On Friday, May 25th I woke
up at 5:30 and tossed and turned a few times trying to go back to sleep. It
feels like the ‘gator roll’ we see on Swamp People because I go from side to
back to other side to front to side again before giving it up altogether. I got
up at 7 and Bill followed soon after. Windows were open and the duvet was up
and down a few times through the night. It was a great night for sleeping.
|This is a cute depiction in a Vet's office|
We made our tea and coffee and read
comments and blog posts from our friends. Nice to catch up with what they are up to,
kind of like a ‘Good morning’ called across the campground. I stepped outside
in my skivvies, as Daddy would say, (my pjs) to retrieve more bottles of water
from the basement. This is the kind of morning I’ve been longing for! Gorgeous,
gorgeous, gorgeous and 60F/15C. The slight breeze feels refreshing.
|Clemson waits his turn|
At 8 we ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ and
drove over to the Acreage to fill our water bladder. Bill drove to the back
with Gerry and Donna and I sat at the front and enjoyed the sun in their King’s
chairs. We visited for half hour and headed home. Bill transferred water while
I cooked breakfast and then cleaned up dishes after he was finished. We also
needed propane so he loaded the tank in the bed of the truck for our later trip into town.
|and these dogs waited patiently too|
Clemson had an appointment with the vet
at 11 am to get his distemper/hepatitis and 2 things I can’t pronounce shot and a blood
test for heart worm. He was very good but naturally fidgety with all the
poking and prodding. He has lost a bit of weight so we both are curious how we
can follow his diet. Hmmm. We also picked up his Revolution solution for fleas
and ticks. He came out of there with a bandage on his ‘arm’ , feeling proud of his bragging rights and we came out
with emptier wallets.
|"I'm okay and pretty 'cool' in my bandaid"|
Back home, I changed and continued
with my rock/stone clearing project. It is quite warm out there at 82F already
at noon hour so I took lots of breaks and drank lots of water. With the small
rocks spread on the laneway and the big rocks dumped by the Restroom, I came
inside with Clemson. He needed a bath, his backside tends to get dirty at
certain times so into the sink he went. One of us can do this but two makes it easier. It's a family affair, usually.
|Hard at it|
Before I went out to work on the smaller rocky areas, I made us each an ice cream cone. Breakfast was early and supper would
be as well, so an early afternoon snack was in order to tide us over until 4:30.
We shared the last inch of each of our cones with Mr. Mooch and then I went
back outside to dig more rocks. Bit by bit it is looking more promising. I’ll
need to get some top soil to spread over the area and then sprinkle it with
grass seed. After that, it will be up to nature.
|Pretty little Chevy in town for sale|
Bill was out working on the
generator. When in town, we filled the gas can and also refilled our 40-lb
propane tank. There is still an unknown problem, the Champion doesn’t run with what should be normal power. He hasn’t given up yet but if Bill can’t figure it out, he’ll
take it up the road to North Line Repair Service. This guy is a neighbour, 2 lanes up and we hear he is pretty good
at what he does.
When I came inside, I was so hot that
I hopped in the shower right away and kept the water temperature at cool. That
felt so nice! I sorted the dirty clothes for an early morning trip to the
Durham Laundromat. Hoping soon after I get up, I’ll get in there since it opens
at 7. The weather will determine if I dry them there or bring them home to
hang. Fingers crossed!
At 4:30 Bill plugged us into power so
I could run the microwave for 10 minutes to reheat our lasagna. We’d invited
ourselves to Bill’s oldest daughter, Yvonne’s (the birthday girl) for a visit since
we hadn’t seen Dennis and the 4 boys since we’d returned home in April. We have
gifts for them and we were happy to hear they would be home tonight. It is so
hard to pin these kids and grandkids down with all of the things going on in their lives.
With dishes cleaned up, we put
Clemson in charge with a couple of treats at 5:30 and drove to Tavistock. This
weather is something else. Sitting at 84F/29C and that makes the decision of
what to wear easy. I doubt it will cool down too much but I’ll take a sweater
along just in case. The Suite is warm but there is a lovely breeze coming in
the windows. The little bum will sleep most of the time while we’re away so we'll hardly be missed.
|A pleasant evening drive|
|I'm never sure if this is a business or residential home|
It is an hour and a half and the sky
remained blue the whole way so it was a pleasant drive. Their neighbor had just
backed a 37.7’ Grand Design Solitude into the driveway so Bill, of course, had
to chit chat with them for a couple of minutes. Our friends own a Solitude and
we know they are very happy with it. Somebody is doing something right when a
young couple in their 30’s can afford such a large, new, house, truck and rv.
