August 2019


August 1st 

Another great day with it hitting 32 degrees. Finally summer and it is wonderful. Up early again this morning to head to work.  A tournament with over a 100 players today. And it was a building industry tournament. Brad Remington Homes which a well respected and known higher end multi-family condo builder was having their annual tournament. I ran into a few industry people I knew including Len who worked for D & E Lbr plus the AWW reps etc. This was the best behaved, well organized tournament we have had recently. There are changes that could be made to improve the process but I don’t get a say. LOL  I had a few carts take off on the wrong 9 holes and numerous carts that filled out their card incorrectly. To have two teams per hole and such a large group they finished right on the nose at 5 hours. Not bad. I met some wonderful people , had fun teasing the group and I believe everyone should have had a great day. I  heard a lot of great comments on the course conditions. Another 7 hour work day done which is fun but as I said previously I am working to much to enjoy my time, get my work done, allow free golf, allow golfing period and fish. This I will fix.

I got home and Jackie and the boys had a great day with them spending over 3 hours at the pool alone. Kids and water is a love affair.

We cheated tonight and had a McDonalds supper. After supper we headed to the pond and the boys played on the raft, slide and beach for a few hours. The water is warm after our recent temperatures.

Tonight’s outdoor movie was Richie Rich which everyone liked and enjoyed. Great kids movie and August is even old enough to listen and enjoy it. He sat thru the movie and laughed when we did.

I have a lot of pictures to load of our week but just haven’t had time to do much with the kids demands. LOL

Thought of the Day 

A couple of days with the grandkids makes you fell young again. Longer than that you start to age very quickly.

August 2-5th

Perfect summer weather staying warm even at night. The boys have been great sleepers each night. We have done a lot. The pond and beach is always a fun place to hang. The boys love the raft and slide. August is a water freak. We collected snails, we build sand castles, floated on the raft and swam in the water.

We had Jackson’s birthday party at our lot. Fun giving bumps, singing and having hot dogs and salad. Loads of water and pop we have gone through due to the fact kids have a couple of sips and leave it. Drives me nuts as our girls did this as children and still continue to do so. I tried buying the smaller cans and bottles of water but it still happens.

Jackson received very nice presents from everyone. My favorite was the science experiment rocket which is supposed to travel 50ft in the air using vinegar and baking soda as the propellent. I would loved this as a kid.

One night our neighbors stayed up to 3am.  This is an issue a bit as a few or our neighbors are coming out for a party long weekend. Luckily most of our other neighbors are older people either retired or near retirement. Nice people. I do understand the people coming out to celebrate a long weekend but it makes it difficult to sleep. I love the country quiet, the country smells and darkness we experience 95% of the time.

I noticed August scratching his head  early on in the week. Jackie thought it was due to him just receiving an haircut before coming out. A few days later Jackie checked Jackson’s head and sure enough he had head lice. She found multiple live louse. First check and August appeared clean but the two of them have been sleeping in very close quarters. A quick trip into Strathmore for medicine. Special shampoo costing $30.  Jackie washed Jackson and picked his head to remove and eggs. She did the same to August but as August still has some cradle cap it makes it more difficult. Funny as you see these louse and it makes you itchy. With the quantity and sizing of the louse I would suspect they were at least a week old already. We took out all of the blankets, sleeping bags pillows etc and brought them into town to wash. I did learn that cutting their hair short doesn’t really help. The only solution would be to shave the head.

Taking care of the kids is fun but it is very tiring. The week seemed short and long. So on Sunday we had our first day alone and it was so nice!

A visit from Audrey during the week

The buys sleep wonderfully all night every night

Creating a hero

Jackson’s art & crafts project

You always have to have a wiener roast

Jackie and I worked the entire day again painting the ceiling. I was going to rent or buy a sprayer but I was determined to get it done somehow and the rental or buy was cost prohibitive. Took us all day but we got ‘er done. I wasn’t super pleased with the results but after drying the end result is very good and I like it. It is meant to look like cabin vaulted ceiling. I finished off the final boards in the bathroom, a couple pieces of trim and base in the living room. LOVE the looks and getting closer. I need to build the barn door and the two sliding doors, the flooring and finish off the electricity main panel. Finally !

