Sunday, May 24, 2015

St. Andrews Bay

A brisk walk along the beach at St. Andrews Bay.
A North wind was howling and blowin' a fair gale, with
a temperature hovering at just about  40 F.
(that's almost summer in Atlantic Canada) ha,ha
Even Jack, with her heavy "Cairn Coat" was happy to get back to car.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I'm just not the same.........

I opened my eyes
and looked up at the rain,
it dripped into my head
and flowed into my brain.
All that I hear,
as I lie in my bed
is the slishity-slosh
of the rain in my head.
I step very softly,
I walk very slow
I cannot do a handstand -
I might overflow.
So, pardon the crazy - wild -
thing I just said,
I'm just not the same
since there's rain in my head.
by Shel Silverstein


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Grocery Store Wars

This is quite brilliantly done. I did have a giggle when I watched it. I felt with all the work that was done to put this video together; to make it what it is, I simply had to share it with you. Sit back and enjoy. Cheers


Monday, April 27, 2015

A New Lodge On Burnt Hill.....

Pick a spot with a nice view and lots of fresh water.....
"Fell The Trees"
Build The Lodge.....
Move In.....

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's getting warmer.......

Its gotten a whole lot warmer, the river has broken open and most of these ice in the above photo is gone......however; there will be more coming through as the rivers and lakes above us thaw.....and then there is the SPRING opening of the dams.
Almost time to peel off the fur hat
The water levels will rise and possibly there will be some flooding - happens every year. Some areas are having great problems with ice jams against bridges, or areas that ice jams push large ice onto land and take down a house near the shore. I am now thinking about the days that I shall be doing more "summry" things - not just working on the property, preparing gardens etc, but going to the beach more and riding........hiking. I love summer :)

Monday, April 20, 2015


There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-lettered word, and that is "UP".
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list; but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are some people - UP for election?  Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report. We call UP our friends. We use the word to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. At other times, the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.  To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night. That alone seems to make UP seem mixed UP about UP.
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, I looked the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. I was UP to the challenge, so I tried building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. With nothing else to do and surrounded by 5-8 feet of snow, I got UP the stamina to try. This challenge took UP much of my time, however; I didn't give UP and I wound UP with a hundred or more ways to use the word UP.
When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains and wets the earth, it often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.  H-m-m-m, I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now and don't wait UP for me, cause I won't be UP to answering any questions aboot what I been UP to, Eh.
p.s. Then of course - just one more - I couldn't resist - my favourite Super Hero says; "UP, UP, and away!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Decorating.....A Tasty Meal.....Natural Beauty

Seriously though folks, spring has arrived in the Maritimes, even though there is still lots of snow about - it is melting and disappearing quickly. The snow is still very deep in the woods and the deer are beginning to find their meals along the sunny sides of hills on our many roads and highways. We have seen herds of 30 - 40 grazing contentedly on the side of the road.
For those of you that might be a bit delicate, these next photos you may not like to view. They were captured by my Nephew. He was driving home and saw this, stopped the car, grabbed his camera and shot away. Its not often one captures a sight like this and pretty awesome to have been able to do so.
My Nephew also captured these photos of the Spring Melt at Lepreau Falls and Hammond River;  (a short distance from here) this past weekend. Yes, Spring is happening in the Maritimes.
Lepreau Falls
Hammond River

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"In Search Of Their Other Halves"

Zeus - God of the Sky,Lightning,
Thunder, Law, Order, and Justice.
Zeus was the God of the Sky and Ruler of the Olympian Gods. He overthrew his Father, Cronus, and then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades, in order to decide who would succeed their Father on the throne. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the Gods, as well as Lord of the Sky and rain. His weapon was a thunderbolt, which he hurled at those who displeased or defied him, especially liars and oath breakers. He was married to Hera.
Zeus, the presiding deity of the universe, ruler of the skies and earth, was regarded by the Greeks as the God of all natural phenomena on the sky; the personification of the laws of nature; the ruler of the state; and finally, the father of gods and men.
Using his shield, ( the Aegis), Zeus could create all natural phenomena related to the air and sky; such as storms, tempests, and intense darkness. At his command, powerful lightning would flash and thunders would roll, wreaking havoc; or the skies would open to rejuvenate the earth with life-giving water.
As the personification of the operations of nature, he represented the grand laws of unchanging and harmonious order, by which both the natural and the spiritual world were governed. He was the God of regulated time as marked by the changing seasons and the regular succession of day and night, in contrast to what his father Cronus represented before him; absolute time....eternity.
As ruler of the state, he was the source of kingly power, the upholder of all institutions connected to the state, and the friend and patron of Princes, whom he guarded and assisted with his advice and counsel. He was also the protector of the people.
As the Father of the Gods, Zeus ascertained that each deity perform their individual duty, punished their misdeeds, settled their disputes, and acted towards them on all occasions as their all-knowing counselor and mighty friend.
As the Father of Men, he took a paternal interest in the actions and well-being of mortals. He watched them with tender solicitude, rewarding truth, charity and fairness; while severely punishing perjury and cruelty. Even the poorest and most forlorn wanderer could find a powerful advocate in Zeus, for he is noted as a wise and merciful paternal figure. He demanded that the wealthy inhabitants of the earth be attentive to the needs of their less fortunate fellow citizens.
"It is written - According to Greek mythology, that humans, in the beginning;  were originally created with 4 arms, 4 legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves."

