Monday, October 22, 2018

Beautiful Fall Day, Black Beauty Flush and Bill and the Doctor


Not a good night’s sleep for any of us. It was 12:30 when I woke the first time and it felt like I’d been sleeping for a long time when in fact it was only two hours. I dropped off and woke up at 1:30 when Clemson was crawling around under the covers looking for an exit, I think. Bill got up and took him out for a piddle. Then again at 4 something, I was awake. I couldn’t see the clock with my blurry eyes but from then on, I was awake.

A bit of colour in the clear sky this morning
So, it was 6 am on Monday, Oct. 22nd when Bill’s alarm went off so we got up to welcome this day. We had our first brew together and he left a few minutes before 7 to take the truck into London for a rad flush. Hi-Tech Auto Care is our London service Centre and we give Dan and Brad, owners and friends of ours, the business when we are in the area. Bill has started going to Pletsch’s in Hanover now for when we are at home. It makes sense.

I'm out of the park looking back at our site
By the time I finished my tea and then yesterday’s post, Clemson got up to go out for his piddle. It was 7:30  and 37F so I got dressed for a walk. The air was calm and the sky was clear and I would be sure to witness the rising sun today. I walked out of the park and left on Rock Glen Rd. towards Arkona Rd. I walked as far as the highway before turning around and returning the way I’d come. That was just over 2 miles.

Some bridge work on Rock Glen Rd.
And the bridge over a stream

Back at home by 8:45, I thought I’d start making something with the remaining green tomatoes I had. I wouldn’t need more relish and salsa is too involved for me, especially when it isn’t something we go out of our way to eat. I’d found a recipe for Green Tomato and Bacon Soup that sounded good so started that. 


the soup tastes amazing!
Woops, got so far and realized I didn’t have any broth, of any flavor, so put it on hold. I couldn’t make my chili because I didn’t have all the ingredients there either. LOL, we tried too hard at home to eat things up, I guess.

this beautiful house is certainly facing the right way, in my books!
Bill called around 10:30 to keep in touch and was still waiting for the truck to be finished. It is a bigger job than I thought it would be but with a big truck, 4 rads, it takes time. While talking to him, one of my favourite people from our old workplace walked in to drop off a school board truck. Eric! I was sad that I missed him, definitely one of the good guys. On Bill's second call around noon, he informed me that he was on his way.


I prepped a lunch of fried egg sandwiches so we could eat as soon as he got home. Bill wanted to talk to his doctor about his latest blood test results so called him this morning. Turns out that he was able to get an appointment back in London this afternoon at 3. I have items to pick up today so I can finish cooking. We’re kind of eating up fuel right now but some things can’t be helped. This will be our last trip into the city until Friday.

Sunrise through the branches
A beautiful weeping willow tree
this field of corn is very tall
We encountered typical ‘crazy’ London traffic and luckily, Bill can scoot around the back streets (even with Black Beauty) enough to dodge traffic jams and accidents. We made it to the doctor’s office with a few minutes to spare. We both went in and caught up a bit. Dr. Persaud was not concerned with the .2 jump in Bill’s blood sugar and was very pleased with his 10 lb. weight loss. We’re doing something right! 


Stately turbines on the bend of the road
He also told me not to ‘fret’ about the fact that Bill loses and I don’t. The whole testosterone and estrogen, retaining water thing. It just doesn’t seem fair! He said all the right things about me being in great health etc. etc. I love our doctor. Anyway, we both walked out of there feeling great, happy that no prescription was necessary and we’ll carry on doing the same thing over the winter. We'll follow up in the spring.

It was a  nice enough morning for Clemson and I to sit outside for a while and wait for Bill to return
On busy Wonderland Rd. I snapped a picture of where we lived after first
getting married
We bought a new condo down in that grouping
Getting back on Oxford St. heading west was the fastest way to get our butts out of the city. We stopped at Cherry Hill Mall so I could run into Metro and grab the things I needed for my soup and chili and then we drove straight home. It’s a beautiful day and got up to 55F/13C in the sunshine. When Bill and I returned home I put the groceries away and we sat together for a while. I thought I’d sleep after last night but neither of us dropped off.

Crazy insane traffic
At 5:30 I went big and opened a can of tomato soup for supper. We’d eaten our sandwiches at 2 so weren’t any hungrier than for a bowl of soup and toast. We cleaned up dishes and I sat to finish my post. But wait, the sun had gone down and it would be dark soon. I went out for a walk to digest supper and take advantage of the calm evening. I was just shy of walking 4 miles today so wanted to top that up too.

And overhead, more plans to go south



We have a few programs to watch tonight and they start at 7. I wanted to be ready to sit and watch. This has been a great day. Got the truck taken care of and got good news from the doctor. One step closer. I hope you have had a good one as well.

and a peek at the sunset too
The day ends prettier than it started
good night!
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New Morning Experience, Walkabout with my Sweetie, Cold Start, Last Family Dinner


I was awake with a tickle in my throat a couple of times through the night, once at 3 am and then again around 5. Luckily, I was able to clear it with a cough and dropped off to sleep again. When I woke again around 7, Bill was already downstairs. I must have really dropped off as I didn’t hear him leave the bed. That is what’s nice about a king bed, one movement doesn’t disturb your sleeping partner.

