Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Bit of a Stock Up and Sticker Shock

The Ridge

On Tuesday, May 17th Bill was up and getting ready for work when I woke up. I’d felt quite refreshed after a good sleep but stayed in bed until 7 before Gibbs and I got up. It was a cloudy and cool 3C/38F but with little wind so I dressed to go for our walk. We almost made it to the corner when Gibbs stopped and was ready to return home. He’s the boss so I turned back. (don't tell him I said that!)

I had my crocheting project on my lap
with Gibbs on top of that last night
so Bill obliged and took these pics for me

What a beautiful sky!

Off his leash, he hightailed it up the laneway ahead of me. Of course, there was a wee detour down to the pond’s edge, just enough to stick his nose in and dampen his feet. Bill encouraged him to eat all of his breakfast out of his dish so it helped that he wasn’t heading out the door as soon as we returned. 😊 We were both happy he ate. Just what he needs, more energy!

A view of the pond to the west
Difficult to see through the bushes now
No sign of the geese babies since Sunday

When Bill left, I wasn’t far behind him to clean the Mat. It was in fair condition again and I left after an hour, finishing up by washing the floors. My found profit today was .50¢, a few cents shy of Sunday’s $1.65. 😊 These are my tips/perks. When I left the Mat, I stopped briefly at Rob and Pat’s to drop off the straps we’d used to secure Jazz on the drive home Sunday.

Following his nose

From there, to Hanover’s Independent Grocery for a few stock up items. This is where I felt my first sticker shock on food. I literally put things back and left without them. I went to Walmart, which is still my favourite for groceries, and found a few better deals. Independent is where I can get my 9% Liberte plain Greek yogourt and it is a better price than at Foodland here in Durham so I was happy about that.

The sun improved the day gradually

Back home, I unloaded and put everything away. We’re trying a Blue Buffalo dog food that we used to buy for Clemson, just to see if it makes a difference for our little guy. If he likes it, we’ll mix the two but I’m not thinking that is the problem. He still seems to like what we’re giving him just very particular as to when he eats it. Hopefully, he’ll get used to Daddy’s routine like he’s gotten used to many other things.

My first blooming iris is one of the
transplants from last fall onto the corral hill 😁

After lunch, I had another lazy day. I found a new book to read and fell into it really quickly. John Grisham’s The Street Lawyer had me hooked on the first page. Now, that is a good writer! He ranks right up there with my other favourite authors like James Patterson, Lee Child and Michael Connelly. They all know how to keep me interested from the get-go.

And the Spirea bush is also looking good
I need to trim the dead branches

The sun had made appearances off and on but when Gibbs and I walked down to check the mailbox, the wind had me zipping my jacket right up to my neck. Brrrr! We aren’t expecting much summery weather over the next couple of weeks and a lot of rain so I guess that is Ontario spring for us. Bill was home early, around 3:30, after an afternoon of just Billy and him, drywalling a ceiling. Does not sound like fun to me, no wonder they stopped for the day.

Leftovers are still delicious and also easy

For supper, we had leftover meatloaf, potatoes for Bill with salad and beans on the side. Dessert tonight was cheesecake with strawberry sauce. Yum. It was another success. We loaded the dishwasher and Bill made his lunch. Oh! Before he left for work this morning, he went out to see if charging Jazz’s battery overnight did anything. He also had cleaned the battery posts and changed the lug. She started!

NY cheesecake with almond crust and strawberry sauce

So, tonight when he went out with Gibbs, he tried again and she roared to life with no delay. That is great news! Now, we just need the warm weather to return. 😊 This was another great day. There wasn’t a lot to do beyond cleaning and shopping so most of the day was to do as we pleased. Getting ready for another cool night.

I needed one more picture
Look at this 'baby' picture from May 17, 2021!!
That was at 2 months + 5 days old
and at about 6 lbs. πŸ’•πŸ’•

Good night y'all!

