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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Coast to coast, underneath ground, warmed by the winter snow, the spring bulbs pop up in gardens. Everywhere.

Colour fills the gardens!
The fragrance of hyacinths!
Little ones bring colour too.
Well you get the picture. Canada celebrating 150 with colour everywhere!


Okay Canadians love coffee and drink many different types from espresso, instant, brewed,  and decaffeinated. But across Canada there is one of many coffee shops called Tim Hortons. Named after a real hockey player- go figure! Tim Horton. Now more than a donut shop and coffee. Good soup and sandwiches on the road. Breakfast!
Known to have different cups for a variety of themes throughout the years.
I always love the Christmas ones.
                      So does it surprise anyone to have a 150 years one and in both languages!

Monday, April 24, 2017


Hard to believe the first real month of Spring is coming to an end. The brown in the garden has much greenery with spring bulbs popping their heads in rapid fashion. Some daffodils and one patch of tulips. The weather has been up and down with parts of Canada still experiencing snow. Our beloved MAPLE LEAFS gave it a good try but are out of the Stanley Cup race for this year. Two Canadian teams are still vying for the cup. So let's cheer them on. Outdoor furniture is on the back porch. Even had one lunch there to welcome the warmer weather. My camera is handy to start snapping more Spring in its glory. One more birthday celebration- my oldest grandson turns 9. Yes it is Monday of a 5 day week. Harder to endure the older one gets. It seems the weekend brings new issues to resolve on a Monday-the busiest day of the week. With indoor and outdoor work reved up for the next few months, it seems energy is needed. But April let's embrace your last few days with love and appreciation. As we know April showers bring Spring flowers!
Trying to frame some pictures with natural elements. The green tulip leaves sprouting are from the anniversary ones that I am eager to see how they do. How is your garden coming along?

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Every garden has one area that has its first of everything. In the back some tulips come up on schedule every year. I can see them from the kitchen window. It was important ot get my camera and snap these first ones. In a week or so I can go around the neighbourhood snapping other ones. But mine are the best.

Friday, April 21, 2017


April 22 is Earth Day. Time to reflect about our footprint on the earth. I walk, compose, use cold water washes and air dry most of my clothes. Use the dryer for sheets and towels. But I do use too much plastic. Need to rethink that one.
My daughter Sonya wrote a good blog post of the the environmental ways to reduce our waste.
House of Kerrs
So think of ways to celebrate Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


The Daffodil is the April flower of hope. Cancer flower! Buying daffodils or wearing little plastic daffodil pins helps support cancer research and resources for cancer patients.
Planted in the Fall the spring bulbs like the Daffodil come up in Canadian gardens to make a lovely statement in the garden. Grown in clusters or alone the yellow or white amongst the dirt is a wonderful reminder of the tenacity of nature.


Parents have planned summer camps already. But there are moments to have some family times together. A trip to a cottage or weeks in Europe or south may be on the agenda. Grandparents often help with some summer babysitting too. So having activities in the home, day trips to local venues. For us there is the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, The Aquarium and if possible tickets to a sports event. Beach or pool jaunts use up 1/2 days. So parents needed to plan but grandparents can plan too. One of daughters suggested to get the kids helping with digging in the garden. Not a bad idea. Perhaps giving them a corner for flowers or a row of vegetables to maintain. My teacher friend then calls it a Natural Science lesson. So planning can include simple basic summer activities. Make sure the library card is up to date because trips to the library for some books is another easy fix.