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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


An icicle is a spike of ice formed when water dripping or falling from an object freezes.
Typically, icicles will form when ice or snow is melted by either sunlight or some other heat source (such as a poorly insulated building), and the resulting melted water runs off into an area where the ambient temperature is below the freezing of water (0 degrees), causing the water to refreeze. Over time, continued water runoff will cause the icicle to grow.
The photo above is how the trickle starts on my back roof and the photo below is how the icicles grew after some afternoon melts and evening freezes. See the huge amount of ice actually fills the gutter and then it might back up under the shingles in a fast melt. This is why I always remove the icicles when they are small - I try not give them a chance to build up and possibly back up under the shingles. Some just stay there all winter as I cannot reach them.
Icicles come in various shapes and sizes. Icicles from on surfaces which might have a smooth and straight, or irregular shape; which in turn influences the shape of an icicle. Another influence is melting water, which might flow toward the icicle in a straight line or which might flow from several directions.

Given the right conditions, icicles may also form in caves (known as ice stalactites). They can also form around salty water sinking from sea ice. There can be much damage and injury caused by icicles. Icicles that hang from an object may fall and cause injury and/or damage to whoever or whatever is below them. I can remember Mum always appointing one of us to take the broom out and knock the icicles off the back roof.
(THANK YOU to one of the two VOLUNTEERS that helped take ice off the Library roof yesterday)
Ice deposits can be heavy. If enough icicles form on an object, the weight of the ice can severely damage the structural integrity of the object and may cause the object to break. Whether it be structures, trees, cliffs, poles, wires, caves, etc - BEWARE OF FALLING ICE.
" BRINICLE"' - ICY FINGER OF DEATH, FILMED IN ANTARCTIC, captured forming by time-lapse camera.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mother Nature and Wind

I cannot say that I do not like winter. In fact, I do like winter. At the moment, we have snow banks halfway up the side of the house and well out into the street - it's like everyone has a tunnel of snow to reach their houses. I have walked aboot town and seen large, cleared driveways with mountains of snow surrounding each side. I have seen "shovel size" pathways, leading up to front doors. I have seen mailboxes shoveled oot. Businesses, schools and emergency all cleared early on of course. There are very few sidewalks that are available for walking. The sidewalk on our "main street" is cleared and also the street above us. All the sidewalks off the main streets and side streets remain deeply covered in tons of snow - so that would cover about half the residents in town.
Having said all this, I have to take a moment and talk about BEAUTY, the kind of beauty that takes your breath away.......the kind of beauty that takes but a second of your time to enter your mind and stay imprinted there forever. One of the facts of Mother Nature, when she is being cruel and punishing us with her beastly values of snow and wind, is also the BEAUTY she creates. 
This photo above is my friend's house - the wind blew the snow well out past the roof, leaving a lengthy extension of curves and lines and natural beauty.
 I saw this hill and knew I just had to share it with you - it gives you that feeling of "having stopped to smell the roses".  Creations like this leave me to appreciate Mother Nature and Wind.
p.s. You know I cannot leave Jack out of the post, eh........
One of my favs - Jack playing with friend "Toby Alexandra"

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

6 MORE WEEKS O'WHAT............

6 Days = 3 Major Blizzards = 109 cm of SNOW = 42.9134 Inches

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yep, we got SNOW......

Yep, we got SNOW. And we got a bunch at that. Time to play - build snow forts, throw snowballs, go slidin'. Jack loves to chase snowballs and then she tries to figure out where the "ball" went when it lands and splatters. When the snowball lands in soft snow and disappears, Jack dives for it like a true cairn and does retrieve it.  When you play like this for some hours in the afternoon sun; trust me, you sleep very well through the night.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jack's First Encounter with.......

We were out walking one day way out in the meadow, on a farm.
We came upon the biggest, strangest dogs. 
I heard Mommy say their name was Horse. What I do not understand is why these large dogs are ALL called Horse. (Good Horse, Beautiful Horse, Nice Horse,  Horse likes dogs, etc)
I have friends, like Toby, Scruffy, Caesar, Daisy, Red n Rusty - 
I do not call my dog friends DOG, SO -
I shall make names for you - h-m-m-m, let me see
Bonnie n Betti - THAT'S IT, EH.
Meet my new friends Bonnie n Betti.