Friday, May 20, 2022

A Summer Day as the Weekend Arrives

The Ridge

On Friday, May 20th Gibbs and I were up at 6:30 to see Bill off at 6:45. Once he left, we followed, out the lane and down to the corner. It’s a beautiful morning15C/60F for a walk. Our forecast of 27C/81F changed for some reason according to the local radio station. They’re saying only 20C/68F but after being outside for a while, it feels hotter than that. They're wrong again. The rains will soon descend upon us and change it anyway.

The Canola fields provide a bright yellow
all around our area

The sky started out like this
and at the end of the day, looked the same
Storm sky?

The standard morning pond photo

I had my tea inside with Gibbs and played my 3 Wordle games plus 1 Phrazle game on my phone. I love the challenges they all present but get a kick out of figuring out the popular phrases in the latter. πŸ˜‰ Two sisters, my daughter and a couple of nieces play them too so we share our results. Some days the words come easier than others, maybe depending on whether we have finished our first brew. Oh! I also share results with friends and bloggers, Nancy and Doug.

Woolly Gibbs slept while I read my book

I knew he'd look different at the end of the day
so snapped a close up

When Gibbs and I went outside, it was nice to see the clouds moving out of the way, thanks to the winds, which were quite strong. We walked up to the garden and he ran around like a fool while I picked my first stalks of rhubarb. 

The joy of spring, everything coming up
with the exception of the Rose of Sharon 
in the foreground
I need to either remove it or get some new

The grass up here hasn't been cut yet,
so he hides well
This is where my mower will cut with the new blade
(which was delivered today)

They aren’t big nor plentiful but it’s a start. I also checked my vegetables and was pleased to see 2 rows of little spinach and chard leaves now above ground. Yay! Following instructions from Donna, I’ll thin them once they are about 2” tall.

You might need a magnifying glass
to see them

Our peony bush 

Gibbs checks out the trilliums

first crop of rhubarb

Then, we settled at my shed. Ptooties Place, Ptooties Palace or something simpler?? Help me make a decision with a name please! It doesn’t feel right not to have one. 😊 I worked on the puzzle and Gibbs did his scouting, then his resting ‘thing’ as only he can. At 11:15, we came inside so I could get ready for his grooming at 1 o’clock. I had something to eat and washed his tummy. One of our trees has sticky needles and he always gets them caught on his belly and feet. I wanted to get them out of his hair before he goes.

Keeping our road in good condition
two graders made another pass

Resting before his appointment πŸ’“

It's good!! Really good!

The puzzle is coming along nicely

At 12:30, he was so excited to go along that he jumped up into the back seat of Black Beauty with no hesitation. 😊 He still does a lot of whining at the beginning of a ride but I’ve learned to ignore it – mostly. Since we were a bit early for his appointment, we walked down the street to the laundromat. I wanted to see if it needed cleaning while I was in town. Plus, I had a duvet cover and Bill’s jacket that needed washing so I made sure my favourite washer was available.

5 minutes after I left Gibbs with Kate,
I popped in to show her a picture
of his last cut
She had already removed a lot of hair!
She said he was so good!

If these don't end up in the neighbour's yard,
they'll dry fast 

When I took Gibbs in to the groomers, he was just as sweet as ever. Kate came out and pet him, commenting on his size and how cute he was. Of course, he loved her attention! With 2 hours to kill, I first put the laundry in a machine and then took the opportunity to sweep the floors. They weren’t too bad nor was the Mat, so it wasn’t worth doing any more today. I’ll either go back in the morning or better yet, wait until Sunday. Jamie had been in and emptied the coin from the machines. I was lucky that someone had recently done a wash so I retrieved their $4.😊

The apple tree trimmed up looks so much better

Then I drove home and did some things around here. I vacuumed the Suite, re-hung a bird feeder out of Chippy’s reach, trimmed the lower branches and saplings of the apple tree at the back of the Suite and then worked on the puzzle until it was close to the time to pick Gibbs up. Bill had mentioned probably having a short day so I texted him to see when he might be on his way home. Turns out, he was enroute so he was picking our baby up on his way. Saves me the trip and fuel.

