Archives for: 2008

05/29/08

Permalink 09:58:59 am, by sue Email , 217 words   English (CA)
Categories: Healthy Living, Stupid Thyroid Disease

Speaking of My Stupid Thyroid Disease

I forgot to include in my last update on the Graves disease that I have weaned myself off of the sleeping pills. Yayyyy!!! And I definitely feel far less groggy during the day because my sleep is no longer drug induced. My bus man has even noticed a difference. :D

I still suffer with bouts of sleeplessness, and light sleep so I am looking into more natural alternatives to a good night's rest like white noise machines. Have you heard of these before?

I was reading about them both offline, and via the site I've linked to, and I feel this may be a good alternative to help me fall into a deeper state of sleep. They work by blotting out excess noise like the bus man's snoring, and by creating that humming sound that helps us nod off, like the running a vacuum near a restless baby trick.

I find on those nights where my sleep is poor or broken I am far more clumsy, forgetful, and yep crabby the next day. So to me it is worth checking out.

I also believe that sleep is a very important part of the healing process, and ultimately I really hope to achieve remission without joining the nuclear club if you know what I mean ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:46:21 am, by sue Email , 112 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

So I Saw The Specialist

So yesterday I had my two month appointment with the specialist, and I received some good and some possibly bad news.

My thyroid is reacting well to the pills I'm on, but my liver may not be, and destruction of the liver is not an option.

The worst outcome is I'm taken off the Tapazole, my symptoms rapidly return and they use radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid permanently. I join the atomic club...and yes it does scare me as I still feel I am very young, and there are some permanent side effects from going that route.

I should know in a few days.......

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

TT is below :)

Permalink 09:04:12 am, by sue Email , 237 words   English (CA)
Categories: Lets Go Shopping!

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

I have always thought that window signs can be a powerful marketing tool, while providing potential customers with valuable shop information such as the cost of that doggie in the window. ;) This works just as well with signs for car windows etc.

My regular readers should already know that I worked within the print industry for many years, and therefore consider myself to have some good working expertise on the subject. Therefore I am quite confident in recommending to you VistaPrint for all of your various printing needs whether you are involved in your own business venture or just like the personal touch of your own custom stamps, stationary etc.

VistaPrint offers a well designed website that I have found to be very easy to use. They can help you with marketing materials, such as signage like I mentioned above, decals, business cards, pretty much anything that you need that requires printing. You can even upload your own logo or design to their site! Cool eh!

The handiest benefit, and feature to me though is how you can get your business cards online in only three steps. :D

They really are a super company that has serviced millions of customers, and guarantee their prices to be the lowest. Why not check them out next time you are purchasing printed materials. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

PS: If you are here for TT please see entry below this one.

05/28/08

Permalink 04:53:31 pm, by sue Email , 429 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #49


Thirteen More Q & A's With The Zookeeper

The following Q & A's are based in part on a meme I came across entitled THIS MONTH HAVE YOU, and another simple Q & A, which I have pared down both to just thirteen total. The last time I did one of these I got quite a bit of positive feedback so I thought why not lets do another. :)

So here ya go, in this past month have you???????

1. Made a new friend → Yes, I have made a few in the blogosphere

2. Fallen out of love → With my fave ice cream (one of those indulged too much situations).

3. Laughed until you cried → No, but I've cried until I've laughed (long story)

4. Met someone who changed your life → Not that I am aware of

5. Do you have any pets → Yes, 3 cats, 2 dogs, a bunny, a bird, and a fish

6. Is there something you want to tell someone → Yes, but not in an online meme. ;)

7. Do you want to change your name → Yes to Dalek Sue (If you are not a Dr. Who fan you won't get that reference, and should just skip to the next one).

8. What did you do for your last birthday → Had cake and ice cream with my family. :D

9. What time did you wake up today → 6.00am

10. What were you doing at midnight last night → I was sleeping. Well what did you expect lurking around a graveyard...NOT!

11. Name something you CANNOT wait for → Girls camping weekend July 25th Sauble Beach Woo Hoo!

12. Last time you saw your father → A few seconds ago I have three of his photos on the wall that my desk is flush with...he passed away in 1999, and I still miss him. :|

13. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life → I wish I had more money so my daughters would not have to worry about any debts associated with their post secondary educations ... sigh.....

Happy Thursday Thirteen everyone, and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


05/27/08

Permalink 03:53:43 pm, by sue Email , 86 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

I think these are just too cool!

And yep I would wear them! Granted they are so pretty, and delicate looking I would actually be a bit frightened that my big old feet may break them! 88|

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And thanks so much for stopping by! I have a faily early appointment with the specialist Wednesday morning, but will be visiting the sites of everyone that comments here when I return. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 09:38:32 am, by sue Email , 149 words   English (CA)
Categories: Family Life And Issues

Getting The Financial House In Order

In my experience getting one's financial house in order so to speak can be difficult at best, and nightmarish at worst. That is of course if you try to go it alone. We have had our fair share of credit troubles over the years, including credit collection callers, and that is when good, expert credit counseling becomes very necessary, not just to start managing your credit, but to give you some real peace of mind. :)

If you are in debt up to your eyeballs like the majority of us you may just want to surf on over to the ASA website by clicking on their linky I have added in for you in the above paragraph.

They are simply an online resource center with some great articles, and programs. I found the website to be quite helpful, well designed, and very easy to use. B) :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:24:58 am, by sue Email , 110 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

I Am Blog Mad Hear Me Roar

My BlogMad Ranking

I cannot believe it! It took me just over two years, but I am now officially a Blog Mad blogger over at Blog Mad. B) Yep I have joined that elite circle of top bloggers, and for me not only has it been a lot of fun, but very worthwhile as well for both of my blogs that are in rotation.

Since I first signed up with Blog Mad in May 2006 my stats show that I have received over 42,000 hits from them. You can't complain about that!

Plus I have got to see many blogs that I otherwise might never have found otherwise. Thanks Blog Mad! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:15:14 am, by sue Email , 209 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

Web Hosting Development & Site Management

I noticed that a few of you asked about my small business project that I most recently blogged about for my HOT day article below. This is going to be an online business for the most part. I do not want to get into too many details before its launch, (in case it is a flop) but I can tell you some of the preparation stuff I've been doing.

For starters I have been doing a lot of reading on topics like web development, website management, and checking out web hosting tutorials. These topics can be confusing, especially for newbies to online businesses like myself. The web hosting articles at this site have been particularly helpful as they are easy to understand, and not overly filled with techie jargon that the majority of us do not get anyway.

If you are interested in any of these topics you should surf on over and check the site out. They have not launched their main site engine at the time I type this, but it is looking good, and promises to be a handy way to get good info on the various hosting companies that are out there.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

If you are here for hot day please see below.

05/26/08

Permalink 03:35:54 pm, by sue Email , 350 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

H.O.T Tales Of The Awful Place



TAILS - Tell about your job or one you've had

Over the past year, and one half I have been for the most part a stay-at-home Mom again as far as full-time employment goes. I also still do a lot of volunteer work via PSICAN, which I am a co-founder. I do some consulting work with the media (usually around Halloween) and I write up sponsored postings on occasion to supplement our household income, the latter being on occasion quite lucrative and equivalent to a part-time job with the added benefit of being at home in my PJ's. I am also working on one home-based business idea I hope to get off the ground.

I hate the rat race. I left my last full-time job, which I called the "awful place" under doctor's orders due to stress related health issues that were a result of my job, and the incredible demands put on me because of it. I went from low-normal blood pressure to high in under one year! After 5 years my health was ruined, and I was no farther ahead in my career than when I had started. Aside from missing some of my work mates, leaving has been very positive for me.

I do genuinely enjoy working hard, and will put in very long hours, but I now do it on my own terms, and thankfully have a very supportive, and loving partner who has allowed me to do this. :D

I have learned one thing about myself, and employment especially since being diagnosed with Graves disease, and that is that health is far more important than money. And I will gladly take a hit in the pocket book even if that means down sizing (we have) doing without luxuries (we on occasion do) if it means keeping my sanity, and my good health, which does tie in greatly with the well being, and happiness of my hubby, and my kids. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 12:16:56 pm, by sue Email , 169 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Toot Toot Beep Beep!

This week's Blog Talkers questions are:

Write about your car. What do you drive? Show us a picture of your car. What do you WISH you were driving? How long have you been driving your car? Do you like to drive overall? Are you a good driver? Are you a passive driver? Or are you rather aggressive? How has increasing gas prices affected your lifestyle? How has it affected your budget? How many miles do you drive on a given day?

I do not drive. I ride "The Rocket" Toronto's nickname for our public transport. Since we live in the heart of a major urban center there is no need for us to own a car, and in fact would be a very hefty expense in regards to parking, fuel etc if we did.

Now if we lived in suburbia or moved to the country it would be different, and in that case my primary dream vehicle would still be helping out my own bus man.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/25/08

Permalink 11:37:22 am, by sue Email , 166 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Everyday Kindness

My blessing this week is Everyday Kindness, which is a site and pledge started by a terrific blogger named Claudia. Basically she made a commitment to do one act of kindness everyday in 2008, and a lot of others thought it would be something they would like to try as well.

I joined a couple of months ago, and have found not only is this a beneficial endeavour to both others, and myself it is a surprisingly very easy commitment to keep! Can you imagine how blessed we would all be if we took up this simple pledge. For more info please visit Claudia's site that I have linked to above. You do not have to blog or talk about it unless you feel like it, just one act of kindness per day, and its never too late to start. :D

If you are here for Camera Critters please see the entry below.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week everyone!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/24/08

Permalink 03:18:39 pm, by sue Email , 149 words   English (CA)
Categories: Camera Critters

Camera Critters #1

I came across this great meme which is all about photos of animals/critters last weekend, and knew right away it was perfect for this blog lol! The rules are pretty simple, any animal wild or pet is ok as long as it is your own or a family member's photo. In other words original, and not snagged off the net.

For my very first entry I'll use one of my fave photos of my punk rock doggie Max. :p

I didn't have to do anything to achieve this punk look. This is how he looks naturally after play, and before his lengthy hair is trimmed. Max is a terrier/Lhasa mix.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week ahead! If you are stopping in for BYB Sunday that will be online later Sunday afternoon.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For more great Camera Critters please visit here.

Permalink 12:00:16 pm, by sue Email , 205 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Parents, Nostalgic Saturday

Nostalgic Saturday

Last week Abbey kindly invited me to join in for Nostalgic Saturday, which is a weekly challenge where we post old photos that are special to us, and tell a story about them. With my new scanner I thought this would definitely be a fun meme to participate in. :D

This is a vintage photo of the house in Nyirbeltek, Hungary where my Dad was born in August 1922

And yep that is my Dad (not certain on an exact age) in front of the house where he was born, and lived in until about age 5. Relatives of ours continued living there for generations to come, and might still be, but I have been unable to confirm it.

I initially posted this photo in 1999 to my original genealogy website, and was delighted to hear from someone who had travelled through Nyirbeltek in the early 90's. Apparently little has changed there over the 8 decades since my father, and his parents called it there home. I found this very interesting as here in North America places seem to change so much, and the neighbourhood I grew up in here in Toronto little resembles the way it looked when I was a child in the 1970's.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/23/08

Permalink 01:41:40 pm, by sue Email , 80 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Shoes

For my 41st birthday last January my thoughtful eldest daughter "Little Sue" gave me a $50.00 dollar gift certificate for Payless Shoes. I decided to take advantage of their winter clearance sales, and the above image is the result of my shopping trip.

Not bad for $50.00 bux eh! I just love these sparkly, pink shoes! :D

Happy photo hunting! and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: self (yourself or part of you)

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Permalink 12:19:49 pm, by sue Email , 363 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

The SocialSpark Community

As some of you already know I recently hooked up with SocialSpark. I have been with them for over one month now, and have made a fair bit more friends there than I have over at Facebook! Thought I would take a few moments to tell you a bit about what this fun new site is like so far.

Firstly here is a shot of my profile. I decided to post my own profile here so that you can get a good idea of what they look like.

I have also posted my profile in case you are already hooked up with SocialSpark so that I can ask that you please do friend me. My SocialSpark profile is Sue Darroch, pretty obvious I know, and if you are feeling really nice please do give me some props, and I will return the kindness. That is one of the coolest features in my opinion in that we can help each other out. :D

If you are not yet signed up with this service I can tell you it is all about social networking for bloggers, and advertisers to be able to hook-up in a friendly environment.

So far I have been enjoying my time spent over there, granted I am still learning my way around. I do not feel it is as easy to navigate as PPP is, however it could be I just need to spend more time on it. I also am not overly fond of the darker colours over there because I tend to strain my eyes, but I can see how for some it will definitely be far more eye-catching!

One thing I am really liking is the message centre, which gives us greater contact with fellow members. It's future potential, and abilities as a social networking site is great in my opinion, and I can see myself using it more than Facebook to keep up with other blogging buddies, and some advertisers.

As time goes by I'll further update you on how I am enjoying this service, but in the mean-time why not sign-up and check it out for yourself? :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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05/21/08

Permalink 04:59:33 pm, by sue Email , 261 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #48


Thirteen Of My Fave Facebook Stickerz

Yep, more Facebook crapola from the Zoo Keeper this week. I LOVE The Stickerz application, one of the very few I actually really do like. :p These are virtual stickers you can send out to your friends.

1. My imaginary friend thinks YOU have serious problems.

2. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars, and I thought to myself, WHERE THE F**K IS MY CEILING!

3. Everything happens for a reason.

4. Mistakes always make us stronger.

5. Fight for something YOU believe in.

6. To admit your are wrong is to declare you are wiser than before.

7. Stressed is "desserts" spelled backwards.

8. Sh*t happens, mostly to me so don't worry about it.

9.

10. Grow your own dope, plant a man.

11. I could never forget your birthday because of pre-programmed email reminders.

12.

13. Drink coffee! Do stupid things faster with more energy!

Yep, I do like that Stickerz application, well anything that amuses me really......

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great rest of the week!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


05/20/08

Permalink 02:50:38 pm, by sue Email , 162 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

A young Burmese survivor of Cyclone Nargis eats in Dagon township on the outskirts of Rangoon.

As heartbreaking as images like these are I think it is important we here in the west see them. Food is getting through. I would like to suggest to anyone that can spare even a few dollars please make a donation to the Red Cross just click on the link to read about their efforts in Burma. Why I decided to post up the Red Cross website is because they can and do help. My mother was a DP or Displaced Person, and grew up in a refugee camp. She would not be alive today if people in the West had not opened their hearts, and wallets, and helped organizations like the Red Cross, which she has never forgotten in her 73 years.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 10:50:25 am, by sue Email , 225 words   English (CA)
Categories: Lets Go Shopping!

Working Out The Plastic

This past weekend saw the plastic getting a lot, and I mean A LOT of usage as we outfitted the middle kiddo with her prom dress, new shoes, matching jewellery, oh and did I forget to mention the "Spring Fling" dress that is needed for this upcoming weekend! Phew!

I am not one for shopping in a whirlwind, but was very happy to have my credit card as opposed to carrying about a large sum of cash in my purse. I don't know about you, but I freak whenever I have to carry around more than $50 bux cash.

