No One Told Me!Puppy, Part II - theHumm October 2019
No One Told Me!Puppy, Part II - theHumm October 2019
By Glenda Jones
Why didn’t someone warn me about this? We got puppy Diva in June when common sense was on holidays, obviously. By the end of July, we knew we needed a new vehicle to accommodate the lot of us. On Carroll Side Road we all know the cars coming and going, so it was important to let our neighbours know we were changing vehicles. Isn’t it wonderful to live where we watch out for each other like this? The new car, a lovely little SUV, has been vetted by all and confirmed as the sensible thing to have bought. It’s silver grey, won’t show the dirt — much — and still has the agility sticker on the back. All good!
However, I was left nodding sagely as the salesman explained all the bells and whistles, none of which I can operate! I have read the manual, and am none the wiser. Being a “tech-know-nothing”, I’m not on Facebook, don’t have Blue Tooth except when I eat blueberries, and haven’t figured out podcasts even. Apparently I can sync my cell phone to the audio system, but I haven’t a clue where to start. Everyone tells me I really need this feature so I can use hands-free calling. Who would I call, and why? If the phone rang while I was driving, I’d likely panic, since no one knows the number except for emergencies.
On long drives it would be interesting to listen to podcasts, but I don’t know how to access those on my phone or computer at home, let alone in the car. I can’t be running around with earbuds dangling, so if I need those on my phone, it’s a non-starter. Audiobooks are available as well, to those who know what they’re doing with these systems, and that doesn’t include me.
Mercifully, the car doesn’t have a video screen with backup features and all that. There’s no GPS system to distract me, and Alan is pretty good at map reading. The little screen does allow for all sorts of media access though, from good old radio and CD to MP3 player. Again, I have no idea what an MP3 player is, if I need some extra device, how to program it or anything. There’s one more feature of the car that’s lost to me.
The salesman said I could get Sirius radio too. I nearly said, “CBC news is serious enough for me. I don’t need a dedicated station for that stuff.” Best to conceal my ignorance and say nothing. However, when I scrolled through the various Sirius music choices, it looked appealing until I found out it was a subscription that would be plonked on my Visa. No thanks to that.
I came away from the dealership happy that I could turn on the lights and work the windshield wipers, and figured all these extras would have to wait. We’ve been driving around for a couple of weeks now and are thrilled to have the radio working. We haven’t missed the other things, and I keep my fingers off the excess buttons. However, I do feel we’re missing out when others tell me about the books they’re hearing or the podcasts they enjoy. I feel like the media world left the station and I’m still on the platform with a grubby ticket in my hand.
Maybe next week, when I have a couple of free hours, I’ll give it a go and see if I can install this stuff. Otherwise, that’ll be me at the station while the rest of you are driving away with all your gadgets.
Bonus! I can now work the Sirius radio stations, and could easily be persuaded to keep it. The Bluetooth business still escapes me, but no matter; I didn’t need it before so likely won’t need it now. We are luxuriating in the extra space for the whole family, and I now do not think we could return to stuffing ourselves in a little car. I still have convertible envy pangs when I see a little two-seater whizzing past me, but then, they aren’t carting around crates full of fluffy love like we are. Maybe in my next life…
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
It was time to check out the artistic chops of another member of the amazing Almonte art scene. A relative newcomer to the community, Jean Morrow has opened her solo art gallery as part of her stunning Thoburn Mill condo overlooking the Mississippi River. Her art also brightens the walls and nicely complements Deborah Arnold’s supremely appropriate stone sculptures in the main corridor of this remarkable building. After several iterations of renovation since the historical......
Jim Cuddy, one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters as both a solo artist and as part of Blue Rodeo, will headline an intimate evening of music at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday, October 20 to benefit the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation. Presented by KE Electrical Ltd., the evening will feature the Jim Cuddy Family Band, including Jim’s sons Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, as well as the Prescott Brown Family Band, including Tracey Brown, Randall Prescott and their da......
Lighting the Way 9 Short Plays that Stubbornly Celebrate a Sustainable Future - theHumm October 2019
By — Emily Pearlman
The science is clear. All our major political parties have acknowledged it: we are in the midst of a Climate Crisis. But after people have cast their votes, what are you and I going to do about it? How can we act in a meaningful way to ensure a different future than the one that is being projected? How can we champion those who are working for change on a global level, a national level, and in our own backyards?
On October 17 and 18, a group of thirty people from our communi......
Pumpkinfest Returns! - theHumm October 2019
Since Pumpkinfest 2018 was a such a smashing success, Downtown Carleton Place, the Carleton Place Sister City Committee and the Carleton Place Tourism Committee are ready to bring this wonderful celebration of Fall back again this year.
