Monday, March 19, 2018

The Happy Traveller

My husband just called from Winnipeg. I am killing myself laughing at him.

His ideas as to how to spend his travel time have certainly changed in recent years. It used to be that if he found himself with some free time between meetings at conferences like the one he is currently attending, he would try to find the nearest park, wilderness area or some other nature space where he could sit under a tree, or slouch on a bench to have alone time for reflection and rest. Nowadays, not so much. Over the past 7 or 8 years I have witnessed quite an evolution in his travel habits.

Today, while he was waiting at the airport for his shuttle to the hotel, he was delighted when two of the other delegates also arrived to wait with him, visiting, making plans to have dinner together tonight, lunch tomorrow and so on. After checking into the hotel, my husband walked over to the nearest mall to shop for new shoes. The nearest mall? Shoe shopping? With joy? My husband?

Next he took a very long walk from the mall to the Jewish Centre for a rather large and very late lunch at the fabulous kosher deli there. He loves kosher food. Every trip to Vancouver when our son lived there saw us touring the best kosher delis in the city. After his meal he toured the attached museum before braving the muddy, icy, snow covered walk back to the hotel. Apparently the walking conditions are even worse than here in Regina, but he enjoys those sorts of challenges, so no problem. Quite a change from the fellow who previously preferred to hole up in his room munching on fruit and energy bars, freaking out about his own conference presentations. YES!

Tonight the meetings begin. Hopefully they will go well. I am really happy he is getting a break from the local work stresses and getting a bigger picture perspective in his interactions with his colleagues.

A "Flippy Flop" Day

Our son used to call spring days like this one "flippy flop" days.  haha

We began the day under dark skies and  huge, wet, smothery snowflakes coming down so thickly and so quickly that we had to put the windshield wipers on to get to the airport.  As we brushed the snow off the car prior to leaving our parking lot, new big, fat flakes were immediately sticking once again, making the brushing kind of a useless exercise.  It was certainly pretty, anyway.

On the way to the airport we nearly got dinged making a left turn when another driver crossing our path, didn't either slow down or stop for a pedestrian crossing HIS path...what is it with Regina drivers so blatantly and regularly flaunting their refusal to obey the traffic laws concerning pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks??  Obviously the girl that was almost run down had been through the experience previously because she certainly knew how to hop backward to avoid a collision.  "THESE ROMANS ARE CRAZY!!" as the characters in our old cartoon books about the Gauls vs the Romans used to say.  The longer I live in this city the more frightened I am to set foot, or tires, on the streets!!

However, we arrived safely at the airport and my husband's flight departed right on time.  I decided to do some early morning banking and grocery shopping and now I am home watching the clouds giving way to light blue skies and sunshine.  As the temperatures are rising, so is my mood.  Spring is a happy month, storms and ice and all.  It heralds the onset of good walking weather, warm temperatures....AND lower gas and electric bills! hahaha

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sometimes The Extra Work IS Worth It!!

O my goodness....I am SO full after my dinner....AGAIN....!!!!  

My husband decided this afternoon that he would not be content with eating hot turkey sandwiches for dinner.  Originally all either of us wanted was to cook my wonderful little discount turkey, then strip the carcass for sandwiches tonight and a freezer full of cooked meat for future use.  Seriously, that was our plan because cooking a turkey dinner requires lots of foresight and planning in advance.

Well, not today it didn't!

Just as I was putting the turkey into the oven at 2:30pm, my husband appeared in the kitchen with a pleading look on his face and a whining voice:  "Please, please, o please, could we have potatoes and stuffing and gravy and peas tonight with that fresh turkey?  Please, o please, o please??? Can we? Can we? Can we?? PULLLEEEASE????" 

He was so excited I couldn't say "No!"  When he offered to make the stuffing and the gravy, without my even suggesting it, he cinched the deal.  We had a great time together getting the rest of the dinner prepared.

It was SOOOOOO tasty that I didn't even mind the nearly 90 minutes it took me after dinner to put away the food, strip down the carcass, bag the bones for soup making later on and wash what seemed to be a mountain of dishes.  That tells you just how tasty it was!  No complaining from me about the clean up afterward??  Yup, tasty indeed!  My husband used that 90 minutes to finalize his preparation to fly to Winnipeg in the morning, so he wouldn't be up half the night or racing madly about tomorrow at 6am tossing items into his suitcase.

