Friday, 28 April 2017

Diffrent day same thing...

The alarm chirped in my ear this morning and being the caring husband I am I gave my lovely wife a nudge and told her it was time to rise and shine. She was the one who wanted the alarm to be early not me so I made her get up first. We were up a little earlier than normal because, yet again, there was a doctor's office to visit. The difference this time was that eyes were the specialty for this Doctor. 

Within an hour it was shower, shave and shove off time for the two of us.

Another day, another Doctor's office... sigh.
Once we were at the eye doc we settled in. There we were me reading the news on my cell and my wife looking at various girly magazines and reading the signs. I have to say these posters looked a lot better than checking out male genitalia. First my wife and then I were called in for the tests. These tests are for things like glaucoma which was fine, then it was in to the office to see if new lenses were needed. After this the Doc wanted a look inside the eyes so it was time for those damn drops. After that was done I switched to shades and boy I was happy to have had those sunglasses with me  

It was a good news bad news visit. On the good side the cataracts I have are not progressing rapidly so no need for worry there and my vision is actually improving. On the bad side the prescription has changed so I needed new glasses. This time I'm simply going to recycle the old frames by ordering new lenses and having them installed. I'm also doing this with the shades. My wife is same old, same old with her glasses so I'm the one costing the bucks. We were laughing over lunch about how times have changed. When we were still working this visit would've been six or seven hundred bucks each. Back then it was important to have the latest styles so even with no changes we would have had new glasses, well those days are gone. 

On the drive home as we passed a friend's house my wife noticed our buddy B was outside so we swung in for a quick visit. His wife S was inside so we went in and chatted for a while. It's always good seeing people you haven't seen in a while and these two are ones we have missed seeing. My wife is very fond of S and I think B is one of the guys that fit the very definition of cool. Now that hibernation season is over and done we will be seeing more and more old friends. 

Well I'm home now and there are things to do so I will end this right here. Blogging resumes on Monday, until then have a good weekend and bye for now.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Deja vu all over again

The trip into town was nice with the tunes playing in the truck and all the windows down. The only thing missing was the wind whistling through my hair. That would be hard to do since I'm all but bald. Let's just say that most newborns have more hair on their heads then I do on mine. 

Nothing like waiting in a
Doctor's office and
looking at male genitalia.
When I got to the Doc's place I parked and went in and it was Deja vu all over again. I was a couple of minutes early and sat twiddling my thumbs for a half hour. Bad day on their part with computer issues and such. I went in and when the Doc appeared I asked the only question on my mind, what was the final result of the procedure? Drum roll please... he looked me in the eye and said the words I really didn't want to hear, the stone had not broken up or moved. Damn. So in a few weeks I'm off to the big city hospital to get zapped again. Hopefully this time will be the charm. 

When I got home I admit I was a little down in the dumps about this development, or lack thereof. To take my mind off things I took all the interior windows off and stored them away in the basement. Then I changed the air filter on the furnace. All the while thinking about the stone. I figure it is what it is, the stone will be destroyed on the next go round or it will not. No matter the result, life will go on.   


That's it for today, I'll post again tomorrow. Bye-bye...

The Swallows of Capistrano...

This morning began with nice warm sunlight streaming in through the window. I was up early having crawled out at the crack of nine because there were things to do, places to go. Today I learn how much, if any, of the accursed stone in my left kidney has broken up, moved or done zip. However there were some things I needed to do before seeing the Doc.  

After turning my self into a passable member of the human race I dressed and went to the hospital for an x-ray picture. Once again I asked to take a look only to be told there was an issue of privacy. I didn't bother to let her know how silly that was, I just smiled and took my stuff, changed and left.

The nice thing about today is that for the first time in ages I'm out of jeans and into shorts. Ah spring is sprung... Of course no nice weather can go unpunished. The weathertainers have issued a severe thunder storm warning for our area. The end of the world should happen around dinner time.

Soon the leaves will be out, the dock will be in and,
like the the Swallows of Capistrano, the tourists
will return, damn...

This afternoon I'm going back into town to see the Doc and find out what the next steps in the road to be rid of the kidney stone are. At that time I will have the chance to have a look at my little monster. I'll blog again when I get home this afternoon so until then stand by for action. 

Bye for now

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Coffee run...

I just got back from a trip to the wannabe big city. The original game plan was to do some work in the garden and on the lawn today but it was overcast and I really didn't feel like it. My wife got invited over to one of the neighbours for tea so rather than sit on my hands or play tiddlywinks, I grabbed the truck keys. 


The trip down to and back from the coffee place was mostly uneventful. 

One of the area farms.

On the way down and back I noticed another strong sign that it's spring, the cyclists are out and about. I came across one who was pretending he was driving a car as opposed to being off to the side in the children's area. Eventually he got out of the way and I was able to resume driving at the posted speed limit. I'm not a fan of these guys because they tend to be so holier then thou. A note here to all those who own and ride bikes. I don't have anything against you so long as you remember this one thing when you are riding. It's not the brightest thing to piss off the guy in control of two tons of screaming death who has the option of turning that two tons of screaming death into a weapon. The law may be on your side but in the end all that means is you will be dead right. 


The kind of bikers I like, off to the side not being a pain.

One thing I love about going to the coffee place is the aroma that smacks you right in the nose when you enter the shop. The folks who work there are in the unfortunate position of being nose blind to the coffee smell which is a shame. I got the same stuff I normally do as opposed to my wife who is a little more adventurous than I am. had a little chat with the lady behind the counter then hauled butt for home. 

This is where our coffee comes from. It's so much
better then the stuff you get at the big box stores.

The homeward trip was as nice as the trip in with only a few encounters with the bike people. The only thing that could have made the ride a little better would have been some blue sky. I ain't complaining mid sixties and no snow sure beats a foot on the ground an minus ten any day.

Well now that I'm home it's time to grab a bite and relax. Until tomorrow, bye-bye.   

