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The Great Aunts. Chapter Two

July 13th, 2009 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Hi Everyone.

How’s it going.

My sister wrote to remind me of the other funny things that happened in our lives that we talked about at the shower.

Remember when…..

… Dad made pancakes out of pizza flour for my two nieces….

….my son removed all the labels from all the can goods so that my parents never knew what they were getting when they opened a can (I’m not sure if this explains why my son was hiding in the lazy Susan but it could explain why my Mom’s hair was grey when she was on Earth)…..

….then there was the time when my Dad made Sake out of minute rice (that’s one of Bobby’s favorite stories).

Be Well my Friends.

Quote for you:

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” Walt Streightiff

Until we Meet Again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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The Great Aunts! Chapter One

July 12th, 2009 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Hello Everyone. How are you this day? Welcome to the TPC Blog.

I had such a fun day today. My nephew’s wife is expecting and it was her shower today. The three great Aunts went to the shower and we had such a fun time. It was my sister, my sister in law and myself along with all the nieces and their little ones.

We spent the whole day reminiscing about old times and cracking up with laughter. It’s a wonder we survived.

Like the time when…..

……my sister-in-law did a load of laundry at my parents house in Peterborough and not knowing you had to switch over the water hose to the sink the water went everywhere. My sister-in-law and my Mom were upstairs laughing with the kids and such and they could hear my Dad calling….Frances…Frances….then they looked downstairs and there was my Dad with his feet up still watching TV and yelling for my Mom to come and wipe up the water. My Dad was one of a kind alright. Instead of yelling OMG the water is running all over and running into the laundry room and switching the hose he just sat there calling for my Mom so by the time they came down there was like 3 inches of water. What would Eddie do?….

……my son was a little guy and he was really tired. He was walking around the back yard of my brothers and they have this huge pool. Everyone was around and I was watching him like an eagle eyed Mom and I saw him walking around the pool. He walked right in the water and he didn’t swim. Right in the deep end. I was over there in a flash and before anyone even knew he fell in I had him out of the water. He popped up and said “big water let’s go home now”. I didn’t remember him saying that I just remember running and pulling him out of the water and my heart going 90 miles an hour…..

……my older boy got caught in my Mom’s turn about she had for cans and she couldn’t get him out….

…..the old fashioned bathtub full of minnows where the sump pump splashed its water into in the back of the lot that stayed there winter and summer and the minnows seemed to survive for fishing once again…..

……I can’t remember all of them but there were so many things and so much laughter.

Then to top it all off there was a magician that came for entertainment. My nieces son was the most entertaining though because as the magician was doing his thing he was trying to do the same thing behind him. He was picking up the cards and throwing them and saying look disappear! He was just so cute. He also thought it fun to run up to the little girl his own age and plant a kiss on her cheek with a big hug.

Such fun the day was. Family is always the greatest.

Congratulations Rena and Adam and to my brother as the Family name continues and for the wonderful family he has.

Quote for You:

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” Milton Berle

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage


That’s the way we’ve always done it.

June 29th, 2009 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Good Morning Everyone. Welcome to the TPC Blog.

It truly is a wonderful morning. God is Good. I was thinking we were having a rainy week but hopefully it will be a sunny one, especially on Canada Day.

I was falling asleep last night and I was thinking of what to blog about and I had this craving for Welchs Grape Juice. I mumbled something to Bobby about it as I was half asleep. Then I started smiling in my mind because I remembered a discussion with my sister about Welch’s Grape Juice.

I was at her house and she had some and I filled the glass half full and then went to fill the rest up with water. She looked at me strange. I said “what? we always did this I thought that’s how you make it”. She laughed and said we did that because we had no money growing up and that way it made it go farther. I took out a picture of myself (see below) and I didn’t look worse the wear for not having full strength Welch’s grape juice.

It was an enlightening day for me for a couple of reasons. One it tasted so much better full strength, two I didn’t remember having no money growing up and three it was like a light went on about what else I have kept myself back from and not enjoyed because of old ideas from my past.

