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Morning Chat July 31/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 14 C | 57.2 F. It will warm up a touch later on, but we could get some showers later on this afternoon. So this morning is the time to get some outside work done. That is, if you have any to do. Highway 522 was really busy yesterday with cars, trucks, campers, you name it moving into our area. It is the long weekend for most. The weather will get warmer as the week progresses. Actually, it will become quite nice for the next week or so. Almost perfect weather. There is no reason for anyone to complain about the weather up here where I live this year. Lots of rain, hardly no smoke from the forest fires, just a good all around year. Another thing is the trees and plants have greened up a lot over the past two years. I think with all us humans staying home, it gave them time to heal, as we have sure caused them a lot of grief over the years. Most folks today just take Mother Nature for granted. The thing is we couldn’t live without her. But it just goes to show you the mentality of some humans. On another note, I did manage to get my mowing done up yesterday. Took me awhile longer than it usually does, as I told my lovely wife to stay inside off her sore leg. Which she did. But in saying that, she didn’t just sit around. As she worked on her painting orders which at the moment are many. People from all over keep coming in wanting to buy her paintings along with wanting signs and things. Right now, she has orders lined up for the next two months or more. She is a fantastic artist, and I am not just saying that. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. As they used to say. LOL And her pudding is her creations. Today I am going to run a high speed underground cable into our cottage from our house, so who ever stays there will have high speed Internet. That is, if it doesn’t rain. With all the rain we have had, the ground will be easier to dig. So 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. Life is like a good mystery novel. You never know what is going to happen on the next page. Take care and stay safe and do what’s right. GW

PS, I guess my outside is going to have to wait as it is raining now. Such is life.

Morning Chat July 30/2021

Good Morning! So how you all doing? Good I hope. Ruth and I are fine, very busy but healthy. Other than my lovely wife having a sore leg. We have chalked it up to all the work she has been doing for the past three months or so. Lots of bending and lifting. It seems these days that our minds say, heck ya, go for it. Then our bodies say. Ain’t happening!! LOL, At any rate, we do know we have to ease off some, that’s for sure. On another note, we did have a whopper of a thunderstorm last night with lots of lightning. It rained so hard, our eve-troughs on the house couldn’t take it away fast enough. The good news was that it didn’t last all that long, and I got my rain barrels filled back up with some nice soft water; which we use for our vegetables and plants. Highway 522 and others are very busy these days with campers and travellers coming into our area from all over. Good in part, I suppose. Yesterday, my lovely wife and I went to town to pick up a few things. Shoes were on the top of the list, as my work shoes were so worn out I was gluing my soles down with silicone. Worked for a while. I also picked up a new Husqvarna Walk Behind Lawn Mower for my wife, as the other one we had was front-wheel drive. With it being front-wheel drive, the weight is on the front, and you almost had to lift it to get it to move going up hills. Which, in turn, was very hard on her. For flat surface’s they are fine. I will probably sell it for half price, $200.00 as it is only two years old and looks and runs good. I will see how that goes. Today is mowing day, so I will give the new one we bought a work-out. After that, I will do some painting on the posts that we have for our deck on our cottage. We didn’t like the colour we painted them a few days ago. With that, take care and stay safe. This virus is still with us and getting stronger in a lot of instances. Especially amongst the folks that isn’t vaccinated or doesn’t want to be vaccinated. I feel for them … as it will eventually get them, and the results won’t be nice, that’s for sure. GW

Morning Chat July 28/2021

Good Morning! It’s a great looking day here in Port Loring Ontario, Canada. The sun is shinning without a cloud in the sky. The temperature climbing out of bed was sitting at 12.7 C | 54.86 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward. But in saying that, we will be seeing some really nice cooler temperatures for the next week or so after today. Which will make it real nice for doing some outside work. Not that the hot weather has stopped my wife and I lately. We take each day as it is given to us, making the best of things. A day wasted is a day without fun. And you know … life should be about having fun, not all this Bureaucratic Bull S…. that is among us at the moment. I get tired of it all. At any rate, such is that. Highway 522 is still busy these days. I am not sure what is happening with the borders. I am hoping that they keep it closed for another month at the very least. Not only that, I also think we should keep the folks from coming into our country from other countries for a while longer too. At least till we see how things work out with these vaccines. This virus hasn’t left us, it is still there as strong as it ever was. The good part is that a lot of people have gotten their vaccines, and it is working, and working good. In spite of all the nonsense that is going on at Facebook and other social media platforms. I am real happy I don’t belong to one of them groups. As far as I am concerned, all they do is corrupt a person mind. And they do it without anyone realizing it. LOL. That’s my opinion on the subject. On another note, my lovely wife and I have been really busy re-landscaping the front of our home. I think we should be able to get it finished up today. It is looking pretty nice. After that, I have a back deck on our house that needs repairs, so if I work up enough energy I will get into that. With that I am off for some homemade pancakes my wife is making for me with an egg on top covered with Maple Syrup from my friend Mike Clapperton here in town. He won the world championship for the best Maple Syrup a year ago or so. I have to admit, it sure is tasty. Take care and stay safe, and enjoy your day. It’s all up to you.

