Greenhouse Renovated

Sunday it turned really windy.  We had 140 km an hour winds!  There were lots of people with no hydro including #1 Son.  #2 Son’s back fence blew down.  Our truck box that was on sawhorses near the road for sale blew off!  Hubby worked on the greenhouse some more.  I cooked the rest of the squash.

On Tuesday Hubby and I did the trim around the windows on the greenhouse and Wednesday we put up the siding.  It was very cold.  We had to keep going in to get warmed up.  The girls made cupcakes for the twins birthday, Puddin went to Girl Guides outside and I had parish council on zoom.

On Thursday we finished the new benches inside the greenhouse and today, we hung the shelves, I painted them and then out put everything back in!  Yeah!  All ready for Spring planting now!

Visit Approval and a Blow-up

Thurs. Nov 12 – Hubby was tired today so took a day off and did some shopping, fixed the bbq and blew leaves off the shed roof.  I washed all the shed windows and painted the outside of them, then I gave the beams inside a coat of primer.

Fri. Nov 13 – Win’s boyfriend and his 3 kids got approval from the Canadian Government to come over the border from the USA for visiting.  They had applied over a month ago as soon as the rules changed.  They have to quarantine for 14 days so Win and the girls will be staying at our house for that time while he and his kids stay at her house.   So I had to hurry up and get the the extra bedroom cleaned out ready for them.  I also varathaned the craft room window so I could put my sewing machine back and then decided I should do all the window sills!  Hubby is still working on the greenhouse roof.

Sat. Nov 14 – My old wicker hamper that I kept hats and mitts etc in is so broken, I got a new little cupboard from marketplace for $25 to replace it in the hallway.  Since I had more space, I spend the day rearranging the linen cupboard as well.  

I was having a good day until #1 Son found out that we couldn’t all get together for Christmas and got very upset.  I called and talked to him but the whole family were putting stuff in the family chat and it got nasty.  Then I was depressed and upset.  They just want to be together for Christmas but the Covid ruled say you can only have 10 people in a house and there are 18 of us.  The Pencil suggested we split into 2 groups which I thought was a good idea but things got a bit nasty.  I was very upset all night, I hate it when they fight.  I suppose they will calm down and it will blow over.  

Craft Room and Greenhouse Fix-up

Mon. Nov 2 – Hubby and I cleaned out the closet in the craft room and had a look at the electrical.  I went to the JoHo as the receptionist from work is leaving.  They all went for dinner but Carolyn and I just went for a drink a little later.  

Wed. And Thurs – Hubby worked putting another outlet in the craft room.  He had to crawl up into the attic while I held the ladder so it wouldn’t slip on the flooring.  I went to the knitting group for an hour and stopped by Monteforte’s and bought some apples.  We also went to Costco as they are moving to NF next week and it won’t be the same.  

Fri. Nov 6 – Another nice day.  Hubby put trim in the craft room closet etc.  Then we both cleaned up the neighbour’s branches from cutting down his apple tree and Hubby took them to the dump.  I raked up leaves off our driveway and delivered groceries to migrant workers.

Tues. Nov 10 – We have had 4 gorgeous unseasonably warm sunny days so on Saturday we decided to empty out the greenhouse, we took out the big old green cupboard (that was full of mouse nests) and all the millions of old pots etc and took a load to the dump.  The wood and windows on the south side were rotten so we took out that whole wall.  We laid patio stones down on the floor and bought some new lumber.  Today our plan is to use 3 of #2 Sons windows from his old house that had been sitting  in our garage to replace the old windows and rebuild the wall.  It won’t  look as cute but will be more functional. Here are a couple of “Before” photos.

Purging and Cleaning Up

The last two weeks we have cleaned out the garage loft and put all the patio furniture up there for the winter. Hubby worked in the workshop and I went through the last of the boxes in the attic and then I started cleaning my craft room. Hubby and I cleaned out the garage and erected a support pole in the middle because the floor up in the loft was a bit wonky.  We were supposed to have a zoom with Mom but they couldn’t wake her up. I took a load to the credit union to put in the shredding bin.  

On Friday it was a beautiful warm sunny day.  Bro and I had an appointment to see mom outside.  Usually she just nods and smiles but she was very talkative and could hear us pretty good too.  She kept saying she thought she was dying Yesterday but felt better today.  I realized afterwards that it was Dads birthday.  When I got home #1 Son and family were there ready to go out in the boat with Hubby.  So I babysat Artie all afternoon.  He was good and had a nap outside on the couch while I read my book in the sun.

