A Whole Lot of Nothin’ And A Little Bit of Somethin’

As I mentioned in my previous post, Nat and I have been so boring we’d put anybody to sleep. Every now and then we’ll find some little thing to do but we’re usually done within an hour or so and then we’re both back to square one. We took the time out one day to use up our final gift card for lunch at the Mandarin on August 27th and then decided to head over to Miller’s Auto in Fort Erie. Nat discovered that the back top light of the van, above the door, was broken. Not knowing how it happened, we were hoping that Miller’s would have one or two on hand and it would save us a trip to the GM dealership. Nat felt fairly certain that you’d have to buy the whole ‘kit’ from GM and we didn’t really need the whole kit, just the cover. It turns out we’re not the only GM van in town that has the same problem. The staff at Miller’s said it must be a common problem as they’ve had several people in asking for the same item, but they had none in stock. We then knew Nat would have to make a trip to the dealership, which he could do on Monday. The van was due for its annual service and he would pick one up on his way home from Scotty’s Auto.

Saturday, the 28th, saw Nat up and at ’em early. Off to another golf tournament, and one he wasn’t particularly looking forward to. Not a course he actually loves to play, but I encouraged him to go, just to get out with the boys. He’s not been able to get in a lot of extra golf games this year as his golfing buddy’s health hasn’t been top notch and the heat has been unbearable for him at times. While Nat was gone I did my usual schtick in the office and promptly got bored before you could say “Jack Rabbit”. Somehow I whiled away the hours and once Nat was home we quickly packed up the pile of stuff from the basement that had to be taken to the Hazardous Waste guys that would only be there until 3:00 pm. Turns out most of the stuff had to go to the dump and if we’d known that we could have cleared it away some time ago. Oh well, at least it’s now done and that little corner of the basement is finally cleared for any future crap we decide to put down there! Our reward for a job well done was a fish ‘n chip supper at Green Acres.

On Sunday I thought we were going to go crazy. We sat around most of the morning finishing off Nat’s crossword puzzles but were ready for a change come lunch time. As I was mulling over an idea for Felicia and Bridget, whose birthdays are only a couple weeks away, I sat Nat down in the driver’s seat of the van and had him take me to Wal-Mart. I wanted to check to see if old Sam Walton’s chain would have what I was thinking about and save me a trip to Michael’s at Niagara Square where I was bound to pay more than I wanted to. As luck would have it, good old Sam had what I was looking for. As the two girls are now collecting lapel pins – they’ve acquired over 50 each on their trips to Florida – I thought it would be nice to have them mounted on artist canvas. The canvas was thin enough for the pins to be put on and yet had enough of a back border or edging so that they could be hung. The store didn’t have the variety that Michael’s did but I managed to find a couple of sizes that would work and dropped 4 of them into the old buggy, along with a couple other items I really didn’t need and had no intention of getting, but bought anyways!! I guess that’s the whole Wal-Mart plan and it seems to be working quite well, I’d say!!

With the arrival of Monday it was too bloody hot to do anything. This was now getting to be unbearable for me and I was getting frustrated at having to find things to do indoors. So while Nat was outside fiddling with his rain barrel that was now full from the past couple of rain storms, I managed to fill the day with reading and some other stuff I couldn’t begin to remember if I had to, it was that bad of a day!!

Tuesday the 31st was another quiet day. By this time we were so bored we hopped in the car in the afternoon and headed over to Fonthill.  We’d not been to The Log Cabin in a couple of years and decided we could have a nice walk around the shop, see what was new and exciting, and enjoy a delicious and always-welcomed ice cream cone. The store had, in fact, changed since the last time we were there. All kinds of new and fun goodies, along with some great lamps I’d love to get for the bedroom once I get a new duvet cover set. Looking to do the bedroom in teal blues and greens and am determined to keep to my plan and not veer off and pick up something quick and easy just because I’m in a hurry to get it done, which is what I usually do. No sirreee bob, not this time! I want it done right, especially now that we’re so pleased with how the living room drapes turned out. So once I get the proper duvet cover, sheets and pillow shams, we’ll decide on new drapes then. This way we’ll have a little time on our side to bump up our financial resources which is getting stretched pretty thin. The van is going to require 4 new tires before we leave for Corning, New York and that’s going to pretty much drain our extra funds, but I’d rather be safe than sorry! We enjoyed our look around the store and ate our delicious cones on the store’s front porch in the cool of the shade. I couldn’t believe that I actually walked out of that shop without a bag in my hand. Quite proud of myself and am still in disbelief.

We’ve now come full circle and am back to another Wednesday, another golf game and another day in the office. Too hot to enjoy the back patio, too bloody lazy to get a head start on household chores, can’t give a damn about pricing those garage sale items stored in the basement and decided to look for “blue” pictures on the internet suitable for framing – perhaps some blue butterflies or birds. At least I’ll kill some time and hopefully delete one item off my ‘to do’ list all the while sitting on the old tush and barely lifting a finger. Just too damn hot.

