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What’s Happening On May 28/2022

Good Morning! Sorry for not posting any information here on my Blog for the past few days. I have had some issues’ health wise. In the hospital and now back home. Nothing to do with the virus. Just some other ongoing things, that we hope are under control.

Starting things off, it is a sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperatures have been actually pretty nice for this time of year. Waking up, it was sitting at 14.6 C | 58.28 F. It will warm up as the day moves forward. Highway 522 isn’t as busy as it was other years, but that is to be expected with the weather we have been having along with the gas prices and other things that are happening in our country. I suspect though it will pick up in with June in our midst. The Black flies are still with us and the mosquitoes have made their appearance. We have to shake ourselves off before entering the house or … we are in for some swatting later on in the evening hours when trying to sleep.

On another note, I haven’t been busy doing much around the house here these days with not being well, but I hope things get back to normal in the coming days. We did manage to get our vegetable garden planted beforehand, though, which is a good thing. It’s nice to be able to look outside and watch things grow, especially things that you can bring in to the table.

With that, my friends, I am off for a bowl of cereal. I just put my pillows out on the front porch chairs, so I am thinking that will be where I will be residing for a few days. In Closing!

I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening On May 25/2022

My Lovely Wife Painted The Picture For Mike Clapperton. For All His Maple Syrup Jugs.
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Good Morning. We are having some sunshine this morning, but it is a bit cool with the temperature waking up sitting at …. 9.9 C | 49.82 F. It will warm up somewhat as the day moves forward. So all in all, everyone in our area had a pretty good long weekend, weather wise. Now in Niagara it’s a different story with a lot of high winds and things which caused all kinds of issues. Highway 522 is slow this morning, but it will pick up as the day moves forward. Yesterday I worked most of the day in my woodworking shop fixing a few things. Today I will do the same.

On another note, our garlic is sure growing this year. It is up almost two feet at the moment and looking good. I did plant my pumpkins yesterday outside, but I covered them up before going to bed just in case of a frost. We didn’t have any, but it did get down close to where we could have. It’s a hard year to figure out when to plant things as the nights are staying quite cool. I am thinking by the looks of things we won’t get all our vegetables planted till late in the week. I am keeping a close eye on things.

With that I am off for some Pancakes … that my lovely wife is making for me and will then see what the day has in store. I am looking forward to some of Mikes Maple Syrup, It is gooooood! Why not pick up a jug or two. He won the award forThe Worlds Best. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On May 22/2022

It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We will also be having some showers off and on this morning. If we are lucky, we might see some sunshine tomorrow. But cooler temperatures will be upon us for most of next week. Along with some more rain off and on. So it’s going to be kind of a mixed bag of weather for a few days. Highway 522 is getting busy. I got up through the night and cars with boats along with campers were going up and down the highway at 2:00 AM. It’s a sign of what’s to come.

On another note, the Blackflies are still annoying, but not as bad as other years. And … yes, the Mosquitoes have started to make themselves noticed. All this damp, warm weather gets them to moving around.

Yesterday I worked away in my old woodworking shop for a bit. Fixed up my old rototiller a bit more and worked in my vegetable garden getting it ready to plant. I will probably do that the middle of the week, as that is when the nighttime temperatures are looking pretty good. I like it to stay around the 50 F mark at nights before I plant. The old saying when I was farming many years ago. Don’t plant till after the 24th of May. I can still hear my old Dad saying that.

With that bit of info under your hat, that is if you wear a hat, I am off for coffee and piece of toast this morning. I don’t feel all that hungry. Have a great day and stay safe. There is still a lot of sickness in our area these days. GW

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What’s Happening On May 21/2022

Don’t Kill The Dandelions, They Save Life’s.

Starting things off, it is cloudy here in Port Loring, Ontario. We should however see some sunshine as the day progresses, and then rain for tomorrow. But Monday isn’t looking all that bad. So weather wise, things are shaping up for a not too bad Long Weekend. We did have a nice rain through the night, with lots of thunder and lightning. Things could have been a lot worse as they said we could have had a tornado along with large hail. So all in all, we made out pretty good. Highway 522 is getting busier every day. Yesterday I had to go pick up a belt at Mikes here in town. I decided to go for a walk and I had to wait for all the cars, campers and trucks, so I could get across the highway. Sign of how things are changing these days.

On another note, I did get my parts for my fifty-year-old rototiller, so going to see if I can put it back together this morning. It is a good old machine, but hard to get parts for nowadays. I can’t complain, mind ya, as I haven’t had to do hardly any maintenance on it for as long as I have owned it. Something like my old Roper Riding Mower. Ha Ha. I have to say, it turns heads when folks see me mowing with it.

On another note, I got my potatoes planted yesterday, which should give us a few nice meals later on this summer. My garlic is also growing leaps and bounds too. The best I have ever grown, thanks to my friend Archie. Sometimes a feller has to take some advice from others. I also got my vegetable garden in shape for planting. I will get at that in three or four days. Just waiting to make sure there isn’t going to be any more frost at nights.

So with that I am off for a bagel with some Dandelion Jam my lovely wife made for me yesterday and will then see what the day has in store other than what I have planned. You never know. Stay safe, still lots of folks sick here in town.

What’s Happening On May 20/2022

Good Morning. It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. However, we could see a thunderstorm later on today. The reason being it will become quite hot as the day moves forward, which will bring in rain. The long weekend other than Monday isn’t looking all that good weather wise, with more rain in the forecast. In my eyes, we here in Canada should have stayed the same as the USA with the Holiday being next weekend. That way, it would be a bit later when the weather is nicer. And the tourists in the USA would be off work the same time we are. But that is what our government is all about … messing up things.

Highway 522 is still quiet these days, with a lot of folks staying home with the gas prices being so high, along with our economy getting worse every day. We spend billions giving it to other countries when we should be looking after our own here at home. You know … let’s take the USA & Canada if they would take the billions that they are sending over to other countries and put it into, let’s say … finding a cure for cancer … cancer would be a thing of the past within a few years. I don’t for the life of me see what their thinking is. Like the wars and things. It isn’t the people themselves that want war, it is simply a certain number of so-called power hungry, big shots trying to force their beliefs on others. What a shame that is. Makes me sick thinking about it. I can see, in a few years, the people themselves eventually rebelling and getting rid of all governments as they stand today. Might not be in my time as I am getting up there in years, but it is coming, mark my words. People have had enough and when they themselves can’t take any more something is going to happen.

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day. I am going for a cup of coffee. Heck of a way to start the day. Stay safe.

Oh, the blackflies are still with us, but the mosquitoes haven’t made an appearance as yet. Another Parasite we could do without. GW

What’s Happening On May 18/2022

Good Morning! It’s a sunny morning here, waking up in Port Loring, Ontario. However, even though it is sunny, it is down right cold. We have our furnace running at the moment. We also had a frost overnight, with the temperature getting down to 0.9 C | 33.62 F. It will warm up though as the day progresses, which will make it nice for doing some outside work. I am happy we didn’t plant our vegetable gardens yet. Highway 522 isn’t all that busy these days, but it will pick up on the weekend. Although it is calling for showers for Saturday and Sunday, which might make folks stay at home along with the gas prices being so high. We will see how it goes.

On another note, my wife and I cleaned out our chimney yesterday after burning a winters worth of wood. Wasn’t all that bad, but it is still a good thing to do. Now it is ready to go for this winter. Not that I even want to think about it yet. After that, I worked on finishing up my new spot I made for some pumpkins.

Today I have to take my car down to Kerry Booth’s Service Centre as it has a wheel bearing making a noise on the back, so he is going to replace that for us. Problem is finding out which one it is. Hard to tell if the noise is coming from the right rear or the left rear. But I am sure he will figure it out. He is a good mechanic.

And yes, the blackflies are still with us. But the mosquitoes haven’t arrived yet. Won’t be long, though.

With that I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me and will then get to work. Stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On May 17/2022

It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature outside has also dropped a lot, with it sitting at 9.3 C | 48.74 F getting out of the sack. It will warm up a bit more than it is now, but it will still be a cool day, reason being the wind is coming in from the North West. Highway 522 has slowed down a wee bit, but it is early in the week. As we near the weekend, things will pick up once again.

On another note, I did manage to get our vegetable garden rototilled. Took a bit of doing using the little one I have. But digging it by hand first, then going over it five or six times did the trick. Once I have the new parts that are on order, I will try and fix my big one. Which now I won’t really need till Fall. LOL, I only need them for a half a day in the spring and a half a day in the Fall. Ha ha. The grass is also growing leaps and bounds, so tomorrow if the sun shines we will get that out of the way. I like to do it on Thursdays but … we are in for some more showers Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We also have to get our tomato plants and things planted, but it’s still early, so we will have to see how that goes. Lots to do in the spring, that’s for sure.

On another note, my lovely wife and I went to town yesterday to pick up some clothes and things. It usually takes the whole day. Being Monday, the stores weren’t all that busy, which made it nice to look around. Wearing our mask, of course. A lot more now have stopped wearing them in stores, but seeing that … there are a lot more people getting sick too. They say. Oh! It’s no worse than a cold. LOL Well truth be told, my wife and I don’t want to catch a cold neither. Or the flue or what ever. The masks reduce the chance of catching them, too.

Anyway, to each their own. With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then finish up making my new pumpkin patch I started a couple of days ago. It’s nice to be able to get outside instead of being stuck in the house. Take care. GW

What’s Happening On May 15/2022

One Mean Looking chick!

It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. But we should see some sunshine as the day moves forward. However, tomorrow things temperature wise cools down a lot, with some rain thrown in for good measure. But in saying that we do need rain as everything is really dry. We did have a wee bit last night, but nothing that did any real good. Highway 522 is quiet this morning, but that is because it is Sunday. Day of rest. At least for some. For me, it is like any other day. I get that from being a farmer, as on a farm there is always something that needs to be done. Not that I don’t enjoy our front porch off and on.

Yesterday I worked away sanding and painting one of our decks by the house. Today I will work away on a mower I have. I got fed up with it and bought a new carb for it. If that don’t work, I am going to throw it in the dump. I bought it brand new, and it has been nothing but problems, let me tell you. First it wouldn’t run, then the wheels wore out, in one year, then the axle and bearings that hold the wheels are now almost shot. I make-shift fixed things as they happened, but that’s it now. Ha Ha. They sure don’t make things like they used to, as most things are made in China or ? There they use the cheapest material they can to make things.

So with that I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I want to do. You never know. Take care and stay safe as there are still a lot of people getting sick from this virus. GW

What’s Happening On May 14/2022

I have to tell ya, we sure have been having some nice weather for the past week or so. Other than the BlackFlies, that is. But it is to be expected living where we do. And they ease off around the middle of June. They are pretty bad out there at the moment. I worked in my gardens yesterday and the air was thick. But they didn’t bother me, biting wise. I chock it up to being so old, I am not as tasty as I used to be. They would much sooner enjoy the juicy city folks. Ha Ha

Highway 522 is getting busier every day, which is normal for this time of year. The temperatures have sure been warm the past couple days, which should kill some of these blackflies.

On another note, our grass is sure growing leaps and bounds these days. We will have to mow it next week for sure. We still have to plant our vegetable gardens, but I am holding off till after the full moon on the 16th of this month. After that, I will see how things are looking. It would be nice to get things planted, that’s for sure. Doesn’t pay to rush things when it comes to Mother Nature. Last year I planted them early, and we had a bad freeze, and we lost a lot. And the thing is being an old farmer I know better. Ha Ha.

With that I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast and will then get to work. I am getting our two front decks ready to paint. They get looking not so good after winter. Take care and have a great day. Make it a great day. GW

What’s Happening On May 13/2022

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Once again it is a fantastic day here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Other than the Black Flies as they are out in full force. Although, when i was working in my gardens, they weren’t biting that much. Annoying is more of what is taking place at the moment. The mosquitoes aren’t out as yet, but with this warm weather, I am sure they are lurking in the wings so to speak. Highway 522 is busy and will get busier with folks taking their vacations. And a lot just like to get away for the weekend. The price of gas though, is slowing a lot of folks from going too far from home. We are paying a heck of a price, that’s for sure. It’s all about price gouging. Making that Almighty dollar. Not what is good for the country. And on top of all that, this carbon tax which is the biggest joke of the century is sure hurting folks a lot.

On another note, I worked steadily on different things around my shop yesterday, along with turning over more of my vegetable gardens. I need my large Rototiller, but the parts aren’t in yet, so I can fix it. Always something to hinder ones mind. Our tulips are sure putting on a show these days in front of our home. They sure are nice to take in while enjoying our coffee on the front porch. Along with the trees that are all coming out in leaf. Even our Wild Leeks are looking good this year. My lovely wife is going to make us a Wild Leek Soup either today or tomorrow. It is one of the healthiest things a person can eat in the spring and very good for those with allergies.

So with that I am off for a bowl of porridge and … maybe I will uncover my boat today. Will see how that works out. You never know. Plan one thing and then do another. Ha Ha. Take care and have a great day.

