Saturday 28 February 2015

Pushing Snow

Last night?  I am back to not sleeping well, but with the discontinuation of the one med I am not waking up feeling like I have rocks in place of bones in my body.  Not to mention I had to take Portia out at 12:30 am, poor girlie had to go and then it was right back to bed for her.

It was freezing when I had been out with the Aussies at 6:30 am.  The good news at that time in the morning is getting lighter !!!  Another week and we will be turning the clocks ahead again for Daylight Savings.  We will really all be screwed up with our sleeping pattern for awhile once that happens.

Here is my Lexus girl ... where did she go?  Yes she is shedding and despite the cold I combed her outside a bit at 9 am.  We will get it all combed out eventually.  She is a picture of health our girl is.  I am very pleased with how she bounced back so well from her last litter.  Trust me not much slows this girl down.

First thing this morning Rob and I made a trip downtown on a couple of errands.  We both had separate vehicles as I had a longer stop at one place which he didn't want to wait around for.  When I got back home he was clearing out the lane going down to the barn.

I should have taken a photo as he was pushing snow like you wouldn't believe.  There are some pretty big banks down by the barn now.  Actually other then a cold wind the Sun was deceiving and a person might have thought otherwise from inside looking out.

I actually felt pretty good this morning, however by the time lunch time passed I went downhill with dizzy spells that have returned and lack of energy.  I tried to nap but that wouldn't even happen.  Good enough as maybe I will sleep better this evening.

Portia is fixated with the neighbour across the way.  She watches every move a cow, horse, vehicle, or human makes over there, whether we are outside or ....

.... inside.  Yes she is quite the nosy girl.

Once I get some more energy mustered up I need to start walking her downtown for her to get used of traffic going by and more people, otherwise she will get too skittish.  All in good time I suppose, especially when we get some warmer days coming our way (hopefully soon).

I can't believe tomorrow is March 1st already !!!  oh man the months have been rolling on by me like a race car .... ZOOOOOOOM !  Way too fast for my liking, and I have to pull myself back to catch up once I regain my energy back, and trust you, me, there is LOTS to always catch up on.

Will March come in like a Lion or a Lamb ? any guesses?  We will  have to see what tomorrow brings to us.

Tomorrow I have no idea how we are going to roll, other then I know I have to do the billing for the Crabby Cabbie, and more never ending paperwork.  There is never any fear of nothing to be done around here, it relies more on the ability to getting it done, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday 27 February 2015

Sunshine To Begin The Day

Sunshine to Begin The Day

I had been out with Portia about 6:30 am, then rushed her back in to get my camera to catch the morning sunrise.  It was worth rushing for, even though it didn't last too long.  Thinking "camera" is a good thing for me, as I have not been as eager the past few months with my camera as I used to be.  I do LOVE taking pictures though, and quite surprised I haven't worn out my present camera yet (as I have had it a whole year already).

Last night I did NOT get the dishes done, nor my bed made.  I did load the dishwasher this morning, and make my bed.  I can not believe I did not make my bed, however my side is rarely messy, but the other side where "you know who" sleeps was as usual.

I had an early morning errand to do.  Once I had returned back home, let all the Aussies out again, I actually cleaned 1/3 of my kitchen counter.  I think 1/3 surely is better then none.  I also managed to sweep at least a 1/2 dozen dogs off the floors.

While I was searching the closet for vacuum cleaner bags I cleaned out tons, and I mean tons, of plastic grocery bags.  Not sure what I was saving them all for, but they have all been put in three larger bags and will be dropped around to the Salvation Army Thrift Store, hopefully tomorrow.

How was I feeling this morning?  More rested once again thank God, which certainly helped me get what I did today done.  I have to get somewhere soon with the mess as next Friday I meet up with our bookkeeper to finish off our Crabby Cabbie books for 2014 and get them off to the accountant.

The week later I have to get prepared for having our boys, Aiden and Connor, for he March School Break, the following week..  It will be a busy week for me when they are here as they will want to be kept busy, as any 7 and 10 year old boy normally does.  We will also see if Poppa will take us all out for my Birthday, which will be fun to do.  Maybe they can go with Poppa to pick out a Birthday Cake to surprise me with.  You know how kids LOVEEEE to keep secrets and have a surprise on their grandparents or parents !

I had taken a package of steaks out of the freezer yesterday, not realizing there had been three very large ones in the bag.  With our deck under much snow, I decided to throw them into the Crock Pot on top of a bed of carrots, dash them with Worcestershire & Soya Sauces, and a couple onions on top with a few shakes of Montreal Steak Spice.

Yes it was very good, and there is enough leftover to make a Beef Pot or Shepherd's Pie, as I saved the drippings to make a gravey with.  A two meals in one kind of dinner.

Now dinner is over with only having to take the Aussies out for one more time tonight, I will then be able to relax a bit and watch some TV.  I do enjoy watching International House Hunters, the Property Brothers and Love it Or List it.

We have received a couple more videos from our Festive Five pups new homes.  To go view our Facebook page, *click* HERE.

