All posts by George Walters

What’s Happening At Our Homestead Here in Northern Ontario on March 17/2024

Good Morning! Another day closer to warmer weather, longer days, and the simple joys of country living.

But walking out to my woodworking shop this morning, the weather looks more like winter than the coming of spring, as everything is/was covered in a blanket of snow. I guess Mother Nature has a bit more to get out of her system. My old Dad used to say: “In spring, don’t cast a clout ’til May is out.” (Meaning: Don’t shed your winter clothing until the end of May, as unexpected cold snaps can still occur.)

Highway 522 is bare as most has melted, with the temperatures hovering a touch above the freezing mark. Away from the highway, though, the snow’s still clinging to everything, making it all look like something out of a postcard.

Yesterday I once again worked away here at my computer, or should say for the morning, and then later on I did a bit of work in my shop. All in all, my day was full, as was my wife’s. It seems there is always something that needs doing when you own a home, especially in the country.

On another note, I did light my shop stove this morning so it would be nice and warm to work in a bit later on. I have a few projects on the go that I would like to finish up. We also had a few visitors at our bird feeder this morning, some wild turkeys. They seem to drop by for a visit a few times a year. And they also know that I won’t hurt them, as they come right up to me asking for some feed. Kind a nice to be able to get close to nature on her own terms. But then again … I am a likable kinda guy, right?

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Politician Fact or Fiction? You know, over the years I have found that politicians are like the town gossip: they’re always stirring up trouble and spreading rumors!

So with that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has ready for me, and will then see what the day has in store. I never know, I head off in one direction and totally do something else.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “Living in the country means never having to say you’re busy – unless you count watching the clouds drift by or counting the turkeys out by the bird feeder!” GW

What’s Happening, Here In The North, On March16/2024: At Least For This Old Feller!

Good Morning! And being morning and walking around outside, I noticed that the trees are starting to show off their buds, and the critters are starting to stir: Like they know something good’s about to happen.

However, it’s a cloudy morning in cottage country, the temperature is hovering around 0.3°C | 32.54°F. We won’t be seeing much sunshine for the next four days. It seems that Old Mother Nature is busy doing her thing, and thankfully, us humans haven’t managed to mess with her work … much. But, some folks keep trying, which, to me, isn’t a good idea. To me, Mother Nature’s like the mind—mysterious. Maybe it’s best we don’t try to figure it all out. Let her be, I say.

Highway 522 was a bit busy yesterday with folks moving around. But that is normal for us on a Friday. Seems everyone is happier on Fridays. Mondays, well … that’s another story. For my wife and I each day carries its own weight; none holds greater importance than the next. It’s simply a matter of perspective that some days seem more significant than others. Whether it’s Sunday or any other day of the week, they are all important, at least for us.

On another note, I didn’t do all that much yesterday, but I did start editing another video, and I am hoping to finish it today. After that, I have to do some searching on the internet for some more books to read, as I am all out of westerns. I enjoy reading them at night in bed. It’s getting harder and harder to find them these days. But in saying that, I know there’s a whole world of stories out there just waiting for me, I just have to find them.

Politician’s, True or False? My old Dad used to say, “Politicians are like the local diner – they’re always open for business, but you never quite get what you ordered!” Same as it is today.

With that settled, I’m off to grab a bite of breakfast, cooked up by my lovely little woman. Once we’re done, we’ll enjoy a nice hot cup of cocoa and some good ol’ chatter. After that, we’ll just have to see what the day’s got in the cards for us.

With that I will leave you with this: The old one knows, and said from time to time, that even the chickens take their time crossing the road, stopping to scratch, peck, and ponder life’s big questions. Maybe we humans can learn something from them few words? GW

Tips From Years Ago

Here is what I had years ago when going to school. We’d chomp on ’em like they were snacks during exam time.

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Unearthing What’s Happening On March 15/2024

Good morning, where the soil’s startin’ to thaw, and it’s time to start thinking ’bout what we’re gonna plant in our gardens.

