Mask Police-Special Task Force Unit

In recent days, I have taken on a new role.  Quite by accident really, but nonetheless I have joined the special task force unit known (only to me) as the Mask Police. 😷 

Allow me to explain.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past 7 or 8 months, you might not be aware that across the globe, we have been grappling with a little thing called a pandemic, namely Covid 19.

While the rest of us muster on facing the challenges to varying degrees of living with Covid hanging, quite literally in the air, there are countless experts working tirelessly trying to figure out the best way in which we can come out of this pandemic with the least amount of casualties.  

Of course there are also groups of nitwits people who feel this is all just a hoax, claiming some sort of conspiracy theory to explain what is going on in the world today.🤔

Forgive me if I have offended you, but when it comes to dealing with a pandemic, I choose to side with science.  I will defer to the experts who have dedicated their lives both through education and hands on service, in an effort to figure these kinds of very complex things out.  

So how, you might ask, did I become part of the special task force known as the Mask Police?

According to the doctors of science, along with a number of experts in this field, it has been suggested that, in addition to ensuring proper washing of our hands, there are two main ports of entry/exit on the human body which case concern with respect to both protecting ourselves from getting the virus, as well as spreading the virus to other humans.  They are the nose and the mouth.

For anyone who doesn’t have a calculator handy and might need one, that equates to two.  

Not One.  Two.

Nose (1) + Mouth (1) = 2

Now I personally don’t think that really sounds all that complicated, or as the experts might say, “it’s not rocket science”.  But apparently for some, it really is.  

Which is where the special task force comes in.

For weeks I have witnessed people wearing masks ineffectively .  For weeks I have remained silent.  But in recent days, with numbers on the rise once again, I have joined the special task force unit of Mask Police.  

I have become that person.  

See the two areas of concern? Count them with me. One. Two.

I respectfully wear my mask correctly covering the two areas of concern when I am supposed to, so when I see you wearing your mask under your nose, I am going to remind you it is only effective when we wear our masks correctly.

If you give me that look of, “I don’t understand,” I am happy to show you as I point to my mouth & my nose.  I invite you to count them with me.

One.  Two.

This photo demonstrates that neither points of entry/exit are covered. Big thumbs down!

When I see you in an aisle of a public store sipping on your take-out coffee with your mask down around your chin, I am going to give you the stink eye politely suggest that your mask is not effective down around your chin.  

Count the problem areas with me.  

One. Two.

Like so many of you, I too, am suffering from COVID fatigue.  I don’t like wearing a mask anymore than you do!

But here’s the thing.  If we don’t comply with the rules, this rotten virus is just going to hang around & it will be a very long time before we are able to share smiles with one another and breathe the virus free air together. 

Our friends in the area of science are working day & night trying to develop a safe vaccine so that the rest of us can finally rip off our masks or dangle it from our ear or wear it as a scarf around our neck without the worry of infecting or being infected from another human being.

Easy Peasy. One. Two.

However, for the foreseeable future, until that happens, just wear the damn mask properly! Two spots people!  Just two!

I shall continue to walk the beat of the special task force unit of Mask Police.  I invite you to join me in politely pointing it out for those who can not count to two.  

Virtual Hugs,

L💕

 

 

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Happy Birthday Canada!

An incredible day at Lake Louise

The privilege to live in the country I call home has never been lost on me, but in the midst of a pandemic, I have never felt more grateful to reside in my beloved Canada. 🇨🇦

It’s a genetic crapshoot when it comes to the place & people we are born into.  Living in Canada, for me, often feels like I won the lottery.

Over the past 4 or 5 months, we have all watched as countries across our globe have struggled with the impacts of Covid-19.

Some more successful than others in their strategies, some tragically suffering unbelievable loss of life.

Here in Canada, I feel that our various levels of government, regardless of what political party they stand for, have worked tirelessly & collectively together, to the best of their ability, to ensure Canadians are safe & well.

