Saturday, 28 November 2020
Saturday, 21 November 2020
My dad had a saying, "another day, another dollar". There may not be another dollar at the end of the day (just my pension once a month), I can attest to another day, day after day. All this to say that the days move from one to another, and though I always have something to do, they often seem to fade into one another. I do keep notes on a calendar in an effort to recall what's happened, but more often than not I need to check my FitBit to know what day of the week it is. Small problems to have, I know.
A little housework, some television watching, checking social media, chatting with my daughter, my brother, or a friend or two on the phone, some knitting or crocheting, or crafting and the days are filled. This week I added in some decorating for Christmas - just to change things up.
I haven't been walking as much, not even indoors. But Wednesday was an absolutely beautiful day (6C/43F) so I put on my winter boots, a coat and gloves and scarf just in case. The wind was a bit cool but oh, it felt so nice to be out in the fresh air.I was surprised and pleased to see the walking paths had been cleared. I'll be honest, I've never walked there in the winter and now I know it's an option for warmer day. While I was walking back from the bridge (it's to left and not visible on this photo), I walked down to the creek. I was really surprised to see two ducks feeding in a bit of open water. Hopefully they head south soon; it's only going to get colder.
The path wasn't as clear by the pond especially in the shade. I noted the water level is even lower now and there were open places where one can see the gravel or dirt. No geese or ducks were seen.
Here's my street, not nearly as pretty. I live about six houses down on the right side. We never see a plow on our street all winter, so we have to rely on those with trucks and SUV's to pack it down. This year with the number of delivery vehicles, it'll be packed down even more. My son laughed at me when I told I was putting up the Christmas tree. But as I said to him, I would prefer to spend the next six weeks looking at pretty sparkling things than the snow outside. The snow may look pretty when the sun is shining or even when it is falling, but not so much when the day is gray and overcast.
Last year I got rid of the big tree I had, and opted for this little pre-lit four foot tree. It sits on top of a small table, is much easier for me to manage to carry upstairs and uses fewer decorations. This is the first year I've added ribbon to the tree and I really like the look. Not sure if you can see but on the bottom left is a bell. I hang the bell on the lowest branch of the tree because it lets me know if a certain cat (Saku) has decided to nap there. Not yet this year!This display sits on top of my china cabinet, sort of out of the reach of little fingers. However, I know that Eli can get the stool from the kitchen and get what he wants if he chooses to do so. The little wire trees I picked up at the dollar store, and wound the battery operated fairy lights (also a dollar store purchase). It's a simple thing folks, but it pleases me to have the extra sparkle. There are two cat figurines that are always part of the display, I added the scarves and a toque that I knitted a few years ago to add a festive touch.This is a wreath I've made for my daughter this week. I bought most of the pieces at the dollar store, including the Peace that was part of an ornament, while the little red and white ornaments were picked up at 50% off at Michaels. All told I probably spent less than $15 for the materials. It took me a day or so to figure how to put the garland onto the frame - I'm a little slow on the uptake - but once it was in the place the rest of it went to together quickly.
Besides the decorating I've been working on Eli's sweater and my cross stitching. I've just got to sew the seams and finish the neck ribbing and it will be ready to take to him in early December. The cross stitching is going a little more slowly; the last motif has a plaid scarf which needs color changes every few stitches it seems. But I will persevere and finish it before Christmas. There is a little knitted snowman started as well - this is something I can do in the evening while watching television that doesn't require a lot of thought. I seem to be obsessed with snowmen this year!
I did an on-line for groceries this week from Walmart. It all went well, with the exception that everything came in separate bags! I use the bags for cat litter disposal so I'll use them but I was certainly surprised by the volume. The one thing they didn't have and should be available this upcoming week is birdseed. As a result I ended up shopping at Canadian Tire, where I found birdseed and a few other things. Eli has been a little hard on the Christmas decorations this year and I found a container of shatterproof ornaments on sale. I sent a photo to D, she readily agreed so I picked them up for her. On the way to the checkout I noticed they had sheets on sale too and since I know D was looking for sheets for my Christmas gift, I sent her another picture and with her approval, picked them up. Yes, I know it won't be a surprise but it's what I really wanted.
On Friday, I went out to Value Village and the Salvation Army thrift stores. Since I had no luck finding the materials for my table centerpiece elsewhere I thought I'd see what they had. I got lucky at V.V. picking up stems and greens for $4. With the materials I have at home I should be set. At Sally Ann I found some Christmas ribbon and a oven safe bowl. Not sure what happened to the one I had - I may have donated it at some point.
Today I woke up to our coldest temperature yet, 17C/1F. Brrr! I bundled up well to feed the birds and they started feeding almost as soon as I left the back yard. It's a good day to stay indoors. At the moment the 2018 Grey Cup is being replayed (this would have been Grey Cup weekend), there are NCIS re-runs to watch, the sweater to finish, and the chicken for tonight's dinner is marinating in the fridge. All is good in my world.
Take care everyone, stay well and have a great week!
Saturday, 14 November 2020
Saturday, 7 November 2020
I'm doing one of those shake of the heads things again today. It's Thursday as I start this and it was just Saturday a minute ago. I know I'm on the down slope of life, but seriously I can't believe how quickly time is passing by.
