November 2009 “OLD BONES” News

November 14, 2009

JANET, Editor “Old Bones News” –

God Saw you hungry and created McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Burger King and Dairy Queen. He saw you thirsty and created coke, juice, coffee and water. God saw you in the dark and He created Light. God saw you without enough good looking, adorable FRIENDS….so He created Almage

I’m the life of the party……. even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening childproof caps…. with a hammer.
I’m usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.
I’m very good at telling stories; over and over and over
I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine.
I’m so cared for — long term care, eye care, private care, dental care. Submitted by Barbara


♫ Happy Birthday, God Bless you, Happy Birthday to you! ♫

 Sue  Frank  Elouise  Ucilla Pat 

Oct 24 to Nov 11 – Walnut Tree
Walnut Tree (Passion) — unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

Nov 12 to Nov 21 – Chestnut Tree
Chestnut Tree (Honesty) — of unusual stature, impressive, well-developed sense of justice, fun to be around, a planner, born diplomat, can be irritated easily, sensitive of others feelings, hard worker, sometimes acts superior, feels not understood at times, fiercely family oriented, very loyal in love, physically fit.

Nov 22 to Dec 01 – Ash Tree
Ash Tree (Ambition) — extremely attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be very egotistic, reliable, restless lover, sometimes money rules over the heart, demands attention, needs love and much emotional support.


There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena.

During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ‘ ulterior motive ‘ … She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, (being German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids.)

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and they beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited the family. Most, of course, had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or were adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize … She was not selected. Al Gore won for a slide show on Global Warming.

God Bless her May she rest in Peace.
Submitted by Barbara


They went with songs to battle
They were young, straight of limb, True of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against adds uncounted
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor do the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

World War I:
1. 628,736 Canadians served. 2. 66,573 died and 138,166 were wounded.
3. 2,818 were taken prisoner of war. 4. 175 merchant seamen died by enemy action.

World War II:
1. 1,031,902 Canadian men and 49,963 women served. 2. 44,927 died and 43,145 were wounded.
3. 8,271 were taken prisoner of war. 4. 1,146 merchant seamen died by enemy action.

1) 26,791 Canadians served. 2) 516 died and 1,558 were wounded. 3) 33 were taken prisoner of war.

The Gulf War:
1. 3,837 Canadian men and 237 Canadian women served.
2. There were no Canadian casualties or prisoners of war during the Gulf War.

The Unknown Soldier: Warfare resulted in millions of unknown dead resting in unknown graves… They are commemorated on Memorials to the Missing.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, saw dawn, felt sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up your quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Surrounded by falling bombs, strict rationing and nightly blackouts, a generation of young women found love. They were the war brides: British and European women who married Canadian servicemen in WW2. After tearful goodbyes to their families, they embarked on a grueling journey by ship and train to join their husbands and in-laws in a new country. Once they arrived, many war brides had to confront culture shock and desperate homesickness before embracing their new lives in Canada.

Muriel Anst said she was so busy preparing herself and two small children to come to Canada that she gave little thought to the leaving until she was actually on the ship.
“It was when the band played Will Ye No Come Back Again? that it hit me,” said Anst “I thought, ‘What am I doing, leaving my mother and my brother and my relatives?’ I wanted to jump out and go back to my family.

Hazel West of Taber recalls that same sad song. “As the ship was pulling away from the dock, I had that strange feeling that the dock was moving away and I was standing still. We could see these people, and the band was playing sad songs . . .
“I said to myself, ‘What have I done? Hey, you’re leaving your country; you’re leaving your people.’

“Until that moment it had all been romance and happiness. We were so young and impulsive.”

Edna McDonald, now of Calgary, said she felt the same way.

“As we were going past Land’s End, we were all crying our eyes out,” said McDonald.
“We were saying, ‘What have we done?’ In those days, it wasn’t a case of flying home if we didn’t like it.”