My body isn’t holding up as well as I would like it. My back pain which I have had since high school is getting to me. I injured my broken bicep arm forearm which hurts every time I lift anything and the worst pain is the thumb. It must be a ripped ligament or tendon as one week later I still cant open the car door or turn the ignition key. One doesn’t realize the amount of times you need a strong thumb.

I received an all employee email from the CEO of Golf Calgary which is the group that owns Heatherglen. He issued a statement regarding employee golf. Remember the only reason I work is for the perk of free golf. The free golf is supposed to be an employee perk. With the new rules it is a CARROT not a perk. Something that is offered but due to policy fairly hard to receive. The only days that are allowed are Monday and Tuesday. These two days are heavily weighted with league play so tee times are limited. Twilight golf is also available. What retired person wants to golf twilight when it is busier with after work customers. He also reduced the special guest rate to one additional player from three. What someone isn’t understanding this reduced rate is not a revenue loss it is actually 100% incremental income due to the fact guests are playing due the employee perk. An additional change was made to be walk on tee times only. Impossible to plan a golf outing when you have to check in and wait and have the possibility of no tee time open. I was declined three times for tee times and having received this memo it was the catalyst that determined my decision to resign. I loved the interaction with the golfers, the employee team is first class that daily gave customer service that made me proud to be part of it and the course is very nice with possibly the best greens in Calgary. I have one more shift left on Wednesday and that will be it.  The above was the main impact of my decision but I was also working a way too many hours. I will now be able to get back to more golf, fishing ( I haven’t had my boat out this year yet) and get some duties done I haven’t had time to do for a long time.

I need to :

  • Get my boat ready
  • Wax and polish the motorhome
  •  Wax and polish the Jeep
  •  Detail the Jeep
  • Finish the bunkhouse
  • Install our artificial turf
  •  Relax and enjoy summer !!

Thought of the Day 

Nothing is worth it if it doesn’t feel right or work for you

August 6-7th

I spent the entire day out at the lot. It was a great day. I installed the header board for my barn doors. I built what I would say is a beautiful barn door 8ft high. I stained it 80% complete before running out of stain. A quick sand and I will finish the staining. I cut to size and installed my sliding door hardware for the storage room. I organized my tools and threw a few things out. A good day and if I have to say myself the barn door looks fabulous.

Big rain storm came in and chased me away. I heard on the news this storm hit a house in DouglasDale with lightning and Edmonton received grape fruit sized hail. For us only rain albeit it was raining very hard.

I smiled to myself when I received a text that the golf course cancelled my final shift. I don’t know if due to not being busy ( 26 degrees and sunny,odd) or the manager felt necessary. I will again say I loved the job, enjoyed the customers, enjoyed the staff members but I don’t take to being taken advantage of. The CARROT( free golf) has so many encumbrances that is more hassle than worth. Mon & Tues only. Twilight other days. One guest special rate only other than three. But the biggest issue the WALK ON only with no bookings allowed. It is a unfair, unreasonable not an incentive in anyway. It is too bad but receiving that text was freeing. I now have time to do things. Worked there for 4 years and will miss it though.

I phoned to confirm my work cancellation and then immediately checked to see if Jeff was golfing out at Speargrass. Kelly, Jeff and I had a wonderful day with it reaching 26 degrees. This course is in remarkable shape with super fast greens. I haven’t played for 12 days, have a pained back with all of the work I am doing at the lot and my thumb pain is brutal. I took an extra dose of pain killers and it was heaven. I played very well overall today with the front nine  a par on every hole except for one. Nice when things go right. Thumb was hurting but holding the club different helped. I did have two mean slices but still recovered my ball luckily. This men’s league is amazing as you get a great course, cart, range balls, prizes,sleeve of balls, a drink and a fantastic meal for $60. You cant go wrong.

I will ice my thumb tonight and hope to have a good round tomorrow at Turner. That course kills me with it’s tight fairways and unforgiving bush under the trees.

I plan to build the two slider doors on Friday and install the flooring. Getting close !

Thought of the Day 

I enjoy life. I am a happy person.  I am always positive. I think you see that in people and they are fun to be with . I think nothing is more aging than misery and being negative.