On a happier note, we had a nice visit with D and Eli on Sunday, and Monday morning. The three of us went out walking both days as the weather was perfect. Eli loves to see the geese and the ducks on the pond though was a bit confused when I told there were no babies now. He made me laugh, at one point D and I were going back and forth as to whether a bit of white on the pond was snow or a piece of plastic when Eli turned to us and said, "that's enough you two".
On the way home each day we stopped at the nearby park. On Monday, the workers were busy replacing the wooden retaining walls with concrete blocks. Eli didn't mind that he couldn't play on the equipment. Instead, he ran around on the small hill, eventually rolling down it when it was time to leave. I didn't get a video of the roll but here's one of the little guy doing what he does best on the top of the hill, running, spinning and chattering to himself.
While they were here, D and I made a run to Costco to pick up a few things, while Eli hung out with Uncle C. Those two enjoy each other's company so much. At one point, C had a Baby Shark Halloween cartoon playing on his computer and the two were cuddled in the chair watching it. Eli also helped me make C's birthday cake (a box of browning mix), and after it was iced, we put enough sprinkles on it that it was difficult to cut! Eli helped sing Happy Birthday too and while birthdays are not a big deal to C, I'm sure he enjoyed it.
On Tuesday, after doing some tidying, my walk, and some knitting I settled in to watch the results as they came in on the U.S. elections. I actually stayed awake until 2:30 a.m. before I finally said enough. There was obviously not going to be winner that evening, despite Trump's assertion that he'd won. Yes, I know I'm Canadian and have no real stake in the results, but there are consequences for our country as well regardless of who is elected. And who would have thought that four days later there will still be no called decision.
I thought I'd be ready for a nap mid-day on Wednesday but I didn't. No walk was taken, but I got a few things done around the house and caught up on some PVR'ed television programs while knitting or stitching. I was excited when my early Christmas present to me showed up!I've been wanting a rug for the living room for a long time but had never found anything I liked. On one of the home renovations shows I watched, I spotted one I thought would work, and although I found it through the marvels of the interweb, the cost was prohibitive. But after scrolling several options I found this one and I love it! The rug is a low pile, but so soft and nice on the feet. There is no insulation in the basement ceiling in this portion of house so the floor often feels cold in winter. I rarely wear socks in the house so the rug is a welcome addition.
The mess on the side table to the left of the couch are the three projects I'm working on and in front of the chair is my little table that I pull out to put the laptop. The latter gets put away behind my chair when it isn't needed. Saku is loving the ottoman beside the chair and has spent hours napping there...which he didn't do before. Although he's difficult to make out, Sasha is sleeping in his spot on the right hand side of the couch.
I walked again on Thursday, no photos this time, and enjoyed the sun and warmth. I know it isn't going to last and Friday was definitely cooler. I did get my walk in by walking inside the house, and spent a good part of the day working on my projects watching curling! Between Facebook Live and You-tube I managed to catch 3 games. I did a bit of knitting, a bit of cross-stitching and some crocheting. Perhaps it is time to focus on one and get it done.
Today it is colder still and to be honest I'm hoping it gets even colder. We are forecast for freezing rain on Sunday before the snow starts falling later in the day. That will leave a layer of ice on our roads and sidewalks that won't disappear until spring unless we get some mild weather over the next few weeks. The main roads will be taken care of by the city but our residential areas rarely, if ever, see a snow plow. Even the year we had over a foot of snow pack on the street - during the spring melt the ruts were deeper than my rubber boots, it took several calls to the city to convince them to come out and clear it.
I've no big plans for today, just more of the same - a bit of housework, watching curling, working on projects, and walking in between. It's still a wonder how time goes by so quickly when I'm in such a slug mode.
On that note, I'll leave you with a photo of last night's sunset out at the farm that my brother R sent me.
Take care everyone, stay well and have a great week!
Tuesday, 3 November 2020
The cool weather moved out and we're enjoying a few days of absolutely gorgeous weather. D, Eli and I walked on Sunday and Monday, and I headed out this morning. I had my camera with me today, and have some photos to share.I think this rabbit thought he was hidden in the shade. Sorry, buddy you won't be hidden until the snow flies. Just the other day, the rabbits I saw were still mostly brown, but they're obviously changing fast.I was surprised to find geese at the creek. Two were standing guard while the others fed.
There were ducks too, enjoying a feed.
Over at the pond, the geese were flying in and landing. These four chose to land on the ice. I laughed as they skidded about 3 to 4 feet!
We had a high temperature yesterday of 20C (72F). Even with the warm temperatures the ice on the pond didn't entirely melt. The water level is dropping significantly - with the sand bar in the background. I'm guessing this is being done by the city though I don't recall it this way last year.
These geese took the more traditional option of landing in the open water.
The thistles have dry remnants of themselves. I thought about clipping a few and bringing them home but I'm sure they'd just fall apart.
Finally, from Sunday evening a couple of photos of the eastern sky over the neighbour's homes.
The sky was so pretty, and I lucked out as the show lasted just mere minutes. D went out with her phone when I came back in and missed it entirely.The nice weather will be with us through Thursday, then we'll see the temperatures drop back to just above the freezing mark on Friday and even colder over the weekend. Along with the cold, we may get as much as 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) of snow! I'm definitely going to enjoy this lovely weather while it lasts.
Take care everyone!