Posted in family, food, loreeebee.ca

Lockdown Life Spawns a Recipe Book

What have I been doing during our latest lockdown? Nothing too exciting, as is the point of said lockdown. Advised to stay home and socially distance ourselves from loved ones and not so loved ones alike, there is not much else to do. Grocery shopping has become an event on my calendar. Although a warm vacation would have been great, I have found other things to keep me busy.

When all the local gardens are frozen solid and covered in snow, the part of my brain focusing on my landscaping/gardening business switches over to freelance writing. I have a few projects on the go in that department, specifically a cookbook from recipes originating from my maternal grandmother at the farmhouse I have mentioned a few times.

Social media, namely Facebook, has been a great tool to rekindle connections with my many cousins on that side of my family. I believe there are thirty something of us first cousins, and many more second and third cousins! This adventure is going to create quite the collaborative cookbook.

I volunteered to spearhead the project, appointing myself as chief collator, sorter, editor etc. Many of these recipes were handwritten (of course no one had any other method of transcription back in those days) by my Grandmother, back in the 50’s. Her short forms, terminology and unique cursive writing often have me guessing.

So, when my eldest granddaughter is busy with her online school classes, or during any other spare time I find (who doesn’t have spare time these days??) I am typing furiously, trying to get the recipes ready for publishing.

I have chosen Lulu, a self-publishing, online platform for this recipe book where copies are only printed as they are ordered. That way I do not have to pay anything in advance, worry about deliveries or store unsold copies. When I am done, I simply send a link to my extended family members and they can order copies as they wish. All proceeds from the sale of this recipe book will be donated to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, located just down the road from the family farmhouse, where many generations of this family are laid to rest.

Posted in blog, loreeebee.ca, social media

Domain Nightmare for my Blog

Recently I have experienced frustrating (and somewhat embarrassing) issues with my blog. It all started when I canceled the domain I paid for through WordPress way back when I was new to the blogging world. The problem arose when someone else picked up the domain through GoDaddy. Now that is a common occurrence but is causing me grief because the site is now an adult only (or soft porn) site. Not quite the image I am trying to portray…

The Blog in Question

The blog in question is called L****b.com. I will not provide a link or even tag it as I no longer not want to associate myself with that blog. If you are curious about just what kind of site it currently is, you can google it yourself. My biggest concern now is that this blog still links to my Facebook page. Why you ask? That’s what I am trying to find out. I am not sure if the association is intentional (fraudulent don’t you think?) or accidental.

Steps to Investigate

I have contacted FB with a request for them to investigate my predicament. I have not yet heard back from them. I appear to be caught up in a loop of reporting problems, lists of solutions (that don’t work, or apply) with nary a real person to contact or chat with.

When I asked WordPress for help, they discovered the domain was purchased through GoDaddy. That was a step forward, but now they (WP) cannot do anything further to help the situation. They did suggest I contact the new domain holder, but I have had no success finding out who exactly that is.

I have also contacted GoDaddy and was told they cannot make changes because the new domain owner has tight security options. I bet they do! I suggested they (GoDaddy) contact the new blog owner to ask them to delete the link to my FB page. They (GoDaddy) refused to do so. Once again, contacting someone who cares appears to be a recurring theme.

Recourse

In the meantime, I have been painstakingly going through my (almost) one thousand blog posts, removing the offending name from my tags and categories. I even changed the name of my WordPress blog (did you notice?) so it does not sound or look anything like the offensive site. I apologize for any confusion his may have caused any of my followers. I have also (I hope) removed any links I created to that website on any of my blog pages, pictures, business website, correspondence etc.

How You Can Help

Please notify me if you happen upon the blog through any of my links. As a non-IT person, I’m sure I have missed a few! And, if you are aware of anything else I can do to prevent this site from linking to me, I would appreciate the help. I am not sure either if those of you that followed me under that name would still be on the list of subscribers; you may want to check your list of blogs you subscribe to.

Last, but not least, if you get an invitation to like or subscribe to my (sort of) new blog (loreeebee.ca), it’s not a scam, please accept it and help me move on.

Loreeebee

Posted in lorieb.wordpress.com, music, social media

Meet local talent Daniel Campoli

Check out Daniel Campoli’s portfolio to meet a young, very talented musician. Daniel not only writes and records his own pieces, but sings and plays the piano too. Listen to his latest single entitled “Broadcast From my Bedroom” here or on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music.

