JUNE 2021

June 1st

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 37 degrees, Calgary 28 degrees, Edmonton 27 degrees”

Jessica and Penny sent me pictures today of the ” Finished Shed” I built. I really like the black door versus the original color they picked. I can’t 100 percent complete it as they have a robin nesting they don’t want to disturb. I did notice in the picture no plants in the box or flagstones. LOL So I can say “What a wonderful looking Birdhouse you have”

I hope they receive lots of compliments on it as it does look excellent, unique, modern and no one should have one like it. I am looking forward to the bar side being done for them.

I really like the looks of this shed/bar. My hope is others do also.
I will add a small ramp for ease of bikes and lawnmower.

Well the do-gooders win again. One of the most recognizable names with more wins than anyone else the Edmonton Eskimos are changing their name. Shame

The chosen name is the Edmonton Elks. Ok, first of all it is grammatically incorrect to use the plural of Elk. It would be like mooses, or gooses etc. I am sure they will take some ridicule for that. The logo is awful similar to Browning so hopefully no issue there.

I don’t mind the logo but hate the grammar.

I know the Edmonton fans will be bringing Elk calls with them which I think will be neat.

I have an old friend Gary Leedahl in Edmonton that is already set to cheer on his team. Dollar Store Rudolph antlers work perfect.

The new Edmonton fan dress code.

I want to see all of you Elks fans in your new antlers. Don’t be a scared when the horse flies by you when we score. LOL

We took the Flex in for it’s first service which turned out good. The dealership was good and didn’t try to extort extra money for ” fake” requirements which is all good. The service clerk even offered to send me a picture of the filter as they said it was dirty. I questioned them on it ,on how it could be dirty so fast. LOL

I washed and used Armourall on the tires and fenders of the Jeep. Other than I can’t return the finish on the paint until I get it cut and polished the Jeep looks good.

I bit the bullet and had them order a new a/c compressor as I am tired of the headaches with it. I normally used to get about 5 months out of the refrigerant but this time only one month. So a $1500 bill but it will be cool hopefully for years LOL

I ordered my special sized solar batteries and I received my new solar lights so all set to light up the night.

Jessica & Penny along with a couple friends are adding to their plate a FOOD TRUCK business. They have done a lot of the leg work already with purchasing a truck , logo’s etc. They are being clever with using a QuickBooks subscription and Square for a POS system. I did a little research and the Square will download to Quickbooks without having to enter any data. Each pos transaction will recorded in QB , sales, taxes, discounts, tips etc. It should be a fun business. It will be very interesting too see them manage inventory, understand COG’s, ROI and control the P+L. I used Quick Books for Blimpie’s and loved it. I also created my own Excel spreadsheets for ordering, inventory control, labor cost control. I know they will learn A LOT from the experience. With Facebook and Instagram in particular marketing becomes a little easier as the location of the truck can be broadcast each day. That is a huge advantage in todays world.

I am interested in the types of dogs they create.

Years ago I bought a dog from a vendor which was really cool. He had a long bun which he pushed over a pole to create a pocket, put in the condiments then the dog and it was a way less messy to eat. A few times I have had a hot dog from Chicago Dogs in Mesa which I love. They have a black seeded bun with a sweet green relish that was to die for. It would be wonderful to create a customer base due to the quality of the product and have them search the food truck out similar to how people would drive across town for Peter’s here in Calgary.

Food for thought. There is a saying “The customer is always right” While not 100 % true if a business doesn’t follow this as a mantra they will slowly lose customers. I found this the hardest thing to instill in employees at Blimpies or Jeldwen/Hendersons. Even if it ends up costing the business every once in while, the opposite is a damaged reputation, poor public review and a word of mouth downhill slide. The trick is to ASK the customer what they expect to make the situation right. In most cases they will ask for less than you might have given. Always end the situation with a special price or free goods to allow them to experience what you were supposed to deliver.

Jackie & I took Daisy for her walk when the temperature dropped a bit. We met at least 6 dogs outside our condo. Daisy is like the pretty girl at the high school dance that all of the drunk guys are going after and throw in the few lesbians all trying to get her attention. She had male dogs trying to hump her head, female dogs hugging her and holding her down just like a dog orgy right in front of us . Poor Daisy !

Thought of the Day

Daisy made think of this. A man who wants the pretty nurse must be patient.

June 2nd

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 40 degrees, Edmonton 30 degrees, Calgary 31 degrees”

Yes summer weather here and a little early. It hit 32 degrees today with NO wind. Absolutely perfect conditions. My kind of weather.

