Thursday, June 20, 2019


Heading into Toronto - or home again after spending a few days there...

... from time to time, we find ourselves driving 40 to 60 kilometers per hour...

 we inch along one of the busiest highways in North America!

We love being in Toronto - but we're always happy when we leave the heavy traffic behind!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Memory - of London, England

A window display here in Ottawa brought back memories of a trip my daughter and I took a few years ago. We spent two weeks in England, one week at a course in Canterbury, the second, mostly shopping in London.

The display features a London subway sign. I don't remember the stop, but I do remember wandering the streets of the neighborhood with my daughter, hunting for a special brush that would smooth down mohair fabric.

We went into one brush shop... (Yes, London has special shops for brushes!) It turned out that they didn't have the brush she was looking for, but they referred her to a shop that would certainly carry it...

The shop was on "German" Street, the clerk explained... and wrote down the address.

But he spelled the street J-E-R-M-Y-N.

"That guy must have dyslexia," I whispered to my daughter after we left the shop. "He had no idea how German is spelled!"

But when we got to the street... I was the one who was wrong! That's exactly how that street name is spelled in London!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What could it be?!

I was browsing in a gift shop when I saw a display of these little guys, in various colors... (To get a sense of size, he's perched on the edge of my laptop.)

What could it be?

A cute ornament made of rubber...?

Propped on the edge of a bowl of cherry tomatoes, he looks like he's diving in!

When I was told that they're kitchen tools meant to prop lids open, I just had to have one!

I don't really need one... (I've been propping lids open all these years without one...)

But they're so cute!

Maybe I should have bought a few more as gifts!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Family birthday!

Today is our daughter's birthday!

I recently found a souvenir from the year our daughter turned seven.

This photo was taken at her birthday party...

A few months later, she found an old notebook and started a diary...

Apart from the title page, she only made one entry: a description of herself:

I love to danse and I also like to sing. I wish that I had a biger room. Some day I want to be an actrice because I like to have fun and I think acting is very, very fun.

(The French she was learning in school is reflected her spelling of "danse" and "actrice.")

I hope the year ahead is "very, very fun," too!!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day

Today is Father's Day...

Terry, you may not see all your kids today...

But I know they'll be thinking of you, wherever they are!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Flowers, Indoors and Out...

These days, I'm doubly blessed with flowers indoors and out!

Not only are some outdoor flowers blooming - most notably the tall purple irises...

I have a few plants blooming indoors as well.

Two colors of African violets that I've had for a dozen years or more...

An orchid I bought several years ago...

Next to it, a peace lily that I recently purchased - after discovering what a good air purifier it is. It now has half a dozen pointy white buds that will hopefully blossom.

One has already bloomed.

Not sure what I'll do if I run out of window space for all these light-loving plants! They do best next to a bright window - facing west or north - rather than in direct sunlight. 

Like most houses, ours only has a few windows like that.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Is Summer Really Here?!

When cooler weather comes in fall, I bring out a little electric space heater to warm up the room where I spend most of my time. All winter long I use it, as a supplement to our furnace.

Then, when warmer weather arrives in spring, I put it away...

This year, however, I have put it away - then taken it out again - three times already!

After every warm spell, our spring weather has turned cool again.

You don't need that thing any more, Terry commented recently.

I don't know... Is our warm weather really here to stay?!

I'm not convinced: I still cover myself with a winter duvet at night as well... With our fluctuating temperatures, I have no confidence - even now in mid-June - that summer has really arrived for good!