Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Babblings by NancyBee at 8:00 PM
Friday, June 22, 2007
Last Monday, I went to "Le Commensal"
with my friend Annick.
We absolutely love this veggie buffet.
The one we go to is in Laval near Montreal.
It's a 50-minute drive but it's worth the ride!
Anyways, put two yakky women in a car for 50 minutes and you can be sure that time flies! LOL
They have a wide variety of fantastic salads.
If you like hot veggie meals, you have lots to choose from. I rarely have the hot stuff because I just enjoy their salads sooo much. OOOhh I didn't notice that the lady was VERY pregnant!
Great food for the baby too! LOL
ah well here is the main reason why I don't go to the hot buffet. Their desserts are absolutely AMAZING! I try not to go crazy but.. oufff not obvious.
I took like Annick. "Carré de rêves" Dreamy square..lol That's about it! This sinful dessert is filled with nuts and coconut. It resembles pecan pie.
The apple crunch is light and not too sweet. Just perfect!
If you ever come across one of these restaurants, I strongly recommend you drop by!
You won't be disappointed!
Cross my heart..... wink
Don't you think I have outstanding looking friends!
Annick is a beautiful person, in & out. ;-)
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:30 AM
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
They didn't think I was stalking them but they started waving when I'd go by. ;-)
Babblings by NancyBee at 8:02 AM
Monday, June 18, 2007
I'm doing a little monkey see monkey do from Pam's post. Oh and for once, it's NOT about moi. Well not All of it. ;-)
This is my friend Nat. She met her husband Juan on an Internet site for Seventh Day Adventists. It was important for her to meet someone who shared the same faith. He is originally from Guatemala but lives in Kansas at the moment. This type of relationship has its trials. They had been chatting for about 2 months when they met last January and believe it or not he proposed to her and they married last March. He has come here a few times and she has been to his place where he shares a house with his parents. It's not easy to have to adapt to one person but having to adapt to the whole family who shares a different culture. Outch! Does this make us racist? I don't think so. He speaks Spanish & English. Nat speaks French & English. He will be coming here to live and will have to adapt and learn French. Is this complicated? Perhaps but you must admit, Nat looks absolutely radiant! Marriage suits her I suppose! ;-)
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:40 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2007
My friends mean a whole lot to me.
I would never stand by and watch anybody belittle them.
Silence speaks lounder than words.
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:00 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Oddly enough, I enjoy walking around cemeteries. Not at night, of course NOT but on a beautiful sunny day, Mount Royal Cemetery is quite peaceful. Obviously. I recommend you check out this cemetery, it's truly a beautiful place.
I just find it interesting to read the names, nationalities, when they were born, died, etc. Some of those gravestones are outstanding and must cost quite a bundle! You have to wonder why pay so much money for this?
Anyhow, last week I went to the notary's to make out my will. I had been thinking about donating my body to science and I just didn't know how to go about it.
Do they use the whole body? Do they give it back to the family when they're done with it? Do I still need to think about a place to be buried? Can I still be put on display? NOT THAT I WOULD WANT TO! Just wondering.
Everyone I talked to about it, really didn't know. They were all kinda guessing.
Obviously, I thought the notary would know because he deals with this kind of stuff every day, right? When I told him about my wish to donate my body to science he took a step back and said "you are only the second person to ask me this" I was quite surprised by this. It's not like he's a young notary and I'm his 10th client or anything. Although, he did tell me where to write and it was quite simple. Here's how it works :
In Québec, you can choose to donate your body to one of five facilities (mostly universities). I think it's great that our body can be part of enabling science to progress.
Although, you can't be put on display if this is your wish.
The University cremates the body when it's done with it.
If you have a lot and wish to be buried in a specific place, your family must pay to transport the ashes to its final resting place. This is not my wish.
When they will be done with my remains, my ashes will be buried with other people who have chosen to do the same, donate their bodies to science. I like that idea. I don't have a close family and I don't wish to buy a lot and be buried in a specific cemetery. The universities take care of everything and it's free. They even celebrate a mass once a year for these people. A mass was not part of my wishes but if my family and friends want to attend the mass at the university, it will be possible for them to do so. ;-)
I don't see this as morbid. It's part of life and for me it's the only justice we have on earth. We're all going there, sooner or later. Rich, poor, ugly, beautiful, thin, fat, idiots and nice individuals alike.
My grandma used to say that I was "an odd ball" ;-) "You always have to do things YOUR WAY. You can't do things like everybody else now can you?"
Guess not... ;-)
So now I have a card that resembles an organ donor card but for my body. ;-) I signed it and I just need to get two witnesses to sign it too. It's that simple!
I'm going back to the notary's next week. I'll have a couple of things to teach him! HA!
Life is good... ;-)
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I aM a ReAlisT
You don't see the glass as half empty or half full. You see what's exactly in the glass.
You never try to make a bad situation seem better than it is...
But you also never sabotage any good things you have going on.
You are brutally honest in your assessments of situations - and this always seems to help you cope.
Monday, June 11, 2007
OK I absolutely love pressback chairs. I'm thinking of changing mine. When I bought this table 2 years ago in Epson, New Hampshire, I already had the chairs. So I bought the table hoping the chairs would fit.
