Trivia Thursday – Name That Song

We are changing up our Trivia Thursdays a bit here at the WAAC website. Don’t worry, we are still going to have our popular Trivia Stories, but we are going to mix it up a bit. This means that going forward, Trivia Stories will be every other week and we will have other fun trivia posts the other Thursdays. You already got a taste of that a couple of weeks ago, with our Close-Up Challenge.

This week, we are having a Name That Song Trivia. How does it work? I have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. How many can you guess correctly? The answers will be in the comment section as always.

The Lyrics

  1. When I was just a baby my mama told me, “Son, always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns”
  2. You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!
  3. Friday night and the lights are low. Looking out for a place to go.
  4. Strangers, waitin’ up and down the boulevard
  5. Tin roof. Rusted!
  6. Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you
  7. The best thing about bein’ a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun
  8. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
  9. And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief” they point the cannon at you, Lord
  10. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

Trivia Thursday – The Baldoon Mystery, Pt 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of The Baldoon Mystery Trivia Thursday!

Last week, we posted the first half of the story of the Baldoon Witch, our own local legend, complete with 10 trivia questions whose answers were found within the story. This week we have the second half of the story for you, with ten new questions. 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 find them all?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you did. Missed the first half of our story last week? No problem! Click to read Part One and test yourself.

Ready…. Set… Go!

The Questions

  1. Some restaurants serve this all day.
  2. People without permanent homes, who tend to move based on the migratory habits of their livestock.
  3. Members of a religious group sent into an area to promote their faith or perform services.
  4. Traditional healers and spiritual leaders who serve a community of indigenous people of the Americas.
  5. A meeting in which someone (usually in a professional capacity) talks to a person about a problem or question.
  6. Though it is not found naturally in the state, this opalescent stone is the gemstone of the state of Florida.
  7. If you are an optimist, every cloud has a lining make of this precious metal.
  8. While the turkey and ham are now typically served with Christmas dinner, this fowl was the traditional Christmas meat for hundreds of years – and still is in many cultures.
  9. A thin strip of wood in the mouthpiece of main woodwind instruments.
  10. Because this mode of transportation was less dependent on wind patterns, new trade routes were opened, leading to the first wave of trade globalization in the mid-1800s.

The Story

Lauchlan MacDougald, another child of the Baldoon settlement and Wallaceburg pioneer, remembered the event well. “I was going up the river in a boat that morning in company with James Johnson, Sr., and William Fisher,” he said. “When we were opposite MacDonald’s place we perceived that John’s house was on fire, but as we were some distance from it we saw that it would be gone before we could reach it. The family were at breakfast yet and had not discovered the danger. Mr. Dan MacDonald’s house was nearer to us, and as they saw the fire they hailed us and asked us to assist them to carry out their furniture as they expected their own habitation would soon be in flames. We landed and helped them to carry out everything. In the meantime John’s house and barn were reduced to ashes together with all they contained, the family barely escaping with their lives. [John] came to us without his coat, saying that the clothes he had on were all they had saved.” 

The community helped the MacDonalds to replenish the losses they had suffered in the fire, and the family of five sought temporary refuge with John’s brother-in-law while they undertook efforts to rebuild their log cabin. But no sooner had they taken quarter when similar annoyances began to occur. After several little fires spontaneously broke out, the MacDonalds were forced to seek shelter elsewhere, fearing that the brother-in-law’s house too would burn. The strange activity followed the family wherever it went; and for a period of time they lived like nomads, moving from place to place, unable to find solace. Finally they gathered up all the old sails they could find in the neighbourhood and rigged up a tent to shelter them. But they could not live like that for long; once winter set in, even the haunted log cabin was preferable to the frigid tent. After the family moved back indoors, John resumed all efforts to remove the poltergeist, seeking counsel from Protestant missionaries, native medicine men, and Catholic priests. Nothing worked.