Looking forward to another good day tomorrow, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday 26 February 2015

Yes That Would Be The Number

Not much sleep last night, however what I did get I felt more rested this morning then the past few weeks.  This is a good thing.  Wouldn't matter if I had still been tired on my feet when I got up as going out at 6:30 am in -18 *C woke me "wide" awake whether I wanted to be or not.

Funny thing is I didn't feel too bad until I realized I had two commitments this morning.  As soon as I realized this I started feeling ill, shaky and something just short of an anxiety attack.  First thing I did was call Rob, who told me to try and push myself to go.  Next call to my friend, Vicki, who proceeded to tell me she had banged her hand she just had surgery on this past Tuesday, as to distract my thoughts to her.  Really it was one of those things that are not funny but was funny ... if you know what I mean?

Once I got going where I was headed off to this morning I had settled down and relaxed back to my "norm" self, which I really don't have any idea how to define that state of a "norm" me any more.  I will get it all figured out eventually, as I have been down this dark road before, even though it has been 10 years gone by now.  It seems I do not adapt to change from a routine very well, with this being more or less the main thing I need to work through.

I got back home by lunch time, where I slid by having lunch then overindulging in eating some "bad" foods.  I blew my whole calorie count for the day at lunch time by consuming two toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bagels with Lite Cheddar Cheese (not that the "lite" mattered much after the rest), a huge garden salad with No Fat Raspberry Dressing (not that the ."no fat" mattered either), then ate five, yes that would be the number 5, Nature's Trail Sweet & Salty Peanut bars for a total of 800 calories just for the bars !  The only bonus to eating almost a total of 1600 calories at lunch time is that I am still full and will be skipping dinner tonight.

With depression, fatigue, anxiety and/or stress comes comfort eating.  Believe me after the comfort eating I get more depressed by all the weight I have put on.  It gets to be a vicious circle and a battle within to say the least.

I have walked under 3000 steps so far to day.  I am hoping to get my steps upto a goal of 4000 per day within the next couple of weeks.  I have yet to make my bed and do the dishes today.  My head feels heavy, I am exhausted, but no matter what I will do those to things yet today.

Yesterday we received a Postcard from one of our regular Crabby Cabbie customers, who is a 78 year old Snowbird, down in Florida for a month.  This is the card she had sent us ...

... with this ~ "Thought Rob would enjoy the view".

Yes we love this lady !  Whenever I get to see her we have ourselves some pretty good laughs.  No lack of a sense of humour about this lady.

Despite the temps down in the double digit minuses today, there had been an abundance of Sunshine.  It draped itself across Colpoy's Bay below the escarpment.

I used to always take my camera out with me when outside with our Aussies, but haven't been the last while.  Today I still had it in the Van when I was out with Lexus so was able to capture a couple good shots of my gorgeous girl.

This girl really captures my heart.  Who would guess she had a litter of five pups a short 2 months ago? she was back in prime shape in no time whatsoever.

I did receive a phone call mid-afternoon from the organization my Doctor had referred me to for counselling.  They are now booking appointments into the month of June.  She gave me an appointment and put me on a cancellation list.

Time will tell, in the meantime the support I have with family and friends is priceless, and ever so much appreciated.

Gill, to date this Winter we have burned 12 cords of wood, and maybe will burn 3 more with the rest ready for this upcoming Fall.  There is 8 cords to a bush cord.  Wood is our only source of heat, with two wood stoves, so we spoke for it now as there will be none to be gotten come Fall time.

I have the Kitchener News on & today was the last day the Schneider''s Plant was open with their doors closing for good.  Another Icon closed down again in Kitchener.  For those interested in more news on this Headline, just *click* HERE.  I had worked a half a block away from this Plant for 5 years and knew many of its employees.  My Uncle Bill and my brother had also worked there at one time years ago.  Much a part of Kitchener's history went along with this plant.

My head is aching, my neck is paining me, and I still have a bed to make and dishes to do so I am off not really running to fast to get it all done, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Thinking Ahead

Oh my what a pain, literally to get out of bed this morning.  I tried hard as I could to muffle out Lexus' demands for me to get up until I could not ignore any longer as Buddy decided to also chime in on the request.

I most certainly was dragging my behind today, to the point my bed didn't get made until late afternoon.  The point is though that it is made.  Funny how I have been letting some most things go to pot, but I can not leave my bed unmade or the dishes not done up despite the rest of the house falling down around my head.

This morning I took Rob's scheduled appointment with our Doctor, as he was otherwise booked with a fare.  The appointment went as well as could be expected.  Of course I heard some things I really didn't care to hear, which I already knew but was trying to avoid.  Yes I am driving myself crazy and if I do not stop it soon it will destroy me.  My body can't keep up with my mind anymore, and it needs a break.

My doctor has referred me to a Counsellor to assist me in sorting out my feelings.  Yes sometimes it is best to have an unbiased opinion to help you listen to yourself.  I know I have been fighting the reality of it all for some time now, but to save myself and give me a Peace of mind I need help.

At one time I felt bad for needing help, but now realize there is no shame in it, and actually is a show of strength in admitting the need.  Ah if things were all so simple to finally realize ones journey of life.

Hopefully the wall of darkness is lifted once again towards the light at the end of my tunnel.

