1) Jill, please forgive me. I just want you to know that I do not wear this get-up in public...ever! LOL! I was at home, in the garden with John and our nieces. I know you'd shoot me if you ever saw me wear a sundress and workboots... together! You're surprised I even have garden boots, right?
2) Lotus, in case you're wondering about the plastic drop-sheet I put over our 10x100 ft garden (yes, I am insane!!), I was trying to figure out how best to combat the weeds when I don't exactly have time to do any weeding all the time. Last year, I weeded (I couldn't keep up with the darn weeds!) and it was back-breaking effort just to keep up. The year before that, we mulched. This year, we put plastic down so the weeds wouldn't grow through...and we mulched. I'm thinking next year we'll do a combination of this method and perhaps some raised beds!!! Of course, I couldn't do 10x100 ft of raised beds! Hubby would kill me!
Before we begin our tour, sit down and have a smoothie. It's custom in my culture to always feed our guests.
Asparagus, now going to seed. We had a hearty crop this year. I didn't know that you could eat asparagus raw! One of the "old timers" told me that! They're actually really tasty raw. They taste like snowpeas!
Today, I would like to pay hommage to two very important men in my life...both of whom have passed away. Grandpa (my dad's dad) died when I was very young. I only wish I could have had a few more years with him. From what I do remember, he was such a wonderful man and so funny too!
He stayed with us when he got sick (he developed diabetes) and my dad and mom had him live with us. I remember that he was not to have anything with sugar, so that meant absolutely no sweets! Grandpa loved sweets! He would give my brother and me $1 US if we gave him our chocolate and promised not to tell Ma and Pa! LOL! One day, Grandpa was eating a powdered jelly donut and then tried to hide it from my dad. Dad said, "What are you doing?" and Grandpa leaned back against the sink, facing my dad, with the donut behind his back...but with all the evidence of the white sugar powder all over his face! LOL! It was a terribly sad, yet funny moment. It was at that moment, I realized my Grandpa was no longer the alpha male in the house. He looked like a small child being caught doing something he shouldn't.
This photo was taken at Niagara Falls. I was just a tiny little thing back then. It was Grandpa's wish to see the Falls. My dad's youngest sister is in the pic with us.
Daddy passed away when I was teaching overseas. I had just gotten my teaching position, so I was not able to take time off for a "holiday". I insisted that attending a funeral was indeed not a holiday! Anyway, I wasn't able to be with my family for the funeral and I was so far from home. I don't think I ever really obtained any closure until just a few years ago.
Though a bit blurry, I love this pic. It's of Daddy, my middle brother and me in the field near our old house. Now, the field and its wonderful little creatures no longer exist. The entire neighbourhood has become developed. The field is gone, and in its place there are new homes and stores. It feels like part of my childhood has been taken away. I don't even like revisiting our old neighbourhood because so much has changed and the people who bought our house have neglected it. It's no longer that proud, cheerful home that stood on the corner of the street. There's overgrowth and weeds...the fence hasn't even been mended. The paint has faded and chipped. It's so very sad since we took such great care of it.
Both pics are pre-Baby Bro, since he is eleven years younger than me. Middle Bro and I are only a year and a half apart.
Here's the sweet little shout out they gave me on their blog.
Now I am to pass along the honor to 5 other Rockin' Girl Bloggers! This is a very tough feat, as I read sooooo many really cool blogs by sooooo many really amazing, intelligent, witty, hilarious women!
Ms.Mamma- a truly amazing, inspiring, talented mamma. I just love, love, love her and her blog. She's beautiful, funny, and straight to the point and real. She takes the most gorgeous photos and she's got the most adorable little bambino named Snowflake and the cutest canine babies too!
CanineCologne- she's spunky, she's fun, she's got great taste in music, she takes great pics of the world around her...and she's one of my favourite foodies!!
Lotus- I fell in love with her blog. She's sooooooooo intelligent and always has so many interesting things to write about. She's another one of my fave foodies. I also love the fact that she is trying to 'share her love of food while trying to tread lightly'.
CuriosityKiller- She's hip! She's wild! She's fun! She's talented and creative! She's a friend of mine in real life. Blogging is our way of keeping in touch while she lives the cosmopolitan life (a la Carrie Bradshaw) in Hong Kong, while I've nestled into cozy country living on Manitoulin Island.
J- always has topics that make you really think. I love her style of writing and her wisdom. She always seems to have a logical response to any question or dilemma a person could have. She's got a wealth of information and I'm glad she is willing to share it! She's got great taste in literature and I love what a wonderful relationship she has with her hubby and her daughter.
Of course, I think that there are plenty of other Rockin' Girl Bloggers, but I was to only choose five! Jane, Audrey and Sharon...I wasn't sure if I could choose you since you chose me. I totally would have chosen you! Kim, Mist, GirlieMonkey, Karen and the rest of you ladies...you are all wonderful and I check out your blogs every day too! :)
Keep on rockin' and pass on the linky luv to 5 more rockin' girl bloggers!
#1 My blog is kind of boring and not very interesting.
#2 I started the blog to keep in touch with family, friends and students now that I have moved out of the city and to an island that is in the middle of the Great Lakes.
#3 I never advertise or promote my blog, so I assumed it was tucked away, well hidden in cyber space.
