There is a guy on this island who cannot pronounce my name. Honestly, it isn’t that hard.. How stupid are you when you can’t handle a two syllable word? Imagine if you will your name is Maurice and someone can’t pronounce Maurice so he calls you Mo..While I quietly plot his early demise, I consider myself fortunate that I only see him a couple of times a year…
On such a small wee island we have a couple of Sues, #1 and # 2. We have a few Tims, #1, #2, and #3. We have also at least four Jacks. Although there are several, we haven’t had to number them. It is easy to figure out which Jack you are talking about by context, the twenty something or the eight year old, the infant or the dog… Probably not asking the dog if he wants a Beer.
I was sitting this afternoon near Sue #1’s favorite place in the world. In front of me a seal was fishing. He would throw his catch in the air just off shore. While he did, the seagulls waited on the surface of the water to steal the fish. They were very successful. Sometimes they stole bits right out of the seals mouth. E figured, the seal was pretty dumb. He did have options to, I don’t know, swim to the other end of the ocean with his catch….
I was sitting watching because I was tired.. We are helping out a bit at a house being renovated on the island.. After we helped unload a bunch of supplies from the barge delivery there, we went to the family house to do some small chores which involved lifting. On our way back we swung by our neighbours house to check on her batteries. Last winter an arbutus tree landed on her solar panels. E replaced them and has been working to rejuvenate her batteries. The good news, the batteries are doing great and will likely not need replacing.. Saves her about $800.00. Bad news, yet another arbutus tree came down after the storm. It caused no damage but it is always sad to see a tree down.. Ironically it didn’t look that unhealthy compared to the few beside it…
She had offered us a pile of arbutus left over from the last tree down so we loaded it up into our truck and brought it home. E got his chainsaw pants on and grabbed his gear and we went back to her house to clean up the downed tree and grab a bit more wood. Arbutus is best split with the chainsaw immediately after falling as it gets tougher the drier it gets. It is however, ungodly heavy when it’s wet and sitting on the side of an incline.
By the time we got back at 1:30 we were pooped. Although it always feels good to be outside working together. Our backs were worn out. We are not young anymore ! We have more trees to sort out on our property since the storm.. Two on the upper portion of the property need to be bucked and brought down tomorrow.. Ugh.. Tomorrow🙂
When I am tired I am grumpy, and I have no idea why I am still bugged by dumb guy who can’t pronounce my name. But as I was laying on my bed with a bottle of Tylenol and a hot water bottle this afternoon I imagined that this
guy, who shall remain nameless is about as bright as the seal off
Sue #1’s point