Wednesday, July 02, 2014




Most people would just phone in to make an Optometry appointment but I guess Pheebs & I are just not most people.  We jumped in the Jeep this morning & hustled our buns up to Goderich in order to make an appointment in person for an eye check-up.  Me, not Pheebs.  Well I couldn't go through the McDonald drive-thru if I'm on the phone in Bayfield eh.


We didn't do any back road touring this morning.  Had to head on back home to vacuum all the Muffin crumbs out of the front seat.  Jeep was overdue for a cleaning anyway so until the heat finally got the best of me that is what I did this morning.  Cleaned the Jeep.  I will probably do the Santa Fe in the morning.


Would you believe I wounded myself cleaning a floor mat this morning.  Well I did & the wounding device happened to be a product of Arizona.  Had about a dozen small stones imbedded in the grooves of the floor mat so proceeded to dig in & flick them out with my finger.  Until one of those seemingly harmless little stones up & stabbed me.  Turns out it was a GOATHEAD sticker & did it ever make my finger bleed.  Into the house, finger under the cold water tap & wrapped it up in a Kleenex.  Problem solved but 'ouchy-ouchy-ouchy!!  Figure the sticker was from our property in Congress.  Stuck to my shoe & then came off on the rubber mat where it waited in ambush for me until I one day decided to deep clean my floor mat.  ‘Bingo’, after a lengthy wait it finally got me:((


I dug out another fan a couple days ago & strategically placed it on the kitchen counter to sweep our small living room casting it's cooling breezes on me from my right side.  In conjunction with my 3 bladed tower fan on my left I have set up quite a summer's air conditioned breeze blowing blowing freely in one ear & out the other.  Tipped back in my recliner the thought occurs to me, 'why would I get out of this big comfortable chair ever again'.  Why indeed.............................


In a comment/question Phil says, 'You never seem to mention printing pictures. Do you ever make prints'?  Short answer to the question is 'no, I never make prints from my photos'.  Other folks have made prints of my photos but it is something that has never interested me to do.  I enlarged some stuff in my 35mm days but to the best of my memory I have never printed any of my digital photos.  And I guess that's about all I can say about that.


Appreciate all the supportive comments from readers & I thank you.  I do know I do not have to explain things to anyone but it is just my nature in many cases to do so.  Sometimes when someone casts a shadow my way I feel it is up to me to lighten that shadow with an explanation.  It's just my personality that makes me do that.  Some of us were born with & carry our sensitivity genes a little closer to the surface than others.  Life's experience also has a habit of re-arranging those personal sensitivities as well & we all react to circumstances differently through our individual stages & ages of maturity....................


GROANER'S CORNER:((  The Secret Language Of Women

(Men should probably commit this to memory...)
This is the word women use at the end of any argument that they feel they are right about but need to shut you up. NEVER use "fine" to describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments. 
-Five minutes:
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before we take out the trash, so they feel that it's an even trade.
This means something and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with the word "Fine."
-Go Ahead (with raised eyebrows):
This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine." 
-Go Ahead (normal eyebrows):
This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care." You will get a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off. -
-Loud Sigh:
This is not actually a word, but is still often a verbal statement very misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing."
-Soft Sigh:
Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" are one of the few things that some men actually understand. She is content. Your best bet is to not move or breathe and she will stay content.
This word followed by any statement is trouble. Example; "Oh, let me get that". Or, "Oh, I talked to him about what you were doing last night." If she says "Oh" before a statement, run, do not walk, to the nearest exit. She will tell you that she is "Fine" when she is done tossing your clothes out the window, but do not expect her to talk to you for at least 2 days. "Oh" as the lead to a sentence usually signifies that you are caught in a lie. Do not try to lie more to get out of it, or you will get a raised eyebrows "Go ahead" followed by acts so unspeakable that I can't bring myself to write about them.
-That's Okay:
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can say to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you retributions for what ever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and used in conjunction with a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead." At some point in the near future when she has plotted and planned, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.
-Please Do:
This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay."
A woman is thanking you. Do not faint, just say you're welcome. 
-Thanks A Lot:
This is much different from "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks A Lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have hurt her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing."


  1. I understand all the Groaner's words. What part of them don't you understand??? hahahaha Do you copy and paste all the groaners or type them out? Just curious.

  2. The groaner is particularly funny to me because one of my daughters-in-law says "Fine" in such a way that makes me want to run and not witness the rest of the "discussion". I kinda feel sorry for my son in those instances.

  3. Well now, if you never leave the recliner again, how will you get to the McDonald's drive-in? (not to mention Tim Horton's)

    And did y'all ever make a decision on that white car? If you did I missed it.

  4. I really dislike slugs. Sadly one year ( earlier on in living a home with grass ) I vowed to kill them all. I sprinkled all of the slugs with salt and they died but so did my grass. Lesson learned.

  5. As always, amazing photos!


  6. Gotta watch out for those Goathead stickers. They do follow us back to Ontario too.
    Just waiting to attack when you least expect it.

  7. Al, I always enjoy your photographs, if fact that's what first drew me to your blog but today you have me stumped. Would you mind telling me what is in the fifth photo down from your header today? Is it a slug? I do love your eye for detail and enjoy reading your thoughts daily as well.

  8. With all the work you do every day you hardly compare to that slug - even in the recliner with two fans strategically blowing over you! The swamp pic is a favorite of mine as well, glad you posted it again. There are so many ways to look at it :-).