Thursday, November 27, 2008

Forgive Us - We're Canadian

Thank you to everyone who offered both sound and amusing advice in the comment section of the last post. I've not walked in that area since, but plan to shortly and I might just put some of your suggestions to work.

The video below is just a collection of photos from last winter. The silly song is from the Canadian satirical group, Arrogant Worms. One of the great Canadian pastimes is making fun of ourselves, and this song does a pretty good job of that. If you're one of my dear American friends, you might want to have a look and a listen while you're munching on some leftover turkey. Turn up your volume and enjoy the video.

And remember, when the snow blows in from the North this winter, please forgive us - we're Canadian.


Frank Baron said...

I'm not ready for that snow. I thought I was - I really, really did - but I'm not.

So I would prefer that winter be canceled this year - despite all the pretty pictures it provides.

Thank you.

Zuzana said...

Hilary, thank you for those beautiful images of winter, which is truly about to start.
Being in Europe, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving. However, I recall this holiday very fondly from my ten years in North Carolina.;)

Jane Hards Photography said...

It's the pardoning of the turkey I find amusing. This is how I like snow, white crisp and not at all slushy. Tnaks for visiting from authorblog a real meeting palces of minds on that blog.

Mental P Mama said...

When I enjoy the beauty, I will send thanks...when it is brown and mushy? Not so much;)

Elizabeth said...

Such amazing snow.
New York hasn't had any yet.

photowannabe said...

Great video and wonderful pictures. Thanks for the well wishes for Thanksgiving. Whether we celebrate it today or not its good to be thakful.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Lovely slide show, Hilary. Benny and snow seem to be made for each other, but he's adorable in any setting. I enjoyed the Arrogant Worm music, even though I wasn't munching on left-over turkey:)

Dave said...

Good slideshow Hilary and I really enjoyed the music. And never apologise for your nationality! I know it was only in fun. I think Aussies think we should apologise for being Kiwi! Nah, I'm joking. Only when we beat them at sport :)
- Dave

Cath said...

Wonderful slideshow and I loved the song. It's very healthy to laugh at ourselves. A great song.

How can something from Canada be "too Canadian"? LOL

Michelle H. said...

Snow done in video form. Hilary, you made my day! I absolutely love it!

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, that was wonderful.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Loved the song and slideshow (and the previous photos too, wow!).

It really does seem to me that Canandians have figured out how to get along SO much better that we yanks have. There's a lot to be said for being nice! I'd move up there tomorrow except for the darn snow thing.

Russell said...

Enjoyed the light hearted song!

Regarding your last post, people like those two women are all over the world. They are oblivious to their surroundings and other people. As others said, it is their loss (though they are so self absorbed they do not realize it).

People like that always find me most annoying and, well, I am only happy I can add to their misery...! (After all, if they insist on making my life miserable then it is only fair I return the favor!)

Take care...

Anonymous said...

What a fun song...I need to go look up that group now. :)

Just so long as your Northern wind keeps the snow (except for our one snow day a year) we can all be happy. I do love your photos!

Reb said...

Lovely as always Hilary. Great song too.

Anonymous said...

What a great song! I thoroughly enjoyed the winter montage; I confess to enjoying it while enjoying sunny 50-F weather.

That last picture of Benny was absolutely wonderful!

carmilevy said...

Wanted to thank you for that lovely comment re. Montreal food landmarks. OJ was - and remains - a place of pilgrimmage for me. When I first got my license, it was a worthy destination. This past summer, as we drove home from seeing my father in the hospital, we stopped in for a Medium and some reflection.

I remember A&W drive-ins as well. There was one up on Decarie near Blue Bonnets, if memory serves. I miss them...the kiosks in the malls just aren't the same.

I'm loving your blog, btw. It isn't just a Canadian thing. You "get" the world around you, and that's why I started to write in the first place. May I add you to my blogroll?

Anonymous said...

We almost moved to Canada for a job many years ago...You always make me regret that we did not. How beautiful and sparkly it looks!

Love the red bird (cardinal?) in the snow!)

Very funny song!

Indrani said...

These pictures have been very soothing to my disturbed nerves, thanks Hilary!

It is calm now in Mumbai. Thank you very much for your good wishes. I hope your Canadian fellowmen are safe. Do you have any news of them?

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Such a lovely collection of winter images (my fingers feel numb just imagining you there). I woke to a white frost over the glen this morning, pretty but sooooooo cold!

Lakshmi said...

beautiful images..first time here and Im glad I did drop in ..

Jo said...

Hilary, I loved that! What is that Canadian saying? "Last night I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out."

All we have here in Vancouver is rain - and palm trees! Not much snow. I would actually love to have more snow than we get now.

How did that happen? Just last week we were looking at pictures of Benny frolicking in the water in the warm summer sunshine!

Cedar said...

I sure am glad I was having a hot cup of I am going to go turn on the heat.

abb said...

And I'm one who loves winter and everything about it! Thanks, Hilary, for your warm thoughts on my aunt. It meant and means a

Hilary said...

