Saturday, April 11, 2020

Calmer Start to the Day, But Still Cold

The Ridge

I felt like I’d had a good sleep, a dreamless sleep, when I woke at 7:30ish on Saturday, Apr. 11th. I snuggled closer to Bill for a few minutes and could tell that he was still in a semi-sleep state so went about getting up, quietly. By the time I was done in the bathroom and downstairs making my tea, he was also getting up. He’s not a ‘stay in bed for a bit in case I drop back off’ kind of person. He made the bed and joined me downstairs.šŸ˜‰ 

Arriving at the Acreage

This is one of the small ponds along the drive in
It was frozen over this morning
 We read our friends’ blog posts and made some comments where we wanted and finished our hot brews. At least we didn’t wake to any more of the white stuff but it sure was cold. The temperature was reading -5C/28f but it was surprisingly warm in the body of the Suite. I think the heater was up a bit more than normal. Bill ran a cycle of the furnace through just to heat the belly up a bit. The thing I noticed right away was that the winds had abated from yesterday.

Donna and Gerry's trailer waits for them
I’d decided to take a walk before the winds increased, which meant bundling up like an eskimo. In my long hoody and long winter coat and toque (which I’m never comfortable in because they never stay over my ears) I was ready to go. Before my walk, Bill suggested we go and check the water and taps at the Acreage, in fact, why not get some water in our bladder? We don’t ‘need’ it yet but we want to keep those lines open during this cold time.

And the reflections in the big pond
 On the way back home, I asked Bill to let me out about a mile down the road. That was where my walk came in to effect. It was cold alright but I’m glad I was able to get out at least. Back home, I set about going through the grocery flyers for Hanover and Durham to see what was on sale and then worked on my puzzle. I’m going to be wishing I had ‘borrowed’ more 500-pc. puzzles before this cold stretch is over. I suppose I can always resort to my puzzle mat on the kitchen table and move up to 750 pc.
Walking back towards home
Bill was in and out checking a few things and when he came in around 11:30, I’d started our bacon and eggs. I’ve started a grocery list, trying to be reasonable but the fridge and freezer are starting to bare down. Between laundry and grocery shopping, Monday will probably be the day to take care of those necessities. For right now, it was just kind of a hang around day. At one point, before settling at the puzzle again, I bundled up and took a walk down the lane.

Follow the road to the very far hill and you'll see a black spot
That's Bill in Black Beauty
It hasn’t got very warm today. +7C/44F but the winds haven’t been as gusty. The sun didn’t take over the sky but made appearances now and then and boy was it ever warm if you were sheltered. 

It was very cold out there
On my walk this morning, I remembered the reason for not wearing toques in the cold weather. I am constantly pulling it down over my ears and just getting frustrated with it. So, this afternoon I sat in the sun on the couch and crocheted a neck strap for it. Yes, childish, perhaps, but it will work just dandy for me!

No laughing, my ears will be warm
Then I worked away at the puzzle and by this time Bill had retreated to the Hangar for an hour or so. He was going to be my guinea pig tonight again for supper as I was going to make a salmon loaf with potatoes in Madame IP. Not really following one particular recipe, I bluffed my way through it. I did warn him though and praised him at the same time for his patience and willingness to try my new creations.

I got involved in watching a movie with Bill
Miss Congeniality so the puzzle didn't get finished
So, we were eating supper around 6:30. Even though the loaf didn’t quite replicate a ‘loaf’ and it wasn’t the best meat dish I’ve made, it was ‘okay’ and we will eat the leftovers another night. I had cut potatoes up small and placed them in a liquid in the bottom of the IP. The trivet sat on top with a pot containing the salmon loaf. There are things I know now not to do again, but with a dill sauce, we didn’t mind it at all. I had mashed the potatoes and served corn on the side.

Then, we had some ice cream with my c.c. jelly. Now, that was tasty. When dishes were done, I sat to finish today’s post and then moved over to work on the puzzle.  This was a pleasant enough day. 

The highlight today was when my daughter called for our weekly chit chat. šŸ˜Š It was nice that Chris was home too and we heard some contributions in the background while talking to Bridgette.

Sometimes our best pictures are a surprise
I was taking a picture of the 'sheet' of ice in our pond
but I rather like the way the weeds look instead
Good night!

Thank you for stopping in.


  1. Hi Patsy !


    Day 5: Every few days now I try on my jeans, just to make sure they fit. Sweat-Pants will have you believe all is well in the kingdom. (I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator!)

    DAY 6: Homeschooling is going well. Two students suspended for fighting and one teacher fired for drinking on the job!

    DAY 7: I don’t think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we’d go from Central Standard Time Zone to the Twilight Zone!

    DAY 8: Went to this restaurant called ‘THE KITCHEN’. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business!

    DAY 9: My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet!

    DAY 10: During Homeschooling today one of the little monsters called in a bomb threat!

    DAY 11: Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun!

    DAY 12: I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I’m getting tired of Las Livingroom!

    DAY 13: I’m so excited – it’s time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?

    DAY 14: This morning I saw my neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog… we laughed a lot!

    DAY 16: Homeschooling still going well. My child just said, “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year.”

    DAY 17: Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem:

    DAY 18: Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter – The Livingroom or the Bedroom!

    -Chicago Robert

    1. Thanks for the chuckles. Hope you are staying well in the Windy city. Our Easter will be spent in the Living Room. I'm excited about what to wear!!

  2. Good idea with the neck strap. You certainly are wrapped well for your walk. Hopefully warm weather is not far off. Happy Easter!

  3. Even though it's cold, it sure looks like a beautiful walk. Smart idea to keep the cap over your ears!! And dinner .... you are always so brave to try new things. Happy Easter!!!

  4. Happy Easter you two! love the cap and your addition to keep it on! Would drive me crazy having to pull it down all the time! Have a wonderful day xoxo.

  5. Good idea on the chin strap. That is one of my pet peeves as well.

    Happy Easter! Enjoy your day.

  6. Wishing you both and your entire family a Safe and Happy Easter.

    It's about time.

  7. Great idea to keep your toque over your ears. One of the reasons I dislike wearing a chook, that is what we call them in Yooper country, always slipping up off my ears.
    Happy Easter! Stay safe and healthy.

  8. Happy Easter to you both. I see you found a clever way to keep your head warm. Stay safe and I hope it will warm up in your area soon.

  9. Toques are just supposed to be functional, not pretty! Happy Easter again!

  10. I love the idea of the chin strap. I have a hat I quit wearing for the same reason. I wonder if I still have that hat? Happy East to you and Bill!