…of Thanksgiving Monday leftovers: turkey-on-a-bun, pot pie, & soup…

Thanksgiving Monday leftovers: turkey-on-a-bun.

Turkey pot pie.

Turkey soup.


It’s a Canadian holiday Monday and a Columbus Day holiday in the USA, a day to hopefully relax and recharge for the week and autumn/winter months ahead!

I didn’t know it, but Columbus Day has been celebrated in the USA since 1937, honouring Christopher Columbus and his ‘discovery’ of America in 1492.

It’s a phenomenon on both sides of the 49th parallel, that our history books or history lore shamefully ignore that throughout colonization or imperialism or all the words we could use to describe it, Indigenous people were here and were disrespected beyond acceptable.

                Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
                Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
            Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
                  Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
                  Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
          Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
              Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
              Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
              Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
          Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
      Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
                                                An Ute Prayer


Cheers to a contemplative, reflective kinda Monday with good eats,  that sings—yearning and learning!

A better world for all!




…of vintage, turkey & winter tires…

…”Vintage photos of Vancouver amaze and startle”…”Why turkey is the perfect vehicle for many of our favourite flavours year after year”…”Winter tires will keep you firmly grounded in rainy conditions”….

Interesting to see, Vancouver looking north from the original Hotel Vancouver (Georgia & Granville) circa 1889, Howe Street running north/south.  Then Granville Hudson’s Bay Company store 1920’s before 1926 when an additional two storeys were added to the four storey structure.  And lastly, a slightly different view of the first Howe Street landscape!

SOMETHING ABOUT…”‘With its tame and inoffensive meat, turkey is often criticized for being flavourless. But this is exactly what makes turkey great.”  

“In a world oversaturated with flavour, turkey represents beautiful nothingness, so says foodie Cynthia McNeilly.

Will there be turkey in your Canadian Thanksgiving weekend?……“Why it is high time we liberate ourselves and escape the tasteless tyranny of turkey” reads another Friday headline!…..did someone cry fowl?!?!?!?!!!!…..

Those in British Columbia who like to travel to the much beloved Whistler, know that come October 1st, winter tires are required by law on the Sea to Sky highway!

The message of the day seems to be think ahead, and don’t wait to do something about winter tires once the first snowfall hits and everyone is playing Mr. Ms. Miss last minute!

Stay safe!

When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,
When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round,
When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,
It’s Thanksgiving Time!

When the pantry jars are full of mince-meat and the shelves are laden with sweet spices for a cake,
When the butcher man sends up a turkey nice and fat to bake,
When the stores are crammed with everything ingenious cooks can make,
It’s Thanksgiving Time!

When the gales of coming winter outside your window howl,
When the air is sharp and cheery so it drives away your scowl,
When one’s appetite craves turkey and will have no other fowl,
It’s Thanksgiving Time!Langston Hughes

Cheers to a fine Friday and long weekend that sings to all that is good—-thanks be!




…of ‘Cowboy’, translation & teachers…

Tonight–a Vancouver harvest moon!

…”Amorous bull moose takes up with cattle for third year in a row in Bella Coola Valley”…

Now there’s a headline you don’t see every day!

Something about ‘riding’ the cows has him nicknamed “Cowboy”!!

Next topic!

…”Google pixel buds: Is the dream of instant in-ear translation now a reality?”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“instant translation between 40 different languages using a Pixel smartphone.”

Apparently, “in many ways, the machine-learning and artificial intelligence expansion has pushed what we thought was possible out of the realms of science fiction into reality.”

Cheers to nothing lost in translation!

Did you know it? Today, October 5th is World Teachers’ Day or International Teachers’ Day!

Since 1994 apparently, its purpose is “to commemorate teacher organizations worldwide, mobilize support for teachers and tp ensure the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.”

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams

A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to an instructive, enlightening, well informed kinda Thursday that sings—fine illustrations!

Show me the ropes!


…of distracted, storeys & designer pajamas…

….”VPD issue 2,000 distracted-driving tickets in September”…”Canada’s tallest condo tower 1 Bloor West set to rise in Toronto”…”Designer pajamas are returning to the bedroom but also taking to the streets”…

A first headline of the day that surely laments“When will they ever learn??!!!”…...

SOMETHING ABOUT“416 units rising 1,005 feet to 82 storeys”.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“a sleeper hit category that owes its revival to athleisure and the gig economy.”

They say “there was a time, before sweatpants and central heating, when most people owned clothes specifically designed for sleeping. But we have since foresakensilk PJs, cozy dressing gowns and monogrammed robes for old T-shirts and boxer shorts, in doing abandoning a whole category of fashion. Now, a growing number of designers and brands are endeavouring to bring sleepwear back.”

Athleisure….now that’s a new word to me!……apparently, “a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings, such as at the workplace, at school, or at other casual or social occasions.”

Cheers to a calm & collected wonderful Wednesday that sings—comfortable!



…..of reconciliation & baked mushrooms and paremesan mash….