Today we were golfing with Jeff & Wendy at the Nanton Golf Club. Of the many courses this I have played this year which I have to say had the BEST greens ever. No winter kill, right speed and plenty of slope. Even the fairways were very lush which is not usual. It is like two different courses between the front nine and back nine. I took a way too many boogies by missing putts.

Jackie was having issues with her thumbs causing pain, add in her carpal tunnel and she struggled today. I hope she had fun though as that is the reason to golf. There were some great shots and some bad shots from the Graces today. I do know Wendy got one birdie and had TWO birdie shots where her knees knocked, literally, and she missed them ending up with pars. On one Par 3 hole she hit the flagstick and ended up 6 ft away so her overall today was most likely very decent.

I hate negativity but I can say Nanton’s pricing structure is too high. They are too high at $67 with a cart for the quality of course and the distance away. We were lucky today the Graces had a 2 for 1 coupon for us.

After golf we sat on their patio and had supper. Great food here and each of us ordered the steak. Tasty, right sized, and with it’s side it was perfect. A real fresh cool garden salad was a nice addition. Well made Caesar but they couldn’t make Jackie’s Paralyzers.

A super fun day, quite “normal” and very enjoyable with Jeff & Wendy and the bright sun. You forget how much you enjoy the warmth and Vit D. Give me two months straight of 30 degrees and I would be happy.

Thought of the Day

Don’t you hate the guy that is waiting for the greens to clear 290 yards away after a 170 yard drive ?

June 3rd

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 42 degrees, Calgary 33 degrees, Edmonton 27 degrees”

Sunny, slight breeze and clear sky was all you could see today. Headed out to Turner Valley for my men’s league play today. I enjoy the competition, the games in the game and the fun socializing with the group of guys.

One of my partners today shot a 83 with a 18 handicap. Unheard of and resulted in him winning a nice chunk of change with LOW NET and a snip with a deuce. Two guys played excellent and two guys not so much. I take solace that even Phil after a winning game misses a cut. Taking a 8, 9 and a 7 hurts the score. Rimming out a few holes only added to the misery. We had a great group, we had a lot of laughs and some wonderful shots mixed in with some horrible ones. I had a very fun day not scoring well. LOL

We even got to enjoy the patio deck with a few cold JUGS, yes I said it, which made everything seem quite normal. It was nice. 99 out of 100 times I receive pretty good food and I am happy with the quality of it. Today my wings were overcooked. This is a time when the waitress should have taken ownership of the situation and not served them to a customer. I ate them but they were not NEAR as good of tasting as they should have been. A rarity for me to receive or even notice a poor food incident.

FUN DAY

Thought of the Day

I sucked the chicken wing philosophically

June 4th

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 45 degrees, Edmonton 25 degrees, Calgary 31 degrees”

Another spectacular spring/summer day. Wow let’s keep it up.

First thing this morning on my way to the shop I saw Corey going to work in Sundance. For a pandemic the roads sure are busy.

I was off by $34 on my repair bill for the Jeep as it was $1534.00. But I have a new OEM compressor, hoses and serpentine belt along with air filter which now means COLD air. Hopefully ! The compressor actually had seized. Just nice to get it done now before it gets too warm and to have it done for long time.

During this I discover that my FREE for lifetime Oil Change at Tower Jeep is a joke. My air filter was beyond dirty. My report from two weeks says in perfect condition. Again NOT even checked. I will schedule a service at Midnapore for a lube and inspection as I know Towers guys do not have a clue. Rip off artists and incompetent.

Dropping off the Jeep I had to put back on the roof before handing it over. Funny how you can forget how things work if not done for awhile.

Stopping at Tim’s before heading home the line up was quite long so I said to Jackie I would step in and order. In the line up were two middle aged women. What makes a younger person want to put on a sports bra and deflate their natural curves is beyond me. A 30 yr old with a chest of a 60 year old only due to to a fashion statement seems very odd to me. Comfort is understandable but at what cost. I should have looked for a wedding ring. But that is just me !

We had painters hired by the condo today painting the exterior patio doors. It was so hot the painter couldn’t paint the door as it would dry before he could even roll one little strip. He is coming back in a few days when it is cooler.

After picking up the Jeep, Jackson and I headed to his house . On our agenda today was a movie he wanted to see. It was one good movie that I had seen before but didn’t have a lot of memory about it. I enjoyed it.

Warm day, sunny day, looking after Jackson, picking up a repaired Jeep makes for one good day.

Thought of the Day

My Jeep starting making this whining noise. I discovered an easy fix. I just turned the radio channel from Taylor Swift singing.

