Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unwanted Win

SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Unwanted Win

Write about someone who wins something they do not want.

I can't write about an unwanted win without hurting some peoples feelings so I choose to write about something a little more general.

I don't wear perfume.  Perfume makes my allergies go wonky.  I hate wonky allergies.  People used to give me perfume as gifts.  Fortunately no one has done that in a while.  

Perfume is kind of a personal thing.  I think that, unless you know for sure what a person's favourite is, you should just get a gift certificate or something a little less personal.  

Okay rant over.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Scrapbooking Finishes from August 2014

Yep, just one layout . . . 

In my defense, it was summer . . . LOL.

Scrapbooking Finishes from August 2014

Yep, just one layout . . . 

In my defense, it was summer . . . LOL.

Question #23

What would you do if money were no object?

If money were no object, I know exactly what I would do.  TRAVEL!!!  Everywhere!!!

I want to go to Europe, Australia, Iceland . . . 

I want to travel by plane, train, ship . . . 

And I would write stories about my adventures.

Movie Review: Yankee Doodle Dandy

A few days ago I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time I had actually seen.  I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed.  If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies.  I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter.  Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #100 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Released in 1942, it is pretty clear that this film was an important propaganda piece for the United States.  But it is also a great song and dance movie with a little romance thrown in as well.  
Star of the show, James Cagney, plays George M. Cohan, a famous composer, playwright, actor and song and dance man.  It is definitely interesting to watch James Cagney play this part when he is usually a "bad guy."  I am pretty sure I've watched this movie a few times in the past and I truly did enjoy watching it again.  

As I was watching the credits at the end of the movie I saw the name Jeanne Cagney who played Josie Cohan, George Cohan's sister.  A quick google proved that Jeanne is indeed James Cagney's sister in real life.

Yankee Doodle Dandy wan nominated for 8 Oscars and Won 3 . . . for leading actor, music and sound.

Question #22

What memories are brought by the smell of pine needles?

When I smell pine needles I think of outdoors, of course.  

I think of Christmas.  It is only since Hal and I became empty nesters that we stopped having a real Christmas tree.  

Pine needles also remind me of rosemary.  I love rosemary in cooking, especially with roasted potatoes.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Knitting Finishes from August 2014

One mystery knit-along dishcloth completed.

An oddball sampler afghan square complete.  It is called Choo Choo and the pattern is here

A second mystery knit-along dishcloth completed.

The mystery knit-along afghan which I started forever ago is finally completed.

And a second oddball sampler afghan square . . . Fairy Tale Castle.  Here is the pattern

Question #21

Write about your first car.

The only car I ever bought in my whole life was this beautiful 1985 Olds Cutlass Supreme.  I loved that car.  I drove it until the frame finally gave up.

And for those of you who have heard the story of me driving my car while it was on fire to the fire hall . . . here's the proof.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Question #20

List your four favourite desserts.

There is nothing I don't love about dessert.  Dessert is happiness in a dish.

My four favourite desserts are

1.  cheesecake . . . any kind

2.  pie . . . especially blueberry and cherry

3.  yogurt with fresh fruits and granola

4.  cookies . . . any kind

Wow, that was easy.

Six Word Saturday . . . I know . . . I know . . . It really is Monday . . .

Six Word Saturday!

Describe your life or current situation using only six words.

I'm looking forward to scrapbooking tonight.

July 2014 Scrapbooking Finishes

This last layout is missing one photo . . . of the way this building looks today.  I really need to take care of this.

July 2014 Scrapbooking Finishes

This last layout is missing one photo . . . of the way this building looks today.  I really need to take care of this.

Question #19

Write about your very first job.

My very first job that wasn't babysitting or the one tragic day in the agricultural field was at 13 when I spent the summer working for the Falkins at the Wendie Leigh Motel on Talbot Street in St. Thomas.  I remember that certain things had to be done exactly done . . . especially bed making and that leaving a hair in the sink was a capital offence.  I don't remember what I was paid.

