Margaret the Reindeer

OK. Whose brilliant idea was the antlers

OK. Whose brilliant idea was this

School Sweater


We think Stacy and Clinton would approve.

A Fall Walk

Margaret showed off her new fall sweater

New fall sweater

New fall sweater

My Two Girls out for a walk

My Two Girls out for a walk

Soaking up a little sun

Soaking up a little sun

A new variation on begging

A new variation on begging

Family Reunion

On Sunday Sep 28,2008 we traveled to Blackstock to see Margaret’s mother Maggie and her breeder Rose Brown. Margaret was so excited I had to hold her from climbing over me and out the car window. She was “going home.”

Maggie greets Margaret with a big kiss

Margaret and her mother Maggie

Maggie – Christmas 2007

Maggie’s birthday party

Now we know where Margaret gets sitting like this


Margaret’s new Favorite way to beg

Margaret’s new Favorite way to beg

Margaret Rutherford Helms

Introducing our newest member of the Helms household. Born Jan 14, 2008.

smargaret1.jpg smargaret2.jpg smargaret3.jpg smargaret4.jpg Our daughter Mary with Margaret Our daughter Mary with Margaret Family Portrait Family Portrait including our daughter’s dog Olive Aug 09,2008 - Portrait

Margaret with her mama Maggie Margaret swimming Margaret after a roll in the mud

Puppy Shots
Margaret’s family. Margaret is the one on the bottom step. Early Puppy Shot Loves to sit in things

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Named after our favorite actress – Margaret Rutherford

My Favourite Comics

  • Hi and Lois Alt
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  • For Better or for Worse Alt
  • Bizarro Alt
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Alt after a link is an alternate site for that comic in case the main site is not working.

Each morning I hold down the Ctrl key and click on each comic to get my daily fix of comics.

A favourite thread recently was the perils of Susan's job situation on the Between Friends Comic Strip. Here is the post and my comment about it. And yes, this is where I ready my 32 comics every morning.

Hey everyone,
Thanks so much for all the kind words and the interest in my story arc about Susan's path to a new job! I didn't want to involve myself in the comments, but I read them all. It was kind of fun to see everyone guess where things were headed. And of course, Susan is just a comic character but I was touched by how supportive people felt for her. I hadn't planned on giving her a new job when I started just evolved that way. Her boost is my boost in a way. I'm excited for the new environment and new characters. Thanks again!

91 Chevy Sprint Convertible


This is my toy. It is a 91 Chevy Sprint Convertible (called a Geo Metro in the US that year). In March 98, I bought this car in pretty rough shape. The list of fixes to the engine and body are very long. The engine required a rebuild as an exhaust valve had burned out. The car had only 113K kilometers on it.

Getting an ISBN in Canada

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is the serial number of your book. It is unique through the world. Obtaining an ISBN in Canada is fairly easy. Realize as self-published, you are the publisher.

For Canadian writers the process of obtaining an ISBN is online and free from the Canadian ISBN Agency.
Link updated Nov 20, 2021

Realize your are the publisher in a self-published book. Enter yourself as the publisher. This sets up a set of ISBN numbers with each only differing by the last numbers

Once you get your ISBN, go to and enter the number without the dashes. Click on the “Generate Barcode“ button then download as PNG.

Driving a 70 Ton Dump Truck

Each bucket Dwight dumps into the truck holds 12 tons of granite.

I wanted to drive a big truck, so I drove a tractor-trailer. Once I had tasted the big rigs, I wanted bigger. I rode in an 18-ton tug while towing a 100-ton airplane – better, but I couldn’t drive it. How about driving a 70-ton mining dump truck with a gross loaded weight of 250,000 pounds? ALL RIGHT!