Category Archives: Meals of Interest

Lunch

So thinking a bite to eat is warranted. Salmon lettuce sandwiches and a bowl of home made tomato basil soup, all from our own vegetable garden. On another note, I managed to get our car washed this morning, and wiped down. After lunch, I will put a coat of wax on the old feller. Sure is a nice day for it.

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The best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

  1. Top of the List : Oatmeal is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains beta gluten, which is a thick, sticky fiber that helps a person to feel full for longer and may also lower cholesterol. Also, great for lowering blood pressure.
  2. Eggs Some people think that eggs are unhealthful because of the amount of cholesterol they contain. However, research has shown that the dietary cholesterol from eggs has only a minor impact on bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), in the blood.
  3. Nuts, eating nuts is another excellent way to get enough protein. Nuts also contain antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and heart-healthful fats.
  4. Coffee also offers other health benefits due to its antioxidants, which help fight inflammation.
  5. Berries Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are an excellent way to start the morning. They are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain disease-fighting antioxidants.
  6. Flax seeds The health benefits of flax seed include lowering blood levels of cholesterol, improving insulin sensitivity, lowering blood sugar, and even protecting against cancer.
  7. Greek yogurt is another excellent source of protein to eat in the morning. Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and contains more protein than regular strained yogurt.
  8. Greek yogurt is also rich in calcium and contains probiotics that help support a healthy gut and immune system.
  9. Tea These teas contain some caffeine but not as much as coffee. Tea can also help a person stay hydrated.
  10. Cottage cheese is also rich in B vitamins, vitamin A, and calcium. People can eat cottage cheese by itself, or mix it with other savory foods, such as pepper and spring onions, or fruit or nuts.
  11. Bananas contain resistant starch. The body does not digest resistant starch, so it travels through the body unchanged, which helps support digestive health. Unripe bananas contain more resistant starch than ripe bananas, which have more natural sugars.

Good Morning Port Loring

Once again we are waking up too sunny skies. Makes my day seeing the sun first thing. It is still quite cool though, with temperatures sitting at -5.1 C | 22.82 F Highway 522 is bare and dry throughout this morning, which will make travelling nice. My lovely wife and I did take a trip to North Bay yesterday to have lunch with our son and to pick up a few items, along with some groceries. The roads were a mess which dirtied up my nice shinny car. That will have to be addressed in the coming days. We met our son at Casey’s Grill & Bar and had a great meal. It’s located at 20 Maplewood Avenue, North Bay, Ontario. We all had a Club Trio
Half a classic club sandwich paired with roasted red pepper soup and a side Caesar salad. It was a delicious meal which cost $14.00 each. My son bought as it was my birthday which was a special treat. The meal was great but the visit with our son made our day. Living so far away it is hard to see our two boys, and when we get the chance to see them we take it. So with that I am off to put some more wood in the furnace and then will see what the day has in store. Have a great day!. GW

Lunch with our son Karl yesterday. Thanks, Guy!

Good Morning Port Loring

A great looking day here waking up. The sun is shinning once again and other than a touch cool it is shaping up for a nice day. Temperatures were sitting at -6.5 C | 20.3 F It will warm up as the day progresses and even warmer for tomorrow. We should get rid of a bunch of snow by the weekend. Highway 522 is bare and dry which will make traveling good today. My wife and I did go to North Bay yesterday to pick up some things, that our son Karl fixed up for us. It’s great having a family of techs. We then picked up a few items and had lunch at East Side Mario’s. We both had a Budda Burger. A 6 ounce char-grilled patty served with crisp romaine lettuce, tomato and red onion on an ACE® Bakery bun. Topped with your favorite cheese: Provolone, Gorgonzola, Pizza mozzarella, Goat cheese OR Top with two strips of bacon.. My wife added a Caesar salad to make things a bit healthy. LOL I added a bowl of Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup. I have to say it was a delicious meal. Also, the waitresses were very nice. Oh! And a piece of Strawberry Cheese Cake which we shared. It was actually free as it was my wife’s birthday. So great day for sure and the weather was an added plus. Have a great day. GW

