Trivia Thursday~~April 1st, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 47th edition. With the rich history Wallaceburg has and the so many places to see. Today’s trivia is all about Wallaceburg’s historical and wonderful sights. There is a twist this week instead of a story we have picture hints.

Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted within the comment section. Do you think you can solve them? Do you know these places? Do you know their history? If not you may like to check them out.

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

1. Along my trail you’ll find a story to be told. So come with me and immerse yourself… What/Who am I?

2. I am fondly known as Turtle Park and am the first splash pad of Wallaceburg although fairly small. What is my true name?

3. For 75 years our presences was known for help out our fellow man. In 2020 we had to disband. Who are we?

4. I have a hill to climb or sled down with diamonds at its feet. I am a place to have fun and to stay fit. What/who am I?

5. I stand among some tropic like native trees that bear edible fruit which the woods I reside in is named after. What is the name of my place?

6. With a riverside view that people are dying to have and where many who have contributed to the rich history of Wallaceburg reside. What/Who am I?

7. On the outskirt of town if you are looking for a trail to walk or scenic view, look no further then here. Once known at Chicken Island and home to the snowmobile club, I am now a refuge for wildlife. Who/what am I?

8. I reside with history on the Wallaceburg museum’s grounds. However for 21 years I provided water for the people of this township. Which one was it?

9. I was once where bad guys belonged now it is where smiles are maintained. Who/What am I?

10. In 1975 I was moved to my final resting place however from 1921 to 1975 I was located at this intersection. What two streets or area did I reside?

Ask a Tech Geek~~Social Media Safety Part 2

For the next few segments Our Geek will be discussing way to keep us safe online, If you have any questions, at the end of this article is information on how you can contact our Resident Geek.

Facebook Posts Audience Safety

It is wise to check who can view your posts every time you post something. With the “audience selector” you can choose who can see the post. When you create a post you will see who will see your post with a drop down arrow. It is here where you can select your audience

For safety reason it is best to choose your audience wisely especially when sharing private information. Be extremely careful about anything that you make public, since it makes the post visible to the world. However sometimes you need to share a post publicly.

You may not know this but the audience you select for a post will automatically be setting for all additional posts until you change your audience again. It is very important for you must pay attention to your audience setting each time your post. If you want to limit who can see any past post you can easily change them however it has to be done one at a time. Just go to the post you like to change the audience setting and click the icon beside the date/time under your name of the post. Public looks like a world, friends have two people.

Since a Facebook friend instantly gets access to a lot of your personal info, Be Very Careful Whom You Friend on Facebook.

Whenever you receive a friend request, you should  verify the person’s identity.  Make sure that they are the actual owner of the Facebook account, and that they sent you the request. There are several ways of doing that you can asking them in person, or contact them though email, other social media, text/SMS, phone, etc. you could also confirm their identity by asking a trusted mutual friend.

Remember your Facebook page/profile is an extension of you so make sure that you secure your information just as you would your home. You have control over who can see your post and who can not. Don’t be afraid to delete a person you may not know personally because your safety is more important then the number of friends you have in your list.

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  1. Leave a comment on this post,
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  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

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Trivia Thursday~~March 25, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 46th edition. It is Repeat Thursday. To test our memories and our knowledge we are posting a repeat of one of our past trivia segments. . Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

Questions:

  1. What is the hashtag symbol technically called?
  2. How many folds in a chef’s toque (hat) and what do they represent?
  3. According to the Guinness book, what was recorded as being 63 football fields long?
  4. What is the national animal of Scotland?
  5. What does M&M stands for?
  6. How many Grammys did Elvis win?
  7. What was the first soft drink in space?
  8. Approximately how many grapes go into one bottle of wine?
  9. What Aves has one of the highest metabolisms?
  10. What did clocks never have before 1577?

Story:

A Lion named Murrie and a Unicorn named Mars were the most unusual companions.  While most thought they should be mortal enemies, Mars and Murrie were like a brother and sister.  Growing up together they shared every experience and adventure.  When they were young they did the Pepsi and Coca Cola challenge. Murrie picked Pepsi while Mars pick Coca Cola but they both preferred Tab.  Murrie always chuckled at how Mars said Octopus as “Octothorpe”.

Today was going to be the biggest adventure ever, Mars was getting married to the love of his life, a young Pegasus name Marie. Murrie was thrilled to be their Maid of Honour. They met Marie at a small restaurant called The Minute Hand where they not only learned there was a 100 ways to say hello but a 100 ways to cook an egg.

Mars nervously waited for his bride to be as Murrie helped Marie adjust her veil. The Second hand veil was Marie’s something old and the 700 hummingbirds that were to carry it down the aisle was something new as well as borrowed but she was missing something blue.  Murrie reached in her mane and pulled out 3 small blue Forget-Me-Nots and gently placed them in Marie’s hair.

“You are beautiful and are ready to walk down the aisle to marry Mars.” She said with a slight tear of joy in her eye, and a hug.

Just then the wedding march began. Together they proceeded.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~March 24, 2021

What a wonderful time of the year, Spring when the earth awakes from its slumber and the migrating birds return. It is during these times that hope and faith are renewed as beauty blooms and new growth begins.

The sweet melody of birds fill the air as the spring flowers send forth a sweet smell upon the air. Spring is a time when the wonders of natures give joy to their audience. Just a simple walk around the block or sitting on a balcony/porch the sights and sounds of nature bring a peace that is awe inspiring. Take the time to enjoy what is around us.

