Tuesday, September 30, 2008
As of September 30, 2008, you can register your home phone, cellular or fax number(s) on the National DNCL.
Signing up is simple, quick and free. You can sign up online at http://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/ or by calling the toll-free numbers 1-866-580-DNCL (1-866-580-3625) or 1-888-DNCL-TTY (1-888-362-5889).
Once you have signed up, many telemarketers can no longer call you starting 31 days after your registration.
You must renew your registration every three years if you want your number(s) to stay on the National DNCL.
Registering on the National DNCL will reduce but not eliminate all telemarketing calls and faxes.
There are certain kinds of telemarketing calls and faxes that are exempt from the National DNCL, including those made by or on behalf of:
registered charities seeking donations
newspapers looking for subscriptions
political parties and their candidates, and
companies with whom you have an existing commercial relationship in the previous 18 months
Telemarketers making exempt calls must maintain their own do not call lists. If you do not want to be called by these telemarketers, you can ask to be put on their do not call lists. They are obliged to do so within 31 days.
You will continue to receive calls from organizations conducting market research, polls or surveys even though you are registered on the National DNCL. These are not considered telemarketing calls because they are not selling a product or service, or requesting donations.
It is not a perfect solution to eliminate unwanted telephone calls but at least, we here in Canada, can now stop SOME of those annoying interruptions to our days and/or nights.
I am signing up, are you?
Monday, September 29, 2008
At Sunset this evening, people of the Jewish faith will begin to celebrate the two day holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year."
Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.
The Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. The shofar is a ram's horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet.
A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of the wish for a sweet new year.
(For a good year)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
WITHOUT A ROOF
As some of my readers of this blog know, we want to sell the house we are currently living in right now.
There are so many reasons why we want to move:
Our present LOCATION i.e. backing on to a busy and noisy highway
Moving CLOSER to our children and grandsons
The cracked and leaking BASEMENT that we have had repaired four times
And now the ROOF we have to have replaced ASAP!
This is BearNaked's own version of The Money Pit movie.
Insert sobbing, sound effects here.
Exit stage right:
The sight of the roofing contactor we just hired yesterday, gleefully skipping back to his truck.
We had this house built specifically for us, moved in on NEW YEARS EVE 1996 and had the unpleasant surprise, three days later, of ***4 inches of muddy water*** fill the basement.
That is yet another horror story that I still have not been able to write about; without breaking into uncontrollable laughter (which hides the sound of our screams and gnashing of the teeth.)
In the first 12 months after moving in we had to have all this done:
Repair the hole in the basement wall where the builder FORGOT to place a plug, when the foundation walls were poured.
Move the sump pump location to the lowest level of the basement floor from the highest level where it originally was located. ***Remember-- 4 inches of muddy water***
Replace throughout the house, all the wall to wall carpet that was installed incorrectly with half inch gaps at every seam.
Sand and repaint the baseboards because the incorrectly installed carpet was laid 2 hours after the house had been painted. We are talking serious FUZZY baseboards here people.
Repair the 4 outside corners of the house, cracking at the foundation.
(The New Home Warranty paid for all of this.)
Since then we have not had a 6 month run of something not breaking down, cracking and/or leaking.
And now we need a new ROOF!
Which is no longer covered by the Home Warranty.
Is it any wonder why we can't wait to sell this
Does anyone remember?
Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
This is the big one!
You hear that, Elizabeth?
I'm coming to join ya, honey!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Gary Plan B won the prize for the funniest idea.
Gary said, " Call the police and report it as an abandoned stripped vehicle and have it towed."
Well I am happy to announce that the can is gone.
The only thing that my husband did was put it at the bottom of the driveway early this morning.
No note--nothing just one poor old empty can.
I had totally forgot about my
This just proves the old saying:
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
So thank you everyone for giving me a great big smile today.
And Chesapeake Bay Woman I'll be calling you if I need to do any late night shopping.
Well not with the garbage itself but with the trash can that we use.
Or should I say USED to use.
What happened was that last week; one of the trash collectors who emptied our plastic garbage can broke the darn thing.
Wheels on the bottom of the can-----gone, handles--—knocked off and the rim-----broken in several spots.
The poor fellow must have had an argument that morning; either with his wife and/or his boss.
Or perhaps he just needs to take a Stress Management course.
So, we purchased a new garbage can this week made from heavyweight galvanized steel with heavy-duty handles and no attached wheels.
The question to all my readers out there:
Just how do you throw away an old broken trash can?
I’m worried that they won’t take it away.
Now I am getting stressed out.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Oh the fun!
He plays pranks on everyone.
He'll pinch your nose,
He'll bite your toes.
But where he lives
Why nobody knows.
He paints upon the windowpanes,
Tin soldiers, Bears
And choo-choo trains.
He nips the leaves
From off the trees,
This little man whom no one sees.
Frost is a weather condition that occurs when the prevailing temperature falls below 0°C (32°F). It is recognized by the icy deposit that forms; but if the air is very dry this will not occur.
As a young child, I could sit for hours mesmorized by the frost patterns that
JACK FROST painted on my bedroom window.
Unfortunately, now with the newer and more energy efficient windows in the houses,
JACK FROST no longer visits me.
ABC Wednesday is brought to you by Mrs. Nesbitt.
Mr.Linky can be found here.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My favourite colours are all the shades of Autumn; the oranges, golds, tans and rust.
They are a feast to my eyes.
