Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fitness, Pistols and Building a Mystery ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Perceived Shape

Have you ever been significantly more OR less physically fit than you are today?  What was different about that? What was easier? Harder? Did others treat you any differently?

I hate to answer these questions because I always feel like people might think I'm being all whiney . . . but my physical fitness changed in a week.  I went to a convention in good shape, healthy . . . I had been hiking just a few days before.  While I was away, I got sick.  I was so sick that I was scared to go the hospital because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to go home.  So I waited until I returned to Canada to see a doctor.  After nearly a year of tests I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  My life has never been the same.  I believe that was 1996.

Pistol Patent Day

When : Always February 25th

"Shoot! I don't have a Pistol Patent." If this thought is going through your mind right now, then this day is for you. You should aim to get a patent today. Why, today is Pistol Patent Day.

In order to get a pistol patent, you must have a new design for a pistol. I'm sure you can whip one up in short order and lay down the permit application fees and such, right? If not, how can you participate in this day? .... we offer no answer to this question.

Did you Know? Samuel Colt invented the revolver, a pistol with multiple chambers for bullets. He patented it in Europe in 1835, and in the United States in 1836.

Origin of Pistol Patent Day:
Samuel Colt invented the pistol. He received Patent # 138 for it on this day in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.

February 25, 1998 - Halifax-born singer Sarah McLachlan wins Grammy Award for best female pop vocal for her song, Building a Mystery. Los Angeles, California

Monday, December 29, 2014

My first home, Tortilla Chips and William Shatner . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Home

Write about your first home: Your childhood home or first apartment of your own.

As far as I know, I lived in the same house all my childhood.  Since I can't actively recall the first year or two, I can only guess about those years.

We lived at 343 Wellington Street, one of only two modern flat-roofed homes in town.  Apparently the house was fairly small when it was first built.  I was old enough to remember when the house nearly doubled in size but I couldn't actually tell you how old I was.  Next door to us was an empty lot owned by my grandfather.  You could walk between Wellington St. and Mary St. E. through that lot.  My grandfather's house abutted the lot at the Mary St. E. end.  It was a great place to play.  

National Tortilla Chip Day

When : Always February 24th

Today is a holiday with a crunch. One might even suggest that it is a corny holiday. Well, that's okay because today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Just a few decades ago, Americans seldom ate Corn Chips and Salsa. It's popularity has grown immensely. Today is a tribute to that rising popularity of one of America's favorite munchies.

Did you know? The corn chip recipe was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by texas businessman Elmer Doolin.

Celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day with a handful of crunchy, tasty corn chips and your favorite salsa or dip.

2010 - February 24 - Sport - Kaillie Humphries (Calgary, AB) and Heather Moyse (Summerside, PEI) win Olympic gold in the Two-woman bobsleigh competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Fellow Canadians Shelley-Ann Brown and Helen Upperton take the silver, marking the first time Canadians had won two medals in one Winter Olympics event. Vancouver, BC
February 24 - Sport - Jessica Gregg, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St-Gelais and Tania Vicent win Olympic silver in the Women's 3000 metre Short track relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC
February 24 - Sport - Clara Hughes wins a bronze medal in Women's 5000 metres Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC
February 24 - Sport - Canada's mens hockey team defeats Russia 7-3 to advance to the semi-finals against Slovakia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mackie's, CASO Station and dog biscuits . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Needed

When was the last time you felt needed?

I am very lucky that my family live close together and we help each other whenever we can.  I feel needed most of the time.  Better still, I feel wanted.

Only one blog post today:


We enjoyed a scrapbooking crop on \february 22nd at the CASO Station.

The Canadian Southern Station is an historically and architecturaly significant building.  This is what it used to look like.

A local community group was formed to restore the station.  There is still a lot to do I imagine but it already looks gorgeous.

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

When : Always February 23rd

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that's because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say "Every dog has his day". And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits.