Today, we are sharing a wonderful video that the Sydenham Field Naturalist have created. The Birds of Southwestern Ontario. With prime birdwatching season upon us and migrating birds flying through our area what better time to share the wonders of birds found in our area. We hope you enjoy this wonderful relaxing video. Happy Spring everyone.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Trivia Thursday~~March 18, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 45th edition. Today we are going to do a Throwback Thursday and Time Travel back to the 80’s. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

Questions:

  1. In the 80s if you turned on your television and saw the characters Tootie, Blair and Natalie, what show would you be watching?
  2. What 80s fashion trend was inspired by the movie Flashdance?
  3. What 80s film helped to start the Ray-Ban Sunglasses trend?
  4. Larry Hagman played which iconic character on the TV show Dallas?
  5. In the early 2000 Croc shoes came on to the scene but what were the shoes to wear in the 80’s if you wanted to be fashionable?
  6. What was the highest grossing movie of the 1980s?
  7. Care Bears were all the rage during the 80s. Which Care Bear was green?
  8. Which Stevie Wonder hit song was the first song to hold number one honors on four different Billboard charts?
  9. Which 1984 film by John Hughes only took two days to write?
  10. Angela, Tony, Sam, and Mona are characters from what popular 80’s sitcom?

Story:

As Angela placed 16 Candles on J.R’s cake she could not help but get misty eyed. It just seem like yesterday when he was into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and putting his sisters leg warmers in the cat bed to keep Tabby warm. Oh how she missed his innocence and joyful manner. She especially missed how he would sit outside under the stars hoping to see an UFO or an E.T. 

When he hit his teenage year he became a different person with his top gun attitude she times wondered who’s the boss. However she knew the facts of life were they would grow to become young adults, ones that will break away from their parents to make their way to the world.  She just did not realize how quickly time passes by. 

One thing she hoped for was never hearing from J.R. or his sister Mary’s lips “part time lover”.  It was hard enough for her to imagine they will be in serious relationships soon .  

Picking up the cake after she lit the last candle she headed towards the dining room.  As she entered the family who gathered started to sing Happy Birthday as she placed it on the table.  J.R. gave a little smirk and blew out the candles.  She wondered what he wished for yet knew that she could not ask as it was a secret.

She passed him the cake knife, “You are now old enough to cut the cake and dish it out.” This had been a family tradition handed down over the generations.  

J.R smiled mischievously, “I am a man now, ready to take on the world.”

Angela laughed as she went over to hug him. “And good luck with that”   

Ask a Tech Geek~~Social Media Safety Part 1

As we stated last time for the next few segments Our Geek will be discussing way to keep us safe online, If you have any questions, at the end of this article is information on how you can contact our Resident Geek.

Social Media Safety

In this day and age it seems like there is always a scam out there and since Covid there have been more phishing email scams.

Over the past year, more people have turned to social media; especially Facebook to help pass the time, keep in touch with family and friends as well as find social outlets.  At the same time scam artists and fraudsters have increased their presence creating opportunities to gain access to individual’s information in unique and unprecedented ways.   Knowing the obvious scams are easy to spot, they have now devised ways for you to share your information. Without realizing you may be giving them an opportunity to harvest your information. One way is to have you or your Facebook friends/family share/copy and paste their posts.

Facebook Page Giveaway Scam.

These scam artists knows that people love Facebook giveaways especially when businesses are being encouraged to use them to increase their Business Brand recognition.  Fraudsters will use the share and like this page giveaway technique to con people.  Here is one that was going around a few weeks ago using a fake Coca-Cola page as their bait.

As you can see they ask you to share it with your friends and then lead you to click a link to validate the entry.  This is a two way scam.  First, they exploit Facebook users to share and comment on the post and liking their page thus giving them creditability. Second, they create a phishing site to gain more information from those who click the link.

Now not all like and share advertisement is a scam, yet there are a few tell when one is. 

  1. Term/phrase” When they use something like: “Everyone person who shares, likes and/or comments will receive the offer.”  With over 2.8 Billion users on Facebook, a company would not take the risk of spending that much money for promotional items. Even if just .5% of the users participate that is roughly 14 million participants with a minimum of $20 for each prize. The company would be giving away close to $300 million. However for a scam artist that is a potential of 14 million marks (or people) to scam.
  2. Links for verification required: In other segments we talked about phishing links.  These links will not only be found in emails but also found in Facebook post especially those trying to give something away that is too good to be true.
  3. Old Company but Brand New Page.  The Coca Cola page (Example above) was created on March 5th 2021.  A company that has a social media presence for several years never starts a new page to promote themselves or a giveaway. They would use their verified Facebook page.  So check out the page before you like, share, or comment on it. Scroll through and find out how many post are old, check out their ABOUT section to see if the information aligns with the true company.
  4. Use a Gimmick/promotion to catch your eye.   The Coca-Cola one was its 125 anniversary, however with a quick Google search will reveal that their anniversary was over 10 years ago.  Use Google or another search engine to find out if what they are saying it true. Just and easy copy and paste in the engine will tell you all need to know.

Copy and Paste Scheme:

Though out the last year copy and paste Social Media posts have been circulating like crazy, especially ones that entice you to share information about you.  Realizing the need to have social interaction and engaging people to get to know one another Copy and Paste posts that look like simple fun have dangerous repercussions since you give very personal information out on your page.  This can led someone to figure out passwords or your security questions.

Here is a good example and one that not only insurance companies but also police are warning people about.

Many of us use passwords and even security questions that relate to our lives since they are easier to remember. We should guard our personal information as we would our possessions.  Our personal information is our greatest asset. It is the keys on a ring that can open many of the digital gateways we use.  (Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, health information, communications, social media accounts etc.)

Before you do that fun copy and paste posts make sure that you are not exposing too much of yourself in it; or before you share that next post about receiving something for free make sure it not fake page looking to farm/harvest your information.

Remember just because a friend or family member is posting it does not mean it is always safe.   