And the puzzle will be done tomorrow

I worked on the puzzle until they came up the lane and there was our new little puppy again! I have to look twice because his coat always looks like velvet after a short groom. His actions are pure Gibbs though as he runs and experiences the air and freedom. He was konked out soon after and although he didn’t eat all of his supper, he ate some and that was good enough for now.

Here he is!! Our handsome little guy.

He was so good, he got a chew stick

Bill grilled burgers for supper and we had ice cream for dessert. It was a very filling meal. We loaded the dishwasher and Bill drove over to the Acreage to get water into Mike’s trailer which is parked their for the summer. When he returns, he’ll bring a bladder full for us to use in the Suite. 😊 This has been a muggy day and although no rain, the winds are proving to be an issue that is yet to present itself. Overnight, warnings of strong gusts. Oh crap!

ice cream for dessert
with strawberry sauce

I worked on my blog and then tried to get into a new book. I finished The Street Lawyer earlier and highly recommend it. Excellent! Now David Baldacci’s A Minute to Midnight is waiting for me to start it. I’ve enjoyed the day, accomplished a few things and we now have a smaller but still lovable pooch in our home. I’m sure he feels wonderful!

Someone had a big day!
Good night!

Thank you for popping by.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Where Has the Week Gone?

The Ridge

On Thursday, May 19th, I stayed in bed until after Bill left. Well, I did get up at 6:30 to get my kiss goodbye though. Can you believe that it is Thursday already? I can't. It was a drizzly rain at 7 so Gibbs and I didn’t get out for our walk this morning. It was a cleaning day but I wanted to stop in to see our accountant while in town and he didn’t open until 9. That meant I didn’t leave until a few minutes before 8.

It's from the laneway so blurry
but I didn't want to get any closer
Ma and Pa and 5 babies were already spooked

When I got to the Mat, it looked as if it had just been cleaned. Either that or it hadn’t been used since I cleaned on Tuesday but that would be odd. So, rather than cleaning a clean place, I saved Jamie the $$ and went to wait outside Tim’s office until he opened. I’ll go back on Saturday morning instead. I chatted with Tim about Bill’s Notice of Assessment and when I left, was much happier with the result. 😊

The corral irises are short but still pretty

Back home, it was still rainy and that made it feel even colder than it was. Usually 8C/47F is pretty comfortable for a morning temperature as long as there is no wind but the dampness gave me the chills. So, Gibbs and I stayed indoors for the morning and neither of us had any inclination to go outside. I had some chicken noodle soup for lunch and by then it was warmed up a bit and the sun was making appearances so we went for our walk.

and look who came creeping across
our patio mat today

a baby painted turtle
was hatched
She's about 1" across

After returning home the mail lady delivered Bill’s parcel to our door and now we are waiting for one more thing today. A lawn mower blade for my battery powered mower is coming UPS. I’m anxious to get back to cutting my portion of the lawn again. I missed that last year as it is helpful to Bill plus good exercise for me. 😊

Simple but delicious supper

We have been communicating with our trailer insurance company to see what we can get reimbursed for the problems we had from the park. That is coming along on the positive side and that is a good thing. We just need to fill out more details. Gibbs and I went out to my sanctuary. I worked on the puzzle and he kept an eye on the surroundings for me.

A cloudy but pretty sky tonight

This turned into quite a warm sunny day so I unplugged from power around noon. Every little bit helps. Bill was home before 5; he has farther to go now with their new job site in Wingham so knowing he likes to relax before supper, I waited until 6 to start. We had big sausage and salad and finished the cheesecake for dessert. We loaded the dishwasher and relaxed for the evening. We’ve got a ridiculously hot day forecasted for tomorrow, summer returns briefly.

After supper, Bill cut some grass since
we have rain in the forecast AGAIN
Good night!

This was a good day. I hope yours was too.

Thank you for stopping around!