Wednesday, 26 July 2017

1st World problems

This morning saw me up a little earlier than my norm, I had to get my wife moving. One of her friends was picking her up at ten thirty for a day at the cottage, never mind we already live in the country. 

My original game plan was for  day at the range with the newly reconstructed SKS but a quick check of the weather proved it was not going to be. It's no fun busting caps when it's raining out. I know, what a baby, doesn't want to get wet. With my wife gone and nothing to do I figured I'd have a go at cleaning up the mess the ditch diggers left. Out I went with rake and machete in hand to do battle. It took the better part of an hour and a half but I got all the foliage cut down and transported to the brush pile so now the front looks like this...

While I was working away I noticed a little movement in the water. I stopped and looked a little closer and sure enough there was Mr Froggy. Another movement and there was Mr Froggy's friend. Soon after a little looking I spotted three frogs. These guys I'll do my best not to disturb because they eat bugs of the blood sucking kind. 
 
You ever have the feeling of being watched?

I kind felt sorry for the destruction of their habitat until I realized it is the same habitat that  promotes the growth of mosquitoes, poison ivy and a host of other things that I don't like. Tomorrow, depending upon the weather, I'll be out working on the ditch again. In the morning I'm going to get some grass seed and after roughing up the soil I'll put the seed down and water the hell out of it. Anyway, we will see how it goes. 
 
Looking at the day I see that so far I am beset with first world issues. I chose not to go to the range because I didn't want to get wet. So I stayed at home cleaning up the left overs from the town workers who did a job I wasn't willing to do. Thank goodness I don't have any real problems. 
 
That's about all for now, bye-bye.


 
 

 



 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Actually getting things done

What I woke up to
Who would have thought it, I actually got something done today. This morning I was serenaded to the lovely sounds of construction equipment outside. The ditch diggers had returned with a vengeance. So I did what any self respecting retired person would do at seven thirty in the morning, I went to the washroom then closed the window and went back to bed. Dawn, take two, happened around nine which for me is a much more respectable hour. 

Around eleven thirty my wife and I went into to the semi big city. She had an appointment and I had to get a replacement battery for the tractor. After dropping my lovely lady off I went to see about the battery. 

Once again I lugged the battery under one arm into a shop but this time the person I spoke with actually understood what was going on. I was in the process of waffling about two batteries one being one hundred and fifty amp and the other being two hundred and sixty amp. The difference being around thirty bucks. A clerk came over and asked if he could help and I explained the problem, that I'm cheap. He pointed out that the two hundred and sixty amp battery would last longer and provide better service. He also said it was on sale and only ten dollars more even though there was no on sale sign. I pointed this out and he smiled saying that if he said it was on sale, it was on sale. Not one to argue I  bought the battery. 
Battery installed

Ditch diggers are
done
After picking my wife up we headed for home. It was a near thing when we arrived home because the ditch diggers had the street blocked. Anyway we managed to get around these guys and once home I had a bite to eat. 

Once the inner man was sated I went out and installed the battery. One thing the guy had warned me about was the battery would need a charge. I said screw it and boosted it with the truck battery and cut the lawn. 

Once the lawn was done I looked around at the damage the ditch diggers had done. There was a nice bit of over growth at the front of the house and now it's gone. Gone to are the pussy willows my wife liked so much. Tomorrow I'll pick up some grass seed and mix it with the remains of the compost. Then I will seed the ditch line. The game plan is to try and stop the return of the weeds and poison ivy. I know, good luck to me but I will do my best. 
Hey where did my home go?
One thing I did notice while I was looking at the ditch was a poor little displace frog. I bet he was wondering what had happened to his nice environment. Oh well I'm sure he will survive.  Well that's about all from me for now. Life goes on and so I must go. Until tomorrow bye-bye.
  
 

Monday, 24 July 2017

My tax dollars at work

On Friday night I had forgotten it was "cocktails on the deck" but several of the neighbours didn't. The house may have been a bit of a mess but we partied anyway. Neighbour B brought over a big jug of an alcoholic concoction of his one design and we hoisted a few. In all we had a lot of laughs and I'd say it was a good evening. 

This past weekend was a quiet one with a mix of sun on Saturday and overcast/rain on Sunday. Not to much went on, I got another two coats of spar varnish on the stock, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The stock is looking very nice and the photo does not do it justice. 

Still a little tacky but it's done.
On Saturday I had every intention of cutting the lawn. Out I went after lunch. Fuel was a go, weather was a go, battery... not so much so I put it on charge figuring I would give it a few hours then have another go. After four hours of charging the lawn tractor would not even turn over. I really could not check the battery fluid levels because it is a sealed type. The grass wasn't that long anyway so I figured on holding off until today. 

I had to go into town today anyway for a card and gift for my friend Bro-in-law P so I thought I'd stop and pick up a battery at the same time. I checked the store website and found that they had two batteries in stock so off I went. 

Dead battery in hand I arrived at the store and I asked for a replacement. Off the clerk went. She checked high, she checked low and couldn't find any of these batteries even though there were two in stock. I was a nice guy and didn't yell or cause a fuss, I just thanked the lady for here attempt and left the way I had come with the old dead battery in hand. 