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

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Trivia Thursday~~March 11, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 44th edition. It is always great to learn something new about Canada so this week’s trivia is all about Canada. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

Questions

  1. Canada has 20% of this world resource. What is it?
  2. The Narcisse ________ pits located in Manitoba
  3. In 1917, Ste. Marguerite, Que was the first Canadian town to build what type of resort?
  4. What year did ‘O Canada’ become this country’s official national anthem?
  5. What popular Canadian board game was invented in 1979?
  6. What was Canada’s first newspaper?
  7. Penticton B.C. town has been holding what annual Festival every June for nearly two decades.
  8. What building straddles the USA and Canadian border of two towns Stanstead, Que and Derby Line, Vt.?
  9. Who is Laura Secord?
  10. What breed of dog was named the most popular in Canada by the Canadian Kennel Club in 2019?

Story

It was because of the spring thaw that the ski lifts started to wind down for the season. Elvis, the local Labrador retriever, was making his way to the library. He always stopped by for a treat for himself and the Halifax Gazette for his human friend Angela, she was a war heroine and he was her support dog.

As he made his way down the street he noticed something unusually on the sidewalk; it almost looked like a freshwater snake.  He barked several time but it did not move.  He cautiously inched himself towards it wondering what it could be.  It was long and dark coiled up just like a snake.  When he got a few feet from it he realized it was an old vine that had fallen off a truck carrying yard waste.  He ran up to it and started to tug at it and throw it up in the air.  Suddenly he remembered he was on a mission one that brought him treats.

He started back on his way, when suddenly a red 1939 Chevy pickup truck backfired. It startled him and he stop to looked around to make sure there was no danger in the way.  He determined it was safe and set off again. He was only a few blocks away; those that saw him would say Hi.  He was adored by everyone just as Angela was.

He arrived at his destination and headed up the stairs towards the special door they had installed for him.  He headed right to the front desk where the librarian Jake sat. 

“Hey Elvis, how are you doing today?” He reached down and patted Elvis on the head and handed him a small taste morsel of his bagel. 

“Here is the paper, let me put that in your vest for you.” Jake walked from behind the counter and knelt down to place the paper in the special pocket of Elvis vest.  Elvis love Jake and licked his face. 

“Oh Elvis, that is quite enough.  I put a little letter in the newspaper for Angela, letting her know Trivia Pursuit is starting up again next Thursday”

That got Elvis’ tail wagging; he was not sure what they did on Trivia Pursuit night but he knew it was when he got to pig out on wing pieces. Everyone always gave him a treat on that night. 

With the paper on board, his mission was not yet complete he headed home to Angela.  Almost galloping like a horse he made it home quicker than usual.

He ran through his door to the living room where Angela was.  “Well hello there, are you in the rush to share something with me.” She took the newspaper out of his vest then the slip of paper fell to the floor. He picked it up and placed it on her lap.  After she read it she looked down at Elvis. 

Looks like next week we will be heading out again for Trivia time well for you spoil time. She snickered as she hugged him and gave him a treat.

“You are a good boy”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~March 10, 2021

March has come in like a lamb and spring is just around the corner. What a great time to watch the changes of the season come upon us. The migrating birds are filling the skies as they head towards their summer homes. The air is being warm by southern winds as the birds fill it with their spring melodies. Flowers will be popping up soon as the days grow longer.

This week we take a glimpse of winter turning to spring, enticing us to get out and enjoy the beauty that is abounding. The wonders and mystery of nature as it transforms it landscape before our eyes. Sit back and enjoy The Sights and Sounds of Nature As Winter Turns to Spring, with photos from our resident photographer in this meditation video set to the music “Light” by Borrtex. Their is a surprise awaiting you near the end.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Trivia Thursday~~March 4, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 43rd edition. Can you believe it is March already? Well you know what that means this week’s trivia is all about March. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. March was originally what month before Julius Caesar reformed the calendar and it became the third month?
  2. For which of the Roman gods is March named?
  3. What is most commonly considered the flower for March?
  4. What are March two birthstones?
  5. Complete this saying: ‘Mad as a March____.’
  6. What to animals complete this saying “If March comes in like a____, it will go out like a ____?
  7. It is said that St. Patrick drove all of what creature out of Ireland?
  8. On March 20, 1916 Albert Einstein published with theory?
  9. On what date is the Ides of March.
  10. Which sport has a tournament named March Madness?

Story

The stars filled the night and Mars could be seen by the naked eye in the southern part of the sky.  Marty a snowshoe hare was out admiring and forging through the new spring growth sprouting the melting snow.  This time of year was enjoyable because he could get a taste of the first sprouts of the spring vegetation while the snakes were still hibernating deep within the earth.  He tend to stay away from the daffodil patches since they left a bitter taste in his mouth but the green moss was a tasty treat after a long winter.  

As he wandered through a pasture he came to a farm.  He was intrigued with what he saw, the buildings were so big. Hopping over to what looked like a small house made from bloodstone with aquamarine trim; he came across a round looking rock. 

“Hmm what is this?” He nudged it with his nose. It rolled forward and then rolled back almost hitting him. Startled he jumped back. 

Gradually a small curly haired animal exited the bloodstone house.   “Oh do not worry that will not hurt you, it just the farmer’s  15 year old daughter’s basketball.”

“Basketball, what is that?” Marty gave the animal a puzzling look. “And who or what are you?” Marty had not seen anything like this creature.

“Oh sorry, I am Lenny and I am a lamb.  My mom is over there”, Lenny looked over his shoulder. “She is called a sheep; basketball is a game that Suzy plays with that ball. She loves it. Not sure of the rules but I know she throws it into that round hole on the pole behind you.  You are a rabbit right?”

Marty’s mind started to swirl as Lenny kept on talking. Sheep, lamb, basketball, farmer and Suzy there was no relativity to what he had experienced before. 

When Lenny called him a rabbit that brought him back to reality. “Rabbit, No I am not a Rabbit! I am Hare. We are nothing alike.  That is like calling a lion, a pussy cat.” He snapped back at Lenny.

“Oh I am sorry, I never seen a Hare before” Lenny apologized as he step back a few feet.  