Now when I drink Welch’s grape juice I feel abundant and rich.

It reminded me of that story about the roast. You know the one. The new bride is told to cut off both ends of the roast because she was taught that way and then when they go to the source of grandma they find out its because she had a small pan.

Here are a ton of these stories on “snopes”.

I guess I’m trying to say what is holding you (and me) back from limiting thoughts of things we are holding from our past. Things we have had passed down from family, things that are limiting us from past experiences, things from past lives, whatever keeps us from our dreams.

Let’s let them go now and see how high we can fly without them. Write down a dream that you have always wanted and ask yourself is there anything that is limiting me from achieving this dream. Post it somewhere so you can see it all the time. Every morning on the mirror, on the door in the bathroom, places you go every day. Make it happen. Remember to do it in present tense as our minds just go ahead and make things happen if we make it in the future we will never get it. Just go for it. “I am “whatever you want” “.

So that’s my little bit of inspiration for today for you.

Quote for you:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

Thank you Steve you said everything I was trying to say.

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Remembering Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett

June 26th, 2009 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Hello Dear Friends. Welcome to the TPC blog.

What a sad day yesterday was with the loss of two people who brought so much change into our world.

Michael Jackson was a profound musical legend. I remember when I was young at Christmas getting a little funky record player and listening over and over to the Jackson Five. If I remember right I would listen to “I want you back” over and over and dance thinking I was so cool. It must have been a 45. My family was amused the first 3 times. So funny to remember this. It’s good to know I haven’t changed much as I’m always dancing about something. I actually unknowingly skip sometimes when I’m out. People will stop me and say were you actually “skipping?”. Life is good.

I also remember Farrah Fawcett. Everyone wanted to be an Angel. She was so beautiful and she probably had one of the most memorable smiles around.

It’s a strange feeling to have these two people pass over during this time. I’m feeling old for some reason. I don’t really care about age as let’s face it when its your time its your time but with these two people gone its like part of my past is leaving me. It’s an odd feeling.

Venus who you know I love wrote this on her facebook group:

“Regarding Michael Jackson and Farrah’s deaths today…as The Beings tell me, “always have your bags packed because you never know when the train is pulling into the station.” Venus Andrecht

She is very wise and she got me thinking if I passed over today are my bags packed. I don’t think so.

There are so many people I want to say I love you to just one more time, so much clutter I need to get rid of, so many books I want to write, so much kindness I want to share, so many things left unfinished and the list goes on and on and on.

It is such a blessing to be here on Earth at this time with all the energy shifting and such. We have to make each second count.

Quote for you:

“Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live.” Eckhart Tolle

Also I receive every day a quote from Joseph Murphy and today’s had a profound effect on me and I wanted to share it with you:

“You were born with only two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise. All your other fears were acquired. Get rid of them.” Joseph Murphy

Kind of cool advice I would say.

If you are interested in getting his daily word sign up here. It’s free.

Blessings to Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. Heaven just got more exciting with these two souls back home.  Condolences to your families and friends.

Until we meet again, Sharon.

The Psychic Cottage

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All Decked Out.

June 16th, 2009 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Hello Dear People. Welcome to the TPC Blog.

My friend and I were talking about decks and such and I had the funniest memory of something that happened many years ago. It’s weird how we forget things until something comes up that reminds us of it.

Many many years ago when I was married to my first husband (26 years ago)¬† we had this beautiful house in Cookstown. The house was old and gorgeous but we really didn’t think it through as it was very far from work in Toronto and having a young child it wasn’t the smartest thing we ever did.

It was haunted too. The basement was the creepiest. One side was completed sealed up. I think it was like 125 years old. No one believed us until they stayed there and heard the footsteps and doors opening and such. My ex woke up once from the couch and the vacuum was going but not plugged in. Everything would go missing and then appear. Once when I was sleeping upstairs I could litterly feel the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It was a strange place. My older boy once from his crib kept pointing to the corner and wouldn’t go to sleep. He finally threw his bottle there and never touched his bottle again. Looking back that was kind of odd that we stayed there with all this going on. I remember it cost so much to heat that we had to stay in one part of the house and let the other parts get cold. Finally we moved back to Toronto. Enough was enough.

