The Year In Photos

Inspiration strikes – when Inspiration strikes.  This ‘Year,’ will begin and end on March 1.  Hang onto your seats!  Here we go.  The theme will be Chaos And Confusion.  I’ll be Chaos, if you’ll handle the confusion.

March 1/21 – the monthly Costco visit

COVID masks, COVID masks
COVID all the way
(To the tune of Jingle Bells)

March 8 –

We washed the son’s work jacket…. And his 10 year old flip-phone.
Might be the origin of the term “Clean and Jerk

March 15 –

The wife’s last visit to a Physiotherapist, for a pulled back muscle.
My last cold wait outside – here.

March 22

The neighbors’ version of Groundhog Day.  Canadian weather changes quickly in the spring.

March 29

It’s Ours!  It’s Ours!  It’s Ours!
Paid off a 25-year mortgage in just over 17 years.  Can’t decide how to celebrate – McDonalds for a sundae strains the entertainment budget.

April 5

Here we go round the Mulberry bush
Hardly a bush, this young tree was 6’ – as tall as the Grandson – when we planted it five years ago.  The winter’s snows have all disappeared.  Soon I will have to mow my back yard again.

Week of April 12

The daughter and I got some COVID freedom and fresh air when I drove her to a dental appointment.  During the wait, I rewarded myself with a visit to the second-best French fries outlet – on the other side of town.  Finally open for the season at Easter, in a freestanding ex-Dairy Queen building.

W/O April 19

With a great-grandson on the way, the wife went into nesting mode.  She knitted a 36” X 48” crib blanket.  The checkerboard pattern is ‘Wee Bean,’ for our oncoming wee bean.

W/O April 26

Step on a crack – Break your Mother’s back
I’ll set you straight.
A visit to our Chiropractor.  Just another on the long list of our medical specialists.

W/O May 3

Our magnolia bush.  Its blossoms only last a couple of days, but it’s gorgeous while it lasts.  Usually it is completely covered in blooms, but a late-April freeze and snowstorm delayed/killed about half the flowers.

W/O May 10

A shopping trip past the new Google building, erected on the bones of my old auto-parts plant.

W/O May 17

Took the wife and daughter to Podiatrist, in a renovated Century-house.
At least the COVID wait outside was getting warmer.

W/O May 24

A visit to the daughter, held up by the new LRT Street Railway.  It sure holds up a lot of non-PC, car traffic, while it transports a half-dozen eco-friendly hipsters.

W/O May 31

When I finally get past that damned street railroad, this is the daughter’s single-level, handicap townhouse apartment.

W/O June 7

She doesn’t rub me the wrong way.
The ‘Happy Ending’ at our massage therapist is loosened computer-shoulders.
Dolly Parton once said that it cost a lot of money, to look that cheap.
It is fortunate that it’s my retirement benefits package which pays so much, to keep us in good physical shape.

W/O June 14

A free, origami Lotus blossom, picked up at our Multicultural festival, before COVID struck.  It represents peace and tranquility – I need all I can get.

W/O June 21

A trip to our out-of-town Vet, past 1920s Commemorative ‘Pioneer Tower,’ to recall the 1820s arrival of Pennsylvania Dutch/ German immigrants

W/O June 28

The best French fry wagon in town.  Sure looks permanent, for a trailer.  Hello delicious.  Goodbye diet – and I found a new little knife.  See Look Sharp

W/O July 1

To celebrate Canada Day on July 1, the son adopted an immigrant.  It crawled over the remains of Trump’s wall, shouting, “To Hell with Dia de los Muertos, I’m here for the Maple syrup.”

W/O July 8

The replacement building at the nearby Farmers’ Market for the wooden structure that burned, five years ago.

W/O July 15

The nearby branch of the city library.  With up to 5000 total books per day located, moved and curbside delivered, these folks were local heroes, getting me and many others through the lockdown.