Marty saw the hurt in Lenny’s eyes and realized his response was beyond rational, “No I am sorry, I should not have snapped at you. Just as this environment is all new to me, I should have realized that you may not have seen one of my kinds before.” He hopped over to Lenny and nuzzled his front legs.

Lenny bent down and put his head near Marty. “It’s okay. You know it’s getting late, and you should not be out in the wild at night, especially around here.  The Coyotes are very aggressive at this time of year.  Please come spend the night with us. Mom won’t mind.  Rest up and then get a good start on your travels again in the morning.”

Marty took Lenny up on his offer to spend the night, however that night Marty and Lenny learned more about each other and became good friend. So much so that Marty never left the farm and spent every night with Lenny and his mom.  

Ask a Tech Geek~~ Phishing Emails

For the next few segments Our Geek will be discussing way to keep us safe online, from Phishing email to social Media. If you have any questions, at the end of this article is information on how you can contact our Resident Geek.

In this day and age it seems like there is always a scam out there and since Covid there have been more phishing email scams.

What is a Phishing Email?

A Phishing email is one of the easiest ways for a cybercriminal to steal your information. They send an email that looks so authentic that they are able to trick people into clicking on the link attached so they can grab someone’s information from Banking to Social Media to email credentials. They are literally fishing for information   However there is no need to be alarm if you stay alert you will not take their bait. While phishing emails will try and trick you into entering personal details or other confidential information, there are sure tell signs that they are not legitimate.  So what should you look out for?

Time Limit

If the email gives you a very short time limit for you to respond, for example;

Your Visa may have been compromised please contact us within 24 hours to verify your information by clicking the link below.

They use this tactic to appeal to our reflex response. They know that many of us are already afraid of our financial information of being compromised so by using this method they are hoping that the time limit will make you panic and respond immediately.

Email Address

Many times we do not check the address of the emails when we receive them but if you take a quick moment a view the email addresses both to and from.  If the email address in the TO: section does not have your email address in it. This is very suspicious behaviour.  Also in the FROM: section if the email address is blank or the address does not match the companies name or spelt incorrectly this is definitely a phishing email.  (click on the images for an example)

Greeting

Since those that send these emails out send them in bulk, they usually do not know your name so address the greeting to the first part of your email address or address you as customer.  This is one major red flag for all banks and companies you do business with will address you with the name you have on record in their files. 

For example: Mary Doe receives a phishing email. Her address mary10237@example.com However the Greeting is; Dear mary10237 instead of Mary Doe

If you receive something similar using part of your email address in the greeting it is most likely a phishing email.

Grammatical errors

Many phishing emails are filled with grammatical errors, odd capitalization, and misspellings. The emails might also contain odd phrases or sentences that sound a bit off. Read your email aloud. If something doesn’t sound right, or professional, be suspicious. It could be a phishing for your information.

Low-resolution logo

Phishers will often steal the logos of government agencies, banks and credit card providers in their phishing emails to look authentic, yet the logo will be of low quality  maybe fuzzy, indistinct, tiny and/or a little off colour. This is a sign that this email is not from a representative of the company or organization.

Odd URL

Many time the phishing emails will have a link attached in which they ask you to click it.  If you hover over whatever link the message is asking you to click. This will show the link’s URL. Often, you’ll see that the URL doesn’t belong to whatever company is supposedly sending it, or there is spelling errors int the companies name portion within the URL. This is definitely a phishing link that will lead you to a website that looks like a legitimate site however it is not. (Click on the image below for an example)

Notice that the link does not have Cogeco in it.

While there are other ways to identify a phishing email these are the main ones.  Just keep this in mind if an email sounds too good to be true or makes you want to react and fix a problem, stop and review the email does it have any of the above points. Never click the link if you are not 100% sure it is from the company or business.  If they say your account has been compromised then go to that site as you would normally access it.  If you are unsure, it is always better to be safe than sorry; so contact the company by phone, not with a phone number within the email but with one from the phone book, or you have on hand.

Below you will find a quick reference checklist from Netcetera to help you distinguish if you are reading a phishing email or not.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, the email you just opened may well be a scam.

  • Is the email from someone you do not know personally, or communicate with normally?
  • Is the person (known or not) asking for something unusual, issues related to an online account or password, or otherwise acting out of character?
  • Is the sender’s email address from a suspicious sounding domain? (i.e. @micro-softsupport.com, @paypal-security.net)
  • Were you CC’ed on an email with some other people you do not know?
  • Does the subject line seem irrelevant, not make sense, or not match the content of the email?
  • Is the email a reply to a message you never sent?
  • Did the email come at an odd time, like 2:00 am?
  • Is the sender asking you to click on a link or open an attachment?
  • Does the email contain a .zip or other executable file?
  • When you hover over any links within the email, does it show a different link than what is contained within the body of the email?
  • Does the email contain a link, but no other information?
  • Is the link to a well-known website, but spelled incorrectly and somewhat suspicious looking? (i.e., paypal.paymentsnow.com, bankofamericacom.net)
  • Is the sender stating something bad will happen if you do not click the link, or that there is extreme value in clicking the link?
  • Does the email contain poor grammar or spelling mistakes?
  • Is the sender warning you that they found inappropriate content or images of you online?
  • Is your gut or “Spidey Sense” trying to tell you something…

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Trivia Thursday~~February 25th 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 42nd edition. This week’s theme is “Who Do You Know” Each question is about a Famous Canadian and their accomplishments. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions:

  1. Celine Dion is a Canadian singer who single “My Heart Will Go On” in 1997 was the soundtrack for what movie?
  2. John James McLaughlin is a Canadian Pharmacist and manufacturer of what classic brand of soft drink (pop) with the marketing tagline “The Champagne of ginger ales?”
  3. David Suzuki, geneticist and environmental activist is the face of what Canadian Television documentary series?
  4. Peter Lymburner Robertson, Canadian salesman entrepreneur and inventor of what famous square headed tool?
  5. Julie Payette a Canadian engineer and astronaut flew on what space shuttle in 2009?
  6. Morna Anne Murray aka Anne Murray, a singer who won the Country Music Award, Album Of The Year in 1984 for which Album?
  7. Mike Myers actor, comedian etc; what is the last name of his famous character with the first name Austin?
  8. Chris Hadfeild, engineer, pilot and astronaut was the first Canadian to walk where?
  9. Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player; how many NHL seasons did he play in?  
  10. Colonel George Stanley Canadian soldier and teacher designed what Canadian iconic symbol?

