Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SOMETHING NEW……’AL’S OLD SCRATCHINGS’

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EARLY EVENING ALONG GODERICH’S BEACH FRONT

Had 2 new pieces of trim to paint this morning so got at that straight away.  Hooked up the utility trailer with all the old carpet in it & off Pheebs & I went to Holmesville a few miles away on highway 8 to drop it all off at the area dump.  We were there & back in half an hour.  Glad to finally get that little job crossed off the list.

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OUTSIDE OUR SUNROOM WINDOW TODAY

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DANDELION GONE TO SEED

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PICKED ME UP A COFFEE TO GO AT BAYFIELD’S ‘CHARLES STREET MARKET’ THIS MORNING

Had me a hankerin for a foot long hot dog with the works so soon as we got home & dropped the utility trailer off Pheebs & I headed into Bayield & grabbed ourselves a 6” Tuna Sub.  Headed over to Pioneer Park overlooking Lake Huron & between the 2 of us we demolished that Sub in no time flat.  It was a good thing I had put on a clean shirt this morning because I certainly would not have wanted to drip the ‘Sweet Onion’ sauce down the front of an old dirty shirt!!  A coffee to go from the Charles Street Market along Bayfield’s Heritage Main Street & we headed off back home.  The baseboard trim needed it’s second coat of paint & I’m still dealing with where to put everything now that our renovation project is nearing completion.  We got a lot of ‘stuff’ and speaking of stuff I’m reminded of something  I wrote in a previous post awhile back.   The following paragraph sums up what I really think of…..’stuff’.

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SEEN ON SATURDAY MORNINGS DRIVE

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Let it be said……“I like my stuff & I like my stuff a lot”!!  In the RV world we often hear folks talk about getting rid of all their stuff.  Can’t wait to be free of their stuff.  Got tooooo much stuff!!  Sell the house, sell the car, sell your socks & travel afar.  Works well for a lot of people for sure but I still like my stuff.  Some day when I’m gone somebody can come along & get rid of all my stuff but by golly as long as I’m still kickin I’m a gonna keep my stuff.  It’s mine, I’ve collected it, I’ve worked for it, I’ve created it & it’s who I am.  Some of my stuff is good stuff & some of my stuff is kinda junky stuff but it’s still my stuff.   When we return to Bayfield my favorite stuff is still right where I left it.  I like that.  When we roll into Congress next fall my favorite  Congress stuff will be there right where it’s supposed to be.  I like that.  We very seriously considered selling our house & all our stuff in 08 but we didn’t.  Our house is still in place & we have a home & stuff to go home to.  We like having a permanent home.  Why??  Because it’s got all our stuff in it that’s why:))

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ALONG GODERICH’S WATERFRONT BOARWALK

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AND BY GOLLY A LITTLE HANKY SPANKY ON THE BEACH  TODAYTOO:))

Another marvelous weather day with our temps hanging out in the mid to upper 60’s.  For this guy that’s pretty darn nice being able to putter around the house & property without feeling drained or having my clothes stick to me.  Aside from Autumn I think June is the prettiest month we have going here. 

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OVERLOOKING GODERICH HARBOR…..GRAIN ELEVATORS ON THE LEFT, SIFTO SALT MINE CENTER & A GREAT LAKES FREIGHGER ON THE RIGHT & ALSO TO THE RIGHT OF THE FREIGHTER ONE CAN SEE WHERE THE MAITLAND RIVER EMPTIES INTO LAKE HURON

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Tired of slaving over a hot stove (we had sausage & eggs Monday night) I armed myself with a Harvey’s coupon, loaded up the Pheebs and I headed off to Goderich for an Angus Burger.  With this mornings Tuna Sub today was a double hitter for eating out & Pheebs was happy to go for another Jeep ride.  I needed to find me some photos for the blog anyway & a swing down around Goderich’s harbor & beachfront is always good for that.

