Thursday, July 28, 2016

Like Zombies

When my best friend was in town last week, we took her downtown for dinner and after we ate we headed over to popular, waterfront Confederation Park, which is located across the street from City Hall.

And all of a sudden, 'they' began to arrive...

Gathering in groups.

Huddled together. Staring down at their phones.

Not paying attention to their surroundings, only what was happening on their screen.

It was surreal. And pretty creepy, too.

The most amazing man in the world and I have been to this park countless times in the seven years we've lived in this city and we've never seen anything like it. Masses of people being directed - and controlled - by a game!

Has the Pok√©mon Go craze invaded your area? That game that has people walking around in a zombie-like state? And searching for imaginary creatures? Are you a victim of this?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! How are you all doing? I hope the weekend was good to you. My best friend, Cathy, was here for a couple of days last week. She and I have known each other since we were four. We have been there for one another for the past 47 years and have walked side by side in this journey we call life. We have laughed and played and cried together. She is the kindest, most thoughtful and loving person I know, and I'm blessed and honoured to be her friend. For two days we chatted up a storm and walked for miles. It was wonderful having her here.

Here we are on one of our marathon walks on a very hot and humid day!

Cathy on the left, me on the right.

Do you have a friend who is really special?

While you think about that, here's some funny stuff...

Have a good one!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Question Of The Day

I see...
Are you serious?

(I actually had trouble coming up with some.)

Your turn!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Don’t Put Your Foot In Your Mouth

One of the dumbest things anyone has ever said to me is: “ least you had some time together. If he’d had a fatal heart attack and died suddenly, you wouldn’t have had that opportunity.

This was said to me at the funeral home the day before my father was buried. My dad was diagnosed with cancer December 2006, right before Christmas. Three weeks later, he ended up in the hospital with complications. During that period, which lasted for almost 21 days, he suffered through the inability to eat or drink or use the bathroom, painful tests, probing physicians and three heart failures. The third one killed him.

Watching him suffer and deteriorate daily was bad enough (he’d been a physically strong man all his life) but when he lost his will to live, it was unbearable. He’d always been an easygoing, witty (I got my humour gene from him) and upbeat person. And the disease took all that away from him. It literally broke him. And the people who loved him.

So no, that time with my father wasn’t a bonus. Or welcome. There were days when we wished his suffering would end. And there were moments that I believed that a fatal heart attack from the get-go would have been better for him and for us. But that’s not true. I know that if that had happened, I would have wished for the extended stay. Because what it comes down to is that there is no ‘good way’ to lose a loved one. Grief is grief.

Hey, I get it; people don’t know what to say when someone dies. It’s a very uncomfortable situation to be in. But after losing two very close and beloved family members within four years (my father and brother), I’ve learned one thing: when you don’t know what to say, say very little, so you don’t put your foot in your mouth. And you don’t upset or frustrate the bereaved.

Keep it short and keep it simple. Use short phrases like:

“I’m sorry for your loss”
“My condolences to you and your family.”
“I’m sorry about (insert name/relation). Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.”
"I was deeply saddened to hear of (name of the deceased)'s passing. My heartfelt condolences."

Touch an arm, hug if you’re close. Then stop talking. Just stop. And move away.

If you can’t help yourself because you’re a chatterer, don’t talk about illnesses or suffering or death. Instead, share some happy memories of the deceased to show how much s/he was admired, respected and loved. Those types of stories are always appreciated and they help ease the grief.

But never, ever say that the people left behind are lucky because the way their loved one died is better. It's never better. Death is forever.

What is one of the dumbest things anyone has ever said to you?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

If Only Genetic Research Could Do This...

Earlier today I shared a link on my Facebook page to a news article about the plan for 500 elephants to be tranquilized and moved to a larger preserve. This massive effort will be going on this month, next month and again next year. It’s a lengthy and tedious project, as you can imagine, but certainly an important one.

Apparently, conservationists are doing this to protect the threatened African elephant population from poaching and human encroachment. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are estimated to be only about 470,000 of these beautiful animals left in the wild, down from several million last century. This saddens me. Angers me. MaKEs. mE. CRazY. Why can't humans just stop behaving like assholes and start respecting the planet and all living beings on it?

Now here's a thought:

With all the genetic research going on, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the asshole gene could be located and deleted from humanity? And the greed gene. Yeah, that one, too. Along with a few others. Can you think of some that could be removed to make this a better world? I’m sure you can! Go ahead and share them...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. What have you been up to? How are you doing? Was the weekend nice to you? Ours was nice enough to encourage us to get out and about, particularly yesterday when we loaded ourselves and our bikes onto the ferry in the downtown area and headed to Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands.

The ferry operates year round throughout the day, holds approximately 55 cars and 294 passengers per trip and is free. It's fun to take a ride over to explore the island and get a glimpse of Kingston while headed there. We did some cycling, worked up an appetite and headed back to our downtown area to have dinner on a patio. Because the weather was so spectacular. That was our day. What about you? How'd you spend your Sunday? I'd love to hear all about it.

While you think about that, I'll put together some funny stuff for you.

Have a good one!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What I’ve Learned In My Life So Far

I've learned that...

Just an observation!
And a quick post (I'm pressed for time today!) to make everyone smile.

Have a nice Thursday, everyone.

** Don't try this at home, kids! Or anywhere else... **

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Question Of The Day

Almond Milk
Greek yogurt
Maple syrup (Canada, eh?)
Hot peppers

Your turn!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! How are you all doing? How was the weekend? How is summer going so far? I don't have anything new to share on this beautiful, sunny morning, so let's get right to the funny stuff.

Away we go...

Have a good one!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

You're Probably Around My Age If... know who this character is:

Yup, that's Alfred E. Neuman; the fictitious mascot and cover boy of the American humour magazine, MAD, which was founded in 1952. My two brothers and I, along with many friends, were huge fans back in the 70s when I was much, MUCH, oh so much younger.

I would read it from cover to cover because it was that good. But one of my absolute favourite series in the magazine was 'The Shadow Knows', cartoons that would depict people in a normal setting while the shadows on the wall showed what they really wanted to do. Here's an example:

This satirical publication was the best. And a major contributor to my wacky sense of humour and hugely slightly warped mind!

How about you? Do you know this magazine? Did you ever read it?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fill In The Blank

Photograph by Ed Sheeran

My latest obsession earworm.
Yesterday alone, I listened to it 100 multiple times.
Have a listen with this video.

What was the last song you listened to?

Monday, July 4, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone, and happy 4th of July to my southern friends. I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely weekend. We were on the go go go for a couple of days. On Saturday we drove to Cornwall, Ontario to explore the area and do some biking. We were pleasantly surprised at the area's extensive and beautiful bike paths. It was a chilly and windy day but we dressed appropriately and had a great time.

Then yesterday...!!!...we drove to Ottawa where my younger daughter is living and studying, and met up at her place with the rest of the family: my brother and his wife, and my older daughter and her boyfriend. Last Sunday my older daughter turned 24 and yesterday the younger one turned 19, so it was a double birthday celebration and a family reunion. Lunch, a visit to the historical ByWard market in the heart of the city, coffee, dessert and a whole lot of catching up. It was the best day. The absolute best.

And now it's time for some funny stuff.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada, Eh?

Culturally diverse
Wonderfully progressive
And stunningly beautiful
This is Canada

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks! And happy weekend to everyone.