W/O July 22

My 1952 print dictionary, which I am giving up for digital.  2000 pages for $20.00 – purchased at a country schoolyard flea-market in 1972, in Mar Ontario – population 4.

July 25

The wife and I finally got our second COVID vaccination.  That’s one infection you don’t need to worry about contracting from me.

W/O Aug. 5


Ex-Public Utilities Commission building which handled the 20th Century electrification of Kitchener, and eventually   became the Grandson’s Starbucks.

W/O Aug. 12

A lovely, hand-made glass flower that the daughter gave us.  I stuck it in a planter on the back deck.  Storm winds turned it slightly.  The neighbors worried that we’d installed a security camera – facing them.

W/O Aug. 19

I helped the grandson pick up a new chair for his mother, and almost stepped on this cat.
(It was a carved stone cat which we both thought was real  The photo may be added later…. if I can just find it.)  😛

W/O Aug. 26

Perhaps the most boring week of my life – not that I’m complaining.  At my age, boring is good.  The most exciting thing that happened was my newspaper got delivered.

W/O Sept 14

I discovered that my Lilac bush was growing crab-apples, which I could make crab-apple jelly with.

W/O Sept 21

I did it! I lasted long enough to celebrate my 77th birthday.  We voted in a Federal election the day before.  I did not get the present of a new Prime Minister – one who wasn’t a spoiled trust-fund baby.

W/O Oct 11

Canadian Thanksgiving.  COVID restrictions on group size had been relaxed, and all of us had had two vaccine shots.  We were all able to gather for a family meal, with the GREAT-grandson (above) as the honored guest.

W/O Nov. 8

COVID19 is going down for the count.  The Americans let vaccinated Canadians into the country – but the Canadian bureaucrats insisted on a $200 test to get back into Canada. Soon, Galleria and Boulevard Mall, soon.

W/O Nov. 15

Spring has sprung – Fall has fell – and there’s 6 inches of Partly Cloudy on my Canadian deck.  I published this photo a few years ago, but it’s become ritual with this home-owner.  This year’s version is indistinguishable.

W/O Nov. 22

Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history, are doomed to repeat them.
George Santayana

Dec. 2

The relaxation of COVID19 restaurant restrictions allowed us to go to Red Lobster to celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary.

W/O Dec. 5

And the lion shall lie down with the lamb
With our three cats and two dogs, our Vet wonders if they get along with each other.

W/O Dec. 12

Two weeks ago, I took two quarters from a pay phone slot.  Last week I found a dime in a change-counter machine overflow.  This week I found 61 pennies, because the machines are now set to eject them.  15 of them were American – which went in our We’ll get to Detroit for a weekend shopping after COVID, fund.

W/O Dec. 25

At a COVID-permitted family Christmas gathering, I found some strange man holding my GREAT-grandson Rowan back, to keep him from lunging at the camera.

W/O Jan. 3

Well, here’s another fine year we’ve got ourselves into. (Laurel and Hardy – here’s another fine mess) Survive, or submit, it’s up to us to make the best of it.

W/O Jan. 10

We don’t have enough knives in this house, so we adopted yet another, which came back to the son’s plant in an ‘empty’ shipping container.

W/O Jan. 17

To get our third COVID (booster) shot, we had to go downtown, to the recently-ex Regional Municipal Building.  Are more COVID and booster shots still in the future??  Will this never end?

Jan. 31

I think I can.  I think I can.
I thought I could.  I thought I could.
Slow and steady wins the race.
After ten+ years, I published 1500 posts.

W/O Feb. 19

COVID restrictions relaxed – again, just in time to book a reservation to celebrate the wife’s 73rd birthday.  Dining was at half capacity.  Our timing was perfect.  Everyone else found out about it, and the NEXT DAY you couldn’t get a table at gunpoint.  😯

March 1/22


So we end the year right where we began it – at Costco – only a little closer to free food samples again.

