My friend/handyman/neighbor Frank had a litter of puppies recently.  Didn't mean to.  A couple of his dogs got cozy.  He already had 20 or so dogs and he does dog-racing in the winter.  Seems like as lot of trouble and dogs for three short races in the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 6:40PM

Down in the Dumps (again)

Linda posted about the finds at her local thrift shop and put up some pictures.  Yesterday was my stint at volunteering at our local thrift shop - which is the "Re-use Centre" at our local country dump.  It's a Free Store. 

While working there yesterday I picked up… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 4:35PM

Glass teepee

"So," I said to the young man who's been helping me this summer, as I delivered him home (he usually bikes it, but today he brought a chainsaw), "I'm not the only person in the area who builds strange constructions."  He sort of snickered as he agreed.  (He's… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 8:43PM

Water Buffalo Festival



Water Buffalo Food Festival

So my friend emailed me to say the Water Buffalo Food Festival was today - oops, sorry for late notice. Come next year, and sleep over.  S'okay, I wouldn't have gone unless someone went with me - bit of a drive,
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AUGUST 24, 2013 9:31AM

Canada has Pot-ential

Yeah, I know, awful title.  But it was either that or Canada Goes to Pot, which is too motheaten.  (High moths - contemplate.)

I suppose I could have gone with a Serious title.  Hrrumph, or such.

Anyway, a bit of noise hereabouts because pretty boy Justin Trudeau, son of late playboy/p… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2013 10:11PM

Cock-Ring of the Gods


Can't see a way to send you a PM.

Given the outpouring of love and sorrow about Sirenita, a wonderful demonstration of our community here, how about - if not the entire cover - featuring a few posts that have been put up for her and her thank-you post.  … Read full post »

JULY 24, 2013 4:35PM

Song for Sirenita


I have another RL friend, who is in a similar situation.  She is taking it gracefully too, and when I visted she said her motto is "Every day is brilliant." A group of us did a ritual for her at the Full Moon on Monday and sang this chant.  It's… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2013 5:45PM

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JULY 3, 2013 9:50PM

The Language Police - real ones


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JULY 1, 2013 2:33PM

N-----s of the North


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MAY 27, 2013 7:46PM

My Evening in a Flying Saucer


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MARCH 18, 2013 7:09PM

The Sewing Store



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MARCH 7, 2013 10:53PM


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MARCH 6, 2013 11:45AM

Yarn Bombers, Guerilla Knitters


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