5 Months with no Television

Will There be 6 months?  That is the question.  October is here, the evenings are much longer, and I’m starting to miss television a bit.  I do miss Dancing with the Stars!

Plus, I guess there is a bit of excitement with the returning of your favorite shows.  Now I don’t have a lot of favorite shows.  But I do wish I could have watched the Season opener of Grey’s Anatomy.  And I haven’t found a source in Canada yet, that allows you to watch previous episodes.  On the ABC website, this feature is only available to people living in the United States.

And I still miss the Food Network!

Does anyone out there know how to watch previously aired television episodes if you live in Canada?  Surely there must be a website available to us.

I look forward to hearing from you if you know of one.

Still reading lots!


Patrick Swayze – We Lost Our Dirty Dancer!

COUNTRY BOY photo | Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze

If you are my age, one of the biggest heart-throbs of our generation was the Patrick Swayze.  On Monday, September 14th, the ultimate Dirty Dancer lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

He is pictured above with his wife of 34 years Lisa Niemi.   My heart goes out to her today, his soul-mate and life partner.  You get to call each other soul-mates when you’ve been together for 39 years in total, and married for 34 of them in Hollywood.  To everyone who have been “in love” for a month, take note, that’s lust.  Going through good times and bad, stardom, a miscarriage and a death sentence – and remaining together – now that’s love.

Hollywood wasn’t his life – it was what he did for a living.  He once said his life was on his ranch, with his horses and dogs, and of course his wife.   The lead in such films as Ghost, Dirty Dancing and the Outsiders, this multi-talented star also did Broadway, and more recently, starred in a television series called ‘The Beast’.

There is an additional bright star in the Heavens tonight, and that star is Patrick Swayze.

4 Months No Television

Ten Reasons To Turn Off Your TV“American children and adolescents spend 22 to 28 hours per week viewing television, more than any other activity except sleeping. By the age of 70 they will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching TV.”
— The Kaiser Family Foundation

Today is September 1st, and marks 4 months I have had no television.  Fall is just around the corner and with much longer evenings (is it really only 8:36 p.m.) and all the shows starting up, does it get tempting…. a little!

So, I did a little browsing around the internet.  Check out some of the facts at www.turnoffyourtv.com.  Some of the info will blow your mind.   There is concern that television is turning us into a nation of morons.. (not my words).   Plus, here are five more reasons to turn off your tv.. even for a week!  Try it for one week and see what happens.

1.  You’ll start cooking real meals, because you wont be late for that tv show.

2.  You will start exercising more

3.  You’ll read more books

4.  Spend more time with the important people in your life.

5.  You’ll get more projects completed.

Please let me know how your week without television went.

Looking forward to hearing


Summer Vacation in Newfoundland Continues!

Watching out for big brother!  I have been vacationing in Newfoundland this summer, taking in the many sites and tourist attractions.  Seeing many places for the first time ever. 

In August, I took my two nephews to Gros Morne National Park.  We went rock exploring in Green Point, and went to the Marine Discovery Centre in Norris Point.

This is one of my favorite photos of the day.  Brady is looking over a cliff into the ocean, hoping to see some fish.  His little brother Riley is making sure he doesn’t lean over too far.  He wasn’t asked to… he just did it.  It’s one of those priceless pictures.

We even saw a moose.  I’ll be posting more pictures on flickr soon.

September is just around the corner.  I hope you enjoyed your summer.


Driven to Distraction!

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The province of Alberta is considering introducing a ‘distracted driving bill’ this fall, which basically means the days of talking on a cell phone, eating fast food while driving and applying make up could be numbered.   It would lump a number of ‘driving faux-pas’ into one law, and make it against the law to be engaging in activities that take the focus away from the road.

It’s about time!  But I will say this, it’s one thing to make it a law, it’s another thing to enforce it.  In the province of Newfoundland it is already illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving a car.  However, every second vehicle in this province, you will see a driver with a cell phone to his or her ear.  It’s not enforced.  Eating and applying make up are bad enough, but the other day I saw a driver with a newspaper across his steering wheel, while driving down the highway.  Isn’t it ironic that as citizens we see these but yet these people never seems to get stopped by the police. 

Texting has become a nightmare on the road.  You simply are not able to type while keep your eyes on the road.  No one is that good.  It’s dangerous, and you are 23 more times at a risk to get in an accident.  And you know what, I’m going out on a limb here, but if you get in an accident and harm someone because of cell phones, texting or other distractions, you should have your drivers license taken away from you.

Driving is not a God-given right, it is a privilege.  If you abuse that privilege, you should lose it.

Drive safe everyone