The scent of Autumn in the air always brings a smile to my face.
There is nothing better than to smell burning leaves on a brisk fall day.
But the best part of the season is the taste of autumn; pumpkin pie, caramel apples and of course CANDY CORN.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Today, I found that there are many people in my small blogosphere that need the "Power of Prayer" from me and you.
Today, I am going to ask you all to join me and say a prayer for:
Janet, David's wife who is valiantly battling Leukemia again for the second time.
Wendy, who is caring for her husband who suffers from COPD.
JeanMac, a brave woman who I have "met" here in the blogosphere.
These three couples need the "Power of Prayer" from us.
Please do not forget them today, tomorrow and in the future.
Say a prayer for them and for all the other people out there, who need the "Power of Prayer."
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
For many centuries, outsiders called INUIT “Eskimos.”
INUIT no longer find this term acceptable. They prefer the name by which they have always known themselves – INUIT, which means “the people” in their own language, INUKTITUT.
INUIT inhabit vast areas of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, the coast of northern Labrador and about 25 percent of Northern Québec. Traditionally, they have lived above the treeline in the area bordered by Alaska in the west, the Labrador coast in the east, the southern tip of Hudson Bay in the south and the High Arctic Islands in the north.
About 55,700 INUIT live in 53 communities across the North. The INUIT population has grown rapidly over the past few decades. According to Statistics Canada, if present trends continue, there will be about 84,600 INUIT in the North by 2016.
INUIT are one of the three Aboriginal peoples in Canada, as defined by the Canadian Constitution. The other two Aboriginal peoples are First Nations and Métis people.
INUIT origins in Canada date back at least 4,000 years. Their culture is deeply rooted in the vast land they inhabit. For thousands of years, INUIT closely observed the climate, landscapes, seascapes and ecological systems of their vast homeland. Through this intimate knowledge of the land and its life forms, INUIT developed skills and technology uniquely adapted to one of the harshest and most demanding environments on earth.
INUIT treat human beings, the land, animals and plants with equal respect. Today, they continue to try to maintain this harmonious relationship. They try to use the resources of land and sea wisely to preserve them for future generations.
Traditional knowledge about INUIT history, and the land, plants and wildlife, has been passed down through the generations. The family is the centre of INUIT culture, and co-operation and sharing are basic principles in INUIT society.
I am proud to say that the INUIT are part of my country, Canada.
Mr.Linky can be found here.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
About ten days ago Bob T Bear (esq.) posted about his trip to Canterbeary (sic) and his encounters with Bishop bears who hide Toblerone chocolate bars in their mitered hats.
I promised Bob that I would write a post about Toblerone chocolate and its hidden significance to bears.
So now I will present a brief history of chocolate, Toblerone and possibly bears.
The Maya first began farming the first cocoa plantations in the Yucatan peninsula.
The Mayan god of the cacao plant was Chak el Chuah.
On his fourth journey to America, Christopher Columbus landed in Nicaragua and became the first European acquainted with cocoa.
In 1528, Hernado Cortéz brought to Europe the first cocoa and the equipment needed to prepare it.
In 1657, a Frenchman opened the first chocolate store in London, England.
In 1692, Louis XIV issued an edict levying taxes on chocolate.
All together now, "Boo Louis!"
In 1875, a Swiss man, Daniel Peter, introduces the first milk chocolate to the market.
Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!
In 1908, Toblerone is born. Theodor Tobler and Emil Baumann develop a unique chocolate, TOBLERONE. Thereafter, Toblerone with its special recipe, triangular shape and unmistakable Toblerone logo, becomes the Swiss chocolate par excellence.
In 2000, a smooth redesign of the packaging takes place and the Matterhorn is shown on the package design.
On the Matterhorn, there is something hidden.
Can you see it?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
How do I become a Follower of a blog?
Follow you wherever you may go
There isn't an ocean too deep
A mountain so high
It can keep
Lyrics by: Ricky Nelson
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I want to thank everyone who left such heartfelt and thoughtful comments on yesterday’s ABC Wednesday post.
How very ironic that yesterday afternoon, the body of our 97th fallen soldier, Sgt. Prescott (Scott) Shipway arrived at CFB Trenton to take that solemn journey down the Highway of Heroes to Toronto, Ontario.
My opinion on this war will be kept personal; but I wanted everyone to see and know that we Canadians honour and respect our armed forces and we will never forget their bravery.
On this day, the anniversary of 9/11/01, I thought maybe I would show you why we must HAVE PEACE NOW.
What better way to say GIVE PEACE A CHANCE than to learn the names and see the pictures of our Canadian HEROES.
If you have a few minutes, all the names and photos of our brave Canadian HEROES can be seen here.
These 98 photographs are of the 97 Canadian soldiers and the one Canadian diplomat who have lost their lives in Afghanistan since the deployment in 2002.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"HIGHWAY OF HEROES."
It is along this route that many Canadians pay tribute to the solemn journey our fallen soldiers take once their bodies return to Canada and are formally transported from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to Toronto.
On over-passes, along roadsides and sometimes even on the medians; firefighters, police officers, paramedics, veterans and ordinary Canadians waving flags; stand proudly as the military vehicles carrying Canada's casualties from Afghanistan roll by.
They are providing a civilian version of what in military jargon is called over-watch, solemnly presiding over the safe return of their soldiers.
The following pictures from various news sites will tell the story better than any words I could post here in this blog.