We’re in the midst of a lot of clouds this morning here in Cottage country. And it has cooled down a wee bit from yesterday, with the temperature sitting at -0.1 C | 31.82 F. It will warm up a touch as the day moves forward. The weekend once again isn’t looking all that good, with more rain in the forecast. Lately, the weekends haven’t been all that good weather wise. But we do need the rain as it gets the plants and things motivated for what lies ahead.

The old one used to tell me: If the ravens/crows flies low, prepare for a rain to blow. They were flying low this morning.

On the topic of birds, my wife and I have seen a few flocks of geese for the past few days flying over our home. Another sign that spring isn’t all that far off. They were heading in both directions. I guess they couldn’t make up their minds. Can’t say I blame them neither.

Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make traveling good for those in need of things in the larger towns. I think we are good for a while.

On another note, my wife and I did do some more yard work yesterday, taking in some sunshine that we humans need to stay healthy. Later in the day, I woke up our garden hose and put it to work washing our car. I have to tell ya, it sure was dirty with all the salt that they put down on the highways these days. Chase is smiling now and just a shinning. We named it Chase the day we brought it home. Just like my Dad and his Dad before me, we’ve got a habit of naming the things we own. And after all, they are made up of the same molecules as humans are, or sort of. Makes you wonder about the connection between us and everything else in this big ol’ world, doesn’t it?

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has waiting for me, and will then see what the day has in store. I don’t quite know just yet what I will be doing.

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this piece of wisdom that arose from my very good friend Grey Wolf, who taught me a lot while growing up: I call him the Old One!

Find harmony in all you do. Work, play, rest – each has its time and place. Balance is the key that unlocks the door to a life well-lived.’ He was a smart old feller and I really miss those times we spent chatting by the creek near his cabin. GW

New YouTube Video This Morning!

Episode 37 on my YouTube Channel is live now. I hope you enjoy it.

“Click the link below to view the content, and be sure to hit that subscribe button! It’s completely free and simply notifies you whenever I upload a new video.” Have a great day! GW

Reviving The Simple Life!

Weathering the Latest on What’s Happening On March 14/2024

Good Morning! Where the smell of thawing mud and fresh-cut grass is better than any fancy perfume in the world. Other than my wife’s orange blossom perfume she used to pick up, when we went to Florida years ago for a well eared rest throughout the winter months. But ya, it’s pretty hard to beat what Mother Nature has to offer.

You know’s easy to forget the simple pleasures, the beauty that surrounds us every day. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years on this earth, it’s the importance of slowing down and taking it all in.

My wife and I always take a few minutes every day to sit together, watching the world do its thing – it’s like hitting that pause button on all the craziness. In doing so we then start noticing the small stuff, like the way the wind whispers through the trees or the way the sky changes colors at sunset.

And you know what? When we take that time, our minds sorta clear up. We start seeing things differently, understanding things, and each other better. Try it sometime, you might be surprised at what you find … or see.

Highway 522 is picking up a wee bit traffic wise, with a few folks with 4x4s moving into our area. Before long, the cottages will be open, and the parks will be full of campers. It’s all rather nice, in its own way. But I do hope in the coming years, that we don’t lose the tranquility that surrounds us, as there’s a certain magic to this place, that I’d hate to see lost in the shuffle. But …that’s just me.

On another note my lovely wife and I did some more cleaning up around our property yesterday, moved a few more small trees, and later on I went and visited a friend of mine here in town, we had a couple hour chat about different things, which was nice for a change. It sure is a pleasure to have friends who see things eye to eye with ya’. But I’ll tell ya’, they’re scarce as hen’s teeth these days.

Today I have some work to do in my woodworking shop, and will get at that after I have my breakfast that my lovely wife is preparing for me.

Politician Humor: You know, in our neck of the woods, politicians are like the weather: always changing and never quite what you hoped for!

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “Life’s lessons are like the stars in the sky – they guide you home, but sometimes they lead you on a wild goose chase.” GW

Making Sense of What’s Happening on March 13/2024

Good Morning! Time to shake off those cobwebs and embrace the simple joys of small-town living. Who’s up for a round of ‘Guess the Gossip’ at our local establishments?

