February 2019

February 1st 

” Mercury Forecast  Mesa 22 degrees  Calgary -7  Edmonton -13 degrees snow “

Another wonderful day in paradise.

First thing in the morning I headed to Fred’s place and cut my stainless steel angle to size for my upper cupboard corners. Applying these with silicone they look fantastic. Finishes it off perfect. My ceiling today looks fantastic. The only reason I quit last night was it looked blotchy and horrible overall. Once it dried it was perfection. Now I am only half done. LOL  Pulled off the tape and cleaned up a bit.

Did my preliminary numbers for my January expenses and will finish it on a day off. January is looking good so far but I will know when done. I do know toggling between bank accounts I saw my Itrade account drop $12.00 in 1 minute.

I was meeting George ( Lealta Bldg Supplies) and Ian along with Bob to golf today. First I will say with a caveat. The greens sucked today as they are trying to grow them out. Fuzzy and slow and deceptive. All four of us had off days. There were some pretty shots and more bad putts than I have seen for a long time. Not good. But still fun golfing with a known friend and good new friends you can’t go wrong. Turned out to be a complete draw with no one owning any money .Proof that no one played well.


George putting

George made wonderful putt for a birdie but lacked excitement in doing so and had to take some flack from his playing partners. LOL

We had the after golf get together at Mike’s place. I didn’t realize it but Mike bought the home that Keith & Jenny looked at last time they were here. Nice home with a back wall instead of a neighbor which makes it private and secluded. The gathering of guys sure was diversified tonight. There were gentleman that owned a private ambulance company, car dealership, trucking company, service station/carwash, lumberyard, Air Canada Mgr to name a few. All fun nice guys. Being retired is awesome as everyone is just in a better mood and all about having fun.

Cheers to a fun day of golfing

Jackie was out when I came home. Missed out on Fish Friday but made myself a wonderful supper ( wieners and chips)  Jackie came home with a arm full of decorations for the house. We installed them all and the kitchen looks wonderful. New vase, flower and signage above the cupboards finishes them off.

Thought of the Day 

Retirement plan- playing on the golf course sure is working. Also the doctor said I need less iron so now I use a hybrid .

Feb 2nd -Feb 3rd 

” Mercury Forecast  Mesa 16 degrees showers, Calgary -26 degrees  Edmonton -28 degrees”

And yes this is the highs. That is cold for all area’s. A rain shower today for us and a little cooler week coming up with the highs being only 18 to 20 but we will take it over the freezing cold others are experiencing.

Did a bit of cleaning in the morning and ready ourselves for company this afternoon. We met John & Anita Matheson ( Jackie’s friend and ex boss) at the golf course. They took a round about way getting from Casa Grande to Mesa but arrived exactly on time. The day turned out wonderful with sun shining and no wind. The golf course as I previously stated had lousy greens again today. I can’t say that was the complete cause but it wasn’t a good day scoring. John not playing very often had a great game and he allowed us to have a few birdie shots. Jackie also had a birdie. Golfing in the sun with fun people just can’t be beat. We had a great time.

At our finish I noticed Sandy’s car in the lot. I took a scorecard and wrote ” Sorry for the dent. Please phone ( I made up a number) ” Knowing Sandy it would have upset him and I am sure he would have checked all around his car for hours. The made up number was a park number and Sandy knowing the numbering system texted me to look in the directory to see who it was that left the note. I do have to say . Life is fun. Life is great. Things like this just make me smile. LOL

John & Anita came to our place for supper. You just can’t beat spiced Pork Loin with mashed potatoes and gravy. It was a fun night and stayed so warm out we were sitting on the patio until at least 9 pm.

Forgot to take picture this time so used a picture from a while ago. It was a fun day

Rained last night quite heavy. And my roof isn’t fixed yet but got lucky with the direction of the wind etc. I hope. I will finish the balance when it is done.

I phoned my sister today to console her as she hits the 60th decade. Seems odd that all of my siblings are now over 60 years of age. I used to think that was OLD.  Funny thing or not so funny is she is laid up in bed on her birthday after a 5 hour shoulder surgery. High on drugs for pain. I bet she is thinking hitting 60 is fun.

