Saturday, July 8, 2017

SPIDER-MAN Homecoming

   We went to the 3:15 matinee at the VIP Theatre yesterday, opening day of the newest Spiderman film in 3D. Buddy has always been a fan and couldn't wait to see it. He received a movie pass as an early BD gift so it made sense to get in on the action. 
   It was a challenge to book online. Each time I master one account things have to change. I had to start with adding a new account that would then merge with my original one so my points would remain. It took me a whole hour and at the end I was instructed to print my bar code to take to the movie theatre where real tickets would have to be printed at a kiosk. No more print at home option. 
   That was weird but I went to the actual ticket counter. Kiosks are a visual challenge with intructions and buttons to get right. We had reserved seats. I got that all wrong. They have the screen in reverse position to most live theatres so I chose seats too far from the screen during the online bookimg. As the usher took us way up we asked to change and as we were in a rather empty room changing to seats closer to,the screen was no issue. 
   Nicely seated in comfy chairs we ordered our meal and drinks and settled in for the show to begin. There were at least 20 minutes of commercials before the movie began. (Wish the extra fee for VIP could get rid of that.) The lights went out for the main feature and we watched with delight.
   A newbie Spiderman in the making was worth all the effort because the movie was fun. It was less dark and more appealing to our taste.  Buddy left smiling. I left happy too.
   Now we have a new option to use our ticket stub to buy a digital film at a reduced rate of $19.99 on the new account I had to create.  Is that really a bargain price? 
   More challening will be getting it done correctly online. I am curious to give it a try but wonder about how it links all we did that day together. The stub carries a lot of information. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Glass Concert Hall

  On June 21 the three of us took  public transit into downtown to attend a concert. Karl Orff"s Carmina Burana was being put on as part of the TSO collection for the celebration of Canada's 150 years of Confederation on July 1st.
   We were a bit early so we walked around the area and were amazed at the many new glass high rise buildings that had sprung up around the concert hall that opened 35 years ago. 
   Glass as a building material has had me wondering for many years. While it appears to look so glamorous I wonder if it can stand the test of future weather changes or time.
The concert itself while composed in the 1930's was a stark contrast to modernity as it was made up of many vocal pieces all written in latin about secular peasant life around Bavaria at about 1300 A.D. The information had come to Karl from notes from a monestary and he found a superb way to tell it. It was a thrill to hear it.
     Grand child turned today. Buddy will be 44. I move up a notch too.
           Happy 4th of July to many American friends.
P.S.  Carina Burana may be found on Youtube if you want to hear it. Many of you will recognize the opening.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gitfed Moments

I love when flowers are given to me by hubby. He still thinks of doing this.
Buddy is happy too at those special moments yet they are now fewer.
And sadly hubby forgets when he brought them at times by asking how they came to our table.
We just cherish good moments now no matter how brief.
There is a huge downside to memory loss. It is the anger and frustration that the afflicted is filled with. Fear too.
We focus on gifted moments whenever we can.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


She wasn't even born this time last year
and already she's standing at the bookshelf 
finding something that appeals to her tender age 
of 10 months at the local library. I cannot get 
over the speed at which an infant moves from 
helpless to one of curiosity and testing all that
is around. My daughter is a most patient Mom.
Buddy, like all of us, is smitten by this tiny person. 
We are all excited that the family is visiting again soon.
They will be back for 
Canada's Big Bash 
150 years as a nation as she turns 1!
Time passes fast so it won't be long from now that 
we'll be together again.
              She uses her right tippy toe to balance herself on the floor and 
                   places her left hand on the shelf for firm support. Standing        alone has developed. Walking support free will come soon.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Special Times

Spring has arrived late and after a snowy beginning of April by today we  finally have a bit sunshine and a bit of warmth so a planter of the season has been put in place by our front steps.
Buddy wanted the indoor of our home to show a bit of Easter so we decorated. In the kitchen he placed a little chick and small yellow bunny on the table. We are showing a photo of what he put on the dining room table. The bunnies are for his sis and BIL.
 Grandbaby and parents arrived last night from UK just for the weekend as we have a family wedding on Saturday. 
Today we have my sister and some family over for lunch.
This is truly a special time to share with family and friends. Where ever you are and whatever you are celebrating we wish you joy and peace.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Unusual Tulips

It was NewYear's eve when hubby made a kind gesture by arriving home with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. White tulips, a very unusual flower for this time of yer. I was thrilled for my Mom passed on a tradition that one should have fresh flowers to go into the new year. Tulips were one of her favourite flowers. Earlier in the day Buddy and I had tried to pick up cut flowers at our local grocers but nothing worthy was left so we just brought home a few delicacies for our threesome to enjoy later that eve. 
Buddy had asked for a party. I assured him we would have fun. He went down to the basement and brought up the hats and goodies that go with the tradition just before hubby came home.
Hubby still manages to head to his office though he gets very little done. At the moment we don't want to take that from him until becomes absolutely necessary since it is one aspect of his daily routine that helps his sense of self worth and identity. He believes he is fine.
Since by now many major clients as well as his trusted long employee have left him because of his behaviour that lead to huge arguments and disagreements it seems okay. His ability to be precise as their accountant is likely compromised as his dementia increases. No clients currently are at risk. He still has a few small trusted clients willing to hang in for now knowing things are changing.
It has been two weeks that the tulips came to our home and today they are still upright. I have never had tulips last so long. It is truly an unusual bunch. I smile when I see them.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year"s Concert 2017