It’s a beautiful morning, waking up in cottage country. The sun is shinning brightly, without a cloud in the sky. One thing is for certain: when the clouds part ways here in the north, there’s no other place on earth where the sky is as blue. Putting out some feed at our bird feeder this morning, I could feel the warmth coming from the sun, and with no wind I suspect we will be doing some front porch sittin’ a bit later on in the day. However, yesterday my wife and I did have our coffee on our front porch, just shooting the breeze, taking in the changes that are taking place in nature. Seeing nature come alive after that long winter’s nap, well, it’s a sight to behold, I tell ya. I often wonder how many people do what we do. I suspect there ain’t too many out there like us. But you never know, it looks like a bunch of folks has been flocking to my Blog and YouTube Channel lately, so either they’re liking what I’ve got to say and do, or … maybe they just can’t resist my charming personality, right? Ha ha.

On another note, yesterday I once again worked the day away here at my computer for most of the day, but as I said earlier in the post my wife and I did get to sit outside, taking in some sunshine, while having our coffee for an hour or so. Just to be able to do that, is a gift in itself.

Highway 522 is bare and dry, and the traffic hasn’t picked up all that much yet, but it will in the coming weeks, when the tourists start entering the picture. All’s it takes is nice warm weather. But for now in our little corner of the world, time moves slower than molasses in January. We’re in no rush, because … why hurry when you’ve got nowhere to be but right here?

Politician Humor or Fact? My ol’ grandpa used to say, “Politicians are like a dog with fleas – they scratch a lot, make a fuss, but you never quite get rid of ’em!”

With that bit of information floating around, I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has prepared for me, and will then see what the day has in store. Life is a mystery, that’s for sure. But I like it that way!

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this: In the circle of life, every creature plays its part – the bear eats the honey, the bee makes the honey, and the mosquito… well, the mosquito just annoys everyone. Something like our politicians. GW

Reflecting on What’s Happening In Cottage Country on March 12/202

Good Morning! Where the chickens lay a few more eggs, the cows give a bit more milk, and the whole country feels alive with possibilities.

It is a touch cool in the north, waking up, with the temperature sitting at -5.6 C | 21.92 F. However, it will warm up as the day moves forward to where we should be able to enjoy a coffee on the front porch after lunch. I think that would be kinda nice.

Highway 522 is still quiet traffic wise, other than a few pickup trucks and a few locals moving from place to place seeking things to see and do. I’ve also found that the local wildlife isn’t just part of the scenery; it’s the town’s unofficial welcoming committee, whether you like it or not.

On another note, once again I worked here inside on some editing and things, and today I will probably be doing the same. I like to get all my inside things caught up, so I am not wasting the nice warm days sitting inside.

Politicians: I once asked a politician if he could tell me the truth straight. He looked at me like a calf staring at a new gate! You might have had to be raised on a farm to understand that one.

Other than that, not much else going on in and around our small town this morning. So with that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has prepared for me and will then see what the day has in store. But in saying that, over the years, I have found that life’s got a funny way of throwin’ surprises your way. I’ve also found that it’s not the big things that make life worth living, it’s the little things.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “The old one knows that the wind whispers secrets to those who listen, but sometimes it just blows your hat off and laughs.” GW

Old Paths Yield New Discoveries on March 11/2024

Good Morning! Where we are another day closer to warmer weather, longer days, and the simple joys of country living. Pretty hard to beat that every morning. Did you all move your clocks ahead yesterday?

Other than being a touch cool with the temperature sitting at -6.3 C | 20.66 F, it’s looking like a mighty fine day. The sun is shinning, the wind has died down, and the barometer is slowly rising, as it has been all night long. Which is a good sign of what lies ahead, weather wise. And even better, it will warm up as the day moves forward, and tomorrow we should be able to do some front porch sittin’.

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, but we do have some snow on the ground, which would amount to about 2 inches. Nothing to write home about.

