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    Do You Shovel Snow....Off Your Roof?!

    JT and I recently made light of roof shovelling in another thread, so it tweaked my thinking a little, only to be reinforced by the fact that I have removed snow off our roof several times this year. We have not had excessive snow, but enough to gather, and it can accumulate more deeply in specific spots on your house pending the shape of the roof and wind direction. To be sure, no one wants roof damage!

    We have a snow removal tool that is pretty good, given you can extend it pretty far, and still maintain some rigidity when pulling back. In past years, in a different house, I actually got on top of the roof and shovelled. But that roof was easier to maneuver on.

    The one thing I am always amazed at, is how strong our homes are built! When I pull down the snow, it lands pretty hard. And after pulling down a number of times, I find the snow compacts, and is very, very heavy. Given that I have hardly removed much snow, I can not even imagine the total weight of the snow on the roof. We are talking thousands of pounds!

    I don't see a lot of folks doing snow removal, unless we have significant snowfall. You will see a lot of contracted work when that occurs, with the end result being completely snow cleared roofs. They stand out.

    Goofy story. Years ago I paid a company to remove the snow from our roof.....it was a bad year, and it was the only time I spent the money to clear it. I was very happy, given another big storm would have made me worry...and it was not an ideal roof to get on top of. Within a week or so we had a very early melt. And it was quick. And before you know it, most roofs were almost snow free. I could see the water draining down the spouts like the few hundred bucks I poured into their pockets! BETTER SAFE!


    Well now....I just might shovel off a couple hundred more pounds today. I feel good each time, knowing that I have given the roof a little more break from the heavy load!



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    I understand if few of you find it relevant....it's "snow" big deal!!!




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    I was up in Canada this winter and shot a few videos of Can shoveling snow on his roof.







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    Oh yeah! Got a video of his dog too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntbronco View Post
    I was up in Canada this winter and shot a few videos of Can shoveling snow on his roof.







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    Oh yeah! Got a video of his dog too!

    Still mad at the dog for not doing the roof!!! Or should I say "ruff"...


    I think our dog prefers those warm canuck summers!


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    Our Tastes Change

    Ladies and Gents.....I present to you Kalamata olives.



    Well, they are olives. They look like olives. But they have more taste than the olive I preferred, all my life. Plain black ones. Not a green olive fan...all those years. But interestingly, I don't mind them either these days.

    Clearly my taste buds have opened up to more flavours, and my mindset has become less rigid and more willing!

    It's really a simple thought. Of course we try new things, drop some others....sometimes get interested because of what our family/friends tell us. But yes, those Kalamata olives are much tastier...now that I gave them a chance. Hey, I am not turning my back on black olives, and in fact, I am quite ok with green olives, if that's all you have to offer!

    One more thing...Kalamata olives are apparently quite good for you!

    Tastes change....we change. Foods I did not like when I was young are more part of my diet than ever before. Some of it is common sense, like when health is part of the equation. But health + taste = happy happy! And yes, being healthy = smart/happy!

    I can name plenty of food changes. I mean, though I miss them, I hardly ever eat potato chips or chocolate bars anymore. Don't get me started though, because I'd have no issue with eating them if they sat in front of me. But there are taste changes that just happened over time, because quite frankly, my taste buds discovered them. So....if you are quite young, do not be surprised that what you like today may alter significantly as you age. Food and drink wise.

    Our tastes change in other, sometimes more important ways. In fact, in so many ways....could be the basic lifestyle choices we make, the entertainment we like, the form of exercise we conform to, even things like politics and religion.....but lets not discuss here....please.

    My basic message today, whether it be quite obvious or not....enjoy your day, but try not to dig in deep with your views, your likes, even your choice of food/drink. Be open to change. It will likely happen whether or not you shield yourself. And often it will mean progress, in a life that allows for so much opportunity to grow and widen one's scope. Accept change. Enjoy change, at least, the part of it you can control. Believe me, I am not a huge fan of change.....especially in the workplace,,,,,but this post is aimed at the change that can better us, and make us happier. And yes, that may even occur in the workplace, or other organizational environment you are part of.

