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.

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.
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