Friday Funny June 18th

Sometimes I think I’m losing my mind… that I would forget my own head, if it wasn’t sewn on right! Am I the only one who does the following? I’ve lost count of the number of times, lol!

Typical “Oops” email!

I’m also prone to going shopping, and forgetting the one most important thing I go for… Like paracetamol (aspirin), or toilet tissue, etc…

Is it my imagination, or has Covid-19 made this problem even more prevalent? We have been just plodding along from day-yo-day, forgetting what it means to be human again?

Thank goodness we’re coming out of restrictions, out of our collective misery, and able to take a deep breath of fresh air, clearing our heads for the first time in a long time. Aaaahh…. feels good!

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Motivational Mondays for Fellas

I thought I would do a quick post for all the guys out there. I know most inspirational posts are targeted at women, but I feel you deserve some love and respect as well. 

Especially in these tough times, we all need to feel better about ourselves, and deserve to be able to reach out without fear of persecution. I feel men aren’t given enough credit for all they do, and many are afraid to show their true selves for fear of being ridiculed.

So here’s to all the men out there; for getting through day-to-day life, health and work pressures, this global pandemic, and all the other pressures put on you. For sticking your chins up, and giving your all, all the time. We salute you!

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Memories Of My Uncle Bob

It’s hard to know where to start when asked about my memories of you.


But they go back a long ways, that I know. I remember in my early years, spending a lot of time at Nana’s house, and that meant spending much of it with you, as she cooked, was baking or did the washing.
I remember hours spent watching you put together your many model airplanes and seeing the finished products hanging from your ceiling. Or as you came up with creative Meccano masterpieces, some of them even with functional, moving parts. I came to understand why your cherished Meccano sets were considered “off-limits” to my little child hands.


I spend hours with you, setting up and playing with your toy soldiers or cowboys and Indians. We had them everywhere! Or how you taught me at a young age to be a card shark, with many games including Gin Rummy. It’s a game I still love and play to this day, although now online. 


I remember you taking me fishing, and how I stuck my posterior in a patch of nettles, picking up my rod as we crossed the burn over a cow gate. I remember seeing you perform a car trick in an empty lot, driving it on two wheels as I gaped, open-mouthed.
And in later years, I remember you giving me several of your Police albums to listen to, as I had become a huge fan of the band and Sting in general. And how jealous I was of your fabulous stereo system!


And our friendly rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings. The horrified look on your face, as you saw that I had dressed Brittany, you Rottweiler up in one of my Detroit T-shirts! 


The times we spent at the pet store, playing with several parrots. I remember our favourite being a $5000 Hawk-head parrot that you could swing upside down, and who went “Wheeeeeee!” every time you did it!


So many fond memories of you come to mind. I can’t believe that you are now gone, and that so many people now have to continue on without you. That all we have left now is the love we have in our hearts, and the memories of you to cherish forever.
I hope you are in a happy place and not suffering anymore, and that Nana was there to greet you with open arms. I will miss you and never forget you, and neither will those whose lives you touched while on your too-short journey on this Earth.


I love you, Uncle Bob

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Motivational Monday

I think I’m going to try one a week from now… a little inspiration to get your week started. And here’s one for all my lady friends out there. I’m thinking especially about a lovely friend who is fighting cancer like I am, and starting chemotherapy today.

I wish you best wishes and healing thought. You know who you are… Stay strong, you’ve got this, you warrior, you!

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The Sleeping Giant Legend

I remember as a bairn (child) growing up in Kinross, hearing about some of the local legends and folklore of the area. Some of it was stories told by the adults, and some was whispered lore by the our school chums and play pals as we sat quietly on the grass and listened and let our imagination wander…

That’s one of the things I enjoy the most about Scotland. No matter where you turn, there are local legends, and always someone who is willing to share a story or two with you. One of these such legends is based around a hill called Benarty, or as it is more commonly known, the Sleeping Giant.

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If you were to look across Loch Leven to the South, it actually does look like a giant person has fallen asleep there. I even remember taking a walk up Benarty Hill in my youth, as part of a school trip. Today, there are still hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as a nature reserve that overlooks the loch, and a wetlands heritage trail which surrounds the loch. But here is the tale of the Sleeping Giant, told by Mr. Gordon Menzies for the Fife Explorer website.

The Legend of the Sleeping Giant

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Just What The Doctor Ordered!

Who doesn’t love a trip to the seaside on a gorgeous sunny day? I certainly do! And since I have chemo tomorrow and will miss out on the nice forecast for the next day or two, I decided that it was a good idea to take advantage of it today.

I wanted spend some time to take some photographs and collect sea glass. It was also a good excuse for me to try out my new microphone I purchased for my camera especially for the purpose of vlogging or podcasting on the go.

I spent a good few hours in Kinghorn, walking along the beach and discovering new, somewhat unknown places too. I even enjoyed my lunch on the beach, and had the privilege of meeting and photographing some new canine friends. I think that it’s important for everyone who can, to take the time, get out and breathe some fresh air. It’s good for the soul, so revitalizing! I made a short video as well. Here is the link: Vlogging From Kinghorn

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Essential Oil Formula To Deter Cats From Scratching

Do you have a bad cat (or cats, like I do) who likes to scratch the furniture, curtains and other unwelcome places? It is a natural instinct for cats to want to scratch and sharpen the tiny little needles attached to those cute soft paws. But did you also know you can make an inexpensive and easy formula from Essential Oils to help prevent your cat(s) from scratching where they’re not supposed to? It only takes three simple ingredients, and an empty spray bottle.