June 5th-7th

“Mercury Forecast -Mesa 40 degrees, Edmonton 21 degrees, Calgary 16 degrees”

A lot cooler than we are used to. Unfortunately in combo with scattered showers. Jackie and I worked all day out at the lot. A shower would come up and we go in a watch a short movie. Today’s movie was a great action movie. Killers. It was a good one. I still have issues with my irrigation system with it using non potable water with very dirty water that plugs the heads etc. I will attempt a different plan next week.

We got a lot done but the list for what needs done is still long and I am having trouble finding the time to get it all done. Between bad weather, golfing, and appointments it hard to have a full uninterrupted day.

I even had to cut the lawn again. This is a fun chore.

On my list to do is: stain the decks, repainted the trim, install drip cap for eavestrough, finally fix the watering system, wax the motorhome, add oar locks to my boat, the odd other thing and I should be done. I figure three good full days.

We had supper in the motorhome while it rained. We had a few nice talks with the neighbors out there. I am looking forward to restrictions being done so we can have a Happy Ours Saloon party as a meet & greet for all of the neighbors.

Driving around the park I am impressed with all of the improvements people are doing.

I whipped to Golf town as on Monday we are golfing in Kananaskis and I needed a few new ones balls to lose.

Wonderful Canadian win in hockey today. That was a fun game to watch. Our Flame winning the MVP is awesome. Mangiapane played like a hero and was awarded as. It sure was an amazing performance having to beat the top teams to win.

Ames wins with Weir in second. Canada dominates !

Off to K Country after buying our passes online. I chose to go with the daily pass this time but in hindsight should have bought the year one. This is a great idea to help maintain the quality park K Country is, and no one can complain as it is is a user pay system which we should use in a lot of places. This way the general tax payers aren’t subsidizing people that use facilities while they don’t. I am all for a user pay structure for a lot of things.

We headed out to the golf course in light traffic, We are so lucky to have such a wonderful area and teh mountains within an hour of us. The Rockies are spectacular looking, driving right into them. A fair amount of visible snow still on them and according to the weatherman Hwy 93 area could get 30mm of snow today. Going out we knew it was going to be a cooler day. Having said that overall is was a wonderful day. Cooler only hitting about 10 degrees, some gusts of wind but sporadic and the odd ray of sunshine popping thru the mountain tops. I did golf the entire 18 holes with just a golf shirt and a light sweater and was plenty warm. I can’t say the same for my golfing partners as I witnessed toques, three layers of clothing, blankets etc. I guess each person has a unique tolerance to temperatures. I love warmth and heat. I don’t mind cold if I can keep my hands and fingers warm. I did have Raynaud white fingers when I got into the car but luckily it has a heated steering wheel so it didn’t take long for them to warm up. About the golf. One excellent nine and one bad nine so over all decent. I forgot how beautiful and what a nice course this is. It is not a hard course and I should have played a way better but any time on a new course I will take a 80’s score. All four of us had a fun time playing it. Too bad for Covid not allowing us to socialize or eat indoors but we will save that for next time. Not one animal did we see on the course which is rather odd.

Audrey took care of Daisy for us which was nice as it does make it easier to golf without her unless she is having one of her great days.

It was one of those days when you get home where you wish it wasn’t over. Fun day !

Love Kananaskis Golf Course

Look how skinny Jackie is looking. Lost weight and distance. LOL Love Kananaskis Golf course.

Love Kananaskis Golf Course

Jeff & Wendy with mountains in the back of them. It is one gorgeous golf course and we had a lot of fun playing it. Nice that a mountain course is not too difficult for the girls to play.

It was just a nice fun day golfing in decent weather on a wonderful course with good friends. Laughs, giggles and jokes were abundant and enjoyable. Poor eyesight watching the ball flight was also evident.

Thought of the Day

To leave everyone with a positive thought today. NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU PLAYED TODAY IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO PLAY WORSE.

June 8th9th

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 36 degrees, Edmonton 16 degrees, Calgary 13 degrees”