On another note yesterday, once again I worked the day away here in front of my computer, editing another video, actually this time I put together a slide show of installing a new deck onto our cottage, as I took pictures of how I went about it from start to finish, so it’s not a video, but I have to say it turned out pretty good, with the help of my lovely wife. I will add it to my YouTube channel and make it public in the days ahead. I try and put on one a week, sometimes two. All depends on how much time I have to spare, as it takes a lot of time to make/edit the videos. Today I will continue on with another, being a bit cold outside.

Politicians: You know, my old dad used to say, “Politicians are like the weather: everyone talks about them, but nobody does anything about them.” But then again, here in Canada it’s always been that way, at least for as long as I can remember.

And ... when their pockets start feeling a bit light, what do they do? Slap on more taxes, swearing it’s for our own good!

With that I am off for my breakfast that my little woman has made for me, and will then get to work. But first, I’ll enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while having a chat with my lovely wife. It’s something we do every morning before we start our day. And you know … we are damn good at it too.

With that, you all have a great day and I will leave you with this: The old one knows that the river may change its course, but it’s the stones in the riverbed that keeps the water flowing. GW

Making A Chopping Block Stool

In this video, I put together a chopping block stool made from wood we had here on our property.

Reviving the Simple Life!

Sunrise to Sunset What’s Happening on March 10/2024

Good Morning! Where the air’s crisp and the birds sing a little louder, tellin’ us spring is just around the corner.

But in saying that, you wouldn’t think so with it being cold, along with seeing some snow coming down this morning. However, the cold and snow will be short-lived, and we will be back into warmer weather starting tomorrow, as things will warm up, and we should even see some sunshine, which is what we humans need, to stay healthy.

On another note, my wife and I did get all our gardens and grounds cleaned up which makes me happy, along with transplanting a few trees. You see, we had to remove quite a few of our pines over the years, as they were getting old, and being so tall they could have fallen on our home. So in doing that, we decided to replace them with others that we had here on our property. I have to tell you, if you had to buy them these days that they are expensive, but what isn’t these days. Kind of makes me wonder where Canada is heading. If asked, I would say that folks need to be putting a bit of extra cash away with less spending on things that isn’t necessary.

I was taught many years ago … to look after my needs not my wants, and truth told that advice has done my lovely wife and I well over the years.

Yesterday being a wet rainy cool old day I worked away here on my computer and yes, I did get that cup of cocoa with some marshmallows on top, along with a couple of homemade chocolate cookies. So … it pays to dish out compliments occasionally.

Talking about being nice. It seems here in Canada, many people are noticing/saying that older folks are getting grumpier as they age, and I think it’s true. You see, when we lay eyes upon the hard work we’ve poured into building our country, only to witness it being undone by certain folks, it ruffles our feathers something fierce. We’ve also lived through our fair share of ups and downs, seen the world change in ways we never imagined. So, when we catch wind of our efforts being cast aside, it feels like a heavy weight on our shoulders. That’s why, from time to time, we might come off a tad sour. But you see, as we’ve traveled these winding roads of life, we’ve gathered a bit of wisdom along the way. We’ve learned that storms pass and sunsets follow, and it’s how we weather those storms that truly makes us. And it’s a lesson we hope the young will take to heart, as they tread their own paths. For in the end, it’s not just about the battles we’ve fought, but the wisdom we’ve gained in the process, that truly marks our journey. And that is all I have to say on the subject. Hmm, not sure how I got onto that.

Politician Humor: Back in the day, my wise old Dad used to say, “Beware of politicians bearing gifts; they’ll give you a shiny coin today and take your barn tomorrow.” I believe that to be true today, too.

With that, once again I am off for my morning breakfast that my lovely wife has made for me, and will then get to work editing another video. Being so cold out today, inside is the place to be. At least for me.

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this: “Old mountains hold the memories of time, whisperin’ stories of creation, destruction, and … the occasional mountain goat with an attitude problem.” GW

Oh, and don’t forget today is National Meat Ball Day. Italian Meatballs, “Mamma Mia!”

Canada’s Defence Spending Needs Attention?

Some have asked me what I think of how our defence is dealing with not having the funds to carry on. So here is what I figure should be said and done.

