At precisely 8:07 a.m. this morning we were undeniably guaranteed an early Spring when area esteemed prognosticator and supreme GroundHog 'Wiarton Willy' in Wiarton Ontario slipped out of his burrow and did not see his shadow. Thank heavens for gray cloudy days eh. Had he seen his shadow that would have meant 6 more weeks of harsh Winter and I, of course, would have immediately thrown in the towel and quiveringly crawled under my bed not to be seen again until sometime late April. Friday is predicted to be the coldest day of the year so far and immediately after that, I noticed a warming trend in the weeks ahead with next Tuesday predicted to be 41F. Tropical I say, absolutely tropical:))))
| SNOW-LADEN PINE BOUGHS IN OUR BACKYARD|
| IT'S GREAT TO LOOK UP AND SEE BLUE SKIES THROUGH OUR PINE TREES|
Kelly headed off to Goderich for blood tests this morning while Pheebs and I slipped into Bayfield to wash all the salty dirt off of what I rightly assumed was a Jeep Liberty underneath. In my Wednesday post, I misidentified a light on Bayfield's Main Street. I thought it was a streetlight but in fact, it was a sidewalk light. I don't know how I missed seeing the true street lights, but I did. Below is this morning's photo of an actual new main street light. Again, I was glad to see the design cast the light down upon the ground and not upwards into the night sky.
| THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW WELL OUR PARK ROADS ARE BEING MAINTAINED NOW|
Home again I was soon heartened by a few Sun splashes landing in our front yard so I wasn't long in slipping outside to fire up my snow shovel to move some snow off the driveway. I always have the intention of moving a small bit of snow and end up moving huge amounts of the darn stuff. With one of our vehicles being 4-wheel drive and the other, all-wheel drive we are not worried about getting stuck in the driveway at any time so I don't use up a lot of energy trying to keep the driveway clear. We just drive through the snow. I bought a new snowblower about 18 years ago, used it four times, hated it, sold it.
| BAYFIELD'S NEW LIGHTS ON MAIN STREET AND NOTICE HOW IT IS DESIGNED TO CAST LIGHT DOWN AND NOT UP OR SIDEWAYS|
| BRUSHING SNOW OFF SCOOTER'S NOSE TODAY|
| CUSTOM CHEVYCICLES|
| AND HOW'S THAT FOR A HEAVY-DUTY ICICLE|
| AND LOOK AT THESE TRICKY ICICLES|
| KEEPING MY LITTLE PATHS OPEN|
Deciding on something lightly humorous for my next read I today began Jackie Ewing's book, Life Lessons From A Late Bloomer: Vignettes Of A Small-Town Girl. I noticed in the above-average good reviews this author was Canadian and from a small Ontario town (Walkerton) and that is what caught my interest. In the Preface, I liked these words by Captain Gerald Coffee, POW, Vietnam War, seven years:: "Laughter sets the spirit free through even the most tragic circumstances. It helps us shake our heads clear, get our feet back under us and restores our sense of balance. Humor is integral to our peace of mind and our ability to go beyond survival." I will give the book a whirl and see if it can drag some chuckles out of me.
| IN THAT WOODEN SHED IS A LOT OF OUR RV STUFF SO I ALWAYS KEEP THE ENTRANCE SHOVELLED OUT JUST IN CASE WE GOTTA GET IN THERE QUICK AND GET OURSELVES ON THE ROAD|
| LOOKS LIKE I FORGOT TO BRING THIS LITTLE FELLOW INSIDE LAST FALL|
| AND YES WE DO HAVE SOME PLASTIC YELLOW FLOWERS IN BLOOM THIS WINTER|
| OUTSIDE LAWN FURNITURE AWAITS ITS TURN IN THE WARM SUMMER SUN|
| SCOOTER UNDER EARLY AFTERNOON BLUE SKIES|
Fourteen years ago today we were scrambling around in the Tombstone Hills looking for old mine shafts between Sierra Vista and Tombstone, Arizona. Hundreds Of Old Mineshafts In The Tombstone Hills. The following day, using Kelly's American passport and switching drivers we squeaked our way onto a very large secure military base at the foot of the Huachuca mountains in Sierra Vista. Fort Huachuca
|SCOOTER TOUGHING OUT THE BEGINNING OF A LATE AFTERNOON FAST MOVING SNOW STORM |
GROANER'S CORNER:(( The first-grade teacher was showing pictures of animals to her students to see how many they could name. She held up a picture of a lamb, and a little girl said, "That's a sheep!" "That's right!" said the teacher. "How about THIS one?" she said, holding up a picture of the king of beasts. "That's a lion!" answered a little boy. "Right!" said the teacher. Then she held up a picture of a deer. No one volunteered an answer. She tried to help. "What does your mother call your father?" Johnny said, "I know! That's a lazy old goat!"
| A-HA...SO IT'S THE JOHN DEERE COMPANY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING THESE GREEN ALIEN ROBOTIC SPACE PROBES....TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER EH|
- Where does the one-legged waitress work? Ihop.
- What do you call two Spanish firemen?
Hose A and Hose B
Q: Who was the wealthiest male financier in the Bible?A: Noah. He was floating his stock while everybody else was in liquidation.
- What do you call a dude in a leather jacket? A rebel without a clue!
- Why did the dude only smell good on the right side? He didn't know where to buy Left Guard!
And so where exactly is the water cutoff to the faucet behind the heavy duty icicle from the gutter (which by the way impressed me mightily)? I assume it's far away from the faucet itself. Down here, we can get away with putting foam covers on outdoor faucets, so long as they are against a house wall (so far.) Our little ice storm here left me unscathed, but it wasnt bad here compared to many other places. Still, I am sure none of them had that heavy duty icicle. Just not ready for it in these parts.ReplyDelete
The outside water shut-off valve is underneath our unit about 10 feet from the outside tap behind that large icicle.Delete
Your memories brought back some memories of my own, driving through that military base. I would usually come from Hwy 83 on my way back from Parker Canyon Lake.ReplyDelete
I love John Deere green, it always reminds me of my late husband.ReplyDelete
That is a big icicle, it will take a while to thaw but looks like the snow is already starting to do so by the look of the tree branch, heavy and wet. Glad old WWilly is forecasting a quick end to winter, although he isn’t always very accurate. Lol
Those tricky icicles are really neat!ReplyDelete