With cool temps and cloudy skies for this long week-end's Saturday there will be a lot of disappointed beach goers, tourists, boat, and cottage owners. No matter, at least it wasn't raining or snowing.
PHEEBS AND I CAME US ACROSS SOME TURKEY VULTURES ALONGSIDE THE ROAD
The furry Kid and I did get out for a short ride around Bayfield with a walk in the Bayfield Cemetery. The lack of people and vehicles in downtown Bayfield was noticeable and as always the lack of people and noise in the cemetery is always greatly appreciated.
DID YOU NOTICE DOGGY'S NOSE??
'WHERE'S MY MOM' WHERE'S MY MOM'
'HEY I'M NOT THE KIDS MOM'
'I KNOW ME MOMS AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE'
We popped over to Richard and Gayle's this morning for coffee and Kelly was able to help Gayle with a little Kindle/Computer problem. Richard and I of course were able to make even more progress on our ongoing quest to wrench sense out of all the insensible things in this world.
FIRST BOAT I'VE SEEN ON THE LAKE THIS YEAR
I NOTICED ALL THE BIG BAYFIELD BEACH BOULDERS WERE GONE
WONDER IF THAT COULD BE THEM DOWN THE BEACH THERE
YESSIREEEE THAT'S THEM ALRIGHT AND THEY ARE SHORING UP THE BANK BELOW PIONEER PARK
LOOKS LIKE A RELAXING MORNING FOR THE FISHERMEN OUT THERE ON BAYFIELD'S SOUTH PIER
Back home I spent most of the day inside. The day's dullness failed to 'light my fire'. (one of my all time favorite tunes by The Doors) Lots of little enjoyable projects I could have been doing but today just wasn't the day for any of them. If I'm not in 'paint mode' I just ain't a gonna paint anything no how. Fortunately one of my favorite 'go-to' TV stations AXS-TV happened to have the group Chicago featured today so I tipped back in my recliner and let all the good old memories roll through my mind. I like when that happens:))
THIS MAYBE GIVES YOU A BETTER IDEA OF HOW I HAVE SHORTENED UP OUR RV PARKING SPACE
Twice watched Little Red's frantic antics to get up on the feeder but no matter what she tried she never made it. She even climbed up to the top of a very high nearby Cedar tree to reconnoiter the situation. Wished she would have made an attempt at the feeder though then I could have seen were the latest weak point in my new set-up is. Must admit seeing her on the feeder Friday night came as a surprise. Looked around on the ground for a small discarded parachute but didn't find one. HOWEVER...….when we got up from supper and looked out the window there was Little Red on the feeder again. I guarantee you this saga will continue!!!!
AGAIN TODAY LITTLE RED CONTEMPLATES THE POLE
I DON'T THINK SHE IS GETTING UP THE POLE BUT I DO THINK SHE JUST MIGHT BE MAKING A LOOOOOONG JUMP ONTO THE FEEDER FROM ONE OF THE SHRUBS OR TREES IN THE FRONT YARD
YA YA I KNOW,,,,,I'M KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON YOU TOO!!
Do you ever wish your brain had some kind of an easily accessible simple to use 'delete' button like a computer. I, like probably many others sure do. At this older stage of life now with so many memories behind me over the years I involuntarily but continuously embarrass myself with little ditties that come floating through my mind each and every day. Hate when that happens and it's even more so now that I think with a different mind set and sense of values. Things that seemed alright years ago now cause me to grimace when they pop into my mind. Silly things, stupid things, things that shouldn't have been said and were. Things that should have been said and weren't. Things I didn't do and things I shouldn't have done but there they are all lined up in my mind waiting for their cue to pop out and remind me of embarrassing shenanigans from different eras. Memories from my drinking years are especially bothersome and it serves no purpose to remember them anymore at this point. But there they are stuck in my mind, cued up and ready to go. Yes, I sure wish I had an easy to use 'delete' button in my head. And I bet most of you do too:))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( An Amish Farmer walking through his field notices a man drinking from his pond with his hand. The Amish Farmer shouts: "Trinken Sie nicht das Wasser, die Kuehe und die Schweine haben hineingeschissen!" (Which means: "Don't drink the water, the cows and pigs crap in it!") The man shouts back: "I'm a Muslim, I don't understand your gibberish. Speak English, Infidel!" The Amish Farmer shouts back in English: "Use two hands, you'll get more!" -------------------------- Teacher: "Kids, what does the chicken give you?" Student: "Meat!" Teacher: "Very good! Now what does the pig give you?" Student: "Bacon!" Teacher: "Great! And what does the fat cow give you?" Student: "Homework!" ==========================
Decided to scrap the four winter rims idea for the Jeep and simply go with 4 new summer tires so Pheebs and I popped around to Huron Tirecraft this morning and set up an appointment for next Wednesday. With a new muffler going on the Jeep next Tuesday and the noisy winter tires being replaced with quieter smooth tread tires the following day we won't even be able to hear ourselves going down the road anymore. I'm going to like that.
