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|
|Ken is a more serious Ken here|
and Kim was being silly
|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!