The clerk disappeared into
this black hole

I should have known better and went to this store. There is a kinda repetition about this place, a kinda snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as it were. The experience reaffirmed my distaste for dealing with these guys. 

I then stopped and picked up some lottery tickets and a card for the Bro-in-law then I went home. I turned onto my street and there they were, the ditch diggers clearing out the ditch line. Not like it was in the old days when digging a ditch was hard labour, today they get power equipment. Ah my tax dollars at work.

Not like the days when being a ditch digger was hard
At the slow rate they are going I figure they'll be finished tomorrow. In my travels I'll pick up some grass seed and put it down. Hopefully this will keep the poison ivy at bay.

That's about it for now so until tomorrow bye-bye.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Out for a stroll

Today was one of those glorious summer days, it felt like a shame to sit inside and do nothing. After some breakfast I looked outside and said to heck with it, grabbed my Tilley and a second later I was outward bound. 

Instead of my usual haunt, Scout Valley, I chose a local trek. The place my neighbors call "the farm." It's a huge farm that the owner doesn't farm on any more. A place that's up for sale but the price the owner wants is way too much. The owner is a good sport about people walking on his property. While there's a no trespass sign at the gate, it's there simply for liability issues. 

The entrance is via a long tree lined path.
After walking down the path I came across a fellow traveler. A teen that was cooking some lunch over a small fire. We chatted for a moment and then I left him to his meal. Further on the area opens up to a nice little vista of the country side. 

Checking out the view
The sun was getting real warm and I was glad I had thought to bring my Tilley and some water. It seemed like when ever I looked around there was a nice new view to take in. After a few minutes I came upon the old farm house, or the remains of the old farm house. 


It was a  little piece of dystopian architecture in my backyard. I remember being out here a couple of years ago and the overgrowth was no where near as bad. Looking at the  old stone structure and the growth I figure that in a couple of decades you will not even know this was ever here. 

The sun was getting pretty hot by this time so I decided to head for home. When I left the area I left it as I found it without a trace. 

Once back on the road for home I stopped and looked for a second. One thing that caught my eye was the straightness of the road. Looking at the road reminded me of a conversation with friends from Germany. They don't really have roads that go on as straight as ours do.

It just goes on and on and on...
As I walked down our street I saw what the workers had done to the ditch line on one of the side streets. It did look good but it made me wonder where the heck they were today with no thunder boomers in the forecast. 

Took them a whole day to
do around seven hundred yards.
If they ever get around to doing our street before the snow flies I'm planning to get and put down a layer of grass seed. But that all depends upon if this is done while there still is time to grow grass. 

After getting home and having a little water, I went out to the workshop to check on the SKS stock. 

It's coming along nicely
I looked at the stock for a second or two and decided it was stained enough. I mixed up a batch of varnish and mineral spirits, gave the stock a very light sanding then a coat of the diluted varnish. Tomorrow I'll will give it the second of three coats with Sunday being the day I finish putting the varnish on. If everything goes well and I don't have to sand everything back to bare wood I should be done on Monday. 

Well that's it from my little corner of the planet. As to posting, today's Friday so no posts until Monday. Enjoy the weekend.


 

 





Thursday, 20 July 2017

The stock project

I'm a retired guy who like to live life on his own terms. One of those terms is that I get some sleep without being woke up early unless it's absolutely necessary. Today started with the sound of earth movers, dump trucks and back up beepers at the ungodly hour of seven. The town where I reside has finally started the clear the ditch line project which is wonderful, but did they have to start in the middle of the night? Kidding aside I'm glad they started this and I hope it will take care of the poison ivy issue in the ditch. I'm a little tired of having a guy come in and kill it as the poison ivy tries to invade my property. 

Seeing I was up early I went and, after getting some breakfast, I decided to do a little more work on the SKS stock. Seeing the minor issue of placing the wet stock down on a table after staining it last time I checked around and found a length of dowel. This I chucked into my table mate then I put the stock on the dowel. This worked perfectly at keeping all sides of the stock from coming into contact with anything that could mar the finish. I gave the stock a second coat of stain then, after securing the lid of the stain bucket, I called it a day. 

The stock all dried after the 1st coat.

The stain I'm using on this project is left over stuff. It's the same stain that we used for the exterior walls of our log home. Right now I'm in a bit of a quandary, this stain is designed for exterior applications and when applied is as tough as nails. Where my indecision comes in is seeing how well the stain protects the logs of our home do I really need to put a coat or two of varnish on the stock as well? I'm going to hold off on the decision until Saturday when I see how tomorrow's coat looks. 

2nd coat of stain applied. One more coat to go.

There really wasn't much use in hanging around the workshop watching the stain dry so I went back to the house. I hadn't noticed what was going on outside while I was focused of the stock. Seeing this as their perfect opportunity the fates moved in a thunder cloud and I got a little wet dodging the rain drops. Since it's supposed to rain for the majority of the rest of the day I'm not planning on doing that much.  

So until the morrow I bid you farewell...


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Golf, for some a good walk spoiled

This morning saw me up and out early. I know, what was the big emergency that made me crawl out at the ungodly hour of seven in the morning. Well let me tell you, I had a tee time booked for eight thirty and I had to get ready. 

