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Silence is Not Boring, Joke Hotline, and What's on the Plate?

Silence is Not Boring, Joke Hotline, and What's on the Plate?

Good Morning from sunny Prince Edward Island,
Put the kettle on, time for some gab. Thank you for letting me into your world today.
Island News
This week we received news relating to our business.
Our dining room will be 50 seats down from 140.
We have started scrubbing the dining room top to bottom. With the plan of putting in fewer tables as we prepare for opening on Father’s Day, June 21. Opening only for breakfast and lunch until further notice.
Staff will receive training on new protocols and procedures. We are preparing these now, and we will share it with the public as well. We want and will do this right with priority giving to health safety. Prince Edward Island is doing well on the COVID front. We do not wish to jeopardize the hard, stressful work our government authorities have put into preventing further casesCBC Story here.

We were not surprised to learn today that the cruise ship season is cancelled for 2020, and we expect the same for motorcoach tours as well. Story by CBC here.


I look forward to the GoFundMe campaign for this worthy venture of lighthouse preservation and restoration by Chris Norton and his family. CBC Story here. Go Norton's Go! The Norton clan is a sept of the MacNaughton clan. 
I enjoy Dan Pedersen’s, Living with Confidence daily blog. He writes the following. 
Silence And Boredom
Silence is far from boring. Silence is a gateway to another world. To a place of peace. Boredom is the result of expecting too much from this world. Boredom is the result of addiction to culture. Boredom is like a withdrawal symptom.
A boring world would actually be a good thing. More specifically, acceptance of a boring world, because when people are bored they’re more likely to do foolish things. A more contemplative humanity would be less prone to folly.
If you can’t find peace in silence, where will you find it? Usually what you’ll find elsewhere is stimulation, excitement, frustration, and confusion. ~ Dan Pedersen
Just before sunrise Mille and I have not missed a day in thirty going for a nice nature walk. It is an ideal time to hear birds waking to sing praises for the new day. I can’t sing, but I can "give thanks!"
The Dawn Chorus - What Birds Sing and Why is an informative article by Melissa Mayntz. 
Sitting on the forest floor this morning having my first cup of Ambootia Darjeeling, I heard sparrows, sapsuckers, mourning doves, robins and “the crows.”
You have to like the crows unless you live near Victoria Park in Charlottetown. This is where hundreds if not thousands of them congregate, procreate, and discrete. 
But in any event, here are 5 Reasons to Like Crows


A couple of days ago, at work, I took a photo of a robin’s nest in one of our flower baskets on our verandah. We will see what happened next week. Hopefully, predators will not find the nest.


While in the forest this morning, I penned my second haiku ever.
Bird mating songs send
excitement to nature
making the Creator happy.
Speaking of Happy
“An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.”
– Lydia M. Child
Earlier this week, while driving to work I heard about teens in Calgary who thought seniors needed some cheering up. So they started a hotline, a joke hotline that's getting attention far beyond that city.
The hotline was launched on April 10 by leadership students with the Calgary Board of Education’s Ever Active Schools program. The plan is to spread joy at a time when many seniors are having no contact with others.
After receiving a shout out from James Corden of the Late, Late Show, they started receiving calls from all over the world. Even contributions from the likes of Billy Crystal, one of the greatest comedians ever.
If you call 1877JOY4ALL, you might even hear Billy Crystal, sharing,
Q: Why did one hat say to the other?
A: You wait here, I'll go on ahead.
Onto More Fun
If you haven’t seen this video, you will be amazed. The dexterity, ingenuity and persistence of the squirrels are amazing. Suzi, a blog reader from California sent this a video earlier this week, thank you, Suzi. At that time it had had a few views, now it has millions. Important fact: No animals harmed.
This morning, I have been listening to Diana Krall, an album from 2009, called Quiet Nights.
Got to run and jump on the mower and cut some grass in the Gardens of Hope this morning.
I will close with this thought by cellist, composer, and conductor, Pablo Casals, on being unique:
"Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world, there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel? You must cherish one another. You must work—we must all work—to make this world worthy of its children."
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your time today.
The neatest thing just happened. While signing off, a hummingbird came up to the screen beside me where I am typing, and looked at me for a few seconds and then fluttered away. I thought, wow, I must be sweet. LOL Humble, too! LOL

Our giveaway this week is a Grill Master Gift Box in time for Father's Day.

