From the lovely Jill at Yummy!
Four places I have worked:
1. Senior citizens' home taking care of the elderly
2. Summer camp for kids in Northern Quebec
3. English Academy in Japan
4. English school in Toronto
Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. West Side Story
3. The Outsiders
5. The Wedding Date
Four of my favorite TV shows:
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. CSI (Las Vegas)
3. Desperate Housewives
4. The Barefoot Contessa
Four places I have been on vacation:
1. The Philippines
Four of my favorite foods:
Four things I like to do in my spare time:
1. Spend time with my husband
2. go for walks
4. it's a toss up between gardening, writing, drawing, and visiting with friends!
Four people I tag (tag as many as you like, it's okay)
Grrr...Jill already tagged Dina and Curiosity Killer! Does that mean I can't tag them??
1. Ms. Mamma
3. Northern Mom and Sharkey
4. Canine Cologne (even if she probably won't do it! lol)
- laundry, 4 loads
-clean office(Hubby's office, so I can't touch it..grrr)
All this done before lunch time.
Student #2 and I were chatting while cleaning the car (and student #1 was feeding the animals). I was kind of tired and a bit bummed that Student #1 has been behaving poorly. Student #2 innocently said, "Christine, I don't think my brother is malevolent. I think he's just simple." LOL!!! That totally made my day. I love that kid. He's so clever.
2. Finish reading the book Dylon lent me AGES ago!
3. Learn how to play the guitar! Thanks Curiosity, for mailing me the present! A guitar book and CD! I’m so excited! This is something I’ve always wanted to learn!
4. Get myself a guitar! LOL! I know…
5. Figure a way how to keep my house clean. I mean, I can get it sparkling clean, but with two teenage students, a husband, two kittens (the older cat ran away again and we haven’t seen her all winter) and a dog (who only comes in when it’s really cold outside), it is so incredibly hard to keep this house clean! I sometimes feel like I’m going bonkers since it seems impossible- especially when the boys just leave their clothes and things all over the house! Aaargh!
6. Change the curtains in the living room.
7. Change the faucet and fixtures in the kitchen.
8. Give away, recycle, and throw away all the stuff in the house that we don’t use or need.
9. Try to be more patient.
10. Delete and get rid of all the extra junk on my computer.
11. Get Dylon to set up a wireless connection for our office and personal computers.
12. Investigate new computer packages and deals. My computer is still good, but hubby’s is almost antique! LOL
13. Start doing Turbo Jam and the Slim Series from Beachbody again.
14. Get more firewood split and piled.
15. Spend some alone time with hubby if we can. We seriously need to go away together. Maybe when the students are no longer living with us. Maybe.
For years and years, people have been using apple cider vinegar for minor ailments, due to its amazing power to remedy many different health problems. Of course, there are some that don't agree with the use of apple cider vinegar and its ability to help with one's minor ailments, but my mother-in-law and my hubby swear by the stuff.
I've read books, health magazines, pamphlets from the health food store, and websites galore on apple cider vinegar. I take it every now and then when I feel a sore throat coming. Whenever hubby feels under the weather, he immediately takes a few tablespoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water, and drinks it.
We certainly take for granted that we as English speakers don't have to always 'think' about the components of English. I was telling my students that sure, English speakers may speak fluently, but quite often grammar is not perfect.
Just by listening to people I know speak, I can point out to my students some common errors. This way, they don't feel so discouraged and they know that they're not the only ones making errors. Even people who have English as their first language can make mistakes. I'm guilty of this sometimes and I've been teaching ESL since 1998!
Most of the errors I hear often are SVA (subject/verb agreement) errors or VT (verb tense) errors.
My family are coming for supper tonight.
He don't know his a$$ from his elbow!
Yous guys don't know nothing.
Each student that goes to that school get good grades.
Yous guys got a problem.
I wrote down the sentences I heard and showed it to the students. They were immediately able to point out the mistakes. English is such an interesting language, isn't it?
Just for kicks- 100 most commonly misspelled words. Click here.
10 Things I DON’T love that begins with a "T"
If you would like to play, with or without variation of adding Things I DON’T love, let me know in the comments. I’ll assign you a letter. Have fun!!
