Saturday, May 23, 2020

Paradise by the Ridge Morning Light, A Gift from Above?

The Ridge

It was 6:15 when I first opened my eyes enough to see the clock on Saturday, May 23rd. The bed was empty beside me. In my deep sleep, I didn’t even hear him move let alone get up. The door to downstairs was closed indicating he was letting me sleep. About 20 minutes later I got up. He was downstairs drinking his coffee so I checked the temperature outside and after a good morning kiss, went for my walk.

This is this morning's walk
And the bug hat in place
Already 11C/52F and no wind at all was encouragement to wear just my Az hoody and take my bug hat in my pocket. The added weight this morning was my large Canon camera. The strap isn’t as long as Bill’s, something I’d like to rectify one day – inexpensively, but I put it over my head anyway. If I’m in the dropsy stage, I don’t want to take a chance. LOL It was a lovely walk down Baptist Church Road and back to the tune of a tight 2 miles.

this was yesterday's walk
I was able to retrieve my pictures from my camera

I like the shadows on the pavement
Back home, I made my tea and sat reading on my laptop. The reason for the title of my post is because today is a ‘special’ but sad day. It was 2 years ago that my father-in-law (Dad) passed away. It doesn’t seem possible it has been that long and yet in some senses, it seems longer. Sad in a way that life just keeps plugging along at such a pace. Yet, again, it is a good thing it does or we’d all be at a standstill.

Dad, was a joy, making the best of everything
A kind, calm classy gentleman
We miss him terribly and at the same time are very glad that he isn’t here to see what has become of the state of our world. He is in a better place right now but that doesn’t make light of the heart pangs when we think of him. We are sure Dad is sending this good weather down to us on this memorable day. He sure loved the heat and the sunshine. Love you, Dad. Before we got any further in our day, Bill called Marilynne to see how she was doing. We all share this loss today and it's nice to touch base.

Bill made a second coffee and put a string of solar lights around our little damaged tree. He also got out the bag of individual solar lights and placed 5 around the gardens and those without pegs, in the trees. I’m anxious to see them tonight as they are certainly getting enough sunlight today. Speaking of which, we are getting bonus hours from our solar panels these days. That makes us happy.

The solar lights wrapped around the tree
The same tree
Here you can see the healthy branch leaves
and in the forefront, leaves yet to pop on the damaged branches
When my tea was finished, I also went out to the Bunky. Nothing else to do, really, but open the outside doors and sit and paint rocks. I was on a roll and with the radio playing the rock classics, I was quite content. 

For the time being, the Bunky is my paint palette
I chatted by text with Donna this morning and she is doing well and then a chit chat with my buddy, Pat. They are also doing well. 😊 It was 10 when I was ready for my coffee so made that and took it back out with me.

The plain ones should make sense soon
Within an hour, I had enough rocks ready to be glossed with a clear spray. Outside on a couple of boards I spread them out, flipping them after a few minutes to do the other side. I was running out of ideas to paint so had to search for some on FB and Google. There were a lot of fun suggestions and so I ‘stole’, er, borrowed some. I just enjoy ‘trying’ to replicate the professional looking faces and cacti.

These are in the prep stage
I took a walk down the lane around 11:30 and the pesky flies seemed to be non-existent until my walk back up but I had my netted hat in place. Deb D. would be happy, but we’re not particularly, the front field is already dotted with bright yellow dandelions. Bill just cut it the other day. Obviously, that just spread their glory around even more. I don’t hate them and we’ve never made huge attempts at trying to contain the persistent weeds. (Sorry Deb but they are weeds 😊

My lunch
The crackers were only necessary to ward off the spice
but I enjoyed the soup
Bill had grown tired of the job he was doing on his plane and was at a point where he needed to take a break anyway. When he moved inside the Suite, I followed and prepared to make our lunch. He suggested something different and I was all ears. He felt like just having a peanut butter and cheese sandwich and that worked for me! I boiled some water and had myself a Ramon noodle soup. It said Spicy Chicken and they weren’t kidding but it was good. I had water close by.

