About ermabclone

A 58 year old mother of 3, grandmother of 4 (so far) who likes to travel, sew, knit, garden and read.

Sunday Sledding

After church Win and the girls, me and #2 Sons 2 oldest boys and Paul and Porter went to the park by the lake tobogganing.  The lake was very brown and angry looking.   The wind blowing off it was bitterly cold but they stayed out there for a couple of hours.  I took some pictures and then sat in the van with Pete and read my book.  Afterward we went home and built a fire, had hot chocolate, the kids did crafts and we started a new 500 piece puzzle.  They all stayed for supper.  A nice day!

Cemetery, Doghouse, Mom

I am off today because I work Saturday.  I worked at RSP call night last night.  I got home about 8.  Usually #2 Son is home by 10:30 or 11 pm and if not he always calls to say he has gone to his friends hot tubbing or whatever but tonight The Pencil and I waited until 11:30 and he st we started to worry ill wasn’t home and he wasn’t answering his phone.  The last time he texted was 7:30 ish so as he had been working over at the new house by himself, we started to worry that he had fallen off a ladder or something. We got in the car and drove over there but he wasn’t there.  We drove back and over to his friends house and finally found him, alive and well which was good but ugh! He was in the doghouse!

This morning I got groceries, did laundry, and this afternoon I went to a meeting at the church because they want me to be the treasurer of the cemetery as well as everything else.  I hesitantly said I would do it even though it looks like it’s going to be more work for me and one of the men on the cemetery board is a bit of a pain to deal with.  Our cemetery is one of the prettiest in the region and one of only 5 in all of Canada with a natural burial ground.

Then I went to visit Mom.  She was wide awake, alert, talkative and knew who I was!  So that was nice.  Win and I walked the dogs then she came over for supper as I had cooked a roast chicken, mashed potatoes, sprouts, green beans and gravy.  #2 Son got us some free gravel for the extra driveway yesterday so this morning Hubby borrowed a neighbours tractor and spread it out.  It looks good.

Winter Wine Fest and Work Party

Thursday Jan 2 – went for a walk with Win and the dogs then went into work.  On Saturday I painted trim at #2 Sons and worked on church books.  After church on Sunday I babysat the boys and worked on the church books.  Win and girls came for supper too.  Monday I worked on church books, did the dishes, went to Costco, painted trim at #2 sons.  Tuesday I got my hair cut.

Friday, Jan 10– Wine Festival

Carol and I volunteered at the Winter Wine Festival from 6 until 9.  It was drizzling rain a bit so not too many people were there.  At 9 we were done and had some wine and a butter tart and listened to the band and then went home about 11.

Saturday, Jan 11 – Christmas party

Saturday night we had our work Christmas party at Coppolas but the reservation wasn’t until 7:30 and we didn’t get our dinner until 9:30!  Very late.  Some were going bowling after but I went home as it was almost 11 pm by the time we finished eating.

Monday, Jan. 13 – I worked on church books and year end account, then Win and I went to #2 sons new house and painted some trim until about 3 pm.  Then we took the dogs for a walk by the old canal.  On the way back Sophie pulled the leash that was wrapped around my fingers really hard and now my right index finger hurts and is swollen and turning purple.  

Winter Wine Festival

Jan 1st Let the Adventure Begin!

“I’m excited to have a whole new year ahead of us, just bursting with possibilities!  The last one was quite an adventure wasn’t it?”   Quote from Anne with an E

Let the new adventure begin!

Win and I took the dogs for a walk by the canal with just a light dusting of snow on the path.  A Beautiful January 1st morning!!

Sore Back, New Years Eve

My back was sore and I didn’t have to babysit the boys, so I didn’t go to church on Sunday.  I went took coffee to #1 Son who was working at the flea market by himself.  It is bigger than I thought and I got lost looking for his booth but finally found it.  Then I went to the Goobers hockey game in NF. His team won.  I rested the remainder of the afternoon and read my book.

Monday and Tuesday I worked.  I picked up my Amazon order at the post office and then made turkey soup for supper.  Hubby went to bed at 10 pm on New Years eve.  He was just too tired to stay up.  I sat by the fire and knitted, read my book and watched the ball drop.

Christmas Week

The Saturday before Christmas, I worked and then took the girls tobogganing at the park as there was just enough snow left.  They had a blast.

On Sunday morning Win and I took all the kids to church for the carol service.  We kept Artie with us while the rest went to Sunday School.  Artie is 9 months old now and so cute.  He loves the music. He looked adorable in his red plaid shirt with a little black bow tie and black pants.  On Monday Hubby and I picked up 2 cords of firewood and stacked them as it was nice out, only -2.  

Tuesday was Christmas Eve and I was busy preparing things for Christmas dinner, setting the table etc.  I also went to see Mom and Bro happened to go at the same time.  It’s funny how we do that. We don’t know the other is going but we show up at the same time.  We also discovered another offbeat English TV show we both love.  After supper I went to the Christmas Eve Service at church. Hubby was exhausted from painting all day at #2 Sons so didn’t go.  #1 Son and family went to church and so did Bro and wife.  

