Friday, 29 May 2015

Decks Prepared For Deckover

 It takes me 2 or 3 cups of coffee to get myself unravelled first thing in the mornings most days.  I would never want to give up my mornings regardless as they are the best part of the day.

I tried the new meds today, however the pain was not lessened, however I suppose I must give it a few days to get into my system, then we will see.

... to operate my mouse.

Our Apple Tree is in full bloom.  Is it not beautiful? and I also find it to be very unique with its slanted characteristic. 


Tie a yellow ribbon around the old apple tree ... hope you don't have this going through your head all weekend !!!  hehehehe


Rob was busy most of the day preparing our side deck and front stoop for Deckover.  The bench also got a good cleaning with the pressure washer.  Deckover will be a nice finish and also will not be slippery when it rains and the wood is wet.


Later today my Auntie Gladys was coming up to Wiarton to visit my sister, Jeane, in the hospital, and then head up to Gateway Haven to visit my Mom.  She is always so thoughtful.  I met her up at the hospital to also have a visit with Jeanne.

Auntie took a beautiful Ecuador Rose along for Jeanne.  Jeanne is feeling much much better and they were having a couple of laughs together.  I really love Aunties new summer top she had on, the colour suited her quite nicely.


More on the Roses of Ecudor? please *click* HERE.  They are huge, long lasting and beyond beautiful.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us, as there is always lots to be done ALL the time.  It is suppose to rain tomorrow, however Sunday it should be nice again, as the decking needs to be very dry before the Deckover gets applied, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

A Yummy After 5 Event

Rob was out of bed before I was this morning.  That was an unusual occurrence, and he even took all the Aussies out for me.  That was a real treat.

Rob was still working on the wind breaker fence barrier on our deck this morning.

He not only got the scalloping along the top on the East side done, he also got my new Hummingbird Feeder up.  All I need now is the Hummingbirds to come.



I had a Doctor's appointment this morning, just before lunch, to follow up on the blood work I had a couple of weeks ago.

The run down was Dr. Diodatio suspecting there was a lot more then the Fibromyalgia going on with the amount of  daily chronic pain I have along with the fatigue.  The blood work showed levels of inflammation, indicating suspected Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was told I had RA in my knees when I was in my 20's, and now it has apparently spread throughout my whole body now.  I have been referred to a Rheumatologist in the Kitchener area so I can be further evaluated and prescribed the correct medication for control of it.  He suspects this is more then likely a big contibuter of my fatigue as well.

As far as the dizziness and balance problems I am still having, I am to start keeping a journal on when and what I am doing when they occur.  Hopefully I am successful at remembering to do this.

I had also been put back on the "high risk" screening for Breast Cancer, given my family history with my Mother, her sister, and their paternal Grandmother.  The Doctor also ordered blood work for Genetic testing as well.  I gave a very big vial of blood today.  I will hear back from his office should the results be positive, otherwise I will be back to see him in another 2 months.

After my appointment I slipped in to see my sister, Jeanne, to take her a couple of bananas, and a very quick visit before going for the blood work.  She looked much better today, however is to have more testing and remain there for a few more days.

After lunch I had an appointment at the Wiarton Chamber of Commerce office at 1:30, which lasted a good hour, then I headed to the pharmacy to collect my prescriptions.

Back home I had myself a bit of a rest until it was time to go to the Chamber Member's After 5 event this evening.   I first went down to The Painted Turtle & Balloon Headquarters to collect fellow chamber member/owner, Wenda Bartley, to go along with me.

Hosting this Month's After 5 Event was Chamber Member, Luscious Bakery Deli Cafe, located downtown Wiarton.

The spread of goodies was unbelievably soooo GOOD.  I tried a couple of canapes, a very small piece of cheesecake, and chocolate cake with Butter cream icing .... oh heavenly it all was.


