Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Homemade Goodness

I had a terrible night last night.  I am at a loss of what is going on with me lately since I had a pretty good run of being able to sleep more then usual the past couple of months.  It makes a long evening when you are laying in bed trying to fight off the pain, as I am more then certain so many people experience this, and some more then others unfortunately.

Rob slept not too bad, other then getting up once through the night.  I always usually speak to him when I am awake and he gets up.  I wonder if I have ever startled him when doing this?  I will have to ask him.

He just was called out on a run about 10 minutes before I had our Dinner done.  Never fails.

I did speak to my Auntie Gladys this morning, and she had mentioned Ice Cream or something might be also setting off my Gall Bladder, and truly I have been having at least one a week since Summer has began as I really really LOVE Ice Cream, however the fat in it would not be welcomed by my Gall Bladder.  It also comes to mind I had a Tim Horton's Vanilla Bean Ice Latte made with Chocolate Milk the other day which probably did not help matters any either.  Damn, damn, triple damn, why do we always have to cut out everything we LOVE ?

I am telling you nobody ever better tell me to cut out my hubby, or them will be fighting words !  Hahaha...

The Wiarton District Chamber of Commerce has hired an Office Manager.  This morning I had a meeting to go over some Social Networking with her.  It was a very pleasant and concrete meeting.  I like when I walk away from a meeting with the feeling something was accomplished by contributing or learning from it.

I had not arrived back home until almost 1 pm, and we headed  back downtown again to go to the bank and stop at Carquest to pay our account.  Always on the go about something or another.

I am pretty sure after 2:30 or so I had a tiny wee cap nap sitting up on the couch.  You know those ones where you are aware of the TV still going and sounds around you, but you are in a semi kind of sleep?  I remember thinking I had wished I could go into a really really deep sleep, but no that did not happen.

Maybe tonight, as after 5 pm Lexus and I went for a 3 km walk.  I had to force myself to go, but once again I was glad I did.

Since Dinner was ready and Rob had gone, and it was almost 7 pm, I ate Dinner by myself.  It was soooo GOOD, and lots leftover for Rob when he gets home, and then some.

For some reason Blogger is not allowing me to upload any photos this evening, so I will just have to share the link to the Homemade Cheesy Hamburger Helper Recipe that you may find by *clicking* HERE.  Let me know if you try it if you like it as much as we do, cause there is nothing quite like some Homemade Goodness, rather then something from out of a box.

It is almost 8 pm now, so I think I will take myself into the kitchen to clear the sink of dishes, then head off to a nice hot shower before a bit of TV or reading before I call it a night, hopefully towards a fitful sleep, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Really I Did That ???

As bad as I felt yesterday I still managed to go out with my neighbour last night for a 4 km walk.  I actually felt better for it believe it or not.  Today?  I felt better as the headaches were not as fierce, and the pains were down to a dull roar.

Rob had a rough day yesterday too, and was totally beat all day today.  The poor guy had a run all the way down to Kitchener last night, not getting back home until midnight, just getting nicely to sleep when he got called back out a 2 am.   Did our Mother's ever tell us there would be days like these?  

I could not and did not sleep well again last night, however what I did do was watch the movie War Horse from 9 pm until 12 am.  What an awesome movie !  very much worth staying up to watch.  It came out in the movies three years ago.  A must watch if you have not seen.

Rob headed out this morning, and I just before him.  We were both Owen Sound bound.  I was to meet up with my friend, Sharon, to pick her up from her first physio appointment, as last Wednesday she had a partial knee replacement.  Another friend had dropped her off, and since I was going over to Owen Sound anyway it just made sense to pick her up, also giving me a good reason to have a nice visit with her afterwards. 

Visits with good friends are always a nice thing to have happen.

Afterwards I went and treated myself to a hair cut.  I can not believe for someone who might have gotten their hair cut once a year actually having it cut within three months !  She thinned out the top a bit as it gets so heavy.  It feels good to have a good cut and get it cleaned up and a bit styled.  The hairdresser gave me a compliment about my natural waves, saying people are paying these days for what they call the "Beach Wave" !  Who would have thought I would have something natural that some would be paying to have one day???  Imagine that !!!

I got home around the lunch other, giving away to another lazy afternoon.  Not sure what is going on with me other then maybe the pain is wearing me out causing me to be so tired lately?  Oh well onward I go.

Later today I had Lexus and Bandit out for a good game of Fetch the Ball.

Bandit is starting to show his 9 years of age this Year, as Lexus has been running circles around him.

My "Pretty Girl" is 6 1/2 years old and showing no signs of slowing down.  I do love this girl to pieces with her energy, loving nature and antics.

It was in my mind last night that something was missing but I could not put a finger on it.   There had been a couple of fleeting thoughts about my camera, but I never put more mind to them.  Darn, darn, triple darn ... really did I do that????