I was elated later last night when my Crabby Cabbie Rob had to go downtown, then called me to say he was taking someone up to Lion's Head.  As it happened when he had been downtown he had noticed a person a the side of the road, knelt down in the cold of the night.  When he came back past this same person was hitchhiking.  The poor boy was trying to get home, and the Highway was closed, but he had just walked from Hepworth all the way to Wiarton.  It is a wonder he had not frozen to death.

Rob took the back way up to Lion's Head, as the highway was till closed, and got this young man close to his home as he could without going on closed roads.  The young man was very appreciative, as he had no money.  Rob told him don't worry about it, here is my card and if you ever need a ride you can call and pay for the next ride.

I do LOVE my Crabby Cabbie's heart ... two good deeds within hours of each other.  Yes I do believe  "what goes around comes around", and paying forward leaves us with a really good feeling.

Rob and I have been thinking ahead and the delivery arrived today.

15 Cords of split Maple arrived this afternoon.

Then 10 Cords of Ash arrived a bit later in the afternoon.  Ash can be burned if it is not seasoned, so this is to make sure we are warm until this Winter gets over with, should we run out of our reserves.

Portia was out with us and was quite inquisitive until the wood was dumped with all the big noise, then she hid behind dad's legs where she was safe.

Yes much better to have wood delivered now rather then wait until Fall when it might be more scarce to get Maple.  We might not be able to pay our bills next Fall/Winter, but you can be assured we will be warm.  *smile*.

I can not begin to count how many times I was out with the Aussies today, but I know within one hour I had been out at least 6 times just with Portia !  I was froze and thought my nose was going to fall of my face.  I was very grateful for the Dark Roast coffee Rob had brought home for me this afternoon.  I had taken over 2931 steps by this afternoon, not counting the ones when I didn't have my phone on me.  The app on my iphone that counts my steps is called Pacer, and is a free app to download to your phone.  Last Friday I had almost 5,000 steps that day. 

For anyone with an iphone for the free Pacer app go HERE.  Do you keep track of how much you walk in a day?

This evening Rob was cooking dinner for us.  I am very grateful he has no problem cooking.

Tonight's menu was pan fried Sole, with long grain rice and steamed broccoli on the side.  I take full credit for cooking the rice.

I have to admit this afternoon I had myself a short nap, and actually felt better for it.  I had quite the time shaking the fatigue when I did get up, but it eventually left me.  It is very seldom I ever nap, but I have been so tired.  My Doctor did tell me to discontinue one of my meds, so we will see if that will have some effect.

Rob is gone out on a call right now.  I need to take out the Aussies for another romp before bedtime then call it a night myself, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

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Tuesday 24 February 2015

Pay It Forward

Today brought a warmer day in temperature wise, however it was a colder day with the high winds and blowing snow.  The cold winds cut through you like a razor blade.  Sharp and unforgiving.

The winds swept snow across roadways causing no visibility at times and filling in quickly with drifts in some places.  Finally about 2:30 pm the "Road Closed" barricade went up on Hwy 6 just North of Wiarton & three houses South of our place.  Further North it was heard people were leaving their vehicles where they had either gotten stuck or went off the road.  Not a good day to be stranded anywhere.

Rob left at one point today saying to me, "whatever you do don't let this wood stove go out".  Believe you, me, I sure did not let that happen, and the Aussies and I were all snug as a bug this cold Winter's day.

My day was uneventful as the day itself.  I did accomplish making the bed, doing up the dishes, keeping the home fires going, and taking the Aussies out on a regular basis, Portia more then the others.  I even managed a shower to be squeaky clean before dinner.  Rob made dinner for us.  It is absolutely wonderful to have a man who knows how to cook.

My Brother Allan is a good cook, as also is my Uncle Basil, and my youngest Son, Paul, knows how to cook (I made sure of that from when he was old enough to reach a fry pan on the stove top).  Many men in my family know how to cook, which is super nice especially when one of their woman folks are under the weather.  As long as a man can open a can of beans or fry an egg they will never go without.

I would like to thank everyone who has sent me well wishes.  They have all been very inspiring.  I also appreciate the empathy, as sympathy is something I do not look for.  Understanding, or trying to, gives much to the person in need.

I am happy I blog, as I do it for myself.  Some people can express themselves in their own ways, while I find I can express myself the best through blogging., or by paper and pen.  I suppose it gives me a sense of security knowing it can not be taken away from me, or I do not have to face someone with the fear of them not understanding, or even worse, to judge how I feel.  My feelings are my own here and nobody can take a persons feelings from anyone.

Here I can be as honest as I want to be.

Funny when I was in the shower I had all these thoughts come flooding through my brain, now everything I had wanted to write has left me.  Always the way, however maybe it wasn't meant to be.

I am one who has always believed if I receive kindness in any form or words, that I should always pay it forward.  To pay it forward does not always necessarily mean to the person who gave to you, or in the same way.  Paying it forward could be anywhere you might see a need, even if it is a kind word.  Sometimes a kind word can take a terrible situation in ones life, and turn it around.  The power of kindness goes a long way, or so I believe it to.

