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Women Comedians

How many female comedians can you name? There are a lot out there starting with one of my favourites Carol Brunette with a sketch that seemed appropriate given what happened at the beginning of the month entitled "Toilet Tissue" Next up on the list in my head is Gilda Radner from Saturday Night Live. Her Roseanne Roseannadanna isn't available in Canada for some reason but I found this one. No way to actually see her but the story is cute. Third, on my list is  Phyllis Diller  is the first woman comedian ever. She is fantastic! Hope you enjoy the Laughter!

How to take a Virtual Vacation

With the Covid-19 shit going on getting out is a bitch and succumbing to cabin fever a certainty what's a girl to do? Well I have been doing some exploring and while they can't make up for not being there below is a list of a few of the ones I liked. I did a google search on virtual vacations to get started because while I knew the idea I had no idea where to look. One of the first entries that came up on the search was a Mashable article called 7 ways to take a virtual summer vacation The article led me to a place called Ascape VR  which has a whole library of experiences where I spent a little time looking around. The videos are separated into countries and each has a playlist of between 10 & 57 videos featuring that country. Because I'm lazy like that I decided to check out the Africa set which only has 10 videos. They all do a 360-degree video so you get a good look around. Ascape is meant to be used with your phone & 3D viewers. They are watchable on a c

Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors Day, also known as Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day, is dedicated to illusions and celebrates things that really aren't as they appear. Smoke and mirrors were originally used to make it appear as if something was hovering in space. A beam from a hidden projector, which was known as a  magic lantern , would reflect off a mirror and onto a cloud of smoke, and an image would appear on the smoke. This illusion was first documented in 1770, and was popularized by  Johann Georg Schrepfer . It became a big part of nineteenth-century  phantasmagoria shows . Afterwards, smoke and mirrors became associated with acts of illusion, as they were used to distract audiences when people or things were made to disappear or appear. When people can't figure out how illusionists and magicians are doing a trick, they may say, "It's all smoke and mirrors." The phrase may also be used figuratively when people try to hide something by being cunning or using deception.

Brother's & Sister's Day

These are my bother's and sisters, some of them I have not seen since my fathers funeral. When we moved my father into a nursing home the last piece of glue keeping us together dissolved. We each had our own children & each of us concentrated on those children and drifted into different lives more or less forgetting each other. It is strange to some of you I'm sure but other than our parents we had very little in common. We didn't hate each other as some families do but seeing each other reminded us of the things we were trying to go beyond. A drunken father, a distant mother and rampant sexual abuse by an uncle was what I saw when I saw them, I do not know if they saw the same. I made a life for my children and me though not as good a one as I could have they tell me. It saddens me to think that this was 15 years ago. I have seen my baby sister many times and the middle one as well but neither of my brothers. Strangely as sad as it makes me I really have little

Quirky Country Music Song Titles

Country music was born in America in the 1920s, having its roots in folk and blues music. Lyrics are commonly sung about love and heartbreak, drinking, trains, and trucks. Along the way, many quirky song titles have popped up. Today these titles are celebrated! You should spend the day listening and singing along to country music songs with quirky titles, of which there is no shortage. Here are a few to get you started: Hank Williams- "Settin' the Woods on Fire" Merle Haggard- "Okie From Muskogee" Johnny Paycheck- "Take This Job and Shove It" Johnny Paycheck- "Pardon Me, I've Got Someone to Kill" John Prine- "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" Kenny Chesney- "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" Trent Willmon- "Dixie Rose Deluxe's Honky-Tonk, Feed Store, Gun Shop, Used Car, Beer, Bait, BBQ, Barber Shop, Laundromat" The Notorious Cherry Bomb- "It's Hard to Kiss the Li

