Wednesday, August 31, 2011




As a rule, cloudy sky's will often lead to moisture in the form of rain.  Cloudy sky's can also prevent moisture as was our case last night.  Before reaching the Pine forest in the morning we have to walk through maybe a quarter mile of grass.  At this time of year with the heavy dew, that grass can be very wet.  An overnight cloud cover prevents that moisture laden dew from descending through the clouds and this morning shoes and paws remained dry on our walk.  I could hear a flock of Robins gathering and have seen and heard that before in the Fall.  They seem to gather in large flocks before beginning their long migration southward.  In fact, I was very surprised at all the bird activity in our front yard late this afternoon.  Blue Jays, Robins, Cardinals, Black Capped Chickadees, Mourning Doves and some other brown little feathered friends I couldn't identify.

DSC_3620We headed off for Mitchell to see Uncle Harry this morning and do some banking.  With both our banks in Goderich still closed as the result of Tornado damage we had to stop into those same banks in a different town.  Some of the Goderich bank staff has temporarily been located in different branches around the area and Kelly was immediately recognized by one of the Goderich tellers when she entered the C.I.B.C. bank.  I generally do all our on-line banking stuff and Kelly does the footwork at the actual banks whenever needed.  I stay out of those darn places with their long teller lines.  I figure the less people interaction I can get through the day with, the better.  My Uncle Harry is doing better with the pain in his back having lessened.  We both thought he looked better as well.  He said he was going to call and tell us to be sure and bring Pheebe with us the next time we came.  Guess who surprised Harry with a cold nose on his arm while he was sleeping in his recliner this morning.  Yep, the Pheebs went with us today too.  We did take the Motor a couple months ago but she was very restless & it didn't work out so swell.  Pheebe is much calmer & makes a fuss over Harry.


Some readers may remember my occasional rants about the Tim Horton's coffee chain such as TICKED OFF AT TIM HORTONS  and TIM HORTONS,  THE DUMBING DOWN OF CANADIAN COFFEE DRINKERS Well, guess what......Kelly heard on the CBC news Tuesday that Tim Hortons is going to be making some changes to their coffee cup sizes.  Not exactly sure what is coming down the pipe but she thinks she heard the now 'medium’ coffee size will become the new small size, etc.  Well, I for one am not holding my breath or being optimistic about this because because I figure if they do this they will work in a price increase somewhere in the not too distant future.  I can't see Tim Horton's putting the public ahead of their profit line.  But, who knows, wonders never cease and maybe it's Tim Horton's turn to step up to the plate and knock one out of the park for their loyal coffee consumers for a change.  Sometimes, nice things happen to nice coffee drinkers:))  Say, you don’t suppose Tim Hortons read my………..nawwwwww, never could have happened.



Had a nice email from a Blog reader yesterday wondering if, in our travels west in October, we could maybe stop around her neck of the woods and meet a group of like minded friends who enjoy daily reading about the life and times of the Bayfield Bunch.  Thought that was so nice and it picked up my spirits for the rest of the day.  Unfortunately we are heading directly west on a more northerly route this year than we sometimes do so will not be able to swing through her neighbourhood.  As much as meeting people scares the absolute heck out of me these days, I think it might have been kind of fun for a change to step out from behind my keyboard and say Hello.  

DSC_3659THE LAST PARAGRAPH:  I have noticed a slight shift in my interests over this past year and especially this past summer.  Computer things that once challenged and excited me no longer hold the same enthusiasm as they once did.  At one time I enjoyed reading sites like RV NET FORUM for example but I am rarely there anymore.   At one time not too long ago I was always intrigued with new things and ideas.  The great enjoyment I have always had for writing this blog has slipped and I find myself having trouble lately keeping up with my fellow Blogger’s posts which I have always enjoyed.  Have met a lot of nice RV folks online over the past 5 years and have always felt a part of the Blog Land family here.  Can’t quite put my finger on it but something has shifted somewhere.  Maybe it is the routine, maybe it is the repetition and maybe it is just temporary.    I have the type of personality that is seldom content with where it is so I am always aware of the inner shiftings of my life’s interests.  Maybe once we hit the road again I will be right back into the blogging swing of things again…  Like I said, it’s been a long hot summer…… 10-4:))



We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads. 