Darlene hitting 60 with her husband Jim

Happy Birthday Darlene. For years I couldn’t figure how I was older than Darlene when her birthday was a day before mine. Having two birthdays so close also resulted in combined birthday parties. Good and not so good.

Had a nice Messenger chad with Jess, Penny and the kids and had a trio with Tor and Jackson online.A bit of illness happening and they were all snuggled up with it being in the minus -30 range today. Little Atticus is getting teeth so wasn’t the happiest. This is from a kid who always has a smile but tiredness and teething is not an easy thing.
We are gathering at Fred’s place to watch the Super Bowl today with a bunch of people which will fun even though I am not a football fan. Our park which is a golf resort doesn’t offer the golf channel ( I can’t believe it either) so I can’t watch Fowler win today other than highlights.

Thought of the Day 

There are so many saying about turning 60

  • Being 60 means you can never really trust a fart
  • At 60 your broad mind and narrow waist have changed places 
  • At 60 it looks like your birthday suit needs ironing
  • Just to name a few

February 4th -5th 

” Mercury Forecast  Mesa 17 degrees Calgary -22 degrees  Edmonton -23 degrees.

Well what a great day for sports.

First on the agenda the Oiler’s loss. This is expected but it still warms my heart to see them slowly sliding to last place.  Now a lot of people may see, not winning, as poor entertainment. I totally disagree. LOL

On track to miss the playoffs again.

Second on the agenda is the Flames and winning . They are playing great, try hard and have heart. A lot of teams may have better talent but that alone doesn’t make you a winning team. Still racking up the points and in first place.


Third on the agenda is the Phoenix Open and my favorite player other then TW, wins after a lot of bad luck. Rickie is an excellent player with too many second place finishes and deserves the win. Fun to watch.

Rickie winning

And last one to finish off a great day was the Patriots winning. Tom Brady showing why he is a winner by winning while playing horrible. What do you expect though with a hard ball ?

Brady winning again

So to recap. An Oiler loss, a Flames win, Fowler winning and Brady winning. All things right in the world.

Anyone else think the NFL sucks ? What a lousy game to watch. No excitement, no offence, dumb punting rules and no real emotion. It was BORING . Love the CFL where we actually throw the ball.

Fred & Terry had us over for the bowl game. He has a large screen TV and as it was cooler out today sitting indoors was welcomed. They had  Jackie & I, Bob & Pat, Tim, Ralph, Fred & Terry and Gary with his wife. We had enough food to feed double the amount of people that were in attendance. I loved the Devilled Eggs that Pat brought. Wings and meat and cheese plates etc. I think everyone left stuffed. During the game Jackie is talking to Gary and his wife and here we discover that Gary was co-master of ceremonies at Troy & Jen’s wedding along with myself. I didn’t recognise him and it didn’t click until the conversation turned that way. Gary is Troy’s uncle. Small world is right.

” Memories” 

At Troy and Jen’s wedding two funny things happened that I remember.

  1. Sitting in the bar at the hotel the night before we are talking to a few people and this lady and I were talking about the upcoming wedding as she was attending also. She finds out I was going to be the MC. ” You better be good ” was the comment that stuck. Talk about pressure going to sleep. LOL
  2. Here is part of my speech ” This is a real honour. I have been a master carpenter, a master plumber, a master baiter and now a master of ceremonies”  I looked at the lady I was talking to the night before at the bar and I don’t know if it went over well.  I was referring to my fishing skills. LOL

That was the latest we have stayed up since coming to Arizona. Not getting to bed until after 11:30 is unheard of. Too many drinks and too much food doesn’t equate to a good sleep but it was a fun day and night.

Ok yes my birthday happened. Feb 4th is a good day . Rosa Parks, Alice Cooper, Oscar De La Hoya, are all born on Feb 4th to name a few. A few roasting emails from friends is always fun. You have to take what you give out. LOL Lots of fun as they are getting better.

