Cataraqui Reflections

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Slowing down somewhat

I did go off to Kawartha Lakes (aka Manilla) last Friday night for a Mars viewing party. The moon and Mars tracked each other across the evening and morning sky and was quite visible out in the country. It was a marvelous night. The band that played in front of the barn were working out a few kinks in their act but by the second set were beginning to sound pretty tight. I played some songs on my guitar after they had packed up and left. Their sound was entirely different from mine so I waited until later to play by a small fire.

I had a good time. I slept in a little bunkhouse separate from the main house and got up bright and early to hit the road home. As I was leaving, I stopped and took a picture of Marie's farm house.



The house needs a lot of work and I wish Marie well. She will need all the help she can get over the next while but she is happy to be where she is and that is what is important.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You know you're getting old when...

you go to Toronto for the day and it takes three days to recover. Unbelievable but true. I left on Saturday morning to meet up with three friends I hadn't seen in 36 years and met them at the Sheraton Center in Toronto.

I didn't do much drinking, just a beer and a shot of Canadian Club over lunch and then a glass of red wine on the train back to Belleville. That being said, I woke up on Sunday feeling like I'd been on a bender for 3 days. I napped on and off all day Sunday and took it easy on Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday I was back to normal, except that my weight is up about 10 lbs. I'm hoping this isn't the beginning of my body fighting back over the weight loss I have achieved so far.

Here is a picture of the 'girls' 36 years later.


They are from left, Debi, Nancy, Lynne and Cathy.

I am pleased to say that none of us are on any medication and are healthy. The picture was taken by Lynne's grandson Aaron.

Good thing I am all rested up because I am off again tomorrow for a Mars party at a friend's farm about 2 hours from my home. I will be staying overnight. There is supposed to be a band playing and I might get to sing with them. I'll let you know.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sun and Surf

Today is my birthday. I won't tell you how old I am but let's just say that I'm way beyond the age of majority and all is going well. I am having a wonderful day.

Ahhhh...



Yesterday I spent another day at Sandbanks Provincial Park, only this time I had company - my sister's 14 year old granddaughter Rebecca. What a perfect day it was. We swam and played in the waves and laid on the beach, she in the sun, me in the shade.




As what sometimes happens when you're having a good time, a thunder cloud wanted to join the party at the beach so we had to pack up and get the 'h' out of there. We drove out of the rain back to my place and watched the end of a Nickelback concert I had recorded. What fun that was.

Rebecca will be going back to her home near Kitchener tomorrow and I am sorry I didn't spend more time with her, but she'll be back again.

A new adventure awaits. Tomorrow I am taking the train into Toronto where I will be meeting up with three friends I haven't seen since 1974 and 1976. I am so looking forward to seeing them again. There is much to discuss. Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The non-event Sunday

Not much has been happening around here so on Saturday I took a trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park, about an hour from my home. It has a magnificent beach.



I took the picture below on the causeway before entering the park.



It was really windy and it was picking up a lot of sand so I didn't stick around after I had my lunch. Still, it was a nice place to visit.

I had a request to post a picture of my home so here it is below.



I did cut the grass and dig the weeds out of the patio stones later. :">)
And this is my current view.



These sunflowers came up without my doing anything and I am happy to have them brighten up my life.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wish upon a shooting star after midnight

Tonight just after midnight till near dawn and tomorrow night too, the sky will be filled with shooting stars from the Perseid constellation. Every year the earth passes through this meteor belt and this year promises to be spectacular. I was out last night around 10pm and saw 3 and this was before midnight. I am going to stay awake until midnight so I can take in the show.

Speaking of shows, I was in Orillia on Wednesday night and saw Sheryl Crow in concert.



I picked this shot of her on stage at the concert off an internet story about the show. She has a whole new sound, more soul than before and her band was exceptionally tight. It was a wonderful concert.

I hope someone stays up to watch the show besides myself. I love falling stars and this is the time to see them in all their glory. I'll report tomorrow night how many I actually saw.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back from the north

My sister Shirley and I went to New Liskeard over the weekend to visit family and friends. I confess to not taking any pictures on the way up but we crossed over into Quebec to bypass construction on Highway 11 for the return leg to North Bay.The highway in Quebec runs along the eastern side of Lake Temiskaming. I did take a few pictures there.

The lake is beautiful on this side too.


It was soon apparent we were in Quebec.



The countryside looked peaceful and serene on this hazy August day.



There was a field planted with sunflowers that had seen better days so I found one that wasn't quite so tired looking.



In the town of Temiscaming, we were wondering just what was on the other side of this hill.



Turns out it was a combination of both smoke and fog, er, smog from the Tembec Lumber mills that operate in the town.

And then we were back in Ontario.



From that point on, it was known territory and I put the camera away. It also began to rain in North Bay and it rained almost all the way back to Frankford, our starting point. It was a good adventure and I saw the far side of Lake Temiskaming where I had never been before.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Time for a little tale

After I had moved into my new home and got settled a bit, I took the train into Toronto, basically just because I could now. My Achilles tendon was killing me but I walked around downtown Toronto and had supper here at the Hard Rock's outdoor cafe.


I tried a couple of the fancy margaritas they were serving.

Mighty tasty.

While sitting there I looked around. The street has been widened at the corner of Dundas and Yonge to accomodate a large meeting and greeting area.



I was able to watch TV from my seat on the patio as the monitor about 6 stories up had the words printing across the bottom, like it's done for the hearing impaired.
Of course the advertising was screaming from the ads in every direction.



I loved it, loved the fact that I was just visiting and was able to leave and go to a much quieter, peaceful place.

Here are some pictures of downtown Toronto as it was July 2010.



Sunday, August 1, 2010

Quiet Sunday

Another day dawns bright and sunny here in Trenton. It promises to be a gorgeous day with sun and cloud and moderate temperatures. Fortunately the big jobs I had to do were all completed yesterday. There is still some cleanup involved but that can wait for the beginning of the week.

I took on the massive job of repainting my bathtub. It was a moss green and had a couple of big chips and a series of smaller ones marring the surface and was quite unattractive. I dreaded doing it but after reading all the instructions and buying all the materials necessary, it began to look doable. I started last Wednesday and it is all painted and dazzling white. I still have to replace the caulking around the edge but I'll leave that until the epoxy paint has completely cured. Here's what it looks like now.


Now I have to put a little fresh paint on the baseboard as it now looks dingy in comparison. It truly never ends but is still rewarding to make these upgrades.

I recently updated my home page with a picture of the local lonesome looking swan that patrols the Trent River near Frankford Ontario. Below are some photos.



The swan heard the clicking of the camera and looked around until he spotted me.Uh oh, busted.









I also had to stop for a couple of turkeys jaywalking on Glen Miller Road. These turkeys are allowed to do so and are a treat to see up close.





That's it for today. Have a good one.