Along with Chamber President, Paul Deacon, Board Directors, a nice crowd of local Business owners, was also Mayor Janice Jackson.  Mayor Janice spoke some very supporting words on how pro-active the Wiarton District Chamber of Commerce was in the Community, which was nice to hear as I certainly know how much work goes on behind the scenes by the Chamber, and its sub-committees, the Wiarton Willie Festival  and the Wiarton Revitalisation Committees.
I am very happy Mayor Janice is a big supporter of local business and the expansion of our community.


Owner's & hosts of this evenings After 5 Event, were Christian and Karen Koos of the Luscious Bakery Deli, partnered with Community Living in Wiarton.  They also have had Luscious Bakery in Sauble Beach for the past couple of years, just opening this year in Wiarton.  They are a welcomed business within our Community, and really with all their homemade lunches and goodies who wouldn't support them? 

Oh the ones photo bombing in the background? that would be Tom of Rural Rootz Nature Reserve, and Wenda Bartley of The Painted Turtle & Balloon Headquarters ... fun fun people !


I returned back home to find Rob back working some more on the deck.  He is almost done.


I asked Rob to take a photo of my new T-Shirt I had gotten the other day at Josie's of Wiarton which I wore tonight, and he caught my "impatient" look until he took another photo.  I LOVE supporting LOCAL ! don't you?  I was also very  happy to be the very first winner of the door prizes at this evenings event.  Oh yum, Lemon Curd, Speciality Honey Mustard & Sumatra Coffee Grounds.  Lucky me ! (again Holly Morrow, hahaha, still waiting to win another Cluttered Cupboard fantastic Give Aways !).


With another full day behind me I am feeling as weary as I was this morning before I got going after a couple of hours before starting my day, however all is good, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

What To Say?

Really what to say? today, I have really not too much at all to say.  Do you ever have one or a few of those days when it is difficult to even remember what you did? of course, I am certain we all have days like that.

One thing I did do was meet up with a gal at the Hepworth Tim Hortons at 11:30 am, as she had bought a Wireless Pet Containment unit I had for sale on Kijiji.  Last Fall we had purchased two, realizing this Spring one was sufficient enough area for Portia, so I feel I was fortunate to sell the "extra" one which hadn't even been opened.

Back home it was some lunch, then manning the phones for Rob while he had some fun cutting the lawn.  A lawn which used to take me at least 3 hours to cut takes him seemly no time at all, and he can "turn on a dime" with it as well.

New toys are always first fun, then somehow for some reason become "work".  How does that happen, I wonder?


I was noticing our lilac bush had begun to bloom.  It was to be a miniature bush, but seems quite large to me.  I also just noticed Bandit had "photo bombed" this picture.  No privacy at all around here some days.


It must be going to rain this evening as my body is aching more then usual being a sure sign.  I even had a bit of a lay down this afternoon as the fatigue got a little much for me.  Tomorrow I have a followup with my Doctor for some bloodwork I had done 2 weeks ago.

This evenings dinner was done on the BBQ, as this morning I had seasoned some Pork Ribs.

Baked Potato, BBQ'd Ribs & fresh steamed Asparagus.


This evening there is a risk of a thunderstorm in our area.  I love a good thunder banger, don't you? especially when it is through the night time.  No wonder I am feeling weary, even though darkness has yet to take over the skies, it is evening as in 7:30 pm, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Lots Of New New New ! And A Bit of Old.

Don't you absolutely LOVE waking up each morning to a new day and a new adventure ahead of you?  Now I am feeling better then I have for many months I have begun to again, baby steps.

I had a "new" photo sent to me on the weekend of my boys being silly.  Yes, Paul, Aiden & I can touch our noses with our tongues ... silly fun.  Shoot my nose or tongue must have shrunk cause I can't do it anymore !!


When I had been at the Wiarton Chamber of Commerce office yesterday morning, Wiarton Willie had been out and it was noticed he was blowing his old coat with a "new" one coming in.


