Well i guess we haven't got the camping bug out of our system yet this summer. We're just leaving with another couple and their dog that we've been trying to get camping with for over 5 years. Finally our schedules have a clear spot for a week. Off to the west coast of the island to see what we can find. Weather is forecast to be grand.
We were down at the harbour most of yesterday, Was the annual Dragon Boat racing. One of our camping mates was on a team that out of about 10 teams, came in 3rd of the Grand Paddles, those over 55. They all did really well.
Laughed so hard at that joke I thought that I should move it over in case it got missed.
HOW TRUE !!!
Schlepping along here today .. spent the better part of the morning at the vets with our Smokey .. for some weird reason, he has gotten AIR in BETWEEN the lung and his ribs .. actually there is a sac around the lung .. at any rate .. the vet said it was usually seen in animal/vehicular accidents, but, there is not a mark on Smokey .. he has just been having trouble breathing .. so .. he'll be there til the end of the day .. the vet is going to try and aspirate the air with a needle and syringe .. poor puss puss .. Lilly sure is missing him.
HAving dinner with my 94yr old Aunt this evening .. should be a relaxing time ..
My toes are A MESS ... now my foot is turning blue .. I even have a pic of it .. but really am reluctant to post it. My sis in law who is Charge Nurse in Emerg in SUmmerland BC saw the pic and called me .. thought it looked horrific and why hadn't I gone to emerg .. I said 'would you have gone' ? Answer .. silence :o)
Nurses are BAD re self care !!!
Best get a shuffle on (literally)
Hope your days are going well .. Susan I hope the plants perk up and the minutes get transcribed, Ann .. here's to fingers crossed re the modem and SAFE travel to BC. Betty .. the pics are wonderful ... looks like you had a perfect day for boating.
THIS IS A NONPARTISAN JOKE THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY All PARTIES!
NOT ONLY THAT-- it is POLITICALLY CORRECT!!
While walking down the street one day a "Member of Parliament" is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'
'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.
'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.'
'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.
'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.'
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
'Now it's time to visit heaven.'
So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.'
The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.'
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. 'I don't understand,' stammers the MP. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, 'Yesterday we were campaigning.. ..
A lovely sunny day here after some days of rain - back out in the front yard digging up and discarding and moving and prepping to give away! One side is almost done except for clearing out some ground cover and then waiting for the peonies to come ( and I bought a pretty ground cover juniper to add) but I have 3 little barberry's that have to go somewhere other than where they ae resting at the moment. This afternoon started on the other ( south side) and working my way along. Dug up a huge Pasque flower that badly needed splitting - ended up with about 10 pieces! Too bad the plant share is not until Sept but I really want to get on with this ! I also finally dug out a huge clump of heritage iris that was hidden under some shrubs - many tubers from that too. Guess I will be taking some things to our little RoundUp on Saturday.
I need to go get some more potting soil - I have used up almost a full bag potting up things I have dug and am giving away!
Saturday night was CHS members night at a local garden centre. Members only for 3 hours, wine and cheese and fruit and a 25% discount on all plant material! I got the little Juniper, couldnt find a Goldenlocks Elder and could not resist another tiny hosta ( Cherish) and a dwarf Heuchera - Petite Pearl Fairy.
No probllen finding homes for them- they will go in the new hosta bed, I better not put anything else in there until I see how 'big' things will get!
My two doggy visitors are doing very well although Tango does tend to get barky when he hears another dog or a sudden sound so it gets a touch noisy as that sets off everybody! If we are ouside he gets sent in the house! He loves to chase a ball but I have to put everybody else in the house when we play. Then the other 3 all stand at the door and bark! fortunately my neighbors who dont like dogs barking are away until Friday!
Carol - if you're trying to get rid of some plants, I know of a home...
My friend's garden is looking pretty bare, and I'm trying to find some perennial colour.
Marlene's gareden hasn't been tended for many years. If you truly want to get rid of extra, I'd be more than happy to pass it on to her yard (I'm planting, of course lol)
btw - guess what the city, in all it's wisdom did to their yard? Because they qualify, the city prunes their trees and mows their lawn. Because the lawn didn't need it, they pruned - the nanking cherry bush! Didn't realize it wasn't an ornamental bush, so they rounded it! Good thing Marlene had harvested the cherries the day before, but it sure looks ugly in that part of the yard. They missed the Black current bush (it was only 2 branches which were barely growing).
I'll post pics later of the demolition... the tree that should have been removed looked like 4 stakes to the sky... very ugly! I went last Tues & removed some of the limbs so it looks better, and my DH removed the rest - to the ground. Yaaaay for DH!
Apparently the city uses homeless people (good for them, because it gives them some work ^_^ ), but it's surprising they don't supervise them. They're not arborists, after all!)
Good thing is, the black current bush will get some sun & be able to grow, but it sure shocked them, and Marlene & her DM were about in tears about the "hatchet" job that was done. anyway - what's done, is done...
The city did take away the prunings a few days later.
I planted 4 pink carpet roses in their circular flower garden that hasn't been planted in, for years. This will compliment the Explorer rose bushes I planted there.
They need some plantings in the part sun/shade raised bed on the east facing side of their yard. It gets at least 6 hours sun. I think they'd like something to compliment the blue delphiniums planted on the same side of the fence...maybe a contrasting colour?
Really HOT today. Worked in the garden for awhile and came in all sweaty. Trying to get all my tomatoes pruned and tied up - hoping to ward off the blight that's around.
We picked a huge tub of crabapples yesterday. I got DH to help me cut the blossom end off (anyone know why you have to do that?), cut them in half and remove the stem (and any worms we found - a fair number). Cooked them down and hung them from cloth bags overnight. Got about 5 1/2 litres of juice which is in the freezer waiting for a cooler day to be made into jelly.
Susan I will bring some Iris ( yellow-brown) and Pasque flower(AKA crocus) pale violet with me on Saturday, Pretty much everything else is spoken for or gone unless I decide to keep on digging up more than originally planned. I will let you know if that happens.
oooooooooh crocus - how lovely! I haven't seen crocuses since I left Winnipeg!
They're so early to start in the spring, so very welcome indeed!
and the irises are the kind I used to see, growing up. I know Marlene & Wilma will be very pleased.
ah - i see... well, whatever it's called, it's very pretty, and I like it! ^_^
Actually, the larger the better, then Wilma will be able to see it from her window. Marlene gets into the yard, but her mom Wilma, not at much. It's more difficult in a walker, of course.
Haven's heard of pasque..how pretty..have to check to see if we can grown it in my region...
Was raining earlier, looks as though it's passed us on by..had hoped I'd not have to water tonight..
Was up at 5am, air on a little too cold, was freezing to death so opted to get a few things done around the house...
In a birdhouse swap, cut and put it together last night so this morning I managed to basecoat and tonight with any luck I'll get the better part of it done...
Leaving for Penn. on Friday night or Saturday morning and am trying to have it completed so I can mail from USA..lordy I need a big box..lol..think I made up my fooling around on the bay on Sunday..so much to do and so little time...
How are you feeling today "M"..would imagine you are still in tremendous pain..how did lunch go with your Aunt?
Ann, should really take the apples of my crab tree and do something with them..one of the branches is sure to break because of the weight..must do that tonight... just planted 7 more flowering crabs on the weekend..guess once they are mature I'd better find a good recipe..
More properly called Pulsatilla.Comes in several different colors. Offical Calgary flower is a red Pasque Flower. I have red, white and mauve.
pasque flower (or pasqueflower) is a deciduous perennial that is found in short clumps in meadows and prairies of North America and Eurasia. The genus Pulsatilla includes about 30 species, many of which are valued for their finely-dissected leaves, solitary bell-shaped flowers, and plumed seed heads. The anthers are bright yellow and the purple bell consists of sepals.
In its tallgrass prairie habitat, it is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, often before the late winter snows have thawed.
Fruit of Pulsatilla alpina ssp. alpina growing at an altitude of 2000m at Schynige Platte, Switzerland.
This genus is sometimes included as part of genus Anemone as subgenus Pulsatilla, and is also commonly known as the prairie crocus, wind flower, Easter Flower and meadow anemone. The pasque flower is the official state flower of South Dakota and the provincial flower of Manitoba. It also grows in limestone pastures in central and northern Europe and parts of Russia, and locally in southern England from where the Pasque / Parsk / Pask family takes its name.
Pasque refers to Easter (Passover) as the flower blooms around that time of year. They are among the first blossoms of spring.
Great excerpt Carol .. am gathering they WOULD grow in ONT and survive a winter.
I am doin not so bad Betty. To put it bluntly (as sung by Carly Simon at one time) '.. I haven't got time for the pain..' !! I do believe it was sung for a commercial for some analgesic .. maybe Excedrin ..
Today is my day with my Hospice client .. supper and time with my Aunt yesterday was wonderful .. what a fount of information at the age of 94 !!
You're wise to mail the birdhouse from the US .. always hastens the delivery .. hope you have a great trip.
