Saturday, November 30, 2013

Farewell Adieu

by rex libris 99
I tried playing my piano after so long of not touching it I was level 4 but now have digressed lol
Fingers don't obey have to be retrained.

But I came across this video with sheet music and thought the pictures on it were very nice.

Woke up to a very dull day. It has been raining for two days.
Hard to keep floors clean like this but it sure is a nice day for Crock pot soup which I put a pot on of
for today to keep the boys warmed up.

I had a wonderful Thanks giving at my friends house. We don't see each other much since soccer days are over but its nice to keep the boys friends to keep memories alive.
She has a very tall tree in her living room with white lights and her boys put up their villages
for Christmas.
Coming back the stores were open all night for Black Friday and we could see line ups of people
so we didn't stop. It was already late when we were going home. This is the first time they asked me how much money I had on me crossing the border into the states. I wonder why since people shop with credit cards.

Here at home our stores were packed too. I think every one will be happy this year if they stop fighting over goods.

Hope you all have a nice Saturday.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy American Thanks giving!!

Well I am invited to celebrate American Thanks giving tomorrow.
Today was a productive day.
I got apple cinnamon candles and spray
       and air fresheners and the whole house smells so nice.

This time I am ahead of the crowd.
I found a pattern for a shoulder warmer the lady said took 2 hours to make, using the puff
So I got some nice thread but the time was misleading. It took more than two hours.
I was determined to finish, as it is intended for my wonderful friend.
My son modeled it for me and it looked great on him
Then, everything looks great on
Nice to be young
I got the trimmings to make fresh wreaths for the two front doors
and I also got a box with 4 ginger bread houses.
I told my son if he sees the trains in ginger bread to get them as well, since he is in the Christmas spirit mood.

When I was going to the store for thread I saw many police cars again but no accidents.
It was in an area where they found bodies before, dumped into a ditch.
We have many gangs and the result is death.
So I am thinking that it must be another such incident.
Guess the local papers will let us know.

Have a great day!!



Monday, November 25, 2013

My Boy Toys

We have one tree up in the living room
Looks great!!

I am also having a ball with my Shark steam machine
I did the floors, base boards,and walls.
 Steam with no chemicals is wonderful
Also the kitchen oven and micro and stove as well as the wall behind them
the fridge...

I am going wild here. lol

Then I'll have a go in the bathrooms See the magic it will perform there.
It also does windows and mirrors What a pleasure to work with.
I am tuckered out lol

My son washed the floors first but the steamer picked up quite a lot of dirt after the wash.
So you can imagine how hard it is to keep floors clean.

I got a nice wax floor cleaner/ polish for the dining room and that was done as well.
Hope it lasts till Christmas.
Once we pick up in the bedrooms, I will try to steam those and wax them.
You just spray and damp spunge mop. These floors are hungry for wax.

My Bissel is out as well.
I try covering the couches but with cats and dogs it is hopeless They uncover it and now they are dusty so this Bissel does carpets and couches . It will suck away all this dust and give the couches a fresh smell.
I am getting into the Christmas spirit.

All the wood needs pledge or the other liquid lemon polish pledge For this you need a sponge and the wood loves it. and smells so nice.

Slowly things are taking shape.
With my son helping it makes you feel good to do it as well.
Usually we do this for Easter in Spring but my son wants to have a few friends over so
it has to be done.

Bissel and Shark.... my two boy toys. lol

Hope you have a great day.!!!
I was visiting my daughter last week when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
"Dad, this is the 21st century," she said.  "We don't waste money on newspapers.   Here, use my iPad."
I can tell you this.  That fly never knew what hit him.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Little Drummer Boy

These soldiers remind me of the Christmas song
Little Drummer Boy. I can't stop singing it lol

Many people are going to face book to blog.
I don't do facebook  so I guess I won't be able to comment on their blogs.

Yesterday we went to Target and they had a wonderful sale . All half price on their
Christmas stuff So I broke down and bought a spruce tree and all the trimmings.
This tree will be put in the entrance and the old one in the family room and one outside.
So many new and bright things on display this year.
Maybe cause its a brand new store and people were grabbing as usual , as fast as possible.

Arts had their real trees advertised but no prices.
I have fresh branches from over grown pine trees to cut and will use them to make a wreath and to put around the advent candles and fireplace to give it a fresh pine scent.
No danger of fire this way.