” Memories”

While working NO ONE knew other than payroll what my real age was. I kept it that way on purpose. It also made it easier to bug everyone else on their age. In today’s dumb nicety world I couldn’t do this as easily. I was able to hid my age for years and just before retirement Larry G somehow found it out. My secret was out and they could get back at me. As Larry is getting up in age I am sure he will forget it soon. LOL 

Jackie bought me some wonderful birthday gifts. A pair of Adidas sweat pants ( my favorite) a pair of camo shorts and two pair of fancy golfing shorts, Making me look good on the course. Very nice.

Jackie and I went golfing as a couple to Western Skies. A tougher course due to length than Viewpoint and in wonderful shape. We were hooked up with a couple from Illinois that were very nice. They were on vacation for a week and were playing golf everyday. Mary Sue ( funny how Americans like those names) was a great golfer. She had a great shoulder turn with a straight left arm and powered thru the shot for a lot of distance.  Jackie played well today also. We had a lot of fun. I played quite well which was always nice. Funny as I have had a good game, a great game, a poor game and a good game all in the past few games. It was a nice date night golf game.

Driving to golf. I think Jackie is trying to determine if my ears and nose are getting bigger as she has taken a similar picture numerous times over the years and is trying to compare them. LOL

Love Olive Garden and another nice night out with friends .

Fred & Terry picked us up and we headed to Olive Garden. I love the Olive’s salad and bread sticks and their food is always good. I used the wait list system they have and it worked fantastic as we where rushed right by tons of people waiting at the front check in.  Our server was superb.   They can make a meal special. He even arranged for someone to whip out and pick up Clam juice and made me a Canadian Caeser. Awesome.  Full, full we left after having a great meal.

At home Pat & Bob dropped over. I can’t believe it but Pat made me a homemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese icing and brought it over and Bob bought me a HUGE bottle of Sour Apple. Nice ! All six of us had both cakes and ice cream and we are full. FULL.

As you get older you need more cakes

A great birthday !

Whipped to Home Depot to pick up a piece for Pat’s sink and repaired that for them. First time I have ever seen the rod for the drain actually rust off. Paper towel under for a day to check for drops and should be all set to go.

Tim, Fred and I stopped at a paint store to get a special paint remover as Fred wants to re do his mags and dash on his new golf cart. A super store of auto body paint stores. Found what we needed.

Thought of the Day 

I have decided that I am not old.  I am 40 plus shipping and handling.

February 6th

“Mercury Forecast  Mesa 12 degrees  Calgary -15 degrees  Edmonton -19 degrees ” 

Wow was it cold. A cold front came thru Arizona. 10 inches of snow in Flagstaff which is just 2 hours north of Phoenix.  We had a little sun but the wind was cold. Leaving here at 6:30 am it was 9 degrees and only getting up to 12 degrees. The whole group struggled as we are not used to be chilled. In fact the golfing reflected the cold. My whole group, not one of us played good. Having said that we played well enough to win a leg and add some money. Actually I moved up the ladder to be tied for the 7th highest money winner. The wind not only being cold was strong and affected the flight of the ball big time. Numerous times coming short of the green due to the wind. Add the cold, the wind and with the greens that were very difficult causing 3 putts the scores of our group were away higher than the caps. I hate to do not so well on Wednesday’s.  Winning some bucks was the only consolation today.

Luckily only Thursday being cooler than back to our 19 to 21 degrees which is average for this time of the year.

Another loss for the Oiler’s getting blown out. Why they don’t FIRE a few more people is shocking. They are creating a losing atmosphere that will haunt this team for years to come. Look at Toronto for 52 years and not winning. Yet finally this year doing well.  Give some help to Mc Happy meal so they have a chance.

Thought of the Day 

There is no golf shot so simple it can’t be messed up.

February 7th 

“Mercury Forecast  Mesa 14 degrees, Calgary -12 degrees Edmonton -17 degrees “

Cold for everyone but for us hitting 2o degrees tomorrow. Yahoo

I had to add these here rather than under his own page as they are just too cute.



Jackie has her golf league today which is good that it is starting at noon for the warmer temps plus she likes to work on her contract in the morning to get the most things done she can for the day.

