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Friday, 31 March 2017

Sweet Delight

It's a dismal, drizzly day in South Western Ontario as Spring goes out with a soggy wet splot.  Still, there is something to look forward to this weekend beside the promised sun and better temps.  This weekend it's the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival; the wolds largest single day festival honouring the life blood of the Canadian Sugar Maple.  The first festival was in 1965 so this year is the 52nd annual festival.  Tourists come from around the world to tour the sugar bush, observe the sugaring off process and taste the sweet results drizzled over pancakes made on site and so much more.  Gallons of the sweet treat will be served up and gallons more sold for sugar aficionados to take home.  If you are in the area best show up early to get a parking spot.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wow....That's Unbelievable

The other day we got a 'order in' menu from a local Chinese restaurant.  We do occasionally order a Chinese dinner when the kids come over.  It's a treat for me.  I get to visit with the grandies and not have to spend a lot of my time in the kitchen.  We hadn't used this particular restaurant before so I was interested in seeing what their menu and prices were like.
A little aside  now to let you know that in Ontario there is a new law in the works requiring all fast food places and restaurants to post the calorie content on their menus.  It isn't law yet but some places have started to comply already.  This restaurant has complied ahead of the law.
Let's just say I won't be ordering Chinese food ever again.  Most of the dinner combo's provide the consumer with about three days worth of calories.  And you know, an hour after you eat a Chinese dinner you want to eat again right?  Can you imagine?  Oh, and the rest of the items that were more reasonable in calorie count..you guessed it.....we don't really care for those.
I'm a little concerned about what I'm going to see when all the eateries have to comply.  I have a feeling I'm going to be in 'calorie shock'.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Using Wednesday's Words

This weeks word prompts are provided by River of Drifting Through Life.  You can find her in my side bar.  Join in and have some fun.  Use the words or an idea sparked by the words...write poetry, prose..whatever comes to mind.
The words are:
angry, tried, street, slashed, astounded, swore
and/or
involved, solitary, longest, change, library, needing


Here we go:

Jess was simply ASTOUNDED as she exited the LIBRARY after work.  A glance up and down the STREET revealed a line of cars that had been vandalised....spray paint, SLASHED tires, broken windows....it was a disgrace.  She SWORE under her breath.  "Those INVOLVED with this should be TRIED and sentenced to SOLITARY confinement for the LONGEST possible term." she raged.  "I am so very ANGRY about this.  Something is NEEDED to be CHANGED  in the way we handle the youth in this city."
"Hi Aunt Jess." Steve smirked.  "Ready to go home?  Did you notice YOUR car wasn't damaged?  "  A cold chill ran down her back as she observed her nephew.  "Do you know anything about all this?" she asked.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spring's Bounty


Pussy willows from our bushes in the back yard.   These bushes were grown from slips from my parents pussy willow trees some 15 or more years ago.  For once the rabbits didn't chew them down to the ground over winter.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Poetry Monday

Poetry Monday was started by Diane from On The Alberta Montana Border (you can find her in my sidebar).  Join in with us.  Write, read or critique, share your opinions...we want to hear from you.

Wild and Windy Ways

I like to wander
in Spring weather.
As cold winds whip
I like to wonder
where they've been
and
where they're going
while they are 
so wildly blowing.
I suppose there is no way
of knowing
if they whizzed past
another little girl
just like me
who likes to wander
in Springs wild weather.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Earth Hour

Last night was 'earth hour' night.   Dutifully at 8:30 we turned off the TV (and the hockey game was on), turned out the lights, powered off the computer, sat in the dark and (gasp) talked to each other for an hour.   In case you were worried about the hubs missing his hockey game, it's okay, the Leafs were losing anyway.  He really didn't care.  Around nine I looked out the front and noticed no one else had their lights off.  A quick check out back revealed the same thing.   Is no one doing Earth Hour anymore?  Well we still sat there for the hour in darkness anyway.   What did you do for Earth Hour last night.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

