The Ridge, Home
Monday, Mar. 23rd we woke up around 6:30 and were feeling quite warm. We’d left the heaters on so that things downstairs and in the basement didn’t get too cold. It didn’t get as cold overnight and we'd been forewarned, therefore not surprised, to wake up to a white landscape. Freezing temperatures don’t always bring snow. It was still below freezing when we got up around 7. The thermometer reading was -2C/28F.
|Expecting it didn't make us like it any better|
Bill went downstairs, adjusted heating as required for comfortable daytime living and I hopped in the shower. We have a small electric heater in there that I was able to turn up and/or down for warmth. Nothing worse than stepping out of a hot shower into ‘goosebumps’. Not for me, anyway! We don’t have campground pressure, just what our water pump provides but let me tell you, after sink bathing for a number of days, it felt wonderful!
|French toast was yummy|
All cleaned up but still in lounging clothes (why not?) I sat and caught up on comments and friends’ blogs. We’ve read a lot of variables about what exactly is acceptable when under quarantine. We aren’t just self-isolated since we’ve come in from another country. Snowbirds Association provided the clearest logical non-contradictory advice for us. However, that does give us concerns considering we will need cash before too long, plus propane and eventually RO water.
|Without leaves, it was easy to see this little hummer nest|
We made ourselves another hot drink, bullet proof coffee for me with coconut oil instead of butter and it was a nice change from my regular coffee. It was also filling so I was waiting for Bill to need food before I started breakfast. He was busy contacting our insurance companies regarding the truck and trailer so finally at 11:30 I started making French toast. I have some rye bread and Bill has some crusts from a loaf of bread to be eaten up so they were perfect for frying.
|Just some pictures around the Ridge|
This one is from up at my garden area
It was very good, not too much, just enough and we still got eggs into us. A staple food in our ‘diet’. I had some choke cherry jelly on one and butter and Durham area maple syrup on the other. Yummers! We cleaned up dishes and I washed our good placemats (from Brenda) in the sink. They are so pretty and whenever we slop on them, we cringe. But, like your good dishes, you only live once so no point in keeping ‘the good things’ tucked away for a special occasion. We are living that special occasion right now!
|Bill is pointing out little pine cones on Goose the Spruce|
First year that we didn't cover him he's all grown up!
Bill went up for his shower and I changed out of my flannel lounge pants into something more appropriate and we went for a walk. The snow is falling steadily but the winds have dropped since we got up.
Huge big flakes makes it hard to grumble, so I won’t. It is milder today by about 14 degrees so a nice day to get some fresh winter air – er, I mean spring air. This is Ontario and not surprising at all. It is why we usually wait until April to return, less chance of seeing this. Together, it was a nice walk around the property.
|A cool hollow tree on the property|
Then there was some ‘rib-iting’ going on. Yes, I held up the front and back panels of my ‘will it ever be done’ sweater and with Bill’s and my assessment, it wasn’t going to be big enough. It might fit a very svelte lady or girl but it would be very tight on me. Again, no big deal tearing out a crochet project. We decided that if I just tore the back panel out and added about 2” on each side, it would be roomy enough to wear something underneath if I wanted. I’m hoping anyway!
|Shed and Outhouse|
So, we sat together in our chairs and couldn’t believe the difference in temperature from yesterday and today. The Suite was easier to keep warm and we turned heat down and the propane blue flam heater off. The winds were less than 10 mph today and that made a huge difference. We were able to open both blinds on the windows to let light in as there was no cold air coming in. The blinds do make a huge difference.
|Bill called and cancelled our mail forwarding|
|That means our new mailbox will go up in the morning|
this side facing west where she comes from
|and the night time side will be facing east|
|We sat and had a cup of tea and hot chocolate together|
At 5:30, I thawed two pollock filets and Bill brought the FryDaddy in for fries. When the weather is nice, like in the southwest, he would cook them outside but today he brought it indoors. I wasn’t going to eat too many fries so boiled some baby carrots while frying the fish on the stove.
|We do like our little Fry Daddy|
Everything was done at about the same time. That’s pretty good timing! Supper was great, crispy yet tender fries and crispy fish. I had a few lemons from George and Rose so that was a treat with my fish.
|A perfectly delicious meal|
|and the snow was going away almost as quickly as it came|
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