Monday, Jan. 25th, another gentle kiss on my cheek to wake me up. Geesh! I thought I was just awake and he was in bed beside me. Bill was gone by 6:30 and the day was clear and dry. I dozed, although I didn’t think I was asleep, until a few minutes past 7 and then got up. After getting myself washed and dressed, I brought my tea up to drink while reading our friends’ blogs.
A surprise this morning to see the crossing guard
and a few school buses
I heard that 7 school boards in the rural area agreed to
let the children go back. All grades 1 - 8 are
required to wear a mask, not just the senior grades
I left the house just after 8 o’clock and had an uneventful drive. It hit me as I drove how good it felt to be out again. Funny what it does to your frame of mind when you can’t get out because of the weather. The Ontario Lockdown, which lasts until Feb. 10, hasn’t made us feel that way since we’ve been able to go to our jobs. The weather was the culprit that kept me home 3 days and 4 because Thursday is a day off.
I took Concession 8 off Bruce County Rd. 3 because it didn’t look too bad. The outside temperature was -3C/26F but with no wind, it felt surprisingly mild. It was 9 when I got to work. I don’t know why but it took me an hour and a half to clean the Mat rather than my usual hour. Was I moving that much slower? Weird. I did have to do the floors with the broom and dustpan after trying to use the dry mop because the floor had wet spots in a few places. That just got messy.
|As I nipped through Hanover, I noticed the piles of|
snow at the parking lot edges for the Dollarama and Giant Tiger
I don’t know what it was but never-the-less it was 10:30 when I turned my back and walked out. When I left Durham, I had thought I’d just go straight home today and not stop at Walmart even though there were 2 or 3 grocery items to pick up. I’d wait until Wednesday in case there was something else to add to the list. However, as I got close to Hanover, I decided to pop into Dollarama for a few things on a different list. They are open and that shopping would be done. Essential? For me it is.
Then I scooted for home, turning onto #10 across to C8. I got caught behind the snow plow at one point as it was going to be a challenge to get around him as he dodged in and out to miss farm mailboxes. I waited until it was obviously clear and got around him. After I got across Hwy 19, I could see a large bird in a tree so slowed down and grabbed my camera. Oh my, he was beautiful! By the time I stopped the car, got my window down and camera zoomed, I almost missed the bald eagle in the branches.
|Ahead of me, the snow plow doing its job|
I was grateful but at the same time didn't want to stay behind it
all the way to the highway
These are the moments when I’m happy to be alone and behind the wheel. I am always on the lookout, in the trees, for road conditions for stopping, vehicles behind me and coming towards me. I wish I was a few seconds quicker but this is still a nice picture, I think. I backed in at home and carried my stuff into the house. With coffee still left in my thermos, that is what I took upstairs. It was almost noon hour and Wes and Susan would be eating soon.
I washed and changed and then got caught up in purging clothing from the closet. Our first couple of months here, I bought a few new items for the cooler weather and was finding that things were getting congested in our space. I also received a few heavier tops from Donna, thinking I would wear them more often. Turns out, with my new winter coat, I don’t need the sweaters after all, they are too hot and I prefer layering. I sorted through my favourites and stacked a pile of about 10 items for donation.
With the leftover vegetable soup in my belly, a pepperoni stick and the last carrot muffin, I took my dishes down to the sink. I’m almost finished the book I’m reading but don’t want to get into it yet. There are only 40 pages left to read but it is such a lovely story that I don’t want it to end. Isn’t that silly? I might have to keep this one to read again, I’m loving it so much. I have a puzzle to work on as well as my walk to get in before it’s too late. 😊
One more picture from my drive home
This one for Nancy K
These 3 horses were actually playing in the snow
Are they Clydesdales? I don't know but they have the
nice long hair around their feet
This time I couldn't stop, a vehicle was behind me
Seeing that it was already after 2, I decided on the puzzle first, while I still had the light. I’m into all the background pieces which are various shades of pink so the brighter my area is, the better. At 3, I grabbed my coat, which I’d brought down earlier, and went for my walk. It was nice at -1C/30F but I wore my short boots without grips so stuck to the sidewalks on Queen St. and then a few back streets.
It was a nice walk and with my work this morning my Fitbit was smiling at 8,200 steps aka 3.74 miles/6 km. No mail today, Wes was walking up when I returned home earlier so we are still waiting for our US Visa cards. If they don’t come in the next couple of weeks, Bill may be calling again. I’m still waiting (hahahaha) for the refund on my Wish coat that never arrived. Remember ‘someone’ conveniently cancelled it? It was only $65 but still, that is my $65. Not sure if Visa will do anything.
I cleaned up this morning’s dishes, got a package of 2 thick pork chops out of the freezer for supper and made my tea. Bill texted that he was on his way so I unlocked the door before coming back upstairs. The chops have been in the freezer for a while and I really don’t like them that thick but we’ll do them in Madame IP and hope for the best. I crawled up on the bed and crocheted another couple of rows. This shawl/shrug may never get finished but it is a good hobby. 😊
The Teeswater River on the other side is freezing up too Not sure if you can see this shallow area on the far side of the dam
but it is beginning to freeze
Mind you the mild temps are going to prevent a
Bill dozed, he looked very tired when he came in the door. Last night was not a good night’s sleep again. I almost feel guilty when I sleep so well from doing next to nothing and he works hard and doesn’t. Of course, seldom do I sleep in an afternoon so that makes a difference, I suppose. I went down to start with the chops, sautéing and then adding potatoes to the pot for everything to cook together.
I don't know how long the Gingerbread men will be here
so another picture to make us all smile
I did a roundabout behind the main street on the east side and then
up and down Queen back to home
The red brick building on the right, you can see our window
beside the light pole
I cooked our veggies in the microwave and we finished our tasty meal with the last piece of our first lemon pie. We did dishes and it was just about 7:30 when we came upstairs.
No Jeopardy! for me tonight as I wanted to finish my blog and then go and watch 9-1-1 with Bill at 8. It was time to delve into my book. I’m not done at this point but already I recommend it if you haven’t already added it to your ‘to be read’ lists.
Thank you for your visit today. It was another good one and the weather was on our side. 😊