State of Denial
Monday October 16th 2006, 6:29 pm

I requested Bob Woodward’s recent book “State of Denial” from the library today. It may take some time to get it because there are seventy people ahead of me on the list and the book is still “on order” at the library. This book should be very popular with Bush-haters everywhere so it should be a bestseller. It has already sold out it’s first printing of 750,000 copies. It’s about George W Bush and his dysfunctional government and it couldn’t have come out at a worse time for the Republicans. Bush is the least popular President in recent memory with everyone except the “Christian Right” in the United States and they can be pretty scary too. There probably won’t be many surprises in the book because stories on the internet, in magazines and on television lately about Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney show that administration in a very negative light.



Syriana…..
Sunday October 15th 2006, 1:01 pm

Believe it or not I am still making preserves. Yesterday I made a batch of tomato and green pepper salsa and today I made more mustard pickles. The cucumbers have been used up but I still have a lot of red and green tomatoes left. Most of the red ones will get used in salads and sandwiches. I will make some green tomato relish with the green ones this week, and that will be it. I am getting really tired of doing it but I don’t like food to go to waste. I used up all the zucchini by making several zucchini loaves last week, which I froze. The only thing left to get from my garden are the pumpkins for Halloween and Jack O’Lanterns which I cut and dry every year.



Halifax is an excellent place to retire.
Saturday October 14th 2006, 6:12 pm

Most people (80%) don’t plan on moving when they retire, but it is interesting to see if the place you are living, and planning on retiring, compares favourably with other areas in North American.

Warren Bland, PhD, is an award-winning geographer, who wrote a bestselling book last year called “Retire in Style - 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada”. He used a criteria to evaluate and select places in North America to retire. The criteria was landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural and education activities, recreational activities, work and volunteer activities, crime rates and public safety. Each of the 12 criterias were assigned a rating from 1 to 5, and 5 being excellent.



Say it isn’t snow….
Friday October 13th 2006, 10:46 am

I couldn’t believe my eyes to read that an early October snow storm has blanketed parts of New York state and the Midwest with two feet of snow earlier today. It seems so close to us. I haven’t even taken my fall and winter clothes out yet. Thankfully we aren’t getting it and are expecting seasonal temperatures for the next few days.



Our Best Friends - Our Dogs Smokey, Archie and Penny
Thursday October 12th 2006, 12:42 pm

We knew we had to get a sister for Archie after his brother Smokey died in 2004. We owned Smokey, a lab cross with the most gentle disposition, since he was two years old. In 1993 we adopted Smokey from Bide-A-While animal shelter after looking for the perfect dog for weeks. We wanted an adult dog who needed a home rather than a puppy. We both worked all day and we knew that training a puppy and leaving it alone for hours every day wasn’t something we wanted to do.



Today
Tuesday October 10th 2006, 10:43 am

On the weekend when my brother Jim was here for Thanksgiving supper, we took several family pictures and I put a few of them on this site. This afternoon I have a dentist appointment for my semi-annual teeth cleaning and we plan on doing some shopping when I am finished. I made some turkey soup yesterday so our supper is already done. It is such a nice sunny day so I would like to go for a walk to either a park or a beach later today. Ken already went for his hour long walk this morning but he won’t mind another walk today because rain is expected for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He will probably use the treadmill for his daily walk those days.



Attitude
Monday October 09th 2006, 9:59 am

I worked for 35 years for the federal government before retiring in April, 2004. During those years I can honestly say that I enjoyed going to work. Occasionally there were days when I didn’t feel well or was tired and would have preferred to stay home and sleep in. Most of the time I felt grateful to have a job that I enjoyed. I tried to look on the bright side of most things which went on the in office and tried to have a good attitude, not only about my job, but about life. For several years I had a copy of a poem attached to the wall of my work station which I would read when things weren’t going well or I felt my co-workers had a bad attitude, over reacted to some perceived slight or complained too much about their lot in life. I was surprised when I visited my sister in Calgary a few years ago and found that she had the same poem on her refrigerator. I wonder how many other people keep a copy of it somewhere in their homes or offices. One of the supervisors in my office also kept a copy on her desk. I know that if you have a good attitude in life, it makes life for yourself and everyone around you so much easier. Even if you hate your job, changing your attitude, even a little, can make going to work so much better. Life is hard enough, so why make it harder than it has to be.



Thanksgiving Weekend
Saturday October 07th 2006, 2:37 pm

This is the first day of the Thanksgiving Day long weekend which means for most working people three days off work. Nova Scotia had been the only province, I believe, in Canada which didn’t have Sunday shopping but that has changed effective this weekend. We had a plebicite two years ago and the majority (51%) didn’t want the stores open on Sunday because they felt it was a family day. The vote was split between urban and rural voters with urban voters wanting the choice to shop on Sunday. Of course most retail workers wanted a day off on Sunday to be with their families also. Several grocery stores took the province to court to fight the Sunday closing and they won. The Premier of Nova Scotia announced earlier this week that they wouldn’t appeal the decision so all stores can now open 364 days a year, but must remain closed on November 11, Remembrance Day.



“The End of Suburbia”
Friday October 06th 2006, 11:42 pm

I watched part of the most interesting documentary I have seen in a long time on television this evening. It was made a few years ago called “The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream”. I saw only about half of it but it stated that oil and natural gas production has peaked in the world and will start to decline and prices will increase in the future. North Americans have invested much of their wealth in suburban sprawl which necessitates the use of the automobile because there is nothing walkable in the suburbs. Most Americans and Canadians who live in the suburbs drive several miles/kilometers a day to get to work or shop. We need oil to heat the huge homes that are being built in the suburbs. We are very dependant on it because of our lifestyle. The documentary predicts that without affordable oil, property values of suburban homes will plummet and they will be the slums of the future as people will want to live in cities in smaller houses.



YouTube.com and The View
Thursday October 05th 2006, 5:16 pm

I just started watching YouTube.com and I love it. Some of the videos are silly and are more geared to teenagers but there is so much to watch that there is something for everyone.