Friday, May 29, 2020

Day Two for Bill, Walk Sponsors, Rain and a Big Bird

The Ridge
It was a cloudy start to the day on Friday, May 29th. TGIF for anyone still working. We were expecting 100% chance of rainfall today so we didn’t know if Bill would be going in to work today. We were up at 6:15 and 6:30 anyway just in case. The forecast could be wrong. Really? Really. It felt damp outside and although warm at 19C/66F, I decided to have my tea with Bill first before going out for a walk.

My morning walk
He texted Mike to see about the day and while waiting for a response, he made his lunch and packed his cooler. After he was washed up, he got the word that the crew were going to try and see what they could get done before the rain started. Bill left before 8. I finished my tea and went out for my walk. I wore a lightweight hoody mainly for the hood in case it started raining here, mid-walk. It didn’t and it was a pleasant 2 miles.

This is Mitch's (Elvis) house around the corner
I took this picture so you could see all of his colourful watering cans
He gave me an old metal one last summer
When I returned, the sky went through a few threatening transformations so I didn’t put on my gardening clothes. I could be out there while the soil is wet, pulling some of the bigger weeds on the hill. I puttered on my laptop, after reading blogs, wishing a niece and 2 son-in-laws Happy Birthday on FB and text. Christa, Dennis and Cory, I hope you are having awesome days! I’m not sure if the guys’ cards arrived on time but I tried.

I noticed some irises ready to bloom

The little oak tree that survived the winter
I decided around 11 to take a short walk down the lane with my big camera. I’ve stopped taking it on my morning walks, for now. Not forever. I was in luck as there were 2 or 3 geese families congregated for a picnic in the front field. 

See what I mean about the sky?

Walking to the end of the lane was priceless

This made it worth getting caught in the rain
They were having a bug feast

 I kept my distance and snapped some pictures through the bushes and around the corner. 😊 Those babes are growing so fast and feasting like crazy. I wish I could see the duckling family closer but they are pretty much hidden during the daytime and I only see them late in the day.

Here they are in for their polar bear swim.
Every once in a while, we have glorious sun and mostly blue sky and then the next minute, completely gray up there. We’ll be having a couple of cooler days, Sunday being the coldest. 2C/36F in the early morning and 11C/52F in the afternoon. Brrr. I guess I will be bundling up for my walk. Darn. Good thing I got an XXL t-shirt as I can wear it over top of my jacket. Gayle mentioned today that she may walk with me so that would be nice but it is up to her to come here. I’m not going anywhere.

Easiest hard boiled eggs I've ever made
have been done in Madame IP
After today's walk, I came in and made a coffee and then put 4 eggs in Madame IP for boiling. I’ve never tried the EGG function so why not give that a shot? I know they turn out perfect with the 5-5-5 rule on Manual cook but this might be just as slick. When the timer went off after its 5 minutes, I did the NR for 5 and ice bath for 5. So, basically the same thing. Five minutes later, peeled perfectly and cooked to perfection.

My lunch plate
Around noon, I made myself a yummy lunch plate. It was a change from the normal and something Bill wouldn't like. By this time, I figured I’d get outside and pull some weeds at least around the plants so I can see better where to weed trim later. It took me 10 minutes to get ready. I needed knee pads for kneeling in the grass, gloves, a hat (mainly to hold my hair back), my tool caddy with shovel and a pail for the weeds.

The Lady's Mantle is so pretty with rain drops
Even after everything else dries up, the drops will remain for a long time
All set! I got out to the hill and started digging and pulling. The sky darkened and without a word of a lie, after 10 minutes, I had to rush back to put things away in the Bunky and get inside before those black clouds opened up. Now, if that isn’t a message, what is? LOL Too funny. 

Peekaboo, you little munchkin

Run Chippy Run

I had my Zoom lens available 

to capture the hungry Oriole
So, I remained inside for the rest of the afternoon with my book. I got some great news. Jamie called and asked if I would like to start at the Mat on Monday. A test run for June since his Mat revenue was up a bit.

This is a bit of a slide show
This large bird, wild turkey? lands on this small tree topper

Tryiing to gain his balance

Still fighting for balance

Loses it and jumps down to a lower point

He seems to be happy here
but lots of spread wings still

Maybe he could see me and was posing
I was appreciative, it was quite the performance
 He’s working full-time for the month and could use the help. From there we will just chat again and see what his position is for the remainder of the summer. He will have a bit of work for Bill too, if he wants it, just a few days. Things are looking up. It was a nice conversation and I had a few laughs with Jamie. I feel happy about the call and the opportunity to get back at some form of normalcy. Around 3, I made myself a cup of creamy Tetley’s tea for my own Happy Hour.