Sometimes a little extra work is well rewarded!  Burp!!!

Just Another Pleasant Sunday

It has been a great day thus far and it is not even 3pm yet.

After a good night of sleep I hurried off to church this morning to sing in the trio and enjoy a return to the old BCP Morning Prayer service....again...second week in a row, two different churches.  I thoroughly enjoyed the "just for this week" switch but am glad I won't have to do it again for awhile.  I love the old language, but for some reason I found the whole service just as overly drawn out as the one last weekend out of town.  The sermon was quite wonderful though and since I am at church mostly for the preaching, it was worth being there for that alone.  We have a certified lay reader at that church who is an excellent preacher...always a treat!

As soon as I got home my husband, who spent his morning off sitting on the couch going, "meep, meep meep" and dozing, announced he hadn't eaten any breakfast, so we headed out for lunch.  We wanted to have a bit of a date before he flies to Winnipeg tomorrow.  On the way to Lancaster Taphouse we decided to make use first of a free haircut coupon at the Sports Clips near there.  After a less than five minute wait, my husband disappeared into the salon and returned looking quite amazing!  He had a wonderful haircut, a bit of a beard trim and the wonderful stylist even clipped his bushy eyebrows.  What a change in his appearance.  He looks super and I can't wait for the office staff to see him when he returns home for work on Thursday.  teehee  The old "toque top", "Gertrude and Heathcliff" hair is gone!  He and I are both delighted and whatever the actual cost of having his hair taken care of there in future will be more than worth it. FINALLY!  He is understanding that the old home clippers operated by the two of us are not sufficient to keep him looking professional for his job. Thank you Lord!!

Lunch at Lancaster Taphouse was, as always, delicious. My husband had a burger and a giant serving of yam fries while I enjoyed my usual small plate of steak, potatoes and a favourite vegetable mix.  The two shrimp on top are my big cholesterol cheat for the week.  YUMMY!

Now we are home again and the turkey I have been thawing in the refrigerator finally reached a point of being able to be roasted.  It should be ready at about 7pm, so my husband is gearing up to make stuffing and gravy  I will do the potatoes, peas and carrots. I won't have to cook one thing while he is away this week.  YIPPEE!!

The sky has been steel grey all day, but this afternoon there is a bit more light in the sky, keeping the day from feeling unbearably gloomy.  It is wonderfully warm too.  Tomorrow it is supposed to snow, so it will be a good day to get my husband to the airport in the morning, then swing by the grocery store for some produce, before hunkering down inside at home for the rest of the day.  I have a dinner "date" for Tuesday evening and then my husband will be back Wednesday evening.  There isn't a lot of time I have to fill as he is away for such a short time. I had orginally thought I would head into Moose Jaw on Monday but the snow has effectively changed my mind!

Thursday evening is the last weeknight practise for our Easter Seasonal Choir, then I think we have a big dress rehearsal with the other participants on Sunday afternoon before that evening's performance.  Wow, I am going to REALLY miss this little ragtag choir and the other people in it.  I chatted today with a friend who is in the South Pacific performance and she is a bit disappointed in how that is going, so I am ever so glad now I wasn't able to participate in it after all.  I just hope it doesn't put my friend off from auditioning for more events like that, other choirs, later this year. She has a music degree and a lovely singing voice that she doesn't get to use often enough. 

Tonight my husband wants us to have a movie night here at home.  Most of the Academy Award nominated movies are available on our tv movie network now.  Once he decides which one he wants to watch we will eat our late night turkey dinner and enjoy the show.

So, my husband heads to Winnipeg tomorrow, our son leaves for Vancouver on Tuesday and my sister in law leaves for a road trip in southern Alberta on Wednesday.  Lord, grant all of them safe travel and a really good time of visiting with their friends and colleagues, as well as accomplishing the various tasks they are setting out to perform. Amen!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

But Polka Dots Are So Cheery!!!

I caught my husband last night looking somewhat askance at the new duvet cover on the bed: the new white one that is covered in black polka dots.  

He claims the pattern is blinding to look at.  I say it is cheery, because what is more cheery to look at than a mass of polka dots, right?  Of course right!

