Friday, November 28, 2008

I'm Back!

Arrived back from St. John's yesterday. It was one of the best times I've had there. Laurie had moved into a new house a few days before so we both spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday opening boxes and moving furniture, putting things away, all that sort of stuff. It being a three story house my legs got terribly stiff and wobbly going up and down with things. Slept like a log each night as we were pretty tired at the end of each day. However, we did make a dent in it and I was so happy to be there to help.

Tuesday I went to my parents as my brother was flying in from the states that night. He got in quite late so it was about 1:30 am before I got to bed. Very late for me. Eight o'clock the next morning I was still in bed and I heard my father say to my mother "I hope she's not dead in there, this is not like her at all." lol. So, I stayed with the parents until I came home yesterday. It was wonderful. Lots of laughs as my brother is very funny, with a dry sense of humor. My parents said they hadn't laughed so much in a long time and to have their two children under the same roof for a few days was the best thing that could have happened for them.

Roger kept the home fires burning while I was away. He lost four pounds while I was gone. I expect now that I'm back, that will change. I didn't get any time to go around and take pictures. Sorry Pete! I did take these of family.


Parents reading papers. Checking out the flyers.

My 88 year old father having a drink. He's got more energy than all of us put together.

Lunch on Wednesday. My nephew and Laurie were there.

These are men I make. I haven't made any for years and these ones I gave my mother. I'm thinking I may get back into making them again over the winter.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tiring Day

Yesterday we went to Gander, Roger had a dental appointment and I had to go to the hospital for blood work. We figured we'd leave at 10:00, get to the hospital around 11:00. I gave myself an hour there as it usually takes time to register then wait my turn, etc. Then we'd have two hours shopping until dental appointment at 2:00 letting us get home before dark.

I made myself a sandwich as I had to fast from the night before and knew I'd be starved by the time I finished at the hospital. Roger had a good meal before we left giving himself time to floss and brush as he wouldn't be able to eat again before dental appointment. We arrive at the hospital at 11:00, I register and get a number and am told to sit down and wait to be called. I was only sitting for a minute when my number came up. In I go, a bit nervous, sit in chair, look up and himself is looking though the window in the door making faces, lol. After having about five vials of blood taken I go back out. "You're such a baby," he says, "You had your face all screwed up." lol. Well, it all took less than 10 minutes so we had almost an extra hour to fill.

First stop, one of the larger department stores. I was looking for xmas gifts and really didn't know what to get. So many people!! I was getting agitated. I don't know why people leave there cart in a position across the aisle while looking at something and no one can get through, me in particular. I don't know how many times I had to shove one out of my way. I did however manage to get a few presents. Then it was off to a few more shops. It was nearing 2:00 by then so off to the dentist. The place was packed! After registering, we sat down to wait. 2:15 rolled around and we were wondering why Roger hadn't been called in yet. He mumbles something like, "She said something about 3:00." I said, "Three??, maybe you should go up and check that out. You might have gotten the time wrong." Up he goes to the desk, back he comes, "She says my appointment was for 3:00." Noooooooo!

Well, we got home just as it was getting dark, both exhausted. Friends dropped by after supper to let me know that they were going to the city tomorrow and asked if I'd like a ride in with them. So, if all goes well, I'll be off tomorrow and not be back until late next week.

Now, on to something else. The last few pictures I've taken look grainy. If anyone can tell me why, please do so. Make it simple though as I'm a babe in the woods where the camera is concerned.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nothing but Gulls

A nice but chilly day. We decided to go to Glovertown, 14 klms away as I had once again run out of sunflower seeds and suet blocks. The birds need the fatty foods to keep warm on the cold nights we're having now. After buying the bird food we decided to drop into the Goodwill and have a poke around. Himself headed for the mens department and I spied boxes of xmas decorations on the floor. While going through those, I hear him say, "What do you think of this." omg, he had on a jacket of the most blasting, brilliant yellow colour I'd ever seen. "I hate it" says I. "You don't like it" he says with a crest fallen face, "Why?" I say, "It's the most awful thing I've ever seen." Then he comments "Well, if I ever got lost, I'd be easy to find." Off he went again. I saw a coat that looked quite nice so tried it on. It didn't suit me at all so put it back on the rack. Then as I was putting my jacket that I had worn there back on a voice besides me says "What are you getting that for, you already have one just like it." Tut, tut, and rolling of eyes. lol. So, we come away with the great yellow jacket and a glitzy tree top with coloured lights that I found.

