August 2020

August 1st 

“Mercury Forecast -Mesa 44 degrees, Calgary 27 degrees Edmonton 29 degrees”

Well I think it is safe to say the heat doesn’t kill Covid looking at the temperatures in Mesa. Our a/c bill is running about $20.00 per month more than average. Same here in Calgary.

Viewpoint Golf Club has closed the course for two weeks due to a positive Covid case. Take note, Calgary courses as some courses are starting to put two people to a cart already. Don’t be stupid. Let all of the younger generation do that with their gatherings and lack of distancing. It will come back to bite them.

Politics in todays world is just sad. Between Trump and our idiot crooked Trudeau they only add to the difficulty of the world. Where have all the good people gone. I would love to have Michelle Rempel as our Prime Minister.

I agree with the face masks and the right to refuse service for someone not wearing them. I would have added a huge fine not to generate income but to reinforce the importance of keeping this virus under control. I am positive it is going to take a decade to recover from this economic nightmare. If we don’t get control let’s make the decision that Covid is around to stay but we will carry on as normal with everything we do and let the chips fall as they may.

I DO NOT believe a lot of the news or propaganda we are fed by so called experts. I prefer to look at it my own way and make judgement right or wrong. We have so many Instagram, Facebook believers and a brainwashed younger generation believing in Utopia where everyone loves everyone, you don’t have to work, save the environment, all lives matter, anti bullying etc that we are falling apart as a society. We are human and NEVER will be perfect. Having said that though I am leaning more and more that something is behind this Covid pandemic. The numbers are a way off being considered dangerous. 680,000 people dead out of  7.8 billion is and think about this .008% . We are destroying our lives based on such a minute small percentage of deaths it is unfathomable. The blind leading the sheep ?  Think about this as companies are trying to push us to a cashless society. It is utter control of the masses if achieved. One push of a button and you have no access or money left.

One loss for the Oilers with only two more to go.

A two man team can’t win a series.

A full compliment of players all contributing with heart will win over a few star players every time.

It still after 3 months of no hockey was fun to watch. I noticed today even our local pub pulled on large screen TV to the outside deck for people to watch the games. Both the Oiler’s and Flames have a difficult rivals to beat for the first round.

Speaking of pubs one of my favorite for at least 10 years was the Bull & Finch in Douglasdale,  has closed down. Between taking customers out for lunch, business meetings, staff outings and stopping there after golf for wings, I was at this place at least three to four times a week. Super food and good pricing with great service.  Country Fried Steak and Philly Cheese sandwich were my favorites along with some of the best wings. A new owner and name change hopefully will carry on with some of the Bull’s ways.  Penny Black the new name is odd and the front signage cheap looking but I will give them a chance to see what they are about

Daisy had first taste of ice cream today. As one would think she loved it. But it came back to bite us as she developed a bit of diarrhea.  With puppies you never know if it was the heat, something she ate or illness. She does try to eat everything.  A day later she was all fine. The amount of ice cream she had was so minimal but we will be  very careful next time.

We whipped out to Canadian Tire to get Jackson birthday present and get some cash for Kennedy’s wedding.

Thought of the Day 

Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos.

August 2nd- 3rd

“Mercury Forecast   Mesa 43 degrees, Calgary 29 degrees, Edmonton 24 degrees rain ” 

We picked up Audrey and headed to Alan & MaryAnn’s for Kennedy’s wedding get together. It is too bad Covid has changed so many things. This brings to mind if you see a Certificate of Completion dated 2020 or go to a new doctor, nurse, teacher, hairstylist be very leery as they all have been pushed thru  the system without really completing the process.

Beautiful Picture of Kennedy.

Alan & MaryAnn had a very nice family gathering following Covid rules with size of gathering, spacing, food serving etc. This was the after wedding celebration as Kennedy & Chris got married on Thursday in a private backyard ceremony. I love “traditional” weddings and have thoroughly enjoyed attending relatives, friends and our own daughters events. Other than the odd circumstance of ridiculously loud music or shortage of food one time they are a great family, friend  get togethers and the event is never forgotten by the couple. Covid changed everything. As there is no rush in getting married, that we know of, I think I would have waited a year. The Huggett’s decorated their backyard very cleverly and it looked fantastic. Brilliant ideas for decorating and even the wedding cake substitute idea was wonderful. Over and above the decorations Alan’s backyard looks spectacular with it’s new mulch and flowers.

Hicken family helping celebrating the marriage of Kennedy and Chris. NOTICE THE PHOTO BOMB DAISY

The Waldie’s at the gathering

Audrey with the cousins

Some of the group hiding from the sun

Enjoying the day

MaryAnn finally getting to sit down

Good food, fantastic weather and nice to see everyone together again albeit still a little different with the spacing etc.  In attendance was Kennedy, Chris, Danielle, Dan, Alan, MaryAnn, David, Kristen, Corey, Victoria, Jessica, Penny, Jackie, Larry , Jackson, August and Atticus and 5 dogs.

