Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Going into withdrawal

It is getting bad enough that I am considering (although not seriously) bandaging up my arm and going to play in the friendly game on Thursday. Don't worry, I'm not going to do it, (not this week anyway), but I have been thinking about it.

I won't do it, because quite frankly, something as simple as just going shopping is enough to make my arm ache. I was alone, this morning (the 4 year old monster was at pre-school) and I did one store, lifted a few dresses off a rack, looked through a few boxes of shoes, and that was enough to make the arm ache. Heck, typing makes it sore. (Yes, I will be getting off in a minute.) So I figure, I may not be quite ready for a soccer game this Thursday.

I'm starting to get the shakes already...

Gotta try this out with my dog...


9 manliest names in the world

Jean-Alexandre gets credit for showing me this. It's hilarious. The 9 men with the most manly names in the world. My favourite is number 4. But there is definitely no beating number one at manliest name... Check it out.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Eleanor Kirk - Suffragist

An article on Eleanor Kirk, early suffragist and pro-life feminist, by Cat Clark, over at Feminists for Life - Feminist History E-Tutorial.

Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life, is particularly inspired by Eleanor Kirk, who “connects women’s rights to the rights of the unborn…. [H]er vision of strong, educated women who have political clout to protect the unborn is filled with hope for the future.”

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dear Canada Post and USPS

My books were sent to me on February 16, 2010 from a place 5 hours away from me. It only takes five hours to get there from here by car. Yep, only five.

It is March 25, 2010 today, exactly five weeks and 2 days since they were sent. Is it just me, or is there a problem here? Five weeks and I have still got nothing to show for it? I paid over $50 just for the shipping. That makes a $200 package more or less. I'd really like to have it now if you don't mind.

Thank you very much.

According to Jean-Alexandre...

... I got hurt because I am old, and older people are very frail and get hurt more easily. You have to be careful with them.

When I refuted that theory by saying I used to sprain my ankle all the time when I was his age, he changed his theory to I got hurt because men are superior to women and I got hurt because I'm a woman.

His theory is that we are equal in every other way except that men are bigger, faster and stronger, therefore men are superior, and that is why I got hurt.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Not a real job

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett stated (Hill Times, March 22, 2010) that motherhood wasn’t a “real job.” Instead, she stated that “women” (presumably speaking on behalf of all women) “want economic independence, to be able to go back to school, to get a real job, to be able to go to work.”

Well, gee, I'm glad we've got that straight...

In case anyone is interested

Got this today:


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No goal for me, pas de but

See English version lower.

Alors, hier soir, je m'en allais vers le ballon en courant, quand le gardien de but de l'autre équipe s'est jetté dessus juste devant moi.

Je n'ai pas pu arrêter. J'ai passé par dessus et je me suis mis les mains à terre pour arrêter ma chute. Je crois que ma main gauche a touché a terre en premier.

Mon coude s'est tourné légèrement "crique!" et encore une fois dans l'autre direction, "craque!".

"Tiens!" ai-je eu le temps de penser, "C'est drôle, ça craque."

Et puis une douleur intense m'a frappé et ce n'était plus drôle du tout.

J'ai commencé à hurler. Et tout de suite une voix à l'intérieur m'a dit, "Tais-toi, tu vas avoir l'air d'une femme qui crie." Ce qui est stupide car j'étais une femme qui criait. En tout cas, j'ai arrêté de hurler tout de suite et j'ai plutôt serré les dents et respiré très fort.

Quelqu'un a parlé de glace, et quelqu'un est arrivé avec de la glace, ce qui a beaucoup aidé. On m'a tourné sur le dos, et j'ai commencé à reconnaître les voix et les personnes. On m'a levé debout et j'ai marché au banc.

Je me suis rendue à l'hopital avec un de mes co-équipiers vers 21h00 environ. J'ai enfin vu le médecin vers 2h00. On a fait des radigraphies et la physicienne m'a dit qu'elle ne voyait aucune fracture. Ce qui la surprenait. Mais le radiologue devait regardait ce matin car elle disait qu'elle n'était pas trop spécialisé là-dedans. Sinon, ce ne serait qu'une bonne entorse.



So, last night, I was running for the ball when the goaler for the other team threw himself on it right in front of me.

I was unable to stop so I fell right over top him. I put my hands in front of mye to break my fall. I think My left hand must have hit the ground first.

My left elbow turned just a bit, "crack!" and again in the opposite direction, "crack!"

"Hey!" I had just enough time to think, "That's funny, it's cracking."

