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Living Quietly in the Countryside on June 12/2024

Good Morning! Living this long, one thing that I am certain of, and that is the best things in life are the simple mornings like this.

Waking up in cottage country, it’s a bit cloudy, but the sun will break through soon. This is good news because I have some weeds to take care of in our vegetable garden. Some folks dislike weeds, but I see them as an asset. When they first appear, I cut them off and let them lie around our plants. This creates a fantastic fertilizer, rich in nutrients that our plants love and need. Many people spend a lot of money on store-bought fertilizer, but the truth is, if you look closely, everything you need to grow delicious veggies is usually right in front of you.

Yesterday, I spent the whole day tinkering on a new creation for our fishpond, and I must say, it turned out right nice. Now, my wife is busy making a fine sign to hang from it, explaining what it is and putting the finishing touch on the project. We’ve always been a good team, her and me, and we always will be. Funny how some couples do everything apart; I reckon that’s why a lot of marriages don’t last. For us, what’s mine is hers and what’s hers is mine. We also share all our thoughts, good or bad. That kind of mutual support and collaboration keeps our bond strong and makes all our projects that much more satisfying.

Highway 522 did pick up a wee bit yesterday traffic wise, and if the past tells a story it should continue.

Bug Report: Actually yesterday, other than a few pesky mosquitoes annoying us while had our coffee in the shade, things were pretty good.

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then head on outside and take care of them weeds in our vegetable garden, and if time, I will plant a row of late potatoes for winter. I sure do love my potatoes, gravy, and… horseradish, let me tell ya. And you thought it was just gravy and potatoes, didn’t ya? Nope! It’s the horseradish that gives it that extra kick. It’s like a square dance in my mouth, and the horseradish is the caller, keeping everyone on their toes!

You all have a great day, and I will leave you this morning with this: “Sometimes you have to let go of the old to make way for the new – even if it’s just an old pair of boots.”

Fishing Times for Wednesday
06/12/24

Major Times
5:16 AM-7:16 AM
5:37 PM-7:37 PM

Minor Times
12:39 AM-1:39 AM
11:02 AM-12:02 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 3-Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip of The Day: “Fishin’ ain’t the same all year round. Spring’s for spawnin’, summer’s for deep water, fall’s for feedin’, and winter’s for slowin’ down. Know your seasons, and you’ll know your fish.”

Daybreak in the Country on June 11/2024

Good Morning! Life’s short, but mornings like this make it all worthwhile. Enjoy the little things today.

It looks like a beautiful day is unfolding here in Northern Ontario. The sun is shining brightly in a cloudless sky. Earlier, as I took a walk around our property, I noticed our yellow lilies in full bloom. They looked so stunning that I had to pause for a few minutes to fully appreciate their beauty. I can’t seem to get enough of what nature has to offer; it feels like an addiction I simply can’t resist.

However, the temperature did drop quite low overnight, hovering just above the frost line. I was a bit worried there for a while, but everything turned out okay. You never know what Mother Nature has in store, and like all women, she can be quite unpredictable.

Highway 522 isn’t too busy these days, but activity is picking up with many campers and trailers moving into our area for the summer. It’s kind of nice to see new faces and the area bustling a bit. However, as much as I enjoy the influx of visitors, I hope our community doesn’t grow too fast and that we can maintain the solitude we enjoy. It’s a delicate balance, welcoming tourists while preserving the tranquility we love.

On another note, being so cool and gloomy yesterday, I made the best of it by working here in my computer writing up a few stories for my newspaper columns. Worked out pretty good with three new ones ready to go.

Today though, being the sun is upon us looking and feeling good, I am planning on doing some staining on part of my woodworking shop. After that I have some welding to do on a project my wife and I are creating, and after that… well I am thinking a drink and some front porch sittin’ will be in order for the remainder of the day.

Bug Report: Black Flies are pretty well gone, but the mosquitoes are out in full force, but with the sun out and the dragon flies roaming around looking for a meal, it shouldn’t be all that bad.

With that I am off for my morning bowl of cereal that my lovely wife has made for me, and will then have a cup of hot cocoa and head on out to my woodworking shop. I also think I will have to wake up my hoe, as the weeds in our vegetable garden are starting to show themselves.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “Trouble is like rain; it’s bound to come, but it’ll pass. It always does.”

Fishing Times for Tuesday
06/11/24

Major Times
4:33 AM-6:33 AM
4:55 PM-6:55 PM

Minor Times
12:18 AM-1:18 AM
9:54 AM-10:54 AM

Day Rating: I give it a 2-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing tip of the Day: “If the bees are busy and the birds are chirpin’, it’s a good day to fish. Nature’s critters know when it’s a good time to be out and about.”

Country Life at First Light on June 10/2024

Good Morning! Living where we do, I found that the land away from the cities for some whisper old stories. So why not take a walk and let them fill your mind of what’s to come, and what has taken place years ago. Never fear the past or the future, as they are merely chapters in the book of your life… each holding lessons that shape your journey and lead you to your true self.

It is a bit cloudy here waking up in cottage country, but that being said the sun will eventually make her appearance, oh…. I would say around 9:00 or 10:00 AM, and it should remain with us for the remainder of the week, and along with that it will warm up starting tomorrow.

Here we are, starting the second week in June, and we had to turn on our oil furnace just to take the edge off the cold and damp this morning. So much for global warming? Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m all for doing our part to help the planet. But let’s take a closer look. Here in Canada, our efforts are just a drop in the bucket. What we are doing to help the environment hardly makes a dent… it’s like a drop of water on a pin. Now the larger countries are the real culprits these days, and until they step up, well… things won’t get better.