Nice Place to Eat

So my lovely wife, my son Karl and I decided to go out for lunch the other day for my sons Birthday. Had a great night truth be told, and a great meal. We decided to try Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar in North Bay. Which turned out to be quite good. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a great steak. The nice thing about it is that they serve it on a Laval rock so you can take your time and cook it to your perfection. That is what my son and my wife had, I had one of their famous Burgers and a tossed salad. It was fantastic also. We finished our meal with a nice bottle of Beringer White Zinfandel Wine slightly chilled. Then for desert we had a piece of Cheese cake with a drizzle of Chocolate. Life can’t get much better than that! GW





Tarragon: A Herb of Kindness

Tarragon helps your body make red blood cells, which are, in turn, responsible for moving oxygen around in your body. Which I found helps in the prevention of cancer and many other diseases. The way it works is, lets take cancer; tarragon is a sweet tasting plant with a distinctive flavor of licorice. When cancer cells find the sweetness of tarragon it gobbles it up so to speak. In doing so the oxygen is taken into the cancer cells, and they are disintegrated,  Leaving the healthy cells to do what they are suppose to do, and gain strength. You don’t need a whole lot, a 1/4 teaspoon mixed in with a few pieces tomatoes is all that is needed. Once a day.  Or you can simply snip off a leaf or two from you garden, as it is easy to grow, and eat it.  Can’t get much better, or easier than that.

New Jobs

Hmm our Government here in Canada says it will  be contributing $110 million in partnership with the government of Ontario, which will match our investment in Toyota.” Trudeau said. Doing so will enable 450 new jobs.  My way of looking at it is that, that money is ours the people’s not the governments. . It’s my opinion that any jobs created by the government is not really an asset to us, if the government is paying for them out of our money.  As we the working folks other than government has to pay for these new-found jobs. I suppose they are thinking in the long run it might pay off.  But it will take a while if it does at all.   My opinion only.

Aging

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘ I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonnabe 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30.  Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone….

But! wait!! !  You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, and make it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST   92.’

Then a strange thing happens.. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning.   Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s   family name is   Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love   , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND, ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
And, if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

The Candy Stick Treat: Poem

Here is a story written for one of my stories by my friend Bob Bartlett.  Just one of many.  Very talented fellow.  Thanks Bob great poem.  GW

 

THE CANDY STICK TREAT

(1) Laura was cooking bacon and eggs,

The smell of fresh coffee filled the air;

Reg was getting ready for breakfast,

As George ventured down the stairs!

 

(2) George knew they were going on a trip to town,

When he saw a penny by his plate;

This was to buy a candy-stick for him,

So his breakfast he quickly ate!

 

(3) After breakfast he was out the door

And hitched up the buckboard and horse;

He was anxious to get started on their trip,

With the penny in his pants pocket of course!

 

(4) On the trip to town Reg would always ask George,

How he liked living with Laura and him;

George said he liked it there just fine,

As he looked out from under his hat brim!

 

(5) Reg and Laura were George’s guardians

And Reg was a very special guy;

He often knew what George was thinking;

In the blinking of an eye!

 

(6) George liked to talk with Reg,

Cause he felt like a grown-up man;

And he liked to spend time with Laura too,

In the kitchen with her pots and her pans!

 

(7) But George was eager to get to town

To make a visit to the hardware store;

So he could buy his candy-stick treat,

In a big jar just inside the door!

 

(8) Usually he only got just one candy stick,

But sometimes he got two or three;

When someone else would buy some for him,

It made George happy as can be!

 

(9) The big glass jars were really tall

And could hold fifty or sixty sticks;

They were all the colors of the rainbow,

So George could take his pick!

 

(10) Reg was never in a big hurry,

As he learned all the local news;

Or when George was making up his mind,

On which colors he would choose!

 

(11) Reg would sit on a keg of nails

And on his face there would be a smile;

As George picked out his favorite colors,

Even though it might take quite a while!

 

(12) Green was the color George liked the best

And red cherry would be his second choice;

Sometimes Reg would make a suggestion,

As he spoke in a helpful voice!

 

(13) But he let George make the decision,

Of which color it was going to be;

This would be his choice of candy-sticks,

Whether it be lime-green or the red cherry!

 

(14) Well, George was really excited,

When the owner took off the jar-lids;

He could then reach in for his candy,

In that town he was the happiest kid!

 

(15) Then he would hand over his penny,

To pay for his candy-stick treat;

He could hardly wait to get it in his mouth,

It was the sweetest thing he could eat!

(16) Then George and Reg would sit outside,

On the old bench by the store;

And George would enjoy his candy-sticks,

How could anyone ask for more?