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A rainy day in April

We managed to get a lot done yesterday. I cleared up a lot of the leafs and other assorted debris from around the big pine and from the front of the smaller garden. One lucky thing was finding the pin I had lost the day before. I had fears that one of these days I would hit it with the lawn mower. My wife is showing a lot more resilience than I thought she would. I know with the back issues she has she is always in pain but she managed to clear out all the crap from the little garden. 

My little workhorse behind which is the little garden
where my wife has been toiling.

Today the clouds have moved in and a short time ago it started to rain. I'm not a fan of working outside in the rain and that goes double for my wife, Today the objective is to get the storm windows off and the screens on and I'll do that after lunch. Aside from the windows my game plan is to relax.

Goodbye until tomorrow.



Monday, 24 April 2017

It must be spring, the frogs can't be wrong

This past weekend was as nice as a guy could want. Sunny skies, mild enough for a guy to be without a jacket, all in all it was nice. We got a good start on the garden with clearing out a lot of the left over winter crap and corruption. I took numerous trips to the compost pile dragging the cart, which was full to the brim, by the lawn mower

It's nice to have a hoist so I don't have to bother
removing the deck.
The lawn tractor got a bit of babying. I had it up on the hoist and took the blades off and gave them a few passes with the bastard file. I was surprised, I thought there would be some serious dings in the blades from all the stuff I hit while cutting the lawn but they weren't in bad shape.
One of these days I'm going
to have to spring for some
real files.
After dinner last night I rounded up the trash and got it all ready. With the trash all bundled up and the recyclables sorted I muled  the stuff to the curb. While I was outside I stopped for a moment and listened to a chorus of frogs. This was a sound I had not heard since last summer and I missed it. Well if the frogs are out and sounding off it must be spring.

Well today, as per the weathertainers, is going to be a nice one so I'm going to be doing yard work. Even though I took great pains dealing with the leafs last fall there's still a lot of them on the ground.  

Will post more if anything of interest comes up otherwise I'll post tomorrow. Bye for now.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Voicemail...

Late in the day yesterday I finally thought to check the phone for any voicemails. I did this as I normally do, by remote control. The technique was simple, all I had to do was say "Honey, are there any voicemails on the phone?" and in a short time I had the answer and the phone in my hand. 

The first voicemail was from the folks where we get our pig and pig roast paraphernalia from. I took the risk of playing the dreaded phone tag and called the owner back. We had a delightful conversation and gave her the information she needed for the booking. The second voicemail was from our cleaning lady. She was trying to work through some logistical nightmares and asked (begged) me if it would be OK to change the date of their visit. Of course being the compassionate guy I am I said yes. 

I wonder what we did before voicemail, it's been around for so long. Heck what did we do before email, texting and all the other modern ways to communicate? Well I'm going to be gritting my teeth and making some calls over the next few days inviting some friends and family for the upcoming party. I'm sure I'll get the opportunity to leave a few voicemails of my own. 
Overcast all morning. Well at least the weekend looks good
so get out and enjoy it.
Posting will resume on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Off to the dentist

Today was a travelling kinda day were my lovely wife and I had to make the trip down to the dentist. The ride down wasn't that bad as was the ride home. I've learned the secret to driving in traffic... let my wife who has the patients of  a saint take the wheel. 

One thing that hasn't changed for me is that I am a horrible passenger. I don't know what's worse the death grip on the chicken handle while trying to look all calm and collected or biting my tongue trying not to make comments about the person being the wheel who has my life in her hands. To add to this quandary is that I can't really close my eyes because I get motion sick. Actually lucky for me my wife is a pretty good driver. 

Just looking at these made my mouth water.
It was good seeing the gang at the dentist. I'm lucky to have found these guys so long ago they are funny and caring with genuine concern about their patients well being.  

One  of the other things I like about visits to the dentist is after we are done we make to visit to a deli that's a stone's throw away. It's a good old fashioned German deli with all the good stuff including sweets. I could not resist picking up a box of Topkuss choco puffs. They are just a wonderful confection that will send a guy's sugar into low earth orbit. While we were there we also picked up the fixings for a nice German dinner which is on the stove as I write this.

A nice thing about not driving is I can photograph
all the pretty colours.
Once the deli was picked over to our satisfaction we hauled butt for home. By this time rush hour had started so the drive wasn't as quick as the tone coming down. 

Another reason for the slower drive was the rain. While we were in getting teeth cleaned the clouds opened up and  the world was subject to a downpour. Well it is April after all and on the plus side the showers in April, so I am told, lead to May flowers.
  
This is my kinda traffic. One minute from home.

Well we are home again, dinner's almost ready so I will end this here and now. Until tomorrow bye-bye.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Power Fist...

Power Fist, some of the best
products Chinese slave labor
can produce.
Yesterday I hitched a ride into the semi big town with my wife, while she was getting worked on I went over to Princess Auto. I wanted to see if they had the part I needed to fix the trailer electrical hook up. After walking up and down the isles for a while I managed to fine the item I needed. The only problem with the part was it happened to be made in China by Power Fist. I had been hoping they would have a North American made part but after asking a stock guy I found out I was out of luck. I stared at it for a few moments, ah so close yet so far. Even though the price was right at $26 bucks I decided to take a pass. I've used Power Fist products before but they are sketchy. If luck is with you they are bullet proof, if not they last only a few days or sometimes a few hours. The last thing I wanted was to go through the hassle of installing this thing and have it fail on the first dump run.


I took a drive around the block to another place that specializes in trailer and car parts. All I wanted was the dame little junction box and of course it comes as part of a unit. This means I have to remove all the old wiring and splice in the new stuff. I said the hell with it and forked over the $71 bucks and  walked out grumbling. 

I went over and picked up my wife and we skedaddled for home. At home I turned on the personal confuser and, figuring if a picture is worth a thousand words a video must be worth a million, I went on line and checked out how to to the install. I watched the video several times and copied it to my tablet so I would have the resource at hand during the procedure.

Then came the moment of truth...

