Today is my 83rd birthday. The years have sure snuck up fast as I never expected the 80's to come so fast. As I look back there are many wonderful memories for me to feast on. Today is a half rainy and much cooler day so just may take the day off. Don is taking me out to dinner tonight so no meal to prepare and that is so good as I don't mind geeting the dinners but it is the decisions. Most of my family have called with greetings along with some neighbours and friends. My husband gave me a real mushy but wonderful card.
Back to the frustration episode. Tues I went to my Dr with a pain in my neck, no this is an actual pain. She said some therapy might help but best to have an x ray first. I walked to the radiology clinic, which is it now called, and was told that I had to phone Belleville to get permission to have the x ray right here in Picton. So dumb, I'm standing right in the clinic. I came home and phoned Belleville. First I listen to the first preamble then told to press button numer 1 for one thing then button number 2 for something else then a question is asked and either Emily or another voice comes on and says "Is that a yes or a no?" then " I didn't hear you now is that a yes or no?" We have a rotary phone so no button to press. Then there is silence . I hang up and try again with the same results. Finally someone answers and I get an appointment for the next day at the Picton clinic. I decided to ask if this was an efficient way and was told no. Did it save money? Doubtful. Is there a number that I can call directly into Picton hospital, No you have to go through Belleville. I'm surprised that ordinary people are smart enough to have handled and are still handling ordinary things without all this technology that is flying around and befuddling us. Good thing I wasn't an emergency as it would have been easier to drive to Belleville go see whoever handles phone messages and get the appointment then.
Now to where I left off last month. Our one neighbour Alison came from Switzerland 10 years ago. She was born in Quebec but met a fellow from Switzerland when she was a young lass and married him. They worked here for a few years till mama called and said, son come home, your father needs you, so they packed and went to Switzerland. When he retired they came back to Canada and settled in a condo by the Bay of Quinte. Good place as it is on the water and they had a boat and the condo has a dock for each unit. Unfortunately her husband died a few years ago but she has stayed. She has a son who lives in Switzerland and another who lives in New England. 5 years after they were here they were required to try for their G2 car license. Their Swiss license was good for the first 5 years. Now Alison has to try for her G1 license , whaterever the G stands for and I don't care to get into that. For her to get that she has to drive on the 401 which is our super highway, and she has no need for that. Don has been taking her onto the road and helping her get up to speed and all that stuff so she has to try that later this month and Don is going with her.
Don has been having tractor problems but then his tractor is a 1953 model and does need a lot of TLC. The handle of his riding lawn mower came off in his hand and our septic system decided to run too slowly so there have been a few things that have been on the frustrating side. Nothing that can't be fixed.
Mid May we attended the annual Navy meeting with about 350 attending, fewer and fewer attend each year. Those who do rehash their navy days and the pranks they played and so relive the war years. Don't we all relive past times. Good for the soul. The annual is held in Digby, Nova Scotia next May, hope all can attend.
Our son from Vancouver came May 18th till May 24th and we were happy to have him. That weekend was a holiday weekend and 2 of our daughters and a friend came that weekend . We are always happy to have any member or members of our family to visit. This was not really a visiting weekend. The men got the boat hoist and docks in. A very large and old tree had to come down so a fellow came from town and did that. The next day he was back with a splitter so all the wood from that tree got split but so far not piled. We had a great weekend and the girls dished up spectacular dinners. I sat in the lazy boy and watched.
Our son has an office job and does jog and work out but methinks that he wasn't used to all the work and the unused muscles that got used as he slept on the plane going to Vancouver.
This past Sunday brought some summery weather and it has gotten hotter each day till today and we have some blessed rain.
Time for a rest. Stay cool all.