Saturday, December 30, 2006
Helen Coonan and I have been "penpals" for 10 years and 10 months. My son has just been born. She was from Wandering River Alberta. I initially wrote to her for a "recipe" for colorful logs made from newspaper. She had been widowed, and so had I, therefore the letters started there. Over the years she wrote of Bryce, and her children. She especially loved to speak of her grandchildren. She spoke of holiday gatherings, and told me once she liked big get togethers, but it always felt nice to get back home. She had a son that lived in her yard, and spoke of those children. One grandchild had visited Nova Scotia. She wrote of Lac La Biche, and bowling there. She often mentioned the weather, the drought, or the heavy rain, and seemed genuinely worried for the crops. She always mentioned my boys, and every year she would tell me how they had grown so much. She would ask about the business.
She always sent her card early, and in it she always had a good 3 to 4 page handwritten letter.
She never sent me a card this year. Helen passed away in a motor vehicle accident in October.
Her family waited for my card to arrive in Alberta, so they could track down Charlene from Nova Scotia.
Although we never met, I have had many cups of tea with Helen Coonan, and I will miss her smile.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Prominent business people who died in the past year:
Robert Rich: Inventor of non-dairy whipped topping, at 92 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., in February.
Steve Stavro: Founder of the Knob Hill Farms grocery chain and former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, at age 78 in April.
Edouard Michelin: 43-year-old father of six and co-CEO of the French tire company founded by his great-grandfather, in a fishing-boat accident off Brittany in May.
Kenneth Thomson: Canada’s richest man as chairman of Thomson Corp., at his Toronto office in June, aged 82.
Kenneth Lay: 64, founder of Enron Corp., at his Colorado vacation house in July, after being convicted but before being sentenced in America’s most notorious business fraud.
Mac Cuddy: Who turned an Ontario turkey farm into a major agribusiness that sold poultry to McDonald’s for chicken McNuggets, at his home in Strathroy, Ont., in October, aged 86.
Javis Roberts: Who battled neighbours to open Sensations, a strip club in a quiet district of Dartmouth, of cancer at age 45 in November. Among the club’s neighbours, congregants at the Dartmouth First Church of the Nazarene prayed for him regularly after learning of his illness.
Zalimkhan Magomedov: President of the National Oil Institute Foundation, a Russian energy company, shot dead in November in an apparent contract killing.
Earl Joudrie: A senior Canadian energy industry executive and a director on numerous corporate boards — but best known for getting shot and wounded by his estranged socialite wife Dorothy in 1995 — at his home near Peterborough, Ont., aged 72, in late November.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Christmas Eve is always lots of fun at Mom's with the gang. Tristan is 1 and a half. He was under the table and it has been 2 years since we had a kid crawling under the table to get to their mom. Something about that feels nice. Jules crawled till he was 7 or maybe even 8, and that didn't feel so nice. He was very,very excited and talked nonstop all day. If they had a pedometer for the mouth, he would have accomplished some greatness that day. Tristan was the entertainer for the most part. Elmo also tickled us adults quite a bit, however Tristan seemed a little unsure of the red giggling idiot.
The kids were up before 4 am. Yes, it is not a typing error. Santa came and brought drums and an electric guitar. I was surprised he never left earplugs in my stocking. Drums are loud, aren't they. I used to make very sound decisions, and be on the ball, but all that seemed to leave me in 2006. I am hoping to get my mind back in '07, and will let you all know when I find it.
