Thursday, 18 January 2018

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 my appearance look semi human I got the morning chores out of the way. Cat fed and coffee on I gave my wonderful wife a peck on the cheek, and was out the door.

I arrived at the industrial vampire's office, looked inside and gave a small sigh. The place was packed. I had forgotten the golden rule for blood work, go early or after lunch because a lot of old geezers ladies and gentlemen go just after they get up which is between ten and noon. One thing I have learned is the lab coated blood suckers are quick, so I only cooled my jets for a half hour.

Standing around awaiting the arrival of my new shiny
Down a pint, I left Dracula's monastery and headed for the semi big city. It was time to visit Cabala's and pick up a new shiny that I'd ordered. The shiny was a twenty to seventy power spotting scope. Being the lazy and cheap guy I am, I bought the scope because it was drastically marked down, so I saved a bucket of cash. On the lazy side of the equation the scope will save me walking when I go to the range. On the range I punch holes in paper at a hundred yards but until now didn't have a way to see where I was hitting. This meant firing a five round group then doing the hundred yard mosey to go check things out. Now I'll simply put up four or five targets at a time since I will be able to inspect them from the comfort of my bench.

My new shiny all set up and ready to go
I got very lucky with the new scope. The scope didn't come with a tripod. A tripod is just something else the store can suck a person into buying. Where I was lucky was at Christmas my Bro-in-law P and his lovey wife J gave me a tripod to use for photography with my cell phone. I checked the mountings and found the tripod was a perfect match for the spotting scope. It was like they were made for each other.

Next up it the list of things to acquire is a game camera. I've seen some stuff posted over at Joel's blog and I'm impressed. I figure at the very least it will show what goes on after we go to bed. 

Well that's about all I got for now, so until the morrow... be seeing you. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Links day

Not too much happening on the home front this wonderful winter day. I was up and at 'em bright and early, or at least my version of early. Hey, ten thirty EST in the morning is early in other places like, say... Vancouver you know.  After getting ready for the day and checking the news feed, my emails etc. I went over to get a blood test done. 

Upon arrival at the house of industrial vampires, I steeled myself for what was to come, got out of the truck and boldly walked to the clinic door. Locked, damn. There were two signs one that warned of falling snow and ice the other alerting potential clients that the place was closed for the day at noon. I looked at my watch, it was twelve twenty... double damn.

Oh well I had another stop to do, check my lottery tickets. I made the quick trip across the street to a little convince store and bought a couple of quick picks. Then I checked the tickets I had. Much to my surprise, I had a winner in my hand. I had won the grand sum of seven dollars and now I had a serious decision to make, should I reinvest in another lottery ticket, blow all the cash or invest it and live off the interest. After the clerk handed me another quick pick, I headed for home.

So went my day... Now for you, I have a few links you may or may not want to look at. I found them while perusing the web and since they interested me I figured I would share.  

I noted the other day that my friend Joel over at TUAK was having trouble with his chickens again. Personally, I think all he needs to do is up his game with a new hen house, but that's just me. 

The shape of things to come is coming sooner than anyone has thought.  Not to be outdone, Ford is still in the hunt as well.

And now in the spy versus spy department we have this little gem. On the plus side he has been caught. On the negative side is the loss that took place before he was caught.

The other day I was looking at some American political stuff. One of the comments that caught my eye was “I still believe Trump is better than the alternative.” This may be so however these graphics beg the question, if Trump was the best choice how much worse would Clinton have been?

Just the other day I was whining about the cold. After seeing this I may not be whining as much. By the way right now it's 19 deg F where I am in Southern Ontario and in Memphis Tennessee it's 19 deg F. 🙂

“We found the location of the hackers, sir.” General calmly looks up and says “Very good, please send the coordinates to missile command and launch.” 

A few years ago I read an interesting book by a guy named Gwynne Dyer. The book was titled Climate Wars and is one I highly recommend. The book deals with the geopolitical and social impact of climate change on the world. I read this story and thought that this was exactly the type of situation he was predicting. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A lovely winter day

It's been one of those snowy, sunny, snowy, sunny kinda days. My lovely wife and I were going to venture out to the semi big city. She for an appointment to get some needle work done and me, so I could just get out of the house. Seeing the traffic reports and road conditions put paid to this idea. We have come to the conclusion that it's not worth the risk, if things outside are bad we stay in unless it's an emergency.  Sooner rather than later we will have to venture out, we are down to our last pound of coffee and after that's gone I suspect that things will get a wee but tense around here. My wife and I are alike in this regard, if we can't have a brew in the morning we get really, really ugly. 

Lunch done I took care of the dishes the old-fashioned way, I loaded the dishwasher, put in some soap and turned it on. After basking in the glow of achievement I went to the basement to check on the water softener, to make sure it had enough salt.

