Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

Ontario is being hit by quite a storm a BLIZZARD in fact!

Highways are being closed, schools are closed, power outages.

Kids are home again for an extended Christmas Break. (snow day yesterday too)

Temperatures dropping -35 ish with the windchill.

So I thought I’d cheer my fellow Ontarians up with a little song

😀 😀 😀

LET IT SNOW

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Summer Slow Down

Summer has arrived in Muskoka!!

  The small town I live in is all of a sudden alive after many months of sleep…slightly poetic non? Oooooo French too.. 😀

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Port Carling at the end of Summer

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aerial view – Hub of the Lakes

Three times in two weeks I have narrowly missed being T-boned, hit head on and left questioning why some people have a driver’s licence at all!!

On my way home from work the other day I was waiting to make a left hand turn onto my road,  when the person waiting to make a left off my road decided  she’d just put the pedal to the metal and maybe push me out of the way? she missed me by mere inches!!

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Yesterday coming home some guy in a huge black SUV decided it was a brilliant idea to pass on a double line and on a corner….again scared the cheese right out of us, all of a sudden there he was!!!

And then again today!  I had just pulled out onto the road and was coming up the small hill near the “Corner Store” when BANG there was another unsafe idiot driver, she was making an extremely wide turn I mean wide she was in my lane!!! This time scared the cheese whiz out of me!!

There was actually and accident in a parking lot on the weekend!!!!  A head on collision???? Really??? in a parking lot!!!!  People must slow down and pay attention!!

Many people come to Muskoka to unwind, slow down and enjoy time with their families….why is everyone in such a hurry????  or maybe that’s it, everyone is so relaxed and breathing in the Northern air that they just aren’t paying attention? hmmm.

on a happier note and to change the subject

Daughter #2 is having a wonderful time in Alberta, so much so, that I received a text from her last night saying “Can we move here, I love it , I don’t want to leave”  so much for “Mummy I miss you , and I just want to come home and give you a huge hug 😀

I am so happy we were able to send her out “West” again, she was there in May for an exchange trip with her class, and was invited back along with one of her friends from school.

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With views like this I wouldn’t want to come home either! Will post some of her photos when she’s back

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Daughter #3 is having a great time with Grandma swimming, shopping, gossiping and trying to keep Grandma out of trouble. 😀

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Daughter #1 enjoys spending time with me now that her busy weekend is over and has nothing else to do… 😀

Son #1 is busy working so we don’t see too much of him 😀

Happy Monday!!

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sorry couldn’t resist

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Happy Canada Day!!

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Canada Day occurs on July 1st, the anniversary of Canada’s confederation.  Canadians commemorate the day with parades, fireworks, cookouts, and concerts.  The popularity of the holiday has been on the incline since the late 1960’s and has since become a nationwide celebration.

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Formerly known as “Dominion Day,” Canada Day marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (now Ontario and Quebec) into a single country.  The Constitution Act  granted Canada a substantial amount of independence from England, although complete independence was not given until 1982.  Prior to 1900, there was little Canadian nationalism as many Canadians regarded themselves as British citizens.  The first official celebration was held in 1917 to honor Canada’s 50th birthday.

These are two versions of our national anthem.

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Here is a little bit of “chezziness” :

Candada is home to the Crazy Canucks :D, we have two versions of our national Anthem, our Nation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean  is 5,187 kilometres, and has an Area of 9,976,634 square kilometres, Ontario is where I live it’s a wonderful travel Destination :D, but most of all Canada is an Awesome place to live!!!!

and for your listening pleasure a little Stompin Tom Connors

For a super post on Canada …go and visit:

www.myspokenheart.wordpress.com

Floating Yogis in Muskoka!!

Daughter #3 sent this info on a new yoga studio in my area called Muskoka Yoga Studio ,  as usual had to share!

This is a newly opened Yoga Studio in Muskoka, they have only 86 members at the moment but I think it will grow to many more.

They’ve joined forces with the Muskoka Store and Boga Yoga to create the “Boga Yoga Floating Studio”

This is what their website says:

What is SUP Yoga?

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga ~ Curious as to what SUP Yoga is? Have never been on a paddleboard before? Looking to challenge your regular Yoga practice than SUP Yoga is just what you might be looking for.  Spice up your regular Yoga routine, build amazing core strength, and give yourself the freedom to glide your practice to the next level.  Even if you are new to Yoga or have never tried Yoga before SUP Yoga is a great way to challenge any fitness enthusiast.  Engaging stabilizer muscles, working on your balance and becoming more mindfully focused on your movements as well as your entire body, you will be amazed at how great you can feel once you have had the chance to experience a class.  If you want to burn some calories, shred off excess weight and look fantastic come shape your body and mind in a Muskoka Yoga Studio SUP Yoga class

Take your practice to the water. imagine yourself floating on the Lake quiet and peaceful. Flowing gently from pose to pose and allowing yourself to completely relax and surrender to your Boga Yoga board! Pure BLISS. –

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Stand Up Paddle Vancouver will be travelling to Muskoka to put together The ONLY SUP Yoga Teacher Training in Ontario!