I went through the procedure step by step until I got stuck. The issue was the interior side panels at the rear of the truck. I started to pull the passenger side unit off and the first two clips came away without issue. The next clips became a bitch to pop. I pulled a little more and sure enough the panel started to crack so I stopped. I went into the house for a coffee and thought about the situation. After a few minutes of thinking about it I decided to reassemble what I had taken off and hold off on the install. 

The next time I get the chance I'll take the beast into the shop and let the people who have gone to school and trained to be wrench turners take care of it. I figure I'm still ahead of the game because originally I was expecting the issue to be with the steering column wiring and that's serious bucks. 

Well that's all I got for now so bye-bye from my little hunk of paradise. As always, if something interesting comes up I will post.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

I dodged a bullet...

Yesterday was a good day by all accounts. After I posted the daily blog I went out and loaded up the truck with the summer tires. Then I was at the personal confuser on Twitter because I was way to early to leave. Before I knew it the time to depart had come and I was outbound. While the truck was in the shop I told my guy about the turn signal/dash light issue. The service guy took the truck and put it on the hoist and I went to grab a little lunch.

While I was munching away I get a text from my wife. The doc's office had called and of course I was out at the shop. The paperwork I needed was in the truck which was on a hoist. I told her I would go over to the doc's office when the truck was finished. I finished lunch and went back to the shop. The truck had the summer tires on and the tech was looking at the wiring. Seeing it was ten to four and four o'clock was the closing time at the doc's office I retrieved the needed paperwork from the truck and hoofed it to see the doc. Lucky for me the doc's office was only a short distance away.

I got there with a few minutes to spare and told the kind lady at reception my tail of sadness. She, in turn, gave me the paperwork I needed for another x-ray and set up an appointment. I bid the lady a fond farewell and hoofed it back to the shop to get my truck back.

When I got back the the shop I chatted with the tech who had worked on the truck. He told me that after I left he had tried to start the truck and had a problem. Oh good I thought, when I walked in I thought the bill was going to be simple and small now I was starting to have the sinking feeling this was going to cost big bucks. So the tech tells me one of the ignition wires had been chewed ninety percent through by mice and when he took the lead off the it had fallen apart. So there I was listening for the “and the extra cost of this is” punchline. The tech told me he salvaged the wire by doing a splice so it should be good, smiling he said I had dodged a bullet. Then the tech told me the light issue in the truck was the trailer wiring junction box. With the age of the truck he figured that I would ask for it to be bypassed which was what he had done. He then offered to order a replacement and told me he or I could do the install. It took a moment to realise I wasn't going to be paying an arm, leg and torso for all this. Another problem I thought was going to be serious bucks and was surprised to learn it wasn't.

Now the trailer wiring junction box is top of the to-do list because I need the trailer sooner rather than later. Being the cheap... er, frugal guy I am I'll do the install myself. With that in mind I'm going to accompany my wife this afternoon to the semi big city. While she gets here stuff done I'm going to pick up a replacement. If the weather is OK when we get home I'll install it. If not then I will do the work when the opportunity comes.

Well that's it for now. I'm off to the races as it were. Until tomorrow bye for now.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Time to Flip the switch and go to summer mode

Hi gang, it's been a while. I hope your Easter was better than the one I just had. Saturday was a sit around the house and drink lots and lots of water day. Saturday/Sunday overnight was a pain filled, fun event that saw little sleep and Sunday... Well let's just say it was not a happy day. 

I had made the mistake Saturday night of not taking any pain killers so I might have had a total of three hours of slumber. With very little sleep and feeling like something that had just emerged from under a rock, I sent my wife away to my sister-in-laws place for Easter dinner. I figured why should her day be ruined because I'm an idiot. Last night wasn't too bad, after sucking on a pair of extra strength Tylenol with codeine I actually managed nine whole hours of sleep. It's too bad that codeine is so damn addictive, it makes sleep very easy.

This week I'm resuming my transfer to spring/summer mode. I've already completed the oil change and redeployment of the snow blower to the rear shed. Now comes the ritual changing of the tires for the truck. Being the lazy guy I am and since it's time for an oil change anyway, I'll be bringing the truck into the shop too get these two birds taken care of with one stone. 

Also on the  seasonal change over list is the taking down of the interior storm windows which I'm not looking forward to. Added to this will be the simple tasks of setting the humidifier into summer mode and changing the furnace filter. Later this week when I feel a little more up to it and the weather is cooperative I'm going to start cleaning up the winter debris then it will be over seeding, weeding and feeding the lawn. I figure the raking will be a day or three and the rest will be a couple of hours.

Getting back to the now, today when I'm in town I'm planning on stopping by the doctor's office and setting up a follow-up appointment. Earlier this morning I gave them a call with little success so now it's time for a little bit of leaning on them.

Well that'd be it from me today. Unless something earth shattering happens I shall blog again upon the morrow. Until then, bye-bye.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Pain is just weakness leaving the body

I was up this morning to a nice sunny and, believe it or not, warm day. Last night wasn't as bad as I thought it would be thanks to the pain killers that were prescribed. Ah better living through better chemistry. This morning I really wasn't feeling that bad so after taking in some sustenance and a cup of the elixir of life aka coffee I started on a project.  

Since I got the big utility trailer, I haven't liked the placement of the front retractable wheel jack. The wheel jack retracts and pivots up out of the way when not in use. To pivot the jack had to be mounted on one of the side struts leading to the center beam of the tongue. This meant it was off center and weak, but it would pivot up. The other issue with the jack was that if mounted on the center beam of the tongue it was too long to pivot up. Add to this with the wheel on the jack there would be zero ground clearance when fully retracted. The jack would not be able to pivot out of the way and the wheel was way to big.  After a bit of skull sweat on this problem I picked up a pair of pads that would replace a wheel and I've been awaiting for some good weather to do the install. With the warmth and sun I decided that today was the day. 

I replaced the wheel on the big utility trailer with the pad and moved the jack to the middle like I wanted. Then bolted it all back together. To say it was easy was an understatement, the only issue was the pain from the left kidney. I came in at one point for a washroom visit and all looked fine so I went back out and kept on going. 

