What’s Happening in Cottage Country On June 2023

Good Morning!

It’s a bit cloudy this morning, waking up, and it has cooled down some. Which is okay with me as I don’t really enjoy it when the temperatures are in the 90s F. But then again, I am not one to complain, as winter is long enough. Highway 522 is a bit busy, but not all that bad for this time of year. I suspect though, closing in on July, things will pick up.

Bug Report: Actually, for the past couple days being so hot, the Black Flies and Mosquitoes haven’t been all that bad. My lovely wife and I mowed yesterday, and we didn’t need our bug jackets. Truth be told, no matter how bad they are, they don’t usually bother me much. My wife says I’m not sweet enough. She could be right. At any rate, we did manage to get all our grass cut, her using the walk behind and me using the rider. I was all in when done and didn’t do much the rest of the day. Today we have to water our veggie garden as the plants are in need of a good drink. We will do that this morning and maybe plant our pumpkins in another garden that I have ready. Nothing like fresh homemade pumpkin pie in the fall. Especially using pumpkins you grew yourself, organic, that is.

With that, I am off for a bite to eat and will then see what the day has in store. I never know. I start off in one direction and end up going in another. But I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Have a good day. GW

What’s Happening In Cottage Country on June 1/2023

Well, here it is June 1st, man time is sure flying by. Looking outside, things like the trees are sure putting on a show with their leaves all up to size. It’s nice to see, and along with that the perennials are also about ready to show off. Our rhubarb is ready to pull, and my lovely wife will be making us a strawberry rhubarb pie either tomorrow or the next day. I sure do enjoy them.

On another note, Highway 522 is getting busier and busier every day, with lots of tourists and campers moving around looking for places to park their rigs for a month or two. It will continue like that for the remainder of the summer.

Bug report: There are still a lot of Black Flies out there irritating folks these days, along with the mosquitoes. This heat though will get rid of a lot of them, and the dragon flies will eliminate a lot more, along with the birds helping out. There is a lot going on with Nature if you take the time to notice. The old saying is that we humans need to take more time to smell the roses is so true.

Yesterday I did go to North Bay with my wife as we had to take our car into Ford as our engine light came on again. This is the second time it happened. First time $500.00 yesterday another $500.00. $109.00 Parts and $350.00 Labour. I have to tell you, things have sure gotten out of hand nowadays when it comes to what people are charging for labour. Some things I can see are warranted for them high prices, but for other things they sure aren’t. At any rate, we humans brought it on our selves, wanting this and wanting that and going into debt to get it. Some call that progress. I won’t tell you what I call it.

After we finished up at Ford we picked up a few groceries, well I should say my wife did, I waited in the car as I am still unable to walk too far. Sitting, I am okay. Once we had our groceries and a few other things, we both got ourselves a milk shake at the Dairy Queen, and headed back home. I have to tell ya, you can’t beat a Dairy Queen Milk Shake, especially chocolate.

Today is mowing day, so I had better get going as we want to beat the heat, as it is going to get quite warm as the day moves forward. I am going to see if I can use the rider today. Not sure how that will work out.

Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On May 31/2023

Good Morning!

Well, it’s been a couple of days since I have been able to post here on my blog. My lovely wife and I have been so busy with things going on around the house here, and … I am still not able to walk too far. But as I say, lots is being done. Like our new roof here on our home. The roofing company did arrive on Monday and finished it yesterday. And I have to tell you, they did a fantastic job. I have seen a few roofing companies in my lifetime, but these guys sure knew what they were doing. Ended up once the old shingles were off, my wife and I decided on covering our whole roof of our house with new plywood. Not cheap by any means. The reason being that when they built this house in 1926 they used boards and when they installed them they were probably still somewhat green, and well over time they shrunk leaving some gaps, and some were different thickness’s. So knowing that being a woodworker for many years, we brought it up to modern time so to speak. Now, when looking at the new shingles they are all laying nice and flat and with the new plywood it will also make our house a bit warmer come winter. They also laid down all the new ice shields and coverings before the new shingles went down, along with new vents, flashings and drip edges. All in all it turned out real nice, and we couldn’t be happier. If anyone is in need of a good roofing company, the name of the company is All Heights Roofing from Field, Ontario. Ask for Steve. Say George From Port Loring sent ya. Great company to deal with and on top of that they are fair when it comes to pricing. Kind of sad that we had to go out of town to get someone. But it’s not that we didn’t try! As we have been looking for someone for two years, and either their prices were way out of line and I mean way out of line, or they just didn’t want to do it. At any rate, maybe it was for the best, as we did find these guys, and they looked after us. We also got the top of the line shingles.

