Close, yet so far.

I live very close to the Canada/ U.S. border. As a matter of fact, 77% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the border.

That’s less than I heard before which was 90% of Canadians live within the 100 mile zone. Maybe more people are moving up north while most of us like to stay huddled close to the warmth.



I live way down here, further south than a lot of places in America!

I’ve wasted a half hour trying to get an arrow on this thing.

Many, many people around here go to Port Huron regularly, apparently to save money. I’ll never understand this. It’s a one hour drive to the border, then you have to go through customs, go find stores with the same crap we have here and our dollar is only worth 76¢ in America right now. Then back through customs again. It’s a long, tiring day. Want to save money? STAY HOME!

Maybe more of the population has moved north in recent years. There is retirement community in Elliot Lake they advertise on TV.

elliot-lakeHa! Well, bust my britches. It’s way up north but it sure looks like it’s in the 100 mile zone!

Dare I Ask?

I’m daring to throw a wrench in the works; I suggested all of my family go somewhere else for their turkey dinner and come to my house for pie, coffee and a walk on the trail.

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada next weekend and the stirrings begin; who and where is the big turkey dinner this year?

First we have to co-ordinate days off as my nephew is a fireman and I usually work weekends. This year he only has Sunday off and my niece is going to her in-laws on Sunday. I have Sunday and Monday off: I’m working the dreaded 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. shift on Saturday.

My nephew works so hard. His fireman shifts are 24 hours long, he is renovating their big, stone house, owns a building with 3 apartments and is a great, highly involved Dad. If he only has one day off, I don’t want him trying to make everyone else’s day great and getting no rest at all.

OMG, I can miss the turkey dinner. I’m vegetarian and my family is so considerate of that they go out of their way to accommodate me. I end up with so much on my plate, usually with baked beans, I’m stuffed to the gills and starting to blow by dessert. They get all embarrassed about carving the turkey, you’d think they were hiding a dead body. (Well, come to think of it…..)

I started to e-mail or message a few times then deleted it but this morning I sent the e-mail. They don’t always respond to e-mails, which are old-fashioned, but messaging just seems too urgent requiring a response. I don’t want them to drop what they are doing to kick around the “where’s the turkey?” routine.

I don’t want them to think I’ll get left out if they all go to the other families for Turkey Dinner. And I don’t want them to feel bad telling me ‘no’ because they don’t want to drive all this way on Sunday.

So I’m daring to buck the family tradition and RELAX!



Well this is awkward. It’s 9:59 and I’m still in my pj’s and housecoat. I slept in until almost 8:00 and still groggy from my work hangover. Yesterday I did a 3:00 to 9:00 shift and it was busy! It’s hard enough work cleaning but doing it as fast as you can is a real workout.

If someone came to my door right now it would be very awkward, they would think I got drunk last night for sure.

It was awkward on Thursday when I went into work for a 3:00 to 9:00 shift. I knew as soon as I tried to punch in and was rejected. Went down to the bakery and there is my counter-part; “What are you doing here?”

Wrong day. I wrote 3:00 to 9:00 on Thursday on my work calendar when it was supposed to be Friday. Bummer. I have a half-hour drive to work and prepare for the night shift psychologically for hours ahead of time.

So yesterday I worked 3:00 to 9:00 and it was busy. I worked at top speed and turned out the bakery lights when the store lights were being turned off.  Phew! Not being done would be AWKWARD!


I have to get dressed now.

Thanks to Joeyfully Stated for stepping in!