All posts by George Walters

“Around Our Home: A Look at What’s Happening on November 6/2023”

“Hello, world, and good morning!”

We are starting the day off with lots of clouds along with some off and on showers. The good news is, it’s still not all that cold, with the temperature waking up sittin’ at 4.2 C | 39.56 F. We could see some snow nearing the end of the week.

On another note, my lovely wife and I had to go into North Bay yesterday to pick up a few items. We got what we needed, had our lunch in our car while people watching and headed on home, enjoying a coffee along the way that she made for us before we left. All in all, it was a good day, other than what it cost us. I have to tell you, food is still expensive in our area. I hate walking up the check-out counter as I know I am going to be a bit poorer. But I am not really complaining, as we do live in a great part of the country. And every day, my wife and I let each other know how lucky we are not having to live in the city. That in itself is a good reason to get out of bed.

Today I am going to work in my old woodworking shop as I have a few projects that need doing. One is a desk for my little woman for her studio, and another is a stool that I can put my feet on while I work away here at my computer. Which will keep me busy for the next week or so. I like to work in my shop for a day or so, then work another day or so here at my computer. Sitting to long for my old body isn’t the best thing to be doing, or so it seems.

So with that. I am off for a bowl of porridge and an English Muffin with a bit of peanut butter on it for desert.

Have a great day and stay safe as there is a lot of sickness in and around our area. While in town yesterday, there were all kinds of folks coughing up a storm. It was a full time job staying away from them. Ha ha GW

Carbon Tax In Theory

In simple terms, it’s like this: Canada trying to tackle environmental issues alone won’t make much of a difference. The problem of climate change is something that affects the whole world, and it needs everyone to work together to fix it. Making laws to reduce things like greenhouse gases isn’t solely the responsibility of either the national government or the local governments. The federal Liberals tried to make a law that would apply a kind of tax on things that harm the environment, like carbon emissions. This was meant to apply to the entire country, in theory. But because it’s a big, complicated issue, it’s causing a lot of trouble for regular folks like us here in Canada. Which is what has been happening for as long as I have been alive.

Hmm, Good!

Here are a few items that I am thinking will be pretty tasty later on today, hovering alongside a freshly perked coffee.

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Where The Magic Happens

Some have asked where I write in our home. It’s all about comfort.

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Dill Pickle Relish

My lovely wife used the last of our cucumbers for the year making some relish. It sure is going to be tasty on top of a burger, or? So here’s to my cucumber-transforming wife and her relish adventure. Our cucumbers may be gone, but our taste buds are in for a surprise!

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Supper Last Night

Who needs to go out for pizza when you have a wife that can cook like mine does. I have to tell ya, it sure was tasty.

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“Turkey Time Tidbits: What’s Unfolding (and Occasionally Falling Apart) at Our Cottage Country Home this November 4/2023”

“Another beautiful day in Cottage Country”

Good Morning!

And a nice day it is, the sun is shinning for a change with just the occasional cloud floating by. However, temperature wise things has cooled down a lot with it sitting at -2.6 C | 27.32 F getting out of bed.

If you’re driving down Highway 522 thee days, make sure to keep your wits about you. You never know when a deer might decide to play chicken with your bumper, or when a camouflage-clad hunter might pop out of the bushes. It seems to be a battle of wits, instincts, and a dash of luck, and frankly, I’m not sure who’s winning. But hey, at least it makes for some interesting roadside entertainment, right?

Moving on to another topic, yesterday, I spent the day improving my editing skills using some computer programs that I found pretty challenging. But by the end of the day, I did manage to get better at it.

Today, I’m going to continue practising, hoping to make more progress and become even better. And you know, while some may believe that age is a barrier to learning new things, I wholeheartedly disagree. I firmly believe that no matter how old you are, the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and have an enjoyable time doing so is always within reach.

Have a great day, and remember; “A day without laughter is a day wasted. Here’s to never wasting a day!”

What’s Happening (and Who’s Stirring the Cider) at Our Cottage Country Home on November 3/2023″

“A fresh page in the book of life!”

Good Morning!

