What is a hospice?

What is a hospice?

Unfortunately, most people are not aware of what a hospice is until they have the need for one.  If you looked it up in a dictionary, a hospice would be described as a home for the terminally ill.  While hospitals are known for their goals of restoring health,  hospices are geared toward supporting (both psychologically and spiritually) a dying patient and their family.

Years ago I first learned…

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One of the garden projects I have been working on lately reminded me how not to plant shrubs. These shrubs were not planted deep enough so the root balls heaved out of the soil this past winter.  As a result, the row of shrubs were all dead, and very unsightly. When I dug them up (didn’t even require a shovel, they came out quite easily) the root balls were still in the shape of the pots.  So were the holes.

 

The correct way to plant a shrub (and most perennials and trees too) is to:

  • dig a hole twice as wide as the pot the shrub came in and the same depth
  • remove the shrub from the pot and loosen the root ball
  • if the shrub is very root bound, use a sharp knife or trowel to scarify (gently scrape/loosen) the roots
  • add water to the hole before and after planting the shrub
  • water daily until shrub is established, (one week) preferably in the morning
  • ensure plant crown is neither too deep or too far above ground.  Roses do prefer their crown just below soil level

 

How not to plant shrubs One of the garden projects I have been working on lately reminded me how not to plant shrubs.
Posted 4 days ago
<p><a href="http://lorieb.com/family/being-grandma-part-three/">On being a Grandma, part three</a></p>

<p>A few months ago (four to be exact) I shared the joyous news that we had welcomed another…</p>

On being a Grandma, part three

A few months ago (four to be exact) I shared the joyous news that we had welcomed another…

Posted 6 days ago

It's all about the (farmland) smell

It’s all about the (farmland) smell

Recently I drove through a portion of the eastern Ontario countryside from Ottawa to the Cornwall area. I purposely took the back roads to enjoy the beautiful greenery of the local farms along the way. As well as the scenery, believe it or not, I love the smell associated with the farmland. I attribute this to my heritage.

farmlandBeaudette family farmhouse

My maternal grandparents were farmers.  They…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Wandering through my gardens this past weekend, I found these spring beauties…

Spring is my favourite time of year.  It has arrived a bit late here in Ottawa this year, but has finally arrived. You can see the exciting changes in the gardens daily as the bulbs burst into bloom and the perennials poke through the soil.

Spring beauties Wandering through my gardens this past weekend, I found these spring beauties… Spring is my favourite time of year. 
Posted 5 weeks ago

What's with Carrie Underwood?

What’s with Carrie Underwood?

Is anyone else tired of hearing Carrie Underwood apologizing for “not looking the same?”  Her accident (falling off a step breaking her wrist and cutting up her face) sounds horrible, but is it just me or is she putting far too much emphasis on what her face looks like? She was quick to post a picture of an xray of her wrist, but her face was not even mentioned until weeks later.

I understand…

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Posted 6 weeks ago

You don't know you're beautiful

You don’t know you’re beautiful

What makes someone beautiful?  In the modelling world, beauty means perfect facial features and a tall, lean body.  By perfect, they mean a perfectly symmetrical face.  The eyes cannot be too close together or too wide apart, the mouth cannot be too big or too small, the eyebrows have to be just so.  And don’t forget the nose; a big or crooked nose is just not acceptable.

This reminds me of the…

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Why do eggs bother my stomach sometimes but not all the time?

Why do eggs bother my stomach sometimes but not all the time?

eggs

In addition to wheat, asparagus and cream (high fat), eggs bother my stomach, suggesting I am intolerant of them.  But only sometimes.  I have tried to figure out if it is the way they are cooked (over easy, omelets, scrambled etc), or what they are cooked in (butter, olive oil etc) but have not come up with a definitive answer.  Because I am intolerant of wheat, I have even wondered if I am…

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Posted 6 weeks ago

What is a Paleo diet and how it can help you

What is a Paleo diet and how it can help you

Paleo diet

Paleo diet

Many specific diets have come and gone in popularity over the years.  We have had the Atkins, Nutrisystem, Bernstein, Zone, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, South Beach, Raw Foods diets and more.  Some are long gone, others still around.  The Paleo diet, short for Paleolithic, (think cave man era) is based on what our ancestors supposedly foraged for and lived on centuries ago.  I say supposedly…

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Posted 9 weeks ago

Hearty and healthy home made soup recipes

Hearty and healthy home made soup recipes

I would love to share my recipes for home made soup.  If I had any.  I used to make soup for my mother in law years ago.  Her only complaint was that I could never produce a recipe for the different varieties. I was just reminded of this dilemma when my daughter in law asked for the recipe for my last batch of home made soup.

Since I was diagnosed with a sensitivity to wheat, I put much more…

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Posted 10 weeks ago

Why the tragedy in Humboldt Saskatchewan has rocked Canadians

Why the tragedy in Humboldt Saskatchewan has rocked Canadians

The tragedy in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team has rocked Canadians this week. Regardless of whether you are a fan of hockey, this story cannot help but move you. The accidentbetween a bus loaded with young hockey players and a truck loaded with peat moss was a hockey parent’s worst nightmare. The parents, families and friends of the 15 victims of the accident are all…

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Posted 10 weeks ago

National Siblings Day

Although National Siblings Day is purported to be an American thing, I am taking it international today, making it a Canadian tradition as well.  It seems that large families are a thing of the past.  However, when I was young it was much more common.  Most of my friends and relatives were members of a large family.  This was mine..

Siblings Day

In keeping with the times, (but not with the Jones’, that was…

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Posted 11 weeks ago

“Que sera sera,

Whatever will be will be,

The future’s not ours to see,

Que sera sera.”

That was the chorus of a song my mother used to sing all the time back in the 60s and 70s.  I was reminded of it recently when observing my grandson’s attention to detail.  I started wondering what he might do for a career, way down the road.  He did just turn one.  I am fascinated that he has always been fascinated with textures and gadgets like door pulls, door stops, light switches, openings or holes.

The next part of the song went like this…

“I asked my mother, what will I be?”

“Will I be handsome?”  (Of course you will)

“Will I be rich?”  (Who knows)

“Here’s what she said to me…”

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Que sera sera “Que sera sera, Whatever will be will be, The future’s not ours to see, Que sera sera.”
Posted 11 weeks ago