Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday fun day

Posting a little earlier today since I got up a little earlier today. It's Friday and the ladies are coming over so I get up a little earlier than normal and do a bit of a pick up. After all we don't want to look like we live in a dump now do we? 

After the pick up of assorted items was done, coffee put on and the cat was fed I took care of the dehydrated tomatoes. I got them bagged and vacuum sealed so we can have them at our leisure. I figure they should be good for a few years and during that time they will be used.
I didn't have any pics for today so here's a pretty kitty.

For the rest of the day I'm thinking that I need to reassemble the basement. It's still pretty messy down there from the furnace guys visit and my rummaging for the ice fishing gear I took on the trip. Well as soon as this is published and I've had a little breakfast I'll get right on that. 

Here are a few links for you to peruse, please read responsibly.

If not for the fact you could fall out of the air at any second or a misstep could cause you serious injury this would be a cool thing to try.

Somebody has been watching way to many action adventure movies on TV. Maybe the Brits are right in not letting the regular cops carry handguns.

I thought the issue of inflation was bad in Canada with the rise in gas prices then I saw this. Well I will never bitch about inflation again, honest. 

Putting your heart on the line for date night has taken on a whole new meaning. 

If your socks could talk to you via Bluetooth, have you ever wondered if they would tell you your feet stink?   

I don't care what this study says, I'm still of two minds about the results

That's about all I got for today folks, bye for now from up here North of Disorder.

 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

That will teach them...

I was up and at 'em a little later that I have been these past few weeks. Last night was filled with bad dreams that caused me to force myself awake several times. I'm kinda wondering what is hiding back there in my hind brain trying to get out. Oh well, only time will tell what the issue is and when the issue finally pops up I'll deal with it as I normally do. 

After lunch I went out and fetched the mail. One of the envelops contained a letter from our insurance company about my wife's life insurance. They were a tad pissed because we changed tactics. When my life insurance came due for renewal a few months ago the premium jumped almost two hundred percent. I called the broker who I had got the policy from and asked the good lady to cancel it. Well so began a multi month odyssey which finally led to my having to make some threats of the legal verity with the company ombudsman. This time her premium was going to increase almost two times so we we simply had the bank stop the withdraw of the premium. After reading the letter my wife called and all they want is a letter which I will do in a few minutes. It doesn't matter because they ain't getting any more cash.  

Filling the trays
Only 24 hours to go
One of the things I have been meaning to do for the last few days is get the dehydrator out. I noticed that we had a half dozen tomatoes in the fridge that were on the verge of becoming compost. Being the frugal guy I am I cleaned the tomatoes, sliced them up into thin pieces and put them in the dehydrator to dry out over the next twenty four hours. When they are ready I will put them into bags and vacuum seal them. Then they are off to the freezer and will be used in various Italian recipes.

Well that's about all from me up here North of Disorder.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Gray day

I was awake early this morning because I went to bed early last night. When I stretched my legs out from under the blankets and looked outside, I gazed upon a gray landscape. The fog was thick enough to actually obscure some of the homes belonging to the neighbors.  

Breakfast out of the way I began to peruse the web for any interesting tidbits of information until my wife went out to an appointment. After she left I dragged out the vacuum sealer and went to work on some meat. While she was out yesterday my lovely, smart wife visited a big grocery store for some provisions. One of the things she does is look for sales on meat and yesterday she picked up some ground beef club packs at a very reasonable discount. 

Cutting & sealing bags
Vacuum packing meat
After she left I took the eight pounds of ground beef and parceled it into eight one pound slabs. When that was done I made eight bags to hold the meat then, after dating and describing the contents, I filled the bags, vacuum sealed them and stored them in the big freezer for later consumption. 

Boy things have changed around here, while we are not hard up for cash we now take full advantage of sales and buying in bulk. I guess you could say that we would rather be food rich then money rich. After all, it's really hard on the digestive tract when you eat a hundred dollar bill.

Final product, meat for eight meals

I know it's been a while but here are a few links that caught my eye. 

It looks like the law of unintended consequences is going to kick Mr Trump right in the "I will bring jobs back to America" to the tune of a few billion in lost food exports

I have said it before and I will say it again, Quebec cops are no better than their third world counterparts.

When you go traveling to poor countries it is always best to keep a low profile instead of flaunting you wealth as these two found out.  

Here's another reason to fly direct if you are traveling over American Territory. Remember if you land in the not so United States you are subject to their rules.  

Speaking of traveling, it looks like NASA has found a cool destination for humans to go to if and when a means of FTL travel is invented. 

Once again the Ontario Liberal government has taken taxpayers money and flushed it down the toilet. The next Ontario election cannot come soon enough. 

Next time your boss tells you just how important his function is have him look at this story.

While at first look this appears to be a good thing for people with PTSD, I wonder how long it will be before memories are not only erased but replaced and who will control the process.

Looks like the refugees in Sweden don't like being held accountable to the law. Now it the Swedes had this guy to look after the bad guys.

Meanwhile in Germany there is a move afoot to expedite the process of getting rid or refugees. 

That's a rap from up here North of Disorder.

 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Taking care of business

It's been a rather productive time for me. Yesterday afternoon we went to my sister-in-laws place for coffee and to have a look at a new chair for the living room. First off let me say they have a nice furniture set up, just not a lot of it. Whenever they had company out came some rather spiffy lawn chairs. While this never really bugged my bro-in-law S I'm sure it bothered the heck out of my sis-in-law. 