IT WAS A SLIGHTLY MISTY MORNING FOR SOME FARMERS WORKING THEIR FIELDS
It was a cold cloudy morning with temps somewhere in the mid 40's. Not the nicest morning for a Jeep ride but we went out anyway. Fog in the air and we noticed a few farmers out on the land. Skies cleared late morning and we ended up under bright clear sunny skies. But still 'cold'.
MORE BOATS ARE BEING PUT IN THE WATER EVERY DAY NOW
Home well before 10 I busied myself in the area where we've parked our RV's for the past bunch of years. Being the optimistic realist I can sometimes be I've measured off a 30 foot area saving that space for a smaller RV at some point. The other drive-thru 20 feet I tilled up and raked off before seeding with white clover and grass seed. When the Motorhome was parked there it blocked that area and gave us privacy but right now it's just a big empty open space and I have to think of a way to regain our privacy again. We're not allowed fences here but I'm thinking of some kind of temporary privacy oriented decorative divider until we can maybe fill that space with an RV again.
LOOSENING UP THE SOIL TO PLANT CLOVER AND GRASS
GRASS AND CLOVER IS IN NOW AND I HAVE JUST ROLLED IT
Well it's one of the biggest long week-ends of the year upon us. May 2-4 or the 24th of May. Makes no difference in our lives out here in our small countryside Park but things will be really busy in all the lakeside communities like Bayfield, Grand Bend, and Goderich. Cottagers and boaters will be flocking into the area to kick off the unofficial start to Summer. We've learned that long week-ends in our area are good week-ends to stay home.
SO DISAPPOINTED THIS AFTERNOON TO SEE OUR LITTLE SIDE TRAIL HAS BEEN SMASHED THROUGH BY A MACHINE HAULING LOGS OUT OF THE FOREST
THIS MACHINE CALLED A 'SKIDDER' IS WHAT MASHES IT'S WAY THROUGH THE FOREST TO PULL OUT THE FALLEN TREES
OUR QUIET TRAIL WAS COMPLETELY BLOCKED HERE BY A FALLEN PINE TREE
PHEEBS AND I HAD TO SCRAMBLE OUR WAY AROUND THE BLOCKED TRAIL
I HAD REALLY BEEN HOPING THEY WOULD LEAVE THE REST OF THE PINE FOREST ALONE BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT
Thanks to Stew, Marie, and Bob for identifying the mystery plant I had taken a photo of last Tuesday. Below are a few photos taken today of the Horsetail Plant plant.
PHEEBS STANDS BESIDE WHERE ALL THE HORSETAIL PLANTS ARE GROWING
I sure was disappointed tonight just after supper when I looked out and saw 'Little Red' sitting contentedly atop the bird feeding station vacuuming up all the birdseed. Chased her off and waited for her to come back to see what masterful plan she had figured out for getting on that feeder again. It just never ends does it and oh, I thought of a reader's question today that had slipped my mind last night. Yes we still have a couple Black Squirrels in our front yard but surprisingly they have not been trashing the bird feeders like they usually do.
