Category Archives: George’s Writers Corner

Great Spot to hear about anything and everything concerning writing. Also information on my books, book signings, speaking engagements and events that might be happening in and around our town.

Red Peppers From Our Garden

From the garden to the bowl. Red Pepper Soup. Sure was tasty.

What’s Happening In & Around Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Jan 24/2023

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Good Morning!

It’s another cloudy morning here in Port Loring. We did have about an inch of snow overnight. Not enough to warrant me waking up my snowblower. But in saying that, we are having some light flurries at the moment. By the looks of things, we could get another inch before is eases off later on today. So … we will see how that works out.

Highway 522 is pretty well free from snow, but there are a lot of icy sections throughout. So care should be taken if out and about. On another note, I still haven’t seen that many snowmobiles yet this year. Usually we see a hundred or more through the week, and sometimes even more. Weird winter for humans and nature. But then with a lot of people out of work, mortgage rates being so high, along with groceries and gas. And then the government preparing to take more taxes off the working man’s paycheck. I think our hard times here in Canada are just beginning. The worst part is our powers that be are still giving our money away to other countries. I can’t see how they can justify that in their minds, when so many here in Canada are in need. But then again, it’s been that way for a lot of years, just the same it shouldn’t be that way. We have to stop giving money and things away to other countries. Simple as that. The only way we are going to get out of this mess is if we look after ourselves first. Then we will be able to help others, within reason. Anyway, I am off for a bite to eat that my lovely wife is making for me, and I will see what the day has in store.

Stay Safe.

New Years Tickets

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What’s Happening In & Around Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Dec 14/2022

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Good Morning!

It’s a cold morning here in Port Loring. Not as cold as yesterday, but cold, with the temperature sitting at -13.4 C | 7.88 F. Highway 522 is mostly bare this morning, but there are a few icy sections throughout. So extra care should be taken if out and about.

Yesterday my wife and I went to town as we had to take our car into Ford to see about why, our Engine Light was on. I know it wasn’t a serious problem, as I had it checked here in town. The only thing is, no in our area can fix it. And on top of that with the engine light on, the remote start won’t work, and with this cold weather approaching we like it a lot, as we can just stand in front of a window to start it up, and it’s nice and warm when we are ready to go anywhere. Which makes things real nice. We got it to Ford, sat in the waiting room for almost two hours, and they then told us they didn’t have the part, and would call us when it came in. And on top of that, they charged us a lot of money, and it still isn’t fixed. Diagnosis they said Ha ha. Now we have to return to Ford when the part comes in, which we won’t know until they call. Then it will cost us more, not to forget what it costs for gas there and back for two trips. Sure amazes me how these companies can charge so much these days. But it’s not just them, it seems everyone has doubled their prices for the past two years, blaming it on the Virus. An excuse that isn’t warranted in my eyes.

At any rate, once we got out of Ford, we decided to pick up a few things at the grocery store. There again the price of things made us cringe, especially the vegetables. And as I said before, most of what they are selling should be thrown out, as a lot of it was not fit to eat. I told them about it too, for what good it did, as they just looked at me and probably thought to themselves. “Damn seniors always complaining about something.” Ha ha.

At any rate, we did pick up a few things, including another turkey as it was on sale at Independent. We prefer the PC Turkeys over the Butter Ball, as lately the Butterballs have been real dry and tough. Old Birds. We also had to go to a couple other stores before we found some good-looking lettuce. And it sure wasn’t cheap. Sheesh. Once done our running around we picked up a cheddar and cheese sandwich at Tim Hortons, ate in the car, people watching which is something we like to do, and then headed on home … with a car that wasn’t fixed. Other than all that though, we had a real nice day of it, with the roads being good along with the sun shinning down upon us. And it is always nice to take in the sites along the way, with lots of chatting to each other. Which we are good at. We have had lots of practice being married over 50 years now. Ha ha.

Once home my wife put things away, I put some more wood in our wood furnace and we then both sat back enjoying each other’s company while watching a show or two on the television. Great day for most parts, other than not getting our car fixed.

Today we will take it a bit easy. I think I will write up a story or two for my Newspaper columns, which will keep me busy for most of the day.

With that, I am off for some pancakes that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see what the day has in store. Have a great day and stay, safe as there is a whole mess of people here in town and …. that are sick. We wore our mask all day yesterday along with sanitizing our hands many times. We both hope it kept us safe. A day or so will tell us.

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well. GW

What’s Happening In & Around Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Nov 12/2022

Coffee Is On, Only Be A Minute!

Good morning!

Well … it’s a cloudy, cool morning waking up here in Port Loring. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 1.5 C | 34.7 F. A touch above freezing. Highway 522 is bare and dry so far this morning, but we could see an inch or two of snow later on in the day. I guess it is that time of year, so I can’t complain too much. Although, I have been liking, the warm weather we have been having for the past month or so. I kind of figure, that with me not being able to move around much for most of the summer, Mother Nature took that into consideration, and decided to give me time to get all my preparations done up beforehand. I appreciate it too.

Yesterday, my wife and I worked outside for most of the day, finishing up some small projects that needed doing before the snow moves into the area. Got lots done, and now I think we are ready for what ever comes our way. I hope so.

This morning I went out and lit the wood stove in the old woodworking shop, so it will be nice and warm in there once I finish my breakfast that my lovely wife is making for me.

Have a great day.

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well!

No More Needs To Be Said

What’s Happening in and around Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 20/2022

Well to start things off we have had a touch of snow through the night, and it is still snowing a bit as I am doing this write-up here this morning. It is possible that we could see about 1″ or so before it’s done. That will depend on if the temperature rises above the freezing mark. At the moment, it is sitting at -0.6 C | 30.92 F. It’s kind of on the borderline right now.

Highway 522 is wet and bare at the moment. We aren’t seeing all that much traffic these days as the weather has been quite wet, and the Hunters aren’t moving around much these days. Hard to believe, and Deer season will be on us in another couple weeks. Time sure flies by these days, let me tell ya. Least for us.

On another note, I didn’t do all that much yesterday, I kind of took it easy as my old body didn’t want to do much. I did get to the dump, though. Going there, I noticed the leaves are just about gone for another year, but it still was quite nice. I enjoy where we live other than the cold. Seems it bothers me more the older I get. The good part is our home is warm and once I get my old woodworking shop warmed up it is a place I can do a few things. It keeps the stinkin’ thinkin’ away. Which is needed these days. With that, I am off for my morning bowl of oatmeal that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see about lighting up my shop stove. I will see. I might just stay in the house today, as I do want to finish up another Podcast for tomorrow. Have a great day, stay warm as we don’t want you to be getting sick, as there are a lot of people with Pneumonia here in town these days, along with the flu and the virus. My lovely wife and I aren’t going anywhere that isn’t necessary. And if we do go, we still wear our mask and sanitize our hands. What you do is your business

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well.

Winter Meals

My wife makes up different meals for winter now and then, so that come supper time, if she has been busy all day it is a quick fix and a healthy one too.

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What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario Canada

Good Morning!

So how you all doing this morning? Good I hope.

It sure is a nice morning. The sun is shinning without a cloud in the sky. The temperature was cool through the night, which made it real nice for sleeping with the window open. Waking up they were sitting at … 15.9 C | 60.62 F. I went out to water my pumpkins, sunflowers and cucumbers this morning. It sure is nice to be able to do that. With me being laid up I haven’t been able to get around all summer.

You know … we take so much for granted in life. Until something happens a person doesn’t truly understand how lucky we are just to be able to walk outside.

