Monday, 26 January 2015

Out The Door Early

I must admit I didn't wake up until at least 4 am this morning.  Happy I got a bit more sleep then usual as I was out the door early at 7:30 am, as I had a meeting at 8:00 am.  It seemed to take forever to scrape the ice off the van, and by the time I stopped in at our bank my butt still hadn't warmed up, never mind the van.

I love mornings ....

Shortly after 8 this morning overlooking Colpoy's Bay down at Wiarton's Bluewater Park.  The clouds looked like Mountains looming over the Bay.

Once we were over our meeting at the Chamber Office I headed home to 5 very hungry puppies, and four Aussies wanting me to take them out.  All was done in order of the starvin' Marvin puppies first. They are all double trouble now as they are so alert and on the go.  When I go into the pen their little tails actually wag to see me as they now relate to me as a food and cuddle source.

Rob had been busy himself this morning, however got home by lunch time to have a little one on one time with myself and our Buddy boy.  Today was Buddy's 3rd Birthday.

Buddy will have been with us 2 years this upcoming Mother's Day, and I must say it took awhile but he has truly grown on us in his own special way.  I would miss him should we not have him with us.  He is part of our lives and routine as much as Lexus and Bandit were ever, and truly has a very loving nature.

Not only the one on one time with us, he also had a couple "extra" treats today.

This afternoon brought a couple of more errands just flying by me like the wind.  I can't believe the Wiarton Willie Festival and Groundhog day is upon us in the week ahead.

Should you be in Wiarton or not, you can always contact the Wiarton Chamber of Commerce for any information pertaining to the Festival as ...

The past few weeks, leading up to and the actually Festival Weekend the WDCC office is Central Wiarton Willie Headquarters located at 402 William Street, Wiarton ON  PH:  519-534-4545

Check our their website for all things Wiarton Willie and Wiarton by *clicking* HERE.  I heard the weather is suppose to be great this weekend I heard, however cold so get those long johns on !

Truly it is a fantastic festival with lots to do for everyone.  A couple of my favourites are the Pancake Breakfast at St. John's United Church and the Wiarton District Optimist Club's Fancy Tea.

The Optimist Club is a fantastic club whose volunteers work hard at raising money to support activities and such for the benefit of Children.  Some of the funds from the Fancy Tea will be going towards the Pioneer Kid's Club Program to Send a Kid to Camp.

Don't forget your Fancy Hat, as there will be Prizes !

The puppies are requiring more feedings, having first started out with one, then two and now today I will add the third meal to their schedule.

I also need to get off my chest another matter of how some people criticize other people who volunteer their time.  Truly should these same people think they might do better, then please step on up to the plate !  At the time I had been stewing over this my friend, Sharon, had called me from Florida for a chat, and thank you Sharon your call couldn't have came at a better time to make me feel better.  Friends can be plentiful, however TRUE friends are something to be valued, especially the ones who respect we are each individuals and have our own opinions.

I am off, but truly not running, to wait on those five very very cute Aussie Puppies, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

New Irish Pub

I awoke early to find my Crabby Cabbie was not yet home.  It was 3:30 am when I put the call into him.  He was out of town with a fare, thinking he would arrive back home by 6 am.  He arrived back home at 8 am and was bushed.

Needless to say I never got a dang thing done for fear of being too loud and waking him other then start the Wood stoves, feed puppies and have a revolving door with Aussies all morning long.  I shouldn't say nothing done, I did a few dishes up and cleaned the kitchen sinks, and that has to count for something.

As it was someone called at lunch hour and woke him anyhow.  He did get back to sleep after I had left for lunch.

There is a new restaurant downtown Wiarton, the Irish Cottage Kitchen & Alehouse.  A friend had invited me to lunch with her today as she had wanted to try it out, so off we went for a 1 pm lunch downtown.

It was the girl who served us first day there, and I must say she did an extremely excellent job, especially for one who had only worked at a McDonalds before which is completely different then waiting on tables.  The food? it was very very good.

My friend had the "special" which was a Shepherd's Pie made with Bison & Elk along with a draft beef (which was a very large glass), while I had the Lamb Burger, splurging with fries instead of a salad.  Our bill came to $44.00 which included taxes & tip, with an alcohol beverage, I thought to be very reasonable. 

The Irish Cottage Kitchen & Alehouse is located downtown Wiarton, in between Pinkerton's Auto Supply and the TD Bank.  Part of the dining area is under renovations so at present the dining room is quite small, although there is sitting room at a bar on entering the Pub.  I think I would go back to try something else off the menu again, although the Menu is limited, and no desserts were available, however portions are large and desserts truly not needed.

I did get back home a little before 3 pm getting right into the nitty gritty of things by letting Aussies out, feeding puppies and looking after loading up two wood stoves.  Yes I am tired.

For some reason kids always seem to be at their worse behaviour when one is tired.  :Puppies are no different and Portia has been driving me nuts all afternoon.

Yesterday I had put all her toys in a box to keep her amused.  This distraction did not work today.

