Monday Morning Smile LVIII – The Great One and Blurred Lines

sunset cottage 

The Monday Morning Smile a bit delayed this week…too busy on the weekend, and too busy during the day.

I hope you had a great weekend. Personally, I had a fabulous weekend. I was at a cottage up north. Pure Canadiana. Trees, Lakes, Boating, wine on the dock, campfires, the whole Canadian experience. No matter how often you go, you are always left in awe, with a very calm and tranquil effect – till you have to drive home through GTA traffic! Then it’s back to gritting your teeth and gripping the wheel.

Here’s a picture of Fallon the Junior showing off on the Jumping Tree…

jumping tree

In other news, did you catch that the Great One is going to become a Great In law? And on the Anniversary of the “Great Selloff” to boot.

Yep, it’s true. Wayne Gretzky’s little girl is getting hitched. (and for those of you that don’t know, Wayne Gretzky has always been known as “The Great One”. And if you didn’t know that – then get off my blog:) BTW, it was twenty five years ago that Canada’s national treasure was sold to Los Angeles – a travesty of epic, nay, biblical, proportion.

Anyway, back to the news. Paulina Gretzky is engaged to a pro golfer Dustin Johnson. Of course, this being the new Age of instant information it was released on twitter. Paulina is the eldest offspring of the Great One. She certainly has inherited her mother’s photogenic appeal. Enjoy.

DustinJohnson paulina_gretzky

The Gretzky clan…in younger days….

gretzky family

Daddy and his little girl.

paulina and wayne

And the news that Rocked Canada, circa 1988.



 Enjoy your week !!


interesting sidenote: when Wayne found out about his trade he was babysitting for his good friend and fellow Canadian Alan Thicke. Want to know who he was babysitting? You guessed it, Robin Thicke, who was 12 years old. Robin now has sold 1 million of his chart topping album “Blurred Lines”.

blurred lines


Monday Morning Smile LVII – I’ve got the Yips !!


Welcome to the dog days of summer!!

Too late to lose weight to look good for the summer,  too late to get that lawn looking good,  too late to plan that great summer vacation, and just too late to do anything but enjoy….

I had a great summer weekend. Dinner on the patio with out of town family (great burgers if you want to know), a round of golf with my kids and my sister, and celebrated my mom’s birthday. But  there is bad news…I discovered I have an advanced case of Focal Distonia.

Focal Distonia interferes with the enjoyment of your quality of personal life. It’s not hereditary, you don’t “catch it”, and it comes without any warning.

And did I ever get it bad.  It came without warning two weeks ago and carried into this weekend.

What is Focal Distonia? It is the (hopefully temporary) loss of fine motor skills. No one can explain it. It is not hard to diagnose though. It is more commonly know (at least to golfers) as “the yips“.

How did I know I had the Yips? ….My last golf round I could not putt. Standing over a 4 foot putt caused me undue stress, I had no confidence whatsoever, ahhhhh!!!  When will I get relief from this crushing condition?!


Here’s some famous thoughts  about Golf….

Mark Twain – “Golf is a good walk spoiled”.

Chi Chi Rodrigues – “Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.”

Ray Floyd – “They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.”


dilbert golf

Enjoy the back half of your summer !!