On anther note Highway 522 was pretty busy yesterday. Lots of campers, trucks and cars moving around. Actually our store did pretty good this year after being closed for two years. We also had a lot of our friends drop by for a visit to see how we are doing. Makes my day when I see them. I also have had an overwhelming number of people emailing, calling and writing me, letting me know how much they are enjoying my Podcasts and my Columns in the newspapers. It is sure nice to hear that they are enjoying them. Talking about my Columns … not being able to move hardly for over 4 months I had lots of time to sit and write. Thanks to my son Karl who set me up with a Lap Top. I am not able to sit at my desk. The thing I feel good about is, I didn’t waste the days doing nothing. I have always felt that it is very important to make the most out of every day.

With all that I have just wrote here this morning … I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife is making for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. Kind of makes me think of a story I wrote a long time ago.

It was about the team of Clydesdale’s we used to have when we were on the farm. When one of them got hurt the other one picked up the slack. I called that story Team Work. Anyways you all have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On June 11/2022

Good Morning!

Dragon Fly Came to Check Out Our New Deck Yesterday. We Sure Enjoy Watching Them. Click On Image To Enlarge!

It looks like things are shaping up to be one really nice Saturday here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The sun is shinning without hardly a cloud in the sky. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 13.7 C | 56.66 F. It will warm up nicely as the day moves forward. The winds are light, coming in from the SSW. Highway 522 is still quiet for this time of year, but it is picking up with more tourists coming into our area along with folks from the big cities opening up their cottages for summer.

The black flies have all but left us, but the mosquitoes are edging into our area and will continue to do so until it gets really warm. The Dragon Flies, though, are making short work of them as they eat them by the thousands. While I was working in my vegetable garden yesterday, they were cleaning them up around my head. The deer flies however are annoying to say the least. But that is the joy of living where we do. You can’t have everything perfect in life. And do I know that.

On another note, we opened our small gift shop yesterday. We had a good turn out for the first day and I suspect now that folks know that we are open after being closed for two years they will start dropping by even more. At least, we hope so. I need to make enough money to put a new roof on our home, and a pair of new work shoes would be nice too. Haha.

Yesterday I overdid it again and my old body got to hurting, so I guess I am going to have to take it easy for a month and see if I can get things back to normal. Hard thing to do for this old feller, but it has to be done. The alternative isn’t good if I don’t. With that I am off for a waffle that my lovely wife is preparing for me and will then see what the day has in store. Take care and have a great day. Enjoy that sunshine while it lasts. GW

What’s Happening On May 9/2022

Don’t Kill The Dandelions, They are Here to Help Us!

And it is a good morning. The sun is shinning down upon us, hardly no wind to speak of, and things are warming up nicely. And on top of all that, all the mothers, had a great Mother’s Day. At least weather wise. What can be better than that. Not much in my eyes. Highway 522 is busy these days and getting busier every day. It is nice travelling weather, if you can afford the gas.

On another note, I managed to almost finish off our road-side stand yesterday. I just have to do some painting on the old wheels and then will see if we can roll it out front. It will be nice to have a spot that we can sell some veggies and things this summer on. And with the new steel roof it should keep the sun off things too.

Today I will finish it up and see about rototilling up my vegetable gardens. So with them things in mind, they should keep me busy for most of the day. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On May 8/2022

This Single Tulip has been showing its beauty every spring now for 18 years. All by itself, close to the house. Click on Picture to Enlarge!

It’s another sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. It has warmed up since yesterday morning, with the temperature sitting at 9.4 C | 48.92 F. It will warm up a lot more as the day progresses. Which will make it the best day so far this year weather wise. But in saying that, I am sure there will be a lot more down the road away’s. I am looking forward to getting out in our boat with my fishing buddy Barry this year. I haven’t been out for two years with this virus. My wife and I did try last fall, but had some boat and trailer problems which stopped us. They are fixed now so should be good to go, once I uncover it and get it ready.

No Black Flies or Mosquitoes as yet.

Highway 522 was very busy yesterday with all kinds of vehicles going and coming. Most I haven’t seen before. The LCBO was the busiest store in town. Ha ha. On another note, the grass is sure greening up. I suspect by the way it is growing we will be mowing it next week. I still haven’t seen if our mowers are working as yet, as I have been too busy working on this road-side stand. I have it almost ready, and I am thinking I might finish it today. I have to put the roof on yet, along with finishing up a few small things. I will be happy to see the end of it. Ha Ha.

Other than people are still getting sick from this virus here in town, not much else happening. Stay safe and have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On May 7/2022

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Well … Starting things off this morning, we are in the midst of lots of sunshine. Which makes me smile. The temperature waking up was sitting at 4.8 C | 40.64 F. A bit cool, but it will warm up as the morning moves forward. And on top of all that, it will get even warmer starting tomorrow. The not so good news is the Black Flies aren’t that far off. None so far. Highway 522 is picking up traffic wise and I suspect it will get a lot busier now for the rest of the summer with folks wanting to get out of the cities. It seems Nature is what they are in need of. At least in the summer months. Winter is for locals, a few snowmobiles and hunters.

On another note, I got lots done on this trailer roadside-stand I have been working on for the past few days. Today I will be installing the roof-rafters and steel roofing. Should look nice when all said and done.

Once that is finished up I will get to work rototilling up our vegetable gardens and see if my lawn mowers will run. You never know about equipment after sitting all winter.

With that I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast my lovely wife is making for me, and will then get to work. It’s still a touch cool out there at the moment. Have a great weekend and stay safe. There is still a lot of sickness in our area.

What’s Happening April 30/2022

Good Morning! It’s another sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. It is a touch cool though, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at 5.3 C | 41.54 F. But we still have a bit of ice on top of my rain barrel, so it did get down to below freezing through the night. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good today. The blackflies aren’t annoying anyone as yet, but once it stays warm, that will change.

On another note, I worked all day in my woodworking shop yesterday. Today, however, my wife and I will be working in our gardens, moving some plants and things. And I am sure we will be taking some time to do some front porch sittin’. Yesterday we had our morning coffee sitting in the sunshine, which was nice. We both enjoy the outside and taking in what nature has to offer, when things warm up.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal this morning and will then see what the day has in store, other than what we have planned. I am leaning towards opening our small cottage today too. Take care and stay safe. More and more people are getting sick with this virus, here in town every day. GW

Where It All comes together

Some have asked where do I write my stories and if I would share my set-up. Well, truth be told, it isn’t anything special. It also should be noted that it isn’t always this clean, as usually I have notes and things all over the place.

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Chopping Blocks

Here is a picture of a tree we took down last year. I did save a couple of the larger pieces for chopping blocks. Everyone needs a chopping block, especially in this country.

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You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s happening? January 16/2022

Something Different On This Fine Sunday Morning.

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What’s happening? December 4/2021

Good Morning!! We all woke up to a snow covered day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Overnight, I would say we had around 4 inches of very light snow. Sure looks pretty out there. Highway 522 for most parts is wet, but there are a few icy snow covered sections here and there, so care should be taken. If you are in need of anything, this morning would be the time to get it; as Sunday afternoon through Monday evening we will be getting a lot more of the white stuff. Could see up to 12 inches / 35 cm. Kind of depends on which way the storm tracks. Snow is one thing, but with the high winds that will come along with the snow, things could be a bit dicey, if you’re out on the highway. Winds could reach up to 70 km/h/40 mph. Again, it all depends on which way the storm tracks. But if there is any snow to be found, it seems Port Loring gets it. Least so far over the past 20 years that I have lived here. Yesterday I worked on a few things here at my computer, and today I will work on a story or two for my columns in newspapers I write for. So with that I am off for some pancakes this morning with my lovely wife, but first I have to put some more wood in my old woodworking shop stove. It’s nice and cozy in there at the moment. Take care and stay safe. The numbers here in Ontario are rising with this new variant they call Omicron. I often wonder who comes up with these names. You would think they would come up with one that is easy to pronounce. Anyway, let’s hope the vaccines protects those that have had the vaccine. I think it will, especially the Pfizer. But I also suspect the Moderna will work well too. Time will tell.