Anyway, my mom has decided that she wants to crochet a blanket for her future grandchild. She had done one for my baby brother when he was born (20 years ago). En route to Montreal from the Island, mom began crocheting the baby blanket for my future niece or nephew (who is due in six weeks). It is gorgeous. The only problem is that her hands are not working the way they used to and she gets pains in her hands now. I said that if she could teach me, that I'd help her finish the blanket. It'll be a joint effort...a beautiful blanket to baby from grandma and auntie C :)
After much frustration and headache, I finally got the hang of it. I am officially addicted to crocheting. I can't believe I learned how to crochet on the ride home from Montreal! Hmmm...what's next? Baby booties? A sweater and bonnet? Maybe I'll just stick to blankets and scarves! LOL! I'll post pics of our work in progress at a later date.
This pic was taken from Google images. The blanket mom and I are making has the same pattern as the yellow blanket, but the yarn we are using is white, baby blue, mint green, and a light yellow. It's so sweet!
While the ladies were at the baby shower, the men were hanging out. Hubby, my student, my uncle and my cousin went the the Montreal International Car Show and out for a bite to eat. Can you spell s-p-o-i-l-e-d? Hubby really enjoyed his weekend with the guys.
I'll post shower pics sometime this week. What a blast. Amy did the decorations, my aunts prepared the food, and I organized the shower games and prizes. Too fun! We played:
1. Don't say 'baby'! -the one where each person is given a clothes pin and if someone says 'baby', they get their pin taken from them. The person with the most pins at the end wins) The mommy-to-be won with 8 pins.
2. Feed the baby -in pairs, one person is the mommy and the other is the baby. Each team is given a spoon and a bottle of baby food. Mommy has to feed baby, and the first team to finish the jar of baby food wins a prize. My mom and the girlfriend of one of my cousins won. It was the grossest thing ever though. Baby food kind of makes me feel ill...it's so stinky! The look on all these grown women's faces was hillarious! It looks like the faces of babies when they're being fed that stuff! I was kind of mean and chose 'beef and vegetable' and 'chicken and rice' for the ladies to feast on. I'm cruel...I know. Only one team was lucky and had apple and strawberry.
3. Pass the baby- it's kind of like the childhood classic, 'hot potato', where all the players are in a circle and have to pass around a baby (doll). When the music stops, whoever has the baby is out. Each time a member is out, they have to give some words of advice to the new mom). It was a fun game and these ladies are very cut-throat at this game! Note to self: Do not let mom or Aunt Florie babysit your babies! They'll end up with concussions! (yeah, mom and Aunt Flo were cheaters and kept throwing or dropping the baby when the music stopped).
4. Pin the soother on the baby- each lady had a chance to pin (blindfolded) the soother/pacifier in the baby's mouth. It's kind of like pin the tail on the donkey, but I cropped a picture of my brother's face and enlarged it and printed it. I then pasted it onto the body of a baby in diapers, which I drew (like a caricriture). It was so funny.
I always love getting together with these ladies. They're so much fun and such a hoot! Oh, and also very, very LOUD!! LOL!
Photos to be supplied soon :) Gotta catch some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's. As much as I love going on mini trips and seeing friends and family, I also love being back home :)
This is the Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong. The first photo was taken in the fall two years ago and the second was taken last winter. I'll try to get out and drive around so I can take more photos soon. Doesn't the winter photo look just magical? It looks like a winter wonderland. This year, we don't have that much snow or ice....yet!
Two Names You Go By:
2. Chris (also Chrissy, Tina, Tin, Tin-Tin....don't even ask! LOL)
Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. Turquoise top from Old Navy
2. Jeans from the Gap
Things You Want in a Relationship:
Two of Your Favourite Things to do:
1. Spend time with Hubby
Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:
1. a baby
2. nothing else :)
Two pets you had/have:
Two people who will fill this out:
1. Curiosity Killer
2. Jill (I'm actually not sure if anyone will do this, since everyone's probably sick of memes right now. Hmmm...hopefully Dina, Danielle, MsMamma, and Miss Moneypenny will do it. japanmanpete, happilymarried and t don't have blogs, but maybe they'll do it. I dunno...)
