Monday, October 21, 2019

A Busy Toronto Shopping Mall

My daughter has always liked fashion... (something I am less interested in the older I get!)

But I'm always up for visiting new places. So when she commented that she was looking for a certain clothing item, I suggested  we go to the premium outlet mall - between Toronto and Guelph - that we had driven past numerous times but never gone into.






Two surprises: We had no idea that it would be such a busy place, especially on the weekend!!











It was hard to find parking - and later, just as hard to exit... The vehicles just kept coming...


Second, some of the stores were very expensive... Gucci, Prada... But that didn't seem to be a deterrent. Those stores were especially full!

I don't think I'll head back again soon -  I like calmer, less busy places to shop in... (though it may be more peaceful mid-week.)

I'm also not much for expensive fashion...








But once we left the mall, when we googled restaurants, our GPS led us to an interesting British-style pub that served a delicious chicken pot pie...








Every table had its own TV tuned in to British soccer.

There was also a dart-board nearby!

A pleasant place to end our shopping trip!


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Lovely Guelph Church

On our last trip to Guelph, Terry and I walked through an old neighborhood - made even more beautiful by the autumn leaves...

We were en route to a service at a lovely old Anglican Church...

...the Church of the Apostles.












I love these beautiful old buildings!

The service was lovely - and the people were friendly...

I especially loved the organ music... Here are the wonderful old pipes that made the sound!










Saturday, October 19, 2019

Road Trip in Autumn Leaves

Terry and I make frequent trips to Toronto and Guelph while the weather is nice...

On our last trip, leaves were bright red, orange and yellow...











It made the trip so beautiful!












I took a lot of photos while we were driving, so many didn't come out that well...











But I'm thankful for those that are nice enough to share...











On our way home, back to Ottawa, a road sign indicated that we were coming up on a half-hour traffic delay...










A perfect reason to get off the highway and head towards Ottawa using country roads - and our GPS map!










I now have a NEW favorite road home - through Norwood!











We might never have gone there if there hadn't been a delay!











Thankful also for our GPS!












Life ... and traveling ... are very different now with cell phones and GPS technology.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Yellow Sweater Done!

I finally finished the yellow sweater I've been working on for much of the summer...

Time to celebrate... and move on!

This is the third sweater I've made using the same pattern in different sizes...

Glad it fits my daughter-in-law better than it fits me - so she now has  it...

(I forgot to take a picture of her wearing it...)




My daughter wears the black tweed one (the second one I made) - and even suggested that she would welcome a pullover in the same yarn, using the same pattern.

A pullover?!

The sweater is knit top down and I'd have to modify the pattern to do it... But I'm going to give it a try.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rocking Chair "Therapy"

This summer - for the first time - I have noticed an uncomfortable stiffness when I stand up after sitting. It sometimes takes me a few moments to feel I have my balance... So I stand and wait for a few moments before I start to walk...

But once I get going, I'm just fine...

And sometimes my knees hurt... I notice this at night, when I lie down, before falling asleep...

Am I sitting too much? I've been wondering... My favorite easy chair is very comfortable... I sit in it a lot! And I haven't walked outdoors as much this summer as I usually do... 

One day, out of the blue, the thought occurred to me that older people, back in the day, used to sit in rocking chairs...

Would the up and down movement of my feet, moving the rocking chair, help my leg circulation? I wonder if any research has been done... 

Googling the health benefits of rocking chairs - I was shocked to discover that there had actually been studies done on this topic. (I wasn't the first to wonder about it...!)

Their conclusion was that that rocking chairs are therapeutic! Here is just one of the articles that I came across. It's entitled: The Amazing Health Benefits of Rocking Chairs

Convinced it was worth a try, I immediately went out and got a rocking chair!!

Now I'm experimenting...

As I divide my sitting time between the rocking chair and the very comfortable easy chair - I'm paying attention to leg discomfort! Will my balance improve? Will my leg pain go away?!!

(Stay tuned for an update!!)


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Those Uncontrollable Vines!

If gardening teaches me anything, it teaches me how little control I have! Especially in my garden...

I plant things - and they grow... or don't! (Like rhubarb, which doesn't do well in my yard these days!)

Other things that I haven't planted just grow... and grow... until they become a real problem.... (Like the wild grape and Virginia creeper, which have been growing out of control... onto trees and the cedar hedge... until it is climbing over telephone lines...)



They are lovely when they turn red in the fall... but they are really a nuisance, creeping out of the soil onto some new plant, and suddenly they overwhelm it.

The plants they have climbed onto (from the wire fence) in this photo are two small trees on the other side of the fence, also my lilac bush... and then up onto limbs of a pine tree, where they are impossible for me to reach.



Every autumn, when they change color - I have a chance to tear away at them...

I may thin them out - but I don't think I'll ever eliminate them.

Nature is definitely stronger than me!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Day Trip to Long Sault

The day was sunny and warm...

We could stay home ...

Or we could take a drive in the country...










I convinced Terry we should take advantage of every sunny day - winter would soon be upon us.

So we headed south to the St. Lawrence River, an hour away by car... and to the Long Sault Parkway.

We enjoyed the view from the site of the 1812 battle on Crysler's Farm.










There is still a cannon pointed to the American side of the river...

Then we continued on to the islands formed when villages and farmland along the St. Lawrence were flooded to create the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The car GPS gave us a clear overview...











A beautiful day! Fun... and educational!