While down there I noticed a drip coming from the HRV and I remembered a fall task that I had forgotten to do, service the unit. I grabbed a step ladder and went to open the side of the HRV, every nerve tingling because I expected to get drenched in ice-cold water. I got lucky there wasn't the expected large pool of H2o, so I took out the filter then went and cleaned it.

After reinstalling the filter I found that the problem with the dripping water was still there, so I had a look at the drain hoses. The guy who had installed the plastic hose drain had curved the hose into an air trap by making a look and in doing so over time the hose had kinked. I removed the loop shorted the hose and put it back together but the kink was still obstructing the water flow. I took the section of hose off then went to the kitchen and gave the plastic ten seconds in the microwave. This softened the hose up nicely and I used my Leatherman to make the kink to go away. I put the hose assembly back together so now the hose was a straight run to the sump. Low and behold removing the kink and the loop in the plastic hose solved the problem.

That's it for me so until tomorrow bye-bye.

Monday, 15 January 2018

The weekend that was

This past weekend is dead and gone. Weather wise there was a bit of a drop in the temp from Friday's plus seven to Saturdays minus twenty seven. There was no real reason to venture forth, so I didn't. I chose to cocoon in the warmth of our humble home and be warm, so sue me. 

Our watch cat on guard
Over the weekend the only “exciting” things that happened were our watch cat saving us from a vicious marauding squirrel that tried to scratch its way into the living room.

Our watch cat staring down
the big bad squirrel
Then there was Facebook... On Saturday I was looking at some old photos on my personal confuser when I stumbled upon a few from where I worked when I still did that horrible work for a living thing. One I came upon was a funny meme that I had made of a fellow whom I greatly respect, R de C. I thought what the heck and sent him a friend request on FB and much to my surprise he accepted. Not only did he accept but a few minutes after I commented upon one of his posts another former coworker, MS, sent me a friend request. I thought about it for a few minutes and then I figured what the hell and accepted. 

While MS was one of the supervisors I once worked for, he wasn't one of the bad guys. Well, we shall see how this goes. There are others who are on FB that I'm not really wanting to interact with so if this gets silly I'll be hitting the unfriend icon.

That's about enough of this mental meandering for now, so until the morrow I bid you adieu...

Friday, 12 January 2018

All's quiet on the Northern front...

Today is one of those days weather wise, a day not fit for man or beast to be out and about. Overnight the temps dropped through the floor. Right now there is a flash freeze warning in effect, the rain has stopped and it's started to snow. I was going to go into town and do blood work after I got up but that didn't happen. On the plus side my driveway was clear of the ice stuff so out of the darkness there is one little ray of light after all.

Well, I guess it could always be worse.
Since there is absolutely nothing going on, here are a few links I came across on my tour of the World Wide Web on this horrible fine day. 

A report says Canadians want to fight climate change on the cheap. Well I can certainly understand where this is coming from being a cheapskate lover of mother earth. 

It is starting to look like Canada's economic star is going to dim a bit. Not surprising with the hikes in minimum wage and all the other factors various in play.

Since there isn't enough sin to tax, lets think about broadening the pool to include other things like food.

Looking out the window at the rain/ice mix I would just love to take a trip down south maybe to Mexico... not. Another option would be to visit the not so United States and hope while I was down there not to get sick. Or I could forgo a visit to these places and stay in Canada where at least our leader doesn't call third world countries shit holes

I'm going to leave you with one last link. Around a week ago it was revealed that there was a serious flaw with CPU chips made by Intel. A couple of days later a firmware patch came along and the world was saved. Well not so fast on that world being saved thing, you may want to run the next set of updates that will be coming along shortly.

Well I think that's enough from me for now. Remember no blog on the weekend, see you Monday. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Just another day

Everything's melting....
Today has been quiet... too quiet. The temps climbed overnight and now it's a balmy eight degrees Celsius and everything's melting. The ladies were in so the house is all sparkling clean again which is always nice. While the ladies were slaving away upstairs, I was working out downstairs. Today marks the third day in a row that I have worked out for a half hour. I do ten minutes of weights and then twenty on the recumbent bike.

My lovely wife went into town for a few things and when she returned I went out for a few other things. Relax we're not fighting, I just didn't feel like traipsing around a big box food store. And where I had to go, she didn't want to. 

Before going anywhere I got the snow, or in this case, slush thrower out. The town plow guy had left a low wall of ice mush at the end of the driveway. I figured that when things refreeze I don't want to have acquired a jackhammer to clear up the mess. Clearing out the mess at the end of the driveway took around twenty long, hard, minutes. The stuff at the end of the driveway was thick and chewy and slippery, very slippery. I had to use a little body English because half the time the tires were just spinning on the slippery surface. 