It’s a touch cloudy waking up here in Cottage country, but the good news is the snow we did have has melted. But I am sure given time it will return for all those that enjoy it. For myself, well … let’s just say I like it, but I enjoy our summers more.

Anyway, you might’ve noticed I haven’t been around lately. The thing is, we had to take our car to the Ford dealer in North Bay. We needed snow tires put on, an oil change, and that damn motor light wouldn’t stop buggin’ us. The folks at the dealership had a good look and found a problem with the fuel pump inside the tank. It had rusted out and needed a new one, which, let me tell ya, cost a pretty penny.

But, we knew it had to be done, so we said “go ahead” and they got to work. Problem was, it took four days ’cause they had to order some special parts. We stayed with our son in North Bay, and we just got back home yesterday afternoon.

On the bright side, we had a great time with our boy, and Mom took the chance to clean up his whole place, do his laundry, and help with a bunch of stuff. To show his appreciation, he treated us to dinner for four nights straight.

Today I am going to get back to work here in my computer as I have some things that need attending and then later on relax and have a drink with my lovely wife. After what we have been through for the past few days, I think we deserve it.

“Goodbye for now, and keep smiling.” GW


Episode 132: “Burgers Delight: Where country charm meets mouthwatering flavor. Join me for a taste of down-home goodness that’ll have your taste buds two-stepping with joy.”

EPISODE 131: Halloween

Episode 131: Halloween, a spooky and fun-filled celebration of costumes and candy, is a time when the supernatural feels just around the corner.”

“Autumn Adventures and Halloween Fun: What’s Happening at Our Cottage Country Home on Oct 28/2023”

“New day, new beginnings!”

Good Morning!

It’s another cloudy day here in Cottage Country. And it has cooled down some, with the temperature waking up sitting at 1.7 C | 35.06 F. We had to turn on our furnace this morning to warm things up some. But I can’t complain, as we do live in the north, and it is nearing the end of October.

Highway 522 is not too busy these days, but there are some hunters in our area gearing up for the deer hunt starting the first of November.

Yesterday, I did some work in my woodworking shop, and then I used my old chainsaw to cut down a big basswood tree that was growing too close to my house. Normally, I don’t cut down trees like that, but this time it was necessary because there were some nice oak trees growing alongside it. I wanted to keep the oaks, so the basswood had to go.

However, while cutting the tree, I saved some good pieces from its branches. I think I can use these pieces to make beautiful flutes in the future, but I need to let the wood dry a bi. Reason being the wood must retain a touch of moisture, a remnant of its spirit so to speak, to create the melodies that resonate with my heart. In the simplest of terms, the wood must carry a trace of its essence, a whisper of the forest’s breath, to birth a flute of profound beauty.

After finishing with the Basswood Tree, I decided to trim two very old, overgrown apple trees. One of them was a Crab Apple tree, which are rare these days. The other one was a very old Heritage Golden Delicious apple tree. Next spring, I plan to take some branches from the Golden Delicious tree and graft them onto the Crab Apple Tree, just for fun. It should be interesting to see how they grow together.

After that with my lovely wife’s help we cleaned things up and enjoyed a drink or two enjoying the sunshine.

Today I will once again be working here in the house learning more about making these videos.

Have a great day and stay safe as a lot of people are catching COVID these days. I hear, though, it isn’t as bad as the ones before. Which is a good thing. Still … I don’t relish the thought of catching it. GW

“From Seed to Supper: What’s Happenin’ in the World of Our Cottage Country Home this October 28/2023”

Mornin’, everyone! Don’t let the grass grow under your feet, but remember to take a moment to enjoy the view.

It’s a nice change in cottage country today. We’ve had a whole week of rain, so the sunny weather is a welcome sight. What’s also good is that it’s not very cold yet. The temperature is around 4.8 degrees Celsius, which is about 40.64 degrees Fahrenheit. Although, I think we might have more clouds than sunshine in the future. But right now, I’d prefer that over rain.

Highway 522 and around town is quiet these days, but it will pick up this weekend with hunting season for deer, with rifles, opens up the first of November and lasts for two weeks. I don’t hunt much anymore, as I just can’t see myself sitting out in the bush where it’s wet and cold. And with the climate changing like it is, the deer in these parts doesn’t start to roam around all that much for another three weeks or so. Which is a good thing for them, if you know what I mean.

