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National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day celebrates mixed breed dogs, and was created by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, who also created days such as  National Dog Day ,  National Puppy Day , and  National Cat Day . The goal of the day is to embrace, save, and celebrate mixed breed dogs by creating awareness about the great numbers of them in animal shelters that are in need of a home. Mixed breed dogs make up the largest percentage of dogs that are abandoned and euthanized, and make up about 80% of dogs in shelters. In an effort to further raise awareness, National Mutt Day takes place on two days during the year. The hoped for result of the day is that people visit animal shelters and adopt a mixed breed dog, or possibly donate their time and money to shelters. Celebrate the day by going to an animal shelter and adopting a mixed breed dog. If you can't adopt a dog at this time, volunteer at a shelter, or donate food, money, or other supplies to one. You c

International Day of Friendship

Friendship is important in all cultures of the world. When friendship can be fostered between two people of different groups or countries, it can build a foundation to create understanding and peace between their countries in the future. With this belief in mind, the United Nations General Assembly  proclaimed  July 30 each year to be the International Day of Friendship. They also intended for the day to support the objectives of some of their other initiatives, such as those of the  Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace , and of the  International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) . On this day, the United Nations encourages governments, international organizations, and other groups to hold events that promote dialogue among civilizations, understanding, solidarity, and reconciliation. Many countries hold friendship-related events, and education and public awareness-raising activities. One focus is on inv

It's Raining Tigers

Tigers are one of my favourite big cats, my daughter used to be nuts about them she had them on every wall. There are many different type of tigers, if you are interested take a look at the infographic below: Did you Know? The tiger is the biggest species of the cat family. Tigers can reach a length of up to 3.3 metres (11 feet) and weigh as much as 300 kilograms (660 pounds). Subspecies of the tiger include the Sumatran Tiger, Siberian Tiger, Bengal Tiger, South China Tiger, Malayan Tiger and Indochinese Tiger. Many subspecies of the tiger are either endangered or already extinct. Humans are the primary cause of this through hunting and the destruction of habitats. Around half of tiger cubs don’t live beyond two years of age. Tiger cubs leave their mother when they are around 2 years of age. A group of tigers is known as an ‘ambush’ or ‘streak’. Tigers are good swimmers and can swim up to 6 kilometres. Rare white tigers carry a gene that is only p

Sunflower Days are coming

August is getting so close now! it is a big birthday month. My daughters is on the 3rd, the professors is on the 19th, GD#3's is on the 22 and my SIL's is on the 26th. October is our busiest birthday month but August is a close second. Also in August: 1) A visit with my doc regarding my diabetes 2) A visit to the foot nurse (every 3 months cause of the diabetes) 3) A trip to Legoland with GD#3 and GS#3 4) Toronto Zoo with GD#4 (or Woodbine if its raining) Projects that I want done by the end of August are: 1) Hogwarts Houses bat boxes (1 done, 3 to go) 2) Welcome sign for the garden gate 3) One fairy house 4) Downsizing - Finish bedroom August Style: 1) Fake Sunflowers for the table 2) Homemade iced tea in the fridge all month long 3) Decorate with yellow and black 4) Paint sunflower nails I don't have a bucket list for August because August is a very busy month as you can see. Live, Love, Laugh

Musical Interlude

Do you have an instrument that you like the sound of but only in small Quantities? For me, it is the bagpipes. Imagine my surprise when I came across the Red Hot Chili Pipers ! Read it twice then give them a listen. They are fantastic! Today we celebrate the bagpipes ! The instruments have long been associated with the Scottish Highlands, although they have come from many different places, and there are many variations of them. They have also been used in many different contexts. The main components of the bagpipe are the bag, chanter, and drones. The bag is usually made of animal skin or rubberized cloth. It is inflated either by having air breathed into it through a blowpipe or by using a  bellows . Air can then be fed throughout the instrument to make the sound, by placing arm pressure on the bag. The bag allows sound to be continuous while giving players the chance to take breaths, as well as for several tones to be played at the same time. The chanter, or melody pipe, h

Talk In An Elevator Day

Learn about Talk In An Elevator Day We all know about that awkward silence, the one that ensues when you’re suddenly in a small room with 5-10 other people you don’t know. Politeness seems to indicate that the people around you are sworn to silence, that perhaps it’s rude to break the sacred silence that is the lift ride. Talk In An Elevator Day tells us to break that silence, and maybe make a new friend or business acquaintance on the lift. Who knows what can come of just speaking up and introducing yourself? report this ad History of Talk In An Elevator Day The Elevator has a long history, the first that there is record of being devices in 236BC. The majority of these were powered by hand, or by trained animals who could manage the burden. The Elevator really came into its own during the Industrial era, when transportation of coal and lumber and other raw materials were necessary, and these designs were the predecessors of the elevator of today. Every year Elevators get mo


Yet another reason to love Paris Paris has 6 carousels, one of them is over 100 years old and still runs daily. I really need to get my passport and a lot of money because there is so much to see and do there and I really want to go before I die. It has been my dream forever! Today's topic is not Paris though today I want to share some pictures of a few truly beautiful carousels. There are several in the States like this one in Brooklyn: or this one in New York This Conservation carousel is located in Los Angeles There are several in NewYork State that look interesting from a photographers viewpoint (ie Mine) and a trip there would be considerably easier than a trip to Paris. Maybe I'll plan one for next year to celebrate my sixtieth birthday. Time will tell I guess. I hope you enjoyed this tour of some of the prettiest carousels I've ever seen. Live, Love, Laugh

Do you remember these?

