Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Home, Parked & Ready To Go !

Today I was planning on having company come for lunch.  Really not company, but family, family we do not get to see as often as we would like.  Two Grandsons and a Daughter that live further down South on Lake Huron.

Rob's daughter, Sarah, and her two boys Chase and Greyson are cottaging not too far from us, and made today the day to come have a visit with Rob and I.  We had a great lunch together !  The boys are quite entertaining, more so Greyson who is five years old and quite the "ham", and Chase, more the social one, who is ten years old.

After lunch I went up with them to show them the "other" side of Berford Lake at the public park.

I suppose Sarah and I had spent too much time catching up on our visit, as I only got a photo of her walking away, missing out on her very beautiful face.  The boys had themselves a bit of fun.


Not sure if we will see them again before they head back home after their week of holidays, however Sarah and I do keep in touch from time to time by phone, and of course I get to see what photos of the boys she posts to her Facebook Page.  I enjoy keeping up with Chase's soccer progress, and just heard was a great goalie he is !  Greyson, I believe, will be joining a team next year.

Late this afternoon  the farmer who purchases our "standing" hay fields which surround our house, dropped by to get it cut.

The field to the East of us was quite thick and tall, while the one to the South and West was thick, but not as tall.  It should be all baled by Friday is his plan.  Bandit and Lexus will have their annual Bale jumping fun ... photos to follow that day.


Yes Rob has scrimped and saved for some time, and this was actually the "rig" he drove home to our place late yesterday afternoon.  Thank goodness gasoline prices had been down 10 cents from last month !!!


Yes he was in his glory driving home in the 1991 Citation 37 foot RV Motorhome.  It must have been just like having his Bus License still while driving 37 feet of vehicle.  After our Dinner we decided to take some photos .... since she is home, parked and ready to go (almost).

Rob decided to capture myself and Bandit opening it up to make our entry.  Bandit LOVES it, as we haven't had a travel trailer for a couple of years now.  Yes Bandit does love camping as much as I do ! 


Up front where the driver and co-pilot would sit (not certain if that will be me or Bandit yet).  Heading towards the back through the kitchen/dining area down the hallway leading to the back bedroom where there is a Queen size bed, along with lots of closet/cupboard space and a privacy door.


Heading back up to the front, stopping along the way to look into the 4 pc washroom.  Before the dining area there is hall closet.


Yes, at the end of the hallway, coming from the bedroom is a bit more cupboard space as Rob and Bandit discovered.  Up front the co-pilot's seat swivels around facing the seat directly behind creating more dining space (great space for the grandkids I thought).


Now that it is home and parked in our driveway, we will have us some fun pretending we are camping out in some really neat far away places.  Time to start saving again so hopefully next Year we will actually be able to get away for at least 1 week.  Would that not be nice? that is the plan.

Today I had quite a bit Gall Bladder discomfort, almost thinking it was going to turn into an attack.  I took it easy sitting for awhile and it finally passed.  I was happy for that as I was not relishing heading up to the hospital to get something prescribed for the pain, as I do not think my regular pain meds might not have done the trick otherwise.

Yes it has been another busy day behind me, and tomorrow? oh it is even going to be busier then today was I am afraid.

Funny thing this morning while I was picking up a couple of items at our local Foodland store, I passed a lovely  acquaintance who, after I had said "hello", said, "you are on the run again".  Really I must look like I am always on the go, which truly if I wasn't most of the time I know I would surely cease up .... I think a week away would do both Rob and I a World of good.

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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Never Home Nothing Done

My husband has had me much occupied the last couple of days to the point where what I wanted to get accomplished never got past a "thought".   When one is never home, there is nothing done.  

Do not get me wrong, as I absolutely LOVE spending time with my husband, and when he is not around I tend to miss him more then not.  This is how best friends usually are with each other, yes?

Last night we chased a Sunset together ....


.... today we chased a dream.


Gone last evening until late, and gone all day today not arriving home until 5:30 pm, I had time for a quick shower to head out the door again to take some photos for a good friend who was one of three hosting a fund raiser event for The Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation.

Sun, Julie and BJ put together a fund raiser this evening to raise money for the $1,000.00 required to enter into the Walk to "Create Possibilities".  They hosted a fantastic evening which consisted of different forms of dance, along with an amazing light buffet of very yummy foods.  Cost per person Only $10.00.  The fund raiser was a SELL OUT !


