Friday, August 19, 2022

Summer Days are Here Again, Beautiful Sunsets, Birds!

The Ridge

On Thursday, Aug. 18th we were all awake around the same time. Gibbs waited until 6 to wake his Daddy up. Bill took him on a leash this morning and they were back in quickly. After he lifted each foot for wiping, he hopped up on the bed with me again. Our puppy can count to four. 😊

Strange thing about fog, rain etc.
When I left home and subsequently when I left Durham
to head west, I ran into dense fog

Pulling out of Grey Bruce F.S.
looking back towards Durham

I got up around 6:30, washed and left for the Mat at 6:50. No one was there and it was in pretty good shape. Kaitlyn is going in on my off days to try and get things labelled properly for the appliance guy and as machines are getting repaired, she marks them off the list. I appreciate her attention to the details, we think this laundromat is her ‘baby’, so to speak and Sandy runs the plumbing business.

Within 1/2 mile, it was clear again
I'm glad I wasn't driving to Hanover!

I left there and went to get our water jug filled at the Water Store. Poor Mark was loading ice bags into the outside cooler and had pulled his back out the other day. I know how painful that can be and how difficult to do any normal things. If I didn’t have to report to work at 9:30, I would have followed up on the urge to lend a hand. Bill had asked me to drive west of Durham to pay the truck repair bill from yesterday so that’s where I went next.

My lunch, I ate the whole tomato
only because it was going soft

Gibbs loves the hammock but he won't go on it
unless one of us is already there
I was surprised when he stayed when I nipped inside for
my phone

I couldn’t believe how foggy it was as I approached the shop of Grey Bruce Fleet Services! It was really thick. Pea soup, my Dad used to say .😊 I paid the bill and drove home. Back near town, it was as clear as a bell. I didn’t have long to spend with Gibbs but we walked down the road and then I had to get into my ‘dirty work clothes’ for the shop. He happily took his peanut butter milk bone when I left.

I wanted my phone to capture these hungry little guys
The hammock is between the trees so I had a
(wait for it) 'birds-eye view'. 😁

The truck is getting further along and I finished sanding all primed areas today. M would be priming the roof before I return on Monday where it will need one more sanding before he paints. I know one owner who will be excited to get his classic pick up back again and I know one worker who can’t wait to see it all done. It will be pretty!! 😊


Back home, I worked on yesterday’s blog, dealing with a lot of pictures and then Gibbs and I relaxed together around the property until Bill drove in around 2. It was a nice surprise that he was home early again. After my two ‘boys’ rested, Bill and I took Jazz to Hanover’s Canadian Tire. Bill wanted to get something that was on sale for the last day.

They get a seed in their beak and fly to the
branch to eat it

We had a prime spot for all the small species
of birds while in the hammock

On the way home, we stopped for an early supper at Jenny G’s. We each had a bacon cheeseburger and shared some fries. They make good homemade burgers. We enjoyed the ride; it was a beautiful afternoon. We washed the dishes from the day by hand and Bill went to the Hangar while I worked on my laptop.

Heading out for a ride

I wrote out rules for the poker game that I want to teach the ladies at our park this winter. I’m hoping to practice it a bit before then. Then I worked on my blog. I’m off on Friday so plan to get to Hanover for more groceries. The list keeps getting bigger, as lists do, but since I’m going……

Yummy and filling

This has been a nice day and it feels good to have 3 days off now. I’ve watched so many hummingbirds today around our feeders, chickadees and finches and at supper, Bill and I both saw a Baltimore Oriole at the hummer feeder too. I guess they think our weather is fitting enough to return again. Between the birds and the sunsets, it sure is nice to see summer is sticking around.

A tree jumped out in front of Bill's drone on Wednesday night,
so I was happy he was able to reassemble things. πŸ’•

Good night!

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

A Pretty Busy Day, The Rains Arrived, Meeting the Family

The Ridge

It is Wednesday, Hump Day, Aug. 17th, and we are witnessing another summer month flying by. Wow! It is incredible how quickly time passes. I do admit that Bill and I have been busier this summer than last, at least I have been, (he is always busy with work) so working most mornings does have a play in August’s speed. 😊 

Thunder storms can be threatening and scary at times,
but today's was minor, brought a nice rain and gave
me fodder for beautiful pictures. πŸ’“

In some ways, I’m a bit saddened that we are both working so much because it takes away from things around home. However, we are enjoying reaping the rewards of our labouring so we’re not complaining. The pay is a real bonus towards our winter travel and we’ll need all we can get with the fuel prices. We’re not staying home because of it! Today, Bill left with Black Beauty to Grey Bruce Fleet services. It was time for a ‘checkup’ to get our yellow sticker for the large truck. Another good reason for the extra money coming in. Billy was meeting him there to drive him to their work site in Durham. 

