50,000-59,999 SparkPoints
GOSPELCLOWN's Recent Blog Entries

Questions About the 2010 Olympics

Friday, January 29, 2010

Now that Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, these are some questions people from all over the world are asking.

Believe it or not these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website.

Obviously the answers are a joke; but the questions were really asked!

Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? ( England )
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.

Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? ( USA )
A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto - can I follow the Railroad tracks? ( Norway )
A: Sure, it's only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada ? ( Sweden )
A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.

Q: Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada ? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto , Vancouver , Edmonton and Halifax ? ( England )
A: No, but you'd better bring a few extra furs for trading purposes.

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada ? ( USA )
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe Ca-na-da is that big country to your North...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary Come naked.

Q: Which direction is North in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada ? ( England )
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? ( USA )
A: Aus-t ri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary , straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Do you have perfume in Canada ? ( Germany )
A: No, WE don't stink.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Where can I sell it in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Only at Thanksgiving.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? ( Germany )
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is illegal.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada , but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. (USA )
A: It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? ( USA )
A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

Got any questions to ask a Canadian???

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEXTYEAR 1/29/2010 8:00PM

    This is the funniest thing I have read in a long time! Thanks for the share.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 1/29/2010 7:03PM

    These are PRICELESS! Thanks for sharing. Isn't it amazing the questions people ask? emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IZZYBEBOP 1/29/2010 4:59PM

    That is just too funny! There truly are some dumb people in the US. I could understand if one were a little kid. Like when we moved to Oklahoma from Wyoming, I kept looking for tee-pees, but I was just a little kid then.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LITTLE_QUEEN 1/29/2010 3:40PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
ANEILSON 1/29/2010 3:08PM

    Too funny!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FREDDY1232 1/29/2010 2:42PM

    Karen, I live 60 miles south of the canadian border. We love to go to Canada. It's a beautiful country and it's always a pleasure to go and enjoy the Canadian experience as I call it. We especially enjoy beautiful Victoria. Have been there many times and it's always a thrill to go there again. British Columbia is an amazing place and we love our neighbors to the North.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARAHF_24 1/29/2010 2:39PM

    Too funny!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    lol-oh the questions people ask.

Report Inappropriate Comment

High Blood Pressure Spike with Cold or Flu Symptoms

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My throat is scratchy. My knees are achy and I am feeling chills.
Yup, I am coming down with "something".

Some history:
My blood pressure was 162/ 95 last April and I started daily BP readings, adding more activity daily, removing as much sodium as I see in my diet, joined Spark People and visited my doctor. Since October 2009, I have taken a low dose 'water pill' to try to flush my system and reduce blood pressure.

My high blood pressure has improved. I actually get readings in the 120/80 with 77 beats a minute range. Until yesterday...

I came home with my flu symptoms (maybe it will be a sore throat only-- time will tell) and I took a first BP reading: 169/100 65 beats! EGADS!!
I relaxed, did some deep breathing and went to my happy place.... did another reading: 173/98 61 beats. Holy high blood pressure, Batman!
Relax, breathe. Life is good. I am blessed. Let's try this again.... 165/93 with 60 beats.

DH put the cuff on himself because he figured the machine had gone screwy. His reading was 111/76 but his rate of heartbeat was higher than mine.
So, it wasn't the machine.

Yesterday, I had not been drinking my water like a well behaved and learned gal. Yes, I know better, but I just didn't do it.
Yesterday, I felt too unbalanced to commit to the daily Boot Camp workout. I thought I might fall over and break a wrist. So I decided to mellow out instead.

At bedtime, my blood pressure reading was 164/96 and 96 beats. (groan)

Has anyone else noticed blood pressure spikes whenever your body is fighting something off? Is my hard-working immune system pushing up my numbers????

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 1/28/2010 10:28PM

    High BP is nothing to fool with but in my EMT classes they told us that you can't "think" down BP. It could be related to feeling ill and being dehydrated. I'd check it out, just to be safe.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOSPELCLOWN 1/28/2010 6:31PM

    This afternoon, 3pm, I put the cuff on yet again and the reading was 157/99 with 75 beats per minutes.

I have had one Ricola throat losenge today and warm green tea. I don't own NyQuil, or Cold FX or any other drugstore meds.

I am trying the route of resting, drinking fluids and an aspirin.

My energy level is still low, but I am taking care and helping my body fight the sore throat.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LACEEJO11 1/28/2010 2:09PM


Hey there girl...WWWOOO Nelly, let's get that BP back in range!! NO SALT for you.... no caffeine either...O.K. Are you self medicating dear friend? Do watch your lables on cold and flu OTCs...can be seriously bad with high BP...or even without.Have you called your DR.? End of lecture!!

