Tuesday, June 30, 2020


      I am not the perfect example of fitness nor the most knowledgeable. However, I do value being healthy and having as good a quality of life as possible.

      So here's where my limited knowledge shows itself. For a long time I have firmly believed that stretching is valuable. With stretching we keep more flexible. If we're more flexible a number of benefits occur. Flexibility helps us in balance , strength and posture. Balance and strength help to keep us from some falls.

     Stretching helps us to combat stiffness. Being stiff can cause all kinds of simple problems. Our body just doesn't seem to go where we want it to go.

     I'm a bit of a people watcher. Many times I see people who would benefit from stretching. Sore backs, hips knees? These things spoil quality of life. Not all issues can be improved just by stretching but many can.

    It's easy to find some good stretches for seniors. Just go on line. In other places there are excellent programs for senior physical activity.

   I stretch almost everyday for about 20 minutes. I'm sure I could find more or different stretches. I have had plantars fasciitis . I just cheated and went to a site to see how to spell fasciitis . They are selling all kinds of shoes and socks to treat plantars. I'm sure they do help but I found stretching got rid of the problem for me .This is very unpleasant as it feels like there are balls or rollers under your feet. Some people just give up and become inactive. Work hard and you can get rid of this stuff. For years I had lower back problems which were somewhat debilitating. I was told that what I was experiencing was due to small muscle tears in my lower back. A physiotherapist finally persuaded me that stretching would help. I've never looked back and it advertised stretching for me.

    Stretching also helps us to keep in tune with our body. We will notice when we are stiff or when the body changes. Don't let things drag on. 

This is only a small example of stretching. I know there is much more.

    So if we're going to live for a long time we might as well have good quality of life


Wednesday, June 24, 2020


      Mr Pudding, from Yorkshire Pudding, makes some interesting comments. He can be humorous, witty, serious , and very much on topic. Sometimes he will pick up on one small detail and make his comment on a small part of your post. He doesn't care if he uses some imagination. If there's something he doesn't know or care about, he doesn't make a comment for the sake of making a comment.

     Mr Pudding made a comment on my last post that made me think of many more things about my post on my Dad.

     On the post I was trying to show my Dad and myself in two different phases of our lives.

   On the second photo Mr Pudding facetiously suggested that I had a fist behind my Dad and that I wanted money.

    My Dad was not a wealthy man. He donated much to Christian causes that he supported. He really didn't care if he had the money or not, he would make a donation. He was confident that he would be looked after.

    Dad was also generous in other ways. Dad had the idea that his farm would be somehow taxed if it was left in his estate. What did he do? He distributed his land equally to his sons before he turned 65. I said, "Dad , you will need income from the farm to survive. " He wouldn't listen. He had CPP (Canada pension plan) and Oas (old age security) and he would survive . He bought some property and was lucky that the time he had the property as it increased in value. He spent 15 winters in Phoenix. He rented the same old house for 15 years.

   Now he only had one financial goal. He wanted enough money to pay for his funeral. And he did have enough for a funeral and $1600.00 left over.

   Now for the fist behind my Dad? I think I had my thumb sticking in my pocket and Graham from Eagleton Notes agrees with me. Take a look at my photo in my post Father's Day

   So the comment from Mr Pudding made me think of much more on my Dad.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


        When I look back I see having a Dad for a very long time even though most of my life was apart from him because of my career. 

         So here is Dad at age 28 with his first child ...me!
      Here I am with Dad close to the end of his life. He had been in a nursing home for about 5 years and at this time his quality of life was not good because of Parkinson's disease. He passed away in early 2008 at age 95. So at that time I had my Dad for about 68 years. Dad lived an interesting life and in so doing I also had an interesting life.

Friday, June 19, 2020


     I found out the other day how complicated things have become because of covid 19. I organized my bird watching group and found out that there were many hoops to jump through.

     Ordinarily I make up a schedule and publicize it and away we go.   Bird watching is an activity  organized under the Red Deer River Naturalists (RDRN) . This is a registered society and we must have insurance. Check the website to see where we're going. I also have a contact list and they receive an email with all the information. It's also posted on our facebook page.

     So I'm on automatic pilot with this activity.

     So the other day I sent out the schedule. Very soon after someone asked , "Well  what are the regulations regarding covid 19 for an outside group?" I had intended to look. Before I had a chance to look one of my fellow birders had all the info for stage II and the virus.

     I was surprised to find out that there were 10 questions that had to be asked of each birder. Much of this had to be recorded in order to trace contacts in case someone had the virus. We decided that we had to have some way of asking for the information and recording it. Since I described the type of organization RDRN is we had to follow the rules.

    Now when you look around it doesn't look like many people are following rules. Very few people wear masks here. I went to restaurant and all staff were wearing masks. I visited the same restaurant a week later and none of them were wearing masks.

    So I have to wonder how serious we are in our stage II of opening up after covid?

    At my age I will not be birding with a group because of the virus . They will do fine without me. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


      Yesterday I had my annual hearing and hearing aid annual check up.

       The market is very competitive for hearing aids these days. There are many gimmicks and you better watch yourself. What you're actually looking for is a good quality hearing aid but it's hard to sort things out with all the sales gimmicks.

      I chose a phonak which is highly rated. I get free batteries for a lifetime as well as annual  hearing aid checks. You can go in for service at any time. Now the price? Before I get there we have these things that contribute to the price. My pension plan  contributes $900.00. Our government has an aids to daily living program which contributes $900.00 AMA (Alberta Motor Association )contributes $2500.00 AMA also supply the batteries. So that's $4300.00 and then I get to pay close to $2000.00. 

     So yesterday they did another hearing test and that was fine...not much change from last year. The hearing aids wear cleaned and balanced. Then they downloaded any new updates. There was also some feedback which they said they fixed but today I still have feedback. So the hearing aids were louder and so was the noise. 

