Thursday, June 15, 2017

A lovely afternoon spent with friends from out of town

They arrived at 11:30 and we went over to the club for lunch.  They insisted on treating me which was very kind of them.  They really loved the club and understood why I like going there so much.

After our time at the club, I took them to Jackson Squae and the Farmer's Market.  Their town has a Farmer's Market as well but it is only open on Thursday and sometimes Saturday.

Mike was  very taken with all the lovely old buildings in downtown Hamilton and took lots of pictures with his camera on his phone.

They motored back to their home town and I laid down for about an hour and a half and rested as I felt very tired.

Here are some pictures from today.

A lovely tree, taken from the patio of the club

Thanks for dropping by.  I was glad for the cooler weather today and hope the extreme heat does not come back soon.  Much prefer the cooler type of weather.

Have a good day.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An afternoon to remember

Jennifer and I in the dining room
Today I was invited out to dinner at my club by my friend Jennifer.  She met me at 12 noon and we visited here for a few minutes then walked over to the club for lunch.

Amanda buzzed us in even before I could get my card out to open the side door.  She must have been watching for us to arrive at the  accessible door.

We ate in the dining room and had a lovely visit as we enjoyed the scrumptious meal.

Here are some pictures of our meals.
Jennifer's meal - salmon and a salad

Sour cream &rasperry tart

We also had a lemon pie which was good but the picture did not turn out clear enough.

I had chosen the club burger which was delicious and it came with a small fruit salad which I also enjoyed.

We took some pictures in the dining room.

Me in the dining room

Jennifer in the dining room in front of the orchids

After we had enjoyed our dinner, we went up to the rooftop patio to sit outside and enjoy the nicer, cooler weather today.

A view of the well known Piggot Building complex from the rooftop patio.

Relaxing on the patio

Love this old tree - many of the buildings downtown are very old and very well kept up

It was a lovely afternoon  spent with a dear friend.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Where did the month of May go?

I find it hard to believe that it is now June 1st and I am happy to say that the sun is shining outside and hopefully it will stay that way for a while.

We had a lot of rain in May and that caused major flooding in parts of Hamilton such as Dundas.

I understand that people are still trying to repair the damages they suffered from all this rain.  Water can be beautiful in lakes and rivers, but it can be extremely disruptive when too much rain comes down.

I do wonder what the month of June will bring?

It is so great to see the greenery again and the many spring flowers that pop up everywhere even downtown!

I do have some really nice news to impart.  My friend Jeff took me up to Sleep Country in Ancaster and I purchased a mattress and box springs and it arrived yesterday morning.  The man who came into the apartment with it was a real nice gentleman.  He was kind enough to put the encasement onto the mattresses so that bedbugs if they ever came to this building would not be able to ruin my bed.  They cost a lot but a bed is a huge investment.  Last night I slept like I was sleeping on a cloud and it was so heavenly!

It is higher than my former bed of 17 years but I still manage to get in and out of it.

Gemma, the cat, has already claimed it as her own, so you can imagine that it will take some convincing to get her off it when it is time for bed!

I am happy to say that my sheets all fit it as well, as I stayed with the same bedframe (red) and the same size (twin or single - same thing).  The bedframe was still good and why not keep it?

What a real blessing it is to have a new and comfortable bed!

Thanks for dropping by and have a nice day.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I'm back!

This is somewhat belated, but perhaps you may find it interesting.

After 3 1/2 months in the hospital, I finally have returned to my little nest.   This happened in the middle of September  2016.

I had tears in my eyes as I left St. Joe's Villa as they had been very good to me and looked after me very well and I had become very fond of the staff there.  My son picked me up and took me grocery shopping as everything would have gone bad in the fridge after all that time away from home.

It was great to be home but took a bit of adjusting to as I now was on my own except for the Occupation Therapist who was allowed only three visits.

I was not allowed under OHIP (our Ontario health system) to have a Practical Support Worker  come in to assist me in personal things which made life quite difficult for a few months until I was able to walk around better.  Of course, I could have hired somebody to come in but that would cost quite abit of money.    I still  remained in a wheelchair for one more month at home but thankfully, I am good again to use my walker and do everything myself.  The time of doing  this blog is now May 18th 2017 so it is just to catch up.

I completely forgot that I had this in my draft folder so here it is now.

Enjoy your day.


