

Bill returned with only 10 minutes left on the washers and with the basket full of damp clothes now, we stopped briefly at Rob and Pat’s. After waking with them next door to us for 8 mornings, we felt the need to say “good morning” in person. Ha ha, there was also another purpose for our stop. Back home, I hung the laundry and Bill hopped on the mower to finish the grass cutting.
I used the picture from yesterday, since I didn't take many today at all
It was only 10 so I got my mower out and cut as much as I could in half hour before the battery sounded fatigued. It didn’t get charged after I cut the last time, over a week ago so I wasn’t surprised. I cleaned up and changed to go and visit Mom. There is a vendor, Geri Fashions, who brings clothing into Rockwood for the residents and I’d never taken Mom down before. She was asleep on the bed when I arrived but was delighted to be woken up.

Mother Goose and a couple of babies rush down the laneway ahead of me
We went down to the auditorium and there was a very nice selection of everything they would want. I told Mom just to look and see if anything appealed to her. She surprised me by choosing some pants, some tops and a comfortable looking lounge set. By the time I needed to take her to lunch, she had switched to asking the prices but I kept her mind off that as much as possible. It will be nice to make a switcharoo in her closet, out with the old and in with the new. Except for her favourites. 😉

There was no hesitation, even though I was driving really slow
I left her at her dining table and went back to take care of the bill. The ladies put the items into a bag with Mom’s name and they will be labelled accordingly before placing them in her closet. It was easy to tell by the look on Mom’s face, which ones she would wear and which ones would be a waste of money. We saw Rob and Pat down there as well with Aunt Mary who enjoys choosing her outfits as well.

I stopped at the Rethreads store in town and dropped off the box of donations I had leftover from the yard sale. Then it was homeward bound where Bill had finished the lawn cutting and was into list-making for another project on his agenda. This is a beautiful day, a lovely 70F/21C. Perfect for whatever you wanted to get into. I can’t finish the lawn until tomorrow when the battery is fully recharged.

Before I trimmed, I couldn't see the laneway from this vantage point
Since we hadn’t eaten, Bill made himself a toasted tomato sandwich and I toasted up 2 crusts left in the loaf. Yes, it is bread but I spread butter and sugarless homemade jam from a local on the pieces. That is my justification for toast and jam. We have unplugged from power as the sun is prominent enough today to keep our batteries charged. I made a quick phone call to Old Joe’s Cabin in Walkerton making a reservation for dinner tomorrow night. More on that tomorrow.

Bill and Clem were ready for a snooze. They walked to the mailbox together and Bill said Clemmy was quite playful outside for half hour. Probably wore his little 13 yr. old body out. The rest of the afternoon went smoothly, I concentrated on my book and Bill puttered around on his planes and other small projects. At 4 I brought the clothes in off the line and we took turns putting them away.

And I was getting close to the end of my book
and not budging from this comfy spot
I finished the mystery and filled Bill’s empty hangers (he’d purged his clothing a week or so ago) with the shirts that he’d selected of his Dad’s. I’ve jokingly told him that I shouldn’t be seeing him in the same shirt day after day after day. Men, I’m thinking they’re all the same, tend to wear the same thing over and over which just makes a ‘dirty’ shirt that much more difficult to get clean in the wash. Anyway, he doesn’t need to do that now.

This blue sky on the horizon never changed from mid afternoon to early evening
The clouds weren't moving either
At 5:30 my hunger bells were going off so I asked Bill to light the Weber and I prepared some potatoes in butter and foil for grilling. We have a 3-pack of small pork loin chops that are thawed and we can share. A bit of mixed veggies on the side will make for a good supper. The clouds have moved in but it is still a very comfortable 70F, so not much change in the day at all.

These clips are fun to watch
If it were a movie, you'd get the full action of their playtime

He circles Bill and barks at him
with his hearing loss, we wonder if he hears himself :)

I think it is safe to say that Clemson won this one
When they were done, he gave his Daddy a kiss
This has been an enjoyable day. I had fun shopping with Mom, actually helping her to spend some cash. Mom is forever under the illusion that she is outside the door to the ‘poorhouse’ with one foot about to step in. For most of her life, with Daddy, they struggled to make ends meet. That is what she remembers and is always concerned with cost. Today, we stepped away from the door and added to her wardrobe.

