Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dec 31 & Walmart gift card

Get your $20 giftcard by mail if you spent, ( and kept the receipts) at least $50 on products such as Tampax, Always, Pantene, Covergirl, Ivory, Gilette, Oil of Olay , etc... Items must have been bought Nov 1 to Dec 31. Must send for your card before Jan 31/09. If your hubby shaves, spending $50 on blades for his Gilette is an easy way to get a deal. They cost a fortune. And of course, some households have 3 or 4 menstrating women, and that itself can be an expense, I am sure.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hoops and Yoyo

Here's a hoops and Yoyo clip... the kids thought it was hilarious, all about manners. The right way to use a napkin, and the wrong way.


Got a baby ? Or baby soon due ?

Random House e-books

Free to join and free to get, 9 e-books from Random House, a gift from them to you.

~~Authors include Alan Furst, Julie Garwood, Charlie Huston, David Liss, Laurie Notaro, Arthur Phillips and Simon Rich. We've include some seasoned titles like Liss' "The Wishkey Rebels", Notaro's "The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death", along with some recently-published titles like Rich's "Free-Range Chickens". The e-books include the full text and are not abridged.~~


Guitar Hero World Tour

there are free downloaded songs for guitar hero world tour.... some fans may want to take advantage of it, as it's only until dec 31st. check it out.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Post boxing Day Post

There ! Got all my groceries and errands done, just in time for the freezing rain. Had a good christmas. The boys were excited and they are always so much fun and loving. The power kept testing my patience, and mom wondered if we would end up having cold turkey sandwiches for supper. I told her it was fine with me, as long as the rest could be there too. All that is necessary is family and friends.Turns out, power was restored and a lovely hot meal was had. The youngest had a marshmallow shooter gun, from us, and he shot us all night. Lots of fun. The littlest was at my inlaws, and she was a warm welcome to the holiday gathering. Nothing like an innocent helpless baby to experience love.

I never cried over my late brother this year, although I did think of him plenty, and smile at some things he used to say and do. I can still hear him smiling & whispering " Man, ca gout point bon" after being the first one to taste mom's beautiful, but gross egg nog cheesecake made with some kinda foreign rum. I miss his laughter at funny stupid things, and his greeting/kiss and hug. I wish I could see him again.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all !

After too many bouts of darkness it appears to be Christmas Eve, ready or not.

Christmas Day gives rain and wind. Well, we haven't seen any wind in quite a while. We are still driving under some kind of wires hanging to get out of our driveway, as the pole is broken at the base. Looks a bit unfit but a neighbour put up a wooden brace, to keep it from swinging around too much. I just step on it when I go under.

And we won't be watching any Bugs Bunny reruns of The three little pigs for awhile... too many flashbacks ... That big bad wolf saying " I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll bbblooooowwwww your house down !".

Loverboy and I have been huddled up everynight, mostly for warmth. CJLS entertaining us, or trying to. Loverboy said, it's no wonder they had large families before. Early in bed every night, & huddled to keep warm. We have our quota of offsprings, but we do hope a new life could get started in a warm place elsewhere. Another niece or nephew would always be nice.

Stay safe this holiday season, and may all your days be merry and "bright", with NSP's help.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Brain freeze

The PMS and PHS (pre-holiday syndrome) have gotten a hold of my brain, and I no longer feel creative to blog.

I decided to the day off , and at 7 am son #2 awoke with a sticky eye and a bad cough. So he hung out with me today. So much for that to do list. But I did enjoy the day.

I have run out of patience with the woof-woof. She opened a gift,(socks) and chewed on an unopened card. I strategically placed a couple bells on the bottom branches, and she kept returning after the socks, jingle bells alerting me. The CCM 3-pack of socks now sits atop the piano. Nice and festive looking.

Elvis and Martina McBride

check out the pair of them singing, thanks to technology.
Click on the link below.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Rock a bye baby

Does anything feel better than rocking a sleeping baby ? Nothing that I think of.
I rocked the Littlest for an hour and a half while she slept on me, her cute little face turned towards me, all warm and cozy. I like babies that size, when their diapered bum fits in your hand.

