Monday, August 12, 2013





Had an appointment with my Nurse Practitioner this morning so told her about my foot injury 9 days ago. A sore point was detected on the side of my foot & she sent me for X-rays. Nothing broken & it is termed a 'soft tissue' injury. Nothing I can do but suck it up & do the best I can with a very sore foot for as long as it takes to heal.  Meanwhile I will just shuffle around like Quasimodo from the Hunch Back of Notre Dame.  Nothing like an illness or an injury to make one feel about 30 years older than they actually are!!  My NP did tell me the foot should be supported by good footwear though & I didn’t tell her I’m not in the habit of wearing shoes in the house.  I always walk around in sock feet & it seems that is the worst possible thing I could have been doing for my foot this past week & a half.DSC_0003


Upon leaving the Medical Center I went straight away to Wuerth’s Shoe Store in downtown Goderich, un-cheapskated myself & bought me a spanking brand new pair of comfortable ‘NEW BALANCE’ walking/hiking/running shoes.  We’ll see if that helps my foot.  I’m just using the ‘walking’ part of that triple combo for starters right now:))


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'Hotshot' over in the Shout Box is correct about me repeating myself by copying & pasting some of the paragraphs in Sunday night's post. Had written half a dozen paragraphs on my laptop Saturday. Sat down at the desk top Sunday night & started out writing in my Live Writer program. About half way through I remembered the paragraphs on my laptop. Copy & pasted some of them to Live Writer & of course muddled myself up as I tried to integrate Saturday's thoughts with Sunday's thoughts. In doing so I repeated one of the paragraphs which I since have removed. Thanks to keen eyed readers for keeping me on the straight & narrow:))

Commenter Phil had some questions about the Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich.  This operation is the largest Salt Mine in the world with tunnels stretching for miles out underneath Lake Huron.  Kelly & were fortunate enough to have been on one of the last public tours of this mine about 18 years ago.  A small crowded work elevator took us down into the mine that day & when the doors opened we were looking at a world unlike anything we had ever seen before. Large trucks laden with salt chunks driving by, huge noisy ventilation fans whirring away & the sounds of a heavy crusher shaking & breaking those large salt boulders into smaller pieces. I remember we walked & also rode on some kind of shuttle through the cavernous tunnels & large ‘rooms’. Easy for one to become lost at any one of the roadway intersections. Everything looked the same & had been carved through a large salt vein which runs from Ontario all the way under the lake down into Michigan & Ohio somewhere. One would think the cavern walls would be white but I remember them as a dirty gray with the ceilings looking black. We were told that was diesel residue from trucks traveling these subterranean roads for years. The shuttle took us far out under the lake to the leading edge where the actual digging was taking place. Loaders were busy loading trucks as digging equipment kept chipping away at the solid wall of salt in front of them. Explosives are also used.  Salt is loaded into trucks which are driven all those many underground miles back to a main underground crusher machine. Huge blocks of salt are broken down before being transferred to the surface via conveyors where it is milled to various sizes.  Once on the surface it is bulk stored in huge huts while much of it is bagged as well. It is commonly called Rock Salt & the majority of it is used on icy winter roads. A steady stream of big 18 wheel trucks will soon begin arriving to haul that rock salt to points all over Ontario & maybe even Quebec. Those trucks will be rolling all winter. I should add here that I am relating this from a sometimes unreliable memory & 18 years ago was a very long time. In an attempt at trying to lend some accuracy to my paragraph I have included THIS LINK about the mine. 
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TOM from up there in that Alaska place also had a comment question. Tom asks, {I do wonder how you afford all that gas by the liter for those wonderful jeep rides} Jeeps are not known for their terrific gas mileage so my answer Tom is that we drive very slowly. Must admit I do have some guilt feelings at times especially when Kelly is working & Pheebs & I are out driving around in the Jeep. We do justify some of those types of expenses at times by telling ourselves, we don't drink, we don't smoke or do drugs, we seldom eat out, we're not fancy dressers, & we don't entertain or spend much money on social stuff.  Sometimes we just gotta justify things eh:))



IVAN is still having himself a great working summer in southern Alberta fuelling helicopters when called upon & being choppered around from mountain top to mountain top helping out with things where & whenever needed. What a great environment to spend one's summers in & then what a great environment to spend one's winter in when he gets to freely wander his way around the entire American South West. What a life, what a life:))