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Monday, May 16, 2022

A Slow and Easy Spring Day

The Ridge

On Monday, May 16th, spring returned. It was a short summer. The rains were very necessary and things are sure greening up nicely. Well, there is a fair amount of yellow too, with the dandelions. 😊 Not to mention the ever-present goldfinches. Bill’s job site is just down the road, 15 minutes away, if that, so he was able to sleep in until 6:30 and not leave until 7:45.

The rain hung around all morning

He took Black Beauty because it is so close and in the event he needs to bring the work trailer back here at the end of the day. I mentioned spring returning. It dropped to 10C/50F overnight and dropped even further to 8C/47F at 7:30 when I got up. It was raining off and on so I knew we wouldn’t be going for our walk. Sorry Gibbs.

After Bill left, it felt good to just sit in my chair with Gibbs close by and finish my book. This one has taken longer because I’ve had other things going on but today is a stay inside day, for the most part. 

Last night, after supper, I hand fed the little guy his supper and each time I brought the dish close, he turned away as if offended. I wondered if for some reason the metal dish is bothering him for some reason. ??? So, I tried something new but this morning it made no difference.

When Ma and Pa Goose made their
way up the hill


Our patrol dog was watching

Today is M’s 65th birthday so I was going to deliver his cheesecake, sauce and card but called him around 10 to extend my birthday wishes. 😊 He indicated that he wasn’t going anywhere all day because it was so crappy out so after I had some lunch, Gibbs and I drove over to deliver it. He was excited to have his favourite cheesecake again. He wouldn’t need the whole cake, being on his own, so I only take him half.

I'm glad the finch feeder holds so much
and lasts for so long

I called the vet this morning and made Gibbs’ appointment for heart worm test and flea and tick meds. Then I called the groomer and made that appointment for Friday. It will be warming up soon and he is getting quite the woolly little dog! He’ll feel better after a good cut and nail trim. He likes me brushing his teeth, well, he likes the toothpaste, so we did that in my chair this morning.

He sat still long enough for a photo shoot

Bill called about getting Jazz in and she can’t get in to the ‘doctor’ (as Chris calls it) for at least a week so we’ll get it off the trailer tonight. Chris suggested something first but it’s something Bill had already tried and Leroy at the shop suggested something else. If they don’t work, we’ll keep her at home until he has room to fit her in. We still don’t think it will take much to fix her up, at least we hope not!


I’m getting stuck on supper meals again but I know we need to eat good things. I decided to make one of Bill’s favourites, with potato and a vegetable for tonight. Around 2:30, the sun began breaking through the white clouds and it warmed up to 15C/59F which is quite a change. 😊

A better position to see things
He just wanted to sit outside πŸ’—

I’m hoping the rains are feeding my newly planted seeds and that I see something in a week or so. I’m dubious only because I’ve not planted these things before.  Put together the ingredients for the meatloaf and I’ll start cooking it when Bill gets home. 

Mr. Oriole made a return appearance

A wren? sparrow? Not sure, but it is
definitely a baby

Tea time right now! I enjoyed my cup of tea and at 4:20, Bill and Billy drove up the lane. Billy came with him to help get Jazz off the trailer and in the shelter. Gibbs ran around supervising and my job was simply to open the shelter door.

Blossoms on the apple tree by the Suite

A few blossoms on our sick Service Berry tree

Bill and Gibbs went right away into town to return Rob’s trailer and while they were gone, I put the meatloaf into the oven. We were eating supper at 6 with mashed potatoes and beans. Yummy, it is always a good meal that never fails me. We cleaned things up by loading the dishwasher. When Bill made his lunch, a little encouragement of some cheddar pieces mixed in his dish, Gibbs ate his food.


When we went out the laneway, these guys
had been relaxing
Too bad I had to disturb them

The sky is almost completely clear of clouds and speaking of the sky, was anyone in a position to see the Blood Moon last night? I wasn’t even aware so I’m bummed that now I have to wait until November for the next one. Lucky you, if you saw it. This was a super lazy day for me but it was very nice all the same. With my book done, I got back into crocheting to add to my afghan.

Well, he finally ate this food but it's only one meal
today

Our supper got gobbled up with no hesitation. Yum!
Good night!

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