On another topic, because it rained all day, I stayed inside and worked on setting up my YouTube Channel. I think I’ve got it pretty much how I want it, but I need to double-check with my son Karl to make sure I did everything right. It’s great to have someone who knows about this stuff. I also really like the laptop he helped me choose. It wasn’t cheap, but it works really well. I like it a lot, especially now that we’ve connected it to the new docking station. Now everything I need is on my laptop, so I can take it with me wherever I go if I have to. I don’t need my big old regular computer anymore. We’ve made a lot of progress in that area, I have to say.

Today I am going to do some work in my old woodworking shop and if things work out I will see about making a video letting you have a look at it. I will see how that goes, I still have a lot to learn with that end of things. But practice makes perfect, I always say.

With that, I am off for an English Muffin with an egg and a generous layer of sharp old cheddar cheese., that my lovely wife is making for me.

“Well, it’s about time to mosey on outta here. Y’all come back now, ya hear?” GW

“Laughter in the Leaves: A Lighthearted Look at What’s Happening ‘Round Our Cottage Country Home this October 27/2023”

“Another day on the homestead.”

So how you all doing this morning? Good I hope.

We had light rain through most of the night, and it is still raining this morning. I have to tell you, I am getting a bit tired of the wet weather. But at least, we don’t have to shovel it, and we aren’t burning that much oil, or burning that much wood to stay warm.

On another note, being that it rained most of the day yesterday, I worked steadily on getting used to this new video equipment I bought with the help of my son Karl. I think I am ready to give it a try, so we will see how that goes as the day moves forward. My problem is I overthink things too much even though I know I shouldn’t ha ha. At any rate, I am making some progress.

I’m also currently in the process of establishing my new YouTube Channel, and let me tell you, it’s not exactly a walk in the park. Nevertheless, I’m making steady progress, and as I mentioned yesterday, once it’s up and running, I’ll be sure to spread the word. I’ve been receiving messages from a bunch of folks expressing their excitement about it. The flip side is that I’m now committed to producing content, but it’s a commitment I’m more than willing to uphold. It’s something I’m genuinely wanting to do, and given my nature, I’m determined to pursue it, as I enjoy new ventures. You might even say it’s what keeps my youthful spirit alive.

So with that I am off for some waffles my lovely wife is making for me this morning and will then see what the day has in store.

“Stay tuned for more content.” GW

“Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: What’s afoot ’round Our Cottage Country Homestead this October 26/2023”

“Time to grab your boots and start the day!”

And them boots might come in handy with the rain we are in the midst of this morning. It is also foggy, which sure makes things look mighty dismal out there. But Fall is like that some days, which I found makes me look forward to the sunny days.

Yesterday, since it was rainy outside, I decided to spend some time getting to know my new equipment for making YouTube videos. I was excited to give it a try, but I ran into some issues and had to wait for my son Karl to come home from work. While I waited, I read through the instruction manuals, which helped me understand how to use the equipment better. I must admit, it felt a bit overwhelming to figure everything out at first.

But as I always say, when you see a big pile of tasks, it can be discouraging. However, if you break things down into smaller steps, it becomes more manageable.

Anyway, once Karl got home, he walked me through setting up the equipment. Now that it’s up and running, I plan to test it today and see how it performs, which I find quite interesting.

And it should be noted that I’m just starting out on this YouTube journey, and I want to make sure everyone knows that everything is brand new to me. To all those who’ve inquired, especially my sister Barb up in the snowy landscapes of Saskatchewan, if I’ll have my own YouTube channel, and the answer is yes! Once I have it all set up, I’ll share the link with you so you can watch my videos. But please keep in mind that I’ve never done this before, so there will be a lot of mistakes along the way. I actually think those mistakes will be a part of the videos and…

Let’s just say, you’ll get to see my learning process as I go along. So, I hope you’ll be patient with me as I navigate this new adventure. Thanks for your support!

