A FEW MORE PHOTOS TONIGHT FROM OUR SUNDAY MORNING JEEP RIDE
A bunch of years ago when I was an 'on call' Purolator driver we used to have a saying for those good delivery days when everything went off without a hitch and we were able to make good time getting our deliveries or pick-ups done. We referred to those bonus days as 'clicking off the stops' and that is exactly what I was able to do this morning with the half dozen stops I had. First was the Bayfield Garage where I made two Wednesday appointments for the Jeep and Motorhome oil changes and check-ups. Also getting the Jeep undercoated as well. With an A&W breakfast coupon burning a hole in my pocket I was off to Goderich for some B&E's. Next, rather than head for the Maitland Valley Med clinic I popped into Walmart, picked up a few things and asked at the Pharmacy if I were to hand them my winter prescription order on Oct 11th could they have them ready for pick-up October 17th and they said yes. From Goderich it was over to Clinton to check on an RV dump station we never knew about until just a few weeks ago. Yep there it was alright so I will be slipping on over with the rig later in the week. Next stop was for gas plus a can of gas to top up the Motorcycle's fuel tank for winter storage. Last stop of the morning was Clinton’s Huron Tire where I set up an appointment to have 4 new tires put on the Jeep early Tuesday afternoon. And from there it was right back home. Yep, just 'clickin off the stops’ I was. I like when that happens:))
NICE OF THE FARMER TO PLANT ALL THIS GREEN SEAGULL FOOD EH
A MISTY MORN IT TWAS
Jeep was needing about 6 pounds of muffin crumbs vacuumed out so took care of that. A last utility trailer trip of the year to the Park's recycling area with half a load of yard clippings then back home to hose out the trailer and back it into the carport where it will spend the winter. Also moved the Motorcycle into it's winter storage spot as well. A welcome feeling of accomplishment this morning and once again……..I like when that happens:))
IN WHAT I ASSUME MIGHT BE A COST CUTTING MEASURES SOME RURAL PIONEER CEMETERIES HAVE HAD ALL THEIR HEADSTONES MOVED TO A CENTRAL AREA IN THE GRAVEYARDS…….MUCH EASIER FOR GRASS TO BE MOWED AND MAINTAINED
MANY OF THESE BURIALS WERE IN THE MID 1800’S AND JUDGING FROM INSCRIPTIONS ON THE STONES I THINK A NUMBER OF THESE FOLKS WERE FROM IRELAND
THIS CEMETERY BORDERS THE NORTH-EAST CORNER OF THE HULLETT MARSH AND IS ABOUT A QUARTER MILE WEST OF KINBURN ONTARIO ON SUMMERHILL ROAD
CLINTON ONTARIO IS CENTER LEFT AND CEMETERY LOCATION IS TOP RIGHT YELLOW PEG
Both Kelly and I have noticed a difference in ourselves this year as our winter departure date draws closer. Definitely looking forward to going for sure but the enthusiastic excitement level is not the same as in our first five or six Snow Bird years. With the cost of our winter travel insurance climbing higher every year we can see the writing on the wall where at some point in the not too distant future it is going to be a deciding factor as to whether we go south for the winter or stay home. The RV life as wonderful as it is can be a strain on one's finances as well and especially for Snow Birds who are trying to maintain a 'sticks and bricks' house as well as a mobile home on the road. Some people like ourselves may have a second home in the States and that of course can really pile on some serious financial stress as well. Stress at anytime is not a healthy thing so decisions have to be made to deal with that. Kelly and I have also noticed we seem to worry about things more. Gone is that younger cavalier approach we started out with 10 years ago. 'Hey who cares what happens let's just get out there and have some fun'. I'm glad we took that approach years ago because it worked for us and we have so enjoyed the lifestyle that we certainly would have missed had we been too worried about how we were going to do it. But that was nearly a dozen years ago and time has a habit of changing things. We are now at a point where we have to genuinely care more about what happens. At this age and stage of life we have to think realistically about priorities and where we want to be a year from now and what is it we really want to do and where is it we really want to be. Reality becomes clearer......and closer. Reality dictates we be aware of changes to our health and well being and it is with these things increasingly present on our minds that we will soon embark on our winter travels. Just some random reality based thoughts tonight that I know many people think about………and a few other people talk about.
