Sunday, September 18, 2022

It's been a while.....

 

Our Location:

Summer Location near South Baymouth, Ontario

Well, hello there. I thought I'd do a quick catch up as it's been a few months since my last post. I had good intentions of posting more often but we know how those go, don't we? 


Ice from freezing rain at the little stone cottage.


Lots of ice.
 


Spring is coming along the road to our summer location.


The Igloo way down there, waiting for spring to come.


We are back in the Igloo in our summer location near my dad's house and have been here since early May when the weather started turning nicer. There is nothing quite like being back home again after spending the winter months in a little stone cottage. 

 

Deer in the field near the little stone cottage. Early April.

We truly didn't do a whole lot over the summer that would be of great interest to anyone and so I wasn't too excited about blogging and I was busy.  We worked three or four mornings a week and I also worked two afternoons a week, just to keep us busy and for a little spending money for winter travels. The weather was coolish here for the summer, a few hotter days but nothing like the dog days of summer that I remember as a kid growing up here. Of course there is almost always a breeze here on the big rock in the middle of Lake Huron so that does help a bit. 

 

Baby Lincoln, May 12, 2022.

 
Big brother Austin, turned 3, Sept 12, 2022.

Some reference notes for the future for me but things to share as well. Daughter Bradey and husband David welcomed a second son Lincoln on May 12th, 2022. A little brother for Austin, who just turned 3 on Sept 12, 2022. Niece Brittany and husband Kevin welcome a daughter as well (name and date escapes me at this time). A little sister for Hayden. Family losses include my grandfather's half brother Glen, (April 24, 2022 at age 89) and my dad's brother Bev,( June 29, 2022). HRH Miss Kitty has left us as well, Sept 14, 2022 at the age of 14 years. My sister ex husband Ed, (father of her three children, Amber, Alan and Brittany) passed away Sept 6 at the age of 68. Multiple test of a health nature over the past number of months have had excellent results, and my cataract surgery is now 11 days behind me, all is going well. Many birthdays and anniversaries as well have been celebrated and enjoyed. Today in fact is nephew Jesse and bride Claudia's first wedding anniversary. Various family members were sick with Covid-19 over the last number of months, all recovered very well and all agreed that a couple of very rough days from sore throats to exhaustion were the worst symptoms. 

 

HRH Miss Kitty (Jennie)

HRH Miss Kitty has been with us for about 12 years. She was a rescue when we first moved into our last stix 'n brix house in Hamilton's east end. She was approximately 2 years old when we brought her home. She was not the friendliest nor most affectionate cat but she was always aware of where Riley was and when she was coming home. She has been fantastic company Riley over the years, demanding a little but not needy. She was a great traveller and was always excited to be near the window when we opened it, giving great long sniffs to the new outside air and it's wonderful new scents. She never wanted to be out of the carrier but wanted the top unzipped and made her displeasure known when it wasn't unzipped quickly enough. She has been slowly getting sicker and sicker. On Sept 14 we decided it was time, she didn't put up any kind of fuss, seeming knowing that peace was coming. She passed peacefully with us there at her side and is buried here on the farm not far from out spot. RIP Miss Kitty.  

 

Morning fog.

Morning sun.

 Our good friend, Clifford Buckley has decided he can no longer come here to do his 'thing' which includes getting back to nature with no power or indoor plumbing while staying in very small rustic cabins, usually for the month of September every year for over 60 years. Cooking accomplished most days on an old outdoor fireplace, bathing in the cooling waters of Georgian Bay and fishing from his old canoe. He truly has enjoyed his time here on our little rock, driving all the way from Fayetteville, NY each year, mostly by himself.  Our various family members(grandfather, mother, father, brother), have for all of those years been caretakers of the property for the other 11 months of year. He has graciously allowed us to use it for our own enjoyment which includes camping, swimming, picnics and quiet times. So on Thursday Sept 15, Jason (my nephew) and Leah (his beautiful wife)  became the new owners of said lake front property which you have seen many times in my photos and will see more today. I believe at one point the sale was referred to as 'keeping it in the family'. Clifford left for the last time on Friday, Sept 16, a very sad but exciting time. 

 

It is just so calm here this morning.

A great view for sitting and thinking, sipping coffee.

