Thursday, July 22, 2021

Love my Days Off, Testing the Oven

The Ridge

Thursday, July 22nd the day started as per normal. Gibbs and I went out to see Daddy off to work at 7. Soon after, he was in his crate and I took my walk. My legs were feeling crampy part way and I remembered that I neglected to do my stretches before getting up. That proves to me that it does make a difference to do them. 😊

The sun over the corral gate
in just the right position

It was another great walk and although it felt cool, at only 11C/54F, I had the right amount of outerwear on with a hoody and my yellow wind breaker. I wear the bright colour rather than my safety vest these days. It does dual duty without having to layer up too much. Back home, I had my tea inside with Gibbs and the morning went along pretty well.

The pond is bright yet spooky
with mist

I had a few irritating moments with the weed trimmer but eventually got it going so I could get a fair bit done. Not enough though. The string got caught, twisted or something and I had to shut it down to fix it. Then it wouldn’t start. By this time, I’d been out for almost an hour and I was hot. Frustration took over and I put all my gear away.

In no time, the sky was clearing out nicely
It was a beautiful morning
I like the church steeple in the distance

Speaking of layering, it is quite a process there, with first the long pants and shoes. Then the gloves, the hat, the face shield and the head phones/ear protection. I have a lot of patience, I think, but that was just too much to bear when it wouldn’t start. I quit before the job was done. Maybe tonight if Bill gets it going for me, I can help him to finish cleaning things up.

The little girl at the corner, has a goat in this shed
She ran out as I approached to greet him
But she didn't come back out while I waited

Gibbs was patiently waiting for my return

Gibbs sat outside at the step on his rope the whole time and either watched, played or slept. πŸ˜‰ Good puppy! It was an odd day for weather, cloudy, then sunny and the temperature varied greatly depending on which was overhead. At one point, the clouds were very heavy and dark and the temperature had to drop about 3 degrees so I went and closed the shed and Bunky doors, just in case. We didn’t get any rain, and weren’t supposed to but it sure felt like it could.

The clouds looked heavy

I had my shower while Gibbs hovered around the bathroom. He is very curious about the water hitting the shower doors and thinks he can lick it from the outside. Yup, I sure laugh a lot at the little bum. I’ve stopped putting lotion on my legs and arms right after a shower because he just wants to lick it off. I haven’t been sunbathing enough yet so my skin isn’t as dry as it can be.

At 3:30, I made a cup of tea and Gibbs moved to the stairs to have his nap. There is no carpet down here for him to lay on so it makes perfect sense. Donna texted at 3:40 that she and Gerry were on their way with Morry’s and their new trailer. They would be going by on Baptist Church Road so I woke Gibbs, put his leash on and we ran most of the way down the lane. I wasn’t even to our field gate when I saw them go by. LOL That was at 3:43.

Gibbs and I sat on the step
His favourite place is on the step below us
under our legs
(that is when he isn't on our lap)

They were sure moving! Anyway, we turned around and I tried to get back before my tea cooled down and Gibbs wasn’t having it. I’d woke him up after all now it was payback! Ha ha, so I picked him up and inside, he crashed once more. πŸ˜‰ A bit more notice would have been good but she realized that as soon as she saw me down the road. We got a walk in and Gibbs will get more used to walking down the road with me each time.

Inside he proceeded to fall asleep
on the stairs
Look at those eyes, watching me take the picture

Tomorrow, we’ll go see their new Landmark after they are all set up and unpacked. I’m excited for them, I love the RV world! It doesn’t matter whose it is, I love seeing them and all the changes. I worked on my blog post and cleaned up the dishes from earlier today. For my lunch, I heated the Weber Q and tried to crispen up the crust but it didn’t work too well. For the last piece, I’ll try the fry pan the way George used to. It still tasted okay and the carbs were minimal.

And then he's gone

This morning, I decided not to finish the book Boys in the Trees. I was getting so confused about who was who, who died, what happened and blah blah blah that I closed it at page 75. Bad rating from me but there are others who may be able to follow it easier and enjoy it. Good luck! I found a James Patterson book instead as I am never disappointed in his books. Fifty Fifty with a new detective sounds good.

