Friday, May 31, 2013

Sunny Side Up

"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."
- Edwin Denby -

I’d like to end the week with a video of an adorable bird that has more rhythm than most people I know.

I wish you all a glorious weekend!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brain Teasers To Test Your Mind’s Sharpness

And now, it’s time for something a little different. Brain teasers! Why? I dunno. It just seems interesting. They’re all short questions that’ll take no time at all to answer, so try them out and see how you do. I learned one thing from this: not to do these exercises at 6:00 AM when my brain is foggy from sleep. I failed miserably. (bows head in shame)

Let’s get to it...

10 Brain Teasers To Test Your Mind Sharpness

(The answers are below, but don’t check them before you've made a sincere effort to answer all the questions.)

1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

3. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

4. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

5. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

6. Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

7. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

8. If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

9. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”

10. A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field?


1. Johnny.

2. Meat.

3. There is no dirt in a hole.

4. Mt. Everest. It just wasn’t discovered yet.

5. Incorrectly (except when it is spelled incorrecktly).

6. Billie lives in the southern hemisphere.

7. You can’t take a picture with a wooden leg. You need a camera (or iPad or cell phone) to take a picture.

8. You would be in 2nd place. You passed the person in second place, not first.

9. Neither. Egg yolks are yellow.

10. One. If he combines all his haystacks, they all become one big stack.

How did you do? Hopefully much better than me...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Single Photograph

"The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility."
- Swami Sivananda -

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What If Money Was No Object?

What would you do if you won the lottery and money was no longer an object? Not what would you buy or what debts you’d pay off. Forget about all that. Just think about what you would do. With your time.

Would you travel the world? I know I would. With camera in hand, of course. And the most amazing man in the world by my side. He’s terrific company, and I never leave home without him.

Would you move somewhere else? I’m not sure about that. I’d love to live in a warmer area, but I also love where I live. Decisions, decisions... Maybe I’d just buy a house on a tropical island and spend winter there. Yes, I can live with that.

Would you volunteer your time? I’d like to think that I would. In between traveling the world and vacationing on a tropical island in the winter.

Would you eat out more often? I don’t see myself doing this. My preference has always been homemade meals. Restaurants just aren’t the same. Of course, having my own personal cook, well...

Would you hold down a job? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There’s no way I’d work when I don’t have to! I’ve heard people say they’d get bored. Seriously? I can think of tons of ways to fill up my day. Between traveling the world, vacationing on a tropical island in the winter and volunteering my me, I wouldn’t get bored.

So...what would you do if money was no object?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Chuckles and Chortles

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was great, and I must say that I am very pleased with my decision to stop blogging on Saturday and Sunday. It's given me time to concentrate on other things like gardening and photography.

But now it's Monday, and the start of a brand new week. Let's start it off right with a chuckle or two...

Country Songs That Didn’t Quite Make It

- Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth Cause I'm Kissing You Good-bye

- I Sold A Car To A Guy Who Stole My Girl, But It Don't Run So We're Even

- I Wouldn't Take Her To A Dog Fight, Cause I'm Afraid She'd Win

- I've Got Tears In My Ears From Lying On My Back Cryin' Over You

- If I Had Shot You When I Wanted To, I'd Be Out By Now

- My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don't Love You

- She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger

- You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat

- Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure

- She's Looking Better After Every Beer


A wonderful week to all of you!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sunny Side Up

"To get all there is out of living, we must employ our time wisely, never being in too much
of a hurry to stop and sip life, but never losing our sense of the enormous value of a minute."
- Robert Updegraff -

The last post of the week is an entertaining compilation of people running for trains in slow motion. Which is your running-to-catch-the-train style? The getaway? The high heel shuffle? The stampede? Or one of the others? I had a hard time choosing because I fall into many of the categories, but if I had to settle on one, it would be the “I’m not running run”.

(If you can’t see the video here or on Vimeo, try it at this location on YouTube.)

Make it a great weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Playing Tourist In Our Own City

Since we haven’t won the lottery to be able to tour the world, the most amazing man in the world (aka hubby) and I tour our city, and its surroundings. Which is fine. Because Kingston, Ontario is a remarkable area. One of our recent travels took us to our city’s highest point of land: Point Henry.

On this elevated stretch of land you’ll find Fort Henry, a major attraction in the city, which was originally built during the war of 1812 to protect the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard from a possible attack from the United States.

We did not tour Fort Henry this time around because it’s quite large, and since we didn’t intend to stay long, we decided to return for a more thorough visit in the future. Today’s photos are taken around the grounds outside of the Fort. The image below is of the East Branch Tower that was constructed between 1845 and 1848.

This tower was built to defend the ditch and the surrounding waters. It was designed to mount a single 24-pounder cannon on the top platform. After 1863, it was used as family housing for fort enlisted men.

We did walk up higher to take a closer look.

The tower is massive, extraordinary, and beautifully preserved.

It’s difficult to fathom that we ever had conflict with our neighbours to the south.

The East Branch Tower faces Cedar Island where you’ll find the Cathcart Tower, which was built in 1848.

This limestone tower is surrounded by a shallow ditch and by a glacis extending to the shorelines on three sides.

Cathcart Tower’s guns covered the eastern approaches of Kingston Harbour.

On the other side, you’ll find the West Branch Tower, which was also designed to mount a single 24-pounder cannon on the top platform, and was used as family barracks after 1863.

Right across is downtown Kingston...

...and that’s where we headed after this have ice cream. Because every day is a good day for ice cream.

I hope you enjoyed a quick glimpse of one of my beautiful city’s historical sites. There’ll be more in the future.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Single Photograph

“Life is like a mountain; the climb is hard, but when you reach the top, the view is amazing.”
- author unknown -

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In The Garden

With the crazy weather in the past few months, growth in the garden is late this year. The plants are surfacing slowly, but at least they are surfacing. There is a lot to do in the backyard, and I’ve spent a lot of time out there. And despite how exhausted I become, it’s the type of exhaustion that I welcome. Below are some of the sightings in the garden...

The bulbs are all done, but it was a wonderful show while it lasted.

“Goodbye my lovely daffodils. I’ll see you all next year!”

One of my favourite early perennials is the lovely Euphorbia polychroma with its beautiful yellow blooms that practically glow in the dark.

This is Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'. I added it to the garden for its gorgeous foliage.

Iris pallida ‘Aureo Variegata’ produces very attractive blooms, but the foliage is also spectacular.

You can’t go wrong with hardy English Primrose.

This is an ideal shade plant; one of my favourite things about it.

Oh, those wonderful columbines. I want to grow all of them. This one is Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Mellow Yellow’

And finally for today, the astounding blooms of Pulsatilla vulgaris.

This perennial produces crocus-like flowers in shades of lilac to violet-purple.

It is drought tolerant once it’s established, and it blooms a second time later in the season.

It is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring; a very welcome sight after a long, cold winter.

And that’s all for now. There are many beautiful flowers coming up, and I look forward to them all gracing my garden.

Have a great day, everyone.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Chuckles and Chortles

Time to laugh it up with a round of funny cat images...

And of course, my favourite feline...