Once that was done I went out to the back with the second jack foot I had and installed it on the new/old trailer. This install was a little more complicated, the hole that was in the unit was to small for the bolt so after a quick bit of work with the drill this issue was solved. It was a good thing too because the kidney stone was making it's prescience known.

I know, pain is just weakness leaving the body. Well all I have to say is that I must be pretty weak. 😁  Kidding aside, it ain't that bad. 

Well that's enough for now. Blogging resumes on Monday when I will actually have something to blog about. For now Happy Easter you you all and enjoy the chocolate responsibly. 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Not all horses are horses, some are zebras.

Yesterday was a long sucker with little sleep the night before. Last night was a lot of sleep with little rest because of bladder venting so today I feel like crap.

We went down to the big city yesterday morning, leaving a little after nine for a twelve fifteen appointment. Why so early since the drive in theory should be an hour and a half? Two words... traffic and construction.
Ironic the car/truck drivers pay for the roads and the
bicyclers have more rights. 

Nothing like being stuck in traffic behind a truck belching
black smoke every time the driver hits the gas.
When we arrived at the hospital the search started to find someplace to park. It wasn't as hard as I thought it wold be, just a little pricey. In our little town parking at the hospital is around ten bucks for the day and people bitch. Yesterday we paid twenty five bucks for off site parking and felt lucky. 

Once in the hospital we threaded our way through he maze and upon arriving at the final destination I presented the lady at the counter my sheath full of CD's and documents. Then it was hurry up and wait with occasional flurries of activity. For example I was directed to get an x-ray, never mind I had one from a week before. So after getting into the hospital "show the world your ass" gown  I had two technicians try to get me to go into various rooms for the x-ray. Then it was back to waiting. 

They finally took me in for the procedure with the first step being seeing a nurse and answering some questions. Then the doc came in and we chatted about the stone. Next thing I knew I was whisked into the  room where the deed would be done. Hooked up to all sorts of wiring and tubing then it was off to la-la land. 

I was rousted from my slumber around forty five minutes later and whisked off to recovery for a little food and drink. The nurse asked my my preferences for beverages and I chose water. She asked why water when they had pop available. I told her I only drink three kinds of beverages... water, coffee and whiskey. Since coffee and whiskey were not in the cards water was the only choice left. 

They called my wife in and we were debriefed. I wanted to know how well the procedure had worked. The nurse looked me in the eyes and gave me the answer... The didn't know. In a very few percent of the cases the stone will not break up and my stone was in that percentile. The stone may have cracked into chunks and was held together by the proximity of the kidney or it may have cracked without being broken or it may not have broken up at all.

So now I get too see my doctor again in a few weeks and get x-rayed again. If the 6X9MM stone is still intact, I get to go through the procedure again. If the second go don't work they sharpen up the knives... 

Well I'm going to relax today and think good thoughts. To think otherwise will only lead into despair and depression. As a doctor told me years ago not all horses are horses, some are zebras.

Until tomorrow, bye-bye. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

One more sleep

Yesterday started out as one of those nice spring days. I did my running around in the morning and was home before the late afternoon "weather event" took place. Shortly after my last post some really nasty thunder storms passed through. The thunder boobs were close and loud enough to shake the house. Once upon a time I liked thunder storms thinking they were awesome. Now all I think about is the possibility of trees falling on the house because of the wind and rain.  

I noticed on the news last night that some airport security got a little carried away when removing a passenger off a United Airlines flight. The public outcry has been loud over this but in the end the news cycle will move onto  something else and United will get it's passengers back with a seat sale. Seeing the initial reports it looks like the airport security guys who removed the passenger with excessive force are going to be the fall guys. 

My wife has wanted us to visit some of her game friends in the not so United States and I've said I ain't going. I've said for a while I'm not flying down there because I will not subject myself to the invasive pat downs from the TSA. I will not drive down because I don't want to run the risk of dealing with any American law enforcement and their third world attitudes about use of force

Today for me is going to be a quiet one. I managed to get all the running around done yesterday before the weather. One little thing I did forget to do was give my urologist a call about a followup. I called him this morning and that little detail is done. Aside from that last minor detail all I have to do now is wait. 

Tomorrow I will not be posting anything. I've got to leave early for the long trip to the big city. When I get home it will be late and  I'll probably still be drugged. 

Bye for now   

Monday, 10 April 2017

It's the little things that trip a guy up

The morning running around went off with only a pair of minor blips. When I got to the Doc's office the test results were there which was good. The blip was that nobody had thought to call me and there was no instructions to fax the paperwork to the hospital where I'm going. It's all good I got copies of the tests to take.

Then it was off to see the folks who had taken an x-ray last week. I got to their location, made the request and showed the nice lady at the counter the requirement from the hospital. The nice lady looked at my paperwork and told me she couldn't give me a CD copy of my x-ray because I could not provide the name of the doctor I was going to see. I asked why and was told it was out of privacy concerns. I looked at the person behind the counter and reminded her that the x-ray was of me so this really wasn't a privacy issue. She thought it over and had me put the name of the hospital where I was going on the paperwork instead of a doctor's name.

Then I paid a visit to the hospital where I had undergone a CT scan. I showed the lady behind the counter my paperwork expecting reasons why this would be an issue. She smiled at me and told me to have a seat and it would be ready in five minutes. A few minutes later I was walking out with the CD.

So now I wait. It's just two more sleeps until I head to the big city and they take care of this infernal stone.

Until tomorrow, bye for now.

Traveling sort of guy...

Sorry for the brief post this morning. I've a whole lot of running around to do today. I've got to head out and get paperwork for my trip in two sleeps to get the accursed stone taken care of so  I promise to post later when things settle down. 

Bye for now...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Never underestimate mother nature.

