Sharing Your World – A Catch Up



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.


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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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.


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

Tickle Me Tuesday – 080514


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This is starting to become a habit, showing up on Tuesday, I’ll have to watch myself . . . This week was even more difficult because Monday (yesterday) was a civic holiday so we had an extra day off which totally messes with my brain as far as what day it is.

Someone has finally explained the reason baby diapers have brand names such as “Luvs” & “Huggies”, while undergarments for old people are called “Depends.”

You see, when babies mess their pants, people are still gonna Luv’em & Hug’em.   However, when old people mess their pants, it “Depends” on who’s in the will.



Pamela Wallin  called Mike Duffy into her office one day and said, “Mike, I have a plan to win back Canadian support for you, Patrick Brazeau & me”

“Great Pamela, but how?” asked Mike.

“We’ll get some cheesy clothes & shoes, like those Middle Class Canadians wear, then stop at the pound & pick up a Labrador retriever. Then, we’ll go to a nice old country bar in Alberta & show them how much admiration & respect we have for the hard working people living there.”

So they did & found just the place they were looking for in Coronation, Alberta. With the dog in tow, they walked inside & stepped up to the bar.

The Bartender took a step back & said, “Hey! Aren’t you Mike Duffy & Pamela Wallin?”

“Yes we are!” said Pamela, “And what a lovely town you have here. We were passing through & Mike suggested we stop & take in some local color.”

They ordered a round of bourbon for the whole bar & started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen.

A few minutes later, a grizzled old rancher came in, walked up to the Labrador, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders & walked out. A few moments later, in came another old rancher. He walked up to the dog, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head & left the bar.

For the next hour, another dozen ranchers came in, lifted the dog’s tail & left shaking their heads.

Finally, Pamela asked, “Why did all those old ranchers come in & look under the dog’s tail? Is it some sort of custom?”

“Lord no,” said the bartender. “Someone’s out there running around town, claiming there’s a Labrador Retriever in here with two assholes!”


Tickle Me Tuesday- 072914


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I’m baaaaaaaaaaack! Not sure if I’m back on a regular basis yet, but I’m going to try to do a post from time to time.

Just a side note:  As most of you know I was diagnosed with COPD in Dec./13 & it took me 6 long months to be able to get in to see a pulmonologist (lung doctor).    After the standard breathing function test, my very nice new doctor informed me I was a little worse off than I had originally thought & proceeded to order so many tests & exams he kept me very busy for the next few weeks.  Because of my lung problems, this caused me to be exhausted most of the time & I needed some time off to recuperate & adjust to my new circumstances.  But that’s not why we’re here today – this is supposed to be on the lighter side!


You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If they are holding a gun, she’s probably angry.
Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That’s common sense leaving your body.

I don’t like making plans for the day because then the word “premeditated” get’s thrown around in the courtroom.
I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row,
I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.  I feel so much better saying I went to the jim this morning.
Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers, if you find one, what’s your plan?

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