Visits From The Neighbourhood Deer

The area that I now live in, was not that long ago, fields, forest and a scattering of farms. When Music Man and I, more than 30 years ago, moved here from a neighbouring city, this community had a population of a little more than 10,000.  There was still acres and acres of dense forest and sprawling fields. Since we moved here, homes have popped up left, right and centre and we now live in a suburban community, with a population of roughly 30,000 residents. While the building lots are fairly … [Read more...]

Feel Immune to Being Homeless? Don’t Be So Sure!

Are you immune to being homeless?  Do you feel you and your family will never suffer the dangerous and demoralizing plight of knowing each night you do not having a roof over your head, food to eat or a bed to sleep in? Unfortunately, we should not be feeling so smug and certain. Let's face it, no one grows up dreaming of a life on the mean streets of some town or city.  However, the reality is, many of us are a job loss, physical or mental illness, disability, domestic abuse victim, or … [Read more...]

What Type of a Person Could Horribly Abuse a Tiny Kitten? {With an Update}

What type of a person could abuse a tiny little kitten that weighs less than 4 pounds?  Is it a power trip? Yes, you must be very strong and powerful to beat a kitten, how does that make you feel?! Is it a control issue? Yes, you are the boss when you kick a little cat or kitten, how does that make you feel?!  Is it just pure hatred?  Yes, you think you are a superior person when you kick, throw and beat a tiny defenseless cat or kitten, how does that make you feel?! … [Read more...]

National Sweater Day is February 7th, Have You Booked Your Granny?

WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. Participating in National Sweater Day is just one way to reduce wasteful consumption. On Feb 7th, lower your heat and put on your favorite sweater to take action against climate change and work towards a sustainable future. Join Canadians across the country fighting climate change by conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If every Canadian lowered the heat … [Read more...]

Movember {Healthy Living}

{My son's "Movember" 30, 2011 stash.} During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public … [Read more...]

10 Tips for a Greener Fall (and Winter) {Living Green}

Photo credit - Muffinman 71xx (CC) I've been searching the web for some green tips for the fall and have come up with 10 great tips to share: … [Read more...]

Meet Norman, Eco-warrior!! {Living Green}

Meet Norman. He's not your everyday housecat. Little by little he's helping to save our oceans. Learn more about Norman and his mission at http://www.wwf.ca/seafood. **{I was sent this video via the WWF, I'm not plugging Loblaws, just the cause!} … [Read more...]

Mammogram 101 {Healthy Living}

As many of you are aware, October is breast cancer awareness month.  We all are women or have women in our lives that we know and love so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information on mammography that I found. First, some background information.  Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in Canadian women. In 2006, there will be an estimated 21,600 new cases in women aged 20+ and 5,300 deaths from breast cancer in Canada. About 11% of Canadian … [Read more...]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month {Healthy Living}

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month   What is breast cancer?   Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast. The breast tissue covers an area larger than just the breast. It extends up to the collarbone and from the armpit across to the breastbone in the centre of the chest. The breasts sit on the chest muscles that cover the ribs. Each breast is made of glands, ducts (thin tubes) and fatty tissue. Lobules are groups of glands that can … [Read more...]

Ovarian Cancer: Know the Facts! {Healthy Living}

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and ovarian cancer prevention is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  In 2005 I lost a friend, colleague and fellow OR nurse to this insidious disease.  Please, don't ignore these subtle symptoms, be vigilant and listen to your body! {Click on above diagram for a larger image} … [Read more...]

Our volunteer shoreline cleanup! {Living Green}

The last few weeks I have been blogging a lot about the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This past Sunday "I put my money where my mouth is", so to speak.  Along with several awesome volunteers I took on the task of cleaning a local shoreline along the Gondola Point Beach. The funny thing is, at first glance the beach appeared quite pristine, however, once we started looking near the fringes of the sand we discovered quite a few unsavoury items. … [Read more...]

Muscular Dystrophy Awareness {Healthy Living}

September is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month When you have muscular dystrophy, your muscles say stop, but your mind says go. September begins Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Awareness campaign. Over 50,000 Canadians are affected by a neuromuscular disorder. Through awareness-building, information and education, and by funding leading-edge research, you can be the link to help the association enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders. You can help by spreading the … [Read more...]

It’s time to grab your gloves and head to the beach! {Living Green}

Grab your workgloves and head to the beach to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup!  The official clean up runs from September 15th -30th and you can still sign up by visiting this interactive map to find a clean up near you. … [Read more...]

The Arthritis Society is Launching a Month-Long Campaign For Arthritis Awareness Month {HEALTHY LIVING}

Did you know there are 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis? ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY The Arthritis Society is dedicated to a vision of Living well while creating a future without arthritis. It is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to 4.6 million Canadians with arthritis and their loved ones. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada by investing more than $180 million … [Read more...]