Sunday, December 06, 2009

Grandfather Clock Family Tradition

A home with a Grandfather Clock makes me think of continuity, warmth and family togetherness.

Traditions have always been important in my family and I like to carry on the special ones so my children and grandchildren will have good memories of certain times in their lives to remember, talk about and even laugh about! Can you imagine learning to tell the time from your Grandfather as he shows you his prize possession of a Grandfather Clock sitting proudly in his home? As a child and even as a young adult I recall the pride my friends Grandpa showed when we asked about his clock!

Some families are lucky enough to have grandfather clocks in their homes. I like the continuous ticking of a clock in my life, and the soft chiming of the bells day and night to tell me the time. Sure I could look at my cell phone to see the time, or the stove clock, but chimes keep me aware of the hours ticking away.

Ridgeway makes the Grandfather Clock I'd enjoy in my living room! With free shipping and free in-home setup, on purchases over $1100.00 this clock would be a perfect gift for me if anyone is looking! Be sure to listen to the chimes - which ones do you like best?

For more information on Grandfather Clocks history, care, chimes, and to learn about the Grandfather of all Clocks, the impressive, 150 year old 'Big Ben' be sure to visit the

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Short Stories in the Making

Twitter is my new best friend. I've met so many interesting bloggers via Twitter and honestly call them friends even though I only know them 'online'. The ones who answer a 'tweet' or a call for help amaze me no end.

When I need technical help, or a simple answer about a product, I know some kind soul somewhere in the world will answer my plea and usually help me solve my problem.

Yesterday, I needed a review of a new ebook and put out a request on Twitter - sure enough, an answer quickly came from Colleen Gough of Short Stories in the Making. She agreed to write a review - and within 24 hours completed it, posted it to her blog and did a great job.

Colleen writes from the heart. After reading only a few of her posts, I know she is truly a good person who appreciates each day and is thankful for her blessings. She is strong in her beliefs and no doubt a loyal, honest friend.

The Law of the Garbage Truck is one of Colleens recent posts and is one of my favorites. If you haven't read this story of the taxi driver who doesn't let other people's garbage ruin his day, you need to visit Colleen! She will inspire you to be tolerant and forgiving!

Thanks Twitter - for introducing me to Colleen!

Ebook Affiliate Program

Earth (my favorite planet)Image by woodleywonderworks via Flickr

Are you a Green Blogger? Do you love to learn, practice, and promote new ideas to make our world safer for the generations to come?

This new Ebook “How to Save Money and the Planet” will give you some wonderful ideas you can implement and share.

My friend Murray Newlands is looking for green affiliate bloggers with green affiliate blogs to write reviews of his newest Ebook. He has a variety of landing pages and is willing to make YOU a custom landing page.

As the title of the book suggests it is very much focused on how to save money and stop waste, as well as how to save the environment. Ebooks are very popular in any economy but in a recession climate, consumers want to save money and are very conscious of where every penny goes.

This is an opportunity to make money as an affiliate while doing something positive for the environment.

Please join Murray's Ebook Affiliate Program.

Beautiful British Columbia and our entire planet will thank you :)

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Recession Humour from Virgin Mobile

Hot Tip of the Day:

'Libraries aren’t just for making out anymore. Hit up your local “free bookstore” for books & movies.'

We all need a break now and then from the incessant recession talk, and Virgin Mobile has an awesome 'Screw You Recession' blog with some very humorous articles, suggestions, and critiques of how celebrities of the world are coping in this economic downturn.

Want advice or tips on fashion, eating, daily living, the arts, going green or the tech world? Virgin Mobile has it all, using a very funny approach which will appeal to nearly everyone. Be sure you input your mood into the Recession Mood Meter to weigh in on this heavy subject! will be posting interviews with financially savvy people Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder and will be inviting interesting guest bloggers to take part in this cool site.

Everyone needs to use a budget calculator, and it, as well as e-coupons will be coming soon. Of course no blog would be complete without a Facebook page - so check back regularly for updates.

Virgin Mobile has some cool phones and affordable calling plans - sign up and say Hello to 'screwing the recession'.

Please follow @virginmobilecan on Twitter: to catch the latest and greatest tips on screwing the recession!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Personalized Gifts for Special Guests

I have personalized towels and housecoats on the Jervis Mist and love them. Really special guests get a golf shirt with 'Jervis Mist' embroidered on the chest, but I've never ordered myself a shirt or jacket. It must be time!

Whether you want personalized baby gifts, hats, t-shirts or golf shirts, is the place to go.

I uploaded my bald eagle avatar 'Baldy' to see how it would look on a shirt. It took a while because it's a huge file, and I don't need all the background color so I need to photoshop my picture first, then upload it again. Creating custom embroidery logos and text is very simple and you may see exactly how your project will look before ordering. The simple 'foundry tool' allows you to increase or decrease the number of colors - of course, the fewer the colors, the less expensive your embroidery.