….” ‘Reconciliation must succeed,’ Julie Payette says as new Governor General” …”A tasty & nutritious flavour-filled meat free feast”…

Nice to see Canada swear in the new Governor-General in the senate chamber on Ottawa’s Parliament hill yesterday.  By all reports, “science, collegiality, reconciliation with First Nations people and climate change, migration, nuclear proliferation and poverty will be in the forefront of her mandate.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“instead of stuffing mushroom caps with mashed potato, use creamed haricot beans mashed with grated parmesan, & tarragon butter used to fry the mushrooms.”

To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.  ~Chu Hui Weng

Eat little, sleep sound. ~Iranian proverb

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. ~Buddy Hackett

So many of the pleasures of life are illusory, but a good dinner is a reality... ~Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914)

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch. ~Orson Welles

Cheers to an  appetite for a terrific Tuesday that SINGS!

….of crazyness & non-violence…

October. Vancouver. Sea! Sky!

….”Yaletown condo gets $350k return after one year”….

SOMETHING ABOUT….a 1,610 sq ft unit that was purchased a year earlier for $ 1.95 million sold a year later for $ 2.3 million. The owners who lived there for a year moved back to Maple Ridge and “are happy, considering that someone basically paid them $350,000 to live there for a year.”

Crazyness, is all one can say!

Today, October 2nd, the birthday of India’s Mahatma Ghandi, is International Day of Non-violence.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
~Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” 1955

I ask of life the best of kindness, sincerity and forgiveness for the wealth of peace. ~Sri Ismail, January 2012

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. ~Attributed to Dorothy Thompson (1893–1961)

Cheers to a 1st rate first October Monday—-

…where there is hatred; love

…injury; pardon

…despair; hope

…darkness; light


….of ‘pea milk’, ‘adieu’ & sea creatures…

Vancouver evening over Stanley Park & the Lion’s Gate Bridge.

….”Pea milk: the newest non-dairy milk has more calcium than the stuff from cows”….”Governor-General David Johnston bids Parliament ‘adieu’ with wife Sharon at his side”…”Tsunami carried a million sea creatures from Japan to US west coast”…..

Not something I’ve ever heard of before but apparently, “there’s a new non-dairy milk hitting the refrigerated aisle. Bolthouse Farms’ Plant Protein Milk is vegan, soy-free and made from yellow peas.”

How unusually interesting!….yellow peas good for bone health…..

Canada’s seven year Governor-General’s term ends this weekend, and after good-bye ceremonies on Parliament Hill yesterday and a tree planting on the grounds of Rideau Hall, commemorating his years of service, he thanked his wife for her support during what was “the third longest serving Governor General in history and at more than 50 missions abroad, the most travelled.”

Kudos & bravo for a job well done with grace and sincerity!

Intriguing to note that Japan’s 2011 earthquake disaster and tsunami “caused the longest maritime migration ever recorded, with crustaceans, sea slugs and worms riding 4,800 miles on debris.”

Apparently “the creatures are not the only products of the tsunami to have generated interest on the other side of the Pacific. In April 2012 a couple in Alaska found a football belonging to a Japanese teenager who had lost his home in the disaster.  One month later a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Japan washed up on a Canadian beach.”

As an out-with-September, in-with-October Friday and weekend commences…

May the losts & founds and starts & finishes of life bring wisdom & gratitude and sing–hope & fulfillment!

Fine Friday & weekend!





….of bubble & forest…

September 28th and it’s going to be a beach day type of day at Vancouver’s beloved English Bay!…..a forecast 28C day before rains tomorrow!

…”Toronto tops list of cities around the world most at risk of a housing bubble”…”Choral music finds new venue in the forest”…

SOMETHING ABOUT.”optimism and low borrowing costs have pushed Toronto values to be overvalued”, according to a Swiss bank UBS report.

SOMETHING ABOUT…”in a grove of magnificent trees a small choral group will break into song, with music inspired by nature and with instruments meant to be played outdoors.”

Picture a singer in a canoe on a river surrounded by three choral groups dispersed into the forest!

THEY shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods. -Rudyard Kipling

May the north south east & west of your thriving Thursday sing—-this is MY pathway!




…of Canadian weather & UK life expectancy…

….”Canada’s weather is exactly as insane as you assume”…”Rise in UK life expectancy slows significantly, figures show”….

SOMETHING ABOUT….“Heat records, some more than 125 years old are being shattered……It was scheduled to be a normal Canadian autumn: Cardigans, apple cider and baking. And then, summer returned with a vengeance. Millions of Canadians are now living under conditions that aren’t just unseasonably hot; they’re the hottest it’s been all year.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“Centenarians are the fastest growing age group, with females outnumbering males 5 to 1” and apparently “since 2010, yearly increases in life expectancy at birth have dropped by more than half for males and by nearly two-thirds for females, compared with the preceding three decades.”

Whatever’s your Wednesday weather, may your expectations be high & may they sing—met or exceeded!


….of Good NeighboUr Day…

According to Wikipedia, for our friends south of the 49th parallel, it’s National Good Neighbor Day!

That’s something, that no matter where we find ourselves we can aspire to!

Will you put the U (you) in good neighbour?!…..

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor. ~Hubert H. Humphrey

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many. ~Lady Bird Johnson

Few of us could bear to have ourselves for neighbors. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Cheers to an amiable, cordial, congenial day that sings–that’s the spirit!

Terrific Tuesday!