Friday, 31 October 2014


Happy Halloween .... Pumpkins Up !

I LOVE Halloween so much I couldn't resist sharing so many Pumpkins.

For months I had been looking forward to heading South to spend Halloween night with the Grandchildren.  I was all showered and revved to go when Rob arrived back home from his daily morning run "sicker then a dog".  He was burning up and feeling totally dreadful.

I could not go and leave him alone feeling so sick.  I called the kids to tell them I wouldn't be down. We were all disappointed, but still understood and really wanted Rob feeling better.

After an hour or so of laying down Rob told me he was feeling much better and for me to go ahead down, but what he had done was tried lying to me as he knew how long I had been looking forward to Halloween with the kids.  I stayed home, and there will be other times. (don't say anything, but do you realize how miserable a sick MAN can be???).

Today I started Rob on something I have been taking for sometime.  Ground Flax Seeds.  I usually mix it in with my cereal, or more recently 2 tbsp. into a cup of low fat Yogurt.  The benefits of Ground Flaxseed are amazing, being a good source of Omega 3 and high in Fibre.  Not familiar with the benefits of Flaxseed? just *click* HERE & HERE to find out more.

Still, thanks to technology, I was still able to see the grandkids, or at least some of them as I haven't seen photos of Chase or Greyson posted yet.

Scary ..... Aiden, Josh, his friend, Briar, Chloe, and Connor.

Hopefully I will get more photos later on in the evening.  Halloween is the BESTEST !

The other day Rob picked up the 4 year old Whirlpool Fridge with bought to replace our 16 + year old Fridge (the freezer seal started going on it back awhile ago).  We got a great deal on this model...

....which is almost the same size as our old one.  Hopefully it will last us 10 Years, and the price was right at $160.00.  A "steal of a deal" in my eyes.

A couple of weeks ago Portia had chewed my very expensive Bluetooth Jabra that was to last me a very long time.  I did find another Bluetooth at an extremely low price, but I can not handle the ear bud in my ear.  I went online to Ebay and found the same model of Jabra I had, at a fraction of the price in the stores here.

I ordered it from Ebay and it had been delivered Priority Post within a week.  Really with its cost, shipping & customs it was less then 1/2 price.  Yes I am being more careful of putting it up when I am very very tired...

What a blustery Halloween evening it is going to be for the children out and about Trick or Treating.

The North East winds blew our Rocker right off the stoop, and this afternoon the flurries began.  

October is really going out with a "BLAST" !  I am thankful we are toasty warm inside with the wood stove fired up.

Maybe it is just as well I stayed home today with Rob, as it being month end I have billing to do tomorrow.  The never ending piles of Crabby Cabbie paperwork, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

A Breath of Fall

This morning did not start out the greatest however turned out extremely beautiful ....

Not long after I awoke at 5 am the stomach pains began.  Ever since I had my Gall Bladder out September 2nd, I have had more "gastric" attacks then I had my Gall Bladder attacks!  The pains get so severe in my rib cage my lungs feel compressed and I can barely breath, with the pain shooting up into my shoulders.

After 2 Tums, 2 Ovol, a can of Root Beer (if you can imagine at 6:30 am), and a call to my girlfriend (as one always needs someone to validate their pain and agony), then 2 cups of tea, I finally began to feel some relief.  I was in somewhat mild discomfort until early afternoon, but eventually it passed, thanks goodness !

Some have told me this is quite normal after having their Gall Bladder removed.  Rob tells me my body is adjusting to not having a Gall Bladder anymore to process foods, and the "gas" attacks will pass with time.

The Doctor, as in "specialist" General Surgeon, says there is another "part" which imitates a Gall Bladder attack and will be referring me back to Dr. Kahl should they continue.  Hm mm not certain if I care for more surgery at this point until I see if Rob is right and it does pass with time.

On that note, "time will tell".

In my travels today I took time to have myself  "a breath of Fall" ....

A perfect day for a walk or a drive in the countryside. 

This view stops me every time I pass by ... from a top the hill leading down into Hope Bay.

I absolutely had to stop to take in this residence obviously from days long gone by.  My imagination overtakes me as I wonder what stories its walls hold.