Two things you did last night:
1. Corrected my students' journals
2. Cleaned the kitchen
Two People that live in your house:
2. Students, "P1" and "P2"
Two things you ate today:
1. berries and yogurt
2. Korean spicy noodles
Two people you Last Talked To:
2. my mom
Two Things You're doing tomorrow:
1. Teaching grammar and writing lessons
2. Going to Espanola for some shopping
Two longest car rides:
1. Toronto to New Brunswick
2. Montreal to Florida (Cocoa Beach, Miami, Orlando, Cape San Blas, Fort Lauderdale)
Two Favourite Holidays:
2. New Years Eve
Two Favourite beverages:
1. Mango juice
2. Chai tea
Hubby: News on the street is that you’re expecting in the spring!
Me: What? (totally shocked)
Hubby: (laughing) Everyone at the fire hall was congratulating me tonight.
Hubby: Uh huh! (still cracking up)
Me: Oh boy! Won’t they be surprised when spring comes and there is no baby!
Hubby: Guess we better hurry up then!
LOL! I find it soooooooo funny living in such a small town! Honestly, back in Toronto (or even Montreal) no one would even have the slightest interest in my life. Here, almost everyone knows everyone. You say hi to all your neighbours. You know the hairdresser, pharmacist, post office workers, delivery person (Courier/Purolator), cashiers at the grocery store all by first name. I like the quaint, friendly, warm, homey atmosphere rather than living where I used to live, where I didn't even know my neighbours even if we lived next to each other for five years! Here, everyone knows things about your life before things even happen! For the record, we are not expecting (at least we don’t think we are!) but we would love to be. My brother and his wife in Kingston are expecting their first baby in March, so maybe that's where the confusion is from? They're expecting...not us. Barring that fact, I would really, really, really, REALLY like to have a baby soon though!!! :)
"Turn off the lights when you leave the room!"
"Don’t leave your socks on the floor!"
"Please put your cup in the sink if you’re done!"
"Do your homework!"
"Please stop fighting with each other."
"Stop trying to kill each other!!!"
"GO TO BED!"
I started out with polite requests, but after a zillion times of having to repeat myself, I’m starting to get a little miffed. We went over rules and etiquette when the students first arrived. I thought things were understood. Then again, they are boys. They're not adults. Do I expect too much? Am I too strict?
I brought the boys to the hairdresser’s the other day so they could tame their unruly manes. I thought their hairdos were cute, but they wanted it trimmed. Anyway, the hairdresser and I were chatting and she said someone had mentioned earlier to her that "she’d just like to skip the whole baby part. You know, all the changing diapers, feeding, crying, etc." I kind of said that I’d much rather go through that process so I could "grow" with my child and "learn" with my child…not just get thrown into raising a teenager.
P2 has been more helpful and thoughtful than P1. He has been helping me with chores like washing dishes, preparing meals, and putting the compost onto the garden. I did delegate chores and used positive reinforcement, and it works with P2. P1 is a bit more stubborn.
Hubby keeps reminding me that not only are the boys learning English, but they are also learning valuable life lessons like how to treat others, respect others, have responsibility, be tolerant to other cultures, and so on. I must keep remembering that…especially when I need a time out! Thank goodness for our greenhouse! The kids haven’t found my secret hiding place yet!
One quick question: The students study grammar and vocab acquisition in the morning, followed by either reading, writing, speaking or listening in the afternoon. Normally, after lessons an activity would follow (such as skating, bowling, a trip to Science North, a movie, etc). However, P1 has been particularly bratty, selfish and inconsiderate, so I have witheld all rights to activities. For some reason, he can't seem to understand why I'm not letting them do activities. In his homework journal, he wrote: "Today was sucky. What a sucky day. We didn't do activities today. We just studied. Oh shit." Uhhh...hello??? He's rude, selfish, bossy, and his personality needs some adjustment. Personally, I don't reward poor behaviour. I honestly don't think I should give the kids a reward. Activities are a privilege and not a right. The kid just doesn't understand!!! How can I effectively get this into his head? Anyone???
Here's a quick question: Do you always comment on blogs you visit or are you a lurker?
