Inspiration for this blog came from my cousin Roy. His daily reflections of the events in his life have been thoughtful and interesting. Family, friends, colleagues are welcome to read my blog.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


I have always been an early riser. But sometimes lately finding myself getting up in the dark as the season has changed even earlier than normal. With Sunday, a time to reflect, give thanks to God for the day, the quiet is good for the soul. Detaching from the busy work week and immersing in personal endeavors, the energy is good. Too much thinking can make one's head explode so grabbing onto physical activities to redirect the energy outside of one's body let's nature take its course. Being too tired to think is really a good thing. Sometimes reflection is to have a good nap because the body is tired. For example, hours of yard work has that effect. A task accomplished so the siesta is well earned! With cooler weather in October, there is the urgency to get things done before the snow flies. It amazes me that work that sat during the nice, warm months of summer can be attacked with frenzy. My front yard that was a disaster is now- well cleaner after a first round of cleanup. Adolph had planted some tomato plants there in a sunny spot. So now they are cleaned up and the area looks better. The raspberry bushes that had spread like weeds are cut back. Actually I have been trimming and cutting everything back. Usually I like the wild look! Like life too much is just too much. So trimming the overgrown areas gets rid of the "too much". Ripping out the  perennial beds and leaving a plant or two for next year has been therapeutic. I think this is a reflection of how I am feeling these days. Looking at what I really want to keep. Although not ready for retirement just yet, I think my energy is telling me to get started on that process. Weeding, decluttering, purging, cleaning are ways to connect with change. Being in control of the change is a good thing too. Oh closets watch out as I may be ripping you apart soon!

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Colours of Fall can be spectacular in places. The array and variety of trees in Ontario is huge. Many parts of Canada experience the joy of the Fall season. Finding favourite locations to see the colours on country drives can be a family outing.A bonus for the photographer!
One tree can stand out from the bunch.
Even one leaf can make an interesting photo for all to see!
An old favourite from a street in Toronto. Downtown trees can be pretty too tucked away in laneways or inner courtyards! Where are your favourite places to take Fall pictures?

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Although based in Toronto, Canadians coast to coast are hoping the Jays can go all the way! 22 years is a long dry spell to win the Eastern Division! So what does a winning team really do for us. Well it puts a smile on people's faces. Fans are happy. There are new fans that jump on the band wagon! Jobs make more money- like bars, merchandise and even the peanut seller at the games makes more. It does help the economy! I watch sometimes but really like the joy it gives people. If some children can be influenced to try harder at whatever they are doing then it is a good thing. Winning is a good feeling. Yes we do need to be good losers too! We all know that feeling too. So for now jump on that wagon and have a little fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Your big children go away to university or college. You think you are cool but you really miss them. It is a wake up call that life is changing and the empty nest is around the corner. It is more emotional than anticipated. Wanting to give space but also wanting to know everyone is okay. No longer able to supervise everyday and get a handle on the activities or you think you did! The groundwork done in the early years does pay off with older children. Often it is the friends and peer pressure that prevails. So hoping your children have good supports around them. Weekends home are whirl wind visits, often ending with drives back to the campus. Or if lucky you can get a student pass on the train! Separation anxiety can go both ways. It may not be hip to admit one misses home so make sure favourite foods are available for those visits with those university and college kids. The cost to famililes is twice the cost for those living at home. Talk to other parents going through the same process. Don't be surprised at their emotions too.


It seemed it just started and now only one day to go! A busy month! But did you get everything done? I did lots but more to do. With the weather being seasonally above normal and warm it was so enjoyable. A great start to Fall and the months ahead. Back to school, a new baby, workload picking up and planning for Thanksgiving and starting to buy some Christmas presents. Behind in my writing projects as there is still a mess beside my computer area. The garden cleanup is so-so! A first round but lots more to tidy. One more month of garden work then put it to rest for the winter- yeah. Love the garden but let's face it, it is lots of work! To concentrate on indoor activities for a few months will be more than enough to do. Besides energy does wane if too much to do. Am I just getting older? A month is just one day at a time so focusing on what can be accomplished in  a day is so important too1 So Goodbye to September and hello to October! How about you? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Tragedies happen and we weep. This week in Vaughan- 3 children and a grandfather killed by a drunk driver on a country road made headlines. Tragedy beyond belief! There are no words! One young mother when laying flowers at the scene, said it all. My heart goes to the parents. I just want to go home and hug my children a little tighter. R.I.P.

Monday, September 28, 2015


Life is too short not to find time to play. Children's work is play. It is how they learn. Doing activities that are play like brings joy to life in the adult world. Little children always want us to play with them. Sit on the floor and play with them. It is good for the soul. Crafts, hobbies, sports, cards, and social events can bring play to adults. Remember all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! So what's your play today?