Yes my American friends, I would like as a Canadian to wish all of you who are reading this a very Happy Thanksgiving. In spite of all the horror in our world today, we still have a lot to be grateful for. As a Canadian we celebrated our Thanksgiving a few weeks ago. Ours was tempered with the knowledge that our economy was being dragged down by the price of oil, and that layoffs were imminent. That has since come to pass. But even at that there is a lot of good and beautiful in our land that we must give thanks to God for. Have a great Day!


The other day you may recall that I had purchased a portable hard drive from Staples on sale. The install went fine and I still think I did the right thing, BUT, the way I had set it up was to go with a continuous back up. I suppose I should have known that the computer would run slowly, but I had no idea that it would be this slow. However I took the machine off continuous, mainly because I create very little new stuff any more, other than the blog. It is now set to do a complete backup on Sunday night after we have gone to bed. We simply leave the computer on, and the back up takes place. Voila, the computer runs normally again!


I believe I have put this item in the blog before, but I was reminded of it the other day when I had yet another of my frequent winter nosebleeds. Many years ago, we had a great doctor, an old Saskatchewan md, who advised me to use Salinex spray, to keep the nose internal parts moist, and to use plain old Vaseline, rubbed into the inside of the nose. Well, it still works, I occasionally use the Salinex, but I do use the Vaseline every other day or more often if I think it necessary. So, how much Vaseline does one use for this? About the amount equal to the size of a small pea, or the head of a large kitchen wooden match. I squeeze it out onto a clean pinkie finger, transfer half of it to my other pinkie, and put it in each nostril. Then a pinch of the nose to distribute it around and we are done for the day at least.

Our climate is dry, and the inside of our heated homes is even drier, and this will keep the membrane moist, and I have yet to have a nosebleed using this system!


The second part of this idea, and it uses Vaseline too, is when we fly. I got this one from a guy who flew long distance to Hawaii, every week as a pilot. Before flying he would do the same as above, or he used Vicks, and he claimed that he never got a cold from flying. My wife and I never flew without coming down with a cold or a bronchial infection within about 10 days of flying. The little dab will do ya treatment works so well, we have yet to have our vacation messed up with any kind of sinus, bronchial or other illness over the past 6 or 7 years. He told me that with the recirculated air on the plane, the air was dry, and also carried whatever germs that were coughed or sneezed into the cabin. I am a believer. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose.


Some of you may remember the great hue and cry that went up when the Parks Service in the U.S. decided to reinstate wolves into Yellowstone. It was going to kill ranching, kill all the small animals and a lot of other dire consequences. Such was not the case however, and this short video explains all the good that came of the wolves and in may ways that one would never have guessed. Take a look! Yellowstone wolves

You will no doubt recall the recent terrorist killings in France. This is a short speech in the French Government regarding Jews in France and the Government stance on racism against the Jews. I got this one courtesy of a Jewish friend of mine in Florida. Give a listen: France

Everyone knows just how dumb cows are, right? After you see this video, you will have to rethink that idea! Cows




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Have a Great Day, and be nice to each other.

Ross Open-mouthed smile

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter!

As has become a family tradition so to speak over the past few years, our entire family got together and went to dinner at a nice restaurant last Tuesday on the 17th. The dinner is the result of the alignment of our collective birthday celebrations coming very close together.

It was sprinkling rain when we left home, but aside from that all was OK. The restaurant was not all that far away, either, maybe 15 miles, at the most. During dinner my son who sat in the only chair with a view to the outside announced that not only was it snowing, it was coming down heavily in those big fat wet flakes we love so much. No big deal, I said, since the weatherman had told us to expect flurries tonight around midnight. Well, it was no flurry and it was not midnight!

By the time I got the wet snow cleared from the car so I could see to drive, I was pretty wet, and when I got in the car to drive the windows just fogged up. That cleared up eventually, and everybody kind of kept their distaance, and we made pretty good time getting home all things considered.The drive home was slow, though very slow but we kept moving unless stopped for a light. The wind blew at times to likely 50 MPH, and that didn’t help. At times the snow got a lot heavier, and then it would ease up.