I really enjoyed exploring this new store.
They had a nice spice lazy susal with bottles to fill with spices.
You can set it on your table and people can choose which spices they want on what food they are eating.
I found it to be a great idea.
Will keep my eye on it Maybe I'll get it for Christmas?????

Have a great Saturday!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Soldiers on Parade

Toy soldiers on parade
I always loved toy soldiers the Christmas tree.
They reminded me that the king had to be protected and honored and he in turn kept the people blessed.
 This was the idea of kings. They had to defend the people, feed them and keep them safe.
In life however it was not always so.
Some kings were good and others were overwhelming.
In todays' world some leaders are good and some overwhelming.

Celebrating Christmas is to celebrate the birth of a different nature.

It is celebrating an idea that man could have charity and love for all mankind and that there also is a
spirit or understanding in every person that knows right from wrong
and not only that.

It also means that as a member of an orderly society, just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Some things in life should not be messed with like for example genetic mutation, adding chemicals to food people have no control over but must eat and putting pollutants in the air and water which kill people..

Yes Christmas is a celebration of a baby sent to us to remind us that man is just a fragile as a new born babe in swaddling clothes lying in a lowly manger.
Swaddling clothing are clothe wrapped around a person and tied with bandages.

Today when kids are born, nurses still wrap them up tight so they feel cozy and warm. There are no laws that say they should do this . It is just an understanding.
Some things never change.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Voices From the Past

Tiss a beautiful day outside and so tiss also a good day to be jolly.
Half of November is over.
Walmart sure has these beautiful  moving reindeer, all in gold
and they had a few nice artificial trees but I guess the prices will go down a bit later.
We also saw stands go up by the highway ready for cut trees.

I remember our neighbor took his tree outside into the street and lit a match
It was dry and burnt almost as fast as a match. Pure magic and scary thinking
what it would be like if this happened in a house.

Not a good idea to let a tree go dry in the house.
It reminds me that in the olden days they always had real candles on a tree.
It must have been very beautiful but also very dangerous.
They were in special containers and also were not to be lit more than 5 minutes.

People still do this sometimes to get the feel of the old Christmas but then they have a fire extinguisher close by.
At the rate the tree burns I don't know if this will help much though

 The gentle voices of the wooden cross boys choir presented  Ave Maria
Always one of my favorite and one I used to sing as well.

Have a good one.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Wow this lady has a home made cold cream recipe
Check it out!

110 gm white beeswax
254 gms oil (mineral, rice bran)
132 gms distilled water
4 gms borax (1 tsp)

This is really quick to whip up. I measure the oil and beeswax in a disposable plastic container and pop it in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time until all the beeswax is melted. Mix the borax and water in another container and microwave until the water is hot and the borax is dissolved. Then using a whisk mix the water/borax into the oil/beeswax. It will turn white straight away but keep mixing til it starts to cream up. Some people like to use a hand blender for this to make it light and fluffy…but I find the cream is just fine.

It's like Ponds cold cream.


Monday, November 18, 2013

In Merriment

Today we got the bits and pieces to finish the painting stand at Home Depot.
The employees are so polite and helpful.
They have tons of stuff out for Christmas.

The stand will take small paintings up to real big 6 foot ones.
My husband is taking great pains to make a project out of it when all I asked
was for a few drilled holes lol but it will look like a professional stand.
It would even be good as a display stand.
I was looking at the canvas for the floors used by house painters. So tempted to buy it.
It can be cut and painted on or sewn into stuff. Makes for great aprons, hats,
leggings. Its pretty thick.And using fabric paints can have beautiful original results.

We got our ink for the printer at Staples which was the same price as in the Superstore,
49.00. So now we just have to wait till the old ones are totally empty.

I refilled my croc pot with new ingredients It still has the same bones.
When cold people come inside the house it will be ready to heat them up.

My hat ended up being a fox hat (not coon)with claw mittens
My son keeps trying it on He already has a penguin hat.
Young people love these hats and why not?
They sure are cute and even I like them.

I don't know why Americans have their Thanks giving so late in winter.
Probably cause they have longer summers. It kinda sucks having it be so close
to Christmas though.

If there are any painters out there here is how to make liquid white.
Use portions of half titanium white with half linseed oil or walnut oil to make paint buttery.

