Trivia Thursday~~January 21, 2021

Are you ready for our 37th edition of Trivia Thursday? This week’s theme is TV Shows and Movies. 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 of the sitcom that launched Will Smith in to stardom. “The Fresh _____ Of Bel Air”.
  2. What is Dr. Leonard McCoy’s nickname on “Star Trek”?
  3. From which planet are Saturday Night Live’s famous skit “Coneheads” from?
  4. “ALF” the 1980’s NBC sitcom is from what cat eating planet?
  5. On what show do contestants select numbered briefcases filled with money?
  6. What long-running drama series spent half of each show apprehending a suspect and the other half prosecuting them?
  7. On what Lane does the Addams family live on?
  8. Complete the title for this Kevin Costner film. “Field of_______”.
  9. What are the colours of the four Teletubbies?
  10. What word is missing from these two James Bond movies?  “You ____ Live Twice” and “For Your Eyes _____

Story

In a land called Remulak, a young prince named Melmac was heading to his grandparent’s cottage. He loved visiting them and their garden filled with beautiful colours. The natural purple, red, yellow and green tapestry filled his heart with joy and peace. As he watched the birds, butterflies and animals frolic and forage in the garden he would make up stories about their adventures.

As he ventured over the hill and through the meadow Prince Malmac noticed a pile of bones in the middle of the path.  Cautiously and curiously he proceeded to inspect the pile. “These were not here yesterday when I passed through.” he thought to himself. 

They appeared to be old and dried up almost like they were dug up from a grave in the cemetery.  He remembered his grandmother telling him stories of grave robbers. Yet he thought they had all but disappeared after the new sheriff had brought law & order to the land.

He quickly hurried on his way to inform his grandparent about what he had found so they could contact the sheriff.  Suddenly a shadowy figure jumped out from behind an old oak tree.

“Hello there lad, where are you off to in such a hurry?” A man with a scar across his face ominously asked.

Malmac was almost frozen in place, if only he could get over that last hill where he’d be safe at his grandparents. 

In a soft voice he replied, “Oh I am just heading over the hill, my family is waiting for me. And I am quite late. I am sure they are on their way now looking for me.” Trying to avoid any sinister plans this intimidating man could have, Melmac told a white lie about being late.

“Well I just want to know if you would be interested in buying some trinkets I have?” The man inquired almost oblivious to what Malmac had just told him.  He opened his hand to reveal a small bracelet and a few pieces of costume jewelry. 

“Girls have dreams about these treasures. I am sure you must have a fair lass you like to impress.  All I ask is for that scarlet ring you are wearing. It cannot be worth as much as what I am offering you.”

Malmac looked at his ring; it was a gift from his grandfather, a family heirloom so he was told.

“Well lad, is it a deal or no deal?” The man harshly raised his voice.

“No Deal” Malmac screamed as he sidestepped the man and raced towards the hill.

He was quicker yet he could hear the man yelling “Get back here you willful lad, Get back here now!!  I want that ring and I am going to get it.”

Malmac’s heart was racing and beating so hard he could hear it in his ears.  He made it over the hill and up the lane to his Grandparent’s cottage.  To his relief, he noticed they were outside with the sheriff. 

“Help, Help there is a strange man chasing me” He hollered as he ran straight into his grandmother’s arms.

The sheriff got on his horse and head down the path over the hill.  

Malmac’s grandmother comforted him as he told them what had happen.  His grandfather face turned beet red with frustration and anger and said, “It okay, the sheriff will find him. We know who he is and he cannot hide much longer.”

His grandmother led him to the garden and when Melmac saw the beauty before him all the fear, anxiety and dread left him.  The butterflies flew about his head and the birds serenaded him with their sweet melody. It was almost as if they knew he needed them more than ever.

Ask A Tech Geek~~ ICloud

Cloud Services have become a very important part of our digital lives. It seems like everyone has one and almost every digital company is offering you one.  In May 2020 the question “What is a Cloud?” was answered. Click Here to access What’s a Cloud? Segment.

Now that we know what a cloud is, this week we will follow up on iCloud storage based on one of our wonderful members/readers questions.

The more we use our devices the more data we tend to save on our devices and/or on our Cloud Service. Due to this Cloud Services have become quite profitable for many companies especially when we do not clean out our storage area of unwanted photos, documents etc. Apple offers Icloud services with 5G free data storage per our Apple ID.  Multiple devices sharing the same cloud  can be a blessing and a curse. Your devices will have access to all the same information and sync up nicely however each device’s backup will be saved in the same cloud decreasing the amount of space available on the cloud.  Thus Apple offers additional storage space for a monthly fee.

However many people do not have the financial means to purchase the additional space. This bring us to this week’s question.

 How can I find out what is being stored in the “iCloud”?

There are several ways to find the details about your storage usage and what is stored on it as well as remove items. ***All info was sourced from Apple Support.

  1. By signing into the iCloud.com On a supported browser;
  2. Opening the Settings App On An iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch;
  3. The iCloud Windows App For/On A Windows PC.
  4. Through the System Preferences On A Mac;

WARNING:  While you can also remove stored items to make more space available. Be careful because if you delete data stored in iCloud, it’s deleted from all your devices. You may want to make a copy of the information before you delete it.