When I got home and parked, I happened to look at the front of the car, and it was covered in frozen sleet, and even the headlight, and fog lights were just about covered over with ice. The whole front was iced up. If the lights had not been on, even they would have iced over. but the heat from the lights kept them putting the light on the road.

Our weatherman has forecast a similar situation for tonight, so I can safely say that while we have been lucky up to now, winter is upon us.


I got tired of the old page and it was never seeming to work easily for me when it came time to compose it. The original one I have used for a long time now was easy to use, but I didn’t like how dark it was. This one has dark and light portions, but looks modern at the same time. I do not use Facebook, Twitter or any other social account so that was not important, although the page I am using and all the others for that matter provide for it. Anyway I hope you are happy with the new look. Let me know if you are happy with it


A few days ago before the arrival of winter, I looked out and saw a lot of birds at the feeder. We have been lucky all summer to have enjoyed the Chickadees, that I think were made up from 2 families since we have had as many as 10 birds at a time stop over, at one time. This time we were also blessed with the Purple finches that have stayed around all summer. Added into this we also had a Nuthatch. They are not the most plentiful bird around and it was nice to see, but they eat insects with a long pointed bill, and it was sitting on the feeder that had nothing but sunflower seeds. Finally, our Flicker showed up and stayed for a while. He/she shows up from time to time, never on a regular basis, but always good to see. This all happened in a matter of about 10 minutes.

The rabbit population has completely turned white now for the winter, and they have been seen around. Some deer have also come by, and I saw a pretty good size buck just across the road in the park field yesterday. All in all a pretty interesting place to live!


Since I got Windows 10 I have found out a few things about it, I am still in learning mode I suppose. I now have Cortana, but still am looking to see just where it will work for me.

My old computer came with Windows 7, now upgraded to Windows 10. I like it. It loads very quickly, and I even get reminders that I have some unused Apps that if I get rid of them in the Task Manager, start up will be even quicker.

I have also discovered that for some reason the Password Disc does not seem to work. hmmmm.

One thing I did do was buy a portable hard drive that constantly backs up the latest operating system and any documents I have made or updated. It is a 1 terabyte system from Staples that was on sale for $79.95. It is simple to install, and runs off a USB port when the computer is running. I have to remember that one day the hard drive will pack it in and trying to replace for example all the old tax files that are only on the hard drive would likely cause me to lose it. The price suddenly looks cheap!


The first site I have is one I like to come up with every Christmas. See it deals with the Christmas Season and where you buy your Christmas stuff. I remember one store last year that wished me a Happy Holiday, and I asked back which one would that be. That caused a perplexed look that said what do I do now. Check out the video: Christmas


Why people go to Florida for the winter, take a look: Canadian winter


Take a look at what an 11 year old boy did at Normandy Beach Normandy tribute


Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


A blonde gets home from work early & hears strange noises coming from the bedroom.

She rushes upstairs only to find her husband naked lying on the bed, sweating and panting.

‘What’s up?’ she asks.

‘I think I’m having a heart attack,’ – cries the husband…

The blonde rushes downstairs to grab the phone, but just as she’s dialling, her four-year-old son comes up and says,

"Mummy Mummy Aunty Shirley is hiding in the wardrobe & she has no clothes on".

The blonde slams the phone down and storms back upstairs into the bedroom right past her husband…She rips open the wardrobe door and sure enough, there is her sister, totally naked and cowering on the floor.

‘You rotten Bitch’, she screams.

‘My husband’s having a heart attack, and you’re running around naked playing hide and seek with the kids!!!???

Have a Great Day, and be kind to each other.

Ross  Open-mouthed smile

Win 10 problems, whew!

