Monday, March 26, 2007

Raindrops are falling

No raindrops are falling yet, but supposed to tomorrow. I had listened to an old song yesterday " I can't stand the Rain" by the Eurythmics, and got thinking about rain. Myself, I can stand the rain, actually I really like rain, especially a real downpour. I enjoy doing bookwork at my desk when it is pouring. Bringing in groceries, ... well that's not my favorite rainy day thing to do. And I haven't kissed in the rain much either. I have cried in the rain, and likely that's where they got the idea for " Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain". Ha Ha.
I read an article on raindrops today, and the shape of them. Oh, this could change the world as we know it.....

~ " Falling raindrops are often depicted in as "teardrop-shaped" — round at the bottom and narrowing towards the top — but this is incorrect. Only drops of water dripping from some sources are tear-shaped at the moment of formation. Small raindrops are nearly spherical. Larger ones become increasingly flattened on the bottom, like hamburger buns; very large ones are shaped like parachutes. The shape of raindrops was studied by Philipp Lenard in 1898. On average, raindrops are 1 to 2 mm in diameter. The biggest raindrops on Earth were recorded over Brazil and the Marshall Islands in 2004 — some of them were as large as 10 mm.
The animals most likely to drop from the sky in a rainfall are fish and frogs, with birds coming third. " ~

How does one get a paying job solely studying raindrops..... or is there even one to be had? I always wanted to be a meteorologist, guess it's rather too late for that now.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Red Knight

It has been 14 years since I last went to the Red Knight. I was there today in support of HOPE and the car lottery. I drove home with a car load (1 tipsy girl, 2 somewhat OK, 1 sober, 4 coffees, 1 tea, a blender, snow mitts, and hunting knife I got from the auction.) The Lady won a battery hand held transmitter, which she thought read battery operated hand held instrument, and for a moment she had hoped the item was donated from Sister Sarahs. Ha Ha.

The bar scene had not changed and there were many faces there, some I recalled from 14 years ago, and even from 24 years ago. Scary.
Speaking of Bars...and the men who frequent them's a little wisdom from Cheers'CLiff Claven .

Cliff says "Well, Early cavemen, they went out and hunt for the very food that graced their simple table. The women stayed in the cave and developed art, culture, what-have-you. Men down through the centuries have always been hunters, doers, adventurers. Cogito, it is not in man's nature to sit alone and be passive and docile."
Norm moans.
Cliff asks "What's the matter Norm?"
Norm answers " Ah, nothing, just my shorts are binding up on me."
Cliff recommends "Just stand up and straighten them out."
In a passive and docile manner Norm answers "Nah, I'll give them five minutes, sometimes they self-correct."

Friday, March 23, 2007


Well, its the end of the week. Mornings are getting harder each day, since the time change. Dark and rainy, makes it hard to get out of bed early. I am hoping to win the loto, and stay in bed till 8 am everyday. Don't ask me who's gonna get the kids up and on the bus.

I have been walking everyday. Even took a stroll in church, around and around the pews, while I waited for Jules. It's likely the most time I spent in church in awhile. I did check out the confessionals.... I asked Lady Di to step in and confess her sins, but once inside and seated, I told her I didn't have enough time to hear ALL those sins.... way to many !! HA HA !! Other than that, I was a real angel. I did swear once... oops !

The weather has been warm and the neighbourhood kids have been playing outside every night. A lot of camoflage-dressed boys running about, getting full of mud, toting plastic ammunition. They shot at me once, but they must of missed. It's really nice to see them out till 8pm.

It's been quiet without the silent one around. The food bill is likely going to be less while he's out. It's unreal how often he eats. His absence is a bit of a treat for the cook, and bottle washer too.
I am missing him and his strong arms of course for the very important things, like all those sexy reasons I married him.....
like garbage removal, and vacuuming.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Wisdom on drinking

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. " ~Frank Sinatra

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~ Benjamin Franklin

And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers.