We have the large site on the corner
So, here it is Sunday, Oct. 21st and we have a new view out our windows. Beside us to the southwest is nothing, behind us is a country road and a residential home and to the northeast facing the clubhouse there are many vacant sites. It is peaceful. 

The view out our back window
Today, Bill said it was 34F when he got up and it had risen to a balmy 37F, where it remained for the rest of the day, by the time I got up at 7:30. We sat with our tea and coffee and when I lifted the night shades I could see gray heavy clouds overhead. Blech.
Looking up towards the clubhouse
Nice and peaceful here right now
We read our friend’s blogs and just enjoyed this non-hectic lifestyle. Bill’s list of things to do from the ‘Ridge closing’ was old news now and it would be good for him to really settle down. Into the garbage it went. 

Finished with the list, yay!
When Gerry and Melinda visited last night, they informed us that the park summer water supply was available to us until sometime on Monday. That’s good to know and we may top up a bit more before it is turned off. 

We walked up the hill past Ron and Loree's place before heading
back down the hill 
I wanted to get back into my walking routine, having slipped out of the norm for the last few days. When I indicated I was going, Bill suggested joining me so we bundled up around 9:30 and walked around the park together. My goal was to get a mile in and we did better than that, finishing at the clubhouse where Bill asked Kristi in the office for a Rock Glen decal. 

A very colourful decal
Not one for sticking stuff on our possessions, he’s finally come around to wanting to put meaningful decals on the back of the Suite. It says a little bit about us too. We briefly said hello to Melinda before heading back.

The overgrown lily pads have gone to seed
It was a bitter cold walk but only our noses and ears suffered. Next time, I’ll wear my buff to cover my ears or my winter toque. Bill hooked up to the water tap, since we had access and flushed out our black water tank using the park water. That is something we can’t do without hook ups. With a few gallons of fresh water added to our tank, we will be good for the rest of the week and until we arrive at our next destination. While that was happening, he set up the satellite dish and we had the signal connected really quickly.

I started breakfast and we were eating bacon and eggs by 10:30 or so. I feel much better this morning than I have the last couple of days and although I’ve sounded like someone else when I can speak, I’m very happy to have my full normal voice back again. Just to be on the safe side, because the bug is still in the air, Bill and I are taking Vitamin C and D plus last night I had another ginger and honey tea. I don't feel bad, other than more tired than usual and fortunately no sore throat, but we'll continue to work on keeping it from getting worse.

Some trees are just the perfect shape
I love this!
We cleaned up dishes and Bill sat and read more of the Harry Bosch story Two Kinds of Truth on my Kobo. I was feeling tired so went up to the bedroom for a snooze with my afghan. It took a while but I know I dropped off for 20 minutes at least before I got up and had my shower. I could hear some logs being sawed downstairs so I knew the book was done. Another bonus about retirement and this lifestyle, if we need a snooze, we take it.

We've noticed a few cabins are getting new rooves (roofs)
When I was dressed, Bill came up for his shower. We didn’t expect company today but wanted to be ready early just in case someone dropped in. Clemson is getting spoiled and probably very confused about his dinner time as Bill fed him around 3 today. We like to make sure he’s digested it enough and can go out for his business before we leave him alone. He will look after the house for possibly 4 hours while we are gone. He is such a good dog for us.

Another hilltop view overlooking the valley sites
We left the park a few minutes before 4 and arrived at Montana’s on Ontario St. in Stratford at 5. Our table for 6 was reserved, thank goodness as it was at least a 45-minute wait for others. We weren’t seated long before Carol, Brian, Liz and Bruce arrived. This is always a bustling place, no matter the city, and the food is always great. Lots of choices on the menu. Bill and I just had tea and coffee tonight before placing our orders for food.

Montana's for supper, never a let down
A bonus that it was only 10% of last night's meal! :)
I opted for the Southwest Skillet with shrimp and chorizo sausage in a tomato, onion and pepper sauce served over rice. It had a wee 'bite' to it and was delicious! Bill had a simpler meal of a Steak Sandwich on a bun with fries. I had to laugh at the size of Brian’s plate of Nachos and even more so at the look on his face as it was placed in front of him. I promised no picture of him with it but had to include the serving itself. Needless to say, half of it was left behind.

Southwest skillet
Definitely a go-to for another time
The conversation flowed and we had a lot of laughs over dinner. A few memories of Dad were shared and some teary goodbyes when we parted around 7. These goodbyes are very bittersweet. It was a calm but cool evening as we drove back ‘home’ to our Suite and Clemson in Arkona. It feels weird not to be driving to the Ridge, not bad, just weird. That feeling will dissipate once we cross the border, truly on our way.

Brian's Nacho skillet could have fed all of us
We were home by 8:15 and instead of watching tv, we sat with our books. At 10:30 Clemson and I were in bed, with Bill following within minutes. He had an early morning departure planned. This was a quiet, relaxing day and we enjoyed it.