After making myself presentable I managed to get out with enough time to grab an apple and some water. I met my friend J at the course and, after paying my green fees, we were out an about. As games go this one was a damn sight better than the debacle I went through the last time I teed off. No whiffed balls for me. Except for the normal issue of putting my game wasn't that bad. I'm managing to hit a fair distance and keep it in play so all is good. 

Looking back at
"the tree" on
the 6th.
On the sixth hole I had my usual run in with "the tree." The hole is a long par five that has a right angle dog leg. To make it interesting there is a humongous tree in the fairway just after the turn that no matter what I do I seem to always hit. I was kidding with J about trees being ninety percent air. My reality is that if trees are ninety percent air I will manage to hit the ten percent that is tree ninety percent of the time. Sigh.  

Bringing it on home, just about to
tee off on the 9th hole

Because there was a call for rain in the noon/afternoon time frame we only played nine. For me that was fine, I just wanted to get out for a few holes anyway. After I left the club on my return trip home I took a minute to "stop and look at the flowers." That's something I'm trying to do more of these days. 

Lake St George, on an overcast day it's better than
any sunny day in the big city.
When I arrived home I had a cup of coffee then went out to work on the stock. Today I put a coat of light stain on the stock. I'm glad I picked up some latex gloves the other day or this process would have been very messy. Tomorrow will see the first of three coats of varnish on the stock. At the rate I'm going the rifle should be ready to go on Sunday. 

Well that's about all that's worth writing about. Until tomorrow adieu.   


Monday, 17 July 2017

The weekend that was

As weekends go this past on wasn't that bad, heck I even managed to get some stuff done. Friday saw my wife and I visiting a local farmers market in an attempt to settle the ever present "what shall we have for dinner" question. 

When we arrived at the market there was one heck of a line up. I'll admit seeing the line we came very close to climbing back into the truck and leaving but in we went. 

The dreaded line up.
Turns out the line up had nothing to do with the market, it was for an event taking place in a week. The local radio station was giving away a limited number of tickets to the Way Home Festival. My wife and I carried on looking at the stuff in the stalls. 

Checking out the dinner options.

The pickings were on the slim side because the owners had started to set up for Way Home. We did pick up a couple of things but in the end I went out for Chinese food. One thing I was disappointed in was "doughnut guy" wasn't there. This pastry baker sells these doughnuts with the center filled with a vodka based cream filling that is simply incredible. 

Saturday while there was a lot going on in the area there was the ever present danger of storms so we played it safe and stayed close to home. I toiled away most of the day in the work shop. My current project is the refurbishment of a rifle stock. 

The stock is from a Russian made SKS
I managed to strip most of the laminate coating off it and then came the sanding. I sanded it three times once with coarse then medium and then very fine grit sand paper.  This afternoon when I finish my running around I'm going to stain the stock then over the next few days I'll give it three coats of spar varnish. Hopefully by Friday I can reassemble it and take it to the range.

The highlight of Sunday was the Bro-in-law stopping by. Truth be told, he wasn't the real highlight it was his little bundle of joy, our niece. I'm not going to write volumes about our little niece, suffice to say she is simply adorable.

Life out here in cottage country goes on. We are well into summer now with the festivals and other attractions in real swing. If it stops raining a bit I may even get the lawn cut... tomorrow. As for right now that it for me. Bye-bye...

Friday, 14 July 2017

Puttering around

It is yet another rainy day and I'm board. I know I'm an adult and I can figure out something to do but right now I really don't feel like doing any inside chores. As for the outside chores, the grass needs to be cut. The thought of riding a lawn tractor around in the rain, well I don't believe i'ts the greatest way to spend an afternoon. What I will end up doing is a little work in the workshop. There's a stock that I've wanted to refinish for a while so I'll get on it. 

We are well into summer now and I haven't managed to do a heck of a lot. Whenever a thought about a project or getting out and about comes up I've been tending towards finding reasons not to get my butt out of this chair. I had such high hope for retirement but lately I've been second guessing myself. I know that my situation is a damn site better that what it was but I'm not ecstatic about it. I figure the feeling is due to the time spent dealing with the kidney stuff and the rain.

Where did the adventure go?
After entering the above I had a bit of lunch then actually got my butt in gear. While it was, and is, overcast and rainy outside that didn't mean I should go find a hot bath and a razor blade. 😀

I went out to the workshop and started on a project that I'd been putting off for a while. Last year I picked up a Russian SKS and striped it for parts. There were a few items that needed swapping out on my Type-56 (Chinese SKS) so I did that. I was never happy with the Tapco stock that I had stupidly picked up a decade ago for the Type-56, it just never felt right. To add insult to injury I had tossed the old wood stock out so I was stuck. The stock that came with the Russian gun was... Well let's just say the wood was OK. The lamination, to be charitable, sucked.

I found some old paint stripper and a scraper and went at it. I managed to get around ninety percent of the old laminate off. Once that was done I hit it with mineral spirits and now I'm letting it dry.

The stock before removing all the hardware.

Just about all the laminate has been removed
I'm going to pick it up again on Monday. Then I will rub it down with some more mineral spirits then I will give it a good sanding. With the sanding out of the way I'll give it a coat of spar varnish. On Tuesday I will give it a very light sanding and a second coat of spar varnish. Then on Wednesday I'll do it again and that will be the end of the first step. The second step will consist of installing a magazine converter so the SKS will use AR magazines. To put that into English that's the same magazines used on the AR-15 rifle only mine will be ten round. I could get the big magazines that hold a bazillion rounds but why?

