Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Rustic Food

I was up before 6 am this morning, wishing I had slept as well as the previous two evenings, however that was not meant to be.  

I got all the dogs looked after, hopped in the shower and waited until it was almost 9 am before heading down to my Doctor's appointment at 9:15.  By the time I finished up downtown it was almost lunchtime when I got back home.

I got nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing done here today as I was back out doing more running this afternoon. ... oops I did get one little thing accomplished, that being getting our Dinner prepared and into the Crock Pot, which was a "new to me" recipe.

Today was Wiarton's 2nd Annual WHITE WEDNESDAY !!!  The following are just a handful of Shops and Stores who had some "smoking" deals happening today ... and LOTS of Gift Giving ideas too !

Also coming up this Saturday, November 29th, 2014 is Shop The Neighbourhood.  Make sure you check out who has what "specials" going on in YOUR Neighbourhood to support YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES.

The participating shops & stores for Wiarton can be found by *clicking* HERE.  Check by Friday as I am certain there will be more participating stores listed by then.

Should you like rustic food, which I do and apparently Rob doesn't, although he does enjoy the Hunter's Pork Roast I make, then you will also enjoy this Slow Cooker Apple Chicken ...

I had 9 Chicken Thighs which I had to skin before proceeding with the recipe.  I find skinning chicken much easier when it is still partially frozen, which this had been.

Five hours later after being in the Crock Pot I had an amazing rustic dinner to serve over top long grain rice.

Recipe please?  For a printable recipe just *click* HERE.

After Dinner I headed back downtown Wiarton to take some more photos of the participating WHITE WEDNESDAY shops and stores, then to an "OPEN HOUSE" at the Chamber Office, back home by 8 pm.

I am truly ready for my bed shortly, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Cancellation Lists

I am astounded that I have actually had two full nights in a row sleep !!!  not sure what is going on with my body, but trust you, me, I am NOT complaining one iota !  I actually felt almost "normal" today, whatever one might consider "normal"?  I am certain there are all different opinions and descriptions on what "normal" could be described as ..... right?

This morning I had a couple of errands to do downtown.   It really screws up a day when you have to leave first thing in the morning, does it not?

I had barely arrived back home when I got a phone call from the Owen Sound Hospital.  I had been booked on the 18th of December for an MRI on my knee I had surgery on 2 x coming up 3 years ago now.  It has been giving me grief lately with almost going out on me when going down stairs.  X-rays never show anything hence the MRI.

I had called scheduling and asked to be put on the "cancellation" list for the MRI once I had received an appointment a couple of weeks ago.  Today was the day I got the appointment since there had been a cancellation.  They called me at 10:30 and the appointment was 12:15 pm.  Lots of notice.

I left here at 11:15 to give myself LOTS of extra time "just encase", you know traffic incidents, weather, deer running across my path ... those everyday kind of life things.

I was at Central Registration by 12:05, then down to the MRI waiting room where I sat until 12:45 pm.  The attendant asked why I hadn't checked into Central Registration, and I relayed I had indeed and had been sitting there for over 1/2 hour.  Not sure what happened but they had taken someone else ahead of me, hence longer the wait.  I finally got out of there sometime just after 1 pm.

I was grateful I was able to get an earlier appointment cause goodness knows what the weather will be like by the 18th of December !!!  never mind tomorrow.  I love there is Cancellation Lists !

There had been snow squalls leaving Owen Sound, but nothing that was staying.

When I got back into Wiarton I stopped in at the Wiarton Home Building Centre to pickup Christmas lights for the tree we are putting up in the Berford Street Parkette for the Santa Claus Parade, then one more stop at the Chamber Office to put in my receipt.

Home at 4 pm to get our dinner of Sausages, Brown Rice and Acorn Squash cooked.

Right after dinner Rob had to go out, and I sat myself to do my daily journal here early, as The "Voice" is on again tonight and I would hate to miss something I enjoy watching.

Tomorrow is WHITE WEDNESDAY in Wiarton.  I am hoping it is a great success for our Town's Small Businesses ...

All the WHITE WEDNESDAY "specials" are not listed above, however all can be found by *clicking* HERE.  Happy shopping if you are going out to the Wiarton WHITE WEDNESDAY sales !

The "Crabby Cabbie" Wiarton will be offering from 9 am until 8 pm $1.00 OFF in-town fares tomorrow for WHITE WEDNESDAY.

I am signing off now to get the Dinner dishes done up, and maybe a couple of more rows knitted on that long time project I have had on the "go", Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Blah Blah Blah

Wow I don't know what it was but last night as I sure could use more like that ... not one stab of pain woke me all night long, and I never felt a thing, that is until I woke up.  A little bit of what Heaven feels like I am sure, and definitely something I used to feel all the time a few years back.

Then that darn Lexus decided she needed out at 5 am .. silly girl is still on the "old" time for some reason.  Hopefully I will get another night like that under my belt.

Today was crazy with downpour of rain and high winds, with it still going on.  There are places around reporting hydro outages this evening.  So far so good here, touch wood.

