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Looking for Puppy Faces

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Winnie the Pooh (by A.A. Milne) – Six years ago I wrote a post called A Perfect Storm – The Motorcycle Accident. It was the story of the day (Friday, July 13!) that The Car Guy and the Harley abruptly parted company – both landing in a farmer’s field, both with considerable damage. I reread that post yesterday. I also reread all the comments left on posts then and after the event – words of encouragement, concern and prayers for a speedy recovery! Thanks again, from the bottom of my Canadian heart, to all these kind bloggers who reached out to me during those dark days: The Cvillean Peg-o-Leg’s Ramblings Virginia Views Before Morning Breaks Joys of Creating The Other Side of 55 Mark Armstrong Illustration Coming East composerinthegarden Year-Struck Nylon Daze MountainMae From the Drawing Board Fear No Weebles Bless Your Hippie Heart k8edid The Sandwich Lady Winsomebella I Need a Play Date …

Mildly Amusing Missives #4 – Twitter

I created a Twitter account a few weeks ago.  I’ve been following and unfollowing people since then. There is a fine line between ‘this is interesting’ and ‘this is depressing’. Here are some of the more amusing and thought provoking things I’ve found. What your Dog is Thinking something. you may not realize you’re allowed to do. is take a snoozle. and then when you wake up. immediately start another one – Thoughts of Dog @dog_feelings Jul 4 – sometimes. i will yawn really big. and soon after. the human will also yawn. i have yet to decide. what to do with my powers – Thoughts of Dog @dog_feelings – I don’t own or use a virtual assistant – do you? You would think that by now Alexa might be experienced enough in the ways of carbon-based lifeforms to be able to distinguish between a sneeze and the calling out of her name. “Bless you, Stephen” would be a better response than “Hm. I don’t know that one.” – Stephen Fry, @stephenfry Jul 11 – …

Mildly Amusing Missives #3 – And More Owls

The Owlets Take Flight Part Two of the Great Horned Owl Story is over here: The Owlets Take Flight A Little Bit About Ants I bought an ant farm. I don’t know where I am going to get a tractor that small! – Steven Wright – Ever so Virtuous Virtue signalling: when you express an opinion in public to show your moral superiority and gain approval – without actually taking a significant action. (Isaac) Newton wouldn’t last long as a ‘public intellectual’ in modern American culture. Sooner or later, he would say ‘offensive’ things that get reported to Harvard and that get picked up by mainstream media as moral-outrage clickbait. His eccentric, ornery awkwardness would lead to swift expulsion from academia, social media, and publishing. Result? On the upside, he’d drive some traffic through Huffpost, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel, and people would have a fresh controversy to virtue-signal about on Facebook. On the downside, we wouldn’t have Newton’s Laws of Motion. ― Geoffrey Miller – Gender Neutrality in Canada Gender neutrality is a hot issue is …

Mildly Amusing Missives #2

Robert Fulghum – Questions and Answers Question: If you could live your life over, what changes would you make? Answer: None. Well, maybe I wouldn’t have eaten some bad oysters, and would forgo the times I had too much wine and was miserably hung over. But otherwise, I’d live it all over again – knowing that the hard and troublesome events almost always led to something good in the long run. Every difficulty contained possibilities for something that proved better. While Canadians wrestle with Environmentalists meddling in Canadian politics and policy… Democrats dig for Russian connection and uncover environmentalists. – Headline in ‘The Hill’, Merrill Matthews – The ‘out of touch bubble’ called Hollywood David O. Selznik, producer of Gone With The Wind, once observed that “It’s somehow symbolic of Hollywood that Tara was just a façade, with no rooms inside.” A Comment About Bitcoin I must say its entertaining watching greens who believe in the imaginary climate crisis condemn the enthusiasm of people who believe in an imaginary currency. – Eric Worrall- Confirmation bias …

Mildly Amusing Missives #1

When Grammar and Punctuation Walk into a Bar I’ve posted a new series of quotations on my blog, The Quippery. They are  jokes about Walking into a Bar, but the subjects who do the walking are unusual. The Trials of Being Senior The other day, my mom asked Siri to find information on senior self-defense. Siri: “Looking for information on seniors in Depends.” After a couple of such unsuccessful attempts, my mom gave up. – Dawnette Moore Thompson, comment on Mike Rowe’s Facebook Page – A Belated In Memoriam Women loved (Alan) Rickman: He wasn’t movie-star handsome – not Kevin Costner male-lead handsome – but he oozed both a predatory sensuality and a kind of indifferent hauteur and the combination was irresistible. His mesmeric baritone could sound knee-tremblingly sexy when he was asking if you’d like fries with that. – Mark Steyn – To Be, or Not to Be The way to do is to be. — Leo-tzu, Chinese philosopher The way to be is to do. — Dale Carnegie Do be, do be, do. …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2017

