Friday, 29 September 2017

Fall has fallen

Fall has done just that, fall at least temperature and weather wise. This new season has brought with it a serious drop in temperature going from a high at the start of the week in the eighties to today with things in the fifties. Add to this joy today's rain and moderately high winds and it has been very nasty outside all day. 
Just a nasty day...
Today, nasty as the outside was, we went out to the wannabe big town to pick up a few things. Two last items on the list to take with us in our travels on Monday. The clock is ticking down. Monday we get to hop on the big bird and leave for Iceland. We will be there for a couple of days then it's off to sample the pastry in France for a few days and after that we get to spend time with friends and family in Germany. I suspect the drunk fairy will come out and tap me in the head a few times with his two by four wand but I'm looking forward to it all the same.

This weekend we have a bucket of things to get done so there will be no blog posts. I'll try to post again on Monday but I promise nothing. I'm not taking the personal confuser with me and my Galaxy Note is a bitch to blog from but we shall overcome as best we can. So to all of you out there have a good weekend. Bye for now.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

"One of those days"

Yesterday was "one of those days" where it would have been better not to have gotten out of bed. I was up and at 'em at the normal time, had coffee and some cereal then a look at the news. Just a regular day. At the appointed time my lovely wife scooted off for an appointment and I was home... alone. 

I took a look at the to-do list and thought how the week was slipping away. Top of the list was getting the outdoor stuff put away. What this means is playing mule and moving the stuff under cover to the back deck. Simple... 

First came the two new love seats and the coffee tables. By the time they were in place and covered my back was giving me a tinge which I failed to listen too. Hey, I'm a guy, it's what I do. Hell anyone will tell you that pain is just weakness leaving the body. Well by the time I took the other four heavy muskoka chairs and their accompanying tables to the back and stored them I was in mortal agony.

When my lovely wife came home we went out for a little shopping. There were a few last minute things we wanted to get for the trip. Of course with the getting in and out of the truck the pain only got worse. I finally broke down when we got home and took some pain killers to kill the pain before the pain killed me. So now I'm a little hobbled in what I can do as the old back heals up, 

On a side note, something I noticed while we were looking at gifts in town that really annoyed the hell out of me. This:
Yesterday it was the twenty sixth of September and when when we entered the shop the employees were merrily working away putting out Christmas stuff. It's more than a month away from Halloween  and they are getting ready for Christmas? It was in the eighties temp wise and they are putting out Santa? OK enough with the rant, please forgive me, let's just say it was the pain talking. 

Speaking of pain I'm going to go and take some pain killers so I can function because there are things to do, places to go as it were. Bye for now.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Fall heat wave...

As weekends go this past one wasn't to shabby. Strangely for this time of year we are in the middle of a heat wave. These past few nights it's been warm enough to have the air conditioning on where it should be at least ten degrees Celsius colder.

Saturday found us up north at the Bro-in-law's trailer. It's in a little trailer park on a very small lake. The new trailer they have is as opulent as some homes I've been in over the years and yes I'm a little bit jealous. 

When we got to the trailer the Bro-in-law had a couple of guests, S&J, who were partaking of the trailer park scene. S&J are wonderful conversationalists and this visit did not bring that fact into disrepute.

Hard to believe this is fall
Of course the Bro-in-law's little bundle of joy had to take us on the grand tour of the park. We played on a "pirate ship" made puzzles, shot a round of mini put and some basket ball hoops. We had a grand old time thanks to our little three year old tour guide.
After dinner we got to do one of my favorite things, sit and jaw around a camp fire. All in all we had a very nice visit. One of the special things was that our Sis-in-law J and her eldest H made the long trek up to the trailer. I really wasn't expecting them because she worked all day as did H and they were going back early on Sunday to work. Anyway I'm glad they came up for one simple reason, Sis-in-law J is just plain fun to be around. 