Spring has sprung! Look we have lawn!
After coffee we took off for home. Traffic was a little heavy since yesterday was a holiday and all the good people were returning to their various roosts.  When we pulled into the drive way I noticed  we have a little bit of lawn. I know it's over the septic tank and the heat from the tank melted the snow but I don't care, we have lawn.

Today is one of those mild, rainy days that you would expect in mid to late March not in February. My wife had to go into town for some stuff so I finally dragged my sorry butt out of this chair and into the workshop. The big thing on the agenda was to do an oil change on the generator. I have not had to do one prior to this because I haven't used the machine that much. Before taking it to the fish hut I had only ran it around six hours. 

Take care of the little things and
the little things will take care of you
I have to say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The first step was to fire up the Big Buddy propane heater and get the workshop to a livable temperature. While it was getting toasty warm I gathered up the materials and when it was warm enough I peeled off my coat and began to work. The longest bit was letting the oil drain near the end. I had to tilt the unit a bit to get the last dregs out. 

That about sums up the goings on in my life up here North of Disorder. Right  now I'm having this case of cabin fever. It's supposed to me a nicer day tomorrow so who knows I may just get out and enjoy it.


Monday, 20 February 2017

The heat wave continues

Well today is day 3 of our little heat wave. Once again the expected high is in the mid forties and not a cloud in the sky. Coincidentally it's also Family Day so happy Family Day to you if you are lucky enough to be celebrating it. 

Good day sunshine
This morning I was awake before the sun chose to poke it's head over the horizon. By eight I was up and getting the trash out. The little rotters were by the house a half hour later meaning if I tried to get the stuff out at the usual time, I would have missed my window. Ha! Nice try but I got the stuff out...

Today we are going to take a little trip up North and visit with my Sister-in-law at her place. It's supposed to be nice, sunny and mild so the drive should be an enjoyable one. 

So now I am on the horns of a dilemma. I live a very mundane, boring life as a retired guy. For the last while I've been racking my brains out for subjects to write about that will keep you, dear reader, interested while not putting out a lot of personal information. There is only so much I can say about the weather and such. Well here is what's going to happen, I will be publishing the blog in the afternoon or evening depending upon what has gone on. If that tweak fails to work then I shall dig a hole and bury this sucker. The live or die decision will be made in two weeks.

That's it from up here North of Disorder.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunny Sunday

Sun is out, sky is blue
It's Sunday of the long Family Day weekend. The day dawned bright and sunny with more high temperatures in the forecast. Yesterday it hit a high of around 12 deg C (53.6 deg F) which gave me a chance to get rid of some of the ice build up in the driveway. Wielding the ice chipper also had the added benefit of letting me work out a bit. As I write this the outside temperature as per our little weather station is 8 deg C (46.4 deg F) which, once again is way to high for this time of year.

Last night we met our friend S for dinner in town at this nice little pizza place. The food there is what I have come to expect, it was excellent. The conversation was a delight with our exchanging views on any number of subjects. One thing we were in total agreement was that we are not fans of chain restaurants. The issues with the chains are the hast of being served. When I write about the hast, I'm talking about the speed at which they are all over you to order, pushing you to eat and leave so they can get another warm body into that chair. Another other issue is the quality of the food in the chain restaurants. I'm not saying it's horrible, but they tend to over spice especially with salt to hide the food shortcomings. I will also add that, while it's not a huge issue and this makes me look like a snob, you rarely see a ten page wine list in a chain restaurant.

Today I'm once again going to get out and enjoy the sun on my back. I'm going to hack away at the remaining ice in the driveway and, a little later, do an oil change on the generator. It finally got to the stage (in hours) where I need to do that. I used it for an average of nine or ten hours a day for three and a half days and it ran like a champ. But like any machine if you skimp on the maintenance it will fail and the generator is one of those critical pieces of infrastructure that I need.

Well that's enough rambling from me for today. Signing off for now from up here North of Disorder.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Returning to normal...

Ah it's Saturday... and what a Saturday it is. Thursday was a travel day for me and yesterday was a recovery day. Unfortunately for me living in close quarters in the ice hut I managed to pick up a stomach bug and by the time I had got home, cleared the driveway and put all the gear away I was a wreak. After yesterday's post I spent a good deal of the day doing one of two things, sleeping in my chair or crapping. As an old friend used to say "I could crap through the eye of a needle at twenty feet." This carried on into evening finally tapering off by my bed time. All the while I was doing the good boy thing and drinking water to flush out the lower tract as it were.    

Today is another story. It's nice, it's sunny and there are warm temps outside. Add to this I feel human again. Right now it's 1 degree C outside and the high for today is supposed to reach 8 degrees C. Now take into account that today is the 18th of February and these temps are nuts. personally I don't really care. I've had my fill of winter so this sun on my face feels good. It's actually warm enough that I'm planning on going outside and sit in a chair and suck up some vitamin D.

Tonight the game plan is to meet our friend S at this nice little rustic pizza place in town. The place makes the best thin crust Neapolitan style pizza around. They use a big wood fired oven at nine hundred degrees to cook with and boy the results are simply wonderful. 

That it for today from up here North of Disorder.