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Tuesday 8th June 2004

Very sad to learn that our most long-time respected, patient friend and instructor at Guelph had died. His funeral was this afternoon at 4 p.m. Can scarcely believe that I shall never again hear his cheerful Scottish "hi there" .. "When are you coming flying again?" I miss him very much already.

It is very hot today .. The temperature in my car was just below 50 this afternoon.

Sunday 6th June 2004

As this is Sunday I thought it would be a good idea to pass on this "Good Karma" received from my cousin:-

"Good Karma
This is a nice reading, but short. Enjoy! This is what The Dalai Lama has to say for 2004. All it takes is a few seconds to read and think over. Do not keep this message. The mantra must leave your hands within 96 hours. You will get a very pleasant surprise. This is true for all even if you are not superstitious or of whatever religious belief. I do not believe in passing on pyramid schemes - but if you happen here and read this - then consider it passed on.

My Comments in italics.


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R's:
Respect for self,
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
Sometimes the past can become the present and the future. see Number 7.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
Human beings are now so numerous that whatever they do causes damage to the earth
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Which is almost impossible for a woman once she has young children.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Sounds fun but ..This is not a good idea - obviously can result in AIDS, HIV, VD, etc. food poisoning, allergic reactions.

Thursday 3rd June 2004

Went for a tour with Cherrey/Maxey Coachline. This set off from Guelph at 7:45 a.m. and returned at about 9:00 p.m. - A long day. You could do it by yourself, but not recommended for children .. Also, the cruise is not recommended for people who get sick. The cruise on the river was alright in the sun, but the wind was quite cold and I was very glad to have my coat. I could see some passengers in shorts and sandals were really uncomfortable.

Had cruise with charter boat (minimum 10) on the St. Clair River. Wide river along U.S. Canadian Border. Great ships were travelling along river and a wind sprang up - made it quite choppy. I enjoyed this very much. We had a lunch of fresh kaiser rolls, butter, cold meats, potato with sauce and macaroni with cheese, cuts of broccoli and baby carrot with dip. Cold drinks. Hot coffee or tea and little cakes.

Afterwards we went to the Josiah Henson, Dawn Interpretive Centre concerning the "Underground Railroad" settlement for escaping slaves - who came from the U.S.A. (Josiah Henson was the inspiration for the story Uncle Tom's Cabin - see www.uncletomscabin.org). There we saw a video and viewed historically accurate buildings. Life in those days was terribly hard anyway, but for these unfortunate people was short and ugly to say the least. The historical sites have a web page at www.africanhertour.org.

On the way home we stopped at a general eatery on the 401 and I would like to recommend the Wendy's mandarin salad. It makes a nice light evening meal - when you've spent all day travelling.

I took some pictures. Not very good - or interesting - I'm sorry to say.

Honey locust tree. Beautiful flower,
pleasant light perfume.
At the Josiah Hansen,
Dawn Interpretive Centre concerning
the "Underground Railroad" settlement
for escaping slaves -
who came from the U.S.A.

Friend and locust tree.

Friend and locust tree.

Cruiser on St. Clair

Cottages on the St. Clair.

Yacht on St. Clair

Yacht on St. Clair.

General view on St. Clair

Tuesday 1st June 2004

Finished my glass cutting last night. It still needs a chain, but after all the times my designs have fallen and broken I am loath to hang it. Even my glass cutting cat has managed to lose its tail a couple of times. I think the best way is to put the cuttings in a proper panel (as this boat has been placed) in a zinc frame. I did not know how to do this before. The zinc is quite malleable. If it is too wide, then it has to be pulled. This looks strange - to be able to pull it out like chewing gum, as it appears to be a hard metal. This is my sail-boat:

Glass cutting project - sail boat.

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