On Thursday, Dec. 17th things went as per usual. Bill was up at 5:30 and out the door by 6:30. Looking out the window at Edward’s car, it doesn’t look like Jack Frost visited which is odd since it was only -7C/19F. Remember when we used to look at the windows in our homes as children and admire his frosty drawings? I do, they were always so unique and intricate. I got up closer to 7 and slipped down for my tea and some cereal with half banana and cream.
Back in our room, I caught up on the blog postings from our friends. Some of you are making me drool with the lovely weather, not to mention any names. Doug and Deb! 😊 Keep those pictures coming, I’m not opposed to drooling. I knew I needed to push myself this morning in order to get a walk in so that is exactly what I did. I bundled in a nice warm turtleneck sweater, long coat, tights, leggings, high boots, scarf, winter ball cap plus ear ‘muff’ AND I doubled up on the mini gloves today.
I remembered to grab the bag with 3 books plus my ski poles. That was a bit awkward (the bag kept banging against the pole) so I clipped them together and just used them on my right-hand side. I was still braced from falling. Okay, now that you’ve got the picture in your head of this stuffed, layered ball walking down the street are you thinking of the movie Christmas Story? Ha ha. I’m not that bad, really, I could get up if you pushed me over!
I walked main street to the south and met the crossing guard lady. I didn’t really need her to get me across the street but she said she’s getting paid anyway so she’d be happy to. We got to chat for about 10 minutes at least and it was nice to meet her. Her name is still only ‘crossing guard lady’ but that’s okay. I’d likely forget her real one anyway and visa versa. She was surprised about the Exchange Barn Box on the trail, after having lived here a long time, she knew nothing about it. Too funny, it’s always the way.
Carrying on, I dropped my books in the 'barn' and then used the ski poles properly all the way to the train trestle bridge. I walked across but let me tell you how unnerving that was! The creaking and groaning from the frosty snow-covered boards had my heart in my throat. Silly, I know, but still.
I met a young lady walking her two dogs, a pretty brown and black striped boxer and an older lab who both were happy to let me pet them. Most dogs love any attention they can get and these were no exception.
It was cold out, believe me, but other than my fingers feeling it the most, I was pretty toasty. I slowed down long enough along Mill St. to take a picture of the river and bench when I noticed just the right thing. Another splash of colour!
|I couldn't zoom in too much on my phone camera|
And then another one within just a few steps. My camera battery died right then so my phone camera (gloves off – brr) was required. I’m glad for the backup.
When I got back, I was warmed a-plenty and moved upstairs. Before Susan and Wes left for some shopping around 10:30 she found me some grocery flyers so I could peruse them for tomorrow’s stops on the way home from work. With Christmas next week (!!!) I wanted to be sure to have anything we might need or want without having to stop again. The stores will be even crazier than they are now.
I made up short lists for 3 stores to stop in and then started my blog. For lunch, I warmed up the leftover meatballs and the last 2 crescent rolls and that hit the spot. There were a few small containers of things that needed to be tossed from the fridge so I cleaned those out as well. Bits of gravy, tomatoes and sour cream, things I think we’ll have but then don’t. ☹
Bill and I both finished our books last night so I’ve moved on to The Bourne Imperative by Robert Ludlum/Eric Van Lustbader. We’ve loved watching the trilogy on tv and have our own copies of the movies (love Matt Damon) so I’m hoping I enjoy this. I went down and washed up our dishes from this morning and then came up to read for a bit. I don’t have the mail key so no point in walking up there. I think Bill is expecting another parcel, as am I, but not by royal mail.
Shortly after W & S returned, Susan showed me of a great deal they got at the Independent in Port Elgin on chicken legs and thighs. .49¢/lb!!! I had my 3 stores to stop at tomorrow to stock up on food so instead of doing that, I hopped in the car and drove the 15 minutes in the opposite direction. I’m not familiar with the P.E. stores but they are all easy to find on the main street (hwy 21). I managed to get the chicken, 4 pack legs and thighs attached for $2.77. That’s crazy good!
I also was able to get everything on my lists between there, Giant Tiger and Walmart, most items at sale prices so I came home a happy 'camper'. Figures that as I was on my way home, 12 minutes away, Bill texted that he was also on his way from Billy’s, 12 minutes away. He’s seldom home that early so I upped my speed a notch and told him to slow down a bit. Other than a slow down (and stop) on the way, it was pretty good timing as we met in the laneway. I need to get Ptooties backed in first or it involves a little more jiggling. 😊
It’s all good, he pulled out, I backed in and then he followed. I even was successful cramming, er, I mean placing all the goodies in the fridge. We won’t be starving any time soon. Tomorrow, after work all I need to stop for is RO water in Durham and then scoot home to separate the meat parcels into meal sizes before freezing them. We came upstairs and online I transferred the $ spent on food from our Grocery A/C into our chequing and Bill will do the Quicken update on his laptop.
He had a snooze and I went down to make a cup of tea. That was it for the afternoon but I’m very pleased to have it all done and to get some great deals too! Thanks Susan! We had a simple supper of bacon, eggs and stove top stuffing. It actually all went well together. I had more little tomatoes with my meal. It was good and we finished it off with a piece of my cheesecake. Delicious! I have a can of cherry pie filling in the cupboard, I think, so next serving will be adorned (with 'a splash of colour').
After the dishes were done, Bill made his lunch and upstairs we settled for the evening. At 7:30 it was Jeopardy for me and I think Bill needed to find a new book. It felt too cold in the games room to watch one of the new movies he’s missed, so he’ll have to see them at another time. They'll be played over and over. I’m ahead of him on a few books here and in the Suite so he’ll easily find something to keep him entertained tonight.
This was a good day. It turned out differently than I expected but that is great, it got things done.
Thank you for stopping by.