Kay Robertson said goodbye to her parents at the train station as she set out on the journey that would take her to Hazlet, Sask. She was an only child, and she was leaving with her parents’ first grandchild.

“My mom and dad were small people,” said Robertson. “They looked smaller than ever standing there at the
station as the train left.”

Many war brides would have envied Jean McGoey; she got to fly to Canada to marry her fiancé. On 26 March 1947 she set off on her great adventure, following her heart. Her mother went with her to Preswick the night before her departure.

I spent the rest of the night cuddled with Ma in the room while she gave me all kinds of tearful advice. We got up bright and early and in a dither whether the flight would leave on time or not.

In those days you walked out to the tarmac and climbed a set of stairs and into the plane. Ma strolled right along with me at the tag end of the line, still in two minds whether to let me go or not. A few steps up the stairs the steward told Ma she wasn’t allowed to come that far. Ma was having none of that and proceeded to tell him I was her only daughter, heading off to a wild country, and he should at least let her see me to my seat. He must have made some sort of signal to security, as Ma was grabbed from the waist and pulled down the stairs!

The last glimpse of Scotland for me as we taxied down the runway was Ma standing there looking forlorn in her smart brown hat, orange feather weaving in the breeze….and a puddle of blue silk around her ankles!

From: Promise You’ll Take Care of My Daughter by Ben Wicks


Growing up during the depression, and then WWII, caused me to greatly admire and appreciate my parents’ ability to meet life with frugality and ingenuity. My father was a grocer and my mother was a wonderful cook and seamstress. I was in junior high school before I was aware of the financial difficulties and hardships they had encountered, for the loving atmosphere of my home had made me fee secure.

I was born in Eldorado, a Southern Illinois farming and coal mining community with a population of 4200. My brother and I attended the public schools, Grades 1-12, which provided a good basic education. The community values were honesty and hard work, and most people attended one of the churches. Social life centered on family gatherings, school activities, and church functions.

My friends were those with whom I attended school and church. We had similar interests and enjoyed bike riding, school sports, band (until the director was drafted into the army), an occasional box supper, school dance or party. The local drug store was a popular place on Saturday night, and we gathered there for cherry cokes. Girls’ attire consisted of sweaters, skirts, and saddle oxfords. Boys dressed in shirts and slacks.

My first teaching experience was in New Albany, IN, when my husband was in graduate school. When we moved to Liberty, I was a stay-at-home mom until my youngest child was ten years old. Then I began my 25-year teaching career in the elementary schools of the Liberty School System.

My heroines were the young women who joined the WACS and WAVES during WWII to serve as nurses. My patriotic spirit caused me to want to serve my country also, but the war ended before I was old enough to join.

My advice to young women educators: Be enthusiastic, challenge your students to be curious and creative, and guide them to achieve their potential. Also, find an experienced teacher to be your mentor.


Canada played a strong role in defeating the Axis powers. The price of victory was high: approximately 23,000 Canadians laid down their lives serving in the army, 17,000 in the air force, 2000 in the navy and 1600 in the merchant navy. Another 54,000 Canadians were wounded and thousands would be physically impaired or psychologically scarred for life. Over 700 Newfoundlanders also died during the war.

Canadian war cemeteries around the world bear testimony to their sacrifice.

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.”

All Canadians owe the nation’s war dead the debt of remembrance.

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble
It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Veteran, who salutes the Flag,
It is the Veteran who serves under the Flag.

“It’s a cold,” the doctor said. There is no cure and you’ll just have to live with it until it goes away.”

“But Doctor,” the patient whines, “It’s making me so miserable.”

The doctor rolled his eyes toward the ceiling. Then he said, “Look, go home and take a hot bath. Then put your bathing suit on and run around the block three or four times.”
“What!” the patient exclaimed, “I’ll get pneumonia.”
“We have a cure for pneumonia, “the doctor said. Submitted by Barbara


The husband had just finished reading a new book entitled, ‘You Can Be the Man of Your House’.

