Thursday, 23 October 2014

Down for the Count

This morning I was awake at 5, up by 7 and out the door by 8:45 am.  How did my day you might wonder?  Not worth a dang, dang, triple dang, as my lower back is so swollen it had me in tears a couple of times today, but do you know what ?

... I was still able to drink in the beauty of most of this day.  

With what has been going on in Ontario these past couple of days, regardless of pain, how can someone not be blessed to waking up each morning?  I most certainly try to count my blessing each day, do you?

There are days when I get photos sent to me by text by my soon to be Daughter-in-law which not only make me smile, but also warm my heart.

Here is Misssy Mercedes with our Chloe, who had been playing hospital with each other this day.  Mercedes had broken her leg and Chloe had bandaged (in toilet paper of course), then headed in for an x-ray appointment.  Ah the fun of imagination and being a child ... I long for those days again at times.

Even though there are days when I "dont' feel" like it, or "couldn't be bothered" I am fortunate to have such great Australian Shepherd Dogs.

There usually isn't a day that goes by that they do not give me their unconditional love.  This is our Bandit, who not only turned 9 Years old this past June, he is going to be a father come this December.  Yes, Lexus and Bandit will be parents again the week of Christmas Days with puppies available for new Forever Homes mid-February.  Puppies are always exciting, are they not? and I have also been informed the grandkids will be coming here this Christmas, so that will make it all that more exciting !

We pretty much can't say Portia is little any more as she is growing upwards pretty quickly now she is 4 months old.  I took a look in her mouth today and she has lost quite a number of her baby teeth ... more then likely a couple from chewing my $100.00 Bluetooth headset the other night.  *sigh*  She is pictured here after eating her Yogurt and Diatomaceous Earth, and looking for more.

Interested in knowing more about Diatomaceous Earth (FOOD GRADE ONLY)  for your pet?  please do so by *clicking* HERE.

I had been downtown Wiarton this morning at 9 am for a photo op for the Wiarton District Chamber of  Commerce with regards to the Facelift the Berford Street Parkette is getting through grants and most generous donars.

Pictured here are a few of the Committee members, along with a few of the Sponsors, including Bruce the Spruce.

Cindy Walker (Lions Club), JD Everest (Everest Nurseries), Val Mitchell (Lions Club), Patrick Sutter (Home Building Centre), Gail Ermel (Lions Club), Steve Fox (Lions Club),
Wyn Chivers (Wiarton Revitalization Committee), Carl De Jong (Home By Design), Jack Van Dorp (Spruce the Bruce), Danielle Mulasmajic (Town of South Bruce Peninsula), Kari Korpikoski (Wiarton Revitalization Committee), Liz Ples (Wiarton & District Chamber of Commerce).

The Berford Street Parkette will be amazing by the time the Santa Claus Parade rolls around on the 6th of December this Year.  What would our Communities do without organizers, committees, sponsors, and most importantly VOLUNTEERS?  I am afraid we would be in disarray, do you not care to  agree?

This afternoon I spent in bed sleeping.  My back is still by far in much stress, however I will be trying to rest it as much as I am able to the next couple of days.

I am off and running, NOT, again wrapping up another day here, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

After Hours Please

You would not believe what I possible did !!!  I had a pair of shoes that I had purchased in June that the seams were all coming apart on both shoes.  Gilbert's Shoes downtown where I had made the purchase directed me to Brooks, the company which makes the Avia brand shoe.

The Company directed me to box them up to send back to them via Campar.  Yesterday I packaged them all up and dropped them off to be picked up at Gilbert's Shoes.  3 am I am lying wide awake in bed and the lights came on (in my head of course) that I had not removed my Orthotics from the shoes which are worth over $300.00 !!!!

Needles to say I was downtown at Gibert's Shoe Store as soon as they opened at 9 am to re-open that package to retrieve my orthotics !  Marg, store owner, had made the comment on how careful and well I had undone the package.  I had to be truthful and tell her it must of been from back in the day when I had one year snooped in some Christmas gifts Mom thought she had stashed away .... oops I wonder if I had every told Mom that I knew what I was getting one Christmas ?  *BLUSH*

Today I had been too busy to even think straight.  I even had to lay down for about 20 minutes this afternoon as my Fibro had been getting the best of me with every muscle in my body aching.  The rest helped a bit before my feet hit the floor again.

