Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Question Of The Day

I realize that this may be a very uncomfortable question for some to answer but please feel free to leave a comment knowing that you will not be judged no matter what side you're on. That's not what this blog is all about.

I'll start first...

I totally understand why some would support this, especially if they've lost someone to a violent crime. And I'm sure if I lost a loved one that way, my knee jerk reaction would be "hang 'em". But after the initial shock wore off and the grief would become a little more bearable, I'd get off the fence and back to my senses, which is this:

I strongly oppose the death penalty. I don't believe that a court has the right to decide who lives and dies, and I certainly don't support "an eye for an eye" kind of justice. But more importantly, there is always the possibility of a wrongful conviction and an innocent person being put to death. Even one wrong execution is one too many. That is a risk that cannot be taken.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. How's it going? How was your weekend? We actually had some milder weather and a lot of the snow has melted. I am starting to feel hopeful as the month comes to an end and spring keeps getting closer and closer. Adventures await this year!

Is your day off to a good start? I certainly hope so. If it's not, here's some funny stuff to make it better. Hope it helps!

A wonderful day to all!

Friday, February 23, 2018

This Week

Happy Friday, blogging pals! How are you all doing? What have you been up to? Is there anything interesting or unusual or fun or amazing going on in your part of the world? I decided to do a post today even though I don’t have much to share. Here goes...

We finished Stranger Things on Netflix and it was quite enjoyable. We liked the characters in the series and we’ll definitely watch season three whenever it happens. We also finished watching ‘Dirty Money’, which didn’t take long because there are only 6 episodes in it. The shameless acts of corporate greed and corruption were pretty mind boggling. Right now we’re working our way through Grey’s Anatomy. I know, I’s been around for years. We just never got into it before but here we are now. We're only at the start of season two, so we have a long way to go before. Anyone have suggestions for other interesting things to watch on Netflix?

Yesterday evening we jumped in the car after we ate and headed to Montreal. We spent some time at the bookstore – a favourite place for me - and then stopped in at a coffee shop down the street before we headed back home. Why did we take this hour long drive? Because we can. Because we felt like it. And because the most amazing man in the world thought I’d enjoy some time at the bookstore. The fact that he would suggest this out of the blue and be willing to accompany me there are just more reasons of just how amazing he is.

Art. It’s been terribly slow lately. Part lack of motivation. Mostly winter doldrums. But we are headed towards the end of February and enjoying more daylight, so I expect my motivation to pick up and the doldrums to go away. For now, here are some old and new drawings


Spring fever kicks in for me around the beginning of March. We’re almost there! This year we don’t have as many projects around the house lined up, which means more free time to be out and about enjoying ourselves. We’ll get back on our bikes for fun and adventure and photography. And we’ll explore our city thoroughly and throw in a few neighbouring towns. Can’t wait!

A couple of days ago I ran across an old tune that was playing on a YouTube video. I wanted to know what it was called but the name of the music wasn’t listed clearly enough. I couldn’t for the life of me track down some information about it. Then I remembered an app that I have on my smartphone called Shazam. My daughter introduced it to me years ago and it is amazing! You hold your phone towards the music playing and tap for the app to activate. It checks its database while it ‘listens’ and if there’s a match SHAZAM you’ve got the name of the song/music/artist information you were seeking. Pretty cool, eh? So what was the result for me? Popcorn. Yup, that’s what this quirky, somewhat corny instrumental is called. Does anyone know/remember this? It certainly takes me way WAAAAY back. Have a listen. Just be forewarned that it has the potential to become an earworm! Don’t come crying to me if you decide to click and listen and it gets stuck in your head.

And that’s a wrap, everyone. Have a beautiful weekend!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals! What are you all up to? How was your weekend? Do you have anything fun or interesting to share? How is life treating you? My daughter and her boyfriend came over for dinner Saturday night, which was wonderful. I cooked a lasagna that I served with salad and everything was delicious. We had picked up a cheesecake for dessert and the kids brought along a box of fresh puffs (loukoumades), which are Greek donut holes from a placed called Mr. Puffs. And on my flippin' goodness were they ever good! I know puffs (loukoumades) very well since they are a favourite traditional Greek treat and most moms I knew growing up made them. And I don't think there's a single person with Greek ancestry that hasn't enjoyed these at some point since they date all the way back to ancient Greece. Now someone has decided to market them and share them with everyone. My daughter said that this pastry/café shop is a huge hit. If you ever find yourself in Montreal, stop by this place and try these sweets. They are so good! Click here to go to the website.

Nothing else to say on my end. I feel like I have blog burnout. Or I'm bored. Or I've run out of words. Or I have the winter doldrums (which should be ending soon). Whatever it is, I haven't been motivated to keep up with this blog. So I don't. It'll pick up when it picks up. In the meantime, I'll post occasionally and continue to visit your sites.

For now, here's some funny stuff to start the week off right. Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, bloggers! How are you all doing? What did you do over the weekend? What's going on with you? What's keeping you busy these days? How are you feeling? Inquiring minds want to know!

We had some crappy weather, which included some freezing rain, but despite that we decided to go out for dinner last night. The roads weren't that bad but we chose a place that wasn't too far from home in case it got worse. We braved the elements because we were celebrating the birthday of yours truly. That's right, I'm one year older and maybe a little wiser. Or not. Who's to say? I am now 53 going on 16. Why grow up? It's not as much fun being an adult!

But you know what is fun? Cartoons. Here are some that will make you giggle. Enjoy!

