EPISODE 876 MARJORIE FINDS A PUFF BALL…AND WE ATE IT
In winter, they preferred urban spots, forests and farmland, all places that would provide greater shelter from bad weather and help them keep warm. Cats that had owners, meanwhile, tended to stick close to home, with their range sizes averaging a mere 4.9 acres.
Feral kitties were also more active than cats that had homes. Unowned cats spent 14 percent of their time in what the scientists classified as “high activity” (running or hunting, for example), compared with only 3 percent for kitties with owners. “The unowned cats have to find food to survive, and their activity is significantly greater than the owned cats throughout the day and through the year, especially in winter,” saysstudy co-author Jeff Horn of the University of Illinois.
In addition, the feral cats’ daily activity patterns—sleeping during the day and being active at night, which likely reflects the behavior of their prey, small mammals, as well as lets them better avoid humans—was very different from kitties with homes. Those animals were most active in the morning and evening, when their owners were likely home and awake.
Only one owned kitty died during the study, compared with six feral cats. Two of the feral cats were killed by coyotes, and the researchers believe that at least some of the others were killed by other cats, as the owned kitty was. Cats that live outdoors, even just part of the time, are at risk of death from other cats as well as diseases
Every September, Fairmont Royal York’s Apiary Team, led by Executive Sous Chef Andrew Wilson, harvest honey from our very own rooftop bee hives. Previous harvests have bestowed upon us award-wining honey and this year’s golden bounty could prove to be just as exceptional.
2,100 frames of honeycomb were extracted from seven hives, which produced approximately 400 lbs of sweet, liquid honey which will be featured in our menus throughout the hotel. From our Chef’s Table, to our Banquet Buffets, to unique in-room amenities – add a little sweetness to your next visit with us.
ABOUT OUR BEES
In 2008, Fairmont Royal York became the first hotel in the world to introduce a rooftop apiary. During our peak season, the apiary’s seven hives are home to half a million honey bees and seven queens. Toronto Beekeepers Collective and Urban Beekeeper Melanie Coates tend to the bees, that produce an average of 400 lbs of honey each year. Fairmont Royal York’s honey has won awards at the Royal Winter Fair for over five years and is a popular ingredient used by our Culinary Team.
Our Rooftop honey is a symbol of our commitment to PLANET 21, a comprehensive global program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.
IS PORT HOPE STILL RADIOACTIVE?…Radiation and cleanup
Note: This is my anniversary gift to Marjorie… WE CELEBRATED IT TOGETHER….OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH JOY
OUR 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARYTHE OLD MILL DINING ROOM, AUGUST 20, 2023marjorie and alan skeochaugust 24, 2023We were married August 24, 1963. Some would think that was a long time ago.For us, Marjorie and me, those60 years seem like yesterday. Seems we have sampled life deeply in all its twists and turns .. super events.Right from the moment we first danced at a Victoria College, U. if T “get to know each other” dance through all those 60 years.Marjorie had lots of boyfriends to choose from. Nice guys, I met most of them. But the chemistry between us was likea magnet. We have been kindred spirits for those 60 years.We were lucky enough to have had two boys Kevin and Andrew, whose upbringing was an unending joy. We tried toshow them that love triumphs. That the world in which we spend our life is a good place. That life is meant to be shared. We are socialanimals.
. Nice! Now there is a word worth a comment. Marjorie is a very nice person. I felt that the first time I danced with her. before I even knew her name.And now sixty year later she remains one of the nicest persons I have ever met….and ever will meet.She has enriched my life.
OUR WEDDING RECEPTION , AUGUST 24, 1963
ROGER MILLERLITTLE GREEN APPLES
And i wake up in the morning with my hair down in my eyes and she says hi
And i stumble to the breakfast table while the kids are going off to school, goodbye.
And she reaches out and takes my hand and squeezes it and says how you feeling hon?
And i look across at smiling lips that warm my heart, and see my morning sun.
And if that’s not loving me, then all i’ve got to say,
God didn’t make the little green apples, and it don’t rain in indianapolis in the summer time.
And there’s no such thing as dr. seuss or disney land and mother goose, no nursery rhymes.
God didn’t make the little green apples, and it don’t rain in indianapolis in the summer time.
And when myself is feeling low, i think about her face and go and ease my mind.
