Thursday, February 25, 2021

Getting Rested Up for Friday, Gorgeous Day! For My Curious Lady Friends

Paisley, On

On Thursday, Feb. 25th I got up right after Bill left. I was wide awake and there was no reason to stay in bed. At 7 o’clock, I was dressed and heading out the door for my walk. I knew the sun would be coming up at some point while I was out there and I wanted to experience some part of a sunrise, even though I wasn’t sure how far or in which direction I’d be walking.

So, let's go for a walk
The snow that fell off the roof of the building
is as hard as an ice block

The Saugeen river is gently flowing
and the sky is shaping up nicely

With the cold, then mild, snow, thawing and freezing again, there was a lot of ice out and about. My phone app told me it was -5C/22F, which isn’t too bad, and the wind was low. I donned my scarf, mad bomber hat, heavy mitt/gloves, had my grippers on my boots and grabbed my walking ski poles. I was prepared. I’m glad I had taken the time as that air was chilly.

A candy floss sky

I was well equipped today

The coldest part on my whole self was about 12” between the bottom of my coat to the top of my tall boots. I didn’t think long enough to wear my long johns. It was a wonderful walk, along the river. It has been a while since I’ve been out there and I missed many things about it. The Saugeen was so pretty with the tinge of pink sun reflecting in it and the white clouds had a beautiful blush. (I'm sure my cheeks will be a similar colour when I return home).

I don't know if you can differentiate the piles of snow 
from the trail but I had to follow the new path to the left
or climb over

I left my mark along the path

I walked the trail which, because of the plow pushing the town’s snow in there, is shorter each time. I took the new path made by other walkers, because I can be a bit of a follower 😊 and it brought me out to the gate on the other side of the snow pile. We’ve had a lot of snow! I signed my name in the crusty snow with my ski pole and that gave my upper arms a workout! Fresh snow is easier, obviously.

Then, on the opposite side of the gate, looking back,
you can see the wide trail start up again

It's so pretty when that first sun touches trees, hills and homes


I guess I'm a wimp
this guy was jogging in runners with grippers
and the lady come towards us was
just in running shoes, no grips, speed walking

I love these trees by the park
even more when the sun shines through

By the time, I walked around the park and the furthest street, east of town, I’d seen the sun come up over the tree tops. I didn’t extend my walk any more than 30 minutes as my legs were feeling the cold and I was ready for a nice hot cup of tea. A mile and a half was the maximum this morning. When Wes asked me what I was up to today, my answer was along the line of ‘nothing, a day of rest’.

A few of my favourite pics of the day

It seems every day (other than Sunday) since last Wednesday, I’ve been going strong. I knew that it was a 'relax' day and I would be ready for another long day of work tomorrow. The auction items I’d won last night were not ready for pick up until Friday or Sunday which was fine by me. I would go tomorrow on the way home from work.

I think you'll see why I like this puzzle in a minute

Nancy Drew book covers

Lots of titles assembled but not positioned

Wes and Susan were in and out for the most part of the day and I quietly worked away on the big puzzle. I hadn’t gotten very far at all on the day I opened the box. I made good progress today and I’m enjoying it a lot. Bill texted while I was down there and I was happy to see that it wasn’t 3 pm yet when I unlocked the door. He got off early but along with that, he was informed that they won’t be working tomorrow. A bit of a delay on things in the house.

This is for the ladies
I got these items on Tuesday
A small powerful vacuum for here and mostly for the new floor 
in the Suite
Books and 2 dvd movies

More books, a small purse
A pair of Ricker shoes, never worn
plus white runners (not shown)

A lightweight hoody sweater, easily modelled
A summer dress ($3.50), knee length, better on the hanger!

I made us each a cup of tea and we came upstairs to enjoy it. For supper, we had baked chicken thighs. I cut up a medium potato and I baked it with the thighs. Pillsbury tea biscuits went in the oven too and we have a couple leftover for another night. Everything tasted so good! After dishes, normal stuff. Upstairs for blog writing and Jeopardy.

