Monday, August 23, 2021

A quick catch up....

                                                                      
 
 
                                                                                   Our Location: Summer Spot                                                                                 Near South Baymouth, Ontario 
 
 
We haven't forgotten about you fine folks but we really haven't had a lot to post about either. I did however think it wise to post a few pics of our last 6 months or so. Just to keep a record for future reference. 
 
Yes the stop sign is regulation height. 


I walk this path from our summer spot every morning for morning coffee. Although I did not walk it much over the winter, only to check on the Igloo under it's blanket of snow. 
 
 
We survived the winter winds and snows snuggled into our little rented stone house. I can honestly tell you that I do not miss Canadian winters and look forward to continuing our travels when the border opens up to allow us frozen folks to head to warmer climes during those long, cold months of winter. 
 
The rushing waters of a spring time water falls.



Ice forms on the trees near the base of the falls.

 Riley had an MRI on her knee about a month ago, it's been causing her pain off and on all winter since she wrenched it last fall. The report says nothing is amiss and she is fine to continue strengthening it even though it causes some discomfort. Always afraid we could be doing more harm than good with such injuries and so we are both relieved to hear the good news. 
 
 
Ice will soon be gone from the rivers and creeks.



 
 We moved backed into the Igloo before the long weekend in May and have enjoyed our summer spot once again. The summer has been odd, at times reminding me of the desert with cool mornings and hot afternoons. A dry start to the summer season had us living with a fire ban for many weeks but it started raining around July 1 and until about 2 weeks ago we had rain, rain, rain, with very little sun. Now we have sun, sun, sun with no sign of rain with the dog days of summer arriving about two weeks late this year. However there is a bit of colour here and there in the trees, leaves are starting to drift downward in a few spots, the sun no longer peeks through my bedroom window at the same angle and the winds are of course ever present but they carry a hint of something cooler to come. I wonder what kind of fall we will have this year? 
 
Sunrise June 9 just before 6 AM.

Produce from our gardens this year.

Congrats to nephew Jason and wife Leah welcomed a baby boy this winter, Hudson is now about 6 months old and a happy little fella. Jason recently took a spill breaking a few ribs, puncturing a lung and suffering various bruises and contusions. He's on the mend and doing well. 
 
Congrats also to nephew Jesse (Jason's brother) and Claudia on their upcoming wedding in about a month's time. Also congrats to daughter Bradey and David on their upcoming wedding just a week after Jesse & Claudia.
 
Also a few birthdays to mention sister Jan (June), daughter Bradey (July), and my dad (Aug) all celebrated since I last posted anything. 
 
So now you are totally caught up with our goings on here on the big rock in the middle of the Bay. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. 
 
Until next time... take care, stay safe and healthy!!
 
Deb

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Winter settles in....

                                                                 Our Location: Tehkummah, Ontario

 

Hope all is well with you fine folks taking the time to read this today. Things are pretty quiet here in our little hamlet with winter finally settling in over the last few days with constant snow and snow streamers coming in off the lake. Winds will begin whipping the sparkling clean white stuff around with greater force as the day continues. I have no snow pictures today though, but I will hopefully take a few in the up coming days.

 

On one of the many roads I walk around here.




I must say I don't really like the new Blogger format, things go missing, and won't go where they should, nothing scrolls properly and so on. Not making me want to use it any more than necessary these days. 

 

The Igloo looks cold.


  



 Riley and I haven't been doing much these days, working a day here or there, doing a little grocery shopping, taking a few walks but otherwise we've been staying out the cold, wet, windy outside.

 





It seems we are falling apart during these long winter days. Riley is dealing with a knee injury from an earlier slip in November. It's a slow process but it's getting better and we are both looking forward to getting back to the desert to walking and hiking in something that isn't slimy and wet where slipping is much harder to do. The cold, damp north is not kind to joints  and we will leave it at that. My blood sugars have been giving me issues as well. Fun times we are having! We are like everyone else, missing the bright sunshine filled skies and are looking forward to the end of the lock downs, pandemics and border closures. I don't think it can come soon enough for any of us. 

 

Look closely, it's the sun.

A vintage trailer in there.

 Thanks for stopping by. 

 Until next time...take care, be safe, stay healthy, 

 

Deb

 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

 

 


Location: Hamlet of Tehkummah, Ontario


It’s been a while since my last update but I haven’t had much to say. I’ve had the best intentions to keep reading blogs but well, we know what happens with best intentions. Enough said.


 

Downtown Tehkummah

Looking down the main street out of town.

