On Genealogy:  My Irish ‘Patrick James Mullen’ Eyes are Smiling

I’m Researching my Irish Roots via my 2x grandfather, Patrick James Mullen. My updated DNA origins have provided me with some further insight into my Irish roots. The recent update has really narrowed the percentage of Irish I have in my DNA, my current ethnicity estimate is 6%, but it can range from 0-14%, the range …

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On Genealogy: Great Scott! Descendants of Andrew McKenzie & Agnes Leckie of Lanark Co

I assumed I had some Scottish in me given my 2x great-grandparents last names are  McKenzie and Leckie. I just recently received my updated DNA estimates via Ancestry.ca and this lit a little fire under me to finally document my proud Scottish pedigree. Ancestry DNA Estimate With its center in the northern third of the …

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On Genealogy: His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York & Me

Ok, ok, so I’m related to the Royal Family, no need to get all excited … so is pretty much everyone with any amount of Anglo-Saxon blood. If you're new to my blog, I write a lot on my genealogy and, in light of Prince Andrew's latest Royal scandal, I thought I'd blog about that. …

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On Genealogy: The Life of WWI Pte. Emile Lamothe

This is an update to genealogy story #4 which featured my Great Grand Father, Émile Lamothe, whom I called Grand-Pépère Lamothe (the original blog has been deleted). It was originally posted on June 3, 2017 and I’ve since come across some new photos and information that I want to document and update his story.  Cleophas Émile Lamothe …

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SUV Camping – Manitoba to South Western Ontario

I've driven this stretch of road a couple times now and in all honesty, it's a long haul and I wasn't much looking forward to it.  Driving straight it is about 26 hours, give or take, especially that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions we cannot cross the US border.  That way would shave off about …

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Amazing Feat of Flying: Visiting the Gimli Glider!

Gimli is the cultural heartland of Icelanders in Manitoba and the country as a whole. Gimli’s first European settlers were Icelanders who were part of the New Iceland settlement in Manitoba.  In Norse mythology Gimli is known as the most beautiful place in the after life, where only the worthy will be transported after death. …

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Urbex: The Little Ghost Town of Insinger, Saskatchewan

I was driving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (say that 10 times fast) to visit some friends. As I traveled down Highway 16, about 55 km on the other side of Yorkton (from Manitoba) when a domed roof of an old Ukrainian Orthodox church peek out on the right side just over the horizon. It was fairly …

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On Travel: Where I Stayed in Churchill is a Must Stay!

I can't speak directly to other hotels, inns or B&Bs. However, I can say with absolute certainty that my experience in Churchill was greatly enhanced because of my B&B hosts. I couldn't imagine my trip without them being part of it. I want to share as much as I can about where I stayed because …

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On Travel: Last Stop, Churchill – My Journey to the Far North

Churchill, Manitoba is as close to a frontier town as there is in Canada. Churchill is Manitoba’s northernmost community, and is located where the boreal forest meets the tundra, on the shores of Hudson Bay, bordering the newest Canadian territory of Nunavut.  The town sits on a narrow point of land bound by the ocean …

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Urbex: The Ongoing Story of the Eccentric Pastor Lee House

It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted … I’ve been embroiled in a landlord/tenant matter, wherein I repossessed my home from crappy tenants and have spent the better part of the last 6 weeks renovating it - they left it in such a shambles (ugh) … I’ll post on that separately, they completely …

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On Genealogy: MY Relation to Ezra CORNELL – Founder of Cornell University

I haven't blogged in a long while, and while I'm at a dead end in another line of my tree, I decided to do more research on the Cornells. I wondered if it was the same "Cornell" that is synonymous with the Ivy League American University - Cornell. My fifth cousin 6 times removed OR …

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Urbex: The Truest Story About the Abandoned & Eccentric Pastor Lee House

This past weekend we explored the well-known urbex site - the Pastor Lee House in Haldimand County, Ontario. It's been abandoned forever, has unfortunately been "trashed" and is still a time capsule of bizarre oddities. The video accompaniment to this blog can be viewed here. Trust me it's worth the watch! We spent a couple …

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Urbex: Northern Ontario Abandoned Hotel Explore!