After the stock is done I will be taking it to the range and we shall see what we shall see. As for now, my wife is calling. We are off to the farmers market and I'm looking forward to it. Have to run, no post on the weekend so have a good one and I'll be back on Monday. 

 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Isn't it always the way?

Today is another one of those hot hazy humid days. A day  where the weathertainers have prognosticated an end to the world in the form of thunderstorms this afternoon. Well at least I don't have to be outside with the risk of being zapped like this guy was. 

After lunch I went into town, I had to stop by the hospital for a little paperwork. I got there OK and parked then I was off for the main entrance. Before I got that far I noticed one of the stranger sights that I had never seen before. Outside the main entrance near the parking lot was an ambulance with a pair of paramedics working on a guy. I reached for the phone to take a couple of snaps only to find the pocket I usually keep it in empty, damn. My cell phone was still at home.

Of course being the inquisitive (AKA nosey) guy I am, when I went in I asked around to see what was going on. After all it's not every day that an ambulance responds to a call at a hospital. Turns out that a guy had just parked his car and was headed for the entrance with chest pains and dropped. Two passers by stopped to help and one went into the hospital and told staff what was going so so they called 911. 

Once the hospital was dealt with I went over to Scout Valley. The walk along the paths was nice and it cleared my mind a bit. Once again I missed the cellphone with the camera because there were a few things I would have photographed and posted. 

Well that's enough bantering for now. I promise to keep the cellphone upon my person and if anything comes up post it. Until tomorrow, bye-bye.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Home on the range

It's a nice hot sunny and cloudy, don't like the sky hold off a few minutes, kinda day. I said the heck with the chores and grabbed the clubs then took off for the driving range. Once there I spent a few hours hitting balls and going through the various drills. 

It was a nice time and restored some of my faith in my abilities after the debacle of the other day. The drives averaged 230 yards and playable. The short clubs were also good.  I even hit a few one handed drives and all was well. I had to laugh the course pro came around trolling for business. After chatting with the guy in the next tee she came over and watched me for a minute or so. As I was taking another ball out of the bucket ! looked at her and she smiled. Then she told me that obviously her services were not needed. I laughed at that, thanked her then resumed my practice. 

The majority of the driver hits managed to ping off the
old satellite dish around 225 yards away.

After I finished the bucket I got into the truck and checked my new weather app. It's called WTForcast and every time you open it up there's these really rude comments. For example:


Have to say I check the weather more frequently than I once did. What the heck why shouldn't the weathertainers be entertaining.

Well it's just about supper time  My wife and I are once again in the infernal circular argument... "So what do you want for dinner?" She doesn't feel like cooking because it's too hot so I'm going to exercise my limited skills on the BBQ. I just haven't decided what yet. 

That's about it from me for now. Until tomorrow bye-bye... 


Monday, 10 July 2017

Who knew I had a green thumb?

This past weekend was a good one with some good friends and good food. Heck we eve got some gardening done.

I planted this
all by myself
My wife's capable
work
Saturday the weathertainers called for showers with the possibility of thunderstorms. What we had was a nice mix of sun and cloud. During the day my wife and I did some gardening. Yes I just wrote that I did some gardening, don't be so surprised. 

While my wife cleared some weeds out of the smaller garden and moved one of her roses I planted a tree. The tree had been a gift from two friends, B and C that had been in a pot for a couple of days. I picked a nice spot for it and got my wife's seal of approval then in the ground it went. Hey look at me, my days of killing plant like a certain cactus (who knew you could over water one?) may be over. Meanwhile my wife took care of planting a hydrangea.

Saturday evening saw us out with neighbors T and L plus our friend S. We went to this little hole in the wall restaurant attached to a motel just north of us called the Northland Motel and Restaurant. The food was amazing as usual, the conversation great and the company awesome.  

This morning I learned we were almost of of the elixir of life AKA coffee so I took a run down to the semi big city for java beans. I know, a forty kilometer round trip for coffee is nuts but these guys roast the beans right there and the taste is heavenly. 

Sightseeing in the
semi big city. I may
be old but I'm not
dead.
The semi big city is under construction. Not all of it just certain parts like the roads I wanted to drive down. Not to matter, the sights were OK and as a retired guy I wasn't in to much of a rush.  

On the way home I passed a TSC store. On a spur of the moment I went in and picked up a few things. Some items were vastly marked down on sale while one item that I picked up wasn't. The not on sale item (jeans) I did get a discount on because of the OFAH membership I have.

Then it was time to run for home. Looking around there were a lot of angry looking clouds heading my way. I wanted to be under cover when the rain hit, it if did.I did manage to out run the rain or maybe it gave up in disgust trying to soak me, whatever. I'm home and dry. 

An angry looking sky
Well that's about all from my little corner of the world. It's time for me to put this entry to bed and get some more work done. So until tomorrow live free and have as much fun as you can.





Friday, 7 July 2017

It's the little things that make a guy frustrated...

Yesterday was a bit of a nothing to see here kinda day. With nothing to write about I chose to not write. Today the game plan was to pick up the materials for a project and get it underway. 

