Category Archives: canada

A beautiful Autumn day!

Took some time out yesterday afternoon to venture out to some of my favourite places in the Niagara peninsula to enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours.  It was a very nice, relaxing afternoon.

 

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Waterways of Welland

Today was a beautiful day here in Southern Ontario – and I was lucky enough to have the day off of work to get out and enjoy the weather for a few hours.  I have a desire to be near water and Welland offers some beautiful waterways.   I spent my afternoon sitting by the canal, writing and relaxing.  It was the perfect afternoon.

 

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The 5 greatest things about Canada

July 1st is Canada Day – we celebrated 151 years of being this truly amazing country yesterday.  I am a proud Canadian and no matter where I’ve been in the world, I proudly tell people that I am from this country.  Here is my list of the top 5 things about Canada.

1.   The people.  Yes, we are the nicest people on Earth.  We are humble (except for when we are playing or watching hockey….), we are polite and we are considerate.  Of course there are always some bad apples but for the most part, you will encounter the nicest people here in this country.

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2.   The seasons.  We are a vast country but we all get to enjoy the 4 seasons in all their spectacular, and sometimes tiring, way.  The spring brings beautiful flowers, the sun brings the unbearable heat, the fall brings us spectacular colours and the winter brings the snow.  We are a resilient group of people though, and while it’s a Canadian tradition to complain about the weather, we all come through each season just fine!  Me – I am a fall/winter girl and we are having unbearable heat at the moment and I feel like I am melting — but give it a month or two and it will be gone!

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3.   The natural wonders of Canada – Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains – all across this great land we are treated with some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery of all the world.

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4.   The food – okay so we have the best maple syrup in the world – we are the leaders of the world for production of maple syrup – but we also have poutine!  And bear claws!  We have our own unique food, as other countries around the world do, and we are proud of our uniqueness!!

5.   My hometown!  Welland may not be on everyone’s radar to visit, but it’s becoming a place to see for the sporting events we host on the Canal.  We have some cool new places to eat, and it’s just a really pretty little city to see, even for just a couple of hours.

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I am so very proud to be Canadian!

Stressed? Take a walk!

I do not have much stress anymore – I have learned over the years to cope very well and have reduced my stress levels to almost nothing.  Stress cannot be avoided completely and there is good stress and bad stress.  But the bad stress days I had in the past are virtually gone – and I owe a lot of that to my love of walking.

 

Walking in unknown countries, walking around the areas I have lived – all of it has kept me in relatively good shape (I could stand to lose some weight and tone up but that will come in time).  We have been very lucky here in Southern Ontario the past few days weather-wise – we have been enjoying unusually warm and sunny days for the end of February!  Alas, they are coming to an end, albeit temporarily, as spring is just around the corner.  I have been out and enjoying the beautiful weather that has been given to us and these are some pictures I have taken.  I have brought out my camera once again, and am excited to start using it more!

 

Enjoy!!

 

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Keeping a positive attitude

I was not always a positive person – I was depressed, full of worry over money, my kids  and just life in general.  I hated feeling that way, and was at a loss of what to do.  My kids fed off of my attitude and became the same way.  It took me moving away from Ontario to become the positive person I am now.  Between moving to Calgary and then moving to Prague, I realized that the environment I exposed myself to back then definitely affected my attitude.

 

Now that I have returned to live in Ontario after being away since 2011, I have become very aware of the negativity in my life.  I remain a positive person, but the people I am exposed to are incredibly negative people.

 

There comes a time in every woman’s life that the change happens – yes menopause.  I am going through it right now and hot flashes are NOT fun.  I don’t seem to be experiencing mood swings but there are people at work going through this right now.  In particular, one woman.  She is the most negative, miserable person I have ever met in my life who has the biggest mood swings I have ever seen.  And her mood has almost made me succumb back to my negative thinking.  One day last week, she had me in such a state, I was glad to have my break.  During my break, I sat down, closed my eyes and meditated.  I realized that it was not me in particular that she is angry at (well maybe it’s me a bit but I don’t know why and that’s not my problem).  After deep breathing and then listening to some music, I came back, put a smile on my face and have not let her bother me since.

 

I refuse to let anyone ever again affect me and my positive attitude.  The customers enjoy talking to me, my other fellow employees and I  have a lot of fun working together and I love this job.  It is not teaching – one day it will be my career again but right now is not that time.

 

I know I do not need to move away to find peace in my mind and enjoy my time back in my hometown.  As I have discovered, there is so much to do in  life and so much to see and enjoy, and I won’t let little things bring me down like I did years ago.