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.

Monday, July 6, 2015


Canada just hosted the Women's FIFA tournament. Our Canadians made it to the quarter finals with the Americans the overall champions. Congratulations to the  USA! Just around the corner are the Pan Am games in Toronto. Time for Canada to shine on the world stage like they did at Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver with those Olympic events. Preparing for a big event and building venues that give legacy to future generations with a place to train and compete are the aftermath of any large undertaking. The Athletes villages can become housing for regular folks. Sports are not just about winning, it is about how crazy the fans can paint their faces, wear their country's colours and feel good being part of an event. Bringing a flag or two to wave in the stands. Maybe meeting people from other nations as a host/hostess! Taking lots of pictures. I ordered tickets to some events to the Pan Am games back in September 2014. Now I wish I have ordered more. But going to the areas where the venues occur it may be fun to hang around or a while. What is funny is the change of names for the venues. CIBC Pan Am Centre is really the Exhibition grounds. Swimming is at the University of Toronto- Scarborough campus but has a fancy name too! For most Torontonians they need to learn the renamed temporary venues! Taking public transit is a must as there will be little parking. So researching the routes to all the events gives me a time frame of how long it will take to get anywhere. I probably will be going alone to one event as my hubbie can not walk long distances. I have tickets for grandchildren so need to decide which ones to take to what event. One granddaughter and a friend are coming to the Dressage event in Caledon. Outside Toronto, must use the car but apparently parking is outside the event so shuttle buses will take us there from the parking area. Hopefully the city will become alive with people having fun and rooting for their teams.! Richmond Hill had one part of the torch run but no events here. Might have been fun to offer parking in my driveway to ardent fans! As the event becomes closer, I am sure my excitement will increase. I can always go downtown and walk around one day on my vacation week! Adolph says we can watch everything on TV! Maybe I will be going to more than one event alone!! Eh?

Sunday, July 5, 2015


A drive in the country reveals the bounty of the farms. Local produce is the best. No matter where one lives, eating food fresh from the farm is always a delight. On our drive near Alliston Ontario there were fields of potatoes. Through the Holland Marsh, the onions and carrots are growing well. In our humble garden raspberries fresh from the vine are enjoyed by all.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


We are different in many ways but have many similarities. As neighbours, there is no other country I would like to share my borders! Mostly English speaking, many ethnic roots are the same like the British, Irish and Italians. Religious freedom! Democracy! To my family and friends south of the border, enjoy your day!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Water, water everywhere! Inviting to go for a boat ride or sit by a lake or river. One of our news emails- CHFI said Canada has more lakes than all the other countries in the world. So true! So as Canadians let's go to a lake. We live near the Great Lakes that bring ships from over the world. Near Toronto on Lake Ontario, it has always been a part of my life to love the water. Those on the coasts who live near the ocean love the feel and smell of the oceans. Water one of the 4 elements is so primal to us all. The first forms of transportation occurred on the waterways of the world. Paddling a canoe, rowing a boat or using a motor boat can be part of the summer experience. Does the water invite you for a swim, a spin on the lake or a leisurely read on its banks? Oh water!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Making interesting combinations keeps life challenging. Artists, bakers and just for fun items in our lives can be combined for any occasion. Hikes with children collecting nature's selection can help pass the time at a cottage or rainy summer day.
Of course many cooks make platters of food that combine favourite vegetables or fruit. Combining ideas in life that incongruous can be good. A girl can be a dancer and a hockey player. A boy can play basketball and love drawing. Integrated thinking frees up the imagination. So what do you want to combine today? Any interesting combinations?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Canada Day- a time to celebrate. 148 years since Confederation! Originally called Dominion Day. Over 10,000 years of human settlement according to archeologists! Established July 1, 1867 with only 4 provinces entering and over time all 10 provinces with Newfoundland being the last in 1949 to join. Now with 10 provinces and 4 territories, Canada is a wonderful nation from sea to sea to sea- Atlantic, Pacific and Artic! Canadians celebrate in many different ways. Starting with a pancake and bacon breakfast offered everywhere, to local festivities to large celebrations like the one in our capital Ottawa. Fireworks are a must for many places.
Maple leaves!

Totem poles!
Or course a quiet place to fish!

A drive in the city or drive in the country.

Hockey, soccer, lacrosse- actually the official national sport- baseball, gymnastics, rowing, running and much more, our athletes are on the world stage. This land has so much to offer. Celebrating is worth the effort. Are you proud to be Canadian today?

Sing loudly!
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
the True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

With the French version-
O Canada! Terre do nos aieux,
Ton front est  ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'epee,
Il sait porter la Croix!
Ton historire est une epopee
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trepee,
Protegera nos foyers et nos droits.
Progergera nos foyes et nos droits.

Our family was  here since the 1820s on one family line and other family lines were here to celebrate the first day of confederation too!
A fun day especially because it is a stat holiday and most people have the day off. If working, they get time and a half salary! How are you celebrating today?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


As June ends with all the hoopla that occurred, looking forward to a quieter July at work and home. Some of the committees take a break for the summer, the ORs are reduced and garden beckons with quiet reading and quiet "weeding". Some fun day trips to markets and quiet walks on country lanes! Maybe! It is what I want, not necessarily what will happen!! Life will present itself! And be what it will be! How about you? What are your hopes and dreams.?