First off, an apology. I was sure I posted Monday's blog this afternoon
but I found it sitting in blogger - as if incomplete
So, I've done a 2 day post and if you've already read and commented on the first day, please try again. Spooky!
It was 7:30 when I woke up enough to
get up out of bed. I slept well and although I heard Clemson jump off the bed
around 6 (so Bill tells me), I didn’t realize they didn’t return. I got up and
we had our morning brew together and read some blog posts. Bill was outside
chatting with George and Rob at the riding mower and George has offered to cut
some grass for us. That helps us and it gives him something to occupy his time.
Yes, earn his keep! Ha ha LOL
Between both of us, we got our letter
from Healthy Computers scanned and sent off to the scammers. That is our first
step, according to our bank who holds the Visa. Fingers crossed and thank you
for all your well and good luck wishes. Once bitten twice shy and we’ll know
better next time. Some lessons hit harder than others.
|The boys outside chit chatting about the mower and stuff|
|Two happy campers!|
Bill got George set up on the mower
and I fried up our bacon and eggs for breakfast. With that done, I offered to
do the dishes while Bill went to get water. He also wanted to get a sample of
the well water to take to Keady in the morning. There is a water softener booth
there and they will test it for us. I changed into shorts because the day had
already warmed up 10 degrees since I got up.
|And away he goes down the lane|
|We think he did a pretty good job, so he wasn't fired|
The winds are down so I went outside
and did a second sanding job on the fire pit. My first coat doesn’t look so
great so Bill thought a second coat after sanding it a bit might help. Rob and
Pat went into town to take care of a couple of things, one being a visit to
Aunt Mary before lunch. Pat is going to bring out some candles so we can make
some fire starters for their Hunt Camp. We have time so why not?
|Clemson went outside by himself and jumped up on his stool|
This picture shows the firepit after only 1 coat
I'll get one of the 2nd coat tomorrow
With a new coat of paint on the
firepit, I must admit it looks pretty good. Bill touched it up just to finish
the can off and that topped it off perfectly. It’ll still burn off quickly enough,
even though it is Tremclad Heat Proof Paint but that just means we are making
use of the pit. After finishing that, I can’t recall what I got into other than
sitting with my book. When everyone returned, Rob had set up his square folding
table and George brought out their crokinole board.
First play off was George and Rob
against Suzie and I. Then Pat took my place and I could hear a small motor
humming so went to seek out the source. Sure enough, Bill had his little Styrofoam
plane up, taking off from the back field. He was doing loop de loops in the air
and the game was put on hold while everyone joined to watch him. The landing
was near perfect, although Bill thought it was a bit hairy when it came close
to one of the small trees.
|Bill 'outstanding in his field' flying his plane|
The games resumed and George and I
took on Suzie and Pat. We won, so that was enough, I could quit a winner. We
put up the sun shades on our awnings because the sun was very hot and there
wasn’t any shade at the front of the Suite. I poured myself a drink while Bill
fussed with it and we all met together for Happy Hour. It wasn’t long before
Rose and George pulled in with their Class A motor home. Bill helped George get
it in place and now we have a full house! Yay!
|Bill does loop-de-loops|
|Then we took some group photos|
|A peek inside Bill's cargo trailer|
|Nice landing, dear!|
We sat under the awnings, even though
the clouds had long since moved over, until just after 6. Everyone went their
separate ways for supper. Bill started grilling farmer’s sausages and I boiled some
corn on the cob indoors. Thanks Rob and Pat for thinking of us and bringing us some.
I made up a garden salad as well and we were eating soon after 6:30. Yum, a
very nice summer meal. I could only eat one sausage so the other one is for
|Happy Hour waiting for George and Rose|
When dishes were cleaned up I sat at
my laptop for a bit and caught up on this post. Clemson has been all in a
dither this past weekend with all the goings on but he seems to take it in his
stride. In and out all day, never sure where he wants to settle.
|However, when he is inside, with my hoody, he is quite content|
checks out the Aljoe’s place, the Yate’s place and now the Gooden’s homestead
smack dab in the middle. So many campers, I’m sure he thinks he’s back in
|Their Itasca sure looks big in the laneway|
To settle my supper and stretch my
legs, Clemson and I went down the lane for a leisurely walk, I didn’t get down
the road this morning so my Fitbit steps are below 5 miles today. I was surprised to see that
our flag was up on the mailbox, oh yes, this is Monday. The days are all
jumbled together, hard to keep track. Such is the wonderful life of retirement!
|Almost a full house!|
When we got back, Rob was sitting
outside his fiver, George and Suzie were sitting outside their coach and Bill
was starting a fire. George and Rose were inside their coach watching tv and before
too long, everyone joined us. We chatted about many things, properties,
casinos, gambling and chipmunks. It was a fun evening and by 9:30, the last 4
of us said goodnight.
|Clemson washes Pat's face today|
Bill said there was a viewing of the
ISS tonight at 11:20 but I doubted that this gal would see it. If the clouds didn’t
clear away, no one would but it wouldn’t surprise me if Bill was up to try.
