Trivia Thursday~~August 27th

Are you ready for our 16th addition of Trivia Thursday?  Today’s is TV and Movie Trivia. 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 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. Name the 1935 classic British spy thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock…
  2. What are first four words in the Love Boat theme song?
  3. Jonathan Winter’s played Mork and Mindy’s large new born son. What was his character’s name?  
  4. What does E.T stand for?
  5. What 1980 American biographical sports drama film was directed by Martin Scorsese?
  6. Complete the famous Star Trek Phrase “Beam me up, _______”  
  7. What is Trace Technician David Hodges’ most advance sense on CSI?
  8. In Cycle 20 of America’s Next Top Model, 8 of the 16 contestans are different in what way?
  9. Marcel was the name of Ross’s pet monkey on what hugely popular TV sitcom?
  10. What was the name of the fictional cab company on Taxi?

Story

As the sunshine glisten upon Mearth Lake, a rustling in the cattails brought forth two close friends, who were out looking for buried treasure.  This was not only their passion but their love. There was always something exciting and new to be found.

Scotty took out a map, they had found hidden in his grandfather’s old trunk.

“Here Bert, it looks like we start at this tree.” He hands over the map, “You read the map while I count the steps.” 

“Okey dokey” Bert perks up as he reaches for the map and guides Scotty

“First 20 steps forward. Now take 39 steps left then 5 to the right.  There should be a stone that resembles a raging bull.”

Following his directions, Scotty came across a large rock. Unfortunately, it did not look like any bull he had seen, maybe a petrified extra terrestrial. 

“Hey Bert come here!! Do you think this is the stone?”

Bert ran up and looked at the stone. “Could be, this map is old and the elements over time could have changed how it looks.”

Grabbing their shovels, they started to dig. Just as the smell of dirt and decaying leaves filled the air they hit something hard.  Slowly clearing the loose soil away they retrieved a large metal antique lunch box.  They carefully open it up to find inside toys from an era long ago.  There were several metal toy soldiers, a yoyo and a few cast iron cars. 

As they thought to themselves that they are men and do not play with toys, they realized what a find they had.  It was a time capsule from Scotty’s grandfather’s time and they were excited to share their finds with him.  

“Oh I bet these will bring so much happy memories back to Gramps.” Scotty said with a tear in his eye.

They headed back to town with a skip in their steps looking forward to their next great adventure.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 4

What a blessing to live in a place where the beauty of nature surrounds us . Today we will be sharing photos from one of our readers as she travels around Chatham-Kent & beyond in 2020 as well as a few of our Cyclist Photographer The beauty and sounds of nature can calm the stress from our daily lives while bring us peace and joy. If you like to join in and share the beauty around send us a message for more details. We love to share your perspective of nature. We hope you enjoyed this week’s segment The Wonders of Nature Around Us

Thanks Paula for sharing the beauty you have seen around Chatham-Kent and beyond with us. The peace and tranquility of nature is reflected in your captures.

Travels Around Chatham-Kent & beyond in 2020

Our cyclist photographer has capture some wonderful photos from frogs to dragonflies and sunsets. Her love of nature is found in each capture.

This Week’s Views From a Cyclists

Standing Balance Exercises with Meredith

This week Meredith is sharing with us some standing Balance Exercises that builds up strength and flexibility in their core and lower body muscles. Below the video is a Message from Team Meredith about this video.

In this exercise video Meredith is going through a great 20 min standing balance challenge routine perfect for anyone who is looking to build up strength and flexibility in their core and lower body muscles.

Having sturdy balance is so important because it’s something we use everyday. Walking, jogging, going up and down stairs etc all require a lot from our bodies especially in areas that help us balance.

Having a strong core helps us with sitting, getting up and in and out of bed. Having strong lower body muscles also contributes to these movements as well as our movement through space. Together,  they make up our base which is our balance.

In this routine Meredith looks to help you strengthen these areas and offer routines you can easily do at home on a weekly basis to help you develop and strengthen your balance.  This is a brief 20 min routine and we hope you enjoy the benefits of it. As always keep water close by and remember to stretch.

Have a great workout! Team MeredithSHOW

WAAC Requests all Member’s Personal Items be Picked Up

Hi, everyone

Presently WAAC is developing policies and guidelines for the safe reopening of our Centre. Due to Covid19 guidelines, member’s personal items can no longer be left at the Centre. Examples of personal items include yoga mats, indoor shoes/slippers, pool cues, etc. WAAC asks all members with any personal items at the Centre to please arrange pick up on the following dates and times.

