Weather Report

It’s January 13th and there is definitely a winter chill in the air. I love winter, so no complaints here. And having to walk my dog, at least a few times daily, no matter the weather (rain/sleet/wind/heat/snow or hail), I have to find ways to enjoy the journey in these tougher weather days. So far, January has not disappointed! December saw a record number of grey days, and we’ve seen a lot this month too, but around 4:00 pm the sky seems to break and out comes the sun – for however long. Seeing it sets at 4:45-5:00 pm, not ‘too’ long. Lucky for us, that’s our afternoon walk time. Here’s a few suns we’ve seen on our January journeys so far. Enjoy!

**Wordpress decided to update to a whole new ball game ie; format (why can’t they leave well enough alone?) so things may not look quite the same. Not being very ‘tech-minded’, I can’t figure out how to label the photos without block text over each one. Eek. New formats are as scary as new computers to me! Just so you know, all the photos are taken at either Cherry Beach, en route to, or at Ashbridges Bay in east end/Leslieville, Toronto

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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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Newfoundland – The Jewel in the Crown

About a year ago, a friend and I decided to take a trip to Newfoundland.  Her sister had been, as have a few friends of mine so we knew the places to go. To be honest though, I don’t have any recollection of seeing their photos or conversations about their trips, so I imagined it as a harsh land. They call it The Rock, so without even looking up photos or information about it, I assumed it to be a lot like Georgian Bay. Silly me. Part of me did that as I wanted that element of ‘surprise’ when we went, so didn’t want to know too much about the place. Ironic in a way, seeing that’s not what I usually do when I travel. I like to read about it, see it, and know what to expect.

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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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