EARLIER TODAY WHEN LITTLE RED COULDN'T GET UP ONTO THE BIRD STATION SHE TOOK TO JUMPING ONTO BOTH THE THE SUET AND FINCH FEEDERS
JUST BEFORE SUPPER I TOOK A PHOTO OF LITTLE RED SITTING NEAR THE BIRD FEEDER STATION STARING AT THE POLE....IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER THIS PHOTO I SPOTTED HER ATOP THE BIRD FEEDING STATION
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Things To Think About:: - Never read the fine print. There ain't no way you're going to like it. - If you let a smile be your umbrella, then most likely your butt will get soaking wet. - The only two things we do with greater frequency in middle age are urinate and attend funerals. - The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket. - To err is human, to forgive - highly unlikely. - Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos!! - Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Hyundai. - Drinking makes some husbands see double and feel single. - Living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween. - After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead. --------------------- Daughter: " I don't like the boy you found for me... his teeth are not in order and he looks ugly when he smiles."Mother: "Don't worry about that. He will not be smiling after he marries you." =================
A PATCH OF INDIGO BLUE IN OUR GREEN CEDARS THIS AFTERNOON
Dealing with a growing forgetful mind is an ongoing and growing daily problem for many of us and I am in that bunch. Forgetting to reply to emails and reader's questions is bad enough but not remembering those emails and questions coming in is even worse so tonight (before I forget) I'll answer a few remembered questions from the past few days...............…
NO SQUIRRELS ON OUR FEEDER STATION TODAY BUT LITTLE RED IS STILL TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT
INDIGO BUNTING ON LEFT, MALE ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK, AND FEMALE CARDINAL ON RIGHT
- Dizzy over at Dizzy's Wanderings and Wonderings wondered what the plant was in the third photo from the bottom on my Tuesday post. Good question and one I do not have an answer for despite trying to find it on the Internet. Horn Pipe and Pipe Stem sticks in my mind but I was unable to find anything under those two names. I'm wondering if the Furry Gnome up there in Meaford Ontario might know. - The reason for Kelly's long wait to have an MRI done is we think due to the shortage of hospital MRI machines here in our area or Canada. The hospital MRI machines we do have run 24 hours a day and Kelly's appointment is scheduled for 7 o'clock at night. - The Cedar colored paint I am using for outside decks is made by the Rez company and is called Revitalize.
- There was some concern expressed about Little Red being a Mother and needing a reliable food source. Each time I dump birdseed on the feeder station I sprinkle seed around on the tops of a few flat stump post I have placed in the garden near the feeder. - Are or will we be missing the Motorhome. At the moment we are not missing it but come November I may have an entirely different answers for those two questions. I generally always have a place in my heart for each and every vehicle I've (we've) owned and the Big was no different. Kelly and I bought our first RV together in September of 1996. It was a 17' 1979 Class C Dodge Centurion and it was the first of 7 RV's to follow over the years. We were RV-less from 2004 to 2006 but have never been without an RV in the driveway from September 06/06 until now. We may very well have one more RV left in us. By the way I have a list of all our RV's and a whole bunch of other vehicles I've had over the years. You can find them here at Clunkers. - Seems like there is still another question from the last few days stumbling around in the cobwebs of my cranium but just can't think what it is.
BUSY FARMERS IN THE FIELDS TODAY
PHEEBS CHECKS OUT A DITCH FULL OF MARSH MARIGOLDS
A busy Thursday with Pheebs and I first stopping to make myself an eye appointment at Clinton's Huron Optometric. Next was Sun Country for birdseed then a stop up the road at Clinton Tirecraft to get a quote on 4 Jeep Liberty winter wheel rims and 4 new summer tires. Yikes!! Following that it was a morning walk near Kerr's Campground and home after that.
'FOLLOW ME DAD'
LOOKS LIKE SOME LOCALS HAVE BEEN OUT HERE DOING SOME MUDDIN
DOGGY IN THE DANDYS
FORESTS ARE BURSTING FORTH WITH COLOR
THIS WAS THE END OF THE ROAD FOR US AND WE TURNED AROUND
YEP THERRE'S THE JEEP UP THERE ON THE LEFT
DOGGY RUNNING FAST THROUGH THE GRASS
BACK AT OUR PARK IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Our newly planted White Clover is doing gang busters with tiny shoots coming up everywhere. I've been socking the water to it too. A lot of outdoor multi-task puttering going on too under warm sunny skies. Damn bugs are out though!!!!
