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Monday, November 30, 2009

Can I Borrow $5

[from my email files]


A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year old son waiting for her at the door.

SON: 'Mummy, may I ask you a question?'

MUM: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the woman.

SON: 'Mummy, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the woman said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'If you must know, I make $20 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: "Mummy, may I please borrow $5?"

The mother was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down , and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The woman went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' She asked.

'No Mummy, I'm awake,' replied the boy

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the woman. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $5 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you Mummy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the mother grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Mummy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow.
I would like to have dinner with you.'

The mother was crushed. She put his arms around her little son, and she begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $20 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.


Garden Gnome

Sunday, November 29, 2009

BYBS - Light

Blog Your Blessings Sunday
The majority of the past week was very dull and grey even though the temperatures have been milder than normal. November is the worst month for me! The whole month seems to be day after day of grey. These are the days I dread. The dull and grey seeps into everything including my mood. My blessing this week has been daylight CFL bulbs. Rather than the soft white with a bit of yellowish glow the daylight CFL have a cool natural light. The wattage is a bit higher at 15 W per bulb but what a difference these bulbs make especially on the lower level! I have 7 of them on constantly during the day almost year round. Given the design of our house this is a necessity and because they are CFL the annual cost of operating comes in at under $40, a very small price to keep the dull, grey days from affecting my mood. What a wonderful blessing lights are!

Garden Gnome

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Should a Three Year Old Watch Childbirth?

[from my email files. Enjoy the chuckle.]



Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked.
Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry.

The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed. Kathleen quickly responded,

'He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place ....smack his butt again!'

Garden Gnome

Friday, November 27, 2009

In the Clouds

buildings in the fog
In the Clouds
November 19, 2009

Weather anomalies can present some of the loveliest photo opportunities! I love how the fog made it look as if the buildings were disappearing into the sky. At the same time the street lights played off the fog to give an amber glow. I thought it was the perfect photo opportunity.

Garden Gnome

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Short Video Opportunity

Sightseeing and photo opportunities present themselves above and below ground. You never know what you will find that will strike your fancy. I can always find a photo opportunity but this time I found a quick video opportunity :)

Garden Gnome

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Going My Way?

Going My Way?
November 19, 2009

Garden Gnome


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Patterns of Life

Patterns of Life
November 19, 2009

Have you ever noticed how patterned life it? It begins from the moment of conception and continues throughout our entire lives. Even after life ceases it is still patterned. The universe is patterned and everything about life is patterned. Anything that throws that pattern off even just a little creates a bit of chaos. It's only when an event throws off the pattern too much that life does become chaos. So here is my rendition of Saturday Night Live's Deep Thoughts.

I thought this image of a tiled floor would make for a good imagery of the pattern of life. Notice how the pattern is distinct with lines forming repetitive connections. The pattern in itself is consistent, repetitive and predictable yet other slight events affect the surface of the pattern. For many the recent economic events and uncertain future has been that precipitating factor. In some cases the recession is forming shadows along the patterns edges. In other cases it's adding a bit of clouding through the middle of the pattern but as long as the pattern remains, life goes on.

Garden Gnome

Monday, November 23, 2009


Alymer pasta sauce advertisment
November 19, 2009

Everywhere we go these days we are bombarded with advertising. Since there is no easy getting away from it short of becoming a hermit with no access to the outside world, we may as well poke a little fun at it. Now to my way of thinking advertisers must think the average Joe Q. Public is a complete moron eagerly awaiting every opportunity he or she can find to part with their hard earned dollars. Advertisers are so sure Joe Q. Public is going to believe their sales pitch they use the same techniques over and over with only a bit of variation. Just how many times a day can you watch flowers or sparkles come out of the latest, greatest soap bottle on television? Advertisers have even convinces Joe Q. Public that home cooking is way too complicated and it goes on with them playing a cat and mouse game each changing the advertising game board just slightly enough to keep the game going.

I don't know about you but I really am not interested in buying something even though it is food and I'm a foodie that is being peddled by what appears to be a raving lunatic in serious need of medication even if I could win $5,000! Sorry but the advertiser is way off on this mark. It reminds me of the one Tabasco® slot machine I've played on occasion. I seldom play it because of the graphics! Sorry Aylmer® I wouldn't try this sauce just on the basis of this ad and I don't care how much Photoshop® work you had to do get those pearly whites.