I could not resist stopping at Kribs Road to take in the view there.  The water seems to sooth the soul, does it not?

Almost back home I took a few moments to stop in to meet our new neighbours, just around the corner from us.  The Glen Miller Motel had sold and they were there giving it a much needed "face lift".  As it was the owners are originally from Kitchener.  I am very excited to see it nice, bright and hopefully soon to be busy, and its new name will be the "Peninsula Motel".

New business is always welcomed in a Community, and if it is not, then shame on those who do not welcome it.

No surprise by my breath of Fall is short lived as tomorrow I have a busy few days ahead of me with it being the end of the Month and my favourite Holiday "Halloween" ... Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Soup's On !

I never slept the best last night, but you know when I got up with no migraine or headache I was walking on Sunshine !  even though the rain was tumbling down outside my windows.

Rob was fairly busy running here and there this morning, then this afternoon he went and picked up the "new to us" fridge we had bought to replace our 16 year old one.  Now I have to find time to clean out the old one, have the new one brought upstairs and get rid of the really old one we have in the basement.

The Wiarton Farmer's Market was having a Soup Supper Fundraiser this evening to raise more money for the Awnings to be put in the Berford Street Parkette.  My friend, Abby Miners, is the Wiarton Market Manager, and I offered to go help.  I was the gal who took the people's cash ... a right up my ally kind of job.

Yes Soup's On !  and part of the crew were at the Wiarton Community Centre setting up at 4 pm for the 5 till 7 pm serving times.  Behind the scenes were Debbie, Nicole, and up front Laura and Abby.

More Farm Market Producers bringing in their homemade soups.  Lena, Anita and Greig.

In came Gary with Hearth Baked Rye Bread, and not long after was Jeri with her homemade pies.

The fare was all for a good cause and had for an amazing cost !  if you missed out on this Fundraiser, be sure to stay tuned for their next one !  Homemade Goodness from your local Farm Producers.

Once things slowed down about 6:30 pm, I helped clear up a few things then headed on home.  I have a big day planned tomorrow, and Rob is going to be a very busy guy himself.

Until then I am going to call it a night here shortly, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Debilitating Migraines

Yesterday one of the WDCC office staff personal was off work with a Migraine.  I had been surprised I had not had one myself with a Weather system change moving in with rain and thunderstorms.  I thought too soon....

I barely slept last night.  Around 3 pm the pain behind my eyes was constant.  By the time I finally got up from bed at 6:30 am, for the umpteenth time, my teeth were aching so bad I could barely stand the pain of that, behind my eyes, and in my temples.

I took Portia out and put her directly back in her crate something which never happens.  I took two extra strength sinus/allergy pills and went back to bed.

By 10 am nothing had dented the pain.  Quite the contrary as a migraine had also set in with pain coming up between my shoulder blades reaching out through the back of my head.  I was nauseous, weak and barely could stand the sound of my own breathing.  It was a full blown debilitating migraine.

At 10:30 am I took migraine medication and went back to bed.  Thank goodness Rob had been in and out between calls to look after the dogs.

By lunchtime I was ready to go to the Hospital, but put it off by trying more water, however I was far from dehydrated.

Around 2:30 pm I said to Rob I needed to go to the Hospital, however he had to go out for a length of time so I decided to try more medication.  This time it was 1200 mg of ibuprofen and 2 Tylenol 2, and back to bed.  I finally found an hour of sleep or so.

In between all this I had tried some toast, then soda crackers for the nausea.  This back fired on me as all that did was create an attack of very extreme gas pains.  Thank God I had bought some Tums this past Sunday.  Between the Tums and a bottle of Coke that had been in the fridge I found some relief from the gas attack.

Finally by 4 pm the migraine "gave up the ghost", but not before it had "knocked the socks" off me.

Rob made us some Dinner of Homemade 9 Bean Soup and Grilled Cheese.  That had been at 6 pm when I got out of bed.  I am thankful he had not been out of town today or I would have had more of a time coping then I already had.

Should you not be familiar with how severe Migraines are, please read some Facts on Migraines by *clicking* HERE.