Sunny but cool here today .. NO HUMIDITY .. YAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!! ^_^
Would imagine your winters are just as bad as ours..most likely would survive..
"M" even with battle wounds you still manage to keep going..
Don, will post photo..what I'm trying to figure out is I wanted it self standing..means though with having a post and self standing that it would be a pretty tall unit to mail...wondering if the base could be made in sections..probably not secure enough? any ideas..
Could always look at Home Depot for a rung and take measurements..send $$$ so that they can pick that part up in USA, send paint to match..lol..kind of group project..
morning...overcast here today but warm temps, less humidity..
wanted to do so much last night i.e. painting birdhouse so I can ship it off Sat. but thought no, early night, set the alarm for 5 thinking I could put in a few hours painting..nope..didn't want to get out of bed this a.m. so guess what's in the office with me..a birdhouse and paint..
Looks Yummy Joanne...colorful on the vine but just think what it will look like in a recipe..lol
Patiently awaiting the rain to commence .. the day has gone from lovely and sunny, to overcast and dreary ..
Have used the day to catch up with housework. I would advise anyone who lets their ceiling fans run 24/7, to stop them and have a look .. DAWG !!!! The one in the kitchen goes all the time .. because I was dusting the other fans I stopped the one in the kitchen and about screamed !!!!!!!!!!!!! Good grief .. the blades were 'soft and furry' !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Definitely will be doing that little job on a weekly basis now.
Picked another batch of peas .. they sure have been prolific this year .. as it seems will be the green beans.
Had a visit from 2 OPP this morning .. apparently there are wolves in the area .. farmers have lost livestock and dogs have been attacked as well .. we are sure keeping close watch over our animals .. and .. ourselves as these wolves do not back down to humans. Am thinking some of the milk farmers in our area will dispatch these animals ..
The toes continue to play 'guess what colour I am today'? Not too painful anymore .. I am totally PHOBIC about someone hitting my foot though !!
Joanne, what a yummy lookign pepper !! Congrats and ENJOY ^_^
LOL re the fans! I have 3-porch, kitchen and bedroom, they only run in the summer . I do manage to clean the kitchen and bedroom ones maybe twice a year but I dont think I have done the porch in at least a year,maybe 2 - the ceiling is 10 feet high and it is an issue to reach ( I have to borrow a stepladder)! And yah they look pretty bad. If I would just clean them well and then run the feather duster over them once every week or two... But you see I have a cleaning lady so I really dont pay much attention to the housework, even when, like the fans and the MW filters it is not on her to do list!
When I see the edges look black I give in!
In my neck of the woods, it's back to major heat. High yesterday was 30C, which is what we are used to, but it snuck up to 35C. Today it was 32C at 12:30 pm, so it looks like it will beat yesterday's high. Tomorrow the high is 35C...we could be in trouble. I'll be outside again on Friday; temps are predicted to cool down again. Whew...
Don't let anyone step on those toes, ~M~. and for goodness sake, watch out for those wolves. Yikes!
Wolves, omg hope all the furries are inside..am sure they are..
Light rain this morning..nothing like forgetting to close the roof window on my car, better still leave keys in ingnition..dumb...at least the car was still there this morning, although wet!
Cancelled my painting class last night..Vera, one of my students found her son of 37 had hung himself in the basement bedroom..how tragic for her to have found him...couldn't concentrate so just cancelled, no one else wanted to come anyway...sat and painted for about 4 1/2 hrs. and finished my birdhouse for the swap, tonight I'll give it final coats and it's ready to mail right on schedule...
Rain has stopped, light breeze, guess I could have shut the air off this morning..oh well another day won't hurt..
How tragic re Vera's son .. am thinking VCARS would have been there for her .. I have been on a few calls like that .. and .. it's heart breaking, but, also just so gratifying to help someone through those first difficult hours.
My toes .. well .. today they are 'thumpin like a toothache' !!! Because it rained Lorna was off and we went to a local greenhouse that has perennials on for 50% off. She had $70. to spend for perennials for the cemetery .. she got some lovely grasses .. some Cone Flowers , some Day Lillies and Shasta Daisies .. and something else.. can't remember .. I got 3 beautiful Mums for $12.00 .. 2 deep purple and one Gold .. anywho .. after we had plowed through this HUGE building for about an hour .. I realized my toes were HATIN me !!!! I had comfy shoes on and really didn't notice.
So .. needless to say, when we got back to the car, I took some tylenol extra strength and the thumping is now just a minimal burning sensation.
No wolves seen here .. but Lilly has of a sudden become reluctant to walk to the end of the driveway .. she gets very nervous ..
Bought her a set of 'doggie stairs' today so she can get up on the bed herself .. typical terrier .. it wasn't her idea, so, she has turned her nose up at them .. I'll hang tuff with them for a few days before I return them though.
Hope the bird house turns out well .. but I know it will ^_^
Don .. your temps are AKkkkkkkkkkkk .. hope Ann enjoys heat like that.
Have a friend who left for Italy today .. she is NOT a heat lover and from what I see on the TV, Europe (Italy, France, Britain) are in a MAJOR heat wave.
Spoke with relatives who live in Ireland, they aren' too bad off, but they are revelling in the heat .. not many are sun worshippers as they are befreckled red heads LoL !!
Guess I should think about getting supper on the make .
Hi from Vancouver. Warm here but not hot by Ottawa standards and we've had so much rain in Ottawa that some warmth is welcome. As said above, it IS supposed to be cooler tomorrow.
We went out and did some grocery shopping for DD who is at work. DSIL put his back out yesterday; so we helped him take \leila to day care. He was working from home this morning and then went out to a massage appointment.
We decided to walk up The Drive (Commercial Drive) and get some lunch and I bought a music stand at a shop on the drive as well. Also some much needed strings for my baritone ukelele. When I lifted up my music stand yesterday, I decided not to slip it into my suitcase even though there was space. I DID bring the viola.
~M~, Ann should have nice warm temps on the coast. They never get the major heat that we do in the Interior. Her tell that Van is getting cooler and showers tomorrow. Hope they send a little east to us.
Better give those toes a little recuperation time after taking them on a tour through greenhouses. ;)
Not looking healthy out there...they've just posted an 'alert'
Severe thunderstorm watch: Barrie - O
rillia - Midland Issued at 4:05 PM EDT THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2009
THIS IS AN ALERT TO THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS. IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES TAKE IMMEDIATE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.
DELUGE city here for the last hour or so .. I sure hope you have NO probs getting home Betty, also hope your car seat has dried out !! LOL .. I think all of us have had the OH SO NOT NICE experience of having to HAVE TO sit on a rain or snow soaked seat.
Ann seems you have nice weather .. hope your SIL is on the mend ..
My friends niece will be giving her concert on Sunday .. works by .. Bach, Milhaud and Bruch .. I think it'll be nice .. will get pics if possible. It was almost cancelled due to an accompaniest glitch.
Have the set of stairs I bought Lilly here in the livingroom thinking she would at least give them a LOOK!! Make an incredibly nice footrest for my BOO BOO foot !!!
Quite the storm las evening...no damage in my neighborhood but lots of trees down..youngest son Jeff call and told me not to worry about him if I looked at the news..can understand why...tornado or tornados hit down in his neighborhood...
Write up this a.m. thank goodness no death here but a young man who was tenting lost his life ..park near Durham
'Like a scene out of a movie'
A state of emergency is also in effect in Vaughan, Ont., just north of Toronto, where the storm tore the roofs off houses, uprooted trees and overturned cars. At least one tornado is believed to have touched down there.
Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson said Thursday's events caused "millions and millions of dollars worth of damage" to the area.
"I'm presently in the Woodbridge area this morning and just coming here, it looks like a scene out of a movie," she said in a phone interview. "It's absolutely unbelievable the destruction that has happened in my community."
Some 175 houses in Vaughan have sustained severe structural damage as a result of the storms, CTV Toronto's John Vennavally-Rao reported Friday morning. Hundreds of others sustained lesser damage.
"Just an incredible scene yesterday, the storms that swept through, we're not entirely sure how many tornadoes may have been associated with this storm," Vennavally-Rao said while reporting from the scene in Vaughan.
"Environment Canada will be out today surveying the damage and trying to establish just how many twisters touched down."
Rob Damiani's parents had the roof torn off their house in Vaughan.
"My parents were inside the house, they were down in the basement, thank God," he told CTV's Canada AM from Vaughan on Friday morning. "When they got out, everything was gone in just a split second."
He said they had been living there for 30 years.
Based on the TV storm footage available on Thursday night, Coulson said the funnel cloud seen in the Vaughan area and in nearby Woodbridge, Ont., was "obviously" a tornado.
Others still need to be confirmed, he said.
The storm also moved through Toronto, where reports suggested that a funnel cloud was seen near the central intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets.
With files from CTV's Canada AM and The Canadian Press
Have been watching news coverage of the destruction since early this morning .. terrible.
