Monday, December 20, 2010

"My" All Time Favorite Christmas Movies

Once the beginning of December rolls around, it's time (in my little mind) to start watching Christmas movies. The first one that I start out with is "Family Stone" which is definitely at the top of "My All Time Favorite List". Sorry, but it beats "Love Actually" hands down (in my little mind). Yes, I know it's a real toss-up...Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth but come on, who cannot resist Dermot Mulroney. Do you remember him in "The Wedding Date"? Oh my!! Suit and all! As well, there is Craig T. Nelson, Diane Keaton (classy actress), Sarah Jessica Parker (after a while, you start to feel sorry for her as she gets herself in deeper and deeper with Everett's family), Rachel McAdams (cause she's Canadian and cute as can be! Remember her in "The Notebook"?) Okay, next...


No introductions/explanations required here because it has been around since 1947! This is one movie that I remember vividly as a kid growing up on the farm, sitting around the old "black n' white" tv wearing our pajamas. It will always remain on my "All Time Fav List"! Next...


Cause it's Jim Carrey (another Canadian) and it was directed by Ron Howard (remember Ritchie Cunningham from Happy Days?). Every time I watch it, I see something different since there is so much detail in every scene. As well, wouldn't you say that Martha May had the "hottest outfits"! Gosh, she even sleeps in pearls! As well, who wouldn't want to walk around with a "cup of eggnog" on their head?? I would if I could. Next...



Yet, another classic this time involving "The Muppets" and Michael Caine, an all time favorite actor of mine! (Remember Michael in "Cider House Rules"? The very best!) Here is another movie that I see some thing different every time I watch it.
And Kermit the Frog as "Bob Cratchit" and his wife "Mrs. Cratchit" (Miss Piggy). I always have to dab my eyes during the second last scene of the movie. You know, when Scrooge asks about Tiny Tim's future and then you see a vacant cane by the fireplace. Gets me every time. "Bah, humbug".



And finally, last but not least, "The Sound of Music". Okay, this really isn't a Christmas movie but I do save it for the New Year Year or Day (if I'm not working). I never really noticed/took interest in this movie as a kid growing up because it involved the uniting of Nazi Germany with Austria which I really wasn't familiar with and I didn't appreciate war films. It wasn't until I was much older in life that I came to understand "Maria" and her relationship with the von Trapp family. Can you name all seven children from the oldest to the youngest? I would have to "google" that answer.

I just remembered a couple more Holiday Classics that are in my collection..."White Christmas" and "Charlie Brown's Christmas". Definitely no explanation required here.

So there you have it...my list of favorite Christmas movies. You can agree or disagree with me. It doesn't really matter all the much. It's more personal preferences.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

"A Round Tuit"...


How many times have we used these phrases? "Oh, when I get a round to it" or "Some of these days..." Too many! All the time! For the past couple of weeks, I have been working on my "round to it" or "someday" list. One thing that I have been doing is getting all of my work done in the morning, you know, vacuuming/laundry/cleaning, and then walking downtown in the afternoon. One of the advantages of living close to downtown Brockville is the use of the walking paths that will lead you along the waterfront and eventually take you from one side of town to the other if you really wanted to. Yesterday, I headed out with the intentions of mailing my Christmas parcels home (done), some window shopping (done). Keep in mind that when you are walking and you do happen to make a purchase, you have to carry it home with you. One thing that has been on my "when I get a round to it" list is to stop in Tait's Bakery for a cup of tea and a Christmas cookie. I had carefully planned out this excursion before leaving home and brought along my IPod and listened to "A Christmas Carol". See Tait's is the perfect place to listen to an old classic by Charles Dickens with the original tin ceilings/counter tops. I love taking in the hustle and bustle of shoppers choosing and buying their bread and baked items. It's the perfect place to people watch which is another favorite past time of mine.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Help Me Rhonda!