It’s baffling to hear that despite the glaring warnings from our military leaders about the inadequacy of our equipment and personnel, there’s a lack of support for increasing defence spending in Canada. Frankly, it’s absurd. Our defence capabilities are crucial, and it’s high time we recognize the urgency of the situation.

For far too long, we’ve been neglecting our defence responsibilities, and the repercussions are becoming evident. The rest of the world is watching, and frankly, they’re probably shaking their heads at our complacency.

The recent polling showing low levels of support for increasing defence spending raises eyebrows. Who exactly was surveyed? It’s hard not to question the validity of such polls when the stakes are this high.

It’s time for Canada to step up to the plate and do what’s right. We need to prioritize the safety and security of our nation. Increasing defence spending isn’t just an option; it’s a necessity if we want to maintain our sovereignty and protect our citizens.

Let’s not allow politics or misguided priorities to dictate our national security agenda. It’s time for action, and it starts with a serious commitment to bolstering our defence capabilities. The future of our country depends on it. GW

Muddy Boots and Warm Coats in Northern Ontario on March 9/2024

Good Morning! It’s that time of the year when the sun rises higher in the sky, melting away the last of old man winter.

Well, let’s hope so, but living here in the north, surprises are never ending, weather wise. The good news is, that my wife and I did manage to get all our gardens and grounds cleaned up yesterday. It took us two full days to get it done, which I don’t figure is too bad considering our age. But then again, I have always said. Life’s all about how you see things. If you go around thinking you’re old, well, you’ll start feeling old. And with all them years on my back, I found that they have taught me that age ain’t just about the years ticking by. It’s about the fire inside, the spark that keeps you going. I think if you keep your mind/body sharp, stay open to new experiences, and surround yourself with positivity. Well … that’s how you stay young at heart, no matter what the calendar says. But hey, what do I know? Just sharing a bit of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way.

Highway 522 is wet this morning and will remain that way right up till around 11:00 AM. In saying that, traffic has picked up some, with more locals moving around a bit more. You could say that the world is coming back to life, and our little northern town is waking up with a unique charm all of its own. Which is nice to see!

Politician Humor: My old Dad used to say: “A politician’s promises are like seeds in the wind – you never know where they’ll land or if they’ll grow anything worthwhile.” Hasn’t changed much over the years.

Today being that it is raining I am planning on editing another video, and in between things, I will bug my lovely wife. She is busy doing the wash, which takes most of the day. She likes to do it on weekends when the hydro rates are down. Not much, but every little bit helps. You know … hard-working gals like her are a rare find these days, and I have been very fortunate to have found mine.

Hmm, do you think that might get me a cup of hot cocoa with some marshmallows on top, and one or two of her homemade cookies a bit later on?

With that, I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has made for me, that consists of some Porridge made from Quaker Oats. It’s been around for as long as I can remember. Nothing better on this old earth of ours, for keeping your heart ticking away as it should be. I usually have it every morning, with a half of a Florida Grapefruit when in season, and a piece of toast.

You all have a great day and remember: Life’s truths ain’t found in grand speeches; they’re whispered in the rustle of the leaves, the snicker of and old dog, and the sideways glance of a crow with a mitten in its mouth. GW

Everyday Life In Cottage Country On March 8/2024

Good Morning! Where the frost on the rooftops is a reminder that summer isn’t here yet.

Highway 522 has been picking up traffic wise the past few days. Not too many new folks though, mostly locals moving around, looking for things to see and do. You always know you’re in a small town when everyone waves at each other, even if they’ve never met.

Fact or Fiction? Putting your trust in a chicken before it’s hatched is like waiting for prosperity without putting in the work. Some say that policies here in Canada have made some folks idle dreamers, forgetting the hard work needed to thrive.

On another note, yesterday my wife and I worked the day away cleaning up our property, which we have been doing now for the past couple days. We even managed to transplant a few trees and shrubs, that we wanted to do now for the past couple years. We now have some trimming to do on some of our trees, which I might get to today, while my wife works on cleaning up some more of our gardens. Lots needs to be done this time of year, and it has to be done at the right time. Being a farmer, you learn these things. Truth told, these tasks require timing and intuition, things you can’t pick up in a classroom.

