The seasons must be changing even in our neck of the woods. We have had daytime temperatures up to the mid 50’s over the past 2 weeks or so, but last night that came to an end. It started snowing as was promised last night around dinner, and it snowed some today, not a lot, but an inch or so max. It is still snowing lightly as I write this, and it is 19 degrees.
The rest of North America, has had terrible weather, deep snow and cold temperatures have plagued the east parts of Canada, and the US. I have the job in our condo of monitoring the snow removal contract, to be sure we get what we contracted for and to watch out for thus pesky icy spots that could cause a slip. As the “Snowman”, it has been an easy winter for me, and I am most grateful that I live in Calgary this winter, and not in Boston, our Maritimes or Buffalo NY.
Our resident bunny, or Northern Hare as he should be called, must agree since I saw him (her?) this morning running around on our snowy street. It has been months since I saw him around. He should be white with black ear tips, but he has already started to go to his summer brown.
I have a couple of birdhouses, and a sparrow couple looked like it was time to set up housekeeping. They were in and out of one of the birdhouses that I built for tree swallows, but that always house sparrows. It is way too early for them to nest since the food supply brought on by the heat of spring has yet to happen. Incidentally, these were the first sparrows I have seen in literally months. While they winter in our area, I haven’t seen any sparrows around since late last fall.
Fortunately, at least for me, we have had as many as 6 Chickadees at the sunflower seed feeder, and in the nearby tree, all winter long. My suet cake feeder has managed to attract some of our resident magpies, and that keeps the other birds away from that feeder. I am grateful for the chickadees.
A POEM WE CAN RELATE TO!…..
I remember the bologna of my childhood,
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.
The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom unhappy
And the wife was content with her lot.
I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer or the shop.
The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn’t need money for kicks,
Just a game with their friends on the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.
I remember the shop on the corner,
Where cookies for pennies were sold
Do you think I’m a bit too nostalgic
Or is it….I’m just getting old?
The baths were taken in a #3 wash tub,
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mama pressed everyone’s ‘duds’.
I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren’t heard of
And we hadn’t much choice what we wore.
Do you think that bruised our ego
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS…..YOUR TIME IS COMING!
Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better even though I have it!! Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder..
This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table, Put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back On the table and take out the garbage first.
But then I think, Since I’m going to be near the mailbox When I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my check book off the table, And see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.
I’m going to look for my checks, But first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.
The Pepsi is getting warm, And I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need water.
I put the Pepsi on the counter and Discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back on the table, Get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to Remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
The car isn’t washed The bills aren’t paid There is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my check book, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, And I’ll try to get some help for it, But first I’ll check my e-mail….
Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!
TODAYS WEB SITE
This seems to be a commercial, but it is pretty funny. You need to watch the expressions one the ladies faces. Check it out: Dieting and Exercise?
I have lived through all the covers on this site, seen most of them published at the time, and I have heard back form others who are around my age, who also remember. They were delighted seeing these, and it brought back a lot of memories. These are Norman Rockwell covers from the Saturday Evening Post that go way back into the 40’s. The last 2 for me were the most moving. Check it out: Norman Rockwell
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Ontario back country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
Apparently, I’m still lost….it’s a man thing.
A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.
The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could put one over on them easily. So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.
The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.
The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun…. "I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5.00.
Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00," he says.
This catches the senior’s attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.
The lawyer asks the first question. "What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?"
The senior doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.
Now, it’s the senior’s turn. He asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?"
The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he could find on the Net.
He sends E-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up.
He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes back to sleep.
The lawyer is now going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, "Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?"
The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.
Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.