Is it perfect?  Of course not.  But when I read & hear how other countries are faring through all of this chaos, once again, I find myself counting my blessings to live where I do.

And so, as Canada celebrates its 153rd birthday today, I encourage my fellow Canadians to take a moment to reflect on all this beautiful country offers us.

I have had the pleasure of seeing & experiencing much of our country, although I still have a few provinces to tick off my list.  I think that may become my priority over the next little while!

This Canada Day, we may not be able to participate in the same kind of celebration we have had in the past, but we can & should stand proud & acknowledge the bounty of gifts this beautiful nation of ours offers us.

How incredibly lucky we are to call Canada home.

I leave you with a wonderful video I shared in a previous post.  When the Canada Tourism Commission challenged Canadians in 2012 to capture their beloved country on film, they received 65 hours of video & 7000 submissions.  Below is the 2 minute final cut, a snapshot of our home & native land.  Happy Birthday Canada! 😘🇨🇦🎉  

Near or far, may we never stop exploring!  Stay safe & well my friends.

Hugs,

L❤️

You can read more of my thoughts on being Canadian here & here

 

 

 

 

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Armchair Travels- The Cotswolds- Broadway Tower/Bilbury/Bourton-on-the-Water

There are so many things to do & see in the Cotswolds but with only 6 days to explore this area, we needed to be selective about where we would spend our time.

One of the things we have found to be very helpful when staying at a property, is to have a look at their guestbook.  Often, prior guests make wonderful recommendations of what to do & see in the area, what to maybe avoid & great places to eat!

Each morning we set off, venturing to one or more villages & towns.  Such interesting names they hold like Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Chipping Camden, Upper & Lower Slaughter, Stolt-on-the-Wolt, Burton-on-the-Water, just to name a few.

Although Blockley (location of our rental property) is not indicated on this map, it gives a good visual of the overall area.  As a point of reference, Blockley is located between Moreton & Chipping Campden.  You can read more about it here.

Stopping for a visit to Broadway Tower, we discovered it held a bit of a colourful  history. Originally built for Lady Conventry between 1798-1799,  its purpose seemed to be mostly one of amusement.  The story goes that Lady Coventry was curious as to whether her Cotswold estate was visible from her home located 35km away.  A beacon was lit to confirm that she could.  Imagine doing all of that work and she had not!

It then went on to house a printing press for a number of years, acquired by Sir Thomas Philipps in 1827, followed by it being rented as a country retreat to members of the arts community, most notably William & Jane Morris, who were known for the beautiful textiles.  There is quite a display of the Morris textiles in the towers, most of which have stood the test of time and would still be very fashionable in today’s decor.

In 1943, a bomber crashed during a training mission, which now holds a memorial site for the 5 crew members killed.

In the 1950’s it was used to monitor nuclear fallout in England, with a bunker being built 50 yards away from the tower.  It was manned continuously from 1961 & designated as a master post until 1991.

The Tower sits on a 50 acre estate and is now a popular destination for walkers as well as a tourist site.  On a clear day, it is said that you can see as far as the Welsh Mountains. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy the day we visited but worth the stop nonetheless!

Me approaching Broadway Tower

After touring the tower, we drove into the town of Broadway to stop for lunch & a little browse in some of the shops.  We found a great little fish & chip place just in time; we had barely sat down when it began to pour rain.  Enjoying a lovely glass of wine over lunch, our waitress informed us we could purchase the wine on site so of course we took her up on it. We bought 5 bottles, much to her surprise! 🍷😂

Another lovely village we visited was Bibury, known for its picturesque Arlington Row cottages.  Built in the 14th century originally as a monastic wool store, they were converted to weavers’ cottages in the 17th century and are now leased to tenants. You can rent cottage #9 if you are interested but I should warn you, there appears to be a steady stream of tourists wanting to photograph this beautiful row of houses so I am not sure your stay there would be very tranquil!

Arlington Row

Such beautiful gardens

Working our way back for a stop in Bourton-on-the-Water, we drove through Upper & Lower Slaughter, both very small & picturesque.  As we continued along, we came across this brilliantly coloured field of rapeseed.  Stop the car!  It was definitely worthy of a stop for a photo!

