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Christmas Wishes and Holiday Blues


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First off let me start off by saying,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

to everyone near and far!!!!

What a time to celebrate your accomplishments, learn from your mistakes, reacquaint yourselves with family and friends, perhaps even gain some new friends or business colleague’s.  Take this holiday season to remember what this truly means to you, within your heart and soul. Share that with all  you meet no matter the season. We are all on this earth to be kind to one another.

Although it is Christmas there are many people, family and friends, people who you may never know personally, who deal with anxiety, depression, SAD, random stressful thoughts that my be good or bad, hard times can actually fall on everyone no matter the level of pay scale they may be. Be aware how you are treating others, make an attempt to get to know people, or even to make yourself better, so that you have a better understanding on how things are in the world. Experience and knowledge are the keys to improvements, and the willingness to change for the good, not just for yourself but for others too.

Life experiences, the change of the times, how we look at the world, which is ever so changing so quickly right before our eyes!! Comes into play with everyone. Some people will have to relocate for work, have been fired or had to quit, lost their job for closures, or simply for the fact that it may have been something that was just needed to change for them, LIFE is hard. Getting help, asking for help, and participating in the help are all aspects we all need to work on together. Recognise the signs when someone tells you that they may need help, communication is key, non communication had many forms. A look, a reaction, body language, disposition, visible stress. Sometimes we are too caught up with everything we forget to be aware of these signs. Some are harder to see then others, but if you try, you just may be able to see it.

Christmas and New Years are important to us all, with us, it brings most of our families together, or mine specifically. Although we too experience rough patches, stressful lives, and most times, distance and dealing with 2 other countries of separation from other family members. We miss those we don’t get to see, we wish we could see them all under one roof, or over the time frame of the holidays, that my Dear Watson, is just impossible!! 

So like many others, we forge ahead, participate when we can, with who we can, and celebrate Life.  For these things we are Thankful to be able to share with our children and young adults, who constantly remind us that “we” are getting old!! LOL!!! Something’s like this never change!! 

Traditions some are kept some are not, sometimes it is best to start new ones. Gain friendships, loose friendships, it is all part of how we deal with things, those inner thoughts, the brain that sends the signals to the heart, how to react, or not to react, choices in the end is what it means to go forward and how others will see you.

Reflections of times gone by, to a simpler time, of when your grandparents were (or still may be) around. Do you remember the laughter sitting around the tables, the games your played, the food you shared?? The music shared, the carols sang, some in tuned some not, but who cared it was a celebration to be shared!! We all long for those times, the years gone by, to help with the years ahead still to come.

I remember when my grandmother Georgina would play her piano, we would sit by the bench and sing songs, meet up with my cousins and aunts and uncles and all have a feast. Unfortunately, we don’t do that any more. No more grandparents (my grandparents) are alive anymore. No relatives have taken that role anymore, we see them occasionally at events or funerals it is sad. It makes it hard for our kids to get to know more relatives, as we did when we were growing up. Back then, we got together at least 4 times a year, now we are lucky if it is once a year. It gets harder yet as our families grow each year and all are split around the countries.  My grandma and grandpa loved playing cards. Guess they all did!! Back in those days it was something to do!! Believe me, I have relatives I have never met yet!!

Christmas will be celebrated in one form or another, from across the world. Take in your families and friends, and those who have no one to share it with, spread the love and the joy as if they were one of your own. Celebrate these moments, cherish those around you and remember you are loved.


Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!  


See you in 2017!!


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July 4th, 2016

Independence Day

The world has changed over the years for these celebrations to

take on a lot of different meanings for everyone.

Whether it is celebrating becoming a new citizen, a new achievement, any military accomplishments,

graduations, what ever your hearts desire, this day takes on many meanings for people.

Learn about how it originally started be clicking on this link below.



So to all my family and friends, clients and potential clients near and far,

please enjoy this day of celebrations with your own families and friends!!

Happy Fourth of July!!


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Celebrations on a Holiday!


Today we celebrate Canada!!

Make sure you get out today with your families and friends, children to take part of the many celebrations going on in your city or country.

You will find that many places are taking part of on kind of celebrations or another.

This gives you a chance to see how one celebrates our freedom for over 150 years.

Enjoy the day!!

Happy Canada Day!!


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Trail Duster Tuesdays.. A new Start for the summer


Summer time, BBQ’s, Car Shows, strolling the beaches…perfect days for you to sit back and relax and enjoy the views!

Some people can relax more then others, other’s need reassurances to relax. When we find these moments that work for us, we usually keep them until something else comes along and may work better for us.

What are the ways that help you relax? Do you try many things or stick to one thing for yourself?

Summer is the start of days off and vacations, graduations, end of the school year celebrations, all perfect times to get together with family and friends. Some people find these times also hard and stressful.

Changing how you do things for part of the year helps you get some sort of balance within in yourself and your family life also.