About a week ago, Microsoft downloaded and installed an update for Win 10, and shortly after things started to go south. First of all, an app would not open. Another would not close. FRED (the name of my computer) started doing strange things,such as no response, Google that would not work well, computer would not shut down, and a few other things.
So, with this being Saturday, and no more CFL until tomorrow I decided that there was enough time to do the Win 10 version of “System Restore”. This is the one that will restore your computer back to one of the restore points (when it was running OK, and before an update) on your computer. I have used it in the past with Win 7 and so forth, but it is a bit different in Win 10, and one needs to be careful and not confuse this with “System Recovery”. System Recovery will take your computer back to Day 1, and reinstall the operating system. YOU WILL lose a lot of installed programs, and I really didn’t want to do a lot of reinstalls in particular all my old income tax work.
So, when the computer simply would not shut down last night, I resorted to Plan B, and held the power switch in for 5 seconds and sure enough that still worked. I knew that since Windows did not shut down properly, it was going to take longer to start this morning, and so when it started it did what I expected, and then I got a message that updates were being installed and do not shut down. OK! Looks like we are getting somewhere, but I started to wonder what was going on when it did this 3 more times, for a total of 4.In the end I think I actually got a complete new download, because I got Cortana now
I waited, since I had little choice, and my patience was rewarded with a computer that is running perfectly now. Thank you, Thank you Bill Gates!

While we are on the subject of technology, have you had an opportunity to see the latest street lighting that the city has installed. It is a long way an improvement over the older mercury vapour lams that were so good after the older still incandescent lamps the city had when we first came here in 1960. The light from the mercury vapour lights was a terrible colour, and it rendered the illuminated area with terrible colour. Then came the sodium vapour ones that were kind of an orange colour. At least what was illuminated looked better. Just a couple of years ago, the city changed the lamp lens to improve the light spread and reduce the light scatter into the atmosphere.
Last summer, the city went whole hog and updated to using an LED system. Wow, it is white light, and focuses down onto the road, and on our street there are no areas of the 4 lane road in shadow! Light is not scattered around into the sky, or onto the houses. It goes on the road. Sure it cost to make the change, but the energy cost is likely only 10% of what it once was and the light output goes on the road, where it can do some good. This is one update I can applaud the city for doing. Now if we could only convince our board that all of our out-dated  lighting could be replaced, we could save a bundle on energy costs, and reduce the servicing costs in lamp replacement. Guess I was smoking that legal weed that Trudeau is going to bring in. Sorry.


Henry Burris is an American from Oklahoma. He has played football in Canada for over 15 years. His kids were born here, and he operates as a part owner a restaurant in Calgary. He is also the chairman of the Henry Burris Foundation which raises money for children’s charities in the Calgary area. But because football is not classed as full time work, he literally has no status in Canada. What a load of horse pucky! The bureaucrats in “Disneyland” (Ottawa) are alive and well with this one. And to top it all off, we plan on bringing in some 25,000 Syrian refugees, that will cost us to feed, house, train to speak English, provide healthcare for however long it takes. From my perspective it looks to me as if we have been invaded by the Syrians and they never fired a shot!

See the web page on Burris here: Henry Burris


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. - Buddha

For some time now I have been enjoying and saying up to date on world events via a couple of web pages. One is the Jerusalem Post Newsletter. This is the site you can view it on or if you wish you can subscribe to the daily letter Very informative. Enjoy: Jerusalem Post
The second page is based on video from the mid-east. It is often not too pretty, but it does show the trials of living on the border between Israel and Palestine. You can also subscribe to this page. Israel connection


(Some Jewish humour)

Two bees met in a field. One said to the other, "The weather has been cold, wet and damp,
and there aren’t any flowers, so I can’t make honey."

"No problem," said the first bee, "Just fly down five blocks and turn left. Keep going
until you see all the cars. There’s a Bar Mitzvah going on and there are all kinds of fresh flowers and fresh fruit."

"Thanks for the tip," said the second bee, and flew away.

A few hours later the two bees ran into each other again. The first bee asked, "How did it go?"

"Great!" said the second bee. "It was everything you said it would be. There was plenty of fruit and, oh, such huge floral arrangements on every table."