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Facebook Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you. How Cold was our Christmas this Year? “On Boxing Day, extreme cold warnings were issued for a section of Canada stretching from the Alberta/B.C. border all the way to the St. Lawrence River. That’s a swath of Canada roughly 3,500 km wide.” from the National Post: Mars and the North Pole are warmer than Winnipeg It was -30C (-22F) here at the Red House on Boxing Day (December 26). It takes a lot of fuel to heat our country in the winter – renewable resources are not going to be able to provide that much energy in the near term. In the meantime, we depend on fossil fuels. This video by Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, (filmed near Devon, Alberta on May 30, 2004) is a favourite …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2016

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you. For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. Baby Boomers: You’d better believe the generation that ended a war in Vietnam and changed the flavour of Coke will have something to say about their chocolate pudding. – Macleans – There’s a Cooking Career Gold Mine – You don’t make yourself better by tearing others down. If you can’t intelligently argue for both sides of an issue, you don’t understand the issue well enough to argue for either. – Margy – Stop crying wolf. God forbid, one day we might have somebody who doesn’t give speeches about how diversity makes this country great and how he wants to fight for minorities, who doesn’t pose holding a rainbow flag and state that he proudly supports transgender people, who doesn’t …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2015

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you. For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. Years from now, when telling my future grandchildren about 2015, I will speak at length about the treachery, fibs, toxic scoops, deceits, tall tales, viral hoaxes, half-truths, tomfoolery, unverified junk and fake news. “What a time to be alive,” I will say. “You just didn’t know what to believe in 2015.” – From The Truth Wasn’t Out There – According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, Male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, EVERY …

Inspiration

Accuracy Quote Investigator – Garson O’Toole diligently seeks the truth about quotations. Who really said what? Snopes.com – Rumor has it – a reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Artists, Artisans, Crafts and Creative Minds Bent Objects – Simple objects rearranged to create humorous figures. Real Snail Mail – mail delivered by real snails. Guillermo Forchino – delightful comic art objects that often resemble the world of comic strip and cartoon characters. Curliosity – functional and decorative objects from brass and copper. Pondering Pool – the humorous art of Susan Mrosek. Egg-Bot Project – a machine that can draw intricate designs on spherical or egg-shaped objects. Calvin Nicholls – wildlife and nature scenes crafted from archival paper by a Canadian artist. Cut Out and Keep -online community makes and shares step-by-step craft tutorials. Instructables – DIY instructions for just about anything you would want to make. Drywall Art Sculpture -artist Bernie Mitchell uses drywall compound as a sculpture medium. Michael Paul Smith and Elgin Park – Michael has crafted a 1/24th-scale …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2013

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you. For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. The moment you click ‘send’ your message travels at the speed of light to our server where it awaits collection by a real live snail. Yes, that’s right we’re not called real snail mail for nothing! When time is worth taking RSM is the service for you. – From Real Snail Mail – The artist Guillermo Forchino (1952) was born in Rosario Argentina and lives in Paris France with his wife Monica and their two sons. His artworks find acclaim worldwide. With the development of the replicas of Guillermo’s art, his designs have become available to art lovers in many countries. – From The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino – Looking from the window seat on a long plane …

Blogroll

There are 164 million (give or take a few million) blogs on the internet! Here are just a few of the ones that I have followed over the years. Currently Active Bloggers Expat woman and her husband – Canadian Travel Bugs – China and Canada Christopher Martin at Christopher Martin Photography – Canada A talented woman at composerinthegarden – USA A Versatile writer at Curmudgeon at Large – USA Janet at Desert Dabbler – USA Angie Stevens at Doodlemum – UK Elke at elkemental Force – Amanda J Edwards at Gray Gaia – USA Hippie at Hippie Cahier – USA Lemony Gregg at Lemony Shots – USA Lorna at Lorna’s Voice – USA Mark Armstrong at Mark Armstrong Illustration – USA Mike Smith at Mike Smith Illustrator – UK Mike Hardisty at Say it with a Camera – UK Peg at Peg-o-Legs Ramblings – USA Sylvia at Shots from the Heart – Canada Ruth at Ruth E. Hendricks Photography – USA Darla at She’s a Maineiac – USA Dor at Technicolor Day Dreams and Virginia …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2012

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them, I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you – plus some other thoughts that are too small for a post of their own. For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. I think the pleasure of completed work is what makes blogging so popular. You have to believe most bloggers have few if any actual readers. The writers are in it for other reasons. Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn. All you get is the pleasure of a completed task. – Scott Adams – My contribution to the blogging world  is Three Years Old this week. I published my first post in early November, 2009. It was called H1N1 Flu, and I observed that the upside to the flu pandemic were the jokes about Swine Flu and Miss Piggy. …

Networking – Awards and Challenges

Networking is not about hunting. It is about farming. It’s about cultivating relationships. – Dr. Ivan Misner – Networks – how many do you belong to?  I have many, built over the years in response to what I was doing. My most recent network is because of my interest in blogging. A Blogging network  isn’t just about who comes to my blog. It is also about which blogs I follow. One of the ways bloggers build this network is by passing along Awards and Challenges. Not every blogger is interested in cultivating their relationship garden by taking part in these, which I understand. But I don’t mind them, even though I bend the rules a bit because I really don’t have an unending inventory of fellow bloggers to pass the Awards and Challenges on to! THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD This was recently passed on to me by k8edid, a delightful Middle Aged Mumbling Madwoman. I only recently discovered her blog, but I already know we share many interests and ideas. My list of Seven things …

