Friday, November 4, 2016

This and That

So how has your week been? And what’s new on your end? Have you seen any decent movies or read any good books or had any tasty meals or been to interesting places? Do share below.

We are enjoying some very mild weather. Some plants are still in bloom and the deciduous trees haven’t lost all their leaves yet. There’s even been grass mowing going on throughout the neighbourhood. It is quite remarkable. Of course this will all come to an end at some point because this is Canada and there’s no escaping the snow and the cold that will inevitably arrive.

This week I crossed paths with quite a few impatient and aggressive drivers, which is a little unusual for this area. Most people here are very courteous on the road, which is something that I enjoy tremendously since we moved here from the big city of Montreal where obnoxious and aggressive and discourteous driving is an every day occurrence. It’s something that I was very happy to leave behind. I wrote about it here: Small City Driving


I’ve noticed that I have new followers to my blog and that’s always a wonderful thing. What isn’t wonderful is that I can’t see who they are and/or if they have blogs. Once upon at time you could click on the profile photo on the list and see a link to that person’s blog. Now, not only can’t you see that link but sometimes you don’t even see a profile photo. You just see the number of followers going up with no further information. What’s up with that? I don’t know. If you are new to this blog, I invite you to leave a comment if you haven’t yet, so I can ‘meet’ you and visit your blog if you have one. Come on, don’t be shy. We’re all friendly here.

On Monday, I used my slow cooker for the second time and I have to say that I am in love with it. What took me so long to get one? I’ve no idea. But it’s here and it’s great. This week’s recipe was a delicious potato soup found here. I made a big batch to freeze portions for another day. Oh, and speaking of delicious stuff, I also made Jenn’s apple pie, which she kindly shared the recipe for here. OHMYGOODNESS...so delicous! (Thank you, Jenn!) Have you met her yet? Go here to visit her wonderful blog. She’s such a cool blogging pal. Go.

I discovered another song recently that I’ve played about a bazillion times so far, give or time a few gazillion. That’s how it goes with me. I stumble across a new song that is really catchy and play it over and over and over and over again. I’m sharing it with you below. It's called "Story of My Life" and it's by the English-Irish pop band One Direction. My younger daughter has a friend who resembles one of the band's members, Harry Styles, so much so that I sent her a text message one day that said "Is it just me or does (friend's name) look a little bit like Harry Styles from the band One Direction?" She answered "yeah, he gets that a lot". It seems I'm not the only one that thinks so.

Anyhow, here's the song. And a happy weekend to all!


41 comments:

  1. Having a slow cookwr really changed my life for the better. They are a great thing to have. I watched the video with interest. It was really good. One Direction were better than I thought they'd be. I wouldn't describe myself as a fan, but it'a not the worst thing i've ever heard.

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    1. Same here. I'm not a huge fan of One Direction but there are a few songs that appeal to me.

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  2. Ha, ha road rage kitty is funny! Glad you are gaining followers. I seem to be slowly losing mine.... not sure why. :(

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    1. You might not be, Linda. They may have switched to other ways of following blogs and it doesn't show up on your list.

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  3. Hey hey! Glad you liked the pie. Thanks for the ego boost! I KNEW you would love your slow cooker. If you want to kill two hours or so of perfectly good time, just type in slow cooker meals into Pinterest. I've been through Montreal a few times and I think the only thing worse than being a driver is being a pedestrian! I like a slower pace. Have a fantastic weekend, Martha! -Jenn

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    1. Jenn, I've done exactly that...killed at least a couple of hours on Pinterest looking for slow cooker recipes. It's like the black hole. Once you start down that road, you get swallowed up! HAHA...

      Yes, being a pedestrian is risky business in Montreal! The drivers are so aggressive and it's very unnerving crossing a street.

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  4. Unfortunately where I live, it's nothing but aggressive driving. I'm glad you're liking your slow cooker. They really are the best. Next stop - pressure cooker!

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    1. As I get older, I have less and less tolerance for that type of driving. I'm so happy to be away from it. Every time I visit family in Montreal, I'm reminded of just how stressful being on the road was.

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  5. I am with you on thechanges to new followers. Sheesh

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  6. I don't know how my husband manages it with the commute he does and the aggressiveness of drivers (plus the stupidity of them). So many accidents encountered daily here; must keep the insurance companies and body shops in good business!

    Yum on that potato soup; I think I'm going to make it soon.

    Glad for a bit of warm weather before the dreary cold weather descends upon you all!

    Happy weekend!

    betty

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    1. Aggressive (and stupid) drivers...your husband does have a lot to contend with! I just couldn't do it, Betty. At least not anymore.

      I think you will really like that potato soup. Very easy to make with simple ingredients. And very tasty!

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  7. I had a feeling you would be pleased with your slow cooker.

    Have a great weekend

    All the best Jan

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  8. Hi again ... this may seem an unusual comment.
    But I cannot get onto Jan's lovely blog to see any of her paintings or poems.

