Coffee and Countryside Thoughts on May 14/2024

Good Morning! Another dawn, another chance to do right by the land… and ourselves.

It‘s another nice looking day here in Cottage country. The sun is shinning, the birds are feeding at our bird feeder… and the grass is growing leaps and bounds. Actually, in all the years I have lived here in the north, it has never been so green. However, it could be all the wood ashes I put down earlier in the year that is making it so nice. Truth told, wood ashes is better than any fertilizer that is out there today, as it is loaded with all that the grass needs to stay healthy.

On another note, my lovely wife and I made a trip to Niagara to see our oldest boy last weekend, and while there I helped him install a new door on the back entrance of his home. After that we enjoyed a drink or two together, and later on in the day they took us out to dinner for Mother’s Day at a nice restaurant there in the big city. I have to say, it was a delicious meal and a great night out. We also did some shopping and picked up our plants, for the vegetable garden, and the next day headed on home. All in all, we had a great time. The trip there and back was also nice, with lots of sunshine both ways.

Yesterday, my wife and I did some cleaning, her in the house and me in the woodworking shop. Took us most of the day. And today I am going to get my old Rototiller out and till up our vegetable garden. I did have it running earlier in the year as we needed it to work up the soil around our new fishpond. So it should start right up, but being that it is so old, one never knows. After that, I am going to do some more work on the water wheel I made, as it needs a bit of tweaking to get it running smoothly. I had to order some parts from Amazon, which should be here sometime this week. Great place to do business, especially living here in the country, off the beaten track. Saves a lot of money.

Bug Report: Lots of Blackflies out there these days, that enjoy feasting on us humans. They will remain here until Father’s Day. Although once the Dragon Flies makes their appearance things will get better as they love them, eating them by the thousands. Not too many mosquitoes yet, but they will make their grand entrance once the weather warms up some more.

Highway 522 has picked up a lot these days traffic wise, and it will get even busier once the black flies move on for another year. You know… as busy as it does sometimes get, there is one thing that we all need to remember and that is living in the country means learning to appreciate the little things, like the satisfaction of growing your own tomatoes.

With that I am off for my morning breakfast that my lovely wife has made for me and will then head on outdoors and see what mischief I can get into.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “There’s wisdom that comes from working the land, a knowing that can’t be found in books or classrooms. It’s in the calloused hands, the tired eyes, and the steady heart of a feller like myself, who’s seen it all.”

Fishing Times For Tuesday

Major Times
5:54 AM-7:54 AM
6:17 PM-8:17 PM

Minor Times
1:53 AM-2:53 AM
11:01 AM-12:01 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 3-star rating for catching a few today. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip of The Day: Pay attention to the currents. Fish like to hang out where the water’s moving’g waiting for their next meal to come driftin’ by. Cast your line downstream and let it flow naturally. GW

2 thoughts on “Coffee and Countryside Thoughts on May 14/2024”

  1. Hi George, I really enjoyed your May14th post. I grew up on a 100 acre farm, were some years our best crop was stones. It didn’t seem to matter how many we picked the year before more came back the next spring. At 20 I started a carpentry apprenticeship and have done nothing else for 58 years. After about 10 years in I then worked in a cabinet shop and after 2 years I started my own business. I am very fortunate that things turned out very well. I read your post every day and really enjoy it. A lot of the phrases you quote my father and grandfather said the same things. Take care, Chuck.

    1. Hi Chuck, nice to hear from you and also nice to hear you enjoy my posts. Your message put a smile on my face. Yep, you’re right about the stones, that’s for sure. But you know looking back now I wouldn’t have changed a thing, well maybe a couple of things, but for most parts the farm made me what I am today, and I am happy with the way things worked out. Anyway, you have a great day and again… thanks for saying hello. GW

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