Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
We were fortunate enough to take my niece Abbi for a playdate to commemorate her second birthday this Friday. We made a day of it. First, we went to McDonald's to have a happy meal, complete with french fries, her favorite. We then went to Rotary Park to play on the jungle gym and go for a fall walk. Afterward we went to DQ for a cone and then to Chapters to pick out a book just for her. She chose "That's Not My Princess". We had a wonderful day - thanks Abbi, we love you!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
That being said, I tried a prototype of Muffin 1.0's Halloween costume last night. It didn't work as I had planned, and the above picture is the result. If you're wondering, she's supposed to be a bird, Quetzalcoatl to be exact, the Aztec bird god. It's a Mexican theme this year...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:01 AM ET CBC News
An estimated 59.1 per cent of Canadians cast votes in Tuesday's general election — a figure that appears to be a record low in the history of Confederation.
A total of 13,832,972 votes were cast nationally of the 23,401,064 registered electors, Elections Canada figures showed as of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
The highest voter turnout appeared to be in P.E.I., where 69.5 per cent of registered voters cast ballots.
The lowest turnout appeared to be in Newfoundland and Labrador, where just 48.1 of registered voters took part.
All the figures were based on reports from 69,601 of 69,630 polls across the country. The total number of registered electors did not, however, include anyone who only registered on election day itself.
After the ballots were counted, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won a second consecutive minority government.
The turnout figure of 59.1 per cent was slightly below the previous lowest turnout figure of 60.9 per cent. That happened when Paul Martin's Liberals won a minority government in 2004.
The highest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history occurred in 1958, when 79.4 per cent of registered voters took part in the election that saw John Diefenbaker return to power with a majority government.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Think of it this way - if you tally every possible vote for every election in your entire life, that is a significant amount of input! Your vote matters - even if it seems insignificant.
I predict that there will be a conservative minority and that the Greens will get at least two seats - mind you, not in Elizabeth May's riding, but somewhere, which I think is positive.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
After I liberated my compost this evening, I proceded to plant all 54 bulbs that I purchased this fall, remembering to mix in bone meal to the soil. I have planted a medely of crocus, Daffodil, and tulips. There are three clusters in the front, some crocus around the base of our tree, and 7 clusters in the back now. Hopefully they can root before the snow is here to stay, or I might have a flowerbed full of rotting bulbs. Only time will tell...
On an unrelated note, Happy Turkey Day this weekend everybody! Remember to give thanks to God for all He has done in the past year and all He will do in the future! We live such blessed lives compared to some, and we need to be reminded of that truth every once in a while.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
While it cannot be said that I don't adore my husband, he is a bit of an idiot sometimes. I realized that I had forgotten to post the pictures of him scaling down a 30 foot crevasse on slippery rocks to the ocean while we were at Louisburg lighthouse. Now, for someone who is into health and safety as a profession, and won't even put our Christmas lights up without a harness, this seems a bit out of character. All I can say is that when the sparlings get together, they don't do anything half ways...
Friday, October 3, 2008
After my meeting yesterday, I took a (very long) walk down to the War Museum to see the sights. Attached are some pictures of a community garden I found along the way. It’s neat to see a piece of home in a city as big as this!
I also spent the night in “Hooley’s” pub and watched the leadership debate. It was full of university students, and every time Jack Layton spoke the crowd went crazy. I wore a Harper button.