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I thought this was a very powerful message that does not only have to apply men/boys. It could easily apply to “instant gratification” society.

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Being away from my hometown, I went exploring to find a ‘new’ church.
Someone suggested I try Northview Church because it was very similar to the church my mom goes to. After many, many traffic circles and wrong turns I finally made it to the church. The worship band was outstanding and I completely felt like I was standing in heaven with a bunch of singing angels all around me. The lively music led to an amazing message given by a guest pastor, Brian Tome. He started by saying, “Guys, this is a message for you. I’m going to be acting like these girls aren’t even here and we are sitting on my back porch”. Although he wasn’t talking to me, I learned a lot. He explained that he was going to be teaching us the difference between a boy and a man. More than ever, society is trying to…

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Sharing Your World – A Catch Up (Part 2)

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Credit:  Cee's Photography

Credit: Cee’s Photography

Week 31:

If you had your own talk show, who would your first 3 guests be?  (Guests can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know).

  1. Mary, Queen of Scots
  2. Robin Williams
  3. My maternal grandfather

What can you always be found with?

My cell phone.  I use it as a watch, weather station, alarm & personal phone book.

What is the most fun thing you did in school?

In my senior year, on Day 3 we had a double period in English which was a remedial class.  Since I scored so high on spelling & grammar at the beginning of the year I was allowed to read books during this class.  Sometimes I would write a short summary of the book & other times I gave a verbal book report.  

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

I was born a left-handed person who was forced to learn to write & act like a right-handed person.  Consequently, I throw & catch a ball differently from most people – I want to throw & catch with my left hand only.  I can eat with either hand as well.  When I fractured my right wrist a few years ago, I was able to start writing with my left hand again very quickly.

Week 32:

Ketchup or mustard?

Depends on what I’m eating.  I only use mustard on smokies or farmer’s sausage.  I use ketchup & mustard on homemade burgers.  I use ketchup on eggs, hash browns & mac & cheese.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film or science fiction?

A story of my life would probably be a drama since I was born with spina bifida occultis, a partially clubbed foot, an eye deformity & I had to wear special shoes until I started school, I suffered childhood abuse, by the age of 12 I had had 5 eye operations & 2 tonsillectomies, I was date raped by a boyfriend & a stranger attempted to rape me in my office building.  Despite all this, I have always tried to greet the world with some humor (although not everybody gets my sense of humor).  I try to have an attitude of acceptance – I may have gone through a lot more health problems than the average person (I haven’t even listed adult health difficulties here), but those are the cards I was dealt & feeling sorry for myself won’t change anything except make me feel more miserable.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

I don’t think anyone would be surprised if the gift I wanted would be good health.

For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store or pay for catering?

It’s been a while since I attended a potluck, but it was always homemade.  I have some really great recipes that are always requested whenever there is a potluck:  

  1. Turnip & Apple casserole
  2. Spinach salad
  3. Ham & cheese dip

Week 33

Do you believe in ghosts? 

Absolutely!  I believe I have even had contact with ghosts.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility:  If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?  Or if you can’t picture yourself playing sports, what is your favorite sport?

Honestly, I don’t think I would want to play a professional sport.  But I love watching Canadian football & cheer for the Winnipeg team as well as the Edmonton team every week.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?

Definitely long.  I like to play with my hair – braiding it, curling it, putting it up in a ponytail or a bun or just piled on top of my head.

If you were on an small island, who would you want to be with? And where is it?  How big is it?

I would want to be somewhere in the Caribbean where they have the gorgeous turquoise water & white sugar sand beaches or somewhere near the Hawaiian Islands where they get the beautiful trade winds.  I would like the island to have lots of trees & beautiful beaches & be large enough for all of my kids to have their own estate for when we want privacy or time away from each other.  It should also be large enough to have a small town where we can go out to eat instead of always eating at home & some entertainment facilities.  There are a few blogging buddies I wouldn’t mind taking with me too, so there needs to be enough room for them too.

If you would like to participate in the Share Your World challenge, please go here:  http://ceenphotography.com/2014/08/18/share-your-world-2014-week-33/

 

Sharing Your World – A Catch Up

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Credit:  Cee's Photography

Credit: Cee’s Photography

Here is my attempt to get caught up on the Share Your World challenge.  As you can see, I’m very far behind.

Week 28:

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?

I have participated in 2 parades.  The first time I was a clown, promoting the Buffalo BBQ in Winnipeg.  I was actually featured for a few seconds on CBC TV for a few seconds, handing out balloons to children sitting on the curb.  The Buffalo BBQ was a local festival for a group of subdivisions in Winnipeg.  It featured rides like a ferris wheel, a carny row where you could participate in games of chance to win stuffed animals, carnival food & of course bison burgers.  

The 2nd time I participated in a parade I was marching as part of the cheer team for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  I quickly learned a hot day & a satin uniform leads to a lot of sweat, a sunburn & very sore feet.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

I would not go.  Due to my BPV (benign positional vertigo) I have a lot of trouble in all kinds of theaters & I feel sick the entire time I am in one, so this would ruin any enjoyment I might derive from the performance.

Why did you start your blog?

I wanted a place where I could start writing again.  I had gotten out of the habit of writing & I wanted to test out the waters by putting a toe in the pond.

