Scarecrows, Boat, No Water

Monday, July 20 – Train

The girls played with the Barbies and house a bit.  We made a chocolate zucchini cake.  In the afternoon, they got out the dolls and made a train with the chairs.  They made tickets and magazines for the dolls. They had fun,  and made Win ride the train when she came home from work.

Tuesday, July 21 – Scarecrows 

Today the girls went in the hot tub as it is cooler.  We baked chocolate zucchini cookies.  Hubby took Wins car in to have another key made.  In the afternoon the girls made little scarecrows and we went on the zoom with Mom.  We put the old boat up sale last night.

Wed. July 22 – Boat Sold

it rained in the morning and I didn’t have to babysit so I went with Bro to see Mom for an outside visit.  So many people inquired about the old boat, many said they wanted to come and look at it but only one showed up.  Win went to work in the afternoon.  A guy ended up buying the boat about 8 pm. Hubby has to drive it to his house tomorrow. 

Thur, Jul 23 – No Water

Suddenly last night, we had no water in our taps but Hubby was too tired to look at it.  He thinks the pump in the well is a caput but he is checking a couple of other things out first. He had to drive the boat to about an hour away and he got lost so it took longer than expected.  Then the guy called to say he forgot to give him the ownership for the trailer. Ugh!  

The girls and I played scrabble, and Chinese checkers and cards.  We also made some blueberry muffins.  We still have no running water so I used bought drinking water to do the dishes.

Fri. July 24 – New Well Pump

We had to buy a new pressure tank for the water which we knew we needed and a new electrical box thing but that didn’t do it, so Hubby had to buy a new well pump $1400.00.  He got #1 Son to help him pull it out of the 100 ft deep hole.  It is heavy, full of water and covered in rust.  The last time we did this was in the 1980s.  He hooked up the new pump but now it needs some other wire or something so he’s gone to try and get that. Hopefully we will have running water tomorrow!

I babysat the girls in the morning. We played games again.  Then I got groceries and cut the lawn.  

Bee Sting, Yard Sale

Fri. July 17 – Bee Sting

Hubby woke up Friday morning with a swollen hand, going up his wrist.  We put apple cider vinegar on it but it was getting worse and since it’s Friday and we didn’t want to have to go the hospital emergency over the weekend, he went to the doctor just to be sure.  

It is very hot and humid today.  I picked another 3 pints of raspberries, made a pudding dessert, vacuumed etc.  

Sat. July 18 – Yard Sale

#1 Son slept here last night and we got up early and set up a yard sale.  We had a big U shape so people could go one way, social distancing and we had a hand sanitizing station at the beginning.  We set up a large umbrella and chairs in the middle.  It went well and they got rid of a lot of their flea market stock.  They have being storing it in our garage since they decided not to do the flea market anymore.  

We were going to bbq but Clyde suddenly got a black swollen eye like he is either allergic to something or got bit by something. And #1 Son wanted a shower so they went home and we ordered pizza.  They’re coming back tomorrow.  They moved all the tables together and covered everything with a tarp.  They sold a lot.  They made about $650.

Sun. Jul 19 – Rained out

#1 Son was here early at 6:30 am.  We set up the yard sale again but it was very hot and not many customers.  It was very windy and a storm blew in.  We had to scramble like crazy to put everything away or cover it up but the rain came down in torrents so fast!  We all got soaked.  After that I was exhausted.  #1 Son went home and I had a rest and read my book.  At least the rain cooled it off a bit.

Keys, Bees, Swollen Finger.

Monday, July 13 – Hubby and I cleaned up the brush under the pine trees.  I varathaned some of the things I have painted.  

Tues. July 14 – I saw the muskrat and was rushing to get my camera and I caught my fingers in the screen door and bent them backward.  Gee it hurt, now my middle finger is black and swollen, and I missed the camera shot! Hubby found a place that would make a new truck key for half,the price of the dealership so he took it in.  I picked more raspberries and I baked zucchini cookies and a zucchini lemon loaf. We also put the bee boxes in the freezer to kill any mites etc. ready for tomorrow.  #2 Son laid his cement sidewalk.

