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The Insanity of IKEA

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I have a love-hate relationship with IKEA and can sit for hours and read their huge catalogue at home. Yet, when I enter the store I have to walk miles through areas I have no interest in. But as I stroll casually through each department I use my phone’s pen to draw my way through that obstacle course and somehow I find myself yet in  another dead end. I end up purchasing another box of tea lights and $200 of things I do not need for my home. I’ve heard customers complain about this at Costco too: “Just came for milk and eggs” and $800 later, I still don’t see the milk and eggs. Sometimes I just like to stand in the IKEA parking lot and watch people try to fit everything into their small cars.

I must argue with the person who wrote that anyone that cannot assemble something from IKEA  should go back to kindergarten. When no text is used in assembly instructions this should be the first warning that the bed you just bought that morning is not going to be slept in that night. I am sure whoever else is assembling the same product in another part of the world like Thailand is having the same dilemma. Exactly what is that little illustrated Swedish man pointing at?  A word of warning to remember is that your completed furniture is only as good as the “chosen one” who has volunteered to put it together. Welcome to IKEA , they just throw in extra instructions to mess with you.

 

IKEA sells over 16,000 products online, of which 9,209 items are now being resold on Kijiji. Half are dresser drawers that are missing knobs which have long fallen off and been lost. Most have mislaid the instructions so you know your end result will look like something conjured up by IKEA  hackers.

 

IKEA  also started making homes in Europe in 1996 called “BoKlok”. It was a move to allow first-time home buyers to have a chance at a cheaper place to live. What if the owners of one of these homes divorce? Who gets custody of the Allen wrenches? Do they share?  Didn’t that Allen wrench once put together the Eiffel Tower?
Really in the end it’s about who you want to spend the day at IKEA  with, and the ultimate purpose of going to IKEA remains just as mysterious as the little dots they put over the vowels in their names. Even IKEA knows the struggle us mere mortals face when assembling their furniture! I would would love to tell you more jokes about IKEA, but in the end the setup is too long and the final product mediocre. I mean I tried for hours but I just couldn’t seem to put one together.

 

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Alexander Drummond Photos –Kate Telecki

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Alexander Drummond Photos –Kate Telecki

 

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All Photos-Kate Telecki

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Alexander Drummond son of George Thomas Drummond and his wife Jean Logan Campbell Russell

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Many years later, this is his wife Mary Duff.

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My mom just found a huge box of stuff I’m going to go through it at send you some pics, this hand written history of Lanark county is unbelievable!

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 16 May 1934, Wed,  Page 13

where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

Building the Bradley Boat House

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I’ve attached pictures of my Father Frank and brother Peter and Father’s friend Eric building the boat house on the river just below where Piety Hill used to be.  How things change.  Today if someone owned a house that size they would pay to have someone do the ‘donkey work’.  Not so much in the fifties.  I believe that the boathouse is still there.

Kind regards,

Dumps Ryall (Bradley)

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where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

 

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The Carleton Place House That Disappeared

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

 

Was This the Architect of the Findlay Homes on High Street?

The Armour Sisters Auction

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The Armour Sisters Auction
Hiya Linda,
I read your call for info on the Armour sisters and remembered an
article in the At Home in Tay Valley book, pages 186-187.  I scanned the
pages and it’s attached.  While I don’t have much info on them I do
remember that auction.  It took place from their home on Drummond Street
in Perth and it was to the right coming off of Highway 7 just before the railroad
tracks. It’s a unique property with many additions.  The auction lasted
for days as Alex described and I remember there was an article in either
the Ottawa Journal or Citizen because it was the longest auction on
record in the late 70’s-early 80’s.
All the best to you dear Linda,
Cheryl
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where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

 

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Another Episode in Spinsterdom–The Armour Sisters of Perth

So was there Money Hidden in the Schwerdtfeger House?

Tales from an Auction–Everyone Knows a Hillside Johnny!

Howard McNeely- I Aim to Please

H B Montgomery Auctioneer

50 cents I ’m bid–Auctioneer Clayton Hands

Antique Furniture? The End of an Era?

In the Year 1923 —- “BHM”– (Before Howard McNeely)

So Who was this Auctioneer?

Auctionering Without a License and Pigs on the Loose

Smiles from The Exceptional Lunch Ladies of Carleton Place

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Every month I try to go to Full Deck. FuLL DECK (Fundraising Lunch Ladies with Delightful Entertainment, Cooking & Knowledge)  are actually a duo.  Leigh Gibson and Cynthia Ferrier host luncheons for charities in Lanark County once a month at 30 Bennett Street in Carleton Place.

Here is yesterday’s photos with some great Carleton Place smiles.

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This is where I was sitting and there is former Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn with Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum curator Jennifer Fenwick Irwin

 

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There’s Peggy and Jake Gallipeau!! Aka Mr. and Mrs. Santa!!

 

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Lots of smiles!!!!

 

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They raised yesterday

 

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Hello everyone,

Well, we are back in the swing for Spring. 😊😊

On to our next luncheon . . . May 2019. CLICK HERE

Here are the details:
DATE: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
TIME: 12:00 noon
LOCATION: Conference Room at 30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, ON
COST: $5.00 per person (to attend)
CHARITIES-OF-THE-DAY (will be split evenly between the two arts-oriented endeavours): “LiPS” (the Live Poets Society of Lanark County) & “Curious & Kind”
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 14th at 4 p.m.

