Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday Funny

I leave tomorrow for two weeks but I have to work a half-day today, go to the bank, get my nails done and finish packing.  Oh yeah, try to get some sleep before I have to be at the airport by 4:30 a.m.

I'm soooo excited!  See you when I get back!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

Can someone explain why four days of work drag by while a  four day long weekend pass in a flash? It's already mid-afternoon on Sunday and I'm not sure how I got here.

It was the final weekend for curling, the men's worlds finished up in Halifax yesterday.  Our Canadian team of Pat Simmons, John Morris, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen finished with the bronze, while Norway's Thomas Ulsrud and Sweden's Nicolas Edin were awarded silver and gold respectively.  It made me a little sad to watch the final game...there won't be any curling televised until December.

But then I remember, the end of curling means spring is definitely underway.  Our snow is almost gone!  We had a cool weekend, today's high temperature is just above freezing.  The front patio still has a bit of ice but another day or two of warm weather and I'll be able to bring the patio set out for the summer.

The back deck is clear so I could set up the table and chairs but I'll probably leave that until I can get out to the yard.  That should be about the time I get back from my trip.  Speaking of the trip I did get my suitcase partially packed.  The list of items left to go in are mostly last minute things though I just remembered I need to pack my magnets and post-it-notes.  That might seem like random items, but the magnets come in handy in the stateroom to hold up papers or invitations, since the walls are metal.  The post-it-notes come in handy to leave messages on my door for friends or in the room for the steward.

One thing I did do this weekend was take several walks.  On Friday after I walked to Staples to pick up a new ink pack for my printer and then over to the new Jysk store at the mall.  The store moved from a smaller location to this one and I really like the way the store is laid out.  I picked up a couple of solar "rocks".  A friend recommended them for lighting up the steps to the deck.  She said they're great too in a power outage - she brings them inside.  At half-price they were definitely worth giving a try.

Saturday, I had an appointment to have my nails done at 10:45 so instead of taking the car, I walked to the mall.  On the way home, I went the long way around, stopping at the hair salon for a cut and at Walmart to pick up a few groceries.  I'm far too cheap to pay the price of a haircut at a regular salon so I go to a place that takes in walk-ins.  I've been going to this salon for at least 5 years and I can only think of one or two haircuts I didn't like.  I went a little shorter this time,with the weather warming and my trip ahead I wanted something wash and wear.

Yesterday after our Easter dinner*, meatloaf, scalloped potatoes and veg, I took a walk over to the creek by the condos.  There is path there that was, until recently, covered in snow.

The Canada geese have been gathering there so I was hoping to get some photos.

As I walking towards the creek, I heard the sound of honking geese and looked up to see a gaggle of them.  I thought, oh no, I've missed them.

But I hadn't missed them all.  There were several still swimming in the water and several on the piece of ice in the center.

Every few minutes there would a burst of honking and a group would take off heading east in the direction of the large group I'd seen before.

The noise of the geese was overshadowed by the sound of the gulls.  Oh my god, they're noisy creatures.

This photo was taken looking back towards the condos.

I discovered this path wraps around the condos, and leads to a major roadway nearby.  When I cross the road, I'm on the path I visited for the first time a few weeks ago.

I met up with the Easter Bunny on my walk.  He was nibbling on the grass and enjoying the evening sun.
He didn't seem to be the least big frightened of me and quite happily sat and posed for my camera.

Good to see he is turning brown!
At the far end of the path where I turn around is this set of culverts.  I suspect if I were to cross the road I'd probably find more path to follow but it runs into a heavy traffic roadway.

Even though it was a bit cool, there were still a number of people out walking and lots of children on bicycles.

On the way back, I took another short path that runs back of the houses in the cul-de-sac across from my street.

This is a photo of the house on the corner down from my place.  There are no plants so it is literally a rock garden..  I call it the grave-yard when I give people directions.
By the time I got home the sun was beginning to set.  I realized I had been walking for nearly an hour.  I know I'll be walking those paths again regularly as the weather continues to improve.

Something else I've also realized is there is beauty in my corner of suburbia.  It just takes getting off the street and slowing down to see it.

Have a great week everyone!

*I had planned to have our traditional ham but my daughter and her boyfriend went to Alberta for the weekend and since ham isn't a big hit for my son and I, we went with meatloaf.  For dessert, there was apple crisp and Oreo ice cream.  No wonder I needed a walk!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Lessons from the Easter Bunny

All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!

 Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

 Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Random Saturday

I can hardly believe March is almost at its end.  As my Wednesday post showed, we had more snow, almost 5 inches.  It was expected but certainly not appreciated.

By yesterday, the driveway was clear of snow and the piles were melting rapidly.  

Today the forecast high is 13C (55F) with rain showers.  I expect that much of the snow that remains will be gone by this time tomorrow. 

We're still weeks away from being able to do any planting as we can still get frost at night.  But just being able to go outside in the fresh air is a real treat!

I had a short week at work, Thursday was my annual "me day", and Friday was my earned day off.  I love long weekends!  On Thursday I got some shopping done for my cruise (just 3 weeks away), visited my financial advisor, and had a relaxing evening at home.  Yesterday, was the start of spring cleaning and getting my house in order.  If you're like me and tend to put off the a couple of episodes of Hoarding, Buried alive before you start.  While my house looks pristine in comparison, the show is a great impetus to get rid of any clutter.

My closet and dresser have been cleared out of old, ratty clothing and items I won't even wear again. I also went through the front hall closet, and rid myself of several coats.  The pieces that are still in decent shape will be donated to Community living, everything else went in the bin.  I got the laundry done, vacuumed the stairs, and scrubbed the kitchen cabinets.  There is still so much to be done....sigh.

By mid-afternoon I was tired of housework and decided to enjoy the sunshine.  I grabbed my camera and went for a walk.

The neighbor's children had built a snowman the day before.  I love the colorful scarf!

I decided to walk to the park I visited last week.  

The stream wasn't as full as it was the week before, and the water was looking very muddy.

There was lots of water though, and the path was covered in several spots.  I was thinking ahead for a change and was wearing my rubber boots, so I kept my feet dry.

Spring must be here!  On the back, I spotted this magpie and a couple of robins.

I spooked the robin but the magpie just stayed where it was.   I love the shot of the robin in mid-air.  I had no idea that their red breast carried into their wings.
There were lots of people out on the path, walkers like myself, runners, and even bicycles.  It will be an even nicer walk when things start turning green.  To think I've lived here for nearly five years and had never visited it before.    

Speaking of procrastination, the floors are apparently not going to vacuum or wash themselves so I'd best get at it.  I'm also planning to make banana bread and a pot of potato and leek soup, and maybe a quinoa salad....before the Men's World curling starts later today. 

Have a great weekend everyone!