Garden Gnome

Sunday, November 22, 2009

BYBS - Family & Friends

Blog Your Blessings Sunday

The focus of last week's blessings was very much family and friends. You know family and friends are two of life's greatest blessing. They should be cherished and nurtured! Without either you really have nothing.

Garden Gnome

Saturday, November 21, 2009

H1N1 Preparedness Health Canada

I do hope Health Canada realizes how much stress relief they are providing by their antics. At least our minds aren't on the recession any more :) Enjoy the video.

Garden Gnome

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Good Story

[from my email files, enjoy the chuckle]


A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house:
'Talking Dog For Sale ' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

'You talk?' he asks.

'Yep,' the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'
The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'

'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.' 'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'

'Because he's a liar. He never did any of that shit.


Garden Gnome


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - The Eagle

The Eagle
October 7, 2009

Garden Gnome


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Latest Police Radar Cars

[from my email files. Something about this says entrapment to me but I'm sure the men in blue using these vehicles have checked out all the legalities. Note, image and wording is as I received it via email.]

image source: unknown

Just your "average Taxi" right…….. WRONG
Oh yes…. It's intentionally designed to look like a taxi, no markings etc.
Note the red lights, front & rear view mirror area.
The roof sign actually says "Police" with the phone number to confuse it with a taxi!
This is the latest POLICE RADAR CARS….. In use in Georgetown & Milton areas.


Note: Georgetown and Milton are located in Ontario, Canada.

Garden Gnome


Monday, November 16, 2009

Say No to the HST

The Ontario Provincial Government in their ulitmate wisdom tabled their proposal for the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) comprised of PST (8%) and GST (5%) resulting in the new HST (13%). On the surface that doesn't sound too bad since both PST and GST has been in place in Ontario for quite some time. However, the new HST will see an additional 8% tax on goods and services that previously were exempt from PST.

This includes: gasoline, utilities (heating, hydro, natural gas), internet bills, prepared foods over $4, magazines, adult footwear under $30, admissions under $4 (eg. pool, skating rink), veterinary care, personal services (eg. hair stylist), professional services (eg. legal, accountant), membership fees, real estate commissions, commercial property rentals, condo fees, landscaping, vitamins, most admissions to live theatres, taxi fares, conferences and seminars, dry cleaning, carpet cleaning, labour costs related to home renovation, motor vehicle services, ice rink rentals, hotels, overnight summer camps, domestic air and rail travel, bus tickets, Christmas trees, electrical and plumbing services, snowplowing, bicycles, funeral costs, postage stamps, courier fees, golf green fee, new homes over $400,000 (but there's a rebate).

Well now, if you didn't suspect Ontario was being governed by a bunch of money grabbing morons this should confirm it. Which part of we are in a recession do they not understand? Unemployment has increased and many are still living the very real fear of losing their jobs anytime. Our hydro rates are changing to Time of Use (TOU) by June 2010 meaning we will be paying more for our hydro. Food costs continue to increase and food banks are already over taxed trying to feed people who simply don't have enough money for food. The satellite and cable companies are now negotiating with the CRTC for a $10 tax per customer (aka $120/year increase) if they have to pay for local television programming. Now with the signal change folks are forced into using satellite and cable services because they can no longer get more than a couple of channels using an antenna. Gasoline is already high enough priced without taxing it more and in case these morons don't understand many taxpayers in rural communities have no choice but to drive to work. So I suppose they could get up a few hours earlier since sleep is highly over rated anyway and commute to work on their bike but they best buy it before the HST comes into effect otherwise they will be paying an additional 8%. The internet [which by world standards in Canada is the worst] has become a way for unemployed taxpayers to find jobs without having spend money they can ill afford traveling to search for employment. Those on fixed incomes rely on the internet to stay in touch with their loved ones because of the high cost of long distance phone charges. So why not penalize anyone using the internet by applying an 8% tax.