Looking at my Clustr Map, I am interested to see where everyone is from! Which part of the globe are you located and how did you find this sorry excuse for a blog? :)
PS. I was considering changing the blog, since I noticed most blogs have a theme or an actual point. There are cooking blogs, humour blogs, mommy blogs (which a lot of my friends have), teaching blogs, travel blogs, etc. I was thinking maybe I should focus on one thing instead of lumping everything under one roof. What do you think?
* I get to live on such a beautiful island
* I have a wonderful husband
* We have a great life up here together
*I don't live too far from my parents and my mother-in-law
* We're close to nature
* We don't have the hectic commutes to work every day
* I don't have to live in a crowded, polluted, congested place
* It's a healthier lifestyle here (lots of physical activity every day and no junk food close by)
* We're doing what we love doing
* We get to go to the beach whenever we want
* My pup, Chance is so much happier having so much land to run around on
* Our two little nieces live close-by and spend a lot of time with us
*I've got a amazing sister-in-law who lives just around the corner from us
*We have a lot of very good friends in our lives. We're so lucky!
I'm kinda sad because:
*I sometimes miss the rest of my family
* I really miss my Baby Bro
*I don't get to see my little nephew, Kenny all the time. He's now 4 months old and I've seen him 3 times, but I still feel like I'm missing out on his growing up
* I always miss family events like this past weekend's bridal shower/stag for my cousin and his fiancee. At least we'll be at the wedding in August though.
* I don't get to see my friends often. We visit with them twice or three times a year or they come up to see us.Here are a few pics of the family fun I missed in Montreal on the weekend: (above) The happy couple, looking so cute together! (below) Baby Bro's girlfriend. Good lord...She's officially part of our crazy family! LOL!
Baby bro and my cousin. Goofy, eh? LOL!Little Kenny and my cousin, Jey. I cannot believe how fast my little nephew is growing...and I'm missing out on it all :(
I also miss the girls! They are so much fun :) See you at the wedding in August!
HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! One of the things I miss about teaching and living in Japan is watching all the crazy TV game shows they have there! The Japanese certainly know how to have a good laugh. Their pranks are so crazy and over the top! If anyone were to ever play a prank like this in North America, I'd imagine there would be huge lawsuits dished out!
Enjoy (I know I have a warped sense of humour)! I hope this gives you your daily dose of laughter. It certainly gave me my fix! *sigh* Gotta love Japanese game shows! LOL!
This photo was taken circa 1983 on one of our trips to Trinidad and Tobago to spend Christmas with my Dad's family. This photo was taken before our youngest brother was born.
I really miss those good 'ol days when we used to go traveling together as a family. I miss the excitement of always being on the go during summer and winter vacation. My brother and I used to hang out with the locals, and return to Canada with a "Trini accent" for a few weeks! We'd also climb mango trees, pick the fruit off and just eat the mangoes and get our hands and faces all sticky with mango juice. We'd get one of my grandmother's employees to get us fresh coconut and we'd drink the coconut juice (or as some call it, coconut 'milk') straight from the coconut! LOL! We'd pick bananas (the little ones) and eat them...and my brother would even spend days catching lizards. We'd go to the beach and see sea turtles. We'd build sand castles and bury each other in the sand. We'd listen to calypso and steel band music. We'd eat 'doubles', chickpea and channa, roti and jerk chicken. We would bring all our school books but we never ended up doing any work! Those were our carefree, youthful days. I do miss those kinds of days.
PS. Thanks to Dawn for letting everyone use the Throwback Thursday banner she made!
I think next time I take friends sightseeing, I should split up the trips and spend more time in each spot. One day we should see Michael's Bay and spend time on the beach at either Carter Bay or Providence Bay. The next day, we could see the Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong and walk the hiking trails up to the bay. We could even check out some of the lighthouses around the island. Another day would be reserved for beach time in South Bay and checking out the little shops near the ferry terminal. We could even take the boat across to Tobermory and spend the day there. On the Tobermory side, there are many things to see and do: scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours, shops, pubs, restaurants, and all kinds of neat things.
The bride was stunning and the groom was dashing. We are so excited for the newlyweds. They are certainly one of our favourite couples ever.
While in Ottawa, we also had a chance to spend some time with some very good family friends. Good food, good company, good times. That's what life is all about--Being with the people you love the most in the world. Little Lily is such a sweet girl! Too cute!
Now we're home and my friend Dina, her hubby and their baby are here for a few days. Tomorrow, we're off to do some touristy things! I'm going to take them to the Bridal Veil Falls, Providence Bay, Carter Bay, and the Manitoulin Soap Factory. We'll wrap up the evening with supper at the Garden's Gate Restaurant :)
Hubby took the last pic. I thought it was kind of cool.
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City girl moves to the country, falls in love, and marries a farmer. She tries to incorporate her city ways with her new country lifestyle and blogs to keep in touch with friends, family & students who live far, far away :) Can this city girl go country? Watch as she learns all sorts of exciting things about life on the farm and in a small rural community. *UPDATE* We are now parents! Our baby girl was born on Nov. 11, 2008 (at 28 weeks gestation- 12 weeks premature, but she's quite the trooper)!!!