Rock a bye baby on the tree top,

When the wind blows the cradle will rock,

When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,

And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Tim Hortons free skate


click on this link for a listing of a free skate, offered by Tim Hortons.

The Mariners Centre is on the list for Dec 23 & 30th.

Recession ? are you sure ?

Take a walk through Walmart, and do a bit of shopping. Looking at the carts and shopping habits, I never saw any signs of a recession. People had cart loads, walking around. But they all seemed so stressed. Some were arguing on cells phones about what to get cousin Cody for Christmas. One was calling her mother names, that if I called my mom that, she'd pound me through the cracks in the patio ( quote from her... he he) Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time, a time to reflect and be with family. Give to those you want to give to... and stop drawing names and being pressured to give because you have to. Most of us have far too much anyway. Want to spend a few bucks on a gift, do something outstanding for someone who's having a rough time, give to someone who has less, or give your time. Even saw shoppers today complaining about what to put in their pets stocking ..... good golly, save 5 bucks, and knit Fluffy a ball and tie a string to it.

Bah Humbug!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Heard at the card game....

"Nothing is too much trouble, if it brings pleasure." CIL- 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The power of Women

The cook sent me this....

"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.

If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.

If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.

If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.

If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.

She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.

So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit

Do not call ... part 2

So now they claim that Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. Once again we can register to stop unwanted telemarketers. Here's the latest link to register your wireless phones before they start calling those numbers.YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Bits and Bites

What would possess people to steal 30 wreaths ? What is this world coming to?

Some like housework. I hate to dust, but I do it when the kids start writing their name on the TV screens.

How much money does a dentist make... let's say... by the hour? $282.00 maybe? It's gotta be a big figure. Of course, he does have some overhead expenses.

To those of us who are truly bilingual, and grew up with a French and an English parent... do you think in English or french?

Why do deer change directions so fast? I missed 2, and he got 1. Pitiful.

Nothing awakens me more than getting off the lazy boy where I have dozed off, and going to bed. I then lay awake.

Salads are the best when not made by yourself.

When you are young, nothing feels better than a nap on the couch. When you are older, a nap on the couch practically kills you.

Pyjama pants.... they should have a rule. Banned from the grocery, and Tim Hortons. At least ban the flannel ones. If your house is on fire, and you must dress, and run to the grocery store to call 911, well, in that case flannel pj pants would be OK.

Why do Tic Tac Mints smell a lot better than they taste? They smell wonderfully.

Bye Bye

Too good to be true but

~~after a barrage of personal, negative Conservative advertising, an historically humiliating election loss, a humbling resignation, continuing caretaker status and finally an unprecedented coalition resurrection that could have made him Canada’s 23rd prime minister before Christmas — Dion finally gave up. ~~

Monday, December 08, 2008

It's the new me

I got a new voice with this sore throat. Nice and deep and even sexy when I am not coughing. Say goodbye to Tammy Wynette and Olivia Newton-John and say hello to Frank Sinatra. At the next karaoke, I'll be the one singing " Start spreading the news.... New York ! New York !"

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Ho Ho Ho Humdrum

Well, I have had it with light bulbs. How is one to maintain any Christmas spirit, while frigging with mini lites ? Why does every thing need to be lit? The very top part of the prelit tree doesn't light. The 50 minilites I added to it are blinking. The "forest" looking snow covered prelit tree has 2 sections that don't work. The LED lights I added to it are blue, and an eye sore. Wear your shades if you come over. The mantle bubble lights would not cooperate, and 5 of the 10 are blown. At $ 7.99 for 2, they might stay blown. And as for the illuminated string of Santa and his reindeer, it appears Vixen must have flew away.

I am a reindeer short of a sleigh ride.