• Frank, I'll take note of your request and get back to you - by spring at the latest. You're welcome. :)

• Thanks, Protege. I guess being away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday, you wouldn't feel the tug to continue the tradition, just for old times' sake. Plus there must be events you celebrate that are unique to your country. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome, Babooshka and thanks for the visit. I agree about fresh, clean snow but it only lasts like that for a little while unless it's a particularly cold winter. And you're so right about David. He's brought a lot of bloggers together. :)

• MPM - but brown and mushy means it's mild outside. Isn't that worth the trade-off to you? ;)

• Elizabeth, these photos were from last winter. We've had some snow this year, but not more than a few inches, which are long gone now. We're supposed to get some again early next week if the weather turns cold. Thanks for the visit. :)

• It is indeed, Photowannabe. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thanks, Pat. Yes, Benny adores the snow. He gets kind of manic about it though. Sometime this year, I'll try to get some shots or a video of him "killing the snow." He's a hoot. Thanks for the kind words and for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Dave. We Canadians truly are a proud bunch. There's another amusing song called "Proud To Be Canadian" by this same group which says "We won’t say that we’re better, it’s just that we’re less worse. Maybe it's the same with Kiwis and Aussies. ;)

• That's true, Cath. I'll have to ponder on the "too Canadian" thing though. ;) OK, I'm done. You're right. There's no such thing. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks muchly, MLH. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I thought of you with the hockey reference in the song. ;)

• Thank you, Leah. :)

• Thanks, Crabby. You moved to Massachusetts and figured out how to avoid the snow thing. You'd love Canada too, I'm sure. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• True, Russell, it's their loss. I'm curious to know just how you'd reciprocate. :)

• Thanks, Susan. I'll consider your Northern wind request and get back to you shortly. Sometime after Frank's request is processed. ;)

• Thanks, Reb. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks KC. I'm glad you enjoyed and am envious of your mild weather. It's a good 20 degrees (F) colder here at the moment but the ground is snow-free. I'm glad you enjoy the post. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Carmi, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad that you're enjoying my blog and of course I'd be very pleased if you did add it to your blog roll. I'll do likewise. Thanks also for letting me know that Orange Julep is still going strong. That's so nice to know. Thanks for stopping by to comment. :)

• Thanks, MT. Sparkly is one word for it. Others are cold, icy, miserable and windy. Not to mention shoveling. But yes, it does look nice when it's fresh, and that was indeed a cardinal. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Indrani, what has happened in your part of the world is so heartbreaking. I'm glad it has quieted down now and you can get some peace and begin to heal. Continued good thoughts your way. The word is that we lost two Canadians in the attacks in Mumbai. I'm glad that you and yours are safe. Thanks for stopping by.

• Thanks, Shrinky. I can only imagine how lovely a frost-covered glen might be. It sounds magical.. even with the accompanying chill. Thanks for the warm words. :)

• Welcome, Lakshmi and thanks for the kind words. I hope you'll stick around and check back soon. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Jo, that's a fairly apt description of our hockey, isn't it? Often, I'd rather have the milder climate out your way, but truthfully, I'm pretty certain I'd end up missing the snow. At least it's a good reminder of how much to cherish the heat of summer. However, those are all photos from last winter. At the moment the grass is green and the sidewalks bare. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Cedar, and your slippers, a blankie and hot water bottle while you're at it? ;)

• That being the case, TSannie, when should I expect you to shovel my driveway this winter? Thanks for the visit. :)

Sandi McBride said...

No forgiveness needed! Please let that snow blow in...don't let my power go out, but let that snow fall! I love it...we used to listen to another satire group called The Barron Knights when we lived in the UK and they were so em still! These guys are funny, too...thanks for the intro....

steviewren said...

I think Canada is just fine...I love pictures of your vast and frozen land.

JC said...

Great post. Weather folks are saying we might see some snow in Alabama tonight or in the wee hours tomorrow. Thanks!!!

Woman in a Window said...

Ya, we Canadians are alright in a sort of farged up way.

The photos were like looking out my window. Except what was Benny up to in that one action shot? It was just fleeting but I was just wondering.

Hilary said...

• Sandi, you're more than welcome to my share of the snow. Really. Anytime. Just say the word. :) I'm glad you liked the song. I'll have to check out the Barron Knights if they're available on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks kindly, Steviewren. I kind of like it here myself. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, JC. You're welcome to the snow too. We were supposed to be hit with a blizzard tonight and into tomorrow, but so far, all we have is rain. I'm kind of hoping it stays that way - for just a little bit longer. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• WIAW, what was Benny up to? No good as usual. ;) He was just all tangled in his leash and couldn't escape quickly enough to get into the next set of trouble. A typical 10 second snapshot into the life of Ben. Thanks for dropping by. :)

lime said...

i didn't know the arrogant worms were canadian. i have one of their songs on a satirical compilation CD. i LOVED this.

Louise said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for the greeting. And the song made me laugh!

Hilary said...

• I'm glad you enjoyed the song, Lime. The Arrogant Worms are very much Canadian - many of their songs are Canuck based humour. Which song of theirs do you have on that compilation? Thanks for stopping by. :)

• I'm glad for that, Louise. Thanks for the visit. :)

Indrani said...

Dear Hilary,

I am sorry about the loss of two Canadians at the Mumbai blast. Can you send me the link mentioning this? I would like to make a mention of them in my post with pictures if you don't mind.

May God give their near and dear ones strength to bear the loss.


Anonymous said...

Snow? Wow...the weather has been so indecisive here. Rainy then sunny. Blowy then still. Cold and the mild. Now it's cold AND blowy.

Hilary said...

* Indrani, as you know by now, that link has been sent. Thanks very much for your touching post.

* AL, those were last year's photos. We've had some snow so far this year, but nothing really significant. Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Qian said...

I like it! thanks!