We were lucky enough today to have a visit from my bro-in law P, sis-in-law J and their little miss adorable daughter come out for a visit. It was nice seeing those guys especially our niece. After sitting around jawing for a while we went into town and had some lunch.  It was a good time to catch up with them and at the very least we got a niece fix. 

During the conversation we chatted about our recent "snow event. They laughed and told me about one of their friends who lives down east where they too had a recent snow event. Where we got four or five inches they got buried with about a yard deep dump. 

A guy cleaning off his roof down east.
 All I know is that I hope never to see that amount of snow from one storm here. 

When we got home I dragged out the sawzall and took my vengeance on the fallen tree that almost killed me yesterday. It took a few minutes but in the end I managed to cut it into manageable lengths that went onto the wood pile. 

While it doesn't look to big
looks can be deceiving.
Now with this weight off my shoulders I'm going to take the rest of the day off and relax.

Bye, bye for now. 


Getting older doesn't mean getting wiser

After Friday's "I'm not dead you" comment by father winter the weekend turned out not to be so bad. By late afternoon on Friday the four inch dump of snow was mostly melted from the road and driveway. By this morning we are back to spring has sprung. 

My side yard on Friday evening just before sunset

Yesterday we went out for a bit to a home show in town. Why? Because it was an excuse to get out of the house. Before going over I texted our friend S who met us there. It was fun tromping around and talking to the vendors, all seventy or so of them. One nice thing was seeing a Costco booth set up. I took the opportunity to renew my long overdue expired membership. After this we grabbed some lunch and caught up on the various goings on in each others lives.  

Lunch done my wife and I were off for home. Just before I turned into the driveway my wife commented that one of the small trees has fallen down and was particularly in the road. So after parking the truck I thought it over few a few seconds and went to the workshop and grabbed an axe. I could have gotten the chainsaw but the last time I used it the chain was in a dire need of being sharpened. Then there was the fact I had put the chainsaw away with aome fuel in the tank so I had no idea if it would even start. I went to the base of the tree and with several mighty blows (30 or 40) I chopped the base and severed it from the stump. 

Then things got stupid...

The tree that almost did me in.
At this point I could have gotten the truck and tied the tow strap from it to the tree then dragged the tree into the driveway to deal with it at my leisure. But nooo... The tree had a six inch base and was only around twenty feet long so I grabbed an end and dragged it to the driveway. Well let me tell you that tree was a little heaver than it looked. 

Once in the driveway I took a break to give me chest a chance to slow down then I limed it a bit and then dragged it into the back. Oh my goodness, was I ever reminded that I wasn't a teen any more. I thought that my heart was going to reenact that scene in Alien where the alien pops out of that guy's chest. Well on the bright side if I was going to have a heart attack that would have been the time. 

Today I am going to do what I should have done in the first place. I'm going to use the sawzall and cut the tree into manageable hunks. I remembered the sawzall while I was in my chair wheezing after wrestling with the tree. Another thing I remembered was that in a few months I will be sixty three years old, not twenty three years old. The days of doing foolish stuff like this are at an end. Time to work smarter and be a tool user, not be a tool.

Until tomorrow, bye bye.

Friday, 7 April 2017

He who laughs last...

Yesterday the weathertainers were sounding the alarm for another significant "weather event." According to them there was a snow storm of epic proportions bearing down on the area where I live. The call was for around two to four inches of the fat fluffy flakes. I wasn't too worried, just the other day I was out in the bright sunshine working around the yard. In fact I called it, I said spring is officially here. 

Little did I know that my statement seems to have offended some deity or other.

Yesterday as the weathertainers chirped their same tired old dire warnings about the snow I looked outside. Sure enough it was snowing. I made a few cracks about the weathertainers to my beloved wife and we had a good chuckle. 

Looking out I saw the snow but I had no fear
Around five this morning I woke up feeling a need to visit the little boy's room. The house was still and dark while the wind howled outside. It took a few seconds for my thick tired brain to wrap my head that it was too dark and quiet. Normally there is some light thrown off from a hallway LED night light. Yes I have a night light, OK. I'm at the point in life where I would rather take a bit of ribbing about using a hall nightlight then breaking something like my neck in the dark. 

A little bit of white... meh...

I visited the little boy's room and when I was done I didn't flush. For those readers who are lucky enough to have town water a power outage is no big deal. As for us country folk no power means no water. I figured on dragging out the emergency water later when I got up would be the best option seeing how I didn't want to disturb my wife. 

Sooner or later this will melt.
So who is laughing now?








As luck would have it my world returned to the twenty first century just before I got up at eight when the power came back on. After going through the bathroom ritual I went downstairs and opened the back door for a look outside, everything was white. I guess that with enough guessing even the weathertainers can hit a bulls-eye once and a while. As I was closing the back door, I swear I could almost make out soft laughter in the wind. Who said God doesn't have a sense of humor?


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Time to man up.

It's a grey day outside with rain and damp to add into the mix. Last night was a short one with it taking forever to shut my mind down and embrace sleep. When I woke this morning, after a nightmare filled night, the sheets were all askew as they have been in the mornings for a while. 

In six days I will voluntarily place myself in the hands of strangers who, I hope, will correct an issue I have with my left kidney and this scares me. For me trust doesn't come easily and having dealt with so many people who have difficulty tying their laces my faith in my fellow man is lacking. I know, these are professionals but professionals make mistakes too.

This morning I took the time to find out how the procedure actually works and what side issues there are. I did this because I don't like going into things that can effect me in adverse ways blind. In this case I almost think being in ignorance would have been better. Where I thought the issues would be for a day or two I'm now looking forward to a couple of weeks of pain filled urination through a filter to collect kidney stone fragments. 

Don't get me wrong I was expecting something like this. It's the other side effects like infection, renal hemorrhage or having to go through it a second time if the first one fails to do the job. Though these are very, very small risks (18%) they are there nevertheless. I know, stop being a baby. Well I'm doing my best not to be but the weather outside isn't helping. Yesterday was a good day because I got some stuff done and take my mind off this. Today, on the other hand is simply yukky. Well I'm sure there are projects I can find around the house to work on. As for the little doom and gloom voice in the back of my head I'm learning to tell it to shut up. For me it's time to man the fu*k up.