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Morning Chat Sep 30/2021

Good Morning! Well, it’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It isn’t as cold this morning as it has been for the past two days, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at 9.4 C | 48.92 F. We didn’t have any frost overnight. Which is fine with me, as we do have a wee bit of lettuce still growing that we are using. Highway 522 is really quiet these days, with only a few campers moving in for different things. Yesterday I worked indoors on some projects in our basement and then wrote up a story or two. I also put together another podcast which will be aired on Friday morning. It might be of interest to some people as it is all about Comfrey a plant that grows here in Ontario, that helps with joint pain and other things. Actually, I will be doing a few of them in the next month or so regarding different plants and things. Something different. You can listen to them as you would all my other Podcasts right here on my Blog or on Google Play Music, TuneIn, Sticher, Radio Public, Pocket Casts, Castbox, The Walters Post and Google Home.

Just say, Hey Google … Play Just One More Story by George Walters.

With that, I am off for an English muffin this morning for a change with my lovely wife, and after that we will do some mowing around our place. It’s a good day for cutting grass, as we didn’t have a heavy dew last night. Makes things much nicer. Take care and stay safe. GW

Episode 1: What’s Happening

Episode 1: This is the first Podcast of What’s Happening. It explains why and how things are going to work. Have a great day. GW

Election News Sep. 22/2021

For all those that wanted an election. I hope you are all proud of yourselves:

The election, which took place during a fourth pandemic wave in Canada, was the most expensive in the country’s history, costing some C$600M.

That’s a heck of a lot of taxpayers money that was wasted in my eyes, when it could have helped Canadians that live and reside in Canada … in their time of need, Especially our seniors. They have been abused (mistreated) for so many years. What a shame that is. GW

Morning Chat May 13/2021

Good Morning! Its another great looking day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The sun is shinning with hardly a cloud in the sky. It is a bit cool waking up with the temperature sitting at 6.7 C | 44.06 F. It will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. No one, I don’t think, will be complaining about the weather today. Now, the Black Flies they are another story. My wife and I worked outside all day yesterday on some things and them black flies kept us moving. The only thing that helped us a bit, was the wind. But even with them annoying us we managed to get a lot done. After lunch the power went out, so we had to use our generator for a spell. Not sure what went wrong there. Highway 522 is busy these days with folks coming in to our area. A lot of people aren’t happy about it neither. Can’t say I blame them. My wife and I are staying put, especially now since we had the Pfizer Vaccine, as we want to give it a chance to build up our antibodies. It will take three or four weeks to gives us some protection if we happen upon someone that is infected. Just the same, we aren’t letting down our defences, that’s for sure. On another note, our grass needs to be cut for the first time, so that will be our job for the day. I have to kind of take it easy as my old back gave out yesterday. I still worked after laying down for a spell, but it was a challenge let me tell you. This morning I am moving around a bit better, but we will see how that goes once I get to doing some work. I believe in taking it easy with a sore back, but not so easy it has a chance to seize up. So … easy does it for me for a couple of days. Figures just when the nice weather arrives and me with a bad back LOL. That’s what I always say …. You just never know what a day will bring. With that I am off for my morning bowl of oatmeal and will get to work. I think. Take care and stay safe. GW

Morning Chat April 9/2021

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring Ontario. But it is spring, and some cloudy rainy days are to be expected. It has though been quite warm, with temperatures reaching up to 23C/73F throughout the day. Today will remain warm with a few showers thrown in for good measure. Tomorrow will be a gorgeous day, with plenty of sunshine. My old Dad used to say that some old fashion things like fresh air and sunshine can’t be beat. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, so far, but with things being closed down and warnings to stay at home, and inside, no one should be travelling anyways. Unless you are in need of some groceries or medical supplies. For my wife and I, we are pretty well set, so there isn’t any reason for us to be going anywhere. On another note, we did get a lot of outside work done around the place for the past few days which is the reason why I didn’t get to doing my morning chat. Today we will be watching The Masters Golf Tournament. Which my wife and sure enjoy. I have to say, that I don’t think there is another golf course that I know of, that looks so beautiful. Seeing all the flowers and trees out in full bloom, is sure something to see. We enjoy looking at them as much as we do watching the game. Well … maybe not quite. LOL With that I am off for my morning bowl of oatmeal with my lovely wife and will then let the day do as it so chooses. Not that I could do anything about it anyways. Life is like a mystery novel, you just never know what is going to happen until you turn the next page. Such is life. Have a great day these new variants here in Ontario are running rampant these days with over 3000 a day now entering into the picture along with a lot of deaths. It’s no use helping it along. Stay safe!

UPDATE!! Ontario records more than 4,200 new COVID-19 cases, 2nd highest daily count ever.

Morning Chat Feb. 7/2021

Good Morning! I hope every one is well. The temperature is a touch cool here in Port Loring, Ontario this morning, sitting at -11.7 C | 10.94 F. Things won’t warm up much. Highway 522 is snow covered and will remain that way for a day or so. We might if lucky see a wee bit of sunshine this morning but for most parts the clouds will remain with us today, tomorrow and into Tuesday. With a few light flurries thrown in for good measure. We had another 3 or 4 inches last night bringing our total for the past two days up to around a foot and a half, more in certain areas. So there is lots of snow on the ground that is for certain. I have noticed a few snowmobiles out there mostly locals which is a good thing in part. Staying home or doing things around your home keeps the risk down of someone spreading this virus. And with this new strain you can get it within a minute, sometimes even with a mask on, if both parties aren’t wearing one. So be careful. Yesterday was a full day cleaning up the snow around our place as you can see with the pictures I posted yesterday. Today my lovely wife and I will clean up our neighbours deck, car and things. She is getting up there in years and hey! Isn’t that what good neighbours are for. Helping those that need help. Been that way all our lives for my wife and I. After that I suspect we will be in need of a bit more rest so will take it easy. With that take care and stay safe.

Morning Chat Feb. 6/2021

Good Morning! Well we all woke up to one heck of a pile of snow here in Port Loring, Ontario Canada. Yesterday we had around a foot and overnight about the same. Walking out to the woodworking shop, it was up to my knees and took me fifteen minutes to clean a small path. And more is coming down. Other than being so much, it is sure pretty out there. Temperatures have cooled down some sitting at -8.7 C | 16.34 F. We will see more snow for most of the day, through the night, and into tomorrow, along with a few flurries on Monday. Tuesday it should all come to an end with a bit of sunshine thrown in for good measure. It’s the most snow we have had all winter. The good news is, it isn’t too heavy, but being so much of it, it will be a chore to get cleaned up. I do have Kerry a friend who is cleaning the driveway part this year, so that will help a lot. I am thinking I am going to have to rake off some snow from our car port as it has around 4 feet up there. The house isn’t much better. I will see what I can do. Troubles arise as the pulling hurts my chest and stomach, but in moderation I should be able to get it done. Highway 522 is snow covered as to be expected this morning, and no one should be travelling in this weather. With that I am off for my breakfast and will then see what the day has in store, other than moving some snow. Take care and stay safe. The virus is getting worse, not better as some of the Powers that be says it is. I don’t believe them for a minute. And this thing about opening things back up is pure ludicrous. But it’s what they do. People pleasing. Not what’s good for the country or the people.

