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Friday, July 29, 2016

New Favourite Show About One Of My Favourite Places

Hello, Goodbye on CBC is my new favourite show.

It takes place at Toronto Pearson International airport.  I love the airport.  It's one of my favourite places to be.  One reason would be, if I am there I might be flying somewhere but I love going to pick people up too. I am a people watcher so I love seeing people reuniting and I love reuniting with whomever I am picking up, Noelle my sister, coming home from Australia or Paul coming back from Toronto.

The show has me in tears the whole time. But it is sooooo good, especially the surprise pick ups (1st episode: boyfriend surprises girlfriend!) 

Tomorrow Paul and I are going to Las Vegas.  I am so excited!!! I will be watching the goodbyes and the reuniting hellos and of course anticipating the adventures with Paul in Las Vegas. 

 From the show, you never know what someone's story is...well that is true anytime.

So if you need a pick up from the airport call me.  I will be there early just to watch.

Saturday, July 23, 2016


"Ya Mom but they are still all looking at a screen."

This is what my son Breton tells me is a problem with the new Pokémon GO app/game.  Even though everyone is still looking at a screen, it is getting people outside!  Especially kids!  At this point, I do not care if they are looking at their screens.  People are outside and moving, walking around in order to collect and benefit themselves while playing Pokémon GO. 

This is very smart by the creators of Pokémon.  All these kids who originally collected and played the Pokémon card game are now twenty somethings, well versed in their personal technology and now they are back in the game.  It is not just the original players of Pokémon playing, children are out and about, even families.  Last night I had never seen so many people out walking in Barrhaven after dinner.

In our society, where obesity in children is so high, Pokémon GO makes me happy, to see kids being more active.  I have even heard of a boy on the Autism Spectrum, who rarely went outside but had a keen interest in technology, because of Pokémon GO, is now out the house collecting characters,

There is not only a physical benefit to this game but also a social element.  At a time when I have even admitted about all three of us in our household, sitting in the same room on different devices, Pokémon GO now has neighbours running into each other, helping one another find and collect these Pokémon characters.

Alas, I am somewhat sad to confess that my Iphone 4S is incapable of downloading Pokémon GO, well played Apple.  I will also admit I have an Iphone SE on order but it is not because I currently can not play Pokémon GO!  I got a really great deal and I am desperate for a better camera.  But honestly, Pokémon GO will be one of the first apps I download.  See ya on the streets of Barrhaven.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What's wrong with pink?

Recently I read Erica Phillips'  article in Canadian Running, "The Tyranny Of Pink" July/August 2016 issue. In it she complained about all the pink runners.  The photo accompanying the article shows several ladies running in pink tanks and Ts.  I just got my first pair of pink runners. I admit I tend to choose black runners with bright accents. So options other than pink are available.
I don't mind all the pink. To me pink represents support for the fight against breast cancer. I know not all pink wear is created for that purpose.

Maybe they need to make more pink items for men...

Friday, July 8, 2016

We Be Jammin'

Strawberry season is almost done but if you can get your hands on some strawberries try this:

Strawberry Freezer Jam!

This is the recipe from CERTO/Kraft website :  The purple instructions is how I tweaked mine.

·         2 cups prepared fruit (buy about 1 qt. fully ripe strawberries) I did 3 cups

·         4 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl I only did 2 cups

·         1 pouch CERTO Fruit Pectin

·         2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice OMITTED

For one batch I used this pectin pouch so no sugar was needed.

I ladled my jam into 250ml jars, popped the lids on and put them in the freezer.  VOILA!!

I gave it as gifts and ate some myself


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pretty painters in the park!

Yesterday Daphne and I went to Ken Ross Park and did Painting In The Park!  It is put on by Pop Up Painters (see website below).  It was well organized and it started at 9:45 and we were done by 10:30.  They take you step by step through the painting. People ranged in age from 3 years old to 43 years old (ME)!  It is exactly like the paint notes you see advertised and probably know someone who has gone.  This only cost $10 and you don't have to purchase food or drinks, you can bring your own if you choose.

We are at the back!!painting-in-the-park-2016/tqejl

****Get there a wee bit early, it fills up fast. We were there at 9:30 and it was pretty much full. I believe 18 was there max.