Wednesday, June 03, 2020

WOULDN'T SAY I HAVE WON THE FRONT YARD SQUIRREL WAR BUT SO FAR SO GOOD

It was a loud clap of thunder followed by a deluge of rain that temporarily woke me up around 4 a.m.  At first light about an hour later all was calm with hardly a creature stirring, not even a leaf.
NO, THIS IS NOT OUR PLACE BUT IT IS ANOTHER RESIDENCE IN OUR PARK
DID YOU SEE THE CHIPMUNK IN THE OTHER PHOTO
I really didn't do much of anything interesting to write about today.  A very routine drive out southeast of Bayfield checking the Eagles nest along the way.  Nobody home.  
SO NICE TO SEE WILD PHLOX BLOOMING ALONG THE ROADSIDES AGAIN
We were back in our driveway before 10 o'clock.  Cut some grass in the back yard and with the humidity building I had to retreat inside and stay there for the rest of the day with the exception of a short walk with Pheebs.
Aside from an occasional skirmish with our front yard Squirrels this Spring I'd say things are looking on the up and up.  Since putting the bird station atop a tall piece of PVC pipe last summer we haven't had one Squirrel climb up onto the feeder.  And since trimming back nearby shrubs and tree branches they have not been able to make the flying leap onto the feeder either.  I am not naive enough to think I have won the Squirrel wars but I have been successful in thwarting their most determined efforts these last 10 months or so.  Have had a couple minor incidents with the finch feeder but not the main birdfeeder station.
GROANER'S CORNER:((  Eight-year-old Sally brought her report card home from school. Her marks were good...mostly A's and a couple of B's.  However, her teacher had written across the bottom: "Sally is a smart little girl, but she has one fault. She talks too much in school. I have an idea I am going to try, which I think may break her of the habit."  Sally's dad signed her report card, putting a note on the back: "Please let me know if your idea works on Sally because I would like to try it out on her Mother."
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“If desperate times breed desperate wordplay, we need to prepare for a pundemic.”
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Wife: I’m mad.
Husband: Again or still?
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

THROUGH THE CEMETERY TO THE WOODS AND TODAY I FOUND OUT I AM A SEPTUAGENARIAN

To the delight of all plant life and farmers as well, gentle rains came in the night ushering in a calm morning.  Not a breeze stirring, not a hint of stormy weather.  All was well and good for the start of another weekday morning.  Although it be cloudy and cool we be good to go. 
OUR FRONT YARD HAS REALLY FILLED IN
Needing a few things in Goderich we pointed the Jeep's nose north and off we went.  Gas, coffee to go at McD's, and down to the harbor.  Still work going on down there so we couldn't go far but did notice they are working on the new boardwalk which, if it goes all the way out to Rotary Cove might have to be thought of as 'the cement walk.'  From the harbor area, we headed east popping into Walmart and Canadian Tire before heading next door to the Maitland Cemetery.
SEEN AT McDONALD'S DRIVE-THRU
A TRAIN CAR AT GODERICH'S HARBOR
WORK HAS BEGUN ON GODERICH'S NEW CEMENT BOARDWALK 
I'M GUESSING THE NEW BOARDWALK WILL BE CEMENT ALL THE WAY TO ROTARY COVE A MILE AWAY TO THE LEFT
GRADING ST. CHRISTOPHER'S BEACH
If one drives into the Maitland Cemetery and stays to the right all the way through they will come to a trailhead at the back of the cemetery and that's where Pheebs and I started our walk this morning under rapidly clearing skies.  Again, just as the day before it was a perfect walking day.  Cool breeze, warming Sun, and no bugs in the air as we made our way merrily along the pathways.  Not a soul did we see.  Some days are just so much better than others:))
WALKING ONE OF THE TRAILS BEHIND GODERICH'S MAITLAND CEMETERY
Home again close to 11 a.m. I busied myself with some serious puttering.  Got another cedar tree planted.  As the Sun climbed higher in the sky it soon became too hot for me and I retreated inside for a cool shower, some cool air, and a short rest.
CEMETERY WORKERS BUSY KEEPING THINGS LOOKING NICE
WHEN I SAW THIS FELLOW WITH THE HAT I THOUGHT OF GEORGE MOWING GRASS AT CAMP AWESOME IN PLATTSVILLE ONTARIO
I could hear heavy machines working somewhere back in the forest so Pheebs and I later took us for a walk back there for a look-see.  Big bulldozer moving a lot of dirt in the area 'my tree' once stood.  There is a steep ravine there with a creek at the bottom and they are working at putting a culvert in then building up a lot of earth to support a road that will cross the ravine and link up with another new road.  We the residents are all still in the dark as to the eventual outcome of all this but I think it is safe to say we will soon see much of our remaining forest cleared to make room for new housing.
'MY TREE' ONCE STOOD TO THE LEFT OF THAT BULLDOZER
I truly feel like I am on the very brink of being a truly official 'Septuagenarian' today after Kelly asked me if maybe it would be a good idea to get myself a pill organizer.  Me, a guy who has resisted pills for the majority of his life needing a pill organizer??  Well, I guess I have to finally and reluctantly face it.  A pill for my arthritis, a pill for my cholesterol, one for my diabetes, and another one concerning my prostate.  And then there are my Vitamin pills each day.  B12, Calcium, Vits C&D3, Wild Salmon, and Glucosamine.  A bit of a handful alright but I figure the only way to blunt my official 'Septuagenarian' status is to resist the need for a pill organizer.  And resist I will do.  Well, at least for now that is...…... 

