Friday, 29 December 2017

The Ice Man cometh...

I started to write this post yesterday morning after getting up. During the day I Didn't do a heck of a lot because old man winter has arrived. When I crawled out after a restless night of wondering if the power would stay on, I checked the outside thermometer. It was -33 on the Celsius scale. I took a look on line to see what the weathertainers had to say and according to them the windchill in my neck of the woods was -40 deg C. I don't know about you but from my perspective that's starting to get cold. 

This is about as close to the
Outside world as I got yesterday.
Looking out it seemed to me that the sun was in cahoots with the sky to make it look like a lovely day. In reality, it was one of those days when the temps could be easily measured in Kelvin as opposed to Celsius. It was a perfect day for me to cocoon. I figured that there were enough jobs around home that I could forgo exposing my tender not so little body to the elements. 

Looks like some weathertainers
Understand.
I will admit that I really didn't get anything done. It was a lazy day for me. I just found a nice warm spot and read my book, dozed and in general relaxed.

Today sadly I'm going to have no choice but to turn off the personal confuser, drag my sorry butt off this chair and get some house work done. We have company coming over for new years eve and I really don't want to subject them to a messy domicile.

Well that's enough of my rambling for today. I'll be back on the second of January to regale you about the goings-on up here North of Disorder.


Thursday, 28 December 2017

First world problems

There I was last night perusing the great unknown of the world wide web when poof out goes the power. Outside it was well into the minus twenties, where skin will freeze in seconds and death to the unprepared comes in minutes. So there I sat in the dark, only the glow from the screen of my battery powered personal confuser illuminating anything. The first thought that came to my mind was “damn the internet is down.” I had been thrust into a third world issue and my first thought was about a first world problem.

I went and grabbed the battery box and plugged in the floor lamp then I started to play solitaire on my personal confuser. After a couple of minutes of this, at my wife's request I flashed up the fireplace. Notice I said flashed up not lit, that's because we have a gas fireplace for just this sort of situation. The power dies, and we have no heat among other things. All I have to do is turn and push a small leaver and presto we have fire.

Our emergency backup heat source and a cool looking
fireplace to boot.

We were lucky, I looked out across the sea of darkness at our new neighbor's place and saw a lone candle poking a small hole in the night. 

After an hour or so the power did come back on and I went about the tasks of switching the lamp to house current and plugging the power box in to recharge. One never knows when the power will stop and I like to be ready. This little power failure was a reminder that I need to get an electrician in. I want to add a tie in to our electrical panel so my generator can power a few things. Right now we're fine for a couple of hours but anything longer than that in the winter can be an issue.

Well that's about all for now, until next time bye-bye. 

 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Not so think as you drunk I am

On Friday evening, after dinner, I had bombed up the snow blower and did the driveway in the dark. Well it wasn't that dark, the house lights were on and the snow blower has a headlight. While I was doing the snow thing, there was this guy on a ski-do that passed our place several times. It turned out the “guy” was our neighbor's son A checking Dr J's place. He stopped and we chatted for a few minutes. God love him he even offered to finish shoveling my steps. I didn't take him up on it because I was in the groove shoveling wise.

Saturday was a nice day and when I arose it was to find that there had been no snow overnight. This was nice since I was all ready to do it again in the drive way. One thing I have noticed is lately every time the weathertainers prognosticate what the snow fall will be it has been a lot more. Meh, that's OK it just means we will have a white Christmas.

Saturday afternoon we went over to S&B's place for some holiday cheer. To say the afternoon was fun fails to do it any kind of justice, we had a blast. One of the things that stands out was our hosts had the kids play a game. The game was simple, there was a ball of plastic wrapped candy and all they had to do was unwrap it To add a little spice the opportunity that each kid had been measured by music. When the music stopped, the ball was passed to the next kid. It was a sort of slow motion pinata with the kids each getting a try at unwrapping enough to get at the candy.

A few hours and several libations later we toddled off for home. The one thing I did that I mildly regret was after having a couple of our hosts concoctions I had a serious glass of whiskey. It was Gibson's Finest twelve year old Rye. For me this was the straw that broke the camel's back. One thing about drinking is the reward for this is evident a couple of hours after I stop. When I got home I had a nice buzz on but around three hours later, my head was pounding.