When we ran down the lane,
these geese flew overhead but I'm not
sure if there were some teens here or not

Bill got home around 4:15 and I hadn’t heard from Donna that they were settled yet, so I hope things went well. Bill and Gibbs had a snooze, in and under the chair, and I got the thawed chicken thighs ready for a treat. 😊 I know that sounds weird but what I didn’t realize was that I was also in for a treat. Just as they were spiced and in the glass pan, Gerry called and invited us over to see the trailer set up. Bill had seen it but I had not so we put supper on hold and drove over.

Always the character, crawling UNDER his bed
UNDER Daddy's chair

Gayle and John were also there and we arrived at a good time so we (Bill) could help them place the composite board steps up to the door. This took some muscle and some gravel shifting. My job was to hold Gibbs out of the way or he’d be in there like a dirty shirt. They got it almost perfectly levelled, enough that they were content and then I went in for my personal tour of the 2017 Landmark Orlando. As I expected it is very nice.

Hard at work, Gayle lifting with the two wheel dolly
Bill lifting out of the deck blocks
Gerry and John moving the blocks and spreading the gravel
Donna adding more gravel from under the rv

We chatted for a while and then said goodbye around 6:30. Supper would be late but I’d decided to try, for the first time, Combination cooking in our new oven. So, if you’re not familiar with this, it cooks fast like a microwave but it browns like an oven. It took 20 minutes start to finish. No preheating necessary and with the potato salad and mixed vegetables as a side, supper was quick and easy. Not to mention delicious.

Their new 5th wheel is a beauty
and it was time to upgrade

We cleaned up dishes and instead of cutting the front field of grass, Bill decided to just pack his lunch and stay put for the evening. I was happy for that. I fed Gibbs and took him out for a piddle and a roll around in the grass. What a goofball! Bill and I were watching a Christmas in July movie and it was one of the better ones. We were slightly distracted when Gibbs got a bee in his bonnet and ran his relay for about 10 minutes. He had us laughing our fool heads off.

I was so impressed with the oven tonight
cooked and browned nicely

This was a good day off for me and I think Bill had a pretty good one at work too. I hope yours was the same.

Not much sun left. It will be another cool night
at 11C/52F so Bill set the furnace for the mid 60's
Last night without it, we were cool.
Good night!

Thank you for stopping in.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

On the Move on Hump Day, A Walk with Gibbs

The Ridge

Wednesday, July 21st we woke up from another good sleep with Gibbs. He has the hang of it now. I got up after Bill with him and took him out. The air felt cool this morning, quite a change from the last few mornings. 

It was a misty, dewy morning

No wonder I felt a bit chilly through the wee morning hours, my little window was open all night and I didn’t realize it. Many of you leave windows open at night for sleeping but this one beside me blows directly on my head so I’m particular when it is raised. Last night I forgot it and with the blinds down, didn't notice.😊 

Someone fell asleep on the stairs
Be still my πŸ’“

I got washed and dressed for the Mat but had my tea here at home first. I wanted to relax with Gibbs until 8ish before leaving as he would be spending a few hours in his crate today. I fed him his breakfast and he gobbled it up and instead of rushing to the door to ring the bell, he relaxed too. At one point, he went up the two steps and fell asleep on the carpeted stair. Too cute!! I had to take a picture and send it to Bill.

What a mess this is

We’ve said often that Gibbs has some of Clemmy’s spirit in him with his actions but we also are quick to see that Clemson had his sweet ways and Gibbs also is adapting his own sweetness. We are so lucky; two little lovebugs came into our lives. 🐢🐢 When it was time, he went in his crate with a treat and I drove to town. The air outside was definitely cooler, so I wore a light sweater. It came off as soon as I arrived, but the Mat wasn’t too bad today for cleaning.

this is after sweeping
Even a wet mop didn't get it all

The floor was a mess with those stupid Downy Unstoppable beads! I knew before I even started my routine (recyclables, washroom, dryer lint, washers, mop floors, damp mop floors) that they needed to be swept before I or someone else came in and stepped on them, crushing them into the floor. I got the broom and realized that I was too late for many but got most of them cleaned up. Out of the norm, I finished the whole floor except in front of the dryers.

The drive to see Bill at work
wasn't far from Hanover

With the jobs done, I finished sweeping and mopped the floors. It’s looking spiffy again although there are still some of those beads ground into the tile that I had to get down and scrub the old-fashioned way. Grrr. I do hate the stupid things! I knew Gibbs was safe at home so I drove further to Hanover. There were a few stops I needed to make.

