... that comes alive whenever the Brian element combines with the Helenka element, with many sparkles resulting. Naturally, today was no different!
The alarm woke me up at 8, so I had almost 4 hours to get ready. Hated the idea of wearing layers, but added a black turtleneck, beret, socks, and winter gloves to my ensemble. Also packed an umbrella. My minivan showed up at noon and, in the 40 minute journey to the waterfront, the driver and I had exchanged personal histories. He was from Ethiopia and had been in Canada for 33 years. We talked a lot of individual philosophy of responsibility and behaviour.
Brian showed up a few minutes later, so we were headed to the island (Ward's, the populated one) around 1:00. I'm always sad because the taxi gets us there much too soon. I so enjoyed rocking with the waves and my spine really appreciated the gentle movements. When we got to the other side, we headed immediately to OUR gizyboo that seemed to be not far from lilac bushes whose scent entranced Brian. Had the special sammidges Brian had prepared from fancy ingredients he'd picked up at a specialty shop in the west end, accompanied by what we called "special" grape juice on our FB posts, lol. Well, the Bordeaux had had a gold medal seal on the bottle.
Though we escaped the rain, many others weren't as lucky. In one afternoon, we'd been treated to a spectacular display of lightning and thunder (almost overhead which caught Brian unaware!), patches of clear sky with puffy clouds (so I could see planes CLEARLY, surely an anomaly), hot sun drying the ground, violent wind bursts knocking over garbage cans, more rain, more sun.
Later, we had slices of my championship cheddar and seedless green grapes which didn't taste all that special UNTIL we had them with the cheese. Fabulous combination. We talked about all sorts of stuff: what plans each of us has for the summer and my desire to take a tour of the harbour - because we love being on the water. So that's my project: to find a boat that will accommodate my walker and mobility deficiencies (oh, aren't I just precious?). His is to find a free Saturday. Not lol. He's a very popular, busy boy!
Sadly, before we knew it, it was time to head back. We caught the 4:45 ferry back (though, we were so involved in our conversation as well as being transfixed by the glistening sun on the wavecaps, we nearly didn't exit the boat!) and got to my pickup point at 5:10. Luckily, my minivan was already there, so no anxiety from me. Even with another pickup, I still got home at 6:00. SuM and I had a wee talk about my day (lovely), the fact that she'd vacuumed my place (oh, thank goodness), and her plans to go to the fireworks with the gang at a nearby park. Just then the gang arrived, so I made myself scarce from the way-too-barky dogs.
Enjoyed a more stimulating Jeopardy! game tonight, and surprisingly got the Final clue ("The Pony Express") right. I'm also so pleased when I get American stuff right.
Before it gets any later, I think I'd better have some cappuccino yogurt and take my pain pills. I'll have lots of laundry tomorrow, because klutzy moi knocked over a can of Coke, spilling it only both my dress and trousers. Oh, well, I have plenty of time for chores this weekend.
- chosen family,