Thanx for strolling through a year in my life – lotsa good readin’, if ya like pitchers.  I will be purveying prose on Friday.  C U then.  😀

17 thoughts on “The Year In Photos

  1. Bill says:

    I’m not telling you why the anesthesiologist was so funny to me. But all good little stories for sure. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Newbloggycat says:

    Thank you for sharing this really loooooong update. Now I know what is crab-apples 😅The handmade glass flower is awesome. Rowan is gorgeous. I can’t stop staring at his lovely blue eyes 😅. He’s gonna be a heartbreaker. Hey, I mustache you a question. What happened to your beard? ☺️😂


    • Archon's Den says:

      The beard has come and gone over the years. The wife far more wants me to wear one than I do. I had one, continuously, for over 15 years, before taking it off, I used to grow one in each autumn. It made a good windbreak and extra insulation below my helmet, when I still rode motorcycles on frosty days.
      Since I retired, I limit it to the Don Johnson look in Miami Vice – two weeks max, till it begins to itch, then I buzz it off again. 🙂

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      • Newbloggycat says:

        Oh, thought your wife likes your shavings account more. Lol! And yeah, you do look a bit like Don Johnson. 👍😆😂

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      • Archon's Den says:

        I forgot to mention the mustache. My Father had one from the day I was born, till he died. It’s the same with our kids. The beard might come and go, but I’ve had the mustache, steady, for over 50 years. 😳 😎


  3. 1jaded1 says:

    Thank you for sharing your year in pics. The beginning is the end. It’s all one big circle.

    Congrats on paying off the mortgage and the 1,500 posts. Happy belated 77 and 73 bdays to you and your wife. I love that skull. Rowan is adorable.

    Looking forward to 1,500+ more posts.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx! So far, Rowan is the best-looking one of our bunch. I hope we’re evolving upward.
      Someone over at the BrainRants’ mansion likes skulls, as the son does. We added a couple when we visited a few years ago. 😀
      I have about 50 more posts, ready to publish. There’ll be a plethora of them – every day in April. Perhaps I should compose one about the word ‘plethora.’ 😀


      • 1jaded1 says:

        That’s cool about the upcoming posts. Sometimes I get stage fright to comment, but I read every one. In addition to ths looks, Rowan will have the smarts. You can see it in his eyes.

        Who knew skulls were so popular? When you make it to Detroit, I will send you waves from either there, or Chicago.

        Take Care.

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  4. Rivergirl says:

    A year in review, I love this idea! Well done.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx. When I began it, I didn’t plan on publishing it so soon after the similar ‘Books Read’ post. I have lost, or somehow deleted, the photo of that darling stone cat. Perhaps this summer, I can get the Grandson to help me take another, and work it into a later post. 😀

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  5. Thanks for sharing these great photos. Why are you parting with your prized dictionary though?


    • Archon's Den says:

      Oh, I’m not parting with it. It, and seven of its big and little brothers still live with us, as described in my ‘About’ page. It has just become quicker, easier, and more comprehensive, to pull out the Internet, rather than a cumbersome dictionary. 😀

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  6. Oh how envious I am of your LRT. An actual working … can I call it a trolley? I’ve always loved those things, though I’ve never had to contend with them in traffic Then again, with the lunacy of Chicago drivers, trolleys wouldn’t survive very long.
    By the by, if your dictionary needs a good home, it could share space with some of my 50+ year old books (the young section – I have a small cache of 100+ year old books.)

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    • 1jaded1 says:

      From what I saw, the tour busses were something else. They are a memory, now. The street traffic is kinda coming back.


    • Archon's Den says:

      You can call this contraption anything you want. Many local drivers and taxpayers already have inventive, affectionate names for it.
      When I first came here, 55 years ago, the mainline transportation was serviced by trollies, individual buses, indistinguishable from those on crosstown runs, except with electric motors, and two antennae jutting out the back, rubbing on overhead wires.
      In half a century, everything old is new again, only bigger, sleeker…. more expensive. 🙂


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