Monday, November 30, 2009

storing pictures

With the new digital camera comes the problem of how to store your pictures. At first I stored them on the hard drive of my computer . Then came a memory card. Then burn them onto a CD.
Now I'm in the process of trying other ways. I'm looking at buying a portable hard drive like 500mb. But want my pictures in two different places in case one fails. So I'm looking into online storage too. But don't want the whole world to see them so it must be somewhere private.

Im testing a online site right now. So this picture is from the site so lets see how it works.

Remember the picture a month or so ago of my old hat that I wore when i first started work.

ok till next time

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Old Victoria and Vancouver

Here is a video that was sent to me from my brother in law he found on you tube. It is a newsreel of visiting Victoria and Vancouver in 1936. It interesting to see the inner harbour without the walk way below. And no welcome to Victoria on the grass. Even Butchard gardens is still recognizable but still it is different. Enjoy it and tell me in the comments what you thought about it. It is just over 9 min long.

OK till next time

Saturday, November 28, 2009

new email

Well now that I am retired, I have to have a new email. So what best way to do that than just put an x in front of my old one. Now if you don't know the old one it would be hard for you to figure it out. So to fool the bots on here that scan for emails I will decode it but you should be able to figure it out. I know your smart readers. But if you cant leave a comment and ill get back to you with it. Ok are you ready here it is

postie at

ok you got it figured out. just type it the way it sounds.

ok till next time

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Now finally I know what its all about

Well finally I know what it is all about. The names in the song that is. Remember the song We didn't start the fire by Billy Joel. If you are like me you know a lot of the things mentioned but can never keep up with the lyrics. Now someone has done the work for you. This guy must have spent lots of hours getting all the pictures to bring the song to life.

It was sent to me by a friend , So now here is the link , Sit back turn up the sound and enjoy the song and the sights.

Hope you enjoyed it. till next time

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

And Suddenly...

And suddenly there was pain. Last Friday I did a few jobs around the house, nothing too taxing. Then later in the day a bit of tightness in my back. Saturday and Sunday it was still a bit tight. Then on Monday morning a lot of PAIN.

It hurt a lot to bend over at all. and Sitting in my relaxing chair was painful. It wasn't too bad if i stood up or layed down.

Tuesday was a bit better was able to go out and about but sitting down and putting on my shoes and socks were impossible.

Today better still but socks and shoes are still out.
This afternoon its even better but haven't done any shoes on by myself yet. I went for coffee and had a good walk which wasn't too bad . But had to get my wife to put my shoes on and off for me

I'm hoping tomorrow is much better. Man you never know when something is gonna affect your everyday life. Hopefully this is the end of it as I'm not sure I really did anything that would cause it . I'm guessing it is some kind of virus or something.

anyway chat soon

Friday, November 20, 2009

Now that the rain stopped

Well after a week of solid rain. Places flooding and not able to do the things around the house that need to be done. The rain stopped for a few hours today. I had a couple of jobs I wanted done.

The first was to fix a tap that was installed at the bottom of our driveway that was run over a few months ago. It needed to be dug up the casing needed to be straightened and now that winter is coming it needed to be shut off. With all the rain it was kinda flooded in the casing so the job was messier than i thought. Got that done and then the neighbour asked me to help him move a dead deer from his lawn. I guess it either had gotten sick and died or hit by a car. Well we dealt with that.

Then on the deer theme I finished off a mesh box over my wife's heather plants so the deer don't eat the tops in Jan and Feb. third one Ive done so far , I think about 3 more to go. Using left over wood from the old front porch.

Well just in time when I finished it started raining again. Good timing. Well haven't missed working in the rain and its great to be able to wait till it finishes to start to work .

ok later

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lost a good friend

A regular subscriber to my blog past away almost a week ago. She went by the name of Wml and commented on lots of my blogs. She was involved heavily in our church and did many of busy things for the church and the community in general.

This picture is of her little dog. when she posted in the comment section this little picture always showed up. Doesn't that make you smile. She had a whole wardrobe for her dog. It was a Chinese hairless dog. It had some hair but very little on the body. I guess that's why all the clothes.