(17) Reg would fill up his favorite pipe,

With the tobacco that smelled so sweet;

And George would savor his lime-green candy,

It was the end of a perfect day treat!

 

(18) That evening as they travelled back to the farm,

There was a smile upon their faces;

They were having a nice ride in the old buckboard,

As the horse was pulling on the ‘traces’!

 

(19) George looked forward to the trips to town,

It was a regular weekly event;

When they would hitch up the horse and the buckboard

And then down the road to town they went!

 

(20) The days of the horse and buggy are now gone,

You don’t see them so much anymore;

But George will always remember those times

And the candy-sticks at the hardware store!

Bob Bartlett,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Syrup Surprise

With Maple Syrup Season approaching fast thought maybe you would like a recipe which makes a drink come alive.  For those that enjoy a bit of spirit now and then, that is.

2 ounces bourbon
One teaspoon maple syrup (I like the darker grade)
3-4 dashes of bitters lemon or lime.
Finish off with a couple of small ice cubes.
The next step is to sit back in a quiet atmosphere and enjoy. I would think two of these would relax anyone.

Benefits Of A Beer Now & Then

 

Interesting maybe I should pick up a case of Bud.

A few Benefits of beer

1. Beer keeps your kidneys healthy A Finish study singled out beer among other alcoholic beverages, finding that it was better for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

2. Beer for better digestion Beer and especially dark beer contains up to one gram of soluble fibre* in each 30 cl glass – unlike wine, which doesn’t contain any fibre at all. Fibre plays an important role in intestinal transit (a fibre deficiency can cause gastric and intestinal disorders such as constipation or diarrhea).

3. Beer to lower your bad cholesterol The fibre in beer can also help reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol, i.e. the “bad” type of cholesterol.

4. Beer can increase your vitamin B levels Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12, an anti-anemic factor not found in many foods.

5. Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

6. Beer as a cure for insomnia Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both in beer, can promote sleep!

7. Beer reduces your risk of a heart attack Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.

8. Beer helps prevent blood clots The ingredients in beer help prevent blood clots from forming.

9. Beer boosts your memory According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.

10. Beer helps combat stress Researchers at the University of Montreal found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety.

11. Beer as a cold remedy Drinking warm beer is an excellent cold remedy! When barley is warmed up it improves blood circulation and helps you breathe when you feel congested. It also provides relief for joint pain and boosts your immunity. So, how do you prepare it? Heat a bottle of beer in a double boiler and then add four small teaspoons of honey.

12. Beer makes skin more beautiful Good news for women! Certain vitamins in beer can regenerate the skin and have a positive impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.

Information, Port Loring Ontario, May 27/2016

Good Morning:  Cloudy morning here waking up in Port Loring Ontario.  On another note I did manage to get the vegetable gardens planted for another year.  Sure is nice to see all done up.  I get more pleasure working in the garden than one could imagine. Relaxes me.  My garlic this year is doing well, over a foot tall already.  Will be a great year for gardens I am thinking, that is if you have a good source of water for irrigation.  As I do think we could have a very dry warm summer.  Hoping not too warm.  With that enjoy your day, make it a good day.  Only you can make it happen.

Weather Forecast:  Cloudy starting off, then the sun will break through with warmer temperatures.    Weather Station Home:

Rain Accumulations:  We had 70 mm of rain yesterday and through the night.  Just in time for those that have planted their gardens.  Couldn’t be better.

Bug Report:  Black Flies are annoying now and will remain with us for a few weeks. Mosquitoes are just starting.

Fishing Report:  Today the old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there will be from 9:56 AM – 11:56 AM.  Then once again, later from 4:44 PM – 7:44 PM.  I give it a 3 fish rating out of 5 for catching a few.  Good Luck!

Highway Report:  Highway 522 is bare and dry.  Traveling will be good today. Wife and I took a trip to Mattawa on Wednesday and seen a car hit a moose on Highway 11 just before North Bay.  Not a pretty sight.  Care should be taken as the black flies puts these critters into a disoriented state this time of year.

Todays Currency:

USA 1.2987504631

Canada 0.7699708516

Moon:
Rises at 12:42 AM with 10:14 of moonlight, then sets at 10:56 AM

Sun:
Rises at 5:36 AM with 15:23 of sunlight, then sets at 8:59 PM

Time to light the camp fire: 6:59 PM.

