Jour 8 – Day 8; Look Fear In the Face

More Life and Random Thinking

Welcome ! Today is Jour 8 -Day 8 – I am filing these posts away under my category: Blogging Assignments.

Big thank you for visiting today. Some readers like the quotes, others the musical choices,  I hope there is something you will like in my post today.  – David


Word of the Day – Antithesis 

Meaning: A person or a thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else.

Synonym: reverse, contrast, opposite

In a sentence: Love is the antithesis of selfishness.


skateboard amy purdy“If your life was a book, and you were the author, where would you want your story to go” – That’s the question of Amy Purdy. 


Quote of the Day:  

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt, You learn by Living; Eleven keys for a more fulfilling life


Leadership for non- Adults:

Not sure if you saw the Lego Youtube that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau did as a message to children about the Virus situation –

If you would like to check it out – click here.


Musical Link

– I thought this seemed appropriate today, and no one does it better than the classic – Stand By Me, Ben E King (1961)

When the night has come, and the way is dark,
And that moon is the only light you see.
No I won’t be afraid, no I-I-I won’t be afraid
Just as long as the people come and stand by me.


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Jour 7 – Day 7, There’s a Hole In my Sidewalk

To begin

Welcome and a couple pictures of life from today in my little city.

Just thinking out loud:

My Life in Five Chapters – Portia Nelson;   I memorized this one page “Five Chapter” lesson (poem?)   It is about self-discovery, and I think almost every person who reads this thoughtfully will find it applicable.  Now I will have to refresh my memory so I can still tell it.  🙂

Who hasn’t fallen in a few times before walking around the hole in their sidewalk?

I am wondering if anyone else has read it.  Here’s a link. 


Quote –

today’s quote is from a poem by William Cowper, named “Mutual Forbearance”, I won’t quote the entire poem, but if you want to read it after reading my excerpt below, click here.  It’s quite the poem, but I shall say no more.

The kindest and the happiest pair
Will find occasion to forbear;
And something, ev’ry day they live,
To pity, and, perhaps, forgive.


ttl sherlock holmes words ratiocination

Word of the Day – Ratiocination


1 : the process of exact thinking : reasoning 2 : a reasoned train of thought

About the Word

Sherlock Holmes was the ultimate logical reasoner in pop culture until Mr. Spock came along. When the first of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey, Jr. was released, a form of ratiocination was used in several of the reviews. We can see ratio and rational in ratiocination; they share the same Latin root that means “computation” or “reason.” There’s also the verb ratiocinate and the adjective ratiocinative.

Inspired by this internet page, here.


Musical note – I have a confession.

Yesterday I could not get the CUP SONG out of my head, and so today I looked on Youtube for tutorials on how to do the cup movements, there are lots of them.

If you are like me and you have listened to this song a few times (or sang it in your head), here’s a challenge for anyone willing, it won’t take long, there is just about 6 steps!  – two or more of you learn the movements also.

My favorite version is still the one from Day one of these blogging assignments aka Birinci gün

So simple to do – see below, ONLY 60 seconds long.  Now I have to find a cup !  Thanks for visiting – David


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Jour 6 – Day 6; Sunshine on My Shoulder

Beautiful blue skies today, temperature reached 18 Celcius, 

people were finding spots to suntan, and picnic outside. I was out enjoying the day. Thanks Mother Nature. ♥


Today’s post – Jour 6 (Day 6)

will include a Word of the Day, Quote, and a musical note to end on. 

Thanks you each one for visiting.  Try to use the Word of the Day if you can when you comment on the post.

Day 6 is a continuation under the category: Blogging Assignments. – Take care, David 


Word of the Day – Scoundrel

 A Noun Meaning:  a dishonest or unscrupulous person, a rogue

Synonyms: Rascal, rogue, good-for-nothing,  cheat, swindler, charlatan.

In a sentence: He was a thief and a scoundrel. 


Quote –

Women are made to be loved, not understood. (Oscar Wilde)


Musical Note – 

When I was about 14 years old, grade 9 I guess and my parents surprised me with my own record player.  I was pumped, and they gave me my first album, which was one by Elvis Presley.  One of the songs was Always on My Mind.

