Puts a chill in the bones

The past few days around here have been cold and foggy with the kind of flesh-penetrating, bone-aching, finger-numbing cold that comes only with living near ocean in late winter. Some warm weather would be really nice, but seems unlikely because of this: Yep. Ice. Lots of it. In some ways, I suppose, it just looks…

Quick Preview – Craft Seconds Sale

If you are in the St. John’s (Newfoundland) area, a crafty sort and like a good deal, be sure to drop by Devon House (Duckworth Street) tomorrow morning. The Annual Seconds Sale is on and there’s plenty to see! There’s about one hundred pounds of this stuff, dyed in marvellous colours. I’ve had to sit…

Quick Preview – Craft Seconds Sale

If you are in the St. John’s (Newfoundland) area, a crafty sort and like a good deal, be sure to drop by Devon House (Duckworth Street) tomorrow morning. The Annual Seconds Sale is on and there’s plenty to see! There’s about one hundred pounds of this stuff, dyed in marvellous colours. I’ve had to sit…

Craft Council Rummage and Seconds Sale

Anyone in the St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) area, take note! The annual Craft Council Seconds Sale is taking place on Saturday. (The photos in this post were taken at the sale few years ago.) The official ad reads: April 14, 2007 Sat. 9:00 – 12:00 FIELDS OF FABRIC ENDS! YAFFLES OF YARN! HARD-TO-FIND CRAFT SUPPLIES…

The wheels on the bus go…

I truly am stunned by a recent situation in which a local school bus driver was found impaired while driving (with no kids in the bus at the time). It seems obvious to me that sobriety while operating a moving vehicle (any vehicle at any time, for that matter) would be a very basic qualification…

All a-flutter

Katherine and I went to a Craft Council meeting this morning and afterwards, at the wonderful suggestion of Laurie Dempster, went to the Butterfly House in Bowring Park. It’s a project of the Newfoundland Insectarium in Deer Lake, in conjunction with the Bowring Park Foundation. They’ve turned the greenhouse, which is adjacent to the duck…

“There are no badgers…”

I wander around CBC.ca daily, often to much enlightened gratification and mirth. Today was no exception, as Don Murray’s Viewpoint column was both a chuckle and an educational refresher. It’s easy to see exactly where John Mortimer was coming from….. For the official UK Parliament page, try here. More on the House of Lords (from…

Anti-Tourism

Well this has killed any desire I may ever have had at any point in time (and probably any I might have in future, to boot) to venture within 100 miles of the Amazon River. Ew.

What would you do?

Whenever there’s a natural disaster somewhere in the world of a magnitude that causes us in North America to sit back in stunned and appalled shock, one of our first reactions is always, “well thank heavens it’s not here”. Most Canadians live in a world in which natural disasters are minimal. Grass fires, floods, hurricanes,…

Enough already!

Okay, quit it with the snow. I mean it. I don’t know or care who’s responsible (pick a deity, weatherman, or neighbours who buy large expensive snow-toys thus invoking some bizarre karma and you know who you are), but we’ve got plenty now you can go bother people in British Columbia thank you very much….

Marital Advisory Notice

When a bank that is directly across the hall from your office is the victim of an armed robbery while you are in said office, it’s good politics to let your wife know about it (and that you’re perfectly fine) first-hand and not to let her find out from the local news. Even if you…

Guess where I’ll be July 21st?

The date has been set. Must book the two days following (one for reading, one for catching up on sleep) to finish the series! That is, if John doesn’t beat me to the copy we’ll buy! I truly wonder what J.K. Rowling will write next….