Tuesday, December 29, 2020

A Day of Fulfillment, The Best Medicine for What Ails Us

Paisley, On

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.

It was a few minutes before 9 when we hit the pavement

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. 😊

Lovely sky, we hoped it would stay

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.

this church and cemetery as we enter Tavistock 
always catches my eye

The highway before turning onto their road
up there at the row of evergreens on the left

Told you they lived in the country
This is not a blizzard, this is a terribly dirty windshield!

Their homestead entrance

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

The 'forbidden' apple cake Bridgette made was wonderful!

She collects MANY things
This is just one of the collections
good thing they have a large house!!

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.

Saying goodbye to the lovebirds
so glad we went

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.

As Bill backed out of the laneway
I snapped photos

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.

a windy day at Pilot Knob RV Resort
Rob and Pat's Silverback on this side of us
Bill loves his flags!
Dec. 29th, 2018
Good night!

Thank you for your visit. Your comments are always welcome.


  1. Patsy I ordered from Wish last October and charged the order on my credit card. It is being shipped from China. I never received my order or a refund. I think it is a fake deal or China isn't shipping. If you hear anything let me know.

    1. I'm a bit concerned too but will give them a couple of days. Bridgette said they ordered special lights from them and it took 3 months but they finally got them. Communication is not good either back and forth. I'll let you know!!

  2. Looks like you had a perfect time to visit with Family.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. There are many of those China companies to be aware of. They are flooding the internet nowadays. Just call your credit card company if it doesn't arrive.

    1. Yes, unfortunately, eh? I ordered little dog toys from someone in China in the summer. They were supposed to be lifelike as in their videos. I got them relatively quick but they were not moveable as shown. I paid through PayPal that time and got my money back and kept the stuffed toys. LOL My fingers are crossed!!

  4. Nice drive and visit. Take care and stay well!

  5. A beautiful day for a beautiful visit. That cake....yum

  6. Such a beautiful place Bridgette and Chris have. Love the tree lined driveway. And that cake looked yummy. Don't think I'll match Jake's hair in my lifetime 😀 Glad you had such a great visit.

    1. thank you, I agree about their place. I get lost there are so many rooms. :)
      Keep going, Doug, your hair 'could' make it!! You've got him beat on the beard, my friend.

  7. Awww made my heart happy knowing you spent some time with Bridgette, Chris and Jacob! The meal sounds yummy and the cake looks so good! Love their house! Wish is a company that sounded too good to be true when I looked at them..hoping your stuff shows up soon!

    1. awww, I knew you'd feel that way. :) It not only made our hearts swell but theirs as well.
      I was leery about Wish but read some reviews and other than being slow......people still seemed to get their goodies. Fingers crossed!

  8. So glad you got to spend time with your family. Warms the heart.

    I also love reading all the names of the towns you travel through or go to visit. I lived in Ontario for my elementary through most of high school education and the names bring back such lovely memories.

    God bless.

    1. thank you Jackie. Interesting about the town names you remember. :) I avoided snapping pictures of the town signs thinking people would find them boring.
      You just never know! :)