Wednesday, October 02, 2013




So nice to see something early this morning I had not seen for the past 6 months. Sunrise:)) And sunrise with a wispy mist hanging low over grassy fields laden with heavy dew. Living in a pine forest here on the outskirts of Bayfield we never get to see the sunsets or sunrises. A day without a sunrise & a sunset is a day partially lost. Fortunately during the winter months we do get to see them everyday while we are in the southwest. So what got me up so early & out of the pine forest to see the sunrise you ask??
Well, I was on an overnight blood-work fast & wanted to be at the Maitland Valley Medical Clinic in Goderich as early as I could to have some of that blood hauled out of me. I've been on Crestor for the past couple months again & this will be a cholesterol check to see if Crestor is doing any good. My Nurse Practitioner said my last levels were ‘off the chart’. I was put on Crestor over a year ago but stopped taking it late last Fall when I began having pains in my hip. Whether that was related or not I have no idea. Anyway, I resumed the Crestor a couple months ago & have a Doctor's appointment on the 10th to see if this Crestor stuff is doing any good. I have my doubts but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised for a change.
Another superb 70+ sunny weather day & as soon as I returned home from the Vampire clinic I changed clothes & started hauling out the remaining logs & brush from Tuesday’s tree cutting. What a sticky mess of a job it is when working with pine trees. That pine sap just sticks to absolutely everything. A dead pine tree was also taken down at a neighbor's so I cleaned up & hauled all that wood away as well. By early afternoon I was needing to seek out my most comfortable place on the Planet. My recliner. Oh how nice to let my old Buddy envelope me in it's soft mushy cushions & oversized padded arms. Clicked on my fan, kicked back for a big stretch, & I was soon off to la la land for a short snooze………….And did my arms finally fall off after Tuesdays log hauling? Nope, they weren't even sore any more when I woke up this morning. Amazing how the body many times can repair & rejuvenate itself while we are sleeping. Wished my body could rejuvenate my achy legs but I think sore legs are simply an every day part of my life now. It didn't help that I had forgot to take my arthritic Arthrotec pill this morning either.


Kelly loaded a fair few things into the Motorhome today. Not sure what it all was but I did see the food cupboard doors open. We're slowly getting things ready to travel. Good thing to get as much done now while the weather is so nice. Long range weather forecast is calling for rain this weekend & next week.  Maybe even starting Thursday so Pheebs & I might try for a Jeep photo tour in the morning before the weather goes into the dumpster for the next bunch of days.


Not a sound in the forest this afternoon except for Pheebs & I shuffling through the growing pile of leaves on the trail. No birds, no bugs, no wind. Just a stillness over the land & us guys shuffling along. Oh how I so much appreciate this quiet world I live in today compared to years ago. Appreciate & enjoy it that is, as long as I frequent the places I prefer. No more noisy work environments, pubs, malls, traffic congestion & people people everywhere. How nice to surround myself most days with the quietness & scenic beauty of nature. It is afternoon walks like today which bring all that home to me. Doesn't have to be a spectacular mountain hike, canoeing on a serene lake, or walking a distant desert floor. Just quiet time anywhere nature abounds will work for me most every time.


Kelly mentioned to me the other day we hadn’t heard anything from Debra Argosy for quite awhile.  I checked our blog roll & she wasn’t there.  Every once in awhile in one of my purge modes I have been known to go through our blog roll list & delete older dormant blogs in an attempt to keep my list shorter.  Actually that has been a dumb thing for me to do but we won’t get into the dumb things I do.  Well not tonight anyway.  I suspect I dropped Debra’s blog when I saw she had not posted for quite awhile.  Anyway, I have Debra back on the blog roll & for all you folks who like some fire in your reading Debra very often has the heat turned right up & you can most always be guaranteed reading some great honest no holds barred opinions, rants, heart warming stories, maybe some covert animal rescues, & always a logical alternative to the so called ‘norm’.  It’s not the usual watered down blog fodder you will hear from Debra.  Here’s a Gal who thinks outside the box, see’s things for what they are & is not afraid to tell you about it.  She will get you thinking.  Check out her latest post at, TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.  We met Debra & her partner Jim back on December 27th 2011 while Ranch sitting in McNeal Arizona.  You can read my post from that day here……. MEETING A FELLOW BLOGGER.


And a stunningly clear high definition 3D undersea video for you tonight. Best to view it on 'full screen'. Don't miss it................ THE OCEAN AS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT


GROANER'S CORNER:(( A noted biologist, who had been studying little green frogs in a swamp, was stumped. The frog population, despite efforts at predator control, was declining at an alarming rate. A chemist at a nearby college came up with a solution: The frogs, due to a chemical change in the swamp water, simply couldn't stay coupled long enough to reproduce successfully. The chemist then brewed up a new adhesive to assist the frogs' togetherness, which included one part sodium. It seems the little green frogs needed some monosodium glue to mate.
- 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. Oh the sweet sound of quiet! What a joy to be surrounded by it.

    Your pine forest sure looked pretty today...

  2. You made very nice pictures today. I will keep this post and try to accomplish the same. I am guessing the pine needles was low F and low shutter to get that moving effect. I will try to take one like it, doubt it will turn out like yous.
    I moved a stack of firewood yesterday and feel it today, you are a tough old guy. I just wish I was down South today, 24 degrees this morn and warmed up to 47.

  3. Your pictures of the Beautiful fall leaves are so graceful looking. I'm new to blogging & have been catching up on your past ones. Trying to learn all I can to embark on the lifestyle in early 2014. I started my own blog and am finding it has a learning curve as well. I'd love to have you check out my blog jeaniesrvtravels@blogspot. Any help or advise you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your knowledge & experiences & safe travels to you all.

  4. Sure lovin this wonderful fall weather, lets get all this outside stuff done while we can, soon outta here.

  5. I was really looking forward to the quiet in the southwest National Parks in a few days but they will probably be closed. I don't see the sunrise/sunsets at home either, and certainly not many stars. I know you are starting to get excited about your upcoming travels.