Well at least at this exact moment.

I will be definitely signing up for this course!!!

What will Angie Do? – Haiku of Sorts…

The LCBO
May go on strike this Friday!!
What will Angie Do???

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Long lines of anxious drinkers formed in liquor stores across Ontario today ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend as a midnight strike deadline for store workers looms.

Shoppers in Ontario looking to stock up on wine and spirits reported massive lines at Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) locations and shopping carts filled to the brim with more than a weekend’s worth of booze.

With the strike deadline nearing, the Ontario government is still hopeful there won’t be a walkout by LCBO employees. If it goes ahead, it will be the first strike to impact the LCBO in its 87-year history.

Why are they going on strike?

At issue are wages and benefits, job security, and health and safety standards. The union is also concerned about the treatment of part-time workers. Some workers have complained about the lack of opportunities for full-time employment

How long since the last strike?

There has never been a strike in the LCBO’s 86-year history. However, a walk-out was narrowly averted four years ago, boosting liquor sales to $56 million the day before workers were set to walk out—the largest in LCBO history.

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www.news.nationalpost.com 

 

Laugh loudly, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly

This may prove to be quite difficult without my Muskoka Moonshine 😦

Segunda parte diario del sistema

Daily Prompt

Unknown Caller

 You receive a call from an unexpected person. Who is it, and what is the conversation about? Go!

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The phone starts to ring, everyone runs around in a mad panic to find the phone, finally someones found it.

“Who is it ?” I yell.

“It says unknown caller” Daughter # 2 says

“Probably just a bill collector” I say 😀 😀

Daughter #2 picks up

“MUMMY it’s for you!”

I whisper “who is it?”

“I don’t know, just take the phone” she says quickly as she goes back to her evening of Facebook , Instagram and texting….

“Hello”

“Hello Angie Grapevine”   tee hee hee

“Yes”

“This is Mr. Goodnews, I’m calling to notify you that your third cousin, twice removed on your Mothers side has passed away and has left his estate to you ”

I say “Yes” 😀

“His Estate is worth 5 million dollars”

I say “Yes” 😀

“This inheritance does come with one condition….”

I say “Yes” 😀

“You must give it all away to any organizations that you choose”…………..(Daily Prompt – Charitable)

NICE….

LA SEGUNDA PARTE

You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?

I knew right away what I was going to do…..

Make a Wish Foundation – 1.5 million

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society -50,000

Local Food Banks – 25,000

Sick Childrens Hospital – 1.5 million

Then with 75,000

I would  give to various other charities.

And with the final 25,0000.00 I would create an organization called Greedy Grapes and move to Tuscany, Italy to make Greedy Grape wine , and live in a Villa high on a hill so I could look down on all my grapes and I would buy unicorns and plant Skittles so I could have rainbows all the time and then I would hire a tutor to teach me how to add!!

and thank my dear old third cousin twice removed on my mothers side.

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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El Final

The Ice Trail – Arrowhead Provincial Park

I have camped at Arrowhead Park during the summer months, it’s beautiful.  The park has always been open in the winter and offered crosscountry ski trails, snowshoeing, hiking and have now added a skating trail!  I’ve skated on outdoor rinks and on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa but never through the forest.

We only live about an hour away from the park, great way to spend the day, I can’t wait to go !

 

The Ice Trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park

Opened in 2012 at Arrowhead Provincial Park just north of Huntsville, the Ice Trail is a 300 metre skate path set amidst the snow-dusted trees that wind through the East River Campground. Offering skate rentals for the whole family, this totally unique trail is a fantastic activity that lets you explore Ontario’s great outdoors in winter in a fun new way.

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Whether you are an expert skater or just starting out, the Ice Trail offers an opportunity for anyone, regardless or age or ability, to enjoy the fresh air this season. Day time skating parties can also be arranged, and camp sites can be booked for afternoon campfires, for time with family and friends. Such a blast!

Click here for some video scenes of the Ice Trail (around .5 secs and .39 secs….)

For more information about the trail, including hours of operation, weather conditions or bookings, please call the Arrowhead Provincial Park at 705-789-5105. See you on Ontario’s favourite outdoor ice trail!

http://explorersedge.ca/stories/the-ice-trail-at-arrowhead-provincial-park/