What’s Happening On May 12/2022

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Starting things off, we are having some more sunshine waking up. It is a beautiful day, for sure. Other than the Black Flies as they are out in full force, let me tell ya. I went outside to take a picture of some tulips that are putting on a show this morning, and they were swarming around my head. I do have to finish digging my vegetable garden today, as I only managed to get it 3/4 turned over the day before yesterday. I like to take my pointed mouth shovel and dig down deep, turning the soil over, before rototilling it up. I still haven’t got the parts yet to fix my large tiller. I do have a small one, but it’s not the greatest. But it’s better than nothing. Highway 522 is very busy these past few days with folks coming in from all over. And there are lots of new folks moving into our area too, buying up anything and everything. People wanting to get out of the big cities. Can’t say I blame them, and I don’t have a problem with that as long as they don’t start changing things into what the cities are all about. Seems some like to move from the city and then make the country like the city. Not sure what they are thinking, to be honest with you.

On another note, my wife and I took the day yesterday and went to North Bay for some groceries and things. We also picked up a few plants for our vegetable gardens. Lambs on Lakeshore Road had a good assortment. It started off a bit rainy, but by the time we got to the Bay, the sun was shinning down upon us. It was also a good day people wise as not too many were in the stores. A lot are home sick these days with the virus. My wife and I wore our masks where ever we went, kept our distance and washed our hands with disinfected when going in and coming out of the stores. We also ordered our food from a drive through and ate in our car. Actually we prefer to do it that way as we aren’t sitting in amongst a lot of people listening to every word you say LOL. But … to each their own, I always say.

I also noticed our grass is sure growing these past couple days. I suspect we will be mowing next week for sure. I also finished up our roadside stand, which I will take a picture of later on today and show you all how it turned out. I had a few people Emailing me asking to see it, LOL. With that, I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of sour dough bread toasted that my lovely wife is making for me. It’s the healthiest of all breads for those that might be interested. Take care and stay safe. There are still a lot of people here in town sick with this virus. GW

What’s Happening On May 10/2022

It’s a bit cloudy this morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The sun is trying hard to break through though, which should give us another really nice day weather wise. There is also a nice breeze coming in from the 207 deg/SSW. Which would make it a good day for fishing. Myself, I don’t put my boat in the water till the middle of June, as that is when Black Fly season is about over and the Mosquitoes have died down some. It kind of depends on the year we are having, as some years they are worse than others.

Speaking of Black Flies, I saw quite a few yesterday while I was outside working. They weren’t biting too much yet, but that will change in a day or so. Joys of living so far back in the bush.

Yesterday I finished up the road-side trailer I built and will drag it out to its spot in front of our house later on today. Should be an eye-catcher for sure. It took a lot of work building it … but it looks good. I also tried to get my rototiller going yesterday, which was no problem. But running is the only thing it did, as the main drive belt was shot, along with a broken pulley. So … went to see Mike here in town that owns a boat repair shop, he ordered me some parts. It’s nice to have a feller that will do these things for you. We have known him for years. Nice fellow for sure.

Today I am going to be working on some more equipment and as I said earlier put the new trailer out front. Then will see about doing some work in our gardens. After that, maybe hook up the water to our cottage, so it is ready to go. Lots to do this time of year.

With that, I am off for a piece of toast and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. You never know really. Some days I head in one direction only to be directed to another direction. Interesting in one way, in another I still have to get done what I started to do. LOL Anyway, you all have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On May 6/2022

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We are having some sunshine here in Port Loring, this morning, but we are also having some clouds messing things up. But we should be seeing more sunshine as the day progresses. Highway 522 is starting to be busy the past couple days, and I suspect today and the weekend will be even busier. As yet, I haven’t seen any mosquitoes or blackflies. But I suspect that to change soon with the warmer temperatures entering into the picture. Right now, it is a bit of a reprieve for us humans and animals.

On another note, yesterday I worked steadily once again on this roadside trailer affair I am fabricating. LOL It’s taking me longer than I thought it would, reason being I keep on adding things as I go along, thinking it will be just that much nicer when all said and done. Then we have to roll it out to our front yard, where it will stay. It isn’t made for the road, that”s for sure, LOL, But it will be a nice item to display a few outside items that we will have for sale later on this month.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. Today, I will be covering the floor and bottom with some wood preserver. Once that is done, I will fasten the floor boards into place and get to building the roof. Take care and stay safe. We had a visitor yesterday saying that where he works there were a couple more people sick with the virus, so it is spreading more and more every day here in town. Over 30 have died from it here in Ontario yesterday. GW

What’s Happening On May 5/2022

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It’s a really nice looking day here in Port Loring, Ontario. The sun is shinning, hardly no wind to speak off, the birds are chirping, and the grass is growing. Damn forgot I have to get my mowers running. There is always something that needs doing. Oh well, it’s better than shovelling snow. And truth be told, there is nothing that smells nicer than fresh cut grass, or hay for that matter.

Highway 522 is picking up with traffic these days. Lots of campers and boats moving into our area. Folks are leaving the cities for the country life, and I can’t rightly say I blame them.

On another note, I have been really busy working on an old trailer I made a few years ago. I took some before pictures and will take some after its finished pictures and let you have a look once I have it complete. We are going to situate it in front of our home out by the Highway. Should be a nice vocal point for sure.

Other than people getting into summer mode, not too much else happening in and around our community. With that, I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then get to work. Sure nice being outside with the warm sunshine for a change. Stay safe, this virus is still taking its toll on folks here in town. GW

What’s Happening On May 4/2022

Good Morning! It’s another cloudy morning starting things off here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. We are also seeing a few sprinkles of rain. But all that said … we should be seeing some sunshine later on in the day and a lot more tomorrow. Which will be nice. The temperatures will also increase as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is starting to become busy with people coming in from all over. I used to know everyone here in town, but now maybe half if that. New faces, new ideas … I guess that is okay. Life moves on.

On another note, my wife and I decided to go into town for some things yesterday. The price of things though is outrageous. It’s going to be a hard summer money wise for folks, that’s for sure. And the gas prices … well, what can I say with them sitting at $2:00 a litre. We however went to the reserve and filled up our tank there, as it was sitting at $1.75 a Litre. If these places want to charge so much, we will figure out ways to get it cheaper elsewhere. They think they are smart, but in reality they are the ones that will lose in the long run. And as I say, there is no reason for the prices being so high. Other than our Powers That be spending money on things that aren’t necessary and in the wrong places. Along with trying to implement things into our society that makes us more like sheep than humans. Sheesh! It doesn’t take much these days to get me going LOL LOL.

Today I will be back working in my old woodworking shop on a few projects I have on the go. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On May 3/2022

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It’s a cloudy, cool morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We are also having some intermittent showers. It will remain this way for most of the day, with some more showers arriving later on this afternoon. It is still a touch cool, with the temperature waking up sitting at 7.3 C | 45.14 F.

Now in saying all that, tomorrow things start to change to more enjoyable weather. By the looks of things, my old weather station, is saying that we will be having lots of sunshine for the next 7 or 8 days. And along with that, the temperatures are going to be warming up and drying things up. Which is nice as I would like to till up my vegetable gardens, getting them ready to plant around the end of May. It would be nice if I could get some things planted earlier.

No Black Flies as yet in our area. Highway 522 is picking up with folks starting to open up their cottages along with some settling into their camping spots for the summer. It’s nice to see folks moving around.

Yesterday I worked all day on a stand I am making, using an old trailer I made years ago, that I will put out front of our home. Kind of handy to sell a few fresh veggies that we grow along with other things. The one I had was looking kind of shabby and needed a lot of repairs, but it is coming along. All it takes is time, a bit of money and some ingenuity. Along with the equipment to make it. LOL It was a bit cool yesterday working on things, but in spite of the weather I still managed to get a lot done. If things goes to plan, I should have it ready in a week or so.

With that, I am off for a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then get to work. Have a great day, and take extra precautions if out and about, as this virus is still hitting a lot of folks here in our town. And other places as well. Better be safe than sorry. GW

What’s Happening On May 2/2022

It’s a rainy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The rain will bring things along like the grass, trees, and flowers. It is nice watching things wake up after a long winters sleep. Highway 522 is bare and wet this morning and quiet. Through the day we are seeing a few new people moving into the area. The virus is still pretty bad here in town, with a lot of people being sick.

Yesterday, my wife and I got our outside shower house all set up for summer. I still have to hook up the water to the cottage, but I can do that when a nicer day is upon us. The gas prices are still very high, sitting around the $2.00 a Litre mark in North Bay, some places are a touch lower. On the reserve, they are sitting at around $1:72 a Litre. And I suspect it will remain high with summer entering into the picture, The Powers That Be likes to capitalize on everyone enjoying their holidays. The thing is, there is no reason for it to be so high here in Canada, where we have more natural resources than most other countries. What we need to be doing is building our own refineries, so we can be more self efficient. At the moment, we let the USA refine our oil, along with a few other countries. It’s no wonder other countries look at us as a joke. They are laughing all the way to the bank.

Anyway that is my rant for this rainy morning Ha Ha.

Today I will be working away in my woodworking shop on some more one of a kind items for our gift shop that we hope will be opening at the end of May. We will see how this virus is doing here in town when the time comes. I did light the wood stove this morning to take out the dampness and warm the shop up a bit. Makes things nicer. No black flies as yet. So with that, I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me. Stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On May 1/2022

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Here it is May 1st starting another month. Boy time sure flies by let me tell you. Or it sure seems that way. Starting things off, it is still pretty nice temperature wise in the early morning hours with the temperature sitting at 9.5 C | 49.1 F. It will warm up a lot as the day progresses. But the not so good part is we can expect some rain off and on for the next three days. Our temperatures should remain above the freezing mark at nights now for the rest of the summer. At least I hope they do as I am planning on turning on the water to our cottage and our out buildings today. That is, if I can beat the rain. Highway 522 is bare and dry at the moment, which will make travelling pretty nice today. There are a lot of campers moving into our area, along with a lot of cars and trucks I don’t recognize. Sign of what is to come.

On another note, my lovely wife and I worked all day outside yesterday. I dug and pulled out a huge pine tree and re-planted it in a spot where it can grow without bothering anything, like power lines, phone lines, and our driveway. It took a bit of doing, but we managed to get it moved. I kind of think I am getting a bit too old to be doing these things. At least my body says so. My mind now, it says go for it. Ha Ha.

We also cemented in a new post for our clothes line, as the old tree we had it hooked to isn’t in the greatest shape. We will see how that goes as I had a hard time getting a deep enough hole to put the post in being so close to the rocks at the back of our house. Might have to do some thinking on things if it doesn’t work. I will see when I go out this morning if the cement that I put around the post will hold it solid.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal this morning and a cup of coffee on our front porch with my little woman. It’s been quite nice out there for the past three days. No black flies as yet. The grass is starting to grow, and I suspect it will need mowing in about two weeks. Just one more thing to add to our weekly things to do. Have a great day, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and stay safe. It’s amazing how many people are sick in our town. But It’s to be expected with hardly no one wearing masks or keeping their distance anymore. I for the life of me can’t see what the problem is in wearing a mask, LOL Keeps you safe, and protects you from all kinds of things … What can be better than that?

What’s Happening On April 29/2022

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To start things off, we are having some sunshine this morning once again. Which feels mighty nice, to say the least. It did get down to the freezing mark overnight as our bird bath has some ice on it. And my garden hose is froze. Ha ha. Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make travelling good. The temperature waking up was sitting at 0.8 C | 33.44 F. It will warm up nicely as the day moves forward. Which is good news as my wife and I are looking forward to the warmer temperatures. And with so many people being sick in our small community, the sunshine will help a lot in their recovery. That is, if they are able to get outside.

We are staying at home and only going to places if it is absolutely necessary. We also wear our masks going into stores and try hard to keep our distance. Some say it is just like a cold. That’s fine, but we don’t want to be sick from a cold, neither. And on top of all that, no one is exactly sure what the long term effects will be from catching the virus. And there are still over 20 some a day dying from it. I guess that doesn’t mean anything to some people. So …. My wife and I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The ice on the lakes and streams has left us for another year, which is making the fishermen happy. I have seen a lot of cars and trucks towing boats moving up and down the highway these days. We also have seen a lot of campers moving into our area, which tells me people are wanting to get out of the cities. I can’t say I blame them. I am okay with that as long as they do things safely. No black flies to speak of, so far.

On another note, I worked all day in my woodworking shop yesterday on one of a kind hand made creations, that my wife wants for the re-opening of our gift shop at the end of May. We are planning on opening then, but we will see how this virus is around town, when the time comes and go from there. Today I will be heading out to my shop once again. I did light the shop stove a few minutes ago to take the chill off of things. My old body feels better when it is warm.

With that, I am off for some pancakes this morning and a cup of coffee that my lovely wife is making for me. We don’t usually have coffee till the afternoon, but today for some reason I feel like a cup or two. Enjoy your day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On April 28/2022

It’s a sunny morning waking up here in Port Loring, Ontario. However, it is a bit cool with some ice on top of my rain barrel. The temperature at the time of this post was sitting at 0.1 C | 32.18 F. It will warm up as the day moves forward, but it will still feel cold, even with the sunshine. I suspect if you can get out of the wind, you should be able to get some front porch sitting in later on. Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make travelling good today. No snow overnight. Being so cold on my way to the shop this morning to light the stove, I heard a few Black Flies complaining how cold it is. It won’t be long though before they make an entrance. I have seen a lot of bug eating birds checking out my lawn the past few days. The White Crowned Sparrows and the Flickers are the best. Next to the Dragon-Flies. They are none stop eaters.

On another note, I decided to clean up my woodworking shop yesterday, which took me most of the day. Man … I am sure a Messy Marvin let me tell ya. But it is hard to keep a woodworking shop clean if you’re into making a lot of projects. Which I am doing these days. Lots of new one of a kind projects taken from my wife’s designs of many. She has an imagination that no other woman has, and she can come up with things that strike everyone’s interest.

