Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sarah Palin - Ummm are you kidding me!?!

Ok so for the full story check out this link:

"We told her we're from Canada, and we're just looking for a few words of encouragement for the Canadian conservatives who have worked so tirelessly to destroy the socialized medicare that we have," Walsh recalled Tuesday from St. John's.

Palin strolled over, looking down on Walsh and her crew to tell them that "Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit."

"Basically, she said government should stop doing the work that private enterprise should do," Walsh said.

Yes there is problems with the Public Health Care system the way it is run in Canada, I have to admit that, but at the same time you can't take away what a country has had for years in a short period of time. I guarentee you that if they tried there would be a huge uproar!  Also Sarah Palin doesn't live in Canada so she actually has nothing to say about how the government runs their system up there! If you want a say in what a country does you need to live there or be a Citizen, and it should in some way shape or form affect your life.. which as far as I can tell it has none on hers :(

I have found that since moving to the US there has been several huge adjustments, but at the same time there is definite benefits to the way the Canadian system is run. Rather than paying your doctor for each and every visit that you make and paying a lot (as I have found out) I think was sometimes also take for granted that we can go see the doctor and walk out of the office with out paying a few hundred dollars for a simple exam etc. Sure at the time you pay $80 a month to the Alberta Health Care but if you are lucky work has a plan.. which mine did.. takes care of half the cost.. making it $40 a month.. then take that cost if you go to the doctor a few time and it seems to pay for itself once I compare it to what we have had to pay for my visits to the doctor here since I had a miscarriage! So in the long run I do think the system that I was used to has it's benefits!

haha feel free to debate this or add your opinions!! :)

Canadian Thanksgiving VS American Thanksgiving

So a little history lesson here :)

Thanksgiving in Canada -- What gives?

Most of us will have noticed that Canadian Thanksgiving comes well in advance of our neighbours to the south, and for all the predictable reasons: colder climate, earlier harvest, and that persistant urge to accomplish something (anything) before "they" do. But the history of our Thanksgiving is stuffed with surprises.

We did actually have the FIRST Thanksgiving, a full 43 years before the pilgims at Plymouth Rock, but, in true Canadian fashion, there was something wrong with it. That first North American Thanksgiving would have been "celebrated" in sub-zero temperatures on a barren, windswept moonscape by a muttering, mutinous crowd wondering whether "the chief" had all his marbles.

In 1576, Sir Martin Frobisher set out to find the Spice Islands. He landed instead on Baffin Island. The complete absence of trees and a pitiless terrain of unrelieved rock and permafrost barely dampened his determination to establish the first English settlement in North America. Not yet disabused of his perennial optimism, he spent two years mining "gold ore". When it was well and duly hauled back to England, it assayed out as iron pyrite. Fool's Gold.
By 1710 we were back on track with this Thanksgiving thing. Records at Port Royal, Nova Scotia, note an October 10 thanksgiving celebration to mark the return of the town to the English. In 1763, Halifax celebrated the end of the Seven Years War with a similar ceremony.
In 1879, Parliament formally declared November 6 as a day of Thanksgiving, and so it remained until after the Armistice of WWI, when Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day would have conflicted thematically during the same week.

When Thanksgiving was assigned to its present second Monday in October, former Ontario Premier E.C. Drury, head of the United Farmers of Ontario, decried the move as a ploy by city-dwellers to move a farmer's holiday "up" the calendar so they could enjoy a long weekend while the weather was likely to still be fine (at the farmer's expense). Canadian - eh?



I think we all know the history on American Thanksgiving but a little info anyway!

I'm going to post some links and then some info :)

Some Myths vs Facts:

and the the declaration of thanksgiving to make it an official day of Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving ProclamationState of New-Hampshire. In Committee of Safety, Exeter, November 1, 1782 : Ordered, that the following proclamation for a general thanksgiving on the twenty-eighth day of November instant, received from the honorable Continental Congress, be forthwith printed ...



EXETER, November 1, 1782.


THAT the following Proclamation for a general THANKSGIVING on the twenty-eighth day of November [instant?], received from the honorable Continental Congress, be forthwith printed, and sent to the several worshipping Assemblies in this State, to whom it is recommended religiously to observe said day, and to abstain from all servile labour thereon.

M. WEARE, President.

By the United States in Congress assembled.


IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf: Therefore the United States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they have been so long engaged; the present happy and promising state of public affairs; and the events of the war, in the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public Councils, which is so necessary to the success of the public cause; the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of the arms of the United States, and those of their Allies, and the acknowledgment of their independence by another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to these States:----- Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.

Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.

JOHN HANSON, President.

Charles Thomson, Secretary.


Proclamation and image courtesy of The Library of Congress.

