Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Great Lake Swimmers

Friday we went to see the Great Lake Swimmers perform at MacDougall United Church. This is the second time we've seen them, and they didn't disappoint. The acoustics in this church are so awesome, and especially considering how soft a sound the GLS have, it was totally complementary. Unfortunately, the did not play my favorite song of theirs, "See you on the moon", but maybe next time.

Monday, March 30, 2009

May Long A-Comin'

We booked our campsite at Elk Island National Park for May long weekend. Now, I realize that we've still got a good deal of snow on the ground, but one can choose to be optimistic. I choose to believe the snow will be melted by May...before it begins again. I posted the pic of Isaac on May long weekend 2007 with his froggie umbrella. It was snowing that weekend, and it pretty much either pours or snows every year, but maybe this year will be different. A woman can dream.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sick again

For anyone who knows me well, it seems as if I'm always sick. I have managed to go two months now without some sort of illness, and it truly was amazing. Well, my hot streak is over now, because I have a super duper sore throat and I'm coughing crap up. I feel miserable, and to boot I missed a friend's baby dedication today. I didn't think it was a good idea to spread my germs to a baby (and the other 200 people at church). I hate being sick!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Muffin Seizures

Unfortunately, my little dog Muffin has had two seizures in the past three days. I feel so helpless watching her seize, and there is really nothing we can do. The vet says that if they start coming in clusters of 3 or more within a day or two then she might need to go on to medication. Otherwise, we sort of just have to put up with it.

I contacted my breeder to ask if there were any problems in any of her other dogs and go the most unhelpful, one line answer - "None of my dogs have epilepsy" followed by "Check my website for new stuff!". Well, one of your dogs has epilepsy now. www.bestjapanesechin.com is her website, by the way.

I'm sure she's just trying to cover her butt, but really, it would be nice to know if she or any other breeder of Japanese Chins has ever heard of this within the breed.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Nunchuks Indeed

I thought we could all use a laugh on a Friday.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Home and Garden Show

My quest for free stuff continued tonight.  we went to the Home and Garden show and the attached picture is all my booty...

Lotion, seeds, dog food, 4 pens, a foam football, a magazine, 4 cloth sacs, a garden plant spinner legend thing, a flashlight, a creepy fridge magnet, lip balm, sticky rice, a carpenter's pencil, wildflower paper, and some candy.  Not bad.

I can't stress how much I love Free stuff.  If there was a bumper sticker that said I Heart Free Stuff I would put it on my car.  True story.


My plants have begun to grow...we've got a couple of eggplant, some tomatoes, poppies and Larkspur and that's it so far.  I've concocted a greenhouse operation upstairs to try and keep them warm, but Its; not working too well... it got up to 21 degrees today but that's as warm as it has got so far.  More to come, I'm sure.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Home Depot

Home Depot's slogan is "You can do it, we can help" but i have serious doubts about that.

Last night I went to HD to get some wood to make a greenhouse frame. I was in the middle of cutting said wood when two men approached the cutting station. They asked me "Where is your husband? Shouldn't he be doing this for you?" (my husband, BTW, was at home watching hockey - his presence wasn't requested)

Because I'm not a complete idiot, I figured I could saw four pieces of wood without male assistance. Apparently I was wrong. The guy who was talking to me TOOK OVER for me (without asking) and finished cutting my wood. Strike #1 for HD patrons.

Then I went to look at a housing for some fluorescent bulbs. It took me 15 minutes to explain to their employee that they had 25" housings and 24" bulbs so it wouldn't work. He was trying to sell them to me anyway. As a note, I didn't ask for help in the first place. Strike #2 for HD employees.

Anyhow, I left HD a bit perplexed and with only half the things I needed. Maybe I need to bring Darryl next time just so people leave me alone.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Darryl and I went to see Annie, the Musical for the last installment of our Broadway Across Canada Package. It was so awesome!

The fact that children are able to sing and dance with such talent and precision blows my mind. This was my second favorite of the 4-show series - second only to Hairspray.

I posted "It's a Hard Knock Life" because Darryl has been singing it for the last week!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Global Warming My ...

Note from the above charts:

On March 5, 1981 (a wonderful year, in my opinion):

  • Minimum temp was -6 degrees Celsius, max was -0.4 degrees Celsius.
  • Same year, there was approximately 5 cm of snow on the ground with a mean temp of -3.2 degrees Celsius.

On March 5, 2009....

  • Minimum temp was -29 degrees Celsius, Max was -4 degrees Celsius.
  • Same year, approximately 26 cm of snow on the ground with a mean temp of -16.5 degrees Celsius.

Now, I don't mean to point out the obvious here, but does this seem right? I woke up this weekend and couldn't see out my window because of a blizzard. I walked to the bus this morning with a scarf wrapped around my head so I didn't get frostbite.

I am so ready to get outside in the sunshine, to plant something, or to just be able to get the mail without wearing Mukluks. My dog freezes her paws on the sidewalk, my driveway is drifted in, and I'm really, really grumpy. Come on spring, don't take your sweet time...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pink Dolphin

This article was lifted from www.geekologie.com - VERY COOL!

A pink bottlenose dolphin was spotted swimming in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana. It is believed to be the only of its kind.

'The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating it's albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws. I have spotted it about 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
'As time has passed he has grown and sometimes ventures away from its mother to feed and play but always remains in the vicinity of the pod.
'Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod.'

Monday, March 2, 2009

It seems to be a very video-y day. I'm posting a clip of Flight of the Conchords from last night - they're impersonating Simon and Garfunkel. I found myself listening to S&G's greatest hits this morning on the bus. Some interesting facts about S&G:
  • They broke up twice - once in the sixties before they made it big, and then in 1970 for good.
  • S&G's producer, Tom Wilson, used the studio band of Bob Dylan to dub electric guitars, bass and drums onto the original "Sounds of Silence" track - making the song famous and causing the impetus for reuniting after their first breakup.
  • In 1968 S&G contributed to "The Graduate" soundtrack, featuring such songs as "Mrs. Robinson", "The Sound of Silence", and "Scarborough Fair"

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Let me just assure everybody - if I had an iPhone, I would pay the $.99 for this app. No questions asked.