Wed. July 15 – I did church books.  Hubby went to the Denturist who is selling us 2 hives of bees.  He arranged to pick them up after supper.  #2 son went with him.   The one hive was very agitated, so they didn’t transfer them from the nucleus cardboard boxes to the hives, they left them.  Hubby got stung once on his hand which I was kind of glad because he kept saying oh they won’t sting me, they won’t sting me.  He is so stubborn so it brought him down a peg! Lol

Thur. July 16 – It poured rain most of the day.  Hubby decided to purchase a stingless bee suit and gloves from a place in Hammertown so he went off to get it and I went with Win to buy some canvas material to make a canopy for the gazebo she got for free, garbage picking lol.  The fabric store had a 50% off sale.  Hubby also picked up his new truck keys and I got groceries.  He tried on his new bee suit and then transferred the bees to the boxes without mishap.

Muskrats, Truck, Shooting

Thurs.July 9 – It is still hot and humid and no rain.  Everything is terribly dry. And still no sign of the muskrat.  I sneak out early every morning with my camera to look across the road at their holes in the ditch.  Hubby has seen them and I have glimpsed one diving back in its burrow but I was not quick enough for a photo.  It was very fat so we think she might have had babies.  Hubby saw it running from the neighbour’s with a lettuce or something in its mouth, it must have raided his garden.  Lol

Fri. July 10 – I went in the CU and got a bank draft to pay for the new truck.  I took in a bag of shredding for the bin and some books I had cleaned out of my book shelf for the book sale in the Fall although they may not have it this year.  We picked up our new truck at noon today.  Shortly after there was a mob shooting right in that area.  3 shot, 1 dead. Wow so close to where we were!  

The truck didn’t come with an extra set of keys so we called a few places.  Some said it would cost $300-400 for a new set and to code them.  We were not happy.  Why can’t you just get a regular old key?  So annoying!

  #1 Son and family came over about 3.  They decided to postpone the yard sale until next weekend as it is supposed to rain and is so hot.  They put the rest of their stuff in the garage after moving some things around.  They stayed for supper. We barbecued steaks, baked potatoes and fried zucchini and veggies.  I made a dessert with graham crackers, instant pudding, dream whip and strawberries.  They loved it. Lol

Sat. July 11– It poured rain most of the day which was good because we really needed it and it cooled the temperature down.  Hubby worked in his shop most of the day and I sorted and photoshopped pictures.  Hubby and #2 Son cleaned 2 bee boxes and they are picking up 2 hives on Monday. 

Sunday, July 12 –I did some weeding and pruning.  Hubby scuffled the veggie garden.  I picked 4 pints of raspberries from our few bushes.  

New Truck and Sewing for Barbies

On Sunday Hubby and I drove over the skyway to look at a truck for sale and ended up buying it!  2013 Ford F-150 4wd with only 86,000 km on it for the right price. Most of them have way too many kms on them for the year.  We pick it up Friday.  We put the old truck out to the road for sale.

We finished off the veggie garden gate and I painted a “No Rabbits Allowed” sign to hang on it. I sewed the lounge chairs and put them back together. I picked raspberries and 2 zucchini’s, the first ones this year. 

Win went to work on the farm all day Monday and 2 half days Tues and Wed as it was so hot, so brought the girls over for me to babysit.  We went strawberry picking.  I thought they might be sparse as it has been so dry but they were plentiful and we picked 6 quarts in no time.  We baked some strawberry muffins and some chocolate fudgy cookies.  We sat in the sun porch in the morning and they sewed doll clothes out of old scraps of material. They like sewing and are quite good at it. They have no patterns, just trace around the doll and cut and design the clothes, just like I used to when I was a kid.  I found 3 empty tuna cans and we each made a pin cushion. It is very hot and humid again so we stayed down in the basement rec room most of the day. The girls got out the old cardboard Barbie house that I bought at an auction years ago for a $1, fixed up the furniture and played with it.  They didn’t want to go home.   I slept in the basement both nights. It was way too hot upstairs.

