…of mobile, drives & gestures…

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…”Google’s ‘mobilegeddon’ will shake up search results”…”10 great scenic drives around the world that you’ve probably never heard of”…”Cherry trees are blossoming; it’s a thrilling time to be outside”…

Seemingly, the biggest internet change in two years “could see turmoil in search rankings as mobile-friendly sites take prime spots due to algorithm change.”

Cheers to (as they say), “after Tuesday, having a site that’s mobile friendly to smartphones and tablets will be key. Mobile friendly is the new hotness!”

Cheers to something about Road to the Isles In Scotland & Irohazaka Roads in Japan & Grimsel Pass in Switzerland, among others!!!

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Indeed it’s a ’50 days of Easter’, ‘springtime’, ‘all things new’ season of transformation!

Is there anything new or different for you in your springtime days ahead?

…a move?, a job change?, changing circumstances?, different insights or ways of being?…

We can often be so busy and caught up in the treadmill of our day to day living, working, being that we sometimes give many of our routines little thought.

Recently, while observing oil spills & hockey playoffs, prolonged illnesses & sudden deaths, legal disputes & impending temporary relocations, I’ve seen alot of humanity “reaching out”.

Gestures large and small, sometimes very simple, yet profound.

Given & received.

Will there be ‘gesture by gesture’ in your week ahead?!…

Metamorphosis!

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…of ‘young’ & ‘old’ & calorific…

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…”Ban on ‘small screaming children’puts Cape Breton restaurant at centre of tug-of-war over dining etiquette”…”Give back that cheap bus pass Gramps: senior citizenship should now start at 74, new research says”…”Some shop-bought sandwiches more calorific than burgers”…

All in a day’s headlines can be enough to give one a #TGIF April weekend thought of a weekend getaway that smiles–indulge!, imbibe!, scream!, sing!, live it up!!

British Columbia weather forecasts for the weekend shout ‘summery spring days’ ahead!!

Warm temperatures, blue skies, as the Irish like to say–time to dance with Patty O’Furniture!

Will you be…out on a seawall?…on the water?…along a hiking trail?…cycling?…watching hockey?…singin’ in a choir?…rustlin’ up some good eats?…

Spring has sprung! Enjoy your weekend!!

Your hair may be brushed, but your mind’s untidy.
You’ve had about seven hours of sleep since Friday.
No wonder you feel that lost sensation.
You’re sunk from a riot of relaxation.
~Ogden Nash, about weekends

How pleasant is Saturday night,
When I’ve tried all the week to be good,
And not spoke a word that was bad,
And obliged everyone that I could.
~Nancy Sproat

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…of how & why…

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…”How to bake perfect chelsea buns”…”How to live the hipster good life”…”Why does beer taste better from straight glasses than beer mugs?”…

All in a day’s headlines of how & why…..

Apparently the good chelsea bun should be “sticky & shiny” with a “tempting swirl”…”small, soft, plump, sweet”…

Apparently, “a new generation of ‘urbanites’ who want a slice of the country without straying too far from a city condo, are taking root in a city near you.”
Something about gardening & the quest for grow your own to go with your homebrew.

Beer mug or straight glass??!!….something about the pretzels maybe…

Do you think of beer mugs as “those horrible, dimpled & handled steins”?!?!??….

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?

Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Stop singing and read on.

Do you ever wonder why you read this blog in the first place?

Cheers to a questionably wonderful Thursday!!!!

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…of on the road & habits…

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…”Would you pass your driver’s test again?: BC reporter finds out it’s harder than you might think”…”Amid fierce competition restaurants go to great lengths to court the coveted regular”…”Fruity hazelnut butter tarts & rich peanut butter pie: peanut will always be king”…

Cheers to on the road’s the rage & FYI….re-testing is a requirement in BC at age 80 to maintain a license! (scary thought, here’s hoping if I live to 80 it can be “home James!” to the diligent chauffeur :-) )

It seems, the psst twelve months in Canada has seen a record number of restaurant closures across the country as the trend is for customers to be always seeking ‘different’ culinary experiences. Hence, the savvy restaurateurs “know the importance of fostering loyalty and making regular customers feel special.”

