What’s Happening December 5/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The sun did show itself a wee bit earlier. We will probably see some snow later on this afternoon or late this morning. Highway 522 is bare and dry at the moment, with a few icy sections once you’re past Farleys Corners heading East. Seems that stretch of highway 522 is always bad. On another note, I have been working on a couple new podcasts for the past few days along with some more stories for my columns I write for in newspapers and magazines. Keeps me busy and my mind active. Today I suspect I will do much the same. My lovely wife has been busy putting up some Christmas decorations inside the house. Next weekend, she will put up our tree, which means Christmas isn’t far off. Other than that, not much happening in and around our small community. Oh! I guess I could mention that a lot of blue jays are visiting our bird feeder this morning. Along with a few doves, which we like to see. I think they wait in the trees for me to put out some feed every morning. With that, take care and stay safe. GW

Seniors Mistreated

As one feller said: There was a time that you would see seniors walk into long-term care with their suitcase and a smile.
“That’s no longer the case,” “These aren’t homes for the aged. They’re warehouses they put them in.”
“We were promised significant change by our powers that be and instead, we’re getting another 30 years, unless we stop it, of for-profit licenses paid for by public money.” And it should also be noted that our powers to be has been awarding tens of thousands of long-term care beds to for-profit operators, among them those with the most horrific records during the pandemic.
It’s a damn shame how a country like Canada treats its seniors. Myself, being a senior, I sometime get the feeling that certain powers that be, want to eliminate us older folks. And I have occasionally heard a few folks whispering, thinking … I don’t hear them saying. Damn Seniors, we would all be better off without them. Myself I have strong shoulders, but for some saying things like that it really hurts. Anyway, … we have to start looking after our old and do it quickly. And for these young bucks out there all full of pi…. and vinegar. I say this, if it wasn’t for us older folks you wouldn’t be here where you are today, in your nice cushy homes without us. That’s all I have to say on the subject.

What’s happening? December 4/2021

Good Morning!! We all woke up to a snow covered day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Overnight, I would say we had around 4 inches of very light snow. Sure looks pretty out there. Highway 522 for most parts is wet, but there are a few icy snow covered sections here and there, so care should be taken. If you are in need of anything, this morning would be the time to get it; as Sunday afternoon through Monday evening we will be getting a lot more of the white stuff. Could see up to 12 inches / 35 cm. Kind of depends on which way the storm tracks. Snow is one thing, but with the high winds that will come along with the snow, things could be a bit dicey, if you’re out on the highway. Winds could reach up to 70 km/h/40 mph. Again, it all depends on which way the storm tracks. But if there is any snow to be found, it seems Port Loring gets it. Least so far over the past 20 years that I have lived here. Yesterday I worked on a few things here at my computer, and today I will work on a story or two for my columns in newspapers I write for. So with that I am off for some pancakes this morning with my lovely wife, but first I have to put some more wood in my old woodworking shop stove. It’s nice and cozy in there at the moment. Take care and stay safe. The numbers here in Ontario are rising with this new variant they call Omicron. I often wonder who comes up with these names. You would think they would come up with one that is easy to pronounce. Anyway, let’s hope the vaccines protects those that have had the vaccine. I think it will, especially the Pfizer. But I also suspect the Moderna will work well too. Time will tell.

Episode 84: An old Razor Story

Episode 84: Hi Folks. You know, every so often, an item comes along in one’s life, that he or she sets aside thinking it doesn’t have any purpose any more, only to find out later on in life how good it really is. Anyway, this is a story related to just that. I hope you enjoy: An Old Razor Story. Stay Safe.