The chairs are nice, there is no doubt about it and they match with the table. There is a slight problem, they are a little thight. But the pattern is quite beautiful even if the chairs are not that old. Probably the 70's.
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:15 AM
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Thank you so much for this lovely poem.
Your Pets In Heaven
by Ken D. Conover
To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all. For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you. For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly. For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.
I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.
Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures. I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.
We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever. You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique. Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.
Your Luscious In Heaven
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:30 AM
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I had to take a heart-breaking decision today. Luscious will be 14 next August and she hasn't been feeling very well lately. The summer heat and humidity have kicked in and she is having a very hard time. She goes into these chooking fits as if she's going to stop breathing. I hate seeing her like this. I live on the second floor and going up and down the stairs is painful for her. Moreover, it sends her into another chooking fit! I don't want her to spend the whole summer suffering. I will be going to the vet's today. This is extremely difficult for me.
I'll be taking a break. Needless to tell you I'm not in a cheerful mood so I'll just stay away.
It's over and she is finally at peace.
Usually going to the vet's Lush resists and doesn't want to go in. Today she was very calm and sat quietly. I was with her the whole time, it was very important for me to be there for her. She has been a very good dog and I owed her that much. She fell asleep very peacefully.
I can't even express how I'm feeling at the moment.. just empty...
Pam, FAB, Nick, Paws, Snowball, Highwayman, Buffalodickdy, Blueberry, Drasch23, Evil Spock, Pissed off Patracia, Kara, Blessed... thankx for your kind words, they mean a lot. xxx
Thank you to highwayman and nick for your beautiful tributes.
When Nick had first posted this poem, it reminded me so much of Lush. I knew this is where we were headed.
Babblings by NancyBee at 8:30 AM
Friday, May 25, 2007
Yesterday's post about the SOB who killed a 15-year-old teen for walking across HIS lawn, got me thinking.
Why do people want perfect looking grass? How stupid is that? Don't you have a life? You don't have anything better to do than sit around and watch your lawn?
As a kid I would absolutely love the time of year when the dandelions were all over our front lawn. You can be sure that my aunt who lived up stairs would call the "grass man" and get the property sprayed. She used to say that those pesky flowers were soooo ugly! Nowadays, more and more people are aware that these sprays are toxic and go for the "good" natural sprays or just leave the grass as is. If you're not happy with the dandelions just pull them out, end of story.
Who hasn't done this as a kid? Moreover, did you know that the dandelion is one of nature's most beneficial herbs. So stop spraying them, will ya! Stop treating it like the enemy!
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:15 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I absolutely love this stuff.
Cut up bananas and freeze them for at least 24 hours.
Put at least 3 big chunks in a food processor.
Add a little bit of skim milk or soy.
I like to add wheat germ, nuts, dried abricot, prunes, dates, muesli, etc. Just go with your heart's desire!
Tastes great and good for ya!
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:04 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Been thinking about it for quite some time. So might as well get it over with. It shouldn't be very complicated and I've been putting it off long enough.
First, I sure as hell don't want to be put on display. Cremation is a possibility. Then again, science has put my body through hell and back so might as well give them the pleasure to continue doing their stuff. Probably the most simple thing to do.
Second, I don't want a mass even if I was brought up a Catholic. Why should I when I've never been a good one anyway? To have a priest talk when he has no clue about me, doesn't seem to make much sense. My family will be very surprised by this.
Third, dogs will probably be part of my life for a long time and if I have any when this day comes, I want them to be put to sleep and come join me. I don't want anybody caring for them but MOI.
Fourth, I've asked two very good friends of mine to take care of things. I trust them and I want everything in order so it doesn't cause a burden on anyone. As my friend said "Knowing you, I'm sure you want things done exactly YOUR WAY" Well yeah.... ;-) now you get why I've asked you cause I know very well that you'll stick to MY wishes.
Fifth, I certainly won't be leaving an Estate, so it should be pretty simple. I just don't want the wrong people putting their grubby little hands on something that they don't deserve and if my papers are NOT in order, well that's exactly what will happen. For me, principals rule, till the end.
Sixth, get the name changed on my life insurance.
Call notary and he/she should guide me through this I guess.
Babblings by NancyBee at 8:15 AM
Monday, May 21, 2007
Who in their right mind leaves a child put bath water in her mouth? This is really gross!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Going from female to female is what it does. Luckily it knows just what type to choose. Those who share its "values" and idealism and who it thinks needs its services. But the females shouldn't ask too much from this species because its not capable of love, of course not! This is not part of the package deal. The females know it because it is oh! so honest and never EVER promises anything to any of them because it needs to be free. So if a female wants to be exclusive with it, well it was simply not part of the plan, and the females all know it!
These females have to accept being a stand in or they do like it and go from male to male. Therefore, it must stick to its own kind otherwise it simply can't work out. Which is fine with the almighty. Just move on to the next , there will always be females who'll go along with it, for a while anyway.
This great ape is not capable of any type of affection. Its job is to get a hard on and "pleasure" (so it thinks) the female then, the next day, be with another willing female.
