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Puffy Eyes: A Remedy from the Other End!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My eyes have been puffy -- big bags underneath them -- for the past week or so.

I'm not sure why: it's hot; there's lots of pollen out there (so maybe allergies) ; work has been pretty stressful and I haven't been sleeping the best . . . . But whatever the cause, I don't much like those baggy puffy eyes!!

So: tried cold compresses. Tried allergy medications, several different types for sinus congestion etc. Tried cucumber slices, cool tea bags (on a "bags for bags" principle, I guess) . . . and nada. Nothing. Still baggy. Baggier, maybe. Baggiest, even!!

All right, then. Dug out some expensive eye cream from my bottom vanity drawer, all dried out now, probably bought it 10 years ago at least . . . and it was not helpful.

Went to the pharmacy and purchased one of those nifty new roller ball tubes which promise miracles, instantly reviving the eyes, an ageless restorative . . . tiny size, pretty big price tag but no discernible results.

And then googled the problem and found a recommendation for Preparation H cream. The classic remedy for shrinking haemorrhoids, on the bottom shelf -- its yellow and blue box design suggests it's probably been there since 1950 if not earlier. No, not the new-fangled gel. And um no, not the suppository either. Apparently only the Canadian cream formula is effective for this eye-depuffing purpose!!

It's manufactured in Mississauga, ON, contains shark liver oil and "yeast as a live cell derivative". The small tube of Preparation H is about four times the size of the fancy roller ball eye magic tube and cost me about a third the price.

The instructions printed on the Prep H box don't seem to be entirely applicable to this cosmetic application (I'll spare you the details of how and when it's meant to be used for haemorrhoids) and the applicator itself is probably superfluous: in any case, I most certainly didn't use it. At either end.

However: Preparation H did the trick!! Bags gone!! Yay!! Not feeling (and looking) approximately 1, 003 years old!!!

I know, I know. Baggy eyes aren't exactly an earth-shattering problem, but I'm relieved not to have to hide behind my sunglasses anymore. And sure, I'll admit that I'm incorrigibly frivolous and superficial: never pretended to be anything else!!

"Relieves pain and itch", Preparation H promises. The pain of wounded vanity, that itchy discomfort of just not looking my best. (All right, that would be 0nly a 60 year-old best. But there is no need to abandon all efforts just yet.)

Of course I wouldn't want the world to know that I've got Preparation H on my face . . . .

So, let's keep it confidential, OK?

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 7/24/2011 11:17PM

    Vaguely remember hearing this solution a while ago ... Haven't tried it. Got any good ideas for dark circles??

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FROSTIERACES 7/20/2011 12:54PM

    Wow...thanks for sharing the secret!! I love simple remedies that don't have a huge price tag!

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FRACTALMYTH 7/18/2011 7:06PM

    LOL... picturing you resting with slices of cucumber and cold tea bags as well :P glad you found what worked!!!

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KALIGIRL 7/18/2011 12:57PM

    emoticon glad it worked!

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NANCY- 7/17/2011 9:52AM

    No Butts about it... if it works... then things are looking up.
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The sunglasses woman of mystery look sounded intriguing.

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ONEWAYSTREET 7/17/2011 2:53AM

  So sorry to have to let you know... someone has let the "cat out of the bag"... emoticon emoticon
We now know what you are up to as far as Australia...
Promise not to "spread" (should I use that word?) it any further...
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TBANMAN 7/17/2011 12:52AM

    Just between us girls, promise.

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I've heard this before, actually. Nice to know it works if and when I ever need it.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/16/2011 8:39PM

    Glad you're back to looking your best! Whatever works!

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CARRAND 7/16/2011 8:12PM

    I think I've heard this tip before. I always wondered if it really worked. Now I know!

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PHEBESS 7/16/2011 7:03PM

    Yup, I've heard that professional models and beauty pageant contestants use the stuff for under eye baggies. I've never tried it, but it's supposed to be great!

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SGREFFMN 7/16/2011 6:46PM

  Not earth shattering, but definitely annoying! Thanks for the tip!

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Respecting Myself in the Morning!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Saw this somewhere on Spark and loved it: "I never wake up in the morning wishing I'd eaten more yesterday."

So true.

Didn't overeat yesterday, and I'm not regretting it.