Had you been checking your BP the last few days...or did feeling bad just now prompt you to do so? I am wondering if it was already up, and a coincidence that you are now ill...

So many things to consider when this happens, you should probably see your DR. Honestly I am one of the worlds worst about going to Drs. LOL, you know how you are feeling. Of course any type of stress on our body can effect BP...you could have more than one problem going on...I am praying for you. Keep in touch, I hope you aren't "Home Alone" today...If you are notify someone how you are feeling...Be safe and take care!! Love & Hugs, LaceEjo11

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIERSCH 1/28/2010 1:44PM

  Hey there sista!! I used that ColdFX stuff just before my shoulder boo-boo operation and my blood pressure was so sky high they almost cancelled the surgery - remember?? Cold stuff is DEFINATELY NOT GOOD! Check on Buckleys (you can use it when pregnant) but mom has always consulted the pharmisist before purchase - and if it's once in a blue moon, sometimes they say ok to the odd hit of cough syrup if you need to have a good sleep. But the good thing is, you've seen the results and know what to watch for... take care of KDO! Luv ya...SGL emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Colouring Book Story Completed

Friday, January 22, 2010

I have written my first illustrated story for DH's niece and it was a fun project. I have shared the story with my parents and my sister yesterday, but I missed Skyping with the four-year-old last night.

Hopefully this evening, we will share a video call with our niece and I will get a chance to read the story aloud and show her the drawings of "Sally the Salamander".

Then I show tell her how plain (and boring) the black and white illustrations are... and with any 'luck', the little gal will volunteer to colour them and make the book better. It is my plan to mail her this first chapter, so she may enjoy getting something in the post.

My stories will use the names of family members that she recognizes. Her mom may be a mouse, her dad a dolphin... I will try to keep the animals familiar too. (If she were older, I would be tempted to go to exotic mammals and reptiles.)

Chapter Two will be about a manatee that I introduced in chapter one. (Oooops,I think I selected a swimming beast from the opposite coast from her!) I'll let you know how successful this project is when I write my next blog.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IMEMINE1 1/27/2010 7:10PM

    You sure must keep busy.
Good luck with your stories.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TATTER3 1/24/2010 8:23AM

    This is great!!! Please be careful that you protect your rights on this project in case you want to publish. Keep Sparkin'!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 1/22/2010 7:26PM

    Can't wait. What talent you have! I envy that. Thanks for sharing with us too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 1/22/2010 5:04PM

    What a creative, wonderful idea. Have a fun day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FURBALLDTH 1/22/2010 3:51PM

    what a gifted little girl with an amazing auntie. Keep us posted on this labor of love.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 1/22/2010 2:33PM

    This project sounds very interesting! Keep me posted!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Writing a Children's Book

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I enjoy chatting over the internet with a 4 year-old niece on Skype. She is a real talker and loves to make faces at me and tell me about her day. Many times we sing the "Wheels on the Bus" song and sometimes we favour the "On Top of Spaghetti" ditty.

Last night I decided to kick it up a notch by starting to write comical booklets for her. I will write a line of text at the bottom of each page and allow her to colour the illustration above. Yeah, I've been known to sketch a picture or two in my day.

I want to start with a fictitious character who will be in her same swimming lesson level. I hope to write, draw and later read the story to her over Skype. THEN I will mail it to her for the colouring part. (I wonder if she will mind being my partner?)

If all goes according to plan, the next booklet will use a character with the same name as her, then an aunt or cousin... I hope she will see the humour of having her dad's name used as a puppy character and later a spider with the same moniker as another family member. I will be Karen the Kangaroo, because, lets face it, how many animals start with a letter K?

I have some paper that has been rescued from the garbage, so I'm planning a semi-green project here! There are even some binders at home that are empty, so they may be used to help her store HER stories!

Now, I face the blank white page, willing the creative juices to flow....

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TATTER3 1/21/2010 3:54PM

    HooRay for you!!! Sounds like a whirl of fun!!!! You can do this. Good luck and Keep Sparkin'!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 1/20/2010 10:56PM

    Empty your mind of all preconceived ideas and you will come up with some fun stuff. It really works. Have fun! There's nothing like the mind of a child.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 1/20/2010 9:29PM

    Ah, the eternal battle with the creative muse. Love your idea. I'm confident you'll pull this off. Oh, you can be Karen the Koala Bear or Karen the Krazy Kat, or...


Comment edited on: 1/20/2010 9:30:47 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment

    What a wonderful idea--she'll love it.

