IT WAS A DAY FOR GETTING OUT SUMMER LAWN ORNAMENTS
Caught myself a lucky break Tuesday. Thought it was a good day to finally turn on the outside water so crawled under the front deck to where our water hooks up are & opened the valve to allow water into our outside pipe for the garden hoses etc. Could hear a lot of water splashing out but not where it was supposed to be splashing out. Oh Oh!!
COLTSFOOT IS ONE OUR EARLIEST SPRING FLOWERS
A flashlight in my darkened space confirmed a broken water pipe on the other side of the unit. I realized right away what had happened & quickly turned off the water. Late last October I had shut off our outside water with a valve but had forgot to open a second valve to let the water drain out of the outside water line. Sooooo, the line froze up in the winter & burst the pipe. But, this is where I caught myself a lucky break.
Our bathroom sink tap has been leaking as well as our kitchen tap. Water over the past 4 years had also been leaking around the kitchen sink & last fall we noticed the counter top had rotted behind the sink. Decision was made to replace the bathroom tap as well as the kitchen taps, sink & counter top. Kelly had just called a plumber fellow who does a lot of work for Deer Park Lodge & he arrived about 5 minutes after I discovered the broken water line. He solved the problem of why our gas fire place had malfunctioned (batteries again) this past winter & checked out our faucet & sink problems. He was then able to slip outside & get himself under our unit & repair the broken water pipe as well. From the time I saw the broken pipe gushing to the time it was fixed was only about 30 minutes. Now, how’s that for a nice break.
I CALL THIS....KEEPING A LOW PROFILE
PAPA GOOSE IN THE WATER KEEPS A WARY EYE AS MOMMA GOOSE GOES ABOUT BUILDING HER NEW NEST ON THE BANKS OF OUR MORNING POND
Kelly slipped into town this morning & picked out a new counter top along with all the hardware so shouldn’t be long & we’ll have a few repairs & renovations happening. I guess our decision to not sell our place the other day has sparked us both into some renewed interest in our digs. The outside grounds are in need of a facelift as well so I began that this morning.
Purged my closet & dresser drawers today hauling out 43 pieces of clothing for the Goodwill Store. Eighteen of those items were shirts I hadn’t worn for who knows how long, 5 belts, 4 pairs of old blue jeans & an assortment of hats, gloves, scarves, etc. Anything ripped or torn went outside into the burning barrel. Nice feeling to have finally made a start at something I have avoided doing for years. Looking forward to my next purge….wherever that might be now. Beware all you junky stuff.....Al's coming to get you!!
CAUGHT THIS LITTLE DUCK FELLOW ON A TAKE OFF ROLL THIS MORNING BEFORE BECOMING AIRBORNE (SORRY ABOUT THE FUZZY DUCK)
Remember that Jeep ownership I couldn’t find last week. Yep, Kelly found it in the Motor Home glove compartment today. Had I looked there? Darn right I had but of course I missed it. When does a man ever find anything he's looking for around the house anyway eh!! And would you believe I spent about 5 minutes looking for a shirt Tuesday morning. Not in the bedroom, computer room or living room. Not on the porch, the deck or in the Jeep either. So, where did I find it……I was wearing it!!!! Yep, hate to admit it but that actually did happen. Like I have said before, I am NOT THE BRIGHTEST CRAYON IN THE BOX.
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WE HAVE A LOT OF WEIRD FROGS AROUND OUR POND
Weather’s coming along well enough now to start thinking thinking about dusting off the Motorcycle for another season. Been throwing a few trickle charges on the battery so any day now I should have it up & running for the first ride of the year. Gonna have to warm up a whole lot before any serious rides though. None of that cold weather riding for this guy anymore!!
ONTARIO'S TRILLIUM FLOWER
Had myself a ‘light bulb’ moment this morning while clearing some brush in a flowerbed. Suddenly occurred to me that my desire to leave the Park where we live & move back to the quiet countryside coincidentally started about the same time we began spending our winter’s in the Southwest. For 5 months of each year we have been living in areas with no people or neighbors anywhere near by. No human sounds for the most part. We have spent our time surrounded by nature most every day. Very quiet nights & very quiet days. And, I'm beginning to think we have become very spoiled by all that. Here in Ontario we live in the quietest Park in the whole territory & yet I find myself sensitive to neighbors talking nearby or the occasional vehicle going by on the road. Sounds of lawn mowers & especially leaf blowers rudely jolt me out of my preferred quiet existence. Park’s maintenance machinery left idling nearby for varying lengths of time with their clackety & smelly diesel engines make me want to rush into the house & grab the ‘For Sale’ sign every time.
Yes, I’m afraid the quiet day’s & night’s in the deserts of the Southwest have spoiled me forever. And it only took me about 5 years to finally figure that all out. Right here in one of our very own flowerbeds this morning.
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
-- Andy Rooney (SAY, DON'T YOU THINK THE ABOVE PIC LOOKS A BIT LIKE ANDY HIMSELF)
The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life.
-- George Carlin & George also says, "Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help"
If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.
-- Paul Beatty
Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.
-- Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
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-- A. E. Matthews
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