A gorgeous beautiful day today

How pleasant it is to look outside and see the sun shining, observe people walking the streets outside with only a light jacket or none at all.

It is the Victoria Day weekend and Monday will be a day off work for the working people.  I used to look forward so much to have that extra day just to relax instead of trying to rush doing housework and cooking for the family for the coming week, it actually gave me time just to relax and do nothing or to go somewhere nice!

Now that I am retired and happily so, my days seem to fly by even faster.  Of course it takes longer for me to get things done and one of my priorities is a clean and hopefully, tidy home.  I love my home and it is the place I go for comfort and stability when the world outside is going crazy.

I can close the door and listen to soothing classial music or religious music and my cares and worries melt away as if by the wave of  a magic wand.

I have always loved my home, which ever city it has been in and I am happy to see order in it and at the same time, a sense of peace and security.

I do remember when I lived on Gulliver in Toronto, I had a break and Enter happen and for at least a week, I was afraid to be there but gradually I was able to overcome this fear.  My insurance agent said to me that it was good none of us were home, as he had just come from a client who had surprised a burglar and he was badly beaten up and in the hospital.

I am grateful to live in a smaller city now and my stress level has definitely dropped since moving here fourteen years ago.  Unless I go back to my home town to live out my final years, I will remain here.  I love the trails, being by the water and just the availablility of things to purchase or places to go,  I also now have a group of very close friends here which is wonderful.

If I went back home to live, I don't speak enough French to use the services necessary as my cousin tells me that all the necessary services are in French only.  I also know only my cousin now and her family.  I am so happy, though, that I belong to a group from my former hometown and keep up the news and see so many pictures of the place. We have so many good photogrphers in that group.

I look forward to seeing them each day on Facebook.

Well, on that note, shall close for now.  I am invitd to my son's place for  belated Mother's Day celebration and he is cooking turkey.  He is a darn good cook!

Thanks for dropping by and have  good day.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

News from the Mother's Day Tea and Plant sale

It was a very pleasant day to have this yearly event. I walked over to the church with my walker and as it happened, met two of my friends who carried the walker downstairs for me.

This year, it was not so busy as in the past.  Perhaps people were already out in their gardens planting flowers and vegetables?  Who knows.  However, there still were plenty of people who came to enjoy this very worthwhile event.

Four of my close friends turned up and after I did my coffee pouring duty, I ate lunch with them and then Jennifer drove me home.

The food was wonderful and very filling. I brought half of the snitzel on a bun home.  The potato salad was excellent as well.  I treated myself to a lovely piece of cheese cake.  German baking is out of this world!

For $6.00, one had a very filling meal.  The desert and coffee were extra.  One dollar for a bottomless coffee, tea or herbal tea, and the slices of cakes varied in cost, but still nothing like restaurant prices!

I was glad that Jennifer drove me home, as I had only two hours of sleep and was dragging myself around because of that.

Alas, for me, again, I did not sleep that night as well, so I am dragging myself around, once again.

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sunday May 7th visit to Dundurn Castle and Williams Coffee Pub at Pier 8

We were really fortunate that it was a brisk but nice day out.  No rain!  Jeff picked me up at the back door and we went to Dundurn Castle.  We could not find a parking spot so we parked on the street and walked in.  It was fine as I had my walker with me.

The lineups were unbelieveable.  We waited quite a few minutes in line as they could admit so many people at a time.  It was fortunate that I had my walker with me as I cannot stand for any length of time without a lot of pain.

Here are two pictures of Dundurn Castle.

Taken by me

Taken by Jeff Seffinga

Jeff''s picture is better.  

The lineups were really bad.  Here is a picture of that.

I was only able to stay on the ground floor.  Baby carriages had to be left in a certain area and the young children carried due to the value artifacts in the place.

Jeff went upstairs to see the bedrooms.

In the meantime, I had asked to see our friend Elizabeth who works there and she came down for a nice little chat while I was waiting for Jeff.  It was so great to see her.
See the lady bug on the bud coming out?
me in the kitchen garden
Jeff and the cherry tree
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A small part of the grounds

The kitchen garden - they still grow vegetables and have cherry trees, apple and pear trees as well.  Nothing is wasted as they use the products in their work at Dundurn during the winter and any food  left over from the garden is given to Neighbour to Neighbour which has a food bank on the Mountain.

