Monday, August 21, 2023


The thing to do this morning was to get out and about before the humidity ramped up so Pheebs and I headed off for a wee walk in the Bayfield Cemetery.  On the way home we stopped into Richard and Gayle's place where Richard toured me around a few flat bush trails on their new electric cart which is very similar to a golf cart only a touch smaller.  He tells me it will do the quarter mile in 1.6 seconds:))  I think if he decides on a name for the cart, and based on that fast quarter mile time, he might call it 'Slingshot'.


I think there must have been a little hanky-panky going on in our frog pond over these past few months.  From only two frogs in late April we now have somewhere near a dozen smaller so I can see I will be busy catching frogs again this Fall.  I take them over to the much deeper Park's pond where they can burrow deep into the mud and survive the winter.  

Our outside jungle around the house has been slowly but steadily encroaching on us.  I don't seem to be as active or as enthusiastic about keeping it all trimmed back as I once was.  However, Kelly mentioned it to me Saturday and yesterday afternoon, despite the humidity I hauled out a couple aluminum step-ladders, my trusty swede saw, and a pair of clippers.  I wasn't long in having our small front yard lawn littered with tree branches as well as shrubs and vine clippings.  Our yard is way overdo for a make over and while sawing away at a branch today I thought to myself, 'well, at least I'm making a start.   

When Bayfield Garage owner Don went out to pick up our non-starting Jeep with his flatbed truck last Thursday he double checked to see if the Jeep would start and of course it didn't.  He loaded it up on the flatbed and brought it into the garage.  Over the course of the next few days he said every time they tried to start started!!  They checked out all the usual suspects like the battery and alternator, etc., but could find nothing wrong.  So, it's a mystery.  The disconcerting fact is that it will probably happen again at some point.  Could be tomorrow or it could be a year from tomorrow.  It doesn't leave me with a lot of confidence in the Jeep now.  And what if it doesn't start in the middle of winter on a freezing cold day and Pheebs and I are out wandering aroud some back courntry roads or I'm at a gas pump.  I had been hoping to get the Jeep through one more winter but now I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that.

Al's Music Box:)) Lady In Red by Chris de Burgh from the album, 'Into The Night'.  1986.....The song was written in reference to his wife Diane, who used to come and watch him perform at his parents' hotel. It was released on the album Into the Light. de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.

GROANER'S CORNER:(( Walking through Chinatown, a tourist is fascinated with all the Chinese restaurants, shops, signs and banners. He turns a corner and sees a building with the sign, "Hans Olaffsen's Laundry."  So he walks into the shop and sees an old Chinese gentleman behind the counter.  The tourist asks, "How did this place get a name like "Hans Olaffsen's Laundry?"  The old man answers, "Is name of owner."  The tourist asks, "Well, who and where is the owner?"  "Me, is right here," replies the old man.  "You? How did you ever get a name like Hans Olaffsen?"  "Is simple," says the old man. "Many, many year ago when come to this country, was stand in line at Documentation Center. Man in front was big blonde Swede. Lady look at him and go, "What your name?" He say, "Hans Olaffsen." Then she look at me and go, 'What your name?'"  "I say, Sem Ting."


The man was in no shape to drive, so he wisely left his car parked and walked home. As he was walking unsteadily along, he was stopped by a policeman. "What are you doing out here at 2 A.M.?" asked the officer.
"I'm going to a lecture." The man said.
"And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?" the cop asked.  "My wife," said the man.



  1. That jeep trouble reminds me of a riding mower I had that once had a failing key switch. A very aggravating trouble for sure and hard to find the cause..

  2. So I guess I have the stereotype of Canadians as being calm in all circumstances. I would be saying, oh just shoot me now, over the Jeep. Paying for its ride to the shop, and then having it behave perfectly. Perfectly. I would be telling it some stuff. In a loud voice. But true, no use in getting over wrought. It's only one's trust that has been violated. Happy to hear about the frogs though.

  3. Sounds like you are dealing with a bad terminal connection. We had a bad battery connection that did the same as you described.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. I have had this exact problem with a different make/model. Mine was the ground wire off the negative battery terminal that bolts to the body/chassis of the vehicle. Crazy something like a grounding cable could go bad but mine did. I think the first owner traded it in over the problem. Took me a while but I finally figured out this intermittent issue. You can probably even do it yourself via YouTube. Good luck!

  5. This sounds like the old classic problem of a starter with brushes that aren't making contact. The remedy was to carry a hammer and something to lay on with you and hit the starter hard with the hammer, a few times, when it happens. The tow truck jolting around does the same thing. This sometimes happens with rigs that sit around a lot or have worn out starters. Or just replace the starter with a new starter. If you want to try the hammer, just practice a bit at home before taking off so you know what to do. If the hammer works, you know it's the starter.
    If you think back a bit, you might remember doing that in the past as it used to be done more.

  6. Same problem, towed TWICE only to have it start up for them. Once after stopping for gas I just waited ten minutes & it started. It was a bad ignition. After many complained to the NTSB, me included, it got recalled. The solution was new keys and a warning not to overload the keyring, which wasn't. Weird. Barb in FL

  7. Is your jeep a standard or automatic (asks the Cowboy)?

  8. Next time the Jeep doesn't start, try wiggling the shift lever, maybe even put it in reverse and back to park. There is a switch in there to prevent it starting in gear. That switch may be going bad or the shift lever (being well worn) isn't all the way into park.