Sunday, September 28, 2014

A new friend and Princess Point

I had the pleasure of meeting a Chinese lady who is here only one month.  She and I sat beside each other at the Harvest Dinner at St. John's and we hit it off right away.  She also is a writer and we had that in common. Her English is limited but we managed.

The Harvest Dinner was hugely successful and the food was fantastic as always.  There were a good number of people there.  The tickets were $15.00 per person but well worth it.

Dinner started off with delicious chicken soup (home made) and a bun, then two cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy.  All these are made by the Lutheran Women's group (LW) group.  There was a special treat in store for the folk for desert!.  I cannot remember the name of it but it is whipped cream in a type of pastry and cooked strawberries in syrup on the side.  Coffee pots were placed on each table as well.  .

There was such a good portion that I was able to take half of it home for lunch tomorrow..

After the lovely event, we took the bus to Princess Point. I had my camera fortunately and took some nice shots.  Some of the trees are beginning to turn.

The beginning of the trees turning Sept. 28th

My new friend - A Yi

A rugged tree

A Yi and a lovely tree

One little section of the area

A wooden area
Lots of people were on the trail today.  We came across a lady with three huge dogs and they were not on a leash.  My friend got a little nervous because she was just coming up from the water from a very narrow opening, and the three huge dogs were bounding down towards her. I certainly could understand that as they were huge and she did not know them.  Fortunately, the lady came and then we all chatted for a short while and the dogs got acquainted with us.

We also met a young couple who were sitting on the new spot which the RBG has carved out and we started to chat.  Eventually, the lady and I exchanged business cards.  She is from the Montreal area and we have some things in common. It was so lovely to meet both of them. The gentleman took our picture together with her phone so I will be glad to see it.

It certainly has been a day for meeting nice people!

Have a good evening and come back when you have the time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Princess Point with Kevin

Yesterday was fine weather and my friend Kevin and I decided to go to Princess Point.  He is on his holidays right now.

Naturally we took the No. 6 Aberdeen bus right into the park.  This area is managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens and is much wilder than the other areas on the waterfront.  That is why I like it so much.

The paved walkway. 

On this side, there are many runners, dog walkers, parents with baby carriages and it is more suitable for people with walkers or wheelchairs.

I like this little wooden bridge.

We stayed on this side for a couple of hours as I wanted to see the very spot where the artist painted her picture.  I have often brought a little chair down and sat in that spot myself just to relax and enjoy the water and the birds and the occasional fish which leaps out of the water momentarily.

This is the spot where the old wharf used to be.

They have demolished the old wharf and moved it a little further down and put some benches to sit to enjoy the scenery.

It is almost the same scene but a little further down than the painting.

We talked of many things as we are old friends and get along very well.  I cannot seem to get my female friends to go down to the water much.  One of my friends will go to Pier 8 but she doesn't like to go to Princess Point as I imagine she thinks it is a little too wild.

Birds of a feather flock together


Lots of greenery still

All in all, a wonderful day spent with a nice person at Princess Point.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My friend Eric's article

Eric McGuinness: As I face terminal cancer, I have one wish

Eric McGuinness writes that he has accepted cancer will kill him but would like some control over the circumstances of his death.
As I face death from the cancer that’s been attacking my body since 2010, there is only one thing on my bucket list — I want to die as easily and humanely as a loved family pet.
But Canada’s Criminal Code prohibits medically assisted dying, which is allowed in 10 jurisdictions, including the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Montana and Vermont. Quebec also acted earlier this year to legalize what it calls medical aid in dying.
The skilled practitioners and caring staff in Hamilton’s cancer-treatment system have done their best for me, but despite two major surgeries and a gruelling course of chemotherapy, the disease continues to advance. I’m resigned to the fact that it will kill me. What worries me most is how I will die.
If I wind up in a hospice rather than a hospital and if the symptoms can be controlled, perhaps a dignified, quick and peaceful death is possible. Or I could be one of the people who die slowly and painfully: unable to care for myself, pleading for an end to my suffering. Some people who are terminally ill see no choice but violent forms of death that are horrific to contemplate.
A British Columbia judge ruled the federal law invalid in 2012, a decision overturned on appeal, and the case is now before the Supreme Court of Canada, which will hear arguments in October.
The Canadian Medical Association, at its annual August policy convention, voted 91 per cent in favour of allowing members to assist patients in dying if it becomes legal to do so, and recent opinion polls suggest 68 to 80 per cent of Canadians support medically assisted dying.
I doubt, however, that either courts or lawmakers will act in time to make a difference in my case, so the one thing on my bucket list may be out of reach, as it was for Dr. Donald Low, who guided Toronto through the 2003 SARS epidemic.
Low made a passionate plea for medically assisted dying in a video eight days before his death from a brain stem tumour last year.
“I’m going to die,” he said, “but what worries me is how I’m going to die. I wish doctors who oppose assisted suicide could live in my body for 24 hours. I’m frustrated with not being able to have control over my own life, not being able to make the decision myself when enough is enough.”
Low’s wife, Maureen Taylor, said her husband wanted a prescription for a barbiturate so he could die peacefully in his sleep.
I believe he should have been entitled to that and so should any patient with terminal illness. But Low was denied the option, and “it was not a dignified death that he died,” said Taylor.
I, too, would like the comfort of knowing there’s an option when enough is enough and that’s why I support Dying With Dignity Canada (, a registered charity that seeks to legalize assisted dying.
Eric McGuinness, 68, is a retired newspaper reporter and editor living in Hamilton, Ont.