After Dinner we just sat down when Rob noticed someone walking up the highway with a bag.  He said nobody should have to be walking out in this weather, so he got up, went out and picked the person up and drove them home.  It happened to be one of our neighbours who live just up a concession from us.  The young man had appreciated the ride, as his ride could not go through the Road Closed barricade, and that is why he had been walking the rest of the way.  Yes I am very proud that my Crabby Cabbie Rob also does a pay it forward when he can.

There is a Workshop I signed up for last Year but was unable to attend.  I was called again as there is another one in March in Wiarton which I hope I can attend.  There is spots open for anyone who would like to register and the information is as follows, as shared to the Rotary Club of Wiarton:

Hello,  I coordinate a program that is government funded to support individuals living with Chronic conditions in the communities across Grey Bruce.   I am asking members and support clubs in the Wiarton area to share  this information with their members.  We have scheduled a free workshop in Wiarton that starts the end of March.  Below is some information I hope that you could share.  I also have promotional materials such as posters or brochures available to share.   
Do you  live with asthma, diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure, mental health issues or other chronic conditions?  Did you know that on average you spend only 12 hours a year with a Health Care provider helping you manage your chronic condition?  That means that you are self managing your own health 364.5 days of the year.  The South West Self Management program offers a free workshop in the community to help you learn the tips and tools on how to self manage your health well and get the most out of your life-even with a chronic condition.  Workshop participants attend 2.5 hours once weekly for 6 weeks. The workshop is led by local volunteer peer leaders and a resource book is provided at no costs as well.  Our Wiarton workshop is being offered Thursday afternoons 1-3:30  starting March 25, 2015 at the public library.  More information can be found at or by calling 1-855-463-5692. 
Housed within the Community Care Access Centre our program strives to help people live life to their fullest.  If you would consider sharing this information I would greatly appreciate that.  If you would like more information or there are opportunities to speak to your group, please contact me at your convenience.

Andrea Martin
Program Coordinator, South West Self Management Program
Strategic Planning and Integration
South West Community Care Access Centre
Toll free 1-800-267-0535 ext 587

I have a copy of the brochure of what the Workshop covers,  however one sure way to find out is to sign up for it, which there is no cost to do so.

Before I sign-off for the day I would like to give "special" thanks for the "talk" from the "Dutch Uncle", and the kind note via email from London, England, and to a very special lady who goes by "LC" to her very special friends.  And to everyone else, once again, thank you all for your understanding and support.  I always know who I can count on when needed.

“None but ourselves can free our minds.” 

Now for a little Aussie love ...

Izzy's step-sister, Maggie the Chocolate Lab, has finally warmed up to her.  Photos tell all do they not ?  #cuteness #aussiepuppylove 

A new Season of The "Voice" began last night.  Rob and I both enjoy watching it together, and it is now on twice a week until they have all their picks.  It comes on at 8 pm tonight.

On that note I best get our Portia girl out before it comes on, as I hope not to miss any of it this Season, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday 23 February 2015

Straight From The Heart

Last night the Grammy Awards were on TV, which I managed to stay awake right up until Tim McGraw gave his performance.  I am very happy to hear him sing the heartfelt rendition of the song Glen Campbell had wrote for his family before all had been lost to him as he once knew it to be.

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease for a family to witness happening to their loved one.  My own Mother has dementia (which is the most common type of Alzheimer's)and for the past couple of Years told us all she was 80 years old.  She in fact was going on 87 years this year.  Not even a couple of weeks ago she gave her age correctly at 86 years.  

Alzheimer's is not a disease that only the elderly suffer.  I have personally heard of people in their late 40's and early 50's be diagnosed with this disease.  

My friend's father suffered terribly with Alzheimer's, reliving the days when he had been a medic overseas in World War II.  His poor mind tortured with reliving those days had to be horrifying at times.  Something we never want to experience ourselves.  The pain the families of people suffering with this disease have their own times of self-suffering and sadness beyond sadness at times.  

My thought is good memories of times spent with a person suffering are the ones to hold tightly to, as what else is a person to do?

Every so often I get myself in a "funk".  I have been in a "funk" for almost a Year now and I am having a very difficult time getting myself out of it.  Nobody can do anything for me but support and try to understand what I go through day after day.  The past few months, actually since December 7th, I have spiralled downwards.

It is difficult for some of to admit we are experiencing a mental illness for all the World to hear, as my generation grew up to believe it was a weakness of character.  This belief causes some of us more despair.  

With Fibromyalgia, comes depression.  My Fibro has been heightened the past several months with my muscles feeling like they are going to burst from my skin the pain has been so bad.  Fatigue causing some days almost unbearable to live.   All this time the depression has also gotten worse  

Depression has many faces, with usually the real one hidden which an untrained eye might never witness.

Depression has many forms ... despair, lack of interest, overeating, anxiety, poor health, and much more if I were to think longer on it, or feel like thinking longer on it.

My Doctor has been trying different medications to help me with the Fibro and depression.  I am on a third try with a different medication.  They take time to get in ones system to see if they help or not.  I am hoping this one helps, as if not it means starting all over again with a fourth medication.

This statement:   However, chronic pain can cause feelings of anxiety and depression, which may worsen fibromyalgia symptoms.

The article I took  the above statement from can be found by going HERE.