For more details check out Apple Support article Archive or make copies of the information you store in iCloud. If you need additional help do not hesitate to contact our Resident Geek.

Check your storage signing into the iCloud.com

  1. Sign in on iCloud.com and click on Account Settings, (image 1)
  2. then look at the Storage section. (image 2)
  3. For information about a segment of the bar graph, hold the pointer over the segment until its name and numeric storage size appear above the graph.

Check your storage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings (the icon that looks like a cog)
  2. Then Tap on your name/avatar (underneath it says Apple Id, iCloud). (Image 3)
  3. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 4)
  4. For more details Tap Manage Storage. (IMAGE 4)
  5. Below the graph, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can tap an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 5)

Check your storage using windows iCloud app

  1. On your Windows computer, open the iCloud for Windows app.
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 6)
  3. For more details Click Storage. (Image 6)
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 7)

Check your iCloud storage on your Mac

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu, System Preferences, then do one of the following:
    • macOS 10.15 or later: Click Apple ID, then click iCloud.
    • macOS 10.14 or earlier: Click iCloud. (Image 8)
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage.
  3. For more details Click Manage.
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.
Image 8 (from macrumors.com/how-to/hide-remove-system-preference-panes-macos/)

Clouds are an awesome way to store files, photos, etc. but like any physical garage, basement, closet or storage locker they always needs a spring cleaning. It is good practice keep your cloud organized and rid yourself from those those unwanted, unneeded or duplicate files. It will help save space as well as money.

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 14, 2021

Are you ready for our 36th edition of Trivia Thursday? With the weather being a little wacky this month, what better time then to do some Weather Trivia. Each question is related Canadian Weather in some way. Taking into consideration that this subject may be hard one, 8/10 of the questions have hints added to them. 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. On February 3rd, 1947 the lowest temperature ever officially recorded in Canada was -63°C (-81°F) in which Yukon Village? (Hint: Hope you do not get stuck on this)
  2. On July 5th, 1937 where were the 2 hottest spots in Canada which were recorded as 45°C (113°F)? (Hint: Think Saskatchewan)
  3. This inlet in British Columbia is known in as the wettest place in Canada. (Hint: There is a bay nearby with a similar name)
  4. St. John’s Newfoundland is known as what city weather wise? (Hint: Some love it; others hate it, but these types of men need it)
  5. If you want to visit the sunniest place in Canada which hamlet in Alberta must you go to?
  6. Which city in Ontario is known as the stormiest city in Canada? (Hint: Not far from us)
  7. Grand Banks Newfoundland is known for being one of the world’s richest fishing grounds but it is also know being this in Canada? (Hint: Could be as thick as pea soup)
  8. What weather event kills the most people in Canada on average each year? (Hint: layering will help prevent it)
  9. The greatest single-day snowfall recorded in Canada was February 11, 1999, when this lake area in, British Columbia, was blanketed with nearly a metre and a half of the white stuff (145 cm). Name the Lake.
  10. One of the largest hailstones on record in Canada  fell near Cedoux Saskatchewan.  How much did it weigh in grams?  (Hint: It converts to just over ½ a pound)

Story

The day was cold and the winds were fierce as Mitchell walked down Midale Ave towards the pharmacy hoping that was open.  The radio called for it to be the snowiest day of the year and that everyone should stay in unless it was an emergency. For Mitchell this was an emergency, his daughter need medication and it could not wait till the storm was over. He did not have the foggiest idea what he would do if they were not open. 

Quietly he prayed. “Please let it be open, and please keep Tahtsa safe till I return.”

Hoping that cold temperature exposure would not overcome him he hurried down the street keeping an eye on street lights to help navigate his way.  He turned left and came to 290 Manyberries. Finally his destination was within reach.  .

The flashing open sign brought forth a sigh of relief from him as the automatic doors swung inward.  “ I just have to snag up her meds then back out into the cold.”  

He walked up to the pharmacist “Prescription for Tahtsa Windsor, please.”

“Just a moment” the pharmacist replied with a smile and then quickly ducking behind a counter.  “Tahtsa, you said, could you please spell that”

“T A H T S A.”

“I have it right here.  It still needs to be filled I will do it right now. If you do not mind to wait a few minutes, it will give you time to warm up.”

Mitchell decided to walk around the small store to see if there was anything else they may need when he spotted a Yellow Grass skirt in the tiny toy aisle.  “Oh how she would love this. I can just see her dancing and twirling around in this” he unknowingly chuckled loud enough for the pharmacist to hear him.

“Mr Windsor, The prescription is done” the pharmacist called out to him.

He snagged up the skirt and headed to the counter. He noticed the pharmacist was putting his coat on.

Smiling at Mitchell he announced. “It is time to close up and I realized you are just around the block from me so please let me drive you home.”

