Wednesday, 28 October 2015


Ben says hello from the window

"Autumn is the season
to find contentment at home
by paying attention
to what we already have"

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Forgiveness ... What does it mean to you?

Forgiveness is therapeutic.  Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves, but forgiving doesn’t require forgetting.

If we’re lied to, treated with indifference, or in some way hurt, forgetting the past and letting our guard down is probably not a good idea. That sort of forgiveness may be mistaken for an invitation: I’m a doormat. Walk on me!”

Forgetting bad behaviour can make us vulnerable. If a dog bites us, we’ll be wary of that dog in the future. That doesn’t mean the dog will bite us again, but expecting that it won’t isn’t logical or realistic.  Forgiveness doesn’t instantly restore trust or require we forget and act as if nothing ever happened.

What then is forgiveness?  For me it's moving forward in peace; releasing without pardoning.

Just because I forgive you doesn't mean I want to reconnect or be your friend.  It means I am honouring myself and moving on.

I wish you peace.

"Sweet forgiveness cannot hold any taste of bitterness" 

- Brian Luke Seaward



Friday, 16 October 2015


Remember to spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,
because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart
and it doesn't cost a cent.

- George Carlin


Have You Heard?

A woman (Sarah Pebworth) in Maine is giving away her Inn for $150.00 and a 200 word essay.

Here's the whole story:

The beautiful Blue Hill Inn:

And Sarah's website:

What an amazing opportunity!  Rita and Amy, what do you think?


      Monday, 12 October 2015

      Grandma's Baby Girls

      Thanksgiving has come and gone  

      but the memories

      will live forever 

      in this grandma's heart


      Friday, 9 October 2015

      Pumpkin Bread

      Monday is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and not being a big fan of pumpkin pie, I thought I'd try pumpkin bread.

      So I went online and found a recipe that looked good, was easy to make, and called for ingredients I already have on hand; well I didn't have pumpkin so I went out and bought a can (on sale).

      After making a few changes (adding a cup of chopped dates and decreasing the amount of salt) I came up with this ...

       Spicy, moist and delicious, it will defenitely be part of my Thanksgiving feast.

      Here's the recipe:

      Pumpkin Bread

      • 1 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
      • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      • 1 cup chopped dates
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
      • 2 large eggs
      • 1 cup pumpkin puree
      1.    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan.
      2.    Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a bowl; mix well and set aside.
      3.    In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, and sugar until well blended.
      4.    Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Fold in chopped dates.
      5.    Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in preheated oven. Loaf is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

      Let me know if you try it.

      Happy Thanksgiving to all my CANADIAN friends!!!!


      Thursday, 8 October 2015


      Tea in the garden ...

      Pumpkin bread in the oven ... Mmmmmm