— Duh— Is it Tomorrow Yet?

Monday, September 26th, 2016 — 3˚C / 38˚F & Still Dark @ 7:00 am in our little corner of Atlantic Canada —

Farm Stand side yard.

‘Farm Stand with farm animals and Playground. Plus dark threatening clouds overhead.’

— I woke up this morning thinking it was Tuesday. Last Friday morning, Cathi was so sure that it was Saturday that she turned off her alarm after it went off. So I guess whatever we’re experiencing, it’s contagious. 😉

— Yesterday, we ‘discovered’ a couple farm stands on Hwy 105 South – on the east side of the St John River. Cathi had already seen them a while back and wanted to go there to check out what they had for sale, this was our first opportunity to do that. I thought we were in Jemseg. Cathi later told somebody that Jemseg is actually 50 kilometers south of where we were, in Maugerville. The first farm stand is one I heard about before – with a giant potato man waving at traffic in front of the building. It had been in the same family for generations and the sad farmer came to the realization that his offspring didn’t want to continue on with the tradition, so he was selling it. The second one, above, had this side yard with several penned up farm animals: goats, sheep, alpacas – and a bit of a playground to keep kids happy and busy while they were there. Yesterday also had a bunch of ‘sunshowers’ popping up all afternoon. You can see one approaching in this photograph- a couple minutes later it was pouring rain in just as bright sunshine and most of the animals ran under the roof of a small shelter like building in the centre of this fenced off area. Signs all around the fence there say “Animals May Bite” & in essence: ‘Don’t do anything stupid-‘ 🙂

~~~~~ Jim

Saturday – Optimistic In the Great White North?

Saturday, January 9th, 2016 -(-3˚C / +27˚F — Dark and hopeful @9:45 pm in this little corner of Atlantic Canada )-

Higher minimum wages benefits almost everybody.

Who benefits from higher minimum wages? How about almost everybody?

There is a lot of -“#ResistCapitalism”- on Twitter this evening.

Noam Chomsky quote

Noam Chomsky was re-tweeted a lot.

'The Lion and the Unicorn' by George Orwell

George Orwell has been re-tweeted a lot in the past couple days. I want to see what this book is all about. This tweeter isn’t the most diplomatic and/or refined individual in the ‘tweet-us-sphere’, but he usually has something interesting to say. 🙂

Binged on season two of “Manhattan” last night. Watched all ten episodes. That was one heck of a television series. I betcha the guy who first described television as ‘the wasteland’ would have been positively impressed-

But then I woke up with a wicked headache this morning, and after a little bit of coffee and pleasant distraction later and I was fine.

I did let Jassper drag me up and down the street around sunset, he needed to sniff ever inch of both sides of our cul-de-sac here. & he only needed to roll around and bond with the snow and ice twice, but he did need to stick his nose deeply into snow banks in several spots, had to be reminded to, “Easy- Take it easy!” several times and only nearly yanked me off my feet once.

Re: Mercury Retrograde: I seem to be deeply introspective about my writing this time. & Deeply concerned about what I ‘put out there’ and/or leave behind when I graduate to the next level of existence – I would much rather leave behind a positively inspiring legacy than be rolling in riches. Now where do I concentrate my efforts? Hmmmmm-

— Introspectively yours,

~~~~~ Jim

 

-Archives- Arnprior & Original Globe Theatre Construction – Dec., 2009

Monday, 28 December, 2009

Afternoon snow falling near the museum in Arnprior. -jrw-

 

-Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.

Today was the Boxing Day holiday for federal employees and bankers.

Kind of a grey day, we had a bit of snow in the afternoon.

& The famous Globe Theatre in Stratford on the Avon had its construction begun on this day in the late 1500’s.

—–Jim

-Archives- Arnprior Weather – Boxing Day, 2009

Freezing Rain on Boxing Day

-Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. Boxing Day (December 26, 2009)

Arnprior was a skating rink this morning. Our poor dog had a heck of a time trying to find a nice, flat, and rough enough so his feet didn’t fly out from under him… spot to take his morning pee.

Anyway, the photo was taken looking East from just outside the TVCOGECO studio on Madawaska Street (kind of one of the back doors of the Town Hall.) (except the studio no longer connects with the rest of the lower floor of the building.)

The soundtrack was classical music from CBC-2.