Friday, April 3, 2015

Legend of the Donkey's Cross

A poor farmer near Jerusalem owned a donkey far too small to do much work at all. He felt that he couldn't afford to feed a worthless animal like this; one that could do him no good whatsoever.  At the supper table he told his family that he was going to kill the donkey.
His children, who loved the little donkey, begged him to sell it rather than harm it. The farmer said; "it's wrong to sell an animal that cannot do a good day's work."
Then his oldest daughter suggested, "Father, tie the donkey to a tree on the road to town, and say whoever wants it may take it for nothing". The next morning, that's what the farmer did.
Soon, two men approached and asked if they could have the donkey. "It can carry almost nothing",  the farmer told them.
"Jesus of Nazareth has need of it," replied one of the men. The farmer couldn't imagine what a great teacher would want with such a worthless donkey, but he handed it over.
The men took the animal to Jesus, who stroked the grateful donkey's face and then mounted it and rode away. It was on the day we call Palm Sunday; Jesus led his followers into the city of Jerusalem riding on the back of a small, common donkey.
The donkey so loved his gentle master that he later followed him to Calvary. Grief-stricken by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but couldn't leave. It was then that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and the back of the donkey, and there it stayed. All donkeys have borne the sigh of the cross on their backs since that very day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Every citizen East of Calais, Maine U.S.A as far as Newfoundland, Canada,  has been awarded a pair of plow shoes. The government has issued shoes of all sizes and colours; specifically to be used when walking or running anywhere. A little scoop here, a little scoop there, "so the government says" - will make a huge difference in clearing our snow packed side of the world. I'm putting mine up for sale in June - any offers?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Our "Cake Lady"

Built on the fine presence of sugar, flour and a few other simple additions, to make one or several; a treat that speaks well of celebration. 
Be it one slice or an entire cake; the chance to try it means some delight is worthy of taste and only joy accompanies each bite.
Such are the cakes, pastries, SWEET TREATS and much more created each and every day by "DIANNE". 
Thank You "Di"

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Birthday Gals


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Tasty Meal......or not.....

Jack was having a problem with all those high end packages of dog food. I tried everything - Beneful,  Iams, Pedigree,  Kibble n Bits, Whole Meals, Zero Grain, Gusto, Ol' Roy, and everything that was on the shelf. Jack kept breaking out in dry sores all over her bottom and tail and it near drove her crazy.  I started reading the back of all these different packaged foods and found their main filler was corn and chicken parts - WHAT !!!!! THEN, I investigated.
The animal parts that should be thrown out are the carcasses of livestock, poultry waste and supermarket rejects and all sent to the "Rendering Plant or Cook House".  Once this process is done, all that is left is yellow grease, meat, and bone meal - all along with whatever is pumped into the animals to fast grow them. The final "product" of this grisly process is sold as a source of protein and fat for making animal feeds. - YIKES  - I will not talk about Toxic Waste and Euthanized Pets -  UNFIT FOR HUMANS....LEGAL for the "Rendering Plant or Cook House".
I did a lot of research and found a "Holistic Blend" that DOES NOT HAVE - corn, beet pulp, wheat, BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin - it DOES HAVE - Chicken or Lamb (meat), whole brown rice, wild salmon (meat), spinach, pumpkin and banana. I bought a bag to try and started Jack on mostly vegetables, rice and a handful of the new dog food. I was simply amazed that in a few days the sores on Jack's back began to disappear - EVENTUALLY TOTALLY DISAPPEARED. 

I have been preparing all Jack's food for some time now. There are lots of vegetables, rice and some Holistic Blend added. I usually add a tid bit of whatever meat is cooking.
 I find myself reading more and more of what is actually in the foods presented to us at most supermarkets and wonder how I could have been so stupid to not read the fine print of what I thought to be "Fine n Fit Food" for my dog. I am not advertising for "Holistic Brand Dog Food". I remember having pets around the house when I was a child and when Mom got the Dog's supper ready, there was a hunk of home-made bread(broken up), some milk, and a  spoonful taken from every pot on the stove and usually a piece of meat, fish; whatever was cooking. My parents never bought dog food - the dog mostly ate what we ate and it was all healthy and nutritious. I can remember when Dog Food first came out in cans - my Father bought a can to try for our dog, thinking he was doing something nice for the dog. The contents smelled so bad that Dad threw it out in the garbage and said anything that smelled that bad shouldn't be consumed by man or dog.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Longest Coastline

If you walked and walked and never stopped - not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep - it would take you four and a half years to walk the length of Canada's coastline.
Canada has the world's longest coastline, bordered on three sides by three different oceans: The Atlantic, Artic and Pacific.
 To put that in perspective, Canada has 202,080 of the world's total 356,000 kilometers of oceanfront property. 
The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, which has 54,716 kilometers of coastline.