SoCS; electricity

Electricity. Like our health, we forget how important it is until we don’t have it. When our power goes at night I miss my TV so much. When you live with another person you can play a game or…. do something else. But living alone…. OMG how long can you read or do a crossword with a little tiny light?

Luckily, I have a wood stove. How fast does a place get cold when the furnace shuts off? FAST! I would have to sleep on my couch in a sleeping bag because my bedroom stays so cold all day that I need an electric blanket to warm it up. Without an electric blanket, I couldn’t get in that bed.

I often compare electricity to God. You can’t see electricity but you can sure see the effects of it. Luckily we all believe in electricity so it works.

I remember being very young and looking at the empty socket in a string of Christmas lights….. so I stuck my finger in it. Holy Moly, I’ll never forget what that feels like.

My mother was severely electrocuted. We had steel cupboards, which was the newest thing back in the early ’60’s. One day my mom went to open the fridge while still holding a handle of the cupboard and made a connection. I remember coming home from school and our neighbour ran out to tell me my mom was at her place, resting on the couch, lucky to be alive. I think steel cupboards did not catch on for that very reason.

Yesterday I got my electric bill or ‘Hydro’ as we call it here; a throw back from when all our electricity came from Niagara Falls. Now it comes mainly from nuclear fusion (or something nuclear) but they are a lot of windmills around here because we are by Lake Huron.

Electricity…. I love it!


SoCS: a bash

Well now, I always knew the word ‘unabashedly’ so it stands to reason there would be an abash.  OOhhhh, according to the ABC check there isn’t but I cheated and looked it up in the dictionary.

Nah, I’m not going to use it. I’m no Charlotte Bronte; (“He had never blushed in his life; no humiliation could abash him.”) That was in my dictionary.

I would love to have a bash at my home. I have tried and failed. My friends all live far away. Sometimes we have a reunion and I’ve tried to have it here but apparently my place is too far away. They need to go the other way to Muskoka or stay in Toronto.

Its true; I do live in the land time forgot but you can make noise and party all night with no complaints. We even get fireworks happening on any given summer night.

I feel bad I’ve been neglecting my blog friends. Recently I found an old friend on Facebook and since then we have been writing almost everyday. It’s really cut into my writing time in the morning. And its given me someone to talk to besides you guys!

My exercise class was succesful and I started a new volunteer position in Circles. This is a program to help people who have been raised in poverty break the cycle. We met for dinner for the first time just to meet each other. “Wow” is all I can say right now. It was wonderful being in a room where everyone is there because they care about others and want to help.

I’ll write about it another day. I’ve already written to my friend this morning so now I want to get off this thing and get down to the sunny side of the house.

A little taste of spring today….. I am going out on the trail.


RDP: trial?

Canada and the USA both had damning testimonies the same day Trump was negotiating with Kim J U.  It was a big day for news.

Of course everyone in the world probably knows what Cohen said about Trump being a con-man, liar and racist but we all knew that. It was just so good to hear it from his lawyer under oath.

And then Kim J U walks out of negotiations. Big news for sure!

How many people in the USA know about what happened in Canada that day? We had been waiting for weeks for the testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada.

She said she had been unduly pressured by Trudeau and his government to find a way to help a corporation skirt around the law. For a couple of weeks she said she could not comment until she testified. They covered the story everyday saying she couldn’t comment so we were all waiting, anticipating….

Finally her testimony was on the same day as Cohen’s testimony. Similar to Cohen’s, it was damning. She testified she was pressured to find a way out of prosecuting this big, international corporation with headquarters in Montreal. When she stood up for doing what she felt was right, she was removed from her job.

In her testimony she talked about the values she was brought up with being a First Nations Matriarch. Trudeau is big on feminism and reconciliation so this was a huge blow to his character.

Here a link for the whole story if you are interested:


This was so disappointing. We liberals and left-wingers are slinking back into a corner in fetal position. Unlike Cohen’s testimony, where we were laughing, clapping and looking forward to Trevor Noah’s take on it, this was sombre, serious and sad.

