Friday, September 28, 2012



A bit of gardening this morning, a bit of organizing some trip stuff, an afternoon Peebers walk interspersed with a few short zzz's here & there & that about sums up my day.  The new header photo is from my October 2010 file.  Taken near the Ben Miller Inn it shows what appears to be a structure in a pond with a pot of flowers atop it.  When the tornado ripped through Goderich in August 2011 it carried eastwards through the tiny hamlet of Ben Miller as well.  That pond area was in it’s path & that structure is no longer there.  And, I think some of the trees reflecting their Autumn colors into the pond may be gone as well.


Sometimes when Pheebs & I are out walking I may notice something of photographic interest on the ground like mushrooms, bugs, a cluster of pine needles, a butterfly, some flowers, or whatever. This often requires me to get myself & my camera right down on the ground for a creative photo angle. Every time I do this I have a bit of a problem. When Pheebs sees me on the ground she comes running thinking something is wrong. And, as often as not she runs right over & quickly lays down right on top of the subject I had hoped to photograph. I keep assuring her everything is fine but she stays right there beside me trying to lick my face & make me all better.  This goes on until I rather unceremoniously lumber myself back up onto my feet again. Meanwhile, my dog squashed subject is in ruins. Any idea what a dog mashed mushroom looks like on an early Autumn day.  Not good:((



If you are like us, you probably have oodles of travel brochures tucked away in plastic bags in closest, garages, basements or attics. We have always been in the habit of gathering up brochures pertaining to the various areas we are traveling. After reading them over & deciding on things to see & where to go, we have always kept the brochures.  Eventually they end up back home in Bayfield stuffed away in a couple drawers in our carport. Came across them this morning & in deciding whether to chuck them or not I thought, no, these are perfectly good pieces of easily readable information. I plan to take them with us back to Congress & set myself the task of sorting them into States. (New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada & Colorado) Because Congress will be our south-west base it just seems logical to have the brochures there to read, not only for us, but anyone stopping by. Yes, I know all this info is available on the internet but there is still something I enjoy about holding a simple brochure in one's hand & easily reading about an areas attractions, suggested routes, & annual events, etc.

DSC_7049The best part I like about being cold, is being warm.  It is the time of year now when the earth tilts on it’s axis to a point where the warming rays of the sun no longer have the power to provide a comfortable environment.  I can remember as a kid being outside playing to nearly dark some nights & coming home tired & cold.  How wonderful it was to open that front door & step inside to the warmth of a cozy house.  How nice it was to go stand on a big square floor register & feel the heat rising from the big old coal furnace in the basement.  How nice to smell food cooking & feel the warmth of the kitchen stove.  It seemed to make going outside in the cold chilly air all worthwhile just to come inside again a few minutes or hours later & feel that warm cozy air once again wrap me in it’s reassuring arms.  It is times like those that wonderful memories are made of.  I enjoy being reminded of my childhood.  Sometimes, it seems like it was just around the corner……not so very long ago:)) 


GROANER’S CORNER:(( ImageProxy 1

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. Or putting your feet up in front of an Olympian Wave 8 catalytic heater?

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

  2. nice picture at the end..and oh so very true!..if only we were the people our dogs think we are?

  3. I have brochures and maps all over the house. I keep thinking I will organize them - I get new updates of AAA maps every year but can't bear to throw the old ones out. They usually have routes that I've taken highlighted in bright yellow or orange, and bring back such memories.

  4. Al, I have a few hundred pounds of brochures, articles from magazines, etc., that I'll be glad to bring up to Congress and leave with you. Then when we want to go look at something, we'll trot on up to Congress and do our research in your library!

  5. When we sold our house, we threw away a huge box of brochures and maps. Funny thing was we never looked at them again after we got home from a trip and put them in the box. Now living in a small motorhome we have no place to keep them so they get recycled or pitched as soon as we leave an area. Ah, the simple life...

  6. LOVE the new header photo..Yep, we had a coal bin..The coal truck put the coal chute into our basement window and it ended up in the "coal bin" room....I can still see my Dad shoveling coal into that big old furnace..We had a shower in that basement right next to the furnace..Great idea, Dad!