Cheers to creatures of habit that become regulars!!!…

Do you have any Vancouver favourites that you patronize regularly?!…

Apparently, “the peanut is king” but hazelnuts come a close second, according to UK culinary pundits.

Peanut butter pie with pretzel crust and caramel & bittersweet chocolate topping….hmmmm….not so sure about that one!

Whether it be driving, restaurant patronizing or dessert indulging, cheers to a wonderful Wednesday of fine habits!!!

Every grown-up consists wholly of habits, although one is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all. ~Georges Gurdjieff

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~Samuel Johnson

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun

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….of send & receive…

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Well, today’s google doodle reminds us of the 155th anniversary of the first mail delivery by Pony Express! Here we are 155 years later and can send an email anywhere around the world at the push of a send button.

Cheers to who’da thunk it?!!!!….

…”Planned hospital move catches city off guard”…”Signs of life emerge on Vancouver’s once stagnant corner-Robson & Granville”…”Tapioca Culinary Comeback!”…

Interesting to note that the proposed relocation of Vancouver downtown’s St. Paul’s Hospital “catches city off guard.” Seems what with English bay oil spills and stalled social housing projects, there’s much that’s catching city officials by surprise these days. Hmmmm…..

We’ve been hearing for months about the much anticipated opening of Nordstrom’s coming September 17th to the old Sears/Eatons complex at Pacific Centre, but apparently the first tenants have already moved in this month to the newly reconfigured multi-purpose office & retail complex. New life with a Sony Pictures animation company soon to be joined by Microsoft & others in unique to Vancouver large floor plate, high ceilinged digs.

Viva la neighbourhood that also sings now too, the electronics future of shop is Best Buy…

Apparently history’s most loathed ‘school pudding’, hated by the older generation, widely unknown by the younger, milky tapioca pudding is making a culinary comeback!!…

“Tapioca is the perfect blank canvas; its capacity to hold colour, to absorb and release a burst of flavour and its versatile texture are exactly why chefs love it.”

Cheers to alrighty then!…

Whatever your terrific Tuesday delivers on a fine April day, may you be one who finds joy in the send & receive!!!

Good wishes!

Wisdom!

Special delivery!

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…all in a Monday mentions…

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…”Focus of Vancouver oil spill cleanup shifts to area beaches”…”Vancouver art spaces in contrasting stages of development”…

As Vancouver’s arts community sees the new Emily Carr University relocation & design plan well organized and funded, long range plans for a new Vancouver Art Gallery, on some levels seem to be floundering, they say…

Meanwhile, the ‘scare’ of a local oil spill in English Bay has been a wake up call to regulations & responsiveness & responsibility in crisis incidents in area waters…

Live & learn & don’t let bruised egos get in the way of putting in place what is right!…

And so it goes on another April Monday!…

Will there be a highlight to your agenda for the coming week?!…

Are you accustomed to expecting the unexpected?!…

The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you. ~Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending, 1957

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. ~Voltaire

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle

Cheers to a marvellous Monday that smiles–mentionable!!

…of ‘this is the day’…

April 10th it is!…

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According to Wikipedia, “this is the day” sings ‘Siblings Day’ in the United States.

A day created in 1998 by the National Siblings Foundation to honour (or should that be honor) the relationships among siblings. The Foundation continues to work towards it being federally recognized as a statutory holiday, apparently.

Whatever’s on your weekend agenda, cheers to a weekend that’s sibling rivalry free & has you smilin’ brotherly or sisterly, ‘way to go sister!’

