Wednesday, November 23, 2011


  Welcome to November! All passengers please keep your hats,coats & mittens on until we come to a complete stop in March! Thank you for riding the Winter Express!

November is the month leading up to my favourite Holiday Season.....Christmas!! Tomorrow our American neighbours celebrate Thanksgiving and since my Sister lives in our neighbouring country,along with my Blogger and Facebook friends, I'm more aware of the later celebration of Thanksgiving.
This afternoon my Niece and great-Niece came over for tea. I had some things to give my Niece, so that was a great excuse for a visit :)
Here is my adorable great-Niece:

Such a Silly girlie :)
Look at her adorable little boots! Such a Fashionista!!
Nothing entertains more than empty plastic containers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Precious Words

Someone has written these beautiful words. Please read - there is a great understanding and deep meaning to each one.

They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all the time.

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble,
but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2] Why is a car's WINDSHIELD so large & the rear view mirror so
small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look
ahead and move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it
takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they
will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last
long either.

5] Old friends are Gold! New friends are diamonds! If you get a
diamond, don't forget the gold! Because to hold a diamond, you always
need a base of gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from
above and says, "Relax, my friend, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities;
when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than
losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and
sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has
prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.


We went trick or treating with my sisters, brother in law and four of the five kids(the oldst being 16 now and too old to go door-to-door). It was alot of fun! They ended with alot of loot, which ended up being about half candy/half chips.

Visiting the Pumpkin Farm

We took a day out of the hectic pace of settling Rachel into her new home, after the movers finally arrived from transporting her boxes and beds from Naniamo, B.C. to Kenora, Ontario to go with the kids to the Pumpkin Farm. It was a fun couple hours out in the fresh air, doing a stamp maze, wagon ride, pumpkin pick, apple roast, pony ride and a little snack.
Great photo op too! :)

Happy Birthday Rachel and Linayah!

My Sister Rachel shares her Birthday with our Niece and so we had TWO Birthdays in one day!! How lucky were we??
Rachel made this adorable Barbie cake for our Niece's party.

Along with the cutest cake we had a Tea Party. It was us Sisters, our Nieces and Nephew and Linayah's foster Sisters.
Here the Birthday girl is getting ready to blow out her candles :)

Happy Birthday to ME!

After arriving in Ontario, my two youngest Sisters and their families helped me celebrate my Birthday. We celebrated a belated Thanksgiving as well so lucky me got to have another turkey Dinner....yummy! I felt SO honoured to celebrate my special day with my Sisters :)
We broke out a bottle of Champagne for the occasion :)