Lorna's folks live in King City, north of Vaughan .. we called THEM last night as we were watching Global news from Toronto and heard the warnings. When we spoke to them, they said it was just lightly raining with a bit of wind .. but .. they would turn the news on and get their "box' ready .. (they have a sort of 'emergency box' they keep by the back door, transistor radio, flashlights, water and candy bars and stuff in it)
We called them about an hour later, by that time Vaughan had been hit and they were fine .. phew ..
If you can believe this .. the FURNACE is on here !!!!!
Those that have friends/family in the areas hit must have been frantic, and those living in the areas and got hit should have many prayers said for them...
Lucky those that didn't get any damage, eh?!
Prayers are being said for everyone who's concerned...
Lordy, the furnace "M" is it truly cold or are you just not feeling well...think it might be time to turn off the air tonight..you know, many of us don't take these alerts much to heart but since one took most of my trees and devasted our area years ago and 8 died here in Barrie I'm more cautious...better be safe than sorry...
No lunch today, on Fridays because we close at 3:00 we only take 1/2 hr. and I've got to run to get traavelling insurance..wouldn't cross the border without it..tonight I'll pack a light bag and leave about 5:30 in the morning...sister said she won't be able to do much of the driving so guess I will seeing there are only 2 of us and an American Eskimo dog she's rescued and delivering to someone in Virginia...won't be much time for shopping..think I spent my allowance this month with my 2 visits across the border..drats, just maybe I can find a few..lol
YES .. we had to turn the furnace on around 10am .. it was just 62 in the house !!!!
Lorna's folks called and they have spoken with their friends in Vaughan .. they are OK .. but have NO vehicles .. a tree took out both their cars and has pretty much trashed their garage. The home itself is fine though .. thank heaven .. however, they say the destruction in the area is mind boggling ..
Several hundred homes destroyed, many other needed major repair..feel terrible about the 11 year old who was at camp and lost his life when storm hit Durham...parents must be devastated...
I think of all the things my grandchildren do and can't even imagine what I would do getting a call like that...can't keep them prisoners in their own homes though, they have to live and enjoy life, but Lordy its frightening...
I've got the air on and you've got the furnace on..still quite muggy..yep, ready to motor first thing tomorrow morning..sure wish my sister would have been ready tonight..cutting everything short leaving tomorrow morning at 7:00...
I guess Betty is one her way by now .. gonna be a jam packed trip.
Looks as though we have a lovely 'Fallish' day on the horizon .. 21C and sunny with a cool NW breeze
Have my Uncle Jacks 90th BDay to attend this afternoon .. seems longevity is a definite factor on my Mom's side of the family. When I think about being alive at 90, well, I sorta cringe !!
We are back. Went out to Langley, BC - Newlands Golf and Country Club which has an amazing brunch. We are VERY well fed. Met up with another of DH's cousins who lives closer to Chilliwack as well as the whole Vancouver continguent - DD, DSIL, DH's cousin and her 91 yr-old mother and DH's other 93 yr-old aunt who flew in from Portland, OR. To look at her walk, you wouldn't think she was a day over 70 or even younger.
The viola concert yesterday was wonderful .. too short !!!
My friends niece is VERY talented, and, since she is only 19 .. I guess I can say .. 'the WORLD is her Oyster'
The harvest from the veg garden is well amazing, my countertops have wee baskets of yellow and green beans, finger potatoes and mini carrots .. cooking them all is becoming the challenge ... needless to say there will be blanching and bagging going on.
I think one of my nieces is at Trinity College in Langley Ann .. not absolutely sure though.
Sounds as though you are having a super time though.
THUNDER BAY, ON, --- August 23, 2009 ---- A private recital given at St. Paul’s United Church on Sunday afternoon August 23rd presented a rare musical delight. The first delight due to the fact that this recital was for solo viola, and those are rare in this city, the second delight was how a good dose of conservatory training can produce wonderful results in the person of Jordan .
Johann Sebastian Bach is known to have favoured playing the viola, at least that was the instrument he liked to play with family and friends, perhaps it was a desire to play a middle harmony instrument, or perhaps he was the only one in the house that could play viola. It is sad that he did not write a suite for solo viola as he did for the violin players and cellists. Instead the viola players must play transcriptions of the Bach Cello Suites. It sounds simple the viola is basically a cello that plays one octave higher. The problem is the cello is played the other way around compared to the viola and that means the viola’s strings are backwards compared to the cello. This can make playing these challenging pieces all the more so when playing them on a viola.
Jordan Bergman opened her recital with the transcription of the Bach Cello Suite in E flat major. This takes a lot of courage or competence to do this. After listening to a few bars I knew it was because she had the talent to play this music well.
The balance of the recital was accompanied by Derek Oger; I am amazed that he was able to do this recital on short notice the way he did. His piano work in Darius Milhaud’s Quatre Visages demanded that he be a part of the musical dialog between viola and piano. Quatre Visages consists of four movements each portraying a different character. Both the pianist and the soloist did justice to the music.
The closing piece was the Romanze by Max Bruch. Anyone who ever sent their kids to the Suzuki string program will recognize his famous violin concerto, but Bruch also wrote chamber music for lesser played instruments. This was my first hearing of the Romanze and Bruch was a true romantic throughout. Max Bruch could always generate a good melody, and the find the perfect harmony to express that melody. The Bergmans /Oger combination really brought the charm of this piece to the surface and it shone!
Jordan Bergmans was born in Tours France, and has been playing the viola from age 6. At 17 she received her Diplôma de Fin d’Etudes in viola, musical theory and chamber music and then begun he studies at the Royal College of Music, London England, this fall she will return to London for her 3rd year of her Bachelors Degree. She maintains a busy performance and study schedule in London. She is in Thunder Bay visiting relatives and the recital was intended to show family how much she has learned in the 7 or more years since she was last here. Let’s hope that she does not take that long for her to return.
Marilynne - thanks for the review of the viola recital. There are 6 of those "cello" suites and the 4th in E-flat major is not one of the "easy" ones which are often played although the first 5 are frequently played on viola. The 6th suite is thought to have possibly been composed for a different instrument and is very difficult to do well on a regular 4-stringed viola. Some people use a 5-stringed instrument which also has an E-string like the violin or some make many changes of octave in some parts.
There are those in the viola world who insist that just maybe, Bach actually wrote the suites for the viola since he liked the viola. That's not likely but there does not exist an original manuscript in Bach's hand. The only manuscript is by Anna Magdalena Bach.
Anyway, it sounds like a lovely recital. Glad it went well.
We met one set of friends for lunch today and another friend for a beer at 4 before coming back and babysitting Leila while her parents go out to dinner and a movie in the local park.
It was quite a treat to have been able to go to the concert. Jordan is quite talented as well as being an incredibly nice young woman.
Glad to hear things are going well in BC for you Ann .. it sure is 'still' here this morning, and , muggy .. we had 2 rather noisy and BRIGHT storms overnight, so , I am unsure as to what this humidity bodes for us.
Smokey goes to the vet today for his follow up appt .. he is doing a lot better in the 'breathing dept' but .. the 'windows' shaved on either side of him are now itchy I guess and he is licking at them !!! I KNOW he would NEVER wear the 'cone collar' so am thinking of going and buying him a child's TShirt ... someone thought he'd look cute in a ONESIE .. that's like a babies undershirt and pants all together .. I think he'd HATE that LOL
Shannon, here - I'm new to this current group, & have been away from DG for a while but glad to be back. Your comment about Smokey (a kitty?) reminded me of my mom's cat - he had to go in for surgery, and needed something to prevent licking/chewing for a while afterwards. She got a couple of onesies like you mentioned from the nearest thrift store, and sewed the holes somehow so it fit snugly around him - he seemed to tolerate it quite well. But then one day he came home (outdoor cat - rural area) not wearing it and they never saw it again. :-) Guess it was time. :-) Anyway good luck at the vet.
Good morning, all - those with cats, or dogs, or other companions, I hope they continue to bless you with their antics LOL
Animals are such funny things ^_^
I'm watching my own cat, Baby, cuz of an incident with my self-cleaning oven.
I got one, used, and have never used the Clean option.
Well, I did last night, was in the house for 1/2 hour after I started it, then went out to the hot tub for 20 minutes. When we came in the house, it was filled with white chemical "smoke". Our eyes & throats were burning, and I am concerned for Baby...
I told my DH to empty her water, and wash it out, cuz I'm sure the chemical dust would have contaminated it, and her food dish. He emptied that too, and gave her fresh.
Unfortunately we're both at work during the day, so I'll have to check her tonight. I'll monitor her for a couple of days... I know she's low to the ground and the cloud was at the ceiling (for about a foot down), but her system is little, so I'm not sure how this will affect her.
We put the air conditioner, ceiling fan in living room & bathroom on, and opened all the windows. I stood there at our main door (in the middle of the house, nearest the stove) and waved it open back & forth. I couldn't shut the stove cleaner off, though. It had to go through it's timing, I guess...
Marilyn the T shirt usually works really well depending on where the offending area is located. I have also used 'belly bands' if it is back towards the hind lefs or groin area.
Heres a pic of one of my ex fosters in her T-shirt.