In case you were wondering, and who hasn't, how
warm it's been that little patch in this pic is lawn.
I know it's over the septic tank but it's still lawn.

Then it was off to the store where there was a package I had to pick up. At Christmas, we were lucky enough to have a rich bro & sis-in-law give us a SodaStream. I ordered a pack of extra bottles for it and now I had to pick them up. Two other little things I knocked off while I was at the store, I picked up some stamps and I mailed my membership renewal to the gun club. Now I just hope it gets there before I get hit with late fees.

Yes you could say this was just another day at home.   

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

And now a pause for the weather...

This morning I awoke with sun streaming through the bedroom window. It was lightly cloud covered and very mild outside. Looking at my handy communications device AKA the cellphone, I checked what the weathertainers had to say about this not so winter like situation. Of course there was another spat of doom and gloom on the horizon. Being the strong silent type that I am, I managed to resist pulling the covers over my head and retreating back to the land of nod.
If the weathertainers are right, we will have some
freezing rain by tomorrow.
 A few days ago we were in a bit of a deep freeze. Temps were getting into the serious section of the thermometer dropping down to minus thirty range. Add to this the windchill factor and things were getting seriously frosty. That was so last week because now the temps are in the plus range and the snow fall that's the weathertainers are predicting will be falling in a liquid form. Yes that's right kids, the prognostication is for rain today and tomorrow. 

The latest prognostication

There really isn't anything new in their being a little rain in January. In years past this temperature spike was commonly known as a January thaw. These days the spike is seen and is being used as another sign of climate change by the rabid, Volvo driving environmental crowd. After all any port in a storm as they say. Personally I don't know if it's climate change, global warming or just another phase of a cycle that the planet has been going through for millennia. I've seen way too much evidence to support both sides of this environmental doom coin so as for me I will just carry on doing what I've been doing, recycling, using less electricity and generally trying my best to reduce my footprint on Terra firma. As for everybody else, I am not my brothers keeper.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Let it snow, snow, snow...

Zero and snow beats minus thirty and windchill any day.
During this latest cold snap these past few weeks have been a little trying. My wife and I, without any conscious consent have been cocooning, only going out when it was imperative. Looking forward to the rest of winter I'm hoping the weathertainers are right in their prognostication that it's going to get mild. It started to snow overnight and while it wasn't the big fat fluffy flakes there was some accumulation. Today's temperatures have been a bit of a respite from these past few weeks when the needle on the thermometer has been hovering in the minus twenty-five to minus thirty degree area. Right now it's zero and in comparison today is almost balmy outside. 
Today I went out to deal with the overnight accumulation of snow in the driveway and down at the mail box. The weathertainers predicted around five cementers, and we got around twenty. Using the snow blower wasn't as pleasant as normal. Last night while getting things ready for the trash pickup, I had a little tumble. My left knee is a little tender now, so I've been trying not to push it. 
While at the mail box, I took a look over at L&T's place to make sure they could get out. I was lucky their driveway didn't need the end cleared, so I was spared that chore. With the mail box cleared my last bit of snow blowing was finished. I headed back to the barn and got the snow blower all gassed up and ready for the next go round with mother nature's leavings. Now I'm just going to have a little lunch and read my book. Until tomorrow, I bid you good bye.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Reading is a novel experience

I have to admit it, I'm a reader. Yes there it is, I said it, I like to read books. Don't worry too much after I put a book down I usually go and wash my hands so as not to infect others with this vice. 
Lately I've been reading various schlock novels that I have downloaded from Amazon for free. To say they are a little to be desired is an understatement. What Amazon usually does is make the first book in a series free then, like a drug dealer, they charge an arm plus a leg for the next fix. This technique for hooking readers grows tiresome after a while and I find myself in dire need of a real paper book written by a good author fix. There is just something that an E-Reader doesn't have, that feel of real honest to God paper feel on the fingertips as you turn a page. It is a feeling that just cannot be compared.

My current book
I was lucky this past Christmas, several authors whose work I love had things in print. My loving and understanding wife was kind enough to get me the latest Dan Brown offering which I just recently started. Another author whose books are like magic in W.E.B. Griffin and his latest just hit the book store shelves. The biggest disappointment was that the new Griffin novel wasn't out until the twenty-sixth of December, so I ordered a copy from Amazon. When I ordered the Griffin novel I noted another of my favorite authors, William C. Dietz, also had a new book in print, so I ordered it as well. 

Much to my joy the Griffin and Dietz novels arrived today. I opened the Amazon box like a junkie about to get his next fix. After scanning the inside covers, I knew that I was not going to be disappointed in these offerings. I tend to try to not read these authors very fast. Reading their novels is like sipping a good scotch, one doesn't quaff the glass in one gulp, one savors the experience. 

