Friday, May 5, 2017


Wow! How wet can it get? Rain, rain and more rain, too wet to play golf, too wet to hit golf balls, too wet to cut grass, too wet for BBQing. Good day to stay inside and look out the window at all the puddles, saturated lawns, flowing ditches, and when that becomes boring in 20 seconds, pick up a pencil and paper and sketch yourself a picture.

I just went for a little drive along by the mighty Ottawa and I can tell you, that's the highest I've ever seen it, almost up to the soccer fields at the bottom of Larch, and over the road at Trim Road going to Petrie Island, and I think Petrie Island is completely under water.

There is not much we can do but wait for the rain to stop and the flood to subside and the sun returns along with a breeze to help dry things out. We hope you are high and dry with no flooding issues. Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you when I'm older.

Monday, May 1, 2017


Good day to stay indoors if you can, not a day to play golf if you are in this area. The forecast is rain all the day and into tomorrow, it is cool at 6C but might sore to 10 C later in the day. Seeing as I can't work outside or play golf I guess I'll get out my pencils and sketch or draw or whatever they call what I do, or I could go to Golf Town and dream, or I could dream and then go to Golf Town.

It's easy to see I have very little to do on a rainy day, take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you when I'm older.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Good morning to you and to the very last day of April, with a cool temperature of 3 C accompanied with a North East wind of 15 kph. and a 80% chance of rain. Tomorrow it will be May, with a little rain and more sun, we hope for some warmth but not too hot, a breeze but not a hurricane, moist but not too wet and not too dry golf courses and lots and lots of golf.

The Mississippi Squares celebrated their 30th. Anniversary last night with a dance, which we attended and which was a rare and enjoyable occasion for Judy & I to be together on the dance floor with many of you. This occasion started out by being picked up at our house and driven to the Ashton Pub for a excellent meal, in the company with some of The Village Squares, then on to the Dance. This was a fun filled and most enjoyable time!  Congratulations to the Mississippi Squares and a huge thank you to Brian Crawford and Jean Clingin for Calling & Cueing a great dance.

At this time I'm not sure what today will bring, hopefully a little golf or at least a bucket of balls at the driving range and that's all I have to write about this morning, so have a wonderful day take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you when we are all a little older. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Good morning to you and to day one of our vacation away from Calling Square Dances. This is looking like a very nice day with the temperature climbing to about +25 C and sunny by this afternoon.

 Last night The Village Squares held their end of season dinner & dance with most members in attendance along with some past members no longer dancing because of health reasons, it was great to see everyone again. Things were a little tense in the early going as my sound system kept cutting out, however, after hooking up the spare it wasn't very long until we found a loose connection at the speaker was the the culprit and that was resolved very quickly. Now that Adams Aces, The Cookie Club and The Village Squares have ended for the season, we hope all the dancers have a wonderful summer, doing just what you love to do other than Square Dance and we'll see you back on the dance floor in September. 
Don't forget Saturday night is The Mississippi Squares 30th Anniversary Dance with Brian Crawford Calling and Jean Clingin Cueing the Rounds. We will see you there.

To the folks who have told me lately that they missed seeing this old Blog now that I haven't been writing daily, I will try to do better and write a little more frequently. One dancer told me that he could remember when I started Calling about 43 years ago, and several said they missed my sketches, so I will try to get some of them posted as well. However, I will not write every day as there are many golf days ahead, which I must not let slip by without being on the links. 
Have a great day, take care of yourself and each other and I'll write again when I'm older, at least older than the picture below.

Des this one is for you.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Wow! We have made it through one tough old winter, with our fair share of cold, flu, and whatever  other ailments we have had, to get us to today, the last Cookie Club Sunday for this Square Dance season. This means summer, golfing, camping and traveling are not too many days away. The program for the Cookie Club is to just Dance through all the Calls on the Advanced list and maybe a little emphases on Crossover Circulate which requires some thought when Called from Lines Facing In or Out, or 3&1 Lines.

Tomorrow evening is also the final Adams Aces Dance of the season, with ice cream sundaes at the end of the evening. We hope to see everyone there. 

Wednesday evening is the End of Season Party for the Village Squares


If for some reason we don't get to see you at one of these events, we hope you have a wonderful summer and we'll see you back on the Dance Floor in September.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Wow! It's difficult to believe the weatherman when he states the temperature will climb to +15 C this afternoon, but we hope he is correct. 

Today is the second last Cookie Club dance of the season and we hope to see you there, the Program for today will be straight up Advanced with a couple of the special Calls we've been working on since January. Those being "Half Tag The Windmill", "Mix The Windmill" "Split Circulate 1 & 1/2", "Swing Thru 1 & 1/4", "Scoot Back 1 & 1/2", "Split Recycle 1 & 1/2", & "2/3 Acey Deucey". Maybe, just maybe, and just saying, if there are enough C1 Dancers out, we could do a little C1 Extemporaneous Sight for a few minutes after 4:00 PM.

That's all I have just now, so, enjoy the sun and we'll see you at the Cookie Club.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Yes, here we are at the last Cookie Club Sunday in March, and guess what the weatherman is calling for freezing rain later this afternoon. However, the probability of that is only 40% at 2:00 PM and still at 40% at 5:00PM then 60% at 6:00PM and 80% at 8:00PM this evening. Based on that probability the Cookie Club will be open this afternoon for Advanced Dancing. 

The Program this afternoon will of course be all the Advanced Calls we can cover, plus reviews on "Mix The Windmill", "Follow Your Neighbour The Windmill", "Half Tag The Windmill", "Split Recycle", "Reverse Recycle", "Split Circulate 1&1/2", "Swing Thru 1&1/4", "Lock It" from Point to Point Diamonds, "3x2 Acey Deucey", and maybe "Relay The Shadow" and a little look at "Circle By 1/2 & 3/4" we will see how everything progresses.

Based on the weather forecast for this afternoon, it will be your decision whether you want to drive or not. We only have to drive to the end of the street, you must drive much further, so take care and we hope to see you on the dance floor.