"Uh, what’s that thing on your head?" asked the first bee.

"That’s my yarmulke," said the second bee . "I didn’t want them to think I was a wasp."



Judy married Ted; they had 13 children.
Ted died, she married again, and she and Bob had 7 more children.

Bob was killed in a car accident 12 years later.
Judy married again, and this time, she and John had 5 children.

Judy finally died, after having 25 children.
Standing before her coffin, the preacher prayed for her.
He thanked the Lord for this very loving woman and said, "Lord, they are finally together."

Ethel leaned over and quietly asked her best friend Margaret, "Do you
think he means her first, second, or third husband?"

Margaret replied, "I think he means her legs, Ethel

Have a great day, and be nice to one another!

Ross Open-mouthed smile

11, 11, 11.

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and in many other jurisdiction’s in the world, where our war veterans and our dead are remembered for their sacrifices. The numbers in the title represent the 11th hour, in the 11th day of the 11th month. As the clock strikes 11 the people in Canada are asked to offer a minute of silence to reflect and honour our veterans.


Have a Great Day, and think of those who went to defend our way of life, and the many who didn’t survive so that you and your families can enjoy a way of life second to none in the world. We have a lot to be grateful for.



Please Wear A Poppy
"Please wear a poppy," the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;

But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.

His smile was full of joy and fun,

"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she’s pinned in on he turned to say,
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.

And because they did, you and I are free –
That’s why we wear a poppy, you see.
"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.

He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew
And became a man – as you will, too.

"He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he’d seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day

When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,
I’ll be back soon, Mom, so please don’t cry.
"But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.


His letters told of the awful fight,
(I can see it still in my dreams at night),
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire.


"Till at last, at last, the war was won-
And that’s why we wear a poppy son."
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "Thanks, lady, I’m glad to know.


That sure did sound like an awful fight,

But your son – did he come back all right?"
A tear rolled down each faded cheek;
She shook her head, but didn’t speak.


I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you’d have done the same;
For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Thought our freedom was bought – and thousands paid!


And so when we see a poppy worn,

Let us reflect on the burden borne,

By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country’s call


That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember – and give!
by Don Crawford


Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. - Charles R. Swindoll

A woman wearing Muslim garb at a Heritage Foundation panel stepped forward and asked why there were no Muslims present at the meeting. Another woman on the panel replies: Question answered
I recently started getting this site from Israel, and found the following video of the place women have in the Israeli military to be fascinating. Take a look. Israeli Women
A couple of Chinese children sing “You Raise Me Up”. Very professional and enjoyable. There are links on the page after the kids that may be of interest as well. Check it out Raise me up

Not all of my readers are of an age who will remember Archie Bunker, but it was comedy like one of a kind, and it embraced racism, but not in an ugly way. Here is a clip from one of his shows where he speaks at a funeral for an old buddy of his. Priceless: Archie Bunker
Have a Great Day, Buy a Poppy and support our troops and veterans.
Ross Peace Open-mouthed smile


November 11 is coming to Canada, a time when we take a moment to reflect and remember the armed forces people who gave their lives for their country. Can I ask that you buy and wear a poppy?
There is a guy who is a US Marine, who writes a blog. It has been condensed by some and published. I have found the original with the updates provided by the Old Jarhead himself. It is a very interesting and poignant article or blog. One of the best I have seen. Check out his blog: Old Jarhead
In keeping with the Remembrance Day celebrations, I would like to have you take a look at what a few Calgarians have done to mark the celebration. A man named George Bittman is mentioned in the Herald article, and I remember meeting him a long time ago, before he was working with the Poppy fund. He was a volunteer even then at the Food Bank here in Calgary. It is quite a story, worth the time it takes. Field of crosses


What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. - Ralph Marston

Remember Glenn Beck, on CNN and later on FOX. Here is a great piece he did on video. You may also appreciate some of the other links on this site. glenn beck
This has to be one of the best pages I have ever seen on the refugee crisis. Take a look, it is a bit long, but super informative. American Thinker

