13 November 2007

To relieve November-itis--Meme tag!

November has decided it's going to REALLY act like the NO-month so far this week. When I got up this morning, it was snowing again, but now we're into the dreary, cold hard driving rain, accompanied, of course, by wind. Great....however, in my green and flowery office it's warm, I can watch the cats watching 'bird television' out the window (and I can watch the birds too.) I have six flowering plants in here all sporting blooms, which helps to chase back the dreariness, and hubby just brought in coffee with cream and a little honey in it--and promises he's baking a pie later. An apple pie, of course, using two beloved old cultivars, Kings and Cox Orange Pippins--I could go into a full fledged rant about overhyped and tasteless apples that are flogged for sale at the supermarkets, but...oh, yeah, I DID just do that, in an article in Rural Delivery magazine about old and new apple cultivars.

So life is fine, just grey outside...

...so to compensate for the grey, and to take a break from my writing assignments and picking out three photos for tonight's photography course class, a little amusement; Theresa tagged me to engage in another meme, and while it's not necessarily garden related, it can be a fun way to get to know our fellow bloggers. I'm actually cooking up a garden-meme but it isn't ready yet.

Before I post my own answers, here are The Rules: I have no idea who started this particular meme, but that's okay, because it's all in good fun.

When tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you.
Then post the rules before your list, and list eight random things about yourself.
At the end of the post, you must tag and link to eight other people.

Okay, here we go with my eight random things:
1. My favourite gemstone is labradorite, a semi-precious stone (technically, a plagioclase feldspar, aren't you glad I told you that???) that is iridescent with colours of the sea, and IS found in Labrador, as well as Madagascar, Finland, and New South Wales, Australia. (How curious is that?) My father brought me some raw pieces of labradorite when I was a kid, and I still have them around here somewhere. A favourite talisman, though probably from Madagascar labradorite, is my heart-shaped stone that I bought in St. John's last year.

2. I have a Canadian Coast Guard 'logbook', which gets signed and stamped by first officers and captains when I go aboard a Canadian Coast Guard ship as a freelance sailor/journalist. In another life, I was obviously a sailor--perhaps a pirate!

3. One of my favourite foods is cranberries, which we pick wild around here every autumn. Cranberries aren't just delicious, their vines are gorgeous as groundcovers, and this time of year finds them turning deep, rich burgundy in colour, nice for decorating wreaths and centrepieces.

4. My longsuffering spouse not only bakes pies, he helps with housework, laundry, barn chores, builds garden furniture, edges garden beds, cooks some of the meals, and is as cat-crazy as I am. Okay, that wasn't all about me, but he's half of my being...and because I work from home, the fact that he helps out so much is a big deal to me.

5. The only thing I know how to knit really well is heavy socks, using a pattern and wool yarn from Briggs and Little wool mills (celebrating 150 years in business this year!) in Harvey Station, NB.

6. I like cod tongues and cheeks better than lobster--and they're almost equally expensive, cod being as rare as it is these days...

7. My Masters thesis at Acadia University was on Canadian writer Timothy Findley, and my honours thesis was on Canadian writer Jack Hodgins. I still re-read both authors books on a regular basis.

8. I used to be a volunteer firefighter and medical first responder, the first woman in the history of the Canning Volunteer Fire Department. I'm immensely proud of all the volunteer fire departments and firefighters in our province--it's hard enough to run into a scene that everyone else runs away from (a burning building or a vehicle crash)--but to do it voluntarily, rather than as a paid profession? My hat is always off to volunteers, but especially to firefighters.

And now...for my tag victims....we're going to go wildly international!

Debi at Giraffe Head Tree in the southern US (Alabama, Debi? I forget!)
Materfamilias on an island in British Columbia
Ewa's in the Garden near Warsaw, Poland!
Lisa at Greenbow, Indiana
Preetilata is looking out her White Window in India
Princess Haiku creates her temporal beauty in California (should that be Kollifornya, like Ahnold says?)
Candice creates her Postcards and Canvas in Queensland, Australia
And back home in Nova Scotia, Nancy shares her thoughts and images at Soliloquy


  1. I'll play. :) But first I wanted to comment on your random entries.

    My daughter gave me a rock tumbler for my birthday several years ago, and since then, I've studied a lot of mineralogy and geology, thanks to her university texts. Labradorite is beautiful indeed and I have a dainty bracelet made from this stone, slightly darker and bluer than your stone in this photo. :)

