On Friday, May 1st I woke up around 7 and we got up together at 7:30. There was no sun, instead a cover of fog and cloud across the land. Good grief! I’m getting tired of this weather, up, down, back and forth and I know we’re not done yet. I hate to be the one always complaining about the weather but here I am, doing just that. I am just looking forward to getting out for an early walk again.
|another interesting bird|
I'm sure you know what it is
If we were heading into the winter months these dull, wet days would be expected and I would appreciate any reprieve. We’re not. This is spring and it is natural to expect improvements day by day, week by week. I’m thinking that I am not alone here in Ontario, at least, and we are all anxious to get outside to prep gardens and to empty our storage sheds of the ‘summer’ stuff. This weather isn't encouraging with one good day here and there.
|In the local paper, I always do the Word Search and 'try'|
to work on the Crossword
They screwed up this time and there were about 5 words not included
Bill tried to help find them too
I’m also tired of the Covid-19 controlling our lives. Nothing much we can do about that and I respect it to a certain degree, but we are ready to branch out bit by bit, carefully, and move on with life. Our few visits over the past couple of weeks have been almost breath-taking yet we still feel like we are taking part in criminal activity. We’re not and we refuse to let the fears rule us completely. We are careful when we go out and protect ourselves and others in our midst. There is my rant.
|Views like this out our window makes things a lot nicer|
See the two male goldfinch in the tree?
|Here is a close-up|
Last night, I went to bed around 10 and soon after I was in bed I noticed that I had a large twoony size patch of shingles on the back of my upper thigh. The second batch in a week and a half with the first one being tiny and insignificant. It was gone in two days. I should have gotten up and taken a couple of Famciclovir pills but didn't. This morning, I showed Bill and he agreed that it was a large dose and we wondered if it was excitement and concern over yesterday’s visit. That’s all it takes.
|Same daffodil plant, still blooming|
|One of the first things out of my bins was this 'picture'|
It was a gift last summer from our friends, Ron and Loree
Because of the fog, once more I couldn’t get out for a walk and it was chilly again anyway. We had our tea and coffee together and read blogs. Our work pensions had gone in the bank so Bill caught up on our banking. It was nice to see that my Income Tax refund had been deposited too. The nice thing about doing our taxes online, the refunds are very quick.
|I did get my 'hear no evil, see no evil' frogs out in the garden|
Oh, and also ElScott my gnome came out
On with the day! Bill called Home Hdwe. in town and ordered a gallon of the paint he needed to finish his cargo trailer as what he had left had frozen over the winter. Crap! That was $ out the window, I guess we weren’t thinking of having to store it elsewhere when we packed up last fall. Live and learn. He left to pick it up and also planned on returning by way of the Acreage to fill our water bladder. Shoot! I meant to send a couple of things over with him for Donna and Gerry. They will be out tomorrow so we'll deliver them later.
|I rehung our Turtle Crossing signs|
this one is at the entrance
|One facing down the lane as well|
Bill backed the lawn tractor out of the storage shed so I could get at my two bins of yard ‘things’. He questioned whether I really wanted to do that yet, wasn’t it too soon? I told him ‘NO! it’s time and I’m tired of waiting'. I thought I would open another bag of mulch and spread it in the flower garden first. I raked and pulled grass from the phlox, geraniums and corabelle.
|Our Welcome and Steep Hill sign at the corral|
I realized that I couldn’t see the hostas yet and sure didn’t want to cover them up with mulch. That meant I wouldn’t be laying any today. Instead I spread some little ornamental things around.
|The pond is reflecting the brilliant blue sky|
We’d talked last summer about taking down my knick knack shelf because it was looking pretty rough. However, looking at it now we agree that the wood is still solid and all I need to do is sand it a bit and paint it. I put my stuff on it and will remove them when I’m ready to paint.
|The white shelf is what needs painting|
This is on the east side of the Bunky
|The back of the Bunky|
I took the puzzle apart and boxed it up. I may loan it out but I won’t get rid of it as I enjoyed working on it. I wouldn’t mind doing it again another time. After filling the bird feeders, even the one I’d had tucked away, I filled the hummer feeder as well. I’m not sure if they are around but maybe they were just waiting! The sky was pure blue now and the sun warm but that wind was still chilly if you were out in it. I was done working around 2:30 and offered Bill a drink.
|I mentioned how we had no residents in this bird house a few posts ago|
As you can see, there are a lot of choices for entry but not
enough pegs to stand on
Oh, I remembered that I wanted to hang our 3 signs so did that before I sat. We both were ready to come inside around 3:30 as we were expecting a video chat with Jess, Matt and Easton at 4pm.
|Around here, Chippy provides a lot of entertainment|
When she called and we saw that little boy’s face on the screen, we had to ooh and aah. At one point he was chattering and then near the end he walked across the room for Grandma and Grandpa to show us how well he is walking. It was great to see them all and that they are all healthy.
|We just want to hug this little gapher!|
|Jess's little family|
|We're looking forward to the day we can see these guys in person|
Both Jess and Matt are able to work, she is an essential worker in a nursing home so we are happy that they are doing okay. I caught up on our blog after the chat and around 5:30, we started heating the oil in our Fry Daddy for French fries. We’ll have Haddock fillets with them for supper. We were eating by 6:30 and had dishes done soon after.
The temperature rose in the last 2 hours higher than it has been all day. Usually that means it is the sun hitting on the area of our outside thermometer but it can’t reach it so we believe it is because of the winds. They have died considerably. I took a walk down to the end of the lane, across North Line and entered in our front field gate. It was gorgeous out and I took a little video with the sound of the chorus frogs in the background.
|Cirque de soleil featuring Chippy|
|What a little imp|
I just love watching his antics!
|A pond reflection from the west|
This actually turned into a wonderful day with a high temperature of 14C/57F. That allowed us to get some things done around the property. I hope your weather was also good and you enjoyed the day too.
|It did get prettier but I didn't capture it|
Good night all!
Thank you for stopping in.