More Bang For Your Buck

The new year was rung in quietly at our house. I managed to stay up past midnight for the first time in years. Really wanted to keep Nat company and give him a big kiss. The least I could do for what he’s gone through with me in 2018. I then toddled off to bed with my brain going every which way but loose wondering how 2019 is really going to turn out.

Nat celebrated his birthday over several days. Why not spread out the frolicking, frivolousness and debauchery over time?? As usual, we had a great meal at Canyon Creek Restaurant at Fallsview CasinoOur steaks were delicious despite my minor chewing problems (explanation below). The wait staff were reallly nice and friendly which always makes the evening more enjoyable. A nice night all around.

Susan, Tom, Felicia and Bridget then invited us to lunch the following Saturday. She asked us to pick out the restaurant which is always a mistake as neither one of us can decide on anything these days, despite our best efforts. We ended up choosing Lina Linguini’s in St. Catharines. An Italian place with just a touch of American food. Another nice lunch and getting caught up on the family’s news. On a disappointing note, I had a craving for a hamburger, which was a bad choice. The burger was overcooked and contained some other food items which made the burger a bit chewier than I’ve had in the past. Warning: Don’t order American food at an Italian Restaurant!!!!  I still had a great time and Nat and I were so pleased Susan had taken the time out to do this for us.

With the celebrations over, it was now back to reality with errands to run, laundry, cleaning and baking chores on the horizon. It was now that Nat decided to call the Company we rent our water heater from. We’ve been experiencing banging pipes at varying degrees of noise for a couple of years now. We’ve spent money on regular plumbers each of whom had no idea where the noise was coming from, what was creating the banging or even solve the problem. Each one of them had us bleed the pipes (run every tap in the house for several minutes to hopefully push the air out of the pipes) but each time the noise returned after the plumbers were long gone. All that bloody money for nothing. By this time, and with a damn good guess from the last plumber, Nat kept wondering if the noise was coming from the hot water tank. By coincidence that’s where I always heard the banging sound, but like stated before No one ever listens to me!!!!!

Nat’s frustration was now at a high level, and as he procrastinated over calling the water heater company, my frustration was also getting higher by the day. He has a habit of thinking of every scenario that could happen, afraid to make a wrong call, and really wants to make sure the right thing is being done. Well, he should trust his instincts, as he finally called Enercare and what do you know, he was right. This plumber came in, checked the water heater, told Nat what the problem was and asked if he wanted him to remove the valve that seemed to be the culprit. Naturally, Nat said yes, and with that the plumber was gone. A couple years worth of aggrevation, research and high plumbing bills was fixed all within 5 minutes and was the size of my pinky fingernail!!!!! Finally we had peace and quiet everytime we use the hot water. God, when will we ever learn??

With life in our household getting back to our usual routine, I decided to finally get new dentures made. With loosing close to 40 pounds during that Thrush episode, my dentures were now too big for my gums!!! Go figure?? They are again giving me trouble but in a new way and frustrating way. I surmised if I paid all of that money to get a new set of teeth, I should at least get the perfect fitting pair. So I got up the nerve to book another appointment with my Dentist to tell him what I want. I’m willing to go through this whole rigmarole once more in order to finalize this whole matter and let me get back to enjoying meals again and not talking with a new found lisp!! This is where I’m going to do what my gut is telling me, so stay tuned.

Another update I also have to take care of is my eyes. My prescription glasses seem to be a little out-dated as I’m having a hard time using them and have to go back to using the cheaters I purchased.

I’m in an upbeat mood now and loving it. Despite the fact that the St. Catharines General Hospital cancelled the one medication that keeps me upbeat and helps me sleep, replaced it with another one without my knowledge, I’ve managed to keep my mood and thoughts in good places and believe it or not, am not even holding a grudge against my dentist who could have prevented my adventures from 2018 had he caught the Thrush in time. Trust me, I’m not bitter!!!

Boys In The Stream And Elvis Shakes His Pelvis

Saturday morning woke up and after getting dressed, I pulled back the blinds to see two men in and around our back stream. With one man standing on the bridge itself, another young lad was ankle deep in the stream and stumbling back and forth as if looking for something. I called for Nat and he said, yeah, they were there when he got up around 7:30. He theorized the two must have been looking for something or, even better, clearing away debris from around the water.

Curiosity getting the better of me and not really trusting suspicious actions, I asked Nat to go out and see what they were up to. The three boys were talking for about 5 to 10 minutes and once Nat returned to the house, I soon realized my instincts were right – they were doing something we didn’t want them to do.

The man on the bridge advised they were trying to prop up the middle of the bridge, which has now fallen into bit of a slump due to age and weather. Nat advised that he had already propped up our side of the bridge with a jack and a brace. These two characters thought it was wise to gather as many rocks as they could and then place them under the bridge in order to keep it up. He also mentioned the water rising at one end but didn’t seem to understand that if he propped up the bridge that he would also be blocking up (or damning) the stream. Nat advised that the stream ran all the way into Fort Erie at one side and through Ridgeway on the other. He also advised that previous owners had tried to damn up the stream in order to do something and soon realized they had flooded properties along the west side of the stream. Once the source was discovered by the Town, the damn was immediately ordered to be destroyed and peace has reigned along the stream ever since.

I’m thinking these two fellas didn’t have much of an education or they soon would have realized the consequences of their propping up the bridge in the middle and thereby blocking the flow of water. Nat soon learned that they were tenants of our fairly new neighbours and, along with their big dog, would quite frequently sit down by the stream early mornings and late evenings and have a smoke. We can only assume they were conjuring up all kinds of ideas while having a puff!!

With Nat’s explanations of what had happened in the past, the two lads headed back to their stomping ground – hopefully to “unthink” their whole little scheme.

Saturday night was much more exciting. We joined the Irwins, the Piersons and Michele at the Avalon Theatre in the Fallsview Casino for the “Return to Grace” show starring our favourite Elvis Tribute Artist – Stephen Kabakos. FAB-U-LOUS, is all I can say. As usual, Mr. Kabakos was in fine form performing Elvis tributes all through his career and narrated in-between stages by (who we assume) was “Colonel Parker”. Not sure, but he looked the part with the straw hat and southern drawl. We really had a great time and headed home with smiles on our faces and old Elvis tunes on our lips. As we were really late in getting home (at least for the two of us), I headed straight to bed and Nat stayed up to get caught up on the hockey scores. The last little bit wasn’t really worth it – the Leafs lost by 1 goal.

Have to admit I’m anxious to talk to Gail and Bern as they were babysitting Zach and Zoe for the night, while their parents were having a nice evening out. Zoe, thanks to her Aunt Gail, is now a lover of beaded jewellery and designing and Zach, I’m sure, enjoyed watching those strange reality shows that are all a buzz in certain parts of my side of the family!!  “Swamp People”???? Reallly????? I at least hope they were watching those truckers in the Andes.

Inbetween excitement in the back yard, I’ve been poking away at the Irwin’s photo conversion. I get a little slowed down at times looking at photos while Zach and Zoe were babies and can’t help but smile. I also respect the Irwin family for their day trips and activities they’ve done (and continue to do) with their two children. I’m sure both kids will enjoy the photos as they grow older in life and memories start to either get exaggerated or faded. All the  more reason to digitize them for prosperity. Also liking the new printer/copier/scanner we bought – much quicker in the scanning department and a lot more options.