On another note, my wife and I did manage to get our veggie garden planted last Sunday. It was a challenge with all them pesky black flies annoying us and the both of us not being all that well. We got up around five in the morning and were finished around 11:00 AM. The reason for that was, we wanted to beat the heat, as I knew the hot weather was closing in on us. At any rate, it is done and now other than keeping it watered, we can sit back and watch it grow. We are sure looking forward to enjoying them when they get up to size. Especially the tomatoes and lettuce and garlic…. oh hell, we enjoy them all. Ha ha.

With that, I am off for a bite to eat and a cup of tea that my wife is preparing for me, and will then see what the day and my body has in store. Stay safe and have a great day. GW

What’s Happening In Cottage Country On May 28/2023

Good Morning!

It looks like another nice day shaping up for us here in Cottage Country. The sun is shinning and things are looking good, at least temperature wise. Waking up it was sitting at 10.4 C | 50.72 F. Nice out there for working at the moment, but it is going to get down right hot as the day moves forward with the temperature getting up to … 30C| 87F. Highway 522 has been busy and will get even busier in the coming days. Lots of campers and tourists starting to move around. And the folks that own cottages are opening them up for summer. Kind of nice seeing new faces for a change.

On another note, we have had a lot of activity around our home for the past two days, with my son Craig and his friend Mike coming for a visit to help my wife and I get some things done that needed doing. The worked like two beavers getting things done up that my lovely wife and I can’t do right now. The only thing left now is to get our veggie garden planted, which we might start early this morning, we will see how that works out as both of us are still hurting.

Also, the roofing company said they will be here on Monday morning, which will be another busy day. SO lots going on in spite of both of us not being able to do much.

Bug Report: The Black Flies are around with a vengeance these days and for those that they like they are biting like crazy. I felt bad for my sons friend as where he was bitten he was swelling up especially around his fingers. I told them to wear gloves and things, along with a net, but they wouldn’t hear of it. Eventually they did, so they learned. The mosquitoes are also annoying, and they will remain with us for a while longer until it gets real hot and the dragon flies make their appearance. They clean them up pretty fast.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then see what my body will allow me to do.

Have a great day. GW

When Should I Be Fishing?


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What’s Happening In Cottage Country On May 26/2023

Good Morning!

It looks like a nice day once again is shaping up for us. The sun is shinning, and the temperature is rising. It was a bit cool with it sitting at 6.1 C | 42.98 F getting out of bed. We did have another frost overnight and into this morning. I am thinking we should be good now. But in saying that, my wife and I aren’t going to plant our veggie garden until Saturday. As that is when the nighttime temperatures are in the high 40s and 50s at night. So we will see, as I sure wouldn’t want to lose all our seedlings. Especially our tomatoes, as I am looking forward to a few tomato sandwiches.

Bug Report: Yesterday, the Black Flies started to return after lunch, along with the Mosquitoes. Somehow a few got into the house through the day and last night my lovely wife and I were up around 2 in the morning swatting them. Nothing is worse than having them irritating you when you want to sleep. Today they will be out in full force as the temperatures are going to rise steadily all day.

On another note, our roofer didn’t make it yesterday for some reason, so I guess I will have to give him a call and see what happened. I know his son had some issues with a broken finger, so we will see. Hoping they come soon, as I sure would like to get it done up before summer hits. Been a longtime coming.

With that I am off for a soft-boiled egg and a piece of toast and will then see what my body says. It is still playing hell with me. Have a great day. GW

Pickerel and Large Mouth Bass

Today, I’m going to talk about catching Pickerel and Large Mouth Bass, and what baits and lures work best. I will also discuss the best time of day to catch these fish.

Pickerel, also known as Walleye, is a popular game fish in Northern Ontario. They are often found in deep waters near rocky structures, such as drop-offs, points, and shoals. The best time to catch Pickerel is during low light conditions, such as early morning or late evening.

