Dec 24, 2011
Did you ever have an Auntie Mame? You know what I mean. The wild, madcap Aunt. The fun Aunt.
My darling Aunt Gertie. I hadn't seen her in many, many years but it seems like just last week she had me laughing my head off.
She would make you put on wigs and act silly. She would drive like a maniac down the highway yelling at the top of her lungs "Watch out McDonalds" (taken from an old tv commercial)
She would dress in the most....interesting ways and we always wondered what she would have on when she was coming over.
Her sense of humour was quick and saucy. I can't even repeat here some of the stuff she said on here but I will tell those stories for years to come.
So with a sad heart I say goodbye to my mother's sister more commonly known with love in our family as Dirty Gertie...rest in peace Widow Brown.
Gertrude Champagne -
March 24, 1928 to December 24, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
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Dec 17, 2011
and all of us seniors were looking our best.
Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry;
Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.
A bedsock was taped to each walker, in hope
That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.
We surely were lucky to be there with friends,
Secure in this residence and in our Depends.
Our grandkids had sent us some Christmasy crafts,
Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts.
The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth,
And from them she'd crafted a holiday wreath.
The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row,
Reflecting our candle's magnificent glow.
Our supper so festive -- the joy wouldn't stop --
Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.
Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great,
Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.
The social director then had us play games,
Like "Where Are You Living?" and "What Are Your Names?"
Old Grandfather Looper was feeling his oats,
Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats.
Our resident wand'rer was tied to her chair,
In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.
Security lights on the new fallen snow
Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.
Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter
(But we are so deaf that it just didn't matter).
A strange little fellow flew in through the door,
Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.
'Twas just our director, all togged out in red.
He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.
We knew from the way that he strutted and jived
Our social- security checks had arrived.
We sang -- how we sang -- in our monotone croak,
Till the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke.
And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds.
While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.
And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest.
'fore long you'll be with us, We wish you the best!
Dec 11, 2011
Not this year. I don’t know what has happened but they are dropping like flies around here. Well they are dropping anyways.
First of all I pulled out a box with some lovely Carollers that were a gift from one of my sisters several years ago.
I have no idea what happened to them. Three of them have been decapitated and one has been hobbled.
What is even more strange is that there are only 2 heads. That is just weird. I don’t know when they fell or where.
Next when my eldest son stopped in for a visit he bumped my NOEL figurines that were on the window ledge. Now we are pretty much waiting for Jodie Foster to show up and tell us about “a tay inna wan”. (movie reference..remember Nel(l)
Lastly, at least I hope it is lastly, my poor little reindeer took a tumble when my younger son opened the kitchen window. I know they shed their antlers but this is a bad time for this to happen being Christmas and all.This is the kind of stuff you expect when you have toddlers in the house not when everyone is all grown up.
Fingers crossed we will have no more casualties this year. And Jodie Foster…if you are reading this….I loved your movie Nel(l).
Dec 9, 2011
Do you want a great hostess gift idea? Or a great no fuss dinner you can pull out on a busy morning to have that night?
This is so easy and makes an unusual hostess gift. Much more useful than a box of chocolates.
1 package puff pastry, thawed
1 pork tenderloin
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups mushrooms of any type sliced
2 slices of bacon, chopped
1 teaspoons herbs de Provence
3 tablespoons grainy mustard
salt and pepper
- Place in a colander over a bowl and allow to cool and drain, stirring several times.
- Trim all fat and silverskin from pork.
- Spread the mushroom mixture on top of the mustard.
- Spread remaining mustard over top of pork.
- Cut two slits in the top and decorate with puff pastry cut outs if you have any extra.
- Brush the top with egg wash too.
- Lift onto a piece of tin foil an close slightly and place in the freezer. When frozen you can wrap it down tightly.
- Decorate foil and add baking instructions.
(Thaw in fridge. Must be cold when you put it in the oven. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve)
Dec 6, 2011
Bit by bit I am getting there. Getting all my Christmas decorations out. Getting the house ready for Christmas.
As usual the Santa figures are taking over the house. Too many? I don’t care. I love them all. They will get moved around as the days go on. I still have more that have not been put on the hutch yet. It is a process…lol.
Dec 3, 2011
70 above: Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
People in Canada go swimming in the Lakes.
60 above: North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.
People in Canada plant gardens.
50 above: Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Canada sunbathe.
40 above: Italian & English cars won't start
People in Canada drive with the windows down.