That's enough whining for now. Goodbye until tomorrow. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

I'm calling it

Woke up to a lovely spring day after a decent sleep. Breakfast and coffee done I set out to get a couple of chores out of the way. First up was contacting a few people and letting them know about an event we are hosting. Of course since the main call was over to Germany the call failed. Most likely it was an issue with our old clunker of a wireless phone. It wasn't that big a deal I sent them an email and I hope they can respond soon. 

I then called and chatted with big bro W and sis-in-law S. I let them in on the date of our little event. I always like calling those guys because being the wild and crazy guy I am I tend to have a little fun with the chatting. 

I gave my wife a peck on the cheek when she went out then grabbed a bite to eat. After lunch I took a look outside. The snow was all gone from around the house. After a whopping deliberation of around thirty seconds I said the heck with it and called spring. I figure with not a flake of snow on the ground anywhere plus The Masters starting tomorrow, calling spring was a safe bet. 

Look... NO SNOW!!!
With spring being called my main chore for the day was to put the snow blower to bed. I went out and flashed it up and motored it to the back shed where it will stay until needed in the late fall. Once it was at the back shed before putting it to bed I checked the engine then changed the oil. I flashed it up one more time and motored it into the shed. Once inside I didn't turn it off I closed the gas line and let it run on the fuel in the line. Once it sputtered to an end I closed the doors and walked away. 

Until tomorrow, that's it from me.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Some links for you

I'm really lethargic this morning. Why? Because I'm an idiot. I'm not going to sugar coat it, this conclusion is the one that fits the facts. Last night around eleven I gave my wife a peck on the cheek and went upstairs to turn in. After laying there for several minutes looking at the ceiling in the dark I came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to get to sleep for a while so I turned on the bedside light, picked up my tablet and checked out some of the movies I had. Where the idiot part comes in was the movie I picked, it was Rogue One. 

Don't get me wrong Rogue One is a good movie but when one is trying to nod off picking a movie that's over two hours long is idiotic. Of course I had to watch it to the bitter end which happened around two thirty in the AM so when I got up this morning I was dragging my butt. It didn't help my frame of mind this morning to wake up to a grey overcast rainy day. The kind that kinda put a damper on how active a guy feels like being. 

Since I really don't have anything on the go right now that's worth writing about I shall leave you with a few links. One thing I did notice was this must be a slow news cycle because there ain't that many stories that are worth blogging about. Anyway without further adieu...

In Ottawa, our nations seat of power, somebody is listening. One common thread that runs through the story is each of the alphabet agencies and foreign embassies that were asked about it answered with the same, "nope, not us."

Reading this story brought back a few memories of my former employer. Nothing makes a calm routine big rhino move more exciting then when the animal wakes up in it's crate, is pissed and wants out... now.

Once again we see that Canadian politicians are the best that money can (allegedly) buy

Cambridge, UK...  being a well educated town they have a much more refined form of graffiti. 

It looks like we are coming full circle with firearms control. Back in the nineties the liberals brought in a bunch of measures to curb a non problem. They wanted everything registered and they added a lot of bureaucratic paperwork to simple things like just going to the range. In the end their measures only added to the national debt to the tune of several billion and they lost an election. Now that they are in power again they are bringing it all back.When will they learn that sprinkling the fairy dust of legislation on something will not make it any safer?

A group of people I have hated for years are the do-gooders. You know them, they are the ones who think it's a good thing to impose their values on other people. When my plans come to fruition I know who will be first against the wall.  

Well it's afternoon now and I'm thinking maybe it's time to head upstairs and get ready to meet the day. Bye or now, and of course if there's anything worth blogging about I will blog about it.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday just ain't the same and that's a good thing

Monday, once upon a time, was a day that I so totally hated. It meant after a nice relaxing weekend I had to get up early and head off to work usually in the still of the night. Actually that's not right, where normal people had one Monday a week every second week I had two. No I didn't have some weird calendar, it was because I worked twelve hour shifts. This meant my "week" was three and four days long and included working every second weekend. The result was my "Mondays" happened more often than most.  

This past weekend was a good one with my wife and I actually having a social life. Ever so slowly we are coming out of hibernation. Saturday we went and met our friend S at a little nineteen fifties style diner in town for some brunch, coffee and conversation. The main topics of conversation being spring, gardening, renovations and the weather. S is a serious handyman kinda girl which is good. I've seen way to many people over the years who haven't a clue about which end of a nail to hit with a hammer for my liking. I have helped her with a few tasks since she moved in but it wasn't because I'm better with tools, it was because I'm a little stronger than she is.

Then on Sunday we were off to a cousin's place for dinner and drinks. Our cousin J and his lovely other half L live in a nice river side home that they moved into last year. Through no fault of anybody we hadn't managed to make it over to their place since they moved in. The weather was nice enough for us to be outside BBQing in the sun. We talked about their new place on the water and they had two boats to our zero. We've been invited to come out boating when the weather gets nicer. We talked about how we are going to play more golf this summer than we did last year. In reality we talked about a whole plethora of topics and it was nice. During all this one thought came to mind, it looks like my wife and I are moving up in the world of friends. Our friend S has a nice place in town with a pool for those hot summer days. Cousin J has a big pontoon boat to get out on the water with, ah life is good with the promise of great things to come.

Now the weekend is over and, as the old joke goes, it's time for everybody to get back on their heads. As for me, I'm going to get some work done outside if the rain holds off. I want to start loading the trailer in preparation for a dump run without killing myself in the process.

Until the morrow, bye-bye. 


Friday, 31 March 2017

Apocalypse deferred

Well the weathertainer's latest apocalyptic event has come and gone. We were to get a dump of snow and the dump we got totaled about a half inch on the ground. The freezing rain that was to be the cherry on top of the cake, didn't happen nor did the rain. There wasn't even enough snow to cover the driveway. But ignoring their warnings is at your own peril I guess. I can remember storms as late as the end of April where we were slammed with almost two feet of snow.