When it comes to bait, Pickerel are known to bite on live minnows, leeches, and night crawlers. Artificial lures such as jigs, crank baits, and spinners also work well. In Northern Ontario, some of the best lures for Pickerel are Rapala Husky Jerks, Mepps Aglia Spinners, and Northland Mimic Minnows.

Large Mouth Bass is another popular game fish in Northern Ontario. They are often found in weed beds, shallow bays, and around submerged logs and rocks. The best time to catch Large Mouth Bass is during early morning or late evening, when the water is cooler.

When it comes to bait, Large Mouth Bass are known to bite on live bait such as worms, minnows, and crayfish. Artificial lures such as plastic worms, spinner baits, and top water poppers are also effective. In Northern Ontario, some of the best lures for Large Mouth Bass are Zoom Brush Hogs, Strike King KVD Square bills, and Booyah Buzzbaits.

In addition to bait and lures, it’s important to pay attention to the weather conditions when fishing for Pickerel and Large Mouth Bass. A light rain or overcast sky can make for good fishing conditions, while bright sunny days can make the fish more skittish.

Another thing to keep in mind is the time of year. Pickerel tend to spawn in the spring, while Large Mouth Bass spawn in the summer. During these times, the fish may be more focused on spawning and less likely to bite.

In summary, if you’re looking to catch Pickerel or Large Mouth Bass here in Cottage Country, try fishing during low light conditions, and use live bait or artificial lures that mimic the fish’s natural prey. Pay attention to the weather conditions and time of year, and you’ll increase your chances of success.

Tight lines, and we’ll see you on the water. GW

Fertilizing your veggie garden naturally

Here’s a blog post for you about fertilizing your vegetable garden with natural ingredients the old way, written from a farmer’s perspective and with a bit of humour. Enjoy!

Today, I want to talk to y’all about fertilizing your vegetable garden with natural ingredients the old way. As someone who’s been tending to crops for as long as I can remember, I can tell you that the best way to nourish your veggies is by going back to basics and using ingredients that Mother Nature intended. And trust me, it’s a heck of a lot more fun than buying a bunch of fancy, chemical-laden fertilizers.

So, what exactly are these natural ingredients, you ask? Well, let me tell you. First up, we’ve got good old-fashioned manure. Yes, I know it’s not the most glamorous thing in the world, but hear me out. Cow, horse, chicken, or even rabbit manure can work wonders for your soil. Not only does it provide a good source of nitrogen, but it also helps with water retention and soil structure. Just make sure you let it age for a bit before using it, otherwise you’ll be in for a real stinky surprise.

Next up, we’ve got compost. Now, this may not be the most exciting ingredient either, but it’s definitely one of the most effective. Compost is basically decayed organic matter, like leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps. When added to your soil, it helps to improve its texture, adds beneficial microorganisms, and provides a slow-release source of nutrients. Plus, it’s a great way to reduce waste and make use of things you would have otherwise thrown away.

If you’re looking to add some specific nutrients to your soil, there are plenty of other natural options out there. For example, if you need more phosphorus, bone meal or rock phosphate can do the trick. If you need more potassium, wood ash or kelp meal are good options. And if you need more calcium, you can try adding some crushed eggshells.

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking. “But George, isn’t using natural fertilizers more work than just buying something from the store?” Well, yeah, it might take a little more effort on your part. But think about it this way: when you use natural fertilizers, you’re not just nourishing your plants, you’re also nourishing the soil. And healthy soil means healthy plants, which means healthier and tastier veggies for you to enjoy. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to reduce chemical runoff and promote sustainable agriculture.

So there you have it, folks. Fertilizing your vegetable garden with natural ingredients may not be the flashiest option out there, but it’s definitely one of the most effective. And who knows, you might even find yourself enjoying the process. Just don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards!

Until next time. GW


Howdy there, folks! Today, we’re gonna talk about one of my favourite veggies to grow in the garden: Asparagus. Now, if you’re lookin’ for a plant that’ll give you some good eatin’ year after year, asparagus is the way to go. It’s a mighty fine addition to any country boy’s or gal’s garden, and it sure does taste mighty fine on the dinner table too. So let’s dig in and learn all about harvestin’, growin’, and usin’ this green delight!

