On Wednesday, Oct. 9th (Hump Day) the sky was once again as clear as it was yesterday. I’m not sure how we deserve this but I, for one, am ever so grateful! Even if it is the last kick of summer, with only a couple of weeks left here, I wanna yell ‘Yahooie Louie!’ I texted Bill from my snuggly position in bed when I knew he’d soon be leaving for work. He won’t text me until he knows that I am awake so I like to give him a hint. 😊
|A little bit of fall colour this morning and look at that sky!|
I’ve got a busy day planned so it will zip by. I got up at 7 and drove into Durham to clean a few minutes later. No one was around and that made things go even quicker. I had taken our cotton sheets in so popped them in a machine right away. There were 2 washers that needed a load run through them, no fault of the users, just ‘fall, grassy’ clothes leave their mark. I guess it would be nice if they wiped them out, but not too many customers do that.
|If you squint, you should be able to see the line of geese|
sorry, I'm kind of hooked on these guys!
|A closer look|
I retrieved change from a washer and started those loads and then came across a third machine that had lots of soap inside and some time left on the machine. Looks like someone was hasty putting change in and then removed their clothes before doing a wash. Only $3 had to be added to the $5.75 machine to start it and it was clean when I checked before leaving. No real issues today, I like that. When I returned home, I made my tea and sat reading blogs.
|With a slight occasional breeze and the heat of the sun|
they will dry quickly
The sun wasn’t up on the berm yet, because of the trees to the east of my clothesline, so I waited. When I’d finished a tea, I’d chatted with Bill, caught up on posts from yesterday and even checked the Baggage/Lotion restrictions on line. Bill discovered last night that Yvonne and Dennis will be sitting in the 2 seats directly behind us on the flight. Jess and Matt will be 6 rows ahead of us with Easton and Charlotte, Cory and Krystal’s boyfriend across the aisle. I've never been on a plane with a group of people I knew before. It's kind of neat.
I knew that I needed to get some food into my system before heading out to see Mom so had some yogourt and a peach along with my coffee. When I left at 11:15, I was concerned that UPS would arrive while I was gone with my book delivery so I left him a note on the door. I had to sign for the first one so I wasn’t sure if he would be able to leave it if I weren’t home. I let him know that I would be around tomorrow if he came back.
|She looks like she's sleeping but she was actually talking to me|
Mom was sleeping in her room, facing away from me so I woke her gently and she smiled and opened her eyes. She didn’t sit up though, kept saying how cold she was so she rolled over to face me and I covered her with the quilt while we talked. She seemed happy and kept asking how long could she stay there until we had to leave. I’m not sure where she thought we were going but eventually at 11:40 I encouraged her to sit up for a chat and a selfie. I got her a wash cloth to wash her sleepy eyes as I combed her hair out.
|The colour in this photo is not great, the backlight was a killer|
but the moment was special
Her spirits were good as we walked down to lunch but I should have grabbed her another sweater as she still appeared cold. She waved at me until I went out the last door and that gave me a good feeling. From there, I drove to the Beer Store to return the bottles and cans we’d accumulated and then I drove to The ladies fashion store, MacGregor's to pass some time. They are a very pleasant couple. This is where I bought my two fascinator 'hats'.
Lastly, I visited the
Day Use Conservation Area. I hadn’t been here yet this summer. The picnic tables were put
away for the season so I sat on the new steps.
|I still love her sign|
Stop the Car!
|Silence at the conservation park|
|how peaceful the river is|
It was quiet and nice to just sit there in the sun for a few minutes. I’d told Pat I would be at her place at 10 to 1 so had time to kill.
|In summer months the swimming hole is very busy|
When I arrived, she was almost ready and we said goodbye to Rob at 1. I drove to Owen Sound to the Marine and Rail Museum. My sister, Wendy, the curator of the museum, was giving an historical talk on Undergarments. The rail car was full with the exception of 2 chairs so as usual another great turn out in support of these talks.
|The tables were set so beautifully for the approx. 46 in attendance|
Wendy has the gift of gab and it is obvious after her first few statements, that she loves what she is doing and what she is talking about. We enjoyed the history lesson and when the tea and the carrot cake from All Things “T” were served, we devoured them like there was no tomorrow.
|These two ladies were our table mates|
Sharon and Denise (I remembered their names!)
|My little sister makes me proud|
This view shows you the head of the only gentleman in attendance
Even he enjoyed the story and their were no models!
|Delicious cake warranted a second shared piece|
It was our lunch after all
Pat and I even shared a 2nd piece because there was lots leftover and it was so yummy. I took a few pictures of the items Wendy brought from her personal collection. Very cool stuff!
|Some beautiful pieces here, some very old|
If you have anything like this, please hold onto it
Wendy is always looking for additional history
|Bloomers, corsets and bed jackets|
|I'm sure glad we live in our 'free' times now!|
We said goodbye and I drove through the construction crazed city to Value Village. Pat found a couple of things and so did I. I was looking for something in particular and luck was on my side as I found the white stretch capris I couldn’t find all summer and for a mere $4.50! Last stop was Dollarama where I picked up the cards we’ll need for the winter. I don't believe in spending any more than that on a piece of special paper with written words. That is now taken care of and all we have to do is buy stamps as we need them.
|As I left Durham, the sun was performing in my rearview mirror|
Travelling on #4 highway towards the Ridge, I met a pickup truck that threw a stone and naturally, it hit the windshield. Crap! It hit close to the edge so not in my line of sight. Frustrating for sure.
I was getting a headache indicating that I needed to eat something so I plugged in to power and warmed up some roast beef, carrots and gravy. The roast is so good that I don’t mind eating it another night. Then I sat with my laptop to work on this post. It was a pretty good day until the latter part, a couple of things we really didn’t need. I hope yours was a good one too.
|And turning north onto Baptist Church Road, the sun said good night|
|Lastly, I'm happy to show you the book I just created and received|
Good night/day everyone!