The Barbie house bedroom
The living room

Magical Fireflies and a Wall

Mon. June 29 – Park Visit and Fireflies

Win, Janet and I packed a lunch and drove to Bronte park to meet Min, Cin and Lin there for a visit.  We all went on a little hike and then sat in lawn chairs under the trees, social distancing, and ate our lunches and talked.  Then we went on another hike along the top of the river.  It wasn’t too bad under the trees in the woods but it was very hot in the sun.  It was a nice day, we were home by 4:30.  

About 9:30 pm. I drove to Win’s and she, the girls and I went for a walk down in the valley in the woods behind her house.  The valley was full of twinkling, sparkling fireflies.  It was magical!  The girls had fun catching them and letting them go.  The night before Win had seen a whole family of skunks so we had to be careful!

Hubby cleaned and then sold #2 Sons fridge that had been sitting out in the driveway.  He got his truck back to take parts off.  

Wed. Jul 1 – Canada Day

 Janet walked around the gardens and grounds of the nursing home while I had an in person visit with Mom.  I had got a face shield made of see through plastic at the dollar store so was able to use that and she could see my face.  It was much better.  After lunch, janet and I went to Bros for a swim and visit.  We had hamburgers for suppers. We watched fireworks on TV.

Thurs. July 2 -Hubby builds a Wall

 It was very hot and humid today.  Janet left to drive home about 8:45.  In the ongoing saga of Hubby a.k.a. Mr. McGregor and his war against Peter Rabbit,  Hubby decided he would borrow a strategy from Donald Trump and build a wall!! around the vegetable garden.  He has seen a rabbit in there every morning, sitting enjoying its breakfast of beet greens or spinach etc.  He put a whirligig spinner down by the beets thinking it would scare the rabbit but the next day Peter was sitting next to it as if to say, “How nice, they put a fan here to cool me off while I have my breakfast “.  LOL. It drives him crazy.  We used up a stack of old wood we had lying around. Hopefully this will keep them out!

Friends, Truck Woes

Friday, Hubby took a water sample down to the pool place and they said we had to replace the water in The hot tub..  Janet arrived just before noon.  We sat around and talked.  We had ribs, potato salad, lettuce salad and cake and strawberries for supper as it was Janet’s birthday.  

Sat. June 27 –  Truck is Toast

On Saturday we went for our pedicure at 9 and then went to Home Depot looking for a Squatty Potty but it wasn’t what we wanted.  We were looking for a portable chemical toilet to take camping but they are sold out everywhere!  Then we went to Costco and Freshco and home.  Hubby picked up the quarter mixed beef and we crammed it in the freezer.  It was quite hot and humid.  We picked a few mullberries before supper.  Hubby had his truck towed in to be fixed,but they called later to say it isn’t worth fixing.  It is a 2002 with only 237,000 km on it.  He is very upset.

Sun. June 28 – Friend reunion

Janet went to meet April for a visit at 10.  I watched the church service on my IPad and then went on the zoom coffee hour meeting.  I cut the grass around the veggie garden.  Friends from high school came for a visit in the afternoon.  We had a good laugh about old times.  It was good.  We BBQd steaks for supper.

Mom Visit, Work, Swing

On Wednesday I went to see Mom in person for the first time in 4 months. The visit went as well as can be expected.  They had a tent set up in the courtyard, with a metal fence separating the visitors from the resident.  We are allowed 1 person, half an hour per week.  Even with her hearing aids and an amplifier she couldn’t really hear me, and of course she couldn’t read my lips with my mask on.  Good thing I had purchased a little white board that I could write messages on.  She seemed to be able to read it.  She didn’t talk, she just nods so it’s hard to carry on a conversation.  