First thing in the morning I am off to the Maitland Medical Center (the Vampire clinic) again. More blood tests this time concerning cholesterol levels. I will be soooooooo glad when at some point Kelly & I hopefully reach a point where we can put all this medical stuff behind us, load up the rig, & hit the road for the South West once again. Something new to blog about & I know readers will be sooooooo glad when that happens as well............10-4:))

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Thanks to Commenters & Shout Boxers for understanding my Sunday post.  Sometimes I forget to thank the folks on my Facebook page for their comments & ‘likes’ as well so a special nod to readers over there for your long time interest & support.  I hope to write more on the subject of depression now that I have brought it out of the closet.  Let me just start by saying there are times at the end of some days where I hover my cursor over the 'Publish' button on my Live Writer program. My mind thinks, have I said something I'm going to regret. Is there something I wrote I should rethink, rewrite, or remove. Some posts roll off my keyboard light & easy. They have a good feeling to them & I have little to be concerned about. Other times, not so much. This is not by design, this is due in part to mood swings. Mood swings are related to Depression…………………………………. 



GROANER'S CORNER:(( A wife, being the romantic sort, sent her husband a text: “If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you! The husband, typically nonromantic, replied, “I am on the toilet. Please advise!”

- 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 was getting a couple of tires for my motorhome last week and my grandson noticed some tires in the warehouse where I was getting tires. They were the biggest tires I have ever seen. Two of them were about a big as my small motorhome. They said the tires were for some machine used in the salt mine and one costs $55,000. There must be a lot of money in salt. Made me feel a little better about my $300 dollar tires. lol I never think about taking a picture of interesting things.

    An oil rig pierced a salt dome under a small lake near here once and the water in the lake went down into the dome. The water in a canal that connected the lake to the gulf ran backwards.

  2. no justification is needed for anything!.. nothing like a jeep ride..good for what ails!!

  3. Thanks for your honesty and frankness on depression. I have had depression it seems forever. I have learned to live with it - just like several other things in my life - one day at a time. Some days are harder than ever. It is a roller coaster ride. My husband has never had to deal with depression, and for him, it's very hard to understand. It just doesn't go away for me even when I did take medication; it does get better and then back down. Yes, a roller coaster. :) Linda

  4. Nice looking shoes - hope they help your feet.

    Sometimes being honest and open in one's blog can lead to hurtful comments and misunderstandings. I think your readers care enough about you and Kelly to offer support, not least I hope so. Thank you for being who you are and perhaps helping others to recognize and seek help for their own issues. You are REAL and we appreciate you.

  5. I remember my foot injury 2 years ago, when a big log rolled off my truck and hit my right foot. OUCH! I was hampered for a full month after that.

  6. I used to go barefoot everywhere, now I have to wear good shoes or sandals whenever I am walking about or even standing. Back, leg and foot pain increases a lot when I don't wear good shoes.
    Years ago we used to camp at Point Farms just north of Goderich and sometimes on the beach you could hear the blasting under the lake, almost sounded like thunder. Too bad we never did a tour when they were available.

  7. I feel bad for not suggesting you wear good tight shoes. That is a given with your type of foot injury. I just assumed you knew. Bare foot walking is the worst. You should heal faster now.

  8. I think I caught your sore foot last night. My right foot suddenly got very sore on the top...No, I didn't drop anything on it..I believe it's sympathy pains for you..Don't worry about your blogging. Those who are loyal readers totally get it..I have mood swings lately too..My daughter says it's hormonal..How can that be when I HAVE NO HORMONES???? HUGS TO THE BAYFIELD THREE AND KEEP ON RIDIN' AROUND...NO GUILT!

  9. Woe is me. Playing catch up, again. Glad your foot isn't broken, Al, but I know that doesn't mean it's not painful. I have dealt with depression, and it isn't fun. Getting older and having health problem just adds to it. I hope when you and Kelly can get some miles south under your belts, the heaviness will shed and you'll find a peace within. I think more people than you know are in a similar boat, especially among us seniors.

    I have Keen shoes. Wish I could send you a picture. They are THE most comfortable shoes I've ever had, yet they offer a lot of support. Not as spiffy looking as yours though. I also like New Balance.

    Keep on keepin' on, Al. There all those of us who care about you and Kelly out here, and then you have "the Pheebs" who adores you. What a great dog she has turned out to be. I remember when I first started reading your blog you were disappointed that another pup that you hoped to adopt did work out--I just knew there was Pheebs waiting for you. Some things are just destined to be. :)