KELLY SPOTTED A COUPLE PILEATED WOODPECKERS IN OUR YARD THIS AFTERNOON
It was a sultry gray laden sky which greeted us this morning and with the humidex level already high any thoughts of hiking area trails today were non existent. Kelly and Pheebs on their early walk ran into a barrage of mosquitos and that was to be my experience an hour or two later as well. Humidity and masses of mosquitoes go hand in hand.
Our usual slow drive to Goderich led to our usual McDonald’s fare which in turn led to our usual drive down around the harbor. A stop at the doggy walking area and we were on our way again. Sure nice to get ourselves off the busy highway and onto some good old gravely roads in the quiet countryside. Some drivers just seem to get totally nuts whenever they seat themselves behind their steering wheels.
Headed northeast out of Goderich keeping an eye on a few fog patches in the countryside. Anytime we stopped for a leg stretch or a few photos we were instantly set upon by hordes of mosquitoes so it was mainly an ‘in the Jeep’ morning.
WIND TURBINES IN THE MORNING MIST
It is so nice not to have to work anymore. Nice to get up whenever one feels like it and have no schedules or people telling one what to do for the day. I think about that driving around along through the countryside on these morning jaunts with Pheebs. I think about that a lot. How did I ever end up being so fortunate. Well of course I know the answer to that question but that’s another story for another day.
NICE PLACE BUT I CAN’T IMAGINE HAVING TO CUT ALL THAT GRASS
Every once in a long while I kinda stop and take a look at where I am with this blog of mine. I have written maybe half a dozen posts over the years about those thoughts and how my blog has evolved. From it’s early stumblings in late 2006 when I posted to Microsoft’s ‘My Space’ at the time right up until now my blog seems to have taken on a life of it’s own and some days now it’s the blog writing me instead of me writing the blog. For me the blog isn’t secondary anymore nor does it take a low priority in my day like it once did. For me my blog has become my day and I am perfectly fine with that. I spend a lot of enjoyable time on it and it’s very existence has saved me time and time again from many otherwise boring days. I’m sure other people’s hobbies do the same for them. If it wasn’t for my 3 main interests of traveling, writing, and photography I can’t even hazard a guess where I would be. Maybe it would be here…..They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Ha
ROADSIDE STOP BESIDE A POND
I LIKE THIS FELLOW’S HOUSE BESIDE THE POND BUT NOT WHAT HE HAS DONE WITH HIS PROPERTY
There are several main factors in blogging which are crucial for me staying on an even keel and not spiraling down into the depths of depression and boredom. Other folks may have different priorities to their lives with hobbies and activities much different to mine. They keep a hand in and their heads above water in other ways. We all cope with our Senior years in different ways. I haven’t done much with my life over the years and have never felt very successful at anything. Never felt I contributed much to society, never really went too far in stepping out to help other people along……until my blog caught on and began to evolve into something I couldn’t have imagined when I first started out.
OUR BACKYARD PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS
STELLA D’ORO LILY
WE HAVE MANY OF THESE DAY LILIES ON THE PROPERTY
Many times over this past decade I have been able to help myself by writing about myself. I’ve been able to get things on my mind out of my mind and into the minds of others. I have been able to tell perfect strangers as well as friends who I am and what I think. Pretty much impossible for me to do face to face. In face to face encounters I present a different person to different people but here in my blog I can strip away my fears and inhibitions and feel relaxed knowing I will not be interrupted in my thoughts. Several readers over the years have told me my blog reminds them of a kinda homespun ‘fireside’ chat’ at the end of the day and I have always liked that analogy because that is how I like to think of it as well. Just a relaxed chat at the end of another day. Of course I am the only one chatting but that somehow comfortably works for me best.
WHAT IS THIS??
IT IS THIS:))
WHAT IS THIS??
IT IS THIS:))
WHAT IS THIS??
IT IS THIS:))
As much as writing, photography, and daily mini-travels help me, the real help comes from the readers. Blog reading friends and perfect strangers alike have helped me over this past decade more than they can ever know. The comments, the emails, and the personal visits from people that Kelly and I have received over the years have been so rewarding. And here’s the kicker for me, something I could have never imagined when I started out and one of the main driving factors for me to continue my blog day after day. Yes I get very frustrated with myself from time to time but it is those comments, emails, and friendly visits and encounters from folks over the years saying how much the Bayfield Bunch blog has helped and meant to them in their own personal lives. Wished I could tell and read you some of the kind things that has been said to both Kelly and I but I can’t. It would be blowing my own horn if I did and I don’t want to do that. Knowing these people are out there gives me the inspiration to write and travel about searching for new photos every day. These folks help me to help myself and in doing so it seems the help has somehow rebounded the other way as well. Gives me comfort to know something I started from scratch has done so well in bringing enjoyment to people. I am so fortunate to be in a position where I feel I can do some good for others finally. A success if you will. Something that has come to me late in life but something that eventually did come that I now can feel good about.