Today I will get back to messing things up as my wife has some new things in mind for me to make. Take care and stay safe. I heard yesterday from friends of mine in Niagara that their whole family is really sick with this virus, along with friends of theirs. Brought home from kids at school along with the day care.

There are also quite a few that are sick here in town too. GW

What’s Happening On April 27/2022

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It’s a snowy, cool morning here in Northern Ontario. We did have around 2 inches of snow through the night, as you can see in the picture above. Crazy weather for sure. But it is still April, and anything and everything can happen here in April. The snow won’t last long, though, as it will warm up as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is bare but wet. Travelling will be good, other than a few deer here and there making their way across the highway. So care should be taken if out and about. We saw four last week, heading into town for groceries. We should also see a wee bit of sunshine later on today if we are lucky. No black flies yet in our area. Can’t say I blame them with this weather we are having.

On another note, I worked all day in the old woodworking shop yesterday on some projects for our gift shop that we will be re-opening at the end of May. At least that is the plan. We will see how this virus is doing when the time comes to open. I suspect it will be okay by then.

Today I will be working once again in the shop, which will keep me busy for most of the day. I did light the wood stove in there, which is getting things warmed up for me after I have my breakfast. Knowing that, I am off for a couple fried eggs, some bacon and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On April 26/2022

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The temperatures have cooled down some from Sunday, but it’s still not so bad. Getting out of bed, it was sitting at 4 C | 39.2 F. It will warm up as the day progresses. And by the looks of things, we should be in for a nice weekend. Time will tell. This time of year, you can expect almost anything. The black flies haven’t entered into the picture yet, which is okay with me. They usually start around Mother’s Day and last until around Father’s Day. We are also having some light showers this morning. Highway 522 is bare and wet, which will make travelling nice. Other than the gas prices. The ice on the lakes is pretty well all gone now. We have some friends on Caribou Lake, and they are visiting the cottage by boat this weekend to do a few things.

On another note, my wife and I have been really busy getting things ready to open our small gift shop at the end of next month. I have been busy making a few new items along with my lovely wife painting up a storm. Amazes me how she can whip things up. But then again, she has been painting for over fifty years. She is a great artist, that’s for sure. Her paintings have been purchased by folks from all over the world. Along with a lot from folks right here at home.

Today I will continue on working on a few projects I have on the go. Last Sunday I rolled our lawn which makes it really nice to walk on, along with helping out the grass, as with the soil heaving over the winter, so does the roots on things; Rolling puts things back to where they should be. It’s a job that no one sees. But it sure helps out nature. LOL

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast that my wife is preparing for me. Take care and stay safe. There are still a lot of people getting sick out there because of this virus. GW

What’s Happening On April 24/2022

Good Morning! It’s a bit cloudy this morning, but we are having some sunshine. The temperature waking up was sitting at 8.4 C | 47.12 F. It will warm up a lot as the day progresses. Tomorrow, however, it will drop back down to seasonal norms. The one thing we humans can’t do is control the weather. Which is a good thing.

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good. My wife and I went to town yesterday to pick up a few groceries. Not a cheap venture anymore, with the price of gas in North Bay sitting at $1.94 a litre. I put $30.00 in our car, and it only gave us a quarter of a tank, if that. Kind of makes a feller wonder what our country is becoming. Then on top of that, the groceries weren’t cheap neither. The only deal we got was at Wendy’s where we got two free senior’s coffee. Ha ha.

With that I am off for a boiled egg and will then do some work on my old rider mower. I have been debating on whether to buy a new one or not. If so, I am leaning on buying a John Deere 100, but we will see how that goes. They aren’t cheap, neither. It’s hard to make a decision on what to buy these days.

Have a great day, enjoy some sunshine and warm weather that we are experiencing today. While it lasts. GW

What’s Happening On April 22/2022

Good Day. How you all making out this morning? Good I hope. Ruth and I are fine these days, just working away on different things for our grand reopening of our Gift Shop at the end of May. Lots to do, but everything is coming together, a little at a time. It won’t be long, and we will be opening our cottage for the summer too. I like to wait until the frost is totally out of the ground. I found that is a good rule of thumb for doing certain outside things. The ice, on the lakes and waterways, should be gone soon, as the temperature is supposed to get up to around the 24C/76F mark on Sunday. Only for one day, though, as then it drops back down to seasonal values. I will take it, as my wife and I are tired of the cold weather. Might even take the day and do some front porch sittin’.

On another note, I just finished lighting the old woodworking shop stove once again. I light it in the morning, and it lasts for most of the day. It doesn’t take much to warm it up, so it’s comfortable to work in. Yesterday I worked on some one of a kind items and will be doing the same today. I like making things that no one else has. I have been doing that for over 50 years or so. On top of all that, these things we make are made right here in Ontario using nothing but our own material. We don’t use or buy anything from China or offshore countries. Like some I know. In my mind, all of us in business should be catering to looking after our own country first.

With that I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is making for me and will then get to work. I have been looking forward to working in my shop for the past month now. Keeps me out of trouble. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On April 21/2022

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy, rainy, windy day here for us here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The rain will remain with us this morning, then breaking away to sunshine in the afternoon. Along with that, the temperature will rise slowly, once the rain has stopped. Highway 522 is wet, but it won’t affect travelling for those that are in need of some things in the big cities. There is still some ice on the lakes, I went and took a look yesterday. This rain will help a lot in removing it.

Yesterday I worked pretty well all day in the woodworking shop. We are slowly getting a lot of … one of a kind items for our gift shop made up, for our grand re-opening, we will have a unique display of new things this year. Pieces never seen by human eyes, you could say.

With that I am off for a cup of coffee with my lovely wife and will then head on out to the shop. These rainy, wet, cold days, makes my woodworking shop look just that much more appealing. Have a great day and stay safe as there are a lot of people getting sick these days. GW

What’s Happening On April 20/2022

It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It is a touch cool though, with the temperature waking up sitting at 0.4 C | 32.72 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward. I still have to have my wood stove going in my woodworking shop to keep things warm enough to work. In the house though I have switched over to oil which makes it easier to manage. If it gets too warm outside, the wood heat makes it too warm inside. So it’s an up and down situation every spring. The cold weather this year is hanging in there more than it has been over the past few years. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good. The ice on the lakes and rivers is almost all gone now. If we get a couple more warm days, it will be all gone.

On another note I worked in the shop for a half a day yesterday then after lunch I had to take my car to Kerry’s Booth’s Garage here in town to get some work done on it. There is one thing that you can count on, and that is … as soon as the warranty is finished, things start to break down. We are lucky though to have a feller like Kerry that can fix these things right here in town. He is a great mechanic and a good friend of mine.

Today I will be working on a few items that my lovely wife wants me to make for our gift shop that will be opening at the end of May. She comes up with all kinds of neat things. I make them, she brings them to life with her paintings. We call that … Team Work.

With that, you all take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On April 19/2022

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Cool morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. And as you can see in the picture above, we had a touch of snow through the night. But with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at 2.1 C | 35.78 F it won’t last long. Highway 522 is wet, and travelling will be okay. But with gas prices sitting at $1.73 a litre, it makes a person think twice before going anywhere. Least for my wife and I.

On another note, my wife and I did a lot of work yesterday taking down some cherry trees out by the highway, that were broken off by a wind storm we had through winter. Took us most of the day. I have to tell you, my old body was sure sore last night. Kind of shows a feller how out of shape he really is, caused from being in the house all winter. Ha Ha. But the more outside work I do, the better I feel.

Today I am going to be working in the old woodworking shop on some orders and a few projects my wife lined up for me to make for our gift shop. Which we hope to open by the end of next month. We will see how that goes. Anyway, I have enough to keep me busy for the day.

With that bit of info under your hat … I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is preparing for me, along with a piece of toast. Take care and stay safe. There are a lot of people out there at the moment that are pretty sick with this virus. GW

What’s Happening On April 18/2022

Good Morning! Not too much is happening in and around our community these days. With the weather being the way it has been, the virus, the price of food, lumber and things, along with the gas prices, people are staying at home. And it will only get worse in that department as, simply put, most won’t be able to afford to go anywhere. With all our government spending money in other countries, and on things that aren’t needed, our country is slowly deteriorating. I am thinking it will only get worse, as we are no longer are a country that thinks for ourselves. And what a shame that is. We are a bunch of sheep being herded in the direction that our powers that be want us to follow.

Anyway … it’s a sunny, cool morning here in Northern Ontario. But the sunshine will leave us shortly, with some light rain moving into our area later on today. The temperature waking up was sitting at 2.6 C | 36.68 F. It will warm up a touch, but not much as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is bare and dry for those wanting to do some travelling.

On another note, yesterday our oldest son left for home and made it safely back to the big city, and my lovely wife and I kind of took things easy for the remainder of the day. Today she is going to do some outside work raking and things, and I am going to get busy on some projects I have waiting in the old woodworking shop.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then get to work. Hmm … maybe I will start the wood stove in the shop first. It will make things more comfortable working. Take care and stay safe.

What’s Happening On April 17/2022

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It’s a cold morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada, The temperature feels more like winter than spring, sitting at -4 C | 24.8 F. However it will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. And on top of that, the sun should remain with us pretty well all day before the clouds roll in for tonight. Temperature wise it will now start to rise every day which is okay with us as we both are looking forward to some front porch sittin’ Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning. We did have a pretty good frost overnight, with everything being white this morning.

For the past three days, my wife and I have been enjoying the company of our oldest son and his fiancé. They are leaving to go back home this morning. We only get to see them once or twice a year. Hopefully this virus will mellow out for the summer, which I am sure it will, and we will get to see them more often.

Our cottage worked out nice for them, and the electric heater we bought awhile back kept them nice and warm. Today we will say our goodbyes for a spell and will then get things back to normal, getting things ready for our grand re-opening for our small gift shop around the end of May. We will see how things are working out with this virus.

With that I am off for a bacon and tomato sandwich my lovely wife is making for me and will then see what the day has in store other than what we have planned. Stay safe and have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On April 14/2022

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It’s a wild, crazy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada, weather wise. At the moment we are having some heavy rain along with some very high winds. It blew my hat off walking to my woodworking shop this morning. I would have lost it if it didn’t get hooked up in a bush behind my house. The temperature though isn’t all that bad, sitting at 13.3 C | 55.94 F. And it will warm up a wee bit more as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is bare and wet and care will have to be taken if out and about with this wind we are having.

The snow is completely gone now, and the ice is melting fast on the lakes. But in saying that, there is still a ways to go before anyone could put their boat in the water.

Yesterday my wife was busy getting things together for our son and his fiancé who are coming up for the Easter Weekend. Will be nice to see them, but we will have to be careful as with this virus you never know who might be carrying it. We have our cottage that they can stay in, which will make things a lot nicer and safer. We are just hoping the weather cooperates and warms up some. We do have a small electric heater in the cottage as it is insulated good with good windows, which I am thinking should keep them warm if need be. We will see how that goes. I have been entertaining on buying a propane wall heater, but not sure how they are for keeping things warm, or if they are any more cost-efficient, than electric heat. Always something to play on a fellers mind.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then see about doing a few things around the house here. Take care and stay safe.

WHAT’S Happening April 13/2022

Well … starting things off, our sunshine has left us today, but it should return tomorrow. At the moment it is almost dark with a storm in our midst. At the moment it is pouring rain with hail. A day that makes you want to stay inside. We are also getting some pretty loud thunder and the lighting is a bit scary. I don’t like lightning one bit. Highway 522 is bare but wet. In saying that, I don’t think it would be a good day to go anywhere. We are supposed to get over 50 mm of rain or more before it all stops. But it’s better than snow. The rain will clean things up a lot, along with removing the ice from the lakes and settle the ground that has heaved over winter. It’s what is needed to get us ready for summer

Yesterday, my wife and I went to town to pick up a few groceries and things. We had a great drive in and back, with sunshine all the way. The temperatures were in the 50s F which made it just that much nicer. The good thing about going in on Tuesday’s is the stores aren’t crowded, and we were in and out in no time. With our mask on, of course. We then picked up something to eat from a take-out and sat in our car and ate it, taking in the city life. After that, we headed on home. Great day, actually.

Today, I will take things easy and work away here in the house, on some projects I have on the go. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening April 12/2022

Good Morning! It’s another sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It is a bit cool though with the temperature sitting at 2.1 C | 35.78 F. It will warm up as the day progresses, which should get rid of a lot more ice on the lakes, It is melting fast though these days but will be a week or so yet before all the ice is gone. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good.

Yesterday I worked away in the old Woodworking Shop on a few things I have on the go. My lovely wife she was busy in her studio along with cleaning the house, baking and making meals. Busy woman for sure. With that, I am off for a cup of coffee and will then see what the day has in store. Take care, have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On April 11/2022

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It’s another sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. We didn’t have any more snow overnight, but it is cool. Waking up, the temperature was sitting at 1.4 C | 34.52 F. It will warm up a wee bit as the day progresses. I would say that our snow has all but left us for another year. Which is fine with me. Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make travelling good today.

On another note, my lovely wife and I finished watching the Masters Golf Game, which we have enjoyed for the past 4 days. Today we will get things back to normal as I have some things that need doing in the old woodworking shop and my wife has things to do in her art studio.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg with all the trimmings, that my wife made for me, and will then see what the day has in store other than what I have planned. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On April 10/2022

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It’s a bit cloudy here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada this morning. And along with that it has cooled down, sitting at -1.4 C | 29.48 F. We also had some more snow overnight. I would say about an inch. It won’t last long, as the temperatures will rise well above the freezing mark as the day progress’s. And on top of that we should see an ample amount of sunshine later on too.

