Saturday 15 July 2006

Rain, Hot and Humid

It was cloudy, warm and very humid this morning but even with that I managed to walk farther than I have since we got to Carleton Place. We measured the distance in the truck tonight and it turns out it’s two kilometers return. That’s not a bad morning walk for someone who’s out of shape.

Gordon had an appointment to take the truck in for service today so he left around 9:15 a.m. I called the vet to give her an update on Bib. He is doing much better. I backed up my computer files, vacuumed, read and generally didn’t do much. My sister, Betty called around lunch time to make plans to come to Ottawa for Nick and Becky’s wedding. It’s less than two weeks away!

This afternoon we had rain on and off and each time it rained it got more and more humid and with the humidity come the bugs! I hate humidity. I want to go back to the desert!

After dinner tonight we took a drive around the back roads in the area looking for scenic things to photograph. Unfortunately we didn’t find much but did find a lot of log barns. I’ve never seen that many log barns in one area before. I didn’t get any pictures but did take a photograph of the thunderhead that’s hanging around here.

Friday 14 July 2006

Miscellaneous Stuff

I was up extra early this morning as Gordon had to be in Ottawa for his bone density test for 8:00 a.m. and I need his help to give Bib one of his medications. It was still not too hot when I went out for my walk so it’s lucky that I got up when I did as it got real warm real fast. With the heat and humidity, you could really smell the hay on the fields. I’m not sure that being out this morning was good for my allergies as my eyes were watery and itchy all morning.

This morning I got potatoes and eggs boiled to make potato salad as I didn’t think we’d enjoy a hot meal tonight. I also got some photos uploaded to Yahoo.

Gordon got back from his appointment shortly after 10 a.m. but had to go back into Ottawa for a doctor’s appointment for noon so I decided to go with him. We got some errands run while we were there and had lunch at Bayshore Shopping Mall where Gordon could have his Taco Bell and I could ‘Eat Fresh’ and we could get a prescription filled at our pharmacy. On our way home, we drove by the Nepean Equestrian Park. They are having their Kubota Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament this weekend so there are all kinds of striped tents and trailers of all kinds on the grounds. Gordon sees a photo op!

So, the rule is if we eat out at lunch time, I don’t have to make dinner. When we got home, I tried sitting outside to read my book. There was a really nice breeze but Bib was whining wanting to come out with me and he’s not supposed to be eating things off the ground so I came inside instead and read and had a nap. Then I got potato salad ready for tomorrow. It’s always better made a day ahead. I also took some photos of the orange tractor on the grounds of the park. It’s parked beside a rail fence and I think it looks so pretty sitting there so the photo for today is of the orange tractor.

I’m getting the bug to start painting again. I’ve got our sign with our names on it to finish. I gave up on trying to do it in Tucson as it was too dry and my paint kept drying out but now with the humidity here in Ottawa I have little excuse except maybe laziness. Maybe this weekend????

Thursday 13 July 2006

Laundry, Vet and Other Things

This morning when I went out to walk Bib there was a tent in the middle of the driveway right behind the truck. When I came back from my walk, I stopped to talk to the owner of the tent and found out that he is from England. He arrived in San Francisco eight weeks ago and has ridden his bicycle with his tent all this way. He’s on his way into Ottawa today and flies back to England (Manchester) from Quebec City two weeks from now. Amazing! He taught primary school in England for forty years and now does interior decorating. And the reason the tent was in the middle of the road is that he was drying it out so he could pack it up and put it on his bike.

This campground doesn’t have a laundry room so this morning I packed up the laundry and took it into Carleton Place. There is a very clean Laundromat there.

Bib has been having some intestinal problems for the last week or so. We had stopped in at a vet’s office the day we arrived and spoke to the vet. She suggested fasting him for 24 hrs. then feeding him hamburg and rice four times a day in small meals. This didn’t help so before I went to do laundry, I called her and made an appointment for this afternoon. She checked him and prescribed some medications and food changes so we’ll see how that works.

On our way back, Gordon washed the truck. It needed it badly!

I didn’t feel all that well myself today, kind of headachey and sort of felt like I’m getting a cold. Sure hope I can shake it! It was very hot today so stayed inside most of the day. I tried sitting out with my fan to read my book after I got back from doing laundry but with not feeling well, it felt even hotter so went back inside to read.

Pictured above are a couple of photos that I took around the campground this morning.

Wednesday 12 July 2006

This 'n That

Part of one of the gardens in the campground

Just a comment regarding my blog. I know there are lurkers out there, otherwise I wouldn’t have 4500 hits. Please, please leave a comment so that I know I’m not just writing to hear myself!

