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It’s that time of year

Well … with the cold weather in mind I decided to split a bit of wood which I cut a few months ago. Should make for some good burning when them cold days of winter arrives. Most of what I am splitting is pine, not the greatest, but really nice for the fall and spring. Also, the pine saves my hardwood for the cold days. I have to admit, I hate to even think of what lies ahead, but one does, have to prepare.

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Happenings In And Around Port Loring Ontario Canada

Good Morning:  Well cold this morning but not as cold as it has been.  Waking up temperatures were sitting at.  -19.2 C | -2.56 F.

Forecast For Today: Unsettled, probably improving as the day progresses. It will become quite cold tonight and into tomorrow.

Snow Report:  Over night we had around 2 inches. With the winds we had yesterday there is some drifting in certain areas.

Highway Report:  Highway 522 is snow covered for most parts.  Care should be taken if out and about but travelling should be OK as the day progresses.

Ice Fishing Times:  This morning the old weather stick is saying that the best time to be out there will be from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  Then once again a bit later from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM.  I give it a 4 fish rating out of 5 for catching a few.   Good Luck!

Around Town:  Quiet and not much happening in and around our District.  This morning it looks like our driveway needs to be cleaned once again.  Seems to be the trend these days.  But it does give one the exercise they need to stay fit.  Coming in from the cold the wood heat immediately makes you feel warm all over.  Nothing can beat it when it comes to getting warm. For most of my life I have heated with wood and will continue to do so till, well, lets not think on them lines.  This year I had a whole house humidifier installed onto my wood furnace and what a difference.  One now can keep a smaller fire going as with the humidity in the air you feel just that much warmer.  So often I see homes with out it and folks complaining about being cold.  With all forced air furnaces I would say in this country it is a must.  It is also very healthy for you relieving all kinds of conditions that can irritate a person.  So think on that for a bit and if you can wrangle it through your financial situation get it done.  You will enjoy winter just that much more.  What you safe on your heating fuel will more than pay for it.  Oh just make sure it is installed properly.  Very important.  Tea time here, Chaga is on the menu with a touch of chicory.  Good for what ails a person along with giving one the energy they need to enjoy their day.  You can reach George Walters at [email protected]

Weather, Fishing Times & Happenings

Good Morning.  Well not to bad of a morning.  Waking up temperatures were sitting at -10.2 C | 13.64 F.

Forecast For Today: Stormy, with snow.  But we could see a glimmer of sunshine if luck materializes. Tonight though will get pretty cold down to -23 C / -9 F.  Tomorrow will also be quite cold and remain cold.  So if I might suggest.  This would be the day to clean up any outside work.

Fishing Times:  Today the old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there will be from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Then once again from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.  I give it a 4 fish rating out of 5 for catching a few.  Winds this morning are coming in from the North North East and at the moment it is calm.  It will pick up quite a bit later on, which in turn should lighten up some of the branches of our huge pines.  Amazing how much they can hold without breaking.

Highway Report:   Highway 522 from Highway 11 in, has some icy sections with a bit of slushy snow here and there.  From Highway 69 in there is quite a few snow covered areas along with some icy sections throughout.  Care should be taken if out travelling.

Around Town:  Not much on the go here today.  I do have to clean the end of our driveway out a touch, where the snowplough so nicely piled some for me.  But other than that not so bad.  Will give me some exercise at the least, along with some fresh air.  I did bring in a touch more firewood for this new wood furnace of ours, in speculation of it getting colder.  A bit extra on hand is always nice to have on hand. I also got a small electric log splitter for Christmas and have it in the firewood room.  I have to say I am in love again.  Sure makes short work out of the large pieces.  Not that I mind burning them but with this new furnace the large ones aren’t needed anymore, as one large one split, lasts twice as long now.  Also with low ceilings one can’t get a good swing using an axe, so there is a safety factor there also. Now when going down to feed the furnace it is a pleasure.  Kind of look forward to it.  So guess I will head on off to the kitchen as my lovely wife has a tea ready for me.  Do some chattin’ as we both are really good at that.  Solve the problems of the world and see where the day brings us.  Enjoy your day my friends, stay safe and warm.  You can reach me George Walters at    [email protected]

Fishing Times, Weather & Happenings For Port Loring

Good Morning:  Cold morning here in Port Loring Ontario Canada.  Temperatures waking up were sitting at -13.1 C | 8.42 F.   And it won’t warm up much more neither.

Forecast For Today:  Snow, very unsettled.  Tonight we will get a lot more and will carry on into tomorrow with some high winds entering into the picture, making things worse.  Also along with all that temperatures are going to drop even more.  So got a few hectic days heading our way weather wise.

Highway Report:  As of now Highway 522 is pretty well bare and dry throughout.  Things will change though later on tonight.  Those out driving later on should give yourself lots of time and put into effect some extra caution.

Fishing Times:  This morning with gathered data the old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there will be from, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Then once again a bit later on from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  I give it a 5 fish rating out of 5 for catching a few.  Winds this morning are coming in from the South West and at the moment it is calm.