On Saturday I had to pick the girls up from swim lessons as Win had to go to the cemetery.  We made a mulberry cake.  I finished sorting some more files and cleaned some of the bookcase.  Hubby and I got the old truck beds down from up in the workshop and made a load for the dump.  #2 Son and the Goober came over after ball hockey and cleaned out some of their stuff from a corner of the garage. 

On Tuesday I went for a hair cut.  Hubby took a load to the scrap yard and then a load to Value Village.  I cleaned in the craft room some more, I can see the table top now! Lol.  I am getting so forgetful, I totally missed the zoom call with mom!  But what’s really weird is that Bro forgot about it too!  Both on the same day.  Hubby went to the doctor because he has this awful looking open wound like a broken blister on his back. He doesn’t know how he got it..

Hubby winterized the boat and we moved it off the driveway over to the other side for the winter.  Then Hubby took another load to the scrap yard.  I raked up apples and leaves and cut the grass.

We finally had a frost last night so I dug up the carrots and parsnips from the garden.   Hubby covered the boat and we put the indoor outdoor carpet away in the loft.

Birthday Week

Tues. Oct. 13 –  We had a rest day.  Win came over to look at a bird bath the neighbour was giving away.  I did dishes and laundry.  Hubby cut down the neighbour’s old apple tree for him.

Wed. Oct 14– I went on a zoom for the audit committee.  Then Hubby and I cleaned out behind the garage and put canvas down.

Thurs. Oct 15 – I went to the knitting group.  I discovered I hadn’t sent in the church income tax so I scrambled to get that done all afternoon and mailed it in.

Fri.  Oct 16–  I painted some scaffolding that Hubby put up to tidy things up behind the garage. He took 2 loads to the scrap yard.

Sat. Oct 17 – My 67th Birthday Hubby worked in the workshop. Win and I went for a hike at the lagoon with the dogs.  We only saw a couple of swans and a few ducks.  #1 Son and T ordered supper for us from the Greek place and had it delivered so that was really nice

Truck sold, Thanksgiving

Thur. Oct 1 –  I went to the knitting club in the morning.  It was nice so we sat outside in our own lawn chairs. A kid in clydes class has Covid. They had to stay home today.  Clyde has to quarantine for 10 days.  Tania has to have a test because she has symptoms but she thinks it’s just a cold.  It came back negative.  

Fri. Oct 2 – Hubby has been helping the neighbour clean out his barn.  He took a load to the dump, to the scrap yard, to toxic waste etc.  He also helped another neighbour clean out a shed.  THey both paid him.  

Sat. Oct 3-  #2 Son and Goober came to winterize the bees but then a guy came and bought Hubby’s old truck but he didn’t need the box so they all worked for quite awhile taking the box off and the gas tank.  The guy gave Hubby $750 for the rest.   By the time they were done it had started to rain so #2 Son came back on Sunday and they winterized the bees.  

Wed. Oct 6 – Gorgeous day here just really windy.  I Pickled the last of the beets this morning. Bro and I had a visit with mom outside at 2:30.  Mom was the same.  Outside visits end Oct 19 unless they postpone it.  So that was our last outside visit.  We would have to have a Covid test to do an inside visit now.  But they may change that if it keeps getting worse and it’s hard to get a test done now too.  The wind was pretty cold sitting out there today. We stayed 20 minutes though.

Friday, Oct 9 -I had lunch with Gwen and E. today.  We sat on Gwen’s back patio.  She made us really good homemade lentil soup, cheese, crackers, grapes and wine. Es daughter got married last Sat.  They had it outside because of Covid but it rained and they only had a small lean to, no tent.  The guests all had umbrellas.  They put down straw because of the mud.  She is here another week yet.  She is planning on moving back next Spring.

Sat. Oct 10– it was too windy for them to go out in the boat today, even though it was nice and warm.  I did church books and cleaned off the dining room table ready for Monday, Thanksgiving dinner.  I baked some squash and a loaf.

Mon. Oct 12 – Thanksgiving 

I got the turkey in by 7:30 and the potatoes and corn in the crock pots.  The Covid numbers have been increasing a lot and we are nit allowed to have more than 10 people inside so I set up 3 patio tables outside on the deck with cloths and chairs so each family could eat at their own table.  The weather had been forecast as 52% rain but it turned out nice and sunny and warm!   The kids and grandkids played an intense game of social distancing hide and go seek, then we had dessert and then they played card games.  They had fun.  Win zoomed with her boyfriend who lives in the US.  They have filled out paperwork to apply for him to come across the border to visit.

