Saturday, 6 September 2008

A Birthday and More Beading

First of all I'd like to wish my stepdaughter, Michelle a Happy 30 something birthday!

I was awakened in the night by rain on the roof and it was still raining this morning so no walk for me. I did do my exercises though. I took my time this morning surfing the internet and finally getting a shower. I had arranged to be at beading class around noon.

It quit raining so I went into town and picked up some groceries and grabbed a sub for lunch before heading to Cameron, ON to see Murida at T.M.G. Beads. Today I made an invisible necklace (pictured below) from ruby semi-precious stones.

I also learned to do bead wrapping. I've left it the way it is (uncut) for now so I can remember how to do it. It will be a few days before I get back into beading as we're heading back to the Ottawa area on Monday. I'll miss having Murida close by!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Laundry and Lindsay

The day started out pleasant and sunny with quite a brisk wind. The good thing about the wind was that it had dried the grass already at 8 a.m. I had a nice walk and run around the campground and did my exercises down by the beach.

After breakfast I changed the bed and got the laundry ready then hauled it down to the campground laundry. Luckily no one else was there as I needed all 4 washers and dryers. Betty had offered to let me come out there and do the laundry but with her little stackable I'd be there for two days getting it done. The main reason she wanted me to come out was today is our cousin, Ed's birthday and she wanted to call him but I'll have to make do with a 'Happy Birthday, Ed'. Ed lives in Winchester, England and is our father's nephew. Ed is so much like Dad even down to his mannerisms.

By mid morning the sun had gone and it turned cloudy. We had a few sprinkles of rain just as we were getting ready to go into town. Gordon needed a haircut and I had to pick something up that I had ordered at the health food store. After that we drove around Lindsay a bit and I took some photos.

This pretty old spreading tree was the first thing that caught my eye in this little park along the Scugog River.

There's an old wooden footbridge that spans the Scugog River and a really nice paved trail on the other side.

A view of the Scugog River from the footbridge.

We drove a little further along the street and saw this old boathouse that's slowly sinking into the river.

When I got home I called our pharmacy in Ottawa to be sure they have Gordon's antifungal medication for next week.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Trip to Port Perry

I haven't slept well the past couple of nights so I was really dragging when I got up this morning. I had to force myself to get out and run but I did it!

Betty was picking me up around 11 a.m. and we were meeting Bonnie (coming from Toronto) in Port Perry which is about 45 minutes from here on Scugog Lake. (We're on Scugog River.) Port Perry is a pretty little town with this lovely gazebo down by the water.

We had lunch at the Antrim Pub which is across the street from the park where the gazebo is and sat outside on their patio. It was pretty hot there although the thermometer in Betty's car only registered 25C (77F). There were also a lot of flies sticking to us so I guess there is rain coming! Below is a photo of the 'Ladies who Lunch'.

After lunch we walked through a few of the touristy shops on the main street. Betty bought a T-shirt with Ireland on it for Garth (he's Irish) and a magazine. Bonnie and I weren't buying anything. I was having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other I was so tired.

Bonnie left quite early for Toronto as the 401 was closed this morning due to a truck accident so the 407 which is the toll road through Toronto was really busy so she wanted to beat the rush hour traffic.

Betty and I got back to the RV around 3 p.m. and we sat outside with a cold drink and watched someone try to back in next to us. They eventually decided to go over to the waterfront where the ground is more level. The site beside us really needs to be leveled. It's way off. The guy that was here last week had 4 boards on the right side to get level.

Not much else new here. Sure hope I sleep tonight!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

At the Cottage

We slept with one window open last night and it was a lovely night for it. I've just been opening one window lately at night as the cross breeze might make it too cool and I took the electric blanket off late last week due to the heat wave that was coming and it has been hot in the daytime this week.

Today was another beautiful sunny day but it seems these beautiful sunny days will be coming to an end as rain is expected tonight and again Friday and through the weekend. We're just hoping that it doesn't rain Monday when we move back to the Ottawa area.

This morning we went in to Lindsay to Tech Mobile. This is where we bought our internet satellite over three years ago when it was called 3i Communications. Last year the owner, Armand was in the campground and offered to replace our dish (it still shows 3i Communications) so we went to see if the offer was still good. Unfortunately he wasn't there so we'll have to try again although our time here in Lindsay is drawing short.

