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Monday, Monday –

Monday, July 25th, 2016 — 29˚C / 84˚F — sunny, muggy, hot & sticky @ 12:56 pm in Atlantic Canada —

Clouds over intersection

Of course I couldn’t get the best details from Saturday’s very interesting sky – I tried messing with exposure, contrast and saturation – and this is as good as I could get it –

— There were some amazing cloud details on Saturday – but they wouldn’t translate to decent photos of amazing cloud details – grumble grumble.

Cathi looking at her cell phone.

Cathi playing Ingress while everybody else in Fredericton was running all around town looking for Pokemon to capture, playing Pokemon Go –

— We almost didn’t cross the bridge into Fredericton South, but shopping for end of sales bargains at garden shops was hot work so we crossed the bridge and tested the ice cream at the ‘Happy Baker’ across the street from Digital World  and a stone’s throw from the big Atlantic Superstore. We saw dozens of people walking around with their eyes on their cell phones: couples, families, concentrating nerds and smiling hockey players – Cathi checked her cell phone and grinned, said she could feel less self conscious about playing “Ingress” than before, with everybody wandering around looking for Pokemon to capture – So she activated the ingress app and was puzzled to find a couple portals within a hundred meteres of where we were sitting. We drove around and recharded a couple portals for friendly players and discovered a portal that had never been captured before. Cathi captured it. Then she linked a bunch of portals and gained a level. The ‘good guys’ [ the alignment Cathi supports and plays as ] are a little stronger and a little more protected from the ‘others’ now.

Walking Trail Map of an area of Fredericton.

– This map was one of the portals we went loking for – hard to find when it was only a couple meters from us.

— I could not see the obscentiy that was scrawled / painted on this map and then cleaned up when I took the photo. & This was not the portal that Cathi discovered and captured before anybody else knew it was there. We wandered around a bit longer than we expected to and Cathi was fairly excited about gaining her level and sharing this adventure with me while we grinned at all the Pokemon Go teams looking like accidents about to collide with each other all around us. 🙂

Jassper determined to tak time to sniff traces of his neighbours.

– ‘Walking The Dog .101’ –

— Jassper is getting better at taking us for his daily walks. He no longer flops down every couple steps and refuses to budge until we can psyche him into thinking there just might be something interesting to sniff just a little farther up the road, or up the side of the road – which is where we try to keep him. He does, however need to assert himself and plop down and get a better chance to sniff some trace of somebody or other who might have walked by in the past day or so.

Jassper hamming it up for the camera

– ‘Walking The Dog .102’ – “Aren’t Ithe cutest thing you could ever fall in love with?”

— & here we are several yards farther on up the road. Cathi keeps hoping we can get a photo of Jassper rolling around on his back with his feet in the air, looking like a horse instead of just his ‘puppy horse’ self here. He seems to know what we’re about to do and rolls to his stomach and smiles for the camera before we can get it fired up and ready to catch him at his horse-like antics.

Cathi nearly having her arm yanked off as Jassper decided there was something back there that he absoutely needed to check out much more thoroughly.

– ‘Advanced Dog Walking .301’ – There really is a dog back there in the dark –

— here’s what happens when Jassper decides he really really needs to check something out more closely back there – He’ll stop, plant his legs and nearly pull your arm off- Cathi has actually taken a step back to keep her arm in its socket here. And she’s laughing about ‘who’s walking who here’. Her son is just out of the photo on our left. We have proof, his arm actually shows up in one photo where you can’t see the dog at all and Cathi did not look very happy about nearly being dragged backward down the street by a dog who wanted to assert himself just before I pushed the shutter button.

