Monday, May 24, 2010




The humidity over the past few days has put that summer warmth back in the air & with today's sunshine we in southwestern Ontario had ourselves another totally beautiful weather day. 



Saddled up the motorcycle about 10 this morning headed out for coffee at Tim Horton's in Goderich.  Following that I hit the country back roads for a leisurely drive through the farmlands of Huron County.  The aromatic smell of blooming lilacs permeated the air as farmers busied themselves on their land with spring planting.  Cattle lazed in the fields & Mother Nature had on her finest coat of lush Spring green.  Just one of those special kind of mornings for meandering slowly along on the bike.


It's quite an ongoing battle of wits I have here everyday with the half dozen squirrels who conspire daily to thwart my best efforts of making our bird feeders.....squirrel proof.  Hanging the feeders from branches on our Sunburst Locust tree with fishing line has been a big help because the furry little monkeys can't get a toe hold on the thin lines to scurry down.  It is amazing how far they can leap as they continuously attempt to make pin point landings on the feeders from the tree trunk or higher branches.  Their antics are totally comical as I sit at the computer & watch all the shenanigans playing out before me.  It's a merry-go-round as they figure out how to get to a feeder & then I go out & adjust it's location.  They figure out another angle & I figure out another solution.  I tried to hang some peanuts out for the Blue Jays but the Cirque du Soleil high flying squirrel trapeze act got them too!!  On & on it goes.  Me & the rascally black squirrel gang.  What a bunch of mischievous Monkeys.

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Tuesday I will be back to work first thing in the morning with the mobility van again & I'm looking forward to that.  Going to be a bit of back & forth scrambling between tight schedules in neighboring towns to get several people to various hospital appointments on time but that just adds a little excitement & challenge to the job & I love when things get busy like that.



Kelly's Dad over in Spencerport New York is barely holding his own & grows weaker by the day if it is possible to grow any weaker than he already is.  I never thought the human mind & body could take so much punishment & keep functioning.  He has been in & out of the hospital several times in the past few weeks again & is expected to undergo another surgical operation this week again.  Just a week & half ago he was in with congestive heart failure but made it  through & headed home again.   Like I blogged about before, Frank was one of those Marines fighting on the Island of Iwo Jima & wounded there during the second World War.  He is over 90 now & he's still fighting hard to stay alive just as he had to do all those many years ago in the South Pacific.

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                      KELLY & HER DAD

A fellow RVer & Facebooker sent me an email yesterday from an RV Park in Sierra Vista Arizona saying they were heading over to Bisbee & Douglas to have a look around & wondered how to find Belle Starr & her Silverado Ranch.  Emailed Joe back some directions & today he emailed back saying they had dropped in to see Belle on Sunday.  He was quite taken with Belle's spunk & enthusiasm just as we were when we met Belle last winter.  Sounds like they had themselves quite a chat.  Belle is still wheelchair bound but holding her own & still keeping an eye out for some good reliable & trustworthy help on the ranch...................



GROANER'S CORNER:((  Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.


Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.



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


  1. I love the location note at the top of the blog, where exactly is that? LOL
    I hope Kelly's dad comes out of this okay. Our thoughts are with you.
    It was nice enough here to have a cycle ride too, but I didn't have the time.
    Good luck with the squirrel bunch!

  2. Thank Kellys dad for his service for me...SEMPER FI

  3. Your story regarding Kelly's dad really touched me. I saw that same "fight for life" with my own dad and he too was a product of that era and war. They are a tough generation! He passed away 3 years ago at 93 but fought the entire way. With every system in his body failing and with a lung tumor in his chest he sat up on the side of the bed the morning before he died eating breakfast and telling me he wanted to go for yet another treatment of radiation.
    I will keep Kelly in my thoughts because this is a tough time for her. Thoughts and prayers coming her way.

    Gerri (Mike & Gerri)

  4. I'm sorry to hear about Kelly's Dad. Losing your parents is tough. Been there.

    Al, you and my brother-in-law should get together on trying to outsmart those pesky black squirrels.

  5. I did everything I could to outsmart the squirrels in NC, but they always won. I even got a water pistol and tried to shoot them, but they were too fast for me. Between the squirrels and the bears they totally ruined what had started out to be a wonderful bird watching experience. So far in CA they haven't bothered the feeders but I don't count them out.

  6. We don't mind of the squirrels and chipmunks raid our birdfeeders, because they are free entertainment for our doggers. It's fun for them to watch through the patio doors at the antics of the varmints. So we put out extra food for the birds too and everyone is happy.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with Kelly at this difficult time. Thanks for letting us know of these new developments.

  8. Kelly,i certainly hope your father manages to gain strength from all the love you and the others have for him!

    the hermit

  9. Kudo's on the big bike ride, and best wishes for Kelly and her dad. We are dealing with the exact same thing with our trips to Des Moines. Loyce's dad is in the nursing home up there, and varies up and down depending on the week, or whether he has a cold and so forth. But as you describe, his generation was a tough bunch, and they don't give up!

  10. Best wishes for Kelly's dad. That's the reason they're called the Great Generation!

  11. Al & Kelly, you are so right on her Dad being a fighter, that was the Greatest Generation, I saw the same thing in my granddad and Father, Please tell Kelly our prayers are with her. AS usual your pictures are Par excellence. The sqirrels are cagey that's for sure. When we were surrounded by farmland, we never saw a squirrel and the rabbits were scarce, Those hawks made sure of that. Now thats it's developed our 2 acre plot is a habitat for squrrels and rabbits and we are overun with them. See what happens when man unbalances nature. The hawks moved on to better hunting grounds. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  12. Best wishes to Kelly and her Dad, and to Al on his bike, and to heck with the squirrels. Loved the side view of the flower!

  13. Please give Kelly our best wishes for her Dad. It's very hard when parents get old and various medical conditions begin to take their toll.

    Keep enjoying the squirrels and don't let them drive you "squirrely".