Monday, August 19, 2019

Data Mystery, Weeding the Corral, Painting Jobs, Little Bro’s Birthday

The Ridge
On Monday, Aug. 19th I was so happy to wake up from the frustrating dream that I was having. It wasn’t a nightmare and although my family would never act this way in real life, opening my eyes and getting up was the best relief! Everyone was depending on me to cook bacon and eggs on a new-fangled stove with no help. It was just stupid which makes me wonder why it had me off my A game upon wake-up.

After I posted last night, this was our sunset
When I did look at the clock, it was 7:05 so we’d slept in again. I had no excuse since I was in bed last night at 9:30 AND out light like a light! We got up and greeted this beautiful looking morning. I should have walked but the ‘fog’ of the dream lingered and I was in no mood. A nice walk probably would have helped a lot!

Before doing anything else, we needed to get the garbage and recycle bins down to the end of the lane. We bagged the last of the garbage and pulled the bins out. Bill loaded them on the tonneau cover of B.B. and drove them down. Lately, the truck has come through by 7:30 and sure enough, within 20 minutes, they came through. Phew!

And I finally captured our other floating visitors
They've been here for awhile, I've heard them
Today, they swam into my lens view
Then, to make matters worse, I went on to record our data usage from the previous day (as we always do). For the second time this month, my usage was off the charts, putting us in limited territory for the remainder of August. This happened on August 4th/5th as well jumping 5 gb on MY usage alone. We believe that it is another quirk in the system since I don’t do anything different on a daily basis.

I love to see the grass cut in here
 We had one instance like this in March, on our way home. Rob and Pat experienced a similar burp that later corrected itself for both of us. I can only hope that is the case here but today, we’re going to test it by me not being online except to post my blog tonight. I know that if we get really stuck in the last few days that the library is close and so is our buddies’ house. 😊 They have unlimited and have offered it in a pinch.

This hill doesn't look like much from here but my
heart was sure pumping by the time I finished
I finished my tea and then dressed to work outside. Catching the early part of the day, I was outside by 8:30 with the weed trimmer. I even got it started on my own this time, which doesn’t often happen. The weeds on the Corral hill were very tall, mostly Queen Anne’s Lace, and I wanted to skim over the top where I’ve planted ground cover. I was surprised to see that some periwinkle is actually taking hold plus the last plants that Gayle gave me. Their name has escaped me right now.

The light green plants are coming along nicely
When I finished the corral and the outside trimming along the fence, I was relieved yet hot, sweaty and famished. I sat with a water on the patio and watched Bill as he finished his morning job. He was painting areas around the Suite, the jack pads, the hitch, the propane tank tray and the steps. Everything needed a touch up and now looks great!

breakfast - yummy
We came inside and had eggs and peameal bacon. Once the dishes were cleaned up, I made myself a bp coffee and Bill got washed up for the day. My shower yesterday had me nice and clean but after the weed trimming, my feet needed another wash.

A foot bath was necessary

I wasn’t up for another shower so I showed some flexibility and did them in the bathroom sink. LOL We don’t wear socks in the summer unless absolutely necessary so with just my Crocs on, my soles were a disaster.

I like this bright red building in town kitty corner to the Mat
An old 2 storey home was blocking the view but has since been
torn down
Then I drove into Durham to pick up a couple of birthday cards. I really dropped the ball this month with 3 siblings celebrating. The first two would be late and that just isn’t like me. Speaking of birthdays, my little brother, Michael, out in Cold Lake, Alberta turns 53. 53!! How is that possible? Oh yeah, I guess I’m up there too!

Happy Birthday, Michael!
We tease Michael that he was an ‘oops’ in Mom and Daddy’s family planning. He arrived 12 years after me but what a cute little oops he was. As blonde as blonde could be with blue eyes (am I embarrassing you, Michael?) he was a little gift for all of us. Oh, and not spoiled at all!!

When I returned home, I got lazy and did nothing but read my book. I’m close to the finish, well within 15 chapters, but when it is a great book that is close to the finish. I took my chair down and sat near the Hangar and the cargo trailer while Bill finished putting some touches in the trailer for his Telemaster. I wanted to be outside so why not within talking distance?

Bill is working on the shelf
Nice view I have, eh?
 We both came up around 2:30 and had a snack of some fat bombs and cheese. Plus we each had a chilled glass of soda in our recliners. I’m not sure I dropped off like Bill did but in between chapters, I know that I relaxed my eyes a couple of times. At 5:45 my book was done so I got to work making supper. Not much was planned but I had thawed a pack of ground beef.

He has a table set up in the shade for cutting wood pieces
With a few small potatoes, onions, broccoli, mixed veggies and the beef gravy we had a good supper. I added the last of the canned tomatoes to mine, mostly to clean them up. We did dishes and the rest of the evening was spent watching some tv. Then I finished my blog post for today, waiting until 8:30 to post so we can keep an eye on our data usage. Every 4 hours it updates.

supper was filling enough that we skipped dessert tonight
This has been a good day and I’m happy to get that weeding done on the hill. It looks 100% better if I do say so myself.

