Sunday, 14 August 2022

Gramma Camp – cont'd


Back home after mini-golf, a light snack, and we decided on a swim. I'd found the can of shaving foam and put it outdoors. Josee thought they should reprise Foam Girls! They created that in 2014, and in 2015

They watched the above AGT show with us. It was rather ridiculous, but good for a laugh 4 years later.

It was cold! In August, the nights are cooler and don't let the pool keep its warmth. They hugged to get warm!


Foam girls from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Grampa watched the Canada Open Tennis 2022. The men are in Montreal, the women playing in Toronto. At one point, the umpire had to ask the 'volunteer' to stop moving! I realized she meant the mascot! 

We went down to CC's for dinner at 4 and snagged my favourite table. Timing is everything. We had a wonderful conversation, and I reminisced about teaching. Then we went around the table asking about our 'favourite' subjects. I told them about a very smart male student I had who would always get 51% on tests. Turns out he'd stop when he knew he'd passed, and rested on his laurels. 

The movie we watched was The Tomorrow War (Chris Pratt!). It's a serious SciFi thriller set in present day, and 2051. The girls were thrilled! Great role models, the female lead character (Yvonne Strahovski) is a scientist. The film was made by Paramount Pictures, but with the pandemic they sold it to Amazon Prime Video for $200 million. The CGI work is amazing. A sequel is in the works. 


It was a relaxing day. Some art was done. Jos did some laundry. She is going to a cottage with friends on the weekend and needs to be ready. 

I tried to find my lost pond pump piece, scooping out the mud in the bottom, but no luck! I wasn't feeling great. I'm not sure what it was. 

Thursday was a great day for Josephine. She adores snakes. This Suzy Snake was in the hops vine blessedly eating bugs. It is covered in leaf hoppers, ants and wasps eat their poo, and they attract the frogs and snakes. 

Grampa took the girls to Stewart Park and picked up some Korean food for dinner from Jiny's Kimchee. She is at the Terrace, beside Stewart Park. Such great flavours. The girls have traveled in Asia, and really enjoyed this.

These are the photos Josephine took. I stayed home, feeling a tad under the weather. She has a great eye.

Here is Isabelle at the park! They get along so well, these sisters.

We finished off The Tomorrow War. Wow.  

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Saturday's Critters

 Saturday's Critters # 452: Thanks to Eileen for hosting! 

In the dusk, a buck appeared.

young buck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

August 3rd, in the back yard.

I had moved the camera and found him in the backyard.

Buck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

There are a couple of bucks. One of them has had an incident of some sort.

wounded buck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Can you see her in the frame? She follows the momma, but not right away!

doe and fawn from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I heard the coyotes Friday morning, August 12th, around 2:30. It is quite erie.

coyotes Aug 4 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

We've been watching the wasp nest.

paper wasp nest 3 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

The birds are fewer and farther between. The cardinal is calling and I think he's still nesting.

cardinal Aug 7 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

It's difficult enough IDing some birds. When they are wet, it is even harder! 

mystery bird from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Gramma Camp – Wednesday

 Wednesday – sunshine, and a forecast for 26 C. Perfect!

Grampa did morning walkies. I held down the fort. At 9:30 a.m. I put the basement light on, hoping for the best, i.e. to wake the girls up. 

Once breakfast was done (11:00!), we decided to head for mini-golf. 

Isabelle was keen to spot the big Muskoka Chair! The old photo is from 2017: Grandsitting Day 4.

I wonder about this house, right next door to the Perth Outfitters. People must turn in their driveway.  The front garden is always planted with flowers.
Wednesday afternoon was more fun! It was a full day. More later!

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Gramma Camp – Tuesday

 In the early morning, Grampa went walkies. I did not. About 9:30 I checked on the girls. They were stirring. There was breakfast, reading, and some artwork. An overcast day all day. 

Isabelle did Dazzle Dotz. Jos was on the back deck sketching. 

     "It looks dark, Jos!" 

     "Just sprinkly!"

They went shopping with grampa. There was NO ground beef for meatloaf at the store, or bacon, only ground pork. Poor Grampa went back into town to the butcher and brought home both.

While they were occupied, I worked on some weeds. Also, the pond pump, which was working after it cooled off. It must have overheated.

 I have lost the top of the protective box (on the right in the photo, below), however, in the bottom of the mud and dead leaves in the pond. I fetched a towel, lay on my stomach, and fished around in the bottom. I couldn't find it. I was using a trailcam buckle to keep it together and I should have kept using it! I will look for it later.

I decided to pull out the fridges and clean them. Having cleaned the top, then the sides. It was a bit of how one thing leads to another. You know how that goes. I ended up having to clean behind them.

Gramma's famous meatloaf was had for dinner, with fruit pies for dessert. This was followed by running the dishwasher, and the end of Ghostbusters, and two young ladies had showers!

We had lots of great chats about school, Isabelle goes into gr. 7, and Josephine gr. 10.