Thank you! To all who have been following my blog throughout the year, I extend my sincere thanks for stopping by for a read. As I write this post, I thought I would share a photo & a couple of suggestions for a winter read or two.

This Christmas Eve morning, the sky was amazing with a huge cloud hanging over the bluest sky that I have seen for about a month! DSCN1523

For those of you who look forward to some holiday minutes to curl up with a warm cuppa and a good read, I would like to recommend a couple of titles.

  • A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley, an  award-winning Canadian author of international renown. If you like a story combo of romance  and historical fiction, you will enjoy this latest book by Kearsley. She is skilled at developing her story-lines in the present as well as the past, plotting  with present-day characters plus providing a cast of  individuals who are caught up in the intrigues Scottish history.

    Amazon Cover A Desperate Fortune
    Source: Amazon Cover Photo                           
  • Saying Thank You by Monica Vasa, M.D. is a timely children’s read with colourful nature illustrations by Alaina Louise. The story begins with a parent’s explanation to child of the word “gratitude”, the concept of being thankful. Throughout the day, in this story, there are so many moments and relationships for which to give thanks as portrayed in the vibrant illustrations of rainforest wildlife. The power of uttering a simple “thank you” is clearly conveyed. In a fast-paced world, these words are still much-needed.

    Source: Amazon, Cover photo
    Source: Amazon, Cover photo

    Best to all!


Seeing red here on the deck! It’s harvest time in my container garden!

Thought I would post a photo of some pickings — cherry tomatoes, and rather spicy, sweet banana peppers.


August is definitely a winding down month for summer here in southern Ontario but the weather has been great for enjoying these numbered days.

Time to savour so many things: a read by the pool, catch a movie or two, listen to some tunes, see a play, to name a few. I have made my way through this list and will be ready to add some more for the last couple of weeks in August.

  • Book — I bought a red-covered paperback, Outlander, just for a summer read.
  • Movie and Music — Saw Country Strong movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and an amazing new-to-me, actor singer, Garrett Hedlund. Singing several songs in the movie, his voice is like a newer version of Kris Kristofferson as he sings several lyrical/danceable tunes in the movie.
  • Play –Caught a King Lear performance at Stratford. Colm Feore aces the title role in this tragedy.

Also, I took some time to watch the amazing super moon! Wonderful to see the impact of this golden moonlight on the landscape.

What a wonderful August world! 🙂

Have a great week, All!


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