Sunday, September 4, 2022

Getting Shopping Out of the Way, Ending with a Campfire

The Ridge

On Saturday, Sept. 3rd I was up and off to work before Bill left for the flying field. With Monday being a holiday, I decided to leave the laundry until then, regardless of weather. Today, I wanted to clean in town and then carry on to Hanover for groceries.

a lovely day

We have a set budget for food for a month and it is actually probably lower than many of you have BUT it works well for us. Bill transfers the amount from our two pensions at the beginning of each month and I just pick away at it each time I shop. I used to fret about how much I spent nipping here and there to pick stuff up, not being the financial planner of the household. Now, it is so easy for me! 😊

My Sedum is slowly (at a snail's pace) turning pink
Need to get it in the ground soon

Where are you going, Gibbs?
"who me? Nowhere, Mom"

After cleaning the Mat, I stopped at a couple of garage sales but only found a couple of items, one being a small garden stone. I’m keeping my eyes open for bird feeders, since mine all deteriorated so badly, they got pitched, except for one that is holding on with its final ‘legs’. My finch feeder is metal and is the best one ever. No luck at the sales for any but maybe in the spring.

Who's that there in the trees?

Oh, now I see!

I drove to the Dollarama first and stocked up on cards for the birthdays in the not-so-distant future. Then Walmart for the big stock up. I did nip into Grant’s Independent for my 10% fat Liberte yogourt. It was a surprise to find it on sale so I bought 2. The cost at the self-checkout for my cartful was more than I expected but I got some good deals. For example - pork ribs, 2 – 2 packs for $26. That’s a great price for 4 meals!

Ever get the feeling you're being watched?

It took longer than I thought, it was busy being a long weekend. Every body and his aunt were out. 😊 I didn’t put Gibbs’ collar on him before I left and I never heard a peep as I drove up. It was a good test when Bill returned home from the field around 1 and he passed with flying colours. Only a couple of ‘woofs’ and he listened to me, just watching for Daddy to get parked. He barked once when I opened the door for him to get meet him but stopped right away. Wow!

My 'new' little garden stone
I might have to touch up the paint on it

So, Gibbs needed to take his heart worm tablet today
He had different ideas about that
It must not taste as good as the outside crap he eats
After Bill covering 3 pieces in peanut butter and me holding
his mouth closed, he ate them.
One piece left. He just licked the peanut butter off and spit out the meds.
Goof! We'll try again tomorrow.

No collar on him all day and not a single bark that was worth admonishing anymore than ‘no bark, good boy’. We each did our own thing for the afternoon, Bill worked on a plane down at the Hangar and I worked on finishing my puzzle. 

This is all that is left today
Sadly, one piece missing

With 18 pieces that don't belong.
Good grief! Burn pit!


That one didn’t take long! I’ll have to decide which 1000 pc. one I can fit best on my table. Or maybe I’ll do something else out there. 😊 It was a very humid day, even though the temperature reached 28C/82F, it felt a lot hotter than that. I turned the a/c on before lunch and was grateful that I did.

No disappointment here

Just before supper, cheese and bacon burgers on the Weber, I turned it off, feeling the breeze had picked up and sky had clouded over. When Bill was grilling, he saw a flock of geese flying overhead. That's the first we've seen them since July.

We went to the Acreage for a campfire and other than being eaten alive by mosquitoes for about an hour and a half, it was a nice evening. Strange, we thought they’d have petered out by this time of the season.

Cloudy but pretty sky on the drive over

Sunset through the trees

It was a warm evening though and Gibbs kept us entertained. We put his collar on just before we left the house since he barks a lot when approaching their laneway. 

This isn't a great picture but after it gets
dark(ish) we put him on his leash
Here he has his ball in his mouth but
Daddy says "it's too dark to play fetch"

We were home by 10 and I read my book until I kept dropping off. I picked up the book Dog Tags again, that I started over a month ago, and this time got right into it, zipping through the story. It is quite good and entertaining with comical quips throughout.

Good night!

It was a great day! Thank you for stopping by.




  1. We have two lovely Algonquin Park puzzles to work on. Unfortunately our stupid cat doesn't like puzzles. She NEVER goes on the table, unless there happens to be a puzzle on it, then it's game on. How does she even know it's up there?

    1. Oh no! I see disaster in the works! They would be lovely pictures!

  2. Looks like you both had an Enjoyable start to your long weekend.
    Stay Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. I try never to shop for groceries ahead of a long weekend. Tooooo many people for me. Glad you were able to get what you wanted and a good deals too.
    That Gibbs - what a character! Good luck getting him to eat his meds.

    1. I know I guess I don't mind testing fate! haha
      Gibbs is always making me laugh, cutest little bum.

  4. Having recently inherited an old golden retriever, I've had to become a dog person. And I had what I decided was a brilliant idea, but everybody probably already know it but me. Nothing worked on this dog - not peanut butter, not cheese, not all the other things I tried to disguise a pill. But really cheap disgusting canned dog food worked like a charm. The brilliant idea was to use a spoon to scoop out portions sized for the pills, put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. So on pill days, just take one out of the freezer and when it's thawed, smush the pill into it. She doesn't even know she's had one, but does want more of that canned stuff. I figured a tablespoon full won't hurt her. So far, it hasn't.

  5. Happy long weekend Bill, Patsy and Gibbs.