Speaking of credit cards, it is topic that also came up this past weekend regarding the middle kid's moving away this coming Fall to pursue her post secondary education. We have been checking out credit card reviews
like the ones offered through the Credit Card Club website. We would like to get her a basic credit card with a minimum limit for emergency purchases while she is away. The site is a great way to check out different offers with no obligation, and find the right type of card for your needs. Definitely worth surfing on over to if you are thinking of applying for or switching credit cards for a better rate.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

If you are here for HOT day please see below. :D

Permalink 10:30:36 am, by sue Email , 115 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

Update On My Stupid Thyroid Condition

Well it has been four months now since I was first diagnosed with Grave's Disease. I have been on Tapazole for 6 weeks now, and seeing a big difference in my symptoms. No more sleeping pills, and I am off the beta blockers yayyyy!!! I am looking forward to seeing the Endo in 2 weeks and seeing how my blood work looks. Will also keep on the look out for possible Hypo symptoms as was suggested to me by others who have gone this route. I'm still on 30mg Tapazole per day, and hopefully that will be cut down after my next appointment.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

If you are here for HOT day, please see below. :D

Permalink 09:36:52 am, by sue Email , 355 words   English (CA)
Categories: Adventures & Wanderings

Wild Times In NYC

It is vacation time coming up again, and one of my own personal fave places to visit is NYC. Things to do in New York City are so varied because it is such a diverse, and happening city! There is really no other place like it :)

Firstly I love the city for its history. :D

19th-century brownstone rowhouses in Brooklyn

These homes are fabulous, and a definite draw for history buffs, and yes ghost story enthusiasts like myself for a good old fashioned walking tour. For me that is a walk on the wild side => quite literally. :D

Granted I have been told I'm pretty brave for a. walking through Central Park, and b. taking the NYC subway the last time I was there! :p

There is just so much to do as far sightseeing tours go that you might just want to check out Trusted Tours & Attractions as they have a very comprehensive listing, plus can save you a lot of cash at the same time. And in NYC the more pocket money you've got for shopping the better.

If you have not checked out their website before you may want to have a look, they cover things to do in Atlanta all the way to San Francisco, and pretty much all the fun vacation spots in between. If this sounds like something you might be interested in you should sign up for their free Trusted Travels eNewsletter asap because you could win a $150 iTunes gift card just for joining by the end of this month => May 31st. Aside from the chance to win the newsletter is a really cool way to get some money saving ideas and suggestions or just some vacation tips.

I hope to travel to NYC again in the near future, and check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, somewhere I would love to visit, and have missed all three times I have visited in the past.

Do you have vacation plans yet? What are you up to this summer?

If you are visiting for HOT day please see my groovy peace entry below this one.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/19/08

Permalink 12:49:20 pm, by sue Email , 231 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

Peace Is In My Blood

I was born in 1967 => the summer of love to parents who were very liberal in their views. They were each born in war-torn countries, and suffered tremendously for it by witnessing such horror that one prays never to have to see let alone comprehend. In part I think because of their own circumstances as children they taught us to embrace a non-violent way of life. And each day I thank them both (my Dad in memory) for that.

I feel equally as extremely fortunate to have been born in a country that was founded on the motto "paix, ordre et bon gouvernement" or in English "peace, order and good government." Originally used in the Constitution Act, 1867, enacted by the United Kingdom, it defines the principles under which a Canadian Parliament should legislate.

To me peace is so much more than just non-violence. It is a way of life, a way towards justice, a means to proper growth, and development both outwardly as a species, and internally, (inner peace) and hopefully something we all can achieve globally within our lifetime no matter what our race, colour, culture, or religion or beliefs. At least that is my wish. :D

Hope all of my fellow Canadians had a great long weekend!

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For more Heads Or Tails please click here.

05/18/08

Permalink 12:40:36 am, by sue Email , 134 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Family Photos

I LOVE my new scanner! It means you will be seeing a lot more vintage photos like this one circa 1971 of me and my Grandpa during a visit to Niagara Falls.

These old photos are a blessing to me, especially of those who have long since passed on like my Grandpa so that I in turn can share them, and their memory with my own kids. :D

Thanks for stopping by! It is a long weekend here in Canada, and I will be out and about, so if I do not get back to you right away I will be visiting and leaving comments for everyone who stops by here, it may just take a day or two. :D

Happy BYB Sunday, and I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/16/08

Permalink 12:29:57 pm, by sue Email , 127 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Candy

Halloween is my FAVOURITE holiday! And last October I had the fun of taking my wee niece out trick or treating. :D

Here she is on the beginning of the candy run

Who can resist such a fearsome, scary face!

Success!!!

She got LOTS of candy that night that lasted way until Christmas time. B)

Thanks for stopping by! It is a long weekend here in Canada, and I will be out and about, so if I do not get back to you right away I will be visiting and leaving comments for everyone who stops by here, it may just take a day or two. B)

Happy photo hunting!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: shoes

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Permalink 07:34:17 am, by sue Email , 77 words   English (CA)
Categories: Happy Stuff

The Victoria Day weekend is here!

I just wanted to take a few moments to wish my Canadian readers a very happy Queen Victoria or May Two-Four, whichever you prefer weekend holiday!

I always think of it as Her Majesty's birthday! And despite the fact that this here the weather here in Ontario is going to be on the cold, rainy side we do have some plans, and will just be nice spending time with all of the kids. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/14/08

Permalink 04:48:07 pm, by sue Email , 323 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #47


Thirteen Questions & Answers

I snagged the following Q & A from Facebook, and figured it would work here as well.

1. Q: Is there a person who is on your mind right now?
A: Hubby, and the kids are always on my mind

2. Q: Where is the last place you went?
A: The bathroom. I know TMI, but I didn't come up with these.

3. Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: Yes, a brother, a sister, and a possibly another.

4. Q: Do you want children?
A: I had better ;)

5. Q: Do you smile often?
A: Every day.

6. Q: Do you wish on stars?
A: All of the time.

7. Q: Do you untie your shoes every time you take them off?
A: Hell no.......

8. Q: When did you last cry?
A: Saturday while watching Doctor Who.

9. Q: Whose bed did you sleep in last night?
A: My own. Yeeessh again with the TMI

10. Q: I can't wait until...
A: Until the girls camping weekend this July!

11. Q: Look to your right. Whats there?
A: A large, stuffed Sasquatch doll, and some robots

12. Q: Ever cried yourself to sleep?
A: Nope, if something is bothering me that much I won't sleep.

13. Q: What are you doing right now?
A: Typing up this list, and fixing dinner. I'm a multi-tasker.

Now you know a bit more about me. Happy TT, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


05/13/08

Permalink 03:16:28 pm, by sue Email , 60 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

A close-up of my middle daughter's mini-schnauzer. Wilson is going to be staying with her Dad while she is off at University this Fall.

He is sooo going to miss her. As will all of us.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:17:41 am, by sue Email , 313 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Rest Of The Menagerie, Helping Hands

Sweet Sam And Sunny

Regulars at My Life In The Urban Zoo already know how much I love our Sweet Sam pictured above, and Sunny as seen below. They have along with their gender confused (long story) brother Stella, have brought much joy to our lives over the years. :D

However, birds are definitely not for everyone. They do require work, and a bit of out-of-pocket expense including cleaning up their cages regularly, insuring that they are fed a good, and nutritionally sound diet, that they have toys to play with, treats, a place to bathe, clean perches, time for exercise outside of their cages etc.

Speaking of homes for one's bird YCA Cages are something you might definitely want to have a look at before you add a bird or birds into your family. If you decide to go with Budgies, which I highly recommend for first-time bird owners because they are so hardy, and intelligent, you must also realise they could potentially live up to 15 years of age.

Therefore a good quality, sturdy cage, the appropriate size for your bird/s is a must. More is the better if the cage fits in with your home décor in my humble opinion.

We have an Aviary Style Cage like the one they currently have marked down on clearance (its on the main page) and suits our purposes well (along with keeping the cats out!) I am considering eventually upgrading to something similar as far as functionality goes, but a bit more stylish like the Victorian look (also can be seen at the site).

There are lots of different style to choose from, for all different types of birds at very reasonable prices in my own opinion. And they take PayPal. B)

If you have an bird questions, particularly Budgie related please don't hesitate to leave a comment or drop me a line. :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:51:48 am, by sue Email , 68 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

I Am An A-List Mom Blogger!

How cool is this! I am listed as an A-List Mom blogger over at Dance Of Motherhood!

I picked up the bling at the Dance Of Motherhood earlier this morning. :D

I was nominated by one of my own fave Mom bloggers Cyber Celt, if you have a moment surf on over, and let her know that Sue sent ya!

This really made my day!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:15:16 am, by sue Email , 250 words   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

My Best Summer Vacation Ever

So call me patriotic...the best summer vacation I have ever had was right here at home in Toronto. I told ya Toronto is the center of my Universe! ;)

Dial-A-Flight

Yes getting away can be fun particularly in the winter months, but during the summer their is A LOT to do that is fun right here! For instance we have some great historic attractions like Fort York, and a world class museum in the ROM. In July we have an internationally famed Caribbean Carnival called Caribana, which is huge, and includes a parade with amazing costumes, and revellers. :D In August we have the Canadian National Exhibition, which has amazing shopping, shows, food building, and midway. And naturally my own fave the Canadian International Airshow to close it out during the Labour Day long weekend!

Ohhhh and then just a quick drive outside of the city is the Shaw Festival for theatre lovers, and Niagara Falls!

So come visit me! Dialaflight offers great deals on flights to Toronto at very good prices. Their website is very easy to use, and they can hook you up with some very good bargains to destinations all over the globe, including accommodations, car hires etc. They have every type of vacation, and holiday covered including business trips weekend getaways, and again can save you a lot of hassle, and money!

So what are you waiting for! Not sure where you are going this summer, hope I've got ya thinking about the T-dot! :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/12/08

Permalink 04:16:47 pm, by sue Email , 113 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Cats, Heads Or Tails

Heads Or Tails Any Tom Dick Or Harry

I have decided to stick with Tom - My Tom Cats - No not THAT TomCat! These are two Tom cats that have shared my life, and have both since passed on. They are remembered here for the great joy they brought into my life.

Sinbad in his favourite hiding spot

Sleepy boy with his teddy..awww

Hercules on Mommy's bed.

Naughty Hercules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Accckkk I've been caught!! Now to make my escape!!! Meow.

I got a new scanner for Mother's Day so watch out for more vintage photos on this blog. :D

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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05/11/08

Permalink 10:40:24 am, by sue Email , 110 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

My Imaginary Life

I have decided to provide a literal take on this week's writing prompt.

My Imaginary Life provided the music for the above film clip. This experimental film short is entitled If This is Happiness and is based on a young woman spending her day on a San Francisco rooftop. It is a moving piece, that is complimented by the music in my humble opinion.

To learn more about My Imaginary Life please have a look at the website here.

Have a terrific week ahead everyone, and if you are here for Blog Your Blessings Sunday please see the entry directly below this one.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:51:11 am, by sue Email , 107 words   English (CA)
Categories: Adventures & Wanderings

BYB Sunday - Happy Mother's Day

This week's blessing was a gimme for this Mom. Since I've already done a post dedicated to my own Mama I decided to show off the three reasons for my taking part in this special day. I'll let the pics speak for themselves. :D

These young ladies are the reason that I get to be feted this day. And since I was really nice, and did not put up their baby pics (to which they currently roll their eyes) I say bring on those prezzies! :D ;)

To all the Moms who may drop by, wishing you a very Happy Mothers Day!

Happy BYB Sunday!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/09/08

Permalink 12:04:16 pm, by sue Email , 164 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Parents, Photo Hunters, Kin

Photo Hunters - share ANY photo

In keeping with the upcoming Mother's Day I thought I would share this photo with you.

Ida Schmidtke age 16 and her brother Theodore age 14. Circa 1928; Vohlynia, Ukraine.

Ida was my grandmother. Her brother Theo who she is pictured with above died during WWII. Their mother died in childbirth, and from a very young age Ida took over the Mother role for her little brother.

My Oma as we called her passed away at the age of 92 here in Toronto. Her dying words were to call out for Theo who had passed on so long ago, and across the world, but who she said she could see from her bed in the nursing facility that she called home in the last couple of years of her life. This is something that profoundly affected myself, and my Mom, Ida's daughter.

Happy Photo Hunting, and to all the Mom's out there I hope your Day is a wonderful one. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 11:41:44 am, by sue Email , 145 words   English (CA)
Categories: My Fave Films

The Stone Angel

I am soooo looking forward to seeing this film, which is based on The Stone Angel, click the linky to check out my review of this outstanding piece of Canadian literature. My daughter sent me the link to the YouTube trailer knowing how happy this was going to make me. :D

Normally I do not hold out much hope that a film could be as good as the original book. Years of not so great film adaptations have jaded me I suppose, but this looks like it may just be a very good movie, and so far all of the advance reviews sound very positive.

I LOVE the Hagar character, and I think we as women can learn a lot from her. If you are not familiar than please do read the book, and consider seeing this film :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 07:24:17 am, by sue Email , 248 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living

Identity Theft Freaks Me Out

It is not exactly a new crime, but identity theft has become very easy for certain types of criminals to pull off in my opinion, and according to the tons news reports out there.

Perhaps I am a bit jaded because in the past year my Sister had her banking information ripped off at a chain store in her local mall. It was not the type of place you would figure using Interac would be a problem. Her bank account was cleaned out, and it it took a couple of weeks to straighten out before the financial institution reinstated her money.

Not only that, but two years previous a dear friend had her identity completely ripped off, but I promised her a long time ago that I would not blog the details as she is still very traumatised by what happened.

So yes, I would be lying if I did not say identity theft freaks me out, and I have become uber security conscious with my id, passwords, etc.

Have you heard of lifelock services before? Do you use this type of service? Lifelock is a company that provides clients with a peace of mind against identity theft, and I had the opportunity to check out their website a little earlier. The work by protecting all of your ID, and by being your advocate.

Definitely something to look into considering the stats are now over 9 million victims of identity theft in the USA each year!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/07/08

Permalink 04:21:38 pm, by sue Email , 329 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #46


Thirteen Sig Files

The following are sig files I have either used, might use, or have seen being used by others, and thought were rather clever, and amusing. I know we have been asked to do themes now, but I did enjoy the creativity of being able to just do what we want, so that is what I did. Hope that is still ok. :)

1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt
and a leaky tire.
2. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
3. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education
4. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
5. Knowledge is power.
6. And in the death, as the last few corpses lay rotting on the slimey thoroughfare......
7. An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind
8. Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
then names the streets after them.
9. Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.
10. Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so
11. All it takes to fly is to hurl yourself at the ground... and miss.
12. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
13. Things the movies taught you: A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty, and at least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.

What's your sig file? Happy TT, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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05/06/08

Permalink 03:48:56 pm, by sue Email , 75 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Have you ever wondered what Homer J. Simpson would look like if he were really human?

Well now you know! Shudders.....

Not sure who came up with this because there was no credit given when I came across it, but it is quite disturbing....and yeah I do heart those Simpsons :)

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

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05/05/08

Permalink 04:44:02 pm, by sue Email , 200 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Parents

My Mother And Grandmother

This week's prompt for HOT day is Mother. In honour of this, and the upcoming Mother's Day I thought I would share a vintage photo of my Mom, with her sister, and their Mother, my Oma.


Ida Kutasevich nee: Schmidtke with her two daughters Galina age 5 and Antonia age 3. Circa 1937; Romanovka Ukraine.

My Mother, Antonia is pictured on the left. Soon after this photo was taken my Grandfather was arrested by the NKVD (Stalin's death squad) imprisoned, tortured, and executed. My Oma raised her children alone in a refugee camp, a very harsh, and brutal life, and she is one of the most heroic women I've ever met. She died here in Toronto, Canada aged 92 in 2004.

My Mother is a very spry, and lively 73, and one of the kindest most generous women I have ever met. In spite of her very humble upbringing she has always made the best out of whatever stress, or problem life has tossed her way, and is an inspiration.

I have been blessed by having two very strong females in my life.

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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05/04/08

Permalink 02:48:10 pm, by sue Email , 536 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Story time …

What book is on your nightstand now? Tell us about it, post a blurb. If you’re reading it, do you like it? If you haven’t started, what are your expectations? Would you recommend it to a good friend? What type of stories do you like to read the most often? Why?

