Saturday, September 17, 2011


Well, it was Saturday morning and that meant doggy training at 'On Golden Paws in Varna.  Only about a 5 minute nice country drive from where we live.  From where we live, anywhere we go begins with a nice country drive:))  Our class was up to a full compliment of 4 with the addition of a large black 7 month old Newfoundland bear of a dog who's name escapes me at the moment.  Good class with lots to learn and remember.  Pheebs is doing better than I am in the old memory department.  Maybe I am the one who should be on the other end of the leash getting the treats.
Found out today our southwest departure date of October 15th may be in jeopardy.  One of Kelly's daughters is flying from Vancouver with her twins at the end of the month for a 10 day or two week visit.  Daughter and twins will be staying in Cambridge but plan on visiting Bayfield and staying at Deer Park Lodge for a few days.  Kelly hasn't seen her daughter Sarah for 2 years and has never seen the twins.  We'll just have to play it by ear and see how it goes………………….  
Tonight we welcome Ester as our latest Bayfield Bunch blog follower.  Nice to have you aboard Ester and hope you stick around for our upcoming travels.
JOHN & BRENDA along with JANNA & MIKE are having a great time hanging out together and seeing some of Alberta Canada's finest scenery this past week.   I think IVAN is nearby wandering around somewhere as well.  Ivan in fact is a retired Park ranger who spent many years in the forests and mountains of that area. They all have some great scenic photos of Canada's mountain wonderland.  I have been to Lake Louise and can vouch for the fact that yes, that is the true color of the water in the lakes around there.  I especially remember the color of Emerald Lake.
Shout Out to Richard in Tecumseh, Ontario.  Wondering if you got the last two emails I sent in the past couple weeks. 
GROANER'S CORNER:))  Unless you got one of them there University edumacations this one might just slip right over your head………………………..
An Indian chief had three wives, each of whom was pregnant. The first gave birth to a boy. The chief was so elated he built her a teepee made of deer hide. A few days later, the second gave birth, also to a boy. The chief was very happy. He built her a teepee made of antelope hide. The third wife gave birth a few days later, but the chief kept the details a secret. He built this one a two story teepee, made out of a hippopotamus hide. The chief then challenged the tribe to guess what had occurred.
Many tried, unsuccessfully. Finally, one young brave declared that the third wife had given birth to twin boys.
"Correct," said the chief. "How did you figure it out?"
The warrior answered, "It's elementary. The value of the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides."

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. Ugh on the groaner. (I was a math teacher in a former life, you know) :)

  2. Do you think it has anything to do with the age thing as far as Pheebe's remembering better than you. Just asking.

  3. Thanks for the shout out Al. We HAVE been having a great time out here in the west.

  4. Oh well, you do take great photos! That was quite a groaner.

  5. good for Pheebes for being the star pupil!!!.now if only us humans could learn as quickly!

  6. Glad the doggie classes are going great for Pheebes... must be exciting to be able to see the grandkids....
    Have fun

  7. As a volunteer for an animal rescue I interview the applicants who want to adopt. I generally tell them obedience training is not so much for the dog but the person. The dog picks it up fast but the person generally needs work.. Just had one lady tell me she flunked three different times with three different dogs. Sounds like you are well on the way to success with Pheebe. Congratulations to you and kudo'w to Pheebe....

  8. Change those treats to peanut butter sandwiches and you would be right there :-)....Our leaves here haven't turned as much as yours...And, as for changing up the departure date...It wouldn't be changed that much..Don't sweat the small stuff..It would be fun for you and Kelly to see the twins, for sure!!

  9. Okay that was a groaner to top all groaners!! Love the shots of the fall color.

  10. Al, you can always take off for the west just you and the mutts. Kelly could catch up when she's able.

  11. Ahhh twins trumps trip!

    Besides, the desert will still be there a week later, right? LOL

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard