There ain’t a man livin’
~ Hank Williams
who hasn’t talked to his dog.
American – Musician; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953
The last Saturday of the Summer and the weather is giving us a mini heat wave to enjoy. The trees have already started to turn red. Less than a month and it’s the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
Group fitness activities have finally resumed. Zumba for the first time in 3 1/2 years. So glad to get out there and shake it a bit to get fit again.
The local motorcycling group has a new president and sent out invitations to all the inactive members. Monday night family dinners or motorcycling? I think we should try family dinner nights on Tuesdays. I haven’t gotten my motorcycle out since July.
The real secret of magic
~ David Copperfield
lies in the performance.
American – Entertainer; Born: September 16, 1956
Today is my middle son’s birthday. A little bit more serious and sensitive. A hardworking great father and husband. Always finding a new project to work on. This year’s project is a gazebo in his backyard.
Sunsets are always magical and a reason for celebrating. The one in today’s quote was in Port Stanley as the water was calm.
Never do anything yourself
~ Agatha Christie
that others can do for you.
English – Writer; September 15, 1890 – January 12, 1976
Yes, free up time so you can do the important things in life and give them your full attention.
Well there are some things I enjoy doing that others can do for me, but there have been times in my life when I was able to delegate or hire others to do for me. The one thing I always hated doing was housework. I was so lucky to be able to hire a cleaner while I was working so I didn’t have the weekly arguments with my family about chores.
I always like birds to present the quote. I call them “birds of wisdom”. Blue Herons always look wise.
Forgiveness is important in families,
~ Tyler Perry
especially when there are so many
secrets that need to be healed
– for the most part,
every family’s got them.
American – Actor; September 14, 1969
Family dynamics are always complicated. But when disagreements lead to estrangement, it is heart breaking.
Please take a moment today for forgiveness. Forgive the child with the temper who ruined the wedding, or the sister that you think cheated you before, or the parent who didn’t express as much love as you needed, or the wicked step-mother, or the brother who’s an asshole. Life is too short to burn bridges while you can still let them know you love them. Forgiving doesn’t mean they were right. It means no longer have to carry the burden of hating and you can start the journey of healing.
Be what you are.
~ Julius Charles Hare
This is the first step toward
becoming better than you are.
English – Clergyman; September 13, 1795 – January 3, 1855
This week is full of birthdays in our family, today my niece, born 1 day after my grandson in the same hospital, celebrates her 11th birthday. I think we just wanted an excuse to eat cake everyday the first week of September. 😉
Familial Cholesterolemia type II runs in our family as well. Although diet does play a small part in high cholesterol levels, our DNA is a much bigger contributor. My mother had her first cardiac arrest at 38 and died with her second at 43. Her Cholesterol and triglycerides were high, but there were very few options to reduce it. Her father died with his first cardiac arrest at 36 after a short walk to his brother’s house (with no previous indications that he had a cholesterol problem). My younger sister had a DNA test to confirm she has the gene, so at 57 after taking cholesterol medications, she was prescribed Repatha, an injectable to help lower her LDL numbers. Since I have a significant family history; high levels even with 40 Mg Crestor and 10 mg Ezetimibe; and I have a confirmed immediate family member; I will also be starting Repatha. Hopefully my LDL will go below 0.5 and I can reduce the other 2 medications. I hate needles, but today and every other week I’ll be taking this shot to help reduce the effects of high cholesterol.
The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.
~ Charles Dudley Warner
American – Journalist; September 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900
Happy Birthday to my first Grandson, turning 11 today going on 40. Enjoy all the adventures life has to give you. ❤
While we were kayaking on the Old Ausable Channel the Cormorant in todays pictures swam beside my grandson and then climbed onto this branch to pose for us.
In the summer of 2020 the Ontario Government introduced hunting seasons for the Cormorants. Not based on science or the preservation of birds in Ontario, but because of a general fear that cormorants fish. I’m not against hunting for food but this is just killing for sport. Contact your local MPP and demand they stop this slaughter. There is no scientific proof that Cormorants are dangerous to the environment and no justification for the daily numbers of kill permitted. See this article for further information: https://euc.yorku.ca/research-spotlight/ontarios-cormorant-hunt-and-what-it-means-for-its-future/
God sleeps in the minerals,
~ Arthur Young
awakens in plants,
walks in animals,
and thinks in man.
English – Writer September 11, 1741 – April 12, 1820
Today is my oldest son’s birthday. Just a little more than a week after my greatest sorrow of loosing my mother, my greatest joy was born. He brought us hope and a reminder of the circle of life. He has always enjoyed living on the edge and doing the unexpected. He has grown into a hard working man, a father and husband.
Bad choices make good stories.
~ Margaret Trudeau
Canadian – Author Born: September 10, 1948
Why do children always love to chase seagulls?
There were plenty of Seagulls at Port Stanley this week, so this little girl decided to chase them around.
If you want to be happy,
~ Leo Tolstoy
Russian – Novelist September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910
Yesterday I went to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre with my sister to watch “Sisters”. It was very well done, but we had to wear our masks and I thought this whole mask-wearing COVID requirement was done.
We spent some time on the beach and had supper at one of the beach side restaurants, then walked out on the pier. The water was nice and calm. The pier has been upgraded since our childhood so the danger of falling off was greatly reduced.
I know my strong points:
I work hard,
I have talent,
and I’m a good person.
American – Musician Born: September 8, 1979
Daily affirmations should include the same ones as Pink.
Yesterday’s adventure was a trip to Point Pelee National Park, Leamington Ontario with my sister and my kayaks. The launch there is beautiful, easy to access and easy to use. You can do a short 1 hour kayak along the boardwalk or branch out into the adjoining “lakes”. But be careful, once you get out into one of the smaller lakes, everything can start to look the same with tall reeds all around you. We had a small panic moment, but found our way out and back to the boardwalk for lunch after an almost 4 hour kayak.
Our adventure started with a guided tour along the boardwalk by a beautiful pair of Mute Swans. In the larger Lake Pond we were shown their 4 babies, now adolescents.
The kayaking was wonderful so we thought we would go on the tram to the point. However, we didn’t bring long pants and the flies were biting, so we cut the trip short.