Saturday 2 October 2010

Saturday October 2, 2010

I woke up to bright, beautiful sunshine although it was cold at 4C (39F). Luckily I had gotten out some winter things last night so I was able to cover my ears when I went for my walk.

Since it was sunny today the plan du jour was to go out leaf hunting. We had both cloud and sun on our drive toward Clayton, Almonte and Carleton Place. We got a few photos.

Someone was burning something. The flames were pretty high. Sure hope they were looking after it.

Lilac Lane, Franktown

Horse barns behind the church in Franktown

Along the back roads

Some turkeys - they'd better watch out, Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend!

One of the Falls at Almonte

While we were in the area we stopped at Tranquil Acres but the trees on the other side of the river weren't as pretty as usual. While there we stopped by our former Titanium. Warren was there closing it up for the winter. He again reiterated how much they love it. That's good to hear. We didn't have any nostalgic feelings while we were there so I guess we've moved past it.

Then it was on to The Brick where we were looking at bookshelves that were on sale. We found ones that we liked and put them on order. They should be in on Wednesday.

Friday 1 October 2010

Thursday & Friday, September 30 & October 1, 2010


It was cloudy with the threat of rain in the air and we did indeed have rain and lots of it all day. I had a short walk with just a bit of drizzle but we had to get ready to go in to Ottawa. We had errands to run, I had an appointment with the eye surgeon and the company that looks after our retirement funds had a Customer Appreciation BBQ.

We got our errands done. I was at the surgeon's office in lots of time only to wait for an hour to be seen. Everything with the cataract surgery is fine but my optic nerves are not 'normal' looking so he sent me for a glaucoma test. He said to take it to my optometrist so when I left there we went straight to the optometrist's office to drop that off. We both have appointments in mid October.

Then it was on to the Customer Appreciation BBQ. They have these little parties about twice a year. We usually get to go to the one held in the summer. It was a bit late this year. We've only been to one Christmas one.

Retired people will show up even in the pouring rain for a free meal! LOL We did!

Apex Jazz Band

They had a good jazz band called the Apex Jazz Band. We had some food, spoke to our financial advisor to say Hi and then left to go to my sister's for a few minutes before heading home in the rain. While there I picked up some of my china that she had stored there. It's my grandmother's set that she got as a wedding present in the early 1900s and a very pretty pattern. It's very difficult to find pieces but I have done so at flea markets and have added to it over the years.

Now that I have my new storage unit I have one empty side to store the china in.

I caught up our monthly expenses tonight. This is the first month since we moved in that we've actually come in under budget even with things purchased for the house. Finally!


We actually saw some sun today although it was cool. I went for my walk, thankful that there was no rain in the forecast for this morning as we've had enough rain for a while. The ground in spots is saturated. Gordon went out after breakfast to take some photos.

While he was gone I unpacked my box of dishes and did some cleaning. My throat felt a little scratchy so I decided to rest today.

Gordon has been scratching his head for the last few days wondering why the garage door opener didn't work. So today, he was back out in the garage to try again. Well, something he did worked and he has no idea what it is but we now have our car in the garage. The photo (above) is of him looking quite pleased with himself.

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Wednesday September 29, 2010

Today was mostly a cloudy day with one little patch of blue sky this morning so we headed over to Poonamalie locks for some photos.

Houseboats leaving the locks

On the grounds of the locks

Flowers at the locks

I did go out for my walk this morning and wound up going downtown. I don't often go that way because of traffic crossing Queen/Elmsley Street. I'd rather just keep on truckin' on the side streets away from traffic.

My doctor's office called this afternoon with the results of my sleep test. I have mild sleep apnea but only when sleeping on my back so the recommendation was to sew tennis balls in the back of my nightwear and lose some weight.

Tonight we went out for sunset. Another photographer had mentioned this spot to us and Gordon checked it out and it's right in town, just a stone's throw from the RV park!

Sunset throws golden light on the new water treatment plant


The old train trestle bridge at sunset, lots of pink sky

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Sunday to Tuesday September 26-28, 2010


Although it wasn't raining it was damp when I went for my walk. It didn't get very warm today and we had some drizzle on and off.

I've wanted a pressure washer to wash the outside of the house so since they were on sale, we went out today and got one. I was also looking for a wheelbarrow on sale but couldn't find one so I got a yard cart instead. I think it will serve the purpose.

Gordon has been wanting chili for some time. Since I can't eat it due to the tomatoes, I wanted to wait till I got a freezer so I could freeze some. Now I have the freezer so today was the day to make the chili. He had it for dinner and was very happy!

I also made a huge meatloaf and cut it into sections for freezing as well.


Today was another cloudy day with rain descending upon us late this afternoon. It looks like that's what we'll have for the next day or so. Even if it was cloudy I did enjoy my walk this morning.

This morning I went out to try to come up with something for hanging my shower curtain. Before I wallpapered we had the tension rod on the wallpaper but I don't want to tear the new stuff so with the wooden cabinets above the tub I decided we could put up some hooks like for draperies so I went in search of some and found some at Canadian Tire (they sell all sorts of things besides tires).

While I was out I picked up some other stuff and since lean hamburger was on sale at Your Independent and I have a freezer I stocked up. I also got some other meats that were on special.

One of my purchases was some of those new fangled light bulbs. When I got them home two were broken so I had to go back and exchange them. While I was gone Gordon was starting to get things together to put up the garage door opener.

I did some reading and repackaged the meat I bought. Not a very interesting day nor a very nice one. This is what the radar looked like. At least it's mostly green!


It rained pretty much all night but by the time I got up this morning it had stopped and if we didn't get sun at least there was 'brightness'. So, I went for my walk. It was actually quite warm at 16C (61F).

Gordon had to go to our home away from home, Home Hardware to get a metal strap to hold up the garage door opener so he could continue with getting that installed. It won't be long before we need it!

This dock with the seagulls on it reminded me of the docks at Rockport, TX with pelicans and cormorants on them.

This afternoon while Gordon was working on the garage door opener, I was thinking about how to get the stain off the siding at the front from our contractor splashing it all over when he painted the deck. I thought I'd try the Mr. Clean sponge, that didn't work. BUT I had kept my Purple Power from the RV so I sprayed it on the siding full strength, let it work for a couple of minutes and the stuff wiped right off! It's amazing!

I came across a site for Smiths Falls this morning that I hadn't seen before. Click here to see it. For those of you that have limited bandwidth, there are six short videos.

We went for a short drive late this afternoon when the sun came out as there was an interesting sky.

Photos of the interesting skies this afternoon