Mitchell was surprised but happy he did not have walk home in the cold and accept his offer.  He pulled out his wallet to pay for the yellow grass skirt since Tahtsa’s medications were covered by his work.  The pharmacist stopped him.

“No No you put that away, the skirt is on me. It has been in that spot for almost 3 years now and your little girl will enjoy it.”  He handed Mitchell the prescriptions in a small paper bag.

“Come on now, I am just parked out front. Let’s get you home so you can watch your little princess dance around.” The pharmacist did a little twirl that made both men snicker

 “Thank you so much, I really appreciate this” with a smile and a tear in his eye Mitchell felt his prayers had been answered. 

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~January 13, 2021

This is our 1st edition of The Wonders of Nature Around Us for 2021. Since the beginning of the year we have had some unique weather patterns from snow to warm temperatures. Each day brought new beauty to the year’s beginning. This segment one of our regular photographers, Margaret has shared with us some of her wonderful photos, from a winter wonderland to the reflective beauty on a sunny day. With the resent lockdown it is fitting to share these wonderful images in video format with a beautiful musical piece by Borrtex titled “Hope”

The steadfast of nature and the wonders it shares with us will renew our hope and strengthen our faith. Allow nature’s tranquility to flow over you and calm your heart and mind while you meditate on the beauty and wonder being shared.

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. 

For Those Born in January

January mornings have a beauty of their own, as it springs forth new beginnings. With the cold nights have us looking forward to the growing of the days. January is unique in so many ways. It the Beginning of a new year filled with new experiences and expectations. What makes January so special is that it the month you were born in.

While we are unable to share with you in person your special day. We hope you take comfort and warmth in the thoughts that we are think of you on your day. We are wishing you the very best.

May your days be filled with laughter; your years with exuberant amounts of Joy, and your life the warmth of love. May every moment ahead be filled with blessing of peace. Happy Birthday.

Trivia Thursday~~ January 7, 2021

Are you ready for our 35th edition of Trivia Thursday and the first one for 2021? Today’s theme is all about January. Each question is related to the month of January in some way. 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. How many months were in the Romans’ year before January was added?
  2. January is named after Janus. What was he the god of?
  3. Which 2 flowers are considered the symbol of January?
  4. What is January’s gem?
  5. Finish this line from Shakespeare’s play a Winter’s Tale “The blast of January would blow you through and _________.”
  6. Except for leap years, January always begins on the same day as what other month?
  7. National Trivia Day falls on what day in January?
  8. Which astrological sign is between January 21st and February 20th?
  9. On January 17 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott finally reach his goal to reach this place?
  10. What does the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro literally translates into English? 

Story

Adjusting her diamond and garnet broach, a young woman with long blond hair opened and walked through the door of the October Authentic Asian Restaurant.  Her sister thought she need a man and set her up on a blind date, even though she did not feel ready. This was the 4th one she set her up on and everyone of them turned out to be a dud. The last one all he could talk about was the South Pole. His obsession was over whelming.

Her sister would always say “All new dates are new chapters in your life until you find your soul mate then it becomes an epic adventure.”

As she walked up to the Maître d’ she could hear Age of Aquarius playing softly in the background.  Oh how she loved that song.  

“Hello, Reservations under January River,  I am meeting Anthony Reed”

“Good Evening Miss River, Mr Reed is already here. He is seated at table 10. Please follow me.” His heavy accent made it almost impossible to understand what he said. 

She followed him and admired the table centre pieces. Each one was different some had Carnations, other Roses. When she arrived at her table she noticed her favorite flowers, Snowdrops, graced the table. 

“Were these signs?” She wondered to herself.

She looked over to the man, with a dark complexion and his hair was a curly dark brown, sitting at the table.

He jump up immediately, “January, I am Anthony, but you can call me Tony.” The sound of his voice made her weak in the knees.

He stretched his hand out to grasp hers.

“Please call me Jan.” she stated as she reached to meet his hand. Suddenly there was a shock of electricity when they touched.  He smiled while she giggled.

“Talk about an electric start.”  He teased as he pulled out her chair.

Deep down something told her tonight was going to be the beginnings of an epic adventure.

Ask A Tech Geek~~ Emojis

We are thankful to be bring back our Ask a Tech Geek series.  It has been several months since we last saw our Tech Geek’s posts and she is looking forward to answering your questions. If you have a question you like answered by our resident Tech Geek, there is information on how to send her a question at the bottom of this page.

This week we will be discussing Emojis. We all see them and use them but some still have questions.

I hear about emojis all the time and see them in messages sent to me.  What are emojis and what are they for?

Before the pictorial emojis appeared on the screen people used text symbols to express emotions when they texted, emailed or messaged.  In some ways it was based on the same precept of the symbols for Hugs 00 and Kiss XX.

In this digital era, where communication is done more online with less facial interaction, it is away to express ones emotions to help share how one feels, about what is written or read as well as to convey information.  It also helps share how you feel about a situation, person or object in addition to creating a fun way to communicate with other.

In the beginning to express emotion in the digital world, one would type a group of symbols, called text icons also known as emoticons, creating the appearance of facial expressions. For example :), would represent happy whereas ^_~ would be a winky face or :(, would be a sad face.  Over time and with great imagination emoticons became more intricate and detailed.  