Make Your Own Holiday

I'm still feeling a bit under the weather so today's entry is also from Checkiday  No I don't have Covid-19 just a slight spring cold. Today's holiday encourages people to make up their own holidays about anything they want! If there isn't a holiday about it already, it's fair game! It can be a funny, bizarre, or very serious holiday. Make Up Your Own Holiday Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays, who are no strangers to making up holidays. "Holiday" comes from an Old English word that means "Holy Day." There are both official and unofficial holidays. Official holidays are usually sanctioned by the government, and citizens that observe them usually get the day off work. Official holidays may be religious holidays such as  Christmas  or  Yom Kippur , national such as  Independence Day , or secular such as  New Year's Day  and  Labor Day . Unofficial holidays aren't sanctioned by the government. Businesses usua

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today so today's post is from Checkiday Today we honor and remember those who suffered and died as a result of slavery: the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. As many as 15 million men, women, and children were cramped in slave ships, devoid of sanitation and any basic necessities, as part of the trade. Upon arrival at their destination, they faced a new life of perennial hardship and suffering. Enslaved Africans were spread all over the world, but most were sent to the Americas. Ninety-Six percent of those held captive on the coast of Africa were sent to South America and the Caribbean Islands. Not only does today's holiday honor and remember the victims, but it also keeps one foot grounded in the present, by aiming to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice. The United Nations General Assembly adopted  resolution 62/122  on December 17, 2007. It declared the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims o

Let's Talk About- Food

A Necessity of Life: A Dieters Nightmare First off we are not supposed to call ourselves Dieters for some reason that term has become politically incorrect instead we are Lifestyle Changers. Like a change in the wording would change what we are trying to do. Food begins with nutrition. Our bodies require a certain number of nutrients every day to function correctly. What those nutrients are is a hot topic of discussion as what nutrients in what quantity are the basis for all the diets out there. Everyone has an opinion and the poor consumer (us) gets so many contradicting instructions that we just say "F..k it! and give up. Then there is the controversy as to rather a food needs to be cooked and the method of that cooking to get the best possible nutrition from it. I remember when you either boiled, fried or baked something, those were the choices we had for food preparation. Of course, steaming was out there but it wasn't something I was aware of until I was well into a


This video is 10 hours long but if you only watch the first 30 seconds you will see the power of lightning. I always look forward to the spring storms especially the thunder & lightning ones. I have always loved seeing the power of mother nature and what is more powerful than lightning. The above video is a little less than 7 minutes long and was recorded for some storm chasers. One day when I was a kid I was out on our stoop when lightning struck the roof. Since it was a small space with a tin roof I was deaf for a little while but instead of fearing it I just gained that much respect for it. I chose video's to share because a picture just does not really show the power inherent in a lightning strike. This next one though is a lesson along with a spectacular display. Pecos Bill has a lot of video lessons about lightning as well as tornados and other items in mother natures arsenal. Check him out.

You are as young as you feel

You may have heard the phrases, "you are only as old as you feel," or "you are as young as you feel." They both mean that no matter what your age, if you feel young, and live your life in such a way as if you were young, age really doesn't matter. There may even be some  scientific truth  to the phrases. Today puts a focus on working to act and feel as young as you can. Today also gives you an excuse to do so, and no one can judge you for really letting loose. The day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays, who said, "Now more than ever you are as young as you feel. So stop acting your chronological age and get out there and start feeling peppy!" If you are getting up there in age, this day is especially for you. Really, anyone can celebrate the day though, by acting as young as they feel; the hope is that they feel younger than they are, not older. Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate the day: try to fit into the clothes you

Do you remember Common Courtesy?

