Saturday, November 30, 2013

Walk November 30, 2013.

Distance-4.5 km.
Avg. Spd.-5.9

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013 Today's Walk

This evening's walk:

Distance-7 km.
Avg. Spd-6.2

Weather: -8 wind chill -16
Wind 23 km out of NW, gusts to 38 km/hr.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Morning Walk November 26, 2013.

Distance-7 km.
Avg. Spd-6 km/hr.

Temperature minus 1C. Wind out of the south @ 14km/hr.

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013, Evening Walk

This evenings walk details:

Distance-3.8 km
Avg. Spd-6 km/hr.

November 25, 2013 Walk

This mornings walk truly was an enjoyable experience.
My son called and we both had time to chat.
And he talked! It was enjoyable. The weather was good November weather ... -12C, wind out of the south west 15 km/hr., gusts to 28 km/hr.

Through Stewart Park to the bank of the Tay River and back.
One set of 10 push-ups.

Distance 5.948 km.
Steps 6,733.
Time 1:22.
Calories 440.7.

On the way home I met a couple, Paul and Marilyn, from Carleton Place, Ontario.
We chatted about otters, golf, Marilyn's beautiful 3/4 length Arctic Goose down coat-which was an appealing gentle red colour. Paul had been a commercial diver for a number of years so we talked about kayaking also.

My winter running shoes are excellent!

Letter To A Friend

Goodbye for now #24!

Recently, I almost had an opportunity to rent a house.
It was an opportunity I had been hoping to find this last month or so.

Here is why I didn't end up renting the house.

Firstly, it was ideal. I was waiting for the call to sign the lease.
The call came but it was not to sign the lease.
It was the property owner calling to explain to me why she would not rent it to me because she had decided to rent it to another party.

The property owner is a friend. A very good person. That is why we are friends.

There is a family that is going through a challenging job loss/financial situation.
This couple had already viewed the home. They wanted to rent it for six months. However, they had to sell their home first due to the financial issues/income loss they are dealing with.
They are a family, a couple with children. The husband is gone all week working far from home and that job will end in the near future also.
They are trying to survive an economic crisis in their lives.

They had informed the owner that they would be in contact to commit to the rental by last Wednesday ... if their house sold. If it didn't sell then they would have to seek shelter with friends and family at separate locations.

So less than an hour before I was to sign the lease this past Saturday, my friend called and started to apologize and explain.
Within a sentence or two it was obvious this family needed this temporary rental.

Yes I liked it very much. It would have been wonderful to be there by this December first.

But ... I have a roof over my head!
I am not in crisis. I do not need this property to keep my family or life intact.

Friend is very complimentary, grateful and apologetic.

Helping people is not an option. Not for people like my friend.
Where possible and necessary it is required behaviour as part of our moral commitment, isn't it?

What a wonderful friend.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Well it's November 20.

Life is happening day by day. And it truly is a wonderful life.

I was supposed to be married this past September but we clearly did not pass the test of time. 

That's okay. Actually it's better than just "okay".
Now that my life is what it is, it is great.
I've adjusted well into living my life alone. I started the kayaking program which has enhanced my outdoor life immensely. It's a great fit with the camping.

I can retire in twenty five months if like. Being single is something I am very familiar with. Approaching retirement as a single will be a plus. I can plan with all the flexibility I need.

My house in London is a consideration. I think of it as a component of pension financials. It is also a good place to land if health becomes an issue.

As I peer into my retirement future I see a used motor home of about $10,000.00. Also a small used sailboat costing $5,000.00. Of course I have two kayaks already.
These toys could be easily stored if I am out of the country for 8 to 10 months at a time.

I intend to continue my kayak qualifications on an annual basis.
By 2016 I hope to be qualified to teach kayak instruction at the novice level.
My goal is to work part time teaching kayaking.

So I will build relationships in the kayak hobby.
Life is good. Moving on is always good.