PS. Happy Birthday, Dylon!!! I hope you had a great time in the 'city' yesterday!! See, I didn't forget! :)
4 or 5 tart apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (I omit this in my recipe)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I also omit this because our nieces have nut allergies)
Preheat oven at 375. Peel, core and thinly slice apples, toss in a bowl with lemon juice to prevent darkening. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; stir into apples. Set aside.
In another bowl combine flour, sugar and oats.
butter into 8 pieces, and cut butter into flour until mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in nuts. Butter a 10 X 10-inch baking dish. Spread apples in bottom of baking dish then sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.
My students and I tried an alternate recipe that called for crushed shortbread cookies instead of flour. Luckily, I had made cookies and had them on hand. They thought it was fun to crush the cookies and pour it over the apples with the oatmeal.
On a side note, I used to eat Jell-O as a kid. However, as a teenager and young adult, I stopped eating Jell-O when I became vegetarian because I discovered (as many vegetarians do) that Jell-O consists of animal matter. "Gelatin is basically processed collagen, which is a structural protein in animals' connective tissue, skin, and bones."
To make your cabbage salad, you will need 1/4 large cabbage (save the rest for future use), 1 carrot, 1 small onion. Put all of these into your food processor so they look like they've been grated. Put cabbage, onion and carrot shreds into a medium sized bowl and add 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise, salt, black pepper, a touch of cider vinegar and a little sprinkle of Splenda (I don't put sugar or Splenda in my recipe though).
Mix everything together and serve. It's a balanced meal with the protein from the eggs and you've also got a bit of carbs with the potato in the fritatta. Hubby and the boys wanted freshly baked bread too. They aren't like me--they don't mind doubling up on carbs! LOL!
My student, P1 helped make the apple crisp. You could smell the fresh cinnamon all throughout the house! Mmmmmmmm! P2 made the bread, as he's becoming an expert bread maker here! Ahh...the things these kids are learning living in the country! :)
Through high school and college, we remained close. There was always the comfort in knowing I’d always have him there. Romance was impending, though I only wanted to be friends, for fear that a relationship would somehow ruin what we had.
I recall one June afternoon, when he walked me home from school. It was the last day of school and we cleaned out our lockers. He was so sweet to carry all my books. He casually said, "Wouldn’t it be cool if we ever went out?" "Like as in boyfriend and girlfriend?" "Yeah." "Nah. That would never happen." That was how it was left. I never thought anything of it. He had walked through a blizzard one Valentine’s Day to hand deliver a bouquet of flowers to me. I opened the door, said thanks and sent him back on his way. My mom opened the door and called him in. She scolded me for being rude and not offering him a cup of hot cocoa. The poor guy had icicles on his long lashes and his cheeks were all red.
We both grew older and had dated here and there. Through university, I always felt somewhat jealous whenever he had a girlfriend. After university, he went to Japan to teach. I followed soon after. I had requested to be sent to the city where he was, but was stationed at the other end of the country. We kept in touch. We both had a good life in Japan. We saw each other a few times. He came to my side of Japan when my mom and little brother came for a visit. I started having romantic feelings and knew that the jealousy I was feeling was not right. We both dated people while we were there. I returned to Canada and continued meeting all the wrong people. Everyone thought that we’d one day be together because we shared a history and were both very special to each other.
The e-mails and letters slowed down and I’d be lucky if I got a message from him once every few months. I met Hubby and we eventually got engaged. I e-mailed my beloved friend and we reminisced. "I always thought we’d end up together", said I. "You had your chance, baby! I had given you so many opportunities." Now I’m happily married, and Hubby is the only person I could ever see myself spending my life with...but I often wonder what my friend is up to and how he is doing. Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. Do you ever wonder about a certain person from your past?
"ComePinky,we must prepare for tomorrow night""Gee,Brain,wut r we doing tomorrow night?""The same thing we do every nightPinky-TryToTakeOverTheWorld!"
We first heard about the power cost monitor through friends of ours. They have one at their house and they told us about it. We qualify for a free Power Cost Monitor. You can check online if you are eligible too. The only thing we have to pay for is the shipping and handling, which is less than $10. The actual price for the monitor is $149.99.