One thing about all this I do find funny is the attitude of the weather prognosticators. They can't accurately predict what the weather will be in a week let alone tomorrow yet they preach about what will happen in thirty or forty years with global warming.

Today I'm going to busy myself in the basement Earlier I had started to get things tided up and a “oh look a squirrel” thing happened so the job wasn't finished. I figure in two weeks, depending upon how the operation goes, I'll do a dump run so now is the time for me to get all the crap ready.

As always if something interesting comes up I'll blog about it. Until tomorrow bye for now

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Two more check marks on the list...

This will arrive in a short while.
This morning I hit the ground running, things to do and places to go as they say. I was up at the ungodly hour of seven thirty and out forty minutes later on a quest to tic off a pair of items from the hospital list. I could have done it a little later but there's some "active weather" heading our way. The weathertainers have put out a weather statement about this storm and the likelihood of snow, freezing rain and rain. All they were missing from the statement was an admission that Planet Nibiru was going to visit.

Since I'm not a fan of of driving in nasty weather anymore and these items were time sensitive, I had to get my buns in gear. It's tee minus thirteen days until I get the kidney stone zapped and there's a time delay from when the tests are done and when the results are in. Add to this the prerequisite that the tests not be older than three weeks and we have a small time window to get things done. 

The line up curse* was evident this morning. When I arrived at the first stop on the magical mystery tour there was a full house. At that time there normally isn't a soul around. It was a pain in the butt but not really a serious issue. Where I thought it would be ten minutes it took around a half hour. Big deal, I'm retired and have the time. Besides it was fun chatting up the nurses. 
There was a meeting and these guys decided to make sure
about getting to the X-ray place before me.
Next stop was to get an X-ray done. I listened to my wife and went to the place where she has gone before because "there's never anybody there. " I got there just in time to be struck by the line curse again. They have six rooms so my wait wasn't that long but still... 

After that was over and done with I headed for the barn and some breakfast. I was hungry since I had not eaten. After I left the first stop I realized I had been an idiot. I'd fasted for the tests which I didn't have to do. Like Pavlov's Dog I've been programed to fast before these visits because every time I go to this place they take a quart or two of the red stuff. This time there was no blood work just urine and an EKG. 

Well now that I'm done with today's blog I'm going to have a little food. Unless something else pops up that's it fro me until tomorrow. Bye for now.

* The line up curse. Every time I have to get in one line or another it always seems that the other line is moving faster. This always happens no matter what line I'm in.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

New shiny...

I'm a little late with today's post, my bad. After having breakfast and getting presentable I took the trip down to the outskirts of the big city. The reason for this epic mini adventure was to pick up a new shiny.  

The reason I snapped up the shiny was the cost. Every month I get email fliers from various stores. I look at them for things I can use and when I see something "on sale" and if I have the extra cash I look around the web to see if this really is a sale or just a marketing ploy.  Well last night I got this email flier and took a look and there was the shiny. I looked around and the prices varied from fifty percent higher to well over a hundred percent higher for comparable items. I then looked at the manufacturer's reputation and seeing they had a good rep ordered the shiny. 


The only mistake I made was not having it shipped. The cost of shipping would've been less than the cost of the fuel, time and aggravation for the trip to the big city to pick the shiny up. As for the aggravation, I guess I'm out of the big city offencive style of driving. Several time I was cut off and in one case almost forced into oncoming traffic. When I stood on the horn the lady driver in a Cadillac SUV looked up from her cell phone and gave me the bird.  


One of the projects that I am going to complete is the marking of the electrical panel in the equipment room down stairs. I want to have an electrician come in and install a sub panel that I can hook my generator into for power outages. A leftover from our building the house was that when the electrician installed and hooked up the panel, he never bothered to mark which circuits were for what plugs in what areas. Several times I have wanted to do things and have been stymied by this lack of information and ended up cursing the guy and not doing the project. My fear has been that when it comes time for an electrician it will cost a fortune in extra cash because lines will have to be followed. Well over the next few days I'm going to sort the electric breaker panel out and put that fear to rest.

Warning... Tomorrow I have to go get some stuff done in town and of course there is a "special weather statement" that covers my area and lasts for the next two days. So I may post a little later on the morrow than I usually do. 

Bye for now

   

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Long distance, next best thing to being there

As it always is the drive up to Parry Sound was uneventful. It was a chance to clear my mind for what was to come. When I arrived at the club there was only one other person in the whole place. I was lucky he had already put the flags up and the warning signs out. 

I drove up to the firing point and off loaded all the assorted paraphernalia that is needed to make holes in paper from a long distance. It was a good thing that I had brought an extra sweater along because, while the weathertainers said it was mild, for me it was still chilly. 

Looking at a long
walk back to the
firing point.
It's along way to
the 8"X11" targets
I started busting caps at the twenty five yard point and only had to go through a pair of magazines (20 rounds) before I was happy with the rifle's zero. Then it was over to the one hundred yard point.

From there I put around eighty rounds onto the targets. The only issue I had was the long walk from the firing point to the target stands. There was still a fair bit of snow/slush on the ground that made the trek arduous.

It's hard to describe what happens when I'm target shooting. There is a sort of calm that descends upon me. Outside of playing golf this is the only time I seem to focus on the task at hand at the expense of everything else. I like longer range target shooting but our club is limited to 100 yards max. I guess that for me one hundred yards will have to do. As for how well I did, you can judge that for yourself. 

10 round rapid fire at 100 yards
5 round slow fire at 100 yards


Rolling the dice

I was up this wonderful overcast morning at the usual time. I looked out the window at the low hanging clouds and said to myself “Self, it's time to get your butt in gear and stop whining.” I then padded off to the shower and as the water tricked over me I started to think about what I could do... Range day! So now after this is posted and I've finished breakfast I'm going to clean the MVP, pack up the old kit bag and smile, smile, smile as I head to Parry Sound.

