Saturday started off cloudy with a few sprinkles of rain but by mid afternoon, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. The breeze was still a little chilly though.
Steve got out for his morning walk while I did some work on the laptop...getting a blog update done. After lunch we headed into Sidney to pick up a few groceries. Rob, Angie and the boys are coming over for dinner tomorrow and Thrifty Foods have pork ribs on sale...perfect!
Once home, and with the groceries put away, I took my knitting and went to sit outside. I started off in the shade but quickly moved into the sun...that breeze was just too chilly. Steve took care of a couple of things outside and then decided to watch one of his shows on TV.
We were both sitting outside enjoying a beverage when Nancy and Rob popped by for a quick visit...always nice seeing you!
Sunday (September 1) we had a mixed bag of sun and cloud...but the main issue was the cool breeze off the water. I think I changed clothes 3 times....starting with shorts and tank top; ending with pants, sweatshirt and socks and shoes.
As usual, Steve went for his daily walk and saw a couple of young ladies riding their horses on the beach...
We were sitting outside waiting for the kids...it was about 3:30 when they pulled in. The boys immediately put their helmets on and went out on their foot-pushing scooters...while the rest of us moved chairs out to a little piece of sun. Unfortunately, the sun was short-lived, so Steve ended up getting the propane fire out.
We sat chatting for an hour or so and then I had to go inside to get dinner started, so Rob, Conner and Steve joined me...while Angie and Bryce went down to the playground.
I figured the boys would prefer homemade pizza rather than ribs, roast potatoes, corn and salad that the rest of us were having...well, I was half right. Conner ate pizza but Bryce waited and joined the adults. "You make the best ribs, Gramma!"...I think he liked them LOL!
flounder in it's mouth...
Around 8:30 our company collected all of their things, packed them in the car and after big hugs, were off home. A lovely visit with them...and after all the fabulous meals we have enjoyed at their place recently, we were glad to reciprocate.
Monday (September 2) was pretty much an RnR day. We watched as most of the RV's in our area left...we were the only ones left in the pull-through sites...
Northwest USA and Vancouver Island Tour. We chatted at length with a couple on the tour parked across from us (had to see our truck)...along with another fellow who was the Caravan tail-gunner. Nice folks.
So other than that bit of action....not much else happened today. Steve got out for his daily walk and I sat knitting...not very exciting! LOL
Angie dropped the boys off just before 8:00 Tuesday (September 3) morning...the start of a full, fun day with our grandkids!
After a bite to eat for breakfast, Steve, Conner and Bryce headed off on a hike...leaving me to clean up the kitchen and do a little housework. It was sunny today but a little chilly with the breeze, so a sweatshirt was required. From the rock bluff...James Island shrouded in fog...
We were all chilling inside late afternoon when dad (Rob) surprised us. He was here to pick up the boys...instead of mom. I guess Angie had gone home early, not feeling well.
Late Wednesday (September 4) morning we headed off into Victoria...Steve dropped me off at the Med Grill in Royal Oak where I met 2 former colleagues for lunch. We enjoyed a wonderful hour and a half catching up...so great seeing you, Gwen and Lynn!
Luckily there is a pick up/drop off area in front of the restaurant where Steve could pull over. After a quick hello from Lynn and Gwen to Steve, I got into the truck and we headed home.
The rest of the afternoon was uneventful as Steve went out for his daily walk and I sat outside in the sunshine knitting. Once he got back, I took my bike out for a little riding around the RV park. Unfortunately, I wasn't out long...my knee is starting to not like that motion. That sucks...it was one thing I could do for exercise and getting out and about. I sat with the ice pack afterwards. I'll give it another try tomorrow though.
Thursday (September 5) morning Angie stopped on her way to work to drop off Bryce's foot scooter. The boys also jumped out of the car...they look so cute in their school uniforms! Today is the first day of school...Grade 1 for Conner (on the right) and Junior Kindergarten for Bryce (left). They were very excited!
Friday (September 6) was really exciting....it was laundry day! LOL! I spent a lovely morning up at the laundry room...on a brighter note though, I did meet some lovely folks there.
So other than Steve getting out for his daily walk and me riding my bike around the RV Park for about 25 minutes...that was basically it. He saw some wedding preparations at Island View Beach...a pretty setting...
We went to Starbucks for coffee where we sat chatting at length...and then we headed back out to the Peninsula. It was 2:00 when she dropped me off...thanks for being my chauffeur, Nancy! I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was so nice spending time with you!
We got home to find Steve sitting at the picnic table working on a broken day/night shade. It was the one he had worked on before but there was still a problem so he was going at it again. No luck...the night shade won't stay in it's track so we will have to see if we can find a blind repair shop in Victoria.
I spent the rest of the afternoon working on the laptop....budget stuff mainly...while Steve watch his recorded programs on TV.
Sunday (September 8) morning Steve headed out for his daily walk while I was in the shower. Luckily he had taken his umbrella with him as the rain started a few minutes before he got back.
Our friends, Rob and Nancy picked us up just after 12:30 and we were off to the Spitfire Grill where Rob had arranged for a group of old school buddies to meet for lunch.
We spent a wonderful couple of hours chatting and catching up. Lots of laughs as they reminisced. After vowing to make this gathering an annual event, we said goodbye. Such a fun get together!
Left to right around the table, Jim B, Dan/Barb, Nancy C, Nan B, me, Steve and Rob C...We've kept in touch with everyone except for Dan and Barb...it's been years so it was great catching up with them.
Monday (September 9) we woke to a cloudy sky and rain. It was a pretty lazy morning as Steve waited for the weather to improve so he could go out and wash the truck. He has always made sure our vehicles are spotless whenever they are serviced. That way he knows every mark on it and hopefully they treat it better. It was noon when he decided to get to work and headed outside.
While he was doing that, I did some baking and then worked on a blog update. By 1:30 the sun even popped out but there were still tons of clouds hanging around.
It was over 3 hours later when he was finally finished. In the meantime, RV's were arriving and right across from us a brand new Montana pulled in. Well, it turned out to be our old next door neighbours! They had moved out of the house about 20 years ago! She immediately recognized Steve...wow, what a small world!
With the work complete, we decided to sit outside for a drink. We don't have any sun by late afternoon, so took our chairs out to a little spot near the road that still had sun. Good spot to meet folks as they walked by...including a cute little 8 week old labor-doodle. So cute!
Well, that brings us up-to-date once again...tomorrow we are heading over to Vancouver for appointments and to spend some time with Chris, Angela and Isaac. Looking forward to it!