Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day ๐Ÿค—

Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there – including Dan, and those like him, who stepped up after the fact. It isn’t always easy (or economical) but hopefully the good days and the grandbabes make it all worth it.

Dan with granddaughter Genie and Molly๐Ÿ’ž

Happy Father’s Day to my Father and all those who have passed on over the years. It is incredible now to think of all they did to provide and care for their families.

My Dad who (long before I was born) worked as a boiler engineer at an airforce training base during World War II.

And Happy Father’s Day to the new generation of fathers out there. These guys amaze me with how involved they are with their children. Not just the fun stuff! These guys are hands on from day one. This new generation of fathers are loving the experience and their children are all the better off for it.

Son Dan with his son Casonthis isn’t a pose for a picture. This is real as it gets. ๐Ÿ’ž

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day!๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž


St. Patrick’s Day

There is not a speck of Irish in me but since my Father’s birthday was March 17th it was always a big day to celebrate in our home.๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

I don’t remember Dad ever having a beard but he did seem to resemble a Leprechaun in this photo. (I was obviously wearing my heavy socks that day. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

My Dad passed away twenty-eight years ago and my Mother has been gone for eight. I think of them virtually every day – but especially on their birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and the like. I know they were not perfect, but they were good people. I am so grateful that I had such parents. They both left me with so many life and coping skills that have helped me to live a good life and to handle the inevitable challenges that I have faced. I tried so hard to pass that on to my children, especially to help them through the challenges! I sometimes wonder if any of them will feel any appreciation for me when I am gone. Not that I plan on going anywhere soon – but I can’t see it happening and I feel sorry for them. Life is hard enough at times without believing you are going through it alone. ๐Ÿ˜”

On to brighter thoughts… Spring is springing up around here!

The snow is disappearing to be replaced by mud and water in the streets. ๐ŸŒž
My seeds are sprouting. ๐Ÿค— (Strangely, the flowers are coming up earlier than the tomatoes and peppers this year. )
There is nothing particularly springy about this photo but this is the duplex (313N Lorne Street) that I ultimately moved into with my kids – and began my life with Dan a couple of years later. I drove past it last week and had to stop to take a photo. ๐Ÿฅฐ. (It didn’t have nearly the yard we have here, but it was the cutest place inside.)

Anyway, that’s it for today. Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž

Happy Birthday, Dad! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ€

August 15 – From the Heart

I grew up before the internet, social media, or the like were invented. Even in those days, people often quoted popular ‘words of wisdom’. One such quote that I never cared for was “Anything worth doing is worth doing right”. I am not sure who first coined this phrase but I have seen sources attributing it to Aristotle.

I don’t know why I did not like this phrase back then. Chances are, it was because it typically came from someone who was nitpicking and judging me for what I was doing or how I was doing it. It just annoyed me. ๐Ÿคจ

Nowaday, I know why I have issues with this quote. To me it suggests that, in all of our endeavours, perfection should be our ultimate focus. That does not resonate with me. I am not, nor have I ever been, a perfectionist. ๐Ÿ™‚

My mother was an amazing cook/baker. Her food looked great and tasted better. If asked what her secret was, she always replied that her secret was love. She was so right. My mother put her heart into every meal she cooked and the result was seldom, if ever, less than perfection.

During my career days I worked in the construction industry. I dealt with many homebuilders. Some built houses to make money, some built houses that were stunning – straight out of the glossiest magazine. Then there were a few who built beautiful, high-end, custom houses, perfect down to the finest detail. These were houses that had practical, convenient floorplans and quality, durable finishes. These were houses that invited you into a kitchen to prepare a meal or into a family room to relax with loved ones. These were houses where you wanted to live your life and raise your children. These were homes. As I met and became familiar with the homemakers, I learned that the ones who built the ‘homes‘ put their heart into every house they built and who worked with employees and subcontractors who were like-minded. Their results were consistently perfection.

Since I have been on WordPress, and following evermore sites, this philosophy of mine seems to ring true more and more often. I follow sites that are authored by gardeners, writers, nature hikers, animal lovers, photographers, poets – a diverse number of sites. I am always amazed by the love that people put into their homes, their yards, their creative, physical, or mental endeavours. One would never get the results shown by dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. These results come from the heart. ๐Ÿ’

Today, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all who share such sites. It is so special to be allowed to share in the beauty and passions of your lives. There are too many to mention and I would feel terrible for inadvertently missing anyone, but I do appreciate your posts! And they are perfect! Thank you, so much! ๐Ÿ’ž

Photo by Dan. Golfing at sunrise.
Also by Dan. Up close and personal with our favourite squirrel.

Wishing all a perfect Sunday! Take care and I will see you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ’ž

Royalty Watching

I am not a diehard monarchist, nor an anti-monarchist for that matter. I don’t scour magazines and the internet for news on the British Royals. I will read an article on them if it seems interesting, but I tend to judge the content with an open mind.

This week, there seems to be a number of articles popping up about Harry and Meghan returning to Britain to attend a few functions. The articles I have seen have focussed on the apparent fact that they are not bringing Archie with them. To believe what I have read, the royal family is crushed that they will not have the opportunity to spend time with the little tot. In rather a subtle way, journalists are using this as yet another opportunity to point out how selfish and disrespectful Harry and Meghan are.

Personally, I am pretty sure the royal family understands. It is not too surprising, in the midst of this coronavirus situation, that young parents would be leary about exposing an infant to days on end spent in crowded airports and confined to airplanes with travellers from around the world – for very limited opportunity to spend time with extended family.

If Harry and Meghan were taking Archie to Britain, the news would be full of nonsense about their reckless parenting ways. People would be up in arms about them taking unnecessary risks with their son’s health and well being.

I understand that people have an interest in the royal family. I certainly don’t mind reading about the events that they attend, the charity work they do, even the highlights of their family life. Personally, I do not feel that they need to be judged for every bloody thing they say, do or wear.

The Queen and her family, for the most part, seem to be fairly intelligent, rational, caring, considerate people. I trust them to make their own decisions on day to day matters without this constant chatter from the peanut gallery. In my opinion, it is time for people to back off already. ๐Ÿคท