Saturday, December 02, 2023


It was my turn to drive on this cloudy but rainless Saturday morning so I picked up my good buddy Richard at 9:30 and we beetled off to Clinton's Tim Hortons for coffees and muffins to go.  From there, our travels took us northeast of Clinton through a rural area comprising the little burgs and whistlestops of Bornholm, Brodhagen, and Winthrop.  As usual, our country-drive conversation was not only scenic but also timely, stimulating, thought-provoking, and interesting.  I dropped Richard off at home a couple hours later shortly before noon and minutes after that I was in our driveway.  

Early this afternoon, Kelly, Pheebs, and I were back in the Subaru headed to Goderich.  Kelly's old recliner has been steadily deteriorating ever since we bought it two decades ago and I haven't been able to convince her she needs a new one.  Well, that was until a few days ago when she finally decided on her own that it was time to part with her old well-worn relic that I have a suspicion was probably brought to North America on the Mayflower and transported to Canada via dog sled.  So, that's why we headed for Goderich today to stop into the 'The Brick' and 'Home Hardware' stores to check out new recliners.  To say I was 'staggered' by the price of these reclining chairs nowadays would be putting it mildly.  In fact, I had to sit down in one of those very recliners until I could un-stagger myself.  With a possible liver transplant coming up and the probability of a year-long recovery period, it's important that we get exactly the right 'ease of use' recliner for Kelly so that was our priority.  We both noticed the 'Home Hardware' recliners seemed to be of better quality than 'The Brick' recliners so there are a couple possibilities at Home Hardware.  We didn't make any decisions today because Kelly said she hasn't quite got her recliner worn down to the bare steel rails yet and she figures there is still a couple lumpy miles left in her favorite old antique. 


Al's Music Box:)) It's Now Or Never is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and released as a single in 1960. The song is one of the best-selling singles by Presley (20 million copies), and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was recorded by Bill Porter at RCA Studio B in Nashville.  Based on a song Elvis liked by singer Tony Martin, (There's No Tomorrow) Elvis mentioned the idea to his music publisher, Freddy Bienstock, who was visiting him in Germany... Mr. Bienstock, who many times found songwriters for Presley, returned to his New York City office, where he found songwriters, Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold, the only people in that day. The two wrote lyrics in half an hour. Selling more than 5 million records, the song became number one in countries all around and was Presley's best-selling single ever... a song, Shroeder and Wally finished in 20 minutes to a half hour which was the biggest song of their career.

GROANER'S CORNER:((  A hesitant driver, waiting for a traffic jam to clear, came to a complete stop on the freeway ramp. Traffic thinned, but the driver still waited.  Finally, a furious voice from the vehicle behind him cried, “The sign says to yield, not give up!”


Today, I melted an ice cube with my mind just by staring at it.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would.

- If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
- Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?
- How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
- What is the speed of darkness?
When I offer to wash your back in the shower, all you have to say is ‘yes’ or ‘no’.   Not all this “Who are you and how did you get in here?” nonsense.




  1. Great photos as usual,Al.
    Good furniture is pricey,it will be worth it for Kelly to be comfortable,-Mary

  2. Ah. A sweet junco. Thanks. A recliner is a big purchase, almost like a mattress!!!
    Sooner or later a new one is needed. Too bad they're not permanent.

  3. When I had my knee replaced we had taken my favorite chair and ottoman to have it reupholstered. I regretted that decision! I had to recover sitting in an older recliner we had in the living room and it was so uncomfortable. Buying new furniture is almost as bad as buying a new car!!

  4. Oh, I so enjoyed the funny stuff today. Still not getting your blog in my email, but I know how to find you. My husband died in July, my pet ragdoll late last year. I really need to laugh and I did today. Thank you.