Trying something new

On the advice of my friend Suzanne, I’m tried something new today.  What did I do different? First I took my rarely used bicycle out of the shed, secured my helmet, and rode off to the local mall. Well I actually had to turn around at the corner and go back home, the back tire was deflated. Unlock gate, unlock house, route in jar of numerous keys for shed key, find key ring with numerous keys – forcing me to try one of many again to unlock shed, find tire pump, pump like mad woman so nozzle can fall off tire thingamajig numerous times, finally re-inflate tire, return pump to shed, lock shed, return keys to house, lock house, lock gate, ride off into sunset to mall.

Finally on my way, I debate riding on the sidewalk (which is illegal) vs the road. Decide on the road, only to almost get taken out by driver who obviously hates bike riders. After my near death experience I arrived at the mall. I go to the Bulk Barn to buy some steel-cut oats (one has to stay regular healthy), and dog treats. Eventually I grab a coffee and breakfast so I can sit down and write. In truth, I went to the mall for the sole intention of writing. It seems sitting at my computer lately just draws blanks.

These past three weeks have been a whirlwind of activity at our house with Suzanne visiting. I have played the tourist with her, as we toured the RGB (Royal Botanical Gardens), The Hamilton Farmer’s Market, Cootes Paradise, Lindsay Ontario, Aylmer Ontario, Port Dover Ontario, and Niagara Falls Ontario. On bad chronic pain days for me, Suzanne went out on her own walking – and boy can that woman walk, 14 kilometres one day alone! (Note: Suzanne came over quite aware, that there would be days, she would have to go it alone while I rested). Middle child graciously did fill in for me a number of times, taking Suzanne to the mall, and for a walk at Albion Falls.

The visit to Aylmer and Port Dover (where our grandmother used to live) was on the invitation of my sister, who was interested in checking out some handmade Mennonite dining room tables. Afterwards, she thought it would be nice to have lunch on the beach in Port Dover. So on a very raining Saturday, my sister drove into town to pick us up. With umbrella’s on hand (I borrowed my husband one and only, supposedly favourite umbrella, which was later turned inside out, and left broken by an extremely strong wind gust, that amazingly left me unscathed (did he ask me that – Nooo!)) Anyways, the furniture was gorgeous, though nothing was purchased, except of course slippers by me, that middle child keeps trying to steal (payback for hubby’s umbrella?)

It seemed the rain was not going to let up, nevertheless it did not put a damper on our lunch, the scene reminded my Wales-born friend of home.

Picture of the rain hitting the restaurant window.

Before you ask, I have no idea why the restaurant decided to plant palm trees on the beach.

12 thoughts on “Trying something new

    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      It did work, next time, I will grab a coffee & breakfast, and find somewhere outside to sit and write. There are no palm trees in Hamilton, we were in Port Dover, on Lake Erie.

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  1. petchary

    The palm trees look quite funny! Will they survive? We have done just 2 weeks of being tourists and it was wonderful, dragged us out of the house for a change. I am sure your friend had a great time…

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      Apparently they have been planted them for years in the summertime and they survive, they remove them afterwards, but I have no idea what they do with them. Two weeks as a tourist – did you travel around Jamaica?

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      1. petchary

        A little bit. We were supposed to go and stay in Westmoreland (Bluefields) but Nev got sick so we scaled down our activities. But we did have a great time and got around…

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        1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

          Sorry to hear that Nev was ill, I hope he is feeling better. Nice to hear you did have an enjoyable time, because you seem to be a very busy person, with little time for yourself.

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          1. petchary

            He passed that bug on to me! How kind of him. We are both fine now. It was a lovely time, SO enjoyed it. Yes I am busy, but can easily “switch off”!

  2. anotherday2paradise

    The palm tree rainy scene reminds me of a photo I took in Belize through a beach restaurant window. It sounds like quite an effort to even get your bike ready for use. Well done on seeing the project through. 🙂

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