—–Jim—–

-Archives- Arnprior Weather – Dec., 2009

They Say it might Rain For Christmas ????

Gloomy View with Church

Gloomy view from the Quality Inn parking lot, Catholic Church disant left. -jrw-

 

-Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. Christmas Eve, 2009.

It’s bitter cold in the Nation’s Capital Region (and we’re just west of the Greater Ottawa City Limits) (at least until a dis-amalgamation happens. Big “IF”)

So it’s kind of strange that after a couple weeks of bitter cold, they’re forecasting possible rain on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

We’ll have to see.

—–Jim

-Archives- Local Arnprior News – Dec., 2009

Excitement in Arnprior?

Bank with yellow tape and OPP cruiser.

Scotia Bank, Corner of Madawaska & John Streets – With Crime Scene Tape – -ttlxlt-

 

-Arnprior, Friday, December 18, 2009. And I thought the cold temperature was the story of the day.

Apparently, there was an armed robbery in town. Crime scene tape all around the bank, an unmarked truck that may have been a major crime scene investigation unit or something.

One OPP officer asked me through the door what I was doing with the camera. He seemed happy when I was concerned that no one was hurt.

An older woman walking South on John Street north saw somebody with a video camera, getting background shots for the local cable company (TVCOGECO) and asked him what was going on, I heard him whisper, “Apparently, there’s been an armed robbery.” “In Arnprior?” she gasped.

A younger woman’s face turned sour as she parked her car and crossed the street and wanted to go into the bank. The OPP Officer came out to where the tape ended and was speaking to her (I couldn’t hear anything) as I bundled my freezing fingers into my pockets with my camera and headed for the relative warmth of my vehicle.

—–T. Talxalot, frozen reporter at large. —–

Arnprior Weather, December, 2009 -Archives-

Brrrrrrr!

Hoar frost on & around the island at the weir in Arnprior.

There was diamond dust in the air & -24 C / -11 F ( -31 C wind chill) -jrw-

-Arnprior, Friday, December 18, 2009.

Brrrrrrrr! (but it was pretty.)

-24˚C /  -11˚F this morning in Arnprior. ((-31˚C / -24˚F wind chill))

So I pretty much froze my fingers off shooting a couple snap shots around town.

I tried to get some video with a flip cam too. I still have to plug that in.

Diamond dust is the frozen particles of moisture in the air when it gets this cold. The diamond dust didn’t show up in this photo, probably just too small and not quite the right angle to catch the sunlight magically lighting up the pixellated diamond dust.

—– T.Talxalot, reporter at large. —–

-Archives- Arnprior & District Museum News

Arnprior & District Museum Looking for new board members

Janet Carlile Photo

Arnprior & District Museum Curator Janet Carlile

 

-Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, December 16, 2009

The Arnprior & District Museum is looking for new executive board members.

The Museum Board is mandated to have 9 members. There are more than one openings.

This is a volunteer position. Duties include attending meetings (One meeting per month from September to June) and to set policy and advise the Curator.

Curator Janet Carlile has suggested that a new board member be recruited who has skills in marketing, public relations and fund raising for acquisitions; not necessarily to run the gift shop so much as to advise the other board members and volunteers on how to get the word out that the museum is here, has services to offer, meeting rooms available to the public, and items for sale.

—–T.Talxalot, Reporter at Large—–

Arnprior & District Museum News

Arnprior & District Museum Party for Volunteers

-Arnprior, Ontario, Canada- Monday, December 14, 2009.

-We got to the Arnprior & District Museum in time to wave goodbye to several of the volunteers who had come to their pre-Christmas party.

Curator Janet Carlile was on hand to thank the many volunteers who make the Museum work. She also announced that she was thankful to the town and people of Arnprior who support the Museum.

One volunteer was particularly impressed with the way students from Algonquin College put in so much time and effort to work near miracles every year with new exhibits, and this year, a kit to bring aspects of the Museum to local schools and other places.

In the second photo, Three volunteers are looking at a photo of firefighters and an old fire engine they believe might be the one that’s on display beside them.

During the party some of the volunteers spoke with wonder at how the fire engine actually fit through the doors behind the volunteers in this photo. Someone else remembered that the floor had to be reinforced to handle the weight of the vehicle.

—–Jim—–