Confidence men and their masquerade - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Confidence men and their masquerade - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

I am so thankful!

For two nights in a row, I have slept deeply - right through the night, no interruptions.  What a difference it makes for the day ahead when a person sleeps properly.

When I was a young child and even as a teenager, I used to enjoy such restful sleep and in fact, never minded being put to bed as I used to sneak my flashlight under my covers and read.  That was great fun and I am sure that my parents probably knew about it, but they never said anything.

It is rather strange how sleep patterns can change.

It was in my forties that my sleep became less sound.  In fact, in the Fall, and in the Spring for a number of years for one week I would not sleep soundly, if at all.  It was really hard to function as I was working full time, raising a family by myself, trying to cope with keeping up with housework and doing volunteer work on the side.  Let alone, being active in church work and having a number of wonderful friends which I tried to keep in touch with on a regular basis.

When I reflect upon the past, as one does when one gets older, I often wonder how I did all that.

Sleeping well truly is a blessing from God.  I am most thankful for the last two sleeps. I have woken up with energy, looking forward to the day.

I am so grateful for this blessing of life and my dear family and friends.

I have noticed one thing that one cannot out give God.  I used to keep a prayer diary many years ago, particularly when the children were small.  I remember one time when we had very little food to eat and a dear older lady came to visit us and brought a big bag of flour. She had found it on sale and thought it might come in useful for us.  With that flour, I was able to make many different things and I used the money I had left to buy some ingredients to make it stretch even further.

God has known my needs before I even mentioned it in prayer and sent what I needed in the proper time.

When I was injured on the job, trying to protect a sleeping child, I was unable to work for quite some time and lost my home.  Thankfully, my children were grown up by that time and I did not need to provide for them.  A friend in the United Arab Emirates spoke to her cousin Aziz and he wired me $3,000 Canadian money.  It was an unconditional gift.  Again the hand of God came through for him as well as me. He was in a terrible accident there and his car was totalled but he walked away without a scratch.  With that money, I was able to rent a bachelor flat and survive.

I could go on and on about so many blessings. I also have observed that a person takes one step towards God and he takes many steps towards you.

To give another example (very current), I had an empty parking spot which I lent to a friend who was in a terrible spot.  The car will be gone soon, it has been parking there for over a month now.  Just yesterday I called a person who had put up a notice saying he needed a parking spot, and he will rent it on an indefinite basis.  He is moving into our building and both him and his wife have cars.

There is so much to be thankful for in this hurting world.  My motto has always been "brighten the corner where you live", an old Sunday School song.  Since the world is getting smaller and smaller, the corner where I live includes the world.  I have had so many foster children over the years plus donated heavily to charities which bring medical aid and hope for the oppressed and will continue to do so until I leave this world.

If we count our many blessings, health, enough money to live, home, friends and family, pets we love and cherish, and a good night's sleep, do we not have a great deal to be thankful for?

On that note, I shall sign off with a sincere hope that you will be blessed by reading this and feel the Presence of God in your own life and know how much you are loved and cared for by the Almighty.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ladies Breakfast

I had a great night's sleep last night and woke up refreshed and raring to go.  I was so happy to be able to go to the ladies breakfast this morning.

I always enjoy it so much.  I contributed money for the next month's breakfast.  I may not be able to go but I like to do my little bit when I can.  I am also looking forward to the Thanksgiving Buffet at the Club as well as the Thanksgiving dinner at St. John's.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tea at the club

In spite of the fact I only got four hours sleep early this morning, I really enjoyed having Daniela and Thomas as guests at the club.  We went for tea and spent about two hours together.

They are a delightful couple and I enjoyed getting together with them very much.  I was a little nervous whether we could find enough things in common to talk about as we didn't know each other very well,  This was a relaxing opportunity to remedy this situation.

As usual the staff were wonderful and arranged the chairs around the fireplace.  It is such a relaxing spot there.  It is my dear little gal's last day to work at the club.  I shall miss her very much.

She will be working in Europe for about a year.

After tea, I took them for a tour of the art work of the club and they really seemed to enjoy that.  They both are heavily into art.

All in all, a lovely afternoon spent in a delightful way.

My pot and cup of herbal tea

Daniela & Thomas and me

Thomas & Daniela

New window boxes at the club

The much improved garden

Another shot of another window box and section of the garden

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Choosing a painting or a picture at Carnegie Gallery

Today was a great day, not only weather wise but poking around the Carnegie Gallery to choose a picture to write a poem about.