Hate a "food hangover" just as much as an alcohol hangover. Hate getting up still feeling stuffed, without any appetite for breakfast. Want to get up ready to enjoy my omelette: this morning with "back end of a caterpillar" Italian herbs, light feta and mushrooms. And hot hot hot salsa!! And two cups of great coffee, black!! MMMMMMMMM!! Enjoyed every mouthful, sitting down of course, slowly and savouring . . . with nasturtiums and wild sweet peas on the table.

Respecting myself in the morning has taken on a whole new meaning . . .

  
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FROSTIERACES 7/20/2011 12:50PM

    So true...can't imagine a morning like that either. Simply has not occurred a day in my life. Respect for us...Love it.

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OPAL50 7/15/2011 1:10PM

    Good advice...love your blog delivery style! emoticon

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SHANNJ77 7/15/2011 9:42AM

    emoticon And that omelette sounds so yummy!!!!!!!! Need to add feta and mushrooms to the grocery list!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/15/2011 6:20AM

    Wow. I just love that. Nothing like r-e-s-p-e-c-t, gorgeous.

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BARBIETEC 7/14/2011 5:42PM

    LOVE IT!

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_LINDA 7/14/2011 1:12AM

    Know what you mean over eating and feeling bloated in the morning! So happy I don't have that problem anymore!
I love spicy food!! The hotter the better! Way to rock your food and savor every last bite!!

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JOHAL52 7/13/2011 11:16PM

    I SO agree about the food hangovers! It's one of the first things I think of when I wake up in the morning "did I overeat yesterday?" So glad that the past two days the answer has been "no."

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GOOFYGIRL48 7/13/2011 3:22PM

    My food hangovers are more like 'guilt-overs'! The effects of the indulgence tends to be gone by morning, but my psyche is still disturbed! Thanks for sharing!

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DREMARGRL 7/13/2011 1:56PM

    HAHA.....you are so funny. Sounds like you are having a very good summer! Fabulous .....Keep up the good work and loving life. XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/13/2011 12:12PM

    Never experienced a food hangover, but can totally relate to savoring food - still not a habit as I often eat on the run, but love it when I set aside the time...

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PENNYAN45 7/13/2011 9:32AM

    This blog is SO GOOD! It's a great concept to keep right there up front.

Respecting myself in the morning - it's the BEST way to start the day!

Have a great day!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/13/2011 1:42AM

    I really enjoy breakfast too. Actually, I enjoy all my meals. :)
We have roses in the kitchen. My hubs pruned back the bushes this weekend and brought an armload into the house.
You sound great!
Hugs,
Usha .

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TBANMAN 7/12/2011 11:08PM

    It's so true. The lesson I learned in my 20's ... ok, in my 30's ;) ... about alcohol I am now learning about food.

Hangovers, regardless of the cause, suck.

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NANCY- 7/12/2011 9:44PM

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You are doing awesome!!!!
Keep Sparking!!

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CARRAND 7/12/2011 6:35PM

    Great blog!

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PHEBESS 7/12/2011 12:15PM

    Wonderful quotation - I think I need to make that my new mantra!!!!!!!!!

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DDOORN 7/12/2011 11:17AM

    You had one of my very favorite breakfasts...eggs, cheese of some sort and yes that HOT HOT HOT salsa! Yum! Sometimes I omlet it, sometimes just a quick scrambled, yummy mess! :-)

Great thought about not overeating!

Don

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DONNACFIT 7/12/2011 9:36AM

    Great quote..thanks for sharing!!

Great reminder for maderation!!

Love the flowers too..we have wild sweet peas here too but they are all done, usually the second ones to bloom after the crocuses :)

Keep on sparkin' your breakfast sounds yummy!

Thanks for the face cake ideas for the kids cooking camp I think we'll do some cupcakes like that :) and try cake balls, too.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/12/2011 9:05AM

    Good for you!! Breakfast with respect. I just love it. I hate those food hangovers, too. Just the taste in my mouth lets me know this is not the way I'm suppose to live. Woke up feeling good this morn -- and hungry. I had a fruit plate (6 small serving of fresh fruits) with fat free cottage cheese and hot tea. Just delicious! Healthy living is so good. Thanks for reminding me in a clever way.

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JOHAL52 7/12/2011 8:53AM

    I love that quote and can identify with that--I enjoy waking up and thinking "I had a great day yesterday" emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 7/12/2011 7:54AM

    Yes, indeed! Congrats!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/12/2011 7:05AM

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Hot Hot Hot: and Not!!! (So Fat)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This summer I'm close to 20 pounds lighter than last summer -- maybe 155- 158 then, pretty steady at 138 now.