Gesso is made up of 2 parts white glue
with two parts of either drywall plaster or talcum powder
and one part water.

Well have another great day!
Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Warm Wishes

Last night was freezing cold.
My son came home from soccer as an icicle.
I hate him breathing this cold air and this is why most of the year he is sick.
Good thing I had croc pot soup at hand. This sure is a savior for weather like this.

Head banging his head didn't help either cause now he has coon eyes.
Soccer is not a safe game and getting the golden boot has consequences
cause now you become a target.

We visited the new Target store.
It was not very full compared to Walmart which always has so many people.
But I can see why.
Pizza at Super Store and Walmart you can buy for 3.49 and Target sells for 4.99
or 5.00 That's a pretty big mark up.
If they want people to buy they have to lower the prices. This is why Sears is closing stores.
Its the best place to shop but expensive.
The Langley store is not so nice but the one in Scottsdale Mall is very pretty
and even has a Starbucks.

We saw this cute griffon/chin at the pet store.
He was adorable, a real kisser, loved cuddles and looked into your eyes.
These are all signs of a good dog.
I wanted to buy him cause he was in the store a long time now but they jacked up the prices so high it's a crime.
They are just pets.
On kijiji they have a lot of false advertisements of dogs for sale
They put this beautiful pic of a pup but no such pup exists. All they want is your money
and they will ship it to you. Ya right.
If you don't see the dog , don't pay for it.

My Sears washing machine keeps breaking. It's digital. I hate digital. Even the
refrigerators are digital and they are so easy to poke your finger through
especially with kids around.

Nothing like the old fashion appliances. They work 30 years without a glitch and are cheaper to buy.
These new cars too are nothing but a pack of trouble  with big  fixing bills to look forward to.
 The mechanics don't want to bother . Instead of fixing they trash and install new.
Not good for the environment, thats for sure.
The digital door on my car broke and only my husband got down on his knees to open the door so it could be fixed and not trashed. Every one else said replace the door. They are not taught to open seized up doors.

The wringer on this washer keeps breaking and it lifts up so the clothes can't be
spun well. My husband fixed it once and now the plastic piece broke and so now he has to go to Sears to see if he can get a new part.
It's only 2 years old.
The machine doesn't like heavy clothing so if you have fleecies per wash.
Most of my clothing is fleecy and my son has tons of hoodies and pants as well.
He's the kind of guy who will never wear the same thing twice. Even towels have to be washed immediately after use. He smells everything before wearing and it has to smell like a princess or it goes into the wash.
So what do you do with a machine that hates to do its' job lol?

Thankfully I still have the old one which I use in emergencies like these and it never complains.
Just plugs along. Pays to buy the refurbished  models for 150.00 than to pay 1000.00 for a new one
which will not work. The new ones are for delicate washes, sorta like what people have become today.
Sensitive delicate creatures, very dependent and needy and temperamental individuals
like what we called SPOILED ROTTEN in my days.
Gees if we showed any of those symptoms, we were shown the what for. lol
No one could claim abuse because it was the same for every one.
So you stopped sniffling and buckled up.

I don't think the new appliances  would care one way or another.
It's not that they are retarded but just that they are not as sensitive to make adjustments
to the type of wash they are expected to do.

I mean you can't tell it for example: Be careful . It's heavy. Or Be careful it is delicate.
It is even a chore to open the machine to stick extra things inside cause it locks.
Every time you play with the computer it can seize up on you and then you have to
wait a day or two for it to reprogram itself. Then it takes a year to finish one load as opposed to the old one where you can do two for the same time sequence.

I also have to get new printer ink. My husband says lets just get a new printer with the ink.
 Its cheaper. There should be laws to protect customers from bad products in view of
also protecting the environment.

WE NEED LOCAL MADE PRODUCTS to obtain accountability and responsibility for what is bought and for what is sold.
The old days were good. People talked to each other and cash was more important than credit.

Well have a good Saturday . I sure am glad the plants are all inside.
Only Beau refuses to come inside. We call him but he runs into the yard to pretend to pee.
Since he got old he behaves weird and wants out every 5 minutes.
Guess he likes his freedom out there.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Snow men

While strawberries and roses still grow where I live,
 the mountains are full of snow. It will soon be snow man making time.


from marco8598

Lovely piece to enjoy.