What a difference from 5 days ago, is it not? 

Today I didn't do too much other then make up a bill and hand-deliver it, then drop into the Chamber Office to go over a few Santa Claus details.  It is amazing how some days fly right by us, does it not, and I barely lifted a hand.  It is really has been kind of a blah blah blah day.

Really I helped Rob secure the Gazebo cover somewhat a little better from the winds, got a load of laundry done, and tided up here and there (as in picking up the "chunks".

Dinner this evening was simple ...

We hadn't had French Toast for some time.  It was really good with a side of scrambled eggs.

Should anyone be up and about Wiarton they are having their 2nd Annual WHITE WEDNESDAY !  this upcoming week.

Lots of in store "specials" with many stores and shops staying OPEN until late.

Lots more listed on the website if you *click* HERE.  It should be an exciting and fun day & I pray the weather cooperates !!!!

The "Voice" is on this evening, but before then I am going to take it easy and knit a couple of rows on that long time project of the scarf I have had on the go, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Road Trip + Family

Rob got home about 1 am, I woke up at 3 am, finally getting up at 5:30 am.  Rob got up at 6:45, and we headed out the door by 7:30 am down the highway in a Northerly direction.

I was able to capture some most beautiful stunning moments along the way we were headed ....

We arrived at the Kitchener Costco Warehouse in a timely manner.  We had two items to be returned, and also wanted to stock up on some more Dog Food, as one never knows what the Winter ahead will bring, and we most certainly do not want to be caught with our "pants down", especially with the possibility of new puppies arriving the week of Christmas.

We also picked up some goodies we know our grandkids would love like a huge container of Peppermint Bark, Dill Pickles and fresh Ciabata Rolls ... a weird combination but still things I know they love.

We arrived to 5 kids being much excited over seeing Portia, never mind us ... but we did get some photos before we left to come back home.

There had to much fooling around before ....

... Grandma got the perfect shots of the perfect kids she loves so much.

I even got the "big" kids to get in on a shot.

Then Poppa & Grandma had a rare pose with the Fantastic Five !

Before we left Portia got lots more loving.  Josh definitely did not want to part with her.  Mercedes had to be put away in her crate upstairs as there had been a wee bit of jealousy on her part when Portia showed up with us.

Since we had not had lunch with the kids we stopped on the way home at one of our favourite spots just outside the Village of Clifford.  We both enjoy the Redwood Restaurant.

More then enjoy actually as I LOVE their Liver & Onions, it is fork tender !! and locally grown.  Rob had the Hot Turkey Sandwich with REAL Turkey by the way.

We both fell off the "watch what we are eating" regiment we are to be on, but we need a treat once in awhile, right?  especially when we both gave up smoking, me over 5 years, and Rob now over 6 months !  Go Rob xoxoxo

Needless to say we are both very tired now we are back home, and of course we will be calling it an early night here soon, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

This MUCH Ticked

I headed South down Hwy 6 this morning with full intentions of going to the Christmas Bazaar at my Auntie's Church in Port Elgin.  I got a call from the gal I was to meet up with in Hepworth telling me her driveway was a sheet of ice, and her vehicle was as well.  I decided to forge ahead until it started pouring buckets of rain ... the radio was saying "freezing rain", so I turned around in Hepworth and headed back home.

Before I got home I stopped at Foodland for a few things, mainly salad and salad dressing.  I was not happy with myself this past week as I slipped off by going over 3 days on my Calorie intake, resulting in gaining the four pounds I had previously lost.  I was this MUCH ticked about that first thing this morning.

I arrive happily back home to happy happy Aussies, and a very happy hubby, who I made lunch for. Rob mentioned to me that the Diatomaceous (Food Grade) that we consume daily had slipped from his hands this morning and was all over the place, however he had cleaned it all up.  No worries as he had done a great job with absolutely none noticeable anywhere in the kitchen.

The rest of the day was pretty much a lazy day with the rain making us feel so inclined to be lazy, as well as playing havoc on both mine and Rob's bones.  Rob decided to go to bed for a bit of a nap as he had a late night last night.

I decided I should vacuum up some of the Aussie hair, and picked up my rechargeable vac to do so ending up with one "HELLUVA" mess  more then the dog hair on my hands .

"Somebody had used my Rechargeable Vac to clean up the Diatomaceous, which is a fine powder, finer then flour.  As soon as I had picked up the Vac it all fell out all over.  I not only had a total mess to clean up, it sticking to everything, I had to pull my vac apart to wash it the best I could.

Yes over this too I had been this MUCH ticked !

This would be the snoozing culprit and his side kick here, GUILTY AS CHARGED.

Yes I  had made it quite known I had been this MUCH ticked, four times I was told.  I got over it and all is well now *smile*.

I have had Christmas Cards on my mind this past week.  I haven't decided if I want to send any this Year or not with the price increase of stamps.  However it is so nice to get a Card in the mail, is it not?  Who of you will be sending Christmas Cards or not this Year?