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has put together for me, and will then head on outside. As my old Dad used to say. “Up an Adam, George, we’re burning daylight.” I miss that old feller.

You have a great day and I will leave you with this: “Back in the day, we didn’t have fancy gadgets, but we had grit, determination, and a willingness to get our hands dirty, which my wife and I still have today.” GW

It’s Coffee Time?

Yep it is, but this time of year, I make it a touch different from most. Take a look and if you enjoy my videos, please consider subscribing, it helps and means a lot. GW

Where Time Slows on March 7/2024

Good Morning! The day’s young, with lots to do before it’s time to hang up our hats. So best to get at it!

Highway 522 is bare and dry once again, which makes it nice for those in need of things in the larger cities. But in saying that, there is a lot that can be had right here in our small town.

On another note, yesterday, my wife and I worked the day away cleaning up our gardens in front of our home. Other than a bit of wind, the weather was on our side, which made it pretty nice out there. But in saying that, nature is like dancing, you sometimes lead, but mostly, you follow her steps. I also made a video of how we went about it, along with showing folks a few perennials that are starting to show themselves, which I will add to my YouTube Channel later on. It took us most of the day, to get things done and we both were happy to head on into the house when finished. And our beds felt mighty fine, too.

Truth or Fiction: My old dad used to say politicians were like weeds in the garden, they’d sprout up everywhere and choke out the good stuff if you didn’t keep an eye on them. It would be a good idea to keep that in mind today too.

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife is making for me, or should say has made for me, and will then we will head on outside to do some more cleanups around our property. Can’t let a beautiful day like this go to waste with the sun shining down on us.

You all have a great day and remember: “Life is a puzzle, but it’s missing a few pieces, and … that’s what makes it interesting.” GW

Between Fields and Forests on March 5/2024

Good Morning! We made it to another day, which gives us another chance to tend the land and reap what we’ve sown. Which is what my lovely wife and I are planning on doing today, as we have a lot of gardens that needs our attention. Last fall we didn’t have time to do much cleaning or raking, so looking outside, it’s a mess. So that should keep us busy for today and into tomorrow.

Highway 522 is bare and dry these days, which makes travelling good, and it won’t be long before folks that have cottages starts to return to our area, wanting to get away from the cities. I can’t say I blame them, neither.

For a while there, we saw a slew of new faces settling in our neck of the woods, but the flow has slowed down a lot. One reason is the hefty price tags on land and homes, making it a stretch for many to even dream of owning a slice of property. And with that, folks aren’t opening their wallets as wide, not with all the uncertainty hanging heavy in the air these days. It’s making folks think twice before spending, especially on those big-ticket items.

In my opinion, it’s not such a bad thing as it seems to me we’re heading toward some rough times, what with the influx of folks moving/coming into our country and not enough opportunities/jobs or roofs over their heads to go around. The real muddle, though, lies in where some of our leaders are funneling the hard-earned dollars of the working man/woman. It seems they’ve got their sights set on distant shores/themselves, when our own backyard’s crying out for attention. And the worst part is some are calling that progress. Mind you, I say “some” because what we hear in the news these days seems more like a handful of voices clamoring for attention by spreading a heap of false rumors and such. Again all I just said is just my opinion.

On another note, yesterday I worked steadily for the morning in my woodworking shop and then in the afternoon finished up editing another video, that I made a few days ago. All in all it was a productive day as it should be. Nothing worse in my mind than to waste a day. Although sometimes it can’t be helped.

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has prepared for me and will then head on outdoors.

Have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “Life is too short to take seriously. So I found that it’s best to laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.” GW

What’s Happening Here in Cottage Country On March 5/2024

Good Morning! Well, we made it to another day, where we get another chance to get it right, or … mess it up. Either way, it’s bound to be interesting!

Yesterday I worked away in my woodworking shop along with doing a few things outside being the weather was so nice. My Lovely Wife and I also had our coffee on our front porch, soaking up some sunshine. Life can’t get much better than that!