This concert was put together in the style of a Viennese New Year's Concert with music from the 1700, 1800 and 1900 hundreds. Waltzes from the Strausses were familiar to most and then there were bits from Lehar that were less well known but perfect for the event.
We were so fortunate to be right at the front so Buddy and I could enjoy the details on the dancers costumes as they lept around the front of the stage. The arias were also captivating, even enchanting.
The entire performance was full of joy and had us laughing and clapping along as requested by the Kappelmeister.  The dancers dazzled us with period costumes in most of their dances.
At intermission there were tables set up filled with big slices of Black Forest cake or huge portions of Strudel with any amount of whipped cream as desired for one to enjoy with a coffee or a tea or whatever else one would prefer.
The second part of the concert was over almost too soon. However, the Kappelmeister stretched out the ending by adding a couple of fun polkas before the finale.
It was definitely a very uplifting afternoon. As we headed home we knew there would be a family gathering of kids and cousins to join us for dinner and we were definitely already in a festive mood thanks too the concert, Salute to Vienna held at Roy Thomson Hall.
Have you ever had that Viennese traditional concert experience?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas 2016

 Merry Christmas 
Seasons Greetings 
It has been a very long time since anything was posted. As you know at my place just like many of yours much can happen and distract us from the blogging world.
Hubby went through a bad memory loss spell that brought much anger with our inability to communicate effectively in our household. He is on a new med and has improved enough to bring back some smiles.
Baby grandaughter and parents are here from UK for the holidays. 
Buddy is delighted but he too is showing changes in his love for social interactions. He is way too quiet of late while amongst family or friends. 
However, he did show his usual excitement for tree decorating, shopping for presents, gift wrapping and a quick word with his pal, Santa. 
He waHe very patiently listening to the live performance of Handel's Messiah last eve and while sitting in the car heading home through a light snowfall that coated all things around us he uttered that it was all so fantastic.
This is Buddy's tree for this year. We got a new star that sparkles. It 
makes our hearts feel joyful.
May you all feel special too.
'Tis the season.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bromley Fun

   We are enjoying time in UK together . I am able to post photos again but now I have issues with font styles and other choices. I guess we are all challenged by the fast changes in technology sent our way almost weekly.
    Prior to our departure I managed to get us relocated into our newst rental home. The move was a challenge but we were back to normal by our departure date in early September. And we are comfortable and happy in our surroundings. The back garden is much nicer than any we've had for some time. The lovely deck encouraged us to have several nice BBQ's during August.
   We only had time for one local event a fair on September 4th the CNE. Buddy loves going each year. This year we even went on two rides; the huge ferris wheel and Mouse Trap, a mini rail/coaster type of a ride. We laughed a lot. I bought a candy apple and somehow it stayed in my bag and made it onto our flight and all the way to my room in Bromley.
   On the 6th we headed to the airport for a pleasant flight to London though none of us slept much. A cab was arranged to bring us from the airport to Bromley where we had booked a hotel room and where our daughter and gran greeted us. The hotel is near to her house and close to some nice parks. Buddy and hubby wanted to sleep there and I went to her house to be with the little one. My SIL works away from home during the week so it is nice to be around to help with the gran who is now 10 weeks old and a lot of fun.
   Our visit has been blessed with awesome weather so far and we are just spending family time with little side trips to eat out or shop. We all needed this quiet time to unwind.
In a few days fall begins and today there's a harvest moon out there.
We are blessed and thankful for this lovely journey.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Horniman Museum

On June 24 I had a chance to visit the HORNIMAN MUSEUM located on London Road in Frorest Hill , London. It is one of the oldest places to be opened for viewing artifacts of the Hornimam family collection. The indoor exhibits I loved best were the stuffed animal including a giant walrus from Canada, the area of a huge collection of old instrument of all categories including a few newer ones and finally the outdoor herb and food gardens. One area was set up for Brazilian festivites for the up coming Games. The area showed assorted recipes along with all the plants one would harvest to create it. I thought it was very creative in concept. There were of course other areas showing many less familiar plants like the pomegranate one along side local ones like red currant plants. I love eating the fruits of both.
There is also a big groomed park area with benches where people can enjoy being in a green place and a gorgeous conservatory that may be book for weddings.
The added aquarium area and a dinosaur one I opted out from as they are more fun with Buddy around.
I left for you to google the history of the place. The Horiman family ran the largest tea business in the mid 1800's. 

P.S. No more iPad app for blogger from Apple has many in the teaching field very upset. I can say I too do not get why Apple withdrew this very useful app. It was great for oldtimers not just teachers and students. Apple will loose followers and revenue from such unfounded decisions claiming it was not used much. The whole field of education that opted to use iPads for classrooms was overlooked. And many seniors loved this app with its ease of use. I thought seniors had some marketing power with their ability to spend and invest in their Apple products. Nope ! News tha Apple is
now trailling may be because they wear blinders when it comes to payimg attention to all their faithful customers. The new music app really was not needed!! Give us back our blogger app. I would even pay to have it. After all it is about making money as well as satisfied folloers.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I cannot post any photos here with my iPad so I thought I'd share a movie experience. I have always admired Maggie Smith sins her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Yesterday I watched her in Lady in the Van and found it very touching. I was surprised that it was based on a mostly true event. The movie won quite a few awards yet I had missed hearing of it. I'm so happy I watched it. I was touched by it. Aging is difficult. This movie shoes it in a dramatic yet at times humorous way.n i hope to see it a second time to capture it more intensely.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Event

At the moment I am in the London area in UK . I am hoping to be around to see my first grandchild.
It is unusual for me to be away from the rest of my family. It has not happened in 7 years. I am using my latest iPad to post and read blogs. I still haven't figured out how to get photos back on this site. But I have time now so maybe I 'll figure it out?