Good for them! However, because it 'just' barely fits in the drive, it is a bit of an eyesore in a new sub-division, blocking the view from Yvonne's house up the street. There may be some complaints registered from a few residents.
|through the smudges on the windshield, two mature Mennonites are heading out for the evening|
Dennis and Yvonne were inside and we
moved outside onto the beautiful sitting area on their deck. They have been in
this place in Tavi for 10 years and that just doesn’t seem possible. They have
done a lot of work to the property as it was newly built when they bought. We
had a couple of drinks together, caught up, talked about Dad/her Grandpa and soon
Carter, Zach, Connor and finally the 16 yr. old heart throb, Braeden came home
to greet us. He'd blush at that but soon his brothers will be called the same thing.
|It's hard to catch the boys together and sometimes individually|
this is young, Zach, one of the twins
They liked their t-shirts and Yvonne
really liked her funky Arizona/Mexico purse. The time went by easily and at one-point
Connor and Dennis started a fire in the back yard at their fire pit. Ten-year-old
Bella sauntered around the property, sad to see our dogs age, she is a
sweetheart and has calmed down considerably since we first met her, as they naturally do.
|Enjoying a drink together|
Bill, Yvonne and Dennis
|They have a lovely backyard|
|And I was amazed at the size of her hostas|
|Bella poses for me but I had to be persistent|
|Connor on the left, trying to play shy|
It was around 9:30 when we said our
goodbyes and drove home. I could hardly keep my eyes open so relaxed with my
seat back for a bit. I can’t sleep in a car anyway but rested. I sat up in
Teviotdale when Bill commented on fireworks going off. Someone was celebrating
the American Memorial Day and a beautiful night to set them off. I knew Bill was
getting droopy eyes too so we talked a bit and soon enough, we reached Durham.
|It's blurry but Connor enjoys the fire|
After letting Clemson out, Bill
followed me to bed and I know I was gone in a very few minutes. There was no
need for the duvet tonight so we covered in a sheet only and with a few windows
wide open, had a peaceful night’s sleep. This was a busy day and we enjoyed it very
|Sunset over the rooftops in Tavistock|
Saturday, May 26th began
with us waking and rising around 6:30. Another wonderful sleep for me, my body
felt that it needed it after all the digging yesterday. Bill made our coffee
and tea ‘to go’ as I was heading directly into Durham and he was heading out to
the riding mower to cut grass.
I was the first one in the laundromat
and loaded 3 machines before taking my laptop to the bench outside to catch
up on my blog. I’m getting lackadaisical in not finishing my daily posts but
life is moving quickly and that is more important. I know you have all been
there and totally understand where I’m coming from.
|Woohoo! My first iris!|
I had a nice conversation with a
young lady also doing her laundry and we parted ways after the wash loads. I
went in search of a garage sale. I’m looking for a couple of large outdoor
flower pots for 2 tomato plants. The only sale I found was that of a British lady, Dawn, "like the morning" who
stole my heart. Her idea of garage sale is exactly what I love. Low, low prices
‘just so things won’t go to a landfill’ and a nice variety of smalls. Things
that you have to hunt through to see what treasures are within.
I found a couple of perfect aptly
designed (for rv cupboards) containers and pair of dripless teapot clips.
|Hardly a breeze but lots of heat to dry them today|
Notice the dead tree in the background, now that is personality!
knew there were such things but you can bet they will go in my purse for those
silly China made stainless steel teapots in restaurants that drip all over the table
when pouring. For $1? Are you kidding me? SOLD!
|These are great storage containers with seal-tight lids and slim designs for my narrow pantry|
|Bill just about finished the grass cutting|
Before I left I was politely informed
of the 5 boxes of candles that she had marked ‘free’. I kindly informed her, no
thank you to the boxes but did choose about 10 that would be good to melt down
for my homemade firestarters. She said I was welcome back later to pick up the
boxes. Such a card. We had a fun connection and I drove
home and relayed my whereabouts to Bill, who was wondering if I was okay, being
later than expected.