Bandit too was a bit on the demanding side.  This was him being "cheeky" last night as he had snuck by me with a piece of ice into the house.  Yes that is a real "cheeky" Bandit *smile* you are seeing there.

Rob is out on a call.  I am going to let everyone out and in again for the umpteenth time today, and hope Rob gets home soon and feels up to taking over for me when he does, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Another Baby !

Ha !  I found Rob sleeping on the couch when I got up this morning, even though I knew he was out here through the night when I had woke up in the wee hours of the morn.  He had went to come to bed however I had cracked our bedroom window and it had been too cold for him in there so he opted for the couch.  *Sigh* what can I say, to have a good night's sleep one is to have a cool room to sleep in.

This morning Rob took me downtown to run a couple of errands.  Before we had headed home we had also stopped into Foodland to pickup a couple of things.  It was so nice to run into there again Steve and Kaeli ! a pleasure once again.

Yes it isn't too often I get  a photo of Lexus feeding her pups, only at the first week they are born.  After I have fed them their puppy mush I let her in to clean them up and have a guzzle from her.  From top to bottom & back up is Jax, Izzy, Raven, Lyric & Snickers.  Growing like bad weeds they are.

NEWS FLASH !!!  Another Baby

Snickers would love to announce the arrival of her FOREVER HOME's new baby boy, Joseph Noah. How wonderful Snickers & Joseph will be growing up together. Boy their parents sure are going to have their hands full ! 

Before I knew it the morning was gone and lunch time had arrived.

Yes Rob spoils our boy Bandit.  By his face Bandit sure didn't care much for that carrot.

Today there had been a light drizzle.  Rob thought he had best get the drifts cleaned out of the lane before it snowed and froze up again.  The snow was pretty heavy.  The Peanut Gallery had to watch every move of the tractor.

Yes it did begin to snow later this afternoon.  Yes Rob still had to go out in it to head North.  Yes Aunt Gladys Rob turned his shirt right side out, as he said he could still get another day out of it.

There is always some sort of fun Quiz or another from time to time on Facebook.  The one I had came across earlier today was "Which Song Was Written About You".  This was the the song I got after I completed the Quiz:

I do have to say, I love that song.  Good choice for me I thought.

I had to make at least 3 phone calls to my BFF, Vicki.  I surely don't know what I would do without her as she is my "go to for everything guru".  I am certain there are days when she sees it is me calling she thinks, "not again" !  Thanks Vick xx

That was pretty much the highlights of my day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Caught Surfing The Net

I, once again, took 2 pills to see if they would help assist me to sleep last night.  Not the greatest but still better then the previous weeks.  I also forgot to pickup a Word Find puzzle today for the times I am awake to bore me back to sleep.

I know my sister and a couple of friends have suggested Melatonin.  The sheets my Doctor gave me on Insomnia said this about Melatonin:

It is a hormone that is normally produced by a gland in the brain.  Melatonin does not appear to be helpful in most people who have insomnia, expect in people with delayed sleep phase syndrome.

Melatonin appears to be safe when used for less than three months.  However, melatonin is marketed as a dietary supplement; the ingredients, does, and purity of dietary supplements are not regulated.

I will give my Doctor's suggestions of no coffee, regular bed times & boring Word Find Puzzles if I wake up a go to see how I do.

Can anyone figure what these three photos equal in the next few weeks ahead in my Life?  Busy, busy & busier ....

I had been at the Dining Room table addressing some cards when I looked over to catch our Bandit boy surfing the net, along with his young sidekick, Portia.  They both immediately got down after they had been discovered ... tisk, tisk, and never the less in MY spot !

I was delighted Rob had brought the wooden file cabinet I had bought 2nd hand back in the Fall, as I am hoping I will make the time to get our filing system changed up into it.  I had also received a scraper mitt from the Fridgestock program (now ended) from when they had came to collect our old fridge and dehumidifier.  I have to admit since that old fridge has been gone our Hydro bill has dropped at least $15 per month.

I had called my Auntie Gladys this morning as I hadn't spoken to her in some time.  She was telling me her and Uncle were going to take a drive up to Wiarton today to have some lunch at the Green Door Cafe.  I had asked if she would mind if Rob and I would join them.  Of course we could.

Yum ...Uncle had the Reuben Sandwich with a side Caesar Salad, while I had the Chicken Bacon Caesar with a House Salad, and Auntie hers with a bowl of soup, while Rob had a single Fish & Chips.

Oh look Aunt Gerry & Uncle Reg, here are the Lovebirds all *smiles*.

It was nice to have a bit of visit with each other, and the lunch was good.  Uncle said he would be back for another Reuben.

I am going to try for another early night with some TV first, as I can barely keep my eyes open.  Doctor's sheets also said "no naps", and I am trying my dangest to keep them open.  Maybe some toothpicks would be in order, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Too Tired

I have been way too tired to put much effort in much of anything with another night behind me with poor sleep.  Another early day with an even longer day ahead.