This is how it works: http://save-electricity.ca/technology.html
"Despite its small size, the PowerCost Monitor™ is a powerful direct feedback device for your home. You can see at a glance, in real time, how much electricity your home is using. Your PowerCost Monitor's™ smart technology measures your home's electricity use and displays that information in a way that you can understand. Your PowerCost Monitor™ displays and calculates this information for dollars and cents and kilowatt hours. "
I was really excited that I'd done a lot of traveling in my teens and early-twenties, but now that I look at the map, it makes me see that I really haven't covered much of the world! It also makes me a tiny bit envious of friends who are still out there, traveling and backpacking around the world. My parents have also been world travelers and I'm sure they'd have a lot of this map
marked. Here's where I've been:
create your own visited countries map
I was talking to someone the other day who said, "All I need is right here. Why would I ever want to set foot off Canada and see other parts of the world?" I was a little taken aback. I mean, I thirst for this stuff...I LOVE traveling. Sure, I'm married now and we're tied to the land, but I think there is so much to be learned by visiting other countries and learning about other cultures. It's such a beautiful, beautiful experience. I think I learned more about life and people by traveling to places like Japan, the Philippines, Bali, Singapore, etc than sitting in a lecture hall for 3hr lessons! Don't get me wrong... I loved studying and being in university, but I think a person benefits greatly from travel too. Being amongst lush, tropical flora and fauna, hearing different languages, meeting other travelers, eating local food, and exploring new terrain can be both exciting and relaxing at the same time. It's exciting because everyting is new. It feels like you're on a great adventure. It can also be relaxing just to get away from your everyday lifestyle and take a mental break. I also love being able to visit old ruins, temples, and even old, culturally and historically rich cities where you can truly appreciate the architecture of the buildings and monuments. Do you think travel is important? Why?
Here's where I've been in the US...
create your own visited states map
Which countries have you traveled to?
One of my students (who shall be called P2) had a rash on his head upon arrival in Canada. I t hought it was acne and that it would go away after a while. It's been over two weeks and the rash has turned into a bubbly, bumpy, crusty, nasty looking thing. It hasn't been getting better...in fact, it's started to spread. He also has rashes on the inside of his arm and in the crease of his neck. Hubby, being on the First Response Team, happened to know the Telehealth number by heart and told me to call it. I spoke with a nurse and she told me she thought it was Impetigo. She also said I should take him to the hospital within 24 hrs because if not treated, it could spread all over his face. Yikes.
So this is Hubby's and my "Parents in training" session, I guess! Hubby and P1 stayed home and washed dishes and cleaned up while I took P2 to the hospital. The telehealth nurse was right. It turned out to be Impetigo and P2 requires 2 types of topical creams, antibiotics, and he needs to use Ivory soap and his clothing and linen are to be washed in Ivory laundry detergent and absolutely no fabric softener.
It started off with Eczema, a condition the student has had for a while, but he has been scratching his skin because it was itchy and thus infected the skin on his face. Fun, fun, fun!
This shout out also goes to the wonderful staff and attending doctor at our hospital! :)
Hubby was sick today, so being the independent woman I am, I decided I'd drive the 2.5 hr jaunt to Sudbury (and 2.5 hrs back!!!). We were going to take the students on a field trip to Dynamic Earth, so off we went. My friend, Sean went with us (but he's from Toronto too so he didn't know the streets in Sudbury either). I don't ever want to drive to the city again. I'd rather someone else do the driving! LOL!
Now that I've lived on the Island for 3 years, I've grown accustomed to driving the highways solo...no other cars in sight...just free as a bird on the open road. I get to Sudbury and the streets are so wonky...the names change like 3 times for the same road!!!! It's so confusing and there's so much traffic!! I got sooooooo stressed out! I think Sean thought I was a total spazz. He was probably thinking, "You're from Toronto! This is nothing!!" Seriously...I am sooooooo not a city girl anymore. I simply cannot take the traffic and crowds. Gimme Manitoulin anytime! I like the peaceful, quiet roads. I can't take stress!
