2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 930 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


A new address for “My blog”


As I discussed in my newsletter

I’ve opened a new page to bundle all my blogs together,

The new address is:


Hope to see you there!

(In the meantime, this blog site will remain operational)


I have also launched a new blog:

I Hate Microsoft

The name speaks for itself!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013


It’s a rainy day in old St. Augustine … Major rainy! At one point, over breakfast, I could hardly see across the street. However, it is a mild rain, and so I like that.

Yesterday, I published my review of a wonderful, Canadian book: Grass Beyond the Mountains: Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent, by Richmond P. Hobson, Jr., that I described as “A true Canadian story that proves once and for all time that Canada has a history  equal to any in the world for colour, drama and interest.”  It’s true.

My motto is: “Canada has a rich and colourful his that, for the most part, is waiting to be discovered.” So why they can’t teach history like this in schools I don’t know. See my comment on that, and a list of more interesting Canadian stories: Canadian history made boring…

I guess the only personal news I have is, that after three years of having them, I have finally learned to talk and eat with my $4,000 dentures. Okay, that is probably more information that you wanted to know, but to me it is an happy accomplishment so I wanted to share it … Goodness knows, we don’t get to share good news very often.

The other bits of good news is that my health remains good (getting fat), and making progress with the rewrites. Nearly 50 pages behind me–that’s about 1/3 finished–that is if Microcrap hasn’t messed it up in some way.

Until nest time


PS: I see there is a major storm headed for Orillia via the midwest. Yikes! Batten down the hatches.



I can’t believe how fast the time is going, and at my age that’s not such a good thing. Already my stay in Florida is 2/3 gone.

Quite a nice day today. It was 65 when I got up this morning, and the forecast is for mid-seventies.

Just noticed on my last telephone bill that the HST has increased by $.53, from $6.74 to  $7.27 … For what? To pay for Harper’s “Religious Harmonization Bureau,” or McGuinty’s relocation of the gas powered generating plant (in order to get re-elect and close down the legislature)?

Another full day of writing, today.


Thursday ramblings … De minimis –


We are into a warming spell for the next week or so … Yay! Presently I have my room door open and it`s quite comfortable.

I like working with the door open. It connects me with the outside so that I don`t feel so confined. I suppose that is why I like working in the gazebo is the summer.

I believe I chipped a tooth on the weekend, and since then it has been irritating my inside lip. Generally these things go away, but this one being stubborn I had to resort to my dentures to relieve it.

The good news is that, for the first time, I really felt comfortable with my dentures in. I even ate an entire breakfast with them. So I suppose the moral of this tale is: Out of adversity comes progress.

Looking forward to writing today. As I said yesterday, I’m making good progress–4 to 5 pages a day. I’m now at page 37/234, but fighting Microcrap every word of the way. It’s like a harpie from hell lurking in the background, and undoing what I write.

For some odd reason, CBC has deleted my friend Lucas Porter’s recital page, and so I am listening to and supporting another young Canadian musician, Keith Hamm, from Rosebud, Alberta.

Until next time,


Catching up after a long absence ….


I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather up north, and it sure has been brutal–the cold especially. I don’t think it’s been above 32 for more than a month. I know that the average up my way is 37 for this time of year, and it has hardly about 15. It has been cool here in Florida, but I’ll take our version of ‘cool’ any time.

  Otherwise, the hotel has been sold (yet again), and it is no longer a Ramada. It’s now called the San Marco Inn, which doesn’t affect me for this year. However, I don’t know about next fall. It will be closing for major renovations sometime soon, so whether it will be open for my return is an unknown. I also don’t know if Sluggers will be here, either, or whether I will get the same deal.

  Which raises the question: Why can’t change be good news for a change?

  I’ve been on a roll writing lately (4-5 pages a day) so I’ve been sticking right to it. However, my apologies for neglecting all of you. 


Until next time




A red Letter day!!…


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Let it be known far and wide,  that on this day I finished the unedited version of my WIP novel. Mind you, I still have some rewriting to do–continuity check and some editing, but the story is basically written.

I think I’ve covered all the bases–plenty of adventure, interesting and unique characters, drama, romance and a happy ending/

I’m shooting for an early summer release if the muses cooperate.