This evening Rob and I attended an "After Hours" at the Wiarton Chamber of Commerce office, which had been hosted by the Wiarton Farmer's Market.  It was a wonderful and most enjoyable event.

First photo is of Abby Miners, who is the Market Manger for the Wiarton Farmer's Market, who I might add has done an amazing job of it the past few Years.  Lois & Peter just joined the Market this Year offering fresh garden produce.  Below is Jeri pictured with Abby, who is a Honey Producer as well as offering fresh bake goods, and lastly pictured is Anita Dejong of Sweet Things from Dejong Acres  (and truly if you have known Anita as long as I have you would also think her as sweet as her produce).  Anita & Family are Lamb Producers as well as having a number of other Farm Products available at their Farm Store & at the Wiarton Farmer's Market.

There was a great show of business people from the Community who attended this evenings "After Hours" event.

After Hours please anytime for me, especially when all the goodies are locally grown and produced.

Squash Dip,  local cheeses, Honey crusted Bruchetta, yummy quiche, and there had also been Lamb Summer Sausage and a Crock Pot dish with local homemade Maple Chipolte Sauce.

As the saying goes, KNOW YOUR LOCAL FARMER, and truly I LOVE the ones I do know !!!

Rob had left for home before I did to take care of the dogs and whatnot.  I stayed until the very last to help Abby load her van up, getting home about 8:30 pm myself.

I am pooped, and Rob has already gone to bed.

Before I sign off just a little sneak preview to those who like a Vintage Christmas with a little Santa with a side of Coke ....

This morning I had stopped in at Home by Design to see some of the amazing Christmas displays he had set up with of course Santa catching my eye along with the elves.

Interested in knowing a bit more about Wiarton's Home by Design store, owned and operated locally by Carl Dejong?  please just *click* HERE.

Now on that note I will call it a night, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Christmas Bazaars Have Begun !

My dear husband, otherwise known as Rob and a few other choice names at times, had me running errands for him at 7:30 am.  It is love that I go the extra miles for him, right?  I thought so.

After returning home around 10 am, I still had a whole house screaming out my name to clean it, but alas once again my plans have been put on the back burner while I go forward with other more pressing matters like first calling Bell Canada to ensure the service man was going to show up by 12 Noon as promised.

The Bell Service man did not show up until long after I had left, but fortunately Rob had been home to have him hook-up a new Router to provide us with faster Internet upload and download speeds.  Hooray !!!  even though there was an extra cost of $5.00 attached to it.

I had been gone by 12:30 pm to collect my neighbour and wait at the downtown Tim Hortons for my Auntie Gladys to arrive as we were headed out to the Christmas Bazaar at Gateway Haven Nursing Home, where my Mother resides.

Once we arrived I left the other two to go up to bring Mother down from her room.  By the time we had came down to where the Bazaar was going on my Sister Jeanne had also arrived.

When I had been upstairs looking around Aunt Gladys & Pari had made their way around the Bazaar.  Aunt Gladys had gotten a nice little Cheese Cake perfect size for her and Uncle Basil.  Jeanne and I then went to have a look about.  She had bought an Apple Pie and I a Blueberry.  You have to get there early to have first pick from the Baked Goods table.  There had been some other nice homemade items, however nothing I needed, although I did love the unique carved bird house in the face of a man.  The "old fashioned" tea towels had also been very lovely.

I had ran into old friends of my Mom & Dads, who were actually going to surprise her by stopping in for a visit.  She had not seen them for at least 5 or so years.  It had been very nice to see Ralph and Eva, as when growing up we had been at their place all the time it had seemed.  I still see their children from time to time in my travels.

We all had a nice visit together over a few goodies and a cup of tea.  I even had offers a couple of times to have my Blueberry Pie looked after.  What a great price of $8.00 for a Homemade Blueberry Pie.

I was very very *sad* today as my favourite wood stove kettle had heated its last pot on top of the wood stove.