On Christmas Eve It was looking
like Christmas would be white
Christmas eve dawned bright and at the same time the day usually starts. The sun streaming through the window woke me. After coffee and breakfast my lovely wife went into town to do battle at the grocery store for the dinner fixings. While she was gone, I did a little house work. To make things go faster I put the TV on and hunted through the music channels. I could find Arabic and Farsi, Indian and Hindu music but Christmas music? No. I ended up putting the smart internet capable TV on YouTube and streaming Christmas videos.

Christmas breakfast, it doesn't get any better

Our friend S joined us on Christmas Eve. I was a quiet evening with the consumption of various finger foods things instead of a real meal all washed down with alcohol infused beverages. Christmas morning saw us getting up late and having Eggs Benedict washed down with morning glories (1/2 champagne and 1/2 orange juice). After this was consumed, we opened gifts. Meanwhile, outside it snowed. The evening was a quiet one with us watching TV and chatting about life, the universe and everything.

The white Christmas prognostication was right
Boxing Day (it's a Canadian thing) started with a serious snow fall. My first objective after getting ready for the day was to take care of the foot of snow in the drive way. There I was all bundled up ski goggles on out blowing the drive way. It was a little tough going but after three quarters of an hour I had managed to beat back Mother natures advance. Once that chore was done I went inside for coffee and to warm up. As I was taking the gear off, my wife was on the phone with my Sis-in-law L. L had called to let my wife know they were on the way.

“Let's get ready to rumble!”
“The winner and champion!”
Because of logistical issues, we didn't do the major Christmas present swap until Boxing Day. The two Bro-in-laws got a chance to duke it out with their ultimate fighters gift. Nothing like watching two grown men playing with toys to make a guy feel good. What a hoot the fighting toy was.
 
One of the gifts we gave was a video copy of a party where my late dearly missed Father-In-Law was singing. As for all the other stuff, it was nice. Oh I almost forgot to mention, we were introduced to the newest member of the family Mala. What a cute puppy she is. The nice thing was there were no accidents in the house while Mala was here. Playing with Mala made me almost want to go out and get a puppy of my own but that soon passed after they left. 

The new member of the family, Mala!


Dinner was the usual chaotic affair with all the pomp and circumstance befitting a household such as ours. Somehow some way my wife managed to pull it all together, and we had an excellent dinner. Sooner than I would have wanted it was time for all to depart. The roads were crappy and some gang had serious distances to go.

Well that about wraps up a Christmas for another year. To one and all I do hope your Christmas was merry and wherever you were it was in a place you wanted to be.    





Friday, 22 December 2017

Only a few more sleeps...

Well as of eleven twenty yesterday morning it is winter, so I really don't have an excuse to whine about the season. Winter is supposed to be cold, snowy and... did I mention cold? 

Yesterday we had visitors over in the afternoon. My golf buddy J and his significant other L came over to share some Christmas cheer. Before they arrived my lovely wife went into town and picked up a few things while I did a pick up around the house. It was a good thing we were up and at 'em earlier than we normally are because they were early too. 

Only three more sleeps
They arrived and after the hugs, hand shakes etc. we settled in for a  nice visit. Sooner than I would have liked it was time for them to head out. More hugs, hand shakes etc. and they were on their way. 

This morning, after fortifying myself with coffee and food, I headed into town for a few last minute things. First stop was the liqueur store which was just a bustling center of activity. Oh my goodness, if I knew it was going to be as bad as it was I would have conned my lovely wife into going in. 🙂 While in the store I was lucky to get the items I needed and get out in one piece. Then it was time to visit Staples. What a difference, you could have set off a bomb in there and not injured anyone. I was in and done in five minutes which was nice.

Now I'm home with only two things left on today's agenda, wrap my wife's gifts and snow blow the driveway. Last night we were supposed to get an inch or so and now there's a half foot in the drive.

This weekend is going to be a fun one. We've been invited to a party Saturday and our friend S is coming over on Christmas eve and staying for Christmas. I'm not sure yet but I may just head over to the biggest mall in the area on Christmas eve a couple of hours before it closes, get a coffee, find a bench and watch. I've done this before and each time it has been very entertaining. 

It's always fun to watch the Christmas shoppers
going about their search for the perfect present.