Dunno Carol, but when I tried the Convection Broil, the fan went all Wonky, and it sounded like something was broken...
My DH bought it from his boss (they won 5 appliances, and were selling off the old ones), and it's a beautiful stove (very clean).
I may have left a broiler pan in, with some grease ( I MAY have, if it got missed in the washing-up I did last night...I can't recall, so I'll check when I get home tonight).
I'm just worried about my cat. Hope she's ok. I can do the Manual clean, and not use the Convection Broil. Never had it before, so can do without it again...
Well .. I purchased 2 babies TShirts at a thrift store .. will cut the arms off .. there were a few 'Onsies' there .. and if the TShirt is a bust .. I'll be buying a couple of them and making a hole for his tail to stick out ..
Love the pics of the Shelties Carol .. Smokey would do well with the 'bellyband' as that's where his shaved spots are .. he has a 'window' on each side ..
Welcome to the group Shannon .. glad to have ya .. needless to say you'll start to figure out who has what in the animal dept on here ^_^
I have Smokey (a Russian Blue cat) and Lilly a West Highland White Terrier (Westie).
OMG Susan .. what a disaster !! I have yet to use my auto clean setting on my gas oven as it's not quite a year old .. but I know when I used it on my electric oven it did tend to smell the first couple of times .. the store fella told me it was because the heat gets SO intense .. I do believe he said 500F or more !!! And .. once that puppy is LOCKED and doin its thing .. I think the ONLY way to stop it is to unplug it from the wall.
I think Baby should be OK .. fingers crossed ..
The weather is just incredible here .. prior to 8am it was perfectly still and so humid .. and, at 8am it was as if someone had flicked a switch .. the wind strarted to blow, the temp fell and the humidity broke .. it's a lovely day now :o)
That said .. I am off to the patio ..
I was just wondering if the prior owners had ever used the 'self clean cycle' when they owned it ? Had they not used it, then, when you used it the appliance had never before experienced heat of that intensity.
I have often wondered if chemicals somehow 'released' when the cycle is used .. but .. I tend to think it is just intense heat that kinda 'cremates' any goo in yer oven.
Well .. Smokey is NOT happy with his MoM (that'd be me) ..I put the lil TShirt on him, works like a charm .. but he is NOT happy .. amd going to post 2 pics .
I do have to say though, that the shirts DO cover his 2 shaved spots ^_^
o gosh - your Smokey looks like my Smokey used to. I had to euthenize her, but I still have her baby - my cat Baby lol
btw - Baby looks just fine. I could still smell the chemical odor when I came home. I checked her eyes and she looks bright enuff. Can't tell by her movements, cuz she's a fat ole cat, and doesn't move much (and she's only 6 1/2 yo!) lol she waddles when she walks and people have asked if she's pregnant! We don't over-feed her, and don't feed her the molasses-laced cat food (only use stuff from the pet store - natural stuff). I guess she just doesn't get enuff exercise! I should take her to the gym with me.
Hey Fancy - you have a cat exerciser @ your gym?
Shannon .. your 2 furries are adorable .. sorry to hear Scruffy is diabetic .. initially when Smokey ran into his problem 10 days ago .. that was one of the things running through my head .. but .. he is A OK in that dept.
Sophie is so pretty .. love the Tortie colouring ..
Susan .. so happy to hear Baby is OK .. and .. I am beginning to think almost everyone has had a SMOKEY in their lives at one time or another !!
While sitting in the vets reception area yesterday, 2 other 'waiters' were peeking into his kennel and commenting that they had had a cat like him, or, knew of someone who had.
I actually have a 'day off' today .. good thing as the next few days are FULL .. Hospice on Thurs and VCARS on Friday and somewhere in there Lilly goes to be groomed. I need a grooming too ^_^ made an appt for next Tuesday to get a haircut.
We head back to Ottawa this afternoon. Will wave as we fly over.
It's been a good visit. Time to see friends as well as family. Now DD and DSIL are both working and Leila's in day care. We'll head out around noon. I'll practice the viola a bit first as I didn't get a chance to do so yesterday - DD and Leila were both around and when she's napping, the house is too small.
Have come IN from OUT here in TBay .. lovely in the sun .. but .. the patio is now in shade in the late afternoon.
Time to do some patio furniture moving !!!
My 'day off' was great .. I had 4 large lemons that HAD to be used .. made a lemon meringue pie and a lemon loaf .. also got some pruning done and SLAUGHTERED my one perennial garden .. gosh .. had NO idea Rudbeckia was so invasive !!!!
Have a roast chicken on the bake .. and fresh corn on the cob to have with it ..
Home! But for some reason I didn't sleep last night. Better try for a nap today as I have a rehearsal this evening.
I have another viola link that was sent my way - http://www.violaduo.com/BachProject.html
This features Tanya Solomon on viola - wife of Scott Slapin. They are sending me a review copy of her CD for the Canadian Viola Society Newsletter.
Welcome home Ann .. hope you do get time for a nap .. the Tanya Solomon link was wonderful .. thanks .. have sent it along to Jordan.
I have concluded, once again, that meteorology is an INexact science. This morning it was cool with foreboding clouds and an even more foreboding forecast, rain and thunder storms ... took Lilly in to be groomed for 9am and by 1130 it was 24C with high humidity ... ahh well .. no SNOW ^_^
Well Don .. we sat outside with a fire going in the chimenea .. and, at about 5pm .. the sun appeared !!! Not that the temps went up, but, just seeing and feeling the sun was aweseome ^_^
Made blueberry pies today as the wild blueberries are in season here, altho, not easily come by. Usually have at least 6 frozen but will have to settle for 2 unless I can find more for sale .. YUMMY !!!
Lots of FALL Fairs happening in the area .. both State side and in our area .. hard to believe they have arrived already ..
I see it's a couple of days since I dropped in. Have had two orchestra rehearsals for the summer orchestra which has a concert on Tuesday. And I'm ON for summer music in church tomorrow. Did a fast run through of one of the pieces yesterday with the church organist. We have a ways to go to get it together tomorrow. She's a quick study and I hope she gets her part together. I know mine! The other two pieces are pretty straight forward.
Made a batch of crabapple jelly this afternoon too. Will cook up the rest of the ca juice tomorrow - it's in a big pan overnight to thaw. I'll likely end up with close to 20 jelly jars - will do some in pints so that I can fit them in my boiling water bath in two lots if I'm lucky.
Raining all day today and tomorrow too, I think. supposed to be nice on Monday. I hope so, because I need to do some gardening. Later in the week, the president and VP of the Ontario Hosta Society are going to visit my garden. If it measures up, it will be on a bus tour for the OHS next year at the end of June. Having been away last week, there is work to be done before they visit.
Busy days here in TBay .. weather has improved lots !!
Had a wedding party here around 1pm .. the sun was perfect for them .. the photographer was just the most awesome young man as well. Love to see them come .. makes my week ^_^
Nice to hear you were able to make so much jelly Ann .. we have crabs, but unfortunately they have been mostly demolished by the deer and a bear ..
How wonderful if you are able to become part of the OHS bus tour .. good luck with your gardening prior to their visit.
I am waiting for the buzzer to buzz to inform me "DINNER IS READY" ...
YIPES !! Just realised today .. that SCHOOL starts here in TBay tomorrow, will have revise my morning walking pattern for Lilly as she does not like the ROAR of the school buses up and down our road.
Farewell to peaceful mornings on the patio. BUT .. there is always the weekends ^_^
Was on with VCARS today, only had one call .. one is sometimes WAY enough !!
Hope everyone is doing well .. I seem to be intrigued with the fires and the hurricane California way .. intrigued in a way in which I wish I could help the people and the animals (horses etc) .. it's just horrifying to watch the flames grow ans spread ... prayers with the folks there for sure.
School started today here in Ottawa - for the English school boards. French started LAST week.
Am in from the dress rehearsal for Sinfonia - a summer orchestra that gets together each year and plays one concert. We have a young violinist doing the Bach, E-major violin concerto and a Sarasate showpiece. And we're doing an arrangement of three Canadian Folk songs by Harry Somers. The BIG work on the program is the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings. It was really to work on that that I took my viola to Vancouver with me. Concert is tomorrow evening.
I am sitting here smiling a mile .. thanks so much for sharing the links to the pics and the videos Ann .. I thought the 'Mighty Belly' video was TOO precious .. and Leila is certainly growing up fast, and, walking !!
Good luck with the concert ...
Seems to be going to be another nice day here in TBay ... I plan to enjoy it as much as possible .. haircut at 11 AND .. will be taking Lorna to Emerg as she is having a problem with her left foot that is worrying me, one of her toes is quite 'dusky' coloured and very painful .. the nurse in me is saying 'circulatory' and from there it becomes a mixed bag of too many variables !!
RESTRAINT .. unlike 'PROCRASTINATION' (which I am the QUEEN of) .. restraint has always been my forte .. until today ..
