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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.



Friday, February 5, 2016

A WALK IN THE MALL-A NEW CANADIAN TRADITION

Jokingly I told my husband I am going to write a sequel to the movie- A walk in the Woods. He has now become a Mall walker! People who go to the local malls before they are open and walk. Safe, supervised, well lit and no ice or snow! Since his surgery, he has realized that walking is a good and safe exercise! Hum! Many of you know that I have used walking as my primary exercise for years. When ambitious I do some weights and stretching, dancing, yoga moves to strengthen my muscles. Right now I need to be more ambitious. Some people walk their dogs. So the third sequel could be- A walk in the Park or walking the dogs! Or was that a song long ago! Walking is safe and easy.It does not need to be competitive. Although Adolph finds that many walkers walk faster than he does! He feels slow.Your own pace is the rule- no competition! Afterwards meeting with a group of guys to have a coffee and talk! Exercise and social! Good for the soul! For many elderly folks it is a true blessing. When Spring comes, the goal is to walk part of the way to work with me. Maybe he will have to pick up the pace! We'll see!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DON'T LOOK TOO FAR DOWN THE ROAD

One suggestion I often use when someone is facing a life threatening disease or occurrence-deal with the present. Don't look too far down the road! Someone may want to know how much time they have! If there is treatment and a program, then do what needs to be done. Put activities in one's life that have meaning! Yes there will be a new normal. Life has changed. But there still is life! So go with it! On that road of life, relish every moment!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FEBRUARY DEPRESSION

February is a tough month for those who have clinical depression. The long winter months catch up with the person. So if you are having symptoms of depression- poor sleep, poor or overactive appetite, poor concentration, not interested in normal activities, suicidal thoughts, disconnecting from your social circle, seek some help! Families with loved ones with depression, keep an eye on them too. Offering hope and another tomorrow is so important for clinical depression sufferers! Remember the person does not chose to be depressed, it is psyiological! It is an illness like every other illness! Reach out and help someone! You will be glad you did!

GROUND HOG DAY IN CANADA 2016

Every February 2, the tradition of the ground hog seeing his shadow or not means how quickly Spring will be coming.
In Ontario, up on the Bruce Peninsula is the town of Wiarton where the friendly groundhog is Willie.
Other places across Canada- Nova Scotia has Shubenacadie, Manitoba has Winnipeg Willow or Manitoba Merv and Alberta has Balzak Bill. The tradition says if cloudy there will be no shadow for the groundhog and an early Spring. If very sunny and he sees his shadow then 6 more weeks of winter. Of course the big event in the US is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where our Willie competes with Punxsutawney Phil. Some think it is a silly tradition where the referee dresses in formal wear to help the groundhog with the prediction. I just think it is fun and another excuse to fight the winter doldrums. I have written other posts each year on this special event. So if I see my shadow does it mean anything?

Monday, February 1, 2016

CHANGE IS GOOD AS A REST

So they say. Trying new things and having change forced on a person are two different things. Dealing with changes, new ideas and restructuring in a workplace sound easy. Everyone has to get on board. Embrace the excitement of the changes. Working long enough many of the new ideas look like recycled old ones. Once told that life is like a circle. By the time one gets to the other side of the circle have to learn again what is on the other side. New clothes are fun. A new car-nice change! Throw out an old couch and get a new one. Try a new restaurant. Some changes can be okay and actually fun. Hey it is a new month.February- Heart and Stroke month. Valentine's Day. Family Day- a Monday off from work. A short month so closer to the change that Spring brings. As long as in the change, one can wear the favourite cardigan for warmth. Or have one's coffee just right! Then- the more things change the more they remain the same!
All we are saying is to give a change a chance! Or is that peace according to John Lennon! Have a good start to the month and week!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DECLUTTERING-BUT I LOVE MY CRAP

Stuff, processions, things are around us all the time. We fill our houses, cupboards, closets full of stuff. Some things are needed but most of what we posses is decoration or just things. Whether we like it or not there is an emotional attachment to lots of our stuff. It is hard to get rid of it. Some people are hoarders and just have rooms and bins full of useless stuff. Do you watch the American Pickers and Canadian Pickers shows? Well if it was thought we had lots of things some of those people have barns and houses full of stuff! A rusty, dusty old thing can not be sold because the person featured on the show likes it too much. Even though the pickers found it under a pile of other rusty, dusty stuff! Forgetting it was there but loving it anyway! I love those two shows because it gives an idea of what is collectible. I love them even more because they give incentive to weed stuff. I personally do not want rooms so full I could not use them. Nor do I want cupboards that can not be opened because stuff will fall out. Nice neat cupboards are my thing. However I have lots of neat organized "crap" in my house. But I am on the road to getting rid of stuff. However, I really love my crap! How about you? Do you love your crap?

MIDDLE AGE JOB LOSS

Losing a job is equivalent to a divorce or even losing someone. With job cuts coming in the Health sector, there is a need for the understanding of the market that restructuring does not mean someone deservced to lose a job. The manufacutring sector may face some job cuts. Staying strong and knowing job loss is not one's fault helps the middle age worker to pick up and keep going! Sometimes going from management back to front line is a given. However some people never make it back. Losing a job can mean losing an identity. Have you faced a job loss? Have you reached to someone to help you job search?