Friday, August 27, 2010

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear


The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'


Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon

My Love of Owls

Since I was 10 years old I had an obsession about owls. It first started with a book called   The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear and then i did an assignment when i was 10 about owls and I made a puppet owl and from there my love grew. One of my favorite type of owls is the Snowy Owl formally know as Nyctea scandiaca.

Here some general information about the Snowy Owl:

Description: The Snowy Owl is a large, diurnal white Owl that has a rounded head, yellow eyes and black bill. The feet are heavily feathered. Intensity of dark spotting varies with the sex of the immatures, females being the darkest. Juveniles are uniformly brown with scattered white tips of down.

Size: Length 51-68.5 cm (20-27") average female 66cm (26" inches), male 59cm (23")

Wingspan 137-164cm (54-65")

Weight 1134-2000g (40-70oz) average female 1707g (60oz), male 1612g (57oz)

Habits: Snowy Owls are active during the daytime, from dawn to dusk. Snowy Owls are very aggressive when defending their nest.
Hunting & Food:
Most hunting is done in the "sit and wait" style. These Owls are highly diurnal, although they may hunt at night as well. Prey are captured on the ground, in the air, or snatched off the surface of water bodies.  

 They also snatch fish with their talons. Small prey up to small hares are swallowed whole, while larger prey are carried away and torn into large chunks.

Snowy Owls can live at least 9.5 years in the wild and 35 years in captivity. Natural enemies are few - Arctic foxes and wolves prey upon them on their tundra breeding grounds, while skuas and jaegers may take eggs or chicks.

The Snowy Owl is listed by CITES (the convention on the international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora) as Appendix II or threatened. Being a species native to our delicate Arctic ecosystem, the Snowy Owl is very vulnerable to any damage to it’s habitat. With the ongoing development of our Arctic resources as well as human encroachment (yes even in the Arctic) upon it’s habitat, there is the ever increasing risk that should any major ecological disaster ever occur (major oil spill, disease outbreak etc.) that the Snowy owl’s currently stable population would crash, and because of the fact that the Arctic once damaged is a very slow habitat indeed to recover from any damage. Without extensive efforts to continually captive propagate this species already in place, the Snowy Owl as well as other fragile Arctic species could easily be lost forever.

Here a link to learn more about CITES and how many species of plants and animals are endanger :

Also for some of our Canadian viewers there are some more links of  wildlife conservation sites:
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
World Wildlife Foundation
Enivorment Canada
Wildlife Preservation Canada
 Canadian Wildlife Federation

These are just few of the many wildlife conservation sites in Canada and feel free to let me know of more conservation websites that you know of or an endanger species that you would like to be spot lighted more.


This is just beautiful footage of two species of owls flight and how they catch there prey. I wish I could fly.

Snowy Owl

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Busy Busy Bee

As of lately I have been super busy with my new job and getting ready for going back to school hence the lacking of posts for the last little while. Not a whole lot has happen in the last week though. My boyfriend Trevor went to the ROM - Royal Ontario Museum which i was so jealous about because I was unable to go. I love going to Museum whenever possible they have such amazing displays and always have one new section of historic items to show off. Anyways moving on from my nerdy love of ROM , last Saturday I went with Trevor  to Buskerfest which was very amusing at points but we didn't stay long due to the rainy weather. It was alot of fun and also free!

As of lately I've been trying to save money which is difficult when pretty much everything cost money. But in the end it always worth trying to save money. Some of the things I do to reduce spending are:
  • go to the public library for books and movies and even video games
  • go to free festivals and events
  • go to the park , go for bike or just walk the dog for amusement
  • save up points at places where you shop regularly
  • ask for discounts and use coupons for things you normally purchase
  • watch your money and avoid using any cards always try to use cash that way you actually realize the reduction/loss of your money hence your less likely to spend on things you really don't need or want
  • save up your change in a jar  

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Pledges

So last week i was writing about one ocean a documentary series i've been watching for the past couple of weeks. And I also wrote about there website and the pledges that they have. This post will list some of the pledges I plan on taking this year and hopefully carry on for years to come!

My Pledges :
  • Buy locally and purchase organic.
  • Celebrate World Oceans Day and Rivers to Ocean Week. (June 8-14)
  • Demand more marine protected areas
  • Dispose of garbage properly, on land or water.
  • Dispose of household hazardous wastes properly. (Dispose of household hazardous wastes at proper waste disposal sites rather than dumping them down the drain or in the garbage.)
  • Learn about the source of meat products.
  • Learn how to identify local ocean species.
  • Learn more about northern marine ecosystems.
  • Only buy vintage or fake coral jewellery.
  • Plant as many trees as possible.
  • Practice and promote recycling.
  • Reduce personal carbon emissions.
  • Watch an ocean documentary!