So vibrant against the blue sky

Arriving in Bourton-on-the-Water, we managed to secure a parking spot pretty quickly, which was a score considering how busy this little town is.  Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the Cotswolds with its lovely waterway & series of bridges, although very scenic, it is one of the most popular destinations in the area for tourists which means lots & lots of people!  We thoroughly enjoyed meandering in & out of the shops picking up a few things, but admittedly were quite happy to return to the quiet village of Blockley at the end of our day.

If you look closely, you can see the amount of pedestrians about, most likely 98% tourists!

A fun find for me in Bourton-on-the-Water, reminding me of our friend Margaret, suggesting people think if they put on green wellies & acquire a dog, they are from the country!

Little Forge welcoming us back

Such a wonderful day but so happy to settle back in to our perfect little cottage!

Next week I will share the last of our time in the Cotswolds, visiting Bleinheim Castle & Stratford-upon-Avon.

Hope you can join me!

Hugs,

L💜

 

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Armchair Travels – The Cotswolds – Arriving in Blockley

What a difference a year makes!

About this time last year, I was in England with my travel gals, in celebration of a significant birthday.  We have had the incredible opportunity to do a fair amount of traveling together over the last 14 years, something I am so grateful for, particularly now with our current state of affairs.

One of the key things travel has taught me is that no matter where we are from or what culture we practice, for the most part, we are all just people sharing very similar desires in life.  The desire to live in a safe & peaceful environment & the ability to provide for our families and those we love.  It’s pretty simple really!

I live in hope that we shall once again have the good fortune to travel to far away places together, for there are so many yet to discover.

Until that times comes, I thought I would satisfy (or feed) my wanderlust by sharing some of the places I have visited and have yet to write about.

I invite you to join me in taking a journey to beautiful places we have had the opportunity to visit, whether they be near or far.  Feel free to join in, using the tag Armchair Travels & sharing a link in the comments section.

Together, may we share & remember what travel means to us.

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England you say?

Because this trip was in celebration of one of the girls turning 60, her desire was to mark this milestone somewhere near the sea.  With a limited number of days we could travel due to other commitments, we needed to look at a reasonable timeline allotted for flying in order to maximize time spent at our destination of choice.  After considering a few options, we decided upon England, developing an itinerary that initially took us to the Cotswolds, then heading south down to Cornwall along the sea & eventually back to London for a few days.

Interestingly, I found when I told people we had chosen to travel to England, I was often met with the comment, “England?  Really!”

I suppose compared to some of the previous destinations we have had the opportunity to explore, jolly old England may have seemed a little less exotic to some, but do not let that dissuade you from visiting this beautiful part of our planet.

The Cotswolds – Arriving in Blockley

The first leg of our adventure took us to the Cotswolds, located in south central England. Known for its beautiful rolling hills, quaint little market towns & charming English cottages, the most challenging decision was in deciding which stunning little village to stay in.

We settled on the small village of Blockley, an easy commute to the various towns we hoped to explore and a little off the beaten path, which is typically our preference.

After arriving at Heathrow in London, we picked up our vehicle, set the GPS & all took a deep breath before venturing out on the wrong side of the road!

After a couple of missed attempts at getting out of the airport on the main roadways, circling a few roundabouts more than once, we finally managed to get on the motorway and safely made our way from London to Little Forge in Blockley.  We couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful property to stay in.

Front entrance to Little Forge

Beautiful patio out back of Little Forge overlooking field of sheep

Blockley was once known for its wool industry, converting to silk production in & around 1860.  Although silk has not been produced here in some time,  it hosts a lovely collection of buildings reflecting that era.

Now a much quieter village, it is known more for its beautiful landscape & easy access to country paths for lovely walks.

After getting all settled in, we ventured out for a wee walk to stretch our legs, get our bearings & grab a few groceries.

