Friday, January 05, 2024


Another cold gray day and although Pheebs and I took a cruise into Bayfield and back I was not inspired to take even a single photo.  Tonight's pictures are from my early 2021 January photo files.  Aside from checking the oil and topping up the windshield washer fluid in both vehicles upon returning home, I spent the rest of the day in my recliner reading.
Thanks to a phone call from our good friend and handyman Bruce, I will be returning the 'grab bar' I bought yesterday back to the Canadian Tire Store.  He said all those types of medical aids can be had free of charge from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Goderich.  Items can later be returned or a donation to Saint Vincent de Paul can be made.  The Canadian Legion in Goderich also offers the same medical aids free of charge.  We are at the moment compiling a list of things we will need.  And, thanks to reader's comments, we will not go the 'suction grab bar' route for our shower.  
Al's Music Box:))
 Now And Then 
 (This is a remarkable piece of engineering) "Now and Then" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 2 November 2023. Dubbed "the last Beatles song",  "Now and Then" is a psychedelic soft rock ballad that John Lennon. wrote and recorded around 1977 as a solo home demo but left unfinished. After Lennon died in 1980, the song was considered as a potential third Beatles reunion single for their 1995–1996 retrospective project The Beatles Anthology, following "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love", both based on Lennon's demos. Instead, it was shelved for nearly three decades, until it was completed by his surviving bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, using overdubs and guitar tracks by George Harrison (who died in 2001) from the abandoned 1995 sessions.  The final version features additional lyrics by McCartney.  Lennon's voice was extracted from the demo using the machine-learning-assisted audio restoration technology commissioned by Peter Jackson for his 2021 documentary The Beatles: Get Back.  Jackson also directed the music video for "Now and Then".  The song received acclaim from critics, who felt it was a worthy finale for the Beatles. It topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria, and reached the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. It is the only Beatles United Kingdo number-one single not attributed to the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership.  John Lennon wrote "Now and Then" in the late 1970s, and recorded a five-minute piano demo in around 1977 on a tape recorder at his home at the Dakota in New York City. The lyrics are typical of the apologetic love songs that Lennon wrote in the latter half of his career. For the most part the verses are nearly complete, though there are still a few lines that Lennon did not flesh out on the demo tape performance. Writing for the Los Angeles Times Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Lennon's composition "a wispy, melancholy ballad", while Billboard's Kyle Denis described the song as "a lovelorn guitar-centric rock ballad".  Referring to the original demo, Craig Jenkins of Vulture said "'Now and Then' languished in an unfinished state, its vocal and piano melodies enshrouded in too dense a thicket of abrasively scratchy hiss to massage into the high-quality recordings the Beatles were known for".
Why does the Canadian Army even bother with guns, tanks, bombs, and other stuff?  Just give them hockey sticks then say, there you are boys, the enemy has the puck. 

If you have been struck by a headache, follow the instructions on the aspirin bottle: KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of bank payments.

 It may seem like I’m doing nothing, but I’m actively waiting for my problems to disappear.

Sometimes we just need to remember what The Rules of Life really are: You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct tape.


  1. Haha. Nothing like having a blog with older readers. Right? All you wanted to know about grab bars. But sounds like Bruce is on the job in the right way, and the readers weren't even necessary. Sigh. Glad to hear you've got a thing in the right direction going here. And nice to see the always sweet cardinals here. ......

  2. Amazing how grab bars and no slip tubs seem handy as we age. Still enjoy your Growners and posts. It is 9 degrees F and we have over 82 inches of snow so far. It should be gone by August it appears.