Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tuesday – Not the Only Thing Coming Down

Paisley, On

On Tuesday, Jan. 26th I actually woke up on my own to say goodbye to Bill. It was a strange night. I turned off my light around 10:30 when I finished my book. I dropped off quickly and easily to sleep, obviously a deep sleep. It seemed like hours later when I woke up abruptly from a dream and the light was on. A peek out of one eye told me that Bill was still reading so it couldn’t be that late. I knew he was focused on finishing his book too. (He told me later that it was 1 am when he finished)

Our Canada flag was blowing steady

You can see in the background that the Teeswater River
has iced over


I did that at least one other time, abrupt wake up from a dream (of which I only remember Bridgette was in it with me) but this time I woke up to darkness. Bill was still sound asleep so it wasn’t time to get up. Each time, I wondered if I was too much awake to go back to sleep. Apparently not as I dropped off again. After Bill left at 6:30, I got comfy for more of the same sleep and it must have happened because when I woke it was 7:45.

Walking towards the bridge

And thought this perspective was kind of neat

Doesn't it look like it was just thrown together?

Good thing it wasn’t a work day or everything would be later than my normal. 😊 I went down for my tea after making the bed and mentally making a list of what to do today. I read blogs and once caught up on those, dressed for my walk. It was just after 9 when I left the house. No ski poles today but I wore my high boots and grippers for safely and warmth. It was a cool morning but mainly because of the wind. The flags were blowing and the wind was making the -10C/14F feel much colder.


This part of the river was flowing freely as even
though it is very shallow, there is a small
water fall in the middle

I had my warm scarf so had it tucked up around my chinny-chin-chin and my hood was up and down a couple of times. Soon I warmed up and didn’t need either as much. I walked towards the Grist Mill this morning, along Mill Drive. It was interesting to see the Teeswater River partially frozen, as I showed you yesterday at the dam. Further along, where the river’s depth increased, the water was flowing freely.

Wellington Street

This section is a dead end with only one residential
property at the end
That would be kind of nice, along the river

Even though it was public property
it felt like a I was intruding so I turned back to this view
and turned right at this corner onto Balaklava

I wasn’t sure if I was going to walk on the trestle bridge today so at the Mill, I turned onto Wellington Street, to a section that I’d not followed all the way before. I’m surprising myself that I still haven’t been on every Paisley street but enjoying the adventure with each new turn. This one took me along the far reaches of the west corner and back up Balaklava Street, one over from the school, where I could hear children playing. Recess already?

I hopped on the first trail going
from Balaklava to Alma and Victoria

I noticed this thermometer on the end of a shed
but couldn't read it until I got home
Pretty accurate, I'd say!

There were 2 grays and 1 black squirrel playing in the trees
Not sure if you can pick them all out

The leader of the pack



When I came back up I turned onto the trail that crosses Victoria St. and followed it to the corner of Alma St. where the Book Barn is. No new books, darn, but it was nice to see that many of the ones we dropped off were gone. 😊 I decided to carry on the trail to the trestle bridge after all as I wanted to see where the Teeswater River began to ice up. I didn’t have to go far across the bridge to see and get my picture before I turned back around. Skidoos had made tracks across many times.


Then, after the Book Barn, I carried on, back to the bridge

I made one more turn from Mill Drive onto Inkerman to Queen St. S and followed it home. I have included my town map (no legend, sorry) in case you are interested where I walk. I realize that I mention streets you have no clue what I’m talking about, so this will give you an idea and a better picture. Besides, one day when we aren’t here any longer, I myself will wonder where I was walking and what landmarks I saw.

Here is the Paisley map if you're interested
Our residence is in the red circle and you can see Water St.
behind us and the little envelope along Queen St. S
is the post office

The snow plow goes under the bridge as I approached

From here, I could see where the ice started
Not sure if you can pick out the Canoe shop just
above the line of dark trees on the right
That's where the dam is


Back at the house, I informed Susan and Wes that I was expecting a FedEx parcel just in case they noticed someone coming up the walk or in case the driver found a brain and rings the doorbell. Sorry, did I say that out loud? I made myself a ham, cheese and mushroom quesadilla for lunch with my coffee and wow, was that ever good!


The snow started around 11


Lunch was yummy

At some point, I had my shower and took the time to give myself a Covid-19 haircut. All in the safety of our own bathroom. No mask required. My hair was really growing, which never happens to me, but even though in pretty good ‘health’ and not so wispy at the ends, it needed to be trimmed. 2 ½” was what ended up coming off and I think it is pretty straight. I’ll get Bill to double check the back for me tonight.