Yesterday I had been invited along with the SBP Economic Tourism Officer to go along on behalf of the WDCC for a meeting at the "new" and improved Red Bay Lodge, in Red Bay of course.  The Lodge has been around for many many years with lots of fantastic memories of days long gone by the locals and families who vacationed there for years.  About 10 years ago or so it had been purchased, afterwards spiraling downhill to almost total ruins.  Just last Year a investor from Brampton saved the Lodge, seeing its potential and it is making a "new" comeback with astounding support coming from the Community.


The restaurant, Tilted Anterz, is now up and running for breakfast, lunches, and dinners.  Open daily except for Tuesdays.  Pete is the "new" manager, along with Sherry, and Chef Angus, who all have a great vision going forward with the revamping of bringing the Red Bay Lodge back to life.  Thanks to Pete, who I am pictured with, for treating Danielle and I to a great lunch prepared by Chef Angus.  Yes behind the bar is the "new" famous Tilted Antlerz lite up in splendor overlooking the dining area.


More about the Red Bay Lodge? check it out by *clicking* HERE for their Facebook Page.  Looking forward to them becoming one of our newest Chamber Members.

Rob has been busy the last few days building "new" wind breaker walls on our deck on the East & West exposures.  We get strong winds prevailing mostly from the West.  Not quite finished yet as he is planning to make it a bit more special by scalloping along the top.


A "new" day also meant my sister, Jeanne, was feeling a bit better then previous days.  Joanne, Cecil and I had a visit with her late this afternoon.  

Another "new" for Bruce/Grey Counties !  the Grand Opening of the Bruce Grey Music Hall of Fame at the Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion.  Book early as I most certainly can see this being a "sell out" ! which would be nothing "new", now would it?  More about the Legion news can be found by *clicking* HERE.


Should my father, Fritz (Harold) Masterson still be alive today, he would LOVE attending the Legion in his hometown of Hepworth, this I know as being the truth, as he loved Country Western music.

For all the "new" the past couple of days today I was faced with some very old old old yuck when I was cleaning the bathroom.  Yes it was time to clean the drain out .... oh YUCK, but someone had to do the dirty work or it wouldn't ever get done.  


Funny how getting just most of the bathroom cleaned today made me feel a bit better in the sense of accomplishment.  Hopefully tomorrow I can get something else done, and then should a day come I ever get it all done, I will have to go back to the beginning and start all over again, now won't I?

It is stinking how with a high of 36*C out front without the humidity, and 27*C inside.  Am I going to complain after the cold cold Winter we just had?   I wouldn't be a Canadian if I didn't complain about the weather, now would I ?

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

Monday, 25 May 2015

Where Did That Day Go?

Truly this day got away from me, as I ask myself, "where did that day go?"

I messed around from the time I got up until I had to leave for an appointment I had to meet up with Danielle Mulasmajic, Economic Development Officer for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula. Danielle and I headed up North to meet up with the Manager of a business establishment being resurected by it's new owner.  More on this and photographs to follow tomorrow, so stay tuned as we most certainly were not disappointed.

Once we had returned back to Wiarton, mid-afternoon, I met up with a girlfriend of mine at the Tim Hortons for about a 25 minute coffee before she had to be at her Doctors appointment.  We hadn't seen each other since she had returned from from Africa where her husband had been stationed.  That has been 2 years now I think about it.  We have been friends since our early teens, and you would never know to see us together that we had any parted time of years between our friendship.  I love my dear friends who never change and we remain friends over the years.

I did manage to be back home for a brief time before Rob headed out on a call at 6:30, and I headed up to the Wiarton Hospital to visit with my Sister, Jeanne.  I stayed with her her until 8:30, just getting back home shortly after 9 pm.

I stopped at the store on my way home to get some salad fixings for our Dinner, which I am off to make up some now for myself.

Oh yes what a beautiful sky we had this evening which I took all in on my drive home tonight !