Here's the thing. I'm being totally honest with you. I haven't set one foot in my studio in days, or weeks, or a few months. (Insert gasps/tsk,tsk/horror here!) As well, I haven't set one foot in a fabric shop! (Insert more gasps/tsk,tsk/horror here!) Normally, I like to venture out and check out what is new in our local quilt shops. I just didn't do it! I have a few good reasons why and excuses to throw at you. If you follow my blog, you will have read that my summer was pretty busy with painting/planting/digging/riding my motorcycle (Yes, I have a motorcycle. Why do you ask?) Fall came along and I took full advantage of the weather with more painting and riding my motorcycle, plus I tore up the flooring in the mudroom and stripped the wallpaper. Now that the cold weather is starting to settle in and my bike has been stored away for the winter, I finally found some time to rummage around in my studio. I started pulling fabric out for a class that I'm teaching at Taylor's in the Spring. Looking at the pic above, and asking myself "Do I really need any more fabric"? With sincere honesty, the answer is "No"! It doesn't look like much but the stack of fat quarters is two rows deep. Below these shelves are all my larger cuts for borders/sashing/binding. Neil saw my stash once. I mean only once. He's not allowed in my studio since the incident involving my sewing scissors and a bag of salt that he used my scissors to cut open with. He's lucky to be alive! So, with a new project in mind, I now have found a purpose for about 10 fat quarters!! Only 190 or more to go!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Collector and Collections

As previously mentioned in an early posting, I have a "snowglobe collection". It actually started rather innocently, with no real intention, I think. It just came about and grew from there. Each year there is always the search for the next "perfect" globe to add to the collection. It has to have the right theme/feel/colour. Not just any old globe will suffice. Some of my globes play music and others are silent. That's okay. It's not a requirement in the selection process. However, it is nice to stop, turn the knob, shake them around a bit and watch the "miniature snow storm" when you're walking by. (Believe me, it doesn't take much to amuse me!!)


This is the latest find that I added to the collection. You will recall that I found it on the 9th Floor at Macy's Department Store on our recent return trip to New York City. Did you notice that it's a "Jim Shore". (If you're not sure what I referring to, "google" Jim Shore and you will find out). I'm quite thrilled with this find. Did I also mention that I have a "snowman collection", a "purse collection", a "fabric collection" (it's called a stash), a "thread collection", a "scarf/glove collection (this is more of a fettish than collection). Oh the list is endless but it makes life interesting and shopping a bit more enjoyable when there is a purpose.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Return Trip to New York City

This past weekend, Neil and I made a return visit to New York City with "Bruce Wylie's New York City" tours. Really, it's the best way to see New York by going along with Bruce and his wife Ilene since they have been there like a million times or more! Also its a great way to meet other people from the surrounding area who are travelling in your group. Some are going just to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. Most of the ladies had teenaged children and wanted to find something different or just to shop in a store that we don't have here in Brockville, or Ontario, or in Canada. As well, I like to see what people spend their money on (it's a little hobby of mine!) Please keep in mind I am not a shopper and most of the stores that these ladies went to, I have never heard of or even had a clue of what it was. I observed the bags that were being lugged onto the bus and I asked a lot of questions which ended up being a very educational weekend for me!
One store that I know for sure is Macy's on 34th Street. It was on my list of places to go back to since the first trip to New York City last year, Neil and I had limited time and we made a quick dash through the departments. This time we rode the original escalators up to every floor and had a good look around.


When you walk through the main entrance of Macy's, this is what you see! It definitely looks like Christmas here.


Up on the 9th floor, it looked like someone "barfed Christmas"!! It was so overwhelming with all the decorated themed trees! It was crazy! They had everything you could ever imagine to decorate your Christmas tree with. I however was on a mission to find a "snowglobe" purchased from Macy's. Not just any old snowglobe. It had to be the right one to add to my growing collection. (I'll post later about my collection. I haven't unpacked them yet but very soon!) After I examined and contemplated, (thank goodness Neil is very patient and understanding when it comes to making a very serious and yet an important decision like this!) After about 5 loops around the Christmas department, I found a "Jim Shore" snowglobe with a Santa on the roof top getting ready to go down the chimney. It was unique, a perfect match, and also because I'm a quilter and know of Jim Shore's work.








Saturday morning was spent walking through Lower Manhattan, taking the Staten Island Fery, more walking along the pier, a bit of shopping/bartering. I scored a couple of "Prada Knock Off" purses (like really, would anyone actually know for sure!!), a Tiffany bracelet (another knock off. No one knows.) and a Pashmina scarf (not really a knock off but close to it). Oh, did I mention that I also have a collection of scarfs. If you know me or have seen me out and about in Brockville, I can be found sporting a scarf from my ever growing collection! Oh, and gloves! Gotta have them too! Plus shoes, purses, etc., etc. Pictured above is the latest developments at "Ground Zero" and the rebuilding of the World Trade building.





