Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'll Fly Away....

Today I am packing to leave tomorrow for Northern Ontario. I will be spending three weeks with my youngest Sister. My second to youngest Sister is moving to the same town and flying out with her two little girls tomorrow as well. We are flying into Winnipeg, where we will all spend the night and then head for Kenora. I'm SOOO excited!! I am so in need of Sister time :)
The only thing I'm not looking forward to is that we have to leave our home at 2:30am. and drive 2 1/2 hours to the Airport. If I could have gotten a more reasonable flight time, trust me I would have!! I am not an early morning person anymore.

Monday, October 10, 2011

35 years together

35 years ago, on a Thanksgiving weekend, we got married. It was a lovely Fall day, with crisp, cool Autumn air, the ground scattered with golden leaves, our hearts filled with love. Little did we know that day that 35 years later we would have traveled the path we did. As we reminisced, we do not regret any of our life together, although we both agree there are some things that made it better and some things we'd rather forget. We also both agree that becoming parents was the best decision we ever made!! We also agree that our love has grown richer through the years we have shared!

Maxine's Solution

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

In Canada we are celebrating our Thanksgiving this weekend. I know quite a few of my friends are traveling this weekend and although it's not as busy on the roads as during the summer months, there is still a lot of traffic. In BC our Insurance company has issued warnings to pay attention and drive carefully!!

Here are the top excuses that police heard from drivers who were caught using a hand-held device while driving:

--1: "This is a bogus law." This is the attitude that needs to change. Distracted driving can have serious and often tragic consequences.

--2: "It was my boss on the phone – I had to answer it." In BC, crashes are the number-one cause of traumatic work-related deaths, according to WorkSafeBC statistics. On average, approximately 30 workers in BC are killed each year while driving.

--3: "I wasn’t using it – I just like to hold it." Some even use the excuse that they were holding their garage door opener or hairbrush. The reality is that driving is a complex task that requires our full attention.

--4: "Sorry officer, I didn’t see you trying to pull me over because I was on my phone." If you don’t notice a police car trying to pull you over, how would you notice nearby pedestrians and cyclists? Studies show that drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50 per cent of what is going on around them, visually, while driving and are four times more likely to get in a crash.

--5: "But it was an emergency call to my wedding planner!" A real emergency would be if your vehicle flipped over in a ditch because you were distracted at the wheel by your phone.

--6: "My Bluetooth died." If your Bluetooth dies, pull over, change your voicemail to let callers know you’re on the road and you’ll return their call when it’s safe to do so.

--7: Driver: "I’m using my speakerphone." Police officer: "No, you’re holding your phone in one hand and steering with the other." Hands-free doesn’t equal speakerphone. If you must take a call, use a hands-free electronic device and keep the conversation brief.

--8: "I’m not driving; I was stopped at a red light." This misconception needs to end right now: the law applies even when you’re stopped at a light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

--9: "I wasn’t talking, I was checking my messages." Under the law, drivers can’t use hand-held electronics while driving – that includes checking voice mail, making music selections or looking up phone numbers.

--10: "I was just checking the time." There are no excuses for preventable tragedies. Imagine saying this to the emergency personnel and loved ones of someone seriously injured because of your carelessness.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall's Dreary Rain

The sun is back to brightly shining after a couple of days of rain. I know rain is par for the course in the Fall, helping weigh those colored leaves enough so they fall to the ground. Unlike summer showers, Fall rain is damp and with a chill that goes all the way to the bone. But the shiny reward is having the sun come back out and bring lovely warmth again. I notice more bare branches around town now though.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Like my Sister, who posted a top 20 list of why she likes October, I thought that was such a great idea!! As sad as I am to say goodbye to summer, I do love Fall too, but in particular October. For us up here in the Canadian North, we rarely go past Halloween before snow blows in and our winter starts, well before the Calendar says so. As a matter of fact, my brother posted a pic of snow falling up the Alaska Highway...gah!!!

Here is my Top 20!
1) Thanksgiving
2) Our Anniversary
3) My Birthday
4)Crisp cool, sunny days
5)colored leaves, shrubs and grass
6)Pumpkin pie
7)pumpkin spice latte
10)new fall line-up of TV shows
11)apple crisp
12)cinnamon spice tea
13)earth tone colors
15)fall routine
16)new clothes
17)the smell of a leaves burning
18)coffee with friends who are back from Summer vacation
20)country drive