Thinking Thursdays, Trivia

Thinking Thursdays – Wuzzles

Wuzzles? What are Wuzzles? I’m glad you asked. Wuzzles (also called Bamboozables) are word puzzles. They are a saying or phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way. The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place, or thing that each Wuzzle is meant to represent. They are usually presented in a box, but not always (and sometimes the box is used as part of the clue, but most of the time it’s just a box). My biggest hint is to think out loud and describe what you see.

Need an example? Here’s one for you:

Noon Good

The answer to this one is “Good Afternoon” and we know this because the word “good” comes after the word “noon,” so Good – after – noon. Good Afternoon.

Let’s see how many of the ones below you can guess correctly. I have 10 Wuzzles listed below, followed by a picture to separate the Wuzzles from the answers. Remember, no peeking allowed!

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The Answers

  1. Count your blessings
  2. See you around
  3. Safety in numbers
  4. Final Frontier
  5. He’s on Cloud 9
  6. I’m in trouble
  7. Little did I know
  8. Ring Around the Rosie
  9. The Price is Right
  10. Step on the gas

Don’t forget to tell us how you did in the comments below!

Thinking Thursdays, Trivia

Thinking Thursdays – Riddles and Brainteasers

It’s time again for our Riddles and Brainteasers post for the month. Last month’s post really got your brain working out. Hopefully, today’s questions have you testing your mental agility again! As usual, we will post the 10 riddles below, then the answers, with a graphic separating the two, so hopefully you will notice if you start to scroll too far (but I won’t tell anyone if you cheat and peek at the answers!)

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

  1. One sunny afternoon, three men go for a ride on a hot air balloon over the Sahara desert. An hour into the trip, the balloon begins to lose altitude. A month later, someone found one of the ballooners laying on the desert sand dead, naked, and holding half a toothpick. What happened to him?
  2. A donkey travels a certain distance each day. Strangely enough, two of its legs travel 30 miles each day and the other two legs travel nearly 31 miles. It would seem that two of the donkey’s legs must be one mile ahead of the other two legs, but of course this can’t be true. Since the donkey is normal, how is this situation possible?
  3. Some say we are red, some say we are green. Some play us, some spray us. What are we?
  4. As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?
  5. The king dies and two men, the true heir and an impostor, both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance. Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly refuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir. Can you figure out why?
  6. A mother has three sick children. She has a 24-ounce bottle of medicine and needs to give each child eight ounces of the medicine. She is unable to get to the store and has only three clean containers, which measure 5, 11 and 13 ounces. The electricity is out and she has no way of heating water to wash the containers and doesn’t want to spread germs. How can she divide the medicine to give each child an equal portion without having any two children drink from the same container?
  7. A wealthy wise old woman feared that her daughter was lazy and as a result rather stupid. When the old woman died, her will stipulated that her assets were to be liquidated and a check was to be written for the full amount. The check was to be placed in one of three envelopes. The other two envelopes would contain a blank piece of paper. If the daughter could determine from the writing on the envelope which envelope contained the check, she would inherit her mother’s fortune. Otherwise, the fortune would go to the old woman’s favorite charity for animals. The daughter was not allowed to touch the envelopes. Her decision had to be made based on the writing on the envelopes. The daughter was told that only one envelope had a true statement and that the other two statements were false. The envelopes had the following writing: 1. This envelope does not have the check 2. This envelope has the check 3. The second envelope does not have the check. Which envelope should the daughter pick?
  8. Jack has 8 bricks. 7 of them weights the same amount and one is slightly heavier. Using a balance scale, how can Jack find the heavier brick in two weighings?
  9. What word starts with E and ends with E but only has one letter in it?
  10. A bus driver goes the wrong way on a one-way street. He passes the cops but they don’t stop him. Why?

The Answers

  1. As the balloon lost altitude, the men took off their clothes and threw them overboard to decrease the weight of the balloon. The balloon continued to drop so the men drew straws to see who would be forced to jump. The dead man in the desert drew the shortest one (the half toothpick).
  2. The donkey operates a mill and travels in a circular clockwise direction. The two outside legs will travel a greater distance than the two inside legs.
  3. Pepper
  4. One. The man, his wives, sacks, cats, and kittens aren’t going anywhere.
  5. The test was a blood test. The elders remembered that the true prince was a hemophiliac.
  6. Fill the 5 oz. and 11 oz. containers from the 24 oz. container. This leaves 8 oz. in the 24 oz. bottle. Next empty the 11 oz. bottle by pouring the contents into the 13 oz. bottle. Fill the 13 oz. bottle from the 5 oz. container (with 2 oz.) and put the remaining 3 oz. in the 11 oz. bottle. This leaves the 5 oz. container empty. Now pour 5 oz. from the 13 oz. bottle into the 5 oz. bottle leaving 8 oz. in the 13 oz. bottle. Finally pour the 5 oz. bottle contents into the 11 oz. bottle giving 8 oz. in this container.
  7. The daughter should pick envelope 1. If the check was in envelope 2, statements 1 and 2 would both be true. If the check was in envelope 3, statements 1 and 3 would both be true. If the check was in envelope 1, that would make statement 1 false, statement 2 false and statement 3 is the only true statement, making it the envelope with the cheque.
  8. First he split them in to piles of 3, 3, and 2 bricks. Then he weighs both groups of 3 with each other. If they balance he knows the brick is one of the 2 unweighed bricks and he can weigh them to find the heaver one. If the the stacks of 3 bricks do not balance, he will weigh 2 of the 3 bricks. If they balance he will know the brick left unweighed is heavier, or if they do not balance, he will find the heavier one.
  9. Envelope
  10. He was walking.