Place: WAAC

Dates: Wed. Aug. 26/20, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

            Fri. Aug. 28/20, 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Thank you for taking the time to pick up your personal items.

WAAC Board of Directors  

What’s Cooking~~S’mores Cheese Ball

Keeping with our theme of no bake desserts to help during these warm days of August we have a unique recipe from Delish. This recipe will not only be a tempting treat for the whole family it will be leaving them wanting S’more. A Downloadable/Printable version can be found at the end of the recipe. We hope you will enjoy this delicious treat that will be the hit around the campfire or Barbecue.

From: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a21085339/smores-cheese-ball-recipe/

INGREDIENTS

16 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/3 c. marshmallow crème

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pinch kosher salt

2/3 c. mini chocolate chips

FOR COATING

1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

1/4 c. marshmallow bits

1/4 c. crushed graham crackers

Whole graham crackers, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, marshmallow crème, vanilla, and salt. Fold in mini chocolate chips, then place in refrigerator to firm up, 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make coating: Combine mini chocolate chips, marshmallow bits, and crushed graham crackers on a shallow plate. When marshmallow mixture is firm, shape into a large round ball and roll in coating. Serve with graham crackers.

A Little Bit Of Humour~~Part 17

This week we have seen wacky storms, warm weather and new flowers blooming. We have seen lemonade stands popping up again and more people getting out and about enjoying the nice weather we had. Yet it always nice to take a moment and enjoy A little Bit Of Humour so enjoy this Friday with a few Funnies.

The Sprouting Entrepreneurs

Exercises Time

Nature’s Cruel Joke

Facebook Fish Story

Three More Weeks

Trivia Thursday~~August 20th

Are you ready for our 15th addition of Trivia Thursday?  Today’s is All About Nature. 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 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. What animal has the longest lifespan?
  2. What is the gestation period of a blue whale
  3. Why does some bat guano sparkle?
  4. What leaves does a silkworm prefer to eat?
  5. Which plant has flowers but no proper leaves?
  6. Which flower symbolizes beauty?
  7. There is a pretty little flower that shares its name with a musical instrument. Which is it?
  8. Speedwell is a herb with small, purple flowers also known as?
  9. What Vegetable has varieties with these name Spaghetti, Custard White, Turk’s Turban
  10. Which red flower was featured on the reverse of a Canadian quarter (25 cents) in 2004?

Story:

A group of young girls, who were friends since grade school, gather together near the end of summer. It was going to be last time they would get together since they were heading to college in the next couple of weeks.  They each brought something very delightful to share for lunch. They considered setting up their picnic by the mulberry tree but to many spiders and bug exoskeletons were lying around and did not make it look to inviting. 

They moved over to the Cactus garden which was very intriguing from the distance all the different sizes and shapes made their imaginations run wild.

“That one looks like a Giant Tortoise” Rose pointed to one which was round and held many scars on it.

“Oh those two together, looks like an elephant. See that one makes it trunk and that one makes it body”. Veronica pointed out to the girls.

As they laid the blanket out and placed their wonderful treats on it.  Poppy noticed Daisy had a wonderful pie.  “Ohh, pumpkin pie my favorite”

Daisy replied with a mischievous grin. “Close but no it is squash pie, my mom’s secret recipe. She calls it summer harvest pie.”

Hearing that all the girls were curious and started their picnic with dessert first.  They were grown now and going off to college in a couple of weeks so why not start with dessert first.

They spent the day chatting, joking, playing Frisbee and other games trying to forget that they will not be able to get together like this for another 8 to 12 months. 

“Let’s take a selfie” Viola yelled as she jumped to her feet.

They gathered together, Viola put her camera on timer and ran and joined them. They did several takes some serious, some funny but the last one was the best it was all of them in a group hug as tears ran down their faces.

“Well we have Christmas break in 4 month, maybe we can try to get together then.” Daisy said trying to cheer up the group but deep down they all knew it would be awhile before a day like today will happen again.

Afraid of losing touch they made a pack that every 24 months they will come together no matter what and spend the day together.  Not wanting to say good bye they all said “see you soon” as they packed up and left.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 3

Here is another segment of the Wonders of Nature around us. Today we will be sharing photos from our Cyclist Photographer and a reader’s photos of her adventures through nature. We hope you enjoy the beauty that can not only bring us comfort but also bring us peace and joy. If you like to join in and share the beauty around send us a message for more details. We love to share what brings joy to your heart.

Thank Brenda for sharing your adventures from your back yard, your walks and kayaking with us. The peace and tranquility from enjoying nature is just what we need right now.

