Oil and us

We have love/hate relation with oil. We love/need to drive our car to make a living, but we know that it is not good for the environment and it is the cause for much political unrest. Air pollution, greenhouse gasses, oil spill both at sea and on land cause millions of dollar damage and in…

Sugar or what’s in a name

With Easter comes more treats for the kids. You try to look at the ingredients to see how much sugar is in it. Then you see all those funny names what do mean, what is it? Here is a list of all the different sweeteners added to you products. Plus an group called the “the…

Are we being deceived by the seed companies?

I get a small magazine called Canada Small Farm. Usually I read some articles but today I found something interesting in the November/December issues of 2015 A small byline that reads where do my seeds come from? I’m seriously concerned about this with the advance of GMO and the big chemical companies holding patterns on…

2 Signs that spring is here today.

Did my walk this weekend and saw the signs of spring. A flowering “Coltsfoot” and a beer can. So I decided to clean up along my back road and see what I found over a 1/2 km stretch. René

Dust in the wind

I love Kansas song “Dust in the wind”. “I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment is gone.” Even though it’s kind of a sad song, you can turn it around and say to yourself Enjoy the moment Take time to really look around you Feel, smell, hear, touch and taste Kiss…

20 Fun things to do on a rainy day.

It’s raining It’s march break AND you have kids? Here are some fun ideas to do with your kids. 1. Pencil-and-paper games. 2. Building 3. Magical Mama (or Papa) 4. Card games 5. Puzzles 6. Freeze! 7. Board and family games For more on these ideas check out Today Parent

A little story about a lamp.

About 1 ½ years ago I bought a nice hanging lamp at Rona. We have vaulted ceilings in the bedroom and in the living room, the lamp I bought was for the bedroom and the looks great. So then my wife and I decided to see we could buy 2 more for the living room….

Spring is just around the corner

I think I have a case of spring fever. Here in Ontario the snow is still on the ground but the forecast for next week is +12 C. It’s time to setup my grow light stand that I bought 10 years ago at Lee Valley and start my seedlings inside. I like to order my…

What’s the deal with proteins?

Do we really need to eat meat to get all the protein our body needs? Do you know the name of the disease that’s caused by a lack of protein? See answer at the end of this blog…. More and more research now recognizes that vegetable sources of proteins are valuable and essential to good…

Like it or not

A funny thing happened this week and it made me think. On Friday I posted a picture of a tree covert with ice lite up by the sun. It was just a quick picture I took, on my way to do an errant for Lyne, with my cellphone. I didn’t share my post I just…

February 29 is coming – no man is safe!

While leap day helped official timekeepers, it also resulted in social customs turned upside down when February 29 became a “no man’s land” without legal jurisdiction. As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair…