We’re in this together

Here are just a few ways Nova Scotia is doing it’s part in environmental protection. ( taken from the Government of Nova Scotia website)

We lead all provinces in cutting Greenhouse Gas emissions

In 2009, Nova Scotia released the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations establishing GHG emission caps on the electricity sector. Amendments were also made to the Air Quality Regulations to set tighter limits on Nova Scotia Power Inc., sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions for 2015 and 2020. As of 2014, Nova Scotia has already reduced GHG emissions 17% below 1990 levels, the most of any province in Canada, and is on track to reach 24% by 2020. This far surpasses our target of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Nova Scotia is the first province to require efficient LED streetlights

Nova Scotia is the first province or state in North America to make LED streetlights the law. LED lights are expected to use less than half the energy of traditional lights and when combined with reduced maintenance costs, the estimated annual savings could be $18 million. They’ll also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 tons.

More than 25% of Nova Scotia’s electricity comes from renewables

Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan is a program to move Nova Scotia away from carbon-based electricity towards greener, more local sources. The plan set renewable electricity generation targets of 25% by 2015 and 40% by 2020. In 2015, almost 27% of Nova Scotia’s electricity was supplied by renewable energy sources, like wind, tidal, biomass, and hydro, and we are on track to reach 40% by 2020.

Nova Scotia has more wind power in our mix than 8 other provinces

As of September 2016, there was almost 600 MW of installed capacity from wind generation in the province.

Nova Scotians are the leading composters in Canada

Nova Scotians are the leading composters in Canada on a per capita basis (combined curbside and backyard). More than 95% of residents have access to curbside collection, and 48 of 51 municipalities use clear bags to enhance diversion of organics and recyclables from the solid waste stream.

Over 100,000 Nova Scotians have renewable heat in their homes

Nova Scotians are doing their part to reduce their energy consumption and replace more of their energy with sustainable sources. Today, over 100,000 Nova Scotians have heat pumps in their homes. Of those, at least 80,000 use a heat pump as their primary source of heating. Over the last five years, Efficiency Nova Scotia’s work alone has helped roughly 56,000 Nova Scotians reduce their reliance on oil.

We’re in this together, let’s everyone do our part!

Wear RED!

Yesterday was “green day” and today is “red day” BECAUSE I am showing my support! We have a few friends who are RCMP and RCMP wives and this day is near and dear to their heart.

Wear Red on Saturday March 18th for the RCMP. 

Reg #57789- Cst. Richer DUBUC, 42
End of Watch March 6, 2017 Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, CANADA

The Spouses of the RCMP are asking you to Wear Red wherever you are, whatever you are doing on Saturday March 18, 2017, the date of his Regimental Funeral, in support of fallen RCMP Officer, Richer DUBUC, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty on March 6, 2017. Constable DUBUC leaves behind a wife and four children.

It is with great sadness that we must embark on another WearRed campaign, we in the RCMP family would like to say how truly grateful we are for the outpouring of love and support with our previous WearRed campaigns in June of 2014, January, 2015 and, April, 2016. Red was worn across our great nation and worldwide. Our officers and their families felt and appreciated your love and support. We thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for making such tragic times in our lives a little less lonely.

The Spouses of the RCMP have created an event to show their support for fallen Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Integrated Border Enforcement Team, RCMP Officer, Richer DUBUC. We cannot all be in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC for the memorial service but we can still show our support wherever we are. Let us WEAR RED on Saturday March 18th to show that the fallen officer, his family, and all members of the RCMP are in our hearts. Please share this event and invite all your friends.
It would be wonderful if the Sea of Red RCMP Serges weren’t alone on Saturday, stand with them! Thank-you!

Constable Richer DUBUC will be laid to rest on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone). Garrison St-Jean Military Base (25 chemin du Grand-Bernier Sud, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec). It will be a RCMP Regimental Funeral.

So today I will wear red and say thank you to the many RCMP that so faithfully serve and protect our country!

Sunday Spring forward

No sleeping in…

David made it to church on time! I stayed home today still a little dizzy. BUT I did get all my blog posts caught up! So…if you have a few minutes, grab a cup of coffee and curl up and go back a week in time on my blog and you can read all about the wonderful cruise vacay we enjoyed! If you have never tried cruising, I highly recommend it!

Enjoy your day friends!

Such a GORGEOUS day!! BUT Coldest Night of the Year!

it’s cold out there!!!! Ok Not so much. It’s actually pretty mild BUT …it’s the

Walk on tonight Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017!

The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless, and hurting across Canada. Bundle up and WALK!!

Our church’s teens and leaders are participating in this walk. It’s such a great activity and for a super great cause!

Today was a gorgeous day and great weather to be outside. We had errands to do, packing for our cruise, and David even had a bit of time to start getting his tan on…

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We had a simple dinner and are now vegging in front of the TV for a couple hours.

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Hope you’re having a nice relaxing Saturday!

A year of CHANGE

I LOVE January! Especially the first weeks of a brand new year!!!


It is a month of reflection. It is also a month to make resolutions to organize, declutter and to make some changes. A few weeks ago David and I talked about this. We talked about 2017 and what to do? What it would bring? Goals and plans and what to accomplish. Some of the conversation stemmed from his back flaring up right before we went to China in December. It’s frustrating to have issues like that. You wonder if better health, and more REGULAR exercise could help these flare ups. We’re getting OLD!! Ok, older… and we NEED to look after ourselves…

Time for change

We talked a lot and decided that for us 2017 is gonna be year of CHANGE…physically and health wise!! We are not in bad shape. Neither of us is overweight, although I have put on a few more pounds than I like since returning from living in China where I walked everywhere. So…in 2017, we are gonna do our best to strengthen and tone some areas physically to see if that helps with overall strength ( and back issues for David) We are gonna change our eating habits a bit…tweak a bit…just to have better energy. And we may even enjoy a massage or two each month. We are gonna try to spend more time breathing in the “fresh air”. Lots of things to change and try this year for better health and longevity.

So…2017…Let’s BRING it, we’re UP for the challenge!


Lots of things for reflection!




Giving Tuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s Giving Tuesday! Today kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. December can get pretty busy and hectic and sometimes…unfortunately…we may not be as nice as we should be. Sometimes it takes just a gentle reminder. Be KIND, Be GiVING, THINK of others!

I saw this Advent calendar. I used to do advent calendars when the kids were little. I suppose I still do with my lifesaver tree.

I loved this idea for an Advent Calendar…a Kindness Calendar and thought I would give it a try for the month of December! A great way to be thinking about giving this Christmas season.