 

 First things first, belated Happy Thanksgiving to our American Friends. We were with you in spirit and even celebrated here in our little corner of Ontario with a nice big ham. Belated Merry Christmas to one and all. We hope this holiday season has brought you peace, love and joy. Along with good health, good cheer and almost all that you wished for. I do mean almost ALL, because if you received everything you wished for, what would you have left to wish for in the future? We would also like to wish you all a very wonderful New Year as I doubt I'll be doing another update so quickly.


Ward's General Store, across the street from our little winter house.

 

Our little stone winter home.

Snow, cold, milder temps, rain, more snow, more cold, etc. You get the idea. The weather here is a constantly changing thing. Although we’ve had a few very cold nights we haven’t had any long stretches of such weather and so we will not complain. The Big Dog muscles onward but can be seen shivering late at night when he thinks we aren’t watching, the Igloo is safely tucked away near our summer spot and I’m sure is shivering much more frequently. Hopefully next year we will all be back to a much more normal way of life and we can be in a much warmer place with a lot less snow and enjoying spectacular sunrises and sunsets.


 

The back yard of our little stone house.

 

A few days of work here and there but otherwise very quiet here in our little neighbourhood. We did have daughter Courntey visit for a few days before Christmas. It was so wonderful to see her and spend some time getting caught up. The days whipped by quickly but a few days is better than no days. She had a friend heading westward for a couple of weeks and so we managed to meet them only an hour and half drive away which made her visit much easier for us. A less than easy ride taking her home to Toronto, a quick overnight for me with a much easier ride home to the little stone house here in Tehkummah the following day. 



A bit different view of the back yard.
 

Other than that, nothing is new here, everyone is well, healthy and getting through the winter one day at time. All of the photos today were taken with my phone this morning, Boxing Day 2020. They show the small hamlet of Tehkummah and our little stone house for the winter.


View of the back our little stone house.

 Nephew Jason left this morning for a month of sledding near Revelstoke, BC. We wish him safe travels and good health. A very long drive for a single traveller. Wife Leah didn’t make the trip this year as she is due to deliver their first baby in mid February.

 
Can you see the General Store across the street?

Belated birthday wishes to great niece Isabel, who celebrated #7 on Christmas Eve, to cousin Barry who celebrated a much bigger number on Christmas Day. Future wishes to nephew Jason (Jan 2), cousin Sheila (Jan 7), niece Amber (Jan 9), sister in law Janet (Jan 14), daughter Courtney (Jan 22), cousin Craig (Jan 23), daughter Riley (Jan 28) and cousins Bob and Ruth (Jan 29). Lots of folks celebrating those candle days!!!

 

We are too protected here at the house to know the real weather and so we watch it through the trees in that open field of the dairy farm behind us. We can see blowing and drifting snow, fog, snow and when the trees start bending we know about the force of the wind.

So there you have it folks, a quick update. We do hope everyone out there is safe, healthy and happy. Stay warm or cool, whichever one might apply to you. Thanks for stopping by.



Multiple wind chimes grace the yard, these are just a few.

Until next time…. take care, be safe, stay healthy,

Deb

Monday, November 2, 2020

Settled into our little stone house for the winter.....

Our Location:  Tehkummah, Ontario, Canada

 

(All photos taken with my phone)

 

The summer has faded and fall has arrived. Snow flurries have fallen a few times already. The leaves lay carpeting the ground where ever we look and the temps have dipped below freezing a number of times already. I think it is safe to assume that winter is not far off in the weeks ahead. 

 



Summer and fall have been a busy time for us and I had little time to do any blogging or reading of blogs. I also didn't feel very motivated to do either of those things. I'm not sure why but it's just the way things are here. 

 



Riley and I moved into a small two bedroom stone house in the little village of Tehkummah ( Tac-a-maw) for the winter. We hauled the Igloo out here to unload our necessaries on Oct 14, just a few days after Thanksgiving. In the time since then we've had the Igloo winterized and parked close to our spot on the hill, still accessible if necessary. We've enjoyed having family out to the house for dinner a couple of times and are just enjoying the warmth as we watch out the windows on some of the colder frosty and snowy mornings. It will be a very different winter for us this year and hopefully only ONE winter will need to be spent in the cold north and out of our Igloo. We are crossing our fingers and toes. 

 


 

I'm slowly starting to return to reading blogs and have managed to get caught up on a couple this morning before writing my own blog. I will get to answering all the replies from the two previous blogs before long but I don't think it will be today. It is nice to ride along with our friends Deb & Tom of Celebrating the Dance as they travel towards the southwest. We shall enjoy your posts this winter as your photos and words offer us snow bound Canadians comfort knowing someone is enjoying the desert this winter. 

 




I will post from time to time during the winter months, although I doubt we will have much to post about. Pretty quiet in our neighbourhood. Thanks for stopping by, until next time...  Stay safe, take care, be healthy. 

