Episode: 71 Learning From The Past

Episode 71: Good morning folks. I have to admit, I have been slacking off here with my podcasts for the past few weeks. It’s just that my lovely wife and I have been so darn busy doing things around the house here, I haven’t had time. I will try my best in adding a few more as the days move forward. Anyways, I hope you enjoy … Learning From The Past. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat June 18/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We also can expect some rain this morning. But later on in the day things start to clear and tomorrow we will be back to sunshine. We are having some thunder and lightning at the moment. We do need it, as things are pretty dry, even after the rain we had a few days ago. The good part is I won’t have to water my vegetable gardens today. Talking about the vegetable garden, things are sure growing these days. My potatoes and tomatoes along with lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, squash and others, are sure showing off. I can’t wait till we see some tomatoes, as there is nothing like fresh homegrown tomato sandwiches. The tomatoes in the stores these days have no taste what’s so ever. My lettuce though is about ready to pick, so once the rain eases off, I will pick a nice salad for supper. My wife is going to make me a turkey supper with all the trimmings for Father’s Day. I have to admit, I sure enjoy turkey. I also enjoy her homemade dressing, it’s the best. I haven’t tasted any as good as hers in over 70 some years. She has a special recipe that makes my mouth water when cooking. The black flies are all but gone these days. The mosquitoes aren’t all that bad, neither. The deer flies are there but not so bad neither, which is nice as my wife and I have been major busy as we had 4 monster pine trees that had to be taken down. We did take one down by the house here a few weeks ago, but there were others too. I figured while I am feeling good, I should get at it. But it was a lot of work let me tell you, and after yesterday my wife and I are not moving too fast this morning. So a rest is in order for a couple of days, and then we will get into splitting all the logs pieces. Some are so large the both of us can hardly roll them. I suspect after we split them, we should have around five cords. I don’t burn them in our house furnace, but I do burn them in my shop stove, and all the smaller pieces are going to be good for camp fires for our guests and family members when they come to visit. With that I am off for my morning bowl of cereal and will then see what the day has in store. We are having a real down pour at the moment and it’s so dark we have the lights on. The lighting is sure showing off too. Take care and stay safe. GW

What is right? And What is wrong?

Ontarian’s frustrated by lack of locations to book second COVID vaccine dose.

Truth be told. I personally believe that it might be better to wait a couple of months before getting the second shot. As it gives the body time to adjust to things. But hey! I could be wrong.

Laugh for the Day

Trudeau, scheduled to land in Ottawa later today and start quarantine at a local hotel.

Hmm! I wonder how many people really care. LOL. Anyway, have a great day, and it is a really nice day here in Port Loring Ontario.

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NORTH DAKOTA FARM KID

Dear Ma and Pa,
I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water.
Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.
We go on ‘route marches,’ which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A ‘route march’ is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none.
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don’t know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6″ and 130 pounds and he’s 6’8″ and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,
Alice

