Saturday, 2 February 2013

Some of the things that I love!!!

I love things that are unique and that make me smile!
This I got from my boyfriend about 6 years ago.
I love animals and it holds coats!!!!

This I saw in a second hand shop and thought was just to cute!
 (Plus it reminds me of me cats and fish bowls, and shows that they are not the only ones who like them)
I got this about 15 years ago.

First time I saw this and fell in love with it when I was about 13 years old.
I was raised by my grandparents and my grandmother brought it home one day.
When she passed my grandfather remembered how much I loved this picture and he gave it to me.

This is one I received from my mother about 18 years ago, 
we both had a love of animals, and big cats. 

Can't remember how I got this one but I have had it over 15 years.
Who doesn't like kittens sleeping. 

Now these two are paintings done by a woman years ago,
they were given to me by her children when the woman's husband died almost 20 years ago.
Still have there name in my files.  If I ever parted with them or died I would like them to go back to her family if they want them.  There was a third but my ex had it and he died before I was able to get it back.
I still hope to find it and put it back with these.
Been offered money for both but the tiger everyone who sees it wants it.  ;)
It is about 3 feet by 3 feet.

This one makes me think of more peaceful times.
The third one was of a pair of lions, male and female.

This one second hand store again!
Had it is my bathroom.
When I decide to convert dining room into my computer/ craft room,
I decided I wanted to put it above my aquarium  
Will do it when I find away to make sure it doesn't fall.

 And yes they are Webkins above it, I have over 20, sorry lost count and I have at least 7 to register still. 
(they are such cute stuffed animals and the online games are great for kids)

This cat is needle point I received from a friend for Christmas about 6 years ago.

 This my cousin in Arizona made and gave to me.
This first is light behind it.

and without light.

This I also got from my cousin, bought I believe she bought here from a store that sold art like this.

 This was my best friend's mother's, 
when she passed (about 20 years ago) it was given to me to remember her, she knew I loved cats.

 As you can see my tastes very!

That is true about book, movies and music.

I do have one collection to show you one day,
It is a collection of book marks.
To me they are a perfect gift.  When some goes out of the country or even another town, bookmarks are a nice Souvenir, not expensive and doesn't take up a lot of room.

Well hope you like the things I love! 
What kind of things do you love?

Update:  I made a mistake on the last one,  I got it from a different best friend, (I will call this one my new best friend) but it was about 3 yrs ago.  The piece I was Thinking about that I received was of a cat figurine also but you place on a bowl or ledge (I like fish bowl) so it looks like it is watching the fish.  I do not get to see this best friend (I will call her my old best friend but always my best friend) very often because she moved away a few years ago.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Magic Love Crow! Love her paintings!!!!!

Okay just a quick note!!!

I got my "Fly" Crow from MagicLoveCrow!!!

I love her work!!  I bought this one from her shop at 

(not the best pictures did them quick before work with web cam )

and she sent me this too!!
It is a card!! but thinking this one is going in a frame too!!!

Thank you so much Magic!!!!!!!
and she mailed it yesterday and got it today, bonus!!!!!!

Alice M

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Where is my food made??!!

Hello again!

Well it seems not so easy to find information on Canadian and/ or American Food and Make-up Companies that produce products outside  of the country.  But do not fret will dedicate time to doing more research on this subject.  What I was trying to find was a site that you could look up a company and see where they produce / manufacture their product.  With the concern with laws in certain countries being very different from Canada and the United States, there is a lot of worry over what is exactly in the products, and conditions in which they are made.  When I first saw the UPC post on Country codes I got curious and shared (Reading bar-codes, interesting!!!!) what I found.  Than when I found the list that I posted on January 23, 2013: "Okay more on upc codes- country" I noticed the statement on almost every site I found:

 The country of origin indicated in barcodes may not be the same country where a product was manufactured. It is the country where the company that produces the product is headquartered. A company located in Switzerland could have manufacturing sites in India, China or other country. A more reliable method for finding the country in which a product was manufactured is to look for a "made in" label on the product packaging.

Supposedly this is the best way to see where something is made.  Wrong!!!  Since I started my current job almost 5 years ago, I have learned one thing I didn't know.  Almost every product has an expiry date.  Not just food, deodorant,  toothpaste, creams, soap, shampoo etc.  It is not always easy to find the expire date but it is there. If is has a code not an expire date, I now find myself not buying the product.  I do not know the laws in the USA but expire dates are now mandatory   In many cases it is the packaging that expires (it starts to break down), but you have to remember there are some things, chemicals, that also break down, or lose effectiveness after expire date.  Some things may still work but others, like test strips for Diabetes
have an exact date because they are no longer reliable after that date.  Now the reason I mention this is that I  do know that reading labels is not as easy as it sounds.  The fact that the above statement refers to look for the "made in"on the label.

Maybe be I am missing something.  I have grabbed 6 food products from my kitchen.  Surprise to me  I found only 1 that says "made in" and it was made in the United States of America",  2 says imported for, 1 says produced for and the other 2 said nothing except brand name.  Am I missing something, what happened to saying where the product was made.  I actually brought this point out to someone, and they said because they were made in Canada.  If that was true would it not say Made in Canada???  If I owned the company I would be proud to put Made in Canada (okay I am Canadian) but I do know that logic says you can't put Made in Canada if it wasn't.  So where I ask were these made???  I cannot believe this idea that if it has no "made in" on label that it is made here.  That does not make sense!!  What if it is sold in another country?  Extra work to make separate labels, bad business sense.

So this is where you, the reader, can help!  Check 1 or 2 things in you kitchen and tell  if it has a "made in" on it, this includes everyone no matter where you live.  I am curious to see if I am the only one having a problem with finding out where my food comes from.  The one thing I am sure of is fresh fruit and vegetables because at the Grocery Store it says that on the label on the bin /shelf.

Now the other thing I was asked was about makeup.  Well I don't use a lot of makeup but grabbed 6 things from my bathroom 2 makeup, 1 makeup remover, 1 toothpaste, 1 hand cream and 1 hair product (gel/ cream twist).   In order (scary) China, China, USA, Imported, Canada with imported USA products, Imported.  So not food but found 4 "made in" on label.  Still would like to have known where toothpaste was made!!!!

Guess I will now be very careful on reading labels. Checking for the "made in" on each. Looks like makeup is now off my shopping list unless made here or the States. Something tells me that my grocery bill just went up!  Like I needed that! So I guess the 2 main rules for shopping is "made in" and expiry date!

I did find some sites that where interesting, with some information on companies.  Here are a few.  12,099 Food Companies in Canada ,
                   Manta has 111,741 companies under Food Companies in United States
Food Processing
FCPC (Food & Consumer Products of Canada)
Ach Food Companies Inc  (French's, Mazola, Karo,  Fleischmann's etc)  click brands at the bottom for Product Sites with recipes etc , had to share this one :)

Well I hope that was a little helpful!!

Please if you can let me know about the "made in" on 1 or 2 of your food products, Thank You!

Alice M



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