MY RANT

I don’t know about anyone else but I am turning away from watching news and looking at news articles so much. It is disappointing to see where we are heading. Our media is as tainted as the American networks like CNN and FOX. How slanted and biased they are supporting the NDP agenda is hard to stomach. Why as viewers we tolerant this is unbelievable. News is supposed to be just that not some Mount Royal political scientists opinion. Couldn’t get a real job. Our biggest obstacle is that the unions create whining, entitled, elitist individuals that continue to express how hard done by they are while so many other people are working two jobs, taking huge Covid risks without support and have no media voice. I would bet there is a large portion of the great doctors, nurses, teachers that get upset every time they see their hard earned money thrown out of window with another anti UCP TV ad. We know just because you are a union employee doesn’t mean you voted for Racheal as the last election proved. The political landscape of the world is in turmoil with politicians taking advantage of their position and doing little for the money they are getting. It doesn’t matter what elected official you look at closely they are not doing us the general population any favors. Having said that we are very fortunate to have a Jason Kenny as our government but he has to stop being wishy washy and making mistakes. He is far from perfect and needs to smarten up. The media and the NDP supporters are too vocal for this not to impact the general population and even the votes. Between the union vote, the younger generation vote, the socialist’s, and people that don’t look at the big picture the NDP have to much support. For any poor decision that the UCP made it is still 100% better than any program or give away the NDP will do. Chastise a guy for having a lunch social distanced ( but not following the rules exactly) and make it such a big thing out of it is ridiculous. There is NO ONE that follows every Covid rule exactly yet they make such a big deal of Kenny bending them a bit. Matthew 7:1-5. 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. I am all for “receiving” free hand outs from our gov’t also but I also understand where does the money come from.

BUT THAT IS JUST ME !

Today is a little off day. I have a doctors appointment, we have the outside painters on our balcony today and I will update my budget for May numbers. I also will backup my files today onto my portable drive. I need to also pick up Jackson this afternoon ( as I break a rule)

We have one of the best doctors as a family doctor you could ask for. Dedicated, committed, knowledgeable and helpful. I sometimes think she is overkill on some stuff but you would rather have that than a doctor that doesn’t really care. She is good. You have to wait in the parking lot for a call to come in, upon entry you have to sanitize your hands, put on her mask, and slip on booties over your shoes. Even when she is taking your blood pressure she slips a nylon over your arm for protection from the cuff. She doesn’t care to send people to the lab right now for a couple of reasons one being she doesn’t want to load the lab with regular blood work with all of the Covid testing that needs done. Talking to her is fairly convinced we will have a 4th wave with the Delta Variant taking hold and not enough fully vaccinated people. Especially kids. Hopefully just be overly cautious not actually knowing something.

I dropped off my prescription and talked to the pharmacist about getting in for our second dose. Have to wait to the 14th to book.

What if this Covid is just the seasonal flu re-branded and we all bought in to it ?

I whipped out to the lot and worked on my irrigation again. Water unfiltered and lower pressure are causing me issues. I think with the tweaks and heads I have used this time I may have it beat. I no sooner finished when it started to pour. But I know coming up it is going to get hot. It is, right ?

Cleaned up a bit and headed home. I picked up my pills ( again with no refills) at the counter and paid for them from this younger lady. A very friendly lady and I booked Jackie’s and I ‘s appointments for second doses for this Saturday. That is wonderful and I am sure it will just make us feel a little more safe. We know it is not 100% and we will still follow the Covid protocols but it will be a lot less to think about.

Daisy came with me and was perfect. She still gets a little panty when first in the car but does settle down quickly. I think a carwash scared her and she has never been the same.

Another good day in the books, the rain has stopped and hopefully will stay away until tomorrow afternoon as we have a special golf event at Cottonwood to attend. I hate rain and golf and I have too many free days that I don’t mind missing a game if it is not good weather. We got so lucky at Kananaskis and am hoping for the same luck tomorrow. According to the weather hot weather is on it’s way next week.

Another “celebrity” gone from our view. Chris Harrison only backed a contestant and the world went nuts. The young lady attended a plantation party theme all dressed up. While not correct it was attended not to cause harm to anyone today. Chris just said what we know today is not the same as then so we need to just let go a bit. It cost him is job.

Today had some special events happen.

Bob Bauche a fellow employee of Henderson/JELD-WEN and my friend turned the big 65 years old today. As usual I received great pleasure in roasting him. Makes my day. He sent me a few pictures of him years ago and I laughed. We thought we looked so good in long hair.

It is also Victoria’s & Corey’s 14th Wedding Anniversary. Wow does time fly. This is a good couple together and we are very lucky to have Corey join our family. From our first meeting it has been a pleasure to see them as a couple grow and enjoy life. I still can’t believe 14 years.

They had a beautiful wedding that went off without a hitch. It takes a HUGE amount of planning and work for a wedding and I was quite pleased the result. I still can not believe 14 years ! At least they get to celebrate a milestone one next year without restrictions. Nice couple.

Thought of the Day

You know there is a name for people who are always wrong about everything all the time… Husband!

June 10 -12th

I will forgo the weather for this time frame as each has been different with cold, wet, sun and warm. It is spring in Calgary.

