Monday, July 26, 2021

One More Sleep, Gorgeous Hot Day

The Ridge

On Monday, July 26th the week began as per normal. Bill up around 6, Gibbs and I lounging until close to 7 when we got up to send him off to work. It was a bit confusing at first, just where he was working, but he headed off to Hanover as his first destination. Gibbs is always happiest, when one of us leaves, to actually see us drive away. Then he can settle at home with the other parent. Otherwise, I believe he thinks we are outside without him and that is upsetting to him. 🐢

We set off down the lane early

I’d decided that today was the day we (Gibbs and I) would go for a walk. Not just out the lane and down North Line but all the way to Baptist Church Road and test his ability to walk proper. Out we went and as usual there was some tom-foolery (Gibbs foolery) going out the lane but on North Line, he got the hang of it and strutted along fairly well. At B.C.R. he improved even more and we walked along at a good clip together. πŸ˜‰

I may not be alone for my walks anymore πŸ˜ƒ

I was very pleased but didn’t want to push my luck and have to carry him all the way home so I cut the walk short. We walked past M’s home/shop, half way to Turbine Lane and I asked ‘do you want to go home?’ Gibbs stopped, sat and that’s when we turned around. I praised him a lot of the way and had taken a few small treats to encourage good behaviour. I sound like I know what I’m doing but it is mostly hit or miss and today it was working. Yay!

He was doing really well

The front field grass was quite wet so I didn’t let him run off leash across there today, instead we came to the lane and I let him lead, off leash. He knew our place and turned in with no problem. He was pretty tired and had a big drink before we came in for his breakfast and I had my tea. I wasn’t surprised when he crashed after an outdoor piddle when he was done eating. Those short little legs were really moving.

When I drove to town, this little Yertle was
crossing the lane and then stopped

The sandal above is to show how small he was
I had to stop the car, pick him up and move him to the other side

While he was snoozing, I slipped upstairs for my shower but it is hard to fool him! He was on my heels and slept outside the bathroom door waiting for me. Once cleaned up, I encouraged him to look after the house (this only once he was in my arms) and put him in his crate. He hasn’t been in it all night so easily walked in to get his reward of a couple of treats. 😊

It's a cute little gazebo

The Suite door wouldn’t lock using the key pad so I left it unlocked while I nipped into town for some errands. I wouldn’t be long and we do have manual keys if we need them. Bill says the battery must be going. First, the bank, then the LCBO, next the variety for lotto tickets and then I took a walk across the street to the little pavilion. They play music on Sunday nights through the summer but I’ve never walked to it.

I'm sure a lot of these have meaning to someone

I like the sign in the back too but you can't see it

In the past, I’d noticed painted rocks, lots and lots of them on the benches and today they were spread out in the surrounding gardens. What a nice idea. 

Down the steps, leading into the park area

Lunch along the river?

Then, unbeknownst to me, there were steps leading down to the river and a lovely shaded seating area in a small day park. Quite small but still pretty. I took some pictures, a selfie, and headed back to the car. 

This was a huge hosta or two!!

Lastly, I filled our water jug and Gibbs’ small outdoor one at the water storeTime for home! Gibbs was a good boy, and we went outside together while I unloaded. Oh yah, on the way home, I stopped at my favourite garage sale on the highway. It was the first time this year that she has been there so we caught up on their huge renovations and our new addition to the family. Nice gal. 

Did I ever show you my Turtle Rock?
There are eggs under there
I'll move the rock before we leave this fall

I had the last of my soup and also cleaned out a few other dishes in the fridge that needed to go. Sometimes, it just gets too cluttered and that is just an accident waiting to happen. I’d finished eating and was sitting growling at my laptop, the darn cursor keeps freezing today! Grrr so it meant shutting right down and hoping it would return with the new start up. As I was doing this, there was a light tap tap at the door and when I turned to look out the window behind me, Bill was there.

Tomatoes are coming

I saw this hawk hovering over the road
so caught hold of Gibbs's leash

Good Lord! He scared the bejeesus out of me!! I gave him proper you know what as it took a while for my heart to settle down! I felt like passing out, that’s how much it spooked me to see ‘someone’ standing just outside the window not 2’ from me. Ha ha, now I can laugh about it but it wasn’t funny at the time!! LOL. I did the dishes and even though it is nice to see him home, too bad that can't happen on Wed. or Thurs. this week.

One more sleep means that tomorrow Ladyfest starts for me. I will clean in the morning and then come home to finish the last-minute packing and loading Ptooties. I’ll spend as much time as I can with Gibbs in that short 2-hour period before I leave for Gayle’s  and then he’ll be in his crate until Daddy gets home. Wednesday and Thursday will be a bit of a challenge for Bill (and Gibbs) but it will work out one way or another.

Between the Bunky and the lane, my flowers are
really filling the area

At 5:30 or so, I started making our salads for supper. Bill came in just before 6, happy with how things were going on his project. He had water in the bladder to transfer to the fresh tanks so started that as well. I reheated my meatloaf and spaghetti squash from the other night and a larger piece of meatloaf for Bill.

Supper turned out just perfect. Just meatloaf and salad.  I didn’t have any dessert planned so Bill may need to have a yogourt or peanut butter cookies if he is still hungry. Gibbs has been good today, but now he is full of the devil. Between ringing the bell to go out and jumping up at us and licking my legs. Yes, I forgot and put lotion on after my shower. 😁

A nice easy supper
Later, I had popcorn πŸ˜ƒ

With dishes done, I worked on finishing my blog. I went out and dumped our pool so I could put it away in the Bunky for the week. We are expecting rain overnight, at least I heard this morning that it ‘may’ rain so it doesn’t need to be full of rain water. That would just encourage Gibbs to drink from it. 

And the sun gets ready to set

This was another nice day and I think things are ready for tomorrow, with just a few food/drink items to pack in the morning. While I think of it, apparently I made a couple of booboo's in yesterday's blog posting. Bill is my proofreader, after the fact, but I usually try to get back in and fix them. I haven't done that. Sorry!

And as Gibbs settles, he blends
right into the flooring
Good night y'all!

Thank you for taking the time to check out what we’re up to. As always, I welcome your comments!


  1. I took Cooper for a walk and he was doing so well. Then I had to carry him all the way back. You did good not to go too far!!!! Love all those beautiful gardens.

  2. That is great that Gibbs can start joining you on your walk, hopefully bit by bit he will be able to go further on those little puppy legs :-) Occasionally our lock pad gives us trouble, sometimes the batteries need to be replaced but sometimes it just a matter of turning the lock pad off and then back on again and then it works.

  3. That lock pad can be trouble. We have one on our front door and I hope if it ever gives me trouble that I have the key with me to get in. Gibbs is doing pretty well for a puppy and good job you are doing with him. Have fun at the lady fest!

  4. Hope you have a great time at your wild Ladyfest!

  5. My goodness Gibbs has sure grown.

    Enjoy your Ladyfest!!!

    God bless.

  6. Gibbs and you produce long shadows during your walk. It must have been the morning sun. It was a good idea not to walk too far out for poor Gibbs may be too tired for the journey home. I once walked my dog a bit too much and had to call my daughter to pick us up cos I couldn t carry a 19 pound dog home! Looks like you are all in summer wear with dresses already. Hope the summer days bring more walking day s ahead.