For those of you who want to here is the basic link to the website and you are welcome do spend more time researching :)

All I'm going to say is Thanksgiving in November is really weird!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

gaahhh :( Productivity at its best!

Well so tonight I went to bed on time.. haha but couldn't get to sleep :( and since John wanted the light off beside our bed... after laying around for 1/2 hour driving myself up the wall thinking.. which is what I do best when I don't want too!!!!.. I decided that I might as well get up and be productive!

That was what the original plan was before I layed around for 1/2 hour.. but then i decided that sleep was more important than scrapbooking.. now apparently blogging is! Oh well!

Today was one of those really unexciting busy days. It didn't actually start off that way, because I didn't do to much in the morning, but by lunchtime I was hard at dusting, vacuuming and doing laundry, washing it and folding it! for a change I actually was folding it as it came out of the dryer.. I have no idea why but I was!!

oh I guess I better tell you the part that was "exciting" (not) anyway apparently a Northern Flicker thinks our hour is the place to peck a hole into :( stupid bird!!! so now we have a nice little hole in the peek of our roof by the garage.. I will have to post a picture! Anyway I ended up running out there several times to chase him away so that he wouldn't make the hole bigger than it was yesterday already :(  boo.. if I had a gun I would shot him!!!! seriously go find a TREE!!!!!!!!!

So that was my day in a nut shell.. supper was super easy cause we had leftovers :) Pop them into the oven to warm up and tada! LOL!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Port Angeles - Our Stay!

out on Ediz Hook in the evening.. I figured I had to try get some pictures... Night photography takes some work though.. so this is about the best it got.. without spending tons of time out there!
This is Port Angeles :)

Now looking out to the Ocean.. Victoria is more to the left... The moon coming out was pretty spectacular.. it is tough to capture moments like that on camera :(

Port Angeles once again :)

That second night we went to eat in the Bella Italia Restaurant... it was a very neat place! :)

Day 3 - Wednesday

This is as I was driving into the papermill, the funny part of this is you feel like you shouldn't be driving here.. yet this is the road that runs through the papermill and then to Ediz Hook!

There is more to come....  so check back again! :)

Picture for my brothers :) ~ on our way to Port Angeles

So this picture ended up being deleted out of my other post for some odd reason... andway when I saw this I knew I had to get a picture for you guys LOL! just cause! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Hubby Rocks!! :)

haha well so last night we went to do groceries for the month in WinCo and Costco... anyway that has been a while that we did them together.. so that was kinda interesting :)

So this is my story:

As we were walking to the till we walked past the flower display.. and then as we were past John all of the sudden said to me.. so do you want some flowers.. I said.. well that is up to you, I mean what can I say.. haha! So we walked back.. I told him to choose some.. he looked at the flowers and then said well what do you want I said figure it out LOL! so he said Roses right?! I was like well whatever I don't care sure! LOL! so he looked at them well I don't know which.. so you choose some.. LOL :) so sure enough Orange roses.. :) Yay!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Our trip to Port Angeles... trip to/out there!

So... finally all the pics :)
So I pretty much started taking pictures once we hit Yakima... for those of you who really know me.. ya I don't take a trip without a ton of scenic pictures! :)
I loved the way the trees were different colors and the sky was a wonderful blue.. so you will see a bunch of pictures with that :

Orchards.. definitely one of my favorite things about Washington!

Here they were working on removing rocks along side the road.. definitely worth a picture in my books :)

Coming out of the tunnel! I always love those pictures :)

Snow..!! You got it! LOL! I LOVE SNOW! I was so excited.. haha just ask John! I'm amazed that I didn't even think to stop... :P hehe! we wanted to get to Port Angeles before dark though so..

Mt. Rainier! gotta love Evert's zoom! Thanks bro!!

Pictures out of the sun roof! The clouds were amazing!!
ugh to bad the sun was shining on the window.. I just liked how this looked though!

Some pictures that would totally make nice puzzles!!! haha! Even though I hate puzzling and have no patience for it!

Starting to get close to Seattle LOL :) something finally is starting to sound familiar to me :P

Now for my family... check out this picture below...Doesn't it look familiar!?! :) haha remember! :)

There is a huge gap now.. haha cause I got sick of taking pictures I think.. LOL! I know fancy that! :P anyway so from here on in this post they are John's pictures cause I was driving!

Anyway... so I was driving and a car was coming up behind me pretty fast.. and I was like.. ohoh.. that is a cop.. and sure enough he came right up behind me and it was.. LOL! so I slowed down just a tad more.. cause I had not the faintest idea of what the speed limit was.. then at the next pull out on the side of the road I pulled over and let him pass me... Talk about freaking out though! A bit further along the road.. turns out I was doing pretty good with what my guess had been for the speed limit! haha! But you never know!