On Friday, May 22nd, I was up out of bed first and that doesn’t happen often. I opened blinds and then got stuff out for our morning drinks. It was a lovely 14C/57F outside so I slipped on my Arizona hoody and trotted on down the lane. Bill slipped into the shower, I’m sure anxious to get the film of OFF off. Teehee. It was a beautiful morning, clear blue sky and gorgeous sunshine.
|Because I don't have a lot of pictures today,|
I thought I'd share these that came up on my phone
from 4 years ago. So, our first year up here.
Notice how small the spruce trees are
|I can't believe the change|
I wasn’t prepared for the black flies though as I never had any on yesterday’s walk. They weren’t terrible but bad enough that I kept my mouth closed while walking as much as possible. I know they are drawn to the carbon dioxide we exhale when breathing. Good grief! I refuse to stop doing that! I was covered from head to foot with the exception of my head and hands so hopefully they didn’t get me.
|A different angle of the garden|
|this was another picture from 4 years ago|
Donna and I realized we had the exact same top on
I thought it was fitting for today since she was
on my mind a lot
Back home, Bill was sitting with his coffee so I joined him at the table. He covered up, head to toe, with protection and went out to cut the back field. I’m sure that disturbed their grass sitting and explains why his hands were bitten. He forgot to put gloves on until part way through the cut. Inside, I leisurely had my tea and read friend’s comments and blogs.
|A view out the clean window at the back|
I told you about the window cleaning yesterday and I’m happy to report that through the sun, the windows are much better for my efforts. I got out the Windex and cleaned the insides and then the bedroom and bathroom mirrors. Aaah, much better! Sitting at the table, it is awesome to see and be able to take pictures without any additional streaks from dirty views.
|A view out the side|
I have the fun job in the mornings deciding what to have for supper as I need to get meat out of the freezer. Bill is helpful sometimes with this but not always. I was torn but found chicken thighs and pork chops and got a pack of each out to thaw. Bill likes the chops, I like the thighs so I will cook half of each pack tonight and then on Sunday night, do it again. We have leftover lasagna for Saturday night to share with a salad and rolls.
|Our peony bush up on the berm is happy|
That decided, I went out to water the repotted plants. I needed the hat with netting while at the water pump, the bf’s were thick around me. Then I rushed into the Bunky closing the door behind me. I swept it out and sprayed well with Raid to kill the critters that followed me in. I opened the 2 windows and liberally sprayed the screens. I may as well be as close to the outdoors as possible and the fresh air coming in was wonderful. I got my rocks and paints out before vacating it for 15 minutes.
|One of my healthy evening primrose|
When I returned, it was a fresh air room with no bugs that greeted me. 😊 Bill was puttering around and eventually ended up in his bug-free environment inside the Hangar. At noon I made our lunch of b & e and after dishes we were back at it. I remembered to put the awnings out this morning, ‘before’ the sun got around to the north side of the Suite. Well, the northwest. This will help keep the interior a moderate temperature.
|I made the birds happy today by filling the 2 feeders up here|
and putting out orange pieces for the orioles
After dishes, we sat and made a phone call to our travel friends in Tavistock. We want to keep in touch and weren’t surprised to hear they were enjoying a couple of days at their cottage. We were surprised to hear that they were under overcast skies with the possible chance of rain. It was nice to catch up and to hear that they are doing well. Before saying goodbye, Jo-Anne promised to give Higgins a hug for me. He's such a sweet cuddle.
Time to head back out. Wait! It is only 1 o’clock and the mail lady just drove by. Good grief, her schedule is sure willy-nilly these days. I’ll cover up and walk to the mailbox to see if she left anything before settling back in with my painting. I might have forgot to tell you that my Purolator package ‘did’ arrive yesterday. It was shoved in the mailbox sometime in the afternoon and I didn’t see it until I checked on our out-going mail this morning. Glad I did or the mail lady wouldn’t have seen the cards way at the back.
|My t-shirt and 2 buffs plus stickers|
So, this afternoon went from good to bad. When I was down retrieving the mail at 1:30, I was juggling mail, my phone, sunglasses and the stupid bug hat and dropped my little Canon camera. Oh no! Oh yes. ☹ Of course, I was trying to take a picture when it fell so the lens was out. The lens won’t close and the camera won’t turn on. I’m just sick about it. It is like my right arm and I haven’t had it that long. I walked back all teary-eyed trying it over and over, shaking it in case sand got in it but it just won’t work.
|One last memory picture from May 2016|
I think this was taken at Rock Glen,
our home park in Arkona
Putting that behind me and knowing we bought a warranty for it (which may or may not benefit) I moved on to more rock painting. I didn’t get any completed so no picture. Speaking of pictures, what I took up until 2 pm is on the SD card in the camera, so you get what I took on my phone and my big Canon since then. I will just avoid taking ‘sky’ photos or we’ll all be seeing spots. When Bill came in, I sadly told him what I did and he felt my pain. His magic fingers couldn’t do any more than mine did.
|Bill and I watched NCIS, naturally, and this time|
the shots taken in New Orleans had more meaning
We've been up there!
At 5:30, I started Madame IP and sautéed chicken thighs and Bill’s chop. They took 10 minutes of cooking and 10 minutes release time. It was during the release that we remembered we were unplugged from power. The batteries were still an impressive 12.7. On the side we had Caesar salad. Both the chicken and the pork were done perfectly. I need to remember those times, supper was delicious! We finished the last little bit of ice cream for dessert.
|We've seen this view|
|And there are the coach rides that we walked by|
After dishes, I worked on my post and then took a short walk out to close up the Bunky. I could leave the windows open but we don’t like leaving the outside door open. We watched some tv while I finished posting. We'd heard from Gerry around 4:30 and then I texted Donna when she was in her room. Things went well so I can relax now (sometimes you just never know, you know?) and she can too. Hopefully, she'll sleep, the best cure-all.
|This looks like dark clouds but they really weren't|
This was a great day. I do wish we could have actually been outside more instead of in refuge in our sheds. Soon we hope. The temperature reads 25C/77F. I do believe we lost spring somewhere and jumped right into summer. I hope you enjoyed your day and are all still remaining healthy.
|Supper was wonderful!|
good night all!
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