I was mostly impressed by the garden.  The castle was just too big for me and not cozy at all.  Very stately, of course, but I much prefer a cozy home.  They did have a nice view of the water though.

Our next stop was at Pier 8 at the Waterfront.  Hamilton has a wonderful waterfront where you can spend hours and hours reading, watching people or just enjoying waving the boats on the water or hearing the lapping of the waves as they slap against the stone walls where the railings are.

Jeff, enjoying his meal

An interesting tree near where one gets the  bus back to Downtown

All in all, a very nice way to spend an afternoon.  Thanks for dropping by.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Battlefield House and the Pump House

The day was better weather-wise than it has been for a few days.  It rained but not excessively.

This was my third day without much sleep so I was not very perky but in spite of that, I went with my friend Jeff to two of the Open Houses at Hamilton's Museums.

It also did not help that I forgot to put in my hearing aids as I don't use them at home due to the cost of batteries.  I don't use them in the mall either nor the library so it is only when I go out somewhere special like today when I use them.

He picked me up at the back door at 1 p.m. and we went out to Stoney Creek's Battlefield House which has a long and colourful history especially with the war of 1812 when the Americans tried to conquer Canada.  Happily for us, we remain a unique and wonderful country, with many different ethnic group.  The Gage family lived there at that time and that they were forced out of their house.

Here are some pictures of the house and surrounding area.

A swollen stream

The  tower

The dining area in Battlefield House

The sign about the battle of Stoney Creek



It was a very interesting place to visit and Jeff was able to go up the stairs to see the bedrooms.  There were 10 children in the Gage Family.

Here are some more pictures from Battlefield House.

Jeff posing with the soldiers

Me, along with the red coated soldier.

After that we went to see the Pump House which was not too far.  It also was interesting.  The history of the water filtration plant

I didn't take many pictures of that though.  I did take a picture of the first television in Hamilton but I guess it did not turn out as I don't see it.  It was a round screen and quite tiny compared to what we have today.

It was a nice way to spend a few hours in good company.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Hamilton Sings! Community Choir event Sunday April 30,20-17

"Songs of Canada at 150 Plus" with Dave Gould, song writer & guitar and Stephen Fuller, violin.

The weather was more then threatening as I poked my head through my beige drapes to peek out.  My heart sunk as I saw the dismal wet weather, and I wondered if people would still attend this very worthwhile concert put on by Hamilton Sings! Community Choir at 3 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral on James St. North.

Fortunately for me, the rain paused for a short while and I was able to get the #4 Bayfront bus.  I hadn't been there for quite some time, and got off too early on the route making the walk up to James Street North as well as the extra blocks to Colbourne a long walk for me.  Fortunately I had my trusty walker with me.

I was concerned whether or not the church was accessible but could not find any answers so took a chance and brought my walker and I am so glad that I did.  They have a one seat open platform which goes over the stairs and gets the occupant in their wheelchair or walker up the stairs while they are seated. A teenage boy operated it.  I was very happy to see that they have this open platform.  I am also very glad to know that the group will have their performances back at the Cathedral in the future, as it is much easier for me to get to.

As I arrived very early I had a great choice of seats so I sat near the front and saved a seat for Anita who was to join me there.  In the end, our pew was all filled up and the church was packed!

They sang a variety of songs representing many of the different ethnic groups which make up Canada, from Italian Canadians to Chinese Canadians!  Excellent representation of not only the English and French population but of many other groups of people who live in Canada and call it home.

I was touched by many of the songs but particularly by the song called Starlight Tours about a  Cree First Nations young man of 17 who was left to die of exposure by the police in Saskatchewan.  In fact, I cried silently through the whole song and hoped nobody noticed me.

His name was Neil Stonechild.  As an aunt who has a nephew from the First Nations, people, this made me angry and brought to my mind other instances where native people have been discriminated against.

We, as a nation, have a lot to answer for on how we treat our First Nations people among other things.

All in all, it was a very, very good concert and they hosted a lovely buffet after that - the price was perfect - $10 for the ticket which included a buffet at the end.

I will certainly go next year.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A nice event at the Hamilton Public Library

I had hopes to be on time for 12 noon, but I got an unexpected visitor which delayed my arrival time.

The good thing is that I arrived in time to here poet Jennifer Tan read her last poem which was well received.

