Thursday, October 20, 2011




Big winds, rains, thunder and lightning along with a scared little Motormouse made for a restless night.  Pheebe of course took it all in stride with her usual happy smiling face and wagging tail.  I slept right through most of the night's activities but Kelly wasn't so lucky and ended up having a tired day.

I was surprised by reader's emails making the connections between wheat intolerance and depression.  I would not have thought of that.  I know the intolerance in itself would not be the root cause of depression but I do understand that it could somehow affect the degree of depression.  I have always believed depression is the power of negative thinking and who knows what chemical changes and imbalances take place in the body from day to day to add further effects in our ever changing moods.

Several readers have suggested St. John's Wort as a herbal approach to dealing with depression so 3 days ago I picked up a bottle of sixty 300mg pills.  Am also now trying a herbal pill called Probiotic to possibly deal with my suspected wheat intolerance problem.  It was just a few days before that I stopped eating wheat based products.  And, Kelly informed me this morning to refer to this possible problem as wheat intolerance and not wheat allergy.  Two different things I am told.



Maybe it's too early to tell or maybe it's just in my mind but I am definitely feeling better both mentally and physically than I was a week or so ago.   Actually, the whole summer as far as that goes.  Also managed to drop my weight from 213 to 209 so I am encouraged.  Gotta be careful though.....don't want to get myself too giddy and run the risk of besmirching my old Cuersudgeon status:))

Sure do like using Google Earth from time to time and it has saved us a few unnecessary long drives.  Case in point….Kelly spotted a half acre piece of farm property for sale on a local Real Estate site this week about a half hour drive north of Bayfield.  The property had an old house on in it that looked like a nice quiet place in the country.  I quickly gassed up Google Earth and flew out to the address shown on the Real Estate site to see what I could see from an aerial view.

Well, it was in the country all right but from the Google Earth image it was plain to see the house was only about 100 feet off a gravel road.  That meant cars going by very close to the house and lots of road dust.  Google Earth also showed a very large new looking house right beside the half acre property and probably only a couple hundred feet from the old farm house.  The Real Estate agent had been careful not to include that new house in any of the 3 photos taken of the half acre property.  Google Earth had once again saved us an hours trip for nothing, otherwise we might have driven out there for a look around. 

The house on the property was not to our liking anyway.  A two story hundred year old wooden frame farm house that for sure had seen better days.  Too old for us and we would never buy a two story house anyway.  And we would certainly never buy a house that had another house close by.  I figure a half mile is the minimum acceptable distance between properties.  Kelly feels the same way.

Had ourselves a cold damp day much like we normally experience in November.  Noticed folks to the south of us are experiencing dropping temperatures as well.  I am going to be really ticked if we are forced to winterize the rig before leaving this year……………


GROANER'S CORNER:((  A drunk went into a telephone booth and dialled at random.......... "Salvation Army," was the answer."What do you do?" asked the man."We save wicked men and women," came the reply."Okay, save me a wicked woman for Saturday night will ya."
-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. Sure wish they had Goggle Earth a few years ago. We were looking in earnest for a home up in your neck of the woods. We made several trips up there and even after we had told the realtor please don't waste our time if they didn't meet our criteria. Well when we got there none of them had any of what we had specified. Except that they were out in the country, but the house, OMG. It's a fairly long drive from where we live up to Goderich too. Wasn't impressed at all.

  2. Does a wheat intolerance develop over time?
    Have you seen a doctor for a diagnosis?

    It seems like it would be very hard to completely avoid wheat.

    Is Kelly going on a wheat free diet as well?

    Good for you on loosing a few pounds. That in itself can make you feel better.

  3. No, no, no. Please no winterizing of the rig. Terrible thought. Glad you're feeling better. Next week the weather is supposed to be just perfect down here.

  4. Looks like the road in front of your house needs a street cleaner to take care of all those needles! :)

  5. Glad to hear you are feeling better Al... just keep thinking of the sunny days ahead!

  6. Sorry to say, I do not think wheat causes any problems other that getting fat. I have know two coworkers who sore by this wheat thing, but it just turned out they were nuts anyway. I read you blog almost daily and you are one stable happy camper. It is just time to fly down South like I am. Being cold is for young people, I get bummed every day I stay in the frosty mornings.
    Get that RV headed South my friend.

  7. glad you are feeling better already Al!!..enjoy the nice fall days!..soon the dark days of November will be here! those I don't like!!

  8. Glad you are feeling better and hope you continue to have good results. Only you can tell what's best for your body and what works for you. Hope you get out of there soon and get SOUTH!!

  9. Sometimes I think that just getting some outdoor exercize and adjusting our sugar intake helps..I was told I could be lactose intolerant last Spring, so I cut down on dairy products for a few months..Trouble is, I need that natural Calcium for Osteopenia, BUT..I have a history of kidney stones so Calcium supplements are iffy...Sometimes it sucks pond water to get old, but, as my Doc said, "It's better than the alternative".
    Our Hiker is still winterized from gettin home early last Jan....:-(

  10. It's amazing how sneaky with the camera those real estate people can be. We have two close friends who are realtors and tease them all the time about that.

    So what's best for you Al, if you feel better, you feel better and you don't need a doctor to tell you that!

  11. I just learned this yesterday, Al, and thought I'd pass it on. Our local grocery chain, Kroger, has a rather large on-line shopping selection, including a lot of gluten-free items they don't stock in the stores. If Kroger does it, I bet other large grocers do it, as well. One of my aunts has wheat allergies and she got a gluten-free cake mix. I couldn't tell much difference in the cake.

  12. So they told me, "Cheer up; things could be worse." So I cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse.

    You'll escape that fate, my friend, because you have a positive way of getting out of negative!