Friday, October 31, 2014

If No One Came To The Monster Mash

Happy Halloween, everyone. What are you plans tonight? You’re not planning to go trick or treating are you? ArE YOU?? Perhaps you should check this list first:

You're Too Old For Trick Or Treating If...

- you get winded from knocking on the door.

- you lose your balance and fall over when someone drops a candy bar in your bag.

- people say, "Great Keith Richards mask!" and you're not wearing a mask.

- you're the only super hero in the neighborhood with a walker.

- you have a bag full of restraining orders by the end of the night.

Looks like you’ll be staying home tonight, huh? Aw, now you feel bad. Here, have a mini cupcake. I made a whole bunch of them to send to school with my daughter today.

mom nom nom...

Now that you’re feeling much better, I have a another treat for you! You know the 1962 “Monster Mash” novelty song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett? The one that was released that year just before Halloween and has been a perennial favourite ever since?

Well, what would happen if no one came to the monster mash? Find out in the hilarious parody tune below. If you’re going to watch only one video today, make it this one...



Wishing you all a spooktacular weekend!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

You’re Probably Around My Age If...

...you ever had one of these in your home.


Ah, the rotary phone. A relic from a bygone era...

It’s possible that some of you (the young‘uns) have never used or even seen one of these in real life. But those of us who are at least fourty (and perhaps a teeny tiny bit older) are very familiar with it. And the patience you developed waiting for the dial to return to the original position before being able to dial the next number. Oh, the memories this phone brings back.

Here’s a video from even before my time that will make you smile.



The rotary phone might be obsolete, but one thing’s for sure: it was built like a tank.

Did you ever have one of these in your home?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Question Of The Day

What one rule do you try to live by?



This is my younger daughter:

This is my wonderfully eccentric child.

She is artistically and musically-inclined, sports an unusual hairstyle, dresses like a hipster and has a few piercings, one of them on her nose. And she does all this with my blessing.

Recently she stated that she is very surprised that I’m okay with these ‘unique’ and odd choices to which I replied “Why wouldn’t I be? You get good grades, you don’t drink alcohol or do drugs, you’re responsible and focused, you’ve never been in trouble at school or with the law, and you’re a happy and well rounded young girl. And I’m going to moan over what colour or style your hair is, and about the few piercings you have?

Which brings me to the one rule that I try to live by:
Don’t sweat the small stuff. 

(Incidentally, I love the look my daughter has chosen. She is not afraid to stand apart from the crowd and express herself. I've tried to raise my girls to walk to the beat of their own drum, and it seems like this 17-year-old is doing just that.)

What one rule do you try to live by?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bikes and Sights: The Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden

“Cyclers see considerable more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens.
A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.”
- Dr. K. K. Doty -

We rode our bikes throughout the summer, covered a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time, and discovered interesting places and hidden spaces here, there and everywhere.

Like this gem that is a real treat for the senses...



This memorial garden is dedicated to the past president and former board member of Ongwanada; a non-profit organization that offers a wide range of individualized services and community support to hundreds of people with developmental disabilities and their families in Kingston and Eastern Ontario.



The first of its kind in my lovely city, the Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden is a therapeutic garden dedicated to sensory rich stimuli.

A variety of textures and shapes for fingers to explore.

Brightly coloured flowers to please the eye.

Herbs and edible plants to stimulate the taste buds.

Fragrant herbs and sweet-smelling blooms to tickle the nose.

Horticultural therapy is recognized as a practical and viable treatment, and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities benefit from such a well designed and peaceful setting.


This stone area can be filled with water for an interesting change to the environment.




And this remarkably soul-soothing, stress-relieving, mind-clearing and spirit-renewing garden is open to everyone, free of charge.




The Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, and we will visit it again and again.



Do you have anything like this in your area?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging friends. Did you all have a nice weekend? I certainly hope so. And if you didn’t, I hope the week ahead proves better. Our weather wasn’t very nice and we mostly stayed put. But we did spend some time outside in the garden tidying up and putting things away. It’s sad to see all the beautiful flowers coming to an end, but such is the cycle of the seasons. In any case, both the garden and I can use the break and return refreshed, fully energized and enthusiastic about a new season in the spring.

Now, let’s get to the funny stuff, shall we? Today it’s all about Halloween, which is just around the corner...









Wishing you all a beautiful day!

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