Tuesdays Top Ten plus one Trival Trivia

Many years ago, in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered into the english language.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, and chocolate

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

The almond is a member of the peach family

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!.

Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

Tuesday Morning

One of my co workers is a beautiful 1 year old golden retriever, I have “worked” with him since I could hold him in one hand.

Almost every month for the last year and a bit for a week at a time he comes and has a “holiday” at my house, I already have 2 dogs and 2 cats and various other little critters and the girls ūüôā

Usually BMR Beemer sleeps in Hayleighs room when he visits and the other two sleep with me. 

Last night however was a little different.

ALL three were with me, Simba¬†usually snuggles¬†in¬†in front of me and Scampie behind my legs which still happened last night with a little twist: BMR was lying lengthwise¬†against my back,head on pillow,¬†give new meaning to “snug as a bug in a rug”!!¬† As I was lying there all I could do was smile, many people do not allow dogs,cats on the bed and here I was surrounded by 3,¬† snoring,¬†heavily breathing¬†doggies.

Our usual morning routine¬†is to let the dogs out and have a coffee while they use the facilities, I have their¬†leashes outside attached to longer ropes, I don’t like tying them up but it is so dark out that I can’t see the deer,raccoons¬†and whoever may be wandering around,¬†I’m¬†often in a zombie state first thing¬†in the morning so it’s just easier this way and not to mention safer.¬† When BMR is here I let Simba¬†out with him first, Scampie¬†and BMR play too much and don’t focus on the task at hand.¬† This morning was no different from¬†any other I let them out grabbed my coffee and told Scampie¬†to wait, he sat on the other side of the front door¬†fussing so I spoke to him through the door saying “just wait a minute” and again “wait”,¬† I laughed thinking it’s like the girls in the morning yelling at¬†each other to hurry up in the bathroom.¬†

When everyone is ready to come in the cats are often¬†lying in wait for us on the other side of the door along with one of the dogs held hostage afraid to move,¬†they both¬†block the stairway¬†¬†to the rest of the house, I go first all three follow as I move the cats along, Murphy is the worst, he’s like a medium-sized dog nearing 20 pounds, he presses all his weight down to the floor it’s like moving furniture with your foot!¬† They all go straight to the kitchen and sit like show dogs in front of the “biscuit” cupboard¬†waiting for their treats.

So there you have it, my early morning¬†¬†routine….and then…the teen and pre teen morning routine!!

note to self :

It¬†is not¬†wise to give dogs broccoli¬†and cauliflower…..I had added some veggies¬†to their food two nights in a row, Bmr¬†was very gassy all day yesterday and into the night while I woke up this morning to the fragrance of not one but possibly three.

Simba a.k.a Mona

Murphy a.k.a The Murph

Scamps a.k.a Peanut

 Gordo a.k.a Gordo

BMR a.k.a Boo

Not so Meatless Monday – Mrs. Campbells Homemade Beans

Old Fashioned Baked Beans

Serves 8

My good friend Mrs. D Campbell gave me this recipe a couple of years ago, she just handed me an empty bag of Thompsons beans and there it was: The best baked bean recipe ever!

This recipe is so easy, smells amazing while it cooks, and tastes incredible, I always add a little 40 Creek Whisky  to it for a little extra mmm mmm mmmm! It is one of my familys favorites.

Thompson’s Old Fashioned Baked Beans

Ingredients:
2 cups (454 g) Thompson’s White Pea Beans
5 cups (1.18 L) cold water
1 medium onion, sliced
¬Ĺ tbsp (7 ml) salt
2 tsp (10 ml) cider vinegar
1 tbsp (15 ml) brown sugar
¬Ĺ tsp (2ml) prepared mustard
¬ľ cup (60 ml) Crosby’s/Grandma Fancy Molasses
¬Ĺ cup (125 ml) tomato ketchup (no salt added ketchup)
Pinch black pepper
¬ľ lb (100 g) lean pork or low salt bacon, sliced

Directions Sort and rinse beans. SOAK BEANS OVERNIGHT in cold water. Drain. Add 5 cups cold water, cover, heat to boiling, then simmer 30 minutes or until nearly tender. Drain. Place onion slices on bottom of 6-cup flameproof casserole dish. Add remaining 7 ingredients in with the beans, stirring gently to combine, then pour entire mixture into casserole dish. Add enough water to cover mixture, and place sliced lean pork on top. Cover with lid and bake in oven at 250F for 7 hours. When beans are tender, remove 1 cup of beans, mash, then stir back into pot carefully. Cover and continue to bake. Add water as needed to keep beans covered. One hour before serving, remove cover to darken up the beans. Salt to taste.

