Food Recall

Health Canada is recalling multiple brands of frozen mango because they may be contaminated with Hepatitis A.
The recall for Nature’s Touch, Compliments, Irresistible, and President’s Choice brand frozen mangoes was issued on July 30.

So I would suggest if you have any to get rid of them. I am hoping the rest of their produce is good, as my wife and I do eat a lot of frozen raspberries and blueberries. Hmm.

Morning Chat Aug 1/2021

Good Morning! Well … here it is, the first of August. Man, is time flying by this year. It won’t be long and the trees will be turning colour. I am not looking forward to the cold weather, even if Mother Nature is giving us a taste of what’s to come at the moment, as the temperature has dropped substantially the past two days. This morning getting out of bed it was sitting at 13.8 C | 56.84 F. It will warm up somewhat as the day moves forward, and if lucky we could see some sunshine. Tomorrow will be a beautiful day with sunshine and warmer temperatures entering back into the picture. I am looking forward to it. There are still a lot of tourists coming into our area, and I suspect they will continue to do so for the rest of this month. I also see the numbers increasing here in Ontario and across Canada with this virus that is among us. The reason for that is that the virus is slowly getting to the unvaccinated. I feel for them, but … it’s their decision. The trouble is that even if they get the virus and make it through it, the repercussion’s after could last a lifetime, as this virus affects the brain too which can cause all kinds of problems down the road a way. I think, that our powers that be should be showing what is happening and can happen if they don’t get vaccinated, more than they are doing. At any rate, not much else we can do other than take extra precautions when around them. As if we aren’t wearing a mask, we could possibly pass it on to someone that isn’t vaccinated. So … the bottom line is, even if we are vaccinated, we have to keep up with what we have been doing until things get worked out. But enough of that. Yesterday I manged to dig a trench across my driveway and laid down some plastic conduit in it. I then fed the new CAT6 Outdoor Extension Cable for the high speed internet through it and into the cottage from the house. So now I just have to pick up a few things from my son Karl and the cottage will have high speed Internet for our family, friends and guests. Which will make things nice. Especially with a lot of folks that are working from home these days. Today I am going to finish putting up a nice old barn rope we have had for over fifty years, a hay rope, actually. They used it for pulling the hay fork loaded with hay up into the top of the barns years ago. My wife thought it would make for a real nice railing of sort, that wraps around our deck. Hard to explain, I will take a picture when all said and done. LOL Anyway, I am off for some French Toast this morning for a change that my lovely wife is making. Then I will get to work, that is if the rain holds off. Take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat July 31/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 14 C | 57.2 F. It will warm up a touch later on, but we could get some showers later on this afternoon. So this morning is the time to get some outside work done. That is, if you have any to do. Highway 522 was really busy yesterday with cars, trucks, campers, you name it moving into our area. It is the long weekend for most. The weather will get warmer as the week progresses. Actually, it will become quite nice for the next week or so. Almost perfect weather. There is no reason for anyone to complain about the weather up here where I live this year. Lots of rain, hardly no smoke from the forest fires, just a good all around year. Another thing is the trees and plants have greened up a lot over the past two years. I think with all us humans staying home, it gave them time to heal, as we have sure caused them a lot of grief over the years. Most folks today just take Mother Nature for granted. The thing is we couldn’t live without her. But it just goes to show you the mentality of some humans. On another note, I did manage to get my mowing done up yesterday. Took me awhile longer than it usually does, as I told my lovely wife to stay inside off her sore leg. Which she did. But in saying that, she didn’t just sit around. As she worked on her painting orders which at the moment are many. People from all over keep coming in wanting to buy her paintings along with wanting signs and things. Right now, she has orders lined up for the next two months or more. She is a fantastic artist, and I am not just saying that. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. As they used to say. LOL And her pudding is her creations. Today I am going to run a high speed underground cable into our cottage from our house, so who ever stays there will have high speed Internet. That is, if it doesn’t rain. With all the rain we have had, the ground will be easier to dig. So with that I am off for my morning bowl of cereal 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 is going to happen on the next page. Take care and stay safe and do what’s right. GW

PS, I guess my outside is going to have to wait as it is raining now. Such is life.

