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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


The boys all dressed up as Super Heros - Charlie on the left and Monty on the right and - I am going out on a limb here - but I think that is Dave the Dad in the middle.  Just guessing.

The boys just love dinosaurs!!  Well Done!

Monday, October 30, 2017


I almost forgot to roll all my coinage!!!  All year I save all the coins I can get my hands on - if I see it, I take it and into the jar it goes for my Florida vacation.  This year I got $257 Canadian dollars which is pretty good.  Back in the old days when both of us were working,  I would get close to $1000 from all the coins in the jar.
The Scott Sister's Florida trip is coming up at the end of this week.  This year Mitch is coming with us.  He thinks he is just going to be relaxing on the beach with us but he will be working.  He will carry all our packages when we go shopping, he will take our pictures (from all 3 cameras or I-phones) and refresh our drinks during the day.  Well, maybe we won't work him that hard.  It will be fun having Mitch with us this year.


We bought Ron and Mary's fifth wheel trailer and another friend bought ours.  They were both exchanged and delivered yesterday so now everyone is happy.  Ron and Mary already had another fifth wheel Jayco.
We have enjoyed our little trailer for a number of years but knew that we needed a bit more room in our "golden" years.  The new trailer has a bump out for the kitchen table and couch area.  We sat  7 people in it one night and it wasn't crowded in the least.
Next spring we will get it out and clean it and start stocking all the stuff you need to be comfortable back up at Hinckler.
We will have to flip a coin to see where we play cards at night after our days of hunting and fishing.  Ron is always my partner.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Last night was the fish fry at the Thessalon Legion - the last Friday of every month except December, July and August.  It was raining so I didn't think the turnout would be that good but boy was I wrong. We have a special table set up for us downstairs near the bar.  Al, the former bartender, has been doing this for our gang for years.  There is a white plastic table cloth and salt shakers placed on the table.  Linda requested some extra tables and chairs be set up as there was going to be more of us than usual.  There had to be over 30 of us show up and everyone had a place to sit.
The first picture is of the wine pours at the Legion.  You really get a full glass of wine.  Always!!
The next picture is of our gang - and still some showed up after this picture was taken.  Everyone has such a good time visiting and catching up on stuff going on.
The next picture is of the line up that reached all the way back to the front door.  You have to stand in line to get your meal.  You can take your drinks up while you are waiting.  the line moves pretty good and it gives you a chance to see everyone who is there.  It is part of the tradition.  the next picture is of the end of the line.  You pick up your paper plate and napkin and cutlery at the start.  Then on to the pickles, buns, cole slaw, baked potatoes, butter and tartar sauce.  You usually have time to fix your potato while waiting for the fish.  And it is fresh out of the fryer.  Only 4 people can be served at a time and you usually get 4 good size pieces - but last nite we only got 3 as the crowd was so big they were afraid they would run out (they didn't so people could go back up for more).  Then at the end of your meal there is vanilla ice cream in a cup and either (or both) strawberry or butterscotch topping for desert.
The last picture is of my plate last nite and I apologize for the ketchup on the fish but I happen to like it that way.  I have no idea when it started but I like it.
It was slow getting out of there last nite.  Everyone is visiting with everyone and saying goodbye and making plans to meet later or next year.  Mark and Pam and Brent and Nat were leaving and wouldn't be back until next year.  And Joanne and Mitch are leaving next week - with me - to Florida!!!!