Believe me, nobody, including myself, wants to live most of their life with Chronic pain, fatigue and depression.  It has gotten to the point of being so bad I do not even want people to come to my home anymore, or really want to do much.  I find myself fretting about my son's upcoming wedding this Year, and a Family Reunion.  These should be happy times in my Life for me, but at the moment cause me anxiety that I seem unable to control as much as I have tried.  

My home feels like it is falling down around me.  I guess the only thing that has been keeping me sane is HAVING to look after our Aussies.  I think about how much time might be spent in bed if I did not have our Aussies.  My husband is also been very supportive, to the point when I had been invited out yesterday, I came home to the dishes washed for me and the bed made.  Bless his heart, he might not be comfortable discussing how I am feeling at times, but he does show he understands and cares.  This morning, one of the coldest this Winter, he even let me stay in bed while he looked after our four Aussies, then called me at 7:30 am with a Tim Horton's coffee.  He is a keeper (now he is almost fully trained, mind you), and I love him with all my heart.

My friend, Vicki, has been my rock the past few months.  I know at times I impose on her, but not once as she not taken the time out of her life to hear how I am feeling, or not feeling.  Thank you Vicki, I love you even more for this then I might never say.

There it is out.  I have been hiding my sluggish behaviour behind my smiles and push myself energy, that I have barely had any of. 

Now I have said it, I pray I can stop beating myself up about not getting my house clean, or barely getting the book work done, or forgetting an appointment, or not feeling like going some where. 

Now maybe I can concentrate on getting myself better, as if I am better I will feel better for myself and others.

I love living ! and I have for months been anguishing over not being capable of living life as I want to.  This I need to work towards again to reclaim my Life as I want it without fatigue and depression. Pain I am used to and can tolerate, it is what has been going along with the pain that causes me my dilemma .  

To be quite honest, not only is it the Fibromyalgia, Fatigue and Depression, Menopause also has contributed to my health, or lack of it.  Not a great combination at the best of times I am sure.  

I know I am not the only person who is suffering from some type of illness, but this is happening to me and I am owning it by living it day in and day out.  I need to keep working towards that light which I know will put a REAL smile on my face and give me those belly laughs back that tickle me pink.

I have risen above the darkness before, and I know I can do it again, it just takes more energy some days then others.

Just as I had sat down to write this post, my friend, Vicki, had sent this video to me .... never a lack of encouragement from her, and yes it did make me *smile*.  Thank you xx

More *smiles* can be found over on The "Checkerboard Aussies", Australian Shepherd Dogs' Facebook page by going HERE.  

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

Sunday 22 February 2015

Chilled To The Bone

This morning brought a high of -10* C.  It felt quite balmy when I had been out first thing with the Aussies.  This all changed rather quickly as not much later in the morning the wind picked up and it seemed much colder.

Rob had to go back to return an item at the Canadian Tire in Owen Sound this morning, so I went along as there were a couple of items I needed from Staples that I had forgotten yesterday.  Off we went with me feeling quite chilled to the bone.

Returning back at lunch time I called a friend who had invited me out for lunch today.  We were heading out to the Green Door Cafe for a 1 pm lunch.  Rob and I had lunch out yesterday.  My oh my lunch out two days in a row ...

Yesterday Rob & I had stopped for lunch at the little restaurant located in at the Esso on the corner in Springmount.  My niece, Joanne, had recommended it.  We were not disappointed as I enjoyed an Omelet while Rob had the Hot Hamburg.  The food was very good and the cost was only $23.00 which included taxes & tip.

Today my friend & I had the lunch "special" at the Green Door Cafe, downtown Wiarton.  The Chicken Quesadilla was excellent, and with dessert we were both comfortable with our choices.  

After lunch we made a stop the Foodland Store, then I dropped her off at her home before arriving back home to mine.  By this time it had been after 3 pm.  I was tired and still chilled to the bone, despite the temp being 23*C in our house.

I covered up on the couch with double blankets and watched the movie "The Help".  I had never gotten to watch the whole movie before today.  I loved it !!!  It was funny & emotional with great acting.  If anyone hasn't seen it I would most certainly recommend it.  See more about it HERE.

Dinner this evening was what could be found in the fridge.  Rob had sandwiches from leftover chicken, and I a salad (since lunch had been more like Dinner).

Now for some cuteness to wind up my day....

There is no lacking in the cuteness department with our Aussies, and their puppy followups from their Forever Homes.

Tonight is the Grammy Awards.  I will try to stay awake long enough to watch it, however in past years I usually end up falling asleep.  Do you watch the Grammys?

I am still feeling chilled to the bone, thinking I might have to heat up a bean bag in the mircowave for my feet when I head off to bed, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Could Have Been Better

The day could have been better, however now that I think about it nothing was wrong with the day as it was me that could have been better.  There are some days when I think I would like to pull a blind down between the World and myself, pulling it back up when I feel better with myself and able to face it again.

Time does not stop to wait for us ... this I am certain I have said many times.  Life is to short to pause for a time out, so one must continue on their journey no matter how difficult at times it may seem to be.