He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and announced, “From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and my word is Law. You will prepare me dinner tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, you will bring me dessert. After dinner, you are going to go upstairs with me and we will have the kind of fun that I want. After you are going to draw me a bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry. Then, you will massage my feet and hands. Then tomorrow, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?”

The wife replied, “The funeral director would be my first guess…” Submitted by Dolores


There was a Scottish painter named Smokey Macgregor who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further?

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the Baptist Church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest buildings.

Smokey put in a bid, and, because his price was so low, he got the job. So he set about erecting the scaffolding and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with turpentine. Well, Smokey was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, the sky opened, and the rain poured down washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.?

Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got down on his knees and cried:
“Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?” And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke.
“Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!” Submitter by Barbara


What is the difference between Bird Flu and Swine Flu?
For bird flu you need tweetment and for swine flu you need oinkment Submitted by Barbara

A MUM was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her.

She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, ‘Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?

Do you know her?’
Timmy nonchalantly replied, ‘Yeah, I know who she is.’
The little girl said, ‘Well, who is she?’
‘That’s just Shirley Goodnest,’ Timmy replied, ‘and her daughter Marcy.’
‘Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?
‘Well,’ Timmy explained, ‘every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow
me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!’

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always. Submitted by Barbara


• The difference between the Pope and your boss, the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.
• My mind works like lightning, one brilliant Flash and it is gone.
• The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you’re in the bathroom.
• It used to be only death and taxes now of course, there’s shipping and handling, too.
• A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just cleaned the whole house.
• My next house will have no kitchen — just Vending machines and a large trash can.
• A blonde said, ‘I was worried that my Mechanic might try to rip me off. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid.’
• Definition of a teenager? God’s punishment…for enjoying sex.
• As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Submitted by Dolores

A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.
She replied in a huff, “I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!”

A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor’s office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it. “Impossible!” says the doctor. “Show me.”

The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, and then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.

The doctor said, “You’re not really a redhead, are you?

“Well, no” she said, “I’m actually a blonde.”

“I thought so,” the doctor said. “Your finger is broken.” Submitted by Ted


We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the ‘seniors’ special’ was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $2.99.

‘Sounds good,’ my wife said. ‘But I don’t want the eggs.’

‘Then, I’ll have to charge you three dollars and forty-nine cents because you’re ordering a la carte,’ the waitress warned her.

‘You mean I’d have to pay for not taking the eggs?’ my wife asked incredulously.

‘YES!!’ stated the waitress.

‘I’ll take the special then,’ my wife said.

‘How do you want your eggs?’ the waitress asked..

‘Raw and in the shell,’ my wife replied. She took the two eggs home and baked a cake.
Submitted by Barbara

Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney.

“Did you see the paper?” asked Gallagher. “They say I died!!”

“Yes, I saw it!” replied Finney. “Where are ye callin’ from?

MOTHER SUPERIOR was on her way to late morning prayers, when she passed two novices just leaving early morning prayers, on their way to classes. As she passed the young ladies, Mother Superior said, “Good morning ladies.”

The novices replied, “Good morning, Mother Superior, may God be with you.”

But after they had passed, Mother Superior heard one say to the other, “I think she got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning.”

This startled Mother Superior, but she chose not to pursue the issue. A little further down the hall, Mother Superior passed two of the sisters who had been teaching at the convent for several years.

She greeted them with, “good morning Sister Martha, Sister Jessica, may God give you wisdom for your students today.”

“Good morning, Mother Superior. Thank you, and may God be with you.”

But again, after passing, Mother Superior overheard, “She got out of the wrong side of bed today.”

Baffled, she started to wonder if she had spoken harshly, or with an irritated look on her face. She vowed to be more pleasant.

Looking down the hall, Mother Superior saw retired Sister May approaching, step by step, with her walker. As Sister Mary was rather deaf, Mother Superior had plenty of time to arrange a pleasant smile on her face, before greeting Sister Mary.

