Friday, April 13, 2018

This Week

Happy Friday, blogging friends! How has your week been? Did you do anything fun, special, interesting, unusual, exciting? Share away in the comments. It’s always good to hear from you.

Yesterday I drove to Ottawa to visit with my younger daughter. I left early so I could spend a little time at a nearby bookstore before I was due to meet up with her. Sometimes I enjoy time to myself, and being surrounded by books while I do it is one of my favourite things. After that, I went on an unplanned tour of Ottawa because our GPS, which we’ve named Madge, decided to send me on a wild goose chase on my way to pick up my daughter from her university. I don’t know how many expressways I got on and off and how many suburban areas I drove through and how many different sections of the city I played tourist in and how many bridges I crossed. All this, mind you, being the fastest and most efficient route to my destination. I think Madge was toying with me. Why? Because she’s angry that we leave her out in the cold car and this is her way of getting back at us.

Thankfully, all the roads I traveled on were very quiet. Eerily quiet, in fact. Ottawa’s population is around the 900,000 mark and yet there were very few cars out and about. I kept asking myself where the heck all the people were. Whenever I’m in Montreal, there are so many cars around I can hardly get from point A to point B without my blood pressure climbing up a few notches. So yesterday's experience was...strange. Anyhow, I picked up my daughter and we went for sushi at an all you can eat restaurant. The food was really good and the company even better. It had been a while since we spent some time alone and it was wonderful catching up on her news. She’s an exceptional young lady and I’m incredibly proud of her. We drove to her place after that and I got a chance to see her precious cat, Obi, who we’ll be seeing quite a bit of in the near future. More about that soon...



Earlier this week, the most amazing man in the world brought back a package from our community mailbox and placed it on my desk. I hadn’t ordered anything, so I was confused.

For me?” I asked.
For you.” He said.
I’m not expecting anything. I wonder what it is.

I flipped it over to see who the sender was and then *squeed* out loud. Squeeing is that very excited sound you make when you’re pleasantly surprised. The sender was none other than my blogging pal, Rain! I had entered a contest on her blog and won. But I’d forgotten about it. I’d even said in an email to her that I’d forget all about the contest and one day the package would arrive and I’d be ridiculously happy. And so it goes.

Look at the lovely cookbook I got:



And she included some personal notes and even a handwritten recipe!





And did she stop there? Noooooo. I received a lovely greeting card...

So Canadian!


...some beautiful bookmarks...



...and this set of blenders (to 'encourage me to keep drawing and having fun')! *SQUEEEEEE*


This really made my day! Thank you so much, Rain! Go visit her blog here. You'll be glad you did.



And now this:



Messages/images like this pop up on social media sites often, especially on Facebook, and they spread like crazy. They waste your time and stir up emotions. How people fall for them as often as they do is beyond me. But that's the way it goes. Do yourself a favour (be smart) and debunk those that you suspect are false on sites such as Snopes, Hoax-Slayer and ThatsNonsense. Don't fall victim to stupidities and then go on to share them with others. Do we all not have better things to do with our time?


And that's a wrap for this Friday. Have a wonderful weekend! And don't spread nonsense. If I catch any of you doing that, I'm going to rap your knuckles with my colouring pencils!

34 comments:

  1. It was fun! As a university student, I'm always up for a free lunch, so come by any time :)

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  2. What a fab package from Rain! And I love that GPS meme -- even though it's a bit TOO accurate!

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    1. It felt that way with my GPS on Friday. 'She' drove me nuts!

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  3. I had to laugh that you've named your GPS, Madge ...

    Enjoy the remainder of Friday and have a great weekend.
    We have a birthday tea party to go ... looking forward to it!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Oh, a tea party sounds lovely, Jan! I hope it's (or was - if it happened already) a great time.

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  4. what a nice gift from Rain! ..and oh those scarey things people put out that are BS. Sounds like you had a great day out driving all around, visiting a bookstore, seeing your daughter and her cat. I, too, use to LOVE going out by myselfl and sometimes visiting bookstores, buying lots of books and ending up at my favorite coffee shop (Coco's) for a chicken cesar salad and a glass of wine, while my kids were all in school. Loved those moments.

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    1. I do enjoy those solitary moments, Sandy. It's peaceful, and a nice treat for me. As an empty nester, I am now free to do whatever I'd like whenever I'd like but I must admit that it was even more rewarding when my kids were little and I was able to have a few moments to myself. Now it's just too easy! LOL

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  5. I had no idea Ottawa was that big (900,000 - wow!). I remember it being peaceful and lovely. I didn't have a Madge to get me lost either.
    Happy Friday and weekend, Martha.

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    1. It is quite big! But it was awfully quiet on Friday for a city that size. Hope you've been having a rockin' good weekend, Robyn :)

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  6. I have a love/hate relationship with my GPS. I need it for work and use it daily but she (a woman’s voice) sends me on some pretty crazy routes. I ignore her a lot.

