Friday, November 18, 2022

How Old Are You?

 As you get older, there are lots of great “perks”! Now that I have reached that exalted “senior” time in my life, I have started to take advantage of these “freebees” and “discounts”. Who wouldn’t?

However, it wasn’t always this way for me. I used to “refuse” to take advantage of these special “senior” benefits. My “pride” would get in the way! I just didn’t want to admit that I was getting older, past “middle age”, Judi was always admonishing me and would say ~ “ARE YOU CARZY? TAKE THE MONEY!”  I used to “cringe” when she would say that, but invariably I would “ignore” her “advise”, not a “wise” thing to do!

I should have learned from my “dear learned” father who, when MacDonald’s announced that seniors would get free coffee, he started to “shake with excitement” (perhaps a little exaggerated). He had just turned 55 at the time of the announcement! He wasn’t ashamed of being a “senior”, he was just thrifty! He was a lot more in tune with himself then I was.

I am learning though. Especially with inflation and higher living costs (food,gas,etc.). I needed this kind of “sledgehammer” to come around, to be “thriftier”! Now I stop to pick up a “dime” off the ground (it used to be a penny or a nickel). I think that I am not, actually, getting “older”, just “smarter”?

As they say (I not sure who), “your parents seem to get smarter the older you get” … I wonder?

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Here at TIMS!

 Well, here I am at Tim Hortons. It’s been a long time! You know, the pandemic and all of life’s challenges. Before Covid-19, I use to visit TIMs regularly. In fact, it was my “go to” places to write my articles and Blogs. It was either TIMS or the library. If I was going to the library, I would stop off at TIMS to get my “inspirational” takeout coffee. I must have needed the caffeine to get my “create juices” flowing!

It's funny, the noises and activity didn’t seem to bother me. Actually, atmosphere seemed to heighten my creativity! The same with the library. I just was able to think more clearly… “go figure”.

So, it’s back to TIMS to write new, and I hope entertaining, articles and Blogs. Hopefully it will be the start of some “fabulous” writing! If not, I’ll just have to blame TIMS!

Friday, November 4, 2022

Unique Drives!

 As many of you know, Judi and I love to travel the backroads of Ontario, “Finding Roads Less Traveled”. During these fun trips, we have experienced many fascinating and interesting things. A short time ago, we were driving along a gravel backroad and spotted a phenomenon that we had never experienced before. On a remote farmer’s fence post we came across a huge bird (and when I say HUGE, I mean huge!) with its wings spread fully out. It was just sitting there, not moving. At first, we thought it was just a stuffed decoy. On closer look, we realized that it was alive. We couldn’t believe our eyes! We stopped our car and started to take photos. The bird just sat there, wings spread out, not moving. Several minutes passed by, and Judi decided she wanted to get better and closer shots. Judi stepped out of the car and moved closer. The bird didn’t move! Judi moved a little closer, and the bird finally decided to move. It slowly lowered its massive wings, did a lazy turn on the fence post. It then took off. The bird’s flight only lasted a few seconds. It leisurely glided to a nearby post and settled back down to rest.


At that point Judi and I decided that we had “interfered” with the bird’s “rest time”, and we left it in peace. After all, the mighty “Turkey Vulture” had plenty of “cleanup” duties to perform!