All posts tagged: signage

These Things Match up with Things on my Wants List

Sometimes it is best if The Car Guy just agrees with me… This bench would be perfect on my patio! Too bad it is in a store in Calgary, not Phoenix. This would be perfect in The Car Guys garage. Too bad it was in a store in Phoenix and not in a store in Calgary. Ice Cream and cereal and fruit – a good match when I’m out of milk and yogurt. This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is A Good Match. Post 566

Signs from Around the World

I like signs. They are not just instructional – they are Word Art! Here are a few of the best that I have found in my travels. Where to bank in Jordan if you don’t want to stop. ________________ A pita eatery in Cranbrook, BC _____________ The Police Station in Jerome, Arizona _______________ Sign at a Washington State rest stop ______________  When the dog says, “I have people to do that.” Pleasant Harbour, Washington ________________ A water truck in India –  It might be pure, clean fresh water, but you still can’t drink it. ______________ How other bloggers responded to this WordPress photo challenge – Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says Post 408

Updating Past Stories – October 2012

 Spelling Lesson Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not. – Unknown – Canada and US Revisited – Back Story: Politics in Action. Here in Canada, national political campaigns are brief: We begin by pretty much ignoring the whole thing for a few weeks – then there’s a debate, a little yelling, maybe some pointing, every leader buys a bunch of Timbits and, boom, suddenly it’s election day. But in the United States, presidential campaigns last longer than all pregnancies and most wars. – Scott Feschuk, MACLEAN’S Magazine, September 3, 2012 – The United States currently has only two federal political parties with significant representation – the Democrats and the Republicans. In Canada, we have 4 ideologies to dislike – the Conservatives, the New Democrats, the Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois. Of course, both countries have many minor parties, though I think Canada has some of the most interesting ones: the Marijuana Party, the Pirate Party and my favourite, the Rhinoceros Party. If you were going to form your own party, what would you …

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Good News for Seniors – Not Everything about Aging is Bad

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. – Will Rogers – The Crabby Lady from the Complaints Department was in my office when I arrived this morning. “It’s a conspiracy!” she cried. “They are trying to kill us all by scaring us to death! Look at this headline in today’s news!” I looked at the paper she had shoved under my nose (The Paranoid Times). The headline read, “The Dangers of Breathing for Seniors“. “It’s part of their series called “A Danger a Day”, and I tell you, they want to scare us to death so that the Government doesn’t have to pay out Seniors Benefits. Yes, the Government and the Media are in this together…” Before I could duck, she had slapped another yellow stickie on my forehead, and stomped off. I peeled off her note and read: “Give me some good news about aging. I’m tired of all the negative crap.” This jolted me out of my happy world of Sunshine, Daffodils, Paddling …

Duct Tape – Product with a Million Uses

One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop. – G. Weilacher – How often have you observed people’s ability to take a perfectly ordinary utilitarian product and turn it into something quite extraordinary, or at the very least unexpected? You know, things like wine bottle corks that become bulletin boards, plastic milk jugs that are made into lamps… stuff like that. Another product that is very versatile and has been used to make all sorts of things is Duct Tape. Duct Tape – I can’t picture a roll of it without thinking of The Red Green Show,  specifically the segment called  Handyman Corner. There wasn’t a thing Red couldn’t fix if he used enough rolls of Duct Tape. In one episode, he tried to duct tape the Ontario-Quebec border as a potential solution to Quebec separatism, (and who can dispute the fact that so far it has worked… ) The Car Guy and I got these wonderful duct tape gifts this year from the …

Guests and Family – My Labour Pool

Eldest Daughter (The Cooker), Son-in-law (The Fisherman), and two Grandchildren (Lego Kid and Wild Child) will be arriving soon for a month of Summer Holiday. Everyone is gearing up for this event. A master list of activities is at the third draft stage, with three families still to provide input. Canada could launch a takeover of the USA with less planning! When visiting family first walks in the door of the Red House, they are treated like Guests. They are invited to use the hand towels in the Half Bath: But after the first beverage has been poured, and the first meal has been served, all Guests at The Red House are expected to morph into family, whether they are blood relatives or not!  In other words, they can pitch in and act like they live here – which I make very clear with the signage at the front door: The Cooker will have no problem with taking over some of the meal preparation. She is a far better cook than I am, and for …

Easter Dinner – Signage For When the Guests Get Here

Today is our Easter Dinner and we’ve invited lots of people. When the guests arrive, there is always a bit of general confusion and milling about while coats are hung, hugs and handshakes are exchanged and food donations are sorted out. (A dinner party at the Red House is rarely a free lunch…) At recently past functions, very small children have been ushered outside to play, or put into closets if there is a chance they will take a header down over the edge of the stairs where the railing is not yet a railing. Except this year – I’m much more organized than in the past. I have Signage for the parents! The First Sign will make it clear how very small children should be monitored: After dinner, we’ll bring out some treats. There is a sign for that: We like to end things with Coffee. It is the signal to our guests that it is time for them to perk up and get ready for the long drive home. I have a sign …