A fun get together and hopefully Kennedy & Chris enjoyed it and here is hoping they live a happy life together. They and their future kids will take a bit of teasing with the hyphenated last name that begs one to tease and razz ” Huggett-Harder” I know I would have teased them at school especially at high school. It wouldn’t matter a girl of boy. I don’t believe this to be a good idea.

A fun afternoon !

Thought of the Day 

Newsflash to all you would-be parents or new couples with a creative itch: take up painting, leave your kid’s name or your last names in a order to the standard stuff. I know, you think your child or yourselves are unique so you want everyone to know that your child or your marriage is your one-of-a-kind, special thing. But there’s that old adage, just because your different doesn’t mean you’re smarter, better or worse or even deserve to be called different. But it does set the child or couple up for a lot of razzing and in todays world that is considered bullying. Don’t tempt fate.

Out to the lot of Jackson’s birthday today. This little man is 9 years old. Man does time fly by. He is sweet kid but I do miss that little little boy.

Jackson 9 years old. Wow

Another hot sunny day which was nice. We had Jessica, Penny, Atticus, August, Jackie, Larry, Alan, MaryAnn, Danielle, Corey, Victoria and birthday boy Jackson.

Birthday cake, and shade

Funny, just as we arrived home from Canadian Tire we found out Tor & Cor bought Jackson a Gamer Chair just like we had picked out. We will take it back and get something else he likes.

Surprised from what we will never know. Just missed showing off Alan’s special socks. LOL

I cooked on the BBQ some Angus burgers and turkey burgers. I can’t figure out anyone likes these turkey things. I hated to put them on my grill. I cooked them all up and soaked them in Dianne’s Sauce one of my favorites and then added pepper jack cheese or cheddar. They said they loved them which is good.

Jackson nose looks a little stuffed

With 30 amp power people are DUMB. They turn on their a/c and blow breakers. A/C alone takes 17amps, add the hot water heater another 7-10 amps and you are cutting it close, as again dumb people won’t switch over to propane for a few hours while the full load is on and the breakers heat up and let go. It is very simple :

  • Every appliance lists the amps or wattage usage.
  • You know you only have 30 amps to play with
  • Do a little math.
  • Turn your hot water heater and fridge over to propane on hot days if you want to use your a/c. Don’t add any heavy amp usage while this is going on.

KISS is the perfect acronym.

Corey, Jackson and August spent an hour their allotted time at the pool and  had a great time.

We had ice cream cake, and Vanilla cake to choose from. Corey and I gave Jackson the standard required birthday bumps which he really likes. A pinch to grow an inch and a slap to get fat.

Sitting down letting her fur coat dry

My sprinkler system came on while we out there and Daisy loved sitting in the misting. She looked like drowned rat.

Another fun filled family gatherings.

Thought of the Day 

Nine is the number of magic, only fitting to the most magical 9 years old there is! So never forget how magical you are, always keep moving forward. Happy birthday !

August 4th-5th

” Mercury Forecast   Mesa 40 degrees, Calgary 27 degrees, Edmonton 24 degrees”

It took us until the last week of July to finally start having summer. We had zero days over 25 degrees up to that time and now we have had 9 days above average temperatures. Now we are talking.

Today started off a little weird. I planned to build my planters and log storage privacy screen so I headed out to the lot as Jackie had stuff to do for her Mom. Arriving I opened the door expecting to see my Dakota keys in the cupboard to use to get the wood. No keys, checked my pocket and I had taken the Buick keys and i knew Jackie needed it. I didn’t check for the Dodge keys very well before hopping in the Jeep and heading back.  With the timing there goes the plan. Worst part is I am now concerned where my keys are as I would have bet a million they were on the keys hook in the motor home and they weren’t.

I drove home and decided to finish my budget for July. A month of over spending , unfortunately with three birthdays, and a wedding with gifts to buy. Things just add up quickly. No complaints but I will watch it a little closer in August. Years ago I never minded over spending a bit as I knew in two weeks time a cheque was coming. Now it is savings and Trudeau’s cheque is a joke and there is no going back to get more money.

Daisy has become so good it is amazing. A fun little beast she is. Her morning ear and face licks get to me though. LOL

Got up this morning to have our weekly golf game together. We were teamed up with two sisters I know that are members and golf 5 times a week. I always had a fun time with them when marshaling. Wendy & Wanda are great golfers and always have been fast golfers wasting no time in set up, lost balls or in action. We actually finished 18 holes in 3:30 minutes which was nice. What a wonderful weather day. I thought everyone played well. Jackie was so close to breaking 100 with no do overs or mulligans. I played very well the front nine but had two holes were I screwed up on the back nine so the low 80’s again. It was a fun day with good company, great weather, nice course and very enjoyable. Daisy was awesome the whole 18 holes. She is so good it is amazing.

Rice tonight for supper so will need to find a treat later tonight to stay full. Rice can’t be good for you. It has no substance, no taste, yet had more calories than a can of sugared pop or a beer. Ok for a change though.