With that, I am off for bowl of Porridge and an English muffin with some peanut butter this morning that my lovely wife is preparing for me. And then will see what the day has in store.

“That’s it for today, folks! Remember, a smile a day keeps the frowns away.”

Spirit of the Autumn Wind: Discover What’s Happening in and Around Our Cottage Country Home this October 25/2023

“Country mornings are the best mornings!”

Starting things off, we are in the midst of some rain here this morning. But here’s the twist – it’s not quite “freezing your socks off” cold just yet, which, to be perfectly honest, suits me just fine. The thermometer this morning read a positively tropical 14.3°C | 57.74°F. We will also see a lot more rain as the day moves forward. But in saying all that, the good news is it isn’t snow. However, my fabulous sister Barb gave me the lowdown from Saskatchewan, and they’re in the icy grip of snow. It’s so cold there that even the snowflakes are bundling up. Now, when I hear that, I know winter is knocking on our door here in the north.

So yesterday I lied, as I didn’t get to my old woodworking shop as planned. Instead, I stayed inside working away here on my computer setting more things up, that will make my life easier when writing up stories, along with doing my Blog, and not to forget my upcoming YouTube Channel. I did however get some new equipment for making my YouTube’s yesterday, delivered to our home, which is one more thing that I have to get used to, and since it is raining today I will see if I can figure things out in that department. All this high-tech stuff is nice, but … it is a challenge getting used to them. But such is life and I have to admit I enjoy trying and doing new things.

With that I am off for an English Muffin with an egg easy over, some cheddar cheese and some bacon laid on for good measure. Just remember, one piece of bacon a day keeps the doctor away… or was it an apple?

It’s time to wrap up this blog post, folks. But don’t worry, I’ll be back with more wisdom, wit, and a dash of nonsense tomorrow. Until then, have a great day, and keep being your awesome selves! GW

The Dance of Falling Leaves: An Insight into Our Cottage Country Home’s October 24/2023 Stories

“Good morning, world! Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous.”

Starting things off here this morning, it is looking like we might get some rain as the skies are dark and dreary, casting a shroud of uncertainty over the day ahead. But if there is one thing I do know, its Mother Nature will do what she wants.

Highway 522 is still quite, this morning and if you’re ever in the mood for a slower pace of life, drop by for a visit, where the traffic is light, the people are friendly, and you’ll never have to worry about road rage. It’s a slice of small-town heaven, I tell ya!

On a different note, I didn’t accomplish much yesterday. I spent most of the day familiarizing myself with my new computer setup and adding some unique programs that will make my work at my desk easier. Today, I’m headed to my woodworking shop to build a new desk for myself and set up another new desk for my lovely wife in her studio. If I manage to get everything I need in time, I might even create a YouTube video showcasing how I craft a one-of-a-kind desk using rough-cut lumber that has been drying in my shed for a few years. I’ll see how it goes, as making these videos is a new endeavor for me, but how challenging can it be, aside from ensuring the camera is in the right spot? The great thing is, I’ll be in the company of friends, right?

So with that I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and will then see what the day has in store other than what I have planned.

“Remember, if you can’t be good, be good at it!” GW

Episode 130: Getting Your Firewood Ready For Winter

Episode 130: Howdy there, folks, and welcome back to another episode of [One More Story] Today, I’ll be talking about something as old as the hills and as essential as a good pair of boots – gettin’ your firewood ready for winter.

I hope you enjoy: Getting your firewood ready for winter.

“The Spirit of October 23/2023: What’s Happening in Our Cottage Country Home”

Good Morning, everyone! Today is a remarkable day, where the stars align – it’s the 23rd day of the 23rd year.

Waking up we are in the midst of some a heavy frost But, on the flip side, the sun’s shining bright, and the sky’s as blue as a robin’s egg. It is a touch cool though, with the temperature sitting at -2.8 C | 26.96 F. And the water in our bird bath is frozen solid. But it is getting on in the year when we can pretty well expect anything weather wise.

On a different note, yesterday was quite a busy day for me. I purchased a brand-new laptop, along with a sleek docking station. The interesting part is that, despite my familiarity with computers, I had never owned one of these modern marvels before. I knew right from the start that setting it up would be a bit of a challenge.