Tanya Gamester won our 10 pounds lobster giveaway, so she and her family in St. Albert, Alberta enjoyed their lobster last night. 
With love from Prince Edward Island.
Take care.
Bruce & Millie
Q: What did one plate say to the other?
A: Dinner’s on me.
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John Semeniuk - June 2, 2020

So very true about the crow. Each spring when my wife and I would arrive from Quebec after a long drive to open up our cottage in Rustico they would do their flyby within a half hour of our arrival as if to say “welcome home, get up the feeder”. Nothing ever went to waste with our beautiful crows roaming the area. All food leftovers could be turned into crow. There were so many incredible encounters with the eagles in front of the cottage and acrobatics in the sky. Their cawing provided a wake up call in the early morning. I’m missing them as I write. Soon, maybe. Yes, black is beautiful in many ways.

Murdock Morrison - May 31, 2020

Well that was a bird, crow and squirrel blog that was so enjoyable especially the squirrel one as it was amazing to watch the Squirrel Man figure out how he was going to outwit these little smart as heck little animals . We laughed at every creation and enjoyed it a lot and we enjoyed the crow video as well. Can’t wait to get to our Cavendish cottage and hear and see all of these animals as we have them all and since everything is so quiet now, we will enjoy hearing our little friends once more. Unfortunately we will have to wait until we are approved to come over. Stay well and stay strong. Murdock and Connie

Valarie LaBore - May 31, 2020

Thank you for sharing the crow video. We had a huge murder of them at our last night, and have only 3 at our new home. I love them, and they’re so entertaining. I often throw any snails from our yard out to the street for them to eat. True gourmets. LOL!
We saw their larger cousins, ravens, while in England a few years ago. They’re HUUUGE!! But I love the sound of the rooks, who sound much more spooky than our ravens. But I still love listening to ours.

Julia Elzie - May 30, 2020

I, too, eagerly anticipate your blog post each week. It is sad to hear that cruise season is cancelled, that is how I found you in the first place. With so much bad news and a rough few months, it is a lovely jaunt into the happy things of life…birds, spring, dogs, tea, china tea cups, jam, Father’s Day, flowers, lobster, sunrise, PEI. I’ve been listening to Anne Murray’s song, “A Little Good News” a lot lately.

Pat - May 30, 2020

You’re right silence is not boring. Love reading your blogs especially now with the pandemic going on. Listening to what is going on in PEI. Here in Ohio a lot has been happening. Hope your opening goes well. Most people here are eating outside as much as they can versus indoors.
Best of Luck and stay safe

Marlene Boakes - May 30, 2020

(formerly Marlene’s Fun Tours) Always great blogs..really enjoyed the Crows as well as the squirrel set up. videos. Shall miss coming to the Island this year, but hopefully 2021

Caroline Stogrin - May 30, 2020

I look forward to your blog every weekend. Such a refreshing start to my day (instead of a newscast!).
Thank you!

Warren Banks - May 30, 2020

Awesome read !!!

Abbi Hampson - May 30, 2020

Sitting in my English country garden on a beautiful sunny day, it’s a joy to feel a connection with Prince Edward Island. I have been lucky enough to visit the island 3 times now and I yearn to return, just as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, thank you for your weekly blog. My family and I all look forward to some sublime scallops in your wonderful restaurant and to stocking up on your teas and preserves – the experience will be all the sweeter for having been denied for so long! Best wishes from across the pond x

Elaine Chessman - May 30, 2020
I always enjoy reading your blogs Bruce, about your adventures and the inspiring quotes especially in these challenging times. So glad to hear the Resturant is opening soon😊

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