Friday, April 28, 2017

KELLY SURVIVED HER ENDOSCOPY THIS MORNING AND SAID IT WAS NO PROBLEM AT ALL:))

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ALTHOUGH APPEARING VERY TALL THE NEXT PHOTO WILL SHOW YOU JUST HOW TALL THESE MAYAPPLES REALLY ARE

Unlike our drive to London a few days ago we made the journey there and back today in warm sunshine as opposed to cold rain.  Never took any photos but very much enjoyed the lush Spring scenery along the way.

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MAYAPPLES ON THE FOREST FLOOR

We were on the road shortly after 8 a.m. and an hour or so later I dropped Kelly off at University Hospital’s main door.  We were plenty early and as luck would have it they took her in for her endoscopy procedure early as well.

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REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH ITSELF AGAIN MY MIND’S MEMORY WILL NOT TELL ME WHAT KIND OF BIRDS THESE ARE

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I had a few stores over in and near Masonville Mall I wanted to bang around in for awhile so between that and relaxing under a shady tree in the Mall’s parking lot reading my Kindle I was quite content to wait for the cell phone to ring and ring it did about 11:30 much earlier than anticipated.  Zipped over to the hospital right away and luckily found a parking spot right outside the main door.  Minutes later I met Kelly in the lobby near the elevators and we were off.

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She said there was nothing to the endoscopy and remembers none of it.  That’s a big change from when I had an endoscopy in the same hospital nearly 40 years ago.  I still remember to this day how unpleasant the choking was.  Some things were found in Kelly’s stomach, several biopsies were taken, and a new medicine has been prescribed.  They are also setting up an additional abdominal ultra-scan for her and will call with an appointment date.

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QUEEN OF THE COUCH

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HERE’S PHEEBS WASHING HER PAWS A COUPLE DAYS AGO

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WITH PAWS ALL CLEANED UP SHE ROLLS OVER ON HER BACK FOR A SNOOZE

Missing out on her morning coffee at home this morning Kelly was in dire need of a brew so we headed straight away to McDonalds near Masonville Mall where she grabbed herself a large McCafe’.  From McD’s we popped over to one of her favorite stores nearby, ‘Winners’.  From there it was off for home where a very excitedly happy little dog was patiently waiting for us.  It was shortly after 2 p.m.  And that pretty well sums up our day.

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GOT MY DAD’S HAT ON SO YA BETTER NOT MESS WITH ME!!

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Here’s something I’m a little surprised about.  We’ve been home nearly 2 months already and not once have I felt that gnawing hitch-itch (urge to hitch up the Jeep and hit the road) of mine stirring.  It’s actually a pleasant relief for a change and as long as it stays away but returns sometime next September or October I’m thinking I will probably be alright with that.  In the first bunch of traveling RV years I’d only be home a few weeks before that darn hitch-itch would set in making for a restless summer.  I’ve been aware of changes going on in my mind this past year and that is just one of them…………….

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ARRIVING BACK HOME IN OUR RURAL COURNTRY SETTING TODAY I COULDN’T HELP BUT THINK HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE NOT TO LIVE IN A CITY

GROANER’S CORNER:(( While driving down the road the motorist saw a roadside stand which had a fortune teller sitting under an umbrella. She was just sitting there smiling and laughing. The motorist passed on by and went a couple of miles on down the road. All of a sudden he spun his car around and sped back toward the fortune teller. As he got closer to the still laughing fortune teller he began to slow down. He pulled up next to the woman and jumped out of his car and suddenly began slapping and beating her.
A policeman passing by screeched to a stop and wrestled the man to the ground. After cuffing the man he stood him up and asked him, "What do you think you're doing?" After a moment the man replied, ... "Well, I've always wanted to strike a happy medium."

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A German tourist asks a Mexican if they have any Jews in Mexico. The Mexican says, “Sí, we have orange jews, apple jews, and grape jews!”

