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7 Random Thoughts…..

Diane from A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words  recently was tagged for 7 Random Things About Me.   She offered the Tag to anyone who needed some blogging material.  That be me right now.   I have been busy all evening doing early spring cleaning  (on one of the coldest nights this winter) I could call it.  I am plowing through closets and  sorting and chucking and putting aside to take to the Goodwill and organzing.  Whew.  I’m having a little break.

 First here is a cute little picture of Madeline… madeline-cuteshe and I are having a “girl’s night” at my place tomorrow evening.  I’ll pick her up and we’ll have dinner and playyyyyyy… can’t wait!

  This is my 7 Random Things About Me….

1)   I attended half  of grade 5 and all of grade 6 in a one room school in a little village about 10 hours north of me.   It     was a great experience and it sure was very cold up there!

2)   I like to fish especially casting and ice fishing.    I can stand by the shore at the cottage alone casting out and       reeling in and casting out and reeling in and get lost in my thoughts….

3)   I saw the Monkees in Toronto and was in love with Davey Jones.  :o)

4)   My parents are from Finland and came to Canada about a year after they were married.  I was born a couple of         years later.   We spoke Finnish at home and I learned on my own to read and write the language.   Mostly my conversation with my mother these days  is her speaking in Finnish and my answering in English.

5)   My favourite month is May.  I love the buds and flowers and everything pretty about the new spring season.  I feel  restful because it feels the nice warm weather is just beginning and the summer will last a long time.  Once I’ve established that I LOVE the summer months.

6)   Like Diane I have never mastered driving a standard-shift car.  In earlier years Itried and tried but  would get so nervous about having to brake and then think about how I’ll spit and sput trying to get going again!  *lol*.   I was once practising with my ex and we passed a police car.  I pulled over and made him switch seats and when we drove off the officer stopped our car.  He was suspicious of why we did that.

7)  I LOVE my morning coffee and then I’m done for the day.  I think about it at night before drifting off to sleep…aaaahhhhh I can’t wait to get up to my coffee. 

I’m passing it on to you if you happen to run short of blogging material…  Judi xoxo


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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Yikes!!

Oh my.  Our blogging friends can help us out without even knowing it!  I was reading Dawn’s story yesterday about her car not passing the emissions test and I started thinking of my own car which is also new.  While I was reading,  the other half of my brain was running through some kind of check and realized that I had not renewed my license plate stickers on January 3rd when it was my b’day.  Yikes!!!!   I am thinking of all the driving I’ve been doing all over the place and how lucky I was not to be caught.  I know its over a $200. fine for doing that.  Now I had to make it to work today and  I will drive to the license bureau during lunch and I sure hope my luck holds out.  How dumb!!  But thank you Dawn…I wonder how long I might have kept driving before it even occured to me.  I’ve had the application since November for heaven’s sake!

Have you seen the new movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett?    For Christmas 3 of our GenEd teachers at work gave me a coupon for 2 movie tickets, 2 pop and a bag of popcorn.  That was a GREAT gift that Marc and I totally enjoyed on Saturday.   The movie is about 2 hours and 46 minutes in length.  It is warm, and  romantic and a love story with Brad Pitt but also the love and compassion of others throughout.  At the end my emotions were of peace and some sadness and wonder.  If you haven’t yet seen it and are planning to I am sure you’ll enjoy it too.   As usual Brad Pitt is excellent in the movie.    He really is a good looker too once he reaches the right age in the movie.  These are a few pics I found on this site

I hope you enjoy your day… Judi xoxo


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Trivia Friday on January….

It is Friday and almost the weekend.  I am so happy to see the weekend.  Because I am interested in trivia (though I’ve mentioned before I can’t ever remember too many facts like these for too long) I wanted to share January trivia with you.

See how you do with these QUESTIONS:  

1. Who added the month of January to the calendar?
a. Greeks b. Phoenicians c. Egyptians d. Romans

2. In which country do families dress a stuffed male doll with old clothes from each member of the family and then burn it, symbolizing forgetting all the bad things of the old year?
a. Hungary b. Angola c. Colombia d. Yugoslavia

3. In which country do they eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight (one each time the clock chimes) on New Year’s Eve?
a. Canada b. Vietnam c. Spain d. Israel

4. January is named after Janus. What was he the god of?
a. winter b. doors and gates c. weather d. cleanliness

5. In which country do people eat noodles while listening to a bell start ringing and strike 108 times?
a. Germany b. Nigeria c. Japan d. Mexico

6. What flower is the symbol of January?
a. rose b. chrysanthemum c. carnation d. orchid

7. In which country do people wear white clothes in order to have good luck during the new year and also go to the beach to jump seven waves and throw flowers in the sea while making a wish?
a. Italy b. Spain c. Brazil d. France