ALL THOSE TINY GREEN OUT OF FOCUS LEAVES ARE CLOVER
I ALWAYS PUT BIRDSEED ON TOP OF A FEW STUMPS FOR THE SQUIRRELS
I was at Goderich's Napa Auto Pro by two and back out of there ten minutes later after they determined the Jeep needed a muffler and tailpipe. Have to go back again next Tuesday. While in Goderich figured I'd slip out to the east end of town and pick up another 10 bags of topsoil for my next clover planting project which is mainly the back yard this time. Grabbed another gallon of Cedar deck paint at the Canadian Tire Store and that was about it for the day...……………..
WILD TRILLIUM FLOWER
GROANER'S CORNER:((A taxpayer received a strongly worded "second notice" that his taxes were overdue. Hastening to the collector's office, he paid his bill, saying apologetically that he had overlooked the first notice. "Oh," confided the collector with a smile, "we don't send out first notices. We have found that the second notices are more effective."
God does not hate gay people. He's just mad because they found a loophole in His system.
Tuesday night around 7 just after re-aligning one of my bird feeder defences I saw the little Red Squirrel outsmart me again and clamber atop the feeder. And that folks right there was the end of the Squirrel Wars. I hoisted up the white flag of surrender and in a mild sense of anger walked out to the bird feeder station and took it all down. Everything, even pulled the heavy old pine tree pole out of the ground. I accepted my defeat but felt sorry for the birds of course who had come to rely on that feeder for their seeds:((
HIGH LAKE LEVELS ALONG WITH WAVES HAVE ERODED THE BANK BESIDE GODERICH'S DOG WALKING PARKING AREA AND THEY ARE TRUCKING IN GRAVEL TO BUILD UP THE BANK
I'M THINKING THEY WILL HAVE TO SET SOME LARGE BOULDERS OR SOMETHING IN HERE NOW
Nice to see sunny skies this morning for a change so it didn't take Pheebs and I long to get ourselves mobile. We had us a mission. It was straight away to the Rona Hardware store in Goderich's south end. Picked me up a small tube of Gorilla Glue and a black 6 foot piece of PVC piping. Back home I used that glue to glue the plastic pipe to a piece of food. Screwed on four small brackets to secure the two pieces as well. With shovel in hand and the two pieces glued together I headed for the front yard but first I had better mention what I was up to.
NOT WHAT I WOULD CALL A WORK OF ART ON THE GLUEING JOB BUT IT WORKED
IT WAS ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AFTER I TOOK THIS PHOTO TUESDAY NIGHT THAT I WENT OUT AND TOOK THE WHOLE THING DOWN
Down came Monday night's white flag of surrender and up went the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones and all. The Squirrel War was back on with Captain Halfbeard here at the wheel. With the shovel I reworked the bird feeder post hole a bit then set in the PVC pipe with small wooden platform attached at the top. Filled in the hole surrounding the pipe with dirt and packed it down and levelled it up. Next I retrieved the bird station itself (still with birdseed on it) and placed it on top of the platform. In other words I just gave the Red and Black Squirrel gang a full broadside. So there!! If you never hear from me again you will know the Buccaneer Squirrel Gang in return gave me a full broadside back.....and I sank!!