32 above: Distilled water freezes
In Canada Lake Superior's water gets thicker.
20 above: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and wooly hats
People in Canada throw on a flannel shirt.
15 above: Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Canada have the last cookout before it gets cold.
0 degrees: People in Miami all die...
Canadians lick the flagpole.
20 below: Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Canada get out their winter coats.
40 below: Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Canada are selling cookies door to door.
60 below: Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
Canadian Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it gets cold enough.
80 below: Mt. St. Helens freezes.
Canadians feel a chill.
100 below: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadians get frustrated because they can't thaw the keg.
297 below: Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products.
Cows in Canada complain about farmers with cold hands.
460 below: ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero in the Kelvin scale).
People in Canada start saying, "Cold 'nuff for ya, eh?"
500 below: Hell freezes over.
The Vancouver Canucks win the Stanley Cup.
Dec 2, 2011
This year I will be ready for Christmas without all the stress of last year.
I had been at home for the past 25 years or so and have always gone all out for Christmas. We also do a Boxing Day (Dec. 26 for those who don’t know) open house for as many people as show up. Food is a main part of this day.
I had a lot of time to prepare, bake, decorate and shop. I started early and went full speed ahead with a smile on my face and heart.
I went back to work full time about 2 years ago and last year I was the first time I was completely strapped for time and energy for my Christmas preparations.
I didn’t prepare the kinds of foods that I normally would and although it is more about the friends and family who come by this was not okay with me. The guests always offer to bring food too but that is not what I want. Any other time of the year sure but Christmas is different.
I also didn’t finish decorating the house the way I usually do either.
NO. NO. NO. Not this year.
I have taken a week holiday from work starting on Monday so I can get things done. Many people would think I am crazy but it makes me happy to get ready for Christmas. I would rather do this than go away for a week. Really.
When I was a child Christmas was not a happy time since my mother had little money and we were often relying on the generosity of others for gifts. The food hamper was the only way we had a traditional turkey dinner.
It is important to me to have things in my home the way I want for Christmas. It is not that I want perfection. It isn’t about a spotless house because I assure you that will never happen. It is about setting the stage. It is about setting the tone, the feeling.
And this year I will have it back again. Now I have to get ready for my last day of work…… for now.
Dec 1, 2011
Those of you who “know” me know that I love Christmas. My favourite celebration.
You also know that I collect old fashioned Father Christmas pieces. Not the jolly Coca Cola types but the St. Nicholas types. I have about 130+ in my collection.
The one above is one that I have painted myself and is one of my favourites.
Nov 26, 2011
The following is a quote from a comment I made on Facebook on November 13th.
I have a leak in my car...did I mention I have a leak in my car...a leak, remember? I am sure I mentioned several times over the last couple months that I have a leak in my car...a leak...as in musty smell and my radio turning off and on all on its own...leaking...in my car....tons of moisture inside my windows...did I mention that? Right.
Just went to go to Costco....opened my car door in the driveway and found 2 inches of water in the car and it won't start....
Jeez...I am sure I mentioned that I must have a leak at some point over the last 2 months...didn't I?”
Honestly no one paid attention to my concerns. I could walk up to my car with the keys still in my hand and the radio would be playing loud and clear in the car. The radio was running directly off the battery and I couldn’t shut it off. Have you seen the Stephen King movie Christine? Ya. Like that.
Last weekend my rear windshield wiper started to run all on its own. Couldn’t shut it off and had to keep squirting washer fluid so it wasn’t scraping on a dry window. This made the demon possessed self playing radio seem like a minor detail.
Well my car is now fixed. Another $500.00 down the drain or should I say to help it drain. They removed my seats and carpets to dry everything out over 5 days.
Meanwhile they were looking for the leak. Turns out there are drainage channels for the sunroof and they were clogged with debris so the rain was pouring right into my car and playing havoc with the electrical system. The sunroof doesn’t leak at all…it was just the clogged drainage channels. Good to know people.
So tell me this. When you have a concern about your car or your appliances or anything like that does it take a major meltdown before it gets the attention it deserves or does the more mechanical person in your life attend to the issues right away?
Did I mention that I had a leak in my car?
Nov 22, 2011
Oh my gosh we had a wind storm last night. The wind kicked up yesterday and it really went crazy.
I live in an area with a lot of very tall cedar trees around and they are not known for hanging on to their branches in a storm. Not only the branches were down but all the dried bits too. They turned the streets brown.