Once when we had our family over we were all sitting on the back deck having a good ole’ visit and we were watching the neighbours having a great party hooping and hollering when all of a sudden the earth moved and the deck gave out from under us. It wasn’t a crash type motion it was like in slow motion and if I remember right one leg gave way. We all ended up on top of each other. It was totally hilarious. No one was hurt so it made it even more funny.

The most embarrassing part is that the party that was going on at the other house saw the whole thing so they were laughing their head off too! Like that story doesn’t get my sister-in-law giggling.

Thank goodness it was then and not now. Now it would have been on the internet in two seconds flat from a cell phone or something.

Ahhh memories.

Quote for you:

“The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.” Douglas Engelbart

Until we meet again, Sharon

P.S. Oddly enough I was talking to my ex and he said remember the deck we had that fell and he cracked up? I don’t know if I picked up that he was thinking about it or we both thought about it at the same time. What a strange co”winky”dink.

The Psychic Cottage


How did The Psychic Cottage get its name?

June 16th, 2009 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Hello everyone. How are you doing this wonderful day the Universe provided for us? I am truly grateful for it.

Sometimes I get asked how The Psychic Cottage got its name.

It kind of picked me actually.

I did readings at this little small almost shed like place in Unionville. I was sometimes known as the Unionville Psychic. I had a nice little area in front of the little building where I would sit patiently with my umbrella over my table and people would come and do readings there with me. My friend had a store beside me so it was great fun.

There was no electricity or heat so I could only be there on nice days but people got to know of my whereabouts. Festivals were so much fun.

In one of the Unionville flyers that came out I was given the name The Psychic Cottage. I loved the name immediately. That was my name since then.

It was perfect.

Actually I think my sign is still on the building. Kind of weathered. I made it myself. I bought one of those silly saws from TV that would go this way and that and made it into a giant 70’s flower with 70’s writing on it. It was cool.

I should ask if I can take it back. It would be fun to have. Although I do like that it is there as a reminder of those days.

I met my husband there. He came through a friend to meet me and brought my mother-in-law. Bobby and I became good friends and then as things that are meant to be happen we were married a few years later.

They  are pleasant memories.

Actually instead of a quote I’m going to tell you something someone told me once. I can’t remember who or why it came up but I use it a lot with my clients.

“If it is meant to be no one can stop it. If is not meant to be no one can make it happen.” Author Unknown

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Memories of Princess.

May 26th, 2009 | Category: Gems Along the Way,memories,Musings by Sharon

Hello Everyone. Another glorious day. I just remembered I have to get my snow tires off. There is going to be no tread left. That would be $500 gone quickly.

My son and I are together a lot now and we reminisce about old times.

The other day we were in the car and talking about all the houses we have lived in and our different pets etc. Then we started talking about Princess and laughing our heads off. Princess has been in spirit for a long time God love her. She was a beautiful caramel coloured Cocker Spaniel.

Princess wasn’t really our dog but the neighbour’s dog. Well yes these neighbours are close friends as we lived there for many many years. We share many a memory between our kids and animals. The kids are all friends to this day.

Princess for some reason loved to come in our house and poop right in the middle of our living room on the hard wood floor. As horrifying as it was funny I can only imagine how awful it was for our friends when we told them each time.

Princess didn’t get out much but if we had the door open it was a given. I’m exaggerating it only happened a few times but wait the story gets better.

After we moved away I guess the new neighbours left their door open and you guessed it, Princess ran in their house and pooped in the same place.

OMG can you imagine the horror on our friends’ faces? Our friends are such a lovely people and she embarrasses so easily so I can only imagine the trauma of it.

Things like that crack me up. You know someone up there has a little chess game in order to do these things. We couldn’t think of it if we tried. You almost know there is beer in heaven in order to think these things up.

