Tuesday, October 19, 2010

While Bob's away...

Well, let me see, Bob has been gone now for 4 days. I actually made a list of things to do while he was away. It is still there, nothing stroked off. Every time he goes away, I fill my calendar with far too many social events. I vowed I would not do that again, but rather I would enjoy my alone time, get at a couple projects I have been putting off and maybe have dinner one night with a friend.

What is it they say..”the best laid plans of mice and men”… it is only Tuesday and I am exhausted. I was out Friday night and Bob hadn’t left yet. Saturday was busy with my little friend Baxter coming for a sleepover. He is three. No work gets done, we simply bond.

Sunday Adam and Caleb came for supper. Not a big deal, but the cover had to come off the barbeque and steaks were in the sink for thawing.

Monday, I had to be at work by 8am as I had to leave by 8:10 for a doctor’s appointment. I wanted them to think that I was at least making an effort. Massage Monday night and then home for a relaxing evening. Thus endeth the “gentle” time.

Out tonight for dinner with my friend Audrey, in Caledon. Tomorrow, dinner with my friend Miss Karen at David’s. Thursday night I am off to Kitchener to pick up Wilda. We are off to dinner & theatre in St. Jacob’s. Not to leave one last night free, I made plans to go out Friday night with my friend Lynda. Dinner & a movie.

I am off on Friday, but have filled it up with appointments. My car needs cleaned inside and out, my hair… well we won’t even go there. Let’s just say that it will be lovely, by noon on Friday. Afternoon, I have running around to do that I promised Bob I would get done in a timely fashion. Before you know it, I will be heading off to Guelph.

I guess what I am trying to say is, I really do miss Bob when he is gone. When he is not away golfing or fishing, I spend more time home alone, watching TV.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Fun

Last weekend, I took advantage of the wonderful Thanksgiving weather, and decorated the front of my house for Halloween. I kind of had some help. My three year old grandson was “helping”. First he didn’t want to put up the monster streamers because they were too scary, and he was busy jumping in the leaves. Then I was moving some plants around and he was too little to help with that, and he was busy jumping in the leaves. Next, there were two bags to fill with leaves. One looks like a ghost and the other a jack-o-lantern. He couldn’t help with these because they were also too scary, and he was busy jumping in the leaves. I finally convinced him to forget about the leaves so that we could go for a drive and get pumpkins for the porch.

Now I thought a free range pumpkin patch would excite him to death. Wrong…. no running around trying to pick the perfect pumpkin. He just wanted to stay by my side and help with the wheel barrow. I convinced him that we had to actually check each pumpkin to make sure they were “perfect”. Another mistake on my part. You would have thought that I was “new” with children. Once we found the first pumpkin, he found another perfect one. And another one and another one. Now we had 4 perfect pumpkins and I could hardly push that stupid wheel barrow any more. I talked him into going back to the gate and putting these pumpkins in the car. We paid the lady, put the wheel barrow back and got in the car to go home.

Once we were home, there was the task of getting the pumpkins out of the car. One or two of them didn’t seem that heavy, so I thought he might be able to carry them a wee ways. He had other ideas. Before I could stop him, Caleb had pulled the biggest one out of the back and onto the driveway. It proceeded to roll almost to the road. Luckily, it stayed in tact.. not even a crack. Well that was fun, so he pulled on another one. This time I was quicker and I removed all the pumpkins and he rolled them all to the sidewalk.

What I thought might be an hour’s worth of “fun”, turned into three hours of running, jumping and climbing. All of which, I am sure, was just the most fun for Caleb.
Once again, I am reminded why we have our children when we are in our 20’s or 30’s.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

