Category Archives: What’s Happening

What’s happening? Oct.26/2021

It’s a cloudy, rainy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, along with it being a touch cool. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 2.8 C | 37.04 F. It will warm up somewhat as the day progresses. But after today we should be seeing some sunshine. Which will be nice for a change. We have had our share of rain and then some this Fall. The ground is saturated. I am happy I put in my firewood earlier, as it would have been a mess trying to do it now. Seems Nature and me always works together. It gives me signs of what’s to come, and I then act. I think everyone has that ability, it’s that most don’t recognize it. At any rate, it has worked for me for the past 70 some years. Yesterday I worked cleaning up a few things here in the house. Today being so wet, I will work on a podcast along with some new stories for my columns in the newspapers and magazines I write for. I enjoy working away where it is warm this time of year. Especially when the real cold weather starts to enter into the picture. With that I am off for some pancakes that my lovely wife is making for us, in our waffle maker. She has a knack of making them, along with them being down right tasty. Hmm, where is the butter, can’t eat pancakes without lots of real butter. Take care, stay safe. GW

What’s happening? Oct. 24/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. It is also a touch cool, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at 3.9 C | 39.02 F. We do have our oil furnace going this morning, which feels nice. Not as nice as the wood heat, but it’s still not cold enough to light up the wood furnace. It will warm up a wee bit as the day moves forward, and we might see a shower or two. The summer birds have pretty well left us with more of the winter ones visiting our bird feeder every day. It is sure nice to watch them, as it takes our minds off things that we shouldn’t be thinking about, LOL. We have our bird books out now, just in case one comes along we don’t recognize. That’s a treat when that happens. Highway 522 is still busy with the hunters that are in our area. It will remain that way for the next couple of months as Deer Season with rifles start the first of November for a couple of weeks. It’s a hunters’ paradise in our area right now. For me I choose to stay home these days. For all the meat my wife and I eat, we can buy it in the store. And … I don’t enjoy being out in the cold anymore for any length of time. Cleaning the driveway along with our decks is enough for my lovely wife and I. LOL Yesterday my wife did some cleaning upstairs as we have been putting things up there for storage since this virus started. So my wife finally said something has to be done, LOL. It’s amazing how things pile up. I think we will have a big garage sale this summer and get rid of a lot of it. I also want to build a new store and studio for my wife in our bush by our home this coming spring. But we will have to see what the price of lumber is when spring arrives. It would be nice to get it built while I am able to do these things. You never know. Today I have some work to do in the woodworking shop, so I will get to that when we finish our breakfast. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s happening? Oct. 23/2021

Good Morning! It is a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. We did however have a touch of sunshine getting out of bed. We should see some more sunshine as the day progresses. But then we are back to more rain tomorrow. I have to admit, we had our share of rain this year. At least in our area. Which is a good thing, as it sure helps with the forest fires. We also had our first skiff of snow yesterday morning. A sign of what’s to come. Highway 522 is still busy these days with lots of Moose Hunters coming into our area. Not that I have seen any directly around our area. I have seen a few out a ways from town occasionally. On another note. I did get my garlic planted in spite of it being so wet. I will have to do some work cultivating it by hand come spring, as it was too wet for me to get my Rototiller onto the soil where I wanted to plant it. Not much you can do, it is one of those years. I also manged to get the last mowing out of the way, which makes me smile, as it was getting long. I do like to leave it a bit long, but not so that it will mat up under the snow. Yesterday I worked on a story for my columns, and now I am working on a podcast for next Friday. So that will keep me busy for a few days. I also got my friend Kerry at Booth’s Garage to install my snow tires and change the oil in our car. So other than a new tie rod being installed, we should be set for winter. Always something going on with these vehicles. 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. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s up? Oct. 20/21