As I mentioned earlier, I am not a shopper. Neil is! He is the kind of guy that any woman would want to take along with them while shopping since he finds the best deals/prices, will offer his honest opinion as to whether or not it looks good on you (or makes your butt look big!!) and carries your bags for you too!! He's good that way! We headed to a store called "Century 21". Once again, I had to asked what it was since here in Canada "Century 21" is a real estate company. It was a department store, filled with tonnes of bargains. Neil was in his glory. I however lasted 15 minutes. I hate crowds! I hate rummaging through racks to find the best deal! Neil went off searching through the Men's Department. I myself plunked myself below the huge clock on the back wall of the department store so that Neil could find me when he was finished with his rummaging. He scored a "down-filled" coat for $80. Regular price $275. It's perfect for walking Dakoda and walking to work in the winter months downtown Ottawa and it doesn't make his butt look big! I picked out for him the absolute perfect pair of functional gloves that matches his coat beautifully! We then headed to "Little Italy" and found a cafe and had the best Cannoli I have ever had! (An educational moment here; cannoli is a tube-shaped shell of fried pastry dough (zero calories!), filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta cheese (once again, zero calories!) It was absolutely delicious with the cappuccino and it was also the perfect way to spend some time in New York City and "people watching" (another hobby of mine! If you know me, you know that I don't miss a thing or detail!) We took the subway back to Time Square, had dinner and then off to the see "Rock of Ages" on Broadway (we highly recommend this performance if you lived through the 80's!) It was another amazing, return trip weekend in the Big Apple! A big thanks to Bruce and Ilene Wylie!!





Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"The Amazing Race" Tryouts

Being a shift worker, I don't have a lot of weekends off so it kind of limits time for Neil and I to spend some quality time together. Whenever I do have a Saturday/Sunday or both off, I try to find something for us to do together. This past weekend, I was going to be off on Saturday and started combing the newspapers for what was happening in our area. I wouldn't want to miss out on anything especially this time of year when it's starting to look like Christmas with lots of craft shows/bazaars and because I like to dragging Neil along. By his heels! Against his free will! It strengthens our relationship!! My conversation with Neil started out like this..."The weather is suppose to be nice on Saturday. We could go for a drive to the Pakenham area (Keep in mind Neil likes to drive. I'm starting to work on him. I better start making this sound like a good idea.) and we can enjoy the scenery and stop and have a nice lunch along the way." Neil's response "Okay??" (Which really means, I'm listening and I'm starting to get nervous because she's been thinking again. He's looking a bit skeptical. I might as well put it out there.) "While we're there, we could go to the Christmas Craft Show. You never know what you just might find." Neil is now thinking "Oh Lord, I can just imagine how many more ideas she's got juggling in her mind at this moment and it's involving me." Final response from Neil after a moment of hesitation, "I don't think so!" Well that idea just "crashed and burned". Nice try! Let's try another idea. "The weather is suppose to be nice on Saturday. Do you want to go and try out that Aerial Adventure that we've heard so much about?" I have a couple of friends who recently went and gave it rave reviews. Neil's response "That could be fun. Lets look into it." Well, a half hour later we were booked for Saturday at 1 p.m. Basically it's an outdoor adventure obstacle course up in trees through different suspended bridges and zip lines.

After being strapped in a harness with clips, we got an orientation from one of the guides. Off we went in a group of about 30 people.

Basically, there are a total of four courses and you start out at the beginner stage and work your way to the advance levels. At first, I didn't know if I could do it or not since I have a slight fear of heights. Okay, that's an understatement. I have a huge fear of heights! But after a while, you were so focused on the obstacles/bridges, you kind of forgot how high up you actually where. It reminded me of a task on "The Amazing Race" and we didn't want to be the last team to arrive and be eliminated.


Everyone in the group went along at their own pace. No pressure here!! I thought it would be a great place to take a "first date". Nothing like seeing someone crack under pressure. You would get to know someone real quick! It would certainly determine if there was going to be a "second date" or not. After a while, I was starting to crack. The sun was starting to go down and we still had two more courses to go through. At the end of each leg, you took a "zip line" to the end of the course. We were up 30-50 feet in places and there were times I thought I was going to cry. There were also times that I wanted my Mom!