Got back home and filled the feeders. The little chick a dees know that when I take down the sunflower seed feeder that it's going to be immediately filled up so many were waiting on the branches. As I was bringing it back to the tree they were jumping on it and taking seeds while it was still in my hands. Once the suet blocks were in the cages and put back up the woodpeckers started arriving.

Pictures of Gulls that I took on the way.

My first attempt at getting a bird in flight and was so excited that I missed his bottom half, lol.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dull Wednesday

Years go by without my need to see the doctor as I rarely have as much as a headache, so after the flu/cold I had a couple of weeks ago I knew something was wrong as I wasn't feeling quite myself. Coughing a lot and getting tired after doing some of the things that I do every day. Monday I figured it had gone on long enough and I phoned the clinic at 9:00 am. I just happened to luck into an appointment for 9:15 am. So, yelled out to Roger, "Get the car started, I have to be at the clinic in 15 mins." I find out that I have pneumonia, not bad mind you, so I've been put on anti-biotics and a liquid medicine. The doctor is looking at my meager chart and says that I haven't had any blood work done in a long time. Now I have to go to the hospital the next time we're in Gander and get a load of blood work done. This morning the doctor phones and says he's setting up appointments at the hospital for me to get a bone density test and mammogram. Heaven only knows what kind of shape I'll find that I'm in when all these tests come back.

This morning I decided to haul all the boxes of craft stuff out and put in the room by the sewing machine. I want to try to get rid of as much of it as I can by making things. Also boxes of goodies for making seasonal wreaths, I'm going to make up a few of those as well. It's been ages since I've put my hand to any of this and I'm starting to get a little excited about it all. Years ago I would spend all winter doing projects, jointed teddy bears, all manner of dolls and other things as my mother and I had a craft shop that was open during the summer months and we had a lot of tourists in the area.

Today is overcast with a chance of flurries this afternoon and temperatures going down to -3 C overnight. Looks like the mild weather is over with now. Can't complain as we've had a marvelous Autumn. It was near 20C just a few days ago so decided to have a look around for insects, hoping the warm weather would have brought some of them out. Just one lone fly and had to take that picture at some distance away. Flies just won't let you get close.

Last flowers standing.

Rose hip

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sunday, Nov. 9th.

Bloggers block once again. Well, not really, there just hasn't been much to blog about lately. The weather has been rainy and cool this past few days. Roger returned from his holiday on Friday. He had an enjoyable time by all accounts. He left from San Francisco to return home and had a lunch packed to take on the plane as they don't feed you anymore unless you pay extra. He forgot to take the lunch and was so hungry once he was up in the air that he broke down and paid $7.00 for a sandwich which he says was crap. Also had a hell of a time trying to get the plastic it was wrapped in off. lol I can just picture it as he can get frustrated with things like this quite easily. Anyway, he's happy to be home once again.

I've noticed a lot of Christmas ads on television lately. I don't say there will be any let up with it now. Which reminds me that I have to think of what presents to buy for family and friends when I'm in the city the end of the month. Always seems to be a problem for me. Last year I concentrated on books for most but I'm at a loss this year. The next question is, will I decorate the outside with lights this year. I didn't last year as I thought it was a waste of time. Just wasn't in the spirit of it all. On the other hand I have lots of outdoor lights just sitting in boxes growing older and older.

The card in my camera went kaput a couple of weeks ago. A friend picked me up another one a few days ago and brought it to me this morning. This one is a 2 GB one as opposed to the 1 GB one I had been using. Pete suggested that I buy myself two or three so I always have extra on hand and I'm thinking that would be a good idea. Will have a look when I go to St. John's. I had to go outside to try it out of course so just a few pictures. All the insects have disappeared and flowers have finished so not much around these days to take pictures of.

Some of the girls. They have finally grown new feathers after their moult.

Odds and Ends

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Little Star.

Hmmm, what's this that I spy with my little eye?

Sssh! No ones watching, are they?


Gotta make a hole, gotta make a hole so I can get it all quickly before those dratted Jays see me.


Oh, oh, someone sees me.

Ah, not to worry, it's only the provider of delights.