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Morning Report

Cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It looks as if we might get some rain early this morning. We could use some for sure which would save me watering my tomatoes. Temperatures cooled down nicely through the night which made things nice for sleeping. My wife and I did manage to go for a walk this morning which keeps us both fit. Or if nothing else a quiet time away. You have to go early though, or there is an onslaught of trucks and things heading to work. Today I will work away around the house here, I have some cleaning to do in the basement getting things ready for the winters wood. Man time sure goes by fast, here we are now coming into September. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee. Have a good day.

Fishing Times


Good Times
2:00 PM-5:00PM

Slow Times
8:00 PM-10:00 PM

If you beat the rain fishing should be pretty good today. I give it a 4 Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Don’t forget your raincoat and good luck.

Morning Report

Another great looking day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The sun is shinning and temperatures are right where they should be at this time of year. Waking up they were sitting at 11.7 C | 53.06 F. It will warm up some as the day moves forward. My wife and I did go for a walk this morning which should help the old body. Few folks fishing out on the lake. Hardly a ripple in the water. Nice to see. This morning I will do some work in the shop cleaning up a few orders, then maybe if time, I will get back to my Flute making. Then this afternoon will take it a bit easy. Hard life for sure, but … you know? Someone has to do it. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee and a bite to eat and will let the day do as it wishes. Have a great day.

Fishing Times


Good Times
2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Slow Times
7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Today fishing should be pretty good. I give it a 3 Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. As the month comes to an end it will get better. Good luck … and stay safe.

Morning Report

Once again, here in Port Loring Ontario Canada we are starting another beautiful day. Sun is shinning, hardly a cloud in the sky, what could be better. Temperatures were quite nice for sleeping, and they were sitting at 13.1 C | 55.58 F waking up. It will warm up some as the day progresses. Great weather to do just about anything. Today I will do a bit of mowing and then maybe get back to my Flute making. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee with my lovely wife, and a bite to eat, and then, will enjoy the day for what it is. Have a great day.

Fishing Report


Good Times
1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Slow Times
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Today should be a great day for fishing, I give it a 5 Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. Don’t forget to stop off at Gohm’s Bait & Tackle, 18B Davis Dr. Port Loring, Ontario. 705-757-2620, for your bait. He also has a lot of other items to offer. I hear he has educated worms. LOL. Good luck and stay safe.

Morning Report

What can I say? Other than it is another beautiful day here in Port Loring Ontario Canada. There is no reason not to do your vacationing here. We have some great Resorts, and Camps to stay in and the fishing is fantastic. Hardly any bugs to annoy you, so hey, what could be better. I don’t think there is any place in Ontario as nice as Port Loring, when it comes to being surrounded by Nature. Temperatures today will stay in the low 70sF/ 21 C. What more can a person ask for? Today I am going to be working in the woodworking shop once again. Yesterday I managed to finish fixing my roof on my Lean-to that covers my firewood. Glad that is done up. Bothers me when things aren’t as they are supposed to be. With that I am off for some bacon and eggs this morning, and then I will enjoy a cup of coffee on the front porch with my lovely wife and take in what Nature has to offer. One thing about our property, it is beautifully laid out surrounded by huge pines. My wife says there isn’t a window you can look out that doesn’t have a picture perfect scene. I agree. Have a great day.

Fishing Times


Good Times
12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Slow Times
7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Today should be a fantastic day for fishing. I give it a 4 Star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Winds are light but will pick up as the day progresses, then subside later on this evening. For those in need of some bait or lures drop by Gohm’s Bait & Tackle, 18B Davis Dr. Port Loring, Ontario. 705-757-2620. Ask for Reg, the nicest fellow you will ever meet and has a great selection of lures along with live bait. Good luck, and stay safe.