No China Trip next Year

You know those stupid "chain letter" emails you get from your so called friends.  Well my sister sent me one last week, and as I always do, I deleted it and sent it to the trash bin. 
A couple of days before that, I was asked by a friend if I would like to go to China with him.  April 11, 2011, for 21 days.  It was the exact itinerary that I had worked out for Bob & I, should we go. And it was only $3200.00.  A real bargain.  I could hardly breathe.  It was a dream come true.   I could get to walk on the Great Wall of China.  I went home and discussed it with Bob, as there were some awkward conditions involved.  For instance, I would be sharing a room with a "straight" man.  Bob was also concerned that I might have trouble being away for 21 days without family.  He is right, it may have been an issue.  After a short discussion, Bob agreed that it would indeed, be a wonderful opportunity for me and he was not quite as excited as I was about going to China on our next big adventure.  A major condition to the offer was,  my friend's sister was first choice and I was only going if she said "no".  He assured me that there was a very good chance that would happen, as her husband has several health issues that might prevent her from going away for 21 days.
And another totally unrelated item....  I have an annual dinner with 25 - 30 of my most intimate work friends and it is usually held in a local restaurant.  Reservations were booked at Delaineys in Guelph, the invitations were sent out and the RSVP's were rolling in.
Now back to the chain letter....  right after I deleted that email, my friend called to let me know his sister had made arrangements and was able to go to China with him.   I have to admit, I shed a tear or two.   The next day, Delainey's called, cancelling my reservation for next week, because they have had a fire.  I thought frantically and found another venue for my dinner, but now I have to send out 75 new invitations with the alternate location.
Bottom line here... this is all my sister's fault.  If she had not sent me that stupid chain letter,  I would be having dinner at Delainey's next Wednesday and going to China in April. 
I am not sure I will ever forgive her.  She is lucky Christmas is coming up and we already have scheduled dinner together.  Otherwise, I may have shunned her for the rest of the year.   Do you have a crappy chain letter that I can send off to her????

Friday, October 1, 2010

October already

October 1… wow….. I do not know what I am doing with my time. I think maybe I watch too much television and that is why I can’t account for so much of my time. It certainly is not spent sleeping. I am pretty sure I don’t do much of that. My husband assures me that I am up and down half the night. It must be disturbing his sleep or we would never discuss it…

We are going out tonight to look at a “recumbent bike”. Until last week, I had never heard of them, or just didn’t care to know about them. It is a stationary bike for arthritic ridden, old people… that’s us. Bob is wanting to be able to golf without pain and the aftermath of immobility the next day. Me… well I have been offered a chance to go to China and I want to be able to walk and tour all over without holding back the group. Not to mention, my grandson is wearing me down, even when we play inside. He is only three, with a rising energy level. By the time he goes to school, I will not even be able to watch TV with him, if I don’t take action now.

This whole weekend is “activity” related. The bike tonight, shopping all day tomorrow, and golfing on Sunday. Maybe I should consider taking Monday off to rest up or recuperate……..

Monday, September 27, 2010

89 more sleeps

As I sit here listening to a Christmas CD, knowing it is only 89 more sleeps...... my thoughts wonder off to a "Christmas Lit House" ... my house. I know I should not wish away the days of my life, and I would not really wish for Christmas year round. Then the "special" of the season might be lost. I spent the weekend with my four little friends. We actually talked about Christmas..... they brought it up..... I love it. All my training over the years has not been wasted. Currently I am planning a four day weekend sleepover with them in November. Mom & Dad are hoping for a quiet retreat. The timing will be perfect. We can decorate the house, inside and out. We can bake. Hopefully the weather will be dry and we can spend some time outside just enjoying the late fall. I can never let the parents know that this is my kind of retreat... they may start charging me money to bond with the children.

I am going shopping on Saturday, for Christmas fabric. I am making new Stockings for the entire family this year. A friend is taking me to Hamilton, to "fabric alley". I inherited a new sewing machine a couple years ago, one with all the gadgets. I am going to spend my evenings this week, figuring it out. I want to be able to start sewing them up asap. No excuses for waiting until the last minute.....

The contractor was over last week and gave me a drawing of my new room... wahoo... very exciting. Hope to start work on my new room in a couple weeks and expect to be done 3 - 4 weeks later. It should be ready for use by Liverfest. I have plans for the new room. Bob has plans for the new room... I don't think they match up at all. We will see.......

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wow... Monday already.  The weekend passed way to fast.  I did housework, laundry, cooking.... and all I really wanted to do was sleep. I truly believe I was meant to be born with money instead of my terrific personality and good looks.

Bob was busy all day Saturday at the Firehall. Toll Bridge for MD. He spent all day counting the money and then when he came home, he was in bed by 8pm. The remote was mine. Not that there is anything great to watch on a Saturday night, but I taped shows all week that I wanted to see.

I love my VCR. Not sure if I am ready to upgrade to a PVR... just more technology for me to learn and screw up.

I booked my time off for the trip to Vegas. I think I am supposed to be grateful that Bob is taking me along, but instead I am making demands about when we leave and where we leave from.... I think I have forgotten my place...... although... I am not sure I ever really had a "place". If I had vented to anyone else besides Bob, I would appologize, but I doubt that he was even listening. He looked abit "glazed" when I was ranting the other night.