    I taught many dozens of Coast Guard rescue specialists their courses and spent weeks on ships like the Louis, Terry Fox, and smaller cutters. They're a great bunch of guys! While I forget many names, I did teach some from the Matthew, and I'm certain they'd remember mine. ;)

    My ex-husband grew up on a 200-year-old farm in the Rawdon Hills, with his parents and "grandmotherly" aunt. Aunt Anna, myself, and my two girls used to pick cranberries from a mossy bog in a pasture that was a good distance from the barn and house. We'd pick cranberries for Thanksgiving and Christmas and they were a deeper red and a richer flesh than most we find in stores today. Delicious!

    Your hubby sounds like a keeper. :) Anyone who brings you coffee is okay in my books! And I can't knit...wait, I can't knit well. And I come from a family of beautiful knitters. I wish I could knit now that I have a grandson to knit for. :) I crochet, though.

    My S/O (Charlie) LOVES cod cheeks and tongues and cooks them. Sorry, I'll take a big plate of scallops -- I can't get past the tongues! :P

    I, too, used to be a volunteer firefighter in the Walton Shore Volunteer Fire Dept. I helped implement the first MFR program in Hants County way back in 1992 (before the orange tags:) and taught the MFR program in HRM for years. I even acted as interim Chief for a few months while the restless natives fought among themselves and finally chose a more appropriate candidate for the office! I have the utmost respect for our volunteer departments as well and for the camaraderie you find within them.

    Great list...I'll play this evening! Thanks for tagging me, though I'm sure mine won't be half as interesting as yours. :) Sorry this was so long!

  2. PS While standing here doing the dishes, I just realized that I recertified some of your Canning First Responders and taught them (along with Gerry Parfitt) their AED (defibrillator) course! It was probably close to 8-9 years ago now. You don't have to include this in comments...I just wanted to say. Small world.

  3. Sorry you have snow already! It is too soon! Love that labradorite heart! I can see why you like that stone. Wish I had a piece of that pie! Thanks for sharing!

  4. As always, those were interesting facts ... the Labradorite is beautiful. I've only tasted cod tongues once and like Nancy above, I think I'd go for lobster instead. Maybe you need to be born in NFLD to appreciate this delicacy!

  5. What a fun list, Jodi! And I love labradorite--I have several rings, a bracelet set with it, and even a pendant. The colors remind me of the sea so it's very fitting for you. :)

  6. It's always nice to get to know your fellow garden bloggers a bit better. Love that heart of labradorite, it's colours are simply gorgeous. No wonder you love it so much. Congrats on selecting your spouse, he sounds like a pretty good hubby to have around. The man loves cats, need I say more? ;-)

    You were a volunteer firefighter and a medical first responder too? Well Jodi, I take my imaginary hat off to you!!!

  7. And now I know you even better! Thanks for sharing these tidbits about yourself.

    That Labradorite is stunning! I can see why you love it!

  8. How do you get the pictures of your fur family down the side of your blog? I want to introduce my family that way on mine, but can't figure out how you did it. You can reply in private if you want at mommy4katie@aol.com

  9. I got tagged and participated as well. Your 8 randoms are especially intriguing.

    I've also just finished working on a draft of my post for tomorrow. I'm referring/linking to your blog in my blog to segue an intro of my pets.

    It's always fascinating reading your posts!

    Diane at Sand to Glass

  10. Hi Jodi,

    Thank you so much for including me in your meme list.

    You have such a wonderfully random list - the Coast Guard Logbook was a gem.

    I've just started a new contract at a Community Garden City Farm so expect to see some post about my adventures there in the future.

    Cheers, C
    ps. when you get sick of the snow and rain, try to feel blessed because it is a drought in Australia and most Australias have never seen snow!

  11. Dear Jodi,
    I am honoured to be a part of meme tag. I am workin on it, cos I need to learn more new stuff about editing in my blog. I will finalize my meme coming weekend.

  12. I just did it :) have fun.

  13. hi!! dear fren !! hw r u?
    wowww this ws a grt way 2 know u. its a very nicely writtn tag.
    (sorry 4 commnting late.)

    thnx 4 taggin me. m honoured. but i will do d tag a li'l latter as m busy with my xms. if i get time in between i will do it else after my xms. i hope u wont mind.

    tk cr
    :) :) :)


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