I am typing this with fingers marred with itty bitty little knife wounds. From what you ask? WELlllllllllllllllllllll .. was driving home to the country, and, lo and behold, there on the side of the road was a vendors stand .. the homemade sign said .. 'CASES of ROMA tomatoes' ... what's a gurl to do ??!! .. 10 minutes later I had 2 cases loaded in the car .. and home I came .. that was at noon, as of now .. 2.5hrs later .. I have 3 pots of spaghetti sauce on the make on top of the stove .. LARGE pots !!! I am going to have to go back to town tomorrow and buy some containers for it all .. and .. that was only ONE case !!! Looks like a whole lotta salsa may be in my future as the vendor also had cases of peppers (red and green).
Lorna never did go to the emerg .. she went in to work and says she is doing fine .. FIBBER !!!
It's 78F here .. off I go to sit in the sun for a bit
Will be scarce for a bit .. Lorna was admitted to hosp for surgery.
Has to endure a barrage of tests prior to same, but, will in the end be having an arterial bypass in her left leg.
This is BIG surgey .. and she is, at present, in a lot of pain.
neighborhood excitement here an hour or two ago.Fire trucks screaming down the street so of course we are all out to see what is happeneing ( last time that happened a year ago there was an arsonist in the aea and 3 hourses burnt down!) Anyway turned out the high winds broke off a tree branch which landed across the power lines just beside the power pole in the back lane next block. Branch was burning. Fire guys sprayed water which was probably not a good thing and there were two VERY LOUD explosions and all the power was gone up and down my street! So we all chatted with neighbors we had never met -nothing like fire trucks to bnring out the neighborhood!
Anyways an hour or so later and the lights are back on thank goodness. I can put all the candles and flashlights away until next time. Sure glad I still have an old fashioned phone at least I could call people - if I could find their phone numbers, which of course are all on the computor or the portable phone!
Ive been working in the garden all week continuing my 'renovations' , almost finished and then can plant bulbs and wait for my peonies to come. A few things still to remove but flowering so dont want to pull them out. I have been donating plants far and wide this month. Now I will have to resist the impulse to plant more things since the whole exercise, at least in relation to my front beds is to simplify!
oh Carol - you must have been frightened, given the history from last year!
I know what you mean about the phone! My corded phone, with all my phone #s on it, is next to the computer. If I leave the room to use the cordless in the living room, I'm stuck with bringing the cordless to the den, dialing the #, then walking! lol
That was some wind yesterday. This neighbourhood seems okay.
The last wind storm took out all the weak trees, I think.
I am putting in the bulbs this weekend. And continuing my battle with
quack grass and bindweed. They just get ahead of me.
And there are shrubs that need hacking and trees that need logging.
I won't get it all done, but making a list helps me to focus.
Might have to think about protecting things---Tuesday predicted low is 4'C.
That is getting worrisome.
Sounds as though Clagary has been again going through some weather changes .. it is SO warm here .. not liking it much ..
Have just gotten home from the hospital. I am so so angry. Lorna had tests all morning, nuclear medicine .. it was found that the blockage is in her L calf .. inoperable HERE .. and so .. TUESDAY she will be flown (Air Ambulanced) to Winnipeg for surgery .. I will accompany her either by air or I will drive. Until Tuesday I guess we just hold our breaths and hope her L foot doesn't get any bluer !!!!
I would strongly advise everyone NOT to get sick on a long weekend !!!!!!!!!!!
Keep the good thoughts travelling this way .. sure need'em
We are having lovely conditions here today, not too hot, just 27C, so am enjoying it; it's a refreshing change.
There are many Hospitals that can't handle certain procedures, it's true. Just a couple days ago, a little boy was severely injured when a car rolled over on him near Cranbrook, which is in the East Kootneys here in BC. He was initially transfered to the Cranbrook Hospital from his small town nearby, but he then had to be Airlifted to a Calgary Hosital in Alberta for his treatment. Unfortunate that they must do that in some cases. Even in our small city here in Boundary, we have a small hospital that handles emergencies and outpatient services, but for severe cases, we are transfered to Kelowna or Trail, and in some cases, Airlifted to Vancouver. Doesn't say much for our government Health Care systems, when there aren't enough local health care specialists (or staff) in all of our hospitals.
but the issue is often that the physicians in the smaller hospitals even a regional one like Cranbrook dont see enough of these cases that require specialist care and so they dont have the experience to handle them, And that applies not just to the doctors but all the staff who deal with the patient And even in the larger centres some things will be centralised - in Alberta for instance all childrens heart surgery is done in Edmonton.
Another nice warm day here although I certainly didnt get any gardening done One of the ASR volunteers who is taking over fund raising came by to pick up all the stuff I had stored in the basement and for lunch.
Yesterday ( before our exciting evening) a local horticulturist/friend called to ask a favor. She does short gardening segments on a local TV morning show . Due to film today and the tree in her front yard was knocked over in the wind storm and could she please come and film in my garden? Sure - she has done that before. She wanted to do planting bulbs and harvesting veggies and ended up also doing a segment on watering because I have a variety of systems. I have never seen these but better watch this time - she said when they started filming in the veggie garden and digging potatoes and carrots Fancy showed up and started to help herself! Apparently the cameraman was quite enamoured of the dogs - Kath says Fancy is in almost every segment !
And then she left me with two gift cards from a local gardening centre and a bag of a variety of bulbs!
Darn... believe it or not, I don't know how to record off our VCR...
I have tapes I can play, but my DH has hooked so much up to our TV that it's no longer as simple as it seems... so I gave up on recording a long time ago.
hmmmmm maybe I could ask for the morning off lol on second thought, I don't think my boss would appreciate that lol
'sides - you don't know Which thursday, do you?
Morning, what a glorious weekend this is..we've above normal temps I believe and don't we deserve it...as always I've a zillion things planned for the weekend, enjoying the sunshine..
Although much in the garden has bloomed and died off, I've still quite a bit of color...mom's do spoil..she bought me another cherry red phlox and added a royal blue phlox as well...can just imagine their splendor next year...
Better get a move on, hope you are all well and that it's sunshine in your town today!
Things here have escalated yet again. Lorna (?and I) are flying out tomorrow now instead of Tuesday. I decided last night, that due to lack of POSITIVE answers re my FER SURE accompanying her, that I will drive from TBay to Wpg. Will leave early in the morning and likely be at Health Sciences before she is. It's a 7 hour drive,am hoping it'll help me clear my mind and arrive in Wpg with a better outlook as things are looking pretty grim, Lorna now has 3 arteries involved in the shut down of her left foot .. the surgery will be very extensive.
Lorna is terrified and her parents are frantic .. but .. Wpg was the choice made, and, once you speak up, well , forever hold your peace. From what I have heard from others who have gone to WPG for surgery, it IS a good place to be.
We took our son there years ago to have his tonsils removed, he had sleep apnea so doing it here would have been a bit scary, at St. B they were able to monitor him more closely in a step down unit. Funny thing, once the tonsils came out, the sleep apnea left.
AS well .. driving down allows me more leeway in what I can bring with me. I can now bring along my laptop, and a larger suitcase. I just phoned and made a reservation at a place that is attached to the HCS. It's specifically geared to folks from out of town who are there for treatment, or, accompanying a patient. $55./night is wonderful as opposed to the hotel I called where I would have paid $125. I am thinking (hoping fingers and toes crossed) that it'll be much like a nurses residence .. altho .. there is a full bath in each room .. we didn;t have that in training.
Otherwise .. the weather here has been super fabulous .. hot with LOW humidity .. I have hardly been in the gardens ..
Hoping everyone is well .. will keep in contact as I can .. please keep thinking the good thoughts .. they are GREATLY needed.
Marilyn - I wish I could be there with you while you go through this with Lorna.
I'd be there in a heartbeat if I hadn't already taken my vacation...
Winnipeg has good health care. They may make people wait in emergency, but when you have an app't already (as you have) then you're Set!
Take care, hon, and I'm confident things will go well.
My thoughts & prayers are with you both (actually, the whole family!)
Have stopped in only to read recently. Have been very busy in the garden before we head out tomorrow on another trip. This one will take us with our 44 yr-old Porsche to southern Indiana to the "East Coast Holiday" of the 356 (Porsche) Registry where it will be one of the newest cars there. DH bought it in 1965 - just before they stopped making that model. There's lots to do and I'm just now taking a short break from the throws of packing - takes planning in a car that size to have what we need for a week.
So, I've been reading, but not commenting. The garden has had a lot of work and we are off on another adventure. I don't expect to check in tomorrow as we will be staying with friends, but once we get into a hotel on Wednesday, we may be able to check Internet. When we get to West Baden Springs where this event is being held, we should have Internet for sure.
Won't be long the gardens will be put to rest for the winter, have you been happy with yours? Just did my morning walk around with coffee in hand, still have color, beautiful yellows...I've planted 14 trees, 10 shrubs, 8 rose bushes, 6 phlox (blue/red) so already imagining what springtime will bring..lol..
As recreation co-ordinator for most of my life I was already planning events/programs for the next season so habits die hard...for me it's Christmas planning..I know, give me a slap..lol..