Missing a few days makes it a little more difficult to fill as I need to remember what all happened. LOL

We had to get up real early to golf out at Cottonwood Golf course as we had a 9am tee time. That meant a 7 am rise and ready. Luckily it is only about a 20 minute drive there so that helped. On arrival they are very organized. A check in table and carts all ready which is nice as you can drive to your car to load. More course need this plan. It was a very overcast day with darker clouds. Jeff & Wendy arrived in time and we readied for the golf game.

This is one nice course . It is a private course with memberships at one time 15 to 20K but in todays world down to 7K. I have been lucky enough to play here several times and every time it is immaculate. Lush greenery, beautiful flowers and perfect greens and fairways. It is tree lined but relatively ok for width.

Wendy had some amazing drives today over and over again. Give her a pain pill and it acts like Viagra for her long, straight and hard drives. The best, I think I have seen her drive. Jackie had some great drives also. Jeff and I were not as consistent or good off the tee. I was relatively happy with my overall scoring and golf but should have been a way better off the tee. Jeff & Wendy were lucky enough to get Bailey’s in their coffee before 10am so good on them. Perhaps the Bailey’s was the answer and not the pain pills for Wendy.

We had sunshine, we had drizzle, we had cold, warm and rain in the 18 holes. BUT it was a real fun day again golfing with the Graces. Fun Day ! We had to run right after golf to pick up Jackson as we were babysitting him while his parents went out for supper as a anniversary celebration.

We had him at our house and we decided on a movie to watch. Even on Demand movies now are expensive. Jackson choose Godzilla Versus King Kong. A very good movie with lots of action. I think he liked it. I know I did. He is funny kid as when he gets tired he tries so hard to stay awake. he was a good night for him as he maybe addicted to Fortnight and this gave him a break. Understandable to like to socialize with friends over the net though in the weird world we are in. It was a nice evening.

I had to repair the kitchen tap this morning as it broke. First of all it should be against building codes not to have shutoffs on taps. I added them to the tap in the bathroom when I changed it. I decided to see if I could find the parts at Depot to repair it as when I checked under the counter it would be a frustrating three hour job to change to get at the fittings. FOUND the parts and I was able to repair it in about 1 hour which is good saving a few hundred on a new faucet. Repairing it though and checking it out I will replace it later on perhaps on a rainy day as it is about time. Just need to get my tools from the lot and rent a pex crimper.

I finished the repair and Jackie say the cold and hot is reversed. Jackie went out and I took it apart again and fixed it. Darn taps !

I hate complainers and especially old people always talking about aches, pains and weather. I try hard not to but my back has been totaled since about 15 years old ( tackle football and two roll over car accidents) and everyday means living with pain so I must mention it. I went to the chiropractor for about 5 years EVERY Saturday until I realized they are quacks ( even health care now doesn’t recognize them) and NEVER fix you just say come back next week. While they can give a little relief for awhile Volteran can do the same thing. Having said that for the last few days my shoulders have been incredible sore and affecting me. I can’t relate it to anything other than carrying two sets of golf clubs for about 100 yards. So, as I previously said I will not complain but slap on Volteran and wiggle them a bit to get back to normal. I give it a few days. Enough whining. LOL By the way the weather is very nice today. LOL

For supper I cooked ribs, and baked potatoes with sour cream , bacon bits and onions. Jackson loved his ribs and potato even though he didn’t garnish it. KIDS !

Paid some bills and did some paperwork I needed to finish in the morning.

I picked up Jackson at noon and took him home after us ordering A & W. I love their poutine. Daisy and Hazel as always had a fun time running around. Jackson having missed Fortnight for a day asked to play with his friends which is fine with me.

We watched a little golf, hockey, and HGTV and another day in the books.

I whipped to Sobey’s to get a card and flowers for Jackie this morning. Beautiful flowers on sale that I like that I picked up for our anniversary coming up. May as well appreciate them now rather than wait.

A lot less expensive than a cruise LOL

I switched to the new BLOCK editor in WordPress as they sort of were forcing me but I can’t figure out why the ” add captions” stopped working on the pictures. I have tried a few things but no luck as of yet. If you see small writing again on the bottom of a pic you will know I win. LOL

This made me think as it is our 41st anniversary and it cost me $30 versus the $12K we would have spent on the cruise we booked last year. I get away lucky. We were able to renovate the entire condo instead of the cruise which I guess is a good thing.

Jessica sent me a picture of their front yard and it is starting to look wonderful. Still robins nesting in the shed so I will have to wait to finish the “bar” .

Dwarf spruce ( are you insulted by the name ) ( only if you are over 4′ 10″)which will grow 2 inches per year and get to 6-10 ft. They look fantastic as they look fuzzy. Sand cherry one of my go to plants and a Mugo Pine. Their front yard is starting to look great.

