Saturday, July 29, 2006

It's party time! Woo hoo. Summer is great. And along with summer comes family reunions. Yeeessss! A time to go and see relatives you have not seen in over 30 years. They have changed, and I have changed ( a lot) I'm so much more than I was 30 years ago! I'm a bigger person(not better). Yes I've added a lot of weight to this family photo. I have gained, a son-inlaw, a daughter in-law, and a cute baby grand child. I have also lost a few. An ex husband! That's a lot of weight there. But I have also gained weight on my own body. As well as wrinkles and gray hairs.( which I try to disguise). As I set off for this family reunion, I secretly hope that my cousins have gone bald, got wrinkles, gray hair, and missing some teeth. Whoops, sorry. How vain is that! I know that time does that to people. Okay maybe not the missing teeth. But the aging does happen to us all. So why am I so self concious? It's because......??? I guess that....???? I'm afraid to admit......???? that well... I'm getting old. Yes a reunion reminds us of that fact. When we see uncle so and so and think" wow he sure has aged." Or auntie so and so surely must have had some plastic surgery. She looks fantastic." Or we just put on the false , fake, " oh you haven't changed a bit" when in actual fact people are saying in their minds " has she ever gained the pounds" or" I know she's had a boob job." Any way. This family reuion should be a blast. My family is more real than that. I think. So I will be there saying all the things I'm suppose to and hoping everyone else does the same.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tonight I was sitting on my balcony just enjoying the evening air. My eyes looked over the trees ,and out to across the street. I live across the street from a cancer patient facility. As I looked, my eyes could not help staring at a room that had windows wide open. In the room was a patient in a bed , with no hair. So I could not tell if the patient was a man or a woman. But as I watched this patient, they kepted picking up what looked to me like a white piece of paper. A letter, or maybe a photo. Then they would set it down on the bed side table. Then only a few seconds later they would pick it up again and set it down again. I know that the patients that are in this cancer facility are very ill and close to death. My heart was very sad for this person that I don't know. I just could not help wonder about their life. I'm not a snoopy , peeping Tom who normally looks through other peoples windows. My eyes could not help but be glued to this scene. I sat on my balcony for about 1/2 an hour and just watched. I wondered, if this person was in pain. Why was a nurse not coming to help? In a few moments a nurse did come in and I saw that cool cloths were brought, and put on the patients head. It has been very hot here, so I 'm sure that they felt the heat too. As I continued to watch, I notice the patient flex their arms in the air. First the right one then the left one. Then they would reach for the white peace of paper, turn it over in their hand then set it down. I just started to pray for this person. Sometimes I am so guilty of comlpaining about what I'm going through because there are others in far worse shape. But someone else told me that it does not take away from what I go through. My own pain is my own pain and it's all I know. But it made me stop and reflect. We all have our own crosses to bear.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I've just watched the movie" Shadows in the sun" Great movie. I absolutely loved it. Joshua Jackson was just fantastic. He's so gorgeous in this movie. I fell madly in love with Italy all over again. The movie was set in Italy and was about a writer that quit writing 20 years previous. It was so gorgeous. It made me think of the movie " Under the Tuscan Sun" Loved that too. I long to go to Italy. It is my dream, to own a villa and grow grapes, and make wine. A dream a long way off I know , but it's fun to dream.

Friday, July 21, 2006

I'm kinda miffed right now. It may sound trivial to some but who cares. I am assigned to do laundry on certain days. It is the custom in my apartment building. Though laundry is free, we choose to do our washing at certain times. Tonight is my night. I get my laundry and clothes soap all organized. When I get to the laundry room , someone else has broken the rule. What! How rude, I think. It is my turn. I don't ever infringe on someone elses laundry time. I feel like pulling out the laundry offenders clothes , and shoving them aside. But me being the person that I am, I wait patiently. I'm now 1/2 hour behind my scheduled time. I'm ready to go and remove the laundry bandits clothes from the machine. When I get to the laundry room, it is empty of the laundry bandit and any evidence of strange articles of clothing.. Whew! Lucky for the stranger who has cut into my laundry time. I was about ready to pull all the clothing from the machine and leave a nasty note. But although it has set me back 45 minutes, I'm still in good shape to get my washing done before my time is up. The thing that really bothers me is that it is not the first time this has happened. Oh the joys of living in an apartment , and having to share laundry services. Next time this happens , I'm thinking I will have to aggressive and take the culprits clothes from the laundry machines. Or not. I'm such a chicken. What would you do.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

And two more have fallen!