First things first, let’s talk about when to harvest that asparagus. Now, when it comes to this here plant, patience is key. You see, asparagus takes a bit of time to establish itself and build up its root system before you start pickin’ those spears. Typically, you wanna wait about two to three years after plantin’ before you start harvestin’. I reckon that might sound like a long time, but let me tell ya, it’s well worth the wait!

When it finally comes time to harvest, you wanna keep an eye out for them spears shootin’ up from the ground. You’ll notice ’em poppin’ up in the springtime, usually around April or May, dependin’ on where you’re located. Look for spears that are about 6 to 8 inches tall and have tight, closed tips. Now, here’s a little trick: when you’re cuttin’ them spears, make sure to use a sharp knife or pair of shears and cut ’em right at ground level. Be careful not to damage any of the other spears that are comin’ up nearby.

Alright, now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of growin’ asparagus. When it comes to plantin’, you wanna find a nice sunny spot in your garden with well-drained soil. Asparagus likes its space, so give ’em a good 18 inches to 2 feet between each plant. Diggin’ a trench about 8 inches deep and a foot wide should do the trick. Now, mix in some good ol’ compost or manure with that soil to give your asparagus some nourishment.

Next up, lay them crowns (that’s what we call the root system) in the trench, spreadin’ out the roots real nice-like. Cover ’em up with about 2 inches of soil, but don’t fill the trench entirely just yet. As them spears start growin’, keep addin’ soil gradually until you reach ground level. That’ll help protect the crowns and encourage healthy growth. And remember, asparagus likes a good drink of water, so make sure to keep ’em hydrated, especially during dry spells.

Now, let’s move on to the fun part: Usin’ that homegrown asparagus in the kitchen! Once you’ve harvested your spears, you wanna make sure to use ’em up fresh for the best taste. Asparagus is mighty versatile, so you can cook it up in a variety of ways. One popular method is to steam ’em until they’re tender but still have a little crunch. Then, you can enjoy ’em plain, with a little butter, or even wrapped in bacon for some extra country goodness.

If you’re feelin’ a bit adventurous, you can also roast or grill those spears. Just drizzle ’em with some olive oil, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper, and let ’em sizzle away on the grill or in the oven. Asparagus also plays real nice with other ingredients, like lemon juice, garlic, Parmesan cheese, or even in a good ol’ country-style stir-fry.

So there you have it, folks! That’s the best I can do using my country boy lingo. Have a great day! GW

When Should I Be Fishing?


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Frost Warning For Cottage Country

Don’t forget to cover your tender plants before going to bed, as we can expect some frost late tonight and into tomorrow morning.

What’s Happening In Cottage Country On May 25/2023

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Well, starting things off, I hope everyone covered their plants before going to bed last night, as it did get down to where we had another frost. The temperature waking up was sitting at 0.6 C | 33.08 F. And it should also be noted that tonight it will become cold once again and another frost is likely. Looking at things, I would say our summer will be near normal for our area. We will see a few hot days, but for most parts, it looks like a real nice summer is shaping up for us here in Cottage country. At least that is what I get from looking at nature. So we will see how that pans out.

Bug Report: Yesterday turned out to be a real nice day, warming up in the afternoon. Being a bit cool, the Black Flies were kept at bay along with the Mosquitoes. Them blood sucking parasites. Some say every thing has a purpose in our old world, but in my mind, I kind of think, we could do without a few of them. But then again, the birds, bats and others feast off of them. And as hard as it is to believe, some plants rely on them for pollination. At any rate, what will be, will be.

On another note, yesterday, my lovely wife managed to get our grass cut. I hobbled out to my old Roper Riding Mower and managed to cut the front, but I was all in after that, and was ready to get to my lazy boy chair. Today I will take it a bit easy. I think, or hope, so. However, we are having a new roof being installed on our home today, I think, so that should be interesting. Long time coming, as with today’s prices, it took us awhile to save up. Some say, “George, why not just finance it?” Well, all my life, I never bought anything that we couldn’t pay for. If we didn’t have the money to pay for it outright, it didn’t get bought. We did without. And I am not about to change, or get dictated on what to do now.

