Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Bloomin’ Honey

Today we went off on the train all the way to the Exhibition Centre (past Downtown Toronto).

Canada Blooms and the Home Show is here at his time every year.  its not quite the NEC Birmingham but its the closest we have got.  MrsM and Jeff gave us tickets to get in (MrsM is there with the Scottish Shop she works in and Jeff was talking on stage) so Huffle took the day off work and we got there in time to wander the hall a little, say hello to MrsM and sit and wait for Jeff to do his talk on TheUrbainJungle.  It was mostly about using tropical plants during the Summer months, as the Centre were doing some balcony exhibits this year.  It was very good apart from people asking questions that we couldn’t hear and interrupting him during his talk.  At the end, our favourite question stared with “I have a climbing squirrel..........”.  The boys though it was very funny.

We wandered the show gardens and gave our opinions on each one.  Lots of water features, lots of outdoor cooking areas as usual.  The theme for this year was TheMovies so each garden had a different movie name.  StarTrek had a tiny garden area in the shape of the badge and some photos of the cast.  JungleBook was the most disappointing.  It had a lovely stream but with cardboard animals and a cardboard mowgli.  AliceInWinderland was the best one as far as we were concerned except that they got the words wrong grammatically.

Smallest wants this frog in his garden

After we saw all we could in the gardens, we walked around the food part.  Smallest and Huffle got to sample lots of salami and chat with the owners and the boys and I had a lesson and taste of various different honey.  Huffle and I sampled teas from Taylors and Twinings and came home with pockets full of tea bags.  Huffle had a tens machine put on his lower back and was offered the machine for $350 (special show price).  Huffle then found it for $26 on Wish and Amazon.  Good job Huffle doesn’t fall for such nonsense.  We had our shoes shined and bought some beeswax and jojoba to do the job ourselves and a jar of honey.

Smallest got to sample wheelchair basketball.  He said it was a lot harder than it looked.  

We arrived at 11:30am and finished at 3:30pm.  Instead of going back into Toronto to eat, we went to the other side of the railway and found a pub.  Huffle and Smallest had Chicken Tacos (which came with lots of shredded raw cabbage and Smallest didn't know what it was and ate the lot! GRANDMA!).  Small had a burger and I had fish tacos.  Very nice and just the job.  We missed the next train but didn’t have to wait long for the next one and came home with the workers at rush hour.

Nice break in the middle of March Break.  Thank you Huffle for taking time off work to entertain us and thank you MrsM and Jeff for our tickets.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Pool Loopy

(Sunday) none of us could decide what we wanted to do, but we did want to go out.

Huffle found a new place to try for dinner and based on where that was, we chose to go and play Pool.  We had a good time playing as doubles (Huffle and Smallest and Small and I). We played about four games and the boys definitely improved.


Huffle showed off a lot!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Half a bowlful

Small became ill on Wednesday and came home throwing up with sore tonsils which were very swollen.  Huffle took him to the walk-in (a twenty minutes drive away) carrying a washing up bowl for being sick in all the way (Huffle was pleased).  They gave him antibiotics and he threw up lots more, went to bed, slept half a day more in bed and then was fine.  He’s still taking his medicine but he’s much recovered.  He has Strep which is what Huffle had.  The doctor said someone in our house could be a carrier and if anyone else gets a sore throat we all have to go in to get tested!  So far the rest of us have been fine.  Small stayed off school on Thursday which is classed as a ‘skip day’ (the day before a holiday or PA day).  Friday was an offial day off school for Both boys and then the rest of next week is March Break

Small also started his referee course which Huffle took him to on Tuesday evening.  They put the wrong address into the GPS, got lost and ended up half an hour late.  He has three preparation evenings and he doesn’t have to go to them but it will be useful if he does.  Huffle has ordered his referee kit which includes a whistle and flags.

Smallest should have had his final football try out but he was sent an email telling him he didn’t need to attend as they wanted to look at the new people.  Plus he had secured himself a place on the team.  Yay.

The boys had a hair cut this week.  Smallest said the day after he went to school everyone said ‘have you had a haircut?’  He got annoyed but they told him it’s what you have to ask when someone has has a haircut.  He wasn’t impressed!