My poor Swan Kettle was found this day with a broken neck.  I was heartbroken.  I posted on my Facebook status that she was broken, and Toni with an "i" found me one on Ebay, where I placed a bid on it.  It looks brand new this RARE 1991 "Kamenstein" Swan Kettle, that you may view by going HERE.  I am hoping my lowly bid will be accepted as the shipping is $28 + alone.  

Should anyone local have a unique kettle that would suit on top our new wood stove that they no longer have any use for I surely would give it a good home.  Just let me know if you do.  Thanks in advance.

I am exhausted.  When out in the weather today it had been very cold and windy, however a day regardless the cold I would not want to have missed out on.

I am having a pair of shoes replaced by Brooks who make Avia, however I am very tired right now with our young pup, Portia, needing my attention, so that story will have to wait another day.  In the meantime I am signing off for now, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Beaver Tails !

I heard Rob get up from bed and head into the washroom and back.  I was not long after him.  It had been 3 am.  Portia decided she needed out also, so back up I got and outside we went.  I was thankful it had not been pouring rain as it had been when we went back out at 7 am.  Buckets of rain that is !

I had so many plans to wash floors and clean with so much that needs doing, however my husband had other plans for me this morning.  I, once again, was his runner.  Run to town for this, and for that, consuming the whole morning.  

How could I deny being his runner when he had been so busy taking our little wood stove out and replacing it with the down draft wood stove.  He had it up and running by lunch time.  Thank goodness as the rain has not let up all day long causing the dampness to seep into the walls of our house.

I served lunch up for us, then Rob got called out.  I had started doing a bit of tidying up, but not much by any means, when I heard someone pull in.  It had been the trapper we had come around for our Beaver problem.  I could not bring myself to say "little" beaver problem, as truly for the amount of damage they can do it had turned into quite a "large" beaver problem by the first of Summer this Year.

The trapper was coming by to check if there had been anything other then the first one he had gotten in our drainage ditches.  He had just been over the way at a neighbour's property where he had finally gotten one which had been quite crafty for the past while until this day.

I had never seen a Beaver up close and personal before, so this had been somewhat of an "awe" factor for me today.  This one was apparently a medium sized Beaver.  Not too attractive are they? somewhat like an over grown Mole in my eyes, except for that leather thick tail and razor sharp teeth.

I never knew until today that Beaver teeth never stopped growing.  This I wondered as you would think with the amount of and what they chewed down, they would not have any teeth for long.  You can learn more about Beaver Biology by *clicking* HERE.

I surely did not accomplish anything I had set out to do this day.  Once again I had to fall back on the good old standby of "eggs" for our Dinner choice.

I had also been happy to realized I had some leftover potatoes at hand in the fridge to fry up as well to go along with the Cheese Omellet I had thrown together.

Dinner had hit the spot with both Rob and I leaving the Dinner table satisfied and full.

You will be hearing more then once I am sure how much I am missing my laptop.  It went through my mind to call a guy up in Ferndale who does repairs, and who I had been referred to, however I got sidetracked too many times to get a call into him.  Maybe tomorrow, the next day, or the day after that I will get a call into him.

Tonight The "Voice" comes on at 8 pm.  The table was cleared and dishes done long ago now, so I will just make a trip out with Portia and settle myself in with a bit of TV watching, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Overworked !

This girl was up at 4 am letting little, who really is not so little anymore, Portia out.  Then I got to lay there until 7:30 until everyone else required my undivided attention.  7:30 am and still in bed? that is unheard of in the best of circumstances in this house !!!

My day really didn't get off to the best of starts once I had got up and going, as my Laptop died on me with the screen remaining BLACK when I booted it up.  I think I already know the answer to its problem, and that would be cause I might have OVERWORKED it the past two years since I bought it.  Regardless of what I have done to it I need my laptop, or any laptop for that matter, as my PC is not ergonomic friendly as my laptop was.

At least I still have the PC, but my body will not be able to tolerate it for long, especially when it comes time each day end when I sit down to blog.  Not good whatsoever !

Speaking of Portia, she apparently thinks she rules the roost over Bandit ...

... this is the "not so little" girl helping herself to not only Bandit's bed, but his chair too !