Sometimes i call her up, at home, knowing she’s busy.
And ask her if she can get away, meet me and maybe we can grab a bite to eat.
And she drops what she’s doing and she hurries down to meet me, and i’m always late.
But she sits waiting patiently, and smiles when she first sees me, because she’s made that way.
And if that ain’t loving me, then all i’ve got to say,
God didn’t make the little green apples, and it don’t snow in minneapolis when the winter comes.
And there’s no such thing as make-believe, puppy dogs or autumn leaves, no bb guns.
God didn’t make the little green apples, and it don’t snow in minneapolis when the winter comes.alan skeochaugust 24, 2035Our Golden Wedding Anniversary“…and smiles when she first sees me, because she’s made that way.”
EPISODE 867 JACKSON SKEOCH…BASIC TRAINING IN CANADIAN ARMY 2023 Private Jacksonskeoch, PPLCI
alan skeochaugust 7, 2-2Our grandson, Jackson Skeoch, joined the Canadian army A year ago To be precise he is now Private Skeoch in the PRINCESS PATRICIA’S LIGHT CANADIAN INFANTRYHis sergeant and officers have put him through Basic Training that was designed to assure new recruits were physically fit. We attended his graduation at CFB Edmonton alonngwith some 50 or so new rercruits . Today, August 11, 2023 that number has been reduced to 13. How did this happen?STAGE ONE: GETTING INTO THE CANADIAN ARMY AS A POTENTIAL RECRUIT. ..BASIC TRAINING“Grandma I can now make my own bed?”“Is that part of Basic Training in the Canadian Army, Jackson?”“Training sergeants seem to think so. If the corners are not perfectly square they make us do ouR again and again and again.”“Seems joining the Canadian Army is basic housekeeping.”“Bet you can’t make youR own bed Grandpa?”“Correct. I thought basic training was gruelling.”“It was. Watch this”And there on a street corner in Edmonton, Jack and his partner fell to the ground and began doing push upswith lightning speed. In the time it would take me to do one, they would do ten, Then they stopped leapt totheir feet…real for combat.“Sergeants make us do push ups for slight infractions or no infractions.”“Are sergeants tough on you?”“You bet they are. Everything is a trial and failure followed by “Skeoch, give me sixty!”“Make yoou angry Jack?”“No I expected Basic Training to be tough. Some guys were not ready and they quit”STAGE TWO: THE HAIRCUT CAPER….SHAVED HEADSAN army barber shaved Jack bald ….all recruits wee treated the same which marked them as army boys. They became targets forthe local tough guys in Edmonton which could have led to fist fights had not the sergeants said“If you get into fightsin Edmonton you will be just let go by the army.” (my words)“Why recjruits have their heads shaved?“lots of reasons. Standardization for instance….everyone looks the same. Sense of equality. Comrades. Clean break with previous life. Originallyto ensure no recruit spread head lice.And so Jack survived Basic Training at CFB Edmonton. There was a graduation ceremony in an air force hangerwhich we attended. We met the sergeants who were easy to talk to but the recruits kept their distance from them.Jack had learned one of the fundamentals of army life. The Chain of Command. “That will keep us alive in combat.We back up each other and follow orders.”Not every potential army recruit is accepted. A great number are turned away.Jack was accepted. His friends were not. There were 52 recruits in his Basic Training unit. A little over a year later thatnumber had fallen to 13.It is a long story…stays with me.STAGE 3 AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE— CANE TOADS, DEATH ADDERS AND DEADLY SPIDERS“QUIET! This is part of our stealth training. Do not make any noise”“Imagine , the two of us are the only recruits sent to Austraia for stealth training.””“Hush! For God’s sake shut up.”“And here we are crawling on our stomach through one of the most dangerous places on earth.”“If you keep talking we will fail.”“Damn scary place. Three deadly creatures are on the ground with us…”“I’d rather not be reminded,”“Did you know Australia has ten deadly spiders, one of which loves this tropical jungle.”“You mean the Death Adder?”“yes and others hanging from webs that we cannot see.”“Remember our Australian instructor who brushed a big spider from his shirt”“Paralysis , but he recovered. The spiders are awful but the CANE TOADS are worse.”“Right. Never touch one of those sons of bitches…they are toxic. Death Adders population on MagnetcicIsland has been decimated by cane toads. The snakes think cane toads are food…just touching the canetoad skin kills the snakes.. A good thing I guess but the cane toads are bloody dangerous for us. ““And they just stand there in the dark,. We could touch one and not know it until we passed out, The Aussiehave an antidote thankfully. ““Invasive species from South America….In 1937 cane toads were released to control insect pest in sugar cane fields…62,000released …now immense problem. If a dog licks a cane tosd, the dog dies and the toad inflates itself but hardly moves,”“One of the Aussies says to also keep clear of the big Kangaroos…the males get huffy and can attack.”“Jesus, We passed by several to night…they got in our way…heard one huffing.”
