Friday, 18 August 2017

That's what friends are for...

I had an early start to the day today. OMG! Who knew the sun was up at eight in the morning? One of my friends, T, needed a ride and I was happy to oblige but it meant getting up in "the middle of the night" to go get him. He was getting his ride looked at for a long trip. One of the nice things was that while I was at the auto shop I booked my ride in for an oil change next week. 

Today is one of those running around kinda days. This morning it was off to pick up T then this afternoon it's down to the semi big city to get yelled at by Dr. K then tonight we are looking at dinner out. Not sure where but it's Friday and Friday is dinner out day. 

Since I had a little time this morning I've been perusing the web. Here are some of the links that I found which interested me.
For the longest time I have wanted a bike of the two wheeled motorized variety. While my beloved wife (in her overprotective capacity) has always managed to talk me out of it, the want is still there. Every so often I see something like this and the want flairs up into a need then I see something like this and it settles back down into the area of a want.  Meh, who knows maybe I'll take the trip and go buy a lottery ticket then buy one after I win. After all somebody has to win.

I see that it has become active over in Europe again. Well all I have to say is our tickets are booked so get it out of your system now terrorists. I don't want any of this nonsense while we are over there.

In a past life as a first responder, among other things, I had to deal with my fair share of people with peanut allergies. Well I'm glad to see there is some advances in this area of health care.

Speaking (writing?) of health care here's something that popped up recently which gives me hope. I have known and know too many people who have been afflicted with this and frankly the idea that I may get it scares the hell out of me.

They say a miss is as good as a mile, but who are they that say this? 

So you want to make music, you want to play all sorts of guitars but can only afford one. Well have I got a guitar for you... 

Every day I make it a point to visit a web page called 365 Tomorrows because it features some very good up am coming short story talent. The authors write what is known as flash stories. These are stories no longer than a page in length. Here's a good example of their short stories.

If any thing pops up I'll post later otherwise it's Friday so no posts until the weekend is done. Bye for now...


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A walk in the park

Today was shot to hell even before it began. Last night I had the devil's own time trying to fall sleep and when I finally did my wife came to bed. It's not her fault that I'm a light sleeper, it's always been hard for me to drift off, sigh. I wanted to be up early but when the last thing one remembers before falling asleep is the first rays of dawn that's a little hard. Needless to say I was up late with no real ambition to work on anything.

After checking the news and having some food and of course a cup of java I settled in behind the personal confuser. Round about two I decided to venture forth and get some air. Seeing it was such a nice day I went to a place called Tudhope Park in the wannabe big city.
Ice cream guy was doing a brisk business
I strolled around the path for an hour or so... watching the people, the birds and taking pictures that interested me.
A nice shady spot for a rest.
The people I came across were happy and smiling with kids who looked like they were having fun. All this was for me a nice thing to see.
The beach was busy as you can imagine
Tudhope park has a lot going for it. There's a rec center there, several sports diamonds to play baseball and a nice long paved path to walk on.
The path

The park reminds me a lot of a smaller German Kurpark (minus the spas) where people can go to relax after a long day. 
Even the Canada Geese were enjoying the day
I managed to finish the walk around the park in about an hour and a bit with little trouble on my part.  I figure I will be back next week with one difference, I'm going to bring my bike and ride the trail as I watched many people do. 
The water was just so clear...
Before heading for home I made a brief pit stop at our local deli. I figured since I was in the area I might as well pick up dinner for tomorrow. While I was at the deli I fell to temptation and picked up a small pie of the blueberry kind. You know what they say, a waist is a terrible thing to mind.

Well that's about all for now, until the morrow bye-bye.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Another day is done

I know this is a later post than I normally do but it's been a rather bust couple of days. I've been working on the SKS project. It's been a lot harder than I thought it would be but I'm nearing an end. I should have it finished tomorrow one way or another. I haven't been posting about it because I really don't want you guys to suffer from having your eyes glaze over.

Tonight I was tasked with the cooking portion of dinner. My lovely wife in here travels had picked up some fresh produce. I took said produce and, after she had cut it up and worked her magic, put it on the griddle. 

If whatever you're cooking will smoke it's better to cook outside

Twenty minutes later we were sitting down to chicken schnitzel with a side of fried potatoes and an assortment of fried mushrooms and peppers. Dinner was great and there was some fresh peaches for dessert.  

Tomorrow I'm planning on finished the SKS project then starting on the new/old trailer. Step one will be installing the tail lights and wiring. This will be interesting since I really don't have that much experience wiring anything. Oh well we shall over come.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Out for a walk in the woods

Well it's Sunday the day after my birthday, sigh... I was up later than I wanted because of Mr. Jamison and his demon brew but but that's fine. Nothing in life is free and last night's fun was something that had to be paid for. My game plan for today was to venture over to a small local airfield and look at antique airplanes, cars, motorcycles etc. but with my late start I figured the parking would be atrocious so I bailed. 

I sat around and looked at the personal confuser then said to hell with it and went over to Scout Valley for a stroll. 

Scout Valley trail head
When I got to the trail head there was nobody there. After grabbing my water, ash walking stick and orienting myself I was off along the nearest trail. It didn't take tool long before I was surrounded by the quiet of the woods. 

The start of the trail

It's a nice feeling to be wrapped up in that quiet of the woods but that was not to last. After around ten minutes I had that "you are being followed? feeling. Sure enough there was a small group hiking up from behind me. I stopped and let them pass because I don't like folks hounding my backside. Pleasantries done they were on their way. 