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good. But if going into stores I would recommend you wearing a mask as this virus is hitting a lot of folks these days. They figure we are having around 100,000 a day, here in Ontario, that are being infected. Which means it is out of control now and the hospitals are filling up fast. So in all reality, it isn’t a good thing. For my wife and I we will continue on wearing a mask for a long time yet, when ever we go into stores and places where there are a lot of people. But to each their own.

Yesterday, my wife and I put in a full day of watching the Masters. It was a great day for sure, other than it being a touch cool for the players, and fans. Today, the last day, should be a lot nicer for them. I hope so, as they put a lot of work into making things nice for everyone. And speaking of people, they were there in the thousands.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg this morning that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then see what the day has in store. Other than watching the Masters, of course. You never know. Stay safe and have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On April 8/2022

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A great way to start off a day is with some sunshine. And at the moment that is what we are having here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. For how long, we have that sunshine … well, that is the question, as there are some showers in our area. At any rate, I will take it while it lasts. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good. Talking about the Highway, when we went to town last Saturday, we did see a lot of deer crossing and feeding alongside the highway. And just because they are standing ahead of you on one side, doesn’t mean they won’t strike off in front of you to the other side. You have to be real careful when out and about, especially in our area.

On another note, my lovely wife and I took the whole day yesterday, sat and watched the Masters on TV. It was a great day for sure and all the players did pretty good. For the first time, though, not one of them got through the whole game without a bogie or two. I kind of think that with the rain they had just before the game started, played a lot into how the greens faired. And the high winds didn’t help anyone, neither. It was challenging to say the least. But weather wise afterwards couldn’t be better with lots of sunshine.

Today, my wife and I will do the same. It’s the only sport we really watch, along with being the only golf game we really watch. The flowers, trees, shrubs along with the course itself was beautiful. Watching the Masters, to my wife and I, is like opening the door to summer.

With that, I am off for some waffles this morning and will then get to watching the Masters. Take care and stay safe, this virus is getting worse every day, with the hospitals filling up with sick people. GW

What’s Happening On April 7/2022

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So how you all doing this morning? Good I hope. Starting things off here this morning, weather wise, it is cloudy with some light showers. It did rain off and on throughout the night. Which got rid of most of our snow. It’s about 98% gone now. The ice on the lakes is about 75% gone. Most rivers and streams have melted completely. It’s time to put the snowmobiles away for another year. The good news is, while the snowmobiles go into storage, the 4 Wheelers get dusted off and ready. I don’t have one myself. I wished I did, but with the price of them, I can’t afford one. I have been searching for a used one, but so far none has come available. But such is life, you can’t have everything. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 3.7 C | 38.66 F. It will warm up some as the day moves forward. I don’t suspect we will be seeing much sunshine for the next 4 days.

On another note, my wife was busy yesterday raking all our gardens and the lawn around our house, along with cutting back some plants that we didn’t get to last fall. Sure looks nice now and just in time. As with the rain we had last night, things are really looking nice now. Our Tulips are starting to come up, and our snow drops are out in bloom And our grass is turning green, which is what I like to see. I am tired of white.

On another note, it’s that time of year again for the Masters. If you enjoy golf, this is the event to watch. My wife and I sure enjoy it and can’t wait for it to begin, which starts at 10:30 AM today, and runs through till Sunday afternoon. For 4 days every April, my wife and I sit back, put our feet up, and enjoy. They sure keep the course beautiful, and we enjoy taking in what nature has to offer.

So with that I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then get the television set up to watch the Golf Game of the Year. Have a great day and stay safe, this virus is starting to take hold now, and the hospitals are filling up. Even in our area, it is taking its toll on folks. GW

What’s Happening On April 5/2022

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It will remain cloudy pretty well all day. The temperature waking up was sitting at 1.6 C | 34.88 F. It will warm up a few degrees as the day progresses. Yesterday we lost more of our snow, which is okay by me. And we are starting to see a wee bit of green instead of white for a change. Hmm, maybe I might have to think on getting our riding mower along with our walk behind ready for what’s to come. First though, we have to clean things up, as there are a lot of old dead branches that has come down from our pines over the winter. Lots to do this time of year. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good. In saying that, if you have to go anywhere I would recommend you wearing your mask as this virus is catching up to a lot of folks. Better be safe than sorry. Some say it’s no worse than a cold. Some are very sick. And some have died. Myself, I prefer not to chance it.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then get to work in the woodworking shop. Got lots on the go these days with getting things ready for our gift shop. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On April 4/2022

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It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It is still cool with a touch of frost everywhere. The temperature waking up was sitting at -2.8 C | 26.96 F. It will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. We might be able to do some front porch sittin’ later on. Looking forward to it. Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make travelling good today. The ice on the lakes are melting fast these days, I would say it’s about half gone. Still lots to go though, but this warm weather will make short work of it.

On another note, I have been working in the woodworking shop for the past few days getting things in order, along with making a few things that we need here in the house. It’s nice to be able to make your own items. Especially with the price of lumber these days. It’s crazy out there with what they are charging. Especially here in Canada, where we have trees galore and supposedly millions of people wanting jobs. Hard to figure.

I also put some wood in my shop stove with it being a bit cool along with the house furnace. Trying to save a bit of oil with the price of it being ridiculous. So with that I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. Oh, first I will feed our birds. Can’t forget them as they do give us a lot of enjoyment. Stay safe and have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On April 2/2022

Good Morning! It’s a cold, frosty morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. The temperature climbing out of bed was sitting at-6.6 C | 20.12 F. A little colder than yesterday. Cold enough for me to get up through the night to feed our wood furnace. Not that I had to mind ya, but since I was up anyway I figured I might as well put a couple pieces, which in turn will save some oil. The price of gas, oil and Propane is ridiculous these days. And the worst part is our Powers That Be raised it another 2 cents for their green thing. Makes me shake my head. And you know what bothers me the most? They say, oh, don’t worry, we will give you a rebate. That’s a laugh, for sure. My way of looking at it is, if they are going to give us a rebate, why charge us to begin with. This what they are doing isn’t going to help our environment one bit. My opinion only, of course. It’s just someone wanting to be noticed. Well … they will and are being noticed.

Anyway, I had my say on the subject. Getting all in a huff before I even had my first cup of coffee. Sheesh!

Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good.

Have a great day, I am going to get myself a cup of coffee. GW

What’s Happening April 1/2022

We had two feet of snow here in Northern Ontario, Canada, and more is coming down.

April fools. LOL However, we are having some snow coming down at the moment. I suspect we will get around an inch or so of new snow. Yesterday we got rid of a bunch more and all the ice we had the day before that. The temperatures aren’t as warm today, with it sitting at -3.3 C | 26.06 F. It will arm up a bit more as the day moves forward. We also had some real high winds yesterday that made a mess out on our lawn. But it will have to wait till it warms up some before we get to cleaning things up.

On another note, we are still burning wood in the house and shop. Not that cold, but cold enough to make it uncomfortable. Yesterday I started working on some projects in my woodworking shop and today will carry on. I am making a railing for the top of our stairs here in the house. Which will make things safer for those going up and down. Then after that I will make a banister to hang onto. That should keep me busy for most of the day.
With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe, this virus is closing in on us here in Port Loring fast these days with a lot of folks being sick. I think it will only get worse before it gets better with the masks mandate being removed. My wife and I still wear ours and will continue to do so for the next year or so when going into stores and things. Why? They keep us on the safe side along with others. We couldn’t begin to imagine what it would be like to live with the thought of catching the virus and giving it to someone else. Have a great day.

What’s Happening On March 30/2022

Good Morning. It’s another cool, cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. Highway at the moment is bare and dry. In saying that we some not so good weather will be moving into our area later on today. Along with the not so good weather, we will be seeing some strong winds.

So knowing all that, I am thinking I will bring in a few wheel barrels of wood for our wood furnace as I am almost out. With the ice they are calling for and the high winds, we could have some power outages. That’s the nice thing about wood heat, we are always warm. No matter what weather Mother Nature throws at us.

On another note, my wife and I had a very busy day moving things around in our home here getting things ready for our new store. I am not sure about you, but we sure have a lot of stuffffff. We are thinking we might have a garage sale early this spring and see if we can unload a bit. Couple pack rats we are. Sheesh. It took us all day yesterday, and we still have more to do today to finish it up. Well it will never be finished, but at least we will know what we have and where things are. LOL.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then get to work. I’m ready, but not sure about some parts of my body. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On May 29/2022

Good Morning!

We are finally seeing some sunshine here in Northern Ontario, Canada. It’s about time. The only issue relating to that … it’s still very cold outside. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at … -10.9 C | 12.38 F. Not as cold as yesterday morning. But cold. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning. And if you are in need of some things in the big city, I would recommend you go today. Reason being, tomorrow we could be in for a bad storm, starting off with snow, moving then to ice and along with all that some very high winds, which could cause some power outages. The reason for this is that a cold front is upon us now, with a warm front moving in alongside it. Which in turn isn’t a good scenario. And then moving into Thursday, things will be a lot warmer, but we will be having some rain. So once again a mixed bag of weather is about to enter into our area.

On another note, my wife and I worked steadily placing our products in our gift shop yesterday. Today we will be doing the same. I also have a lot of computer work that needs doing, so will tray and get to that in my spare time. Then after that, I am going to get my mind focusing on some woodworking projects I have in mind. So lots of things on the go here at the Walters house.

With that I am off for a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast, that my lovely wife is preparing, and will then get to work. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On March 28/2022

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It’s a cloudy, cold morning here in Northern Ontario. The temperature waking up was sitting at -14.6 C | 5.72 F. It will warm up somewhat as the day moves forward. But it will still feel cold. Highway 522 is mostly bare and dry this morning. Which will make travelling good. We didn’t have any more snow overnight. So far, I would say we have lost around 75% of our winter snow. Once the temperatures start to warm up again, it won’t last long.

On another note, I worked away here yesterday writing up another story for my columns. Today being so cold, I will do the same. I just don’t feel like working in my old woodworking shop yet. It seems I am feeling the cold more than I used to. Sign of the times, I suppose.

With that, I am off to lite my wood furnace, which will save some of that expensive oil they are selling these days. And after that I will have a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is preparing for me. Stay safe and have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On March 27/2022

It’s a cloudy, cold morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. The temperature climbing out of bed was sitting at -13.4 C | 7.88 F. It won’t warm up much more than it is now. We also had a dusting of snow, which has covered what green we did have. Highway 522 is partially snow and ice covered. Knowing that care will have to be taken if out and about.

On another note, this cold weather shouldn’t stay with us for too long. I am thinking the middle of next week we should start to see a warming trend once again. Being so cold, I lit our wood furnace this morning, which is starting to make the house feel nice and toasty. It should also be noted that it is windy out there this morning, which will make it feel much colder than it really is. We have lost a lot of our snow though over the past few days and the ice is melting fast on the lakes and streams. About half gone.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal this morning that my lovely wife is making for me, and after that will do some more work here in our small gift shop. It’s coming along. Have a great day and stay safe, this virus is starting to find people now, with everyone going back to what once was. And no one is telling us any more of what is really happening. They don’t want us to know. It’s called mind manipulation. And they are good at it. GW

What’s Happening On March 26/2022

Good Morning. It’s a cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. It is also a bit on the cool side too, with the temperature waking up sitting at -0.8 C | 30.56 F. And the not so good part, it will get even colder for the next couple of days, with a bit of snow mixed in for good measure. At any rate, there isn’t anything we humans can do about it other than find some things to do where it is warm. It’s that time of year. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which should make travelling pretty good today.

On another note, I worked steadily once again helping my little woman decorate our small gift shop. It’s coming along and is beginning to look like a store. Today I will be helping her with some other things that need doing. Which will keep us both busy for most of the day.

I have heard we have a few people infected here in our small community, so extra care will have to be taken if out and about. Jake’s restaurant had a sign on it closed. But it’s to be expected with the masks being removed, and a lot of folks not taking precautions any more. With that, I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On March 24/2022

Good Morning! It’s a rainy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. We did have some icy conditions throughout the night. At the moment, the ice has changed to rain, so the highways should be pretty good in another couple hours. Other than being wet. But Care should be taken if out and about. The temperature is above the freezing mark, sitting at 3.8 C | 38.84 F. It will warm up a bit more as the day moves forward.

Yesterday I worked once again steadily in our small gift shop. I finished up my painting and things, and now it’s up to my lovely wife to situate things. We did have a lot of items left from two years ago before this virus hit, so that will help us out for a while. I also have another thirty Flutes in the works, so I will get them finished up in a couple of weeks. Which will give us a good showing. Along with all them, we also have our 7 books on display for sale, along with lots of paintings and cards that my lovely wife has done up. So … all in all, we will have a lot to offer this year.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal that my wife is making for me, and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. You never know, these days. Take care, and stay safe. Without the masks, this virus will be infecting a lot more people. It should be also noted that they aren’t truthfully telling us any more of how many are being infected, or how many are dying. It’s a shame too, as we do have the right to know, as with knowing some might take more precautions. The ones that don’t care, will only come to realize what is going on … when it strikes close to home. Which it will eventually.

