Odds and ends

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Days gone by

In going over some old stuff I ran across these two people. Theydidn't realize it at the time that one day they would become known in bloggerworld a NANNAN and TUFFYSMOM. The one on the left became FIREGUY.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


Our curling season opened this week. To get things underway, the first rock was thrown by Guy Hemmings. Guy is a very popular curler from Quebec, a fan favorite of those who have watched him live or on television. I was asked to hold the broom for the ceremony and two of our junior curlers were the sweepers.
Guy and two assistants were touring Canda for the Canadian Curling Association to promote the sport. They were visiting all the clubs in the area, working with local curlers. A reception was held at the club where he signed a lot of autographs and had his picture taken with many of those present.
I wore my vintage curling sweater for the event, one I knitted myself over forty years ago.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Life and times of a cat

My name is Kayla. Fireguy adopted me and brought me home. My age is unknown, and I'm told I should lose some weight. I'm a little tired now after playing " The Flight of the Bumblebee".

Sometimes I take the SeaDoo out for a spin on Lake Milo.Fireguy said theTitanic had sunk in the lake so I thought I'd take a look.

Traveling Man was out tending the Sports Heritage Museum this morning so I thought I'd see what was on the radio.

Here I am in solemn prayer, hoping I won't be booted off of here. I wouldn't like to land in the doghouse!! It took quite a leap to get up here in the first place.

Oh well, now that I'm up here I might as well relax and listen to some music.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sunday Shopping

It had to come. SUNDAY SHOPPING, I mean. After all, how many of those who voted against it never ate out, gassed up their car, got sick and had to get treatment, needed the fire department or police - on a Sunday. I know the Sunday Brunch at the Prince Arthur restaurant is always well attended.

I suppose I should have waited for a customer to show up before pressing my shutter at the Sobey's pumpkin pile, however, there were lots of cars in the parking lot.

At least I got a scene to remind us of Halloween and the myriads of trick and treaters who will be coming to visit in a couple of weeks.

Yes, I'm still alive, your infrequent blogger.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Destiny Fulfilled

Now nicely ripened, my little tomato knew that its purpose in life had been attained, and like a suicide bomber, went happily to its reward.

I had it for lunch today, its little spout and all. It was delicious.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

My Tomato Garden

I'm a little teapot
here's my spout
tip me over
pour me out

A product of my tomato garden. a nosey little fellow.
I've already had a few and there are lots more on the vines, but they are taking forever to ripen.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bike Rally

On the weekend of September 9th, Halifax had its International air show. In Yarmouth, it was motorcycles. They came in droves, hundreds of them, from all over eastern North America.

At noon on Saturday they assembled on main street in downtown Yarmouth and traffic was closed for a while. They came in all shapes and sizes, all shined and polished to perfection

Here is a three seater, almost like a car, but steered with handle bars remotely connected to the front wheel. Great for a small family outing.

Here is a real sporty model. Imagine doing about about a hundred and fifty klicks down the highway on this. Hang onto your hats.

Now here's one for the young fry - or maybe there was a midget in the group.
After lunch they all proceeded to the airport where races were held on the runway not in use. They went one at a time making timed runs . In starting off, several of them did a wheelie when picking up speed. A good crowd was there to watch the performance.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Long Weekend

Around 10:30 this morning Fireguy fired up his Blazer and took off to get a music fix at a CCR concert in Antigonish, with a stopover in Stellarton to visit with Tuffysmom. So I am left with a batch of felines for company. First is Kayla, sometimes referred to as "White". Her age is unknown, and she's about as wide as she is long.

Next comes Katie, a hand-me-down from Tuffysmom some years ago She has a cute little sprig of hair, almost like a horn in the middle of her head. She's long and lanky, but not very brave, and is often bullied by Shania.

Shania is at the head of the feline pecking order and bosses both the other cats. All these cats have one characteristic. They are lap cats. When visitors arrive, they won't be sitting long before one of the cats will jump up on their laps. This is fine if the callers are cat lovers, but that's not always the case. Shania often keeps my lap warm while I'm watching TV. Fireguy seems to be the favorite of the other two.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a nice time over the long labour day weekend. Cheers.

Friday, August 18, 2006

All Decked Out

The old deck looked fine, but a while ago I went through one of the deck planks and when replacing it, I noticed the sills underneath were rotten. Not good. Better a new deck than a broken leg. Here are Black and Decker at work on the new one.