Then John learned from a traveller about a doctor in Long Point, a town eighty miles away, whose daughter was said to be possessed with the gift of second sight. Rev. McDorman accompanied John on the two-day journey to the house of Dr. J. F. Troyner; upon arrival, they implored him to allow a consultation with the fifteen-year-old Dinah. The girl listened to John’s miserable story, and then retired to her bedroom to read her moonstone. Miss Troyner emerged from her chambers, exhausted and dishevelled, three hours later and reported that an old woman who lived in a long log house sought to drive the MacDonalds from their property. This, said Miss Troyner, was the source of all John’s difficulties. She asked John if he had seen a stray goose wandering his farm since the troubles had begun. After he replied that he had been seeing a strange goose in his flock now and again for some time, Miss Troyner told him to shoot it with a bullet cast of solid silver, for lead would do it no harm. The girl insisted that the old woman would be similarly wounded, and the hauntings would come to an end.

As soon as John MacDonald arrived home the next evening, he melted a piece of sterling silver into a bullet just as Miss Troyner had instructed. Rifle in hand, he searched for the goose in the field, and at first sight fired the silver bullet directly into its black wing. The goose gave a shriek like a human being in agony and escaped through the reeds under the cover of darkness. The next day, John and several companions ventured passed the long log house owned by the elderly Mrs. Buchanan. There the old woman sat on her front porch in an agitated state, nursing a broken arm. No more supernatural manifestations disturbed the MacDonald property thereafter.

As the story passed into history, eyewitness testimonials from prominent local figures lent the tale credibility and assured the continued spreading of its fame. Forty years later, Neil McDonald, John’s youngest son, interviewed twenty-six older local villagers that had witnessed the haunting. He collected their statements and published them serially in the Wallaceburg News; afterwards, the stories were collected into a booklet and published under the title, The Baldoon Mystery: An Intriguing Story of Witchcraft near Wallaceburg, Ontario. The story continued to circulate into the twentieth century: in the 1920s, the Northern Navigation Grand Trunk Route offered day-cruises from Detroit to Chatham aboard the Thousand Islander steamship. When the ship passed through Wallaceburg on the Chenal Ecarte, deckhands were quick to point out the “haunted house” to enthusiastic patrons. The Baldoon Mystery soon became one of Ontario’s most famous ghost stories, securing a lasting legacy for the little Scottish settlement.

Trivia Thursday – The Baldoon Mystery, Pt 1

Today is the first in a 2-part Trivia Thursday! 

I have always loved the mystery of the Baldoon Witch – I even wrote a paper on it in college. Given its mystery and its local history, I decided to use it as the basis for our Trivia Thursday. Usually when making our trivia posts, we come up with a list of trivia questions and then write a story to fit the answers ourselves. But as I discovered when writing that paper in college, all the sources related to the Baldoon Witch tell the exact same story in almost the exact same way. So this time, we took the existing lore and developed our questions from that.

As usual the trivia questions will be listed below, along with the first half of our story, which has the answers hidden within it. 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 find them all?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you did. And don’t forget to come back next week for Part Two!

Ready…. Set… Go!

The Questions

  1. This country has a unicorn as their national animal
  2. Over the course of 300 years (from 1450 to 1750) approximately 50,000 people – mostly women – were executed for practicing this
  3. What is the first name of the Scottish national hero that our town in named for?
  4. The English _________ is the busiest shipping area in the world, accommodating more than 500 ships per day, even though it is only 34km wide in some spots.
  5. A place that people visit for pleasure and interest, usually while they are on holiday.
  6. This town, established in 1797 along the Detroit River, is now part of the city of Windsor.
  7. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) is collectively referred to as what?
  8. This interior design style is defined by practicality and comfort, relying on readily available materials and colors and features wood elements and white tones.
  9. The type of speech given by the loser, usually in a political election setting.
  10. The most famous one of these was actually just a disfigured man best known for his singing voice and dropping a chandelier on a crowd of people.

The Story

The mystery centres around a poltergeist that haunted the family of John MacDonald for three years. John was the eldest son of Donald and Flora MacDonald, two of the original Baldoon pioneers who came from Scotland to Lord Selkirk’s planned settlement in 1804. John had been just six years old when the family emigrated from Kirkcudbrightshire; he grew to maturity on the Baldoon settlement, married a local girl, and in 1826 acquired a farm of his own in Lot A of the 4th Concession.. This lot was coveted by other people in the area, particularly one elderly woman by the name of Buchanan who offered many times to purchase the land from John. He refused her requests and built his large frame farmhouse upon the land

On 28 October 1829, a pole suddenly crashed down from the ceiling as the women of the family and some neighbour girls were preparing straw in the barn, (The barn was made of logs, having above its main floor a ceiling of poles that formed a loft open at the ends and floored with the poles.) Startled but unnerved, the women assumed it was no matter and resumed their work. Several minutes later, a second pole dropped. Finding this strange, they examined the ceiling but could see no reason as to why the two poles had fallen. They resumed their work and forgot about the fallen poles as they became engrossed in conversation. Suddenly, a third pole crashed into their midst – now terrified, the women dashed out of the barn and into the house.

