Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm work that is!

Hi Hoe, Hi Ho, its back to work I go….and in all honesty I am glad I am. I have spent enough time sitting on my ass doing absolutely nothing. It was heaven for the first 40 days or so, but then I really started to get into the *couch potato* routine. I can’t say that I was bored, because I wasn’t. I did find things to keep myself into trouble. You know what they say, “A well behaved woman never makes history”. Anyway last Tuesday night I was back sitting in the office with my customer smile and chatting with one of the usual Tuesday night patrons. The sports teams are slowly making their way back as baseball and gulf season are wrapping up and the Camera Club had their first meeting. Wednesday night was another of the usual sports rental groups and today yet another sports group started. Turn out today wasn’t the greatest with this group but a coffee was still delivered to my desk with a smile saying it was good to see me again. I will say it IS good to be back.

It doesn’t look to promising for the preschool program, and that’s ok by me. I guess maybe I am slowly fading out from this part of my job. I have been doing this for 15 yrs and even though it usually adds more than a bit of humor to my life I can see this coming to an end, especially in this particular centre. Oh I’m not saying I am going to give this job up, I’m just preparing myself for the word to come down from the higher powers that preschool programs will no longer be available in our Centre.

It’s hard to believe that the first day of autumn is only 11 days away. Sitting here, looking out the office window I can see the leaves starting to turn colours and the chestnuts scattered over the walkway. I’m looking forward to all my supervising hours and I am sure I will find many interesting happenings as another fall season begins.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The end to a good summer

With a glass of tea in hand, slippers on my feet (cause damn it’s cold out) and covered up in a nice fluffy blanket I will now finish off the Summer 2010 Blog.

After the trip horseback riding with some good friends I knew I was hooked, so when I was invited to go 2 weeks later I didn’t hesitate. Sis in law wanted to go so off we went. Last time I went, I was given a horse named Rosy to ride she was laid back and very calm although she and the other female horse Maggie seemed to be having female issues with each other. This time Bob the guide said I was ready to tackle Baize. He was a cream colored male and rather feisty at first but he calmed down after about 15 minutes. Again we trailed through the meadow and into the wooded area. Once again I had a ball and I look forward to our pre-planned fall ride with my co-workers.

The trip to Casino Rama was excellent. The weather was crap, but seeing Kris Kristopherson live was well worth it. He is amazing. It was just him, his guitar and harmonica. He had no back up band and spent an hour and a half singing ballads to the hushed audience. Everyone was in awe of this 74 year old singer. His voice just seemed to carry everyone away. He was gracious enough to come back for 2 encores as the entire theater continued with standing ovations. He was definitely the high light of Casino Rama that weekend. After the show we all decided to chance Lady Luck in a few hands of “Three card Poker”. Well let’s just say Mr. Visa will not be getting any extra payments since Lady Luck must have been on vacation that night. A few people did hit the mark on the slot machines, but there was no way I was going to chance losing any more money. Besides, I was born in the wrong year and the Irish Horse Shoe certainly is not riding up my arse.

I did a few day trips to Port Dover to indulge in the famous Arbour dog and to quench my thirst with the equally famous drink the Golden Glow. Anyone who visits Port Dover knows that you can not leave without walking along the pier. Every time I was there the pier was crowded with fishermen and women of all ages. Even the youngsters were having a ball casting out their lines. There was the odd pier jumper and people soaking up the sun as the hot August heat baked their skin. To me, Port Dover is one place I can never get tired of visiting. I'm hoping to make it back a few more times before the Port closes up for the winter season.

It's hard to believe that the summer season is drawing to a close. The last major celebration that brings my summer to an end is our annual fish fry. Mother Nature really tried to rain on this event and suceeded on our first attempt so much so that we had to cancel.But as the last long weekend of summer came to a close She missed raining on one day. Anyone who knows me, knows that I work best under pressure so after carefully eyeing the forcast I manage to through together another attempt at the Fish Fry. Granted the weather was not the greatest and rain did threaten to fall on my parade, we marched on. The grill was lit, the fire was burning and food was cooked and enjoyed by all ending off the Labour Day holiday of 2010 on a happy note.