Daniel Campoli

I was just introduced to Daniel myself, virtually, through Facebook and was blown away by his voice and talent. It turns out he grew up, and his parents still live, around the corner from my brother in Ingleside, just west of Cornwall, Ontario. His mother and my sister in law have been friends for years. It is indeed a small world, especially when you grow up in a small town.

Social media can be wonderful for sharing positive, inspirational stories like this, compared to all the vitriol that seems to have taken over our media sources lately. I am always happy to share such amazing talent.

Daniel Campoli

Check out, follow and support Daniel on Instagram, Facebook and SoundCloud. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!

“Broadcast From my Bedroom” may be one of the most appropriate songs for 2020!

Posted in current events, health and wellness, lorieb.wordpress.com

Laugh or Cry

What’s that saying again?  If you don’t laugh, you will cry….something like that.  With the exception of the true introverts that are enjoying these social distancing, quarantine or self-isolation times, the rest of us feel often feel like crying. Or pulling our hair out.

But then we find something to laugh about and it does cheer us up, if only for a short time.  These are a few of the laughter inducing pictures circulating on Facebook that  I have saved over the past few months. I hope they make you laugh too, as laughter is indeed the best medicine …

 

This one refers to our Canadian Prime Minister. When he sticks to his scripted notes, he sounds quite reasonable.  Otherwise, maybe because of the fact that he was a drama teacher before he became PM, this happens…

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And, I would be remiss if I didn’t add a few about the POTUS, as there have been lots…

 

I hope I provided a chuckle or two.  If you have other sources of laugher, please share them!

 

Feature picture (top) credit to Pexels

Posted in lorieb.com

A Real Job, What is Yours?

What does a real job mean to you?  I read this powerful message on Facebook the other day…

The other day, someone very dear to me said, “Charlotte, promise me this. Promise me you won’t go back to waiting tables, frothing coffees or tending bars. When you graduate uni, you’ll get a real job, won’t you?”
Hmmm. ‘Real’. What does ‘real’ look like? Does it wear a suit? Boast a briefcase? Does it drive a ute? Fly a plane? Is its hands dirty, or clean? Does it save lives, or suck the life right out? Does it do your dry cleaning? Keep our streets clean? Your coffee cravings at bay?
So many people chase ‘real’, the ‘real’ that seems to be etched into our skin by society’s blade, and find that they don’t belong to their own life.
The way we have been conditioned is a travesty. The pressure I am under, as a 25-year-old, to make decisions that will supposedly ‘make or break me’ is crushing. The truth is, there are no rules here. Success is highly subjective. It’s traumatising to measure your success against someone else’s, yet we do it to ourselves every day.
The person who said the above said it out of love, and I love them for that. I get it. They want to see me succeed, but under whose guidelines? They want me to move up in the world, but who sets the bar?
Whether you’re a barista or a barrister, university graduate or world traveller, business owner or garbage collector. It doesn’t matter! What matters is that you make the rules. It’s your life.
Take it back!

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Charlotte May McLeod (@lottiemaymcleod) posted these words of wisdom in Australia in frustration for the situation she is in.  Well said Charlotte, good for you for recognizing that a real job can be anything we want it to be.  Students and parents alike today (over) focus on the pursuit of the perfect education in preparation for the equally perfect job upon graduation.  The problem is that a job deemed perfect for one person is often not even close to perfect for another.

Education is important, that will never change, but keep in mind that there are all kinds of education available to prepare you for your very own real job.  Remember that every job you take on is an education of sorts, even those that are not considered real jobs.  Many of these so called not real jobs open doors for exciting and lucrative opportunities.  By lucrative I mean both financially and emotionally rewarding. Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

As Charlotte so eloquently stated, a real job can be anything you like these days, don’t settle for something that will please or impress anyone except yourself.

Please visit my other blog Gardens4u about all things garden related, including my business.

Posted in health and wellness, humor, lorieb.com

Laughter is (still) the best medicine

I know I have written about laughter before, but I saw this video Marc Cramer posted on Facebook this morning and just had to share…

laughter is contagious!

This video is proof that a good chuckle is contagious, to anyone and anywhere. It has also been proved to be medicinal with its amazingly positive affect on every organ in our body. Even our immune systems and the condition of our blood vessels are boosted by a good laugh.

Have you ever noticed that people who are asked what they look for in a partner say they want someone that makes them laugh? That’s because laughter makes everyone, from babies to seniors feel good.