It might be a bit cool up on the roof, and the old shingles at the moment are covered with frost. But it will be short-lived once the sunshine hits them.

With that, I am off for a pancake or two that my lovely wife is making for us with a touch of Mike Clappertons’ world renown Maple Syrup, and will then see what the day, and my body has in store. I am determined not to let it get the best of me. For every aliment there is a reason and my wife and I along with some very good friends are working on it.

Have a great day, and soak up some of that sunshine, as there is nothing better than Vitamin D3 to keep you healthy, strong and wanting to move ahead in life. GW

What’s Happening On May 24/2023

Well, here it is, the 24th of May. The good news is we didn’t have any frost overnight or this morning. However, in saying that, it isn’t all that warm with the temperature sitting at 2.8 C | 37.04 F. It will warm up as the day moves forward. And will continue to get even warmer as the week goes by. Actually it will get down right hot nearing the weekend with lots of sunshine. Which is okay with my wife and I as we do enjoy sitting and working outside.

Highway 522 is getting very busy with campers and even some tourists and day trippers roaming in and around our small town. If you like the solitude and enjoy nature, then this is the country for you. Of course, there are a few things that aren’t all that nice. Like them pesky black flies and mosquitoes. But as soon as it warms up, they will move on for another year. Then we can get on to doing some fishing. Can’t wait. I just hope I am up to it, right now my groin and old back sure isn’t. But I think it is slowly improving as I am able to walk a wee bit further every day.

Bug Report: The Black Flies haven’t been all that bad for the past day or so, and today with the cold weather they shouldn’t be all that bad. But after today they will make another grand entrance. Not much we can do, other than wear light clothing, it helps somewhat.

On another note, I was able to walk slowly to my woodworking shop yesterday. My wife placed a chair so when I got to it, I could sit down. After a bit of a rest, I put a coat of Marine Varnish on a Checker Board top that I made awhile back. My wife painted a nice checker board and a scene on top. The varnish will protect it, so we can use it outside. If you happen by this summer, maybe we can have a game or two. Just because we can. It’s a one of a kind, as for the base I used a 100-year-old washing machine base.

With that, I am off for another bagel with some jam and cream cheese. After that we will see.

Have a great day. GW

Frost Advisory For Port Loring, Ontario, Canada May 23&24/2023

Hi folks. So it would be a good idea to cover your plants before going to bed tonight, if you happen to have them in the ground. I would hate to see anyone lose them. And if you haven’t planted anything as yet, I would wait till Saturday, as after that the nighttime temperatures are looking pretty good. That’s what my wife and I will be doing.

Enjoy your day!

What’s Happening On May 23/2023

Good Morning!

It looks like another nice day shaping up for us here in Cottage Country. The sun is burning off the haze, and it should be showing off within an hour or so. It will also warm up a lot as the day moves forward. Which means that my lovely wife and I can do some front porch sittin’. Truth be told … that is about all we can do at the moment, especially me with not being able to walk very far. But I am still getting out of bed in the morning, which is something in itself.

On another note we both didn’t do all that much yesterday and I suspect we will do the same today. However, my wife did make some Carrot Muffins yesterday that were pretty tasty, with a cream cheese topping.

Bug Report: Lots of Black Flies and the now them Blood Sucking Parasites the Mosquitoes have entered into the picture. I was swatting a few that got into the house yesterday. Nothing worse than a couple mosquitoes bothering you, when you want to sleep. At least for me. They will remain with us now till it gets really warm.

With that I am off for a toasted bagel this morning with a touch of cream cheese, and some homemade jam. Which should hold me till lunchtime. Kind of amazing really. I can’t do all that much right now, but still work up an appetite.

Anyway you all have a great day, be careful when doing things, and try and soak up some of that sunshine that we all are in need of these days. GW

We Older Folks Have Seen It All … Almost



“We were born in the 40-50-60.”
“We grew up in the 50-60-70’s.”
“We studied in the 60-70-80.”
“We were dating in the 70-80-90’s.”
“We got married and discovered the world in the 70-80-90’s.”
We venture into the 80-90.
We stabilize in the 2000s.
“We got wiser in the 2010s.”
And we are going firmly through 2020.

