NO, THAT'S NOT A PICTURE OF KELLY......IT'S A HORSE!!
An absolutely beautiful morning & the cooler 63F temp meant no bugs, flies or mosquitoes in the forest. There is a calming & soothing magic that begins along forest trails at this time of year. There was a feeling of peacefulness as Max, Checkers & I made our way through the still morning air of the crisp & dampened pine woods. We just took our time along the trail taking in the sights, sounds & smells around us. Well, Max & Checkers took in more of the smells than I did. I still can't smell too much right now but hopefully that will resolve itself soon & I can once again be down on the trail with the guys, sniffing my way right alongside them.
NICE QUIET MORNING DRIVE
Needed a few groceries today so hauled my carcass out of the house later, threw it in the Jeep & took myself on a long round about slow country drive through our rural neighborhood slowly savoring all of nature's wonders around me. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful land.
Despite feeling a little pooky by mid morning, I did muster up some reserves & gave the Jeep a good washing. I was surprised to find a huge load of hardened mud underneath between the skid plate & the floor. I was able to crawl underneath & loosen it up with a metal power bar. By the time I was finished I had a third of a wheelbarrow loaded with mud. The garden hose with nozzle on the 'Jet' setting took care of the rest. That mud was ram packed in there about 6 weeks ago when we took that little 'bush tour' with the Jeep guy one night after supper. I hadn't realized the mud had been there all this time. It made me think again about why anyone in their right mind would take a perfectly good vehicle & deliberately run it through sink holes in a swampy bush. So, in other words, 'what the heck was I thinking!!!!'
THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR FINDING SPIDER WEBS
Kelly made it home from Spencerport NY about 1:30 this afternoon. That is always an absolutely grueling drive through heavy Hamilton/Toronto traffic. The situation with her Dad is very dire & grim. Half way home she stopped to phone her Mother & see how her Dad was doing. Shortly after she had left this morning he was taken by ambulance to an emergency Hospice center. He will not likely return home again. Kelly had an extremely stressful week to say the least & was so happy to get home to our quiet little forested oasis where we specialize in peace & quiet.
I have been pouring a lot of thought into this whole blog thing again & am on the verge of making some very definite changes. I don't think I can put it off any longer if I want this blog to survive. I have not felt comfortable with some of my content for quite awhile. There are a lot of new & fresh RV related blog sites appearing almost daily out here in blog land & I've noticed some of them really seem to be taking off quickly garnering a fast following with many comment responses. Most of them are good blogs I guess but a few just leave me sitting here scratching my head & wondering about their content. I have read them over & over asking myself, how did these blog's get so popular? It sure has me taking a long hard look at my own efforts here with regards to improving my posts.
I know there are readers out there who think I shouldn't change a thing & would like me to keep the blog content as it is. Maybe I can still do that but I have to get a whole lot smarter about how to do it if this blog is to continue. Rants & opinions have their place & for the most part I do enjoy writing them but I sometimes go waaaaay overboard & end up shooting too many holes through the bottom of my own canoe. For awhile now it seems the paddling has been getting harder for me & I feel my blog is becoming too heavy with opinions, too heavy with long rants & too heavy with just too much mud stuff!! That wasn't my intent when I started out nearly 3 years ago & I feel I have lost a fair slice of my original focus. And I'm sure I have also lost a fair slice of readers as well, although the numbers show the opposite.
Anyway, amongst all this gnashing of teeth & wringing of hands I was totally surprised & heartened this afternoon when I noticed we had picked up 3 new blog Supporters all at once. I would first like to offer a big thank-you to, ME AND MY DOG Much appreciated, my new friend. The name, LUVGLASS rang a bell for me & I remembered briefly seeing that name on Twitter a couple years ago. And, as it turns out, we were actually in email contact with this person 4 years ago in regards to a Cobb Cooker. I see we have some mutual friends & I actually did receive a couple nice emails from these folks not too long ago. Thanks guys. Martha & Terry over at the GYPSY LIFE JOURNAL round out our new trio of Followers. Thanks to all you good folks for climbing aboard as blog supporters.....you folks surely made my day:))
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