You might appreciate their value in pleasing your dog, as a reward for behavior, or enticing them to do a trick. But, the dog is the recipient of the treat.

Celebrate today by giving your dog a few dog biscuits.

Origin of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It wasn't a dog. It had to be a dog owner. In any event, it appears that holidays and specials days are "going to the dogs".

Why this is an "International" day, we may never know.

Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/dogbiscuitday.htm

February 23, 1893 - Hockey - Former Governor General Lord Stanley donates the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup - later known as the Stanley Cup - to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Champions. Montréal, Québec

February 23, 1894 - Hockey - Ottawa Capitals hockey club refuses to go to Toronto to play in the second annual Stanley Cup game, so the Cup is awarded to the Montréal AAA (Amateur Athletic Association) for the second time. Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dream, think and realize . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Dreams

Describe a dream you have had recently.

I wish I could . . . but they disappear as soon as I wake up.  I do know that if I am mad at someone, I usually dream about them and it involves water and usually them drowning.

International World Thinking Day

When : Always February 22nd

Just think about it! Today is a day to ponder and contemplate.

International World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girl groups. The original objective of this day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to "sister" Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women.

You don't have to be a Girl Scout or a Girl Guide to participate in this day. Rather, we encourage all females, young and old, to learn a little more about health issues today. If you are in a position to provide education and training on health issues, do so today. If you can not conduct it today, then schedule it for some time in the near future.

Something to think about: February 22nd is the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scouts, and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell . Lady Baden-Powell who founded Girl Guides.

Origin of World Thinking Day:

According to the World Thinking Day organization's website "World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). "

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/worldthinkingday.htm

February 22, 1903 - U.S. side of Niagara Falls runs short of water due to drought conditions.

Winning at cards and hockey . . .

February 21, 2014

If you are looking for a delicious hardy side dish you really must try this recipe.  I love it.  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/oven-roasted-vegetables.html

Card Reading Day

When : Always February 21st

Card Reading Day is a fun day. It's a day to read cards..... no more, no less.

Beyond a doubt, the stationery and Ecard companies love this day. It encourages you to send cards. They like that.

As we did our research, we thought we'd find some history that suggest it is a day for Tarot card readings. It very well could be. But, we found no written evidence to support our theory.

What we can tell you, is that its very popular to send and receive cards today. In order to read a card, someone has to send one. So, get the ball rolling and send out some cards today. Chances are, you will get a few back.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/cardreadingday.htm

February 21, 2002 - Sport - Canada’s women’s hockey team defeats the United States 3-2 in the gold medal game at the Salt Lake City Olympics, ending a 50-year drought. Some say Canada's luck turned after Canadian icemaker Trent Evans buried a loonie under centre ice. Salt Lake City, Utah - YouTube

Don't waste your day . . . Hoodie Hoo it! ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: A Waste

What is your idea of a wasted day?

My idea of a wasted day is when I start a bunch of things and don't manage to finish anything.  I need to scratch chores off My Dreaded To Do List.

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day

When : Always on February 20

On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".
It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.

Did you know? Hoodie Hoo Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided, courtesy of the great folks at Wellcat.com

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/hoo.htm

February 20, 1945 - Welfare - Government issues Canada's First Family Allowance cheques. Ottawa, Ontario

My favourite work of art costs a lot more than a toonie ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Art

What's your favorite work of art? What do you love about it?

My favourite work of art is Clark McDougall's Talbot Street 1964.  I love the comfort of the piece, the sidewalks clean from a fresh rain just ended, the beautiful colours highlighted with black enamel.  I have a print of it in my dining room.  On a tour of the local art gallery a couple of years ago I was able to see the original.

Chocolate Mint Day

When : Always February 19th

Chocolate Mint Day celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. The most common chocolate mint treats are ice cream, candies, and desserts. Not everyone likes chocolate mint. But those who do love it. No, we don't know why some people don't like this great flavor. But, we do feel sorry for them!