Morning Chat Dec 24/2020

Good Morning! Or better yet Merry Christmas. Not long now before old Santa Claus comes down the chimney. I have to remember to shut down my wood furnace tonight. I wouldn’t want to singe his red suite. The thing I like about Santa Claus, is that he isn’t about religion, cults or any anything else. He doesn’t choose sides, and he is there for everyone that chooses to acknowledge him. He even caters to those that might be a touch naughty now and then. LOL My kind of guy. Actually he was created in part, by two New Yorkers—Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast—They were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each year. My way of looking at this man in the Red suit … is that he is what ever you want him to be. Ho Ho Ho! On another note it has warmed up some with the temperature this morning sitting at 4.9 C | 40.82 F. We could see a lot of snow on Christmas Day. The rain we are having at the moment will change to flurries this afternoon. Then Christmas Day, a new low pressure system is forecast to track northward toward us here in Port Loring, spreading heavy snow ahead of it. Snowfall accumulations of around 5 to 15 cm or 6 inches will be possible before things gradually tapers off Friday night. So … for those that are hoping for a white Christmas … your wish might come true. Highway 522 is wet and might get a bit slippery as the day moves forward. Yesterday I cleaned up my shop a bit and then did some work here on the Computer. Today I will work on a Christmas Podcast for tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it. With that I am off for some homemade blueberry pancakes that my lovely wife is whipping up, with a cup of tea, and will then see what the day has in store. Take care, stay safe and Merry Christmas!!

Morning chat Dec 20/2020

Good Morning!. It’s not so good a day outside this morning. We are at the moment having some freezing rain, which I suspect will change to mostly rain or flurries as the day progresses. On the good side of things it is a lot warmer with the temperature sitting at 0.5 C | 32.9 F. It will warm up even more, as the day moves forward. And the good news is the warmer weather will remain with us for two or three more days before cooling down. Highway 522 is partially snow covered with some icy sections throughout. So care should be taken if out and about. For my wife and I we don’t have anywhere, so we will be staying home. Yesterday I made a dump run so that is out of the way for a couple of weeks. Today I will work away on a podcast or two taking it a bit easy. Other than that … not much else happening in and around our small community. I should say it is small in people, but large in land mass LOL. With that I am off for my morning cup of tea with my lovely wife, and will then see what develops. You just never know what a day has in store. I am hoping all good. Take care, stay safe and look after yourself, family and friends.

What will they think of next?

Kind of think I might order myself one of these for Christmas.

A few pictures of colour

These pictures were taken around our home. Click on anyone to enlarge for better viewing.

Morning Slice of life Sep 18/2020

Good Morning! Well for a change we are in the midst of some sunshine here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. But in saying that, it is cool with temperatures sitting at 39F/5C. It will warm up a wee bit, but not much as the day moves forward. Tonight will be down to near freezing. It’s a sign of what’s to come for us here in the North. Highway 522 is a touch busy this morning with lots of trucks moving around the area and a few locals doing what comes naturally. LOL Yesterday my wife and I went to North Bay for some groceries and things. Picked up everything, visited our son in his apartment parking lot, dropped off one of our computers for him to repair, had lunch and a coffee alongside the highway and came on home. We usually pack a lunch and a thermos of coffee to take with us. That way we don’t have to go into any stores. Our groceries we order and pay online, and then they bring them out to our car. Pays to be cautious. Also, it should be noted that the leaves are sure turning colour-fast. I would say next weekend will be the best of the best for seeing them. It sure is nice to see the artistic values that Mother Nature has to offer every year. On another note we did see hundreds of kids heading off to Tim Hortons and places at noon while in North Bay. I think we only seen about six out of hundreds that were wearing a mask. Some groups had as many as ten to twenty young ones all close together. I am not sure where their minds are. I am afraid of what will happen in the days ahead. Some schools already are having some outbreaks. The thing is … these kids get it then pass it on to family and friends. Most of them might be able to fight it off but the older folks like parents and teachers might not be able to. Going to be interesting to say the least. On another note, today my wife and I will do some mowing around the house here, as it is still growing leaps and bounds. But first we will have a coffee together. Take care and be extra careful out there today. We are well over the 300 hundred a day mark for new cases, and that total is rising.

Feelings On Life

Well a lot have asked my true feelings on life …. and taking a close look at things, I kind of figure that this man says it all.

Face Masks

Today many of us have started using homemade cloth masks to help stop the spread of corona-virus. But with more evidence being found ever day, things has shown that not all masks are created equal, and some don’t work at all. In order for a homemade cloth mask to stop viral transmission, it needs to have at least two layers of fabric. So, if your mask has just one layer of fabric, you can pretty well bet that it simply doesn’t work. But in saying that … until you get a good one, it is better than nothing. Common Sense will tell you that. Stay Safe!

Morning Report July 23/2020

Good Morning! It’s another cloudy day here to start things off in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Temperatures were nice sitting at 15.4 C | 59.72 F. It will warm up as the day moves forward. We should see some sunshine in a wee bit. Highway 522 is quiet this morning, but it is early. It will pick up a lot later on. Not to much happening in and around our town these days. I been busy working on some things in the shop that I have on the go, along with my Podcasts. Our vegetable gardens are growing leaps and bounds, and we had our first cucumbers yesterday for lunch. The zucchini is coming along too, and I suspect we will have one of them in some Spaghetti in a couple days. Today I will head on off to the dump and then work in my shop for a bit. With that … stay safe an do what’s right, when it comes to this virus that is going around. GW

Fishing Times:

Thursday
07/23/20
Major Times
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Minor Times
9:00 AM -11:30 AM

Today my old weather stick says that Fishing will be so so once again. I give it a 3 Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Spring Isn’t here Just Yet

Nothing More needs to be said

Makes sense to me.

Information Regarding my Podcasts March 18/2020

Hi folks. How you all doing? I hope you are coping with what is happening throughout the world today. We just have to hang in there folks. This time round the only help we have is us as a whole., and we can beat this thing. Things will work out. Just need to be patient. On another note, I took down the Podcast on Facebook relating to the Coronavirus, as I have found that there is just too many on there today wanting to do more harm than good. It will however be here on my Blog, along with all my other Podcasts. And you can also listen to them on:

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Just a reminder for those that have asked. That my Podcast relating to the virus which is spreading across the world will be aired at 12:00 PM today. It’s a half hour show so make sure you have the time to listen.

Morning Report March 9/2020

Nice looking day starting things off here in Port Loring, Ontario. The sun is shinning and temperatures are sitting at 3.5 C | 38.3 F. It’s nice to see them warmer temperatures. The barometer is falling and my old weather stick is predicting some heavy rain for later on today and through tonight. Which should get rid of a lot of this snow we have on the ground at the moment. Highway 522 is bare and dry for now, which will make travelling good. If you have to go anywhere this morning would be the best time to travel, or wait till tomorrow. We didn’t have any snow overnight. Today I will work away here on some projects I have to do around the house. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee with my lovely wife. Have a great day. GW

Podcast Information

I just wanted to thank all those that have contacted me saying how much they are enjoying my Podcasts. I also would like to thank all those that have left comments and things on Social Media. And a special thanks for those that have become a member on Patreon. It makes my day to hear from you. As of now there are thousands listening to my show from all over the Globe. I have to admit … I never thought it would take off as it did so quickly. The reason it is so successful though, is you, the listeners coming back each week, and taking the time to share the show with others. With that, thank you for listening, and don’t forget … to tune in every Friday, for a new Episode of … Just One More Story by George Walters.

