Saturday 16 October 2010

Thursday to Saturday October 14-16, 2010


The threat of rain was in the air and in fact it had rained during the night but I went for my walk anyway. We had a few sprinkles on and off this morning.

My Immigration lawyer had requested that we print out the statements that we had prepared for him, sign and date them and mail to him so we got that done this morning, then I went out to the post office. While out I stopped to get a key made (it doesn't work) and picked up a few things, one of which is a kneepad so hopefully this will save wear and tear on my knees for jobs like gardening.

We had to go out and put gas in the car so took the key back and the lady made another one. This one is tight but it works.

I was looking around in blogger this afternoon and found they've updated it. You can now apparently upload as many photos as you want and move them around so I've switched. I'll have to take some photos to give this a try!

I made a meatloaf for dinner and we just hung around for the rest of the evening. Gordon had an appointment for midnight for an MRI at the Ottawa Hospital so we had to go out in the rain to go to Ottawa. Neither of us likes driving at night in the rain and on the way in to Ottawa it really rained. It felt like we were hydroplaning at times. But we arrived, safe and sound, about an hour early. He was taken early and we were headed for home about 12:15 a.m. It wasn't raining as hard then and we arrived home around 1:30 a.m. The MRI is to check his lungs from the Valley Fever and also to look at some fluid that they found in his spine the last time they did an MRI. The thought is that it's congenital. Hopefully,  nothing serious.


Needless to say, I slept late this morning and it was still raining. I decided to take the day off from walking.

This afternoon we had an appointment with our local bank to get all our accounts transferred here. They were very accommodating.

After dropping Gordon at the house I went on to Walmart to pick up some things, Zellers for a prescription and a grocery store. Very exciting stuff!

It rained all day and was still raining when I went to bed. On the radar it looked like we had a stalled system.


I was surprised to see some sun when I got up this morning. I had an enjoyable walk and took some photos of my walk downtown.

The oak tree in front of the house is pretty now
Red & green leaves   
Autumn sky

This is an interesting bridge

Downtown-Beckwith Street

I walk by this door often - the art is cute!

Plant cycle

 While I was cleaning out the front garden this morning, Gordon went off in search of something to cover the air conditioner for the winter. I got all the garden debris boxed up and Gordon came home with weather stripping and nothing to cover the air conditioner BUT he had found a tool chest that he wanted. So off we went to the dump site for garden waste, got rid of that and went and got him his tool chest.

While we were out we went to the cemetery beside the dump site. The trees were pretty.

After lunch he installed the weather stripping and did some caulking on the front porch roof so our mail doesn't get wet. Then we started putting away lawn furniture for the winter. It was a nice day to get things like that done.

While he was outside putting together his new tool chest,  I did some inside cleaning. I use my swiffer with either wet or dry cloths usually but every once in a while you need to actually mop (with something other than my socks walking across the floor LOL) and I love the smell of Pine Sol!

When he finished the tool chest he put together my yard cart so it's ready for spring! The yard cart is cool. It even has a dump feature!

I just read that the RV community has had another tragedy. Bruce and Margie went out for a walk this morning and were struck down by a car, neither survived. Apparently the driver of the car was trying to commit suicide. They will be missed by their family and by the RVing community among others, myself included.

Monday 11 October 2010

Monday to Wednesday October 11-13, 2010


Today was a pretty low key day. I had filled in my ballot for the Municipal elections so my morning walk took me to the post office. In Smiths Falls, Municipal voting is done by mail.

After that, I filled in some documents for social security that I'll need at the U.S. Embassy tomorrow. Then did some cleaning and laundry.

I had cut up some of our gluten free bread and left it out to dry to try to make my own stuffing since El Peto's was not worth the $5.79 it cost. I used butter, onions, chicken broth, some seasoned salt and sage. I also had a chicken breast that I had bought a while back so that went in the oven.

I finished a J.A. Jance book that I started yesterday. It was easy reading but I had figured out who did it about half way through.