Saturday, December 06, 2008


The eldest told me today that he was glad I had married Loverboy. The explanation followed: "You see mom, I have the two best grandfathers in the world. One is kinda famous, and the other is hilarious, he always has queer sayings and songs to make us laugh."

sore throat

Have a sore throat and am "literally" keeping quiet I guess. Ate hot wings for supper ( really hot, makes you sweat), thinking it would cure my bug, but I was wrong. Why is it that these sore throats are a morning and night thing?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Pap Test Etiquette

Ldot has quite the blog today. Wondering about pap test etiquette. I must say I did laugh at the thought of the legs opening, and closing, each time you anticipated the Dr was ready. You're looking for input, well I haven't got much. First of all, my pap tests are always done with me laying on my side, back to the dr, legs drawn up somewhat. I do chit chat a bit. I don't use a blanket. I do say thanks on my way out... and like you, I leave my socks on.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Times are tough

Played cards, badly, and could barely pay my debts. Used a Canadian tire bill to pay the last round. What good is an unscented dryer sheet, some may wonder.

The sailor and Mrs L are in South Carolina, temp around 16 Celsius, having the darnedest time .. dining on duck with blueberry sauce, drinking good champagne, and eating strawberries 'n ice cream. Poor souls, times are tough. My heart bleeds dishwater. He He.

Hey La Girl !

Just gotta share my finished knitting project with you, since you inspired me to knit after all these years. It's a hat for the Littlest.

Learned the block pattern and even made a I-cord.

Friday, November 28, 2008

It's not easy being green

Pepsi has a magazine out, about living a greener life, etc.... ( Not that I associate pepsi with a healthy lifestyle, but who asked for my opinion )...

Any way, it's a free year subscription to "Plenty " magazine...

http://liveearth.org/pepsi/ & click on the green monster, .... dark green, not lime green.

Barney & Manilow

This one minute video is of a Colorado judge who uses music to punish. I like this idea !

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Burning question

So, it's definite. We now have two-hand-holding-aging-couples that walk the sidewalk. I know the stubby ones, but who are the long and lean ones donning knitted hats?

So, how many can fit in my vehicle ?

The government may get sued by a bunch of irate drivers that got stuck in the Cobequid pass. Well, who's to say exactly who was on the side of the road scared and struggling to keep warm all night. Heck... it could have been me ... and a few friends, coming from Champlain Mall , Christmas shopping. If I recall, I got a heck of a cold from that night in the Nitro .


Did someone blog that they hosted Trivia ? Come now Ldot, share the info.

Recession? What recession?

from the chronicle ~~People still have money for booze

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation appears to be feeling no pain, reporting another quarterly profit.
The NSLC had net income of $62.8 million from June 30 to Sept. 28 on gross sales of $160.6 million, an increase of 6.72 per cent over the same period last year, according to a corporation news release.
Wine increased by 5.8%, beer by 4.2%, spirits by 4.3% and ready-to-drink sales by 8.1%, the release said.~~

We certainly haven't contributed to gross sales. Haven't had a drop since late August, but am looking forward to mom's pomegranate martini Christmas eve... aren't we Cook?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cars and Sex

When it comes to snow fall and snow tires, 800 fender benders were reported in Toronto in the first 5 cm.

Cars and Sex have a lot in common said Rick Mercer.

If you want to avoid an accident, the best way is always abstinence.
But if you are still determined to give that girl a whirl, for God's Sake use protection.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Poor tooth Fairy

Brought son #2 to the dentist today for two extractions. Although they were just stubborn baby teeth, he was really worked up. All went well, and he came out, mouth clenched on gauze, holding a pencil (for his treat) and a small white envelope with spare gauze. on the way home, I tried to make light of the whole situation. " Ah, " I said. "Too bad you didn't bring those teeth with you, cause it would have been worth a lot of money from the tooth fairy !"
" mom ! what do you think is in this envelope?" he says, holding up the white envelope.

"Are your two teeth in there ?

"Of course mom.... what else would be in this?" and he rolls his eyes at me, as if I am sooo dumb.

" Well", i said. " I figured it was spare gauze, you know, that stuff you have in your mouth."

He opens the envelope, carefully looks through the gauze, to find nothing, and flings it.

He's not impressed, and I am trying hard to not laugh.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Canadian Tire Contest... Instant Win

Once a day , until Dec 1st, click on http://canadiantire.eprize.net/season/index.tbappaffiliate_id=1c&adlocation=HP_MB1_lgmb_xmas5000_en_v1_m56577569830963845.jpg
and play an instant game (similar to Bob Barker's Plinko) for a $50 gift certificate at Canadian Tire.