Sunday was a mostly quiet day because of the heat. The hottest part of Canada was at Canadian Forces Base Borden which is a stone's throw away on a map. We were going to do a fire in the evening but with the temp hot enough to melt lead we went to plan B. Our friend S came over in the evening and we drank ice cold wine while enjoying the cool evening air outside. 

One to other things... 

A short time ago I was looking at getting rid of some clutter on my tablet so I down loaded an app called CC Cleaner. Then over a few weeks I noticed some strange things start to happen. My spam started to escalate, I found that somehow I had accounts on some very unrepeatable sites. turns out that CC Cleaner installed some malware and I got hacked. Well I was up this morning and sorted all that out including wiping the tablet and reinstalling everything as well as changing a whole host of passwords. So if you have used or are using CC Cleaner on your phone or tablet the only way to deal with the issue is to wipe the device and reinstall everything. The normal antivirus apps don't do a thing. 

And on that happy note I leave you until the morrow. Bye for now... 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Old verses bold mushroom pickers

One of the nice things about living in the country is the pleasant surprises one gets. Today my wife and I went to the semi big city. She had an appointment to keep and I wanted to do a little shopping. When we left the house she smiled and exclaimed "Look shaggy manes!" 

Now for those who don't know it, shaggy manes are wild mushrooms that are very edible and go great with steak. The only issue here was there weren't enough to make a real feed so it wasn't worth harvesting them. The game plan, as per my wife, is to let them spore and harvest them later. Personally I'm not a big mushroom fan unless they are fried well but my wife loves them. 

I take my cue from my wife's experience in all things mushroom. As my Father-in-law would say "There are old mushroom pickers and there are bold mushroom pickers but there are no old and bold mushroom pickers." So if she says leave them be, I don't have a problem with that. When we do get around to picking it becomes a time sensitive issue, they need to be blanched upon being picked ASAP.Then if there's enough they will get flash frozen for eating later.

Well that's the extent of my excitement for now. I'll post more on the morrow. Until then, bye-bye.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Living the comfortable life

I've been finding as time goes on that I like the comfortable life with no major challenges where, for the most part, I can do as much or as little as I want. Yesterday as an example the highlight of my day was traveling into town with my wife. She had to get medications and I needed to pick up some water softener. 

While in town we stopped and had some lunch at a little diner called the "Hasty Tasty." The Hasty is one of those places when you walk in and sit down, you feel comfortable which is what I like. The diner has been around since the thirties with very little change in the way of menu or decor.

The later afternoon crowd at the Hasty Tasty
Today started with overcast skies and rain. It's been a rather drab day so far. Aside from roaming the world wide web I've really been doing nothing. Whenever I get around to it I have to bring in the four fifty pound bags of salt for the softener. It's on the agenda so eventually it will get done. 

Oh I almost forgot, today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. So in the spirit of the day...

I do hope ye enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day 'n don't forget t' incorporate pirate natter into all yer natters. 'til omorrow bye-bye.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Last kick at the can

This morning saw me up at the crack of eight. Why so early you ask, well I had a tee time for nine and since I can't teleport... The round J and I endured wasn't too bad and In a number of ways it was bitter sweet. Today was the last kick at the can for the year. I know there is still time left to get a few more rounds in but with the trip coming up there really just isn't enough hours in the day.  After lunch is done I will be cleaning the implements of golf course destruction and putting them away for the winter. 

This past weekend we managed not to do a lot. On Saturday I slept in. Now remember that I'm retired and think about that statement for a bit. For me to say I slept in I must have gotten up really late, and I did. I was up and at 'em at the stroke of noon which is the latest I've been up since I pulled the work plug. The only thing I managed to get done was cutting the lawn and getting some yard work finished.

Sunday saw us having a visit from the Bro-in-law with his little three and a half year old bundle of joy. As it normally is the visit was very nice with his daughter being all lovey. After they hit the road our friend S came over and I got the outdoor fire pit going. We sat around the fire until late in the evening, drinking wine and shooting the breeze. It was a very pleasant way to spent the time and when it was all done I hosed down the fire pit because the last thing I want is a forest fire around my log home. 