There was a bit of silver lining in my day beyond the pain ....

... as my Kamenstein Swan tea kettle arrived, which I had ordered "used" from E-Bay last week.  Is she not beautiful ???   I hope I get as many years from her as I had from the previous one.  In the mail I had also gotten an Application for Jury Duty.  I hadn't received one of these since I was in my early 20's.  *Sigh*.

The blessing in this day was that this Migraine happened today, as I have myself otherwise committed the next two days, and I could not have possibly kept those engagements.

I did take time to go on my computer very briefly earlier today once to find out the results of the South Bruce Peninsula Election results from last night.  I had to say I was only pleased with two of the persons who had been elected in for the next term.  *Sad* to say, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.

On a lighter note, this Halloween do not forget to SHOP LOCAL !  as local small businesses are the backbone to our Communities.

I am tired and somewhat drained, so on that note I will call it a wrap until tomorrow, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Yesterday's Day ....

... & a bit of today.  Thank goodness I slept like a rock last night as being gone the whole day long yesterday had caught up probably with both Rob & I.  I was up at 4:30 am but headed directly back to bed whether I slept or not, but Rob did sleep in and high tailed it out of bed at 7:10 am.

We had a pretty good day.  I doesn't appear by the look of our house that I even had made a dent in "picking up the chunks", but honest to goodness I can certainly say I wasn't sitting on my behind all day long.  Rob was also busy bringing in more wood and taking care of this and that.

There is never enough time, energy or lack of things to be done around our place.

Back to yesterday .... Rob and I headed down to Kitchener to meet up with the kids at Costco, then with Rob's sister, Delores and her husband, Darol.  We had left home around 10 am and arrived down there about 12:00.

Waiting for the kids to arrive we spent some time browsing the Value Village, which is just across the way from Costco.  I got a nice throw rug for $5.00, and we also got a really nice stainless steel strainer that goes across the sink which Rob thought would be great for the RV (if we ever get to go anywhere in it some Year).

The kids did arrive and we got a shop done in Costco, however there sure wasn't much time for a visit.  The boys love going to Costco as they go around checking out all the samples !  I have to admit there were a couple I enjoyed sampling myself, especially the Bridge Mixture.  The kids headed out their way, with Rob & I still having some time to kill until we met up with Delores & Darol for Dinner at the Mandarin Restaurant.

Rob took me over the the Paderno outlet where of course I enjoyed browsing, even buying myself a new Tea Infuser.  Oh a set of the Cast Iron pots & Pans in a mix of that blue & yellow would make my heart sing !  so much awesome stuff to choose from.

After the Paderno store, then taking Portia out for a bit of running around, we still had a bit of time to spare.  There is a furniture store directly beside the Mandarin so in we went to check that out..

Out of the whole store the genuine leather recliner, and the 3 pc tweed /wood set were my picks.

Rob seemed to enjoy the "hot" pink !

4 pm rolled around and we headed on into the restaurant where we met up with Delores & Darol.  Dinner was beyond amazing as usual.  I was quite impressed that I never totally overate and even had dessert that didn't send me over the top.  I didn't even think to take food photos, however I did get a really nice photo of ...

.... Darol & Delores.  The food was great & the company most enjoyable. 

We headed home about 6 pm, and the drive until it got completely dark was beautiful to take in along the way.

Rob and I had a great 18th Anniversary, spent with a few of our most favourite person, and of course at our most favourite restaurant.

Then the cause of some of my "I can't keep up" would be a little girl that is going on 5 months old ...

... oh if she would only be in this state 99.9% of the time.  Even though Bandit gets fed up some days, he still  hangs out with her when she is on a "time out" to give us a wee break to catch up with the messes she leaves behind... almost like a mini tornado of sorts.

This morning the ground was covered with a crisp layer of frost not lasting long when the Sun arrived.  Dinner time brought Thunder rolling across the skies with the rains leaving puddles of water behind.

Portia surely thinking she would like to be free and across the way with Bandit I am sure.

Yes that pretty much sums up my yesterday's day and a bit of today, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Happy Anniversary Rob !

