Monday, October 16, 2017

Some news in October

Our little group of friends went to Taylor's Tea Room in Dundas, Ontario and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is such a cute little place and the food is excellent and plentiful.  Jeff drove me which was very kind of him.  Pastor Dani and I visited Sami in the hospital on the Monday and at the same time visited another friend who happened to be in as well. 

It was my week for lunch at the club - thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and Rosemary and her sister Jeff on Friday.

I am looking forward to going to our ladies group tomorrow (Tuesday) as it is a potluck and everybody there are great cooks and bakers.  I don't have much planned for this month at all.

Just don't feel like going anywhere special.  I imagine I will read a great deal (borrowed tons of books from the library) and watch Netflix as well.  I also borrowed two DVD's from the library and have to have them back in a week's time unless I can renew them.

The weather outside is turning colder now. I sat downstairs for about half an hour just wearing my spring jacket and felt cold so will have to bring out my heavier clothing soon.

That in itself is quite a big job, as most things are stored clean in boxes in the cupboard and I will have to iron them before wearing them again.

I wish my cupboards had more room so I could just hang them in dust covers in another closet when I change them for the season.

Ah well, it is wonderful to have more than enough clothing and I do not need to buy anything this year at all for the winter.

Have a good day and thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 22 and onward

On Friday the 22nd our little group went out to Boston Pizza in the east end which was very enjoyable and the food was good.  As usual, we had a good time.  Our next eating adventure will be in Dundas, Ontario in October.

I did not bring my camera.  On the 25th I will see my family doctor and ask for an ex-ray of my lower back.  On the 28th Simon and I are going for tea at the club and in October Ken and I will enjoy the Thanksgiving buffet.

It is beastly hot today  Around 90 degree Farenheit and for the seond day of October, it is unseasonably warm.

Have a great day and hopefully the weather will cool down in a day or so and be more like the fall which I love.

Thanks for dropping by.

September 13 tp 19

We tried a new coffee shop at Gore Park which was nice and the food good.

It was an art gallery as well as a coffee shop - The Red Church.

I suspect it was more for younger people but they were very welcoming.

Thanks for dropping by.

On the 14th my friend Simon came and helped me tidy up the small room and he took away a lot of stuff for the Rummage Sale at St. Paul/s.  Things are gradually looking better in the little room  but there is a long, long way to go yet as many things are now in the living room..

On the 18th, my friend Mohamed flew to Egypt as his son Ahmad was getting married on Septemer 25th.  He arrived safely.

On the 19th Janet and Mike came for a visit  from Acton and we ate on the Terrace at the club and enjoyed ourselves very much.  They had to leave by 2:30 as Mike had to go to work.  Here are some pictures from that day.    I took a picture of them but for some reason it did not turn out.  The last picture is of me. Again the machine will not let me go down further and I have no understanding why it now doesn`t.
Colius plant on the terrace

Another beautiful plant on the terrace

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September 6th onward

Our little group went to Joanne's for lunch. As usual, she served a wonderful meal.  She totally spoils us to say the least.

Jeff brought me in his car for which I was thankful.  We always enjoy going to Joanne's home.

Another nice event event September 9th with Super Crawl.  Anna and Bill came to Hamilton and I served a vegetarian dinner to them before we went to Super Crawl.  Super Crawl is becoming more and more popular each year and the crowds were huge.  Their bus left to go back home at 5:30 I think it was.

All in all a nice day with good weather.

Here are some pictures from then.  Again, I cannot go any further down for some reason.

The bus they came in

A distant picture of them leaving the bus

Anna and Bill

a snapshot of Super Crawl

Random shots of Super Crawl

Bill wanted this picture as he is an artist and liked the art on the Armoury

September 2nd, 2017

September 2nd was a great day.  My friend Jennifer pickd me up at the back door and we went to Waterdown to a European restaurant there and then to LaSalle Park.  I enjoyed both but I really loved the chipmunks and the other creatures in the park the best..

We spent several lovely hours together chatting, eating and enjoying nature..

Here are some pictures of the day.  I wanted to add more items to this post but was unable to for some reason.  Will have to do a new post for further news in September.

My pal Jennifer

LaSalle Park, Burlington, Ontario

LaSalle Park and its bird life.

My curious friend

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1st and |I have no idea where the summer has gone!  It seems to me that it has flown by and thankfully it has not been as beastly hot as it was last year while I was in the hospital.

Lots has happened since my last entry.  My son and I spent our birthday together and had a BBQ at his place which was nice.  Also nice was the fact that my little group brought me flowers plus treated me for lunch at a lovely hotel.