I am tired.  I woke up this morning feeling more rested then I had in some time.  That lasted all but part of the morning when the fatigue overcame me once again.  Yes I am tired.  It seems I never feel rested or have the energy my head tells me I need to have.

Today all I accomplished was striping the bed to wash it.  The mattress pad is still in the dryer drying, so the bed still needs made up before I can even think about going to bed.

Rob and I went into Owen Sound this morning to do a bit of shopping.  I do like hanging out with him most days.  It is always nice having my best friend close by me.

Then there is my hairy best friend that is always there for me and has never let me down ...

This boy warms my heart and has put a smile on my face in some of my worse times. 
 Love my Bandit Boy to the Moon & back.

We had some more cuteness sent our way last night from Raven's Forever Home.

Everyone should have a "Tickle Me Aussie" should they not?

Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully the day goes well with a feeling of contentment, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday 20 February 2015

Damn Cold

Yes siree Rob, that was damn, damn, triple damn cold out there this morning.  As my dad used to say, "cold enough to freeze the nuts off a bridge".  There is also "freeze the nuts off a brass monkey" or "colder then a witches tit", and I am certain there has to be many more "sayings" about how cold it was this day.

My girlfriend dropped off some chicken backs & necks for me, leaving them in my van since I was not home.  No fear of them going bad today with the temps we had.

I have found myself with yet another little problem the last couple of days.  I always have a problem with some allergy or another all throughout the Year.

This time my feet were affected.  The only thing I did which was different was put Aveeno lotion on them, and yes I ended up having a reaction which resulted in very painful swollen feet.  They have been like this the past 3 days.  And no worries I did wash the counter where I had my feet up on to take the photos ... or maybe I didn't.

This morning Rob headed out early while I was left with getting both wood stoves started and four Aussies looked after ALL BY MYSELF. Not the first time, nor the last time, but damn it was cold out with Buddy, then Portia, today.

I had a couple of errands to downtown.  My van had been running over an hour before it even thought about pushing any heat out of its vents.  Did I mention how damn cold it had been today?

While I was downtown I had to stop on into the Chamber Office to give a hand with something  While down there I can never resist taking a couple of photos ...

I never tire of taking a photo of the old Train Station.  Colpoy's Bay makes a perfect back drop in any Season.

There had been one lone snowmobiler sledding across Colpoy's Bay.  At one time I wouldn't think twice about going across a large body of water on a snowmobile, as I had done years ago up at my sister Jeanne's when she lived in Chapleau.  I most certainly would think about it twice now being the age I am.

Rob never returned home until Dinner time this afternoon.  Since he had been in the City today he had made a pit stop at Costco for us.

Yes we got stocked up on Dog food for the Aussies.  There had been a beautiful surprise for me, as Rob had gotten me this amazing Orchid.  What a sweetie I am married to, and truly I would not trade him up for the World (most days).

Joyce, Rob picked up the two items also that you  had wanted from Costco, give us a call when you will be going by next.

My poor Rob wasn't even hardly home when he had to go back out again.  Someone needed to get up to the hospital so off he went to collect them.  At least he had some dinner before he had to go back to take them back home again.

Both Rob and I are all in but for our shirttails today.  I am certain we will both sleep well tonight while the home fires keep us warm, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday 19 February 2015

Moral of the Story

This morning was horrible.  I was woken up by a sinus headache.  My teeth were throbbing the pressure was so great.  5 am I go take sinus meds, which make me feel sick to my stomach.  Nose spray next.  Going out in -24 * first thing with the Aussies was almost unbearable as I could barely see from out of my eyes.

Yesterday I had a bit of mess on my hands ...

The result of me falling asleep on the couch, Rob leaving out on a call, and Portia not put back in her crate.  Murphy's Law when not feeling the best.

Today Portia was still causing trouble ....

Bandit minding his own business with his ball.  Portia not content with her chewie goes to steal his ball from him.

Moral of the story?  one nine month old female Aussie can turn a house upside down in minutes.

Today I decided I would make some Homemade Maple Baked Beans.  I have never made before so I gave it a whirl since I had the white navy beans soaking overnight.

I thought I would make Maple Beans since I have Miners' Maple Products' Maple Syrup on hand.  Along with a roasted Pork Tenderloin and Pan fried potatoes the beans were excellent !

Recipe please?  The recipe I used can be found HERE  Yes I would make them again, however the next time I want to try a recipe using molasses.  YIKES I just remembered I had not put in a tbsp of vinegar when I took the beans out of the oven ... oh well they were good just they way they were.

Back to my sinus headache, finally after a nap this afternoon it completely left.  My fibromyalgia then kicked in with my muscles aching like no tomorrow.  Ahhhh I look forward to the warmth of Summer coming SOON !

Maybe tonight I will be dreaming of balmy Southern breezes and tall cool refreshments, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday 18 February 2015


Yep that was me all day long.  I had absolutely no energy,along with a sore throat and ear, thinking it was more then likely sinus related more then anything else.  Rob also mentioned a couple of times today he was not feeling the best either.

Before I even got out of bed this morning I was thinking that I wanted to be back in it.  That is not the best way to start a day off.  Needless to say all the plans and the huge list I had in my head went off to the wayside.  Yes for me it was a blaaaah day.