Please note: The location is in a scent-free building. Please respect that if you are planning to attend.

Thank you & don’t forget to reserve your spot if you would like to attend. In addition, should you want to contribute food or prizes, it is helpful if you could also do so before the registration deadline (as it helps us plan accordingly).

Take care.

– Leigh (for Cynthia & Leigh of FuLL DECK, the Fundraising Lunch Ladies with Delightful Entertainment, Cooking & Knowledge)

 

 

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Today I was Proud to be a Carleton “Place-ion”

It was Just Another Day of Excitement in Carleton Place

The Exceptional Lunch Ladies of Carleton Place – Full Deck

Know Your Town —The Hungry Lunch Cafe

 

 

The Cottontail and Chinchilla Rabbit in Lanark County 1932

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The Cottontail and Chinchilla Rabbit in Lanark County 1932

 

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April 1932 Almonte Gazette

An unwelcome migrant has appeared in and around Almonte in the shape of the cottontail rabbit. One was shot this week which had been hanging around on a nearby farm.

It had a small body, brown above and white underparts and it made a track about twice the size of a squirrel track. Such tracks have been seen both at the north and south ends of the town.

They are not numerous so far but are likely to be destructive on fruit trees and shrubbery and it would be well If they are destroyed at once. It will be recalled that several chinchilla rabbits got their liberty a couple of years ago and destroyed a whole orchard eighth concession of Ramsay.

 

Update 2019- Arlee Sheets says the cottontail rabbits got together through the years and exist in Lanark County today.

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 16 May 1934, Wed,  Page 13

where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

 

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Free Ranging on South Street

“I Like My Chicken Fryin’ Size” said the Pig

While You Were Sleeping —-The Storyland Bunny Moves to the Hi Diddle Day House

The Protesting Lanark County Easter Bunny

Easter —Do Memories Outweigh the Taste?

My First Hallmark Hippie Kiss — Who? What? Where?

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One day in the 60s sitting at the Riviera Cafe on South Street in Cowansville, Quebec Buffalo Springfield’s new song “For What it’s Worth” began to play. That particular song immediately became a huge turning point in my life about standing up to what I believe in and trying to become a weekend hippie.

The year before, The Byrd’s had been my big influence, and I remember my father told me if he so much as saw me wear the Ben Franklin glasses Roger McGuinn wore, well, there would be trouble. In my life if people went left, I always went right, and right I did the next day to the The Treasure Chest on Main Street to buy the glasses. Of course I was wearing them as soon as I got out of the store, and who drove down the street but my father beeping his horn and shaking his fist at me. Arthur J. Knight eventually got over it, just like he got over bell bottom pants.

With my newfound hippie wisdom I told my father that anyone over the age of 30 should be sent to farms. His look of shock at my outburst is one I will always remember.  I should also mention that the man waited for 16 years to ask me on my 30th birthday when I was leaving for the farm. Should I mention that no one ever left for any farm? Not that I know of anyways.

When I turned 15 my friends and I took the bus to Montreal and would hand out flowers for peace at the Place Ville Marie plaza some weekends. People would come up to the girl with the flowers in her hair and ask me if I was from San Francisco. I would just smile from ear to ear as that was the highest compliment anyone could give me. Even with all the peace and flowers it seemed like I was still missing something. You know, maybe some young male living a hippie lifestyle — wearing their long hair in braids, playing guitar, preferably living out of a Volkswagen van, protesting violence, and spreading peace and love.

The problem was I was living in rural Quebec, and as my lifelong friend Leslye Wyatt reminded me– back then there was some sort of testosterone rivalry between the boys in Cowansville vs the boys in Granby. I don’t seem to remember that but I do remember the cute young men from Granby, Quebec, however, I don’t think I knew what testosterone was in those days.

I do recall getting the attention of this very tall lanky guy one night at a concert in front of the Cowansville town hall. I can remember his towering height, the long matted hair, and the god awful smell of patchouli, but do you think I can still remember his name? So I decided to ask Leslye who seems to remember a heck more than I do these days and she said:

“Oh my goodness you are talking about that guy with the long hair that was from Granby. His name was “Taupe” and  I have no clue what his real name was.”

Leslye went on to say he was part of “our hippie gang” (we had a gang?) from Granby and that there were others called Dylan, Red and “Henthouhuanne”. Henthouhuanne was actually an annoying spelling to make the fella’s name of Antoine sound cool.

I can remember holding Taupe’s hand at that concert and then I never really saw much of him again. According to Leslye, after a couple of weeks of spending some time in Cowansville they went back to the girls in Granby.

In the end my memory of him was just like the very end of a Hallmark movie. Their trusted recipe is: take girl, take boy, 2 hours of back and forth, and then they kiss or get back together in the last 2 minutes. Then it’s over, leaving you unsatisfied most times. This was my first kiss that lasted two minutes and then I never saw him again. I will never ever forget that moment, yet I could not remember his name was Taupe. I was close though– I kept thinking about Ed Sullivan’s puppet Topo Gigio for some reason — so I was definitely in the vicinity. So my advice to you? Write everything down while you still remember it  so you have a name when you wonder what the man you were going to marry is doing now.:)

 

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Miss you Kevin.. miss you forever..