Square Dancing, Tap Dancing, Violin Playing, Line Dancing and Belly Dancing there was ...


 with Nina and Zumba also part of the fun.


Once each dance had been demonstrated everyone was invited to join in and the fun really broke out when everyone got up on the floor and joined in to try each out themselves.  Belly Dancing? yes you should try it, not as easy as maybe you would think, and muscles? yes you use lot !

I took over 300 photos for the girls, however I will send them along for their own use.  It was  a fun time, and should there be another next Year it is a fund raiser you won't want to miss out on.

Here it is 10:44 pm.  Rob had left out on a call, and I am more then ready for my bed, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Beauty Is ....

... all around us when you just take that brief moment or two to see it.



Today I took a brief few moments to look at the beauty right in our own yard.  You do not have to go far to find beauty as it surrounds us every second of our lives.  Sometimes we are just too busy to notice what we do have in our lives.

I try to be grateful for all things in my life, even though there are many times I forget to stop to see how much beauty really is in my Life, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Coconut Oil Benefits

Today was a weary day for me, but even more wearier for my Rob as he got home in the wee hours of the morning, and had to head back out for a whole day, just arriving back home a half hour ago.

Yesterday my friend and I had each purchased some Total Energy pills.  I hope they do not take long to start working, as I was actually ready for an afternoon nap today as I was so tired.  I know most of the fatigue is caused by the Fibromyalgia, but dang it all I would love to have more then one or two energy days a week.  The Coconut Oil?  I purchased that when I was down visiting the kids and made a trip into Costco.  I am putting a teaspoon a day in each of the dog's food dishes every morning.  I see it as a daily healthy prevention, to ensure good health, skin and coats, and it is all natural !


Benefits of Coconut Oil to your Dog may be found by "clicking" HERE.   Skin Treatment for your dog may be found by "clicking" HERE.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Humans?  just *click* HERE, as there are many.

It was pretty grey and overcast most of the day, however after lunch the Sun did manage to show her face.  

My front flower beds, which have been lovely each Year, have not gotten any of my attention yet.  Today I tackled of it, and hopefully will find more time soon to get at more so I can put up some photos of a lovely maintained flower bed.  My Clematis has been making a lovely show this past week.


Late this afternoon I had been downtown Wiarton when I received a phone call from my Sister, Jeanne, that they were down at the bay watching the Sailboats, would I come down to join them.  We decided to go to Blue Fish Red Fish for dinner.

Ha ! Jeanne expected me to take a photo and was ready for me, however Cecil was quite unaware.  The Haddock & Fries? they were very good.  One piece with fries only $8.99.  Jeanne & Cecil had the two piece for $12.99 and split it, both having as much as I had on my plate.  Very yummy.


I arrived home after Rob had after 8 pm.  I had stopped to get him a Sub Sandwich for his dinner.  He is now long gone to bed where I will shortly be joining him, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bandit's Visit

I was very quiet this morning, trying my hardest to let Rob sleep.  He needs his sleep as he has been very busy between trying to get things done around here and working.

I headed out to Wiarton mid-morning to see a friend whose Mother-in-Law was having a Yard Sale today.

The only items I had bought at the Yard Sale was some homemade cookies my friend's young Grandson was selling to raise money for himself to contribute to a RSP.  This young man is 6 years old I believe !!!  Kudos to him.  Rob LOVED the cookies as anyone can tell by the photos.


When I had been up to see my Mother yesterday she had asked if I could find her a brooch, as her other one had broken.  It just so happened I had one put away for her.  Mid-afternoon my friend, Pari, and I went for a walk with Bandit stopping around to Gateway Haven to deliver the brooch to Mom.

Mom absolutely LOVED the brooch exclaiming it would go with anything she wore.  


Bandit was such a perfect boy having a visit with Grandma.  Mom loved seeing him and made a big fuss over him.


Myself, Bandit and Pari had a great visit with Mom before we headed back to where I had parked the car.

Today I also stopped at the side of the roadway to take photos of the continuing outside progress of 330 Berford Street.

The front porch is in the process of being reconstructed, not quite as it had been originally however more to suit the present owner's wishes now.  I can not wait to see the finished results as I know it is going to "set off" the main entrance way to 330 Berford Street.