What’s Happening On March 23/2022

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It’s a cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. And by the looks of things we could see some not so good weather later on today and through the night. Depends on which way the storm tracks. Highway 522 is bare and dry as of now, but that could change later on.

On another note, yesterday I painted steadily all day in our small gift shop and other than a few touch up spots it should be finished and ready for my lovely wife to decorate, and once that is finished we will start stocking it. We have lots of neat things from our old store sitting upstairs waiting. This will be the first time in two years we have been open, thanks to the virus. It will be nice to see some of our old friends that usually drop by for a visit throughout the summer months. That is, if they haven’t forgotten about us. Ha Ha.

With that I am off for a boiled egg this morning and a piece of toast and I think we will have a cup of coffee too for a change. We usually have coffee around 2:00 in the afternoon. Hmm, maybe we will have a couple cups today. They say coffee in moderation is good for your health. Which I suspect is right. Take care and stay safe. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 22/2022

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It’s another sunny day here in Northern Ontario, Canada. The temperature waking up was sitting at -5.7 C | 21.74 F. a touch cool, but it will warm up as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is bare and dry, which will make travelling good today for those having to go anywhere.

Our snow is about 3/4 gone, and we should lose a lot more as the day progresses, as the temperatures will remain well above the freezing mark. After today, we will be returning to a mixed bag of weather for a few days. Which is to expected being spring and all.

Yesterday I painted trim all day and today will do the same. Our small gift shop is coming along, all’s it takes is time. Which is okay with me. We also had our coffee in the sunshine on our front porch. What could be better than that. Coffee, good company and taking in what Mother Nature has to offer. Not much else happening in and around our small community.

With that, I am off for some waffles this morning that my lovely wife is making for me. They sure are tasty. Have a great day and take extra precautions, as with the masks coming off, you have more chances of catching things, which people are going to find out. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 21/2022

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It is a touch cool this morning, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -2.9 C | 26.78 F. Maybe I should rephrase that. It’s cold. Highway 522 is bare and dry. We also woke up to some sunshine, which is sure nice to see. Things will warm up well above the freezing mark again today.

Yesterday, my lovely wife and I did some front porch sittin’ for the first time this year. The wind was coming from the North, so with our front porch being on the south side of the house, it was quite nice out there. It sure felt good. I am thinking we will be able to get out again today by the looks of things.

We also worked away on our small gift shop once again, and now I have to get myself in painting mode for a few days, so it will be ready for my wife to decorate and situate our products. It should be nice when all said and done.

With that I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my wife is making for me and will then get to work. Stay safe. This virus is still with us, it hasn’t gone anywhere. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening March 20/2022

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Starting things off, it is a cloudy morning once again here in Northern Ontario. It is a touch cool with the temperature sitting at 1.3 C | 34.34 F. It will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. Which will get rid of a lot more snow. We have lost over half of what we had. In the bush around the trees, we are now seeing green once again. Which is a sign that the trees are starting to move their sap up through their branches. Won’t be long, and we will start to see buds. Can’t wait. Highway 522 is bare and wet with all the rain we had yesterday. But travelling will be good for those wanting to go anywhere.

On another note, I worked away writing up a story yesterday, along with helping my wife a bit. Things are coming along with getting our small gift shop in order. Won’t be long, and we will give it a fresh coat of paint. Then after that the little woman will be busy decorating it. Which she is good at, as she has been designing stores and homes for years. Woman of many talents.

So with that I am off for a bowl of cereal, and will then see what the day has in store. Not sure what I will be up to today. Have a great day. It won’t be long before the warm weather is upon us.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 19/2022

It’s a cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. It also has cooled down somewhat, but … not enough for the snow to stop melting. Waking up, the temperature was sitting at 3.8 C | 38.84 F. It will warm up a bi as the day moves forward. The snow has been melting fast for the past few days. I would say it is about half gone. I can now see green where my septic tank is located. Which in reality is a good sign as it tells us that our septic is working properly. Highway 522 is bare and mostly dry this morning, which will make travelling pretty good.

On another note, with the snow melting, it is starting to look a bit grungy out there with all the debris spread all over from winter. But once the snow is melted, my wife and I will get to cleaning things up. Can’t wait. At the moment, we are working hard getting our small store set up for this coming summer. A lot of preparations are needed to make it so. But we will get there, just takes time.

With that I am off for a bowl of cereal, no … maybe some pancakes this morning for a change along with a cup of tea. Not that we are English, mind ya. After that I will see about helping my lovely wife for a bit, and after that if something comes to mind I might write up another story. I enjoy writing, but over the years I have written so many stories, it’s hard to come up with new ones. Oh well … such is life. If that is all I have to worry about, I am doing okay. Have a great day! Make it a great day!

What’s Happening On March 18/2022

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Not too much is happening today, actually. The temperature however is still above the freezing mark, which in turn is melting our snow quite fast. Another week or so it should be gone, that is if these temperatures hold the way they are now. Highway 522 is bare and mostly dry this morning, which will make travelling a go. Gas prices have dropped a wee bit in the past two days in North Bay, but it’s still higher than it should be. It was up $1.96 a Litre now it is sitting at $1.84 a Litre. Canada is sure a crazy country to be living in at the moment, with some of our powers that be not knowing what they are doing. But in reality, it’s always been that way, It’s just a bit more pronounced these days.

On another note, I worked steadily on a couple more stories I had in mind yesterday for my columns, and will continue on doing the same today. A couple more days I should have enough ahead for summer. Which will be nice as I won’t have to sit in front of my computer when the weather gets nice. Front porch sittin’ isn’t that far off.

With that, I am off for a bowl of oatmeal that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then get to work. Take care and have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 17/2022

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Starting things off, it is a cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. On the good side of things, the temperature is well above the freezing mark, sitting at 5.3 C | 41.54 F. And looking outside the snow is melting fast. If these temperatures keep up, which I think they will, the snow should be almost gone by the end of next week. Yesterday alone we lost a lot. Highway522 is bare and wet this morning, which will make travelling pretty good if you’re in need of some things in the big cities.

Yesterday I worked most of the day here on my computer, along with helping my lovely wife in her studio as she is remodelling. I understand, as I have to do the same in my woodworking shop every so often, with things all over the place.

Today I will do some more work here on my computer, writing up a story or two. Should keep me busy for most of the day. With that, have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 16/2022

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It’s a bit foggy today here in Northern Ontario, Canada. The reason for that is, that some warmer temperatures are entering into the picture. You mix warm with cold, you get fog, to some degree. Highway 522 is bare throughout, which will make travelling good today. If lucky, we should see a wee bit of sunshine later on. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -0.1 C | 31.82 F. It will warm up a bit more as the day moves forward, causing a lot of melting. Which is okay with me.

On another note, I worked away bringing in a wee bit more firewood for my wood furnace yesterday, along with cleaning out the driveway. I didn’t really need to clean out the driveway, but I figured I needed to start getting this old body of mine in shape for what’s to come when things warm up. We also needed some more firewood to hold us over. With the price of gas and oil these days, I suspect it will be hard for those relying only on pensions to get by.

With that I am off for a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast, and will then see what the day has to offer, other than what I have planned. Life is a mystery, that’s for sure.

Have a great day!

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on March 15/2022

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It’s a cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. And it is still quite cool with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -10.8 C | 12.56 F. But in saying that things will start to warm up a lot as the day moves forward, and we will be seeing a lot of melting for the next couple of weeks. Which is fine with me, as I am ready for summer and seeing green instead of white when I look out the window. It’s been a long winter. Highway 522 is bare, which will make things nice if you have to go anywhere.

And speaking of going anywhere. The price we are paying for lumber and gas in Canada is terrible, and there is no reason for it. Our government spent millions and more millions of taxpayers dollars, on a pipeline that they shut down, which would have supplied all we needed and then some. They say they want to go green, what a joke that is. We here in Canada are supposed to go green, but yet we supply other countries. Another joke. On the next bit we are supposed to be a peace keeping country we don’t fight, instead we supply other countries with all kinds of weapons, so they can fight. I shake my head in wonder where these so-called powers brains are. Well, I could tell you where … I think their heads are located, but I don’t think I need to.

Damn … what a way to start off a day, sheesh, I think I will go back to bed and get up again. Have a great day, If that is possible. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 14/2022

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It’s a sunny morning here in Northern Ontario. However, it is still a touch cool with the temperature sitting at -8.9 C | 15.98 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward, and even warmer for tomorrow. And on Wednesday, what can I say, other than we will be well above the freezing mark. No need to go to Florida for March break with those temperatures. Ha Ha. Truth be told, I can’t see why anyone would want to travel yet anyway, with all that is going on in the world today. But hey! Who am I to judge. Highway 522 is mostly bare, but there are some snowy, icy sections throughout.

Yesterday we had another3-4 inches of new snow, but it won’t last long with the temperature on the upswing.

On another note, I didn’t do much yesterday, didn’t feel all that well. I have something going on with my one eye being red and damn sore, not sure what that is all about. Seems a wee bit better today. I told it if it doesn’t get better, I will have to give my doctor friend a call. That usually helps. Ha Ha. Always something these days. With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal this morning that my lovely wife is making me, and will then see if I can write up a story or two. Depends on how this old eye is doing. Have a great day. GW’

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 13/2022

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So how you all doing on this fine Sunday Morning? Good I hope. However, in saying that it is cold outside, and we are having a wee bit of snow. Nothing to speak of as yet. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling pretty good if you’re in need of some things in the big cities. We are doing okay as my lovely wife and I went to town yesterday and picked up a few things which should hold us over for a couple of weeks or more.

It is nice to get away, but it is also nice to get back home. While there we said hello to our son for a minute as we are still taking precautions, had lunch in our car and headed on home. All in all, it was a great day, other than the cost of things. Seems, just two bags of groceries these days can run a feller around a $100.00 or more. And the price of gas sitting at $1.96 a Litter is sure eye-opening. Where it was costing us around $30.00 to go to North Bay and back home is now costing us around $50.00. Makes me shake my head on the way we are heading here in Canada these days.

Other than that, not much else happening in and around our community. Stay safe. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 12/2022

It’s a sunny day here in Northern Ontario, Canada. It looks nice, but it’s still cold with the temperature waking up sitting at, -12.8 C | 8.96 F. It will remain cold pretty well all day. This should be the last day of the real cold weather, as things will begin to warm up well above the freezing mark starting Tuesday. Highway 522 has some snow and icy covered areas throughout. Travelling today, should be fair once the sun warms the pavement. On the not good side of the coin, late in the day and into tonight, we could see another three inches of snow, which will linger around into Monday. Myself, I am ready to wake up to green instead of white.

On another note, I was kept busy yesterday helping my lovely wife move things around in our home. Getting things ready for our small gift shop that we want to open come spring.

Other than the snowmobiles, not much else happening in and around our small town.

With that, I am off to put a piece of wood in our wood furnace along with feeding our birds, as they are sitting on our porch railing, looking in at me. After that, we will see what the day has in store. Have a great day. Don’t forget, the time moves forward after midnight tonight. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 10/2022

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It’s another sunny morning here in Northern Ontario. The temperatures aren’t all that bad neither. Getting out of bed, they were sitting at -5.9 C | 21.38 F. It will warm up a wee bit as the day moves forward. The sun however will be struggling for space with the clouds trying to block it. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, which will make travelling good. But with the prices of gas in our country, folks are starting to stay home more. Which in one way will save them some money. In my eyes, there is no reason that we here in Canada, having so much oil and gas, should have to pay these ridiculous prices. It all boils down to money, our money, that goes into their pocket.

With that I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then get to work on some things my lovely wife has been wanting me to do. Oh, one last thing regarding these so-called specialists that are lifting the mask requirement.

Wearing a mask isn’t a big deal. It’s not a restriction. It’s a protection for you and others. But in saying that, the politicians are going to do what ever necessary to get elected. That’s the bottom line in a nutshell.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 9/2022

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It’s a sunny day here in Northern Ontario, The temperature isn’t all that bad, neither. Getting out of bed, it was sitting at -3.4 C | 25.88 F. And it will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. Feeding our birds this morning, I could feel the warmth of the sunshine on my face. It felt good too. Feeling that is a sure sign, that the warm weather isn’t that far off. Highway 522 is bare and mostly dry this morning, which will make travelling good.

On another note, now that the weather is starting to head off into the right direction, my wife and I are going to start getting our small Gift Shop in order, so we can have a Grand Reopening. Which should be around the 24th of May if things goes to plan. We have been close because of this virus now for over two years. We are looking forward to seeing all our friends that usually always dropped by for a visit, along with new folks. I will do some special posts here on my Blog of how things are going occasionally.

With that, I am off for some homemade waffles that my lovely wife is making me, and will then get to work. Lots to do now that things are warming up. Have a great day and stay safe! This virus is still out there, not as bad as the earlier strains, but it still has the potential of making a person pretty sick. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

Winter Is Still With Us

This snow, here in Northern Ontario, is starting to take a toll on folks. Especially the women! Sheesh.

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What’s Happening On March 8/2022

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It’s a sunny morning here in Northern Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -8.1 C | 17.42 F. It will warm up to just above the freezing mark as the day progresses. Which will make it nice for cleaning all that snow we had yesterday. In some places in our driveway, we had close to ten inches or so. Knowing that our old snowblower will be kept busy for a while this morning.

Highway 522 is snow and ice covered throughout this morning, which won’t make travelling all that good. The snowplow had been through though, by the way the end of our driveway is looking.