Well I've things to get done so until the morrow, bye-bye.

Friday, 15 September 2017

What a mess part 2

A dump by any other name
would smell as "sweet"
Today I managed to be up bright and early, that is if you consider nine thirty early. I made myself presentable then got coffee on and had a little breakfast. That out of the way it was off to get the truck ready, once the trailer was covered I headed out for the dump. 

Another dump run done
The trip over was non eventful but when I arrived there was a moment of confusion. They are in the process of  building another entrance kiosk and hadn't really indicated which booth to go to. Not to worry I figured it out soon enough. After declaring what I had I started the laborious task of taking the trash out, then the wood and finally the recyclables. 

Our cat in her
happy place
Then it was off to the vets where I picked up an order of stuff. I had ordered tooth gel and a new tooth brush. When I got home I found our cat and brushed her teeth. It has to be done because her gums are starting to get  a little inflamed. 

It's a good thing that we had the cat declawed when she was just a kitten many years age. For such a small cat she can get real ugly. In the end I got the job done with no punctures from teeth or scratches from back claws. When I let her go the first thing she did was hightail it for her happy place which is a basket of cat toys.  
The before pic...

I had a little lunch then went out to tackle a job I had been putting off, cleaning my shed. The shed serves the same role as a normal person's garage. In it I store all the lawn equipment, my fuel, our bikes etc. Lately it has become a haven for junk. 

It took a while and a lot of crap has ended up in the trailer but the job was done. I could not believe how bad I had let it get but after two and a half hours and several coffee breaks I got the job done. The shed is now usable and the stuff that's inside is accessible. You could say ship shape and Bristol fashion if you like, but the job's done.  

All done and everything in it's place
I know it's early but since I will not be around in October I'm starting on the winter preps next week. Having the area in the shed cleaned up and the workshop trashed out will help. 

Well that's about all from me for today. Happy Friday to you all and remember blogging will resume on Monday. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

What a mess

Yesterday we got one of the little things necessary for our trip done, we picked up some local cash (Euros) and ordered some other local cash (Kroners). I'm liking the fact that the Canadian dollar is up from it's basement levels. When we got to the bank, the normally quiet to the point of a pin dropping sounds like a gunshot place was packed. My lovely wife took pity on me an she stood in line while I sat down. I know, I'm lazy. 

What a mess
Now it's workable
Speaking of lazy when I was working on the new/old trailer for S all I wanted to do was get it done. Of course this meant not being as tidy as I should have. Well today I paid the piper for that laziness. I worked steady most of the afternoon only taking the occasional water break. I know, I'm such a slave driver on myself.

Now that this is done the next project is the front shed. I'm planning on trashing out the shed on the weekend. I would do it tomorrow but I already have a trailer full to go to the dump with.
Guess where I'm off to in the morning
So I'm off to the dump first thing in the morning. I figured that since I've already loaded the trailer why bother unhooking it. This way after morning coffee and a bit to eat I'm out bound.

Until tomorrow have as much fun as you can, legalities be damned.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A little under the weather

I haven't posted anything for a while because I've not been feeling that great. The last two nights have seen my under the covers by around nine in the evening. But I'm OK now, the issues have mostly cleared up. This whole getting old thing sucks and is not for the faint of heart. 

On Monday I took the drive out to the range with my friend J. Moose season is coming up and I'm lending him my 7.62 scout because it's a better firearm for taking moose than his 30-30. I'm not doing this out of the goodness of my heart, I'm expecting some pepperettes if the guys get any made. Oh and in case you were wondering, yes I still hit what I aim at. 
50 Yard group with 1 flyer.
After we finished up J and I grabbed a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant. The food there was great but this was countered by crappy service. When it was time to go J graciously picked up the tab for the meal but to do this he had to go searching for someone to pay the meal to. 

