Monday, June 24, 2019

Wonderful Day for Selling, Lazy Times, Happy Hour in Town, Supper Treat

Home on the Ridge
When I woke on Sunday, June 23rd I was closer to my ‘wake up’ alarm time than I’ve been recently. It was 5:58 am so I quickly and quietly reached up and turned it off. My bedmates were still sleeping. I know Bill moved and so did Clemson but it wasn’t to get up, just a roll over. I got dressed and slipped out of the bedroom to wash and brush my teeth. I was out the door on this absolutely beautiful morning by 6:15.

Transferring water from the bladder
Bill could do with his eyes closed, I think
It was 57F/10C balmy degrees outside and the sun was turning this into another perfect day.  Driving to Durham was uneventful, which is always nice with so many critters around, and town was mostly still sleeping. I took care of business, literally, and was out of there in an hour. It was quite warm inside the closed doors and once more, I was alone the whole time. There is a small portable radio in the Mat and that is my company.

I can't get enough of my irises
When I returned home, our guests were still in their Journey and Bill was sitting at his laptop. He said he actually slept until 7 ish. Apparently, Clemson was up at 2 so no wonder they were both still sleeping when I left. I went to bed just after I posted my blog last night and Clemmy had been up there for a couple of hours already. Without taking him out to go piddle once more, Bill wasn’t too surprised that he was awake in the wee hours. Our fault.

Too soon they will all be drooping from the top heavy weight
I made my tea and took it outside but sitting in the King Chairs, I was soon cooking. No IP required! So, I moved to the shade and before too long, Kim and Ken came out to join me. Bill was down in the Hangar starting to measure and cut some of the inner door pieces. Around 11, Bill and Ken went to town, to the Home Hardware. One more small thing he needed and he came back with it plus his trim paint. That should look nice!

Because our buyer was generous in his offer, I gave the kayaks
and extra little bit of detailing before he arrived
We sat around and shot the breeze and after I went in for my shower, I made Bill his breakfast. I had a banana and yogourt myself, not feeling ready for the whole gamut yet. We decided to go get water from the Acreage so once Kim and Ken had their brunch, we all went over in Black Beauty. It is a nice piece of property too and we’d talked enough about it that were curious to see it for themselves. No one was around as Donna had gone into town to see Mom.
Dylan and Bill loading the kayaks in his vehicle
 We didn’t dally and we were soon on our way back home. In the meantime, I had communications plus *pings* going on on my phone. Remember that we are still trying to sell things. Once putting it on FB Marketplace, it has been a busy little hub. The fellow for the generator was supposed to be coming from London but we never heard from him. Figures, but I wasn’t counting on him 100% anyway. The good news is that the young fellow who responded about the kayaks a week ago, was still in touch with me.

He didn't even need to use the roof rack
Today, he arrived as scheduled, right on time and what a nice young man he was. Pleasant and courteous and grateful. We all agreed that he was the perfect customer. He almost tipped us $25 simply because he didn’t have the exact change. I’m happy that I had enough to reimburse him. 

Someone is happy for the food
After he left, my boss, Jamie, showed up with his wife and daughter and paid me for the week's work. Jamie admits to being a ‘flatliner’ (non-excitable person) but he had been celebrating his retirement all weekend.  It was a brief chat and they were off. When I said he could sleep in on Monday, Cheryl, his wife, said she has his 'list' all made out. Ha ha.


Our hosts, enjoying the company
 Bill, Ken, Kim and I were invited in to Rob and Pat’s for Happy Hour today so we loaded into Ptooties with our coolers and drove into Durham for 3 o’clock. It was beautiful sitting outside on their patio under their brilliant red umbrella. As usual, when we’re altogether, we had a great time until shortly after 5 when it was time to go.

