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.