Still I had to go out and in the whole day with our Aussies, so I wasn't completely totally inactive the whole day.


Of course there were puppy photos I got today as well.

Adorable are they not? wonder how long it will be before I start hearing all the "bad" things when the cuteness goes out the window ... hmmm.  Then I have myself a few chuckles to myself.  Been there done that a few times.

I made rice, and Rob grilled the Tilapia fillets.  I also remembered to measure out two cups of white navy beans to soak overnight so I can make Maple Baked Beans tomorrow.

Dinner was very good.  I must admit my husband sure can grill a mean fillet of fish.

Time to say that is enough before I fade completely here, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday

Not too much of an exciting day here today.  However out in the big World it was Shrove Tuesday today, or as it has been known to be also called, "Fat Tuesday".  Fatten ones self up before they give up something for Lent I would suppose?  Do you partake of Pancake Tuesday?

I can't believe I have not much to say, as I am usually never without something to say (for those who know me could validate this point).

Truly all I did today was a bit of Crabby Cabbie paperwork, a load of laundry, make the bed, do dishes, a bit of vacuuming, and go out and in with the Aussies a few times.

I left the house for a tip into Owen Sound.  The Haircut I had gotten Sunday at the Smart Style Salon was not exactly as I had expected to be, ending up looking like I had a "mullet".  The problem with my hair is there is a lot of it, however fine it might also be, needing more thinning out on top so it does not appear to be heavier then the bottom lengths.

When I went back into the Hair Salon the girl who usually cuts my hair was there.  She sat me down and went through it with another cut and some thinning out.  "NO CHARGE" .  I had no cash on me, so before I had left the Walmart store where the salon is located I went back out to my car and took in a $5.00 tip for her time.  She had already left as she had been clocked out when I had arrived, but the other lady assured me she would put the tip in Lisa's drawer for her.

The first cut from Sunday, and the second cut today.  Much lighter.

I know there were a few people following Semah's story when I was looking to re-home him after he had been returned to us at a Year old.  I just received some new photos of him the other day and thought I would share.

Semah getting a brushing by his Forever Human Mom, hugs from his Grandkid, & on Family Day he was out in his backyard playing fetch with his Forever Human day.  The boy has it made.

Semah is spoiled rotten by his Forever Home, and I am thinking Lords over that household..  These are assumptions on my part, but somehow I think I have correctly assumed.

Rob is still out working.  I am going to head out with the Aussies before their bedtime.  More puppy updates? check them out on their Facebook page by *clicking* HERE.

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

Monday 16 February 2015

Family Day 2015

Can you friggin' believe it was -30 *C (-22*F) this morning when I was outside with the Aussies. The Dodge Van groaned & moaned but started, however the Venture and Montana needed to be boosted.

Good thing Rob purchased a Battery Pack at Canadian Tire yesterday.

Since today was Family Day I thought what better time to go visit my Mom and have lunch with her. The Hepatitis A scare was over and the ban lifted for the Nursing Home yesterday.

Mom has always gone right by the exact minute.  Meal time? she was gone like a shot with me bringing up the rear.

We not only had a nice visit we had a really good lunch as well.  She liked the new leather change purse I had bought for her Bingo money.

Yesterday when we were out shopping in Owen Sound I came across a coat rack for $9.99.  I grabbed it as the hooks were worth more then that if we were to make one.  Since we are both in and out so much, Rob with the Taxi & me with the Aussies, it is a pain to constantly hang up our jackets in the closet.  Yes I have been getting tired of them draped over the dining room chairs.

While I was gone Rob put it up for our jackets, and I have to say I am very pleased with it.

We were thinking about going down to the city today, however with it being so cold we would have came back to our house freezing cold once the wood stoves had burned themselves out.  We decided to stay home and enjoy our day here together.

We took Bandit & Portia out the back for Portia to have a big off leash run (this does not happen undersupervised with her being so young and the highway so close to our house).  They were both very good and anxiously waited to each get a treat.

They had themselves lots of fun !

Dinner this evening was Roast Beef with red potatoes (my favourite), peas and carrots, all done in the Crock Pot with the exception of the peas.

Never mind the Roast Beef, my plate is usually 3/4 full of vegetables.  Yes I LOVE me some veggies.

How was your day if you were able to have today as a Family Day?

Other then the headaches from the cold temps and the brain freeze it has been a pretty good Family Day for us today, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday 15 February 2015

Stuck In The Snow

The last couple of nights have been heavenly.  So much so that I have been sleeping until and least 6 am, and not getting up out of bed until 7 am.  Yes a slice of heaven for what I have been used to for the last couple of years and more.

I think I have made it through the rough spots of the change up in medication, thank goodness.  I had also got a phone call from my Doctor's office at the end of the week that my MRI showed the spot on my liver is benign, so another worry behind me.  I am beyond grateful for my Doctor ordering every test possible, and that there is such tests available.  Very thankful.

Last night had been so stormy, Rob never got called out, so he also had a good night's sleep finally as well.  

Yesterday Rob out in the elements fixing the tractor.  This morning it had been -25 when I went out with Buddy, and almost 9 am it was still -23* out, and 23* in the house.  I was happy to be inside in the 23*.

