….of loonie & a tune….

Summer continues with interesting blooms here, there and everywhere it seems!

…”Economists don’t really understand the soaring loonie or much else”…


SOMETHING ABOUT….the whole science of economic forecasting is something like forecasting the weather it seems….some might quip–wonder & blunder full !

Cheers to a tunefully terrific Thursday that sings—SUNSHINE!!!


…of ‘loonie’, ‘Brexiteers’ & the ice cream sandwich…

…”Loonie strongest since September as Bank of Canada governor keeps rate hike thoughts alive”….”Is Brexit an error?: now even Vote Leave’s chief is having doubts”…”The joys of a classic ice cream sandwich”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…..”speculation continues that the central bank will raise interest rates as early as next week.”

Pay attention cheers quip—think like a banker, never lose interest!

SOMETHING ABOUT….“the tide is turning and many former Brexiteers are realizing that leaving the EU might not work out well for Britain.”

They say “summer is all about dashing through sprinklers, hiking into forests, and charging toward waves. Therefore the best summer foods — like fried chicken, hamburgers and corn on the cob — are all portable, hand-held and free from fuss. We want to munch while experiencing the joys of the season and for dessert, nothing fits the bill better than the classic ice cream sandwich.”

Also, “a high butterfat content and less air to ensure a harder freeze and a slower melt, as well as a luxurious mouth feel and heavenly texture.”

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen

Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Cheers to summer days that sing–fine indulgences!

….of ‘loonie’, UK polls, & feasting….

….”The loonie at 30″….”With Britons heading to the polls, May’s big lead has largely vanished”…” ‘They can eat!’, Trudeau & Obama feast on seafood delights at Montreal restaurant”…

It’s hard to believe it already, but this month marks the 30th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mint’s introduction of our one dollar coin affectionately known as the “loonie”.

Interesting to note that “according to the Bank of Canada inflation calculator, a loonie today buys about as much as 51 cents would have purchased in 1987. When it was introduced, a loonie bought a liter of milk, three boxes of Kraft Dinner and two liters of gasoline. At current rates of inflation, meanwhile, by 2030 a loonie will be no more valuable than a quarter was in 1987.”

It’s Election Day in the UK and it will be another one of those nail biter let’s wait and see what happens kinda days.  Will it be a smaller majority? A minority? Indeed the outcome is certainly uncertain.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“the two politicians feasted on oysters, asparagus, halibut with morel mushrooms and lobster spaghetti, while surrounded by other diners who happened to have reservations.”

All in a day’s headlines that sing—-life goes on in endless song!

Cheers to a thoroughly tuneful Thursday!

…of ‘unique’, ‘loonie’ & laughter…


…”Vancouver: A city on the edge of the continent, and itself”…”Canadian dollar on its hottest streak since the currency first floated in 1970″…

SOMETHING ABOUT.”a city where the population will grow, not shrink; where the young will not abandon it; where people are flocking here, not fleeing it.”

Now at a crossroads and must decide what kind of city it wants to be, they say.

“It threatens to become like a hundred other North American cities — another Toronto, another Dallas — but, as its geography has been compelled to do in the past, it can go its own way and forge something unique”.

Despair the former.  Believe in the latter, they say.

Cheers to a unique Vancouver!

SOMETHING ABOUT….“The loonie has rallied 3 per cent this year, part of a broad-based surge against the U.S. currency, which has wilted amid a revaluation of growth prospects under a Trump administration.”

Tell someone there are 300 billion stars in the universe and they’ll believe you. Tell them a bench has wet paint on it and they’ll have to touch it to be sure. ~Murphy’s Law

How is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? ~François VI de la Rochefoucault

How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire? ~Christy Whitehead

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


Cheers to a cherished Wednesday that sings—full of chuckles!




…of loonies, runways & shepherd’s pie…




….”Loonie worth 10% more under Clinton presidency:study”…”Donald Trump banks on short spurts of self-control between rants”…”Britain gives green light for new $22 billion runway at Heathrow”…”Think ahead with mini-shepherd’s pies”…

And so the headlines continue as the US Election winds down or up to a decisive divisive conclusion. What think ye about the future of the US of A, eh?!….

Speaking about transporting one to another ‘realm’, it’s interesting to note that the UK has given the green light to a new runway at Heathrow, much to the chagrin of powers that be that were hoping for Gatwick expansions.  Incredible to read this is a decision that’s been 25 years in the making & that it’s the “first new runway around London in 70 years”, apparently poised to ” to boost global trade links following the vote to leave the European Union.”

As terrific as autumn Tuesdays can often be, amidst the chill and the dampness of rains & winds, there’s nothing that quite sings ‘comfort food’ like shepherd’s pie!

Cheers to a fine day of comfort & delight!




