Friday, December 23, 2011

short of Goal

With just one day left my virual ikettle for the Salvation Army is like the real ones behind in its goal.   I know here in Victoria the Salvation Army goal was 100,000. behind but people were stepping up and giving cheerfully to a worthwhile cause.  

Tom's ikettle 

I also am behind on my mere goal of $100.  With only one day left I hope you will help me meet my goal and if you have trouble with donating online please if you walk by a kettle shopping tomorrow please help out.

Thanks again for joining me on this blog all year and Merry Christmas to you and a very Happy New year.

Remember Jesus is the reason for the Season.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ant Crusher

Hey this is an awesome youtube video of a Bearded Dragon playing on a smart phone the app Ant Crusher.   Its cute to watch.

And remember only just over a week to go in my ikettle for the Salvation Army.   Its secure so log onto it and send them some money for the work they do for the less fortunate.   

Ok see you later

Thursday, December 15, 2011

making it clear

I had a few questions about my last post.  This ikettle is a Salvation Army kettle that is here on my blog.  Just like you see when you go into Walmart or a mall.   So just click on the link and it will take you to the Salvation Army site that has my ikettle on.

You can make a donation by credit card or paypal.   Here is a easy suggestion for all of you,  and it is secure.  Just make a $5.00 donation by credit card.  Remember I'm only trying to raise $100. this first time.  So go ahead and make a donation.  It will really benefit someone that who knows their life could be changed for the good.

Ok here's the link

Tom's ikettle 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I kettle

Hey all.   Aside from standing for a few hours this year on a Salvation Army Kettle in my neighbourhood, Ive set up this internet kettle too.
 Tom's Ikettle

So please drop by my Ikettle and donate to a worthy cause.  because I set it up with just 11 days till Christmas I only set a goal at $100.  But lets see how high we can get it in 11 days.
click on any link that says Tom's Ikettle 
Tom's Ikettle

If you want to set up your own please do so

ok later

Monday, December 5, 2011

Odd Shot moday 12/05

Well today's Odd Shot picture comes from a statue in front of the Westshore RCMP building.  It has been there for a while and I'm sure you might have seen pictures of it before in different brochures or magazines.

But this one is a bit different.  It was taken just after a rain. Can you see the drips from the noses of the Lady and little girl.  I don't know if the Artist designed it that way for when it rained, or if that was just the way it turned out.  But It brings the image to life with a drip on the nose as if each were crying.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bigger Picture

Well it is Thanksgiving in the USA, and I know we celebrated it a month ago here in Canada , But Happy Thanksgiving to all.

While watching the football games today on TV, being a feast of games for Thanksgiving in the NFL.  I could not help my self wondering where some of these guys minds were.  I have observed this mindset before during games of any sport.  But today It just got me wondering why no one says anything about it.

One team was losing by almost 3 touchdowns and only a miracle would get them to win.  A defensive lineman hits the Quarterback in the arm and the ball pops out.  But the offensive team quickly falls on the ball and no big harm done to the offense.
But the defensive player is jumping up and down with great joy, for his knocking the ball loose.  His team did not get the ball back and its still looking like they are going to loose big time. But he is still doing a great dance of Joy and celebration.

He seems to be caught up in his own little world, and not seeing the bigger picture that his team is getting beat badly.

Again in a hockey game a player gets a big hit or wins a fight and is so proud of himself as he is skating off to the bench or penalty box .  His team is losing 5-0 and he again is celebrating.
Does he not see the big picture? 

Well how bout us on Thanksgiving , whether USA or Canada. Do we only see it as one day to thank God for our blessings or maybe we should see the big picture and thank him everyday.

Well what do you think?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gift Ideas for Christmas

Well its that time again when we start to look for the right present for that hard to buy for relative or friend.   Well here you go some ideas for this year.   Take a look im sure you need one of these for your list
1.    Bedside Book Lamp

2.  Yea everyone needs this to liven things up at Christmas
Indoor fireworks
3.   Backyard Garden Water gun.   ( I cant wait till summer)
  4.  Another summer special   Kilt Beach towel

5.     Tree shadow candles. (watch the trees move on the wall)

 6.  Cool  night light faucet.   

7.   A album for all those concert and event tickets

8.   A Dog sled adventure.   This is real only $139. 
 9.    Now you Iphone junkies need this  
            Iphone Bottle Opener case

10.   and of course some candy for the stocking
               Gummy Army Guys 


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Who's Bottom ?

Quick's Bottom.   One of the spots I haven't been to in Greater Victoria in years.  It is one of Saanich's least know parks.  
A bird sanctuary that you can access off of Wilkinson rd or Markham rd.

A good 40 min walk around but as the winter sets in I would not advise it unless your wearing rubber boots.  I'm planning on going back in the spring.  I hear it is a great place to bird watch.  I'm not a big bird watcher but I'm sure I could watch for a bit.   Notice the bird blind.   
I would rather just sit out in the open on a deck if you ask me.    

Anyway check it out.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Odd Shot Guess???

Well today's odd shot is from my truck , looking out and behind. Now lets test the regular readers to tell me where exactly this picture was taken.  Leave your answer in the comments section with your first name.   Come on even if you haven't answered before please comment .

Monday, November 7, 2011

Arrived in Courtenay

Well in my imaginary walk, where i keep track of my walking and then translate it into a walk up Vancouver Island, I am just leaving Courtenay .    The walk from Parksville to Courtenay took 14 hrs and 38 min.   And now the next section is Courtenay to Campbell River.  This should take 9 hrs and 44 min.