Here’s another Princess story. Once when our friends were away they left the second storey window open for air in the bathroom and were gone the whole day. Princess (even in her old age) got on the toilet pushed the screen and jumped out the second storey window. Thank goodness she wasn’t hurt. She was running all over though and we noticed and brought her in. They were so surprised when they got home. She was such an adventurous dog. I wonder what she’s doing now.

So that’s it for today. God bless Princess and I hope everyone up there are keeping their front door closed.

Quote for you:

“If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.” Andy Rooney

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Bubblegum Memories and Cool Last Names

November 07th, 2008 | Category: Gems Along the Way,memories,Musings by Sharon

Hi Everyone.

I hope this blogs finds you all well and happy. I apologize for the tardiness in my writing.

I was thinking today about how sometimes life is really good and you don’t really know it when you are in it but then when you think back to it you think “wow”.

When I was in public school (up to grade 6) I had a wonderful friend. Her name was Nancy and she had some cool french last name that I can’t spell. I was thinking of her today and I was thinking how much fun she was to be around. Well I’m hoping she was and it wasn’t just the fringe benefits in her Dad. Well not him personally but what he did for a living.

Back way when we didn’t have as many things or as many treats like they do now that’s for sure. I remember my sister when I was young giving me such a hard time as she said that I was treated better and received anything I wanted (I was the youngest)¬† but I don’t remember it to be like that. My sister’s line was “All I ever got was a lime (and she stressed the word like “LIIIIMMMMMEEEE“) green ski jacket”. If it were today we both would want one.¬† I totally love my sister so don’t get me wrong. This is just old funny stuff I remember.

Back to Nancy. So picture this. Nancy’s dad worked for a gumball company that filled those machines. You would go in her basement and there would be hundreds of open huge boxes of gumballs. Every colour and shape imaginable.¬† Each bag had a plastic bag in it that wrapped around the box. It was a bit creepy downstairs but let’s see “creepy” vs.¬† “gumballs”, I’ll take the gumballs.

I don’t remember playing with her much at “my” house. Not sure how I always got her to allow me to go there and I wonder if she ever felt used. It reminded me again of the first boy I fell in love with. I think his last name was Fortune. That’s one happening last name. “Sharon Fortune”¬† I’d like that. Maybe I’ll change my name.

You have to wonder what happened to all the people from the past. Maybe one day I’ll try and find Nancy on Facebook and we can chat again. Hey maybe even Nancy works for the gumball place now and her house has a basement full of candy!

Here’s my quote for today:

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” J M Barrie

Until we meet again, Sharon.


Raggedy Ann Addiction and Other Funny Stuff.

October 17th, 2008 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

My dearest friends. How are you this wonderful day.

I have to tell you about my find which kind of leads into my addiction and other funny stories.

I totally love Raggedy Ann’s. Always have, always will.

….Oh just wait a little memory is surfacing here when I write this. The first time my husband kissed me many moons ago he said “I love you Sharon, I always have, I always will”. I thought it so romantic. Well that was until I watched Braveheart and I realized he got it from the movie. He denies it to this day. He said it was spontaneous.

Oh sorry back to my addiction.

So last Saturday I was finishing up my readings for the day and had a little walk around Bowmanville.¬† This¬† is usually a mistake because I find all sorts of neat things to buy and the money I made for readings goes back into stuff I don’t need. This day was different because I found something I truly needed.

As words cannot give her justice here’s a picture of her.

Is she not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? She was made by my favorite Raggedy Ann maker of all times Jenn from Primitives by Jenn.

When I go to a show and Jenn has a spot there I stand in the middle of her booth in awe. Bobby usually has to drag me out or buy me something to get me to go.

Here’s a picture of¬† two other Raggedy Ann’s she made that I received as gifts.

My sister-in-law, Christine,¬† was looking for something to buy me one year and I guess Bobby told her I love them and she got me one. When I opened it she said I can’t believe you like that thing. It looks like someone pulled it out of a garbage. To me they are the most beautiful things in the world.