We built ourselves a little bunkie late this summer, we've named The Cabin and are currently waiting for the steel for the roof that will be installed before we leave. The steel for the walls will be purchased and installed in the spring when we return. Sorry, no photos at this time. 

 

Rougher waters today.

The sun ready to peek out from behind that cloud. 

 

Plans are afoot for our winter travels this year, we are excited of course and looking forward to seeing everyone again, travelling to the amazing desert in the southwest USA and soaking up all that it has to offer. All plans are subject to the jello effect but we are hoping to leave the Island on or about Oct 10 or 11. We have decided to bypass our usual 7-10 days at Buttercup Ridge in Roseneath this fall and will see Janet and Dennis in California during the winter. So with that in mind, we think we will be crossing on or about the 14 or 15th of October. We shall see how that works out.  

 

Jason & Leah with Clifford.

Brother Rick, Clifford and my Dad (Doug)


So now I think I am up to date with the happenings of our little part of the world.  The photos of the water, sun rise and fog are of course taken at the lake front property, hard place to give up but a wonderful place to own. Bittersweet in it's own way.

The birches turn first.


The dewy evidence of cobwebs is a fall thing.


Thanks for visiting, I hope you have enjoyed your time here. Until next time...

 

Take care, stay healthy, be safe.

 

Deb. 


12 comments:

  1. Nice to see your blog pop up on my sidebar again Deb. Your departure for the Southwest is about the same time we generally liked to leave as well. Be sure to say hello to New Mexico, Arizona, and California for us and all the very best in your travels. I'll be following you with waves of envy.

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    1. Thanks Al. I've been lurking and reading for some time and have loved all your photos of the Highland Cattle and a few of your 'funnies' too. I am sorry to hear that you and Kelly need to downsize the vehicle numbers and that Scooter needs to find a new home but necessity is what it is. I am excited about the new travel plans and hopefully they fill the itch that still lingers! I look forward to having you along with us as we enjoy some of your favourite areas.

      Take care,
      Deb

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  2. Great to see you posting. Look forward to following along your winter travels. Safe and happy travels. Vern, Boise Id.

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    1. Thanks Vern. I"m happy to see you once again in the comment box. I hope you've had a good summer and look forward to you coming along on our winter travels.

      Take care,
      Deb

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  3. We love seeing you pop up on the sidebar! Awesome that you'll be coming down this year. Baby Lincoln and Austin are adorable! Hard to believe Austin is 3 already! Congrats to Jason and Leah! Hopefully we'll get to see you both!

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    1. Thank you Mr & Mrs Kay and belated Happy Anniversary, wow, what a month, what a party!! We look forward to catching up with you and Ken this winter and having a good visit. The boys are definitely cute (in my opinion)! Time does fly for sure. Thanks on behalf of J & L, they are pretty excited.

      Take care,
      Deb

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  4. Wow ... some amazing photos you posted. Looking forward to maybe catching up with you this winter. Safe travels this direction.

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    1. Thank you Nancy. We too are looking forward to meeting up with you this winter, I think it will be an interesting exchange! Haha. I've enjoyed reading your blog and while I haven't been commenting, I have been mostly keeping up and look forward to more of the many adventures.

      Take care,
      Deb

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  5. So good to see your post! Congratulations on the babies and condolences on the loss of your relatives and Miss Kitty.
    My heart goes out to Clifford having to give up his place but happy for Leah and Jason. Safe travels!

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    1. Thanks very much for all things. I must say I enjoyed your trip to Canada and the east coast, it was an interesting adventure for certain. You folks are busy people! Yes sad for Clifford but happy that it stays in the 'family' at least, very happy for J & L, they are truly excited and appreciate the loss Cliff feels. Bittersweet.
      Hopefully our paths can cross this winter I think it is possible we could share a few laughs.

      Take care,
      Deb

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  6. Surprised to hear from you. Glad you had a quiet summer and enjoyed the beauty in your area. So sorry to hear about Miss Kitty. She had a wonderful life and a real friend in Riley. Excited to hear you two are heading West this winter and I hope my MH stays together so we can meet.

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    1. Thanks Doug. Riley is missing HRH Miss Kitty very much. We are looking forward to seeing you over the winter season too.

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