Thinking Thursdays, Trivia

Thinking Thursday – Name That Song #3

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post!

How does it work, you ask? We 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. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. I’ve added the year the song was released to give you a little hint. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

  1. I held you, held you tight. ‘Cause I love, love you so. Promise I’ll never let you go (1956)
  2. Do you remember when we used to sing? Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (1967)
  3. I’m gettin’ bugged driving up and down the same old strip. I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip. (1963)
  4. I will drive past your house and if the lights are all out, I’ll see who’s around (1978)
  5. “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then. You know we’ll have a good time then.” (1974)
  6. Life is a mystery. Everyone must stand alone. I hear you call my name and it feels like home. (1989)
  7. Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place where as a child I’d hide and pray for the thunder and the rain to quietly pass me by. (1987)
  8. Lyin’ on our backs and countin’ the stars where the cool grass grows (1987)
  9. And I’m here, to remind you of the mess you left when you went away (1995)
  10. Music hits me so hard, makes me say “Oh, my Lord. Thank you for blessing me with a mind to rhyme and two hyped feet” (1992)
  11. I remember it all very well, lookin’ back. It was the summer I turned eighteen. We lived in a one room, rundown shack on the outskirts of New Orleans. (1990)
  12. Every little thing I do never seems enough for you. You don’t want to lose it again, but I’m not like them (2000)
  13. If your callin’ ’bout the car I sold it. If this is Tuesday night I’m bowlin’. If you’ve got somethin’ to sell your wastin’ your time, I’m not buyin’.

The Answers

  1. In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
  2. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  3. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
  4. One Way or Another – Blondie
  5. Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  6. Like a Prayer – Madonna
  7. Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses
  8. Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  9. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
  10. Hammer Time – MC Hammer
  11. Fancy – Reba McEntire
  12. It’s Gonna Be Me – N Sync
  13. Austin – Blake Shelton

Thinking Thursdays, Trivia

Thinking Thursdays – Movie Titles

Today we are going back to the movies again! Just like last time, I have posted posters from famous movies. But they have had their titles removed! Can you guess the movie from the poster? If you are a movie buff, you should do pretty well with today’s trivia challenge. If not, that’s ok. You should still manage to do pretty good. All movies are/were very popular, both at the time of release and today. As an added bonus, I also included the year the movie was released to help you out. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

  1. From 1941

2. From 1954

3. From 1962

4. From 1968

5. From 1970

6. From 1977

7. From 1979

8. From 1983

9. From 1989

10. From 1990

11. From 1997

12. From 2000

13. From 2009

14. From 2014

15. From 2018

The Answers

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. Romeo & Juliet
  5. Love Story
  6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  7. The Jerk
  8. The Outsiders
  9. The Abyss
  10. Misery
  11. Contact
  12. The Perfect Storm
  13. 2012
  14. Interstellar
  15. A Quiet Place

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

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Thinking Thursdays – Wuzzles

Wuzzles? What are Wuzzles? I’m glad you asked. Wuzzles (also called Bamboozables) are word puzzles. They are a saying or phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way. The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place, or thing that each Wuzzle is meant to represent. They are usually presented in a box, but not always (and sometimes the box is used as part of the clue, but most of the time it’s just a box). My biggest hint is to think out loud and describe what you see.

Need an example? Here’s one for you:

Noon Good

The answer to this one is “Good Afternoon” and we know this because the word “good” comes after the word “noon,” so Good – after – noon. Good Afternoon.

Let’s see how many of the ones below you can guess correctly. I have 10 Wuzzles listed below, followed by a picture to separate the Wuzzles from the answers. Remember, no peeking allowed!

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All Wuzzles from Thinkable Puzzles

The Answers

  1. Count Dracula
  2. Little House on the Prairie
  3. Incomplete sentence
  4. Space Invaders
  5. I see you understand
  6. Hold on a minute
  7. Hand it over now
  8. Jukebox
  9. Half sister
  10. Foreign Policy

Don’t forget to tell us how you did below!