I went for a mid week walk with NoCustard.  We walked near her house, along the lake.  It was

Huffle has been working hard.  He had his performance review and he received an ‘exceeding
expectations’, a small bonus and small pay increase.  Well it’s something.  He thinks he will be getting a new boss very soon!

I have overextended my finger (bit weird) carrying my sewing machine and paraphernalia down the stairs.  It was swollen and very sore but it isn’t getting worse so I’m hoping it will be okay.  On the same day I trapped my thumb (same hand) in the drawer and now I have a black nail!  I am so clumsy!  I did two exercise classes OUCH and my Pottery (which was hard because it was the day after my finger incident). I finished all my clay and made a bowl (using a mould) and used someone
else’s red clay (lovely) to make a pinch pot, plus a new stamp.  Next week is our last week and we will be having a pot luck and glazing our pots.  OMG I have so many to do!  We are not sure what is
happening with the next course as the teacher is being interviewed next week.  There is talk about her doing something in her own home.  I definitely want to carry on.

All of our snow melted and then we had a bit more and then it melted and then we had more.  It’s been sunny but cold.  The clocks go forward tomorrow so that must mean it’s nearly Spring.  My bulbs I planted in the greenhouse at work have started shooting through, just a bit more warmth and I can bring them home.

Today we sorted Smallest’s allergy medicines and picked up new supplies from the pharmacy and changed the prescriptions to be in a closer pharmacy.  His eyes are running and getting gunky when he wakes.  It seems too early for allergies but another sign Spring is on the way.

We all had a lovely forest walk this afternoon.  Snowy paths in the forest, muddy paths on the outskirts on the forest, cold in the open parts and warm and sunny too.  We spent just under an hour walking.


Sunday, 4 March 2018

He is going to slingshot me


We had MrBasment round this week to get rid of our huge monstrosity of a light in the living room.  It was too big for the space (probably had a table underneath it before we moved in) and everyone hit their heads on it.  Now we have a nice new small Tiffany style shade and it makes the room look more spacious.  We chose a different colour to the one that came but we like it anyway.

MissHorse finished her Sheep this week and she made a better job of it than I did.  Mine was just stupidly big but hers was just nice.  She is very pleased with it.  We are making a start on a RosiePig
next week.

I missed my Monday exercise because I wasn’t feeling so well but was back to normal on Wednesday.  However I hurt my shoulder (old batting cage injury) but it’s okay now.  Huffle finished his antibiotics and is now back to fighting fit.  Smallest is still coughing and it occasionally hurts his chest!  We are filling him with Vitamins.  Small still has a cold but is okay.  He has been struggling with spots on his face and we took him to see the pharmacist yesterday who suggested something he uses himself (and he had lovely skin).  Day2  is an improvement.

Pottery was good this week.  I made two pots on the wheel and trimmed two pots.  Two of mine were fired and I bought them home.  Very happy with the colours.  Only two more sessions left so we will be trimming, hand building and glazing next week.

Smallest had a tryout for his football team this week.  He did well and there were about ten new players trying out but Huffle says there were only two that should get picked (unfortunately they were from our old club).   He has two more tryouts.

On Saturday Huffle stood in for Small’s coach.  They drew 3-3.  Small had an argument with the referee and the Ref said he would give Small a yellow card.  Small said “go on then!” But he didn’t.  Huffle made friends with Guido who was very happy to see Huffle Coach and was loving his English proper football accent!!

On Sunday we took full advantage of the positive figures in temperature (0* though it did get to 4*) and went for a walk and picnic along the waterfront.  We parked up and walked 10,000 steps along the water, on the rocks and on the beach, across the bridges and all the way back again.  Picnic was on the beach with our back to the wind with the bright sunshine beating down on us.  Almost a deckchair day.  Thank you Huffle for our picnic though we were disappointed we didn’t have any pudding.  We spied an awful lot of tripod carriers today and a group of them were talking about snowy owls!

We asked the boys what were they doing with the wood.  "he's going to slingshot me" says Smallest  "its ok he's done it before!"

Lovely day and walk.