Good Morning. We are seeing some sunshine this morning, with a few clouds. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 9.2 C | 48.56 F. It will rise as the day progresses. Later on in the day it is possible for some rain, but I think it will hold off till this evening and into tomorrow. But starting tomorrow the temperatures start to take a downward trend, but not much. For our area, things are looking pretty good for this time of year. Highway 522 is still busy these days with the hunters moving into our area. I have never seen so many old campers and trailers. But it seems that is all that matters when it comes to hunting. Any kind of roof over your head is just fine, LOL. Myself, I don’t hunt anymore. Reason being I don’t enjoy the cold. It seems the old body enjoys the indoors more every year. At least in the winter time. Yesterday I worked all day in my woodworking shop on a few projects, and today will do the same. Once that is finished and the grass dries out, I will mow it one last time, if for nothing else to gather the leaves and grass cuttings for my vegetable garden. I have to admit, I put a lot in it already this year. More than I ever did. So now that it is all tilled into the ground, it can rot all winter and come spring, we should have some fantastic soil for growing things. Easy fix for a garden that is in need of some nourishment. The only thing a person has to remember, is not to use walnut, or elm leaves and never put in pine needles. What they do is cause a blight that will take a toll on your tomatoes and things. With that I am off for my morning bowl of cereal and will then get to work. My lovely wife and I, might get in some front porch sittin’ too later on. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s up? Oct. 19/2021

Good Morning! It’s a foggy cool morning here in Port Loring Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 2.7 C | 36.86 F. However, it will warm up as the day moves forward and become a really nice day, weather wise. We also had a pretty good frost last night, so anything left in the gardens would be hurt. That is, if you didn’t cover things. Which I did, as I still have a some kale that is growing nicely, and we enjoy it in our salads at night. It will be soon enough that we have to go back to buying fresh vegetables in the groceries stores. If you can call it fresh. Yesterday I worked in the old woodworking shop on a few things. I have a bunch of orders to complete, but I won’t get started on them for another few weeks, as I have other things to do first. Highway 522 is still quite busy these days with folks coming in from all over for hunting season. I don’t suspect it will be very good this year, being so warm. But you never know. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you will have venison on the table for winter. With that I am off for my morning bowl of oatmeal with a few blueberries, and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening Oct. 17/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cool morning here, waking up in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 6.6 C | 43.88 F. It will warm up some as the day progresses. The good part is, we should see lots of sunshine for the next week or so. With a shower thrown in for good measure. But at least it isn’t snow. I predict a cool but not cold winter with lots of snowy weather. So it might pay to purchase a new snow shovel if yours is getting worn a bit. LOL. Highway 522 is busy once again these days with lots of hunters moving into our area. The reason for that is deer season is upon us. On another note my lovely wife and I went to town yesterday to drop off some meals for our son, which my wife likes to do occasionally. And while there, we picked up some groceries that we were in need of. We had a good day, ate our lunch in our car, taking in the city life for what it’s worth, and then headed on home. There were lots of people out shopping. We were going to go into Walmart, but after seeing all the cars in the parking lots, we decided to wait. No use taking a chance with this virus that is still among us. We have our two shots of Pfizer, but just the same, we don’t take any unnecessary chances. Today, I will head on out to my old woodworking shop and work on a few things. I did manage to get my garlic planted the day before, so real happy about that. Now it has a bit of time before it freezes to get established. So … next year we should have some nice garlic for the table. Time will tell. With that I am off for a piece of toast and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening Oct. 14/2021

Good Morning! It’s another cloudy day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It isn’t that cold though, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at 15.4 C | 59.72 F. And it will warm up some as the day progresses. But with that warm weather comes some rain. If we are lucky we might see some sunshine tomorrow. Highway 522 has slowed down a lot these days. With folks going back to work and cottages closing, another summer has come to an end. My wife and I can’t complain, though, as we did get a lot of things done around our home here. Our small store has now been closed for two years because of this virus. We aren’t exactly sure if we are going to open it next year, neither. It all depends on the price of lumber, as we would like to build another store here on our property. So we will have to see how things work out next spring. But in saying that, I will be making a bunch of things for the store just in case in my old woodworking shop this winter. In doing so it gets me out of the house, moving around. Yesterday I worked in my shop for most of the day getting things ready for woodworking mode. LOL Today I will do the same and maybe tomorrow if the sun comes out I will get to planting our garlic for next summer. This is the time to get it in the ground, as it needs a wee bit of time before the real cold temperatures hit to get rooted. We sure enjoy fresh garlic. My very good friend Archie gave us some this year to plant, so we will see how that turns out. With that, take care and stay safe. Things are starting to look pretty good out there these days,’ virus wise. Thanks to the scientists that made these vaccines for us humans. Without them, we would have seen a lot more deaths. GW