Story:

Lily placed the can of Canada Dry with a glass of ice on the table beside her plate.  Jeffery was about to arrive home soon and she want to share a little good news with him.  She could not believe what she was told today.  She felt like her head was in the clouds or more like in space. Thinking of all the possibilities this endeavour could bring them. The powers that be are offering them an unexpected opportunity.

She heard Jeffery’s car pull in to the garage. She rushed over to the bar to make a screwdriver his favourite. She placed it by his plate as the door opened.

“Honey, I am home.” He called out to her.

“In the kitchen, Dear.” She replied trying to hide here excitement.

Jeffery walked through the doorway looking exhausted.  He sat down and picked up his glass.

“Just what I needed.” He took a sip and looked at Lily. 

She knew he needed to vent so she bit her lip about her news and let him talk.

“You would have thought the Titanic was sinking at work when 20 people quit today.  They all got jobs at the new place across town. Now my workload is doubled. I will have to work some over time. Well that means more money for us but a bit less time for each other. Could be for a couple of months the bosses told me.” His body slumped in the chair as she placed Lasagna the table , another one of his favourites.

He looked up at her “So both my favourites are set before me what is up.”

“Well isn’t the nature of things, when we have good news a bit of bad comes following too.” She coyly smiled.

His interest peeked; sits up and leaned in as she continues.

“Well, I received a call from the Flag Ship Reality and they have found a wonderful new home for us.  It right in our price range and has the extra space for us especially with the baby coming. The owners want a young family to move in so the realtor gave them our information.  They would like us to put an offer in tomorrow.  Honey the house is the one you grew up in for the first 10 years of your life. The one you always said you like to own.”

Jeffery jumped up from the table and grabbed Lily by the waist.  He could not with hold his excitement no matter how tired he was.  

Planting a kiss on her cheek he was speechless but his eyes spoke volumes and Lily knew his dream had come true.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~February 24, 2021

The last few weeks winter has decided to do its major visit. With snowstorms and ice jams our streets and waterways became a winter wonderland. One of our regular contributors of photos went out and captured the wonders and beauty of nature during this time Today, she shares her experiences with us.

The beauty she has captured has been made into a unique meditation video set to the music Touch of Ice by Borrtex Thank you both for sharing your talent with us.

There is always beauty to be found, don’t hesitate to go out and capture the joy and peace found in nature when you admire its beauty.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Trivia Thursday~~February 18th 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 41st edition. After the cold spell and the snowstorm that came through what a great time for a Winter Theme. This week’s questions are all about winter. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Question:

  1. What do we call the state when animals sleep during the winter?
  2. Which winter sport is also known as “the roaring game”?
  3.  The South and North Poles are ______ in darkness during their winters.
  4. Which kind of snow is packing snow suitable for making a snowman?
  5. Where do slugs go during the winter when the temperature goes below the freezing level?
  6. What term is used to refer to a car that loses traction on the rear wheels?
  7. What is the blindness called due to overexposure to UV light that reflects off of the snow?
  8. How many sides are there in typical snowflakes?
  9. What is used in the winter to reduce the freezing point of water?
  10. The first snowmobile in the world was patented in which country?

Story:

Brrring, Brrring, Brrring, Amanda’s alarm continues as she rolls over and slaps the snooze button.  Six came to quick for her.  She pulls the covers over her head, just another hour that all she wanted but she knew that it was impossible for a long day was before her. With snow on the way she had to make sure that all the bears in the area were tagged before they head into hibernation.  

Her alarm goes off again. No more hitting the snooze button. She rolls out of bed; the cold floor felt like it was wet to her feet.  Curling up her toes in her slippers to keep them warm she head to the thermostat and turns up the heat then head for a shower.  She take a quick glance in the mirror and had to laugh her hair looked like a fishtail.  She has had some unusually bed head in the morning but this one took the cake.

After showering she headed to the kitchen to grab a coffee and something to eat.  She reached for the salt only to realize she completely forgot to go to the grocery store. 

“Well there goes breakfast.” She mumbles to herself as she grabbed a cup of coffee to go. Jumping into her jeep, and headed to the office.  She reaches the underground parking where she met up with her colleague Paul.

“Hey Paul, are you ready for a long day?”  She smiles.

“Well we still have not found Yogi and Boo Boo.  Maybe if we put out a picnic basket we will get them.”  He joked as they both laugh.

Walking to The Department of Natural Resources of Canada’s van that was prepared for their excursion, they listened to the nation weather service state that there was a major snowstorm coming their way.

“Looks like we only have today to get as many bears as we can tagged after this storm hits they will be deep within their dens.”   Paul asserted

“Well, I hope you have those picnic baskets ready.” Amanda giggled as they open the doors and jump in.

The morning sun was crowning upon the horizon as they pulled out of the garage.

“It looks like it is going to be a good day to go hunting for bears.” Paul snickers as they head towards the woods.  

Ask a Tech Geek~~ iCloud Manage by Reducing and Deleting

To continue our iCloud segment, today we will study how to manage your iCloud by reducing and deleting files, photos, messages etc.

Last week we learned that almost everything gets backed up on the icloud, however we have control of what is saved on the iCloud.  This week we were asked, “How do I reduce photos and messages on my iCloud?”

Just like our basements, garages or closets we tend to build up unwanted items or duplicate files in our iCloud that needs to reduce so that we can make room for more items.  There are several methods depending on which version of IOS and devices.