I actually did a write-up for Pastymes on Thursday that dovetails with this week's questions nicely, so I thought I'd share it again here:

I am a lover of true crime stories, but to be honest I have put off reading No Claim to Mercy: The Controversial Case for Murder Against Robert Baltovich by Derek Finkle for almost a decade.

The crime itself, the murder of Elizabeth Bain hit very close to home at the time. Liz or Lisa Bain as she was also called was not only my age (we were both born in 1967) but I lived at Morningside & Ellesmere Ave in Toronto at the time, about 5 minutes away from where she had lived with her parents.

We did not know Elizabeth or her family personally, but her disappearance was chilling, and my now ex volunteered during two of the searches for her in Morningside Park. The bridge pictured in the book cover above was one that I had personally crossed on many occasions.

Just this past month Robert Baltovich, Elizabeth's boyfriend at the time was cleared of all murder charges against him. He has spent the past 18 years fighting to prove his innocence.

Here is a news snippet:

Robert Baltovich walked out of court Tuesday a free man, following a nearly 20 year ordeal in which he served eight years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Bain.

Within an hour of the start of his retrial on a charge of second-degree murder, the Ontario man was found not guilty. The Crown told the court it didn't have any evidence and wasn't planning to bring forward any witnesses, which led to the jury's decision.

The soft-spoken Baltovich called it an "unbelievable relief" outside court.

Complete New Article Here

While I am left to wonder how an innocent man can be charged, and convicted of a crime he did not commit, my heart also goes out to the family of Elizabeth Bain who over the past 18 years have had no closure if that is even possible, and most certainly no peace. I cannot even begin to fathom what they have been through, and continue to suffer because of this horrendous crime.

It is now known that Paul Bernardo a serial rapist, and school girl sex killer lived in the same area of Scarborough at the same time. Did he murder Elizabeth Bain? When questioned the killer says no...but a pack of his brand of cigarettes were found in her car. Both Robert, and Elizabeth were non-smokers.

The book will most certainly offer no clue as to what really happened on that fateful afternoon of June 19, 1990, but what I hope it will do is give me some insight into how our Canadian justice system failed all of those involved.

I picked it up yesterday, and began to read it. I'll let you know what I think.............

Rest In Peace Elizabeth.

Permalink 12:44:39 am, by sue Email , 171 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays, Stupid Thyroid Disease

BYB Sunday - A Buddhist Prayer/Meditation

"May all that have life be delivered from suffering"
Gautama Buddha
(c.566 BC - c.480 BC)

The following has really helped me out during times of stress, and illness. You can change the _I_ to another's name if desired.

May I be at peace;
May my heart remain open;
May I awaken to the light of my true nature:
May I be healed;
May I be a source of healing to all sentient beings;
May I be safe;
May I be happy;
May I be healthy;
May I be at ease.........

I am starting to feel much better now that I have been taken off of the Beta Blockers (blood pressure pills) and am strictly on the anti-thyroid meds. I've even stopped using sleeping pills. This past week has been the best that I felt since last summer yayyyy! I am starting to think that a remission may just be possible without the surgery or radioactive iodine treatment.

Happy BYB Sunday, and may you have a great week ahead!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

05/02/08

Permalink 12:29:23 pm, by sue Email , 178 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Time

This week I decided to go with two different choices for the theme as I just couldn't decide which to use. :)

This clock was the last Christmas gift given to me by my Father. It is inscribed " Susan, Love Dad 1998. It has a place of honour on the shelf by my desk, and I will treasure it always.

The above photo was taken last weekend during a performance of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown put on by my daughter's highschool drama club. My kiddo is the one in the middle playing Lucy VanPelt, and is flanked by Linus to the right, and Sally Brown to the left. Snoopy should be a gimme for any N. American kid or kid at heart. :p

As a kid growing up in the 70's I adored the Peanuts comic strip, and in truth these wonderful characters bring me back to a much kinder, and gentler time in my life.

Happy photo hunting! And have a great weekend! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX


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04/30/08

Permalink 03:04:23 pm, by sue Email , 181 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #45


Thirteen Anagrams Formed From My Name

A word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.

For example, Elvis to Lives.

Here are thirteen anagrams based on my name Sue Darroch

1. Hardcore Us
2. Scared Hour
3. Crusader Oh
4. Hoard Curse
5. Darers Ouch
6. Hard Course
7. Adore Crush
8. A Curds Hero
9. Care Shroud
10. Orchard Sue
11. Char Soured
12. Archers Duo
13. Chaos Ruder

They say, "All the life's wisdom can be found in anagrams. Anagrams never lie."

You can check out your name here or any phrase/word you would like to rearrange.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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04/29/08

Permalink 04:55:41 pm, by sue Email , 59 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Me, and my protector......

The bus man grabbed this pic of me napping on the couch a few weeks back. That is my protector, and constant companion Kip. He is a Chinese Crested Powder Puff.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

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04/28/08

Permalink 05:23:38 pm, by sue Email , 518 words   English (CA)
Categories: Childhood Memories, The Universe And Other Strange Places, Heads Or Tails

Special But Spooky Memory

I thought I would be a bit different with the prompt this week in that this memory is special to me because it is so strange....and I love a good mystery......which is why I chase after UFO's, Ghosties, and other strange beasties....

My encounter with the "Impossible Little Man" is from wayyyy back, 1973 to be exact, and I was 5-6 years old.

Make of this what you will.....

In '73 my Mom was pregnant with my younger sister and my parents were looking to upgrade their home. Often they would take me out with their real-estate agent looking at houses.

One house in particular was in the Bridle Path. Torontonians will know it, but here is a wiki entry for those unfamiliar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridle_Path,_Toronto

The house was brand new at the time, and therefore never lived in. It was gorgeous, imagine a mini - US White House.

Being a kid I was itching to explore, and seeing it was unoccupied I was given free reign. And I did explore on my own bottom to top.

I came to one bedroom that was just too cool!!! It had skylights, and I said to myself this is soooo going to be my bedroom!!!!!

I whirled around intending to run down the stairs and tell my parents, and the realty lady that I picked MY room ... :p When I saw him ....

He was standing in the corner of the bedroom. A little man, slightly smaller than myself at age 5-6. He was wearing non-descriptive clothing, looked rather stern and was staring directly at me.

I remember being shocked. I remember blinking, looking away, and back again and he was still there. I was probably scared, that I can't really recall, but I do remember knowing he was "wrong" ... not supposed to be there, not "real" ...

I have no idea how much time passed, but eventually I heard my parents and the realtor outside of the door. I looked at my mom in the door frame, and gingerly made my way past the little man who had kept his eyes fixed to my own the entire time.

I said nothing .....

But I loathed the house from that point. My father put a deposit it on it, but the deal fell through ... and I was relieved ...... we eventually moved elsewhere.

Many years later I told both parents about that day. My father was a scientist and both were atheists ... yet they always accepted what I said at face value, and never insulted my intelligence....in other words if I said it happened it happened.

My mother claims to recall that day, and how my demeanour did a 180, but she just wrote it off ... naturally I said nothing to her at the time.

So there you have it what, who, why I can't say.....beyond he was solid, and looked very real ... yet somewhere in my child's mind I knew he was "impossible" ....... maybe even a ghost......

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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04/27/08

Permalink 09:14:05 am, by sue Email , 128 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Kids, BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown

Last night was my middle daughter's last highschool musical performance. She (in some ways aptly) played Lucy Van Pelt in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown and by aptly I mean she has always been a very strong type of a girl, and ok sometimes a bit crabby. :p

That is "the Lawyer" in the middle as Lucy Van Pelt, singing, dancing, and acting. :)

The Lawyer and I after the play

It was a terrific night, and a terrific performance by all of the students, including props crew, lighting, musician, and the teachers who all came together, and brought us the magic of Peanuts, and a reminder of a kinder more gentler time.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and a wonderful week ahead.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:49:52 am, by sue Email , 284 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff, Show Me The Money

Some Thoughts On SocialSpark

This morning's post is a shout out to all my fellow PPPers, and readers of this blog who are interested in making some money online or promoting themselves, and their blogs. Have you checked out the new SocialSpark website yet?

SocialSpark is the evolution of PPP, and put out by it's parent company Izea (I loved that choice in name). This new site now in it's Beta phase allows bloggers, and advertisers to set up profiles about themselves, and their blog/s. You can then interact with other users on the site, send messages, check out other blogs, opportunities etc.

While I am still learning the ropes over there and getting used to navigating the new website. I can tell you I am so far impressed with the ease of use, and more importantly perhaps the SocialSpark code of ethics, which includes the following:

-100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
-100% Transparency
-100% Real Opinions
-100% Search Engine Friendly

Now here is a peek at what my blogger profile looks like over there.



Screen shot of my blogger profile at SocialSpark

Not too shabby eh! It was pretty easy to set up, and I can include as much or as little bit of information about myself as I want to let people know such as my marital status, to whether or not I am, a parent, to what types of music, or movie genres I am into.

So why not go check SocialSpark out for yourself?! Once you have set up an account or if you are already hooked up with them please do add me as a friend, and I'll be sure to surf on over, and give you some props, through their thumbs up system.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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04/25/08

Permalink 01:37:12 pm, by sue Email , 87 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Unique/funny signs

I had some doubts about which photo from my collection I was going to use for this week's photo hunters entry. Until...I came across this one, which I think is definitely a "sign" that it is time for hubby to retire his old motorcycle jacket in favour of a new less ripped one. After 20 years of adventuring, its time to let this one retire. :p

Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: Time

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Permalink 09:16:29 am, by sue Email , 258 words   English (CA)
Categories: Childhood Memories, Lets Go Shopping!

Snail Mail Correspondence

When I was growing up my favourite cousin Kathryn lived in California. Through our childhood, and into adulthood we maintained a snail mail correspondence. Remember those?

In the days when good penmanship was still prized, as was good spelling (no lol, btw, etc) I used to love to buy pretty stationary to write to my pen pals with. :D

I would tend to write 10 pagers in those days, catching up family like my cousin, and friend on what I was up to. I would seal the envelops off with stickers, and my Mom has some special return address labels made up for me with flowers adorning them.

I miss those days :(

However, I still like to send postal mail whenever I can, and was really happy to check out an online shop named VistaPrint where you can order your own custom stationary, labels, rubber stamps, even thank you cards, which are such a nice, and classy touch in my opinion for any occasion.

VistaPrint provides all sorts of options for businesses including, business cards, checks, stamps, even swag like fridge magnets through their secured, online shop's website.

The site is well designed, and very easy for even a newbie to use. It is very quick to set up an account, and they accept major credit cards as payment. Very convenient, and secure, I like the online order tracking their website provides.

If you like me still adore writing notes, and letters or you have a business that requires printed material have a look at VistaPrint.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/24/08

Permalink 05:16:50 pm, by sue Email , 204 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

Grave's Disease And Tapazole

I thought I would give you an update on how things are progressing with my thyroid condition. Currently the doctor has put me on 30mg Tapazole per day. I tablet three times a day. My Endo (specialist) says that this drug may put the Grave's in remission, but it will take a year or two before that will happen.

I am really hoping to avoid surgery or radiation treatment, so fingers crossed this will work. I really do not want to destroy an otherwise healthy organ. It is my immune system that is the problem, not the thyroid itself.

So far so good...the only nasty side effect I am experiencing is itchy feet, and hands, hopefully that will go away soonly. I go in for blood work in a couple of weeks, and depending on those labs the doctor may be able to lower the dosage, and the itchiness may go away. At least that is my understanding of it.

Could be worse, some people lose their hair on these meds. :-/

The pic above shows a thyroid, it is butterfly shaped, and to be honest I had no clue what it looked like, its purpose etc before this past year.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/23/08

Permalink 03:57:32 pm, by sue Email , 349 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #44


Thirteen Crazy Names Meme

I snagged this one from Hooti-Anni a few weeks ago, and thought I'd give it a try. Here goes:

1. Your rock star name (first pet, current car)

Fish Not (we do not own a car, we live in an urban center)

2.Your gangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe)

Chocolate Moccasins

3. Your Native American name (favorite color, favorite animal)

Blue Wolf (#2. would have worked as well for this one)

4.Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born)

Toni Toronto

5. Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name)

DarSue Defender of the Dark Star

6. Superhero name (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)

Silver Ale (I dropped the Ginger part)

7. Stripper name (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)

Rose Mints

8. TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)

Binns Boston (Hmmm I'm just surprised I remembered my 5th grade teacher's name!)

9. Spy name (your favorite season/holiday, flower)

Winter Rose

10. Cartoon name: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now)

Grape PJs

11. Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)

Coffee Willow

12. Porn star name (first pet, first street where you lived)

Starsky Cottonwood (Starsky was named after that famous 70's duo)

13. NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers)

Maurice Mikhaily

Hmmm while I'm glad I'n not stuck with any of these dreadful names I've got to admit that #3, and #5 are not too bad ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 11:08:28 am, by sue Email , 292 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Kids, Women's Issues

Roadside Assistance

Sometimes I still cannot believe that "the lawyer" aka the middle kid is about to go off, and become... well... a lawyer. Where does the time fly by to.....

The "Lawyer" has finally settled on the University of her choice. I can proudly say she was accepted to each of the six Universities she applied to, including U Of T. However she decided on Queens, which is approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours driving from here. :|

Please do not get me wrong, it is a great school, but I am going to miss her, as will her sister's, and my bus man, and the commute from there is going to be a long one.

My ex-husband, the Lawyer's biological Dad has suggested he may help her out in buying a smaller fuel efficient car, but this too worries me as I think about emergency road accidents, and other hazards for young women driving alone over such long distances. Ok. that should read young people driving alone...I'm not a sexist, but I am a bit of a worry wart Mom. ;)

Anyway, the busman suggested signing her up to an auto club, you know the type that offers 24/7 roadside assistance to is members if needed. To that end I have been doing some online research, about the benefits, and savings associated with this type of club.

Both my Sister, and good friend Lisa are auto club members, and have used them for help in the past, with only good things to say about it. This may just be something that will buy me some peace of mind as well.

I would be interested in hearing some of your opinions on auto clubs too.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

If you are here for WW see entry below. :D

04/22/08

Permalink 02:57:11 pm, by sue Email , 58 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Wheeeeeee!!!!!! This is not our Kip, but he is another hairless Chinese Crested Dog at an agility competition. These dogs are just so wonderful, I absolutely recommend this breed for their sweet, and loving nature. :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

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Image Credit: Wiki

04/21/08

Permalink 12:30:55 pm, by sue Email , 225 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

Film Direction

I have always been interested in film direction, and film directors.

This is a photo of a film crew recreating the atmosphere of a Victorian London smog or pea-souper. This street scene is actually being filmed in the central courtyard of Somerset House, and the smog is artificially generated using a smoke machine. The film director on the right, is explaining his ideas for the scene which is being filmed. Whilst the cameraman next to the lamp post is operating a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. The production was for the TV movie Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking.

From the moment a film goes into production it is the director's job to oversee all the technical, and creative details, while still holding firm to the story he or she wants to tell. For every director, seeing the finished project on screen is the ultimate high. "The best feeling in the world is sitting in the back of the movie theater and having the audience laugh at something you've created," George said, then added, "hopefully laughing with it, not at it."

- Audrey Arkins, Salary.com Contributor

Who is your favourite film director?

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Image Credit: Wiki
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Permalink 12:11:39 pm, by sue Email , 238 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living, Blog Talkers, Stupid Thyroid Disease, Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Annoyed

This week Karen asks: What annoys you? What do you do that annoys other people? Are you quick to lose your temper? How often do you get annoyed? Do you have a short fuse? Tell us about the last time you were annoyed - REALLY annoyed.

Normally I am not easily annoyed, since being diagnosed with Grave's though I do find my temper has become much, much shorter. This in part is due to being chemically imbalance, and tired of the symptoms such as fatigue.

