Autumn Insulator Adventures…#1.

Half grown baby merganser.

Hello everyone on this fairly mild December day!  Even the sun is trying to come out and add some brightness to the day.  But for some reason it feels cold today, and I’m not the only one that feels that way.  It’s kind of a cold that eats right into a person.  But it is winter.  Have to expect that kind of weather.  Just seems odd having such cold weather when there isn’t much snow out there.  We are supposed to get into some rather cold weather starting on the weekend.  Not good when there isn’t that thick layer of snow to add protection to buried water pipes.

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Looking out across a small section of our little lake.

It’s a good time to dream of warmer days. Just close my eyes. The sun is shining. Just a slight chill to the morning air. But that will quickly change as the sun rises higher, getting above the trees. The fall colors are just beautiful right now, and the leaves which have already fallen crunch under foot as dad and I walk through the trees to the railway tracks. Another fantastic day to hunt for insulators, says dad.  Great day to dig for bottles, I said.  Why waste such a nice day doing that, says dad.  Sigh.  Anyway, we have permission to remove insulators from the bottom cross arms which are no longer in use and will be removed shortly.

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Last time I was at the river, most of this rock was under water.

We get to the area where we left off last week. Should be some easy picking up ahead as the poles are short on a nearby hill. Hmm. Still just a little out of reach however. Dad comes up with an idea. He will get down on his hands and knees and I can stand on his back. Hmm.  Not so sure about this.  But dad is willing.  Amazingly.  So up I go.  Not bad. Just perfect.  I take off two.  Stop wiggling says dad.  I’m not wiggling, you are, I say.  Have to move over.  We did.  Another two.  Finally get to the last one.  I try to reach over rather than move again.  Got it.  But I lose my balance a bit and grab the cross arm.  And step on dad’s head.  Well, okay, I sort of kicked his head.  And knocked his glasses off.  My glasses he yells!  And moves.  Bad idea.  That’s it.  I fall.  And drop the insulator.

Fortunately I land on my backpack.  A bit softer than the rock.  Dad is on his knees.  Holding his head.  And moaning.  Hmm.  Must have hit his head again.  He is always doing that.  What happened?  BONEHEAD!  Can’t imagine why he would be enjoying this.  Seems the insulator landed on his head.  See, I said, you should always wear your hard hat when we are out like this.  I should always wear it when I am anywhere near you, he said.  Can’t imagine why.  I’ll get your glasses, I said.  NO, stay back, he yelled.  He got them.  We continued along the hill after dad rested a bit.

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This is a beautiful spot at the river.

It’s amazing really.  He was an accident magnet.  Always getting hurt.  Or wet.  Nice and dry along here though so no chance of that happening.  Next couple of poles were easy.  No problems.  Then a pole that was a bit higher.  I got up on dad’s shoulders.  It was a bit shaky.  I lifted my foot as I tried to reach one insulator.  Dad tried to grab my foot.  He missed.  His hand went on his shoulder.  I put my foot down right at that moment.  Not my fault his hand was there.  A rather loud scream from dad.  What’s wrong?  My hand!  Stop shaking my foot, I said.

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One of many cottages on islands here on the lake.

That’s when he lost his balance.  And I tried not to fall.  And I stepped on his head again.  Off went his glasses again.  Considering all the times he dropped those glasses, it’s amazing they never broke.  Poor dad, he not only had a sore head, but now a sore neck too.  I still don’t know why he wanted to look for insulators all the time, he was always getting hurt.  Better stop here and continue next time.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

18 Comments on “Autumn Insulator Adventures…#1.

  1. Yup. With the windshield it feels colder than it actually is. 🥶 I left the house later than I had planned and it was icy walking to MCDs this morning. There was also a long line which annoyed me but that’s my fault for waking up later than intended. 😑On the way home, the ice had melted but it got colder! I don’t know how the temperature dropped so quickly, but somehow it did. It wasn’t pleasant walking home in the cold. Canada is too cold for me, so I wouldn’t mind living somewhere warmer. You taught me that there are palm trees in South Carolina. I did not know that. 🌴🌴

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    • I never knew that palm trees were there either until Lydia told me back in June. I was amazed they could survive there. Obviously warmer than I thought. Too bad I couldn’t move there!😂🌴It’s definitely too cold in Canada!
      I think it was warmer when I went out to feed the birds this morning than it was by the time I finished shopping. The joys of winter. Or something like that.
      Have a great evening Hilary!😃😺

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  2. Insulators are worth the effort if it was a rare one…rare colour, that is…digging for old bottles is exciting…

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  3. No matter what, Hobbies are always hobby and your dads thirst for insulator were always there. Enjoyed it Steve😍 Poor him, always losing his glasses😜 and You literally tested his patience all time😂 You know? Today Jessica is getting young again😁 its her birthday.😉 Have a beautiful day✨🤗✍️

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    • Me? I was innocent! Almost. Kind of. Always losing his glasses, twice he broke them, and one of those times I wasn’t even around him! Yes, I knew it was Jessica’s birthday.🥳 She told me a while back when I was trying to guess her age.😂I guessed wrong.🤔🙄Thanks for reading, glad you liked it. Have a wonderful evening Simon! It’s snowing and I have to go out right away. Sigh.😁😸☃🎄🌨

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  4. Ha ha Steve, you are innocent😂 ok i accept. oh you tried to guess her age😜 haha😉 Have a great day Steve. Go out but take care and careful😉👍

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    • I’m back finally, wow,😲 it’s slippery out there with that new snow,😳 but I didn’t have any problems, only about 3 cm though and it’s almost stopped snowing now.🤪☃ Yep, I tried and failed to guess her age.🤔😜 I think she laughed at me, but at least she didn’t get mad at me!😂😹

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      • Hey Steve! New snow🤔 yet to see that sunshine isnt it,👻 i have seen some sunshine late in the noon. That was so relaxing for my cold sickness🤒. Ha ha, hope you got to know her real age now😁 Have a good day Steve✨☃️

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      • Won’t be any sunshine today, maybe tomorrow, but it will be much colder, down to -19C tonight,😳 but it will feel like -28C with the wind.😲😳 Good time to be inside with a cup of hot tea and Muffin beside me!🤪☕😜😻Yes, she told me her real age, I never would have guessed it.😂🙄

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      • Haha steve! Success with your mission it seems😂 you got her age😜😉 and sad its still cold out there, can i throw some warm air from here, i dont know how hard i blow the easterlies pulls it back to gulf side🙄. ok, enough of alien talks😂👻 Have a good night☃️

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      • Wish you could send some warm air, cold here this morning, not as bad as what they said though, only -15C😜🥶🙀Enjoy your weekend, oops, forgot, you work tomorrow too. 6 days a week is a lot!😳😬😀😺

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      • Looks like someone is having fun teasing me😒 Yes, i have to go to work😜😄 My target starts from today🙄😸 Is going to be fun ☃️ Sure steve, just sent a bunch of warm air😜 tats by there is a good drop in temperature😄😁 will push more for u✨👻 Have a good night Steve✨🥰

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    • Yes, cold coming, our coldest yet this winter starting Sunday, though even tonight it’s supposed to hit -5F and feel like -20F with the wind. Thanks Eugenia, have a great day!😀😺☕⛄🎄

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