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Life Beyond the Urban Bustle On April 5/2024

Good Morning! Where the absence of sirens and honking horns is music to my ears. I hope it stays that way!

Waking up here in the north, we are seeing a wee bit more snow once again. I would say we had around 2 inches or so. But in saying that…. it won’t stick around, as the temperatures are about to climb, well above the freezing mark. Actually, starting on Sunday, you won’t even need to put on your coat when going outside. My kind of weather.

Highway 522 may be quiet, these days, but it’s got a voice all its own. It whispers tales of days gone by, and promises of adventures yet to come.

On another note, with the weather not being so nice yesterday I worked away here at my computer, and today will probably do the same. But when that sun peeks through them clouds again, and the warmth seeps back into the earth, you’ll find me itching to get out there. There’s just something about the land, that seems to call me. It’s always been that way.

Politician Fact or Fiction: Why did the country folks invite the politician to the barn dance?
Because they heard politicians were good at dancing around issues – might as well put that skill to use on the dance floor!

With that I am off for my morning bowl of Porridge and a piece of toast that my lovely wife has prepared for me, and will then set my sights on working on this new novel I am writing. It’s really starting to take shape now.

You all have a great day, and I will leave with this: “When you’re working the land, you don’t punch no clock. You watch the sky instead, see what it’s saying about rain or shine. Nature’s our timekeeper, and she doesn’t need any watch.”

Fishing Times For Friday
04/05/24

Major Times
9:44 AM-11:44 AM
10:10 PM-12:10 AM

Minor Times
5:09 AM-6:09 AM
3:29 PM-4:29 PM

I give it a 1-Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

I have always said: “When in doubt, go fishing… because nothing says ‘I have life under control’ like sitting in a boat, waiting for a fish to make all your decisions for you!”

What’s Happening From My Writer’s Desk Here in the North on March 24/2024

Good Morning! Another day begins with the sun smilin’ down on us like it knows something we don’t… and maybe it does!

For a change, we are waking up to sunshine this morning, but it is still a touch cool. Our weather station is down this morning, having some issues as the power went out and something went on the fritz, and on top of that my son Karl is away on business for a week. So… it will have to wait to be fixed till he gets home.

Highway 522 is still quiet, but it will pick up in a couple of weeks when things start to warm up.

On another note, yesterday once again I worked away here at my computer on my mystery novel, and I suspect I will be doing the same today. I might mosey on out to my woodworking shop a bit later and light the stove, so things are a bit warm in there, in case the urge hits me to do some woodworking. We will see how that pans out. And if it warms up enough, my wife and I will see about enjoying our afternoon coffee on the front porch, soaking up some of that sunshine. The sun is feeling warm, but the air is cold.

But as my old Dad, being a farmer, used to say: “A late spring is nature’s way of ensuring a great harvest.”

Politician Fact or Fiction: You know, I have come to the conclusion that Politicians are like a stubborn mule – you can try to steer ’em in the right direction, but more often than not, they’ll just dig in their heels and do what they please!

With that I am off for a bowl of porridge that my lovely wife is making for me and will then see what develops, life’s like a calf learning to walk, sometimes you have to stumble a few times before finding your footing.

In closing, you all have a great day and I will leave you with another tidbit on life that I came up with being a woodworker in part “In the workshop of life, every setback is just another opportunity to sand away imperfections and reveal the beauty within.”

Fishing Times:

Sunday
03/24/24

Major Times
–:—–:–
12:05 PM-2:05 PM

Minor Times
6:38 AM-7:38 AM
6:42 PM-7:42 PM

Day Rating
I give it a 4 out of 5, Good Luck!

Tips From Years Ago

Here is what I had years ago when going to school. We’d chomp on ’em like they were snacks during exam time.

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Groundhog Day, Feb 2

They said in the news yesterday that, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, didn’t see his shadows on Friday morning. Which in turn means that spring isn’t that far off. I am all for that.

You know, back when I was young, Groundhog Day was like a holiday. We’d all gather around, shiverin’ in the cold, waitin’ to see what that groundhog had to say. It was as if nature was telling us what the weather had in store.

But these days for most it’s all about fancy gadgets and high-tech gizmos. Instead of trusting the wisdom of the groundhog, we’re glued to our screens, checkin’ weather forecasts like there’s no tomorrow. It seems we’ve lost touch with the simplicity of it all.

We also didn’t need much to be happy back when—just good company and the promise of spring in the air. It’s a shame we’ve let it slip through our fingers in this fast-paced world.

I think we should all take a step back, remember the good ol’ days, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll find a bit of that old-fashioned joy once again. GW

Hitch a Ride to Yesteryear: Tales from the Countryside Roads on Dec 31/2023″

“Well, good mornin’! In the 50s, life was simpler – just like my Hot Cocoa, this morning sweet and no-nonsense.”

So here it is the last day in 2023. Time sure flies by.