8. What is January’s gem?
a. topaz b. agate c. garnet d. onyx

9. In which country does “St. Basil” fill the children’s shoes with presents at midnight?
a. Spain b. Ecuador c. Greece d. Ireland

10. Who said the “blast of January would blow you through and through”?
a. Milton b. Tennyson c. Chaucer d. Shakespeare

11. In which country do people who want to travel take a suitcase and carry it around the house on New Year’s Eve?
a. The United States b. Venezuela c. The Philippines d. Egypt

12. When is national pie day?
a. January 2nd b. January 17th c. January 23rd d. January 30th

and these are the ANSWERS…

1. Who added the month of January to the calendar?
d. Romans: The first reform of the calendar was attributed to Numa Pompilius, the second of the seven traditional Kings of Rome. He is said to have reduced the 30-day months to 29 days and to have added January (29 days) and February (28 days) to the end of the calendar around 713 BC, and thus brought the length of the calendar year up to 355 days.

2. In which country do families dress a stuffed male doll with old clothes from each member of the family and then burn it, symbolizing forgetting all the bad things of the old year?
c. Colombia:
Families stuff a life-size male doll with things that have bad memories or sadness associated with them, and then they dress it up in old clothes from each family member; then they set ‘Mr. Old Year’ on fire at the stroke of midnight. Burning “Mr. Old Year” is a New Year’s tradition found among Colombians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Ecuadorians.

3. In which country do they eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight (one each time the clock chimes) on New Year’s Eve?
c. Spain: New Year’s Eve in Spain is called “Nochevieja – The Old Night”. Unlike many Spanish traditions the eating of grapes (“tomar las uvas”) is of quite recent vintage. Early in the twentieth century, freak weather conditions resulted in an unseasonable bumper harvest of grapes. At a loss over what to do about so many grapes at Christmas time, the King of Spain and the grape growers came up with the idea of the New Year ritual.

4. January is named after Janus. What was he the god of?
b. doors and gates: January was named after Janus, a sky-god who was ancient even at the time of Rome’s founding. Early Romans believed that the beginning of each day, month and year were sacred to Janus. They thought he opened the gates of heaven at dawn to let out the morning, and that he closed them at dusk. This eventually led to his worship as the god of all doors, gates, and entrances.

5. In which country do people eat noodles while listening to a bell start ringing and strike 108 times?
c. Japan: Late on the evening of December 3 1, everyone would eat a bowl of buckwheat noodles called “toshikoshisoba” (“year-crossing noodles”) and listen for the sound of the Buddhist temple bells, which were rung 108 times at midnight. The sound of these bells is said to purify the listeners of the 108 sins or evil passions that plague every human being.

6. What flower is the symbol of January?
c. carnation: There are different theories on how this flower was named. One theory was that the carnation was named for coronation, because of how the carnations were used to make ceremonial crowns, or flower garlands, in Greece. Otherwise known as “dianthus” or “pinks,” these flowers with their large ruffled blooms have a spicy clove smell.

7. In which country do people wear white clothes in order to have good luck during the new year and also go to the beach to jump seven waves and throw flowers in the sea while making a wish?
c. Brazil: Most people wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck and peace for the year that will follow. If they are in a beach city, after midnight people go to the beach, jump seven waves and throw flowers in the sea while making a wish. They say that the goddess who protects the sea will make their wishes come true. Because of that, some people also light candles in the sand on the beach.

8. What is January’s gem?
c. garnet: Garnet received its name from the Latin word for pomegranate (“grana-tum”) because its crystals reminded early scientists of pomegranate seeds. Primitive cultures believed garnets could be used to stop bleeding and cure inflammation.

9. In which country does “St. Basil” fill the children’s shoes with presents at midnight?
c. Greece: New Year’s Day is also the Festival of Saint Basil in Greece. Children leave their shoes by the fireside on New Year’s Day with the hope that Saint Basil, who was famous for his kindness, will come and fill their shoes with gifts.

10. Who said the “blast of January would blow you through and through”?
d) Shakespeare: “You’d be so lean, that blast of January Would blow you through and through. Now, my fair’st friend, I would I had some flowers o’ the spring that might Become your time of day.” William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act IV Scene 4.

11. In which country do people who want to travel take a suitcase and carry it around the house on New Year’s Eve?
b. Venezuela: In Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, those with hopes of traveling in the New Year carry a suitcase around the house at midnight. Some even carry it around the block for a few extra frequent flyer miles.