Common Courtesy isn't so common any more ... that is what so many of my generation say. I wonder how they would react if I reminded them that it was their job to teach their children and that many of them failed to do so. How do you expect a child to use manners if they have no example to follow. Do you know the rules of common courtesy? I looked them up because I could only remember one for certain the one we all know. Always remember to say "please" & "thank you".  Common Courtesy is: It includes listening instead of interrupting. It means having patience — not only with everyone else but with yourself too. Common courtesy means holding doors, saying hi, and smiling at others. It means to recognize you aren’t the only person who exists in this world. It means that when you are in a bad mood, that mood shouldn’t dictate your manners or how you treat others. Common courtesy means respecting people in retail and who wait on you at restaurants

Heavens it's Craft Month Are you interested in crafting? Check out the above board for all of things crafting & DIY. Have I already mentioned what my projects are this month? Probably since other than reading and this blog that is what I do to kill time during the day. Truly sometimes being retired can be quite boring and I have always loved making things. See the mountain on the cover, that is what I'm trying to make. The mountain I'm beginning with doesn't look much like this for one thing, in fact, the photo below shows what I started with. I took all the white covered glue off and started levelling the three shelves with poly-filla to provide a stronger wider base for the houses & the water. That is the part I'm at now. The one downside of poly-filla is that for every half inch (5 cm) you add you have to let it dry for 24 hours so for an inch and a half it takes three days Once that is in place then I will be adding water, t

Hello Spring- Happy Ostara

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Celebrating my goddess

Today is the day Aphrodite is celebrated, she has been my guiding goddess for most of my life. She has many aspects however today is about fertility and rebirth of the earth.  Before the spring equinox in ancient times, people prayed and made offerings to Aphrodite, in hopes of starting a family. If you are not looking to conceive children, like me, the day can still be celebrated! It can be a day to begin any new projects that you have been wanting to get to. It may also be a day to plant seeds to begin growing new plants. Even if it is too cold to plant outside, you can plant a seed in some fertile soil in a pot, and transfer it outside as it begins to warm in the upcoming months . Tomorrow is the first day of spring let us welcome her with open hearts and open minds and open arms! Aphrodite with all of her children

Happy St Patricks Day

From me to you

Everything you do is right

You may be feeling a little down after yesterday, since it was  Everything You Think Is Wrong Day . Nothing went right, and everything you thought to be true was false, wasn't it? Well, everything is going to be alright. Today is Everything You Do Is Right Day! No matter what happened in the past, today can be its own bright day. In fact, it's going to be a perfect day, and everything you do is going to turn out right! ( Source ) Remember, everything you do today is the right thing to do. The bottom line is, do whatever makes you happy. Start the day right - with a healthy breakfast. It has long been known that a good breakfast not only has health benefits but can help people concentrate better on their work during the day. Spend time with happy, positive people. Psychologists and self-help pundits all agree that a person is as happy as the least happy person around them. So, surrounding yourself with cheerful people means that some of their positivity will rub off on to

Everything you think is wrong

Everything You Think is Wrong Day can be interpreted in a few ways. It may be a day when nothing goes right and everything seems to go wrong the whole day! If this is the case, it also recognizes that these types of days are sometimes inevitable. One shouldn't be dismayed, because these type of days will pass. A perfect example of this is that  Everything You Do is Right Day  is coming tomorrow! Everything You Think is Wrong Day can also be a day to acknowledge there are things we don't know, we have imperfections, and we have much to learn. We may not know basic knowledge about certain fields of study or not know specific pieces of information, or we may need to improve our moral outlook or correct blind spots when it comes to being compassionate or understanding of others. But the day can be looked at as an opportunity, not as a reason to be down. We all have the opportunity to fix things and to learn, which will make us better people in the long run. Spend the day refle

Butterfly or Moth?

Via Science Bob:  A moth and a butterfly sure can look alike, and they both belong to the same insect family (Lepidoptera) but there are a few differences to look for so that you can tell them apart: Butterflies usually rest with their wings closed, while moths rest with their wings open. Butterflies have long, thin antenna, while moths have shorter feathery antennas. Butterflies generally gather food during the day while moths are seen more at nighttime. Most moths make a silky cocoon, while butterflies usually make a shiny chrysalis Source Like most people, I think butterflies are beautiful and moths not so much except that as you can see above the colours might be a bit muted but they are just as pretty. The main issue is that moths seem to like wool and as a knitter that makes them not my favourite insect no matter how pretty they are. Which do you like?