We looked at Christmas trees. The fake white one I wanted is over 200 dollars so forget that.

 This year I would love to have a real tree. The pine smell is incredible to smell inside
the house but it really hurts me to watch the tree bleed, trying to survive.
How cruel to just cut it like that.
One day we will find. that trees have feelings too.

So this year I think we will go to Arts and get a real tree in a pot.
We will put lights on it, water it and keep it outside till Christmas and then bring it in
for a few days and then take it back outside.

It should be fine till spring and then we will plant it outside.

Until then check site this out:

I think its a wonderful way to get the best out of the pumpkin and I have so many seeds to plant now too or to dry and eat since we like seeds.


 Christmas stuff is coming out. All the Santas and Angels and Mrs Clauses
are getting ready to share all their wonderful toys with boys and girls
all around the world. It will be a very busy night for sure for Santa and his helpers.
There are so many children and more each year, who have been awfully good and
 deserve a present from ol St Nick.

I can't help but go back to the story I grew up with, when this rich old man knew some poor
families and left them a basket on Christmas Eve full of goodies he thought they needed.
No one knew who he was but he did it every year to bring some joy to this world.

I love toys and they always cheer me up to look at. Some you put away and forget about and then
you find them again and they bring back so many memories.

I got myself a raccoon hat and it has  coon claw mittens.
 If we go up into the mountains this Christmas I hope people don't mistake me
 for a coon lol

I am in the process of making a painting stand The one I bought was not very
strong and so easy to break so I found a way to make one using 2x2's
All it needs is a screw and a drill to make holes .
It has holes going up it so you can put any size canvas on it to paint. Big or small,
 it is sure not to break .All you need to do is change the holes with the plugs that
 keep the painting in place.

 I really want to finish the pieces I already started, before Christmas. They have been standing a long time.
 Paintings make a home have a homey feeling to it.
If they are passed from generation to generation this too is wonderful.

Framing a few of them will be my Christmas present.
I thought of making my own frames but they will cost the same in material as it would having it done
professionally so this will be a present to my community to provide a job for someone this Christmas.
Not much to think about there.

The day hasn't decided if it wants to be sunny or cloudy. At least it is not cold like in some places.
The kids are preparing their snow boards and skiis for winter sports.
Parents are hoping they come home safe with no broken legs .
The young get the fun and the old get the worry but then soccer is not that much safer.
Some kids get the same broken bones almost every year.
They don't learn to keep their feet away from kicks but then some players kick on purpose
to hurt another player and you wonder what for.
Are they going to make a million dollars if they win?

It's just a game.

Well I guess time to go back to the kitchen and check the croc pot
Once it boils it will be time to put in the okra potatoes and other veggies.
I still have my little pumpkins to chop up and cook.
Keep forgetting to do that.
 Here is a strawberry recipe you might like to try:

 Blessings till the next time.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weeping Guitar.

by id raleo
Usually its violins that make you cry.
I still have my Dads guitar and every time I look at it I remember him playing .
Some things stay a part of the family Like their bedroom bureau which still have their pictures on it.
I don't agree with having to get rid of everything when a person departs.
 Its nice to know they are still around I still have my Dads hat. He wore the same one most of his life. His glasses and oil can.
He left his tools for the boys but they are not machine oriented. My husband though loves them.
You can't buy tools like this anymore.
Some things are nice to frame with a picture to show who he was.
The great grand children might like to know.

I transplanted the strawberry babies and they look unhappy Hope they take cause they do have little roots.
We turned the heat off and it wasn't cold in the house It will probably cool off tonight.
The leaves have almost all fallen off the trees.

We got gas today for 1.10 a litre. So we filled up.
Hasn't been that price for a long time.

We stopped by the fiat dealers and the little cars are 30k Are they crazy?
They are the size of mini austins.

The day went by quickly . Took a nice nap in the afternoon so I will probably be up all night.

Have yourself a good evening.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Eye of the Tiger

Tigers, exotic and deadly predators full of empty promises.
They know what they want and nothing stops them from getting it.
We meet them every day in life and it's important to recognize them
 for what they are.

