This is our second winter season in the beautiful cottage country of Highlands East, Ontario (Canada).
This is the 35′ spot we cut out of the snow bank to put our load of wood
We are told this has been a seasonal high for a decade or so in the amount of snow that is on the ground.
That is wonderful news for the snowmobile fans, and all other winter sports fanatics.
And this is wonderful for our tourist attractions – which translates to good for business. So mostly smiles all around, even if there are some grumbles that we’ve had enough.
For me – I’m good. I have enjoyed being here and providing excellent administrative support from this remote location.
This is the load of wood that we had to make room for
I have not had to travel too much in this weather and I’m sure that makes a huge difference in my outlook on the snow that is piled high all around us.
To give you an idea. We have a snowplough that is welded onto an old 4×4 truck.
This old truck certainly isn’t pretty, and with a name like “buck snort” I don’t believe anyone would think we were putting on airs by naming the poor old thing.
He really is a bucket of bolts held together with rust and a prayer – but he works! This year he has earned his spot in our driveway for as long as he wishes to perform.
There is one snowbank outside my window right now that is approximately 50′ long, 15′ deep and 4 – 4.5′ high. And that is after we cut out a swath about 35′ long to accommodate a load of wood we had delivered.
- This is winter in Haliburton Highlands
Like many folks I know, working from home is a dream – a goal to shoot for. It is also something I have looked into on many occasions. Many personal hours that could have been spent in leisurely activity were spent on researching the subject, and rejecting 99.9% of what I found.
There are so many scams and so many unscrupulous people. It makes a person very nervous.
And then there is the opportunity to earn revenue on other people’s sites. I have done so on certain writing sites, and made about $200.00 over a 4 year period. Obviously I’m not writing about the right things.
I’ve looked into sites like Zazzle and Smug Mug and realize the money on things like that are not much better unless you are ready willing and able to spend a lot of time on marketing yourself. I’m just not into marketing.
I know of people who have jobs working from home, but so far none of those folks have been able to assist me in getting something similar. So I plugged along – working in a city 2 hours away from where I live. Struggling to keep two places going because 2 hours each way every day was just not feasible.
However! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we were able to work things out so that most of my work can be done remotely. Isn’t that nice? You bet!
But now the fun begins. Who knew there would be technical issues that would have to be worked out? Yes technology is awesome when it works. Here’s to keeping it working!
If you work from home, what issues do you have to face? I’m trying to stay a step ahead of the game here, so any notes or helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Let me first say a great big thank you to the wonderful folk who have followed this blog.
If you are one of those connections that I keep in touch with across the internet, you will have noticed this blog is really a mish-mash of different areas of interest.
On this journey of learning I’ve just shared whatever, whenever. I am going to attempt to change all of that. You will find a different focus for this blog (The Journey) and one for my new website (photography). It is my hope that by cleaning this up a bit, I will be able to focus better on each one. :) Keeping my fingers crossed.
As a result many of my posts relating to photography have been moved to my website for Duchess O’Blunt. Feel free to pop over and join me there if you also have an interest in Photography.
New Website Goal.
My photography features landscape, waterscape, and nature shots visualizing moments of country living in Ontario.
- I’d like to capitalise on selling my photography and see where it takes me.
- I’ll blog and share what I am up to, some of my images, and hopefully some helpful tips as I learn them.
- I want to learn about and promote copyright information for photographers and other artists.
- I’d like to share some of the things that others around the world have taught me about the wonderful world of digital photography.
- I’m hoping to share my part of the world with you, show you Ontario as I see it – from the back of an ATV or walking the trails.
- And there is just so many other possibilities.
This is a part of my journey of learning. May it never end.
Thanks again everyone. Here’s to the journey of living
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For everyone who ever claimed to be too old to learn – I would like to encourage you not to think that way.
After a recent move we found what looked like a rock garden in our lawn, over run with weeds and forest. I wanted to learn how to reclaim it and bring it back to it’s former glory – or better. But I’m well over 50 and have never been a gardener.
This is our “rock garden” as it was when we first purchased the property
That didn’t stop me from trying my hand at it though. I saw the possibilities and set out fulfill them. The first year I managed to pull almost all the flowers and leave all the weeds. With the help of a neighbour I learned the error of my ways and set about correcting them.
I’m still not the world’s best gardener, but I can say I have the best in my friend. It’s also helpful to be able to “Google” my questions when she is busy.
So, here’s to newbies learning new things after 50. And here’s to my reclaimed rock garden. What do you think – am I on the right track?
Our rock garden as it is after 2 years of working on it
What a run around I have had! It seems I only complain lately, but when you pay for something and the only type of support they offer is a forum – well that kind of rattles my cage. Especially when there is a fatal error on my website that I paid for, pay hosting for and have a paid theme. When I try to log in to the forum to get help, it keeps telling me I have to register. When I try to register it tells me that I am already registered.
Is there anyone out there who pays for a WordPress.org site that can lead me in the right direction?
Cannot find out anything on the support pages and I cannot fix my site.
Frustrated with cyberspace.
Old Style Phone
|I have a question about my products and/or services
I am trying to get someone who has the authority to change your policy. You offer a bundle service for unlimited provincial calling at $6.95/month. Yet when I try to get someone to answer why I will be charged $18.95/month – why I cannot get that same price I get absolutely nowhere!
I have been on the phone, on live chat, and all over your website trying to find out who to complain to. I’m told to call the same number that I have already called and gotten nowhere with. Your website keeps sending me in circles and your chat line people give me the same line as I got on the phone.
Your customer service people say that I must have bell internet, bell home phone and bell TV to get the price deal. Why? I have been a loyal bell customer for so many years it makes my head hurt. I have bell internet and two cell phones that cost me way more than your bell TV does and I am inquiring about getting a bell home phone. But I DON’T GET THE PRICE BREAK? What kind of service is that?
I would love for someone to explain to me why.
Please don’t call my cell phone – you charge too much. And since you won’t give me what I want for a home phone, I cannot give you that number as I don’t have one. Please call me on my daytime number only as that doesn’t cost me. You already take way too much of my pay cheque.
Or you can email me with a reasonable explanation. Or better yet, a resolution and an offer to provide me with the cost break of Unlimited Provincial long distance at $6.95/month.
I’ll check with others on social media forums to find out how they feel about this pretty ridiculous policy. I’ll keep you posted.
I don’t expect the resolution I am looking for but I’ll keep you posted.
Do you have similar complaints with Bell Canada?
There are so many things to recommend to anyone who is looking to live in the country. We have recently moved to a wonderful community in Ontario’s Highlands East. We’ve been there almost a year, and have not even scratched the surface of the beauty in the area. I finally got my white picket fence. With it, a rather large learning curve about living in the country. It is hard to fathom that I was brought up in the country, and now that I am back there are things I need to learn.
I am learning again about living in a rural community, and I am loving it. Some might think I’m a crazy old lady, but what do they know? To me, this is perfect. Almost.
Small communities often mean small business opportunities. At least as far as working for someone else. However, this particular community is BIG on supporting the artists in the community, and is developing a cultural awareness that I am finding totally awesome.
Perhaps I’ve finally found my niche. I’m hoping so!