How nice to have a sunny day for Kelly's first day home from the hospital. However, it turned out to be a busy one. Pheebs and I headed out first thing for our Jeep ride which took us into Bayfield and to Bayfield's cemetery for a brisk walk around a field and an amble into a nearby forest. With only about an inch of snow on the ground, it was easy walking.
| AFTER SO MANY GRAY DAYS HOW GREAT IT WAS TO SEE B LUE SKYS TODAY|
| CANADA GEESE AND A SEAGULL ON THE BAYFIELD RIVER|
| OUR WALK IN THE CEMETERY THIS MORNING|
| THE FOREST FLOOR ON A WINTER'S MORN|
Home again, we switched the Jeep for the Subaru, loaded Miss Kelly up, and off we went. Our first stop was Bayfield's post office where Kelly had a parcel to mail. From there it was over to the carwash to get all the road salt off the Subaru and from there we headed straightaway north up highway 21 to Goderich and stopped at Walmart. Kelly slipped inside to the Pharmacy to get a couple new prescriptions filled. Of course with the busy Christmas season upon us, Walmart was a zoo again and the prescription was going to take an hour to get it together. With other stops scheduled we slipped next door to Zehr's Supermarket to pick up a few groceries and a frozen turkey. So far, despite the crush of humanity, the day was going reasonably well, but then we went to Harveys/Swiss Chalet for a nice hopped for sit-down Swiss Chalet chicken dinner. For starters, they were out of chicken and it would be a forty-five-minute wait, plus they were short staffed and people were lined up. Just wanting to get out of there we settled for a Harvies burg for me and a grilled chicken wrap for Kelly. We ate our mediocre stuff in the car:(( We have noticed how local fast-food eateries have been going downhill in our area. All of them have signs out 'Help Wanted' and one has only their drive-thru open. The service is poor and the food quality is suffering.
| HEADING BACK TO THE JEEP|
|WHAT!!! NO SWISS CHALET CHICKEN!!!!|
Back to Walmart we went to pick up Kelly's new prescriptions and they weren't ready yet. In the meantime, the stores were a zoo which meant the large con-joined parking lots were akin to a demolition derby with cars and shoppers crisscrossing everywhere. Parking spots were rare so Pheebs and I would drop Kelly off at the store doors and then head out to do battle with the frenzied drivers and Christmas shoppers milling about in the parking lots. Kelly insisted on going into the stores because after laying in a hospital bed for nearly four days she wanted to get some strength back into her legs. Kelly phoned me from inside Walmart saying the prescriptions still weren't ready so I said come on out and we'll go get ourselves a much-needed Tim Hortons coffee. Pheebs by this time was needing a pit stop, so with coffees in hand we went to the farthest corner of the Canadian Tire Store parking lot far from the maddening crowds and had ourselves a short break from the madness. Fortified by our coffees and bolstered by half a dozen Tim Bits we soon headed back into the fray. I dropped Kelly off at Walmart's door and once again commenced driving around dodging Mad Max drivers and frenzied shoppers. But the end of the madness was in sight. I stopped near Walmart's entrance and spotted Kelly in my rear-view mirror with prescriptions in hand heading for the car. Minutes later we cleared the congested area, breathed a big huge sigh of relief, and happily headed for home through the quiet countryside.
|THE PARKING LOT SNOWPLOW'S VERSION OF MOUNT WALMART |
| PHEEBS WATCHING FOR MOM TO COME OUT OF THE HOUSE THIS MORNING|
| PHEEBS WATCHING FOR MOM TO COME OUT OF ZEHRS SUPERMARKET|
Aside from feeling a bit weak and tired today, Kelly is doing well and was able to get a decent Tuesday night's sleep. The next bunch of days will be days of rest for her. We won't be going anywhere!! Well, not anywhere where there are masses of people that's for sure!!!!
| PHEEBS WATCHING FOR MOM TO COME OUT OF WALMART|
In the front yard of a funeral home, 'Drive carefully, we'll wait.'
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Signs of the times::
| MORNING WALK|
On an electrician's truck, 'Let us remove your shorts.'
Outside a radiator repair shop, 'Best place in town to take a leak.'
On a maternity room door, 'Push, Push, Push.'
On a taxidermist's window, 'We really know our stuff.'
On a butcher's window, 'Let me meat your needs.'
On a fence, 'Salesmen welcome. Dog food is expensive.'
On a muffler shop, 'No appointment necessary. We'll hear you coming.'
In a dry cleaner's emporium, 'Drop your pants here.'
On a desk in a reception room, 'We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.'
In a veterinarian's waiting room, 'Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!'
In a Beauty Shop, 'Dye now!'
In a restaurant window, 'Don't stand there and be hungry, come in and get fed up.'
In a cafeteria, 'Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want.'
When is a knot not a knot?
A: When it’s not.
Whew. Glad to see you all made it through all that and got home safe and can now collapse in your favorite place for a while. A relief!! Stay snug and warm.ReplyDelete
Glad Kelly is feeling better. It is unfortunate that we can't find people to work anymore. Companies are going broke. Enjoy the holidays quietly at home.ReplyDelete
Welcome home, Kelly.ReplyDelete
The close up photos of Miss Pheebs are really lovely. What a sweetie she is.ReplyDelete
Whew! I'm so glad we haven't had to brave the Tucson madness. We've been to Willcox and Benson but those little spots are nothing compared to Tucson. Happy Holidays you three--glad Kelly seems to be feeling better!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pics of your explorations through the snow. Can't really get out this time of year without the crowds, and it's always a blessing being able to get what we need. Happy Holidays to you three.ReplyDelete
Really like that photo of Pheebs on the snowy hillside with all the big trees.ReplyDelete