The Lookout Inn is situated just south of North Bay, in Callander, Ontario. It used to be a hotel with a dining area and patio overlooking Lake Nipissing. The two buildings became a popular destination for vandals over the next decade. The well known and unique resort in Callander officially re-opened its doors to the public in 2017. They …

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Urbex: Exploring a Well Known Meat Processing Plant!

This weekend I did another awesome urban explore at an old abandoned factory in town.  I’m not gonna share the exact location. You may think it’s ridiculous to not share the location of a place you’ve explored. It is an abandoned building after all, what’s the big deal?  The reason I don’t share location information …

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Rh- Alien Blood,Royal Blue Bloods and My Linage to King John I

Before getting into the meat of this post, it’s important to understand blood typing. Interestingly, 85% of the world’s population are Rh+ and only 15% are Rh-. Most of us don’t know our blood type (if you don’t, I strongly encourage you to find out, it’s so important, especially if you require a blood transfusion). …

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On Genealogy: MY ROYAL CONNECTION to King Louis VIII of France

I always thought I was special, a Princess you might say, and now I have a little weight behind me to back it up, my 24th great grand-father was King Louis VIII of France. And this discovery, has just set my whole genealogical dig in a whole new wild direction; an astronomical connection all the way …

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Saving Money is Great. Saving Lots of Money is Even Better.

While I was laying around a few weeks ago, I binged watched the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates. It's an American reality tv series that profiles the lives of those who take frugality to an extreme. Now, let's all be real here and accept that a lot of it appears to be staged and scripted.  It may be …

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I Can’t Believe They Took Your Life -Toronto Rapper Houdini 🎩 😭

𝕄𝕪 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕘 𝕙𝕒𝕤 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕦𝕡 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕀 𝕒𝕞 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕪𝕖𝕥 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕒𝕔𝕔𝕖𝕡𝕥! In 2018 I posted a blog on an up-and-coming Toronto rapper, who since, has gained the love and respect of many a fan ... to the tune of nearly 20,000,000 downloads on Spotify ALONE!  His first album Hou I Am …

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On Travel: Awesome Day Trip! Big White, BC to Greenwood, BC

A couple of days ago, I posted a blog on my exploration of the abandoned 102 year old smelter in Greenwood (Anaconda) BC - what a cool experience! If you haven't had a chance to read that blog - click here. This blog will document our journey from Big White, BC to Greenwood, BC - …

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Exploring the 102 Year Old Abandoned BC Copper Company Smelter Ruins

DID THE COOLEST THING YESTERDAY!!! I explored the BC Copper Company Smelter Ruins in Greenwood, British Columbia (BC). IT'S BEEN ABANDONED FOR 102 YEARS! The weather on Big White (Mountain) called for rain all day, that was the perfect opportunity for a day trip! Initially planned to head to Penticton, BC and the weather was …

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Monster Hunt: My Search for the Ogopogo Lake Monster

COVID-19 social distancing walk and I'm out and about in the great city of Kelowna, British Columbia (BC). Whilst living up on Big White, a trip down to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for the legendary Ogopogo who reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. Lake Okanagan is about 400 kms east of …

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COVID-19: Turning a Breakdown Into a Breakthrough

COVID-19 Week 8 Update. Never one to stay down, always one to turn a breakdown into a breakthrough. This time is no different! If you're a regular to my blog, you'll know that my 12 month adventure of a lifetime all over South East Asia (SEAsia) has been "postponed" due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  …

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COVID-19: Day 19 … How Long is this Gonna Last?

How are you fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Have you ever seen anything like this? We've gone through SARS (2002-2003), the Swine Flu (2009-2010), Ebola (2014-2016), MERS (2012 - present) AND nothing of this proportion, this magnitude. Have we ever witnessed anything quite like what we’re living through with this pandemic? I'm now at day …

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COVID-19: My 12 Month Trip of a Life Time Was Canceled, I Quit My Job, Sold My Car & Rented Out My Condo !