My culprit has gone to work, and his side kick is now sleeping at my feet.  I am hoping to get a couple more rows knitted on a scarf I have been working on for sometime now, then put up my feet to watch a little TV and relax before it is bedtime, as being this MUCH ticked can be very exhausting you know.

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

Friday, 21 November 2014

Mastiffs Or Sumo Wrestlers?

Do you ever have those mornings when you think to yourself "I wish I could stay in bed all day", but a pain in your body has waken you and there is no getting back to sleep regardless of how much you try.  Yes that is how this day began for  me, but then it got better when I went outside to see ...

... a pillow of clouds over in the East that made me feel if I had been closer I could almost step on them.  How beautiful they were.

I don't recall getting too much done around here today other then the dishes done up, the bed made and lunch for Rob and I.  I must admit later this afternoon I downloaded the program for our Garmins so I could update them with the most recent maps.  Rob's had him driving through fields when he had been up in Barrie last week.  Hopefully the map updates have corrected this and there will be roads there now.

I did have to go downtown Wiarton this morning to do a couple of errands.  I also stopped by the Chamber Office when I ran into the Office Manager who had the day off and was meeting up with another person to give their Dogs a play date together.  

Maybe Mastiff dogs isn't the right way to describe these two with a combined weight of around 260 lbs.  Mini Sumo Wrestlers might be a better description.  Liz's guy is the fawn coloured and is 4 years old, the other one, black, is only a pup still at 1 years old.  They sure had fun together, and it had also been fun watching them play.

I arrived back home to find Rob repairing his tractor as a sheer bolt let go yesterday, and there was still lots of snow he wanted to get moved around. 

Tomorrow it is to rain.  I am absolutely dreading the sloppy mess we are going to have with rain in the forecast the next will.  From one extreme to the next, but why complain if you have seen what Buffalo has had the past few days !!!

Also tomorrow there is the annual Christmas Bazaar at my Auntie's Presbyterian Church in Port Elgin from 10 am til 2 pm.   Two years ago my Niece Joanne and I went out for a day of Bazaars that you can check out HERE.  Always a nice Tea Table, by donation, at many of the Bazaars.

Rob is looking after a Christmas Party this evening which had been booked.  With not being certain what time he would be available for Dinner, we opted for a night out downtown at the Green Door Cafe.

Rob had Cabbage Rolls while I had my Fall Favourite being the Butternut Squash Lasagna, which is also Gluten Free since they use Rice Noodles.  Very very very good !

Rob dropped me off at home and headed back out on some more calls.

I must also mention today I received a beautiful card from Tignish, PE from a Facebook friend who sent me her sympathies.  Receiving her card truly made my day ... Thanks Anna, you are a wonderful person and a great friend to have xo .

A little bit of kindness goes a long way to make someone's day, does it not?  I hope there are many days that I am able to make someone else's day.

I am tired, what else is new, so think I will take the Portia girl out before calling it a night myself, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Bit

Today I actually got a bit in the house accomplished.  Notice I said, "a bit", as in not much, not a whole lot, but truly "a bit".  A bit is always much better then nothing is it not?  I am hoping so as "a bit" is all I got done.

Did I leave my property today? NOPE, and you know what?  I had been quite happy about that.

I did make a couple of phone calls with more planning of the upcoming Wiarton Santa Claus Parade ... it really isn't too far off now.  I also got a notice from Mom's residence, Gateway Haven, that there is a Christmas get together for residence and their family members on the evening of December 3rd.  My oldest sister, Jeanne, and my niece Joanne, will be going along with me that evening (weather permitting of course is always how you accept such an invited in Bruce County).

Now for an itty bitty little rant I have been stewing over "a bit" today

Facebook is a great social media portal for people to meet, come together with friends & family, and to share.  My blog is shared there daily, as well as on my Twitter account.  I had just recently noticed that an acquaintence had un-friended me.  I sent this same person a text message to ask if they had deleted their facebook account.  No they had not, however what they had done was un-friend me from their Facebook as they hadn't liked that I had blogged about having a trapper on our property, and my posting photos of the animal(s) he had trapped.  

Well my opinion on this is that trapping of some animals is part of Life, also a livelihood for some, and this is what is done sometimes.  

Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions, but what is not right is people wanting you to respect theirs, however not giving the same respect back.  I am of the opinion if that is not the case then "don't let the door hit your arce on the way out".

Facebook? there are things that I don't always like what I see there either, however what I do try to do is "take what I like and leave the rest".  But to unfriend every person who posts something I might "not" like or "not" agree with? that is just downright childish, in MY OPINION, which does not have to be someone else's opinion by the way.

When I did not respond to my niece's "good morning" text this morning, and responded with I am tired and already sick of Winter, she in turn "nailed" it by sending me this ....

Ha ! that pretty much sums up a few things at times does it not?  In my opinion, I think so.

On to more lighter brighter happier feelings ... 

... really now who doesn't love Neil Young, and who else would mind seeing a Roasted Chicken Dinner posted on my Facebook Page? don't think anyone who knows my Heart of Gold would mind either.

Oh yes, the Chicken Dinner ...

Good family/friends, good food and Life are things this girl LOVES, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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