Friday Funny May 22nd

Having a sense of humour is great. I have a sense of humour and enjoy other people who do also. It gets us through life and life’s tough times. Having a warped sense of humour is even better! Crazy one-liners and their come-backs, and anything bizarre or silly that makes us laugh. These are a few of my favourite things!

Consider yourselves warned. My warped sense of humour is going to show itself every so often. Like today! When I had a Google + account, I created a group I named “I See The Signs”. And it was all posts of funny and quirky signs. Some people shared from social media, some we saw in real life and shared.

Today, I’m sharing one with you all. I can’t remember where I saw this. It is reposted from social media, possibly Facebook. But I lol’d when I saw it. Enoy!

Have you seen a funny sign you’d like to share? Post in the comments below.

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Book Collaboration Project Moving Forward Again!

Several months ago, I was asked by a colleague if I’d like to submit a story for a collaborative book project. I believe I had been asked in the past about being a part of other books also, but had not had the time, energy or creative juices to do so. but this time, I did, and agreed to write a couple of pieces.

After a couple of delays, it finally looks like we are on track to have the book published in the not-too-distant future. Being as this is the first book I’ll ever have a story published in, I’m brimming with excitement! I’m sure many of the other writers are too.

The book will be available in paperback format or as an E-book (PDF format) which can be read on a Kindle, Kodi or any other E-reader. After reading some of the inspiring and impactful stories in the rough copy, I’m very excited and honoured to be a part of this project!

If any of my readers would like a copy (either E-book, or paperback) of the book when it comes out, please get in touch with me. I can pre-order paperbacks if I know how many to get.

Thanks for being a part of my writing journey! And don’t forget to Yoda be talking like today!

Image courtesy of India.com

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Wacky Wednesday

May 20th, 2020

I’ve been scouring the internet, and my brain (which clouds over for days sometimes), looking for things to write about. As I’ve mentioned before, I love playing with words. I also love random, weird, or unusual things. So, when I discovered tomorrow’s weird “holiday”, I was thrilled!

Mark it on your calendars folks! Tomorrow is International Talk like Yoda Day! I’m sure most of you know what I mean, and have seen at least one of the famed Star Wars movies. And now, with the Mandalorian TV series, everything is about “Baby Yoda”, who, if you remember the first episode, is actually 50 years old in this timeline…

So everyone, tomorrow is the day. Yoda talk like. Or Star Wars movies binge watch you could all day. Practice your Jedi skills?

Or just look at baby Yoda memes (heck, there’s enough of them out there!)

Another random fact I gleamed: The Yoda purpurata is a deep sea worm found way down in the Atlantic sea. Yep, it’s named after our favourite funny speaking puppet!

Source: https://www.timeanddate.com

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Happy 111th Birthday, Sir Nicholas George Winton

Actually, only if he were still alive. But do you know who this man was?

He was an amazing British humanitarian who rescued 669 Czech children from the horrors of Nazi Germany during World War II. The children he saved were mostly Jewish, and Winton arranged safe passage for them to Britain. His operation was known as the Czech “Kindertransport”. Future notable people he saved included Karel Reisz and Joe Schlesinger.

Winton didn’t brag about his rescue achievements. In fact, he supressed them for many decades, until his wife found a scrapbook in their attic in 1988, containing details including the childrens’ names, and names and addresses of those families in Britain who had taken them in. This scrapbook was given to a holocaust researcher.

In February 1988, Winton was invited to be an “audience member” of a BBC television programme called That’s Life! Little did he know that many of his rescued children and their families had been contacted through the information found in the scrapbook, and that they made up the entire audience!

Winton is also known for many other humanitarian efforts, and was knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

For more info on this great man and his deeds, go here: Sir Nicholas Winton

Fact source: Wikipedia

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CF Snowbird Tragedy

I’m writing today with a heavy heart.

I happened to look at my cell phone yesterday afternoon and noticed a tweet saying that a Snowbird had crashed in Kamloops B.C.. I clicked on the link which showed the amateur video of the incident that by now, I’m sure thousands of people have seen.

As the afternoon progressed, and the story spread through the news and social media, rumours that there had been a casualty emerged. I was glued to social media channels through dinnertime (I live in the EDT time zone). Sadly, those rumours proved to be the truth.

Unfortunately, as I read more and more, I started to see a lot of peoples’ negative comments; some about how old the CT-114 Tutor jets are, others about how the Snowbirds Aerobatic Flight Demo team are nothing but a group of adrenaline junkies and a waste of money. I don’t condone these types of comments, and I’m not here to spread negativity. But I do know that the team are funded through training money that the military has already allotted.

It takes a lot of skill and months of training to learn to fly in tight formations and perform the Snowbirds’ routine. I’ve witnessed firsthand how these men and women wow and excite us, and inspire younger generations to join the military, many aspiring to be a Snowbird pilot themselves in the future. The team had been doing Canada-wide flyovers to lift our spirits during lock down and pay homage to those front line workers who risk their lives every day.

Yesterday was a tragic day. I’ve seen more video footage of the incident, and it definitely appears to be some sort of engine failure that caused the accident. Unfortunately, Public Affairs Officer, Captain Jennifer Casey was killed in the crash. Today, I grieve alongside many other Canadians. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire CF Snowbird team and their families after this devastating loss.

Captain Jennifer Casey

Here is a short video I took of the Snowbirds a few years ago: Snowbird formation

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A Photography Story

I love photography! It is an absolute passion for me. I love going out, exploring and photographing landscapes and nature. You never know what you’re going to see or experience.

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day, so I decided that a walk in one of our beautiful parks was in order. And of course, the camera came with me. I couldn’t have timed it better! The park was open, although due to Coronavirus, the benches, picnic tables and play equipment were still closed. No problem. There’s still lots to see and do at Waterworks Park. Lots of room to stretch your legs and still take social distancing measures.