Strange things continued to happen. Stones, seemingly thrown by a phantom, pelted the farmhouse until every window was shattered. When visitors and family members examined the stones, they found that they were smooth and damp, as though they had been flung from the bed of the river that ran right in front of the house. The roof leaked when it wasn’t raining. Mysterious little fires broke out all over the house. “I saw the house take fire upstairs in ten different places at once,” recalled William Fleury, who lived just up the road from the McDonald family. Once the earth moved the very foundations of the house – and only the McDonald house was shaken by this earthquake. Pots and pans inexplicably crashed from the counters and tables.

“At the time of this trouble,” reported local resident William Stewart, “I lived about three quarters of a mile from the place and was present and saw for myself many of these strange things. Mr. Alex Brown, with the others, took a number of lead balls that came in through the window, marked them, tied them in a bag, and dropped them in to the centre of the Channel Ecarte, in about 36 feet of water, and in a short time the ball came back through the window. I was present when the barn was burned and also when a man by the name of Harmon was preaching there. At this time a large stone came right through the door, breaking out one of the panels, and rolled in front of the minister. The stone apparently had come out of the water. A search was made about the house, but no person could be seen. I also saw a loaf of bread move off the table and dance around the room. The owner of the house, John T. McDonald, I know to be a very respectable man.”

As news of these occurrences spread, hundreds of curiosity seekers from the surrounding areas began to visit the house in hopes of witnessing poltergeist activity first-hand – even the Toronto Globe reported the events as they occurred. The McDonalds took advantage of the situation and profited as a tourist attraction until their safety was really threatened:

“I went with my father to see what was going on at Belledoon for I was very young at that time,” H. Drulard later recalled. “We saw a pot rise from a hearth and chase a dog outside and all around the yard. It could not get away from the pot, for it would hit the dog and he would yell and howl with all his might. I saw an old fashioned butcher knife pass through a crowd of fifty men and strike into the wall the whole length of a ten-inch blade. This happened in 1830.”

After a local Methodist preacher, Reverend McDorman, tried to exorcise the spirits, the poltergeist became more violent: healthy livestock suddenly began to die in the middle of the night. Horses dropped dead in their stalls; the ox died in the field while still connected to the plough. Hogs and chickens withered and passed away. The family would awaken in the middle of the night to the slow, steady tread of men marching in the kitchen. Robert Baker, a Michigan schoolmaster who had a great interest in the subject of witchcraft, tried next to exorcise the spirit by nailing a horseshoe above the front door of the farmhouse and invoking the Holy Trinity. Not only were his efforts in vain, but local authorities prosecuted him for attempting to perform witchcraft. Mr. Baker was convicted at trial in Sandwich and sentenced to a year in prison; the Lieutenant-Governor, however, heard his appeal and granted him a pardon on 6 May 1830. And still the hauntings continued, and they became more violent. The baby screamed as its cradle rocked of its own volition; it was said that two men had to hold the cradle for the mother to rescue the infant. Guns went off while no one was holding them. The fires broke out with increased frequency and became harder to put out. And then the entire home burned to the ground.

This version of the Baldoon Mystery by Windsor’s Scottish Heritage website.

Trivia Thursday

Today’s Trivia Thursday is a little different. We know that many of you have not been to the Centre for a while and miss it. We also got a new camera that I really wanted to play with we needed to test out . So what we did is take close up pictures of things around the centre. Your job is to guess what everything is. Haven’t been in the Centre in a long time? That’s ok! You should still be able to guess what most of these are. There are ___ close ups posted below. Below that are the full pictures. Some of the close ups are zoomed in from the same angle, while others are meant to challenge you by taking the pictures at a more unusual angle. We left a lot of space between the close ups and full pictures, but be careful not to scroll too far until you are ready.

How well do you know our Centre? Tell us below how many you got right!