“Good Morning, Sister Mary. I’m so happy to see you up and about. I pray God watches over you today, and grants you a wonderful day.”

“Ah good morning Mother Superior and thank you. I see you got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.”

Mother Superior was floored!

“Sister Mary, what have I done wrong? I have tried to be pleasant, but three times already today, people have said that about me.”

Sister Mary stopped her walker, and looked Mother Superior in the eye.

“Oh, don’t take it personal, Mother Superior. It’s just that you’re wearing Father Murphy’s slippers.”
Submitted by Dolores


From an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words. When Insults Had Class…

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas

A Member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”
“That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”


1. A day without sunshine is like night.
2… On the other hand, you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
6. He who laughs last thinks slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
9. Support bacteria. They’re the only culture most people have.
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
14. OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
15. When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, ‘What the heck happened?
22. Just remember — if the world didn’t suck, we would all fall off.
23. Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
24. Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapenos.
What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow. Submitted by Dolores


To realize the value of a sister/brother ask someone who doesn’t have one.
To realize the value of ten years: ask a newly Divorced couple.
To realize the value of four years: ask a graduate.
To realize the value of one year: ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of nine months: ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.
To realize the value of one month: ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby….
To realize the value of one week: ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one minute ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one-second: ask a person who has survived an accident.
Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend or family member: LOSE ONE. (D.G. Walters)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM AARP FORUM (American Association of Retired People)

Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger, sexy women who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction.
Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you’re handy with tools, finish the basement. When you’re done you’ll have a place to live
Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the bible. Is that true? Where can it be found?
A: Yes. Matthew 14:92: “And Mary rode Joseph’s ass all the way to Egypt.”
Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60-plus year old husband?
A: Tell him you’re pregnant.
Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A: Take off your glasses.
Q: Seriously! What can I do for these Crow’s feet and all those wrinkles on my face?
A: Go braless. It will usually pull them out.
Q: Why should 60-plus year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don’t forget where they park your car.
Q: Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem, Retrieving it is the problem.
Q: As people age, do they sleep More soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.
Q: Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads.
Q: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: “Gosh, I remember these!”


The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one had to do -Anonymous

I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap. Bob Hope

BRAIN TEASER (answers on page 20)

1) What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?
2) You are running in a 400 meter race and you overtake the last person, what position are you now in?
3) How many seconds are there in a year?
4) A Donkey is tied to a rope 6 feet long and there is a bale of hay 8 feet away. How can the donkey get to the hay if he does not bite or undo the rope?
5) Everything Mr. Red owns is red, he lives in a red bungalow and his chairs are red, his tables are red. His ceiling, walls and floor are all red. All of his clothes are red, his shoes are red, even his carpet, television and phone are red. What colour are his stairs?
6) What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
7) You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.
What did you eat?
8} What goes up and down the stairs without moving?
9} What can you catch but not throw?
11} What’s black and white and red all over?
12} What goes around the world but stays in a corner?
13) I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, & in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I?
14} Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I?
15} The man who invented it doesn’t want it. The man who bought it doesn’t need it. The man who needs it doesn’t know it. What is it?
16) I run over fields and woods all day. Under the bed at night I sit not alone. My tongue hangs out, up and to the rear, waiting to be filled in the morning. What am I?
17} Throw it off the highest building, & I’ll not break. But put me in the ocean, and I will. What am I?
18} What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?

Morning Motivation

When I woke up this morning lying in bed, I was asking myself;
What are some of the secrets of success in life?
I found the answer right there, in my very room.
Carry a Heart that Never Hates.
Carry a Smile that Never Fades.
Carry a Touch that Never Hurts.


You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK…I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said. ‘Of course I will show you the way home – only
believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, and Afghanistan…. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name – though not all know Me. Some met Me
for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… this way… take my hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
‘ready to go.’

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.


Submitted by Barbara

MY MANTRA: Layer of dust protects the Wood beneath it.

