Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Farewell for Now!

I need a rest; so I'm going off-grid for a while.  No Facebook; no blogging.

Let's see how long it takes for me to rejuvenate and come back!

See you soon?  (I hope.)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pre-Weekend Forecast

Things I want to do this weekend:

(Special note:  items in caps are shouts-out to God to "Make it so, Number One")

  1. Lie in bed when I wake and just stretch, stretch, stretch "For Lord's sake", smiling in anticipation of a day of leisure.
  2. Have a large cup of dark roast coffee ----- ON MY BACK DECK!
  3. Make and eat about a million dark chocolate-covered apricots ... ya know, the soft juicy ones, not the nearly dessicated ones I currently have in my dried fruit jar.
  4. Go for a long walk in the SUNSHINE wearing my almost new black and hot pink hiking sneakers.
  5. Eat some good foreign food and not care one tad about the calories.  Peruse a menu (bringing a hankie to dab off the drool, of course); order & sit excitedly while waiting for my order to be filled; look ..... smell ..... taste .... slowly chew & savor every (hopefully) delicious bite; then complain about how full I am!  That's an A+ idea!
  6. THRIFT a great new pair of colorful flats.
  7. Laugh a great deal.

Things I will probably do this weekend:
  • Drive to the city in the rain on Saturday with a most probable #5, the possibility of #6 (if the Value Village gods are kind), a #2 without the back deck (thanks to Starbucks??) and an almost definite #7 'cause I'll be with 3 chatty 'n' cheerful Asian girls.
  • Start my Sunday with the first part of #1, possibly move on to #2, and then spend the majority of the day assisting in the new office move down river.  But there will most assuredly be lots of #7 during the move 'cause they're such a great bunch.  I love my new job.

Ya never know what'll happen for sure.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

36 Delightful Facts about Canada

I came across these facts this morning from Buzz Feed via a friend on Facebook.  Some I knew already, and some I just learned.  But they're so wonderful, I wanted to share them with you.  Enjoy!

36 Delightful Facts about Canada

1. People in Churchill, Manitoba leave their car doors unlocked in case their neighbours need to make a quick escape from polar bears.

2. There’s also a prison for polar bears who break into peoples’ homes for food. 

3. No cows in Canada are given artificial hormones for milk production; and that means no dairy products such as milk, cheese or yogurt produced in Canada contain hormones either!  

4. For one day in 1943, Ottawa designated a hospital room to be “extraterritorial” (international) ground so a Dutch princess could be born a full Dutch citizen -- a Dutch requirement for her to keep her princess title.

5. And every year the Netherlands send Canada thousands of tulips to show their gratitude.

6. This inspired Ottawa’s annual Tulip Festival which is held in May and showcases millions of beautiful tulips in bloom.  (Photo:  Alexandre Deslongchamps)

7. Canada has banned the Westboro Baptist Church members from entering the country and picketing funerals.  Hate speech is a penalized offense by the federal and provincial government.

8. Kraft Dinner (“KD”) is the top-selling grocery item in the country. Canadians consume 55% more of it than Americans do.

9. The quality of their tap water is often better than bottled water.

10. They have a $300 collectors’ gold coin that has a narwhal on it  (mint.ca).

11. And a special quarter with a GLOW-IN-THE DARK DINOSAUR on it.  Royal Canadian Mint

12. The Canadian Mint also created a $1,000,000 coin that is actually usable.

13. Canada is the most educated country in the world.

14. It has an “Apology Act.”  It allows an apology in court to be a sign of compassion and empathy, not guilt.

15. In the 1930 World Cup, Canada’s hockey team was so badass they didn’t even have to play knockout rounds and were placed directly in the final game.They then went on to win gold.

16. Canada’s Post Office receives millions of letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” each year.  They respond to each one as Mrs. Claus, and it’s an entirely employee-led volunteer initiative :)