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Morning report Dec 18/19

Well it is one cold morning here in Port Loring Ontario, Canada. Waking up temperatures were sitting at -18.1 C | -0.58 F. We didn’t have any snow overnight. Highway 522 does have some icy sections throughout and along with some snow covered areas. It will be a good day for travelling but care should be taken. We should also see some sunshine today, but with these cold temperatures you won’t feel the warmth much. With the winds coming in from the North West it will feel just that much colder. Today I have a few things to do around the house here and in my shop so that should keep me out of trouble for a while. With that I am off for a bite to eat. GW

Nice day for a ride

A while back our friend Carrie dropped by with her horse Rhythm. It’s always great to see them, as years ago I had a horse almost identical. Every time I see Rhythm she brings back a lot of memories. And yes a carrot or two was in order. She is a good poser too when it comes to taking pictures. Just look at that hind leg. Made my day. LOL

Port Loring Ontario

Here are a few pictures of our area here in Port Loring Ontario Canada. Sure is nice out there when the sun is shinning.

Visitor at our bird feeder

Now I said my lovely wife and I enjoy watching the birds that come to visit our feeder every day, but today we had a different kind drop by for a visit. The pictures aren’t as good as I would have liked as I had to take them through my screen. I didn’t want to scare it off. We get quite a few deer drop by throughout the winter. Nice to see. A couple days ago we had a young one say hello. I was wondering where its Mother was.

Great Friends

Now here is a picture of a good friend of mine and myself taking in what Nature has to offer. Felt good being out there that day. Nature can be nice I grant you that, but so are friends. I wonder if he will remember. LOL

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My Old Homestead

Some of you have asked me if I had a picture of where I was raised in Coldwater, Ontario, in the early days. These folks Adopted me and raised me from around 5 Years old till around 13 Years old. Reg and Laura Potter. The Nicest folks you could ever meet. They treated me as one of their own from the very first day. Later on in life I went back to my Dads in Beamsville Ontario for a while, then I took up fruit farming. We took the pictures one winters day from the road above the property looking down. The farm was mostly dedicated to Dairy Farming at the time. Great memories for sure.

Visitors at our Bird feeder

My wife and I enjoy watching the birds as I have mentioned in my posts, but this morning we had two visitors that took our interest. 2 Pileated Woodpeckers. The picture is a bit blurry as I had to take it looking out my screen window, as I didn’t want to scare them. We have them occasionally but usually just one. Thought I would share

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Our old Farm

Here are a couple pictures of our farm in Beamsville Ontario many years ago. Every grape vine on the left and far back as you can see my Dad and I planted. The grape vines on the left were called Delaware a really nice Champagne Grape. The ones at the rear which goes a long way back were Agawam, Catawba, Concords, Niagara’s and Fredonia. The farm backed up to the Niagara Escarpment. Sitting on the front deck you would look out over Lake Ontario. The little house at the back was a small cottage me and Dad built for Hired Help at the time. Beautiful spot. Miss them days.

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The Old Apron

Here is a piece that I have been wearing in my woodworking shops for many years. The reason I am showing you all this is that a couple months ago we had a visitor that collects old things drop by. You know … he offered me $200.00 for it LOL I couldn’t believe it. Did I take the money? No … I didn’t, money isn’t everything and if that old apron had a voice, the stories it could tell. I guess in one way it does, as just by looking at it I can visualize a lot of things I have made and shops I have owned over the years. Hmm … I wonder if my lovely wife would let me hang it on the wall in the living room? LOL

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Walters Landscaping

Here is a few pictures we took years ago when Ruth and I had a Landscaping business. The picture is one of hundreds of jobs we did. We were at one time the largest Landscaping business in St Catharines Ontario. The picture shows of us installing all new sidewalks at one of the schools, our old truck and Small Loader. If I come upon more pictures I will let you have a look. We also landscaped it while there. Oh … and my back was never the same after using that Jackhammer. I don’t know what it did but I couldn’t walk hardly for a few days.

Our old Clyde

Now here is a picture that was taken many years ago. Me sitting on one of the old Clyde’s we had on our farm. Laura the lady that raised me would let her out of the barn, and she would pick me up at school. I bet there aren’t to many kids that have that in today’s world. The thing was, she was so big I had to climb up on the stone fence at school, so I could get on her. I think she thought it was a fly up there. LOL Thought I would share. You have to admit I was a handsome devil back then huh?

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Our old Fruit Stand

Here are a few pictures of our Fruit Stand, Ruth and I used to have. It was located in Cookstown Ontario, directly across the road from the Penny Restaurant on Highway 27. We had it for a few years. It worked out great as we went to the Orillia Market for Saturday, and then we would finish up the day at our fruit stand. People came from all over to buy our produce. We even got to know the German fellow that owned the Penny Restaurant, and he would buy off us too. Great time in our life but a lot of work and a lot of driving. I was sad to see it go but in another way I was glad. Hard to explain. I miss my old Ford truck in the picture too. Bought it brand new, installed saddle tanks for fuel on it, as we were on the road so much.

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Old Ford Pickup

Here are a few pictures of an old Ford Pickup my wife and I seen in town the other day. It’s nice to see these old fellers still going up and down the road.

Wood Crate Checker board

Here is a coffee table I made. The top is made of 1 inch (2.54 cm) thick white pine with a checker board that my wife painted on its top. We then fastened it to an old crate that the customer had from their business. Turned out nice and customer liked it.

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Blue heron

Here is a picture I took of a Heron watching us while we were fishing the other day.

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Old Studebaker Gas Pump

Here is a picture of an old gas pump we came upon, on one of our trips through the US of A. They are getting harder and harder to find nowadays. More memories.

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65 Ford Mustang

Here are a few pictures of a Ford Mustang that belongs to a friend of ours in Florida. We went out to lunch with them and while there snapped a few pictures of their car. Brings back memories.

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New Licence Frames

I picked up a couple frames for our car licence plates, awhile back. The front one is for my lovely wife and the rear one is for me. Kind of fitting I thought.

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My Old Homestead

Here is a picture showing the home where I was raised in many years ago. A bit neglected now and the barn was destroyed by a bad storm. I was located in Coldwater Ontario. They built a smaller one in its place. The Potters, Reg and Laura, adopted me, and I stayed with them till I was around 15. The nicest folks you would ever want to meet. Some have asked for a picture, so here it is. It is a bit blurred with light, but still visible to see. GW

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Story Time Cards

Here is a collection of Original Ink Drawings by Ruth Walters. “Available”

A Place in Time

Here is an original painting done by Ruth Walters. Cards & Prints are also available.

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Winter Sunrise

Here is a painting by Ruth Walters. “Available”

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Keep Turning Pages

Here is our latest Book called: Keep Turning Pages. Great book with over 100 Short stories. Reading for all ages. George & Ruth Walters have 7 books in total, with more in the works. ” All are Available”

George’s Other Book Titles Are:

One More Story

Join Me In The Garden

Moments In Time

Paths We Choose

Times Changin’

Natures Gateway To Health

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Heading Home

Here is an original painting done by Ruth Walters. Cards & Prints are also available.

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Quiet Night

Here is a painting done in Acrylic by Ruth Walters. “Available”

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Custom Order

Here is a wedding box order, painted by Ruth Walters. “Sold”

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Morning Mist

Here is a painting done in Acrylic, by Ruth Walters. “Sold”

Hunters Cabin

Here is a painting done on 100 year old Slate, by Ruth Walters. “AVAILABLE”

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Bluebirds

Here is a painting done on a piece of White Birch of two Bluebirds. By Ruth Walters “SOLD”

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Waters Edge

Here is another painting done on a piece of White Birch. By Ruth Walters. “AVAILABLE”

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Carrie & Rhythm

Here is a picture of our friend Carrie and her horse Rhythm dropping by for a visit. She didn’t arrive in a car. Years ago I used to have a horse much like Carrie’s, just a touch smaller. Brings back memories for sure.

