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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.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NANA SAYS GRANDCHILDREN KEEP YOU YOUNG

Grandchildren with all their energy and full of beans zest for life keeps grandparents young and sometimes tired. Knowing one is loved unconditionally brings so much love and joy to life. I call mine the Big Six. There is a big six in Toronto for all the boroughs. But my Big Six represents my six grandchildren. Each one with their special personality and interests. Sometimes I can just sit and watch them. Listen to them. Learn about their language development. Hear their versions of life and all that is around them. Grandchildren are the future. So if some of my stories and values and zest for living can rub off on them then it is wonderful contribution to the circle of life. How about you? Do your grandchildren bring a joy to your Life?

Monday, January 16, 2017

JANUARY 16-BLUE MONDAY

Blue Monday or is it? We have days for everything. So of course during the winter, I guess there must be a day. Why Blue Monday? The bills are coming in from the holiday season. Dead in the middle of winter. No big hoopla to anticipate. Tired of the cold-maybe! Skiers and snow boarders and snowmobilers and ice fishermen would say otherwise! Even little children building snowmen and sliding down hills don't feel so blue. Learning to skate is a national pastime! It is a good time of year between gardening and only indoor activities if one is not a cold weather person! For the crafter or genealogist or any other enthusiast why not tackle those indoor passions. Turn that blue into Purple! You know purple can include passion!
                                So find your favourite purple thing on this blue Monday.
                                      If purple is not your colour then chose your own!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

FAMILY SUPPORT DURING DIFFICULT TIMES

Independence is a good thing. But during a crisis or difficult time, knowing others may be available for help is a good thing. Accepting any support as needed is the way to get through any event. There are times that some alone time may help an individual regroup energy. Doing simple tasks that ground the person may be helpful. Folding laundry. Cooking a nice meal. Watching the news. Activities that are the normal help to keep some normalcy.
Life has ups and downs. So knowing when to reach out and accept help and when to be independent again are just some of life's lessons !

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MERYL STREEP YOU ARE MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE

Loved her speech at the Golden Globes. Dignity and respect is the message. Violence is still with us and we need to contain it to provide a safe life for all. Basically if you feel good about yourself, you do not need to belittle, hurt or make fun of others. So not only do I love all your movies Meryl but what you have to say. You are not just an advocate for women but for all people. Using your voice to reach others has been huge! Yes America, remember there is freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Remember the 1950s and the communist witch hunt in America. Do we want history to repeat itself? There's quite a hornet's nest stirring in America- good for you Meryl!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

#3 BARB'S REFLECTIVE 150- WONDERFUL HEALTH CARE

Thanks to Tommy Douglas a wonderful Canadian and politician who advocated and brought the whole notion of Health Care many decades ago. Canada has some of the world's best Health Care Professionals. Always room for improvement, new ideas and technology continues to help it grow everywhere across the country. Each province owns their own program with funding from the Canadian government. Looking to be fiscally responsible is the goal of all CEOs of any hospital or health care area. The tax payer holds us responsible which is a good thing. We are all tax payers! Canadians take this great perk for granted sometimes. But we all should remember as we celebrate our 150, to celebrate our wonderful Health Care System.

Friday, January 6, 2017

EPIPHANY-CHRISTIANS ARE CELEBRATING

For some, Christmas is celebrated today. The Wise Men visited the baby Jesus.
In some cultures, like Itay, there is another tradition. The Befania- she visits and leaves candies at children's home in search of the baby Jesus. Epiphany is the end of a joyous Christmas season. For those celebrating today- enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

JANUARY BLAHS-ARE THEY BEGINNING

Okay with Christmas past only revealed in the holiday pictures, life returns to normal. With little hoopla, it can seem dull. So pulling out meaningful projects to do during the down time of winter. i.e. no gardening or outside work. Yes there is snow shovelling but hopefully not too often. Blahs hit like a lead balloon! Pushing one's energy to get going- especially at night. For me to try to do some activities at night is often the challenge. Overcoming blahs becomes the challenge.
Perhaps build a snowman. Get out and embrace the January season. Just a thought!