A FEW FILE PHOTOS TONIGHT
Woke up feeling a bit better this morning but knew i wasn’t out of the woods yet when I couldn’t drum up much enthusiasm for a morning Jeep ride. I kinda ambled and slouched around for about half an hour trying to drum up some non-existent interest. Thoughts of heading back to my recliner were of no inspiration either so finally deciding on the first of two low interest options I chose the first one and away Pheebs and I went.
OUR BACK YARD
It was a half hearted chug-a-long drive up to Goderich. My eyes were not seeing the beautiful morning around me and my cameras remained beside my seat. Picked up our usual fare at McDonalds and ambled down to the harbor. Stood by the water listening to the waves for awhile as Pheebs had herself a good sniff around. Still couldn’t drum up any creative interest for photos so we headed on home.
My recliner snagged me for about an hour as I snoozily watched a documentary about a ship looking for something in the North Sea. Turned on the depressing noon news for a couple minutes then all of a sudden I was up out of my chair like a jack-in-the-box heading for the carport. With a step ladder in hand as well as a roll of paper towels and a bottle of glass cleaner I tackled a job I’ve been putting off for a long time. Window cleaning!!
Despite another ‘too hot and muggy for me day’ I did manage to get about a third of our windows cleaned before retreating inside to seat myself in front of a fan at the computer. Luckily we did not have to fire up the A/C unit. It was during the short walk from my recliner to our carport early this afternoon that I knew the dark cloud hanging over me these past few days was beginning to dissipate. So, with renewed energy again I am once more off to meet my next dilemma whatever and wherever that may be. Life's challenges will always be out there and that will never change but I won't always be here and for right now I am the only one in this challenging life equation of mine that can implode on myself from time to time. Through comments and emails it is comforting to know there are many others who do understand these things I occasionally blog about in my posts.
I THINK MOST EVERYONE CAN REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE THAT MAGICAL SUNDAY NIGHT YEARS AGO WHEN THE BEATLES FIRST APPEARED ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW…..MYSELF AND 3 FRIENDS WERE IN A COTTAGE LIVING ROOM JUST THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT FIRST WINDOW ON THE LEFT AND THIS PLACE AT THE TIME WAS KNOWN AS ‘BURTON’S COTTAGE’
THIS IS A VIEW THROUGH THAT WINDOW A COUPLE YEARS AGO ABOUT NOW AND BACK ON THAT MAGICAL NIGHT MANY YEARS AGO A BLACK AND WHITE TELEVISION SAT IN THE FAR CORNER LEFT OF THE FIREPLACE…..BROTHERS JIM AND JOHN EIFERT ALONG WITH MYSELF WATCHED THE BEATLES FROM A COUCH TO THE EXTREME RIGHT WHERE A TELEVISION SITS NOW. GARY BURTON WHO’S MOTHER AND DAD OWNED THIS COTTAGE IN PORT FRANKS ONTARIO WAS SEATED AS I RECALL IN THE FORGROUND WHERE THE TABLE IS….EVEN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I STILL REMEMBER THE EXCITEMENT WE ALL FELT THAT NIGHT KNOWING SOMETHING SPECIAL HAD JUST HAPPENED….THAT WAS QUITE A NIGHT EH GUYS:))
And in mentioning comments here is one from Cheryl over at Travel4adventure who in part asks, “Isn't anybody blogging these days? What's going on’'? Cheryl’s question touched on something that has been on my mind for quite awhile as well. I left the following reply to Cheryl’s comment, “I've noticed many of the older Bloggers either have given up their blogs entirely, only blog sporadically, or have gone over to Facebook. And some seem to have been swallowed up by all that Google+ stuff. The once big happy active Blogland family of a few years ago seems to be scattered. I've noticed the comments on my blog have dropped way off from a few years ago as well and that's probably because I myself am not leaving comments on other Blogger's sites like I used to either and I have to admit I am not reading nearly as many blogs as I once did. I do feel guilty about that of course but like many other Bloggers maybe I have been at this too long. I know that's a poor excuse but it's the only one I got right now. It is extremely difficult writing a blog that is of interest to everyone and I struggle with that every single day. Can't really give you any advice on how to build a better readership and in fact I have a feeling we old blogging Dinosaurs may be the last of a dying breed. If so it sure has been fun while it has lasted”.