August 8th – 10th

Men’s league with 3 great guys today. The course has their senior men’s tournament on today and shaved the greens. They were beyond fast. I worried to much about speed I forgot the line. I had 7 – 3 putts plus 6 lost tee balls. Brutal. Shoot a 83 one day and a 107 the next. My highest score for years and years. I think the drugs sort of dulls your mind. Tough course and lack of talent the cause of the rest. I was getting quite good scoring high 70’s to low 80’s  but every game at TV gets me. I have to learn and have struggled for ever with a slice or extra power fade. I am swinging slower, I have a higher loft club, I have tried every trick but still not enough to pull off a good score at TV.

Loved the day again and had a lot of fun.  I will forget the score. LOL

Jackie came out with me to the lot and we started to work. We painted the bathroom and trim. This picture tells the story. Did she get ANY paint on the walls. I know I was covered with paint. Have I said I hate painting.!!

I am positive there is more paint on the walls than Jackie but after seeing this I am not sure

Bathroom done

I built my two sliding doors and Jackie whitewashed them. Must be watching to much HGTV as we have white shiplap, cathedral open white beam and ceiling, white washed doors, wood stained barn door, and square stock wood window and door trim. Starting to look good. We picked up the flooring cheap from Calgary Liquidators but it is glue down product so will have a learning curve here. Color is perfect. It was too cold as per the adhesive label to apply today. August seems like October. LOL

Homemade sliding doors and 8ft barn door

Pine barn door

I started to install the lightning fixtures. They look good also.  Old style oil lanterns but with power to them.

I plan to start and finish my floor the same day as I have to rent a 100lb roller. I always thought with flooring adhesive you had to let the glue breathe and tack up but this one says lay fresh. Time will tell.

Talk about cold today. Got up this morning and had to turn on the fireplace as it was freezing in the motorhome. One day hot next day like fall already. Sure not climate warming !

Worked in the Saloon all day fixing up things. Packed up and headed into town.

On the way back, AGAIN, another head on t -bone accident with the potential of another death. I won’t rant as you all know how I feel about this but we have to do something to get these poor poor drivers off the road. TESTS every year for everyone.  To be clear speed does not kill, stupidity does. Excessive speed is a huge factor but more often that not it is carelessness, lack of attention  and skill that is the root cause.

Thought of the Day 

Why do they limit Happy to one hour ? 

New found days off means I have :

Looking for some big pike.

Plus when I get back I will :

Make a doctors appointment, make a blood donation appointment, get a new Jeep windshield,  finish the Saloon, and install my artificial turf, sale our dryer , sale my kayak, find a new texturing company for our living-room  ceiling, detail the Jeep, figure out my golf game and numerous other stuff to get done.

August 11th -14th

First the weather. It is odd as it can’t decide to be cool, cold , warm or hot. So we had a mixed bag this trip. We had to have heavy coats, we had to have rain coats, we had to have pants and shorts with all the changes. BUT the best thing is we fished for at least 16 hours or more and never got wet. Rained in the evening and mornings but never when we were out on the lake. And no wind which is very usual for this year.

On the way up I took a direct hit to one of my PIAA lights and the rock went right thru my rock guard and broke my lens.   Very expensive so hopefully I can buy just the external glass coverings.  Gravel trucks !!!  This is with me being always cautious when behind one of these things.

Fred & Terry have completed their lot and it looks fantastic. The lawn is wonderful, new garden area , new washed rock and shrubs etc plus the completion of the gazebo makes it look wonderful. I love the lot sign from Dusty Lumber and just the overall look.

Looking great

First day we decided to hit Lake Wabamun . This lake used to be one of the most used lakes in Alberta due to it’s proximity to Edmonton. It also was the lake that had Alberta’s largest coal fired generation plant. The water temp should be higher than other lakes but it wasn’t.  The lake was crystal clear and only 64 degrees. No algae, and we had the entire lake (20 kms long) all to ourselves mostly due to the coolness in the air. What a day fishing !! One of the best days ever with us catching 83 fish total. That makes for a fun day with the constant reeling in of fish. Out of the 83 fish only 4 Jackfish which is odd. The Walleye were not huge but could be classified as good sized. They hit hard and fast and are a fun fish to catch. I kept putting bigger and bigger hooks on trying to get the big Pike but they weren’t there or just not biting. I love large Pike.  It is a catch and release lake which is great for the fish stock to recover after years of commercial netting happening.  For a Walleye it takes 10 years to hit 3 pounds and 18 inches.  I like the management of fish as it makes it a lot more fun catching lots of fish than not.  Fun day !