This past weekend I was REALLY annoyed at the threat of a TTC strike. TTC is short for Toronto Transit, which in my opinion should be considered an essential service.

Don't get me wrong....I have no beef with unions for the most part, and I do sympathise with employees of the TTC in that it is a tough job, and they deserve benefits, and generous compensation.

However, when I read that one of the highest paid public employees in Toronto is a ticket taker who with over-time make well over six figures, (with over-time) I find it very hard to be supportive of a strike that will mostly affect the poor, and those that support our environment by choosing public transport.

Thankfully there was no strike, but in the future I think our government must declare the TTC an essential service, and only allow for work-to-rule situations.

Rant, and annoyance over!

Sue
XOX

04/20/08

Permalink 12:46:26 am, by sue Email , 196 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Dogs, BYB Sundays, Stupid Thyroid Disease

BYB Sunday - The Dogs



Max & Kipling

Part of my condition, Grave's Disease can be severe emotional swings, anxiety, and other mental health issues. As I recover, and comes to grips with my autoimmune disorder I cannot help, but be grateful for my understanding family, which includes my boys.

A dog's love is unconditional no matter how much of a wreck their human can be sometimes. There have been days I have been totally miserable, and days when I am too fatigued to walk them....yet they hold no grudge, and always have a wag of the tail when I call out to them.

I have always been a dog lover so to speak. However, now more than ever do I understand why they are called "man's best friend" and how they (according to various scientific papers) can play a role in people recovering from serious illness, and in fact living longer lives. :D

If you live in Ontario, and can open your heart to a homeless pet please look at the sidebar of this blog, which has a widget provided by PetFinder, and features adoptable animals from our area.

Happy BYB Sunday, and have a great week ahead! B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/18/08

Permalink 12:44:38 pm, by sue Email , 29 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Thirteen 13

13 Toy Buses => From My Hubby's Collection

13 Toy Buses

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: unique/funny signs

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Permalink 12:03:48 pm, by sue Email , 126 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living, Loving Mother Earth, Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Wild Things With Wings

I am so looking forward to this ....

....it looks like David Suzuki has evolved into a bee.. :p

Dr. David Suzuki will be in T.O on May 3rd talking about the bees and the butterflies (not the birds) at Wild Things with Wings, and teach about urban pollinators in the city of Toronto.

If you want to know about enhancing neighbourhoods with eco-gardens, plant and pollinator identification, biodiversity for food security, and native plants this is your day!

There are two events planned one during the day, which is kid friendly, and one in the evening. For more info check out David Suzuki's website.

And yayyyy Dalton Mcguinty, Ontario government for striking down laws that prohibited drying clothes on a line! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/16/08

Permalink 04:38:23 pm, by sue Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #43


Thirteen Things I Love About Canada

1. Oh Canada, our national anthem
2. Our vast, and changing landscapes, our wilderness
3. And The Group Of Seven who painted it
4. Mr. Dressup
5. Tim Horton's coffee
6. Ball hockey after school
7. Diana Krall
8. Our Flag

9. Socialised medicine, especially since I was diagnosed with Graves, and yes, I have a family doctor, and yes I had an MRI recently within 24 hours of the doctor ordering it. And it cost me nothing.

10. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
11. Roots clothing
12. Queen Victoria Day, aka The May two-four weekend
13. The Canadian National Exhibition, C.N.E

And I could keep going, and going.......sure we have our problems too, what country doesn't?..... but overall I am proudly Canadian. Have a great rest of the week, and thanks so much for stopping by! :D

Sue
XOX


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04/15/08

Permalink 04:37:13 pm, by sue Email , 33 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Some days I just feel like screaming.....and I think of this painting. :p

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

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04/14/08

Permalink 09:18:55 am, by sue Email , 41 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

H.O.T Tip



AEC Anti-Roll Testing...

Sure looks like it's about to tip to me ;)

Happy H.O.T. day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Image Credit: The London Transport Museum
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04/13/08

Permalink 11:24:19 am, by sue Email , 91 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Did Ya Hear The One About.......

Everybody loves a joke! When my kids were little we used to have a lot of fun with "knock knock" jokes like:

"Knock, knock
Who's There?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad you came-a-knockin'?"

Classic!

I also appreciate a riddle.............

What do sea monsters eat? Answer: Fish and Ships

As much as I like a good laugh I have to admit I'm not one for surprises, so I do not appreciate practical jokes, nor do I find making fun of others or sarcasm in the remote bit humorous.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:45:45 am, by sue Email , 82 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Little Things

Feeling a bit better, Matthew surprised me with flowers - see photo above, Mary (my cat) is on the mend from urinary track stones, chocolate brownies, middle daughter (the lawyer) accepted into Queens University to study law - I am so going to miss her as it is 3 hours away, and the kiddo gave a big spontaneous hug, and "I love you, Mom" this morning.

Little blessings added up mean a very blessed life indeed. :D

Have a wonderful week ahead :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/11/08

Permalink 12:25:38 pm, by sue Email , 42 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Twist Twisted

I was having a hard time with this week's theme, until I came across this photo of "little Sue" taken last Halloween.

Note the "classic twist braids" in her wig. B)

Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: thirteen (13)

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04/09/08

Permalink 05:13:35 pm, by sue Email , 173 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #42


Thirteen Wee Or Enchanted Folk

1. Tinkerbell => The most famous of them all
2. The Cottingley Fairies
3. Asleif => a protector to the Norwegian prince Herald
4. Bilbo
5. Oberon King of the Fairies
6. Thumbelina
7. Titania Queen of the Fairies
8. Shaylee => Fairy princess of the field
9. Nibelungen => German Tricksters
10. Melusina
11. Leprechauns
12. Jenny Greenteeth
13. Gamelyn => Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

14. *Bonus* The tooth fairy!

I love fairy stories, particularly when they involve not so nice Disney-fied wee folk. ;)

Happy TT, and have a great rest of the week!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: Hootin - Anni

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Permalink 12:36:12 am, by sue Email , 22 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

"Flower Power" :D

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04/07/08

Permalink 10:07:57 am, by sue Email , 266 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

Festival "Express"

Never had such a good time in my life before,
I'd like to have it one time more.
One good ride from start to end,
I'd like to take that ride again.

-- from "Might as Well" by the Grateful Dead (1976), about their journey on the Festival Express

Festival Express
is a film that opened during the 2003 Toronto film fest. It is a must-see in my opinion for anyone who loved/loves the music of the 1960's. B)

Here is a snippet:

The Festival Express was the brainchild of two brash, young promoters named Ken Walker and Thor Eaton. Not satisfied with assembling one of the most incredible travelling concert bills in history (performers included Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Eric Andersen, Buddy Guy, Great Speckled Bird, and many more) Walker and Eaton decided that "packaging" the tour in the form of a CN railcar moving across the vast landscape would make for good times and good music.

How right they were. At the crest of the musical and social explosion that was the sixties, this contrast between the greatest musicians of their day (and, arguably, any day) and a leisurely mode of travel made for a combustible bell jar that vibrated with artistic camaraderie. They rocked, they rolled, they jammed -- all part of a bacchanal that chugged its way across the Canadian Shield and all documented on film.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else's interpretation of the "Express" theme! Have a great week ahead! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: Festival Express

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Permalink 08:53:08 am, by sue Email , 168 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers, Healthy Living, Stupid Thyroid Disease

Getting Healthy

Be honest …

What is your most important goal in life? Why? (Please elaborate) How do you propose to get there? (Or how did you accomplish it). What sort of sacrifices will (or did) you have to make in order to achieve this goal? Once you’ve accomplished this goal, how will this change your life?

I think that as we age, and enter different stages of our lives we tend to prioritise differently. Things that were important to me at 20, and goals I wanted to achieve are different now that I'm 41.

My main goal now is to regain my health. I have quit smoking for good last year, I watch what I eat, I am slowly starting to get back into exercise, and I am committed to doing what it takes to get the Grave's Disease under control. I am doing this not only for me, but my family as well, and beyond that, at this moment in time, nothing really matters more than that.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/04/08

Permalink 11:54:38 am, by sue Email , 41 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Glass

Taken at the Royal Ontario Museum, August 4th 2007. This beautiful perfume bottle was part of a larger glass collection that was generously donated to the R.O.M.

Happy photo hunting!

Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: Twist(ed)

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04/03/08

Permalink 03:58:35 pm, by sue Email , 284 words   English (CA)
Categories: File This Under Creepy, Stupid Thyroid Disease

National Post Ridicules MP With Grave's Disease

Gee, the National Post is insensitive, nasty, and downright creepy. No way! I'm shocked... ;)

From The National Thyroid Foundation Of Canada

"Woman in one of the middle rows is wearing big black sunglasses that are most distracting. Spoiler alert: this being an afternoon soap, my hunch is 'mystery woman' will be revealed in later episode as Stephen Harper's long lost amnesiac brother who had a sex change."

Excerpt from the National Post, Jan. 30, 2007 "Question Period, Minute-by-thrilling-minute"

And the Thyroid Foundation responds:

Dear Sir,

On Tuesday, your paper ran an article entitled “ Question Period, minute-by-thrilling-minute” that was an attempt to bring a TV critic’s humorous twist to the House of Commons. Ridiculing fictional TV characters is one thing, singling out and making fun of real people’s disability is another.

Minister Finley wears “big black sunglasses that are most distracting” not as a prop, but rather because she has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease and associated thyroid eye disease. A major symptom of the condition is sensitivity to light requiring the Minister to seek permission from the Speaker to wear protective lenses in the House.

The Thyroid Foundation of Canada would like to salute Minister Finley. Her distinguished career and continuing hard work, serve as a symbol to the many thousands of Canadians who are affected by this disease but chose to lead a normal and productive life.

Further, the Thyroid Foundation of Canada would welcome the opportunity to improve the critic’s awareness avoiding future hurtful comments.

Ted Hawkins
National President
Thyroid Foundation of Canada

As a fellow Grave's sufferer I say right on! Woo Hoo Ted Hawkins! And boo National Post!

I wear my sunglasses at night too..... B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

04/02/08

Permalink 08:44:19 am, by sue Email , 67 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

Stupid Thyroid!

Just a quick note to say I am ok. I will be seeing the specialist for my thyroid condition later on this morning. I had an RAI uptake test last week and some more blood work, and the doc should have the results today.

Hopefully the doc will have a plan to finally manage this, and I will be on the road to recovery.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/29/08

Permalink 09:19:10 pm, by sue Email , 95 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays, Loving Mother Earth

BYB Sunday - Earth Hour Toronto



A view of Nathan Philips Square, Toronto during Earth Hour 2008

My blessing today is all those who participated in Earth Hour yesterday by switching off their lights in my home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And to the other 100's of millions of people world wide who took one single hour out of their day to show their support, and love of this planet. What an amazing feeling to be able to go out and walk through our neighbourhood, and see so many people with candles, and lanterns. Thank you! :)

Sue
XOX

Image credit: WWF

03/28/08

Earth Hour

We will be observing Earth Hour. How about you?

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/26/08

Permalink 04:40:27 pm, by sue Email , 96 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

RAI Uptake Scan

I spent the morning at the hospital, and will have to go back tomorrow am for what is called a RAI uptake scan. Basically this means I took a wee radioactive iodine pill earlier, and tomorrow the nice lady at the nuclear medicine lab will image my thyroid.

It sounds a lot worse then it really is....although I am tired. And I don't have super powers.....yet ;)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by earlier for WW, will try to get back to all of you tomorrow when I'm back from the hospital. :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/25/08

Permalink 02:31:45 pm, by sue Email , 33 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

I think I'll be uploading this for my Facebook profile pic!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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03/24/08

Permalink 06:11:16 pm, by sue Email , 21 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

Surprise!

I wish it was Caturday already ...... :p

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: icanhascheezburger

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Permalink 08:19:08 am, by sue Email , 504 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands

Petition for a school to be built in Attawapiskat, ON

This is a video of the fight for a grade school in the Cree community of Attawapiskat. People from across Canada are being asked to fight for the principle that all children in Canada have the right to attend proper schools with proper funding.

Please check out the website here:

http://attawapiskat-school.com/

And please consider signing the petition put together by our friend Penny:

http://www.petitiononline.com/h44c55/petition.html

Here is a copy of the text of that petition:

To: Government of Canada

We, the undersigned, believe that the Government of Canada has been unfair to those whom it serves, namely the First Nations peoples and specifically those of Attawapiskat in the James Bay Coastal Region.

The Government of Canada, through its functional branch Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, has left the J. R. Nakogee school contaminated by a diesel fuel spill since 1979 and unusable since the year 2000. The Nishnawbi Aske people of Attawapiskat were promised by three separate Ministers responsible for INAC that a new school would be built for the children. The latest Minister for INAC, the Hon. Chuck Strahl, was in Attawapiskat were he met with the Nishnawbi Aske Band Council, Chiefs, and elders and announced funding for a new facility to be built in the spring of 2008.

The rejoicing of the community was short-lived as the very same Minister turned around and without warning cancelled the funding and halted the plans for the construction of the new school. The spokesperson for INAC, when interviewed on CBC North Radio, reiterated that the primary concerns of INAC was to address the Health and Safety concerns of the community. We feel that this is a bald-faced lie, as the children are now in crowded classrooms, where the doors and windows do not close properly; where the bathrooms do not always work; where the bathroom doors cannot be closed; where the children are exposed to mold levels that would not be tolerated in any public school in Canada; where young students have to walk in the cold with wind chills reaching -50 to reach the gymnasium or the library; where the meals and snacks are prepared in areas still contaminated by diesel fumes and by mold growth and rodent infestations.

We believe that the Government of Canada is obligated to honour the rights of First Nations peoples to education in acceptable facilities as promised and outlined in Treaty 9. We the undersigned decry the deplorable way that the Government has continued to treat First Nations people as second-class citizens by denying them facilities considered a right by any other group of students within Canada. We the undersigned protest to the utmost the cancellation of the school in Attawapiskat, among others, and challenge the Government to do the right and legally required thing by providing the funding for the new school facility and by cleaning up the fuel contamination in the community of Attawapiskat.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

http://www.petitiononline.com/h44c55/petition.html

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/23/08

Permalink 04:56:36 pm, by sue Email , 88 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Flower Power


This week's prompt: Flowers

What can I say, but fresh cut flowers are a luxury I wish I could afford daily. I say luxury because I live in a urban center, and do not have a garden at this point. However, I do enjoy gardening, and often visit my father's grave where we have flowers growing. I do not find my visits to the cemetery depressing, but in fact the opposite. I find the common gardens particularly in Spring time quite lovely, and peaceful. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:37:27 am, by sue Email , 75 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays, Happy Stuff

BYB Sunday - Happy Easter

I am not really feeling up to typing up anything more than a short note today.

However, I did want to wish all of you that celebrate it a Happy Easter. Although. I am not Christian, we did celebrate this holiday when I was a kid, and I kept the tradtion going when my own children were small. :D

Happy Easter and Happy BYB Sunday I hope you have a great week ahead!

Sue
XOX

03/21/08

Permalink 01:11:27 pm, by sue Email , 28 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Metal

Taken August 2007 at The Royal Ontario Museum

Have a terrific weekend everyone, and if you celebrate Happy Easter!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: High

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03/20/08

Permalink 09:25:42 am, by sue Email , 164 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Kids

Happy Birthday Stephanie & Happy First Day Of Spring

Happy 21st birthday Stephanie also known as around this blog as "Little Sue" :D

As some of you already know my maiden name is Demeter. In Greek mythology, Hades kidnapped Demeter's daughter Persephone to be his wife. Zeus ordered Hades to return her to Demeter, the goddess of the earth and her mother. However, Hades tricked Persephone into eating the food of the dead so Zeus decreed Persephone would spend six months with Demeter and six months with Hades. During the time when her daughter is with Hades, Demeter becomes depressed and causes winter.