Supper was good
After supper and dishes, we watched some tv together and I chose my next murder mystery to read. I’m going to try Bad Guys written by Linwood Barclay, it looks like a good one. Bill put the riding mower away in the shed and we decided that the bunky doors and windows could remain open. There was no rain in the immediate forecast. I finished my post and relaxed with my sweetie.

A picture perfect evening
I hope yours was a fun day too. The humidity is gone and the air has cooled down considerably. We are still enjoying these very beautiful days. Thank you for reading and for any comments you wish to leave.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Time to Move On, The Ridge, Some Rain Showers, Some Wildflower Picks, Good Neighbours

Clemson in the back seat
Of course, he knows our house is following us

Bill and I were both up just before 7 again this morning. Is this our new norm? Today is Monday, June 18th and we hope every Dad out there had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday. I know Bill enjoyed his very much. We had our morning hot drinks and read a few blogs before hopping into the shower. May as well get the last good pressure-filled shower while we are here.

It was hot and humid when we set out at 9

We stopped here to drop off a key for our old car
 We opted not to eat this morning, not feeling hungry enough before 9 to dirty more dishes. There were snack bars in the truck and treats for the little bum. We were hooked up and pulled out of the park after saying goodbyes to our buddies and a couple of other friends at 9 on the dot. That was the plan! This trip we met Paul and Judy who were full-timers parked across the road from us. Always great to make new friends.

It was a hot and humid start to the day, 75F/24C before 8 o’clock. I don’t think it dropped much below that overnight but we had both air conditioners set at 72 so slept well. It was an uneventful drive and when we arrived in Exeter at 10, Bill pulled over to the side of the 4-lane highway to drop off a master key at Toyota for our Corolla. We found it in the Suite after bringing the Rav4 home. I waved at Cliff, our salesman, as Bill met him in the parking lot. A really nice young man.

the rain at Harriston
The next time we stopped was after Harriston as we turned onto CR6. We opened slides and all 3 of us answered nature's call before driving the last half hour to home. It was here that we got a downpour and Bill and Clem got wet in the warm rain. 

Back in Durham just before 12 noon
We’d had a wonderful week away and yet here we were, anxious to get ourselves set up again on home turf out in the country setting we all love. As we pulled in the driveway, we were watchful for our Geese and Turtles but didn’t see hide nor hair of either.

Home sweet home
Bill swung around and backed the Suite up with perfection and I didn’t even have to get out of Black Beauty. When he stopped, he jiggled once about 12” and we were in place almost exactly how we were before we left. Am I blowing his horn for him? Absolutely! We just grinned at each other. 😊 I think I said "show off". Once the levellers were down, I opened up inside. The rain was threatening by the look of the sky but we had nicely set up before the clouds burst.

And our Rav is safe and sound
I took a walk around and checked out the gardens. Thanks to Donna and their good growth start before we left, my flowers were looking great and my tomato plants were thriving. All but 2 plants have baby tomatoes. Yay! I wanted to empty the mailbox but didn’t trust the sky so it gave me a good excuse to hop in the Rav and go down to collect the mail. Mostly flyers but also a card for Bill from Charlotte. Thanks, Char!

While down the lane, I saw 4 adult geese and 9 or 10 babies hurrying out of my way. I didn’t have any camera, of course, so no picture. That rarely happens! It was like getting the new vehicle all over again as I sat in the driver’s seat but this was too short a drive. 

One end was tired to this tree beside the Restroom
We noticed that our neighbor, Don, to the west of us, had anchored our car shelter with rope so that tells us that it got extremely windy up here last Wednesday. How nice to have good neighbours! Bill will have to thank him and return his rope.