It's good to have the eye of the tiger when trying to achieve your goals in life
without falling prey to other tigers who need to feed .
Today education is a top priority for most people cause
jobs are tight and there is a masters degree guy looking for your
high school grad job which leaves the high school grad out in the cold.

With Christmas and the New Year approaching, begin it with a bang ,with a
 gift to yourself of an education.
Today I saw my indoor roses let out flowers It was so exciting to see as I thought the plants were dying. I also found a huge flower on one of the rhodos on the bottom where it can't be seen.
The window coleus has taken up nice red colors but the ones I put on my sink faded.
I put on an extra light by the flowers to compensate for the lack of sun.

So I spent the day trimming cleaning all the dead brush under them Brought the straw berries in and cleaned them They were full of spiders and still growing strawberries.
I love spiders but not in the house.

Then I gave them some fertilizer and tomorrow I have to take the babies and put plastic bags around them with some soil to help them root. They are still on a stem from the main plant.
I hope they survive the winter inside They are outside plants but I thought they would freeze in the pots without ground to protect the roots.
I still  have one more long pot to bring in tomorrow and then that's it.
I took cuttings and stuck them into a long container and they took and will become beautiful bushes. with fragrant flowers. Easy to grow too. I'm almost tempted to make more of them.

When you trim the plants the cutting can be rooted. instead of thrown away.
I cut a piece of rose by mistake so I put it in water and hope maybe it will root.
I used to be good at this stuff.


My Sweet Lord - Happy Veterans Day!

 Happy Remembrance Day!

We celebrated with a Chinese lunch.

Seems every where we go there is not a day when someone doesn't come to ask for money
for gas or something else. Different people, same story and it never is for gas but for drugs.
Now governments are looking at the millions they will get from marijuana money and no one cares how many millions more will have to be spent on health care.
Of course they won't spend it on health care and people will continue frying brains and dying.
One step forward, 5 steps back. As usual, people have to be careful what they wish for.

I always ask myself on days like these, if these vets, would like what they died for,
if they came back today?
Or would they say we died for words, which got twisted by men, who either don't understand or really don't care?

George Harrison was my favorite Beetle

They asked him in an interview if he got more girls by being seen as the quiet one in the group and he said no Paul got them with his watoosi moves. lol

He looked so nice with his beard and long hair. \
But then I always liked men with beards and long hair.

I find it funny when women dont cause its much softer than a stubbly beard rubbing your cheek. lol
Yesterday I heard some young guys talk about beards One said he is growing one to get older women (not Cougars) who like to stay young. These women see beards and go back in time to when it all happened for them and the young guys of today , get a kick out of it.


Well guess life is good, even for the old girls with nice legs.
Always moving forward as they say.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ducky Dickens

D is for Puddle Duck and for Charles Dickens.
The duck is great to put  a small flower in and I have a coleus for it.
Yesterday I transplanted one which had roots coming out of the bottom of the pot.
I still have strawberries to transplant but they are still giving out berries in November.

Every one is quite familiar with Charles Dickens stories
His literary excellence can be found in books like Great Expectations , David Copperfield, Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, etc....
As I go through my list of books, I am amazed at how many of them I read throughout my lifetime.
Even I can't believe it.My son askas me which ones Ive read from a list and I have to ay, all of them

 At the blog link below, you can
learn about Charles Dickens' visit to Canada.

 Quite interesting, I must say.


from miracle shaven

Beautiful piano
  As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --  merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Canadian labor. This year will be different. This year Canadians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Canadians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Canadians hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
 Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

 Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, Canadian owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down a McKenzie or Laurier on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
 There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Canadian with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
 How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the Canadian working guy?Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
 OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
 Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Support your local business and it will support you.


Friday, November 8, 2013

What A Difference A Day Makes

I love Gone With the Wind when Vivian Leigh finds life over whelming
and says:
 "I'll think about it tomorrow, for tomorrow is another day."

We have 7 tomorrows in a week
Sunday is for example Sun's Day
Monday is Moon day
Tuesday is Tiu's day
Wednesday is Woden's day
Thursday is Thor's day
Friday is Freya's day. and
Saturday is Saturns' day

Greeks liked to name their days after the sun and 5 planets which also represented gods.
Days of the week were known as days of the gods.(sun , moon and Ares Hermes Zeus Aphrodite Cronus.)

The Romans had equivalent gods  (Mars Mercury Jove Venus and Saturn).

