On Friday, Dec. 18th there was nothing unusual about the start of our day. Bill got off to work and so did I. I left Paisley at 8 am and arrived at the Mat at 8:40. I like the quicker route on clear days. Today, there was a bonus sunrise for my drive. Gorgeous!
|This is what I get for going to work on a clear morning|
The sky was completely blue to the east, west and south. There were 2 customers in the laundromat waiting for their laundry, an elderly man and his wife.
I was able to get the job done quickly and easily with no machines to run for testing or extra cleaning. It was 9:40 when I was out on the main street. I know that exact time as I’d stopped to pop into The Book Store and/or Going Once, Going Twice to look for a dvd. With a store opening of 10 they weren’t open yet. Darn, oh well. Actually, that was AFTER I went to get my water bottle filled so I was out of the Mat a few minutes early.
|The road is a good one|
with hard packed gravel that turns into pavement
The wee bit of traffic encountered on here makes it worth it
By the time I got home and backed in I was quite warm, dressed for the -10C/14F outside. I didn’t take in account the heat of the sun beating in through Ptooties’ windows. No complaint! I lugged the water, my lunch bag and purse inside and made my way upstairs with my pepperoni stick and thermos of coffee. The house was quiet, well, it usually is, with both guys at work. Around 11:30 or so, I got dressed for my walk.
|This is what I was aiming for|
What you see off in the distance is not the mountains of Arizona or Nevada
but that is what I was reminded of
It is a heavy bank of clouds which stayed in the
low western sky for the day
Today’s destination was to the north and I walked as far as the fuel station, crossed the street to get a picture of the Paisley sign with the gingerbread, crossed back and headed east to the back street. The sidewalks were not cleared of snow that far down and only on one side so rather than retrace the same steps (boring!) I cut back onto North Street and caught up with the trail I like along the river bank.
I was fascinated (it doesn’t take much) to see the ice floe in the Saugeen. I hope the video opens for you, it is kind of cool.
For the first part of the trail walk, I was dumbfounded by all the untouched snow hills. Even though children are in school, has life changed so much from when I was a child? We’d get home, change our clothes and run outside in snow pants with a sled or toboggan. No such tracks on the first hills I saw.
Beside the LCBO (liquor store) is a parking spot for one police car this is their Paisley 'office'
Cute gingerbread policeman
With the sun at my back, this end of town you can see
that the sidewalks are not cleared
But I wanted to get the Paisley greeter in a picture
|I was playing with selfies today in the sunshine|
|Why not? Life is short|
This wasn't supposed to be a wave, I was blocking
the sun from my face
Later on, I was pleased to see evidence of sleds and/or toboggans. Made sense where they were too, into a green space away from bushes, shrubs and most important – water. 😊 That made me happy that those things are still fun for today’s little people.
At Queen St. bridge, I crossed again and snapped some more photos of the dam and carried on up to Linda’s Barber Shop. I knew she had a phone # in the window and Bill needed a haircut.
The timing was perfect as Bill had just texted from Billy’s on his way home. When I called Linda from outside her shop, we were able to book an appointment for Bill for 2:30. That would give him time to come home, shower, have a snooze and walk across the street. When he got home a few minutes after I got the mail and came in, I made a bowl of soup for myself. He’d eaten at his break earlier.
So, at a few minutes after 2, Bill walked down and over to Linda’s. Just across the street and 4 businesses down. I stretched up on the bed with ‘Jason Bourne’ and was surprised when 15 minutes or so later, I heard him downstairs talking to Susan. He’s a new man and is very pleased with the new haircut. I’d considered doing it up here but he needed to have a professional cut every so often. It looks great but those wavy locks that I love are gone for now.
We each read our books and passed the rest of the time until I could make the call to order our supper from Marty’s. His restaurant doesn’t open until 4. At 10 to 6, I walked across and picked it up. Classic burger and fries for Bill and Chicken Quesadilla for me. I pigged out and ate the whole thing tonight and we both were too full for dessert. It was good again. The place was packed tonight with a few dining in but most picking up for takeout.
We did the very few dishes since we ate right out of the takeout boxes and then came upstairs. At 7:30, Bill and I agreed to watch Jeopardy downstairs together so I took my blanket down and he went ahead to set our Christmas chairs up and find the channel.😊 I told him I'd watch a movie with him and that was our evening. Our chairs are roomy and comfortable. The seat might need a cushion if we're ever in them for more than a couple of hours but we are pleased with our gift to each other.
This has been a good day and I can tell that I walked almost 4 miles today. The ole legs feel tired. I hope yours was a good day. If you’re keeping track, 7 more sleeps!
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