Dag 3

Dag 3 (Day 3) and the sun was streaming over the valley Tuesday.  Only one degree celsius and still a smidgen of snow that I saw at the higher altitudes down the valley.

Regardless I know spring is here, I have spotted robins already and there are buds on my cherry tree and lilac tree.


My mind was doing it’s own thing again Tuesday night, I woke up at 4 a.m. singing Shambala (Three Dog Night).  I went to a concert of theirs in Vancouver, BC a long time ago, maybe 1974.  They were excellent, and they looked just like this.

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala –

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala
keep calm
Today’s Quote – – A Study in Scarlet (A. Conan Doyle)
“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.
Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that little room has elastic walls and distend to any extent.
Depend upon it, there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.” 
Word of The DayBumptious
Meaning: self-assertive or proud to an irritating degree
Synonyms: Self-important, conceited, arrogant, pompous, overbearing
In a sentence: I was still annoyed at his bumptious style of conversation.

Last thought 

Yesterday I was compiling a post about compliments that aren’t, and other statements that a person should avoid.  
If I share a couple, then perhaps you will let me know if I should continue, alright?
Has anyone ever said to you:  That’s not a half-bad idea.  
When I hear that,  I am thinking; so what percentage is bad? 
That statement isn’t too far from the statement: You’re not a complete idiot. 
I think you know what I am thinking then.  
Sometimes people set themselves up for it, usually deliberately as a joke.  
They say: What kind of an idiot do you think I am?  or maybe: Do I look stupid to you? 
Then they watch you squirm, as you struggle not to respond, or they just smile innocently. ♥
pig in boots

Spring is here!

Thanks for visiting for Dag 3 (Day 3), looking forward to seeing how this day unfolds. I am enjoying reading all your blogs.
Sorry the blog content seems squished, I have trying editing to create more space and divide it up more, but WordPress doesn’t like me today, oy vey
– David
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Día dos

Day Two – Día dos and Welcome Back 

The days are mingling together a bit and you might have trouble remembering what day it is.  I totally get it.

Good Karma Tip –  Head Into the Kitchen !


My naan and curry on top ♥

A couple days ago I headed into the kitchen and made naan bread for the first time.  The instructions didn’t say to put oil on my  fingers so the dough was sticking, my wife came to the rescue.

It all worked out though, and it was gobbled up. Who doesn’t love hot bread with melted butter on it?  Kitchen smelled nice also, plus plus.

The photo above is the result – Hot naan fresh out of the pan, buttered and my wife’s curry veggies made for a delicious dinner.   My sweetie Susan approved ♥


Word of the Day – Superfluous

Meaning – an adjective – unnecessary, especially through being more than enough

Synonyms – surplus, redundant, not required, excess, unneeded

In a sentence – The Sign of FourArthur Conan Doyle

It is simplicity itself,”  he remarked, chuckling at my surprise- “so absurdly simple than an explanation is superfluous; and yet it may serve to define the limits of observation and of deduction.


Quote of the Day 

History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless. ~ Cesar Chavez


Cup Song Again – 

I hope you visited me yesterday because I shared this song HOWEVER this NEW youtube while technically is a followup but the cast is

much bigger and could coax a smile.

 Click hereYou are going to miss me when I’m Gone.  with a much bigger cast – I enjoyed this.

I am going nuts here, forgive me for another link ** I watched Pitch Perfect and they also did the cup song on that movie – if you can stand it- click here.

Thanks for visiting on Day Two – Día dos.   Comments make me smile – David


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Birinci gün

I washed my car yesterday, this morning it is raining.  That’s perfect with me as that is part of spring – April Showers bring May Flowers (and April is almost here).

A few of my blogger colleagues are doing multi day challenges, I am going to do a five day challenge,  not a challenge for them, but it is for me.

Each day I will be brief, so I hope you will still come and see me for five days in a row.

Today is Birinci gün – Day One.


Sage brush and looking down on Okanagan lake


Word of the Day – Piquant


  • Sharp taste – Synonyms would be: spicy, tasty, flavorsome
  • Pleasantly stimulating – Synonyms would be: intriguing, stimulating, interesting, fascinating

Piquant in a sentence from ” A Study in Scarlet” – Arthur Conan Doyle

“By the way,” I asked suddenly, stopping and turning upon Stamford, “how the deuce did he know that I had come from Afghanistan?”