‘A house becomes a home when you can write ‘I love you’ on the furniture.’
I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect – ‘in case someone came over’ finally I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

NOW, when people visit, I don’t have to explain the ‘condition’ of my home They are more interested in hearing about the things I’ve been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven’t figured this out yet, please heed this advice. Life is short. Enjoy it!

Dust if you must but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time. . . With wine to drink, rivers to swim and mountains to
Climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the worlds out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around, again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go – and go you must – you, yourself will make more dust!
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.


WITH REDUCED VISION (from “Senior Moments”)

• Use vision aids, such as large-print items and special video systems.
• Wear light colored shoes so you can see where your toes are in relation to the steps or curb.
• Wear a broad brimmed hat to cut glare from – snow, ice, waxed floors and tables.
• Tinted lenses can reduce light sensitivity to glare.
• Carry a small focused flashlight for dark places like garages or basements
• Do not do yoga or exercise that require bending. This could put more pressure on the eye.


* Don’t smoke. Studies prove that smoking a cigarette after a meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes
* Don’t eat fruits immediately. Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1 hr before meal.
* Don’t loosen your belt after a meal. It will easily cause the intestine to be twisted and blocked.
* Don’t bathe. Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs and body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.
* Don’t walk about. People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.
* Don’t sleep immediately – The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine. Submitted by Barbara

TEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLES from the Source, Health and Wellness Journal

We’re told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what exactly ar4e the health benefits of apples? Here are ten reasons to heed the advice of that old proverb.

Bone Protection: French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect most post-menopausal women form osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.

Asthma Help
One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.

Alzheimer’s Prevention
A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Lower Cholesterol
The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.

Lung Cancer Prevention
According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of flavonoids quercetin and naromgin in apples.

Breast cancer Prevention:
A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.

Colon Cancer Prevention
One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Liver Cancer Prevention: Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.

Diabetes Management
An ingredient in the pectin in apple skins lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Weight Loss: A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.

GARLIC FOR YOUR HEART excerpt from Article By: Cynthia Ross Cravit

When it comes to promoting heart health, garlic may be best eaten raw, crushed and smelly. While raw and smelly garlic may not seem very romantic, it might help your heart, researchers say.

Garlic, beloved by cooks around the globe, has long been thought to have heath benefits such as reducing high levels of cholesterol and fighting cancer and cardiovascular disease. And now a new US study suggests that garlic is best for your heart when it is raw, crushed and smelly rather than when it is processed or cooked.

As reported by Reuters, cardiovascular researchers from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine found that freshly crushed garlic has more potent heart-healthy effects than dried garlic.

Their study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, challenges the belief that most of garlic’s health benefits are due to its abundance of antioxidants. Instead, researchers found that garlic’s heart-friendly attributes seemed to result mainly from hydrogen sulfide, a chemical-signaling substance that is formed after garlic is cut or crushed. And when eaten, it relaxes blood vessels. Hydrogen sulfide also acts as a chemical messenger in the body, relaxing blood vessels and allowing more blood to pass through,” said researcher Dipak Das in a statement.

“Processed and cooked garlic, however, loses its ability to generate hydrogen sulfide.”

For the study, scientists gave freshly crushed garlic and processed garlic to two groups of lab rats for a period of 30 days. (They were given what amounts to be about two cloves a day for a 175-pound person.) Afterward, researchers studied how well the animals’ hearts recovered from simulated heart attacks.

“Both crushed and processed garlic reduced damage from lack of oxygen, but the fresh garlic group had a significantly greater effect on restoring good blood flow in the aorta and increased pressure in the left ventricle of the heart,” said Das.
He said that these results were potentially important for heart patients who are looking for natural and complementary medicine. “The results of the present study strongly suggest that using fresh garlic would provide maximal and added benefits to the cardiovascular patients,” he said.

The health benefits of garlic date back to ancient times. In 1500 BC, the Egyptians used garlic to treat at least 22 different conditions. And the ancient Greeks credited it for repelling scorpions and treating dog bites. Since then it has been used as a remedy for intestinal disorders, flatulence, worms, respiratory infections, skin diseases, wounds, symptoms of aging, and other ailments.


