Masks

Lately, there has been a discrepancy on what kind of masks that people should be wearing. I thought I would clear that up here today.

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Small Town School Bus

Due to homeschooling our kids these days, some towns are downsizing their School Buses.

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Who says doctors know everything

What’s Happening In and Around Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 15/2022

Popeye Chicken Dinner

Good Morning!

It’s a cloudy, wet morning here in Port Loring. The rain just started, and it sure looks gloomy out there. On days like this, I like to turn on our lights, along with my computer, turn up the heat a notch and enjoy what our home has to offer. TV is fine, but we only watch it in the evening hours. The temperature waking up was sitting at 9.8 C | 49.64 F. It won’t warm up much more than it is now. And with that said … the rain will stay with us for the next 4 days or so, and it is possible that some light snow might enter into the picture off and on. Highway 522 is wet this morning and the traffic has settled down to just a few locals moving around.

On another note, my wife and I decided to head into North Bay yesterday to pick up some groceries and things. It’s the closest for us and have more than we need. Actually, it turned out to be a real nice day, with the sun coming out for most of our trip in and back home. There are still some leaves on the trees, but they are falling fast, and I suspect after the weekend we won’t see them again till next year. Sad to see them go, but the trees do need a rest. While in town, we decided to try out the new Popeye’s Chicken place on Lake shore road for lunch. I have to admit, it was pretty tasty. We had the Crispy Chicken sandwich with some fries as show in the picture above. The only thing I recommend is don’t order large fries if you’re not a big eater, as they give you a lot. So many we had to take over half home. I guess that is okay for some. But for us, it is too much and if you have to warm them back up, they don’t taste all that good. A bit pricey, with our lunch costing us $29.00 for the two of us. Not the healthiest meal either, but we don’t eat out all that much, but once in a while we enjoy trying something new.

While in town, we also picked up some Northern Spy Apples at the Garden centre on Lake shore near Highway 11. They sure are tasty this time of year, and if you’re wanting to make pies, there are no better apples to do it with than the Northern Spy.

After we had lunch, we headed on home, enjoying a perked coffee that my lovely wife prepared for us before we left home. All in all, it was a great day. An expensive day after buying groceries and a few other things, but not much you can do about that. We are lucky to be able to do what we do.
With that I am off for a bowl of oatmeal which will make up for the not so good food we ate yesterday ha ha. Have a great day, make it a great day. GW

In Closing I Would Like To Wish You Well

Episode 102: Buying My First Car

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Where It All Takes Place

Episode 102: Hi Folks. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and staying healthy. Today I have another Podcast lined up for you that took place many years ago. I am sure you will enjoy it. Give it a listen too when you find time. Have a great day. George Walters

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 14/2022

An old farmyard on the Canadian Prairies. Click On Image to Enlarge.

Good Morning!

Waking up here in Port Loring this morning, it is a bit cloudy. It is also wet, caused by all the heavy rain we had through the night. I have to say it rained pretty good too. I do however like to listen to it fall on our roof at night. It seems to lull me to sleep. It reminds me of when I was young many years ago as my bedroom was upstairs, and we had a steel roof. You could say, memories of the good old days. The temperature getting out of the sack was sitting at 5.2 C | 41.36 F. It will warm up some as the day moves forward. And taking a look at my weather station, we could see some sunshine today. But it will be short-lived, as more rain is in the forecast for the next few days. And I hate to mention the word snow, but we could see some flurries later next week. Highway 522 is bare and wet once again this morning, and the traffic is slow these days.

On another note, I was going to head on out to my woodworking shop yesterday, but decided to stay inside where it was warm and dry. And you know … I can do that. Ha ha. Some say it must be nice. I say yep it sure is, but my lovely wife and I earned it too. For most of our life, we worked from daylight to dark.

Today I will see what develops. Now I am feeling somewhat better, my mind is on doing all kinds of things. I just have to choose cautiously, as I don’t want to be laid up all winter. My mind says okay let’s do this, but my body says hold … up there a minute partner, and think this out.

With that, I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of toast that my wife is making for me. Then I will see what the day has in store. Stay safe there is a lot of sickness spreading around these days, and it will be quite bad for the next month or so before things settle down.

