Saturday, 31 December 2011


Wishing all of you and your families the very best that 2012 can possibly bring. May you be happy and healthy in whatever you choose to do with your lives. xoxoxo

Friday, 30 December 2011

A Little Action

I was going through my list of posts and found a few drafts that I'd never published. Most were too old but I found this little video of Lila and Zoƫ, from June of 2009.

Lila is all of 8 weeks old in this! I can't believe how tiny she is! A fearless little ball of fluff.

Now, 2 1/2 years later, she is a 10 lb. ball of gorgeous fluff, loaded with attitude and antics! She drives me crazy but definitely keeps me well entertained.

Grandchildren. Lots and lots of them.

As one's children become adults, one usually expects to have the odd grandchild here and there.

Well, perhaps I should rephrase that. Because not too many people want odd grandchildren. But it seems rather okay to have some grandchildren.

But how would you like to have 100?

At the age of 62 yet.

That is what has happened to a Russian couple who emigrated to Canada 17 years ago. With all of their 16 children, it would appear, as all 100 of those grandkids have been born here. Number 100 was just born.

Imagine trying to remember the names of all those kids. Never mind the names of the spouses/partners of your 16 adult kids. That's 132 names to remember. Providing none of those grandkids has married. Pretty soon, that couple will have a couple of hundred names to remember in their family alone.

Everyone will have to start wearing name tags. Or have their names tattooed on their foreheads. Hopefully there are no multiples of any one name. Because that would be just too confusing.

Imagine footing the bill for Christmas for this clan?????

(No, this isn't them. I shamelessly nicked this off the internet.)

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Lights

Every year there are more and more videos of people who have decorated their houses and yards with light that are synchronized to music. I think my all time favourite is the one played to that TransSiberian Orchestra tune, but I've put that up here in the past, so this year, I've found a new one that I like.

When I watched this on youtube, I read the comments below and discovered that this person's neighbours called the police about the increased traffic in the area. He now does a display elsewhere (not at his house - he lives somewhere in Utah). I can't imagine people being that curmudgeonly that they would begrudge a little Christmas spirit. It is for a short period of time each year, and it's something that gives people a little bit of joy.

So, in keeping the peace in my neighbourhood (I don't think this kind of thing goes over too well in an apartment building), I have put up the video for your hassle-free enjoyment.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Commenting issues

In the past week or so, I've been having problems commenting on some blogs. For some reason, the box where you choose your account is very tiny and nothing happens when I click on it. This is only on some blogs, not all. Consequently, it keeps telling me to select an account, which I can't do. So I can't comment. Grrrrr!

I know it's not caused by this... although I have had that kind of issue in the past. Lila is good for walking on the keyboard.

Has anyone else been having this problem? And if so, do you know how to fix it? I've not been ignoring anyone, I just can't comment!!! I need one of these on my computer...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


It's lightly snowing and the temperature is a seasonable -7C. The wind is a steady breeze at 19 km/h, which makes it feel like -14 out there. A huge sight better than yesterday when the ambient temperature got up to -2 (early evening) but with the howling gales (50 gusting to 70 km/h), it felt like the north pole had come down to grab us in its icy clutches.

I've Christmas shopping to do. Things need to be sent off in the mail very soon to arrive on time. Being off work for almost a year means things are very sparse this year. Not that I go hog wild anyway, but the purse strings are pretty tight.

That's not a bad thing, is it? I mean, isn't Christmas more about the time spent with loved ones than the size (and cost) of gifts given? I would much rather spend time with family and friends, eating good, tasty food, sipping eggnog, getting lots of hugs, being silly, having lots of laughs and making memories... than worrying about how much money I spent that I don't have.

So I have been very frugal this year. I'm not done my shopping yet, but I haven't spent much either. If I was a Christmas Fairy, I could wave my magic wand and all the presents would appear just like that, all wrapped and paid for (somehow) without breaking the bank. But since I'm not, I will settle for hugs and smiles and good times.

Because hugs and smiles are priceless, aren't they... ♥