The End of March
Saturday March 31st 2007, 9:19 am

March is going out like a lamb today. It actually came in like a lamb this year, but there were a few days in between which were like a lion. Goodbye March winds, and hello April showers. Today will be sunny and cool in Nova Scotia. It will be a good day to go to the Ideal Home Show because cooler temperatures outside, usually make being inside crowded buildings more pleasant. Because we will be in the area anyway, I plan on going to the Lee Valley store and get those things I put on my list yesterday, and also pick up some flowers for Easter at Wal-Mart or Costco.

Friday Afternoon at Home in Nova Scotia
Friday March 30th 2007, 4:56 pm

Changing the name on the post which received the ads didn’t work, so I deleted the entire post, which I had written in October about television and BellExpressVu. Hopefully, the ads won’t pop up on some of my other posts. I will hope for the best, and check again tomorrow.

This is Not a Drugstore
Thursday March 29th 2007, 4:10 pm

During the past week, advertisements for online drugs have been appearing on my blog as comments. Everyday I have to check the comments area in order to delete them, before my blog starts to resemble a drugstore. It must be because I live in Canada. There is a block to stop anything which maybe pornographic from appearing in the comments, but it is probably difficult to stop everything you don’t want. All the online drug ads are appearing in the comments section of my blog which is entitled “Television”. I decided to change the name of that blog to see if that makes a difference.

Delusional Calgaria is Amusing, But Ineffective
Wednesday March 28th 2007, 9:52 am

Before I logged onto the Nova Scotia government’s latest way to try to lure Nova Scotians back home from Calgary, I thought the website would be mean spirited and insulting, based on what I had heard about it. In fact, it is very amusing, and I doubt most Calgarians will even pay attention to it. I think Nova Scotians will enjoy it, but I don’t think it will have much effect on anyone who is living in Calgary, and earning more money than they could earn in Nova Scotia.

I Have to Do It Today, or At Least Soon
Tuesday March 27th 2007, 9:36 am

I have been putting it off long enough. I just have to get everything ready, sit down and do it. I know I really don’t have to have it done this early, but I am a little too paranoid to leave it go any longer. I have never waited this long before, as I usually have everything completed by now. You never know, I could be hit by a car, and end up in the hospital for the next month or so, then where would I be.

Enjoy Your Chocolate and Wine, But in Moderation
Monday March 26th 2007, 10:05 am

While shopping at Wal-Mart yesterday, I was drawn to the aisles loaded with chocolate Easter candy. Easter is less than two weeks away, so I was buying some Easter eggs for our family. I love chocolate, but I don’t enjoy most of the chocolate bunnies and eggs being sold in the stores this time of the year. I prefer candy made with better quality chocolate, the way chocolate used to taste. In order for the big chocolate companies like Hersey, Cadbury and Neilson to make a profit, and still sell chocolate at a reasonable price, they have lowered the quality of it. You can still buy good quality chocolate, but you must pay a lot more for it. In the last few years as I get older, I can’t eat as much chocolate as I used to, without getting a headache, which is probably a good thing.

Weekends are Special
Saturday March 24th 2007, 11:52 am

Another sunny spring day, and my husband is at the building supply store again. Today isn’t as warm as yesterday, which was 14C, but it is a good day to work outside. It is especially nice because it is the first weekend of spring. Even though we are retired, weekends still seem special. We still like to go for Sunday drives, and do things we usually don’t do during the week. It maybe from habit, because we used to work Monday to Friday, but I have been retired almost three years. It is probably because events are geared towards working people, so there are more things going on during the weekend. I mentioned Sunday drives, but we don’t do that very often now due to the cost of gas. It seems like a waste of money, unless we have a specific destination, and something to do once we get there, rather than just driving to look at the scenery.

Spring Is In The Air
Friday March 23rd 2007, 9:56 am

I can tell that spring is in the air because my husband is looking around for some outdoor projects to do. He has been thinking about this for weeks, but it has been just too cold to work outside. At this moment, he is at the building supply store buying some wolmanized lumber to replace part of a fence and a gate in our backyard. Most of our yard has white chainlink fencing, but because I like white picket fences, we decided to put pickets nearest the house. When my husband fenced the backyard about seven or eight years ago, he couldn’t find any wolmanized pickets, so he had to use regular wood pickets. Their lifespan outside is about seven or eight years, and this winter took it’s toll on the picket fence. Most of the fence, except the wolmanized posts, fell apart at the same time. There are a few broken pickets so our toy poodle, Penny, was able to crawl under it. I don’t think she will do it again, because she is too afraid to be outside the yard by herself. She only went as far as our front door, and knocked on it with her paw to be let inside. This time my husband will be getting wolmanized wood to make his own pickets, which should last forever.

The First Day of Spring
Wednesday March 21st 2007, 8:58 am

Technically today isn’t the first day of spring because that occurred last night at 9:07 pm, but today is the first full day of spring. You can’t really tell the difference yet, because it is still too cold and windy outside today. During the next few weeks, we will start to see the changes. I already see some of my perennials poking out of the ground, but those day lillies seem to poke up in the middle of winter, if we have mild temperatures. In April, my tulips, crocuses, hyacinthe, and daffodils will start to sprout, especially in the sunny areas close to the foundation. Spring flowers in the front yard take longer to bloom because it is shady, but they also last longer, and are still blooming into early June. Every morning during the winter, I look out my window to check the temperature, based on how curled the rhododendron leaves are. It doesn’t give me the exact temperature, of course, but it tells me if it is mild, cold or very cold outside. During the spring, that changes to faithfully checking the leaf buds on the trees every morning when I get up.

The Federal Budget Isn’t Fair to Nova Scotia
Tuesday March 20th 2007, 9:54 am

I guess you could say that the Federal Budget was predictable. It was a budget geared to give more to the provinces which have the highest populations, and therefore voters in the next election. I wasn’t surprised, but still a little disappointed. As I said in a recent blog about the Canadian Census, the rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. Provinces such as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan should have at least received our share of the so called improved equalization payments. Instead it seems that our share went to Quebec. I was also disappointed that there were no tax cuts for the average taxpayer, even though tax cuts usually mean only a few more dollars in our pockets. With all the money handed out, if you don’t have children, or live in Ontario, Quebec or Alberta, there was little in the budget for you.