Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Time slips on by

Where is the time going? Has it really been six weeks since I was sidelined? Holy moly, unbelievable!

I had promised myself no more whiney posts about my knee, no more whiney posts about being cold and just plain no more whiney posts whatsoever.

This weekend I was rip roaring to to get into the gardens and then get out on my bike. The Rideau Lakes Bike Tour is less than four weeks away and if Dr. No gives me the go ahead I'd better get my ass in gear. It is said that you'd better have 1,000 km's of riding under your belt before you attempt this bike tour.

After last Thursday's great bike ride up through Fitzroy Harbour, and the Provincial Park , I was really excited to get some more mileage in over the weekend.

Well, I checked with the Ottawa Weather gods and they said it was to be slightly over cast, okay....

This is more than overcast!! Add a substantial wind to it and there was no way I was going to get out on the bike. While I did try, it was just too cold for me. (no more whining, remember).

Yesterday was really nice out, but extremely busy at the office so I didn't get home until almost 7pm and was mentally exhausted, again, no biking.

This morning was beautiful at 5:30, the birds were singing and the sun was already up. I thought, okay, get your rear in gear and get out and put a new spin on! As I was getting ready putting on the coffee and having a quick bite to eat, I heard my elderly neighbour outside calling her dog, Phoebe. I stuck my head out the back patio door to see Marion in her nightie looking forlorn and calling her dog. "Is everything okay?" I called out to her, she was obviously distressed, "I can't find Phoebe, how could she be lost?" she replied.

I really like my new neighbour, she moved into the house next to me last year and I can truly be thankful since the previous owners were unbelievable. When they had moved in they had one very young daughter and both parents seemed very nice and both were working. By the time they moved out a few short (but seemed very long) six years later they had had four more kids, one more on the way and ran a day care!!! (Nothing wrong with procreating, but not when they behave like the devil's spawn).

Needless to say when I saw the For Sale sign go up I dropped to my knees and thanked the heavens above, but was nervous as to who would move in next.

Then came Marion, quiet, retired, loves to garden, loves her pet rescue dog, but I've noticed that she is starting to show the signs of forgetfulness. I try everyday to make sure she is okay, I help her with her groceries and help out in the gardens. I really like her an awful lot, so when I heard her so upset this morning, there was no way I could just leave her without helping her find her precious Phoebe. Long story short, Phoebe was in fact not lost and not out of her fenced in backyard at all, she was just out of view. This is none of my business, but I will in fact keep a closer eye on my neighbour over the summer and if more of these happenings become more apparent and prevalent, I might just have to speak with her son and daughter-in-law. To be determined....

Anywhoooooo, another missed bike ride, so tonight after work I HAVE to get out on the bike.

Tomorrow morning I have to have blood work done, so I have to fast for twelve hours, then in the afternoon I have my date with Dr. No.

So catch up with you later.

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

15 comments:

Sprocketboy said...

I hope that you will get the green light to do Rideau Lakes, and, of course, to go on a training ride with me!

Xenia said...

You're such an amazing person.

Here's to that knee getting better and you getting out on that bike ride tonight. :)

Runner Leana said...

Laurel, your are a fantastic friend and neighbour for keeping an eye out for her. If her son doesn't visit very much it is possible he misses a lot of the signs. I hope she is well, and I'm glad to hear that the puppy dog is okay.

I am hoping that your date with Dr. No is a good one... Fingers crossed!

Marlene said...

It's so nice of you to look out for your neighbour like that - and sounds like she needs it. :\

I hope your schedule (and the weather!) allows you to get out for some good rides soon. Good luck with Dr. No!

Jess said...

It was generous of you to forego your own needs (bike ride) by helping your neighbor. That's good karma that's sure to come back around in your favor soon!

Philip said...

Turn Dr No into Dr Yes or even Dr Now.

joyRuN said...

I know Marion must value her independence. You're a sweet generous person to keep an eye out for her.

Marcy said...

Man you'd hate to live next to me then HAHAHAHA I'm kidding I'm such a FREAKO about the kids manners. If they want to act like little jack A's in the house with just me and Mr McG that is one thing. It's a WHOLE other thing to bring that behavior out into public.

Kim said...

You are too kind. You are such a great person.

Ted said...

Hmmm... if the house next to me is on for sale, would you like to move here? I would love to have you as my neighbor.

You sounds like an amazing person who would look after anyone.

bluecolnago said...

the devil's spawn? ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! that's good! you're making me laugh, young lady!

Jo Lynn said...

You are a very good neighbor. The world needs more people like you.

Anne said...

We have an elderly couple next to us with the same concerns. Add in neither understands English, and when they wander off the entire neighborhood goes on alert.

Amy said...

I would love to have you for a neighbor!

Sunshine said...

Now having injured my MCL.. and re-reading your posts...
Seems like you have reason to complain now and then!!!