Contact Information: [email protected]

Morning Report For Feb. 25/2016

Good Morning.  Snowy day here in Port Loring Ontario.  Temperatures waking up were sitting at -4.9 C | 23.18 F.

Forecast For Thursday: Stormy.  Snow, heavy at times, will end this afternoon. Additional snow amounts of 5 to 10 cm / 2 to 5 inches are expected.  Heavy snow and blowing snow causing very low visibility will result in dangerous winter traveling conditions.

Snow Accumulations:  Since last post we have had around 14 inches with more coming down.  Drifting has caused more in certain areas. Winter wonderland out there.  Just barely got my back door open.

Highway Report:  Highway 522 has been plowed but it is snow covered with some drifting.  Care should be taken if out and about.  My opinion.  Good day to stay home.  Tomorrow will be better.

Fishing Information:  Well if you are able to get out there today the old weather stick is saying the best times will be from 7:22 AM – 9:22 AM. Then again later on from 1:12 PM – 4:12 PM.  Good Luck and stay safe.

Body Pain Related To Weather:  Today the weather will play havoc with us humans.  Care should be taken.

Sun:
Rise: 7:06 AM
Set: 6:00 PM

Moon:
Rise: 9:06 PM
Set: 8:22 AM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 92%

Currency Exchange:
1.3707778284 USA
0.7295128206 Canada

The Walters, Weather Station Location:
Longitude: -79.9838054180145
Latitude: 45.9164882031076
11588, Highway 522
Name: Port Loring Ontario

Contact Info:
[email protected]

A Bit On Restaurants

Restaurants. Here is an place that I am sure that most of us stop at now and then.  Some more than others.  For myself I don’t get to eat out to much but every so often when I head into North Bay or down to see my other son in St Catharines we do enjoy a meal or two out.  Look forward to it.  I won’t mention any names here this morning as this blog isn’t meant to bring on pain to a person or business.  But after yesterday’s event I just had to say a few words.  First off I figure restaurants are like a cold or the flu.  If your sick you should stay home and not pass your sickness around.  At a restaurant if you can’t cook then you shouldn’t be passing food around as folks could get sick.  Anyways.  I had to have some tests done yesterday, had to fast and things and by the time I had this looked after my wife and I were starving. So we picked on an establishment that has been in business for a good many years.  Walking in music was playing and had a cozy feeling which we enjoy.  Ordered a simple meal with eggs over easy, two strips of bacon extra crispy, home fries with a touch of onions. They asked which kind of toast we would like and my wife said rye.  I myself took wheat.  Food came to the table and just by looking at it I knew right away we were in trouble.  First off the potatoes were so old they looked green and tasted even worse. Along with that they cooked them in lard or some kind of grease that tasted just terrible burned black almost.  Onions were half cooked and again covered with a type of grease that would choke a horse.  Toast was burned and no flavor.  Eggs were not cooked hardly at all covered with slime.  Then to top it off at the end of the meal which we didn’t eat they gave us a bill.  On the bill they even charged us an extra 49 cents for the rye bread the wife had.  Couldn’t believe it.  They did ask what we thought of the meal and me I just nodded.  Wrong move on my wife’s part as she said. “Would you really like the truth?”  They got it.  Nicely of course.  With that they didn’t offer to return our money and we left the meal sitting on the table pretty well as they served it.   Will we return.  Not even if I was starving which actually I was on that fine morning.  So thought I would share a bit of our day in North Bay Ontario.  My Opinion on the whole thing.  Folks if you can’t cook don’t open a restaurant.  The rest of the day was fine had a good time. GW

All About Beer

Some facts that have been thrown to the way side.  All about Beer!

It keeps your heart healthy

It helps you live longer

It helps and in getting the energy you are made of flowing more freely.

It is an aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s

It produces stronger bones

It can help in the prevention of type 2 diabetes

It is proven to help with stress and anxiety.

Hot beer served with a couple of teaspoons of honey makes for a great cold remedy.  According to reports the hops in the beer, when heated, help fight viral infections like the common cold. The active compound itself (humulone) could combat pneumonia and bronchitis-causing viruses. Hmm, not to sure on this one. Warm beer and me have never gotten along Ha Ha.

And one last biggie, Beer can protect against prostate cancer and breast cancer. Found in hops, the substance called xanthohumol blocks the excessive action of testosterone and estrogen. It also helps to prevent the release of a protein called PSA which encourages the spread of prostate cancer. Of course you should only drink beer within recommended limits – one to two pints a day for women, two to three pints for men.