Now the premise is this HST is going to be good for Ontario by stimulating the economy and create jobs. I say that is bull hockey! People who are already giving up luxuries like warm winter clothes for kids, food and medications just to keep a roof over their heads are not going to be stimulated into spending by adding an 8% tax. It is not very encouraging when a taxpayer struggles to be environmentally friendly by reducing their hydro consumption with very little incentive from the Ontario government only to see their bill increase by 8% and the sad reality is many are reducing their consumption not because they are trying to be eco-friendly but because they simply can't afford the current rates.

People have been tightening their belts. We have changed our spending habits especially for any dollars spent in Ontario already. If the HST goes through it will not affect us as much as others but I resent the Ontario government for forcing us to consume less all the way around. Taxpayers can minimize the impact of the HST by buying used privately and eliminating things like magazines. Prepared foods (aka restaurants) can be drastically cut back on or eliminated. Add an inexpensive movie package to your television service and eliminate going to the theatre. Any home renovations should be DIY and if you can't do-it-yourself find a family member or friend to help you. As long as no money changes hand the Ontario government can't profit from their latest brain wave. Don't use domestic air, rail or bus travel. Remove your carpeting to eliminate any cleaning costs. It's better for your indoor air quality. Finally tell your family to refuse a funeral for you. Just tell them to prop you up beside the jukebox it you die!

What can you the Ontario taxpayer do to stop the HST? Seriously get involved! Write your MPP and often! Yes you will get a canned reply but keep writing. Sign any petition possible. Inform any services such as air, rail and bus that you use that if the HST goes into effect you will no longer use their service. These services can put a lot more pressure on the Ontario government than one person can. Take your tourist dollars outside of Ontario but be sure to inform services and your MPP that you are doing so because of the HST. Buy used privately and become a DIY but be sure to tell stores and services that you are doing so because of the HST. Again more voices are better than one. Write as many letters to the editors of various newspapers as possible expressing your concerns over having to pay an additional 8% especially on gasoline and utilities. Write about it on Facebook and MySpace. Tweet about it on and often Twitter. Blog about it then pass the word through Digg and StumbleUpon. Organize and/or participate in any form of peaceful protest you can to help stop the HST. Finally when it comes time for an election express your displeasure with the HST with your vote!

Garden Gnome

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This Hour has 22 Minutes Cough Etiquette

Poking a little fun at the Canadian government is the Canadian way and hey if we can't laugh at ourselves who can we laugh a? Leave it to the fine folks of This Hour Has 22 Minutes to bring one more chuckle to make dealing with the H1N1 flu threat this year. As you may have heard one of the current recommendations to help prevent the spread of H1N1 is to sneeze into your sleeve. Quite frankly as someone who does a lot of sneezing the idea of sneezing into my sleeve is rather repulsive, thank-you very much. I find keeping a good supply of tissues on hand to be a bit more effective and definitely more refined then walking around with decorated sleeves if you know what I mean ;-) I hope you enjoy the video.

Garden Gnome

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day 2009

[Reposted from November 11, 2008 because this video is that good. Please take a few moments to view the video and ponder the price of freedom.]

I come from a strong military family with ancestors that were instrumental in shaping the history of Canada. I grew up surrounded by relatives who had fought for this country. Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice and while they are no longer here they live forever in our memories. If this video does not bring tears to your eyes, nothing will. On the 11
th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we honour our fallen with 2 minutes silence from shore to shore of our great nation, Canada. Please join our nation in showing our respect and how thankful we are for enjoying the freedom they fought so hard for.

Remembrance Day Tribute
courtesy of
Global TV Edmonton

Garden Gnome

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Eye on the Flu Shot

Despite the humorous approach to the flu vaccine there is a fair amount of truth behind the video. Before you decide to get the flu shot you should know what you are getting so you can make an informed decision. What is in the regular flu shot?
  • Egg proteins - including avian contaminant viruses, can cause allergic reactions
  • Gelatin - known to cause allergic reactions
  • Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™) - can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis
  • Formaldehyde - a known carcinogen
  • Triton X100 - a strong detergent
  • Sucrose - table sugar
  • Resin - known to cause allergic reactions
  • Gentamycin - an antibiotic
  • Thimerosal - mercury is still in multidose vials as a preservative
Note: The vaccine can cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis usually associated with sensitivity to egg or gelatin