I remember getting one of those books that they'd put in your name and the names of your friends for you. The one I got was "A Day at the Circus"--I was in it with my cousin, Mark and my friend, Michael. It was deeply treasured--and is still on the bookshelf at my mom's house!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIERSCH 1/20/2010 4:58PM

  Way to go Karen -- I am trying to get Nikki to write "the adventures of kaylee" her imaginary Texan friend who runs a mustard factory. I even bought her a jar of green Mustard for Christmas as Kalee lost her factory briefly for having mouldy green mustard found on the premises....until the food inspectors tried it and decided it was the Best!!! She kayaks down the side of the roads with her during rain storms and has hiked up Mount Everest! She certainly has your creativity and humour too! Love ya!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DORCAS9 1/20/2010 3:39PM

    Great idea, Karen. I write children's stories myself, so go for it, as you seem to have the imagination and talent, which is God given. Never mind the blank page, just keep writing, as it takes practice and most of all determination!! You CAN do it!
God bless you.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonthis is a God inspired idea, so run with it, your creative juices will flow.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I think this is a GREAT IDEA!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Tea Cosy Addiction (Part 2)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How do you drink your tea? If you prefer an iced tea, you have probably never used a tea cosy. If a hot beverage is more to your liking... maybe you are familiar with "the cosy".

My grandmother used one for years. It was made of metal, in the shape of a dome and it is my belief that it used to be lined with asbestos. (I hope that I am incorrect in that guess.)

Now I like to sew colourful Cosies.

Yesterday I blogged a very wordy DIY. Unfortunately, even a good seamstress would have found my 'how to' explanation difficult to follow. I am giving up on that matter.

Instead I thought I would post some photos of tea cosies that inhabit my home right now.

This is my Monochromatic model:

It fits over a glass teapot with plastic handle. I didn't have to measure over much of a spout.
I call this a captial "D" shaped cosy. Imagine the capital D laying on its flat side! (LOL)

Next on the catwalk- My latest creation: A tiny cosy for a diminutive teapot!

I used a gold tassle to act as a the wee handle on top.
On the sewing machine, I used the satin stitch around coloured fabric pieces to do the 'embroidery'.

Yesterday I mentioned the Clamshell Cosy. This tall teapot has a colourful clamshell-styled creation...

This model allows the handle to be exposed and stay cool to the touch.
Sewing this style is more finicky and sometimes the teapot is tippy. I may have to work a bit more on this line before it is perfected.

That's my teapot fashion show for this winter season.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEALADY0531 1/24/2010 2:45PM

    Love, Love, Love Tea Cosies!! emoticon And yours are emoticon! I've always looked at the ones they sell on online shops or ebay (for prices that make me gulp!) and wish away.... Now you've been so generous, I can try my hand at clothing one of my naked teapots! (I'm sure they'll thank you - LOL!)(Though my sewing skills are usually limited to mending - it could be scary!) That's one of the reasons I haven't tried out my treasured brown Betty I ordered from England - the tea always gets coldish before you can drink it up.... And who wants to break out that much lovely loose tea, make it properly, and drink it lukewarm?

I collect teapots, when I can, but usually just make it by the cuppa - or in my little 2 cup Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne pot. emoticon emoticon

You've proved again how talented you are, Karen, as well as generous! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATTK1220 1/14/2010 12:51PM

    I LOVE tea cosies! Yours are beautiful! I always think I'm going to get around to making some, but so far I haven't. Now I'm inspired!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 1/14/2010 9:54AM

    Great photos and info. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELENASAN 1/14/2010 8:52AM


I love tea cosies, and tea. I have 2 or 3 teapots around the house but never use them since I'm by myself and only make one cup at a time.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOXYJONES 1/14/2010 8:22AM

    ::jealous jealous jealous!:: I drink my tea English as I've heard it called (milk and sugar) but my household doesn't drink tea with me so, while I have pots, I don't get to use them. I get hot water through the Kerig (coffee maker) and use my pretty cups but ::sigh::. Not the same.

Mayhaps I should have an afternoon tea for some of my friends at somepoint. Hmmm....

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 1/14/2010 6:23AM

    You do BEAUTIFUL work. I especially loved the small one with the "embroidery". And, thanks for the pictures, I had never seen one before and couldn't imagine what they look like. I love them!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FREDDY1232 1/14/2010 1:22AM

    I liked your tea cosys. I have made a few in the d design. That's as complicated I get. I am not much of a seamstress. Thanks for the photos. I enjoyed the illustrations of what you posted yesterday.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 1/14/2010 12:06AM

    Nice work. -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 1/13/2010 11:16PM

    These are so unique!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    That was very interesting!!! Thanks! I enjoyed it! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 Last Page