Sunday, 18 February 2018


GCHP CH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love  
Owners:  Patrina & Bruce Odette & Lindsay Van Keuren & Lorrie Carlton & L Letsche DVM.
Handler: Bill McFadden

"Flynn", a  Bichon Frisé was crowned Best in Show at this year's 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Top Dog with the purple ribbon
 On Tuesday night February 13th, just before Valentine's Day, Flynn stole the title from the other finalists.
The champion from the Non-Sporting group, wasn't exactly the crowd favourite, but he took home the crown in the prestigious competition after beating out thousands of other canines from 202 different breeds on show.

Flynn is five years old and will turn 6 in March. 
Flynn was originally named for “Billy Flynn” the shady lawyer in the musical “Chicago.”

Look at him strut his stuff in the ring

Flynn has been living with his handler, Bill McFadden while he was being trained and Bill has shared a few fun facts about his canine friend.
1, He is a clown who loves to make people laugh.
2. He is related to the first Bichon Frise to win at Westminster, a dog named JR.
3. He loves a good belly rub.
4. His favorite pastime is rolling in the snow.

A white powder puff with legs 
Look at that cute face 
Flynn stood out as the "perfect example of his breed," according to Gail Miller Bisher, communications director for the Westminster Kennel Club.
"He has the dark round eyes that create the beautiful expression of a Bichon," she said.

Taffe McFadden, Bill's wife  explained how Flynn gets ready for the show by having his coat shampooed and conditioned, followed by hairspray to keep his fur in place.
After a bath and a dry-off he is trimmed, then re-trimmed at the show, then he is trimmed again when he wins.
A powder called Fairy Frost is applied to his face during the competition which dries the drool on his face while competing.

“It feels a little unreal. It’s just magic,” said Bill McFadden shortly after the Best in Show announcement.
“I came in expecting nothing except hoping for a good performance, and I think I got it.”
McFadden has been showing the breed at the Westminster Dog Show since 1991.

Flynn's traditional Westminster victory lap will include a steak lunch at Sardi's the famed NY eaterie, a trip to the top of the  Empire State Building, several press appearances to tv news shows, and a walk-on part in the Broadway hit "Kinky Boots."

Flynn may be headed into retirement after this big win, and McFadden says he will miss working with his jovial friend.
“He has my heart,” McFadden said. “He is pure joy.”
Flynn may soon be back home with his owners Lorrie Carlton and Dr. Lawrence Letsche, the husband and wife duo who run Remrock Farms Veterinary Service in Plymouth, and Belle Creek Bichon, a kennel.
Congratulations Flynn!!!

Best in Show Ceremony.  

The 142nd Westminster event attracted 2,882 entries in 202 breeds and varieties. 

This year's show was again held at Madison Square Garden in New York and featured 2,882 entries in 202 breeds.

Photos respectfully borrowed from online sources to write this post.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Where did the "Store Room" go???

I am smack dab in the middle of various "To Do" projects (yet again) and have not had any decent time to blog recently.
I've just realised that here I am in a new year and I haven't had the chance to write a post about my project I completed two summers ago (2016) where does the time go?

Way back when after my daughter moved back home, she came with all her"stuff" and took over my chill out room and turned it into her "store room".  I have posted about it here.
Living on the lower level of the house we have always been plagued with a moisture problem.
The house is situated basically in a waterway and when the rain falls the water just pours down the driveway like crazy making its way to the watercourse that runs adjacent to my wall.  If this moisture does not dry out fast enough, the mold and fuzzy fungus grows in small patches on the "store room" wall.
The room was originally my dad's workshop where he worked his magic on making, fixing and restoring items to their former glory but with a new twist.  My dad was a blend of Tim the Tool Man Taylor (of Home Improvement fame) and MacGyver.  His mind worked overtime in formulating all kinds of tools to make life easier for us.
This room had three internal walls and one exterior wall that was the problem wall of moisture hell.

After daughter dear and I moved downstairs, I treated the first two bedroom exterior walls with a moisture retarding product called Xypex....that was many many years ago and the walls are still holding sign of moisture.

The last wall that remained to be treated was the "store room" wall which was on my To Do list for many years....until two summers ago.
As you know my daughter had moved into her dad's house after he passed, but she still had a ton of her stuff left here in her "store room".
I gave her three weeks to get her stuff out, and then I got started.

I began by scraping the old paint off the wall.  It was already peeling and looked like it would have been an easy job, but looks are deceiving.  It turned out to be a tedious job to say the least.
I'd wanted to throw in the towel many days.
I began the job with a regular metal paint scraper but then thought a heat source would help it along.  Out came my Conair hand held hairdryer to help with the process.
 It died a natural death after a day....poor wasn't cut out to work that hard.

What to do...what to do?

I purchased a heat gun and got back to work.  The heat gun took care of the job fantastically.
You know what they say about having the right tools to get a job done right....perfect example.

It took me at least two weeks to complete scraping the wall because I was only doing a few small patches at a time in between my other summer work.

Scraping and scraping and scraping....

My right wrist hurt so much after so much scraping, I kept it banded up overnight with copious amounts of muscle rub ointment to ease the pain.

EUREKA!!! One day I walked into that room and realised that I'd finally finished scraping the wall....Yeah!! and double Yeah!! Yeah!!
Then as luck would have it, into my inbox popped an infomercial email from a local distributor about a new moisture retarding product.   I decided to give it a try.
The new product was made by a Canadian company Kryton  and was based on their Krystol had rave reviews worldwide.

