A Bite of the Big Apple – New York

Around this time of year my vacation plans would be complete or close to complete when I procrastinate. This year is very different, we decided to forego a vacation and stay at home. There are way too many risks with travelling during the pandemic, we visited Jamaica in March so technically we already had a…

How do you Celebrate 26th Anniversary

In my book any anniversary is cause for celebration, I think milestones should be a time to reflect give thanks and be happy. My 26th anniversary was yesterday, with so much happening I almost forgot about it until a few days before. I knew we could not have a big celebration as we try to…

New Year Old Me

January is coming to a close, the old me is very much still doing all the things I’d hoped to change. I did not make any resolutions so this in not me whining about breaking them. Each year I decide to do one practical thing to make be a better person. It is not usually…

How Much Complaining is too Much

I am one of those people who don’t like complaining, I find constant complaining gets you nowhere and in most cases does not find solutions to issues. The reason complaining came to mind was due to my recent bout of pneumonia. I knew something was off with my health, winter is here and with it…

My Place in My Space

Last month I could not find the inspiration to write, I had so many ideas of things to share but for what ever reason could not get it together to sit and commit my thoughts to paper or the computer. I find that my inspiration comes from being joyful and fully immersed in life. I…

Jamaican Beaches of my Childhood

Next week I will be spending my vacation in Atlantic City, New Jersey where we have plans to spend a day at Wildwood beach. This is a beach I visited a few years ago and absolutely loved. This experience was so different from my childhood visits to beaches in Jamaica. The dolphins swam close enough…

A Day at Port Stanley

Last year I wrote about visiting lakes around Ontario as part of my summer fun. This year I wanted to do more exploring, I had a late start but better late than never! The last two weekends I spent Saturday at Port Stanley, this lake is in Southwestern Ontario, Elgin County. It was my first…

Montmorency Falls and L’ Affaire est Ketchup

During my visit to Quebec last month I had the most wonderful time at the falls and a quaintly delightful restaurant called L’ Affaire est Ketchup. At first glance you would think this restaurant is all about ketchup. No, the restaurant is named after a Quebec saying that means “everything is good”. Our waitress explained…

Bonjour Quebec City

Today is Canada Day , what more fitting way to celebrate Canada than to write about my recent trip to Quebec City. I wrote in an earlier post that my upcoming 25th anniversary was coming in June and I wanted to visit Quebec City. I was definitely looking forward to this trip. The day was…

A Great Father’s Day at Rattlesnake Point

In the past I struggled to find ways to make Father’s Day different and special for my father and husband. My father lived in Jamaica, and for the past fifteen years it was always a phone call to say Happy Father’s Day to my dad. It seemed so insignificant to use a phone call show…

Anniversary Celebrations – I dream of Paris

I was invited to a 50th wedding anniversary recently and it was fantastic to celebrate with the happy couple. My husband and I know the couple very well and have seen first hand how they adore and respect each other. My parents celebrated 50 years together in 2012; my siblings and I held a family…

My Weekend in Columbus Ohio

Do you like road trips? I like road trips, short ones not the ones where you drive forever to get to your destination, arrive tired spend a few days then turn around and do it all over again to get home. I like six or eight hour trips, long enough to enjoy the scenery, have…

How do you react in an emergency?

It was the coldest day of the year a couple weeks after a monster snow storm dumped a massive amount of snow on us when my neighbour rang my door bell and told me he saw thick black smoke coming from my backyard. He was shoveling snow from his driveway when he saw the smoke,…

Another Year Over

As another year is coming to a close I look back at the past in great detail, memories, mistakes and misfortunes. They stream through my mind in technicolour.  I want to quickly make them a distant memory and move on to the new year with new goals.  Despite wanting to move these memories to the…

Summer Fun – Crystal Beach and Port Dover

The summer is coming to a close and we had fantastic weather in Toronto. Those sunny hazy days in mid July were great for hanging out at the beach and soaking up the sun. Our family decided that we were going to challenge ourselves to visit the top five rated beaches in Ontario. Quite a…

Finally the Ice Cream Shop!

In a previous post, I wrote about going on an adventure to find an ice cream shop that my husband and I visited when the kids were young. Well… we set out on a drive, followed familiar roads and found the shop – The Flavour Fox! This summer my husband and I decided to spend…

A right turn, an unexpected place

There is a wonderful ice cream shop by the lake that my husband and I visited a lot during the summer.  They sell the most amazing gelato in almost every flavour you can imagine.  This place was special because you can buy your ice cream and walk a few short meters to get to the…

Pictures that make you say hmmm

Like most people our cell phones have become more of a memory capturing device rather than a communicating device. I was going through the photos on my phone and found a few that made me wonder what was I taking? Other times the pictures made me wonder in amazement at the beauty of nature. I…

Chasing dreams, following your heart

Recently I thought about my dreams and aspirations; when you reach mid life that seems to be a topic that is constantly in your thoughts.  Have I realized my full potential? Did I achieve all the milestones I envisioned for myself?  Those are some tough questions to think about but this post is not about…

+When things go wrong

Things go wrong often, you can cry or you can fix them, laugh about them later and grew from the experience

A Really Great Day

What makes a really great day for you? Maybe you have not thought about what a great day looks like. I am not talking about your dream day, I am taking about a feel good day when you enjoy a few of your favourite things. Not a day at the spa or going on a…

Summer Weekends on a Budget

Even with booked summer vacation, you need to have plans to enjoy the wonderful weather on the weekend. If vacations are not in your budget this blog will help you with exciting things to do on the weekends. Time goes really fast despite longer days, before you know it summer is over and you spent…

Wasaga Beach, Ontario – more than a Day Trip

Wasaga Beach is about an hour and a half from Toronto. It is the longest fresh water beach in the world with 14 km of sandy shore, making it a favourite summer destination for visitors and residents in Ontario. When I came to Canada, Wasaga Beach was one of my first trip to a fresh…

Be True to Yourself

I have been struggling with writing lately, for some reason inspiration to conquer the keyboard is not there. I spent time wondering what to do… is it a case of writers block or lack of inspiration? I signed up for an online creative writing course hoping this will kick start the drive to write and…

Hollywood Beach Boardwalk

In my last post I wrote about Hollywood beach as a relaxing and laid back place to spend a day or an afternoon. I visited in March, at this time of year the weather can be unpredictable, gusty winds and rain can make the beach too rough to swim. During your stay, you may need…

Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale – A laid back Destination

A couple weeks ago I visited my sister in Florida, the occasion was a sad one however in the midst of sorrow there were pockets of sunshine. Florida is known for easy access to beaches all over the state. That is one of the reason it is such a popular destination for vacationers looking for…

Another Year Wiser, Stronger and more Consistent

Every year when my birthday comes around I am amazed at how fast the year flew by. My birthday is in February, just about the time when new year resolutions are either going well or you are at the point of giving up and moving on. It is easy to look at the past and…

Where to go in Ontario for Summer Vacation

This winter already feels long, for us in Toronto we have another three months before consistently getting above 5 degree celsius weather. I am already thiniking of things to do to get the most out of Summer. My vacation this year will be local. I want to support local businesses, and even more incentive for…

Online Grocery Shopping

Online grocery shopping has taken off over the last two years. Primarily driven by the pandemic and the need to get groceries and not expose yourself in an enclosed setting for a long period of time. I was not on board with having someone shop for me, what if I get bruised fruits? How would…

As the old year passes….

Today is the last day of the year, a good time to reflect on the old and look with anticipation towards the new. The profound feeling for me when I look back is one of gratitude. It was by no means the best year for me but I am deeply grateful for what I accomplished…