Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17

This will be a boring post.
It is raining, almost every day. It is humid and uncomfortable, even when it is cool and raining.

BUT!

Our garden is putting on the show of shows! We have tomatoes, cucs, onions, radish ready to eat. I haven't checked the carrots or potatoes yet but they have big showy plants up top that look promising!

We took Baya to the lake on Saturday. She had a wonderful time. The other day Marlene and I went shopping and I forgot to grab the trash bag that I was dropping at the head of the drive. 'Nuff said





That was a horrible mess to clean up. I had thrown a container of rancid flour into the bag. It was wedged into every crook and cranny and ground into the rug. She ate a lot of it too. The next morning we got up to dog poop from one end of the kitchen through the dining room. I was scouring hardwood with disinfectant at the crack of dawn - yuck!

I want to wish John Grey a happy retirement! I wish you many virtual Scotch Eggs and a wonderful rest of the summer to enjoy all your free time. (Somehow I don't think John will be spending the rest of his days "in front of the telly eating crisps")

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10

This month is just flying by!
It continues to be like a rain forest here in Ontario. It's a rare day when it doesn't rain!
Our gardens are doing just marvelously. The grass grows like mad too though.
My puppy is doing very well. She has gained some much needed weight and is learning her commands. She won't sleep on the nice bed I bought her though - no way.
The fellow who arranged for her to come to us said the previous owners kept her locked in a crate all day. She peed and pooped in the crate and then would cry to be let out. When we pulled her blankies out of the crate they were quite soiled so they went right into the trash. The crate was folded up and put away.  I don't want that dear girl to ever be in a crate again. The cat enjoyed the crate for awhile.



Glaring at each other. Look at Kitty's ears!





Hmmm, what is so interesting in that slipper?



Kitty hangs out on the crate for awhile. 

Last weekend we went up to Barrys Bay for an arts festival. Lots of interesting stuff for sale, though I didn't see any of the artisans that I thought would be there.

Scenes from Wilno.


The beautiful Polish church.


I can't believe I walked up all those stairs!!!!! It was so worth it though.


The view from the church steps. This site must have been so inspirational to the founders of the church.

I don't have a photo of him, but I FINALLY found a Buddha statue for my garden. He is sitting proudly side by side with Confucius. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Canada Day

July 1 is Canada Day for us Canadians.
It just isn't Canada Day without our favorite guy Stompin' Tom singing it up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFOPZX3U7CQ

May the sun shine. May the flag proudly fly.


May the fireworks over Parliament thrill you to bits.

And please, please, PLEASE......Remember the tremendous sacrifices of our Indigenous People so we could live here.  The rest of us are all immigrants and refugees.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

It's a Girl!

We have been thinking about getting a new dog for awhile. While not searching in earnest, we just kept our ear to the ground and put out the word.
A friend of a relative got in touch about this little girl.  They tried to tell us she was first a Golden Retriever, then a pure Lab. Well she is obviously a nice mix of Lab and something else. She is not well disciplined and only seems to know the SIT command, but she is learning very fast.
Now if we can just get Miss Kitty to warm up to her.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

All is Calm, All is Bright

Yes, I know those words form a bit of lyric from a Christmas carol. They also describe things around here these days.
The grass is cut, the garden is pretty well totally planted. (We need a couple more herbs in the front)

THE DECK IS STAINED! If you weren't reading my blog last year you won't get it. In a nutshell: Our deck literally fell down last summer. It took quite awhile to get it rebuilt. We piddled away at it all fall and into the spring as we had a bit of free time. I watched for a good sale on Thompsons Water Seal Stain (I love that stuff!!). As of today the railings are all stained, the floor is stained and the sun is shining.
By tomorrow I can put the deck furniture back where it belongs and with any luck we will be able to enjoy sitting out there.
The bugs are still a flippin' nightmare, but I think they are letting up some.  Early mornings are a pretty good time to sit out there and enjoy that first cuppa tea. The phoebe's are feeding frantically which is a good thing.
On my next trip to town I'm going to buy more hanging planters to put on the posts. I'm also looking for some of those post caps that are solar lights. I think those are pretty nifty.
If we ever get the van fixed I'm hoping to buy another screen tent.

The hop vines are growing madly on the back porch. I need to get more twine hitched up to train them up and up! Some day, with any luck, I will have a pergola out there for the hops to cover. That will provide some welcome shade in the summer afternoons.

And it isn't even summer yet!!

Peace Love and Happiness friends.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Heat and Bugs

Our Ontario weather is being crazy outrageous hard to take miserable. Did I use enough adjectives in one sentence?
It went from cold and wet to hot and humid in a snap. It was too wet to plant and now to hot and dry.
The bugs are another story. My poor sister looks like someone took a baseball bat to her face! She has bites around her eyes and on the side of her nose, swelling her face and turning it a horrific color. She has BLISTERS for goodness sake.
My room mate was out working on our garden this morning with so many layers on she was bordering on heat stroke. But she still got a black fly or two inside her face net. She came in with rivulets of blood running down her cheeks. This afternoon she has her swollen face plastered with calamine.
Me? I stayed indoors today. I had nettle stings the whole length of my legs and bug bites on my head from yesterday.
The members of my garden club don't have much positive to say on our facebook page. If we aren't complaining about our bug bites, we are complaining about the plants. TOO MANY folks say they have to completely replant their gardens.
I just hope we get the cool down and the rain the weather guy hinted at.