Called the local distributor and spoke to a very nice gentleman, Mr.Wayne Roach, who was extremely helpful, even delivering the product to my that service or what?
It was time to get started.
The process  consists of a two step application....T1 and T2.
From the website:
"Krystol T1 & T2 Waterproofing System is a surface-applied crystalline slurry treatment that transforms new or existing concrete into a permanent waterproof barrier.
Krystol T1 & T2 Waterproofing System lowers the permeability of concrete and protects against the ingress of water and waterborne chemicals. It replaces the need for surface applied waterproofing membranes, and is often used in the remediation of failed membranes".
The website provided a graphic step-by-step instruction of the Krystol waterproofing system.

First the wall needed to be clean and in virgin masonry condition - check.

Surface to be treated must be pre-wet to a saturated surface-dry - check. I used a spray bottle for this step.
Mixing the product.
Krystol T1 is a cement looking powder
Mix Krystol T1 to a thick paste - 3parts powder to 1 part water. Mix till smooth.
Mix only enough that can be used within 30 minutes.

Using a concrete brush apply the mixture to the wall using an aggressive circular scrubbing motion...check.
I have no photos of this step since I was hustling to beat the 30 minute limit.
The second T2 coat can be applied as soon the T1 coat is dry and hard usually 6-24 hours. I allowed mine to cure for 48 hours.

Then the T2 mixture was mixed at the same ratio as the T1.
The wall was then dampened with a spray of water and the T2 mixture was applied in the same aggressive circular scrubbing way.
Once the T2 coating has cured and hardened (6-24 hours), the water curing treatment is followed.
Curing water applications were applied three times daily for three days after that. 

 This time I used a large basin of water and a sponge to dab the water on.

Dab, dab, dab, and don't stop dabbing.....

All the plug outlets were covered to avoid any drips into the circuitry.

Old newspapers on the floor were used to catch the moisture from the water curing process.

After the three days, I added another day for good measure and then picked up my paintbrush.
At last I could paint.

What a huge difference a little paint makes.

It was so nice to have my room back again.
Another space to decorate with love and add my personal touch....yipee!!

Another big project taken care of...two thousand more to go.
Photos of the completed room will be coming soon in a future post....stay tuned.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ben's Ball

 As promised, a couple of weeks after I met Ben I went back to visit my new friend and take him a little gift.
 He wasn't sure if it was really for him...his eyes asked if it was okay.
"Yes" I softly told him.

He still wasn't sure but soon he understood that it was okay. 
He immediately pounced on his new ball, he was ready to play.  I couldn't stay to play, what a pity, so I wished him goodbye....but came away happy that he was doing so well.
He is now ready to be adopted.
How I wish I could bring him home with me but......Big dogs are hard for me to manage.
I hope and pray that he will go to a loving family who will give him all the love he deserves.
Love you Gentle Ben!!!
Update:  The ball has been torn to smithereens....time for a new toy.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!! 2018

Today is a special day,  not only is it Valentine's day, today is also Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar.
Lent is a period representing the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and praying after he was baptised.
It is a period of prayer, reflection and penance.
Seems kinda strange to have the two days coincide, since they're completely opposite and different occasions.
The last time the two days collided was back in 1945.

I didn't make it out to church today to have my forehead adorned with a cross of ashes, but I will try my utmost to give up some indulgence for the period of Lent.

I need not worry about giving up meat during this period since I don't eat meat anyway.
Whatever I decide on to give up, it must be meaningful. 

Hope your day was filled with lots of love...the right kind of love...the kind that is true and unconditional and mostly spirit-filled.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Logos Hope (2017)

I can't allow this post to be any later. I must write it now.
Back in November (2017), I had a visit from a friend whom I had not seen for a long time.
The Logos Hope Book Ship came a-visiting our shores again after a nine year hiatus.  I couldn't believe it was that long ago.
The Logos Hope Book Ship is the largest floating book fair in the world and usually pays our island a visit when it travels through the Caribbean.
This visit was was nice to see my friend again after so many years.
I love ships and I love books so what better combination than to visit with daughter dear who loves to read as well.
The Logos Hope
The World's Largest Floating Book Fair
“One of the main goals of the Logos Hope is to share knowledge."

The ship was docked at the Shallow Draft Harbour Marina adjacent to the Flour Mill. 
After paying the small entrance fee and heading up the gangway, we were scanned by security personnel and we were on our way.
 A small display at the entrance gave visitors an idea of the accommodations for the 400 crew members from over 60 nationalities.
 A young visitor had the opportunity to captain the "ship".
 A crew member welcoming us aboard and pointing out the ship's features and safety rules.
After a short "Welcome Aboard" speech, we entered the book fair.

Where to start????
With over 5000 different titles, there is something for everyone.

 Daughter and I spent quite a while in this area of cook books.

 So many little time.
Children, Adult, Novels, Academics,Self Help, Spiritual, Health, Gardening, Cooking, Painting, name was there.
 Small toys, bookmarks, key rings, puzzles were all available.

 Shelves were replenished on a continuous basis as the books were chosen by many happy visitors.
 Thousands of books suitable for everyone.
 Books for children of all ages.

Books books books.....we were in heaven.
We chose our selections carefully.
 On our way out we passed several painted displays on the walls.

Soon it was time to say goodbye to my friend once again.
We struggled off the ship with our heavy bags.

Would you believe that over a week later, the ship had to extend its stay because so many Barbadians just kept on going.  I myself wanted to pay another visit but it just wasn't possible...too busy.

A message appeared on Facebook highlighting another wonderful visit to the island.

THANK YOU, BARBADOS! We at Logos Hope appreciates the 34,000+ visitors who took the time to visit us during our time in Bridgetown from the 9th - 19th November. To keep up with our journey, follow us @ Logos Hope on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I can't wait to see my friend again...hope it's not another nine years this time around.
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