Friday, March 27, 2020

Helping Hands, Outdoor Day on the Ridge

The Ridge - Home
On Friday, Mar. 27th we were happy. First off, our CPP and Old Age pensions were deposited overnight. That is important to us as for the last 5 months we’ve been living out of our US bank account. We didn’t expect to be back yet, so had moved most of our funds over at the beginning of the month. We were up by 7:30ish and downstairs with our morning brews.

Rob came to pick up the bottles for us
 Bill went online and took care of our monthly expenses and I also went into our account to pay Donna for our Ridge rent. With that taken care of, we caught up on blogs. It was a cold morning, just around the freezing mark and it didn’t rise too quickly. Outside it was very foggy and it took a couple of hours for it to burn off. Rob texted that he could come out in 30 minutes to pick up our 40lb propane tank and empty 5-gallon water bottle.

We had set this up on Wednesday so Bill went out and set them outside at the nose of the trailer. I had also asked if Pat had a couple of Canadian stamps that I could ‘borrow’. It is so kind of them to pick these items up for us this week, we’d have no other way to get them. When he arrived, he had stamps for me and within an hour, he was back with our bottles both filled. Thanks Rob!

The sun wrestles with the foggy sky
Bill bundled in outdoor clothing and went out to attack the rest of that dead tree. It truly was held together by the vines but he got it down much easier than the first half. He cut the rest of it up into firepit size logs and after a walk down the lane to put an envelope in the box, I came inside. I had my own project on the go. Each spring, I put together an Excel sheet of our winter expenses so I began totaling things up.

You can hardly see him in there
but he is busy

Now you can see him better
Around 10:30, Bill came in for a glass of water and a peanut snack bar. I knew he was busy so I got the vacuum out. While doing that, I had our breakfast cooking on the stove. I guess it was noon hour. Upstairs was done and the bacon was too when Bill came inside. Time to eat! After dishes he went back out and I finished vacuuming. I sat and worked some more on my document and then also bundled up to get out.

Now the tree is down with just clean up to do
The sun had come out, thanks to Pat (she says she sent it) and I wanted part of it. I got the wheelbarrow from behind the Restroom and went around picking up the raked piles of twigs and leaves that I’d created on Wednesday. I took my time, back and forth to the brush pile and when that was done, I walked down the laneway for a second time. 

The grader went down North Line today
Still lookiing after our roads

This is a lovely day and maybe our last sunny one for a while. I didn’t want to come inside. Bill was down in the Hangar but first made a call to our neighbours who offered to help us out with anything we needed.

Bill was next door getting water
Looks like he is just finishing up

Coming home with water to tie us over for another week
Bill and I had been thinking about when we’d need more water that it would make sense to get it from them instead of driving into Durham to Rob’s. Not a lot of people know us in town but we wouldn’t want anyone who knew we were away all winter to see us if we don’t need to take that risk. Bill called Karl and we were told that we were welcome to go and get water from them. They are all on wells out here so they don’t pay for their water.

Look at these little cuties

They're enjoying the suet
 After Bill drove over, I started burning the bag full of redundant personal paperwork that we’ve been collecting all week. Once that was going, I added a few pieces of wood and thought I’d just enjoy the outdoor time. It probably took about an hour to clean everything up and then I grabbed my book. It was good and it put me in mind of sitting outside at Pilot Knob reading. It was that nice!

Burning a lot of papers to start
Before coming inside at 4:30, I took one more walk down the lane. For some reason, it hit me that I wasn’t walking behind a little wiggle bum. In the spring, Clemson and I would walk down and back many times. I got teary-eyed and had a real heart to heart with myself about a new pup. Still undecided, I put it from my mind, folded my chair and came inside.

And then, moving out of the wind, I sat with my book

The winds picked up this afternoon
but it was still a beautiful day
The ice on the pond is almost gone
It is nice to see the reflections again
Bill had NCIS on and I realized that I hadn’t even started my post. LOL That is how I forget what happens during the day! So, I got caught up and then prepared the burgers, bacon and cheese for grilling. At 6, Bill lit the Weber Q. First time here at home and the perfect night for it. The burgers were delicious, better than Harvey’s! Crispy bacon, cheese, lettuce, pickles and homemade green tomato relish.

It was already 6:30 so we had our ice cream right away and then got the dishes out of the way. The sun was making its slow drop below the horizon so I kept an eye on it as it dipped behind the few lingering wispy clouds. We settled to watch some tv together and I always had my book to read. If there is something interesting on the boobtube, I might even get working on the front panel of my sweater – again.

No more skating

I love their reflections too
This was a wonderful spring day and we enjoyed the out-of-doors to the fullest without breaking any isolation rules. I hope yours was just as nice.

And the sun drops

It did get prettier but i didn't wait for it tonight
Have a good evening!
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cloudy Day, Squeezing in Walks, Inside Cleanup

The Ridge - Home
On Thursday, Mar. 26th we knew even before we got up that it would be an indoor day, for the most part. It was a treat to see the sun first thing going to battle with the clouds but the gray puffies won that war. Checking the weather, it was already a semi-mild 4C/39F when we got up and rain wasn’t expected until closer to noon hour. There were some winds so that would keep our daytime high still below 10C/50F.

