|BANNOCKBURN CONSERVATION AREA|
Depression can manifest itself in many ways and in my case, it quite often makes itself known when it takes away my interest in things I generally enjoy doing. It can happen at any time with a suddenness, or it may creep up slowly and overwhelm me before I even know it is near. The shroud it casts can be short or lengthy, but always heavy and debilitating. With each passing year now it seems to become harder to deal with. My smiles and chuckles seem to have long since deserted the ship and my attempts at humor which were once a great second nature for me now clumsily stumble out, if at all, in a confused state of misfires. Some will not understand any of this and some will say, 'hey'.....'that's me too'.
|OUR RURAL COUNTRYSIDE LOOKED PARTICULARLY NICE THIS MORNING|
|AS MUCH AS I DISLIKE WINTER IT SURE CAN BE PRETTY AT TIMES|
|A FEW STRANGE CRITTERS ALONG THE WAY|
|PHEEBS ENJOYS THE WINTER SCENERY TOO|
|GRAY TREE LINES ARE THE NORM NOW|
With overnight temps slowly pulling back up over the freezing mark it was a combination of wet snow and drizzle falling this morning when Pheebs and I headed out. Country roads were very soupy but we rolled along them anyway. Air was cold and damp under cloudy skies but with the Jeep's heater on and fine music on Sirius Satellite Radio we were not at all hampered in our travels.
|COUNTRY ROADS WERE MUDDY TODAY|
|SO NICE TO STILL SEE SOME SPLASHES OF AUTUMN COLOR|
|IF YOU STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION YOU MIGHT SEE A 'PICASSO LIKE' FEMALE OLYMPIC RUNNER EXITING THE FRAME ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PHOTO|
|HEADING OFF ON THE BANNOCKBURN BOARDWALK|
|WET SNOW ON THE PINE BOUGHS|
|PHEEBS HAS HER WINTER COAT ON|
|THESE PINE BOUGHS WERE HEAVY ENOUGH I HAD TO DUCK UNDER THEM|
|ONE OF SEVERAL CREEKS FLOWING THROUGH THE CONSERVATION AREA|
Lots of interesting smells for Pheebs as she trotted from one smelly delight to another. She did sense something under an old steel bridge we walked across but I didn't tell her it was just an old troll that has lived under that bridge for years. By the time we got home shortly after 10 Kelly had already left for Goderich to undergo more blood tests and pick up some additional medication for her itching problem.
|PHEEBS WENT UP THOSE STEPS AND BACK.....I DIDN'T|
|WE BEGIN OUR RETURN BACK TO THE JEEP|
|THIS ANGLED SECTION OF BOARDWALK WAS VERY SLIPPERY|
|AN OUTHOUSE IN THE WOODS NEAR THE TRAILHEAD|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A circus owner walked into a bar to see everyone crowded about a table watching a little show. On the table was an upside-down pot and a duck tap dancing on it. The circus owner was so impressed that he offered to buy the duck from its owner. After some wheeling and dealing, they settled for $10,000 for the duck and the pot. Three days later the circus owner runs back to the bar in anger, "Your duck is a rip-off! I put him on the pot before a whole audience and he didn't dance a single step!" "So?" asked the ducks former owner, "did you remember to light the candle under the pot?"