Remember that there is no need to spend ubber amounts of money to make yourself and family happy, precious time together or solitude is what is needed to refresh and recoup your lives together.


Life is too short to not do the things you would like or believe in. Too many people in the world who are dying from diseases or accidents, or even self inflicted pain.

Make the best of your time.

Summer… the time to recoup friendships, family lives, your partners and your children’s lives.



With Canada and Independence Day coming up, celebrations are a great way to participate and be Thankful for all that we have. Celebrations are great!

How will you celebrate?


Happy Canada Day, on July 1st!!




Happy Independence Day, on July 4th!!


Make the world a better place, be kind, be loving, be patient and forgiving.

Enjoy your time with loved ones and friends.

Have a wonderful summer!!


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Winter on the Lakes 2015

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Motivational Mondays


Arva Flour Mill, Arva, Ontario

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Enjoying snow owls


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A Southern Journey

It all began on a Sunday early morning. We had the car packed and started out on the highway to the airport. There is something surreal about the wee hours of the morning when you travel you get to see the world wake up at various times and watch the sunrise, enjoying the various colours it creates for you to see.

Now arriving at a very busy airport early makes for a stressful time frame, as you are excited to go but not excited for the plane ride at the same time! You never know if the person’s next to you are going to be quiet, or talkative or even if a child will be pestering the people around them. In the end we sat with one of our travel companions while the other was sitting in the Exit row seating enjoying the space around the area.

Our in-flight movie was no movie but TV shows that were actually kind of silly. Disappointing really. Such a short flight but one usually likes to watch a movie while flying or try to sleep, even though they pack you in like sardines. Spaces are very limited with your seats, it doesn’t help when the seat in front of you is positioned back as well!



The last time I was in Florida, or any part of it was for my father and stepmother’s wedding in 2002. They got married in Fort Walton Beach area.

Here we are in Orlando, Florida heading out to a rental condo for a week, while our travel companion’s will be here a week and a half.

The weather is absolutely beautiful!! Hot, humid and sunny! PERFECT!!

Now off to our rental car to head to our condo!! Thankfully we brought our GPS with us so that we can find the house ok! Took a short turn nearby to stop to get some groceries before we arrived at the condo with the all ready packed car which is now stuffed to the gills with us, luggage’s and groceries!!!


The local landscapes are always interesting to see. The various kinds of trees the pastures, the wildlife and the local farmers animals. It gives you a sense of being at home.

Just like at home there is a lot of construction going on in various places. With the highways here they have toll roads, a nice way to get you to pay for all the maintenance needed to keep the roads current conditions at its best.

Our condo is in a very nice subdivision surrounding by many other vacation homes in the area. Florida is one of the top locations where people come to for vacations and condo rentals while away. The structures of the homes are made like a stone exterior house with earth tones for colours with a Spanish flare for design.

Very nice home. Clean. It has a 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, one king size bed, 2 smaller rooms with 2 twin beds in each room, and a double bed/queen size bed. The master bedroom en suite is really nice, with a stand-up glass shower, an oval tub, with a 2 sink counter with a private toilet area and a walk in closet. The one sofa comes out to a double bed as well! Dinning Room area, a Breakfast nook, open concept kitchen, screened in patio with a pool and a view into the pond area. The garage is even equipped with a fuse table, a basketball game, ping-pong table and a short pool table.

There are a few drawback’s  I see from this house. They need to do a bit of updating, the TVs and maybe a better fridge for the home, it is not a full size fridge. Adding foam to the double bed, as it is hard, better pillows, getting ride of anything with feathers in it! Some of the throw pillows are feathers and with people, including myself having allergies to these things it is not good.  A fresh coat of paint would make it look a bit nicer as well.  You are expected to buy your condiments, dish soaps, and utensils for BBQ were non-existing. The BBQ needs to be replaced as it is a small one with uneven burners working. The pool should have some kind of railing near the steps as soon as you try to step down you have nothing to hold onto. There is not one spot for a life jacket if you needed it or any spot for a first aide kit nearby. Although we do not have young kids with us, the exception to the rule to actually watch your children in the pool is expected. There is a Florida law to have an alarm system on the sliding doors of the home and if someone falls into the water it goes off, somehow—not sure how that actually works as each side of the screened in porch has a door to get inside. There is a webcam above the sun room doors, but where is that actually looking at or is it just a way to spy on things??


This is the view from our condo out towards the pond area with the local birds coming out to great us with their beauty and lovely loud calling features they make! Smile LOUD CALLING FEATURES!!!!


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Thirsty Thursdays- Jazz and Blues at it’s best. August 24th, 2014

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Fabulous Fridays



Niagara Falls, Ontario  June 22, 2014 weekend

We explored Niagara Falls for our 12th year wedding anniversary, it was relaxing and great to see

all the sights in the area. We even went to Fort George, Ontario and got to watch the

ships come in at St. Catherine’s Lock’s. I got to finally see the abandoned ship that is near the QEW in St. Catherine’s.










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