The cottage in the trees

First, Dollarama for a canvas board for Ladyfest and some things for Gibbs. A leash, a collapsible food dish and a couple of different (good Canadian or American) treats. I also found Niger seed for the finches there at a great price. Then I took the road out of town to see the cottage that Bill and Billy have been working on. It is a lovely little 2-bedroom place that is sure looking great with all the touchups! Billy and Mike had done previous work there so everything looked new. With a view out back of the lake, I drooled a bit until I saw all the cedar trees. Cedar trees mean mosquitoes to me.

From there, I drove back in to Walmart and got the food items we needed plus a new bed for our little guy. He has been pulling the innards out of Clemson’s old bed so it was time for his very own. 

Here we go again........He can hardly wait for me to empty
the bags

Back home, M called and asked if I could work a few hours on Friday so that will give me a bit more cash for next week. I would never say no after such a long time off! I was hungry so had some soup for lunch and decided to make a potato salad that will do for a couple of nights’ suppers.

He likes his new bed 

But he loves the soft bone that came with it
better than anything

Gibbs liked the little plush bone that came with his bed and I’m sure he’ll grow to like his bed too. A couple of times, he went upstairs (not true, it was a handful of times) to the bedroom and when I’d check on him, he was indicating that he wanted to go up on the bed. I’d love to accommodate him but I’m hoping he’ll do that with Bill when he gets home. I cleaned up the dishes and started my blog post.

I cooked the potatoes and the eggs at the same time
Well, Madame IP did

Around 4, Gibbs and I walked down to the mailbox and I think I might be on to something with this harness/leash. Just going down the lane for now but he can’t grab the leash as easily and walks better. I got the mail, oh no! Another catalogue from Atlas for Men! 😊 Actually, I love the clothes for Bill and I love to see him broadening out in his styles and colours. Yes, I’m encouraging him to buy whatever he wants!

I put Clemson's bed and blanket away

Gibbs and I walked down to get the mail

And then down the road a bit
"Where are we going, Mom?"

At the end of the lane, we turned west and walked along the grassy edge as far as the gate to our front field. Gibbs was confused, kept looking back, as we’ve only gone that far from home a couple of times. 

And Clemson's spirit took over
"Run Gibbs Run!" it said

And just like Clemmy, he comes back to make
sure I'm coming

We walked back up the lane
and below is an example of walking with 
a little goofball

Time to lay down for a roll in the grass

Hmmm what's in here, Mom?

When we got into the field, I dropped the leash and let him go. My eyes got teary as I watched Clemson’s spirit take over. πŸ˜‰ Gibbs ran a few feet, stopped, checked that I was coming and ran again all the way across to the lane. So sweet!

I'm so very tired
and need a tummy rub

We sat outside and around 4:30 I started moving the lawn furniture to the patio. Bill wants to cut grass tonight and this is where he starts. Within 10 minutes, he was home. After he changed, he hopped on the mower and started. Inside, I’d prepped the pork ribs with a spice rub and started them in Madame IP. By the time Bill finished the berm and around the Hangar, I was ready to put the ribs on the grill mat on the Weber.

don't think for a minute that he doesn't
know how cute he is

The ribs were perfectly cooked, fall off the bone tender. Bill wasn't as keen on them as I was but agreed they were okay. The salad was another good turnout. Bill wanted to finish the cutting tonight so I offered to do the dishes so he could get out there. It was around 7:15 when he went out to do both fields. The sky was a beautiful blue, clear as a bell.

My $5 hanging petunias are gorgeous!

and the Dragonwing Begonia has continuous blooms

Finally, I filled the finch feeder
Can you see the chicadee up above?

Here he is, having a drink in the bird bath

Bill cuts the lawn before supper

Supper was good, the ribs were done
perfectly and another successful salad

within the course of the evening, his blanket and bed made its way
around the floor a few times

Gibbs is moving around inside from his new bed to under the table with a new soft toy and then to his new blanket. He has been outside a lot this afternoon, with or without me, on his rope. He was so tired that when Bill went up for his snooze at 4:30, Gibbs went with him and they slept for a nice long time. 😊 We’ve had a really nice day. I hope you have too.

The sun was a pretty red again
but it is hard to see it in the picture
Good night!

Thank you for your visit on this hump day.