Summer is here —

Monday, June 20, 2016 — 25˚C / 77˚F — sunny & muggy @4:30 pm in Atlantic Canada — I think I remember hearing somebody say that Summer arrives shortly after 7 pm Atlantic Time —

- "Walking" Jassper at 9:15 pm. Jassper has arthritis. We're supposed to be taking him for a walk for at least 20 minutes every day. Here, he made it about halfway up the slight hill on our street before he had to plunk down and rest from his pain. Happy walks and sniffing every squar millimeter in his neighbourhood aren't quite as much fun as they used to be, but if we can keep this up he probably will get better at it again.
– “Walking” Jassper at 9:15 pm. Jassper has arthritis. We’re supposed to be taking him for a walk for at least 20 minutes every day. Here, he made it about halfway up the slight hill on our street before he had to plunk down and rest from his pain. His happy walks and sniffing every square millimeter of his neighbourhood aren’t quite as much fun as they used to be, but if we can keep this up he probably will get better at it again.

I watched the Canadian dollar [ the ‘Looney’ ] rise a little, fall a little then rise again today – It ended last Friday at 0.7753 U$ dollars, then began this morning @ .07808 and rose to .7819 and fell back down to .7807 — Global News [ the Canadian television network ] reported that it finished the day @ .7807 – & CBC business news online said it was at .7815 at around 9 pm.  — So I guess you can reasonably assume that today wasn’t overwhelmingly interesting if I’m writing something like that here.

I did manage to finish screwing the plywood roof over the frame & beneath the heavy duty tarp [ the tarp that our neighbour gave us after I mentioned that we’d probably have to go out and buy one to protect the bare wood from the elements over the winter – one day this wonderful heavy duty tarp showed up beside the tool shed. 🙂 ] And I came through that with a thick layer of sweat weighing me down about ten pounds heavier than I started out. So I took a shower and sat near the air conditioner and watched last night’s brutal battle between Ramsay Bolton’s forces and Jon Snow & the Wildlings over again – then conked out and slept until something like 4:30 pm.

But at least I accomplished one impossible thing today. Finished the plywood roof all by myself without killing myself in the process.

And we had a nice talk with our neighbour, Connie Pond, when we were starting out to give our enthusiastic Jassper his adventure up and down the street. Apparently – the chipmunks that inhabit our stone wall have been planting oat seeds above their little caves – maybe they brought the oats home and thought they’d save them for a rainy day – then forgot where they left them? Connie is impressed.

— enough blogging for today?

~~~~~ Jim

 

St Mary’s Powwow

Sunday, June 19, 2016 — +31˚C / +87˚F & Oppresively hot out there at 4:38 pm in Atlantic Canada —

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We finally got to one of the Powwows that St Mary’s First Nation holds every year around Father’s Day. We should have brought a lot more money with us. I was impressed with the dancers, especially the happy youngsters.
I'm not sure whether the videographer was with any of the local media outlets or there on his own, but he looked like he knew what he was doing and This photo gives me an opportunity so show a wide shot of the field and the dancers.
I’m not sure whether the videographer was with any of the local media outlets or there on his own, but he looked like he knew what he was doing and This photo gives me an opportunity so show a wide shot of the field and the dancers.
Another photo of the dancers in the field. The drums were amplified through a sound system and filled the area with their infnectious beat. Nobody was complaining about that.
Another photo of the dancers in the field. The drums were amplified through a sound system and filled the area with their infectious beat. Nobody was complaining about that.

Connecting the new Cell phone to this computer was aggravating and extremely counter intuitive. I had to give up on following directions and after I thought about pitching the computer out the nearest window something ‘fell into place’ – and actually worked. I could then up or download the photos into iPhoto ( not the latest and most aggravating Mac ) – only after I quit out of iPhoto and started it up again. That reminded me of the jerk in a commercial for dishwashing snar who swears up and down the woman will never get her pot clean if she doesn’t scrub it first, then claims that he’d told her that her pot would come out perfectly clean and shiny without scrubbing – Give up – think about shooting a computer and of course it snaps to attention and completes the recently impossible task, and tries to smile at you and claim, “See – all you had to do was follow my directions and you would have no problem at all – ”  [ grrrrrrr……. ]

And the first photo I took with my new Cell phone was of Cathi trying to get out of the parking lot with a bunch of drivers lost in their own day dreams and visions of getting home in time for dinner.
And the first photo I took with my new Cell phone was of Cathi trying to get out of the parking lot with a bunch of drivers lost in their own day dreams and visions of getting home in time for dinner. Full sized the picture is so detailed you can see each raindrop that fell on the driver’s door within the last six months.

 

— Yum —

~~~~~ Jim