It has been the culmination of reader feedback on my blog that finally switched on a light bulb in my head this morning. In particular was this comment in my Shout Box which in part said, 'Do you have any unusual or interesting landmarks or buildings in your area you could share’. I know this has been suggested before by folks but for whatever reason this morning my brain latched on to those few words. From the moment I read that comment there was a creaking & grinding of gears in my brain as rusted wheels slowly began turning. I remembered other comments & emails I've received & slowly I became aware my mind was actually beginning to formulate an idea. Alas, a plan began coming together. Encouraging readers have been right all along. Here I am with some great camera gear, a desire to write, several modes of reliable transportation, & all kinds of time on my hands. What a great combination of assets for anyone to have if used correctly. And therein lies the key.
ALWAYS LOTS OF CURIOUS THINGS TO SEE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE & THAT IS WHY I PREFER TO SPEND TIME THERE…THIS PHOTO IS FROM AN EXOTIC ANIMAL FARM JUST A FEW MILES SOUTH OF DUNGANNON ONTARIO AT THE INTERSECTION OF HAWKINS ROAD & MILL LINE (PHEEBS FAVORITE STOP) >>>
The simple crux of my problem finally dawned on me this morning. The reason I have 'nothing' days is simply because a lot of the time I have 'nothing' planned. Back in the working days one wakes up in the morning with a purpose & a destination. It's called a job. As much as we retired folks may have complained about the working world over the years it does have it's merits & one of those merits is structure. Waking up in the morning with no plans for the day, no focus, & no purpose, may sound wonderful to someone still grinding along in the 24/7 workforce and of course it is wonderful.....to a point. However for some of us waking up without some kind of planned structure or purpose for the day is like a ship setting sail without a rudder. Too often we drift aimlessly through the day at the mercy of winds, waves, & running tides. We leave harbor but with no course plotted & no destination predetermined we never reach wherever we didn’t know we were going in the first place anyway. In reality we are adrift & lost at sea. In retirement being lost at sea for days, weeks, or months on end cannot be a healthy thing either mentally or physically. We are in for stormy days for sure. Ask me, I know about it…………….
So here's my plan. Yes there are interesting landmarks & buildings in our area. There are things going on, there are stories to be told, photos to be taken, & events to be attended. In other words there are things to do. Just as in our working days one has to have some kind of structure, a destination, a purpose. ‘One has to organize their own day' because it is no longer organized for them. And that organization begins for me by planning & organizing my time better. Noticed in the 2015 Goderich Visitor's Guide they have a calendar of upcoming events. Some car shows & by golly even an air show later this month featuring the Canadian Snowbird acrobatic team. Been a long time since I've seen those fellas perform. Once a big air show fan years ago this is something I would enjoy. Something to write about, something to photograph. Something constructive to do. A purpose, a focus, & it all hinges on me getting myself organized. And that is my plan:))
Our Saturday morning dawned bright & sunny so Pheebs & I headed for the countryside looking for a few photos. Brown fields are turning greener as crops grow taller. Rolled along stopping at a few of our favorite spots along the way. At one point high atop a hill on Golf Course Line northeast of Goderich I could see the true scope of wind turbine encroachment across the countryside in that area. I was totally surprised at how many wind turbines I was able to count from where I was standing. My eyes counted 126 turbines & I know sharper eyes could have counted even more on the distant horizon. And I understand there are hundreds more to come. Maybe even thousands………………
NOT ALL OF THE WIDE HORIZON IS VISIBLE IN THIS PHOTO BUT I COUNTED 126 WIND TURBINES FROM THIS SPOT
OUR AREAS WIND TURBINES FOLLOW ALONG LAKE HURON’S SHORES CATCHING PREVAILING NORTHWEST WINDS SWEEPING IN OFF THE LAKE
It was nearly 1 p.m. before we made it home today & the rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing in my recliner thinking about how to better manage my time & get myself organized now that I said I would…………………………Oh Dear:))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( When U Black, U Black
When I was born, I was BLACK ,
When I grew up, I was BLACK ,
When I went in the sun, I stayed BLACK,
When I got cold, I was BLACK ,
When I was scared, I was BLACK ,
When I was sick, I was BLACK ,
And when I die, I'll still be BLACK .
NOW, You 'white' folks....
When you're born, you're PINK,
When you grow-up, you're WHITE ,
When you go in the sun, you get RED,
When you're cold, you turn BLUE,
When you're scared, you're YELLOW,
When you get sick, you're GREEN
When you bruise, you turn PURPLE ,
And when you die, you look GRAY.
So who y'all be callin'