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)

A lot of the traditions I grew up with have been lost.  My favorite tradition used to be going to my Aunt Mary’s for Christmas brunch.  My grandmother had 7 sisters & all of them, their children & grandchildren would gather at my aunt’s home for eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes & toast.  Everyone would open their gifts at home, then get all dressed up to go see all our cousins, etc.  We were allowed to bring one toy we got for Christmas & we could show them off to everyone.  It was just a hugely happy atmosphere.  Unfortunately, my Aunt Mary was the first of my grandmother’s sister to pass away, way too soon & no one took up the mantle to carry on this tradition.

Week 29

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

I have not been in a traditional submarine, but I have been in a tourist submarine where you climbed down into a small space with seats under water to view ship wrecks, coral & fish.  Since I am claustrophobic, it is not an adventure I would want to repeat.

Are you a listener or a talker?

I am definitely a listener.  Aren’t most introverts?   My hubby more than makes up for my lack of conversation by talking enough for both of us.

Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter?  Anything with your peanut butter?

I prefer smooth peanut butter.  I love peanut butter & it makes an appearance in a variety of food for me:  peanut butter & banana sandwiches, peanut butter & marmalade on toast, peanut butter on hot dogs (yes, I did say hot dogs – try it instead of wrinkling up your nose) & peanut butter cookies!

Have you ever been drunk?

Yes, yes & yes!  I lived in an abusive home, so I started drinking at the age of 12 with my girlfriends.  We would pool our money together to buy a large bottle of orange juice & a mickey of vodka.  We would pour out half the OJ & add the vodka into the OJ bottle, have a drink & pass it around.  There were 5 of us in my group & one of us always stayed sober to make sure the rest of us got home safely.  I’ll have to write more about this on a separate post.

Week 30

List 2 things you have to be happy about.

  1. I am happy, that after many months of fighting, filling out paperwork & visiting doctor after doctor, I was informed last week that I have finally qualified for disability payments through the federal govt.
  2. I am happy that I have a very understanding husband.  He may get a little frustrated from time to time, but he is my biggest supporter.  He is the first one to tell me not to worry about what I CAN’T DO anymore, to concentrate of what I can do.  He picks up where I have to leave off.  I often tease him here about his short memory, but I know without question, I am his first priority always.

List at least 2 things in nature you find most beautiful.

  1. I am lucky enough to live in a part of the world where I can see the Northern Lights when I get out of the city & I find it fascinating to watch them dance across the sky.
  2. I love to watch a turquoise ocean, with just a slight wind to make for an occasional white cap.  I find nothing so peaceful as watching a large body of water & listening to the waves lap at the shore.

List 2 of your best personality traits.

  1. When I am trying to teach someone something, I have an abundance of patience.
  2. I am a genuinely kind person.

 I hope you have been better than I have at participating in this challenge.  If you would like to participate in this challenge, go here to get more information:  http://ceenphotography.com/2014/08/18/share-your-world-2014-week-33/#respond

 

Tickle Me Tuesday – 082614

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The Darwins are out!!!!

Yes, it’s that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.

Here is the glorious winner:

1. When his 38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef’s claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4.. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn’t discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer: $15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly… He decided that he’d just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, “Yes, officer, that’s her. That’s the lady I stole the purse from.”

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn’t open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren’t available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.

[*A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER]

10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street by sucking on a hose, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home’s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he’d ever had and the perp had been punished enough!

Oh Happy Day!

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Oh Happy Day . . . ! I couldn’t wait to share the news with my bloggy friends! While I was in the clinic having a shot in my knee this morning the federal government called to say I have finally been approved for Disability payments! Woohoo!
It only took almost 10 months, numerous doctor visits, multiple forms filled out, several letters, me showing up on their doorstep & questioning them to finally get an approval! I won’t get any money for 3 – 4 months & I don’t know how much I will be getting, but I’ll get something! It will be a big help paying for the extra meds I need now for my COPD!  I had to quit physio yesterday because we don’t have any benefits yet from Kelvin’s job & without me having an income, we simply couldn’t afford it.
I am chair dancing with joy! ( \ ) ( l ) ( / )
Thank you to so many of you for keeping positive thoughts coming my way, your positive thoughts had an effect I’m sure!

Tickle Me Tuesday – 081914

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THE DIFFERENCE IF YOU MARRY A SASKATCHEWAN GIRL

Three friends married women from different parts of the world…..

The first man married a Filipino. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning.  It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.
The second man married a Thai. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking.  The first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was better.  By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from SASKATCHEWAN.  He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal.  He said the first day he didn’t see anything, the second day he didn’t see anything but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher.       

He still has some difficulty when he pees.

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We have been having a heat wave here in Edmonton, at the same time as the A/C in the building I live in broke down & so did the elevator!  This is what I feel like:

Melting Dog

Tickle Me Tuesday – 081214

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You may be wondering why my Tickle Me Tuesday post this week is a little different.  As I was preparing my blog this week, I learned we had lost a great comedian yesterday.  For many years Robin Williams provided me with many laughs & what better place to honor his comedy than on a post intended to make you laugh?

I first became aware of Robin Williams as an alien named Mork on the series Mork & Mindy.  From the first episode I was hooked – Nanoo, Nanoo!  I loved the chemistry between Robin Williams & Pam Dawber and Robin & Jonathan Winters.  I never missed an episode & at times I laughed till the tears rolled down my face.

Some of my favorite movies were Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man, What Dreams May Come, Awakenings, The Birdcage, License to Wed, Nine Months, Moscow on the Hudson, Father’s Day (I have License to Wed on my PVR waiting for a rainy afternoon to watch it).

I also loved his stand up specials, especially Comic Relief with Billy Crystal & Whoopi Goldberg!

RIP Robin Williams!  You will be missed!

1951 - 2014

1951 – 2014

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