What’s Happening, Oct 12/2021

Good Morning. And a good morning it is. The sun is shinning, you can sit outside, no bloodsucking parasites, traffic on highway 522 is down to a minimum, and the temperature is just perfect. I would say it is about the nicest day of the year, right here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Later on in the day though, some clouds will roll in, and tomorrow things start to change with rain entering into the picture, and … the temperatures will start to drop. But we can’t complain, that’s for sure, or shouldn’t complain. On another note, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. My wife and I did, with our son and his fiancé dropping by after not seeing them for two years, because of this virus. We had a barbecue and sat outside for most of the day enjoying each other’s company. Couldn’t have been better. Yesterday, my wife and I put our boat and trailer to bed for winter, and in between all that, she made us a turkey dinner. I have to say, it sure was tasty. I am looking forward to leftovers tonight for supper. She is one fantastic cook, let me tell ya. Today I will close up the cottage and shower house, getting them ready for winter. There are also a few things that has to be brought in out of the cold. My wife is going to do some raking as the leaves are mostly down now. I hate to see them go this year as the colours are and were amazing. But then again, they always are, in our area. I also still have to plant our garlic for next summer, so I will get at that once my vegetable garden drys out a touch. With this sunshine it won’t take long. But then again, it is supposed to rain tomorrow. Hmm. With that I am off for a piece of toast and will then get to work. Best take advantage of this nice weather. Take care and stay safe. I see about 83 % of our population here in Canada is now vaccinated. So if we don’t get a new variant, I am thinking, things will be back to somewhat normal next year. Time will tell. Those that hasn’t been vaccinated, I feel for them, but as they keep on saying, it’s their body. Anyway, have a great day. GW

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Morning Chat, Oct. 10/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy, wet morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. It’s wet, but the temperature is still pretty nice, sitting at 16.2 C | 61.16 F. I see a mostly cool weather in the west compared to mild weather in the East pretty well right through till a week before Halloween. Which is okay with my wife and I, as we still have some outside work that needs to be done. Like closing up our cottage and putting our boat to bed for the winter. I am thinking I will put the boat away tomorrow as we are supposed to have some sunshine. Just in time for Thanksgiving. Oh! Happy Thanksgiving. Highway 522 is a wee bit busy as with the nice weather people are taking advantage of it. Which is as it should be. Yesterday I moved some wood out of our bush by the house here to where it can dry throughout the winter. Most is pine I have piled up there, but I did have some White Birch from a tree I had to take down earlier in the year. It is nice burning and has a really nice scent. We like it a lot. So now it will be where it is dry, and we will have it for next year. The pine I don’t really care about, but I do burn it in my woodworking shop stove. The stove we have in there burns anything and everything, LOL. Today, my wife and I are going to be taking it a bit easy. We have had our son and his fiancé come for a visit, and they now have left. We had a real nice time, and it was sure nice to see them after not seeing them for two years or more because of this virus. Being that all of us are vaccinated with both doses, we decided to take a chance. Just in time for Thanksgiving. With that I am off for some blueberry pancakes my lovely wife is making me and will then see what the day has in store, other than what we have planned. A person can plan their day, but they can’t plan the results. Take care and stay safe. GW.

Morning Chat Oct 6/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. But it isn’t that cold, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at 11.3 C | 52.34 F. Today will remain mostly cloudy, but we should see some sunshine later on. Tomorrow should be a better day, sunshine wise. I hope. The temperatures will also remain above normal for a few more days. Highway 522 has picked up a bit with traffic. I suspect a lot of city folks are taking in the leaves and the nice weather that is upon us at the moment. And along with that, it is Thanksgiving Weekend. I can’t say I blame them one bit. Yesterday my wife and I worked outside on the cottage cleaning and touching up a few things that needed to be done before winter. Today I have a bit of mowing to be done along with raking some leaves, putting them in my vegetable gardens, and then if I am up to it, I might till it up for winter. Working the leaves into the soil. Then later on I will get to planting my garlic. With that I am off for an English Muffin with my lovely wife, and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe. Just because the numbers are down a bit, it is no reason to let down our defences. But you all know that … right? LOL GW