WE ARE HAVING A FEW TALL PINE TREES TAKEN DOWN IN OUR FRONT YARD
Another enjoyable country road coffee break tour for my good friend Richard and I this morning. My turn to drive so headed up through Amish country enjoying all the beautiful mid summer scenery along the way. Many of our interests and topics are still along the same lines they were as far back as 35 years ago with the only difference being in how we now look at things from a different stand point in these Senior years. Our conversations are always interesting, meaningful, informative and enjoyably invigorating. Nice to have a long time trusted best friend like that. They are few and far between………………….
WE ENCOUNTERED A LAYER OF FOG ALONG THE LAKE HURON COAST LINE NORTH OF GODERICH
A NICE DISPLAY OF PETUNIAS ON A COUNTRY PROPERTY
Living in a pine forest we are surrounded by of course, pine trees. It is those very trees that make our 5 Seasons Park so attractively beautiful. The trees were planted many years ago as a reforestation project and some of the trees are showing their age in various ways such as uneven growth which can cause them to take on a lean. Leaning pine trees over residents homes is never a good thing and the park owners have been busy this summer taking down any troublesome trees posing a threat. Park employee, neighbor and resident of the Park Jim rolled in late this morning with the Park’s big long boom arm machine which enables him to begin the process of removing trees. He first goes up in the bucket and chainsaws all the limbs off the tree then proceeds to work his way down cutting the tree in certain lengths until he reaches the bottom then drops the last section. He does a great job and is very careful not to drop branches into flowerbeds or onto roof tops. We have 4 trees in our front yard coming down plus a few others on neighboring properties. One of our front yard trees is leaning towards the house and the other 3 coming down will allow more sunlight into our front yard making it possible to plant some cedar trees finally. The pine logs are sent off to area sawmills where they are turned into lumber like 8 and 12 foot 2x4’s etc. Some of the bigger pine logs can be sold for the manufacture of log homes and cabins.
PART OF OUR ROOF LINE CAN BE SEEN IN THE TREES TO THE LEFT
THAT’S JIM WAY UP THERE IN THE MACHINES BUCKET CUTTING TREE LIMBS
DURING PAST WINTER STORMS HEAVY SNOW LADEN PINE BOUGHS HAVE FALLEN FROM THIS PARTICULAR TREE BREAKING OUR STEETLIGHT AND SNAPPING OFF THE TOP OF A SMALLER EVERGREEN TREE BESIDE IT….THIS PROBLEM IS NOW SOLVED
NOTICE THE LEANING TREES ON THE RIGHT…. THE HEAVIER ONE WILL BE TAKEN DOWN
Don’t know why it is but I have never had any great desire to travel anywhere off the North American continent. There are countless wonders of the world to see & experience worldwide but my interests have never really spurred me on to travel off in search of them. My Mother traveled to Hawaii & countries in Europe years ago but I just have never had a hankering to go to those places. I think I would find being in a country that didn’t speak the language I understood kind of intimidating. I get the feeling many European countries are very crowded with masses of people. Well, that sure wouldn’t work for me. And driving on the wrong side of the road…..what’s that all about!! No, I think I’ll just stay put here in Canada & the United States. Lots of great wonders to see right here at home in our own 2 great countries. We drive on the right side of the road & I can understand what folks are talking about most times. Prefer the lifestyle & freedoms we have as well. And for the most part I know what I’m eating. I get the feeling in some of those countries you had better hurry up & eat what’s on your plate before it hurries up & eats you. Nawwww, think I’ll just keep my boots on the ground, kick up a little South West desert dust, hike me some forested mountain trails, & drive me along some nice relaxingly quiet country roads right here at good old ‘home sweet home’……………….:))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( An old Indian, Charlie Two Shirts, rowed up to the dock on a Lake Chugwalla. He tied his boat up and unloaded his fishing box that was full of fish. The Game warden was standing there and said: "Charlie there aren't that many fish in this lake. How did you get those?" Charlie said: "Oh it is an old Indian method. Come with me and I show you!"
The Game Warden got in the boat and Charlie rowed out to a spot. He opened his tackle box and got out a weighted stick of dynamite, lit the fuse and tossed it overboard. Moments later there was a muffled explosion from below and several fish came floating up. The Game Warden said: "Charlie it's illegal to use dynamite for fishing. I can arrest your for that!" Charlie reached into his tackle box again and pulled out another stick of dynamite. He lit the fuse and handed it to the Game Warden and said: "Are you gonna fish...or talk?"
Q: What happens once in a minute and twice in a moment but never in a decade?
A: The letter "m."
"I'm sorry," said the clerk in flower shop, "we don't have potted geraniums. Could you use African violets instead?" Replied the customer sadly, "No, it was geraniums my wife told me to water while she was gone."