On Tuesday, Dec. 29th Bill and I were up at a better time. 7:30, so by all means still not rushing to get up. Bill had his shower and I went downstairs to make my tea and have a nibble of breakfast. Upstairs, I got washed and we were ready to leave the house by 9. We’d been going back and forth with my daughter over a date to see them at their country home and today was the day we landed on.
|Sections of the highways were like this as we started out on Bruce County Rd. 3|
It was the best day of the week for a drive. We were all very comfortable with the idea of a visit. They were both home, Bridgette works from home anyway, and Chris has been on vacation for over a week. His work protocol practices safety procedures so we were not concerned in the least over Covid. We are and will continue to be careful. 😊
|Low lying clouds reminded us that it could change at any time|
The sun tried, throughout the 2-hour drive to Woodstock, to break through those clouds and with blue patches of sky, we were not surprised that it beat the odds for a while by the time we arrived. They live in the country, miles from town and have not left the house or seen anyone other than her son, my 2nd oldest grandson, in over a week. They were really pleased for us to come.😃💓
|Blue skies are so rare during the winter|
This is beautiful!
It was 11 when we made our appearance and knowing it would be a visit over the lunch hour, I came bearing ham. I’d cooked it last night in Madame IP and sliced it this morning for sandwiches. I hate dropping in at meal times so needed to do something. We thought a late morning visit was better than an afternoon one where the weather (which is at its best = unpredictable) and darkness could be an issue.
|Told you they lived in the country|
This is not a blizzard, this is a terribly dirty windshield!
What a wonderful time we had, and boy was I thrilled when I saw that Jake was still home! We caught up on all things and life, in general. We didn’t dwell on the world crisis as that goes on every day all around every one of us. Instead, we talked tattoos, dogs, cats, family, books, motorcycles and records. I was able to present Bridgette with Mom’s personal necklace with a locket picture of Daddy. She was touched almost to tears.
|Bridgette and Chris have 2 black cats|
Jack, who has reigned the household for 1 1/2 years
and here you see Trinity Bronx (?)
Just 6 months old and she is dainty but brave
She wanted to play with my camera cord
Bridgette is the grandchild who has spent the most time with Grandma and Grandpa ‘Sunflower’. My ex and I lived within 5 miles of their home when my two children were born. For 5 years, my parents were close by and helped by sitting for us, the times we needed them to and we were at their place for supper more often than I can count on those weekends. Because of that closeness, I’m happy to give her the locket. 😊
Bridgette displays her two momentos from her Grandma
The Sunflower pin and Mom's locket with a picture of Daddy inside
Bridgette holding Trinity, with Jacob And I had to show you Jake's hair
He has cut and donated it to cancer once already
So, time flew by, as it does when you’re having fun and at 2 we said our goodbyes. The sun had warmed up the day a lot even though it still only said -3C/28F. Many of us know how hot that sun can be, especially when we’re in Arizona. 13C/58F feels much warmer. It was a good drive home. There were a few things I’d noticed on the way down that I wanted a picture of but on our return trip, I either forgot or missed the opportunity.
|A peak at the bikes in the garage|
One of the topics of our conversation
Therefore, all you get is scenery. Bill stopped at a Pioneer gas station to fuel up and we carried on home.
|Typical beautiful narrow stairway in an old home|
Arriving around 4:15, I walked to the post office. I’m expecting a parcel from Wish so even though Wes had checked earlier, thought I’d try my luck. ☹ Nothing. If you’ve ever ordered online from this company, you know that there is no tracking and not much communication. It is a China vendor and they tell you upfront that it will be minimum 6 weeks for delivery.
Their prices are so good and their products unique enough that I was willing to be patient. Hopefully tomorrow it will be here or I will be losing that patience. I made myself a cup of tea and joined Bill upstairs. Listening to the weather forecast on the drive home we learned that we could have snow overnight again and possibly more tomorrow. I hope it isn’t too bad as it will be a cleaning day for me.
The evening was a quiet one. Our lunch with the kids was ham and cheese sandwiches, homemade potato soup (YUM!) and Bridgette’s Apple Crumble Cake. I don’t know what she called it but it was wonderful too. I added some cream to mine because I love that combination. We won’t be needing much for supper tonight so we’ll decide later. This was a wonderful day. I feel fulfilled after seeing in person one of our children.
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