Fun Friday Cocktail – The Normandy

This weekend in Muskoka is the 27th annual Bala Cranberry Festival so I thought it would be the perfect time  post a Cranberry Cocktail called The Normandy it is also the perfect drink for fall!

Ingredients

9 fresh cranberries 2 thin slices green apple 1 teaspoon packed dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon simple syrup 1‚ĀĄ4 cup good-quality Calvados Ice cubes

Directions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 cranberries, 1 apple slice, the brown sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Add the simple syrup, Calvados and a few ice cubes. Cover, shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with the remaining apple slice and 3 cranberries.

Serves 1

www.yumsugar.com

Article below courtesy of  www.cottagecountrynow.ca

Andrew Hind

Cranberry fields forever

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh is sustainable farming at its best

NATURAL WETLANDS.                                                                                                             Cranberry bog-fields provide wetland functions, including filtering groundwater, recharging the aquifer, providing storm drainage and flood control, and habitat for plants and animals.                                                                                                             Photo by Kim Good
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THE MUSKOKAN¬†– Johnston‚Äôs Cranberry Marsh is one of the largest cranberry-growing operations in North America and the centrepiece of the annual Bala Cranberry Festival. But it‚Äôs notable for something else as well: a tireless devotion to land stewardship and ecologically friendly agriculture. Owners Murray Johnston and his wife Wendy Hogarth recognize the importance of their cranberry marsh to the bio-system and go to great lengths to balance profits against protection. Cranberry bogs play a critical role in promoting a healthy environment. The bog-fields where cranberry vines are cultivated provide the same functions of natural wetlands, such as filtering groundwater, recharging the aquifer, providing storm drainage and flood control, and habitat for plants and animals. Bogs are a unique ecosystem, distinct from a swamp or other forms of wetland. They are defined as a habitat that has a dense layer of peat, acidic soil, and where water is near the soil surface, usually covered in moss and shrubs. It just so happens that bogs are also ideal for growing cranberries, as Orville Johnston, Murray‚Äôs father, discovered when he founded the farm back in 1952. Cranberry growing is farming with minimum impact on the environment. It‚Äôs a rule of thumb in the industry that you cultivate only one-tenth of the land, leaving the remainder in a natural state. As a result, of the Johnston‚Äôs 350 acres only 27 are currently under cultivation. Even those fields under cultivation are routinely visited by wildlife, ranging from moose and deer, to beaver, bear, muskrat, otter, skunk, porcupine, raccoon, and foxes. It is also home to numerous types of birds, including waterfowl such as ducks, Canada geese and loons, which nest in the wetland, as well as predatory birds like owls, heron, and eagles. And while most people don‚Äôt give them much thought, insects and other small life forms (snails, crayfish, worms, and leeches) important to a healthy environment are also plentiful in bogs. Farmers often complain about animals and pests damaging their crops, and with all the creatures inhabiting a cranberry bog you would think they would hinder the cranberry growing. Not so, according to Hogarth. ‚ÄúI love all the critters we get around here,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIf an animal becomes a pest we are the ones who have to change. We value wildlife and work hard to live in harmony with it and the environment. We believe very strongly in land stewardship.‚ÄĚ As a consequence, the farm practises Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an ecologically based approach, rather than resort to chemicals or other damaging or intrusive means. Biological controls are the first step in defending against animals that might become a nuisance. This means encouraging and preserving natural enemies to keep pests manageable, such as birds that eat harmful insects. There are also farming practices which work against pests, such as applying sand in the spring to bury insect eggs and weeds, flooding fields to drown insect eggs, keeping grass well mowed to discourage weeds from going to seed, and putting up electric fences. One of the most time-consuming tasks during the summer is pulling weeds by hand, but the effort is worth it because it means no herbicides are used. The best way to control pests is to monitor the types and population present, and only act if critical levels are reached. Chemical fertilization is kept to a minimum. Soil and tissue samples are collected and examined on a regular basis, and based on these findings fertilizers are used to replace the nutrients the cranberry vines have taken from the soil. Essentially, the farm is merely returning to the soil what they harvest each year. ‚ÄúThis summer we received Local Food Plus Certification. Local Food Plus is an award-winning, charitable, non-profit committed to growing sustainable food systems. Certification recognizes our environmentally and socially responsible growing practices. We also won a Premier‚Äôs Agri-Food Innovation Excellence award,‚ÄĚ said Hogarth proudly. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs never been clearer the need for sustainable agriculture.‚ÄĚ In an effort to promote wetland conservation, Johnston‚Äôs Cranberry Marsh introduced a Get Wild program, which introduces kids to the importance of wetlands. Part of this includes a catch-and-release program that allows kids to see and touch animals up close. In addition, Johnston and Hogarth have designated some of their wetlands as part of the Bala Bog Natural Heritage Area. It‚Äôs all part of a concerted effort to balance operating a farm with husbanding the natural resources of the land. ‚ÄúOur farm functions as part of a larger ecosystem,‚ÄĚ Hogarth said. ‚ÄúMaintaining the health of the whole is imperative to our farm and our family.‚ÄĚ

