Monday, July 08, 2013



It was too hot & humid to think outside the box today so we concentrated our efforts inside the box where we could at least stay cool in our A/C.  If we go ahead with our renovations a lot of old clutter has to be thrown out, moved, & re-organized.  Similar to full time folks having to clear things out in preparation to selling their house.  We’re not selling our house though so it’s easier for us because we only have two rooms to deal with.  We have done a lot of renovations in the last 10 years but the bedrooms have basically remained the same as the day we moved in.  It is in these two rooms our renovations may or may not occur.  It was just a good day for cleaning things out anyway.


Over the years ‘stuff’ gets filed away in drawers, piled on shelves, & tossed into corners.  Imagine my delight today when sifting through a pile of dusty old CD’s & came across the long lost instruction book for our Delorme P-40 GPS unit we bought new 3 or 4 years ago.  Now if we can just remember where the heck we put that Delorme P40 & match it up with the newly found instruction book.


Have to get myself busy working on a special page for Max, Checkers, & Cora.  Noticed one of our readers was missing the side bar photos.  I had also removed  a few other pics as well & plan to include them when I re-do our ‘About The Bayfield Bunch’ pages.  Hopefully soon.  Been quite awhile since I have updated them & they definitely do need a re-write.  I have basically made zero progress in my photo project.  Had hoped to arrange all the thousands of photos I have into some kind of logical on-line photo albums on my SMUG MUG site this summer but the task has proved to be too daunting & I have not been able to kick start my interest or enthusiasm into gear for doing that.  And to add even more photo chaos to my already confused photomash I am now considering digitalizing all my slides from the old 35mm days.  I have about 25 Kodak Carousels loaded with 140 slides in each one.   And then there are all the slide pages in binders.  But is it all really worth the effort.  Haven’t looked at any of those slides for well over 15 years.  We have dusty photo albums as well that also sit quietly on a shelf somewhere.   Time marches on.  For sure I should have done all this photo organizing years ago when my photo interests & memory cells were at their peak.  Good example I guess of not putting off till tomorrow what could have been done yesterday……………………………..  


Gaelyn over at GEOGYPSY has done a fine post on capsulizing the timeline events of the tragic Yarnell fire a week ago.  Questions are asked.  Could this situation have been handled better.  Did 19 Firefighters have to die.  And what now for Gaelyn’s home town of Yarnell where she has spent her winters.  The spot she parked her 5th wheel is the very area that was so severely burned……………



Early start for Kelly Tuesday morning as she heads off to the Goderich Hospital for another Echocardiogram & an Abdominal Ultra-sound.  She has to do the ‘fasting’ stuff tonight after 6 p.m. as well.  Some readers have sent  a few links about ‘VALLEY FEVER’ which have been very interesting reading.  We are still so totally in the dark about the results of Kelly’s Valley Fever test.



Turned out to be a no photo day. Not one so had to use a few from my files tonight. Not even a bug or a flower. Some days are like that but for me it's rare. Too humid to be out today & no photo op walk after supper due to rains & thunderstorms rolling through the area. Last week I spent some time moving photo files from our desktop computer to a new Toshiba external back-up hard drive. 58,863 photos to be exact. You can see my dilemma when it comes to deciding what goes on Smug Mug & where.


And a new Blog Follower today.  Thanks to PAT DEVLIN for dropping by.  With the growing popularity of Google Circles our old Blog Followers list has become kind of antiquated.  Still nice to see a few folks drop in now & again.    



I don’t mind the silence of the outdoors.  It’s the silence of the indoors that drives me bonkers.  A fast moving thunderstorm rolled through around the supper hour tonight knocking our electricity out again.  Happens a lot here & doesn’t take much to land our immediate area in darkness.  What I do not like most about that is the silence in the house.  In other words, the music stops & for me, I cannot sit in a building in silence.  Outside is fine, but not inside.  Didn’t take Pheebs & I long to hop in the Jeep, crank on our ambient music & take ourselves for a little cruise around Bayfield to put in some time.  I could see electricity on in the little shops & homes we drove by but they are on a different line than we are out in the country a couple miles.  Not much happening in the harbor with all the sailboats hunkered down at their moorings.  Rains lightened up & we headed home.  Happy to see street lights on as I pulled into our little community in the woods.  Ahhhh yes, back to normal.  Music in the house again:)))))



GROANER’S CORNER:((  Hospital rules state that patients checking out must have a wheelchair. One day a newly graduated nurse assistant came into the room to find an elderly man fully dressed, sitting on the bedside chair, with a piece of packed luggage at his side, all ready to go. When he was shown the wheelchair, he was adamant that he was fully capable of walking himself to the parking lot. But the assistant told him rules were rules, so he relented and let her wheel him out.
In the elevator, the assistant asked the elderly man if his wife was coming to meet him.
“I don’t think so,” he replied. “It takes her awhile to change her clothes, so she’s probably still upstairs in the bathroom taking off of her hospital gown and getting dressed.”

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. I'm anxious to hear about Kelly's tests. Hope they can find something that's been causing her difficulties, and get her back on the road to great health.

    I like to listen to music in the car, but not so much in the house.

  2. You broke a million!!! Good job Al!

    Hope Kelly gets some answers sooner than later, and glad that she continues to feel better.

  3. I applaud your efforts to just think about organizing photos. That's one job I don't even think about!

    I sure hope we get great news about Kelly soon.

    Hugs to Pheebs from the Taylor crew!

  4. Organizing old photos and scanning slides is certainly not a job for the faint of heart!! I have done pretty well with 2012 and 2013 but prior to that I just have a mess. Someday...

  5. Nice Sunset, must be nice to take a short drive and see all those sail boat masts. I enjoyed seeing sail boats everyday in San Diego when we camped there.

  6. It is nice to get those inside chores done around the house. sure would be nice to get Kelly straightened around and figure out whats going on.
    I went thru about 2,500 slides a few years ago and managed to copy about 500 of the best ones to digital. Sure is nice to have them.

  7. Al, Arizona is having thunderstorms and the first of those storms is now moving into the Coachella Valley. It is very humid here today. Hey, I vacuumed the living room, washed windows yesterday, and moved furniture around. Speaking of slides, I have many, many slides that my dad took many, many years ago. I need to SIT DOWN and go through them!
    Cheryl Ann

  8. Al, I have also considered trying to organize all of my old slides but then I ask myself this question. In 50 years will we be able to pull out the outdated storage medium we are using today to store our photos or will they just be lost? I am sure there is a way but I wonder what will become of all of the digital photos we take as keepsakes.
    Hope Kelly's tests go well and I do enjoy your blog and photos.

  9. Beautiful images! There is just something about fields of hay bales - love them! Incredible shot of the bee and a romantic shot of the sunset.

  10. Oh the waiting for tests has to be so daunting...hopeful some insight to what is happening soon. Glad you moved your photos to a hard drive...I still miss the ones I lost.

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