12. When is national pie day?
c. January 23rd: Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration of pie. Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in “reeds” which were used for the sole purpose of holding the filling and not for eating with the filling. The Romans must have spread the word about pies around Europe as the Oxford English Dictionary notes that the word pie was a popular word in the 14th century. The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. The early pies were predominately meat pies. Pyes (pies) originally appeared in England as early as the twelfth century. The crust of the pie was referred to as “coffyn”. There was actually more crust than filling. Often these pies were made using fowl and the legs were left to hang over the side of the dish and used as handles. Fruit pies or tarts (pasties) where probably first made in the 1500s. English tradition credits making the first cherry pie to Queen Elizabeth I. Pie came to America with the first English settlers. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of coffyn. Over the years, pie has evolved to become what it is today “the most traditional American dessert”. Pie has become so much a part of American culture throughout the years, that we now commonly use the term “as American as apple pie”.

Have a lovely day…and a great weekend!   Judi xoxo

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Gift Giving Gifts

For Christmas the Love Bunny, Marc gave me this lovely Taste of Home Cookbook.  birthdays-2008-010Its in a binder form and its really neat because each recipe has 4 different takes of the recipe some simpler than others and each one also has a recipe for ” Serving for Two. ”  I can’t wait to start making goodies from it and so far I’ve been oogling at the pictures. 






Now the cookbook also has  a free 1 Year Subscription to a Taste of Home magazine included in the package.  Isn’t that neat?   

 Janet (Marc’s daughter) gave me this beautiful 2009 Better Homes & Gardens Cake Calender. birthdays-2008-004 Let me tell you it has wicked cakes, a different one for each month. 








 Look at January’s Bourbon Chocolate Tipsy Cake.  birthdays-2008-013Now is this some sort of different type of mold they are using, or what are they doing?  I’ve never seen one like this?  Has anyone seen one or have a suggestion where I could get one?  Now if not I guess I could use a bundt cake though the effect will be different.  YUMMYYYY eh? (thats Canadian for yes?)  *s*..





Well can you imagine the Calendar also came with a 1 Year Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine! birthdays-2008-0111 I was so doubled wowed by this double gift idea.  So I’m going to send them off.   








 The first thing I said when I got the calendar was that I would bake the cake of the month each month. birthdays-2008-005  So I may just be sharing some lovely pics and recipes…..mmmmm…  I hope you have a yummy kind of day …   Judi


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Nothing Much to Post…

I just haven’t had much of anything to post this week.  Each work day has flown by almost in a haze as we try to get things in place for first day of classes next week.   I’ve been one  tired bunny in the evenings but I have been doing some blogland reading.  I think its partially the shock of the end of the holidays coming in full steam and then smack we’re done. 


Angelica Pickles is doing well and with a new name.  The students as you may recall named her Angelica and then added Pickles but it seemed I couldn’t “warm” up to calling her Angelica.  When Marc mentioned how he felt about the name that was all I needed.    She is now “Miss Abagaile Angelica Pickles” but I’m calling her “Abby”.   I think her other life name must have been similar because her ears perked right up as soon as we called her Abby.   Thats a more cuddly kind of name more suitable for her. 

I was cleaning out a closet and she slipped right into a little bit of space I’d cleared up.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-181

I’m going to give the Vet a call tomorrow because its been almost a month since she was declawed and she tends to hold up her left paw or give a little limp at times.  Otherwise she is a very happy little lady and it feels like she’s been in my life longer than only one month.

  I hope your day has been a good one…. Judi xoxo


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I Owe..I Owe…


I owe, I owe its off to work I go.  THAT was my song for today.

I was also feeling rather sad having to go back to work today after a nice long Christmas holiday.  The good thing was we were eased into it gently.  Before Christmas we had to cancel our Christmas office lunch due to bad weather and we decided to have it the first day we were back.  That be Today!  We all went to the Mandarin Chinese Buffet and had a delish lunch resulting in a short day.    After all the eating and munching of the holiday season though we should have been going to a salad bar!  It was a fun afternoon and I think we’ll just try the work thing again tomorrow.

This is from my Cherished Bunnies Collection….love my bunnies.

I hope you have had a lovely day… Judi


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Today it feels like Christmas and the lovely season are  really at an end.  Many of you like me may be going back to work tomorrow.  yikes!  It was wonderful having this long stretch off since Christmas eve.   I’ve so enjoyed reading everyone’s blogs about their Christmas and the weeks before and now the week after, the sharing of your special times.

Thank you to everyone for all your good wishes.  Geez.  We’ve already celebrated 3 birthdays and we’re only on day 4 of 2009.  birthdays-2008-027This is yesterday with my DIL Robyn on the right and Richard’s Eva on the left.   We only put one candle per cake and Madeline’s birthday is in the summer but we needed help from her anyway. 

My granddaughgter Madeline made a lovely card for me with hearts and sparkles.  She is almost 4.5 years old and already knows how to print so many words.  birthdays-2008-068The card has a caterpillar on it made from a popsicle stick and pompoms because she said I like bugs.  She painted a kitty’s head also.  

birthdays-2008-065I had borrowed my younger Richard’s rotary tool for about a year anticipating working more with it.  And look I now have my VERY own and now they do too..*g*.    