The streets of Blockley

A meandering road in Blockley

Just behind the property we rented, there is a beautiful mill stream that winds all through the bottom of the valley.  Between the sound of the water & the sheep in the farmers field behind the property, it certainly provided a lovely way to be lulled to sleep each night.

The mill stream behind Little Forge

Looking back at Little Forge from the mill stream

If you are looking for spectacular night life, you won’t find it here, although there are a couple of local pubs.  However, if you are looking for a lovely tranquil village with quiet  pathways & picturesque vistas for your eyes to take in, there are so many options here!

Meeting the sheep in the farm field behind our property.

A staircase to ?

Looking back over the village

Such an inviting entrance, don’t you think?

One of the buildings that stands out in this beautiful village is the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul.  While out on one of our walks, we could hear music coming from within, so being the inquisitive souls we are, we popped our heads in to have a listen.

We were greeted by a very friendly chap, explaining they were rehearsing for an upcoming local concert later that week & suggested we might like to join them.  The highlight was a performance from the Blockley Blokes Men’s Choir.

We did end up attending as we love to immerse ourselves in the local culture as much as we can & had a delightful time!  A local gathering, some music & a glass of wine?  What’s not to love!

Fun fact about this church- a number of episodes of the loved British series, Father Brown, were taped here.

The Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, built around 1180

Lastly, when I reflect on our time in Blockley, I shall always think of Margaret, a local resident we met.

We stopped to compliment Margaret on her beautiful tulips & ended up sitting & chatting with her for over an hour one day.  A resident of Blockley for 57 years, we learned that this crackerjack of a woman was 88 & still working 4 hours a day for her son, declaring herself the oldest secretary on the planet.

She shared with us how much the area has changed over the years.  Once a very busy hub, Blockley, she said, is much quieter these days, with a number of people only living there part time and in many circumstances, using their residence as a vacation property.

To that end, she suggested, with some annoyance, that they come there thinking if they put on a pair of green wellies & acquire a dog, they somehow think they are from the country.

We laughed ourselves silly over the next number of days when spying quite a few people walking their dog in their green wellies.

I think Margaret may have had a point!  She was such a hoot!  I hope she is well & safe.💕

Us with Margaret

I hope you enjoyed a virtual visit to Blockley.  Next week I hope to introduce you to some of the other beautiful villages we ventured to!  I hope you’ll join me.

Hugs,

L💜

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Why Stay Home?

As we work our way through another week of staying at home & continuing to practice physical distancing, many of us are experiencing a wee bit of angst and most likely, boredom.

We may be feeling the need to get out, to see & hug our family & friends, to return to a sense of normal.

I get it!  I feel you.

But here’s the thing.

In a nutshell, my current day to day struggle consists of not being able to physically see & hug my loved ones, not being able to go to a job I love and coming up with creative ways to exercise and fill my day while honouring rules of physical distancing.

Imagine, if you can, how it would feel to be a front line healthcare worker. The stress, the worry, the utter exhaustion.  My struggles, although very real to me, pale in comparison.

My daughter & “T”

Allow me to introduce “T”.

A best friend to my daughter from a very young age, I have had the privilege of knowing this beautiful soul for many, many years.  She is like another daughter to me.

”T” is an ICU nurse in one of our local hospitals, a job that doesn’t get more front line in the face of this monster virus.  In fact both she & her husband work in healthcare; they have 2 precious daughters at home.

When she recently posted a picture of herself  & a colleague at work,  it got me thinking about the reasons we need to stay home.  When I asked for permission to share the picture, explaining I was thinking of writing a post about the importance of staying home, I was given the go ahead without hesitation.  “Anything to get the word out”.

I asked T if she could provide me with some thoughts and insight into what she & her colleagues are experiencing.  With her permission, I would like to share some of them with all of you.

Some of her words have been reconfigured with a combination of my own.  I ask you to read them.  All of them.  They are important to understand.