Today being so cloudy with a chance of rain, I am planning on editing up a couple videos I made last week, along with getting another story ready for my newspaper columns I write for. I have to say, I sure have gotten a lot of calls, emails and Subscribers, from folks that are enjoying them. Makes it wall worthwhile.

Highway 522 is quiet these days, which is normal for our area. I have found that small town living means knowing that if you sneeze in your backyard, someone three roads over is going to acknowledge it. It’s like having your own personal fan club, whether you want it or not.

Politician Humor: “Politicians are like a bad batch of moonshine – they might seem appealing at first, but the headache they give you ain’t worth it in the end!”

With that, I am off for another bowl of porridge and a Florida Grapefruit that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then see what the day has in store. It’s always interesting!

Have a great day, and I will leave you with what my old Dad used to say. “With farming, the only thing that grows faster than the weeds, is the list of chores waiting for you in the morning.” Kind of reminds me of what my wife and I have these days. But, they are things we enjoy doing. For most parts. GW

What’s Happening on March 4/2024 In Cottage Country

Good Morning! Here’s to another day under the big sky.

In our area, not much is happening these days. But that will likely change with the arrival of warmer temperatures. Watching nature, you can see that our climate is changing, as it has been for millions of years. Truth told, there’s a lot of fossil evidence suggesting that the Arctic was once covered with dense forests and vegetation, including palm trees and ferns. I kind of think that things might be slowly returning to what they once were.

However, it also appears to me that we/some tend to exaggerate what’s happening in our world, and some individuals are trying hard to shape our thoughts in ways that benefit them, not us. Of all the things we hear about in today’s world or should say most, only about 2% of them are the ones causing the commotion in people’s lives, as they are good at spreading false news. But … it’s been that way for as long as I can remember, and I don’t see any change anytime soon. As my old dad always told me. “George don’t believe every thing you hear and only half of what you see.” I have taken them words to heart over the years, and it has helped me a lot.

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning and will remain that way now I suspect with the warmer temperatures on our doorstep. Actually, my lovely wife and I are planning on having our coffee on our front porch a bit later on. Kinda nice for this time of year.

Politician Humor: Why did the farmer compare politicians to a rusty gate?
“They’re supposed to keep things in order, but they just creak and let everything/everyone through.” And they are damn good at it!

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has prepared for me and will then head on out to my woodworking shop and see about making some shavings.

Have a great day and I will leave you with this: “Life in the country is like a game of poker – you’ve got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, and … when to call a chicken, a chicken.” GW

Quick Updates on What’s Happening In Cottage Country on Sunday, March 3/2024

Good Morning, where the earth is starting to stir beneath our feet.

It’s cloudy morning waking up, but in saying that we should see some sunshine as the day moves forward. And the temperature will also rice a lot more than it was yesterday. There is no reason why we here in the north shouldn’t be able to do some front porch sitting later on in the day. The temperature waking up was sitting at 2.5 C | 36.5 F.

While on the topic of weather, it should also be noted that Karl, our son, fixed the weather station, and it is back up and running better than ever. Without him looking after things, our weather station wouldn’t be functional. Karl’s efforts ensure we get accurate updates, keeping us informed of what is taking place. You could say he’s indispensable to our community, working behind the scenes.

Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make traveling good.

Politician Humor: Why did the farmer say politicians are like a maze?
Because they talk in circles, and you always end up lost trying to follow their logic! More so these days!

On another note, yesterday I worked the day away in my woodworking shop, got lots done and put together another video regarding how to make trivets. I made one for my lovely wife years ago, and it has become a bit shabby. So decided to make another, which I did, and today I will make a few more for our gift shop. They are tricky to make, well … the way I make them, but once all said and done it’s worthwhile. Which I will show you when I make the video public.

With that, I am off for my bowl of porridge that my little woman is preparing for me, and will then head on out to my shop. I think! As truth be told, I usually start off in one direction and end up doing something totally different. But I never question my day’s events.

You all have a great day and remember: “Here in the north, the winds may howl, but they carry the whispers of generations past, guiding us through the storms of today. Without the past, there is no future!” GW