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Old Well Pump

Here is a picture of the old well pump that was at my school 69 years ago. Still works as my wife and I dropped by for a drink travelling through the area last year. Good water too still nice, cold and sweet.

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Coldwater Ontario School

Here is a picture of my old school in Coldwater Ontario. Separate entrances for boys and girls. We both sat together in the classroom though. Many years ago.

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Life’s Rewards

Here is a painting on a piece of natural wood. By Ruth Walters. “SOLD”

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Summer Meadow

Here is a painting done on 100 year old Slate. By Ruth Walters. “SOLD”

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Water Falls, Port Loring, Ontario Canada

Here is a picture of a waterfall that is located here in Port Loring. Nice place to have a picnic, secluded, and … well, what can I say.

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Turtle Picture

Here is a turtle we seen awhile back asking for some help to cross the road. So we stopped and helped him out. For our help I figured we deserved a picture. On another note, take into account that the highway we stopped on was 522, and not busy, so we didn’t cause any accidents with stopping along the highway. On a busy highway I wouldn’t have bothered. Not that I wouldn’t have wanted too.

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Callander Horticultural Society

My wife and I would like to thank everyone for a fantastic night at the Callandaer Horticultural Society. It was a great night with a good turnout. I spoke a bit on my life, read a story and got into what Nature has to offer in general. After my talk I answered questions, and we all had a great chat with coffee and goodies. Great night and a great bunch of people. GW

Humour for a cloudy day

Now don’t get to thinking that I am a religious feller as I surely am not but now and then something catches my eye that holds my interest. In doing so thought I would share.

A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said,” Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest apologized “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.” Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, “Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.”

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

You want Quality Buy a Ford

Here is a picture of a Ford I used to own. This isn’t my car but one similar. I paid $500.00 for it back when. Lasted a good number of years and made over five trips from Beamsville Ontario to Sarasota Florida. I had it painted down there in a Metallic Green. She was a beauty. GW

Then

Now

Christmas In Port Loring

Here is one of many pictures I took that shows the true beauty that consists all around our town. GW

This is a picture of our backyard. December 25/2018

Canoeing In Port Loring

Here is another few pictures of a fishing trip we took. All these pictures are located only 5 minutes from our home. GW



SUmmer in Port Loring

Here is a couple of pictures of what we have to offer folks when we get rid of this white stuff. GW

Small creek up the road from our home. Nice Place to sit and relax!
Small lake not to far from our home. Great fishing!

1928 Ford Pick-UP On The Road Again

I was down visiting my son Craig awhile back, and being a lover of old vehicles, especially Fords I had the good luck of seeing an old 1928 Ford Pick-up It was in great shape for its year, so I took a few pictures, which I thought I would share with you that like older vehicles as I do. Enjoy!

Pictures of Our Home In Port Loring Ontario, Canada

Thought I would share with you a few pictures taken this morning while I was out feeding the birds. Not that there are any birds out there this morning. I think they are smarter than I am.. Have a great day!

Our Home January 30/2019
Our Home January 30/2019
Downtown Port Loring, Highway 522 , January 30/2019
Our Trailer out by the road. Shows how high the snow is. January 30.2019

Maybe Not Florida Sand But Close!

Thought I would send a picture of some foot prints in the??? I know it isn’t footprints in sand like in Florida, but the only difference is that you need to wear your boots instead of bare feet. And hey, it is white like Florida Sand.

Great Car

Here is a couple of pictures of a car I had many years ago. The pictures are not of my car but one identical.  Drove it to Florida five times with no problems.  Even gave it a paint job while down there one time. Great car and of course it is a Ford. Ha Ha. I would have to say its looks and slender lines would still be appreciated if made new today. Click Pictures To Enlarge

Who Is George Walters

Who is George Walters? Well, during a TV Interview of his first book, the host of the show asked if he thought of himself as a Country Philosopher. Giving this some thought he decided on looking up the word Philosopher in the dictionary, and he found that is exactly what he is.
Literally a lover of wisdom, sometimes also called a seeker of truth. Not just any truth, but a truth about important basic, elusive issues, such as what is right and wrong, what is sure, what is human? These are the questions he confronts when everyday thinking is inadequate. He has devoted over 60 years to the search. But this is only part of the story. He pursues truth regardless of popularity, fashion or legislation. He needs to have clear thinking and reasoning to be able to juggle complex information and be able to break it down to plain English, as much as possible. He spends much time carefully weeding out all the falsehoods and contradictions, and putting down on paper his and other folks experiences to help the people he cares most about and to make this a better country for them to grow up in.
George has been writing and sharing his wisdom in Newspapers, Magazines and through Public Speaking for many years. His extended family of readers have come to know and love him through his easy down to earth way he portrays his message. His captivating ways of writing heightens the reader’s awareness as his stories unfold in front of them, giving them the strength and comfort like a lifelong friend, lending a helping hand.
George has learned a lot growing up on the farm, including the simple easy ways of the old time gardeners. The little tricks and tips he has learned
from these old timers are shared with you, as well as information about health, plant recognition, and recipes too.
He is a Story-Teller with the ability to take you back through time to an era where folks knew how to fend for themselves, a place where folks grew their own crops, survived the harsh elements that Mother Nature threw at them, and most importantly, a place where families were one.

*One More Story “Receipts” Written by George Walters*

Receipts
I was in North Bay the other day, and at a checkout, I was asked if I needed my receipt. What a question to ask a person.
I replied. “Of course I would like a receipt, doesn’t everyone want one?” “No Sir, most folks today don’t want their receipts?” “Really? Well, this is one old feller that does. I suppose if you were paying cash, and it was only a package of gum I could do without, but when a person is paying with their debit card or credit card, I would think a receipt would be a priority.” “Well, it isn’t, not anymore.” “Hmm.”
With that, I left, and as I was going out the door, I heard the woman say. “Crazy old seniors, more trouble than they are worth.” For a second there I was tempted to go back and give her a piece of my mind. But then I figured it would just ruin my day. So I let it alone and carried on.
But it is the sign of the times, as more folks are paying with plastic than ever before. Who would have believed it?
Later I was at the Esso Station filling up. I use the Speedpass Key where you just touch the screen on the pump with a plastic key. It then lets you get fuel and bills you directly on your credit card. I love it really, but there again it asks if you would like a printed receipt.
The only difference in this instance is that I don’t talk to a human being. I have been known to give the pump a quick light kick now and then saying. “Do I want a receipt?” My wife gets a kick out of me sometimes as I can hear her giggling in the car.
While on the topic of getting fuel and using Speedpass. There is one thing that annoys me, at a lot of the Esso Stations that have Speedpass. They have been disabling it at the pump. In doing so, you have to go inside to pay.
Their logic I suppose, if you see something at the cash register and if you’re an impulse buyer, you pick it up. For me, I say this. “I purchased your Speedpass for a reason. I am not an impulse shopper. I got your Speedpass, so I don’t have to go into your establishment. I don’t want to go into your establishment. I want to buy your fuel and leave. Especially on a nasty day. Not a real biggie, if you get my meaning.”
Hope someone sees this and does something about it.
So in Closing, I would say this when asked if I would like a receipt.
The question shouldn’t even be asked; it should be automatic.