Here is a screenshot of my picture while it was loading. I really like the stylized look of the eagle.

There's a decent selection of styles and colors from which to choose - and talk about a 'unique gift'. I'll certainly use this site when I need a special birthday gift, baby gift or a guest gift! I hope you'll check it out and be sure to show me the cool gifts you choose to have embroidered.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Research Before Surgery

After seeing a few 'older than me' women go through various nips, tucks and facelifts I always said I'd 'never' bother. Mostly because I didn't like the extreme tightening of the skin facial skin and the problems with eyes not closing properly.

Well, that was before MY wrinkles set in and before my skin started to thin and sag and bulge in the wrong places, and before my boobs started sagging. That has to be the worst. When I look in the mirror now, I'm reminded of the cartoon where an old saggy breasted, bulgy bellied woman pulls up a really tight girdle and her boobs pop back in place making her look 30 again.

Who took my youthful beauty while I wasn't looking? What a shocker to have that happen and now I WANT IT BACK! Cosmetic plastic surgery has come a long way since I first heard of friends trying it and I might even consider obtaining Breast Enlargement Advice. I bought a lovely summer strapless dress yesterday which would look even more fabulous with perky boobs. (Make Yourself Amazing) has an interesting website which answers many questions and offers tons of information. Beware - there are photos of surgical procedures, so it's not for the faint of heart! I'm sure I could find a reputable cosmetic surgery site on this side of the Atlantic Ocean so I wouldn't have the need to travel afar, but it's certainly worth researching many different sites to compare prices, procedures and to read first hand testimonials before making a decision.

How do you feel about plastic surgery? Would you ever consider it? Do you think there should be an age restriction? How would you choose a doctor or clinic? How far would you travel for a highly recommended service?

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Changing Trends

28 years ago, when I was pregnant, maternity clothes were plain old ugly - and difficult to find! I bought one pretty blue top, and one pair of jeans with a stretch panel in the front - man, they were fugly!

Rather than spend a lot of money on clothes I knew I'd never wear again, I chose to sew my own outfits, even a black dress to wear to a pre-Christmas party. I was actually in labor the night I wore it to the party.

Since then, many clothing companies have embraced the 'baby bump' with comfy, affordable, attractive outfits, making it a pleasure to see a pregnant woman dressed in stylish attire, proud of her 'condition'.

If you are looking for trendy, unique styles to fit your lifestyle, I suggest taking a look at Kiki's Fashions for a great selection of quality clothing at up to 75% discounts. How much do you think the purple strapless costs? You won't believe the price!

Here is an exclusive 20% discount code for you to use at checkout: "blogfriends".

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Old Spaghetti Factory

Last night 6 of us went out for dinner to celebrate a friends birthday. None of us had been to the 'Old Spaghetti Factory' in many years and it was a very pleasant surprise.

We didn't wait long to be seated, but we weren't fussy either about the location of our table as long as it wasn't too far a walk for Pop with his walker. We were seated at a window table which was just below street level so we saw 'everything' that was happening.

The Old Spaghetti Factory in New Westminster is right beside the Sky Train station and there are plenty of unsavory characters who hang around there, so that made for some good 'people watching'.

Our waiter was a bit of a talker, and a little disorganized, but other than that everything was very good. The place was clean, with great antique furniture and art objects imported from Great Britain. The large scale near the front door was a great conversation piece. Pop suggested we all weigh ourselves before and after dinner. He didn't get many takers - ha!

The food was excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend the Old Spaghetti Factory. Of course, you expect spaghetti to be served, but the menu was extensive with a range of prices and very kid friendly. The bill with a bottle of red wine and 3 drinks was about $45.00 per couple, which seemed very reasonable for an evening out with good friends!

It didn't look like hard times had hit in New West last night - as we were finishing dinner the lineup of families was stretched halfway up the block!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Do Over Day February 26

February 26 is DO OVER DAY! What would you 'Do Over' if you had the chance to make things right from your past?

I have so many regrets from the past it's hard to choose just one, but since this is now an official Calendar Occasion, with greeting cards, T-shirts and more, I will start at the start to make amends. I should be able to make amends for everything I regret in the 40 or so years I have left on earth!

Here is my first remembrance of an offense I committed which hurt another.

When I was 12, I encouraged my friend to steal her Moms red lipstick on Halloween evening and we went out to the carport and I wrote all over her Moms car windshield, using up ALL the lipstick and making a terrible mess of the car.

I never admitted to that mean prank and my friend had to clean the lipstick off the windshield. I've been sorry about that for 45 years now and can't even apologize to her Mom because she died years ago. I hope this gets me off the hook! I know I feel better for having admitted I made a mistake.

What do you want to make amends for in your past? Do you regret a lost opportunity, a scene you made at your best friends wedding, a choice to get a tattoo or do drugs? Not being there for a friend when he/she needed your help?