On another note, I worked here at my computer most of the day yesterday. I worked away on things that weren’t really necessary, and before I knew it, the day was shot. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

Not much else happening around our small community and with that I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is fixing me, and then we will get to cleaning out our driveway and decks. That should keep us busy for most of the morning. Have a great day! GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 7/2022

It’s another snowy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. We didn’t have any snow overnight. We could see up to 8 inches of the white stuff before it ends tonight. It is coming down pretty good at the moment.

Yesterday we lost a lot of the snow with it being so warm along with the rain. Highway 522 is partially snow covered, and I suspect by the way it’s coming down, it will get worse as the day moves forward. It’s a good day to stay home. You also have to be very careful when walking, because under that snow is solid ice, and it is slippery.

On another note, yesterday I worked away once again here at my desk. Today with the way the weather is looking I will do the same. I also brought in a couple wheelbarrow loads of firewood from our pile outside, as we were getting a bit low in the basement. That gave me some much-needed exercise, as I had to carry it down the basement stairs. At the moment there is too much snow and ice where I usually put it in through the basement window.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg with toast that my lovely wife is making for me, and will then see what the day is offering. Have a great day, make it a great day. GW

What’s Happening On March 6/2022

We were having some sunshine early this morning, but at the moment it is cloudy. We could see a bit of sunshine off and on throughout the day, but not too much. The temperature has risen overnight, sitting at 5.5 C | 41.9 F. It also rained all night long. So with the warm temperature and the rain, the snow is melting fast. However, in saying all that, we could get a pile of new snow starting tonight and into tomorrow. Kind of depends on which way the storm is tracking. But as they say, if anyone is going to get snow, it will be us. Good in some ways and not so good in other ways. Ha Ha. The snowmobiles will like it. Highway 522 at the moment is bare and wet. I would think if you have anywhere to go, this morning would be the time to do it, as later on things aren’t going to be so good, weather wise.

On another note, I worked away here on my Computer for most of the day yesterday, writing up a story for my columns. Today, if the rain and snow holds off, I might wash our car as it is sure dirty. Caused by the calcium that they are putting down on the highways these days, along with the salt. It can sure take a toll on the body of the car. I wonder if our Powers That Be, will give us some extra cash to fix our cars when they are in need of some bodywork, cased by what they are putting on the road these days? Not likely!! I guess it’s the price we pay for being able to drive relatively safe throughout the winter months. Then again….

So with that I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is making for me. Have a great day. Spring is heading our way in a week or so. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 5/2022

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It’s another cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. But the good news is it isn’t as cold as it was yesterday, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -7.4 C | 18.68 F. We didn’t have any snow overnight. However, later on today, we could see a mixed bag of things, like rain, freezing rain or some wet snow. Highway 522 is bare for most parts this morning.

On another note, we noticed the crows were back, as we had them come visit us the day before yesterday. Seems two of them comes every spring, stays the summer and raises usually 4 young ones. Then in the Fall they leave. We enjoy their company.

Yesterday I worked away here on my computer writing up a story that I had in mind. Today will do much the same. Once I am caught up story wise and the weather warms up a wee bit more, I will start working on some woodworking projects I have in mind. Kind of looking forward to it after being in the house for the past two months.

So with that I am off for a boiled egg this morning that my lovely wife is making for me and will then get to work. Have a great day. GW.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 4/2022

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It started off sunny here in Northern Ontario, Canada. But at the moment the sun has left us. We should, however, see a wee bit more sunshine as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is still partially snow and ice covered, and we are having some light flurries at the moment. Today will be the last day of the real cold weather, and tomorrow things will start to warm up above the freezing mark. And the warmer temperatures should remain with us for about a week before it cools back down a wee bit. But by the looks of things, the coldest weather has left us for this year. Which is okay with me as I am looking forward to some front porch sittin”.

On another note, I steadily worked away here on some technical stuff on my computer yesterday. I think I am happy now with the way things are working. It has been a challenge. Today I should be able to get back to writing up some new stories for my newspaper columns. It will be nice to get them out of the way for summer. My wife is steadily working on her painting orders, which has been hard with all the other things she has to do. But she is making progress. It’s amazing how she gets all these things looked after.

With that I am off for a bowl of cereal that my lovely wife is making me and will then get to work. Have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On March 3/2022

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So how you all doing this morning? Good I hope. Starting things off, we all woke up to sunshine here in Northern Ontario, Canada. It sure is nice to see, as it makes a person want to get out of bed. My old Dad used to holler up the stairs some mornings! “Get out of bed boy. We have to make hay while the sun shines.”

Actually, if my old Dad would be alive today, it would be his birthday. So Happy Birthday Dad. I miss ya!

Moving along, it is still down right cold outside this morning, with the temperature sitting at -18.3 C | -0.94 F. Highway 522 is mostly snow and ice covered at the moment, which won’t make travelling all that good for a couple of hours or so. It will warm up a touch as the day moves forward, The sunshine should remain with us for most of the day.

On another note, my wife and I had to clean our driveway and decks removing some snow yesterday, along with helping our neighbour. The good part is, it got us out of the house, some exercise, along with some fresh air. Can’t beat that. No exercise equipment in this house.

Today I will work away on my sound set up for podcasting, along with other things. Lots to learn getting things just right. Especially for an old feller. These young bucks know what is needed and how to do things, as they grew up with all these high-tech gadgets. But for us older folks, it’s a challenge. I do enjoy learning, though.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg that my lovely wife is preparing for me, along with a piece of toast. I might even have a touch of jam on one slice. Just because I can. Have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on March 2/2022

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It’s another cloudy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. However, we aren’t having the snow we did yesterday, waking up. Yesterday and overnight we had around 3 inches. Highway 522 is half covered with snow and ice this morning. The temperature climbing out of bed was sitting at -7.9 C | 17.78 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward.

Yesterday my wife and I worked away on some things here at home, and today we both will get back to doing what we enjoy. She has a lot of painting orders that needs to be done, and I need to write up a few more stories for my columns. So that will keep us both busy.

Not much else happening in and around our community these days. Other than a lot of snowmobiles out and about enjoying themselves. Which is nice to see. I think everyone has had enough of this virus. I hope the numbers keep on dropping as they are now. But in saying that, I don’t think that removing our masks is a good idea. My wife and I will keep on wearing them even when they say we don’t need to.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then see what the day has in store. You never know. Take care and have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On March 1/2022

Hi Folks. It’s another cloudy, snowy day here in Northern Ontario. We did have an inch or so of new snow overnight, and I suspect we will have another inch or so throughout the day. Highway 522 is snow covered. However, the plow just went past our home. Travelling won’t be the greatest today.

The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -9.1 C | 15.62 F. Not too bad, and it will warm up a bit more as the day moves forward.

On another note, we have been having a lot of finches at our bird feeder the past few days. They come and go and are nice to see, other than the larger birds that remain all winter.

So with that bit of information out of the way, I am off to feed the birds and put some wood in our furnace. Have a great day. March 1st, man, time sure flies by these days. GW

What’s Happening February 28/2022

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For a change, we are seeing some sunshine here in Northern Ontario. It was so bright it woke me up. Not complaining mind ya. But on another note it is cold out this morning with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -23.6 C | -10.48 F. The good news is we only have 3 more days of cold weather before it starts to warm up above the freezing mark. Which will make it nice so that we can get rid of some of this ice. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning, but there are a few icy sections throughout. Travelling should be pretty good today if you have to go to the big city for groceries and things.

On another note, my wife and I worked away here in the house on a few things that needed attention, and today we will do the same. Once completed, I will get back to my writing. I almost have enough stories lined up for my newspaper columns for summer.

Other than that, not much else happening in and around our sleepy little town. And now I am off for a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then get to work. Have a great day.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On February 27/2022

Good Morning. It’s a cloudy, snowy morning here in Northern Ontario, Canada. These specialists called for snow with high winds overnight, but it didn’t amount to anything. Today however could be a different story. We will have to see as the day moves forward. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -3.6 C | 25.52 F. It won’t warm up much more than it is right now. Highway 522 is bare at the moment, with a few icy sections throughout.

On another note, my wife and I went to town yesterday to pick up a few things in the grocery department. Other than a bit of wind, we had a great trip there and back. It’s good to get away now and then. But in saying that, it is getting expensive with the price of gas these days. Yesterday we paid 1.65 a litre, and they say if things keep going as they are now we could reach the 2.00 mark. I am thinking it is going to make it real hard for folks to travel this summer. But we will see. If people stop travelling, these huge corporations will eventually have to drop their price. They hate to lose money.

Another thing is all this environmental stuff. Going green is fine, but if you don’t have the resources to back things up, what have you got? More hardships, that’s what.

It’s fine for these folks to say we have to go green, we have to do that, we have to do this … but when all said and done nothing really gets done. Other than a whole mess of idle chatter, along with taking more money out of the working man’s pocket. And with the price of food and things right now, it isn’t looking all that good in that department neither. A lot of folks are hurting real bad with business’s closing down and folks out of work. And another thing is, Canada has shown its true colours over the past two years, and other countries are now seeing what we are really about. Which isn’t all that good.

Anyway, enough of all that. One has to do what they have to do and get on with their life. There is no way in fighting these so-called Powers that Be. They have had their way for centuries, and I don’t suspect things will change no matter what we do.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg with a couple slices of bacon that my lovely wife is preparing for me. Have a great day.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on February 26/2022

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Starting things off, we are having a wee bit of sunshine this morning. We are also having some real light flurries. We did have another inch of snow overnight. Highway 522 is partially bare, which will make travelling pretty good. But care should be taken. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -18.2 C | -0.76 F. It will warm up a wee bit as the day moves forward.

On another note, I was kept busy yesterday working on some new added features to my computer. Slowly getting things set up for making better Podcasts and things. My son Karl has been working away behind the scenes, bringing all my wants together. Ha Ha. I wouldn’t have what I have … if it wasn’t for him, as he knows just about everything there is to know about computers, electronics and things like that. He also knows how to fix things, which is a good thing, as old Dad can sure mess things up now and then. Ha Ha.

So with that I am off for a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then see what the day has in store. Have a great day! GW

What’s Happening on February 25/2022

So how you all doing on this snowy Friday Morning? Good I hope. Ruth and I are making out pretty good these days. We find … if we don’t have too many aches and pains getting out of bed, our day is headed in the right direction. Highway 522 is snow covered this morning. We didn’t have any snow overnight to speak of, but we are getting some now. I don’t suspect it will amount to too much, maybe an inch or two. And if we are lucky, we might even see a bit of sunshine later on. Which will brighten up everyone’s day.

The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -14.1 C | 6.62 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward. It isn’t as cold as it was yesterday, though, which is o k a y with me.

On another note, I kept busy writing up stories yesterday along with feeding our wood furnace. One thing is for certain, I get my exercise going up and down the stairs into the basement to keep the house warm. Which I don’t mind, really, as it also reminds me to bug my lovely wife a bit. I am not sure if you realize this, but women enjoy being bugged by their husband once in a while. Ha Ha.

With that bit of information out of the way. I am off for a bowl of oatmeal this morning, and maybe a cup of tea for a change. I’ll see, I am not a great lover of it. I start off liking it, but then when I sit down to drink it, I don’t. Hmm … perhaps I will just have a coffee and be done with it. I never get tired of it. Take care and have a great day! GW

What’s Happening on February 24/2022

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It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. It has gotten a lot colder, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -21.8 C | -7.24 F. We didn’t have any more snow overnight. Which is okay by me, as I have about had it for this year with the snow and ice. I am looking forward to seeing some green instead of white. Highway 522 is mostly bare, but there are some snow and ice covered areas throughout. I suspect the cold weather will carry on through tomorrow. After that, things will start to warm up.

Knowing that, and taking a close look at things, I am thinking that our summer will be a bit above normal with a few very hot days throughout the summer months, along with more rain and storms than we usually have. Now that is what I figure is going to take place. What Nature has planned, we will have to wait and see. Ha Ha. Basically speaking … As our world changes, so does the weather. It’s kind of looking like things are happening as they did thousands of years ago. Back then the North was hot, and the south was cold, now it’s slowly changing back to what it was many years ago. The world technically is no different from us humans. One year we are wearing bell bottom pants, and then we aren’t, and now they are coming back in style once again. Interesting really.

With that I am off for another boiled egg with a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making me, and will then get to work writing up some more stories … which will free up my days come summer. Have a great day. Make it a great day. It’s all up to you!

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on February 23/2022

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It’s a cloudy, snowy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -15.1 C | 4.82 F. It will warm up as the day moves forward, but it will still be cold. Yesterday we had around six inches of ice in some spots, and through the night we had around an inch of light snow. I don’t suspect I will be moving that ice in our driveway. It will have to wait till things warms up. Nature put it there, Nature can take it away. Highway 522 is snow and ice covered throughout. There isn’t too many vehicles travelling today, which is a good thing. Best to stay home if you can till things gets cleaned up.

On another note, yesterday I worked away here on my computer writing up a story for my newspaper columns, along with completing another podcast. Kept me busy and out of my wife’s hair. Today I will do the same, other than maybe picking up the mail. I will have to see how that goes. With that, I am off for a boiled egg and will then get to doing what I think I am going to do. Ha Ha. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening, February 22/2022

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It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We are also having some freezing rain mixed with some wet snow. There is a storm warning up for our area until 9:00 PM tonight. Highway 522 is snow and ice covered throughout. My advice if possible stay home today, as by the way things are looking travelling isn’t going to be good. It’s a mess out there at the moment.

