Sunday, August 08, 2010




Had ourselves a dull rainy Sunday so figured it was a good time to have another go at the new Live Writer version.  Fortified myself with an extras strong cup of coffee, strapped on my recliner chair & hobbled into battle. 

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ST MARYS is known as the town built of limestone.  My photos show only a few buildings in the downtown area where I spent my time Saturday afternoon down & around the Thames river.  There are many other magnificent buildings which I didn't have time to photograph so if your in the area, take yourself over to the picturesque little town of St. Marys for sure.  You will likely see the tall stately church spires towering over the town before you get there.  ST. MARYS is located a short half hour drive northeast of London, Ontario.  If I get back that way I will concentrate my lens on the rest of the beautiful stone architecture for sure.  Might be a nice assignment when the Autumn leaves are in there colored majesty:))

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ARTHUR MEIGHEN was a native of St. Marys & Canada's 9th Prime Minister from 1920 to 1926.  He is buried in the local St. Mary's cemetery.

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Canada's 15th Prime Minister,  Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was Prime Minister of Canada from 20 April 1968 to 4 June 1979, and again from 3 March 1980 to 30 June 1984.  There is a popular photo of him jumping off a diving board years ago & that photo was taken at the quarry in St. Marys.  Haven't been able to locate the photo but found another one from the same place obviously taken on the same day.


MARGIE had an excellent post a couple days ago on how she feels about the RV Lifestyle in general.  A good read for all RV'ers & anyone contemplating, 'thinking outside the box:))'


Had a couple of emails from a solo RV'er who spent part of his younger years in the Sulphur Springs Valley of Arizona.   He's familiar with the McNeal, Douglas & Bisbee areas & that was of interest to me because the ranch we go to is near McNeal.  He has bicycled across America & traveled to foreign lands.  You can find Ed at THE PEREGRINATING GRAYBEARD

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Charley over at THE ROLLING CONDO   just got himself a new Dodge dually & would you believe they don't come with printed owner's manuals anymore.  After spending thousands of dollars for a new truck, Chrysler wants him to pay an additional $50 for a printed owners manual.  What is that all about!!!!!!!!



Don't know what the big feud was all about between our desktop computer & the Picasa  Photo program last night but they have somehow made up & are once again working perfectly well again today.  Pals:))


As our weather pattern slowly begins it's early annual transition from summer to fall I can feel my thought patterns transitioning right along with it.  As the night time air cools, the dew becomes heavier on the grass in the mornings.  The crickets take on a different sound & the summer birds are not as vocal as they begin their early preparation stage for fall migrations.  The air is becoming quieter.  It is time for some of us Snow Birds to begin our early planning stages as well.  I like the tinge of apprehensive excitement in the air as thoughts begin to turn away from the boredom of summer to the planning & traveling stages of Autumn.  Although still early, I love that sense of planning.  Time to have a look at some maps & Atlas's.  MapQuest for some possible new routes.  Check the Mountain Directory.  Just sitting down with all our Southwest atlas's is excitement in itself.  The interest & enthusiasm returns as I begin lining up some projects for the rig.  Bins to be cleaned re-organized.  An external speaker project, some redecorating, a few small things to be straightened up & fixed.  New tire prices to be checked, non-working hydraulic jack problem to be looked at, broken window blind to be replaced, kitchen electrical plug not working, Awwww yes, Autumn is finally in the air alright:))

And how did I make out with Win 7 & the new version of Live Writer today??  DON'T ASK!!!!



GROANER'S CORNER:((  The Teacher & her Class: 

TEACHER:       Maria, go to the map and find North America . 
MARIA:             Here it is. 
TEACHER:      Correct. Now class, who discovered America ? 
CLASS:           Maria.
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TEACHER:   John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN:         You told me to do it without using tables.
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TEACHER:        Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
GLENN:            K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L'
TEACHER:        No, that's wrong
GLENN:            Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
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TEACHER:       Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD:        H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER:       What are you talking about?
DONALD:         Yesterday you said it's H to O.
TEACHER:       Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
WINNIE:        Me!
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TEACHER:      Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
Glen:       Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
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TEACHER:       Millie, give me a sentence starting with 'I.'
MILLIE:          I is...
TEACHER:       No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE:          All right...  'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'
TEACHER:       George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry   tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS:      Because George still had the ax in his hand.
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TEACHER:       Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON:   No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER:       Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.   Did you copy his?
CLYDE :       No, teacher, it's the same dog.
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TEACHER:     Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD:       A teacher


Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.


It's not the concept of God I have a problem's his fan club!!



AL'S SMUG MUG PHOTO GALLERY (a work in progress)

The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. Thanks for the shout-out on your blog post today, Al!

    We love to do the pre-planning for trips. We seem to put them down in pencil because we tend to change our minds a lot. Glad you are getting a lot of pleasure in this planning and getting things organized for the RV. It won't really be much longer for the Bayfield Bunch now.

    The pic of the old quarry was especially "nice" today.

  2. Awesome....oops!!! make that
    "fantabulous" new header photo Al! Love the subtle, atmospheric colours..the contrast between the jagged edges of the mts & the softness of the clouds...the interplay between all the "layers" is wonderful! Also enjoying your pics of St. Marys...brings back great memories!

  3. If we ever get down that way, St. Mary's is definitely going to be on our list of towns to visit especially after seeing all of your great photos. The one of the folks "walking on water" is really neat.

    Since you said "don't ask" about how you made out with the new Live Writer Beta version, I won't. But, let me guess - you hate it and like the old one better!!

  4. Isn't it so nice to start getting things in order...setting things up for future travel???? I get a restful, easy feeling (thanx to the Eagles) when I just walk into the Hiker...Great photos.....duh..I shouldn't be surprised....thanks for your bloggin' expertise!!!

  5. Thank you for posting the pictures of St. Mary's. That is a town on my list of towns to see before I become a "ghost rider in the sky"!

    I loved the clouds reflected in the water at the Old Quarry.

  6. Al,

    Just an update. My wife called Dodge Customer Service and all of the manuals have been sent to her. Free of Charge!

  7. once again..fantastic all the stone work in Saint Mary's..
    its all in the planning..that is half the fun!!!
    ps..I am still using the old LW!!

  8. Al, wonderful pictures as always, and so many of them! We had to stop and expand them so Suzy, sitting across the room, could see them too.

    Question - some weeks back you had said your plans for this winter were iffy because of Kelly's Dad's health and Uncle Harry's situation as well. Does today's post signify that you've put that "IF" to rest? Just wondering, as I'm preparing another post that refers to your situation.

  9. Looks like you won the Life Writer battle! Love the Quarry pic!
    Nice post! K