Ken is a more serious Ken here
and Kim was being silly
Tonight, for our meal, we were being treated a bit like Royalty. Kim and Ken are cooking for us. When I offered assistance, I was told that I just needed to sit and relax. 😊

Eating outside, which Bill and I don't do often
It was nice for a change - bug-free
They prepared 2 racks of pork back ribs in their Instant Pot and served it with Caesar salad (our favourite salad) on the side. Wow! It was delicious! The ribs were exactly as we’d expect them to be, mouth-watering and fall off the bone yummy. Kim said she was a little nervous (as you are when feeding company) that they turn out. With no bugs around us and such a lovely day, we ate outside at my ‘free’ table. It was quite warm inside both of our units. Everything was very good.

Guess who is buying ribs more often?
We all agreed that it was a good night for a campfire, so while I was cleaning up inside, Bill started a fire in our pit. The wind had died, what little there was and then it was time for dessert. I decided on ice cream cones, save the dishes, and the boys had Black Cherry and us girls had Butter Pecan. That was a nice treat too. Clemson squirreled around at our feet hoping for hand-outs, which he didn’t get.

Chapman's ice cream!
It was around 10:30 when Bill stirred the fire and we said goodnight. With expected rain tomorrow, we thought it wise to put our cloth chairs away. 

The sun began dropping during supper
I knew this post wouldn’t get finished at that time so I took my book up to bed instead and read a couple of chapters before sleepiness overtook me. Bill had dropped off almost immediately. What a wonderful day! We are really enjoying having our friends here for a few days and are in no hurry to see them leave.
It was another great day at the Ridge with friends
See you tomorrow!

Thank you for your visit too!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

No Words, Sunshine, Fresh air, Friends and Family

On the Ridge with Friends
It was 6:45 when Bill and I got up on Saturday, June 22nd. And what a glorious morning it was. Our weather station was reading 48F/9C and the anemometer showed 1 mph winds. Perfect day for a walk. The sun was already up and the sky was a dynamic colour of blue. “Saturday Blue” perhaps. I had my hoody on and slipped on my puffy and safety vest and headed out. By the time I reached the end of the corral, I had to take the puffy vest off. I didn’t need it.

Morning pond

Looking swampy but no alligators!
My 2-mile walk was great, only one vehicle met me but otherwise, it was very peaceful. When I returned, Bill was down in the Hangar, no sign of Ken and Kim yet. I found out later that they were sleepyheads. Must be the fresh air up here and well, it might have been the long day yesterday. 😊 

Me, myself and I went for our walk
When Bill decided what time he wanted to head into Owen Sound, I made a poached egg on toast for him and a poached egg on ‘plate’ for me with some Feta cheese.

Peace and quiet
Looks like a Disney scene
He touched base with Ken and by 10 they were off in Black Beauty. Kim and I weren’t too much later when we hopped in Ptooties and I drove into Durham. First stop - Foodland, second stop – North Wellington FS Co-op, third stop – Durham Laundromat (I had to show Kim my place of employment!), fourth stop - Liquor Store and then home. I was able to pick up my yogourt NOT on sale but Chapman’s Premium ice cream ON SALE for $3.99. Yay! I grabbed some cones as well for a treat.

Outside Foodland, a few of us had to take a picture of this beautiful Cougar
After we got back, Kim and I just relaxed. We read a bit and chatted even more about anything and everything. 

Kim said "You don't need to entertain me"
She has a prime spot in The Ridge Resort
But then I interupted her peace and quiet and joined her
the boys had returned
When the boys returned Bill brought his monster plane out and put it together for some pictures next to his Stinson Reliant. Up until that moment, I thought the Reliant was a big plane. Well, that was then. The Telemaster takes it hands down for size. 

The Telemaster in all her glory
I love the transparent coating and how it reflects on the grass

So, beside the Stinson Reliant..........the SR is a little chubby baby!
After a snack of cheese around 2 and even more relaxing, our company arrived at 2:30 for Happy Hour.

Pat and Kim had moved to the shade

Rob and Pat are close enough that we wanted them to share in the fun with Ken and Kim. We kind of broke off into two groups, mean and ladies, and sometimes that is nice. Around 4:30, Donna texted that they were done their work at the Acreage and would accept our invite if H.H. was still going on. It was nice to see them too and they got an opportunity to meet our friends. Turns out that Ken got to meet my little sister, Wendy, in O.S. earlier too. A chance meeting at Home Depot.

