A FEW DAYS AGO AT THE HULLETT-MARSH
With morning temperatures at 60 F we had a pleasant bug free walk around our morning pine forest trail. Long range forecast is calling for cool weather so I am keeping my fingers crossed we just might gently be sliding into Autumn without any further heat & humidity madness this summer. Oh could we be so lucky.
ROADSIDE PIT STOP FOR THE PHEEBS FRIDAY MORNING
Walked into one of our 2 sheds this morning to get something, forgot what it was I was looking for & ended up spending a couple hours on a cleaning bender. Had not planned on doing any shed cleaning but when I am struck with an energized work idea like that I have learned I had better go ahead & carry that little work impulse through while the gettin’s good. I never did remember what I had walked into the shed for in the first place……..
RECENT RAINS KNOCKED OUR HOLLYHOCKS DOWN BUT FRESHENED UP OUR BACK YARD
Had myself a little bit of a mis-hap this morning which unfortunately has temporarily laid me up. There is a step down into our sun room & I did not see one of Pheebs hard butcher bones laying on the sunroom floor. As I stepped down with my left foot I stepped on that bone & very painfully twisted my foot to the left & dropped to the floor. Heard the crunching sound of bones, or muscles, or tendons in my foot. It was soooooo painful but of course when it comes to pain it is a proven fact we wimpy men do not handle pain as well as you women do. After a couple minutes I was able to get myself up & hobble myself out to the kitchen & pull a frozen bag of peas out of the freezer. Limped my way to the recliner & climbed aboard with my injured foot elevated & resting on the frozen bag of peas. Poor Pheebs, she was so upset because she knew something had happened to Dad & he was in pain. She was just like a little Mother hovering around me with a distressed look on her face & a desire to help Dad & make him all better. Took me awhile to convince her I was going to be Ok. And she didn’t understand later this afternoon & again this evening why I wasn’t taking her out for a walk around the Goose pond either. The outside of my foot is slightly swollen, a wee bit discolored & has a small bump about the size of a marble. I can move around slowly but have to remember to keep any weight off that side of my foot. I did put my shoes on & shuffle out to the Jeep to see if I could operate the clutch without any pain. I could, so at least I can get up & go somewhere if I want. We get too soon old & too soon clumsy huh…
RURAL SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO
Note to Jack B Nimble......No, no, Jack nothing you said in your comment had anything to do with my Friday night’s post wherein I touched upon the topic of criticism. In fact nothing to do with anyone's comment on my blog or in my Shout Box. I sometimes come across comments left in other Blogger's posts that stir me up a bit & I just feel I have to sometimes speak up & voice an opinion. For the most part we have a fine bunch of understanding, caring, & mature Bloggers out here & I feel it is important for all of us to be respectful of each other. Sometimes that just needs saying………………………………..
BEEN YEARS SINCE I HAVE FLOWN ON A PLANE THIS SIZE & I DON’T SEEM TO HAVE MUCH OF A DESIRE TO FLY ON ANOTHER ONE ANY TIME SOON…OF COURSE THE FLYING PART WOULD BE OK BUT DON’T THINK I WOULD HAVE ENOUGH PATIENCE LEFT FOR ALL THAT AIRPORT SECURITY NONSENSE NOWADAYS
A question in our Shoutbox asked how I liked Tai Chi when I was a member years ago. TAOIST TAI CHI is a totally excellent physical & mentally challenging exercise program I would highly recommend to anyone & especially Seniors. Consists of 108 moves to be learned & that is where the mental exercise comes into play. The slow moving stretching required is exactly what is needed for aging & stiffening muscles & joints. There are various forms of toned down Tai Chi but Taoist Tai Chi is the real deal. Due to various changing circumstances over the years I was never able to move on into the intermediate class. I have done a total of 4 beginners classes over the last 12 years. With 108 moves it is something which is learned by continuous repetition & if you finish a beginner's class & do not keep up the exercise program one's memory is quickly lost. Self discipline when it comes to exercising is not one of my strong points. Tai Chi is one of those programs where the more you do the better you get at it. The emphasis is to perfect one's body & mind both mentally & physical with each & every one of the 108 moves. As I said, I would recommend Taoist Tai Chi for anyone & it's probably something I should maybe try getting myself back into again. Of course I would have to start all over with another beginner's class but with our Snow Bird lifestyle now it makes getting in at the start of a beginner's class difficult. I think the beginner’s class runs once a week for maybe a couple months.
JUST HANGING OUT DOWN BY THE RIVER
A GREAT BLUE HERON SLIPS AWAY FOR THE SAFETY OF NEARBY WOODS
As August begins it’s slow slide towards early Autumns cooler temperatures I have noticed our front yard bird activity around the feeders has really slowed done. Still a few Goldfinches but not the big gang that was here back in June. Haven’t seen the Baltimore Orioles or Red Breasted Grosbeaks for quite awhile. A few Chickadees, Mourning Doves, & of course Blue Jays. Even the Grackles are getting scarce. An occasional Red Wing Blackbird still comes in for a snack & we have a Cardinal who flies in every night about dusk for a few late day seeds.
MOURNING DOVE ON OUR FEEDER STATION
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: 'Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?' Slim says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.' 'Really!? Like a newborn baby!?' 'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'
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love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
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