In 1999, while working on an earlier version of a mobile internet platform, a Japanese artist named Shigetaka Kurita. created the first emoji. Her idea was to find a simple, concise and attractive way to convey information. For example instead of typing out cloudy, a digital image of a cloud would represent this.  She created 176 emojis. Since the main purpose was to share information, symbols  dominate the first group of emojis. There were characters to show the weather (sun, clouds, umbrella, snowman), traffic (car, tram, airplane, ship), technology (landline, cell phone, TV,etc). 

Shigetaka Kurita Emojis

The popularity of Emojis in Japan led to competing companies to create different and better versions. As mobile technology exploded in the early 2000’s emojis caught the eye of companies like Apple, who found ways to implement them into their software. This created the beginning to the visual language we see today.

Emojis are more than a millennial fad; it is the new visual language and a hallmark of how people communicate in this digital era. Emojis are growing into a new and exciting way to communicate. Like language it is always evolving across time, ⌚devices💻📱 and cultures🧔🏻 and help influence digital conversations . It is the dawn of an international language which consists of a common core and different dialects. As emojis are used in combinations they have become the 21st century form of Morse Code  or shorthand for the digital age.  

Here are some samples of how emojis are used to communicate:

With the all that has been going on in the last 10 month Emoji Pictionary games started to become the big hit on Social Media websites. They are ways to spend time having fun with those you are not able to see.

Don’t feel intimidated by Emojis they are for everyone; have some fun with it.  Be creative and try to make your own digital shorthand to share with friends.

👀 👦🏻⏭⌚ (see you next time)

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.🤓

Happy New Years

This year was an unusual one at best. With many up and down, twist and turns it was a roller coaster of a year. Yet together we were able to make the best of a tough situation so today we want to make sure we wish you the very best for 2021.

May the New Year usher in tremendous amount of Joy and laughter filling your heart with peace and harmony.

May the New Year share with you an abundance of love and kindness, filling your days with hope and faith.

May the New Year give you opportunities and possibilities filling your life with the sense of rejuvenation and fulfillment.

May 2021 bring the best to you each day.

Trivia Thursday New~~Year’s Eve 2020

Are you ready for our 34th edition of Trivia Thursday and also our New Year’s Eve edition? Being New Year’s Eve Day this edition has a hodgepodge of New Year theme Trivia questions. 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. It is a national tradition in Japan to have which Beethoven’s Symphony to be perform every New Year’s since 1940?
  2. What is the music festival held every New Year ’s Eve in the Antarctic called?
  3. In 1907 this New Year’s Eve traditions started in Times Square?
  4. What do the people of Spain at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve eat to bring good luck for the coming year?
  5. What does the New Year’s baby represent?
  6. Robert Burns who wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788 is from what country?
  7. What do the words “Auld Lang Syne” means?
  8. Which ancient country do we have to thank for the New Year’s Eve Kiss?
  9. Which direction does the superstition says that if the wind blows from it, there’s a lot of beautiful weather coming this year?
  10. Finish this folklore:  All ______and_______of the house must be open at midnight to usher out the old year, which clears the way for a promising new year to enter with a fresh, untainted beginning.

Story

The New Year was just about to be ushered in when Sally and James hurried down 9th street. They had not seen each other in 10 years. They had made a pack the last day they saw each other that they would meet 10 years later on New Year ’s Eve; no matter where they were or what they were doing.  The streets were filled with people just waiting to ring in the New Year with cherished loved ones.   

They turned south on to Avenue Rd.  Suddenly the door to Icestock swung open and Sally almost ran right into it. 

“We have to take it a little slower or one of us is going to get hurt. James.” She begged.

“We are almost there you will love it. I found the perfect place but we must hurry it almost midnight.”  He quickly replied as he hurried her along.  She could barely get a glimpse in the windows or doors of the venues they passed by.  Oh how it sounds like they were having fun.  The old saying “When in Rome” kept running through her mind. 

“You haven’t changed a bit.” She raised her voice so he could hear her over the commotion around them. Unexpectedly, they came to a stop. 

“We are here!”. His face beamed with pride.. She looked up to see the name of a Scottish pub with the flag of Scotland hang over it. “The Black Bull”  

She started to laugh, as it brought back memories of the day they first met in a used book store. They both reached for the same book about the old English fairytale “The Black Bull of Norroway”.

“Well what did I tell you? I knew you love it; for old times’ sake or should I say names sake.” His lips curled up into a coy smile she remembered from long ago.

“Got to hurry in or we will miss the ball drop.” He opened the door and ushered her in. Just then they heard “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Happy New Years.”

James look deep into Sally’s eyes, “Well, what do you say; a Kiss for a fresh new start?”   

She could not resist his charm; she had missed him so much. The kiss was warm and inviting yet short.

“Are you wearing grapes chap stick still?” He asked while licking his lips with a chuckle. 