Stepping up to the plate

My son said one time; Dad, that’s why I liked Star Trek
The ship’s doctor could override the captain

A little common sense, save a bunch of lives. I agree with him whole heartily.

Something to think about

Someone Made My Father Sick by Jeff Jarvis

My 95-year-old, fully vaccinated, deaf, dear father is in the hospital with breakthrough COVID. Someone in Florida gave it to him. That someone — someone who works in a community serving the elderly and vulnerable — should have been vaccinated but was not. I am enraged at that someone, whoever it is.
My father has been isolated since the earliest days of the pandemic. He was obsessively careful. He did not go out at all. I ordered everything he needed with Instacart and Amazon, which is also how we knew he was fixing his breakfast and lunch. For most of the shutdown, dinner was delivered to his apartment. Then, a few weeks ago, the senior complex where he lives reopened its dining room. I was not terribly worried as I knew that 97 percent of the residents were vaccinated. What I did not know was that only 50% of staff was vaccinated.
My sister and I had become concerned about our father; versus a week before, he suddenly didn’t seem right. So we came to Florida on Tuesday. We found him exhausted in bed. He said he had no energy. He was short of breath. We called the EMTs, who found his pulse irregular and his oxygen low. Even so, we didn’t jump to assume COVID; worse, we feared some sudden decline with age. The EMTs took him to the hospital, and we followed. After a short time, the ER doctor came and told us we had to leave immediately.
My father is almost entirely deaf now. He had only one hearing aid in, and it was not working. Shouting accomplished only so much. So I asked for some paper and used a marker to write in large, blue letters: “YOU HAVE COVID.” He said: “How the hell?”
Someone gave COVID to him, someone who could and should have been vaccinated.
That was the last we have seen our father. He is now in the hospital’s COVID ward. We can’t visit him. Because he is deaf, we cannot talk to him; the phone is impossible (we got him a landline phone that transcribes conversation into text, but that is at home). I think now of all those scenes of people before the vaccine who were dying alone and isolated, and my heart breaks again for them, and now for him.
It is hard to get updates about our father. The nurses are busy; they have to dress and undress in protective clothing each time they enter and leave a COVID room … which seems almost absurd as I write this in a state that is a COVID ward, where its nihilistic leader dismisses — no, fights against — masks, vaccinations, science, and sense. My Pa is on oxygen and the drugs they have — steroids, Remdesivir, anticoagulants — but they still have next too none to treat COVID. He is doing well, they tell me. They say he is smiling. I’m mostly concerned about his atrial fibrillation. (I know it is not a fatal condition, as I got afib after 9/11 — but that means I also know just how much it can drain one’s energy.) I can’t get my father’s cardiologist to give me the courtesy of answering my call to discuss his condition. I am dependent on the advice of the experts I follow online; I am grateful for their generosity and advice. But I don’t know enough about what is happening right now in my father’s hospital room. Since his oxygen is stabilizing, he will probably be sent soon to whatever COVID rehab bed they can locate, then back to his continuing care facility, then home.
My sister and I are leaving Florida today because there is nothing we can do here and, frankly, because we are at risk in this place. One or both of us will return when he is back home and we can see him and hug him and help him. Since he cannot hear his caregivers in the hospital, I have been delivering letters to him, printed out in 36-point type to tell him what is happening to him, to tell him we are watching from afar, to tell him we love him, though that he knows. Somehow, I will figure out how to get these notes to him until we can see him.
Yesterday, we spoke with someone at his complex about his future care. We expressed utter dismay that half the staff there could be unvaccinated. How could anyone be so irresponsible when they are caring for old people? The people we were speaking with agreed. But they said that if they required the vaccine, in a tight labor market they’d end up short-staffed.
Excuses. Everybody is making excuses when they should be showing responsibility and leadership. We should be requiring vaccinations for the good of all. We should be shunning the people who refuse vaccinations. This is now their pandemic, the pandemic of the unvaccinated. They are ignorant, selfish, irresponsible, cynical, dangerous, deadly.
They gave our dear father COVID. Damn them.