As for me this will be my last post until after Christmas. I sincerely hope that you my good readers and your families have a good Christmas or as good as your situation will permit.     

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

No social interaction... What a nice day

For the better part of the day, I was all alone. My lovely wife had said she was heading out to do some shopping so I told her I would be right there. This got me a mild version of "the look" and an explanation that she didn't want me to do because she needed to "get some presents." Well never let it be said that I could not take a hint especially one that was delivered with such tact.

With nothing pressing to do I went downstairs and started poking around. I found two strands of green garland wrapped around a string of lights. Looking at these two strands I said to myself "Self these would look nice on the deck and would cover some of the hideous white wire." So I grabbed my zip ties, the two strands of garland and went outside. Twenty minutes later the garland was up, secured and the lights tested. Much to my surprise, everything worked. 

Filed under things I must have is this... This morning before my lovely wife left me all alone I was ducking and weaving through the World Wide Web. One of the things I came across was this recipe that looks very interesting. I showed it to my wife and almost got a commitment to try it.

H/T
After looking at the photos of the finished product I've come to the conclusion that I will have to work harder at convincing my wife because these look too good not to try. 

Well that's about it for me today, Bye for now...



Monday, 18 December 2017

Free trade, what a joke

There isn't a lot going on today. It's snowing as it has been all morning. This afternoon the prognostication is that the snow will change over to freezing rain which means we are effectively cut off from the outside world. Relax it's not as bad as it sounds, we just don't want to go out and tangle with the snow/ice on the roads. So here we are all snug in our warm little home.
 
The weather outside is frightful
For the last hour or so I've been looking at a case on line that is before the Supreme Court of Canada. It's Her Majesty the Queen v. Gerard Comeau. This is a classic little guy versus the might of the system. His crime was to run afoul of the liqueur laws of his province. He made the short drive across the border into another province and bought his beer and booze there. All he wanted to do was save a couple of bucks. He was caught in an RCMP sting, fined and his booze was taken away so now he is fighting the system. The case went all the way up the ladder and at every step it's been appealed. So now the case is before the SCC. 

Even if the Province looses there is always the
Notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights written
for just this kind of problem
I love the groups of Interveners, all twenty-four of them. On the one side are the provincial Goliaths who want status quo and on the other side are the little guy businesses who want to open up trade. In the middle are the Feds who can best be described as wishy-washy because they don't want to offend anyone but have to make an appearance. 
 
I hope the little guys win this one but I don't have that much faith in a favourable outcome. In the Charter of Privileges Rights there is Section 33(1) known as the Notwithstanding clause  which gives the Provinces a legal way to ignore the highest law of the land. If the little guys fail in their quest then once again we will have proof that in Canada the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is, in reality, nothing more than a Charter of Privileges. A failure to strike down this inter-provincial trade restriction makes a mockery of the federal government's efforts for worldwide free trade.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Putting on the miles

Been doing a lot of running around that I really can't write about because it involves Christmas shopping. Yesterday my lovely wife and I went down to the dentist (look ma no cavities) then before making a run for home we stopped off at a little German deli to pick up a few things. Of course some of those things have a lot to do with Christmas but some do not. I got to dive into some of the not for Christmas stuff last night.

One of the things that are as hard to come by as hen's teeth are paprika flavored potato chips. They had them at the deli so we picked up two bags. We are now down to one bag and after tonight that number will dwindle to zero.

Yesterday driving towards a snow squall line.
Over the last two days we have been playing hide and seek with snow streamers AKA squalls while driving. Coming back from the semi big city we passed through one. Seeing the snow streamer before driving into it was cool while driving into it, not so much. 

The lakefront while passing through the wannabe big city.
Can't really see it but way off it's snowing
Today it was the same thing with the added warning that an Alberta Clipper was bearing down upon us. Unlike yesterday today I alone ventured into the crowds seeking out gifts for family and friends. Right now we are around half done and the clock is ticking. No worries, worst case people will get gifts from the drug store purchased on the twenty fourth at around ten minutes before closing. 