Below are the steps for each device as well as using icloud.com

(Tech Geek prefers to use icloud.com).
Sample of iCloud.com Personal information has been removed to protect owners identity

Note: When you delete any files, photos, messages etc they will be deleted from all other devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID. After deletion you have 30 day to restore deleted items that you may have accidently deleted.

*All info below was sourced from the official Apple Support

**All links below will bring you to the official Apple Support page on the mentioned subject matter.

How to Reduce The Size of Your iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos uses your iCloud storage to keep all of your photos and videos up to date across your devices. You can make more space in iCloud when you delete photos and videos that you no longer need from the Photos app on any of your devices.

Before you delete anything, make sure that you back up the photos and videos that you still want. When you use iCloud Photos and delete a photo or video on one device, it’s also deleted on all other devices where you’re signed in with the same Apple ID.

Use these steps to delete photos and videos from your iCloud Photos.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap Photos at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Select, and choose one or more photos or videos that you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete Trash icon, and then tap Delete Photo.

Mac

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Select the photos and videos that you want to delete.
  3. Choose Image, then click Delete Photos.

iCloud.com

  1. From your iPhone, iPad, or computer, sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Tap the Photos app.
  3. Select the photos or videos that you want to delete. 
  4. Tap Delete, then tap Delete.

To select multiple photos or videos, tap Select on iOS or iPadOS, or press and hold Command on a Mac or Control on a PC while you select the items. To select all, press and hold Command-A on macOS or Control-A on Windows, or tap Select All on iOS or iPadOS. 

You can recover photos and videos that you delete from your Recently Deleted album for 30 days. If you want to remove content from Recently Deleted album faster, tap Select, then select the items you want to remove. Tap Delete > Delete. If you exceed your iCloud storage limit, your device immediately removes any photos and videos you delete and they won’t be available for recovery in your Recently Deleted album.

Delete Folders or Files in iCloud Drive

You can manage and delete folders or files you store in iCloud Drive from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. If you’re a participant in someone else’s shared folder, it does not count towards your iCloud storage. Learn more about folder sharing in iCloud Drive.

If you have iOS 11 or later, files that you delete from iCloud Drive will remain in Recently Deleted for 30 days before they’re removed from your device.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to the Files app and tap Browse.
  2. Under Locations, tap iCloud Drive > Select.
  3. Choose the folders or files that you want to delete, then tap Delete .
  4. Go to Locations > Recently Deleted > Select.
  5. Choose the files that you want to delete.
  6. Tap Delete.

Mac

You can manage your iCloud Drive files from the iCloud Drive folder in Finder:

  1. If you need to, turn on iCloud Drive on your Mac:
    1. Go to Apple menu  > System Preferences > Apple ID, then click iCloud.
    2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
    3. Turn on iCloud Drive. In Options, make sure that you select the apps or folders for the files you want to manage.
  2. Open Finder and go to the iCloud Drive folder.
  3. Drag an item to the Trash, or move it to a different folder on your Mac.
  4. Open Trash, then right-click the files that you want to delete.
  5. Select Delete Immediately.

Windows

On a PC with Windows 7 or later, you can manage your iCloud Drive files using Windows Explorer. Use these steps to add an iCloud Drive folder to Windows Explorer:

  1. Download and install iCloud for Windows.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Turn on iCloud Drive.
  4. Go to the iCloud Drive folder.
  5. Select the folders or files that you want to delete.
  6. Click Delete.

iCloud.com

  1. From your iPad or computer, sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Tap the iCloud Drive app.
  3. Select the files that you want to delete, then tap Delete.
  4. Open the iCloud Drive folder and tap Recently Deleted.
  5. Select the folders or files that you want to delete.
  6. Tap Delete.

Delete Texts and Attachments in Messages

When you use Messages in iCloud, all of your text messages and the attachments you send and receive use your iCloud storage. You can make more space available when you delete texts and attachments—like photos, videos, and files—that you don’t need anymore. 

iPhone or iPad

To delete a message or attachment, follow these steps:

  1. In a message conversation, touch and hold the message bubble or attachment that you want to delete.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Delete trash icon, then tap Delete Message. If you want to delete all messages in the thread tap Delete All, in the upper-left corner. Then tap Delete Conversation.

To delete multiple attachments from a contact or conversation, follow these steps:

  1. In a message conversation, tap the contact’s name at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Info .
  3. Select See All Photos
  4. Tap Select, tap the images you’d like to delete.
  5. Tap Delete, then tap Delete Attachment to confirm. 

To delete an entire conversation, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe left over the conversation that you want to delete.
  2. Tap Delete.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm. 

Mac

To delete a message or attachment, follow these steps:

  1. Open a message conversation.
  2. Control-click the blank area of a message bubble that you want to delete.
  3. Choose Delete.
  4. Click Delete.

To delete an entire conversation, follow these steps:

  1. Control-click a conversation.
  2. Choose Delete Conversation.
  3. Click Delete.

Delete Messages and Manage Mail

You can free up iCloud space when you delete email messages from your iCloud email account. You can also move email messages from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or PC, where they no longer count against your iCloud storage.

Use the steps below to delete messages from your account. Remember that messages with large attachments take up more space than simple text emails.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is set up to access iCloud email, you can delete messages from any mailbox, then empty the Trash to free up space:

  1. Swipe left across any message to delete it.
  2. Tap your Trash folder.
  3. Delete messages one at a time, or tap Edit, tap Select All, and then tap Trash to delete all of them.