But it’s not just humans causing havoc on our world. Not by a long shot. There are natural factors at play too, like volcanoes and forest fires, among many others. And let’s not forget, at least in my mind, that the Arctic used to be warm years ago. So, I think a lot of what’s happening today, might just be a natural occurrence. But hey, to each their own on what they believe, as I’ve always said.

On another note, my wife and I took a trip to North Bay yesterday to pick up my laptop. Our son Karl installed a new hard drive because the old one had given up the ghost. It seems that companies today use the cheapest parts they can find, which in turn don’t last long, which is exactly how they want it, so they can make more money. And, of course, we consumers end up paying the price. While there we took him out to Casey’s for lunch, had a nice chat, picked up a few groceries and things, picked up a coffee for the road, and headed on home enjoying each other’s company and taking in nature that was all around us. All in all, a good day.

Today I am going to do some work here at my computer setting things back to how I had them, and if time maybe being a bit cool outside, I will write up a story or two for my newspaper columns.

Highway 522 is still pretty quiet, not too many folks roaming around, but I suspect things will pick up as it always does come the end of the month.

Bug Report: The ones now irritating folks are the mosquitoes, as they sure like this damp weather. Once the sun comes back out, things should get better. There are a few blackflies still around, but for most parts they have left for another year, which is fine with me.

With that I am off for my breakfast that my lovely wife has gotten ready for me, and will then enjoy the day as it should be.

You all have a great day and remember: A quiet morning with a hot cup of cocoa is worth more than a noisy day in the city.

Fishing Times for Monday
06/10/24

Major Times
3:45 AM-5:45 AM
4:09 PM-6:09 PM

Minor Times
–:—–:–
8:44 AM-9:44 AM

Day Rating: Not the greatest day for fishing, I give it a 1-Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few!
Fishing Tip of The Day: Patience ain’t just a virtue; it’s a requirement. Sit still and quiet like a rock. Fish can sense a jittery fisherman a mile away. GW

Life Beyond the City Limits on June 7/2024

“Good morning! Being a farmer, I have learned that the farm teaches us that every problem has a solution – you just need to dig deep enough to find it.”

It’s a cloudy morning here in cottage country, and we are having some light rain off and on. The rain along with cooler temperatures will remain with us right up till Monday. After that… things are looking pretty good weather wise.

Bug Report: The black flies are still around, but they’re not too bad. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, are a nightmare. Those blood sucking parasites are out there like tiny vampires, ready to suck up every drop of blood they can find! Reminds me of… well, I won’t get into that this morning.

Highway 522 hasn’t been all that bad for the past few days, but that is to be expected with the not so good weather, along with the bugs. But things will pick up a bit when the kids are out of school for the summer.

On another note, yesterday my wife and I started mowing, but we had to stop because of the rain. Fortunately, we managed to finish up after lunch when it cleared up for a few hours, which was all we needed. I have to say, our property sure looks nice when it’s all manicured. No need for us to go to any resort or park, that’s for sure.

Moving along, our gift shop has seen a lot of new faces, with folks stopping by and picking up their favorite items. It’s been great to see so many people enjoying what we have to offer. The steady flow of customers has really brightened up the place, and it’s wonderful to see our shop buzzing with activity.

Today, I’m planning to tidy up my woodworking shop a bit. After that, I’ll get busy making some comfrey fertilizer and comfrey insecticide for our fruit trees. Over the years, I’ve replanted many comfrey plants, and now they’re growing all over our property. Comfrey is one of the most useful plants you can have, especially if you grow your own fruits and vegetables. Not to forget the health related benefits it offers.

With that, I’m off to enjoy the breakfast my lovely wife is making for me: a bacon and cheese toasted sandwich topped with some lettuce. I don’t have bacon very often, but every so often, I get the urge. Just the smell of the bacon cooking makes my mouth water. After that, a hot cup of cocoa will be in order and when finished, I will head on out to my woodworking shop.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “Sometimes the best therapy is a walk in the woods and a deep breath of fresh country air.” Which is something my wife and I have lots of here in the north.

Fishing Times for Friday
06/07/24

Major Times
12:58 AM-2:58 AM
1:28 PM-3:28 PM

Minor Times
5:22 AM-6:22 AM
10:30 PM-11:30 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 4-Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few today!

Fishing tip of the Day: Over the years, I have learned that… some of the old folks got stories and tips that ain’t in any book. Listen well to those, ’cause their words are worth their weight in gold. Now mind ya I said some, not all!

Morning Thoughts from the Countryside on June 6/2024

Good Morning! “Remember, in life, you can’t harvest what you don’t plant. Let’s make sure we’re planting the right things today.”

It’s a bit cloudy here in cottage country this morning, but we are seeing some sunshine. We also had some much-needed rain, yesterday, which started late in the day and lasted for a few hours. It came down so hard it filled our rain barrels in about ten minutes. I am happy about that, as now we will have lots to last till our next rain. At least, I think we will, we will have to see, it all depends on how hot it gets. More heat, the more water we need.

On another note, my wife and I took a trip to visit an old friend of ours in Coldwater for a couple of days. It sure was nice to see her. After that we headed on over to Orillia to do some shopping and then moseyed on to Huntsville where we spent the night. Had a nice meal at Kelsey’s, enjoyed our room at the Best Western, had breakfast which was included with our night’s stay, and headed on home, taking in sights we haven’t seen in a while. All in all, we had a good trip, but as always, it is nice to be home. The more I see the hustle and bustle of city life, the more I love the peace and quiet of our northern country property. Living here in the countryside, I really hope it doesn’t get any busier than it already is. We moved here to enjoy the peace and solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s not that we don’t enjoy the company of others, but there’s something special about the quiet charm of this place that we’d like to preserve. Simple livin’ suits us just fine.

