Gaza Now Israel has bombed another  UN school once again  where Palestinian civilians were seeking refuge, some 3000 of them, which the UN several times had warned Israel was full of civilians, and many of them were killed, incl. children in their sleep. The UN has called this a war crime and a disgrace, just one of many committed by Israel against Palestinian civilians during the conflict in Gaza over the past 3 weeks, leaving over 1500 Palestinians dead, 900 + wounded and 50 Israeli soldiers killed, hardly a fair fight. They have also targeted and bombed a park, another school where civilians were seeking shelter, mosques,market place, and hospitals, and warning it will only get worse. They are purposely targeting civilians! They use the guise they are targeting Hamas militants(and blowing up Hamas tunnels is one thing, but attacking hospitals, parks, shelters, etc. is quite another) when in actual fact they just use that as an excuse to try to eliminate the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. It’s nothing more than genocide and Israeli Apartheid yet the UN does nothing other than condemn it, but no action is taken, yet if it was the other way around and the Palestinians were slaughtering Israeli civilians there would be hell to pay, and how come Israel isn’t being sanctioned like Russia is over the Ukraine conflict? Why won’t anyone stand up to them as they bully their way across the Middle East with their Arab neighbours, crying “anti-Semite!” to anyone who disagrees with them. Targeting Hamas targets is one thing but targeting civilians is something else altogether!

I saw on the news that the majority of Israelis, over some 80%, support their gov’t and military in slaughtering the people in Gaza, brainwashed by their hateful propaganda and religious discrimination, and they harrass and intimidate their fellow Israeli protesters who are against it, saying that they aren’t “true Israelis” and that they should “go live in Gaza”. I agree Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorism( as all countries do) but the Palestinian civilians aren’t terrorists, and the terrorists aren’t IN the parks, the schools, the shelters, the markets, the mosques, and hospitals; that’s where the innocent civilians are(and they have nowhere else to go; they’re trapped and confined in a small area) and they KNOW it  and that’s who they’re really trying to wipe out under the guise of “terrorism”. Armies should fight  armies, not civilians. This makes them no different than the terrorists that they claim to be fighting and makes them terrorists themselves. Terrorists kill innocent men, women, and children and that’s exactly what Israel’s doing. It would be the same if it were reversed as well, if the Palestinians were doing it to Israelis; it doesn’t matter WHO’S doing it, what country is doing it, or what “side” is doing it; it’s wrong regardless and it shouldn’t be tolerated. Something needs to be done by the international community to STOP this senseless, brutal massacre. Israel needs to be held to account and  brought to justice. The slaughter needs to end. There needs to be an immediate ceasefire and peace. The killing needs to stop.

This is a crime against humanity.

Down Syndrome Pillow.

Pillow When I mentioned about my down ( feather filled) pillow the 11 YR old goes, “I have a Down Syndrome pillow,too!” I almost peed myself laughing. The 13, 15, and 16 YR olds have also been asked out on dates but they’re not allowed to start dating until age 18; they can have boys and girls that are friends, and they can hang out but no boyfriends or girlfriends or dating until then; they have to concentrate on school and the point of dating is to find a potential marriage mate and there’s no point in that when you’re just a teenager and too young to get married,anyway, and there’s no sense in setting yourself up for temptation,either. There were sunny periods yesterday as well and while I was out getting my suntan the blackflies kept bothering me but I guess that’s what you get when you live out in cottage country and they’re supposed to be building a marina here( at long last!) finally here as well to be ready next YR and I hope they’ll have canoe and kayak rentals as I’ll certainly go for it and bring the kids; I used to love canoeing at camp as a kid and I went kayaking in Hawaii and it’ll bring in lots of $$$ this going nowhere run down town so desperately needs,too, and the tourists will love it; we have lots of summer tourists that come for camping and cottaging. It’s long overdue and I don’t know why they didn’t think of it before.

