A lovely lady in England was going to have a bath before watching Britain’s Got Talent and found an unexpected intruder in her tub. She was about to run the water and noticed a small brown and white hamster watching her, and then as she explains, “at which point I screamed and ran off.” Both her and her husband weren’t “keen” on those things and got a friend to trap the hamster and keep it for the night before searching for the owner. “We blocked the door with a towel, and we sat there, thinking ‘what are we going to do?” Thankfully the 14 year old owner was found, to everyone’s delight, including the hamster named Izzy. He was renamed Izzy Bubbles for his adventure. Now everyone has new friends. Alls well that ends well. Check out this article in the Edinburgh News for pictures.
Last week I did a lot of digging, painting and planting to make my garden and garden beds ready for the season. This week it is cool and rainy, perfect germinating weather for cool weather seedlings like radish, lettuce and spinach.
I like to try new things and found some leafy seeds called Komatsuna, or Japanese mustard spinach. I also have five different kinds of beans, including purple beans, and red beans.
It has been tough to find out what can grow in a shady garden, but I have found success with spinach, beans and peas, and sometimes radishes, but I have never had much luck with root vegetables.
I have a hard time growing cucumbers and squash from seed, but if I get plants that are started at the greenhouse, they seem to do quite well.
I have perennial sweet peas that come up every spring and do a marvelous job covering the fence. They seem to get taller every year. I found the only thing different about perennial peas versus annuals is that the perennials don’t have the strong sweet scent. The hummingbirds don’t seem to mind the difference!
I can’t take credit for planting this fern. I probably made it into the monster it is because I fertilize and water the cedar trees next to it. It has taken over the rhododendron that used to be a foot away from it. I haven’t seen a larger fern growing anywhere in the forest nearby. Guess I will have to get the shovel out and start moving things again. Maybe when I have more energy when I have a feast of spinach.
The winter Olympics are just around the corner, the teams are preparing to travel to Russia, and I am looking forward to watching as much of the events I can on television. It is a grand time for Olympic mascots, they are busy promoting the games in Russia. In past years, many mascots did not have much following before the games and were more or less ignored, but as the games began they were much sought after souvenirs. That was especially true of the Snowlets in Nagano, Japan 1998 Olympics. People went crazy for them a few days into the games, while before they were ignored and criticized.
This time the Sochi Olympics are following the trend of multiple mascots. The Snow Leopard, the hare and the polar bear were selected by a democratic poll throughout Russia.
I agree with one writer who sees the irony in a democratic poll taking place in a communist country. Maybe that is why there was some criticism on how it was held, as the voting started, the Prime Minister announced that his favorite was the Leopard, and it affected the results.
I am a bit confused about the names of the mascots. When you go to their official site they are simply, the Polar Bear, the Hare and the Leopard. Other sites have names for the hare; Zaika Dore, and the bear; Bely Mishka, but none for the Leopard.
Despite not having a name, official or not, Leopard is bringing attention to the plight of the snow leopard, a resident of Siberia, far away from Sochi in the south. “It is extremely endangered throughout it’s range.” says Dr. James P. Gibbs, a conservation biologist. They are being killed for their pelt and to protect livestock. Maybe the Siberians could learn from Richard Turere, a Maasai young man in Kenya who figured out how to keep lions away from his and his neighbours cattle without killing them.
I love watching the winter Olympics, and interest in the mascots is a fun pass-time for me. I wish there was an easier way for international customers to get souvenirs from the games. Shipping is very expensive and when I had questions about the website the phone number to Russia didn’t work for me. Looks like I will just have to rely on EBay.
I hope to have fun watching the games, and will try to stay warm and cozy while I see all those athletes in the ice and snow. Good luck to our Canadian squad, and I wish everyone stays safe and has a terrific time in Sochi!
Next year in June is the World cup of Soccer. It is a world wide obsession, and now it has come to include hamsters as well. What, you say that you don’t have time to watch? You will be pleased to know that Mini-Merv, a psychic little hamster living in a tackle shop in England can make predictions for the Cup. Given slips of paper with names of team countries their little ham deliberated and made her choices. Ahh, now we can relax and enjoy Christmas.
While you are contemplating Christmas, don’t pin your hopes on getting that vanity plate from British Columbia’s public car insurance program reading, “Hamster.” It exceeds the 6 character limit. Also rejected: SUX2BU, HOT24-7, BEER ME, STOLEN, WHIP ME and CARGSM.
And finally, Christmas is the time for being kind to one another, and not eating your room-mate. Easy to say if you have a nice turkey in the oven, or if you are a snake and your room-mate is a hamster. Not a problem for this Ao-Chan the snake and Gohan-Chan in a little zoo in Japan. The keepers ran out of the usual meal of small mice and put hamster in the snake’s enclosure. But instead of making a meal of the sunflower seed eating fuzzball, the snake simply slithered around him, taking no interest in making him into a meal. For a while they were an attraction, but people became concerned and they were finally separated into individual enclosures.
Such Christmas spirit should warm our hearts.
Christmas is coming and you can never prepare too early. This year I spent a few hours and prepared my festive stuffed Christmas Hams to enjoy throughout the month of December.
No, no. I don’t mean that kind of ham. I am talking about hamsters!
I bought these cute little stuffies at the night market this summer, and vowed to make them into a sweet Christmas wreath. I added the decorations of hats and trinkets to make them jolly, even the grumpy hamsters. Happy holidays everyone!
All the festivities come down to this. The 101st Grey Cup is in Regina today.
The horse has marched through the hotel. Watermelons by the truckload have descended on the city from all parts. The team parties were packed with many fans. The parade went on, even in weather that was more than chilly.
The pregame shows start at 1000 Pacific standard time. The big game starts at 1530 Pacific standard time.
Chilli, beer, nachos, dip and other treats and the warmth of our house will be somewhere in the middle. I would have liked to see the Grey Cup in Saskatchewan, but I can’t take the cold so well anymore. I will leave it to the brave prairie souls, and wish them good luck. And I hope the bathroom is warm at halftime so they can keep watching in the second half without too much frostbite.
If I were planning to go to Grey Cup in Regina this year I would have started stocking up on arctic mittens, hat, foot warmers, hand warmers, heated seat cushions, battery-powered underwear… as you can tell I have lost my prairie edge for the cold. Needless to say I will be watching the Grey Cup on television this year and letting the heartier souls have a spot at the big game.
Instead I am preparing for Grey Cup by making gingerbread cookies with a football theme. I found some sport related cookie cutters on a cross border shopping spree and couldn’t resist. Little helmets and footballs were fun to decorate.
I also have some gingerbread men cutters and thought it would be fun to make some little players too. I decorated them for both teams, so if I wanted to I could chew on them like voodoo dolls if the wrong team started to pull ahead.