Before

It looks neater and feels good. I took the time while it was drying to dust mop the floors in our room(s). Removing things from under the bed and other objects that are easily moved takes the most time but it all got a good cleaning. After doing up the morning dishes, I went out to the garage and did another big section of Betty’s puzzle. She is almost finished, one more day and Wes can do his thing to frame it for Susan.

After






The snow started this morning around 11 so I’m glad I got out for my walk when I did. Not that I couldn’t walk when it’s snowing, I could. It has stopped and started through the whole rest of the afternoon and now as I’m in our room, it is big white flakes coming down coating everything with another layer of 2 – 3”. Bill is on his way so I hope he takes his time on the short drive from Billy’s farm.

My little tripod helped me take a front picture

For supper, Bill had a different idea than I did but he’s the working man today, so I made pancakes to go along with the mini sausages I’d thawed. I’d taken two packs out of the freezer because one had been in there for a while. You know how things get shoved to the back? Anyway, we had a lot of meat and just a few flapjacks. With butter, maple syrup and some choke cherry syrup, they were good. No dessert necessary tonight, good thing, I didn't have any prepared.

Bill and Black Beauty 'slip' home

An easy filling supper

After dishes, we watched a favourite episode of NCIS, a rerun, then at 8 watched a new episode in the theatre room with Wes and Susan. It was a good one, revealing a few more things about some of the characters. Bill had his shower when we came back into our room and I worked on my blog. I’m yawning so not sure it will get finished tonight or not.

First memory picture
Jan. 26, 2018
Donna took this at the Ridge

Same day that I was taking
this picture at Quartzsite, Arizona

both beautiful, no? yes!
Good night!

This was a busy enough day, all in all. I hope you enjoyed yours. Thank you for stopping in.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Back to Routine, An Exciting Sighting

Paisley, On

Monday, Jan. 25th, another gentle kiss on my cheek to wake me up. Geesh! I thought I was just awake and he was in bed beside me. Bill was gone by 6:30 and the day was clear and dry. I dozed, although I didn’t think I was asleep, until a few minutes past 7 and then got up. After getting myself washed and dressed, I brought my tea up to drink while reading our friends’ blogs.

A surprise this morning to see the crossing guard
and a few school buses
I heard that 7 school boards in the rural area agreed to 
let the children go back. All grades 1 - 8 are
required to wear a mask, not just the senior grades

I left the house just after 8 o’clock and had an uneventful drive. It hit me as I drove how good it felt to be out again. Funny what it does to your frame of mind when you can’t get out because of the weather. The Ontario Lockdown, which lasts until Feb. 10, hasn’t made us feel that way since we’ve been able to go to our jobs. The weather was the culprit that kept me home 3 days and 4 because Thursday is a day off.

County Road 3 was bare pavement and Conc. 8
was only patchy in spots

I took Concession 8 off Bruce County Rd. 3 because it didn’t look too bad. The outside temperature was -3C/26F but with no wind, it felt surprisingly mild. It was 9 when I got to work. I don’t know why but it took me an hour and a half to clean the Mat rather than my usual hour. Was I moving that much slower? Weird. I did have to do the floors with the broom and dustpan after trying to use the dry mop because the floor had wet spots in a few places. That just got messy.

As I nipped through Hanover, I noticed the piles of
snow at the parking lot edges for the Dollarama and Giant Tiger


 I don’t know what it was but never-the-less it was 10:30 when I turned my back and walked out. When I left Durham, I had thought I’d just go straight home today and not stop at Walmart even though there were 2 or 3 grocery items to pick up. I’d wait until Wednesday in case there was something else to add to the list. However, as I got close to Hanover, I decided to pop into Dollarama for a few things on a different list. They are open and that shopping would be done. Essential? For me it is.

Every time I come this way home, the view of
the long concession strikes me

Then I scooted for home, turning onto #10 across to C8. I got caught behind the snow plow at one point as it was going to be a challenge to get around him as he dodged in and out to miss farm mailboxes. I waited until it was obviously clear and got around him. After I got across Hwy 19, I could see a large bird in a tree so slowed down and grabbed my camera. Oh my, he was beautiful! By the time I stopped the car, got my window down and camera zoomed, I almost missed the  bald eagle in the branches.


