Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Laundry, Lawn Maintenance, Shopping with Mom, Cooling Off

I know I slept well as I woke up later on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:15. Hmm, I remembered being semi-awake when Bill let Clemson out for a piddle at 6:45 or so but it was a very restful slumber. I had gone up to the bedroom last night at 10 and watched a new program until 11 when Bill retired. Staying up that late is not my norm, for sure. I wasn't surprised that I'd slept so late.

Nice looking sky today
We both got up and made a coffee and tea in our to-go mugs. The laundry just needed to be loaded into the Rav and we drove to town together. Bill helped load the 4 machines (lots of dirty clothes this week!) and then left to run some errands around Durham. I read the flyers on the bulletin board, as per usual, and read a few chapters in my book. The 4th of July by James Patterson, in case I hadn’t told you. It is a good one.

Bill returned with only 10 minutes left on the washers and with the basket full of damp clothes now, we stopped briefly at Rob and Pat’s. After waking with them next door to us for 8 mornings, we felt the need to say “good morning” in person. Ha ha, there was also another purpose for our stop. Back home, I hung the laundry and Bill hopped on the mower to finish the grass cutting.
I used the picture from yesterday, since I didn't take many today at all
It was only 10 so I got my mower out and cut as much as I could in half hour before the battery sounded fatigued. It didn’t get charged after I cut the last time, over a week ago so I wasn’t surprised. I cleaned up and changed to go and visit Mom. There is a vendor, Geri Fashions, who brings clothing into Rockwood for the residents and I’d never taken Mom down before. She was asleep on the bed when I arrived but was delighted to be woken up.

Mother Goose and a couple of babies rush down the laneway ahead of me
We went down to the auditorium and there was a very nice selection of everything they would want. I told Mom just to look and see if anything appealed to her. She surprised me by choosing some pants, some tops and a comfortable looking lounge set. By the time I needed to take her to lunch, she had switched to asking the prices but I kept her mind off that as much as possible. It will be nice to make a switcharoo in her closet, out with the old and in with the new. Except for her favourites. 😉

There was no hesitation, even though I was driving really slow
I left her at her dining table and went back to take care of the bill. The ladies put the items into a bag with Mom’s name and they will be labelled accordingly before placing them in her closet. It was easy to tell by the look on Mom’s face, which ones she would wear and which ones would be a waste of money. We saw Rob and Pat down there as well with Aunt Mary who enjoys choosing her outfits as well.

I stopped at the Rethreads store in town and dropped off the box of donations I had leftover from the yard sale. Then it was homeward bound where Bill had finished the lawn cutting and was into list-making for another project on his agenda. This is a beautiful day, a lovely 70F/21C. Perfect for whatever you wanted to get into. I can’t finish the lawn until tomorrow when the battery is fully recharged.

Before I trimmed, I couldn't see the laneway from this vantage point
Since we hadn’t eaten, Bill made himself a toasted tomato sandwich and I toasted up 2 crusts left in the loaf. Yes, it is bread but I spread butter and sugarless homemade jam from a local on the pieces. That is my justification for toast and jam. We have unplugged from power as the sun is prominent enough today to keep our batteries charged. I made a quick phone call to Old Joe’s Cabin in Walkerton making a reservation for dinner tomorrow night. More on that tomorrow.

Bill and Clem were ready for a snooze. They walked to the mailbox together and Bill said Clemmy was quite playful outside for half hour. Probably wore his little 13 yr. old body out. The rest of the afternoon went smoothly, I concentrated on my book and Bill puttered around on his planes and other small projects. At 4 I brought the clothes in off the line and we took turns putting them away.

And I was getting close to the end of my book
and not budging from this comfy spot
I finished the mystery and filled Bill’s empty hangers (he’d purged his clothing a week or so ago) with the shirts that he’d selected of his Dad’s. I’ve jokingly told him that I shouldn’t be seeing him in the same shirt day after day after day. Men, I’m thinking they’re all the same, tend to wear the same thing over and over which just makes a ‘dirty’ shirt that much more difficult to get clean in the wash. Anyway, he doesn’t need to do that now.