And then when we arrived home, I booted up my computer and found that the hard drive died, so we had to take it into North Bay for my son to fix. So that will take him a week or so, as he is very busy at work. Luckily, I have him to help me out, along with my old one to fall back on, which I am using now. Other than that, things are rolling along these days.

Highway 522 is picking up with traffic every day now, with more tourists and cottage owners closing in on us, and it will remain that way now for the next three months.

Bug Report; There are still a few black flies irritating folks, but for most parts the dragon flies have cleaned them up. We have lots of them flying around my shop and gardens, which is nice to see. Some even land on my old hat occasionally for a rest. The mosquitoes are out there in full force, but as with the black flies, the dragon flies are chowing down on them as well.

With that I’m off to enjoy my morning breakfast that my lovely wife has made for me, and then I’ll wake up our mowers since it’s mowing day for us, which will take up the morning. After that, I’ll tidy up my woodworking shop, and then if the sun is still shining, we’ll spend some time relaxing in our lawn chairs out front, taking in the sights of our new fishpond, and the water wheel I made a while back. There’s always something to appreciate living here, surrounded by nature.

You all have a great day and remember: “Life’s simple: work hard, treat folks right, and take time to watch the sunset.”

Fishing Times for Thursday
06/06/24

Major Times
–:—–:–
12:28 PM-2:28 PM

Minor Times
4:31 AM-5:31 AM
9:30 PM-10:30 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 4-Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip of the Day: Over the years I have learned that on hot days, fish like to stay cool, just like us. Cast your line in the shady spots and under overhangs where they’re likely to be hiding. GW

Morning in the Countryside on May 26/2024

Good Morning! The day’s just getting started, and it’s already looking mighty fine.

However, it is a touch foggy in some areas, which should clear out when the sun manages to break through. Now in saying that it looks as if we are in for some more rain tomorrow and into Wednesday, but after that things start to warm up a bit, and we will be seeing a lot more sunshine. At the moment, you could say we are in transition stage from spring to summer. Which is normal for our area. But things were a touch dry, and I was hoping for some rain as we planted our vegetable gardens, and nothing could be better than a nice rain to get them settled into their new home. And I have to say they are doing quite well.

On another note, yesterday my wife and I made a trip to North Bay as we were in need of a few things. We ended picking up, more than we needed, had a pizza at East Side Mario’s, grabbed a coffee at a local shop, and then headed home feeling a bit poorer. Man, things are so expensive these days. And another thing we noticed is that people are in a real hurry. A few times, folks bumped into my shopping cart, telling me to get a move on. I’ve heard of road rage with folks getting upset, but now I see it has moved onto shopping cart rage. Who knew grocery shopping would become so extreme. But all in all, other than my wife getting her hair wet and looking like a shaggy dog, as it was raining and feeling a bit poorer, we had a great day.

Highway 522 we noticed was quite busy yesterday with a lot of campers trucks, boats and ATV’s coming into our area.

Wisdom I’ve learned growing up : Don’t let a small weed turn into a big one. Pull it out fast and keep your fields clear. It ain’t always easy, but it’s got to be done if you want a good harvest.

With that I am off for my morning breakfast that my lovely wife is making for me and I will then get to installing two new bearings to my water wheel that I made a month or so ago. Which should keep me busy for the morning, that is if the weather stays nice.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: Life’s full of ups and downs, just like the seasons. You have to roll with it.

Fishing Times For Sunday
05/26/24

Major Times
2:42 AM-4:42 AM
3:12 PM-5:12 PM

Minor Times
–:—–:–
7:06 AM-8:06 AM

Day Rating: Not the greatest day for fishing. I give it a 1-Star rating out of 5 for catching a few. But as I always say… you never know till you throw that line in the water.

Fishing Tip of the Day: When you’re out on the water trying to catch some fish, remember to keep the noise down. Fish get mighty skittish when they hear loud sounds or see too much commotion. So, keep your voices low and the racket down to a minimum if you want to reel ’em in. GW

Morning Moments from the Country on May 23/2024

Good Morning: The best part of living out here away from the cities is the daily reminder that life’s richest when it’s simplest.

It’s another sunny morning here in the north and all that hoop haw yesterday, about heavy rain, hail and wind never took place, at least for us. However, it has cooled down some with the temperature climbing out of bed sitting at 15.4 C | 59.72 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward, which is good as my wife and I have our mowing to do today, which should keep us busy for the morning. The weather should stay nice now for the next few days, at least that is what Mother Nature is predicting, so we will see.

On another note, my wife and I spent yesterday planting some of our vegetables in the garden. We also moved a few shrubs and other plants to spots where we think they will be happy. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, they don’t do well in the locations we choose, and when that happens, the only solution is to relocate them.

The Wisdom of Generations Past: I found that growing up in the country, means inheriting, learning a wealth of wisdom passed down from generation to generation. Whether it’s learning how to read the signs of an incoming storm or knowing which berries are safe to eat, being a country boy means carrying on the traditions of those who came before. Nowadays, there’s a lot of focus on spiritual beliefs and what comes after this life. But from my years of experience, true fulfillment comes from the here and now—learning from the past and applying that knowledge daily. The practical wisdom our ancestors left us, in my mind, holds more answers than any spiritual teachings. Of course that is just my opinion as always.

With that, I am off for my morning bowl of cereal that my lovely wife has prepared, and then I will see if that old Roper Mower of mine will start. It can be temperamental at times. Kind of like myself more often than not.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you this morning with this: “Old barns and some old folks got a lot of stories. It pays to listen to both.”

Fishing Time for Thursday
05/23/24

Major Times
–:—–:–
12:20 PM-2:20 PM

Minor Times
4:43 AM-5:43 AM
9:09 PM-10:09 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 5-Star Rating once again out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip of the Day: Don’t be too quick to reel in your line. Let the fish take the bait and run with it for a bit before settin’ the hook. Patience is the angler’s best friend. GW

The Sound of an Owl In The Early Morning Hours

Years ago, when my friend Grey Wolf was alive, I heard an owl outside my bedroom window on the farm. And early this morning at 2:30 AM I heard the same sound once again. I remember asking him what he thought it meant.