Morning Chat June 14/2021

Good Morning! It’s a rainy day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It rained pretty well all night, with some thunder and lightning thrown in for good measure. The temperature waking up was sitting at 14.4 C | 57.92 F, and it won’t warm up much more than that for the remainder of the day. But after that heat we have had, I don’t mind a bit. And … we sure needed the rain, let me tell you, as things have been really dry. Looking out at my vegetable garden, it looks like things have grown immensely overnight. You know … you can water all you want, but nothing gets things to growing as mother nature does. I suspect the rain will remain with us for most of the day. For those that are interested, the blackflies have eased off somewhat, but the mosquitoes, horseflies and deer flies are keeping us humans entertained a lot these days. No matter where we go, my wife and I see arms a flying swatting the pesky parasites. I have to say, they are making it, so folks get their exercise. LOL On another note we took a trip to town yesterday to pick up some groceries. We still order online and pick it up without having to go inside any stores. Which I think we will continue on doing for the next year or so. Even though we both have our vaccines, we aren’t going to take any chances that aren’t necessary. Looking around, the stores were lined up with people waiting to get inside to shop. Kind of makes me shake my head in wonder. Such is life. Moving along here this morning, we have been really busy working on a new shower house for our cottage that we built last year. Things are coming along, and it will be soon ready for friends and family. It has been a really busy two years in the making, but we are slowly getting things all set up. It will be a really nice asset to what we do have now in the coming days. I am also thinking of clearing a small area in our bush by our house and making it into a one vehicle campground which I think would be really nice for our family and friends that wants to stay a few weeks, month or summer. Again we will see how that goes. With that I am off for my morning bowl of oatmeal, will then see what the day has in store. I do have a lot of inside work that needs doing in the new shower house. So … I will probably do that in a bit. Take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat June 10/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. And boy has it been warm. Actually down right hot there for a few days. Today things have cooled down a lot with the temperature waking up sitting at 14.2 C | 57.56 F. It will warm up quite a bit as the day moves forward … and if we are lucky we might see some rain through the night. And we sure need it! The good news is that the cold temperatures we had earlier last month, and now the major hot temperatures, sure did a number on the blackflies and mosquitoes. But in saying that we aren’t without some pesky parasites, as now the horse and deer flies are annoying us humans along with the animals. They love the heat, especially the deer flies. And the worst part is once they find you, they don’t leave you alone. They seem to get at my hands a lot, and when they bite you know it. LOL Anyways what can you do? We live in their neck of the woods. It’s the price we pay for living in paradise. Highway 522 is busy these days with lots of campers and things moving around in our area. There are also lots of new faces when going to the hardware store or to get the mail. Sign of the times, I suppose. Another thing I have noticed is, that a lot of those new faces aren’t as friendly as they used to be. I am not sure why that is. Maybe it’s the type of people they are, the virus that is among us, what ever, it makes me wonder. Some you even say … It’s a hot one, huh? They just give you the look and say nothing. Oh well, maybe I am just getting old. At any rate, I am starting to miss what our town was like years ago, when you went to the store, knew everyone and heck … sometimes you would be chatting for a half hour or so with different folks about all kinds of things. It kind of made a fellers’ day. On another note, my wife and I have been really busy these days, that is the reason for not being here on my Blog that much. We have been working on our new shower house for our cottage to be. I have to tell you, it has sure been a job. And not a cheap job with the price of things nowadays. But I suppose I am lucky in a lot of ways, as I do have the knowledge and equipment to do these things myself, which has saved me a bundle. With that bit of information under your hat, I am off for a bowl of cereal and my lovely wife and I will then get to mowing our grass. It isn’t long in some areas but in others is in need of a cutting. I hope my mowers run good today. It seems my old equipment is a challenge to keep running these days. Hmm …. something like myself I suppose. Anyways, you all take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat June 7/2021

Good Morning!. It’s another sunny day here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature waking up … was sitting at 18.9 C | 66.02 F. It will warm up substantially as the day moves forward. So once again, it would be a good idea of getting things done this morning before it gets too hot. Highway 522 is busy these days with lots of campers and different vehicles moving into our area for the summer. So care should be taken if out and about. On another note, the blackflies and mosquitoes are among us once again. The cold spell there for a few days slowed them down some for a bit. But with the dragon flies and birds, they are making short work of them. Which is okay by me and my little woman. Eat hearty, I say. My vegetable gardens are looking like a garden once again, now that we replanted a lot of things after the freezing temperatures we had awhile ago. I also noticed it is very hard to buy seeds this year, especially corn. I did find a package I had lying around, but it only had five Kernels in it. So we won’t be having much corn this fall. Other seeds like lettuce and things I have lots of, so we will be okay in that department. With this hot dry weather, watering will be essential for a while. At least till they get up there in size. I have put down a lot of grass cuttings around the plants, which should hold the moisture and nourish them as the days move by. Nothing like rotten grass cuttings to help them along and give things the flavour that is missing these days. On another note, I did manage to get a lot of work done outside yesterday. We did bury the water lines to the new shower house out back, and today I will start hooking up the shower. It kind of looks like it might be a challenge all coming in a box disassembled. Hmm, might pay to read the instructions first. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee with my lovely wife, and a bite to eat … and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe. GW

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