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Saddest jobs and first lines

From Chris today

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I had a thought earlier I wanted to share with you tonight. A thought that crossed my mind and made me sit up and take notice.

Surprisingly it was that scientists studying the universe possibly have one of the least rewarding jobs.

As a nurse of 5 decades or so, I often thought of those who could for instance work with sick children and the pain and loss that would entail at times. The same with any of the specialty fields I guess. Then I came to realize the hardest place to work would be Long Term Care, because there is only one way any of those folk would leave, and given the age and fragility of them, the staff would find themselves in a constant low grade grieving. Does that make sense?

Then I was reading on my news feed something about spectacular new things and new questions arising…

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International Tea Day

I am English so I drink tea.

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Did you know May 21 is marked as International Tea Day. No, neither did I, but who better to write about tea than an English woman!

Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid,…
thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening,
wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe
the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.”
~Colley Cibber,1671 1757) English actor-manager, playwright

and Poet Laureate.

Do you drink tea – how do you take it? I have mine black with no milk or sugar/

“The UK Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA) says 84% of the UK population drinks tea every day, so there’s no doubt the nation loves it – with milk too, apparently. UKTIA say around 100 million cups of tea are consumed daily, and roughly 98% of those brews are served with milk”.

And according to the BBC, (The authority(?) on all things British) we…

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It’s only Thursday but a special weekend approaches

Yesterday’s thoughts from Chris.

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Well it is a kind of lolling around weekend here in Canada.  The neighbourhood is quiet and most folk who have not headed out to cottages or camping are puttering at this and that. Much improved over the last couple of years – post covid and all that.

May 24 to the young adults means 24 (the number of bottles of beer in a case, that is packed up for a trip, with sleeping bags, snacks and little else.) At least it used to be that way.but the holiday celebrates the reign of Queen Victoria who ruled the United Kingdom from 1837 until 1901.

Victoria at 18 coronation

That lady would have seen a lot of changes in all those decades and today her style is defined by her name: Victorian; architecture, clothes, morals (although the morals have long since changed drastically). And as per my blog two days ago, even…

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Is it Written in the Stars?

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“The fault dear Brutus is not in the stars
but in ourselves.”
William Shakespeare

Many of my friends read their horoscope daily – do you? Many years ago I came to the conclusion that they could not be in any way real, as how many peoples star was Pisces or any of the others.

But just occasionally they do make sense. An example was the day my daughter was born – the horoscope “You must push harder”. Well, I did.

Pisces via Pinterest

Following a comment from Chris this morning, I decided to look at my horoscope for the first time in several years.

The first one declared – “You feel balanced and relaxed; your good mood is infectious, and there isn’t anything that is likely to get you down or prevent you from being in such a good mood. “

But wait, the second one I looked at said –…

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Well for goodness sake -A plot afoot? And A Thank You

As Chris says, there can never be too many thank yous on either or any of my blogs

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Before we get on with the nonsense of the day Judith Baxter, and I, Chris Gingerich, want to express our thanks to all who have joined us, visited us, commented, and just been darn nice.

When we did our first post on November 21, 2021 we weren’t sure what would happen but the very idea of two women, different backgrounds, mutual admiration and respect, and a refusal to recognize that age means old, decided to celebrate our worlds, our minds (when we haven’t lost them), A World Apart, and invite you in for the ride. And YOU have enriched that experience with every click and comment. JB and I celebrate our differences and likenesses we share with you. So in almost six months we have had 7,923 views, and 117 followers to whom I must also thank for sharing your world with us. It doesn’t matter where those numbers stand…

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Wet and Windy in Wellington

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“Pray don’t talk to me about the weather, Mr Worthing.
Whenever people talk to me about the weather,
I always feel quite certain that they mean something else.
And that makes me quite nervous.”
― Oscar Wilde

Oh how easily we are fooled.  Having been lulled into a false sense of security with a few days of mild, almost windless weather, we woke up this morning to a typical winter’s day here in Wellington.

The rain fell out of the sky and the wind moaned and shook trees and roofs around our Capital City. No birds singing here today.

We know that Wellington is the most Windy City in the world.  Yes, it even beats Chicago.  We regularly (how often?) have gale force winds but hey, this all adds to the wind power that generates the turbines around the city. And according to an earlier Wellington Mayor, Justine Leonard, “Sailors, windsurfers…

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Lady in Park, Moon in the Sky

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I took a walk the other day in one of my favourite places on earth, Victoria Park in Kitchener. It’s about a 15 minute walk from where I live.

It was a hot day at 28C so I took a wee lunch of an apple and a can of sparkling water and sat for a time at a picnic table writing.

One very bossy duck provided entertainment.

I sat on a bench soaking up the sounds and smells of a day in the park and watched, and felt.

I always pay homage to those for whom the benches are name. If there is one post life-exit thing I would like it would be a bench. Hmmm what should it say?

This one dedicated to Georgina Milley.

And then I saw this:

I stopped to take photos and a lovely young girl, perhaps in her early 20’s stopped to chat to…

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A little town, a big party, and it happens every Friday the 13th, rain, snow, sleet, or sun

Chris and motorbikes? To read this post. It’s fun

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On the north shore of Lake Erie lies an idyllic fishing, and tourist town of about 6,500. (it swells to double that in the summer tourist season.)


It’s location is ideal for day trips as well as full vacation weeks. Lots of great sites to visit, not the least of which is the The Erie Beach Hotel

The Erie Beach has been around for more that 70 years but it has a forever feel about it. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, it is famous for its perch and celery bread. Probably more menu items but I always get stuck there.

And Port Dover is famous for Friday the 13th motorcycle rally which brings in more that 100,000 on their cycles.

Port Dover Kinsmen

Every kind of motorcycle club as well as individuals show up.

Amazingly, even in 2018 when over 200,000 showed up it was…

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Friday the 13th

Friday’s thoughts

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 Maybe you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
What’s that you say?
Definition: a persistent, irrational fear of Friday the 13th

If you’re superstitious, walking through the streets can feel like navigating a field of landmines. Don’t let a blackcatcross your path. Step on a crack and break your mother’s back. And never walk under a ladder!

We all know about black cats walking in front of us, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders. But when and where did these superstitions originate?

Breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. It so happened that in both Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire that is between 2,000 and 2,700 years ago: reflected images were thought to have mysterious powers. It is likely in one of these times and places that the broken mirror superstition began.

Bad luck and black cats.  It’s said that the story began when a black cat was seen running into a…

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Five More Words

Chris always comes up with something new to think about.

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As you may know, JB and LA from Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50 initiated Five Word Friday which takes place on the first Friday of each month. It’s kind of neat that JB’s Friday is always the day before LA and me, so its like getting 2 or 3 scoops of ice cream for the price of 1 scoop.

Stephen Colbert

So it caught my attention when I saw a YouTube clip about a late night host (Stephen Colbert) who asks his star guests 15 questions which will reveal their true selves, and the star was Daniel Craig. 007 himself.

The question – and answer I was most interested in was ’Describe the rest of your life in five words.

You guessed it. I was hooked. And I wondered what my five would be. I mean we’re talking about the rest of your life. My life…

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