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The Answers:

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Card rack near the front entrance

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Exercise balls in the Exercise Room upstairs

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Exercise bike in the large Fitness Room

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Pool cue rack

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Ramp railing

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Cake stand from Sue’s Kitchen

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Yoga mats

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Pocket from one of our pool tables

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Hand weights

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Flowery Flyswatter

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First Aid Kit near the Dining Room

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Large tree painting in the exercise room

Trivia Thursday

Today is the 48th edition of our Trivia Thursday, and my first attempt at making a trivia post! With it being so lovely outside, I wanted to make today’s trivia post full of interesting little tidbits about Spring! Test your knowledge and see how much you know about this wonderful season!

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 find all the answers?

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

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

The Questions:

  1. What is usually (but not always) the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere?
  2. Which holiday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal (Spring) Equinox?
  3. What myth is associated with the first day of Spring?
  4. These two flowers are usually the earliest to bloom each spring.
  5. This day is observed internationally as a day to raise awareness a bout environmental issues.
  6. The opening of the cherry blossom in March or April signals the start of spring in this country.
  7. According to Greek myth, the return of spring coincides with the return of this goddess.
  8. Spring is the most popular season to make this large purchase.
  9. The early Egyptians built this monument so that it points directly toward the rising sun on the spring equinox.
  10. These flighty creatures are more likely to swarm during the spring but are actually more docile than at other times of the year.
  11. April Fools Day is believed to have started in 16th century France when this was changed from the Julian version to the Gregorian version. With this change, the observation of New Year’s changed from April 1st to January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate on April 1st were called “April Fools.”

The Story:

Three sisters, Elizabeth, Jane, and Lydia, were out for a walk one mid-April day. The trees were starting to bud, and the tulips and daffodils were poking through the soil beside the path. The birds were singing, the honeybees were flying from flower to flower, and the laughs of children playing could be heard.

It was the first time they had seen each other in several weeks. They walked and talked about their husbands, their kids, their jobs, and got caught up with one another. Eventually the subject changed to where the sisters wanted to take their next vacation.

Elizabeth, always the most adventurous and definitely the most quirky said “I want to do one of those weird tours where you go see creepy things. I would love to go to Japan and see how close I can get to that nuclear powerplant that had a meltdown and see the Haunted Forest.” Her sisters looked at her like she was crazy.

Lydia said that she would love to go on a cruise or to a tropical beach somewhere. “Anything with a beach, basically,” was how she put it.

Jane, always the most practical of them all, said “I was thinking of buying a house actually.”

“In this market? It’s a seller’s dream right now. You think you can find a house at a decent price? You’d have better luck balancing an egg on its tip!” Lydia exclaimed.

“Really Jane, sometimes you have to live a little.” Elizabeth pushed. “Make some memories. Where is someplace you have always wanted to go?”

“Well, I have always wanted to see the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx…”  

“Ooh. That would definitely be an awesome trip!” Elizabeth said, nodding.

Lydia exclaimed “Hey! I just had an idea! We should all go together. It can be a chance for us to hang out for more than a few hours. Jane, you have gotten so busy with little Persephone, and Elizabeth, I haven’t see you since New Year’s.”

“I love that idea, Lydia!” Elizabeth said. “Let me just check my calendar and see when I can make it work.”  She pulled out her agenda and started flipping through it. The other sisters did the same.

“Well, I’ve got a huge project coming up at work. It’s going to take months to finish.  Plus, I need a little time to save up for a trip.” Lydia said.

Elizabeth thought. “Well, what about next March?” That gives us nearly a year to save up.”

“Isn’t Easter in March next year?” Jane questioned.

Lydia checked. “Nope. It’s in the middle of April next year. Close to Mom’s birthday. And Earth Day apparently” she said, looking at her calendar app.  

“The kids have March Break until the 20th. They go back to school on March 21st. Can we leave after that?” Elizabeth requested. “Darcy is great with the kids, but I would feel bad taking off on a trip and leaving him alone to take care of them all day. Plus waiting until after March Break should be cheaper.”

“Yeah, that works for me” Jane said, nodding.

“Me too” Lydia smiled.

“Great! It’s a date then!” Elizabeth declared.

The sisters kept walking, enjoying the warm spring sunshine, and talking of all the sites they wanted to see when next spring came around.

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.

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.  

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.”

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.

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.

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.