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Thinking Thursdays – Name That Song #2

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post! How does it work, you ask? We 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. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

The Lyrics

  1. They’re out to get you, better leave while you can, don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man.
  2. You know I’m just a fool who’s willing to sit around and wait for you.
  3. And I saw the surprise, and the fear in his eyes, when I took his glass of champagne.
  4. She says “We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.”
  5. Every little swallow, every chickadee, every little bird in the tall oak tree.
  6. Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals.
  7. I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face.
  8. I got my first real 6-string. Bought it at the five and dime.
  9. Remember to let her into your heart, then you can start to make it better.
  10. I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind, that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.

The Answers

  1. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  2. Hopelessly Devoted to You – Olivia Newton John
  3. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
  4. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  5. Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
  6. Baba O’Riley – The Who
  7. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  8. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  9. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  10. Your Song – Elton John

How did you do? Tell us your score in the comments!

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Trivia Thursday – Riddles and Brainteasers

The last Thursday of the month is going to be dedicated to presenting you with a series of 10 riddles and brain teasers. Not quite trivia, but we will still be turning the wheels in our heads and giving our gray matter a workout!

Below are our ten riddles for this week. Due to the need to schedule posts in advance, answers will not be in the comments, but will be placed below the questions. I will separate them with a graphic, just in case you get too scroll-happy!

Tell us in the comments how you did!

The Questions

  1. I have cities but no houses. I have mountains but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
  2. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?
  3. What word in the English language does the following: the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great man while the entire word signifies a great woman. What is the word?
  4. A girl has as many brothers as sisters, but each brother has only half as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are in the family?
  5. What are the next three letters in this combination:  OTTFFSS
  6. This belongs to you but everyone else uses it. What is it?
  7. You have 2 jugs before you, a 5-litre jug, and a 3-litre jug. Your task is to fill one of the jugs with exactly 4 litres of water using a nearby tap. How do you do this?
  8. What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
  9. If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?
  10. There are three playing cards in a row on the table in front of you, left to right, Position 1, Position 2, and Position 3. There is a two to the right of a king. A diamond is to the left of a spade. An ace is to the left of a heart. A heart is to the left of a spade. What are the three cards, in order?
Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com

The Answers

  1. A map
  2. The letter R
  3. Heroine (He, Her, Hero, Heroine)
  4. Four sisters and three brothers
  5. ENT (One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten)
  6. Your name
  7. Follow these steps:
    1. Fill the 3L jug (3L jug has 3L of water in it, 5L jug is empty).
    2. Transfer the water in the 3L jug to the 5L jug (3L empty, 5L has 3L of water in it).
    3. Fill the 3L jug again (3L jug has 3L of water, 5L jug has 3L of water in it).
    4. Transfer water from the 3L jug to the 5L jug until the 5L jug is full (5L jug is now full, 3L jug has 1L water that would not fit in the 5L jug).
    5. Dump out the 5L jug (3L jug still has 1L of water, 5L jug is now empty)
    6. Transfer the 1L of water in the 3L jug to the 5L jug (3L jug is now empty, 5L jug has 1L of water in it.
    7. Fill the 3L jug (3L jug has 3L of water, 5L jug has 1L of water in it).
    8. Transfer the water from the 3L jug into the 5L jug (3L jug is now empty, 5L jug now has 4L in it!)
  8. Queue
  9. 2. 11 o’clock plus 2 hours = 1 o’clock, so 9 o’clock plus 5 hours = 2 o’clock
  10. Ace of Diamonds, King of Hears, Two of Spades
    • (Explanation: It’s easiest to figure out the Suits order then the card number. Both the diamond and the heart are to the left of the spade, so spade is in Position 3. Because there is an ace to the left of the heart, the heart cannot be in Position 1, meaning it must be in Position 2, leaving the diamond in Position 1. Next, work on the order of the card numbers. We already know that the ace is to the left of the heart (which is in position 2), so the ace must be in Position 1. And since the two is to the right of the king, the king must be in Position 2 and the two must be in Position 3).
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Trivia Thursday – Movie Titles

Today, we are going to the movies! Well, kind of. For today’s trivia, I have posted movie posters from famous movies. But they have had their titles removed! Can you guess the movie from the poster? If you are a movie buff, you should do pretty well with today’s trivia challenge. If not, that’s ok. You should still manage to do pretty good. All movies are/were very popular, both at the time of release and today. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

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Trivia Thursday

My birthday is tomorrow, and while I’m not usually one to make a big fuss over my birthday (especially as I get older!), with this crazy lockdown, we have to seize every chance we get to be happy and celebrate. So when I had to come up with this week’s Thursday Trivia, I figured “why not?”  I did take pity on all of you readers though. I was originally going to have both the trivia questions and the story be birthday-focused, but instead just went with the trivia questions themselves. And because today’s post is a bit late getting published, I figured I would throw in a few bonus questions, so instead of the normal 10 questions, you get 14. And no, I did not pick 14 questions because my birthday is on the 14th. That is just a coincidence. I promise.