Thank you for stopping in.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Another Great Paradise Day, Sunday Puttering

The Ridge
I woke before the 6:15 alarm on Sunday, Aug. 18th but dropped off again and it was necessary to wake me up. Even waking up to my chosen Tango music can be rude when you are in a deep sleep. We both got up, I think Bill was already awake when it went off. He made his coffee and I headed out the door with a bottle of water. I was curious to see if the new key Jamie gave me for the Mat was going to work for me.

Bill said Red sky at Night 

and pink to the west as well
Yay! A much easier entry with this different handle and I got in before 7. I found one washer that needed a good cleaning so I used the change from another machine and set it to wash. Down the same row, someone had a note on another machine saying “Don’t use me” with no explanation. I saw a bunch of dry soap crystals in the bottom of the tub so set this one to wash as well. It seemed to be fine now. Maybe it is a temperamental one so always good to test them.

And on my drive to Durham I tried
to catch the sunrise

Two patrons came in during my hour and we chatted idly as I worked away. The lady expressed concern and disgust over the use of Mat washers for dog owners. I encounter one machine every week with the same long dog hair and it is terrible. No consideration for the next person as it is up to me (or the next user) to wipe it out before using it. She asked if I could put signs up to deter this happening. I said I would try but we all know that the ‘offenders’ don’t read or heed signs.

And in town, they've finally finished the road ahead
It has been closed to construction since our return home in the spring

And as I turn the corner, I snap a blurred picture
of the front of the Mat
 So, back home, the sun looked promising so I unplugged from electric and turned the inverter on. We used the 30-amp power most of yesterday with cloud cover and then for my cooking indoors. Bill was working down in his cargo trailer this morning. He’d bought some wood to alter the inside so he could transport his big Telemaster safely, when the time came. He is good at that stuff and just needs to put his ‘head’ plans into play.

It looks wonderful now!
I had my tea, made him a coffee and then finished yesterday’s post. Sorry, readers, it was another late one. At 9:30 I made Bill’s bacon and eggs and called him up to eat. I waited until closer to 11 when I re-blended my smoothie and had the remaining treat. We had some Red Lobster cheddar biscuits (from a mix) leftover from last night so we each had one of those. They are tasty little biscuits.

I wrote a bit on today’s blog post and then changed from my work clothes to go outside with my book. I used the sun sparingly and after checking with Bill, came inside for my shower. A cool shower, actually, the humidity is very high today. I sat in the shade of the little tree waiting for my hair to dry but soon moved back indoors. Since I was getting hungry for something to munch on, I figured Bill would be too so I cut us some cheddar cheese and zucchini bread and took a yogourt down to him.

The sky is dancing with clouds on my drive home

And this is how it feels after an hour on the job
All done for the day and it's only 8 o'clock!
He has our old Kool-a-tron in the Hangar so I know he has cold drinks when he wants them. It was around 3:30 when he came up and we discussed his ideas for making covers/holders for the large wings. He would need some stitching done with my sewing machine so needed to bounce his thoughts off me. We need to go to a fabric store so I located Fabricland in Owen Sound and we’ll make a trip there this week one day.

And this is how I enjoyed part of my afternoon
We each read some and then dozed and I seemed to lose all energy and ambition for doing anything else. Bill got a weather watch on his phone for rain coming and Donna texted me from Cargill that the had strong winds and signs of a storm approaching. I’m always leery up here on the hill with wind storms but at least I’m not alone up here. That would be worse. I closed the windows and doors in the Bunky just to be prepared.

And the dark clouds move in
It was about 5 when the rain started. The sky was black and moving in quickly from the west and northwest. Bill came up from the Hangar just on time and closed his shed and moved my painting into the outhouse. 

The clouds are interesting and even though
we wanted the rain, I was hoping the winds remained at bay
 It wasn’t attached securely enough to withstand the strong winds. The anemometer indicated 26 mph winds but within 20 minutes, it was all over including the rain. The sun returned long enough to give us a bit of a sunset.

Some rock and roll going on here in the clouds
And then it smoothed out like a fuzzy warm blanket
I sautéed 2 Italian sausage links in Madame IP, something I’ve never done before and cooked them for 15 minutes with a 5-minute natural release. There were a few potatoes, carrots and some corn on the cob leftover from previous nights so I reheated those in the microwave. We also had 2 cheddar biscuits left and with butter, they topped the meal off. The sausage was awesome and I will definitely do that again.

The sausage was delicious!
For dessert, we had some of the ‘flop’ rhubarb crumble with ice cream and without expectations this time, it tasted pretty good. Other than my hour of work this morning, I had a very lazy day with lots of reading and some dozing. Bill was busy for most of the day but nothing too strenuous. I opened the windows again around 6 and let the cooler air in. We went from 85F (feeling like 95F) down to 71F so that is a nice drop. 

And then it was done

And we got a sunset
Good night y'all
I hope you got some rain where you are but no damaging storms. Thank you for popping in today. I love it when you take time to leave me a comment.