Isn’t it funny. Despite the fact that Nat and I have been so boring of late, I’ve still managed to ramble on in this post about a bunch of nothing. Just goes to show that I not only ramble off at the mouth but can now ramble off from the old brain without physically speaking!!!!

And So It Begins …

It’s Good Friday. It’s gorgeous out. The patio doors and windows are open and that warm Spring breeze is blowin’ in. But wait …

Thursday afternoon Nat gets a call from his golfing buddy. So I’m guessing you now know where this is going!!! Despite the fact that we were going to see two of our grandchildren Friday morning, I told Nat it was his decision but he should take advantage of the fact that it was going to be a perfect day according to the weather guys. We’d call the kids and make other arrangements for later that day, if necessary. Of course, making those arrangements has become extremely difficult of late. All four grandchildren have lives of their own now and Papa Nat and I are feeling a bit left out. It feels like we only see them on birthdays and holidays and if we want to see them inbetween we almost have to make an appointment. But that’s a whole other story.

I suppose I’m my own worst enemy. Now that Nat is on the golf course and enjoying the beautiful weather, I’ve been stuck indoors – no vehicle, no bike, etc. – and have been reduced to doing laundry early and getting a head start on house cleaning. We’re having “my” side of the family for dinner on Sunday and being the person that I am, I always do more than I’m expected to. But what the hell, that’s me!!! I encouraged Nat to go golfing, as I know he’s been so bored of late that I can see the total frustration and discouragement on his face. If truth be told, I’m glad he’s out. For the past few weeks the boredom has been unreal and the two of us are now longing to have at least a couple of hours apart from each other. The little errands we do here and there don’t really cut it – each person in any relationship needs time apart now and again. This winter has been a relatively snow-free one, but heavy in medical appointments, renovation disruptions, emotional highs and lows, and some family disjointedness (for lack of a better word). Both Nat and I are extremely anxious to see Spring arrive and hopefully enjoy a relatively smooth and calming Summer.

Having said all of that – OMG I’m so bored right  now I could scream!!! If I’d known that this day was going to be so gorgeous I would have had Nat get my bike out, cleaned up and tires checked, and out on that Friendship Trail so fast it would make your head spin!! Like I said, sometimes I’m my own worst enemy. “Thinking ahead” is sometimes such a foreign idea along with the fact that if something does pop into the old noggin and if it doesn’t get written down, it ain’t gonna happen!!!!

On an upbeat note – the laundry is done, the ironing is done, the house cleaning is half done – so we’re ahead of schedule for Easter. Oh joy!!!!!!

OOPs, I Think I Woke The Dead!!!

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been bored. I’m not a summer olympic games kind of person and as they were the only thing on television that’s not a repeat, Nat and I haven’t had much choice but to watch most evenings. He enjoys them more than I, especially the soccer, the diving, the rowing and racing events. Me on the other hand, found some nights so boring that I would do crossword upon crossword to pass the time, while keeping one eye on the television just so I could respond “OH, that’s truly amazing” whenever Nat would remark how great some dive was. There were also nights when I would fiddle faddle on the computer, put a load of laundry in (you can save hydro, you know, by doing it late at night or even 3:00 AM according to our esteemed Premier!!) and, the best of all, I managed to get some Christmas bows pre-made for presents which can be time consuming when it comes down to the crunch. Quite proud of myself, as I managed to get several made and packed away in a box that I’ll soon forget about.

This past evening, however, when the Games were coming to full fruition, the athletes were winding down and those poor men were running that 2 hour or so marathon, I decided to bring up a container of what I thought were VHS movies that I’ve collected over the years.  I’m an avid fan of old black and white comedies and having collected a fair amount of my favourites, I thought it would be even better to get the tapes converted to DVDs using our VHS/DVD player and recorder, afterall it worked beautifully for our home movies. Repurchasing these movies on DVD would be extremely time-consuming, expensive and besides some of them haven’t even been released in digital format yet. I have to give it a try as I’m that kind of person.

When Nat and I moved, most of our tapes and video cassettes, etc. were stored in a hard plastic container with a flip-down lid. These containers were found at Wal-Mart and store various household items that don’t get used a lot and Nat even likes them in the garage as they’re very stackable. Anyhow, these containers were a perfect size for the VHS and tape cassettes we both have and we’ve been keeping them in the basement of the new home until things get more settled and a proper place is found to keep them.

So I quietly trotted downstairs while Nat was enthralled in watching those poor marathoners go through their grueling paces, picked up what I thought was the container holding the movies and made my return visit up those 12 steps.