True Grit

Yesterday a good many Canadians were glued to their televisions.  News coming out of Great Britain was about a cowardly and savage attack in London, the very heart of the country, in front of the sitting House and on Westminster Bridge, the very heart of the city.  
The lone attacker mowed down helpless pedestrians on the bridge and savagely stabbed a policeman to death outside the House as he endeavoured with his last breath to protect those inside going about the nations business.
First responders wasted no time in eliminating the threat and aiding those injured on the bridge.
Four people, including the attacker and the policeman he stabbed to death, died.  Twenty nine people were injured, Brits and tourists alike.
Our dear old queen, veteran of unspeakable situations, addressed her nation and expressed her sorrow and sympathy for all involved.  Prime Minister May informed the nation that they would never buckle under terrorism.
Keep Calm and Carry On is the watchword of the day as Brits this morning go about their daily routines with a 'stiff upper lip'.
Our mother country continues to inspire us with her courage, determination and 'true grit'.
Canadians hearts are with you all.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Using Wednesday's Words

River has provided us with the words this week.  You can find her in my sidebar at Drifting Through Life.  Join in with us...
the words are kitchen, multiple, facility, wing, gourmet, straight, pancake, flipping, condensed, decent, apart, weak


Here goes...

"It's a decent enough facility Karen.  I don't know what your problem is.?
"Well let me condense the facts for you Kevin.  The kitchen would be fine if pancake flipping was your game.  It definitely is NOT a gourmet set up and the banks of multiple deep fat fryers is a greasy spoon heaven.  In my considered opinion this kitchen, this entire facility, is definitely not the quality a top chef like myself has come to expect.   I'm going straight to management and complain."
"We're not allowed in that wing of the building Karen and frankly, I'm feeling too weak to get that far."  Josh sighed.  "They keep us apart from management.  Oh..here...let me help you sit down.  These straight jackets make it difficult."



Thanks River, that was fun,.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Long Time No See

The night sky is full of magic but we who dwell in the city haven't been able to see it for many years due to light pollution.
You can call  it up on line and watch live video but it isn't the same as standing outside and looking up.  Only then can you grasp the concept of how very small and insignificant we are within the grand picture.
The sky is one vast black velvet jewellers box littered with diamonds, alive with movement.
I miss the night sky.
 

This is what our little chunk of rock is hurtling through on a daily basis.  Astounding isn't it?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Poetry Monday

Poetry Monday was started by our good Friend Diane at On the Alberta Montana Border.  You can find her in my sidebar.    Join in...write something, read something, critique something, share your thoughts and ideas.  We want to hear from you.

Timing Is Everything

Time goes forward,
never back.
Of backwardness
it shows a lack.
My clock it ticks.
It never talks.
How fast it moves
always shocks.
This clock sat
on my folks shelf
and now, belongs
to me….myself.
I’d love to turn
it’s old hands back
but time goes forward,
never back.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Silly Rhyme





time
it's said
spins on a dime
and I
am living
on borrowed time
you can't 
buy time
with one thin dime
and that's
the end
of my silly rhyme



What can I tell you?  It's a slow news day.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Things I Never Learned At My Mothers Knee....

even though she tried hard to teach me.


  • Always put  a little aside for a rainy day.
  • Take time to get to know people before you trust them.
  • Don't take the first man to come along.
  • There is nothing wrong with staying single.
  • Moderation in all things.
  • Work for your living.  You'll be much happier.
  • Don't make fun of people if you don't want to be made fun of.
  • Don't eat too much sugar.
  • Eat your vegetables.
  • Don't be afraid to do a little extra.
  • Time wasted is time lost.
  • Appreciate you family.  Some day you won't have them.
It was all good advice and eventually I did learn (the hard way).  Well, maybe I still waste a little time.
What good stuff did your Mom try to teach you that you didn't listen to?
I think sometimes the lessons you learn the hard way stay with you a lot better than those you just accept from someone else.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Take It All With You When You Leave It All Behind

We were chatting, the wee man and I, about how Mother Earth is wearing out and how maybe some day humans will have to move to another planet where we would have to change our way of life in order to preserve our new home.
"Grandma, I'm going to build a big space ship and you and me and Grandpa are going to live on Mars.  The spaceship will be big and strong and it will be able to pick up your whole house and put it on Mars for us to live in."
"Sweet Little Man, there's nothing on Mars...no shops, or hydro or water....nothing...just empty space.  I don't think we'd be very happy there.  There would be no parks and playgrounds or schools.  (The wee man loves his school.)"
"That's okay Grandma.  We'll take it all with us."
So much for getting away from it all.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ah Yes, I Remember It Well