Second shot of vaccine in about 1 hour. Yahoo ! Two more weeks for the shot to take hold and we should be relatively safe. Relatively safe doesn’t mean doing everything we would like it means if we are careful we can do a lot more than we have for the last year.

As usual Shoppers is so well organized. They are giving shots every 5 minutes and had no line ups. Two waiting after getting jabbed and one in line. So the whole process was maybe 7 minutes. We had Daisy in the car so I texted when I was done and Jackie came in for hers. I waited in the car and then I receive a text from her ” R U OK out there ?” as I didn’t wait after my shot. The guys asked her to wait and as it was a way longer than I thought I replied ” R U OK in there ?” She must have looked faint. LOL

No side affects that I kno nǐ zhòng qiāng le ma?

Again you can’t even feel anything it goes in so fast and shot. It is a good feeling to get it and now wait for two weeks to feel comfortable.

Another very nice supper and a walk around the community with Daisy. On our return we were met with a dog gang from the condo. 6 small dogs plus Daisy. Needless to say she had fun. Just before the gang she was playing in the dog run George, a wiener dog, and older and being used to Hazel she out muscled this poor guy to the ground each time. Funny dog.

What a wonderful warm night.

Thought of the Day

Isn’t it odd the same people that say we need to depopulate the Earth are the same ones saying to get a vaccine ?

June 13th

èn , zhè shì yí gè wán měi de jìng tóu , méi yǒu cè miàn yǐng xiǎng shén me , suǒ yǐ yǐ wǎng rèn hé shí hòu。wǒ men zhī dào méi yǒu rén shēng bìng , dàn dāng wǒ kàn wǒ de bó kè , wǒ bù néng lǐ jiě wǒ zì jǐ de xiě zuò

One small side affect but I managed to shake my head and worked it out. Wonderful now though to be able to understand another language. It all makes sense with having the middle name KIM that any slight deviation of the genes could result in a mutation that goes back centuries and me being able to understand and write Chinese. I bet no one can beat me at Chinese Checkers.

This reminds of a news article I saw when a young indigenous women commented all of her problems were brought on by a multi-generational recurring trauma brought on by what her elders experienced. My arm is sore today and I am sure it must be because my great grandfather had his arm pierced by a bullet a 100 years ago. Funny world we live in.

What a gorgeous summer day. Slight breeze and hitting 31 degrees is amazing. I worked out at the lot most of day.

I installed a longer drip edge as the roof edge didn’t let the water hit the trough but ran behind the eavestrough. I screwed in a ne drip edge placing in under the existing roof edge and extending down into the eavestrough. Lot of cutting aluminum but I managed not to cut myself even once. Surprised myself. I cleaned all of the troughs while up there.

I dead headed all of the plants, sprayed for weeds and recovered my irrigation lines as I have them working now. I adjusted some heads and we are all set to go. When the irrigation came on it wasn’t working right as there was no pressure. After checking everything I was convinced the pump in the system couldn’t keep up to demand or was intentionally lowered down. I sent an email to the park and no kidding 5 minutes later the pressure was perfect. All fixed. I set my timer to go every second day for an hour which uses very little water that way and keeps the grass and plants looking fine.

I cut the grass and trimmed the edges all around the lot. Round up on all of the weeds as they seem to grow like weeds.

Dusted and cleaned the cushions and outside kitchen. I need to order my Calcium Chloride right away as things are too dusty.

No Popular fuzz yet which is good.

Daisy had a few walks today with myself taking her twice and Jackie & I later on.

The swimming pool and beach were very busy. You get hot weather and cool water it is all good.

For supper tonight I BBQ’d chicken breast , made mashed potatoes and had sweet peas with it. A wonderful summer supper sitting on the deck with the warmth and sun just shining. LIFE IS GOOD !

Thought of the Day

Life’s meaning. BBQ, Beer and Sun.

June 14th

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 45 degrees, Edmonton 30 degrees, Calgary 32 degrees”

There are some people that believe 30 degrees is too hot. I am not one of them. Mesa is hot at 113 degrees but it is manageable with hats, water and a/c. Saying that I did close the blinds today to help out the a/c unit. The condo installed an a/c designed for a 1000 sq ft and our condo is 1340 sg ft so it struggles to keep up on hot days. I have a portable supplementary a/c unit I use if we have consistent warm days which works perfect in keeping at at 71 degrees. It all depends on the night temperatures wither I need to use the additional one. I smile at people that worry about what the electricity bill will be while they toss and turn all night in the heat. I don’t get it. Most likely Costco shoppers. LOL

Well we all know a LIFE SENTENCE in the penal system is 25 years. Today Jackie & I have been married 41 years. What ! It seems like yesterday yet also seems forever. I enjoy being married and would never not want to be. Best friend is a cliché that is very true. Just sitting in the same room is comfort. I need someone to tell how my poor shots resulted in a poor score and her to explain how following Noom works for her.

