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Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

What is Dyingitis?

Women often refer to it, and down play my recent horrendous affliction as the “man cold”… but here’s the thing… in a scientific study that took 40 plus years of extensive research by the Ambrose Institute, its true nature is to try and turn your masculinity into the  “Whiny Baby Syndrome” (in some cases its works, but we haven’t seen that happen to Jayson, ever). 

I’m pretty sure I have Dyingitis – my nose is stuffed up, head hurts, coughing and throat is sore…Welcome to Winnipeg…If I don’t make it, tell all my family and friends I love them…..

The first symptom always starts off with,
“I thinking I’m dying”,
then, “I’m pretty sure I’m dying,”,
followed up with the hard cold facts,
“Yup, I’m definitely dying.” 

As I lay there on my death bed, some female friends offer words of encouragement, “Suck it up buttercup, you’re not dying, its just a man cold, ugh”..…You ever notice that they always end it with “ugh”, it’s like their’s no compassion or sympathy in their tone.

What does it feel like to have Dyingitis?  In layman terms, Dyingtis takes a full sized beefy masculine manly man (case study – Jayson Ambrose)… pushes you to the brink of death and just before you cross over, it reaches in, grabs you by the throat and pulls you back, so it can do it to you again in the future…… Whaaaat? Can’t argue with facts.

A friend sent me these hard cold scientific facts …. 

Case in point, obviously the picture dictates that the man’s cold is worse …look at him suffering, can’t even get out of bed….. poor guy

 

Worst Winters in Canada – Manitoba

Worst Winters in Canada – Manitoba

Waking up the other day to a thick morning frost on the outside of my windows was a reminder of what’s to come. Its been a few years since I’ve been in Winnipeg and I’m already anxiously waiting to get out and “enjoy” what Winnipeg’s Winter has to offer.

I also came across this recent article – “Sorry, Manitoba: You’ve Been Ranked as the Province with the Worst Winters in Canada

Google also agrees with their #1 pick of the Coldest Canadian City … Winnipeg.

One of the things I love about Winnipeg is its people… no matter how cold it gets, you’ll still find crazy positive attitudes outside and enjoying winter activities!   You just reeeeeallly need to dress appropriately.   

Let the winter fun begin!

Boy With The Boot – Statue

Boy With The Boot – Statue

Boy With The Boot – Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg MB

This 300lb bronze statue has got to be one Winnipeg’s most famous little statues. It’s approximately 119 yrs old and stands in front of the English Garden located near the Zoo. You can’t miss him.

Originally, it was unveiled on July 16th 1898 in front of the old City Hall on Main St, where he stood for several years. Then he was moved in 1913 to his present location in Assiniboine Park.

More history on the Boy With The Boot – Manitoba Historical Society

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Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Nestled among the forest along a creak filled with ducks in Kildonan Park – Winnipeg Manitoba

The famous German fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel by The Brothers Grimm is illustrated in the Witch’s Hut. It tells the tale of 2 children losing their way in the forest, finding a witch’s hut built of gingerbread and candies. Hansel is locked up, while Gretel is put to work for the witch. Eventually the children escape her evil grasp.

Kildonan’s witches hut was officially opened in October 1970 and has been open ever since during the summer months. It’s also a popular site for photographers and the Fairy Tales Festival.

Note: also in the park is the famous Rainbow Stage, an outdoor theatre venue.

 

 

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Inspiring & Encouraging

Inspiring & Encouraging

Until recently, I really had no idea how much One Canadian’s Journey has inspired & encouraged so many people.

I’m always thankful and appreciative when I meet people and they let me know that I’ve inspired them. But when I’ve been receiving emails of personal stories and how my blog & photos have inspired & encouraged them, and what they are doing now, Wow! I’m truly touched and moved. I’m also very stumped because I don’t know what to say, …thank-you!  Keep on living life to the fullest! 

Be sure to read the About Page  Thank-you Everyone! 

There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

One of the most common questions I get asked,
“Where do you shower?”

Read Part One here – HOT SHOWERS EVERY DAY! LIVING OUT OF A VEHICLE

Part Two….

Here are the Two Cheapest ways to get a Hot Shower while on the road.

Since I prefer being clean and showering everyday, I’m always looking out for a shower. I’m a little picky that way and here is the easiest way to maintain good personal hygiene while on the road.

The cheapest showers can usually be found at campgrounds. Surprisingly, most campgrounds I have come across are Free. And, you don’t have to stay at the campground in order to use them.  Just in case they are coin operated, be sure to keep a few coins in your personal hygiene bag at all times.  Oh, and keep this in mind…Most showers are closed between noon – 2pm for cleaning purposes.

The 2nd cheapest place I have found is in small communities & towns with public swimming pools. When you approach the front counter, be sure to let the front staff know that you are a traveler who is just passing through and only looking for a hot shower.  They will give you the “Traveler’s Discount” which is quite cheap.  So, how do you find the public pools in small towns? Easy! While you are entering the town, go the the Visitor Center, they’ll be more than happy to guide you.

There are other methods of maintaining good personal hygiene and I’d love to hear about your experiences, please leave a comment below! 

 

Camp Morton – Manitoba

Camp Morton – Manitoba

Location – Hwy 8, North of Gimli Manitoba

Camp Morton was build in 1920. It was used as a summer camp for Roman Catholic children as well as for orphaned and under privileged children.

The camp is still in use today, which offers camping sites, family vacation cabins and 6 Yurts.

A few of the sights you’ll come across as you stroll the grounds…

More photos from today – A Visual Experience 

Vikings in Gimli Manitoba

Vikings in Gimli Manitoba

About 45 minutes north of Winnipeg, along Lake Winnipeg, sits the fishing community of Gimli. It’s the Largest Icelandic Community outside of Iceland and its been that way for decades. And what’s one of the things Icelanders are famous for… Vikings!

To celebrate their history and long colourful heritage, they put on an annual Icelandic Festival, held durning the first long weekend in Aug.

Note, its a very popular event that takes place in Manitoba. Come early to find a parking spot because it turns into a circus with all the people.

Viking Village – Dressed in traditional authentic viking regalia, these vikings are here 24 hours a day for the duration of the festival. They work, feast, play, get married, sleep and even go into battle right here.

 

Learn more about Gimli’s Icelandic Festival – icelandicfestival.com

More photos from today – A Visual Experience

Arnes Farmer’s Market in Manitoba

Arnes Farmer’s Market in Manitoba

Along Hwy 8, near Morden’s Meadow’s, is the Arnes Farmer’s Market

All kinds of products were being sold here. Everything from Antiques to modern day products to fruits & veggies, to home cook baking (Delicious baking!), Books, and so much more! 

There was a busker, who was quite good and very animated with facial expressions.

Dragonfly – 5ft x 5ft and about 2ft off the ground – this was impressive!

Speaking with a husband & wife team (names completely elude me…ugh!) about their carvings, its quite a great production they do together. First, they salvage old wood poles that are ready to be destroyed. However, he take the already aged and full of character poles and gets to work on creating artistic pieces. Once he finishes the sculpture, his wife does the finishing touches of sanding & varnishing, a real team effort. 

I’m looking forward to visiting this place again!

More photos from today – A Visual Experience

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