Monday, March 20, 2017

What a nice young couple

I really like the young people who bought the condo where I live.  They are very dedicated to repairing things and making things work well.

They came over and helped me with the fridge and hopefully we can make the fridge last longer.  It was bought in 1990 so it has had a very long life but there are some problems now.

They also offered to help me move the furniture around when I want to rearrange things which I really appreciate.  They also took two bags of things away for the charity shop which is a very big help to me.

They work very well together which I think is wonderful.

I was up at 4:30 a.m. today so will have an early night tonight!

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This and that

I haven't had anything much going on in the past few weeks so had nothing to say.

I meant good things going on!

I somehow caught the Norfolk virus and was quite sick for about five days but thankfully am back to normal now.

I did see a family from Montreal who was visiting in Hamilton.  I have known this family since my daughter was born which is over 50 years.  It was so wonderful to spend time with them at Jackson Square.

The girls left their Mom and I to chat while they went window shopping, then we all met for lunch at the food court.

I am so blessed to have friends who mean so much to me.  Trudy and her girls are like family to me.

I love having my long distance plan so that I can call without worrying about the cost.  I call friends and family in Montreal, Toronto, Lachine, Cape Breton and Langley.  That and the internet, particularly facebook, keep me in regular contact with people which I like.

I also have two friends in the United States that I talk to.  One of them, goes back to when we were 14 or 15 years of age, so you can see that it is a very long and good friendship.

Weatherwise here in Hamilton, there has been a lot of snow - about 35 cm in the last week and it has started to snow again.


I am longing to smell the flowers, walk by the water and just sit outside and read.  Not much to ask but still too early yet I am afraid.

Spring and Fall weather are more to my liking that the hot and humid summers we get here.  We had some really spring like weather and some of the early flowers got confused and poked their little heads up out of the ground.  Alas, the storm came and I would assume that they did not make it.

This winter, I have stayed in mostly except to go grocery shopping or to borrow tons of books from the library.  Once a month, six of us get together for lunch and fellowship at different restaurants in Hamilton.  Over the years, we have developed a very close friendship which is wonderful.

My son put in Roku for me and Acorn TV and Netflix and I really am enjoying it very much.  It is so much cheaper than cable.  I can watch the local news on my computer at six p.m. and I can borrow DVD's from the library of the two programmes I absolutely enjoy each weekday.  Little House on the Prairie and also The Waltons.

I love their  good values portrayed and neighbour helping neighbour.  I think we need to go back to that lifestyle (in a more modern way obviously) and rethink this rat race which is the modern way of rushing through life after the almighty dollar.

In the long range plan, all that will matter is the relationship to others and to the animals we cherish and to mother earth and our care of her.  We cannot take our money when we die, Even in old age, money will not buy happiness.  Though, money will help you get into a better retirement residence if that is the lifestyle you would like.  I personally prefer to remain in my home as long as I can cope.

Of course, the most important relationship is our relationship to the Creator as we are stewards on this earth and thus, have a reponsibility to keep it in good condition.

The snow has stopped now and perhaps I can get out for a breath of fresh air. Sure hope so.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

77th birthday party for my friend

Her grandchildren put it on.  It was a lovely event andwell attended.  People from Grimbsy, Waterloo, Hamilton and one other place attended.

The food was very good and I managed to eat a little bit but not much.

There was a baby shower also in that same afternoon  for the St. John's people and people were invited to both so they had to split their time.

Zeff played the accordian which was a big hit!

All in all, a lovely afternoon.  I was able to get DARTS both ways which was good.

Tbanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just touching base

Well, it is settled, I will remain here for one more year and hopefully can renew it for many more years to come.

I like the young people I am renting from so that is good.

My health has been up and down - still seem to have that bug.  I guess my resistence is not good.

Another friend of mine has had the bug as well so I sure can relate to what she is going through.

The weather has been very cold so I haven't gone out much.  I am trying to get used to Netflick and Acorn TV.  I plan to cut out my cable to save some money.

Due to this bug, I have missed some really nice things but what can you do?  Health must come first.

When you don't go anywhere, there isn't much to say.  Thanks for dropping by.