So: our two nations are shaken up by testimonies that could lead to trial for both our leaders. We will hear about the USA everyday, I wonder how much the rest of the world will hear about Canada.

With Cohen calling out Trump and Kim J U walking out of negotiations on the same day; I can see how we could slip by unnoticed.

Now we are not so smug.

SoCs: cele

At least we can celebrate we made it into March although we can’t celebrate spring yet. Yesterday we got a teaser.

The cardinals are celebrating. Big Red is in his spot every afternoon “Tyu, tyu, tyu!” (Yes that’s really what they say)

I am celebrating the sun coming in more and more every afternoon. However its showing some serious cobwebs. Yesterday I started pulling out furniture and vacuuming walls. Its yucky.

I have to accelerate my morning and get into TOWN. It’s supposed to start snowing now and snow all day.

Oh, but you gave me an earworm;  “Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music!”

It’s an inspiration: Our program director left off the ‘dance’ part of my exercise class and just put “low impact exercise”. I’m very disappointed, however, they are going to dance!


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cele-.” Find a word that starts with or contains “cele” and use it any way you’d like.

RDP: I Like to Rock

Yeah, I’m rockin’ today.  I don’t listen to music at night but when I’m doing the dishes…..  I rock. And since I do my dishes the morning from the day before; I rock early. And burn out early.

I’m 66. I was raised on rock n’ roll. I still love Led Zepplin and Jimi Hendrix.

That’s all. I’ll leave you with another rockin’ Canadian: Bif Naked

SoCS: Critical

Last night I did something I haven’t done for years: paid the $6.99 and watched “A Star is Born”. Sorry to be critical but I did not like it. I did not think Lady Gaga deserves an award for her acting, nor does Bradley Cooper deserve one for directing. It was not an award-winning movie, in my opinion.

I’m no film critic but I am a big fan of movies. Turner Classic Movies is my default channel. I still watch classics I’ve seen before if they are really good.

There are movies galore on Hollywood Suite which is well worth $5 a month. 5 movie channels; one for each decade.

Another thing I’d like to criticize is the award for editing is now going to be given during a commercial; as if it’s not important. It’s majorly important! It makes the movie flow….

Example; A Star is Born had crappy editing…… in my opinion. Scenes cut off awkwardly or too long; ending suddenly then jumping ahead too far.

Spoiler Alert:     (is there anyone who doesn’t know yet?)

Of course it was no surprise ending for me as I’ve seen the Judy Garland/ James Mason version and the Barbra Streisand/ Kris Kristofferson version. This one really made me mad; do it in the garage so she can really be traumatized when she gets home. Oh yeah, he loved her so much…..

I watched it because I love Lady Gaga and really like Bradley Cooper and I thought it would be a modernized version. It wasn’t.

Not a big fan of rom-coms but I did love “Silver Linings Playbook.” with Bradley Cooper. Its realistic.

I often disagree with the number of stars they give movies. For instance; “Walk of Shame” with Elizabeth Banks is only given two stars. I’ve watched it twice, it’s hilarious…. in my opinion.  Then there is “Trainwreck” with Amy Shumer…… they gave it 4 stars. NFW! It sucked….. in my opinion. That over the top drunkenness is not funny.

The action movies get plenty of stars. What they did to King Arthur’s story is a joke. Just another action movie.

Yeah, I’m old and I’m critical!


SoCS: yawn

The first thing that comes to mind is me, yawning.

I yawn so much around 6:00 p.m. when I go to make dinner that my eyes water; one yawn after another.

‘True Detective’ is a bit of a yawn this year. I even have a half an episode left on my PVR. I got mixed up because I’ve also been watching Broadchurch on Netflix . Both stories were about a child being murdered, there was a suspicious priest and a suspicious, strange old lady.  I have to say Broadchurch is better than True Detective. In my opinion.

Anymore of this would make you yawn.



Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yawn.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post. Enjoy!

SoCS: poorly

Holy Moly, I had to rush by all the SoCS posts to get to the prompt without being tainted. OK holy is not an adverb.

Really? nope.

