This is for you, Dave

Sometimes you can tell life has thrown you a few curve balls when your friend Dave says ‘Hey, haven’t seen a post for a while’. I saw him at a party last night – our very dear friend Trish’s 60th birthday. He had to leave a little early and when I was driving home much later last night, thought about what he said and realized, ‘Yeah, I haven’t posted recently or done many of my usual ‘routine’ things of late.’

When life is a bit of a routine, it signals things are actually good and nothing has disrupted the status quo. The word routine can signal dull and boring, but I find as I get older, it’s a sign that things are on an even keel, and that’s a not a bad thing.

So yeah, there’s been some disruption to the routine. But every day, I still take my dog, Dre, out for a walk; morning and afternoon and the nightly midnight pee walk to the corner and back. So despite the curve balls, some things MUST remain the same. And she is one.

And no matter what pops up in life, nothing interrupts me walking Dre and photographing our walks. Some days, that routine can be the only good thing that happens in a day, and one good thing is all we need.

Here are some snapshots of our March walks. The weather in March was much like our lives this past month – all over the map! I think we had Spring for about 4 hours, and the sunrise/wind/rains/snow/crazy skies invited a lot of unexpected joy into what has been a challenging month. Hail to the furry friends who keep us on our path. Enjoy!

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2018: A Year in the Life

As the sun sets on this year, we always reflect and generalize what those 365 days were; great, good, uneventful, bad.  Many people say to 2018, ‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out’, but it wasn’t that kind of year for me.  There was sadness for sure; losing my Mom, and others who lost their loved ones (including two dogs close to my heart), saying goodbye to longtime friends who moved away (Kelly to the west and Stephen to the east), the trials and horrors in the USA, the world and even here in Ontario.  But there was also joy; inheriting a wonderful dog, great summer trips to friend’s cottages, and a year of firsts;  a week away on my own to a cottage, having a photograph in an exhibition, becoming part of a special and spiritual book club,  learning how to play Bridge, seeing a double rainbow, road-tripping for the first time with my lifelong best gal pal to fabulous Newfoundland, and driving Miss Daisy (aka Suzy Gregory), a woman I was a companion and later friend to for most of this year. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the good, the bad and the ugly this past year, but we do with every year that comes and goes.  It’s part of living.  If we look back there’s usually more of the ‘good’. Here’s a few snapshots of my 2018 and tonight I will raise a glass to one and all for a positive and exciting year ahead!

*featured photo: last night’s glorious sunset along Lakeshore Ave near Leslie St.

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7 Faces of Dr. Dre

I haven’t seen the film, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, but it’s the story of the visit of a magical circus to a small town in the southern US and the effects that visit has on the people of the town. Well, there are some similarities between that movie and Dr. Dre. She definitely effects everyone she meets, especially me.

To say she has and is a character is an understatement as some of these ‘poses’ will demonstrate. She’s just a lovebug with a great temperament, sense of fun and a damn great dog! Enjoy these fun pics of her.

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

With pesticides banned in public spaces, it’s quite a sight seeing them in full bloom. But they don’t last long! They were out for about 3 days. This morning we went back to the same fields, only to find they’ve gone to seed already! A great day to ‘Make A Wish’.

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