Funny in one way, as when we were all wearing masks, you hardly ever heard of anyone catching a cold or flue. Actually, no one even needed the flu shot. Makes me wonder why more of us aren’t wearing them these days, especially going into winter. For my wife and I we do when ever we go into stores or where there is a lot of people. We also use hand sanitizers before and after too. We feel it is a lot better than getting sick. But, as I always say. “To Each Their Own.”

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well!

It Happens to the best of us this time of year

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I bought my lovely wife a couple pair of winter socks. You have to be on top of these things, folks!

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 13/2022

Fresh Cream For Your Coffee This Morning

Good Morning!

Well, starting things off, it is a rainy morning here in Port Loring. We did have a lot of rain yesterday and through the night. The winds yesterday weren’t all that bad, but last night they got up there a bit. Highway 522 is bare and wet this morning, and it has been quite busy with a lot of trucks moving around. Most of the trucks are from our local construction. There are also a lot of hunters still coming into our area and a few folks just wanting to take in the changing of the leaves. I have to admit they have been putting on quite a show this year with some exceptional colours.

Yesterday I didn’t do all that much, kind of took it easy. Got rested up after the Thanksgiving weekend. I did however work on another #Podcast which will be posted here on my Blog come Friday morning at 9:00 AM. Other than that, not much else is happening in and around our small town.

With that information under your hat. I am off for a bowl of oatmeal for a change. Have a great day.

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

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

The Best Way To Make Banana Bread

Hi folks, my lovely wife made me some Banana Bread today. You know, a lot of people today are making Banana Bread the wrong way. For years now, these so-called experts are saying that you can use the Old Black Bananas to make the bread. Makes me laugh a bit, as years ago the lady that raised me used to say. “When Bananas are Black, they are Rotten.” And she would throw them out for the chickens to eat. Truth be told, she was right. The best bananas to use are when they are just starting to turn yellow, with a touch of green still in them. Also, they are much healthier for you, and a lot easier on the stomach. Give it a try sometime, you will be glad you did. Here is a picture of a loaf my wife made for me this morning. GW

Banana Bread

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Fall Leaves In Port Loring Ontario Canada Oct 11/2022

Here are a few pictures we took yesterday while out and about. Hope you enjoy them. I know we did.

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What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct12/2022

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Red Pepper Jelly, Homemade From Our Peppers

Good Morning!

Starting things off it is a rainy, windy cool morning here in Port Loring. Outside doesn’t look inviting one bit. But it is that time of year when you can expect just about anything. We could see some strong wind gusts of 70 to 90 km/h throughout the day, accompanied by some thunder and lightning. So all in all not that nice of a day. Highway 522 is or has been busy with lots of hunters moving into our area. Not so good news for the hunters, but good news for the critters. It seems nature has her ways of looking after their own occasionally.

On another note, my lovely wife and I did take a trip yesterday, taking in the leaves. I have to tell you they were sure nice. Couldn’t have picked a better day. Lots of sunshine along with the temperature being quite nice too. We took some pictures, stopping here and there, and then later on picked a nice spot overlooking a lake and enjoyed a danish and coffee that my wife brought along with us. We enjoy doing things like that. The only thing is we don’t do it enough.

With that I am off for some breakfast and will then see what the day has in store. Oh … I will post a few pictures here on my Blog a bit later that we took of the leaves yesterday. Have a great day.

In Closing I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening In Port Loring Ontario, Canada on Oct11/2022

It looks like a real nice day is shaping up for us here in Port Loring. It is cool with the temperature sitting at 0 C | 32 F getting out of bed. It will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. If you want to take in the colour of the leaves, today would be the day to do so. After today the weather is going to be rainy and cooler which will cause the leaves to drop. Highway 522 was busy yesterday with folks moving around trying to find things that were open. We had a few drops by our store. Today, my lovely wife and I will finish closing up our cottage, and might put in one more row of garlic. I did plant a few rows already, but I found some garlic I missed this summer, so I will plant it, better than just letting it go to waste. We did have a great crop this summer. Actually, everything grew well this year.

With that I am off for a bite to eat and will then see how I am feeling. I take things one day at a time these days. Enjoy your day.

In Closing I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on October10/2022

Happy Thanksgiving

Good Morning!