Mac or Windows PC

If you use iCloud Mail with a desktop email app, such as Mail on your Mac or Microsoft Outlook on your PC, use these steps:

  • Mail on your Mac: Delete the messages that you no longer want, then choose Mailbox > Erase Deleted Items and select your iCloud email account from the menu.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 through Outlook 2016 (Windows): Delete the messages that you no longer want. Outlook will permanently delete your messages the next time you close and restart the app.

iCloud.com

  1. From your iPad or computer, sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Tap Mail.
  3. Delete the messages that you no longer want, then tap Settings Gear icon and select Empty Trash

Now you have more control of your iCloud and the space you own.

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Trivia Thursday~~February 11, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday? For our 40th and Valentine edition the questions will all be base on love and Valentine Day. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions:

  1. What ancient Roman festival did Valentine’s Day evolve from?
  2. A woman who purchase flowers on Valentine’s Day is most likely buying them for…?
  3. How many Valentine Cards are sent each year?
  4. Who was Cupid’s mother?
  5. 69% of roses purchased on Valentine’s Day are what colour?
  6. St. Valentine is unofficial the patron saint of love, but what sweeet occupation is he the patron of?
  7. What does the O in XOXO stand for?
  8. What fruit is also known as the “love apple”?
  9. What do you need to kiss to turn it into a Prince?
  10. Rabbi Yaacov Deyo invented this unique matchmaking process?

Story:

As Venus aligned with Mercury, Lupercialia felt that something weird was about to happen.  She was hopping over to the nearest meadow to watch the bees and butterflies dance around the flowers. It sometimes looked like they were in attending a Speed Dating event, the way they would jump from one flower to another seeking the sweet pollen and nectar from the centre of each one. The trumpet flowers hug the bees that visited them. 

On a beautiful autumn day it would look like 1 billion buzzing around the meadow. She always kept to herself as she watched the activity, mesmerized by the movements, reminding her of an intricate ballet.

When she finally arrived, she noticed the meadow was not buzzing like it usually did. There was a red van in the distance and men dressed in white with netting on over their faces.  She was curious of who they were and hopped closer to check them out.  Being a frog, she was able to hide in the tall grass and observed what was happening. She realized the bees were very sluggish and not moving like they usually do around the white boxes they called home. She hopped a little closer and become aware of one of the bees hiding on a long blade of grass.

What is happening? She asked with concern.

“They are the beekeepers; they come and take our honey.  They smoked the hive before I got back.”  He replied as he watched them.  

She sat and watched with him. The beekeepers finished up and then one said to the other. “Come on Frank, Mary has toasted tomato sandwiches waiting for us at the house.”

Lupercalia was worried about the bees, she never saw them so dormant before.  Suddenly just as she was about to hop over and check them out, the hive started buzzing with activity as they flew towards the meadow.

The little bee waiting with her was getting ready to fly off. “Thanks for keeping me company, the Queen is calling out to us, time to fill the hive again.”   

As he flew away she turned around and watched as the meadow’s mesmerizing dance of the bees and butterflies returned.  

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~February 10, 2021

There are so many hidden Gems of nature in and around Wallaceburg. Some with in Walking distance of the centre other just a little bit of a drive. Today we share a video created by the Sydenham Field Naturalists portraying Paw Paw woods and the beauty that was found in them in January.

In these trying months many are finding refuge in the arms of nature. Its beauty and wonders help refresh the soul and rejuvenate the spirit. Each season, month and day, a new discovery in nature can be found from the birds in the air to the patterns of frost. Nature always abounds us with her intriguing splendor.

Take a moment and find a spot where you can bath in the radiant beauty and wonders of nature. May it be a ride down the river, a walk through the woods or park or even exploring the beauty with in your own backyard. You will find that when you meditate on the beauty around you, no matter the season, the stress and cares of this world will melt away and your heart will be renewed with hope and joy.

Come now and Take a Winter stroll through Paw Paw Woods.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Trivia Thursday~~February 4, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday? For our first one in February and our 39th edition we have a hodgepodge of questions all about February. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. What is the year know as when February has 29 days?
  2. Finish this Joseph Wood Krutch quote “The Most Serious _____ Which Can Be Brought Against New England is Not Puritanism, but February”.
  3. Amethyst is the birthstone for February. What does it represent?
  4. From the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition if what creature emerging from its burrow on February 2nd and sees its shadow there is 6 more weeks of winter but if it does not it is an early spring?
  5. What flower do is consider February’s Birth flower?
  6. What is the Latin meaning of the word “februa”? The root word of February
  7. In February of what year did, Buddy Holly’s plane crashed?
  8. On February 16, of which year was King Tut’s tomb open in Egypt?
  9. England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14, the holiday of St Valentine’s Day, in what year?
  10. What was the first chocolate brand to produce heart shape box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day?

Story

The winter seemed to grow longer and longer as the air got chillier and chillier each passing day.  Violet was not sure how she was going to survive another six weeks inside.  She longed go visit the homes in the neighbourhood.  She reminisced of the houses she used to stopover at.

1923 Cadbury Drive had a wonderful sweet smelling yard filled with the rose gardens. All the colours reminded her of the rainbows. It was prime place to look for snails however she would always get caught up in the thorns from the bushes.

Then there is 1537 Primrose Avenue which is filled with every flower her mother told her about: Pink Bee Balm, Butterfly Weed and so much more however her favourite was the Cardinal Flower.  She loved to sit and watch the hummingbirds and butterfly dance among the flower like a gentle ballet. The place held a sense of serenity .  Most of all it was also a great place for digging and finding grubs and worms.

Now, 1959 Hershey Road was always considered the place to grab a treat when you want one. There were always suet cakes and peanuts readily available for when you just want to grab a quick snack.  They also made sure their visitors had plenty of water to drink. It was definitely her go to spot on those long lazy summer days.

Besides those three places there was one place she loved to visit. It has a huge cement pond; the perfect place to go for a swim for purification after a long and busy day. She just had to make sure that Charge, the large Golden Lab, didn’t see her sneak in. He hated sharing the pond with anyone but the owners.  Nonetheless it never stopped her taking a running leap and creating a big splash that would get him all wet.  He would never go in after her but always pace and bark around the edges. Violet would stay and hang out in the pond until he got tired of pacing and went back to his house then she would sneak away.