He said: George, when you hear an owl hoot early in the morning, it’s more than just a bird making noise. For us old-timers, and especially for those who follow Native wisdom as I do, it’s a sign, full of deeper meaning.

Owls have always been symbols of wisdom and mystery. They seem to know things hidden from our eyes. Native traditions say that owls carry the spirit of wisdom and intuition. Hearing an owl in the early morning is like receiving a message from deep within yourself. It’s as if the owl is urging you to trust your gut feelings, especially when making important decisions.

Some believe that an owl hooting in the morning means it’s time for a fresh start. Maybe it’s telling you to let go of old habits and welcome new opportunities. It often signifies change and growth, hinting that you’re about to go through a personal transformation.

For those connected to the spiritual world, an owl’s call at dawn can be a comforting sign. In many Native American traditions, the owl is a messenger from the spirit world. This might mean that unseen forces are protecting you and guiding you. The owl’s call can be a reminder that your ancestors are watching over you, offering their wisdom and support.

When you hear an owl early in the morning, take a moment to pause and think. Native wisdom teaches us to be thankful for such messages. It’s a gentle reminder to listen to your inner wisdom and stay open to the guidance of the universe.

Remember, the owl’s call is a powerful symbol. It’s telling you to trust yourself, embrace change, and know that you are never alone. The next time you hear that hoot, let it remind you of these simple truths and the rich traditions that see the owl as a bridge between worlds.

You know… after Grey Wolf told me his thoughts, for most of my life I paid attention to feelings and things around me, and I have to say it has paid off. I am thinking early this morning, it was another gentle reminder, that maybe I should be paying more attention to what is going on around and within me, and to take more heed in my intuitions. As it seems strange that the sound of the night came to me at the same time as it did…. many years ago. GW

Voices while alone or in the Dark

I was reading an article today that certain professionals, or so they call themselves, are saying that if you are hearing things when alone, that you have a problem and need to be looked at or in other words… go for help.

My opinion is... that It’s fascinating how our perceptions can be colored by our surroundings. When we hear our name whispered from the depths of a secluded forest, it’s easy to wonder if something otherworldly is at play. But before jumping to conclusions, it’s essential to consider all possibilities. While some may rush to label such experiences as symptoms of mental distress, perhaps there’s more to it than meets the eye. After all, who’s to say that the whispers echoing through the trees aren’t just the forest itself speaking to us in its own mysterious language? I also believe that exploring the boundaries between the known and the unknown can lead to a deeper understanding of the world around us, and perhaps even uncover truths that defy conventional explanations. So, the next time you hear a voice calling out from the shadows, maybe take a moment to listen… to truly listen and see where it leads you.

Getting It Right in Canada

Immigration:

Some have asked: “George, what do you think of all the immigrants that are coming into Canada these days.”

Alright, let’s cut to the chase. I ain’t against folks moving to Canada. Done right, it can make our country more lively and boost our economy. But it seems like we’re letting in more people than we can handle right now, and that’s a problem.

Think about it like a fishpond, yea I know I just build one, but it’s a good example for what I am going to say. If you cram too many fish into it, there ain’t enough grub for everyone. Same for our country. If we let in too many folks all at once, there won’t be enough jobs, houses, and services for everyone.

Another thing that’s been bugging me is how folks from other lands want to live like they did back home. Now, I’m all for holding onto your roots, but you have to respect the way we do things here in Canada. If you’re going to live here, you have to play by our rules. Simple as that.

Now, the issues I’m talking about are as clear as day. It’s like a big blank wall staring you in the face. But it seems like nobody’s seeing it. If we don’t sort this out, it could lead to some serious trouble down the line. History tells us that too many people coming in all at once can stir up a hornet’s nest. We don’t want that.

And let’s not forget about the role of our elected officials. Sometimes it might seem like their main goal is to win the next election, and bringing in more people can seem like a good way to do that. Now, I understand that politics is a tough game and getting votes is part of the job. But it’s important to remember that the real aim should be making decisions that are best for all of Canada, both old-timers and newcomers.

So, what’s the solution? Well, we can’t just shut our doors. That ain’t the Canadian way. But we have to make sure we’re letting in the right amount of people, and that they’re willing to fit into our way of life. It ain’t rocket science, it’s just common sense.

In short, it’s time we take a good hard look at immigration. We have to make sure we’re doing it right, so we can keep Canada the great country it is. Let’s not wait till it’s too late. We need to fix what needs fixing, and keep Canada a place we’re all proud to call home.

That’s my view on the subject.

Countryside Conversations on April 26/2024

Good Morning! Another sunrise means another chance to make hay while the sun shines and enjoy the simple pleasures of country living.

Here in cottage country this morning, we’ve got a bit of a mixed bag. The sun’s shining bright, but there’s still a thick frost hanging around. It seems like the plants, trees, and whatnot are having a tough time deciding whether they want to start growing or not this year. But you know? They always seem to make out okay, no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

Some of them, like that white lilac by our house and those flowering crab apple trees, they’re starting to show some signs of life. The regular apple and pear trees are taking their time, which is a good thing.

The tulips are almost ready to burst, and the daffodils? Well, they’re already in full bloom. Just a few days back, I picked a couple for my lovely wife. They sure do smell and look nice. And here’s a neat trick: snap one off about halfway down the stem, stick it in a cup of water, and it’ll stay fresh for over a week. Pretty amazing, huh? Every time my wife and I catch sight of them, it brings a smile to our faces.