It has been a very sad time around my work over the last 10 days. Two of our young trained mounties have been shot in the line of duty. A huge manhunt was on to capture the suspect. Just today the man turned himself in, thank God. But sadly our 2 did not make it. It was reported on monday that they died over the weekend , within 2 hours of each other. How very sad. Both these mounties were parents of young children. As I watch our young cadets come for training to be RCMP officers, I'm so very proud, yet, at the same time I wish them safety. This is the second incident in a year where RCMP officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty. The questions that haunt me and many others, is how could this happen? What would drive a person to that much anger and hatred to kill. Never mind a police officer. I'm so very proud of our police. Whether they be RCMP, city police, armed forces, .... They put there lives on the line every day to protect people like you and me from those bad guys. So when the cadets are graduating and being sent out into the real world, I always say" go get those bad guys, but stay safe" My prayers are with the families of the 2 fallen officers. It is a very sad time.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

It was a scorcher. The day that Jill and Trevor got married. Hot, hot, hot! It turned out to be a gorgeous wedding day inspite of the heat. Every one was all sweaty so it did not matter, that I was all sweaty. We were all the same. In the heat of the out door wedding tent, we all smelled the same. But , like I said, it was a great day. My job as a nanny to baby Alyssa Joy went fine. I got to play with her in a slightly cooler nursery. (cooler than the santuary at the ceremony) And during photos the baby and I were in an air conditioned home while the wedding party were out side in the scorching heat of the afternoon sun. It was plus 33 c. Hot!!! So I was happy to perform my duties as a nanny and try to keep the little darling cool and I snuggled her while she slepted in my arms. I loved it. Thanks Jill for asking me to be a temporary nanny to one of your candle lighters. I was so happy to do it. Blessings to you and Trevor on your marriage. It was a great day.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Happy wedding day Jill and Trevor. I'm so excited for you both. I am also happy to help as a nanny for your little Alyssa. Candle lighters daughter. She is 6 months old , and so very good and gorgeous. I held her during the rehearsal, and will look after her during the actual wedding . I love to do this , being a grandma , myself. It should be just fine. Baby Alyssa is so adorable. It is going to be so scourching hot but I will do my duty as a grandma and a nanny.

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it, I'm about to loose control and I think I like it..... Laaalalalalala.

My son and daughter inlaw are moving back home. And can you believe it , they are bringing my granddaughter with them. I can't wait. August 14, my son starts a job here in Saskatchewan. I am so happy!! I have missed them so much. Especially Abby. Only because she changes so fast. In only a few months, she talks more. Last week My son called and left a message on my answering machine. But I was surprised to hear dear Abby on the other end of the phone. She said, " hi, Gamma. Love ooo. " I have not yet erased that message ! I long for the time I can hold her and snuggle her and have sleep overs with her. I also long for the days when my sweet daughter has children and I too can snuggle them. Soon I hope . So in the mean time I will be celebrating the return of my little granddaughter. Yippee, yay, and Hooray.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.

How can there be self-help "groups"?

Is there another word for synonym?

Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all"!

Is it possible to be totally partial?

What's another word for thesaurus?

Is Marx's tomb a communist plot?

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off. It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.

Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings really taste like chicken?

It's not thirteen, but is all I could come up with.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wordless Wednesday!

