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

Vacation options to stay local for Summer

Toronto is finally lifting the long lockdown from last year, patios are open for outdoor dining for the first time in over six months and stores can accomodate customers for limited capacity shopping. We have had one of the longest lockdown in North America, everyone is itching to get out but is there anywhere to…

Am I Ready to go Back to the Office?

I started working from home March 16, 2020, I am fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity this year. Last week I had to go into the office to get my laptop fixed. I had a 9:00 am appointment which is not bad considering I usually get to the office by 7:30 am. I got up…

A Few of My Favourite Things

What do you like and how often do you enjoy them? There is much to be said for stopping and smelling the roses. Spring is here … go out, smell a few roses, do something that makes you happy. We need to continue to do things that make us happy, take time to find joy…

Finding a Long Lost Friend

If you have a really good friend or blessed to have more than one good friend you can relate to this post. I wrote in a blog a while ago about my friends and the special bond we have since college. We have been friends for 30 years… it has been that long! We live…

Spring into New Possibilities

Every spring I am amazed at the rebirth of nature bursting with colours and splendour, I watch it unfold right before my eyes as I sit in my work from home office Trees send out tiny buds, tulips and daffodils shoot up from the freshly thawed earth to signal the start of the new season….

Jamaican Easter Bun

Easter in Jamaica is synonymous with fried fish, bun and cheese. This tradition is still very strong on the island and for most Jamaicans all over the world. This bun is a variation loosely based on the hot cross buns in England. The easter bun is a spiced, sweet loaf that can be made with…

The Little Things in Life

When you are in a crisis how many times do you say this one thing is not going right but hey these ten things are fantastic? When we feel unhappy we tend to think that every thing in our life is wrong, totally forgetting the good things right under our noses. I am guilty of…

Doctor Bird Cake

This cake came up in my search for southern recipes. I was looking for new recipes to try and the Hummingbird Cake came up. The list of ingredients seemed like a gastronomic experience to me, too tropical to have originated in southern United States. Pineapple, banana, coconut, carrot and warm spices felt like a match…

Finding my Ikagai

In a previous post I wrote about finding my purpose and ultimately writing a novel, that is my grand plan now that I am 50. In preparation for this great adventure I read The 4% Fix How One Hour Can Change Your Life by Karma Brown. The book was a great jumping point to help…

Happy 50th Birthday

On Tuesday I celebrated my 50th birthday. To be honest I did not think much about the day, my thought was on the number…. a half century! I started the year conscious that this number was not going to define me, we all age. It’s what we do at each stage of our lives that…