For Chocolate Mint lovers, this is truly a great day. Whether its candies, ice cream or desserts, make sure to get your fill of Chocolate Mint.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/chocolatemintday.htm

February 19, 1996 - Royal Canadian Mint puts new $2 coin design into circulation; bimetallic Polar Bear replaces the $2 bill. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Source:  http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_19

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soothing upsets and hearts of gold . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Soothing

How do you soothe yourself when you're upset?

Sadly I am a stress eater.  Apparently thinking about food makes me forget what I'm upset about.  I understand this about myself so I try to make sure to have lots of healthy snacks and no junk food in the house.  Once in a while I still give in and go to the store for a bag of chips though.

Two blog posts on February 18th:  

The first is about a tea party fundraiser I attended.  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/afternoon-tea-party-to-benefit-pink.html

The second is about the square I designed for the Oddball Sampler Afghan I am making (still).  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/oddball-square-aussie-map-sort-of.html

National Battery Day

When : Always February 18th

People get a charge out of National Battery Day. We are absolutely energized about the many uses and applications. It's an opportunity to celebrate a vital invention. Batteries are used everywhere, from the battlefield to smoke alarms to headsets. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and power capacity, to fit a wide array of needs.

Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. They'd never be popular tied to an electrical outlet.

Yesiree, batteries are electrifying!

Today is a good time to appreciate the the power of batteries in our everyday life.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/batteryday.htm

February 18, 1972 - Music - Neil Young receives a gold record for Harvest, the only #1 album of his career; includes the #1 hit single Heart of Gold . New York, New York

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mackie's fries and sauce . . . and other random acts of kindness ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Love or Be Loved

Would you rather have a significant other who was too clingy and needy, or one who was too cold and distant? (Obviously both are pretty awful, but if you had to pick one....).

I would definitely prefer the colder other.  Sad to say I have a huge lack of empathy for people that are too clingy.  They get on my nerves.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

When : Always February 17th

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. And, you know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. And, we highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can.

This is a favorite day of many people and groups. People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.

Schools have used this day as an educational event, and to promote the value of kindness. Organizations have used this day to promote their cause, and for fundraisers.

Caution: What comes around, goes around. Random Acts of Kindness is highly contagious.

Also see World Kindness Day

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/randomactskindness.htm

February 17, 1981 - Start of final round of constitutional debates in the House of Commons. Ottawa, Ontario
February 17, 1982 - British Parliament gives approval in principle to proposed Canadian Constitution. London, England

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh fuddle duddle, you old grouch . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: OMG

Have you recently seen a peer (another parent, a coworker, a friend at school) do something that shocked you? These kinds of events make our jaw drop because people we think we have a lot in common with turn out to be totally different than we thought. What happened?

Yes I have witnessed some of these jaw dropping events . . . I guess I assume that all people who think would have similar opinions on certain subjects especially gender-bias, racial and religious-bias and so on.

I will say that my husband and I got into a HUGE fight years ago when I heard him declare, upon watching a news report about making O Canada more gender inclusive, that that was a stupid idea and that the anthem has always been a certain way and should not change.  I crushed him with facts and realities, including how the anthem first came into being and the number of times it has already been altered.  And then the knock out punch was to wonder why I wasn't as Canadian as he was.  

Since that time, whenever he makes a comment without thinking it through, I ask if he wishes to get into another O Canada battle.

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

When : Always February 16th

Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.

Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.

Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There's plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/grouchfavorday.htm

February 16, 1971 - Pierre Trudeau, under opposition attack in the Commons, utters an apparently unparliamentary expression that he later describes as fuddle-duddle. Ottawa, Ontario (CBC Archives)

Gumdrops, Aliens and a flag of our own . . . ~j

February 15, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Adjusting

What's the biggest adjustment you've ever had to make in your life?

In my world, I've had to make adjustments so many times that I'm not even sure which is the biggest.  We've lived in tiny apartments and big homes.  Each required adjustments.  We've had children and we've had an empty nest.  More adjustments.  I've been married and single.  A whole lot of adjustments.