Finally able to post on the blog.  The "fix" was to unplug the computer and then plug it back in and voila!!  Fixed.  Really high tech stuff.  Now I know.
The colours up here weren't really that great this year.  I think with the beautiful fall weather we had it confused the trees and they stopped producing the colours.  But after the big wind and rain we had at the beginning of this week, they are pretty much done.
We got over to see Joanne and Mitch last weekend - it was a good day too as everyone showed up for some shooting of the proverbial shit.  They have a lot to still get done before closing up the cottage for winter.
We headed back to Hinckler for a couple of days of hunting.  We arrived Sunday and got a couple of hours in.  We got 4 birds which is pretty good.  Two for me and two for him.  AND a saw a pretty big garter snake slithering around the bush.  October 22nd and still snakes out!!  It was nice and warm that day.  Hopefully he found someplace to hibernate as it is getting cold now.  It rained all day Monday so we stayed in and played cards with Ron and Mary.  We headed home Tuesday as planned.
The last two pictures are of some Hallowe'en decorations I passed by today.  Notice the camo pants on the scarecrow on the right and the blaze orange on the other one.  And the two pumpkins placed on top of a hay bale in front of the mail box.
I have a pumpkin at my front door but only until it is taken away for deer food...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Not ignoring everyone but I am having problems signing in to my Blog and as I am not too tech-savvy I am depending on others to fix it - in their spare time.

Thanks for your patience

Friday, October 13, 2017


Lots of stuff happening up here during the last few weeks.  The leaves have finally decided that they do want to change after that amazing warm spell we had.  We finally got our summer weather and it totally confused the trees.  But now we are enjoying the colours - finally.
Mitch and Joanne have accomplished tons of work on their place.  Their new deck is amazing and really adds to their living space and Mitch's bbq area is used very frequently.  He got the idea from Pinterest!!  Who Knew?  They have painted their outhouse and bunk to match the garage - the house will be next year.
I also included a picture of our Thanksgiving feast from last week plus a picture of Joanne taking a picture of the coconut cream pie from Bobbers.  It was almost 100% coconut - of which I am not a fan.  Joanne and Rejean enjoyed it tho.  Next year I get to pick the pie!!  Cherry!
Rejean and I got away for a couple of days hunting up at Hinckler and we managed to get 12 - I replenished my soup supply.  It was a slow start but who really cared as the weather was perfect for riding the trails.  I got to see the back end of a big Lynx twice on the last day.  He was ahead of me on the trail and when I turned the corner I caught a glimpse of him.  I stopped to let Rejean know and then proceeded up the trail again and there he was - this time he ran into the bush.  But what a thrilling sight to see.  We immediately got a bird so I was keeping my eye out down the trail in case Mr. Lynx decided to try and steal our bird.
The picture of the sun rise and headlights let you know we were out at the crack of dawn in order to get to our spot for hunting that day,.  No one else around and with our new heated hand grips the cold was not an issue.
The last picture is for my sister Joanne.  She loves the Tamarack trees up here and they have started to turn golden.  Can't really tell in this picture but they were beautiful.
Doing all of our chores before winter comes - still lots to get done.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Had Joanne and Mitch over for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.  Everything made from scratch as Joanne told me they don't like boxed stuffing or instant mashed potatoes.  So, I googled a few recipes for classic stuffing and went to work.  And it turned out delicious.  I surprised myself.  We brined the turkey at 9:30pm the nite before because we both forgot about doing it.  So after the movie we used the vegetable crisper in the fridge to hold the turkey and the brine.  Worked like a charm.  The real mashed potatoes and stuffing and cranberries and turkey were my responsibility and Joanne did the carrots and gravy and pie.  I put out some olives and beets and buns to finish the feast.
And everyone got  leftovers!!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Joanne and I managed to get away today to get a little fishing and quading in.  It was a beautiful day that started out overcast and cool - perfect for some walleye fishing.  Joanne got the first nibble and we got  two fish!!  We didn't stick around too much longer and headed across Snowshoe Creek and checked out the jacuzzi.  No fish but it was fun.  There is a lookout along the trail that could be dangerous if they didn't have a small rope across it that really couldn't stop anything from falling down that steep hill.
We decided to visit the Colony and had to cross that little bridge.  Didn't look too safe to me but Joanne and Mitch had crossed it in the spring so I figured if Mitch could cross it, I could.  And I did.  We followed a trail but had to turn back because it looked a bit muddy.  I got stuck in the mud and Joanne and I had to do some fancy maneuvering to get it out.  I had to hose it (and myself) down when I got home.
We had a nice cold beer in the sun room and laughed at our adventures today.

We missed you Susan!!!!