I sent my son out the front door to take down the Welcome Autumn sign on my front door because it was banging and crashing against the door.
The inevitable happened and the power shut down around 2:00 am with a big bang. The streets became very quiet and dark. The wind kept right on blowing and 83,000 homes in the lower mainland and up the coast were without power.
There is a lot to be concerned about when the power goes out. How long before you have a furnace again. The fridge and freezer need to be kept closed. And the most important issue of all…..HOW IS LORI GOING TO HAVE HER MORNING CUP OF COFFEE. SERIOUSLY!!!!HOW?????
Lucky for me we have a gas stove. We had to ignite it with a lighter but we were cooking. I put on a kettle of water and put the coffee filter holder in place on the pot. In no time at all we had our hot morning coffee and all was right in my world.
I live close to where I work and there was no power there either. Although our phones were working we had no access to our computers. Can you believe that people who called into our company were actually angry with us because we couldn’t help them due to a power outage? I know!!!!
LUCKY FOR THEM I HAD ALREADY HAD MY MORNING CUP OF COFFEE.
Nov 18, 2011
We have noticed a bit of a phenomenon with our dog. Throughout the years when Friday would roll around our dog would get all antsy in the morning. She knew that on Fridays my BB Guy would be going to the cabin and she most likely would be going too. She would pace and she would follow him all over. Even before he would start to pack up she would start because she knew what day it was.
I remember my sister telling me about the time she had her daughter's dog for a week. On the day they were coming home the dog started to wait at the top of the stairs. My sister told him to go lay down because they were not expected until late that night. No way. He stood his ground and an hour or so later there they were in the driveway, coming home that morning instead of that night.
Well tonight we were sitting having dinner and the dog was quietly lying on the floor not really paying any attention to us when suddenly she jumped up and ran over to my BB Guy. I made her go back and lay down but it seemed so strange that she would just leap up and head over to him in the middle of our meal. I asked him if he was just thinking about her and he said he was just thinking that she had been laying down so nicely that he would save a piece of pork chop for her. Honestly, this is really kind of freaky.
Have you ever had this sort of thing happen?
Nov 15, 2011
I came across a fun product that I thought I would share with you.
I am not being compensated for this in any way. I just really enjoyed their presentation that I saw at a Christmas show last year and asked them if I could share their video with you.
They have a great web site with more videos but I will go with the one that I saw originally.
These guys say it best…..taken from their own website……..As can easily be guessed, yes, alcohol was involved. One night while Tony's mouth was running a little too freely from the talking juice, a friend picked up one of his traditional Canadian wool socks from the floor, threw it at Tony, and told him to "put a sock in it". Instead of in it, Tony put it on it, on his head. Wearing the sock around the apartment while consuming some more of Uncle Tom's magic cough syrup, Tony's creative juices got flowing. Somehow he was able to envision a toque made from these socks and thought it would be a good gag for the upcoming Christmas season. A visit to Walmart° for some socks, a local fabric shop for some fleece, and a few hours tutorial from his mother on the family sewing machine, soon Tony had a working prototype of the Pook Toque'. It took a few bags of socks wasted to get the right sizing of the cuts, but finally the toque came to its present form, and what a toque it is. The original demand Tony received from friends and relatives that found it to be a great toque got Tony to thinking there might be enough crazy people out there willing to wear it.
You can also download the instruction guides. Now how many hats do you know of that come with a guide on how to wear it. It is a different look every day. Stop in and visit their fun website and tell them Lori sent you.
I am in no way affiliated with this company nor am I receiving any compensation for this post. I just like to share fun things with you.
Nov 13, 2011
So sad to hear of the passing of Evelyn Lauder at age 75. You may not know the name but you know the symbol.
She helped created the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness in 1992.
She was married to the son of Estee Lauder and worked in the family business for years. Someone with some clout to get recognition for the cause.
Sadly she died of non-genetic ovarian cancer. My Grand-niece has raised money for research for this and other “Women’s” cancers in the past. I have posted about her before here
Though Michelle’s fundraising group has a clever name of Walkers For Knockers they are very serious about drawing attention and dollars to combat these awful cancers.
So to Evelyn Lauder and to all those who fundraise, research, donate, treat and caretake I salute your efforts.
Rest In Peace Evelyn Lauder.
Nov 12, 2011
Thank you so much to Kathy Reed who let me know that there was a problem with one of my posts.
I have had this happen before. Another blogger has added something to their site and it has suspicious elements in it causing a virus type malware warning when you clicked on my post.