Ken, Rob and Bill in another patch of shade
The ‘party’ broke up shortly before 6 when those driving left for home and time for us 4 to start supper. Bill grilled burgers and as usual, loaded and with a salad on the side, they were yummy. After dishes, Bill went out to the Hangar and I sat to write my post. I hadn’t even started it. There weren’t too many pictures taken today so you’ll have to trust me that it was a great day. How can you describe in words, a day such as this? Friends and family put the cherry on the top.

Clemson and his Mom enjoyed the sunshine a bit longer
The high temp today got around 75F/24C and that was another perfect one. I took a walk down the lane to round my steps up to 8,000/4 miles today and then came inside to read for a bit. With the slight breeze and sunshine, I can feel either sun or wind burn on my lips. I don’t think this will be a late night what with having to get up early for work in the morning.

My burger and salad

My walk down the lane showed that I was not alone

And he is just a small one, maybe 4" width

and one goldfinch is appreciative of my purchase today
We remained outside for about an hour and once the sun started to drop, Bill got out his Timber. This is his electric plane that is made of Styrofoam. He has just recently affixed small led lights to the underside of it. 

As you look at the pictures, remember that it is a white plane
It flew really nice!

After seeing the flyers do this in Quartzsite, he knew he just had to come home and do that. Kim and I watched as it flew overhead a few times and came in for multiple safe landings. Very cool!
Looking into the sun, you can barely see Bill and Ken against the fence line

Good job! That was fun to watch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your day and this read, seeing what we’ve been up to.

The sky got pretty after I took this picture but I was too tired to take another one
Good night from the Ridge

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Weatherman is Bang On! Work, Laundry on Line, Landscaping, Company and SUMMER!

The Ridge
It was 5:45 when I woke up on Friday, June 21st. Remember how we used to LOVE Fridays when we were working? Especially those of us who had weekends off. I actually loved Wednesdays too because the rest of the week always seemed to zip by. Well, it is Friday and a beautiful one to wake up. I guess I still LOVE them! By the time I was up, dressed, washed and had my teeth brushed, snuggle bum moved and stretched. Good.

A perfect way to start a day
 I let him out for his business and gathered our bathroom towels and linens from the kitchen and headed out the door. Bill called once I let him know I was up and we chatted on my way. I had forgotten that yesterday afternoon his clients were friends of ours. Well, no, I forgot that our friends were his afternoon clients. I didn’t forget that the Fonts were friends of ours! That just sounded funny. I’m hoping Bill lays it on this morning while doing their hitch work about accepting our offer for a visit this summer. 😊
Blue and green should never be seen???
They are beautiful together!!
The laundromat wasn’t bad with the exception of one washer that needed a really thorough cleaning. It is the one that says “Use for dirty work clothes”. Someone does and often it has dirt and sand in the bottom. Jamie suggested running a wash through it so I retrieved the keys, got some change out of a washer and did just that. It came out sparkling! In the meantime, I went about wiping all the others out, doing the lint, dry mopping and damp mopping floors.

And the few things on the line dried nicely
It took me an hour and a half but I left it ready and open to customers! They should have no complaints! I drove down to North Wellington FS but it wasn’t 8 am yet so I couldn’t get my finch seed that I want. Tomorrow morning, I will take care of that. My finches are hungry! I hung the towels etc. on the line and came in for my tea. Clemson had moved downstairs to his bed and was soaking up the rays coming in the back-side window. He’s a smart cookie.

Hi little bum!
I read some blogs and finished my tea. I wanted to perk up the 3 trees up at our sitting area and help Bill out when he is weed-trimming. If we lay landscape screen around these, like the others we’ve done so far, he doesn’t have to trim so close. The weed-eater is not kind to the smaller tree trunks either. So, I set about the process of cutting the circle using our ‘pretend’ wooden wheels. They work perfectly! That was Bill’s idea.