We have some fun times, some wonderful experiences, adventures, raised kids, built a business, were lucky enough that both of us were promoted often and we had some not so perfect times but everything worked out.

We are a lucky couple.

The circle of life is so interesting. Kids of our kids and the cycle continues. It is interesting to see and watch your kids grow up. It goes just so fast.

Far from a cruise but a nice night planned. I have booked a table at the Keg for us. I tried numerous others but as the restrictions are just off they are packed. Chairmans, Bow Valley Ranche, Starbellys, so the Keg it is and it is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to it.

Friends make life wonderful. Nothing is more fun than teasing, egging on, harassing and joking with good friends. I love the different opinions and ideas from each person even if they are wrong.

We have some wonderful adventures in 41 years.

I could fill the pages with trips we have taken but won’t. LOL Naples and Paris are the only two places I disliked with Paris by far winning out as the worst place I have visited. We have been to the Caribbean three times and have seen most of the countries there. A few we haven’t which would be nice to fit in. Hawaii three times and still my favorite place of all. England twice and it is a favorite. The history is amazing but it is too bad they can’t figure out which side of the road to drive on. I did love Italy and Rome especially. Southern France, Corsica and Gibraltar where exceptional. We have missed Greece unfortunately . Ireland is still a want to see place. Switzerland tops the list for interesting and wonderful. Boston, Maine and Nova Scotia are favorites and Quebec City being the place I liked the most in the East. Florida is ok and California only because of Disneyland. Yellowstone Park should be a must see for everyone as it is special. We have been very lucky and have enjoyed every trip. Very few incidents that caused stress. One time in Hawaii we got dropped off at the wrong hotel. We took a wreck of a taxi to the airport in Hawaii another time. We also got dropped off in the wrong place in Las Vegas. I had a real difficult time getting a flight out of Phoenix one time and we missed a flight once in Florida. The one place we have no desire to visit is Mexico. I don’t want to be killed, drugged and raped by a Banditos. We have been to Cancun on a cruise drop but I wouldn’t stay there. There are too many safer and nicer places to visit. It has been a wonderful 41 years and hopefully some more memorable trips ahead for us.

To the next 20 years anyways.

The one thing I don’t care for when on a cruise is the having to dress up for supper. No sandals, collared shirt etc. While nice to feel “dressed up” I would say 40 % of the time we would go buffet and wear shorts and sandals. If a person could wear shoes with shorts it may fly but society for some reason thinks that looks odd. It is like socks with sandals. So tonight for the Keg I had to give up my sandals and went shoes and pants. Lathered the head for the sunshine on the patio and watching Jackie get all fancied up. Good looking couple if I have to say so myself.

Daisy didn’t want her picture taken. LOL

One wonderful night. Outside temperature at 32 degrees. In a semi shaded patio area of the Keg which was great. A superb waitress and amazing meal. I had to have the Keg Caesar drinks that were on special. I went with the Keg Classic Top Sirloin. Jackie went with the Chicken breast. Great veggies and cooked to perfection. We started with splitting a Caesar salad. One of our unwritten rules is we both have to have the Caesar salad or none of us. Anniversary special Billy Miners Pie which is awesome and huge. Sitting in the sun, having a wonderful meal, super waitress and great company is always a great night. Happy 41st Anniversary to us !

Does anyone else struggle taking a selfie. It took us a while to get this right.

Too many wrinkles, trying to keep eyes open in the sun, not smiling, neck looks funny, eyes closed, more wrinkles and finally the one with glasses on works perfect. LOL

I like the new word SHEEPEOPLE as we all follow health guidelines. As tonight indicated we are getting closer to being real and normal

Thought of the Day

Congratulations on defying marriage statistics

June 15th

Mercury Forecast Mesa 45(113) degrees, Edmonton 23 degrees, Calgary 30 degrees”

What a great day. The temperature was perfect with it being hot with just a light breeze. Today we were meeting up with Jeff & Wendy at McKenzie Meadows which is a course that I like. My expectation was to score well today. It didn’t happen. Th boogies just kept happening on the front nine. Back nine I was happy with shooting a 40 only due to a few missed putts. Wendy had another awesome game and is playing very well. We were not held up on one hole. That is a great day. The course was in great shape. Daisy was exceptional sitting on the seat and watching us golf. She is soooo gooood.