The ponds at Waterworks are a huge attraction. Frogs, American toads (Anaxyrus americanus), turtles, geese and many songbirds abound, and the gardens around are lovely. On this day, the pond was buzzing. Literally. Hundreds of toads were plopping around in the shallows and singing their hearts out. It’s mating season. I’ve never seen so many toads in my entire life! And they were certainly putting on a show.

I made my way to a shoreline after a man and his young boy had moved off, to see what I could photograph. At this side of the pond, the edge is not raised, so flooding and erosion happens. As I was looking for a good spot to shoot from, I noticed a good sized hole filled with water, and made a mental note to avoid it. You know where this is going, right?

So, I spent many minutes photographing my little warty friends as they plopped around and sang their mating calls. As I stood up from my crouching position, I was watching the children on the other side of the pond catching toads and showing them to their parents and siblings. Amused and smiling, I forgot where I was, and turning to leave, stepped right into the muddy puddle I had reminded myself earlier to avoid. The hazards of being a nature photographer!

Here are a couple of my toady friends.

To learn more about the American toad, go here: Ontario Nature

Check out the call of the American toad here: American toad call

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A Word Game For You

I love words. I like playing with words. And I’ve been seeing a lot of these word puzzles posted on Social Media lately. So here’s a little word game to get your grey matter working on a Saturday morning.

I made it nice and big, so if you haven’t had your coffee yet, hopefully you can still see the words. Have fun!

As you can see, the blocks are numbered. Feel free to drop an answer or two in the comments below. P.S. I have to see if I can go find the answer sheet now, because I haven’t figured them all out myself yet!

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Friday Funny #2

It seems like everyone is on Social Media these days. And like myself, on more than one channel. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tik Tok, Mashable, Tumblr, WhatsApp….. the list goes on and on. Sometimes I find keeping up with the feeds overwhelming! And I don’t even use or follow all of them.

But, I love the memes. I saw this one ages ago (it seems), and kept it to share. I thought some of you might get a laugh out of it.

Happy Friday everyone! Stay safe.

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Make Every Day Count: Musings Of A Cancer Patient

Cancer is scary. There’s no “ifs, ands or buts” about it. Many of us have known someone who either has or has had cancer. Maybe you lost a friend or loved one to it? Perhaps some of you are like me, and living with it yourselves. I can picture you all reading this. You’re nodding, aren’t you?

Receiving a cancer diagnosis was the scariest thing that ever happened to me. Five years ago, I was informed that I had breast cancer. So I had surgery. I won’t get too caught up in details here, but will tell you that in 2018, I received the horrifying news that it had returned. Metastatic breast cancer in my liver, spinal column, and some spots on my lungs. I was whisked into chemotherapy mere days after my diagnosis.

I remember being terrified that day. Not knowing how it would make me feel, or what it would do to me. But if I wanted to live more than a short while, I had no choice. But I had support of family and loved ones. And, trust me, that helps. After awhile I became used to going for my infusions. I had a PICC line inserted into my arm in order to receive my treatments without having to be poked all the time. I hate needles! And because I live in a smaller city that also has a chemo department in its hospital, I could take my treatments near home, in a smaller, more relaxed environment than at the huge, bustling Regional Cancer Centre where my oncologist is located.

In time, I got to know my chemo nurses and even some of the other patients as we progressed through our treatment plans. I have always been an outgoing, upbeat sort, so it was easy for me to talk to them. I also enjoy making people smile, so I used my sense of humour to lighten the mood and make others feel better. I’ve never been a broody, negative person, and I try not to let this horrible disease get the better of me, either physically or mentally. I’ve been told, and truly believe, that attitude is everything when fighting cancer. I believe my positive attitude and my great network of family and friends cheering me on, is what keeps me going. I love to share this powerful energy with the other cancer patients. If I can help them through their day, or even the few hours they are in the chemo chair, then I am happy.

I have donated items to the department and brought presents to the patients and nurses. I even gave my favourite set of scrubs (I used to be a dental assistant) to one of the nurses, and yesterday she gave me a gift too. These little things are important in all our lives, but I think they are especially important when you are fighting something as life-changing as cancer. So yesterday I left the hospital feeling very blessed and grateful.

If you are a cancer patient, I send you my love and positive, healing thoughts. Don’t give up. Every day is a gift, so keep smiling and live your best lives. You’ve got this!

Gift from my chemo nurse

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The Magic Of Pets

They reach out a paw, and touch our hearts

I have always loved animals. My entire life I grew up with pets in our home. Everything from goldfish to budgies, cats and dogs. Later I expanded to full-fledged aquariums and even reptiles.

I have been involved in many animal rescue groups and the local aquarium club, working my way up the ranks. I have written articles for these groups’ newsletters, and even adoption agreement contracts for the feral cat rescue I ran.

I married my love of photography with my love for animals, and found great joy in capturing the precious bond between people and their beloved pets. I helped the local Humane Society for many years, by taking pet photos at their annual fundraising event. Later, I expanded to action photos of dogs at particular events like agility, canine Frisbee sports and dock diving. I practiced at home, using my cats as my portrait subjects. Pets are still one of my favourite subjects to shoot and write about.

Many of us know that there is a special bond between ourselves and our “fur-babies”. It is well documented that having a pet to cuddle, stroke and talk to is soothing and has many health benefits. Our pets are our little furry, four-legged family members, and we cherish our time with them. It breaks our hearts every time we lose one. And yet, find room in our hearts to love another. That is the magic of animals. They take control of our hearts, our homes and world, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love them!

Hold My Paw

This article is dedicated to all the pets I’ve been honoured to share my life with.

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