To be continued tomorrow ..... Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Fluffy Not Stuffy

Last night, just before 10 pm, I got a text from my niece, Joanne, that she took my sister, Jeanne, into the Wiarton Hospital.  She had fallen about 4 times yesterday.  It just so happens her family doctor was on call in the Emergency Department.

I went up this morning however Jeanne was sound asleep.  I went back an hour later and actually seen the Doctor, who told me she was going to be admitted for a couple of days as she was extremely dehydrated.  She was getting over a bout of pneumonia so it could all be related.  My brother, Al & I, went back up mid-morning briefly so Al could offer her husband, Cecil, to stay at his place while she was in the hospital.

I just got another phone call this evening from my other sister, Donna, that her husband, Wayne, was taken up to the Emergency Dept in Kitchener by their daughter, Jodi Lynn.  He was running a fever all day, achy and had a bad rash on his leg.  Oh my goodness he had gone through a life threatening bout with a staffa infection in his leg last Summer, the worse case they had ever seen.

Donna will call me back in an hour or so to give me an update.

My Rob was feeling under the weather today as well with a headache, sweating and dizziness.  This getting older is for the Birds !!!!  and our family is falling apart, seemingly all at once.

Today I only managed to get our bedding striped, washed and line dried, and the steps/foyer all cleaned and scrubbed.  Better then nothing I suppose.

This afternoon Rob was out on a couple of calls.  Late this afternoon he was called out to Owen Sound so Bandit and I went along with him.  Unbeknownst to our dear Bandit, he was going to the Pet Wash.

Bandit is now "fluffy, not stuffy", although he was not too impressed until after it was all over as you can tell by his *smile*.


We got back home not too long ago.  I still have to make up our bed with the fresh bedding, so off I go, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Nothing Was Done AGAIN !

I can honestly say nothing was done again at home.  When am I ever going to "get it together"?  I most certainly hope before I completely lose myself.

Other then getting nothing done, I had a fantastic time at the Heels & Hammer Event at the Wiarton Home Building Centre.  Have a "look see" yourself at the photos by *clicking* HERE.  And today I had also been invited to an OPEN house by Revell Real Estate Wiarton.  Oh my what I could do with a few hundred thousand dollars or more ... and the view over Colpoy's Bay is unbelievable !  See for yourself by *clicking* HERE, and don't forget to click on the video tab for an introduction of the home in person by Mike Revell.

I am so very grateful to be part of such an amazing Community.  Life took me down a long road, but I finally feel I belong, and that is a very good feeling.

The only thing I am not too much at peace with is our home.  It is hopefully not my forever home, as I need something all on one floor on a nice piece of property with a pond or water running through it, and lots of room for the Aussies to safely run without the worry of a Highway.  I will hold tight to this dream of mine, as dreams do come true, and I hope I will still be well enough and young enough to enjoy whenever it comes to be.

Really though I am grateful for having family and friends who love me, healthy amazing grandchildren and a piece of the World which is clean and safer then many other places out there.

What blessings are you grateful for in your life?

This afternoon I went out on a little shopping spree for myself.  At the Nurse's Luncheon & Fashion show I had attended, everyone there had received a $20.00 Gift Certificate for Josie's of Wiarton, on purchased over $50.00.  I took advantage of this savings today.

I walked away with a casual fun outfit today for less then $100.00.  The T with "Local is the New Black" is what I wanted since I had first seen it on Josie's of Wiarton's Facebook page.  The jeans are Capris, and can be casual or fancy enough to "dress up" too.


Lots of great stuff behind the doors of Josie's of Wiarton.  Check out her Facebook page by *clicking* HERE.  Josie also has a couple of clothes lines for the full figured ladies as well, so do not hesitate on stopping by, just in case something catches your eye.

We had homemade hamburgers for our Dinner this evening.  I also had raw mushrooms with Curry Mayo Dip ... oh so yum yum yum.

I hope I get to stay home tomorrow as I, once again, have big plans to get much done, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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