Sunday, 30 March 2008

Cabane a Sucre

Philippe and Laurel were in town this weekend and we spent a gorgeous morning at the Ti-Mousse sugar bush in Papineauville. An all-you-can-eat breakfast was on tap which included ham, potatoes, eggs, home-made preserves, "oreilles-de-christ" and , of course, pancakes and maple syrup.
There appeared to be some mixed reactions over breakfast. Some seemed more excited than others...
There was an interesting collection of antique wood-cutting implements in the room where the maple sap is boiled...
And you don't go to the sugar bush without trying some "tire sur la neige"...
But it was hard for me to figure out what was the sweetest; the "tire sur la neige" or...

Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney
Music: The Best of... The Texas Tornados

Thursday, 27 March 2008

McR.I.P.

My hero, Herb Peterson, the man who invented the Egg McMuffin, died at his Santa Barbara home on Tuesday at the age of 89.

Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney

Music: Octopus by Gentle Giant

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Spring Has Sprung

Well, not exactly. But 3 degrees and sunshine, this is the nicest day we've had since spring arrived. I've been itching to get out and get some air, some sun and some exercise. Today was the day. I visited Hog's Back Falls and snapped some photos...

The sun was bright, the air was warm...but there's still lots of snow...

Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney (p. 664 - hey, this is tough slogging! Interesting, but not a page turner.)
Music: No Promises by Carla Bruni






Saturday, 22 March 2008

Happy Easter!


Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney (546 of 1054 pages!)
Music: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Awareness Test


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Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney

Music: River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Politics Then & Now

Then...
...and now


Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney

Music: Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! by Corb Lund

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Let's Dance

With all the doctors' appointments on the horizon my dance card's getting pretty full. Saw Dr. Boisvert, my kidney specialist, yesterday. He's quite happy overall with my recent test results, save my cholesterol (around 5) and my high blood pressure.

He's upped the dosage of my blood pressure medication and prescribed Crestor for the cholesterol. In mid-April he's going to have me do a 24 hour blood pressure monitoring session.

Meanwhile, I'm back to see Dr Granger, my GP next Tuesday, and the following day I have an appointment with endocronoligist Dr Lochman at the Riverside Hospital.

Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney

Music: Vagabonds by Gary Louris

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Enough Already!

Well, we got somewhere in the area of an additional 36-38cm of snow last night. The ski operators must be doing well these days! We went to Megan's for dinner last night. The drive was somewhat trecherous, more so on the way out than on the way back because while we were there the plows had a chance to do their thing. Below is what we arrived home to see...


Maryse shoveled the sidewalk. Here's a before and after...

And here's after after, this morning....

Here's the view of the backyard out the patio door...
Out one of the kitchen windows...
And out the other kitchen window...


Enough already!


Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney

Music: Asking for Flowers by Kathleen Edwards

Friday, 7 March 2008

28cm Down - 30 To Go







Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney
Music: Till The Sun Turns Black by Ray Lamontagne



The Cat Who Thinks She's a Soft Drink


Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney
Music: Surrender by Jane Monheit

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Snow Blows

28 centimetres Wednesday with 10-15 more on the way Friday/Saturday. Blechhh!


Book: Memoirs by Brian Mulroney
Music: In Rainbows by Radiohead

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Spandex...The Miracle Fabric



Book: The Appeal by John Grisham

Music: My Name is Buddy by Ry Cooder

Sunday, 2 March 2008

February Medical Update

Things appear to be going well health-wise. Visited Dr Granger, my GP, a week ago and apart from reporting that I'd come down with a cold, everything seemed okee-dokee. Wednesday last week brought great news from the postman. The SAAQ has finally reinstated my driver's license! So I was able to drive myself to my appointment at the multiple myeloma clinic - the first time I've driven since August.

At the clinic, Dr. Atkins found nothing out of the ordinary, save a "crackling" in my lungs, due to my cold. In addition to blood and urine tests, he sent me for a chest x-ray and provided me with a prescription for antibiotics to guard against pneumonia.

He also indicated he wanted me to undergo a bone-scan to determine my bone density and if all goes well he'll take me off my monthly pamidronate IV. I must be doing okay because my next appointment is in early May.

I went to the Hull hospital for blood an urine tests a week ago, tests that my kidney specialist, Dr Boisvert, had asked for. Subsequently, his office called and set up an appointment for me to see him next week. I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything's okay.

That's about it. Feeling good, still going for my walks, keeping the weight off and have drastically reduced my need for a myriad of drugs. Apart from the antibiotics, I'm on pills for high blood pressure and my monthly IV of pamidronate for multiple myeloma. I seem to have come a long way since October!

Book: The Appeal by John Grisham

Music: A Night in San Fransisco by Van Morrison
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