I have always been a rather opinionated person and in these latter years I have become more opinionated than ever and for that reason I have to be careful here on my blog about what I say. For good reason I have always made it a point to stay away from religion and politics. My strong opinions on these two subjects are hard to contain sometimes and especially with what's going on right now politically to our good neighbor south of the border. I have never had much of an interest in politics over the years but what's going on in America right now has my riveted attention and I stand absolutely aghast at what I am seeing and hearing. A country tearing itself apart from within. And that's about as far as I had better go with that. Religion?? Nope, wouldn’t touch that one with a 10 foot pole!!
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The poor country pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought.
"How could you do this!" he exclaimed. "I don't know," she wailed, "I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the Devil was whispering to me, 'Gee, you look great in that dress. You should buy it.'" "Well," the pastor persisted, "You know how to deal with him! Just tell him, "Get thee behind me, Satan!" "I did," replied his wife, "but then he said 'It looks great from back here, too!”
Celeste time I'm going to tell you this!
Q: How do you catch a squirrel?
A: Climb up a tree and act like a nut!
Q: What did the dad buffalo say to his son on the first day of school?
When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker's circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work. One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of speechmaking.
"I have an idea, boss," his chauffeur said. "I've heard you give this speech so many times. I'll bet I could give it for you." Einstein laughed loudly and said, "Why not? Let's do it!" When they arrive at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur's cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions expertly.
Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody's fool. Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said, "Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back, answer it for me."
I always love your blog but don't always comment. Of course, my favorite part is the GROANER'S CORNER. (grin) I know what you mean by coming up with new and interesting ideas. I used to post every day but lately, I have been skipping a day here and there.ReplyDelete
I remember that night with the Beatles! But I'm a newbie to blogland, so I don't have much perspective on how it's changed. Though I do notice a surprising number of blogs that just fade away. I do find that if you want to get comments you have to give them. As for religion and politics, well I don't say much, but I share your amazement at our neighbour tearing itself apart, and sometimes ask myself, is that the best they can do!?!?ReplyDelete
I think that I would write a journal for my own sake even if I quit publishing. The younger folks are going to other ways - you mentioned Facebook - but one I dislike intensely are the "vlogs". I've seen them on YouTube, and they can be interesting and informative, but so many have backgrounds of angry loud music. I don't want to listen to music when I follow a blog, and if I do I will pick my own music. Hang in there, Al. There are still enough of us left to be appreciative of your posts.ReplyDelete
Your blog is part of my nightly ritual and I would miss it if you gave it up. I hope to takeReplyDelete
our travel trailer over your way and check out that big Flea Market you showed on here. Never would
have know it existed if you hadn't blogged about it.
I too read your Blog all the time. I am sure I am only one of many, so please, keep it up, you would be terribly missed.ReplyDelete
Great Blog. Beautiful pictures, interesting prose, intriguing. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
It's hard to comment on a Blog of picture of flowers, farms, and such drivel as to going to McDonalds, taking the dog for a ride, etc. BORING!!!! Come on you can do better, or maybe it's time to hang it up.ReplyDelete
We both love blogging, probably even if nobody was reading it, if nothing else it is a journal of our lifestyle. I have noticed a few dropping away as well, but we still keep plugging away, it is a wonderful hobby.ReplyDelete
Keep up the good work Al, and yes we stay away from politics and religion too, much safer ground.