SO THIS IS THE NEW SET UP WITH THE SLIPPERY PVC PIPE
It didn't take long for the Big E to roll out of here once Ron and his wife Jan rolled in shortly before 10 this mornig. Ron, who I'm sure the Energizer Bunny' was modelled after didn't waste any time getting the rig rolling. He is a hugely busy guy and before we knew it the Big E was out the driveway and heading on down the road. I barely managed to get a few photos before it disappeared around the corner with Ron at the wheel and Jan following in a little green Toyota. I like when things happen fast like that and don't get dragged out and bogged down. Ron can be found at Four Seasons Performance
THERE IT GOES
THE BIG E'S PARKING SPACE IS LOOKING MIGHTY EMPTY TONIGHT
And here's a short little story about how Ron and Jan acquired the that Toyota. Ron buys RV's all over Canada and the United States. He likes the high end clean rigs from the southern States due to no rust. He spotted a coach for sale somewhere out west and after being assured the rig was in 'excellent condition' he and Jan flew out to pick it up. They had taken a bit of luggage along and planned to travel a bit in the coach on the way back to Canada. Well needless to say the Motorhome they had gone to buy was not in the excellent condition the owner said it was and it ended up being a 'no deal' situation. So there was Jan and Ron way out west (Wyoming I think) with all their luggage and no way to get home. Tried to rent a car but no luck because it was in the 'Oil Patch' area and their was nothing to rent anywhere. Called the airlines but they wanted $1500 apiece to fly them back to Canada. With both Ron and Jan being astute business people they said 'no way'. Somehow they made their way to the nearest car dealership, picked out a used little green Toyota, bought it on the spot, loaded in their luggage and headed back to Canada. I'm sure there are many RV'ers out here who have found themselves in similar situations when traveling long distances to look at supposedly 'excellent', 'great condition', vehicles only to be disappointed when they find the absolute opposite of what had been advertised. Janna and Mike come to mind:))
INDIGO BUNTING ABOVE AND NUTHATCH BELOW
Squirrel War Update:: Just watched 'Little Red' make nearly a dozen attempts to get up that new PVC pipe and he failed every time. He can jump almost half way up the post but with no traction he or she kept falling back down. I could tell Little Red was clearly upset by this new development as he raced around the yard like a ricocheting bullet. Up and down the surrounding trees and shrubs he went trying desperately to figure out how to get on that feeder. No I am not allowing myself a sneaky grin yet. I've had too many sneaky grins shoved right up my nose by these clever and determined Squirrels so we'll wait and see what happens. Every time I look up from the computer I fully expect to see a Squirrel on the feeder contentedly munching away...………….
HERE'S LITTLE RED TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NEW POLE
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Prior to taking retirement and selling off his land, a farmer needed to get rid of all the animals he owned, so he decided to call on every house in his village. At houses where the man was the boss, he gave a horse; at houses where the woman was the boss, he gave a chicken. Approaching one cottage, he saw a couple gardening and called out, "Who's the boss around here?" "I am," said the man. The farmer said, "I have a black horse and a brown horse. Which one would you like?" The man thought for a minute and said, "The black one." "No, no, get the brown one," said his wife. The farmer said, "Here's your chicken." =================
There's been a small hole in the Jeep's muffler for a very long time now and I suppose I've just gotten used to it but today decided it was time to have that little problem taken care of. Stopped at Goderich's Napa Autopro and made an appointment for later in the week.
Kelly received notice today her liver biopsy will be May 30th with an MRI to follow sometime in July.
Skies finally cleared around noon and how nice to be bathed in sunlight once again although it's only temporary with clouds moving back in by Wednesday morning. Made a start on my front deck painting project this afternoon. Going to try and do it in sections instead of trying to do the whole thing in 5 minutes. Started with the steps today.
Under cool sunny skies Pheebs and I headed out for an afternoon walk along the Pine tree trail. How nice to see the Spring forest beginning to burst forth in it's many hews of green. And surprisingly I was able to do the walk in a short sleeve shirt. That is probably a first for this year. A month from now our gardens should be in their prime for the year with everything looking so refreshingly alive and vibrant. June is a nice month here before the heat and humidity of summer sets in
We say a final good-bye to the Big E in the morning. Our Triple E Commander Motorhome will be gone.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A woman walks in a store to return a pair of eyeglasses that she had purchased for her husband a week before. "What seems to be the problem, madam?" "I'm returning these glasses I bought for my husband. He's still not seeing things my way." ----------------- Jeff: Walter, your wife is a lovely woman. Walter: She's getting old. Jeff: Well, you know, they say that women age like fine wine. Walter: Shes aging like milk. -------------------- "When I saw you driving down the road, I guessed 55 at least." "You're wrong, officer, it's only my hat that makes me look that old." ==================
It's a wonder it wasn't snow falling out of the sky this morning instead of rain. Cold, cold, cold!!!! With the Jeep's heater cranked up the Spoogers and me took a short drive into Bayfield, had us a look around and came home again. I'm thinking this has got to be the coldest wettest !!#*@!!! Spring on record:((
MORE LARGE BOULDERS BEING DELIVERED TO BAYFIELD'S BEACH
BOATS ARE BEING PUT BACK INTO THE BAYFIELD RIVER NOW ON A DAILY BASIS
Good friends Richard and Gayle have rented a nice little place in the country near Bayfield and this morning had us over for coffee and a look at their new digs. Great spot, love it. Told them if they ever leave to let us know and we'll sell our place and move over there:))
I'M GUESSING THIS BIRD TO BE A FEMALE ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK
Later in the afternoon I was able to help Richard move a few things from their storage locker in Goderich. We didn't let a little rain discourage a couple Seniors with well over a hundred and fifty years between them. And nobody even got hurt either. No suffering sacroiliacs, no disjointed shoulders or dislocated hips. Knee joints are still in place and ribs remained attached. No skull fractures, broken toes or crushed feet and fingers. No broken arms, spinal separations or herniated discs. Even our shins remained unbruised and nobody got dumped on their ass to roundly complain about a shattered tail bone. Only slight damage was to our egos knowing we weren't the once mighty coordinated heavy lifters we used to be many, many, Moons ago.
