It was a good day to get out of town. We weren't in too big a hurry because everyone down south was working today. We got away as planned about 11:40 AM. We saw some pretty black clouds as we approached Barrie and lines of northbound cars south of there escaping the Big Smoke by fleeing to cottage country.
Back home, we played while Mike went out to assist a co-worker who was having some difficulties. Kim made a macaroni dish for supper that we all enjoyed and, about 7:15, Sandy and I headed for Woodstock. Tom had been working on their new deck all day and it was looking good. We talked for a bit and I did some work on last weekend's blog (it gets harder to stay current these days). Strangely, I was the first one to go to bed.
Tom and I started the day with an 8:00 AM tee time at nearby Cedar Creek Golf Course. It is a nice little nine hole course and we only went around once. Good thing, the way we were playing.
Back from the course, we all jumped in the truck and headed to Costco in London. The goals were to check out patio furniture and get food for tomorrow's family BBQ. The furniture was a bust by we got lots of food. I may have to renew my Costco card because they have lots of interesting things that our usual grocery store doesn't have.
On the way back from London, we stopped at a new On Route service centre for lunch. Sandy and I had hot dogs and fries from New York Fries while Heather and Tom got a panini from Tim's. In Cambridge, we left Tom working on finishing the deck railings while we went on looking for furniture at WalMart, where we were successful. The patio set consisted of a table, four regular chairs and two swivel chairs. They hauled out two huge and very heavy boxes. I needed to remove the box cap (not easy on an Avalanche) and drop the mid-gate to get them in.
Back at the house, we found it was easier to open the box with the six chairs in the driveway and carry the pieces around back rather than try and muscle the whole thing at once. The lighter, flatter table box was easier to carry back. Tom started assembling the chairs and then we pitched in and got an assembly line going. Before too long, we had six assembled chairs.
We left Tom to assemble the table and headed out again. The first stop was Canadian Tire where they had little solar lights along with clips to mount them on the deck railing. Heather bought 18. Then we went to No Frills to pick up a few more food items and swung by the liquor store for some party refreshments. I usually don't drink but got a couple of small boxes of Mott's Caesar coolers.
Home again, all was not well. The table had all the big parts but was missing the hardware and instructions. Oops. back to WalMart where Becky of Customer Service got some guys to get another table box out, open it and give us the missing parts. She was going to return that table as incomplete.
Monday (Canada Day)
This used to be called Dominion Day when I was a kid but then we repatriated our Constitution from England in 1982 and they renamed it.
I finished last weekend's blog over breakfast and heaved a sigh of relief. Then I realized that I was three days behind on this weekend. I can't seem to stay ahead of the curve. After breakfast, Tom and I took the Kawasaki pre-wash and White Diamond metal polish I used on the Wing last week and cleaned Heather's bike. I left the Kaw kit (I had three after various VROC draws) with Tom for future use.
The kids enjoyed playing in the sloping back yard while the brothers tackled the grilling task. Tom had a game we who frequent NASCAR campgrounds call Cornhole. They have a more civilized name for it up here but it still consists of throwing beanbags at a hole in a board. The food turned out to be plentiful and very good.