Ahead of me, the snow plow doing its job
I was grateful but at the same time didn't want to stay behind it
all the way to the highway

These are the moments when I’m happy to be alone and behind the wheel. I am always on the lookout, in the trees, for road conditions for stopping, vehicles behind me and coming towards me. I wish I was a few seconds quicker but this is still a nice picture, I think. I backed in at home and carried my stuff into the house. With coffee still left in my thermos, that is what I took upstairs. It was almost noon hour and Wes and Susan would be eating soon.

He is readying for flight
Darn! He was so handsome sitting up there!

I washed and changed and then got caught up in purging clothing from the closet. Our first couple of months here, I bought a few new items for the cooler weather and was finding that things were getting congested in our space. I also received a few heavier tops from Donna, thinking I would wear them more often. Turns out, with my new winter coat, I don’t need the sweaters after all, they are too hot and I prefer layering. I sorted through my favourites and stacked a pile of about 10 items for donation.

Next trip to Value Village

With the leftover vegetable soup in my belly, a pepperoni stick and the last carrot muffin, I took my dishes down to the sink. I’m almost finished the book I’m reading but don’t want to get into it yet. There are only 40 pages left to read but it is such a lovely story that I don’t want it to end. Isn’t that silly? I might have to keep this one to read again, I’m loving it so much. I have a puzzle to work on as well as my walk to get in before it’s too late. 😊

One more picture from my drive home
This one for Nancy K
These 3 horses were actually playing in the snow
Are they Clydesdales? I don't know but they have the
nice long hair around their feet
This time I couldn't stop, a vehicle was behind me

Seeing that it was already after 2, I decided on the puzzle first, while I still had the light. I’m into all the background pieces which are various shades of pink so the brighter my area is, the better. At 3, I grabbed my coat, which I’d brought down earlier, and went for my walk. It was nice at -1C/30F but I wore my short boots without grips so stuck to the sidewalks on Queen St. and then a few back streets.

The Saugeen, starting to get more iced sections


It was a nice walk and with my work this morning my Fitbit was smiling at 8,200 steps aka 3.74 miles/6 km. No mail today, Wes was walking up when I returned home earlier so we are still waiting for our US Visa cards. If they don’t come in the next couple of weeks, Bill may be calling again. I’m still waiting (hahahaha) for the refund on my Wish coat that never arrived. Remember ‘someone’ conveniently cancelled it? It was only $65 but still, that is my $65. Not sure if Visa will do anything.

the little creek that runs under the little bridges from the Saugeen

This is the Freshmart, Paisley's grocery store
I've been in it once and it seems quite nice
It will be for emergencies

I cleaned up this morning’s dishes, got a package of 2 thick pork chops out of the freezer for supper and made my tea. Bill texted that he was on his way so I unlocked the door before coming back upstairs. The chops have been in the freezer for a while and I really don’t like them that thick but we’ll do them in Madame IP and hope for the best. I crawled up on the bed and crocheted another couple of rows. This shawl/shrug may never get finished but it is a good hobby. 😊

The Teeswater River on the other side is freezing up too

Not sure if you can see this shallow area on the far side of the dam
but it is beginning to freeze
Mind you the mild temps are going to prevent a 
thorough freeze-over


Bill dozed, he looked very tired when he came in the door. Last night was not a good night’s sleep again. I almost feel guilty when I sleep so well from doing next to nothing and he works hard and doesn’t. Of course, seldom do I sleep in an afternoon so that makes a difference, I suppose. I went down to start with the chops, sautΓ©ing and then adding potatoes to the pot for everything to cook together.

I don't know how long the Gingerbread men will be here
so another picture to make us all smile

I did a roundabout behind the main street on the east side and then
up and down Queen back to home
The red  brick building on the right, you can see our window
beside the light pole

I cooked our veggies in the microwave and we finished our tasty meal with the last piece of our first lemon pie. We did dishes and it was just about 7:30 when we came upstairs. 

Supper was pretty good, even though the chops
are not my favourite meal by any meansπŸ˜‹

No Jeopardy! for me tonight as I wanted to finish my blog and then go and watch 9-1-1 with Bill at 8. It was time to delve into my book. I’m not done at this point but already I recommend it if you haven’t already added it to your ‘to be read’ lists.

The group at Bloggerfest in Quartzsite, Az
Jan. 25, 2020

A lovely Arizona sunset
Good night!