These 3 pictures are out of order
but I wanted you to see the mistiness across the pond this morning

I had the ingredients out to make a cherry pie for my sweetie but since he was dozing in his chair, I sat beside him in mine. I don’t know why I’m feeling tired too but there you have it. We both rested. Before Bill dropped off, or just as he did, Gerry called to say he was on his way to Owen Sound to pick Donna up from the hospital! Wow! She must have been a model patient and they are sending her home a day early. Good stuff!

One family was across the road this morning
Mid-afternoon I made a cherry pie and an apple crumble pie but didn’t bake them until around 5 o’clock. It was already warm inside the Suite. 27C/80F outside and 26C/79F inside. Well, that’s not too bad. We’ve managed to keep it cooler in here with the awnings extended and windows open. There was a nice calm breeze coming in the windows and while the pie baked, I went upstairs for a nap. I had set it for half-time so I could remove the tin foil around the crust and then cooked them for another 35 minutes.

Getting ready to make my hubby happy
I only made single crusts so for the apple crumble topping
I used the crumble from the unsuccessful cookie recipe I got
from Pat
I knew it would come in handy!
 They were done just after 6 and I warmed up the last portion of lasagna and put Caesar salad on our plates. It was just enough, especially with a piece of cherry pie for dessert! I wanted to mix up some whipped cream but didn’t get that done so tomorrow I’ll do that. Bill loves cherry pie, it’s his favourite, so he doesn’t need anything else with it. It is pretty sweet for me so I’ll be happy with the topping.

It was a great day. I didn’t notice as many of the black flies today and later this afternoon when I sat outside on the patio, only a couple made themselves visible. Maybe this is the end of them already. Fingers crossed. 

I got some rocks finished, some baking done and the floors swept. That’s enough for one day. After dishes, as I was sitting typing my post, look what I saw out the windows. More babies!!

Mama DUCK escorts her 10+ babies across the pond
They are so tiny and adorable!
Good night!

I hope you have had a wonderful day and evening. Thank you for popping in to see what we’re up to.


  1. Cherry pie - YUM!!! Beautiful pictures of the pond. And yes those dandelions are weeds!!!!

  2. Are you seeing any dragon flies yet? They always take care of the blackflies around here. They don't hatch until the temps are in the high 20s

  3. Lovely memory of Bill's Dad.
    Patsy and Nancy you both can call them "weeds" it does not change the fact that they are pretty little spots of yellow sunshine in a sea of green...:)
    Pretty pictures of the mist on the pond. Take care...hugs

    1. Ha ha, thank you for the permission and I do agree. They are pretty weeds with a green background. Remember holding it under your chin to see if you like butter? How many times my brother got me all yellow!

  4. Bill's dad certainly could never deny he's Bill's father! He sounds like he was a wonderful man! The pies and dinner look so yummy! Lunch not so much..LOL. Never could like those noodles. Nice that Donna's home to recoup and let Gerry spoil her. LOVE the rocks! The sunflower and the orange/yellow ones are my fave!

    1. Thank you Shirley. You're right, no argument about their looks, so much alike. :)
      Funny about lunch. Some like them, some don't.
      Donna will be happy to be home and Gerry is happy to have her back. He didn't have to be a bachelor for too long.

  5. Wonderful tribute to Bill's Dad! I feel, as you do, that I'm grateful my parents aren't alive now to experience this pandemic. Dad would have been a young boy of eight when the Spanish flu pandemic occurred so I don't think he would have remembered it. (Mom was 18 years younger than he so wasn't even a twinkle). I would be so worried for them now.

    Love the photos of the mist on the pond. So pretty and soft! Take care and stay well!

    1. I meant to answer your question. The Co-op is a grocery store much like Safeway except it's usually more expensive. However, when they have sales the prices are hard to beat. There are Co-op Hardware and Ag stores, as well as gas stations. Co-operatives were a big part of Saskatchewan, and still are but in a different way. I am member of the Co-op and when I turn 69 I can request a return of equity (a percentage of the funds I've spent at the Co-op). It won't be much because I don't spend a whole lot there...and it is taxable. :)

    2. Thank you Maebeme. I'm thankful too that Mom doesn't really know what's going on or she'd miss us girls terribly.
      Thanks for the Co-op explanation.