Anyway Wml is in a better place now as a Christian she can be assured of her place in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:8 reads

Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord (NLT)

Good job your rewards await you , thanks for being a good friend.

ok till next time

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A tale of Three towns

When away last week we traveled to Anacortes and then to La conner and Coupeville and Langley. Each of the last three places we really enjoyed seeing. But they were all a little different. La conner was on a channel of water. Coupeville and Langley were right on the water. €oupville had a neat old bulilding at the end of the pier that had a good coffee shop in it.
And langley was a compact cute little tow

ok here are the 3 places in order La conner , Coupeville, and Langley




ok till next time

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Here is a great reflection picture that I took by accident. I was trying to get a good sunrise picture but that didnt turn out as good as I wanted but the reflection caught me in the act.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

city art

Well on our little trip to Washington state we saw some different city art. Cities like to do things a bit different than the other cities so here are a couple of things we saw this trip.

This first one was in Anacortes you know you have to clear customs when entering the States.

This one was in Anacortes on the sidewalk. A garbage can nice done.

This one is in La conner by the channel and its a walkway to the wharf done with wire as a fish frame.

This one is in Coupeville on Whidby Island beside a store that has a walkway all the way around it. Say hi to the Captain.

Ill post a few more pics of the trip next time

Monday, November 9, 2009

Doesnt get any better than this

Well its been about 10 days now and your right it doesn't get any better than this.

The first week was busy planning and getting ready for the retirement open house. It turned out to be a great success and was so great to see all the friends, family , and co-workers there to help me celebrate.

the whole week our youngest son and his fiance and their new puppy came for a visit from the Rocky Mnts. It was great to spend that time with them.

And now My wife and I are having a short get away in the San Juan Islands. We took the above ferry the M/V Chelan from Sidney , B.C . to Anacortes and then the short drive to La Conner. here we had dinner at a nice restaurant downtown and then found a great b&b. Laying in the kingsize bed as I write this entry.

Tomorrow we will check out the small town and then head down Whidbey Island , over Deception pass bridge and either stay in Oak harbour or Coupeville. have to see how far our time goes and where we end up when we need to find a place.

Ok till next time.

Monday, November 2, 2009

First day off

Well today is the first day I spent not working. Officially I'm still on holidays till Dec 02 but with it before my retirement date its all retirement.

Well slept in a bit had a nice coffee and breakfast with my wife, and then went out to get all the leaves off of the driveway and back patio. It took me a couple of hrs. I have a new blower/sucker/mulcher so it made the job quite enjoyable. Then took the garbage in to the garbage drop off.

Then to the fun part of the day. Joined my brother in law at Shawnigan lake and we went fishing. The weather was off and on rain but we enjoyed it anyway. What a way to spend when you retire to get out of working in the rain and you go fishing and it rains. The catch was 5 fish between us with him getting most of them. Ok all of them. I had a few bites but nothing stayed on. Guess I'm just a rookie at this retirement. Ill beat him next time.

then the evening I spent with my wife watching baseball on TV. I had last nites game recorded so watched that one without the commercials. I love to fast forward over commercials and pitching changes. Then after that one we watch tonight's. Which was being recorded too . So no commercials. Both really good games. Its turning into a very good world series.

Ok a great first day of Retirement. looking forward to more.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

one final delivery

Well as I said yesterday I would today tell you about my last day on the job. Well as normal It started as I went in to work and sort my mail. Lots of carriers dropped by while I was sorting and said good luck and take me with you. Then as a hour went by former carriers came into the office and they had a celebration for my retirement.

The supervisor had a small speech about me working there and gave me a couple of things to commemorate me leaving. One was a hat with a good crop of hair on the top for me to wear. I guess the lack of hair shows.
The second thing was she said for all the disagreement we had over what management wanted to do and that I disagreed with because it was wrong. We had some good discussions over the years. She said a few times she wanted to just boot me out of there . But I normally stuck my ground when I believed something was wrong. So she gave me a bronzed boot so she could say she finally gave me the boot. A funny touch.

Then the other supervisor gave me a certificate that says that I am now officially retired from Canada Post Corporation. Signed by the CEO.

next was from the letter carriers. One lady gave a nice speech about my time in that depot (27yrs) and the fun we had during that time. And a few of the things we all went through together. The carriers gave me a box that I can use to carry my horseshoes in and a wonderful framed picture of me that was used in the flyer from my church of me and a dog running down the street. If you go to you will see the picture there. They all signed the matt that was around the picture and now I have it hung up here at home.
Then after that everyone wished me well and we had some food and cake to celebrate the occasion

Now we are at work and so the day must proceed. I headed out on the job and continually ran into people that wished me well and said they were going to miss me.

At the mall I was given a few great cards and things. The florist even gave me a rose to wear for the rest of the day.

finally I finished and walked out the building of the PO officially for the last time. I will miss them all and will drop by now and then to say hi. Now a new chapter. I hope it goes as well as the last one almost 36 yrs.