Starting things off, I hope you all are having a great Thanksgiving. We had our Turkey dinner on Saturday as our one son had to leave for home yesterday, so he would be back for work. He said the Highways weren’t all that bad till he hit the QEW. Other than that, he had a good trip up and back. Yesterday we took it easy chatting to our other son who is leaving today. All in all, we have had a great time.

On another note, it is a touch cool out there, waking up with the temperature sitting at -0.6 C | 30.92 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward with some sunshine, too. Which will make Thanksgiving Day quite nice. Highway 522 hasn’t been all that busy for the past couple days, but that is to be expected being a Holiday weekend. The leaves however are sure nice right now, and I am thinking we will be taking a drive to take some pictures in the coming days, before it’s too late. With this cold wet weather they have been dropping a lot. They sure look pretty right now though. Even nicer when the sun is shinning on them.

With that I am off for a cup of fresh perked coffee my lovely wife is making for us and will then have some sausage and eggs for a change. Occasionally we enjoy something different.

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 7/2022

It’s a cloudy, cool morning here in Port Loring. The temperature getting out of bed was sitting at 2.4 C | 36.32 F. It will warm up a bit, but not much as the day moves forward. We are also having some rain, which will ease off after lunch. The long weekend isn’t looking all that good weather wise. But you never know, all we can do is hope for the best. We have our oldest son driving up from St Catharines for Thanksgiving and will go back home on Sunday. We were hoping for nice sunny weather, so they could take in the nice colours on their way up. It is also windy out, which is knocking down the leaves. I did get the mowing done yesterday, but with the leaves falling, you would never know I did it. Highway 522 is wet this morning and quiet. I suspect the highways will be busy today and into the night with folks travelling for Thanksgiving. We are still having a lot of hunters moving into our area, which will continue until the end of December, that’s when hunting season is over.

I also got our shower-house outside closed up for winter yesterday and will close up the cottage after Thanksgiving. After that, we should be all set for winter. I still have to move my snowblower to where I can get at it, but there is lots of time to do that.

With that, I am off for a bowl of cereal and will then turn on some heat in our cottage, getting it nice and toasty in there for our son and his family.

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 6/2022

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Bear Tracks going across our garden.

Waking up, we are seeing a few clouds, but the sun is … trying to show itself. Yesterday was real nice, warm and lots of sunshine. With that said, we could see some rain this afternoon and into tomorrow. But it looks as if we will have some sunshine over Thanksgiving. The downside, it will be a bit cool after today. Highway 522 is bare and dry with lots of hunters moving into our area for the bear hunt. Actually, there has been a bear walking around our house now for the past few weeks in search of some of our apples. I posted a picture of his tracks in our vegetable garden at the top of the page.

On another note, my lovely wife and I did get a lot of outside work done yesterday. And now we are pretty well all set for winter, other than closing up our cottage and shower house. I am thinking I might turn off the water and put some more antifreeze in the toilet bowl as it is going to be well be low freezing tomorrow night. Today, I will mow our grass for the last time this year. As much as it is a lot of work, I will miss it. Being not well all summer, I missed out on a lot of the outside work. But the good thing is I am able to do some things now. So I have that to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

With that I am off for my breakfast and will then see if I can get our lawn cut.

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on October 5/2022

It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring. The temperatures have also warmed, with it sitting at 7.3 C | 45.14 F waking up. It will warm up a lot as the day moves forward. Actually, today will feel like summer with it being so warm. Great day for getting the last of our outdoor things done up for winter, Highway 522 is bare and dry with a lot of hunters moving into our area. There will be a lot of them now right through till the end of December. Which is normal for this time of year. The animals like deer, moose and bear along with a lot of different birds are very active these days. It’s as if they know what is taking place and are working real hard to evade these folks with guns and bows. Can’t say I blame them, either.

On another note, my lovely wife and I went to town yesterday to pick up a few things for Thanksgiving, and I have to tell you, the leaves on the trees were beautiful. Colours of all kinds. We sure enjoyed taking them all in as we drove along. I would say we are right in the middle of things now and if you’re wanting to see the colours then this is the time to do so. In another couple weeks they will be mostly gone. Even quicker if we get some more rain along with some heavy frosts. I

We had a good trip to town and a good trip back, stopping off at a roadside park to enjoy our lunch. Sure was nice chatting away, taking in what nature has to offer. As I said many times, I enjoy doing that more than going into a restaurant. Lot cheaper too.