Our cyclist photographer, was chasing rainbows this week which brought her off the beaten path where she found beauty abound from partial rainbows, unique cloud formations and beautiful scenery. When you follow your heart you will always end up where you need to be.

Message from Sue’s Kitchen👩🏽‍🍳

Hi Everyone,
Just a reminder that I am still offering frozen soups, entrees and TV dinners as well as fresh, made to order baked goods. I am currently working Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays except for holidays. Business hours are 8-11:30 am on those days. Please call to place an order during those hours, if I do not answer it’s because my hands are busy cooking. Leave a message with your name and number and I will return your call by the end of MY business day. This is the business number 519-359-6832. If you do not leave a message I will not return your call. You can also email me at sueskitchen2011@hotmail.com.
I hope everyone is doing well and hopefully we can all see each other soon.

What’s Cooking~~Gluten Free Fudge No-Bake Cookies

Keeping with our theme of no bake desserts to help during these warm days of August we have a unique recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. This Gluten Free recipe will be a tempting treat for the whole family. It also offers alternatives to nuts and sweeteners. This tasty treat will not last long in any home. A Downloadable/Printable version can be found at the end of the recipe. We hope you will enjoy this delicious treat that will be the hit of any Barbecue.

Ingredients

1/2 cup honey*

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup coconut oil**

1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sunflower seeds***

1 and 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (I used dry roasted + salted)

Instructions

Line a large cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. Stir until all is melted. The mixture will be very thick. Allow to boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and salt until completely smooth.

Add the sunflower seeds and a peanut, mixing well to make sure all is coated with the chocolate/peanut butter mixture. Drop mixture into small piles on prepared baking sheet using a spoon. Each should measure roughly 1.5 Tablespoons of “dough”, to make 15 cookies or you can make them as big or small as you wish.

Transfer cookies to the refrigerator and allow to set, about 1 hour. Serve cookies immediately to avoid the chocolate from melting. Store cookies in the refrigerator (covered) for up to 7 days.

Notes

*Sweetener: Maple syrup may be used instead of honey.

**Coconut Oil: Only butter is a suitable substitute.

***Sunflower Seeds: Instead of sunflower seeds, use all peanuts or substitute another nut.

Nut Free Version: Use sunflower seed butter and all sunflower seeds.

A Little Bit of Humour~~Part 16

Well it is that time of the week again… With all that is going on, it is time to take a moment and laugh at life. Here is this week’s segment of A Little Bit Of Humour. Sit back, relax and enjoy some Friday Funnies.

For the Foodie

For the Artistic Foodie

https://www.facebook.com/foxtrotcomicstrip/photos/a.1652788704763481/2059547664087581/?type=3&theater

Did Some One Say Man Cave?

For Our Pool Players

https://www.thecomicstrips.com/comic-strip/Speed+Bump/2019-08-25/179130

For Our Gardeners and Family

https://www.cartoonistgroup.com/cartoon/Pickles/2019-10-27/180040

The Mishaps of Summer

Trivia Thursday~~August 13th

Are you ready for our 14th addition of Trivia Thursday?  Today is a blast from the past. 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 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. What new type of telephone was invented in 1963?
  2. Which Easy Rider star directed the movie?
  3. Eating what type of live fish became popular in the 1950s?
  4. The Coasters recorded a song in 1959 with the line “You’re gonna need an ocean of Calamine lotion.” What is the name of the song?
  5. Which group had a hit with Twilight Time in 1958?
  6. What was the name of the first satellite launched into orbit by Russia in 1957?
  7. Name the handheld slide viewer that allowed users to look at 3D images inserted in paper disks.
  8. Which teardrop-eyed child figures appeared on cards and also became collectible figurines?
  9. What was the name of the fashion footwear that had an average of 2 to 5-inch thick solid soles?
  10. Who used to beg customers, “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin?”

Story:

It was a warm August evening as the sunset on the horizon. A new addition to the neighborhood was just getting ready to settle in.  It was quite the change from his pet shop surroundings.  The sounds he heard were very unusual and unique to him.  

Just as he was getting ready to settle on the bottom for a rest from his long day he heard.  “Hey you, hey you new comer over here!”

The new visitor look around and there was an unusual looking creature sitting on a lily pad. He swam over.  “Hello.  Who are you and what are you?” The new arrive asked. 

“You must be really new if you do not know what I am.  I am a bullfrog, the name is Hopper, Dennis Hopper but everyone just calls me Hopper around here.” He croaked “I have seen many different colour and shapes of fish in my life but you take the dragonflies. Never seen one your colour.”