THINGS ARE BLOOMING IN OUR FRONT YARD WITH THIS BEING A RHODODENDRON
RED HOT CHILI PEPPER TREE...….'YA RIGHT AL'
My battle with the little Red Squirrel continues and it's now a daily occurrence between me and Little Red. Back and forth we go with me coming up with new defensive measures and little Red coming up with ways to breach my defences. Sprayed the metal stove pipe on the post with a slippery lubricant but Red just straps on his magnetic boots and up he goes. Tried some slippery plastic siding but with his Reebok suction racers the siding is not a deterrence. Like Spiderman he has some kinda device he uses for shooting out long sinewy lines to hook onto the feeder to pull himself up onto the platform. I've tried various stacks of lumber, overturned flower pots, garbage can lids, etc, to no avail. My latest defence system soon to be compromised is a vinyl tarpaulin draped over the platform base. Although I spotted him in the yard this afternoon I have not seen him on the newly defended feeder yet. I expect him up there at any minute though. I am already working on my next defensive move.....and the one after that and the one after that!!
EVEN SOME LAST YEAR BLOOMS ARE STILL HANGING ON
FORGOT TO INCLUDE THREE PHOTOS FROM MOTHERS DAY SO HERE'S KELLY AND THE GRANDS
KELLY WITH HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER REBECCA AND REBECCA'S DAUGHTER ELLA
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Why did the Siamese twins visit England? They wanted to give the other twin a chance to drive! ------------------------- - My home church welcomes all denominations, but really prefers tens and twenties. - “They dared me to jump off a cliff, but it was just a bluff.” - Two tons of human hair was stolen from a wig factory. The police said they were combing the area.
- A hunchback comes home from work to see a wok on the table. He says to his wife, "Did you cook Chinese food tonight?" She says, "No, I just finished ironing your shirts." ======================
PHEEBS WAS HAPPY TO SEE HER VERY MUCH MOST FAVORITIST COW HERD BACK OUT IN THE PASTURE
It was a cold cloud shrouded windy 'Mother's Day' morning that saw Kelly roll out our driveway heading east to Cambridge Ontario. She was off to see three or maybe four of her five children. Instead of everyone meeting at her daughter Sabras house like other years the gang headed off to The Bruce Craft House for an 11 o'clock all you can eat Borguschmord. I of course stayed home with the Pheebs.
AND YES THERE WERE SOME MOTHERS OUT HERE TOO
Needing a few groceries I loaded up the little Doogins and we were off to Goderich. Due to the dismally drab day I couldn't seem to drum up any enthusiasm for doing much of anything so after picking up our groceries we headed on home. And that was pretty much all there was to my day.
A VERY PLACID BUT COLD LAKE HURON THIS MORNING
A NICE SHORELINE DOG WALKING AREA AT THE SOUTH END OF ROTARY COVE
Kelly made it back home shortly before 5. Had a nice day but she sure was tired out from all the visiting and the drive. I wonder what it is that is so tiring about visiting. Neither one of us can remember it being that way years ago. It can't be the visiting itself....it's gotta be us.