The theatre experience Thursday night was fun. The play was a comedy, so lots of laughing. It was held at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse. For anyone who hasn't been there, it is set up cafe style. Small tables with 4 chairs around them. The couple that sat with us, were very nice. Wilda kept telling them the same story over and over, about how everywhere she goes, someone she knows comes up to her and gives her a big hug. All of this due to her years in softball in this area. The first time her and Stan, her gentleman companion, went out to the Schoolhouse, the couple that sat with them was an old friend of hers from her umpiring days. Poor Stan was left out of the conversation for the most part and Wilda thought he was abit jealous of all the attention she was attracting...... or so the story goes....... That poor couple with us Thursday night, heard the story at least 3 times in full and another 2 or 3 times in part. I was afraid she was going to keep talking to them thru out the show, but as soon as it started, she stopped talking.... at least until intermission. Enough time had passed by and she forgot she had told the lovely couple at our table, about her and Stan. Soooo, they heard it one more time. At the end of the evening, I thanked them for being so kind and just nodding and smiling as Wilda told her story.
Tonight, I am heading for a massage.  A full hour of kneading and poking to make me feel better.  Magic fingers pushing all those aches and pains out of this old body.   Hopefully that "feel good" feeling will last more than a couple of days.  
Everyone benefits when I am feeling good.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

WOW... desktop banner shows only 100 days until Christmas. Just yesterday I was golfing and thinking a swim in the pool when I get home will be good. But it is definitely Fall. Dark by 8pm and way too cool to go for a swim, even if the pool is heated up to 86F.

It was a great day to golf yesterday. The weather was perfect, which just means it didn't rain and we were all very grateful. The dinner afterwards was so good, and I spent the day with some friends I had not connected with in quite awhile. I even made some terrific shots that won the praise of my group.

I am sure they really were great shots and that my friends were not just trying to make me feel good. Also, I am feeling very stiff and sore today, so I must have golfed good.
I am heading off to the Theatre tonight with my good friend Wilda.  Always a fun experience.  First off, Wilda is 91.  She has no filters left. If someone annoys her, she just blasts off about it, caring less about who can hear her.  Her hearing is also diminishing, but as is the case with most seniors.... it is not her hearing.  "You must be mumbling or just not speaking up."   When we go to the theatre, she usually talks thru most of the show, asking me "what did they say".
I can usually talk for days about a 4 hour evening with Wilda as it is free entertainment at it's best.   I sometimes wonder why we pay so much money for the show.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vegas here we come

For about a month now, Bob has been saying that he was going to win his pool championship and go to Vegas.  Well.... this past weekend, he played Friday night until very late, Saturday, all day-until very late, and again all day Sunday.  First as a team and then individual.  He arrived home late Sunday night, looking very tired.  He informed me that he lost the individuals, in the finals, in the last match.  I try very hard to be sympathetic about these things, so I just remarked...  "I guess no Vegas this year".   To my surprise, and I do mean I was very surprised, he announced that he wasn't going as a single, but he was going with the team.  "Did I want to come along?"  Hell yes.....  So... we leave Nov 3 and return Nov 8.   He has to play 2 matches a day. (whatever that means).  I can do whatever I like, but maybe the rest of the wives would be coming to watch them play....  I really don't care for this kind of peer pressure.  I have been on the internet, checking out shows....  did you know that Don Rickles is still alive?  and working?  I now believe that Vegas is where old entertainers go to die.... Tony Orlando, Sheena Easton... Donnie & Marie.. and oh dear God....Andy Williams..  I am sure he is dead, but still doing 2 shows a night...
Maybe I will just go to gamble and eat.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Old Timers already

This past Friday, I packed up my "stuff" at the end of the day, to head home.  I reached into my pocket for my car keys, only to find that they weren't there.  I checked my purse, checked my back pack, and re-checked my pockets.  Nothing.  Now I dumped out my purse, dumped out my back pack, and re-checked my pockets.  Nothing. Alright... now I am in a bit of a panic.  I retraced my morning steps, checked both bathrooms that I went into during the day.  I checked in with security..... Nothing.  Now I need a plan of action.....  I decided to head back to the office to call Adam.  He can go over to the house and bring me my spare set of keys.  That is when I run in to Kim Mc.... I must have had a look of great stress on my face because she asked me if I was okay.  When I explained the situation, she offered to drive me home.  That worked for me.  Bob had to come back into Guelph later that night anyway, so I could just hook up a ride with him.  Once I got home, I dropped all my "stuff" and thought I should go out to the garden and see if there were any new tomatoes.  It was getting cool, so I grabbed for my jacket.  It wasn't there.   
my jacket was at work, with my car keys in the pocket.  I suddenly remembered that it was quite cool at 6:30am, when I left for work, so I grabbed my jacket.  Of course when I got out of the car, I put the keys in my pocket.  Mystery solved, feeling pretty stupid.   I had to tell Bob I lost my keys, because I needed him to drive me into Guelph, but, I wasn't going to tell him about my jacket. However, when he picked me up to go to Guelph , he said I should go back in and get my jacket as it was cold out.... I had to fess up.  By the way, I found my keys this morning, in the jacket pocket......