Morning Report

Another really nice day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The sun is shinning and temperatures are sitting at15.8 C | 60.44 F. By the looks of things we are going to have a great week weather wise. This morning my wife and I had a nice long walk, taking in what is going on around us. It’s nice to see so many folks fixing up their homes and grounds. Sure wasn’t like that 16 years ago when we moved here. But that is the way things go. With new folks entering into the picture new ideas are formed. Some for the good and some not so good. Such is life. Yesterday we took a drive to North Bay to visit our son and get some of my computer issues looked after. Had a really nice lunch out, picked up some groceries and came on home. Great day for a drive. This morning I will take things easy a bit, relax on the front porch with a coffee or two, maybe do some computer work now I have it working to its fullest potential, thanks to my son. Then this afternoon will let things happen on their own. Why is that? Just Because I Can. Have a great day!

Fishing Times


Good Times
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Minor Times
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Today fishing won’t be the greatest, I give it a 2 Star Rating out of 5 for catching a few. But as I always say, if you move around till you find them, or they find you, things will change. Winds are light and coming in from the South West. Good Luck and Stay Safe.

Cost To Rebuild A Model T Ford 1928

Here is an old post card of what it would cost to fix up an old Model T Ford many years ago.  Click Picture To Enlarge. 

With that this should be taken into consideration.  Things seem to be much cheaper back then but consider what wages were. Considering that, things are about the same. The average wage in 1912 was $500/$700 a year. Then there was world war one and wages spiked to an average of $5000 a year in 1928 (the year of the  post card ) All and all, prices are about the same percentage of a pay check. The model T was worth more in 1928 than what it cost new in 1912 but still pretty low.

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Years.  Be safe. 

I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book

And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look.

And that is when I realize, that these names are a part.

Not of a book they’re written in, but of my very heart.

For each name stands for someone, who has crossed my path sometime,

And in that meeting they’ve become, the Rhythm in each Rhyme.

And while it sounds fantastic, for me to make this claim,

I really feel that I’m composed, of each remembered name.

And while you may not be aware, of any special link,

Just meeting you has changed my life, a lot more than you think.

For once you’ve met somebody, the years cannot erase,

The memory of a pleasant word, or of a friendly face.

So never think my Christmas cards, are just a mere routine,

Of names upon a Christmas list, forgotten in between.

For when I send a Christmas card, that is addressed to you,

It’s because you are on the list, of folks whom I’m indebted to.

For I am but the total, of many folks I’ve met,

And you happened to be one of those, I prefer not to forget.

And whether I have known you, for many years or few,

In some way you have had a part, in shaping things I do.

And every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,

The best Gift Life can offer, is meeting folks like you.

And may the spirit of Christmas, that forever endures,

Leave its richest blessings in the hearts, of you and yours.

Words Of Wisdom

The old Indian chief sat in his home on the reservation, smoking his ceremonial pipe, eying the two U.S. government officials sent to interview him. “Chief Two Eagles,” one official began, “you have observed the white man for many years. You have seen all his progress and all his problems.” The chief nodded. The official continued, “What do you think of all the white man has done?” The chief stared at the officials for more than a minute, and then calmly replied.

“When white man found the land, Indians were running it. No taxes. No debt. Plenty buffalo, plenty beaver. Women did most of the work. Medicine man free. Indian men hunted and fished all the time.” The chief paused, then added, “Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”

I agree 100%

Good Morning

Well been awhile since my last post.  Made it home safe from Florida now enjoying nature in its best.  Florida is nice to say the least but so is Port Loring Ontario.  Temperatures today are quite balmy sitting at 4.6 C | 40.28 F.  Suppose to stay there in that range for two more days.  Okay by me. Gives the ice on my roof a chance to melt.  Today wife and I went for a nice long walk through nature.  As we try and do every day.  We have a nice spot half way and to just sit and listen is something in itself.   As I said to the wife while sitting there.  “What do you hear?”  “Nothing she said.”   “Isn’t it great?”  Sometimes in life, nothing is all that is needed.   Enjoy your day.   GW

Information For Port Loring Ontario Canada

Good Morning:    Well waking up this morning was like waking up to summer. Temperatures were sitting at…16.8 C | 62.24 F.   Can’t beat that for this time of year let me tell ya.

