Thursday, July 23, 2009



Rain in the night left us with an all day cloud cover & showers in surrounding areas. Figured it would be a good morning to dig up & re-locate some garden plants. We did a lot of landscaping since moving here & our flowerbeds have all totally filled in so we are always having to thin & move things. This morning it was hostas , potentillas, & a small spirea shrub. While digging out the spirea from beside our sun room I was aware of a sucking sound as it came out of the ground. The hole immediatelly began filling with water & running across the flower bed. I was at a loss as to what had happened until I reached into the water filled hole & felt a rubber hose. A garden hose!! Then I remembered I had buried that garden hose along the back of the flower bed about 6 years ago & totally forgot it was there. It runs from the tap to the other side of our sunroom where I keep the outside hose for watering. Cutting hoses & cables is commonplace for me & I'm sure I hold some kind of record with our local cable company for cutting underground cables numerous times over the years. I'm always digging & planting things & those darn cables just keep moving around all over the place on me!! THIS NICE LITTLE CHIPMUNK LIKES OUR NEW POND LOOK

I'm one of those people who always arrives at destinations on the early side & so it was last night when I pulled up in front of the movie theater in Goderich. The Harry Potter movie was starting at 8 so I was there by 7:15 in case of a line up. Luckily the line was just beginning to form so after a short wait I was in the theater & seated by 7:25. The theater steadily filled with teen-agers of which about 60% were giggling, bubbling pony tailed girls. Maybe 35% teen-age boys with backwards baseball hats & 10% with people over 20 of which I figured I may have been the oldest one in the whole place. I always get a kick out of how the seats to my immediate left & right are always the last ones to fill up. Nobody wants to sit near an old guy with a white beard who is constantly looking at his watch & muttering under his breath. And wearing a baseball cap that is actually facing straight ahead is just too much for most teen-agers anyway. Eight o'clock came & went as the theater kept filling up & it was nearly 8:15 before the movie finally started. The few of us who were considerate enough to be on time for the movie, as usual had to pay the price for those who always have to be cool & fashionably late. Ya I know Al, don't sweat the small stuff!! (doesn't it just bug ya when people tell ya that) HEY, WHO SAYS I'M A NICE LITTLE CHIPMUNK!!

The Harry Potter movie seemed very long with it's usual twists & turns & just as in the other Potter movies I was on the backstretch trying to catch up & catch on to what was happening up there on the screen all the time. The special effects were ok but I still think my first Harry Potter movie was lighter & had more neat-o magic stuff in it. All the following movies seemed to get progressively more violent & darker. KELLY UPHOLSTERING THE SEATS ON OUR KITCHEN CHAIRS

I do prefer to watch some movies in a movie theater rather than on DVD though. Can't imagine watching Lord Of The Rings for example on a home television set up. That would be like listening to Pink Floyd through a tin can speaker. I like the theater because of it's big, big, picture & big, big, sound. We have a 42" flat screen piped through our stereo but you do not get the full impact of a darkened interruption free movie theater no matter what you have. But, a lot of movies don't have big sweeping panoramics & special effects with big sound overtures & those kinds I don't mind as much on a DVD at home. But, different strokes for different folks so there ya go!!
(there's another old phrase that has thankfully gone the way of the DoDo bird)


GROANER'S CORNER: Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica - where do they go? It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life. If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:
"Freeze a jolly good fellow."

The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.


  1. You all stay busy...I hope I can get my place at the lake hooked up where I can do some work on it. I have a lot to do just never there to do it.

  2. That groaner actually hurt, but it was perfect!

    We agree that Harry is getting darker all the time - I wonder if the books do that also. But we're not going to try to read them.

    Thanks for the review and the pix from your garden! (I narrowly avoided digging right through a buried 30amp power line this week!)

  3. The books do get darker, but the message--that love, and the capacity for love, is the greatest power of all, is the thread that binds them together. I'm not sure that always comes through in the movies.

  4. Seems the stripes are going different ways on those chairs...hmmmm

  5. I really agree with your comment about us "on-timers" having to wait for those who show up late - it drives me crazy - and, I don't think its "small stuff"!