Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Thank YOU Honey !

As most usual, I didn't have the greatest night waking up to not feeling the best.  Before I managed to get up and going Rob had let all the dogs out for me, fed and cleaned the puppies out.

Thank YOU honey !  you must have known how much I had needed that this morning, and I so appreciate you doing what you do for me.

I had an awful morning, however by the time mid-afternoon had came along I finally began feeling better.  I kept pushing myself to go, and maybe going this day helped somewhat.

I most certainly know these little guys sure kept me busy after the lunch hour by the time I cleaned them all out, fed, watered them and gathered them all back up.

At one point when I was coming back in the front door I discovered this guy there.  I am relieved to know someone was praying for me this day, as God knows I needed it.

I had a small boneless pork loin thawed out and put it in the Romertopf with veggies for our Dinner this evening. Yes it turned out very very good with no complaints from either Rob nor myself.  More on Romertopf by *clicking* HERE.

I am sure Rob is happy I have started cooking a little bit again? yes Rob?

One thing I need to learn.  
I am beginning to learn this however have been very slow at it.  It will come, and truly I have been learning to say, "NO", even though it has been very difficult at times.

The Voice is on this evening.  All the judges have chosen their teams and now the battles of elimination begin, I believe tonight.  The talent is amazing and I so enjoy this show, as I really am not one to watch too much TV.

This is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 5 October 2015

What A Surprise !

All my chores done this morning and I get a phone call from my Son, Paul-James.  He wanted to know what I was doing today? well I was doing what I do every day, "always something".

What a surprise ! as he said, "I am coming up to spend the day with you, Mom".  This was the first ever since he has been out on his own at 18 years old.

Paul arrived just after 10 am..

We had a great day together, first going out for lunch, coming home to hang together and watch some TV, and then late afternoon we headed on up with a Tim Horton's coffee and donut to visit Grandma, who also was surprised.

Mom had also been happy I had brought her watch back with a new battery in it.  She had sure missed her watch as she had to watch for when the other lady left to go down for meals to know when to go herself.  Meal time will be punctual by her own watch once again.

Dinnertime had been easy, as we had ordered Pizza.  Rob was being his usual "funny" self.
Boy oh boy it had been some time since the 3 of us had been around the dinner table together, and really it felt pretty nice.

Not too long after dinner my boy packed up some things I had for him to take home, and headed down the road.  I will see them all after Thanksgiving, hopefully going down on Halloween.

He said, "NO photos Mom", but he knows Mom ALWAYS takes photos.

I have all the puppy chores done, with only the adults to be out and back in yet for the night, then it is time to settle in front of the TV for when The Voice comes on at 8 pm.

For this day this is all she wrote, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Disappointment In Products

Mornings are always very busy first with the Aussies, and more so with puppies.  Some mornings can be quite poopier then others actually.  This morning was no different.

What was different about this morning? for the 2nd time I went to pick up my brand new laptop of ONLY 10 days old it would not come on.  There was power going to it however the screen would not come up.  Just what I did not need was a trip into Staples over in Owen Sound.

Rob had some call this morning and we headed on over about 11 am.

The Customer Service guy did everything I had done, and yes it did not work any more then it had for me. What I did learn there is only 14 days store exchange or refunds on electronics.  Four more days and I would have been without a laptop as it would have been shipped off to HP to be repaired or replaced under the 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty.  I certainly would have been less happier about that.

As it went we ended up getting a refund then choosing a bit higher end Laptop of a $200 difference, with an extended warranty (I am not going to be stuck with my pants down on this new investment after this experience).  Oh yes, not only was more time and gas spent going to return the dysfunctional laptop, but more time was spent setting up the new one once back home ... *sigh*

Bottom line I have a very high disappointment in products now a days, or should I say maybe in the last 20 years products have gone downhill with quality assurance being a thing of the past !!!

More disappointment? this time with more health issues.  I thought after having the surgery to open the duct into my Pancreas this past Spring it would be the end of my woes.  This is not to be.  I can no longer eat, as of the past week or so without having severe pains again.  Hopefully they will not get as bad I will require a trip to the Emergency department for more shots of morphine.

I am waiting to hear back from my Doctor's office with a referral to another specialist in either Toronto or London.  Hopefully it won't be a 1/2 to a year wait once I do hear back.

Still it is difficult not to enjoy a meal knowing I will suffer afterwards, and this evenings meal of leftover chicken was really good.

Easy Peasy to cut up leftover chicken, heating up in a favourite BBQ sauce and serving over a bun, with a couple of sides of veggies.