    You may have read the simple but popular book , "Who Moved My Cheese?". If you haven't I suggest you take a look. Easy to read, and quite short. It's no longer a new concept by any means, but it sends a message to all, that adapting to change has its merit. Conversely, not adapting to change can be a negative game changer.

    Thanks for listening. And though there may be no rush or need, I hope you can gain some enjoyment of your own, on your own, in choosing new and different things in your life....even if it is as simple as a change in olives.

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    I felt bad for the OP, so I pretended to read it.

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    Oh for sure.

    A huge taste change that I hated as a kid but enjoy now (more than I should) is creamed herring.

    My wife thinks I'm crazy, but when I need a quick snack I'll just spoon that stuff right out of the jar like I'm eating yogurt or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerless View Post
    Oh for sure.

    A huge taste change that I hated as a kid but enjoy now (more than I should) is creamed herring.

    My wife thinks I'm crazy, but when I need a quick snack I'll just spoon that stuff right out of the jar like I'm eating yogurt or something.
    Creamed herring eh! Not something I would have eaten as a kid either. But I find we are eating more things that my parents liked. So much of it was simple, but healthy and good. Things as simple as cheese in various types. Now, one thing my mother made occasionally (luckily not frequently) was Tripe. I Hated it!! It smelled funny and it had a weird texture. Tripe, for those who don't know, is a type of edible lining from the stomachs of various farm animals. Most tripe is from cattle and sheep. Yuck!!!

    Keep on experimenting! Good things out there!

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    I know my coffee preference changed to dark roast as I got older. I came to prefer red wine over white. There are a lot of tastes that never change though ..... my favorite meals from when I was a kid are still my favorite meals as an adult. Chocolate chip pancakes with whip cream and strawberries, anything and everything smothered in green chili, and chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes are all still my favorites....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophia23 View Post
    I know my coffee preference changed to dark roast as I got older. I came to prefer red wine over white. There are a lot of tastes that never change though ..... my favorite meals from when I was a kid are still my favorite meals as an adult. Chocolate chip pancakes with whip cream and strawberries, anything and everything smothered in green chili, and chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes are all still my favorites....
    True that! Some things are solid as a rock. Maybe that relates to having a sense of stability throughout our lives. Maybe just a thought.

    Now I will be honest, I did get over baby food.

    FTR....dark roast coffee rocks!!!

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    Honour The Living

    Too often I have been to funerals, or saw an article, or heard a story....about someone who passed away far too young. We see pictures of a beautiful soul, with a happy smile, looking every bit the part of a person who loved life, and expected to live a long life.

    And those who knew that person very closely raved about the joy they brought to everyone, and the love and goodness that radiated from their very being.

    I am not here to explain to you that we should be more attentive to those folks that matter to us, rather I hope we all take a little more time to honour our loved ones, and even those who we may not know quite as intimately.....because when they are gone it is really too late. And though many of us believe that we will meet again, why not show that person, and those people, what they really mean to us....and know that we may lose them but with no regrets.

    Yes, we will miss some folks in the most painful way, but it does matter that they knew what we felt....every single day that they were with us.

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    What's Your Favourite Tasting Colour?

    I've been thinking draft a lot lately, and how we evaluate the various positions, including which ones have the better class of players. For example, this year there is a top heavy group of Edge Rushers, and Dliners in general. BTW, that does not mean that all the other positions are weak. They may in fact be deeper.

    Regardless, what's your favourite tasting colour. (I apologize for al the "U's" I add in my words….canucks are sometimes inefficient.)

    I have to be honest.....golden brown probably takes the cake for me, although not many cakes are of that colour! I love golden brown chicken, fries, baked goods....dang, almost anything fried I suppose. Did someone say donuts???!! Not healthy....BUT tasty is the topic today.

    Green is in fact, one of the healthier colours, and I should consume more of that type. Salads, vegetables, fruit, sometimes health drinks....even more. I really got to love that colour more!!

    Of course, for me, any colour associated with chocolate!! OMG, milk shakes, ice cream, sundaes....you got it!

    For those milk drinkers, and vanilla ice cream addicts, white gets some of the vote. But without milk in the equation....hmmm, not sure.