Behind the storage shed, over the shelter and anchored to Bill's cargo trailer
Clever! but I wonder how high off the ground it lifted for him to feel
compelled to do this
We really appreciate our neighbours
Bill set up the barbecue and table before taking the truck over to fill the water bladder from the Acreage. Before leaving the park, he had put bleach solution into the fresh water tank to swish on the way home. He ran it through the lines and then topped us up to 54 gallons of fresh. While he was gone, I wandered around the property. I’d missed this place. Down the lane I was pleasantly surprised to find many varieties of wildflowers and picked some for our vase.

I like the view from over the flowers, looking down

I’m going to hang onto the hope that we get a gentle rain that lasts long enough to soak the ground around my garden but in the meantime, I filled the watering can and watered the potted tomato plants which are not out in the open. Even they have babies. The carrots appear to be slow growing now that they’ve started but I’m holding on that hope as well, that they will be fine. Green onions and peppers are looking good too.

This is such a reliable outdoor thermometer
77F was bang on in the shade
Bill’s next task was to set up the satellite dish and in no time at all we had both satellites up to 95%.  That is probably RV talk so forgive me if you don’t have to deal with setting up your dishes to get a signal. It just means a good thing for us. Even though the breeze is refreshing, the humidity is still hanging on. We are plugged in to power, because of the dull, cloudy sky, but shouldn’t need to run the a/c now. A cool front is expected to arrive soon.

My thriving flower garden
Ellscott kept an eye on things
It is hard to keep a good man down, I know, so now Bill is going out to the Rav to register for our FREE 3 months of Sirius radio. That came with the purchase of the new Toyota. We’ll take it! I do think my sweetie is winding down for the day though. We had a rest after lunch so he was full of energy. I only dozed for a few minutes but he had a nice sleep, as did our 4-legged child. The clouds can’t decide what to do but I know I’m ready to sit in my recliner and read more of my page turner.

I love this hanging petunia

some tomatoes on the vine here
 By the time he got the radio set up, it was time to prepare supper. Clemson actually slept beside me until 20 after 5 when Bill began dishing up his supper. The rain was by now hitting the Suite windows from the west right around 5:30 which was fine because we had decided on a simple indoor meal anyway. Nothing fancy, beef wieners and beans on toast. We have eaten really well over the last week so this poor man's meal didn't bother us.

When supper and dishes were done Bill and I sorted clothes for taking to the laundromat tomorrow. We have quite a pile this time! The air has quickly changed after that last rain and we are sitting at 69F at 6:30. The change is crazy but that is what living in Southwestern Ontario is like. If you like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change. I went outside with the camera to capture some pictures of this pretty area after a rainfall.

While I finished writing my post, Bill decided to cut a bit of grass. As I said, hard to keep a good man………..you know. It will make it nicer for me to hang clothes in the morning with the berm grass cut. The rest of the evening went quietly. I stayed inside with my book and Clemson. The breeze from the window kept me refreshed. It has been a good day, starting out in one nice place and ending it in paradise. Who could ask for more?

This is the area I have to cut tomorrow
I knew I'd have grass to look after when we returned
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Early Walkabout, Father’s Day Breakfast, Swim, Taking it Easy, Pack Up

I was awake and up just before 7 on Sunday, June 17th. The sky was brilliant blue with very light skimming clouds here and there. With the gorgeous ball of yellow sun, it looked like a picture out of a children’s colouring book as I walked out of the park and across to the Conservation Area. 

It was time to make use of my funky selfie stick since I hadn’t for a while.

It is a pretty area for pictures and selfies!
When I returned half hour later, Bill was rising so we made our tea and coffee. I emptied the dishwasher and carried Rob and Pat’s dishes over to them. I knew Rob would be up. We planned to walk up for breakfast together at 9. Breakfast is free for all Dads and the rest of us pay either $5 or $7 depending on which size meal you want. I opted for the small and picked our tickets up yesterday.

We finished our tea and coffee, cleaned ourselves up and walked up with Rob and Pat to the clubhouse. Breakfast was pretty good, sausage, hash browns, French toast, scrambled eggs and toast if you wanted it. We had coffee or orange juice to drink. We didn’t have to cook! 