Apparently there was a nice sunrise this morning. Gordon went out and took photos but by the time I got up it was cloudy and very humid although not all that warm. I walked out along the roadway and took some photos as well as some photos of the flower gardens here in the park. I wanted to walk down by the water but with the closeness of the air, the mosquitoes were out in full force so I’ll save that for another day.

Just before I left for my walk, Gordon said that he wanted to go out for breakfast so when I came back we got ready and the three of us headed for the Gourmet Restaurant in Carleton Place. The breakfasts there have always agreed with Gordon. We left Bib in the truck to guard it which he did with great enthusiasm. I could see him from where I was sitting and he was doing his share of barking at anyone that came into the parking lot. He is a great watch dog. It was a good breakfast even though they don’t have brewed decaf. On the way back, we stopped at Your Independent Groceries to pick up a few things and then back to the RV. It still wasn’t raining but the threat was there.

We spent most of the morning on the computer, Gordon with his photos and me posting our monthly expenses on my spreadsheet and doing some surfing.

This afternoon we both had a nap and did some reading and computing.

I read this on someone else’s blog yesterday and thought it was great not to mention true. Don’t know if any of you have ever had to call for technical support or assistance of some kind and gotten someone that you couldn’t understand but this tells it like it is:

Have you ever spoken with Mujibar?
Mujibar was trying to get a job in India The Personnel Manager said, "Mujibar, you have passed all the tests, except one. Unless you pass it you cannot qualify for this job."Mujibar said, "I am ready." The manager said, "Make a sentence using the words Yellow, Pink and Green."Mujibar thought for a few minutes and said, "Mister manager, I am ready."The manager said, "Go ahead." Mujibar said, "The telephone goes green, green, and I pink it up, and say, 'Yellow, this is Mujibar.'" Mujibar now works as a technician at a call center for computer problems.

Tuesday 11 July 2006

Back at Tranquil Acres Again!

Our site at Tranquil Acres

It rained some during the night and was cloudy when I woke up. We took our time getting packed up and left Upper Canada Campground around 10:30 a.m. arriving at Tranquil Acres near Carleton Place shortly after noon. After we got set up, I went and got some groceries as we were running out of some stuff. We did have a little mishap pulling in and scraped the rubber roof on a tree but Gordon got that patched and all is okay, not much damage done.

Gordon took some photos around the park while I was grocery shopping. He said he ran across some cooperative bullfrogs down by the Mississippi River (not the Mississippi in the U.S.). It’s very pretty at this park. The owners, Shonagh and Dave Toddun have a lot of flower gardens throughout and the lawns are very pretty. It is on the Mississippi River and there is a little beach for swimming. They have some boats for rent as well. They also have long pull thrus with full hook up. We always enjoy our time here.

Monday 10 July 2006

A Drive Down Memory Lane

We were supposed to have a severe thunderstorm today but as of 7:30 p.m. although we saw a huge thunderhead, pictured to the left, it hasn’t resulted in the forecasted thunderstorm.

This morning again I sat outside and read. Gordon got good news. Upper Canada Village are going to let him sell the photos that he takes there so he decided at around 11:00 a.m. to go over for a couple of hours since today is our last day in the area. When he got back, we went for a drive from the campground north through the country coming out at Bouck’s Hill and through Williamsburg and saw the farmhouse where I lived until I was 17 years old. It is in quite a state of disrepair so I didn’t take any photos of it.

When I bought my second condo in 1988, the farm house was up for sale for the same price that I paid for the condo. The only problem was I would have to drive 50 miles to and from work if I bought the farm house. It’s also 7 bedrooms and would have cost a fortune to heat but it was a beautiful house at one time.

We continued on through Dundela, home of the Macintosh apple, Dixon’s Corners and into Iroquois, then we drove north of Iroquois to try to find the house where my brother-in-law, John grew up. We did manage to find it. His brother and sister-in-law live there now but I think they are in Holland right now. From there we headed back to the RV thinking that we were going to get caught in the middle of the storm but as noted above – no storm.

So tomorrow, we head to Tranquil Acres at Carleton Place for a month.

Sunday 9 July 2006

A Slow Sunday

Today, like yesterday, was another nice summer day. And again, like yesterday, I sat outside and read my book. I also took some books that I have read for exchange at the office. That’s something I like about a lot of campgrounds, you get to exchange books for free and I read a lot!

Gordon went back to Upper Canada Village this morning and took more photos but doesn’t think he’ll be allowed to sell them. He’s still waiting for a verdict from Upper Canada Management.

Nothing else to report today. Michelle sent a video of Luke but I haven't figured out how to post videos yet.