Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Belonging

thanks to Sue W and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts https://weeklyprompts.com/2023/02/01/weekly-prompts-wednesday-challenge-belonging/

Before COVID I belonged to a group of bakers. Every week, twice a week, we got together to make dough and bake bread in the wood burning oven at Montgomery’s Inn, one of Toronto’s Historical Museums. When COVID hit in March 2020 all volunteer jobs were eliminated and bread baking ceased to exist for almost three years. I loved belonging to this group of men and women who came together every week and I look forward to the day that we can once again get together to make bread.

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I also belong to an organization of mostly women artists but also some men and that too has reduced it’s in person activities considerably since COVID hit. I love belonging to such a creative group that shares knowledge and ideas so freely and openly. It’s given me the confidence to pursue my art journey and I even hosted my first solo art show in 2022.

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I also belong to a lawn bowling club and this past year we’ve been able to get together in person to play ‘normal’ games where we can have three people per side and use all the lanes at the same time. We were also able to celebrate Canada Day and we had a year end dinner. A great group of people that I’m happy to call friends.

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The most precious of groups that I belong to is that of my family and friends. COVID has been difficult but thanks to ZOOM and WhatsApp, I’ve been able to stay connected. In the past year we’ve been able to travel again to visit family overseas and on the east coast and we’ve even gotten together for celebrations to acknowledge milestone birthdays.

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Christmas at the Centennial Park Conservatory

all decked out in red and white with poinsettias, amaryllis, kalanchoe and more

Every year the Centennial Park Conservatory decorates the north greenhouse with a Christmas theme. It is well worth a visit.

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – December 17, 2022

thanks to Sue W. and GC for the prompt ‘wish’ https://weeklyprompts.com/2022/12/17/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-wish/

What do you wish for this time of year? Presents, time with the family, solitude, Peace, good health…..?

My wish for all is whatever brings you happiness. Presents are nice and I love to give them but the other things on my list are more important to me. I loved spending time with my granddaughters and my family this year. That was my number one wish in 2022.

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My son, daughter-in-law in England

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My Granddaughter in New Brunswick

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Travelling with my husband when he was well

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Walking on the beach at my cottage with friends

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A Walk to Remember All Soldiers

….thanks to Becky B for hosting Walking Squares, https://beckybofwinchester.com/2022/11/11/walking-squares-11/

Today is November 11, 2022, Remembrance Day. In recent years the Cenotaph that was located on 8th Street was moved to Col. Sam Smith Park. I decided to pay my respects and made the Etobicoke South Cenotaph my destination.

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Day 3….Halloween, Candy and Purple Hair

….after two busy sightseeing days today was a down day

After breakfast this morning I took a walk around the neighbourhood close to the hotel. I picked up some decorations, purple hair dye and candy for the kiddies.

Then I met with my daughter and we walked in the opposite direction and explored more of Moncton. She treated me to a lovely lunch before we headed back to her home.

Time to clean out the pumpkin, put up the decorations and get Winnie ready for trick or treating.

My little Harley Quinn

Of course I had to get into the spirit of dressing up so I put on a hat with purple hair and I let Winnie dye my bangs purple as well.

When Winnie returned with her loot bag filled with treats she dumped everything on the floor and then sorted it into categories. In total she had 180 chocolate bars, bags of chips and suckers.

Back at the hotel I brushed out my hair and decided that I actually liked that little bit of purple in my hair.

What do you think?