At 158, I was a lot lighter than my 230 max.

But even 20 pounds less feels better in hot weather:

1. My clothes are looser -- especially the waistbands. No more sweat marks around the waist.

2. My thighs don't chafe together. No more heat rash.

3. I just don't feel the heat as much: so I'm experiencing less temptation to "cool down" with an ice cream cone, or a frozen treat or an iced cappuccino . . .or even what we Canajuns call a "pop" (American soda).

4. I feel better at the beach in my bathing suit. In fact, I really need to buy a suit in a smaller size. I'll be watching for a good sale!!

5. I've got more energy on the golf course, especially towards the end of the game.

Well, there are five reasons I'm happy to be thinner this summer --- but there are lots more!!

And they all add up to motivation. Motivation to stay at this weight. Middle number 3.

Yeah!!

  
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SHANNJ77 7/15/2011 9:40AM

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WANDERINGGIRL 7/15/2011 8:30AM

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Thighs that don't rub and buying a smaller bathing suit?! I am quite envious, it has been years since I wore a bathing suit or went swimming. Keep on doing what your doing and you will be where you want to be in no time!

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BJUBILANT 7/15/2011 7:38AM

    Thighs that don't rub? I thought that was just a far off fantasy! Thanks for letting me know it IS possible. emoticon (I have no idea what this image represents but it struck me as cute.)

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RONOSOF 7/15/2011 6:57AM

    I couldn't agree more:)

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ERIN4771 7/15/2011 6:43AM

    love reason #3!! so true!! congrats on your success so far, can't wait to see that middle number become a 3 for you!! and i know it will happen!!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/15/2011 6:22AM

    You are amazing. Brilliant reasons for sure...

Enjoy!

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_LINDA 7/14/2011 1:09AM

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Isn't that just the greatest?? So glad you are feeling better and no doubt looking fabulous!!
I am lucky/unlucky in a way. I have no ice cream place near to me or even a confectionery to get those slurpees I used to love or other confections! Fate? Luck? No temptations = no slip ups!
Keep on enjoying and loving your new body for a fantastic summer!

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REDSHOES2011 7/13/2011 8:51AM

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NEWKAREN43 7/13/2011 8:47AM

    Good morning! I agree that a tankini is a good option of a 2 piece with coverage...and I've seen them sold as individual pieces so you can have the style of bottom you want with the style of top that you want and I think that's cool! Can't do THAT with a one piece! Have a great day! Blessings, Karen

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TOOKES519 7/13/2011 8:26AM

    Good for you!! Not until you mentioned it did I thnik that all of the above applied to me also. Except the 138 pounds, lol. Thanks for putting things in perspective for me, and you.

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NEWKAREN43 7/12/2011 10:26PM

    Let me add...I hope to never, ever buy another swimsuit that's bigger than the size I'm wearing this year. I actually had a thought of a two piece but that was fleeting...at best. No need to scare the children! Blessings! Karen

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CARRAND 7/11/2011 9:43PM

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PHEBESS 7/11/2011 7:26PM

    Brilliant!

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PENNYAN45 7/11/2011 7:03PM

    What a great blog! Twenty pounds make a very BIG difference -- and just in time for summer! Congratulations.

I think you ought to go out and buy that new swim suit right away!

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SPEEDYDOG 7/11/2011 11:26AM

    Thanks for the great blog. Very motivating! Next time I reach for a pop I will recall your #3. (Here in the Western US we also call soft drinks "pop" or "soda pop")

Thanks, Bruce

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DDOORN 7/11/2011 10:09AM

    Kudos to YOU!

I LOVE being able to enjoy the heat instead of DREAD it!

Don

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NANCY- 7/11/2011 8:05AM

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Great list and great middle number.
You are rocking this summer!!!!
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IMAGINE_IT 7/11/2011 6:12AM

    Ellen those are definitely great reasons to stay or be slim! And for me to 'just not feel this horrible Heat here in Texas will be one of my main reasons to lose weight. 20 pounds lighter then last year??? Awesome!! :)

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TBANMAN 7/10/2011 9:32PM

    It's always fun to come up with new reasons to stay slim - and motivated. Good job!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/10/2011 8:50PM

    Great blog! Wonderful accomplishment. Love the list. I definitely feel better in the heat now, too. Good observation. Keep up the great work and the great blogs!