And then intense pain hit me and it wasn't funny anymore.

I started to scream. But a voice inside me said, "Be quiet, now you sound like a woman screaming!" Which is stupid, because I was a woman screaming. I stopped screaming and clenched my teeth and breathed hard.

Somebody said something about ice, and someone brought ice. That helped. They rolled me over to my back, and I started to recognize people and voices. I was helped up and walked over to sit on the bench.

One of my team-mates brought me to the hospital around 9:00 pm. It was 2:00 am before I saw the doctor. I had x-rays taken and the doctor couldn't see any fracture, which surprised her so the radiologist was supposed to look at it this morning to be sure. If there is no fracture, then it is only a very bad sprain.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dear Canada Post and USPS

I would really appreciate it if you could get the parcel that I am waiting for to me as soon as possible. I know you have a lot of parcels to send to a lot of places, but this one happens to contain a few books I ordered, for a fairly high price, and I have been waiting for this package, which was sent to me through a friend, for at least a month now. Quite frankly, I am starting to get worried. You do realize, that had I gone to get them myself, it would have taken me 5 hours and not 5 weeks?

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Dear Patron Saint of Lost articles, (AKA Saint Anthony)

Please help Canada Post and USPS to find the package they have somehow misplaced and get it to me as soon as possible.

Amen.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Elle lance, et elle compte...

pas rien qu'une fois... mais deux :)

Et au prochain match on emmène des bougies et de l'encense pour ceux qui ont besoin de se garder la tête froide... :P

Répeter après moi les gars, trois fois: "Je vais me faire rentrer dedans. Je vais me faire rentrer dedans. Je vais me faire rentrer dedans. Puis ce n'est pas grave."

I could use that too...


All Should Offer Their Bodies and Blood at Mass

Preacher Explains Uniqueness of Christ's Sacrifice and Our Participation
And the preacher offered a simple example to illustrate his point.

"Let us imagine," he said, "that in a family there is one child, the first born, most devoted to the father. He wishes to give him a present for his birthday. However, before presenting it to him he asks all his brothers and sisters secretly to add their signature on the gift. It then arrives in the hands of the father as the indistinct homage of all his children and as a sign of the esteem and love of them all but, in reality, only one has paid its price. "

And now the application. Jesus admires and loves the heavenly Father. He wishes to give him every day, until the end of the world, the most precious gift he can think of, that of his life itself. In the Mass he invites all his 'brothers,' who we are, to add their signature on the gift, so that it reaches God the Father as the indistinct gift of all his children. [...] But, in reality, we know that only one has paid the price of such a gift. And what a price!"

Laity, too
Read more...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Could there be truth more true than this?


How many times has a barely audible "click" awakened my babies? Countless times. They can be jostled from stroller to car seat, back to stroller, back to car seat, into the house, amid noise of all kind, but put them in their bed and close the door... and they KNOW. They know the little buggers, that they are in bed, and that you are leaving them there, and that bed is NOT the place they want to be. Even when they are fast asleep, they KNOW.

More on Christians in Iraq (and other countries)

http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/03/11/father-raymond-j-de-souza-saving-iraq-s-christians.aspx

Christians in Iraq in trouble

From Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!

OP Sisters in Mosul, Iraq

Dear Sisters,

This evening I have received very tragic news about the situation in Iraq. I have just returned from being with the 5 Iraqi sisters who are with us in Adrian. Today, all the Christians have fled from Mosul.

There have been murders and rapes of Christians there and for now they are fleeing to the Christian villages. Sister Maria is very frightened about the safety of the sisters and the Christian people. As of now, the five elderly sisters who have been holding down the Motherhouse are choosing to remain there because they do not want to lose their Motherhouse to the terrorists. She said most Christians are making plans to evacuate from Iraq and, as a consequence, she does not know what will happen with her Congregation. She said they will follow the Christian people where they go, but where that will be is uncertain. The sisters' families remain in grave danger and, as you can imagine, the young ones with us and with Springfield are terrified. As of now, nothing is being reported in the US press. She asks if any of us know people in Washington whom we could contact and tell the story, to please do so. Most importantly, she asks for our prayers.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

No bruise this week...

... but on the other hand, I happened to be right beside someone on the other team, when they lost the ball. I immediately took it, turned around, and found noone in front of me. So I did what any self-respecting soccer player does, I ran for the goal.

She shoots. She scores!!!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Thirteen Years Ago Today...


Jeanne and Marc
March 8, 1997

We have Maple Syrup!

