Thursday, May 28, 2009


Last night we went out with our friends Karyn & Joe for a little dessert night and catch up. We have not seen them since our wedding I believe. :o( It was great to catch up and hear about their wedding. :o) They were the couple that took the amazing photo's of our wedding!

Afterwards Joe wanted to try a new technique of taking photos and with the darkness falling it was the perfect time to try.

We headed out in our cars and this is what happened:


Ghost Bob


Mary & Ghost Bob


Ghost Bob


Ghost Bob & Mary


Bob & Ghost Mary


Joe & Ghost Karyn


Mary & Ghost Bob and Ghost Karyn


Ghost Mary & Ghost Bob


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fun weekend: History Lesson from older previous owner of our house & Purchases for the House

Our weekend started off early on Saturday morning as we had to take my car in for an oil change. Since it takes approx. an hour and I was 5th in line when the car dealership opened up, we decided to walk to JJ Kapps for breakfast. We finished up and headed to the grocery store where we bumped into an old school friend of Bob's and chatted for a bit and headed for home. We were having company. :o)

We had managed to track down the owner of our house (prior to the owner we purchased from) who's grandfather had built the house and then her parents had lived in the house and then she and her husband had lived in the house. We were hoping she could give us details about our house and the house ruins we had dug up on the property. SEE HERE FOR OLD FOUNDATION PHOTOS.

The "previous" owners arrived shortly after 11:30am and we took them on a tour of the house. They were amazed with the changes the owner they sold to had made. (whom we purchased the house from).

Some of those changes were:

KITCHEN: The stairs going up to the attic room use to be enclosed and there was a doorway to get up to it, now it is all opened up.

OUR MASTER BEDROOM: Use to be a smaller room with another room attached at the back, the guy they sold the house to covered up a small window in the back room and tore down a wall in-between.

OUR SPARE ROOM: It use to have a door leading to our now Master Bedroom, it is all closed in now

OUR BATHROOM: It use to be quite smaller, as there was a closet on the otherside of the tub with the door leading to it from OUR DININGROOM. Where the toilet is, it use to be a sink with the toilet right next to it and a small tub near the end, and also a window (which is non-existant now).

UPSTAIRS: There was a bar with a working sink and a wood stove. We also had it confirmed that it was once used as a sort of dance hall or where they held parties for people to dance and there was even a wedding reception held there!! Tell me how cool that is!

Where our ART ROOM was once a master bedroom and then turned into a music room of sorts as the family were very musical.

As for the ruins next door, this is the house that use to stand there:

What a beautiful looking home, so sad to hear that it burnt down! She doesn't know anything about the fire as she was a baby when it happened. So that was over 50-65 years ago.
She and her husband also told us that the backyard use to contain a chicken coop and a smoke house. The poles in the back on the CN property are actually telegraph poles. Also, her father and grandfather both worked for the Railway.
It was so thrilling to meet them and have them give us information. They told us if they think of anything else or find more photo's they will be in touch! :o)
After they left we had lunch and headed out to some local antique shops. We were on a mission to locate some old door knobs for a craft I wanted to make -- a coat rack :o) The first store we stopped at did not have any unique looking knobs, but I found these awesome hooks for $15.00 each.

We continued down the road to another shop and there were lots of interesting pieces but nothing we needed.

We decided to head back to Jordan to another unique shop we had never been into and Bob found me these iron pieces which sort of resemble knobs which will work perfect for my project. Can you believe it, they were only $5.00 each!

We were on our way back home when I had a quick thought we should continue on to St. Catharines to Home Depot to get some plans drawn up for a deck for the back yard.

After we had that down and were given a quote price of $2700.00 for material (YIKES, not even labour included in that) for a 12x24 deck -- (we still have to get a building permit) we might have to throw that idea on hold :o( we picked up a door that I had wanted since the beginning of moving into the house. I'm putting Bob in charge of this baby. The plan is, to replace the door that leads to the basement. This will be perfect. First off, the ceiling above your head when you go down the stairs contains a light -- we can't use it, you see, poor Bob's head smacked into the light bulb every time he used it, so we removed the bulb and cannot use that light which we will need when we are in the back yard at night and want to access the stairs. We have to keep that door closed so that cats can't get downstairs or outside. I had an idea to buy this type of door, but that means we'll se an ugly outside door, so the plan is to let Bob do some Stained Glass Window painting on it and voila we'll have a huge work of art. In case you don't remember the type of items Bob has made in the past, check this out: DR. WHO PAINTING CLICK HERE, LUKE SKYWALKER & PRINCESS LEIA PAINTING CLICK HERE, YODA PAINTING CLICK HERE, and CHEWIE PAINTING CLICK HERE.

Maybe I can convince him to do a Yellow Submarine painting for me!!!!!!!!!! That would be sweeeeeeet!!!

Bob headed off to his last concert for the season with the Niagara Peninsula Orchestra and said it was a complete success, packed full house, standing ovation at the end! What more could you ask for? I missed it of course............ I wasn't feeling so hot in the afternoon and laid low. He rushed home afterwards to make sure I was okay and we decided we would relax by a fire outside and my brother, fiancee and my nephew came over as well. It was good evening!

Last but not least, today we headed back to town to take in a tarp to my mom's pool which had ripped over the winter and needed replacement along with a sample of water to collect the chemicals needed to add to the pool. When we were driving back we spotted this interesting vehicle. Guess they are a huge FINGER ELEVEN fan. :o) They had a lot of FINGER ELEVEN bumper stickers on the back along with a FINGER ELEVEN license plate. Way cool.