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NEWKAREN43 7/10/2011 8:25PM

    I love this list, I was just thinking this morning that I was chafing on my legs because my work out pants were falling down, not even covering me! I just tried on swimsuits (my own little store, I have so many sizes, and I never get rid of them because they are SO expensive)...last year on vacation, the humiliation of wearing a "swim dress" instead of a suit was the last straw. This year, I get to wear not one, but two gorgeous suits that actually look good on me, make me look 'normal' and that I'm comfortable in...wow! What a difference 30 pounds makes! I am cheering for you and me! It sounds like you are where you want to be, I still have a lot more to lose but I'm well on my way! Blessings! Karen

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DONNACFIT 7/10/2011 8:15PM

    Great blog!!! Love your list of 5 things

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Nasturtiums

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bright orange, bright yellow. Peach streaked with pink, pale yellow. Dark red, bright red, light red. Frilly, floppy, fabulous. Peppery flowery fresh fragrance.

Tumbling out of my verandah window boxes and planters, tucked into the front of my flower beds beneath the verandah.

I've loved nasturtiums since I was a little girl planting fat beige seeds at my grandfather's house and rewarded with tiny seedlings within days. And have grown them every summer since I've had my own gardens.

Those round spoked leaves taste delicious in a salad or sandwich too!

Nasturtiums are one sight, scent, and taste of summer for me.

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FROSTIERACES 7/20/2011 12:57PM

    I have them too every year but this year....what is wrong with me?!....I've always loved their colors! Doubting any flower stores are carrying them here yet...but I'm going to check! Need pictures of yours Ellen!

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_LINDA 7/14/2011 1:05AM

    FANTASTIC description!! I love them too, and we have an incredibly healthy crop growing in Mom's garden. I picked a beautiful bouquet of them for our supper table and to also show they are good to eat, but my niece looked at me like a grew an extra horn and wouldn't try them LOL! My sister did though, and likes the possibilities of garnishing salads with them! Unfortunately, the storms we have been getting have wreaked havoc on the garden. I have been hoping to get some good photos, but right now they are shredded and tired looking.
Enjoy your summer bounty!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/10/2011 2:52PM

    Nasturtiums are such vigorous flowers. I have loved them since I grew them as a girl, too. Haven't planted any in ages. I had no idea you could eat the leaves! Learned something from you! Thank you! And enjoy your golf!
Usha xo


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DBCLARINET 7/10/2011 12:19PM

    Beautiful flowers! I love the yellow and orange -- and in a salad, that would make me want to eat salads all the time!

Tried soft tofu with berries today, blended in my Magic Bullet. It was surprisingly a lot like eating... berry flavored yogurt! It definitely still tastes like tofu, but I like tofu anyway, so no issues there. Thanks for the suggestion, I think this one can stick around for a while!

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PHEBESS 7/9/2011 8:56PM

    I love the concept of edible flowers - just such an amazing thing to do!

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CARRAND 7/9/2011 8:17PM

    Those are lovely flowers. I've seen them and loved them, but didn't know what they were. I'm glad to hear they're easy to plant and grow.

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NANCY- 7/9/2011 5:28PM

    I love how the flowers brighten the salad and I didn't plant any this year... Boo Hoo!!!
So easy to grow too. This reminds me to plan for my garden next year.
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VENISEW1 7/9/2011 12:05PM

    Interesting, not sure if I've ever had them before.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 7/9/2011 10:53AM

    Cool!
I've only eaten the buds before, and had no idea the leaves were yummy!

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DONNACFIT 7/9/2011 9:43AM

    Hi I love your blogs on flowers...I, too, love flowers...especially wild flowers and with all the rain we have an abundance of wildflowers. When I quad the cattle I always look for and enjoy the flowers and different grasses. Now we have blue wild flax, pink wild roses, white wild strawberries, and lots of yellow flowers of different types!! When I had the granddaughters last year for swim lessons we did a book of pressed wildflowers and grasses and labeled them..hubby does all these classes on identifying grasses, etc :)

Now when I see the flowers, I think of you :) and how different the flowers are here from there....

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I Am Canadian!!! Song Lyrics (English/French)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Canada, all our hopes can thrive
Both immigrants and native born
Make our land come alive
Canada, one nationality
We form our unity unique
From our diversity.

