Thursday, April 30, 2015

THE LADY PULLS OUT A WAD OF CANADIAN TIRE MONEY BIG ENOUGH TO CHOKE A HORSE

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BAYFIELD RIVER ALONGSIDE THE BAYFIELD PIER AT TWILIGHT

When we had the Jeep Wrangler in for it's pre-safety check last week a pinion seal was noticed leaking in the front differential or something.  Although not part of the safety check certificate requirement we did not feel right selling the Jeep knowing there was a problem like that with it.  This morning we dropped Jeepers off at the Bayfield Garage & bit the bullet to the tune of $93 to have that leaking seal replaced.  Not so good for us but a bonus for the Jeep's new owner whoever that turns out to be.
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SPOTTED IN OUR FRONT YARD THIS AFTERNOON & I DON’T KNOW IT’S NAME

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DSC_4043I’M NOT SURE IF I HAVE SEEN THIS LITTLE FELLOW AROUND BEFORE BUT HE SEEMED TO BE HANGING AROUND WITH THE DARK EYED JUNCOS
Been a few years since we've gone out & had ourselves breakfast anywhere here in Bayfield but after picking up the Jeep later in the morning we decided to try out a place that has changed management a few times & we had heard good things about the latest owners.  Sure enough those good things were true & we both had us a big mess of bacon & eggs at a fine civilized price of $6.99 each.  Especially liked the restaurant's own real tasty potato fixins.  Two thumbs up for Renegades Diner in Bayfield. 
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BAYFIELD’S FISHING FLEET

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It was one month ago today we arrived home from the Southwest & it was today I finally got out there in the rig & vacuumed the floors.  If & when some warmer weather arrives someday I'll get me some windows cleaned up & some bins cleaned out.  And the outside is needing a good shining up too.  Just a few more things to stroke off my 'to do' list when I get to them.  And we do all have those lists don't we.............................
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JUST AN OLD BUZZARD TREE
Our cold damp overcast morning finally gave way to clearing skies this afternoon but I was too comfortable & toasty warm tucked into my cushy recliner to venture outside.  Besides, the outside air was still cold.  Relaxed & entertained myself by watching a few documentaries on Roku. 

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LILY PADS ARE BEGINNING TO EMERGE FROM MUDDY POND BOTTOMS

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Wrote up a 'Jeep Wrangler For Sale' ad a few days ago & took a few additional pics of the Jeep this morning which Kelly was able to get into the Auto Trader, Kijiji, & Craig's list.  We'll see if we can stir up any interested buyers.  Not easy for me letting Jeepers go but I just have to stay focused on why we decided on a different vehicle.  A/C, ease of entry & exit for my legs, roomier back seat & much needed storage space.  Back seat power window ventilation for Pheebe.  Bigger tires make for a smoother ride although I think the Wranglers seats are more comfortable than the Jeep Liberators.  48,000 kms as opposed to 184,000 kms is a big plus too.  When I stand at the window looking out at the Wrangler & Liberty in our driveway it is the Wrangler my eyes go to with it's tough squat Bulldog look.  The Liberty is more aerodynamically designed but it's that 'attitude' look of the Wrangler that grabs me.  Yes I'm going to miss little Jeepers alright but it's time to adapt to changing needs & move on.
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OUR LOCAL COUNTRYSIDE IS BECOMING QUITE AROMATIC THESE PAST FEW WEEKS
Oh but here's something I am not going to miss about driving a Jeep Wrangler.  The wave!!  Wrangler drivers like Motorcycles riders have this wave they often greet each other with.  Personally I'm not a waver & yet not wanting to appear rude I always wave back if another Wrangler driver waves at me first but I never initiate a wave.  Do you realize how fast your reflexes have to be as 2 Wranglers approach each other on a highway at a combined speed of 120 mph.  My total concentration is on the driver's windshield as we hurtle towards each other.  My eyes are glued on the other driver as he closes in.  Then I'm watching, watching, & watching for the slightest movement of the driver’s hand which could signal a coming Wrangler wave.  My reflexes are so fast the other drivers hand has barely lifted off the steering wheel & I've already got a big Howdy Doody wave going on as he goes blasting by.  My personality is such that if I miss returning a big Wrangler wave I feel bad about that.  But if there is no movement of the other driver's hand then there is no movement of my hand & we both blow by each other with our noses in the air.  Nope I'm not going to miss that little bit of gamesmanship at all.  Really want to know what I think about all that hand waving stuff??  Check out my HOWDY DOODY post from a few years back:))
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THAT DARN LAKE HURON ICE IS STILL HANGING ON IN SPOTS
At our Canadian Tire Stores here in Canada they have a thing when purchases are made where they hand out what we Canucks refer to as Canadian Tire money.  Kind of looks like real paper money in a way & comes in dominations of 5 cents, 10 cents, 50 cents, & maybe even a dollar.  Not sure about the dollar one because I've probably never purchased enough at one time to get a dollar coupon back.  A lot of people including myself save up this Canadian Tire money & when we have maybe 5 or 10 dollars worth we'll use it to buy something.  Of course the clerk always has to count out the stack of Canadian Tire money your using & that can take half a minute or two if you have a lot of 5 cent coupons!!  Wednesday morning at the Canadian Tire store in Goderich & got behind a lady who had just purchased herself a brand new bicycle.  The clerk rang it up & it came to somewhere around a hundred dollars.  With a beaming smile big as a Cheshire Cat the lady pulls out a wad of Canadian Tire money big enough to choke a horse & plops it down on the counter.  Of course I’m standing right behind her holding onto a 750 pound bag of birdseed.  With only one cashier on Wednesday morning do you know how long it took her to count that lady’s $77.45 stack of Canadian Tire money.........I do & my arms are stretched so far down now my hands drag on the floor!!!!  Birds are happy though……….
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Off to Goderich first thing in the morning to get a stone chip in the Big EEE's windshield fixed.  Could take a couple hours so I don't think the Pheebs will be going with me.  I don't plan on telling her where I'm going because I'm sure the little Smarty Pants knows McDonalds is right next door to the Speedy Glass place & she would never let me out of the house without her.