Persephone, depicted with her pomegranate, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874 Tate Gallery, London

Today is the first day of Spring and my eldest daughter's birthday. This neat coincidence was not lost on me upon her arrival ... and I like to tell her that this is the reason I do not like the winter months overly much.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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03/19/08

Permalink 03:50:43 pm, by sue Email , 207 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #41

Thirteen More Questions From The Meme I Grabbed From Hootin--Anni Last Week. And I'm Still Not Finished It!

1. What you're not? Apathetic
2. Muffins? Carrot
3. One of your wish list items? A metal detector
4. Where you grew up? Toronto, Canada
5. The last thing you did? Gave a belly rub to my dog Max
6. What are you wearing? P.J pants
7. Your TV? Rarely watched
8. Your pets? It's a zoo around here
9. Your computer? On all the time
10. Your life? Busy
11. Your mood! Relaxed
12. Missing someone? Sarah
13. Your car? Public transport and proud of it

I'm not sure if there are another 13 questions to go on this meme, but if not I'll finish it up in a separate entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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03/18/08

Permalink 03:57:37 pm, by sue Email , 24 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday



Inner Peace

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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03/17/08

Permalink 12:08:55 pm, by sue Email , 127 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

A Part Of A House

No, sadly it's not my house. I wish! The photo above depicts a part of one of my fave historical houses, and museums in Toronto => Spadina House.

Spadina House, is an historic manor on Spadina Road in Toronto, Canada that is now a museum operated by the City of Toronto Culture Division. The museum preserves the house much as it existed and developed historically. The art, décor and architecture of the house reflects the contemporary styles of the 1860s through the 1930s, including Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Colonial Revival styles.

If you are interested in learning more about Spadina House please surf on over to it's official website here.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 08:51:59 am, by sue Email , 50 words   English (CA)
Categories: Happy Stuff

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!



May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Permalink 08:29:24 am, by sue Email , 192 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Everyone Knows It Is Slinky

Spring. What’s the best part of spring? What’s the worst part of spring? What does spring time mean to you? Do you get spring fever? Do you give your house a good spring cleaning? How has Daylight Saving Time changed your routine? What’s the best thing about Daylight Saving Time? What’s the worst? (other than the loss of time, of course - be original!

Hmmmm since it is still quite cold here, and there is a ton of snow on the ground all I could come up with is.......

From 1963:

What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it's Slinky. It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun, it's a wonderful toy. It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun, it's a wonderful toy. It's fun for a girl or a boy. :D

That certainly brings back memories! Oddly enough in a weird twist of something as I googled the words to the Slinky theme I found someone else, doing a different meme on Spring came up with a very similar post! Something comforting in that ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/16/08

Permalink 12:27:15 am, by sue Email , 27 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Sol

Finally....some clear skies, and warm sunshine here in Toronto.....especially after this long, very snowy winter....a blessing. :D

Have a great week ahead!

Sue
XOX

03/15/08

Permalink 09:24:44 am, by sue Email , 92 words   English (CA)
Categories: Canadian Humour

How To Treat A Woman

HOW TO TREAT A WOMAN:

Wine her. Dine her. Call her. Hold her. Surprise her. Compliment her. Smile at her. Listen to her. Laugh with her. Cry with her. Romance her. Encourage her. Believe in her. Cuddle her. Shop with her. Give her jewelry. Buy her flowers. Hold her hand. Write love letters to her. Go to the ends of the earth and back again for her.

HOW TO TREAT A MAN:

Show up naked. Bring chicken wings. Don't block the TV.

Thanks to JS for sending this to me.

Sue
XOX

03/12/08

Permalink 06:06:41 pm, by sue Email , 201 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #40


Thirteen Things From The Meme I Grabbed From Hootin--Anni

1. Where is your cell phone? On Matthew's desk recharging
2. Your hair? Long and straight I hate fussing with it
3. Your mother? I love her dearly
4. Your father? I miss him very much
5. Your favorite thing? Right now chocolate :D
6. Your dream last night? Cannot remember
7. Your favorite drink? Pepsi
8. Your dream/goal? Have a book published
9. The room you're in? Living-room
10. Your hobby? Is driving me insane see here
11. Your fear? Wasps
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Continuing my studies, and healthy
13. Where were you last night? At home

Thanks again to Anni :D I'll continue on with this meme next week.

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03/11/08

Permalink 07:35:42 pm, by sue Email , 52 words   English (CA)
Categories: Women's Issues, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

The above image was captured last week on International Women's Day. :D

To learn more about International Women's Day, which was held on March 8th this year please click here.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

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Permalink 06:00:59 pm, by sue Email , 92 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living, The Universe And Other Strange Places

A Voice Against The Violence

Last month, Lawrence King, 15, was shot at school in Oxnard, CA. He was later declared brain-dead. The classmate who shot him faces a first-degree murder charge and a hate crime charge, based on Lawrence's sexual orientation and gender expression.

Excellent message in the video above, it is just so sad that it comes too late for Lawrence, his family, and friends. I find it utterly depressing that in the 21st century we still have such ignorance, and bigotry that can lead to a young boy's murder. :(

Sue
XOX

Permalink 03:39:37 am, by sue Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: Loving Mother Earth

God Hates Pollution..............



........or Jesus loves me, just not my S.U.V.

According to a BBC news item the the Vatican has named environmental pollution it number one modern day deadly sin. Read on:

The Vatican has brought up to date the traditional seven deadly sins by adding seven modern mortal sins it claims are becoming prevalent in what it calls an era of "unstoppable globalisation".

Those newly risking eternal punishment include drug pushers, the obscenely wealthy, and scientists who manipulate human genes. So "thou shalt not carry out morally dubious scientific experiments" or "thou shalt not pollute the earth" might one day be added to the Ten Commandments.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into Hell".

The new mortal sins were listed by Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti at the end of a week-long training seminar in Rome for priests, aimed at encouraging a revival of the practice of confession - or the Sacrament of Penance in Church jargon.

Full article here

To be honest with you I'm not really surprised that God is offended by pollution or global warming, in fact I would believe it would be utterly absurd to think otherwise.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

If you are here for Heads or Tails please see below. Thanks!

03/10/08

Permalink 11:32:53 am, by sue Email , 93 words   English (CA)
Categories: Heads Or Tails

Anything Green

I am a newb at Heads Or Tails, and this is my very first entry. Thanks to Skittles for inviting me to play along.....

This week its heads....anything green.....

How can I think of anything other when it comes to green! Yep, that is One Old Green Bus, which not only represents a family dream, but also my hubby's blog. :D

So there ya have it my very first Heads or Tails entry, and I am certain there will be many more to come. Thanks Skittles! B) :D :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:47:58 am, by sue Email , 118 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Extravagance Can Be Fun



This week's question is:
What is the most extravagant single item purchase you have ever made, other than a house or car? Why did you purchase that item? Did you regret it later?

I really had to rack my brain on this one because I cannot think of a single thing i have ever overspent on or was unnecessary in my opinion.

I can say that when the kids were little I would love to buy them extravagant gifts like large doll houses, giant stuffed animals etc because the looks on their faces was worth it to me. :D

My Dad spoiled us rotten, and that is where I most likely get it from. :p

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/09/08

Permalink 12:11:52 am, by sue Email , 118 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sunday

My blessing today is people who give so that others may become enlightened. :D

A handwritten and hand embroidered volume by Queen Elizabeth I, dated 1545

Because of a very generous £5 million gift to Oxford the above book along with many others of great literary importance will be available to all as opposed to just a few lucky scholars.

If you are interested you can read more of the details on our Pastyme with Good Companye blog.

I would also like to include in this blessing Nellie who took the time to write to me this past week, and sent me some information on the thyroid that she learned about while going through her own illness.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

03/07/08

Permalink 09:07:17 am, by sue Email , 104 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - Different

I do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will bear faithful and true allegiance to His Majesty King George. So help me God.

The Oath dated July 14, 1796

A different kind of pursuit for a 21st century woman to masquerade as a Napoleonic era solidier. Aside from the educational factor of bringing this era, and yes even the horrors of battle alive for the general public, there is something strangely empowering to be able to pretend to be a man. :)

Have a terrific weekend everyone!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: I spy (a photo of something hidden for us to find)

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03/06/08

Permalink 03:18:34 pm, by sue Email , 656 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Universe And Other Strange Places

Humans Are Monkeys

Dance monkey dance!!! Interesting video on the state of being human.

"There are billions of galaxies in the observable universe. and each of them contains hundreds of billions of stars. In one of the galaxies. Orbiting one of these stars. Lies a little blue planet. And this planet is run by a bunch of monkeys...

now these monkeys don't think of themselves as monkeys. they don't even think of themselves as animals. in fact, they love to list all the things that they think separate them from the animals. opposable thumbs, self awareness... they use words like homo erectus and ostralopithicus. you say tomato, i say tomatoe. they're animals alright; they're monkeys. monkeys with high speed digital fiberoptic technology, but monkeys never-the-less.

i mean, they're clever. you've got to give them that. the pyramids, skyscrapers, phantom jets, the great wall of china. that's all pretty impressive, for a bunch of monkeys.

monkeys whose brains have evolved to such an unmanageable size that it's pretty much impossible for them to stay happy for any length of time. in fact, they're the only animals who think they're supposed to be happy. all the other animals can just BE.

but it's not that simple for the monkeys.

you see, the monkeys are cursed with consciousness. and so the monkeys are afraid. so the monkeys worry. the monkeys worry about everything, but mostly about what all the other monkeys think. because the monkeys desperately want to fit in with the other monkeys.

which is pretty hard to do, because a lot of the monkeys hate each other. this is really what separates them from the other animals. these monkeys hate. they hate monkeys that are different. monkeys from different places. monkeys who are different color. you see, the monkeys feel alone: ALL 6 BILLION of them.

some of the monkeys pay another monkey to listen to their problems. the monkeys want answers. and the monkeys know they are going to die. so the monkeys make up gods. and then they worship them. then the monkeys start to argue over whose made-up god is better. and then the monkeys get really pissed off and this is usually when the monkeys decide that it's a good time to start killing each other. so the monkeys wage war. the monkeys make hydrogen bombs. the monkeys have got their entire planet wired up to explode. the monkeys just can't help it.

some of the monkeys play to a sold out crowd of other monkeys.

the monkeys make trophies, and then they give them to each other... like it means something.

some of the monkeys think they've got it all figured out. some of the monkeys read Nietzsche. the monkeys argue about Nietzsche. without ever giving any consideration to the fact that Nietzsche was just another monkey.

the monkeys make plans. the monkeys fall in love. the monkeys have sex. and then they make more monkeys.

the Monkees make music. and then the monkeys dance. DANCE MONKEYS DANCE!

the monkeys make a hell of a lot of noise. the monkeys have so much potential if they would only apply themselves. the monkeys shave the hair off their bodies in blatant denial of their true monkey nature. the monkeys build giant monkey hives, that they call cities.

the monkeys draw a lot of imaginary lines in the dirt. the monkeys are running out of oil. which is what fuel their precarious civilization. the monkeys are polluting and raping their planet like there's no tomorrow. the monkeys like to pretend that everything is just fine. some of the monkeys actually believe that the entire universe was created for their benefit. as you can see these are some messed up monkeys. these monkeys are at once the ugliest and the most beautiful creatures on the planet. and the monkeys don't want to be monkeys, they want to be something else. but they're not."

Sue
XOX

03/05/08

Permalink 03:04:14 pm, by sue Email , 20 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

Sick of......

I am so sick .... of being sick and tired! :(

This graffiti is kinda cool though... B)

Sue
XOX

Image Credit

03/03/08

Permalink 07:25:32 am, by sue Email , 446 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Music

Rest In Peace Jeff Healey

What a horrible shock to hear of Jeff Healey's passing this morning. :(

TORONTO — Acclaimed jazz and rock guitarist Jeff Healey was remembered Sunday as a musician of rare ability who had a wicked sense of humour and a generous nature as fans and bandmates mourned his death at age 41, following a battle with cancer.

Bandmates of Canadian rock and jazz legend Jeff Healey were among those shocked by the news of his death Sunday.

Healey died Sunday evening in a Toronto hospital surrounded by family and a bandmate, Colin Bray.

Bray, the bass player with Jeff Healey's jazz Wizards and the frontman's long-time friend, said he and many others expected the guitarist to rally from this latest illness.

"I don't think any of us thought this was going to happen," Bray said in a telephone interview. "We just thought he was going to bounce back as he always does."

Healey had battled with cancer since the age of one when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight.

Bray said Healey had been hospitalized for a week and that his advanced lung cancer made his final hours difficult.

Healey had undergone numerous operations in recent years to remove tumours from his lungs and leg.

Bray and fellow bandmate Gary Scriven remembered their frontman as not only a world-class musician but an incredibly strong person with the capacity to motivate those he worked with.

Scriven called Healey inspirational and praised the boundless enthusiasm that allowed him to continue performing live only four weeks before his death.

"He drew his strength from somewhere, I don't know where, but it spread among the band and flowed into the audience," Scriven said.

Healey rose to stardom as the leader of the Jeff Healey Band, a rock-oriented trio that garnered a Juno award, international acclaim and platinum record sales with the 1988 album "See the Light."

But Bray and Scriven said Healey's true love was jazz, the genre that dominated his last three albums with the Jazz Wizards.

Healey's guitar prowess was characterized by a unique playing-style that saw him lay the instrument across his lap.

It led him to share stages with such rock luminaries as George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King, but Bray said jazz allowed him to exercise his other instrumental talents such as trumpet and drums.

Healey's love of jazz also led him to host radio shows on the CBC and a local Toronto station where he spun long-forgotten numbers from his personal collection of over 30,000 vinyl records.

Full C.P. Article Here

A very sad day in Toronto, and around the music world.

R.I.P Jeff Healey

Sue
XOX

02/29/08

Permalink 10:44:03 am, by sue Email , 42 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Party

I LOVE this rather festive photo!

This is my niece, and it was taken at a Costume & Party Supply shop.

Hope you all have a happy, and wonderful weekend! Party On!!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: Different

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02/27/08

Permalink 04:37:25 pm, by sue Email , 270 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen, Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Thursday Thirteen #39 - Thirteen Things To Do In Toronto


Thirteen Things To Do In Toronto

1. Check out the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival (see entry just below this one)

2. Visit Spadina House (an excellent museum that highlights life in Toronto during the 19th century)

3. Go to the Metro Toronto Zoo (I volunteered there as a teenager)

4. See the Egyptian mummy Antjau at the Royal Ontario Museum

5. Picnic in High Park (also referred to around here as "my" park)

6. Stroll through Harbourfront Centre

7. Shop till ya drop in Kensington Market

8. In the summer months the Toronto Islands are the place to be!

9. Art Gallery of Ontario is another great place to visit. And free Wednesday nights!

10. Riverdale Farm is fun to visit with kids

11. For spooky stuff check out the Toronto Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society (shameless plug I am a director)

12. The CN Tower for those not afraid of heights!!! I believe it is now the second tallest free-standing building in the world.

13. And finally Mount Pleasant Cemetery! A stroll through here is a great way to learn about Toronto's past through her citizens both wealthy, and poor. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 02:55:32 pm, by sue Email , 137 words   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame

Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame is a film that opens here in the Toronto tomorrow night at the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The film is "a dramatic and horrifying illustration of the tragedy that has befallen the children of Afghanistan. Made by a young Iranian woman director (Hana of the famed Makhmalbaf family), this gritty story of a tiny little girl who want to go to school is filmed against the wreckage of the bombed out Buddha on the great Silk Road."

For more information you can check out the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival website.