Highway 522 has picked up a lot lately with traffic, not sure where they are all coming from, but they are out there. Which is normal for this time of year heading into May. You wouldn’t know it, though, weather wise, as some days are more like fall than spring. But it will warm up soon enough. I have always said to my little woman, that: Highway 522 isn’t just a strip of asphalt… it’s a gateway to adventure, a winding path that leads to hidden fishing spots, secret swimming holes, and endless acres of unexplored wilderness. Hard to find highways like that anymore. I hope it always remains that way.

On another note, my wife and I decided to dig our fishpond a touch larger yesterday, which we did. First, though, we laid out the liner we bought, and let it warm up in the sun. Makes it easier to handle being so thick and all. Once we had the pond the size, and shape we wanted, we installed the liner. At the end of the day, things were looking mighty fine. Today, being that it is going to be nice, weather wise, we will continue on making things look even nicer. It sure is nice to be able to do these things. I enjoy working alongside my wife.

With that, I am now going to start the day with a bowl of porridge made by my better half. Not to forget our chat and a cup of hot cocoa. Simple pleasures make the best mornings.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with these few words that my old friend Grey Wolf used to say many years ago: “In the country, every tree has a story, every river has a song, and every mountain holds a secret. It’s where I feel most alive, most connected to my ancestors, and most at peace.” I sure do miss that old feller.

Fishing Times For Friday
04/26/24

Major Times
2:00 AM-4:00 AM
2:26 PM-4:26 PM

Minor Times
6:41 AM-7:41 AM
11:21 PM-12:21 AM

Day Rating: I give it a 4-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing tip of the day: “It isn’t just about dragging your line behind the boat. Mix it up, change your speed, your depth, your lure. Keep ’em guessing, and you’ll reel ’em in.” GW

Life’s Happenings in the Country on April 25/2024

Good Morning! “Where the to-do list is long, but the joy of living in the country makes every task/job a pleasure.”

It’s a sunny morning waking up here in cottage country. However, it is a touch cool with the grass covered with frost. The temperature waking up was sitting at -1 C | 30.2 F. It will warm up considerably as the day moves forward, and tomorrow even warmer. Front porch sittin’ weather for sure!

So knowing that my wife and I will get to working outside on our fishpond, that we have in the works. I would like to get the liner installed today if possible. The thing is it has to be warm enough, as the liner is thick and hard to move around. So it needs to be laid out in the sunshine for a bit, to soften things up before we can install it. But once all said and done, it will be a nice-added feature to our property.

Highway 522 is as dry as Granny’s biscuits on a Sunday morning. However, there are a few cars moving around this morning, mostly locals taking in what is happening around town. Just your normal day occurrence, as it is with most small towns. And you can’t forget the gossip, it’s hotter than a skillet on a stove. By the time the rooster crows, everybody knows who’s been stirring the pot. Oh! And Granny’s biscuits weren’t all that dry if you added some fresh churned butter on top of them.

On another note, yesterday I worked the day away in our woodworking shop on a new bench that we will put out by our new fishpond. It’s taking a bit of work, but it will be nice when all finished up. There is always something going on around our home.

Wisdom I have learned: “There’s a story in every sunrise and a lesson in every sunset. Living in the country most of my life, I have learned to read the sky like a book, to know when rain’s a-coming or when a frost is on its way. It’s a kind of wisdom you can’t learn from books or fancy schools—it’s written in the land itself, in the whisper of the wind and the song of the birds. And if you listen close enough, you’ll hear it too!”

With that I am off for my morning breakfast that my lovely wife is making for me, or should say, has made for me, and will then get to doing something, that is after we have our morning chat while enjoying a hot cup of cocoa. It’s the secret to a long marriage, amongst other things.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “In the country, we are not separate from nature; we are a part of it. To live in harmony with the land is to honor our ancestors and preserve the legacy for future generations.”

Fishing Times For Thursday
04/25/24

Major Times
1:11 AM-3:11 AM
1:35 PM-3:35 PM

Minor Times
6:12 AM-7:12 AM
10:10 PM-11:10 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 4-Star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip of the Day: “Fish can smell ya coming a mile away. Move slow, talk quiet, and don’t go stomping around like a bull in a china shop. Sneak up on ’em, and you’ll have better luck.”

Humor, Wisdom and Northern Living on April 20/2024

Good Morning! Where the only rush we know is trying to beat the sunset to get the laundry off the line before the dew sets in – talk about living life in the fast lane!

We are all waking up to some sunshine here in the north. The robins are listening for worms, the crackles, sparrows, nuthatches, finches, morning-doves, cow birds, starlings, and the crows all greeted me as I walked to my woodworking shop. Sure nice to see. Some even sit on my hand occasionally. I even spotted a butterfly looking for some flowers, finally settling for some snowdrops in one of our gardens. Pretty hard to top that, for a warm morning greeting.

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning for those having to do some shopping in the cities. You know, they say good things come to those who wait, and on Highway 522, we’ve got all the time in the world. So what if it takes a little longer to get from point A to point B? It just gives my lovely wife and I more time to enjoy the ride.

On a different topic, yesterday, I spent the entire day in my woodworking shop making the new water wheel for our fishpond. It’s quite a challenging project, but I made some good progress. If things continue as they did yesterday, I should have it completed by tomorrow. Then, once the weather warms up a bit, my wife and I will install the new pond liner. After that, my wife will apply her landscaping design skills. Over the years, she’s created many beautiful gardens for homes. I’ve lost count of how many she’s done, but the ones we worked on together years ago most still look good today.

Today, I’ll be continuing my work in the shop, while my wife tackles washing day with our new machine. The old Sears washer we had served us faithfully for over 40 years. I doubt these newer models will live that long, but only time will tell. My wife has a habit of chatting with household appliances; perhaps that’s why our old washer lasted so long. I can’t deny I engage in a bit of chatter with my tools too, and they seem to appreciate it, believe it or not!