I went over to Fred’s place and he was working away on his new golf cart. He had a lot done. I helped clean and polish the mags after the previous owner did a stupid thing and tried making the cart all black. Polishing the mags makes them look so good. I worked on the checker plate sides. Now black with chrome accents will look wonderful. Fred has the complete dash removed so I worked on that cleaning it up for Fred to paint. He has a Amazon shipment of parts coming to complete his project. This will be a good looking cart that is FAST. 48 volts from the factory are fast carts. I would say at least 25 mph.

Fun day working on this. Jackie left her after golf party and we headed home. Riding my bike it was cold. I came home and turned up the heat a bit to warm up.

Thought of the Day 

I had to break out my winter clothes today for Arizona- I put on a pair of socks with my sandals.

February 8th- 9th

” Mercury Forecast  Mesa 18 degrees  Calgary -23 degrees Edmonton -26 degrees ” “Severe cold warnings for both cities”

Cold in every area of North America. What happened to our global warming ?

Jackie takes her walks before working and has to wear a head band to keep her ears warm. The longer one get accustomed to warmer temperatures the cooler the warmer temps feel I think. I worked on my computer a bit then readied myself for golf. Today I was partnered with three good guys again. My team partner and I killed it. We were up by 9 strokes on the first nine but the second nine the other team snuck back a bit and they were up by 2 going into the ninth hole. A hard par 3 at 175 yards and a two tiered green. My partner and I both birdied and took the back nine . Funny as we were joking at the tee about needing birdies to win and look what happened. My partner and I took the front nine, back nine and overall game. Another money win !! And another fun day. The temperature about noon zoomed up fast and it was warm golfing the last 1/3rd of the game. The ONE hole where I screwed up on ( the first hole) a neighbor happened to be watching and asked Jackie to bug me about what happened on that drive. I hit it right into the trees. LOL Recovered with a 7 but still shot an 80.

Came back to Bob’s place for a few drinks and the ladies were also gathered having a laugh or two. It was warm outside for a lot longer than it has been, which was nice.

Watched a bit of TV and enjoyed the evening and another wonderful day in paradise completed.

Cleaned up a bit this morning and got ready to pick up Keith & Jenny at the airport. I checked the flights and they are about 40 mins late. Most likely due to de-icing. We have a party to attend this evening which will be fun.

Love the Mesa airport as it is so easy to get in and out of and picking up friends is so easy. The luggage took longer than normal today which is odd as only one plane landed but still the best way to go. Unfortunately Swoop doesn’t fly out of Calgary to Mesa.

Got the Harry’s all settled in. They have been up since 4am but didn’t want a nap. Keith and I took off to the driving range as he hasn’t golfed since the great winter of 18/19 hit Edmonton. A new club that he hit extremely well. I loved the club also. A Cobra offset driver which is what most of us need to reduce the slicing. We hit a large bucket of balls.

Came home rested a bit then headed to Fred’s for a combo party Larry/Tracy birthday. My birthday is past but any reason for a party I am in.

I was teasing Tracy all night we are the same age. In fact I was in school before she was born

Ralph, Tracy, Keith, Jenny, Terry, Fred, Jackie and I were all there to enjoy a amazing meal. Fred doing roasts is wonderful. Always great tasting and cooked to perfection. He had a huge beef roast done perfectly. Add the gravy with potatoes, and Yorkshire with veggies you have one of my favorite meals. I am sure everyone ate too much.

Awesome food, awesome drinks, awesome friends, awesome food. Notice my deer statue for my hitch ball.

I even received ( my birthday was past) a gift. A DONT SHOOT DEER ornament for my trailer hitch ball. When I put on my brakes it raises it’s feet to say stop. Gag gift that will be fun. I loved my huge testicles hanging from my Ram.

Tracy with her cake. I won’t tell you her real age

Fred using his three fingers mixed us some good strong drinks. Everyone was feeling a little better than good. A very fun night. Life is great !!

Thought of the Day

Ever have so much vodka in a night you wake up with a Russian accent ?  Better than having too much Scotch and waking up with a skirt on !

