fifty…

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fifty years ago today at 4:30 pm I married the love of my life…

I have been without him for the past nine… below is a photo of our last anniversary together… we had a wonderful dinner at Locals in Courtenay;-)…

those were quite the amazing and wonder-filled forty-two (less four months) years…

I wandered through various files and binders in search of our wedding invitation… it was kind of fun to look at all of these memories… came across a few anniversary cards in the process…

on our fortieth anniversary he brought me forty roses to the hospital… we were supposed to have flown to Courtenay for our vacation just a few days before…

they were amazing and the scent was delightful, although each night they had to be moved into the hall because the perfume overpowered the entire room and it was difficult to sleep, lol…

I have so blessed…

track…

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went for a half hour walk this morning and spotted six bunnies

they were everywhere

only saw one squirrel until I got home, and then easily six in the garden within about twenty minutes, lol…

I was about fifteen minutes later than normal and there seemed to be way more people out and about… my walking partner slept through the alarm so I was on my own… I am pleased to be getting back on track with movement;-)…

started out with a puffy vest and long sleeved shirt because it was 13 degrees Celsius, but less than halfway through the walk I wanted to strip down… it got really hot in the sun…

the morning glories were very happy…

shingles…

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had someone come by and look at the garage roof…

when the house was reshingled a few years ago, they felt the garage would last for another five years… not!

over the winter I was able to see light through a couple of little holes when the sun was shining…

recently I realized that water was leaking in whenever it rained…

so, Monday, Brian, the contractor, came… he removed the old shingles and put them into his truck without leaving any mess… certainly much cleaner than the folks who did the house… there were shingle bits and nails everywhere when they were done…

after he made a trip to the dump, he picked up shingles that match those on the house, then removed every nail still in the roof and used a cool magnet that picked up any loose ones… then he swept the entire roof before placing down plastic sheeting over the entire surface… I was mesmerized with the light patterns when the shingles were off;-)…

Tuesday he returned and laid the shingles… there were a few problems including both roofing nailers jamming and having to remove all of the Virginia creeper that has grown into and over the eavestrough…

and then – it was done… and it looks wonderful…

Indi will be happy when she comes home;-)…

youngest…

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my youngest grandson and I spent a few days together… it was lovely as we don’t get to spend the amount of one-on-one time that I have with the other boys…

we did a few chores around the garden and spent a great amount of time with the monarch butterflies

we planned meals, watched the fish, birds and squirrels, and talked about life… he was even happy to take a selfie with me;-)…

we made stuffing muffins (chicken stuffing put into muffin pans), one of his favourites, lol… we had chicken and mashed potatoes for our supper to go along with the muffins… we made twice stuffed potatoes for our second supper and he reminded me to put in green onions as he likes the flavour they add to food now…

we watched the space station fly over from the hot tub…

we slept out on the decks… he thought it was a very funny thing to do, but got right into it, bringing out his comforter, a blanket and pillows;-)… I slept in the gravity chair, which wasn’t as comfortable as the lounger I normally use…

he played games with his friends on his phone and watched tv shows when it was too hot (and maybe boring) for him outside…

how wonderful it was for me to have these special moments with this young man;-)…

monarchs…

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yesterday morning my youngest grandson was dropped off at ten by his two older brothers who were heading off to a two-day Pokémon event…

about fifteen minutes after they left he spotted the first of our monarchs as it emerged from the lily of the valley where they had gone to turn into their chrysalis stage… I had been watching this chrysalis for a number of days as it was the only one we could find…

perfect timing, and he spotted three more as they came out to dry their wings…

the first one had a wasp attached to its wing and it took me quite a while to get it off… not sure if that hurt it or whether the wasp had already injured it…

the others eventually flew off after their wings dried out, but this little male spent most of the day with us… finally it was gone, so we are hoping that it was able to fly…

what a wonderful experience to share together;-)…

burger…

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yesterday my son-in-law came by and we had a lovely visit and cup of tea on the deck… it was quite cool at that time…

he fixed the chairs I’ve been trying to redo, without any problem, lol… I did learn how to cut through plastic using the clamp on the counter in the garage…

it got really hot and muggy as he cleaned up some bits of carpet that had been dissolving alongside of the garage… after he finished, we walked over to pick up burgers from The Burger Place…

we had lunch in the garden and he headed out to his next activity…

what a treat;-)…

check-in…

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been walking with my daughter the last few weeks… on the phone, lol…

this is encouraging me to get up and out for a stroll… everyday I have gone a bit further and have enjoyed our time together….

it is nice to have a companion and there is no worry about physical distancing…

here are a few photos I’ve taken as we walked…

got this shot of the elementary school that the girls went to many years ago, lol…

great way to start the day – exercise and check-in;-)…

yesterday we walked a bit longer and I went as far as the Park… the English Garden doesn’t open until 9 now, due to Covid-19, and we walk at about 7:15, so that’s too bad, lol… it felt good to get to the Park as I hadn’t been there yet this year and I sure do miss it…

I am finding that I am less nervous the more that I get out and walk, although I am very careful to step to the side if someone is coming towards me…

install…

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spent the morning in the house as I was waiting for a delivery…

had a very entertaining time as there was a lot going on at the house across the street…

the crew that had installed a new fence just a few weeks ago were back and taking the fence down…

then, they put up a new fence, which looked the same to me, lol… and took most of the day…

kept me busy watching the process;-)…

Purolator…

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had decided to stay in the house to be sure I’d be there when Purolator arrived with a parcel…

apparently they tried to deliver it a few weeks ago… they didn’t leave any notification, so it wasn’t until I went searching for the tracking number that I discovered they had been here… it was interesting as I have a note on the front door advising to go to the back door if I’m not in the house… not sure how I missed it…

last week I called and spoke to someone who advised the parcel was waiting at the depot… after we talked she arranged for them to bring it back on Tuesday…

when it was delivered at 11:30 the driver said he’d been away on vacation and the person who filled in for him wasn’t very experienced… he even apologized for the mixup…

we had a nice chat about the datura seed pod on the plant by the front door, lol…