Garden Chatter: You know, there’s a certain rhythm to gardening. It’s like a dance takes place between me, the soil, and Mother Nature herself. Sometimes we step on each other’s toes, but… most times, we end up working together. After all these years, we have gotten to know each other.

With that, I am off for my morning bowl of porridge and an English muffin, with honey on it, that my lovely wife has prepared for me. After that, we will have our regular morning chat over a cup of hot cocoa, and then I will head on out to the woodworking shop, and see how much more sawdust I can make. I made a pile yesterday. Sheesh!

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this: “They say city life is glamorous and exciting, but for my wife and I, there’s nothing nicer than watching the stars come out one by one on a clear, country night.”

Fishing Times for Saturday
04/20/24

Major Times
10:04 AM-12:04 PM
10:23 PM-12:23 AM

Minor Times
4:46 AM-5:46 AM
4:32 PM-5:32 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 2-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip of The Day: When fishing from a boat, gently tap submerged stumps or logs with your lure to mimic the sound of prey hitting the water. This sometimes attract predatory fish hiding nearby and if you’re lucky, you’ll have fish in the frying-pan come supper time! GW

“Country Living: Where the Clocks Tick Slower on April 14/2024

Good Morning! Another sunrise here in the North, where the air is cleaner, the people friendlier, and the closest thing we have to a subway is the root cellar!”

So it’s another cloudy morning here, waking up in cottage country. And we are also having a bit of rain. I am kind of thinking it will remain cloudy for most of the day. Tomorrow however we should see a wee bit of sunshine, which should stay with us for a couple of days, but then it’s back to rain. As the old saying goes: “April Showers Brings May Flowers.”

Highway 522 is still very quiet, as is most things in our area at this time of the year. You could say that: “Up here in the North, life moves slower than maple syrup in January. It’s smooth, sweet, and takes its time.”

On another note, yesterday, I did do a wee bit of work in my woodworking shop, as I had to put a new wheel and tire on my wheelbarrow. I had it for over fifty some years and the wheel itself simply rotted away. But now it should be good for another fifty years. We will have to see how that pans out. They don’t make things as good as they used to.

Today I will do some work in the shop and after lunch my lovely wife and I will enjoy the Masters Golf Tournament. We never miss it and have watched it for as long as I can remember. We sure enjoy seeing the flowers and the land itself, it gets us ready for what’s to come here in the north.

With that, I am off for my morning bowl of porridge and will then see what the day has planned for me. You just never know.

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this: “Life in the country is like a well-aged whiskey – smooth, rich, and best enjoyed in good company. So let’s raise a toast to today, tomorrow, and all the days yet to come!”

Fishing Times for Sunday
04/14/24

Major Times
5:28 AM-7:28 AM
5:56 PM-7:56 PM

Minor Times
2:03 AM-3:03 AM
9:52 AM-10:52 AM

Day Rating: I give it a 2-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip Of The Day: Bait Wisely, or Fish Foolishly: Back in the day, bait was more than just a snack for the fish – it was an art form. Us old-timers could turn a humble worm into a fish magnet with just a flick of the wrist and a sprinkle of magic (or maybe just a sprinkle of Grandmas bacon grease).

Life Away from the City, On April 13/2024

Good Morning! Another day in paradise, where the only skyscrapers are the towering trees and the only rush hour is when the deer dart through the field.”

We are seeing some clouds here this morning in cottage country, and along with them, we did have a wee bit of snow overnight. Today however we should see a wee bit of sunshine, I hope…. which will get rid of the snow we did have, which was about an inch. We did have our share of rain yesterday, as it rained pretty well all day long.

Highway 522 is still quiet, which is normal for this time of year. You know: “They say the road less traveled is the one worth taking, and on Highway 522, we’ve got plenty of room to roam. I hope it stays that way, because there’s something special about having the whole highway to yourself.” Very hard to find these days, elsewhere.

On another note, my lovely wife and I had another busy day yesterday. We ordered a new washing machine from Home Hardware, and they delivered it. The fellows that delivered it were very helpful, and put it down the stairs and into our basement. There is no way I could have done it myself. And it wasn’t an easy chore with the way our stairs are. I have to say, that folks at the home hardware store here in town are nice folks, always accommodating, willing to help with one’s needs. Especially Steve, he is my go-to guy when I need help with projects I have on the go. The rest of the staff are nice too, though, I wouldn’t want you to think I am taking anything away from them. After we had it in the basement with the help of my wife we got it hooked up leveled and working. Today being Saturday wash day, we will see how she works.

Farm Life: “I have always said farm life ain’t just about plowing fields and mending fences. It’s about respecting the land, understanding its moods and its needs. It’s about knowing when to push and when to pull back, when to plant and when to harvest. And let me tell you, there ain’t no better teacher than Mother Nature herself. She’ll humble you quick if you ain’t paying attention.”

With that I am off for my breakfast that my little woman has prepared for me, and will then see what the day has in store. Every day is different, which is the way it supposed to be.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but here at my home my wife bakes our own cakes, frost them with homemade buttercream, and we eat them with a side of fresh-picked berries. And if that’s not living the dream, I don’t know what is!”

Fishing Times for Saturday
04/13/24

Major Times
4:30 AM-6:30 AM
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Minor Times
1:04 AM-2:04 AM
8:54 AM-9:54 AM

Day Rating: I give it a 2-Star rating out of for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip Of The Day: Fishing ain’t just about catching fish. It’s about finding what’s important in nature and in life. There’s something magical about being out on the water, away from the hustle and bustle of the world. You could say, it’s therapy for the soul, a chance to recharge and reconnect with what truly matters. Something a lot are missing these days.