Been a good girl, dieting...doing the weight watchers and in 2 weeks I've lost 6 lbs..not a lot considering Suzanne (SIL I work with) started same day and joined Berstein..she's lost 22 lbs..looks fabulous..kind of discouraging..but I'll continue my trek, goal is 20 lbs. by Christmas Day..should be easily an attainable goal don't you think..
I'm off to enjoy this beautiful fall weekend, couldn't ask for better weather...
Betty - good to see you. I've been thinking of getting peat moss for my tender roses, and finding a spot to store my dahlias and my one brug... I have about 15 dahlias, and (like everyone else who gardens!) a space issue with my house LOL
No basement = omgoodness, where do I put them, when my DH uses the porch for a tool shed - in addition to the outside shed he has hahahaha) and will likely store them in the porch...
I've never grown tender roses before, nor brought in plants from my garden.
Can we say "almost garden newbie"? S'funny, at my age I wouldn't have thought so, but I'm going in a totally different direction, in a totally different growing season from what I grew up with. Gone are the 4-5 month summers, and I get 1 pure month of gardening in the shadow of the mountains lol This year is a bit different - we got much more rain, and a 2nd month of gardening, so I feel fortunate in having a lush garden yet! And tomatoes ripened IN the garden, without a GH!
Ah well, we'll see what next year brings when I replant my Dahlias & Brug, and take a look at my tender roses ^_^
I picked up a new foster dog last Monday - she has been very stressed and it has taken a while for her to start to come out of her shell. I think she may have a new forever home soon as the lady who adopted Trouper in the spring ( and then had to have him put down in the summer) has asked for 'first refusal' - Sasha will do well with her I think.so I hope that works out.Yesterday Sasha was spayed. At the same time I realized one of my cats - Chelsea - really was not well - and showing it -so I took her into the vets and the news was not good - early liver and kidney disease - and I opted to send her on her way over the Rainbow Bridge. She was 13 - she and her litter mate Jazz have been with me since they were 10 months old. It is a sad day in this house!
Carol, it's a hard choice to make but loving your Chelsea for 13 years and choosing for her a graceful and non suffering twilight of her life is most gracious. it sounds like a good fit Sasha and Trouper mom.
DSO and Cooper ran into a pair of very territorial Corgies yesterday in the forest. Both have flesh injuries and look achy as well today.
Carol - it must be painful for you to bear, but you did the most loving thing you could - seeing her out of her pain...
I know your other four-footed family are grieving too...I remember when my cat, Smokey, had to be euthenised and her kitten, Baby (if you can call a 2-yr old cat a kitten), suffered loss for her mom for almost a solid year. She went into a depression and used to lick her fur off her belly. She kept prowling the house calling and looking for Smokey.
Baby had her mom for two years when Smokey got sick and the vet could not find out what was wrong.
Take care, and I hope we can "be there" for you.
BRRRR, chilled to the bones, have my furnace on..guess it's that time of year! No use complaining, fall itself is pretty in my neck of the woods so best enjoy it before the white stuff flies...
I've been busy these past weeks, working on the house again on the inside/outside...as of yesterday have new patio door in back bedroom (think I'll move into that one because the view of the gardens will be worth the smaller room..lol) and a new glass insert metal door for the basement entrance...today, am hoping they'll have installed 7 indoor doors...all bring on more projects..deck for the patio door, new stairs for back entrance and panelling, trim/handles etc for the doors..etc.etc. you know how it goes, fix one thing and the whole house has to be decorated around it...lol..
Waiting for a ride into work today, car getting new motor for the heater/airconditioner..6 hrs. they say to install it + cost of motor..most like around a $2K job...have extended warrantee..only thing I didn't know is when you get something done you have a 'deductable'..now isn't that something...be glad to have wheels again...
Tonight is shopping, having a duel birthday party here tomorrow so lots to be done..rather than home sick on Tuesday I should have endured and taken today off...I'm from the old school, can't take a Friday, just wouldn't do, nor a Monday, then not Thursday because it's a payday sooo if you are going to be sick, must be Tuesday or Wednesday..aren't I silly?
Praying for those in need and sending smiles to all others...
Haven't checked in here for awhile. Had a haircut this morning and a Doc appt. this afternoon. Haven't seen my GP in a year or more and thought it was time to touch base and get some referrals for massage therapy, new orthotics, etc. Stopped by a local "produce" shop (although they have very good meat and fish too). They had a special on salmon fillets and I got three large ones. they are nice to have in the freezer or to cut up into individual serving sizes. I like to poach them and serve them cold if things are busy.
They also had pie pumpkins - 5 for $5. I like to cook them down as the flesh is so much nicer than what you get in a can. But I don't like the regular grocery store price of about $3-4 each.
Have a meeting tonight at church. We are about to embark on a $2,800,000 renovation of an aging Christian Education wing which is where "we put out faith into action". It's nearly 50 years old, badly insulated with all systems failing on it. It's costing a fortune to heat and to patch up as the heating, plumbing, roofing systems all fail. so, the timing may not be great, but we have to do it.
The church has about $700,000 as a result of bequests and has to raise the rest and they are embarking on an every member canvass. We agreed to visit some people and there is a training session tonight.
Most of you will have noticed that there is a new gnome and two stuffed mounties - a bear and a moose on the road again. I still wonder what happened to the last person who had Dave, Bullwinkle and Jerome.
Where is everyone? Did I put the kiss of death on the thread - no posts in 5 days?
I'll be checking in occasionally, but the next week will be VERY busy as I prepare for and Ottawa Symphony concert next Monday. We had string rehearsal and viola section rehearsal yesterday. First Full rehearsal is tonight. That's a compacting of the schedule by a full week. Bruckner's 3rd Symphony has an awful lot of awkward notes.
Sky is so dark and low that I almost feel I can touch it..torrential rain..guess it's all part of fall..
Been extremely busy with renovations...every Jan.1st I make a list of 'to do's' with regards to house improvements..just finished everything on my list with 3 months to go..needless to say I'm excited..past week I've put patio door in back bedroom, replaced 7 indoor doors, new metal/with full glass insert door on back entrance basement...all needing trim and trim painted...hard when you are alone, everything is left to me/me/me...
On Friday I had a great surprise...
Last Saturday I did a birthday party for my mom's 78th and my brother's 60th..guess we were joking about how long it would take me to want a deck built..said all my renovation budget was gone..on the list for spring of 2010..we'll, there were quite a few at the party who just built new decks and all got talking..
Friday when I got home, my son, my brother had on Thursday all collected odds/ends from everyone and I came home to a new 8' x 7' deck..with a big front and back deck I just wanted a sitting area off the back bedroom overlooking the gardens...so thrilled I was...
Old habits die hard, because I was recreation co-ordinator for Georgian Bay Township I was always planning the next season's events so here I am, planning Christmas projects because I host many 1 day workshops so lots to do over the next few weeks..
This weekend I travel to Meaford, about 100 miles for the Applefest/Screcrow event, then it's Thanksgiving and then to Frankenmuth for shopping and getting a taste of Christmas...
Where does the time go?
Will be back more often now that I've got my mojo working..lol..
Hope weather is better in your neck of the woods...enjoy your day...
I've just come from Coffee at my pool. It reopened today after September maintenance and while I didn't do aquafit, I DID go for coffee and I learned the unbelievably sad news that one of my favourite aquafit and Red Hat friends as well as a valued member of my handbell choir, passed away this morning. She was found by another member of the group who had stopped by her house and came to tell us at the pool.
She had been battling breast cancer, but it was thought that the surgery (last February) had gotten everything. The chemo did NOT go well and she was too ill to receive her final dose. She recently spent a week in hospital with a blood clot, but was sent home. She may have had difficulty getting her regular blood thinner injections. While I had bad feelings about the way everything was going and the eventual outcome, the suddenness of this has come as a total shock and I'm having a bit of difficulty typing and weeping at the same time.
I think maybe I should put my angst and shock into practicing some Bruckner.
Ann - what a thing to hear for you today - really sorry for your loss...((((((Ann)))))))
I know what you mean about our woes vs others - Sure beats heck out of my small work frustrations!! It's a shock for you, f'sure...
Betty - what a lovely surprise to come home to - 2 of 8x7' decks, instead of one small one! How wonderful of them to make these for you ^_^
First of all .. I want to thank all of you for your kindness re prayer and positive thoughts for Lorna.
She remains in St Boniface Hospital in WPG .. she has had 5 surgeries .. 3 failed bypasses to restore the blood flow to her left foot .. and finally an amputation of her left leg below the knee. These 4 surgeries were at Health Sciences Centre .. she went to St B for the removal of her spleen, as it was felt her blood disorder was the cause of the left leg clot.
Leaving her today was one of the hardest things I have ever done .. AND .. she did not get flown home :-( It is now a guessing game.
I had the most wonderful fortune to meet ECHOES and her husband, who ferried me about in their convertible on a very warm summers night. We went for dinner by the lake, and ice cream (gellato) .. what an awesome couple!!