Morning Chat July 30/2021

Good Morning! So how you all doing? Good I hope. Ruth and I are fine, very busy but healthy. Other than my lovely wife having a sore leg. We have chalked it up to all the work she has been doing for the past three months or so. Lots of bending and lifting. It seems these days that our minds say, heck ya, go for it. Then our bodies say. Ain’t happening!! LOL, At any rate, we do know we have to ease off some, that’s for sure. On another note, we did have a whopper of a thunderstorm last night with lots of lightning. It rained so hard, our eve-troughs on the house couldn’t take it away fast enough. The good news was that it didn’t last all that long, and I got my rain barrels filled back up with some nice soft water; which we use for our vegetables and plants. Highway 522 and others are very busy these days with campers and travellers coming into our area from all over. Good in part, I suppose. Yesterday, my lovely wife and I went to town to pick up a few things. Shoes were on the top of the list, as my work shoes were so worn out I was gluing my soles down with silicone. Worked for a while. I also picked up a new Husqvarna Walk Behind Lawn Mower for my wife, as the other one we had was front-wheel drive. With it being front-wheel drive, the weight is on the front, and you almost had to lift it to get it to move going up hills. Which, in turn, was very hard on her. For flat surface’s they are fine. I will probably sell it for half price, $200.00 as it is only two years old and looks and runs good. I will see how that goes. Today is mowing day, so I will give the new one we bought a work-out. After that, I will do some painting on the posts that we have for our deck on our cottage. We didn’t like the colour we painted them a few days ago. With that, take care and stay safe. This virus is still with us and getting stronger in a lot of instances. Especially amongst the folks that isn’t vaccinated or doesn’t want to be vaccinated. I feel for them … as it will eventually get them, and the results won’t be nice, that’s for sure. GW

Morning Chat July 28/2021

Good Morning! It’s a great looking day here in Port Loring Ontario, Canada. The sun is shinning without a cloud in the sky. The temperature climbing out of bed was sitting at 12.7 C | 54.86 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward. But in saying that, we will be seeing some really nice cooler temperatures for the next week or so after today. Which will make it real nice for doing some outside work. Not that the hot weather has stopped my wife and I lately. We take each day as it is given to us, making the best of things. A day wasted is a day without fun. And you know … life should be about having fun, not all this Bureaucratic Bull S…. that is among us at the moment. I get tired of it all. At any rate, such is that. Highway 522 is still busy these days. I am not sure what is happening with the borders. I am hoping that they keep it closed for another month at the very least. Not only that, I also think we should keep the folks from coming into our country from other countries for a while longer too. At least till we see how things work out with these vaccines. This virus hasn’t left us, it is still there as strong as it ever was. The good part is that a lot of people have gotten their vaccines, and it is working, and working good. In spite of all the nonsense that is going on at Facebook and other social media platforms. I am real happy I don’t belong to one of them groups. As far as I am concerned, all they do is corrupt a person mind. And they do it without anyone realizing it. LOL. That’s my opinion on the subject. On another note, my lovely wife and I have been really busy re-landscaping the front of our home. I think we should be able to get it finished up today. It is looking pretty nice. After that, I have a back deck on our house that needs repairs, so if I work up enough energy I will get into that. With that I am off for some homemade pancakes my wife is making for me with an egg on top covered with Maple Syrup from my friend Mike Clapperton here in town. He won the world championship for the best Maple Syrup a year ago or so. I have to admit, it sure is tasty. Take care and stay safe, and enjoy your day. It’s all up to you.

