Monday, 31 March 2014

#Wildlife Skunk in the Backyard

My wife woke me up to say "there's a skunk" 

Just one of the many spring time visitors passing through 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Oh, oh ... time to replace the right brake light bulb in the #Audi A3

Either the quality of the bulb ain't good or there must be some sort of electrical malfunction, because this is the second time I am replacing this bulb in the Audi A3 in five years. I've also  replaced the brake light bulbs in the Audi A4 

After you open the hatch, inside the car adjacent to the light you'll find a plastic cover which you can lift open with a small screwdriver

Using a small screwdriver gently loosen the plastic bolt that holds the brake light assembly to the body of the car, and then remove the bolt with your fingers

This time I'm going to replace the fused bulb with a GE bulb. Let's see how they perform in comparison to Sylvania 

 Gently slide the brake light assembly off the body of the car

Gently remove the black plastic bolts shown below ...  

                                   ... to separate the white portion of the assembly from the red 
                                                (Sorry the picture below is out of focus) 

That's the fused bulb 

Replace the bulb and put everything back in reverse order

Gently push the brake light assembly into the two circular slots on the body of the car without breaking anything

 See how to replace the engine air filter and the spark plugs in the Audi A3

#Friendship #Relationship Well here is one reason we enjoy supporting @YoungLife :-)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

#Technology Who remembers the Sinclair ZX Spectrum personal computer?

Got this in 1982 from the UK

How exciting at the time, 16kB RAM, CPU capable of running at 3.5 MHz, rubber keyboard, video output was to a colour TV (or should I say television). Programs and games were stored and transferred from cassette tapes, and I even had a printer with thermal paper!

If you think this is a weird computer, just wait a few more years ... 
... and you'll be laughing at today's technology

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

#Wildlife Bear in the Bow Valley

Several summers ago in the Canadian Rockies, we were slowly driving down the Bow Valley one morning looking for wildlife ...

... when suddenly my wife said "Stop! There's a bear" 
We quickly backed up, and this is what we saw

It was turning rocks over probably searching for insects 

Here is a short video ...

I wanted to step outside the car to take a better photograph, but my kids wouldn't allow me 

"Daaad, you are not stepping out!!"

The faded portion at the bottom of the photograph (below) is the door of the car 

Is the bear staring at me?

Here is a painting I did several weeks later on birch bark

Sunday, 23 March 2014

♫ #Love is the Seventh Wave - Sting

"There is a deeper world than this that you don't understand ...
...  Every ripple on the ocean
Every leaf on every tree
Every sand dune in the desert" - Sting

#Blessings #Attitude #Gratitude Give a glass of water to someone, and you'll observe three kinds of people

Give a glass of water to someone, and you'll observe three kinds of people:

1. Those who are grateful that they have water
2. Those who complain that there is only half a glass of water
3. And those who are grateful for the glass, and the water 

We sometimes forget the blessings in our lives and tend to focus on the problems instead. As for me, I am grateful for life, for everyone and everything HE has provided. After all, nothing belongs to me. HE owns everything!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

#FamilyTime #Movies "I found out what the secret to life is: Friends. Best friends" - Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy)

What a fine movie about friendship. I'd rate this 9.2/10

Favourite line in the movie - 
"I found out what the secret to life is: Friends. Best friends" - Ninny Threadgoode (played by Jessica Tandy)

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#Cooking #Cuisine Call it okra, gumbo or whatever you like ... I'm stir frying them

Stir fry two dried red chillies along with two onions, then add the Okra ...

Add turmeric, salt, Kashmiri chilli powder and stir fry!

Okra is said to have originated in West Africa and brought to North America by African slaves ...

♫ If you know why you fall in love, you aren't in love - Luciano Pavarotti

Caruso performed by Luciano Pavarotti and Lucio Dalla (Song written by Lucio Dalla)

Friday, 21 March 2014

♪ My dad used to say - "There are so many #emotions & #words that have no translation in the English language" ... Saudade must be one of them

Chis Rea's rendition of Saudade is a very moving tribute to Ayrton Senna ... 
... and this is music that  moves me ...

"Nothing lasts forever
But somethings end too soon
Now those fields of fascination
Are just dull and empty rooms" - Chris Rea

What does Saudade mean?

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Speeding GO train

Seconds before a high speed train passes by, everyone waiting on the platform turns by 90 degrees in the direction the train is travelling :-)

Saturday, 15 March 2014

#Leadership #Parenting If I don't set a good example for my children ...

... someone else will 

#Grilling Chicken and Vegetables for Bolivian guests

(My little girl labelled the boxes because she has the neatest handwriting) - here are the ingredients

Marinade and keep refrigerated overnight

Listen to the sizzling sound ...

Do you know the colours of the Bolivian flag? Hint: Check the peppers 

Aren't the vegetables colourful? 

Oh, before I forget ... there is one more very important ingredient which we never write

It is love!

Without it, all this would taste differently 

Hope they enjoy it!