This year, Pumpkinfest will be held on October 19 at the brand-new Carleton Junction. “We are thrilled to have such a top-notch venue for our event,” says Downtown Carleton Place BIA Coordinator Kate Murray. “This space is loaded with......
While traveling through the beautiful countryside just west of Perth during September and early August, if you hear a low hum, don’t be concerned! It’s just the artisans of the Perth Autumn Studio Tour feverishly endeavouring to finish new works to be presented during the tour and readying their workspaces to accommodate the many talented guest artists that will be hosted at each studio.
Now in its 27th year, the Perth Autumn Studio Tour has become known for the high quality and diversity o......
Every autumn, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) hosts its premier fundraising event. On October 19, the 2019 Go Wild Gala will be held at the historic Grand Hotel in Carleton Place, and will feature naturalist and author Michael Runtz as the guest speaker, sharing his experiences from nearly fifty years of exploring Algonquin Park.
Steeped in history, the Grand Hotel is the perfect venue to visit with friends and enjoy the venue’s fine and full buffet dinner. Doors open ......
By Susie Osler
This morning I woke early as the day broke, and with coffee and chair in hand, went to watch the sun rise from the forest to the east. I made my way across the grass to sit next to a patch of Mugwort planted last year that grows beside a tangle of nettle, motherwort, goldenrod, comfrey and rugosa rose that hedge along a rail fence at the northeast corner of the barn.
What a luminous morning it was! The remains of the waning moon, a sliver beckoning to the rising sun. And surrounding me, infinite......
On Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth, music lovers can savour the extraordinary voice of singer Theresa Thomason and the virtuosity of Grammy Award-winning pianist Paul Sullivan. Thomason and Sullivan headline the second concert in the series supported by Group Encore!, a circle of people in Lanark County making events of this calibre possible.
The Thomason-Sullivan concert follows the inaugural, superlative concert held at St. Paul’s on May ......
A lovely recent tradition in Carleton Place involves November being ushered in with the Itty Bitty Art Show — an exhibition filled with gorgeous and diverse works of art that reflect just how talented our little town is. The fifth annual Itty Bitty Art Show will take place on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 at the Carleton Place Canoe Club, from 10am to 4:30pm each day.
In celebrating Carleton Place’s 200th year we honour all the beautiful pieces that make up our to......
How do you bring history to life? Easy! Create an original live theatre musical show!
The Mississippi Mudds have put together a brandnew, original musical show that shines a light on the history of the town of Carleton Place. Will it be dry and boring? NO WAY! The fascinating facts of history will be brought to life through a strong storyline, amazing costumes and rousing music!
Here’s What Happens…
A young boy, fleeing bullies, takes refuge in the Carlet......
The “little charity that could” is celebrating the construction of their 111th classroom in Nicaragua, after a year of instability in the country. SchoolBOX has recovered due to their strong network of supporters, donors, and team on the ground. This year was a bounce-back one for the Almonte-based charity, as they are on schedule to build twelve classrooms, deliver over 18,000 educational supplies and equip countless communities around Nicaragua with books.
SchoolBOX has its roots in A......
Christmas in the Valley Show - theHumm October 2019
Are you looking for gifts with originality, quality and attention to detail? Then forgo the gift cards, big box stores and stressful malls, and make your first holiday shopping destination the popular Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show! There you’ll find a juried selection of over thirty carefully selected artisans, crafters and bakers presenting their original creations in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. This year’s show takes place on November 2 and 3 from 10am to 4pm a......
My heart too small? Nah, this whole place gives me gas and I knew it was time to get outta town. But since my head isn’t screwed on right, and my shoes are too tight, I got stranded with my goat ......
By — Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey
You may remember us from a previous article in theHumm or from meeting us. For those who don’t, we are Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey. Charlee is an artist, a wonderful tapestry weaver, former p......
Signals from the Station October is a Hopping - and Haunted - Month in Smiths Falls! - theHumm October 2019
It’s a little cooler now, eh? Bit of a chill in the air. Sweater weather is how I like to think of October. Time to throw on your favourite old sweater and slip into your most comfortable pair of j......
FABulous Recognition! - theHumm October 2019
By — David J. Stephenson is a retired federal policy guy who now divides his time between life on the Mississippi in Almonte and roughing it in the bush on two acres near Pakenham
Last month we featured an article about Five Almonte Buildings (FAB) having been shortlisted for a National Trust for Canada’s Ecclesiastical Insurance award for Resilient Places. And… drum roll ......
By — Paul Joyce
For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.
A Message from Stephen Kotze - theHumm October 2019
By — Stephen Kotze is the Federal Green Party candidate for LanarkFrontenacKingston
We’re almost into the third week of the campaign as of press time; I’m getting out every day, knocking on doors and talking with people all across this huge riding.
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