What’s happening on April 10/2024: When Things Come Alive Here in The North

Good Morning! Where the only time we’re not working is when we’re eating, and even then, our minds are working on what we are going to do next.

It’s a touch cloudy here waking up in the north, but we should see some sunshine off and on throughout the day. But in saying that, the forecast for the next three days isn’t looking all that good, with rain in the forecast. But the trees and things do need it, and along with that it eases off the threat of forest fires.

I have always said: “When the barn door’s open, the animals roam free. The same goes for opportunities. So…. the thing to do, is to keep your eyes open and grab them when they come along.”

On another note, yesterday, my wife and I worked the day away outside on the new Fish Pond we have wanted for the past few years. We did make one, when we moved here over 20 some years ago, but with all that was going on in our life’s I filled it in.

Now being that we have a bit more time on our hands, and time to enjoy it, we decided to build another. Luckily, my wife, being a Landscape Designer in the South for a good number of years, knew exactly what to do. Her experience made the whole process a lot easier. As for me, well, I did my fair share of the grunt work. One thing is for certain, being a farmer for a good number of years, I’m used to getting my hands dirty, and my boots too, as in the bottom of that hole with the surface water coming in…. there were a few times that I didn’t think I was going to get out, with my boots getting stuck in the mud. But you know what they say, tough times don’t last, tough folks do. And when we finally see those fish gliding around, along with the plants and things, and the new water wheel a turning, I am going to build, it will be a little piece of paradise right in our backyard.

With that, I am off for my morning bowl of porridge that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then get to making that new water wheel. Should be an interesting project and keep me busy for a couple of days.

You all have a great day, and I’ll leave you with this: “The land ain’t just dirt and crops. It’s a part of you, and you’re a part of it. I’ve learned that after years of walking its fields and feeling its heartbeat.”

Fishing Times for Wednesday
04/10/24

Major Times
1:38 AM-3:38 AM
2:06 PM-4:06 PM

Minor Times
6:57 AM-7:57 AM
10:30 PM-11:30 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 3-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

“Barry & Me’s Fish Tales: Reel Tips for Real Anglers” Remember those old wiry fish may be elusive, but with a little patience and perseverance, you’ll reel them in eventually. Don’t be afraid to wait it out and let the fish come to you.

Life As I See it Here in the Country On April 9/2024

Good Morning! “Where the early bird may get the worm, but the farmer gets the whole dang garden!”

Well, it is looking like a real nice day is shaping up for us here in the north. At least for this morning, as the afternoon we could see some showers. Which is needed to get things to growing. I have also noticed that the grass is turning greener, and the animals are showing that spring is in the air. Also, the Robins are searching for worms and the geese are flying north. Some mighty nice signs for what’s to come.

On another note, yesterday, my wife and I worked away on the new fishpond we are wanting to do. I have to say that it has been a bit challenging digging the hole, with all the roots from the old trees that used to be close to where we are digging. But we are overcoming things as we go along. I kind of think it will be ready for a liner that I have to order by the end of the day. Then I will get onto making a new water wheel, which I will see if I can make a video, of how I do it as I go along. I will see how that pans out.

Farmer’s Wisdom: You know…. many times years ago I looked out over my fields and said: In farming, you learn patience. You plant the seed, you wait for the rain, and then you wait some more. But when that first sprout comes up, it sure put a smile on my face!

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning and other than a few 4x4s and lawn mowers running around, things are pretty quiet. You know, I have always figured when traveling, that the journey’s just as important as the destination, and on Highway 522, my wife and I take that to heart. We may not be breakin’ any land speed records, but we’re making memories…. one mile at a time. And over the years we have made a lot.

On another note, the eclipse didn’t pan out as a lot of folks would have liked, but all in all it was a nice day. Truth told, I plumb forgot all about it there for a while, with all we had going on.

With that, I am off for my morning bowl of porridge and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me. It’s kind of a normal thing for me these days, as it stays with me, and gives me the energy that is needed to make it through till lunchtime. Of course, that hot cup of cocoa we both enjoy every morning, along with our morning chat, helps a lot too. Which a lot of marriages are missing these days!

You all have a great day and remember: “Life’s got its ups and downs, like the furrows in a field. Just keep moving forward, and you’ll reach the end of the row eventually.”

Fishing Times for Tuesday
04/09/24

Major Times
12:44 AM-2:44 AM
1:11 PM-3:11 PM

Minor Times
6:32 AM-7:32 AM
9:06 PM-10:06 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 4-Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing Tip Of The Day From Two Old Codgers: Barry and I always find that when fishing. It’s best to look for areas where the water flows slower, like behind rocks or near the shore lines. Those calm spots are where fish tend to gather to conserve energy. Just remember not to fall asleep while waiting for a bite – fish have been known to play pranks on snoozing anglers! Which Barry and I have found out occasionally.

Enjoying Life Beyond the City On April 7/2024

Good Morning! Another sunrise in the countryside means another day to be grateful, for wide-open spaces and the freedom to roam.

I figure myself very lucky to live where I do. I just hope it remains that way.

We’re waking up to a touch of frost this morning here in Northern Ontario. The temperature at the time of this post was sitting at -1.8 C | 28.76 F. However, in saying that, the temperature will rise a lot as the day progresses. And front porch sittin’ will be guaranteed. At least for us here in cottage country.

So yesterday was a busy day for me and my lovely wife. Seems she gets into cleaning this time of year. It’s what we used to call spring-cleaning, and when a woman has it in her blood, there is no stopping her. I guess it is the same for a man in some ways, the only difference being we seem to direct our work mode to the outdoors. Which is what I did yesterday. I started off re-piling the few rows of firewood that fell over, caused by the ground settling. After that, I did some grafting on a few apple trees I am trying to restore. With no one trimming or looking after them, they naturally went wild over the years. So last year I cut them almost in half and then thinned them out some, and yesterday took some cuttings from some good apple trees and introduced them so to speak to the wild ones. So we will see how they take, as the days move along. Some do, some don’t.

