Winding Down with Naomi

Hmm...what is this all about, really? It's me jotting down ideas about things that go on in my life, and some occassional pictures of things I've seen and done.

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Location: Ontario, Canada

Friday, July 28, 2006

Big trucks and Construction

Today has been an exciting day to be on the road. (In or out of a car!) And the day is not very old yet!! Here's hoping that my trip to Stayner goes a bit better this afternoon.

WARNING! LONG WINDED STORY AHEAD (I'll add colour to make it more interesting!)

First, there's construction here. Lots of it. There are two ways to get to Thornbury from our place (or rather two DIRECT ways) and both the highway, and the main street way are bunged up with construction. We were warned, before heading out to run a few errands this morning, about the new mainstreet stuff, so we went via the highway. Not so bad really. A big truck let me turn left instead of waiting forever (as they were not directing the traffic coming from my direction very well). Thank you to that big truck driver, so far, he's the only one I like for the day.

Next truck I came across...we dropped mom off to grab some groceries while I drove Bec down the road, and couldn't just swing the car around because a delivery truck was blocking that way. So, I drove around the parking lot...only to be stopped by him again! Don't worry, I'm not an impatient driver, so I waited 'til I could sneak past him, and I was off.

Then I dropped Bec off, and as there was no parking there, where I was to wait, I made my own little parking spot across the road, turned off the car and sat, reading until she should return.

Not long after I settled in, I noticed someone leave the building, not Bec, to use their cell phone. I'm not sure what he thought I was doing, but he didn't appear to be too happy with me sitting there. (He looked as though he was suscpicious of me for something....). I continued to read. Good book, so far, the Whitney chronicles.

Bec finally returned, and as I saw her coming toward me, I thought I'd get the car on and ready to go....well, first attempt failed! I certainly would not be a good getaway car driver!!

She got settled in, and then along came the next truck of the day. This truck was dropping off stuff here, and decided to park in front of me, and then beep beep back up into me!! Good thing I was ready to go, as I quickly reversed too!! Then, he got out of the truck and crossed the road, and I left!!

Back to pick up Mom. Parked, no problem, left Bec in the car with windows wide open, and hopped out. I was just about to step out from the parking spot to cross the lot when along comes another BIG truck, blocking my way to the store. I waited, again. Then I was good to go! Found Mom, just as she was leaving the store, helped with the groceries and were on our way again.

I think there's only one more big truck left for this tale! Whew!

So, we decided to try to bi-pass the mainstreet construction, by driving in behind the library. It almost worked. The construction was taking up the entire section that they had warned us about (without doing much) for a few weeks now, and a BIG truck was slowly moving near the intersection that I came out at. There was no traffic there, except this BIG truck, and the construction worked told me I could go. Whew!

Now, I got home safely, helped bring the groceries in, and grabbed the mail keys. One more adventure to relate! (Construction related, not a big truck!)

I said there were two main ways, well, there are other, putter around-get Jerrica lost ways too. I tried one of these. Thought I was over far enough to come out at the library. I was wrong. Ended up touring the cemetary. (Tracey, aren't you proud?!) No matter, just a bit of a waste of time. Got to a road that brought me back to the main road, guess where? Yup! Still in construction zone! (The roads angle all over the place back there, and I haven't been driving in and around town enough to remember where exactly they come out!)

SO! I thought to myself. Ok, this isn't SOOOO bad. I can cross this bit of construction and do the between the churches and behind the library road again. Well, as it turns out, I've got great timing. I managed to get to the intersection just as the one road-smoother was going by. He tried to help me, by finding out which way I was going (pointing left and right for me) I pointed straight ahead and received a "go-ahead" signal and was finally on my way.

I'm soooo glad that I know where the issues are now, I can find my way home easily now!

iAnyone want to count the # of Whew!'s I used today?

Gotta go...errands to run online!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Home again

Hello everyone!

Time is flying. The summer is quickly passing....I've been sending and receiving postcards from all sorts of fun places.

Where is the neatest place you've received a post card from?

I shouldn't blog long, but had to say hi. Glad to hear that lots of people are dropping by! (Hi Leah!) Timmins was great, the ride home went well...only moderate amounts of fist shaking took place!! We saw some of the wind damage around North Bay. Crazy storms!

We had a good visit with Effie! I really like to see her, and don't get to do it nearly often enough!

Must run. Hope to talk to you again soon!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Running around!


I'm in Timmins right now, and will soon be on the road again. Jerrica of Jerrica's lime news is here and says Hi!!

We're heading out tomorrow morning, after finishing up our packing of all the stuff we got out at the cottage. Yup-- we got to spend the week at a cottage, while doing VBS. It went well. Timmins is a great place, and I haven't gotten lost here yet.

We even panned for GOLD!! (Didn't get any though!!)

Must run...supper is waiting!!

Monday, July 10, 2006

In New Brunswick

Hello! has been busy. Tonight, it seems, we're getting some down I thought I'd say a quick howdy-doo!

We're in Moncton New Brunswick, and are here for a couple more days doing a Vacation Bible School. Our first day we had a good turn class was exciting, as it grew and shrank off and on...(young kids running in and out do that!).

On our way here...we saw this:
It was quite the ride!! (Longest covered bridge in the world!) We still have a few tourist-y things to do while we're out here...Hopefully on Thursday we'll spend most of the day in Dartmouth!

I should get going...staying up late isn't really a good option when I'm to be running after 3-6 year olds...and I've been up late lately--though this is a different time zone! (I seem to be changing time zones a lot lately!)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Stop and smell the roses

Query of the day. Do you actually have to STOP to smell the roses? Don't they have enough of a permiating scent that you could just walk past them and you'd get a noseful?

In answer to these thoughts, I will let you know just how hard I tried to smell the roses without stopping today...not that I was in a particular rush or anything.

First of all, it is important to know that on the walk to the library there is a church with a large and full rose garden, which usually has roses to be seen. Today there was a multitude of roses reaching over the wall to be smelled by the passers-by.
I noticed these, and tried to smell, as best I could, what I knew would be a wonderful scent. Nothing. So, I used my hand to waft the scent closer to my nose. Nada.

Guess I'll have to make a point of STOPPING on my way home. (hehe) We'll then have first hand knowledge as to whether these are just scent-less roses or if you actually DO have to stop to smell the roses.
(I used to think that meant having to go out of your way to find the roses to smell them).

Any fun sayings that you've found the gem of truth in?

I'm enjoying my time off now. I've been on the road again...we went to Hamilton and London yesterday--to see Effie (I now am in posession of the first baby picture! (or a copy of it at least)), and to drop Tracey off at home. Plans are in motion to get me off to Moncton starting Friday!

Hope you had a great Canada day. I enjoyed the relaxing weekend at home...and the light show of the Thunderstorm we had that night.

To all the Americans out there-- enjoy your independence day- and stop and smell the roses!