It’s all about the (farmland) smell

Recently I drove through a portion of the eastern Ontario countryside from Ottawa to the Cornwall area. I purposely took the back roads to enjoy the beautiful greenery of the local farms along the way. As well as the scenery, believe it or not, I love the smell associated with the farmland. I attribute this to my heritage.

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Beaudette family farmhouse

My maternal grandparents were farmers.  They are long gone from this world, but never from my memories.  The farmhouse they lived in has since been renovated and just a portion part of their land still worked by family members.  Down the road from the farmhouse is the cemetery where these grandparents, as well as both of my own parents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins are buried.

The main purpose of this recent (road) trip down memory lane was to clean up the memorial garden in this cemetery.  It was overgrown with weeds and other invasive plants.  Thanks to the help of a friend, an aunt and a cousin, we managed to rid the garden of unwanted greenery.  With a few new perennials added as well as the soil and mulch replenished, it looks much better.  I wish I had thought to take a “before” picture;  this is the “after”…

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Pleasant Valley Cemetery

In between the sweltering hot jobs of weeding and adding the new plants, soil and mulch I took a “cool off” break in the form of an opportunity to meet up with a childhood friend with whom I had recently reconnected with on Facebook.  Isn’t it amazing how you can catch up on 30+ years in an hour?

The scenery and yes, the smell of the farmland too, were added bonuses.

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Tru Local Customized Meat Delivery Service

Recently I have become acquainted with the Tru Local program that sells local, organic meat delivered (fast and free) to your Ontario home.  I first heard of it on Dragon’s Den, then was reminded of it when I saw an ad on Facebook.  The meat contains no hormones and no antibiotics.   Unlike other companies that offer home delivery of grocery items, you select only the meat you want (will use).  I tried other food services years ago, but found I was always forced to add items I did not want to my package.

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Using a point value system, Tru Local lets you customize your order with a total of 20 points per box.  Each item is individually wrapped, the meat is packed in a Styrofoam box and shipped in dry ice  via FedEx right to your door, usually the very next day.

 

There are lots of cuts and kinds of meat to choose from including chicken, turkey, beef, salmon and more…

 

If your family loves meat and you love the idea of buying organic, local products, this may be the program for you!  So far I love the products, the convenience and the knowledge I am supporting local farmers.

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and
be inspired and motivated by famous words of wisdom at WoW
My gardening website can be viewed at gardens4u.ca

 

Bell Lets Talk Day

 

Today, January 31, is Bell Lets Talk Day.  Bell Canada will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health for each mobile and long distance call or text, Bell Let’s Talk Day video view on social media, use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and #BellLetsTalk tweet or retweet.  Texts and phone calls must be from Bell, Bell Alliant, or Bell MTS customers.  If you have an IPhone, be sure to turn off your imessage before you text to ensure your texts are included in the count.

Bell Lets Talk Day

 

Do what you can to help this awesome cause.  Let’s see if we can beat the incredible 2017 results!

 

 

Surprise birthday party

 

 

A few posts back I wrote about my brother’s fast approaching sixtieth birthday. Well, his birthday is this coming Thursday (30th), but the surprise party was last night.  It took lots of scheming and coercing, (did I tell you my brother is stubborn?) but we did manage to surprise him at his own home.

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Thank heavens for Facebook and its event planner feature.  The whole party was arranged, staged and organized by creating the event on Facebook.  With his daughter in Barrie, me in Ottawa, the birthday boy and other friends and family members in Ingleside, social media (FB) came to the rescue, keeping us all connected.  I created the event adding key individuals as cohosts so we could each send out invitations from our own contact lists.  Keeping the party a private event ( an option when creating the event) ensured my brother would not find out as only invited guests could access the details.

      To create a private or public event on Facebook:
  1. Click Events in the left menu of your News Feed.
  2. Click Create Event in the top right.
  3. Click to choose between a private or public event. …
  4. Fill in the event name, details, location and time. …
  5. Click Create.

From the moment the event was created up to the moment of surprise, we were able to communicate as a group.  Except for the birthday boy of course, he was excluded from the group. Jobs such as purchasing the party essentials, organizing the potluck food contributions,  decorating the venue and even distracting the birthday boy (definitely the toughest job) were all delegated on Facebook.

It was the easiest party to organize, ever.  Judging by the turnout of all the guests and the delicious food, it was a great success!

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An amazing work of art

 

This video I saw posted on Facebook reminds me of my favourite hymn growing up called All Things Bright and Beautiful:

Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

I have encountered many spiders and webs in my job as a gardener, sure glad I try not to destroy their amazing works of art.

 

Nestea Blueberry Mint iced green tea

 

I took a case of Nestea Blueberry Mint Iced Green Tea to a family reunion recently.  I loved it as did several of my relatives that I shared it with.  I was looking for something refreshing, but non-alcoholic that I could sip on throughout the day as I had a two hour drive back home that night.  Yes, it does have 27 grams of sugar per bottle, but on a hot summer day it was a nice cold treat.

When my cousin asked me where I purchased it because she had never seen it in stores,  I did a bit of research.  Apparently, Nestea is a Canadian company owned by Coca-Cola Canada.  That explains why I found this delicious product at a Walmart here in Ottawa, but she could not find it in the USA.

Today I saw a list on Facebook on what CANADIAN FOODS  you would miss if you are a Canadian living in the USA.  Ironically, I took Lay’s ketchup potato chips and the fixings for poutine to the reunion too, items rated number one and two on the list!

I think maybe the list should include Nestea Blueberry Mint Iced Green Tea too!

 

My cousin also vouches for the blackcurrant flavor too, although I have never tried it.

Rock on Andrew Waines!

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Andrew Waines is a young man moving up quickly in the music world, currently focused on the soft rock/blues genre as a solo artist.  Andrew was one of my youngest son’s best friends in grade school here in Kanata (west end of Ottawa) until Andrew and his family moved from our neighborhood.

Andrew’s mom and I are friends on Facebook  which has been instrumental (pun intended) in allowing us to follow our children’s (her four and my three) endeavors. When I heard of Andrew’s success and amazing progress in the music industry, I was thrilled for him, but not really surprised as he was always the kind of kid that excelled in any of his pursuits.

Please check out these links to Andrew’s official website, Youtube channel, and Facebook page to discover just how talented he is!

OFFICIAL WEBSITE  for his bio, contact info, scheduled shows, blog and more

YOUTUBE CHANNEL  for tracks, albums, and playlists of original songs and covers

FACEBOOK PAGE  for more info and updates

 

Rock on Andrew!

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