The Germanic people also had equivalent gods( Tiu ,Woden, Thor, Freya ).

The Germans English Greeks and Romans kept Sun's Day as the day of the sun.

Monday was kept by the English Latin and Greeks  as day of the moon

Tuesday came from Tiu = Engl/Germ god of war and sky.
The Norsemen also had a god Tyr
Mars is the Roman god of war and Ares the Greek god of war.

We have a seven day week

The Babylonians marked time with lunar months. They proscribed some activities during several days of the month, particularly the

first -- the first visible crecent,
seventh -- the waxing half moon,
fourteenth -- the full moon,
nineteenth -- dedicated to an offended goddess,
twenty-first -- the waning half moon,
twenty-eigth -- the last visible crecent,
twenty-nineth -- the invisible moon, and
thirtieth (possibly) -- the invisible moon.
The major periods are seven days, 1/4 month, long. This seven-day period was later regularized and disassociated from the lunar month to become our seven-day week.

Wednesday  from Woden, is an Anglo Saxon/teutonic god , a leader of the wild hunt.
Woden means violently insane . The Norse knew him as Odin, the Romans as Mercury(god of commerce travel thievery eloquence and science) and the Greeks knew him as Hermes (also a god of commerce invention cunning and theft)

Thursday is Thors' day , a day of thunder . From the Latin , a day of Jupiter and from the Greek a day of Zeus. The Norse knew him as god of thunder who rode a chariot pulled by goats and held a hammer. He was destined to be killed by a serpent Midgard.
His equivalent is Jupiter in Rome and Zeus in Greece.

Friday = Freyas' day from the German and dies Veneris from the Latin, and Aphrodite from the Greek. Freo means free from the Germanic meaning beloved.

Freya is the Teutonic goddess of love and beauty and fertility
The Norse god Frigg identifies with her.

Saturns' day is Saturday known as Cronus in Greek  Saturn is god of agriculture ruling over happiness and virtue

Apparently Zeus dethroned his Father Cronos (Titan)

The days of the week turn into days of the month.

In Babylonian times they saw the
1st of the month as a crescent moon
the 7th as the waxing 1/2 moon,
the 14th as a full moon,
(the 19th as a day for an offended goddess.)

This follows on the 21st with a waning 1/2 moon,
28th shows the last visible crescent,

(the 29th and 30th as an invisible moon.)

Each quarter moon seems to have an average of 7 days between.
The 7 days became our 7 day week.

By looking at the moon, you can tell if it's the
 1st 7th 14th 21st or 28th day of the month.

I found this interesting.



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

See the Light

Usually I light a candle when someone I know or love dies.
It is a sign of respect for the life that we shared and also to help the spirit
find its' way on the next part of its journey.

In the past, many homes lit candles in the windows, for their loved ones
especially in wintry storms
so it can be seen from afar and help the weary find shelter for the night.

Candles play a significant role in our lives.
We light them for marriages, christenings, when we are short of electricity
in churches when we ask for blessings and forgiveness.
We light them for love between two people.
It projects warmth and beauty and really, speaks for itself.

It represents life, as it begins brand new and burns itself out.
This is why we say never to burn our candles at both ends cause then
our lives are shortened.

In public it represents a light ,before the people, so they recognise other
 peoples kindred spirit and good deeds and kindnesses and pass them on to others.

What a world it would be, if it was all lit up in candles.?

The different colors are used for different meanings.
 White is always for purity.
Black for destruction of negativity and for healing serious illnesses.
Red for love health fertility courage and will power.
Purple for wisdom knowledge success power spirituality and divination.
Gold for divination.
Green for success ,wealth, health in marriage and employment and physical growth.
Blue for tranquility, harmony, peace, to lose weight and inspiration.
Silver for neutrality, meditation and reflection.
Yellow for happiness, intelligence, wisdom, change and energy.

Advent Candles have three colors, purple pink and white.

The first purple candle is for hope.

The second purple candle is for preparation, to get ready to welcome God, a voice
 of one, calling in the desert promising that
everything crooked , will become straight and smooth.

The third candle is pink for joy. Angels sing for joy that Christ is born.

The fourth candle is purple for love.
 For God so loved this world, he have his one and only son and who believeth
 in him shall not perish.