Today it had poured rain like no tomorrow, and where had I left my camera last night?  Right out on the side table on the front stoop.  *Sigh* all I could think of was "Thank God I have full insurance on this one".  I dried it off and took some photos with it.  So far so good, so fingers and toes crossed.  Am I surprised I did this? the way I was feeling yesterday?  Not at all.

Rob got home late this evening.  Dinner was whatever either us could find to grab out of the fridge.  I had a few cheese and crackers.

I am thinking tomorrow I have a couple of things on my calendar, one being my oldest sister's Birthday.  I must not forget to call her first thing.  On that note I am going to call it a day and put my feet up here shortly, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 28 July 2014


I have not been feeling well the past few days resulting from having been too busy, and the weather changes.  Things always catch up to me after awhile and I "Pay the Price of the Piper" as the old saying goes.

Between sinus pain, fibro  & neck pain and on the verge of a migraine all day, not too much other then the bed got made and the dishes done.  *Sad* state of affairs this day I am afraid to say.

Such is Life some days, however one does not have to like it, but one does have to accept it some times.

I hate being down and out.  Even if I hurt every day, I put on my "I am living life face" and go for it, as what else is one to do some days?  However there are just those days that get the better of us all, and enough is enough, and that has been one of those days.

Today I have nothing to offer myself in a way of a diary entry in my personal online journal other then a big fat "Zilch".  And some days "Zilch" is okay.

But I will leave myself with one of my favourite songs from days gone by .....

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

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lazy Dazy Sunday

Rob arrived home at 3:30 am, after being out making certain people who had attended a Wedding up on the Bruce Peninsula got back to where they were staying safely.  I had been awake with the pain in my right side and my back.

It seems like everything I eat lately upsets my tummy.  The Tecta meds the Doctor had prescribed do not seem to give much relieve at times.  No worries in 6 weeks time I will have one or two less pains then I already have.  The nice thing about it all is if I only require the Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, there will only be an approximate 10 day recovery.  10% require full surgery, and I am thinking or hoping I will not be part of that 10% as that requires at least 6 weeks recovery time I believe.

When Rob had his Gall Bladder removed he was off work the full six weeks, despite having tghe Laproscopic surgery, however his type of work that time was very physical so I am sure the Doctor wanted him to take the extra precautions.

Today I was tired and Rob, naturally so, was tired.  I was not only tired, I was lazy as well.  All I did was one load of laundry and a few dishes.  I also went on a run from Southampton to Owen Sound and back home with Rob late this afternoon.

Once we had gotten back Rob was called out again.  Getting home the second time he dropped Buddy and I down at the Government Dock at Colpoy's Bay.  We walked home from there.

My Buddy boy & I only did 2 km from the Government Dock at Colpoy's Bay back up to Hwy. 6, however the ascent up that hill felt like an extra 2 km.  Both our tongues were hanging to our knees and the sweat was on our brows. Nice to have such a wonderful walking companion, as there hadn't been one complaint from either of us.  If only his social manners were as fantastic as his heeling manners, he would be the perfect dog, but we LOVE him for him.  Who couldn't love a face like that ?

Rob made us BBQ'd Turkey Burgers when I got back home.  Yum Yum, love me those turkey burgers.  Moist and full of flavour goodness.  Much more appealing to me then a regular Hamburger made with beef.

Last night around 10:30 pm we had quite the thunder banger and lightning show.  The rain had been coming down so hard you could hardly see through it.  Poor Bandit was shaking like a leaf.

It is now raining again as I type.  The reason for my headaches, however it smells nice and fresh.  Good thing the farmer who bought our standing Hay cut Wednesday, baled Friday and took it off early Saturday morning.

I think I am going to carry on with my lazy dazy Sunday right through the remainder of the evening, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Under The Weather

Yesterday I had been a bit under the weather feeling "off" with nausea and whatnot.  Today was very similar, actually waking up with pains in my front right hand side, chest and right hand side of my back below my kidney area.  The Gall Stones must be moving around and very unhappy the past while to cause such a disturbance within my body.

Feeling still the same, however with less nausea, thank goodness.

This morning I had given my word we would be somewhere at 9 am, and at 9 am Rob and I had been there to check out ....

This "red liver" tri Aussie girl, who is 5 weeks old, born June 17th, 2014.  Rob obviously had my camera.  I included the middle photo as for some reason the camera lens must have "screwed up" making me appear very thin, so I could not pass up the opportunity of taking advantage of the shot ... hahaha !  

Well it appears I am going to be busier then busy in a short couple of weeks.  Rob choose Portia as a name for this little girl.  Does she look to be a Portia to you?  Bandit will be helping me house train her I am sure, and Lexus will help me wear her out by running circles around her, and hopefully down the road late next Year, her and Buddy will give us some lovely puppies (we are still hoping for just one more litter from Lexus and Bandit, fingers and toes crossed).

Thanks goodness I have made arrangements to have help with Portia when I go in on September 2nd to have my Gall Bladder removed, which is a huge relief.