I keep hearing we are to expect some nasty weather as a result of the Hurricane way down South, but have yet to see anything in our local forecasts.  I must be searching the wrong weather forecasts?

I am hoping I am not feeling too bad this upcoming week as I have so much to do and lots and lots of housework needing done.

Reading this on Facebook this morning had given me a chuckle:

Just found my Cleaning Fairy dead under my bed.

She was strangled to death by the Dust Bunnies.

Hmmm I had been wondering where she had gotten to for some time now, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

4TH Annual Southampton Girl's Luncheon

I was up by 6:30 to do my Aussie duties, included five puppies all before I even had a coffee.  Rob helped me out by taking our Buddy out and getting wood to stoke up the wood stove.  It was friggin cold again with an East Wind !!!

I started to get a few dishes washed when I got called out, not returning until 10 am.  By the time I got the dishes done, and ready it was 10:30 and time to head over to my Hometown of Southampton.

Today we were having our 4th Annual Southampton Girl's luncheon at the Walker House.

I made it down there a bit early so I filled my car up with gas, dropped up to Harrington's to drop around $5.00 I owed for a draw ticket at the Paisley Market, then headed back to the Walker House.

We had a really good turnout again for lunch as there were 11 of us, including me.  We had it the previous three years in the month of June, however this year I had been too busy with our son's wedding, hence the lateness this year.  Next Year we will try for June again, always before the kids get out of school and people begin going on holidays.

Thanks to our waitress we got ourselves a pretty nice photo ....

Fran Indoe, Debbie Bates, Monique Jacobs, Tami Middleton, Martha Greig, Lori Greig, myself, Donna Greig, Sandra Bates, Sheree Mercer and Kathy Mercer.  I always go with the "maiden" names as that is how I know everyone.

A little bit of catching up with some, information for others and a few laughs are mostly what our lunches consist of, and off course we all love a wee bit of gossip from time to time.

We pretty much had met at 11:30 am, and didn't finish up until two & a half hours later.  Thank goodness we got there early as the place had been packed !  I never heard any complaints about anyone's lunches, so I would assume they had all been good.

When I did arrive back home it was more Aussie duties all over again, a quick trip into town to pick up a few things at the grocery store, and that was pretty much the afternoon gone.  Oh yes I also managed to make our bed in there somewhere.

Last night I was freezing.  Rob's solution was telling me to have a hot bath and go to bed.  Some solution that was as I was freezing when I got out of bed this morning.  Trust me that was not happening today as the wood stove is going and will NOT be shut off as long as the temps remain below 7*C !!!

Oh yes I also called the Roofer this morning who had stopped in yesterday to give us a quote on our roof.  Rob had done the back 6 years ago, however this year the North side needs done.  He had given us a reasonable quote so we went with his rather then a cheaper previous quote we had received.  The one we accepted will be using a better quality shingle, and we were more impressed with his more business like nature.

We will wait to hear back and as long as the weather cooperates we will have our North side roof shingled in no time.  *Sigh* another big ticket item off the list.

It is going to be an early night for this girl.  Cold weather wears one out, does it not?

Tomorrow? hopefully finishing up the Crabby Cabbie bookwork and getting some housework done, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Getting Ready

Today was a busy day all around.  It was doing the billing for me as well as a ton of other things, and for Rob it was getting ready for Winter.

Rob had friends, Steve & Mike come over to help him as his poor back can't afford to do it anymore.  They most certainly made a huge dint in the pile with leaving barely anything unpiled in the enclosure.

Bandit joined on in with being the working dog he is, as you can most certainly tell.

I am so cold right now I am hoping someone would think about turning on the wood stove.  Tomorrow it will definitely be going on, or the next day, whichever day it rains as there is no way I am going to be cold and damp.  I will be fine once I get under the really warm duvet.

I haven't been really cooking much for some time now, but dug my heels in today to try out the clay baker my girlfriend's Mom gave me.  Thanks Shannon.

The chicken fit perfectly in the Romertopf Clay Baker, and turned out very moist.  Rob doesn't care much for chicken, however did enjoy tonight's dinner.

More on the Romertopf Clay Baker by *clicking* HERE.

*Sigh* it has not only been COLD, it is dark by 8 pm now.  I am not looking forward to the time falling behind on the 1st of November.

Time to call it a night, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A Day With My Girl

This morning I got up early as usual.  After doing my morning Aussie chores and Facebook updates, I got myself somewhat presentable and headed South to have a day with my girl.

Liz's birthday is the 11th of this Month, so I thought I would take advantage of her having the day off work to take her out for lunch, and also shop for a gift together for her.

