Wednesday, September 13, 2023


I slept the night through with my fingers crossed hoping for a sunny morning.  However, with a thick overhead cloud cover, it wasn't to be. Pheebs and I did later manage to take our legs for a walk around the Park's pond this afternoon and snap a few pics along the way.  Shortly after that at 3:05 the Sun finally punched a small hole through the clouds and that was the welcome beginning of a clearing trend.  And, it was that warming sunshine that finally had me back out of the house by late afternoon with my leaf rake, pitchfork, and wheelbarrow in hand raking up some late Spring and Summer pine needles in our backyard.  Nice to be outside doing something useful again.  


A very poor night for Kelly when her anti-itching pills failed to kick in.  She has an appointment at the Goderich Hospital Thursday afternoon for lower back X-rays. 

Al's Music Box:)) Brothers In Arms by the Dire Straits from their 1985 album, 'Brothers In Arms'.  This song takes me back to my VW Camper Van days on a warm summer's night on a country road somewhere southwest of Mitchell Ontario.  I had just been out for a nowhere drive in the late evening air contemplating my future.  No tape deck in the VW so I had a boombox with headphones.  I had just bought the Dire Straits tape Brother In Arms and with the volume cranked in the headphones I nearly blew myself out of the van with this song.  Right from the soul-stirring opening bars, I was mesmerized not only by Mark Knopfler's haunting words and voice but the sounds of his complex string-bending tonal Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar.  The song continues to build and then from seemingly out of nowhere, I hear a very low-key organ sound quietly and with hardly any notice, enter the mix.  Now my spine begins to tingle and it is the organ that sets me on fire.  By the time the song reached its crescendo and then delicately ebbed away seven minutes later, my whole body was abuzz.  With the ending of the song, I wheeled my campervan around and headed for the nearby Pinery Provincial Park south of Grand Bend.  It was already dark when I booked myself a campsite for the night, stretched out in the van, strapped on my headphones again, cranked the volume, and listened to that whole tape over and over and probably over again.  For me, it is one of those memories that will stay with me forever and every time now I hear Brothers In Arms it sends shivers up my spine.  Yes, I do indeed love my music:))

GROANER'S CORNER:((  At a local coffee bar, a young woman was expounding on her idea of the perfect mate to some of her friends.  "The man I marry must be a shining light amongst company. He must be musical. Tell jokes. Sing. And stay home at night!"  An old granny overheard and spoke up, "Honey, if that's all you want, get a TV!"


"The Jewish people have observed their 5,758th year as a people," the Hebrew teacher informed his class. "Consider that the Chinese have observed only their 4,695th. What does this mean to you?"  After a reflective pause, one student volunteered, "Well, for one thing, the Jewish people had to do without Chinese food for 1,063 years."



  1. Lovely photos again tonight, Al. My prayers will be with Kelly tomorrow.

  2. Fabulous floral photos. Some of these are fine art, as you know especially about the white daisies as you featured them in first place. The first frog photo! Really awesome and unexpected! And the third . . . submerged. Fine art of very serious. They are lovely; you make them even more beautiful, like they are paying you for wedding photos, smile. Blessings.... p.s. Pink clover is one of the most beautiful flowers on earth, especially when blooming among the blue cornflowers.