George Walters Books Now On Amazon.com and.CA

We finally managed to get all our books on Amazon for sale.  Took some doing let me tell you.  All the credit though has to go to my son Karl, as he is the one with all the expertise.  Wouldn’t have been possible without him. You can click on the links above if you’re interested.  Here is a list of all our books:  One More Story By George Walters.   Join Me In The Garden By George Walters.   Moments In Time By George Walters.  Paths We Choose By George Walters,  Times Changin’ By George Walters.  and Natures Gateway To Health By George Walters.  If you’re in the USA go to Amazon.com.  If you are in Canada go to Amazon.ca.

New Business Sign For George & Ruth Walters

Here is our new business sign out front for the folks from Germany looking to find us.  Said I would post it.  11588 Highway 522 Port Loring Ontario Canada.  Looking forward to seeing you.   (Click Picture To Enlarge)

For George Walters

Written by a good friend of mine relating to one of my stories in the newspaper.  Thought I would share.  Great Poet for sure.


SOUTHERN VACATIONS

George liked to go south on vacation,
Along with his brother and his dad;
They’d load up their old car and away they would go.
It was the best fun that they ever had!

Well, they got an early start in the morning
And arrived at the U.S. border in a ‘swish’;
With their fishing poles ‘at the ready’,
They were hoping to catch some big fish!

The border guard was very nice
And as he waved, he said, ‘Catch one for me’!
They said that they would and then they were off,
Down the road feeling happy and carefree!

When they arrived at the ‘Blue Ridge Mountains’,
A couple of tunnels they had to go through;
It was a very enjoyable part of their trip
And they really enjoyed the view!

But then their old car started to smoke,
When they were on a North Carolina road;
His dad said, ‘Damn’ and pulled over to the side,
Because the engine was about to explode!

Well, it turned out the engine ‘threw a rod’,
Right through the side of the block;
So they got a ride with a State ‘Trooper’,
After he and his dad had a talk.

He dropped them off in a small town,
At a dealership that sold cars called ‘Nash’;
They were able to trade in their old car,
As well as spending a little extra cash!

Everything was fine ’till they got to Florida,
When the old Nash began to knock;
It seems the drain plug had fallen out
And there was no oil left in the block!

Well, they patched the old car up with a new oil plug
And then away they went down the road;
Only to have an anti-freeze leak,
Before they could get to their ‘abode’!

So they sealed up the rad with some ‘stop-leak’
And were back on the road again;
But soon the engine was over-heating
And oil was leaking from the oil pan!

They made it as far as Sarasota,
When his dad said,’ I’ve had enough’;
We’re going to go to the Ford dealer,
And buy a new Ford ‘on the cuff’!

The rest of the holiday was full of fun,
It was the best trip they ever had;
And they ended up with a brand-new Ford,
So they did not do too bad!


 

 

Roy Rogers

Hi George
Thought you would like this  🙂

Hi George
Thought you would like this 🙂

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU”

The young guns may not understand the meaning of this, but you would!

 

THE END OF AN ERA…

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO has closed its doors forever.
The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction.
Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss,
close it, and sell the contents. He complied.

Note the follow-on article; truly the end of an era.
Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction…

Roy’s 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500. It was estimated to
sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.

His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of
“This Is Your Life” sold for $10,000 (EST. $800-$1,000).

A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder, and
other greats) sold for $3,750.

A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter,
Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2,750.

Trigger’s saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (EST. 100-150 K).

One of many of Roy’s shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many
cowboy hats sold for $17,500.

One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625.
(He never used a set of spurs on Trigger).

A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.

Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000.
Very unique and artistic in their western style.

A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his
perfect game in the world series against the Dodgers
on Oct. 8,1953, along with a signed baseball to Roy from Don,
sold for $2,500.

Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their
original boxes with Numerous photos of Roy, Dale,
Gabby, and Pat sold for $3,750.

A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining
the troops in Vietnam sold for $938.
I never knew he was there.

His flight jacket sold for $7,500.

His set of dinnerware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.

The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle sold for $116,500.

A fabulous painting of Roy, Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger,
and Bullet sold for $10,625.

One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.

A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching
inscription “From Gene to Roy” sold for $17,500.

A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the
people that played in Roy’s movies sold for $11,875.

Dale’s horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold
below the presale estimate for $25,000. (EST. 30-40 K).

Bullet sold for $35,000 (EST.10-15 K). He was their real pet.

Dale’s parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K,
sold for $104,500.

One of many pairs of Roy’s boots sold for $21,250.

Trigger sold for $266,500.

Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robin Hood,
with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland?
Well, Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.

Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby.
Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500.

Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.

Trigger even outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie
Son of Paleface in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that
Gene and Roy’s movies, as well as those of other great characters,
can be bought or rented for viewing, today’s kids would rather
spend their time playing video games.

Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with
the right values and morals.

These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they did teach
us right from wrong, and how to have and show respect for each
other and the animals that share this earth.

You and I were born at the right time.

We were able to grow up with these great people, even if we
never met them.

In their own way they taught us patriotism and honor.
We learned that lying and cheating were bad, and that sex wasn’t as
important as love.

We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure
and work through it.

Our lives were drug free.

So it’s good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy,
the Lone Ranger, and Tonto.

Farewell to Sky King and Superman and Sgt. Friday.

Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mister Rogers, and Capt. Noah
and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made
them better.

It was a great ride through childhood.

HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIEND


Nice Poem Written For Us Snowbirds

AN ODE TO THE SNOWBIRDS
Slowly the snowbirds are returning
You can watch them come back one by one
Unloading their cars or motor homes
So they can relax and have some fun.

Very soon the roads will be a nightmare
And the restaurants will be jam packed!
It will be shoulder to shoulder at Publix
But they still keep coming back.

They don’t care if Wal-Mart is crowded
They don’t get mad if the traffic is slow
They don’t complain about the long lines at Winn Dixie
They say, “it’s better than shoveling snow.”

They love the Florida sunshine
And a suntan is first on their list
They brought lots of shorts and sunscreen
And you can bet their winter coats won’t be missed!

They ride on their carts or their bicycles
Or by the poolside they can be found
Then off to the sales at Macy’s
Then to an early-bird dinner they’re bound.

They are always coming or going
Doing all they can do in one day!
It’s shuffleboard, horseshoes or golfing
Or learning to paint a picture in a day.

They play cards or plan a potluck dinner
They go fishing or to the beach for the day
Sometimes they go to the Clubhouse
So they can dance the night away.

It’s so much fun to watch them
Planning for a cruise or two
It’s just one great big vacation
For the snowbirds just passing through.

But one day soon they’ll be packing
To make the trip up north once more
And the memories they made will have to do them
Until they come back again and make more.

So may the Good Lord bless the snowbirds
When their time to leave grows near
May they enjoy good health and happiness
Until they come back again next year.
LONNIE CARR
Haines City

 

A Christmas Story, Just For You!!

The True Meaning Of Christmas

Written By: George Walters

“Laura, Christmas to me just doesn’t have that special feeling any more. It seems that the feelings I am looking for can’t be found. I have tried and tried but for some reason I just can’t find that special feeling that I am lookin for.”

“You know George, maybe, you are searching for the true meaning of Christmas. I’ll make you a deal, there is five days left till Christmas, I want you to go on a hunt, search for the true meaning of Christmas and bring it back to me. If for some reason you can’t find it, well I will then tell you, as I have found it in my travels through life. Hows that for a deal? But you have to really search, you have to look hard and I will let you in on one bit of advice, the true meaning of Christmas is where you least expect it, that’s where it will be hiding. Find it George and bring it back to me, that will be my gift on Christmas morning.”

Well the next morning I headed off to school as usual but with the thought of finding the meaning of Christmas on top of the list. Through out the day I watched and listened to the other kids of what they thought Christmas was all about.

“Presents said James, lots of presents.”