17. They’ve claimed the address:
 “Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0.”   
Canada Post / Via chatelaine.com
18. A part of the country actually has less gravity than the rest of Earth.
19. During the holiday seasons, it has a volunteer service that gives free rides to those too drunk or too tired to drive.  The program is called "Operation Red Nose" (operationnezrouge.com) and the drivers are called Sleigh Deer.
20. The nation’s official phone number is:
21. George Street in St John's, Newfoundland has more bars and pubs per square feet than on any street in North America.  Yup, I can personally attest to that.
22. Canada does not allow pre-employment or randomized employee drug tests.
23. An Ontario man invented Hawaiian pizza.
24. There is a strategic maple syrup reserve.
25. Alberta, Canada, is the only region in the entire world free of Norwegian rats.
26. In 1947, a group of kids protested after the price of chocolate bars were raised from 5 cents to 8 cents.
27. The Citizenship and Immigration Minister declared that Santa Claus is Canadian.
28. It has an island called “Dildo.” It's in Newfoundland, so, yup! Been there too, and it's very pretty!
29. The term “trick or treat” was first used in Alberta.
30. Canadian McDonald’s exclusively sell the McLobster in the Maritime provinces. mcdonalds.ca
31. You can thank Kiefer Sutherland’s grandpa for bringing the country universal healthcare.
32. The University of Victoria offers a course called the “Science of Batman.”
33. In Saskatchewan, a hoodie is called a “bunnyhug.” koucan.tumblr.com
34. Half of Canada’s provinces (which accounts for more than 85% of the population) are governed by women.
35. A town in British Columbia has the postal code:
 “V4G 1N4.”
(I mean honestly!  Do we really need directions there?)
36. Studies find Canadians to be the second happiest people in the world. And they’re only getting happier.tres-naturelle.tumblr.com  

Yup!  We are.  
Why, just look at me.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rabbit, Rabbit!

Rabbit Rabbit everyone.

And goodbye March!

It's so good to see the back end of you with your snow storms and icy cold temperatures.  I wholeheartedly welcome April.

But then, what's this, April?  You definitely suck at first impressions.  Here's what we woke to this morning.  

So beautiful yet so ugly!

Yes, it's another day off school for the local kids and another treacherous drive to work for the rest of us.  

What is going on Mother Nature? Why are you angry at us?  

Is this Narnia where winter never ends?  If so, pass the Turkish Delight --- but make it chocolate covered please!  (I'm calling my friend Lucy this evening to come break the spell. )

Is it an April Fool joke?  PLEASE!  PLEASE!  Let it be so that it can disappear by noon and we can get back to spring which we very briefly saw last month.

Winter, you are getting on my last nerve!  At this rate, there'll be no white straw bonnet or black patent leather shoes for me this Easter.  Instead, we'll be seeing this:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring is Here???

I've been so busy with the new job and trying to close out the old. But in the midst of all the hussle was an overwhelming JOY that spring was finally here.


Look at what got dumped on us yesterday.

What an amazing storm it was!  Violent and brisk and noisy with white-out conditions on the roadways and huge drifts of snow across the streets.  The kind I remember from my youth in Newfoundland. The streets and lawns were bare Tuesday night; not so by Wednesday at noon.

Nova Scotia all but shut down completely -- schools, businesses, malls, buses pulled off the road.  I had walked to work that morning (15 min) when it was just beginning to snow.  And I wanted to walk home from work in the midst of it.  My boss insisted that he drive me.  And as we were crawling home in his 4 wheel drive, he said to me:  "Did you really want to walk home in this?"  "Well", I said.  "Part of me did".  "What part?" he said in amazement.  "The 12 year old part of you?" 

School was closed again today.  But business resumed for the rest of us, and by 3 pm today, the sun had melted the snow off the streets.  I tell you:  this was just a wee bit discouraging to those of us who want to wear our trainers and jackets.

But it doesn't keep us down for long.  
After all, we are Maritime Canadians!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The wearin of the Green!

Happy St Paddy's Day from Beani and Buddy, the little dogs that always greet me when I go for a massage.

As well as it being St Paddy's Day, it's my daughter's birthday --- 27 years old today.  (Can you remember that age?)

She's thousands of miles away in Toronto, so we won't be together physically.  But together in our hearts .......  She's a darling girl! 

I'm in the process of changing my work somewhat.  Instead of working 2 office jobs, next week I cut one out and go full-time at the other.  That's very exciting for me!  I've worked 2, sometimes 3 jobs continually for the past 13 years.  And as my aging brain doesn't convert from one set of books to the other as easily as it used to, I'm really looking forward to being able to focus on just one.  

In the meantime, last week and this, I've been trying to tidy up everything at my other part-time position.  Twelve years with a most wonderful boss! So I want to leave him with all the loose ends tied up.  Mind you, for the short-term, I'm not completely leaving him:  I'll go in one evening a week to do payroll etc until he gets someone else.  

So, I've been mad juggling for the last 2 weeks, working some days 7 am to 5:30 pm, driving between jobs, eating lunch at my desk, rushing home to cook dinner, collapsing on the couch for the evening!  (Well, I guess I do that last one anyway.)  

But I'm okay.  Besides -- it's the better paying job that's now full-time ...........

so, I'll be seeing a little more green on my cheques.  
(I like the pink and brown ones best!)

So, eat something green today, drink some green beer, and I wish you all the luck of the Irish today.  I'll catch up when I can.