This morning while Rob was gone South over to my friend's place, I had to head up and over on the Peninsula a little bit.  I could not been more pleased then to do so, however had wished there had been more time to stop to take LOTS of photos along the way, but still ...

... the drive had been splendorous and I still managed to stop to take these two breathtaking photos of what I had been witness to this gorgeous morning, or whole day for that matter.  It had been nice to have a cool crisp, but Sunny day without rain to take in the beauty which surrounds us at this time of Year.

Rob had been gone over to my friend, Diane's to pickup a down draft Wood Stove from them, as they were upgrading.  This stove hold much more wood then our little stove, so we are pretty certain it will burn all through the night with us getting up to a cozy warm house in the mornings in the depth of the Winter.  Rob also had been busy today changing a tire that had gone on the RV ... I would say that tire had seen its day, wouldn't you?

My brother puts out apples to entice the Deer to his property prior to Deer Season, so today he had dropped over with his grandson, Riley, and their dog, Gator to collect apples from our Apple Tree.

Bandit, Riley and Gator all enjoyed the visit we had with each other.

This afternoon I had to go downtown to do a couple of errands, then later picked up my friend, Pari, to go over to Owen Sound for a bit too.  Rob had our Dinner started with browning the hamburger by the time I had arrived back home.

Dinner had been Homemade Hamburger Helper along with Creamy Coleslaw.  It was very good.

What else did I manage to get done? our bedding stripped, laundered and hung out on the line.

I don't know why, but sometime I get the feeling I am being watched when out and about our property ... hmmm.

I suppose I best be signing off as our bed still remains to be made up and the Dinner dishes are waiting beside the Kitchen sink, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Feeling Quite Melancholy

This morning we readied ourselves, Rob and I, to head down to the Southampton Cemetery to pay our respects to my Aunt Pearlina at a Graveside Service, as per her request.  

When I had left the house, taking two separate vehicles as Rob had to leave afterwards to work, it had been pouring buckets of rain, however by the time we had arrived in Southampton it had been barely a drizzle.

The Service had been at 11:00 a with a fair amount of Family and Friends present.  I had also stopped by my Father's grave which was immediately before where Aunt Pearlina was laid to rest.   The Service was lovely, and exactly as she would have wanted it.  As I stood listening to the Minister's words I looked around at the beauty of the Southampton Cemetery with its aging Maple Trees, while feeling quite melancholy and admiring the beauty surrounding us all.  It was quite Peaceful, bringing back the memory of my Father telling me there would never be anyone in the Cemetery to hurt me.  I took comfort in his words many times over the passing Years.

Watching my oldest Sister, Jeanne, take my brother Allan's arm to leave the Cemetery ahead of me made me somehow for some reason feel at Peace inside.  Why I do not understand ... maybe it was witnessing the love between two siblings in at "moment" of togetherness.  Again making me feel quite melancholy.

Family and friends had been invited back to Aunt Pearlina's Church, The Anglican Church, where the ladies of the Church had prepared a luncheon for everyone to congregate after the service.

My Auntie Gladys in one photo, who I know will miss my Aunt Pearlina, having visited her almost every week at least once.  Myself in another photo listening intently to a gentleman speak to me, and then my Sister inquiring what her husband  would like in the way of some lunch.

I am fortunate to have be related through Aunt Pearlina, and her late husband, Uncle Ron, through both sides of my family, both on my Mother's and my Father's side.  How is this? well Aunt Pearlina's sister, Lil, married my Mom's brother, my Uncle Allan, and my Aunt Pearlina had been married to my Uncle Ron, who was my Father's brother.  

My first Cousins on my Mother's side, who were also Aunt Pearlina's nieces and nephew, had came today to the funeral.  We had not seen each other since their Father had passed way about 19 years ago now (the number of years could very well be incorrect as my memory of the year does not serve me as much as the memory of the event itself).

Here I am with my first Cousins, Vicki, Kim, their sister-in-law, and Mike, then with just Vicki and myself.  It was great to see them all, and from time to time Vicki and I get a chance to chat on Facebook together through Messenger. 

Hopefully I see them again before it be a funeral we attend either for our Aunt Gladys Wismer (on my Mom's side), or my Mother.  Maybe they will come up to Southampton next Summer and we can get together with our other Cousin who lives there.