Have a good day.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

Sorry for not writing something earlier but my mind is not at ease with all this business of moving, or not moving.

On top of it all, I have caught a really bad bug and thus far today, I have had to wash sheets and clothing three times in the machine.

I am not settled in my mind about my future place of abode.  I would have prefered to stay here but  I have requested a phone call from the new owners but have not received it.

I know that the message has been passed on to them and wonder why they have not called.

I have advised the former owner's agent that I require a year's lease the first year.  It is safer for me.

Otherwise, in two months notice, they can kick me out and I have to go.  Same for me also, I could give two months notice and leave.

However, in my old age this is not good for my well being and health and it is definitely affecting me not knowing    I have two places I can go to, One I like much better but the other would be a better choice economicaly.  It is a seniors building with activities and the apartments are smaller than I have here but clean with lots of cupboard space.  The building is kept clean as well as I could see, and I did look around closely!

Both are open and available at this moment.  Don't know for how much longer though.

So as you see, there is a few things on my mind right now and I hope to say soon they will be settled one way or the other.

On on one other note, which may interest you, my son put Roku on my t.v. and then downloaded a British drama, comedies station onto it.  The cost per month is not bad - I think it is $6.00.

So far, I have enjoyed it.  In the winter I don't get around much due to ice underfoot and I need something to keep me engaged in living,joke, joke.

I just need to move forward not stagnate waiting for others to decide my fate.  I am almost ready to give in my notice to the young people and move - we'll have to see what the answer is from them on a one year lease.

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a good day and hope you don't catch the bug that is going around.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18,2016

Our litle gang met for lunch today.  We do that each month which is something nice to look forward to.  Two of our group were sick and unable to go.

We went to the Harvest Moon which is cheap and cheerful!  Unlimited Chinese tea and a very big plate of good food.

We had tons of laughter and stayed from 11:30 to 2 p.m. and the restaurant did not mind at all.

I learned that the Italian store which sells underwear is still in business.  They just opened another branch in Stoney Creek as one of our gals bought new underwear there.

I am happy to hear that.  They have good quality items from Italy.

Jeff drove Joanne and I home, which we both appreciated.  My parking spot came in very handy today.  We could park for free at ay Municipal parking lot or meter.  I did not know that.

That is a great saving!

All in all, a very nice afternoon spent with good friends.

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 17th and a real dull looking day outside

I was up about 3 a.m. today and stayed up, then crashed again about 6  I think.  Slept again till 10:30 then had my coffee and started to continue downsizing.  Today I am working on Christmas Decorations and they were all spread over the sofa.  Many are going to the Salvation Army but I will still keep about three small blue boxes full plus a miniature tree all decorated.

My son came to set up Roko for me last night.  I am slowly getting the hang of it. It is more like working a computer than a cable programme.  I just hope I can find many of my favourite old shows though.

It is much cheaper and I only watch a little t.v. so it is not worth keeping the cable.

When he has time, he is going to install a British comedy and dramas  but I need to pay for it but it is very inexpensive.  I cannot remember how much but much cheaper than cable.Roko is free most of the programmes.

Now onto other news. My friend Jeff took me to Van Wagner\s Beach in Stoney Creek on Sunday afternoon.  We had a lovely walk although it was very cold.  It was great to be there again. I have been several times with Jennifer but only in the summer so it was nice to see the water and the area in the winter time.

We stopped in at Hutch's for coffee just to warm up.  He was kind enough to drive me to see a Seniors rental building near him.  It was nice.  I have put my name in there for market rent but there is a 4 year waiting period.  I may not even live that long!

Since we were in his neighbourhood, we went to his place to pick up Leadbelly the cat so I could finally meet him.  A beautiful looking cat.  He did not hiss at me, allowed me to pat him after sniffing my hand, nor did he bite.  He seems to like the ladies, joke, joke. I only patted him through the car window but he did not seem to be threatened by me.

I was glad to see him finally after hearing about him.

All in all, a very enjoyable Sunday.
Jeff - smiling

me - with a crooked smile

From the coffee shop window - note the barrenness

A different shot

Thanks for dropping by.