Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April 29 and 30 only...

The "Free E-Associate Web Site" set-up promotion offered by Watkins expires April 30, 2009. Any new Independent Associates signing up by then will have the normal $64.95 fee waived, regular monthly fees will still apply but what you save with the no set-up fee will even cover your initial cost of becoming an Independent Associate.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Between Seasons…

Spring by the calendar with a hint of summer in the air, sometimes.

No buds on the poplars yet but the signs of the seasons are out there in the form of the frogs peeping, doves and other birds ‘frolicking’, the ducks are checking out nesting sites, our loons and geese are back on the beach and I even saw one of our giant wood spiders yesterday. I moved a board and there was, a full adult 2+ inches across. I’ve seen them much bigger than that when we were building the house and so far they’ve proved harmless but I have to admit that I’m a little nervous putting on my boots in the summer, even if I do shake them out first!

The lawn is all raked, except for the back yard which is still a little damp from runoff and the spring back there. It should be dry enough to do by next week, probably. There is still a little bit of snow way back in the bush and along the road in places but that won't last long.

Hmmm… probably… sometimes… almost sounds like I’m in between seasons myself and I guess I am in some ways. I’ve now completed 6+ months of retirement and just now starting to get settled down into a kind of routine. An hour or so of housework plus some cooking time, an hour or so doing other chores such as raking or shoveling or shed cleaning, a couple hours of Watkins related items such as calling candidates or associates along with making deliveries and doing the bookkeeping, an hour or so of web site work and that pretty well takes care of my day. Oh yes, just a little bit of Facebooking mixed in throughout the day… well, more than a little bit because I’m addicted you see. I shudder to think of what will happen when the full version of Microsoft Vine is released. Guess we’ll have to petition for longer days or less of a sleep requirement.

Anyway, these are a couple pix I took today. That white bench in the photo is going to need painting this spring along with the staining of the deck. I’d also really like to do something down on the beach. I’ve got it all cleaned up but it would be nice to make a few additions down there also. Maybe a bench or gazebo? We’ll see what develops. Talk at ‘ya later!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

OK, since you asked...

I wasn't going to add any details to this but since you've asked...

Speed Limit: 80kph
My Speed: 85kph+/-
Location: Going UP the big hill just south of Sheguiandah.

PS: This is NOT the bus in which I have personally witnessed the driver with an unlit cigarette in his mouth on more than one occasion. I asked one of the students about this one day... his comment? "Oh yeah, as soon as the last kid is off he lights up."

And that's that last thing you'll hear from me about school bus actions. It's been the subject of too many of my blog entries already. Enough is enough.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What's that sound?

Awoke this morning to a strange sound outside. It was sort of a combined hiss, roar, rumble, whisper and sigh... Hey! The ice is gone! It had been candled for a while and more and more cracks had appeared daily which moved back and forth depending on the breeze. Today there is a brisk wind blowing in off the water and all the ice that had been in front of our house is gone except for a few small chunks along the shoreline.

Although it's nice to hear the waves again I know I'm going to miss the morning silence while I'm out on the deck with my coffee. I enjoy it when there isn't a sound except for the birds and the trees talking to each other, perhaps a crackle as some small animal moves through the woods. For me that's the time to contemplate and ponder... think and plan... reflect and wonder. I like the morning dawn, can you tell?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My New Toy...

... sorry, I meant my new business vehicle of course!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It's my duty...

... to drive the speed limit, or a little better.

My feeling of helping others in enhanced when someone has to pass me. Just think, that rush of excitement that hits their system as they press down on their gas peddle might be the only thrill they get all day. Why, they might have even been on the cusp of a heart attack and that little jolt of adrenelin could have made the difference.

Hey, I may have just saved a life!

I miss it...

At least a part of me does. I'm talking about the involvement in Lions Clubs at District level. I just spent three days at the District A5 Convention in Sudbury and as the saying goes, a good time was had by all.

it was a great experience for me personally as I got to talk and promote Watkins to several hundred people. It was also made plain to me by several that I hadn't been forgotten during my three or for year absence and if I now chose to start my run for the Governor position I would have a very able crew promoting me.

Nice to know a campaign is ready for the launching but I think my leadership days are over. I'm just having too much fun with Watkins and besides, I currently have a growing team of 15 Independent Associates under me and that's more than enough of a leadership role for now!

Still, it's tempting...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Woody is busy...

A little while ago I posted a note that the Pileated Woodpecker is back for the summer. Well, looking at all the chips I'd say he's been a busy fellow but I'm wondering... which way will the tree eventually fall? I guess luck dictates that it will be towards the house instead of away and it will be close!

Oh, I found some great information about this type of woodpecker here. It's worthwhile checking out!