An old man from a remote part of the world came to North America for the first time. In a downtown office building he watched with amazement as an old lady walked into an elevator. He watched as the "wall" opened and the lady walked in. The "wall" closed behind her. He had never seen such a thing before. He then watched as the lights above the wall flashed up in numbers and then stopped.
He watched again as the lights on the wall flashed down I numbers, and the "wall" opened again. Out walked a beautiful slim young blond.
He turned to his young son and said, "Quick go fetch your mother!"
Have a great day and be kind to one another.
Ross Smile


I suppose it is for a number of reasons, and one of the biggest is that I just love stories. I have a friend  who lived in our community before she decided to move into a lodge, who brought some of the most interesting, and human interest stories to me. I was fortunate that she allowed me to print them in our house newsletter, for all of our residents to enjoy.  These stories all came from her personal early life, and nearly always brought a smile.

My father was a guy who loved puns even though he sated that they were the lowest from of humour. Funny thing is, that I still enjoy puns. Reading Peals Before Swine in the daily comics reinforces that thought. His are a bit involved and even forced at times, but at the end of the comic, it will bring a smile, or maybe a groan.

In the first paragraph I alluded to the fact that I printed some of my friends stories in the newsletter. Actually I was the third editor of our monthly newsletter. I enjoyed it, digging up tidbits of stuff from the community, speaking with one of our residents about his or her history, and then after getting their permission I would write it up. From all this I discovered that I actually liked writing, something I had hated to do for years. It all came together when I started to edit the newsletter.

In reality there has always been interesting things going on around our wee community, or our city, province or even the world. The Internet changed a lot of things for somebody who likes writing. The world and all it’s interesting parts was but a click away on the computer in your own home. Then again I have a loyal group of readers and we all exchange what we consider to be funny stories, or weird web sites, or interesting views on world events.

So, there you have it in a nutshell, my answer to the folks who have asked me why I started up with the blog all over again, and after doing that they said they were glad, because they liked it! I was glad they liked it and, and I enjoyed writing it. I might have a bit more on this at a later time. Enough for now.


You may have seen this already, but no matter. It has to do with the refugee crisis in the various places in Europe. It is not pretty, and I have never seen this material on our commercial media on TV. As you look at the video, and read the prose, note that there are links to short videos that show just how serious this is. Truly these are desperate people, but the mess they are creating for somebody else to pick up is sickening. Click the link: Europe refugees

There is yet another site that deals with a slightly different side of the refugee problem, and this one is about Germany, and if you were not scared of what our world is coming to, this may just change your mind. It is a well written piece, check it out: Germany’s refugees


In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln


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Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter. 10 men and 1 woman.
The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to
leave, because otherwise they were all going to fall. They weren’t able to choose
that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech.

She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was
used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general,
and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.

As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping . . …

Have a great day, and be kind to everyone you meet.

Ross Smile


INBOX)344096The weather looks to be perfect tonight for all the trick or treaters who will be out in droves looking to collect some loot, But that is just the adults, the kids will also be out, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. The kids will be excited and will not always take care when crossing streets, so it is up to you big Halloweeners to look out for them.

We were down in our old neighbourhood yesterday, and I was amazed at the amount of decoration that the residents had out on their yards, Nearly every yard in the area had tombstones, spiders, spooks and a whole lot more. I can’t imagine what it will look like at night when it is all lit up! Scary maybe?


After all the years I have been using a computer, I just found out about a quick way to burn a cd or a DVD. Place a shortcut on your desktop, and drag the folder that you wish to burn to the shortcut, your burner will open and you are all set to complete the job. Cool trick! Learn something new every day!

If you have any CD music discs floating around that you enjoy, try copying them into your computer, and playing them back through your computer. You can use earphones if you like or speakers. Copying can be done using the program provided by Microsoft Windows Media Player. With it you can copy (rip) only the music you want, and compress it to take up less space on your hard drive. You can compress using either WMA (Windows Media Audio) or MP3 format when you rip a track. The Windows Media Player shows you how. Then play it back through Windows Medial Player.


