Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wasn't it Just Yesterday?

It's strange... I didn't think it would affect me at all considering I moved away from the family home 40 years ago, but... I found myself laying awake last night walking from room to room and about the yard of the house that was sold yesterday and now belongs to a stranger.

I paused at each doorway, looking around (all in my mind of course) remembering events or views from 40, 45, 50 years and more ago. I remember sharing a bedroom with my older brother, of riding a pedal car round and round the basement and crashing into the hot water tank, of playing badminton in the back yard with my mother, of mowing the lawn, the smell of the lilac bush in the corner, the maple tree and the gold fish that lived in the little pond near where two dogs are buried.

I remember picking potato bugs off the plants in the garden and shielded flashlights searching out night crawlers for fishing the next day.  I remember the flower beds with the Begonia and Gladiola plants that my father took such pride in each year and sitting on the front porch in the evenings playing I spy with my little eye...

I remember the Saturday night hockey games on TV (only 3 English channels and 1 French with just 6 teams in those days) when my Uncle Cecil would come over, bringing hot dogs and buns for a late night snack. I remember good times and not so good times, of card games and crockinole matches and playing marbles using a hole we had chipped out in the cement floor of the basement and the dart games that we never could beat my father at.

I remember the planting of the cedar hedge around the property that replaced the Chinese Elm trees that were dying out and playing on the board piles along the river, and being reminded by the sting of a willow switch on the back of my bare legs that I wasn't supposed to be so close to the edge of the river bank.

I remember the annual making of the dressing from the secret recipe my Grandmother had written out on a piece of paper towel (that I still have) and the challenge and discomfort of seeing who could eat the most at Christmas dinner (3 guys and only 2 drumsticks).  I remember a thousand details that in time became me...

I remember.... no, that's enough.... time to move on... again.

April 15, 2014.

Just took this photo a few minutes ago.  Last year I switched back to my summer tires on April 16th and it snowed on the 20th.  I think I'll wait one more week before I change them this year.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Take Good Care of it Please...

End of an era...  The house in HUNTINGVILLE (Not Sherbrooke) has been sold.  Built nail by nail by my Father and Grandfather in 1955 it has now passed on to a young family moving up from Toronto.  My Dad can now spend his time playing golf, fishing, sugaring, hunting and all the other fun things he has earned and enjoys.    I hope the new owners won't mind if I drive by slowly and take a look in the driveway one day.

Monday, October 07, 2013

You must be kidding if...

How insignificant man is....

and how arrogant to think we mean anything at all in world of the universe.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cookies on A Stick

You can find this recipe and others at www.WatkinsOnline.com/Dewing

1/2 cup/125 mL butter or margarine, softened
1 cup/250 mL sugar
1 egg
1 tsp/5 mL Original Double Strength Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Butter Extract, 59 mL
1 package (3 oz/85 g) cream cheese, softened
2-1/4 cups/550 mL all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Baking Powder
1/4 tsp/1.2 mL salt
1/8 tsp/0.6 mL baking soda
1/4 cup/60 mL Baking Cocoa
1 tsp/5 mL Cinnamon 170 g
Wooden sticks
Cooking Directions
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts; mix well. Stir in cream cheese, blending well. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir into creamed mixture; blend well. Divide dough in half. Add cocoa to one half of dough, blending well. Add cinnamon to other half. Cover each half of dough with plastic wrap and chill 15 minutes or until firm enough to roll. Roll dough between waxed paper into 9-inch/23-cm squares. Place chocolate dough on top of cinnamon dough; roll up in jelly-roll fashion. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; chill several hours or overnight. Cut roll into ¼-inch/6-mm slices; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Place wooden stick through edge into center, pressing to hold in place. Bake at 350°F/180°C for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet; cool completely on wire racks.

Makes 36 cookies.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I keep wondering...

I keep wondering why more people don't do what I am doing.

I have no boss other than myself.

I set my own work hours and efforts and therefore how much money I make.

I have an unlimited income potential, meaning there is no limit or pay scale to hold me back.

I have unlimited training and personal assistance available to me for the asking whenever I want.

I truly believe in my business and every single product that I help distribute all over North America.

I truly believe those products make the world a better place to live.

I receive free tools to help me with my business that others may pay really big dollar amounts to get.

I can take time off whenever I want.

I have no quotas to meet or goals to hit other than those I set for myself.

I am not at the mercy or whim of someone who doesn't even know my name.

I receive a cash bonus monthly if my efforts earn it, not yearly like it used to be and only then if someone thought I deserve it.

I can take a holiday whenever I want and not just when it's convenient for someone else.

I can earn free merchandise or even qualify for all-expense-paid trips to locations all around the world.

I get to help others live the same life I am living.

I make a difference for them, if they are serious about wanting it.

I still show the ones who are not so serious how to make money even when they take days off.

I can do what I want, when I want, how I want, every day of the year.

I am in control of my life.

I HAVE made a difference for others.

I keep wondering why more people don't ask me how to do what I am doing.

Will you?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I took this one a couple mornings ago at the Wikwemikong Marina.  Something about the fog, mist and contrasts created by the low light levels appealed to me.