Merrily ….. I go about my day.

Actually, I seem to be drawing a blank today.

I confess I looked up adverb in the dictionary. I sort of know what it means but I was hoping it would give me some inspiration. I still only sort of know what it means.

Actually, holy could be an adverb for moly which is garlic. Garlic would keep vampires and bad dudes away if worn around the neck. Funnily enough it kept all dudes away from the wearer. Is it then an adverb? I confess, I don’t know.

I leave this post dejectedly.

Ha! I’m back. I had to headline my post and thought of ‘poorly’ as in; a poorly done post.  That’s what my mom used to say, “Are you feeling poorly?”

That’s opposed to healthy, not wealthy.

I wonder if this lack of inspiration has anything to do with the chocolate cake I made from cannabis butter yesterday. I’ve had this hankering for chocolate cake but I don’t eat eggs so I bought a cake mix, measured out a third so I wouldn’t have to make whole cake, ground up some flax-seed and strained it through a fine strainer.  I used my own cannabis butter in it and also added some to the icing.

It was delicious. I think I fell asleep on the couch around 11:00 and when I woke up James Cordon was ending. Went to bed, slept like the dead and didn’t wake up until 8:45!

Foggily? is that a word?  nope.  I’m ending this post wearily.


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ends with -ly.” Start your post with any adverb that ends in “-ly.” Bonus points if you end with an adverb too. Have fun!

SoCS: affirm

It’s Saturday stream of consciousness so I can affirm I’m still here. Haven’t been on writing on WordPress too much although I’m still doing a quick look in the morning because there’s always the FOMO aspect. I don’t have it too bad but it’s like the news…. It would be weird to skip a day.

The reason I haven’t been writing here much is because I found an old childhood friend on Facebook and we’ve been writing: I write in the morning and she writes at night. So that’s been taking up my morning writing time and I don’t want to cut into my jigsaw puzzle time in the afternoon.

Sorry to rub in the retirement thing. I don’t think I need to re-affirm how much I love being retired.

I had things to do on the very, very cold days that just happened. Holy Shit! that was cold. We had Gymnasium Game Fun (sounds like a Chinese translation) at Opening Doors. Played some Frisbee, big dice games and those Velcro ball and catcher mitts. Got nice and warm there, then went onto the grocery store. In there I had thermal inversion because of my warmest coat and started sweating. The liner soaked up my sweat. Then out in the cold again and a very uncomfortable drive home. I had to turn the coat inside out to dry it was so wet.

The sun is starting to hit my couch in the afternoon. There is a place between two cedars where I get full sun about 2:00. Then its topping the rest of the trees; soon it will be full on sunbathing on the couch.

But not today. It’s cloudy but that’s OK! Today Wiarton Willie will affirm that spring will come early. So silly. Come to think of it; he should have done it by now; I’ll go look, although I think Puxatony Pete will probably be more accurate for your area.

OK , its Punxsutawney Phil.  sorry. He saw the sun but Wiarton Willie did not! This is about as accurate as the silly predictors I’ve seen for the Super Bowl win.

Supor Bowl today; do I care? no. I do usually wait for half time but I’m not too exited about that this year. Maroon 5. they are OK: too mediocre to dislike. I’ll watch it anyway because its Americana at its finest. or most entertaining anyway. I’d hate to miss it! you know; FOMO.


JC’s Confessions #1

I think this would be a great new prompt, JC! It should be a ‘join in’!

Top of JC's Mind

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert does a recurring skit, now a best-selling book, called Midnight Confessions, in which he “confesses” to his audience with the disclaimer that he isn’t sure these things are really sins but that he does “feel bad about them.” While Stephen and his writers are famously funny, I am not, so my JC’s Confessions will be somewhat more serious reflections, but they will be things that I feel bad about. Stephen’s audience always forgives him at the end of the segment; I’m not expecting that – and these aren’t really sins – but comments are always welcome.
~ JC

Given that this is the first in what is meant to be a series of posts, I thought it should be a confession that relates to blogging.

So, I confess that, at a time when I have not been a model blogger for months…

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