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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Nature at Thanksgiving & DIY

October 13, 2020

I trust those who celebrate it enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here in Alberta we enjoyed a chilly and windy long weekend but every day without the ‘white stuff’ is a good day. So no complaining here.

We decided to enjoy nature this weekend and travelled on Saturday to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. We walked the trail to the beach and kept to ourselves as there were families hosting outside Thanksgiving get togethers! Then , as always, took various back roads to explore.

The first trail off the beaten track was a game bird sanctuary and we found evidence of a busy beaver!

We also visited Kingman the Lutefisk capital of Alberta. Not knowing what lutefisk was we looked it up. A lutefisk is a Swedish delicacy. It is a dried stockfish (normally cod or ling) that has been brined in lye, soaked to remove the resulting caustic solution, and then steamed until it flakes. The end result looks and feels gelatinous. Traditionally, it is served with warm cream or butter sauce and enjoyed with copious amounts of beer. Not sure I will be sampling it though.

I completed a project on Sunday, I have been meaning to do. Updating the bathroom cabinet. I am pleased with the soft green and new handles – gone are the drab wood doors.

Having enjoyed Miquelon Lake so much on Saturday, we returned to walk around the lake. A brisk 45 minute walk but so worth it. We encountered a squirrel who calmly sat watching us and the dogs and never ran off.

Then it was homeward bound and an unusual sight. A beaver lodger with its own satellite dish! I kid you not. I need to write a little story about this. Which channels do you think they watch?

Gobbledegook Thanksgiving…

October 14, 2013

Gobbledegook – definition: language characterized by unintelligible jargon, usually hard to understand


Is there a theme developing here? Yesterday’s word regarded nonsense language as well. I promise I use my desk diary words as they appear each day. However, for those of us in Canada, it is an apt word for today as it is our Thanksgiving and turkey is on the menu! Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Many of us have been subjected to ‘gobbledegook’  in the small print and any legal or official documentation. It seems to be purposely written in such a way that any normal person finds it impossible to figure out. But may be that’s the point…

On a serious note though, whenever you are faced with a legal document, take the time to read it thoroughly. If you do not understand any part of it ask for that section to be explained. Many ‘new’ writers do not understand the ‘rights’ section and fall prey to ‘all rights’ are owned by the publisher. This can give them rights to take a percentage of any and all compensation you may receive, if your novel becomes a play or a movie etc. Seek legal advice if you are unsure. Here is a great link :

On a lighter note, I found this fun gobbledygook generator – give it a try.

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