Saturday, 9 May 2009

Saturday May 9th

Another morning with no rain - Bonus! Today was 'down the hill' day. (See yesterday's post for photos of the hills.)

It started raining late this morning and continued through most of the day. I got out my yo yos (photo below) and made some new ones for my yo yo quilt blocks while watching Forrest Gump, then relaxed while watching Hush with Tori Spelling.

I tried to do some craft rearranging but that didn't work out very well. I thought if I put my jewelry stuff into my yo yo case and moved the yo yos elsewhere that I'd have easier access to the jewelry but the bin wasn't large enough so had to move everything back again. More rethinking......

I also worked on the Conde Nast Where Are You for May and I think I have the answer!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Friday May 8th

Last night after it finished raining the sun came out and we had a beautiful partial rainbow. So we went off chasing rainbows! Then back to Petrie Island where we walked on the pathway. It's not flooded there any more but it sure isn't dry yet.

The partial rainbow

The path at the Petrie Island beach


Pretty cloud reflection

The Cumberland ferries passing on the Ottawa River

I have a small correction to my April expense spreadsheet. Our extended health care did pay all but $38 of our $90 charge. Every little bit helps!

I was able to walk this morning - no rain and I felt decent. I even did the 'up the hill' walk.

These are the two hills - the campground is at the top of the first hill

And this is the 'up hill'

After breakfast I got ready and went into Orleans to the Mall and a couple of other stores. I needed to get ink for the printer and get my hair cut!

We only had a few sprinkles of rain this afternoon and have had quite a bit of sun contrary to the forecast. We got very close to 21C (70F) today. That's the first time we've seen a temperature that high in quite a while.

I bought a turkey breast the other day so that's what I'm cooking for dinner tonight. I love turkey!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Just a Joke Today

I woke up this morning to pouring rain. It rained most of the morning.

Since I didn't do much of anything today except computer stuff, read and chat with Dee on Yahoo I thought I'd post a joke that a friend of mine sent me the other day. I thought it was cute.

A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership and past the Tim Horton's. Taking off down the Trans Canada , he floored it to 120 kph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. "Amazing!" he thought as he flew down the highway, pushing the pedal to the metal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw the RCMP behind him, red and blue lights flashing and siren blaring.

"I can get away from him, no problem!" thought the elderly nut case as he floored it to 130 kph, then 140, then 150 kph. Suddenly, he thought, "What on earth am I doing? I'm too old for this nonsense!" He pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the Mountie to catch up with him.

Pulling in behind him, the officer walked up to the driver's side of the Corvette, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason why you were speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The man, looking very seriously at the Mountie, said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with an RCMP officer. I thought you were bringing her back.

"Have a good day, Sir," said the Mountie.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Not Much

This morning was cloudy but it hadn't started to rain yet so I went on my walk. We're supposed to have rainy days till Monday, then one day of sun before back to rain again. I was walking around the campground when I felt a 'plop' on my hat. It didn't feel like rain so took my hat off, and sure enough, a bird had pooped on it. Reminded me of a poem my Dad used to say:

A little bird went flying by
It dropped some whitewash in my eye
I didn't laugh, I didn't cry
I just thanked God that cows don't fly

Oh so true!

After a nap I went in to Walmart to see if the nectarines had come in - nope. Did some photocopying at Staples then to Your Independent but they didn't have nectarines either. I don't understand why they had them when we arrived here and now they don't. One of life's mysteries!

Today's photo is Gordon's photo of the day - he can even make a dandelion look good!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Our Tuesday

Happy Anniversary Laura & Steve! Just thought I'd drop that in. Congratulations on two years of wedded bliss! It doesn't seem that long since we drove down to Kitchener for the wedding.

I was up a bit earlier this morning as we had an appointment in Kanata (the opposite end of Ottawa to where we are) at 11 a.m. On our way out we saw a couple walking around the campground and they waived to us. I thought it must be David & Lise as I sort of recognized them from their blog. I got out of the truck and went and met them but it was a rushed meeting as we had to be off.

On our way to Kanata we stopped and picked up a prescription for Gordon for his blood pressure meds. He didn't have enough to last till we see the doctor on May 13th for our annual physicals.

Then on to Kanata where I dropped Gordon at our Macintosh computer guru's house. My computer needed a new battery and electric cable and Gordon needed to upgrade his ram. AWhile he was there I ran over to the mall to pick up a few things then went back to pick up Gordon. A good deal poorer, we were off to Food Basics for some groceries. We were running out of a few staples.

We then stopped to try to find the geocache but we had a truck load of groceries, cameras and computers so Gordon stayed around the truck while I set off. My first mistake was I started through the conservation area on the side of the road where the parking lot is even though I knew that the geocache I was looking for was on the other side of the road. The pathways were quite wet and I couldn't get to the road because of 1) a fence 2) a ditch of water 3) lots of trees. So I walked back to the parking lot and proceeded to walk along the road till I could find the entrance to get into the conservation area on the other side of the road which is also partially fenced. I had succeeded in doing that when my phone rang. My husband wanted to know how long I was going to be as he was bored. I walked a little further, checked Miss Pinky and saw I still had a long way to go so I decided to go back. This geocaching isn't for wimps! At this rate Ducky Love is never going to find a home in Ontario!

This duck was wandering around all alone


Very wet path

I had to walk around a lot of these areas

So we headed for home, unpacked the groceries, got my computer hooked up to charge the new battery and then got to relax!

Monday, 4 May 2009

To the Falls

I woke up during the night with a sore throat. When is this going to end? It's been over three weeks already! So I broke down this morning and took a cold pill as my head was feeling like my cold was coming back. I really hate taking them as they affect the inner workings of my system - LOL!

I had found a geocache at some Falls near here, called Princess Louise Falls or Taylor Falls so we decided to go and see the Falls regardless of how we were feeling. I wasn't up to climbing the falls to find the geocache as I wasn't interested in getting wet. If it hadn't been for the geocaching site, we never would have known about these Falls. They are in a suburb of Ottawa called Orleans and there is a pathway that takes you to them. To get to the bottom of the falls you have to go down a very steep trail which, of course, means that you have to come back up again. Here are some photos that I took.

This is the path to the Falls that goes through Fallingbrook housing area

Princess Louise Falls

You have to cross here to get to the left side where the geocache is - next time I'll take my walking stick

The path back up to get to the truck

We got back in time for lunch and then I had a nap as I was feeling kind of puny. I had planned to go into town for some groceries but canned that idea.

Instead I started printing off some geocaches for tomorrow. We're going to pick up my new battery and electric cable for my computer so I was looking for caches in that area. I was on my third one when my printer ran out of ink. OK, back to low tech, pencil and paper.

Thanks to Donna, FL for letting me know that there is an 'off-road' button to click so I'll try that tomorrow. I already knew about the 'pedestrian' button.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Geocaching Frustrations

I did go out for my walk this morning, up the hill and even managed a bit of running but that hill sure tires me out. It was 14C (57F) this morning and the sun was shining however we did have some cloudy periods during the day.

Gordon didn't feel the best this morning. He said he felt achy and kind of feverish but he did rally enough to go geocaching with me this afternoon. We traipsed around in the underbrush behind Rockland High School but didn't manage to find the geocache. I'll have to try to find something easier. I'm not overly impressed with Miss Pinky's geocaching performance.

Bushwacking and looking for the geocache

Lots of undergrowth

The Trilliums are in bloom (Ontario's official flower since 1937)

My sister in Toronto called this afternoon and we had a nice chat. I won't be seeing her until probably August when we go to Lindsay.