In saying all this it has also been proven that some humans can’t drink, causes all kinds of problems, mentally wise which in turn can cause ailments of the body and grief to those around them. So care should be taken as with any medicine, including pharmaceutical drugs. Now, those that can, go get yourself a pint and enjoy.  Have a great day.

Happenings In & Around Port Loring Ontario

Good Morning:  Well starting off with the first day of spring it is not so bad.  A touch cool with temperatures waking up sitting at -5.3 C | 22.46 F.  Winter is finally over, as far as dates goes which is fine with me. You have to start somewhere.

Forecast For Today:  Some sunshine along with some clouds.  Later on we will have some mixed precipitation coming our way.  Could be snow, could be rain could be freezing rain.  This will continue through the night and into tomorrow.

Highway Report:  Highway 522 is bare and dry throughout.  Things could change later on this afternoon.  As of now travelling is good.

Snow Report:  No snow accumulations over night.  I would say our snow here is well over half gone.

Ice Fishing Times:  This morning the old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there will be from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  Then again from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.  I give it a 5 fish rating out of 5 for catching a few.  Good Luck!

Around Town:  Things are quiet these days with stores occasionally doing a modest business.  But that will change within a month or so with the tourists and cottage owners entering into the picture.    Kind of like us waking up in the morning.  Takes a bit for things to become apparent, then the day carries on with what we make it into.  Some choose to make it a good day, others not.  For myself I make a nice tea, sit back and let the thoughts of what should take place enter and then…let it happen.  Enjoy your day my friends.  You can reach me if you so wish at [email protected]

 

Happenings In & Around Port Loring Ontario Canada

Good Morning:  Once again it is very cold here in Port Loring.  Waking up temperatures were sitting at, -28.9 C | -20.02 F.

Forecast For Today: Unsettled, probably improving with some  sunshine.  Remaining cold all day and into tonight.

Snow Report:  No accumulations over night.

Highway Report:  Highway does have some bare sections with a few hard packed snow sections.  Travelling should be good today.

Ice Fishing Times:  This morning the old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there will be from 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM.  Then again later on from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.  I give it a 4 fish rating out of 5 for catching a few.  Good Luck!

Around Town:  Yesterday my wife and I managed to get the driveway cleaned out.  Took some doing as the wind I guess caused it to drift in quite deep in some spots.  But it got done and we didn’t need any more exercise for the remainder of the day.  Today will stay in looking out being so cold.  Great to have a warm house, along with lots to keep ones mind active.  The main thing in life is to have something to look forward to each morning which we do.  Also one shouldn’t let other folks bother them.  When some one plays on my nerves I just smile and walk away and forget about them, as in reality they don’t mean anything to me.  My grandfather had a good saying which I have used many times throughout my life.  Here it is.  Why should the way I feel be dependent on what you think?  Have to say I have used it many times over the years with good results.  You can reach George Walters at [email protected]

Weather, Hunting Times and Things Of Interest

Good Morning:  Well quite cool this morning here in Port Loring. Temperatures waking up were sitting at, -15.8 C | 3.56 F.

Forecast For This Fine Sunday:  Fine weather, for most of the day.  What more could be asked for other than some warmer temperatures.  But it is winter so guess I can’t complain.

Hunting Times:  This morning the old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there will be from, 8:00 AM – 10:00.  Then again a bit later from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM.   Winds this morning are coming in from the North East and calm at the moment.  It will pick up a bit later to around 5 MPH.  I give it a 4 Buck Rating out of 5 for seeing a few.   Good Luck!

Information:  Well it is quiet around town here in out small town.  Yesterday wife and I went to North Bay and the stores were just  a buzzing let me tell you. Checkout counters were lined up with folks purchasing items of choice too no end.  I also noticed a lot of big ticket items were being bought like large screen televisions and things.   Also a lot of Cell Phones were being purchased with all kinds of electronics.  It is electronics world out there these days that’s for sure.  Some say they hate it others live with it.  I for one think it is great, even being an old feller sort of set in his ways.  I say we are all put here on this earth for a reason and for most parts learning is what it is all about. We learn from the day we are born.  Thing is though I believe our minds are not being left alone to do what comes naturally.  From the day we are born we are told what to wear, what to eat, where to live, how to live, you name it.  Is this wrong? For myself I believe it is, but it seems this  is the way our world is today.   In saying all this though I have found that now a days the younger folks are rebelling and choosing their own ways  more and more.  I think this is great.  One should choose their own roads and never be dictated to what they should be doing.  So there you go I ranted here enough, now going for a cup of tea and see where the day takes me.  Let it happen my friends and enjoy your day.  You can reach me George Walters if you so wish at,  [email protected]

