Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Moved into the little stone house......

Our Location: Little Stone House, Tehkummah, Ontario

 

As you can see from the title we've moved from the Igloo into the little stone house again. It was an easier move this time, we already knew where to put everything. We moved in Sunday, October 24 in the afternoon. Why wait until the afternoon you ask? Pretty much most of the North Shore (Manitoulin Island, Espanola, Spanish, Birch Island, parts of Killarney, and Whitefish Falls) were without power that day. It was a scheduled outage to replace some 'stuff' by Hydro One.  When that happens the small community of Sheguiandah (Shag -a -winda) puts it's generator to use at the Community Hall and cooks up breakfast. For the cost of $12.00 each we (Dad, Riley and I) enjoyed eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pancakes, toast, coffee/ juice and small fruit cups. I drove, Dad treated us.  Our seating time was 10:00 am. We were home just before noon. So that's why we were late getting started. 



Heavy frost at our summer location this morning.


Since we have been slowly packing things away the outside things for the past month, there really wasn't a lot left to do except hook up and store things for a usual travel day. We were backing into the driveway at the little stone house shortly after 1 pm. We worked all afternoon emptying the rig (except our big chairs) and all evening putting things away. Monday morning we carried in the last few things, chairs and mats, hooked back up and had the Igloo back down to the pit before noon. Winterizing was accomplished later in the week.

 

Ice pellets and frost at our summer location.

This year we brought more of our own stuff as most of Pat's things were sold over the summer.  A bathroom reno is just being finished, new tub/shower was finally hooked up Thursday night, washer as well, the dry wall mudding has been going on for a number of nights but all is well in the world of us. We spent most of Friday afternoon and evening doing laundry. Who knew we had so many clothes and linens! 


The Igloo is parked for the winter.


Halloween was quiet here, 10 kids came along and Riley handed out candy while I made some potato soup. Riley and Dad both like potato soup and so I made huge pot of it. I delivered some to Dad various family members, keeping enough for Riley and soon the pot was empty.


The local dairy farm spread some liquid manure this spring and I do believe it made this mushroom grow to a massive size. 

 

So as you can see, we've settled in for the winter and will be watching all of our friends on their adventures south of the border or borders as some may be the case. We shall soak up all the warmth we can from the photos and the musing of all of you fine folks. So don't be stingy, share lots ! 

 

I wear a size 5 ladies shoe just for reference. 

 

 Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

 

Local dairy farmer close to the little stone house.

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


Deb

16 comments:

  1. Just curious....why aren't you going south this year?

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    1. The border opening announcement was too late for us, we had to make a choice of chancing a border opening before snow sets in or trying to find a winter home after the Sept 21st announcement of extended border closure. We opted to pick the winter home, dry, warm, in an area we frequent all summer, a house we know from last winter, reasonable rent, excellent landlords, and the list continues. We could have risked scrambling to find something at the last minute but as we live in northern Ontario, our choice was almost last minute already. We often leave right after Thanksgiving, depending on the weather, to head for southern Ontario for a few weeks where it is at least 5 to 8 degrees warmer, and on cold, frosty mornings that's a big difference. Had the announcement on Sept 21st even projected the Nov 8 number with any certainty then we would have made a different decision, I think. So after giving my word that we would rent the stone house for the winter again, the border opening announcement came too late for us to change our minds.

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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  2. That mushroom looks like a large Puffball. I hear they are very tasty fried in butter. We have them around here but maybe not as big. I found a couple last year just across the road from us. I'm thinking maybe you made the commitment to take the house before it was announced that the border would be open to Canadians November 7th or 8th. Doesn't look like we'll be able to make it south this year either, but........keep an eye out for us just in case. Stay warm and snugly this winter in your little warm stone house. All the best to you guys:))

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    1. It could be a puffball, it's starting to split it's skin and I thought it looked very mushroom like, but what ever it is, it's pretty big. I guess it likes the liquid fertilizer.
      You are correct about the house, we gave our word and I would back out of that, I think it would have been extremely unfair of us to do so.
      I always keep an eye on you, Kelly and Pheebes. I don't comment often but I watch. I hope you can make it south if that's where you want to be for the winter, or part of it at least. If you do go, remember the call of mountains beckons many of us and this year you just might be hearing it for many folks who aren't making the trip. Be certain to share it if you hear it!!

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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    1. Thanks Vern. We'll be warm (in the house at least), dry and safe. It's all good.

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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  4. That is one big mushroom! Hope your winter goes well....

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    1. It is indeed a big mushroom, and today it appears someone has picked it. Thanks for dropping by.

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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  5. I am almost jealous of the little stone house. I can imagine you guys snuggling up by a warm fire. Enjoy your winter. Snowy winters are actually a beauty that some people are not lucky enough to ever experience. You are blessed!

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    1. I'll send you an airline ticket, we'll trade places, you can enjoy the little stone house for the winter and I'll take the desert. Haha. You are correct, there is a great deal of beauty in a winter wonder land but I'd prefer to see it in a movie or a post card, not out my window.

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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  6. I love Lorne's comment and have to agree! I love going south for a bit, but do love our winters when we get snow! The best of both worlds really. That mushroom is something else, but I don't think I'd chance eating it though. Enjoy and keep in touch! :) Give Riley a hug for me!

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    1. Thanks. I agree to a point with Lorne (the fella currently sitting in the desert) but the beauty doesn't compensate the cold for me.
      Someone took the mushroom, it was gone today on my way home.

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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  7. Glad to read you and Riley are all settled into the Little Stone House. Though I have to say it I wish you had crossed the border yesterday and were on your way South. Lorne and Shirley have a point living in a Winter Wonderland is beautiful at times especially when big flakes are coming down and the world is a soft beautiful white. Yet having experienced many, many winters I agree with you the beauty does not compensate for the cold. We will miss you two and look forward to the next time the Igloo is in the desert.

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    1. Thanks Deb. We miss all of you wonderful folks a great deal and look forward to next year when we will once again be heading the Big Dog's nose southward and the Igloo will roll along behind him.

      Take care, be safe, stay healthy,
      Deb

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  8. Keep in touch. It doesn't look like we will be going to AZ this winter. There's no way you can compare Sacramento Valley weather to your weather. But we are cold! After 3 years of desert winters I'm finally wearing my sweatshirts again. Take care.....Elva and Jerry

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