Garden Gnome

Sunday, November 08, 2009

BYBS - Busy Days Yet Peace & Quiet

Blog Your Blessings Sunday

My husband was away last week but that didn't change much here other than missing him. I continued to enjoy the weather that decided to take a turn for warmer air and sunny skies. I spent much of the week enjoying nature's beauty, winterizing and preserving food. I went shopping once during the week scoring a few good meat and vegetable deals at $1/lb. I had planned on eating out on Friday night for dinner as we usually eat out Friday nights but I had a sinus headache so decided to stay home. I curled up on the couch instead to enjoy a bit of the food channel and a move. Basically things continued on as normal, peaceful and quiet. That in itself is a blessing. Oh and I tested out our new phone system that brings a whole new meaning to peace and quiet.

Everyone knows how much I detest being disturbed by telemarketers and honestly after signing up for Canada's Do Not Call List the calls increased rather than decreased! The best part is the phone system has all the features of Bell already built in so the only thing we need from Bell is caller id meaning a $30/month savings for 3 months the $25/month after that. I like that we can control all the functions too without paying extra! Not only that it is EnergyStar qualified saving 59% in electrical use with a payback period of 2.3 months. The headsets can even be set to silent mode something I'm sure I will appreciate when the grandbabies are taking a nap. But in terms of privacy and peace of mind it has added a unexpected level of peace and quiet so this has been a real blessing. Taking control and letting technology into your home when you want is a good thing. Keeping technology out of your home when you don't want it is even better

Garden Gnome

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Days Gone By

Days Gone By
October 30, 2009

I am a serious sucker for any wall art. I don't know why exactly but there is just something that fascinates me about it. Perhaps it it the size or the detail or just it strikes my fancy. This particular wall art is a bit bitter sweet as it is on the side of a restaurant that was part of a chain that went under. We were first introduced to the restaurant by friends of ours and it quickly became the place the four of us chose to eat. It was laid back, comfortable and served excellent foods. We shared many a fine moment there enjoying good food and good company. Like anything all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately this restaurant chain was a victim of the recent/current recession so they closed their doors. I had a chance to take a picture of the outside of the building, now lonely and abandoned the other day. It was a sad photoshoot as I snapped multiple pictures of an empty building devoid of all signage other than the wall art. Somehow the wall art just captured what I was feeling will taking the pictures. May we always remember the days gone by fondly even though the structural attributes may be missing!

Garden Gnome

Friday, November 06, 2009

Fall Classes for Women

[from my email files, author unknown but most likely a male...LOL!]


Fall Classes for Women at

By Wednesday OCTOBER 30, 2009


Class 1
Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 wks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2
Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down, or Bitching About It for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Drive Past a Winners Without Stopping?--Group Debate.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
Curling Irons--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet?
Examples on Video.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM

Class 6
How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program
Help Line Support and Support Groups.
Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7
Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos? Open Forum.
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8
Health Watch--They Make Medicine for PMS - USE IT!
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9
I Was Wrong and He Was Right!--Real Life Testimonials.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10
How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim. Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11
Learning to Live--How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield.
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12
How to Shop by Yourself.
Meets 4 wks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Send this to all your guy friends for the best chuckle of their day ....
And to all your gal friends who have a sense of humor

Garden Gnome


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Woman Calls Cops on Herself

They say everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame and 49-year-old Mary Strey of Granton, Wisconsin decided to get her's Hallowe'en night. After an evening of bar-hopping she was driving home when she called 911to report a drunk driver - herself! I can just imagine the shocked look on the face of the 911 dispatcher. Honestly this woman should be right up for a Darwin Award simply for the sheer fact she was driving under the influence. As if that wasn't bad enough she made the call on her cell phone while driving under the influence! Her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. She was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving an is scheduled to reappear in court Dec. 10. Despite the danger she put herself and others in that night you can bet the talk shows will want to interview her, a reward for her own stupidity. Her new found fame on YouTube will live on to be enjoyed by all her admirers, family and friends . Here's the video of her 911 call.

