It was another sleep-in day for me, just 10 minutes before 8 again when I crawled out of bed on Easter Sunday, Apr. 1st. Goodness, I hope this isn’t getting to be a habit! Well, actually, Clemson had Bill up and me awake again at 4:30 for a piddle. Now, I hope that especially isn’t getting to be a habit!
Oh, about the title of my post today? APRIL FOOL’S! Sorry, about that. Thankfully all 4 wheels remain intact on both vehicles. I was just reliving a childhood, days of trying to come up with the absolute BEST way to trick my brother, Bruce. It got silly during a day, with numerous little jokes. “There’s a spider on your shirt” he’d say knowing that was the all-time freak out for me. Or I’d say “Mom wants you in the kitchen”. I wasn’t ever very good at it.
Because Bill's heart is very precious to me, I didn't want to play any of the tricks on him that ran through my mind. "Our pipes froze!" "Black Beauty's tires are flat!" "Somebody hit our truck!" It would have worked since it didn't cross his mind at all.
|Yup, this is me!|
The morning is a beautiful start to any day because it means we are vertical once more (as Jim says), with no toe tag (as Dad says). But a morning when you wake up to blue sky, sunshine and no wind is an even more beautiful one. I bundled up when I saw it was only 35F and went for a walk with my tripod and our small Canon. The weather aside, this is the best time to walk. It is so peaceful and quiet.
|Seriously, good morning!|
When I returned, 30 minutes later, I thought I heard Bill move but it was 10 to 9 before they got up to stay. We had our drinks together and a grapefruit while catching up on what our friends are doing. I ate some almonds with mine, fat vs sugar. I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but it is also good for me, like a mantra that what I’m doing is right.
|I love walking this quiet secluded area of the park|
Today, the beginning of a new month of 19 gb of data, we have to start taking care again with our wifi usage. It isn’t free here in the park, seldom are they this close to home and they certainly aren’t at home! We are back to not opening videos in emails again, we’ve been spoiled.
|But, I wasn't alone|
We still managed to do the things we like to do in the morning, answering blog comments and playing our few games on Facebook. Bill isn’t a games person so to ask him to play Scrabble, the actual board game, would be a waste of words. However, on Facebook, we have an ongoing challenge of Scrabble with each other. I have Scrabble games with 2 sisters on FB as well as 4 Words with Friends games with my daughter and 3 friends. It is the closest I can get to playing games.
|Cold but a beautiful morning for a walk|
|At 11:30 am I put the roast in the crock pot|
|They tried to cut this old tree trunk down|
Perhaps it just needs a push
Bill got the vacuum out, figuring we need to do a real good clean in the Suite. Four hands do better than my two and even though I dust weekly, there are things I don’t pay attention to each time. My hubby has the itch to do it today and with nothing else planned, I can offer no reason not to. We’ll see how far we get with the chores. There are a lot of campers leaving today so we will be busy watching them leave and others arriving.
|And the tree branches disappear in the sun's glow|
He suggested cooking the last pkg of Cinnamon Buns that we had in the fridge so as much as I don’t want to eat them, I agreed and at 11:30 prepared them for the oven. I know I shouldn’t be eating them but decided with lots of butter, cream cheese for my icing instead of that sickly-sweet stuff that comes with them and some cheddar on the side will make me feel better. Again, the good fats alongside your carbs or sugars deter the meal from turning into ‘tummy’ fat.
|Cinnamon buns before they are cooked|
I managed to only eat two
We cleaned up the dishes and let our minds wander a bit about plans when we return to Ontario. Making lists and the such and discussing what possible visits we can get in while in London for a few days. Nothing is cut in stone but that is normal for us and we’ll just play it all by ear. We sat for a while in our recliners with our books and Bill gave in to his heavy lids for a doze.
|The water is not rushing as much this morning as yesterday|
When Clemson indicated he wanted his supper at 4:15, trying hard to put him off, I took him for a walk around the park. As we returned home, I took him across one of the wooden bridges that leads to the basketball court and Perch Lake. There are 3 small lakes here and that is where the name Arrowhead Lakes comes from. Each one is a nice size and during the season of May 1 to October they would be great for kayaking, or tubing. I see the park has these ‘floatables’ to make use of.
|The back lane to our site|
Watching Clemson walk across the bridge with gaps showing the creek water below was quite funny. Remember that he doesn’t like water unless it is in his dish for drinking or unless our friend, Nancy, is bribing him with treats from 3’ out. I still remember how easily she coaxed him into the lake at Bullhead City Park. When we got back to the Suite, Bill had prepared his supper so he went straight to his dish. It was 4:40 so we’re getting closer to 5 pm, normal Ontario eating time. LOL
The corned beef roast smells so good and I’m sure we are getting close. George suggested 8 hours but I’m thinking it will be ready by 6 or so, 6 ½ hours. I’ll get my meat thermometer out shortly to test it. In the meantime, I’m going for some more reading. No pool again today. Lazy bones. Something about the cold weather takes the thrill out of it for me. And I’ve always preferred a pool where I can sit in the sun to dry off.
|A nice tasty Easter dinner|
Supper was ready at 5:45 and the roast fell apart. My only error was that I didn’t wrap the meat in foil while I rescued the veggies from the crock pot ‘broth’. By the time I nuked Bill’s corn, it was no longer hot. I know what corned beef tastes like and I love it, but for Bill’s first taste, I’m not so sure it made an impression because of that. I had sauerkraut with mine and he opted to have horseradish with his. Our leftover meal will be hot, I can guarantee that!
|Perch Lake, I would be fishing here if I were a fisherman because no one else is|
There were two containers left of soup broth that I put to the back of the fridge, a container of beef for another night and a container of potato and veggies. To me, this was a great Easter Sunday dinner and we finished off the bottle of Yellow Tail Cabernet with it. I hope you had a good Easter dinner too, with or without a huge family gathering. We cleaned up dishes watching Die Hard 2 with Bruce Willis. The good guy always wins, right?
|Let me tell you, Clemson was very hesitant taking this walk|
|"It's okay, you won't fall into the water"|
The puppy brakes are on here
|"No way, Mom, I'm not crossing it!"|
|Not sure what Clemson thinks of the white stuff|
but our walk was fun and it is surprisingly warm out at 37F