March Squares – A Little Piece of Italy

…..March 13….thanks to Becky B from Life With B for hosting March Square

Back in the summer there was a wonderful exhibition of a giant quilt called The Quilt of Belonging. It was on display at the Canadian National Exhibition and each square represents the cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation in the world. There are 263 blocks in this quilt that measures 120 feet long (36 metres) and 10.5 feet high (3.5 metres).

The first square that I’m sharing with you represents Italy. I wasn’t sure how this house showcased Italian culture but apparently the house in this block is based on a popular song called A Little House in Canada. The song describes the dream of many Italians to own a small house in Canada surrounded by a pool of fish and many lilacs.


WPC – Ascend

…this week’s theme for the weekly photo challenge is ascend

I was a bit perplexed by the word ascend so I looked up the definition.


ascends (third person present) · ascended (past tense) · ascended (past participle) · ascending (present participle)
  1. go up or climb:
    “she ascended the stairs” · “new magmas were created and ascended to the surface”
    synonyms: climb · go up/upward · move up/upward · rise (up) · clamber (up) · mount· scale · conquer · take to the air · take off · rocket
    antonyms: descend
    • climb to the summit of (a mountain or hill):
      “the first traveler to ascend the mountain”
    • (of a fish or boat) move upstream along (a river).
  2. rise through the air:
    “we had ascended 3,000 ft”
    • (of a road or flight of steps) slope or lead up:
      “the road ascends to the lake”
    • move up the social or professional scale:
      “he took exams to ascend through the ranks” · “some executives ascend to top-level positions”
    • (of a spiritual being or soul) rise into heaven:
      “the Prophet ascended to heaven” · “the risen and ascended Christ”
    • (of a voice or sound) rise in pitch:
      “Carolyn’s voice had ascended into high-pitched giggles”

      With definition in hand I found some photos that I felt ‘ascended’ to the challenge.




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!