What’s New, Pussycats?

I know my writings have been few and far between lately. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with something new and exciting or even worthwhile to write about. Sometimes, it’s just that I get doing mundane everyday things, that I either forget to write, or just don’t allow myself the time to do it. AndContinue reading “What’s New, Pussycats?”

Wordy Wednesday

Funny Scottish Words So, in keeping with the Rabbie Burns celebrations, I thought I’d offer up a sampling of funny Scottish words, slang and phrases. So, here goes. The first one is one of my personal favourites… Haud yer wheesht! (Be quiet. You can also shorten it to just Wheesssht!) Blether (noun: a blether isContinue reading “Wordy Wednesday”

A Toast To Rabbie Burns

So, anyone who has any type of connection to Scotland, Scottish roots, family ties, whatever…knows that tomorrow, January 25th, we celebrate the birth of Scotland’s Bard, Robert (Rabbie) Burns. And this year, January 25th also marks the 6-month anniversary of the day I left Canada to return to Scotland for good. During his short life,Continue reading “A Toast To Rabbie Burns”

Scottish legend of the enchanted ‘Faery’ bagpipes of Kinlochmoidart

Not everyone has a fondness for bagpipes, but I do. And an appetite for Scottish history. Even more so for interesting and little known details that are not common knowledge. So, with that in mind, here is a story I discovered about the “faery pipes”. Made by a MacIntyre piper more than 800 years ago,Continue reading “Scottish legend of the enchanted ‘Faery’ bagpipes of Kinlochmoidart”

The Physics of Santa and His Reindeer

* Please considered yourselves warned; this piece is satirical and intended for humorous purposes only. Please do not allow children or overly sensitive adults to read this!* The following piece is something I found online many years ago, that I saved as a document and read every year at Christmas-time for a laugh. I don’tContinue reading “The Physics of Santa and His Reindeer”

Scotland’s Hidden Secrets

Perhaps my opinion is biased, but this country is fantastic! So rich in history, and such beautiful scenery, as people far and wide already know. But it has so much hidden, or should I perhaps say, forgotten history too. Little nooks and crannies tucked away in the places we visit on a regular basis. PlacesContinue reading “Scotland’s Hidden Secrets”

How To Celebrate The Winter Solstice Like The Ancients

I love the ancient traditions of my ancestors. Christmas-time, Yule or Winter Solstice, whichever you prefer to call it and celebrate, is a magical time of the year! I stumbled upon this article, and thought I’d share it here with everyone. Some of the traditions listed, my parents did when I was young, and IContinue reading “How To Celebrate The Winter Solstice Like The Ancients”

Hello

Did you know that today is World Hello Day? Neither did I, until this morning. But after doing a bit of research, I discovered some interesting facts about it. World Hello Day was originally started in autumn 1973, as a response to the Yom Kippur war happening between Israel and Egypt. It was supposed toContinue reading “Hello”

A Fishy Tale

I was recently asked to be interviewed online by a tropical fish enthusiast acquaintance of mine, for his Facebook aquarium group. He was doing a collection of group member profiles. I have been in the fish hobby and business since I was 11 or 12 years old, and was happy to participate. I thought I’dContinue reading “A Fishy Tale”

Happy Hallowe’en

Also known as Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, or All Saints Eve. It is celebrated on October 31st in many countries around the world. It is associated with pumpkin carving, trick or treating, scary movies and ghost stories. But what is it really? Where did it come from? The ancient Celts celebrated a Pagan festival theyContinue reading “Happy Hallowe’en”