I just hate driving on roads that are like this and this has
been the way the roads are lately 
Well that's about how things have been going around here. No blog on the weekend so until Monday bye-bye.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Nice change of pace

This morning there was a delightful change, I was awoke by sunlight streaming through the window. After the morning rituals were done and the first cup of java consumed I plotted out the activities for the day. This wonderful day was going to see me traveling with stops in town then down to the big city wannabe an finally home. I had to pick up some meds and certain items that I had ordered. 

Blue sky, snow covered ground and a crisp feel to the air,
what a wonderful fall day
When I pulled out of the driveway the day was still crisp and clear. I headed into town and before hitting any of the stops I had a spot of lunch at the diner. Once again it was a trip back in time when I entered the diner. I had a nice meal with a fun conversation between the owner and a couple of other patrons.

Lunch done I picked up some ordered meds and it was off to the next series of stops where I had to pick up a few things I'd ordered. I really can't get into what these stops were or what I picked up because it was Christmas stuff and I don't want to give anything away. One nice thing was one of the stops was really easy to find, all I had to do was find the Google Maps marker in the window.  🙂

All I had to do was find the
Google maps marker...
On the way home I noticed a van in the ditch. The driver looked a little sketchy but I stopped anyway. I asked if he needed any help and he told me he had a tow truck on the way so things were fine. I asked what happened and he said he hadn't seen the stop sign and by the time he put on the brakes it was too late. 

Remember if your going to have an accident have a
big one, we like big reports
Looking at the way the van was I think somebody didn't have his eyes looking outside the truck but inside looking at something else. Meh, not an issue, he's fine and the bucks he will pay to get out of this situation will teach him a lesson.

Well that's how my day went, until tomorrow bye-bye.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

It may not be winter by the calendar but the snow on the ground outside says otherwise

It will be a short entry today because not a lot happened. For once in their little lives the weathertainers called it on the amount of snow we got last night and into early this morning. In the driveway was around ten or twelve centimeters of the white stuff. Once again there is a snow squall watch and a “special weather statement” posted for my area. Nothing like putting a little drama into the weather forecast.

After I finished dealing with Mother Nature's little white gift, including carving a path from the driveway to my workshop, I took a look at the oil in the snow blower. The oil looked a little skanky so I shrugged my shoulders, asked my lovely wife to fetch some tools and a container to put the used oil in, then I changed the oil. A little note about this simple procedure, I own a Toro and to do this simple task was so easy verses my old snow blower. With the old machine it was a half hour and messy, with the Toro it was five minutes, no muss no fuss all done. I do so love that machine, it was one of the best decisions I ever made when I bought it.

Once I finished with the snow blower something came over me, I shoveled the side deck and the back stairs. The reason was that in the event of an emergency the thought of wading through knee deep snow in a bathrobe isn't part of my game plan. I figured if I was going to have “the big one” this would be it but by the time I finished shoveling there was no chest pain at all. Now I'm back in the warm relaxing. All i will say is it may not be winter as per the calendar but the thirty or so centimeters on the ground outside says otherwise.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Winter has arrived

The beginning
All done
Every day since Thursday we've been getting snowed upon. As of this morning there was around fifteen or twenty centimeters down. Add to what we already have is the impending mayhem of an Alberta Clipper which is due to hit us tonight and it looks like winter has arrived. 

Since the weathertainers were calling for between ten to fifteen centimeters I figured it was time to get ahead of the accumulation. This morning I flashed up the snow blower and cleared the driveway. I figured it was the smart to do because if, God forbid, the weathertainers are right it could  become an issue getting the driveway cleaned up. 

Tree up and ready
to be assembled
This past weekend was one of cocooning. The pantry was fine, the house was warm and the power stayed on so there was no reason to go out. Yes I know that there are still gifts to be bought but the only way I would venture out to shop on a weekend is if I had a big club and the authorities frown upon people beating idiots senseless.
A work in progress

On Saturday I did drag the Christmas tree from the dark recesses of the basement where it has sat boxed up waiting... One thing I do know is the tree seems to be acquiring more mass as the years go by. Dragging that behemoth upstairs took a fair bit out of this old fellow. One of the nice things about decorating is the shared workload. I generally take care of the outside decorations while, aside from dragging up the tree and the boxes of ornaments, doing the tree is my wife's task. While it's not finished the tree is coming along nicely.