With my wagon to lug the mulch bags, I began
Note the flower box area behind the wagon?

also this tree and our little red maple in the pot
need 'sprucing' up (no pun intended)
With that finished and a little bit extra, I put the tools, mulch and garbage away before coming inside for a coffee and a bite to eat. I had some butternut squash soup to warm up with some yogourt and cheddar. It was good and filling along with my coffee. It’s just noon hour and I feel I’ve accomplished a lot this morning. Now, I feel that I can relax for the remainder of the day. What say you? Our company should be along within the next couple of hours so I’m looking forward to that!

This will make it much easier to weed trim this area

And from the patio end
and this area too

Clemson and I took a walk down the lane and down North Line a lone turtle
'hustling' (picture that if you can!) across the country road was the only critter I saw. I heard lots of plopping but the weeds are too high now in the pond that we can’t even see the logs. This lessens my viewing pleasure but they made up for it later in the day. There was mail, I knew that the flyers were in there yesterday but with the rain, no walk. Today, a card arrived for Bill, so it was worth the walk.

Two families in the front field running from me

and one cutting through by Bill's Hangar
After a text from Ken and Kim, and some misinterpretation from Google Maps, I was not expecting to see them until closer to 3. I decided to take Black Beauty back into Durham to pick up the bird seed and check out Foodland for my yogourt. I’d finished the last of mine. First, I needed to charge up my phone. It hasn’t been plugged in since last night and is quite low. I posted 3 of our ‘for sale’ items on FB’s Marketplace and within minutes my phone was pinging like crazy.

Coming back from town, someone is following me down Baptist Church Road
Lots of interest in the generator so that’s a relief! Mind you, only 1 decent enough to be interested at or around our price range. We are also hoping to hear from our kayak buyer today for pick up arrangements this weekend. Fingers crossed on both things. White fluffies have moved in but there is still more blue than white and that is a bonus. The air is a tad cool but, in the sun, it is a heavenly day.

And it's Ken and Kim!
 Clemson wanted up on our bed so I lifted him up and then read some of the flyers. When my phone was sufficiently charged, I drove into Durham. As I was approaching the main intersection, I had a red light going north and I noticed on the green, coming from #6 hwy, a Winnebago Journey turning towards me. Wha??? That’s Ken! My window was open because of the warm day so I stuck my arm out and waved frantically!

All set up for a few days
I was so excited but I had to turn and go around the block to catch up with them back on #4 so they could follow me home. It was only 1:30! Yay! Back at the Ridge, they unhooked their tow car and Ken got situated where he could take advantage of the offered 30-amp hookup. May as well, I say! 

and a lot of turtles came up to visit, which was nice
The rest of the afternoon was wonderful. Just catching up, showing them the property and watching turtles making themselves known up in our area. Happy Hour was late (!) but at 4 they brought their chairs over and joined me on our ‘patio’.

We covered a lot of topics this afternoon and time passed quickly
It was a 3 hour HH without seeming like it :)
The stories unraveled, mostly truths but I did tell them of my nose growing a bit involving the kayaks and generators. When Bill texted around 6 to say he was leaving CanAm, I basically told him to skip Costco this week and we’ll go to Guelph one day this coming week. Just get home! 😊 He was happy for that. After my leftover chicken and soft asparagus I started a fire in our shabby firepot and it was 8:10 when Kim said “someone is here!”

A beautiful day
Ken wanted to hide but it would be difficult to hide their Journey. We do have fun with these guys. Bill was thrilled to see them after a long day and we gathered around the fire after he unloaded his stuff. 

And Ken showed off his new cape/shawl/dress

Ken was interested in seeing the Hangar, the off-limits thing on my ‘tour’, so the boys did that and soon returned to have a drink with us girls. I manned the fire, although it was challenging to get the heat to our side of the pit until Bill took over. Now that’s a fire!

And through the smoke, a good time was had by all
It was just before 11 when we all said goodnight, chased in by the yawns more than the coolness of the night. It was a great day from beginning to end and we are happy to have new guests to the Ridge for the first time. I hope yours was an enjoyable day as well. SUMMER IS HERE!

Nice big fire

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