Thank you for your visit today. It was another good one and the weather was on our side. 😊

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sliding Through Sunday, Back on Track, Special Birthday

Paisley, On

We were up later last night, watching our movies, so we slept in on Sunday, Jan. 24th. It was 8:10 when I first woke and looked at my watch. First thing on the agenda was sorting the dirty laundry and Bill carried it down to start the wash. We made our coffee and tea and returned upstairs to read blogs and catch up on Facebook. We called Marilynne soon after and made sure she was up-to-date with our week and visa versa. She is doing well in Fort Erie, On.

It was a crisp morning for a walk so I waited until almost noon

Next on the list was to call Bill’s little sister, Liz. Today is a special #60 for her and she and her husband were just discussing that BIG number. I gave her a perk when we were talking to her and told her there would be more discounts now in restaurants and stores. 😊 She said she hadn’t thought of that. Nothing else really changes, does it? We’re just stepping into another decade when we turn 50, 60 then….yikes!

Happy Birthday, beautiful Liz!

In between laundry loads we connected by Facetime with Jess, Matt, Easton and baby Hadley. Looks like they are all healthy and happy. Easton has the rosiest cheeks ever, that little guy is a goer. Today, he wasn’t as shy and chattered more, even giving us demonstrations of what an elephant, dog, chicken and monkey do. The cutest ones were his elephant and his baby, where he screwed up his eyes and rubbed them with scrunched fists. 😊 Such a cutie, he is.

I didn't think this picture would turn out so pretty
but I love it!

Saugeen River in all its winter glory

When I moved the last load of clothes from washer to dryer, I bundled up and went for my 45-minute walk. I took my ski poles as I wanted to walk through the park along the river. It was -6C/21F but there wasn’t too much of a wind so I was toasty in my winter attire. The park road is cleared by the plows now as they take their dump loads of snow way back in. The hardest part to walk is beyond the gates at the far end. I really had to work to get through the snow buildup.


The plows have cleaned this wide lane out
making it much easier for the dump trucks PLUS
making it much easier for me to walk

I did stop for a selfie or two, but had some difficulty with the light exposure, so much white stuff all around! It was a good walk, getting my 2 miles in and when I returned, I was so hot and sweaty. A good work out for sure and I’m glad to get back in the groove. Bill was upstairs and we rested a bit after the last load was folded and put away and then went down to get some lunch around 12:30. Bill had toast and peanut butter and I had a bowl of soup and a coffee.

Can you see it through the trees?

Just a slight breeze today, which was nice

Time for a selfie!

The puzzle was calling me and there was periodic sunshine out there making the garage nice and bright. Bill sat with me for a while before coming upstairs to start a new book. It’s a good thing he has a job to go to on a daily basis, he’d go stir crazy here every day. He needs to be busy, as do most of us. I’m fortunate with my hands in so many craft pots that I find things to do on my days off during the week. At 3 or so, I was done on the puzzle for today so came upstairs to my own book.


The sun came out a few times but didn't stay long

The streets were easy to walk on as well
Here, I'm heading down the back streets from the park

Lots of icicles on the porch roof here

It was tea time around 3:30 or so and we had already decided on grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for supper. My hubby makes meal times easy more often than not. It’s up to me to try and keep us on track with eating properly but once in a while we break the rules. I have more knowledge of what’s in the freezer for meals anyway. The rest of the afternoon was in prone position on the bed. Remember, this is our recliner for the time being. 😊

There are a lot of trees hiding this residence, which is nice for privacy
but they are such pretty buildings, home and garage
that I wish they were more visible

At 6 we went down for supper. Bill made tomorrow’s lunch at the same time as preparing a cheese sandwich for grilling. I’d decided to skip the bread but made a cheese, onion and ham quesadilla instead. It fried up nicely and voila! Supper was served. We each had a piece of pie for dessert. Everything tasted great and didn’t take long.

The stone pillar at the entrance looks ancient 

Dishes weren’t much at all, just a few plates and utensils. The pans just wiped clean with a paper towel.  I thought it would be a good idea to put one of the pies in the refrigerator freezer. It will be a treat in another week again. This meant a large Ziplock bag that sealed airtight and a flat space. I had to move a few things around to set pie level (note to self: do an inventory) and made it happen.

She's coming along nicely
Oh!!! Wes moved some boxes under the table and found the missing piece
Yay!

My personalized quesadilla
no sour creamm or salsa necessary

The evening was quiet, as Sunday evenings should be. Work tomorrow and although it will be getting colder, -16C with the windchill, we aren’t expecting much, if any, snow at all. Should be a good week for both of us to make it to our jobs.

Quartzsite, AZ
Jan. 24, 2017
Our first year and we knew it was the place for us

Good night!


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