Around Town:  Very quiet these days with the holidays upon us.

So tomorrow is the start of a New Year.  2015.  Man does time fly.  Seems the older one gets the faster times goes.  Remembering back to my younger days there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t wish I was older.  Today though same thing in theory, just I wished time would slow down some.  But in reality time waits for no one or anything, it has a mind of its own and seems to smile in its agenda towards life here on earth.  On another note we are into burning firewood these days with these cold temperatures.  Sure feels good though and if truth be known there isn’t any heat like wood heat.  Seems that when coming in from the outdoors on a cold winters day like today, your instantly warm.  My wife and I love it.  Also glad we had this new wood furnace installed as it fantastic.  Cut our wood use in half I would say.  Also renovating our home with all new insulation throughout the walls has helped immensely too.  Nice to be able to look out at the cold knowing that you are going to be toasty and warm for the remainder of the winter.  So my friends, once again Happy New Years to you all and stay safe.  No drinking and driving neither we don’t need anyone loosing their licences or hurting themselves or someone else.   You can reach me George Walters if you so wish at [email protected]

Information For Port Loring Ontario Canada

Good Morning:  Well another cloudy rainy day here in Port Loring. Temperatures waking up were sitting at…8.9 C | 48.02 F.

Forecast For Today:    Stormy, much rain throughout most of the day. I am thinking it will be Thursday before we see an substantial sunshine.

Hunting Times:    Today with data put together along with the old weather stick it is saying the best times to be out there will be from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  Then again from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Exact Times to be sitting at your favourite spot will be 8:00 AM…11:00 AM…2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  I give it a 2 Buck Rating out of 5 for seeing them.  Pick your spot wisely with the winds coming out of the west at 14 MPH.  Sun will set at, 6:47 PM.  With all that info under your belt…Good Luck.

Around Town:  Nothing much to report here this morning.   Hardly a car or truck moving up and down Highway 522.  Thinking on things and putting data together I am thinking we will have a snowy cold winter ahead of us.  Will also see a lot of winds which will make it seem just that much colder.  So might pay to add a bit more oil to your tank or split a bit more wood.  Also would pay to caulk around them windows some.  I redid all my windows this year from top to bottom.  Last year I insulated the whole house inside the walls from the inside.  Was a major job for sure but the benefits were outstanding.  Then covering the walls with all new drywall and my wife’s decorating skills, she is one sweet looking home let me tell you.  Cosy and warm and just invites a person to come in and sit down.  We did a lot around this old house and now with new furnaces being installed wood and oil along with new duct work, wiring and things she will be even better.  Can’t thank Jamie Mathews enough for all the hard and exceptionally good work he has done for my wife and I.  Great fellow for sure and would highly recommend him for all your furnace needs.   Enjoy your day my friends.

Information For Port Loring Ontario

Good Morning:  Well things are a touch cooler once again here in Port Loring.  Temperatures waking up were sitting at…9 C | 48.2 F.

Forecast For Today:  Stormy, may improve as the moves forward.  I do see some sunshine out there this morning so that is inspiring to ones mind and soul.

Hunting Times:  The old weather stick is saying that the best times to be out there hunting this morning will be from..10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Then once again from 4:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  The best of the best on actual times would be..8:00 AM…2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  I give it a 2 Buck Rating out of 5 for seeing them.  It’s up to you if you get one.  LOL  Good Luck!

Around Town:  Quiet around town.   Myself I have lots to do with some shop work.  Along with that Jamie Mathews is installing a new wood furnace along side our oil furnace at the moment with all new duct work.   So that is an on going project.  I will say this though, for anyone that is interested in getting a new furnace or in need of some work done on their old furnace, that he is an amazing fellow and knows his stuff.  We are very happy with his work and workmanship.  He gives good quality work for a good price, what more can one say. Can’t wait till it is all hooked up, should save us on some oil and wood this winter, which will be nice.  On another note I will be tilling up my garden one more time so I can plant next years garlic in a few days, which will be just one more thing out of the way.  So my friends have a great day and if that sunshine stays shinning down upon us try and soak up a bit, as the old body will sure thank you for it.   George Walters


Port Loring Ontario, Weather, Happenings & Fishing Times

Good Morning:  Well not so nice of a day here starting off weather wise.  Temperatures waking up were reading…5.8 C | 42.44 F  Will warm up a touch to 10 C / 50 F.

Forecast For Today:  Rain, very unsettled.

Bug Report:  Once again nothing to report.  This cold weather has held them at bay for quite a spell now.  I am thinking we are pretty well done with them for this year.  Which is OK by me.

Fishing Report:   The old weather stick today is saying if you are going to head on out and do some fishing the best times to be out there will be from 12:00 PM = 3:00 PM.  I give it a 1 fish rating out of 4 for catching them.    Not so good a day in all aspects but what can one do.  Good luck.