Because of its strong smell, ancients also used the “stinky rose” to drive away evil spirits, protect against werewolves and vampires, protect from evil and to bring good luck.

Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won’t be reporting it the thief spends less than my wife did. ~

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops. ~

My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night, only this time I stayed in the bathroom and cried.
Submitted by Dolores


Proposals for improvements on Mount Royal: Peel Street entrance by Donovan King
Submitted to the City of Montreal Public Consultation September 20th, 2007 by Donovan King

Most people are not aware that there are human remains buried in the area to be redeveloped or the fact that the site is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Simon McTavish…

There is a fascinating “hidden history” within the boundaries of the area being redeveloped, including the elaborate tomb of Simon McTavish, which is currently buried under mounds of rubble.

Simon McTavish came from Inverness-shire, Scotland, and he arrived in Montréal in 1775. As the founder of the North West Co., a rival of the Hudson Bay Company in procuring furs from the pays d’en haut for export; he made his fortunes very quickly.
With his ruthless business skills, he was soon the richest person in Montréal. McTavish became famous (and some would say arrogant), and presided over an Assembly of prominent Montrealers that he called The Cream of the Town. With all of his wealth and lavishness, he insisted on being known as ‘The Emperor and .The Marquis.’
In October 1793, at the age of 43, he married a beautiful 18 year-old French-Canadian girl named Marie-Margueritte Chaboillez, the daughter of a trading partner. With his fortune secured, McTavish and his new bride moved to London, England directly after the wedding, where he hoped to live permanently. However, his wife soon became seriously depressed, and in 1795 they moved back to her home of Montréal. McTavish, perhaps in an effort to cheer up his wife, decided to build a castle high on the slopes of Mount Royal on land he purchased as his.’Country Seat’.. Using the finest materials available such as hand-cut limestone blocks, the McTavish Castle was to be a striking and luxurious building that could be
seen from the city below. By 1804 the castle was almost finished. The foundations, walls, and roof were in place, and work was about to start on the interior. McTavish, who was supervising work from a small cottage a few hundred yards to the west, fell ill with pneumonia, and died suddenly on July 6th, 1804.

The construction of the castle was immediately abandoned, and a magnificent vault with a tall stone column was built in the back of the garden, where McTavish liked to read. It was here that McTavish was interred. The tomb held his remains, while the nearby abandoned castle held his dreams. His wife soon married another man – British soldier Lt-Col. William Smith Plenderleath – and moved back to England to raise another family.

As the years passed, the house was soon said to be haunted. Some reported moaning noises from within the unfinished building, whereas others said that a ghost was reported to be dancing on the roof. Over time, the castle took on a look of dilapidation, as it slowly decayed. Cattle wandered inside in the summer to keep cool, while in the winter it took on an eerie appearance as snow drifted through it.
From the city below, it took on the appearance of an old blind figure staring down. It is said that McGill students would go to the vault in the winter, wearing snowshoes, and shout and holler to try and raise the ghost of McTavish. In 1827 the locks of the vault were smashed, and the interior of the tomb was violated. An indignant article appeared in The Gazette condemning the vandalism. The locksmith later reported that he felt a frightening presence in the vault and noticed McTavish’s coffin had fallen on the floor spilling its contents. Without venturing inside, he quickly repaired the lock and fled. By 1832 there were many McTavish ghost sightings – it is said that he could be seen certain nights tobogganing down Mount Royal in his coffin, terrorizing people. Some folks claimed it was a “Ressurectionist”; a doctor harvesting a pauper’s grave in the
Catholic cemetery, who delivered the cadaver to the McGill Medical Bldg. for study and dissection. It was illegal at the time to obtain corpses for dissection. In any case, citizens grew uneasy about the haunted castle and vault.

Finally, with litigation of McTavish’s will complete in 1839, it was decided that the vault would be buried under mounds of rubble to protect it from further abuse, while the crumbling castle was to be demolished.

