SuperDogs and the Midway

….more fun from the CNE

All those years at the CNE and I never once managed to find the time to see the SuperDogs show. This year my daughters and I made it a priority and we weren’t disappointed. The show is free and the stands always fill up quickly. This show is fun and not meant to be taken seriously.

The CNE would not be the same for me or my girls if we didn’t walk through the midway. We’re not big on the rides but we like to look at them. We do, however, enjoy playing some of the games. At $5.00 a pop, Whack a Mole didn’t hold our attention for too long. We each tried it once but there was always someone with faster reflexes than us. We also liked playing the water guns but seat #12 always seemed to come in first. The Birthday Games also didn’t bring us any prizes this year.

After the girls and I parted ways I couldn’t help myself and I went back to the water gun booth and sat on chair 12. Success!

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Tree Trimming by the Lake

…..clearing overhanging branches and wild shrubbery

I’ve lived in my neighbourhood for over 38 years and I can’t say I’ve ever seen the city sending work crews to trim the trees by the lake. I’m sure they have; I’ve just never been there to witness it. It’s quite the operation and it took several days to prune and manicure the trees in the park at the end of my street.

I’m glad they weren’t taken down completely. Toronto really prides itself on the amount of green space we have and the natural canopy that the trees provide. Many years ago it was rumoured that some of the residents discouraged the planting of new trees because they took away their view of the lake and in the dark of night they ¬†went in and cut down any new trees that were planted. Attitudes certainly have changed over the years. Last year the city went in and planted at least ¬†20 new trees in our park alone.

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My Dad’s Love

…..even at 90 Dad gets excited about my birthday

Days before my birthday, Dad went shopping and picked up two dozen red roses that he kept hidden in his apartment. On the morning of my birthday he got up early and brought up the roses, a box of chocolates and a birthday card and set them on the kitchen table. When I woke up an hour later I was greeted with this lovely gift.

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Later in the evening my husband, Dad and I went out for dinner at a new restaurant in the neighbourhood. Actually the restaurant has been there for ten years but it was our first visit. We had a lovely meal together.

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I’m truly blessed that Dad is still so vibrant and healthy. He really has a zest for life.