“Do you think we can win this stealth competition Jack?”“yeah … think so …”“I think the Aussie patrol will win.”“They know this jungle .. know the dangers ,,, we are newcomers .. Last week we were in camp Shiloh in’the middle of a Canadian winter,, February. How could we expect to win a stealth competition in the junglesof Magnetic Island/““I wonder how the Aussies would survive if the temperature was 20 below zero?”“Snow and ice”“How about a summer filled with black flies, mosquitoes, blow flies, ground wasps, moose flies”
DefencesThe skin of the adult cane toad is toxic, as well as the enlarged parotoid glands behind the eyes, and other glands across its back. When the toad is threatened, its glands secrete a milky-white fluid known as bufotoxin.Components of bufotoxin are toxic to many animals; even human deaths have been recorded due to the consumption of cane toads. Dogs are especially prone to be poisoned by licking or biting toads. Pets showing excessive drooling, extremely red gums, head-shaking, crying, loss of coordination, and/or convulsions require immediate veterinary attention.Bufotenin, one of the chemicals excreted by the cane toad, is classified as a schedule 9 drug under Australian law, alongside heroin and LSD. The effects of bufotenin are thought to be similar to those of mild poisoning; the stimulation, which includes mild hallucinations, lasts less than an hour. As the cane toad excretes bufotenin in small amounts, and other toxins in relatively large quantities, toad licking could result in serious illness or death.In addition to releasing toxin, the cane toad is capable of inflating its lungs, puffing up, and lifting its body off the ground to appear taller and larger to a potential predator.Since 2011, experimenters in the Kimberley region of Western Australia have used poisonous sausages containing toad meat in an attempt to protect native animals from cane toads’ deadly impact. The Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, along with the University of Sydney, developed these sausage-shaped baits as a tool in order to train native animals not to eat the toads. By blending bits of toad with a nausea-inducing chemical, the baits train the animals to stay away from the amphibians.“For God’s sake shut up….keep your eyes peeled for death adders, spiders or cane toads…and enemy spotters with guns”“I’ll buy you a beer if you will kiss a cane toad.”“What was that noise?”CONCLUSION OF PARTS 1,2 AND 3JACK RETURNED TO CANADA AFTER 3 WEEKS CRAWLING THROUGH THE JUNGLE OF MAGNETIC ISLAND.HE HAD SVERAL HUGE WELTS ON HIS BACK WHICH WERE DIAGNOSED AS POISON IVY. NOT SO. EVENTUALLY THE WELTS DISAPPEAREDBUT THEY WERE NOT POISON IVY.IF YOU VISIT AUSTRALIA DO NOT SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY CRAWLING ON YOUR STOMACHTHROUGH THE TROPICAL JUNGLE OF MAGNETIC ISLAND. I FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUTTHE MEAT EATING ANTS.STAGE FOUR: JACKSON WINS HIS RECCE BADGE NEXT EPISODEalan skeochaugust 17, 2023POST SCRIPT“Cane toads have reduced the population of a deadly reptile by nearly 90 per cent in Australia, but on this island they are thriving.
CANE TOADS ARE TOXICNearly 25 tears ago, Marjorie, Andrew and I were touring Australia and thought it would begun to findsome ofthes giant Cane Toads in a sugar cane field in Queensland. We were naive,. We were stupid.Thankfully some local people intervened. “The damn things are toxic..stay clear of cane toads…an invasivespecies that have made our cane fields actually any fields dangerous to explore.”
What is basic training for the army?
How long is basic training for the army?
Physical fitness evaluation