The fifth candle is white and called the Christ candle.
It represents the spotless lamb of God sent to wash away our sins and to die,
 so man could live.

What a beautiful way to speak for Christmas!!!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nicks' Spaghetti House

At Bozzinis' in Surrey, we were recommended by this older local gentleman, to go to
Nicks' Spaghetti House for ribs. on Commercial Drive, in Vancouver.
I think I've seen it around.

He said they make the best ribs in town and is Italian run.
It's a family restaurant that's been around 56 years.
They sure could use a ytube commercial like what they have in Montreal
if their ribs are as good as that.

We had a rib place in Montreal.
 People stood around the block to get in for their ribs.
Well worth the wait I can tell ya.
They have two places now One on Guy street and one on Sources blvd.
 BARBBARN Chicken and Ribs

Italian food is soo good when done right but very bad for the waste line.

I guess if I want a treat, when we are around the area, we could drop by Nicks  for take out.
We usually buy for three anyway even if we eat there, so my son has a taste.

They also have a fabulous Italian ice cream places where they make it all in home
with so many flavours. La Casa Gelato  is one such place.

I love cosmopolitan cities. Whatever you have a craving for is right at your finger tips.
Right now I feel like my friend Anthony Bourdain, with No reservations. lol
Nice to be able to go around eating and recommending places to people.

This morning I heated my leg with a heat lamp and it felt better so this time when I went out, I walked.
We got Nice crabs at the Superstore and at T&T we got tofu . fresh chow mein noodles, sushi, and caviar from salmon and another fish.
 The salmon roe consisted of large eggs and the other one had very small roe. The big eggs burst in your mouth and the other one crunched.
I had the caviar with camembert on  vegetable crackers. Sooo good. What a treat. I shared my sushi with my son.
Hubby ate so he wasn't hungry. I love tofu in soup and especially in Miso soup.
Today I marinated spare ribs with wine and other spices for tomorrow. Hope they turn out.


Monday, November 4, 2013


 It was such a gorgeous day yesterday and all on fire.
The city put color on the streets so now we have plenty to look at.
So nice to have different kind of trees all around.

Was a busy day yesterday.

We went out to do some errands.
I sat mostly in the car while hubby  did the running around. I still can't step on my leg because of the knee.
Something is displaced. I massaged it and had some electricity in the inside of the ankle and then the leg was fine for a while but then displaced again.
 I guess it is time to lose weight. lol

We tried getting crabs but when hubby went to buy them for 4.99 at T&T in Central Mall.The aquarium was full of one legged crabs
 They pulled one leg off each one so he got disgusted and didn't buy any.
It's bad enough they don't sell females here but now they rip off legs and the poor crab is still alive in the aquarium.
In the east you can get females with roe and here they are stubborn.No females for sale.It's illegal to catch them.
I told my husband would be good to raise crabs in the aquarium and then let them go into the ocean.
Have to look into it.

We'll try again at Superstore. Maybe they will have whole crabs.

I brought my Mothers' wheechair inside and now wheel myself around and it is so much nicer with no pain.
Give the leg a rest. Maybe it will help.
We went to Walmart and I got myself pants and t shirts The shirts were for 3 bucks a piece.
They were all like 20.00 dollars regular.
So I lucked out.The detergent was on special so I got two containers and the toilet paper.
I like to shop there for things like that cause we have tons to wash with my son soccering.
He changes like three times a day.But you have to watch because they try tricking you by putting the wrong labels under the wrong products. Once me and this other lady checked and said boy this is a good price for toilet paper. I mean, literally, it is really money down the toilet lol So why pay a lot. 32 double rolls for 6.99.
Great! At the cash it was 19.99. We watched to make sure we paid the right price and so were able to say nope.
No sale .

With the weather we have here, a fleecy jacket and light shirt underneath is good enough.
If it gets colder then you can use a poncho. Layering is the thing to do here.
I plan to do some swimming this year, if we can get up early and go before the crowds.

We put my computer table by the window beside the bed and we put Tanyas rubber container with the pillow under it and she slept like a baby inside.
I use it in the car cause she likes to look out side and for me to hold her This way it is comfortable for the both of us.
We slept good too cause we didn't have to worry about the dog lying on the bed.

Yesterday was Deepavali and the Sikhs were blowing firecrackers and fire works Tanya got scared and asked for help She sat in hubbys' arms hyperventilating.