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Q: Did you know that they had automobiles in Jesus’ time?………..A: Yes, the Bible says that the disciples were all of one Accord.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SURVIVED MY DOPPLER ULTRA-SOUND THIS MORNING AND A 2010 COAST GUARD BOAT TOUR

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HEADING HOME THIS AFTERNOON ALONG PORTER HILL LINE….’SPRINGS A POPP-IN’:))

Having said in Wednesdays post I needed to give the Motorhome a good old soap and water wash I figured when I got up this morning I had just better get myself on outside and do that.  So I did.  With nights no longer dropping down into the mid 30’s our mornings are now becoming warm enough to get out and do things where water is required.  It generally takes me the best part of an hour to wash that big thing but longer this morning because I had to first go round with black streak remover and get all those miserable black streaks off almost anywhere where there is rubber molding around windows and that includes the windshield.  Didn’t get all the glass cleaned so maybe on the week-end.  Raked up more pine needles and that about finished off my morning.

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ONE OF OUR FRONT YARD AZALEA TREES IS IN FULL BLOOM ALREADY

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Due at Goderich’s Alexandra Marine Hospital at 12:30 for a Doppler Ultra-Sound on my legs I was of course there early.  In the grand scheme of things I don’t mind those kinds of appointments because there is no pain involved.  Bonus.  The procedure took 20 minutes and other than having to put on one of those silly blue backless gowns everything went off without a hitch and I was out of there 20 minutes later.  A short drive down around the harbor netted me a few Coast Guard Cutter photos and that was about it for the day and I was back home well before 2.

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SAW THIS FELLOW IN GODERICH TODAY AND HE REMIINDED ME OF ONE OF THE BISBEE ARIZONA CHARACTERS

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I’M ASSUMING THIS IS THE COAST GUARD VESSEL ‘CAPE DISCOVERY’ BUT I’M NOT POSITIVE BECAUSE I DIDN’T GET A SHOT OF THE NAME ON THE BOW

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NOT SURE IF THOSE ARE CREW MEMBERS OR GUESTS

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THE FELLOW DRIVING THE BOAT WAS PUTTING IT THROUGH SOME SLOW MANUEVERS SHOWING IT’S AGILITY

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HEADING BACK TO BASE

With a storm front fast approaching gusting winds knocked a lamp of a table on our front porch and lifted the back deck umbrella right up and out of the table it was supported by.  The storm front was short and swept over us with a couple claps of loud thunder a quick deluge of rain.  Temperatures dropped about 15 degrees in about 15 minutes.  I was happy to see cooler air come in and kick that humidity right out of town.  As the storm headed inland our skies cleared and we ended the day under cooler sunny skies:))

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OUR LITTLE ONE LEGGED MOURNING DOVE LIKES TO REST ON OUR BIRD STATION

Seeing that Coast Guard vessel which I believe to be the Cape Discovery in the Goderich harbor today reminded me of Sunday June 20th 2010 when I actually got a chance to go on board this boat and take some photos.  Below are the pictures from that day as well as a few paragraphs of what I wrote about my short time spent aboard.

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SUNDAY JUNE 20TH 2010 THE CAPE DISCOVERY DOCKS ALONGSIDE BAYFIELD’S SOUTH PIER

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CREW MEMBERS MAKE READY A GANGPLANK FOR FOLKS TO TOUR THE BOAT

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After a few minutes I noticed they had the Coast Guard boat secured so walked back down the pier & waited by the gang plank.  A uniformed crew member waved me on board & it was apparent right from the start that Rescue Specialist Jamie Oakley was the first of 4 courteous crew members on duty today.  A narrow steel walkway with a white hand rail led back to the aft deck & up a short ladder to the top outside bridge.  Jamie pointed out the state of the art electronic navigation & communication equipment-gyro stabilized radar, electronic charts, RDF equipment,VHF inter-ship communication & VHF AM air to ground communication systems.  All this equipment & more is replicated one deck below in the wheelhouse where I caught a glimpse of Capt. Greg Kingston on his way to an even lower deck.  He too was busy with the tour.

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 From the upper bridge it was back down the  rear ladder, around a tight corner & into the enclosed deck below.  Practically every inch of space is utilized & this was where I saw a lot of weather gear hanging.  Heavy coats, jackets, & coveralls.  Janet Elliot, the boat's engineer was in this small space & happily opened a second hatch door facing rear & downward.  This was the engine compartment with it's 2 large gleaming Cat 3196 geared diesel engines.  With 900hp drive 2 fixed pitch 4 bladed propellers the boat can reach 25 knots.  Janet seemed especially proud of the gearing system located under our feet.  She pulled up a couple deck covers to reveal the transfer cases & one of the propeller shafts facing aft.  I have a feeling this gal likes to get in there & get her hands dirty:))

