Wednesday, October 09, 2013



Quiet in the forest this morning except for a lone noisy Blue Jay high in a tree along the trail. Ground is covered in Pine needles & Autumn leaves. With clear night skies we have a heavy dew leaving everything on the wet side each morning. Sunlight slipping through golden leaves casts a warm glow on the wet forest floor giving each night's dew drop it's own sparkle.


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Legs feeling better this morning so my best Jeep Buddy & I were out the door & on the road by 9. After sitting around most of Tuesday I knew we were needing ourselves a good blast of fresh air & some relaxing country scenery. First stop was Clinton's Tim Hortons for a coffee & a muffin to go. We got it right this morning & didn't hold up anyone behind us by sitting at the wrong window. Renovations are well underway on the buildings exterior as well as interior.

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Headed ourselves out to the Hullett Marsh again for a walk but we stayed reasonably close to the Jeep. I had forgot about it being hunting season & the gunfire in the surrounding area meant we had to be mindful of where we were.

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Can't say enough about what a great dog Pheebs is. She just listens so well, never needs to be on a leash & comes when called. She loves riding in the Jeep & often sits right up in the front seat just like a little person. When we stop she waits until I tell her it's safe to get out of the Jeep & never runs off out of sight. She always stays within a hundred yards or so & keeps me in her line of sight. If she is out of sight in some brush or grass I can instantly bring her on the run with two claps of my hands. What a pleasure she is to have along on our country drives. Kelly often takes her along as well if she has to run into Bayfield's Library or Mennonite Country Market. Do you know that since having Pheebs for over 2 years now we have never heard her growl even once. And no matter what kind of food she has in her mouth she will always let us take it out of her mouth if needed. If we would have tried that with Max or our little Cora we would have lost an arm.  She has the gentlest nature of any dog I have ever seen.  Not a mean bone in her entire body.  


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We wandered a few roads & made a few stops. Our forest bush lines are still not in full color & I'm guessing maybe next week. Am also beginning to suspect the Autumn colors may not be as spectacular this year as in some other years. I think the degree of Autumn colors may be closely based on the weather. We have not had night time temps below freezing yet & that may have something to do with that.

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We were home by noon.  Had a rest & raked some pine needles up.  Kelly, at Deer Park phoned to say they were down on the beach & come over with Pheebs so off we went.  Sarah, Kelly, & the kids were enjoying the great Autumn day by the lake.  Took another bunch of pics, loaded Sarah, Gabrielle & Adara in the Jeep & drove them back up the steep hill from the beach.  Couple hours later we were all at our house for supper.  The Vancouver Gang is headed back to Cambridge Thursday so tonight will probably be the last time we see them.


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Sure has been quite an experience having a couple very active little 4 year olds around.  Kelly has had a lot more experience with kids than I have.  I basically don’t have any except for a few great years in the mid eighties when I & a little person became very close for about 4 years & had ourselves an absolute blast.  We specialized in driving her Mother bonkers with our zaniness:))  Great fun filled treasured memories.


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NAN left a comment saying she missed our black background. I haven't changed anything & when I checked my blog the background was still black. Just wondering if anyone else is seeing my blog with a background other than black.  Wonder if it has something to do with maybe viewing it in either Google+ or Facebook. Reason I chose a black background for my blog years ago was to enhance the clarity & color of my photographs. Photos generally always look much better against a dark background as opposed to a light background.  I would hope readers are seeing my blog as I have intended it to be seen.  Black background not white.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A woman was arrested for shop lifting. When she went before the judge he asked her, “What did you steal?” She replied: “a can of peaches.” The judge asked her why she had stolen them and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied 5. The judge then said, “I will give you 5 days in jail.”
Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment the woman’s husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something. The judge said, “What is it?”
The husband said, “She also stole a can of peas.”

- 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.
She also stole a can of peas.”


  1. Yes you certainly lucked out when you got Pheebs. But then she lucked out also when she got such a great 'Mom and Dad'. She really is a sweet girl.

  2. Blog's still black for me! Love Pheebs... :)

  3. It's black on my iPad too!
    Pheebs is the greatest! I think she found you and Kelly! I'm glad you have her and really glad she has you!

  4. I still see black. You guys have had a busy family Summer / Fall this year. Kelly has a beautiful family.

    That Pheebs is a super dog, kinda makes one wonder about why some are that kind and enjoy the same things humans do.

  5. I see black Al, but I also see those BEAUTIFUL fall colors. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.


  6. Black here !!!!! And beautiful !!!!!!! Remember those photo books always had flat, matte finish black paper ?
    Same concept......
    More beautiful grandchildren for Kelly !!!!! So photogenic ...... And Kelly's daughter, Sarah seems to favor her a lot in the photos......
    Know you are ready to hit the road, Al ...... Soooooon
    you will be rollin south, all of you on your merry way !!!!
    The leaves are beginning to turn here in the Smokies ..... Not sure about the full color yet ......time will tell.......
    Give the Pheebs a pat for myself and the Duke !!!!!!

  7. Add me to the list who sees a black background. However you present them, your photos are always spectacular. The groaner tonight got a real groan from me!

  8. Black to me, a great background to the fall colors.

    Pheebs is pleaser.

    Possible snow tonight and tomorrow in Flagstaff.

  9. Hey, Al & Kelly...
    We had a winter storm move through here yesterday and Idyllwild GOT SNOW! Yes! Already...It is so cold here this morning that I had to put on a sweater!!! Hope you have a good time coming back to the desert~!
    Cheryl Ann ~~Background is black and I use Google Chrome.

  10. Love, love, love the fall colours. Your photos are great especially on a black background.
    Where has time gone - think how uncomplicated life was at age four!
    We never had any problems with taking bones away from any of our dogs (4) we had in all these years. So glad for you that you got Pheebs and she got you. What a match!

  11. I have a black background!

    Looks like you had wonderful autumn weather for the family visit. Gotta love kids...water temp doesn't seem to be a factor in their love of the water.

    Beautiful colors! Thanks!

  12. My pit bull, in appearance, Patches will let me take anything out of her mouth. Even lets me look around in there for 'stuff' that she has already swallowed. She is not quite as well behaved as Pheebe especially toward other dogs but she is a pretty Good Girl.

  13. You did luck out when you got Pheebs! Background is still black over here.

  14. Going to the Blog, the background is Black. When I read it in my "Feedly" reader it's white like everyone's. Maybe she was reading your blog through a reader?

  15. We see it black -- and we're watching you through Google Chrome (as far as I know -- what do I know about what we're looking through?)

    (Yes, the LeRoys are still alive and kicking, we just don't kick as high as we once did.)

  16. Love the tribute to Pheebs, brought a tear to my eye. So glad you have her. I really like the bright colored skirt on one of the twins. They do dress differently.

  17. I believe you said Pheebs was a Border Collie..If so, my brother has 2 and says they are one of the most gentle...

  18. Howdy BBB,

    Mines black also... BUT when I opened my Yahoo emails yesterday, EVERYTHING WAS WHITE and the control buttons were AT THE BOTTOM, instead of the TOP, the IRRITATING ADS ON THE RIGHT WERE GONE(but were back today)... I haven't found anyone else that it happened to, either...

  19. Even though I have never met Pheebs, I have come to love her through your words and pictures. She is indeed a wonderful dog and you and Kelly are so blessed to have her in your lives.

  20. Another GREAT post Al.

    Those little kids sound like big personalities for sure.

    Pheebs sounds like a one of a kind for sure.

    Have a safe trip to AZ.