I wanted to attend this as I believe in the importance of this film. This little girl could have been my own mother 70 years ago in Ukraine. She too just wanted to go to school.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/25/08

Permalink 09:15:59 pm, by sue Email , 298 words   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Freedom To Read Week

From The TPL: As we enter the final week of Keep Toronto Reading, there are still several events for people to enjoy.

This Friday evening, Toronto Public Library and PEN Canada celebrate Freedom to Read Week with an exciting line-up at the Toronto Reference Library - featuring Atom Egoyan, Thomas King, Jill Carter, Clayton Ruby, and more. More info:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/gc29trl.jsp

Very cool!!! B)

On Tuesday evening, Toronto Public Library and the CBC preview the new mini-series ‘The Englishman’s Boy.’ A panel comprised of the movie’s executive director and stars discuss the process of transforming books into film. More info:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/gp26trl.jsp

There are still a few tickets available for this Thursday evening’s guided wine tasting of classic French wines – part of our Vintage France event featuring author Sandra Gulland and presented with the LCBO. More info:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/gf28by.jsp

Also on Thursday evening, Riverdale Branch is hosting a panel of food experts, who will discuss the local food movement. Learn more about how to reduce your environmental footprint by choosing locally-grown foods. More info:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/gf28rd.jsp

There are also three Lit Lunches this Wednesday at the Reference Library, Northern District Branch and Runnymede Branch. Bring a lunch or buy one for $5. Presented with International Readings at Harbourfront and The Amazing Food Service. More info:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/get_fulfilled.jsp

Visit KeepTorontoReading.ca for all event details. Read the blog or enter their contest to win great books. Visit the One Book section to download ‘The Consolation Walking Tour,’ narrated by author Michael Redhill. This audio clip was produced in collaboration with Heritage Toronto and CBC Radio.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/24/08

Permalink 12:10:02 am, by sue Email , 369 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Let Your White Birds Smile Up


I had been feeling a bit down earlier this week, when an odd memory popped into my head. You must know the feeling, it's like a short vid clip pulled from some dusty recess of the brain. The memory was of being a little girl, dancing on our backyard picnic table with flowers in my hair. :D

There was this song that had come on the radio...something about "let your white birds smile up" with a gorgeous tribal like beat.....and 30 some odd years later...it was getting stuck in my head again.

I called up my Mom, and she too vaguely remembered this childhood incident. It was a backyard family party, and my older then teenage cousins "flower children" wove flowers into my hair. The song she thought based on the lyrics I could recall must have been Melanie an artist that had been one of her faves in that era.

I took a chance and started surfing around the net, and the video clip you see above is what I found! The song is called Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) and the artist is Melanie Safka accompanied by the Edwin Hawkins Singers circa 1970. Its my song!!!

My blessings this week are firstly Melanie Safka, such a beautiful song, and I can see and hear your joy in singing it! What a beautiful, hippie, flower child, with a magical voice!!! If you watch the clip you will see (I believe it might have been the Ed Sullivan show) a mostly older white crowd digging this most socially radical, liberal song! Very cool! B)

Secondly Youtube for allowing a whole new generation to discover these songs, and artists. I saw one comment from a 13 year old saying her Grandmother loved this song! And for allowing this middle-aged Mom to go back in time if only for a few minutes to a sweet, and gentle world where a little girl danced with flowers in her hair. :D

My Mom was quite the hippie liberal in those days as well. I'm going to see if I can dig up a pic of us in the late 60's, and post it up.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/22/08

Permalink 03:26:00 pm, by sue Email , 51 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Wooden

In the beginning.......I added some effects to this one.

A wooden sign.....kinda reminds me of a grave marker...but it isn't.

Close-up of the wooden sign.

Thanks so much for surfing through, and I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: Party

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02/21/08

Permalink 10:09:47 pm, by sue Email , 33 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff, It Is All About Me Me

I Am A Lady I Am

I think it suits me! B) :p B)

Lady Fortune the Absurd of Greater Internetshire presents your opportunity to receive your very own eccentric British aristocratic title. Just click here.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/20/08

Permalink 04:12:39 pm, by sue Email , 345 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #38 - Celebrity Ghosts Boo!


Thirteen Celebrity Ghosts

The following is a listing of 13 celebrity ghosts who reportedly have returned from death in order to haunt:

#13 Marilyn Monroe - Reportedly haunting the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, USA.

#12 Montgomery Clift - Also reportedly haunting the Roosevelt Hotel.

#11 Harry Houdini - Reportedly haunting his former home in the Hollywood Hills, located at 2398 Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

#10 Clifton Webb (the original "Mr. Belvedere") - Reportedly haunting the Abbey of the Psalms mausoleum (where he is buried) at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery.

#9 George Reeves (Superman) - Reportedly haunting his former Beverly Hills, California home where he was found dead of a gunshot wound.

#8 Thelma Todd - Reportedly haunting a beachside cafe located at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway, near Malibu California.

#7 Boris Karloff - Reportedly haunts his former home in Hampshire England.

#6 John Wayne - Reportedly haunts his beloved yacht "the Wild Goose."

#5 Lucille Ball – Said to be haunting her former California home at 100 North Roxbury Drive.

#4 Joan Crawford - Reportedly haunting the Crawford House, along with several other spirits. The house has been exorcized numerous times.

#3 Redd Foxx - Reportedly haunts Stage 31 at Paramount Studios where he died of a heart attack.

#2 Clark Gable – Reportedly haunting the Oatman Hotel in Oatman, Arizona along with wife Carole Lombard

#1 John Lennon – Reportedly haunting the Dakota building at 1 west 72nd Street in New York City, where he was shot to death.

Have I missed anyone that I should have thought about? Let me know in the "Comments" section...

Happy Thursday Thirteen!

Sue
XOX


Further Resources For Celebrity Ghosts:

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/GH-CelebrityGhosts.html

http://www.seeing-stars.com/Died/Haunted.shtml

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Permalink 01:08:18 pm, by sue Email , 211 words   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Photo Of Fire On Queen Street West

I was shocked to hear of a six alarm blaze on Queen West via my radio alarm clock this morning. The photo above is just a glimpse of the devastation. Here is a snippet from 680:

Toronto - Firefighters continue to battle a six-alarm blaze in downtown Toronto that engulfed eight storefronts with apartments, Wednesday.

The fire began just after 5 a.m. in a row of two-storey buildings lining Queen Street West, near Bathurst Street.

At least one building unit collapsed, but there were no reports of injuries.

The fire affected traffic and the TTC. The Queen Street streetcar was diverted both ways in the area, using Shaw and King streets and Spadina Avenue.

Fans were brought in to St. Patrick, St. Andrew and Osgoode TTC subway stations because of the burning smell that has seeped in.

Traffic was blocked at Portland Street, with fire trucks lining the streets.

The fire may have started in a rear shed, but that has yet to be confirmed.

The last time Toronto had a fire of this magnitude was in October of 2006, when a paint store on Queen Street East was destroyed. No one was injured in that blaze.

Full 680 News Article

My thoughts are with those tenants, and business owners that lost everything. :(

Sue
XOX

02/19/08

Permalink 12:06:21 pm, by sue Email , 54 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

Remembering the Spring.....and looking forward to its return! :D

The above photo was actually taken outside of the dreaded Didier-Darroch compound sometime last year in the Springtime. Enjoy! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

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Permalink 12:03:51 pm, by sue Email , 209 words   English (CA)
Categories: Adventures & Wanderings

Our Most Romantic Vacation

I spent most of this past long weekend cooped up inside. In part this was due to my illness, but mostly because the weather has just been nasty here, cold, damp, rainy, you get the idea. To beat the "stuck inside blues" so to speak, Matthew and I kicked around a few good vacation ideas for later in the year, and when I am hopefully on the mend from my thyroid condition. :)

Niagara Falls

Our most romantic vacation together to date was in Niagara Falls a couple of years back. Not only are things to do in Niagara Falls geared towards romance (they are the honeymoon capital after all) they also have oodles of kitschy shops, fun little museums etc. It was great just to play (and we did play lots of mini golf lol!) and relax with each other. :D

There are a lot of fun things to do, and see if you are going as a family as well. Trusted Tours & Attractions is a great place to start online if you are planning a trip to Niagara Falls. Right now they are holding a contest to win a free Canon PowerShot digital camera as well, so it is definitely worth checking them! B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/17/08

Permalink 12:45:06 am, by sue Email , 165 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living, BYB Sundays, Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

BYB Sunday - The Toronto Public Library



This past week saw me visiting the Toronto Public Library twice, and both of these visits reminded me of what a blessing the library truly is for me. Not only am I fortunate to be living close enough to walk to two different branches from the dreaded compound, but I can also use my home computer to order up any book within their entire system, and have it delivered for free to any branch of my choosing! How cool is that! And the library is absolutely free to use.

I was able to make a very small donation towards the purchase of new materials, but it really is not enough to cover the enjoyment our library has brought to me since I can remember.

Thank you for visiting my own wee corner of the www, and I hope you have a goodly week ahead!!! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Library stacks image by Neil Lee and used here under the aegis of a Creative Commons license.

02/16/08

Permalink 07:27:46 pm, by sue Email , 45 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

I'm A Spy - Laser Eyes

"Binocular-style "laser eyes" are unveiled in Glasgow, UK, which will allow soldiers to pinpoint, watch and target enemies in all weathers, day and night, up to three miles away."

What more can I say beyond I soooo want them!!!!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: BBC

02/15/08

Permalink 12:23:57 pm, by sue Email , 96 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Free

I do not know about you, but never in my adult life have I felt so free as when I was a child. The above photo was taken last week of the kiddo, and my wee niece Little Sweet. Together they are being free to be goofy, silly, whatever they want to be. :D B)

Thanks so much for surfing through, and I hope you have a terrific weekend! Here in Ontario, Canada it is a long weekend coming up as the 18th is "Family Day" yayyyy!!!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: Wooden

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Permalink 09:11:42 am, by sue Email , 205 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living, Reading Material, Toronto Is The Center Of My Universe

Get Lit - And Keep Toronto Reading



Keep Toronto Reading
is a fun promotion being put on by the Toronto Public Library with events celebrating books, and various cultures around the city. Each of these events will be happening throughout the month of February.

Matthew and I have already gotten our limited edition totes with proceeds going towards supporting our public library system, which we both use a lot. And with only half of February gone there are still a lot of cool events to attend such as the Literary Buzz: Vintage France being held on the 28th at the Bayview branch.

Event details are as follows:

The Toronto Public Library and LCBO invite you to embark on a global love affair with books and wine. During three intimate evenings, well-known speakers and LCBO product specialists take you on a tour, with discussion and guided wine tastings that evoke the world's enchanting regions.

The discussion in the first hour is free. Tickets for the wine tasting in the second hour must be purchased in person at the library branch prior to the event. Tickets are limited and go on sale on Tues. Jan. 29. Customers must be 19 years or older.

Wine Tasting Level: Advanced
Featuring: Classic French Wines
Ticket Price: $45

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/14/08

Permalink 01:59:39 am, by sue Email , 23 words   English (CA)
Categories: Happy Stuff

Happy Valentines Day!

Valentines Tree! :D

Wishing all of my readers, friends, family, and especially my Bus Man a very Happy Valentines Day!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/13/08

Permalink 01:35:46 am, by sue Email , 383 words   English (CA)
Categories: Women's Issues, Family Life And Issues, Healthy Living

Dr Henry Morgentaler Deserves The Order Of Canada

"Every Mother A Willing Mother, Every Child A Wanted Child"

Morgentaler (right), with NDP Leader Jack Layton in August 2005

"Born in Lodz, Poland, he survived the Holocaust and came to Canada at the end of World War II. Completing his medical studies at the Universite de Montreal in 1953 he opened a family practice in Montreal. As a Humanist leader he promoted the idea that people had a right to control their own sexuality and reproduction, without interference by the state. In 1967 he presented a brief on behalf of the Humanist Fellowship of Montreal to the House of Common’s Health and Welfare Committee, where he urged that Canada’s restrictive abortion law be repealed.

“I have a commitment to human values, to human dignity,
to respect for people who are different,
to social justice, to a richer life for all people,
to democracy in its broadest social and political sense”
Henry Morgentaler - 1965

In the following years he challenged the criminal code by providing safe abortions for women in his clinic in Montreal. He faced several trials and was acquitted each time by a jury; he went to jail for 10 months when a jury acquittal was reversed by a higher court. His belief in a “Women’s Right to Choose” eventually led to a change in the law. Finally, after years of struggle the law against abortion was declared unconstitutional and struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada on January 28th, 1988. He continues to campaign province by province, seeking to provide abortion services to women deprived of access, a struggle which continues to this day."

As a Canadian, as a woman, and perhaps most importantly as a Mom of three young women, I want to say thank you to Dr. Henry Morgentaler. I have never had to face the choice of having an abortion, but thanks to Dr. Morgentaler if I needed to I would have that choice, and that all Canadian women now have that choice in privacy, and with compassion, safety, and dignity.

Dr Morgentaler deserves the Order of Canada for the tremendous work he has done for all Canadian women now, and in the future despite the death threats, from wackos, and bombings of his clinic here in Toronto....he is a hero! B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: Wiki

02/12/08

Permalink 05:15:07 am, by sue Email , 80 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Rest Of The Menagerie, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

Just when you thought that the Zoo was full.......

The kiddo brings home a Beta fish or as it is otherwise know as a Siamese Fighting fish.

It is a male (the females are far less colourful) and she has named him Pebbles Jr. Why that name I don't know as there is no Pebbles Sr. ??????

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

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02/11/08

Permalink 12:38:42 am, by sue Email , 72 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

The Movie Of My Life Is A Black Comedy

Why am I NOT surprised......:p

In your life, things are so twisted that you just have to laugh. You may end up insane, but you'll have fun on the way to the asylum.

Your best movie matches: Being John Malkovich, The Royal Tenenbaums, American Psycho

If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be? Take The Quiz and let me know how yours turns out. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/10/08

Permalink 12:27:32 am, by sue Email , 240 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays, Stupid Thyroid Disease

BYB Sunday - A Supportive Partner

I am sad....all of the time lately.....

The image above really suits my mood (it is graffiti I bet Sandy will like it) of late. In part it is feeling sorry for myself since my diagnosis with Graves' and because my body is rebelling against all of these extra hormones....and my emotions are completely out of whack to the point I am feeling crazy more often than not...chemically imbalanced....

I see the specialist March 26th....not soon enough, but I am looking forward to it...

My blessing is a very supportive partner.

I have read that many marriages end up in a mess because of this disease, and I am grateful that I have such a loving, kind, understanding partner in the face of my almost constant black moods. I can see why it is so hard on the spouses of people who have Graves' disease as many sufferers go through a lot of mental anguish, and unbalance. Sometimes I even scare myself!

At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am surrounded by loving people. I only wish that everyone who had to go through such health issues were equally as blessed.

Sue
XOX

Image Credit:

(Graffiti art. Photo by Paul Armstrong, who says he took the photo in Minneapolis, Minnesota at an abandoned wheat grain elevator near the University of Minnesota, and he believes it has since been removed.)

02/09/08

Permalink 12:42:23 am, by sue Email , 56 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Kids

Happy 18th Birthday

Wishing "the lawyer" a very happy 18th birthday!!!! Regular readers of the Urban Zoo know "the lawyer" as my middle daughter. Hint: We call her "the lawyer" around these parts because she plans to study Canadian law in University. :D

Love always!

Mom
XOX

If you are here for Photo Hunters please see below. Thanks! :D

02/08/08

Permalink 03:20:06 pm, by sue Email , 56 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Heavy

"Heavy is the tummy of the person who ate all of the pumpkin pie"

Pumpkin pie crumbs. Taken Thanksgiving day 2007. I'm attempting to go with the less obvious, and be a little creative with the theme. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you all a wonderful weekend. :)

Next Week's Theme: Free

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Permalink 03:15:19 pm, by sue Email , 184 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands

Are You Worried About Identity Theft?

