These Things Match up with Things on my Wants List


Sometimes it is best if The Car Guy just agrees with me…


This bench would be perfect on my patio! Too bad it is in a store in Calgary, not Phoenix.

565-neon-sign-dads-garageThis would be perfect in The Car Guys garage.
Too bad it was in a store in Phoenix and not in a store in Calgary.


Ice Cream and cereal and fruit – a good match when I’m out of milk and yogurt.

Chocolate – Here Today, Gone Today!

I’m a complex woman with many moods – and they all require chocolate.
– Crabby Road –

White rap is like white chocolate. Somebody somewhere is producing and consuming it, but no one will admit it’s them.

All that glitters is not gold, but if there’s chocolate inside the foil, who cares?
– Crabby Road –

A man found a bottle on the beach. He opened it and out popped a genie, who gave the man three wishes.
The man wished for a million dollars. Poof! There was a million dollars.
Then he wished for a convertible. Poof! There was a convertible.
Then he wished he could be irresistible to all women. Poof! He turned into a box of chocolates.
– –

Much more chocolate at Chocolate Quotations

Signs from Around the World

I like signs. They are not just instructional – they are Word Art! Here are a few of the best that I have found in my travels.

Where to bank in Jordan if you don’t want to stop.


A pita eatery in Cranbrook, BC


The Police Station in Jerome, Arizona


Sign at a Washington State rest stop


 When the dog says, “I have people to do that.” Pleasant Harbour, Washington


A water truck in India –  It might be pure, clean fresh water, but you still can’t drink it.

This and That – Jelly Beans and Parking

 Spelling Lesson

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not.
– Unknown –

Canada and US Revisited

Here in Canada, national political campaigns are brief: We begin by pretty much ignoring the whole thing for a few weeks – then there’s a debate, a little yelling, maybe some pointing, every leader buys a bunch of Timbits and, boom, suddenly it’s election day.
But in the United States, presidential campaigns last longer than all pregnancies and most wars.
– Scott Feschuk, MACLEAN’S Magazine, September 3, 2012 –

The United States currently has only two federal political parties with significant representation – the Democrats and the Republicans. In Canada, we have 4 ideologies to dislike – the Conservatives, the New Democrats, the Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois. Of course, both countries have many minor parties, though I think Canada has some of the most interesting ones: the Marijuana Party, the Pirate Party and my favourite, the Rhinoceros Party. If you were going to form your own party, what would you call it?

Disgusting Flavoured Jelly Beans – Back Story: Mine is Blue

I told you about Jelly Beans with horrible flavours – one of the comments I got suggested another one – school paste. This made me wonder if every occupation has a flavour that would be similarly revolting. Can you think of any that would fit your job?

Signage – Back Story: Stores and Signage

Here in the land of six months of ice and snow, many of us wouldn’t think of stepping off the tattered rug at the front door without removing our boots or shoes first. I don’t know if this is a Canadian thing or not.

Parking Ticket Machine Scores Again – Back Story: Give Me the Good Old Parking Meter, Please

Another trip to the city, another encounter with a parking ticket machine. We inserted our ticket, and the machine said we owed $7. The Car Guy inserted his credit card. The Card was refused. He tried another card. It was refused too. A parking attendant was standing nearby, and he said we would have to start again and use cash because the machine was refusing credit cards today. So we inserted the parking ticket again. This time the machine said we owed $8.75. (It costs $1.75 per half hour to park there, and we had stood there long enough trying to pay to move into the next half hour segment.) There is something essentially wrong when a parking attendant has to be posted next to a parking ticket machine…

Strange Things Happening

This post started life as a page called Addendum– which a few of you have already read. I decided to move it to the Post Section, and had to migrate the comments made by Al and Suzanne before I deleted that page. Unfortunately,  Al and Suzaane’s  comments now don’t display their gravatar. My gravatar has stayed attached to their comments, even though I have used their email address and blog link. Maybe WordPress will correct this after Halloween, but I expect not. WordPress does not have a tool that lets you easily move a comment from one place to another.

Happy Halloween, by the way!

