Dinosaurs, Crowns and Twins

I just got to the point where I’d had enough. I was completely fed up. And so, a week ago I decided to slay the dinosaur in my house—yes, I did say dinosaur. Yes, I did say slay. Let me explain.

She was simply taking up too much room with her slow, uncontrolled, unpredictable moves. Not to mention all the grumbling that was left in her wake. As far as dinosaurs go, she wasn’t really so bad, not like your run-of-the-mill T-rex or even stegosaurus which I venture to guess would be next to impossible to cohabitate with. My dinosaur was clunky and pre-historic but I brought her home when she was newly hatched. We bonded. I knew her every clunk, thump and grind. I wasn’t always appreciative of her. (You know how you tend to take all those dinosaurs in your life for granted.) She allowed me to check email, and Facebook, but she wasn’t so nice to me when I visited my friends in blogland. Sometimes she simply refused to budge. She didn’t want me to *like* any of you, and she didn’t want me to make any comments on your posts. Sometimes, she even forced me to go to the local c@p site to upload photos to my own blog. Imagine that.

Power can go to a dinosaur’s head.

Overtime, she became too independent for her own good. We were becoming disconnected. Yet, I resisted…and resisted. Even though I grumbled and complained. Finally, I just had enough. I mean, how long can you cohabitate with a dinosaur and be happy?

Life’s too short not to be happy with your dinosaur.

So, she’s gone, put to rest, retired, withdrawn, given the boot.

My life will be a bit easier.

Saturday was the launching of Jan Coate’s brand new picture book, The King of Keji at The Box of Delights in Wolfville. Can you imagine a better name for a bookstore? I had a great time. The book’s illustrator, Patsy MacKinnon was also at the launch. Crowns were made for the kids which was pretty cool. Did I get a crown? You bet. In fact, I got two for the little people in my life. I didn’t want to push it by asking for one for myself. Seriously, the crown-making was a big hit with the kids and worked in well with the picture book. Jan read the story which many of you know is set at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Park right here in Nova Scotia. Patsy explained a bit about how she creates the illustrations. I believe she said she worked on them for about six months. I love the colours she used.

While he didn't make the book launch, Levi was happy with his crown and book!

While he didn’t make the book launch, Levi was happy with his crown and book!

When you get married and have twins;
Don’t come to me for safety pins.

Speaking of dinosaurs, how out-dated is that verse? Perhaps as out-dated as autograph books which I’m writing into my next story. Does anyone use safety pins or cloth diapers these days? Autograph books?

While on the subject of twins… Some of you already know that we’re about to be blessed with twins this time around. Master Levi is going to be a big brother at the ripe old age of 22 months. There’s no quicker way for a child to grow up then to become an older sibling. I know a mom and dad who are going to be BUSY in the future; September, or so we’re told. Hard to say with twins. We’re all so excited. Being a nanny and guppy is pretty darn cool.

So, that’s my news for now. What’s news in your corner?

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  1. Congratulations on the new equipment. I´m sure you will be happy with it. Love the picture of Levi with his book and crown. He is so cute. Double congratulations on the grandtwins news!! Best of luck to all. ❤


    • Thanks, Darlene! Levi’s a pretty busy little guy. 🙂

      I’m glad for the new equipment. Still in need of high speed. 😦
      Although I’m planning to ask the Eastlink people to come out again to see if they can help me out. It’s worth a try.

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  2. christicorbett

     /  June 9, 2015

    I’m so excited for your upcoming bundles of joy! Since I’m a mom of twins please feel free to ask me ANYTHING!!!!


    • Oh, Christi I’m sure you lead a very busy life with twins in the house. I may just have to take you up on your offer. I’m sure things will be quite exciting for the first while. 🙂 We are very excited.


  3. Congrats! And no, I’ve never heard that little ditty!


  4. Sigh. Glad your dinosaur is out of your life. I’ve been struggling with mine. Each time I mention giving it the boot it behaves. Go figure.
    Congratulations on the upcoming bundles of joy. Oh my. My little heart is pumping with excitement for you.
    Levi looks adorable in his crown and his book. ❤ ❤ ❤


    • Thanks, Tess. Those hazel eyes get to me every time.

      It’s nice having a new computer and with everything brought over from the first the only thing different is how wonderful it works. I’m still trying to get used to how quietly it runs!


      • Am back to my s.l.o.w. desktop. The hardrive was the problem. Bought a new laptop and am waiting for call for pickup. Sigh. Laptop already going on 4 years (only 4 years) but cheaper to buy new than to invest $200 + into old one.


        • You’d laugh if I told you my dinosaur was 13 years old. I do have a laptop that I do most of my writing on, plus it’s convenient if I want to borrow Internet when I go some place. It is sad to think that it almost makes more sense to buy new than to fix up the “old.”


        • Yes, the days or repair aren’t as in years past. When I told them in the computer store my laptop was fours years old, I was told I’ve done well. My first PC back in the 80’s lasted 15+ years. I kept adding to it, repairing it etc. until it was too slow to bother turning on but I then gave it to my sister who wasn’t computer savvy and she was happy to get it.
          It wasn’t worth putting money into this last laptop because I’ve had it in the shop so many times since I bought it. 😦


  5. Yay for kicking out the dinosaur! Now you can concentrate on something more fun! That is a great name for a bookstore. Cute little fellow wearing a very nice crown. Lovely cover on The King of Keji. Congratulations on twins in your future! Now Nanny and Guppy can each have a baby to hold instead of taking turns. 🙂


    • Thanks, Patti! Old dinosaurs can be distracting. Yes, twins means that Nanny and Guppy won’t have to fight over the baby. 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. David

     /  June 16, 2015

    Okay, grand-twins. For some reason, I got into my head on the first read through was that you were going to be a mom again. There’s a reason for re-reading. 🙂


    • Oh dear, me be a mom again! I’d laugh but….. Yes sometimes a second reading uncovers things we didn’t see the first time around. 😉


  7. The fact that I have been missing in action for days on end is due to a great big White Elephant that parked itself in my driveway. And not that I don’t like elephants … I mean they are gook luck … especially the white ones … and they are friendly … Ah … who doesn’t like elephants.

    But mine turned into a pig and leaked all over my drive and then like a sick old lady … she decided to die in the middle of a parking lot … 20 miles from home … and I missed the deadline for Triple A … it was late … I was tired.

    So … you see I understand how sometimes we just have to let go of those ancient things/dinosaurs/elephants and old ladies.

    Love that quote even if it does date us. The name of the store is adorable and the kid more so 🙂


  8. Hi Laura; Our new email address is:


    Barbara & Eric Rhodenizer 902-644-3403



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