He is quite pretty to watch
Bill is on his way home so he’s put in a good day’s work, despite the rain showers. I took the opportunity to run out and check the mail box before he got home. I didn’t know if the mail truck stopped today. As it turned out, I had to ‘run’ as the rain started before I got back. Not heavily, thank goodness!  Today, I was pleased to see two more sponsors come through for my Sunday walk and I appreciate it very much! I'm done canvassing and have surpassed my goal.

Getting ready to leave
In the door came my dirty working man but he had a smile on his face as he relayed his day to me. He is enjoying this, what better way to earn some cash? He received a call on the way home that Black Beauty was ready so now I’m feeling even happier about working on Monday. I was happy to tell him my good news and now transportation won't be an issue. Otherwise, it would have meant some juggling with Ptooties and time of day.

He might see a rodent on the ground
Bill had his shower and I turned NCIS on for us to watch together. I was reading more of my book before he came home and it is a good story too but we were chatting and that was better. For supper, we had fried fish and fries done in our Fry Daddy. I know, we just had them but it is Friday, a good day to have fish and chips! Bill had a snooze in the chair between 5 and 6. I do believe things are starting to look up for us. 😊
Turns out, another turkey wanted the spot
Supper was very good topped off with a piece of apple pie. The rain returned around 6:30 and the temperature dropped to a chilly 13C/55F. 

Fry Daddy doing the fries
We may be plugging the fireplace in tonight since we’ve stored the blue flame away. Who knew we’d need it again? We always have the furnace if we need a heat boost. After dishes, we relaxed for the evening. This was a quiet day for me and a busy day for Bill but more than anything, it was a day of good things. Yay!

Yum, everything tasted great
Before 8:30, the sky cleared up to the west and the sun
appeared on time to make sunset
Good night!

Thank you for stopping in and for putting up with my stream of pictures.


  1. Ah. Nice to hear a good day for all. Seems like men like to go to work. And maybe you've got a job too for a bit. That bird looks like a buzzard to me. They do good work, as long as they don't roost too near you.

    1. Thank you, just making an extra bit of cash on the side will help to put us in a good position for fall travel (which we're hoping for!).
      I don't know what the bird is, Bob thinks vulture - no matter, I enjoyed watching him. :)

  2. You were close. How about turkey vulture, they only eat dead stuff. I think they were drying out their wings from the rains. I've watched these birds do some pretty amazing social stuff with each other.

    1. Thanks! I wondered if it was a vulture as I didn't think the wild turkeys flew like that. I appreciate your knowledge! :) They were a real treat to watch.

  3. All that extra work will put a little extra change in your pocket!! Who doesn't like that? I love all of the colorful watering cans! I think your iris' are going to be beautiful! I love watching geese, as long as they stay away from where I live. When we had a place at the lake my dad would come down and want to feed them. I told him that's fine, but you go down near the water. Some of our neighbors fed them near their house and I didn't want to get that started. They are very entertaining though! Thanks for the picture of the eggs - I haven't made any for awhile. Dean loves his deviled eggs, so I think I'll make some later today. Sounds like you had a good day!

    1. A little extra cash feels good for sure and will help keep on top of our SW Travel acct. :)
      I know what you mean about the geese. We never feed them and if they get too close to our sitting area, I open the door and they scurry away.

  4. Glad things are coming together for the both of you. Having jobs also helps pass the time.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the nature around you.

    It's about time.

  5. Yup turkey vulture, buzzard, nature’s cleanup crew. They used to roost in my big trees out back for the winter making a huge mess - but watching them catch the updrafts was pretty amazing.

  6. I'm happy for you that you get to go back to work! LOL. Glad for Jamie too that he's going to work! Hopefully Bill is enjoying what he's doing. I'm sure we'll get an update on his blog soon! I love Mitch's house, would love to see the inside! The watering cans are adorable too. The fry daddy sure makes awesome looking fries!

    1. thank you Shirley! I'm happy too and glad to 'reconnect' with Jamie again.
      Bill is liking the job with Mike, so far, he won't overdo it and will work as much as he wants. I can't imagine Mitch's house inside. He's on his own and lives in the back and has a tenant in that front part. Not sure it would be something to see inside. ??? I could be wrong!

  7. Great series of photos of the Turkey Vulture!