    So if she may be reading this or any other regular readers can help ... maybe Martha will not mind being a go between in the comments here!

    Hope all is ok Jan - it just may be blogger playing up?

    All the best Jan

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    1. I'm getting the same response with her blog. I'm not sure what's up and I hope everything is okay! I hope she drops by here and sees these messages. And no problem about being a go between. I'm very happy to do so!

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  9. Hello again Martha ... I've just found Jan - she is here
    https://thecrowandthefadedrose.blogspot.co.uk/

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Jan. That is interesting. Perhaps she just started a new one.

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  10. So I'm not the only one who can't get to visit who's visiting me. I like to be able to visit a blog and decide if I want to follow them.

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    1. You are not the only one. It is frustrating to many of us. I also like to be able to visit other blogs and possibly start following them. Now I don't even which new people are following me!

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  11. Road Rage is cute on a kitty, not so cute on a human. I am fairly new to your blog, but you have visited me at 15andmeowing- thank you. Slow cookers are great inventions. Have a nice weekend!

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  12. Ha! Sounds like we were almost on the same page this week. I tried out our new slow cooker for my second time making potato soup Monday night to eat for lunch Tuesday! I think it cooked a little too long, but it turned out ok.

    No new movies...but my sister has me watching old Lucy episodes with her.

    Sitting in a waiting room Tuesday, I attempted to read some from Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal, but talking with the folks also sitting there was *so* much more interesting. I probably didn't get more than one page read... It's amazing how much a person can have to talk about with and learn from complete strangers! Made my wait go a lot faster.

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    1. That is funny about the soup, Bethany! I have quite a few recipes that I'd like to try in the slow cooker. I'm new to this and I'm experimenting for now, but eventually I'll have a few favourites to add to my binder of recipes.

      Lucy! Oh, that is a funny show. That lady was so entertaining - and energetic!

      And talking with people can be quite interesting, especially in waiting rooms. Some folks are good conversationalists and you can indeed learn so much from them. Or about them!

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  13. my son wants to settle in Canada in few years but is not happy with it's weather because being an Asian we are habitual of an extreme long summers and snowless winters let's see what he decides after completing his studies .

    we also live in small city and only use our car when we have to go out of the city because it is really hard to drive in such mess
    this song is lovely .when i like some new song i also listen it repeatedly

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    1. Winters can be quite hard here in most places but there are some areas (on the west coast) that have much milder weather. It may suit him better. Or he may just get used to the winters!

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  14. I've heard it quite a few times

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  15. Love "Road Rage" kitty...funny here but not on the road.
    We all seem to be in a hurry lately. I wish we could slow down some and enjoy life.
    Happy that you now enjoying your slow cooker...they aren't in any hurry :}
    I am reading Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott...a lovely story of romance, marriage and happiness. My copy was given as a gift to someone at Christmas in 1936...it is almost 80 years old!!!

    Have a beautiful day, Martha~

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    1. I am not going to blog anymore, Martha.
      I just wanted you to know and to thank you for everything...Jan

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    2. That sounds like a lovely story. I'll have to check it out.

      And I'm really sorry to hear about the blogging, Jan. It saddens me but I do understand. You need to do what's right for you. You will be missed. Take care of yourself!

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  16. Road rage kitty is glorious! Glad you are enjoying your slow cooker :o)

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  17. I am the cat on some days!

    Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. HAHAHA! That was funny, Gail :) I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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  18. Happy to hear you are enjoying your slow cooker. I have invested in a couple of slow cooker cookbooks and have used them a LOT. The winter months just beg for comfort food and slow cookers are great for soups and stews.

    I was out driving yesterday and I am just amazed at how rude the drivers are here. That is especially true on parking lots. I could really use some "small town" courteous drivers.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl! It's always so nice to see you here. What slow cooker cookbooks do you have? I'm curios about the titles since I've been looking into that. Any recommendations?

      Parking lots are the worst sometimes. It freaks me out when people drive recklessly there. It's an invitation to trouble!

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  19. I enjoyed your post -

    I've always liked that song since I first heard it!

    And I'm going to follow those links - I love my slow cooker and the soup will be good - I've been wanting to make some.

    I live in a very small town and it's so easy to get around except in summer when the crowds come to the mountains to play in the lake (Splash Island) here at Lake Gregory. We tend to stay away from the main street during those times and take a few neighborhood streets to get us out on to the road going away from town.

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    1. I used to live in a big city with millions of people and now I'm in a smaller one with about 150,000. I can't tell you how much I love not having to deal with the stress of a largely populated area and aggressive driving. During our tourist season, we've also found ways around the busier streets!

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  20. Ugh! bad drivers!!!!!!!!! No blinkers, don't look where they're going, swerve all over the road, blinker right then turn left, cross give way signs, blech!!!!!!

    And yeah, had a thing for One Direction songs a year or so ago before they all went their own way. Got the first four albums on my ipod.

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    1. Some people should never drive! There are those that are aggressive and rude, but there are others that are downright dangerous!

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