In the words of sexy hotness, Matthew McConaughey, "alright alright alright". It's been a hot minute since I've posted ... so I just want to bring you all up to date on the current lay of the land -> the status of my year long adventure to South East Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic and the …

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In a World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind!

There are people in the world who are not as fortunate as we are. They are plagued with instability, mental health issues and deserve to be treated with respect. They’re human. I’m not sharing this story to highlight myself, just to show that one little thing can mean the world to someone. I was at …

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My Journey Through The World of Functional Medicine Pt 2

Today we venture into part deux of my journey to restoring good health. Since I last updated you, I've received the results of two things: the blood work that my medical doctor requested to investigate my level of fatigue i.e. I have had significant anemia in the past and he queried my thyroid function.   …

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My Journey Through The World of Functional Medicine Pt 1

Ugh, I've been dragging my butt so hard lately *again* and if I'm being honest, it's been a lot of months, like 6-7 or so!  I just thought I was exhausted and burning the candles at both ends and that it would pass (I need to learn to listen to myself better). If you're reading …

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You Have the Life You’re Willing to Put Up With

“You have the life you're willing to put up with". Think about it, what are the problems of those heinous dark shadows currently spoiling the warmth and happiness of your otherwise blissful life? 🎯 Do you hate your job? 🎯 Are you in a bad relationship? 🎯 Is there something wrong with your health? Fine! Get a new …

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What’s The Connection Between INTEGRITY and LITTERING?

I spent last weekend in New York City (NYC), I was attending a leaders course in Manhattan with 350 of the eastern seaboard's most brilliant, inspirational beings, like no kidding - this powerful group is up to big things! While we were out and about enjoying our lunch break, we spent some time walking about …

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Are You True Crime Obssessed?

I have a ton of obsessions -- an obsession with lip chap, an obsession with recycling, an obsession with traveling, with being right (kidding) and an obsession with true crime. What is it about serial killers that fascinates huge swaths of the population? What really happened to JonBenét Ramsay? Where is Madeleine McCann?  Did Michael …

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10 days of gratitude: day 10 – MY BIG BEAUTIFUL HEART!

IT'S DAY 10/10 and I could keep going with my list of gratitudes ... but I'll wrap the posts at 10, as promised. Randy Travis wrote a song years ago called My Heart Cracked ... some of the lyrics go: Shattered dreams, lay everywhere Broken promises, are all we share I finally took, all I …

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10 days of gratitude: day 7 – MY MISTAKES

.... we all make them, non intentional - oversights. Today I focus on being grateful for my mistakes Made perhaps via clouded judgment, your perspective of the world, opening your mouth when you should have thought beforehand or that stupid phone call or text.  WE ALL MAKE THEM AND GUESS WHAT YOU'LL MAKE MORE ... …

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10 days of gratitude: day 2 – MA FAMILLE!

Welcome to day 2 of practicing gratitude ... Thanks for joining me along my gratitude journey.  It always feels more productive for me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys in this case).  There's obviously a reason counsellors will suggest journalling, it just feels good to get it out there!  I've been practicing …

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On Travel: 24-hour Transit Into Guangzhou, China Without Visa

As I write this, I'm home, in bed, it's 3:00 AM and I cannot sleep.  My body still thinks it's 3:00 PM, jet lag sucks!  So I thought, what better time than to start my layover in China 🇨🇳 blog. The process was a lot easier than I imagined, so I thought I'd share in …

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On Travel: chúc mừng năm mới from Vietnam!