Christmas Day was green.  We had a peaceful morning opening gifts with #2 son and family, putting the turkey in etc.  Everyone else came over about 2 pm. and chaos ensued!  It was very noisy.  We ate about 4 pm. With the 7 kids around the kitchen table and the 8 adults, 2 teenagers and Artie in the dining room.  We shut the door to keep out some of the noise coming from the kitchen lol.

On Boxing Day, I made sweet and sour meatballs and 2 quiches to take to #1 sons where we had our annual Boxing Day family gathering with Hubbys sister and family.  I worked on Friday.  Today, Saturday we went to #2 sons and did painting. Hubby finally got the sprayer working so it was faster.  The Pencil and I did cutting in.  Then Hubby and I went out to dinner with friends and saw the new Jumanji movie afterwards.  It was good.  My back is sore now though.  I don’t have to babysit tomorrow so I can rest it.

Aquarium, Paint, Faux Pas

Monday morning it snowed quite a bit.  A guy was supposed to come and look at the aquarium we have for sale from 3 and a half hours drive away.  I didn’t think he would show up but he did and he bought it.  I didn’t think he would fit it in his little hatchback car, but he did.

On Tuesday I did the church books and then after supper I went to #2 Sons new house and painted.  They had put the insulation in the roof earlier so it was actually warm with the little heaters going. We painted the living room/kitchen heron grey.  It looks good.

I had done up a generic Christmas letter and just added the Dear So and So on the top.  I sent the same letter to my cousin in England earlier, and one to his ex wife and her husband who I am also friends with and just changed the name at the top.  But when I went to print another letter off later on, I noticed it said. “Dear Ken and Julia”. And underneath, “ Hope you and Natasha are well” LOL. Natasha is Julia’s ex husbands girlfriend! Omg! And it was already in the mail! There was nothing I could do!  What a faux pas!

Colonoscopy & New Job

  After work On Friday, I left Hubby sitting on the toilet as he is going for a colonoscopy on Saturday and went to the PAC with Carol to see the new Harriet Tubman movie as we had to use up our free tickets.  It was really good! When it got to the part about our town everyone clapped.

We were up early on Saturday and I drove Hubby to the clinic for his colonoscopy.   It was fine and he just had one small polyp.  It was pouring rain so #2 Son couldn’t work on the soffit.  He just had one 10 foot piece left to do.  They all went and painted the top floor while Hubby and I went to visit Mom.  There was a singer giving a concert in the cafeteria again. He was pretty good,   #2 Son and family went to a Christmas party.   Hubby and I sat by the fire.

Sunday I went to church then watched the boys in the afternoon. Everyone came back here for supper.  On Monday morning Sophie and I went for a walk with Win and Pete.  It was cold and a bit slippery on the trail.  We saw beaver tracks and a tree where he had almost chewed through the trunk. There were also swans, ducks and geese swimming in the cold gray water.  I went shopping and then The Pencil and I picked out paint colours for their house. Win had a job interview today and was hired! The shop where she works now is closing and her last day of work is Dec 20. She starts the new job Jan 6. Perfect!

Birthdays

On Sunday everyone came here to celebrate the Goober and Sugarplums birthdays turning 17 and 8.  Win brought Pete who met Tyson The Rottweiler for the first time and the rest of the family.  Pete settled right in. I worked on Monday.  Poor #2 Son worked in the rain all day installing soffit and fascia.  

On Tuesday Hubby and I worked outside cleaning up the garden, bringing firewood up etc.  I went to #1 Sons to babysit as they were going to a Christmas party.  They got home early at 9pm.  When I got home there were police, ambulance and fire all flashing their lights and blocking our road.  I could get in our driveway but others had to turn around and go another way. Apparently someone hit a pole and went in the ditch.  On Wednesday I wrapped some presents, cleaned, did laundry and then went to see Mom.  They had singers in the cafeteria.  It got very cold today.

Photo of the day, iPad Woes

I went to Euchre Wednesday night at the church, there were 14 out.  We had some wine and cheese and Christmas cookies.  Thursday morning I saw that my photo of the Icicle Berries had been picked by Wildflowers and More Canada as the photo of the day!  I had taken a lot of great shots of the ice storm while searching for Pete.

I took Sophie to the vet for her annual check-up.  I was afraid to see how much she weighs now, but it wasn’t too bad, 97 pounds.  

Hubby’s iPad isn’t charging, it is pretty old.  It was going to cost $100 to replace the battery so he found one on Marketplace and went and got it but when he got it home no one could figure out how to download an app.  I think maybe it just doesn’t have enough memory for it.  So now he is out $100 and no further ahead.  We went to see the movie about Mr. Rogers last night.  It was a bit slow but crazy to think he was like that in real life, so kind, so calm.