This has been a great day. We’ve packed one more very large Itasca motorhome
into the parking area at the Ridge. I love it! I hope you have enjoyed your day
|I couldn't choose just one|
|No space station but this beacon is just as pretty|
It was just before 7 on Tuesday, July
31st when I got up out of bed. Bill was sound asleep so didn’t hear
me. I found it to be a nice warm morning around 15C so first had my shower and
then slipped outside for my walk. Bill stirred just before I left to ask what
time it was. I went down the lane, down North Line to Baptist Church Road as
far as what we call ‘Elvis’’. On the way back on our road, I saw George just
heading out for his.
|The morning pond refletions|
When I got back, Bill was up and
there was movement from all the other ‘campers’. Our agreed time was 8:30 for
leaving and we weren’t far off the mark, maybe 5 minutes or so late. George and
Suzie drove their car with George and Rose while Rob and Pat rode with Bill and
I in our Rav. Keady, here we come!
|Hard to pick him out but that is George going for his walk|
|And the parking lot was filling up fast when we arrived|
|Two hours in and the place is already booming|
The flea market starts at 7 and we arrived
around 9:15, split up and agreed to meet at 11:30. That is way longer than Bill
and I need for walking around these places but we managed to fill the time
With a snack of ½ fries split between
us, we felt rejuvenated but still were ready to head out for home around 11.
Bill wanted to check out a couple of things on the way back so tried the H.H.
at Chatsworth before popping in briefly at my sister, Gayle and John’s place.
Pat and Rob had never been there so we stayed for maybe 30 minutes for a short
catchup. Back home, we felt whooped. I think all the rest felt the same because
everyone disappeared inside, like us, to take a rest.
|The onion rings smelled good but we didn't try them|
the fries were tasty though
|The little pony rides|
I had picked up a basket of fresh
peaches so had one of those. It was delicious. Bill found a belt, so did I, and
I found a dress for summer days when shorts feel too hot. We were able to drop
a sample of the water we get from Gerry’s well at the Water Store for testing. We’ll
probably need to be investing in a filter so we can avoid damage to our valves
etc. There is iron in the hard water, but what else?
|Peaches and nuts, yum|
Bill had a snooze inside while Clem
moved in and outside with me. At one point I put him inside and I stretched out
on the hammock with my book. That lasted only a few minutes and I lay the book
down and dropped off to sleep. I woke up soon after to the sound of Rob and
Bill talking, then George G. and then Pat and Rose so I got up and joined them
around the firepit. No fire this afternoon, just comradery. George and Suzie
soon followed suit.
|Our afternoon snack today was an ice cream cone|
At 5:30 talk of supper took over the
conversation and we split up to get things cooking. Bill lit the Weber and I
brought the leftover lasagna from the bunky fridge to warm up. Already in a
foil pan covered in tin foil, we only had to heat it on low with the remaining
few slices of garlic bread from Sunday. Nice easy supper tonight for us! It is
very hot outside with the sun out and the wind at an almost invisible wisp.
|The geese in Don and Chery's field this morning|
I’m pleased that the finches have
found the finch feeder today. I’ve had the feeder for a while but was
unprepared to pay $20 for a bag of feed. At FS Co-op in Durham, they sell it by
the pound so I picked up a couple of pounds for $4. Yay! I’m happy and the
finches are happy, oh and let’s not forget Chippy who naturally sits under the
feeder for sloppiness.
During our meal, I was feeling very
hot today. Just kaput, so to speak. After dishes, I waited until the sun began
dropping and walked down the lane in the shaded relief.
Then I sat outside for
a while and then inside. Bill was going in the morning for bloodwork so after 8
he was not allowed to eat. That works for me too, I feel that we’ve really
fallen off the paleo wagon today and need to slow down.
|The geese were moving tonight|
|Clemson loves sniffing the mailbox stones|
No mail today
This has been a busy day and we’ve
opted not to start a fire tonight. We’ll let everyone just enjoy their evening
in the privacy of their own campsite. It might be a welcome retreat. I hope you’ve
had a wonderful day, as we have.
|Clemson ran up the hill ahead of me|
And was playing tag with Rob
|I think Rob tired Clemson out first|
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