I woke for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 21st at 6:15. That felt like a really great sleep! I turned over and dropped back off for another 45 minutes. When I woke, I noticed Bill was awake and then I could hear the rain. He informed me that it had rained a fair bit through the night but that he also had a pretty good sleep. We got up at 7 and I made our coffee. Sitting and reading blogs caught us up on what our friends were up to.
|Don't read this too quickly or you will confuse the purpose of this|
Bill and I checked our Samsung calendars and found a couple of discrepancies so got those synchronized. I think each summer just gets busier and eventually we’ll be saying “we need to slow down!” There is always something going on and we are currently welcoming them. I asked Bill if there was anything I need to do this morning and was pleased that I was not on a schedule for the time being. I could relax, make breakfast, wander, visit inside or just read.
|A Tiffin coach in for some work|
I took Clemson out for his business when he woke up at 8 and wandered inside to say hello to Wendy. She is the first person you see when you walk in and should be named Welcome Wendy. With her beautiful appearance and smile, I imagine everyone feels immediately at ease in her presence. Without fail she asks “How's Clemson?”, another avid dog lover. Bill and I chatted a bit with Caroline and Ross and might catch up with them before we leave for home on Thursday.
|Driving to the doctor's, the weather changed 6 times|
Back in the Suite, I fried up bacon and eggs and we cleaned up the dishes. When Bill went into the building, I sat and followed Jack Reacher’s new adventure. A power nap for each of us and then we took a walk. Wow, a very lazy day. I realized today that I am very much like Clemson. As long as I am 'home', I am content. I don't have to be busy all the time. Bill has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon at 3:15 so we are biding our time while still keeping an eye on it. You just never know how long it takes to cross this busy city so we’ll be sure to leave in plenty of time.
We had a yogourt at 1 and planned to have leftovers for supper. I sat at my laptop and downloaded 8 new Michael Connelly books from ebook.bike. We are sitting pretty with our WiFi usage this month so it was a good thing to do and a good time to do it. It was an off and on rainy day.
|The city of London is known for it's green bike tracks|
Strange Ontario weather again with black clouds dotting the sky at different times, heavy rain, some winds and then sun again. At 2 we got a downpour and at 2:30 we were out the door in partial sun. The bonus was the temperature. It was beautifully warm all day.
|Strange picture, the drops are clear but the sky is a blur|
The idea is to show you the indecision of the sky
Arriving on time at the doctor’s office on Wharncliffe Rd. gave us no surprises. Of course, it was under construction! With the big truck, we pretty much have to park at the very back of the lot and even still had to pay the minimum $3 fee. Sometimes we try and slip in next door at the little mall but Security was on site today so we couldn’t do that. Dr. Persaud was pleased with Bill’s efforts in changing certain things in his diet and encouraged him to avoid a couple of high sugar and carb foods.
|Everyone wants your $$|
We left there and drove to Commissioners Rd. where there is an entrance to Parkwood Hospital. Our plan was to surprise our blogger friend, Stew aka Furry Gnome. Bill and I were fortunate enough to meet Stew and Maria last summer at the Ridge. Sometimes all you have to do is ask and they accepted our offer for an afternoon visit. Our turn to return the favour.
It wasn’t a tough decision to decide where he would be when the nurse said ‘he isn’t in his room. He is either in the cafeteria or in the garden’. We exchanged a glance and simultaneously said 'Garden'.
We found him way back in the loveliest hospital garden ever. The paved sidewalks wound their way from one ivy covered gazebo to the next, around flower gardens of greenery and flowering shrubs. When we received his smile from across the way, we knew he recognized us. He had no idea that we were coming and that was the plan.
|Doesn't this look like the coziest spot for a tea ever?|
I had brought him a couple of small garden items and hoped they would replace the traditional card. I moved in for a hug as we approached him. It has been a worrisome winter, thinking about him. Stew seemed happy with the garden goodies. He mentioned the large quantity of cards he has received and how special each one is with a personal message. We had a wonderful visit and if the opportunity doesn’t arise before he is home to visit again, we hope to see him in Meaford.
When we left the garden area, Stew followed and by the time we reached the truck, the rain had started lightly. I hope you made it back inside, F.G.! Now, I will understand better where you are when you write of your outside adventures.
If some of you haven’t read his blog, check it out here. We drove back to the Suite and the sky was still acting crazy. Very indecisive indeed! Things and staff back at CanAm were being put away and packing up. The end of the day was nigh.
|this apple tree is heavily laden with ripe fruit|
|Furry Gnome in the garden, now isn't that fitting?|
The parking lot is mostly empty tonight and other than the highway traffic, which is noisy with windows open, the evening seems calm. There are warnings and threats of storms and serious weather surrounding South and Midwestern Ontario for 48 hours so we’re probably in a pretty good place to ride it out.
This has been another quiet day with a couple of important things taken care of. I hope yours has been a good one too!
|Furry Gnome and Patsy|
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