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GROANER'S CORNER:((  A well-known proverb states that an optimistic would say a glass is half full, while a pessimist would say it is half empty. What would people of different professions and walks of life say?
The BANKER would say that the glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets.
The GOVERNMENT would say that the glass is fuller than if the opposition party were in power.
The OPPOSITION would say that it is irrelevant because the present administration has changed the way such volume statistics are collected.
The ECONOMIST would say that, in real terms, the glass is 25% fuller than at the same time last year.
The PHILOSOPHER would say that, if the glass was in the forest and no one was there to see it, would it be half anything?
The PSYCHIATRIST would ask, "What did your mother say about the glass?"
The PHYSICIST would say that the volume of this cylinder is divided into two equal parts; one a colorless, odorless liquid, the other a colorless, odorless gas. Thus the cylinder is neither full nor empty. Rather, each half of the cylinder is full, one with a gas, one with a liquid.
The ENGINEER would say the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.
The SEASONED DRINKER would say that the glass doesn't have enough ice in it.

14 comments:

  1. I always seem to lose my Canadian Tire money so lately I have been dropping it in the buckets that give disadvantaged kids a chance to get into sports or our local animal shelter uses their donations to buy critter grub.

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  2. You've got yourself an Eastern Towhee there visiting with the juncos. "Drink your tea" is what he says. You know a bird ID will always sucker me in to make a comment. ;)

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  3. We need to shampoo the Hiker carpet...and caulk some leaks over our back window...We have had it since 2007 so it's time to do some stuff...I LOVE to go out for breakfast...my favorite meal to eat out!

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  4. My Dad once bought a TV, all with Canadian Tire Money, it must have taken him at least a decade or so to save up that much Canadian Tire Money! Glad I wasn't in line behind him then.

    We were about 20km away from our "home" destination in Cabri, Saskatchewan and we picked up a stone chip which grew by the bumps into a nice long crack in the passenger side windshield. Wish it was only a chip that we could have had filled, unfortunately it looks like we are going to have to replace the windshield on that side. :-(

    Good luck on the sale of Jeepers! As you said you have to move forward but it is always nice to look back at the memories too!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  5. Loved the Groaner tonight. Enjoyed the wave story as well.

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  6. Love the Canadian Tire money, ours is Collected on our Canadian Tire Mastercard so no more paper money usually manage to collect around $200.00 every year, pays for the tires on our Towed and then some.

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  7. Wow, I wish we had a business in the United States that gave "rebate money" like Canadian Tire. I do have a Chase Bank Visa that I use for EVERYTHING and get cash back. I'm saving my cash back money for a new bicycle. :-)

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  8. I used to save my Canadian Tire money to buy the kids school supplies every year. Like you said it was generally a fair sized wad so I'd go to the Customer Service Desk where they'd issue me a gift card for the value. Kathy and I now use it to buy supplies for our travels.
    Since last year you can get a points card instead of the paper money. It takes less room in your wallet and you don't lose the CT money. Also learned lately there is over a billion dollars of Canadian Tire Money that is presently distributed across Canadian customers. Who would have thought!
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  9. Love the pic of the sun going down over the fleet. The thing I missed the most when we got rid of the F-150 and got the Cherokee was the comfortable seats. These aren't bad, just not as comfy :-( How many things can one buy at a tire store? Our tire stores sell tires, maybe wheels, and that's it. I'm guessing Canadian Tires sells a whole lot more - bicycles and bird seed at least :-))))

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  10. I'm so used the the Jeep Wave that I do it even when I forget that I'm driving the Tahoe. That gets some strange looks from the other driver.

    Pat

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  11. When I lived in southwestern Ireland, you always greeted all oncoming cars by lifting your index finger off the steering wheel. I still do that sometimes, especially when I go through a construction zone with people directing traffic through the zone. They always give me a nod back.

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  12. Your hand-wave description made me think of a comedienne's (Sarah Millican) schtick. She loves to wave; says that's why she learned to drive.

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    Ngoài lĩnh vực các mặt hàng Trung Quốc chúng tôi còn chuyên cung cấp các dịch vụ chuyển hàng từ nhật bản về việt nam và dịch vụ order hàng nhật bản giá rẻ để người tiêu dùng có nhiều thuận tiện trong việc mua sắm, xách tay những mặt hàng từ nước ngoài.

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