When you were young did you ever learn from another persons mistakes?  Did you ever say to yourself, "Self, I see the mess that person has got themselves into and I'm not going to follow that path."?  Nope?   Nope!   Me neither.
Now that I'm older I definitely learn from others experiences.  In fact, I go out of my way to learn about their trials and mishaps.  I also find myself saying things that sound vaguely familiar;  things like, "I wish you would listen to me.  I'm just trying to save you a lot of heartache and trouble."
Yeah.....well.....

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Using Wednesdays Words

River from Drifting Through Life (you can find her in my sidebar) has provided us with our writing prompt this week....
riverbank, leadership, impressive, wachful, gifts, cheesecake   and/or   fountain, neck, conclusion, singed, purple, and lion.

Here goes:

Sigmund turned and addressed his legion of followers.

“We have only one enemy to face and she is practically indestructible.  Her name is Jolyn and her leadership of the Doog is second to none…impressive…very, very impressive.  She stands guard on the riverbank, ever watchful, protecting our target, the crystal fountain of Ytnelp.  She wears the purple raiment of the royal family…the lion rampant on her shield.  Her gifts of clairvoyance and future sight make her invincible.  Her banner flying high above her head is singed from the many magical battles she has fought in and won.  Her foot rests (figuratively) on the neck of her enemies.  I have come to the conclusion she can only be distracted from her duties by one thing…..and we have that one thing here….pass me the cherry cheesecake.  I go forth to vanquish .  Oh wait....wow....this is REALLY good.”

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Spring is Sprung (well, almost)

The hubs and I come from country/farming backgrounds.  Spring in the country meant the sound of water rushing through the culverts, fiddlehead ferns growing along the sides of the concession roads and deep muddy ruts in the lane.  It meant starlings making nests in the mailboxes and that wonderful electric feeling of life stirring everywhere.  You could smell life on the Spring breezes.
We have been city dwellers for our entire married life (going on 43 years).  The signs of Spring are quite different in the city.  The first indication is the wet spots on the sidewalks from the snow melting alongside and running over the concrete.  Garbage and lost mittens start to poke through the filthy, gravelly snow.  Homeowners start scratching around their tiny city yards with rakes and balance on ladders to clean their windows.  Housewives feel compelled to do a thorough Spring cleaning.  Cars are run through the car wash to get rid of the winter muck and salt.  Here and there brave crocus and snowdrops poke through the black, wet earth.  In the air is the smell of diesel from the buses and traffic picks up as everyone wants out in the warmer air.  There is still that electric feeling that you feel in your middle but also a feeling of sadness, restlessness and, strangely, a sort of homesickness. 
I guess that’s the definition of Spring….excitement, sadness, restlessness and a homesickness for ...something…who knows what.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Poetry Monday

Poetry Monday was started by our friend Diane from On The Alberta Montana Border.  She can be found in my sidebar.  You are invited to participate....write, read, critique, express an opinion.....we want to hear from you.

Let Your Little Light Shine

The creator sits,
hunched over a work bench
littered with the best of materials,
the finest of tools.
Ancient, unchanged,
unchangeable ,
the master watches over
millions of lit candles
while endlessly striving,
not for perfection
but
for deliberate imperfection.
After all, no candle
should burn forever.
As one flame
begins to dwindle,
another is lit from it.
and,
as the old candle is tossed
toward the ceiling
its dying light
flashes across the vault of heaven,
a shooting star.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Little Boys and Their Toys

We had the wee man over yesterday for lunch and supper and inbetweens.  He's ten now you know and such a gentleman.  Pleases and thank yous and can I help you Grandmas.   Gotta love it.  We took him to the toy store (Simply Wonderful it's called) and we must have spent an hour their making a very important decision about what to buy within grandma and grandpa's budget of course.  Then we had to decide on a tiny gift to take home to Sister.  (She'll have her turn next weekend)  "This one Grandma, it says #1 Sister on it."  And so, the purple, bedazzled jelly purse with #1 Sister on it was purchased along with a Playmobile School Bus.   The afternoon was spent happily assembling and acquainting Grandma and Grandpa with the various merits of said bus.  We were all tired out by the time we took him home.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Healing Hopeful Helpful Thoughts Required

Our good friend Gary of Klahanie (see my sidebar) is finding it difficult to post these days and is awaiting surgery on his elbow.  Send a little love his way.....