Morning Chat July 27/2021

Good Morning. It’s a cloudy morning with some rain thrown in for good measure here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature has also cooled down some, which is quite nice. Highway 522 is still very busy these days with folks coming into our area from all over. So that tells me folks are enjoying the summer, which is understandable after all we humans have been through with this virus and things. Even Mother Nature is giving us some problems this year with all the forest fires and droughts. I feel sorry for the farmers out west, as they are sure are having it hard these days. I suspect if the weather doesn’t improve, the price of food will rise even higher than it is now. On another note, my lovely wife and I have been really busy working outside on our cottage, with the new deck. For the past few days, we have been landscaping it using plants that we already have. Some of them Hosta’s we have weight 100 pounds. I had to use a cart to move them, and even then it was a challenge. I did break a few apart where we didn’t need a large one. After we had them all planted around the cottage, we then decided to thin out the large gardens in front of our home. We are about half done at the moment, as we have tons of plants to move into other areas around our property. The problem was that everything was so overgrown, along with the gardens being so large. Knowing that, we decided to cut them down in size, which will make them easier to look after. We aren’t getting any younger. Although, my wife says she can’t believe all the work we have been doing these days. Today, with the rain, we will take it a bit easy. I might go out and clean up my woodworking shop, as it once again is a mess with all we have been doing. Doesn’t’t look like a woodworking shop at the moment. LOL, More like a garden centre. LOL Anyway, what can you do? With that I am off for a couple poached eggs on toast and will then see what the day has in store. You never know. Take care and stay safe.

Morning Chat July 22/21

Good Morning! It is looking like another great day for us here in Port Loring. The sun is trying to get through the haze, which it will do as the morning moves forward. The temperature has been nice also for the past couple days, with it sitting this morning at 12.7 C | 54.86 F. Can’t beat that, at this time of year. Also, the mosquitoes, horse flies and deer flies aren’t all that bad at the moment, which makes it real nice for doing some outside work and fishing. I haven’t been out fishing this year, actually I haven’t been out for two years with this virus among us. I miss going out with my fishing buddy Berry. But I am thinking now my wife and I have had both of our shots as has Berry we might get out there in the coming weeks. I will see how it goes. I still have to get my boat cleaned up and see if it runs. I will get to that in a few days, now that we have finished up building our wrap around deck on our cottage. At the moment, I am in the process of painting the outside of it. I did manage to get 2/3s of it done yesterday. Today though is mowing day, so that will take me most of the day, as my lovely wife’s back isn’t the greatest yet, and I don’t want her to make things worse by mowing. So I will see what I can do on my own. On the mowing end of things, I did buy a new cordless weed eater last week as my old gas one was giving me a lot of problems. It is fixed now thanks to Mike at the garage here in town. Actually, I have to pick it up this morning. I will do that in a bit. I am hoping this new battery one will work out good, as I am getting tired of these gas engines. I have to admit, they have come a long way these days. I will let you know how it works after I give it a work-out today. Highway 522 is very, very busy these days. Non-stop cars, trucks, and campers moving East and West all day long. But it is the middle of summer and folks have been coped up a long time. You could say the call of the wild has gotten to them. LOL. With that, I guess I will have my breakfast and then get to work. It’s a pleasure working outside in this nice weather. Take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat July 19/2021

Good Morning!. It’s a cloudy, hazy day here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 18.4 C | 65.12 F. The hazy part is due to Smoke from the active fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba, which will stay with us here in Northern Ontario for another day or so. Once the wind shifts, things will get better, with some cooler temperatures also entering into the picture. Which is okay with me, as I sure don’t like this hot, humid weather we have been having. But it is better than pushing snow and wearing heavy winter clothing. That will come soon enough. LOL, But in spite of the hot weather, my lovely wife and I have done a lot of work this year so far around our property. I finally finished the wrap around deck along with adding a new eve trough and down pipes onto our cottage. Now we are going to paint the outside, which will finish it up quite nicely. On another note, campers, trucks, vans and cars of all kinds are roaming around our area these days. It’s back to normal for most folks, other than wearing a mask. And I hope they continue to wear the masks for a while yet. With that I am off for my morning breakfast which consists of homemade pancakes this morning for a change. Then we will see what the day has in store. Life is a mystery to say the least. Take care and stay safe.

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