Christmas in a Small Town
Uxbridge Township has a population of just over 20,000 people... but this includes many square miles of farms and little villages, so the "town" itself is probably between 10 and 12 thousand.
For the tree lighting ceremony at the hospital l... Read more
Bit of a meltdown yesterday
I love Christmas. I love the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking... but mostly, I love being with the people who matter most to me.
And there's the problem. Of our 4 children, only one lives close enough to visit regularly. The other... Read more
Since I finished working in the garden, my exercising has been spotty, to say the least. For December my commitment is to exercise a minimum of 10 minutes each day. Last night I was in bed when I realized I hadn't done anything... after a long... Read more
I always look forward to baking at Christmas time. I bake for our family, but also for gifts for some neighbours and friends. I usually make a combination of traditional family recipes (shortbreads and my mother's sultana cake), cherry loaf, r... Read more
Vimy Ridge and The Ontario Regiment
Last night Peter and I went to a meeting at the high school about Vimy Ridge, where the Memorial to Canadians who served in the First World War is located. Some of the Canadian soldiers were from the Ontario Regiment, formed by Colonel Sam Shar... Read more
It's a slippery slope...
The holiday season is upon us, and one of the hardest things for me is not being in control of what is served, especially at pot lucks or dinners out.
I've worked very hard and am down 25 lbs. since May. I don't want to gain over the holid... Read more
Does anyone remember...
... "Bend and stretch, reach for the sky... stand on tippitoes oh so high..." It was the theme for a program my kids watched back in the 70's. Perhaps a small, Canadian program.
That's what I was doing today. Over the last couple of da... Read more
November... A dangerous time and place
I realized today that this is the third time I've been down 20 lbs. (actually down 27 as of today!) since I joined SP in 2011. The other times, I regained all, or most, of the weight before getting myself in hand. I am determined to make this ... Read more
It's always nice to be home again.
We left Toronto by the VIA train just after midnight on September 27. The train had been late arriving in Toronto, so it couldn't leave until the crew had their minimum 6-hour break. Peter and I stayed up in the dome car until we left the city... Read more
August Report and Plan for September
My goal for August was to lose 4 lbs. I actually lost 3.5 lbs. That means I've had a loss each month for the past 4 months, and am now down 17 lbs. since the new year.
We will be away from September 27 until October 21, without regular in... Read more
Kincardine Scottish Festival
Kincardine is a small town on the shore of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. This past week-end the community pipe band there celebrated it's 25th Scottish Festival with a gathering of 8 bands plus individual pipers and drummers from probably... Read more
Don't Get Taken in by "Free" Offers
I've always thought of myself as a smart consumer and careful shopper. Probably most of you would say the same thing about yourself.
Whoa... not so fast... if I'm that smart, how come I signed for a free sample, "pay only the shipping", of... Read more
Thomas the Tank Engine & the Carpets are Dry
Back in the early 90's Peter was one of the local people who formed the York-Durham Heritage Railway, to bring tourism to our small town. After 3 or 4 years of fundraising and acquiring rolling stock, the railway opened. Peter remained a volun... Read more
Ontario's Algonquin Park
Today we went for a long drive in our '59 Austin-Healy Sprite Mark 1 - Peter's first car, and his pride and joy. He bought this car when he was teaching in Belleville, and took it north with him to Red Lake, where he was principal. He's very p... Read more
Plan for August... Be Strong, Lose 4 lbs.
Good morning everyone.
It's hard to believe that summer is half gone. It's been very hot and humid here. Temperatures often in the low 30's with humidex 37-39. Very unpleasant, and not conducive to exercising outside. To make things w... Read more