When the cat's away

.... the mice will play. Had a few hands of cards this afternoon. Close score at the end, but Mom won by 3. The boys went sledding, and played in snow all day. Many wet boots, pants, and mitts indeed.

Biggest accomplishments of the day: put my Christmas tree up, made and bottled homemade plum sauce & got dressed before noon.

We all laughed when we were decorating the tree. In the box of ornaments was the "Leg Lamp" ornament from the movie "The Christmas Story". It's Loverboys favorite Xmas tale, and last year we had surprized him with an ornament. You gotta know the story to appreciate the Leg Lamp. The kids were talking about the boy getting his tongue stuck on the frozen flagpole, and his glasses getting shot by the pellet gun after his father had warned him... you're gonna shoot your eye out! Too funny!

Stormy weekend

Very blustery all day yesterday, and it looks like a repeat for today. Went to support the less fortunate at a cake parade, and came home with a carrot cake. Perfect for our evening company.Had a couple games of cards last night, Loverboy and the Hyper one won. Lady hardly recognized me in a turtleneck. She likes my cleavage she says. Later we had some live entertainment with the Karaoke. Non-singers opted to watch the hockey game. Things were at its best when the hostess, recuperating from a cold, used her Tennessee voice, and she and Lady sang D-I-V-O-R-C-E .... although Lady once spelled device. Much laughter and hard to regain composure.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Making news

Snow. Cobequid pass impassable. 1500 vehicles spent the night there. Come on now ? Is there any need. More snow coming too. Good grief.

Community service Minister Judy Stretch.... she's always in the news. From the SUV in the ditch, to the irate man going to court cause he'd likely kill her if he got to spend 5 minutes with her... to the bill for Starbucks coffee and Perrier water at meetings. I have been to that office more than once, and was never offered a darn thing. No coffee, no water, no money. I could tell the news that on the golf course she gladly accepted a shot of French Kiss from me and my partner. They're always eager for any dirt on her.

I am finished my dickie.

The sailor has 3 used copies of his book... selling at a discount price of $79 to $ 150 a copy on Amazon. Be sure to get your copy today! Mine is in my safety deposit box.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

IWK dress code

I checked out good old ebay. Looking for proper attire for my visit to the IWK , next month with my nephew. There is currently 210 bullet proof vests up for auction on ebay. Prices from $99 to 400. Location : USA and Israel..... now ain't that surprizing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I called 1-800-HLP-PAMMY tonight . She's my informant when I am feeling uninformed. She's the brave one thinking of a trip to the city. She, the one who would cancel almost anything at the sight a snowflake.

I scared her with my unfounded weather report..... straight from Ti-Pauls know-it-all coffee drinking patrons. So, for those wondering about travel... check out the highway cams at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras/camera.asp

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Trivia is starting up again. Tuesday nights. Same host, same game, new place. The bar at the Colony restaurant. Hmmm..... very interesting. I wonder if its all the same nerds going. No harm intended, as I am one of those nerds.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Ldot

27 !! Holy shit !! That's it ?!!!
Now let me tell you about the number 27.
27 is the natural number following 26 and preceding 28. hehe. Pretty exciting stuff .
At age 27:
Henry David Thoreau went off for two years to live alone in a cabin at Walden Pond.
Ernest Hemingway published his first novel, The Sun Also Rises.
Jimi Hendrix choked to death on his own vomit after ingesting wine and sleeping pills.
Janis Joplin died of an overdose of whiskey and heroin.

On that last note, I am glad you are pregnant and not drinking . Have a great birthday and best wishes for many, many more. !

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rainy Sunday

If this weather keeps up I might finish that dickie I have been knitting for the past two winters. Son #2 asked what I was knitting. I said it's called a dickie. He said " Mom , that sounds a bit like a bad word."

