reminisce…

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well, I must say I am tired… but what a delightful day it has been…

got up early and set about preparing for the day… moved 14 bags of mulch, a wheelbarrow and compost can, used the leaf blower to clean the garage floor, set up a table with a tablecloth in case it was too windy to sit outside, put out cushions and rearranged lawn furniture, prepped some fruit and whipped cream… cleaned leaves out of the pond, set out dishes, made coffee and sun tea, wrapped a gift and wrote two cards…

sat and read in the garden for half an hour and then welcomed four of the most wonderful women into the space…

visited, ate some delicious food from Feast Bistro, enjoyed the nature around us, laughed, shared stories and celebrated one another with some delicious options…

nearly lost one umbrella to the gusts of wind, but the weather was quite amazing for early October…

when they left, I finished tidying up and got ready for dinner with another wonderful woman…

when she arrived we had fish and chips (which I love), more stories and laughter… what a great visit…

it is dark now and I just finished a bowl of strawberry shortcake with whipped cream as I sit on the deck (quite comfortable in shorts and a sleeveless shirt) and reminisce about all the great parts of the day…

hope you had a good day as well…

treadmill…

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recently I’ve got back on the treadmill

I had stopped walking on it because every time I was on it my knee and hip would end up sore…

so for a long time figure eights around the living and dining rooms were how I got my steps in… recently I began taking walks outside with my daughter on the phone (in my ear)…

as I have reintroduced walking on the treadmill, I am using a much slower speed… that seems to be working well…

I am also only walking for a short period because I don’t want to hurt myself again…

I am careful that I don’t get so engrossed in the show I’m watching that I stay on it for too long, lol…

shrank…

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had a bit of a giggle the other day… I was folding towels and facecloths from the dryer…

I looked at this one and thought oh no my favourite towel lost its colour and is more mauve now… and that was okay, purple and all, but odd

when I picked it up from the other items, I thought that it also shrank

at that point I realized it was actually a hand towel that came from the lavender farm in Maui… and it did have mauve stripes…

here is a photo of my favourite towel… not sure why it is the favourite as I have other, purple ones, but this is definitely the most used…

and now I am going out to the hot tub with that very towel…

cooked…

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over the last three or four days I have cooked a lot in the kitchen…

I produced a beautiful corn chowder with some leftover corn on the cob…

then I made zucchini-basil soup with most of my basil and added a bit of chicken to the recipe as well…

and finally I free-styled Calico beans… didn’t have as many canned beans in the house as required nor any molasses, but it came out great anyway, lol… and it was nice to have some of my dahlias around…

there is certainly lots of choice in the fridge just now…

will be putting a few of them into the freezer for lazy days…

access…

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yesterday, a handyperson came over and was able to get access to an electrical outlet…

he had to cut a hole in the back of a dresser and make an opening so that we are able to plug things in…

I was very happy that this happened as we have a plan in the works for this area…

then he was able to re-level the front door and add weatherstripping which will keep out the cold and block access to any bugs who might want to enter the house…

for the last few days the ladybugs have been trying to get in through that little opening… hahaha, not anymore;-)…

afternoon…

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what a delightful afternoon yesterday

put out all the cushions and the umbrellas…

next I made coffee and had a few moments to read while I waited for my friends to arrive…

we decided not long ago to meet in the afternoon when it is warmer, as we continue to meet outdoors…

one had something else on, another connected by phone… the rest of us gathered in person…

it was a beautiful day and we sat close to the pond… both pumps were turned off to make it easier to hear one another, lol…

there were lots of visitors while we were meeting… a variety of sparrows, blue jays, squirrels, a cat and we even spotted a mouse racing through the grass… the fish swam around where we could see them as well…

strange to have such warm weather, but we certainly enjoyed it…

rebuilt…

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the umbrella for the fancy rocking lawn chair/lounger went in to be rebuilt as the fabric had disintegrated, lol…

the chair has been without the umbrella since spring…

I had been looking around for ages and was very happy that Murray Tent and Awning was able to do the job…

my grandson picked it up and brought it here yesterday so I was excited to put it up this morning…

it took a while to figure out how to get the ribs back into it, but eventually I sorted it out… lots of bending and stretching, lol…

it looks great… the colour goes well with the cushion and the other items in the garden…

I am very pleased;-)…

wash…

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I’ve been thinking about the opportunities I’ve had to visit and spend time with family and friends…

one of the things I always do is wash up after meals… it started when I would visit my daughter wherever she lived… she has never liked doing dishes so it was a simple thing to do in appreciation for my time there…

whenever I have been camping with the kids, particularly when the boys were little, I would wash and have one of them dry… it was a great way to have one-on-one time and also get the job done quickly…

now, if I am visiting with friends at their cottages, it is one thing that I can do to be helpful…

one of my grandsons took this photo while we were camping this summer;-)…

winnow…

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been collecting seeds for the last week or so…

the morning glories are very simple… I just put one hand under the little pod and squish it with the other… then I winnow the part holding it together by blowing over my hand… the excess blows away and the seeds remain and can be popped into a container…

the datura are a bit more complicated… the seed pods are covered in very sharp spikes which try to hurt me, lol…

I now have a container for each of the two types I have grown this year… the lovely white ones and the smaller, but cute, purple ones…

it is best to wait for the pods to start cracking as they dry, which makes removing them slightly easier… the dryer they are, the easier to remove…

I have quite a collection…