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This was sent to me by my sister:

Here is someone that is trying hard to explain this to me. (and you) Believe it or not. Who knows????? This is written for U.S. citizens but Canada will probably follow with a similar plan.

U.S. Stimulus package explained:

Sometime this year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?

A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?

A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?

A. No, they are borrowing it from China. Your children are expected to repay the Chinese.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?

A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China? ”

A. Shut up.”

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

If you spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.

If you spend it on gasoline it will go to Hugo Chavez, the Arabs and Al Queda

If you purchase a computer it will go to Taiwan.

If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, Chile, and Guatemala.

If you buy a car it will go to Japan and Korea.

If you purchase prescription drugs it will go to India

If you purchase heroin it will go to the Taliban in Afghanistan

If you give it to a charitable cause, it will go to Nigeria.

And none of it will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America.

You can keep the money in America by spending it at yard sales, going to a baseball game,or tattoos, since those are the only businesses still in the US. Or in the case of Canada, hockey games, yard sales and tattoos)

All hammocks made at Bay Hammocks are hand made in Canada using products manufactured in Canada or the USA.

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If you were raised in Nova Scotia, music is in your soul, even if you cannot carry a tune or play a musical instrument – that would be me!

Last week we attended three events featuring lots of great music.

Wednesday night I went to see Poor Boy presented by The Zuppa Theatre Co. at the Neptune Theatre. A really good original play with lots of wonderful music by Jason MacIsaac and David Christensen. Congratulations Ben, Sue and Alex on a great production.

Friday it was off to the Symphony Nova Scotia concert featuring Rose Cousins and Chris “Old Man” Ludeke. Really “young man” Ludeke. Fabulous concert, sponsored by Nova Scotia Come to Life.

Sunday, we were lucky enough to attend a house concert at Paula and Mike Fredrick’s house. Wonderful, intimate setting to enjoy the music of Ian Sherwood. Lots of good food too.:-).

This week we are back to making hammocks. I’ve been doing a lot of product testing while enjoy the great CDs we purchased.

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So here we were, my husband Arch and I, retired and living near our families in Nova Scotia after 45 years of living and working in Ontario. We played golf and bridge, but not all the time. We enjoyed our time with our families, but they had to work for a living. We needed something to do. We were a bit at sixes and sevens when we stumbled upon the assets of a defunct hammock maker that once operated in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. We contacted the owners and after several discussions purchased 6 antique rope making machines, some hand-made hammock weaving looms, & shuttles and a hammock tying table along with the bits and pieces that were required to make hammocks and hammock swings. Most importantly, we were able to hire their Master Hammock Maker, Lynn Sallans, a skilled and creative artisan who can create whatever we (or you) can dream.

That first summer we set up our hammock making facility in a building at the old military base in Mill Cove NS and sold the hammocks we made from a roadside stand in Hubbards Nova Scotia. Then we started looking for a permanent home for our business, which we found on the Peggy’s Cove Road, in Seabright Nova Scotia.

As we started to renovate the building and open our hammock making business in Seabright we were sure of only one thing – we wanted to establish a business that would be fun to operate and a fun spot for customers to visit and shop. As we are making and selling hammocks this wasn’t too hard to do. The first summer in Seabright we felt our way along. We hung hammocks out among the trees on the lawn, added a couple of picnic tables for customers to use and, on nice days, Lynn worked outside, weaving hammocks and hammock swings. People loved dropping in, enjoying a picnic; swinging in the hammocks and watching Lynn weave the hammocks. But, their favourite thing was watching our antique rope-making machines at work.

The challenge was to set our shop up so visitors could see and follow the complete hammock making process from making the rope to finishing and hanging the hammock. Then we learned of The Atlantic ÉconoMusée Network. This is a network of shops that make their products using traditional handcrafting methods. These shops, which are self supporting businesses, are set up as working museums where visitors can learn the history of the craft and watch the products being made. We applied to join, were accepted, and officially opened as a rope and hammock making ÉconoMusée in June 2008.

So, five years later, here we are, busy and having fun. When you drop in you are greeted by our official greeter, Tara. Then Lynn or Arch act as you tour guide, showing you around the shop and demonstrating how the rope and hammocks are made. Hammocks and hammock swings are set up for you to test drive. The picnic area remains so bring along a snack or lunch to enjoy outside under the trees.

We are open 7 days a week 9am to 6 pm in June, July , August, and September, 11 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday in October, November, December, April and May and by appointment or by chance in January, February and March.

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