Happy Monday to all!

Friday, February 9, 2018

This Week

Happy Friday, blogging pals! Another weekend rolls in and with it comes another ‘this, that and the other’ kind of post from me. Do I have anything really exciting or interesting to share? Umm...not really. But let’s see what I can squeeze out here.

Last night we finished season one of ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix. Has anyone watched this? It is...different. And pretty enjoyable. The acting was pretty good, which is one of the most important factors in enjoying a series. A couple of weeks ago we began the series ‘The 100’ and made it through a couple of episodes before our eyes starting rolling to the backs of our heads. The story line is not bad but the acting is awful. So much posturing. So much chest thumping. So much attitude. It’s too bad because I read the first book to this story and it was rather enjoyable. Maybe the posturing settles down and the acting improves as the series goes on. I don’t know. We’ll think about whether or not we’ll give it another try. In the meantime, we can start season two of 'Stranger Things'.

We’ve been eating soups regularly in the past month. I have a freezer full. Because when I make soup, I make A LOT of soup. It is one of my favourite things to have for lunch along with some type of sandwich. When I was a kid, I didn’t really care for soups. It was one of those things that you ate occasionally but could do without. Now I love them. It’s funny how our tastes change as we get older. Do you like soups?

Kazee the kitten has settled in really nicely around here, and she and Mocha are living quite peacefully. Thank goodness for that because I don’t know what we would do if they were at each other all the time. As far as her name, we started off by calling her KAH-zee and now we’ve decided on Ka-ZEE. The reason for this is that we’ve been singing a little jingle with her name in it (yeah, we’re weird like that) and the pronunciation is the latter. So, rather than confuse this little miss, we’ve decided that Ka-ZEE it is. Here she is living the life of a princess. Like cats expect to be.

My motivation for just about everything is really low these days (it’s like that every year around this time) but I push myself to do stuff. Including some drawing. Here is some artwork; some old, some new.

I’ve gotten back to regular exercising, which I hadn’t been doing for a looooong time. We got so involved with the cleaning and painting and settling of our home that I’d completely neglected that part of my wellness routine. Anyhow, so while I exercise I listen to music, and each time it’s a different style, artist, etc. On Wednesday I worked on these old muscles with Amanda Marshall’s music in the background. Do you know her? I LOVE her music. I actually had the pleasure of watching her perform live at one of her concerts in Montreal many years ago. She’s a tiny little thing with a BIG and beautiful voice. Below is the song "I Believe In You"; one of my favourites. Enjoy, and happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Question Of The Day

What... Just one? No, impossible. There are a few that rise to the top. I really enjoy a good comedy but I also like mysteries, psychological thrillers, dramas and even horror films (not the slasher types). I don't mind a science fiction film now and again if it's well done, and I'm okay with action films as long as there isn't too much knuckle-dragging and chest-thumping going on. Even a good documentary will catch my attention if the subject interests me.

How about you?

Monday, February 5, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! How are you all doing? What was the weekend like? Ours was pretty quiet. I'm guessing some of you watched the Super Bowl. We're not sports fans, so that came and went for us. But if you enjoy football, I hope you had a great time.

We started a new series on Netflix called 'Dirty Money'. It's a documentary about some of the most shameless instances of corporate greed and corruption. It is mind boggling and disgusting how far some people will go to make money. Many times by taking advantage of the most vulnerable. Has anyone watched this? It's very interesting.

Now let's laugh, shall we?

Have a good one!

Friday, February 2, 2018

This Week

Here we are again. Another Friday, another mish mash of a post from me. I actually haven’t felt like blogging all week because I haven’t had much to say. One reason is that I’ve been keeping busy with other things and another is that I haven’t seen/done/learned anything new or exciting enough to share. This is the time of year when I’m really feeling the winter doldrums. I. Just. Need. To. Get. Through. February !!! When March kicks in I will feel much better.

Onto more positive thoughts, we have finally named the kitten who can be a handful sometimes, as kittens often are. A wonderful thing about her is that she is capable of learning the house rules and even (somewhat reluctantly) able to respect them. We only have a handful of rules, one of them being that no cat is allowed on kitchen counters or on the dining room table. Ever.

How do you reinforce this on willful animals that laugh at the idea of rules? The answer is: booby traps! Because cats might not respect your authority but they do respect limitations set by natural elements or ‘higher powers’. Our higher powers are painter’s tape, sticky side up, strategically placed around the edges of the counters and around the dining table. The first time kitten jumped onto the forbidden zones, she landed on the tape. Shocked, she immediately jumped down only to find that the tape went with her. (Not to worry, it comes off easily and doesn’t hurt her.)

Thinking she’d outsmart the ‘higher powers’, she chose a different location to jump onto the next time and the time after that only to discover that the ‘higher powers’ were present there, as well. A handful of ‘higher power’ experiences later, the kitten has not been anywhere near the counters or table. The result is that the environment influences her behaviour and I get to be the hero who sympathizes with her ordeal and gently removes the tape from her little (mischievous) paws. Win-win. She has discovered “on her own” that it’s much too dangerous to visit these places and they best be left alone.

The look of disapproval.

So what is her name? Drum roll... Kazee. With the emphasis on the a. And Zee for short. Or Kaz. What do you think?
(Update: It is pronounced Kah-zee, in case you're wondering.)

I have squeezed in time for a couple of drawings this week but I’ll share some older images that I haven’t yet.

That's it for now. A wonderful weekend to all of you!