As I was heading up, holding this container by the handle, I’m kind of thinking it’s a wee bit heavy. But being the independent bugger that I am, I kept going all the while thinking if I just make it to the top of the stairs I can rest it on the landing and I’m home free. I’d be remiss to think you don’t know what happened next!!  Just at that last step the handle broke, the lid fell off and the container tumbled down those stairs spewing out over 60 tape cassettes and 5 or 6 of the VHS movies downward and onto the hard concrete floor, making a noise so loud and boisterous it either woke the dead or at least made them sit up!!! Nat jumped to his feet leaving his lounger rocking back and forth as if occupied by an irate old lady, ran to the stairs, peered at me through the rails and shouted “What the HELL was that??”  I looked at him with somewhat bewilderment and said “Just some tapes”. He then gave me hell for not asking for help, to which I responded “I’m not an invalid” and we both ran down the stairs to see what damage had been done.

We (or should I say ME) only dinged one tape and it wasn’t exactly one of my favourites, so that was okay. As we were gathering up the mess Nat duly showed me the proper way to carry this damn container – one hand on the lid and one hand on the bottom!!! That really never occurred to me, after all there’s a handle!!! The container is somewhat wounded (a broken clip where the lid attaches and the handle needs to be stuck back on), but it still appears to be at least useable. I, on the other hand realized as we were returning the tapes to the container that it was the wrong one. I’m now burning with heat from  embarrassment as I promptly returned that container from whence it came, grabbed the right one with the movies I was originally looking for in the first place and Nat carried it upstairs asking, again, “What the hell are you up to??“.  I’m guessing nothing for a day or two!!!

Rainy Days ‘n Sundays

Another one of those rainy Sundays where you’re not too sure what to do and by the time you think of anything, it’s too late! We’ve been getting so much rain these past few weeks we’re starting to feel like a couple of wet dish rags. The rain has been sporatic enough that the lawn hasn’t had enough time to dry out so it can be mowed, or to clean-up after the tree cutter finally chopped up the roots of the two trees we had removed. Plus it’s just miserable enough that you don’t feel like going anywhere. So you sit, watch a little TV, have a pre-lunch snack, sit some more, get a little lunch, sit some more, do a crossword, watch a little more TV, grab a mid-afternoon snack (because you’re bored to death), walk around the house, watch the rain from various windows, sit some more, get a drink, watch even more TV, check your emails, surf the net, and generally just drift in and out of consciousness.

Out of sheer boredom and inbetween rain pellets Nat and I went down to Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart to wander around after lunch. If we didn’t, I think we would have been asleep in our chairs by 2:00 pm. So off we went with our little list in hand – some bird feed, a rug for the laundry room, reflectors for the mail box posts and some Aero chocolate bars to keep my addiction in tact. Naturally we came home with a few more items that were NOT on the list, but that’s always par for the course. A wasted day but at the same time we still accomplished something!!

As I mentioned earlier, our tree cutter appeared suddenly out of the blue on Wednesday. I’m sitting in the office, while Nat’s at his golf game, and I can see out of the corner of my eye this yellow piece of machinery appearing very slowly from the east side of the house. Next thing I see is Richard (the tree cutter), behind the handles of this rotating blade machine bobbing up and down ever so slowly over the exposed roots of a once growing pine tree. It turned the clay soil, it chopped and diced those roots up as fast as those slicers and dicers in the infomercials, and it spit out those pebbles and small rocks like they were marshmallows!! Before I knew it he was done leaving behind a couple of small heaps of fluffy clay soil with chopped up roots and rocks that looked like side dishes! Now if the bloody rain would just let up for a few days, we can finally get some of that debris spread around the base of the house to fill in those gaps to stop the water from seeping down there. I suppose if we wait long enough winter will be hear and everything will be frozen so we won’t be able to do a damn thing again until Spring, when the rain will start all over again!!  Mother Nature you’re killin’ us here!!

We’re Bored!

Nat’s off to another golf tournament this morning – 3 in a row this week. He’s having a great time!! So I think I’ll take off for parts unknown – despite the fact that Nat has the van!!! I’ll get Bonnie to go to the Thorold Craft Show. After all it’s a gorgeous day and I need to get out of the house before I go strange!! I also think that Thorold can classify as “parts unknown”, at least to me. I don’t go there much!

With the hockey play-offs not on for a day or two, Nat and I have been kind of bored with television. So we decided to watch a little known movie I bought awhile back. “The Man Who Sued God” stars Billy Connolly and was quite surprisingly good. After quiting the insurance business, the main character decides to sue God after his fishing boat was struck by lightning and the insurance company won’t cover his losses claiming that it was an “act of God”. The movie contains some compelling arguments, beautiful scenery and is also funny. If you can find it, watch it. I’m going to ask Claudia if she wants to borrow our copy, as being in the insurance industry I think she may find it fun.

We also watched “The Queen” last night. Another movie with some interesting perspectives and we found it quite good. Helen Mirren was really convincing as Her Majesty!!

The archiving has been put on the back shelf for a day or two. Got a little tired of it.

Nat’s CD cabinet is also coming along really nice. He now has it stained and it’s in the garage drying. He, naturally, see flaws, but I think it’s turned out great. I’m anxious to get it upstairs and all of our CDs put away.