Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Good, The bad And The Ugly!

Not necessarily in that order.

The Ugly:

My friend Kelly was staying in the guest room last night and was walking around the yard this morning. She came to tell me there was a deer beside the house with a very badly broken hind leg! The leg was just hanging down and swinging in every direction. I strongly suspect it was broken when she tried to get through the fence. Not having a clue what to do, I called the RCMP. The officer said if I just wanted the deer put down he would send someone over to shoot it. As much as I hate seeing an animal die, it was the only choice. While I was talking to him the deer wandered over to the section of fence where I suspected they were getting through and went through into the bush behind. When I told the officer he said they were not going to look through dense bush for a deer and to just, "let nature take it's course".

The Bad:

I figured enough was enough! No good little faerie was going to come around and fix the damn fence for me. The spot was on the steepest, wettest, muddiest, slipperiest section of the yard. My feet and balance are not the best and I did not feel confident going up there. I am not 75 anymore! Well, yes I am 75 but you know what I mean. Kelly climbed up first and told me pretty much what I needed to do the repair. I cut an 8 foot steel "T"  post to 6 feet, grabbed a small sledge hammer and some zap straps and headed up. I made the repair without falling on my head and got back down. Two or three months of worry solved in a half an hour.

The Good:

I have been trying to find a young, agile person not afraid of a little work to do odd jobs (like this) around the house. I can handle most jobs myself but sometimes need a little help. I had discovered that my next door neighbour has a 19 year old son who is unemployed because of the Virus. I talked to him a day or two ago and he said he was usually available, "but not right now". I took this to mean I could not depend on him. After I finished the fence repair guess who wandered into the yard? Yes! He was now available! Not to look a gift horse in the mouth I set him onto the job of making the rolling front gate deer proof. I had stretched piano type wire across the gate but the deer had discovered they could get through it if they got their head through and just kept pushing, separating the strands. I had a leftover roll of the game fence Brooks had put around the yard and got my new friend to get it out from under a pile of wood scraps and weeds behind the workshop. We measured out a 4 by 24 foot piece to fit the gate and he set about cutting it out with my wire cutters. He then removed the six strands of piano type wire and we got the fencing into position. He took over, stretched it into position and zapped it in place. He did a good job and earned what I paid him for his two and a half hours. He left happy and promised to be available when I needed him next. A good day all in all!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020


I remember my mother telling me of men knocking on our door in Edmonton in the 40's asking if they could work for a meal. My mother had been in that position herself after her first husband died of TB in his 20's leaving her with two young children and she never turned them away. Sweep the sidewalk, take the garbage to the lane way, weed the garden for a few minutes, there was always something for them to do and she always found them a cup of coffee and something to eat. She always said it was important for them to work so it was not a handout, they worked for it.

We lived near the rail yard and she said these men were riding the freight trains to the coast to find work. They were good men in hard times and deserved a break. My mother and older brother and sister had it very tough before she found and married my father. She always had sympathy for the down and out, having been there herself with two kids.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Eye Surgery Scheduled!

I am getting my cataract surgery done on July 28. My friend Kelly is coming up from Nanaimo to spend three days here since I can't drive on the 28th or 29th and need a ride to and from Comox Hospital. I also can't bend over or carry anything at all heavy. "If you drop something, leave it on the floor!" says my doctor. I am always so grateful for everything she does for me! I will Have to name the guest room, "Kelly's Room"!

Monday, June 22, 2020

A Small Appeal

The Pelican's Nest Safe House (Moose Jaw, Sask) is a refuge for vulnerable Women and is a project of my great niece Ioana Begg. If you can spare $25 (or more) for this worthwhile project it would make us both very happy! And if you can't right now, that is fine too. Thank you.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day!

To all the dads out there!

Here is my dad on a family outing in the late 50's on Vancouver's Grouse Mountain chairlift. I was riding with my mother in a previous chair.

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Latest - Not Much But The Latest!

I inherited a nice La-Z-Boy recliner from my dad and it is my favorite TV watching perch. A week or two ago there was a loud "Bang" from underneath when I sat down and one side of the cushion sagged. One of the four springs had broken! Yesterday Kelly and I loaded it into her hatchback and took it down to the repair shop. 
Today I am heading down to Brooks and LindaLee's place in Shawnigan Lake for a couple of days visit. Should be back Sunday or Monday. It is time for a little break and maybe my recliner will be repaired soon after I get back.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Property Taxes!

Our property taxes are due on July 2. I am lucky because although I have great semi-waterfront property my highway frontage is very small. This limits my 2020 property taxes to only $2,600 (after the seniors reduction, less than my neighbours with comparable single family dwellings. The City is offering to let us pay online with debit or credit cards. Of course I would have to reimburse them for the 2.5% fee imposed on them by the credit card company. No thanks, I will use my debit card.

My friend Kelly is coming up for a couple of days to do some work on the garden but it is pouring out! She is still coming but later in the day and will use the guest room in hopes the weather will be better tomorrow. Either way I am going to make a fancy dinner for us and our friend Brian tomorrow night. Brian managed to score a bottle of wine from the winery owned by BC's brilliant Dr. Bonnie Henry who shone leading BC through our Covid-19 crisis. She will get a well deserved toast!

Today I am washing my bedding - how do other people remember it is time to do this? and vacuuming the hardwood floors. Then I will be caught up on my chores!

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Should I Or Shouldn't I?

That is the question.

Well, the lawn "could" stand a mowing. But it is not that bad so...... should I get off my butt and mow it or wait a couple of days and see what the rain in the forecast does? Maybe a walk around the property is in order...

OK, I mowed it! They are calling for at least four days of continuous rain and it is like a greenhouse around here. On top of that some of my Facebook "Friends" were calling me out to get some exercise so it is done. 45 minutes lost from my exciting life!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Two Days at Brooks'

Two days at Brooks'

We had a long discussion about safety and such but considering there is only one active case of Covid-19 on the Island and that person is in the hospital we decided it was time for me to visit. It was great! Brooks was working but outside of those hours we had a great visit. It has been so long that the dogs forgot who I was and treated my like a stranger when I drove into the yard. In other words they went into guard dog mode instead of, "Hey! Grandpa's here" mode. It didn't take long to reacquaint myself to them and I was happy the cats remembered my and came for cuddles!

We were in the living room when LindaLee saw a mouse in the corner. We were all yelling for the cats but they had all disappeared when it came time to actually earn their keep so the young dog got up, stretched, walked over and crushed the mouse with his paw! Lights out, dead, game over!

We had fish and chips delivered from the pub where LindaLee normally works and then watched TV until bedtime. They are both early risers (6 AM) so I got an early start and after a short shopping stop at the Canadian Superstore for cheese, buns and new socks, I was home just after noon. Oh yes, I had to run into Duncan yesterday to buy new shocks for Brooks' work van after he hit a pothole that everyone has been reporting and complaining about for weeks. He is going to send the Village of Shawnigan Lake the $750 bill. This is going to be interesting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Surgery Date Getting Closer!

Surgery Date Getting Closer!
I talked to my eye surgeon's office this morning and was told that the Comox Hospital is now allowing cataract surgeries to proceed. This is good news because I can tell my left eye vision is getting progressively worse. I have to wait for a phone call and then buy some eye drops which I take for a week or two. Then I go in for the surgery. I need a driver who is willing to wait for the hour or two before I am released and my friend Brian has volunteered for the duty.
I am required to wear a mask for the surgery and strangely enough they are not provided. I do not own a mask but Brian has a friend who makes them and is making inquiries for me.
Now to be patient and wait for the call.