I've only blogged about one thing today:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/spacecraft-aircraft-and-luggage.html

National Gumdrop Day

When : Always February 15th

National Gumdrop Day honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet.

On National Gumdrop Day, you know what to do . . . eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!

Test your Knowledge: Quiz: What children's board game includes Gumdrops? For the answer, scroll down.

Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/gumdropday.htm

Answer to quiz(above): The popular Candyland board game by Milton-Bradley. First introduced in 1949, it includes Gumdrop Mountain and Gumdrop Pass.

For nearly a century Canada had no distinctive national flag. Each time Canadians suggested a new symbol to replace the Canadian Red Ensign, modelled after a British naval flag, there was controversy. Maple leaves, beavers, crosses, crowns — propositions that went nowhere. In 1964 Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson said he'd introduce a new national flag. But Opposition leader John Diefenbaker and the Royal Canadian Legion wanted to stick with the Red Ensign. Everyone had an opinion before Canada finally chose the red and white flag with the maple leaf.

Source:  http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/language-culture/the-great-canadian-flag-debate/first-official-canadian-flag-raised.html

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Who didn't love Mr. Dressup? Seriously!!

Two blog posts on February 14th, both about new paper piecings:



About Valentine's Day

When: February 14th.

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

The traditions of Valentine's Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates and jewelry are the big hits of this holiday as is romantic dinners.

It is a romantic event for lovers and a fun event for kids and family. Many a couple become engaged or wed on this day. For others it is a day to fall in love.

Did you know? While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre During the "Roaring twenties(1920's)", mobs, crime and gangsters were at a height in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was banned, spawning the rise of Bootlegging and mob activity. Chicago , Illinois experienced more than it's share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen, massacred seven members of a rival gang.

Did you Know? February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird's mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other.

Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/valentine/index.htm

February 14, 1996 - Media - Ernie Coombs, CBC TV's Mr. Dressup finishes his last children's show, after 31 years on the air. Toronto, Ontario

I remember taking my oldest son to see Mr. Dressup live.  Now that was a very, very long time ago.

Source:  http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_14

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anger, Blame and Flying High . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Angry

What has made you angry this week?

So far this week I can't think of anything that has made me angry. Of course I've been home alone and things are going pretty well. That could change before the week is done.

Blame Someone Else Day

When : The first Friday the 13th of the year

What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility, or the blame, for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you are busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you!

So.......if the is somethin wrong whif the spellin of this artickle, it's not my fallt.....its' yours.

Blame Someone Else Day could just be your day. But, watch out..... any blame you place today, can come back to bite you tomorrow. After all...what comes around goes around.

Source: http://holidayinsights.com/other/blamesomeoneday.htm

February 13, 1981 - Military - Capts Leah Mosher, Nora Bottomley and Deeana Brasseur graduate from CFB Moose Jaw as the first women to become Canadian air force pilots. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_13

If you are interested in learning more about the history of Women in the Military check out this link:

On Stage . . . in more ways than one . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: School Play

Were you ever involved in a school play as a student? Did you act, sing, design props, play an instrument, or hold prompt cards? Tell us all about it!

The details are foggy because you know it was back in ancient history but I vaguely recall being a master of ceremonies for something (Christmas concert?) and I shared the podium with someone (a boy). I was in Grade 6 at Forest Park School. I wore a long red and white dress. That's all I've got for you.

I didn't blog on the 12th

Plum pudding is something I associate with Christmas but apparently February 12th is
Plum Pudding Day
When : Always February 12th

Plum Pudding Day is your chance to eat some plum pudding. Doesn't this make you happy!?! You must admit, if it wasn't Plum Pudding Day, you probably wouldn't even think about plum pudding, let alone eat some.

Participating in Plum Pudding Day make take a little work. You will find vanilla and chocolate pudding on store shelves. You'll find banana and tapioca pudding, too. Unfortunately, we do not believe there is a packaged Plum Pudding on the market. That means you get the joy of finding a recipe and making it from scratch. You can also seek out a restaurant that serves it. Tip: call and check before you go.