I had a perm like that in the 80's. Wow.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Okay let's move on from Babs to another person who I find so very interesting. His name is Dog . Ya , that's right Dog the Bounty Hunter. I find him and his family fasinating. He hunt's down criminals. His work takes him into some rough spots—seedy hotels, drug dens, and tough neighborhoods. No matter where he goes, Dog tries to help out people when he can, when they'll listen. He's a big believer in second chances, having turned his own life around. After serving time in a Texas penitentiary, Dog vowed to redeem himself by operating on the right side of the law. It is his own criminal past that inspires him to help the fugitives he hunts down to go straight. Dog strongly believes in the American judicial system, and he shows mercy to everyone he can.
No matter how much sympathy he has for his prey, Dog has to get the job done. And no mission could be completed without the assistance of his posse. For Dog, hunting fugitives is a family affair. His wife and business partner, Beth, helps out every step of the way, supporting Dog in the field, handling most of the paperwork, and checking up on leads, warrants, and fugitive addresses. His sons, Leland and Duane Lee, are also important members of Dog's crew. While not a relative, Tim Chapman is another key part of the posse and is considered by Dog to be a "blood brother." At the end of the day, as Dog says, "We're family. That's what counts." Dog is said to be a born again christian, and prays with his crew before going on a hunt. But he is not the typical straight laced christian that you and I would think. He smokes like a chimney, has a potty mouth that would make you want to bring out the soap to wash his mouth, and he wears sun glasses indoors and out that makes you think he has something to hide. But yet I don't doubt that he is a christian. Who am I to judge. The show is really interesting. So check it out on A&E. You may get hooked like me or get totally offended.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Barbara Walters has arguably interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history. She is so well known that her name and a brief biography is listed in the American Heritage Dictionary.
So What I say is, so what Babs.... What makes you so special? Just because you are an oldie in the world of show biz. You are not all that. Move over Barbara... You are not the authority on every thing there ever was on stars. Just because you were once a play boy bunny, does not make you an expert, nor does it make you the end all to be all on who is who. I think what Star Jones said on your show the Veiw was so great. She was honest and if you can't take that Babs so what. I think your show is done for. I will not watch it. Especially if Rosie Odonell is to be filling in for Merideth. I loved Merideth and she just can't be replaced. Especially with Rosie. I cant' stand her. I was so dissapointed to here that she was the newest member on the veiw. I will no longer be watching. I think that you are a snob Barbara Walters. Star Jones was just telling the truth, but obviously you can't handle the truth. So I'm here to say I will no longer be watching the view. It used to be my favorite show, but not any more. Bye bye Barbara.

After an explosive week in which she announced to PEOPLE that she'd been fired from The View, and then publicly traded barbs with former cohost Barbara Walters, Star Jones Reynolds is ready to move on. Starting July 10, she'll serve a weeklong stint hosting HGTV's House Hunters, helping home buyers navigate the New York City real estate market, PEOPLE reports in its new issue. But after that her calendar is clear. Still, she's optimistic. As she told PEOPLE of her job loss, "Yeah, this is an obstacle, but inside every obstacle is an opportunity." She's already found plenty of TV viewers. Her June 29 appearance on CNN's Larry King Live was watched by nearly 3 million people, triple the show's usual ratings. And the next day, Today's Al Roker filled a full 20 minutes talking to Reynolds about her departure from The View. Will she be able to keep her seemingly loyal fan base? "How this pans out for her career all depends on what she does in the next 18 months," says media analyst Bob Thompson. "Even if she tries a bunch of things and none of them work, I don't think she's going to end up on The Surreal Life 9." Go Star go! I wish you all the best. I'm one of Star Jones biggest fans. I wish her well.

Star Jones Reynolds, a lawyer and former prosecutor, is known to television viewers for her candor, confidence and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues. Her knowledge of the law and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent.
For nine years, Star was the co-host of The View, along with Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and executive producer Barbara Walters. The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show," is the original forum where real women discuss relevant, everyday issues and share their daily, no-holds-barred opinions and lively, colorful conversations. Star helped launch the program as an original host when it premiered in August, 1997, and in the words of Executive Producer, Barbara Walters..."The View would have never become the success it is without Star". So Lately Star has been fired. I am so dissapointed. I loved Star Jones because she was so very honest, and held up her moral beliefs. She was true and honest. She was over weight, and recently lost weight. I like Star Jones for her candor and real way of handling things. She has been recently fired from the veiw and I am very disapointed.The view has hired gay Rosie Odonell. I dislike Rosie very much. Always have. Not because she is gay, but because she grates on my nerves. I just love the dynamics of the View the way it was. With Meredith Vieria, Star Jones, Joy Bahar, and Elisabeth. I don't think things will be the same with Merrideth and Star gone. All the best to Star and Merideth. I know that they will be okay. As for the View... I'm not so sure. I wish Star Jones Reynolds all the best. And God Bless to her and Merideth.

Talk about sleepy bear!