I cannot do without mentioning my mother's meal on Christmas eve. Joan is a wonderful cook. Creamed Turkey and her dressing is the family's fav, year after year. She baked up a storm this year... Mince pies, apple pie,sweets galore, and more,... Including this gorgeous eggnog cheesecake. One by one, we tried the cheesecake, and one by one, we put our forks down and wondered.... what the hell is in this. There was words softly spoken around the table. Words like plastic, cardboard, ... Then came the moment of truth when mom approaches the table and says, "so how is the cheesecake?" Renaud is watching the wheels in my brain turning, and for once I appear to be speechless. I am just trying to find the right words. Mom is looking right at me, and I appear to have the dimmer lights way down. Come to find out...The culprit was this rum from Grenada she put in the cake. It was hilarious. We passed the bottle around and sniffed it. Like Martine said, you got an A+ for presentation Nanny, but an F for taste.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
And he did. "Well", he said very seriously, "it's like everything else in life, a little practice always helps".
The answer was cute, but the man is so dry. Where is the humor in him???? His tickle bone must be displaced. I am the only one at the table that can hardly eat anymore, because I am giggling so. Then I talk a bit about love and kissing, and get "that look" from the dry one. The one that says, OK drop it.
I bring it up that night in bed. The serious man has that was at the supper table is gone. This stranger is actually laughing about it, and we laugh some more.... And yup.... We get in some more practice kissing.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
I thought this was interesting, from The New York Times
Q. Is slouching at the dinner table really bad for your back? Should we sit up straight?
A. Sit up straight, parents tell their children. It’s a well-known refrain based on the theory that anything other than a 90-degree posture places undue strain on the back.
Despite its persistence, that advice is wrong.
In 2006 a team of researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland looked at 22 volunteers who sat in three positions. The first two positions, sitting upright and sitting with the body hunched forward, produced the greatest spinal disk movement, causing the internal disk material to misalign. The third position, in which the subjects reclined at a 135-degree angle with their feet planted on the floor, created the least strain.
According to the study, any position in which a person leans back, opening the angle between the thighs and the back, is preferable to sitting up straight.
The bottom line is that sitting upright at a 90-degree angle strains your back; leaning back places less pressure on the spine.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The stuff is very much picked apart. The price on the shelf doesn't correspond with the item anymore. The cashiers are so slow, ready to slip into a coma ( except that one lady at Zellers, she calls me young lady, and she is very peppy). The young men working as cashiers may as well go home. They are too slow, and cannot even get the frigging bag open to put your stuff in. He's handling a bag of hersey's kisses like it's a Waterford water globlet.
Dollarama, well the prices are great , and so are the line ups. I passed by twice, and decided the handsoap can wait till next time.
Bargain Giant.... They have bargains. And a few nice pieces of furniture too. I'd like to watch someone maneuver through the store with a chest of drawers. I did buy something there. 99 cent catnip for memo's winter blahs.
Reitman's.... took forever to get served.
Radio Shack.... Well it looked like a shack. The service was friendly, but the young fella was plain slow. And why is it so necessary to have a personalized receipt from them. I answered more questions from them than I gave on our census survey.
Coles was the only store that won my heart. Clean, friendly staff, and quick moving.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Speaking of lights, I still need an electrician. And I heard he was going to my father's tomorrow. I told Dad.."Tell him you are invited Sunday for dinner at my house, but there's darn chandelier is in the middle of the dining room table"
I saw an ad for a spider catcher. Very interesting, but for people like me, it just doesn't look lethal enough..... and it's not one of Oprah's favorite things.
Tomorrow night is the big party at work. It will be Tanqueray Tuesday, when the party finally ends. Ha Ha...
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Yup, I saw it at the theatre tonight. It was good. The wisemen were wisecracks, and added to it. I learned why the heck they were going to Bethlehem in the first place, 9 months prego on a slow donkey. And the tax man back them was even worst than Revenue Canada. The scenery was great. And Joseph was cute.
"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." The word "manger" translates the Greek word phatne, which means "feeding trough." From this word, which is repeated in the angelic message to the shepherds (Luke 2:12, 16), we get the idea that Jesus was born in a place where animals were fed, that is, some sort of stable. At this time and place, the average manger wasn't made of wood, but rather of stone. ( the manger in The Nativity Story was made of stone.)