Fellow travelers

I kept waking for another hour or so then it was time to head back to my ride. I would have stayed out longer but the mosquitoes had found me and I was being eaten alive.

Back at the trail head where this whole thing began

I returned to the trail head where I met two nice ladies who were totally lost. They were looking for the other entrance to Scout Valley. We chatted for a minute or so and I gave them directions. Just as I was going to walk away I noticed a posted area map with all the information they needed. I pointed this out to the ladies then bid them farewell and left. After stopping off in town  for a few items I was asked to retrieve I headed for home. 

Tomorrow is another day, a day where I want to finish the SKS project and move on to the next item on the to-do list. That next item will be the completion of the  new/old trailer. I would like to have that done and delivered by this weekend. 

Bye-bye until tomorrow.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Happy anniversary to me!

Today is my anniversary, it is the thirty third anniversary of my thirtieth birthday. I don't like to think of them as birthdays any more because birthdays are just another signpost on the way to the grave. This morning I was up and at 'em around eight thirty. I tiptoed around fixing my breakfast and generally getting ready for the day. I didn't want to wake my beloved because that would not be a nice thing to do.

Ah the day...

The first shock of the morning was getting a phone call from my eldest brother N. I guess time has softened me because I didn't imminently hangup. We even chatted for a few minutes very pleasantly for a fact. This was a strange experience for me because I'm not really a big fan of brother N. To say he had an effect on my growing up would be an understatement. Well I'm going to end this line of thought before I get too carried away.

Just after I got off the phone with N my sister-in-law L from La Belle Province called. It was nice talking with her even though her English isn't that good. I feel sorry for her now that my big brother L has passed on. But like the rest of us she manages to carry on.

I have to admit that over the past few days as this anniversary has approached I've been in a little bit of a funk. As I wrote above today is just a marker on the path to the grave and as I look back I see more mistakes then I care to acknowledge. That's the problem with life, it's just one big learning curve and by the time you are comfortable with the way things are you're too old to do a lot.

As for me there are things to do, mistakes to make and places yet to see. That's it for now, if something comes up you know I'll post about it.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Out to spoil another good walk

I was up and at 'em early. Not because of poor sleep or the cat or any of a hundred reasons, I was up early because I had a tee time at lake St George golf club with my friend J. Lake St George is a place where we have spoiled many a good walk over the years by attempting to play golf and today was no different. 

I'm sure the guy on the lawn mower looked over at us
and winced.
When we arrived at the club house there was a foursome at the cash causing the girl grief. One of the people was an early twenties kinda guy trying to impress his girl. They had changed from playing nine and walking to playing eighteen and driving a golf cart. The kid was a little flustered because of the price difference. While they sorted it out we stood around and watched the little drama. When the kid noticed he had an audience of two (J and I) he tried to save face by letting us go ahead. Then came the round of canceling their payments etc. but before you know it we were done and on the first tee.
The game was a fun one with J and I being of like mind. One thing we tend to do is not decide on scoring until the first hole is done. Today the first hole was... ahem... not our best so the score card wasn't used.   

The fifth tee
When we got to the fifth hole I had a great tee shot but just as I swung the wind from behind died. The ball almost made it over the water hazard but went for a swim. I teed up a second, dropped a club and managed to clear the water.

"The Tree"
When we came to the next hole, the sixth, I had a tremendous drive probably the best I've ever done on this hole. Of course this placed the second shot in the area where "the tree" comes into play. I guess my mind was playing tricks because after all the preparation I managed to slightly top the ball and while the shot wasn't as long as I wanted it went under the tree. But that was OK I managed to recover with two great fairway shots. In the end we managed to finish the round no worse for wear and I was home around eleven.

I used to hate doing nine holes thinking that was not for me, I was a "real golfer" so I would tough it out. Well those days are gone, these days I'm very happy walking nine and whacking at a ball while doing so. I know that when I arrive at a golf course there must be greens keepers that cringe but I don't care. For me there's no cash on the line and it's only a game so what the heck. Given the way I play these days it's a good thing there's no cash involved, I figure I'd starve to death if I had to rely on a pay cheque from playing the royal and ancient game of golf.

Well I have to get out and mow the lawn so until tomorrow TTFN.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Mid week links

There's nothing going on that I really want to right about. These last few days have seen me working on the SKS project. While I would like to share pics and amaze you with my metal working prowess I don't want you to suffer from eyes glazing over. Suffice to say that it is coming along well. At the rate I'm going the project should be done today or tomorrow. I will publish pics of the finished product.  

Here are some mid week inks for you to gaze upon in wonder... 

Looks like the folks in Ottawa have kicked a hornets nest with their new and improved tax legislation. I wonder if these idiots give any consideration to the law of unintended consequences.

To the good kind folks of America: we in Canada are not another state, we are a different country with different laws.  

While I wasn't that big a fan I was saddened to learn the Rhinestone Cowboy has passed away. 

I see tRump has managed once again to rattle some cages in Korea but at least there is an effort to calm things down. Meanwhile Korea's response is to threaten Guam. So what's a state to do? Dust off the old "Duck and Cover" manuals from the sixties. 

Looking at the world wide practice of spending more than income all up and down the scale from the family guy over mortgaged to the debt governments take on to please the citizens enough to vote for them I figure one day it will come crashing down. Why? Because we let it

Well that's about all I got for now. Until tomorrow, bye-bye.