Echoes was also my support as I trudged through each days hurdles. MG99 was my head to head nurse consultant .. how wonderful to have such marvelous friends.
Nice to see you back Marilynne. We miss when you are gone. Praying that Lorna will be home again soon as well. Even though you had to leave before her, I am sure she greatly appreciated the time spent with her during her hospital stay.
Looks like tomorrow will be the day for Lorna to fly back home (into hospital) to Thunder Bay. We are ecstatic !! Her parents will be arriving soon after to visit for a week or 2. They will no doubt be quite shocked .. but .. as I told them .. "she is ALIVE' .. that clot could have really done a number on her (moreso than it did).
The above MANTRA has become an Albatross around my neck !!!!!
Lorna left Wpg late and is at present in flight in the dark !!! She is NOT a lover of flying, so, I can imagine she is going to be quite upset !!!
Think I best wait til tomorrow to go to the hospital.
Here's a little chuckle to take us into the weekend.
I need a small favor ... if it's not too much trouble.
We're going away on vacation, and I need a friend to come over to water my plants while we're gone. The plants are mostly geraniums and begonias. If the weather is real hot they'll probably need to be watered twice a day only.
I'll be gone only 21 days.
Attached is a photo for your reference, (please see below).
I'll send you a post card while I'm gone.
Thanks. I know I can always rely on you, my good friend.
P.S. The ladder is in the garage (if needed)! Thanks sooooooooo much! I really, really appreciate your help.
Thinkin the rain is finally going to taper off a wee bit today.
Took Lilly to the hospital to see Lorna yesterday. Very emotional visit, but, very settling for Lorna as well. Lilly was SO excited to see her, and after the initial mega miles an hour tail wagging and face kisses, she laid at Lornas side and was quite content to play hostess to those that came to see her. Have a couple of pics on my cell phone that I'll download ?sometime?
Lorna's folks arrive today, will be a day filled with emotion for sure. Lorna is awaiting transfer ot ANOTHER hospital in Thunder Bay (this will be her fouth one since this all began) and her FINAL one I hope and pray. She will be going to St Joes, a Rehab Hospital with a wonderful Amputee program.
She is still having 'bumps' in the blood dept .. but .. I think she is just going to have to live with that.
Off and running here .. hope all is well with everyone
I did wish the other Oct. 3 birthday folks a happy day .. I kinda think I must not have that forum targeted for 'watching'
Lorna and her folks had a very emotional reunion today .. but .. all in all it went well and they have brought along BUCKETS of support for her.
I am still livin on little sleep and seem to never be able to get anything done . By the time I get home I just want to walk Lilly, feed Smokey .. brush my teeth and crash .. that'll change a bit for the next 2 weeks as I will want Lorna's parents here for supper as often as possible. PLUS .. I just remembered that next weekend is THANKSGIVING !!! I have pumpkin to render for pies and a menu to figger out .. however .. since I LOVE that holiday, I think it'll be Okee dokee ^_^
((((((((((((((((((Marilyn & Lorna/family))))))))))))))))))
my goodness what a lot you are going through - 4 hospitals!!
And they let dogs into hospitals? I didn't think they did. I know they let all kinds of pets in Care Homes, but thought they were into the "germ free" type of thought in hospitals. I'm Really Pleased to hear they let Lilly in - I'll bet it did a world of good for her to see Lilly ^_^
Susan it is a very rare hospital that does not allow dogs to visit these days. Childrens hospitals were doing it many years before general hospitals. I have taken my dogs in - with permission from the nursing staff and any other occupants of the room if it is not private.Sometimes the visit has to be in the lobby depending on the medical circumstances.
Marilynne I hope Lorna will have a good recovery now she is home with family and friends around.
A rather miserable weekend here, cold, rain and today a bit of snow in Calgary/Yesterday some of the interpretors and staff at Lougheed House went up to Edmonton, had lunch and a private tour of Rutherford House and then out to the Ukainian Cultural Village east of the city. Unfortunately it is a lot of outside walking there and the weather was not so nice so we cut that one short but it is a fascinating site to visit and probably would need all day to see everything.
And I could not resist buying an egg( they had a fantastic selection, several different sizes) and this pretty Xmas tree ornament with red poppies - a match for the stain glass insert I have in my hall.
The Poppy Ball is handpainted by Canadian artist Judi Myers.http://judimyersstudio.ncf.ca/INDEX.html
Pets were never allowed in Winnipeg hospitals.
I also know that Calgary is more dog oriented than any other city I can think of. After all, they have their own bus rate for ridership (notwithstanding the Service animals which are always free, of course), in Calgary.
I guess I'm just not used to such an animal oriented city, as yet. Give me time lol I've only lived here for 3 years lol There's hope for me yet!
there was a time a few years ago, when I was still working in the open heart ICU. It was a quiet Sunday evening, and only one patient in our 8 bed unit. (unheard of these days) He was a Saint Bernard breeder. I let his wife bring 2 of his pups, about 45kg each, into visit. We were cautious that the dogs didn't plant a big paw on his chest, and the wife had bathed them both just before bringing them in. It did wonders to his moral as well as his wife's and ours too. I heard that the next day the housekeeping staff couldn't figure out where all the white hair was coming from...
I worked for many years in Childrens Hospitals. Animals were almost always allowed in although not necessarily on the wards ( ICU for instance might be a problem) At the last one I worked at every Wed evening a parade of animals would arrive in the child space and all those kids who could, and wanted too, came out to visit. There was a Newfie who used to pull a cart for rides.
Arriving at the hospital one evening for some function I was holding the elevator door open for a lady who had what I thought were large white dogs to get in. I closed the doors and pushed the button and turned around to speak to them and found myself looking at 2 miniature white horses!
Susan you might be surprised what is allowed if you ask!
o my... horses!
I'd certainly be surprised about that!
Yes, I know - the only stupid question is the one not asked! But I know that Winnipeg is much more conservative, and it would not have been allowed. Mind you - it's been 3 years, so maybe things have changed there too (although I highly doubt it... as I said, very conservative...)
Lorna's vascular surgeon in Winnipeg was quite a 'fan' of Lilly. Not that she was physically there but I had blown up a picture of her and Smokey and taped it on the wall. He mentioned that she would have been welcomed for a visit on the ward. But, like Carol mentioned, only if it was OK with her roommate.
SO, I gather Winnipeg (HSC) does allow pet visits, and, St B does for sure because we were on the elevator with 2 long haired Daxies last Sunday and saw a Lhasa Apso coming in the front door of the St B atrium ^_^.
The smiles on patients faces were HUGE !!! Staff and visitors as well.
I always thought bringing animals into a hospital/retirement home was a wonderful idea. My daughter works in one but says so far she hasn't seen any there. A shame since animals are great medicine for those that are bedridden.
Last night I spoke to her and I mentioned what people have talked about above before we moved on to discussing H1N1. I told her she should load up on flu medication, juices, ginger ale and soups. Odds are most won't get that sick but...
She also said the medical authorities are having a hard time deciding which shot nursing staff should get. Current thinking is that the seasonal flu shot might negate any benefits one would get from the swine flu shot.
My son is heading home this weekend and I plan on making sure he has supplies (and some of our gardening produce) before he heads back up to the university.
I believe there are some seniors residences ( nursing home level) here that have resident cats - dont think any have dogs, rather more work to look after.
Well I think I am just going for the regular flu shots. I can limit public exposure ( mostly just the few hours a week I am Lougheed House) and the big thing as I understand it is to be careful about hand washing and hand contact.
Carol I think that is a good idea for people our age since chances are we've already been exposed to earlier Swine Flu outbreaks I'm sure I read in a Bloomberg press release that there was one outbreak in the 50's and another in the mid 60's). If DD had a choice though, given her age, I wish she'd get the swine flu shot however. At least there is the tamiflu available if the medical authorities decide against it.
Stats that have been released by a Dallas newspaper:
In a typical flu season, those aged 65 and older make up 60% of hospitalizations.
This season, they account for just 1% of flu-related hospitalizations.
Patients between 50 and 64 make up 5%.
25-49 year olds account for 22% of hospitalizations for H1N1.
And 72% of cases requiring hospitalization are in patients 24 years old and younger.
52% are 5-24
and 20% are 4 or younger.
Here I know daycare centres are already informing their staff to stay home if they get sick and that if parents and/or grandparents can't cover for ill staff (who are usually younger workers) then they will shut them down.
At my workplace peeps that have asthma are already using the alcohol based hand cleaners religiously (and none are planning on getting pregnant anytime soon).
Gloves and hand sanitizers and diligent washing are the order of the day in almost all health care facilities today. I have seen signs posted that ask patients/residents to ask their health care provider if they have washed their hands before administering care to them.
Guess all you can do to look after YOU is to be vigilant .. that said .. I would also make sure you have lots of moisturizing hand cream available too. My hands are in sad and sorry shape after a month of going just a little bit overboard in the hand washing dept. Seems as I touch something, be it the handles of an unknown wheelchair, or going into the washroom of the hospital (and out), I have little cartoon about 'bugs' that starts playing in my hed .. LoL ... HMmmmm Does that mean I'm 'brain washed' ???
