(composed by Kate-Lynn Reavley, a Grade 9 student at Delta Secondary School)
Today is the day...I can feel it so sound;
It's like happy little birds prancing on the ground
covered in ice...like a thin sheet of plastic.
The day is divine. No need to be drastic!
The trees are bare, stripped of their leaves.
The air has been chilled, as the town's people breathe.
The snow has been falling for days upon days.
It's harder to see from winter's white glaze;
But no matter the weather, the day is still sound.
Those birds are still prancing
On the cold winter's ground.
Winter Fire Safety: (from Hamilton's Fire Department)
Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and wood stoves to reduce risks of excessive creosote. Allow ashes from your wood stove or fireplace to cool before emptying into a metal container with a tight fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
Don't warm up a car or a snow blower by letting the engine run
in an attached garage, due to carbon monoxide levels .
Only use portable generators outdoors and place it where fumes will not enter the building. Keep space heaters at least one metre away from anything that can burn. Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles and extension cords...and use the proper gauge extension cord for vehicle block heaters.
Health is Wealth: (Nuts in moderation) Even though nutrition experts say, “It's a good idea to eat nuts to keep your heart healthy,” only 1 in 4 adults eat nuts on any given day...and more women than men consume nuts. Packed with nutrients high in protein, their consumption shows reduced incidences of heart disease in both men and women. About a handful of nuts is the daily amount (between 240 & 280 calories) depending on the type of nut.
Milking the Cow to Testing the Milk: Yes, I was raised on a farm ~ and milked Jersey, a few Guernsey and Holstein cows twice daily. The milkings were placed (in large milk cans) at the roadside and taken to a dairy to be pasteurized. TODAY, Milk Truck Drivers, who are licensed specialists, take a sample of the milk on each farm they visit. The milk samples are then sent to the University of Guelph laboratory where they undergo several 'quality assurance tests'.
From a rural public school autograph book:
They wandered down the lonely lane…
No love was on their brow
For he was the farmer’s hired man
And she was the Jersey cow.
Nature's Riches: Mother Nature was having a good day when she came up with the frog design! What a plan for a species ~ starts as an egg ~ lives like a fish for a while ~ then crawls onto land to spend the rest of its life jumping like a kangaroo. If that wasn't good enough, the creature was outfitted with a lightning-fast-tongue that lets it grab insects out of the air without moving the rest of its body. And then, there is the 'ribbit' thing. No identity crisis with this amphibian.
Coyotes in Distress: They are just trying to survive! Residential areas are becoming inundated with coyotes. They are not the 'Big Bad Wolf'! They have the same right to share this earth as we do. According to Tina Dior, a letter writer to the Spectator, “It is human greed and destruction that pushed coyotes out of their space...and brings them closer to us. Surviving in a changing world is making it hard for all animals and humans alike. Don't put negative spins on animals!”
Bizarre Amazing Fact: (True) In 1140 when Wiebertreu Castle was defeated by King Konrad III, the women of the castle were granted 'free departure' and allowed to take what they could carry. Thinking quickly, the women carried the men on their backs. The King kept his word...and let the men live!
Best Sermons are Lived: Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” She said, “Because that's where I keep all my stuff!” (Courtesy of a collection from Carolyn).
Medical Advice: Dr. Oz had a show on 'the fastest growing cancer in women...thyroid cancer!' The increase could possibly be related to the use of dental X-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental X-rays, there is a small flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a 'thyroid guard' for use during mammograms. A patient states that she felt a little silly, yet asked about 'the guard' ...and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. She asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer? “I don't know. You have to ask for it.”
We need to pass the foregoing on to our family females and friends!
MBK's NewsBits: “First Mustangs for China are on the way,” Ford says its first shipment of around 100 Mustangs has left Portland, Oregon and is headed to China. Shipments to Europe will begin later this year. The 2015 Mustang, which is made in Michigan, will be available in more than 100 markets.
“Good Samaritans”: A resident of the YWCA named Jojo took extra scarves donated to the Y and wrapped them around a tree in Hamilton’s Gore Park with a sign offering them to people in need.
At LaSalle Park in Burlington, Barbara Canney distributes dried corn and peas to the trumpeter swans, ducks and geese. With the weather so cold, the water near the boat ramp (where they feed) is frozen. “Friends of the Trumpeter Swans” keep about 140 swans fed throughout the year.
March 8 (Sunday) ~ Daylight Saving Time Begins (except Sask.)
March 9 (Monday) ~ International Women’s Day
March 16 (Monday) ~ International Brain Awareness Day
March 17 (Tuesday) ~ St. Patrick’s Day
March 18 (Wednesday) ~ Ash Wednesday
March 20 (Friday) ~ First Day of Spring
March 29 (Sunday) ~ Palm Sunday
Irish Mothers Chat: Kate and Lorna, two Irish mothers were talking about their sons. Kate says, “My son, Patrick is such a saint. He works hard, doesn’t smoke, hasn’t looked at a woman in over 2 years.” Laura responds, “Well, my Francis is also a saint! Not only hasn’t he looked at a woman in over 3 years, he hasn’t touched liquor in all that time! I’m going to throw him a big party when he’s paroled!”
Merle Baird-Kerr…compiled February 17, 2015