Supper was delicious!

This was a really nice slow day for me. Bill will get his slow day tomorrow, to do whatever his little (big) 💖  desires. 😊 I hope you’ve enjoyed your day. It was a tad cooler today than yesterday but as long as we keep hanging around or above the freezing mark, we’re happy campers. The sun was gorgeous ALL day long.

Feb. 25th, 2019
Sundance RV Resort, Yuma, Az
Their pool in the wee hours of a morning

I know he was in the picture yesterday
but here he is all decked out in his sweater and blankey
Be still my 💗
Sometimes, we miss him so much

                                                             Good night!

Thank you for stopping around. Your comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Hump Day, More Cash in my Pocket, Auction Deals

Paisley, On

On Wednesday, Feb. 24th I watched out the window to see Bill leave. It was just after 6:30. Then I got washed, made the bed and got dressed. Maybe not in that order. 😊 After my tea, I, too, took my lunch goodies (banana, cheese, pepperoni and coffee) and pulled out of the lane. My time was 7:50, a bit earlier than normal with no car to clean off. Yay! The weather Gods were good to us overnight.

The roads were not a worry today

What a difference in a day of driving today. The main roads were bare and mostly dry. Bill suggested not to take the Concession 8 road since they came across someone who hit an icy patch and went over into the ditch. They saw headlights so knew it had just happened and stopped to help the young man until the police arrived. Bill and the policeman's guess was speed. Nevertheless, I was happy for the warning and happy to stick to the highway!

Yeah, not a pleasant surprise
I needed to use a long tool to scoop it into a garbage bag

I arrived at the Mat before 9 and set to work. Two customers, one friendly, one not acknowledging anything (?), but they weren't in my way at all. I was out of there by 10. The toilet was the only disappointment today, good grief, someone was up to no good. Thank goodness, I only found t.p. (no shortage here!) at the bottom of the clump. Sorry for that visual but I like to share! 😊

It is always nice to see the solar panels at the corner
of Baptist Church Rd and Grey Rd. 4

Mitch had texted last night asking if I could and would possibly work 5 hours today instead of 4. He wanted to get the Dodge ready for priming on Thursday so it would be a job of taping and papering. It doesn’t sound difficult (and it isn't) but doing the detailed taping on the doors of the words takes time and precision. I’m happy to say that I’ve become better at it and it doesn’t take me as long as it did on a couple of previous vehicles. I finished RAM 1500 on each door first.

A much clearer road than on Monday!

Then, I covered the front bumper and the wheel wells at the front. They are plastic so we don’t want to paint under there. Fred, the owner, was in this morning when I arrived at 10 and was pleased with what we’d done so far. When I entered, Mitch said, “Here’s the boss now, I’d better get to work!”. Funny guy. So, I set to work and carried on until 3. From the front doors forward, everything is ready to prime. He now calls me his Assistant Manager. 👀

I like Mitch's FOCUS sign, he uses it a lot when i get
The letters here are all covered in tape

We were taking pictures to show on his Kijiji ads

And someone got caught in the act of working!

Weather permitting, I’ll finish sanding the back passenger door, covering the window and work on the tailgate letters on Friday. The drive home was pretty normal and uneventful. It was slowed down a bit by a driver that I almost would swear on that he was impaired, his speed between 90 and 60 kph all the time I was behind him. Overreacting to things was another questionable trait so I kept my distance and took a different route home than I would have when he turned.

I miss walking by 'my' woods on BCRd
but I don't often see them with snow

Also, the school bus on #19 slowed me down but it was clear sailing the rest of the way. I was home by 3. I did the dishes and Bill and I chatted on text a bit about the horses on the back road. All of the Clydesdales were out along the fence but I couldn’t stop. It would have been a great photo! Oh well, hopefully I’ll see them again. He reported later that they weren’t out when he came by 30 minutes later. He was going to try and get that picture for me.