After a very enjoyable day golfing we sat on the deck and enjoyed chicken wings and beer. Jackie didn’t move and must have been paralyzed. Vodka paralyzed. LOL

Another great fun waitress and a fun time discussing things around the table.

Jeff & Wendy were heading out to their grandson’s 16th birthday. A 16th birthday is one of those special ones.

” MEMORIES”

For my 16th birthday it was the first time I could drive in MY CAR by myself. I loved my car. My parents paid for my car as a reward for a great report card and my 16th birthday. A $ 50 bill for it and I was proud. It had no engine, tranny or interior in it but with the V8, a 3 speed Hurst stick and a couple of buckets seats later I was set to go. Dad stuffed in, literally ( we had to use a sledgehammer to dent the shock towers to fit a 283 V8 in as it was designed for a straight 6 cylinder) This car weighed only 2740 pounds and stick in a V8 you have a fast little car. The 283 was the first engine to create one horsepower for each cubic inch but this one was the 220 hp model. 2470 pounds / 220 equal 11 lbs per hp. A new Mustang is over 11 pounds per horsepower so you can see how quick it would be. Hence a brand new set of G60-15 tires burnt to the cords in one month. First drive to Spruce Grove and even was lucky enough to pick up a young girl hitch hiker that when leaving the car gave me a kiss. Cars are gold !

Not mine but what it looked like

For Jess & Tor’s 16th birthday we had a birthday cake made with a picture of a Dodge Spirit on it. They didn’t catch on quickly but after reading the card they were super excited. We bought a Dodge Spirit from Larry Geddes for them for their 16th birthday. A wonderful car.

Sweet 16 is long standing saying that has some truth to it.

Talking to Jeff he now has his kids book published and for sale on different web sites including Amazon, available on Kindle, Barnes & Nobel etc. I bought 4 copies to give to our grandkids. I read the “intro” they show and it is well written.

I should get good feedback from Jackson after he reads it. If you want to buy a book as a gift for a kid to read, set in Saskatchewan, and about hockey and farm life this is it.

Jeff should be very proud with the amount of hard work, time and skill required to get a book published. Hopefully he is happy with the success it achieves.

Thought of the Day

Books, your best defense to unwanted conversation.

June 16th

“Mercury Forecast Mesa 45 degrees, Edmonton 22 degrees, 21 degrees”

Nice day but with WIND again. Unbelievable amount of wind we are getting this year. It was very warm but there is no way you could have a good golf game in this wind. Anytime over 50 km wind it is windy. Funny but I find it a little annoying while it is happening.

I got up early today and headed to Home Depot to rent a sander for my decks. The rental shop was quite busy. I picked up my sander and the paper that I thought I would need. To expand on this. Double the amount of paper and return the left over. I didn’t and i found the paper ” gums” up pretty fast. This plate sander woks well. My goal wasn’t to get to clean wood but to get to a point where the popular buds were removed. It meant getting to clean wood. As the plate is at least 14 inches it doesn’t get into teh cupping part of the boards. But what would have taken me a full day sanding took only a few hours. I cleaned it up after with my palm sander.

I hate getting older. This sander weighs 125 pounds. It is awkward to grab on to but it wasn’t easy moving this thing from the rack to the deck. I used to bench press 250 pounds. This was half of that and I found it heavy and tonight I feel it in my back. It is different for me as I was always the “strong” one. I may have to start weight lifting again. Could be a little difficult with one bicep broke. I will do better planning like back right up to the deck or door instead of having to carry a awkward heavy piece.

I worked fast as I rented it for 4 hours and had 1 hour of driving to do. It saved me a lot of work and worked out perfect.

I returned it and picked up my stain. I use natural SuperDeck from Sherwin William’s. This is the 3rd modification they have done to this stain. They could have left it alone. But having said that I do need to redo every two years so perhaps the new one will last longer . I do know when it is applied it was a little scary as rather than look like oil it is very white milky and dries though just like the old stuff. I ran out time moving furniture, sanding etc as I whipped into town to pick up Jackson. Just before arriving at the school I got a call I didn’t need today. Quick turnaround and back to the lot. Moved furniture again and carried on. I only worked until supper time as between the wind annoying me and wanting to preserve my back for tomorrow’s men’s league it was time. I will finish in Thursday night or Friday am.

Caption is working again and I did NOTHING. I finished off the lower deck and next time move all of the furniture to the lower deck and do the upper.

I came home and made my favorite BLT with cheese. Can’t go wrong with that for supper. The house smells like bacon now though. LOL

I feel the back so pills tomorrow.

Thought of the Day

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

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