Thursday, January 14, 2021

Mid-Month Thursday (almost), Walking, Puzzling, Baking

Paisley, On

On Thursday, Jan. 14th Bill said I was sleeping so soundly when he was ready to leave that he hated to wake me. I never heard a thing but I was glad he obeyed the rules and gently woke me to say goodbye. 😊 I tossed and turned for an hour after that trying to drop off but no sleep was imminent. I got up before 8, dressed for the outdoors and left the house.

Crossing the bridge over Saugeen and Teeswater Rivers

I took a picture where the lighted reindeer
were for the Christmas season
Decorations are being packed away slowly

The colour of these evergreens looked brown to me
Not sure if they're healthy

I’m amazed at how mild it feels when I get out there. There was a slight breeze again, depending on the direction I walked, but I never felt the cold at all. 

Tributaries of the river running from street to street

I never noticed this lamp post B & B sign in the trees before

But I have noticed this funky chair often
I thought it would be put away for the winter but
it is still there
It might be nice in the desert or on a beach

And this little guy is still walking with me
I'm at the north end of town here

It was 45 minutes, 4 km/2 ½ mi, 5,023 steps so I was good and ready for my tea when I returned. The sidewalks in the main hub were clear but once I got towards the edges, they weren’t so that meant walking on the side of the road. I’m careful and stay as close to the snowbanks as possible. Drivers are also considerate.

The ivy around this fence line does not want to give up
I love how it climbs the trees

As you can see the sidewalks out this far 
are still snow covered and not easy to walk on

So, I choose the roadside and stay close
to the snowy edge

When I got back, Wes how it was out there, telling me it was between 0 and 1C/33F. It actually read .555C when I do the conversion. Too funny, I’ve never noticed that before. A nice walk though and again I’m glad I went early. I made my tea and returned upstairs to drink it. I see that my Tupperware order has been shipped so should arrive at Donna’s on Monday. Nice! Much sooner than first indicated.

I was on Maggie St. (I think) and had never walked it before
At the end, at the top of the hill was this beautiful
but kind of out of place modern home, still vacant

Susan informed me that she had a dr. appointment so they left around 9:45 ish. It was soon after that I went down and blended up a strawberry cream/yogourt shake. It was delicious! Out in the warm garage, I started the puzzle. When they returned, Susan brought me the next one to work on. Wait until you see it!! She wants to make a picture out of it so I’m happy to help her by putting it together. Wes can do the gluing etc. 😊

They left again, Thursday is their shopping day when it appears mine is Wednesday, and I made strides on the puzzle. It is a fun one and going to be a quick one, I think. At noon, I made my lunch, sticking to the keto diet. Three days and counting, I’m trying! Upstairs, I finished getting washed and brushed my teeth before taking the dishes down to wash up. We were still expecting our credit cards to arrive so with fingers crossed, I walked the short jaunt to the post office.

I was surprised to see the blue patches in the sky
but we didn't get much sun at all

No mail, for any of us but I was once again struck by how mild it feels! The snow in the laneway has softened considerably from when I got home yesterday with my bags of groceries and full RO bottle. I was walking gingerly; afraid I’d end up on my butt! It’s all good today and was last night when Bill got home too. I worked away until almost 3 and went in ‘our’ little kitchen to bake something. I’d found a recipe for Keto Carrot Cake Cupcakes using almond flour, which I now have, so set to work.

did someone get a new toy for Christmas?

Improvising is sometimes what it’s all about and I had to do that today. While I was pulling stuff out, I realized that I was missing a key ingredient. Carrots. LOL But, in the freezer, I had a bag of baby carrots so measured a cup or so out. Rather than grate them (not going to happen, if you’ve frozen them, you know how soft they can be) I chopped them very finely into teeny pieces. Okay, not as teeny as grating but it’ll do. The recipe was coming together nicely and tasted good off my finger. Taste test, you know.

And someone is getting a backyard ice rink

They were done baking in 18 minutes so I took them out and let them cool. Made myself a cup of tea and went out into the garage for a few minutes. It is warm out there today with the wood stove going and because it is mild outside, more noticeable. We got up to almost 4C/39F this afternoon and that is amazing here for January. Tomorrow will be the same but with rain showers. We’ll take it even if it is the calm before the storm, er cold again.

some pictures of the Teeswater River now
West side of Queen St.

Still a lot of debris to get cleaned up in the spring (I hope)

Upstairs after 3:30, Bill was on his way home so I went down to unlock the door. I’m climbing more stairs this winter than I have for the last 5 years combined! I wonder if that is why I’m feeling achy in my upper thigh? I’m not sure if I can attribute sleeping better and more soundly to the B12 and/or the fewer carbs but whatever, something has improved. 😊 I crawled up on the bed and read my book for a while.

My milkshake instead of a coffee

Oh, today, Donna received hers and my Avon order. On time. My Tupperware which was shipped this morning, not expected until Monday, also arrived at her place. Ha ha, too funny! If I was expecting it today…… know, Murphy’s Law, right? I paid for that Avon order online and will wait until Cathy gets her order next week. Avon should be happy, I placed 2 orders within 2 weeks! Such a good little representative, aren’t I?

