Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


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On the weekend my lovely Scrabble group and Robbie Burns celebrants, gathered to toast my birthday. I’m really stretching this birthday out, but that’s because it’s  something to be celebrated…living all these years in peace, in Canada!  living in happiness and health and being loved…who wouldn’t celebrate that!


The setting at Dee’s was fabulous. Friends around the table…friends, the wine of life. And I’ll keep this man too! He must be the liqueur of life.


The fresh flower was one of many on the Birthday cake, so icing tipped and all, it went into my hair. Sometimes a photo just moves me, and this one does. It tells a big story to me. The earrings were from Unionville, Ontario, where we lived just over 14 years ago, and moved from to Nova Scotia.  The face is the result of those 14 extra years here…and as always I am so glad we made the move. We don’t need to look around now, at 70 (me) to wonder where we’ll retire to. We did it already. Our family loves visiting us here or even moving here…(more about that as it unfolds.) Life is good…not to gloat, but to recognize that when good fortune is with us.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017


Version 3I am still enjoying all my beautiful flower arrangements! A long while ago, I worked as a florist, so I really admire beautiful bouquets, and simple single roses, or the always lovely tulips. Basically I love all flowers, so these make me smile!


…and this huge arrangement from Drea and family! it looks amazing. The largest bouquet I have ever received. So let it rain or snow, I’m inside enjoying my flowers, sipping my coffee, rereading the 70 reasons why I’m loved. I’m milking this birthday for longer than any other, but that’s the privilege of age.


Wednesday, December 6th, 2017


I forgot to add that there was dancing, and today would have been my father’s birthday…each year there was my birthday, then my grandfather’s (my grandparents lived with us), then my dad’s – all within days. Any party my parents had called for dancing! so I know my dad would love to see this photo today. Keeping up the traditions. My parents rolled up the big living room carpet, had the stereo on, the records skipping, and as the evening went on, and the vodka came out, the Polish and Russian music worked their way into the quieting scene.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


It was lovely to have a party this past Saturday for my entry into my eighth decade!!  It took many hands to do the preparations, and certainly Tori and Drea were hard working, as were friends behind the scenes, but I particularly loved this photo of the guys, with Noah making a definite statement by his “walk about” right out of the kitchen!


IMG_0300Noah did dress up though…he was all about the party, doing some Break Dancing moves!


Harper showed off her first tutu! and her parents showed her off, and I’m showing off all three.


I’m also showing off Drea and Jockel! as they deserve! All the kids worked so hard to create a great weekend, including those in L.A. and N.Z.  I’m still feeling the glow from these past few days.






Friday, December 1st, 2017


On Friday I turned 70! and all I had wanted for my birthday was to have all our family with us. That would have been 19!  from 4 children we’ve multiplied to 19.  So…clever, amazing children …this happened. Our son Ryan and his sweet family had arrived, and Drea and her family joined us for dinner. When the cake was presented, Drea followed with the computer, and on a joint screen, there was the California and the New Zealand family.   And there were tears!!!


I was instructed to open a certain gift in view of the computer..


This was cause for many more tears. Seventy things that the children, their fabulous partners/spouses, and their children, love about me!  The best birthday. I couldn’t sleep at night thinking about those 70 things. Feeling very young at heart at 70!