Poor Rob got stuck this morning.  Poor Rob not only got stuck, but got stuck in our own driveway.  I suppose if one gets stuck that is the best place to have it happen, not like me last Winter getting stuck in our neighbour's driveway.  Thank goodness the tractor was fixed, as I got in, put it in drive, and he pushed it out.  Rob was right quick to get that deep spot blown out.

Great reports and photos coming in this morning of 4 of our Festive Five.  Izzy looks like she was a perfect Valentine girl.  Lyric was finally pooped out by her Forever Family, as was Jax.  Raven and his Mistress were all bundled up to go out this morning in the freezing cold temps, as he has been doing amazing with his potty training.  I so love getting photos & updates.  No photo of Snickers today, however the outside potty training has begun despite the below freezing temps.

Today was a bit more laundry done up, and a trip into Owen Sound for a bit of shopping and my hair cut.  Not too sure if I care for my hair cut, as it is a bit top heavy and maybe could have been thinned a bit more.  I will see how it is when I was it myself then decide to go back or not.

This is how my hair has been the past couple of days ...

Tomorrow is Family Day here in Ontario.  The "Crabby Cabbie" is taking Family Day off, so I am looking forward to Rob being home mostly the whole day with us, as he does have one regular commitment first thing in the morning.

Tonight it will be stay cuddled in and warm in front of the TV for us, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday 14 February 2015

Happy Valentines Day !

To All Our Family & Friends (On-line friends as well).

This morning was a surprise when I went out with the Aussies.  I could not believe how much snow had fallen through the night.  It was a Winter Wonderland out there this morning.

We were very happy to get updates on some of the puppies last night.  Happy they are on my radar, as I do enjoy hearing all about their adventures. 

Izzy appeared to be all "pupped out" in her picture, and Jax was definitely in dream mode.

We have been receiving photos & videos on the Festive Five 2014 Litter on their Facebook Page, so anyone with a Facebook account, please do give them a follow, or check them out by *clicking* HERE.

Rob & I went to town this morning on a couple of errands, such as bank, drug store & grocery store.  I rang through our items at the checkout in the grocery store, but when checking my bill as I walked out I noticed I had been charged $2.99 each for the Blueberries, rather then the $2.49 which had been posted.

Back in the store I went. Apparently they had not taken down the old sign, and she was going to adjust my bill to give me the "lower" price.  I made the comment that when my girlfriend, Vicki, shops at Zehrs and the price is wrong they give the item to her at no charge.  Now that I think about it they did that for me at Food Basics once.

After saying that the checkout girl told me they do it at Foodland as well, up to the amount of $10.00, however do not tell people this.  I guess I am now telling people about this, as if I would not have mentioned it I would have only had my bill adjusted.  Hmmmm any thoughts on this anyone?

My poor Rob was out in the cold elements most of the day fixing our tractor.  The fuel filter had frozen more then likely from condensation.  It took him a few hours to get it all sorted out, but he did.  Thank goodness he is so handy this way, but no matter it was his poor body and arthritis that had to withstand the cold.

He had to go downtown to pickup something when my friend, Wenda, called to see if he would drop by their store for something.  Wenda & Cathy own The Purple Turtle & Balloon Headquarters  (check them out by clicking their highlighted name) downtown Wiarton.  Wenda & I had both been on the Santa Claus committee this past Year, and had a hoot doing it, especially getting all the candy for the children's bags.

Rob came home with this "fun" Happy Valentines Day balloon from Wenda & Cathy, with some chocolate rosebuds & jelly beans weighting it down.  What a fantastic surprise that absolutely made my day.  Thanks girls xoxoxo.

The Painted Turtle & Balloon Headquarters is a unique and fun place to drop in at.  I took Liz and the girls there this past Summer where they had so much fun making their own bracelets.  They are looking forward to going back again this upcoming Summer.

Not only was it a Winter Wonderland this morning, the day brought with it a bitter cold.  Right now the temp is sitting at -18 * C.  The temps are to drop to -26 by tomorrow morning, feeling like -36 with the Wind Chill factor.  Extreme Cold & Blowing Snow advisories have been issued for our area(s) which you can find by going HERE.

I had just been out with our Buddy boy, and let me Tell the World, that North Wind went right through me.  I said to Rob I sure hope our Wood Stove keeps fired up all night long, as I sure don't want to go out with the Aussies in that cold to come back into a cold house.  YIKES !  I am so done with COLD.

Dinner was simple this evening with store made Honey Garlic Sausages baked in the oven till done, served up on a bun.  Not only adjusting to my new meds sapping the energy from me, the cold is adding to it.  Simple is a better solution at times like these.

Saugeen Shores is pretty much closed up this evening as the weather is terrible with blowing snow and extreme cold temps.  Not a good night for Taxi business when everyone is being smart and staying at home.  The Highway between Southampton & Port Elgin has been also closed for some time.  Rob & I made the decision to pull our driver and send him home, as there is no sense in heating a van while sitting with no calls coming in.  There are hopefully better days ahead, and if there isn't I know where Wiarton Willie resides.

Stay warm and cozy wherever you might be, as I am going to try my best to keep the home fires burning hot, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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