I noticed this on the box this morning

As I turned the pieces over, some became very obvious
There were more odd shaped ones in the mix
They'll all fit in somewhere

The book I’m reading now is called The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Has anyone ever heard of it? Read it? It was one that I found in the Book Barn and so far, two chapters in and it seems worth reading further. Bill was home around 4 and we messed around on our laptops. Well, I guess I did and he laid down. They are in the throes of a work order so until it is finished, they can continue working at renovating this house. It probably won’t last much longer and he’ll be on vacay.

In front of the Thai restaurant on the way to the post office
a small display of painted rocks
I think some children were involved πŸ˜€

The driveway is much easier to walk on in the mild temps

Just after 5:30 I went down and starting cooking our chicken quarters. Spicing and then sautΓ©ing them first, then placing them in Madame IP with a cut up huge potato on top. After they were done, about 20 minutes cooking and then 7-minute NR, I cooked corn and peas in the microwave. 

The puzzle is coming along quickly, too quickly, I like it

Supper was very good; the chicken was perfect. We each had a cupcake for dessert and I thought they were perfect too, and no guilt, but Bill was hesitant about the icing. I made cream cheese frosting, which is what the recipe called for. I hope it was just the expectation of sweet icing that he didn't get since we have a dozen left to eat. 😊

I had to improvise with the carrots but it turned out fine

And they all got iced before supper

Tasty supper, a few potatoes but lots of butter
to make up for it! 

With dishes done, his lunch packed, we stayed downstairs until the rerun episode of NCIS ended at 8. Upstairs, I worked on my blog (warning!!!! I’m tired though!) and Bill read his book. I know I work in the morning so really want to try and finish this tonight. I went a little crazy on pictures so there will be some eliminating to be done. I’ll sign off now and work away at it, it will get posted when I hit the button.

A year ago today at Pilot Knob RV Resort
and boy are we missing this
Good night!

Have a good night! Thank you for popping by!


  1. Pasty, this is Rawn Stone, once in awhile I will make some alexy comment! Anyway, my brother in law sent us a jig saw picture with the Superstition Mountains in the background! We love it! Just another idea.

    1. Hi Rawn, I'm happy you comment when you do. :) That sounds like an interesting puzzle!

  2. I feel so much better about your snow and ice pictures when I'm sitting here in shorts!! Sending you some warm. Your cupcakes look yummy!!!

    1. You made it to shorts? Nancy, I'm so proud of you!! (and very very Green with envy)
      Send it along, we are warmish now (for here) but dipping down below freezing for the next week or two. :(

  3. I love the sayings on the little rocks! Beautiful pictures today! Those cupcakes do look yummy and so does your shake! Love the last picture, hopefully next year you can get that one again!

    1. I've seen the rocks but finally stopped to get a picture. I think the family has small children who helped with some. :)
      I sure hope we can get down there again to take more of those sunrise and sunset pictures!

  4. The little diner we went to yesterday had a lot of framed puzzles on the wall. If you look at them from one angle you can tell they are puzzles....from another angle you can't tell. Some were beautiful.

    1. That is so neat! Wes thinks I should be saving all the ones I do and making pictures. He lives in a huge home, he forgets that I have no where to put the many puzzles I do each year! He says give them to kids and it's a nice thought but I don't know one child who would want a puzzle already put together. They know a lot of mennonite families so perhaps that is who he means. Still, I think they'd enjoy receiving them in the box. :)

  5. Lots of interesting pictures especially the first. The shape closest to the bottom resembles a Beluga Whale.
    Glad you are finding ways to Enjoy the milder weather.
    Be Safe!

    It's about time.

    1. You are absolutely right, Rick! I think I'm too close to it and see it often. Thanks for the insight, I love that!

  6. Patsy I think Paisley is starting to grow on me with all those nice pictures you are taking. I'm surprised though of all the snow on the sidewalks as they are not even visible. Boy, a dozen carrot cake cupcakes waiting for consumption. They look very appealing to me. Can you restrain yourself from eating more than one at a time?

  7. Paisley has certainly grown on me! I will miss it when we leave.
    The cupcakes just might get eaten since i don't have proper storage containers here!!
    No problem, they are keto!!

  8. I just love your photos.

    My walk was cut a bit short today as it is darn icy out even with cleats on. As Harvey says I break easily.

    Yesterday, I didn't get out at all as the winds were gusting to 147 km an hour. I would have blown away.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you Jackie. I like what Harvey says about you so best be careful. ;) We don't mend quite as easily at our age!
      glad you stayed inside yesterday, those are some powerful gusts!

  9. Always nice to hear what you’ve been up to and see a little bit more of Paisley.

  10. You harvested a very nice crop of photos from your morning walk. Thanks.

  11. The river pics are great! They are my favourite ;-)