“Turns out we’ve lived through EIGHT different decades…”

“TWO different centuries…”

TWO different millennia…

“We have gone from the telephone with an operator for long-distance calls to video calls to anywhere in the world, we have gone from slides to YouTube, from vinyl records to online music, from handwritten letters to email and WhatsApp.”

“From live matches on the radio, to black and white TV, and then to HD TV.”

We went to the Video Club, and now we watch Netflix.

‘We got to know the first computers, punched cards, diskettes, and now we have gigabytes and megabytes in hand on our cell phones or iPad.”

We wear shorts throughout our childhood and then long pants, oxfords, Bermuda shorts, etc.

“We dodged infantile paralysis, meningitis, H1N1 flu and now COVID-19.”

We rode skates, tricycles, invented cars, bicycles, mopeds, gasoline or diesel cars, and now we ride hybrids or 100% electric.

“Yes, we’ve been through a lot, but what a great life we’ve had!”

They could describe us as “exennials”; people who were born in that world of the fifties, who had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood.

“We’re kind of Yaheseen-it-all.”

Our generation has literally lived through and witnessed more than any other in every dimension of life.

It is our generation that has literally adapted to “CHANGE”.

A big round of applause to all the members of a very special generation, which will be UNIQUE.”


   _"Life is a task that we brought ourselves to do at home._ 

   _When you look... it's already six in the afternoon;  when you look... it's already Friday;  when one looks... the month is over, when one looks... the year is over;  when one looks... 50, 60 and 70 years have passed!_

   _When you look... we no longer know where our friends are._

   _When you look... we lost the love of our life and now, it's too late to go back._

        Do not stop doing something you like due to lack of time.  Do not stop having someone by your side, because your children will soon not be yours, and you will have to do something with that remaining time, where the only thing that we are going to miss will be the space that can only be enjoyed with the usual friends.  That time that, unfortunately, never returns..."_

The day is today!


What’s Happening On May 22/2023

Good Morning!

It looks like a nice day is shaping up for us here in Cottage Country. The sun is shinning, the leaves are almost out in full form, and … the Robins are enjoying their breakfast feasting on some pretty good size worms in our front lawn.

Highway 522 wasn’t all that busy yesterday, being the long weekend. But it will pick up after today, with folks opening up their cottages for the summer and the stores reopening.

Bug Report: The Black Flies started to return yesterday afternoon once it warmed up some. And I suspect they will be a little thick for most of the day and on into the week ahead. The Mosquitoes are around, but not too many at the moment. But that will change when the temperatures start to rise. Especially at night. The temperature waking up was sitting at 2.8 C | 37.04 F which is quite cool, and we did have some frost early this morning.

On another note, with my wife and I both being laid up, took it easy yesterday and will do the same today.

Our firewood is piled up now for the summer out of the weather, and all that’s left now to do in that department, is to let nature take its course, drying it for winter. Sure is nice seeing it all piled up in our Lean-To. Kind of gives you a good feeling knowing it’s done and that no matter what, we will be warm come winter. Once again, our thanks to those that helped us out, it sure means a lot to us.

With that I am off for a bite to eat that my lovey wife is making for me and will then see what the day and my body has in store.

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine. GW

What’s Happening On May 21/2023

Good Morning!

Well … it is a bit cloudy starting things off, and it is a bit cool with the temperature sitting at 9.9 C | 49.82 F. It will warm up a bit more, and the sun will come out a bit later. Which will be nice. Highway 522 is getting busier every day, and it will continue that way now for the rest of the summer.

Bug Report: The Black Flies are around, but the cool, wet weather is holding them back. The mosquitoes did start to show themselves, but as with the Black Flies, the cool weather is holding them back as well. So enjoy it while you can.

On another note, I am still laid up with my groin and back injury. Still very hard for me to walk. But it is slowly getting better I think. I say that, as for a while through the day it seems to be improving a bit, then it doesn’t. My very good friend who is a doctor has helped me a lot, giving me advice on what the problem is and how to treat it. So taking his advice I am sure things will get better as time goes by. Might take a while though. It’s the same thing as I had last summer that laid me up for 4 months, it’s just on the other side of my body. I sure hope it doesn’t last as long this time.