I am having a hard time reading about all the folks who have such finely honed wisdom that they can be so sure of themselves when they forecast the future of our Province. First of all the people elected our left wing government with a big majority, when they turfed out a conservative party that had promised the moon for 44 years, and reneged on just about all promises.  I think I even heard that if they were elected again, I was going to grow taller by a couple of inches, and maybe even grow hair. That would be something I could get into if it were true!

Anyway the upshot to all this was that our highways were suffering badly, as was our health care, and education. The province was growing by leaps and bounds and our medical services, particularly with respect to cancer care, and our schools were lagging far behind the growth. The people said enough, and tried out a leftist party with a large majority, and they have set about doing the things the other guys have promised for years and never delivered on.

So, here we are with all these people acting like they are wiser than a tree full of owls, forecasting gloom and doom at the hands of the NDP.

Naomi Lakritz who nearly always writes one of the best columns in the Calgary Herald, came up with a good one today, and if you don’t get the Herald, you can take a peek right here. Naomi Lakritz


It ends tonight, so be sure to set your clocks back 1 hour tonight. Remember the old adage “Spring Ahead, Fall Back”.


We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe. - John Henry Newman


I have a couple of these today, the first is one that I got from a friend, and when I checked it out on Google, it had been altered in many ways, but was very unlike the original. I am using the original one with a few updates and corrections written by the author. Very good piece to make you think of the world around us. The Old Jarhead

25 years ago Donald Trump was on the Oprah Winfrey Show, He was liberal with his views then as he is today, and the views have not changed. check it out: The Donald

There are some extremely sick puppies out there spewing venom for their followers to follow. Check this one out: sicko


If you are Catholic or know a Catholic you’ll appreciate this. Pope Francis recently finished his sermon. He ended it with the Latin phrase, "Tuti Homini" – Blessed be Mankind…

A Woman’s Rights Group approached the Pope the next day. They noticed that the Pope blessed all Mankind, but not Womankind.

So the next day, after his sermon, the Pope concluded by saying,

"Tuti Homini, et Tuti Femini" – Blessed be Mankind and Womankind.

The day after, a Gay Rights Group approached the Pope. They said that they noticed that he blessed Mankind and Womankind and asked if he could also bless gay people. The Pope said, "Sure."

The next day the Pope concluded his sermon with, "Tuti Homini, et Tuti Femini, et Tuti Fruiti."

Have a great day and Halloween, but be nice to each other.

Ross Smile

Random thoughts

I looked out this morning, and it is obvious that summer is coming to an end. It is foggy and below freezing at 28° F, or if you are into Celsius it is minus 2. The fog lifts and just when you think it should be over, it comes back. We have gone this long without a “killing frost” and it is hard to believe. It is now near the end of October, and the gardens still have some green plants. Where we live it is not unusual to have snow or a heavy frost in the first week of September, but to go this long is unusual. Looks like Global Warming might be a fact, as some have been saying for a long time now.

My wife and I were talking about our weather as we looked out, and we both decided that our winter days are far too long. It is close to 8:30 in the morning before we have any real daylight, and the sun is down below the horizon by 6:15 in the evening. Even then, the sky has some light in it, we get a lot of twilight here unlike the tropics where the sun goes down and it is dark in 10 minutes. But it is not enough. By the time of the shortest day of the year we will only have a bit less than 8 hours of daylight. In the summer we get over 16 hours. Unless we can somehow overcome an Astronomy law, we will always have this daylight distribution problem.



Windows 10 has a lot of the old Windows 7, and even a lot of XP look to it. It also looks a lot like the Windows 8 and 8.1, so in many ways it is easy to pick up. The operating system allows it to work with touch screens, tablets, keyboards  and a mouse. It is versatile and will work well across these platforms.

