Cataraqui Reflections

Monday, September 19, 2011

Checking in

Hello to all who visit this blog. Summer is still in situ here in Trenton. Although a few of the mornings have been close to freezing, the leaves are still on the trees and their colour hasn't changed to those wonderful autumn hues of rust and gold that tend to make the coming of winter more bearable.

I now have a new ride.

It's a 2010 Ford Escape. It's the first Ford I have ever owned. The interior looks like it was copied from my old Subaru Forester. Very similar in design so it only took me a few minutes to figure out most of the dashboard widgets and gadgets. So far so good. I think the Scarlet Runner (that's what I named my car) and I are going to get along just fine.

Of course, this means I have to find employment in order to pay it off. I have made some enquiries in that regard and am hopeful that I will hear something soon.

Also expensive, but well worth it in my opinion, is my weight loss through the Dr. Bernstein Diet Clinic. Since June 14th, I have dropped a whopping 49.2 lbs. The in-house doctor says I should reach my goal weight in 5 or 6 months, putting it around March 2012.

In the above photo, I had lost 37 lbs. I'll continue to post as I pass other milestones. I feel good and have a great deal of energy, another reason why I need to work.

I am filling my time by learning new songs. I am currently working on a song by Sara McLachlan called 'Angel'. If all goes well, I will record it and put it on YouTube just for the fun of it and you all can have a look as I'll also post the link right here.

In the meantime, here's hoping all is well in your part of the world. Bye for now.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer road trip pictures

We are closing in on the end of August, which means pretty much the end of summer in this part of the world. And it was a fabulous summer.

I am back with some more pictures. I took a 7 day road trip in mid August to go up north to my cousin's wedding and this provided opportunity to snap a few pictures and weave a little story.

I have quite a few pictures to post so I hope you'll read the whole entry. (Readers take note: a 800x600 px copy can be viewed by clicking on the small picture in the posting.)

First I went to my cousin Nelson's wedding in a little place called King Kirkland, about 6 km outside Kirkland Lake Ontario.

It was a casual affair in a large backyard and pictured here is the happy couple, Nelson and Laura Jean, cutting the cake.

The happy couple have their first dance as a married couple. Local musicians and friends made up the band, the members of which changed frequently as people got up and sang and played when they felt like it, which was often. I even got up and sang a little myself.

Pictured here are Nelson with his siblings. There were six of them but one, Jerry, died many years ago and Bobby lives out west and did not make it back for the wedding.

This is my cousin Rose Kostello. She was able to get the time off work to come to the wedding and have some fun.

And this is Uncle George. He is uncle to Nelson and his siblings, as well as myself and Rose. All different branches of the same family.

My next stop was an hour away in the little town of Matachewan, on the Montreal River.

The bride's cousin Merry and Aunt Elsie did not attend the wedding so I decided to visit them as I love them both and won't get to see them again for a while.

This is Elsie above and Merry below.
We had a nice visit.
Then it was time to go to Gowganda, my home town. I hadn't visited since last year before I moved out of the north.

Gowganda Lake was quiet and serene the day of my visit. I went and played euchre with the gang for fun and to say hello to them all at once. I won second place and a handful of coins for stopping in.
The next part of my trip took me back down south and I drove for approximately 8 hours to get to Woodland Beach on Georgian Bay, one beach north of Wasaga Beach.
My hosts were the Stewart sisters, Elva and Janice.

And here we are, myself (Nancy), Elva, Janet and Janice.

Their cottage is perched on the top of a cliff with a million dollar view.

I was able to stop traveling for a few days and it was good. The beach was a short walk away and I even went swimming one day.

On the western shore is the bulk of the good ski hills in Ontario.

Since they can't be seen very well from a distance, I zoomed in on Blue Mountain, the largest of the ski hills in Collingwood Ontario.

There were many birds as well.

I decided to walk down the stairs to the water.

The steps had become crooked due to the weather but were still sturdy or so I hoped.
I made it to the bottom and looked back up.

Holy smokes - looks worse than it was, I assure you. Below are 2 pictures I took while down there.

There was a bush there and I have forgotten what its name was but the flowers were reminiscent of hibiscus, found in the tropics.

With such a view, the sunsets were spectacular. I was able to capture one sunset.