This blue sky on the horizon never changed from mid afternoon to early evening
The clouds weren't moving either
At 5:30 my hunger bells were going off so I asked Bill to light the Weber and I prepared some potatoes in butter and foil for grilling. We have a 3-pack of small pork loin chops that are thawed and we can share. A bit of mixed veggies on the side will make for a good supper. The clouds have moved in but it is still a very comfortable 70F, so not much change in the day at all.

These clips are fun to watch
If it were a movie, you'd get the full action of their playtime

He circles Bill and barks at him
with his hearing loss, we wonder if he hears himself :)

I think it is safe to say that Clemson won this one
When they were done, he gave his Daddy a kiss
This has been an enjoyable day. I had fun shopping with Mom, actually helping her to spend some cash. Mom is forever under the illusion that she is outside the door to the ‘poorhouse’ with one foot about to step in. For most of her life, with Daddy, they struggled to make ends meet. That is what she remembers and is always concerned with cost. Today, we stepped away from the door and added to her wardrobe.

Supper was good
After supper and dishes, we watched some tv together and I chose my next murder mystery to read. I’m going to try Bad Guys written by Linwood Barclay, it looks like a good one. Bill put the riding mower away in the shed and we decided that the bunky doors and windows could remain open. There was no rain in the immediate forecast. I finished my post and relaxed with my sweetie.

A picture perfect evening
I hope yours was a fun day too. The humidity is gone and the air has cooled down considerably. We are still enjoying these very beautiful days. Thank you for reading and for any comments you wish to leave.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Time to Move On, The Ridge, Some Rain Showers, Some Wildflower Picks, Good Neighbours

Clemson in the back seat
Of course, he knows our house is following us

Bill and I were both up just before 7 again this morning. Is this our new norm? Today is Monday, June 18th and we hope every Dad out there had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday. I know Bill enjoyed his very much. We had our morning hot drinks and read a few blogs before hopping into the shower. May as well get the last good pressure-filled shower while we are here.

It was hot and humid when we set out at 9

We stopped here to drop off a key for our old car
 We opted not to eat this morning, not feeling hungry enough before 9 to dirty more dishes. There were snack bars in the truck and treats for the little bum. We were hooked up and pulled out of the park after saying goodbyes to our buddies and a couple of other friends at 9 on the dot. That was the plan! This trip we met Paul and Judy who were full-timers parked across the road from us. Always great to make new friends.

It was a hot and humid start to the day, 75F/24C before 8 o’clock. I don’t think it dropped much below that overnight but we had both air conditioners set at 72 so slept well. It was an uneventful drive and when we arrived in Exeter at 10, Bill pulled over to the side of the 4-lane highway to drop off a master key at Toyota for our Corolla. We found it in the Suite after bringing the Rav4 home. I waved at Cliff, our salesman, as Bill met him in the parking lot. A really nice young man.

the rain at Harriston
The next time we stopped was after Harriston as we turned onto CR6. We opened slides and all 3 of us answered nature's call before driving the last half hour to home. It was here that we got a downpour and Bill and Clem got wet in the warm rain. 

Back in Durham just before 12 noon
We’d had a wonderful week away and yet here we were, anxious to get ourselves set up again on home turf out in the country setting we all love. As we pulled in the driveway, we were watchful for our Geese and Turtles but didn’t see hide nor hair of either.

Home sweet home
Bill swung around and backed the Suite up with perfection and I didn’t even have to get out of Black Beauty. When he stopped, he jiggled once about 12” and we were in place almost exactly how we were before we left. Am I blowing his horn for him? Absolutely! We just grinned at each other. 😊 I think I said "show off". Once the levellers were down, I opened up inside. The rain was threatening by the look of the sky but we had nicely set up before the clouds burst.

