Discussion in 'Social Hub' started by cosmic joke, Dec 16, 2017.
hello. foot and a half of snow fall overnight. it's gorgeous out there. spent almost 2 hours clearing it and enjoying every minute of it. not too chilly out there and lots of blue skies. sun is warm. helped the single lady across the road out. plows left a two foot bank on their side of the road. it's times like this i appreciate not having to go to work. just take my time and work away at it the 'little things in life' . will clear all the snow off my wife's chevy vibe later. only thing left to do. taking a cup of tea break. my wife has been baking up a storm. dozens of shortbread cookies and other assorteds.
glad i did the bottom end work on this 30 year old 5hp briggs engine snowblower this summmer. oil change and plug too of course. starts and runs (i adjusted carb) like fine tuned sewing machine. throws snow a good 30'. glad i put the electric start on it years ago. removed the whole pull cord mechanism. so much easier on the arms. plug it in, set the choke one click, a few primes, throttle low and push the button. once the engine warms choke fully open. cleaning the drive friction disc and greasing the bar and steel cog wheels is keeping it going in all forward and reverse gears. one shaft bushing had a piece broke causing the drive shaft to move up and down. flipped it around and because of the natural movement it's keeping solid. tightened up the auger and drive cables a bit too and set the bottom skis for 'just off' the driveway surface. with chains on the tires it's a fun workout.
hope ya'll keeping well. christmas is a few weeks away. the grands presents have been 'amazoned'. our sons and daughter will get cash. they can buy what they want or need.
post man gets a 'timmies' card and the neighbours a plate of home backed cookies.
morning. indeed busy time of the year. dear wife's baked goodies being shared in the neighbourhood. lots of snow blowing and shovelling here. feeling good for it. weather is...wintery
sun and snow forecast for the next week. temps will be plummeting into deep freeze.
as one gets older, so i found out, feet size changes. had to pick up a new pair of snow boots. my pair of almost a dozen years were tight and have been so for several years. went from store to store and then voila. mark's work wear 'rip zone'. a hello of a boot. a work of practical art really. seniors discount price.
'Ripzone brings you these Lockdown winter boots in a durable design that offers protection from the elements. They have waterproof half-shells at the front where you’re most likely to hit water and wet ice. The removable Truform liners are heat-mouldable for an ergonomic fit. We added lightweight T-Max® insulation for extra warmth and FRESHTECH® technology to keep odour-causing microbes at bay. The outsoles on these men’s boots offer a safer way to walk on ice with Tarantula Anti-Slip™ On Ice technology'
will make appointment to have subaru outback 'krown' treated in the new year. other than that daughters place christmas day.
enjoy the holidays.
morning. so spring has sprung here in the northern part of southern ontario. robins cardinals finches chickadees. seen several woodpeckers and even a nuthatch came for a visit. schools are on march break. retirement is a lovely time of life.
interesting observation perhaps. even though my dear wife and i've been married 38 years. each day we rise, it seems to me as if i'm meeting her for the first time. as if every day is a beginning. as if any and all things could happen. as if , even though we are aging, life never gets old.
so then. time for another cup of tea.
What sort of tea ?
morning august. don't smoke (i vape) don't drink. mostly water and either orange pekoe or peppermint tea for this old fart. and lots of water too. to be honest, i may,when needed, have a shot of gin (tanqueray) but that'd be for medicinal purposes.
we don't buy bread. we bake it. 5 fresh baked loaves of sour dough bread.
a trio jars of breaded cucumbers. we grow tomatoes cucumbers squash in the garden.
had friends over for dinner last night. pulled pork, onion fried potatoes, home canned beets and a home made apple pie for desert. sipped glasses of locally made cranberry wine.
born in '53 in a country occupied by communist government/forces. dad was a rebel. harbored rebels. along with a thousand others was hunted. '56 crunch time. two young kids, my sister and i, in bags slung over shoulders. the great escape over hill and dale rivers and crawling unseen by armed towers. 20 in all started out. so the story goes. a dozen made it through to neutral switzerland. choices. australia or canada. old warplane flight. first an iceland stopover then a gander newfoundland stopover then to toronto ontario. parents spoke nil english. met at airport by well to do canadians looking for kids. 'we can give them a better life'. fortunately folks just walked on by with the two of us in tow. canadian red cross gave them a hundred dollars. 'good luck'. and so it went. land of the free. hard work. slowly but surely.
interesting spring weather. howling winds, driving wet snow/rain, freeze overnight. full sunshine and warm, daily melts.
robins, american gold finches, mourning doves, woodpeckers, chickadees, crows, wrens, starlings, common finches, nuthatch. all visiting at the bird feeder in and around our trees. also seen duck and geese flying in. so, spring must be in the area. they would know. heh!
g'day. finally feeling like spring. been cat sitting 'til our eldest gets into his new digs. cat's name is sadie. she is 7 years old and, like all cats, loves snoozing in the sunshine.
If I ever had to leave europe - I would chose Canada too...
Phaps Quebec so I could learn some french lol
i had no choice of course 3fel9, but canada has been good to me. and i good to it. today though ,if i had to leave canada, i would more than likely pick one of the scandinavian countries to live in.
made a mistake re: the 'spring' weather. seems like winter has morphed into summer almost overnight. temps are high double digits all of sudden, like overnight. a week ago today we had 8 inches of snow.
Last year was like that for me but this season we are having a fine springtime as spring normally is, cool 70s and rain every couple days lol...
rain last night and cloudy today but temps have been in the double digits. there is a 100 year old sugar maple off to the east side in our front yard. the other day a pileated woodpecker was checking out one of the 'holey' branches. it's the biggest woodpecker.
the full quote: '
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”
― Hermes Trismegistus'
so what does that actually mean? a personal subjective revelation for him? what does it mean to me? is it 'my' subjective above, or it is my imagined above? that would make the 'below' likewise. my 'mantra' as such is 'remember to remember'. that was something my 'teachers teacher' wrote inside the book 'the strange life of ivan osikin' when he gave it to me. to me it has come to mean to remember to remember myself in my daily life. and by doing so have developed a constant center of gravity, in where many of my little 'i's (you know, i like i don't like i'm happy i'm sad i'm hot i'm cold i blow hither tither with any external wind that blows by) seem to have fallen by the wayside. like i said earlier, i work 'cause i like to work'. results manifest of course but they certainly aren't the be all end all.
time to mosey along. cut the grass on the front yard the other day. will do the back today. restore (habitat for humanity) volunteer day tomorrow then a docs appointment. after which back up to the cottage.
'til later then
well hello to this 'alien expanse' place. seems i'm somewhat out of sync with this topical realm. arrived at an age where i'm not being given to much blather nor for any desire to prove my point ad nauseam. when all doubts have fallen by the wayside life before present and after simply is. at a time of life when long winded repetitious posts of the 'listen to and look at me' cause me to yawn. shakespeares play 'much ado about nothing' sums it all up for me.
so to more important things then. going to be a scorcher of week. that's it.
'til later then