— Sigh? –,

~~~~~ Jim

Sunday In The Rain

Sunday, July 17th, 2016 — 21˚C / 69˚F & Raining @ 3:45 pm in Atlantic Canada — Today would have been Aunt Val’s Birthday —

Cathi in the rain.

Cathi, Standing in the rain, Taking a break from a gardening spurt.

— We dashed off to a quick trip to the NorthSide Market and a quick detour to the Atlantic Superstore on the way home. Cathi noticed some plants on sale as their Gardening Centre had closed down for the season. When we got home we carried our reduced priced treasures around and put them where they looked happy and will give them permanent homes in the soil later. Cathi also spread some epsom salts around her tomatoes, which we hear is something that tomato plants love.

Deer Hill in the rain.

This is what the hill were the deer come to visit in the winter looks like on a warm rainy day in mid July.

— This hill, which you might remember, I measured earlier this spring and reported that it was 12 feet from our porch window in Cathi’s ‘Zen Corner’ to where the deer happily munch on oats, stale bread and apple cores in the winter. The shot looked a lot better with lots of hints of purple flowers and other bits of colour that did not quite translate into the photo that emerged from the digital realms here. The Evergreens look a lot more silvery here than I noticed ‘in real life’.

Smoke Tree with fuzzy blooms.

Our Happy little Smoke Tree Is happily taking in this afternoon’s shower.

— & Our Smoke Tree is doing well this season.

Upstairs at the Coffee Mill.

Yesterday, We had brunch at the Coffee Mill restaurant on Prospect Street. One of the waitresses on duty when we got there asked if we’d like to sit upstairs. It was hard for me to see up there with a very bright sun beating down on the outside balcony about ten yards from our table. But this is what it looked like inside.

— The food was excellent but, with the very bright sun outside effecting my glasses I had a hard time seeing what was in front of me inside. (Eep?)

Blurry Error Message "The Internet Has stopped."

Scary Error Message, “The Internet Has Stopped.” (sorry about the blur-)

— Cathi has her new-ish Samsung Galaxy Something phone set to connect to the internet through wireless networks rather than gobble up tons of minutes and data charges getting messages the old-fashioned way (?)  Yesterday at Brunch she received an interesting error message and couldn’t remember the new phone’s screen capture routine, so I volunteered my newer cell and we thought this would be readable, the tiny window looked like we held steady enough. But “Unfortunately, Internet has stopped” looks an awful lot like the messages we’ve been getting from our internet freedom watchdog group. & yes, we’d all be in shock if somebody blew up the internet ‘for real’.

— Um, this is probably enough blogging damage for today –,

~~~~~ Jim

Walkin the dog & fixin the porch

Monday, July 4th, 2016 — 26˚C / 79˚F @ 1:31 pm – The sun is shining and it was pleasantly cool earlier — Today is our friends, Matt Kantrowitz’s and Nora Z’s Birthday —

Not Level porch/deck

“Before” – At around twenty minutes after 4 pm yesterday.

— At around 4:20 pm yesterday, Cathi thought she would have liked to have leveled the wooden deck while she’d been on vacation this last week, when it rained nearly every day – and was much too hot to contemplate major exertion when it wasn’t raining. The deck is outside what she calls the front door and what I tink of as the enclosed porch on the west side of the house. The door is on the north side of the porch and you can probably see how slanted it had become. I think it was fairly level when we moved in almost three years ago.

— We gritted our teeth and went out with a couple prybars and fulcrums and discovered that it wasn’t as hard to move the deck as we had feared. It was no snap, but it wasn’t that bad.

— We did manage to move the deck out beyond where it had been sinking into the sandy soil against the house. Then we tossed a bunch of gravel and moved two of those cement paving squares you can see at the edge of the porch – moved them up and against the house to support the deck’s eastern edge. (which would be on the left side of what you can see above- )

Porch much more level. Cathi clowning.

“After” — 5:15 pm.

— And, by 5:15 – { it felt like it took us a lot longer than that – } The deck was a lot more level { “Good enough for government work-” my friends in the USA used to say. } Our muscles were a little sore – but we had this sense of accomplishment, like we’d accomplished at least one impossible task before supper time. 🙂 –

Jassper lying down, Cathi scratching her head.

“Walking the dog” –

Jassper, with his aggravated arthritis and pulled ligament in one hind leg, lives for his walks up the street, where he gets to sniff everything and possibly catch up on who’s (“who” being the 4 legged citizens of this neighbourhood- ) been where, and what they’ve been eating or drinking lately?  He only gets so far before the pain gets to him and he pulls back on his leash or just plops on the ground and nearly yanks us off our feet.

Jassper on the ground again, Cathi slightly frustrated.

This photo was taken, probably about ten yards or meters from the photo above it. Jassper only got that far up here at the ‘top’ of the street, where there is a circle for cars to turn around.

Trees in shadow, bending over a trail.

Trees Bowing over the path through the woods.

—  Trees on both sides of the trail are bending over/reaching over the trail – that we’ve heard goes from the end of our street here up and around and ends at the ‘Smart Centre’ with its Walmart (Booo – Hiss – ) Canadian Tire ( if they allow their mechanics to cheat their customers I have no use for Canadian Tire Stores. [ a kind of big box hardware store with a bigger automotive department than any Walmart I’ve ever heard of ] ) And a Kent building supply place ( sort of a Canadian grown Home Despot 😉 store ). A couple other smaller retail outlets, like a dollar store and maybe a GNC nutrition place have ‘grown’ there since 2013 when we moved to this city.

— At 8 pm-ish, the shadows were too deep and on the wrong side of what I was trying to photograph here, I’ll have to try again under different natural lighting conditions to get this right.

— So, um, we accomplished two impossible tasks this late afternoon and evening. We leveled the porch/deck, and we walked Jassper all the way up and around the end of the street and all the way back home – which has only happened twice since we were told he has a prescription for exercising at least twenty minutes to half an hour every day. He loves his walks, it just hurts too much –  but he is showing improvement – whether it’s the medication or the exercise or the fish oil ‘sandwiches’ he gets once a day.

— Yay? –,

~~~~~ Jim



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