Wednesday 19 June 2024

Wednesday Witterings . . .



Dad is all pretty much moved into Cindy's now. We are just taking these next few days for him to settle in and then see if there is anything he has missed that he really wants to have with him and then once that is sorted, we can call this guy who has a truck who will come and buy everything he wants, and then he takes away everything else and disposes of it, for a fee of course, which will come off the things he wants. I think in most cases you end up paying, but that's okay. We just want it gone, and to be honest both Cindy and I are a bit long in the tooth now to be able to cope with it all.  Then we will just need to get some cleaners in and it will be done and dusted.

Princess, his cat, is settling in it seems. There is quite a bit of hissing and spitting going on as the cats all set their boundaries, but she is venturing out of the bedroom now, and exploring the house, which is good, and nobody has attacked anyone else.  Whew!

It is hard to believe that this baby boy is graduating from High School today.  Happy Graduation Day to Gabriel!  I am so proud of him.  It doesn't seem long since he was this wee toddler.  Cindy and I went out yesterday and I was able to pick up a couple of really nice graduation cards for both Gabe and Jon.  Then I came home and put them all together with a wee something inside as a gift. I then went back out to the Post Office and mailed them out registered.  Gabe won't get his before his grad, but Jon might. In any case I am sure both with be more than pleased to receive them.

This is such a milestone for them, a huge step and a turning point in their lives. They stand on the precipice of what comes next. I am very proud of them and hope that good things await them as they turn this page on and into the next chapter of their lives.  I hope and pray for only good things for each of them.


I want you to know in voicing my upset yesterday about everything, I was not looking for pity, or feeling sorry for myself.  I was being honest about something which has hurt me a great deal. This blog is my online journal where I catalogue the goings on in my life, and it would be dishonest for me to only ever share the good stuff.  Because life is not like that, all glitter, sunshine, unicorns,  and rainbows.  Into each life rain must and does fall, and so I share the rain as well, because, that's what life is all about. A mix of ups and downs, and everything in between.

I believe that through it all, the highs and the lows, we will be able to see the hand of God at work, often not right in the moment, but often as we look back on things that have happened.

As I was studying my Book of Mormon yesterday I was prompted to ask myself how God had shown up in my life through the years.  In thinking back I can clearly see all the times He has shown up in my life and made His presence known to me.   When I have been down and wrestling in the mire, He has always been right by my side wrestling in the mire with me.  Our God is not an absent God, but is very much present, but we can't see Him if we don't look for Him. He is always with us.

I am so grateful for this knowledge and so grateful for all of your love and support.  You have always been with me as well, and that has never gone unnoticed by me.  I appreciate YOU.

Thanks Elaine!

We are under a heat warning at the moment. As are Ontario, Quebec and the remainder of the Maritime Provinces.  Hot and humid. They say tomorrows high will break the record.  It is important in hot weather like this that we take care and keep cool.  This is especially important for the elderly and for people who have health issues that might be negatively affected by high heat and humidity.  It is important to stay as cool as you can and to keep hydrated.  This type of heat can be very dangerous.  If you have air con, turn it on.  Take a tepid shower if it gets to be too much. Keep your animals safe in it as well.  Drink plenty of water.  Wear loose clothing. Stay in shaded areas if you are out and about. Don't leave children, pets, etc. in a hot car.  Leave the oven off!

All of this is just common sense I know.  I have always felt it to be a good thing, if the heat is really getting to me, to take my shoes/socks/slippers off and sit with my feet in a pan of cool water. 

These next few days are salad days!  And ice cream too!  

I used to love it when the ice cream truck came around.  Or getting ice cream at the seaside. It always came with a chocolate flake inserted. Or sometimes you could get a oyster shell ice cream. The cone was shaped like a oyster shell and the ice cream was inside. 

I remember having one of these up on the cliffs at Eastbourne once. It was sooooo yummy!  I might get myself some ice cream for dessert if I go to the Big Scoop for supper tonight with dad.  You can get it in a sugar cone bowl.  The kiddies size is huge, and they have a bazillion flavors. Its hard to choose a favorite!

It is 20*C already this morning.  That is 68*F.  That doesn't seem too hot, but it is not yet 8 a.m.  It is supposed to go up to 30*C/80*F which also doesn't seem that hot, but it does feel a lot hotter with the humidity. Tomorrow will be worse. So stay hydrated and stay cool!

I don't own a pair of shorts.  I have not worn shorts in years.  I am now wishing I had a caftan or two hidden in my closet, lol

A mumu maybe. (not sure how you spell that one.)