The grass is cut and we're just waiting for the downpour

And it came so we closed the awnings and hustled inside
No need to close the windows though, nor the screen door.

When he'd left and I'd finished my tea, I vacuumed and washed the floors. It was about time. After hand washing the Norwex pieces used and our placemats, I hung them on the line. Then, Gibbs and I went for a walk, very watchful. When Bill took him out at 6, they both spotted a black and white critter that wasn’t a cat! It was in the neighbour’s field, the other side of the fence. He'll be in hiding during the day, I'm sure. We might be using our live trap yet and Gibbs will be on his leash first thing in the morning and last piddle at night. πŸ˜•It was too close a call for Bill. Yes, Gibbs chased him.

A nice walk before work at 9:30

A dahlia in bloom and another one close

The hummers are crazy over their food!
3 and 4 at a time
Time to boil more!

I left for work at M’s at 9:30. Today, I was working on Mike’s truck, which is getting really close to painting. The front bumper needed sanding as did a few spots on the roof that M had putty filled.  He was back and forth from shop to apartment, trying to find a leak in the shower. I left him to it and worked pretty steady on the truck. I finished my shift by lightly sanding the primed hood and fenders. When I got home, I had my quesadilla for lunch and then Gibbs and I went outside.

Not afraid of the rumbling, Gibbs curls up in my chair

I got my mower out and got my area of grass cut just in time. The thunder rumbled and black clouds moved overhead from the northeast while I was cutting but I’d put the mower away and Gibbs and I sat on the step watching and waiting for the onslaught. It was a nice rain, actually, heavy enough but not threatening and there were no winds. I don’t mind ‘storms’ like that. 😊 

Then the sky changed altogether
The storm is over, for us.
Gerry said later that they were getting it.

Yesterday, M sent me home with a container of homemade chili for our supper. I’d already planned our meal last night and since we’re having company later, this is the perfect night for a quick meal. The heavy rain stopped and then a few minutes later, it was like the epilogue of a book when it returned briefly, much lighter.

A quick and easy supper

The blue sky returned behind some white fluffies but boy it was still. Only a twitch of wind rustled the tree tops. Bill was home early around 3, from the Acreage, after he and Billy completed the gazebo for Donna and Gerry. They will be happy to see it done. The chili was very good, I had mine on the leftover white rice from last night and Bill had his on toast. We finished off the cherry Jell-o for dessert and yes, it jiggled naturally. 😊

Waiting outside for company I took a picture
of my plentiful geraniums
beside our Arizona spinner

My new laundromat bosses, Kaitlyn, Sandy and the 3 boys arrived shortly after 7. I’d only met K so it was nice for us all to get a chance to meet. The boys are a handful, very inquisitive, but what else do you expect from 5- to 7-year-olds? It was fun watching them run around with Gibbs, even though they were a little timid of him. He was having fun too. We showed them around, got to know them and visa versa. Bill got the drone out for a spin and gave them a sneak peek into his ‘planes’ trailer. 

It was a beautiful evening

Typical little boys and they were a joy
So many questions, I didn't know who to answer first πŸ˜‚

Gibbs rested at the top of the hill
while the boys encouraged Kaitlyn to join them
She tossed her shoes too and then ran up and down a few times

It was past their bedtime, I know, when they left at 8:30. I’m glad they weren’t shy, all 3 showed no hesitation to hold my hand after getting to know me. 😊 I guess I’m missing my grandchildren being that age. They will sleep well tonight after being in camp all day – ahem, so will Kaitlyn after running up and down the hill with them!

a two part collage here
Top: Gibbs off to the side, watching the 'get set'
Bottom: But on the 'Go!' he ran and beat them all up the hill
They loved it! πŸ’“πŸ’“
I enjoyed the evening with this little family
Good night!

This has been a great day with a nice ending. Thank you for your visit!