Garden Gnome

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Rainy Drive

rainy drive with heavy rain
Rainy Drive
October 6, 2009

Garden Gnome


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Bit of Pampering

Oxygen Bar
October 7, 2009

During the last leg of our recent road trip we stayed at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Today's casinos offer so much more than gambling and in fact you can entertain yourself quite nicely without ever stepping onto the gaming floor. Soaring Eagle offers a variety of eateries with the snack bar and buffet, top notch entertainment, banquet facilities along with a wonderful, luscious spa facility. You can lounge in their gorgeous pool overlooking a nice view of the outdoor fountain and hot tub, soak in the indoor hot tub or indulge in one of the many services the spa offers.

When traveling a bit of pampering is always nice. I discovered oxygen bars quite some time ago on one of our travels. Basically oxygen is scented with certain scents meant to relax or stimulate or give another effect while refreshing you with the increased oxygen level getting into your lungs and hence to your brain. Treatments range from 5 to 30 minutes costing according to the length of the treatment. Treatments may or may not include a light massage to help relax you. You simply sit on a stool, get hooked up to a disposable rubber tube attachment that inserts into your nostrils and sit back to enjoy. I chose lavender to help reduce my stress level with a 10 minute treatment. After the treatment I booked an appointment to have my make-up done then wandered off to tell my husband I was going to play online in the room. Wi-Fi is included so this gave me a chance to unwind a bit from all the sensory over stimulation of the gaming floor. I can seriously only handle so much at a time! While I was catching up online I flicked on the television to see what was cooking on the food channel. It looked good so I curled up to watch it then promptly fell asleep! The next morning I enjoyed having my make-up done feeling quite good that I had taken the opportunity to enjoy a bit of pampering.

Garden Gnome


Monday, November 02, 2009

Toronto Hydro Warning

[from my email files - The email warning came complete with the doctored Toronto Hydro logo which changed the lamp portion and wording to royal blue and omitted the words electric system under toronto hydro. Given the nature of the email I didn't think Toronto Hydro would give me permission to use their logo, doctored or not so for the purposes of the post I did not include the logo. I think it is just as effective without the logo :) ]


Toronto Hydro is warning customers of the rotating winter power blackouts that are expected to occur on:

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009
Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009
Saturday, Nov 14, 2009
Saturday, Nov 21, 2009
Monday, Nov 23, 2009
Monday, Nov 30, 2009

This is a province wide alert.

Additional power is required to run the goal judge light behind the Leafs' net.

Sincerely Yours,

Toronto Hydro

Garden Gnome


Sunday, November 01, 2009

BYBS - Hallowe'en Reflections

Blog Your Blessings Sunday
While waiting for the little ghosts and goblins to come haunting last night I couldn't help but thing of my days of trick or treating as a child then those of our now grown kids. My how times have changed! When I was young we had pretty much free rein of our little town. We all knew who made the best fudge and popcorn balls. Getting a treasured homemade candy apple with the sparkling red coating was one of the highlights of the night. Our bags became heavy with all kinds of homemade candies, cookies and penny candy. Fast forward to our kids trick or treating days as children. By then times had changed. Parents started coming with their kids and there were fears over harmful candy/apple tampering. Apples and homemade cookies and candies were discouraged with many parents tossing them out rather than take any chances. By their teenage years a local radio station encouraged kids to be in from trick or treating by 8:30 pm by offering prizes if they called your home and the kids were home. Parents in larger centres began taking their kids to Hallowe'en parties rather than letting them trick or treat. In many areas curfews became the norm for anyone under the age of consent. Time have once more changed! We had 7 children with their parents visit last night, all from our street. Many parents are confining their children's trick or treating to family and friends. I've heard comments from younger parents questioning the message that trick or treating sends as well. In today's world we tell our kids not to accept candy from strangers and not to go to strangers' homes yet trick or treating is quite contrary to that message.

We live in such an amazing time with those who are middle age and older experiencing many things we could never dream was possible. Yet there is a sadness that the younger generation will never experience the quieter, simpler times of our youth. Gone are the days stores closed on Sundays, Wednesday afternoons and 5 o'clock on weeknights except for Fridays when they stayed open until 9 pm. Gone is some our innocence and quickly going is some of our traditions.

Garden Gnome