Weather, Information & Hunting Times For Port Loring Ontario Canada

Good Morning:   Well another cold day here in Port Loring Ontario.  Temperatures waking up were sitting at…-15.3 C | 4.46 F.  One will have to dress accordingly this morning.  But there is some sunshine out there which makes things nicer.  Myself I like the dry cold just the damp cold that doesn’t agree with me.

Forecast For Today:  Snow at times, very unsettled.

Hunting Times:  This morning the old weather stick is saying the best times to be out there will be from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM.  Then once again a bit later from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.  Winds are coming in from the South South East and calm at the moment here this morning.  They will pick up some a bit later to around 12 MPH.  I give it a 4 Buck Rating out of 5 for seeing a few today.

Around Town:   Highway 522 is Bare for most parts.  If we get a touch of snow which is in the forecast one then should take extra care.   Other than that things are quite quiet around town.  Not much happening but that is OK.  I hear that  Cybor Monday  for shopping on line was the best year ever.  They say more folks now are shopping on line than ever before and more following the trend each and every day.  Great deals along with free shipping, what more could one ask for.  I think it is the coming thing, but in saying that my wife and I still do enjoy going out to a Mall and places of interest, like the old style down town era.  Just something about them places that seem to draw us in close.  On another note on topics of interest.  Had a person ask what I mean when I say each and every one of us choose their own road in life.  Well I have come to believe that folks get what they deserve.  I have seen it time and time again.  So when I see some one being sarcastic, mean or just down right incompetent, I just smile and walk away, as I know what is in store for them.  Makes my day knowing the outcome of their chosen life style.  My old Grandfather he said he never worried about what folks said or did, as we Walters had force that looked after us.  He said that if anyone did any of the Walters wrong, they would fall up on some really harsh bad times.  You know I have to say he was right, as if I look back on things what he said has come to pass quite a few times.  Kind of nice knowing that one has a force beyond recognition sitting on their shoulder.  So my friends, stay warm and have a great day and remember you make the day not others.  You Can Reach Me George Walters at    [email protected]

Port Loring Events, Happenings, Weather & Fishing Times

Good Morning:  Well a nice day is shaping up weather wise and other hopefully.  Temperatures were this morning waking up were sitting at 13.1 C | 55.58 F.

Forecast For Today:  Showery early, improving.

Bug Report:  Hardly a bug to speak of through the daytime hours.  Few Mosquitoes which is to be expected after dusk.

Fishing Times:   Today the old weather stick is saying that the best time to be out there will be from…7:00 AM – 9:00 AM.   Then again a bit later from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Around Town:   Quiet these days.  Kids are back in school and folks are settling down business wise, for a winter of bliss.  If not it should be.  In some ways winter is rest time, trees are sleeping, certain animals are hibernating.  Others huddled together keeping each other warm.  The cold brings folks and critters together.  Could say it is a bonding of time and family.  The thing today that is taking up most of ones time though is the computer.  Folks sit for hours on end in front of these things not realizing that the outside world…important things, are passing them by.  I heard a fellow the other day say when I asked if he had a computer.  “Well I did have, but found it was a time grabber and looked at things carefully and seen so many things I was missing.  So I gave it up and got rid of it.  Today I am out camping on my own, taking in nature when I can, enjoying life, watching people animals in what they are doing.  Seems to me that these are the important things in life, not sitting  in front of a computer.”  You know them were very wise words to say the least.  Even myself with my newspaper columns, books and other items like the Blog here, I still try and get away from this thing called a computer.  It does take a lot of ones time, and time my friends is a very,very valuable thing.  Enjoy your day my friends.  Some nice weather heading our way, so good time to soak up some of that sunshine.

Taking Care Of Our Elderly

Another item that might interest folks.
How about putting the very elderly pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home..
That way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.
They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.
Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
Each senior could have a PC, a TV, radio and daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.
The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay $300.00 per week and with little hope of ever getting out. My Opinion Only.