Oh how her life was so much more active in the warmer months but these colder months of hibernation were for the bears.

Violet thought to herself “If only I could be like the birds and head south for the winter but with all sincerity this is my fate as a Groundhog.”

Ask A Tech Geek~~ iCloud Back Up

Last segment we talked about iclouds and how to find out what is being stored on your iCloud. Which you can read here ICloud. One thing about clouds is that they fill up quickly and sometime we end up with an error code that there is not enough space in our cloud for a newer back up. This can lead to frustrations and more questions like this one we received.

My iPad says it will not back up because I don’t have enough storage. I have tried doing a back up so many times and it just keeps saying it can’t back up. Any advice?

This is common occurrence with clouds especially if we are unaware of what is being backed up to the clouds. There are two reasons why this would happen.

The main one will be that the amount of data that needs to be backed up on your iPad is actually larger than the amount you have left. For example: Your Cloud says that you have 45 GB of space however your iPad may have 46GB needed to be backed up thus would go over your cloud limit.

There are ways to find out how much data you iPad has on it to be backed up.   There may even be items that you don’t need to have backed up.  Apps and photos are the main culprits for accumulating data  availability.  So the more Apps you have on your iPad or iPhone the more space is required for back up. 

Wait before you delete those Apps, there is away to keep your Apps and reduce the expected backup size. Not all Apps necessarily need to be backed up.

You can find and reduce the size of the expected backup on iOS as follows:

( Click on the corresponding images below for visual of the steps)

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap your AppleID/iCloud avatar (first item, top of list)
  3. Tap iCloud
  4. Tap Manage Storage [Image 1]
  5. Tap Backups [Image 2]
  6. Tap the name of the device in question (it usually says this iPod touch, this iPhone or this iPad to help if you have many devices connected to iCloud) [Image 3]
  7. Look at Next Backup Size [Image 4]
  8. Toggle off any unwanted apps from the list below you may need to click on show all apps. [Image 4]
  9. Toggle off the largest few items that you do not need backed up and then attempt a backup when the estimate is less than the available space [Image 5]

Now that your back up is completed, you can tune up your back up to manage your space more efficiently to save you space and money.

If the backup is less than the available space and problem persist this will be an issue on Apple’s server side. You need to contact Apple support to have them fix your account.

One thing to remember is that you are always in control of your cloud.

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Trivia Thursday~~January 28, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday? This is our 38th edition and this week we are flashing back 60 years with Music from the 1960’s Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. Finish the title for this Bobby Vee hit _____ to Him”
  2. Finish the title for  this Mark Dinning hit song “Teen ______”
  3. Roger Daltrey  is the lead singer for this group “The ____”
  4. What is the title of Elvis Presley number one hit in 1960?
  5.  The Monkees started out as a fictional band, finish the title of their greatest hit “_____ Believer”
  6. This song was the best selling single for The Beatles in 1960s.
  7. Name the song that has this verse “All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray….”
  8. In the 1960’s Dolly Parton became the face for what genre of music?
  9. Jim Morrison was the lead singer of which controversial band?
  10. What was the name of Tom Jones’ first number one in 1965, later popularised by Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

Story

It was a bitter cold and dreary January day; a day when many people curled up in front of a fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.  It was a day one could easily get lost in a daydream about warm weather and sunny beaches.

Angel was one of them, she stared out into the frozen abyss letting her mind run wild and imagined laying on a beach down south.  She could almost hear the ocean waves beat against the shore as the sun glisten off its caps.  Her daydream was so convincing that she lost all track of time.

Suddenly the doors to the kitchen slammed shut, and the floor started to creak to the footsteps in the distance.  Her brother Joe walked into the living room.

“California Dreamin’ again, Sis?” he lovingly teased her as she continued to face the window.

“What else is there to do?” she answered as she swung around to face him.  

He was covered from head to toe in snow and ice.  “What were you doing outside? Were you out in the country on the four wheeler again?”

He laughs, “It’s not unusual is it? You know other people do go out and play in the snow not everyone hides inside daydreaming.”

“Who?  Name one person that would prefer to be out in that frozen tundra!! Other then yourself” she affectionately snarled at him.

“Well Katie does. We were out there together.” His cheeky smile made Angel giggle. Katie was their two year old Saint Barnard.

“Well that does not count she loves you and would follow you to the ends of the earth.” Angel just finished speaking when Katie wandered and flopped in her bed in front of the fireplace. The ice and snow on her fur was quickly melting as it dripped on to the carpet beneath her bed.

“Come on sis let get something a hot cocoa and come outside with me. It is beautiful.  You have plenty of time of dreaming of warmer weather. Come find the beauty that is all around us. You know it’s now or never.”  He urged her with his cheeky smile. “If you dress in layer you will never feel the cold”

“I pick never, but I will make us a hot cocoa. Why don’t you go and change you are melting all over the floor; by the time you done, I will have a large cup of cocoa for you.” 

She headed to the kitchen as Joe started to take of his outer layer of clothing.  Looking down at Katie, “One day we will get her out there with us girl and I know she will love it.”

Angel heard what he said and snickered quietly so he could not hear her, “I don’t think so but then again you never know.”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~January 27, 2021

One has to admit the weather this January was crazy and every changing yet there was always beauty to be found at every turn of everyday. May it be on the dull dark days to the snowy and sun shining days; nature has always been there to inspire us with her beauty.

It can renew our hope and faith that nothing it to harsh that we can not overcome. So take a moment and enjoy the wonders around you.

Today, we bring you a video of the wonders of nature taken over the 26 days of January set to the music Snow Day by Pictures of the Floating World. We hope that as you meditate on this beautiful musical and visual composition. That it renews your heart mind and soul.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Pictures_of_the_Floating_World/Snow_Day