What’s happening? Dec. 2/21

Good Morning! So how you all doing this morning? Good I hope. Ruth and I are fine so far these days. Normal aches and pains. Some related to the weather, and some related to getting a touch old. But no complaints, really. Waking up, I see things have warmed up a lot with the temperature getting out of bed, sitting at 5.1 C | 41.18 F. It will remain that way with a shower or two for most of the day. I kind of think, by the way my old weather station is looking, we will be in for some more snow along with a lot colder weather, heading into the weekend. But it is December. Speaking of December, Christmas isn’t that far off. 23 Days. We won’t be going anywhere this Christmas, once again. Our youngest son is going to try and come visit for a few days. Our oldest is heading out West for his Christmas. My lovely wife has put up her outside decorations, and today she is going to start putting up her inside decorations. She sure enjoys doing it. I have to admit, it does get you in the Christmas Spirit. LOL Yesterday I worked around the house here, today I am going to work on a story or two, along with my Podcast for tomorrow. I am also working on a Christmas Podcast which I will post on December 24 the day before Christmas. Highway 522 is bare but wet this morning. Understandable with the weather being so warm and a bit of rain coming down. So it should be good for travelling for those that are in need of doing some shopping. I have heard, that over half of our population here in Ontario is shopping online this year. I suspect that is a good thing with this new variant edging into the picture. But in saying that Pfizer says its vaccine will be strong against the new virus, that is if you have had two shots. And they are working on a new on just in case. So that is good news. With that I am off for a bacon and egg breakfast, with some of our own potatoes fried up a bit with some butter and will then see what the day has in store other than what I have planned. Life is like a good mystery novel. You never know what the next page might bring. Take care, my friends, and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening November 29/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We are also getting some flakes of snow. It’s nice to watch as they slowly edge their way to the ground. At least that is what my lovely wife says. Highway 522 is mostly bare and dry this morning, but there are some icy, snowy sections throughout. So care needs to be taken when out and about. On another note, I lit my old wood stove in my Woodworking shop this morning, so things get warmed up, as I am getting the urge to make some things that has been playing on my mind. This is the time of year for it. Come summer, I hate being stuck inside. I also cleaned out the ashes from my wood furnace and got it going, so it should be okay now for a week or so. I like the ashes, as I use them for the ice on my driveway, sprinkling it here in there where I drive. The thing about ashes is they have a high shine to parts of it and when the sun hits it things begin to melt even on the coldest day. A lot better than salt. The only issues are, it’s not a good idea to put it down close to the house as it tracks inside … and the women folks don’t like that. LOL, I also fed our birds, which I do every morning. Yesterday we had a bunch of Blue Jays, a few Nuthatches along with 12 Doves. I enjoy watching them as they remind me of being in Florida at our cottage, as they kept us entertained many a morning. Some would come right up to you and take feed from your hand. Kind of miss them days along with the warmth. With that, I am off for a piece of toast this morning, with some jam for a change. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s happening? November 28/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloud day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It is also a touch cool with the temperature, getting out of bed sitting at -12.2 C | 10.04 F. If we are lucky we might see a wee bit of sunshine throughout the day. But for most parts it will remain cloudy. Highway 522 is mostly bare and dry, but there are a few, snow covered areas after heading east past Highway 524 or, as some calls it, Farleys Corners. It seems that stretch of highway is always the worst for snow, throughout the winter months. So travelling won’t be all that bad today if you’re in need of a few things. Yesterday, being nice and sunny, my lovely wife and I went to town to pick up the things we will need for Christmas. We made it so that we only had to go into two stores. Both were very busy, but we kept away from most people when ever we could. That main thing is going into these places is to make sure you wear a good clean mask, use a good disinfectant on your hands, and wash them as soon as you get back into your car or when you get home. We don’t take any chances. Especially now with this new variant entering into the picture. As I have said many times, I am thinking this virus will be among us for a few years till everyone has had it. The good thing is that those that have had the vaccine aren’t as bad off as those that didn’t get the vaccine. It doesn’t matter how strong you think you are neither, as if it gets into you, your chances aren’t all that good. My advice … Take the precautions necessary and get the vaccine. But, it’s up to you. While in town we dropped off a meal or two for our son in his parking lot, chatted a bit then headed on home. We had a good time taking in things we haven’t seen for a while. It is good to get away to different places from time to time and breath some different air. Today I will be working here in the house on a story or two I have in mind. So with that I am off to put another piece of wood in our wood furnace and will then see what the day has in store. Take care and stay safe. Only 27 days till Christmas. GW

One more thing. My way of looking at banning flights from countries with this new virus. I think we should do that, but we should also share more vaccines with those countries that aren’t vaccinated. Along with that, we should be sharing all data of new variants quickly. And it should be noted that Africa did that. The only defence we have is if we all work together and help each other, all across the world. And more importantly, we should be trying harder to get the correct information to those that doesn’t believe in these new vaccines, in hopes they come to realize, that this isn’t a conspiracy, or anything else and that it is a deadly disease. It’s a shame that a lot have to die for no reason. Anyway, have a great day.

Episode 83: What A World

Episode 83: Hi Folks. Today, I have another podcast lined up for you that relates to a few sayings that I used while growing up. Give it a listen when you get a few minutes. And if you enjoy my podcasts, feel free to share them with others. Stay safe.

Some things never change

Will gas prices in Canada be affected by Biden tapping into U.S. oil reserves?

In a country such as Canada with more resources than a lot of countries, in my mind, our gas prices should be the lowest. Same O …The working man pays the way.

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