Well that's about the extent of my excitement these past few days. Until the morrow I bid you farewell.  

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Well that's one project done...

I spent the majority of yesterday working on the new/old trailer. It started with a visit to HD for some lumber. Looking at the costs of simple plywood I ended up with a plan b. I went and picked up two sheets of 16 inch by six feet pine that was a half inch thick to use as sidewalls.

When I got home with wood, screws and other odds and ends I gave battle to the trailer.

Starting to look like a trailer
By mid afternoon it looked like I was winning the battle. There were a few issues like the fact that nothing wanted to line up but perseverance paid off. I had to reuse the front panel but couldn't use the spare tire mount. Originally I was going to use a piece of spare quarter inch plywood but that didn't work out. For the spare tire mount I cobbled one together out of two pieces of 2X4 cut to 5 inches, screwed together and attached to the front wall with deck screws. Then came the drilling of a hole so I could use a lag bolt to secure the tire. 

All done
I cut a board and mounted the hinges then mounted the board as a tail gate with a pair of gate latches to keep it in place and suddenly I was done.

This morning I printed up the paperwork for our friend S who was taking the trailer off my hands. When I went out to hook the trailer up of course the lights didn't work. A quick check and I found the screw for the main ground had broken. Out came the drill and I punched another hole then put another screw in. Of course this broke as did the next one. So then I got smart and used several bits and tested the hole with a screw until one fitted properly. A quick hook up of the wire and I was good to go. 

I took the trailer over to S's place did the sign off and hit the road. It was nice to see the new/old trailer in it's new home. S plans on painting the trailer black then registering it. I'm sure it will look nice in any colour other than the barn paint red that it was in.

As for me the next project on the list is to refit an old suitcase that had been my Father-in-law's into a coffee table with space to store board games. That project will begin on Tuesday.  

As for me it's time to relax a bit and enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon. Bye for now.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Have and accident? No thanks, just had one...

This past weekend was like most weekends with Friday and Saturday being lovely, Sunday was so so with sun and rain while Monday had monsoon moments with some severe weather. On Friday night we had our friend S over for a nice evening around a fire. Sitting, laughing and having a relaxed evening. On Saturday we were out and about One of the stops we made was at the local ice cream shop. Sitting on a park bench watching the boats in the bay and enjoying the sun.

Saturday I was designated to cook dinner. So I bombed up the BBQ and cooked a pair of burgers and vegetables.  The burgers were made with black peppers and whisky, nice. The only issue was that these burgers tend to flair up. Cooking these burgers tends to be a little exciting.

Today I had to bring the truck into the shop for the front brakes. It was a routine visit, almost like dropping in to see some friends. While I was jawing with the owner he suddenly stopped and said "Well that's going to be an expensive day." I asked what he was talking about an he pointed to an accident on the street outside. 

It looked like the black car had been pulling out and the pickup truck slammed into it. The damage to the black car was extensive. In the province where i live the police will not attend car accidents unless the damage is very high or one of the vehicles cannot move. Well the impact to the black car caused the passenger's side front wheel to be bent roughly thirty degrees from the perpendicular. In plain english the black car was not going anywhere. later I watched as a tow truck picked up the black car and went away.

Well so ends my exciting day and to you I say goodbye. Until tomorrow TTFN.

Monday, 4 September 2017

They're dropping like flies...

Welcome back my friends we're so glad you could attend*... Sorry, I've had classic songs running through my head ever since I learned that Walter Becker of Steely Dan had passed away, damn.

Then this morning it was announced that Skip Prokop of Lighthouse was gone, double damn.


These two were a big part of my misspent youth back in the seventies when a lot of hell was raised. Guys like these two in their rock groups were a huge part of the sound track to my life. Rest in peace boys, your like shall not bass this way again. 

* Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression Part 2)

New shiny

I was going to get my blood work done this morning, so I was up at the crack of nine thirty(ish). After doing the shower thing and making...