Since my Auntie Gerry and Uncle Reg were up from Scarborough, and staying with Auntie Gladys and Uncle Basil (Aunt Gerry & Aunt Gladys are sisters of my Father), I had thought I should get their photo all together as I usually do when I see them together.

Uncle Reg thought he would "ham" it up in the first photo, then continued into the second photo, but finally the third photo we had him straightened around, either that or Aunt Gerry had gave him a good elbowing !  I noticed once I had posted these photos that my Aunts had dress similarly .  I wonder if that is just the "bond" of knowing between sisters?  

I do love my Aunts, and very happy Aunt Gladys is close by always for me should I ever need her.  I will also be missing my Aunt Pearlina very much, knowing she will be on my mind often.

After we all parted to go our separate ways, I stayed in my hometown of Southampton, as I had wanted to go see a friend at her place of business downtown, go to the hardware store to make a purchase of a new kettle, and wait for our Crabby Cabbie driver to show up as I had a pay cheque to pass on to him before I left town for home.

I made my way down High Street, which is the main street in Southampton, to the Cenotaph which looks out over the beach to Lake Huron.  Out from the shore in the distance lies Chantry Island which has always been a picture across the waters.  I do so love my Hometown, feeling melancholy every time I visit there.

I made it back home before 4 pm after I had accomplished everything I had set out to do plus a little more.

Rob and I were both a little weary, and I really had not felt like cooking with nothing in mind to really have, so after we picked up our neighbour, Pari, from work the three of us headed down to the Green Door Cafe to have Dinner together.

Rob had the 2 piece Haddock Dinner, Pari had the Lamb Burger, and I had the "special" Spinach Pasta with a Caesar Salad.  It was all the usual Green Door excellence, and each dinner was only $8.99 each.

We arrived home to the first time the Sun made its appearance all day, ending the day as it was.

Rob is gone to work, Portia is being a puppy, and Bandit always my protector, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 17 October 2014

A Long Day

I did not get much sleep whatsoever last night.  Portia had me up at 11:30, then again at 2:00 am.  I must have work up about 4 am finally getting out of bed at 6:50 am.

It has been a long long day, or it sure has seemed like it !  I am so tired.  I can't wait til Rob gets home so I can make him something to eat, hop into a shower and hit the sack.  All in that order too.

A friend of ours dropped off some Yarn today that she was not going to use.  I was going to give it to my Sister, Donna, who makes things for her daughter's Church who in turn sends them over to Africa, however I think I might take it to another friend who offered to show me how to crochet slippers.  I could make some and donate them to the Church Bazaars maybe.  Now I just have to find some time to learn how to crochet slippers !!!

Thank you Diane, you are such a wonderful giving person !!!  Hugsssss.

I appreciate another's kindness and always feel good if Rob and I can ever "pay it forward" to someone else.  It just happened that today we were able to "pay it forward".

A friend of Rob's has been getting Chemo treatments and just got home today from a treatment.  Rob was talking to him and found out his recliner had broke and fallen apart.  I took it upon myself to look on Kijiji for another one for him this afternoon.  BINGO !  I not only found one for him that was in "brand new" condition, according to Rob, the cost of it was only $10.00 !!!!

It had even been better then that, if you could imagine?  the recliner was located in Southampton, so Rob is going to pick it up after work today and deliver it to his friend who lives only 5 miles away in Port Elgin.  I wish I was there so I could see the look on his face.  He will be so happy, I just know it.

Rob's friend is a big guy too, so this recliner/rocker will hopefully suit him just fine.

I also spent a bit of time today going back a Year ago this month to read some of my Blog Posts.  One in particular made me *smile* should you *click* HERE.

Between being in and out with Portia today, and the rain showers, I did stop to admire the beautiful colours of the Maple Trees within our circular drive.  I do LOVE Fall and wish they stayed like this all Year round. 

What is your favourite Season?

Tomorrow morning at 11 am will find Rob and I, along with other Family Members, saying our final good-byes at the Graveside Service for my dear Aunt Pearlina at the Southampton Cemetery.  We will congregate afterwards at the Anglican Church.

Today has been a long day, but still one that I was thankful for, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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