It's the weekend...how is it going for you? The board is quiet!

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It's the weekend...how is it going for you? The board is quiet!
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Sat, 09-21-2013 - 7:38pm

How is everyone and what might everyone be doing this weekend?  We are preparing for a little trip to a place called Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia which is an almost 4 hour drive from here.  My sister and BIL are going to be at a time-share condo there for a week and we are joining them for three days beginning on Monday.  They have a two bedroom condo, and a kitchen included. 

Otherwise, I am mostly done making a couple of cartoon drawings for children to colour at an event at the train club my Dh belongs to, all  happening next weekend.  This has become an annual event.  The city of Airdrie (where the train club is located) has a two week event of the arts and part of the train club's participation is to offer free rides for the public for the whole weekend and in the  train station's room we set up tables and allow children to colour and draw if they wish.  I've made two drawings for this year.... usually I feature a train of some kind and a few cartoon animals in the drawing.  I wasn't planning to make two drawings but it just so happened that way, so we'll make copies of both. 

So that's what I've been up to this weekend...aside from doing some grocery shopping.

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Its going well enough. I've been keeping busy....on Friday I took care of some tasks for dh in preparation for a business trip he is about to take. Spent about 30 minutes on research then an hour in Customer Support chat with his cell phone provider to add international voice calling...for 2 days of service. Oh well, if he needs it, he needs it. Getting other business-related tasks taken care of too in advance of his absence.

On Saturday I spent the morning in the garden, besides the usual watering I was harvesting, and pulling out summer plants that are not producing. Some of the plants like zucchini will probably keep producing for a couple months more. 

I'm taking dh to the airport on Sunday around 9:30am, he'll fly to El Salvador for a couple of days, then on to the Dominican Republic (via Miami) for a couple of days. The return flight took him to JFK so he decided to spend the weekend in NYC to see dd. He'll arrive back here next Sunday night. Sounds like an interesting trip--he will be inspecting a fabric mill and a clothing factory to certify that they are safe for an "anti-sweat shop" verification organization.

We're not commemorating the last day of summer in any way, but I could go make a Pimm's Cup to be festive....and it does feel like Fall here, which is really nice.

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It is beginning to feel & look like Fall here-though maybe not quite so cool (shhh-I didn't actually say that did I? Don't want it to get cooler!)

Our weekend has been busy-doing a variety of tasks-I spent yesterday, stacking wood. Mike had brought up some of the wood he'd cut earlier in the year. Dead trees down the property, cut up & just left to finish drying out-they go to the back of the stack, so that's what I did-in the rain. (The Pugs, who feel they belong with me, were not happy-they kept trying to shake off the rain-it kept coming down-they kept shaking. Finally-on my last trip out-they just looked at me, no way they were following me THAT time). And if the 2 dummies had just finished following me-I was working under a roof. But I guess they preferred to be pathetic!

Today-the sun is out-so I will hang out laundry & do what Elspeth is doing-pull out some of the garden. I have tomatoes still, but most of everything else is finished. Mike will help me wind up the netting for the pea vines. And the roses (etc)need to be dead-headed-but not to be covered yet. I have ferns & hostas coming this week for those shaded areas where nothing else will grow(I've had coleus in there-but those are only annuals). Even though I don't expect to be here next summer-I still want it to look good. Plus Mike is planning to bring up more wood-so that must be stacked. He's been busy trying to finish some work in the basement-though I suspect will be glad to get outside today.

Our biggest news is that we've managed to sell Adam's hospital style bed. We tried to give it away-finally listed it for sale at less than 1/10 its value-& it did sell. I'll be glad to have it out of that room-it's like a reminder that he is gone, & I hated it. Now we have the w/c, something else we could not give away, so have listed on line for a nominal fee. (He had 2 wheelchairs-the one at Community Living we just left for them to use as a backup for someone-but this one, the good one?-can't give it away.)

