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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Enough Summer. Thank You! See You Next Year!

“A Heat Warning is issued when the humidex value is expected to reach 40 degrees C or more or when the temperature is expected to reach levels ranging from 29 degrees C to 40 degrees C  or greater depending on location.”

I guess in places like Cairo the temps would have to be higher.  I'm not sure because to me, hot is hot.  Anyway, this ‘location’ has had enough!  

I bought a chocolate bar at lunch today and it melted before I could get the wrapper off.  So, I stuffed the goo into my mouth anyway because, after all, it was chocolate, and mine.  It was no pleasure dodging traffic and gulping it down before the whole thing turned to liquid and ran down my shirt.

I don't get this love of heat.  Yes, if you camp, love those outdoor activities like swimming, golf and whatever else people do, but for me it's just a few months of sweaty commuters trying not to faint on the bus. 

In autumn and winter I can throw on an extra sweater but really, I can’t shed skin.  (Oh, as an aside, there are disgusting videos on YouTube of crabs molting if you’re interested.  This 'crab' wanted to put a photo of a shedding Crustacean in her post but I’m too hot to stay in front of the computer.)

It’s cooler in Paris and Nice so that’s really something I have to consider. Maybe I could get some sort of medical leave to go to cooler climes.  Yes, either would do just fine.
Hot temperatures aren't new to Montréal.  Every summer we have a hot spell and near "record breaking temperatures".  The only difference is now we have blogs and can complain to a wider audience.

September is around the corner and I'm looking forward to colorful leaves, cool air, getting back to art work and blogging.  But for now, I guess I'm just going to shower, have a very cold beer, shower, have something to eat, shower, watch some TV, shower, brush my teeth, and maybe have a shower.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What? Again?

HEY HO!  I’m here!

If you thought I was dead or perhaps lost my mind, well you’re half right.  (If you guessed ‘dead’, no prize for you).  I am, however, a bit on the insane side because we’re packing, sorting and tossing getting ready for another move.  ANOTHER MOVE.  After staying on the same street for a huge part of our adult lives, we’re packing up for the third time in a few years.  We’re moving to a condo/loft this time which I’m realizing is going to be tricky compared to a place with actual, um…. rooms.  I’m not quite sure how to label the boxes or direct the movers - 

“Living room….is…uh….somewhere about here….or maybe not…..maybe that’ll be an office……or not……..I don’t know…what do you think”?

The thing is, with all this moving I’m starting to feel a kinship with nomads.

According to Wikipedia -

A nomad is a person with no settled home, who moves from place to place as a way of obtaining food, or otherwise making a living.
True.  I need to be much closer to a grocery store and a reliable bus/subway to get to work.   Simple bare necessities.

Most nomadic groups follow a fixed annual or seasonal pattern of movements and settlements.
True.  In Montreal July 1st is “moving day”.  You can’t get more seasonal than that.

In case you don't believe me! Ikea knows!

Nomadic peoples traditionally travel by animal or canoe or on foot. Today, some nomads travel by motor vehicle.
True.  A Jaguar would be my preference. Canoe is out of the question.  It would have to be strapped to the roof of the Jag.

I like my wild animals and cars combined

Most nomads usually move in the same region and don't travel very far to a totally different region.
True.  Same city, different view. 

Most often, a family would not have the resources to move from one province to another unless they are moving out of the area permanently.
True.  If we were moving out of the area permanently we’d be heading to Paris.  Do they have nomads on the Left Bank?  Probably. Everyone goes to Paris.

Many governments dislike nomads because it is difficult to control their movement and to obtain taxes from them.
False.  The government has absolutely no problem in taking a chunk of my salary twice a month.  They always seem to find me.

Anyhoo, once this is all over I'll be back.  If I can find my computer that is. 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Politics.....I Don't Get It

Well there's a lot of blah blah blah on the tube lately. Watching the coverage of the US Presidential race is way more than I can take in.

I don't want to insult anyone, or bash your favourite candidate, but there sure are a lot of, let's say, questionable (ahem) speeches coming from politicians and news people.

And, I just saw a major candidate on TV telling people to go to, and send money.  Huh?  Is this a fundraiser or an election?  Is this PBS or CNN?  I know I know.....they all do it but it just doesn't seem dignified (but that's just me).

Anyway, what I really want to know, specifically, is what sort of quotes can we expect from the new President?  We have books of quotations filled with wisdom.  Can we expect more or should we be resigned to reading quips on Facebook?  Will we just get tweets so all words of wisdom will be 120 letters or less?

Most of the quotes below could be tweeted (whew)!  Seriously, can we expect these sort of gems?

George Washington, the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed all slaves in the rebellious states and paved the way for slavery’s eventual abolition, while his Gettysburg Address later that year stands as one of the most famous and influential pieces of oratory in American history.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

For starters, Roosevelt led the United States through the depression and World War II.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. 

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. 

 Kennedy lived in hard times and people had confidence in his leadership.

The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the establishment of the Peace Corps......

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at:
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at:  (I don't think so).

Anyway, I'll continue to follow what's going on. Maybe I'll learn something.  Maybe I won't.  Maybe the new President will be a good one.  Maybe he/she won't.  Maybe I'll just have to stick to the old quotes which is fine. 

I'm turning the TV off now. 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Kuestions and Kings

12 September 1494 – 31 March 1547

No one ever asks me this, but my favourite King of France is Francis I.  I’m being perfectly up front about this even if I can’t back it up with any particularly good reason. Some people avoid this subject altogether. They have a favourite color, animal, season, food, brand of jeans……but casually ask people “who's your favourite 16th century French Royal?” and they’ll get this bugged-out look and just walk away.   Is it bad manners to ask?  Is it too personal?  It’s only conversation after all.  Aren’t we tired of talking about the weather?

Anyhoo, Francis had an ego the size of Chambord and apparently a nose to match which landed him the rude nickname François au Grand Nez.  He was the first King of France to be called “Your Majesty”. He insisted and who can blame him?  Rude!

More than a Renaissance Man, although he literally was a Renaissance man, Francis was a renovations man.  He was responsible for the work on a lot of the palaces including  FontainebleauChâteau d'Amboise, and Château de Blois. His Majesty had the Château de Chambord built as a hunting lodge and while I don’t approve of hunting, I do approve of the Château.  It’s a jewel in the landscape.  Francis only used it for a few days from what I read but still, the thought was there.  In his way, he did a lot of DIY.  Well, more like YDI (you do it) but the point is, he really knew his property. But this isn’t about the Châteaux of the Loire, it’s about Francis.

The King was a great patron of the arts.  Ah, there's a good reason for me to like him!  He began the collection now housed at the Louvre.  Pretty good.

Francis I at the death of Leonardo da Vinci, painted by Ingres

So that’s what’s been on my brain lately.  I love having deep thoughts even if no one wants to talk about them.

Renaissance Man?

If you were a male living during the Renaissance, would you be considered a Renaissance Man even if you were too stupid to dress yourself?  I guess. 

Chateaux of the Loire
I recommend a visit to Loire valley - the châteaux are spectacular and I need to return!