I took a picture of the 'road joker' in case I needed it
He had a nice Toyota Tacoma too

For supper tonight we had mini sausages, potatoes and creamed corn. How does anyone serve it without it spreading across the whole plate? Ha ha, no matter, we both like it. During the prep, I was bidding on the BizyBee auction again so didn’t stray too far from my phone. It is all just for fun, nothing imperative but neat if I win something too.  We had our last piece of cheesecake for dessert and did the dishes together.

Concession 8 was sure different for the drive home
from what Bill and Billy saw this morning

An easy supper
Bill's choice was sausages tonight

Upstairs, I skipped Jeopardy since a few auction items were closing but I caught the last few seconds to see that the fellow from Toronto, Canada won for the second night. Yay! The auction items do not all close at the same time which is kind of nice, giving bidders an opportunity to keep an eye on more than one item. The rest of the evening was quiet after a good, fulfilling day. More cash in my pocket! Yeah, seems I'm spending it pretty quickly too! 😊

Tonight's memory
Sorry for the blur but it's a special one
Feb 24, 2018
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Suzie with one dance partner 💘
(Suzie, I hope you don't mind me posting this)

And then during the day with another 💕
Good night y'all!

Thank you for your visit today. Not much changes in our daily routine but that’s what makes it ‘routine’, I suppose.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A Day for Fun with My Sisters


Paisley, On

On Tuesday, Feb. 23rd it was snowing again. Duh. But the good news is that it is mild with the overnight low only going down to -1C/30F. That’s a far (welcome) cry from -15C! We’ll take it. The snow is expected to stop around 9 and turn to rain this afternoon. It will be slushy but not likely freezing. After Bill left at 6:30, I got up right away. I had a fun day planned.

I had to clean Ptooties off,
it was a real wet snow due to the warmer air

Bruce Rd. 3 was wet and bare

I got washed and went down to bring up a cup of tea. My blog didn’t get published last night so that was first on the agenda. It didn’t take too long, most of it was written. I bundled up the 2 bags of purged clothing items that I want to donate and then sat at my laptop to check the ongoing auction sit (it closes tomorrow) and catch up on Facebook. I was ready to go by 8:30 and then just bided my time.

Once I turned onto Cty Rd. 40, it was a different story

It was going up to +5C/41F today so I decided to take the inner lining out of my coat just for today. Walking around in a store for long periods gets too hot. At 8:50, I went down to clear Ptooties off and headed out the lane at 9. I was meeting Donna and Gayle at Value Village in Owen Sound before 10 o’clock opening. I was prepared for slushy, snowy roads and gave myself some leeway.

Then #16 got better for me

It wasn’t the best drive; the roads were track bare of snow on the opposite side that I was travelling on (of course) and snow covered in my lane. I took my time, at 80 kmph, and others were doing the same, making it an easy drive for the most part. No one riding up behind me too closely. I hate that! I arrived at Value Village before Donna but only by a couple of minutes. We stood in line outside until the store doors opened at 10.

We each take our own cart and set off in our own direction, occasionally meeting up around the store and compare, question or just chit chat about something. By 11:30, we were ready to check out and met at the parking lot, eventually. They followed me to The Mission Store, just down the street, where I parked Ptooties. This store doesn’t open until 12 noon so I hopped in Donna’s car and she drove us a couple of blocks down to the Bakery Restaurant. I can’t remember the name.

We had fun shopping at 30% off

We enjoy this place; it is only my second time but they’ve frequented more often. We all ordered the special Quiche with a soup. It came with a buttered roll and it all tasted wonderful. A cup of tea topped it off quite nicely and we took our time eating and chatting about various things.  I don’t know what time it was when we paid our bills and left for The Mission Store but we weren’t rushed by any means.