The project I was thinking about doing revolved around converting a piece of old luggage into a coffee table and board gaming storage sort of thing. With he best of intentions I strode out the door a little after noon. i saw the red flag was up on the mail box so I took a look. One of the bills was from the hospital for the procedure I just went through. I took a look at the bill then amended my plans, first stop the hospital. 

I got there and went to the cash bill paying area and spoke with the clerk. I gave here my ID and the new and improved health card then watched her do her thing. She told me that she had sent a copy of the information "upstairs" and "we shall see what we shall see." Well I guess only time will tell if they have their act together. As for me, I ain't gonna worry about it. If things get ugly I'll deal with it. 

Then it was off the a craft store for some green felt. I wandered up and down the isles for a few minutes than gave up and asked for help. Seconds later the clerk showed me the location of the felt, a location I had previously walked by... twice. 

Felt paid for I was off to Home Depot for the other items. I needed some glue, a two by four, four coffee table legs and a sheet of packing foam. I went up and down the isles looking and found most of the items. The packing foam was a negative as was the coffee table legs.  I asked about these items only to be told Home Depot doesn't carry them. Sigh... I told the guy that I had seen these items at Lowe's but I really didn't want to make a fifty kilometer round trip. I asked if he had any suggestions where I could find these items in town. His answer... "Guess you're going to Lowe's."  I thanked him for his help and handed the other items I was going to buy to him and then I left the store. 

I've taken a look online and I can get the majority of items shipped so that's what I'm going to do. I want to support local businesses but they, it appears, don't give a rat's ass about me.

So there's a day on the trash heap. Tomorrow I'm going to make a list of the items I need and head down to the semi big city. I figure I should have this project done by mid week. 

Yea haw it's Friday! With that in mind there will be no posts until Monday. To one and all have a good weekend. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

We have lift off...

This morning I was up early, or at least to me early. I understand the world is mostly into it's second or third cup of coffee before I flip off the blankets but today was different, I had a mission. My friend J had asked if I would like to play a round of golf today and I had said sure. I was curious to see ho bad playing would be after almost two years of sitting on the sidelines.
Here we are giving the grounds staff ulcers.
I was lucky J took pity on me, we played a par three course and didn't keep score. I'm glad that we did that because, not sugar coat anything, I was horrible. I'm not going to bore you with the finer points of my game, when It comes right down to it I stank. Well on the plus side we have lift off, I can play golf again. On the down side I've a lot of work to do at the driving range.

That's all I have for now. Until tomorrow have as good a time as you can.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Getting back to normal

This morning saw me start the day around nine or so this morning. Last night's sleep was better but not yet perfect. The misuse that my little friend down below has gone through in the past few days is still being felt but it's getting better. 

Today I've been catching up on chores, clearing up the remainder of the stuff on the deck, filling some holes in the yard and giving the lawn a trim. Right now the lawn tractor is being charged because the unit hadn't been used in a while and the battery was sketchy to begin with. When I first tried to flash it up there was that dreaded rurrr.. rurrr... sound of an engine not wanting to turn over. Before putting it on the charger I took the time used compressed air on the air filter to blow out some of the accumulated dust, dirt, crap and corruption. Looks like tomorrow, if I don't play golf, I'll be doing some mid season maintenance on the beast.

For now I'm taking five and when this break's over I'm going to hit the machine downstairs for a half hour of weights and cardio. Why? Because I can.  It's a nice feeling to not be dealing with the pain any more. While the pain was manageable it was grinding me down.

So until tomorrow, adios my friends.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am

This morning around six thirty my body decided that I should be awake. Never minds that I was in bed after midnight. Never mind that I was up a couple of times to vent my bladder, my body decided that it was time.  

My wife was up then and thought it was her fault I was up. I quickly corrected that course of thought as I did my thing in the washroom. What we had here was a failure to communicate between brain and body, nothing more or less. The main issue was the pain meds had worn off and things hurt. 

Up and clean I went down stairs and got the trash to the curb then it was time for a cup of the elixir of life and some sustenance.  Today will be a quiet day for me as I have no intention to exert myself. This afternoon I'm off to the Doctor's office to get that accursed stent out. The game plan after that is to get home and have a, oh so desperately needed shower.

Time passes...

Around one thirty I went in to see the Doc and to get rid of my little friend. When I arrived I found a waiting room just full of folks waiting to see him. At two in walks the Doctor. As it turned out he forgot that he was working today. After a very short wait I was ushered in to "the back room" where the Doc was. We had a quick chat and then he rid me of the stent. There was no drama it was simply wham, bam, thank you ma'am and it was done. I shook the man's hand thanked him and made a hasty egress.

I'm home now and all is right in my little world. Tomorrow I'm going to get some much needed work done around here but until then it's time to relax. So until the morrow bye-bye.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Turns out it's a boy...

Out into the drizzle I went this morning for my appointment at the hospital. While it took a bit longer to get there because of holiday weekend traffic, it was nowhere near as bad as it was the other day so I managed to be on time. When I went inside I confirmed the location for the ultrasound and ventured into the maze. After a short walk I arrived at the imagining section where I was met with closed doors and a sign saying it was a stat holiday and to go to another entrance.