I have been struggling with depression for a while. I only know this because lately, I have been sleeping the days away. So you will find that I am concentrating on humour a lot. I have always believed that laughter can cure or at least alleviate many ills and today I am going to try some of the really old jokes. For instance: Why did the chicken cross the road? .......... To get to the other side! Cue laughter! And you know for some reason you just can't not laugh at that joke. Here is one from a Facebook page   And this one is from SparkPeople Found this one on the Readers Digest site . And finally one from Instagram Live, Laugh, Love

Air Conditioning

So last year I got this portable air conditioner. With all the hot days in the last month and with at least another month and a half to go I have been absurdly glad to have it. Mine is an LG but looks a lot like this. I went looking to see how much it is at Canadian Tire turns out that as of right now not a single store has any left. Made me glad I had this one from last year I then went exploring to find out how you can cool off if you don't have one. The easiest way is to go to a local beach or pool it will be slightly cooler there than in your home and laying in the water will help cool you even more. Or get wet then lay on your towel and as the wetness evaporates it will cool you off. The second easiest, in my opinion, is to get one of those high energy fans like a box fan and if you can stand the noise they cool the air a lot. Add a bucket of ice in front of it and it will cool things off even faster. If the high energy fan is too loud you can use any old fan it just w


Ever heard of these? They always make me laugh! But First a little history. William Archibald Spooner was born on today's date in 1844. He studied at Oxford University and went on to lecture there for 60 years, focusing on philosophy, divinity, and history. He also was an Anglican priest. An albino man of small stature with bad eyesight, he was sometimes absent-minded, but also had a strong intellect. Because of his intellect, his speech often did not keep up with his thought process. That, along with his bad eyesight, contributed to him often saying phrases that were different than the ones he intended. With these slips of the tongue, which became known as "spoonerisms," the initial consonant sounds in some words are reversed. One of his most famous was "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride," which he apparently said while performing a wedding ceremony for a couple. Spoonerisms are often said by accident, just as they were done by Spooner, but nowadays t

Junkfood Junkie

I am a junk food junkie? Yes or No Well that's where I started but I went from there to watching a few of Robin Williams on Talk Shows. I love him! I didn't realize that he was in his 60's when he died. With all that depression stuff the fact that he had a long life and three children kind of got lost.

Hello, Still here.

It appears that someone has noticed I haven't written for a few days. Truth to tell I have had so many early mornings lately that I haven't been in the mood to write when I got back home. For some reason, I can't figure out I didn't write a couple of days ahead of time either like I usually do. When I got home I went to bed and slept for the rest of the day I was so worn out by the heat and stress of what I was doing. I have nothing prepared for the next 10 days but I will get to work on that today. Thank you for sticking around even when I screw up.

Ugly Truck Day

Free Yourself

There is chaos and disorder everywhere, and you can't control it. Crazy, unorganized, and unexpected things are happening, and they all seem to be happening at the same time. Does this sound like pandemonium to you? That's okay, today is Pandemonium Day. It's a day to embrace and even celebrate the pandemonium that often seems to surround us. It is a day for looking at this pandemonium in a new way. As it can come along at any time, it is a day to accept that it exists. All hail the forces of chaos! Let the desk be unorganized, turn off the alarms and let the laundry go unwashed! Throw out your itinerary and pursue the day with wild abandon! Have a course of action? Disrupt it. Walking along the pier and have a sudden desire to jump in the water? Do it! Randomly decide that purple and neon green are perfectly complimentary colors? Wear them! Pandemonium day is dedicated to the unexpected, if you live a typically organized and well-ordered life, celebrate some serious Pan

Remember This

Main Street - Coney Island Washboard Roundelay (feat. The Newfangled Four) Forefront - Sweet and Lovely (feat. Mike Rowe) Main Street - Pop Songs Medley (International 2015) Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes

Simple Living

Henry David Thoreau, says: "Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself." Though I don't agree that Nature is innocent, she has a wicked temper when we damage what she has made, I do believe in living simply. Living simply means different things to different people for me it means living with less stuff, eating plain foods and spending money on things I need, (most of the time anyway), not want. Right now I am in the middle of a purge. I have accumulated a lot of stuff related to paper crafts but my interest has moved past it to more solid mediums like cloth and clay (air-dry not the other stuff). So I am packing it up into garbage bags and getting it out of the house. Yeah, I feel a little guilty about that but honestly, I need it gone and that is the easiest way to do it. Some stuff I send on to charity bins but a lot of it is of no interest to them. That is why I had a yard sale at t