On a different note; My tree is up, and the people are home in my Christmas village. They have the lights on, but most are outside the houses , feet stuck in the snow. And the postman is definately a Canada Post employee. Same mail in his bag for a week.
Speaking of slow, I am still waiting for the electrician to put up my new chandelier, which has been sprawled out on top of the dining room table, ready for action. It may have to be my centerpiece . It will be unique.
Friday, December 01, 2006
and all thu the house
not a creature was stirring, nor Nemo on the couch
The boys were all snuggled down in their beds
Growing pains in the legs, and Naruto in Emile's head
Jules and 10 teddies, sleeping all over the place
It's a job each morning just to keep a straight face
When outside there arose such a big flash
I jumped from the couch, spilled some gin from my glass
Those darn lights i put out
just a flickering and smoking
it's the pink bulb, the culprit..
wouldn't come on this morning
Out in my tunique, wet feet and all
to the pink bulb to tap it, or even change that darn bulb
And it came on in the nick of time, a little sizzle here and there
And it stayed on while i stood there, rain drenching my beautiful hair.
And on my way back in, gin and tonic in my glass
I sputtered, stay on if you like, if you don't ... kiss my _ _ _.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Flu shots at the home tomorrow... & Bachelor Rome on tonight .... not sure which one will hurt more.
Getting some painting/renovating done while you-know-who is gone fishing. He has been around so much lately, it's been really hard to get any painting , changing furniture, crack filling done....
Sleeping in till 7:30 has been great, and today I might even wrap some gifts.
Me, the no-Sunday-Shopping supporter has actually shopped at the Co-op yesterday for some primer. Imagine that ! It's hard to believe that the Co-op has opted for this choice. The place, however seemed busy, however I don't know how happy the staff were. In this world families are separated from the rest of the gang, on most days, why tamper with another day. Sundays are meant for family, visits from friends, a cup of tea, afternoon naps, movies, and home cooked meals. At least that is in my opinion.
Friday, November 24, 2006
We almost got creamed on the highway yesterday when headed to the dentist. A grey truck was headed right for us at the last moment. We nearly **** ourselves. I still am amazed that we never got hit. It provoked a lot of questions from the kids about accidents and living without parents, etc.. I answered the best I could without eloborating too much on anything. Jules had a cute question... he wondered if he would have had to walk home from Tusket if we all been killed except for him.
Appreciate life, that's about all I got to say.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Second story is that of Wedgeport residents do ing some PI work of their own to crack down on crime. Way to go Wedgeport ! I had an email that said in summary a man was searching for his stolen ATV and spotted it, but the youngster
" made a dash into the woods . The police were called and the residents of Wedgeport were notified of the goings on and everyone went nuts and got their spotlights out in search of the culprit who was identified by the new Dukes Of Wedgeport who had done their deed to catch one of Wedgeport's Most Wanted. I was told that the whole Monday night searching frenzy was like an episode of Cops on the FOX network where the bike was eventually found in the woods. It is fitting also that the case has taken a huge turn after these new Magnum PI's heroic efforts have seem to awoken the local police who have suddenly announced 30 pending charges against 3 individuals. There were so many spotlights out that night it looked like daylight in wedgeport. "
John Walsh will be proud of you all.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I took my sneakers out for a walk tonight, and then made a quick visit at a friends' where I had my arm twisted until I gave in to a nice cold Smirnoff Ice. Kinda takes away the benefit of walking eh? I had some spring in my knees when I left, maybe I should drink before I go walking.
I did my sneaky thing yesterday and checked the kids MSN message history. Just to make sure they are being the good angels I am working so hard to raise. There was nothing of concern, but one conversation between Nanny and Jules caught my eye. It was back in August, and
Jules says: Nanny, you should come over and have a corona in mom's screen tent.
Nanny replies: Maybe I will.
He's such an angel.
Monday, November 20, 2006
My speculation is that 100% of the 49% of Nova Scotia shoppers who want 100% shopping everyday were obviously all out shopping. I, who was part of the 52%, was reduced to 30% speed in 100% of the streets.