I said the heck with that, my getting lost the other day had taught me a lesson. I went back to the entrance and explained the situation to a nice lady who got me a volunteer guide. I arrived at the back of the imagining section (right entrance this time) and went through the in routine. Then I picked a spot to read the news. I barely had time to look at my newspaper before I was being summoned into the inner sanctum. 

The lady tech was the chatty type so as she poked around with the ultrasound she let me look at the screen and gave me a tour of, well... me. It was a little disconcerting to see the stint in there but I was assured all was fine as was the kidney and the other parts of the plumbing. After this was done I took a look around to see about the billing/health card issue. This was a waste of time since it was a stat, there was nobody at the clerks office so I went home. 

Now all I'm doing is having naps, drinking water and, well you know... So that is where I'm going to end this post. Please feel free to have as wonderful a weekend as you can. As for me, I will post again on Monday. Bye-bye.   

Boy or girl?

One of the very few things about total exhaustion that isn't too bad is when  sleep comes, it comes. I actually managed to get a whopping seven hours of uninterrupted slumber before the bladder spoke up.
 
I was up around seven thirty and after a sponge bath (boy I miss showering) I did the light pick up because the ladies are coming in this morning. In a few minutes I'm off to the hospital to clear up the stupid billing issue and to get an ultrasound. Now we find out if I'm having a boy or a girl... Kidding aside this ultrasound is to see if there's any kidney damage. 

The way I've been feeling lately
Boy I will be happy when the stint the Doc left in me comes out on Monday. Living with this feeling that a guy has kicked me in the nuts isn't the best of things. 

And on that happy note I shall leave you for now. I'll post a little later depending upon what goes on today. Bye for now.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Not feeling to hot so a short post today

The rain started around six this morning. Go ahead and wonder how I knew that. I knew it because if I managed around three hours of sleep last night I would be amazed. 

Today has been a quiet day after a night of little or no sleep. To lay down in bed last night was a very painful experience so I ended up sleeping (sort of) on my easy chair. This morning I went down and got a new health card number and while I was at it I picked up a new sticker for the truck. Tomorrow I will be ready for the folks when I go to the hospital.

That's enough for today, now back to my afternoon nap. Until tomorrow have a nice day.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The deed's been done

This morning started like many others with my being awake and reading while my wife was in the washroom. The phone chirped and I grabbed it. It was my Doctors office calling about today's appointment. My first thought was that it wasn't going to happen but it turned out I was wrong, the time had been moved from one PM to eleven AM. I thanked the lady and told my wife, then it was time to make myself a little more human. 

We left for the hospital at ten thirty for the ten minute ride When we reached the highway it was stopped so plan B came into play. After a few minutes on a secondary it to became stopped so it was on to plan C. One thing that was constant, every red light we came to was red and every car or truck that was out there was doing less than the speed limit. We did make the hospital but we were late by a few minutes. The short ten minute drive took thirty five. 

Of course when I went in I went to the out patient area where I thought I was supposed to be. It turned out that after standing in line I was directed to the right location but I had made it so all was good. 

I quickly went through the in routine and presented my health card to the receptionist and was told it was not being recognised and I needed a new one. The interim measure was that they would let me take the procedure and i would go get a new health card then call them with the information. 

I finished getting pocked and prodded then it was off to the OR. Next thing I knew I was in recovery. The nurse welcomed me back to the land of the living and showed me the fragments they had taken out of my system. 

While I do have to make one more visit this should be it for the kidney stone shards. As for the rest of the day I'm going to take it easy and let the meds wear off. So until the morrow, bye-bye.  

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The flyboys are in town

Today was a quiet day after a restless night. I managed to get some work done in the basement but I wasn't pushing it. It seemed that every time I bent over to pick something up or move something my little kidney stone friends would poke me with their very sharp pointed sticks. Well my little friend's days are numbered. This time tomorrow I should be without the kidney stones. 

Snowbirds on the flight line
CF-18 Hornet solo aircraft
This evening after a supper of pulled pork sandwiches I convinced my wife that we should go out for a coffee. We drove down to the puddle jumper airport where there's this nice little restaurant and grabbed a couple of cups of java. While we were there I took a few pics of our national aerobatic team the Snowbirds and the solo demonstration CF-18. These guys will be preforming over the waterfront of the semi big city tomorrow while I recover from my laser experience. While I'm a little bummed out about not being able to see the show, I would rather the pain of staying home verses the pain of seeing these guys in action and still having the kidney stones. 

Snowbird lead
While we were sitting having our coffee I noticed a truck parked near the flight line. It was an MP pickup truck. As I was watching a Meathead got out, looked around and went for a quick stroll. Made me laugh, call the guy what ever you want from cop to Military Police or whatever he was doing the job of a eleven dollar an hour rent-a-cop. His bosses couldn't even see to give him a comfortable vehicle, just an old pickup. I wonder what he did to piss them off.

Well that's about all from me for now. Depending on how I feel tomorrow I may or may not post anything. Bye for now.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Weather or not here it comes...

Here it is the middle of the afternoon. I was doing a few chores and getting the stuff to the trailer. I had figured that around three I would shove off and do the dump run. Then there was the sound of thunder from the west so I hoofed it to the end of the driveway and saw this...
Something wicked this way comes

The picture of this boiling mass led me to return to my warm and safe home where I turned on the personal confuser to see how bad it will get.


