Happy New Year
Monday December 31st 2007, 9:35 am

My Weight Watchers Christmas
Wednesday December 26th 2007, 10:47 am

We had a very nice Christmas yesterday. My brother visited, and we enjoyed seeing him again. My family had a great time playing some of the Play Station games we found under the Christmas tree. I kept to my sensible Weight Watchers way of eating, and for the first Christmas in years, I didn’t have heartburn from eating too much rich food. We had our Christmas feast at lunch time, and I ate turkey, stuffing, gravy and vegetables but in smaller portions than I usually do. I had an apple for dessert, instead of the usual plum pudding or pie. For me, it tasted just as good. For our supper, we had turkey sandwiches, squares and chocolate cheesecake. The cheesecake I had was small, but it was my biggest indulence of the day.

A White Christmas
Sunday December 23rd 2007, 10:29 am

Two days away from the big day. I have been ready since last week, so except for cooking the Christmas meal, I can relax and enjoy the ambience of the season. We are expected to have our first white Christmas in three or four years. There is enough snow on the ground that the rain expected on Christmas Eve shouldn’t melt all of it. In past years, if we were lucky to get some snow, it was just enough to cover the ground. This is fine with me because as soon as Christmas day is over, I would prefer the snow to be gone too. Our winters are so unpredictable that some years are very mild with rain, and others are cold with lots of snow. Environment Canada predicted a cold and snowy winter, and so far they have been correct. Our winter started in November, and hasn’t let up yet.

Sunday December 16th 2007, 11:53 am

Earlier this week I went to the semi-annual luncheon for CRA retirees. We meet at Brewsters Restaurant in Bedford every June and December. It’s amazing that most of the retirees look better now than they did when they were working, even the ones in their 80’s. The stress of working takes it’s toll, but seems reversible. For some reason the women look much better than the men.

One of the recent retirees, who had transferred to the Calgary office about twenty years ago and retired to Nova Scotia last year, sent us an email about what is it like to retire. I found it very amusing and very true. If you haven’t retired yet, this is what you have to look forward to.

Too Much Bad News Is Making Us Apathetic
Wednesday December 12th 2007, 12:23 pm

I have been thinking about writing something in my blog recently but nothing has interested me enough. I used to enjoy reading my daily newspaper from cover to cover every morning, and would often write about items which interested me. I guess you could say that I am bored with the news. I am suffering from news overload. I can understand why some people never read a newspaper. Now I just glance at most of the news stories with little interest. I prefer to read human interest stories, stories about my own community and the weather. I still love weather stories.

Storm, what storm?
Tuesday November 06th 2007, 10:07 am

If it wasn’t for the newspapers and television news reports, I wouldn’t know that Nova Scotia had been hit by a post tropical depression called Noel on Saturday night. For days before it hit, we had been told by the media to get ready. Nova Scotia had been hit so hard by Hurricane Juan in September 2003, that we weren’t taking any chances with this one. Fortunately for most of us, unless you lived along the coast of Nova Scotia, there was very little damage done by this storm. This was unlike the devastation this storm caused in the Caribbean last week when it was still a hurricane.

Monday October 08th 2007, 10:50 am

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. We are waiting for our turkey to finish roasting in the oven, which should take another two hours. As soon as that is done, I will make the gravy and cook the potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and brocolli. This year, instead of putting the stuffing inside the turkey, I cooked it in a separate casserole dish, for a change.

Anne On The Web One Year Later
Monday September 24th 2007, 9:51 am

It has been one year since I started this blog. Anne on the Web began last September with topics about the tomatoes and zucchini in my garden. I wrote about politics, my cottage, my family genealogy and items in the news which interested me. When I started this blog, I didn’t know much about blogging, and I didn’t know anyone who even had one. Most people I know don’t have the time or the interest to blog.

The Best Time of Year
Friday September 21st 2007, 10:51 am

The weather in September here in Nova Scotia is the best. We are having sunny days, with temperatures in the low 20’s C, which is perfect for doing things and going places. I love it, so keep it coming for the next few months. This is the perfect time of year for sightseeing around the province. I hope this is one of those years, like last year, when it was mild until January. I maybe in the minority, but I prefer cooler temperatures. I find anything above 25C is too hot for me.

Looking for Ragweed In Nova Scotia
Wednesday September 19th 2007, 11:18 am

I spent the day yesterday trying to locate ragweed in the area I live, which is close to the coast in Nova Scotia. We went to Fishermen’s Cove in Eastern Passage yesterday afternoon and I took pictures of the flowers, which I thought could be ragweed, and which grow in the marshlands close to the water. The flowers all looked the same but they had three different types of leaves. Unfortunately, my research determined that all of these wild flowers were different types of goldenrod. None of my pictures resembled the leaves of the ragweed. I did discover that the flower of the ragweed isn’t much of a flower. It is tiny and light green in color, and isn’t as beautiful as the goldenrod flower. The next time I go looking for ragweed, I will look for the leaves instead of the just the flowers.