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Sunday, May 10, 2009

French Canadiens Boo the American Anthem

I found the occasion distressing. Ell was trying to explain to me why she refused to support the Montréal Canadien ice hockey team after her own team had been put out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. “So you’ll be supporting the Habs,” I’d said. “Never! You’ve seen how they play. They are dirty,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Water fountain man gets his comeuppance, or does he?

Today it was raining heavily first thing in the morning. The lack of tennis playing didn’t bother me unduly, as I’d already made arrangements to have a full body assessment from a professional trainer. I need to build up and to do so I need to know how. I need more building up than I thought, as the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I was deliberately ignored today - twice.

The first time was endearing; the second time was insulting. The original ignoring was caused by our neighbour’s Doberman; let’s call him Dobby. Our neighbour’s back deck overlooks ours and is about 10 yards away. Dobby has a habit of barking for attention when either Ell or I go out onto our back... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tag Sale

Ell made up her mind to go to the tag sale because the auctioneer at the Good Friday auction had taken her aside and extolled on the collection of jewellery that would be available. “The old lady is moving to an apartment and is selling her house. Not only is she selling her own jewellery but she is... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Susan Boyle! “She comes fae Blackburn?”

It was her accent that got to us first, and her self denigrating humour. Ell and I both sat up straight when we heard her. She wasn’t using the put-on Highland accent of TV commercials. There was none of Edinburgh’s prissy Morningside accent, and none of the faux accent of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove. She... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Italian Earthquake – Korean Missile?

A word of advice; don’t try to sleep with those two facts floating about in your head. The facts tend to split into ‘what ifs’ and make nodding off very difficult, especially when you have a dam upriver of your house. The news flash about the Italian earthquake was the last piece of information I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Canada? ‘Isn’t this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country?

They have no army' …suggested Greg Gutfeld on ‘Red Eye with Greg’ on Fox news. "Once their Afghan mission winds down sometime in 2011, certain members of the Canadian military are looking to take a much-deserved break. And by certain members I mean all of them," Gutfeld said. “Meaning, the Canadian... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Malodorous or Sh*tty?

It isn’t as if Ell’s vocabulary isn’t extensive, so I was surprised when she came in from collecting the mail and stated. “I smell sh*t.” “What do you mean, ‘you smell sh*t’? You’d better not be looking at me. Samantha – did you fart?” “Not in here,” Ell wrinkled hr nose, “Although it does stink of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Invasion Began Yesterday

From horizon to horizon they swept in from the south, calling to each other as they saw the St. Lawrence. V after V drifted down and landed on the ice-locked bays. The noise was incessant – and still is, because northbound squadrons are still arriving. At the moment, the edges of the anchored ice... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fake Spring

On Sunday on the way to church, Ell and I counted 12 ice fishermen in the bay. The river was still frozen all the way across to the States. The fishermen were only out about 100/150 yards out from the shore, but nothing would have induced me to walk even that far out onto the ice. The previous day... Sign in to see full entry.

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