Plums are popular in Chinese and Asian cuisine. It is likely that this day originated either in Asia, or was created by someone enjoying a Chinese plum pudding dessert.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/plumpuddingday.htm

2010 - Governor General Michaëlle Jean declares the Vancouver Winter Olympic games officially open.  Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_12

I absolutely loved the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. To watch the complete opening check out this link. http://youtu.be/MxZpUueDAvc

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don't cry over spilled milk or bad notes . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Olympics

Are you watching the Sochi Olympics? (Many people are boycotting them or just aren't interested.) If not, why not? If yes, what do you think so far? Any favorite sports, stories, athletes?

I'm not a real sports fan but I do enjoy the Olympics.  Sadly, February was a slow month at work for the hubby and he kept interrupting my Olympics-viewing.  He is not a fan.  Don't know why.

I only have one blog post for February 11th and it is about a paper piecing I had just finished making.  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/paper-piecings-small-suitcases.html

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

When : Always February 11th

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is in recognition that everyone spills a little milk now and then. It's a day to be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. As the song says: Don't Worry, be Happy!

Today is a day to recognize that s_ _ _ happens. And, when it does, Don't worry, or fret, or cry over it. Rather, take a positive attitude and fix it, or get past it.

We all know the concept of the question: Is the glass half full or half empty? The pessimist sees it as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full. It's all an attitude towards life.

You should participate in "Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day" with an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/spilledmilkday.htm

February 11, 1942 - Musical comedienne Anna Russell gives her First one-woman show at the Eaton Auditorium; her parodies of concert music and opera, made her a favorite around the world. Toronto, Ontario

Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_11

I couldn't find any videos that would allow me to embed them in this blog post but I do suggest you check out some her videos on youtube . . . very funny . . . very clever.

Who might I have been in a past life? What is your opinion? ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Past Lives

Assuming for the sake of this prompt that you believe in past lives, who do you think you were in a past life? What events or traits do you 'remember' from the past, or connections do you feel with the past?

I have no idea who I might have been in a previous life, if such a thing even existed.  Who do you think I might have been.

Only two blog posts on February 10th.  Both showcase different crafts I do.

Paper Piecing:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/paper-piecing-sea-planes.html

Knitting:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/i-just-cant-believe-it-two-more.html

Umbrella Day

When : Always February 10th

Umbrella Day is in honor of one of the world's most invaluable inventions. On a rainy, day, we are sure glad that someone was smart enough to invent it. It's also increasingly popular to use umbrellas to shade ourselves from harmful UV radiation, and the heat of the sun.

Umbrellas come in all sorts of sizes, colors, shapes, and, designs. Businesses and organizations use them for advertising. The smallest umbrellas fit inside a purse or glove compartment. Golf umbrellas are popular sizes. Then, there are lawn and beach umbrellas. There's one (or two) made just for you.

Celebrate Umbrella Day in a couple of ways. First, make sure your umbrella is handy. Second, use it, or walk around with it. If you don't have an umbrella, isn't it time to get one?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Awkward Dates and a Free Library ~j

February 9, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Dating Scars

What's the weirdest or most awkward date you've ever been on?

Went out for lunch at Michael's on the Thames in London. I was probably 19 or 20 a the time. We were way underdressed for the restaurant. And while we were waiting to order, my date casually mentioned that he hoped I could pay because he was broke. Yup. I only had a few bucks on me so I ordered a caesar salad to share and then we got the heck out of there. I think that one qualifies as weird and awkward.