related links

www.balacranberryfestival.on.ca

www.cranberry.ca

www.discovermuskoka.ca

Amazingly Simple Home Remedies

I received this in an email from my mother today had to share it:

 

1. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.
 
2. AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.
 
3. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.
 
4. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.
 
5. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU’LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.
 
6. YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE – WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN’T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN’T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.
 
7. IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU’VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.¬†
 

 
 
DAILY THOUGHT :
 
SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES РNOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS. 

Rescue

My daughter showed me this today and I just had to share it with you.

I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen

Posted by Janine Allen  at Monday, November 17th, 2008.

I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY by Janine Allen

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today

http://rescuemedog.org/dog-blog/i-rescued-a-human-today-by-janine-allen/

Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog’s professional dog trainer.¬† Janine’s passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability.¬† Copyright 2012 Rescue Me Dog; http://www.rescuemedog.org


			

Wishes DO come true!!

Here is something I wrote in September:

The beginning: please please read on to my wish come true:

I have a birthday coming up, each birthday is a milestone for me seriously,¬† and I¬† don’t usually have a birthday wish list, but this year I do.

Ok Ok here it is:

I would like to go camping with my  younger brother and  sister.

I’m sure they’ll be thrilled.

Unfortunately Thanksgiving this year falls on my birthday weekend which is when I wanted to drag them out to spend time with me, so I’m hoping if they are agreeable which I’m confident they will I’d like to go the following weekend and if that doesn’t pan out maybe after Christmas, sometime in mid January?!

I am after all hosting the family Thanksgiving meal again for the 6th consecutive year! Gosh all the cooking for all those people, the planning, the preparations, ugggh, I’m tired just thinking about it, and all on my birthday…..maybe I’ll bake a birthday cake for dessert.

I really want to spend time with the two of them, freezing our butts off,  drinking cocoa,  somewhere in beautiful Ontario.

Crazy? Well heck ya!¬† That’s the only way we know how to do things in my family.

I was married when my brother was 10 and I’m sure he was pleased when he became an uncle at the age of 11 and was renamed “Uncle Fru¬†Fru” at 13!¬† Your welcome.

My sister and I are very close in age and are pretty good friends at the moment ūüôā

All  I really would like is for the three of us to spend time together.

I’m sure they’ll make my wish come true since they love me dearly and know that I never ask for anything.¬† I am after all their older sister and have guided them well through their youth ūüôā

Come to think of it …I think I showed them how to build the famous “Yellow Castle” .¬† Good times. ūüôā

I loved that castle!

xoxo

PART 2 THE BEST PART!!!!