I forgot to get a picture of my lunch
so one of us sisters will have to do
Donna, Gayle, Patsy

We shopped there until 2:30 when we cashed out and went our separate ways to home. I was in the laneway in Paisley around 3 pm. I had lots of bags to unload with a variety of things and am very pleased with my purchases. Once everything was put away, I sat at my laptop and read some blogs. It was almost 4:30 when I went down for my tea and unlocked the door for Bill. He was on his way home.

I followed Donna out of Owen Sound
and made my turn at the proper corner

Quite a difference in the roads now

Upstairs I crawled up on the bed with my book and waited for him. We chatted about our days and then he called our friend, Nancy, out in the warmer state of Arizona. It was wonderful to hear her voice and wish her good luck in her new endeavour. Since I’d eaten a lot a noon, I asked Bill what he wanted for supper. A simple choice of brown beans on toast made it easy and I had a 1 tortilla quesadilla.

this was good with ham, pepperoni, cheese, sour cream
and home made salsa (thank you Billy and Stacy)

Another piece of cheesecake for dessert filled us both. After dishes, we came upstairs and Bill hopped in the shower while I worked on my post. Jeopardy was on again at 7:30 but NCIS was a rerun AGAIN! Good grief, what is going on with that show? We stayed in our room for the evening and I fervently hoped that the forecasted snowfall for around our area stayed away. The daytime temps reached 4C/41F. Nice! I’d like to get to Durham for my jobs in the morning.

Time for another Happy Hour picture
Feb. 23, 2017
Pilot Knob RV Resort
I wish I was in a place where I could wear that outfit today!!!
good night!

Thank you for your visit today. Nice to ‘see’ you!

Another Snowy Forecast, Bouncing Back (I think) & More Road Pictures

Paisley, On

It’s Monday, Feb. 22nd and I know we were both awake a few times in the wee hours. I wondered if Bill’s restlessness was because he was feeling unwell but I had told him to wake me if he needed me, so it wasn’t that. I heard him get up before 6 and he seemed to be feeling okay as he washed and ate some hot cereal for breakfast.

Oh, Ptooties, it will be over 'soon'!!

When he kissed me goodbye, his forehead felt normal so I was very relieved. He bounced back, after an afternoon of being feverish, just like I’d hoped he would. I hate seeing him sick but I do like seeing him get better! 

The main highway was not pretty
but with cautious speed it was fine

He told me it was snowing in a way that made me curious enough to get up before he left and look out the window. Yeuch! Yah, it was. My first reaction after Billy texted about the 'sucky' roads, was “I’m not going”. I said goodbye to Bill and crawled back into bed. Billy was right, they were a bit 'sucky'.

Looking ahead to the mill where I turn

I got up about 15 minutes later and had another look. The weather forecast on my AccuWeather app read that most of the snowfall was between 4 am and 7 am where it would slow down considerably. It did, so I got washed, dressed and loaded up to go to Durham. “I can do this”, I told myself. I packed a lunch, made my coffee, grabbed the empty water bottle and tiny food list PLUS one of the two cheesecakes.

I made the right decision for me NOT to turn here today

The roads were iffy enough but I wasn’t the only one being cautious. No one was going over 80 or 82 kmph which was good for me. I stuck to the main highway through Walkerton and Hanover and had no problem. It was actually still snowing lightly the whole drive but not a big deal. It was the wind I was more concerned with and it wasn't bad either. I pulled into the Pioneer station for fuel and then zipped across to the Mat.

After seeing Concession 8, the highway looked better 😂

One customer was on his way out when I was shoveling the entries and the walkway and then I was alone to do my thing. There was a nice blanket in the Lost and Found on Wednesday of last week that I noticed. It was still there today so no one was missing it, probably wanted to get rid of it. I threw it in for a wash and a dry and tossed it in the car. It’s a good emergency blanket or an extra for anywhere. 😊

The warm temperature today made everything OKAY

It was snowing pretty heavily by the time I left Durham headed out to Mitch’s and I had my doubts. The highway was snow covered and the visibility ahead pretty poor. I pulled over and called Mitch to see what Baptist Church Road was like and he answered that he was in town at Foodland and that I shouldn’t have a problem. So, I carried on without any issue and got into his drive and parked easily. I went inside and started to work.