There are many more pledges to take and vary in difficulty and involvement level so everyone can find some way to help our environment. I hope to take some more pledges but at the moment i'm working on these and will hopefully take on some more later in the year. For more info about the pledges the website is:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Finger Eleven - Living In a Dream

Wolfmother - Woman ( MSTRKRFT remix )

I love when this song first came out many many years ago and just today i found this remix which is also amazing! I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

If I were to go on a trip....

This summer has been alot of fun yet i haven't gone on any trips for along while. Today I went on a day trip to St.Jacob's Market in Kitchener, Ontario which made me start thinking about taking a longer trip  for couple days with Trevor next spring! At this point it just an idea but I would love to go away for a couple days! Anyway, then i started thinking of what i would do and what i would pack for such a trip. Hence , the picture below would be my dream travel stuff!

1. Dark blue flare jeans

2. Two tanks tops on in this gray and one in black!

3. Dinosaur T-shirt

4. Band t-shirts

5. Dark Skinny jeans

6. A pair of one of the four dream boots above !

 7. A wrap shirt in black. I like the four way to wear it!

8. A cute skirt.

9. Either one of these Rachel Roy dress. I really love the first one yet i would try to convert it into a halter dress. Also these dresses are inexpensive and great for travel. The first is price at $99.00 and the second is $89.00.

Anyways I had such a fantastic day down at the St.Jacob Market in which alot of the Mennonite farmers bring fresh produce to sell along with other farmers. I love going to the market because the fudge is amazing and at an amazing price also the fresh vegetables and fruits are so yummy. Also it a great place to get meats, jams, maple syrup, fresh pies and baked goods. Plus the market also sells jewelry, crafts, and other materials. Also near by the St.Jacob market there a mall with a Lego land and a Cadbury chocolate store both of which are amazing!

If you would like to know more abut Mennonites history here a link

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

yummy -DC Cupcakes

OK I'm a big dessert junkie!!! LOVE cupcakes because they are so yummy and can look so pretty at times. Thus lately I've been watching alot of DC Cupcakes which makes me so jealous and hungry! Anyways i decided to go online and look at there website and what did I find --recipes!!! Like tons of them !!! And all of them sound so yummy!I particularly like the Caramel Apple Cupcakes!! which is picture above.

So here the recipe i found:

  • 1package (18-1/4 ounces) butter or yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
  • 1cup chopped dried apples
  • Caramel Frosting (recipe)
  • Chopped nuts (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 24 standard (2-1/2-inch) muffin pan cups with paper baking cups.

2.Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Stir in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.

3.Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpicks inserted into centers come out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes to racks; cool completely.

4.Prepare Caramel Frosting. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle cupcakes with nuts, if desired.

Caramel Frosting
  • 3tablespoons butter
  • 1cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2cup evaporated milk
  • 1/8teaspoon salt
  • 3-3/4cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4teaspoon vanilla
1.Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in brown sugar, evaporated milk and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm.

2.Add powdered sugar; beat until frosting is of spreading consistency. Add vanilla; beat until smooth.

for more amazing cupcake recipes go to :

Monday, August 9, 2010

Living In: Pretty In Pink

This is one of those movies that mostly ever female has watch at some point in her life and most fall in love with. I remember the first time I watch Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald I was 8 years old and was completely amazed and still to this day I enjoy watching this film. Even though I like the movie I was never really fond of the colour pink- is this ironic maybe. I think what drew me into the movie was Molly's red hair I've  been in love with red hair since I was a child in kindergarten when I meet a ginger in school which was my first time seeing anyone with red hair.

Something I truly hated about the movie was the last outfit Molly had on when she went to the prom - that darn pink dress confection. And this isn't about the colour pink because pink is a very flattering colour what bothered me was the shape and design. For me it seem like a bag around her body and I understand the point of the dress is to show that she unique and different from the crowd and brave  and that she didn't have tons of money but like couldn't she be still creative, brave,etc in a nicer designed dress. Like I'm not asking for a Alexander McQueen style like dress or anything just something with shape. OK that is my rant about the movie- I would love to hear what you think about the last dress whether you agree or disagree. Below are some options that if they were magically able to alter filmso that they could replace the former dress with one of my picks!

Would love to hear what you think of the post and my dress picks !!!