Morning Chat July 27/2021

Good Morning. It’s a cloudy morning with some rain thrown in for good measure here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature has also cooled down some, which is quite nice. Highway 522 is still very busy these days with folks coming into our area from all over. So that tells me folks are enjoying the summer, which is understandable after all we humans have been through with this virus and things. Even Mother Nature is giving us some problems this year with all the forest fires and droughts. I feel sorry for the farmers out west, as they are sure are having it hard these days. I suspect if the weather doesn’t improve, the price of food will rise even higher than it is now. On another note, my lovely wife and I have been really busy working outside on our cottage, with the new deck. For the past few days, we have been landscaping it using plants that we already have. Some of them Hosta’s we have weight 100 pounds. I had to use a cart to move them, and even then it was a challenge. I did break a few apart where we didn’t need a large one. After we had them all planted around the cottage, we then decided to thin out the large gardens in front of our home. We are about half done at the moment, as we have tons of plants to move into other areas around our property. The problem was that everything was so overgrown, along with the gardens being so large. Knowing that, we decided to cut them down in size, which will make them easier to look after. We aren’t getting any younger. Although, my wife says she can’t believe all the work we have been doing these days. Today, with the rain, we will take it a bit easy. I might go out and clean up my woodworking shop, as it once again is a mess with all we have been doing. Doesn’t’t look like a woodworking shop at the moment. LOL, More like a garden centre. LOL Anyway, what can you do? With that I am off for a couple poached eggs on toast and will then see what the day has in store. You never know. Take care and stay safe.

Morning Chat July 22/21

Good Morning! It is looking like another great day for us here in Port Loring. The sun is trying to get through the haze, which it will do as the morning moves forward. The temperature has been nice also for the past couple days, with it sitting this morning at 12.7 C | 54.86 F. Can’t beat that, at this time of year. Also, the mosquitoes, horse flies and deer flies aren’t all that bad at the moment, which makes it real nice for doing some outside work and fishing. I haven’t been out fishing this year, actually I haven’t been out for two years with this virus among us. I miss going out with my fishing buddy Berry. But I am thinking now my wife and I have had both of our shots as has Berry we might get out there in the coming weeks. I will see how it goes. I still have to get my boat cleaned up and see if it runs. I will get to that in a few days, now that we have finished up building our wrap around deck on our cottage. At the moment, I am in the process of painting the outside of it. I did manage to get 2/3s of it done yesterday. Today though is mowing day, so that will take me most of the day, as my lovely wife’s back isn’t the greatest yet, and I don’t want her to make things worse by mowing. So I will see what I can do on my own. On the mowing end of things, I did buy a new cordless weed eater last week as my old gas one was giving me a lot of problems. It is fixed now thanks to Mike at the garage here in town. Actually, I have to pick it up this morning. I will do that in a bit. I am hoping this new battery one will work out good, as I am getting tired of these gas engines. I have to admit, they have come a long way these days. I will let you know how it works after I give it a work-out today. Highway 522 is very, very busy these days. Non-stop cars, trucks, and campers moving East and West all day long. But it is the middle of summer and folks have been coped up a long time. You could say the call of the wild has gotten to them. LOL. With that, I guess I will have my breakfast and then get to work. It’s a pleasure working outside in this nice weather. Take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat July 19/2021

Good Morning!. It’s a cloudy, hazy day here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 18.4 C | 65.12 F. The hazy part is due to Smoke from the active fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba, which will stay with us here in Northern Ontario for another day or so. Once the wind shifts, things will get better, with some cooler temperatures also entering into the picture. Which is okay with me, as I sure don’t like this hot, humid weather we have been having. But it is better than pushing snow and wearing heavy winter clothing. That will come soon enough. LOL, But in spite of the hot weather, my lovely wife and I have done a lot of work this year so far around our property. I finally finished the wrap around deck along with adding a new eve trough and down pipes onto our cottage. Now we are going to paint the outside, which will finish it up quite nicely. On another note, campers, trucks, vans and cars of all kinds are roaming around our area these days. It’s back to normal for most folks, other than wearing a mask. And I hope they continue to wear the masks for a while yet. With that I am off for my morning breakfast which consists of homemade pancakes this morning for a change. Then we will see what the day has in store. Life is a mystery to say the least. Take care and stay safe.

