Christmas 2017

Jeff and Lisa in Banff. They said no one was there. Did they at least see Elk I wonder?

The tourist groupies from Calgary were probably still depressed after the Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup and hadn’t gotten into the mood of Christmas. But not these two!

Here, back in Toronto the bells are being rung throughout the City. Encouraged, I hurriedly put together our Hot Chocolate stand

Now to find some customers…

You never know who or what you will come across in this season of good cheer!

How about that guy and his pet chicken?

Weird, but I haven’t seen too many references to Santa yet. Oh well, we only have 3 more weeks to go!

Saw this in Harbs doctor’s office. I like it!

Well, I must think about getting our tree up.

And the Kids are speaking to their teachers.

Tomorrow is another day.

No snow yet at this end.

Will Christmas come?

Love you guys,

Jude xxx

The GOOD News

People are asking if I have written any blogs lately.

I couldn’t. So I am submitting this:

Really, I didn’t have the heart to write. Just too much bad and sad news, the reality of our world. I was aching inside from the disappointments emerging from humanity.

I’m thinking about how to approach the coming season.

Jennifer posted:

Marie posted a picture of her grandchild, the picture of innocence:

It’s these moments that give me comfort.

Tomorrow I will visit a place of Holiday Cheer with a dear friend, it is time.

Love you,


Pep Talks

Since my Birthday in August I’ve been giving myself non stop inspiration.

I AM symbolized the Invictus Games, and  I think it applies to each and every one of us.

Knowing yourself, is a game-changer .

Making room for the pleasures of life is important.

These days I truly wonder what is going on in the world. Or maybe it’s a matter of what is not happening in our world of communities. 

Despite everything I choose to portray how I feel about “my” world, and in how I live. I’m developing  strong faith in that we can fight off the uglies. I hope so with all my heart. There is another growing generation behind us. Little guys who believe the world has a lot to offer for their future. They are innocents mostly, at this stage of the game, but they do know about “lockdowns” in their school. Remember, Sandy Hook? 

My niece Jennifer posted a verse from Corinthians which  touched me deeply.

This is my World. Hers too. Keep us safe❤️



Back to School

It’s quieter around the Marina these days. I’m sure it’s because the kids are back at school.

We see them screaming at the playground though.

Okay, that’s not funny, but I love the cartoon anyway, thanks Don.

Rezarta, our gifted and enthusiastic photographer took these pictures while we were at Chudleighs.  Aren’t they beautiful?

Peanuts doesn’t go to school though, and neither does little Peyton, now crawling.  Is she not the perfect Gerber baby, for those who remember the Gerber baby on those jars of baby food… You don’t remember? Ok, ok, so I am OLD.

Have a great day, (beautiful babes from Ireland)

I wish I knew you guys,

September Shows in Paris

Our friend and fellow blogger Carol Gillott attended the Christian Dior exhibit.  Oh my gosh, here was a guy who wanted all women to feel so special in his clothing.

Wish I could attend The show is on until January 7.  A quick flight would fix this dilemma, just saying. 
Contemplation going on here. Let’s see, hmm Christmas gift to myself, and get that French umbrella while I’m there.. sounds good to me. Paris vs turkey, ha! Ha!




I feel so humble this morning. While I woke up to a beautiful sunny day overlooking our bay, I can’t help but thinking of the hundreds of thousands of people struggling with their lives, neighbours of ours..

Fires, hurricanes, exodus. A complex, frightening and uncertain existence now and for their future.

One thing for sure, adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.  

So my feelings this morning are those of bittersweet.  Tonight our grandchildren come to stay over. Their innocence will cheer us up, allow us to have those moments which are so precious. We are going to hold them tight.