Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Week

Have you ever made a decision that you thought was smart and it turned out to be the opposite? When that happens, the most amazing man in the world and I say “We had a bad case of the clevers”. That’s what we were inflicted with recently. We ordered a kitchen table and instead of having it delivered, we thought we’d save on substantial shipping costs and go pick it up. Our first mistake was not getting the measurements of the box. Our second mistake was planning to pick it up on the west island of Montreal because “it would be a fun day trip”. We found out that the box didn’t fit in our SUV. Yeah. To make a long story short, we couldn’t pick it up and they wouldn't deliver to Ontario and it would have cost a fortune to rent a van, so the most amazing man in the world had to sheepishly ask a friend with a trailer for help. We’re still joking about this incident and our “bad case of the clevers”.



Last night we watched a 2008 documentary called “The End Of Poverty?” that left us a little anxious and even a little angry. Because humans can be really shitty. Narrated by Martin Sheen, it explains how global poverty didn’t just happen. That it began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in seizure of land, minerals and forced labour. It goes on to explain that the problem continues today because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies imposed upon poor countries by the wealthy ones. You’ll learn how 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than earth can regenerate. If you’ve ever asked yourself why poverty still exists when there is so much wealth in the world, consider watching this film. We watched it for free on YouTube. Here’s the link: The End of Poverty?



Speaking of watching stuff, did my Canadian friends ever watch the TV show ‘The Littlest Hobo”? The series (1963-65, 1979-1985) follows the adventures of an unnamed, extremely intelligent and heroic German Shepherd who wanders from place to place befriending and helping people in need. And when his job is done, he heads off to continue his cross-country drifting and his adventures in ‘saving the day’. I was a huge fan of this iconic Canadian television program and for the longest time I wanted a German Shepherd. Of course that was never going to happen but one can certainly dream. The reason I bring this up is because I ran across the show’s intro recently and decided to watch it for old time’s sake. Well, let me tell you, the theme song, which is quite catchy, has been playing in my head for days. And now I’m going to share it with you. Go ahead, click on it. I dare you.



Incidentally, the song is “Maybe Tomorrow” by Terry Bush and you can find the original and full version here.


Once upon a time I used to enjoy paint-by-number kits and I’m thinking of getting back into it. I figure it’ll be a great way to relax, just like it is with adult colouring books that I have quite an assortment of. I’m not the most gifted person in them but I like to dabble in different types of arts and crafts. They’re not only fun but also a very creative form of meditation. Does anyone do this type of painting? Do you enjoy other forms of arts and crafts? Share your thoughts!

Maybe I should start with an easy one.

Yesterday I finished my 23rd book of the year, which means I surpassed my 2017 reading challenge on Goodreads where I committed to 22 books. I’m 10 books ahead of schedule and I’m curious to see what the count will be at the end of the year. Do you enjoy reading? I’m a shameless bookaholic. Right now I’m enjoying ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’, the fourth novel in the Millennium series. The creator of the first three was Stieg Larsson. Tragically, he died of a heart attack in 2004 and the series is being continued by David Lagercrantz.


That’s it for today. I seem to ramble on in these posts and I hope I haven’t put anyone to sleep.

Have a wonderful weekend!

43 comments:

  1. Intersting read.
    I like to pencil draw and paint with acrylics. And of course crochet. Heck Im always looking for a craft and Im guilty of playing with my adult coloring app during church service.
    Lisa

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    1. Sounds like fun! Dabbling in arts and crafts is always great. Now that we're empty nesters, I have the urge to try new things.

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  2. Hey Martha, how are you doing? 🙆‍♂️ Oh bugger Coventry are losing. I watched 'the little hobo' Then Kirk said what the hell are you watching? I've never been so embarrassed in my life. It was like being found wearing ladies knickers. Ok, but that was just the once.

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  3. Just like the 1% debates, if so many people are poor but some are so rich, it's because one side is stealing it one way or another

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    1. It's a very unfair balance. Too few people have/use more than they need while others are starving to death. Greed is one of the worst traits in humans.

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  4. I think I will adopt the "case of the clevers" saying-genius! (pun intended) ;o)

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    1. Christine, I must say that I'm a little confused about the IKEA reference!

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  6. That song is darned catchy. I probably would have loved that show. You can't have a German Shepherd now?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Technically I could. But I'm not capable of committing to taking care of a dog right now. Just got rid of the kids...LOL... Maybe in the future. Plus, now I'm in love with huskies, so there's that.

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  7. I can empathize with your case of the cleavers. It happens here all the time. Yesterday it was changing tap washers.

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    1. I'm guessing there's an interesting story behind that. Perhaps you can share it with us!

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  8. My hubby used to watch The Littlest Hobo (63-65) when he was a kid so I got them from Netflix at one point and watched them with him, it was a good show. I didn't realize there was a remake of it.
    Glad you had a friend to help with the table, I thought you were going to have to return it.
    Good job already getting past the amount of books you challenged yourself to read. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. We are so grateful to his friend! He really came through. Now we owe him :)

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  9. I love your saying "the bad case of the clevers". Better than getting (too) upset about it. At least there was an eventual solution to the problem. We'll have to see a picture of the table sometime :)

    I can't watch any shows about dogs these days or read books about them either. I'm still in mourning about our corgi we lost 12/23/2014. Just the thought of watching something or reading something causes a gut wrenching reaction.

    I haven't colored in a long time, but when the kids were younger I loved to color with them. I think painting by number would be a cool relaxing thing to do!

    I'm a reader too, though lately I signed up for a free 30 day Netflix and I've been binge watching thinks when I would normally be reading. We'll see after 30 days if I keep Netflix and then I'll balance my time between the two. I love to get caught up in a good book, helps to keep my mind off other problems :)

    betty

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    1. It is very sad about your Corgi, Betty. Do you think you might consider getting another dog at some point? So many wonderful ones waiting for good homes with good people like you.