My eldest son Geoff slipped a gift card for Winners into my birthday card.  I am going to slip away in a little bit and use that towards a new purse. 

birthdays-2008-061The Love Bunny gave me a beautiful gold necklace and the lovely gold earrings are from my mother.   My girlfriend Kirsti phoned and sang the whole Happy Birthday song…special. 

My birthday was such a lovely one.   While I loved all the beautiful gifts I received on this day I always feel badly because its so darn close to Christmas and everyone has had extra expenses already.   Just being together sharing the lunch and birthday cake and their “PRESENCE” is truly the most lovely one they could give to me.    birthdays-2008-058 









I hope you have a lovely lovely day ….. Judi


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Happy 2009….

Well….we made it.  It is 2009 and so far its been a lovely year!  The sky is blue, the ground is white and there is a still, crispness in the air.   Angelica Pickles is looking so pretty newyears2008-026this morning wearing a huge bow Kirsti newyears2008-022tied on her.   

I hope 2008 left with grace and no matter what you were doing the transition was happy.  Often times we have trouble staying up to midnight but we did so well last night.

Our friends came packed with unexpected goodies as well as their pajamas.  The Love Bunny and I were so pleased with the way dinner turned out.  I will  share the ClamChowder recipe we put together and served as one of our courses.   After dinner we watched part of ABBA’s DVD which had their song “Happy New Year”…and with the countdown at TimesSquare we greeted the new year with some champagne and Peter set his camera on tripod and timer to take a picture of all of us.   I’ll look forward to receiving the picture from him.

They brought a delicious New Year’s/Birthday cake we had at some point before our 2:00 a.m. bedtime rolled along. newyears2008-018  newyears2008-021I obviously took a HUGE breath to make sure I blew alllllll the candles out. 




We were up at 7:30 and the Love Bunny and I prepared brekky for us and we tried a new breakfast casserole recipe that was ready in only 15 minutes.  It was great because we didn’t have to prepare it the night before.  I’ll share the recipe tomorrow as well.  We served it with fried potatoes and toast and I can’t even imagine we were hungry again….ever after our grazing evening.  But today is a new day…a new year…a good day to start a diet…once again.  *g*.

Perhaps this will be a day you’ll visit with friends, or family…perhaps this will be a day to take down Christmas..or perhaps you’ll  relax and rejuvenate.  I’ll finish packing my Christmas decorations away and otherwise we’ll take it easy.  newyears2008-013Even my “buddies” will set aside their newly acquired New Year’s hats and slip away for another year.

Have a lovely day….*hugs*.  Judi


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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays




I am off work now officially on Christmas vacation until  January 5th.   Today we celebrate our family Christmas at my mothers.   She lives about an hour north.  I am cooking the turkey here this year and when its done we’ll grab it and the Love Bunny and I will be on our way.  We are so ready to be together with the family for a lovely evening.

To all my wonderful blogging friends I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and holiday season with your family and friends.  Enjoy each other with good food, your faith, laughter and good memories.

This is a Merry Christmas “forward” I would like to share with you.  Its fun. Enjoy *hugs*   Judi


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Blue Monday – Christmas Buddies

Blue Monday Instructions

Its Blue Monday hosted by Sally from SmilingSally.   Be sure to click on Sally’s blog to see her Blue Monday and all the other participants.   The list is growing so take a visit through all the wonderful Blueness and don’t forget to leave a comment.   They’ll all be so happy to know you’ve been there!  Enjoy.

Some years ago I went with the Love Bunny to Houston, Texas the day after Christmas through New Years.  He had to finish up some work  there.  On one of those days he would drop me off to do some shopping while he did some inspection work in the area.   I found some wonderful after Christmas special.  Then he would pick me up and drop me off someplace else.  It was really rather fun  checking out new stores in a new place.  I just wish I had known Shelia from Notesongs then.  We might have met and she could have showed me her best shopping grounds.   I love to shop and I’m happy window shopping too! 


I found these wonderful and cute buddies, Santa and BLUE Snowman.  Mr. Snowman is featuring his lovely BLUE jacket and BLUE and white scarf.   He has somehow lost his carrot nose I’ll have to fix that.

The Love Bunny looked at me and shook his head and wondered how in the world we could take them back by plane. I just loved them though and they were such a bargain and I HAD to get them and not just one pair but TWO.   One pair for me and the other I would split for each of my sons.  I couldn’t leave them behind.  I said we’d do it somehow!!  We only had little suitcases with us because we were only there for a few days.  As it was we had bought another one that was full of great goodies.  Well we worked at it seriously and somehow we managed to fold them up and get them home.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-037 


Thank you for visiting on Blue Monday enjoy the other participants and have a lovely day…. Judi


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