Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Whaddya Mean, It's Spelled HanukKAH?

Hello, everyone, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE CAT here once again, selflessly gracing you with my wonderful presence!

But enough about me. I DO have a purpose in being here.

I just popped by to commandeer my human's blog so that I can wish HAPPY HANUKKAT to all my feline friends of the Jewish purr-suasion.


TONIGHT at sundown, the first candle will be lit on the menorah --


And cats everywhere will be having fun playing with their DREIDEL CAT TOYS!


Plus enjoying all the SPECIAL FOODS and YUMMY TREATS of the holiday!



So here's wishing everyone . . .


HA HA, got you going there for a minute, didn't I?

But in all sincerity (or at least as CLOSE to sincerity as I ever get) -- MAZEL TOV and MEOW!



Friday, 8 December 2017

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Yes, it's that time of year again in my LGBTQ+ community!


Haul out the tree!


And the ornaments too!


Hang your stockings by the chimney with care . . .


. . . and don't forget to add those special touches of holiday decor!


Now get busy and write your letter to Santa before Christmas Eve!


And speaking of Santa . . . .


He and his crew are moving with the times, man!


So it's time for everyone else to do the same!


Don't forget to send out Christmas cards to everyone you know . . .


. . . along with the annual family photo! Hey, what's Ellen doing in here? I guess it's true what they say -- there's one in EVERY family!


And always remember, there's no place like . . . .


. . . because it's where our loved ones are.



So Goddess bless us, every one!


And see you all at the Boxing Day sales, eh?


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Halifax Explosion


One hundred years ago today on December 6, 1917, the worst disaster in Canadian history occurred in the maritime port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. That morning, two ships collided in its harbour -- the French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc and the Norwegian ship SS Imo. The Mont-Blanc was packed with TNT and other explosives being shipped to France for use in World War I. It caught on fire and blew sky-high.

The resulting blast levelled a big part of Halifax, killed nearly 2,000 people and injured another 9,000. It was the world's largest man-made explosion until the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima nearly 30 years later.


As stated in Wikipedia:

Nearly all structures within an 800-metre (half-mile) radius, including the entire community of Richmond, were obliterated. A pressure wave snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and scattered fragments of Mont-Blanc for kilometres. Hardly a window in the city proper survived the blast. Across the harbour, in Dartmouth, there was also widespread damage. A tsunami created by the blast wiped out the community of Mi'kmaq First Nations people who had lived in the Tufts Cove area for generations.

And then, just to add to the misery, a blizzard occurred, hampering rescue and relief efforts. Trains full of supplies and aid were sent to Halifax from across Canada and the northeastern United States. The American city of Boston was especially quick and generous in sending doctors, nurses, medical supplies and funds, which is why Nova Scotia annually donates a huge Christmas tree to Boston every year in friendship and gratitude.


If you ever go to Halifax, be sure to visit the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower which was erected near the collision site. It is a very solemn and beautiful place of commemoration.


There is also an old historic Anglican Church called St Paul's, located in downtown Halifax on the Grand Parade, that is worthy of a visit. It survived the Explosion because it was outside the immediate blast radius.


Inside the church doors, however, a spike is still embedded high up on the interior wall where it was blown by the force of the Explosion. And towards the back of the church, you can see the famous "Explosion Window." Local legend has it that, due to the intense light and heat generated by the Halifax Explosion, the profile of one of the church’s deacons was etched into the glass of a second story window of the church.


Here's a better view of the Explosion Window --


[All photos from the internet]

Friday, 1 December 2017

Oh Oh, It's "War on Christmas" Time Again!


Let's not forget the VALUES that made our culture GREAT --


And share this pic of MIDDLE-EASTERN JESUS too!


Let's get back to TRADITIONAL VALUES, people!


Now, get out there and do your part, everyone . . . HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Saviours and Superheroes

A couple of weeks ago, bloggin' buddy Bill Lisleman of a few clowns short left this message in my comments section --

"Strange idea just popped in my head - all these movies of superhero groups. They should do one with spiritual leaders coming together to save our spirits."

Thanks, Bill! I was wondering in what context I could ever possibly post the following kinda-sorta-related memes from my "Big Bottomless Stash o' Weird Crap from the Internet" and you just handed me the perfect opportunity. Behold the intersection of saviours and superheroes!






MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Heartbreak in the Snow


Toronto Argonauts 27
Calgary Stampeders 24

The temperature was -3ยบ in Ottawa and it snowed for practically the entire game. The Stampeders led all the way until late in the 4th quarter when they went for a touchdown and a disastrous fumble occurred on Toronto's 10 yard line. The Argos intercepted the ball and ran all the way back down the field to score a touchdown. Calgary's second misfortune occurred in the dying minutes when they decided not to go for a field goal to tie the game and force overtime, but to go instead for a touchdown which they did not get.

NEXT YEAR!

* shakes fist *

NEXT YEAR!

* quiet sobbing *

THE WEST WILL RISE AGAIN!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Grey Cup 2017


Yay, today is Grey Cup Sunday! I've got my foam finger, my snacks and my Grey Cup pool tickets all ready to go. I've watched every Grey Cup game on TV since I was five years old. It's a Canadian tradition, right up there with butter tarts and maple syrup.

This year, the Canadian Football League championship is being fought between the Calgary Stampeders (West) and the Toronto Argonauts (East).

The big game is being held in Ottawa, capital city of Canada and home of the Redblacks football club. EVERYBODY has been getting into Grey Cup Fever --



Since I'm a good prairie girl, I ALWAYS cheer for the West and this year is no different, even though it is Edmonton's chief rival Calgary that is vying for the Cup. So-o-o-o-o . . .

GO STAMPS GO!