Lorna is on her way to St Joes .. could be today or may be tomorrow, but .. REHAB here she comes !!!!
Keeping to a gardening theme (just in case) I hope to render my pie pumpkins today for pies for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin pies "M"...my most favorite...must go to the market tomorrow after work and purchase pie pumpkins..not sure they taste any better than regular pumpkins but they say they do...
Guess you are all busy as can be with Thanksgiving all but days away...having company? or will you enjoy someone cooking just for you...
Kids are all away this weekend so we'll get together another day..I'll spend my weekend crafting and putting winterizing vs. cooking..only thing, need an extra pair of hands for the heavy lifting..
Think senior complexes SHOULD absolutely have pets live within and if not certainly encourage people to bring them in...
Speaking of pets..my sister Sharon had to put down another of her beauties..award winning Chawnee went to doggie heaven yesterday..young at 7, didn't show signs of cancer until yesterday morning...with losing 2 in 2 months she's devastated..only 2 showdogs left and one is 12 and ill...they are her family!
Betty .. so sorry to hear of your sister's loss ..
Re the pumpkin pies .. I cooked the pumpkin last evening when I got home from the hospital .. WELL .. I have had the misfortune over the years to come up with what I refer to as a 'DRY SQUASH' and this year is one of them :-(
When I went to scoop the cooked pumpkin out .. I knew I was in trouble as it was NOT moist .. BUMMER !!
Now I have to flirt with 'Do I waste a tin of carnation, eggs and spices and dough and BET that it'll be OK cooked in a pie'? OR .. do I buy a can of raw pumpkin filling .. knowing me I'll do both .. WHEN I'll do this is anyones best guess ..
I have developed a gawd awful chest cold that has the EVER popular 'throat tickle' with it .. sends me into fits of coughing at all the WRONG times !! Have told friends I sound like Lauren Bacall and LOOK like Humphrey Bogart!!
Will be distancing myself from everyone today.
awwwwww Marilyn - so sorry to hear about your cold!
Lauren Bacall has/had a great voice - it was her trademark! and Bogie...well, he's a class act!
So, I don't think you can be all that bad lol Although I'm sure you Feel like h*** (that's "heck", for the uninitiated lol)
Had a miserable cold day yesterday, storm blowing thru, snowing a lot off and on all day ( but not a lot on the ground) but very cold wind. Dogs out with their walker- they were fine, he was freezing.
I was supposedto go out to Canmore today to do a home visit for Collie Rescue but she phoned yesterday to say they were in the midst of quite a blizzard to we cancelled. I just was checking temps - says -11 here and -19 in Canmore! Guess I better get out my earmuffs to walk the dogs soon.
Ive had the turkey for our neighborhood Thanksgiving dinner in the freezer - Jan came to pick it up yesterday - thats is for Sunday evening. He is the cook and always does a wonderful job, this year I am only bringing ice cream for the pies. Usually I do garlic mashed potatoes and cole slaw using my garden veggies. Still have some potatoes and carrots in the ground, everything else is picked.
My 87 year old neighbor is having surgery today for breast cancer- she will be staying with a neice until Monday. Hope all goes well I know she is quite worried but she is pretty private so hard to know sometimes. She is a great neighbor.
M. hope those pies turn out OK which ever way you go - Personally I would be buying the cans!
"Let it SNOW, let it snow, let it snow' !!! Yep .. it has been snowing here since about 7am .. fluffy stuff .. doubt it'll stay .. looks like someone shook one of those snow globes ^_^
Have an apple pie on the bake, and, Carol .. I should have bought canned pumpkin .. made that one first .. it turned out EXTRA firm !!! Am unsure what it's going to taste like .. oh well .. live and learn.
Feel bad for your elder neighbour .. hope the best for her.
Off to see Lorna with Lilly in a bit .. so far this week, there has been 2 sweet Yorkie pups and a Bassett Hound up visiting their 'peeps' :-)
Betty .. thanks for the BDay wishes .. and I certainly hear ya re going back to look at something and POOF losing your post .. has happened to me a few times ..
CONGRATS Viola ^_^ always nice to be recognized ..
Turkey dinner is done, Lorna's parents left full .. will take Lorna some turkey and pie tomorrow, although I am almost 100% sure the hospital will serve the patients turkey, they had pork roast tonight.
Beautiful fall day here ... leaves are about 70% full ...
going to be a quiet Thanksgiving... just Bob & I
hahaha he bought a 28 lb turkey from the Hutterites (didn't realize the size until they brought it!), and now it's sitting in the freezer until Christmas lol
I went to the store and bought turkey parts (leg for me, and a Chicken breast for him - the turkey he bought is way too BIG lol
I asked him what was going to be different at Christmas than it was here, and he said "there will be more days to eat turkey sandwiches" LOL
I got all the "fixings" for tomorrow, though
And we had pizza ordered in, for our Anniversary yesterday (11 years) lol
Well I did something pretty silly recently. I have 3 watering cans that always sit on the patio beside the tap and I keep them full all the time - for containers and some areas not watered by the underground system and new plantings etc. So I fogot all about them in this cold snap and have not been going out much - this morning as I came back from walking the dogs I was greeted by watering cans with the bottoms popped off! The green ones are metal. The yellow plastic one still has its bottom although it is round instead of flat.
Put them all out in the sun hoping something would melt but it is pretty cold here so they might be iced in for the winter!
Guess I will be buying new ones next spring - not too expensive from Cdn Tire.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Special welcome Ladyfiresign...
Brrrr cold but no snow..can't believe some of you have already had some..know it's coming though so over the weekend worked to winterize everything, even closed in the back deck, usually I'm doing it in a blizzard, fingers numb from being frozen and crying in frustration..said 'nope' not this year...now I feel like I'm ready..
Had Thanksgiving and now for the leftovers...I've been dieting for the past 6 weeks..only lost 10 lbs. - Suzanne my SIL I work with started same day, went to Bernsteins and she's lost 40 so it's discouraging!
As a treat though, I didn't do without my Thanksgiving dinner..little of everything and enjoyed..Greg and the family are dropping in this aft. for a visit, will send everything left over so I'm not tempted..could make a turkey soup with veggies though couldn't I? my goal is 10lbs shed by Christmas...not too big of a challenge if I keep at it..
Working on a zillion things as always..some Halloween and some Christmas...while one is drying, I'm sewing on something else..it's costume time again..almost finished Ernie from Sesame Street for my 13 year old..now why after all this years does he decide upon a cartoon character ??? oh well..almost one down and 3 to go...will have to work evening this week doing some of the others because next weekend I'm off to Frankenmuth and shortly after I have to deliver 2 to the city...drats..always something...lol..I enjoy it though..
Are you all full/tired? hoping you are enjoying your day...
Fancy - I'm surprised the metal ones popped their bottoms - is that snow/ice I see at the bottom of them?
Having a quiet Thanksgiving, the 28 lb turkey my DH got is too large for the 2 of us LOL (men, eh?), so we put it in the freezer for Christmas (still going to be the 2 of us, but he says there are more days off over Christmas to eat leftovers lol)
I went out and got turkey legs (2) and chicken breasts (for him) and we're going to have them, and all the fixings today.
Our 11th anniversary was on Sat, and we stayed in all day (had ordered-in pizza for supper yummmmmmm - no work for me lol).
It was a well-deserved rest weekend for the both of us. I did do one thing on Saturday, and that was to make a banner for the sanctuary of the church. Four down, and 2 more to go lol Took about 9 hours, but it sure was fun making it! Felt good not to be pulled in 20 different directions.
My DH put in a new kitchen faucet sunday, because the old one leaked whenever we hooked up the dishwasher. He said this morning that the water didn't smell chemically... maybe the old faucet had some "issues" lol
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! Hope your day is exactly what you want it to be ^_^
Belated happy anniversary Susan .. I see 'STEEL' is the choice for a gift ..
Hope you enjoyed the pizza ^_^
BRAVA on the 10 pound weight loss Betty .. I think that's pretty amazing .. hope you got rid of some of your leftovers .. I still have a huge platter of sliced turkey left .. made turkey tetrazinni for supper but still am left with turkey .. no 28 pounder for me .. this was a 16pound turkey.
GADZOOKS Carol .. I must say .. the temp must have been quite cold for that KABOOMBA to happen to the watering cans !!!
Coldish here with a light flurry off and on, WAY WAY too early for temps this cold and flakes !!!
Beginning of a short work week tomorrow .. Lorna gets back to physio and the rise and fall of hospital bureaucracy tomorrow .. must say I do not hold out much faith in the ;health care system' anymore .. boy .. I sure used to .. wouldn't think twice about going to emerg .. not anymore .. walking into an emerg now requires you to be checked out by a security guard .. hand sanitizer must be used and, if you are sniffing, or coughing or have a temp .. you get a mask ..
I know we have to be vigilant .. but sometimes I think we are , at times, over doing it just a bit.