ALWAYS A NICE TIME OF YEAR WHEN IRIS FLOWERS COME INTO BLOOM
GROANER'S CORNER:((   A young guy was driving home after a football game, and got caught in a really bad hailstorm. Her car was covered with dents, so the next day he took it to a repair shop. The shop owner saw that she was young and naive, so he decided to have some fun. He told him just to go home and blow into the tailpipe really hard, and all the dents would pop out.  So, the guy went home, got down on his hands and knees and started blowing into his car's tailpipe. Nothing happened. He blew a little harder, and still nothing happened.  His roommate, another wet behind the ears young guy, came home and said, "What are you doing?"  The first guy told him how the repairman had instructed him to blow into the tailpipe in order to get all the dents to pop out. His roommate rolled his eyes and said, "HELLLLO" "You need to roll up the windows first."--------------------
It was very crowded and noisy in this Restaurant and this lady asks the waiter where the restroom was. He says: "I can't hear you!"  So she gets close to his ear and asks again: "Can you please tell me where the ladies room is?"  And he replies: "On the other side!"  So she turns around and gets close to his other ear, and asks: "Can you please tell me where the ladies room is, please!"
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Monday, June 01, 2020

A DIFFERENT TRAIL IN THE MARSH AND MULTI-TASKING MY ENJOYABLE YARD WORK

Had to turn on our furnace this morning to ward off our outside cool 41F temperatures.  Reassuring to see sunshine pouring through our tall pine trees helping to eventually bring Monday's temps up into the low 70's before days end.
ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE SHOWING THE SOIL HISTORY IN OUR AREA

LILACS STILL BLOOMING
Dressed warmly with the Jeep's heater on and Pheebs window down we were off once again out into the tranquil countryside to breathe in it's fresh clean air and marvel at our calming pastoral scenery.  
LAZY MORNING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
'ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ'
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW WE HAD THREE WAY COWS HERE IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS
NOPE, THERE NOT COWS BUT THEY ARE IN THE SAME FIELD AS THE COWS
LESTER AND CHESTER
DOIN A LITTLE FANCY FOOTIN
'WHO ME, NUMBER THREE??'
Our wanderings took us over to the Hullett-Marsh and for a change of pace we picked a different trail.  Been quite a few years since I last walked in that section.  With temperatures quickly rising I wasn't long in doffing some of my warm clothes.  Beautiful blue skies overhead with a nice morning's breeze ruffling acres of lush green grass.  Lilacs still in bloom and no bugs in the air yet.  Just one of those mighty fine mornings and here we are at the first of June already.
WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE HULLETT-MARSH NEARBY
AND THEY EVEN HAVE CORN GROWING IN THE MARSH
I'VE BEEN WALKING THE MARSH SINCE THE MIDDLE TO LATE EIGHTIES
I THINK BOOGALOO BUGGINS IS VERY FOCUSED ON SOMETHING
HEADING BACK TO THE JEEP
PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST VEHICLES I HAVE EVER HAD
Home again I surprised myself with an abundance of energy and had a great morning bouncing around between half a dozen yard projects.  Just the way it used to be not too many years ago.  Dug up and replanted hostas, roto-tilled a small area, and planted more grass seed after raking and rolling it.  Had both the lawnmower and whipper snipper going.  My wheelbarrow got in some overtime and I put another few miles on my shovel and two rakes.  Cleaned the birdbath, relocated a few more plants, and did some watering.  It's a great time of year and great weather for enjoyable yard work.
I MOVED THAT CLUMP OF HOSTAS TODAY THEN ROTO-TILLED THE AREA
ALL DONE AND SEEDED.....IF THIS KEEPS UP I'M GOING TO NEED A RIDING MOWER
NICE BLOOM ON A NEW ROSE BUSH WE JUST PLANTED A FEW DAYS AGO
It was 2 p.m. before I came in, hopped into the shower then headed for my recliner to re-charge.  Not a lot of energy left for an afternoon Pheebs walk but we did get out for a short spin around the pond.
A FEW FLOWERS IN BLOOM AROUND OUR YARD RIGHT NOW
I BELIEVE THESE FLOWERS TO BE AZALEAS


GROANER'S CORNER:(( On a recent flight I was on, this elderly woman kept peering out the window.  Since it was totally dark, all she could see was the blinking wing tip light.  Finally, she rang for the flight attendant.  "I'm sorry to bother you," she said, "but I think you should inform the pilot that his left-turn indicator is on and has been for some time." 
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What happened when they crossed a carrier pigeon with a Woodpecker?  
The bird not only delivered the mail, but also knocked on the door.
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“What do you think the glib surgeon said to me after he took off my leg above the knee? 
'It won't be long now'.”
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