The only thing that does concern me is the conditions at the club. It's located an hour North of me and nearer water thus while we got a lot of snow they got a lot more. This all adds up to possibility of the range being something like a world war one battlefield where it's a sea of mud. Oh well, I don't care. I'll deal with it if the issue pops up.

Got to run, guns to clean, ammo to pack and all that. I shall post the results of my epic adventure later. Bye for now.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Yipee it's Monday

Didn't really do anything this past weekend. Thanks to the intermittent bouts of snow, rain and freezing rain I didn't even get out to buy some lottery tickets. This drastically reduced my odds of winning from one in a couple of million to zero. In other words I would've had a better chance of getting hit by lightning twice on a sunny day. But if you don't play the game you have no chance at all.

I was going to try to get down to the bike show this past weekend but that too fell through. I announced my plans to go and was told in no uncertain terms that I was not to (a) buy a bike or (b) to put a deposit on a bike. So being the good little husband I am, I chose to stay home, as opposed to wasting my time, and secretly brood about it. I'm starting to think there is a conspiracy headed by my my wife to see that I never get another bike. I've spoken too by several people who are bike owners or former owners, all of whom say don't do it. Could it be there is some sort of secret society, a kinda anti motorcycle Illuminati that my wife runs? I'll have to think about that. 😉

Soon the weather will get nice and they will be back.
After rereading the above, I think I should write a bit of an explanation here in case you are wondering if I'm going to go find a warm tub and a razor blade. I'm not depressed, I'm suffering from cabin fever. I just want the weather to clear and warm up so I can get out and get things done that I've been planning to do. Speaking or rather writing about getting things done, I'm off to the wee small town for a few items that I will need in the coming days. 

That's it for me today, be seeing you.

Friday, 24 March 2017

What the cat dragged in

Well it has finally arrived, I have a cold with the obligatory sore throat. After a night of trying to hack up a lung I feel like something the cat dragged in, thought about, changed it's mind and dragged out again. So while I don't really need an excuse I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the day. I just hope this is over by the time I head down to the big city to get the accursed kidney stone taken care of.

Blogging will resume on Monday if I live that long. Hey I'm a guy and as a guy I have the whining rep to live up to. Pray for me...

Thursday, 23 March 2017

All is quiet on the northern font

I just got in from checking the mail. Nothing new in the mail box, just a sales pitch for my wife to renew a magazine subscription. Right now all is calm, I'm alone and will be for the next hour or so. The missises has gone to another appointment in the semi big city and I chose to stay home alone and enjoy the peace of being alone. 


My poor lawn
Snow ain't gone yet
Outside it's a nice sunny day but even with the sun beating down from overhead it's still on the chilly side. The temp right now is a whopping 1 degree Celsius. Looking at my lawn, yes with the melt I now have lawn, I see it's going to need a little work. In a week or three I'll hit it with some grass seed and a little fertilizer to green it up. For now, brown or not, I'm just happy to see it and know the snow is going away inch by inch. 

After this blog post is put to bed as it were, I'm going to put on a parka and sit outside and enjoy the sun. It may be a little cold out but only in the wind. I'll be on the deck in a sheltered spot sipping a hot tea and reading my book. I figure there will be projects a plenty when the snow is all gone in a week or two so I might as well enjoy the quiet time while I can. 

For now all is quiet on the northern font. If anything comes up I will post and if not I'll see you on the morrow.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Short road trip

Yesterday I crowed about how it was such a lovely day and sure enough last night it was windy, cold and there was some snow. I do hope which ever deity that is in charge of the weather will see fit to let spring finally bloom with consistence.  

When my wife announced that she was off for her appointment in the semi big city I thought what the heck and asked if I could tag along. Earlier that morning I had received the latest flyer from Princess Auto about their latest "block buster mega sale." As it turned out one of the items I was holding off getting was on sale for much less then I wanted to spend. I had been looking for a set of tail lights for the new/old trailer that I'm rebuilding. The lights were fifty percent off so I jumped at the chance to pick them up. 
 
On the way down the traffic was light which was a good thing. Even though the weather Gods haven't made up their minds about spring the construction people have. Several areas along the highway were under repair which caused the meager traffic to slow.   

We arrived at the physio place where my wife graciously surrendered control of our automobile to me and I took off for Princess Auto. A few minutes later there it was, standing tall and proud, a store cheapskates and do it yourself Red Green kinda guys love... Princess Auto. 

I took this pic while driving knowing full well it would make a do-gooder cry.

I pulled into the parking lot and a feeling of goodness swept over me, I was about to enter a store full of "man stuff." On the way in I noticed they were giving away hot dogs so I promised myself one on the way out. No time for food now, I was on a mission. 

Once inside I went to the trailer lighting area and grabbed a pair of lights, that done it was over to the windshield wipers. I picked up a replacement for the wiper on the driver's side of the truck. When we were coming in to town earlier my wife had flicked on the wipers which made a hell of a noise. Upon closer inspection I saw that the blade was broken and I mentally put wiper blade on my short list of things to get. 

I cruised the isles until the time to go warning I had set my phone went off. I went outside only to find the hot dog give away had ended. Oh well I had got what I had came for so all was right with my world. As it turned out the lack of hot dogs would prove to be a good thing.

After picking my beloved up we made a hasty exit of the semi big city. While on the highway I commented that it would be nice to grab lunch to go at The Burger Pit but it probably wouldn't be open. Ever the eagle eyed person my wife is, as we drove by The Burger Pit she commented there were cars in the lot. Upon closer inspection, or as close as one can do while hurtling down a highway at speeds approaching mach, we noted the open sign. On went the turn signals and the brakes and in we went. 

The owners were there and greeted us with smiles. After catching up with the owners  we placed our order. Once the food was done and packed we took off for home. I have to say they make a great burger with the only disappointment being the end of the eating experience. 

Bye for now, I'll post later if something strikes my fancy or tomorrow which ever comes first.