It was a combined event, poetry (April is poetry month) and music which was lovely.

Both performers did well and I am sorry I missed most of the poet's work due to my unexpected visitor.

The singer-songwriter performer was Laura Keating at

She also has a facebook page at laura keating- musician - You Tube.

Our library system puts on many interesting events and most, if not all, are free to the public.

After the event, my friend Jennifer and I went to Toby's for lunch and then wandered around in the mall just to see the different stores and what they offer.

Today I am taking a break from going out and puttering around at home, trying to rearrange the kitchen to make it easier to use.  I like my new fridge, it is definitely smaller than the one I had before but still very nice.  I think it would be called an apartment size fridge.  I have a friend who has one exactly the same and she and her husband use it for storing beverages from what I understand.  It is enough for one person but definitely not enough space for a family.

Have a good day and enjoy your day.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday afternoon April 15

I started working on transferring my clothes from winter to summer.  Got all the summer ones out but still have to wash some of the winter ones so i can put them away once my machine is either fixed or replaced.  I really miss having my washing machine!

I bet me doing this a little earlier than usual, will cause a big snow storm, joke, joke.

I wanted to go to the library also this afternoon and managed to return three books and take out four more!  I just love the library and am so lucky I can get there so easily.

When I was in the mall, I bumped into Carmelita, then Sandy who spoke about my "Doors" poem to me as she still remembered it all these  years later and she urged me to come back to the poetry group sessions. I may go back in September.  She told me I was a prolific writer and she enjoys my work and misses me not being there which is very kind of her.

I treated myself to lunch at Toby`s and brought half of it home for tomorrow`s lunch.  

After I had crossed the street, i  saw Joe who is legally blind, look very uncertain so I went up to him and asked him if he needed a hand.  It turned out that he wanted to cross the very busy street so I took him across the street and chatted with him letting him know that I remembered him from my time in the Villa.  He was absolutely delighted to hear that I knew him.

we had a lovely chat for a few minutes and then I wenyt back across the street and home. H e never knew that he had been in grave danger once before and I had written a poem anout it which was performed at Central Library a few years back.   I had also contacted the Hamilton Street Railway and my city councillor re the danger to blind people and how near he had come to putting his own life to an end but also the life of those workers who were gathered around an open manhole.  I  got some results to as the bus drivers were trained once again on how to communicate with blind people or hearing impaired people.

All in all, a very productive day.  I will work another day on getting my winter clothing away and gradually ironing my summer things.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

9th of April

Feeling more like myself now.  Still contageous but by Tuesday I should be fine to be around people again.

I continue to downsize even when unwell.  So much good stuff to pass on to others who will, I hope, be happy to have it.

I am  feeling overwhelmed right now as I go into the little storage area in the apartment.  I am trying to do piece by piece but things are all jumbled up in there and I am no longer strong enough to shift things by myself.

I just hate to ask for help but I may need to.

Will take a little break right now and eat lunch and then try again to shift some of the things and put them for the donation pile.

Thanks for dropping by and wish me luck.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 8th, 2017 - sick again

This is getting a little too much. I will be glad when the winter is over and I can get out more in the sunshine and fresh air.

This is my third bout of Norwalk virus this winter and each time it seems to last a little bit longer.  Thus far, it has lasted six days and today I am feeling quite abit better but not very strong.

I am steralizing everything with Javex and water that I touch to kill the virus so hopefully that will help.

I had to cancel my doctor's appointment as I was too contageous to go into her office full of sick people!

She is only in the office each Friday so will have to make another appointment.

Still waiting (now four weeks) for the cat scan at St. Joe's, but have done everything that the doctor has asked me to do so now it is just a waiting game to get the scan and the results and see a specialist and then go from there.

We will get a second opinion and if necessary I will have an operation but I am not fussy about that at all.

This getting older sure is not for the weak of heart!

So many dear friends have been praying for me specifically over the last few months and I do believe God answers prayer.

As a matter of fact, I am now able to eat almost like normal again and actually enjoy the food, my energy level is still low but is improving and my spirits remain high which is of the utmost importance.

My pastor wanted to come and visit me this week but I asked her not to as I did not want her to get this virus.  I really enjoy her visits and we get along very well indeed.  She is about the age of my daughter.

I don'tthink there is much else new, haven't gone anywhere or seen anybody.  Did chat on the phone but am mostly resting, reading and watching Netflick at this time.