We got back home and I went back to bed.  Do you not just hate when you are feeling that uncomfortable you can not sleep? or even rest for that matter?  I finally got up, called my friend, Pari, and we went for a walk late this afternoon.

Rob hopefully is on his way home.  It is 7:32 and we still haven't had any Dinner.  He is going to BBQ a Turkey Burger for me and some hot dogs for him when he does arrive.

I just got in from throwing ball off the front stoop for Bandit and Lexus.  They are very quiet as they are both pooped out.  It is also almost time for me to take Buddy out for his usual walk around the premises before bedtime in an hour's time.

Hopefully the Gall Stones settle, and I get caught up on my rest this evening to be good to go tomorrow, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Crabby Or Busy ?

Shall I be calling my Rob Crabby or Busy, as in Crabby Cabbie or Busy Cabbie, as he most certainly was busy today.  It began at 4 am, and ended about 20 minutes ago when he sat down (we will see for how long that lasts for).

Me? of course I am always busy, hopefully more busy in "action" then classed as a "busy body".  I am pretty much usually too busy with my own life and interests then to be concerned too much with what is going on in someone else's life.

Once everyone was up and at it, we headed on downtown Wiarton to check out the Farmer's Market.

Some Chipotle BBQ Sauce was purchased from my friend Abby, by Paul & Liz, as Chloe LOVES BBQ Sauce.  After Market we headed up the street to Lloyd's Smoke Shop where we all had a Homemade Kiddie Ice Cream Cone (it was almost 11 am you know) before we checked out a few downtown stores and shops.

After our browsing was over, the girls and I headed over to Gateway Haven to wait for Paul and Liz to follow after picking up Grandma some Gladiolas as a "surprise" ... she LOVES Red Glads, as that is what my dad used to get her every Year (or so I had been told).

We surprised Mom when she was exciting the bathroom.  Of course a photo of Paul and Grandma was required.  Ha ! as Grandma was heading down to the Dining Room for her lunch, while we were walking her down before we left, she had to feel Paul's muscles.  This was always required of Grandma by Paul when he was growing up.  Funny thing now is Aiden has followed with the same asking me to see how big his muscles are !  way too cute.

We next headed over to the Government Dock at Colpoy's Bay ...

The girls checked out the water discovering it was a tad on the chilly side.  My sister Jeanne, and hubby, Cecil, had been over there trying their hand at fishing.  They got to meet Liz and the girls, and also had not seen Paul for at least 7 years, so it was all good.

The kids all left after lunch, by 1 pm, as they had to be home for when Josh got home from the week of Camp he had been at.

Late this afternoon Rob and I were having a very rare sit down together on the side deck when a bird that I had observed gathering nesting materials earlier today had came along again. It had not been at all shy.

Checking with my friend, Cathy, on Facebook, I was to learn it was indeed a Cedar Waxwing.  These photos do not do it's colours justice however.  It is a very beautiful almost golden bird with black, yellow and red markings.  Check it out HERE.

It had been very amusing to watch him/her gather nesting materials.  However I am not too certain why they are building a next in one of our big Red Maples at this time of Year?

Rob and I had a very quick Dinner of leftover salads, chicken and rib then headed out to pickup my car from the garage.  We have been "not too crabby", but "very busy" today, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

More Kids !

More kids !  I was very excited today as Paul, Liz and the girls, Chloe and Briar, were coming up today for a visit with us.   They were not to arrive until almost Dinner time, so there was lots to do before they arrived.

I boiled potatoes and eggs for Potato Egg Salad, cleaned the spare bedroom up, and a number of other little things that always need doing, along with a load of laundry.

I cleaned out a whole drawer of old bills from over 2 years ago.  Love having a burn barrel, as it makes less garbage and it is easy to dispose of private papers no longer required.

The kids arrived and  Mercedes is here for a visit with us too !  She was very happy to see us.

After Dinner of Ribs, Chicken, Salads and rolls, the girls wanted to have a tour of the RV Motorhome.  They were very very excited.

With everybody "on board" we got to go for our first ride up the Hwy to the Handicraft House and back.  It sure was different and will take some getting used of on my part.  Rob was in his comfort zone having had his "B" license when driving School Bus and then drove Snow Plow for the Townships, so he is used to big vehicles.

After our ride we headed on down to Bluewater Park where the girls had some fun.

Photos were also taken with the Wiarton Willie Statue, the Exercise Equipment was tried out with a few laughs, and Chloe even walked Bandit a bit for me.

We got home before the Sun was down as it had really cooled off and the bugs had been biting.

Liz had brought me a bouquet of Sunflowers.  Sunflowers are one of my most favourite Flowers.  Are they not lovely?

The kids are staying until at least lunchtime tomorrow, so we might be heading down to the Wiarton Farmer's Market in the morning.

I am tired and going to be heading off to bed very shortly, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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