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.


  1. I am so happy for all 3 of you. Gibbs will never know how lucky he is to have you as his mommy and daddy. Puppy love and puppy kisses. Lots of fun coming your way. I can hardly wait to meet the little stinker.
    Have fun with the little guy

  2. Oh my goodness. What a cutie pie! Gibbs is going to be a great addition to the family!! It’s a whole new world for him! Congrats!!! Can’t wait to meet him.

  3. Thank you! Suddenly our lives changed for the better again. ☺

  4. He is so sweet. I hope my dear sis doesn't see your post. She keeps saying no more dogs.....hahaha

  5. Congratulations! What a sweet little pup and love his name. You are so lucky to have each other.♥️
    I had already written you but it didn't go through.

    1. thank you Loree. He has already squirreled his way into our hearts!!

  6. Fun! Whew! Hope getting through puppyhood isn't too tough on y'all. He looks so sweet.

    1. Ha ha, could it ever be too tough when you have a sweet little non conditional lover in the house? :)

  7. Congrats to you both! Gibbs is such a cutie and we are looking forward to meeting him. I just knew sooner rather than later you would have another dog and he looks like the perfect fit for you and also the timing seems to be right. Now I insist in photos of him EVERY post you do or at least one ;-) We'd like to see him growing up and please tell us all about his antics.

    1. Thank you so much!! He is adorable and wants to meet y'all too!
      Shucks, you insist, eh? OKAY OKAY! ha ha that will be an easy request for sure. Thank you for your interest. 💕

  8. Couldn’t resist reading this one when it first came up on Facebook. Looks like a cute little pup! I know you’ll love him to death. Glad it’s you staying up in the night to care for him!

    1. Ah, thanks FG. The love will be returned twofold, I'm sure. :) Surprise! He slept right through after only one night.

  9. Congratulations on Gibbs, he is pretty cute :-)

  10. Wow ... Congratulations !! Gibbs is a great looking pup and a keeper for sure !!
    It is no coincidence that you just happened to look at the exact right moment to meet a new member of your family and a new love relationship !! Blessings to the proud new parents Bill and Patsy and to the new baby Gibbs ... LOL

    1. Thank you T and T and for commenting too! :) He is adorable, they all were making it hard to choose.
      You're absolutely right, no coincidence at all. ❣💗

  11. Aww...what a cutie! Gibbs is a lovely name. I thought the photo of the goose family was adorable, but he has them beat. :)

    1. Thank you Maebeme, he is adorable. yes, the geese are cute too and now have competition!

  12. Yay!!! Gibbs is just too adorable! Congratulations on the addition to your little family! :)

    1. Thank you Ken and Shirley, he's a heart stealer already. 💗

  13. I knew it was only a matter of time. Gibbs looks like a nice fit to your family.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the training.

    It's about time.

    1. Thanks Rick, yup, us too. And a different colour than Clemmy although the same easy going breed. :)

  14. Thank you, Aiste! For the congrats and for commenting. Gibbs is a charmer. 💗