Thurs. Dec 7/17- on Tuesday night about 4:30, I drove to The cathedral in Hamilton. The synod council made up of about 31 ministers from Niagara met and they each nominated 3 ministers to be the next bishop of Niagara as Bishop Bird is retiring. They could nominate anyone from all over Canada, some from Montreal and .newfoundland. I was one of 3 scrutineers picked to count the ballots. We took the wooden box into a room upstairs and opened it and each nominee was a first, second or third choice with first choice getting 3 points, second getting 2 points etc. We had to write them all down and balance them and pick the top 10 which now be voted on at the next synod in March 2018. We were done by 7 pm. It was fun. I really liked the Rev Ann. She had tattoos on her wrists. Win babysat the boys so #1 Son and wife could go to her Christmas party.
So Hubby decided yesterday that pump on the furnace was backwards and so he took it off and turned it around. Then he couldn’t get the furnace working! We have had no heat all night and all day! We called the furnace guy but he couldn’t come for 2 days. So we called a retired furnace guy from church and he came over and told him how to fix it, he is still working on it. About 3 am I thought Wins plants might be cold so I went downstairs to cover them up without turning the light on. When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I heard a rustling and something touched my head!! I shrieked and ran back up stairs and into bed, but then I could t sleep wondering what it was! I cleaned the us porch and found some old walnuts in there that were eaten. I think it must have been a mouse, Did some vacuuming and cleaned the ceiling fan and went shopping. Turkey soup for supper. Should do my Christmas cards now. We have the wood stove and Elaine’s infrared heater going in the LR so it’s not bad in here.
Saturday, Dec. 2- I should have known it was going to be a crazy day when I got to work and saw a mouse running in circles in the parking lot! It just kept going around and around. It was weird, there must have been something wrong with it. Then we get in and the other person with the top combs doesn’t have them with her and mine are locked in the vault and I can’t remember them because they were just changed. We had to call someone and get them. Then one of the tellers didn’t show up so we were short handed and it was very busy, lined up to the door a lot of the time, plus there was a ton of bags in the night deposit and a lot of envelopes in the atm. As well people kept calling with weird problems all day. Then at closing I went to close the vaults and the combs were spun off and the combs I had didn’t work. We had to call several people before finding someone who answered and had the combs. We finally got it shut, a half hour later! Then I went to Moms apartment and cleaned out a few things to give to the refugees but I couldn’t get her door to lock when I was done. I gave up and left it unlocked. I took a bouquet of flowers to Mom and then went to The Goobers hockey game in BVille. #2 Son was supposed to meet me there but he didn’t show up. He was out and didn’t realize what time it was. They lost 6 to 1.
Friday Dec 1 – I had the day off and it was beautiful for working outside, not too cold and no wind, bright blue sky. Hubby and I finished reshingling the garden shed roof. I cut them and he nailed them up. We got it finished but u fortunately, he realized his hearing aid had fallen off!! We looked for it but it was like looking for a needle in a hay stack in all the leaves and brush on the ground. We went with Norma to Bugsys for supper.
Fri. Nov. 24 – yesterday W took girls to Rochester for Am. Thanksgiving and stayed over for her birthday. They went out to schmegs for breakfast and then cut a real Christmas tree after going on a hay ride. I had the day off today so we worked on putting in the expansion tank for the furnace. #1 son and wife had a good offer on heir house but the buyers couldn’t get financing. #1 and wife had a big argument. They both need anger management. She is upset because their new place is a mess but he has been working non stop at the old place getting it ready to sell.
Sunday, Nov 25 – yesterday, we had one little leak in the furnace pipe so worked on fixing that today as it was raining. We couldn’t do the shed roof. We went to LaScala restaurant for the credit union Christmas dinner and then walked Down the block to a comedy club. The restaurant was expensive but the food was good. The comedy was so so. It was pouring rain when we came out. I Helped W with the bazaar in Welland this morning, the kids helped set it up too, I took R to a birthday party at noon and then P to skating. A told her he was “concerned”. She didn’t answer him. He came in the change room after and told P she did good and then left, I was bent over taking her skates off so just ignored him. W sold 2 so far. M and kids showed up after I left. It is over at 2pm. I told P she could put up my Christmas tree. M and kids showed after I left. They came home with Win and we gave them all supper. Kids decorated the tree for me.