I think the kids thought the coolest thing today was eating at King's Buffet. I totally get ripped off at buffets simply because I can't eat that much food. I don't know how anyone can! The kids can just pack it away. I don't know where they put all that food. Hollow legs, I guess! Oh, and when Hubby goes to KB, he can pack away 2 or 3 plates of food and still have room for dessert!!! I needed to stop in Espanola on the way home just to split up the drive and stretch my legs. We stopped off at Tim Horton's and boy, was that iced cappuccino worth it! I haven't had Timmies in ages!!
We got home after our day trip and Hubby asked, "So, how was your day, honey?" All I could say was, "I am never doing that again!" LOL! I don't know how I ever did alll that driving in the city. All the crazy drivers and people who don't follow traffic rules totally make me feel like I'm going to have a heart attack!! LOL
There's no place like home....there's no place like home.....
homestaying" with us (and we're legally their guardians during their studies here) and one of our nieces, Toad (since Pook was sick). There were three groups of parents with a slew of kiddies ranging from 10 to 14 yrs of age (my friend's toddler stayed with grandma for the evening). Our bowling date was for 7:30 and by the time I started cooking it was almost 6PM. Grrr...I had no idea what to cook. Tonight I was so uninspired. I'm usually really quick and creative in the kitchen.
I don't know why, but just this week I have been starting to feel a bit sleepy around midday. Unfortunately, I've got absolutely no time to doze off for a few minutes (I can't nap anyway--it totally messes up my sleep pattern). In the morning, I get everyone's breakfast made, then tidy up the house a bit. I then teach grammar and vocabulary acquisition until noon. I make lunch for the students and my husband. Teach reading, writing, pronunciation, TOEFL and SAT prep classes...then we go on an outdoor activity, and then I come home and cook supper. I also help Hubby with stuff around the farm too if he needs me.
Here's a pic of the girls (Fred and George) taking a cat nap. See how they're sprawled across the quilt my MIL made Hubby and me? *sigh* Ah.....the life of a cat :)
Certainly, many countries have been responsible for creating useful inventions that help us with our every day life. I was interested to see that some of these important creations were ones I knew were by Canadians, while others really surprised me. (I had no clue!)
Here are a few more reasons to be proud to be Canadian, eh?! : ) Here’s the list that was on TGCI (in alphabetical order):
Alkaline long-lasting battery – 1959 (Lewis Urry)
Ardox spiral nail- 1954 (Allan Dove)
Automatic lubricating cup- 1872 (Elijah McCoy) click on the CBC website for this one, otherwise it just sounds obscene!
Basketball- 1892 (James Naismith) there has been lots of debate in the past on this one.
Birch bark canoe- (First peoples)
Blackberry- 1999 (Mike Lazaridis)
Bloody Caesar- 1969 (Walter Chell) seriously? I had no clue!
CANADARM- 1975 (SPAR AEROSPACE/NRC)
Caulking gun- 1894 (Theodore Witte)
Cobalt-60 "Bomb" Cancer Treatment- 1951 (Harold Johns)
CPR Mannequin: ACTAR 911- 1989 (Dianne Croteau, Richard Brault)
Crash position indicator- CPI –1957 (Harry Stevinson)
Electric oven- 1892 (Thomas Ahearn) Didn't know this was Canadian either.
Electric wheelchair- 1952 (George Klein) or this one!
Electron microscope- 1938 (James Hillier, Albert Prebus)
Electronic music synthesizer- 1945 (Hugh Le Caine)
Explosives vapour detector- 1985 (Lorne Elias)
Five pin bowling- 1908 (Thomas E. Ryan)
Steam fog horn- 1853 (Robert Foulis)
Goalie mask- 1959 (Jacques Plante)
Green garbage bag- 1950 (Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hansen, Frank Plomp)
G-suit- 1941 (Wilbur Rounding Franks)
Instant mashed potatoes- 1962 (Edward Asselbergs) who on earth eats instant mashed potatoes?
Instant replay- 1955 (CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada)
Insulin, treatment for diabetes- 1921 (Frederick Banting, Charles Best)
JAVA programming language- 1994 (James Arthur Gosling)
Key frame animation- 1969 (Nestor Burtnyk, Marcelli Wein)
Lacrosse- (First peoples)
Light bulb- 1874 (Henry Woodward, Mathew Evans) Lots of dispute over this one too.
