Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Get the Jab!

We both got our vaccine booster shots yesterday, and other than a sore arm, I am grateful for the science and the medicine to help protect us in this new world of pathogens and viruses. I am discouraged that we still suffer the imposed loss of freedoms and the old world safety of traveling to a remote warm climate like we did in past winters. Part of me blames those citizens that still refuse to believe that a vaccine is our only way of getting back to a semblance of old days. I am no expert, but based on history, we sorta know that we kicked scarlet fever to the curb by all of us getting a vaccine. Same story for polio and a few other viruses that ravaged our population in years past. So why do these anti-vaxers demand rights and exceptions to the rules and science to keep us all alive and safe? Why do they scream "Charter of freedom and rights" to keep a vaccine from entering their bodies? Why do you insist on me to "do my own research" and not listen to science, but listen to the "Facebook and Fox news experts"? Why do you want us to protect you from being disallowed from going to hospitality venues without proof of vaccinations?

Not believing in vaccinations or the science behind vaccinations is not a protected class. You do not qualify for protections under any known law or charter in either Canada where my wife and I reside.

You have the right and freedom to choose not to receive the vaccine. You have the right and freedom to not believe in the science behind them.

However, exercising these freedoms does not absolve you from the consequences of your actions. Society does not need to accept your beliefs. Businesses do not have to serve you. People don't have to like you. That is them exercising THEIR freedoms. The same freedoms you enjoy.

So you can keep posting and reporting your beliefs that our leaders are vaccinating us to control us somehow, or how you "read" that our prime minister only received a saline and water vaccine, and how we sheep should wake up, but here it is from me to you: it goes nowhere with me.
I wouldn't waste your time. I would however recommend you strongly consider getting vaccinated. Read better sources and don't use places like Facebook or Twitter to get your scientific and medical information.

Also for the other side or people like me who believe in the science of vaccinations based on research by real medical professionals: You/we should not force vaccinations on people, This is also not an acceptable stance. If anyone advocate for rounding up the unvaccinated and placing them into camps, holding them hostage and forcibly injecting them, or any variation on that, you can keep that attitude to yourself.



Friday, December 31, 2021

I Don't Mind What Happens

A life spent not minding what happens is admirable. In the last 22 months, we have lived with a pandemic that has changed our lives as we knew them. From wearing masks to standing 6 feet apart, to dining in with takeout rather than risk the public in what once was preferred dining rooms; our old-world ways pre-March 2020 are but nostalgic memories.

So I have decided to stop thinking about the next chapters in this seemingly never-ending pandemic or if indeed it will become an endemic soon. We last traveled in January 2020, so we have a great memory and we do miss the annual beach trips. Not gonna lie. But I am at the point that the angst that comes with reading the dailies is not worth it. So a declaration is in order today.

On this, the last day of the year I herby make a promise (pinkies not crossed) to not mind what happens. Wish me luck and Happy New Year to you wonderful readers!



Thursday, December 30, 2021


 "An expert is someone who, over many years, manages to remain confident enough to keep trying and humble enough to keep learning" Author unknown.

Was smacked with this wonderful quote today as I wrestled with the writing demons. My intent was to get back at putting fingers to qwerty and attempt to rekindle the idle grey matter. So what does remaining confident whilst keeping humble have to do with "letting go"? 

Winter arrived this past week and I was thinking of how the trees in our part of the world simply let go. How they like clockwork and without grief (as far as I know) shed their leaves and go into a long slumber before a renewal. Today with little fanfare I started on a path where I want to imitate the trees. Learn to lose things to be a better person/husband/father/grandfather/friend/volunteer. 

Part of accepting that to become that better person, we have to learn to lose, like the trees losing their leaves every year. Nothing stays the same for long, not pain, not sadness, not depression, not elation. It all will pass in time.

Today I decided that I need to Let It GO and move forward. Knowing now that I have no responsibility to live up to someone else's expectations of me, I will spend as little time as possible chasing other people's desires instead of mine.



Friday, March 8, 2019

Record Harvest

Finally some good news!

Due to the best crop in years, and record harvesting conditions, the price of snow has fallen to record low prices!

Today, March 8th the minus 24 degree celsius temperatures continue to induce bone shattering, mind numbing, lip cracking, patty whacking indoor activities for us humans. These are the temps and conditions that give us bumper crops and low prices of snow!

The conditions are so good that this year's bumper crop of snow is being stored in silos, piled at the end of crescents and cul du sacs, and stacked higher than an elephant's eyes on property lines.

The perfect conditions of brass ball freezing temperatures and "show no mercy" mixed up precipitation has led to the bottom of prices falling out on SNOW!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Scraping November for Joy

Ruts. Rabbit holes.  Short cold gloomy days. Long nights.
Attempting to find the lighter side of November for me is akin to finding the good in Hitler Or Trump.
Trump I can find a boatload of humor in. Hitler not so much.

I have tried to force a gladness the last two weeks. I get up with hope and go looking for the fun and funny side of these short gray days, but nada. Zilch.

November is February without Valentines Day.

December I can get along with. A month of family, food, presents, get together s and nice meals and outings. January is still part of that equation with New Years, New hopes, New goals...then the slide into the long and cold without the reverie. March has the promise and hopes of spring and even the occasional mild day to BBQ without fear of frostbite.

September and October have the colours of autumn and football!

Then we hit the off switch on the joy button and sink into November.

I will work on me before I sink like the Edmund Fitzgerald did when the "Skies of November turned gloomy"