I'd been planning this trip for months -> months of research, watching YouTube vlogs, booking hotels, finding places to sightsee- which cities to visit?  What to see while I was there? Did I want to start in the North and travel South or vice versa? I decided to fly into Ha Noi and travel South …

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On Genealogy: The English LEE Side of ME …

UPDATE: Originally posted on June 22, 2017 (that post has since been deleted) IT’S A SOGGY, DREARY AND WET ONE OUT THERE AS I WRITE TODAY … EVER SO FITTING AS TODAY’S BLOG FOCUSSES ON MY ENGLISH ROOTS AND FOLLOWS MY PATERNAL GRAND MOTHER’S, FATHER’S SIDE.  I HAVEN’T WRITTEN EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT THEM, BUT I HAVE …

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Dad, It’s Been 4 Years and I Still Miss You Soooo Much💔

Dad,Every November 18th since 2014 is a painful reminder of your absence in my life. I wish I could turn back time and live out every single day of my life as if it were a grand celebration of you. Had we only known you’d be taken from us so soon and so unexpectedly 😭.I …

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On Set: Update – Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …

Originally posted on December 31, 2017 UPDATE: Sooooo,  I'm finally finished Season 11 and I was able to watch the episode that was shot down the street from me in September of 2017. I'll explain a bit the scene I was there for.  By the point that I arrived Yannick's scene had already been shot …

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On Travel: Beautiful Vancouver, BC and Area

Good afternoon, good morning or good evening folks, wherever you're reading this from.  I'm writing this today from beautiful British Columbia (BC) - it's so true that they immortalize it on their license plates.   I'm out here visiting my youngest daughter and her boyfriend who moved here a few months ago to enjoy a …

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Exclusive Interview With Up-And-Coming Rapper – Houdini

Today I'm chatting with HOUDINI  - a rapper from Toronto, Ontario (aka The 6). I came across his music earlier this year, when I heard his feature on Came to Conquer with Northside Benji.  At that time he was still going by the stage name daHoudini. This kid's got something special,  I promise you, he's gonna …

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On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution

I took a bit of a break from my close relatives because I found another interesting leaf hint and decided to follow it.  I saw this one before, but, I felt I would have to do a lot of research so I passed.  Then I came across something else on the same person and decided …

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On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu

This line continues down my maternal grand-mother side.  This is the story of my great great gramma and grampa on my grandma's dad's side. This is the story of Louis Napoléon Allard and Eva Beaulieu. Louis' Birth Louis Napoléon Allard was born on/about November 24, 1874, in Curran, Ontario to Marie Louise Gariepy, age 20, and …

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On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard

I've been trying to determine where next to follow my ancestry line to and which line to write about.   Instead of writing about some distant relative, I thought I'd start writing with those a bit closer to me and write backward.  I am going to start with my great grand parents on my mom's …

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Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup

My first blog of 2018 .... and it's a recipe.  I'm in crunch mode - I'm taking the kids and I to Cuba in no less than 5 weeks ..... The other day, I had the sweetest tooth after dinner and immediately after eating a yummy healthy dinner, I dug right into a Caramel Sea Salt …

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On Genealogy: Filles du roi – Descendant of Jeanne-Claude De Boisandré

Who Are the Filles du roi?  Most Canadians are familiar with the King's Daughters'/Filles du roi, especially those with French descent. If you aren't familiar, they were some 700 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were …

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On Genealogy: John Ritter is my 9th Cousin, 2x removed!

Rev. Obadiah Holmes definitely has some Famous kin.  I've covered President Lincoln & Amelia Earhart and now I'm covering my connection to comedic legend,  John Ritter, best known as Jack Tripper. Another descendant of Rev. Holmes, is Willis Carrier,  the inventor of air conditioning (I really love this guy on hot, sticky, humid days!) - …

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On Genealogy: Say What? I’m Connected To Amelia Earhart!

My lineage just gets better and better!  To date I have discovered a relation to a King of France, a US President, one of the Filles du Roi, an explorer,  a colleague of Samuel de Champlain, a great Uncle who died in WWI in Flanders ... these are just some of my finds ... and …

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On Genealogy: My Connection to President Lincoln

This is one of my MOST EXCITING ancestral finds to date!  The connection, albeit extremely distant with the most impressive US Presidents of all time ...  Honest Abe is my 6th cousin 5x removed. I said it was distant ... hehe! I posted yesterday on my connection to Obadiah Holmes, the important member of the …

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