My Sister Faye’s Visit

 For the past week and a half, I’ve been busy with my visiting sister Faye, from Hamilton, Ontario.  I had actually planned on going down to visit her, but a change in plans for me initiated HER ‘Plan B’:  taking the train up to visit me!

My Sister Faye

Of course, we began our visit with a trip to town and our favourite store, Giant Tiger.  There has been alot of development in town in the past year, so I was able to give my sister the ‘5 minute tour’ of all the growth.  We spent the next day at home so I could bake some Cinnamon Buns, Banana Bread, and put on a pot of Chili.  On both Saturdays that she was here, we were invited to my neighbours’ for supper and several games of Euchre.  Della and I are always partners while Faye and Ron have a winning team.  We lost 6 of the 8 games we played!  Oh well, it’s just nice to play cards with them and talk to other adults for a change.  The next day, Faye and I went to a nearby town’s Steven’s Creek Country Market, right across from the Farmers’ Market.  Faye was happy to find a few button-on tea towels for her stove.   Then we spent a few enjoyable hours driving around the countryside, stopping in at little shops along the way.

‘Gal pal’ day on Tuesday was extra special with Faye here.  Since her retirement, every Tuesday, Della and I go into town to do some shopping and have lunch.  This Tuesday, we dropped in to a record number of stores and shops.

Wednesday, I had to drive Nellie to Smiths Falls to meet my son-in-law Mike, who needed her to babysit.  So Faye and I plotted out a course of Thrift Stores to visit while we were in this town.   Faye scored a new (to her) winter coat and an exercise outfit while I came home empty handed.  On Thursday, I did some work outside while Faye kept an eye on our dog Yukon – he likes to ‘wander’ over to the neighbours to ‘visit’ their puppy Mexi.

Third World Bazaar

We started out bright and early Friday morning heading for the Third World Bazaar.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous with sunny 22 degrees C (72F).  Since the Third World Bazaar buildings are not heated, we enjoyed the warm temperatures.  We ooohed and ahhhed at all the fair-traded products from around the world, walking around and around several times over.  This TWBazaar is only open for six weekends in the fall from Thanksgiving, so Faye’s timing of her visit was perfect.   We bought a few things and ended our visit with a lunch of Thai food from vendor on site.  It was Faye’s first experience eating Thai food and she loved it!

Third World Bazaar Masks

We took a little tour of Manotick while we were near and then stopped for ice cream at Kelly’s Landing waterfront restaurant on the way home.  We had actually planned on eating lunch here on the patio along the Rideau River, but we ate Thai earlier instead.  Oh well, next time………..

Kelly’s Landing

I had made a promise to Nellie to drive her to her friends on Friday afternoon, so after dropping her off (and Melvin at his girlfriends), Faye and I headed into town to the Auction!  I had gone to that auction about 20 years ago but not since then and Faye had never been to an auction in her life, SO we were excited to experience this.  After viewing all the items to be auctioned off, we took our place at the back of the room.  We decided not to get a number since we were not going to bid on anything.  The auction started promptly at 6 p.m. – 2 kitchen items at a time.  Then the auctioneer said that they likely wouldn’t get to the big stuff (furniture) until 10:30 or 11 p.m., so Faye and I made a hasty exit.  We were NOT going to stand  all evening long……….. and it was kinda boring……..  We made a quick pit stop at the Dollarama, then arrived home before dark!  Aren’t we a couple of sad sacks!  But with Nellie and Melvin gone for the evening, we were anticipating having the quiet house (and T.V.) to ourselves.  Faye fell asleep in her lazyboy chair by 9:30 and I managed to stay awake abit longer until Nellie arrived home at 10 to break the silence.  LOL

Saturday morning, we were off to the Church ‘garage sale’ inside the hall.  I bought 3 full skeins of new yarn for Nellie’s crocheting and had a lovely time chatting with the ‘Church Ladies’.  Next we went to Geronimo Cafe in beautiful downtown Kemptville for a tea and muffin.

Faye at Geronimo’s Cafe

What a lovely place!  The exposed brick wall, children’s play area,  and well-worn comfy couch was SO inviting!  It’s run by a nice young couple and her Mother – while we were there, the Grandparents came by and brought homemade Halloween decorations for the cafe……. and then an Uncle showed up.  A real family affair!   I just LOVED it and will return.   That day, the downtown businesses were celebrating Kreepy Kemptville – owners were all dressed up in costumes and little children and their parents dropped in for special treats like the candy apples Geronimo’s had made and were giving out.  It was so heartwarming!  After tea time, we went to another church’s bake sale.  On a whim, we decided at the last minute to stop into the Salvation Army Thrift Store since Faye had never been downstairs where everything else but clothes were displayed.  Faye found the perfect vegetable peeler (25 cents) which looked brand new even though it was the thinner old style.  I found 2 boxes of new Crown/Jewel glass ‘canning’ jar rubber rings for 40 cents and a new, unopened pack of spare ‘Monopoly properties’ for a quarter.  Upstairs, we had a ball looking through the racks and racks of surprisingly good quality, gently used clothing and actually found some real treasures.  Then just when we thought we’d had enough, we passed a garage sale sign and headed down the river road – I bought a wicker basket for our cat to sleep in, a 2 tier lazy susan, an almost full bag of  polyester fiberfill (that I need for the new dog bed I’m making for Yukon), and a rubbermade stepstool – for 25 cents each!   We had such a great day!

Faye had a challenging time trying to fit all her ‘purchases’ into her compact suitcase and backpack – until I remembered the large suitcase I had to borrow from my other Sister Betty in July when I went out to British Columbia (and couldn’t fit all MY B.C. treasures into my small suitcase) lol.  Faye left to go home today on the 12:45 p.m. train ………… I’ll miss her alot until next time.  I love it when my sister comes to visit me.  (Betty, I love it even more when BOTH my sisters are here!).

Third World Bazaar
South American Clothing





8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Betty
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 02:28:20

    Sounds like you guys has an awesome time!!… Perhaps next year I’ll be able to join ya’s??!!… but then – I’ll bet you guys will want to come to BC!!!…LOL…


  2. Maureen Sinclair
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 07:37:28

    Sounds like a great time. Carolyn & I would love to be there, , Taking in all the sales. & enjoying you guys.. Keep writing Linda, Loving it. xo


    • grammomsblog
      Oct 29, 2012 @ 08:00:13

      Maybe some day you and Carolyn could come up for a visit when Betty and Faye are here! Wouldn’t that be awesome!! We would have some fun!!
      We’ve already said that we want to make a ‘Sisters trip’ down home in the next few years…….


  3. Carolyn Renouf
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 08:22:29

    i would love that linda but betty moved to that great big place lol


  4. thatoldschoolgirl
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 17:50:41

    Glad you both had such a great time. I think the next time I am up that way I will need to visit the Third World Bazaar 🙂


    • grammomsblog
      Oct 29, 2012 @ 19:28:53

      Thanks. Third World Bazaar is a real special place …….. and I especially like that the handmade goods from developing countries are fair-traded.
      I appreciate your comment.


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