Enjoying Summer (When It Finally Arrives)
Friday May 25th 2007, 11:35 am

This is the time of the year when I don’t want to spend much time sitting in front of my computer because there are so many other things to do. From now until the end of summer, I won’t be writing in this blog very often. Of course, if it is raining, and I have nothing better to do, I may do it. If something really interests me, and I feel that I have to write about it, I may do it, but not often.



The Victoria Day Weekend in Halifax
Saturday May 19th 2007, 10:00 am

The Victoria Day weekend is usually when Nova Scotians, and many Canadians, crowd the garden shops to buy bags of compost and mulch, trays of transplants, and hanging baskets for our backyard gardens. It is also the weekend that anyone who owns a cottage will be opening it for the season. That means turning on the water, and raking and cleaning. It is the first long weekend of the “summer” season. Unfortunately, Nova Scotians will probably have to postpone these activities until next weekend because our weather forecast is for rain all weekend, until Tuesday. Today we are experiencing heavy to moderate rain, so no matter how much I want to go outside to work in my garden, I will just have to wait. We will also have to wait until at least next week to open our cottage for the season.



Good Riddance To This Way of Thinking
Wednesday May 16th 2007, 1:05 pm

I was reading my newspaper this morning to see if there was anything of interest I could write about today, and one thing caught my eye. My first reaction to the death of Jerry Falwell was good riddance. He and his “moral majority” seemed to be very scary and hateful people. I avoid reading anything about evangelists, and people like Jerry Falwell, because I oppose their views. So I was surprised to read that today’s evangelists are more concerned with addressing poverty and AIDS in the world. I don’t think that they are more open minded when it comes to gays and abortion, but they know that to get things done, they must be less extreme. They believe in collaboration instead of confrontation. I hope they can keep their thoughts about gays and abortion to themselves. Hopefully the days of people like Jerry Falwell are gone. I never had a good impression of any evangelist because I thought that most of them were in it for the money. After all, it is a very lucrative job, and I have never heard of a poor evangelist.



Mother’s Day Lobster
Friday May 11th 2007, 5:32 pm

Every family has their own traditions for Mother’s Day. In our family, and many families in Nova Scotia, having a lobster dinner is something we look forward to every year. Even though Nova Scotia is on the east coast of Canada, lobster is expensive to buy, and is considered quite a treat. Most of the lobster caught off the coast of Nova Scotia is exported to the United States and other parts of the world, where there is a large market for this delicious seafood. Our grocery stores usually sell it for a more affordable price twice a year, for Mother’s Day and New Year’s. It is cheaper to buy it then because more Nova Scotians are willing to buy lobster for these special occasions, and they are also more plentiful due to the lobster seasons in various parts of the province.



Some Thoughts on Homes
Wednesday May 09th 2007, 6:51 pm

“When friends enter a home, they sense it’s personality and character, the family’s style of living - these elements make a house come alive with a sense of identity, a sense of energy, enthusiasm, and warmth, declaring, “This is who we are; this is how we live”. - Ralph Lauren

In my home, I can live with dust, but clutter drives me crazy. I would sooner see dust on my coffee table than magazines, mail or anything that doesn’t belong there. I don’t even mind organized clutter, it is the disorganized clutter that bothers me. Things that don’t belong. I believe that if something is taken out to use, it should be put back when done using it. Clothes should be hung up. Baskets, cabinets and shelves should be used to organize things. I feel that cluttered work areas in a home cause stress and disorganization.



Simple Pleasures
Monday May 07th 2007, 10:34 am

This morning I was cleaning out some old magazines I had been keeping for a few years. I don’t know why I bother to keep old magazines because I have so many current magazines which I haven’t read yet. As I was throwing them away, I found a very delightful magazine which my daughter had given me for Mother’s Day a few years ago called Ideals Mother’s Day, “More than 50 years of celebrating life’s most treasured moments”. It is filled with the most beautiful pictures of flowers and country scenes, poetry and stories about mothers and children. It is a real keeper, because these things never go out of date. We sometimes need to be reminded to appreciate the simple things in life, and to stop and smell the roses more often.



Halifax Again Listed In the Top Best Places To Live in Canada
Thursday May 03rd 2007, 9:35 am

There was a small article in today’s newspaper captioned “Halifax in top 10 places to live in Canada”. This really isn’t new information because every study I have seen in the past few years has placed Halifax in the top ten places in Canada and the United States to either live or retire. This latest ranking was by MoneySense magazine which ranked 123 Canadian communities with a population of over 10,000. It ranked Ottawa as the best place to live, and Halifax as the second best place to live in Canada.