And our Rav is safe and sound
I took a walk around and checked out the gardens. Thanks to Donna and their good growth start before we left, my flowers were looking great and my tomato plants were thriving. All but 2 plants have baby tomatoes. Yay! I wanted to empty the mailbox but didn’t trust the sky so it gave me a good excuse to hop in the Rav and go down to collect the mail. Mostly flyers but also a card for Bill from Charlotte. Thanks, Char!

While down the lane, I saw 4 adult geese and 9 or 10 babies hurrying out of my way. I didn’t have any camera, of course, so no picture. That rarely happens! It was like getting the new vehicle all over again as I sat in the driver’s seat but this was too short a drive. 

One end was tired to this tree beside the Restroom
We noticed that our neighbor, Don, to the west of us, had anchored our car shelter with rope so that tells us that it got extremely windy up here last Wednesday. How nice to have good neighbours! Bill will have to thank him and return his rope.

Behind the storage shed, over the shelter and anchored to Bill's cargo trailer
Clever! but I wonder how high off the ground it lifted for him to feel
compelled to do this
We really appreciate our neighbours
Bill set up the barbecue and table before taking the truck over to fill the water bladder from the Acreage. Before leaving the park, he had put bleach solution into the fresh water tank to swish on the way home. He ran it through the lines and then topped us up to 54 gallons of fresh. While he was gone, I wandered around the property. I’d missed this place. Down the lane I was pleasantly surprised to find many varieties of wildflowers and picked some for our vase.

I like the view from over the flowers, looking down

I’m going to hang onto the hope that we get a gentle rain that lasts long enough to soak the ground around my garden but in the meantime, I filled the watering can and watered the potted tomato plants which are not out in the open. Even they have babies. The carrots appear to be slow growing now that they’ve started but I’m holding on that hope as well, that they will be fine. Green onions and peppers are looking good too.

This is such a reliable outdoor thermometer
77F was bang on in the shade
Bill’s next task was to set up the satellite dish and in no time at all we had both satellites up to 95%.  That is probably RV talk so forgive me if you don’t have to deal with setting up your dishes to get a signal. It just means a good thing for us. Even though the breeze is refreshing, the humidity is still hanging on. We are plugged in to power, because of the dull, cloudy sky, but shouldn’t need to run the a/c now. A cool front is expected to arrive soon.

My thriving flower garden
Ellscott kept an eye on things
It is hard to keep a good man down, I know, so now Bill is going out to the Rav to register for our FREE 3 months of Sirius radio. That came with the purchase of the new Toyota. We’ll take it! I do think my sweetie is winding down for the day though. We had a rest after lunch so he was full of energy. I only dozed for a few minutes but he had a nice sleep, as did our 4-legged child. The clouds can’t decide what to do but I know I’m ready to sit in my recliner and read more of my page turner.

I love this hanging petunia

some tomatoes on the vine here
 By the time he got the radio set up, it was time to prepare supper. Clemson actually slept beside me until 20 after 5 when Bill began dishing up his supper. The rain was by now hitting the Suite windows from the west right around 5:30 which was fine because we had decided on a simple indoor meal anyway. Nothing fancy, beef wieners and beans on toast. We have eaten really well over the last week so this poor man's meal didn't bother us.

When supper and dishes were done Bill and I sorted clothes for taking to the laundromat tomorrow. We have quite a pile this time! The air has quickly changed after that last rain and we are sitting at 69F at 6:30. The change is crazy but that is what living in Southwestern Ontario is like. If you like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change. I went outside with the camera to capture some pictures of this pretty area after a rainfall.

While I finished writing my post, Bill decided to cut a bit of grass. As I said, hard to keep a good man………..you know. It will make it nicer for me to hang clothes in the morning with the berm grass cut. The rest of the evening went quietly. I stayed inside with my book and Clemson. The breeze from the window kept me refreshed. It has been a good day, starting out in one nice place and ending it in paradise. Who could ask for more?

This is the area I have to cut tomorrow
I knew I'd have grass to look after when we returned
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