The two full pots of water have given just the bottom of the pot in syrup. Here it is still not quite ready, it had to boil down a bit more.
Maple water collecting in a container.
Nicolas, proud to pose with a Sugar Maple and it's treasure.
It goes in clear and plenty.
It comes out golden but scanty.
Can't wait to try it out on pancakes! Yum!

Hoax of the Century

Hoax of the Century
Patrick Buchanan
03/02/2010


(...) in historic terms, our global warming is not at all unprecedented.

How horrible was it?

"The Vikings discovered and settled Greenland around A.D. 950. Greenland was then so warm that thousands of colonists supported themselves by pasturing cattle on what is now frozen tundra. During this great global warming, Europe built the looming castles and soaring cathedrals that even today stun tourists with their size, beauty and engineering excellence. These colossal buildings required the investment of millions of man-hours -- which could be spared from farming because of higher crop yields."

We've got our own Maple Hut going!!!

Marc got a whole bunch of spouts for collecting Maple water and yesterday he drilled holes in our trees and in the trees on our neighbours' side of our common driveway, and we hung buckets and anything else we could get our hands on.

Dominic really enjoys this kind of hands on experience and he has been going out religiously to collect the water from the trees. Of the kids, he is the most excited about this project.
Here are some of the buckets hanging on our trees, and on the neighbours' trees.
So far we have filled this pot up twice to the brim and still don't have enough for a decent amount of maple syrup. To get Maple syrup, you have to boil it down to 1/40th of the original amount of water, so we need a LOT of water!
The water, however, is starting to taste quite good!

Kids' Answers to Questions About the Catholic Faith

KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED. INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT IN.

1. IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, GUINESSIS. GOD GOT TIRED OF CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THE SABBATH OFF.

2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE. NOAH'S WIFE WAS JOAN OF ARK. NOAH BUILT AND ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.

3. LOTS WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALT DURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF FIRE DURING THE NIGHT.

4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE AND THROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY HAD TROUBLE WITH UNSYMPATHETIC GENITALS.

5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHO LET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY A JEZEBEL LIKE DELILAH.

6. SAMSON SLAYED THE PHILISTINES WITH THE AXE OF THE APOSTLES.

7. MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEA ! WHERE THEY MADE UNLEAVENED BREAD WHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS

8. THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALL DROWNED IN THE DESSERT. AFTERWARDS, MOSES WENT UP TO MOUNT CYANIDE TO GET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTS WAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EAT THE APPLE.

10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT IS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT ADULTERY.

11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVER REACHED CANADA THEN JOSHUA LED THE HEBREWS IN THE BATTLE OF GERITOL.

12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE IN THE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLD HIS SON TO STAND STILL AND HE OBEYED HIM.

13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KING WHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYING THE LIAR. HE FOUGHT THE FINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN BIBLICAL TIMES.

14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDS SONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700 PORCUPINES.

15. WHEN MARY HEARD SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF JESUS, SHE SANG THE MAGNA CARTA.

16. WHEN THE THREE WISE GUYS FROM THE EAST SIDE ARRIVED THEY FOUND JESUS IN THE MANAGER.

17. JESUS WAS BORN BECAUSE MARY HAD AN IMMACULATE CONTRAPTION.

18. ST. JOHN THE BLACKSMITH DUMPED WATER ON HIS HEAD.

19. JESUS ENUNCIATED THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SAYS TO DO UNTO OTHERS BEFORE THEY DO ONE TO YOU. HE ALSO EXPLAINED A MAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY SWEAT ALONE.

20. IT WAS A MIRICLE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND MANAGED TO GET THE TOMBSTONE OFF THE ENTRANCE.

21. THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD WERE CALLED THE 12 DECIBELS.

22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.

23. ONE OF THE OPPOSSUMS WAS ST. MATTHEW WHO WAS ALSO A TAXIMAN.

24. ST. PAUL CAVORTED TO CHRISTIANITY, HE PREACHED HOLY ACRIMONY WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MARRAIGE.

25. CHRISTIANS HAVE ONLY ONE SPOUSE. THIS IS CALLED MONOTONY.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Jane Eyre

I finished reading Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) last night. I had put it aside to read last, as I had read her sister's Wuthering Heights and found it to be rather dark.

Jane Eyre starts off not very happy, but gets so much better. I absolutely loved it. I loved the morality, I loved the passion. There is the perfect balance of both in this book. It is neither permissive nor uptight. To her credit, Jane Eyre does what is right, despite her feelings pulling her to do the contrary, and in the end, she gets her happy ending, a much happier ending than would have been had she followed her feelings only.

