Top Ten Thursday – Canada & USA

This week for top ten Thursday Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom has given the following guidelines: “Just like this it’s July, and in the first week of July there are two important national days going on: July 1st: Canada Day and July 4, Independence Day, so let’s honor those two countries, shall we? Let’s talk about the top ten things that we (dis)like about the U.S. and Canada, differences that strike us, whatever comes to mind!”

I’m choosing to do all positive things about the two countries as I think if I went for the one glaringly awful thing about the USA I would end up being here all day. How fitting that the awful thing is arriving in the UK on Friday the 13th for his first visit since becoming president.

I’ve split my list of things I love about the two countries into two:


1. Peanut Butter – this wonderful substance that I love on toast, or in a sandwich, or on a banana, or in icecream, and I could go on and on. It was apparently invented by a pharmacist for people that were struggling to eat solid foods.

2. Kiefer Sutherland – such a great actor and so many great films. The Lost Boys, Young Guns, Flatliners, The Three Musketeers, and A Few Good Men to name just a few. He’s also done some great tv series including Touch and 24 – a very versatile actor.

3. Celine Dion – I don’t care if it’s not considered cool, but I’m a huge fan. Her concert in Sydney that I saw was amazing, and she is so lovely.

4. Maple Syrup – the wonderful sticky scrummy sweetness of a lake of maple syrup on top of pancakes with vanilla icecream. Fabulous.

5. Justin Trudeau – Canada’s Prime Minister and how wonderful to see a world leader that actually seems to be in touch with the people he serves.


6. The Internet – this one doesn’t need any explanation, as you’re using it to read this.

7. Crime Dramas – this is something that the Americans do so well especially with shows like CSI, any of the Law and Orders, Criminal Minds, and Scorpion.

8. Ellen Degeneres – this clip of Ellen receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom explains perfectly why I think she is one of the best things about the USA.

9. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – I remember the first time I had one of these incredibly delicious treats (I know I’m very sad) when the first UK branch opened in Harrods in London. As we waited in line to buy a doughnut we were given a free original glazed one and I was hooked. It’s probably a good thing that there isn’t an outlet in the Highlands as I love them way too much.

10. Sitcoms – there are some great comedic sitcoms that have come out of the USA, and if I had to choose my favourite three they would be; Seinfeld, Friends, and The Big Band Theory.

How about you? Are there things you love about the two countries, or are the anti North America?

Before you go make sure you hop over to Tamara’s Blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their lists.

Until next time, and hopefully it won’t be a week this time, be good, stay safe, and be kind to yourself.

Pamela & Ken

P.S: Lord Rocky Horror looking like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth – so innocent and yet so full of character.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Thursday – Canada & USA

  1. I know what you mean about sticking with the positive! How \”thrilled\” you all must be for the Awful Thing's visit! Seems fitting that it will on Friday the 13th. I like Justin Trudeau, but he seems to be a little more popular abroad than in his own country. Interest info about peanut butter. I did not know it was a Canadian invention. The U.S. certainly does have some excellent TV shows. The internet – one of the greatest inventions ever! ☺


  2. If the awful thing is visiting on Friday the 13th he may trip and fall..?! Just saying.Love your list, I agree on 10/10! Maybe we'd have to argue if donuts' credit really goes to DD, because my vote goes to Tim Hortons. Never mind, though!Happy Friday!


  3. Feed him to the Loch Ness monster. Please. Just finished eating peanut butter on naan bread. Did not know it was Canadian. Love maple syrup but usually buy Vermont made. I love vacationing in Canada and of course, all my Canadian relatives. I also like some of their TV shows, especially Murdoch Mysteries. I grew up watching old movies on Windsor's CKLW.


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