It was so nice that Jennifer and I could go together as it made it so much more fun.  I have always had to go alone and it was wonderful to have company.

We made a good day of it.  I picked two pictures to write about and Jennifer picked one.  I met the artist whose picture I chose and she will send me some more information on the area as I did not know that place at all.  I really liked her and we had a most pleasant time talking.  She was a very interesting lady to talk to.  I also picked another picture of my favourite place in Hamilton, Princess Point.

It is amazing how many people drop into the gallery- it seems to be very popular.  The staff there are great, one of the regular gals remembered me which was nice of her.

We decided to have lunch at Taylor's tea room after choosing the pictures.  Here are some photos of that lovely time together.

Our table - tea anybody?

Observe the cute tea pot cover 

Me, enjoying our time together

Jennifer (right) me - left - look at the yummy cake as well

We won't need to eat for quite some time now!  The cake was to die for!

A very cute saying on the tea room sign.

That sign made me remember how a poet friend of mine called the hand crocheted hats I made for myself for winter -  tea cozzies.  It always made me laugh. I just loved it and they sure kept me nice and warm and cozy even in the cold winter!  Speaking of the cold coming, I must start to bring out my lighter crocheted hats to be prepared.

We took our time at Taylor's and had a lovely conversation. Nobody rushed us even though it was crowded there.  We had a seat by the window as I always like to see what is going on outside.  There was a nice lady walking her adorable little dog with a cute flower on her leash. I had seen her sitting on the stairs at the Carnegie Gallery and said hello to her and the dog.

Another much larger dog (a bulldog I think) was walking his human (joke here) past the window and they both seemed to be enjoying their daily constitution!  We  arrived at Taylor's tea room at a perfect time and were able to get a window seat which was great.  They now have a Sunday afternoon tea which sounds very lovely to me.  Perhaps one day I shall go for that as well.

After lunch, we walked over to the Keeping Shop and looked at the fantastic array of things they carry.

Here is a picture of their mascot.

I like this fellow - he is friendly and does not harm anybody!

We also went to the Dundas Library.  I had never been in there before so it was a nice experience for me.  They do have a wheelchair accessible entrance on the side which we can use another time.

Here are some shots of the gorgeous flowers near the library.

Dundas is such a pretty place to visit. I have friends who live in Dundas and they like it there.  The only problem with the area is the bus service which is only every half hour during the week. On the weekends it is every hour.  One would need a car if one wanted to live there.

Thanks for dropping by and come again when you have the time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guests and the Super Crawl

The main stage - we bumped into Jeff and Andre here

Random shots

The Armory

Bill and friend

Children's area

Children's section at Central Library.  Wes loves aquariums.  
I went to meet Wesley and also Billy, both from other cities.  One from Toronto, the other from Kitchener.  Fortunately both their buses came in around 10ish and I was able to pick both of them up at one time.

We went back to my place and had home made soup and chicken and vegetables and Mohammad came over for tea.  We had waited for Sami until 1 p.m. and then could not wait any longer.

As it turned out, he was unwell and in a great deal of pain.

Here are some pictures.
Bill standing, Wesley sitting at the Go Transit Station on Hunter Street

Bill is an artist and he waned me to take some shots of these buildings so we can paint them.

 Once we got home, I served soup and chicken and vegetables so that we would not be hungry going to Super Crawl.

Wesley and Boots

Mohammad took this of Wesley

This is my favourite of Wes

After lunch we took our time and rested. Mohammed came over for tea.

Here are some pictures from then.

Bill - my son-in-law




Good friends - I should have taken off my apron!

After that, Wesley, Billy and I went to Super Crawl for a few hours.  It was hard on Billy walking with his cane and also for me with my walker, so we sat down quite a few times as we walked along.

Wesley had it best, as he had his scooter.

 After we had done Super Crawl, we went into City Centre and then Jackson's Square where Wes got some of the things he could not find in Toronto.  He was one happy camper!

I took both of them back to the Go Station and there was some trouble getting Wes into the Go Bus but eventually they managed.  The line up was horrible - most people were here for the Super Crawl and going back to Toronto.

Once Wesley's bus left, Billy and I waited along with a young student from Waterloo University and at 9 o'clock, the bus came to take them home.

We were lucky, only on Sunday is there a 9 p.m. bus, otherwise the last bus to Kitchener is 8 p.m.

Poor Wesley's accessible transit was one hour late picking him up in Toronto and he did not get home until 1:15 a.m.  Travel for the disabled sure is difficult.  He had been up since 6 a.m. and on the road, and yet it is only one hour away to Hamilton.

Billy made good time and it all went smoothly for him.

I walked home by myself but felt a little uneasy to be out that late but there was no trouble.

I did not sleep until 6 a.m. this morning, probably too busy going over the nice day in my mind.  Fortunately, I had nothing that needed to be done today so I have rested most of the day.

Thanks for dropping by.