Today will be another busy day as I have to do some repair work on the back of my shop and my lean-to, where we keep our firewood. With the high winds we had last week, it kind of made a mess of things. I didn’t really know how much damage it had done until I walked around our property. So that will keep me busy for most of the day. Once finished, I will see what them lawn chairs of ours has to say.

Highway 522… where the traffic’s light, but the charm is heavy. Just the way we like it out here in the country.

Wisdom I Have Learned: “Life’s like a field, full of bumps and rocks. You can either curse the stones or use them to build your fences and paths. Every obstacle is a chance to grow stronger and wiser.”

With that I am off for another bowl of porridge with some good old dark brown molasses sugar that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see what the day has in store for me.

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this: “In the country, we don’t just take life one day at a time, we take it one cup of coffee at a time – because let’s be honest, caffeine is the secret sauce to a good day! Along with Cocoa, as it is pretty tasty too. We enjoy a cup every morning before we start our day.”

Fishing Times For Sunday
04/07/24

Major Times
–:—–:–
11:27 AM-1:27 PM

Minor Times
5:51 AM-6:51 AM
6:17 PM-7:17 PM

Day Rating: I give it a 3-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!!

Fishing Tip of The Day: The fish don’t care about your schedule. They’ll bite when they darn well please, and all we can do is hope we’re in the right place at the right time. Such is life, right?

Winter’s Last Whisper Here In The North On April 4/2024

Good Morning! And another day begins here in the great North, where the stars still shine bright, and the only traffic jam is a line of deer crossing the road.

Highway 522 is still very quiet these days, with only the locals moving around, taking in what is going on around town. But as I keep on saying, things will pick up a lot when the weather warms up a bit. Waking up, the temperature was sitting at 0.6 C | 33.08 F, and it will warm up even more as the day progresses.

On another note they were saying we were in for a lot of snow, well…. some were, but in all reality with the temperatures climbing, what we do get won’t last long. We did have an inch or two overnight, but it is melting fast, with the temperature sitting well above the freezing mark. Every day now will be getting warmer, so warm that I will get my lawn chairs out, and set them on our front porch, as my lovely wife and I are looking forward to some front porch sittin’.

Yesterday I didn’t do anything outdoors with the weather not being so good. Luke, a friend of mine, dropped by to say hello yesterday and while chatting he said, “Looks like you didn’t burn as much wood through the winter.” As I have it piled nicely under the lean-to where we keep it dry. An hour after he left, two rows fell over in one huge pile. I guess the ground must have settled, causing it to fall. So…. once it warms up, there now is a bit of work for my wife and I to do. Not that we don’t have anything else to do. Ha ha. Sheesh!

Politician Fact or Fiction: Ever notice how politicians are like the weeds in the garden? They’ll sprout up everywhere, choke out the good stuff, and still expect you to water ’em!

With that, I am off for my morning bowl of Porridge with some dark brown sugar that my lovely wife is making for me. None of that light brown stuff. The darker it is, the more molasses is in it, which in turn is very good for what ails ya, especially for removing inflammation.

You all have a great day and I will leave you with this: “In the country, we don’t just count the days, we make the days count – whether it’s planting seeds, sharing stories, or just sitting on the porch and watching the world go by That my friends is what country living is all about.”

Fishing Times For Thursday
04/04/24

Major Times
8:49 AM-10:49 AM
9:17 PM-11:17 PM

Minor Times
4:43 AM-5:43 AM
2:04 PM-3:04 PM

Day Rating I give it a 1-star rating for catching a few. Good Luck!

Patience is Key: Fishing requires patience. Stay calm and wait for the fish to come to you. Sometimes, waiting silently for a while can make all the difference. Actually, life itself is like that. GW

Where Northern Lakes & Streams Start to Flow Again on April 3/2024

Good Morning! It’s time to lace up our boots and tend to the chores, knowing that every task brings us closer to a day not wasted.

It’s a rainy day here in the north, it started around 2:00 AM, and it will continue on for most of the day, and adding to that we could see some more snow. Depends on how far the temperature drops. The good news is, at least for my lovely wife and I we got pretty well everything that needed doing outside yesterday all done up. I even washed our car and got rid of all the salt and grim from underneath. This stuff they are putting down on the roads today, sure isn’t healthy for the bodies on our cars and trucks.

Highway 522 is still very quiet these days, but in saying that, there isn’t all that much to warrant folks to be moving around, or come to visit just yet. However, that will change in the coming days.

Solar Eclipse: I can’t help but shake my head at all the hullabaloo surrounding this solar eclipse. It seems nowadays people are taking it as seriously as if the sky itself were about to fall. Some are even going as far as declaring a state of emergency over this eclipse! There’s even talk among some groups that this eclipse spells the end of the world. The last one, well….. I kinda think they’ve been reading too many tall tales or something. Then again, they’ve been predicting the end of the world since before I can remember. Must be a bit like that broken clock being right twice a day.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it ain’t a sight to see, and each one’s got its
own kind of magic. But it seems these days, folks are taking it a mite
too seriously, if you ask me… and avoiding the end of days? Well, you might as well try to convince a chicken to lay chocolate eggs!

On another note, being that it is a touch wet a cool here this morning, I think I will continue on writing up this new novel I have been working on for the past few weeks now.

With that, I am off for a bowl of porridge and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. As I said above, what will be, will be.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with this: “They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you start it with hot cocoa, you know you’re in for a good day!” GW