A good time was had by all. I entertained my friends and their cottage neighbours by singing and playing guitar in the evening a couple of times. I asked for a photo of me doing so but they haven't sent me one so I am publishing without it. And so ends my 7 day road trip in August 2011.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's humid - Welcome to August

July was such a pleasant month here in Trenton. The temperature could reach the 80's but it still felt comfortable because the humidity was uncharacteristically low. It got a little dry and killed my grass, but this saved me from having to cut it, so it all worked out in the end.

There was only one really hot day in July. I took this picture for proof.

That pool you can see in the corner of the shot was 86f and no relief from the heat that day.

I have these two other pictures to post. I was driving through Napanee a few days ago and took these pictures of a railway trestle that crosses Highway 2.

Today is the last day of the Civic long weekend. This was the scene down in Centennial Park in Trenton. Looks like everyone was cozy and having a good time.

These campers were clustered around a band shell that featured old time country and western music all three nights of the long weekend.

August is beginning and all is well. I have shed 26 pounds and am still on the way down. Big plans this month for a road trip that will see me make stops in Orillia, North Bay, Englehart, Kirkland Lake, King Kirkland, Gowganda, and Woodland Beach. Fortunately, all those places are in Ontario so I should be able to complete the trip in just a week.

I'll post pictures of this trip first chance I get. Byeee.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hogtown still growing

I visited Toronto this past week and the part I was in was under construction. Out with the old, in with the new, I suppose. The west side of Union Station is getting a face lift or cleaning and was hidden behind a partition. Front Street was tore up and workmen were busily digging up earth and wielding shovels and assorted other work implements. It was quite a corridor that the pedestrians had to negotiate just to get across the street.

I stayed at the Sheraton Hotel which was just across the street from City Hall.

I also took this picture of old City Hall.

I was glad to be back in Trenton. It moves at my speed.

I just read in the paper that Trenton Air Base will soon be host to 17 new Hercules C130J's. This is in addition to the 4 C-17's already here and a handful of C130 Hercules. Good thing I like aircraft because if I thought it was noisy before, it will be busier than ever.

Here's a picture I took while sitting on my deck recently.

And so it goes.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tragically Hip Fan Club Strong As Ever

I say 'fan club' to describe the Hip's followers, but the truth is, they're more like a modern musical cult.

I recently attended a Hip concert in Peterborough Ontario with my two friends Joanne and Laurie.

The two of them are typical Hip fans.

They attend as many concerts as they are able and prefer it if they can catch the Hip in the small venues, that being the old movie theaters now being used as stages for various acts and artists across southern Ontario and elsewhere.

We drove from my place in Trenton to Peterborough and Jackpot! We got a parking space right across from the theater. It was going to be a good night.

For them, it was a dream come true because the place only seated 675, meaning any seat in the house was a good one. Our seats were up in the balcony along the west wing, single row, no one behind with an unobstructed view of the band only 30 or so feet away.

Laurie and Joanne danced and sang their way through the whole concert, as did everyone else in there, that is, except me. You see, I am not in that fan club. I don't know all the songs by heart. Besides, I was having way more fun watching the antics of the fans as they did their thing to every song the Hip played. There were old people, young people, really young people, a swaying mass of humanity united for this brief moment in singing every word of all the songs. I was totally transfixed by the sight. Maybe there is hope for world peace yet.

And they all stood throughout the whole concert. Fortunately for me, the seats we had allowed me to remain seated and still see the concert. I would not have been able to stand for that long. I did get up and dance a little bit too.

It was a great night, the weather cooperated and all went well. I thank my friends for taking me along on The Hip Adventure.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Alive and well in Trenton Ontario

Hello once again. I have been lazy and haven't posted since March. I found that during the winter, there's only so many pictures you can take of your surroundings before they all begin to look the same, dull and drab. I don't like to post without pictures so there you have it.

I have a bunch of picture to post so I hope you like them. The ones directly below are from a thunderstorm that went through a week or so ago.

I played with the photo program and got this.

Living beside an airstrip at the Trenton air force base has given me opportunity to take some aircraft shots. The first two are of the C-17 cargo aircraft and I don't know the type of jet in the third, although it flies circuits here all the time. Good thing I like aircraft.

A pair of F-18's was here all last week and they are a noisy addition to the neighborhood.

Having found myself with time on my hands, I played with my photo program and produced the following images just for fun. Enjoy.

That's enough posting for one day. Do check back. I'll probably be making entries again on a more regular basis. Bye.