…of ‘tin-itus’ & candor…thanks be!



…”Tincan: the restaurant serving only tinned fish”…

Now that’s a new one!!

In this day & age of pop-ups–this n’ that, London, UK has seen a restaurant pop-up serving
“gourmet fish from gorgeous tins in designer surroundings”…

Naysayers say ‘tin-itus’?!!!!….

Seems there’s no end to possibilities if one takes a “can do” attitude!

‘Tis the season of ‘canning’ which brings back memories of Mom in the kitchen with peaches or pears, refining her apple sauce, or batching up enough to feed an army of her popular chili sauce….

Whatever’s up for a thrilling Thursday on your agenda, may it be a day spiced with genuine enjoyment & honest to good goodness!!–be frank, be open,……candor!

Cheers to an unequivocally thankful Thursday!

…of smiles & chuckles…


…”Icelandic volcano causes hundreds of tremors & offers fantastic photographs”…”Scotland could set off a tsunami of independence votes worldwide”…”Tentative deal for teachers in BC means relief & hope”…

Apparently there are regions worldwide that rumble independence from Belgium, Spain, Ukraine, China, Iraq, Italy & of course in some respects the ongoing Quebec debate.

Indeed, in daily life one never knows what could ‘erupt’!!…

Trials & tribulations, heavy handedness, stresses, disappointments, joys, one should never forget that lightheartedness in some things can be a helping hand.

The most wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort

What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh! ~Agnes Repplier

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. ~Abraham Lincoln

A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods. ~Author unknown, from an editorial in New-York Tribune, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren

We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist. ~Joseph Heller

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday full of smiles & chuckles!


The King's Own Scottish Borderers

Magnus Carlsen, chess world champion

…”Independent Scotland would face national health service cuts”…”Is it the end of Britishness?”…”Are today’s chess champions better than those of 100 years ago?”…

On the eve of an independence vote in Scotland and the possibility that “300 years of shared history could be washed away”, the complex identity that is the United Kingdom is now being questioned.

Might it mean last night of the proms???…Hail Britannia!!!….and so we wonder…

Record turnouts to the polling booths expected.

It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said “Mate!” in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious. ~A.A. Milne, Not That It Matters, 1919

No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward. ~Amar Gopal Bose

It is one of humankind’s curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them. ~Joseph de Maistre

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. ~Indian Proverb


Wins & losses.

Yes & no.


Cheers to a terrific Tuesday!—thrive!




…”Think very carefully about the future”…

Be it Scottish independence or something else, that’s a good suggestion to us all about anything and everything.

A simple exchange between a Queen & a subject on a brief walkabout after Sunday church at Balmoral, Scotland gets splashed as a headline ’round the world…

And so it goes…

Decisions, decisions!

In the yes & no of everyday life there are many.

Some we make with much forethought.

Others, not so much.

And in between, some that are ordinary in the course of daily work lives and the tasks of hoping to thrive.

Whatever you’re up to for a mind-month September Monday, may it be a decidedly marvellous day!

Choices are the hinges of destiny. ~Edwin Markham

Some persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions. ~Brendan Francis

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~T.S. Eliot

Do not plant your dreams in the field of indecision, where nothing ever grows but the weeds of “what-if.” ~Dodinsky

Cheers to a choice day!



…”Scottish referendum: When it comes to matters of heart, nations need to think with their heads”…”The curious case of the cyclist’s unshaven legs”…”Why this online frozen food critic called it quits after 629 episodes”…

As Calgary, experiences a post September snow meltdown, just a few of the quirky headlines in today’s media, which I shall leave unexplored!…

Vancouver visitors & residents alike, may have not yet seen the large-scale sculptural self-portrait “Gumhead” by Douglas Coupland that’s situated outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The summer long project invites the public to be part of it by sticking some gum onto it.

“The work has produced some less-than-pleasant surprises – bees, wasps and hornets are attracted to the thing; and then there’s the smell. Gumhead can get pretty fragrant, especially on a hot day.”

Now THAT’S something to chew on!!!!…

“A gum chewing girl and a cud chewing cow,
there is a difference I will allow.
The difference is, I have it now,
the intelligent look on the face of the cow.”

Why did the chewing gum cross the road?
It was stuck on the chicken’s foot.

Picture two pieces of gum on the bottom of a dining table- how did you get here – sticky situation.

And since school’s still out in British Columbia, a question of profundity for pondering:

What is the difference between a train & a teacher??!!

The teacher says “spit out your gum” while the train resounds “chew chew chew!”

Cheers to an “I’m forever blowing bubbles kinda day!”




Life can be difficult.

In all that’s said and done on this day around the world, we can take a minute to be grateful for first responders in life’s emergencies & situations that call SOS.