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…of h2o, opportunity & transformation…

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…”Drinking fountains vs. water bottles: Vancouver must decide”…”Canada ranked as sixth most socially advanced country”…”Emily Carr University unveils design for Great Northern Way campus”…

Apparently, the Vancouver Parks Board is currently considering, in the long run, what’s the best way to quench one’s thirst. An exclusive contract with Coca-Cola for bottled water at Parks Board concessions is under re-consideration. It seems it’s more about ‘choice‘ rather than ‘green concern’ initiatives as Vancouverites & tourists alike have shown great habits when it comes to water bottle recycling.

Cheers to hydrating among the hydrangeas!!!hydrangeasp

Apparently, we ‘Canucks’ are blessed to be among the most advanced countries for providing opportunities for our citizens though we have “room for improvement in areas such as environmental sustainability and obesity rates.”

Doesn’t that just sing—have another donut!?!donut1donut2

A well known upcoming change for Vancouver’s beloved Granville Island, –the relocation of Emily Carr University to a new campus on Great Northern Way will change the island significantly in 2017. New campus design plans were announced yesterday & “the plan is to create a flexible, futuristic and collaborative experience for Emily Carr’s students, and a space that will serve as a crossroads between East Vancouver and the rest of the city, as well as the university and the public – and become a catalyst in reshaping the area known as The Flats.”

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One can only wonder how the ‘move’ might also transform Granville Island!…

Well the ‘twitterverse’ likes to refer to this as ‘#ThrowbackThursday’ or ‘#ThirstyThursday’ so to tie this all up together I’ll just wish y’all a thrilling day that has you singin’—thanks be!!!

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…of cycling, romp & avocados…

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…”As a cyclists’ city: Vancouver is not what I’d hoped”…”The Rise of the Avocado”…

…& oh my …what “naughtier” a headline could there be for a Wednesday ‘Hump Day’?….

…”Lu Lu shatters all previous records with his astounding 18-minute mating session caught on camera”…

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Nothing more need be said, other than duly noting ‘the romp has gone viral in China, with the amused cheering Lu Lu for his enthusiasm, technique & stamina.’

Apparently the avocado is rising in popularity as a nutritious & healthy food choice.

There’s nothing quite like fresh guacamole or a fine shrimp & avocado sandwich, or a sushi sensational, avocado roll.

Cheers to the avocado!…& have you ever planted a pit to start an avocado plant?! (It seemed it was once the thing to do back in bygone ‘university years’)….

May the life cycles of your Wednesday be smooth ones!

May you rise & stand tall in all you do!

May others admire you for your enthusiasm, technique & stamina in all things!

Wonderful Wednesday y’all!

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….of wake up calls…

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…”Six Ways to Turn Even the Worst Days into Great Ones”…”The Very Real Dangers of Turning Right on a Red Light”…”Note to Baby Boomers: Millenials Don’t Want Your Stuff”…

All in a day’s headlines shout cautionary tales of perspective & keeping an eye on change.

Something about the auction house market, every day, “being flooded with boomer rejects. “Hardly a day goes by that we don’t get calls from people who want to sell a big dining room set or bedroom suite because nobody in the family wants it. Millennials don’t want brown furniture, rocking chairs or silver-plated tea sets. Millennials don’t polish silver.”

And so it goes…

April gets into full swing now that the long Easter weekend has come and gone and folks get back to work and school and Spring routines. Classes will soon end at the universities as the stresses of exams and final papers rear their stressful heads.

By the end of the month, the Vancouver Convention Centre will be hosting the “Newtworking World Anesthesia Convention” that the unconventionals might quip will be a real sleeper!

’Tis sweet as the day begins to dawn,
When the lark her song is singing,
To wander at will through the grassy lawn
Where fresh flowers around are springing.
’Tis sweet at that solemn hour to go
O’er the rocky slope, all alone,
Where the scattering streamlets freely flow…
’Tis well to inhale the earthly gale,
As it sweeps the green hill’s side…
Or to look on the wood in its leafy pride,
In the glen or on the grove, the dawn is fair,—
Morning is beautiful every where!
~Thomas Furlong, “Morning Meditations”

To one whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. ~Henry David Thoreau

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday where sunshine & smiles are your wake up calls!

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