The red-winged blackbirds are fun to watch around the suet feeder
It was a gray looking day
The good news this morning is that my family received email and message confirmation that our last family traveler has returned home to Ontario, safe and sound. Gayle and John crossed into Canada at Port Huron, MI last night at 7:30 and stayed in a Walmart just this side of the border. We can all breathe easier now. We’ve got the ‘band back together’. (name that movie reference)

Snow is disappearing all around
I walked as far as our gate entrance on the left
Bill was up before me and I dreaded getting out of my warm cuddle spot into the cold bedroom. We close the door at the stairs, blocking the gap at the steps, to keep the downstairs a more even temperature. It works well as it feels like an icebox up there! It always feels colder to me than to Bill. The bathroom is on the bedroom side of the door which will explain why we have a heater in there for the time being.

Our front field is drying up
I half-dressed quickly, made the bed and nipped into the warm powder room to wash up. It was nice and toasty when I got downstairs with Bill and I made my tea while I sat and read blogs. The sun disappeared soon after and eventually the dark skies over Hanover were looming towards us. I sat and moved some of my folders around in Word and then finished naming our winter pictures. Then, I slipped my 2 layers on, covered my ears from the wind and went out for some fresh air.

I got a lot of apples off this tree in the early fall
but you can see that a lot were left and wasted
The lane way is long enough and interesting enough, with all the birds and geese, that I could do that 3 or 4 times in a day and not get bored with it. Today, I walked down, across the front of the property, in through the fenced entrance and across the field. Then up top I sauntered around the perimeter of the fence line in the back field before circling the berm, my garden and back inside. The fresh air is wonderful!

Bill sorts through our files
 I’d already had a sink bath but went up to wash my face. I’m trying a new product and like to give something like that the benefit of the doubt. It’s not going to make me look younger (or is it?) but it feels nice to have a routine and it sure feels nice on my skin. Bill had retrieved our portable file cabinet from the hall closet and was doing a clean out of that so I brought Mom’s smaller version from the bedroom closet down to do the same thing.

Mom's file box was smaller
We made quite a flurry of papers here, there and everywhere but will be able to burn a lot of old stuff. Mom’s box is a fair bit lighter getting rid of income tax forms from 8 years and older. That was some bulkiness right there, from 2009. My next task was to clean out the coffee table. Because it lifts up and harbors a lot of ‘stuff’, it gets things dumped in there when we don’t have an immediate space for it. I should have taken a ‘before’ picture but forgot.

The coffee table, empty
Water, not ice
Bill was done with his filing and called it a day but I was just getting more energy. I climbed on a chair to reach our pantry cupboards easily and took stock as I re-organized both shelves over the Keurig cupboard. Then I moved over to the baking pantry and did the same there. I was able to empty open bags of Chipits, rice, brown sugar etc. into their containers and that freed up a lot of space!

My walk reminded me to stop and take a picture on the corral hill
now that more snow has melted
Bridgette had given us a nice little tea caddy when we bought our house in 2002 and it has been hidden away up in the back of a cupboard as there was no reachable spot to put it in the Suite. I was working towards finding a spot for it in the other pantry and had success. We haven't used the teas that are in there very much but maybe now we will! Now, I can offer her (and you!) a cuppa when next she visits. 😊

Before fall, we need to pick up
some more extension bars
Then, I also decided that I was done working for the day. I slipped on my hoody and windbreaker plus a ballcap and went for another laneway walk. It was still a bit drizzly but we sure aren’t getting much rain. That’s okay, I don’t like to see puddles everywhere. It is nice to see places in the pond waters where the ice has melted. Even the big pond, it is looking quite mushy now. We just need more of these warm temps and sunshine.

The baking pantry
Back inside, it was Happy Hour time so I decided a cup of tea would be in order on such a damp day. So, I found one from the tea caddy and sat back with my book. It was an Earl Gray and tasted different than my usual Tetley but very nice with cream. I was going to read but Bill put the last few minutes of Red2 on and then Live PD:Wanted, a program we’ve not seen and so we watched that together instead.

My tea caddy
If you look at the above picture you'll see where it ended up
Funny, that that particular movie was on because above I made reference to a movie and it was Red, in case you didn’t get it. 😊 I get a kick out of things like that. Just after 5, I handed the front panel of my sweater over to Bill. He likes to keep his hands busy when watching tv so I asked him to unravel. Yes, I decided that I wouldn’t be happy until the back and front were done properly. He did that while I started supper.

I had 3 fat chicken drumsticks thawed and spiced them up for supper. This time, I gave Madame IP a rest and pulled Rosy out of the cupboard. I’ve never done them this way before but thought I’d give it a try. I made up a salad while they were cooking and prepared the last serving of Instant rice for microwave cooking. It would be enough for Bill and I warmed up the leftover carrots that I had in the fridge.

It was a great meal, the drumsticks were awesome
We were eating by 6:15 and it was delicious! Next time, we need to do an extra leg so we each have a couple. Yum, a good recipe so I typed it into my Recipe folder and saved it for another time. I also want to try them in our Fry Daddy. After dishes, I worked on my blog and we watched our pre-recorded FBI:Most Wanted episode from the other night.

By 6, the fog worked its way into the area
Going down to -2C/28F tonight
Good night!
This was definitely an inside day but it was a good one with quite a few things accomplished. We meant to vacuum today but there’s always tomorrow. I hope you had a good day.

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