While McTavish’s castle was being dismantled, a worker mysteriously fell three stories to the ground and died before surgeons could help him. It was thought to be an act of vengeance by McTavish, before the vault containing his earthly remains was buried and forgotten.

For 103 years there was nothing whatsoever to indicate McTavish’s gravesite, until 1942, when the city installed a small marker. The marker does very little to indicate the history of the area or the precise location of McTavish’s grave. There is no proper indication or signage as to the significance of McTavish, his now-demolished castle, and the fact that his ghost is said to haunt the area. Furthermore, there are disturbing remains of crumbling infrastructure in the area that appear to be related to McTavish’s tomb:

The small marker does very little to indicate the history of the area or the precise location of McTavish’s grave. There is no proper indication or signage as to the significance of McTavish, his now-demolished castle, and the fact that his ghost is said to haunt the area. Furthermore, there are disturbing remains of crumbling infrastructure in the area that appear to be related to McTavish’s tomb:

In any case, the City of Montreal would be foolish to ignore this .hidden history and should consider ways to mark it instead of ignoring it. Some ideas include:
1. Put up signs explaining the story, with drawings and maps of how things used to be here.
2. Decide what to do about McTavish’s remains and vault. Should it be restored to its former glory? Should there be a better marker to indicate it? Should archaeologists investigate? What about the crumbling infrastructure?
3. Place markings on the ground to signify the footprint of the McTavish Castle, Vault, and Cottage.
4. Promote the story within the cultural milieu of Montreal, the arts, literature, drama, film, etc. Attract Montrealers and visitors to the site based on its unique history and importance as the downtown gateway to the Mountain. Create re-enactments and cultural events. Overall, the City of Montréal has a responsibility to enhance the area’s natural beauty, accessibility, and relate its unique history to Montrealers and visitors alike. I hope my vision in some way helps to accomplish a Gateway all Montrealers can be proud of. I look forward to the day I can sit there with a good book, and perhaps with a thermos of tea, and enjoy the tranquility of the area just like Simon McTavish used to do back in the day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: November 1, November 4TH

1995 – CP Rail began its commuter service between Vancouver and Mission, in British Columbia.

1992 – In Montreal, Quebec, St-Cyrille Boulevard is renamed René Levesque.

1987 – Former Premiere of Quebec (1976 – 1985) leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois René Levesque died in Montreal, Que. He was born in 1922.

1971 – On this day, Douglas Creighton started publishing “The Toronto Sun” along with some other unemployed Telegram staffers. The first issue boasted 48 pages!

1970 – The province of Quebec brought in a universal health insurance plan.

November 4
1993 – Jean Chrétien becomes Canada’s 20th Prime Minister. Part of his new Cabinet – six women:

1992 – Inventor George Klein died at the age of 88. He worked for the Nat. Research Council for over 40 years. Best known for leading the team that designed the first nuclear reactor, gear design of Canadarm.

1990 – Prime Minister Brian Mulroney offers an apology to the Canadians of Italian origin who were forced to live in internment camps during World War II. Earlier he apology to Japanese Canadians.

1985 – The Canadian Red Cross started testing donated blood for HIV, which leads to AIDS. Unfortunately, because some tainted blood was already in the system, it is estimated that thousands of Canadians will contract HIV and Hepatitis.

1982 – Ontario Supreme Court ordered the extradition of Albert Helmut Rauca, a Canadian citizen, to West Germany. He was charged in connection with the murder of over 11,000 Lithuanian Jews in WW II. This was the first extradition of a Canadian accused of war crimes.

1978 – Springhill, Nova Scotia-born Anne Murray’s ‘You Needed Me’ becomes #1 on the charts.

1970 – The new St. Lawrence River bridge, upstream from Quebec, is renamed Pont Pierre-Laporte, to honour Le Devoir correspondent Pierre Laporte (1921-1970), who was kidnapped and killed by the FLQ

1959 – Paul Anka, born in Ottawa, has a number one hit with Put Your Head on My Shoulder”.