    Yellow has some goodies....love corn, cheese, and regretfully (again), butter/margarine.

    But back to brown....I do love brown for other taste reasons. I mean, hamburgers and steak and other cooked meats are kind of brown. And so is beer. Sort of. In fact, some food/drink is described as brown, because it's close enough. Buns and bread and anything with a crust usually have that colour. Nuts. Cereals for sure!

    So I guess Brown is easily my favourite food tasting colour! And lets be real, chocolate is usually a shade of brown. But more specifically, golden brown in and of itself, is high in my food draft!!!

    What colour are you eating/drinking these days? (FTR....this is a highly unscientific report!)

    (as a reminder to myself.... green is the colour I will work on!!)

    (one more simple thought.....of course frying and cooking have something to do with brown food. Hey, I'm not a genius, but some things are pretty straightforward...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    I've been thinking draft a lot lately, and how we evaluate the various positions, including which ones have the better class of players. For example, this year there is a top heavy group of Edge Rushers, and Dliners in general. BTW, that does not mean that all the other positions are weak. They may in fact be deeper.

    Regardless, what's your favourite tasting colour. (I apologize for al the "U's" I add in my words….canucks are sometimes inefficient.)

    I have to be honest.....golden brown probably takes the cake for me, although not many cakes are of that colour! I love golden brown chicken, fries, baked goods....dang, almost anything fried I suppose. Did someone say donuts???!! Not healthy....BUT tasty is the topic today.

    Green is in fact, one of the healthier colours, and I should consume more of that type. Salads, vegetables, fruit, sometimes health drinks....even more. I really got to love that colour more!!

    Of course, for me, any colour associated with chocolate!! OMG, milk shakes, ice cream, sundaes....you got it!

    For those milk drinkers, and vanilla ice cream addicts, white gets some of the vote. But without milk in the equation....hmmm, not sure.

    Yellow has some goodies....love corn, cheese, and regretfully (again), butter/margarine.

    But back to brown....I do love brown for other taste reasons. I mean, hamburgers and steak and other cooked meats are kind of brown. And so is beer. Sort of. In fact, some food/drink is described as brown, because it's close enough. Buns and bread and anything with a crust usually have that colour. Nuts. Cereals for sure!

    So I guess Brown is easily my favourite food tasting colour! But more specifically, golden brown in and of itself, is high in my food draft!!!

    What colour are you eating/drinking these days? (FTR....this is a highly unscientific report!)
    Uh-oh!!! Another color question.

    I am red-green color blind.
    A lot of my colors I mix up. A lot of the green colors have more of a grey look. Red I usually don't mess up much, but some tones of orange look red to me.

    But I love colorful food.
    For example, there are many colors in peppers (red/yellow/green) even though there isn't much difference in taste. Its always more fun to get a salad that has more colors. But when I make it myself, it looks plain I guess because I'm lazy, lol.

    There are some colors I won't eat (pink for example).
    Fruit is another good example of more color the better.

    Fruit is another food that always tastes better with alot of colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntbronco View Post
    Uh-oh!!! Another color question.

    I am red-green color blind.
    A lot of my colors I mix up. A lot of the green colors have more of a grey look. Red I usually don't mess up much, but some tones of orange look red to me.

    But I love colorful food.
    For example, there are many colors in peppers (red/yellow/green) even though there isn't much difference in taste. Its always more fun to get a salad that has more colors. But when I make it myself, it looks plain I guess because I'm lazy, lol.

    There are some colors I won't eat (pink for example).
    Fruit is another good example of more color the better.

    Fruit is another food that always tastes better with alot of colors.
    I have to concur....those red/yellow/green peppers look so cool side by side! They also add a bit of pop to salads. Same goes with fruit....colourful, sweet and tasty, sometimes exotic, easy to love! If I were to do it all over again, I'd eat way more fruit. Now grapefruit is a bit of a different bird! Of course when we were young, we added enough sugar to improve the situation. Not exactly smart, but hey, it's all we knew back then. Nowadays if I have grapefruit juice as an option, I mix it with orange juice, or another tasty flavour.
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