Funny Friend!

Well it was my birthday on Saturday and I sent a smart arsed text to a friend of mine it went something like this :

“FYI my birthday is on Saturday and I love receiving cards and gifts such as flowers, chocolate or red convertibles LOL!”

Today my good friend “Deborahh from the Cona Stoa” gave me my gift………….

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The post it says ” You said you liked receiving cards”

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And Flowers (Best I could do)

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and chocolate

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Drink this and imagine your car is red with no top on it HA HA HA

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This is one of the most thoughtful gifts I have received 😀 😀

I must return the favor on December 4th when Ms. Deb turns 50!!!!!!

It’s Camping season

I am a born again camper.

Growing up our summer vacations were spent travelling all over Ontario camping…..many times I’d whine and complain especially as I got a little older but thinking back, camping was the best vacation ever!

My mum is in her early 70’s and still is an avid camper, hiker and canoe-r 🙂  she would take daughter #1  along with my sister and niece #1 and nephew #1 and meet my brother before he had a family of his own and go camping for a week.

I went camping last year for the first time in 30 years….makes me sound quite old….

Last year for my 44th birthday I was presented with the most amazing tent ever!!!  It has travelled all over the world and finally ended up with me 😀

It’s a tent made by Black & Edgington and I think this is probably one of the originals.

I have never been so happy with a gift EVER, the smell of old damp canvas…..ahhhhhh one of the best scents in the world!!!!

It was THE BEST Birthday I have ever had, my family went all out and I’ll never forget it!!!!  You can read all about it if you like here  and here   😀

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That is my lovely sister and I can you see the similarities???  I didn’t think so ….. she is soooo the milk mans daughter LOL

I can’t wait to go camping again….and I’m even more excited since I found this site called Buzz Feed

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

             

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.View this image ›

2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

             

Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.View this image ›

Source: listorama

3. Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.

             

Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

             

Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.View this image ›

Get the recipe here.

5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

             

Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.View this image ›

Source: sheknows.com

6. Bring a tick deterrent.

             

Bring a tick deterrent.View this image ›

7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

             

Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.View this image ›

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.

8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

             

Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.View this image ›

9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

             

Make crescent rolls over the campfire.View this image ›

For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.

             

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Get the directions here.

10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

             

Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.View this image ›

11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

             

Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.View this image ›

This one is $84.99 from Cabelas.

Source: cabelas.com

12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

             

Get these seat hammocks for car camping.View this image ›

Buy ‘em here.

Source: hammocks.com

13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

             

Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.View this image ›

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.

14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

             

Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.View this image ›

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!

Source: scjohnson.com

15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

             

Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.View this image ›

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.

Source: pinterest.com

16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

             

Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

             

Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.View this image ›

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.

18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

                                            

Just fill it up with water.

19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

             

Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

20. Make campfire cones!

             

Make campfire cones!View this image ›

21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

             

Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.View this image ›

22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.

             

Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don't need to be refrigerated.View this image ›

Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).

23. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

             

Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.View this image ›

24. Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket.

                                            

Get the directions here.

25. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

             

Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.View this image ›

You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.

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27. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

             

Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

28. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

             

Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.View this image ›

Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.

29. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

             

Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.View this image ›

Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.

30. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

             

Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.View this image ›

Source: google.com

31. Try roasting Starburst.

                                            

Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Roast it until it’s bubbling.

32. Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

             

Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.View this image ›

Polenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.

33. Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

             

Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.View this image ›

Get the full details here.

34. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

             

If you're going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.View this image ›

Buy it here.

35. Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

                                            

Write the items down on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items.

36. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

             

Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

37. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

             

Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

38. Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.

             

Bring microfiber towels — they're super absorbent and lightweight.View this image ›

Source: amazon.com

39. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

             

Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.View this image ›

They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later.

Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto.

40. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

             

Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.View this image ›

Get the instructions here.

41. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

             

Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

April Month

April is turning into one of my favorite months of the year, my daughter Meghan # 3 child 😀 was born on April 7th, she’s turning 14!!!!!

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April is also Poetry Month 

Today April 2 is National Autisim Day

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and April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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It is/was also my grandmothers birth month

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….lots of great things are happening in April…..

April Fools day also takes place in April 😀 😀

April is commonly associated with the season of spring but not this year in Muskoka…..

FYI

April starts on the same day of the week as July in all years, and January in leap years. April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.

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Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated in April!!!!

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It’s Pam’s Birthday!!!!!

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Happy Happy Birthday to Pam!
She writes a couple of awesome blogs,
Pa-Blam and Omnomalicious

Happy 30th birthday to youuuu
Happy 30th birthday to youuuu
You write darn good blogs yes you do…
How I wished I lived closer
I’d have a present for you…..
Happy 30th birthday to you…

That was just lovely wasn’t it 😀 😀

Here are some words of encouragement for you Pam as you embark on your 30th year 😀

30 is just the natural number following 29 and preceding 31. There is nothing wrong with it. Happy 30th Birthday!

I almost forgot the most important one.

You are halfway to 60. Way to go!!

I really hope you’ve had a fantastic birthday!!!!

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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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 🙂

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 🙂

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” 🙂
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. 🙂

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 🙂

Love you forever

It’s my son’s 26th birthday today.

I don’t see him as much as I’d like these days.

His birth was not an easy one,  I was young and my doctor was old, he went through quite a lot of trauma as did I, his beautiful little face was crooked and bruised, and me well….that’s another post.

We were both very lucky.

I remember never putting him down, he’d sleep with me, nap with me and, I always wanted to hold him close.

I also have 3 beautiful daughters, David was my first-born and only son.

I used to read him a story by Robert Munsch called “I’ll love you forever” it was published the year he was born in 1986.

and I began singing this phrase to him:

“I’ll love you forever I’ll like you for always As long as I’m living My baby you’ll be.”

As the story begins, a son has just been born. The story then continues through the life of the boy until he is a grown man. The mother continues to rock her son to sleep singing “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” Later, the role is reversed and he holds his elderly mother and says “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.” At the very end of the story, the mother passes away and her son is the father of a little girl, rocking her to sleep; singing the same song that his mother used to sing to him.

I still love this book and know it by heart.

Happy Birthday David!!!

xo

The Yellow Castle and My Birthday Wish

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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

I loved that castle!

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xoxo