      I've thought about getting Netflix but I'm not sure we're up to it yet. We don't watch much TV and it just doesn't seem worth it right now. We'll see in the future.

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  10. That's so weird that you posted about arts and crafts etc. because I'm in the middle of writing something about that myself.

    I don't remember ever watching The Littlest Hobo but I do remember the theme song, so maybe I did! And thanks, now that's going to running around my head all day now.

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    1. It may haunt you for the next week. You're welcome :)

      I used to love the show because I loved shows where animals were the main character, especially dogs. I was a huge fan of Lassie, too, and for years I wanted a collie.

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  11. I didn't know the Stieg Larsson series had been continued. I'll have to check out that next book! I commute into work on public transportation everyday, so have lots of time to read. I go through lots of books. I'll have to count how many I've read so far this year...I'm probably close to you.

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    1. Commuting is the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some reading! I used to do that years ago when I was living in Montreal and taking public transportation to work. One of the best things about my commute was all that reading I did!

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  12. Oh yes, of course I remember The Littlest Hobo! And the theme song is being used right now in an ad by some big corporation -- Canadian Tire maybe? can't remember, but have you seen it?

    23 books? And here I was so proud of myself for finishing 4 books so far in 2017, LOL! Clearly I'm an underachiever.

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    1. I haven't seen the ad! Now I'm curious. And I'm going to have to do a search and try to track it down.

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  13. I was gifted a Kindle in late 2014 and have read over 200 books. You are a bibliophile, and not alone, either. I wish you many happy memories at your new table.

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    1. That is such a nice gift! I've been a bibliophile since I was a tiny child. Books have always been a part of my life.

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  14. Hi Martha, I love that, a bad case of the clevers...I always say "my genius is at work again." of course you can hear the sarcasm where the typing doesn't do it justice lol!

    "Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down....until tomorrow I'll just keep movin' on..." I LOVED the Littlest Hobo! Every week on the CBC for years I was glued to that wonderful dog! I didn't even have to watch the video to have the song playing in my head lol...

    There is a sad movie out called "Cardboard Boxer", it's about a homeless man who succumbs to stupid teenagers who pay him to fight other homeless people for money. The main actor is awesome, I think it might be on Netflix. That's really as close as my emotions can get to a reality check on poverty.

    Congrats on the book reading! I just finished Groucho Marx's biography, now I'm starting Mel Blanc's. I'm into biographies now, but they are always bedtime reading for me.

    As you know I'm into the watercolour pencils right now, they're pretty good, but I'd love to have a wider variety of colours. I used to do paint by numbers! I remember back in the day doing needle work too, the canvases were all pre-painted...I used to really enjoy that!

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    1. That sounds like a very sad movie. I watched the trailer and now I'm curious to watch it. These subjects are emotionally hard for me but there are real people out there suffering that shouldn't be, and I try to learn as much as I can. And help when possible.

      Your artwork is amazing! I'm so glad you shared it with us. Looking forward to seeing more. I'll be heading out to pick up cat food this morning and may drop into Michaels to see if they have any paint-by-number kits. I'll start with one of those and see where I end up.

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  15. You are doing well in your book reading, I seem to be on a go slow with mine at the moment! LOL!

    I think adult colouring has caught on and so many people are becoming hooked! It can be very relaxing.

    Hope your weekend has been a good one, we have been fortunate to spend some time in the park with the grandchildren which was just brilliant. We seem to be ok after the UK sausage problems ...
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/tesco-sausages-of-death.html

    Here's to a good new week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Sausage problems? Sounds like bad food. I'll have to check out that link, Jan!

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  16. Hi Martha, hope you are ok. been really quiet this week. One day has led into the next all week. It's been really quiet and I haven't done much. This week saw the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death. That was sad.

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    1. 40 years! It's hard to imagine that he died so long ago. Where does the time go? But then I'm now in my 50s, so that's where it's gone!

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  17. Ack - I'm behind on my reading and commenting ... how did I miss this?? Love the paint by number funny! I've tried those colouring books and they make me more restless rather than more calm ... darn it. But there are many people who really enjoy them. It's funny how our brains are wired differently!

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    1. We are all wired differently. That's what makes us all unique and special. Sometimes weird, but mostly special :)

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  18. I disappear into books too, Martha. The world just falls away. I cracked up at the paint by number painting. I think that I could handle that one. The documentary on poverty sounds excellent, but I'm going to pass on it for now. My head is reeling with all that is disturbing me in my country. Have a great week!

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    1. I sympathize, Louise. It's quite hectic there. I hope things get better.

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  19. either we had such experience when we thought that it will be beneficial and it turned into more costly.
    while living in u.s virginia my younger sister send us camera as gift .
    she mentioned she will and i said no don't do this but she insisted .
    i thought camera is quite an expensive thing and we will get it free from post office but it turned into quite costly and before picking it up hubby had to pay amount of money almost half to the cost of camera itself

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    1. How awful! Shipping costs can be quite expensive from one country to another.

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  20. I not only disappear into books, I become the characters I write about. It's hard to get out of it once you've fallen into it. I'm still living a character from my current book series even though I've only been editing, not writing. Loads more to go so I'll be disappearing for quite some time.

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    1. Books are the best! Sometimes I like a character so much that I get emotionally attached. And if anything happens to him/her, I get upset at the author :)

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  21. I can empathize with your case of the cleavers. It happens here all the time. Yesterday it was changing tap washers.

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    1. I think we all fall victim to that. Sometimes we're too smart for our own good!

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