When I was young I always had a business. We’re talking around 12 or 13 maybe younger. I made those octopuses made out of Phentex. Remember Phentex? Yuck I don’t think anyone would touch the stuff now. I made and my Mom sold at work thousands of those things. I crocheted granny square vests. My Mom even said that two of my vests ended up with Anne Murray’s daughters through someone my Mom knew at work. Hard to prove but it made me happy when I was a young entrepreneur.

My favorite adventure in the business world was my Raggedy Ann business. My sister-in-law, Darlene, and I started making them together and selling Raggedy Anns. When my Mom passed away and we were going through her things we found one of them that made it through all these years. Through every grandchild.¬† Here’s a picture for you to see.

I thought of sewing her eyes back and fixing her up but I thought. You know what if I made her when I was 13 that would make her 37 and I’m not sure what that would be in doll years but I’m thinking she’s earned looking a little wonky and no one can say a thing. Hey I know I’m 50 and wonky and no one says anything. Well I haven’t heard anything lately but who knows after people read this blog.

Here’s a funny story about the whole Raggedy Ann business adventure that will give you giggles. Darlene and I decided that bigger is always better so why don’t we make a life size Raggedy Ann. We sewed her up and she was looking mighty happening you know. We thought we’ll make a mess inside so we stuffed her outside. Did I mention it was windy? As we were stuffing most of the stuffing was blowing away and it was looking like Christmas. When we looked up the dog Molly was all covered in stuffing and to make it even funnier she was on the front of the boat. We both looked up at the same time and here was Molly doing her best Titanic impersonation and we howled in laughter. I don’t even know what happened to that Raggedy Ann but she sure gave us a lifetime of laughter. Maybe she’s out there somewhere and people look at her and say “what were they thinking?”

My quote today is from the owner of¬† Joe Singer Shoes in Richmond Hill. I said to him one day that I really shouldn’t be buying yet another pair of shoes that I really don’t need and he said:

There are worst addictions“.

So blessings to all you people out there with harmless addictions. And for our fellow brothers and sisters out there with harmful addictions,¬† prayers to you that for one moment you have the clarity to ask for God’s help in finding your divine destiny.

Until we meet again, Sharon


Slacker and Screamworks

September 08th, 2008 | Category: memories,Musings by Sharon

Hello Dear Friends.

How are you this strange evening. The energy seems to be building towards something and I’m not sure what’s going on. If I had an oasis to run away to I think I’d go until it’s over and the energy settles down a little.

I remembered something funny today that happened long time ago and Bobby reminded me about it.

Many years ago I worked at a job and I’m never one to be like others and I’m very much a rebel. Push me and I push back. I will never change.

There was a big meeting and executives came from other places and it was a large boardroom that everyone went into. A lot of people I didn’t know and lots I did. There was this one guy there that I worked with. His name was Neil. We would have fun together saying things back and forth. He was at one end of the table and I was at the other. There were I think about 30 people there. We all had pads in front of us for the meeting. So I hear Neil say ok can I have everyone’s attention if we just all sign this we can get this over with and go home. He holds up a sign that says “Sharon is a Slacker”. Everyone cracked up. I did too but the first words out of my mouth weren’t the most lady like and everyone forgot about him and looked directly at me. I think I went 10 shades of red at that point. Is life ever dull for me? I just had to share with you.

The other thing I wanted to tell you about is Screamworks. A kind lady at the Psychic Tea I mentioned in my last blog told me about it. Well she did say Spookfest but either works. It’s in Peterborough. I’m thinking of going. It sounds like a blast. I totally love Halloween. Its got to be the best holiday. I told you before I love anything witchy. I think I’m going to dress up like a witch! I have to ask if we are allowed to. What fun. I’ll keep you posted and make sure if you are in the area to come and say hi to me.

“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.” Shakespeare “Macbeth”

Until we meet again, Sharon


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