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From T:

My first thought is how I can definitely see when people are staying at home, you can begin to wonder, is this really necessary? On my days off, to some degree, I feel it too. Is it really a big deal to go out?  Is this virus really serious?  While life inside the confines of our house can feel eerily “normal”, we wonder if it is normal everywhere else.

It is not normal everywhere else, especially when I return to the reality at work.  I now leave my house much earlier for my shift, as all staff must enter through one entrance at the hospital, where we are screened to be cleared for work.  If you fail screening, you are sent home to wait for a call from occupational health for next steps.  If you pass screening, you are issued a surgical mask and allowed to enter. In spite of our pleas to be provided hospital scrubs, we continue to wear our own.  We were sent an email on how to properly wash our scrubs.  At the end of our shift, we are responsible for bagging our scrubs in a plastic bag, at which point we take them home to be laundered.  Prior to being laundered, they must stay in the garage for several days. Silver Lining from T (my words) – I did discover I have a sanitize feature on my washing machine!😁

Every time I go back to work, I feel a little more shocked with how many patients are sick.  Not just old people.  Young people.  I have never cared for so many people my own age (33) before in ICU.

The surgical mask that is given to us at the entrance is ours for the shift.  We wear it at all times except on break.  The straps that sit behind our ears have rubbed most people’s skin raw.  Colleagues have found wearing a headband or surgical cap with buttons on it allows us to place the ear loop over the button, to help prevent skin breakdown.

T & her colleague

I had asked T why she was wearing two masks in this picture.

In the ICU, when caring for covid patients, they are usually on a ventilator.  Ventilators can cause the covid droplets to aerosolize which means we wear special N95 masks. We are critically low on them.  Because of the critical shortage, we are now being told we have to conserve these special masks as much as possible.  That means we now put one on and use it for the whole shift, a practice that would have been a huge no-no a few weeks ago.  In order to try to keep our mask safe, we put a second surgical mask with a face shield over our N95 when caring for a patient.  The surgical mask is removed and placed in the garbage when leaving a patients’ room and we keep the N95 mask on. N95s are not comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  They itch, are very hot and the straps dig into your face.  They are fit to each individual and we are retested every 2 years to ensure proper fit.  Although a number of wonderful local community members & businesses have donated their supply, we still fear running out.**

Last Friday, our manager came around at the end of our shift, to explain why we may not be getting anymore masks, thus implementing a new process of saving our N95s at the end of our shift.  This was devastating news, leaving many of us in tears.  We are now required to place our N95 in an autoclave bag, in the hopes that they can figure out how to sanitize them for reuse.   We have no plans to reuse masks yet.  They are trying to be proactive just in case.  So we label the mask with our name, our department and date, so if they can clean it, our own mask will come back to us for reuse. Again, not at all proper protocol. (my words)

The hospital has enacted an emergency order, where they can recall staff from other areas with critical care experience.  Nurses who have left for other areas of the hospital are back to try to ensure we have enough nurses to handle the needs in ICU.

In my own personal life, I am experiencing a lot of anxiety.  Having never been an anxious person, it has been truly eye opening to live life with constant anxiety.  I have a greater understanding now for people who suffer from anxiety and how awful it is on every aspect of your life.

Being a two healthcare worker household has been a huge source of anxiety.  I wish one of us had a job where we could work from home so one of us could stay with the girls. Thankfully, our daycare provider, who is a family member, has agreed to continue to take the girls.  Friends of mine who also have two healthcare worker families have adopted various strategies to try to make this work.  Some are working opposite shifts to their spouse, some have sent their children to live with other family members so they aren’t risking infecting their children or other family.

Other ways it is impacting work.  We are no longer allowing visitors, which is a huge change as we have always had a very open visitors policy.  As a nurse, it is breaking my heart.  I try to give phone updates as often as I can to family members, we have been attempting to use patient’s phones to FaceTime with their loved ones if possible.  When someone is dying, it is absolutely crushing to not let families come to be with their loved one.  We sit at our patients bedside holding hands, ensuring they are not alone.

