Pool Cleaning

The new pool is almost installed… It’s mid-November in Canada and there’s no snow on the ground… yet. Because we are still under construction, the pool hasn’t been closed. The pump is not hooked up so there no easy way to clean the pool. We back onto a forest and the leaves are attracted to…

Latte vs Americano

Way back in 2010, while working at the Olympics, I got into lattes. Usually from Starbucks, but not always. ¬†Before that I was dedicated to Tim Hortons… medium, one milk, no sugar please. Their coffee started to taste different, somehow worse, I couldn’t explain it. A good friend suggested lattes and I’ve never looked back……

Bullies in the Military

Struggling on what to write about today. Thought maybe I’d try something new… current events that make me want to say¬†“Really?”. So here we go with Episode #1: Bullies not welcome in the Canadian military by THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN. This story, at first glance, defies our expectations of what a military machine, sometimes needs to…

Starbucks Controversy

By now you would have heard all the hoopla over Starbucks’ decision to remove all Christmas related ornamentation from their annual Christmas cups. However, it is still red, more or less festive. Being agnostic is one way of handling this growing trend not to offend anyone. Personally, I have yet to find anyone, anywhere that…

Bridgehead Review

I first heard of Bridgehead from a friend back home… I’ll be honest, I had never seen or heard of the place during my frequent travels. The origins of Bridgehead go way back to 1981. Possibly making this the best kept secret in my ‘coffee’ world. Some excerpts from their History page below. Two United…

Do We Need DST?

Love it or hate it… it’s that time of year, for those that take part in this ritual, to change the clocks. I changed all the clocks in the house later in the morning. Felt good to get up at 7am, start reading a good book then turn back the clocks later on to get…

Halloween

It’s Halloween! One of my very favourite times of year. Typically, my son Josh and I will pull out all the stops and decorate the front of our house for the occasion. Here are just some of the things we pull out of storage: Fog machines (a personal favourite) A coffin Pumpkins, both real and…

Mouldy Bread

For lunch yesterday, I decided to have a toasted English muffin with Peanut Butter and a little butter… who am I kidding, a lot of butter. The first one was sooooo good that I had to have another. That’s when I noticed the mould… My first reaction was to check the date on the English…

Apple EarPods

Forgot my standard iPhone EarPods at home today. No problem… had another set in my glovebox. The legacy EarBuds were a mess. All tied up in knots and kind of dirty. So why did I keep them? There are many hundreds, maybe thousands of headphones available for our phones these days. I’ve tried some of…

War is Hell

I had some spare time yesterday and decided to visit the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Walking through the museum, it’s hard to come to grips with something as awful as war. Most from this generation only understand the experience from what we’ve read or seen in movies and documentaries. It’s easy to think of…