On the Ridge
It is funny going to bed alone, knowing no one else is home, and then it is disorienting waking up to the same empty place. Not bad, just different. It takes me a couple of minutes of ”is he up? Did he go out already?” before I remember. On Tuesday, Oct. 1st (wow, new month) everything kind of hits home. Once this month arrives, us snowbirds really start getting the itch as we know by the end of the month, many of us will be leaving Ontario and Canada.
|And this how the day started|
I woke up at 5:30 and wasn’t able to drop off again so I texted Bill closer to 6:30 to let him know I was awake. By the time he’d returned my text, he had finished breakfast and was pretty much ready to head out to work with Bob. I was ready to go to work too and left at 7:15 for Durham. The first thing that hit me this morning was how warm it was, inside the Suite and outside. I knew this was another kick at the summer cat (no harm shall come to any animals during this day) as it was to reach mid 70’s, mid 20’s for us Canadians.
|The other day I noticed that the babies on our cacti were having babies|
|there is a big patch of wildflowers just over the edge of our patio|
They are a lovely purple and their name has escaped me - an Aster?
|And the veggies simmer in with the vinegar annd spices|
Bill called and we had a nice chat during their coffee break. It seems the boys are getting along so far with the painting, lots of tedious work. You know, patching, filling and painting small areas as well as bigger areas all when residents are out of their rooms. I simmered the spices and cider vinegar before adding the cut-up vegetables. Within 20 minutes, it was ready to spoon into the jars and it looked so good! Bigger chunks than normal sweet relish bought in the store but much nicer!
I only had 2 proper sealer jars so had to double up with the already prepared choke cherry jelly. I emptied one jar by adding the last ½” to the top of another one and then I emptied a salsa jar of it’s last cup of goodness into a smaller container. Now, I had enough jars and managed to get 4 full ones, approximately 14 cups of relish. Yay! I was excited to have that done. During that process, the waiting part, I made up a double batch of Lime Jell-o and put it in the fridge to set.
|And in the Bunky I went through some of the exchange clothes|
I finished my b.p. coffee and wrote on my post. Since it was half past 12 noon, I made myself bacon and eggs. It went down but I didn’t really enjoy it. I should’ve done what I did yesterday instead but thought I’d enjoy b & e today. I cleaned up the dishes including the ones from making the relish and then went out to plug back in. I had unplugged us for the morning, while the sun was beating down. Now, at 12:30, the air has changed and I feel rain in the air. There isn’t much of a breeze today, notice the droopy flags after yesterday’s winds.
|I was given some instruction on what to check|
|And I switched the button (under the words Go Power!)|
to Remote and all was well
|The flag wasn't dancing like it was yesterday|
While I had my sewing kit out, I needed to adjust the straps on a very colourful dress/cover up that Donna brought me yesterday. If I can make it work to fit better, I’ll keep it. If not, it can go in the bag too. It has pockets so I’m hoping it works. Threading the needle was the hardest part, almost, getting those straps back on were a bit of a challenge so I won’t show you a close up of the finished product.
I was sitting on the couch sewing when the rain started at 1:30, some thunder, pretty steady rain again and then it stopped around 3 when I was done. All the Suite windows were open and the fresh air was nice. There was something relaxing about sitting there with the rain falling into our rain pails at each corner of the Suite. When I’m confident it has stopped for a bit, I’ll go check the mailbox and get a short walk in at the same time. The rain is going to be around for another couple of days.
My Jell-o was set so I blended the creamy mixture in with it and put it back in the fridge for more setting. Now would be a good time for a walk. I made it down to the mailbox and back without getting wet and it was a worthwhile walk. My letter was there telling me how much my OAS (old age security) pension will be monthly. It isn’t as much as what I lost from my work pension (which has been bridged) but it is more than they first estimated. All is good.
|And the Jell-o helps me hold onto summer|
|And the fog rolled in|
|And a different meal for me but a very good one|
I'll do this chicken again