I bet everyone watching and listening to that man (stranger) laugh felt great for a long time afterward. I know I did.

Posted in Canada, loreeebee.ca

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.

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Beaudette family farmhouse

My maternal grandparents were farmers.  They are long gone from this world, but never from my memories.  The farmhouse they lived in has since been renovated and just a portion part of their land still worked by family members.  Down the road from the farmhouse is the cemetery where these grandparents, as well as both of my own parents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins are buried.

The main purpose of this recent (road) trip down memory lane was to clean up the memorial garden in this cemetery.  It was overgrown with weeds and other invasive plants.  Thanks to the help of a friend, an aunt and a cousin, we managed to rid the garden of unwanted greenery.  With a few new perennials added as well as the soil and mulch replenished, it looks much better.  I wish I had thought to take a “before” picture;  this is the “after”…

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Pleasant Valley Cemetery

In between the sweltering hot jobs of weeding and adding the new plants, soil and mulch I took a “cool off” break in the form of an opportunity to meet up with a childhood friend with whom I had recently reconnected with on Facebook.  Isn’t it amazing how you can catch up on 30+ years in an hour?

The scenery and yes, the smell of the farmland too, were added bonuses.

Posted in lorieb.com

Tru Local Customized Meat Delivery Service

Recently I have become acquainted with the Tru Local program that sells local, organic meat delivered (fast and free) to your Ontario home.  I first heard of it on Dragon’s Den, then was reminded of it when I saw an ad on Facebook.  The meat contains no hormones and no antibiotics.   Unlike other companies that offer home delivery of grocery items, you select only the meat you want (will use).  I tried other food services years ago, but found I was always forced to add items I did not want to my package.

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Using a point value system, Tru Local lets you customize your order with a total of 20 points per box.  Each item is individually wrapped, the meat is packed in a Styrofoam box and shipped in dry ice  via FedEx right to your door, usually the very next day.

There are lots of cuts and kinds of meat to choose from including chicken, turkey, beef, salmon and more…

If your family loves meat and you love the idea of buying organic, local products, this may be the program for you!  So far I love the products, the convenience and the knowledge I am supporting local farmers that promote humane, sustainable and environmentally friendly standards.

Please be sure to visit my other blogs:
Laugh out loud (LOL) with me at YOUR DAILY CHUCKLE
and
be inspired and motivated by famous words of wisdom at WoW
My gardening website can be viewed at gardens4u.ca

Posted in Canada, lorieb.com

Bell Lets Talk Day

 

Today, January 31, is Bell Lets Talk Day.  Bell Canada will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health for each mobile and long distance call or text, Bell Let’s Talk Day video view on social media, use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and #BellLetsTalk tweet or retweet.  Texts and phone calls must be from Bell, Bell Alliant, or Bell MTS customers.  If you have an IPhone, be sure to turn off your imessage before you text to ensure your texts are included in the count.

Bell Lets Talk Day

 

Do what you can to help this awesome cause.  Let’s see if we can beat the incredible 2017 results!

 

 

Posted in family, lorieb.com, technology

Surprise birthday party

 

 

A few posts back I wrote about my brother’s fast approaching sixtieth birthday. Well, his birthday is this coming Thursday (30th), but the surprise party was last night.  It took lots of scheming and coercing, (did I tell you my brother is stubborn?) but we did manage to surprise him at his own home.

picture from Pixabay

Thank heavens for Facebook and its event planner feature.  The whole party was arranged, staged and organized by creating the event on Facebook.  With his daughter in Barrie, me in Ottawa, the birthday boy and other friends and family members in Ingleside, social media (FB) came to the rescue, keeping us all connected.  I created the event adding key individuals as cohosts so we could each send out invitations from our own contact lists.  Keeping the party a private event ( an option when creating the event) ensured my brother would not find out as only invited guests could access the details.

      To create a private or public event on Facebook:
  1. Click Events in the left menu of your News Feed.
  2. Click Create Event in the top right.
  3. Click to choose between a private or public event. …
  4. Fill in the event name, details, location and time. …
  5. Click Create.

From the moment the event was created up to the moment of surprise, we were able to communicate as a group.  Except for the birthday boy of course, he was excluded from the group. Jobs such as purchasing the party essentials, organizing the potluck food contributions,  decorating the venue and even distracting the birthday boy (definitely the toughest job) were all delegated on Facebook.

It was the easiest party to organize, ever.  Judging by the turnout of all the guests and the delicious food, it was a great success!

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