Something about “today there’s a chinook and you better get out and take advantage of the warm weather by decorating a big tree” How do you get those balls on the tree when you only have a small ladder? My solution is to use copper wire to make the hook, and a long stick. The copper wire is just flexible enough to hold and grab the branch while not deforming. Number 16 gauge perfect but the most common is household wire being solid 14 gauge copper wire

Don’t have any copper wire laying about? Join the recycle economy: Just ask your local electrician for some “wire trimmings”, or a street scrapper. You’ll find street-level scrappers dumpster diving in any town or city.  These people make a living by taking what others throw away and turning it into Cash. As of today bare bright copper stands at $2.70 a pound at the scrap yard but very few yards sell what they collect from street level scrappers. Don’t ask me why I don’t know.

Hopefully that wind doesn’t blow all the decorations off before Christmas.

At the expense of looking like a tourist I took these 3 photos showing one small, little, lonely Maple tree most likely overlooked by the hordes of park visitors wanting to shoot “fall colours”. Male maple tree leaves turn red (shown) while female leaves turn bright orange-yellow but check these facts – I’m not a botonist.

All photos of the same tree.

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When I arrived back in the office, I fired up WordPress and did some updates.  One Plugin, OpenBook Book Data, had a new update.  I was glad to see the code had been revived since I’m a big fan of the Open Data, books, and WordPress.  This plugin combines all three!  The update didn’t work as planned, but I’ve got it working and let the developer know of the issues, along with my workaround.

I didn’t finish every book I bought over the summer. I found a lot of good books.  Some were free, most were damn cheap!  They all get added to the Undiscovered Library in my basement.  Except for one, which is a gift.

Building miniature houses and furniture Building miniature houses and furnitureDorie Krusz; Arco Publishing Inc. 1980WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder I bought this book for friend.  She is an avid doll house maker.  I picked this book up and a used book sale east of Algonquin Park.  There are many drawings and illustrations.  The book is in black and white only.

Scams, scandals, and skulduggery Scams, scandals, and skulduggery: a selection of the world’s most outrageous fraudsAndreas Schroeder; M & S 1996WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder this book I actually found that a waste transfer site on the west side of Algonquin Park.  There was a little shed which had a book exchange and free items to take.  There are many stories in the book of scammers, one of which was the guy in the movie “Catch Me If You Can”.  I was surprised to find out how much of that movie was actually real and accurate.  The book was written by a member of the CBC broadcast corporation.  There was a radio show under the same name and the stories in the book were the best-of and most highly requested stories of the radio show.

Fine Woodworking Techniques Book 1 Fine Woodworking Techniques Book 1Editors of Fine Woodworking Magazine; Taunton Pr 1981WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

This is an old book, which has been updated in a new edition.  I picked it up at a large book sale in Eganville, Ontario. I still love these older technical books .  I have the magazines in electronic format and the chapters are taken from the magazine.

The Demographic Cliff The Demographic Cliff: How to survive and prosper during the great deflation ahedHarry S. Dent Jr.; Portfolio/Penguin 2015WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

Very interesting read!  Again, the author has updated this book with newer editions but the main points remain the same.  I found this book at the Huntsville public library.

Fresh woods. Fresh woods.Niall, Ian.; William Heinemann 1951WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

One book I was reading when I left, which was signed by R. L. Hepburn.  Basically a book about a kid living in Scotland that is a naturalist.

It’s boxing day. I’m ready to explode from all the Christmas pudding, turkey, sweet potatoes and high calorie everything. I’m gonna work off some of those calories by typing! Yah.

I asked for the following items:

  1. Gift certificate to KMS Tools
  2. Gift certificate to Princess Auto
  3. Shop clock
  4. Lee Valley Gift certificate
  5. Jeans

Many people, me included, feel that there is something wrong with giving a gift certificate for a gift. The assumption is there that you, the gift giver, were too lazy to find them an appropriate gift. At this point in my logic, I’m reminded of what my friend in China told me. Almost always cash is given as the gift in most celebrations. The Chinese don’t seem to have the same hang-up about giving cash.

Our family, along with all the relatives, have adopted a policy of not giving gifts between adults. We used to draw names for each person to give a single gift with a monetary limit. After a few years we decided to take the same money and choose a charity to give the money too. for the past 2 years it has been the Red Deer Woman’s Shelter on my side, and on my wife’s side it is the Canadian Diabetes Association. I did get the shop clock and it looks great. The kids do a name draw between cousins and the rules for the gift are that it has to be home made.