Thursday, May 4, 2017

Is it Monday? Feels like Monday.....

Our Location: Lakeshore Road N, Tehkummah, Ontario

This mornings temp was just under the freezing mark at 5:30 am but warmed up to the freezing mark around 8 am. No wind made it feel chilly but not overly. Mittens and a hoodie along with my light jacket were enough to keep me warm when I was heading up to Dad’s shortly before 6:30 am for coffee time with the crew. Short walk, about 10-12 minutes but it was muddy in places although I managed to find a few patches of gravel in all that mud and tip toe my way across. Tomorrow I’ll take the longer route but it’ll be less muddy. The day was a nice day, not bright blue skies but with the hint of sun and little wind, the temps weren’t too bad at all. Two nice days in a row, is it possible we have turned that corner?

Coffee time included Dad, brother Rick and Rick’s wife Barb. We enjoyed a few laughs, a couple of stories and possibly a few lies. ~laugh~ It’s coffee time, what do you expect? 

No new green. Stopped for construction between Sudbury and Espanola

I left dad’s around 8 am heading out for my usual (when here ) morning walk. It takes me around the hour mark which makes it about a mile. It’s on a gravel road, a nice country stroll with a number of rolling ups and downs. I didn’t see a single soul when I was walking or even see a single vehicle, in fact the only wild life I seen this morning were some ducks on the water, that’s it!!

Back at the Igloo around 9 am I gathered up my goodies, heading  to my brother’s house to take a shower. While parking here in our summer location we shower at my brother’s house and in exchange I do a few little chores around the house which is excellent for me as it keeps me from being extremely bored, it helps keep me out of trouble, and I enjoy helping out. They both work out of the house and so the little things we do may help that ‘burden’ of work that still needs to be done.  I was back home around 10:45 am so we could start our day.

After calling my sister to ensure she was home and up for a quick visit we climbed into the Dogsled to start our errands. Our first stop was at the post office in Tehkummah  to pick up 6 months worth of mail. Hmmmmm…..not as much as I expected but still a lot of mail, chatted with the nice post mistress for a bit before heading on to our next stop. The beautiful little town of Manitowaning is situated on a hill over looking Manitowaning bay, the water is a dark blue at this time of the year as it’s cold and icy looking. Across the bay is the Wikemikong Reservation which is well known for it’s annual summer PowWow drawing many dancers from great distances. We stopped at the pharmacy along one of the main streets,( sister in law Barb works at this location) where I left a prescription to be filled, crossed the street to the only grocery store in town to pick up a couple little things and then worked our way to my sister Jan’s house. We visited with her for about an hour, taking a walking around the block, picking up her mail, and just getting out and about for a bit. It was great to see her again, I’ve missed her. We’ll visit a lot more  over the summer.

Lots of water laying around.

From my sisters house we headed out to do some errands associated with the Dogsled and it’s registering in Ontario. I’ll give you the nut shell version, broker didn’t give me all the paper work, Service Ontario rep won’t let me register until the sends the paperwork, broker says S.O. Rep doesn’t need it, S.O. Rep wants the original, broker says S.O. Rep doesn’t  need it. I yelled at broker, he yelled back and I still have ‘Bama plates and US insurance on the truck. Salvage yard weighed the Dogsled, weighs just over 7000 lbs. Stay tuned… sands thru the hour glass…..~laugh~ 
From there we headed home, it was getting late and we were starting to think maybe we should have some lunch soon. About 10 minutes after leaving the Service Ontario Building (registration  place for the Dogsled) we happened by this young person on the side of the road with a sign saying SOUTH, and considering we were heading south and were only about 15 minutes from the very southern tip of the island and that would be about 5 or 6 minutes from the Igloo we stopped to offer a ride. Turns out the young man is deaf and so communication was almost none existent but we did manage to find out that he wanted to go to that exact southern most tip and catch the ferry boat. He pointed on the map so I knew where he wanted to go, and within a short period of time we had delivered him to the front door of the ferry terminal. Our good deed for the day.

Home to the Igloo we settled in to open mail, have some thing to eat and kind of just wind down. To say that opening the mail was time consuming would be an understatement. I think I was about 45 minutes opening up the mail. I made two phone calls as a result of the mail,one was handled instantly, the other I’m waiting for a call back. I managed to get everything sorted out and stacked into piles that I will figure out what to do with over the next few days.

One of the many rock cuts on our drive to the Island
We kind of just grazed from one thing to another and so when dinner time showed up neither of us were hungry. We kind of just skipped it. Not a good thing I know but oh well, that’s just how it worked out. ~laugh~

After that Riley headed off to her room, I read for a while before sitting down to do my blog. I can tell you that todays outing was a day of wild life sightings, 2 ground hogs, 1 deer, 1 minx, and a number of vultures. Spring is in the air, and the animals are stirring.

Tomorrow, well who knows what tomorrow will bring. However I’m pretty certain whatever it is will be dealt with, just as every thing has been dealt with, one step at a time. A letter in my inbox this afternoon from the Dealership in Alabama about my old truck. They want to sell it and need some kind of form, information about where i crossed,  and did I fill out such and such a form. US Export office told me when I crossed  that the dealership won’t be able to sell it until it passes customs down there. I didn’t know that at the time of trading it, and I didn’t tell them that in the letter today either. Hm… is a tangled mess. ~laugh~ 

No green hints but the odd bit of red can be seen.

So there you have it, our day. To say it was exciting would be true in some ways, seeing my siblings and my sister in law was fantastic, it’s been a long time. Getting back into our routine here is comforting. I’m looking forward to the first camp fire of the season which I hope will be soon. We need to get the things out of storage here and set up the ‘yard’, we are both looking forward to seeing my niece and nephews along with their families  and significant others. Getting back to walking will be nice, it will help relieve the stress. To say the day was also stressful would be accurate with more stuff than just the crap with the Dogsled going on and needing attention. I believe Forrest Gump had it right, or maybe it was Mamma Gump, life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get until you bite into it. ~laugh~

 A wise man told me once that if we didn’t have bad days we would never know to appreciate the good ones. So keeping that in mind, this too shall pass! 
I've been kind of busy and haven't commented on any comments, nor have I read any other blogs. I will get to them in the next number of days answering comments and also reading/posting.

Until next time… safe, take care…..


  1. Welcome to the relaxing time. :) Enjoying family visits and doing whatever you want. I hope your nice weather stays although we wouldn't mind some back here in Durham! :)

    1. Thanks Patsy. I"m looking forward to enjoying family time. Always the first few weeks are a bit hectic with getting things accomplished and then we settle down to just a slow lazy pace. We can't complain about the weather so far, hopefully it holds but the forecast showed some pretty nippy day time highs but who knows, it may miss us all together.