On another note, we had 18 cords of firewood delivered late last week and not being able to pile it myself, I asked for some help on Facebook. I had one nice fellow who got back to me from Brantford Ontario. He called again yesterday, and him and his wife, along with his parents and 10 young ones all came by late in the day and took the bull by the horns, and with in two hours they piled over 11 cords in spite of the rain. I can’t say how much we appreciated their help. Even the young ones helped out between the ages of 4 to around 17. I asked them what they wanted when they were finished, and: You know what they said? They said it isn’t about money, it’s about helping someone in need. And these people aren’t even from around here. They simply heard we were in need and arrived at our door wanting to help. People like this are hard to come by these days, which is a shame. My wife says we got back some, for what we have given all our life. Once again, I would like to thank Mike and his family from Brantford for giving us a hand, it sure meant a lot to us.

Another fellow by the name of Brian, who offered his help, is finishing up what is left to pile today. He also is a nice chap and a hard worker. Our thanks also goes out to him.

Now all my wife and I have to do is get better, so we can plant our veggie garden in another week. We will see how that pans out. My lovely wife has a bad leg, as somehow she twisted it yesterday, the same darn leg that she had the log splitter fall on a week ago. So both of us are laid up at the moment.

With that I am off for a cup of tea, it looks as if the sun is going to come out and if so, we will see if we can make it out to our lawn chairs and soak up a bit of it. The sun has some mighty good healing properties in it.
Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening May 18/2023

Good Morning!

It’s another cool morning here waking up, sitting at 4.7 C | 40.46 F. It will warm up some as the day moves forward. Then tomorrow we will be back to summer weather. But Saturday, rain will enter into the picture. So kind of a mixed bag of weather for the next few days. Highway 522 is getting busier every day, with lots of campers moving into our area. It will remain this way now for the rest of the summer.

Bug Report: The Black Flies have subsided a wee bit caused by the cool weather, but they will be back today and get even worse tomorrow with the temperatures climbing. Not much we can do about it.

On another note, it is mowing day here at our home. My lovely wife is going to be busy today as I am in no shape to help her. Upsets me because I can’t, but such is that.

With that, I am off for some waffles this morning and will then see what the day has in store. I keep trying to walk a bit every half hour, so things don’t stiffen up completely.
Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine. It looks nice outside and with the cooler temperature it will be nice for working. GW

What’s Happening On May 17/2023

Click on image to enlarge! Just looking at the rocking chairs and checker board relaxes a person.

Good Morning!

It’s a cold morning here, waking up. Well, not winter time cold, but cold enough you need a coat on when going outside. The temperature struggling to get out of bed was sitting at 1.8 C | 35.24 F. However, in saying that it will warm up a bit as the day moves forward, and we will be having some sunshine, which will make things feel a lot nicer. If my wife and I can get out of the wind, we will try and do some front porch sittin’ a bit later. We will see how that works out, as I still can’t walk very far with my one leg hurting too much when I stand on it, and not being able to stand up straight. But it is slowly getting better, I can at the very least sleep a wee bit through the night after taking two extra strength Tylenol. But I am still taking in my lovely wife’s smile every morning. Makes my whole day.

Bug Report: The Black Flies haven’t been all that bad lately, being that we have had so much wet, cool weather. But once it warms up some, they will be back looking for some of the liquid that runs through our veins. The mosquitoes and deer flies are still resting, getting ready for the warmer weather. Other than that, it’s not all that bad outside. Besides, the not so good weather.

On another note, being laid up, I am not doing all that much. My wife has been kept busy looking after me, along with doing some of the chores I would be doing if I was able. In between, she is painting a top I made awhile back, which will be a Checker Board. We have a vintage washing machine bottom over a hundred years old, and once she has the checker board painted on the top, we will put it together and place it outside on our front porch, so when a friend or family member drops by for a visit, we can sit and have a cool one and a game or two. You know … more folks should be doing things like that these days. Taking time to chat to old friends, while enjoying a friendly game of checkers. You just don’t see things like that anymore. Today it is all about cell phones or computer games.

Other than that, not much else going on around our home. There is lots to do, but it will have to wait till I feel better. My lovely wife has enough on her plate at the moment.

Take care and enjoy some of that sunshine today. GW

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