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74 results for 'humour'

A Journalist Interviews Our Family

By melanie jean juneau, published on Oct 14, 2012

Melanie Juneau's Juggling Act- Mother of nine reveals secret to her success, By Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen

Pairing socks for her nine children is no easy task, says Melanie Juneau.

You would think having nine children would turn you into a frazzled wreck with a figure like the Pillsbury Dough Boy and a brain gone to mush.

Not necessarily. Exhibit A: Visit Melanie Juneau's Pakenham-area farmhouse, where the mother of nine is serene in the eye of the hurricane as the winds revolve around her, the CEO of her chaotic domain.

More children are easier than less,... (more)

Tags: humour, hobby farm, large family

Great-Great-Grandma Drank the Best and Last Bottle

By melanie jean juneau, published on Oct 3, 2012

Michael and I like to experiment when we cook, bake bread or make pickles. Sometimes our creative endeavours are successful. Friends rave over our exotic herbs and vegetables, crocheted blankets, jewelry and home tied flies for fishing. My son cut down a huge black walnut tree, a friend brought over a portable saw mill and cut it into rough boards which my husband planed and sanded and used to build a gorgeous counter top. Making stuff at home and not buying the factory generated version is less expensive and usually tastes, looks or functions better.

Of course, every project was... (more)

Tags: humour, homemade successes and disasters, homemade wine

Humour Stops Mental Kung-Fu

By melanie jean juneau, published on Sep 27, 2012

Posted on my fridge right at my eye level (I'm 5'1") are quotes that are key to my sanity. When I feel at my wit's end, this quote makes me laugh and cuts through stress.One in four people are mentally unbalanced.Think of three friends.

If they seem fine,You're the one.

I never fail to smile, even after reading these lines hundreds of times. This reaction pushes worry to the side. When I don't take myself too seriously by entertaining the thought that I might be slightly unbalanced, I immediately stop over reacting. My worries are now put into perspective. Laughter is the best... (more)

Tags: humour, laughter, worry

Raccoons Blew The Transformer, The Dog Ate The Turkey ....

By melanie jean juneau, published on Sep 25, 2012

Just two months ago, my husband was gone for two weeks and a total of ten accidents and catastrophes occurred. All my kids are well aware of this pattern of disasters. As I complained dramatically to a friend one afternoon, disbelief flashed across her face. Katie, Rachel and Lucy all chimed in,

"No, really; it is true. Everything goes wrong as soon as my dad leaves!"

My children and I have ample evidence of our seemingly wild assertion. What follows is part of the disaster list from Michael's last absence:

1. A repairman red tagged our fuel tank which meant the... (more)

Tags: humour, hobby farm, problems with farm animals


By melanie jean juneau, published on Sep 24, 2012

The only thing that will kill you as a mother of a large family is pairing socks. There are solutions. Some are outrageous. For example, I remember a crazy kids, campfire song, that we usually sang in rounds. "Black socks, they never get dirty; The longer you wear them, the blacker they get. Some times, I think I should wash them But something keeps telling meOh, not yet, not yet, not yet" I did not seriously consider this option, though. After ONE day stuck inside an active child's running shoe, socks reek. I had 154 stinky socks to wash every week, at the bare minimum. Oh well, sometimes... (more)

Tags: humour, large family, pairing socks

A Good Irish Wake For A Good Irish Man

By melanie jean juneau, published on Sep 18, 2012

Everyone else had left the funeral home as Cecil’s family and mine shared another amusing memory and laughed together. I had broken the ice with the first story but everyone spoke up and added their favourite memory of Cecil and the Juneau’s. The atmosphere was reminiscent of a traditional Irish wake. We had moved from a small country home, on a dead end lane some ten years before and the Foley's were delighted that our whole family had come to celebrate Cecil's life.

I looked around the circle at our former neighbour’s smiles and I was surprise, surprised that the antics of our large... (more)

Tags: humour, wake, children entertain neighbours

Do you need an icebreaker?

By Jennifer Stone, published on Jul 7, 2012

The Striptease.

The Kings Cross Sting Interviewed like never before

Are you out and about, visiting with friends then all of the sudden your party has become excited by people stripping off.

Many people believe sex is an art form. Wouldn’t you like that in our galleries and museums’ it is a reminder of how wonderful and in the moment Kings Cross really is. Well this is my kind of thinking.

So grab a drink, sit down for a while and join in with The Kings Cross Sting and Madame X on my sort of entertainment. The party just got a whole new lease of life after the... (more)

Tags: humour, excitement, the kings cross sting, jennifer stone, sparkling chandeliers, icebreaker

Humans Are Idiots

By unclejazztits, published on Nov 18, 2011

Since we diverged from our cousin the chimp roughly 7 million years ago we have managed to harness our surroundings with such epic progress, we discovered fire, created steam power, electricity, launched dogs into space, landed on the moon and even created a machine that smashes protons into each other.

Who would have though that we mushy, stringy, jelly brained blood bags could have achieved such wonders, well we did, but all this stuff is cancelled out by our own ability to enigmatically cock things up for ourselves, some of the things we do really makes me wonder how we ever got so... (more)

Tags: comedy, humour, funny, human condition, funny observations, outlook on life

Dave Spart Speaks

By Anastasia , published on Oct 18, 2011

...Blair in what was surely his true vocation in life – a sanctimonious and trendy vicar. Even better was the paranoid bulletins issued by Comrade Gordon Brown, very much in a North Korean fashion.

Set these political parodies to one side. My absolute favourite spoof was Dave Spart, the humourless left-wing prig, representing some absurd organisation or other, like the National Amalgamated Union of Sixth-Form Operatives and Allied Trades.

Dave Spart, my goodness, what can I say about Dave Spart? Spart has to be experienced. Spart, whose dialectical diatribes ended in all sorts ... (more)

Tags: humour, left-wing politics

Born to be unusual

By Unexpected Traveller, published on Apr 11, 2010

Thanks to Murphy and his annoying law, I arrived in Brussels only to have my hand luggage stolen while on the train from the airport. It was a classic con with people moving around in the carriage re-arranging their luggage on the overhead rail because they kept changing seats when in fact they were moving my hand luggage around. I reported this to the police and am now trying to replace my passport because of impending travel.

The inside of the passport office is as dreary as any other governmental department but I caught the tail end of a heated argument between one “customer” and... (more)

Tags: belgium, humour, brussels, odd people

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