It was an early morning today as we headed in to Ottawa to go to the U.S. Embassy. Traffic in the city was horrendous even though it was after 9 a.m. by the time we hit the city so we wound up taking different routes and got downtown around 9:45 a.m. Gordon dropped me at the bank as I had to have part of the form for Social Security completed by them. That done, we headed to the Embassy where they went through purses, pockets and kept some stuff till we left. We were treated very well by Mary, the lady who looked after us. She photocopied all my documents for Social Security, will certify them and ship them to my caseworker in Ogdensburg, NY. So, hopefully, I'll be receiving my social security in due course.

We also stopped at Hog's Back Falls for some photos.

Hog's Back Falls

Rainbow at the Falls

On our way home we stopped at my sister's place and picked up more boxes of dishes and crystal. After we left there we had some sort of rattle in the car that we couldn't locate so when we got home Gordon took it to the Kia dealer. They finally found out what it was - the garage door opener - no charge! They are a great dealership!

While he was gone I watched a couple of TV shows that I missed on Thursday night at the cottage and read some and I think I had a nap!


It was another beautiful sunny but chilly morning for my walk. Someone wasn't paying attention and I almost got hit crossing the street. I saw the look on her face when she realized I was there. I was crossing in a crosswalk area and I have no idea why she didn't see me - not paying attention?

Gordon decided today was a good day to go to Jones Falls Locks. (There are four locks.) So, off we went. It's a very pretty area and I think I like these locks the best of any we've seen so far. It's definitely a pretty setting. There are also trails around there.

One of the locks at Jones Falls

Along one of the trails

Hotel Kenney at the Locks - We thought we might spend our 20th anniversary here. Unfortunately they close on October 25th.

How many hotels do you know that hang their sheets on the line?

Stone Arch Dam

Stone arch dam at Jones Falls - completed 1831

At 61 feet, the dam was the highest in North America in its time

This is what is left of Jones Falls after the Dam went in. It's now called a weir.

On our way home we took some photos along the road.

Old barn in scenic setting

An old shack by the marsh

The Anglican Church in Portland, Ontario, a very pretty setting

This afternoon I went out to pick up a few groceries. That's about it!

Sunday 10 October 2010

Thursday to Sunday October 7 -10, 2010-Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

On Thursday, we packed up and headed for my sister's cottage near Lindsay, Ontario. We stopped several times along the way to take photos. The whole weekend was beautiful, bright and sunny. Some days were warmer than others. In fact, Friday was like a summer day.

Photos taken along the route

We arrived mid afternoon and stopped by Double M Campground to see if Daphne was there but the office was closed so we just went straight to the cottage.

Betty and Garth were getting dinner ready. Ribs!

The GBH (Great Blue Heron) was also there to greet us

On Friday, I started my day with a nice walk on the cottage road. After lunch, Betty and I went shopping in Lindsay for a couple of hours before meeting the guys in the parking lot at Fleming College. The Trans Canada Trail runs behind the college so Betty thought since it was such a nice day we should walk part of the trail. It was indeed a lovely day for a walk.

Along the trail

After that we had dinner at Swiss Chalet. Betty thought that would be a good idea as we know we can eat the food there.

My morning walk

The kitties all came out to greet me

This is Freckles

And this is Tiger

On Saturday most of the day was spent getting Thanksgiving dinner together as this weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving. I did go for my walk first thing and then walked down to get the paper with Betty mid morning.

Garth's daughter and her family arrived mid afternoon and we had turkey, stuffing (I made El Peto stuffing for Gordon and I - it tasted like plastic) and all the trimmings. I love turkey!

This morning I didn't walk, just packed up to come home. It was only 2C (36F) when I got up but it warmed up to a respectable 20C (68F).

It was another nice drive but we only stopped for one photo as we were anxious to get back. I went and picked up some groceries and got everything unpacked then tacked email! Nearly four days without internet, I don't know how I survived! Gordon did go into Lindsay and found some open wifi so he had at least checked email. Actually it wasn't that bad without it!

My condolences go out to George on the death of his son. I have been reading George's blog now for about seven years. I'm very sad for him.