Monday, April 25, 2011



Max usually has to go out twice in the night, once around midnight & again around 4 a.m.  This morning was no exception.  Sometimes I am able to go back to sleep after his second outing but often times it marks the beginning of my day.  This is generally the time I read blogs but these past few days I just haven’t been able to get myself into any kind of reading mode so I snapped on the television.

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I was instantly transported back to my early days growing up in Tavistock Ontario.  There on the television screen this morning was an old black & white episode of Flash Gordon still still doing battle with Ming & his Evil Empire.  How many of us remember those old spaceships spitting fire & smoke, wobbling across our television screens as they magically took our impressionable young minds to soaring heights & places of dark mystery.  Those memories are from a time long ago & a youthful imagination that still occasionally swirls briefly out from the mists of time for a few sweet moments to once again take center stage in a young boy's mind.


Rain hadn’t started yet this morning so busied myself with more yard puttering before heading off to Goderich around noon to stock up on wild birdseed & a few groceries.  Dropped around to the license bureau to pick up my motorcycle sticker for another year but of course with it being Easter the license place was closed!!  Oh well, no rush, not crazy about driving around in the rain anyway.


Noticed today we have a new Blog Follower, so we welcome HOUSE TRUCKIN'.  Check out these younger folks as they ready themselves for life on the open road.


Kelly brought my attention back to a blog this morning that I hadn’t read for awhile.  This will be of particular interest to RV Full Timers & those who are contemplating the Full Time lifestyle.  Good for you folks at the GYPSY G-MAS for expressing your honest feelings & having the courage to express some of your doubts & fears.   It is posts like yours which give us all food for thought & a chance to stop & re-check our own plans, goals & dreams.  And yes, I do agree about the reality of Seasonal Affective Disorder.”  Got a bit of that myself this year with our cold, wet & cloudy Spring here in Southern Ontario.

I’m feeling a bit better today than I have been for the past 5 days or so but I know this is going to be a slow process for awhile.  I can share one thing with you about those first few days after losing Checkers though.  I have never cried about anything in my entire life as much as I cried before & after losing our deer sweet Checkers girl.   Thanks again to everyone for keeping the Bayfield Bunch in your thoughts. 

Kelly’s Mother in Spencerport New York underwent full blown knee surgery a week ago & is having difficulty with the recovery process.  She is 87 years old & will be in need of help when she reluctantly has to leave the hospital later this week.  Kelly heads to Spencerport Wednesday morning to help her Mother through the difficult transition period to home life again.

GROANER’S CORNER:((  Family Tree of Vincent Van Gogh:
His dizzy aunt ----------------------- Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes---- Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store ------ Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia --- U Gogh
His magician uncle --------- Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin --------- A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin's American half-brother ---------- Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach ---------------Wells-far Gogh
The constipated uncle ----------- Can't Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt -----Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle --------------- Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin ----------- Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking ------------------ Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew -------- Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco ----------Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in an RV --- Winnie Bay Gogh
I saw you smiling . . . .. There ya Gogh!




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


  1. Love that pine cone picture!!! I am ever on a quest to get the perfect pine cone picture, still trying!!! They never turn out the way i think they look.

  2. sharing your thoughts and feelings are sometimes the best way to heal...I, too read Gypsy-Gmas post wishing that I could be as honest as she was today..we all have fears and doubts..some are just better at expressing themselves...have a great day, Al and Kelly...enjoy those early morning shows..I can rememeber watching Magnum PI at 3 am when our daughter was a was lonely time, when everyone you know is fast asleep...

  3. Yes, we humanoids require more care and live longer than our animals....It is so good you have such great memories of Checkers..How lucky you and she were to find each other....Best of luck to Kelly's mom...Our prayers and good karma go out to her....

  4. I know many of us shed tears over your losing Checkers.

    I never did watch Flash Gordon, but in Cincinnati we had a show called Captain Video, and I don't know if it was local or elsewhere in the country as well. I personally thought it was dumb but my little brothers loved it so that was what was on TV every afternoon - that and 6-Gun Theater - the westerns!

    I wish the best for Kelly's mom - it isn't easy at that age to snap back from any kind of surgery.

  5. Glad Flash Gordon was about the TV show! :)

    To be honest, if Checker's passing has been your deepest sorrow, you have been lucky, indeed...

  6. I can tell you that you aren't alone in your sorrow in losing a beloved companion like Checkers. They leave torn hearts. There just isn't any consolation.


  7. I hope Kelly is able to help her mom as she recovers from this surgery.

    I think maybe why our sorrow from the loss of a beloved pet is so deep, is the bond of love we enjoy with them. A pet has never disappointed you, gossiped about you, lied to you, hurt you intentionally...the list could go on. A pet loves you with their entire being and they expect nothing in return but to be loved by you. Their loss is indeed a very deep sorrow and that sorrow cannot be quantified.

  8. Al, great photos of the pine cones and the flowers. Enjoy the yellow flowers in the black and white photo. It's lots of fun to be creative with these digital photos!

    Sorry to hear about Kelly's mom. Glad she's gone to help her, but sorry that you'll be without her while she's there.

    Hope Max feels better. You take such cute pictures of Motor Mouse! People sometimes have a difficult time knowing just how much love can grow between folks and their pets. We find that dogs always have a special place in our hearts and lives. They can be so innocent and caring. I think God put them here to help us recognize how pure and simple love can be.

  9. Same here in this household Al, when we lost our Jazzy girl a couple years ago the old cowboy that lives here cried buckets and I had never seen him cry before. There is just something about losing that pet, they love you so much, it just hurts. May Kelly's Mom make a full recovery, travel safe Kelly.

  10. The good pictures, of course. Your sorrow reflected, yes, we're with you on that. Getting some yard work is good too. A sign of your gradual recovery is the reapperance of the Groaner's Corner, and Ill never forget where you got that name! Best to you and Kelly. and of course Kelly's Mom!

  11. It's always uplifting to read your blog and see what is happening in your lives with your great photos of the outdoors and poetic prose. No one says it better than you. Checkers had a great dad. Best wishes to Kelly's mom.


  12. About crying, Al --- when we lost our Boomer in Denver,Co, back in 2008 my wife was with him in his last minute. When she came back to the car she was so shaken and crying --- I never saw her like that before --- and of course I joined her. And I have done the same crying when we lost a dog years earlier and I was the one being with it and had to bury it afterwards. With our current dog, MOLLY, I live in fear for the day it will happen again. Hopefully we'll have her another 5 years or so.