Essential Oils

I have known about Essential Oils and what they can be used for since I was in my late twenties but have not studied them seriously. A friend here in the building started using the Young Living brand a couple of years ago and she swears by them. I want to try but like most ideas, my progress will likely be Hit and Miss. For today I am looking at some natural remedies that I want to try out when I find the set I bought a couple of months ago. I'm thinking they are in one of the garbage bags under the printer table. Oh yeah, not garbage, they contain books from the bookshelf and other odds and ends that were cluttering up my desk space. I needed to clear the bookshelf for the garage sale and haven't returned the books to it yet. So today is a bad pain day my back is on fire and so are my arms. I entered a google enquiry for Oils that help with nerve pain and I found a place called  Essential Oil Sanctuary  The article I found recommended 12 essential oils for use with the

Some Poetry

Edmund Clerihew Bentley, commonly known as E.C. Bentley, was born on today's date in 1875. He was a British writer known for clerihews: four-line biographical poems of a comedic nature and an AABB rhyme scheme. The subject of the poem is usually named in the first line, and other characteristics of the poem are its clumsy rhythm and irregular number of accents. Cheryl Marois Tried to grow roses To please peoples noses Now they sing in heavens chorus Clerihews by Edmund Clerihew Bentley Sir Humphrey Davy Detested gravy. He lived in the odium Of having discovered sodium. *** Sir Humphrey Davy Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium Of having discovered sodium. (Revised version of the first clerihew ever written)

Style part 2

I talked about finding your style but finding your style is only the first part. Once you find your style then you actually have to find a wardrobe. It is often the case that our closets are full of  "stuff". Things we would not wear or don't fit our style. So what do we do? My style does not lend itself to pants but if yours does then you will find the following a little help. The absolute least number of clothes you can have two tops & two pairs of pants but it isn't encouraged because it means that you will need to do a small wash every day and if you pay for the machines as I go that can get really expensive. The recommended wardrobe varies a little depending on rather you need only a casual ie everyday wardrobe or both a casual & a work wardrobe. Those with uniforms are super lucky that way because all you need is three uniforms. People who work in an office need a few more things. What depends on the formality of your job and the company you wo

Be a Kid Again

There are so many things you can do to celebrate the day. You can do things you remember doing as a kid, or do things you wanted to do when you were younger, but never took the time or got the chance to do. Here are some ideas: Eat ice cream for a meal. It happens to be  National Ice Cream Sundae Day today as well, so it’s perfect! You might as well be like a kid and chase down an ice cream truck to get your ice cream. There are many other foods to eat that can make you be like a kid again. Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich, macaroni and cheese, fruits snacks, or cotton candy. Take yourself to a kid’s themed restaurant such as Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was founded by the same person who founded Atari, as a way to expand video arcades to kids. You could spend the rest of your day playing video games anyway, it happens to be  Video Game Day  as well. As much fun as it would be to jump in a big pile of leaves after raking, it’s summer so that’s probably

Macaroni is the staff of life

Macaroni has always been my go-to when groceries get low because it is so versatile. It can be eaten with catchup and/or margarine or fancied up with vegetables and other add-ins. It can be eaten hot or cold and keeps well. I am doing a bit more cooking this month then I have in the last two and macaroni can be made 365 + ways . What is your go-to?

Hop A Park

Its Saturday which means there is a concert in the Del Crary Park so that is where I want to end the day but since it is Hop-A-Park day I thought I  would go to a couple of other parks as well. That way I can cross something off my July ToDo List. I figure I'd start at Millenium Park with a coffee at the Silver Bean and take a stroll in the park on the other side of the river and maybe explore a little of East City in between.

Time to get cooking

Cooking is the closest thing to alchemy you will find. You mix a few ingredients, add a spark, and voilĂ , you have created a tasty treasure.    So this month cooking experiments celebrate both Blueberry month and the pretty eggplant.  On the menu today are a blueberry salad and some eggplant bacon . Perhaps some homemade ice cream too.

If I could be invisible for just one day...

Oh, the possibilities of this day! I woke up this morning, looked into my mirror, saw my messy bed but no me. No Me! No ME? No me I am invisible. I decided to forego clothing, a thing I'd dreamed of, and stepped outside my house. As I walked in the sun I thought about what I could do while no one could see me. I needed to test a couple of things so I went into a corner store. I made myself a coffee and grabbed a sandwich from the snack area then looked up into the surveillance mirror. No sandwich or coffee showed in it. One thing confirmed, if it was in contact with my body it was invisible. I sat on the grass and drank my coffee and ate my sandwich as I thought about what to do with this power. My first thought was to get blankets and food to the homeless but I knew there were other groups that did that... still... I caught a bus to the grocery store and filled a cart with healthy foods. Once I had enough I considered how I was going to get it to the place I wanted to