My dear cat is a wonderful cat and thankfully she is fine.  My son went to get me some fruit which I could tolerate which also was a big help and my daughter calls every day so I am indeed blessed.

Have a great day and keep well.

Monday, March 20, 2017

What a nice young couple

I really like the young people who bought the condo where I live.  They are very dedicated to repairing things and making things work well.

They came over and helped me with the fridge and hopefully we can make the fridge last longer.  It was bought in 1990 so it has had a very long life but there are some problems now.

They also offered to help me move the furniture around when I want to rearrange things which I really appreciate.  They also took two bags of things away for the charity shop which is a very big help to me.

They work very well together which I think is wonderful.

I was up at 4:30 a.m. today so will have an early night tonight!

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This and that

I haven't had anything much going on in the past few weeks so had nothing to say.

I meant good things going on!

I somehow caught the Norfolk virus and was quite sick for about five days but thankfully am back to normal now.

I did see a family from Montreal who was visiting in Hamilton.  I have known this family since my daughter was born which is over 50 years.  It was so wonderful to spend time with them at Jackson Square.

The girls left their Mom and I to chat while they went window shopping, then we all met for lunch at the food court.

I am so blessed to have friends who mean so much to me.  Trudy and her girls are like family to me.

I love having my long distance plan so that I can call without worrying about the cost.  I call friends and family in Montreal, Toronto, Lachine, Cape Breton and Langley.  That and the internet, particularly facebook, keep me in regular contact with people which I like.

I also have two friends in the United States that I talk to.  One of them, goes back to when we were 14 or 15 years of age, so you can see that it is a very long and good friendship.

Weatherwise here in Hamilton, there has been a lot of snow - about 35 cm in the last week and it has started to snow again.


I am longing to smell the flowers, walk by the water and just sit outside and read.  Not much to ask but still too early yet I am afraid.

Spring and Fall weather are more to my liking that the hot and humid summers we get here.  We had some really spring like weather and some of the early flowers got confused and poked their little heads up out of the ground.  Alas, the storm came and I would assume that they did not make it.

This winter, I have stayed in mostly except to go grocery shopping or to borrow tons of books from the library.  Once a month, six of us get together for lunch and fellowship at different restaurants in Hamilton.  Over the years, we have developed a very close friendship which is wonderful.

My son put in Roku for me and Acorn TV and Netflix and I really am enjoying it very much.  It is so much cheaper than cable.  I can watch the local news on my computer at six p.m. and I can borrow DVD's from the library of the two programmes I absolutely enjoy each weekday.  Little House on the Prairie and also The Waltons.

I love their  good values portrayed and neighbour helping neighbour.  I think we need to go back to that lifestyle (in a more modern way obviously) and rethink this rat race which is the modern way of rushing through life after the almighty dollar.

In the long range plan, all that will matter is the relationship to others and to the animals we cherish and to mother earth and our care of her.  We cannot take our money when we die, Even in old age, money will not buy happiness.  Though, money will help you get into a better retirement residence if that is the lifestyle you would like.  I personally prefer to remain in my home as long as I can cope.

Of course, the most important relationship is our relationship to the Creator as we are stewards on this earth and thus, have a reponsibility to keep it in good condition.

The snow has stopped now and perhaps I can get out for a breath of fresh air. Sure hope so.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

77th birthday party for my friend

Her grandchildren put it on.  It was a lovely event andwell attended.  People from Grimbsy, Waterloo, Hamilton and one other place attended.

The food was very good and I managed to eat a little bit but not much.

There was a baby shower also in that same afternoon  for the St. John's people and people were invited to both so they had to split their time.

Zeff played the accordian which was a big hit!

All in all, a lovely afternoon.  I was able to get DARTS both ways which was good.

Tbanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just touching base

Well, it is settled, I will remain here for one more year and hopefully can renew it for many more years to come.

I like the young people I am renting from so that is good.

My health has been up and down - still seem to have that bug.  I guess my resistence is not good.

Another friend of mine has had the bug as well so I sure can relate to what she is going through.

The weather has been very cold so I haven't gone out much.  I am trying to get used to Netflick and Acorn TV.  I plan to cut out my cable to save some money.

Due to this bug, I have missed some really nice things but what can you do?  Health must come first.