I arrived in New Hamburg just before 10:30 am.  Liz and I had a coffee before heading over towards Elmira where we had lunch At the Crossroads.  We really enjoyed our lunch walking away "stuffed".  A great place to have lunch or dinner, either choosing the Buffet or ordering off the Menu.  Rob and I used to live about 5 minutes away from the Crossroads and use to dine there on occasion, sometimes taking Mom Roth there for a dinner as well.

More about the Crossroads, just *click* HERE.

After lunch we headed over to Conestoga Mall.  Geesh I hadn't been there I sure in about 15 years or so ! and really when we lived there barely went there at all.  We stopped in at Zehrs as I had $15.00 in coupons for Saputo, which we put towards some Provolone Cheese, then headed over to La Senza to get Liz her birthday gift.  We got Liz La Senza last year, and thought it would be a great idea to make it an annual thing for her birthday.

It had been 2 pm by the time we had finished up at the store, time we had to head back home as the kids were getting out of school by 2:40.  Liz and I walked up to meet the kids, then after we had gotten back to the house I got ready and headed back home by 3 pm.

The day most certainly had flown by.  I am so grateful to have such a wonderful daughter-in-law that I love very much.

Liz and Paul had finally received their Thank You Cards for their Wedding and I had gotten ours today:

I thought they turned out absolutely lovely.

Now for some Puppy Love:

This is Codder.  Codder was giving his sister some kissie loving yesterday.  Codder was one of two runts in his litter.  The other runt never made it, even after I had revived him with CPR, at 6 oz I am sure it was not meant to be.  Codder I personally fed all day that same day putting him back with his Mother the same night.  It was just enough to give him the extra boost he needed.  He might be the smallest, but he most certainly is feisty, and never mind so very cute too.

Portia's very demanding "one & only" puppy now has a name.  He will now forever be known as "Eddie" Lutz.  Eddie knows how to untie shoes, be very saucy and even rip up newspapers.  Lots of luck to Eddie's new Forever Home when they collect him next Friday .... *smile*.

Eddie has been weaned from Mama Portia.  Portia is now back upstairs with Rob, Bandit and I.  I forgot to put Portia in her crate when I was out with Lexus and Eddie late today.

The results I paid for ..... *sigh* never a dull moment in my life whether it be lack of sleep, minor disasters or mishaps.

Rob was at our Doctor today.  He has an appointment for a surgical consultation in London for the Month of June 2016.  Wow that sure is a long wait.  He received the paperwork today, so tomorrow I will phone to see if he can be put on a cancellation list.  One can only try.

Rob was very sweet to feed the puppies and look after all the adult Aussies today while I had a great day with our daughter-in-law.  Thanks honey I knew there was a reason I married more then for your good looks.

It warms my heart that we are able to be part of our Community in a positive way, and even more so to know we are appreciated ....

Other then being tired (what else is new), it has been a good day.

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

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Too Early Is It Not?

Too early is it not? to be as cold as it was today.  I am certain it wouldn't be as cold as it is if not for the North East winds.  Thank goodness there was sunshine!  I sure hope there is no frost in the air any time soon as I still have plants to bring in.

I didn't get much sleep again last night.  I was also downstairs letting Lexus out at 4 am and cleaning up her mess as she had gotten into a bag of food yesterday .... need I say more? I think not.

I was updating some Facebook pages this morning when I came across Caframo's update announcing they were having an Open House this upcoming Saturday:

Wow ! I had no idea Caframo had been in business for 60 years.  That is quite the milestone in the little community of Wiarton.  Need to know more about Caframo? then just *click* HERE, and drop on in this upcoming Saturday to get the "inside" story.

We actually have one of their JOI Lanterns and a small heater.

I really should be going for a walk this evening, however I can't seem to peel myself off the couch.  I just had a couple here who was having a wee visit with their Puppy.  It is nice when people are close to be able to visit, however not so nice for the couple in Sudbury who has only seen their sweet girl in pictures.  Thank goodness for text, as it is much easier for me to transport photos by text then email.

The puppies, as well as Portia and Lexus, go to the Vet next Friday.  Thank goodness I have help with them all, or I would never manage on my own.

Last week I had briefly stopped into the Chamber's Business After Hours at the New Leaf Health Center in Hepworth.  Geraldine is also a friend of mine, so I hadn't not wanted to make an appearance.  I had taken a few photos then left.  I found out I had won a Door Prize, which just happened to be a "massage" at New Leaf Health Center .... I will certainly look forward to using that gift certificate in the near future.  More about New Leaf Health Centre? just *click* HERE.

This evening? this is all she wrote, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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