For my wife and I we are staying put today, actually we have been staying put for the past week or so now. With the price of gas and things, we don’t feel like going anywhere. In a country that has more natural resources than most other countries, and we are charging our own people outrageous prices. And the thing is our Powers That Be has dug themselves in so deep with spending money they don’t have, it’s only going to get worse. They have it in their minds that they can keep on printing more money, but they are wrong, as you can only do that for so long before it catches up to you. I think the Bubble is about to burst!

Anyway, I think we are going to have a rough road for awhile before it gets better, that is if it does get better.

With that I am off for some waffels that my lovely wife is making me and will then get to work on a story I have in mind. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening on February 21/2022

So how you all doing this morning? Good I hope. It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -12.4 C | 9.68 F. Not too bad, this time of year. But we are heading into March with most of the winter behind us. Which is okay with me as I am ready for some front porch sittin’ in the sunshine.

But in saying that, we could see some more snow later on this afternoon and through the night … and tomorrow we could have a mixed bag of weather. Snow, rain, and freezing rain. So care will have to be taken if out and about. Highway 522 is bare at the moment, with a few icy sections throughout.

Yesterday I wrote up a story and today will do the same. With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal with my lovely wife, and will then see what the day has in store … other than what I have planned. Usually something comes along I am not expecting. Take care and have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on February 20/2022

Starting things off here in Port Loring, Ontario, we did have a wee bit of sunshine earlier in the day. At the moment though, we are in the midst of a lot of clouds along with some windy conditions. Overnight we had another inch or so of snow. We also had a lot of drifting, which filled in my path to my wood pile. So … I might have to clean that out if I decide to do some work in the old woodworking shop. I did manage to get our driveway and decks cleaned up yesterday from the snow had a couple of days ago. I have to say, it was cold out there with the way the wind was blowing. I was sure glad to be done with it and get inside where it was warm. It was also very slippery under the snow caused by the melting that occurred a few days ago. Instead of walking behind my snow-blower, I was dragged. Ha Ha.

Today I will get back to writing up a story or two for my columns, which should keep me busy for most of the day. And feed our old wood furnace from time to time throughout the day. It’s kind of nice really, as I get kind of stiff from sitting too long, and when I have to go put wood in the furnace things limber up somewhat.

With that bit of information under your hat, that is, if you wear a hat, I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast with my lovely wife. Have a great day and stay safe. This virus is still taking its toll on folks. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On February 19/2022

Good Morning. It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring Ontario. There are also some clouds thrown in for good measure. The sun is nice to see, that’s for sure. I can’t wait till the warmer temperatures, start to enter into the picture.

We did have around 4 inches of snow overnight, more in some areas. Highway 522 is snow covered with icy sections throughout. So care will have to be taken if heading to the big cities. With the snow we had last night, it looks as if I will have to wake up my snowblower later on. Which will give me some fresh air and some exercise.

Other than that, not much else happening on this Saturday morning. Hardly a car moving on highway522.

So with that I am off for a bowl of oatmeal with my lovely wife, and will then see what the day has in store. Life’s a mystery. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On February 18/2022

We are finally seeing a wee bit of sunshine this morning, but by the looks of things, clouds and some light flurries are going to move into our area tomorrow. We did have a dusting of snow overnight, but nothing to write home about. Highway 522 is bare this morning, so travelling will be pretty good today.

On another note, it did cool down last night, with the temperature waking up sitting at -19.2 C | -2.56 F. It won’t warm up much more than that for the remainder of the day. We did lose a bit of snow over the past two days, which will help with the spring thaw.

Yesterday I worked away on a story I had in mind, and today will maybe do up another. I like to get a few ahead for my newspaper columns for summer, so I don’t have to be sitting in the house when the weather gets nice.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal with my lovely wife, and will then see what the day has in store, other than what I have planned. You just never know. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening on February 17/2022

It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. But the good part is … the temperature is sitting slightly above the freezing mark, which will melt some more snow. Getting out of bed, it was sitting at -0.1 C | 31.82 F. It won’t warm up much more than that. Actually things will start to drop later on today bringing in more seasonable temperatures. We are also having some light rain at the moment, and it will continue off and on for most of the day. Which could cause some slippery sections on Highway 522 along with the side roads. So extra care will be needed if out and about.

Being so warm, I let my wood furnace go out yesterday in the afternoon and through the night. If it gets too warm outside, the wood furnace is a wee bit too much. When that happens, I click on the oil furnace, which does a fine job.

Yesterday, my wife and I had a busy day getting some personal things out of the way, which took most of the day. You know, there are times in life that I wished I could do without. The problem is that some of these things has to be done. Anyway … today I am going to work writing up a couple stories if I can think of something to write about. Which will take most of the day. I enjoy writing once the words start to flow.

With that, you all take care and have a great day. In spite of it being a bit gloomy. Every day is what you make it. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on February 16/2022

Good Morning. It’s a partially sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. It has warmed up considerably overnight, with the temperature sitting at -2.9 C | 26.78 F. It will warm up a lot more as the day moves forward. We should see a lot of melting of our snow throughout the day. We could also see some rain, freezing rain and then later on some wet snow as things cool down to where they should be. Highway 522 is mostly bare so far this morning.

On another note, I worked away on a couple stories for my newspaper columns yesterday, and will probably do the same today. Just never know, depends on how they come to me. One day I can write up two or three, the next day maybe one, and then there are times that nothing comes to mind. I think it all boils down to what frame of mind I am in.

With that, not much else happening in and around our small town. Have a great day, I am off for a bowl of cereal with my lovely wife and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening on February 15/2022

. Once again, it is a cold morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. The sun is shinning nicely, but it isn’t helping much at the moment. But when I was outside yesterday, I did notice the warmth coming from the sun, which tells me things are about to warm up. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -22.6 C | -8.68 F at 7:45 AM. Not as cold as yesterday, that’s for sure, but still cold enough. Highway 522 is partially snow and ice covered throughout. Tomorrow we should see a lot of melting as the temperature will rise a lot. Just for a couple of days though.

On another note, I did manage to write up a story yesterday for my newspaper columns and today will work on another. Which should keep me busy for most of the day, and out of my lovely wife’s hair. She has been really busy these days working on some painting orders. And when I get to buggin’ her too much, well ….

So with that not much else happening in and around our area, things are real quiet. Which it should be at this time of year. But it won’t be long and things will start to open back up, with folks opening up their cottages. Myself, I am looking forward to seeing a few friends that comes up every year and drops by for a visit. Along with others. From a distance, of course. Ha Ha. Have a great day and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening On February 14/2022

Good Morning! I have your coffee hot and ready for ya. As it is a down right cold morning waking up here in Port Loring, Ontario. It’s so cold that my weather station is shivering. Being so cold, I had to get up a few times through the night to feed our wood furnace. But in saying that, It will warm up on Wednesday to well above the freezing mark, which will melt a lot of our snow. The temperatures last night and into this morning were as follows .-24.1 C | -11.38 F 8:51 PM
-29.6 C | -21.28 F 1:21 AM
-30.6 C | -23.08 F 2:30 AM
-33 C | -27.4 F 5::26 AM
-34.6 C | -30.28 F 8:11 AM

Highway 522 is partially snow and ice covered, but if you have your snow tires on, along with having your car plugged in last night, you should make out okay if you have to go anywhere. I plugged mine in around midnight, and it’s still plugged in. Once it warms up to around -10 or a touch warmer, I will turn it off.

Yesterday, my wife and I worked away on a project we have on the go, which took us most of the day. Today I will get back into writing up a few stories that has caught my attention. How that came about was, my little woman, dug up some old newspapers that I wrote for over thirty years ago, and after looking at a few, they brought to light some new stories. You never know what might get a writer to writing. Ha Ha.

So with that, I am off for a soft-boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is preparing for me. I like to mix things up every once in a while. And then I will have another cup of that hot coffee that is bubbling away. Take care … and have a great day!

What’s Happening On February 13/0333

Good Morning. Well … starting things off, it is a very cold morning waking up here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. I had to put a few extra pieces of firewood in our wood furnace last night to keep us warm. I took the outside temperatures throughout the night, since I had to get up to feed the furnace, which went like this.

-26.5 C | -15.7 F 12:56 AM
-29.3 C | -20.74 F 3:31 AM
-29.6 C | -21.28 F 5:38 AM
-26.5 C | -15.7 F 9:01 AM

On the bright side of the coin, it is sunny outside, which, if nothing else, makes it look nice. Highway 522 is mostly snow covered, with a lot of icy sections throughout. Care will have to be taken if out and about.

It should be also noted that today things will remain cold, and tonight things get to where a feller wouldn’t want to be outside at all. As it is going to be the coldest night of the year, with the temperature tonight dropping down to minus -38C/-36F. It could drop even lower in our area. So knowing that, a feller might want to add an extra blanket on the bed tonight. Also, you might want to bring your pet inside or to a place that is warm. I feel real bad for the homeless here in Canada.

On another note, yesterday, my wife and I went to North Bay to pick up some groceries and things. The stores weren’t all that busy, but busy enough. With the way the virus is, we order everything online these days. Then all we have to do, is drive up in front of the store, give them a call, and they bring it out to us … and load it into our car. We don’t even have to get out. What could be better than that. No need to go inside and subject yourself to the elements. And along with that, it also protects you from the colds and flu that are going around at the moment. Caused by folks not distancing themselves, or wearing their mask. But you all knew that. Right? While there we dropped by our sons’ apartment said hello in his parking lot, then headed on home. The roads were bad going in but nice coming home, and with the sunshine, all in all, it was a very nice day. I am glad we did go yesterday, being as cold as it is today.

But getting back to the homeless, while we were sitting outside waiting, I noticed this girl sitting on a box in front of a store fidgeting away with things. It then struck me, she was cold trying to warm her fingers, hands and feet. I have to tell you it sure bothered me. So, seeing that, I walked over and gave her a few dollars to buy herself a coffee. She looked up at me with her sad eyes, thanked me and headed on off to the coffee shop. Oh, I know there are a lot out there that are just trying to make money without working, but there are, a lot that are having some really hard times.

The thing that gets me, is that we have so many empty buildings that are being heated here in Canada with no one in them. The main one is churches. There are so many of them, all nice and warm, standing empty. For the life of me, I can’t see why they wouldn’t open all their doors so that these poor folks could get in out of the cold. Doesn’t make sense to me one bit. Now in saying that, I am sure there are a few that are helping out a wee bit, in reality not many.

In my mind, there is no reason why these folks should be suffering here in Canada. We have the resources to fix that problem easily, one would be to stop giving money to these other countries and organizations without meaning, and look after our own. There is so much being wasted when it could be doing so much good right here at home.

On another note. After we got home yesterday while my lovely wife put things away I started up my snowblower and cleaned out our driveway. I have to say, that even with my snowmobile suit on, I was still a bit chilly. It felt good to get back inside when all said and done. But with the temperatures the way they are now, I am glad I did. Again, when I finished, my mind went back to that girl that was trying to keep warm.

Today, my wife and I are going to take things a bit easy. So with that, you all take care and have a great day. And maybe … if you happen to see a homeless person fidgeting, trying to keep warm … maybe walk over and buy them a coffee and donut. It’s not much, but it’s better than a lot are doing. It also makes you feel a bit nice inside, knowing that potentially you helped out a wee bit. GW

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What’s Happening on February 10/2022

It’s a cloudy, snowy morning here, waking up in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. We could see a couple inches or so throughout the day. We didn’t have any more snow through the night. Highway 522 is partially snow covered throughout, and I suspect it will get worse as the day moves forward with the way it is snowing now. The good news is it isn’t that cold, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -3.2 C | 26.24 F.

On another note, yesterday I finished up another podcast and today will start on another. I am finally getting used to this new Microphone set up. It took some time for me to get used to it, but the more I use it, the more I like it. With that, I am off to put some more wood in the furnace. After that, I will have some waffles that my lovely wife is making for me. Should be tasty. Take care and have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On February 9/2022

Good Morning! It’s another cloudy day here in Port Loring, Ontario. We didn’t have any more snow yesterday or overnight. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -6.4 C | 20.48 F. Not too bad, and it will warm up even more as the day progresses. It should get up above the freezing mark, which should melt a bit more of our snow. Highway 522 is mostly bare and wet. But there are some snow and ice covered sections here and there. I have also seen a lot of snowmobiles moving around these days. Which shows us that a few are out there enjoying life as it should be. Nice to see.

On another note, I didn’t do all that much yesterday, kind of took it a bit easy. I did work on a podcast that I have in mind, and if I feel up to it, I will finish it today. Other than that, not much else happening in and around our area. With that, I am off for a bagel this morning with my lovely wife, and will then see what develops. You never know what a day will bring. Take care and stay safe.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on February 8/2022

It’s another cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We are also seeing a bit of light snow. It’s possible we could see another inch or so. But in saying that, we could also see a bit of sunshine off and on. Nothing like sunshine to brighten up ones day. Highway 522 is partially snow covered in certain areas. So care will be needed if out and about. On the good side of the coin, the temperature has warmed up with it sitting at -5 C | 23 F. Almost Florida weather.

On another note, I did manage to get our driveway cleaned out yesterday. Not that it really needed it, but it did get me out of the house, so I could clear my head of what is going on these days. I need to do that occasionally. With that I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is putting together, and will then see what mischief I can get into.

