Autumn versus Fall ~ Caterwauling on Canadian English

merrrrrrRRROWWW!!! It  seems my long lolligags in the the sun in lieu of my Wiley Weekly Words have been to the detriment of the English language, in Canada at least.  So I am once again stretching my claws, tapping away on this keyboard in an attempt to stretch the minds of the two-leggers that surround me!  We really can’t have them becoming too dull witted, after all, as heaven forbid (yes, I know I am already a deity, but I can’t control all at the lift of a paw) that that will end in them thinking it is okay to feed me anything less than the best feline culinary delights. So being a proudly Canadian cat, I feel it my duty to remind Canadian two-leggers of Canadian English (not that there is anything wrong with American English, but just as American cats should paw some sense into their two-leggers, if they begin speaking Canadian English, Canadian cats meow their indignation at Canadian two-leggers  if they start speaking American English).  We do love our -isms and differences between our two great nations after all. … So for the love of catnip, two-leggers … it is ‘Autumn’ in Canada, not ‘Fall’!!!  Just as for the American two-leggers, it is ‘Fall’, not ‘Autumn’!!!

An Autumn Cat, as photographed by Bryan Costin

It’s ‘Autumn’ Canada! You don’t want us unleashing the cattitude with the caterwauls! (Photographed by Bryan Costin)

Now, I know you all being two-leggers and a bit of a simpler witted species, you may need more of an explanation to remember this.  So … Why ‘Autumn’ in Canada?   Back in the 16th Century, in the Old World (Europe), the name for the Season between Summer and Winter was replaced from simply being called ‘Harvest’ to ‘Autumn’ by the British, derived from the French word l’Autumne, which of course was originally derived from the Latin word Autumnus, used by the Romans to describe this Season. At the same time, others in Europe began to use the Germanic word ‘Fall’ (from the German verb ‘fallen’ – to literally ‘fall’, as leaves do from trees in the Autumn).  Both of these words came across to the New World (North America) in the 17th Century, and as at that time the predominant Old World settlers in Canada were the French and British, and as the Americans wanted to distinguish themselves from the Old World, ‘Autumn’ became the more popular (or at least more formal term) in Canada and the Americans predominantly adopted the word ‘Fall’ for the Season. Well … I may have taken a few catastic liberties there, as ‘Fall’ is still accepted in Canada, as the less formal term, but as a Canadian cat, I am prepared to caterwaul after Canadian two-leggers to voice their Canadiana, and in this case, ‘Autumn’, as it rather purrs off the tongue! ~ FFR

Monday Moving & Grooving: The Man I Want To Be When I Grow Up

Well … I’ve never really wanted to be a man … at least not until I saw this guy …

And truth be told I still don’t want the male equipment, but after hobbling around like a crippled person for the past month, I want this guy’s moves!  Gives me hope that I too will be grooving like that again  (with some luck in time for the Burnaby Blues and Roots)!

Until then, this fellows definitely giving my cheek muscles a workout!


Emme   xoxo

Do We Attract What We Are Afraid Of?

It’s no secret that I’ve had an interesting array of experiences with critters, but recently things have gotten a little crazy in the spider department. I’d like to know why they like to visit me so much, and not someone who might happen to love them! I’d also like to know why they have to be so ugly, if they were all as cute as lady bugs they could walk around on my wall anytime.

It started a couple weeks ago when I was just waking up, laying in my bed praying.  I said “Amen.” and then opened my eyes to see a spider repelling from the ceiling right above my face! I rolled out of the way with ninja lightening speed and gathered my nerve to look back.  It was a HUGE daddy long leg and it was just hanging in the air right above where my face would have been, as if it was disappointed it no longer had a face to land on.  I ran to get my husband so he could get rid of it and low and behold, it was still just hanging there when he got back.

After that incident we cleaned our bedroom top to bottom, got rid of any clutter, and filled in any cracks in the wall until I felt it was squeaky clean enough to get over the damage to my mental psyche enough to sleep in there again. When I say sleep, I mean with the sheets pretty much over my face, and definitely covering my ears!

We found a recipe for a home made spider deterrent.  Add 5 drops of peppermint oil and a squirt of dishwashing liquid to a cup of water. Spray this along the base of all your walls. The smell is amazing for us, but putrid for spiders!

We found a recipe for a home made spider deterrent. Add 5 drops of peppermint oil and a squirt of dishwashing liquid to a cup of water. Spray this along the base of all your walls. The smell is amazing for us, but putrid for spiders!

Now, just the other day when I grabbed a small pile of clothes that were freshly folded out of the laundry and sitting on my bed, I noticed something rising up off of them.  It was a spider!  A spider had been hanging out on top of my clothes and was trying to make a mission impossible exit back to the ceiling! Unfortunately for him, (oh I pray it was a him and not a female who may have laid eggs on my clothes) my ninja reflex skills squished him with a shirt. Unfortunately for me, I am now sleeping on the couch again.

The pillow says it all!

The pillow says it all!

My 2014 Canada Day Playlist

It’s our birthday Canada!

Which means it’s time for another Canada Day Playlist!

Why? Because Canadian Girls are as F*^%&! EH as our beavers …

… and our astronauts are this cool …

… we can sing in pirate …

… we know what it means to be Canadian …

… and we really do have some great tunes!

So celebrate Canada! This great country gives us reason to be happy!

Happy Canada Day!

Dancing in the Rain at the 2014 CBC Music Festival in this Edition of Monday Moving & Grooving

Well, seeing as I spent the better part of a week sharing festival teases from the CBC Music Festival at Burnaby‘s Deer Lake Park, I thought it would be a little remiss of me not to share an actual taunt from day (shot on an iPhone by a couple of the kids accompanying us) from Spoon and Tegan & Sara!

While it may have been a little damper of a day than we would have liked, raining out many of the earlier performances and  having to make many schedule their day to be able to hang in with the weather, it was an utter blast of a day, soaking in some great Canadian music!  I even managed to sneak backstage to shake hands with Jian Ghomeshi!  The man has lovely soft hands!

So for this Monday Moving and Grooving, I do hope you enjoy a bit of dancing in the rain!

Catch more from #CBCMusicFest here on the CBC Music Blog!


Emme   xoxo