On A Scale of One to Ten

Maybe a three.   That's how I rated my supper out at Williams Fresh Cafe tonight.  We ordered the Chicken Pizetta.  Burnt crust edges, soggy bottom, barely lukewarm and very very oily.  The taste wasn't bad though so I let it have a three for that.  Sheesh.  I hate spending money for a treat and then wishing I'd stayed home.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Fast and Hearty


brown package of ground beef with a minced onion
drain off fat
add a can of diced tomatoes
a small can of tomato sauce
small cabbage shredded or chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
a splot of Worcestershire

simmer covered for half an hour
or, until the cabbage is tender

serve over rice
(preferably whole grain rice)

you could also add dumplings if you were so inclined
and other vegetables

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Using Wednesday's Words

 This week River from Drifting Through Life (you can find her in my sidebar) is providing the prompts for Words For Wednesday.
The words this week are; notebook, qualities, doubt, join, hundred, instead   and/or   flying, signed, connections, manufacture, fifth, and ramp.

Here we go:

Mary had qualities that left him breathless.  He had no doubt she was the one for him.  Every day after school this week she stopped and talked to him outside the school, then he took her math notebook home with him and did her homework for her.  Every morning this week she met him outside the school, greeted him warmly, then signed her name to the work and went flying up the steps with her friends.  Not a word of thanks mind you, but that smile was worth the extra time spent doing her homework for her.  James would take a deep breath and wheel his chair up the ramp and into the building.  His friends had been trying to tell him no connection was possible with this girl, she was way too cool for him.  Some friends, James thought.  Still, when he thought about it, it did seem impossible.
Sighing, he waited patiently at the bottom of the steps Friday night.  He was planning on telling her he was no longer going to do her work for her.   It would be difficult but it had to be done.  Mary, however, had other ideas.
“Todd, sweetie…”  Mary breathed, “you’ve been so good to me all week.  Why don’t you join me at the Hundred Shakes Shop for a milkshake?  I’ll be there in about half an hour.  I have to go home first.” 
Todd, instead of ending the ‘homework connection’ found himself reaching for the notebook and saying, “I’d love to.”

Madge and Cecily, watching from the top of the steps, giggled and whispered together.  “She’s so good she can manufacture any kind of situation to sucker these geeks.  He’s the fifth one this month.”
Mary danced her way down the sidewalk to her home.  Todd had seemed like a real geek at first but after talking to him this week she realized he was a really nice guy.  She wanted to look extra nice when she met him at the Shake Shop.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Dreams and Nightmares

Maclean's  has posted an article 'The American Dream Has Moved To Canada'.  It may be so but it appears the American Nightmare of racial intolerance and hate crimes has moved here as well.  We hear daily about one atrocity or other.....shooting at mosques, bi racial families being harassed, a small child in a schoolyard subjected to racial slurs from a passing 'adult'.  What is happening people?
Has it always been here and we are just hearing about it more now?  Is it a global 'illness"?

Monday, 6 March 2017

Poetry Monday



Apple Blossom Time

Just two streets over
lady of spring,
duped
into donning her finery early,
droops
under the weight
of her disappointment
and shame.
(and an unexpected snow load)
It was Mother Nature's
cruel joke.
There will be
no apples this year.

Poetry Monday was started by our good friend Diane from On The Alberta Montana Border (you can find her in my sidebar).   Join in, write some poetry (it doesn't have to rhyme you know), read some poetry, share some insights, critique us......have some fun.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Words

I know I have said it before, that sometimes words visit me and won't leave me alone until I write them down...share them with someone.  I have watched the news..horrible news of people starving and people being harassed just for the crime of being themselves.  I dropped off to sleep and woke to words singing in my mind....over and over....write me down, write me down..and so

Angel of Peace and Hope

She leans forward,
hair falling over her perfect face.
Her gentle hands reach out
to brush away tears, 
straighten weary, sagging shoulders,
lift heads drooping with sorrow and exhaustion.
But she is only one....
one tiny angel of love and peace and hope
against the insanity
of hatred and greed.
So tiny...so tired from the effort....so determined
to touch every broken bleeding heart.
She will serve until she can serve no more.
Blessed angel be with us now,
for now the need is great.