Thank you for showing me that I was never your kind and never will be. It has taught me that I deserve better and I'm worth much more than that. Isn't it wonderful that you're always such a great help to females.
Life is good when we respect who we are. This is exactly what you and your kind do and what I'm doing now. Win win situation for eveyone.
Babblings by NancyBee at 10:18 AM
Friday, May 18, 2007
For the longest time, I've been struggling about how to feel about the homeless. In Canada, everybody is illegible to Welfare as long as the person has a home address. Why wouldn't someone choose to live in a room instead of on the streets and begging? Are they metally ill and don't know what they're doing? If so, shouldn't the government see to these people if they are unable to do so? Do they choose this type of lifestyle? When I see a homeless person with a dog, that just sends me into a frenzy. You can't feed yourself and you have an animal? On a field trip to Montreal, I was going on and on about this and the spiritual adviser from school said "You know for some of these people, this is the only living thing that they have to love and care for ". Needless to tell you, it got to me. This is true but now I feel sorry for the person and the animal. What to do about these people? During the winter they sleep in the subway entrances and did you know that the cops give them tickets for being there, huh??? Why not go to a shelter??? Wouldn't that be better?
Ok, maybe not the homeless but dogs can be real pesty when they want something.
I absolutely adore this picture. Talk about self-sacrifice. See what I mean when we love our animals. Unconditional love at its best!!!! Although, I still struggle when a homeless person comes up to me for money. I still question but try not to get my pantyhoses into a bind when I see a homeless person with an animal.
Babblings by NancyBee at 8:45 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Today's post is to show that as we get older some things do indeed change but deep down that little person is still around. Nah..the real reason is that I got this new scanner and I'm just having fun trying it out!
As you can see here, dogs have been part of my life for a long time. To this day, I'm still not that keen on German Shepherds. Moreover, crying and having a little fit from time to time is still part of my life.
Here I'm starting to like the little furry things. My hair pretty much looks the same.
Babblings by NancyBee at 10:42 AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
May 14, 1995 on Mother's Day is when I got the call. After 17 years of dialysis and 2 failed kidney transplants, I had stopped thinking that a transplant was meant for me. Moreover, dialysis was part of my life and I didn't think that it was all that bad. Anyhow, I didn't remember life without it. I must say that 12 years ago, things were not going so well and I needed a change. What a change! My friend Chantal let me have her Garfield for comfort. He went everywhere with me. ;-)
These two nurses got me through so much. Doris and Louise. It was so strange. As soon as 4 o'clock rolled around, I'd start perking up because I knew they'd be coming in.
When this picture was taken, I remember we (well I was laughing so much) that a doctor told us that we had to keep it down. I got that a few times. Because of the meds, very often I would be up at night, so another patient and I would play cards. I'd go to his room and say "hey, wanna play strip poker, wink" How many times did I get dirty looks and people telling me not to laugh so loud. It's a good thing that I did laugh because sometimes I was so stressed and worried that I thought I'd go crazy! I'll never forget when Doris told me "you know, it can't always go badly. It's not because the first two didn't work that this one won't". I was stressed out because the kidney was slow to take (I would joke, that he "Denis" was having a hard time adjusting to being in a woman's body) I had to go back on dialysis for a while because the kidney just wasn't working at first. I was TOTALLY freaking out because this was the last chance for me. One doctor had told me that my insides were just.. hummmm how should I put this... shot to hell. Therefore, it would have been hard to even think of a 4th transplant. Some doctors have such great bedside manners. Oh! well, how else was he supposed to tell me?
My life-long friends. As I have told you many many times, they have always stood by me through thick and thin. I don't know if this would be considered the thick or the thin. Regardless, they'd drive 1 hour 30 mins to come visit me. The guy standing behind me with the glasses received his kidney on the May 15th. When we started getting better he told me that after seeing me coming up from the operation room he was about to change his mind. I must have looked like hell for him to want to forget about the whole thing. LOL Him and I would have competitions with the piss pots. One night before going to bed he said that he'd have to catch up while I was asleep. To this day I still think he cheated!! His mother was so pissed when my friends came and we all went out to McDonalds!! LOL I'm not too sure what she was worried about. Don't we look normal... cough...... to you?
This is Denis. The man who changed my life and for whom organ donation was such a beautiful gift to offer. I met his family but I must say this is highly unusual and it's actually not recommended for many reasons. When I received the transplant I only knew that it was from a 34-year-old man. I remember hoping that he was a hells angels, without children and how I wished his family was not missing him. I felt this huge sense of guilt when I thought about them.
Babblings by NancyBee at 7:00 AM
Monday, May 14, 2007
Two summers ago, I was lucky enough to have this 1987 Volkswagen convertible for a couple of months. It was an awesome little car to drive. It actually belonged to my friend Ginette, who is on the picture. We had great times driving up to Burlington Vermont, top down and enjoying the sun! ;-) Great memories that I will always cherish.
wow! I didn't know we could put so much stuff in there. Even as a kid I liked these little vans. It would be just the right size for me and the girls. ;-) They must be fun to drive too!