Opinion Polls, Panels and Surveys
Wednesday November 29th 2006, 7:26 pm

One of my pet peeves is getting phone calls from telemarketers or any kind of market researchers, especially when I am in the middle of doing something or having a meal. I always tell them that I’m not interested and hang up. I don’t know many people who would actually take the time to do these polls or surveys, unless they are lonely or are a “shut in” with no one to talk to. I wonder what kind of people are giving their views for these poll takers, and if they are a true reflection of the general population.

Christmas Songs
Sunday November 26th 2006, 1:01 pm

Today we are taking advantage of the mild weather to decorate outside our house for Christmas. It really isn’t too soon because we won’t be turning the lights on until next month. Weather in December is too unpredictable, and we may get a cold period in the weeks before Christmas. It is no fun trying to put up the lights and decorate the trees in the cold. We very seldom get a white Christmas because snow doesn’t usually start until January, in this part of Nova Scotia. Last year, on Christmas day, we had mild temperatures with clouds all day and some fog in the evening, but the year before, we had some snow flurries and it was so nice for Christmas.

We need more sun in Nova Scotia
Thursday November 23rd 2006, 7:40 pm

We know that in order to stay healthy and avoid diseases as we get older, we must eat properly to get enough vitamins and minerals. Information on what we should be eating regularly is available in the Canada Food Guide. If more people followed it, cases of some cancers and heart disease would be considerably lower. There is one vitamin which is very important to good health but is very hard to get enough of from eating a balanced diet.

Odds and Ends From This Week
Monday November 20th 2006, 7:23 pm

I thought I would bring you up to date on what I have been doing recently. I had written a blog recently about the problem we were having with our new dryer. It got to the point that we had to hit the dryer on top of the control panel to get it to work. I contacted the Sears repairman last week and he replaced the motherboard and the sensors which seemed to the source of the problem, but it still wouldn’t work. He took everything in the dryer apart and found the problem was one small wire which hadn’t been soldered properly at the factory. Things aren’t made the way they used to be. Hopefully that is the end of that story.

Flu Shots
Saturday November 18th 2006, 2:33 pm

Today our family received our yearly flu shot. Our doctor holds an influenza vaccine day once a year when she only gives the shots. It is very fast and efficient and we were in and out within minutes. We usually get the shots before the end of October, but the vaccine wasn’t available until later this year, due to a delay in production. There are three influenza viruses in the flu shot which change every year depending on international surveillance and estimations about which type and strains of viruses will be circulating in any given year. This year the viruses are A (H3N2) virus, A (H1N1) virus and B virus. This doesn ‘t mean anything to me or most people who get the shot, but we hope the scientists picked the right ones for this year.

Wednesday November 15th 2006, 6:45 pm

I haven’t been writing anything on this blog for a few days because I have been ill since I had my tooth extracted last week. I don’t know if the tooth extraction caused the “stomach flu” or whether it was just a coincidence that it happened at the same time. Anyhow I am feeling better now.

My Grandfather’s war diary
Sunday November 12th 2006, 11:17 am

There was so much to read in my grandfather’s soldier’s diary for 1916 and 1919 that I decided to transcribe the entire thing. This will take several days to complete as some of the words are hard to understand and there are several abbreviations which I have to figure out. When I have finished, I will put the entire transcription of the diaries on this weblog.


A Soldiers Diary on Remembrance Day
Saturday November 11th 2006, 9:58 pm

This morning, just before 11:00 a.m., we were driving in our car and I was amazed by the number of people going to Remembrance Day ceremonies. There were young and old and everyone was wearing a poppy. Due to the newspaper reports of the war casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq, we are very aware of what our armed forces are going through and Remembrance Day is our way of showing all veterans how we feel. When I was young in the 1960’s, the only people who observed the two minute silence on Remembrance Day were the veterans themselves. None of my friends paid much attention to it, but in our house it was different. We were expected to observe the silence and listen to the stories about World War I and II on the radio for most of the day. My grandfather fought in the First World War and would tell us stories about the hardships he indured in the trenches where he almost died.

More Politics
Thursday November 09th 2006, 10:34 am

I looks like the Americans did the right thing and gave the Republicans “a thumping” as President Bush stated. Bush also did the right thing and got rid of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld because the loss of seats in yesterday’s election was mainly because of the war in Iraq. Rumsfeld had stated that the war in Iraq is too complex for most Americans to understand. The government should have explained it to them better instead of continuing to lie to them. They never should have started it in the first place, but now that they have, it will be difficult and will take time to get out. It took most Americans too long to realize that it was a mistake and that they were being lied to. This is such an expensive lesson for the Americans. The billions of dollars spent in Iraq could have been better used in so many other places such as rebuilding in New Orleans, helping homeless people, giving more aid to Africa, and most important of all, the environment and climate change.

Tuesday November 07th 2006, 10:20 am

Let’s hope that the Americans do the right thing in today’s midterm election and think before they vote.

“Our elections are free - it’s the results where we eventually pay.” - Bill Stern

“Once again we saw the phenomenom of the three kinds of citizens in this country. The activist who campaigns hard, the regular citizen who votes but does not otherwise participate and the truly tuned out who never even know when the election has been called.” - Rod Love, Canadian Alliance campaign strategist.

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” - Charles de Gaulle