As for me I'm planning on taking the rest of the day and, while sipping hot tea, I shall be watching my lovely wife fuss with the tree. Should she need some help, I shall provide any and all assistance as required.

🎵 Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. So as long as we have no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...🎵

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Don't like the weather, hang on for twenty minutes

This afternoon we were sitting and reading when my lovely wife asks if I wanted to go shopping. I stopped and thought about it for a second and said “sure, lets go.” My wife checked the weather and told me there was a chance we could get a little snowed on but then she added at out Sister-in-law L's place there were getting hammered. We had a little laugh over that then hit the road.Something to file is one should never laugh at the misfortunes of others. The Gods don't like that.

Shopping in a little town is always a pleasant affair and this excursion was no different. We hit several shops and picked up several presents over the course of an hour. There was no real rush since the town businesses had gotten together and covered the cost of parking. As we were finishing up in the last shop I looked outside and thought, oh my. It was snowing those big fat fluffy flakes. I was all set to visit another store when my wife called a halt the the expedition. Her foot wear didn't have a lot of traction and she was afraid of gravity so we hoofed it back to the truck.

Checking out all the
Christmas goodies
Starting to snow
By the time we got back to the SUV visibility was not so good. While I trust my wife to the ends of the earth I asked her for the truck keys, if I was to die it would be at my own hand. The drive home was a longer and more interesting than it normally is but we arrived in good spirits having cheated the jaws of death yet again.

Once at home I put the fireplace on and heated water for tea. Looking out at the big fat fluffy flakes of snow falling down I smiled, feeling good about knowing we had nowhere we needed to go and were warm and snug as a bug in a rug. 

Five minutes later
at the truck
On the way home

At home and its just starting
while in town they're
getting hammered


Twenty minutes later

A squirrel looking around
thinking "What the heck?"

All this was another example how in late fall/winter the saying  "Don't like the weather, hang on for twenty minutes." is so very true. Well that's it for me, I shall see you on the morrow, bye for now.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

When the lights go on again all over the world...

At around eight forty last night my world rolled back to the stone age because the power cut out. Well not exactly the stone age since the peoples of that time didn't have battery powered lighting or a personal confuser like the one I'm pounding away on. It was something I should have been looking out for since it was really windy out but it was just as windy last night and all was well then and we haven't had the power go down for a while.

It's really more of an inconvenience than anything. I was typing away with no way of uploading this entry to my blog but that was OK, it gave me something to do. The power did came back on around a quarter to eleven and I uploaded this blog entry this morning. We got lucky, it never went to a worst case. We had a light with LEDs powered by a battery pack that lasted until the power was restored. The worst case would have been going out and bringing the generator from the workshop to run things. As for communication we have backups for the wireless phone in the guise of an old push button model and should that fail there are our cell phones. It turned out we did need the cellphones because the land line died.

All snug with the fire providing heat and the battery
powering the light, all is good.
The evening was quiet, too quiet. We sat and my wife played her game on the cell phone while I played solitaire on the personal confuser. After an hour my wife called hydro on her cell and the robot voice told here the expected time for the power to be back on was one in the morning on the sixth of December. She told me this and I did a double take before remembering it was the evening of the fifth.

Not to worry the power did come back on before the estimated time. I'm happy that it did because otherwise I was going to have some lugging to do. One of the things we have are two large water containers because when there is no power we have no water. Without water we cannot flush the commode more than once so after a while things tend to get a little stinky. One of the water containers has five gallons in it for drinking and cooking the other is a seven gallon container that I also have a pump for. I have a pee or a poo then flush and pump the water container to refill the water reservoir. I figure with this system we are good for a day or two. Even though it's December I wasn't afraid of the cold we have a gas fire place to bring the temp up to normal.

Thank goodness for computers
Last night my wife had wanted to phone Hydro but our land line was dead. I took a look at the Bell Canada web page and they had a list of things they wanted a person to trouble shoot before calling. Not being in the mood at the time I told my wife it was a morning wide awake job. Well this morning I was up and at 'em around nine. When I was ready I went throught the list to make sure it wasn't an issue with my gear. That done I looked up the contact number and called Ma Bell. After a delightful five minutes pushing numbers on my cell I finally got a service appointment for tomorrow sometime in the afternoon. On the plus side there was no human interaction so that was good. If it were not for the long distance plan we would drop this land line in a flash. Oh well we shall over come.

