Friday, October 15, 2021

Cleaning, Haircut, Wet Days, Remembering

The Ridge

On Friday, Oct. 15th I didn’t wake up until Bill came to and get Gibbs to take him out. It's a game for the little guy. He scoots as far from Bill as possible which means right up against me. Goof. He’d already been up, washed and dressed. Ear plugs help. 😉 It was a few minutes after 7 when I finally pulled myself out of bed. I think I’d been dreaming, good things, visions still floating of my sisters and daughter.

It was a pretty sky again this morning, but different

Bill left at 7:30, pulling the work trailer down the lane and the road. Gibbs and I have started standing at the top of our stoop and watching him until the lights of Black Beauty disappear completely. Then Gibbs is happy to come inside. Our little watch/security dog making sure Daddy is safely away. I had some time so sat at my laptop and read comments and a couple of blogs to catch up.

I know the saying "red sky in the morning"
but unless it is referring to the rain coming,
it wasn't a bad day at all

Next thing I knew, it was 8:05 and I hadn’t washed or brushed my teeth after my tea. I bustled a bit then and Gibbs and I left for Durham. Parking at the laundromat by 8:20, we walked down main street to Bath and Biscuit. It was time for Gibbs to get groomed before his special surgery (ouch!) on Monday. Kate took him in and I walked back to start cleaning. I’d also taken the bed sheets and chair covers to be washed.

There were 3 customers, the whole time I was there, all friendly and one lady, in particular, and I struck up a conversation about dogs and travelling so that was interesting. I had time to kill, Gibbs would be 2 hours, so I opened the big dryers and they really needed to be done. I’m getting the hang of doing those and manage to undo the screws easily. .20¢ was my bonus, under all that lint. 😊

And the sun came up for a short period of time

When it was close to 10:30, I walked to pick the little bum up. He looks so different after each cut and I remember the same was true with Clemson. His hair wasn’t as long this time so not as drastic a change but once again, Kate did a great job. She admitted to having to put a muzzle on him for a short time while she did his nails, he was nipping at her hands. I’m sure she wouldn’t do that if she didn’t have to and it certainly doesn’t hurt him.

Guess who got a spiffy hair cut? 💗🐶

Before heading home, I got a 5-gallon water jug filled at the Water Store. It was a pretty nice day, with the sky breaking up into blue and white patches. Because I had the extra time, I’d dried our sheets at the Mat so it didn’t matter what the sky did.  I had some yogourt and a keto tart before heading upstairs to sort through the cupboards and under the bed to see what bedding we would need to take. I sure don’t need 4 or 5? Sets of sheets!

I mentioned cleaning up the stones around the firepit
a few days ago, next spring this will look better still

That set off a carousel of actions and I went through my end of the closet again, setting aside some wintry clothing (that I needed last year) to put in the Bunky. I felt good that things are falling into place, the way they should. I had good (no, great) news from my buddy Pat while at the Mat. That CNN announced the land border between Canada and US will open on Nov. 8th! Woohoo! I couldn’t help but feel excited over that as it’s sooner than we expected.

Carrying on upstairs, I removed suitcases and bedding from under the bed and made room for my paint/craft supplies. First, I took the time to test each and every bottle of acrylic paint that I have. If it wasn’t good in any way, it got tossed. I put 3 containers together and tucked them under the bed. I also sorted through my wool stash and chose just what I wanted to take along. If our plans work out the way we’re thinking, I will have a fair bit of time to do a variety of craft projects. 😊

The shampoo, pedicure and hair cut wore him out

Bill came up the lane around 1 o’clock, done for the day. Yay! They made good progress at the shed so he was pleased. We had a bite to heat together and then sat together in our chairs. Gibbs was tired out from his ordeal this morning so Bill dozed too. I’m really into this book so zipping through it pretty good. It is a different kind of story again than I’ve read but figured with saguaro cacti on the cover, I couldn’t go wrong.

At 5, I called Godfather’s Pizza in town and placed an order. I’ve been craving pizza for a very long time but I know Bill doesn’t like the frozen from the store and he is particular about any other than Pizza Hut (or Silly Al’s, of course!!). I’d decided by the time Bill got home that I wasn’t cooking supper. I checked reviews at Riverside Diner in town first but they were not favourable AT ALL. New owners have it going downhill, apparently.