The new deck was finished today

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tuffy at lunch

This cat has the unique ability to make himself invisible, especially when a car ride is in the offing. Someimes it takes hours before he is located. Maybe a diet change should be introduced. After all, beer and potato salad don't seem appropriate for a cat. Does he drink straight from the bottle?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

An Eventful Weekend

Well, I finally managed to get three pictures posted. You have heard of the eventful weekend from another source, corn boil, barbecue with big meal, etc. I had a picture of the dark cloud as it rapidly approached while we were barbecuing, but it wouldn't load until I entered all the text.

Then presto, it worked. With it came a big wind which blew the barbecue out, along with lots of rain. It didn't dampen our spirits much though.

As for Tuffy, he wouldn't be in plain sight when it was time to go home. No, he was not on the dining room table, or anywhere else where he could be seen.
Now to publish, hoping it will look the same as on this compose page.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Completely fed up

I am completely fed up with this program. For the past two days I have been unable to upload images. After going through the procedure to include an image, nothing appears. I have spent hours at it with no results.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bike Rally

I was just finishing my supper of beans and hot dogs when two bikers showed up at the door. They stayed a while and then went pedaling off up the road. Does anybody know them?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kedji Security

Following is a copy of an e-mail I sent to Parks Canada.

"On 1st August, when returning to Yarmouth from a meeting at Bridgewater, I decided to spend a few minutes with my daughter who was camping at Kejimkujik National Park. At the gate I was told that security
regulations forbade them to tell me the location of her camp site. They suggested I check at the tourist information centre a short distance down the road. I paid the entrance fee and continued. At the information centre I was again denied my daughters location, but that I could continue and search the camping areas myself.Would you kindly explain what security risk would have been involved in helping me locate my daughter's camp site. My time was limited on that day so I turned around and came home."

I had a passenger with me and we didn't have time to start searching the camping areas.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Some random thoughts

Here are some things I find it very hard to believe:
Noah and His Ark:
There's not enough water in existance to flood the entire globe, even if it rained for forty days and forty nights. Among his animals, would he have had room for a pair of all the sorts of dinosaurs, wooly mammoths, etc? We know such creatures existed. It would take a lot of feed to keep all those animals alive for 150 days until the water went down.

Adam and Eve: Who did Cain and Abel marry to perpetuate mankind? And when the big flood came, the only people saved were Noah and his family. Everything else on the earth was destroyed.

I believe all life evolved and that the earth underwent many changes along the way. Din0saurs once roamed the earth in Alberta, and when they came to an end that same area was covered by ice. I believe that the Earth was hit by a huge meteor which knocked it off its regular orbit and that spelled the end of the dinosaurs. Areas once tropical became polar regions covered by ice. Remains of a wooly mammoth have been found in Nova Scotia.
I believe that Earth will be hit again by a huge meteor and will undergo another big change. If man doesn't blow it up first using neuclear power. Fasten your seat belts.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tuffysmom flies

Tuffysmom asked for some pictures of planes that I gave her rides in.When she was about three years old I took her up in the Piper Cub shown above. She was in the back seat and shortly after takeoff I looked around to see how she was making out. She said "Watch where you're going Daddy'" I guess she was afraid we would run into something. She also had rides in the Stinson. One of those trips was to Digby.

Out hangar was across the highway from the airport, and each morning we would taxi across the highway to get onto the airort.

Friday, July 21, 2006

A forlorn little waif

This is just to reply to a comment regarding the size of my font. This is a larger size. Actually, my old font was easier to read on my monitor than either Marsha's or Michelle's.
Now I'll publish it to see if Mr Blogger has frigged it up. Time for bed.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Cats, cats, cats

Shania and Katie pose for the camera man.

Kayla is musically inclined and is pretty good on the organ.

Katie is cooling off in the grass. Tuffy comes to visit once in a while.
This whole exercise is just for practice. Me and Mr. Blogger don't get along to well together and I have a difficult time getting images and text to come out where they should when the blog is published. Using the preview feature doesn't help as it looks different than on the compose page and is also different than on the published blog. I would not say that the program is very user friendly. Anyway, here goes, I'll publish this and see what kind of a mess I have made.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fore!, Lets go golfing

Yarmouth Golf Club

A golfing we will go. On the right is Tiger Crocker, who provides the cart so that we two old crocks don't have to walk. I help provide the gas. We go out each day when the weather is fine. The ball doesn't go as far as it used to but we have fun and get good exercise.

Dick, ready to tee off on hole # one.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Spruce Trees for Sprucewood Drive

On our lawn were two old stumps, cut off at ground level, where two big spruce trees once stood. I decided to replace them with new spruce trees, which seemed appropriate for the address, Sprucewood Drive. This little blue spruce is shown as it was in mid July of the last three years.

I found the little tree on the left growing under our front deck, up alongside the foundation wall. It must have sprouted from a seed which had lain dormant for over fifteen yeats, and then decided to sprout.