My companion smiled an enigmatical smile, “That’s just his little peculiarity,”he said. ” A good many people have wanted to know how he finds things out.”

“Oh! a mystery is it?” I cried, rubbing my hands. “This is very piquant. I am much obliged to you for bringing us together.

(I am confident you know whom John Watson is referring to)


Quote of the Day – 

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. – Winston Churchill


A Song – I’ll Think of You

I’ll think of you
As I go
So when I leave
You’re not alone
And no matter where we are
We will never be that far
Cause I’ll think of you as i go
I’ll think of you
As I dream
So when it’s dark
You’ll be with me
And no matter where we are
We can look up to the stars
And I’ll think of you as I dream
Oh, it’s a long and winding road
But you don’t have to walk alone
Cause no matter where we are
I’ll keep you in my heart
And I’ll think of you as i go….
if you want to sing along – I like this video as it cleverly done all in one take, singing and patty-caking!
Thanks for visiting, and  Day Two tomorrow.- David 
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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now



Africa – One cat to rule them all


Last night in my sleep, I sang the lyrics for “Both Sides Now” and so now I have been thinking about the song.  It’s a sweet acoustic song, and you can listen by clicking here.

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

Both Sides Now” is a song that is sweet, and intriguing and I don’t know what meaning Joni Mitchell had in mind.  I have a theory though.

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all



Someone is welcome to correct me but the clouds in the song may be a metaphor for life.  Clouds are always changing, and evolving.  Clouds can be light and white, or dark and threatening.

Life is constantly changing like those clouds,  nothing remains the same and, as I am reminded often, it’s always sunny up above the clouds!  Those blue skies are hope, peace and light. 

Thank you for reading, and visiting. – David 




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Ticket to Ride Tuesday


I went out for a bike ride last night

about 8 p.m. and it felt like 3 a.m. in the streets as no cars around, surreal. I am worried for people here and my country.  I remain optimistic though and hope you are also wherever you live.

I hope you enjoy my simple post today, sharing photos I have taken while enjoying cycling in my city.  It’s a pleasure for me to take pictures of the lake as it changes in seasons, times of the day and so on.   I will do the pedaling but you have a Ticket to Ride.

One nice note to share is that some of my neighbours

are putting hearts in their yards and in their windows, and hanging Canadian flags outside.  Later this afternoon I will hang a flag outside on my balcony also.

I see it as evidence of the solidarity together here, proof that we are all still here, and riding out a quiet storm together.

Thanks for visiting! – David

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Eat Sweet, and Talk Sweet

It’s been a long time now

since we had our Rotary student, Kivilcim,  who lived with us for six months.  Our own daughter, Mandy, was also in Rotary, but in Sweden at the time.

Kivil was bubbly like a songbird from the moment she alighted at the airport.  She was full of energy, and shared many a Turkish song.

While visiting, drinking coffee, and having dessert together, she said the saying in Turkey was to “Eat Sweet, and Talk Sweet”. It reflects their desire to talk about nice, joyful things in their lives but can not do as such unless they are eating sweets!

This seems to me a solid idea on how to get through life; eating sweets and talking sweet, delicious eh?   I am motivated right now!


I am reminded again about language, words, and their effect.

Since communication is not optional and but how we communicate is, it is then up to us to decide.

We can be sweet, and we can be gentle or alternatively we can be blunt and bully. All in how we choose our words and how we say them.  Either will be heard and remembered.

How do we want to be remembered?

Frances H. Kakugawa. Photo by Jason Kimura.


The seems a perfect segue to invite you to visit Frances Kakugawa’s blog to read her post named Eh Auntie: The Aloha Spirit.  I read a couple posts, and now feel compelled to share this treasure of a blog. (Thanks for the link DawnSeeker ♥ )


Below here is the opening paragraph to encourage you to visit.

Eh Auntie

If ever you’ve been called old or elderly by the young, there is something precious awaiting you in Hawaii. If you’re lucky, a young local man or woman will address you as “Eh, Auntie.” To be called “Eh, Auntie” takes a lifetime of processing to truly understand its underlying gift.


I appreciate you visiting here, and welcome your feedback and suggestions.  Today it is cloudy and the wind is from the south,  I am going to think that’s a good omen as it has been from the north for awhile.  Spring is coming. – Dave

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