Fortunately, with my son Karl’s expert guidance throughout the day, and his ability to remotely resolve any lingering issues, things started to fall into place. It was impressive to see how smoothly everything began working. The reason for this tech upgrade was simple: now, all the data and applications I had on my main computer are readily accessible on my laptop. Whether I’m on the move or away from home, I can simply disconnect my laptop from the docking station and carry my digital world with me.

When I return home, it’s as easy as plugging my laptop back into the docking station, and I’m all set to dive into my work. It’s remarkable how far we’ve come in recent years with these advancements in technology.

Forging ahead today I suspect it will be a day of getting acquainted with all the new features, as my son figured since we have gone this far he might as well install the new version of Linux which is called Fedora. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s miles better than anything Microsoft offers. Along with that, you don’t have to worry about viruses. And what’s even better, it’s free.

I’ve also recently purchased a variety of items to create content for my YouTube channel, which is a new adventure for me. Adapting to this will be a learning process, as it’s quite different from my previous experiences. Although the equipment I needed was a bit costly, I’ve decided to embrace life to the fullest after working for 76 years. Making these videos will not only allow me to enjoy life but also share the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. I’ll be covering topics like natural remedies, woodworking, gardening, farming, and more. On a related note, I want to express my gratitude to those who have reached out via email or my landline to show their excitement for my upcoming videos. However, it will take some time for me to become comfortable with all the new equipment, so please bear with me during this transition.

Now I am off for my lunch that my lovely wife is making for me and will then get to work here on my new computer. You know, the amount I spent on this high-tech gear could easily surpass what I paid for my first car years ago, and then some.

With that piece of information tucked away,; “May your coffee be strong and your Mondays brief.” – GW

“Harvesting the Wisdom of October 22/2023: What’s Happening Around Our Cottage Country Home”

Good Morning, everyone!

Starting things off, it should be noted that as the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to fall, there’s a distinct chill in the air that serves as a reminder – winter is steadily approaching. Meanwhile, a frigid front is gathering strength in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, And if that doesn’t give you a shiver of what’s to come, just take a look at what is happening around us in nature, as the birds, plants and trees-they’re all trying to tell us something. One just has to take a few minutes and listen.

Highway 522 is still very quiet, but there are a lot of hunters in the bush lately, so care should be taken if out exploring the area or traveling through it.

On another note, yesterday my lovely wife and I made a trip to North Bay as it was our son’s birthday. While there, we picked up some more supplies and then took him out for lunch at Casey’s there in town. We had a good time, enjoyed our meal along with a bottle of White Zinfandel Wine. I have to say being a farmer for many years and growing all different kinds of grapes, it is one of the best, especially while enjoying a meal. After we finished, we dropped our boy off back at his apartment and headed on home, taking in what nature had to offer. Which was a lot, as the leaves that still remain on the trees were sure putting on a show. The older trees have shed most of theirs, but them young’uns tend to hang on to theirs a mite longer. It’s just the way the young are, always trying to be a different.

“Wishing you the strength of a mighty buffalo and the wisdom of an old storyteller.” GW

“Autumn Magic: What’s Happening in and Around Our Cottage Country Home on October 21/2023”

Good Morning!

It’s a bit cloudy this morning and we are having some light rain. What I am hoping for is some sunshine, but we will have to see how that works out as the day moves forward.

Highway 522 is slow these days, with only the locals takin’ in every little thing happening around these parts. Makes me scratch my head in wonder sometimes, but they are getting their exercise for the day, which is a good thing.

Switching gears, I couldn’t make it to my woodworking shop yesterday, as I found myself focused on writing stories for the newspapers I write for. In fact, it turned out to be a productive day for writing, and I made significant progress. Some days are like that, where words flow effortlessly like a gentle creek on a warm summer’s day, while on other days, finding the right words can be a bit more challenging.

Today will probably be much the same as yesterday, but as they say, “I never truly know what a day might bring.” Just like navigating the twists and turns of a country road, the only thing a feller can do is go with the flow and make the best of things. Such is life.

Take care, and remember, life’s too short to be serious all the time.” GW