Are you concerned about identity theft? I have read quite a few articles on how easy it is to steal identities in this online age, and I do know at least one person that has had their identity stolen. Creepy eh!

It is something that bothers me, and that is why I was really interested in checking out the Lifelock website.

You might be familiar with them from the news. They provide a service that secures your personal information, and guarantees your identity. Pretty cool eh! Basically they are your advocate with the credit bureaus, making sure you get your reports, and they are accurate, getting your name off of pre-approved credit lists, (a way people can usurp your identity, and commit fraud that I've heard of) and they can even help you if you lose your wallet! B)

This service really might have helped out my friend (I won't give out her name or she would kill me) who had her identity stolen, and I think it might be worthwhile. Have you checked them out? What do you think? :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:18:33 pm, by sue Email , 103 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Universe And Other Strange Places

Today I'm Feeling Strongly

Strength is a card of courage, determination and inner might. You are in a position to deal with whatever comes your way. You have reached a position of influence and no longer need to force your beliefs upon others. You are aware of the temptations that exist, but your ability to resist them is strong. Be careful not to take advantage of your power or risk becoming abusive and destructive. Listen to your inner voice and trust your instincts.

This is my Tarot card of the day, and it is apt because I am feeling not too bad today B)

Cheers!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:39:23 am, by sue Email , 239 words   English (CA)
Categories: Website Reviews

Online Resource For Medical Career Training

It is funny, I have always been interested in medicine, in fact at one time I thought I could make a fine physician indeed! However, I am not so certain that I could personally cut it as a nurse. Nurses in my opinion deserve a lot of respect for what they do!

Have you ever thought of becoming a nurse? How about pursuing a career in within the medical field like an ultrasound tech? I was checking out an online resource for medical career training earlier this morning, and they included listings for various types of schools including ultrasound tech school.

The website is well designed, and very easy to use in my own humble opinion. The site allows for you to check out all sorts of different career paths within medicine, your job prospects within a specific field, salary ranges, job expectations, requirements, and includes available schools by state, and online.

For fun I did check out the listing for ultrasound technician school, and was actually surprised at the availability! Granted these specialised techs seem to be in short supply here in Toronto so perhaps that is why?

If you are looking for more info on a possible medical career then definitely have a look at the Medical Career Training Online Resource. Just give some clicky love to one of the links above or click on the logo below.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor. :D

02/07/08

Permalink 01:26:10 pm, by sue Email , 163 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

My Thoughts On Winter.......

Winter is not really a season I overall enjoy....I much prefer the Spring, and especially the Fall.....

Perhaps this has something to due with the fact I am a Demeter. I will explain.....

Persephone, depicted with her pomegranate, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874 Tate Gallery, London

In Greek mythology, Hades kidnapped Persephone to be his wife. Zeus ordered Hades to return her to Demeter, the goddess of the earth and her mother. However, Hades tricked Persephone into eating the food of the dead so Zeus decreed Persephone would spend six months with Demeter and six months with Hades. During the time when her daughter is with Hades, Demeter becomes depressed and causes winter.

My maiden name is Demeter and my eldest daughter was born on the first day of Spring....this was not lost on me upon her arrival ... and I like to tell her that this is the reason I do not like the winter months overly much. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:58:00 am, by sue Email , 127 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kin, Happy Stuff

The Year Of The Rat

Today is the very first day of the Chinese New Year! This new day on the Chinese calendar ushers in the year of the rat. My grandmother was born in the year of the rat, and the sign description actually suits her to a tee.

"People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful."

Wishing all of my readers who celebrate a very Happy New Year!!!! And you bet I am wearing red .. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Toronto Major League Search - A Review

A few weeks ago a big old yellow page telephone book arrived at my door, and I was shaking my head in dismay at the waste of paper. I do not know about you, but I tend to use search engines to find local businesses etc instead of the old fashioned way. It is easier to find exactly what I am looking for online, does not take up space, and is better on the environment in my humble opinion. I do not want to turn this entry into a rant, instead I want to focus on the positive, and introduce you to Toronto Major League Search. This will be of interest to all my fellow Torontonians, and any of you ladies or gents that are planning a visit out this way. :D

Toronto Major League Search is very easy to use. You can look up all sorts of different types of businesses, museums, restaurants, hotels etc right from their home page. The searches include detailed street maps, as well as satellite maps.

I would recommend this service to others to check out. It is free, and it concentrates on our city making it more handy to do look ups as opposed to the info over load you get with some of the other search engines. B)

Thank you to my sponsor.

02/06/08

Permalink 03:33:40 pm, by sue Email , 217 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen, Stupid Thyroid Disease

Thursday Thirteen #37 - Thirteen Famous People With Thyroid Conditions


Thirteen Famous People With Thyroid Conditions

As some of you might know I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease which is a condition of the thyroid. Here is a list of famed people who suffer or have suffered similar issues.

1. Super model Kim Alexis
2. President George H. Bush
3. Rod Stewart
4. Olympic athlete Carl Lewis
5. Isaac Asimov
6. Marty Feldman
7. Dame Maggie Smith (I loved her in the Harry Potter films)
8. Olympian Gail Devers
9. Joe Piscopo
10. Peter Gotti (head of the Gambino crime family)
11. Tipper Gore and Barbara Bush! (I smell a conspiracy here) ;)
12. Faith Ford (played Corky on Murphy Brown)
13. Bonus cause you got two on #11 => Muhammed Ali "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"

I am in interesting company! B)

Happy Thursday Thirteen, and wishing you all good health!

Sue
XOX

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Permalink 10:05:33 am, by sue Email , 145 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living

Swimming Pools To Close In Toronto

I find it very sad, and unsettling that the Toronto District School Board is now threatening to close swimming pools in our schools, and cancel swimming lessons for our children due to lack of funds. This after the City Of Toronto raises our taxes, and of course vote themselves raises. UGH!

Here is a snippet from 680 News:

The Toronto District School Board said it needs another $12 million a year to keep its pools afloat.

Board officials said without the money, they could be forced to drain the pools and cancel swimming lessons.

Liberal Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said there isn't any provincial money for city schools.

She told a Toronto newspaper that it's the responsibility of the community to keep them running.

The TDSB said plans were underway to close most of its 78 pools by September.

It is always the kids that suffer eh!

Disgusting!

02/05/08

Permalink 09:00:41 am, by sue Email , 167 words   English (CA)
Categories: Stupid Thyroid Disease

See The Category

British actress Maggie Smith, two-time Academy Award suffered with Graves' Disease

I do not want this blog to become solely a journal of my experiences with Graves' Disease, but I will update you from time to time.

I went to my doctor's yesterday and the final test results show something different than what he thought initially. I actually have Graves Disease as opposed to the under-active thyroid he figured I was suffering from, and I will need to see a Endocrinologist. I believe they will either have to remove the Thyroid or radiate it to kill it so to speak, and when that is done then I can go on the pills for the rest of my life. And finally, hopefully feel normal!

So now I am waiting for my doc to make the appointment with the specialist.

They put me on a beta-blocker too (propranolol) which scares me because I already have low blood pressure. This should help with some of my symptoms.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

02/04/08

Permalink 12:29:01 am, by sue Email , 120 words   English (CA)
Categories: It Is All About Me Me

Seven Weird Things About Me

....as requested by Julia last week......

Ok....I think everything I do, say, or like is completely normal, but YOU may think these are weird......

1. I chase after UFOs => see here

2. I also research, and investigate all claims of the paranormal => again see link above

3. I obtain dying house plants, and attempt to restore their health

4. I have a 5ft skeleton standing beside my desk

5. I call him skelly, and dress him for different occasions like birthdays or Christmas

6. My father's side of the family come from Transylvania

7. My idea of a romantic date is a stroll through the cemetery in the dead of winter

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My victims errrr fave bloggers I want to tag:

Matthew

Andy

Nicola

02/03/08

Permalink 12:23:58 am, by sue Email , 351 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Knowing What Is Wrong

I haven't made too big of a deal of it here on the blog, but over the past six months I have not felt quite right. My health had been deteriorating gradually, and I kept blaming certain symptoms on quitting smoking, such as lethargy, weight gain, foggy thinking, mood swings etc. I figured it would all just go away as soon as my body rid itself of toxins. Well it has been six months of no smokes, and if anything I feel worse. Add to the list of symptoms joint pain, leg cramps and stiffness, and a lump in my throat.

Well this past Thursday my doctor gave me an answer to what has been going wrong with my body.

Blood tests I had earlier in the week have confirmed I suffer from Graves' Disease, which sounds much worse than it is.

Graves' Disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism. This over-activity is also sometimes called "toxic diffuse goiter." The thyroid gland helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. High levels of thyroid hormones can cause side effects such as weight loss, rapid heart rate and nervousness. This is an uncommon disease that affects 2 percent of all women at some time in their lives. Graves’ Disease also tends to affect women between the ages of 20 and 40, although it occurs in infants, children, and the elderly.

There is no cure, but with pills (I will need to take them for the rest of my life) it can be controlled. In about six weeks to a few months I should start feeling like my old self again. All of the symptoms listed above that I have been experiencing are apparently part of this condition.

My blessing is the relief of finding out what has been wrong, and starting on a road to recovery. :D

Cheers to good health, which I wish for all of you my blogging friends!

Sue
XOXO

02/01/08

Permalink 12:23:01 pm, by sue Email , 67 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Narrow

Pickering, Ontario. Bay Ridges Marina near my Mother's house. It never ceases to amaze me how these boaters manage to dock their boats in what looks to me to be very narrow spaces! Are you a boater? If so kudos! I could never manoeuvre the boat in such cramped quarters.

Happy Photo Hunting, And Have A Great Weekend Everyone!

Sue
XOXO

Next week's theme: heavy

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Permalink 12:06:11 pm, by sue Email , 98 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Looking In The Mirror

This week Blog Talkers asks:

Careful …

If you could tell your boss one thing without any consequences, and without profanity, what would it be?

Well .... I am self employed so I would currently be talking to myself, and quite frankly if I were doing THAT dear readers... I would sincerely be worried about my mental state. :p

Taking a mental break for a moment I'll play along.

Self to Self:

Do not forget the horror of the rat race, and continue to strive at making working at home for yourself successful!

Hey, YOU asked ... lol!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

01/30/08

Permalink 04:16:41 pm, by sue Email , 213 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #36 - Things I Find Gross


Thirteen Things The Zookeeper Finds Gross

You have to admit the image above of an unfortunate ad placement is pretty gross! Here are thirteen other things I also find rather revolting......

1. People who don't cover their mouths when they sneeze
2. People that spit on side-walks
3. Cat's hairballs
4. War
5. Dogs eating cat poop
6. Toe Jam
7. Pretty much all of our government officials
8. The "C" word
9. Booze or cigarette breath ... ew!
10. Second-hand smoke (I've become a militant ex-smoker) ;)
11. Vomiting (especially if it is someone else, oddly enough I can sorta handle when the kids get sick)
12. Shopping Malls (hate them!)
13. People who chew with their mouths open

And I could keep going.....Its a disgusting little world we live in eh!

Image of Unfortunate Ad Palacement Courtesy Oddee.com

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01/29/08

Permalink 08:06:09 am, by sue Email , 38 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kin, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday -Tuesday Edition

My niece Sam.....

....at a singing competition in Stratford, Ontario this past weekend. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

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01/28/08

Permalink 07:17:09 am, by sue Email , 48 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living, Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

Catcher In Toronto

I was checking out my Facebook news feed this morning and saw the above. Any other Torontonians disturbed by the fact that the #4 book in our fair city according to Facebook's Toronto network is Catcher In The Rye... ;)

Off to see the doc ... catch ya later.....

Sue
XOXO

01/27/08

Permalink 10:24:28 am, by sue Email , 62 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Feeling Better

Just a quick note to let you all know I am feeling better. :D It doesn't hurt to wake up, and read such wonderful things about myself over at the Double Decker Bus Guy's blog. B)

Tomorrow I am going for my annual check up at the Doc's office. Will be back in full swing come Tuesday I hope.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

01/24/08

Permalink 01:50:11 pm, by sue Email , 64 words   English (CA)
Categories: Family Life And Issues

Taking A Sick Day Or Three

Just a quick note to say I am off battling a flu bug. I know ew! Will be back and blogging as soon as my tummy settles, and it stops feeling so damn cold in here.

Hope you are all feeling goodly, and if I don't have a chance to say it tomorrow, have a great weekend!

Hopefully getting better!

Sue

(No XOX today)

01/22/08

Permalink 10:55:20 am, by sue Email , 119 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

Confessing To A Caffeine Addiction and Other Fun Things On The Net

You have got to love a blog that has the title Caffeine Overload that is soooo the story of my life => at least it has been since I have quit smoking!

The blog is actually a lot of fun in my opinion with cute stories, interesting factoids to make you go hmmm etc. I especially liked this entry on 10 strange coincidences as I have always been fascinated by synchronicity! Surf on over and check it out. :D

Oh yeah and if you like what you see over at Caffiene Overload check out the blog mistress' other site Confessions Of A Housewife Lots of fun stuff to explore over there as well. B)

Wordless Wednesday Tuesday below!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 05:41:24 am, by sue Email , 50 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

Wheeeeeee!!!!! A multiple-exposure shot shows skating partners practising their routine at an arena in Zagreb, Croatia, ahead of the European Figure Skating Championship 2008.

Image Credit: BBC

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

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01/21/08

Permalink 01:21:39 pm, by sue Email , 118 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

Which piece of Classic Literature do you belong in?

Which piece of Classic Literature do you belong in? Take this quiz and find out. Apparently I am most suited to Wuthering Heights.

"You belong in Emily Bronte's dark romance novel, Wuthering Heights. Barren, empty, yet beautiful expanses of landscape invigorate your senses and mirror your emotions. Most likely, you are a quite cynical person, and believe that love can only end in destruction, as it does with Heathcliff and Catherine. You believe that the most romantic thing that could ever happen would be to die for love, or spend eternity with your lover in death."

Wow kinda depressing...but I actually enjoyed it......

If you take the quiz please do share your results. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:49:09 am, by sue Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kin, Adventures & Wanderings

Travelling To New York

Photo of The Empire State Building New York, City USA

It has been years since I visited New York City (one of my fave cities on the planet). In fact the last time I visited NYC it was to see my Uncle H. and my travelling companion was his Mom, my Oma. One of the funniest memories I have in regards to that particular trip was how my Oma (grandmother) upon arriving at the airport threw herself into the arms of a complete stranger thinking it was my Uncle H. The poor man turned about, and said "lady I'm sorry I'm not your son." What made it funny was that normally my Oma was a very conservative, reserved type of lady so to see her jump into the unwilling arms of a stranger was quite memorable to say the least! :p

Anyway what reminded me of that particular moment was this page on New York tours that I was having a look at earlier on this morning. The page is put together by Trusted Tours & Attractions who are currently hosting a hot promotional contest for users of their site to Win Handheld GPS - Newsletter and all you have to do is sign-up for it! B)

Trusted Tours & Attractions have been around for a very long time, and I have checked out some of their sightseeing tours via their site links in the past. They provide a great way to save money on different attractions at major tourist destinations.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

01/20/08

Permalink 09:41:50 am, by sue Email , 60 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - My Family

Yesterday I was showered with gifts, and taken out for a really nice dinner by my bus man, and my girls!

I have spent 41 years on this planet relatively unscathed beyond the normal ups, and downs that we all experience. And that is just life.

What more can I say other than I am blessed indeed! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

01/19/08

Permalink 09:48:07 am, by sue Email , 88 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Universe And Other Strange Places

Techno Viking

So what if this guy is sketched out on E! Techno Viking is awesome!