When I finish my shift at the end of the day, I usually drive the long way home to give myself time to process the day.  I often cry.  Sometimes I am just too tired for tears.  I don’t listen to the radio much as I can’t bear to hear another news update.  I don’t need to hear the news, I am living the news.  I need silence.

The calm of home is my refuge.  The normalcy of my girls wanting hugs, kisses and stories is welcome.  But as soon as I am home, I worry about my colleagues. I think about the patients and wonder if they are doing any better.

Mostly, on the days I am off, I try to be thankful.  I try to enjoy my kids as much as possible, even when they’re driving me crazy because we’ve all been cooped up.

But I’m scared.  I’m scared of how bad this could get if people don’t stay home.  I’m scared of running out of essential protective equipment.  I’m scared of my colleagues getting sick or me or my husband.  I’m scared if my colleagues get sick, who will take care of the other sick people.

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So my friends, if you were wondering why it is necessary to stay home, if you are feeling a little bored or impatient, I hope reading the thoughts of one remarkable ICU nurse has helped to put things into perspective.  It certainly did mine.

T, I hope you know how much I love you, how very proud I am of you for all that you are doing to care for those who are battling the impacts of this virus.  In spite of all of the challenges you are facing, you and your colleagues return to the front line day after day, working in very stressful circumstances with minimum supplies.  We will forever be in your debt for the exceptional care you provide day in, day out.

Thank you for taking the time and having the courage to share your thoughts & for giving me permission to share them with others.

Please Stay Home people!

Hugs,

L💞

**3M is the primary manufacturer of the N95 masks.  The White House administration was attempting to prevent 3M from shipping supplies to Canada and other countries it currently has supply agreements with.  3M has thus far stood up to the White House, suggesting this is not an ethical approach, and has appeared to reach an agreement to continue providing masks.  Stay tuned to see how that plays out.  Sourced from CTV News

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My Trifecta Shirt

A few months ago, in the beautiful shop where I work, I was drawn to this shirt.

Not only was it cozy, but I loved the message.

Believe there is good in the world.

I had worn it a few times before I realized there was a message within the message.  A customer pointed it out when I had it on one day in the shop. (Not kidding 😂)

Be the good.

It has become my favourite go to shirt.

With our world feeling so turned upside down, I felt it was worth sharing today.  To spread a message of something other than doom & gloom. To share a smile, a virtual hug & kiss.

So in my attempt of finding a good angle for a selfie, which I totally suck at by the way, I noticed a 3rd message staring back at me.  One of my very favourite words.

Believe.

Big hugs & kisses💕

I hope that you are all managing okay through these stressful times.  When all else fails, remember to Believe.  

We will get through this together.  Stay safe, stay well & stay home.

Hugs,

L💕

 

 

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Sorting it all out

Because we are housebound, many of us older folks have resorted to tackling jobs we have been putting off for a very long time.  I feel the need to clarify older folks as I suspect the younger generation are just too busy trying to find ways to entertain their children through such turbulent times.

So, I apologize to my younger readers, for as you are most likely pulling your hair out by now, I am in search of the next closet that needs to be pulled apart and sorted.  

I know.  I AM SORRY 😐 

 

I’ve been talking about tackling various clean out projects for, well forever, if I’m honest🤔.  

It seems forever has arrived.  My closets have never looked so organized, nor have my stainless steel appliances that I seem to have time to polish everyday!  

I am certainty nowhere close to being done, there are still many to go but, you know, I have some time! 

What are you doing to pass the time?  

If you have children, how are you managing?  Do you have any hair left?

Hugs,

L💕

 

 

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Be the Calm in the Storm

Unless you happen to live in a very remote part of our planet with no access to technology of any sort, you are most likely feeling a little stressed as a result of our current state of affairs!

We are maneuvering through very challenging times. It’s unnerving to say the least.

But here is the message I felt compelled to share with you today:

Be the calm in the storm.