Well that's about it for now so until tomorrow, bye.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The wind came a knocking

Last night we had what I like to call a howler, a storm with a lot of rain and high winds that just howl. This morning when I finally crawled out and had a look around I found it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. There were a few small trees down in the bush but aside from that all was good.

After lunch my wife and I went into town for a few things. The first stop was at a place called M&M's. Every Tuesday it's seniors day where, if you are sixty or over, they cut ten percent off the bill. That stop done we headed over to another shop, Country Produce, for some fresh vegetables, fruit and such.

We had just got in the entrance and I was getting some apples when this lady walks in. Outside it was overcast, windy, damp and around eight degrees Celsius. For my old bones it was cold, so in walks a middle aged lady wearing nothing but a tee shirt, shorts and running shoes. Of course my cell phone with it's handy camera was at home, drat. The lady passes by me and a clerk stalking some shelves, she looks at me and smiles. I smiled back and the smile started a fight with my sense of decorum, trying to turn from smile to a laugh. I had to move on and concentrate upon other things. My wife looks at me and I gave her the “did you see that” look and she nodded. Then the laughter started to fight it's way up again so I refocused on the food.

Oh look, a mouse house... damn.
After the shopping was done we made our way back to the barn. On the way home my wife commented that it smelled a little musty in the car. Once we got home I had a snack then went out and had a look at the cabin air filter. Of course one of the little rodents we have outside had made a home. I dragged out the vacuum and cleaned out the nest as best as I could. Once that was done I vacuumed the air filter then put a few drops of peppermint oil on it. Mice hate the smell so hopefully the little bastard rodent will go away. Otherwise I'm going to have to get some traps and...

The official okey dokey
When I went back into the house I checked up on Facebook only to find that my neighbor L had given me the official OK on the lights I had put up. Personally I'm thinking of adding some garland to hide some of the white wiring but... 

As far as things went today wasn't too bad. The mouse house has been taken care of, we have food in the pantry and the Christmas lights are a hit. Yep today was a good day.

Bye for now...


Monday, 4 December 2017

Another thing out of the way...

The weekend has come and gone and as weekends go it was a good one. Saturday found my wife and I at a birthday party. It was the fourth anniversary of the birth of our niece. We all met at a place called Uncle Bob's Country Buffet, an all you can eat sort of deal. Of course I over did it with the food and almost had to be rolled out but that's OK, a good time was had. One thing I will say is with age comes issues. While we were at the Hog's Trough and Grill Uncle Bob's Country Buffet I could not here conversations very well. I hope I managed to not offend anybody by ignoring them.

Our neighbor L dropped by on Saturday to return some stuff. Of course she asked about the Christmas lights that I had not put up. Being the master of procrastination I told her that the time just wasn't right and I'd do it tomorrow. Tomorrow (Sunday) came and it was the perfect day (overcast, cold and threatening rain) to put outside work off so that's just what I did. This morning I crawled out and after the morning rituals had some breakfast. Of course the sun was out (dammit) so I figured today was going to be the day. I put it off for as long as I could but after lunch I went to work.

The Christmas pile

I didn't get too crazy with the lights and I didn't put out any wreaths this year. I figured I'd go for the understated elegant look. After I hung and tested the lights and the balls I looked at the house. Meh, I'm sure it will look better at night.

It will look fine in the dark
When I came inside I asked my wife if she wanted me to haul the Christmas tree up from storage. My wife, who is also a master at procrastination, told me we would put up the tree on Saturday. Hey that worked for me.

Well that's about all from me for now. Until tomorrow bye-bye...

Friday, 1 December 2017

Knocking stuff off the Honey-do list...

This morning after I arose from the comatose state I had been in, there was the usual transformation from sleepy head to functioning adult. That done it was time for sustenance and a peek at the honey-do list. On deck for today was a dump run.

I looked outside and much to my surprise I found that the weathertainers had been partially wrong. They were right on the temperature but nothing else. The forecast was for a mild day of around three or four degrees and it was three degrees. Where they screwed the pooch was in prognosticating that it would be a sun/cloud mix. It was overcast and threatening rain. I mentally flipped a coin and decided rain or no the dump run has to be done.

