Saturday 23 June 2007

Italian Potluck

It was pretty chilly this morning even though it was just before 9:00 a.m. when I set out. The sun was shining but it was windy and a north wind at that with the temperature at 11C (52F). I walked south on Appleton Side Road to the Trans Canada Trail and then walked west for about 10 minutes before turning around and retracing my steps back to the campground. It took about 40 minutes.

After my morning routine, I read for a while then prepared the ingredients to make my Spaghetti Bake for the campground potluck tonight.

The potluck was a little late starting but there was lots of food. The weather was fairly cool down by the water where the potluck was held but it’s a pretty spot. It’s good that I made a gluten free Spaghetti Bake as the theme was Italian and there wasn’t much else that Gordon could eat. I got a lot of compliments on the recipe including from my husband. I didn't take any photos at the potluck, didn't even take my camera.

We got back to the RV around 7:00 p.m. to a mountain of dishes. This cooking takes far too many dishes!

Friday 22 June 2007

Another At Home Day (except for groceries)

There’s a new RV/camping site on line now called RVThereYet (cute name). It’s got lots of interesting links as well as RVers blogs, info on finding campgrounds, campground ratings and something called CampFree (you have to have a Paypal account to take advantage of this). Here’s the link:

I really didn’t want to get up this morning. I put an extra quilt on the bed last night as my feet have been cold when I wake up but this morning I was warm but I knew I’d have a monster headache if I didn’t get up. It was 16C (60F) and cloudy with quite a high wind coming from the north so it wasn’t all that warm! The radio said there was a 70% chance of rain this morning in Ottawa. We don’t seem to get all the weather that Ottawa gets. Looking at the radar the weather seems to come more from the north down the valley towards Ottawa and we’re west of the city. Works for me!

Around dinner time last night we had more heavy rains so much so that both the internet and TV went out for a short time. We had a few rumblings of thunder and then sunshine so Gordon went out to see if there would be a rainbow. He said there was a partial one and he took some photos but I haven’t seen any of them on pbase yet.

Late this morning I sat outside with my blanket as it was quite cool and windy but came in at lunch time and transferred myself and my book to the couch.

Around 3:30 p.m. I realized tomorrow is our potluck here at the campground and I needed some mozzarella cheese so off to the grocery store. I went into Carleton Place the back way through Appleton and took some photos in Appleton.

Photos of the Mississippi taken from Appleton

I tried to sit outside again when I got home but it can't decide whether it wants to rain or the sun wants to shine so I gave in and came in to do my Nightly News.

Thursday 21 June 2007

An At Home Day

I woke up to rain on the roof. Do I get up and walk or not? So I lazed around for ½ hour, the rain stopped and I got up and walked. Since the skies were threatening I went a shorter ways north, then east and then west so I got my 30-35 minutes in that way. It was 14C (57F) and cloudy but at least it didn’t rain on me.

After breakfast and my morning computer time, I defrosted the freezer. It needed to be done badly but I don’t like doing it when it’s too hot so today was a good day for such things. The owner of the campground mows on Thursdays so when he was done mowing around our RV, I went to get the electric mower to do my usual trim up but it wasn’t there so I’ll do it another day. I did a bit of sewing and washed my cloth purses and hung them outside under the bullnose of the RV to dry. Other than that, it was my usual reading. I’m running out of books. I stopped at the library here in Carleton Place one morning this week but it doesn’t open till 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday so I didn’t want to stay in town that long. I’ll have to go back and see what they have. I can take books out on my Nepean Library card which is nice.

We had some thunder rumblings this afternoon and a bit of rain and temperatures reaching 23C (73F) with some humidity. The sun came out later in the afternoon. All in all it wasn’t a bad day unlike what had been forecast yesterday.

More Around the Campground Photos

Wednesday 20 June 2007


This morning was 17C (63F) sunny and windy. Below is where I walked this morning, all 5,159 steps of it. I finally remembered to wear my pedometer. This walk takes me about 35-40 minutes.

Eastbound on the side road

Southbound on the farm road

Westbound on the Trans Canada Trail (the old train tracks)

Northbound on Appleton Side Road

Gordon was nearly out of coffee this morning and as I can't buy Folger's instant in Carleton Place, that meant a trip to Ottawa. I had to go in to drop something off anyway so I headed in around 11:00 a.m. to do a bit of shopping. I stopped at Michaels to see what was new there - nothing I couldn't live without, Hazeldean Mall where I got the coffee and another pair of running shoes. It seems that Zellers is one of the only places where I can buy Folgers instant in Ontario. I think Loeb might have it too but I wasn't going there unless I had to. I then stopped at Walmart to pick up a few things and the Loblaws at Centrum Centre where I had planned to get my 1% lactose free milk in 4 litre size. I can only buy the litre size in Carleton Place. Turns out the Loblaws only had 1% in the litre size as well and I didn't feel like making any more stops so I bought it and will have to stop again Tuesday where I know I can buy it (Food Basics).

Other than trying to find a switch on our hot water heater (our electric switch has never worked), nothing much else happened today. I sent an email to Glendale this morning and was told where it's supposed to be but no luck finding it!

Today was a really nice day for the most part. This morning was really sunny. It clouded over this afternoon and we got a little bit of rain but then the sun came out again. There's no humidity and our high was about 22C (71F).

Tuesday 19 June 2007

Thank Goodness for the Wind!

If it weren't for the wind today it would be really hot. It's quite humid as well but even so I sat outside this afternoon under the big tree and read. We're supposed to have thunderstorms later so Gordon put the awning up in preparation for increased winds.

I had walked this morning, done the laundry and gotten groceries so it felt good to relax!

More Campground Garden Flowers

Monday 18 June 2007

More Appointments and Errands

This morning was quite a bit cooler 17C (62F) and only partly sunny. I walked further than usual this morning. I’ll have to measure it in the truck to see how far it is though.

We had an appointment with our doctor to get the results of our medicals and everything turned out well. After that we had lunch in the Food Court at Bayshore, ran some errands, went to the chiropractor and then came home as it was starting to rain and Gordon thought he forgot to close one of the vents and indeed one vent was open but it hadn’t rained very hard so it wasn’t a problem. That’s something we have to remember to do but as you get older you can’t remember anything!

The rest of the afternoon was spent reading and napping. Looks like the weather this week isn’t going to be very nice, cool and wet after tomorrow late in the day. This is supposed to carry on till at least Friday.

By the way, I finally got another blog visitor counter to work!

I didn’t take any photos today but I’ll leave you with one that Gordon took last night. He actually got up out of bed to go out and take it.

Saturn (dimmest spot), Venus, & the Moon

Sunday 17 June 2007

Baird Trail & Visiting Neighbours

Got up late this morning, about 8:50 a.m. I had such dreams last night, all active with me participating so I feel like I didn’t sleep much. It also rained during the night and I got up to close the window so it was warmer inside than before and I think that contributed to it.

Anyway it was 22C (72F) when I got up. It also looked like rain again so I only walked as far north as River Road on Appleton Side Road and back.

I had a nap this morning and after lunch we found the trail near Middleville that we looked for yesterday. It’s called the Baird Trail and it was quite pretty with a lot of pine trees and a boardwalk through the wetlands. We didn’t see much except for some butterflies but I thought I saw some bear tracks……..

When we got home John & Jean were sitting outside with Sarah so I went over and talked to them for a while then back to make dinner!

Happy Anniversary Margie & John!


Happy Father's Day!

To see Gordon's post, click here.

Photos Along the Baird Trail