First came Barbie then came Ken

Kenneth Sean Carson  is a  fashion doll  introduced by  Mattel  in 1961 as the fictional counterpart of  Barbie , who was introduced two years earlier. Similar to his female counterpart, Ken has a fashionable line of clothing and accessories. In the Barbie  mythos , Ken met Barbie on the set of a TV commercial. He is Barbie’s boyfriend, as it is written on every box produced since 1961. Since his debut, Ken has held at least 40 occupations. He was invented by  Elliot Handler . The original Ken Ken in 2017 He has come a long way! I don't remember being much interested in boy dolls until I bought my son a He-Man. I was enamoured by Barbie and could not conceive the idea that a male version could exist. He would have been about 9 years old when I became interested in Barbie and I guess he wasn't that popular in 1970

Learning about ... Ganhdi

Today's post courtesy of Wikipedia Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi  ( / ˈ ɡ ɑː n d i ,   ˈ ɡ æ n d i / ; [3]  2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, [4]   anti-colonial nationalist , [5]  and  political ethicist , [6]  who employed  nonviolent resistance  to lead the successful  campaign for India's independence  from  British Rule , [7]  and in turn inspired movements for  civil rights  and freedom across the world. The  honorific   Mahātmā  ( Sanskrit : "great-souled", "venerable"), first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used throughout the world. [8] [9] Born and raised in a  Hindu  family in coastal  Gujarat ,  western India , Gandhi was trained in law at the  Inner Temple , London, and  called to the bar  at age 22 in June 1891. After two uncertain years in India, where he was unable to start a successful law practice, he moved to South Africa in 1893 to represent an Indian merchant in a lawsuit. He went on to stay for 2

A Lesson from Johnny Appleseed

He was real. He was a pioneer nurseryman. He introduced apple trees to many places mainly in Ohio, Indiana & Illinois. He was a man who cared about nature.  Is there a lesson here? As in most folk tales, there is a grain of truth and a lesson to learn! So what can we learn from Johnny Appleseed's tale? Forward-thinking, perseverance, kindness to nature, be friendly, be helpful. The most important lesson though is one we all need to remember. " You can change your world for the better, just take it one day at a time, one step at a time"

Living in the Cracks

Have you ever noticed how dandelions and other weeds grow anywhere including cracks in the sidewalk or path? They are survivours and so are you! One or two of my readers I'm sure have to have lived in a nightmare at least part of their lives be it an abusive home or an abusive spouse or an addiction that nearly killed you. Yet here you are still living and maybe unknown to you strong because you lived through it and left it behind. One of the things I have learned is that as bad as I think my life was others had it far worse AND THEY ARE STILL STRONG, STILL LIVING LIFE. They are examples to me that even the worse life period can be survived. Oh maybe not well but still here & still going strong! If you are one of the many who have not escaped your hell on earth remember others have and so can you. It comes down to self-preservation either physical or mental, our need to live just a while longer. Sometimes like the Professor, it takes a life-threatening illness to ma

Where did barbie come from?

On March 9, 1959, Barbie made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. The date became known as Barbie's birthday and is now also celebrated as Barbie Day. Barbie was thought up by Ruth Handler, wife of one of Mattel's founders, Elliot Handler. Handler noticed her daughter, Barbara, gave adult roles to paper dolls when she played with them. In 1956, Handler bought three German  Lilli Dolls  while vacationing in Switzerland, and used them as inspiration in creating the Barbie doll upon returning back to California. Barbie made her debut in stores on September 6. The first Barbie wore a black and white swimsuit, had the full name of Barbara Millicent Roberts, and was available with either blonde or brunette hair. Her cost was $3.00, which is about the equivalent of $26.00 in 2019. Over the years, Barbie has been seen as a positive inspiration to girls by demonstrating the many careers that young girls could pursue. But, Barbie has not been without con