 

Deb 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Travel plans, catching up and quiet times.....

 

 
Our Location: Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada


I’ll bet you thought I forgot all about you, well you’d be wrong. It’s pretty quiet here at the best of times and with this pandemic still chasing us all around, it’s even quieter and I had nothing to write about. I salute those that find something to write about every day, I don’t have what it takes to do that.



This doe seemed to hang around for a couple of months. She would show up in various places including the ridge outside our dining room window.

The weather has been great for the most part but like others I’m sure we’ll all be happy to be rid of the humid conditions soon, not to rush fall or winter though. Sweltering heat here with high humidity has been the story for most of us in Ontario this summer and we here in the northern part were a great deal more fortunate than our friends and neighbours in Southern Ontario.  I think we can all agree it has been a summer unlike any we’ve ever experienced before with weather and pandemic being the top of the news for a very long time now. Hurricanes, tornados and floods are now more and more in the headlines as well. Certainly not the type of summer we are used to and our thoughts go to those that have and are suffering and struggling during this very trying time. Hopefully the coming weeks and months bring relief, promise and hope to all.

 

I haven’t been keeping up with blogs nor Facebook so I have no idea what’s happening with everyone. The pace of life here is very different and I find it’s bedtime before I think of turning on the computer and by then I’m ready to call it a day. So I apologize for not commenting and keeping up but as we all know, blogging is to be fun and not a chore.

 




These colourful mushrooms are starting to appear in lots of places around our summer spot.
 

Today’s photos were taken mostly with my phone, although a few were with the camera out the dining room window. The photos range from wild life to sunrises and a few things in between, taken over the past number of weeks since my last post. I hope you enjoy them.



These two photos are in the village of South Baymouth, near the ferry terminal. Very rough waters out there in Georgian Bay made for a few very rough trips on the Chi-Cheemaun.


Both the snake and the hummingbird were photographed out the dining room window.

Riley and I have decided we will be staying in Ontario this winter. With Covid 19 still very much making it’s ugly self known we both feel it’s safer to stay where we have family to help should it be needed. So we are currently searching for winter accommodations on Manitoulin Island. Something small and preferably in the south east area but we will be looking at everything. Comments are always the same: everyone seems to be searching for a winter spot here this year. So I guess we aren’t alone.

A sunrise shot taken on the way to Dad's house for coffee shortly after 6 AM.



These three shots were taken on a different morning on the way to coffee with the fog hovering, things were damp and the dew was heavy.

 

 Some notes to to share that I would normally mention in my blog but since I’m catching up some may seem a bit out of date to some but I’ll include  them anyway. Some notes will of course be for the future as well, since I’m not sure when I’ll write another post.

 

Another sunrise on the way to morning coffee.   


Another fog covered morning.

Taken between my dad's house and my brother's house with the sunrays shining through a maple tree.

 Condolences to our good friend Sharon and family in the passing of her husband Ron in May. We truly regret not being able to see them on our way home last spring but will always remember Ron’s gentle voice, kind heart and wonderful friendship. We’ve known them for years and have always enjoyed their company.  A true gem and we will all miss you Sheriff.  Condelences as well to the Hall family in the recent passing of their mother Pat, a fixture around Tehkummah for as long as I can remember, a contributor to the local newspaper, she wrote Tehkummah Talk and Times for many years catching everyone up on the local happenings in and around the area. Also to the Ward family in the passing of Susan and to the Oswald family in the passing of Helen. Both of these women were well known in the community, even if I didn’t know them well, and they will be missed greatly.

 

Sunrise one morning as I step outside heading for coffee time.


Birthday wishes to my middle daughter Bradey (July 24), my Aunt Sandra (August 5), my Dad (August 10), cousin Tammy (August 28), our friend Randy (who celebrates today, August 29) and a big happy birthday to my grandson Auston (who will turn one year old on September 12). Happy Birthday as well to my niece Nicole who will celebrate a birthday on September 30. The month of August is also brings us more memories of those that have left us, my mom (whose birthday was Aug 15 and passed on Aug 4, 2003), my late husband Richard (passed on Aug 10, 2006), and my grandmother (whose birthday was Aug 17 and passed on Aug 31, 2005).


The same sunrise as the above photos.

Some other notes for myself, dad’s brother Donnie arrived home almost 3 months to the day after his motorcycle accident. He is now in a wheel chair, but in good spirits and seemingly doing well. He arrived home August 26, 2020, having been injured June 19, 2020 in a single vehicle accident.  Fortunate for sure.

 As I said, I’m not sure when I’ll update my blog again but I assure you all that you cross my mind and bring a smile to my face each time I think of you. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time….take care, be safe, stay healthy.


Deb