Bloggers that Post Once a Day

Happy April Fools Day, all. When we were kids, we called it April Spruce Cake. Our misinterpretation of the intent of the day was based, I guess, on our hope that there was something more to it than a few lame jokes. Totally unrelated to the day: WordPress has a Post-a-Day Challenge called Daily Post. The idea is that WordPress Bloggers post something every day, thus building a community of people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators. While I admire those who can do this, I’m not sure I can keep up with doing a daily post. But it is something I am willing to try. I’ll have to find something much interesting and creative in order to post once a day. Unfortunately, I have yet to come up with the right thing. Others have, though, and here are some of the ones I’ve found. Maybe they will inspire you to start a blog of 365 things too. Or maybe you will think of something very creative that you think I …

wordle words posts with pictures

Blogs that Use More than Mere Words

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why Bloggers like to use one or two per post. Apparently, the average attention span of blog readers, once they have decided to read beyond the title and first few lines, is about 500 words. The average blog reader, then, would spend about 2 minutes to read a post of this length. It would take only a few seconds to view a picture, but that would be like adding a thousand words to the blog, yes? Some bloggers make extremely good use of pictures to tell their stories. Some of these artistic souls are: Doodlemum Angie Stevens shares her sketches at Doodlemum. If you have children and a cat and a husband, or have ever known children, cats or husbands, you will be absolutely smitten with this blog. Bent Objects Terry Border shares his designs at Bent Objects. Everyday objects are transformed into, well, imaginative works of art, with a few bits of wire! A good example is this one: A Pair …

Thoughts Fueled by Chocolate and Coffee

If You Don’t Plan to Die I found this interesting blog about Death. It is called The Family Plot Blog: Funeral Planning For Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Be sure to check out the Death Cartoons Category! Death by Chocolate When I found the website Death By Chocolate, I thought, isn’t this wonderful! If there is one way I would like to exit this world, it would be on my terms with a chunk of dark chocolate in my mouth. Alas, it is not possible to die from too much of this food product, though it is likely I could eat enough of it to feel like I wanted to die. Sticky Notes Post-It Notes – a 3 inch square yellow pad of paper with a low-tack adhesive strip on the back, these ‘reminders’ have several computer equivalents. One of these is a nice little program by Zhorn Software called Stickies. Easy to use, these stickies can contain text or images. You can even draw on an image sticky with this program. If you …

wood paint deli sandwich craft

Blogs About Food and Not Quite Food

Hamburgers A blog all about hamburgers? The blog Everything Burger shows readers that there is more than one way to depict the everyday hamburger. The blogger, Char.L.Ton, presents burgers in just about every media imaginable. Deli Sandwiches Here is a deli sandwich little kids will love. It is made out of wood. I found this photo in a magazine in 1974. When I started writing this post, this photo was one of the first things that popped into my mind, so it is very possible I actually made it. If my children read this, perhaps they could post a comment to tell me if they remember playing with it… The Best of Bridge Billing themselves as Canada’s Favorite Cookbook Series, The Best of Bridge Cookbooks have been on my book shelf since 1978. They contain recipes that I have used for many years, and also a few spoof recipes such as: – La Corneillle Ivre Involves a 450 degree oven, some garlic flavored butter, a stuffed and trussed crow and 2 rocks.When you can put …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2011

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you. For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. Stuart McLean I just finished reading “Extreme Vinyl Cafe” by Stuart McLean. I love these stories about Dave and Morley – you’ll want to read the one about how Dave got to know the inside of the trunk of his car while looking for an escaped pet rat… Robert Fulghum Robert Fulghum is one of my very favourite authors. (Not a Canadian, unfortunately, but no one is perfect…) One of his essays last  month discusses Fulghum’s Tool Rule:  “Unpredictable complexity that replaces reliable simplicity is not progress.” He gives the following examples of simplicity that would be hard to improve on: A Wheelbarrow A pencil made of wood and graphite, with an eraser on the end. A paper clip. …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2010

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page.  Here are a few more thoughts that I’ve lumped together simply because they all start with the letter ‘C’! For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. The letter ‘C’ can be dangerous. It is the first letter of many words that represent things that can harm or kill people. Cigarettes: According to the  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), fewer American Students and Adults are smoking each year. In 1965, 42 percent of the population were smokers, compared to 20 percent in 2009. Worldwide, though, one in three adults are smokers (The World Bank Group). Smokers have a greater incidence of developing many maladies, such as: cancers of the mouth, throat and lung; pulmonary diseases;  heart disease and stroke; and cataracts. It is estimated that smokers die 10 to 15 years younger than non-smokers, and of course, a smokers last few years on earth might not be very pleasant. …