You will need to have an account with Microsoft if you want to do anything other than just use your computer for anything other than use your old programs if you have done an update on your old desk or lap top. It is easy to do, and you can use your existing email address or make up a new one with Outlook or use any existing email you may already have. You now will also need a password, or you can set up a pin number, or you can have both. The Pin is easiest and will be needed to get beyond the start screen. Microsoft built a lot more security in to the Win 10 version.

When you have set up your account and password or pin, you can now check out the apps that come with Windows 10. You will not access or download any of these without the account. Loads of these apps are free, and will take the place of some of the old things that at one time were standard on Windows. You will also have free access to the Cloud or One Drive as Windows call it.

When you start windows and all those little stamp size icons come up in the lower left corner of your screen, look them over and decide if you really do want the ones that Microsoft thinks will work for you. If you would like to get them removed, simply RIGHT click on the icon, and select remove. The program is not deleted, but it is removed from the screen. You can easily move the icons around to suit your own likes, by putting the mouse pointer (arrow) over the one you want to move and hold down the left mouse button and drag it to where you want it to go, the other icons will get out of the way and when you let the mouse button go, it will stay there.

You will also notice that some of the icons are oblong and some are square, some have information in them such as the weather one, and they will change so as to keep them current, like news, business,and weather. You can adjust the size as you wish by right clicking on the icon and selecting what you like.

If you want to create a new icon on the start menu, right click the icon you want to be there and select send to start menu. There are a few other things you can do to customize the look and feel of the start menu, and some can be done through the settings button. Colour is one, background colour is another. Some things can also be changed via the Personalize page. The easiest was to access that is to right click on a blank portion of the desk top and then click personalize. If you have a collection of photos you would like to display on your desk top, and get away from the Microsoft contribution, here is the place to do so.

One last thing, there is a book out there called Windows 10 for Dummies, and I heartily recommend it. You can get it at any store that sells books. They offer a link or web page to look at that just might be useful. Start with: Dummies windows 10. Another one they offer is what the Dummies folks have always referred to as Cheat Sheets. Windows 10 is no exception. Go to cheatsheat

There is a lot of information that is easy to understand and use that is available on the Dummies books. Take advantage of them.


How do you like videos and photos of older cars? I don’t mean those old old cars from the teens and twenties, but more like the ones we grew up around. Some neat car commercials for Chevy for instance by Dinah Shore. There are hours of stuff in here. Take a look: not so old cars

I have written a bit about the upcoming Condo Act Legislation, but one of the old links were not so good. The link was dead. The government is accepting input for their discussion. They have a survey on line that will allow you to have at least some say into how you as a condo owner will be treated by your board, your management company, and/ or your builder. This link is a good one. It is easily understood, and easy to complete. condo stuff




This is a video of a father giving his daughters hand in marriage. It is one of those bittersweet moments that will stay with you. It is funny, but a lot more. wedding

Have a great day and be kind to one another.

Ross Smile


After writing that diapers and politicians need to be changed, about 2 blogs back, I thought  that it might be nice if I changed the theme on my blog, hopefully to improve the readability. So lets see how it goes.

The blog itself is all done by the WordPress people, but I do all the writing of it in a Microsoft program called Windows Live Writer.

There are a number of reasons why I do this, but mainly it is because insertion of images, web sites is infinitely easier. Now I must admit that I have not tried to create or edit a new post in WordPress in a long time, but today I did change the look of the page with them. I’ll see how it looks with some images and links and decided if I will stick with this one, or simply move on. So far I like this, it is not dark like the old one was, and that is what I am trying to get away from.


I may have published this link before, and I apologise if I did. It is very graphic, and is a grave reminder why we in Canada have little use for these kind of people. I use the word loosely: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Blog-Article/b/26894/Lower-than-a-snake


Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. - Saint Augustine



A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas Cards.

She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Christmas stamps?"

"What denomination?" the clerk asks.

"Oh my gosh, has it come to this?" the woman asks. "Give me 6 Catholic, 8 Lutheran, 14 Methodists and 22 Baptists.


Have a great day and be kind to one another.

Ross Smile