“Well you don’t fix what’s not broke.” She bantered back.  Laughing together, they walk up to the bar to order their drinks.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~ 2020 Reflections

This edition of The Wonders of Nature Around Us is the last one for the year. A fitting way to end year and begin an new one is with a video review of the beauty around us. While this year was filled with turbulent moments, nature has remain steadfast in sharing its peaceful essence as we bath in its beauty.

As we embark on a new year, allow nature’s tranquility to flow over you and calm your heart and mind while basking in the sounds, sights and smells that it freely gives us.

We would like to thank those who have shared the wonders of nature this year through their pictures.

Thank you Anne, Brenda, Jen, Margret,Martha, Michelle, Paula, Tracy, our resident photographer and those who shared your Christmas photos. Your generous contributions of your love for our world around us has brought joy and peace to our heart. We will cherish this gift always.

Happy New Years

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. 

Music by A Shamaluev Music From https://soundcloud.com/ashamaluevmusic/uplifting-piano

Trivia Thursday ~~Christmas Eve Addition 2020

Are you ready not only for our 33rd edition of Trivia Thursday but also our Christmas Eve edition? Being Christmas eve this edition has a hodgepodge of 10 Christmas Trivia questions. 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. In the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, how many total gifts does her true love give to her?
  2. What date does the “The 12 Days of Christmas” Begin and finish on?
  3. What are the 12 days of Christmas?
  4. What are the two other most popular names for Santa Claus?
  5. What are the two traditionally Christmas tree toppers?
  6. In which modern-day country was the real St. Nicholas born in?
  7. Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree?
  8. This fairy tale inspired the first gingerbread house.
  9. What was the first company that used Santa Claus in advertising?
  10. Where did there arise such a clatter?

Story:

Walking into little Tommy’s room, Jeff noticed his son’s books scattered across the floor. He bent down and picked up a small brown book titled “Hansel and Gretel”.

Oh how the book brought back memories for him of the years long ago.  His grandmother mailed the book to him while she traveling through Turkey and Germany. She always traveled from December 25th to January 6th  to somewhere exotic.  She considered it a spiritual quest since she traveled the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men.

Jeff was about Tommy’s age when he received his cherished possession.  He recalled his grandmother told him that Saint Nick requested that she send the book to him.  He opened the cover and read the inscription, 

To Little Jeffery: You have been a very good boy. When I returned back to the North Pole, the elves found your last present wedged between the seat and the wall of the sleigh.  Since I will not be leaving the North Pole for another 364 day, I asked your Grandmother to send this to you.  Keep being good and I will be by your place next Christmas Eve. Love Kris Kringle.

He never realized it back then that the inscription was in his Grandmother’s handwriting yet she always told him it was really from Saint Nick.   His heart  warms every time he see this little treasure from his past.  He placed it on the book shelf with the rest of the books and tucked Tommy in; giving him a kiss on the forehead.

Heading downstairs and into the living room he noticed that the plate of cookies left out by Tommy had been eaten and the bottle of Coca Cola was almost gone.  “Who could have done this?” he thought to himself, 

Suddenly he heard a raucous outside, looking out the window he saw on the lawn, sleigh marks and tiny hoof prints in the snow between the angel and the star of his light display. 

He became more puzzled as to who could have done this. His wife was at work in the hospital and was not going to be back till early in the morning. 

Just as he stepped out on the stoop he heard above him. “Merry Christmas Jeffery” He looked up and caught a glimpse of a Big Red sleigh racing off up into the stars. “I must be seeing things” he thought to himself.

He headed back in and noticed a strange present under the tree. Taking a closer inspection he realized it was addressed to him.  Ripping off the wrapping paper, he found a book titled “The Lost Christmas”  Opening the cover within was a inscription,

Dear Jeffery.  I promised your Grandmother that on the Christmas that you have a son the same age as the day I ask her to send you the book Hansel and Gretel, I would send you this book. It a one of a kind no other publications exists. Your Grandmother loved you dearly and she was a dear friend of mine. She would travel up to the North Pole every Christmas day and spend 12 days with us celebrating the beauty of the human spirit, the love and joy that was shared around the world during this time. Merry Christmas Jeffery, may you and Tommy enjoy reading this together for years to come. Love Kris Kringle.

When he looked at the author’s name, he realized it was his Grandmother. A tear of joy ran down his cheek as he placed the book back under the tree. He thought to himself “Who would have thought that his grandmother knew Santa or that Santa really existed? No one will believe this except one, Tommy.”

“Merry Christmas Grandma” he quietly whispered “Thank you so much.”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Christmas Edition

For 20 weeks the wonders of nature has been shared from flowers to birds from sunsets to sunrises. One Wonder that is always amazingly around us, is the Wonder of Human nature; the love, joy, compassion and comradery. This Christmas was a big one for our little community. Together to share the Spirit of Christmas with a Light Tour, families, business and individuals worked towards bringing Joy to our little town.

Today, they took another step forward to share this Joy with those who are homebound or unable to get out and enjoy the lights. Many have shared their pictures of the beautiful night lights and other special Christmas decorations . So grab an eggnog, hot chocolate or whatever your heart desires, sit back and enjoy this wonderful Wallaceburg 2020 Tour of Lights Collaboration. Truly a Wonder of Nature.

