My phone alarm was set for 6 am but at 4 am on Thursday, July 11th what woke us up was another annoying sound. There was an Amber Alert which I’m all for but my goodness! It went off first in English, then 10 minutes later (as we’re drifting off again) in French. And then one more time 10 minutes later. Good grief!! The good news is that the grandfather and the 2 children were located safely.
|Heading off to work in the wee hours|
Then it was difficult to settle down but with the cool breeze coming in my window, we managed to drop off fitfully until just before 6. Bill was up first and began making his coffee. I followed, got washed, dressed and headed into Durham. I had a job to do! I was in and out in an hour and only had one visitor. That was our buddy, Rob, stopping in to say good morning. I always think that is such a nice gesture. I invited him and Pat for Happy Hour later today, which Pat later accepted by text. Yay! It has been a while since we’ve done that.
|My grass was cut so Bill did the hill that met it|
When I returned home, Bill was gone with Black Beauty, as I knew he would be. He had left at 7 to drive to Hanover to get his last sheet of wood for the doors and check out cheap flooring for the Hangar. I’d asked him to get my mower out so I could start cutting my grass area before it got too hot. Instead of having my tea first, I decided to get right at it. It only took me about 45 minutes and I was finished and overheated. (A nicer way to say ‘hot and sweaty’)
|Even though there are only pics of Bill working,|
trust me, I was too. :)
I had Avon to pay for, money to transfer for my dress and a new Avon order to adjust so sat with my tea and did that. It was my cooling down period. When Bill returned, he filled the mower with gas he’d just bought and set to cutting the front field. We were 'unplugged', which is the happening thing, heh heh, and yet our batteries were getting low with no sun yet. I did some tree and bush trimming outside and when he came up the lane, I started breakfast.
|The fields always look great with cut grass|
It isn't the grass that's growing now, it's those tall weeds
so it wasn't a low cut at all
Not hungry again so I really didn’t enjoy the bacon and eggs today. I need a serious change from the b & e and that is hard without the carbs. I’ll come up with something but when I’m not hungry nothing will do the trick, really. I’ll just have to feed Bill and eat later. He went back to cutting and by now, the sky was very dark and the wind had picked up. Since we didn’t get any overnight rain, I figured this was when it will start.
|Our friend, Jim, asked how long the driveway actually was|
Best guess is about 400' from the road to the top of our
So, after doing the dishes, I plugged us in to power. Twenty minutes later, the clouds broke up, blue sky appeared in many patches across the sky and so I unplugged us again. I can play games too! I didn’t read any blogs in the morning, I had little jobs I wanted to do first. So, after a shower, I started by mixing the ingredients for Fat Bombs, swept the Suite and then made myself a coffee. Bill finished the lawn cutting and unloaded his wood and flooring in the Hangar. What a deal he got on linoleum!
|I went out to the Bunky to install the hooks for our X-tra coats|
Top left is a stick on hook, not for heavy items
Top right, purse hanger on a stud
Below that, a drape hook that will be covered
I should go to the garden with the hoe and remove some weeds up there but now that I’ve showered, I’ll do it another day. It will be easier after a rainfall – if that ever happens! The breeze today is wonderful, so refreshing so with all windows open, the Suite was getting a good airing out. The temperature is hovering around 70F/21C and that is a nice setting for puttering around inside or out.
|And now you can see the top hook filled|
this will work nicely without them being in our way
I finished the things on my list and then took a walk down the lane to check the mail box. Neither of us noticed if she stopped. The flyers will be there at least. Oh, by the way, my Avon was delivered yesterday after I left for Hanover so I’m glad I left Mr. UPS a note to leave it on the chair. I met him in Durham and figured that he would be headed my way. I’ll forgive Avon the day of tardiness, saying delivery on Tuesday.
|And then on the opposite wall for the last few items|
The blue blanket covers the tv which will be moving out soon
When Bill left for the Acreage to fill the water bladder for our company’s rv, I walked back down and removed the No Trespassing sign from the post down there. It is fading really quickly so I thought I’d repaint it with a yellow background and brighter red lettering. I’m not sure what Donna used but we sprayed a clear coat on it before hanging it. Gives me something to do over the next few days. And while I had my screwdriver out, I decided to hang the coat hooks (well, that wasn’t their original purpose) that Donna and I found at Salvation Army.
|This is the back of the storage shed where the coat rack sat|
So, a bit of a pain for Bill when getting at things on the shelves
Now, it is empty so no longer needed except for exchanges, maybe
‘Make sure you find a stud before you start’ was Bill’s advice so I kept that in mind as I banged on the paneling and followed where he’d nailed the sheets on. After a few fumbling attempts and dropping the screw and the hanger, I got it! With the big tv in the way, it doesn’t look too neat but that doesn’t matter for now. The tv is going to the Hangar.
|Inside, I finished the Fat Bombs|
and put them in the freezer
On the opposite wall, I used the fancy purse hanger that my friend, Saira, gifted me while I worked in my office. Below that, about 4”, I screwed another drapery hook that would hold 3 or 4 or 5 coat hangers. That works well and the bottom hook is hidden under the top clothing. The idea is to get rid of the clothing rack we’ve had to hang our winter coats, rain coats and other miscellaneous items. So, a total of about 10 hangers.