We finally got through the third section of the course and the guide asked us if we were going to finish with the fourth leg. I immediately asked "Does it involve that zip line that we saw above us in the parking lot?" The guide responded with "Yep! The entire fourth course is all zip lines!" No way, but Neil went. This is Neil up in the trees. He is unclipping and reclipping to the next section of the zip line.





This is Neil coming out the trees on the zip line above the parking lot that I had mentioned and saw earlier. After going across this line, you unclip and reclip to another zip line that went across a lake. I betcha Neil is wishing that he was at a Christmas Craft Show about right now. I however stayed on solid ground. Someone had to capture the moment on camera!! Overall, it was a great way to challenge yourself. Neil can't believe that he actually took the last zip line which was at least 8 stories high. My palms are sweating just thinking about it! Take a look at the website if you dare! http://www.aventurelafleche.ca/en/lafleche-adventure-aerial-adventure-park




Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Motivation, Determination and the Reward

See this house. It's my neighbour's house. During this past summer he repainted the entire outside. With a paint brush, by hand and several cans of paint. How do I know for sure? Cause I watched him while laying on the couch eating bon bons or sitting on the deck with the newspaper in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. Just kidding!! No, I was too busy painting my 70 foot picket fence or digging out another flowerbed. However, watching him gave me the motivation and the determination to finally get the mudroom painted at the back of the house.
I had no excuses other than "when I get around to it". I had been dragging my heels for several years and preferred that visitors used the front door instead the back due to the white peeling paint. It was embarrassing. I never liked it until now. It took me several weeks to get it done since I was dealing with the change in our weather plus tendonitis in my wrists from painting the fence. But it's done and I am so happy! (Please excuse the dead looking basil in the pot off to the left of the pic. It got hit with frost the other night and I haven't dumped it into the compost bin yet. That's on today's list of "things to get done").

My reward for all my hard work, determination and dedication..."Pumpkin Pie Blizzard" from the Dairy Queen!! It's basically a pumpkin pie all smushed up in soft ice cream with whip cream on the top. Calories? I don't know! Grams of fat? Who cares? All I know for sure is that it tastes as good as it looks and well worth the calories!



Look at the generous dusting of nutmeg on the whip cream. Evil but good! However, they're gone! The pumpkin pie blizzard was the flavour of the month for October and won't be back until next year. Approximatley 322 days from now! I can't wait. In the meantime, I will find something else to paint and reward myself with a different flavoured blizzard or bon bons or wine or chocolate. Oh the list of "potential rewards" is never ending.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Photoshop? Huh?

What is "Photoshop" you ask? Well, the quick and dirty is Photoshop is a professional image editing software package that can be used by experts and novices alike (like me) to make your pictures look so much better! I got the software for my birthday last year (thank you Neil) and had been fiddling with it but needed more knowledge and skill. So yesterday, I took a course in Ottawa and learned all about pixel dimensions, hues, saturation, lightness and the many tools offered with Photoshop Element (cropping, remove red eye, change skin tones, etc.) Mind you, this was the first level of the course and I have along way to go. It all starts with one step and practise, practise, practise.

Please keep in mind that I'm just beginning when you look at the two pictures above. The first one was shot "straight out of the camera" with no editing. The second picture is after I adjusted the hue, saturation and lightness (New words for everyday conversations.) I wanted the overall picture to look dark and dingy cause it's Halloween. I have so much to learn but looking forward to what I can actually do with some of my pictures.

Friday, October 22, 2010

An Eerie Sight

Down this laneway to the very end, and running along the St. Lawrence River is the Old Protestant Cemetery.

There is absolutely nothing like traipsing through one of Brockville's oldest cemeteries reading headstones and taking in history. Also, it's pretty close to Halloween which makes it even more eerie and spooky to see and do.


Here is another eerie, spooky site!! Rising fuel costs! I can feel the cold chills going down my spine as fill up my gas tank. Mwuah-ha-ha!