Duct Tape – Product with a Million Uses

One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
– G. Weilacher –

How often have you observed people’s ability to take a perfectly ordinary utilitarian product and turn it into something quite extraordinary, or at the very least unexpected? You know, things like wine bottle corks that become bulletin boards, plastic milk jugs that are made into lamps… stuff like that. Another product that is very versatile and has been used to make all sorts of things is Duct Tape.

Duct Tape – I can’t picture a roll of it without thinking of The Red Green Show,  specifically the segment called  Handyman Corner. There wasn’t a thing Red couldn’t fix if he used enough rolls of Duct Tape. In one episode, he tried to duct tape the Ontario-Quebec border as a potential solution to Quebec separatism, (and who can dispute the fact that so far it has worked… )

The Car Guy and I got these wonderful duct tape gifts this year from the Middle Daughter and her husband. On the left is my shiny black purse, and on the right is his two tone wallet (complete with some Canadian Tire money.)

A quick search of the internet turns up any number of sites that feature Duct Tape Projects: Duck Tape Club and Duct Tape Crafts are just a few I found.

Personally, I will be making some sort of protective case for my new iPad2, perhaps with embedded magnets to take advantage of the magnetic properties of the iPad2.

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.
– Dave Barry –

Guests and Family – My Labour Pool

Eldest Daughter (The Cooker), Son-in-law (The Fisherman), and two Grandchildren (Lego Kid and Wild Child) will be arriving soon for a month of Summer Holiday. Everyone is gearing up for this event. A master list of activities is at the third draft stage, with three families still to provide input. Canada could launch a takeover of the USA with less planning!

When visiting family first walks in the door of the Red House, they are treated like Guests. They are invited to use the hand towels in the Half Bath:

But after the first beverage has been poured, and the first meal has been served, all Guests at The Red House are expected to morph into family, whether they are blood relatives or not!  In other words, they can pitch in and act like they live here – which I make very clear with the signage at the front door:

The Cooker will have no problem with taking over some of the meal preparation. She is a far better cook than I am, and for the most part would rather eat what she cooks than what I cook, I believe. I explain the discrepancy between her skills and mine by reminding her that I am of British Isles stock, while she has inherited that plus Slavic and Nordic genes. Genetically then, she must have got her cooking skills from her father’s side of the family.

The Red House is a perfect place to host guests. Three guest bedrooms, two guest baths – lots of room to gather or be apart. But it won’t be long before everyone heads out to The Cabin on Antelope Street, and that is where they will stay for most of the month. The cabin – one guest bedroom, only one bathroom, a couple of holiday trailers. The little kitchen will never close once six to twelve people settle in for the summer!

In mid August the cabin will suddenly be quiet. No children will whoop and holler as they hunt each other down with nerf guns. (This game has a hiding component, and a rock whose purpose I don’t understand…) The bicycle rack will silently hold all the faithful two wheelers that have traveled back and forth between our Cabin and The Car Guy’s Sister’s Cabin. The freezer door will close and stay that way, all the icy Freezies gone except the blue ones:

There is no known navy-blue food. If there is navy-blue food in the refrigerator, it signifies death.
– Erma Bombeck –

But that is a month away. Today I can only ask for a month of good weather and hope a boatload of mosquito spray is enough!

Easter Dinner – Signage For When the Guests Get Here

Today is our Easter Dinner and we’ve invited lots of people.

When the guests arrive, there is always a bit of general confusion and milling about while coats are hung, hugs and handshakes are exchanged and food donations are sorted out. (A dinner party at the Red House is rarely a free lunch…) At recently past functions, very small children have been ushered outside to play, or put into closets if there is a chance they will take a header down over the edge of the stairs where the railing is not yet a railing. Except this year – I’m much more organized than in the past. I have Signage for the parents!

The First Sign will make it clear how very small children should be monitored:

Pets Welcome children must be on a leashAfter dinner, we’ll bring out some treats. There is a sign for that:

My soul's had enough chicken soupWe like to end things with Coffee. It is the signal to our guests that it is time for them to perk up and get ready for the long drive home. I have a sign for that:

I'll have a caffe mocha vodka valiumIn a few days I’ll let you know how it went!