…of summer, loonie, & submarines…


…”Metro Vancouver will be spared a scorching summer, forecasters say”…”Canadian dollar enters ‘dangerous waters’ as analysts warn of turbulent month ahead”…”China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific”…

Predictions of typically normal rainfall for June, July, & August and temperatures in the 20-23C range are expected to be the ‘norm’ for Vancouverites, while other parts of the province are expected to “bake in higher temperatures than normal this summer.”

Apparently, after last Friday’s six-week low for our loonie, it’s now entering its “weakest trading periods of the year.”

How do you react to loonie ups & downs?!?! Will you let it affect your summer travel plans?…

It seems, at the risk of stoking the arms race, China’s decision to send nuclear-armed submarines into the Pacific comes only as a result of the expansion of US military defence in the region, they say.

Buzz words like ‘hypersonic glide missiles’ and US Prompt Global Strike Programme, should give us all pause as to what could go so wrong in our wonderful world.

Wake up world! Peace! Prosperity! Compassion! Common sense! Humanity hungers for ‘enough is enough’!

Cheers to a Thursday that sings–THRIVING & echoes again and again and again PEACE !!!

…of money & time…


…”Americans flock to Canada, lured by low-loonie discount”…”Big Ben to be silenced for months by tower and clock repairs”…

Apparently over the last two years, statistics show American visits north of the 49th parallel have increased 20% with the attraction being the loonie discount on retail and the tourist industry sectors.

No doubt a good Vancouver spring, summer, fall cruise season is anticipated!

Interesting to note, not unexpectedly, that Canadian visits to the USA during the same time period are down 26%. Oddly enough, it’s New Brunswick that experiences the highest rate of same-day visits primarily for retail.

By all reports Big Ben will be timeless for a time. “Tower & clock repairs” quips–on budget, on time?!!!…

Cheers to whatever’s the ‘gong show’ that’s your terrific Tuesday, may there be moola & time that sings–refurbishment & refreshment!

Fine Tuesday!


…of ‘Ma’am’ & salut!


…”Loonie ‘confused’ by oil swings but could yet retake 80 cent mark”…”New York: Hillary Clinton wins decisive victory over Bernie Sanders”…”The Queen and a reign of abject failure”…

All in an April day’s headlines, especially the last one that shrieks—how dare they say!!!…

Seems the abject failure comments are but mere speculation about the King Charles that will some day be!…

In the sunshine after rain–let the son shine!…

As this 110th day of the year known as 420 (4/20) springs into action in Vancouver, the city braces for some controversy over the annual cannabis rally that’s been historically on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery in the heart of the downtown core.
City officials have asked for it to be moved to a less central location at Sunset beach for this year, away from the masses of city office workers and downtown tourists.
Time will tell what happens…

Whatever’s on your roster for a fine spring Wednesday, may you see clearly and delight in all beyond the smoke & mirrors!

Fine April Wine Wednesday sings— salut !!!


…of ‘loonie’ & pine beetle & ‘merde’…


…”Big day for the high-flying loonie but Bank of Canada could clip its wings tomorrow”…”Global warming induced ‘fertilization effect’ causing BC’s forests to grow back faster than expected”…”Mind the merde: Why can’t French cities clean up after their dogs?”…

Good news on some fronts is that our loonie has rebounded 14% since it hit its 12-year low in January! It remains to be seen what the Bank of Canada will do about setting interest rates today…

Apparently this ‘fertilization effect’ phenomenon on BC’s forests will be enough to to cancel out the devastating effect on our forests by the mountain pine beetle by 2020…


Apparently —-“Look up while you’re in Montpellier, and the city is all tawny limestone edifices and wrought-iron balconies, a beautiful and slightly mysterious medieval town. Look down, and it’s a shitshow.”

It seems a media-type resident to Montepelier, since recently moving there is “shocked at the amount of dog poo on the pavements, squished into gratings, dolloped generously around trees, washed into a greasy bouillon by the rain.”

Need I say no more!…

Whatever’s on your slate for a fine April Wednesday…..Cheers to a rise up kinda day where you see clearly the forest for the trees and no one poo-poos your creative ideas!


…of loonie & page…


…”Loonie hits 77 cents with good reasons to rise and shine today”…”How using paper can improve your productivity”…”‘President Trump’ sixth on list of ‘major threats’ to global economy”…

Cheers to a five-month high for our loonie! Up 9 cents from where it was in January!

So much for the ‘paperless office’ being the way of the future! It seems studies show you can be more productive using paper in the early stages of a project, for capturing ideas and tasks, and for note taking…

Take note! : )

Damaged trade and increased Middle East instability are being expressed as concerns for the future with USA politics now being in a state of almost unbelievable uncertainty.

“Time will tell” as Mom used to say…

And so it goes this luck o’ the Irish March 17th St. Patrick’s Day!


An oyster from Kalamazoo
Confessed he was feeling quite blue.
For he said, “As a rule,
When the weather turns cool,
I invariably get in a stew.”

Cheers to a page turning, ‘the world is your oyster’ kinda day!