Friday, 21 April 2017


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.