If I am ever single again, the next person I fall in love with will have to be a Mr. Rochester. Jane considers her to be equal to Mr. Rochester, not in the sense of class, or riches, but in the sense that her soul understood perfectly his. They share a similar sense of humour, with him, she is absolutely free to be herself, no need to hide a part of herself, there is nothing about her that he does not like nor want, and vice versa.

The banter between the two is something I really enjoyed, for having shared a similar sort of banter a few rare times with a couple of people I have known myself. I rarely identify with characters in stories as I did with this couple. I liked it even better than Jane Austen's books, whose romances are often quite "sensible" as she would put it, but without a lot of "sense" or demonstration of passion.

I also liked it better because the characters in Jane Eyre, the nice ones anyone, the ones I'd have wanted to know, did not think the lower classes so repulsive. Also, Jane Eyre is a hard working woman. She doesn't need to be constantly visiting people and going out for suppers and dinners and parties and balls, because she has nothing else to do, and would be otherwise twiddling her thumbs all day and not know what to do with herself, as so many of the characters (albeit not always the main ones) in Jane Austen's books do.

Jane Austen's books portray an English Upper Class of the time, which I am glad I do not have to live in myself.

As persons, we need to have a purpose in life, some work to do. We need to feel needed, we need to accomplish good works, otherwise we become lost. There seem to have been a great deal of very lost people in the Upper Classes of Jane Austen's England.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

An editor would have been good...

I read through my book yesterday, and finished it this morning. Unfortunately, there were a number of typos, and other errors, including some formatting ones, especially near the end, that I did not catch, as well as at least one inconsistency. There are a few passages that I think could have either been written better or broken down. But it is too late now. An editor would have been nice, would have caught these things, but Publish America is, albeit a free one, still a self-publishing company, and does not offer much in the way of services, other than printing the book.

It's too bad, because I think it is a decent book, and could have been better. Still, despite the few errors, it is not unreadable, nor incomprehensible like some of the books they publish must be. We (the authors) provide the book description as well as the author description for the back of the book, and I came across at least one in the Publish America Directory, that, in reading the back cover, I thought to myself; Wow, if that is what the back cover looks like, then I don't want to even try deciphering the book.

I'm going to keep writing, and try to find a "real" publisher to look at my books next time.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Dominic likes this one....


Finally received my own copy of my book

... but this is weird. It is supposed to be a complementary copy, so at no charge to me. The receipt inside confirms this, as my total comes to $0.00 even including shipping. However, I had to pay $20.62 in importation fees! What the heck is that?

It breaks down into $1.32 in GST, $17.10 in BROK FEE (broker's fee I imagine?) $0.85 in BROK GST, $1.35 in BROK QST.

How do they get all those fees on a free item? Any percentage of $0.00 is $0.00 as far as I know... and what is this BROK FEE? Does this mean that, had I decided to ship the books I did buy to eventually do book signings somewhere, that on top of the outrageous shipping prices, ($120.00+ instead of $50.00+) I would have had to pay outrageous importation fees too? It's a good thing I had it sent to my friend instead!!!

Incredible

This is mind-boggling...

State takes custody of 7-year-old over homeschooling
Now human rights organizations reviewing 'state-napping'
Posted: February 27, 201011:05 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Social workers have been visiting a Swedish couple whose son was "abducted" by government agents last year because he was being homeschooled, but that's not necessarily a good sign, and now two major rights organizations are exploring options to reunite the family.

The Home School Legal Defense Association and members of the Alliance Defense Fund have been advising Christer and Annie Johansson on the "state-napping" of their son, Dominic, 7, from an airliner as the family was preparing to move to India last year.

"HSLDA and the Alliance Defense Fund are jointly advising the family and exploring all available avenues to help reunite Dominic with his family," the HSLDA said in a published statement.
"Swedish social workers have recently visited Christer and Annie and inquired about their current ability to take care of Dominic. According to a Swedish lawyer who spoke with HSLDA anonymously, these visits do not necessarily indicate the possible return of Dominic to his parents. Rather, this attorney said, Swedish social services intends to force the parents into 'complete subjugation and compliance with the system.'"

WND reported late last year when the Administrative Court of Stockholm affirmed the state custody of Dominic, who was taken from the airliner by uniformed police officers on the orders of social workers even though there was no allegation of any crime on the part of the family nor was there any warrant.

Read more here: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=125602