I substituted as catachese ( Sunday school) teacher today, and had been warned that they were an active class. Other than getting useless comments at inappropriate times, they were very good. I promised them a reward only if everyone was good, and they were. I turned down the lights, and passed glow sticks out. Dolores Ann was my helper and it felt like old times.
Keep an eye out for November 22nd. It is supposed to be Global Orgasm day. No kidding...
I'll fill you in with all the info tomorrow, so you can prepare...
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Ran over a frog tonight. On the Pond Road. I looked for him on the way back, and yup, he was there, dead, right next to the yellow line. It kinda felt like the frogger video game, I'm getting closer, and he's hopping like hell, but my god, it takes a frog so many more hops to get to safety in the real world. I feel so bad.
I have PMS .
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Everyone seems fine now though, and they are aggravating each other as usual. That's good.
Even the cat is acting up. Chasing the boys around the island and across the floor.
He's definately getting ready for winter, eats all day, and is as wide as my computer screen. Every winter someone will ask us when the kittens are due.
Roland has been hunting every night till dark,
killing nothing but time.
Monday, November 13, 2006
We talked, and laughed, about stress and destressing.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Went to Bavaria with Roland tonight. My favorite restaurant, always so delicious. Had Steak Madagascar ( again).
April and Mom were by today with each a gift. Thanks so much for the microfleece blanket that we are all fighting to use, and the bathing products.
And Ashley bought me a lipgloss. Oh I just love it. I am always smelling/sampling her makeup .Nice strawberry one, you know..... in the glass tube with the roller ball on the end. Oh, really nice.When I wear it I feel about 15 years old, or maybe even 14.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Bud Light was mighty tasty too. Frobisher Bay got me thinking, and so did the L.A Lakers question. Boy, I do not know much about sports. I did know what city the Boeing 737 made its maiden flight from. San Francisco. That was some kind of lucky guess eh?
Proud to have won a T shirt for answering a beer question, and equally as proud to have beat the pants off of the East Coast Survivors.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Some have been annoyed by others, and others have been annoyed by some.
I read the following about full moons.
Simply put; Hormonal reactions to increased positive ions in the air (Full Moon Effect) cause hyperactivity, depression, violent behavior, road rage, higher occurrences of migraines and asthma. Even bees are known to sting without provocation on higher positive ion ratios.
So there you have it. My theory is right.
The full moon however cannot be blamed for old age slipups.
Today I brought a lady to the bank, and she changed topics and started asking the teller about her prescriptions. "Whoops, wrong place, the Pharmasave is next door," the teller replied. Then one man , upon leaving the dining room, tells the cook he doesn't like the way we cook the chicken. He has a better recipe. It's no big deal, but it was haddock we served.
All my loony-ness comes from my menstrual cycle, not from the phases of the moon.
I have only 2 phases. Dr. Jekyll for 14 days, followed by Mr. Hyde for 14 days.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Mosied-on-down for a great meal at Montana's, and an ice cold draught. Nice atmosphere and delicious ribs. At lower Deck, I sang my heart out while Shameless entertained and watched some really young girls in tube tops giggling and holding hands. Good Grief. That was the last I heard of my voice. It left after that, and lipsyncing isn't as fun as singing out loud, believe me.
It's hard to explain how we ended up at a wedding reception, mingling amongst people we didn't know at the Marriot, but it was innocent and unintended. It was my first time as a wedding crasher.The bride and groom had already left, thank God.
Made a trip to the Casino for a couple hours. Won $500 which I spent at home depot today. I love that store. They have a " new scan and pack your own" checkout. Get a good night sleep before you attempt it. It takes a lot of concentration. It also takes an employee watching, so why the heck doesn't she just scan the stuff for you? Anyway, Home Depot, I love you.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Did the Cinderella thing all night. Vacuumed , dusted, did laundry, washed floors, ..... the Prince better have a good reward for me tonight.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Then had to make those cookies for school. We put a few Halloween decorations up.
