Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter in Canada

This was the results of a 3-day blizzard from a few years ago.
Buffalo has taken the hit for us this winter :)
Apparently winter has decided to strike early this year. MAN, it is cold out there! A mere week ago it was 14C, but this week the temperature dipped to -18C (with the wind chill, but still). What is up with that?! Time to put another log on the fire apparently.

As any good Canadian is wont to do, we face the ravages of Mother Nature in stride though. Today I face it with humour, with the help of an email from a friend. If we can't get warm, we just put on an extra pair of socks and laugh about it...

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Canadians, during a recent appearance at Caesars in Windsor: 

  • If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, You may live in Canada ... (had that happen to me)
  • If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, You may live in Canada ... (never, I hate seeing people in shorts or sandals when they should be wearing parkas!
  • If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, You may live in Canada ... (Yup)
  • If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Detroit for the weekend, You may live in Canada ... (Yup)
  • If you measure distance in hours, You may live in Canada ... (Yup again)
  • If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, You may live in Canada ...
  • If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day and back again, You may live in Canada ... (I might have - once...)
  • If you can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, You may live in Canada ... (definitely)
  • If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, You may live in Canada .
  • If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, You may live in Canada ... (I proudly boosted a stranded nurse last winter across the street from my house with my MALE neighbour watching on)
  • If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, You may live in Canada ... (Yup)
  • If the speed limit on the highway is 80 km -- you're going 95 and everybody is passing you, You may live in Canada ... (lol, doesn't everyone do that?)
  • If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, You may live in Canada ... (sad, but true)
  • If you know all 4 seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, You may live in Canada ... (DEFINITELY sad, but true)
  • If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, You may live in Canada ... (my neighbour that blows out the entire neighbourhood does)
  • If you find -2 degrees 'a little chilly', You may live in Canada ... (it's not really that cold)

If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends,
you definitely are Canadian and proud to be.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest We Forget

Their uniforms crisp
Roles serious and dedicated
Their missive- our Freedom 

Marching, they came towards us
Strict row upon row to Serve
Silent we stood waiting

   Ready for them

On this day to honour
All the sacrifices made
And all those whom have never come back

Tears glistened in eyes
Hands trembled on canes
The bugle sounded our cries

   The Last Post...

We always rise again
Hands to heart
Eyes to sky

We stand on guard
Two minutes offered
Silent in humble thought

   Our gift of Remembrance

To men and women
Brave, noble and bold
Will our thanks ever be enough?

Poppies pinned to chests
Salutes raised to the dead
We will Never forget

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nail in the Wall

Unpacking pictures 
old photos of days gone by
memories long spent
moments no longer relived
not worth the nail in the wall


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