Bill agreed to try this pizza – for me. 😊 At 5:40, I drove into Durham and a piping hot Medium ½ Hawaiian ½ Deluxe pizza was handed to me. For under $15, I couldn’t have been happier. I slipped it into our foil lined grocery bag, zipped it up and zipped home. I can’t believe I ate the whole 4 pieces but they were devoured! Bill didn’t say how much he did or didn’t like his, but it was filling and that was supper.

This was a great pizza, my craving sated

We chatted with Marilynne when she called about the November 8th border opening. Just one more hurdle and everyone is rooting for us. We cleaned up the few dishes and spent the evening either watching tv or reading. This was an awesome day.

A proud lady and her proud children
on her 90th in 2016

The one damper of the day was the date. October 15th. It was a year ago at 10 pm tonight that we lost Mom. I clearly remember my sister’s phone call after I’d crawled into bed. “Can you get to Rockwood Terrace? Mom is fading fast”. Missing her by a mere 3 minutes was a heart break but we were still able to sit with her, knowing that she wasn’t alone. The nursing staff was by her side. I miss her joy, her smile, her presence but I also know she is in a better place right now.

I wrote a small poem last night for her and if you don’t mind, I’ll share it now.

The Missing Piece

Boy did we love to do puzzles with you!

Jigsaws and crosswords

And the everyday life ones.


From the time we were old enough

Board games, puzzles and books

were part of our life together.


The story of our family times shared,

Farm or town living,

Was passed down to my children.


A year ago today, I was minutes

From saying goodbye

To my lifetime hero, you, Mom.


I held your hand and wept for my loss

Although bittersweet

Because your suffering also ended.


I think of you as I work on puzzles

With a saddened heart

A very important piece is always missing.


I love and miss you everyday,



Continue to rest well, Mom
good night everyone.

AND - before I finished posting, our blogger friend, Maxx Trails has given us the best news. "The U.S. confirms it will accept Canadian travellers with mixed vaccines". Our departure date is now Nov. 8th. 💕💕😍

Thank you for stopping in on this beginning to a wet windy weekend.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Happy Hours? Dull Warm Day

The Ridge

The week has whipped on by, it’s Thursday, Oct. 14th already. When we used to report to our fulltime jobs every day during our career, the short weeks always seemed to drag on and on, as if they were a full 5 days. 😊 Bill was up and off to work at 7:30 and after Gibbs had his breakfast, we walked down to Turbine Lane. It wasn’t cold really, but breezy with possible rain in the air making it feel coolish. There was another pretty sky to the east making for a lovely sunrise.

the small Baptist church is special against the sky this morning

We waved and said hello to Ivy at the corner and it was just then that her school bus arrived. Gibbs was performing (aka misbehaving) so the walk took a bit longer than usual. 

The walk was refreshing
and lovely 

Pond view

Plus, I thought it was an opportune time to gather some of the dropped fall leaves before they are blown away or covered. A lot of them are pretty marked up but I found a few in varying stages. They are all beautiful, as we are in our own way, marked up or not. This took me way (wa-a-y-y-y) back in time to my love of searching for leaves for Gr. 4 science projects. 😊

I'm not the only scrounger in the family
Gibbs carried this beer can back for me
to add to my Beer Store bag
He was reluctant to part with it though 😂

Back home, I had my tea and at 9:45 I drove to M’s mechanic’s shop to meet him. The truck we picked up yesterday for body work has running boards that are a bit of a challenge to get off. M’s back is bothering him so that challenge became even more difficult. He took it back to Tony and I brought him home. When it’s ready, we’ll drive his Acadia to pick it up. It just means waiting for the phone call this afternoon sometime.

My leaf collection
Waxed and ironed

And hung

We were expecting company today but at 12:30 I had a text that plans had changed due to some mechanical issues. We were looking forward to having what would probably be our last rv’ing visitors this season so it is disappointing. We always have things to do in October no matter what our winter plans are but were looking forward to the break that comes with having friends over. Hoping we can see them before we head out for the winter.