However, when I left Durham, #4 hwy was really messy
and visibility wasn't great

When Mitch got back from town, I gave him his cheesecake. He wanted to pay me to make one for him but that is ridiculous. He was grateful and while in town, picked me up a pack of 2 lbs. of ground beef that was on sale. 😊 His way of thanking me, who doesn't eat hamburger? Today, I made great progress again, finishing the roof, the passenger door and the hood. Mitch was pleased as the owner of the truck is coming on Wednesday to see how things are going. He is very free with his compliments of my work and that is encouraging.

Then I turned onto Baptist Church Road
but it had been plowed and was pretty hard packed
I was careful, Mitch is on this road

Instead of working 4 hours for him, he suggested only 3 because they were calling for freezing rain this afternoon. I had also heard that on the radio going over. I was a dirty mess by the time I left, even though I wear a mask and gloves but had to go to the Water Store in Durham before heading home. Luckily it is an outside serve yourself station and I didn’t have to see anybody. Then I remembered I needed to stop at Walmart in Hanover for milk. LOL I did a quick wash of my face (which would be covered anyway) and hands before entering their store.

I was in and out very quickly and the roads heading home were wet but completely clear of snow. The rain/snow didn’t amount to anything since it was a mild 1C/34F. We feel like we’re on the home stretch so one can only hope it continues! I was home before 3 and after unloading my stuff, walked across to the bank to get some cash out for Bill. Upstairs, I washed my hair before I did some internet banking and then some online surfing. It felt really grimy from sanding the truck.

And after leaving Durham, on the way home
You can see the huge difference

Bill was home within minutes of me making a cup of tea and coming upstairs. It was around 5, I think. He had a good day but the last half hour got him chilled again. Black Beauty got stuck in Billy's drive. Oh-oh, that’s not good. I’m keeping an eye on him but at least he has no fever. I spoke to my sister about our plans for the morning; three of us are meeting to go to Owen Sound for some shopping and lunch. Looking forward to that. 💛

This was a tasty supper

For supper, I cooked some fingerling (had never heard of these before) potatoes, chicken strips, mixed vegs and spaghetti squash. Yum, it was a good meal and the chicken strips are so meaty, I will buy them again. The coating on them is not thick at all and that is a good thing. We each had a piece of my cheesecake with almond crust. Double yum.  I hope Mitch enjoys his.😊 

I cooked the cheesecake in these disposable tin foil pans
They were the perfect size, one for us and one for Mitch
The lines are from my silicone sling that sat on top with the 2nd cake

I just made it upstairs on time to watch Jeopardy with W & S after dishes. I didn’t want to miss it since it was a new temporary host tonight. Turns out it was the Executive Producer of the show filling in until the next guest host is comfortable enough to step in. Covid fear, good grief, enough already! They have precautions in place as far as I can see. Anyway, he was good and fit right in. I wasn’t very smart tonight but a couple of answers were better than none!

I came across this today
It's a picture from a picture but
I love love love this one of
Daddy in 1961 at 37
Look at the pant cuffs and socks
Typical of him, warms my 💓💓

Bill and I went downstairs to watch 9-1-1 and 9-1-1 Lone Star, both good programs tonight and then I crawled into bed with my book. (Hence the late posting) I was tired out and turned my light off around 10:30. Bill was doing banking and followed a few minutes later. It feels good to get another day’s work in and more cash in my pocket although I feel the loss of my time off too. This week is not a week to judge by since I have things going off every day. 😊 That's not a bad thing since I enjoy the variety.

Today's memory
Feb. 22, 2020
Who else misses Ice Cream Sunday at Pilot Knob RV Park??
Barb, Mary and Gordon
This was our last one where they provided it
out of their own pocket - good people

Good night!

Thank you for popping over to see how we’re doing!