One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here's how it went: "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first .This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

Budget Smudget

What’s in it for you.....

FOR THE AVERAGE FAMILY....The so-called “marriage penalty” has been eliminated by a proposal to increase the spousal and other amounts to provide up to $209 of tax relief for a supporting spouse. Under the new $2,000 child tax credit families will be able to claim the new credit for each child under age 18, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2007. The tax credit will be calculated as $2,000 per child multiplied by the lowest personal income tax rate (15.5%). This works out to a maximum benefit of $310 per child.

LOW-INCOME CANADIAN.....More than a million low-income Canadians will receive up to $500 a year (for individuals) or $1,000 (for families) under the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB). This measure aims to help people “over the welfare wall” by providing a $500 benefit to individuals with earnings more than $3,000 and net income below $12,833.

SENIOR COUPLE......Two extra years to retire with the as the age by which RRSPs or employer pension plans wind up will rise to 71 from the current age of 69.
The age credit has been raised $1,000 from the previous $4,066 to $5,066. This should give about $155 in extra tax relief this year for low and middle-income seniors.
It also ups funding to $35-million per year for New Horizons for Seniors program, designed to funnel money in to education to reduce elder abuse and fraud.

ECO-CONSCIOUS COUPLE.......It’s an eco-friendly budget. Not only does the government provide more than $806-million in new clean-energy and conservation measures, but the public transit tax credit has also been extended from monthly passes to include electronic far cards and weekly passes used on an ongoing basis.
And for new-car buyers up to $2,000 in rebates will be available for cars that get 6.5 L/100 km or better. On the flip side through a Green Levy the government will charge $1,000 for passenger vehicles with combined fuel-efficiency ratings no better than13.0 L/100 km, up a to a maximum of $4,000 for the truly gas-hogging road monsters.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Power Outage

Power Outages are a very common occurrence here. (Unlike our neighbours from across the harbour).

The power was out for a couple hours last night. The silent one went to work to start the generator, but they had beat him to it.

The night before we spent Dartmouth and the ice on our vehicle was a half inch thick. I used my firearm possession card, and my health card to scrape the windows. Then a good Samaritan passed me a scraper, and told me to keep it! In return I cleaned their drivers side window ( their car was running). Then I noticed it was the wrong vehicle as the owners approached. I rolled down my window and confessed to cleaning their vehicle in exchange for the scraper I thought they had given me. They were happy.

3 Things I learned during this power outage:

1. there isn't much to do after dark, but go to bed. No wonder families were so large prior to electric city.

2. Those 3 for $10 LED lights I bought from the book man and installed over my desk, really do light up. I had them on before the outage, and they lit the whole kitchen. Too bad we had no spare AAA's to put in the other 3 I have stored away.

3. Washing yourself in the dark is a challenge. Johnson's baby powder opens with a counter clockwise turn, unlike about everything else in the world. I only noticed I had it opened when I could sense the talc on my teeth.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ah it's Thursday

It's finally the end of the week.

Went to a meeting tonight regarding Yarmouth's Liquor store Health Clinic ( name doesn't sound too good eh?) . Our municipality promised mega bucks to support it, in exchange for a satellite clinic somewhere. Sounds good to me. I'd rather be on the life raft than trying to swim alone.

It's kinda like Art Linkletter used to say...
employees do the darndest thing.
I really get a kick out of the reaction of an employee who is being confronted. Doesn't matter how trivial the issue or how great... they want to know " Who told you?". I could tell them that I found out you murdered 2 people in room nine, and set the mattress on fire.... and they would look at me and say " Who told you?". And all the while you are trying to explain why their action is not acceptable, they are thinking.... hmmm, who could it be? They'll even speculate and say dumb things like, " Well if its her, well she left early one night without permission." OHHHH! It all makes my blood boil.

I have said this before, my next job will have no employees. I ain't figured it out yet. I like goats. Export goat cheese, goat milk, and they could eat lots of table scraps. Nothing like recycling.