Jules is determined to be a ghost tomorrow. A real ghost he said, with a sheet and holes cut out for eyes. Whateverrrr?
It is mighty cute though.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Finally time to turn the clocks back. I've been looking forward to it as I hate to get up when it's dark outside. Lately I almost have to send a flashlight with the kids to take the bus. It will be a nice change. And the sun sets early,the nights are long, we all eat too much and pack on some winter pounds. And some of us females even let a winter coat grow.
We are mammals, that's for sure.
Friday, October 27, 2006
The lesson is this: putting on the TV is a big no-no. Well there's the Today show, who had Meatloaf peformoing ( after this commercial break)... so I had to stay and watch him perform (after Matt's numerous promises that he'd be on soon). And that was during the final minutes of the show. Then there is Kelly & Regis, and she would pick today to bring her gorgeous husband to host instead of Regis. Holy Smoke, I couldn't peel my eyes away, let alone get dressed, or risk missing anything by making beds. I did manage to run to the washer and toss in a quilt to wash. I even greeted the milkman in my silky pink nightgown ! A true housewife indeed !
Time was passing. So I put on last nights clothes (fresh undies though) and went grocery shopping. There I spent $100 and bought a poppy, and chatted with anyone who looked my way for 2 seconds or more. I even let someone go infront of me at the checkout, and I packed an older ladies groceries to help out the cashier. Then I checked out the dishes they had on display. Ramekin 7 oz, for $4.99. Nah, I decided I didn't need a collection of those.
By the time I got back I realized it was time to get dinner on, as I promised my hunter husband & kids a hot gourmet meal for dinner. Shoot, I forgot to buy onions and carrots. Those darn legionnaire ladies were selling the poppies in the produce isle, and I got distracted.
The day passed superfast but I did eventually manage to get the beds done, and even dusted. I never made that chocolate cake or those Halloween cookies though.
Whew, now tonight I am going to do one last thing before turning in for some rest, ... Brush my hair.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Trivia Thursday... name kinda reminds me of something... Turkey Tuesday. Hmmm........
Halloween was the topic and we did "fair", I would say. Movies were a bit of a stumper since some of our team members are too chicken to watch horror movies, and are afraid of not sleeping well for months after. I remember watching exorcist and expecting my bed to move up and down. I never was one to worry much about what was hiding under my bed, but I was, (and still am on occasion) known to pull back the bedding to check for spiders.
Total number of spiders found in my sheets in my lifetime: 0
Zero. That's the same number of witches burned at the stakes in Salem's witch hunt. I knew the answer to that one tonight and won my first beer ticket.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
It's not that I hate snow, I simply hate it on the road, the steps, & the parking lots ( especially the Co-op drain thing). Also hate it on vehicles, on my mittens, my hair, stuck in the screens I never removed in the fall, on boots & shoes, underneath boots & shoes, on the garage floor, under the cat's paws, on hand railings, stuck on my shovel, fallen in my boot, and on the 4 wheeler seat.
I like snow .... on pretty Christmas Cards, ceramic trees, on rooftops of miniature lighted xmas villages, and ( my favorite) ......... inside snow globes.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
We all heard it this morning, that big sizzle and tremendous boom. Even knocked my clock off the wall. For a few minutes I wished my hubby was home in bed. I looked over at Jules, and he was still in dream land. We don't usually get up, but I do hold my hubby's hand when it thunders. He thinks I'm funny. Maybe I am.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Regardless of who we are, where we live, and how we live, we mothers all have one thing in common with each other. We have children we love more than life itself, and we all want the same for our children. Love, a life without suffering, many fortunate chances, and for them to turn out to be good people.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
The haunted village is on again tonite. It has been very popular and sold out as I understand. I had to resign my acting job at the last minute because of my sore back. Someone told me I was missed, but they managed OK with my replacement. Always nice to be missed.