On our way back to the RV park we stopped to take some photos of the horses. This horse decided to put on a show for us.

After an early lunch I went into town to get some photos processed and then went out to the cottage to spend the afternoon with Betty as Garth is in Toronto and will be taking off for England for a few days tonight. We sat on the dock and enjoyed the breeze. It was hot in town but beautiful out at the cottage. Here are a couple of photos from my lawn chair.

Just before I left we went for a walk. You're allowed to walk along the front between the water and the cottages. We stopped to talk to one of the ladies who is also into beading and she took us inside to show us what she's done. Now, I'm really depressed! She has made some gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It makes my piddly little necklaces and bracelets look so amateurish! Maybe some day!

While there I took this photo of the neighbour's cat, Tiger. Gordon had taken a photo of it last year. Hard to believe it's the same cat.

This is the swamp on the other side of the road to the cottage.

This is the front of the other cottage that Garth owns. The two cottages are side by side. It looks so pretty from the front.

When I got home, Gordon went back into town to see if Armand was there as he wasn't able to get him on the phone. No luck!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Just Another Day in the Kawarthas

Today was another gorgeous day with no humidity! I went for my walk but today just walked around the park instead of on the road. I spent the remainder of the morning reading and of course, a nap just happened. I seem to be awfully tired lately!

Betty picked me up at 1 p.m. and we went into Lindsay. I needed to get some groceries and things so we spent the afternoon there and got back to the RV around 4:30 p.m.

I had asked Betty to stay for dinner so Gordon barbequed pork chops and I had picked up some potato salad, broccoli and melon for desert. It was such a beautiful night we ate outside at the picnic table. That's the first time we've done that in ages!

Gordon and I at the picnic table after dinner - and no that isn't my wine!

Betty and I down by the water

This morning everyone was gone but a couple of people have come in this afternoon.

Betty leaving in her little Mini Cooper

That's about it for today!

Monday, 1 September 2008

August Expenses and Labour Day at Home

August Expenses - a good month!

That's a pretty good total this month. We seem to do well in Lindsay, probably because my sister and her husband feed us so much! We had a final insurance bill from State Farm this month so our Fixed expenses should be a bit less next month. We also had an increase in our satellite TV but only $4 or so. Our Misc. category was pretty high with the renewal of Gordon's permanent resident card, buying some beads, my new shoes etc. We've only been driving from the campground to the cottage so the monthly total for fuel isn't half bad. Everywhere else I've been going with Betty and using her gas. Next month I'm sure will be much higher as we'll have several trips in to Ottawa from our campground in Carleton Place.

Today was a beautiful day. It was 11C (53F), bright and sunny when I got up this morning and went for my walk. By this afternoon the temperature had reached 31C (88F) but still bright and sunny and a very light breeze but not much humidity.

I spent my day reading, having a nap and making two necklaces. I made the one below to go with the T-shirt shown. I didn't put any pink in it even though there's pink in the shirt as it just didn't look right. Getting that last ring on and getting the beads tightened up is a real chore! Hopefully I'll get better at it as I go along.

This one I made to go with the celery green t-shirt that I have.

I also vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom and washed the floors. I firmed up our plans to arrive at Tranquil Acres in Carleton Place on September 8th and have an email confirmation from Dave and Shonagh saying they are expecting us. Gordon worked on getting all our photos backed up. We just had a nice day at home.

Sunday, 31 August 2008

A Day at Pleasant Point

Gordon had a date with another photographer that has a cottage just four cottages down from Betty & Garth at 11 a.m. so we headed out for the cottage shortly after 10 a.m. The cottage is located at Pleasant Point north of Lindsay.

This photo is fog ahead of us and Garth said that they had some pretty thick fog this morning.

When we arrived Betty & Garth were ready to go to church, Gordon went shooting photos and I just relaxed at the cottage and read my latest book. Here's a photo of the rocking chair on their back deck. I thought it looked pretty with the red geraniums around it. I also took a photo of Betty in her going to church outfit.

Most of the afternoon we sat on the dock and read and watched Garth's daughter's family water skiing. This photo is of them coming back to the dock to tie up the boat so they could go out later.

This is the road to the cottage.

Gordon returned mid afternoon with lots of photos but very tired so he relaxed for a few hours till dinner time. We had our dinner in their gazebo on the dock. Just a nice relaxing day!