Morning Chat, July 16/2021

Good Morning! Well, we are finally having some sunshine here this morning in Port Loring, Ontario. Over the past few days, we have had our share of rain. But it was needed, for sure. Highway 522 is very busy these days with campers moving in and around our area from all over. Is it a good thing? Time will tell. Let’s hope so. One good thing is that them pesky blood sucking parasites haven’t been all that bad lately. Mosquitoes are somewhat annoying in the evening hours, or in the shady areas. On another note, I have pretty well got our new wrap around deck finished which we are adding to our cottage. I am now in the process of adding a new facer board on the cottage and will then get to staining things. My lovely wife picked out a nice grey stain. Should be nice when all said and done. On another note, we decided since it was a rainy day to go to North Bay and pick up our groceries yesterday, which we ordered online. The stores were packed with people going about their duties as if nothing was or is wrong. The numbers though has dropped dramatically with the vaccines that has been administered over the past couple months. While in town, my wife and I had our second shot of the Pfizer vaccine, so we are fully vaccinated now. Our arms are a wee bit sore as if someone punched us, but other than that we are both fine. No other issues to speak of. So we will now see how that works out. I hope almost everyone eventually sees that it is the thing to do. The only way this virus can carry on and get stronger is inside people without the vaccine. At any rate, what will be, will be. Today my wife and I should take a break, but we have mowing to do as the grass is getting a touch long. We will work slowly at that in a bit. My wife’s leg and back is still hurting her a lot. Hard to keep her down. With that bit of info under your hat, I am off for my breakfast and will then see what the day has in store. You just never know. GW

Morning Chat July 13/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy day here in Port Loring, Ontario, waking up. We probably will see some rain later on in the day. Highway 522 is very busy these days with folks coming in from all over. My wife and I are staying put, working around our home. For the past week, we have been working on a wrap around deck for our cottage. Which will make it nice for friends and guests when they come to visit. It has been a lot of work as I am using rough lumber, planing it down making my own decking and 2x6s. I figured I saved half of what it would have cost if I was to buy lumber already dressed. With the prices they are charging today for lumber. So things are working out. I hear though that the price has dropped somewhat. I hope it gets back to normal soon. There are a lot of companies taking advantage of us humans. Today I will continue on working away. My lovely wife has been laid up for a few days now with a sore back and leg. All the work we have been doing this year has taken its toll on her. So she is now sitting watching me in a lawn chair under a tree. But she is still moving around a bit making meals and a few light duties. Hard to keep her down. With that, I am off for my morning bowl of cereal and will then get to work. That is, if the rain holds off. I hope so, as one more good day of work should pretty well finish the deck, other than staining it. Take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat July 8/2021

Good Morning! So how you all doing? Good I hope. You know, I have found that no matter how a person’s day is, there is always something good in it. Be it rain, pain, anguish, sadness or … what ever. The trick is to find the good parts. For me, just getting out of bed is a great start in my search. LOL And at night I like to look back over my day and see if I missed anything. Usually I find I have done quite well. Anyway … I got carried away there this morning. LOL. Highway 522 is quiet today, but it will pick up as soon as our sun is back out showing off. But I don’t think we will see too much of it today. Tomorrow, though, things start to change for the better, weather wise. The temperature waking up was actually a touch cool, sitting at 10.8 C | 51.44 F. It will warm up a wee bit later on, but not much. We also had some rain through the night, and it will continue on and off for most of the day. Yesterday started off with rain, much like today. I was just about to give up working outside, when I said … “You could stop raining now, as I would sure like to get some work done on the deck I am building around our small cottage.” You know … it did, and my lovely wife and I got a lot done. We even had a few glimpses of the sun. You know, over the years, even when we lived on the farm. No matter what I had planned outside, when I asked the weather, to cooperate, it did. It’s been that way all my life. Coincidence? Hard to believe that. Maybe it’s because the weather and I work together and understand each other. What ever the reason, things have always worked out. Today though we have mowing to do, but it is raining quite hard, so, I don’t think we will get to doing that. But you never know. I haven’t put in my request yet this morning. LOL LOL With that. You all take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat July 7/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy, wet morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The rain will remain with us for most of the day, tonight and into tomorrow. So I guess my deck building will be put on hold for a day or so. We did however get a lot done yesterday, which is nice. Now though, since we have gone this far, my lovely wife says we should continue on with a wrap around deck instead of just one on the front of the cottage. LOL So giving it some thought, I decided she was right, and we might as well get it all done this year and out of the way. It will be an extra expense, but it will make it real nice for family and friends when they come to stay or visit. Highway 522 is still very busy these days with folks moving around our small community. The rain will slow them down a bit today. Since it is raining, I will do some inside work, after I have some bacon and eggs that my lovely wife is making me. With that, take care and stay safe and have a great day. GW