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Did you miss me

I offer no excuses.  I just can't be bothered to do anything these days.  But, I have made a positive change recently.  I did something called a parasite cleanse for a whole week.  Apparantly we all have hundreds of little parasites in our bodies. Sounds disgusting I know, but it was in the form of a capsule with my breakfast, so nothing too grose.    Well... I can hardly carry my own weight around, I am not about to back pack these foreign entities.  Happily, I did have an increase in my energy level.  It doesn't matter if it was real or in my mind, it worked.  So, I decided to also rejoin WW for about the 57th time.  One week under my belt and I am down 4.5 lbs.   Wahoo.
I promised my friends that if I ever get thin, I am going to go with a slutty look, so they are all very supportive, hoping to see this transformation.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. Let's hope I can stay on track for another week.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

where have I been

I can't believe it has been 2 months since I have written anything.  I haven't even sent out a Christmas Reminder for 2 months.   Some of you must be perusing the obits looking to see if I have passed over.
I could tell you that I have just been too busy.  I could tell you that I have been sick or something equally as evil. Or maybe my computer was broken. Anything that would prevent me from writing.  But truth be known, there are no valid excuses.  I have just been lazy.  It started out that I just wanted to change the title of my blog and couldn't come up with anything.  Then I just used that as an excuse not to write.   Today I decided that this blog was for more than just Christmas and then went and changed the title to say that.  Pretty simple, eh??
What has been happening in the last 2 months, you ask.  Well, Bob & I went to Calgary for my neice's wedding and we stayed for a whole week to visit some wonderful friends who have migrated from Ontario.  While you were enjoying that horrible, humid, heatwave, we were enjoying 10C - 14C, frost every night, and occasional snow flurries.
On the day we left Alberta, our friends in High River were enjoying 4 inches of snow.  We arrived in Kitchener, Thursday evening to a stifling temperature of 29C with humidex feeling like 35C.  OMG...  it only took 2 days to get the pool opened and warmed up enough to go in for a dip.
I am very busy these days, raising funds for my Relay for Life on June 18.  If you are interested in sponsoring me, I have also included a link to the online page.
Just to keep with the Christmas theme, there are only 206 days left until Christmas 2010.  Does that help make you feel abit cooler now??
I am going to try very hard to be more disciplined about my writing, so you can start checking back regularly to see something new.
Well, I still have to work for a living so I had better get back to earning that paycheck.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Well, yesterday morning I came into work and found an email from my sister. She just became the first time Grandma of a beautiful little girl. I have a great - niece and her name is Lillie. I could hardly wait for my work day to end so that I could go and introduce myself to her.

I got to the hospital after the daytime visiting hours and before the evening visitation. The nurses tried to give me their best disciplinary stares, but I was going in anyway. There she was, all bundled up, just waiting for me. I gently picked her up and introduced myself. I told her that I was her Auntie Donna who she would worship and adore. She wrinkled up her tiny face, opened her eyes and smiled at me. Then she relaxed and snuggled in for a wonderful cuddle, knowing, she was already safe in my heart. I told her what a special place Christmas was and not to worry that there were only 261 days left, I would make sure she was well prepared and her first Christmas would indeed be special.... as special as she is.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just 262 days

It was brought to my attention this morning that I have been negligent in my duties. I offer no excuses. I could tell you that I have been so busy at work or home, but the truth is, I just plain forgot. I know that is hard to believe but I will make every effort to ensure it doesn't happen again.

The weather has turned cold again here in Southern Ontario, so it should be easy to actually think about December 2010. Don't you find it hard to believe that 103 days or over 3 months have passed since Christmas 2009. Every year, time passes by quicker than the last.

I am currently planning on a renovation at my house to add a floor to ceiling bay window in the front where everyone who passes by my house from Nov to Feb will be able to see and enjoy, my beautiful tree with it's 900 pretty lights. It is causing some dissension between my husband and I, but we all know, that I will win in the end.

Well, before you spot that first robin, or your tulips come into bloom, just take a moment to remember, there are only 262 days to wait...............