Dartmouth Crossing
Monday April 30th 2007, 10:10 am

Many of the people who live in Dartmouth and surrounding areas are anxiously waiting for the completion of our newest shopping area. Dartmouth Crossing is located on 202 hectares, which will be developed in three phases over the next ten years, and is located less than a 10 minute drive from most areas in Dartmouth. The first phase, which should be completed this year, will have over 100 stores and restaurants, in a very pedestrian friendly development. There are sidewalks everywhere, which will make it easy for shoppers to walk from store to store.



Everyone Hates Spam and Those Spammers
Sunday April 29th 2007, 8:51 am

I had to have the comments area removed from this blog today because I started receiving too much spam and junk mail. It was taking too much of my time everyday to remove the spam, so having an area for comments on this blog wasn’t worth the hassle. Does anyone even read spam. Maybe the people who distribute it feel that even if 5% of this stuff gets read, it is worth the cost of sending it. I don’t know very much about spam, but I know it is illegal and difficult to locate the spammers. It is probably also very inexpensive to send spam to every available computer they can find, because the only operating costs would be getting the mailing lists.



Canada’s New Environmental Plan
Friday April 27th 2007, 11:07 am

I just finished reading some newspaper articles about the government’s new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in Canada. Of course, there are criticisms that the plan is both going too far and not going far enough, depending on the agendas of the critics. The plan appears to need more work to provide more details on targets, but as far as I can see, it appears to be a reasonable plan. I don’t pay attention to the opposition parties, because they always feel they have to pick everything apart to make the government look bad, and that is their job. I also don’t pay attention to the various industries, because no matter what is done, it will effect them, because they are for the most part, the source of the problem.



If You Are Feeling Tired and Have No Energy, Try This
Thursday April 26th 2007, 10:01 am

Many people have days when they feel tired and have no energy from the moment they wake up, until they go to bed at night. For most of us, it is from a lack of sleep, but there are also other reasons for this lack of energy. I have found that if I don’t drink enough water during the day, I become dehydrated, and I don’t even realize it, because I am not thirsty. If I drink my usual eight glasses of water a day, I feel fine. But if my routine has changed, and I haven’t had enough water, I can feel the lack of energy. Try drinking at least two glasses of water the next time you feel tired, and you may see a difference.



The University of Calgary’s High Fat Meal Study Is Faulty
Tuesday April 24th 2007, 10:13 am

A recent study was done by researchers at the University of Calgary who looked at the stress responses of 30 students who ate two different breakfast meals after fasting the night before. One of the meals was a high fat and high carbohydrate breakfast from McDonalds, and the other breakfast was a low fat high carbohydrate breakfast. They then gave the participants high stress tests two hours after eating the breakfasts. After eating the McDonalds breakfast, there was a 25% increase in blood pressure, faster heart rates and hardened blood vessels, which are all factors for heart disease and stroke.



I Just Need A Little Sun
Sunday April 22nd 2007, 9:23 am

Yesterday was such a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. We took some of our lawn furniture out from winter storage in our garage and garden sheds recently, and I spent the afternoon enjoying the sun in the backyard. It almost felt like a summer day. I actually felt like planting some seeds in my garden, but I know we will be getting overnight frost a few more times during the next few weeks. I will have to wait until the end of next month for most of my gardening.



The N.I.M.B.Y. Effect of Reducing Greenhouse Gases in Canada
Friday April 20th 2007, 12:23 pm

Canadians believe we must do something about our greenhouse gas emissions. We feel we have to do something so we will feel better about the global warming problem. When it comes to alternate and renewable energy, wind power is something which environmentalists think is worth trying on a larger scale. More wind farm projects are being proposed in Nova Scotia, and already it is causing problems. We want to be responsible citizens but if it inconveniences us or costs us too much money, we draw the line. Wind turbines are noisy, and there have already been many complaints from people who live near existing wind farms. People feel they are okay, as long as they are “not in my backyard”, and who can blame them.



Another April Tragedy
Thursday April 19th 2007, 1:18 pm

I am back home after my vacation visiting my sisters in Ontario. The weather wasn’t as good as it usually is in April, but it was a nice vacation. I spent this morning scanning the newspapers I hadn’t read during the past week. I only had time to read some of the news stories in order to get caught up on what’s going on in the world. Of course, the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University on April 16 is the most newsworthy and tragic, in this part of the world.



See Ya, I’m Going On Vacation
Thursday April 12th 2007, 11:44 am

I will going away on vacation for the next week, so I won’t be doing my blog. Talk to you when I get back.

Have a good week,
Anne



We Must Adapt To Global Warming
Tuesday April 10th 2007, 10:52 am

I certainly wasn’t dreaming of a “white Easter”, but we got it anyway. In some areas in Nova Scotia we received 30 cm of snow on Easter Sunday, which is more snow than we saw all winter. There were plenty of Easter bunny snowmen on front lawns. In the area I live, we received about half that amount, which was still too much for spring. It is melting fast, so it should be gone by the end of the week. The snow didn’t stop spring in our neighbourhood yesterday. The tulips were poking through the snow in my backyard. Some teenage boys were playing basketball in T-shirts across the street, then stopped for a snowball fight. In most of Canada, this spring has been much cooler than last year, and we don’t like it.