Monday, June 24, 2013



Springtime is always a busy time of year, even when one is not away for 225 days or 7 mons. + 2 days!  Immediate tasks included unpacking the car, unpacking clothes, unpacking the bins & 4 loads of laundry, reinstating my car insurance, purchasing some groceries & some annuals for starters.  When weather permitted the grass weeding was started, old scraggly shrubs cut down & stumps removed, shrub & perennials moved around, grass seed spread, planters filled with fresh soil & colourful annuals, the vegetable garden was rotatilled & prepared for planting & the large grass compost heap of grass & leaves was rotatilled.  On the many inclimate weather days of cool temps & rain even as we got closer to summer, the kitchen cupboards were washed & restocked, the floors were washed, the carpets vacuumed, the furniture dusted, closets & dresser drawers rearranged, windows & screens washed & the ongoing & monumental task of filing paper & invoices, gathering years & years of old utility bills, taxes, papers etc. for shredding, cleaning out & up & organizing the basement.  Then of course of great importance to me is fitness; fitting in my powerwalks, increasing distance & frequency of bike rides, joining a gym & attending a few sessions with a personal trainer & fitness classes, all in an attempt to shed some added adipose tissue, tighten lose & weak muscles & improve physical endurance, strength & aerobic stamina.  I guess you might say we are back into the rat race of modern North American life.  Though, on my walks & bike rides I do block out the sounds of city life & enjoy the sounds of birds, the smells of Spring, the greenness & peacefulness surrounding me & I think of those tranquil, peaceful, relaxed, simple, basic, uncomplicated, most spectacular, breathtaking views & times in the Bahamas!

                                                                   My Home Ottawa!


Week 33: May 15, 2013 (Day 225)

Week 33:

Wed. May 15, 2013—Day 225:
Destination:  Deltaville to Ottawa!
Weather:  sun & blue sky to increasing cloud closer to Ottawa, cool & increasing wind

A 0300 hrs. rise for me at least & a nice shower to wash away the morning cobwebs.  I had to wake Graeme near 0400 hrs.  The water tanks were completely drained, the blinds & curtains tightly closed & the fridge & freezer lid & toilet seat over left up.  We drove away at 0450 hrs & drove the 13 hour drive back to Ottawa, switching up every 2-1/2- 3 hrs.   No problems at the border & arrived at Mom’s at 1840 hrs. to a good supper with my aunt & uncle from PEI.  It felt good to be home!

Home Sweet Home!