“Santa Clause said Mary, he is the true meaning of Christmas.”

“Food said Sandra, lots of good food, like cake, candy and a big goose with all the trimmings at the table when supper time arrives.”

“Friends said, a new girl in the second grade, lots of friends,when I moved here I never had any one to talk to, yep friends that’s it.”

“How about a Christmas tree said Patricia, can’t forget that, the Christmas Tree has to be the true meaning of Christmas written all over it, it just has to be.”

Well the days wore on and I kept asking folks and listening but for some reason I just couldn’t find that special feeling that I was looking for. I knew Laura said she would tell me if I couldn’t find it but she asked me to bring it back to her as her gift. I just couldn’t let her down, I just couldn’t.

I know, old Grey Wolf, my very best friend, he would know, he knows everything, I will go and visit him.

I found Grey Wolf sitting oh his porch with a big thick blanket wrapped around his shoulders.

“Why aren’t you in the house where it’s warm?” I asked.

“Well, I knew you were coming and thought I would sit here and wait for you, that is what friendship is all about isn’t it?”

“I suppose it is.”

“Something is bothering you, I can see it in your eyes, what has got such a young boy so upset that he comes to see his friend on a stormy day like this?”

“Christmas, Grey Wolf, I made a deal with Laura that I would bring back the true meaning of Christmas and that would be her gift”

“That is some gift young one, that is surely some gift.”

“Do you know what the true meaning of Christmas is, do you?”

“Yes I know what it is, it hides in a place that no one looks.”

“Will you tell me, please tell me so I can take it back to Laura, please.”

“I can’t do that old friend, that is something that you will have to do all on your own. I will say this though, find a warm-quiet place and listen and watch, I think you will then find what you are looking for.”

I didn’t know what to do it was Christmas Eve and time was running out. Back at home I headed on over to the barn to do my chores. I took down some hay, fed the cows, chickens and the Clyde’s and then put down some fresh straw so they would all be warm on this bitter cold night.

I then took a pail of Oats from the oat bin for my horse Jennie and sat down on some straw in her pen. It was warm sitting there.

“Jennie I asked, “Do you know the true meaning of Christmas?” Knowing fully well she couldn’t answer me. With them few words a feeling came over me, I looked up and watched all the young animals as their mothers drew them closer to her body so that they would be warm. I then looked up at Jennie, her big brown eyes just seemed to melt me and I swore I seen a tear run down her cheek. Her head dropped onto my shoulder and at that moment it came to me, I know what the true meaning of Christmas is. I found it, it was hiding right here under my nose all the time.

With that I gave Jennie a hug, said goodnight to all the critters and ran as fast as I could to the old farm house though the deep snow. Laura was by the wood stove baking a pie.

“Laura! I know what it is.”

“You know what George? What are you talking about?”

“I know what the true meaning of Christmas is.”

“You do and what would that be?”

“Love Laura, love that’s the true meaning of Christmas and that’s my gift to you.”

Laura looked down at me with tears in her eyes, “Your right she said and what a gift it is. Now how a piece of this pie that I just made and a cup of hot chocolate to wash it all down.” “Sounds good to me, I said.

And to all my readers, I would like to say this. May all your Christmas’s be filled with love and kindness and Merry Christmas to all.

Flowers Showing Their Beauty

Took a few pictures of some flowers in different settings.  All but the are Orchid are from our gardens.  Thought I would share. Click Images to enlarge.

Calendula
Calendula

One of a kind lily
One of a kind lily

One of a kind lily 2
One of a kind lily

Snowball Bush
Snowball Bush First Year

Lily
Lily

Lambs Ear
Lambs Ear Quite Unique

Common Mallow
Common Mallow

Orchid
Orchid Given to my wife as gift of thanks.

Morning Visitors

These two drop by every morning and evening to say hi.  Listening to their unique call ho, ho, ho ho, has the ability to calm anyone. Reminds me of my old Dad sitting out under a palm tree in Florida in the evening hours. As they would entertain us their also. Their call will sound as if they are way off in the distance only to be a few feet away.  Dove2 DovesClick Pictures To Enlarge.

Little blurry but still nice to see.

Bouquet Of Flowers From Our Garden

Wife put these together for our entrance way.  They reside in a 50 or older hand blown milk bottle.  Quite unique in itself. She does have a knack of doing things. Click Picture To Enlarge!

Fresh From Our Gardens

Couple Pictures

Took some pictures around the house here. Click to enlarge.

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Wild Butter Cups I let Grow In Our Gardens

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Monarch Butter Fly That Got My Attention Enjoying Our LIlacs

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Our Sign Out Front With The Day Lilies Showing Off

 

Bird Feeder Visitor

Had a Fox visit our bird feeder yesterday afternoon.  Don’t see them up close very often.  Click Pictures To Enlarge.

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Country Woman Written By George Walters

Country Woman

It was a beauty of a day and I had just come in from doing my chores. I was sitting in my most favorite spot, in the wood box in the corner and listening to Reg talking to his Grandson and Wife. Reg was washing his hands by the sink and listening to what they had to say. The Grandson’s wife was looking out the window. “I see your wife Laura working in the garden, she sure looks happy out there. It must be nice to not have to go to work every day like I do. She sure has an easy life living here on the farm, doing what she wants, when she wants, not having to answer to any one. I got to say, I don’t think she would last one week in the city.”
Reg was standing there taking it all in and then went and sat down at the table. “Young lady, I think it’s about time you and me had a talk. That woman you’re talking about, is about the hardest working woman I have ever met. She might not have a degree of schooling hanging on the wall but she has a farm that has risen from the dirt and made into a place we can call home. She is the back bone of this whole farm, without her it would have never happened.
You say she could never live in the city and do your job, well your probably right. She hates the city, as she is a country woman. Country women are a different breed of woman. They are special, she has worked by my side for over fifty years now, through hard times and good times. She has put up with my nonsense, cooked, baked, washed and knitted my clothes when they had holes. She was there for me when we had no money to hire help, worked in the fields, helped with the milking, delivered new-born calves in the middle of winter in the snow. She has helped with getting
firewood ready for winter, splitting logs with an Axe, she has planted and worked the family garden for longer than I can remember and kept it hoed by hand. She has been there for your Husband, Father-In-Law and Myself when we were sick and nursed us back to health. Fixed our cuts and broken bones when no doctor was around. She also has been the love of my life and I will not stand here and let you run a woman down, that has done so much.
I don’t blame you though as much as I blame society. You younger folks don’t realize, that if it wasn’t for these hard-working country women, you wouldn’t have even been born. All the food that is eaten in your cities,where do you think it comes from? It isn’t grown in a grocery store. Society has you all so strung up on what you think you need in life, that you don’t take time to enjoy life.
You see that woman singing away in the garden? She is enjoying life, doing what she loves and making every minute of every day, count. When she comes in here in a few minutes, I expect you to treat her with respect, as she will you. I have had my say and these words will never leave this room.”
With that Reg got up and went outside. I watched as the Grandson’s wife got up and went to the sink. She wiped her eyes and then looked over at her husband.
“I needed that she said. I just never realized what your Grandmother had to go through, or any farmers wife for that matter.” They gave each other a hug and went outside to the garden.
I don’t know what was said after that but for as long as I can remember, I do know this. They became the best of friends from that day on.
Farm women are a different kind of woman I will say that. As my wife, she has been there for me through all our farming days and without her we wouldn’t be where we are today. The old saying, that behind every successful man is a good woman, can wrap this story up all in one sentence.
So there you have it, a conversation that I overheard, that stuck with me through life. I guess I kind of molded my life around that conversation and I do know that when it comes to country women, I got one of the best. In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well.  GW