Forecast For Today:    Stormy, much rain off and on throughout the day and into tomorrow.  We could see a few breaks in the clouds off and on.

Hunting Times:   This morning the old weather stick along with data is saying that the best times to be out there will be from..11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Winds are coming in from the South at…1.6 m/s | 5.76 km/h | 3.58 mph.  Sun will set at….6:36 PM.  Rain will become heavy around 5:00 PM.  Good Luck!

Around Town: Well have to say weather wise here in Port Loring it is quite nice other than being wet.  Wife and I took a drive to North Bay on the weekend to pick up a few items of choice.  On route I noticed that the leaves in certain areas were just perfect, colours were amazing.  Then just a mile or so further on they were all but down.  Amazing how Mother Nature chooses where to show off.  I also noticed, not sure if anyone else has, that along Highway 522 about half way out, heading to Highway 11, that the temperatures drop about ten degrees with in seconds. In one spot.  Car windows steam up from the temperature change instantly.  I thought this was a one time thing but now that I have paid attention to it I found it happens in about the same spot every trip out or in.  Port Hole to another dimension, freak of nature or just the way things are??? Anyone’s guess I suppose.  But does seem strange to say the least.  Thought I would bring it up in case some one else has experienced the same thing.  I have only had it happen one other time in sequence on the old Highway 27 which runs between Toronto & Barrie down near Schomberg Ontario.  Other than that not much happening in and around our town of Port Loring. Enjoy the day my friends, along with the weather.   George Walters  [email protected]

Around Town

Good morning. Well a touch cooler here in Port Loring This morning.  OK by me as the colder it gets the sooner all the cold and flu bugs leave us.  For all your weather information you can click here...

For those wanting to get out there and do some hunting today the old weather stick says the best times to be out there will be from…8:00 AM – 10:00 AM.  Then once again a bit later on in the day from…2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

News For Port Loring & District

Quiet around town these days with it being deer hunting season.  I have to say I did quite well this year with bringing down a good size ten pointer buck.  In actuality it was so nice I had the head done up along with the skin.  Always wanted one so now got one for the living room.  Some I know it is not their cup of tea, but for us up here in the north for most, it is a part of our normal day living..  I look at this way.  I do not hunt for sport, I hunt for the meat and if a really nice one comes along I take it even one step further and instead of discarding the skins and head I have a taxidermist do them up professionally. Nothing goes to waste.  So all an all I have had a great year and, yea…it isn’t over yet.  I won’t be going back out till the weekend as got some things to do but will try my best to finish the hunt off come Saturday and Sunday with my friends the Booth.s and others.  So far this year one Doe and two nice size Bucks.  Enjoy your day my friends and stay safe.

Old Versus New

Guest Information:  Pretty Good Too 

SCHOOL – 1957 vs. 2012
Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school.
1957 –
Crowd gathers. Mark wins.  Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.
2012 –
Police called, arrests Johnny and Mark.  Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.  Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months.  School governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes

Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1957 –
 Robbie sent to office and given 6 of the best by the Principal.  Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2012 –
Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin.  Becomes a zombie.  Tested for ADHD.  Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and school gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.

Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car
 and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 –
Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2012 –
Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse.  Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang.

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 –
Mark gets glass of water from principal to take aspirin with.
2012 –
Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug taking.  Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night,
 puts them in a paint tin & blows up a wasp’s nest.
1957 –
Wasps die.
Police & Anti-Terrorism Squad called.  Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated.  Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Johnny falls while running during morning break and scrapes his knee.
  He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 –
In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2012 –
Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces 3 years in Prison.  Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

News, Events & Other Things

Good morning we will see overcast skiest with showers at times. Thunder possible. High 68F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.  Tonight it will bet: Cloudy with rain likely. A thundershower is possible as well, especially early. Low near 60F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall around a half an inch or more. Barometer is sitting at 29.03 in Hg and falling slowly.  Moon Phase is; Solunar Table Moon Phase is 42% percent waning crescent 42% Waning
Crescent.  For those wanting to do some fishing the old  weather stick says the best times to be out there today will be from: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM and then again from,        3:00 PM – 4:30 PM and one more time at; 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Lots of time to do some fishing if your up to it but should make sure you have a rain coat as later on this morning it will be needed..

