Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge – Week 43

thanks to XingFu Mama for hosting the Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge https://xingfumama.blog/2020/10/23/pull-up-a-seat-photo-challenge-2020-week-43/

COVID numbers in Toronto and a few other urban areas in Ontario are on the rise so the government has closed bars, restaurants and gyms again in those cities most affected. We went for a walk through High Park this week looking for places to have a picnic later in the week. We were hoping to find washroom facilities and a place to purchase a coffee. We struck out in both areas. So sad to see these abandoned chairs at the Park’s only restaurant. The good news is that there are covered areas where we can sit and have a snack brought from home.

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Which Way Photo Challenge – Oct. 23, 2020

thanks to Alive and Trekking for hosting the Which Way Photo Challenge https://aliveandtrekking.com/2020/10/23/which-way-photo-challenge-october-23-2020/

This is my favourite time of year and one of my favourite places in the city of Toronto is High Park. The colours are amazing and magical.

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Spooky Doors in High Park

….thanks to Norm for hosting Thursday Doors https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/thursday-doors-october-22-2020/

Even during COVID people are decorating their homes and doors for Hallowe’en. As numbers rise in the city of Toronto there is an ever increasing risk that Trick or Treating will be discouraged. The residents in the High Park area, however, are not discouraged and continue to dig out their ghosts, goblins and other spooky characters to celebrate October 31st.

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Sadness in my Heart

….at 94 my father took his last breath on October 15, 2020

You may have noticed that I have not been very active on my blog in the last few day. The loss of my father has been very difficult and making arrangements for his cremation has been very time consuming. My husband has made many of the calls to family and friends to inform them of our loss and for that I am eternally grateful. Slowly I have been able to speak to those close to me and many of them have stepped up to let others know of Dad’s passing.

https://cremationcare.ca/tribute/details/340/Heinz-Winkler/obituary.html

COVID of course has made it impossible to have the big funeral Dad had always hoped for. Yesterday we were allowed a small gathering of 10 family members for 30 minutes to say farewell and pay our respects. For those in attendance it helped bring us closure and for that we are grateful.

I want people to know that Dad did not suffer pain and that in his final hours he slept and passed away peacefully with me by his side. Again COVID did not allow more than one family member to be present in the hospital and even with that I needed a special designation to be there. The nurses and support staff were wonderful and tried to give me as much emotional support as possible in my time of need. The hardest part for me was having to deal with this on my own and not having my family there. In the end Dad got his wish and died in his sleep.

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