It was a nice breakfast for $5
On the walk back, the question came up about the Flea Market in Grand Band and had we ever been. Not knowing when we’d be this way again, we decided to give it a try. Rob drove.

It was hot and humid but it was nice to see it once. A typical flea market where you can take as much or as little time as you wish to walk around. Pat found a nice summery hat with an adjustable band for her little head and I found a summery sweater that I have admired on a couple of other people. I believe Laurie Baines has one. I’ve already decided which two from my closet can go. One in, two out. 😊

A very old 5-seater ferris wheel

An F-86 Sabre on display

I hope no one tows this old tractor away before the owners return
It is in a No Parking zone
We were out the door by 10 and back home by 12:30, with 30 minutes there and back, it was the perfect amount of time at the market. 

Pat loves Elvis
Seeing old trains and train sets, put Bill's Dad close to my thoughts today
You never know what you'll see at a flea market
Pat reminded me that I still had time to go for an ‘adult’ swim so I changed and walked up to the indoor pool. No hot tub today, it was too warm but I swam around for 20 minutes before letting myself out the door to sit in the outside lounge chairs. Woops! That was a mistake! The door locked behind me!

Need a purse?
I could have sat out there with my book until I dried off but I didn’t like the idea of ‘needing’ someone to let me out. Bill was snoozing so I didn’t want to wake him to come and ‘release me’. I messaged Gerry to ask one of the girls in the office to come and open the door but when he didn’t respond (which I’m sure he is busy with customers and/or family) I was glad I had my membership card. I called Erin and we chuckled over it. I’d be more careful next time.

I had to squish it down to take a bite
Back at the Suite, Bill and Clemson were up and sitting inside in the a/c. We chatted about the rest of the day and after changing out of my bathing suit, I put things away off our bedroom dresser. We are pulling out of here by 9 in the morning so we can be home in good time. Now that we are this close, I’m ready to get back to the Ridge.

We actually bought these by mistake but found them interesting
 We dozed a bit in our recliner chairs, mostly just relaxed. Bill had already had a nap when I was at the pool. At 3 I made a tea and Bill poured an iced cranberry juice and we joined Rob and Pat at Paul and Judy’s across the lane. It was a hot Happy Hour and probably the most uncomfortable I’ve been yet. The little bugs around my face and the heat soon drove us home around 4:30 to make our supper.

Clemson settled on his Daddy's shirt while we looked at pictures
Clemson got his supper a bit before 5 and we relaxed a bit before our own cooking began. Another generous offer from our neighbours and we had a few burgers for our own supper tonight. They had so many thawed from yesterday that couldn’t be refrozen. Thank you, buddies! We started the Weber around 5:45 when the feeling of hunger hit. Because we had 4 patties, we decided to splurge tonight and have 2 triple buns. You know that means double burgers! With all the fixins’ it made us laugh. I cut mine in half to eat it easier. It was dee-lish-ous!

I zoomed in to capture this chatterer in the tree
Dishes were cleaned up pronto and Bill put the barbecue and the table away. Lastly our chairs went into the basement, it is still registering 89F outside so we chose to retire indoors. Bill invited Rob and Pat over to look at some pictures of our house on Metcalfe soon after we bought it. Oh no! Home pictures. For an hour we showed them some of the changes we’d made to our London home and more importantly the changes made to the Ridge since Gerry and Donna purchased it in 2014.

A picture of the stream in the conservation area
I like the trees roots in the rock
Finishing the evening up, I snapped a group picture and then took one of the two of them in front of their Silverback. We said goodnight and brought the awnings in. This has been a wonderful day and a wonderful week with our friends and it makes up for not camping with them over the past winter. We just may have to do this again!

Our good friends and neighbours
Pat and Rob
I hope your day has been just as pleasant and you were able to stay cool…..enough. Just before I posted this, a tap tap on the door brought us a dish of Chapman’s Black Cherry ice cream. The day couldn’t end any better. (thanks Rob, Pat, Sandra and Bill)

It was a great week together!
Thank you for reading and I’d love to hear from you!