February 10th

“Mercury Forecast  Mesa 18 degrees, Calgary -22 degrees Edmonton -23 degrees”

We booked a tee time with Ralph & Tracy at Painted Mountain this morning. Got lucky with the time as I tried 4 courses to get an acceptable time. Arriving at the course we were told of a 45 min frost delay. The person I talked to for the reservation didn’t think this would be a good thing to relay to me. I talked to the front desk and was surprised at their attitude. I asked for a better rate as I didn’t think we would  get done. Their answer was they would cancel the reservation. They could easily have reduced it to super twilight but their approach was oh well we will just cancel. Not the great customer service we normally have. You can tell the American economy is doing well as this would never have happened before.

I talked to the starter which was a great guy and we got lucky with us getting off only 20 minutes behind. The course was packed which is expected on a Sunday. We all played quite well and had a lot of fun. Tracy hits the ball long and is a good player. Ralph did well with his only issue of flying over the green to many times. Keith for his first game of the year did awesome. If not for 2 or 3 blow up holes would have easily been mid eighties.  I had an 80 which is always a drag because you think back about that one or two mistakes that could have had you score in the 70’s. We just finished our last hole with it getting hard to see the ball landing.

Jackie & Jenny were out shopping today while we golfed at the Mesa Marketplace. Jackie cooked a great supper for us on our arrival of chicken breasts, rice and green peas. The girls appeared to have had many Paralyzers in them when we got home.

So everyone had a great day!  Keith even managed to turn a decent reddish color.

“Pennywise Tips”

Banks, investment companies, governments are in business to hold your money. The longer they keep it, the more money they make. First time you talk to a investment advisor I guarantee they will mention, legacy, delay pension, 4% rule, increase amounts etc. They are sales people trying to make a living and under contract to sell you on them looking after your money for as long as they can. The minute you mention withdrawals they are losing. Government’s want you to delay CPP and OAS for as long as possible for them to hold your money and play the spread. PLUS the odds of you dying soon after if you have delayed are in their favor by a long ways. I figure if I die with money left in my account of any substance I along with my advisor have done a poor job.

Thought of the Day 

Remember working is like having a mortgage on your life !

February 11-13th

“Mercury Forecast Mesa  Warm   Calgary/Edmonton   VERY COLD”

On the road with Keith & Jenny to Tucson

Beautiful sunny warm weather as we head out to Tucson.  We loaded up the clothes and the golf clubs and headed out. I love the traffic in Phoenix with everyone driving at a good speed and multiple lanes usually three or four wide. Even though the city is fraught with old people driving somehow the bulk of them stay off the freeway or there are enough lanes I don’t notice them.  Highway 10 was busy as usual as this corridor is one of the busiest in North America with the truck traffic. Nice that sections are 75 mph which is usually around the 130 to 140 kms speed for me depending on the highway patrol. Great drive. I do have to say that without a GPS system it would be extremely hard to get around in a timely matter. Our first order of business was a hotel .Tucson is a city of 500,000 so is quite big. We booked a Best Western as it is a known brand and close to where we were. Turns out to be the most expensive dump we have ever stayed in. The BEST WESTERN TUCSON AIRPORT HOTEL is brutal. As we were rushed we settled in but were not happy. The hallways and room smelled like OLD people. The curtains were hanging in shreds. The bed covers have never seen an iron. Dirty carpets etc. $200 USD for a dump. It appears we hit town when a big trade show was on and they all raised their pricing.

Wonderful drapes

Neatly pressed bed linens and stained toilet bowl.

Most of the hotels were fully booked so left us few choices. $200 USD for this to me was unbelievable. Luckily Jackie & Jenny were semi accepting which was good.

We dropped off our luggage and headed out to the Kartchner Caves. Supposed to be the best caves in North America. I do have to say they were spectacular. We had a 1 1/2 hour tour which was fantastic. 72 degrees and 99% humidity in the caves . Our guide was exceptional and we all enjoyed the adventure. A very worthwhile trip.

Kartchner Caves

Unbelievable what is under us without really knowing


We saw similar caves in the Caribbean but these in my memory are way better. The tour for sure was. State run parks are very well taken care off and everything is first class. As we gathered for our tour time we had about 20 people in our grouping. 4 from the States and the rest from Canada. One of the American couples chirps up. ” I think we are building a wall in the wrong place” He said it jokingly.