Had to have a picture of our first picture to show we were not skunked

Love this picture

For anyone that isn’t familiar with Walleye notice the spiked dorsal fin. If these get you it cuts your hands like a knife. Also they have additional spikes near their gills. Fred was holding this fish up and I wanted a picture and the fish decided to jump back into the lake. The surprised look on Fred’s face is the fact the fish is getting away and the fear of being sliced on it’s exit. Favorite picture !

Next day a little warmer starting off cool and warmer up substantially in the afternoon. We decided to hit Lac St Anne the second day. First impression of this lake not so good. The lake was covered with algae and in spots blue algae which was bad. The poor people buying lakefront $500K cabins and having to deal with this. The fishing was poor today. Like golf one day great next not so much. We fished for 8 hours and only landed 12 fish. 8 Walleye and 4 Jacks. The fish sizing today was quite a bit larger. Both the Jacks and Walleye were larger. Again today we had the lake to ourselves until about an hour before supper time. What was odd was this lake had the perfect weed beds that we trolled which should have produced large pike and we kept getting nice sized Walleye. Walleye in 10ft of water is odd. Hiding in weeds is a Pike trick not a Walleye trait.  Another fun day !

The boat launch at Wabamun was first class. The boat launch at Lac St Anne was not great. Huge drop-offs and only 10ft wide. I can see a trailer dropping off and breaking an axle or shackle quite easily. I was very tentative backing the boat in as with the drop angle it was hard to see the edges of the ramp in the rear view mirrors.

One night Ralph, Fred and I were sitting in the gazebo with the mosquito netting up. It was around dusk.  Fred had built a bat hotel but we haven’t seen any. Then I see one. I say ” There’s a bat ” Then Ralph screams and ducks ”  The bat is in our room”  Fred goes to the exit and opens the zipper as the bat is going nuts circling inside the room.  Fred asks me to turn on the light. Sure, it is 7ft high and a pull chain with a possible rabid bat flying in circles around my head. I manage to get to the light but in my haste pull off the chain part. The bat leaves. For the next couple of days Fred is laughing at Ralph screaming about the bat and my haste to get the light out. It was funny but you probably had to be there. LOL

Fun trip with great fishing. Fred & Terry are exceptional hosts as i had first class meals, lunches , drinks, games and sleeping accommodations.

I got home and headed to Moore’s and Mark’s. After having to wear suits for years and years working I prefer not to wear one any more anywhere. I bought a new dress shirt fitted and modern fit dress pants that are comfortable, classy and modern looking. Reminds me I better update my Will, NO SUIT !

Thought of the Day 

Make sure you enjoy today as yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come !

August 15th

Beautiful day.  Up early as I had an early tee time at Turner for my men’s league. I golfed with Larry P and Rick today which as usual was a fun time. Larry golfed amazingly today. I had a better performance.  It has been 7 days since I last golfed and golfing once a week doesn’t equate to stellar games. I hit the ball at 75% speed which helped. I ended up only losing one ball off the tee but still with poorer chip shots and putting ended up with a 91. Yet I still felt better about the game considering everything. Larry P will win money again. This is his last game before going into for surgery that will side line him until next year. The weather was perfect.

” MY RANT ” 

Booking a hotel and getting this third party booking company Absolutely a deceitful company. We had issue with them coming back from the states and again tonight booking our hotel in Edmonton. Anyone would assume as it is right from the hotel’s own webpage you are dealing with the hotel direct. I had two charges on my card as the site had a server error. I phoned the hotel direct and received a rate less than from any site Expedia etc  including these crooks that hijack the entry at the hotels own site. Last time the hotel refunded our money. This time the card had two credits on it and I refused to continue with the reservation counter clerk.  I do not care for companies that deceive, and manipulate the system to their advantage. Be cautious with these guys. Their business plan is the $12.99 service fee for every transaction and are difficult to deal with. 


August 16th

Off to Edmonton for Kayla’s wedding !

We went back and forth about bringing the motorhome up and staying in the lot at the wedding venue but we finally decided due to a  couple of reason to bring the Enclave and hotel it. Mom needs help getting ready and we would have a difficult time getting her in and out of the Jeep as it would be pulled behind the motorhome. So factoring that in and the gas versus hotel we decided to take the Enclave and hotel it with Jess & Victoria.



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