Griffin and Dietz, two of the finest writers today
The other reason I don't just devour these books is the time lag between publications, that weighting years for the next novel just sucks. 

Well I'm off now to get some Dan Brown reading done. So until the morrow bye for now. 



Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Looks like I hit the big time

I just got this in my email folder and after I read it I smiled and yelled over to my lovely wife “Hey honey, it looks like we hit the big time.” 

My ticket to the good life has arrived

Now I'm in a bit of a quandary about what I will do with all this cash that will soon be falling into my lap. Shall I buy a boat, a new house, a top end SUV? Maybe I'll just buy them all or I might just pinch myself and wake up. I know that in this cruel world the only place where I will ever get this kind of cash falling into my lap is in slumber land.

Oh well it is kinda fun thinking about what a guy could do with all this cash. Who knows, maybe I'll just hop in my truck and take a little drive to the border and buy a few tickets in the Power Ball or Mega Millions lotteries. The nice thing is the winnings are not taxed by the Canadian government so there is no double jeopardy. Now being a realistic kinda guy you know as well as I do that I will keep dreaming. I will not be jumping into any trucks to drive over the border to buy lottery tickets any time soon. While I will be staying home, it is cool for a guy to dream about hitting the big time.

Until the morrow, bye-bye.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Déjà vu all over again

This morning I made a run into town for a few things. Over the Christmas/New Year break we had used a lot of water, more than I had figured we would, and we needed salt. I had checked the water softener last night only to find the salt was very low. I figured this morning I'd make a run into town and get a couple of bags then top up the softener. Personally I like my water after it has been softened, I guess I'm not much for the raw water craze.

I also figured that while in town I would pick up a few items for a new toy we were given at Christmas. The new toy was a SodaStream water thingy which we have been using since we got it. What the SodaStream does is carbonates water turning good old tap water into fizzy soda water.

The place where I was going supposedly carries the SodaStream products that I was looking for. All I wanted was a spare pack of bottles, some flavors and a spare C02 cartridge. After walking around the store looking, looking, looking I finally broke down and asked where they hid the stuff. That's when I was told they were out of stock on everything SodaStream.

After paying for the salt I left the store laughing all the way to my truck. What struck me as funny was I had been through this very same situation before. Years ago we had a one cup coffee maker that used pods. It was the predecessor of the Keurig coffee makers you find all over today and I loved it. The only issue was after a while you couldn't find the pods and to order them on line was horribly expensive. Sadly in the prime of its life the coffee pod device made the trip to coffee maker heaven. Now we have a SodaStream and my wife and I love it. My only hope is that this is not a case of Déjà vu all over again.

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year's ramble

New Years day had dawned sort of sunny with a dash of cold... strike that, it was freezing outside when I finally threw off the covers. It was cold enough that snow was forming from the moisture in the air not falling from the clear sky. 

Brunch, enough said...
Coffee on and brunch being made the morning progressed as an early morning after a late night usually does. As a replay of Christmas my lovely wife made eggs Benedict for the gang with orange juice and champagne. Then it was time to turn on the television and watch the various parades. Meanwhile, outside it had started to snow. The small flakes that tell an onlooker, baby it's cold outside.

Another new year has begun in earnest. What the bright, new, just out of the box, year has in store is anyone's guess. The only resolution I made last nigh was to not make any resolutions. I figure that unlike years past this should be an easy one to keep but only the future can tell. As for me while it's not a resolution I'm going to try to watch less of the news and not obsess about things I can't control. Well, we shall see how that turns out.  

Anyway, normal blogging resumes tomorrow so until then bye-bye from up here north of disorder.


Well New Year's Eve has come and gone. For me it was a quiet one with a few friends and family. Sis and Bro-in-law were her as well as friend S. The evening was a quiet one with us having all sorts of finger food to snack on as well as various beverages of an alcoholic nature. 

Don't know about where you
are but here it's damn cold outside.
Around ten thirty I remembered that Monday was a trash pickup day, so I dawned my cold weather gear and dragged the trash to the curb. I was so happy that I would be starting the new year with my chores done. After weathering the frigid temperatures outside I'm not sure what prompted my but I took a look at the trash pickup schedule. Of course there was no pickup slated for Monday even though with the exception on Christmas they pick up the trash rain or shine no matter the holiday.

I managed to end two thousand and seventeen with a screw up. It wasn't my first mistake and it probably will not be my last. After all these years I have come to accept that all I can do is my best, I can't do any better than that.

Well it's now pushing one in the morning and I'm tired, not to mention a wee bit inebriated, so I do believe that it's time to go abed. To all of you out there I hope your new years eve was a fun and festive affair. I also hope that this bright and shiny two thousand and eighteen is a good year for you all.

Good night...

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...