Today I will finish up some outside work being so nice outside and will then see about some front porch sittin’ Have a great day and get outside and enjoy the nice weather. You won’t be able to do so in the near future.

In Closing, I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 3/2022

It’s a real frosty morning here waking up in Port Loring. The temperature was sitting at -0.2 C | 31.64 F. It will warm up as the day moves forward. Tomorrow will be even warmer. Which will be nice. Highway 522 is bare and dry this morning in-spite of the heavy frost.

On another note I did manage to get our vegetable garden rototilled up yesterday, and in the afternoon we planted our garlic for next year. We don’t put in all that much but enough for planting the following year, along with enough for us for winter. I also noticed some tracks going across our freshly tilled garden, which turned out to be bear tracks, when I went out for a closer look. I think he is after our apples on a tree we have out back. He isn’t a large one, but where there is a small one, there is usually a large one not too far off.

We also had our power go off around midnight last night and it didn’t come back on till 6:30 AM this morning. They said they were upgrading our lines or something to that effect. It would have been nice if they had warned us ahead of time, like maybe a phone call. A few folks put it on the internet, but that isn’t much help for those that doesn’t have internet or a computer. If we knew it was going to go out, people could be more prepared. When it did come back on it stayed on, at least so far

My wife and I did drag out our Generator around 5:00 AM and let it run for a bit while our house warmed up. Nice to have for sure. Again there are a lot of folks that doesn’t have a generator, or to old to drag it out and get it working. We have a hard enough time ourselves. Takes the two of us. The only heat some have in our area is Propane or Oil. So with the hydro being out for over 6 hours the house can get a bit chilly.

With that I am off for a bowl of oatmeal and will then see what the day has in store. I didn’t get to cleaning my shop yesterday, but we did get a lot of other things done up for winter. I still have to close up the cottage winterizing it, but we are waiting till after Thanksgiving as our boys are coming home for a visit for a few days. We are cutting it a bit close with it being so cold. I did put some antifreeze in our toilet outside, which should save any issues with freezing. Not much just a bit. After the kids leave we will do it up right.

In Closing I Would Like To Wish You Well.

What’s Happening In Port Loring, Ontario, Canada on Oct 2/2022

It’s a sunny morning here in Port Loring. Not a cloud in the sky. It is a bit cool though, with the temperature waking up sitting at 2.9 C | 37.22 F. It will warm up a bit as the day moves forward. But not much. Yesterday was nice and warm and we did manage to get some front porch sittin’ in. I like to take advantage of the warm weather when ever we can, as once the real cold weather hits it sticks around for a long time. Highway 522 wasn’t to busy yesterday, but being that Thanksgiving is closing in on us it will pick up a bit nearing the weekend.

On another note I didn’t do all that much yesterday other than a few things here in the house. Kind of took things easy. My lovely wife however is busy doing up preserves for winter along with some other things that she knows we will enjoy. It’s great having a woman that can do all these things.

Today I will work away in my shop for a bit. Maybe light my old wood stove to warm things up a bit. I also have to haul some firewood from my bush and put it under the lean-to so it can dry. I don’t use it for the house furnace as it is pine and gums up the chimney to much. But for my shop stove it works fine. I can burn anything and everything in it. Now that is the plan, but we will see how that pans out in a bit.

With that I am off for my morning bowl of oatmeal.

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

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

What Goes Around, Comes Around

   Their three kids, all successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor. 

   "Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad," gushed Son No. 1 'Sorry I'm running late.  I had an emergency at the hospital with a patient, you know how it is, and I didn't have time to get you a gift."

   "Not to worry," said the father. "Important thing is we're all together today ."

   Son No. 2 arrived.  "You and Mom look great.  Dad,  I just flew in from Montreal between depositions and didn't have time to shop for you."

      “It’s nothing," said the father  "We're lad you were able to come." 

     Just then the daughter arrived "Hello and happy anniversary!
     Sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing so I didn't have time to get you anything." 

 After they had finished dessert, the father said, "There's something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. 
     You see, we were really poor, but we managed to send each of you to college.
  Through the years your mother and I knew we loved each other very much, but we just never found the
ime to get married." 

 The three children gasped and said, "WHAT?  You mean we're bastards?" 

 "Yep," said the father, "Cheap ones, too .. ."

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