The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

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Al fresco dining hasn’t worked out well for me.

In an attempt at surprising my husband on his birthday one year, I packed up a lunch, and whisked us to some grass and trees.

It snowed.

A second attempt with children in tow, ended in a mad dash to the car chased by a gang of murderous bees.

Despite my sad record with outdoor meals, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a popular children’s song that I’d somehow never heard of until Spotify coughed it up a few months back, is camping out in my mind.

It follows me around, keeping me company as I try to avoid Omicron. I find myself humming the tune, the lyrics running through my mind as I go about my Covid-boring days.

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise…

The song has been recorded many times over the years, Ann Murray’s version being perhaps the most well known…

But my personal favourite rendition is the one I heard first, the one Spotify dropped into my life all those months ago…

You’re humming it now too, aren’t you?

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A Tree For Every Season

Tired of taking your Christmas tree down every year and boxing it up? Think that corner of the living room looks better lit up, holiday or not? Don’t have anywhere to store the thing?

No problem. Leave the tree up.

HUH?

Leave your Christmas tree up? All year? That’s just wrong.

Maybe, maybe not. What if you switch out the silver tinsel for red hearts or green shamrocks? What if you’re not leaving up a Christmas tree, but enjoying a Seasonal tree?

People do that?

Carol Jensen, in Prince George, B.C., does.

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Carol leaves her tree up and changes the decorations to match the season. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Carol’s Seasonal Tree is dressed for it.

A definite paradigm shift, it takes some time to wrench your mind around to the idea of a Seasonal Tree, but as Carol says, “It’s a lot of fun.”

And no, it doesn’t mean you’re lazy. It means you’re creative.

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Happy New Year!

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Welcome to 2022!

To another round of the game we all know and love—Pandemic Panic.

Spin the wheel and take your shot.

Take a chance. Wear your mask, or don’t.

Spin the wheel. Take your second shot, and your third.

And the winner is…?

Covid-19!

Again.

Another winter, another variant. Another round of closures and restrictions. We’ve all been cast in the real-life version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day.

The good news?

All pandemics end—and six new episodes of The Nevers are due in 2022.

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Diwali

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We stare up at the stars, bask in the light of the sun, tell ghost stories by flashlight, and light candles in the dark.

We light candles in joy and in sorrow, in hope for the future, and in honour of the past.

Across all cultures and throughout history, humans have embraced the fragile beauty of the flickering candle. Beaten back the darkness with these delicate dewdrops of flame.

Woven into this human struggle is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A celebration of peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. A holiday marked with flowers, food, family—and candles.

In Nepal, where Diwali is called Tihar, the celebration extends to dogs. As a thank you for the service they provide, dogs are given special treats and decorated with vermillion powder and marigold petals.

If the dogs prefer the food to the flowers, they haven’t said.

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8 Lessons Learned from Covid

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In her post on Toxic Productivity over at Mental Health @ Home, Ashley calls bullshit on the idea that being productive is a more worthy goal than just kicking back and living your life. That if you aren’t emerging from Covid with a new skill or accomplishment under your belt, you’re a complete waste of space.

Which got me thinking…

Have I been hibernating through Covid, letting the days and months flow into time I’ll never get back? Have I learned anything since that first lockdown in March of 2020?

Yes.

I’ve learned that…

  • I don’t like Zoom.
  • Hanging out in your robe makes your clothes shrink.
  • Adding white chocolate and butterscotch chips to anything makes it better.
  • Running errands is an outing, not a chore.
  • Covid does not make Pringles any less fattening.
  • Masks are cheaper than facelifts.
  • You can’t have too many streaming services.
  • Being banned from planes, restaurants, and movie theatres isn’t the end of the world. It just feels like it.

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Blogging: Year Seven

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WordPress recently informed me that I’ve been blogging for seven years. Can’t say I’m surprised. It feels like I’ve been doing this forever.

Forever, but not well.

Strictly amateur hour here, folks. You won’t find any pop-ups asking you to join my mailing list. I don’t have one.

If I’m doing anything right at all, it’s thanks to Hugh’s tips and tricks.

According to Nick G. over at techjury

  • There are over 600 million blogs on the internet.
  • 7.5 million blog posts are created every single day.
  • The average blog post has 2,520 words.
  • Bloggers take just under 4 hours to write a post.
  • Blog readers spend an average of 37 seconds reading a post.
  • Perez Hilton is the highest paid blogger in the world, earning $3.5 million a month.

I’m no Perez Hilton 🙂

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Let There Be Light

Despite the ever-encroaching Delta Variant, the deluded anti-vaxers, and vitriolic protestors, we’re learning how to live in a Covid world.

Vaccine passports in hand, we’re heading back into restaurants, movie theatres, and airports.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel or…hanging from the ceiling.

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Laura Weiss, a Colorado nurse, crafted this stunning chandelier from the empty Covid-19 vaccine vials that piled up as her community stepped up, and rolled up their sleeves.

An expression of hope and celebration, The Light of Appreciation is an homage to the health-care workers who delivered the shots and all the people who chose to get them.

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Let there be light…Please.

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9,000 Kilometres

My daughter said it was easy. She said I could do it.

She was fifteen; I wasn’t.

Buckling myself into a pair of inline rollerblades, I gave it the old college try—more like a high school hope—and stumbled my way along the sidewalk.

Apparently, to learn to skate you have to take chances, you have to be okay with screwing up, with falling. Yeah, no.

I never even made it all the way around the block.

Zach Choboter made it 9,000 kilometres, from Whistler, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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Zach ended his cross-country trip with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and a Guiness World Record for the longest journey on rollerblades.

Me?

Still can’t blade. Still wish I could.

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Flaunt It

The people in my life are getting annoyed.

I’m not all that happy myself.

Covid has been an excellent excuse, but I’ve just been postponing the inevitable. Waiting for…what? A sign from on high?

If so, I found it. Courtesy of Gian-Paolo Mendoza and CBC News.

Ruzzelle Gasmen, a speech pathologist in British Columbia, just might be the incentive I need. Ruzzelle, who deals with a hearing loss herself, has done the impossible. She’s turned hearing aids into a fashion statement.

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Drawing from the culture and style of her Filipino heritage, Ruzzelle makes hearing aid accessories.

Jewelry for hearing aids?

Yes.

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The above design, Ruzzelle’s first, is based on the ear cuff worn by Catriona Gray, the Filipino Miss Universe pageant winner in 2018.

Ruzzelle makes each piece by hand and is planning on donating a portion of all proceeds to a Wavefront Centre program that provides refurbished hearing aids to people in need.

Why hide that little piece of plastic when you can FLAUNT IT?

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