Well that should take a week and half or two weeks.   Ok keep walking best way to stay fit.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Odd Shot

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, you know with fall here its a busy time.  All the things you didn't do in the summer and all the things you need to do before winter.

Well this is a day early for Monday's Odd Shot.  But here it is A huge stump in this truck.  Now I find that a bit odd as how did they get that big of a stump in that truck. Also why is it just parked there with no work anywhere around. I mean if that was in my truck I'd want it out as fast as I could.  It would be pretty heavy. And imagine if it shifted when you were driving, now that would cause some serious damage to your truck or another car or person.

For more Odd Shots  Check out
Katney's Kaboodle

Saturday, October 22, 2011

After the rain

Rained most of the mornng and afternoon. So after Watching the Canuck game on tv we headed out for a short drive to Esquimalt Lagoon.   This pic was taken there .  Kinda a nice view of the grass and log by the ocean.


Friday, October 21, 2011

another fun video

Just another fun video to watch. enjoy

Sunday, October 16, 2011

At it's finest

Here is the video clip of the final game in the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships held this year 2011.  In the red is the World Champion the last 7 yrs  Allan Francis. He has won it 16 times.  And the other fellow is the challenger Brian Simmons. He has won it 2 times.  Watch and enjoy.

World Championships Title match 2011 


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hockey Trivia

Here is a hockey trivia question for you.  Lets see who is the first person to answer this question in the comments right under this post. 


Who was the first NHL player to sign a million dollar contract?

Answer in 2 days if no one gets it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Heading to Parksville

If you have been following this blog for the last little while, you know that I am on a trip from Langford to the end of the Vancouver Island and back.  Well I am now on a leg from Nanaimo to Parksville. (sorry don't have time on this trip to see my sister).  This is an imaginary trip.  I keep track of my walking and then measure it against walking the island.

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Well this leg takes 7 hrs.  I am 1 hr into the leg.   Ok after I have done this maybe this could be done as a fund raiser for something who knows.  This time is just a test to see how it works out.
Happy Walking.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Well the job is finally finished. 10 hrs on Saturday and 7 hrs today for a total 17 hrs of wood splitting.  Of course with that loved wood splitter.  It would have taken us all year to do this without it.

I am so Thankful the job is done and a great group of friends came and spent a few hours on one or both of the days to help us get the job done.

We will be warm for years to come.   Drop by sometime for a coffee or tea by the woodstove.  Ok till next time

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Too much wood

Just that too much wood.  We had the splitter going for 9 hrs and still only got 2/3 of the wood split. But lucky we phoned the rental place when we realized it would not get done in one day.  And got the splitter for the rest of the long weekend.

Took today off for Thanksgiving but we will be hard at it tomorrow morning starting around 8am.  Don't forget if your free drop by and help out.  We had a lot of fun working together splitting , stacking wood, and just having a great day working together.

I want to thank all who came out on Saturday , especially a young guy from down the street who saw what was going on and came and joined in to help.

Ok if you can see you tomorrow morning.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The 5 min job

Well as you know we have our wood splitting work party this Saturday.  And I reserved to rent a wood splitter from the local rental shop. 

I enquired as to what size ball I needed for the wood splitter and was told you need a 2 " ball.  I looked at my truck and it was a 1 7/8" ball.  So I bought a new 2" ball.   

So unscrew the old ball , put on the new ball, 5 min job right.

I went to use my wrench on the ball but the lip of the bumper on both sides didn't allow me to get it off that way.
So I didn't have a socket big enough to fit that so had to drive to a friends house. 

   We used the socket got the ball off and went to put the new one in , and guess what.   the shaft of the 2" ball was bigger than the hole on the bumper.   GRRRRRRRRrr

So now to track down a ball with a smaller shaft, take the other one back, then back to my friends to use his socket again.   

The time was just under 2 hrs for a 5 min job.   Don't you just love those simple jobs.

Ok well tomorrow we dig in and work together to get the wood all stacked and moved to the new wood shed.   Hint Hint.
come on by.   remember pizza for lunch.

ok till next time  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

someones fence

Remember I said I would post what some people put in their yards for decorations.  Well here is another example. Again this is on their fence.  The house is on the main street of Ft. Langley, BC.

Friday, September 30, 2011

wood party

A big job that needs a team to get it done.  So we have another wood splitting party.  We did this a couple of years ago and it went well. 

We rent a wood splitter , and then have a lot of people to load the truck and drive it up the driveway.  If enough show up we will wheelbarrow it around back and load up the now empty new woodshed. 

  Wanna help   well come on by.  We are having pizza for lunch.    Ok see ya there

Thursday, September 29, 2011

from phone

This is where we had lunch today
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New Leg

Well I finished the leg of my walk from Mill Bay to Duncan.  Now the next leg is Duncan to Ladysmith.  This will take 5 hrs and 45 min.   Today I walked 1:40 min.  That finished off the last 30 min of my last leg and 1:10 into this new leg.   Only 4 hrs and 35 min to go till Ladysmith.  Ok till next time

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The View is Royal part 2

As promised here are the rest of the pictures from the walk in View Royal.   You can click on each picture from any post on here to see larger images of the picture.  Enjoy


Monday, September 26, 2011

The view is Royal

As promised here are some more pics of the walk in View Royal last week.   Its no wonder its called View Royal.  There are quite a few little coves with spectacular views out into  the harbour and out farther to the strait.   This day was a bit sunny with a bit of fog in the background made for some great views.  Hope you enjoy.  There will be 2 parts.  Part 1.