KELLY WITH DAUGHTERS REBECCA, SABRA ,AND SON BEN
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burgler. Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. --------------------- I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.' This is the 21st century,' she said. 'We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad.' .I can tell you this... That fly never knew what hit him! ------------- Traveller: "Can I take a short cut across your paddock? I need to catch the 6:45 train." Farmer: "Sure. And if my bull sees you, you'll catch the 6:15!" =============================
I was too discouraged one day last week to write about what happened one morning when I started our Motorhome up to let it run for a bit. Within a minute the engine was pouring out a steady cloud of white smoke from the passenger side tailpipe. One didn't have to be a mechanic to know there was something seriously wrong somewhere.
DESPITE OUR COLDER THAN NORMAL SPRING THE COUNTRYSIDE IS GREENING UP
Our good friend Richard came over later and said it could be any one of a few things. A good news-bad news case if you will. He suggested new spark plug wires for starters so I picked up a new set of wires at Carquest in Clinton. Richard wedged himself in ahead of the front tire and took off the 4 plug wires from that side of the engine. Pulled out each plug and checked it. One plug was wet and he immediately suspected a problem with that particular engine cylinder. He put the new plug wires on and we started it up. Engine was still chugging but most of the smoke was gone. A lot of water coming out of the tailpipe. He then suspected the head gasket could be the problem and if that was the case it was going to be an expensive repair. Have I emphasized the word 'DISCOURAGED' yet. That about pushed us over the top but we were thankful for a couple things. We're so glad the folks Dee and Mike from Gone RVing who were interested in buying our rig last Fall didn't buy it or else they would have had all these problems and expensive repairs we have just had. Richard and Gayle had shown an interest in buying it as well late last summer and once again I am glad they didn't. But there is a bright spot here......……...
Our good and trusted friend Ron from Four Seasons Performance had expressed an interest in buying our rig about a month ago. Still needed a number of repairs at that time so he asked what we wanted for the rig 'as is'. I gave Ron a figure and he said he'd come have a look at it so to make a long story short Ron came this morning, had a look at our rig and despite it's current troubles he bought it. He is in a much better position to repair that engine and sell that coach than we are. We just didn't want to throw any more money into additional repairs. He suspects a dead cylinder. For Ron to do those repairs it's no big deal so he's happy, we're happy, and he'll pick the rig up early next week. A big stress load finally off our shoulders.
I'M GUESSING THIS LITTLE FELLOW AS AN INDIGO BUNTING
So will we get another RV or not?? Well that's a question I can't answer but let me just say this......we will definitely continue to keep an eye on the used RV market to see just what's for sale out there. If the perfect deal came up on a small Class C or B.....well who knows. We're not quite ready to put this whole RV adventure behind us just yet. Close......but not yet:))
OUR BALTIMORE ORIOLES ARE REALLY LIKING THE PEANUT BUTTER SUET THIS YEAR
GROANER'S CORNER:(( While going out for a ride with his young daughter, a doctor notices the little girl playing with his stethoscope. He becomes excited, thinking "My daughter is going to follow in my footsteps!" The girl speaks into the stethoscope like a microphone, "Welcome to Burger King, may I take your order please'. ----------------- Why didn’t the frog sit on the toadstool? Because there wasn’t mushroom. ---------------------- If the group had included a garbage man, they would have been called the Swillage People. Their music was trashy anyway. ===================
I SAW FOUR BALTIMORE ORIOLES IN OUR FRONT YARD THIS AFTERNOON
It was 9:10 when all three of us in the Jeep rolled ourselves out of the driveway heading for London's University Hospital. Our intermittent wipers lead the way under overcast drizzly skies. Kelly had an appointment with her liver Doctor for 10:40. After dropping her off at the hospital's main door Pheebs and I headed over to Masonville Mall where we put in some time and took ourselves for a week walk around a grassy treed area. From there it was back to the hospital where we luckily found a parking spot and waited for the phone to ring. It did and minutes later Kelly came out the front door. Although this was a scheduled appointment for her it came at a good time because she hasn't been feeling the best lately. She had made a list of symptoms she had been experiencing and how she's been feeling. When the Doctor read the list he sent her right away for bloodwork. He is also shortly setting up two unscheduled additional appointments with one being a liver biopsy and the other being an MRI. The word Hepatitis was mentioned and she will be checked for that as well. Also another scheduled appointment for sometime in August. Her Doctor emphasized from now on anytime she is not feeling well she is to make an appointment to see him.