And another awesome family photo
Good night from us at Rock Glen!

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

And Just Like That, We’re Outta’ Here!


We were awake and up by 6:30, with a little bit of ‘rarin’ to go’ in our heads. It was Saturday, Oct. 20th, our day to move the wheels southward. Coffee and tea and a bit of blogging before we had some cereal and started closing things up. Bill took the satellite dish down, did the circle check and we were soon shutting the hydro/electric off and locking the bunky for the last time.

Beautiful day to move

Say Goodbye, sweetie!

This is the sky we started out with
It was 9:00 on the dot when we pulled out of the lane, another last time this year thing, and closed the gate behind us. Clemson doesn’t know what is going on but with his sweater and his seatbelt on, he knows he is going with us. 

Curled up on Dad's coat and Mom's scarf
Nothing else matters
Closing and locking the Bunky
The day’s weather is up in the air, we are moving 3 hours to the south so it will be different there than here. Mostly sunny skies, no winds and moderate 44F/5C temps surrounded us.
Last lane drive this year

Closing the Gate behind us
 The drive was uneventful, which we always appreciate. At 10, we stopped at the Wingham turn onto Hwy #4 at Tim Horton’s. This was a washroom break but we also each had a muffin. Mine was Carrot with walnuts and Bill's was Whole grain, Banana with pecans. Both were very good. We chatted with a couple parked beside us while we ate and left them with an rv card and a huge serving of jealousy that they weren’t going with us. Someone has to stay behind and save the world!

Crazy cloud formations today
We continued on and I captured crazy sky displays. You name it, we kind of had it. One huge black cloud moved over and to the east of us so I hope it didn’t do any damage somewhere along that line. 

Sharing a few pictures of the drive today
These Bolers are a descendant of the Airstream, we were told
Bathroom break!
After returning to the truck, this guy was trying to hitch a ride
No way, he got scooted out in Timmy's parking lot
And I enjoyed my Carrot and walnut muffin
We arrived at Rock Glen RV Resort, our membership home park, at 12:30 and Bill checked us in to Site #26. After we set up on the big corner site, he took the water bladder up to the cabin to get us some water.

Goats
It felt quite mild outside and I don’t know what the temperature was but the silly weather continued into the afternoon. Sun, clouds, thunder, lightning and downpours. 

Barns that remain standing in the throes of adversity
What more damage can the wind do?
One side of the lane was evergreens and fruit trees
The other side were beautiful maple trees in their glory
Just after 3:30 (I think) Melinda, Gerry and Tucker came around for an impromptu Happy Hour. It was a great surprise and we easily passed the time catching up on things while Tucker begged for food. Too cute! Clemson was pretty oblivious of him, showing little interest. Our dog is such a snob.

Melinda arrived in her little cart

It is always nice to see these friends
Even Gerry (private joke)

And blue-eyed Tucker gives us a chuckle
Unfortunately, we had to make the visit short because of our plans to meet the kids and grandkids in London at 6. They left at 4:30 and we were dressed and out the door by 10 to 5. It was a wet drive to Southside Family Grill and even though we were early, arriving at 5:30, Bridgette, Chris, Jake and Bea were already seated. I’d only met Jake’s girlfriend once before so it was very nice that she was visiting him for the week and able to come.

these next few are sky pictures of our drive this morning


when you think it is starting to clear

Sneaking a water tower shot in

it changed again
 


This one went over our heads towards home

And turning towards the south, it did improve

And even more so

A bright barn quilt

On Rock Glen Road to the park (on the left)
 Soon enough, the rest of the family arrived and we were seated at 2 tables. We neglected to book the ‘big’ private room but made it work in the general seating area. It was a busy place in there tonight! I ordered lasagna, Caesar salad and Bill and I shared some garlic bread. Bill enjoyed a Hot Roast Beef sandwich and with the exception of individual bar tabs, we covered the dinner. We were happy to have such a great turn out, with only 4 unable to attend.


We said our goodbyes around 8:30 after Stefanie, our waitress, obligingly helped me by taking a picture of our group. She moved chairs, cleared and moved tables in the effort to please her customers. And we were pleased. I got my family photo. It is sad saying goodbye to our children and grandchildren but plan to keep in touch over the winter.  Social media, phone calls, texts and blogs, they all work.

They make a delicious lasagna
Half of it came home with me
We drove home in the dark with the rain and noticed the winds had really picked up. “Thank goodness, we aren’t up on The Ridge”, we said. It was 41F as we let ourselves into the Suite and settled in for the night. I made myself a Ginger and honey tea before bedtime. I’d finished my book earlier today so need to find another one to read.

And nothing beats this picture today!
20/24 - not bad!
Good night from Rock Glen, Arkona
Bill didn’t get the satellite dish hooked up today so instead of watching tv, he is relaxing in his chair with his Michael Connelly book. Harry Bosch is right up there with Jack Reacher for good characters. This has been a great day and we have taken one step towards our winter travels. I hope you have enjoyed yours as well!

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