I am Canadian
Join hands with me.
I am Canadian
Feel proud and free.

Canada, the mountains and the plains
The cities and the forests
Highways and country lanes.
Canada, as varied as our land
Our people forge their strongest links
When we join hand to hand.

You are Canadian
Different from me.
You are Canadian
Feel proud and free.

Listen to the nation's heartbeat
Canada's a state of mind
If we strive with thought and passion
It's a dream that we might find.

I am Canadian
Join hands with me
You are Canadian
We are proud and free, so proud and free

Canada, a world of every hue
We honour our first peoples
As we build something new
Canada, a vision we'll maintain
For tolerance is never won
But always still to gain

I am Canadian
Join hands with me
I am Canadian
Feel proud and free, so proud and free

You are Canadian
Different from me
We're all of us Canadian
You are Canadian
Feel proud and free
You're going to make us feel proud and free
We are Canadian
Joined hand to hand
We are Canadian
Strong as our land
We are Canadian.



Canada, depuis beaucoup d'annees
Qui fait vivre notre pays
C'est un peuple si varie
Canada, nous ferions une unite
Immigrant ou indigen
De notre diversite

Je suis canadien
Je te donne ma main
Je suis canadien
Je le mets en train

Canada, divers comme notre contree
Les montaignes, les prairies
Les forets et les cites
Canada, une poignee de main donnons
Pour joindre notre patrie aime
Dans une vivre reunion

Tu es canadien
Different de moi
Tu es canadien
Donnons-nous ta foi

Ecoutez battre le coeur canadien
Ce n' est qu'une etat d'esprit
Tout notre pensee, tout notre passion
Peut-etre ce revre c'est accompli

Je suis canadien
Tu me donnes ta main
Tu est canadien
Mettons-le en train

Canada, des coleurs mondiales
Honourons nos originaires
Mais fondons une nouvelle
Canada, il faut pour soutenir
La vision de la tolerance
Essayer l'acquerir

Je suis canadien
Je te donne ma main
Je suis canadien
Je le mets en train
Tu es canadien
Different de moi, et j'aime tes differences
Tu es canadien
Donnons-nous ta foi
C'est a nous donnons la foi
Nous sommes canadiens
Plein d'espoir
Nous sommes canadiens
En Canada faut croire
Nous sommes canadiens.




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_LINDA 7/14/2011 1:14AM

    Fabulous song!! Thanks for sharing! I am so sorry I have missed your blogs, can't get why they are not appearing on my friend feed :(((

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 7/5/2011 12:10AM

    It is authentic! We even DRANK Canadian (67 for those of us "healthy camping").

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BARBIETEC 7/3/2011 8:11AM

    heheh.. Happy Canada Day!

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DDOORN 7/2/2011 10:38PM

    You and your fellow Canadians have a WONDERFUL country!

In fact, if I had the means to do it, I would love to move and become a Canadian myself!

Don

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BLUESKY_321 7/2/2011 5:52PM

    one of my bff's from Ontario posted this song in honor of Canada Day:

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Hope you are having a fabulous holiday!

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FRACTALMYTH 7/2/2011 5:03PM

    Did I ever tell you I am a tiny part Canadian? My direct maternal line traces back to a Creek indian who married a Scottish missionary... about 6 generations ago, I think... I seem to have a lot of faith in the direct maternal line lol because I feel a lot closer to her than any other part of my bloodline.. must be mitochondrial :D HAPPY CANADA DAY

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/1/2011 10:56PM

    What a beautiful song. I love the lyrics -- especially about tolerance, honoring the original people while building something new. Lovely.

Happy Canada Day dear Sparkfriend!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/1/2011 7:30PM

    Wonderful! How appropriate. Happy, happy Canada Day!!

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PENNYAN45 7/1/2011 5:47PM

    Happy Canada Day!!
Canada is my birthplace - and it has a very special place in my heart.

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CARRAND 7/1/2011 4:49PM

    Happy Canada Day! I love the sentiment of this song.

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PHEBESS 7/1/2011 12:05PM

    Happy Canada Day to you!
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NANCY- 7/1/2011 11:16AM

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Happy Canada Day!
Freedom is a wonderful thing.

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COUNTYGRRL 7/1/2011 10:35AM

    Happy Canada Day!!

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