Friday, May 7, 2021

A Day Off for a Reason, An Interesting Turn of Events

The Ridge

Friday, May 7th Bill didn’t have to report to work. Mike texted last night and gave him the day off so he was able to sleep in until 7. I had no job today either so got up shortly after 7 and we came downstairs for our morning coffee and tea. After checking the propane and finding that we were in good standing, Bill had a parcel to mail in town so left for Durham.

Mr. Jay and Mr. Finch

We had decided to remove our 3 Kokopelli scatter mats because of how difficult they are to keep clean. They can be vacuumed well one day and within two days appear dirty again with lint and fluff. ?? So, I got the vacuum out and did the whole rv, including the mats. I measured them and finished by rolling them up and putting them in the Bunky. 

Morning views out our dining room window

With that done, I got washed, dressed and at 9:30 drove to Elmwood to pick up our wins at BizyBee auction. Nothing too exciting this time, but a few things we can use around here. When I returned home, Bill was emptying our water bladder into the Suite tank. We’re set for water now for another few days. The day was turning into a partly sunny one but it wasn’t going to get much warmer than 10C/49F and it was only 2C/36F now.

A delightful family with 11 babies

Bill was down in the Hangar working on one of his projects, so I sat at my laptop to download the pictures and put an ad together for the mats and a couple of other things we want to sell. Here comes the reason for Bill getting a day off.  I noticed a tab in Kijiji entitled ‘Puppies’. Well, I’d looked there a few times before but not for a few months, not at all during the winter. I clicked on it and started perusing. I was very surprised at all the puppies up for adoption but high prices and/or bigger dogs than what we have in mind.

It was a very calm day, thank goodness
as that made the 2C feel not too bad at all

I scrolled down further and Bingo! In Lucknow, 1 hour from us, there were 5 cockapoo puppies available to go home NOW. We’d been saving for this moment and, rather than wait for other litters to become available later in the summer, I called. The glee I felt when Henry advised that they had 3 males left and 3 females, is indescribable. Bill saw the tears in my eyes when I asked him if he was ready for some sleepless nights.

For Deb D

We have many fields of dandelions
I thought you'd appreciate them 😁

We had a bite to eat at noon and at 1, left the Suite for Lucknow. My heart was racing all the way. We met 5 beautiful, almost identical, little 8-week-old pups. Bill and I sat on the floor and played with them, trying to make a decision. We had a nice chat with the owner, Henry, but he left us a few times to make the connections and discuss our options. There was no doubt, we weren’t leaving without a new house mate. 😊

It was chaos for the little ones
when Henry let them out of their 'family' pen

From the blur, you can sense the hustle

We got to meet Mom, the cocker spaniel
and the babies couldn't leave her alone

She hasn't been with them for 2 weeks,
they are too hard on her nipples

So! Meet L.J. Gibbs, (Leroy Jethro) in case you were wondering, from NCIS. He is one of our favourite tv characters so it is fitting to us. Our new little boy will get a lot of names but that is his official handle. That’s it! Our news and it all happened in the course of 4 hours, changing our lives forever. We didn’t want a cockapoo the same colour of Clemson so this worked out perfect.

Tadah! We found the one!

He likes us he likes us!

Gibbs is now getting used to his new home and already he loves to cuddle on either one of us. We have a temporary crate for his night times and alone times when we can’t be here. We’re back to training a new born and at the same time correcting small things that we could have done differently with Clemson. Clemson, btw, fully approves with the new addition. 😊

This is where the babies were born

Lucknow and some dark clouds are coming our way

Storm clouds moved in

Gibbs likes car rides so you know THAT is a bonus

First time on grass, Gibbs hid between Daddy's legs
He was cold

Then he started moving but he wasn't keen 
on the feel of the grass on his little paws

It will be an interesting night so get ready for the ride! 

And then he ran under the Suite and wouldn't come out
Bill had to crawl underneath to shoo him out the other side 😂

And he thought that was pretty funny!

Good night, we're all smiles here on The Ridge tonight. 💗💕💓

Thank you for stopping in.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pushing my Limit, MORE Babies!!

The Ridge

On Thursday, May 6th there wasn’t much time to breathe let alone relax. 😊 As Bill drove out the laneway at 7, he saw TWO families of baby geese so that was exciting news. The sky was blue and sunny when I ran out to start Ptooties. Pretty out but frosty and the windshield needed thawing. I left 15 minutes after Bill. The Mat was occupied by only one customer and she was out of there within 15 minutes.

These pictures were from the sunset last night
after I posted
Too pretty to not include somewhere

I put our sheets and some of Bill’s work shirts in a washer and went about the cleaning business. Within 40 minutes, I was on my way home. The sun encouraged me enough to take the clothes home for hanging. The clouds had moved in and it looked like rain but I hung them anyway. I made my thermos of coffee and left the Suite 5 minutes before 9. When I arrived at the shop, I removed the glue residue left behind from the decals on the van sitting outside.

My morning smile as I left for Durham

Looks like a proud parent to me

Pond reflections

There was a bit more sanding on the red Ford, well, a bit more than a ‘bit’, and after working for an hour we drove M’s pick up down the road to get more skids for kindling for the wood stove. We’re getting better at working on that process. Me in the back of the truck stacking and M handing them up to me. Back at the shop, I finished sanding and then we worked together removing the front fender from the van.

On my way home to cloudy skies

This took up my last hour and finally after a painstaking task of removing nuts and bolts, plus wipers, plus grills etc., it was off. Just in time for me to leave at 12 noon. At home, I warmed up a bowl of my soup and finished my coffee. I was out the door again at a few minutes past 1 and remembered that I needed fuel after yesterday’s drive. That took time I couldn’t really spare and as I was approaching Owen Sound, I knew I’d be late.

