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Happy Birthday Dad

Thanks as ever to Rochelle for guiding us towards another challenge and to Adam for his great photo this week. Today would have been my father’s 90th birthday.  Due to the date he has been in and out of my mind all day. When I saw the prompt this week I knew I had to write about him and so I crave your indulgence. Happy Birthday Dad Some weekends he would take off on his motorbike, heading for the Lake District and the ...

5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you’ve read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it’s difficult to hide the fact that I’m a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker – Michael Hyatt. Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing – the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect. My friendship with Michael began from a series of ...

I WAS WITH WHO????????

People blog for many reasons. Some may begin a blog purely to have a place to share their writings, while some may have educational or training objectives. Others may blog in hopes to make an income. When I first started my blog, I have to admit that I was in the later category.  It’s odd how things can change so quickly. You have to understand that I am not a social butterfly, nor do I really ...

Bump In The Road

Update on new site: Those of you who have visited the new and improved Chubby Chatterbox now realize it hasn’t been improved much. I expected a few glitches along the way, and sure enough there are. My web designer is addressing the issue of leaving comments that aren’t microscopic, but the biggest problem is with Google. The Google Friend Connect (where folks join to become members) is no longer transferable. Without telling anyone, Google cancelled the ability to move this feature ...

It’s Official

After months of debating it, changing our minds and exploring the options we are actually going to pack up our stuff and move! When it comes to things I like to do moving is right up with going to the dentist! And yet for the 2nd time in 2 years we are going to do it. Please follow us in the next couple of months as we move, shop for food in new environments and plant a garden. We are going to ...

Vanishing Pesto

Last week the weather was alternatively sunny and humid or rainy and even more humid. The herbs really love it and the basil has grown like mad. By Saturday it was starting to bolt and take over the garden. I was down to use it or lose it time. I waded through the mud, out to the garden and started cutting. Brought in all the cuttings, stripped the leaves and the bolted flowers. Ended up with 8 cups of washed and ...

Twittering Away: Why do we do it?

I’m just a bit messed up on my blogging but that’s ok.  I’m not exactly a straight as a string  kind of gal. My actions just go with my flow at the time.  My blogging was intended for three times a week but there’s nothing to say I can’t add extra’s.  Consider today an extra. That being said let me get on with what I want to blog about. Today, Twitter is on my mind.  You want to know why? Whether ...

The History of the Easter Lily

In North America, besides the Easter bunny and chocolate eggs, the Easter Lily is one of the most recognized symbols of Easter. The Easter Lily or lilium longiflorum, as it is scientifically known, has been the traditional flower for Easter ever since they were brought to the USA from Japan. The Easter lily is native to Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and was discovered by British plant expert, Carl Peter Thunberg. It was sent to England in 1819 and made its way to ...

All About Antique Roses

What is old is new again. If you read yesterday’s blog post, you will know that old-fashioned flowers, like antique roses are becoming quite popular again. And we can understand why. Antique roses are tougher, more disease resistant and more fragrant than modern roses. Antique roses (also known as old garden roses, species roses, heritage roses) are generally roses that were introduced before 1867, when the first modern hybrid tea roses were bred. A rose that isn’t quite as old can ...

Preventing Plant Troubles

All gardens, no matter how well maintained are subject to troubles from insects and diseases that can, and will attack your plants as soon as your back is turned! The best way to handle plant troubles is PREVENTION. Choose your plants carefully! Bulbs: You want bulbs that are solid & firm at the base with no growth. Ensure they are are mold free. Stay away from bulbs that are covered if they are covered in withered scales. Most are planted in Autumn but ...

The Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit

The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California is very proud of it’s latest exhibit The Plantosaurus Rex, and so they should be! The exhibit showcases 3 different periods the Triassic and Jurassic periods when plant life was rather boring and simple, devoid of colour but then it moves into the Cretaceous period and becomes a vivid kaleidoscope of colour as plants developed flowers & fruits. So why the big change in plants? Most scientists believe with dinosaurs and other animals ...

Fun Flower Facts: Primrose

It’s not quite spring yet, but we can still daydream about planting flowers outside. One of the first signs of spring is the primrose or the primula, a genus of 400-500 flowering plants. These popular ornamental plants can be found all around the world, from the temperate climate of the northern hemisphere to the tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea. These early-bloomers will flower from March until May. They come in a wide variety of forms, sizes and colours. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Passion Flower

Scientific name: Passiflora The passion flower, which has more than 500 different varieties, is native to South and Central America, tropical Australia and the Pacific islands The passion flower grows mainly on vines, but there are some that grow on shrubs Spanish missionaries gave the flower its name, likening the structure of the flower to elements of the story of the Passion of the Christ. The 10 petals and sepals represent the 10 apostles (not including Judas, the betrayer and Peter, the denier); the ...

Fence Building

Our goal for 2012 was to build a pole barn and plant some fruit trees on the hill overlooking Gander Hill Pond and the rest of the farm. We need the pole barn to store our tractor and we wanted to get the fruit trees in now so by the time we moved there they would be close to producing fruit. A picture of our building site It was the veiw from this spot on the hill that we fell in love with that convinced  us to ...

Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Senility

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I just don’t understand. Everything was moving forward, falling into place, and dragging me along for the ride, but now… nothing. Worse than nothing. What am I going to do? I made all these promises that now, I can’t keep. Dozens of people are relying on me, but I can’t come through for them. I’ve lost …

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…We spend time worrying…Rushing here and there in pain Wondering … what if? Wondering … what if The sky would fall if we stop The sun and moon too…This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: Starting Over. …

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Reflections: Karma Is A Teacher Not A Bitch

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“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne W. Dyer Karma -The Lotus Flower Thrives in clean and Dirty water Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of …

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Fried Cabbage and Lessons from Grandma: A Special New Year’s Memory

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I decided to take a short break from writing as the holiday season hit it’s full stride. I’ll soon get back to the direction we were headed in before my little hiatus-my thoughts have been elsewhere. Memory is weird at times. For many years I’ve struggled with remembering those special times from childhood. I know they happened, …

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Reflections: 2013 Redux

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“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley 2013 Redux – Collage of Blank Sketchbooks with Brad Paisley quote Before leaping into the new year, I’d like to revisit 2013; have a redux and review some of the challenges and successes I had. According to Google’s 2013 Zeitgeist/Trends, …

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Happy Birthday Dad

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Thanks as ever to Rochelle for guiding us towards another challenge and to Adam for his great photo this week. Today would have been my father’s 90th birthday. Due to the date he has been in and out of my mind all day. When I saw the prompt this week I knew I had to write …

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