Stuff on a trailer
like this tends to
get a person nailed
for an unsecured
load.
I sorted everything on the trailer and got it all ready. When that was done I hooked the beast up and pulled out. I did make a very quick stop just to make sure the trailer hookup was OK. Not that I'm paranoid or anything but there are RIDE checks out and the last thing I wanted was a cop finding anything and getting a ticket.

Just about to off load. Note how
the load is secured and nice and
all pretty?
The dump was fine. I got lucky after tossing all the trash I went back to the scales to pony up some cash and the guy in the window says “This is your lucky day, the computer's down so your load is a freebie.” Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth I thanked the kind guy, made a little small talk then hauled ass before the system could be rebooted. I then got rid of the old BBQ and the other recyclables and headed out. Feeling is such a good mood I stopped on the way home an picked up a couple of butter tarts for my sweetie.
Home again and
everything's squared
away.

Chairs covered, another job done.
After having a bit of lunch I tackled another job that had been bugging me. In the back I have a fire pit with four chairs. The chairs are wood so to protect them I put a tarp over the lot. Well a few days ago there was a little bit of wind and of course the tarp came off and flew away. Well I went an found it in the back forty then reattached it to the chair. Hopefully this time it will stay on a little better.

Well that's it for now. Seeing that it's Friday there will be no post on the weekend. To one and all enjoy the next couple of days. As for me, things to do and people to see. Bye for now.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

One thing at a time

I actually managed to, brace yourself, get a task done. The old BBQ has been disassembled and taken to the trailer. On the agenda for tomorrow is a dump run where I shall divest myself of the old BBQ and an assortment of trash and recyclables.

The beginning of the end
Next stop the dump
Even unto the end that old BBQ was a pain in the butt. Too big and heavy to simply mule to the trailer I had to drag out the tools and strip it down to manageable chunks. Taking the BBQ apart was a real eye opener for me. The burners were all rotten, the manifold was all but toast, there was a burn through at the front of the box where the control manifold was, oh and there was a mouse nest. Damn. Looking at the state the old BBQ was in, I have no idea why it never blew up. Well no matter, it's in the back of the trailer now so all is good.

Today it's overcast and rainy so I will be working in the basement. I've managed to let it get into a crap pit. I don't like it so it will give me something to do. Tomorrow I'm going to toss a rule out the window and try to get two thing done. First and foremost is the dump run. I want my trailer back so I've got to get ride of the stuff that's in it. That should put paid to the morning. Then in the afternoon I'm going to wrestle with the Christmas lights, sigh. I have to make sure they work and get them ready for the install which I'm planning on doing Saturday. The weathertainers have sad it will be a good weekend and after the the thermometer will drop into the substrata.

My rule has been to do one task at a time. I figure I'm not on the clock, I'm retired. The tasks will get done but done on my time. Besides my life is rather ho hum with nothing really exciting going one so why push things? One task at a time done well and move one or as I have been told: slow is smooth and smooth is fast. As a retired person I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.

That's enough for me today. Until tomorrow, so long from up here is the great wet north.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Twitter hiatus

Up until recently I was a Twitter, hummm... what's the word? Twit? Ya that sounds about right. On a regular day of tweeting I'd get into several battles with people who just wanted to pick a fight over any little thing. Now I will admit that I wasn't an angel, there were times when I was bored and I would post something to draw people into heated discussion but I didn't do it that often.

Over the past few weeks I'd been dumping news and political feeds until all I had were a few hobby feeds (aircraft, firearms, comedy) and several of the news outlets. One of those news feeds was a local TV outlet and they had pasted a story about a recent teachers strike. Being the silly guy I am I made what I thought was a middle of the road comment about how all sides would have been better off with a German style of union/management. Of course I was jumped and not just jumped on, it was a rude nasty vulgar attack so I logged of twitter for the day.

While perusing the posted links over at Living freedom, a blog hosted and authored by a writer named Claire Wolfe, I came across a link to another blog called Simple Justice, A Criminal Defense Blog. The post was about Twitter and the twits that post on it. The author talked about how he was taking a “a twitter hiatus” and why.