A little intimidated the new arrival replies “I am a Gold fish, I am suppose to live in a bowl, never been outside before.  My name is Mr. Whipple.  What is this place?”

“Well I am going to call you Sputnik okay. You look like a Sputnik” Hopper croaked with authority.“ And you are living in a pond. It the most beautiful place you can imagine”

Spontaneously, the lily pads were filled with all different types of frogs like they were entertainment platforms. They all started to croak some at different time, some in unison.  There were ones that sounded like cows and other that sound like a creaking floor or a chirping bird.  Together the sounds reminded Sputnik of the touch-tone phone at the pet shop yet oddly like a choir.  Just then Sputnik knew that his life in the pond would be filled with precious moments.

Abruptly, from long grass a dark cat jumped out and scared all the other frogs away.  Hopper moved to a pad just out of reach of the cat.  “That is Poison Ivy, she loves to come out and toy with us. That is until View Master come along and scares her away.”

“Who is View Master?” Sputnik asked.

He is the Old Owl in the dead tree over yonder, the guardian of the pond and it surroundings” Just as he finished speaking a large ominous figure few above and swooped over the pond, which sent the cat running.  

The frogs returned to the surface and their lily pads as the evening bugs flew by them like the platters at an all you can eat buffet.  They would take a nibble as they continued to sing the evening pond song while cricket filled in as the backup singers. Sputnik knew he was going to enjoy living in the pond.

Government Incentives and Covid News for Seniors~~ August 12th update

Things have been moving slowly but today we bring you some important news. We have been in stage 3 for a few weeks now and many of you may have heard the number of cases have risen and a new Mask Bylaw will start on Friday August 14th.

New Cases

First, let us reassure you that these cases happening are because people were not adhering to the protocols in place. The were socializing with people outside their Social Bubble and all cases were traced back to close contacts.

You may have also heard that there were two cases in CKHA. One of them was a false positive, which is known to happen with any medical test. The other one was contracted from a family member.

Due to these two occurrences, the Hospital has restricted visitation at the hospital for the moment to be on the safe side.

Mask Bylaw

Chatham-Kent Council has passed a Mask By-Law on Monday August 10th to be enforced on August 14. According to the By-law it will be mandatory to wear a mask inside any enclosed public space. This By Law was put into place in hopes to help keep everyone safe but it is not meant to circumvent social distancing, hand washing, and social bubbles.

Under the new bylaw there are exemptions for:

  • Children younger then 9
  • A person with medical conditions including breathing or cognitive difficulties
  • a person unable to put on or remove their mask with out assistance.
  • Consuming food or drink or medcial purpose.
  • actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity

You can read the full By-Laws here

What Does That Mean For Us?

It means we still have a lot of work as a community to help keep each other safe. Being in Stage 3 means we can move forward more freely but we must continue with the measures in place to help keep us safe.

It is safe to be outdoors with people as long as you keep a physical distance of 6 feet (2 metres) unless they are part of your social bubble, which only consists of 10 people with whom you may physical contact.

Your social bubble must not interact with anyone else. The ten of you are considered one unit and no one with in that unit should be physically close to someone outside of your unit.

Continue to wear masks in enclosed places and when possible continue to keep the physical distancing as well. Bring sanitizer or warm soapy paper towels in a plastic bag with you when you go out. Use it as often as need and take advantage of the sanitizers available at all business.

If you feel unsafe to go shopping then continue having someone else do the shopping for you but do not be afraid to step outside. Enjoy the fresh air and the beauty that is around you it is the safest way to regain your inner peace.

If you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed with what is going on reach out to those you know are positive, meditate on the beauty around you, and/or watch something uplifting. While it may feel like it let us reassure you: You are not alone and together we will get through this.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 2

Here is another segment of the Wonders of Nature around us. Today we will be sharing photos from our Cyclist Photographer and another member’s photos of her garden. We hope you enjoy the beauty that can not only bring us comfort but also bring us peace and joy. If you like to join in and share the beauty around send us a message for more details. We love to share what brings joy to your heart.

Thank you to Carolyn for share the beauty found in your garden. From the butterflies to the flowers a little oasis of peace and intrigue.

Our cyclist photographer, has found some unique sights this week from the St. Clair River and everything in between including a bit of Swan Yoga. The Wonders of Nature abounds.

A Visit to the Toronto Zoo~~Part 8

Welcome to another segment of our virtual visit to the Toronto Zoo.  Today we will do a virtual Safari Drive Thru of the Zoo. What a wonderful way to see the different habitats and and feel like we are out for a wonderful Sunday drive. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful views, while leaving the driving up to them.