HAY WAGONS AWAIT ANOTHER LOAD OF HAY BALES
THIS OLD BARN IS A MERE SKELETON OF IT’S FORMER SELF
THIS PIECE OF FARM MACHINERY IS CALLED A ‘HEAD’ AND FITS ON THE FRONT OF A COMBINE…..DIFFERENT HEADS ARE USED FOR DIFFERENT CROPS
A REVOLVING DEVICE WITH LONG SPIKE LIKE TONGS REEL IN THE CROP DRAWING IT IN FURTHER WHERE THE COMBINE IS ABLE TO SEPARATE THE SEEDS FROM THE STEMS
Of course with the good feeling there does come another side and it’s a side I am still falling down on and it has to do with the many unanswered emails and comments I have received from folks over the years. People writing to me with their thoughts, ideas, questions, opinions, and well wishes. People’s emails and comments I have not answered. I keep running across them, I keep meaning to answer them and yet I don’t know what it is or why it is I am so lax and unresponsive. Yes my memory is big factor but it also sounds so much like a big excuse. Before starting my blog I was in constant email contact with people and I would not be exaggerating if I said my email correspondence with people was huge. Almost over night with the advent of my blog my email correspondence ceased. A similar thing happened nearly 38 years ago when I quit drinking. Literally overnight I stopped answering telephones or dropping around to visit people just for the heck of it. These are all parts of my life where I still search for answers………………
‘GEEEZZZZ I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S STILL THAT HOT OUT TODAY’
THIS WAS OUR FIRST EVER SIGHTING OF A PILIATED WOODPECKER
Aunt Jean way down there in that Sarasota Florida place had a birthday yesterday and she turned 90. I call Jean every week and Tuesday night was no exception. She had many well wishers and some surprise deliveries one of which was a beautiful flowering Orchid plant she was so thrilled about from her niece and my cousin Norma and her husband Jim from Waterloo Ontario. Aunt Jean’s mind is still sharp as a tack but it’s her body which is failing her. Not one to let the onslaught of age get her down she still gets out for her morning walk as often as she can and is hoping to get back out on the golf course when the Florida heat dies down sometime in October. She is a fighter and a very determined person. She is my Aunt Jean and I love her very much.
Rain showers have been cruising through our area all day but what I’m really hoping for is a good old cold front to come through and blow all this miserable damn humidity right out of here. Come on Autumn I’m a-waitin fer ya:))
SPOTTED THIS LITTLE FEMALE ORIOLE SITTING IN OUR RED BUD TREE THIS AFTERNOON
GROANER’S CORNER:(( I called an old school friend and asked what was he doing. He replied that he is working on "Aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminum and steel under a constrained environment."I was impressed. On further inquiring, I learned that he was washing dishes with hot water under his wife's supervision.
After reading the morning headlines about the recent stock market downturn, a high-powered executive trying to impress a client in his office, flipped on his intercom switch and barked to his secretary, "Miss Hunter, get my broker!" The client was impressed until he heard the secretary's clear voice saying, "Yes, Sir, stock or pawn?"
Dawn leave me out here in the cold!
Hey Pops, you and I are definitely cut from the same cloth. I write about things as well as a way to figure it out sometimes. I don't do well with the face-to-face talks so more often than not, account on my music to convey my thoughts and convictions. keep doing what you do.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed the Twin City tractor pictures, looks to be from the 1920's. I always knew that Case 'head' as a header down in the lower USA. Good description of what it is for. Great Wood Pecker pics, but I still have issues with those birds. Always look forward to your daily post.ReplyDelete
I count myself one of the lucky ones when I found your blog. It's an inspiration every day.ReplyDelete
I enjoy my daily visits to your blog not only for your fantastic photography but to read about your local travels and trips cross country. It doesn't matter if you, Kelly and Pheebs are in Canada or out West, the blog content is great. I think you post more bird photos in just one post than I see in a year. Evidently the birds have passed the news to their fellow fliers that Sadie is a large bloodhound and loves chasing them. There is a lot of great history to read in this blog.ReplyDelete
One thing is for sure, Al. Your blog adds so much happiness to the lives of so many. You can feel really proud of that. You are a treasure----much loved by us here. The incredible pictures play a part, but your talking to us from the heart, is equally important. Not many days go by in our house without a discussion about what is going on with you, Thank you so much.ReplyDelete
Al, your words and photos tonight were so very inspirational. I look forward each evening to reading your blog and enjoying all of your exceptional photos. Thank you again for sharing your talents so freely with all of us in blogland.ReplyDelete
Another great posting, look forward to your writing and photos every day. Love the Pileated Woodpeckers they are amazing birds great photo.ReplyDelete
Those jumbo woodpeckers are serious damage causers! We had one in our RV park all of May and he managed to peck away a few nicks into the paint of our brand new Georgetown! They will do untold damage to siding on your house.. anything really. I hope he doesn't decide to stick around your area! Keep on bloggin' Al!ReplyDelete
Count me in as one who really enjoys your writing and photography. I'm really glad you continue to do this every day. And please don't be so hard on yourself :) We all can only give so much of ourselves. Save your energy for the traveling, writing and photography. Thanks again for the hard work.ReplyDelete
Nicely put, Al. Your writing takes Bill and I into new territory, a new way to see things and your photos never fail us. They are beautiful! Most of all, you have a sense of humour that we both understand. Sometimes my mind works in the same way and many people miss it. you make my father-in-law laugh and that is worth millions to hear. Keep it up!ReplyDelete
Been hot and humid here in Illinois too. Enjoyed your blog today as usual. Glad you take the time and effort into making such a great blog. Still working on angles to have Dolly and Fergie join Yuma and me this winter in the Southwest.ReplyDelete
Keep working on that angle Doug and make it a priority. At this age and stage of the game we sure can't take a chance on missing out on a winter's adventure in the great American Southwest. Not a lot of time left for some of us older fellers.....ReplyDelete
Whatever you call your blog, we like it!ReplyDelete
Keep up the great work.
Al, The joy of you giving of yourself, is that it is a full circle. You allow yourself to be vulnerable, you bare your soul, and in so doing, others who feel that they might be the only person who felt that way realize they are not alone. They share back with you, and the circle is complete. Both of you are uplifted and feel more whole. Very few people have that grace to open their heart the way you do. Thank you! Rhonda F.ReplyDelete
I like the groaners... :)ReplyDelete
Your blog is a treasure, Al. I hope it is set up so that once we are all long gone, future generations can still access it. It's that good. 😊ReplyDelete
Another nice post, thanks Al.ReplyDelete
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A great post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.ReplyDelete