Two blog posts on February 9th:

Showcasing the scrapbooking layouts I finished in January:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/january-2014-scrapbooking.html

Showcasing an very interesting square for my oddball sampler afghan:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/another-oddball-square-i-cord-flower.html

Clean Out Your Computer Day

When : Second Monday of the month
Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs.
Most of us add programs and files to our computer with reckless abandon. After all, computers have huge storage capacity. Many of these files and programs are forgotten over time. Overtime they clog memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other files. And, some may slow down your computer.
Somewhere along the way, a (most likely) computer geek or service person, created this day as an opportunity for us to remember to cleanup and delete old and unused files.
So, get into the spirit of the day, and clean out the old computer.
Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/cleancomputerday.htm

February 9, 1883 - Ontario's First free public library opens at Guelph. Guelph, Ontario
Source:  http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_9

Clones and Kites and Long Live the Queen . . . ~j

Today's Writing Prompt: Clones

If you could clone yourself, what would you have your clones do for you today?

I'm not sure I would want to clone myself. Wouldn't my other me have the same arthritis, etc.? If so, she would be pretty useless to me. But if they could take out the arthritis gene and maybe a few others that are wonky and replace them with healthy non-arthritic genes, that would be very useful. She would be able to do all the things I can't do know . . . like scrubbing the kitchen floor and cleaning out cupboards. If she thinks like me I'm sure I could keep her pretty busy in the studio trying out all the ideas I keep trying to make time for.

Just read an interesting article, The Power in Writing About Yourself. Here's the link http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/12/ew-feelings/383475/?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook

Only one blog post on February 8th . . . http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/the-advantage-of-snow-storms-and-bitter.html

Kite Flying Day

When : Always February 8th
Today is Kite Flying Day, a great time to go fly a kite. People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years. Its an ever popular activity for children, and enjoyed by many adults.
Ben Franklin was perhaps the most well known kite flyer. He flew a kite in a thunderstorm and discovered electricity. He got a charge out of flying kites!
We are amazed that Kite Flying Day is held in the middle of winter. Chances are few people in the northern areas of the country will brave the snow and cold today to go outdoors and fly a kite.
Did you know? Kites were first used by the military in ancient China over 3,000 years ago.
If the weather is good in your area, we have one thing to say to you.... Go fly a Kite!

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/kiteflyingday.htm

February 8, 1952 - Queen Elizabeth II takes the Oath of Accession to the Throne, following the death two days earlier of her father, King George the Sixth. London, England

Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_8

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It is winter and I'm married to a truck driver . . .


I am the wife of a transport truck driver.  And winter is coming.  This is the most anxious time of the year not only for drivers but for those of us waiting at home.

These photos were taken in the Appalachian Mountains in February 2014.  Its a nice little rest stop on the side of the road and apparently very popular with drivers.  There was no snow when they went to sleep.  Hubby woke up in the morning to knee deep snow and several trucks stuck near the entrance, blocking everyone in.

When the plows finally came through, the police and tow trucks soon followed.  They were all very lucky that day.

I try not to worry.  I remind myself that if anything were wrong, his company would call me . . . therefore he is all right despite what the Weather Network is saying.

I keep reminding myself that he is only a couple of days away from home.  He isn't gone for weeks travelling across Canada anymore. 

Do you want to know what the worst thing is?  Seeing photos of tractor trailer accidents posted on social media.  You stare at the photo to see if it is your spouse's truck and try to mentally calculate where he is so you can reassure yourself that he is okay.  

So if I seem a little cranky some days this winter, please remember it is winter and my driver is on the road somewhere and I worry.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Onions

4 cups peeled, diced sweet potatoes
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped thyme leaves
1/2 cup pecan halves
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425F.

In large bowl, combine potatoes, onion, garlic, oil and thyme.  Toss well to coat.  Pour into shallow roasting pan.  Bake, turning occasionally, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft and golden brown.

Add pecans.  Roast 10 minutes, watching carefully so nuts don't burn.

Drizzle with vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 4-6 side servings.

Sweet Potato Pie Delite

1 250 g package soft cream cheese
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 9" unbaked pie shell
14 oz sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
whipped cream (optional)

Beat cream cheese until light and fluggy; blend in 1 of the eggs, vanilla and half of the sugar.  Spread cheese mixture on the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.

