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What I Want for Mother’s Day by Lisa Occomore



Author’s Note: I am sorry Lisa– I saw this and thought it was perfect and I stalked your Facebook page too. Happy Mother’s Day– Happy Mother’s Day


What I Want for Mother’s Day by Lisa Occomore (Valley Granite & Tile Carleton Place)

So I’ve decided to be proactive and tell my kids what I want for mother’s day. Here it is:

What I Want for Mother’s Day

Dear Children,

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought I should tell you what I want. This way there’s no guilty panic or last minute purchasing of flowers at the closest gas station. So, this is what I want, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.

I want you to be a decent human being.

I want you to be who you are, but don’t be an asshole.

I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.

I want you to ask for help when you need it.

I want you to help others when they need it.

I want you to learn how to cook, do your own laundry, pay your bills and know how to clean a bathroom.

When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I want you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.

I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one part of it.

I want you to know that even when we hate each other, I will never stop loving you.

I want you to play nicely with others.

I want you to feed your curiosity.

I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that that might look different than you originally thought.

I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.

I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.

I want you to know that you are flawed and you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.

I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you in Lily Potter fashion any day of the week.

I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.

I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.

I want you to relax and not feel guilty about it.

I want you to know life can be brutally hard sometimes.

I want you to know that you can choose happiness even when the dark side offers you cookies.

And I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed.

See, simple.



Why? Why? A Wicked Carleton Place Family Event




So you have seen the event on FacebookA Family Fun filled day you don’t want to miss!!

Bring out the family and come join us in celebrating our new location and our expansion to include Taylor’s Flooring with Valley Granite!! 

140 Industrial ave, Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 2V6 Yadda Yadda Yadda

So WHY should you drive your car out to Industrial Ave on Saturday?

When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday lives, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard working individuals contribute to make their businesses both come to life and stay alive.

Small businesses deliver community character and economic advantages to the town they are positioned in, but also strengthen partnerships among neighbors, residents, other small business owners, community leaders and even schools by offering social and economic relationships.

Many of our local businesses also support local causes, creating even more good within a community. So that is what Brad and Lisa Occomore do every single day. They support the community like nobody’s business.

So bring the family out and celebrate what this Carleton Place family does for us!

We grow good people in Carleton Place-with honesty sincerity and integrity!





• BBQ – All proceeds to Habitat for Humanity’s build in Carleton Place
• Bouncy Castles
• Little Ray’s Reptiles
• Craft & gifts for Mother’s day
• Music/Karaoke by Barreoke
• Games
• Kiddie Craft section
• Visit and play time with Princess Elsa
• Live demonstrations
• Face painting
Crafter/Vendor Booths
Sales, Promotions AND MORE…
140 Industrial Ave 10am-3pm


Facebook event page

Related reading:

Can We Please Stand Up and Cheer Valley Granite & Tile?

Of course there is Free Comic Book Day downtown and Geeked out: Toys & Collectibles at another local business– Murray’s on High Street–Then to make matters even  more difficult– there is the Dunlop and Walsh Dedication at 10 am. going on at the same time.

So plan on attending everything!  May 7th is Family Day in Carleton Place!

Come Join us– Celebrating a 52 year old Promise Finally Being Kept

Lisa Occomore’s Left Breast — First World Problems




I used to write just about politics, crime and humour, but sometimes you just need to take a break from the history and today is the day. I just HAD to do this..:)

Our Carleton Place Valley Granite and Tile gal Lisa Occomore posted this picture on Facebook today with the caption:

“Yesterday we got home from the grocery store and I slipped into something more comfy. Started lunch, but I noticed something that has me scared…

Is it normal to have one breast bigger than the other????

I normally don’t post provocative photos but I’m seriously worried”.


First of all Lisa, why would you post about such a private matter girl? Have some dignity! But, if you are going to get down to basics I just love the 34Fs and 32A’s I buy at Mitchell’s Independent Grocers. Personally I believe it just means that the butcher was left handed that day and slapped those bigger breasts as a bonus in the container.

I swear, get women talking about their chicken breasts and one thing quickly becomes apparent. Hardly any of us are happy with what the grocery store gives us. Some of us feel our chicken breasts are too big, some too small. But what if, like Lisa, your chicken breasts are different sizes and oddly shaped?

A recent survey suggested 99 per cent of us buy different sized breasts to some degree, with a staggering 40 per cent of us return some of them that are two cup sizes bigger than the other. It’s such a hot topic that there are hundreds of online forums and support groups for chicken breast sufferers.

Actually Lisa, it’s something I’ve been only too aware of since my early-20s, when I finished puberty, but I thought no one else had noticed. But, a former boyfriend informed me at a Christmas party many years ago that he enjoyed my Barbecue chicken plate especially the breasts on the left side, ‘because there was more to look at’. I was horrified — not only at his lechery, but the fact that my uneven purchases were so visible. Since then, like you Lisa I’ve done everything I can to disguise it and make it an awareness issue.

So why the wonkiness in chicken breasts? Well, no one really knows, although genetics are thought to play a part and chickens possibly going through pregnancy and menopause — both hormonal events — can lead to a change even in non-matching breasts.