Merry Christmas

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 ~~December 17, 2020

Are you ready for our 32nd addition of Trivia Thursday? Keeping with the Christmas theme this week’s is Christmas songs. This week we also have a slight twist instead of 10 questions we have 12 to honour the 12 days of Christmas. 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. How many times does Santa check his list before he comes to town?
  2. What is Frosty’s nose made of?
  3. What does ‘Feliz Navidad’ mean?
  4. Where was mommy kissing Santa Claus?
  5. Which Christmas song has the line “Frosted windowpanes. Candles gleaming inside. Painted candy canes on the tree.”?
  6. Which Christmas song has this line in it ,“And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy?”
  7. Which Christmas song has this line in it, “A star, a star, dancing in the night?”
  8. Finish this line from a famous Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is my two front……”
  9. In “Away in the Manger” what animals are “lowing”?
  10. In Winter Wonderland what bird has gone away?
  11. Which Christmas song has this line “No more will sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ground.”?
  12. In Shirley Temple’s “I Am Getting Nothing For Christmas”, who snitched on her?

Story

Joni had just finished feeding the cattle when she noticed a young bluebird on the bird feeder with some sparrows. The sun was crowning the horizon creating a picture perfect tapestry of colours as the dark sky lightened with hints of purple, and pink on a light blue back drop.  She admired the beauty before her and watched the birds flutter back and forth to the feeder.  She wondered “Do they know it’s Christmas?”  Their fluttering seem to have a rhythm to it. One would leave another would return almost like they doing a dance

“Oh I see you are doing the Christmas Waltz.” she quietly spoke to her feathery visitors. With all the joy she was feeling she knew it was going to be a Happy Christmas.

She was oblivious to the cold as she continued to watch the morning’s wonders unfold before her. The snow covered trees sparkle from the rising sun; suddenly she realized her teeth were chattering.  “I better head in”

She was heading to the house when somebody in a fancy black Cadillac pulled in to the laneway. 

She hollered, “Mom that Cadillac is back” Twice before this vehicle would drive up the laneway half way then turn around.  Joni wondered what they wanted and on Christmas day, why would they show up.

Yet this time was different, the vehicle pulled right up to the house. It sat motionless for a few minutes.  Due to the dark tinted windows it was hard to make out whom or how many were in it. The driver door opened up and children choir could be heard singing “Joy to the World” as a young man stepped out.

“Mom, Mom!!! There is somebody here”

The young man wearing a dark blue button down jacket walked down the walkway to the porch precisely at the same time Joni’s mom stepped out the door.

“May I help you sir?” she asked him as she zipped up her coat.

“Hello Mrs. Adams.  I am here to help you. My name is Joseph Walker”

With a puzzled look, both Joni and her mother watch him climb the stairs with his hand extended.

“Several months ago you helped an older gentleman out. I hope you remember him.” He continues after shaking their hands.   “He was down and out, lost in the wood nearby”

“Yes I remember him, oh how we felt sorry for him. The police were busy so we fed and clothed him and let him spend the night. Remember him Joni”

Joni nodded

“Well Mrs Adam.”

“Please call me Doris.” She interrupted him.

“Doris, this man was in an accident and had amnesia.  He has fully regained his memories and he appreciates your kindness. He wants to repay you and your daughter.”

Joni and Doris stood there in shock.

He continues, “Doris and Joni, Mr. Frost would like to give you this.”  He reaches into his coat pocket and pulled out a white business envelope and hand it to Doris

She opened it up pulled out a couple of pieces of paper, suddenly the back door of the Cadillac opened up and the man they helped step out.

Doris’ eyes fill with tears as she watches the man walked up the stairs.  “Hello Doris, Thank you so much for helping me out.”

Doris hands the papers to Joni and give the Mr. Frost a hug. “John, you didn’t need to do this”

Joni looks down at the papers in her hands. It was the deed to the farm, paid off in full and in their name.

Joni looks up runs to Mr. Frost and gives him a big hug.

He looks down at her and smiles then holding Doris hand. “Your generosity and kindness deserves to be rewarded and what better than on Christmas day.” Realizing he was standing underneath the mistletoe Joni reached up and gave him a kiss on his cheek.  

Suddenly, all the birds started to sing like a choir.

“Do you hear what I hear?” Joseph asked and then answered, “Nature rejoicing on a day of goodness and love.”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 20

No matter what time of the year it is, Nature displays its wonders sometimes in the most hidden ways. From a blooming orchid or house plants in ones house; or the snowy wonders that appears and disappears; nature is always in full display many times we forget to stop and meditate on what beauty is around us. It is great to stop and smell the roses, but when the roses are not blooming, the sunrises and sunsets are sure to grab your eye.

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~~ December 10, 2020

Are you ready for our 31st addition of Trivia Thursday? Can you believe Christmas is coming upon us. For the next few weeks we will have Christmas themed trivia. This week’s is Christmas Tv and Movies. Think you know the answers Are you up to the challenge?