Marine screw propeller- 1833 (John Patch)
Marquis wheat- 1908 (Sir Charles Saunders)
Pablum- 1930 (Alan Brown, Theodore Drake, Frederick Tisdall) Didn't know this was Canadian
Pacemaker- 1950 (John Hopps, Wilfred Bigelow, John Callaghan)
Paint roller- 1940 (Norman Breakey)
Plexiglas- 1931 (William Chalmers)
Poutine- 1957 (Fernand Lachance) yeah, baby! But you can only eat real poutine in Quebec. Anywhere else is not 'authentic'. You need the special frites sauce! I don't get to eat poutine often (thank goodness, because it's really not good for your health...and I won't eat it unless it's real poutine--only when I go back to visit family in Quebec...but I am a poutine snob!! LOL!
Radio voice transmission- 1900 (Reginald Fessenden)
Retractable beer carton handle- 1957 (Steve Pasjack)
Robertson screw- 1908 (Peter Robertson)
Self-propelled combine harvester- 1937 (Thomas Carroll)
Separable baggage check- 1882 (John Mitchell Lyons)
Ski-doo – 1922 (Armand Bombardier)
Snowblower- 1925 (Arthur Sicard) had no idea this was Canadian either
Standard time- 1878 (Sandford Fleming)
Telephone- 1876 (Alexander Graham Bell)
UV degradable plastics- 1971 (James Guillet)
Walkie-Talkie- 1942 (Donald L. Hings)
WEEVAC 6- 1980’s (Wendy Murphy)
Wonderbra- 1964 (Louise Poirier) For real???
Zipper- 1913 (Gideon Sundback) Had no clue.
What do you think the greatest Canadian invention is?
I’d have to say IMO, it’s a toss up between: insulin, the pacemaker, electric oven, the telephone, the light bulb, and the zipper. I’d probably choose insulin if I really had to choose one invention though. Oh... and poutine, since I’m from Quebec! LOL!
I thought it would be a good time to give thanks for all the wonderful things that have happened in the past year:
1. Hubby and I got married
2. Lele and Bu are expecting their first child in March of 2007
3. Dad has had a healthy year and is doing well recovering from his stroke and heart attack
4. Peejay is doing well and has one year of university left
5. I've got wonderful students
6. I've got amazing friends and family
7. K and J have gotten engaged
8. My grandmothers are both healthy
9. Mom's doing well
10. We've had frequent visits from the Cruz family (4 or 5 trips up here in the last year!)
11. Many of our friends have had babies in the past year (what cuties!)
12. We haven't had any major problems in 2006
13. Life has been good to us
14. My vehicle has been holding up pretty well for its age and has taken us on many long distance road trips in the last year (knock on wood! It's a '96 Ford Explorer)
15. We have a roof over our heads, food in our tummies, a few pennies in our pockets
- 2013 (186)
- 2012 (270)
- 2011 (255)
- 2010 (299)
- 2009 (195)
- 2008 (218)
- Just Say No!!!
- Toot Tooooooooot!!!
- Meme me all night long...
- Something to think about...
- Just a regular Saturday morning
- Things I REALLY need to get done ASAP
- The wonders of apple cider vinegar
- Adventures in ESL
- A game I wanna play
- Something for baby
- baby showers and wedding engagements...
- Island living
- Terrible Twos
- Yo' Momma!!!
- Here we go again!!!
- I'm such a nag!!!
- Easy Apple Crisp
- I'm such a failure....
- Home Cookin'
- What ever happened....
- "ComePinky,we must prepare for tomorrow night""Gee...
- World Travel
- Another great big shout out...
- Never again!!!!
- One thing you should know about me...
- A little cat nap....
- The Greatest Canadian Invention
- A Big Shout Out...
- Christmas Pudding
- from our home to yours
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About the Blog Author
City girl moves to the country, falls in love, and marries a farmer. She tries to incorporate her city ways with her new country lifestyle and blogs to keep in touch with friends, family & students who live far, far away :) Can this city girl go country? Watch as she learns all sorts of exciting things about life on the farm and in a small rural community. *UPDATE* We are now parents! Our baby girl was born on Nov. 11, 2008 (at 28 weeks gestation- 12 weeks premature, but she's quite the trooper)!!!