I have been spending plenty of time at the waterfront alone sometimes and other times with friends.
I just love to be near the water!   That will end at the end of Labour Day (Monday night at 9 pm),

This summer I have borrowed tons of books from our wonderful library and because it is now labour day weekend, borrowed more just in case I ran out before they opened again.

Central library is one of my most favourite spots to go to in Hamilton.  I also like the Westdale library as well. It is smaller than Central, but very cozy and you see lots of families enjoying quality time together there.

Central Library also has a special section for children and their parents. In it is a row of fish tanks with all kinds of small fish in it, plus little chairs and tables, blocks, puzzles, computers and a general atmosphere of coziness.  Moving on from the library, our little group was invited to Joanne's family picnic which turned out to be very enjoyable.  Binbrooke Conservation Area is lovely.  It has water running through it, a children's playground, a splash pad and further down I believe there may have been a little store but am not sure of that.

Jeff took Ruby and I in his car, and we all split the entrance fee equally.  It turned very cool while we were there and I was thankful that I brought my jacket.  Ruby was very, very cold - chilled to the bone.  Joanne had bought a tarp so we made use of it to keep warm as well as to make a little tent for the younger members of the family.  They were adoreable!

To me, the highlight of the day was playing with the little ones with the tarp tent!  The giggles made my day!

As usual, Joanne excelled herself with her wonderful cooking.

We all are invited to her place for our annual picnic.  Some of us are getting too old to enjoy a picnic on a bench for a long period of time so we are having it indoors at Joanne's this year.

I saw the surgeon for the gallbladder issue but he said I didn't need an operation for which I am most thankful!  I have had enough medical intervention unless it is an emergency.

I also had a hearing appointment with the Hearing Society and there was no need to change my hearing aids.  The rules have changed, it is now 5 years before the Government will help pay for hearing aids.  It used to be 3.  In Canada the government pays $500 for each individual hearing aid, thus $1,000 which is a good help.  They are really expensive but this helps.

I was without my hearing aids for 21 days when they were sent in for a thorough cleaning.  It was great to hear better when they were returned to me!

A friend of mine invited me to the club for lunch  during this month as well  which was nice. However, she told the server to give individual bills.  This is the second time she has done this to me.  I am wondering if she has become confused.  It does not matter really -  I will prepare myself for this to happen from now on.   She means well.

I had a wonderful visit with Carmen and Wally in the middle of August and I treated them to lunch at Tobys  Restaurant which we all enjoyed.  We had a great visit!

Near the end of the month, I had my regular visit to the Cardiac Outpatient Unit of the Hamilton General and the problem has been regulated and all is well again.

A nice month, watched a lot of roku and Netflix as well and read a few books and did some housework.  Still am in the downsizing stage but having trouble being motivated.

Thanks for dropping  by.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday's events

I was not feeling up to par today so stayed close to home.  Around 3 p.m. I went over to the mall just to have somewhere to go.

People watching is one of my most favourite things to do.  Today, there was rain forecasted so I could not go down to Pier 8.

I was lucky, the heavy rain happened when I was in the mall and it was only a few drops by the time I left.

You see the most interesting people in the mall - all shapes, all sizes, all from different ethnic groups.

Hamilton is a very international city.  I like it for that.  Toronto and Montreal also.  In Montreal, there were many Spanish speaking people as French is easier for them to learn.

I have to say that the Spanish speaking people sure know how to have a good time - all you need is two or three people and a little food and everybody has a good time.

I also notice that people from the West Indies enjoy life as well and are more spontaneous in their outlook.  Good for them!

Life is too short to be gloomy and "down".  I try and enjoy the little things of life, a nice cup of herbal tea, a lovely chat with a friend over the phone, going to the waterfront, and hiking at Princess Point.These things do not cost much money at all.  In fact, some of them cost nothing!

In my opinion, good solid friends are so important and should be cherished.  I have friends still from Montreal and Toronto and I am so blessed to have some great friends here as well.  Many from the writing community, some from the two churches, some from Whitehen concerts.  I have one friend I have known for almost 75 years.  She lives in Collingwood, Ontario so we don't see each other very often.

It is my son's and my birthday coming up.  We have a joint birthday which is nice.

The gals are taking me out for lunch to a local hotel here.  It should be nice - I have never been there before.

I think that is all.  I will go back to watching Netflix and their special programme called The Crown.  An excellent picture so far.  It follows the life of the British royality basically.

Isn't it strange that the British royality have German relatives.  That must have been very tricky in World War 2!

Thanks for dropping by.