As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have 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. Charlie Brown in a Charlie Brown’s Christmas exclaims, “I’ve killed it!”   What did he kill.
  2. In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, why is the Grinch so unhappy about Christmas?
  3. S.D. Klinger is the postman that is the narrator, in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. What did S.D. stand for?
  4. What film did Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, the best-selling single of all time, originally appear in?
  5. The Charlie Brown’s Christmas story ends with the kids singing what traditional carol?
  6. In the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”, what does the little girl wish for?
  7. In “Jingle All the Way” name the toy Arnold Schwarzenegger character is desperately trying to find?
  8. What was the name of the Grinch’s dog?
  9. In The Polar Express movie, what is “The First Gift of Christmas?”
  10. In the Christmas Classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, what happened every time a bell rang?

Story

Like a slap in the face, the cold December air hit Max as he stepped out of the Holiday Inn onto the sidewalk.  In the distance he could hear carolers sing Silent Night. A song his mother would sing to him on Christmas night. Oh how he wished he could be with her this Christmas.  As he walked out onto the crowded sidewalks fond memories of past Christmas’ with his mother filled his mind. 

Suddenly he heard a rushing sound and bells behind him.  There was a man hurrying through the crowd carrying a string of sleigh bells.

“Sorry! Pardon me! Excuse me!  Oh I have to get these to Santa’s Sleigh before the parade. Pardon me!” He spoke clearly as he weaved through the crowed.  When he passed Max, a bell fell from string and hit the ground with a ting. Max looked down and then to the man and noticed that the man never realized he lost a bell.  It was a small bell and maybe not important too many but to Max this was a big deal. It was a bell from Santa’s sleigh and it must be returned.   He swooped down and picked up the little bell, stuck it in his pocket and ran after the man.

“Hello!!  Excuse me Sir!!” Maxed yelled, but the sounds of the crowds, the hustle and bustle on the street drowned out his voice.

His little legs could not keep up with the man, so he hurried as quickly as he could, keeping an eye on him.  Max thought to himself, “If I was Turbo Man then I could just fly up and hand him the bell.”

As both were dashing in and out of the crowd it seem like the man disappeared.  Max wondered where he could have gone when he noticed a house modestly decorated.  I wonder if he popped in there.

He walked up the freshly shoveled sidewalk and rang the bell.  He heard some approaching the door and just before it was open heard, “An angel got his wings.”

 Slowly the door opened to reveal a little Christmas tree in the middle of a small room. 

“Hello, young fellow.” A woman advanced in age looked down at him. “And what can I do for you”

Her smile was so warm and her eyes filled with kindness and love it almost warmed Max too the core.

“Hello.  I am looking for a man carrying bells for Santa’s sleigh and I want to make sure Santa gets it.  He cannot start out the parade without all his bells. ” Max looked up, his eyes pleading for help.

“Well I would say that is a special delivery, you have.  Could I see this bell?”

Max pulled the little bell out of his pocket and held it up so she could see it.

“That is a special bell Santa will need that.  Without it the string of bells would be lost.  Let me get my coat, I know Santa personally and I will take you to him.”

She put on a red velvet coat with a large white trimmed hood.  She stepped out looked down at Max.

“No time to waste let getting going, without this bell, the string, it brings so much noise, noise, noise.” Urgency filled her voice as she walked towards the street.

She put out her hand and Max grabbed it.  The hurried down the street weaving in and out of the crowd of people. They passed a church where a choir was singing Hark The Herald Angels Sing, when suddenly they came to a complete stop. 

“Well we are here.” She proclaimed.

Max looked around there were floats everywhere lining up getting ready for the parade but where was Santa’s Sleigh.

Then he heard “Ho, Ho, Ho,  Hello Max”

Swing around Max came face to face with Santa bending down on one knee.  “How did he know my name?” Max thought to himself but that did not matter right now he needed to give Santa his special delivery.  Reaching into his pocket he pulls out the tiny little bell and held it out to Santa.

“Why thank you sir, I am sure Mrs Claus told you how special this bell was.”

“Yes” he looked over to the older woman “but she did not tell me why” he replied surprised that the woman he met was Santa’s wife.

“Because it is the smallest bells that hold the most Christmas Spirit and help usher in Christmas Miracles”.  Santa explained, while leading Max to his sleigh. “Here place the bell anywhere you like and make a Christmas wish.”

Max closed his eyes. “Oh how I wish my mom was here with me” he spoke in a whisper.

When he opened his eyes, and took a good look at the sleigh he saw a familiar figure sitting inside.

“Mom??  Mom!!  How??”  He climbed up in the sleigh and gave her a big hug.  He looked down at Santa and Mrs. Claus.  “Thank you” He exclaimed with a tear in his eye. 

Santa’s blue eyes filled with joy as he looked upon the love of a mother and child.  “How would you two like to ride in the sleigh with Mrs Claus and myself?