The prairies is one of the most bland, brown, stark landscapes in this country, so my idea is that in order to keep from feeling depressed when I look outside, we should have something incredibly joyful and fun to look at here in the suite.  What brings more joy visually than polka dots?  I have a polka dot blazer in shades of blue, a black and white polka dot panel on one of my favourite dresses, blue polka dots on the shower curtain, a navy blouse with teensy while polka dots and now the duvet cover.  

According to my husband, with the onslaught of all these polka dots, (he actually used the word "onslaught"!! Can you believe it??  Of all the nerve!), I should now be the cheeriest woman on planet Earth and he is going to hold me to that!  


Stupid Snow

Remember previous posts where I was so excited about the onset of spring and the spring storms that inevitably  happen throughout  the month of March?

Well....scratch that!!

It only took me two or three days over the past week to get used to having snow puddles and melted off dry sections of pavement and sidewalks and now this morning it is snowing again.  Waaaaahhhh, why did I think I like this time of year???

Supposedly this "light snow" (huh??) will be ending just after the noon hour, but unless the temperature warms the snowfall sufficiently to melt it and the winds pick up the resulting water to dry up the wetness, it is going to be a complete ice patch out there tomorrow morning...right about the time I have to get up early enough to get the car de-iced and crawl along the streets to church to sing in the trio.  


BUT, APRIL is coming!  The weather has to be better in a couple of weeks when April arrives, right?  Yeah...April. That is when I will enjoy better weather, fewer storms, the melting of the rest of the ice.  Ahhhh, April......

Let's hear it for April and forget about all my rhapsodizing over the storms of March!

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Best Laid Plans....Can Be Happily Changed

Although my husband is recovering amazingly well from his latest CFS episode, he is, nevertheless, "running on empty", trying to stay sweet until his day off on Sunday.  He had to cram 4 days worth of office work into the last 2 days to make up for missing office time to take yet another management course that was filled with the exact same information as every other management course he has taken for every other job that requires it. Sigh....but, as he says, at least it was a change of pace.  

Today is the special annual Blessing of the Oils rites and rituals over at the Cathedral.  All the diocesan clergy will be present and my husband was certainly looking forward to it when he left this morning.  He enjoys the service and the fellowship over lunch and tea break.  Tomorrow he will attend the Diocesan Council meeting and then at last have a day off after missing all of them for the past two weeks.

The only hassle for me is that he forgot to let me know he needed to take our car to work again today and tomorrow.  It is funny, but I had a feeling yesterday afternoon I should force myself to go out a third time that day to do those errands, but was tired enough I didn't obey the impulse.  

However, it has worked out just fine!  I decided to take the bus up to Cornwall Centre and make use of the post office and banks downtown.  It was good fun, there was lots of walking exercise I would have missed out on had I driven to my original location, plus I was able to purchase a salad at Zam Zam Wraps and enjoy a most happy lunch hour.

I just missed the bus home, so that forced me to do a lot of walking after my lunch.  I window shopped, I found a new watch strap at The Bay to replace the tacky old one I have had on that watch for the past nearly 8 years and the fellow who put it on did a great job.  Also at the Bay I was able to take advantage of a 70% off sale on a summer top that matches an odd coloured pair of pants I purchased last year and then hardly ever got to wear.  $15 for a Halston pret-a-porter is a good deal!  Tomorrow I am going to bring up the summer clothes bins and take a much harder look at the older items I couldn't bring myself to get rid of when I packed the bins in September last year.  Now that I have a new pair of pants, 2 tops and a dress for the coming spring and summer, perhaps I can look at my old things more realistically and get rid of a couple of things more happily.  I think I have been living in fear over the past 4 years of regaining all the weight I lost, but now that it is obvious I don't have to be so worried, I need to get rid of the last few things that didn't fit me properly the last 2 or 3 summers and still won't this summer!

Before I went downtown I washed a couple of loads of clothes for my husband so he can get packed up for his meetings in Winnipeg next week.  It is time to go and iron some pants for him.  I will do my own laundry tomorrow while I cook up the turkey that is nearly thawed, sitting on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.  It is going to be just grand having lots of pre-cooked meat to enjoy over the next few weeks.  I detest cooking meat every day. I don't like the smell of cooking meat of any kind and it will be nice to be free of that odor for awhile.  It will certainly simplify meal preparation as well!  Yay big turkey!!