Monday, April 14, 2014



With a good night’s sleep I was feeling a bit better this morning & was able to get out & walk our usual Pine Forest loop trail.  First time around since late last October.  Kelly & Pheebs did the trail Sunday.  Other than branches down here & there the pathways were in reasonably good shape.  I’ll clean up the trail in a few weeks once I get our own yard mess under control. 



Despite hefty winds this morning I was so surprised at how mild it was.  Thermometer was up into the mid 60’s.  Although not being out of the woods with this cold yet I couldn’t let those nice mild working temperatures go to waste.  Hooked up the utility trailer behind the Jeep & began raking up & loading pine needles, branches, & wet leaves, .  I didn’t keep at it hour after hour like I usually do though.  Was maybe outside for 40 minutes or so then had to come in for a rest.  Just couldn’t quite summon up the energy to get myself back out again & that was probably just as well.     


I’ve noticed we have more tree & shrub damage than first thought.  The ice storm back in December really took a toll on the young Cedar & Pine trees I had planted over the last few years.  Some are broke off right to the ground & the rest are damaged & bent over.  I’m sure the winter was terrible for all the poor animals & birds in the area as well.  Hard to understand how they can survive these brutal cold winters & heavy snows.DSC_0013


With encouragement & interest from readers I decided this morning I will attempt to make a new bird station.  After all, the priority here is the bird’s & not whether I feel like building a new feeder station or not.  I have sometimes been known to get my priorities miss-aligned a wee bit you know.


Kelly headed up to Goderich this morning & re-newed her drivers license, picked up some groceries & stopped around the Medical Clinic to leave some blood.  While there she made an appointment for me to see my Nurse Practitioner.  Turns out she had an opening this afternoon so in I went.  Prescriptions had to be re-newed & also figured I might have her see what’s going on with my chest congestion.  She did some listening with one of those stethoscope thingys & immediately prescribed me some drugs.  250 mg Azithromycin & 50 mg  Apo-Prednisone.  We’ll see if that gets me out of the woods & jacks up my energy levels.


Our earlier mild temperatures plummeted throughout the day & the weather folks are calling for freezing rain & ice pellets overnight changing to snow by morning.  Could have us white landscape by morning.  Temps will remain just below the freezing mark for Tuesday before beginning to rise again.  Looks like I might have myself an inside day.  Probably resume our yard clean-up Wednesday.



ROBERT KNOWLTON joined us a couple days ago on our ‘Friends’ list over yonder in our side bar.  Welcome aboard Robert.  Afraid we won’t be traveling for a bit but if you can tough it out with us for the summer we should have the wheels rolling again in October if not sooner:))



GROANER’S CORNER:((  God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli and cauliflower, spinach, and green, yellow, and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then, using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Kreme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" and Man said, "Yea," and Woman said, "and another one with sprinkles." And they gained 10-20 pounds.
And God created the healthy yogurt that woman might keep the figure that man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane, and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.
God then brought forth running shoes so that his children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to get up to change the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin, sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And man gained pounds. God then gave lean beef so that man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created the 99-cent cheeseburger. Then he said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yeah! And super size 'em." And Satan said, "It is good."
And Man went into cardiac arrest. God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created HMOs.


  1. What a fat little bird! Sure is cute! It's hard to believe the crocus are peeping up. A good sign spring is just around the corner for you there!

    Hope you feel better soon......

  2. We gonna stay here a bit warmer until wednesday then make the trek back to Ontario.
    Hope get yourself feeling better soon.

  3. Al, I think you have the same virus that I do. Yes...TOTAL exhaustion. I only lasted an hour up at the horse ranch on Saturday and I'm usually there for 2-3 hours (normally). I have chest congestion, too (bronchitis). I've already been through the Z-pak, as we call it here. I almost took today off, but I straggled in to school. Only 3 more days this week, then a 3 day weekend!
    Cheryl Ann

  4. Bet your walk was a little less rattle snakes!!

  5. Hope the drugs help fix you up Al, Pheebes needs her dad to go walking with her.. I'm sure the yard will be there all summer... LOL

  6. Well, heck... I was gonna comment on the Junco... but then scrolled down to your groaner... still laughing (maybe a bit of a guilty laugh)... but darned if that doesn't say it all. But all that aside... looks like you've got a bunch of work to keep you busy for a while... go for it!

  7. Like that groaner. Had a big grin on my face when I read it!
    Get well soon, hope the drugs clean it up. And cross fingers Kelly doesn't pick it up!

  8. I know so many folks who have or who have had this virus. One of the folks I work with started antibiotics & prednisone for a sinus infection AND bronchitis! Maybe having snow on the ground wouldn't be so bad for you. Take good care of yourself!

  9. Sure glad you got your priorities straightened out. Those birds need you after the long hard winter they've had. Hope that the meds kick in quickly and you get to feeling much better.


  10. Hope the meds work,hard to kick those bugs when you travel.

  11. I want to know how you train your immune system to wait until you get back to your RNP before you need meds! And then a nice snow flurry to keep you indoors to rest...your guardian angel is working overtime.

  12. The mess in the yard will still be there when you feel better. Get some rest. It is more enjoyable to work outdoors when you are feeling well.

  13. Today's photos are stunning, Al. It is a good thing that you are rebuilding the bird feeder. The squirrels would be upset with you if you did not present them with a challenge.

  14. We noticed some muddy paw prints on the outside of our screen porch ...Den (my own Indian Scout) says they are from a raccoon..He sure could climb! Good idea for the pneumonia please!