When you don't go anywhere, there isn't much to say.  Thanks for dropping by.

Have a good day.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

Sorry for not writing something earlier but my mind is not at ease with all this business of moving, or not moving.

On top of it all, I have caught a really bad bug and thus far today, I have had to wash sheets and clothing three times in the machine.

I am not settled in my mind about my future place of abode.  I would have prefered to stay here but  I have requested a phone call from the new owners but have not received it.

I know that the message has been passed on to them and wonder why they have not called.

I have advised the former owner's agent that I require a year's lease the first year.  It is safer for me.

Otherwise, in two months notice, they can kick me out and I have to go.  Same for me also, I could give two months notice and leave.

However, in my old age this is not good for my well being and health and it is definitely affecting me not knowing    I have two places I can go to, One I like much better but the other would be a better choice economicaly.  It is a seniors building with activities and the apartments are smaller than I have here but clean with lots of cupboard space.  The building is kept clean as well as I could see, and I did look around closely!

Both are open and available at this moment.  Don't know for how much longer though.

So as you see, there is a few things on my mind right now and I hope to say soon they will be settled one way or the other.

On on one other note, which may interest you, my son put Roku on my t.v. and then downloaded a British drama, comedies station onto it.  The cost per month is not bad - I think it is $6.00.

So far, I have enjoyed it.  In the winter I don't get around much due to ice underfoot and I need something to keep me engaged in living,joke, joke.

I just need to move forward not stagnate waiting for others to decide my fate.  I am almost ready to give in my notice to the young people and move - we'll have to see what the answer is from them on a one year lease.

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a good day and hope you don't catch the bug that is going around.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18,2016

Our litle gang met for lunch today.  We do that each month which is something nice to look forward to.  Two of our group were sick and unable to go.

We went to the Harvest Moon which is cheap and cheerful!  Unlimited Chinese tea and a very big plate of good food.

We had tons of laughter and stayed from 11:30 to 2 p.m. and the restaurant did not mind at all.

I learned that the Italian store which sells underwear is still in business.  They just opened another branch in Stoney Creek as one of our gals bought new underwear there.

I am happy to hear that.  They have good quality items from Italy.

Jeff drove Joanne and I home, which we both appreciated.  My parking spot came in very handy today.  We could park for free at ay Municipal parking lot or meter.  I did not know that.

That is a great saving!

All in all, a very nice afternoon spent with good friends.

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 17th and a real dull looking day outside

I was up about 3 a.m. today and stayed up, then crashed again about 6  I think.  Slept again till 10:30 then had my coffee and started to continue downsizing.  Today I am working on Christmas Decorations and they were all spread over the sofa.  Many are going to the Salvation Army but I will still keep about three small blue boxes full plus a miniature tree all decorated.

My son came to set up Roko for me last night.  I am slowly getting the hang of it. It is more like working a computer than a cable programme.  I just hope I can find many of my favourite old shows though.

It is much cheaper and I only watch a little t.v. so it is not worth keeping the cable.

When he has time, he is going to install a British comedy and dramas  but I need to pay for it but it is very inexpensive.  I cannot remember how much but much cheaper than cable.Roko is free most of the programmes.

Now onto other news. My friend Jeff took me to Van Wagner\s Beach in Stoney Creek on Sunday afternoon.  We had a lovely walk although it was very cold.  It was great to be there again. I have been several times with Jennifer but only in the summer so it was nice to see the water and the area in the winter time.

We stopped in at Hutch's for coffee just to warm up.  He was kind enough to drive me to see a Seniors rental building near him.  It was nice.  I have put my name in there for market rent but there is a 4 year waiting period.  I may not even live that long!

Since we were in his neighbourhood, we went to his place to pick up Leadbelly the cat so I could finally meet him.  A beautiful looking cat.  He did not hiss at me, allowed me to pat him after sniffing my hand, nor did he bite.  He seems to like the ladies, joke, joke. I only patted him through the car window but he did not seem to be threatened by me.

I was glad to see him finally after hearing about him.

All in all, a very enjoyable Sunday.
Jeff - smiling

me - with a crooked smile

From the coffee shop window - note the barrenness

A different shot

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12,2017

A joke piicture taken by Dana.

Jeff is wearing a sweater under his jacket to the left, Mohamed is wearing his coat as he still felt cold from being outside.   I am in the middle which caused much joking. This way I had a better chance to hear both of the gentlemen.