His points hit home with me and after a good long think last night I deleted my twitter account. I just got tired, tired of the wingnuts and nut-jobs that just want to pick fights. I'm tired of the “geniuses” who must correct anyone on Twitter who they feel is wrong. I'm tired of the ones who argue from a position of ignorance. I understand these are the flotsam and jetsam of Twitter, always present and always a pinprick in the enjoyment of the medium, but I'm tired of them. Life's way to short to get worked up by a person who wasn't over burdened with education, a person who uses the F bomb as punctuation, a person who is an idiot.

So now I'm left with only one interactive bit of social media, Facebook. I plan to stay on Facebook until such time that the posts start to bug me like those of Twitter did. Once I get to BS saturation I'll dump FB like a hot rock the way I did last time. But this time' different I'm deliberately avoiding political entanglements and keeping it simple. So far this strategy seems to be working, only time will tell. 

Well that's it for me. Until tomorrow Bye-bye.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

I finally broke down, Part 2

I woke with the sun streaming through the window and a cat meowing in my ear. My Wife had managed to snag the shower first, so I just checked the news on my tablet while fending off the cat's advances. A few minutes later I was done with the shower, dried and dressed. One of the nice things about getting up second is that while I'm in the process of going from semi humanoid to “hansom good looking hunk of man” my lovely wife is fighting with the coffee maker. Ah it's good to be a guy...

Once downstairs and in my spot on the couch at the personal confuser I had my first sip of coffee for the day. I had just barely removed the coffee cup from my yap when the phone rang. It was the delivery guys letting us know our new BBQ was on the way. I had just enough time to finish writing the above paragraph when the delivery guys were pulling into the drive way.
Beep, beep, beep
a nice sound to
hear.

And do it starts
I had the delivery guy bring the gawd awful heavy box inside then I proceeded to read the instructions. I know there are some who don't bother with this step feeling that the instructions are nothing more than the recommended way to put something together. I, on the other hand, have learned that this isn't necessarily so.

I gathered up the needed tools and had at the beast. Assembly went rather better than I'm used to. The packaging was a little much but I guess that's better than  a bashed up new BBQ. Much to my Wife's horror  delight I assembled the beast in the kitchen. There were no real hiccups in the assembly with the exception of putting on the doors and setting the top of the BBQ onto the base. I was lucky that my, smarter than I, Wife was around to lend a hand.
It's things like this that make
Wives cry

Put to bed
Finished and it it's home
After she left to do what ever it is that  wives do I finished the assembly, took the  unit outside and tested it. There was only  one little nagging thing, the knob for the  right burner when turned feels scratchy. I  played with it a bit and it started to loosen  up. I figure it will be fine and the more I  use it the better it will be.

Well I'm off to cook a little lunch, Until the morrow that's it for me.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday and the weekend is here... Meh....

This morning dawn crashed through the bedroom window all bright and sunny. The sunlight bathing the bedroom didn't last very long. Sooner than I would have liked the clouds moved in and the world turned into a typical grey November day, the kinda day that sucks the life right out of a guy.

I did manage to make it through the morning rituals and get down stairs before my wife had the chance to finish off the coffee. While she has polished off the last cup before, my lovely wife isn't a bad guy, she has always made it a point to make a fresh pot at my request.

After a while at the personal confuser my wife suddenly says “Let's go out, maybe get some lunch and do a little food shopping." So I went and skinned into some socks, grabbed my coat and we were away. 

If my app says it's a nasty day
then it must be so.
Lunch at the Hasty was meh. I don't know if it was the grey day that was effecting my mood but the food I normally enjoy at the diner tasted bland. From the Hasty we went over to a farm store for a look see. While we did pick up a few things, nothing in the food line really jumped out at my wife or I. One of the nice things about our little trip into the countryside was on the way home. As we drove by a lake I asked my wife to stop and I climbed out for a few photos. Far off on the horizon there was blue sky and with the cold looking lake kinda summed up our November day.
Traffic in town

The view looking out at Bass Lake












Now here back at the personal confuser I just looked at the honey-do list. There's putting up the Christmas lights and cleaning out the basement, again, among other things but I really don't feel like doing anything. What I am going to do is spook and gawk on the web for a bit then, if I really get ambitious, I'll have a nap.

It's Friday so there will be no blog entries over the weekend, until Monday bye-bye.

New shiny

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