Saturday, 4 August 2007

Another Trip to Ottawa

I got an email last night from my sister indicating that we had two parcels that Purolator had delivered. We also had some other errands to run so back to Ottawa we went. We got our errands done and arrived at my sister's house around 1:00 p.m.

I have an Air Miles card and was told that Air Miles were going to take away the air miles at the end of the year and since after 15 years of belonging, I only had 954 air miles, I decided to use some of the miles for merchandise so I ordered my husband two 1 Gig cards for his camera and they had arrived. I was surprised as I only ordered them about a week ago. That's his early birthday present!

We came straight home and I sat outside and read for a while. It was much cooler today with no humidity at all.

It was sports day today so I watched lawn darts for a while and while I was out I took a photo of these pretty orange flowers in one of the planters.

Friday, 3 August 2007


No walk this morning. Since I'm still having some breathing problems and it's so humid, I decided it wasn't a good idea.

After breakfast, I called the local bank as our new credit cards were to be delivered there so we picked them up and then went in to Ottawa to pick up prescriptions for the next three months and run some other errands.

While we were out, we stopped at Giant Tiger and got some good deals on some clothes. They were having their sidewalk sale today.

The temperature hit 34C (93F) this afternoon. Other than the times I had to be outside, I stayed in, read and had a long nap.

I did manage to take a photo today. We've been looking at this field of purple strife for some time. There's an old log barn in the background.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Another Hot, Hazy, Humid Day

It was very hot today 33C (91F) with a breeze but it was a hot breeze. I did walk this morning but am finding I'm having breathing problems again so I started taking 2 Nexium/day on Saturday but haven't seen much change. I did sit outside in between doing things on my computers. We're still getting the Mac up and running. I can do most things on it right now but need to get things transferred from my PC. I think I've moved everything that needs to be moved from my PC to my external hard drive so I'll pick and choose what needs to be transferred to my Mac.

Other than reading and sitting outside for a while, not much to report today!

No photos taken again today so I'm borrowing a photo my husband took this morning of a deer that he saw when he was out for sunrise.

Note: I just found out yesterday that Yahoo no longer supports photos and all photos that were on Yahoo have now been transferred to Flickr so I've updated my link on the right to go to my Flickr location. Since I haven't been posting photos lately, when Flickr is no longer free (Nov2) I will only post photos on my blog.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Visits, Errands and Expenses

It was a beautiful morning for a walk. It was warm 19C (66F) with a breeze but since I got up at 7:45 a.m. there was a lot of traffic with people heading for work at that time. Not a good time to walk.

After breakfast we went in to a branch of our bank in Carleton Place to get some travelers cheques for our trip south. We’ll only be back in Ottawa for one night in September so I’m trying to get most of our errands done before we leave on Monday.

We then went in to Leroy’s (the fellow we bought my new Mac from) and picked up a copy of XP to put on the Windows side of my new Mac (now I can run both Mac and Windows from my new computer). (Thanks to my husband, of course.) While in Ottawa we ran a few errands and then stopped at my sister’s to see them and pick up the mail. Gordon’s new driver’s license was there thank goodness.

I just want to say thanks to all my co-workers. It was great seeing them yesterday and special thanks to Najat for buying my lunch!

Gordon was out taking photos around 6:00 a.m. today and this little creature charged him three times so he’s been reported as possibly being rabid. Note that he did stop long enough to take its photo!

Below is the damage for July.

July Expenses

Campground – 657.20
Groceries/Wine – 587.55
Laundry – 51.65
Entertainment/Parking/Restaurants – 141.26
Truck Fuel – 297.02
Propane – 0.00
RV/Truck Expenses – 178.65
Fixed Expenses – 363.55
Medical/Dental – 285.48
Gifts & Misc – 2134.95

Total – 4697.31

We started out the month really well and if I hadn’t had to buy a new computer we would have come in under $3100.00 this month. However, with the new computer we are greatly over budget!

It appears that groceries and wine were out of sight this month too. I’ll be glad to get back to the U.S. where wine is cheap!

We bought the plates for the truck for the year and some items were purchased for the RV under RV/Truck Expenses.

Medical/Dental may change. I haven’t submitted receipts yet so not sure how much of our chiropractor bills will be paid by extended medial.

Under gifts/misc the only thing of any value other than the computer was the weather station.

I’m not particularly happy with the total for July but not much can be done about it. I am liking my computer!

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Two Office Visits

I was up at the crack of dawn this morning (6:30 a.m.) as I had to get ready to go in to Ottawa for a chiropractor's appointment for 10:30 a.m. and then was meeting my friend, Najat for lunch at my former office at BreconRidge in Kanata. I was early arriving in Kanata so stopped at Walmart to pick up some stuff and then went in to see my chiropractor, Dr. Ken Dick on Richmond Road. After that I stopped at Canadian Tire in Kanata as I was early and then headed over to BreconRidge. I always enjoy seeing my former co-workers and today was no different. Today I even got to spend a few minutes with Peter, my former boss. Najat had a meeting at 2 p.m. so I left and returned to Carleton Place, stopping at the grocery, the bank, the Granary to get corn wraps for Gordon but they are on backorder and finally the library to return my books before returning to the RV.

When I got back, Gordon had the dirty job of replacing the toilet seal but he did an excellent job and the toilet now holds water again!

Today was a hot one. The temperature in the truck on my way back from Ottawa was 31C (88F). There was a patch of rain coming back that lasted about a mile and then was gone. It was really funny to see in the distance. The road was dry and then ahead you could see the road was wet. By the time I arrived at the wet part of the road the rain was over which was good for the two cyclists I met!

Although I took my camera with me today I didn't feel like carrying it into the office. Some companies have rules about no cameras and although they didn't have that rule when I worked there, things change! So, again today I am borrowing my husband's photo of the day!

Monday, 30 July 2007

Coming to You Via My New MacBook

See the photos of my new Mac. Gordon and I have been busy since we got back this morning from picking it up getting it all set up. It's nowhere near set up yet but I wanted to do my blog on it tonight. It sure isn't easy to transfer things like email and address book. My Excel files have opened okay, thank goodness.

Last evening I spent about half an hour on's chat room. It's amazing to be chatting with people in all different areas. One was in Alaska, others in various parts of the U.S. and then me in Canada.

After picking up the new computer in Kanata we headed back home and started getting it operational. We've worked on it since about 1:30 p.m. and it's just now starting to work for me. I still don't have my old email from the PC but I think I can receive email in my main program ( I have three email accounts - 2 browser and then my Eudora which gets the mail via Gordon's domain).

Not much else new to report but this computer does have a built in camera which is kind of cool. I expect Ill be finding out all sorts of things about it in the next few days.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

A Beautiful Summer Day!

Today was just a beautiful summer day, no humidity, bright sun and a tiny breeze. After my walk and breakfast I managed to vacuum the place, then went outside to read for a while.

This afternoon we went into Carleton Place, me to the grocery store and Gordon to wash the truck. When we got back, I went outside again, it was such a beautiful place to be today!

I'm not taking any photos now until I get my new computer.