Starting things off, I remember chatting to my old Dad while enjoying a well needed rest at his cottage in Sarasota, Florida, around this time of year. I was talking about it being so cold and desolate back home in Canada. I told him that nothing seemed to be alive back on the farm. Pointing at the ground, Dad said, “George, the earth rests beneath the blanket of snow and frozen ground, preparing for the awakening. It’s a lesson, son. Life may seem still, but beneath the surface, there’s a quiet, patient transformation taking place. Trust the dormant season/future, for it’s where the seeds of tomorrow lie.” I never forgot them few words, and today I know he was telling the truth. And you know, I didn’t mind going back home.

On another note, Highway 522 is still very quiet. Actually up here in cottage country, our idea of a wild night out, is sitting on the porch, listening to the symphony of crickets and debating whether that distant screechy howl is a wolf, or just old …. rehearsing for her Church Social.

Yesterday, I spent my day working away at my desk, writing a couple of stories for Post Media. I write 52 stories a year for them. I find it comforting to stay a bit ahead of schedule—it helps me sleep better at night, knowing I don’t have to scramble and get them done at the last minute.

Today I am thinking of heading outside to my woodworking shop as I have a few projects I want to do. I might even make another video regarding one of them. I will see how that works out. However, it is cold out there so I lit the wood stove, which is perking away nicely, warming things up. Which should be nice by the time I finish up my breakfast, that my lovely wife is making for me.

So with that. “I wish you a morning as easy as an old time radio hit as truth told, life’s like a vintage camper – cozy and full of stories. Sip your hot cocoa, tune in to the memories, and let the day play on.” GW

“New Beginnings in the Countryside: Setting Goals for the Year Ahead on Dec. 28/2023”

Good Morning! Another sunrise, another chance to enjoy the humour of small-town life, where everyone is a character.

Once again, it’s a cloudy day here in Cottage country. However, it is still quite warm with the temperature sitting at 3.5 C | 38.3 F. Walking out to my woodworking shop this morning it felt more like spring. The grass is greening up and the birds were chirping, can’t get much better than that. I sure do like living in the country.

On another note, yesterday once again I worked away here in front of my computer. You know, my idea for a good number of years relating to high-tech was a good pair of overalls and a pitchfork. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t anti-technology; I just preferred my gadgets to have four legs and a tail. Today, though, I have enjoyed a few of these so-called modern marvels, which in turn you could say has given me a new outlook on life. Which is what I think is needed to stay healthy. One needs a reason to get out of bed.

With that, I am off for a bite to eat that my lovely wife is preparing for me.

You all have a great day and stay safe. There is a lot of sickness around these days. GW

Sipping Cocoa and Stories: A Gentle Christmas with an Old Feller on Dec. 23/2023″

Good Morning! The country air carries the scent of evergreens and the promise of Christmas, which isn’t that far off.”

It’s a cloudy morning here waking up in cottage country, but the good news is it isn’t as cold as it has been with the temperature sitting at -1.8 C | 28.76 F. And the temperature is going to rise well above the freezing mark for the next few days. Which will get rid of any snow we have/had.

For my wife and I snow is nice, but not so much as we have to move it.

Highway 522 is bare and quiet these days. Our road is so tranquil that the speed limit signs are more like friendly suggestions.

On another note, Christmas is getting closer every day. Our son was going to drop by for Christmas, but at the moment he came down with a bug that put him in bed. So we will have to see how that pans out. But it is that time of year, it’s a breeding ground for all sorts of bugs with folks in large groups getting together, along with all the shopping in malls and things. You know how it is – ’tis the season for both joy and a bit of caution, especially with these darn bugs floatin’ around.

Moving along, yesterday was a good day in the old woodworking den. Spent most of it wrestling with machines – straightening them out and giving them a good talking to. You know, they can be a bit unruly sometimes. I also did some cleaning too; sawdust doesn’t clean itself, unfortunately. I also managed to do some editing on a video I made a few days ago, so it will be ready soon to put on my YouTube channel.

With that I am off for a bowl of porridge that my Lovely Wife is preparing, and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. You never know.

Closing this mornin’ with a nugget of country wisdom: “Life’s like a good huntin’ dog, loyal and full of surprises. Sip your hot chocolate, stay warm, and let the day fetch you some good moments.” GW

Old Friends Are Just a Click Away

And a sip of fine wine only sweetens the deal.

Wild Turkeys

I sent a snapshot of ten wild turkeys having a meal at my feeder the other day. My buddy, on the other hand, sent me a picture from his place, and it looked like a turkey convention gone wild! He had a whopping one hundred turkeys strutting their stuff right outside his barn.

I guess my feathered friends need to step up their game a touch.

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Enjoy Life

I believe this to be true, if things hasn’t killed me by now that I enjoy, why stop eating or drinking them. Just common sense.

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When You’re Right, You’re Right

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Gone Fishing

Went fishing with my old buddy Barry last week, took a couple pictures. We took his boat this time round. Had a good day and caught a few for supper and threw a few back, so they can grow up a touch. We only take what we can eat. If everyone did that, there would be enough for everyone in the future.

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