I saw MJ's photos yesterday from the wedding. Very nice indeed.
Diane was here to borrow limes. Looking for round ones she said. Lucky her, I ran out of square ones. Hmmmm? Wonder what that lime could be for?
Friday, October 20, 2006
Today I went to the chiropractor, to get all fixed up. He noticed some muscles bunched up in my forearms.
Have you been doing anything different lately? he asked.
"Well", I answered. "I have been arm wrestling a bit lately."
Really? He replied as he took a seat, with a smile ear to ear. " Tell me about it."
I told him how on Thanksgiving and other family gatherings, the d'Entremont family likes to armwrestle.
That's very different", he commented.
"I know", I said, "some families get together, play the piano and sing.... We get together and armwrestle."
" Well" he said," some families get together and do cocaine. This is good, its physical activity for the entire family".
Then he gave me some armwrestling pointers,....... " for Christmas" he said.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
A normal day, and a trivia nite. Finally enticed Roland to come along to see what I did every Thursday. He seemed to like it, and knew some answers, as I knew he would. 80's music for the first round. We did very good, placed 3rd for the night. Got stumped by a "random" question about Ronald McDonald's purple friend.... Remember his name? starts with a G.....
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I thought it was a new parent thing.... how you can't stop looking at your new baby. But I guess it doesn't go away.
I am still amazed today at the beauty of the children I helped create. I study their faces, their smiles, and eyes, almost as if I need to memorize it all.
HappyBirthday to me!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Speaking of size, tomorrow is the baby's 9th birthday. Already. I measured 5 feet at 8 months of pregnancy ( AND THAT IS NOT HEIGHT), yes, its around the waist. The little brute was breached and big. Roland wanted to measure me at 9 months, but I declined with a few chosen words.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Today I read "Married? You're in the minority....
Married couples, whose numbers have been declining for decades have finally slipped into a minority.
The American Community Survey, released this month by the Census Bureau, found that 49.7 per cent of households in 2005 were made up of married couples with and without children .. just shy of a majority and down from more than 52 per cent five years earlier."
I think marriage will soon have a renewal permit every 5 years. Another good way for the government to collect more money. I should write them a letter today.
I like marriage, it gets me a golf discount and my garbage out at the curb.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Next week is 80's music... Woo Hoo ! Today's duck count was 3, and I'm going to create a duck pie.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Not much news today. Did Laundry and laundry, and more laundry. .
Met with the folks at the Acadian Village for the low-down on my role in the haunted village.
The Haunted Village runs Friday Oct 20, and 21st. I am the first face they see. Scary thought eh?
Gave Roland a pedicure. He's not flexible enough to cut his own nails easily.
Used that vibrating cuticle remover that drives him crazy, had it on high, just to torture a bit. Ha Ha... the witch in me is starting to come out. Hee Hee Hee!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Roland got two ducks today and we had duck stirfry for supper. Yummy !
One of the cutest things I heard lately came from my sister April, after I told her how late I slept in on Sunday (8:20). She said " people who sleep like a baby, have none."
Do I sense some jealousy there? or was she just plain tired from being up at 5am?
Monday, October 09, 2006
Thanksgiving Day....& lots to give thanks for. that's for sure. Had dinner at Mom's yesterday, my sis-in-law married on Saturday. Today I went to work, since it was payroll. Tomorrow I am feeding 11 residents at my house. Should be fun ! Roland went duck hunting today. 0 ducks and 100 mosquitoes was the report. Here I was looking forward to a duck stirfry ! Maybe tomorrow. All the boys in bed early, school tomorrow. Emile wants that $ 3.50 cheeze whiz sandwich. Jules says its gross and that the cheeze whiz comes from Shelburne. Who am I to argue? I got my dress for the haunted village, thanks to Diane and her Halloween Outfitters Business. Here's a pic from the wedding Saturday... Em, Angele & Jules