Looks like the weathertainers think there may be an issue with the clouds bearing a bit of active precipitation. So next I took a look at the map...


Seems that there may be a few issues this afternoon. As for the dump run, needless to say that's a tomorrow gig now. My wife had a couple of larger plants so I took the time an secured them but who knows.

The driving rain has started but not to worry, I'm snug as a bug in a rug. It's a good thing that I didn't leave a little earlier, I would have been out it this yuk.

Well I have to go. Until the morrow see ya...


Wasn't that a party - part two

Saturday night and there we were sitting having some coffee relaxing and looking around at the refuse left over from the party. We were contemplating starting to do the after action clean up when the phone rang. It was an old friend, C, who had been at the party and had we seen or found a cell phone. 

C was utterly convinced that the phone must be here because the last place she remembered having it was at the party. So outside we went with big flashlights looking... no luck. 

Sunday came and after coffee there we were outside in daylight looking for the phone and picking up stuff at the same time, no luck. I even went under the deck with a rake thinking if the phone was on the rail and was knocked off... but once again no luck. Out to look where they got into their car also with the rake. The thought being if it fell on the grass she would not have heard it fall. Still no joy on our finding the phone. 

We looked again just before lunch but the search time was limited. The weathertainers had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for are area and the sky had started to turn ugly. 

Weathertainers were right for a change. The downpour
started within ten minutes of the prediction.



I took a look at my weather app on the phone and the prediction was for the storm to start around twelve thirty. A short time later the skies opened up with torrential rain and hail. Curious, I looked at my watch. The time was twelve thirty eight. While not a perfect call the weathertainers were in the ten ring as it were, so score one for the weathertainers. 

After the rain we had another look but had given up any hope of finding the cell phone. That evening C called and my wife told her about the lack of progress. So our friend decided that she would come out and take a look today, this morning in fact. 

I was up early today and managed to get all the recyclables and the remains of Mr. Arnold Ziffel all wrapped up to the curb. Then after getting coffee on and the other must do morning chores out of the way I resumed picking up. The phone rang and it was our friend C. I asked her for some good news and sure enough the phone had been found so we were off the hook. 

It turns out that when she arrived home upon getting out of her truck she had placed the phone on the roof of the vehicle. grabbed her stuff and went inside then couldn't find the phone. The next day after going out when she returned home with her very tall husband they got out of the car and he noticed the phone and gave it to her. 

I'm glad that everything turned out OK, in her business the cellphone is a indispensable tool. As for me I'm happy, happy for her that she found the phone and happy for me in a selfish way. This whole time during all the searching in the back of my mine I kept wondering if I had missed something or if I had looked everywhere. All's well that ends well as they say.

Speaking of ends well, until the morrow goodbye my friends. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Wasn't that a party

All the running around over the past few days came to fruition yesterday. We had a few friends over to celebrate my wife's thirtieth anniversary of her thirtieth birthday. That's why the Costco run on Thursday and all the cleanup around the house and all the frustrations with the power washer. Meh, in the end it all turned out fine. 

Did I mention that it was a pig roast? I went out around ten thirty and picked up Mr. Arnold Ziffel AKA the pig and all the other accouterments that goes with him. Once back home I managed to get the BBQ going and at eleven my lovely wife gave me a hand to get Mr. Arnold Ziffel was on. 
Mr. Arnold Ziffel
The first guests showed up a little before two and we put them to work helping to set up. It's OK they were cousins and had previously said they would be early to help. The party began in earnest as the guests trickled in. All the while I had a sinking feeling that a lot would be no shows. In the end I was wrong, while there were a few we had others who I didn't expect to see. One person who I missed seeing was my wife's uncle who was also her Godfather. He had an excuse, the silly guy had a tumble the other day and busted a foot.

Around three thirty I checked Mr. Arnold Ziffel and he was ready. My bro-in-law and I got him off the grill to let him sit for an hour.
Mr. Arnold Ziffel... Done!
The sit time was to give Mr. Arnold Ziffe a chance to cool. At four thirty my bro-in-law and I set to work and by five we had the pig picked clean and dinner was served.

The party went on until around sunset with all of us gabbing and catching up. I did have a few games out with the hit being our giant jenga game. It was funny I would be talking to some friends on the other side of the house and suddenly there would be this loud crash. The first time this happened the person I was talking to look around in surprise and said "what the hell was that?" I'd laugh and say jenga and off they would go to watch.

In all it was a good day with good old friends, some good fun and good food. I did over do it a bit and things got a little painful near the end but it was all worth it. 

That's about all from me, please resume having fun while I start doing the cleanup. Bye-bye.


 

Friday, 23 June 2017

The good, the bad, but mostly the good.

Yesterday was one of those days with good things happening and not so good things happening. In the morning I made a run down to the semi big city for a visit to Costco to pick up a few sundries. The weathertainers had predicted rain through the day and when I was up in the morning the skies were perfectly clear. So I figured the prognostications were as right as they normally are and went inside the store. I came out around forty five minutes later to a torrential downpour and of course the truck is a million miles (maybe 500 yards) away. I got soaked getting to my truck and packing the stuff and when I got home the skies were just overcast and a light overcast at that. 

