Thursday, August 05, 2010



The person I was to pick up with the mobility van in a neighboring town this morning was a 'no show' so my nice leisurely drive to Stratford Ontario was canceled for the day.



Figured I might as well grab a small coffee at McDonald's before heading back & wouldn't you know it, the older drive-thru lady commented on the humid weather as she handed me my change & said, there you go 'dear:))'  Well, to say I drove out of there under a huge cloud of guilt about last night's blog would be an understatement.  Say, you don't suppose she read the blog do you??  Now that would be an awesome thought:))

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Another mobility van run materialized this afternoon taking me on a great 4 hour cruise through the countryside between a couple of hospital stops. 


A big thanks to Lisa & Bill for having the time & interest to add themselves to our Blog Follower's list.  You are brave people indeed.  With Chuck & Anneke's 150th you have come in as our 151rst followers & completed a final goal for me.  I thank you for that.


I have another 'Crack of Dawn' start tomorrow so that's it for me tonight.  My blogs have become waaaaaaay too long & waaaaaay to involved lately & I think my head, & yours, need a break.....................10-4 


In lieu of Groaners Corner tonight, I leave you with this................. !cid_4D52EBA29BFC4DCF84C7E4EAE9C693BD@owner40ffa0ee0

(Although our name is on this painting it is not ours)

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that his dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and his dog walked toward the gate, and as
he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered. 'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked.

'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

'Excuse me!' he called to the man... 'Do you have any water?'

'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.'

'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog.

'There should be a bowl by the pump.'

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to his faithful dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked.

'This is Heaven,' he answered.

'Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too..'
'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates?  ''Nope. That's hell.'
'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that," the traveler said.

'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'



  1. Wait just a minute..Did I read the "dreaded word" in your blog..See didn't hurt one bit, did it??? Sometimes we have to "suck it up" ..I have done that so many times I should be a pencil figure...Love ya, Al!!!!!

  2. Very nice pictures and a cute story to go with them.

  3. Who is this new, mellow curmudgeon? Is he just tired? ;)

    Good story about "heaven" and "heaven"!

  4. I'm still thunderstruck at the idea that anyone would call you "dear"!! Especially so early in the morning! That's awesome!!

  5. I think the groaner's corner tonight is superb! Also loved the hazy farm pic.

  6. Aw, shucks. That story brought tears to my eyes. :( I have had many canine friends, and I hope they all join me some day. How awesome would that be? :)

  7. OMG...You used the A-word!!!

    Congrats on the 151st. Follower for the Bayfield Bunch. That is great.

  8. Lovely story about the man and his dog. That's one way to weed out the "nasties".
    As Ghandi said:
    "The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress, can be judged by the way it's animals are treated"

  9. Loved the pic of sunrise.
    Al, good story about heaven and not leaving your best friend behind.
    The heat drains everybody these days.
    Take care and be safe!
    Mike & Gerri

  10. Great story tonight about the man and his dog.
    Have a good night dear :))


  11. what a touching story about heaven and pet..brings tears to my eyes!! the heat and humidity gettng to you??..there is soft ole teddy bear inside that cranky ole cursemudgeon!!..Cheers to you!!!

  12. Great story Al, but it's going to take a couple of real curmudgeon crankypants blogs now to get your reputation back to normal.Love your sense of feeling for animals, a true sign of a good man & character.Be safe out there, Sam & Donna..

  13. Wow!! You can make power lines look good. Great Pic!


  14. We surely agree with all those comments, but now we have to post one that is different. Can't all just say the same thing, now, can we? My question is, are you going to tell folks how you got that log cabin picture to look like an old time sepia print? It was splendid!

  15. Al,

    Great Photos and Blog tonight. My apologies for my harsh response to Wednesday's post. I love 99.9% of your blogs and 100% of the photos. Please keep up the good work and I hope to be 1/4 of the photo taker you are.