Beefs and Bouquets

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I am a happily married 35 year old man and father of two wonderful kids.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Its's been a while

It's been a while since I wrote in my blog. I felt I had nothing and there was too much going on and no time to write. Nothing has change regarding the busyness in my life but I think I feel I need to write a few things and get them off my chest. Comments are welcome but not needed.

Do you ever wake up and think, is there ever a day without a problem or a hurdle or some kind of stress to deal with? I can't remember a day like that in a very long time. I have however been able to recognize the fact that problems will always arise and the only way to cope with them is realizing that there will be more. Do not be surprised when things that are supposed to go smoothly do not turn out that way. That is why a carpenter always allows for extra things to happen, because they always do.

If you don't address these problems as they come in they just build up and make life harder in the long run. Not to mention harder to catch up. So that brings me back to my realization, if you don't keep at er' you will fall behind.

Sometimes it is ok to sweep things under the carpet as long as you don't forget to go back under and clean it up before it bites you in the ass.

I don't want anyone to think there is something going on. This is just a realization that most of us know already as well as myself. As of today I have realized it is indeed true.

So remember most of us have problems to face all the time and life is shitty sometimes but that is life. If you want to be in this race you have to keep up. I think in the end it is worth every bit of effort and I would not would want to be the person who gives up and lives under a bridge and is pondering what he or she has missed. Mind you, we all may wonder what caused his or her demise. What events led to that person giving up or living there.

I guess that leaves me with one more message. While we all know that we always have to press on but keep in mind some of the people who couldn't press on may have had simply too much tragedy to deal with so please do not look down on someone until you know what his shoes were walking in.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

'Twas the night before Christmas

When everyone goes to bed on Christmas Eve please think of this blog and read your kids a story. I bet they will have the memory forever. Make a hot chocolate and get them in their pajamas and turn everything off except your voices. Snuggle up close and let them hear the sound of Christmas in their head. If you have no one to read to then read it to yourself and bring back the memories.

Here is a nice one. You can always google and find some more but I hope this gets the ball rolling

by Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roofThe prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly,That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

That is a great story.

I remember laying awake in my bed listening for Santa and the reindeers and thinking one day he will stop at my house and say hi to me. He'll explain how Christmas works and before I know it he'll be on the roof yelling ho ho ho.

I hope everyone has a great holiday and stops to realize that at this time try to put a side all differences and all opinions and extend a helping hand if you can and remember the kids will remember this forever. I know I have and I would never trade those memories for anything.

Pass along the traditions, songs, recipes and most of all pass on the love that will last forever.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Monday, December 11, 2006

Holidays..please come faster

Hi everyone. My name is Ken and I need a holiday.

I know everyone needs a holiday but I really need one. I know when I am off on the 22nd of December they will go by so fast with all the holiday stuff going on.

I wish I could have a 17 week holiday with Char on some tropical island with air conditioning in the room. Meals made for us and steel drums playing at our hearts desire. Drinks coming at us hard and fast and a huge poster bed with screens around us. I could use bad run on sentences here. I would like Japanese girls to walk on my back and massage me and Char can have a big muscle stud to rub her back. Then we can have a beautiful clay bath followed by Fruity drinks in the swim up bar. In the evening we can watch the sunset in our privat hut on the beach and have Bob Marley playing in the back ground. Go back to our hotel room and sleep for fifteen hours.

Wake up then have a manicure and a pedicure and then another massage. Following that we can have a continental breakfast followed by a day of shopping for Char and I will do shooters with the locals. I think by this time work is not on my mind.

The next day we will go for a scuba dive and check out the underwater world...sound good?

Now all we have to do is win the F_____ing lottery and we'll be on our way.

If not oh well I could still use 10 days away from work.

Donations for the Jamaican Holiday can be sent through here. Just email with your interests and amount. If the amount is over $5 bucks I will reply in 5 minutes.

Have a good day everyone....not everyone can have a Jamaican holiday so maybe I'll have a Red Stripe Beer and listen to Bob Marley instead.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Bailey was brought into my life when I was 22 years old and living with my Mom. I spent a lot of time training her and bringing her up. As she grew up I ended up moving in and out a few times until one day I met Char and moved in permanently with her and become a family. Since then she has become my Moms Dog and she has taken great care of her. Fourteen years later she is gone and I am going to miss her a great deal.

I remember coming home from work when I was a server and laying down with Bailey and talking to her and hearing her tail thumping with excitement. She would lick my hands or face or whatever I let her lick for as long as she could. But she would stop the moment I would say stop. She was amazingly obedient. She knew tricks and knew how to make everyone love her. Even though she shed like a sheep.

She was my mothers protection and companion for many years and helped her get through many trying times. She ws my Mothers life. Everything revolved round that dog. How long she was going to be at work..who was going to let Bailey out to go to the bathroom. If she went on Holidays we had the pleasure of taking care of her and rubbing her behind while she druled.

Bailey was a dog of many talents. Not so much roll over and play dead but she would carry the groceries home, return the movies, bring the boys beers from the house, and sit in a chair just like she was one of us. I can not remember a time when Bailey wasn't crazy in love with us when we walked in that door. She always let us know how much she loved us. That is why I wanted everyone to know that we loved her so much as well. I hope Bailey is in a better place and I hope she can love someone as much as she loved us. Most of all I wanted to point out how much my Mom loved that dog. She was great to her.

We all miss you Bailey. Have a great after life and we will always remember you. Bye Boo-Boo

Love Kenny and Family

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Questionaire compliments of Denise

1.Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wraps them

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Coloured

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Yes..grrrrr

5. When do you put your decorations up? Beginning of December

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Shortbread and butter tarts

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Christmas Eve at my Grandmothers

8. What do leave out for Santa? Do you leave treats for the reindeers? Cookies and Milk

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? One on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Well very traditionally but let the kids have fun with it

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? At Christmas I don't care how cold or how much weather can ruin my Christmas..just negativity

12. Can you ice skate or Ski? Both

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Atari in 1978

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Family and friends and togetherness

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Butter tart

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Christmas carols at the Hodgerts family Christmas. But that has dwindled

17. What tops your tree? Angel

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Giving by far

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? White Christmas(bing)

20. Like Candy Canes? Not really


Saturday, December 02, 2006


Well...those of you who know us probably know by now that Jake is sick and in the hospital. I am at home sick as well. This just bites. Poor Jake I wish I could be with him but I am stuck at home sick too. I was able to get a few hours of steady sleep last night in our own bed instead of the couch. It was weird last night being here all alone. The weirdest part was knowing their was know one to talk to or when ever I did something I would look around and think...I am not waking anyone up...I am the only one here. Anyways. I am dying to feel better and I want my boy to feel better too. In the mean time I am going to go and cough. If it wasn't For Char right now I am not sure what the hell we would do. Oh and Denise....thanks for your help as well.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Christmas Images

Hi I am not feeling well today but Christmas seems to keep my spirits up so I went online and got all these pictures for your pleasure. I hope it makes everyone stay in a good mood.