We drove back to Tucson and used our GPS to find a restaurant. After driving around for a while checking out a couple of locations we decided to give our hotel pub a try. The waitress was very good and when the food came it was excellent. I do have to say that the menu was the shortest list of choices I have seen though.

Off to the Casino. Now I hate Casino’s as I prefer to spend my money on entertainment not on the grandiose idea of being a winner and it not happening and losing my money. Typical Casino except that the whole hall people are allowed to smoke. It was quite busy and I love the noise and excitement except for the zombies sitting with a beer, smoke and pushing a button every ten seconds with no expression. Tonight we were NET winners. I had to cover Jackie’s losses but between the two of us we walked out with $6 USD more than when we entered after playing and drinking. Some would say good entertainment for a cheap price. I don’t care for it.

We had a great buffet breakfast in the morning in our hotel. They did that right. Funny thing when Keith & I walked into the room it was completely full with Chinese tour. The hotel even had noodles, rice etc buffet separate for them. Jenny even had rice for breakfast.

We drove around touring Tucson for a while as our tee time wasn’t until near noon. This course is the location of the Tucson Open so you know it is a great course. After playing it  I would say it was one of the top three toughest courses I have ever played. And I have played TPC Sawgrass and TPC Scottsdale to name a few. Lots of wide gorges and long carries to carry desert. A absolute beautiful course especially with the quantity of Saguaro cactus and mountains in the background. Our scores indicated the toughness. We started off slow behind two ladies which I am sure quit after nine as they were struggling. The second nine we moved along fast and finished in 4 hours. For this longer tough course that is exceptional.

StarPass Golf Resort

We still have 9 holes we never played here so have a chance to go back. Lost a couple of balls but the putting was unreal. Fast and very difficult  to read with lots of double breaks. Best line I heard was from the starter ” These greens you can’t read. These greens you remember!”  He was correct as 4 putts even happened. I ended up with a 92 which is a lot higher than I would have liked.

The girls picked us up right on time and we headed home. I think it is about 3 hours. We didn’t have lunch due to our tee time so we stopped at a rest stop with a  Denny’s. Some people give this place a bad rap but I love Denny’s. I had the Pot roast dinner with mashed potatoes and southern creamed corn with a salad that was 10 out of 10. Just like a home cooked meal.

We arrived home and we thought we would play the girls crib again. The first night we had the unbelievable bad luck of losing to them and we needed to redeem ourselves. They AGAIN had horseshoes with the final score ending at 9 to 2 games. Including the dreaded skunk. Such bad luck we had to quit. To lose 2 -0 in two days is just wrong.

The temperature was so nice we were able to stay outside until 9pm. Having said that rain is coming cooler weather for a few days. Nice that the roof is fixed and I don’t have to worry about water anymore.

Thought of the Day 

NO excuse for poor management is the hospitality field. People want and expect a clean, quiet, room ! 

February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day

“Mercury Forecast – Mesa 18 degrees rain, Calgary -11 degrees  Edmonton -16 degrees “

Made a bigger breakfast for Kieth and I this morning. Nice for a change.

First thing off to the Aviation Museum in Mesa.  This is a first class museum. The quantity of planes, the quality of planes, the artifacts, and the knowledgeable volunteers are amazing. They had a cut out display of a rotary engine and it was fully explained to firing order. I was not only impressed but learned another thing about this world. You learn something new everyday.

Wonderful displays

Looking at these planes the pilots were amazing. The small spaces and the uncomfortable seating etc would be very unpleasant. The machine guns and the bombs looked fantastic.

We spent a couple of hours there and then we headed out to see the Saguaro Lake. It was a nice drive. Visited the lake, saw the wild horses and had fun on the rolling hill  highway.

We decided to have a early supper at Hacienda De Rosa for Valentine’s Day. As usual it was amazing and as normal we ate a way way too much food. Going for a early supper was perfect as we beat the rush and we could take our time and enjoy the place.

