WILD RASPBERRIES ALONG THE TRAIL
As with most of the eastern side of the country we are caught in a heavy heat & humidity situation here in southern Ontario. Our thermometer's are pushing a hundred degrees, the air is very still & we spent most of the day trapped indoors with our A/C going full tilt. Just an ordinary day in paradise for our our southwest neighbors I'm sure, but for we folks in the northern latitudes......it is a humidity heat wave!! Just heard on the news that the entire downtown core of Toronto Ontario has suffered a major blackout. No elevators, traffic lights & no A/C for thousands of people.....& Tuesday they are calling for an even hotter day.
SOMETHING IN ONE OF OUR FLOWER BEDS
However, I sure do not miss having to put a sweater, warm hat & mitts on anymore to drive the mini-van on hot humid days. That darn A/C snow making machine in the dash would get the inside so cold I had to have a set of inner windshield wipers installed just to keep it clear of the snow blowing out of the dash vents. No sireeeee, that problem has now been taken care of. Made sure the Jeep did not have one of those darn fangled ice making machines under the dash. No more sweaters, hats, or mitts because with the windows wide open now the hot humid air just whips in blowing my hat off & cools me right down instantly. That reminds me.....I need to drill a couple holes on either side of my ball cap to hook in both ends of a bungee cord. I can then just quite conveniently slip the bungee cord under my chin like the string on a cowboy hat therefore solving my 'hat blowing off' problem. For really hot & humid days I can slip on a big Willy Nelson red bandana across my forehead & that should take care of any beading sweat dripping into my eyes. And you know what..... taking off my shirt in the Jeep has now become an important & practical new option as well. Yep, jest gotta love these Jeeps alright:))
Oh, & before I forget.....the Jeep also has a built in exercise program. We don't have to lazily press a button & have all the doors automatically lock & unlock anymore. It's really nifty because now I can climb out of the Jeep (another story) & physically walk around locking all 3 doors from the outside. Now, how cool is that for getting some extra & much needed exercise. I can already feel the pounds melting away:)) I did come up with a short cut for locking the passenger door or putting the window up & down over there though. The Jeep's interior is small enough inside to just stretch my arm over in a boarding house reach & do it manually. Groovy:))
NO SOONER HAD I PUT AN OLD TENNIS BALL OVER THE CHROME HITCH BALL WHEN I HAD 2 DOGGY GUYS TRYING TO PULL IT OFF FOR A GAME OF TOYS
Tomorrow I will be busy most of the day with the mobility van starting with an early morning run to a hospital in the south end of London & later finishing up in the small town of Clinton. Aside from the nutball London traffic it should be an OK day.
Not so much a groaner tonight as some positive food for thought.................The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Barbara. Be honest. What do you make?" Barbara, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make......??" She paused, & then went on. "Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents
CAN'T make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
You want to know what I make? (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding ISN'T
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life (Barbara paused one last time and then continued.)
Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant.
You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What do you make Mr. CEO??
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