|He is getting to be a pro on the slopes|
I hung the clothes but had to put on
a long sleeve top to do so, the little black flies were up on the hill trying
to snack on my exposed flesh again. Bill told me that perhaps I should go back
and pick up her candles and it would be another project for me, making a batch
of the starters. Hmm. He hopped on the mower to finish cutting the back field
and the berm behind us. When I saw he was about finished, I lit the Weber and
fried up breakfast. The timing was perfect!
|the eggs are bunched together to keep warm while waiting for Bill|
Once I’d cleaned up dishes, I drove
back into town to snafu more candles. She was, of course, delighted and tickled
to see me back again and offered to help load them in my car. I told you she
was a lovely lady. Unfortunately, when I sorted through the boxes, many of them
were in containers and that was more trouble that it was worth for me to take
them. I took any candles without painted decorations and glass, metal, plastic
pots and she was quite happy about that.
Surprising to me, I found some almost
new scented candles in glass jars that will go into my cupboard to burn in the
Suite. Lilac, buttered rum and cranberry to name a few that will bring hours
|A few of the many candles I brought home|
Of course, one more thing
caught my eye and I picked up a Brita water jug for .50, just perfect for my
Beer Margaritas, taking up less fridge space. Oh Deb D. what have you done? 😊
|Beer margarita, yum|
When I left there, I was still on a
mission for finding pots and now to find a metal pan to melt the candles on the
bbq. I drove to another recommended yard sale. No luck with my search but I met
the most beautiful greyhound while there. His name is Parker and because I know
Bill is fond of these dogs, I asked for a photo. He took to me and instantly
while petting him, he leaned up against me. So gentle, just loving the
|Parker and his Daddy, a pretty tiger striped beauty|
|Posing for the picture|
Back home, Bill was putting together
some well-thought words for a short speech he’ll be making at Dad’s memorial
service on Monday. When he finished, I typed them up for him and once plugged
in we can print them off. Bill has no trouble speaking in front of people and
often can ad-lib better than most. I love that about him and always have. This
will no doubt be one of the hardest he’ll ever have to recite.
|Our own little beauty sits under the awning with me|
The skies began darkening around 2:30
so we brought the dried clothes in off the line and I settled under the awning
with my book until the spatters of rain blew in, chasing me inside. It
grumbled, rained steady for about an hour before at 4 the sky once more calmed
and let some blue through again. Just like the weather people said it would.
|The skies darken|
|And thunder and rain make an appearance for about an hour|
Supper tonight will either be bbq’d
hamburgers or the last serving of lasagna. Either one will be fine by me.
Whatever is left will be eaten tomorrow. Donna and Gerry have been enjoying
their time at the Acreage since Thursday night, only interrupted by a work trip
into Hanover this morning. I’m so happy that they are spending time out there
with their new 5th wheel and that the weather is co-operating.
|A picture of our summer home|
The brown area is almost 'rock-free' and hopefully will soon
This has been a great couple of days
and it feels good to be slowing down a bit. We still have things to do, more
rocks to dig, top soil and grass seed to spread but the in-between times are used
well too with hobbies and happy hours. I hope your days have been enjoyable too.
|And the blue sky returns|
By the time I posted this at 5:30, the clouds were completely gone again
Thanks for peeking in to see what we’re
up to! Leave a comment if you wish, I love hearing from you.
Wow you have been busy! Clemson is so cute coming out of the vet with his bandaid..Lasagna looks awesome. You guys are tough, after the day of work etc to drive and hour and half to Yvonne's. They do have a lovely home and yard! The boys are adorable. Garage sales are so much fun. Love the Beer Margarita holder! Those are tasty! Even though the skies darkened it's still beautiful! Your summer home looks beautiful. Glad to hear Donna and Gerry are enjoying their place too!ReplyDelete
Thank you guys for your comment. It's awesome how you comment on things, by the time I get to the bottom, I've forgotten what I wanted to say. LOLDelete
I think 'summer' is here early and this weather is making everything grow so fast.
it feels good to work hard now and reap the benefits later.
Keeping busy is good for you , getting things taken care of a visiting with family , now to enjoy some wonderful warm summer days.ReplyDelete
Right now, especially, it is good to keep our minds occupied, Bill needs that.Delete
Beautiful days are afoot! yay!
I'd love to try the beer marqurita, could you please post the recipe again for us?ReplyDelete
Love your blog.