News For Port Loring

Well went out fishing  yesterday with my good friend Barry, taking in the times the old weather stick said to fish and well… as you can see we did OK. Click Pictures to enlarge.  Had a great day for sure, even with a NE wind and solid clouds.  Also was quite rough out there wind wise. But no rain coat was needed and we had fish for supper. 

A Bit Of Humor For Wednesday, June 06 2012

I liked this one.

An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato
garden, but it was very difficult
work, as the ground was hard.

His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a
letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year.
I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would
be over.
I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

   Dear Papa,
    Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.
    Love, Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

  Dear Papa,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do
under the circumstances.
Love you,

Humor for A Sunday Afternoon

A bit more humor;


A senior woman went to the doctor’s office where she was seen by one of the older doctors.  After about four minutes in the examination room, she burst out screaming as she ran down the hall.  A younger doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story.  After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room.  The young doctor then marched down the hallway back to where the old doctor was writing on his clipboard.
“What did you do?!” the younger doctor demanded.  “Mrs. Terry is 71 years old, has four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?”
The older doctor continued writing and without looking up said, “Does she still have the hiccups?”

Education Of Yesteryear

You know today folks say that for us that only got an eight grade education, it merely meant we had no education at all.  I say that isn’t so.   For most parts us who had only an eighth grade education from way back when that it  would stand up to most of those being taught in todays schools and then some.  Take a look and when you see an old timer walking down the street, maybe just maybe, you might have a different view on his learnings of years past.


8th Grade Final Exam:
– 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of ‘lie,”play,’ and ‘run.’
5. Define case; illustrate each case..
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6..00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft.. Long at $20 per metre?
8.. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]
1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’ (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last..
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks
and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U..S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.

Gives the saying “he only had an 8th grade education” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?!

                                      NO, I don’t have the answers!

Touch Of Humor

A touch of humor for a lovely Saturday. KInda’ puts a tear in ones eye.

Susie Lee done fell in love;
She planned to marry Joe.
She was so happy ’bout it all
She told her Pappy so.

Pappy told her, “Susie gal,
You’ll have to find another.
I’d just as soon yo’ Ma don’t know,
But Joe is yo’ half brother.”

So Susie put aside her Joe
And planned to marry Will.
But after telling Pappy this,
He said, “There’s trouble still…

You cain’t marry Will, my gal,
And please don’t tell your Mother,
But Will and Joe and several mo’
I know is yo’ half brother.”

But Mama knew and said, “My child,
Just do what makes you happy.
Marry Will or marry Joe,
You ain’t no kin to Pappy!”

Humor For Friday, November 25 2011

If you have ever had to deal with  government inspectors you will enjoy this. 

The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labour Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

GOVT AGENT: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.

RANCHER: Well, there’s my hired hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there’s the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here.  He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally. 

GOVT AGENT: That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.

RANCHER: That would be me.


Humour For A Monday Morning

Bit of humour for a Monday Morning

After being married for 40 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said ……. “Forty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-year-old girl.  Now … I have a $500,000.00 home , a $35,000.00 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I’m sleeping with a 63-year-old woman.  It seems to me that you’re not holding up your side of things.”


My wife is a very reasonable woman.  She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.

Aren’t older women great? They really know how to solve an old guy’s problems.

How It Really Was Like, Many Years Ago

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”
He was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.   

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.   

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. 

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then. 

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. 

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. 

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?