 

 

Happenings In And Around Port Loring, Ontario

Good morning.  Hope all is well with you all on a beautiful Friday Morning.  Sun is shinning with temperatures sitting at…..11.3 C | 52.34 F.  Forecast for this fine day is saying that it will be…Improving as the day progresses.  So can’t beat that.  Also looks like a pretty nice weekend, with a chance of a thunderstorm on Sunday.  Depends how close a system gets that is moving towards us from the USA.

Bug Report:  Have to say the Blackflies were not bad yesterday but that was due to the cooler weather and north winds we had.  Today might be another story. Mosquitoes have picked up some in pestering folks, but still not as bad as last year, at least here at our home.  But on the bright side Fathers Day is closing in and usually not to far after that the Blackflies move on for another year.

Fishing Times:  Today the old weather stick is predicting that the best times to be out there fishing will be from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.  Then a bit later from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  I give it a 2 1/2 fish rating out of 4 for catching them.  Good luck!

Information in and around town: Pretty quiet.  But I have found more folks are opening up their cottages for the season.  Also resorts are gearing up for what is to come.  I kind of thing we will have a good year business wise with the USA moving forward and our dollar on the low side once again.  For some it is good for others it is bad.  I have found it depends on how you make or spend your money.  So my friends, sun is shinning means a great day for soaking up some much needed Vitamin D.  No Doctors Need.  Have a great day.  GW

The Important Things In Life. Right Here In Port Loring Ontario.

Well how you all doing this morning?  Good I hope.  No reason not to with weather being so nice.  Long time coming. Seems lately we get three months summer and  7 months what ever.  But I am not complaining I still believe we live in one of the best parts of the world right here in Port Loring.  Fresh air in abundance, along with fine fishing all set in amongst some pretty good friends.  What more can a feller ask for.  Any ways.  Waking up this morning temperatures were sitting at…10.4 C | 50.72 F.  Will warm up to around  23 C / 73 F.   Forecast for today taken from our very own weather station…is saying it will be…Changeable, mending though as the day progresses.  So what more could one ask for.

Bug Report:  Lots of Black flies out there, but as I said before once the Dragon Flies make their appearance the Black Flies will meet their doom.  I have always said along comes one trouble maker and not to far behind is one that eliminates the trouble maker.  You know, seems to me that I have found that to be true with humans too.  As over the years  a few that have caused our family grief, has paid dearly for it.  My old Grandfather said it was a gift of sort that he left for our family and a few others.  Good thing to have in ones back pocket I would think.

Fishing Times: For Port Loring;  Well today looking at the old weather stick and putting the formula together that my Grandfather came up with is saying that the best time to be out there catching them will be from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM.  Then again from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM and one more time from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  Lots of time to latch on a few for sure.  I give it a one fish rating in the morning, and a 3 fish rating out of 4 in the latter.

Around town:  Folks are moving around some.  Stores are doing quite well as they should, with only two in town.  Seems to me we have room for more, especially a grocery store.  If my wife and I were a few years younger we would give it some serious thought, as anyone now that opens a grocery store would have it pretty well all their own way.  And what better place for that to happen than right here in Port Loring Ontario.  Food for thought you could say.  Well heading off for my dandelion tea and see what the day brings upon us.  Enjoy your day my friends, soak up at the minimum, ten minutes of sunshine today.  Your body will thank you for it.  Along with that…no doctor will be needed.  GW

Happenings Around Port Loring Ontario Canada

Good morning.  Well had some rain through the night.  Temperatures are sitting at., 11.6 C | 52.88 F.   Forecast is saying this morning that it will be...Showery early, improving as the day moves forward.   Temperatures will also improve given time along with some sunshine showing itself.  Should reach up near 20 C / 68 F.

Bug report.  Back flies will not be to bad until the rain stops, then they will be back in full form.  But each day is closer to them moving on for another year.  In saying that though one has to remember they are a main source of food for their predators like the birds, dragon flies and other insects.  Standing back and appreciating nature, is really what we should be doing and not making rash decisions like spraying thousands of gallons of pesticides into our environment. Not a good thing and through my eyes should be stopped.  One has to remember for every not so good bug there is another bug that eliminates them not so good bugs.  Nature should be left alone and not interfered by us humans that think we know more than she does.  Working along side old Mother Nature is the road to choose.  My opinion only of course.

