Monday, September 30, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

A very IMPORTANT Debate.

I totally agree with Dr. Donald Low.

I totally disagree with Margaret Somerville's disappointingly childish approach to this very serious event, but I will listen, if only to gain more insight into what issues to debate.


We need to have this very IMPORTANT debate in our country. I am delighted to see that my favourite radio station, 96.3 FM is behind
Dying with Dignity
and will continue to escalate this issue. This is a question of personal autonomy of what I wish done with my own body.





This is the time to think about, listen to, and form an opinion on this very controversial issue. Having attended the bedside of both terminally ill parents and several friends who were assured they could be given pain free palliative care,and were NOT, because it can't .... I can tell you that Dr. Low's statement regarding clinician's refusal to assist in ending a terminally ill situation.... "I wish they could live in my body for 24 hours and I think they would change that opinion".


"A spokesperson from the Office of the Minister of Justice sent an email to CBC News on Tuesday, saying the government has "no intention" of reopening debate on the laws surrounding euthanasia and assisted suicide."

This should be of no surprise. The Minister of Justice is Peter MacKay. Eternally under the thumb of the Prime Minister who is at this moment great friends with the Tea Party in the USA.

HOWEVER

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says Dr. Donald Low’s video should spark a “national conversation” on physician-assisted suicide.

“This is on the minds of many people across the country,” Wynne said Thursday, adding Ottawa can’t ignore that Canadians are concerned about end-of-life decisions.

“It’s about human beings deciding what kinds of choices they believe they should have,” the premier said at a Bay St. press conference.

DO NOT LET THIS DROP. TOO MANY OF US WILL BE APPROACHING THESE ISSUES SOON ENOUGH.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

And on the street

I was so excited to get to see the Carl Larsson exhibit in Stockholm. The National Museum was closed for renovations, but the Museum of fine art was hosting this marvelous display. Didn't take any pictures inside the museum as I was more intent on spending the time away from the camera and enjoying the moment.


I want this water sculpture in my garden.





This is what we had for lunch! Could not resist this fabulous cinnamon bun in the little museum café


Honestly, I'd go back just for these! :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stockholm harbour views

Not enough time in Stockholm Sweden. This is one place I would definitely go back to. Slow travel method required. Anyone know of a splendid place to rent??




Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's the berries

"Welcome Autumn"

I was very surprised to see a Holly Berry peeking out at me the other day. Luckily I had spared it's life last year. There must be a male and a female plant in there in order to have produced berries. There are only two at the moment, but that gives the plants another year's reprieve!


What would Holly be without the Ivy?



The Burning Bush and one teeny weeny little Yew berry


My most favourite berries of the season. These little variegated porcelain vine gems are cute enough to pick and wear as earrings, or a necklace, or inspiration for an afghan...hmmmm....winter is coming...get out the wool!



Turquoise goes with everything!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tis' the season

Could not resist a basket of Ontario apples this week. There are so many baskets full of produce at the moment. It's harvest time.


Took advantage of the Westboro United Church cookbook once again for the pastry recipe. I know it's out of vogue to make one's own pie shells these days, but it is wonderfully satisfying to make a flaky crust.

Never Fail Pasty

1 lb. shortening (Use Crisco)
1 Tbsp. White sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 egg mixed with enough water to make 1 cup

Cut shortening with knife. Add dry ingredients sifted together and blend thoroughly. Add egg-water mixture until thoroughly moistened.

Chill before using.

Mrs. A.L.G. Clements

I'm not sure who Mrs. Clements was, but this sure is a fine recipe! I should add that I don't sift dry ingredients and I use a pastry blender to cut in the shortening. Crisco has a neat little package out now of bars of Crisco. The pound is equivalent to 2 and a third cups. Easy peasy.

Helen reminded me to make the dough one day, refrigerate and assemble pies the next day. This recipe makes enough dough for two covered pies. One for eating and one in the freezer. I eked out enough to make two double shells and one single shell for tomato pie. It's all about PIE!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A little musical interlude

On a recent Anthony Bourdain in Lisbon not only did I learn about food, but the music genre "FADO". I had never heard about Fado. I couldn't let it go.

"In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia (loosely captured by the word saudade, or "longing"."

In this episode this young woman, Carminho, sang Escrevi Teu Nome No Vento ....it is available in iTunes.



Quote Wikipedia

Friday, September 13, 2013

Still plastic! who knew??

As soon as I heard about this study I was onto it.

All the signs of ageing regarding working memory, sustained attention, multitasking etc. divert me:) Since number one son is in the Video game business it was even more relevant. I've always wanted him to make a duck hunting game for seniors, never more so than now!





I definitely feel the deficit of ability to deal with interference, distraction and multitasking....then again, I always have!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Turns out it's FUN to be 65!

Even the bag is exciting!


The excitement continues with the box!


It's really from TIFFANY???!!!


A little pouch! How cute is that???


Unbelievable! I LOVE it!



I may never take this off!

The Professor has really outdone himself this time (with a little help from his friends):)
JEWELS!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Luncheon above Oslo

It's somewhat amazing that this view could also be somewhere in Canada. Very similar terrain.



The Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica...stopping place for a view over Oslo. Dragon Style 1894 Architecture.



Love the Scandinavian colour scheme!


Holmenkollen Restaurant


We were treated to the most fabulous luncheon in this gorgeous location overlooking Oslo. Thanks Dag and Robin!










The view from my seat





Are you SURE we're not in Canada???


That's our ship down there. No need to hurry....we're off to the ski museum next. I love this day!