That afternoon we had visitors in the form of my Bro-in-law, Sis-in-law and our three year old niece. The adults were off to an adults only thing and they had trusted us enough to babysit their little Miss Adorable. It's hard to entertain the notion that a three year old can be as outspoken and as grammatically correct as this little bundle. We had a lot of fun and a few times I laughed so hard I though I'd have an accident. My Bro and Sis-in-laws got a taste of what I went through in the morning, just before they pulled up to our place the skies opened up and around ten minutes after they left with miss Adorable the rain stopped.

Well that's about all the goings on in the realm of my little life. I'm just marking time until Wednesday when the glass shards kidney stone chunks will be zapped. Not, no blog until Monday. Have as good a weekend as you can. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Once more unto the breach

I was up at a respectable hour today and after some nourishment and a cup of java I was hard at work on the deck. I managed to finish two sides including the railings in about an hour and a bit the I came in for a break. 

Back deck, done.

After some water I went outside and prepared to do battle again yet again. I got the power washer humming, hit the nozzle trigger and... nothing. I was a good boy and didn't start cursing the Chinese hunk of crap I simply figured that there was an obstruction in the nozzle. Under the deck I went and I turned off the water. Then, with my wife's help I took off the nozzle and went to the other hose which was still on and commenced to back flushing. My assistant, AKA my wife, somehow managed not to get wet at all and I only had a bit of water on me. 

A little friend, Mr. Frog, hiding
under the deck.
As it turns out the issue wasn't a blockage, it was a faulty nozzle. The options are to go get a replacement or simply mop the deck. Since I don't want to be at this all day I'm going to resort to plan B, mopping. 

Lucky for me the front deck is shielded from the sun and doesn't need too much work. As for the kitchen side... it is what it is. 

Last one to do
After I put this puppy to bed as it were I will be heading out to move all the obstacles out of the way and mop the front and kitchen side decks. It shouldn't take too long but there's a lot of items to move.  

That about raps it up for me. So until tomorrow bye-bye.
 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Progress

This morning I was up and at 'em at quarter to eight. After some sustenance, excluding coffee because I didn't want to wake my wife, I was hard at it with the power washer. Around ten I hung it up because the pain in my side had spiked. Since my wife was awake I got the coffee on and relaxed for a bit. I finally broke down and took some pain killers around noon.

A little after one in the PM found me at the hospital for an x-ray then it was off the the pee-pee Doc. Once there I relaxed as best I could but between this guy sitting next to me yapping about a business deal and the pain in my side it was a loosing battle. 

Once inside the inner sanctum I calmly waited for the arrival of Dr O. While sitting there looking around at all the diagrams of various parts of the male and female anatomy I noticed a mounted fish on the wall. 

The fur bearing trout fish
Looking at the "fur bearing trout" brought me back from the very dark place my mood was taking me. As I was laughing at the "trout" Dr. O walked in and we had a chat. The long and the short of it is that next week, God willing and it the creek don't rise, I'm of for a day surgery to get rid of the pesky shards. The six by nine millimeter stone had broken up into six very jagged pieces plainly visible in the X-Ray. He also pointed out another stone and said that while he was in there he would take care of that one too. 
 
Well progress is being made on the deck front and the kidney stone front so all things considered today hasn't been to bad a day. Tomorrow I'm gonna have another go at the deck. Hopefully I will have that done by noon or I will (figuratively speaking) die trying. 
 
That's it from me so until tomorrow TTFN (ta-ta for now). 
 


 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Just another monday

The day dawned bright and I was up early, well at least early by my standards. Today I was going to continue with the chores with the one at the top of the hit parade being the deck.

On the weekend I managed to get a little work done. One of the tasks I wanted finished was the Giant Jenga game.  

I turned around to see this, a down pour of epic proportions.
I had trimmed and squared the blocks of wood the other day and now it was time to trim then to length and sand them down. While the task was easy with the use of a stop block on the chop saw it was repetitive. With the ear defenders on and my back to the door I didn't realize that a monsoon had started outside.

While it took a while I did manage to get the job done. The set looks better now and works better as well.
All done
Today I've been trying to get the deck done but the Gods have decided to be against me. I was going to power wash the deck but the power washer has displayed it's Chinese, Canadian Tire heritage buy refusing to start. I changed the fuel for fresh, check the plug and the connections but it's no go. So I have been doing things the old fashioned way with a mop. I've had to take five to let the sun move so there isn't direct light before I use the deck bright. I figure I'll have to cool my jets until around three thirty or four local time. The it will be once again unto the breach for me.   

I'm looking forward to tomorrow when I get to see the Doc and find out what the next plan of attack is. One thing that has been a constant today was the pain I've been feeling. It's OK pain is just weakness leaving the body. I just didn't know that I had so much weakness. 

That's it for now, I'll be back tomorrow so until then have as much fun as you can. 

Supplemental...

After fighting with the deck for a couple of hours I came to the conclusion it was a lost cause with the stuff I had i.e. a scrub brush, soap and water. I went into town and picked up a few things including four stroke oil and a spark plug.

When I got home I gapped the plug and installed it in the pressure washer and I did a quick oil change. After priming the motor I gave it a hell of a pull and it flashed right up. Now I'm cooking with gas. I got around half on one of the sides done and after a short pause I'll be at it again. So until tomorrow, bye-bye.