When he went out she climbed into my arms It took me a while to calm her down and then she slept
in my arms belly up with her mouth wide open.
Such trust they have in people.
Beau barked and then ran into the room too feeling more comfort in numbers.

They stopped for a while and then began again and Tanya ran to the front door again shaking , trying to protect us while Beau stayed in the room lol
He is a coward dog. lol

This Tanya is small and useless but she will give her life
If push came to shove Beau is old but he'll be right behind her. lol
He looks scary like a junk yard dog and bulky with the thick fur.

So was another dog day after all.
With no kids the dogs become our kids. 

Have a good one.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Crab Face

Is it me or can you see a face here?
I see a face a chicken and a dog.

Tanya got her stitches out and she was a trooper Came out happy from the vets,
did her thing and then came home and did nothing but sleep.

Either she is trained to think she is tied or something is wrong with her.

She is not behaving like she usually does.

Tomorrow I will try playing with her balls and see how that works.

I put chairs in the kitchen to block Beau from going to the front door and therefore to the living room
He eats on the couch there, when no one knows  is there, pees there,  so this is something new, after what,....
 14 years???

Wats up with that?

He knows he's bad.
Maybe the new baby visitor dog visiting has something to do with it cause he comes and pees everywhere.
I told my son not to bring him here anymore and he is pouting.
I would say nothing if he cleaned up after the dogs but he doesn't.

He is 21 but behaves like a 12 year old.

His girl friend is not better. She is a princess.
Gets huffy when her dog is  not allowed to pee in a visitor house.

She is just hungry and sick all, the time.
Need lots of care like her dog.

I sure have all the luck.

When it comes, it comes in

NO!! NO!! NO!! NO!!

Every thing NO!

Am I good or what?? lol

In the east they sell female crabs with roe. Here in BC it's against the law.
Guess we have to import female crabs or grow our own.

Or maybe not eat crabs at all.


Friday, November 1, 2013



 Boy we are all up early today at 4 am
.We got two boxes of chips and chocolates just in case but our street was dead.
So hubby said let's
 go for a drive and see Halloween So we did but not much was going on.
Many streets had fireworks and malls gave out candy. Otherwise
 people just put up their Christmas lights.
My other knee aches for a week now. So unexpected. It's a killer pain even without stepping on it
I have no idea what this is. It feels dislocated and hubby too said his knee was hurting.
Even lying in bed I have to find just the right position for it.
Now the other leg I don't even notice. lol
Last time I had shoulder pain I had to heat it 6 months before it went away. This darn damp weather.!!!

Anyway,  there is an Italian restaurant called Bozzini I wanted to try.
So we drove up into the druggie area and found it. I had a great pizza and hubby
also had a gyro with rice, salad

 He didn't finish his plate but we also had humous and calamari.
We met an older gentleman, a local man and got to chatting. It was very nice.
He has a 91 year old Dad.

He said the area we were in is very dangerous.
We said ya we know We saw a man standing arguing with a hydro
pole and then boxing with it.
So many people with fried brains.

We remembered the restaurant we were in, was once a car wash so
now we can tell people we ate at the car wash. lol
On the net the place looked exquisite but even though the food was good
I won't risk going there anymore.
It really is a bad area. Too bad.

As we looked for it I said , when we find it , we probably will not want to eat
there cause it looked so spooky.
Halloween for sure. lol

Beau started  peeing on my living room carpet.
He asks to go out all day and then pees inside anyway.
 I think he can't hold it long anymore.
If he continues to do this He will have to be put down or live outside.
He likes to sit outside but then barks at every noise he hears. The neighbors won't like it.
He's an inside dog but with very thick fur.
The neighbors have a rooster and chickens. I think Vancouver is allowing people
 to keep 4 chickens in the back yard.
Tanya has to get her stitches out today but she scratched her bum and still has scabs so
 I don't know if today is a good day to take her but I hate to keep the collar on her
and she wants to play. She's tired of sleeping. lol
Such a good dog but they understand everything.
I said put the dog down and she began to shake.
I held her and told her she was my best girl. lol
She has another gland lump on her front and I wanted to take
it out but then this bum thing happened so the poor dog needs a
 rest and then go through everything all over again.
Thats what happens when we get old.