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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thirty more days..

 

Just looking at the calendar today and realized that it is one month today, till Christmas..

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By this time next month, Christmas 2012 will be just a memory..

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The Christmas cards will be mailed..

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The house will be decorated..

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The presents will be opened..

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Dinner will be over..

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Looking at the pictures from last Christmas..it makes me realize how much work I still have to do..

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and it’s my turn to host our family Christmas Dinner..seating for 8, 10 or 12?

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I had better get busy…next month?

 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Are you ready for some ‘football’?

 

Being from Canada, our Thanksgiving was last month..

So in keeping with ‘Thanksgiving tradition’ we want to  wish all our American Blogging ‘Peeps’ a very happy Thanksgiving..

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I spent some time researching ‘Thanksgiving’ and discovered the top five American Thanksgiving traditions..

How many of these listed below  are part of your Thanksgiving celebrations?

1. Turkey and the trimmings

From the first Thanksgiving to today's turkey burgers, turkeys are an American tradition dating back centuries. According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

Regional twists offer variations on the traditional roasted bird, including coffee rubbed turkey from Hawaii, salt encrusted turkey from New England, and deep fried turkey from the South.

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2.Time out for “pigskin”

Throughout the United States, football on Thanksgiving Day is as big a part of the celebration as turkey and pumpkin pie.

Dating back to the first intercollegiate football championship held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, traditional holiday football rivalries have become so popular that a reporter once called Thanksgiving "a holiday granted by the State and the Nation to see a game of football."

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3. Parading around

The first American Thanksgiving Day parade was held in 1920, organized by Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, not Macy's as most people believe.

The NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade tradition actually began in 1924, and has grown into an annual event of balloons, bands, and floats, enjoyed by more than 46 million people each year in person and on TV.

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4. Making a wish
Does your family fight over the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey? Known as a "lucky break" the tradition of tugging on either end of a fowl's bone to win the larger piece and its accompanying "wish" dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C.
The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America.

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5. Giving Thanks 

Last, but certainly not least, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and blessings of the past year. From pre-meal prayers to providing holiday meals to the homeless, the holiday is truly a celebration of praise and thanksgiving.

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there is just  one more Thanksgiving ‘tradition’ that I need to add....

6.Black Friday shopping?

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 ..here in British Columbia we have our own ‘Black Friday’..but it is called ‘Boxing Day Shopping’

so, no matter how many of the top five or rather six  traditions you participate in, or if you create your own, Enjoy!! We will be here when you are done eating your ‘Turkey’!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Singing in the rain?

 

Living on the west coast of British Columbia we are use to the rain, doesn’t make it any easier when the ‘deluge’ begins and seems like it will never end..

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Our rainfall statistics don’t seem so bad when you look at the actual averages..it is only a few months that are really rainy?

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..with all this precipitation falling for the sky, one accessory that is a necessity is of course, the umbrella..

‘An umbrella or parasol (also called a brolly, parapluie, rainshade, sunshade, gamp, bumbershoot, or umbrolly) is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight.

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The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain.

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Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof.

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Parasols are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture.

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Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices; however, parasols can also be hand-held. The collapsible (or folding) umbrella originated from China, and had sliding levers similar to those in use of today.

umbrellas24The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow’

So this morning as I tucked my umbrella ( an orange one, of course) into my backpack, I knew it would be a few months before I would feel safe enough to travel to work without one in my possession.

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..of course I would much prefer the shade of  beach umbrella..

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or even a drink with a little umbrella..

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but for now I will have to be happy with my bright orange umbrella to keep me dry…

Will I be ‘singing in the rain?’

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‘I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above

The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin',
Singin' in the rain’

..somehow I doubt it?

but I will take each rainy day in stride, knowing that all the rain that falls on  the West Coast of British Columbia is a contributing factor as to what makes the landscape so green!

Friday, November 16, 2012

South Paw?

 

Can two rights make a left?

In our  family there are three ‘lefties’..

Our daughter is left handed, my brother is left handed and Doug’s brother is left handed.

Google is such a good resource of information. What did we ever do before google?

Scientific Left Handed Facts:

  • Make up between 5% and 10% of the population (depending on who you ask)
  • More likely to have allergies
  • More prone to migraines
  • More likely to be insomniacs
  • Use the right side of the brain the most
  • Three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
  • More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale
  • Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers
  • More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia
  • Twice as likely to be a man
  • Better at 3D perception and thinking
  • Better at multi-tasking
  • Live on average 9 years less than right handed people

{the last scientific fact I saw when I was riding the bus this morning..(you just never know when a blog topic will pop in your head?)}

 

and then there are some interesting trivia with regards to being left handed...

Interesting Left Handed Trivia
  • Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
  • Celebrate left handed day once a year – August 13th – International Left Handers Day
  • Draw figures facing to the right
  • Recover from strokes faster
  • More likely to pursue creative careers
  • Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed
  • Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
  • On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.

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To be a left-handed person in a right handed world what kinds of things do you need to overcome?

  • writing
  • knitting
  • typing
  • golfing
  • baseball
  • using the computer mouse

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..there were also some bizarre trivia facts..

Bizarre Lefty Titbits?
  • Adjust to seeing underwater quicker
  • Less able to roll their tongue than a righty
  • Nails grow faster on the left hand than the right

  just a few famous people who are left handed..

  • Bill Clinton
  • Barrack Obama
  • Joan of Arc
  • Prince William
  • John F. Kennedy  Jr.
  • Paul McCartney
  • Justin Bieber
  • Tom Cruise
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Howie Mandel
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mark Spitz

So, are you right or left handed? Or ambidextrous?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lost my blogging“mojo?”

 

What does it mean when you have lost your  blogging ‘mojo’?

My enthusiasm for blogging seems to have gone by the way side these past couple of months..

Not that I have ever been a daily blogger, like some bloggers out there in blog-ville who seem to be able to create something that is worthy of reading every single day.

I wish I could be that creative and have that much to say?

Our lives, now that camping season has come to  an abrupt halt seems to be just filled with the daily mundane stuff..

Do I miss blogging? Of course I do but I think what I miss more is the ‘doing something’ that is what I deem to be blog-worthy..

What do I  really miss?

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The sense of adventure when we hook up the tent trailer and head out on the open road..

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a new view out the windshield..

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or a new vantage point to capture a picture of..

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or a campsite on the river’s edge in the state of Montana..

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..or a lake for our ‘golden boy’ to  make splash in..

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..I even have missed those daily ‘ mugs of vanilla steamed milk’..

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..and the adventures of 'Bart’

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..the meeting of ‘new friends’..

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and old and dear friends, too…

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..will my lost ‘mojo’ come back?..one can only  hope that this phase will pass and we can resume our ‘regular programming’

How many more months till Summer Vacation?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

the 11th hour..

 

November 11..Remembrance Day.

 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

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In Flanders Fields..

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

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Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae

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For all the veterans from Canada and the USA, we say thank you for your service.

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