Montreal in October

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

There is no better way to celebrate Harb’s Birthday than to head off to Montreal with the intent of spending time with our Aunt RenĂ©e Paquette.

Ma Tante is my nightly partner in some serious Scrabble. She wins 99% of the games, beating me soundly in English, her second language.

This lady, only 86 ( acts like 68) drives her own car, lives in her home, is an artist and loves I mean REALLY LOVES, dessert.

So out we went, day tripping at Pointe Claire, visiting a quaint area by the Lake. I bought an original painting at L’Artelier du Village, a pair of boots, sneakers, and a shirt. I also bought a hand crafted bracelet you can see in the picture

Ma Tante no longer does oil painting on larger canvas, but is now doing watercolours on card stock. She must have at least one hundred, but get this, every one is an original and different. No similar renderings here.

I was very inspired. Wouldn’t you be? This cultural centre was once a gentleman’s summer home. It was eventually donated to the City for $one dollar. Now it’s an art centre with numerous events and activities.

We made it back in time to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with Rez, Paul, Jackson and Henry.

We brought a big blueberry pie from The Red Apple on the 401. Now that’s an experience in itself!

I must mention that the above dishes were given to me from Aunt Madeleine and now Rezarta has them. Generations of families and thankfulness, passed on.

Love to all,


Wabi Sabi

I’m not sure which of my readers has the background of Wabi Sabi.

Apparently a cousin, who’s name remains concealed for her protection looked it up following a comment made by me.

Wabi Sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.

It’s an ancient Japanese philosophy which embraces a simple aesthetic where essentials are eliminated and trimmed away

So with coming through this last reno I’ve been learning to embrace Wabi Sabi or appreciating the beauty in A naturally imperfect world. This my friends means flaws and all.

Yes folks I’m looking for enlightenment.

Maybe it was the difficulty and problems that surfaced that broke us down.

What surprised me with my cousins comment is that she hasn’t come across Wabi Sabi Home & Design Studio located in the heart of Edmonton. Yes that’s 20544-114th street NW.

There’s even a blog about gutting a kitchen.

In the end I told her not to confuse this with Kemo Sabe:

Yes Wabi Sabi is so different.

So think about it,

And live life with simplicity, nature and imperfection.



The Visit of Mz Barby

Every Fall in September since 2014 we have been graced by the presence of our friend Barbara. This all started after The Alaska Reunion, The New Smyrna Beach Visit, and The Venice Beach adventure trips.

This year our To Do list numbered over 20 on the bucket list. Including a nice outdoor fire at Rez and Paul’s. Henry gave us a rendition of his latest music on the spoons!

Since it was very hot we weren’t quite sure which would come first or which would come last! We didn’t expect on her departure day to feel the remnants of Hurricane Gordon, no electricity and BIG one, no coffee! This girl makes her exit in a very expressive way!

We walked and talked and ate out, and adjusted to each day as it came about.

At first we were hot, then cold, then rained upon.

Just a few highlights:

The lakeshore, the parks, the birds and wildlife and then the art galleries

Barb had 4 pairs of shoes with her.

Our feet were nearly worn out! She was determined to do 10k steps!

So girl, it has been a slice, like usual.

Still lots left to see for next trip.

And another breakfast to tide you over for those days with no power, ha ha


You might know a Marilyn. I was lucky to have one born into my family.

She’s in Montana today hanging out with her brothers and families, enjoying Life.

So Marilyn don’t stress about turning 64.

But if you do,

And always remember, I am there for you!

Happy Birthday!


Your Sister

Who is much older than you!

The Family Reunion

It’s that time again to get together in Montana at the Homestead!

It all coincides with Marilyn’s 64th Birthday this year, on August 19th.

I hope everyone takes lots of pictures, cause I’m not there boo Hoo!

Instead we are staying behind because of a reno. Yes, a reno.

So whoop it up guys!

For SURE, I’ll be there next year!


Your sister Judy


Didier Lourenco is fast becoming a favourite artist of mine. I hope to be able to purchase one of his pieces. They make me Happy and they tell a story.

See this one: At least three generations of family can relate I’m sure.

My Mother always liked the girls on bikes, and well, I love the girl with a cat.

I love the sleeping girl.

I’m into the shape of the face, particularly the nose. Quite the characters!

This young man began working in his fathers studio at an early age. He is self taught and lives in Barcelona, Spain. Now his success has brought him to International markets. Apparently one can purchase prints, even posters of his work . I’m looking into this as our condo is on the verge of completion. Why not have a Didier of my own? The Question would be “Which one”??

I think I will dream on it tonight. Surely by morning there will be an answer.