My mum, sister and brother¬†planned the best¬†birthday surprise.¬† They brought the “camping to me”¬†, when¬†my sister arrived she¬†got out of the car carrying a dusty old guitar playing and singing Happy Birthday she does not know how to sing or play the guitar it was however the best bd song I have ever heard!

 

And so the celebration began, of course it was also Thanksgiving at my house again for now the 7th consecutive year in a row ūüôā

My sister and I finished¬†preparing dinner while my brother “Fru¬†Fru”¬†and Paul set up the surprise in the backyard…..they were very very¬†sneaky…..

My beautiful niece Lacey had baked the most beautiful birthday cake.

We enjoyed our dinner together, started cleaning up and then more birthday singing….

We all sat and enjoyed Laceys¬†cake and then I was called outside where I saw the most beautiful old tent, my beloved chimnea burning, an old canvas backpack full of Mega blocks¬†and ice bucket full of ice with only 3 beers inside one for each of us.¬† I became very emotional and my eyes became quite watery ūüôā

I can’t ever remember a time where I have felt so loved and thought of as I did at that moment.

 

Mum had¬†come out singing with everyone carrying yet another beautiful cake also taken from my “bd story”

This beautiful cake was re-created by Alison Stock www.simplydecadent.ca THank you Alison!!!!

This tent has lasted since the 50’s
By appointment “Her Majesty The Queen” ūüôā
Made by Black and Edgington Tent and Flag makers
Smells amazing that old canvasy smell. mmmm Love it!

The three of us enjoying our beer in my new/old birthday tent , my brother started to play the guitar, wish I could add audio!

Thank you so much to all of you for making my birthday wish come true!

This gift and all of you mean the world to me!

David, Stacey, Danielle, Lukas, Meghan, Hayleigh, Lacey, Laurissa, Cora Lee, Paul, Mum, Dad,Hans, Susan, Letitia, Andrew, Violet, Yens, Mike and Linda.

And will be happy to continue hosting Thanksgiving at our home. ūüôā

I have not added many pic’s of the rest of my family as I’m sure they would not appreciate….and some of me well just not appropriate ūüôā

Brother to Sister

This is the message my dear brother left on Facebook for me on my Birthday and the conversation that followed:

From brother to sister: FOURTY FOUR (44) is not as bad as it sounds. FOURTY FOUR (44) is a time of celebration.¬† it’s not a matter if the glass is half full (eg. FOURTY FOUR (44)) or if the glass is half empty (eg FOURTY FOUR (44)) it’s as simple as there is more room for wine in this glass, even at FOURTY FOUR (44).¬† happy birthday to my FOURTY FOUR (44) year old sister.¬† happpy FOURTY FOURth (44)th birthday angie. ‚ô• from your younger brother (eg 37) andrew

From sister to brother: Thank you ever so much for your well thought out Birthday Wish!¬† Can’t wait to see you on Sunday my dear young punk brother, remember the fun we had on the monkey bars??¬† Oh how about the fun ride we took down the stairs which resulted in two black eyes. ūüôā

From brother to sister: yes who could forget, imagine me falling asleep while climbing on monkey bars resulting in a horrable fall and breaking both of my wrists.  who could forget the Heroics of my sisters rushing me to the safety of my mothers loving arms, and the joy of being with granny every day for 6 weeks at four years old.  thank you for being such a good sister to me.  and the stairs weeeeeeeeeee walkers go so fast as they thumble with the fun down slick uncarpeted stairs.  thanks for the good times sis. love ya ♥

From sister to brother: LMAO till Sunday Brother…….

The love between a brother and sister is something so special. ūüôā

Fun Friday Cocktail – Vodka….

I know this drink recipe¬†is not very Thanksgiving-ish…but it’s a super duper easy delicious one!!

A friend of mine who shall remain nameless looveess vodka. 

She justifies drinking it by mixing it with Cranberry Juice ūüôā

It’s actually quite good.

She mixes vodka, ginger ale and cranberry with ice.  So So good.

There probably is a name for it but I just call it Good!

I just mix about 1 ounce of vodka with equal-ish parts of ginger ale and cranberry….

Little heavy on the cranberry

Enjoy

Hope everyone has a beautiful Thanksgiving Weekend!!