Thank goodness there had been Homemade 9 Bean Soup in the freezer, along with a Grilled Cheese sandwich that is exactly what we had for Dinner.  Easy peasy.

This morning I had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Caulfield, the surgeon who performed both my Colonoscopy and the Gall Bladder removal.  He will see me again in 2 years, and if all is clear again at that time, again in 5 years.  For a gal who has been avoiding these procedures for over 5 years I sure made up with it by having three procedures within a Year.  Geesh they caught up with me all at once.

I left the Wiarton Hospital and walked across the way to the building where my GP is for my appt. with him.  I am scheduled for another MRI the first of February on my Liver.  I then travelled back across to the Hospital to have more blood work done.  I have been gone over almost from top to bottom it seems, however I feel very confident I am in good caring hands with Dr. Diodati.

The insomnia?  I am to not have any coffee after the hour of Noon.  Should I wake up and be laying their for a length of time I am to get up to read something boring or do a "Word Find" puzzle, then attempt sleep again.  I will give it a go, as I am good to try anything once.

I think if I could get into a regular routine again, with a daily walk at the same time of day, this would be a surmountable benefit.  However my Life at this time does not afford a regular routine so I will do what I always have done in my Life, do the best I can with what I have, and if it works I will be very happy.

Today I also dealt with a couple of follow-up matters from our recent Chamber Meeting, and got out to take some photographs at a couple of places today.

My friend had a "makeover" done to her business, RAM Trophies & Sportswear this past Fall, so I had to get a photo of it prior to the 2015  Wiarton Willie Festival kicking off, since she is the Official place to go to for "Wiarton Willie" Gear.

Should you be in Wiarton drop around to see Koreen at RAM Trophies & Sportswear, located at the North end of Berford St. (main street).  She is open daily, except for Sundays & Mondays.  Koreen does the embroidery on the "Crabby Cabbie" hats & shirts for us.

That is all she wrote, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Puppy Visitors

Yes I awoke at 1:30 am again, but this time gave into it by turning on the TV to watch some International House Hunters (my new I love to watch evening show, & Bryan's House in the Country).

It had been a crispy -16 without the wind chill this morning.  I think we only have had one day of January thaw so far.  I have always been by nature a morning person, as I never have wanted to miss any part of the day time.  When else would you catch such early morning beauty ...

The Sun barely awake over above Colpoy's Bay & Wiarton.

Almost a fully awakened Sun in the cold crispness of the morn with yet no warmth to sustain it.

The Wiarton Willie Festival is only around the corner now, and everyone anticipates good weather with fingers crossed.  Cold and Snow on the ground is good, stormy weather not so good.  Check out the upcoming 2015 Wiarton Willie Festival by *clicking* HERE.

Also check out when I had attended the Festival last Year by going HERE & HERE.

People have no idea the planning that goes behind such huge events, and this is small compared to some World Events such as the Olympics !  Amazing how much planning and endless Volunteer works goes into them.

Once I had all my Aussie chores done first thing, then the Festive Five puppies all fed I had two meetings to attend this morning taking me up to well after the Lunch Hour.  I had just finished up my last meeting when my sister, Jeanne, had texted me to see what I was up to as her and Cecil were in town and would like to come see the puppies.  As it was the timing could not have worked out more perfect to have puppy visitors.

The little female pup being held by Cecil was thinking his beard was Mama and had other things on her mind other then cuddles.  We had a good laugh over that one.

I sure was tired today, but go going on getting a small chicken in the oven to roast for our Dinner this evening.

I don't think many could pass up a Roasted Chicken Dinner with a side of Brown Rice and Turnips.  It was delish as usual.

Oh yes last evening we had our Chamber of Commerce meeting held at The Berford Lake Tennis Club, who is owned by one of our Directors, and in operation for 24 Years.

It was held in his quite impressive Wine Cellar, and the spread was very welcome by all in attendance.

I passed on trying a bit of wine which had been set out, as I was so tired I am certain I would have landed flat on my butt had I and attempted to get up out of my chair.  Best enough to be left alone when already in a state of mindlessness is it not?

This, once again, almost mindless with fatigue gal is not going to be long off from doing her last Aussie chores for the evening then putting her feet up to watch a bit of TV thereafter, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Frosted Beauty

I have been awake since 1:30 am, out with our sweet Lexus at 5:30 am, and out the door shortly for a meeting this evening, as Rob holds down the fort.  

Tired and busy, however I so enjoyed the beauty the Frost had painted this morning outside my door.

First thing this morning.


This was overlooking Colpoy's Bay just before Gateway Haven on Frank St. in Wiarton, late morning.

Lexus & I had some "us" time this morning out of doors despite the cold.

... and of course I always need my Checkerboard Aussie puppy fix each day (more then once now I they are weaning and I am cleaning up after them).  

A much better photo of the Festive Five with my camera rather then my Iphone.

From left front to right, Lyric (Blue Merle Female), Izzy (Blue Merle Female), Jax (Black Tri Male), Snickers (Red Tri Female) & Raven (Blue Merle Male).

That is all she wrote, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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