Where would your life have gone if you could 'Do Over' just one event?

Mark Do Over Day on your calendar right now, then make your plans to make amends for something which you regret. Be sure to spread the word about Do Over Day with your friends via Facebook - this awesome day could make a huge difference in their lives!

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Celebrating 96 Years Young!

Candle birthday cakes.Image via Wikipedia

My 'Pop' has had 95 birthdays already and his 96th is coming up really quickly!

My family and I have held some incredible parties for him over the years with great themes and huge numbers of guests... so it's always difficult to come up with another idea for a party. When you live as long as Pop has I think your birthday should be very special every year.

So, I'm starting to research a few ideas now for his June birthday. Once I'm at Egmont, living aboard the boat for the Spring and Summer I don't have internet access continually and certainly don't have much time for research!

I always found kids birthday party ideas were easy to come up with, but adults are another story - especially 'older' adults.

With the help of I think I've come up with a fairly good idea! Summer Solstice is the end of June so that theme would fit perfectly. The decor is simple - clear mini lights in the trees, a few Chinese lanterns hung from the branches, candles on the tables, pretty napkins and fresh flowers. Add guests, with a potluck dinner, a huge birthday cake with 96 candles, and party into the wee hours, while wishing Pop all the best and welcoming summer sunshine and warmth!

Will you join us?

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Friday, January 30, 2009

NASCAR Scale Model Winner

I'm so pleased to announce the winner of the NASCAR Dana 1:24 Scale Model:

Tracy O. is a member of Smart Canucks where she found a link to the Beautiful British Columbia contest which was hosted through Bloggy Giveaways.

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Congratulations Tracy - I hope you enjoy your new car!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Win a Nascar Dana 1:24 Scale Stock Car AND MORE!


The Bloggy Giveaways Contest Carnival is ON!

Now is your chance to enter to win hundreds (maybe thousands) of prizes being given away by various bloggers taking part in this Carnival. All participants are listed and linked on the Bloggy Giveaways site!

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You may WIN this Nascar Dana 1:24 Scale Stock Car:

Leave your name and email address in the comment section below and you are entered to win - yes, it's that simple!

I will ship this prize via parcel post anywhere in the world :)

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Now comes the really, really exciting part TWO of this contest. You may enter to win some serious, cold hard CASH by following the directions below! This will take a little more work on your part, but think of it this way - the odds of winning the $50.00 are much higher, the fewer people who complete the steps!

Follow these directions exactly and you will be entered to win $50.00 CASH - via Paypal only - so you must have a Paypal account:

If you are ready to earn money for blogging about the things you love, display affiliate links or display sponsorship links on your blog, read on!

You must have a personal blog written in English or Spanish to enter. Basically, your blog must:

* Be at least 90 days old, with at least 20 pre-existing posts written in the last 90 days.
* Contain content that is original to you and the blog.
* Be a blog, meaning no message boards, websites, IM, emails or other similar services.
* Not be a blog kept primarily for making money. Read the SocialSpark Terms of Service to be sure your blog qualifies. If you qualify, complete these easy steps:

1. Join SocialSpark.
2. Have your blog approved by IZEA (takes a few days).
3. Claim your blog in SocialSpark.
4. Join the TEDHeads.
5. Leave a comment here.
6. Leave a comment on the TEDHeads FB Group, saying you are in the process of joining SS and are a new member of this awesome group.

The contest runs from January 26 to January 30 (noon PST) and I will select one winner of the $50.00, randomly, from all new SocialSpark/TEDHeads members once all entered blogs are approved by IZEA.

Be sure to leave a comment with your name and email address in the comment section below this post.

Good luck in the Bloggy Giveaways Contest Carnival!

Enter my two other contests:

Win a 2 GB DiskGo Edge Flash Drive

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mickey Rourke Rocks!

When I think of Mickey Rourke, I think 'character actor' not the star of The Wrestler.

Mickey has a look about him that I certainly wouldn't call handsome - HAWT yes, handsome NO! As a matter of fact, to me he looks like he's been around the block and back a couple of times, but he is unforgettable.

This man is tough as nails, a real man's man, but he has such a soft, vulnerable side to him that is revealed in the trailer for his new movie. He won the prestigious Golden Globe 'Best Actor' award for his portrayal of a has-been wrestler in the ring, but this man is no slouch in the brains department - his IQ is 119 - according to this Squiddo page! He also has an abundance of self confidence according to reports on his actions at the Golden Globes Awards. Perhaps he feels his time has finally come after years of being in the supporting actor role. I hope to see lots more great quality acting from this amazing man.

He's definitely in good company with Bruce Springsteen who won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, beating out Beyonce, Peter Gabriel, Miley Cyrus, and Clint Eastwood.

Is there an Oscar in the future for Mickey? I sincerely hope so, but then I'm always rooting for the underdog. Especially the guy who has duct tape holding his jacket together!

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