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

My Journey Home to Jamaica Land of Wood and Water

I knew I was going home to Jamaica about six months ago, my niece got engaged and we were all invited to the wedding. I have not been to Jamaica in six long years, that is a long time to be away from the country I grew up in. Going home felt different this time,…

49 Acts of Kindness

I thought about kindness a lot this year, this word seemed to resonate with me more this year than the last. When I read the news I notice that the tone of journalism is changing, there is a gradual shift away from facts and kindness to generalization and meanness. It is so easy to say…

We Worry Too Much

We live in a fast paced world, our attention is needed for so many things that we can barely find time to decompress from our stressful lives. We have so many gadgets to make our lives easier yet relaxation seems out of reach. I have a smart watch to measure my steps to increase activity,…

I Really Love Christmas

This time of year always bring me so much joy, I don’t know if is the shorter days, cooler temperatures and bright lights that cause this sense of wonder and fulfillment. I like to celebrate a traditional Christmas, I look forward to listening to carols, the christmas message and doing the familiar rituals like putting…

What I Learned from my Self Care Day

With so many things keeping us busy it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves. As a mother, wife, daughter, sibling , friend and volunteer so many people depend on me for one thing or the other. I am the people whisperer to my volunteer group, the counselor to my kids and friends,…

Yes it’s Tough…Don’t Quit

My last post was about finding my comfort zone in my space. I was really down on myself about my weight loss. After writing the blog I felt really good that I did not talk myself into quitting. I know that my weight loss was a journey not a sprint. Jamaicans are really good at…

Volunteering can be Rewarding

I am a firm believer in helping others and volunteering is one of the best ways to help and support others. I volunteered at my church where I served as the Sunday school supervisor as well as teacher for elementary children on Sunday mornings. Along with church I volunteer with my alumni association that raise…