I had such a great energy day yesterday, I have no idea why I am feeling so exhausted again today.  Oh well it will be as it will be, and hopefully I will have a fitful sleep this evening to regenerate for another new day ahead, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 18 July 2014

A Good Day

I was so tired last night I don't even remember anything after my head hit the pillow until I awoke before 6 am this morning.  I slept well, which I definitely needed.

I felt so good I got going pretty much right off the bat at some much needed and overdue housework.  Even though I did not get done what I had set out to do, I still managed to get some of the furniture moved and some of the floors washed, dusting done, and some more paperwork cleared away (why is there ALWAYS paperwork???).

I received this photo by text this morning.  How could this not start off anyone's day on the right foot?  

Aiden, Chloe, Briar & Connor.


I had called my sister Jeanne also this morning to invite them to come up to have Dinner with us.  They arrived a bit earlier then dinner, but I still managed to get everything back somewhat in order to make us all lunch after Rob was done cutting the lawn(s).

After lunch Rob had to go out on a call while Jeanne, Cecil and I headed down to the Wiarton Farmer's Market.

As soon as we got back home Jeanne & Cecil headed for the comfort of the swing.


Good thing we had all arrived home when we had, Rob included, as a big truck pulled in with a delivery.  I am so EXCITED as our new Gazebo arrived today, even though goodness knows when it will get put up, it is still here !!!  .... and it is a hard top one so no more seams coming apart ... and it has a 3 year warranty too !


Late this afternoon Jeanne and I left Cecil relaxing in the rocker on the front stoop while we headed down to have a much overdue (on my part) visit with our Mother.


We had first stopped at Tim Hortons so I could get Mom a Coffee, as you can see she LOVES Tim Horton's coffee.  Then I  had her "wave" and say "hello" so I could text my Paul this photo of her, since he has always been Grandma's boy, and I do so every time I go visit her.


Jeanne was uncomfortable sitting on the side of Mom's bed so I gave up the chair for her and laid back and relaxed on Mom's bed, as you can tell by my feet, while having some laughs and carrying on with the two of them.  It had been a fun visit.  We had to leave when it was time for Mom to go down for her dinner.


Once back home I finished getting our Dinner of Ribs, Rice and Pork & Beans together.  Jeanne and Cecil left shortly after we were finished, as they were a bit weary themselves.

Oh yes I almost forgot ... I had been contacted by the Wiarton Echo, our local newpaper, asking if they could print one of my photos I took of the Tall Ships earlier this week.  It will be on the front page of next weeks edition of the Wiarton Echo.  I am flattered of course.

It has been a good day.

The dishes are done up, Rob has gone out on another call, and I am going to take care of our Aussies for the last time this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Grand Kids 101

I was awake at 2:30 am, but my day really didn't get going until 8:30 am when I set out to do 5 km today.  5 km I didn't have to do by myself as it was spend with five kids & a dog.  

Grand Kids 101 !!!  and Missy Mercedes.

Lunch & drinks packed in the cooler bag and off we went down the street to the Arbortum  where all five kids headed off to their most favourite tree, while Missy Mercedes enjoyed life under another tree close by, while I looked on.


Josh, Chloe, Aiden, Briar & Connor, doing what they do best ... having fun !


I love when I get photos of the Grand Kids when they are unaware I am taking their picture.


After some tree time, we headed towards downtown New Hamburg to the Old Feed Mill site beside the Nith River.

We had the perfect weather day.


Tree climbing and walking took lots of energy so we had an early lunch.  After peanut butter jam sandwiches, veggie sticks, cookies and a drink we headed down by the river where a la' natural food was made by pulling "seaweed" from the river or other natural substances from its surroundings.  Some river a la carte anybody???


The photos say it all, do they not?


On our trek home when crossing back over the bridge we happily came across Mr. Blue Heron.  He was seemingly as curious about us as we were about him.


We had an amazing four hours spent together out and about town today.  I was so fortunate Josh was with us, as he was such a champ giving everyone rides in the wagon the whole way there and back.  The last street heading home Chloe and Aiden actually gave Josh a ride back to the house.  I was happy I brought the red wagon along with me as it came in very handy for the two 7 year olds, Briar and Connor.

I headed back home today at 3:30 pm, arriving back home at 6:00 pm.  I was way too tired to even think about making Dinner, so Rob and I grabbed a quick sandwich down at Tim Hortons.

I am pretty tired but every moment spent Grand Kids 101 the past 24 hours was well worth it.  Hopefully tonight I will get a full night's sleep, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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