It was cooler so I sewed some more of the garden swing and also went back to the optometrist for an adjustment as my new glasses are hurting one ear,

No word from HR or manager at all.  I think he is mad at me.  I don’t care, he won’t let me work from home, won’t let me go in but not see members, wouldn’t give me just 2 days a week, so screw him, I won’t go back, they can’t make me.  HR told Carolyn there is no pressure to go back, so why am I different….because he needs me,  he has 2 brand new FSRs that know anything.  He needs me to train them.  

Thurs. June 25. – I sealed the sign for the hot tub and the bird houses I painted.  And then I finished sewing the garden bench seat. The old canopy was in shreds.  I bought the canvas material about 3 years ago but never got around to doing it until now. I had to sew most of it by hand. It looks so much better.

My manager texted me to say: i understand from HR that you will not be returning to the branch in July as we have discussed but rather you will be off until at least the end of August. We will adjust the schedule to that effect. Let me know if you want to discuss anything regarding your leave and or return to work. So yeah!  


Father’s Day, Glasses, Strawberries

Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day was to be hot, 40 with the humidex and we have no air conditioning.   It wasn’t too bad on the back porch with the fans going, however, we did eat in the rec room in the basement, so cool down there. We celebrated #1 Son’s wife’s 31st birthday as well. The boys played in the little dog pool and the newly cleaned up sandbox. Artie is walking now, such a difference from when we saw him last week! Hubby bbq’d pork chops and we had potato salad, corn salad, Win brought a lettuce salad made from lettuce she grew in her garden, I made a trifle.  The Pencil dyed my hair before she went home.

Monday, June 22 – I went and picked up my new glasses.  They don’t look as red as they did when I ordered them which is good. I like them.  I cleaned out my kitchen utensil drawer, sorted 2 drawers in the buffet and put the overflow utensils in one of those drawers.  It is so much better now, things don’t get jammed in there and stuck!  Then Hubby and I put up new ceiling tiles in the rec room as it was so hot outside.  Another good job done!

Tuesday, June 23 – The girls all came over about 8:30 this morning and we all went strawberry picking before it got too hot.  We picked 18 quarts as that is all the baskets I could find.  It took us maybe 45 minutes.  

Hubby had an appointment with the denturist because he has been making an annoying sound with his teeth when he eats.  It is irritating to all of us but he can’t hear it.  He is getting them re-lined so soup for supper for him tonight. Lol

Covid test, canoe rack, Garden Bench

Wed. June 17 – I baked and then I painted the stand Hubby made for the canoes and kayak.  It looks good.  He went to a neighbours and tilled her garden etc.  

Thur. Jun 18- Covid Test

I weeded the flower gardens all morning, then went in the hot tub.  It was so nice I could have fallen asleep in there!  Then I went for the drive up Covid test around the back of the hospital.  It was unpleasant but quick.  I get the results in  7 days and I have a visit booked with Mom for July 1st as long as it comes back negative.  

Fri. Jun 19 – it was hot and humid today.  I laid patio stones where I want the bbq to do now, then I emptied the sand box to try and dry it out.  I also wire brushed the cast iron garden bench ready to paint. I got it years ago at an auction for $3 because it had a broken leg which Hubby fixed. I got groceries and we ordered curb side fish and chips for supper.  

Sat. June 20 – Covid result

I made a trifle and potato salad for Father’s Day bbq tomorrow.  I went grocery shopping again and then painted the cast iron bench. It looks good.  Oh Hubby helped #2 Son with the van he is fixing up.  I cleaned out the sandbox, moved it and put it back together.  And did a bit more weeding.  It was very hot and humid.  I just thought I would check the Covid test website and the result was there already!  And it was negative.  Yeah!