July 2014 Knitting Finishes

I actually finished 3 mystery knit-along dishcloths and one lonely odd ball afghan square in July 2014.  That is it.

What Do You See?

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: What Do You See?

What do you see, right now, as you're reading this prompt?

The room where I spend most of my time and it is kinda messy right now.  Vendored at a crop on the weekend and I haven't unpacked yet.  See the clipboard on the left corner of my desk?  That is My Dreaded To Do List.

Question #18

Did you ever run away from home?

When we were really young a neighbourhood friend wanted to run away from home because her family weren't going to give her a birthday party and she was heartbroken.  So we made our plans and at the crack of dawn the next day (I believe it was a Sunday) Lori and I filled a garbage bag with clothes and books and food and sneaked out the back door.  When we arrived at our friend's home she informed us she didn't have to run away after all because she did get her birthday party after all.  Well, I suppose we could have returned home but since we were packed we decided to continue running away.  We ran away to a nearby gully (ravine?) with a huge old tree that provided excellent cover.  It was about 4 blocks from home, 1 block from our grandparents and right across the road from family friends.  But we were quite sure we were well hidden and would never be found.  I don't think we had given any thought to what we would do when the bread and jar of freezer jam ran out.  Needless to say, the family friend spotted us and called our parents and we were discovered and returned home.  I don't remember the consequences so it couldn't have been too bad.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recipe - Quinoa and Lentil Salad | SOS Cuisine

Recipe - Quinoa and Lentil Salad | SOS Cuisine

4 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 30 min
470 calories per serving


2/3 cup green-brown lentils (dried) 110 g
1 cup quinoa 180 g
2 cups water 500 mL
1 yellow or red sweet peppers, finely diced 200 g
1 shallots, finely chopped 40 g
1/2 bunch arugula, coarsely chopped 80 g
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 65 mL
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 1/2 lemon
2 tsp Dijon mustard 10 mL
80 g feta cheese, crumbled
4 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped 12 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste


Rinse the lentils and cook them in a saucepan of boiling salted water, about 30 min until tender but still somewhat firm. Drain, discard the liquid and set aside the lentils.

Cook the quinoa in the water then let it cool down 10 minutes.

Prepare the vegetables: Seed, core and dice the pepper; finely chop the shallot; coarsely chop the arugula. Place the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the lentils and quinoa to the bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Pour over the salad. Gently toss to combine. Coarsely crumble the feta cheese and add it on top of the salad. Sprinkle with the finely chopped mint then serve.


Lentils can be cooked up to 5 days in advance.


THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Prom

It's prom season, at least in the US.

Do you remember your prom?

I don't know these people.  I borrowed this photo because it cracked me up.

I only went to one prom and it wasn't my own.  I left school when I was 16 . . . hey it was the 70s! I really don't remember much about it except that we had supper at McDonalds and I wore a long black skirt.  That was a really really long time ago.

Question #17

How do you entertain your family without spending any money?  I'd love to hear your ideas.

Boxing Day 2013
I'm going to assume that we can use anything that is standard in our home.  When we have the grandsons over we generally play board games or card games.  Euchre and Clue are favourites.  For snacks we usually make pots of tea or hot chocolate and munch on big bowls of popcorn.  Sometimes we watch favourite movies such as Oscar.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Question #16

List 3 favourite TV shows.

Scrapbook layout challenge for you night owls

Scrapbook a layout about something you don't like.

Scrapbook layout challenge for you night owls

Scrapbook a layout about something you don't like.

Question #15

What are your 10 favourite restaurants and why?

This would be good journaling for a scrapbooking layout.

1.  Asuka Japanese Cuisine, St. Thomas ON

2.  Braxton's Tap & Grill, St. Thomas ON

3.  Boston Pizza, St. Thomas ON

4.  Le Cafe Siam, St. Thomas ON
I can't believe I have never blogged about this restaurant before.  I love this little hidden gem.  It is intimate, beautifully decorated, the staff are charming and provide excellent service, the food is FABULOUS and it is reasonably priced.