When we got back home we spent the afternoon in the yard cleaning up. I planted two more Fire Bushes (LOVE THOSE IN THE FALL), some sunflower seeds (LOVE THOSE TOO), put some patch master on the old fire pit to fill it in with grass, Bob cut up some more wood for the fire and put some cement on crack around the foundation of the house.

Now we are relaxing as I update my blog and play the addictive game RESTAURANT CITY On Facebook. Man oh man, what a life. LMAO!

Until next time! Ta ta for now!

Monday, May 18, 2009

GHOSTING HUNTING - what a rush!

WE LOVE Paranormal related shows, and have been trying to catch as many episodes as we can of Paranormal State (with Chip Coffey), Ghost Hunters, etc....

Saturday, May 16th was the evening that the GROUP OF 11 would meet up and enter the CUSTOMS HOUSE in Hamilton, Ontario to attend a GHOST HUNT that Haunted Hamilton was hosting.



The group of 11 included: myself, Bob, Andrew, Nadine, Steve, Kathleen, Scott, Vicky, Jeff, Anne & Tim

Bob, Andrew and I arrived early and went for a small walk to see a train yard on a bridge and upon walking back to the Custom's house, Nadine, Steve, Kathleen and Scott arrived, then Vicky & Jeff arrived. We still needed Anne and Tim to arrive. We walked to another bridge as it was still early and there was a lady wearing shorts and a housecoat standing in some tall weeds praying or doing something, we weren't sure. Nadine decided to check it out to make sure the lady was okay. The lady told Nadine that the Virgin Mary had told her to do what she was doing and then proceeded to ask Nadine for a cigarette. Was this an omen of things to come?

We were all let into the building after 8pm and escorted to a large room in the "house". It is currently being used as a museum. After a brief introduction to Haunted Hamilton and the tools they use we were let free to roam the building and start our investigations. Some of us needed to have a pit stop first and when we came out we started down a dark hallway only to be scared by cousin Jeff who had wandered ahead of the group into a dark room. 1/2 the group took of in different directions, it was mainly Andrew, Bob and I who hung together, mind you we did occasionally bump into the rest of the group on and off during the evening.

It really added to the atmosphere as they had Ouija Boards in some of the rooms lit by candlelight (fake of course). They also had GEORGE a Storyteller come around and tell different ghost stories in the rooms. What ghost hunt isn't complete with a psychic also!!

While coming down from the attic area, I snapped a couple of photo's of Bob, Jeff & Vicky ascending the stairs, my first shot revealed dots, which I thought was dust, except when I took the next shot which was within mere seconds of taking the first shot they were all gone. Hmmm!! Interesting.


Bob and I were in a room with Kathleen with two other onlookers and some weird noise occured after a question.

Andrew, Bob and I sat in a room alone trying to pick up EVP's and we think we actually did!!! Andrew's camera picked up a voice saying NOOOO

The evening ended with a Seance in one of the rooms on the main floor. Watch the following video to see (or should I say HEAR) what happened.

We are looking forward to another Ghost Hunt!!!!!!! Everyone seemed to have a good time!!!

And then on Monday evening as Paranormal State's Season Ender, Ryan from P.S. was replying to a few questions that PARANORMALTV on Twitter had requested people send. Yeppers, I sent in a question AND they chose my question as one of the approx. 10 that were answered. SEE BELOW!!!

Ryan from Paranormal State Replies on Twitter

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bob's G-Scale Train Graffiti - PET SHOP BOYS & YELLOW SUBMARINE

So, as you know, Bob and I are starting to collect G-Scale Trains and we want to make them look like the REAL trains that go by our back yard.

We started off with a new train and Bob wanted to make it look aged and worn.

New Train


Old Train


Train Down

Train Side

Train Above

After some yard work last night, he was eager to start painting graffiti on the side cars, who knew what he chose to paint would be items I love. He used my old brushes and acrylic paints, what a man!!! Great job Bob!! I LOVE THESE!!!

Train Graffiti 4
Train Graffiti 3
Train Graffiti 6


Train Graffiti 5
Train Graffiti 2
Train Graffiti 1


Now I have my own personalized train cars!!!! I can hardly wait to see what Bob does next!!!

NOTE: We started a G-Scale Train Blog strickly for our love of G-Scale Trains

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Finally, how to search Twitter & another Metal Detecting Blog Entry!

FINALLY! I found a way to search Twitter and read other people's replies, etc........... (Note, if you want to search for someone specific to see people's replies to them, type @username and where I typed username, type in the person's name)


Also, I have another exciting ROBOT4METAL blog entry for you. CLICK HERE FOR THE ROBOT4METAL BLOG ENTRY

Looking forward to this evening as we are going out with some friends for DESSERT -- gotta love that!!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Canada LOVES the PET SHOP BOYS - Please Chris & Neil come back to Ontario, Canada in 2009

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Canada LOVES the Pet Shop Boys - Please come back to us in 2009!

PLEASE NEIL TENNANT & CHRIS LOWE if you read this, please come back to Ontario, Canada -- WE LOVE YOU TOO!!

We love that you have come to Ontario, Canada in the past, please come back!!

(or maybe consider playing in the Niagara Region) (GRIN)