September Days Flew By

Wow, where has the month of September gone?!  I have been busy pickling beets and hot peppers,  making tomato sauce, working in the garden, digging out the compost pile, fixing fences, moving perennials, planting bulbs, and baking.   Hubby turned 69 on the 11th.   As usual we ordered Chinese food for supper. I had made a raspberry cheesecake and a pudding dessert and invited the family over for a piece after supper to celebrate.   We sat outside but it was cold once the sun went down. They had fun and lots of laughs looking at some old memories from the attic clean out.  The grandkids have gone back to school.

 Hubby has gone out in his boat with his friends a few times but caught no fish.  His friend caught a 4 lb walleye.   He helped a neighbour build a shed and clean out his barn attic, taking a couple of loads to the dump and scrapyard.  He also helped another neighbor clean out her garden shed.  He keeps bringing things home and I am trying to get rid of things!! We are both such pack rats!

As I said, I have been cleaning out the attic.  It is a big job!  I sorted through a whole file box full of old letters from the 70s and 80s.  I read a lot of them, took the stamps off the envelopes and then burned them out in the burn bucket. There were letters from my friends, from my aunts and cousins in England and from Mom and Dad because they used to go down to Texas for the winter. My mother wouldn’t let me call my friends on the phone if they were long distance because it was too expensive so we had to write letters. It is amazing to think how often we used to write letters back then before the dawn of email and the internet!   Kids today have no idea.   

One Sunday, Win and the girls and I went for a lovely hike in the valley and then stopped at a farm stall where there were loads of pumpkins for sale.  Another day we went for a walk in the park by the lake but there were a lot of people there. We waded in the water. There were actually people swimming it was so warm. I had made a pumpkin coffee cake with maple walnut ice cream for dessert. 

Sat. Oct 3 – Hubby took a load to the scrap yard.  A guy came and bought our old 2002 truck!  He had his own tow truck.  He didn’t need the box so #2 Son and the Goober helped him and Hubby get the box off and then he towed it away.  #2 Son was supposed to winterize the bees but it started to rain.  I spend a lazy day sorting through more boxes and material.

Labour Day Boat Fiasco

Thirty years ago Hubby purchased a cedar strip motor boat.  He spent that summer fixing it all up, and on Labour Day of that year he was ready to take it on its maiden voyage.  He hooked the boat trailer up to his truck and I loaded the three kids, into my van because we couldn’t all fit in the pick-up.  I followed him to somewhere near Queenston where a friend had told him he could launch without paying a fee.  He wasn’t quite sure where he was going and turned down an old dirt pot-holed road with me following.  He came to a very steep hill going towards the river and took it.  I, thankfully, decided not to follow but wait at the top.  At the bottom there were about 10 people fishing on the banks of the river enjoying a peaceful, sunny holiday afternoon, until Hubby descended.  It was not the launching place and he had to manoeuvre the truck and boat trailer around in a very small area and then try to get back up the dirt hill!  He was revving the engine, dust and gravel were flying, his spinning tires were burning rubber and smoking.  The fishermen were choking, trying to get out of his way, not impressed that their idyllic afternoon had been disrupted!  Finally he got back up the hill, we continued on and found the proper launching place.

We loaded everyone in the boat with life jackets etc. and set off.  We rode for 5 minutes at most when suddenly….the engine died!  Hubby pulled the starter over and over and over.  No luck.  He fiddled and pulled, fiddled and pulled, no luck.  Meanwhile, we were rapidly drifting out to the middle of the Niagara River!   The current was very strong.  I wondered aloud, “Are we below Niagara Falls, or above it?”  He made an incoherent answer which meant he didn’t know for sure, at which point I began  to panic!  I looked around for help but there were no boats near us.  Still fooling with the motor to no avail, I finally said, Hubby!  We need to get out the oars and start rowing!  He eventually gave in.  Once we figured out how to get them in the oarlocks and we were both pulling the same way, I felt better until I looked at the shoreline and realized we weren’t going anywhere!  The current was so strong against us we were rowing for all we were worth and staying in one place!  Thinking we were going to die, I suggested we try to get closer to shore where the current wouldn’t be so fast.  We did this but were absolutely exhausted!  Our muscles were aching but we couldn’t stop rowing because as soon as we rested, we lost purchase.  We rowed and rowed and rowed.  We eventually got closer to shore and came upon some fishermen on the bank.  Then it dawned on me, No!  These were the SAME 10 fishermen where Hubby had got his truck stuck!!  Now here we were disrupting them again, plowing through the middle of all their fishing lines!  They were desperately scrambling to reel them in, getting them tangled up.  I was hoping they didn’t recognize us!  I was so embarrassed!  LOL

