Go ahead, laugh… the jokes on me today.

Last evening was a quiet evening. I enjoy times when I can simply get myself cozy on the loveseat, all alone with a book and a chai tea as company. All the lights were out save for a lamp to read by. I really do enjoy living alone, I felt so content, my feet propped up on the one arm of the seat, my head against the other. After a while, I felt a quiet rumble in my tummy and remembered I had not eaten since lunch.  There was left over pasta in the fridge, so without turning on the kitchen light, I grabbed it and went to get a bowl. Being a procrastinator, the dishes were still in the dishwasher. I knew I should unload it, I had filled it earlier in the day, but this was not the rime. I would leave it till later or tomorrow. I heated the pasta in the microwave, threw on some parmesan cheese and dug in. Simply delicious.

I was nearly finished when I noticed dog hair sticking out from under the bottom of the bowl. “That’s weird” I said to myself “how did that get there?” (I have a dog that drops hair everywhere but still, I was puzzled.)

I am sorry, but It's not my fault.

I am sorry, but it’s not my fault.

Slowly a light flickered in the recesses of my blonde brain. I jumped up and checked the dishwasher. Sure enough… the soap lay undisturbed in the bottom. I had not pushed the button to actually wash the dishes. I realized I had used a dirty dish to eat from. Horror of all horrors… It must have been the dish I had placed on the floor the night before for the dog to lick clean. EWWWW… dog germs all in the bottom and now it was too late; I had already eaten my dinner… from the dogs bowl…

I will pray I don’t get sick and let this be a lesson about procrastination.


Can I Have a Little Wisdom with that?

Today I am celebrating a milestone birthday.. This past year has been a year of discovery, of growth and learning. I managed to get through all my earlier years, mysteriously oblivious to many truths. This past year, truth blind-sided me, then sent me on a journey of searching for Lily. I am happy to declare that I am brand new, re-invented, unmasked and ready to embrace this coming year with enthusiasm and joy.heronssunset





I celebrated early with friends, both at lunch yesterday, then watching the sunset. Today I am continuing the celebration. My friends and family are wonderful people. My friend and writing coach gave me beautiful roses to celebrate and she picked my favorite colour. Patti, you are the best. ( her blog is t http://giantsamongus.ca/ )

Thank you for the beautiful roses Patti

Thank you for the beautiful roses Patti

Speaking of joy and fun, I wanted to have a birthday laugh this morning as I enjoyed my morning coffee. I discovered that a lot of people (many of them unknown) have had some funny things to say about birthdays and age. These are a few that gave me a giggle

I’m sixty years of age.  That’s 16 Celsius.  ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997. (And since I live in Canada, I muct be around 16 years old now. Another great advantage to being a Canadian)

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. ~Lucille Ball

It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen. – By Brigitte Bardot  

A  birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.~Author Unknown 

 Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.   C. Joad  (I recommend getting rid of the vinegar and sticking to the wine, I know I did)

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. – By Tom Wilson

They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body. – By Unknown Author

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. – Unknown Author 

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Weekly Photo Challenge This is a real working gas pump in a small town in The North West Territories, Canada. The price of gas was hand written. I love the “No Snivelling” sign that is so professionally made and the yellow handwritten “Gas” sign on top. What is most important?

Gas pump

 Only parts of the pump worked.  But they are very trusting people. We had to fill up, then go into the store and tell them how many litres of gas we pumped. They calculated what we owed on a calculator. At 1.68/litre (about $4.43/ gallon) it is very expensive gas being pumped out of this crazy gas pump.

Close up of the pump.

Close up of the pump. I love the way the words did not quite fit on the sign.

Just so no one feels it is just Canada that has weird gas pumps, this is one we went to in Minnesota, USA. Patience is a virtue. Minnesota

Coping with Stress… Ideas anyone?

We all have it. We all react.  (sometimes badly)cartoon1

Today I am stressed. Today’s battle is with the medical profession. I am trying to get authorization for a family member. He needs attention and is not receiving the proper care. I am getting the run around. Unanswered messages, long waits on hold… you know the drill.

I am far away, making it difficult to solve this issue.

What coping methods work for you?   I know constant stress can put my health at risk,so I am asking for your input, just a little survey, a chance to interact. Thanks for taking the time to give me your ideas and suggestions.(Your Name and Answers are private and are only seen by me)