Sat. Nov. 18 – Win has her Dino plants at a bazaar so I went to check it out and I had to pay $3 to get in!! I went about 11 and she had only sold one. It was mostly for mothers with young babies. A girl at the table next to her had homemade pies but I don’t think she had sold any either. She won’t be going to that one again. She thinks next week will be better as it’s at a school. Made 2 quiches and coleslaw for tomorrow. Raining here so couldn’t do anything outside. Meat pies, fried cabbage and zucchini and fries for supper. Made some homemade broccoli soup for lunch tomorrow toots Min and Cin are coming for a visit. They are supposed to get here about 11 but are always late, no church.
I worked an auction at the church last night but afterwards some guy was complaining that he didn’t get paid enough last week for his consignment. R. Thought I made some mistakes.
Sunday, Nov 19. – Min And Cin and Sophie and I went for a hike to B. falls after lunch. It started out sunny but clouded over and snowed and hailed off and on. Didn’t stay on the ground though, hike was nice, water was really rushing although it was quite slippery. Win and girls came about 4:30 and we had an early supper As they wanted to leave before it got late. Nothing much ne with them. Hubby told them we are going to europe next summer so that let that out of the bag, Cin didn’t say much about it. She is having carpel tunnel surgery in March and is going to NZ after. Win sold 1 more Dino. The bazaar next week is on Sunday from 10 to 2 and there is no admission so hope it is better.
They still haven’t come to fix the hot water heater! We called Mon, Tues and today. We bought it brand new on Oct 6! Yesterday after work we had a surprise baby shower for Erin. I said something stupid and feel embarrassed today. I always say stupid things, I should just keep my mouth shut. Win was jealous because A took his GF to see Elton John at the MCentre, we would have liked to have gone but the tickets sold out so fast.
I spent all day Saturday cleaning out the garden shed, hanging tools up, throwing away old stuff. Looks good In there now. Win helped me put all the patio stuff up in the top of the garage today and her and the girls helped put up the outdoor Christmas lights. Parish council was long, first one with new minister. A brought Joan to skating. Win shook hands and that was about it. She didn’t think he had her to their house when she wasn’t there. Were probably at her hotel. He has tomorrow off too. They took the girls to see the Mary poppins movie and she gave them each a necklace and bracelet. Puddin thought she was nice but of course they only saw her for a short, got a gift and saw a movie.
Sun Oct 29 – We took the kids to church and stayed for the potluck lunch. I took Mac salad. Food was so good. It was for Rev Cathie’s farewell. W took girls to skating.
Sunday, Nov 5/17 – The new minister started today. She seemed nice. She seemed a little bit nervous but she has a good sense of humour. She has an 11 year old dog named Heidi that she usually brings to church. It is a German shepherd Alsatian I think cross so it is big. So everyone is excited to see the dog. It rained off and on all day. I don’t know how he cut the grass? Hubby went to Cathy’s and got 6patio stones, how I don’t know, they are sooo heavy! I caught up on church books. W took girls to skating. When she got back. Hubby and I went and got the rest of the patio stones. Wow they are heavy! How he did 6 by himself, I don’t know! Cathy showed me her new deck and interlocking brick patio and walkway. Very nice. I baked some squash and did mashed pots and fried pea meal bacon and corn. Getting my hair cut this morning. W is mad because it’s her day off and A is staying home sick and is lying on the couch instead of in bed.
It was rainy all day here. I bought Win lots of urns and things at the auction today for her business. I got so many fun things for her to work with. They were just giving the stuff away at the end. Hope she can make some money with some of it. She has 2 craft shows coming up before Christmas. Just rested today as we are both sore from yesterday.