We continued rowing and rowing and the current picked up but now we were near the shore.  Earlier in the summer I had taken the kids to the Voyageur museum and we had learned how they used to walk on the shore pulling the big canoes with a rope over rapids etc. so I told Hubby he had to get out of the boat.  He jumped in the water, cutting his foot on a rock but got to shore with the rope and started pulling us.  It worked great until we came to a type of weir blocking the way so he climbed back in the boat and we started rowing again.  We made it around the weir and could finally see the dock where we had launched the boat!!  But we were SO exhausted, our arms felt like jelly, we just couldn’t get the boat to go the right way.   Fortunately there were a group of teenagers sitting on the dock and they yelled to us, Do you need some help?  I cried YES!  They all jumped in the water, swam to the boat, surrounded us and pushed us to the dock!  I was so grateful! We are still married but I have never been in a boat with Hubby since!! LOL

And now, here it is 30 years later.  Hubby has a new boat.  He has been fixing it up the last few weeks.  He is ready to take it on its maiden voyage.  It is Labour Day weekend…..2020…..What could possibly go wrong?

35th Work Anniversary

It was my 35th anniversary working at MCU today.  It is really 45 years but they don’t count the first 10 because I quit for 2 years when all 3 kids were small.   My manager called and put me on FaceTime speaker phone in the branch huddle.  The staff each had a letter of my name and said a blurb about me.  Adri had B and said it was because after knowing me for 3 years she found out I’m am Big Badass!  Lol. The others mentioned my puzzles, my everyday cheese sandwiches, my exploring the world and the disasters that follow me.  I wish I could have recorded it!   I also went out for dinner to an outdoor patio with 4 friends from work.  We had a good time, good food, good company. I brought Hubby home half of my peach cobbler salted caramel cheesecake for his anniversary, one year sober.

Pink Eye, Boat and Traffic

Sat. Aug 22 – #1 Son had his garage sale again but didn’t have many customers so closed it up early and packed the rest up and took it home.  I dried out the tent and tarp etc, did 2 loads of washing, vacuumed and picked blackberries.   It was hot and humid today.  

Sun. Aug 23 – i watched the church service on the internet and went on the parish zoom.  I roasted cherry tomatoes and made “zoodles”,  zucchini cut into noodles, fried with hamburger, onion, green peppers, the roasted tomatoes and grated cheese on top. It was good.  Win has pink eye, which is a symptom of Covid.  She booked a test for Monday morning.  

Mon. Aug 24- I did church books etc.  My manager called to see if I wanted to go back to work.  I said, not really.  He says I have 2 options.  I can take another voluntary leave until Dec 18 retirement date, or he is going to see if they will give me my six month bonus now and bump up the date.  I said either option works for me. He got back to me to say I should just take an extended leave, that way I still have my benefits.

Tues. Aug 25 – We,had a big storm last night and it felt cooler this morning so I made tomato sauce with tomatoes from our garden.  

Wed. Aug 26 –  I went to a meeting at church about reopening and then to an outdoor visit with Mom and Bro at the nursing home.  When I got back Hubby wanted me to help him work on the boat motor holding things up.  I don’t know what he was doing.  He tells me and explains and it just goes in one ear and out the other lol.  

Thurs. Aug 27 – Hubby and I took the tool he rented for the boat back then stopped off at #1 Sons for a short visit.  Hubby made a mistake fixing the boat and spent the day trying to figure out what to do about it.

Fri. Aug 28 – Hubby and I worked in the garden, weeding, picking, mowed the lawn.  Then #1 Son finally found somewhere to order the wood for his privacy screen about an hour and a half away and he wanted 

Hubby to pick it up for him in the truck.  I went too to help navigate.  There were 2 accidents on the bridge, one in each direction on the way there and traffic was all backed up and then another bad one on the way home.  Win and girls came for supper and we had fresh corn on the cob from the garden.

Sat, Sun, Mon, Aug 31 – We picked tomatoes, blackberries and green beans.  I made more tomato sauce, froze berries and corn.  We took Hubby’s truck in to be fixed.  I went to Wins after supper and the girls and I watched Hamilton.