That was me last night. I got home at about 7:00 pm. I went straight from work to my sisters house for supper. Mom and dad and I took supper over to sissy's cuz her and her husband are renovating. They were up to there eye balls in mess and paint. So we thought we would help out by providing a meal for them. It was a simple meal of BBQ. sausages, cole slaw, chips, carrots sticks, salad, and cold drinks. Any way I got home at 7:00. I was exhausted as I had been up since 4:00am. that morning and worked a 10 hour day. At 7:10 I decided to have a short nap. Maybe half an hour. I drifted off in front of my fan in my room. It felt so nice as it was plus 33 today. The heat really zonks me. I'm not comlpaining cuz I like summer better than winter, but it does make me feel really tired. So combined with the long day and heat , sleep over took me. Next thing I knew I woke up at 10:30 pm. Kids were setting off fire crackers on my street. Kids just being kids. What happened to the short half hour nap?? I was still so beat I turned over and fell back to sleep. Woke up at midnight to go to the loo. Went back to bed and woke up at 9:00 this morning. Wow. I slepted for 13 1/2 hours. But that's not all. I got up for a few hours and read. Then at 11:00 am. I fell asleep on the couch til 2:30pm. Another 3 1/2 hours. Man I was tired. I sure hope I can sleep tonight. I'm sure I will. I feel I missed alot on the blog. I wanted to check in with the friday marching band but I'm sorry I was sawing logs instead.
I hope everyone had a great happy friday. I guess I did too cuz I got the sleep I needed. So I will say instead, happy saturday!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Thirteen alternatives to medicine.

1)Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

2)Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

3) Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

4) Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

5) Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. You can subsitute Wild Turkey for the Vinegar, and it tastes better.........

6) Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product has never been advertised for this use. ( Note : Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

7) Honey remedy for skin blemishes . Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

8) Listerine therapy for toenail fungus . Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

9) Easy eyeglass protection . To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

10) C oca-Cola cure for rust . Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

11) Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer . If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide! , try a spray of Formula 409 . Insects drop to the ground instantly.

12) Smart splinter remover .just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue- All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

13) Hunt's tomato paste boil cure .cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Note. I have not tested these home remedies first hand. But I'm all for trying a more natural route. I don't think that any of these will hurt just trying.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Wordless Wednesday!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

This bear reminds me of my sweet daughter Tiffany. My little honey bun herself. My cuddly , addorable , sweet, gorgeous, girl. Tiffany I dedicate this snuggly bear to you. ( brought to you by ) Tiffany, you are my baby , snuggly , honey bear and I love ya.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Driving to work yesterday morning at 5:20 a.m. I came across an unusual sight. At first I thought I saw what looked like a large dog crossing the intersection. I did a doubble take, and what my sleepy eyes saw, was a deer crossing right in front of me. I was in no danger of hitting it because I was slowing to turn at the intersection. I made my turn and came to a stop. In my rearview mirror I could see the deer cross back again to the other side of the road. For a minute I had a flashback of a TV series that aired several years back. The show was called "Northern Exposure." It starred Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleishman. Any way the opening scenes were of this Northern town in Alaska and there was a clip of a moose trotting down main street. For the little northern town it was not so out of the ordinary. But here in the city I live in, it was a strange sight indeed. I did not have a cell phone on me so I could not call any one to tell them that there was a deer in the city. Other cars were also slowing down as well. Maybe they had cell phones to notify, whoever about the deer. Even if I did have cell phone who would I call. Would it be 911. It wasn't an emergency. I suppose it could be if a car had hit the deer. That would be tragic. But seriouly, who do you call in such a situation? I can just hear the conversation now. " hello 911 , what is your emergency?" ???? " No emergency, it's just that there is a deer walking a cross the cross walk on Dewdney St." I think it even had the right of way." Don't you think that would be very wierd. The operator might tell me to go back to sleep. Or have another drink. So I just carried on to work, letting poor Bambi fend for it self. Oh now I feel really guilty. I should maybe have knocked on someones house to ask to use there phone. Ya right! Wake them up at 5 in the morning. I don't think so. Not everyone gets up so early. I did get to work still thinking of the deer. One of my co workers said she saw a deer on Dewdney. Whew. I don't know why I needed to be verified. I was not asleep and dreaming. I am not going crazy. I did not have way tooo much to drink. It was real . So now I'm left wondering what happened to the early morning deer. I hope it got home to it's family safely.