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Discovery channel is supposed to have a program about JFK's assassination and new technological discoveries."JFK: Inside the Target Car" on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Top 5 JFK Assassination Theories
5. The Mafia -- A few theorists have come to the conclusion that the president's assassination was a mafia plot and Lee Harvey Oswald was the hit man.
4. The Soviet Union -- Some suggest the assassination of Kennedy was actually a KGB plot carried out by Oswald, who had a Russian wife.
3. Fidel Castro -- A German documentary claims that Oswald met with Cuban agents in Mexico and volunteered to assassinate the president.
2. The Grassy Knoll -- Only one location gets as much discussion as the book depository: the grassy knoll, a fenced-off area near an underpass on one end of Dealey Plaza.
1. The Inside Job -- Our last theory blames the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for masterminding the assassination of JFK.


Saw the Littlest last night. She has grown quite a bit. She's was laid back in her bath, just-a-lounging away. I placed her in Loverboy's arms. Gave me warm and cozy memories to see him holding a baby, (although our sleepers weren't pink). One of my fondest memories is of Loverboy walking around the bedroom in the middle of the night, naked, with our new son snuggled on his chest, after he had brought him to me to be fed. He was jiggling him, & kissing him, and I then knew he would be a great Dad.

Last night he said the Littlest weighed nothing & our boys weighed more than she when they were born, and he's right. He found her too small to hold, and I was more than pleased to take her from him as I think she's very snugly.... and cute.

Her mom was on TV for a brief minute, on famous faces on Live at 5 news. I had sent in her photo, saying that she resembled Ellen DeGeneres, and that even the lieutenant governor of NS, had told her that. I missed it on TV, but will catch it Monday am, from 6 to 7, on ASN, when they play repeat episodes of Live at 5. She should be on around 6:40 or so.

Hey La Girl !

La Girl & Lady Di ? Are you going to Montana's for a bite while you are in the city? here's a quick way to a coupon for a free appetizer.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

canadian Tire money

I heard a rumor that Canadian Tire is gong to get rid of their "money" and we should cash ours in. Is this true? Does anybody know?

I see on ebay someone is selling $15.00 of canadian tire money. The bids are up to $12.91, and the buyer must pay $2.46 for shipping.

I was pretty good at math when I was younger.... maybe things have changed.


Been playing a game of Monopoly every night on http://www.pogo.com/. Been lots of fun, even won once. Tonight I came 3rd place of 4 .... and afterwards in the game stats I ranked #1 in biggest slowpoke....

Ca c'est point nice!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's official

Yep, I am now another year older as of 7:50 am. I have been so depressed about this birthday, I feel like a big sookie. Anyway, gotta suck it all up, and embrace it. I read Ldot's blog, who mentioned my birthday, and I really got a kick out of her attempt to entertain me with some facts about the number 45. Sad thing is... there's nothing too funny or educational about it, is there? I got lots of nice wishes, a dinner invitation, gifts and a cake from my sis. My fav card was from the Cook.... To an Aunt who is smart, sunny, and downright cool. And inside it says .... So how come I was the only one to inherit your traits? Anyone who knows us both, knows we are similar. We both get told so everyday.

Loverboy calls, and Hallelujah, he's coming home tonight. I have missed him, as he was gone a long time. Can't wait to get my arms around him....

So, my mood is improving.... and I get a homemade thank you card from school. It has a pumpkin on it, and a tombstone that reads... "RIP Charlene".

Fitting for today's mood I guess.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Have a nice day

That scammer called me again this afternoon. My mom was visiting and my son # 2 was in the room. I felt my pressure rise when I saw the number on my caller ID. I pick up.
" Hi Charlene ! This is .... "

"Will you F... off ! "was my reply, and it was loud enough to be heard throughout the Tri-counties, and make my Mom's jaw drop, and son's eyes get as big as saucers. I hope they get the hint. Tonight I overheard my son tell his brother .... "hey, mom said the F word today on the phone... really loud too. " Best part was that son #1 didn't really think that I did. hehe

So ???? what about that Do Not Call List I am supposed to be on.... do they have a support line?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Caller ID: 1-813-374-0160 / 0164

Scam from Florida... very annoying indeed. Very nice people, telling you YOU WON ! a trip to Universal studios. They know your email and your number obviously. After the third day, I told the lady, I already been notified. Carl called me yesterday.
"Well," she said, "all your info isn't here, but I'll gladly get it so you can come to Universal Studios!"

"Lady ! I am so excited ! I tell ya, my f......g bags are already packed." and I hung up.