Politics - ugghh. The news is over "dramatizing" the whole battle thing, most of us have already made up our minds on which way to go with either of the equally bad choices. The news channels display the candidate they like in the best light and the one they don't in the worst light - so you can't count on them for honesty - and either way it goes it will probably be just more of the same - nothing to sweat about.ReplyDelete
Hardly a month goes by where I don't consider hanging up my "pen." It and my camera are beginning to repeat themselves and I question the value of the "Same ole, Same ole" kind of stuff I see on newbie blogs... a thousand people rving to all the same old places. It's all been done so many times. We've seen the photos ad nausiam, heard the stories over and over again... including my own. I know one day soon the BCB plug will be pulled. Time to move on. Been there done that.ReplyDelete
It was good while it lasted, even it too long :)
I sure hear what your saying Mark and like you I am bothered by the same thoughts. Even I get tired of my same old photos, my grumbling about the weather, same old-same old places etc. etc. etc. plus a million more etc's. My problem is this, on the good days I really enjoy the writing part of it as well as the daily challenge of finding a few new photos and if I quit blogging what will I do with my days. Where will I channel my creative urges. Not being an evening television person I do look forward each night to spending a couple creatively enjoyable hours putting my blog together. Actually I have tried to quite blogging quite a few times but after a day or two of wandering around aimlessly in a funk I am right back at it again and happy about it. Maybe it's an addiction I have. Maybe it's a need or maybe it's my way of trying to bring some kind of enjoyment into other people's lives. Whatever it is I just know it's something I have to keep doing right now for my own peace of mind. If my readership drops to just one person then it is that one person as well as myself whom I hope to continue writing my posts for. Strange stuff huh..............Delete
I, too, fear the void it would leave... that fear is what keeps me hanging around. It is a paradox, what new might come my way if I "leave the room" and open the door to another? Then again, what if it is not as good, fulfilling, and enjoyable as what I had? I do know the compulsion to write. It is a need, and it does become a habit, and certainly, your blog does bring enjoyment to others. So why let it go?Delete
On another note, The Happy Prospector is likely a "Troll," and I would zap his comment to the trash ASAP. Trolls are just anonymous cowards trying to get a "reaction" or start a fight. I don't know why some people have nothing better to do. What a shallow existence.
Good luck, and for what it's worth, I hope you are still here as long as you draw breath :). I start my day with your words and photos, and would miss that...
Well, the Happy Professor isn't so happy today, I strongly disagree with him in his comments about your blog. I read it every day and look forward to your pictures, stories of Pheebes and your daily comings and goings. Please don't go away - lots of us would miss you.ReplyDelete
I totally agree! My mornings just wouldn't be the same if you weren't here for us Al.Delete
Al, You don't know me. I don't RV like you all do. BUT... I am a faithful reader and you all take me places when you go.I so love the pictures. So please do not stop bloging. I and alot of other people love these blogs. !!!! Thanks for taking me along with you. ColleenReplyDelete
Hi--I am a new reader to this blog and am not crazy about alot of reading in the blogs--am a photo gal--but I do read yours each day---word for word and enjoy all your honesty--and always enjoy the 'chuckles' each day and I need my chuckles each day as I live in a Senior Apt complex in Fl and unfortunately most of the other tenants here( and in the last senior place that I lived in in NY for 12 years) are unhappy and make sure that others around them are also unhappy--so please keep up the writing--even on your off days !!ReplyDelete
Give pup and the wife a hug from me--
love and laughter, di
I start my day reading your blog first thing in the morning . I love that you live in a place with so many different places to walk or drive to with the Pheeps. What a great companion she for you with that great smile on her face. your photography is so beautiful , catching things we miss in this whirlwind life we live in , I would miss not having you and Pheeps TO WAKE UP TO.ReplyDelete
I rarely comment but I always read your blog....while I agree with Mark about the The Happy Prospector I find it interesting you left his nonsense up...ReplyDelete
I need to mention, every time I see your sailboat photo in the banner, it makes me think of my sailboat image ..I always have to stop and say to myself, did Al put my photo on his banner? HA! Take a peek https://www.flickr.com/photos/kathryn_louise/28680502625/in/dateposted-public/
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