A Toronto vegan blabs on about crafting, food, and her life in general.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy International Meatout Day!

To celebrate International Meatout Day today, I will be having a promotion in my Etsy shop! Today, for any items sold, I will donate 50% of the sale to a local charity, the Toronto Vegetarian Association, an organisation with the mission to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle.

There are also other great Etsy shops from the Vegan Etsy team that are having their own promotions. Go see!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Melting snow is the new drowning!

The media always has to grab on to the "new" issue or problem and alert the public to dangers. For the past few summers, it's been Drowning Deaths, which I doubt has increased over time. This spring, it's Flooding Basements! Um, doesn't Spring happen every year?

Found and heard this morning on CBC:

Melting snow prompts fears of basement flooding
Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2008 | 8:50 AM ET
CBC News

With milder temperatures forecast for Toronto over the next few days, city officials are hoping it will help get rid of some of the snow that's been piling up.

But they're also warning homeowners to be on the lookout for basement flooding.

Ray Russell has been in the drain and waterproofing business for 40 years. He said he is already getting calls about basement flooding.

"When it thaws, you're getting [flooding] because right now there's so much snow on the ground … there's nowhere for the water to run off to because there's so much snow. People need to dig a path for their drains," he said.

Paul Tomlinson, who runs another drain business, said he's expecting "over a hundred homes [to] phone us within a 24-hour period."

Russell blames the city for part of the problem. He said some downspouts that were disconnected from sewers weren't installed far enough from homes.

Lou Di Gironimo, general manager of Toronto Water, disagrees.

He said contractors know to extend downspouts away from homes and not put them in areas with poor grading.

"If the ground in and around homes slopes back to the house, that's the worst situation you can have. In most cases, if you have a proper, positive slope, as they call it, away from the house, you have no problem with a disconnected downspout."

Di Gironimo said older homes with cracks in foundation walls potentially have problems, especially if there isn't adequate sloping.

As well as digging a path in the snow for water to run off, he said homeowners should also clear any catch basins on their property.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New baby pigeons

I finally got out to take some shots of the new squabs, which are already making a ring of poo around the lettuce pot.


1. Baby pigeon close up
2. New baby pigeons
3. New baby pigeons

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

bee's knees jewelleries

I did it. I opened a brand spankin' new Etsy shop, called bee's knees jewelleries. Pop by, have look, and let me know what you think!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade


You know where you can shove yer Savings.

I used to scoff at those people whose sleep patterns are affected by Daylight Savings shifts. Now, I don't know if it is age or some other affliction, but damn am I really tired after this weekend's Spring Forward. Seriously – why do we still bother with this? Why am I waking my already tired body up at 5:50 a.m.? Last week, the sun was shining when I awoke. Now... darkness. This all makes for a cranky mishka.