It is my birthday weekend yayyyy, so I will be away from the computer for the most part. While I'm gone be sure to break out in spontaneous dance on the streets, or just hang out with the Techno Viking above, and I'll catch up with ya on Monday. B)

I so want Techno Viking to be at my next party ... lol! Thanks to Maritza for finding him!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

01/18/08

Permalink 02:24:49 pm, by sue Email , 68 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Important

This week's theme is important, and pictured above is my bus man looking all important-like in his business suit. He is a techie by trade, and therefore not usually so dressed up. On weekends he is very casual in his two decade old motorcycle jacket. I like this look on him. :)

Happy Photo Hunting, And Have A Great Weekend Everyone!

Sue
XOXO

Next week's theme: old-fashioned

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Permalink 02:09:33 pm, by sue Email , 151 words   English (CA)
Categories: Happy Stuff, Lets Go Shopping!

I Love Valentines Day

What can I say I am a romantic at heart, and I do love Valentines Day. Even when I did not have a sweetie I would always make sure I had a special gift for either my parents, my siblings, or just someone that I knew might be lonely. :D

Since I prefer to do the bulk of my shopping online I often surf over to Coupon Chief to check their coupon codes for my fave online shops.

I would love to be able to purchase a big screen tv for our family and save with these these ABT Electronics coupons or take advantage of these Best Buy deals!

If you are planning on doing some online Valentines shopping you should check out Coupon Chief as they have coupons for 1000's of online merchants. Every day they have got something new to save you some cash. Cool! B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

01/16/08

Permalink 05:46:38 pm, by sue Email , 279 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #35 - Proverbs


Thirteen Proverbs According To 6 Year Olds

My friend JS sent me the following, and I thought it was too funny!

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1. Don't change horses - until they stop running.
2. Strike while the - bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before - Daylight Saving Time.
4. Never underestimate the power of - termites.
5. You can lead a horse to water but - How?
6. Don't bite the hand that - looks dirty.
7. No news is - impossible.
8. A miss is as good as a - Mr.
9. You can't teach an old dog new - Math
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll - stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust - Me.
12. Where there's smoke there's - pollution.
13. Better late than - Pregnant

Hope this brought you a chuckle! :D Happy Thursday Thirteen, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Permalink 10:08:15 am, by sue Email , 75 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Cats

Our Cat Thinks She Is A Dog

Yes, that's our Maya. She is sitting up on her cat tree guarding her bone! Correction, that is one of Max, and Kipling's bones. Since we first got her as a wee kitten back in September she has preferred the company of our dogs (her canine brothers) as opposed to her adoptive feline sisters....so catching her guarding a bone earlier this morning was not all that surprising.

Crazy cat! :crazy: :D ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:33:46 am, by sue Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: The Parents, Lets Go Shopping!

A Review Of Go Wheelchair

When my Mom and my Step Dad finally paid off their house, and went into retirement the decision was made to make their home more "senior" friendly by doing some upgrades, and renovating certain room in the house, which were decidedly not very friendly for an ageing couple.

The kitchen was a big concern, and indeed we all pitched in to redo their counter-tops, and cabinets, but the biggest issue of all their rooms was the bathroom. Both of my parents were already starting to have difficulties with negotiating the bathroom, and in particular get in, and out of the shower, and bath tub safely. Most accidents leading to injury, and even death in the home according to the insurance companies do happen in people's bathrooms. armed with that knowledge we worked on my parents bathroom first.

One of the things we did was to have installed hand grips like this GoWheelchair-Grab-Bar.

If you click on over via the link you will see what I am talking about. These grips as I call them really helped out with the quality of living for my parents, and took the worry away from us that either one would fall or slip in the tub.

Go Wheelchair.com provides a wide variety of products such as tub safety, and assistive furniture etc. You can check them out, and shop from home via their website. I found that their website is well put together, and easy to use. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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01/15/08

Permalink 03:03:51 pm, by sue Email , 104 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

The photo you see above was taken by the very talented (IMHO) Taryn Simon, and is from her new book "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar." The following is a brief description:

This cryopreservation unit holds the bodies of Rhea and Elaine Ettinger, the mother and first wife of cryonics pioneer, Robert Ettinger. Robert, author of The Prospect of Immortality and Man into Superman is still alive.

Bet you are glad I was wordy on this one! :p

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

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Permalink 03:01:07 pm, by sue Email , 258 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff, Show Me The Money

Have You Heard About Net Audio Ads Yet?

So have you heard about Net Audio Ads or tried them out yet? I first heard of them today so had to check them out.

Regular readers hear at the Zoo know that I have been working on a home based business as well as truing various ways to monetise this blog, and my website. I do this in part because I really enjoy being able to stay at home with the kiddo while she is still a kid, and because after suffering a stress related health disorder I am in no rush to rejoin my colleagues back in the rat race. Anyway I digress ... back to Net Audio Ads :)

Basically what they are offering is to give people such as ourselves the ability to earn with their sites via Pay-Per-Play advertising through audio-only advertising. They are not new, it is just that this is the very first I have heard of it, and therefore I was very interested in learning more. Sign-up is free! Just surf on over to their site by clicking on the linky to learn more. All you have to do is fill in a username, and email to get the scoop.

There are three ways you can earn via PPP and these will be paid weekly as of February 2008. If this is something that interests you as much as it did me I suggest checking it out , and reading their "Long Sales Letter" ... which is not overly long, and really explains the program well. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor

01/14/08

Permalink 05:17:47 pm, by sue Email , 73 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands, Happy Stuff

Raven's Range January Book Giveaway

I soooo want to win the January book giveaway over at Raven's Range! All three titles, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, Dooms Day Book by Connie Willis, and Guilty Pleasures sound just like the type of novels I would want to curl up with on a cold winter night. Go check it out by giving Raven's linky that I have added into this entry some clicky love. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 12:47:43 pm, by sue Email , 189 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Happy Birthday To Me Me

This week's question/task is: Please share your best birthday memory. Now, please share your worst birthday memory.

This is a bit timely for me as my 41st birthday is next Wednesday! :D

Hmmm my best memories of birthdays and birthday parties are from childhood when lets face it birthdays are seriously most important. My Mom loved throwing parties, and are birthdays were always a big deal. My mother would get us to help her plan out a party theme, invite all of our friends, and bake a gigantic cake.

My Mom grew up a refugee and never had birthday parties so I think in part these parties were as much for herself as they were for us. :D

As an adult I do not put much emphasis on my own birthday any more, although I am certain my bus man, and the kids are planning something fun for next week.

Perhaps I'm looking back through rose coloured glasses, but I honestly cannot think of a single nasty, or bad moment associated with a birthday of mine. Sorry nothing is standing out as a worst memory.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:41:12 pm, by sue Email , 337 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

What Is YawpBox?

Inquiring minds want to know! So what exactly is YawpBox? That my dear readers is what I set out to discover for myself this very morning! :D

Basically YawpBox is a site that allows for user-generated media such as video to be uploaded, and browsed by other users. This type of entertainment has become huge lately, and all three of my kiddos (age ranges 12-21) love it! In fact I have often considered this new wave of promotional ability something that we should be considering for our paranormal blog, and websites. It really is an easy way for regular folk to showcase extra ordinary things, and allow these to be viewed by mass audiences like never in the history of media before! We can all be a star now hehehe ... B)

My fave user generated video thus far on the site was uploaded by BP and is in the "Share your best sports experience" category. It shows off the user finishing the Iron Man in Louisville this past year of 2007. I liked it because it was really inspirational, especially watching the user cross the finish line!

Now it all sounds pretty cool as is doesn't it? I did find out more though. There is also YawpBoxTV which is an actual tv show filmed in Texas in front of a studio audience. Th best user generated videos all have a shot at being on the tv show that is hosted by Lex & Terry.

The Lex and Terry challenge is a "homework assignment" that users can participate in. Some of the categories in the past included:

"Put Me on YawpBox TV! Do Whatever You Can To Be A Star"

"Yawp Extreme: Do The Most Extreme Thing & You Can Get On TV!"

"Show Us Your Craziest Holiday Footage"

Trust me you can get lost for hours checking out the entries. Some are just hilarious!

So there ya have it the scoop on YawpBox. Give the linky some clicky love to check it out for yourself! B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:48:22 am, by sue Email , 174 words   English (CA)
Categories: Answers To Dreadful Questions

Who Is Sue Darroch?

Sue Darroch is one of the founders and webmasters of ParaResearchers which has been active in the province of Ontario since the year 2000. Sue is a professional within the graphics and communications industry. She considers herself first and foremost an amateur scientist with specific interests in: ghosts and hauntings, ufology, and other Fortean topics. Sue has made an impressive impact within the Parascience community as a hands-on investigator of these phenomena. She also is greatly involved with The Ontario Ghosts and Hauntings Research Societies as well as assisting many of the international GHRS directors with the development of innovative investigative techniques and methodology, and is also the co-author of the PSICAN/GHRS investigative course book. Sue has contributed as technical consultant on various media projects and has been a regular guest on CFRB's Mind/Shift. Her public speaking engagements include Skeptics Canada, Ontario Institute For Studies & Education, University of Toronto. For fun she enjoys historical study and is considered an authority on Tudor England, and William Lyon Mackenzie, a personal hero of hers.

01/12/08

Permalink 12:39:40 am, by sue Email , 365 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands

The Animal Rescue Site

*If you are here for the Photo Hunt entry please see below.* :D

Nothing save the birth of my own human children has brought me more joy then the rescuing of our fur babies over the years. :D The ability to give an animal a second chance at a good life is really a unique feeling of love, and believe me a rescued animals love in return has no match.

Yesterday a fellow blogger, and photo hunt participant Expat Traveler put up a blog entry saying that all she wanted for her birthday (which is today, so go on over and wish her a goodly one!) was to bring awareness to the Animal Rescue Site, and that is exactly what I hope to do with my own entry.

Here is some more info on this wonderful site:

The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted.

Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at the Fund for Animals' renowned animal sanctuaries (including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California), pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation, North Shore Animal League, and other worthy animal care facilities supported by the GreaterGood.org foundation.

So what are you waiting for give some clicky love to the Animal Rescue Site it is super easy, and a great way to help out the animals if you cannot adopt at this time.

If you have a blog or website you can also help out by posting a graphic or text link to your site like this one.

Happy Birthday Expat Traveler you really touched my heart with your one birthday request, hope you have a good one!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

01/11/08

Permalink 12:31:39 pm, by sue Email , 117 words   English (CA)
Categories: Photo Hunters

Photo Hunters - This Week's Theme: Skinny

Me & Charlie....and ya can't get much skinnier than Charlie!

I am cheating a bit this week. The photo above was taken by my Dad circa 1978 at West Park hospital where he was working at the time. Charlie was in fact an actual teaching skeleton, and this pic of him and I is one of my all-time childhood faves. It was nice to come across it, as I have been missing my Dad over the holidays. And I do believe that it was Charlie who in part inspired my life long interest in death, and skeletons. :D

Happy photo hunting & thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Next Week's Theme: Important

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Permalink 12:28:46 pm, by sue Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands, Lets Go Shopping!

Car Leasing Or Escaping The Bus

By escaping the bus I do not mean escaping hubby's One Old Green Bus lol! What I do mean is that as much as I support, and use our local public transit system, the time is coming when Matthew and I, will need to seriously consider obtaining a car, even if it is only for weekend use, and for when the hubby is being asked to drive long distance for his work.

The one thing that does freak me out about purchasing a car is the cost. It can be very expensive to buy a new car, never mind maintain, and insure it. One of the things that we have been considering to beat the high costs of buying a new car, is to lease one.

I had the opportunity to check out this online car lease resource, and was impressed with their set-up. The site is super easy to use, and constantly being updated. Definitely a site worth checking out if you are considering leasing a car in the United Kingdom. B)

If you are looking for some more detailed info on contract car hire and car leasing as a really good alternative to purchasing your auto outright just click on the linky I have added into this blog entry for ya! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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01/10/08

Permalink 04:35:56 pm, by sue Email , 101 words   English (CA)
Categories: Computers Blogs & Other Geek Stuff

Manners & Etiquette

I may be old-fashioned, but good manners, and etiquette are very important to me. This week the BBC featured a quiz on etiquette, and I was happy to see my results after taking it were 9/10. I blew the water goblet question, but hey if table settings are the worst of my offenders then I think I'm doing pretty good. :D

You can try the quiz here.

I am actually very thankful to my parents for ensuring my own good manners, and I tell the kids they will probably feel the same in years to come despite my nagging. ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

01/09/08

Permalink 04:36:06 pm, by sue Email , 205 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen #34 - Thirteen Fictional Detectives


Thirteen Great Fictional Detectives

I love a good mystery, and the following is a listing of thirteen of my all-time fave fictional detectives.

1. Nancy Drew (I read every single one of them as a kid)
2. The Hardy Boys (not a good as Nancy but hey!)
3. James Bond (he counts! plus he's hot!)
4. Sherlock Holmes (the Grandaddy)
5. Miss Marple
6. Jessica Fletcher (she kinda scares me though)
7. Mike Hammer
8. Hercule Poirot
9. Thomas Magnum (he was hot in his day!)
10. Sam Spade
11. Ellery Queen (classic!)
12. Inspector Clouseau (hehehehe I smile just thinking about Pink Panther)
13. Karel "Carl" Kolchak - the Night Stalker (is in part probably why my love of the paranormal)

Happy Thursday Thirteen! Thank You For Stopping By!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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01/08/08

Permalink 06:28:02 am, by sue Email , 69 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

I LOVE I Can Has Cheezburger? and surf over there regularly. B) The above image really caught my eye because we used to have a wee critter just like him named Merlin. Hope this brought a smile to your day, it certainly did mine. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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01/06/08

Permalink 01:05:51 pm, by sue Email , 148 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Happy New Year - Ten Things I Want To Accomplish

This week's question is: New year, clean slate. It’s time to list ten things you would like to accomplish this year. And please, be realistic, after all, you have 12 months to complete them. ;)

Ok Karen here we go:

1. Work on improving my writing skills
2. Improve the blogs I maintain (goes with #1)
3. Learn more about my camera
4. Spend more time with my mother
5. Spend more time with my Bus Man
6. Get in better shape
7. Lose the weight I put on after quitting smoking (goes with #6)
8. Read more for the fun of it
9. Learn not to sweat the small stuff so much
10. Let my family and friends know how much they mean to me more often, and in meaningful ways.

I hope we get a reminder to revisit these late in 2008 and see how we each have done. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Please see below for BYB Sunday entry

Permalink 12:37:50 pm, by sue Email , 104 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hands, Show Me The Money

Christian Faith Financial

I had the opportunity to surf around the Christian Faith Financial website earlier today, and want to share a bit about it with you. The site is a resource for people looking for information, and quotes for financial products such as payday loans. The site appears to be geared towards Christians hence the name, but I am certain it can be used by people of any religious persuasion. You can check it out by clicking on the link I have added in for you.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 01:52:16 am, by sue Email , 77 words   English (CA)
Categories: BYB Sundays

BYB Sunday - Health

Normally I am fairly healthy, and since I have recently quit smoking I hope to improve on my good health even further. However, today both Hubby and I are fighting off some nasty bug. And although I feel wretched I also know it could be far, far worse, and that I am lucky that thus far in 41 years I have only suffered minor health issues. For that I am blessed. :D

Cheers To Good Health!
Sue
XOX

01/01/08

Permalink 10:05:29 am, by sue Email , 78 words   English (CA)
Categories: Urban Living

Happy New Year 2008 & Good Morning Snow!

Here in Toronto as I type this we are being blanketed in snow. While it is not quite as dramatic as this video clip portrays it is still quite a sight to wake up to. Have a look at the clip:

Snow In Toronto

Enjoy! I am looking forward to braving the snowy landscape with the dogs in a wee bit, and will try and get some pics from the quiet city streets.

Happy New Year 2008!

Sue
XOX


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