Friday, October 15, 2010

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This past weekend which was Thanksgiving here in Ontario, the weather was absolutely perfect for October! Blue skies and a great excuse to pack up the camera and go for a ride. Actually, I have a photography class next weekend and there's homework involved! I've got to come up with some different pics to "Photoshop". While I was out and about, I happened to come along a fence that had old rusted bicycles lined up as far as the eye could see. Of course, I had to stop and take a picture which kind of lead me down a laneway to a building that was cluttered with "odds n' ends", "stuff", "junk" and lots of it. Piled everywhere. An old gentleman came out of the building and wanted to know if he could sell me something or at least find me something that he could sell me (which ever!!) He had everything that you could imagine plus more! He had collections of golf clubs, dishes, windows, mugs, stoves, pictures, furniture and I'm sure there was a kitchen sink stuffed someplace plus a pile of tossed dolls that required some reassembling or a good scrubbing. It never ended. "Oh, I've got two more barns full of stuff. Is there anything that you are looking for?" Honest to goodness, it would take days to get through everything and a lot of it was covered with tarps. Apparently, his collection of things is left over from previous auction sales. I was kind of tight for time but most certainly will make a trip back. Perhaps set a few hours aside and snoop around. You never know what you might find while you're digging.

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Best Shot!




Last week here in Brockville plus other areas of Ontario, it poured rain. For days. Lots of rain. We had continuous overcast. It never ended. Rainy days are great for getting work done inside (sewing, reading, snoozing). But when it lasts for a week, I find it a bit difficult to get motivated to do anything. Neil is more than willing to offer advice when this happens..."Why don't you work in your studio today?" I already did. "Go to the Dairy Queen and get yourself some ice cream?" I already did. Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. "Why don't you hop on your motocycle and go for a ride?" (Yes, I ride a motorcycle. Why do you ask?) Now you're thinking Neil!! Better yet, I'll take my camera along and see what I can find. I started out and a made a few stops along the Parkway. I took a few pics but I just didn't have the groove in me. My shots were okay but not thrilling. Boring actually. I was still experiencing the "cloudy overhead" that was still looming above plus I had been battling a head cold! What would make my day? I could always turn around and head back to Brockville and continue along my way to Maitland and loop around. Great idea! Sounds like a plan. But of course, there is always a method to my madness!! If you live in the Brockville area, there is a chip wagon in Maitland that serves the best fresh cut fries in the county! Believe me, I've been to pretty much all of them. Have you not seen my hips and thighs? I inherited them a long time ago and have maintained them well. After eating these fries, I had an all new perspective on life. The skies opened and the clouds parted. The sun shone brighter than it had in the past week or so all because of a little know chip wagon called "The Spud". Life couldn't possibly get any better than this!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Patiently Waiting...





It's only been six years since I planted these holly bushes. It has been six years waiting for berries to form. Let me take you back to the very beginning...I purchased two holly bushes, one male and one female. A few years went by and absolutely nothing happened. I thought that perhaps they really didn't like each other and it was going to take a bit more time for them to get used to each other. I talked to them and gave them "positive encouragement" but nothing seemed to work. I finally went back to where I purchased the original bushes to conclude that I was sold (labelled incorrectly) 2 male bushes. I purchased the "missing link/female" and reverted back to my "motivational/yes you can speech" and looked what happened....berries!! Yes!! I was so thrilled that I was jumping for joy and thinking that I really do have a green thumb (a bit of a slow learner but it's there).
Pictured next is Dakoda. She isn't jumping for joy. She has been patiently waiting for what she thinks is approximately six years for her Mom to quit jumping around and take her for a walk. As you know, she's the princess and rules the castle! Obviously she didn't share in my excitement.

Seventy Feet




Where have I been? What have I been doing? In between building the "Confetti Cake" quilt, I've been busy painting a picket fence that measures 70 feet in length and consisting of 125 pickets (Please note that I cut out every single picket. Hey, if I can cut fabric then surely cutting cedar planks wouldn't be too much of a challenge). Next the painting. Two coats! I thought I would never see the end! But it's now finished and I'm very pleased with the outcome. It was a mindless job which gave me more than enough time to look/reflect over my life about five or six times. But the best part was being outside and people stopping to have a chat while I painted. I got to meet a few more of my neighbours, the mailman, and a couple of tourists stopped seeking directions to the nearest gas station or restaurant. Of course, Dakoda had to come out a few times to see what all the fuss was about.
Doesn't it feel good to accomplish a big job!! I'll say! I feel great!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Done Like Dinner



The "Confetti Cake" quilt by "The Pattern Basket" is done/completed/finished just in time for Taylor's Open House here in Brockville. Did you notice the quilting? My friend Tammy Spencer came through again. She works well underpressure and gave me an "overnight express" job! God love her! Hey, there was a lot of piecing with each block but the effort paid off. If you live in the Brockville area, I'm teaching this all day class at Taylor's, November 11th. If you enjoy building an Irish Chain, you will love piecing this beauty!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Reflections