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Another small hatch opened forward through the bulkhead to reveal another space with a lot of canisters, piping & tubing.  CO'2 containers were stored here with a lot of other things I didn't recognize.  And again, another small heavy metal door led forward into the bow space.  By the way, you do not walk upright through these doors.  You pretzel yourself up, grab an overhead hand rail & somehow unceremoniously launch yourself through the opening.  Large black plastic containers held more gear in this bow area but I have forgotten what kind of gear.  Not a lot of room to stand up in some of these spaces & there I was lugging around my long 300mm lens bashing it against this & thumping it on that.  Both Jamie & Janet were eager to explain things & I was trying my best to come up with some intelligent sounding questions for them.  Bit of a stretch for me you know!!  It wasn't until later that I wondered if they had some kind of washroom of sorts on board.  (well of course they would!!)  Or a pull down cot for a quick snooze maybe.  Or a small fridge for snacks & drinks.  What about a coffee maker & where did they stash their on board peanut butter!! (I couldn't go to sea without my peanut butter)

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From the gear room it was up a short ladder with a squeeze through into the interior bridge.  This small space was crammed with all kinds of electronics.  I have seen Jumbo Jet cockpit pictures that looked like this.  Two captains chairs were in here & it looked like it would be a bit of challenge to even get into them.  Jamie did allude to the fact about the interior design not being optimized to it's full design potential.  Directly behind the seats another short ladder led up & out onto the exterior bridge above where we had started the tour.  Crewman Jason Hamilton was there explaining the bridge electronics to a few more folks.

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There were a fair few people gathering on the boat for the tour now so I was anxious to free up some space & get myself back on the pier.  We RV folks are used to tight spaces but our rig is a palatial palace compared to the tight quarters aboard this Coast Guard Vessel.  Jamie & Jan filled me in on the names of the crew members before I debarked & with a firm handshake & an armload of pamphlets I was across the short gangplank & back on the pier.  A big thank you to all the crew for the tour:))

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Here are a few additional stats on the "Multi Task Medium Endurance Lifeboat."  It is 14.63 meters long (47ft) with a breadth of 4.27meters.  Carries 1,560 liters of fuel & 22.7 liters of fresh water.  Space enough to seat 5 survivors & this boat has the technology & ability to right itself if it rolls over in heavy seas.  This class of vessel has a medium range with moderate to high speed capable to operating in all weather conditions.  The crew does not live on board but is based out of a shore station which in this boat's case is Goderich Ontario just up the coast from Bayfield.  During the winter this vessel is dry-docked in Sarnia Ontario. 

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Once upon a time there was a famous sea captain.  This captain was very successful at what he did; for years he guided merchant ships all over the world. Never did stormy seas or pirates get the best of him.  He was admired by his crew and fellow captains.  However, there was one thing different about this captain. Every morning he went through a strange ritual.  He would lock himself in his captain's quarters and open a small safe.  In the safe was an envelope with a piece of paper inside.  He would stare at the paper for a minute, and then lock it back up. After, he would go about his daily duties.  For years this went on, and his crew became very curious.  Was it a treasure map?  Was it a letter from a long lost love?  Everyone speculated about the contents of the strange envelope. One day the captain died at sea.  After laying the captain's body to rest, the first mate led the entire crew into the captains’ quarters.  He opened the safe, got the envelope, opened it and... The first mate turned pale and showed the paper to the others.  Four words were on the paper…..Port Left - Starboard Right

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Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they'd be bagels!

How much did the pirate pay for his piercings? A buck-an-ear!

Why do young pirates always fail when saying the alphabet in kindergarten? Because their fathers insist that there are seven Cs!!!!

Why is pirating addictive? They say once ye lose yer first hand, ye get hooked!

What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches? A nervous wreck!

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This is the actual transcript of a radio conversation between a British Navy ship and the Irish Coastguard, off the coast of Kerry:

Irish. Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south, to avoid collision

British. Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north, to avoid collision

Irish. Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south ' to avoid collision.

British. This is the Captain of a British Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Irish. Negative. I say again, you will have to divert YOUR course

British. THIS IS THE LARGEST SHIP IN THE BRITISH FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY 3 DESTROYERS, 3 CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT SHIPS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES TO THE NORTH, OR COUNTERMEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS FLOTILLA.

Irish. THIS IS A LIGHTHOUSE ....... YOUR CALL!