Take care and stay safe. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening February 7/2022

It’s a cloud morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We are also having some more snow. Yesterday we had about one inch, but overnight we didn’t have any. I would suspect we will be having another inch or two as the day moves forward. Highway 522 is mostly bare, with some snow covered areas throughout. If you’re heading to town, your car, truck what ever will be needing a bath when you return.

Yesterday I worked away here in a Podcast and another story for my newspaper column. Today I will do the same, and I think just to get some exercise later on, I might clean my path that leads to the wood pile, that I use for my shop stove. It’s mostly pine, which I don’t use in our wood furnace.

So with that I am off for a boiled egg and a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making me, along with a cup of tea afterwords. Not that I am a real tea lover. But I do like something different from time to time. It seems that the older I get, the more coffee bothers my old stomach for some reason. Figures, as it is something that I really enjoy. Never ceases to amaze me, that as we age, the more things that you love, or enjoy are taken from you. Strange. Have a great day. GW

What’s Happening On February 6/2022

It’s a cloudy, snowy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. By the looks of things, we could get another 3 to 6 inches before it stops. Highway 522 is still bare at the moment, as the snow just started at 7:45 AM. So knowing that and seeing the way it is starting to come down, I would say that travelling isn’t going to be all that good today. Best to stay home and work on some projects that I am sure everyone has a few of. In this country, there is always something that needs attending. Or so it seems.

On another note, I might take some coals from my wood furnace and get my shop stove going later on today. That way things will warm up in there and my snow blower will start easier. As by the looks of things I will be needing it tomorrow. It does have an electric start, but I still like it to warm up a bit before using. Saves a lot of wear and tear on the motor.

Yesterday I finished off another podcast and today will start another. It’s taking me a bit of time getting used to the new microphone set up. So I will be working on that too. These new high-tech items are nice in a lot of ways, but a pain in other ways trying to figure out how they work and go together. Ha Ha. Maybe I am just getting old.

With that, I am off for a boiled egg and some fried potatoes that my lovely wife is preparing for me, along with a cup of fresh perked coffee, and will then get to work Hmm … Maybe I had better put some more wood in the furnace. Getting a little chilly in here. Take care and have a great day. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On February 5/2022

Good Morning! It’s a very cold Saturday morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. The temperatures overnight and into this morning were as follows:

-22.3 C | -8.14 F 1:54 AM
-24.2 C | -11.56 F 3:09 AM
-30.7 C | -23.26 F 7:47 AM

Highway 522 is mostly bare, but there are some snow and ice covered areas here and there. But travelling should be good if you’re in need of going to town for some groceries and things. We could see a few flurries as the day progresses, but nothing to cause any problems.

On another note, we have had our wood furnace perkin’ away for the past two days. That wood heat sure feels nice. You know, with all our plants that we have and our wood heat, you could say our home is a touch like being in Florida. But at the moment we would sooner be here than down there.

But in saying that, I hope things get back to normal soon, so that in the future my lovely wife and I can do some travelling.

As I said many times, we are going to have to eventually come to grips with this virus and treat it much like the common cold, with precautions of course. As today, we have a lot more defences, being able to treat the virus with vaccines and other medicines, along with all the knowledge we have gained pertaining to how it spreads. I can see moving ahead and slowly opening things. Not so fast that our hospitals are overwhelmed, though.

“I ALSO BELIEVE THAT… WE HAVE TO STOP TRYING TO FORCE PEOPLE TO GET THE VACCINES.”

That is the biggie for me.” I have always been against forcing people to do anything, as it’s not right. Forcing people to do things they don’t want to never works, never has … never will. The problem is our Powers That Be and a lot of people, have been trying and doing just that for years, which I believe is wrong. If we stopped doing that, it would save a lot of grief, that is being caused today.

Will it stop? Well … it will have too, as if we don’t, we all will end up killing ourselves. And what a shame that would be.

What we have to do, is let those unvaccinated or who ever, go their way and let the vaccinated and others go their way. Things will work out. I guarantee it. That’s not to say that we should stop wearing our masks, and keep up the social distancing, though.

As truth be told … If we all continued to wear our masks, it would cut down on most of all the colds and flu’s that we normally get. Which in turn would save Billions of dollars in flu shots, along with saving millions of people from getting sick.

With that, I am off to have a boiled egg this morning that my lovely wife is preparing for me, and will then get to work on a few podcasts I have in mind. Take care, stay safe and most of all …. have a great day. Make it a good day! You’re the only one that can do that. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening On February 4/2022

Good Morning! It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. But it is damn cold, with the temperature getting out of bed sitting at -25.6 C | -14.08 F. I am glad I started up our wood furnace yesterday. I have been burning oil for the past two days, being warmer outside. But it seemed that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get warm. I had it cranked up to 72 and still had to have a sweater on. Ha Ha. Finally, I said I am starting the wood furnace, which I did, and within one hour my old bones were nice and toasty. Goes to show that there is no heat like wood heat, especially for us older fellers and gals.

Highway 522 is partially snow and ice covered, so care needs to be taken if out and about. I did go out earlier this morning to put some feed in the bird feeder, as yesterday the doves were sitting on the top of the feeder looking in the window at me as if to say. Hey! Where’s the grub. They should be happy now. Ha Ha. I was glad to get back inside.

On another note, I got some parts in the mail yesterday for my microphone. Which I hooked up. I have to admit, it sure made the sound of my podcasts a lot nicer. Over the next few weeks you will start to hear a difference, all for the better. With that, I am off for a bowl of oatmeal this morning and will then get to work. Take care and stay warm.

What’s Happening on February 3/2022

Good Morning! It’s another cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. It is a touch cool, with the temperature getting out of bed, sitting at -14.2 C | 6.44 F. Nothing like we had last month though, so should be no complaints. For the rest of the winter, the temperatures should remain about normal. Highway 522 is bare this morning, which will make travelling fair.

We did see hundreds of cars and trucks going past our house yesterday, which tells us there was an accident on Highway 69 somewhere. When an accident occurs close to Highway 522 they redirect them across to Highway 11. Not sure if anyone got seriously hurt or not. Let’s hope for the best.

On another note, the morning doves have returned to our bird feeder this morning. They either left for a while or dropped by while we were sleeping. That could be it, as lately I haven’t gotten out of bed till around 8:00 AM. Getting lazy in my old age. Ha Ha.

Yesterday I put together another Podcast, today I will fine tune it and add it to my collection. I enjoy doing them, as some brings back some fine memories. So while on the subject of the Podcast, I would like to say thank you once again, to all those that have taken the time to drop me a line saying they are enjoying them and not to forget those that are just listening. It means a lot.

The day before yesterday, being so warm, I let my wood furnace go out and burned a bit of oil. I don’t like the wood heat when the temperature gets up above the freezing mark. This morning, though, I lit it back up and split some small pieces, so I can keep a two stick fire going. Enough for some warmth, but not enough to make the house too hot.

So with that bit of info under your hat on a Thursday morning, I am off for a bagel with some cream cheese for a change, along with a Florida Grapefruit that my lovely wife is preparing for me. She cuts the grapefruit for me so that I can easily get the pieces out, without massacring it. Ha Ha. They are tasty right now. Actually, if you catch the North Bay Nugget within the next few days, my column which comes out weekly … is all about Florida Grapefruit. Take care and stay safe. GW

What’s Happening Feb. 2/2022

Good Morning. So how you all doing on this fine Wednesday morning? Good I hope. It has warmed up some, with the temperature sitting at 0.6 C | 33.08 F. The snow has melted a lot overnight and will continue to do so for most of the day. But in saying that, we could see a few flurries as the day moves forward. And it will begin to cool down later on tonight. Highway 522 is bare and wet this morning for most parts, which will make travelling pretty good. It’s still a little messy.

On another note, I finished up another Podcast yesterday. I bought a new microphone that my son recommended awhile back, and it works great, but sitting on my desk, and the way my desk was made, I couldn’t get close enough to it. So knowing that and the difficulty I was having I ordered a boom arm for it which is now helping a lot. I also ordered a few more things that will make it sound just that much better. Which should be delivered in a few days. Modern technology in the works here at the Walters, House. Ha Ha.

With that, I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of rasin-bread that my lovely wife is preparing for me. I don’t know what I would do without her. Hard-working woman. Take care and stay safe. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on Feb. 1/2022

Good morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We could see a glimpse of sunshine off and on throughout the day. We could also see some light flurries, but nothing to write home about. The temperature waking up was sitting at -4.8 C | 23.36 F. Not bad at all for this time of year, and it will warm up even more as the day progresses. Highway 522 is mostly bare, with a lot of slushy sections throughout. Not a good day for going anywhere, if you’re wanting to keep your car clean.

On another note, we haven’t had too many birds at our feeder for the past two days. I am thinking they are hiding out somewhere where it’s warm. But we are still getting some Blue Jays and Morning Doves. I have also noticed that we haven’t seen many Woodpeckers this year for some reason.

Yesterday I worked away here on my computer, as I will be doing today. Got a few things that needs doing. Other than that, not much else happening in and around our small town. So with that I am off for a bowl of cereal and a piece of homemade raisin bread that my lovely wife is making me and will then get to work. Take care and stay safe. GW

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening January 31/2022

HI Folks. How you all doing this morning? Good I hope. It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring Ontario. The temperature has risen through the night, sitting at -12 C | 10.4 F. Not too bad for the last day of January. And it will continue to be on the warm side into tomorrow and the day after. Temperatures tomorrow and the next day will be above the freezing mark … so we should get rid of some of our snow. Highway 522 is partially snow covered with some icy sections throughout this morning. We are also seeing some light flurries, but the sunshine should break through as the day progresses. Great day for the snowmobiles.

On another note, I didn’t do all that much yesterday. I had some work to do in the basement and helped my lovely wife around the house here. Today I will get into another podcast which will keep my mind busy, which is what is needed when you get my age. With that, I am off for some pancakes that my little woman is making me, which should give me the energy needed to make it through the morning. Ha Ha. Take care. GW

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Homemade Pancakes. With a touch of syrup!!

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening on January 30/2022

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We didn’t have any more snow overnight. Which is fine with me. Also, the cold that we were having has left us, and I suspect it will remain that way now for the remainder of the winter. Oh, we will get a cold night from time to time, but the real cold I think is behind us. But hey, you never know what Mother Nature has in store. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at -17.6 C | 0.32 F. It will warm up as the day progresses, and we could see a wee bit of snow throughout the day.

On another note, I noticed the snowmobiles are out and about with the trails being open. Nice to see folks out enjoying life for a change. Yesterday, my lovely wife and I went to town to pick up our groceries that we ordered online. With so many being sick these days, we figured it’s best to stay out of all the stores we can. Least for now.

We did notice that there wasn’t as many people going into the stores while we were there, but there were a lot of cars in the parking lots. While there, we visited our son in the parking lot at his apartment, chatted a bit and dropped off a few things his Mother made for him. After that, we found a nice spot where we could watch what the other half is doing and ate our lunch. After that, we headed on home, enjoying a coffee along with the scenery. There is always lots to see along the way, and we enjoy it a lot. We also enjoy getting out of the house from time to time so that we can breathe some different air.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then settle in working on a story or two I have in mind.

Oh, and we had 15 Doves at our bird feeder having breakfast this morning. They are our favourite birds along with the crows. Fun to watch them. Take care and stay safe.

What’s happening On January 28/2022

Good Morning! It’s another cold morning here in Port Loring Ontario. However, the sun is shinning, which makes it look nice. Yesterday and through the night we had another 8-10 inches of snow. More in drifts. Actually, I have one drift in front of our house that is about three feet deep. Highway 522 is snow and ice covered, but the snowplow has been through. So being a sunny day, and if you have snow tires on, and your car will start … you’re good to go. Ha Ha.

Yesterday I worked most of the day here on some stories and things. Which kept me busy. Today, my lovely wife and I will be busy all morning cleaning out the driveway along with our decks. It shouldn’t be too bad, as the snow we had is on the lite side.

With that, I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of toast. Take care and stay safe. Seems every day more are dying from this virus. Yesterday it was over 70. If this keeps up, 2100 will be dying every month in Ontario alone.

What’s Happening on January 27/2022

Good Morning! It’s a cloudy morning here in Port Loring, Ontario. We didn’t have any snow overnight, but we are getting some now. It is also quite windy out, causing a lot of drifting. I suspect we will have to clean our driveway tomorrow if this keeps up. The snow will continuer for most of the day and into tonight. Highway 522 is snow covered along with a lot of icy sections throughout. I kind of think it would be a good day to stay home. And on top of all that, the temperature tonight will drop to -21F/-30C. So … we are going to have a mixed bag of weather today.

On another note, I didn’t do all that much yesterday, being so cold outside. Kind of took it easy. But today I will be working away here on my Computer, on a few projects I have on the go. Which should keep me busy for most of the day. When it gets cold, like it has been, I don’t feel much like going outside or to my woodworking shop for that matter. When things warms up a touch, I will maybe get to working on some woodworking projects we have in mind. So with that. I am off for a bagel this morning and will then see what the day has in store … other than what I have planned.

Take Care and Stay Safe. The virus isn’t getting much better here in Ontario. There are a lot of sick people out there at the moment. What you see, hear or read, is only a half of what is really taking place, as there is no way that they can keep track of things now. It’s gotten way out of hand. And to top that, we now have a new variant BA.2 heading our way. Boy, I am full of good news this morning. But it is in what you make it. GW

Update: Ontario reported 70 more COVID-19 deaths today!