Brrr #4


Another chilly day (presently 50, but feels 46). I have the thermostat set for 63, and it came on about every 15 mins. last night. However, tomorrow afternoon is forecast to be 68, and 70s after that.

I have been working on proofreading Coming of Age and I am shocked by how many typos got passed Grammarly (the much-hyped grammar-checking program). It’s a good thing that I decided to do a line-by-line look because it could have been a real embarrassment to publish it that way.

There is no royal road to writing – not Spellcheck or Grammarly or any of these other gimmicks. The only sure way is the old fashioned way.

Trying to keep ahead of the foreign exchange rate – CAD to USD – is like playing roulette; sometimes you win, but most times you lose. My USD Visa card is due September 13th, but I paid it off last week because the dollar got up to $0.75 cents.

One cent makes a big difference when you’re paying big bucks every month. However, for whatever reason, Visa only posts once iin two weeks, or so, so I suspect they wait until the CAD is down before the transaction is recorded – it seems that way, anyhow.

Waiting for the temperature to rise. More next time.


I may ask for a refund!
I may ask for a refund!

Yes, it’s cool. Frost is predicted for tonight, but the good news is, NO SNOW.

I’m working on the final edits to Coming of Age. It’s like an MRI of your new baby, with only a limited number of revisions you can make. So, do I change this or that?

Altogether, I’m satisfied. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever written, but sometimes you just have to let go and move on. I am just about finished Part Two, and then on to something lighter.

I see by the news that the $60M jackpot was won in Canada. I buy $5-dollars-worth of MegaMillions every week, and so far I’ve won $4 bucks. Oh, well, it’s as good as my investments are doing under “Twinkle Toes” Trudeau. The return on my investments is going down by percentages, while my foreign expenditure is going up by billions. Is it just me, or is there something wrong with this scenario?

Tomorrow is forecast to be in the 40s, but then it starts to gradually climb into the 70s by mid-week. That’s what I’m paying the bucks for.

More next time.


Happy 2017!…


Yes, finally Coming of Age on the Trail: Part One should be on the shelves by the end of January.  It has been a long haul for 2010, when I first started it, but persistence has won out.

I am now working on Part Two.

The temperature is like a yo-yo. It has gone from 28F to 79F in the space of 36 hours. Presently it is 79, and I will take it over 28 anytime.

I went to bed at 11:00 New Year’s Eve, but the fireworks woke me a 12:00 midnight, so I saw the new year in whether I liked it or not. Otherwise, I had a good night’s sleep.

At breakfast this morning, a trio of young gals came is and serenaded us. They were collecting for some child-welfare thing, but I gave just the same. I think those who know me and my attitude toward children – who should be seen but not heard until they have something intelligent to say – will probably smile at my largesse, but I thought the gals had initiative that deserved rewarding.

I’m still have computer problems. Oh, they work (sort of), but what is working on one isn’t working on the other. It is a never-ending battle.

Happy New Year, and more next time.