I was thinking about what I would blog today and while I was looking for something, I got this from some folks I worked with years ago at the General. We see each other from time to time, but keep in touch, for which I am very grateful. I hope you find it as inspirational and meaningful as I did. I remembered my own parents and the era they lived. Pass it on if you feel like it.

“I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mum in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there would always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return.. So… While we have it….. it is best we love it…. And care for it… And fix it when it is broken……… And heal it when it is sick.

This is true. For marriage……. And old cars….. And children with bad report cards….. And dogs with bad hips…. And aging parents…… And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Some things we keep. Like a best friend who moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…….. And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I have sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it is your turn to send this to those people who are "keepers" in your life. Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close!”


It has been 3 days now since fall officially arrived, and it is not just the date change, The mornings are not only later in getting light, they are a lot cooler, and the colour of the light has changed to a “fall like” colour. It’s hard to describe, but the light seems to take on the hues of fall, or a yellowish nature.

The flowers and plants we put in the ground last spring, have now passed their best before date. The leaves are tatty, the flowers are small and faded. The trees have started to turn, and some leaves are falling on the lawns. Strangely enough we have not had a night of frost yet! Living as we do at the 51 parallel of latitude and at 3400 feet, winter tends to come early to us. Snow has fallen around us, notably on the Cowboy Trail, and a mm of slushy stuff here at home.

Our birds are still hanging around, including the purple finch family that I have not seen for days, they were all at the feeder an hour ago. Chickadees still come by for a sunflower seed or two, and the sparrows have invited not only their own families, but all the in-laws too! We must feed 50-60 of them. No sign of the robins as yet. We had no robins nesting on our property his year, as a result of those pesky crows hanging around. The robins will certainly stop by on their migration to scoop up the chokecherries on our trees.


Since fall is here, we watch a few more movies, and over the past few days we have watched a couple that you may like, or not.

First of all, I had recorded Expendables 2. It has Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jason Statham, and a whole bunch more of the old and I do mean old super heroes! The story line is beyond far fetched, it is unbelievable in the extreme. The special effects are great, if you are a 15 year old. It is literally all special effects. The action scenes stretch belief to a maximum, where these dudes manage to slay hordes of enemy with arms that seldom need to reload, and they do it with even sustaining so much as a bramble scratch!

The second movie goes back a few years, and I remember seeing it years ago, and I thought I might enjoy it again. I recorded it as well. You may have seen it too. “Easy Rider” starred Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper who also directed the effort, and a very young Jack Nicholson. It was made in 1969, so maybe that was why Jack looked so young, and had hair. The best part was all the scenery of motorcycles driven over the southwest US. Now that was great. I have driven over many of the same roads, and loved every mile. It was an exercise in what makes up wasted lives. First of all the actors all smoked pot. All the time. A visit to a commune morphed into what seemed like an exercise to survive while doing their own thing, which seem to be trying to survive doing as little as possible. Joan gave up on it before I did, I stayed to the bitter end, have an obviously higher tolerance level for this drivel. And to think it was a cult movie in its day!


“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.”

Winston Churchill


Have a Great Day, and be good to each other!

Ross Thumbs up


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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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