Around Town:   Not too much happening in the way of events and things. Most of our summer activities are over for this season.  Folks are slowly edging their work items toward keeping warm.  Like bringing in firewood and sealing up the old house.  We here at our home have been steadily working on the house inside and out for three years now.  Got the whole house fully insulated now and now in the process of having Jamie Mathews installing a new wood and oil furnace for us, along with all new duct work.  When all said and done it should be a lot warmer and more comfortable.  Have to say that Jamie sure knows his stuff when it comes to furnaces and things. Great fellow along with his helper.  I wouldn’t hesitate for one minute to recommend him for your winter heating needs.  Once the furnaces are all hooked up and running, bringing in the firewood will be on the agenda, which is a job in itself. But…one does get the exercise one needs in doing so.  Tea time here my friends, enjoy your day and stay dry.

From Port Loring To You

hello Well got my firewood for next year piled high and dry and my basement is full of dry wood for this winters burning.  Wife has preserves done up for winter, freezers and pantry is full, meat in the freezer so guess you might say we are all set for them cold winter days and nights.  Makes me feel good all over knowing we will be warm and have a full stomach.  One thing I have always done through out my life is make sure the cupboards were never bare and we had a roof over our heads.  So took a few pictures of things around our home and thought I would share.  Talk again soon.

Firewood For 2011

Wolf River Just Up The Road Aways

North Road Just UP The Road Aways

North Road

Sign Out Front Of Our Home

Firewood, Heating, Winter & Staying Fit All Right Here At Our Home In Port Loring

Well been a busy couple days here at our home. Firewood was delivered  on Monday, so in other words you might say that my lovely wife and I have had  our exercise equipment delivered right to our door.  That is the nice thing about living in the country, living within our means and enjoying each day as it is brought before us and making it for all its worth, that we do.  There isn’t one day that appears that my wife and I doesn’t take advantage of enjoying each moment.   The firewood below is ten cords of split hardwood, total amount is 12 cords.  I had around five cords in the shelter, so all total will be lots for heating the house next winter. Getting the wood this early assures of good dry wood for the next burning season.  Our heat for this winter is looked after and sitting in the basement. No going out in the cold for this couple, that’s for sure.  Never could understand why folks buy these outside furnaces, as in my mind who wants to get  up in the middle of a snow storm at three AM in the morning and go out in that cold, just to put a log on the fire. Think about that for a minute.   Ok………. that should tell you something shouldn’t it.   Hmm…… oh well, takes all kinds and to each his or her own I suppose.  Have a great day!!




A Bit On What’s Happening Here At The Walters House

Well lots of rain these days, at least for us here in Port Loring Ontario.  Also gotten quite cool too. But old wood furnace has taken care of that problem.  With sixteen cords of firewood in the basement piled high and dry, what more can a fellow ask for, right?   Sure gives me a good feeling knowing we will be warm this winter no matter what old Mother Nature sends  our way.  And she does that quite well every once in awhile, guess to keep folks on their toes or when they get to feeling to big for their britches.   Also the cupboards are stuffed full with preserves from our garden that my lovely wife has done up, so again it sure gives me a good feeling inside.  Warmth and food, husband & wife is about a few of the most important items on ones list when them cold north winds start to howl.  Got some raking yet to do around the house yet and soon as I gather up the leaves and put them down on the garden I will till it up, and should be a go for next spring.  One has to look ahead if he or she wants to live a good life style, and wife and I do that quite well too, if I might say so myself.   Also put a new cap on my chimney yesterday or should say the wife did, as it was getting a touch shabby and I am scared of heights.  Today it’s applesauce making, and while I do that the wife will be making apple pies and putting them in the freezer for a tasty treat here and there through out winter.  Also that applesauce from our old tree out back will sure be nice with some pork chops.  So guess I will go, hope you folks are also all set for winter, and remember, pick up some Vitamin D drops for winter and you won’t be needing any of them flu shots.  In my eyes no one should be getting them.  Talk Soon.

Firewood Poem

I know it’s a touch early but here is a bit on what wood is good for burning and an easy way to remember.  Take A Look

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut’s only good they say,
If for logs ’tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold.

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
Elm the very flames are cold
But Ash green or Ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter’s cold
But Ash wet or Ash dry
A king shall warm his slippers by.


Well earlier I told you I had the firewood put away for winter, which I do. I store my wood in a separate room along with my wood furnace.  Nice thing about that I just shut the door for a week or so from the rest of the basement and it sure drys out the wood fast.  I do dry it all summer though outside which is the best way to do it.  Next spring I am going to start building a lean-to for the firewood so it has a place to dry nicely.  Also it will make it nice for piling the wood come cutting time. Which by the way isn’t to far off.  I am giving some thought this year in buying logs and getting them delivered to the house.  Figured it would save me a good amount of money.  I also figure one can get two years for the price of one if he cuts it himself.  A bit of work but what the heck.  Not that one shouldn’t be in pretty good shape to do that as it can take a toll on the old body.  For me, well I have physically worked hard all my life but with saying that the older I get the more I notice things  that pop up  now and then,  like things  hurting in spots that I never  knew existed.   Talk soon.