Had our nightly walk with Daisy when it cooled down a bit. She is now asleep. LOL

Thought of the Day

Jackie asked me this morning if I wanted to play around. So I went golfing 

August 6th

“Mercury Forecast  mesa 41 degrees, Calgary 27 degrees, Edmonton 25 degrees”

Daisy up to her licking tricks in the morning, When she wakes up her duty she thinks is to lick and lick my head. Either she likes sweat or I am very sweet as she does this none stop. While nice it is also quite annoying but it happens every day.

Today was my men’s league at TV. I have yet this year had a game at this course that I am happy with. Today was the worst. My foursome all had difficult days. Low handicapper at 5 shot over 90. Everyone else even higher. The first hole  was a disaster and it continued. Drives were horrible. Chip shots not great and putts not good by any stretch. Everyone struggled today with our low handicapper putting three into the water and one in the bush. I can’t figure how to handle this course. A lot of the issue was fear of a slice today. I had this under control until the last two games. Back to square one. Oh well !

It was a humid day and a hence a  shape hot day. Course was in excellent shape. I lost money today again. I didn’t win any in the deuce game, the snips game or the quarter game. I won the horse race last two holes.

A couple of beer on the deck to drown my sorrows and the end of another wonderful day.

Just to throw something in:

Very true statement. I feel sorry for the young kids having to deal with our huge debt in the years to come.

Thought of the Day 

Interesting thing about golf is you do not have a clue why one day you play great and the next not.

August 7th

” Mercury Forecast   Mesa 42 degrees, Calgary 21 degrees, Edmonton 18  degrees rain”

It was cooler this morning but it was nice working outside as I didn’t get as tired from the heat. It was a very enjoyable day. I drove the Dakota ( haven’t fixed it’s issues I caused ) into Strathmore to pick up some wood. Every time I drive this thing I say to myself how great of a ride and quiet truck ride it is.

I worked all day building my privacy fence/ log holder in the back to try to get some privacy from our back neighbors. With lot line set backs and no digging of holes I had to be creative to create something that looks great, works good and doesn’t break the rules too much.

Just received a notice due to insurance premium hikes our condo fee is going up 18%. In my mind that is ridiculous and should be looked into by the government. I understand the huge payouts recently with fires, floods and hail damage but they never lower the rate when they have a few low incident years. Gouging. I could carry a decent mortgage with our monthly fee.

Like I predicted the Oiler’s lost. You can’t win with two players. Pay one guy too high and you have no cap space for a support team. They will go down in history as the worst managed team ever. First round picks that they traded away for nothing. Normal trades like Talbot that went wrong. Stars like Hall and Eberle that lead their new teams. Players like Puljujarvi that could have been a star. Smyth deal. Never mind Gretzky, Messier, Kuri, Anderson deals plus many many more. Adding all of the old has been stars isn’t a forward thinking team. It is a team living in the past.

I would have loved Oiler’s against Flame’s in a upcoming series.

 

I feel for Edmonton. It is a city that years ago was a wonderful place to  live. Today it is a mess. Dejected, depressed and a sense of being inferior. It is not fair to compare to Edmonton to Calgary as the differences are just too huge but I will state a few.

  • Edmonton has a rich history of winning but all YEARS ago that they won’t let go of. This isn’t good for the moral of the city.
  • The worst potholes of any city in North America as the money is spent on bike lanes
  • It is a very diverse ethnic city compared to any prairie city .
  • It always has had an inferiority complex trying to keep up with Calgary.
  • It is a NDP, union, socialist, government, environmentalist, do-gooder city.

Having said all that I love Edmonton, born and raised there, but very glad to have left. This brings me to the sports fans which are loyal, yes ,which is great but very unreal in their expectations and the reality of the situation.

The Oiler’s have now missed the playoffs 13 out of the last 14 years and the current team hasn’t a hope of making it for years to come.  These misses are close to a all time league record.  Beaten by a number 12 team that finished last in their division. Just to illustrate the desperation of the Oiler fan look at the 50/50 tickets craziness. I find it funny that people think they have a great chance to win this. Think of this. A 5 million 50/50 at $5 per ticket means 1,000,000 tickets were sold. That is a 1 in  one million chance. Better than 649 but pretty steep odds to overcome. Yet someone has to win.  Fire Holland, and Tippett and trade for some strategic players that add depth to the team. Time will tell on this but again I believe before the fall some big changes may happen. Connor may even ask to be traded.

Hurry up and change that insulting football team name. There are not that many names that work and start with E so what is taking so long?  I am still leaning to Extreme.

Alberta’s NHL team the Calgary Flames move into the playoffs !!

I had a good laugh to myself as I sent a congratulatory email on the loss to my Oiler friends and haven’t heard back from any of them.  This tells me they are hurting worse than I thought. I should try to help them by sending a Flames hat to each. NOT ! Lol

Thought of the Day 

Edmonton didn’t lose. They just ran out of time. They need 3 more years before being competitive.

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