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But first, I must warn you that Essential Oils are very concentrated, and should only be used in the recommended amounts, in order not to harm your pets. Cats are a lot more sensitive to these oils than dogs are as well, so please follow the proper dilution recommendations.

Below is a simple formula to use to deter your cat from scratching furniture and other unwanted areas. To start, you will need a 100ml spray bottle. In the empty bottle, add:

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 cup of water

You will need to give your solution a shake before each use, to be sure the essential oils a evenly blended. Remember, catching them in the act and using a spray bottle of water or shaking a container of something that makes a loud noise, can be effective too. It isn’t easy, but you can train your cats not to scratch. Patience and persistence!

Another word of warning: If you are going to use essential oils for your pets, please speak to a homeopathic vet, as some oils are very unsafe to use. For example, wintergreen, ylang ylang, or melaleuca (tea tree) oil should never be used on or near cats.

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Become…

Here’s one for all my female followers.

A friend posted this recently on Facebook, and I thought it would be a nice reminder, for all of us.

We all need to remember who we are, and who we want to be. To become the best possible version of ourselves. There is magic within us all. We just have to remember how to bring it out!

Making Every Day Count Six Years Later…

It’s a scary thought, that six years ago on this date, my cancer journey began. It was a Friday, and I was scared as Hell. Anyone who has been through a cancer diagnosis will be able to relate. No amount of doctor’s appointments, consultations, or medical tests can prepare you for what you will have to go through in the days and years to follow.

In late April of 2018, when I received the bad news that the cancer had returned, it was probably even scarier. My oncologist told me that if I didn’t undergo chemotherapy, that I wasn’t expected to live long. So I took it. I’ve been on three different drug infusions since to keep the cancer at bay.

But I’m still here. Here, with a greater appreciation for life and all the little moments that make it special. I had NO idea that by telling my story during the first Coronavirus lockdown of 2020, I’d end up becoming a best selling author, with people calling me things like “brave” and “an inspiration”, or that a year later, I would be working on turning that story into a full-fledged book. With the help and encouragement of a good friend, I am even working on a podcast to help other cancer patients cope.

I am so grateful to my family and friends, and to all of you for all your support, love and kind words during my journey. But it’s not over! I feel like I am just getting started. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can be kept up to date with all my future endeavours!

And to all you cancer warriors out there, please remember that your diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of your story. Keep smiling, keep fighting, and don’t forget you have people who love and support you!

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Respect Your Cat Day

…Or pay the price, and be snubbed by them!

I love my cats! I always have! So, when I discovered that today is Respect your Cat Day, I was thrilled, and wanted to share with my followers! I’m not sure when or where this originated, but do I care? Of course not!

There are lots of ways to celebrate with your cat today, whether you own just a regular moggy (mixed lineage), or have a high-class Persian, a Scottish Fold, Birman, or Tonkinese. My day started with my moggy boys taking turns sleeping under the bed covers with me, or up near m pillow. Much as many of my mornings do…. Later, perhaps I’ll do some trick training with them or have a nap on the couch. Maybe even give them a special treat for their dinner?

There are other ways to enjoy your cat too.

  • Stroke them or give them a scratch behind the ears.
  • Buy them a new toy.
  • Learn a new game to play with them (they like Peek-a-boo!).
  • Verbally praise your cat or give them a treat for good behavior.
  • Brush them or give them a manicure. I know not all cats like getting their nails trimmed, but I taught mine at an early age, to allow me to touch their paws. However, I still wait until they are relaxed before attempting such a feat!

Here is a great little YouTube video that shows the best way to pet and massage your cat.

How To Pet Your Cat
So, why do we love our cats so much?
  • Cats are very empathetic and intuitive. Come on, we all know that they can feel when we are upset, or feeling sad. They come on our laps, rub against us, or do something to make us laugh.
  • They are great with children. Although, as common sense would dictate, be careful introducing a cat to a very young child, and never without adult supervision. I grew up with both dogs and cats, and my parents would never have allowed us to be rough with or disrespectful to them. Children and cats can spend hours on end playing together, and then possibly end up taking a nap together!
  • Cats can be hilarious! I’d argue that they are as entertaining as dogs (dog lovers, don’t hate me. I’m a dog person too!). They fall off window ledges, or the back of the couch, and pretend like they meant to do it! Two cats together can have amazing, acrobatic wrestling matches! They can chase little balls or furry mice and even fetch them like a dog. They watch the laundry going round and around in the washing machine. When you step away from your laptop, they walk all over your keyboard to assist with your blog post – seriously, this just happened!!
  • They are great company. For the above-mentioned reasons, and so many more! And I’m glad I had my precious fur-babies during the Covid-19 lockdown. It has been a long haul, and I’m sure that anyone else who lives alone will agree that their pets have helped them through these hard times.

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