Elvis sang it well, but I believe it was Willie Nelson who wrote it, and his version is classic.

And maybe I didn’t hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
I guess I never told you
I am so happy that you’re mine
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind



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Photos from my Weekend

Mother Nature has been moody 

in my little city the last few days.  We have had wind, and cloud, sun and rain, we have had even hail and snow (it didn’t last long).

I was out riding my bike when it started snowing

so hard I had to stop and put on glasses as I couldn’t see with the flakes going into my eyes.

I took a two-day hiatus from posting and today my post will be some photos from the weekend.  I hope you enjoy them, and the captions when you click. – David

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Day 5 – Tag 5- Challenge Accomplished

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Day 5 – Tag 5 –

I made it!  Congratulations to people who take on much longer challenges than mine which was just to Blog five days in a row.

I am feeling grateful to the bloggers who stop by and leave comments, so many excellent blogs of all types – travel, health, thoughtful, insightful, entertaining, humourous, travel and so on.

I know a few of my blogging friends have even read all five of my posts this week, thanks very much !

FYI – I am categorizing them under Blogging Assignments, if you want to read all five.


Word of the DayTwaddle

Meaning (noun): trivial or foolish speech or writing; nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap

As in: “he dismissed the novel as self-indulgent twaddle.

Meaning (verb): talk or write in a trivial or foolish way.

As in: “what is that old fellow twaddling about?


Quote of the Day – 

I always pass on good advice.  It is the only thing to do with it.  It is never of any use to oneself. – Oscar Wilde,  An Ideal Husband


Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

But there’s one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me
Won’t defeat me, it won’t be long
Till happiness steps up to greet me
Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining
Because I’m…


A Song to Start your weekend – Thanks again for visiting – David

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Day 4 – día 4


A gift from my wife to me

Day 4

and northern air has been delaying spring in the valley, night time temperatures dipping slightly below zero (Celsius).

Bundled up in my balaclava and in my gloves, I am still enjoying the clear sunny days and fresh air outside albeit two metres from anyone else.

I was reminded Wednesday that anxiety to some degree is touching nearly everyone.


I know that applies to me also. My mind is like a car driving the highway, occasionally it swerves over the line and head-on I am dealing with anxious thoughts.  As soon as I realize it, I swerve back on the correct side of the highway, allowing myself to relax again.

Let’s keep our hearts high,  if we are not over the mountain yet, I believe we can see the peak! 




Word of the DayStodgy 


  1.  dull, boring, uninspired, dreary, uninteresting
  2. (pertaining to food, a british expression) heavy, filling, indigestible, starchy

In a sentence;  While I love those croissants in the morning, they are stodgy and should avoid eating them.

(the word of the day was inspired by a Netflix movie I watched Tuesday – Phantom Thread. I won’t give it away but the ending surprised me !)




How to be a Good Husband

Quote of the Day –

Don’t allow yourself to become careless in the matter of dress in the home, nor permit your wife to do so. To sit down to dinner in the hot weather in your shirt-sleeves may be very comfortable, but no nice woman looks with equanimity on any action that her husband would hesitate to do in the presence of other women.” – How to be a Good Husband. 



Musical distraction time –

I have to leave you friends today with a snappy song, fun song

Simple Life

I love this acapella version, I think it is a brother and sister, 4 minutes long, she has a sweet voice and I always am amazed at their sound, vibrant and clear. If you are interested click here

[Verse 2]
I’m taking one step forward and three steps back
Kick myself for letting go of the things I had
Guess you don’t know what you got till that junk goes bad
Never should have dumped that hand me down I got from dad
I’m solve one problem and another one’s popping up
Ain’t it ironic how the problem get’s chronic
‘Cause when you got it good you just don’t know when to stop
Don’t worry ’bout the earning if it stops you from living

Thank you for your time visiting today, I hope you are safe and snapping your fingers to the memory of the song. I appreciate comments and my blogging friends. – David


Okanagan lake looking east toward Munson Mountain





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