And with that I best leave you with a thought for the day.

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .   Small Lemon Cake. This is a lovely six-inch cake full to bursting with fresh lemon flavors, from the cake itself to that lush lemon butter cream frosting. I have also added a lemon curd drizzle for even more lemon flavor!

I know someone had asked me a question, but I cannot remember.  Call it old age. I find I am forgetting more these days than I am remembering. Perhaps a blessing in disguise?  Yes, I am going to go with that.

Have a beautiful Wednesday. Be safe, stay cool, and don't forget!

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  1. Good to talk through feelings, keeping them inside does not do any good at all. So glad your Dad is settling in as is Princess, day by day is the way to take things. Both you and Cindy will be relieved to get his place all cleaned out. The heat is here, just came in from giving the plants a good soak, and will stay in the rest of the day. I always wear dresses, find them so much cooler than shorts, which are tight around legs. Stay cool in the heat and just do what is necessary.

    1. Thanks Linda. I believe if you hold things in too much you will make yourself sick, so it is good to air them out. Quite often the best therapy is sharing! I need to get some dresses me thinks! xoxo

  2. In a word, YES, it is indeed helpful in hot weather to be wearing loose clothing of any sort. When we lived in Hawaii, either I was wearing cutoffs shorts (at home only) or a mumu...made of that wonderful barkcloth fabric (100% cotton), all you needed was underwear as it was breathable fabric but not seethru. I have a thinner fabric gathered layered jean type fabric skirt that I wear at home as it is cooler too. Heat and me don't get along either!! Esp. humidity which is thick enough to cut with a knife in these parts for many days of summer. I have to have 100% cotton clothes as the usual poly type fabrics do not breathe. But finding such is not easy these days. I have seen some women in this very hot climate wearing sweaters when it is 90 degrees out...always amazes me!!
    Elizabeth xo

    1. I wish I had some cooler dresses that were loose fitting that I could just wear around the house. That would suit me to a "T." I love natural fabrics like cotton. All my bedding is cotton. I don't see how people can wear sweaters in this kind of weather either, although my mother used to have her heat on all year long. It was miserable in her house in the summer months, but she was very thin and frail. xoxo

  3. The heat is everywhere (or so it seems) and soft serve ice cream seems just the answer! I hope you enjoy some tonight - or sometime soon. Glad your dad is getting settled. As are the kitties:) Stay cool and safe -

    1. I had a lovely kiddie cone of hard strawberry ice cream in a waffle bowl. It was lovely! xoxo

  4. Great advice and always welcome about dealing with the heat! Thank you, Marie! When I was a little girl, after coming home from the cotton fields where we picked cotton, our Mother would always use the hand pump so that the cold water would run over our wrists for a few minutes to cool us down. It worked! Our flushed cheeks would subside, and then sometimes we would have watermelon or canteloupe. Many, many years ago. Gone, but not forgotten. As far as your sharing what is going on, it is never self-pity, and even if it were to be self-pity, we are entitled sometimes to just feel it, because a little self-pity means we are paying attention to what is hurting us. Doggone it! People sometimes do us wrong! Sending you hugs.

    1. I cannot imagine how hot that would have been. I know we were made to pick strawberries and blueberries in the heat and it was miserable. But we did it and got through it. I could not do it now! I have gotten too soft I fear and my knees would not allow me to crouch! Yes, people do us wrong frequently and I am not sure they always know they are doing it. It is nice to be able to vent. xoxo

  5. It’s so good to hear your Dad is getting settled at Cindy’s…he’s so blessed to have such compassionate daughters and family…this was a lot of work and a huge change for everyone involved, Princess too. I think we all need to share our feelings, it’s human nature, no pity or advice …just airing out some good and not so good thoughts/feelings. Stay true to yourself and listen to your heart. Happy day, happy dinner…enjoy that ice cream! V.

    1. Thanks V! There are a few teething pains and hiccups for sure, but nothing that can't be worked out. Princess has settled in beautifully. A few hisses and spits as boundaries are marked, but over all, its going very well! Happy days! xoxo

  6. Sounds like Princess is settling in well at Cindy’s as is your Dad. Hope the final clear-out of your dad’s home goes smoothly. Glad you’re getting professional help as I know from experience it is a big job. Stay cool. Hugs, Elaine

    1. I hope it goes smoothly as well Elaine! I think he pretty much has everything he needs now, so it shouldn't be too long before we can call the guy to come and clear the rest out. What a chore! You stay cool also! Love and hugs, xoxo


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