5.  Bella Jack's, St. Thomas ON
Another restaurant I haven't blogged about yet.  Unbelievable.  Excellent margaritas, the fish tacos are fabulous, the decor is amusing and fun, the staff are quite friendly and it is all very reasonably priced.  Deb and I were just there two nights ago when we ran away from home.

6.  Golden Dragon, St. Thomas ON
New to St. Thomas, we've only ordered from them a couple of times so far.  It is really important to phone your order in well in advance because it is a tiny operation and they are very very busy already.  It is take out only but the food is fresh made and delicious.  The prices are excellent too.

7.  New Sarum Diner, New Sarum ON
This restaurant has been around forever because it is excellent.  The decor is kitschy and full of collectibles.  The service is fabulous.  It is the perfect place for a nice family dinner.  The chicken dinner is my favourite thing to order.

8.  Montana's, London ON or Oakville ON
I can only speak for these two restaurants, but I have never had a bad meal in either place.  I love the cobb salad and the corn bread.  It is a fun place to eat with so many collectibles and "junk" to look at.

9.  At the Crossroads, Elmira ON
It is impossible not to find something delicious At the Crossroads.  You can order from a menu but why?  The buffet is the best.  In fact it is the one and only buffet I have ever been to that gets it right.  The selection of salads, entrees and sides is enormous and the desserts . . . sigh . . . so many beautiful desserts.  Can you tell I love this place?

10.  Arabesque, Kitchener ON
Arabesque could very well be my go-to place for Middle-Eastern food.  The servings were huge and beautiful and colourful and totally delicious.  It was noisy, mostly because the place was packed while we were there with families all chattering together.  The decor is nice but nothing fancy.  Our server was delightful.  The prices were excellent.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Cats

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: cats.

My favourite cat
his name was Stooge not too bright
but always so kind
outside cat couldn't keep him in
escaped every chance he got 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Scrapbooking challenge for a quiet Monday evening . . .

Scrapbook a layout you've been meaning to start.

I thought I'd printed and scrapped all the photos from this crop.  I can't believe I missed these three the first time around.  Hail to the chief cook and bottle washer . . . LOL . . . my dear hubby.

Scrapbooking challenge for a quiet Monday evening . . .

Scrapbook a layout you've been meaning to start.

I thought I'd printed and scrapped all the photos from this crop.  I can't believe I missed these three the first time around.  Hail to the chief cook and bottle washer . . . LOL . . . my dear hubby.

Question #14

What are your favourite three things to wear?

This is an easy question for me.

1.  pyjama pants and tank tops (but only at home)

2.  flip flops

3.  earrings (I feel naked without them)

Enough with the Celebrities

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Enough with the Celebrities

If you could rid the world of just one overexposed celebrity, who would you move out of the spotlight permanently?

That is all for the moment . . . 

Question #13

What's something you were afraid of as a child?

When I was a kid I don't remember being afraid of much of anything.  If I was, I probably wouldn't have done as many crazy things as I did.  I was quiet and very shy around new people though.  My sister was generally the instigator of any crazy we did.

As an adult I have a disturbing list of things I'm afraid of.  I'm assuming it is because I have an understanding now of pain and mortality and consequences.  It could have a lot to do with the fact that anxiety seems to be a family trait.  Who knows?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Memorial Day

MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Memorial Day

In the USA, today is Memorial Day. Tell us any stories about loved ones who have served in the Armed Forces.

Look at his face.  He is so young.  

Garfield Edwin Page was born January 27, 1897 in Tryconnell, Ontario.  He was my great grand uncle; half brother of my great grandfather Alexander Hewson. He joined the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on March 29th, 1916 at the age of 19. The rest of his life is still a mystery to me but I am searching for more information about him. He died August 10, 1968 and is buried at South Park Cemetery, St. Thomas, Ontario.