From geese to turtles
All those shiny dots in the picture ......... yup, Yertles 🐢

You know what that does to a person who is NEVER late? I felt stressed and even more so when I had never been to the VanVugt Greenhouses so was winging it with the help of our gps. The venue didn’t have a fire # on their website so I just followed it as best I could. When I came to a dead end, I had to call V.Vugt to ask for some guidance, at the same time explaining why I was late. Eventually, I found the place and picked up my plants.

I was happy to see the sun come out

Mail delivery

Package for Bill

The drive home was another one of despair. Needing a washroom, I hate being the age where more frequent visits are necessary! I made it home but again frustrated with the whole pandemic lockdown situation. When I arrived, Bill was down at the Hangar, after just arriving home too. We exchanged our ‘day’ stories and Bill settled in for a snooze. I went on the auction site, the Rockford one, and watched the 2 items that I was bidding on. It’s like entertainment and we blame Wes! Ha ha, just kidding, we’re glad to have access to the fun. 😊

Only a couple of pictures from Kelso Beach
because i was in too much of a hurry to get home

The drive home the back way was pretty

For supper, it was leftover stuffed peppers and Bill had some brown beans w/toast with his. There is still some leftover for one, for another night. We finished the strawberry cake tonight too so the fridge is slowly getting back to normal. With dishes done, we enjoyed the remainder of the evening quietly. It was truly a runaround day for me and it was nice to ‘chill’.

An easy filling supper
Good night!

Thank you for stopping around.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Good Day on the Road, Babies!!! Pictures of our Drive

The Ridge

Wednesday, May 5th Bill was up at 6 and I followed soon after. Once he was done in the shower, it was my turn. I’d debated having mine last night but just couldn’t fit it in between watching our program and finishing my blog. So busy!! 😊 We had some cereal, made our hot drinks to go and left the Ridge at 7:30. Bill was right, we didn’t need to leave so early.

We were so surprised to see them as we were driving out the lane
so the shot is not a good one
There looks to be about 7 or 8 😍🐤

It was a good drive on a dull day but there were brief patches of blue sky. Very brief. We didn’t get any rain though so that was nice for us. We arrived in London an hour before our appointment and nature was calling. Let me tell you that the current Ontario Lockdown hit us full force. Where do you find public facilities when you can’t walk into any fast food joints, gas stations, malls? The building where our appointment was didn't allow access to their washrooms, without a staff code. 

Stratford's Avon river

The price of fuel in London varied from this to 125.9/litre

Since we were early for our appointment and downtown, I called my girlfriend who didn’t live too far away. It is not nice to invade someone’s privacy, especially during a lockdown, and at 10 am but we were a bit desperate. Brenda was her true helpful, kind, sweet self and invited us over to take care of business. 😊 We truly felt like we were breaking a law when we quickly nipped up her front sidewalk, masked for the benefit of nosy neighbours and her protection from critics.

A beautiful fruit tree

We visited inside, for about 20 minutes, appropriately distanced in their living room (how sad, eh?) and then headed back downtown to the lawyer’s office. Between construction, one- way streets, two trains and an uncooperative parking meter, we walked in Paul’s office at exactly 2 minutes before 11. We made it! After having all that time to kill, it went by in a zip, but it was sure nice to see Brenda and Randy. Brenda is my London hair stylist, although she is currently ‘out of business’ and has time to renovate her lovely home.

Our former employer
Thames Valley District School Board

Our meeting with the laywer was brief but comfortable and 15 minutes later we were back in the car, business attended to. From there we drove to Costco. The parking lot was quite full but there were no lineups to get in. We were very quick getting everything on our list and up to the checkout. As expected, 6 months after our last visit, we left a whopping donation for the much-needed grocery stock up. Lastly, we drove to CanAm and Bill nipped in to pick up the order he called in.

The green building on the right is our destination for the
appointment - on a one way street

This is a sight that I've never seen downtown before

But there it was and at least 5 people were sheltered inside

Between trains, construction and one way streets
Oy vey!

We were done in the city and once more, very grateful to leave the rat race. 😊 Just out of town, on the 401, it was 12:30 so we got lunch at our usual A & W drive through. Again, the Uncle Bacon Cheddar combo did not disappoint. Bill had to help finish my fries but they were delicious. Homeward bound and the sun made more appearances. The drive was uneventful but we were both having difficulty keeping our eyes open.

Bill pulled into a public school parking lot, Zorra Highland, along the route, and we closed our eyes and relaxed for half hour. I had taken my crochet bag along and it was good for me to keep busy rather than watch the road. Bill had Samantha (our new GPS lady) to keep him company. Ha ha. We were home shortly after 4, unloaded and I was ready for a cup of tea. Bill was ready for a well-deserved snooze.

Patches of sky were overhead when we left the city

Half way home you can see that we are under blue sky
and Durham is under heavy clouds

We didn’t need much for supper so I had some of my soup, chips and cheese and Bill snacked on some toast followed by chips and cheese. 😊 He made his lunch and while I was watching my bids on the BizyBee auction close out, he did the dishes. Woops! I should have helped. This was a successful day; we got things done that needed to be done, the cupboards are restocked and we are home for the evening.


Thank you for your visit. Oh! I went on Gayle’s Norwex party site to watch the coordinator spin a wheel for two prizes. Wouldn’t you know it? Mine was the first name drawn. 😉 Woohoo! It is rare that I win anything! An enviro/kitchen cloth ($20 value) will be coming my way. Have a good night!