Beat remaining 2 eggs; blend in sweet potatoes, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon, ginger and milk.  Pour mixture carefully over cream cheese to form a second layer.

Bake in preheated 425F oven for 10 minutes.  Reduce temperature to 350F.  Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until set.

Cool.  Garnish with whipped cream.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato - Apple Bake

4 medium sweet potatoes
3 tart apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat over to 350F.  Lightly coat a shallow 1-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a medium saucepan, cover sweet potatoes with water and boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes of until slightly tender.  Drain and let cool.  Remove and discard the sweet potato skins and cut into 1/2" thick slices.

Peel and core the apples.  Cut crosswise into 1/2" thick rings.  Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discolouring.  Arrange half of the sweet potato slices in a layer in the prepared baking dish.  Top with the apples and then the remaining sweet potatoes.

In a small microwaveable bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Microwave on high power for 30 seconds or until melted.  Stir until smooth and blended.  Drizzle over the sweet potato mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until very tender.

Makes a perfect side dish with turkey.

This was another delicious swap recipe from last year.  Sweet potatoes and apples just belong together.

Ginger Shortbread

1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp finely chopped ginger
2 cups of flour

Mix by hand. Put in ungreased 8" square pan. Bake at 300F for 60 minutes.

My mom made these cookies for a recipe swap last year and I really enjoyed them. That is saying a lot because I'm not really fond of ginger.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Never Surrender your Lame Duck ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Report Card

If you could be graded in any made-up subject you wish, what would you get an "A" in?

I think I would get an A in Grey's Anatomy trivia, ink splattering, unraveling yarn and roasting turkey.

Lame Duck Day
When : Always February 6th
Hey, today is everything it's quacked up to be. Lame Duck Day is set aside to give recognition to people whose tenure in a position is running out.
Okay, so you are probably thinking that a "lame duck" is a duck with some sort of injury. If only that were the reason for toady! Rather, a "Lame Duck" by human, definition is a person who is in a position of some kind, and will soon be "shown the door". The best example is an incumbent politician who lost in the November elections. They usually remain in office until the beginning of January. It also applies to leaders, managers, etc, who are retiring or whose term of office is up.
During the interim period, a Lame Duck is usually far less effective, and frequently ineffective. After all, loyalties will soon shift. It's impossible to rally the troops to one more cause or project.
On Lame Duck Day...
If you are a Lame Duck: Enjoy those final days. Reflect upon you successes, and the joys and rewards the position provided to you. Kick back a little and have some fun today, and in the remaining days.
If you know a Lame Duck: Supporters should provide recognition and support. Non-supporters can cut the Lame Duck a little slack today. They will soon be gone.
If you are a duck and you are lame, seek medical attention.
Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/lameduckday.htm

February 6, 1986 - Music - Corey Hart awarded a special Juno to mark his one millionth album sold. Toronto, Ontario
Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_6

About Mice and Weather ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Wild Pets

If you could have any wild animal as a pet, which would you choose?

I like animals in the abstract. I am not a pet owner. We had all kinds of pets when the boys were young but mostly cats. The worst pets we had (in my world) were the mice, a gift from my sister . . . although she still denies she did that. The boys were very young and I was responsible for the horrid little creatures. Now that the boys are grown ups I no longer keep pets. I figure I've looked after all the eating and pooping critters I care to. I think it is quite clear that I would not choose any wild animal.

I posted two blogs posts on February 5th. One is about a sampler afghan I was working on. Happy to report that it is finished and resides over the back of a chair in my living room. http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/celtic-texture-afghan-strip.html.