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. This is the most celebrated birthday in the world.
  2. In the time between birthdays, your hair will grow by ____ centimetres.
  3. In the time between birthdays, there will have been 50,000 of these around the world.
  4. In the time between birthdays, this will have grown by 76,570,430 across the world.
  5. This month accounts for 9% of all births, the most of any month.
  6. The Happy Birthday song is rarely sung on TV because a _______ on the song means studios must pay a licensing fee. The owners of the song make about $2million every year!
  7. Don’t give this item as a birthday gift in China. It’s bad luck!
  8. The ancient ______s believed that the smoke from blown-out candles lifted prayers and wishes to the gods. That’s why we have candles on our cakes today!
  9. Birthday celebrations evolved over time. The first society we have record of celebrating birthdays are the ancient ______.
  10. Early Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays, as they viewed it as pagan. In the middle ages, they instead celebrated these venerable figures that they were frequently named after. Eventually, it evolved into celebrating individual birthdays.
  11. The Happy Birthday song was originally created by these two sisters in 1893. It was originally called Good Morning to All. The words have changed, but the melody is the same.
  12. In this country, a newborn is considered age 1. Thus, a 1-year-old in the West, as well as most other parts of the world, would be aged 2 years in that country.
  13. More babies are born on this day of the week than any other.
  14. The fewest number of babies are born on this day of the week.

The Story

The Last Day of School

Charlotte looked at the clock for the thousandth time in two minutes. The day was going so slow! The teacher was droning on about something. What it was, Charlotte couldn’t tell. She was focused more on the clock and all the plans she and her friends had for the summer. If only the silly thing would move faster, they could get on with the good times! Just 10 minutes left before her summer fun could begin.

“What are you doing on your summer vacation, Charlotte?” Mrs. Roman asked. Apparently, that was what she had been talking about – everyone’s summer plans – because now it was Charlotte’s turn. Even though she was caught off guard by the question, she was able to answer quickly.

“Tuesday, we are going to the beach. Next Sunday, we will be having a picnic with our church in the park. It will be lots of fun – they will have lots of games and stuff. I’m going to have a pool party in July for my birthday. And in August, my family rents a cottage for a week up in Muskoka. My whole family goes; my grandparents, my aunts and uncles and cousins, and of course my family.”

“That sounds like a lot of fun things you will be doing. What about you Jacob?” Mrs. Roman continued down the line.

“I’m gonna be TikTok famous!” Jacob declared. “Either that or I will get famous by streaming Among Us and COD and stuff on Twitch and YouTube!”

The teacher tried to look enthusiastic, but eventually gave up and instead said “That sounds interesting and I’m so glad you are enthusiastic about it, but it’s all Greek to me!” Some of the kids understood what that meant while others just looked puzzled. But with only four minutes of school left, no one was going to ask Mrs. Roman to explain.

Bobby Moore did pipe up though. “Make sure you get your videos copyrighted or whatever. You don’t want someone else making money off your videos! Trust me, my uncle is a lawyer.” The class laughed.

Charlotte stole a glance at the clock again. 4 minutes! She tried not to squirm in her seat. She wasn’t like her little sister who, according to Grandma, had the patience of a saint. She tried to pay attention to what all her friends were telling the class going to be doing this summer, but she was only partially listening. She did manage to hear that Mandy was going to volunteer at an animal shelter, Li was going to visit her family in China, Evan was gong to play soccer, and Trevor was just going to sit by the pool all summer. Dan said something that made the class laugh, but Charlotte missed it as she watched the second hand slowly work its way around.

As the seconds ticked slowly by, more and more students, and eventually Mrs. Roman all stared at the clock.

Three… Two… One…

Students were bolting out of their seats before the bell even started to ring. Mrs. Roman was yelling at everyone to slow down and be careful and have a safe summer and that she would see them in September. No one really heard as they all raced for the door.

It looked like a stampede and shook the room like an earthquake! It was crazy. And Charlotte was in the thick of it.

Eventually (it felt like eventually, but was probably only a few seconds), the logjam at the door cleared and she was able to make her way to her locker.

Mildred and Patty Hill, twin sisters and friends of Charlotte’s, fought their way through the entire school population it seemed like to get over to Charlotte’s locker. Patty tugged on Charlotte’s arm to get her attention and asked, “Will we be invited to your pool party?”

“Of course,” Charlotte responded. “I’m going to invite everyone. The whole class. A girl only turns 12 once!”

Mildred giggled, “You will have so many presents, it will look like Christmas Day!”

“That’s the plan!” Charlotte laughed. The three girls linked arms and skipped out of the school to enjoy their summer vacation.

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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
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.