Gibbs easily jumps up on our chairs
but this is the first time he's slept on one
Now doesn't this look like a disgruntled
computer technician at the end of a week? 😆

It was time to strip the bed sheets and replace them with warmer ones. Not cold enough for the flannel/fleece ones so the jersey ones will be perfect. I had to hang our bedspread back on the line this morning since it was still quite damp and we were unable to use it last night. I did hear the furnace come on (set at 19C/66F) so the temperatures are gradually dipping through the night. It dropped to 12C/53F overnight.

Coming back from M's
it seems like I have to explain myself to these bovine
Isn't this little guy cute?

I also removed our dining chair and recliner covers for washing. The chairs still look new under them, so even though I am constantly straightening the recliner covers, they are doing their job. And the pockets on the arm sides are valuable real estate. My books, Gibbs’ brush and toothbrush, all the remote controls/converters and Bill’s beloved Princess Auto catalogue are kept there for easy reach. 😉 Our previous theatre seating took care of all that stuff but….

We have two sets of these chair covers
from Keady's farmers market
It's nice to switch them out for a change in decor

My soup got transferred into 2 containers so I could wash Madame IP and my tarts also went into a container to save space. Sitting here reminds me to ask our Canadian friends whether they are being overrun with ladybugs this year? 

Gibbs watches the flies and bugs on the
outside of the window screens

We often see them but this year in particular seems much worse to me. They don’t get in the Suite but every day we see at least 3 or 4 on our window screens. I used to be very gentle with them outside (you know the rhyme) but those little suckers bite! On the screen, I tap them to fly away but outside they get swatted! 

Nature in action

We also have the stink bugs this season again, not too many but a couple have somehow managed to get inside. I wonder if they attach themselves to our clothes because the window screens seem too tight for them to squeeze through. Seems, I said. Ha ha.

I didn't know whether to cut the Cornflower/Echinacea
back so I Googled it (should I or shouldn't I?)
Suggestion: if you want it to spread, don't cut it back
if not, cut them back to aid in the growth of a single plant
next spring
I think this is like a gorgeous Thanksgiving bouquet

At 3, M called and asked if I could drive over and we’d take his car to get the pickup, again. I suggested he pick me up instead and he pointed out the obvious. I would be bringing his car home and then would require walking to my place. Of course, I hadn’t thought of that and although some days I wouldn’t mind the walk, I’d rather take Ptooties around the corner. It was pretty humid today, feeling close to 30C/86F!

Taking a breather from running over the hill and dale

When I headed home, Bill was coming down North Line from the opposite direction so I scooted in the lane before him to get out of the way of the truck and work trailer. I let Gibbs out to greet him, once he was parked, since the excitement is always too much for him and he usually leaves piddles on the Suite floor. Outside is much better for those dribbles. 😉

Gibbs and I spent a fair bit of time outside today

He likes drinking out of the rain pails

This afternoon, I went online to our bank and transferred some cash to our US account since we heard the Canadian dollar is ↑. Yay! That felt good, Bill and I are not often in a position to do that ahead of time like many others do. Bill dozed after a full day and so did Gibbs. I guess all of our outings today, tired him out too. I read my book and it is going along swimmingly. I actually ‘borrowed’ a copy of the same story from my online 'Libby' app as well so I can read the hard copy at home and when I’m out, I can carry on with my phone copy.

A filling, colourful, tasty meal

For supper, I fried fish and cooked some veggies and Bill deep fried his chips. It was good and because of my low carb meal, I felt I deserved a piece of cherry pie. Even a small piece was too sweet for me so I’m glad that we finished it off. I’m sure Bill enjoyed it much more. I took Gibbs out for his after-dinner walk and it was really quite mild out there, still. 😊 Tonight will be a good sleep, with fresh sheets, it seems to make a huge difference.

There is a whole lot of sleeping going on tonight 😍🐾

This was a good day with some flitting around but I accepted M’s $20 today (he wouldn’t let me refuse) and added it to my wallet.

a different view of the east pond
Sometimes this area has completely dried up
but not this year!
Good night!

Thank you for stopping by. A busy morning tomorrow with ‘someone’ getting a haircut.