Just beautiful

It warms my heart to see sights like this one.

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Brothers with brothers, parents with children, relatives finally meet again after years of separation.

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It’s just so beautiful to see.

If we were having coffee

If we were having coffee, I’d moan that the crack in our ceiling has gotten worse and I fear the house might collapse on us. Sad, because we’d probably die…still, how is your coffee?

The crack in all its horror

If we were having coffee, I’d also complain about my latest cooking catastrophe. There was a spill inside the oven and things burned. It wasn’t pretty.

This was inside our oven…yikes!

This was the casserole that created that mess. It was actually really good.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that we’ve also been able to see friends and family during the last few days and the laughs we shared were belly shaking things that I loved. Nothing like a romp down history lane to find some really funny anecdotes.

Finally, I’d send a huge thanks to  Eclectic Alli for hosing Coffee Share and to you, my lovely reader, for reading!


A great resource for authors

Chris the Story Reading Ape is a veritable goldmine of resources for authors. There are tons of things to check out and see. It’s actually really incredible and resources keep adding every day.


Here’s one of the very many, it’s a How To 101 page, it has everything from Writing Tips to Blogging tips, to Social Media. Tons of links with resources.

HOW TO 101:



If we were having coffee

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you were and how your summer is going. I’d also tell you that today is going to be a scorcher. It’s already super hot and it’s only early morning. Still, it’s a beautiful summer Sunday and there’s tons to be grateful about.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that we found a crack in the ceiling inside our house. We’re not sure why it’s there, but we’re pretty certain it’s not a good thing.

Worse, I then found a matching crack on the side wall.

Though we’re not sure what to do about it, the words ‘structural engineer’ keep popping into my head. You know, before the entire house collapses?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my lovely hubby intends to try and put a grate on our eavestroughs. In other words, we might very well end up in Emergency services today because he’s a strong guy, but agile…not so much.

Finally, I’d send a huge thanks to  Eclectic Alli for hosing Coffee Share and to you, my lovely reader, for reading!

A new hope

I love trees. The bigger and greener, the better. One of the best aspects of living in the country is being surrounded by them and seeing them everywhere you look. I find them so peaceful and beautiful.

I was born in Europe and, even though I didn’t know any different, I remember mourning the sad little trees that they have there. They’re these tiny things barely alive in a jungle of concrete. It’s so sad.

Then we arrived in Canada and I was in heaven. The trees here are majestic, massive things that reach up to the sky and fill the landscape. Wild and powerful, they’re everywhere you look. And the maples are some of the most amazing of them all.

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Maybe I was a squirrel in a past life. Who knows.

Now a couple of days ago we had to cut down one of our trees because it was dying. It was sad to see it go. When it was cut, I counted the rings on it and found it was around 50 years old.

It’s sad that it died. So I was delighted when my hubby agreed to plant another. 

It’s a maple.

It’s not that old, just about 5, so it’s just a baby. But I’m so happy with it. We can see it from the house and it’s just beautiful.

I’ve named it Hope.

I know what you’re thinking.

When a tree dies

We live in the country, surrounded by trees. We love it here. But there is one particular ash tree in our backyard that was dying. We had a tree expert come over and the prognosis was dim. Take him down or he’ll fall on your house.

The tree in question

We don’t like to take down trees but hearing that it was dying and that it could fall on our roof, we decided to act. We called tree experts who climbed like expert squirrels to dizzying heights and slowly cut down the tree.

This wasn’t even as high as they went. It was pretty scary.

Finally, after it was all done, the poor tree was gone.

You can see the dark spot where the rot was starting inside the trunk. Still, it was sad to see him go.

I know we’ve planted trees in our yard already…but we didn’t like having to take this one down. So, we’re going to get a new tree to take its place.

Green is good.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Toronto

Another terrible tragedy in Toronto, this time in the Danforth. It’s just too horrible to even talk about. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and survivors of this terrible, terrible attack. Horrible to think about, but amazing the inspirational support everyone is sending Toronto.

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Dinner and flowers

This was dinner today.

It was a veggie curry dish that was pretty yummy.

And this is what my plant is doing at home.

Isn’t it pretty? Dinner and flowers…ah…

Oh, I got the dinner recipe from Oh She Glows…just in case you’re curious.

Guess who found time to doodle?

This was the picture before I got my little paws on it.

This is the picture now.

It’s no Picasso but at least it was soothing work. 😀