    So hearing aids are not perfect but they are much better than the alternative. The Micro Manager thinks I still can't hear. Most people I can hear very well but the odd person is difficult to hear and she's one of them . She is sure that I purposely ignore her. She gets frustrated with me. So the hearing aids are no problem , but some people have trouble believing I can hear.

Friday, June 12, 2020


     Well I'm not one to rain on anybody's party. I like parties and celebrations . I like to see success rewarded.

     I'm the eternal optimist. The Micro Manager says that I would call an empty glass full.

    So it's with a rather heavy heart that I conclude very little will happen to bring about changes in racism. I know that people are very hopeful that something will. happen.

    I think very little will happen. Once all the demonstrations are history, the world will quietly slip back into racism as usual.

    Yes, there will be some improvement but not much.  Some people will become more aware of what racism is. Some people will work for changes , but little will happen.

     The politicians will go back to the same old game. Forget about racism and get some votes so that we can stay inpower. Systemic racism is safe. None of the system is going to change.

    Do you think the jokes will change?

    I think very few people are willing to give up power.

    Living in segregated areas will stay as people like it.

    The everyday slurs will continue. Worse physical abuse will continue. Things are commonly thrown at people every day.

    So you see I'm not at all hopeful things will change. I know a large part of the population is hoping for a change. I hate to rain on your party.

    I'm a Canadian. Racism is alive and well here. We are smug about it and it's quiet. The system is set up for one group and other groups get the pleasure of suffering. Racism is so common in society that it's not noticed. Ask most Canadians and they think racism is not a problem and they are quick to say, "I'm not a racist. "

    I would like to be wrong on this one. If I'm wrong I will gladly apologize.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


    Our government (Alberta Canada) is not the swiftest . It's quite right wing and some of them think Trump is a great guy. Nuff said. They're idiots.

    So they try to come up with great ideas to make themselves look good instead of helping people.

    Somehow the cheapies must have got their hands on a few million covid 19 masks . The idea was to give them to people to help with the pandemic. 

Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro holds a package of four non-medical masks that will be available to Albertans to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh ORG XMIT: JMC105

   Now comes the loony stuff. They decided that you could get your free mask by getting MacDonald's , A & W and Tim Hortons to give them out through the drive ins. Sound good? 

    Well it doesn't take long to see that this plan is somewhat inadequate. What happens in a little rural town that doesn't have any of these outlets?  What happens to people who don't have cars.? 

    The idea was that each person was to get one package of masks that had four masks to a package. What's to stop people from asking for more? What's to stop people from going to ten different outlets? What happens to the poor beggar who doesn't get there in time? I wonder how the elderly will get to the drive ins? 

    So yesterday the plan began and  masks were handed out.. Some outlets gave out as many masks as you asked for. Some employees didn't like the extra work so handed out masks on a wholesale business.

   One funny incident. To make a point one guy took a paper box apart and put fake cardboard wheels on it . He colored this up nicely and then walked through a drive in with this gizmo . 

   Well, this has kept the old people wagging their tongues . It's just another goofy government project.

Saturday, June 6, 2020


      A few days ago my neighbor D brought home a very old and dilapatated wood burning cook stove. Some parts were missing and it was a way after best before date. She wants it to cook with out in the yard. Here husband is a welder so there's no problem to get it back to where it is reasonably usable. She wants to cook pies and promised she would make me a pie if I was very, very good.

      Seeing this old stove brought back many memories. On the farm in the 40' and 50's all we had was a wood cook stove to do all the cooking. We didn't get an electric stove until 1953 and then my mother kept her old wood stove. So my Mom had her electric stove and wood stove in the same kitchen. It took her a long time to get used to the electric stove.We would use the wood stove to keep the kitchen warm.

    Women using wood cook stoves really knew what to do to keep a proper temperature when baking. They knew about wood. They could work with dry wood, green wood and wood from any species of tree.

    I will never forget the wonderful smells of food cooking and things being baked in the small kitchen. Mom made large meals every day and was an excellent baker. we were spoiled with cakes and always had cookies in the house.

     I will never forget the comfortable warmth when sitting around the wood cook stove. If it was cold in the house, we sat around the cook stove. If we'd been playing outside and got cold the old cook stove would warm you up quickly. One chore for little boys was to keep the wood box filled with wood.

    For the weekly Saturday night bath the water was heated on the stove, the bathtub was in front of the stove and we sat around the stove to get drier. If we were really good we got hot chocolate.

   Toast? I've never forgotten the toast. You would take off one stove lid and make your toast over the open fire!

   So D has brought back many memories . I'd almost forgotten about wood cook stoves.

   I looked on line for  good photo but couldn't find anything that suited me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020


      Some things that happen around home are definitely calamities. We had two of them yesterday and it wasn't funny.

     I think most people have had the experience of putting a kleenex through the wash. It isn't funny. It's enough to make a grown man cry. It happened to us yeterday and was the first time in 54 years. Nevertheless it's traumatic. It's a rude surprise when you open the washer and see the mess. You look at all the little bits of paper on your clothes and in the washer. You wonder how it will ever be cleaned up. After some initial crying you get to work and clean it up. It's Mr Nobody or Mrs Nobody who say it's not their fault that the kleenex went through the wash! 

     Along with that the one toilet quit working properly and the signal was if it was used it had a good chance of blocking. This same problem had happened before. We had tried many things to get it working properly. Last time it suddenly started working but I'm not sure which I did   made it work. Yesterday the same thing happened. I don't know exactly what I did that made it work. 

    Some plumber! eh? 

    Maybe I chould check Youtube next time.

    And I didn't make any of this up!