Yes it has been 18 Years since Rob and I said to each other "I do", and ever since then I am certain there has been many "I do nots" and definitely many "nos", or "I won'ts".  Part and parcel of any good marriage, friendship and forever partners, is it not?  and there have been lots of days I recall when we never thought we would make it this far, with still a few here and there.  But alas we are both past the point of being with anyone else but each other, and besides who else would put up with either one of us?

We married 18 years ago today on a beautiful sunshiny day at a small nondenominational Church down a back lane across from the Eaton's Centre in Kitchener, and more directly behind Braun's Bicycle Shop down on Gaukel Street.

Why pick a day late in October to get married? because it had been the 2nd anniversary of our first date on the 26th of October 1994 when we went to see The Rolling Stone's Voodoo Lounge Concert in Toronto at the Sky Dome.  It had been an electric night for both of us, and here we are 20 Years later..

This is at the start of our trip down to Kitchener today when were were both bright eyed and bushy tailed.

We just got home & it is now 8:51 pm..  Trust me we are far from bright eyed and bushy tailed now.

I would like to thank each one personally for the Best Wishes on our Anniversary.  They were very heartfelt and appreciated.  Thank you beyond very much .... xxx

On that note I am heading it off to bed, as I am certain Rob has already beat me there, and something tells me I will be up in the wee hours of the night with a certain little pup.

More to follow in tomorrow's post, as that is all she wrote today, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Not Feeling Much Like Doing ...

I broke down and took 3 little pills, all of a different variety, last night  which is a rarity for me, then had  asked Rob should he hear Portia through the night would he please take her out.  I awoke at a half descent time of 6 am, and really had slept the night away.  I had not even heard Rob take Portia out at 3 am.  Hooray !

My back and me certainly needed that, and truthfully I could have went back to bed to sleep more, however there were things to do and people to see.

While I did three loads of laundry, Rob, as the saying goes, "one more kick at the cat" by getting the lawn cut.  It had been pretty thick from all that rain we had last week.

We also made a trip into the Wiarton Home Building Centre to order some stainless steel liner for our outside chimney as we would like to get our downstairs woodstove hooked up and going again this Winter, as it had been in need of repair the past couple.  While there Rob picked out a Wheel Barrow to bring kindling and wood in from the shed when our indoor supply in the basement gets low.  I did not realize Wheel Barrows ran around the $70.00 mark and upwards, however dully noted it is a "Mark's Choice".  Wonder if Mark Cullen gets a cut for everyone sold?

We had Ivan over today, who is a stone mason.  The tile inside our chimney had broke, and they were putting r-bar down to break it up as it had been caught up in the chimney.  They did get it out, as well as Ivan's flashlight that had fallen down in too.  Now the chimney is clear the steel liner can be installed when it comes in.  Another big job.

I did take a moment to finally *smell the roses*, and admire the Monk's Hood in the unkempt gardens ... *hanging head in shame*.  Next Year I am NOT going to neglect my gardens as I have had so much joy and relaxation from them in years past.

Portia not only destroyed my Jabra Headset, yesterday she also chewed the hook from my new one.  How she managed to get it from where it was is beyond me.  My new place to re-charge is in the bathroom on the counter leaving the door closed behind me.  As you can tell from the dining/living room floors she keeps me quite busy cleaning up after her.  She is certainly a "fart in a wind storm" !

A couple of standouts of my day ... Bandit cuddling with me when I tried to lay down for a bit this afternoon, a text message from one of our Forever Home pup owners sending out an announcement from her put to everyone on her Facebook Page, and then a post I had came across on Facebook which made me think of my BFF Vicki, who not only has had Dachshunds most of her lifetime, but who is also short herself ... matches made in Heaven.

This evening I wasn't feeling much like doing a blog post.  I am so tired and really would appreciate some energy.

Tomorrow is Rob and my 18th Wedding Anniversary, and 20 Years to the day of our very first date.  After the way our morning began I had my concerns whether or not we would make it to tomorrow together ... but all is good now, and besides who else would put up with the two of us but each other?  Never mind on all the energy that would have to go into training another ... geesh that would really be work.

On that note I believe it is time to call it a day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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