 I have knitting to do & finish up before I can begin the Christmas knitting I've assigned myself. So our weekend is busy enough-but quiet enough too. Mom was here Tuesday to Thursday this past week,and she spent a few hours at my sister's yesterday. I don't think she likes the thought of us moving-but she does understand the reasoning of it.

Nora

 

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Hmmm...what is a Pimm's Cup, Elspeth?  Yes, today is the first day of Fall.  It looks like fall here... many trees' leaves have turned yellow...some trees' leaves have begun to fall.  The Brandon elm trees in our community don't usually turn a nice colour...they just turn brown and the leaves (they are small) fall.  Some trees take longer to turn colour...like our ornamental apple tree's leaves are still green, so too the Swedish Columnar aspen trees in our backyard.  They all  have a different schedule to turn into their fall colours.  And when I drove to the mountains to Susanne's last week, few trees have turned their brilliant yellow colour there...some but not a lot in the mountains themselves.  I don't know if it has anything to do with our weather which has been wonderfully warm and mostly sunny for September.  It's been great and we are thankful for that since our warm summer weather took a while to get going this year - we had some chilly periods and then there was the flood. Once October arrives here, I don't hope for much in the way of lovely weather.  It turns cooler but if the leaves all fall (maybe it will be later this year?) anyway everything looks terribly drab and well, we sometimes do get snow earlier in the season!  Actually when I was in Canmore, one day it rained a lot and the next day was beautifully clear and sunny.  The clouds which had been covering the upper regions of the mountains the day before in the rain (actually you couldn't even see the mountains they were so covered with cloud) had dissipated with the sunshine to reveal that the tops of the mountains had a new fresh layer of snow!  It rains in the valley below but it was cold enough higher up to produce snow.  I love seeing that new snow on the mountain tops at this time of year.  

We have not had a frost overnight yet.  As a result, my flowers in my pots and boxes are still blooming but I have to soon remove them before I leave for Nova Scotia with Susanne on the 5th of October.   I'll be away for two weeks and surely by then if not before, we'll have had a killing frost and I need to put the flower boxes and pots away for the winter.

Shirley

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Shirley, when leaves  turn colors and fall off the trees is regulated by the calender and one's geographic location. The weather has little impact. It is driven by the length of night. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Shirley, a Pimm's Cup is a cocktail that is popular in the summer in England. It is made with Pimm's #1 (which is made of gin, liqueur, and spices) and a mixer---often lemonade but I like it with ginger beer, and I add a slice of cucumber for a fresh taste. It mostly tastes spicy and sweet, but in a refreshing way. My ds introduced me to it several years ago when he was serving it at a party...I've no idea how he learned of it, but he always seems to know about slightly obscure things.

My other summery alcoholic beverage is "tinto de verano" which we discovered in Spain. Literally "red wine of summer" it is red wine mixed with a carbonated fruit drink---in Spain its probably made with Fanta de limon, but that's not available here. I use the Sanpelligrino Orange Italian soda which is just slightly sweet (the Sanpelligrino lemon flavor is too tart for use in this mixture but great as a not very sweet lemonade drink). Add a bunch of ice and it becomes one of those summer drinks that you can drink a lot of without getting drunk.

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Well, if you say so.  I never looked that bit of information up.  One year we  had a killing frost that came really early.  I remember that our ash tree never had a chance to change to its yellow colour - the leaves turned a dull brown and just fell off.  Last year we had an early snowfall in October.  Our apple tree's leaves and the leaves of the Swedish columnar ash trees hardly had a chance to change colour (as far as I remember) and then those leaves seemed to hang on forever!  Eventually at some point by the time we had a good layer of snow that never went away, the leaves came down.  I wouldn't say it's different every year but I did think that there were some differences in when leaves turned into their fall colours.  I do know that the more north you are, the earlier the change in colours - my brother lives north of Montreal in the Laurentians and one year we siblings went to visit my father in Nova Scotia.  We were there in early  to mid October.  The leaves were partially but not completely changed in colour in Nova Scotia.  When we drove back to Montreal...via New Brunswick of course, the trees' leaves along the St. John river were a veritable riot of the most brilliant colours! By the time we got to my brother's place north of Montreal, the leaves were already past the peak of their autumn colour...so yes, geographically I have seen that difference...also we are much higher in elevation  here in Calgary and our leaves turn colour sooner than trees in other parts of Canada, east and west, as far as I know.