For those wanting to do some fishing today the old weather stick is saying that the best time to be out there will be after lunch from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  I give it 2 fish rating out of 4 for catching them. Not the greatest but then one never knows when that trophy bass is wanting to bite.  Enjoy your day my friends.  GW

 

Stores Closing In Part

Here is a bit of interesting information.  Relating to stores that are closing in part.  Pretty amazing really but understandable.  Take a look.

Staples, Radio Shack, Albertsons, Abercrombie & Fitch, Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney, Toys “R” Us, Sweetbay Supermarket, Loehmann’s, Sears, Quiznos, Sbarro. Other retailers in trouble include Ruby Tuesday’s, Red Lobster (which could be spun off into another brand altogether) and Ralphs, a subsidiary of food seller Kroger.

Interesting Article

Really Good Article had sent to me thought I would share. Touch long but worth the read.

Sincerely,

David
District Representative and Water Management Division.

Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File
No.. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 11/17/12 has been handed to me. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane , Trout Run, Pennsylvania .

A couple of beavers are in the process of constructing and maintaining two wood ‘debris’ dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials ‘debris.’

I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) Do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. (Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)

I have several dam concerns. My first dam concern is, aren’t the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation — so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.

The Department’s dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names.

If you want the damed stream ‘restored’ to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers — but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers’ Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2013? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice by then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your dam step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

THANK YOU,

RYAN & THE DAM BEAVERS

 

Great Write Up

Pretty Good Article

Wish I’d thought of this!

Elder Banking…  !

Shown  below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86

year old  woman.

The bank  manager thought it amusing enough to have  it published in

the New York Times.

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        Dear  Sir:

        I am writing  to thank you for bouncing my check with which

I endeavoured to pay my  plumber last month.

        By my  calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed

between his presenting  the check and the arrival in my account of the

funds needed to honour  it..

        I refer, of  course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my

entire pension, an  arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for

only eight  years.

        You are to be  commended for seizing that brief window of

opportunity, and also for  debiting my account $30 by way of penalty

for the inconvenience caused to  your bank.

        My  thankfulness springs from the manner in which this

incident has caused me  to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed

that whereas I personally  answer your telephone calls and letters,

— when I try to contact you, I  am confronted by the impersonal,

overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless  entity which your bank has

become.

        From now on,  I, like you, choose only to deal with a

flesh-and-blood  person.

        My mortgage  and loan repayments will therefore and

hereafter no longer be automatic,  but will arrive at your bank, by

check, addressed personally and  confidentially to an employee at your

bank whom you must  nominate.

        Be aware that  it is an OFFENCE under the Postal Act for any

other person to open such an  envelope.

        Please find  attached an Application Contact which I require

your chosen employee to  complete.

        I am sorry it  runs to eight pages, but in order that I know

as much about him or her as  your bank knows about me, there is no

alternative.

        Please note  that all copies of his or her medical history

must be countersigned by a  Notary Public, and the mandatory details

of his/her financial situation  (income, debts, assets and

liabilities) must be accompanied by documented  proof.

        In due  course, at MY convenience, I will issue your

employee with a PIN number  which he/she must quote in dealings with

me.

        I regret that  it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but,

again, I have modelled it on the  number of button presses required of

me to access my account balance on  your phone bank service.

        As they say,  imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

        Let me level  the playing field even further.

        When you call  me, press buttons as follows:

        IMMEDIATELY  AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR  ENGLISH

        #1. To make  an appointment to see me

        #2. To query  a missing payment.

        #3. To  transfer the call to my living room in case I am  there.

        #4 To  transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am  sleeping.

        #5. To  transfer the call to my toilet in case I am

attending to  nature.

        #6. To  transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at  home.

        #7. To leave  a message on my computer, a password to access

my computer is  required.

        Password will  be communicated to you at a later date to

that Authorized Contact  mentioned earlier.

        #8. To return  to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through  10

        #9. To make a  general complaint or inquiry.

        The contact  will then be put on hold, pending the attention

of my automated answering  service.

        #10. This is  a second reminder to press* for English.

        While this  may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait,

uplifting music will play for  the duration of the call.

        Regrettably,  but again following your example, I must also

levy an establishment fee to  cover the setting up of this new

arrangement.

        May I wish  you a happy, if ever so slightly less

prosperous, New  Year?

        Your Humble  Client

        And  remember: Don’t make old  people mad. We don’t like

being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to …. us  off.