Interestingly, it is the left breast that is the more common one to fill out in abundance. This is because it is placed near the heart, and there are more arteries, veins and a protective layer of fat surrounding the heart located beneath it. We also all have a muscularly stronger side, too, normally the one which you write with.  This makes sense to anyone being left-handed, and on closer inspection I found a left thigh on a recent chicken purchase looked chunkier, too. At this point I decided to give up looking for other failings of symmetry.

We just have to make peace with the fact that sometimes you get one smaller than the other, no matter where you shop. Of course sometimes you can get a complete chicken that is lopsided too. In real life buying a bra is a nightmare, and so is buying chicken!

Incidentally, I personally have one breast bigger than the other, more noticeable since menopause, and lately have been looking for choices on how to disguise the obvious. I was very pleased to find this informative piece on Facebook this morning and know I’m not the only one with a ‘querk’. Apart from a close shave with a hungry husband, a chicken fillet and the George Foreman grill, I’m thrilled with the solution. My assets and chicken breasts are finally back on a level playing field.

But, isn’t it really what’s on the inside that counts?

So Lisa, just call it a variety pack and move on. Next week we shall talk about the bull’s testicles (*Rocky Mountain Oysters) and which one is bigger. I hear it’s the middle one.


*What are Rocky Mountain oysters? They are that part of the bull that is removed in his youth so that he may thereby be more tractable, grow meatier, and behave less masculine. When the calves are branded, the testicles are cut off and thrown in a bucket of water. They are then peeled, washed, rolled in flour and pepper, and fried in a pan. They are considered to be quite a delicacy. Like other organ meats, testicles may be cooked in a variety of ways – deep-fried whole, cut into broad, thin slices, or marinated. At roundups in the old West, cowboys and ranch hands tossed the meat on a hot iron stove. When the calf fries exploded, they were done?

Eating animal genitalia dates back to ancient Roman times, when it was believed that eating a healthy animal’s organ might correct some ailment in the corresponding human organ of the male person eating it. Because of this belief, the practice continues to the present day, especially in Asia, where animal genitalia are considered an aphrodisiac.

The rugged folks of the Rocky Mountain region are not squeamish. Testicle festivals are held every spring and fall in Montana. These festivals can be very rowdy and may not be the best place to bring your children. If you can’t get to a festival, many restaurants and bars in Montana, Idaho, and Kansas serve Rocky Mountain oysters all year long and with less fanfare.

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Can We Please Stand Up and Cheer Valley Granite & Tile?

In Memory of Pauline Hamilton of Carleton Place



Who was Pauline? by Lisa Occomore, her granddaughter

She was a survivor, a fighter and probably one of the strongest women I have ever met
She was beautiful inside and out she always had a way of taking away your hurt or troubles and left you with a smile
She could be silly and she could be serious, she was gentle and so kind to everyone
She loved animals, birds and flowers. She was crafty but most of all she found joy in and loved her family.

Pauline found Alvin not too long ago and and he filled her heart with love and this indescribable school girl joy. She glowed with happiness, peace and a love that will never be forgotten. Pauline and her family will always be thankful for Alvin and the joy and Love he brought her. They had this deep, crazy, fun and special kind of love that all of us look for, you could just feel it coming off them when they were together and the years they had had together although too few where definitely some of Pauline’s best ones.

Pauline wasn’t just a mother. She was Debbie’s best friend. They cried together they laughed together. They would laugh, shop, dance and be silly and in times of pain they were each other’s rock. The bond between this mother and daughter was strong. They are each other’s rock, and it’s a bond that can never be broken there may be more space between them now but it will forever remain unbreakable. The love between and mom and daughter is a force to be reckoned with. It goes far beyond and it’s what makes a mother like Pauline one of the best.

Pauline was a grandmother but not just any grandmother she was “nan”. The love she had for her grandchildren and the love they had for her went far beyond the heart. Lisa would always tell Pauline that she was her favourite grandchild and Pauline would tell her the same, this was their silly thing. And even though Pauline loved all of her grandchildren the same with this unforgettable kind of Love. Lisa and Pauline did have a one of kind and special bond that can never be replaced.

Her niece Donna and neighbour Jean were also very close to her heart. She loved them both as a mother and a best friend and they are people who also brought a great joy in Pauline’s life.

You see Pauline was an angel on earth She was the one you could run to with anything and she never judged. She had so much love for the people and family in her life that you couldn’t help but feel it and smile when around her. She had so many people that touched her and she had touched deeply.

For so many Losing Pauline in this life as a partner, a mother, a nan and a friend is irreplaceable as she made such an impact and held such a huge part of so many hearts that we all must remember that our once angel on earth is now our angel in heaven and is there to watch over us all from above and you can still feel her love all around.

Gone but never forgotten, missed but never leaving our hearts and thoughts.


Hamilton, Pauline

Too soon, in hospital, Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, February 5, 2016, with family by her side, in her 77th year.

Loving companion of Alvin Herron. Cherished mother of Debbie Blanchard. Much loved “Nan” of Lisa Logan-Occomore (Brad) and Rebecca Logan. Great ”Nanny” of Corey-Anne, Tyson, Cooper and Kylie. Special aunt of Donna Preece (Doug). Special neighbour and friend of Jean and Mark Ramsden. Remembered by Alfred Hamilton.

Friends may visit the family at the Alan R Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 1 p.m.

Spring interment Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte.

For those desiring, donations to Interval House, Carleton Place would be appreciated by the family.