I was quite pleased that I came up with the idea and neither the storage shed or the Bunky would need to be crammed with the rack. 😊 Patting myself on the back right now. Bill might find that my hooks aren’t perfectly straight but that’s only because he is more anal than I am. When Bill returned, we checked the item that came in the mail regarding Travel Insurance. We are quite pleased with who we are with but always open to see what is available.
|And then the big Redwood came up the drive|
|A little direction with the initial swing|
We were expecting Bob and Jo-Ann to arrive soon after 3 and Rob and Pat around the same time for Happy Hour. Bill would help Bob get turned around and then hopefully we can sit and enjoy a drink together. At 2:55 they pulled into the drive. Bill stood up at our end and directed Bob to pull in. What a beautiful trailer. It’s a 5th wheel Redwood and looks mighty impressive. We haven’t even seen the inside yet. They turned it with ease and backed it beside our Mobile Suite.
|which Bob followed easily with the 39' beast|
Within 10 minutes of unhooking, our buddies, Rob and Pat drove in. Higgins, their ‘Clemson-like’ pooch rushed to greet Pat. This was their first time here without Clemmy so I knew it would be a bit tough. Higgins will test Bill and I during their visit and bring us both wonderful and sad memories. This is what we need. He is a very loveable little guy and only just over a year old.
|And a beautiful lady steps out to say hello|
|Most of the mess was cleaned up when I captured Jo-ann|
Sorry, Jo that you blinked just at that flash moment!
It was a wonderful Happy Hour inside the Redwood, Bob and Jo-Ann are gracious hosts. She got over a ‘first’ and hopefully ‘last’ “oopsie” when she opened the fridge door and her salad bowl fell out spilling 1/3 of the contents all over the floor. Aaah no! I felt so bad but have to admit that we’ve all done it and we need to remember that they are just starting out. I remember Coca-Cola rolling out, across the floor puncturing the can.
|A couple of big trailers backed in together|
We got a tour of the Redwood and it is gorgeous!
They're going to love getting to know it
Bill showed the boys his Hangar with pride and Higgins explored the area. He loves it and I’m sure can smell Clemson here and there. Rob and Pat said goodbye around 5ish and we chatted for a bit until it was time to start supper. Bob and Jo-Ann have a ‘virgin’ Weber Q and table so set it up to barbecue. Inside the Suite, because of the thickness of the chops I had thawed, I opted to use Madame IP. At least that way I know I’ll enjoy them. I made a garden salad for a side and we were eating by 6:30.
|Meet Higgins - similar to Clemson but different by breed|
and about 5 lbs.
Still cuddly, soft and adorable
He's looking at his Mom, making sure she was close by
The rain has held off although the wind has cooled things down considerably. Jo-Ann each had to don hoodies to keep the goose bumps at bay. Chilly! The pork chops were so thick and big that neither of us were able to finish a whole one but they were tasty.
|Supper was good but the Rhubarb dessert Jo-Ann served us|
later around the fire was to die for!!!
OH MY GOODNESS!
Sometimes I experiment with spices and I should just leave well enough alone. We both agreed that I’ll skip those spices next time. After dishes, we debated about a fire and with the sky looking threatening one minute for rain and then clearing the next, it was a tough call.
|Cooking on the virgin Weber|
Bob and Bill were outside starting the fire and we soon joined them with chairs. It was a nice evening with lots to share and entertaining watching Higgins enjoy himself. He has a lot of Clemson’s attributes and habits which I got a kick out of. Only a couple of times did I feel emotional but that is all good and part of the healing.
|to have a fire or not to have a fire|
forgive the dust spots again, pls
|Who cares about the weather when|
you're this goofy?
|And Bob offered to take a picture with me in which prompted my|
"I never think of it" hubby to do it
We stayed up and outside until 10:45 when Higgins was dropping off to sleep in Jo-Ann’s arms. We got the hint.
|Higgins is a bit of a heart stealer too|
|This is something Clemson seldom did|
Sleep on the grass
What a wonderful day! I hope you can say the same. Thank you for stopping around for a visit too!