And, something else I’ve discovered…………
I like long walks, especially when they are taken
by people who annoy me.

Did you know that walking can add minutes to your life.
This enables you at 85 years old
to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
home at $4,000 per month.



Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.

Until one has loved an Animal, their soul remains un-awakened.



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


  1. If you were happy with the same routine for many years, you might find yourself stagnating. I think it is a good sign, Al, that you are shifting. There has to be an empty space before something new and wonderful can appear. Although I still do hope for a chance to just run into you someday somewhere out west! On another note: I really really tried to give Time Horton a chance while in Canada, but I could never seem to get into the extremely full parking lots!

  2. Not to get too deep here, but you have had some grief to deal with the past few months and that takes a toll. Give it time.

    And then perhaps your interests are changing to a degree. I never thought I would want to meet up with a bunch of strangers either, but lately I have met with several bloggers and enjoyed myself immensely. Times change and people do too. Do what feels right to and for YOU!

    And if you don't feel like writing a blog some night - take a break. We'll certainly be here when you get back.

  3. I, too have been feeling the time spent reading blogs needs to be that I am back to work it..the time spent will have to take a backseat ad refocused towards all the other chores that need doing!..
    nice post Al..glad to hear that Uncle Harry is feeling bit better!!

  4. I know I read to many blogs, but who should I cut out?

    I did stop following a few, and often skip opening some.

    But for what it's worth, I always read yours. Just the pictures would make it worth my time.

    Have you ever thought about doing a wordless post once in awhile? That would throw people off balance!

  5. Don't know what route you are taking although I know you used to bypass St Louis on I-55. If you do head west across I-70, your still welcome at the Weeb Ranch for a stop. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna. Oh yeah were 40 miles west of St Louis.

  6. I know what you mean Al.... I think of quitting my Blog often. In fact I;m thinking about it right now...

  7. Life goes on, and change is inevitable. I do miss your comments, however. :)

  8. Al - I have felt the same way about the routines I have enjoyed the last 3 or 4 years. I used to enjoy the same forum you referenced as well as forum. But I hardly go there anymore. Maybe once every couple of weeks.

    We were in Tobermory for a few days and stopped to see if we could catch Kelly or you at the Deer Lodge in Bayfield. But we missed you all. Have to try again next time but wanted to let you know we made the effort.

  9. Add me to the list of the tired...I rarely visit any of the RV or motorcycle forums and I only read a few favorite blogs. Having a hard time keeping up my interest in blogging although my interest in "writing" is still present.

    I'm not sure what it is...time of year? Oh well, we will all continue onward...cheers!

  10. Your photos are great as always, but we particularly liked the autumn leaves by the river. And yes, that toad may be the Tim Horton's ranter!

    We hope to get a chance to see you this winter, but if you are elsewhere, you'll be still top of the list for us!

  11. Personally, I don't know how the Heck you manage to keep up with your followers. As you might notice, I once blogged daily, then it went to every other day, now I try to get in a couple a week...I felt I was spending too much time sitting at the computer screen trying to come up with something to say, and not enough time outside...or reading books, or interacting with McGuyver...and so it goes. I love writing, and I can see you do too...Maybe you could cut down the blogging to twice a week or less, and begin writing your autobiography.. I, for one (of many I'm sure) , would LOVE to read that!! It could be cathartic also...just sayin'.

  12. Al, its funny how things work, your growing tired of blogging however you have inspired me to begin. I am 51 and have never had much use for computers much less reading , but once I started my thirst for more is thru the roof.I have really enjoyed reading your blog and your relaxed way of looking at things. I am super happy for you guys that you got the pheebster.Perhaps your travels out west will fire you back up. We live East of San Diego not far from Borrego and perhaps we will get a chance to meet when you guys are out this year. Scott

  13. Al, its funny how life works sometimes and how what we do and say that effect others. I am 51 and never had much use for computers our reading much either, however once I started reading blogs like yours I not only wanted to read more , but I also wanted to learn more about how to use this thing with all the buttons, add to that the fact that until I started reading your blog I never gave much thought to how I took pictures. I know that I speak for many others including myself that your postings are truly enjoyable.
    I suppose that everyone needs a break and perhaps your upcoming trip out west will revive you. We dont live far from Borrego , perhaps we will be able to meet this year. oops forgot to congratulate on the Pheebster...Scott