“Yes Please!!!” Max exclaimed as the floats in front started to head out. Santa and Mrs. Claus climbed into the sleigh and hugged Max and his mom.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 19

Some of the most beautiful things about nature is how it enhances man made structures. From reflections on the water to flowers grown beside them to sunsets upon them. Natures ability to help the most obtuse but needed structure look beautiful in its own way is amazing.

Today we will share with you fixtures we uses everyday; Bridges from across our area. It is amazing how nature makes them look inviting and beautiful . These photos were taken from the perspectives of a regular feature photographer Margaret (Margo). Thank you for sharing the beauty of our area through your eyes.

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. 

For Those Born in December

As the lights fill the night’s sky and the cool air breaks forth to the winter winds. The beauty of this month can not be missed. With the hustle and bustle that this month brings, it must sometimes feel like your birthday has been forgotten. Rest assure that we want to take a moment and recognize your birth. To recognize how important you are to those you know and love.

While we wished we could celebrate with you, take comfort in knowing that we are thinking of you.

May your days be filled with laughter; you heart filled with love; your weeks filled with smiles; and your year filled with good health and a beautiful memories.

Happy Birthday December Babies.

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Wallaceburg’s 2020 Christmas Lights Tour

We have all gone/going through a great ordeal; fortunately we have a wonderful community that takes to heart that we are in this together, and is trying to bring joy to everyone through this Christmas Season.

The coordinators for the Wallaceburg Christmas Light Tour reached out and asked us to share this wonderful opportunity of see the Wallaceburg display of Christmas lights. There are over 120 homes registered and mapped out to help make it easier to plan your routes. This is the first time in a long time that Wallaceburg has been so lit up with Christmas Spirit. Join in and feel the joy being shared. Take a drive or a walk through the streets and see the Spirit of Christmas come to life.

Below a message from the coordinators

The map for our Christmas Lights Tour 2020. It is done with Google Maps so you can easily click the link and add to your phone for easy navigation. You can click on any icon you want and get directions directly to that area.

Click Here for Google Interactive Map

You will notice there are 4 different coloured icons. These are for different areas within Wallaceburg and some will overlap each other, especially with Dufferin Ave.

  • The tour runs every night from December 1st – 25th. Lights should be on between 7pm until 8pm.
  • Please obey all rules of the road when out on the tour and pull over to the side to enjoy the displays. DO NOT BLOCK THE ROADS!
  • IF you want to get out, please pull forward so those who are just driving can still get up close.
  • Social distance from others around you and please DO NOT congregate into large groups. Bring a mask just to be safe in case you need it.
  • Stay off the lawns. Please stay on the sidewalks/driveways unless the homeowner tells you other wise.
  • DO NOT touch any of the decorations.
  • Please treat others with absolute respect. We want to keep this fun and safe!!

Here is a glimpse of what is on the tour.

If you are part of Facebook consider checking out their page for the fun activities they are sharing. Every Saturday Santa will be visiting two different homes on the tour.

Trivia Thursday~~ December 3, 2020

Are you ready for our 30th addition of Trivia Thursday? Can you believe it we are already into December. Are you able to answer these December related questions? So are you up to the challenge? As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have 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. The Jewish festival of Chanukah is also known by which name?
  2. Kwanzaa come from a Swahili phrase meaning what?
  3. What is the flower for December?
  4. What day is December 26th known as?
  5. What saint’s day is December 6th?
  6. Name the plant that was used in a Druid festival before it was used as a Christmas decoration?
  7. Before the Julian, how many days did December have?
  8. Which first medical transplant was completed on the 3rd of December 1967?
  9. What famous first occurred on the 17th of December, 1903?
  10. What major celestial event is happening in the northern hemisphere on the winter solstice? (Hint: Jupiter and Saturn are the major players)

Story

Leo was boxing up the first fruits of his squash harvest for the Saint Nicholas food bank.  His mother taught him that it was their duty to share the goodness of the earth as it makes the bounty of the harvest sweeter.   He knew  it was a hard year for so many during the troubling times that they were living in. Yet he was blessed with a bountiful harvest more than he needed and knew in his heart that this blessing was meant to bless others. 

As he was loading the last box on to his truck, he looked over to his mother’s favorite flower garden and memories of her planting narcissus, lady slippers and tulips filled his thoughts.  He glanced over to the small birch tree at edge of the garden and noticed something growing on the trunk.  Walking toward the tree he said to himself, “I better get rid of that poison ivy before it takes over the garden.”  Suddenly he realized it wasn’t what he thought growing up the tree. With laughter he said out loud. “It’s mistletoe! Now how did you get here?  Are you a remnant of mom’s love for her garden?  She always wanted to try growing mistletoe.”  He never thought she got a chance to plant it but it would be the great conjunction she always wanted.  Looking at his watch, he realized he had 29 minutes to get to the food bank. 

Walking back to the truck he noticed a young cardinal getting ready to take its first flight of the day. Smiling he knew his mother was watching him and he should have known because today was a special day. The first day of the Festival of Lights was his mother’s favorite time of the year.

Looking around the landscape he noticed that the world became a little brighter.  “Thank you mom, for reminding me that through nature we are always connected.”