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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, May 22, 2015

SHARING-DO WE NEED MORE IN THIS WORLD?

Sharing is an interesting concept. We encourage children to share. We all hear our mothers' voices about sharing. Is it compassionate? Yet it is hard to do without some thought. Everyone needs their personal space. their own bed. Their favourite chair. Just have a visitor to the house, work or your favourite coffee shop and someone sits in your spot. Even though a sharing person- there is a bit of an edge. Oh you are in my spot. Not just Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory. He just personifies the whole idea. Fences make good neighbours because the territory is clear. My side, your side. My little visitors to my house go everywhere. They get into everything so learning to share differently again has been learning. If we have a lot we are supposed to share with others. The rich countries should share with the poorer countries. Lunch programs encourage students not to put their portions of lunch in the garbage but to share with others. The older sibling has to share with the little one! Fights can ensue! If I earned it, why do I have to share it! Let the other person work for it too! Sharing means caring or does it! It does teach us about looking outside of ourselves. Do I have too much and can share with others? What do you think? Do you want to share your thoughts?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TULIPS COME IN ALL COLOURS

A spring garden in Canada includes tulips.
There are so many varieties.
Purple!

 Pink and White!
A community garden full of tulips!

Dispersed throughout the garden!

Bringing colour to a city street!
Tulips that pretty flower that just does not last long enough!!

WE ALL CAST SHADOWS

 
Life has day and night. Dark and light! We all cast shadows periodically. To stand in the light means a shadow will be seen. What we do with our dark side is manageable and can give meaning to us at a deeper level. Sometimes the dark and light are together. Like our path of life we just keep moving forward.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NANA SAYS TODDLER PROOFING A HOUSE TAKES EFFORT

Babies are easily contained. Preschoolers can know their rules and well teenagers can not be told anything. But the toddler year with its exploration of everything and learning takes some creativity in making a home safe. They climb, pull, put things in their mouths and well run, jump and explore everywhere. The stairs are always a worry. Some learn to go up and down like the rest of us. However, one little one likes to sit on her bum and well slide down! Hum! So needing to be beside her and yes there must be gates for protection. Seeing the world through the little one's eyes takes constant awareness. Safety is the main issues so any cleaning products, medication and whatever should not be in the child's hands must be put away. Then activities for learning- well those are fun. Just looking out a window at the squirrels for example are enjoyable moments. The speech development takes off at an enormous speed. The learning of words then to mini sentences. Understanding commands! Of course- give Nana a hug please! Well that is easy to do! Yes the energy level is huge, so put on your running shoes!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LONG WEEKENDS ARE NEVER LONG ENOUGH

Having an extra day on the weekend is always great. But why does it never seem long enough?? Enjoying the good weather and being able to be outdoors for part of the time helps.  Long weekends become work weekends especially this time of year with garden planting and cleanup. The good news is the 4 day work week. Already Tuesday! The days are longer so more time at night to enjoy the outdoors. How did your weekend go? Was it eventful? Did you enjoy some fireworks? Have a great week! Still lots of May to enjoy!

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHOTOS FROM A VICTORIA DAY STROLL IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Long weekends usually mean lots of work around the house and garden. To cut up the monotony of such work a leisurely stroll in early morning with my camera was a photographer's heaven.
Pink and green on the street where I live.
A path in the park.
Walking along Yonge Street.
Not the fountain of youth, but a pretty fountain nevertheless.
A sea of tulips or maybe just a garden.
Heading back to my street. Dandelions are everywhere!
A fence makes a nice backdrop for a flowering tree.
A contrast of brown and green. A camera can capture so many images- actually endless!

CANADA HAS LOTS OF PINK IN THE SPRING

Our street has houses with pink flowering trees.
A row of pink trees.

Pink trees line the park where the grandchildren play sometimes.

A close shot of a pink bush.

A garden full of pink tulips.
A pink and white tulip in my garden.

A cluster of pink tulips growing next to my flowering bush.

Of course, my favourite local building is pink all year round. The Richmond Hill Central Library is a wonderful example of how pink can be used. Do you like the colour pink? Nature has a nice way of using it doesn't she?