Friday, March 31, 2006

Sassy new haircut! Posted by Picasa

I used the correct setting today! Posted by Picasa

Bird's nest in a mostly deer-ravaged shrub, 31 March 2006 Posted by Picasa

Pussywillows, 31 March 2006 Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 30, 2006

My Mom's favourite GrandCat, also known as "that P.O.S."

For no particular reason, save that I just sat outside on the stoop and indulged in a blueberry martini, here is a blurry picture of Gandalf the Grey. Posted by Picasa

The Goddess of Laundry salutes The God of The Sea

Oh happy day!!! The new Maytag Neptune washing machine has arrived!

When I ordered my new toy, the salesclerk asked if I was buying the matched set. No, I replied. I have a solar-powered dryer. The salesclerk's eyes grew as wide as Neptune itself for a moment, until she caught on to my wry Canadian sense of humour.

I might have to start attending the Maytag Anonymous 12 step program. On sunny days, such as this one, my first thought is "what can I wash?" Hanging the laundry on the clothesline puts Miniature Rose into a state of sheer bliss.

I have no laundry left to do, and tomorrow's weather forecast indicates that it will be sunny, with a high of 72F. If you're in the area, bring your laundry to me.

No, I'm not kidding.
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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Lazy Cats

Engaged in their Sunday morning ritual.

Not that it's any different from any other day. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Happy Feet

Crocs are the Volkswagen Beetle of shoes. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I'll write it, but I won't make any promises


Miniature Rose will have to write:

I will not be distracted by passing butterflies

'What will you have to write on the chalk board?' at

Welcome home, Bill

It's good to "see" you.

Your Smarties await.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring Equinox, 2006

The Goddess of Laundry has resumed use of her solar and wind powered dryer. Posted by Picasa

Optimism takes the form of tulips, pushing through the nearly frozen clay of my front flower bed. Posted by Picasa


So, the remains of the Liberal Party of Canada met over the weekend, blah blah Zzzzzzzz ...

The race to replace Paul Martin as leader was destined to be a snoozefest, but not now!

Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac wants the job.

Pass the popcorn, please.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Not everything at Walmart is tacky!

I was looking for biographical information on my great-great-uncle, Isaac Cullin. Astonishingly enough, my Google search led me to this page on

Isaac Cullin paintings, now available at Walmart! Who knew?

Coromega = Rocket Fuel

We listened to this great radio program on Friday morning, courtesy of CBC Overnight. It was very interesting, and confirms what we already believe.

We've been taking Coromega supplements since August. I've noticed an improvement in my son's ability to stay focused. I feel peppier. Neither of us have caught colds this winter.

Friday, March 17, 2006

We're an eclectic, multicultural bunch, so we are.

The Shamrock Pizza that I made in honor of my husband's 30 (mumble)th birthday.

Happy birthday, my darling! I love you more than cheese.
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In my next life, I'd like to come back as one of my pets

Juliette and Chocolate catching some rays. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Dio Mio! Solo in Italia!

Ummmmm ...

Hmmmmmm ...

Well, you see, it's like this ...

Oh, just go and read this article for yourself.

I don't think it's a coincidence that Italians have a longer lifespan.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

He said it, but he didn't blog it

George Clooney had some harsh words for the Dems who voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq. But he didn't do so in blog form.


I think a scandal might be brewing

Stop the presses. This is major.

According to CBC Online news, the odds in Tim Horton's RRRRoll up the RRRRRim to Win contest are geographically skewed.

Albertans and Atlantic Canadians have nearly twice the opportunity of driving off in one of the 30 SUVs as residents of Toronto or southwestern Ontario.

Uh Oh. This might RRRRRile them up!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Wow, wow, wow!

I just learned that I share a birthday with
Dr. David Suzuki!!

Dr. Suzuki is Canada's most famous scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist.

By the way, have you taken his Nature Challenge yet?

Monday, March 13, 2006

Quote of the day

"The fear of been criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, 'We were misled.' It makes me want to shout, 'Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic.'"
George Clooney in The Huffington Post

Snow Geese, March 13, 2006

This afternoon, I was able to capture some images of the migrating snow geese. They made a quick stop in the corn stubble just down the road from here before departing for the Arctic Tundra.

Click on each image to enlarge. These pictures were taken with a Panasonic DMC-LC33 Lumix 3.1 megapixel, 3X optical zoom camera.

I am experiencing a severe case of technolust for the 6.0 meg, 10X optical zoom cameras I saw at Sam's Club last month.

Preflight inspection Posted by Picasa

Sky full of geese Posted by Picasa

In flight Posted by Picasa

Circling the field Posted by Picasa

Taking off Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 12, 2006

And while we're tripping down memory lane ...

Let's go to Newfoundland, circa 1976. Clockwise from top left - my brother, my Sainted Mother, my cousin Valerie, and Miniature Rose. My Dad is taking the picture. Posted by Picasa

Maybe the apple ...

My son, aged 8
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... doesn't fall so far from the tree after all.

Miniature Rose, aged 6
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But did he bring enough double-doubles and Timbits for everyone?

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We've had a perfectly lovely weekend. Therapeutic, in an unconventional way, you might say.

We visited my parents in Consecon, Ontario this weekend. After crossing the border, we made a quick stop at Tim Horton's in Gananoque for communion (in the name of the fritter, and the timbit, and the double-double, amen) then proceeded along the scenic route to Prince Edward County.

With a nod to Norman Rockwell, we indulged in the annual Pancake Supper at the United Church. Jesus would most certainly approve of pancakes, sausage, and ice cream served by the fine men of the congregation.

My sainted Mother made *real* Canadian backbacon for my very appreciative Yankee husband this morning.

Today, while waiting for the Glenora Ferry, we observed two redheaded woodpeckers going about their business.

As I write this post, dinner is simmering.

La vita รจ bella.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Sunset, March 7th

Very glad the Department of Transportation decided against putting the Fort Drum Connector project in my backyard.

Just to the left (south) of this scene, about 40 deer are grazing in a cut down cornfield.
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Sunrise, March 5, 2006 Posted by Picasa


Happy Birthday to my Big Brother! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Overheard, the Saturday Edition

~~tiny noise eminates from my son~~

"I think I just sneezed. Bless me."

Hot stock tip for March

Attention JeffDem:

Tim Horton's IPO will take place this month.

In documents filed with American securities regulators, Tim Horton's says it plans to issue 29 million shares priced between $21 and $23 each. The shares will list on both the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the ticker symbol THI.

You'll thank me later. I accept cash, cheques, and jelly-filled Timbits.

For JeffDem

Note the 3 Collector's edition Tim Horton Mugs, nestled between the beaver and the moose.  Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 03, 2006

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

I'm guessing that there are still a few unpacked boxes tucked into the corners at 24 Sussex Drive. And already, Prime Minster Harper is going to be investigated by ethics commissioner. The preliminary inquiry will "look into what influence may have been wielded in the decision by former Liberal David Emerson to cross the Commons floor and join Harper's Conservative government cabinet."

This is precisely why I voted for the Green Party.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

As Canadian as possible under the circumstances, 2006 edition

The Canadiana display I put together for the Multicultural Fair at my son's school. Posted by Picasa