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A RARE GREAT LAKES NEANDERTHAL NARWHAL BROACHES THE WATER’S PLATIMUM SURFACE

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HERE A GIANT ROCKFISH SWIMS ALONG CLOSE TO SHORE

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WELL OKAY MAYBE THOSE FIRST 2 PHOTOS ARE A STRETCH BUT THIS PHOTO IS DEFINITELY A SEAGULL & THE ONE BELOW DEFINITELY IS A LADY:))

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As of late I have been picking up a few ideas from my good Buddy Jim’s new blog over at Lifetime Sentences.  In his blog he occasionally has something called ‘Renowned Terrible Limericker’ in which he publishes some of his not so terrible limericker poetry.  Well this got me to thinking of course & I remembered an old almost forgotten forever briefcase out in our shed.  In that briefcase (which Jim actually gave me about 35 years ago) has lain for many years my very own collection of terrible limericks.  So terrible I suppose that it is the reason they have not seen the light of day for decades……..until today.  Pulling out those old yellowing sheets of typewriter paper and reading some of the stuff over I winced, I scringed, I shook my head a few times and thought ‘no’ this stuff is too hoaky, too corny and too embarrassing to publish.  So publish it I will.  Going to add a little section below Groaner’s Corner for awhile & call it ‘AL’s Old Scratchings’.  There will be humor, there will be stories of imagination and an occasional walk on the dark side.  Some stuff will be in the form of poetry & some will not.  Much of it is very short & some of it long.  Some rhymes some does not.  All this stuff was written in the late 60’s which was a totally different era & life experience for me.  Maybe by posting some of my old stuff I will be inspired to come up with some new stuff.  AL’s old scratchings will certainly not be everybody’s cup of tea but maybe there’s one or two readers out there that might find something of interest, something to throw stones at.  Keep your hand close to your delete button & I’ll start tonight’s ‘scratchings’ off with something short, simple, & lite:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((    Harvey's grandfather clock suddenly stops working right one day, so he loads it into his van and takes it to a clock repair shop. In the shop is a little old man who insists he is Swiss, and has a heavy German accent. He asks Harvey, "Vat sims to be ze problem?"  Harvey says, "I'm not sure, but it doesn't go 'tick- tock-tick-tock' anymore. Now it just goes 'tick...tick...tick.'"  The old man says, "Mmm-Hm!" and steps behind the counter, where he rummages around a bit. He emerges with a huge flashlight and walks over to the grandfather clock. He turns the flashlight on, and shines it directly into the clocks face. Then he says in a menacing voice, "Ve haf vays of making you tock!"

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AL’s Old Scratchings……..‘Tiny Dreams’

The Children were here but now they’re gone waiting for Pixies, Fairies & dawn.  Dreaming of sugar, flowers and things and hoping for candy and Puppets on strings.  Dancing in fields and playing with Dolls scratching their knees in Teddy Bear falls.  Living in a world all to themselves, living in a world of kiddi-car Elves.

15 comments:

  1. Both Kathy and I enjoyed your scratching. That should be published in a child's book. Hope you have more.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  2. Love the photos of the old car ...

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  3. Love your little scratching, you never cease to amaze me. Like your old car photos.

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  4. some like their stuff and are attached to it..and others?..not so much...I am glad we are part of the ones that are not attached...but to each their own..you and kelly keep your stuff as long as it makes you happy!!

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  5. What a great post tonight from the old car, your feelings on stuff I have been trying to get rid of stuff for over a year and I can't seem to let go of way to many things and your scratching was really enjoyable.

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  6. Hi, Al. Think I am gonna love the "Scratchings". You started off with a good one. You always seem to come up with one more surprise!! As if the photos, regular posts, and groaners weren't enough. What a treasure trove you are! Thanks a bunch!!!

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  7. Love those old cars, thanks. I have a lot of stuff, but not much means anything to me, but I feel what your saying.
    Enjoyed the groaner tonight.

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  8. Love that scratching of yours. And I agree about the pleasures of owning "stuff".

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  9. Old cars and the scratchings perfect, nice and refreshing.

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  10. Loved your Scratchings Al. It was very good. Looking forward to more.

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  11. Seriously, Al?? I have a collection of poetry I wrote in college called "Drippings From A Half Spent Candle"...ah to be that ambitious again. I still do some poetry writing, and was considering putting a couple on my blog..You have a definite flair for writing...keep it up!!

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  12. Love the car and chair pics, and the Narwhal of course :-) We were thrilled with getting rid of all our stuff, but if you're going to hold on to it, it's best to really love it like that!! The limerick is delightful - light and fun like the topic.

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  13. THAT is just the way I feel about my 'stuff' it is mine, I took time and effort to get it and it defines "ME"

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  14. You're in the mid to upper 60s?! It's mid-80s here and I'm still wearing sweatpants. I took off the sweatshirt at 80. :D

    Pat

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