The second post is about organizing fibres and ribbons. http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/organization-challenge-6.html

National Weatherman's Day
When : Always February 5th
National Weatherman's Day honors weathermen, and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather. Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather is still a tricky, and ever changing business.
Knowing the weather is important in so many ways. It affect how we dress, where we go, and even if we go. Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather. And, knowing the weather can save lives. The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornados may hit.
According to the Air Force News, Weatherman's Day "commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America's first weathermen". Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to1816.
If you see a weatherman today, give them your appreciation for a job well done.
Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/weathermanday.htm

And here was the weather forecast for SW Ontario on February 5th according to the Weather Network: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/southern-ontario-drivers-waking-up-to-snowy-roads-as-winter-storm-moves-through/20855/

February 5, 1954 - Most northerly group of Canada's Arctic islands, discovered by William Baffin in 1616, and not seen again until 1818, are named after Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth Islands, Nunavut
Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_5

Embarrassing Parents and the End of Door-to-door Mail Delivery ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Oh, Parents

What do your parents do - or have they done - that embarrasses you?

I don't know whether my parents have never embarrassed me because I can't remember an instance. So either they were well behaved in public OR it was so traumatic that I've blanked it out.

My only blog post on February 4th was to show one of my oddball afghan finished squares . . . one of my favourites, in fact. http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/oddball-afghan-diagonal-square.html

February 4, 2013 - Canada's penny withdrawn from circulation; following the lead of Australia and New Zealand; last one produced by the Royal Canadian Mint on May 4, 2012. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Create a Vacuum Day
When : Always February 4th
Create a Vacuum Day just might leave you in an empty void. We found no factual information or records about this day. So, we can only speculate to its cause..........
Theory #1: A hard working housewife, frustrated over her vacuuming chores, declared a day to commemorate the chore of vacuuming. The hole in this theory is that the day would likely be simply called "Vacuum Day" or "No Vacuuming Day". Why include the word "Create" in the title? This led us to........
Theory #2: A (mad!?) scientist created this day to celebrate the creation of a vacuum during laboratory work. But, isn't this routine scientific work!? We think so. Therefore, it led us to..............
Theory#3: Someone desperately in need of a simpler life, conceived this day. They wanted to create a vacuum that would suck all of the daily work, chores and clutter out of their life. If only for one day, they would be freed to enjoy the simple life of leisure. Now, here's a theory that really makes sense for today!
However you choose to commemorate this day, we hope it's a good one!
Origin of Create a Vacuum Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We can offer two theories about what happened to the original documentation of this day:
1. As the originators were creating a vacuum in their laboratory, the records were caught up in the void.
2. The originators were vacuuming their home, and the papers were sucked up along with the dust bunnies.
Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/vacuumday.htm

Thank a Mailman Day

When : Always February 4th
Thank a Mailman Day is your chance to say thanks to the guy, or gal, who delivers your mail. After all, they are there six days a week. The reliable postal worker is always there doing their job, regardless of the weather. They are a hardy lot. You'll find some mail carriers on walking routes, wearing shorts in all but the coldest of winter days.
Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/thankmailmanday.htm

Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Groundhog Day and Candlemas ~j

Today's Writing Prompt: Accident

Describe the circumstances of an accident you've been in. Car, plane, boat, bike - any kind.

The very first car accident I was ever involved in was coming home from a Cubs meeting one evening with Greg. Hal was driving our new pick up truck and fortunately it was cold so Greg was in the cab and not in the back. Hey, that was back in the day when we let people ride in the back of pick up trucks and no one thought anything bad of it. We were heading north on Fairview Ave at Wellington Street when a car turned right in front of us. Hal saw it and was able to swerve enough that he only hit only one corner of the truck. Turns out the kid had just got his license that day. No one was hurt thank goodness but because it was the first time I'd ever been in an accident so I was pretty upset and so relieved we had Greg in the cab with us.

I wrote a post about a thought I had after watching Wall-E at http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/is-future-here.html

Groundhog Day http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/groundhog-day

Candlemas, The Feast of Purification

On the Modern calendar - February 2nd
On the Julian calendar - February 15th
Candlemas is the last holiday of the Christmas season. Candlemas is a christian celebration, or festival, of the Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary. It also celebrates the annual blessing of candles used by the church.