Why does it show on my blog? Because this person is in my blog roll on my sidebar ergo guilt by association.
Now I am sure it is innocent. The last time this happened it was because the blogger had put a falling snow gadget on their site that had malware code in it. Shut her right down.
If any of you know The Mom Nerd you should email her and let her know that Google has flagged her blog and is sending out this warning. Advise her it is likely in a gadget or that she is following another blog that has malware.
You will have to remove the blog from your blog roll on your sidebar or your blog will also be flagged because your blog contains a link to the offending blog. Whew, that was a mouthful.
Anyway thanks again to Kathy for the heads up.
Nov 5, 2011
It wasn’t that long ago when the internet was thought to be a passing faze.
Sure it was an interesting idea but people would never give up their newspapers or library books would they? It wouldn’t matter to the general public would it?
The Today show in 1994 showed its hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble as completely clueless about the internet and email addresses, not even knowing what the @ symbol was.
That was not even 20 years ago.
I used to read the newspaper every morning. Now I get my news online from various sources. I often bring up a topic to my husband while he is still reading the paper beside me that he has not got to yet. Even with the morning news on in the background I have more information online faster than the t.v. is showing especially with the commercial breaks.
How many of you go online when you or a family member is not well to seek out clues and solutions before you go to a doctor?
A stack of cookbooks? They may look impressive in your kitchen but you probably head to the computer with your list of ingredients and choose from hundreds of dishes with mouth watering photos.
Decorating your home everyday or for holidays? Sure magazines have lots of ideas but the internet search you do will bring up the most creative ideas from around the world.
Where are you going on holiday? All your research can be done online along with reviews and even ticket bookings.
Genealogy is one of the biggest topics online with people connecting to their family lines everywhere. It is an industry in itself now with the most amazing old documents available from anywhere in the world. This type of information is especially near and dear to me since I became a genealogy researcher. I never would have gotten as far as I have with my research without the internet.
Online shopping? Oh ya! Store hours and locations, restaurant menus, music, books, advice, lessons, trivia, social media….oh don’t even get me started on that …Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and all the others. I-Phones and apps, digital cameras…….
Then there is blogging. What crazy wonderful thing is this blogging phenomenon? Anyone can write a “newspaper” of sorts, even me, and people will read it? You must be joking! I never would have believed that one. Mind you there are still some people who have no idea what a blog is. I KNOW!!!!!
Do we spend too much time on the internet. Sometimes yes but we also used to spend too much time in front of the television just staring at it. At least on the computer I am interactive with what I am looking at. I am searching, commenting, thinking, doing while pursuing and enjoying the information.
Nov 1, 2011
There is a wonderful blog out my way called The Greenhouse Diaries and the most wonderful host there Tamara.
Tamara and her family own many large greenhouses and supply many of the big stores with their yearly mums, poinsettias and other plants.
They also have the cutest little storefront where you can get really healthy plants, decorating items and antiques all in one stop.
Tamara and the management at Darvonda Nurseries are having a contest to get you in the decorating mood for Christmas.
The Great Poinsettia Decorating Challenge is running from now until the middle of December. They are always thinking at Darvonda. They are offering a $50.00 gift card to the Olive Garden to the winner but if you don’t have an Olive Garden near you they will offer the same amount to a restaurant near you.
As a fellow Canadian I really appreciate this thinking because most contests out there are only available in the USA. This one is available to everyone.
So get your decorating mojo working and join in with Tamara and the group at Darvonda.
Tell her Lori sent you. !
Oct 30, 2011
I came home to this beautiful bouquet on Wednesday. They were from my dear friend Maryanne. Thank you Maryanne.
They came from a floral department not far from where I live. What a nice surprise. Of course I had to phone and thank Maryanne for the flowers.
She wasn’t home so I left a message with her husband saying how nice they were and thank you very, very much. Maryanne lives close to me and to this floral department.
I then had to return some phone calls that had come in. I called my other friend Maryanne who had called me earlier that week.
The first thing she asked me was if I got the flowers she had sent me……Did I mention this was my OTHER MARYANNE FRIEND?
Doh!!!! Had to call Maryanne’s husband back and tell him the whole thank you thing was off and he could just say hi to his Maryanne for me. Forget the whole flower thingy.
Both of these Maryannes also brought me flowers in early October when they were both here for Thanksgiving dinner. No wonder I am so confused. Yes! That is why. Sigh.