OUR SEATING ARRANGEMENT ON THE WAY TO LONDON THIS MORNING
OUR SEATING ARRANGEMENT ON THE WAY BACK FROM CAMBRIDGE THIS AFTERNOON
From London's University Hospital it was a quick stop at McDonalds for coffee before setting an eastern course for Cambridge Ontario 60 miles to the east. Working our way through London's southeast end we made our way to Canada's infamous 401(same as an American Interstate) and joined the 6 lane stock car race about 12:20. I was back in my old work place element from years ago with a four wheel vehicle and I thoroughly enjoyed smoothly slicing my way through traffic all the way to Cambridge. What a huge difference driving a small peppy vehicle in heavy traffic as opposed to a big huge Motorhome towing a four wheeler behind. I've driven RV's as far as California and back twice a year for thirteen years now and this morning was the first time it really sank in how stressful that can be. This morning's 401 drive from London to Cambridge in our Jeep was actually quite relaxingly enjoyable for me and showed me how stressful driving a large RV in traffic can really be even if one maybe doesn't seem to think so at the time.
ONTARIO'S 401 HEADING TO TORONTO....MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS SO TO SPEAK
Okay, so what were doing in Cambridge?? Kelly had noticed a 2005 Class C 'Fleetwood Jamboree' RV in one of her 'RV's for Sale' sites. Been a long time since we've even been in a Class C so we thought we would go have a look at it. It was a nice clean, well maintained 25' foot rig with some nice options on it. Ford 350 V-10. No slides but had one of the nicest spacious washrooms we had ever seen in a rig that length. The drawback for us was the unmoveable bench dinette set up. The fresh water tank was located under one of the seats while the heater/water pump/ and a few other things were located under the other bench seat. First thing we generally do with any RV is to get rid of the space wasting dinette (and couch if possible) and use that space for comfortable seating arrangements like a couple comfortable recliners which is always priority for us. As a rule most if not all RV furniture we've encountered is anything but comfortable and in these Senior years of ours now 'COMFORT' has been moved up to the top of our list. No more tents, no more tent trailers, and no more cheap RV furniture. If we have learned anything over the years about RVing it has been that ya gotta have a comfortable place to rest your weary bones at the end of the day.
NICE LITTLE RIG BUT IT JUST WASN'T FOR US
From Cambridge we made a beeline for home 85 miles to the west with a quick stop at McDonalds in New Hamburg for a vanilla cone and a chocolate Sundae to go. It was sometime after 3 when we finally rolled back into our driveway and shut it down for the day. According to the Jeep's odometer we had traveled 205 miles today. It was nice for all three of us to get out, go somewhere, and do and see something different for a change. I like days like that:))
I BELIEVE THIS FELLOW TO BE A HAIRY WOODPECKER
'DID YOU JUST CALL ME 'HAIRY' MISTER!!
THAT'S HAIRY ON THE LEFT AND DOWNY ON THE RIGHT
New Greeting Cards::
l ways wanted to have someone to hold, someone to love, and now that you've come into my life...(Inside card) I've changed my mind.
I must admit, you brought religion into my life...(Inside card) I never believed in Hell until I met you.
Happy Birthday! You look great for your age....(Inside card) Almost lifelike!
I'm so miserable without you...(Inside card) It's almost like you're still here.
You are such a good friend. If we were on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket...(Inside card) I'd miss you terribly and think of you often.
Your friends and I wanted to do something special for your birthday...(Inside card) So we're having you put to sleep.
Looking back over the years we've been together, I can't help but wonder...(Inside card) What was I thinking?
PAPA DOWNY ON THE LEFT AND MAMA DOWNY ON THE RIGHT
As deep as my mind dug for a few words to say I finally gave up and called it a day.
A FEW SLIGHTLY BLURRY HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOS
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Sister: Oh, this is terrible! I made such a lovely meat pie for dinner and the cat ate it all up! Brother: Don't cry over it ... You know, we can always get another cat. ---------------------------------- What do you call a sandwich box swinging from a bell rope? The Lunchpack of Notre Dame. ==========================