I am not suggesting you bury your head in the sand or not stay informed.  It is important we keep up to date through reliable sources, but rather than be that person overloading on the incessant talk of Covid-19, allowing the feeling of panic to seep in to every pore of our being, I encourage you to take a deep breath and practice a bit of normal each day; to remain calm.

Panic creates panic.  Lord knows we are all feeling it but all the more reason for us to collectively work together to reset the balance we know as everyday life.

Find creative ways to connect with loved ones & friends, especially those who may be facing such challenging times on their own.  Reassure those who are feeling anxious that we will get through this….together….because we will.

Last evening, prompted by one of my very dear girlfriends, we rallied a group of us via conference call, shared a glass of wine (or two) & just chatted for about an hour.  It was so good to hear their voices rather than via text or email.  To just catch up.

One of the gals shared that she had spent the last few days sorting through that giant bin of LEGO most of us have in our houses from when our kids were small.  She found it to be a very satisfying activity, reorganizing all of the pieces, colour coding them and dividing them into bins so that one (her grandchildren) could actually find what they were looking for.

Then she sent us this picture this morning which literally made me laugh out loud!  The caption read, “Brought in reinforcements to help hold down the fort”.

“Brought in reinforcements to help hold down the fort”

I know who I shall be building with next time I play with LEGO. Brilliant right?😲.

Be the calm in the storm my friends.  We will get through this.💕

What are you doing to pass the time?  Do tell!

Hugs,

L❤️

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Celebrate Love

In the opening scene of the movie Love Actually, the narrator, Hugh Grant, suggests that whenever he gets gloomy about the state of the world, he thinks about the arrival gates at Heathrow Airport.  He then goes on to say that although general opinion suggests we live in a world filled with hatred & greed, that in fact, love is all around, we simply need to look for it.

The scene gets me every single time.  Maybe I am just a big sap, some might even suggest I am a Pollyanna, but I think the real reason is just that I tend to agree.  Love truly is all around us.

Don’t believe me?  I encourage you to open your eyes & have a look.

Take a little extra time to remind the people around you just how very much they are loved.  Let them know they matter.  That they are valued & such a very important part of your world.

It seems only fitting during the holiday season to call attention to this important message. For isn’t love the best gift we could ever give & receive?

Whatever you celebrate over the holidays, I wish you love!

Hugs,

L❤️

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Here’s An Idea

Yesterday was Federal Election Day here in Canada.  It was probably one of our most talked about Federal elections to date, in part because Canadian citizens were very undecided on which candidate to vote for.  Sadly voter turnout numbers did not reflect the amount of chatter leading up to Election Day.

For the record, I voted.  It is a right I do not take lightly, regardless of how lame I may feel our choices are.  It is still a choice I get to make.  Yay for democracy!🎉

But I must say, I am glad it’s over.  I was getting very tired of reading all of the hate mongering/mud slinging/non factual posts on social media and the like. Seriously people, check your facts before you toss your bullshit around for all to read.

Admittedly I am not a political kind of gal.  While I certainly try to educate myself on the parties’ platforms, I refrain from inflicting my rants on social media. It’s just a personal choice.

So the results are in.  Love it or hate it, we are stuck with a minority government.

There were many this morning who were not surprised at the outcome of our election and there were those who were pissed.  Royally pissed.  Still ranting on social media.

For the love of Pete,  can we all just grow up & work together, regardless of which political party we align ourselves with?  I personally don’t think there is one elected official who signs up for that job without the best interest of this country at heart.

The challenge, once in office,  seems to be getting government colleagues to get out of the way of their own egos & work collectively towards common goals to ensure our country in its entirety is the best it can be.

So here’s an idea.  How about we make an extra effort to encourage our government officials to work together for the common good of the citizens of Canada and play nice out on the playground?  After all, isn’t peace keeping part of what we stand for as a nation?🇨🇦

With that said, while I welcome all comments & thoughts, I will not entertain bullshit here so if you feel the need to spew a bunch of crap, keep it to your social media profile please.  I have most likely already blocked you from my feed anyway.  Just sayin’!

Hugs,

L❤️

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