1956 – Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, (1897-1972) proposed a UN police force for Suez — to separate Egypt from the invading British, French, and Israelis. The U. N. implemented his intn’l emergency force scheme — it became the model for all UN peacekeeping actions thereafter.

1953 – Société Radio-Canada started broadcasting “La Famille Plouffe”, Quebec’s first téléroman.
1936 – Birth of the Société Radio-Canada (the French counterpart of the CBC).

1879 – The Supreme Court ruled that only the Queen or the Gov-General can appoint Queen’s Counsels.

1873 – In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ambroise-Dydime Lépine (l834-1923) was sentenced to death for his role in the execution of Thomas Scott. However, it was commuted and he served only two years in jail.

1838 – Cyrille Côté, and a hundred Patriotes from Châteauguay (under Cardinal et Duquet), attacked Caughnawaga looking for arms. The darn thing is that they attacked while the Mohawks were attending church! Later, the Iroquois counterattacked — they beat back rebels, and took Cardinal and Duquet prisoner.

1797 – Robert Shore Milnes Bouchette (1746-1837) was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Lower Canada on this day. He was also administrator of Lower Canada from July 30, 1799, to November 29, 1808.

LIFE ON THE HOMEFRONT: Family Allowances

In August 1943 the National War Labour Board recommended that the government pay out family allowances if it could not remove the freeze on incomes for low wage earners. The Dept. of Finance agreed, foreseeing an end to the war and thinking that, with assistance to families in this form, there would be no need for large low-rental housing projects after the war. The Cabinet also came aboard: ministers believed that allowances would enable consumers to buy goods and services and ward off a post-war economic slump.

When the idea was introduced in the House of Commons, some opposition Progressive Conservatives attacked it as a bribe to Quebec, where many of the biggest families lived. Conservative Premier George Drew of Ontario referred to Quebec as “one isolationist province,” turned in on itself, which would dominate Canada’s future. This made people think that the Conservatives were against social welfare and against Quebec, an image which helped to defeat them in the federal election in June 1945

The family allowances, the “baby bonus” as it was nicknamed, began on July 1, 1945. It was paid to the mother in each family. Because the Quebec Prov. government insisted, the family allowance was paid to fathers there.


Salt in the spout: To clean the spout of a teapot, pack it with salt as tightly as possible and leave overnight.

Prevent furring: To prevent kettles furring up, pop an oyster shell inside to collect any deposits.

Take a tablet: Clean the inside of a metal teapot with a tablet for cleaning false teeth. Leave over night and the stains will disappear.

Tang (juice powder): To get rid of rust stains in dish washer put Orange Tang (powder for making juice) in and run the usual cycle. You will be amazed when the inside of your dish washer looks like new. I saw it done and the lady used two packages. I am sure it would work with one also.

May you always have a rainbow of smiles on your face and in your heart forever and ever! Submitted by Dolores

HOME is a place where you can take off your new shoes and put on your old manners!

When time steals our years away
Shall steal our pleasures too
The mem’ry of the past will stay
And half our joys renew.

Knowledge and fame are gained not by surprise.
He that would win must labour for the prize.
‘Tis this the youth from lisping ABC
Attain at length a master’s high degree.
(Noah’s Webster speller – Vermont 1820) Submitted by Edith

1) Your name
2) This cannot happen, you cannot overtake the person who is in last place, as there is no-one behind them:
3) 12; 2nd of January, 2nd of February, etc…
4) The other end of the rope is not tied to anything!
05) He doesn’t have any stairs because he lives in a bungalow!
06} A towel
07} an ear of corn 08} A rug 09} A cold 10} A nose
11} an embarrassed skunk 12} A stamp 13} A sponge 14} Fire
15} A coffin 16} A shoe 17} A tissue 18} A river
May you always have love to share, Health to spare, and friends that care!
Enjoy your day!


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