I also noticed when we’d tied up a garbage bag on the veranda that it was moving and something kept bulging from the inside and as it turned out there was a squirrel trapped in there so I guess it had snuck in there and we never noticed and then we’d tied up the bag so we opened it up and let it out and there was another squirrel dead on our front lawn with half of it’s face all chewed off, I took a “How Old Are You?” test and got age 16, our second-oldest who lives in Japan is coming up to visit us for 2 weeks over Christmas and goes back the day after my birthday but winter is the worst time to fly as with snowstorms the flights are often delayed or cancelled ( which is why I refuse to fly then and the earliest I have is in March) and I remember once even in October one of my planes even had to be de-iced, the 11 YR old says she wants to run away from home because she hates having to do chores and hates being told what to do and wants to do what she wants, and the 19 YR old heard me mentioning the Ebola outbreak and asked me where it was and when I said in Liberia and Sierra Leone in Africa he goes, “I don’t care; it’s not in Canada!” so I told him he was insensitive, and every time I see Toronto on the TV news it makes me miss living in the city even more. If only we had the $$$$ to move back.

My Suntan.

MySuntan This is my suntanned arm. Usually I’m lily-white. I sent this photo to our oldest in Calgary to show him my summer tan( we both like to suntan, and the 13 YR old does as well) and he sent me a photo of his tan progress as well. I love laying out in the sun, it’s relaxing and de-stressing( it’s like free therapy) and I look and feel healthier with a nice deep, golden brown tan, not to mention the obvious health benefits of vitamin D. I certainly look alot better than my usual ghostly sickly white, or like they say in Mandarin Chinese about white people, “Bi- guay”( white ghost) or “Bi-goh- tzu”( white dog). I’ve never been to a tanning bed and I’ve only been to a tanning salon once to try a spray tan; to get a head start before a trip so I wouldn’t be so pale at the beach, but I prefer a natural tan from the sun, and besides, it’s free! As a kid I was always out in the sun and got tanned just by playing outside and then ever since I was 13 I would purposely lay out in the sun to get a suntan. People say it gives you skin cancer but they say everything does, some even say the chemicals in sunscreen gives you skin cancer,too. I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs, though; tanning is my only “vice.”

I also got insulted and blamed online and told it’s my OWN fault why I’m stuck here in a place I hate and can’t move because I can’t afford it and don’t have the $$$ to move and I told them where am I going to get 10 000$ from unless it just falls from the sky and not everyone’s rich, and it’s not that easy, my mother has been slacking off and not doing her share around here and has been passing it off on everyone else and when I said how grocery shopping is one of her jobs she told me to do it instead but when I said to her, “How about then we trade and  I do the grocery shopping  instead and YOU homeschool the kids?” then she shut up, and the 7 YR old ate something spicy and then gasps, “There’s a FIRE in my mouth! Take it OUT!!” I also showed the 11 and 13 YR olds how to lay on your back and spin a sofa cushion on your feet only it was harder than they thought it was and they couldn’t get it to balance right and it kept falling off.

The kids also asked me which ones of them were “accidents” and I told them none of them were “accidents” but rather “surprises” and there’s so many of them and it was so long ago that I don’t even remember, the 7 and 11 YR olds were arguing which one of them was more “important” and the 11 YR old goes, “I’M her FAVOURITE!” the 16 YR old’s driver’s license arrived in the mail and his photo looks like the typical mug-shot: his eyebrows are shooting high up (like a clown) and he has this shocked, surprised look on his face; it’s hilarious and we all cracked up and he’s so embarrassed to show anyone and my mother joked they make it like that on purpose so you’re too embarrassed to get pulled over by the cops, and we had another big storm last night again and alot of people are without electricity and Grand Bend even had a tornado( the 8th of the season in the province so far) and it’s supposed to rain for something like 5 days in a ROW all this week AND it’s cold and windy( 20 C) and feels like fall. For the most part it’s been a really cold summer.