Maybe I could build a 2000 goat farm in quiet Argyle Head. On one of those nice hills. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha......... bad joke, I know

Monday, March 12, 2007

March Break

March Break.... must mean a break for the kids eh? I took today and tomorrow off. Did a lot of housework today, and even hung sheets and a quilt on the line. With a bit of imagination and a warm jacket, it was just like spring.

I went to the movies today, and yesterday. Saw Wild Hogs, today, and yesterday. The toonie matinees were sold out, so I figured the kids may as well watch something. They enjoyed it, and I found it funnier the first time around. It was a good movie.

Loverboy is back in town. Was away for 4 days to the neighboring province to do some skidooing. Said the trails were awesome, and it was really, really cold. Said it was nice to get back to his nice warm wife and bed.

Got a turkey supper planned for tomorrow. Some wine, and good food, and laughter. Just what we need.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Seagull update

A sailor friend of mine with a real bird brain (pardon the pun P.L.) shed some light on the seagull life and habits. Turns out that while they can be very annoying, they are actually very smart. And they age gracefully too, which is more than I can say for most of us humans. No Oil of Olay rejuvenating cream or Tylenol Arthritis needed. He tells me that in the wild they live 50-55 years & they don't show signs of aging . He also told me of gulls in Halifax harbour that used to feed at the dump in Sackville. They turned up at 0630 every morning, however, on Sundays, they knew no one was working, so they stayed in bed.

He also told me of a seagull he has befriended and visits every year. Harold is recognizable and so is his mate, girlfriend, or common-law gull, however you may wish to call her. Harold is definitely at ease, and welcomes the visit. They have occupied the same bit of beach for their nest for many years.
They have about 20 words in their language. They home school their young teaching them to fish for crabs, swim around and start flying. They start this in May and it goes on till October. No days off, in-services, or sick or personal days taken. They take their role seriously.
They are very strong fliers, and their cruising speed is about 50 knots.... the Cat Ferry travels 36 knots at best I believe. They are ferocious hunters and eat all the little ducks, and often lesser breeds of gull like herring gulls.

So now I have compassion for these birds. When I sneak out with the heels of bread, I might stand on the lawn and wave them seagulls in, and watch for droppings.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


I hid the bread under my jacket and headed to the feeder. I checked the sky for seagulls, and found none. Left the bread there and in 2 minutes the seagulls have arrived. I am puzzled by the behavior of the seagulls and would like some burning questions answered.

How the hell do they spot food so fast? Are they hiding somewhere? What about their super communication system ?

Do they talk in seagull language? .... hey come on, food at 50 Market street! They seem to invite the others, but then seem so greedy and unwilling to share. If they just shut up, they could have it all to themselves.

What about floating in that cold slushy water at the shore.... do they prefer the summer? And isn't it amazing that they all head to bed, and get up at the same time.

~ Poached Seagull ~
1 medium whole bird
1 large rock
Place both in large uncovered saucepan. Fill saucepan with cold water.
Bring to boil over outdoor fire. Bury the seagull. Enjoy the rock.

Fresh Flowers

I had a delivery of fresh flowers Monday. If theye were meant to cheer me up, they sure did. Thanks Gayle!

If I win a million someday, I'll have fresh flowers everyday. Beautiful.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

No Dumping

Jules told me something very interesting today. We had parked very close to a No Parking Sign and he told me the following as we walked away:
" You know what Mame?"
No, tell me what? I replied.
" At the Pubnico lake landing they have a No Dumping Sign."
Oh yeah, I said.
"Yup," he said.... "guess it's not a good place to dump your girlfriend."

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Goodbye Bro

Well yesterday was a sad day. We all bid our farewell to my brother Craig, and buried his ashes in the parish cemetary. He was a good brother, and a smart one too. I told him once he was my idol. He fought courageously but lost his battle with a cancer he called "a smart cancer". I will miss him.

Craig A. d'Entremont

August 11,1958 - Feb 27, 2007