Lending our voice to a cause…



Speaking for…


Helping hands, compassionate hearts…

Thanks be……&…


…of perplexities, complexities & simple gifts…


…”Queen urged to save Union as Scotland appears on brink of voting for independence”…”Apple watch steals show from iPhone 6 at major product blitz”…”Financial stress acute for striking BC teachers”…

As the world turns, the headlines of time & place seem to tell of upheaval uncertainty & unexpected.

So what’s new, some might say thinking that’s par for the course in daily life for our century.

Indeed, our day by day can be inundated with perplexities and complexities.

An old song, I first learned in my youth goes like this:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right

And later apparently, some words have been added:

‘Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
‘Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
Then we’ll all live together and we’ll all learn to say,

‘Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
‘Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of “me”,
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we’ll all live together with a love that is real.

Tis the gift to be loving, tis the best gift of all
Like a quiet rain it blesses where it falls
And with it we will truly believe
Tis better to give than it is to receive.

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that “comes ’round right’!!…

Simple gifts!


…a little rushin’ sillyness…


If you must be in a hurry, then let it be according to the old adage, and hasten slowly. ~Saint Vincent de Paul

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. ~Lord Chesterfield

It has been left to our generation to discover that you can move heaven and earth to save five minutes and then not have the faintest idea what to do with them when you have saved them. ~C.E.M. Joad

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

I regret less the road not taken than my all-fired hurry along the road I took. ~Robert Brault

I don’t like where I’m going and I don’t like where I’ve been. Why am I in a hurry? ~Bertolt Brecht

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. ~St Francis de Sales

I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I’ve really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why….
~Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer

Nothing like the google doodle today to inspire finding a few quotes ’bout ” rushin'”!!!..


We live in a start stop start stop fast paced world that can certainly be a frenzy at times.
Perhaps one of the messages & reminders of the day could be like the school zone warning signs that read — “SLOW DOWN”…

Whatever it is you’re doing today, may it be a day resplendent with fine imagery!!!


Look at that smile on your face!!—a telling Tuesday shouts–enjoy a slower pace!


All day long, may the still small voice of city life whisper in wonderment, in your unhurried splendour—“just for today, I’m a metro gnome!”


…of neighbourhoods…


“Hip & happening Gastown: a ‘fiercely local vibe’ makes it among the most fashionable neighbourhoods in the world”…”Greener neighbourhoods produce bigger babies: Vancouver study”…

Gastown, they say, is “a diverse & creative local economy. It’s booming and its attracting those who love their jobs and their workspace.”

Described as neighbourhood with boutique hotels, boutique restaurants & boutique boutiques, it’s now gone beyond being a tourist destination for cruise-ship tourists & offers lots of city history & grit. And edginess.

Buildings & architecture & places you won’t find anywhere else! Cheers to Gastown!..

Pregnant women residing in neighbourhoods “with access to trees & grass within 100 metres” are more likely to deliver bigger babies & carry them to full term, according to a local study.

“Even when we eliminate the noise and the pollution and (a measure) of physical activity, we still see this benefit of green space,” say researchers. “What we don’t know is whether it is enough to see a tree out your window or do you have to have a park across the street where you chat with your neighbours.”

Greensleeves…green grocers…cheers to eat your greens!

“If more people understood how nice it is to have a sense of home that extends past our locked doors, past our neighbors’ padlocks, to the local food co-op and library, the sidewalks busted up by old trees – if we all held home with longer arms – we’d live in a very different place…
We wouldn’t feel so alone, no matter the size of our houses or our bank accounts, no matter whether we had good health or congestive heart failure. We would begin to see that each moment presents an opportunity to relax, to notice that the wind has shifted and a storm is coming, or that our friend’s toddler has decided to wear dinner instead of eating it. We would see that each minute counts for something timeless and, if we want, we all can find our way inside these big, tiny, moments.”

― Dee Williams

Have a beautiful day in the neighbourhood!…

…of chocolate & nutty…



“Vancouver chocolatier says it’s surreal to have his creation rated tops in the world”…

Sweet news indeed for Surrey based Mink Chocolates’ Mermaids choice bar that’s been rated top chocolate bar at the 2014 International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco, sharing the award with an entry from Australia.

Cheers to “decadent ganache-filled-that combines burnt caramel, fleur de sel, and hints of rosemary…..70 per cent cacao, totals 200 calories, and costs $6.25 per bar. It’s also earned gold in the categories of Best Ingredient Combinations and Best Texture.”


I think it was Forrest Gump that said “Mama says life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate. ~Sandra Boynton

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of the pieces. ~Judith Viorst

Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates. ~Fernando Pessoa

Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. ~Lora Brody

There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles. ~Author Unknown

Fruit only angers my need for chocolate. ~Jason Love

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is. ~Author Unknown

Money may talk, but chocolate sings. ~Author Unknown

As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate. ~Sandra Boynton

Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Chocolate makes it worthwhile. ~Author Unknown

May the lighthearted mysteries of a 1st rate first September Friday & weekend sing–life is ‘chocolatey’ good!!!