THESE TWO STARED AT EACH OTHER FOR THE LONGEST TIME AND I KNOW HAD THEY A CHANCE TO MEET THEY WOULD HAVE QUICKLY BECOME GOOD FRIENDS
PHEEBE ALWAYS LIKES IT WHEN WE STOP TO SAY HELLO TO OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS
HEY PA LOOK OVER THAR IT’S PHEEBS IN THE CAR……I SEE HER MA AND I HEAR TELL SHE’S THE BEST BY FAR
‘AND I LIKE WHEN PHEEBE STOPS TO SAY HELLO TO US TOO’
LITTLE DO THEY KNOW PHEEBS HAS QUITE A REPUTATION IN ARIZONA AS ‘THE COW SMOOCHIN DOG’……AND SPEAKING OF PHEEBS HERE SHE IS NOW
I’M KEEPING AN EYE ON YOU DAD
WHEN KELLY LEAVES HER CHAIR AND PHEEBS THINKS SHE ISN’T LOOKING SHE WILL QUICKLY HOP RIGHT UP ON IT AND TAKE KELLY’S SPOT
OK DAD DON’T SNITCH ON ME LIKE YA USUALLY DO……OH NO I THINK SHE’S COMING BACK
OK OK OK IF I KEEP MY EYES CLOSED REAL TIGHT MAYBE SHE WON’T SEE ME
I'll sure be glad when all this waiting to go turns into a big happy slice of getting going. The best way to allay any apprehensions and fears is to just simply step up to the plate and deal with them and in our case that means getting the big wheels rolling. Well it works for me anyway and every time in the Fall or Spring when it is time to get on the road and make the long trek either South or North I am always so happy to end the waiting and just get on with the task ahead. I find all worries, apprehensions and fears are immediately swept away as soon as we get underway. Reading all the pilot's stories about the Battle Of Britain years ago the fighter pilots always said 'waiting to go' was by far the worst part of their day. Once the ‘scramble’ call came the lads were all running for their planes and within minutes were in the air with the dangerous task at hand ahead of them. No time to think about this or worry about that. They had a job to do, a mission to accomplish and all their concentration focused on that. I can always feel a sense of that each year at this time. Waiting to go, the scramble, wheels rolling and finally totally focused on the task ahead.....................
GROANER’S CORNER:(( By the time you read through this you will understand 'TANJOOBERRYMUTTS'
The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest and room-service in a hotel ...
Room Service : "Morrin. Roon sirbees."
Guest : "Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service."
Room Service: " Rye . Roon sirbees...morrin! Joowish to oddor sunteen???"
Guest: "Uh..... Yes, I'd like to order bacon and eggs."
Room Service: "Ow ulai den?"
Room Service: "Ow ulai den?!?... Pryed, boyud , pochd?"
Guest: "Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry..Scrambled, please."
Room Service: "Ow ulai dee bayken? Creepse?"
Guest: "Crisp will be fine."
Room Service: "Hokay. Ansahn toes?"
Room Service: "An toes. ulaisahn toes?"
Guest: "I.... Don't think so.."
RoomService: "No? Udo wan sahn toes???"
Guest: "I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'udo wan sahn toes'means."
RoomService: "Toes! Toes!...WhyUoo donwan toes? Ow bow Anglish moppin we botter?"
Guest: "Oh, English muffin! !! I've got it! You were saying 'toast'... Fine...Yes, an English muffin will be fine."
RoomService: "We botter?"
Guest: "No, just put the botter on the side."
Guest: "I mean butter... Just put the butter on the side."
Guest: "Excuse me?"
RoomService: "Copy...tea.. meel?"
Guest: "Yes. Coffee, please... And that's everything."
RoomService: "One Minnie. Scramah egg, creepse bayken, Anglish moppin, we botter on sigh and copy ... Rye ??"
Guest: "Whatever you say."
Guest: "You're welcome"
Remember I said "By the time you read through this YOU WILL UNDERSTAND'TANJOOBERRYMUTTS'