Saturday, September 4, 2010

Earl, End of Summer, News Items

Earl doesn’t seem to have amounted to very much anywhere except for a lot of rain and high waves. Someone on TV described it as a wet kiss. Nova Scotia is bracing for its arrival today, it will actually be making landfall which could cause them a few problems. However, it has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm now so will not be nearly as dangerous as it could have been.

Didn’t bowl particularly well yesterday, I guess I am still aching from Monday. As the season progresses I assume the aches will go away. We had intended to bowl during the summer, but for one reason or another (lanes being re-done being one of them) we didn’t do so, I think next year I will ensure that we do. Although I use a treadmill, it isn’t the same movement at all.

So, its Labour Day weekend, doesn’t mean much to Matt and I at all, but to many they consider it to be the last weekend of summer despite the fact that the rest of September could be boiling hot, summer ends this weekend. To me that is daft, but you can travel up and down the coast and find in trailer parks and such places that all the pools will now be closed. I have been on a camp site in Virginia with temps up in the low 100’s but the pool was closed because it was after Labour Day. Very odd way of thinking in my view. Hotels with outdoor pools have probably closed them too.

On TV also they were talking about all the sales this weekend. Fine if you really need something, but sales tend to make people buy when they don’t need anything and in today’s economic climate, that is not a good thing at all.

One of the stories in the news at the moment is that there is a fuel tanker stuck in the North West Passage – it was on its way to deliver diesel to some of the small Arctic communities in the Nunavit region and slammed into an uncharted sandbank. I don’t know about uncharted, but sandbanks shift around all the time and I would have thought that was something they would have been watching out for. These days such ships have all kinds of equipment to assist them in such endeavours.

Another story is the incredible incidence of a young woman having acid thrown in her face by a total stranger. For some unknown reason, she had decided just 20 minutes before that she needed some sun glasses, which she didn’t normally wear. The sunglasses protected her eyes. But the question is, why would anyone do that to a complete stranger? The aggressor was carrying the acid in a cup so it was very much a planned attack.

I have a new Recipe newsletter and the first recipe I read appealed to me.

Roasted Bell Peppers with Herbs

Source: Kim Stakal

Crunchy, peppy bell peppers become sweet and juicy soft when roasted. Tossed with fresh herbs and a lemon dressing, these bell peppers are worthy of first-course appetizers or anytime snacking.

Ingredients:Bell Peppers 4 red bell peppers 4 orange bell peppers ½ cup chopped fresh parsley ½ cup chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon salt

Directions: 1. Place stovetop on low flame; place bell peppers directly over flame and cook, one at a time, to char on all sides, turning to brown. Place charred peppers in a large paper bag, close, and allow to cool 15 minutes. Remove peppers from bag, peel off skins, and remove seeds. Chop roasted peppers into 1-inch pieces. 2. In a large bowl, combine peppers, oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt; toss well. Allow to sit 10 minutes for flavors to combine; serve warm or at room temperature.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your holiday.



  1. I love peppers. One of each colour makes a salad look good.

    I heard someone describe the Labour Day weekend as the equivalent of the UK's August Bank Holiday.

    The French have been back at work since Monday, and they are already going on strike in 48 hrs. Vive la France!

  2. Not sure about that, we have a holiday most months here.

    Heard about the strikes in France.