I took lots of pictures of the ice. It was kind of like snowflakes. Each chunk had it's own pattern as it melted in the sun.
A pretty rock.
Part of the trail as we headed back up.
At the end of the day Connor and I helped them empty the pails. He has wanted to move to the country for years so he can have chickens. Now he wants chickens and a sugar bush (and an area he can do stunts on his bike and shoot airsoft and maybe a dogsled team and a pond and .....)
Today the boys and I went to Barrie to see snakes. They were an educational display put on by Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Connor is holding a black Eastern Rat Snake. It is native to Ontario and is considered threatened.
This is Alec showing his happy face and holding an Everglades Rat Snake. He is home for March Break. (Alec - not the snake)
Before we left I bought a rebounder. I went to a seminar about rebounding months ago and found one today (I wasn't looking). It is really good exercise, way quieter and cheaper than other in home exercise equipment and excellent for your lymphatic system. No pictures until I lose weight.
A few days ago a friend called and asked if I would be interested in helping a team re-merchandise the hair care section at a large pharmacy chain. I haven't done merchandising since I helped in the renovations at our local HH 5 years ago but the money was good and I had no other plans so I said yes. We were at SDM from 9 am until 8:15 so it was a long day. At HH I worked 7 to 7 and that seemed shorter. By the time I picked up groceries, drove home and ate supper it was bed time. We have one more store to do on Monday. Caitlin is going to come too so we should be done earlier. I do not spend a lot of time on clothes and makeup and very limited time on my hair. I found a few shampoos that smelled really good and was amazed to find out that they now have colour specific hair spray.
Today was the last ski day with Connor's school. The trails were icy and patchy. I hate it when you are skiing along and suddenly the snow changes and you come to a standstill. They have races at the end of the last day. Today's prizes were fruit - kiwis for the relay winners and 3rd place individuals - mangos for 2nd individuals and the first place girl got a watermelon, the boy got a pineapple. And no one had a camera! Then the kids walked back to the school - 2 or 3 blocks. I would love to hear what the people say looking out their windows as the kids parade by with their produce.
Between bending and stretching and climbing stepstools yesterday and skiing today my thighs are sore today. You know you get reminded of those activities every time you get up from a sitting positionl
Since moving here we have made frequent visits to Grand Bend where one of Kevin's friends has a cottage she lets us use. It may seem strange to drive from once beach town to another but the cottage is free and we always have a very quiet, relaxing weekend there. We used to go every year, sometimes twice but her guest book indicates we haven't been there since December 2006 so we were overdue. We left here Thursday. The drive was good and the weather beautiful. As is our habit we stopped at The Yarn Factory Outlet in Listowel to stock up on yarn for my knitting projects. We dined on a whole grocery store chicken (we always do that then we have enough leftovers for sandwiches) and spent a quiet evening watching movies. Friday morning Kevin woke up cold (very unusual). The cottage is roughly 400 square feet plus a sunroom and the propane fireplace - the primary heat source - had gone out. Kevin had a hard time getting it going and we had to use the electric space heater and call for the repair guy. Jason (the service guy) replaced the broken thermal coupler and the high pressure regulator (just in case), cleaned the orifice and poured boiling water on the tank top to make sure it was thawed. He didn't like the look of the pilot light and the fireplace kept going out if the thermostat was turned below 6 (outof 7). And whatever he sprayed on the fireplace glass to clean it triggered the smoke detector and we had 8 hours of it going off. We spent Friday and Saturday alternating between firepace off and on full bore. From one extreme to the other. Last night it was more than 84 degrees in the cottage before we went to bed and I was dripping sweat. Jason came back early this morning and injected methanol into the propane tank (something to do with absorbing water vapour), adjusted the low pressure regulator, took the whole thing apart again and cleaned it all again. The pilot light was finally straight and fat and blue and the fireplace stayed lit! Then we left.
We went swimming Friday night at a motel indoor pool but mostly just relaxed. If any of you ever go through Grand Bend you have to visit Grandpa Jimmy's Scottish Bakery. We went 3 times! They have great whole wheat bread with no sugar and yummy cherry loaf and shortbread. We had their cinnamon buns and rhubarb fritters for breakfast and turkey pies for supper. My favourite though was the millionare squares - a thick layer of shortbread covered with a layer of caramel and chocolate topping - heavenly.