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  7. What a lovely time with your daughter, in spite of getting a bit lost! Gosh fabulous gifts from Rain, she is such a sweetheart!

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    1. Despite that crazy drive, it was wonderful!

      And Rain is an absolute sweetheart! She's a ray of sunshine :)

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  8. First time in my new (to me) vehicle, driving back from a town I'm not familiar with, it was a dark and stormy night (literally) and GPS sent me down a dirt road with a "No Winter Maintenance" sign on it. I turned around and figured out my own route home. So nice to have time with your daughter! -Jenn

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    1. That sounds scary! Sometimes you have to find your own way around!

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  9. You had a very busy and interesting week.

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  10. Our GPS is named Karen. She's my husband's second wife, I get cranky when he listens to her not me!

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  11. I'm going to visit DC soon and I asked a coworker if she had ever been. She said she did, but only to visit family, nothing "fun" at all. Bit of a shame to travel so far and not see something different.

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    1. It is a shame! We were there in 2008 and loved it. So many things to see and do!

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  12. Hi Martha :) Love the SQUEE! :) I'm thrilled that you love the package, you so deserve to have surprises now and then :) Hope you love those blenders as much as I do! I had that same feeling the last time I was in Ottawa too. I figure they are all in parliament or something lol...sounds like you had a fabulous time with your daughter. :)

    I think my S.A.D. is in overdrive currently...more snow, more ice and a twist of rain is all supposed to happen today, boo hoo hoo!

    I don't have a GPS, but sometimes we use it on the smart phone, it's always a hoot to hear how the English "Madge" pronounces the french street names! :) Can you guess this street: Hoh-No-Ree Bee-Aye-Oh-Grand. ;)

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    1. HAHA! So true about the parliament. There are a lot of government employees there. They're either working or on one of many days off. Ooooh...nasty :) Anyhow, it was really nice to see my daughter even in eerie Ottawa! LOL

      It is winter outside. It's been snowing all day and it looks like February out there. We won't be seeing any decent weather until about Thursday. Waaaaaa.... So I totally get you about the S.A.D. This winter is hanging around much too long and it's depressing.

      That has to be Honoré-Beaugrand. LOL Our GPS does the same thing and it is hilarious! I wonder what she'd do in foreign countries. HAHA

      Thanks again for the lovely package. It really made my day. And I hope spring comes soon so we can stop going mad! LOL

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    2. Ha ha...only an English Quebecer would get that it was Honoré-Beaugrand lol...so many classics, my fave though is Reen Leve-ess-cue. ;) Waaaa is right...I can't take it no more...I'm going loony tunes, I may have to join Daffy at some point...I'm glad you love the package and you found the Ricotta recipe that I hid lol! ;)

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    3. It snowed on and off all day yesterday! And this evening we're expecting freezing rain. It looks like February outside. A neighbour joked that even February was nicer than this...LOL

      Yes, it was fun to find hidden treasures in the book! HAHA Can't wait to try out some of the recipes!

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  13. Oh gracious, that GPS picture gives me the shivers . . .

    How lovely of Rain to send such a wonderful package! Everything has been tailored to your likes. I hope you show us the results of your blender pencils!

    It's good that there wasn't much traffic, considering all the detours you had to take. I would hate to do that with a lot of other vehicles around.

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    1. I was SO grateful for the lack of traffic with all the twists and turns I had to make. It was much easier to concentrate that way. If the streets had been busy, I would have lost my mind! LOL

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  14. Congrats on winning those great prizes. I hope you brought your GPS inside so she won't need to get more revenge :)

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    1. HAHAHA! That's cute. Seems I don't learn because she's still outside! LOL I wonder what she has in store for me the next time? :)

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  15. It's crazy nuts how bad GPS's can be. But, they don't seem to undertand local roads.
    We use one for driving when we go out, it's on the phone. And it just cannot get local areas.

    Quiet time in a bookshoppe, coffee shoppe or doughnut shoppe (all excellent options), is wonderful. Nothing like a little quiet space to recharge and have fun.

    Very cool on the book. And the little notes. Fun stuff.

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    1. I LOVE hanging out at bookstores. We don't have a very big one here, unfortunately, but when I get the real need to be at one, I am willing to drive out further. There is something about the atmosphere that is blissful.

      Sometimes I feel like the GPS doesn't respond fast enough in certain areas. I'm not sure what the problem is but it can be frustrating!

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  16. Oh my sounds like you drove looong tricky way to pick up you daughter dear Martha!

    glad that you both had good time together !

    Rain is incredibly sweet and talented lady and how sweet that you won the wonderful package ,so much fun to cook various recipes when you are in mood of cooking!

    Is obi going to be you next family member ?
    this is such a great news ,hope your daughter will not miss her much .your love for your little lady shines through your words:)
    Hugs!

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    1. And hugs to you, Baili! I had a wonderful time with my daughter. I always do. She's an amazing young lady. I will share some more information about Obi very soon. But for now, it's a secret :)

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