Change the rules. Keep your eye on the moment. Swing hard, follow through. Learning is a muddy business. Expect to get messy. Lead with your heart. Detours can become main roads. Everyone needs a big eraser. Add relish. Play fair. Sometimes you find buried treasure when you're out looking for worms. There are lots of different ways to get there from here. Recess! A sharp pencil usually helps. You can learn from the stupidest things. How is more important than what. You don't need to buy tools first. Unzip your mind. Belly laugh. If you wait until you're ready, you'll never suit up for the game. Even huge elephants go vast distances one step at a time. Get out of your own way. Wait out the hard rains. Kindness counts. Ready, on your mark, get set, grow. Be thankful! Amen

And let's not forget the most important thing, shaping up applies to your whole life - not just your caboose! Another Amen!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Settling the Score

Picking up where I last left off in my last posting, I was heading to the nearest Hardware Store to pick up a mouse trap. I picked up a "fancy smancy/the party has ended on King Street/git r done" mouse trap for a mere $6.99 (plus tax, all of them)! The trap has been set and if you are like me, it becomes an obsession of making numerous trips to the furnace room to see if I caught anything. Please note the number to the left as of this morning...six! That's a hockey team including the goalie! I wonder if they are all related? I think that the root cause is that we are heading into an early fall and the word has gotten out amongst the rodent population that they have located a new address for the winter. Not for long, since the "rodent eliminating program" has been implimented on King Street. I'm not sure if I will you keep you posted with the score. But if you would really like to know, email me!

Final Score : Seven!! Nope, it's eight now!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Mouse in the House


I'm pretty sure I have a mouse in the house. I heard something scratching in the wall the other day so I went down to the basement to set a trap. I have no issues with setting a mouse trap. But this mouse (I'm hoping that that is what it is) has been messing with me! Or I should say, that I have been feeding him/her on a healthy diet of peanut butter. I load up the trap and he/she comes along and has a feast and the trap doesn't set off. This exercise has been going on for days now and I'm starting to get frustrated/disappointed in not catching the rodent. So, off to the Hardware Store this morning for a new trap. I'm definitely on a mission cause as the saying goes "When there is one, there is a hundred". Oh boy! Better get a move on!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cake Anyone?


Ah cake! Can anyone resist a quilting pattern named "Confetti Cake"? Not I! Just mentioning the word cake/tarts/squares grabs my attention quick and fast. (I think that I'm in withdrawal since it has been too hot to turn the oven on for anything especially baking!) This pattern is by "The Pattern Basket" and it has been on my list of "Quilts to Make" for a few years now. So the time has come, plus I needed to come up with a class to teach this coming fall at Taylor's here in Brockville. This pattern requires either a bunch of fat quarters or a "Layer Cake" (more bakery talk!!) I've had a layer cake set aside for another project but decided to use it for this particular quilt. This quilt is kind of, sort of, like building an Irish Chain. There are 20 blocks total and each one is one surprise after another since I have no idea how it's going to turn out. Don't ya just love surprises? I do, everyday of the week.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Life in the Thousand Islands

I've been living here in Brockville, Ontario for over 8 years now. Summertime has to be the most beautiful time of year on the St. Lawrence River. Take a look at this link...scroll down to near the bottom of the page and view "The Best of Ian Coristine's 1000 Islands" video (which is one of my favorite photographers). The music is by "Great Lake Swimmers".
After viewing the video, you will understand why I decided to stay in one of the most beautiful areas in Canada.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Canada eh!




July 1st, here in Canada, we celebrated our country's 143rd birthday. It was such a glorious occasion that the Queen herself, came across the big lake, and even dragged Prince Philip along for the celebration! However, back at the cottage on Bobs Lake, we celebrated Canada Day with Neil's Mom and Dad and of course, Dakoda. As you can tell, Dakoda certainly wasn't to be left behind (Lord help you if you did!!) when we went out for a boat tour of the Lake. The one thing that I did notice was everyone was showing their true patriot love for this country and had attached the Canadian flag to their dock, boat, railing etc. It made you think very quickly that we truly do live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Of course, Canada Day wouldn't be the same without a good old-fashion barbeque. On the grill...Canadian Beef, Canadian Pork and Canadian Lamb. The corn on the cob however came from the USA but that's alright by me and our guests!! Happy Canada Day!