Shedding A Little Light

We have just switched over to LED lights in the house.  The bulbs are a little pricey compared to regular bulbs but they pull a fraction of the power and are supposed to last for years.  Here's hoping.  There are a few places in the house, like the basement, where we seldom venture so the bulbs have not been switched out there.  Maybe later.  Hopefully we'll see a difference in the hydro bill next month.  In the meantime, the new bulbs shed way more light than the old ones.  We shipped the 60 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs off to the Restore here in town.  They sell salvaged household building supplies and appliances and the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.
This whole procedure has left me in awe of just how many sources of light we have in this tiny little house. We would need another eight bulbs and one LED fixture to move totally to LED lighting.  Perhaps in time.  I'll need to save up again for a bit.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Listen To The Universe As She Sings

Has the universe ever sent you a message?  They are usually subtle and easy to miss.  Sometimes though, the message is loud and clear and is repeated.
For example, years ago when I still had two parents existing in this dimension, we were planning a two hour road trip to visit them.
Warning number one...the day was supposed to be lovely but the wind was howling and the rain was horizontal.
That's all right.  We'll go anyway.
Warning number two...the hubs broke his glasses and I would have to drive.
That's all right.  I'm feeling confident today.  I'll drive and we  will head for home before it turns dark.
Warning number three...the daughter says she is feeling a little off and would rather stay home.  Nothing serious but she just didn't feel like going anywhere.
No problem, she's an elderly teenager capable of staying home by herself.
Warning number four...actually more like being hit upside the head with a hammer...we were backing out of the driveway and the brakes failed.
Well then...okay....message received.
By nightfall the three of us had the flu..in spades.  Can you imagine the misery of trying to drive home with three people feverish and having to stop every few minutes and get out of the car?  Not to mention the fact that we would have exposed my elderly parents to the disease.
Moral of the story.  Listen for those messages from the universe.   Sometimes you only get one.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Using Wednesday's Words

This month the words are being provided by River of Drifting Through Life.  You can find her in my sidebar.
The words are;  speakers, clock, condense, abundance, famous, extension  and/or   stuttering, marble, newest, highway, coffee and doorway.

Here we go.

Nancy glanced at the dashboard clock and sighed.  Her old VW was stuttering its way   down the highway so slowly she was sure she was going to be late to make her presentation yet again.
“Call your prof and ask for an extension.” Dale suggested.
“Won’t work” Nancy replied.  “I’ve had an abundance of extensions on this project.  He told me the last time that it was now or never.”
Dale turned the volume down on the car speakers and spoke seriously.  “The man may be a famous author and a great teacher but he’s cold as marble.  When I was doing my project he told me to condense some of my best work into one small paragraph.  He said, ‘it wasn’t reflective of the newest thinking on the topic’.”
Nancy squirmed in her seat.  “I need a pit stop and a black coffee.  I’m pulling over at the next Tim’s.  The professor will just have to deal.  Hey!  Isn’t that professor Woodruff in the doorway of that sleazy looking motel?   And, that’s not his wife with him.”

Dale chuckled.  “Looks like you’ll have no problem with just one more extension.  Let’s stop and have a little chat with the old prof.”

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Frustration

I have been without the Internet since Sunday night.   I called.....was advised to swap out my modem at the Rogers store...did so....still didn't work.....called again....was advised the problem was in the pole.  Well duh!  Didn't I already tell you that?  No point in being rude to techs.....it's not their fault.  Anyhoo they said they would get right on that between 24 and 48 hours.   Just keep trying it on and off.  You know the drill, unplug everything, wait ten minutes, plug everything back in and try again.  As my Mom would say, "It's enough to make you chew nails and spit rust."
Well, I'm back up now so I'll be browsing around checking up with all of you and then I'll tackle Words for Wednesday.  On Thursday no less.  Sheesh.