After supper we had Ralph, Tracy, Fred , Terry , Keith, Jenny along with ourselves over for desert and drinks. Terry brought a wonderful huge brownie with strawberries on it and Jackie had chocolate covered huge strawberries. We also brought home from the restaurant some Mexican desert rolls. Awesome deserts and everyone ate a way too much. Tonight we played the game ” Dice” . It is fun game. Terry won and Tracy won.

Friends, food, drinks, games and deserts make for a fun evening.

Thought of the Day

I think everyone should take a unflattering selfie and post it as your profile  

February 15th-16th

“Mercury Forecast  Mesa 16 degrees  Calgary -14 degrees  snow  Edmonton -14 degrees snow”

I checked the upcoming week for Mesa weather and am in disbelief.  We are about to have a week of the coldest weather I have ever seen here. This is our 12th year and our 5th year of staying the winter and the upcoming week is cold. We look like we are going to average only 13 degrees. Now any 13 degree day in Calgary I could wear shorts but for here the temperature takes until noon to hit 13 degrees and fall fast at 6pm due to the desert.

Kieth joined the group I golf with that Bob organizes. A great group of guys. Today it was Bob, Keith and I against Ron, Jim, and Kirk. The game ended up in a tie. Today was the worst I golfed all year. I had a reason but couldn’t tell anyone.

Kieth and I bought the ladies a bouquet of flowers each. I attempted to organize and  make them look good in a vase. I tried cutting the 1/4 thick stems of the Hydrangea’s and the scissors were not strong enough.   Out comes the sharp steak knife. I NEVER make silly mistakes but this is the second time this year I injured myself. The first when I screwed a deck screw into my finger and when backing it up it pulled the meat out with it. The second using a steak knife and having it slip off the wet stem and slice my finger. I take 81 mg of aspirin daily and I bleed when cut a lot. It took at least 1/2 hour of sucking and drinking blood for it to stop. Multiple bandages and I was fine. Until I had to hit a golf club. The blood through the bandage made it so I couldn’t remove my golf glove. AND it hurt every time I hit the club. I couldn’t explain the injury, me cutting myself with knife while cutting flowers. It wouldn’t have gone over well.

After golf the guys came over to our place. We had to discuss each hole. The hits, the misses, and the close ones etc. After drinks Pat & Bob, Kieth & Jenny and us decided to head to Fat Willy’s for Fish Friday. The fish and jugs of beer at Fat’s were excellent. We got home and relaxed a bit, talked a bit and then off to bed around close to 11pm. I know !!

Up this morning for Keith & Jenny to get ready to head home. The week goes by so fast. We dropped them off as they head back to the deep freeze and us back to relax, watch some golf and enjoy the day.

Thought of the Day 

I wasn’t snoring last night. I was dreaming I was a tractor !

February 17th 

“Mercury Forecast  Mesa 15 degrees,  Calgary -17 degrees snow   Edmonton -18 degrees”

Like I said it is cold. -30 night lows still for Edmonton. Mesa has a frost warning for Tuesday night and we were only 20 degrees Fahrenheit  lower than average.  The global warming all the “green” people are talking about must be over.

By the way ever notice all of so called global warming experts are predicting 20, 50 or 100 years from now. Nice that way NO ONE will know they are wrong. Can you imagine if you were a global warming follower right as the ice age was ending.

Whipped out to Lowes and picked up a painting pole and a new mini blind. The sun keeps deteriorating the strings. This is through 90% blocking sun screens. New brackets caused a few issues and took two trips to Fred’s place for tools and screws to complete.

Visited Basha’s for a few additional items needed for Audrey.

We went for a long walk around the park. Funny seeing everyone dressed in blue jeans and vests to keep a little warmer.

Wrote another letter back to the condo board. I am impressed with their due diligence and resolve on my case which I would believe is done on every case. Nice to see. Problem is they are at fault also and need to accept this. I hate outstanding invoices charged to me and want to find an amicable solution.

It is amazing how fasts the day goes by. For supper we had spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were HOT. They had Jalapeño peppers in them and rarely do I say hot but that is the only description that I can find to fit them.




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