Yesterday was a wonderful day.  I receive Ellen Jaffe's wonderful book called "Writing Your Way"

 I am hoping this book will get me back into writing as for the last year I have been stuck, mostly due to health problems.  I need something to light a spark in me and hopefully Ellen's lovely book will help me.

Let alone I see a lady that I have not seen for a long time due to my being more or less housebound for months and months, but the afternoon was just a delightful time spent with two gentlemen friends of mine.

It was absolutely delightful to have them both as guests at my wonderful club.

We chatted about many subjects including politics and religion but we didn't come to blows fortunately, joke, joke.

As usual, the club's staff were wonderful and Dana, a new lady who is on the wait staff, took some pictures for me of the three of us in the Den where we had the tea.

I waited with both of the gentlemen for their respective buses to get them home.

It was a very wonderful time and I hope some day we will do it again.

Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

The search goes on

Sunday, Jan 8, 2017

It looks like it snowed last night and I believe it is still quite cold out there. Yesterday I checked with our local bus company on how to get to a location to see an apartment.

Unfortuntely for me, they made a mistake and I took the Abetrdeen bus and the round trip took one hour!  The only sign of Bay Street was way up on Aberdeen and on such a vey cold day (cold weather warning even), I was not about to try and find my way down to Hunter.

What a waste of time and a little frustrating.

I will try and go today, but phoning them first to make sure the apartment is still available. Some friends have told me the correct bus numbers to take to where I need to go.

I certainly was glad to get home to my warm and cozy apartment.

I spent the rest of the day watching a Miss Marple video from the library and reading.

Have a good day everybody.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 4, 2017

First of all, Happy New Year to you all.  I am so sorry I have been so neglectful of this blog.  I haven't got much to say as I am more housebound than going out to places.

Of course, now that winter has arrived, with ice underfoot and snow on the ground, it does not make me feel like going out even for a walk.

I have had a major shock which affected me quite deeply.  J7ust a short while before Christmas.  The condo fees have gone up 22% and this has caused my elderly couple, whom I am renting from, to decide to sell.  I had not planned on leaving here until I either died or had to go into a nursing home.

As you can imagine, this is my home and the shock was a little bit too much for me and I slept right through one day into the next day at 4:30 p.m.  It seems I lost a full day somewhere.

That has never happened to me before.  A very odd experience and most confusing.

Obviously, I need to find a new place to live but everything is very expensive now in Hamilton.  The rents have gone up tremendously since I arrived 14 years ago.  It was quite a shock to see that.

I have two apartment buildings in mind, one of which I am more in favour of as I know three ladies that live there and they love it.  It is not directly down town as I am now, but I can still get there by bus and for groceries, I can take a taxi back or order through or go with an agency here who shops for what I want for a small fee.  All of those are good possibilities.

I am looking for a one bedroom  apartment although I really would be better off with a two bedroom as I have a lot of furniture and things.  I had that in Toronto and I loved my balcony in Toronto and used it a great deal.  I grew cherry tomatoes and mint plus, of course, pansies and other pretty flowers.

I don't know what is happening with this apartment, a young couple have put in an offer which was accepted and a house inspector came yesterday to inspect the plumbing etc. etc. etc.  It should pass with flying colours as I take very good care of this place - cleaning every day.

I had three sets of real estate people walking theitr clients through and two clients put in an offer, one far too low and the other was accepted.  It is a new experience for me to be involved in the selling of a place (limited involvement) and I spoke the truth when people asked about living here and about any problems.

I have handled showing an apartment for a friend for rental purposes several times and the same friend will be putting his unit up for sale.  I offered to help him show the place as they now live far away but owing to my health problems, he did not think it was adviseable.

Perhaps it is true.  I still am not healed from the fracture in late May in my spine and tire very easily.  Cannot stand very long, nor sit very long.  The most comfortable is to lie down on my bed on my side but even that starts to pain me so I have to switch.

I do hope and pray that I will heal .  I have come a long way but still a fair bit of time will be needed I think to get better completely.  My alternative is an operation on my spine and that is a last resort.

Thank you for dropping by and keep well.  I will try and do better on this blog.

Have a very good and health new year, cherish your family and your dear friends as that is the most important - money is nice, but is not everything as some people seem to think.

Thanks again for dropping by.