Shirley

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That Pimm's Cup drink sounds tasty, Elspeth!  I might give it a try some time.  Thanks for your reply on that.  Did your Ds serve it to you with lemonade or ginger beer that time?  Or did he tell you that you could add the ginger beer instead of lemonade?

S.

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This week, we had a wake on Monday --the dad of one of our friends-- and  the funeral on Tuesday.  Then on Friday, it was another wake.  That time it was one of Ed's grammar school/high school buddies.  They'd been very close back in the day, but John became a cop, and as so often happens, all his friends from then on were cops.  Ed and a couple other guys from the old group had been to see John in the hospital before he died, so they'd had a chance to reconnect at the end.  John had scleroderma, and it had affected his heart.  This wake was so sad because everyone there was our age, exactly. 

So that shot two evenings during the week, which is when I do all the things I can't do during the day with Bree.  Saturday, I had yard work.  I started clearing out the summer deads, picking tomatoes, & the basil plants I'd cut down to 2 inches a couple weeks age were full with another whole go-round, so I picked that for pesto.  The apple tree has been nuts this year, and it smells like a still down there, with all the rotting fruit.  We were waiting for a cooler day to rake up the mess, and do more picking, because the fallen fruit has been COVERED with yellow jackets, and the possums, skunks, coons and even the coyotes have been at it, too.  Not many deer tho.  Usually they keep it all cleaned up!  I ended up with 2 pails of just low hanging fruit, and since we were going to Rae & Anthony's for dinner, I made Apple Brown Betty.   The apples are delicious, but smallish, and since we don't spray, there was a fair bit of damage to cut off as well, so it was lot of work to prepare the fruit.  We ended up running about an hour late, but Rae had called and said she was late too (which with her, is hardly a surprise).  We finally got there around 7, and the braciole  was STILL cooking, but that gave us time for a tour of the house, to see their remodels.  When we finally got upstairs to the master bedroom,  Rae opened the door, and as I looked in the corner I said, IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO TELL US??? just as Ed was saying "That's a funny looking shelf; it looks like a changing..."

Well, you guessed it.  About a week after they got engaged, they found out they were pg, too.  Decided to wait to tell us till they'd sorted all their thoughts out.  But it was funny, because the evening Rae come by to babysit Bree while we went to the wake, she ransacked the house looking for something "non-alcoholic" to drink, because I was out everything except milk, and a few bottles of beer.  Plus I noticed she was looking a little pot-bellied in her stretchy pants, and I'd asked her if she was pg, only to get a "MOTH-ER!"

We didn't get home till after midnight.  Today, I watched Bree for an hour while Lolo ran.  Rae was supposed to run too, but woke up with a sore throat and a head cold.  I made sauce from my tomatoes, Ed made meatballs, and I made chicken soup to take to Rae if she isn't feeling better tomorrow, and stays home from work.  Plus I vacced and mopped.  I still have to dust, but I will try to do that with my helper, tomorrow.

BTW, Rae is due 4/11/14.  They will wait till the delivery to know the sex--Anthony wants to be surprised.  They are going to get married at the courthouse in a couple weeks, just to be safe, and then will have a church wedding and reception next fall, as they planned.   I hate to tell her, but I don't think Rae is going to get in the form fitting sheath she's had waiting as a wedding dress, only 5 or 6 months post baby.   We'll see.

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Shirley, I'm afraid my ashes will not survive their infestation with Emerald Ash Borer. It's devastating the village, and the forest surrounding us. We will still have color around the house tho, because we have a number of maples, and a Bradford pear. Our color is the best the first two weeks of October.
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Congrats!

Nothing here yet in terms of color. We still have a week or two before the leaves start to turn.

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