Daily Quote: September 23

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Change is an opportunity for everybody to think.
~ Mickey Rooney (September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014)

First Day of Autumn

Equal measures of day and night.
Night gaining the battle of time.
Moonlight waning towards the new moon.
Trees dress in glory showing how beautiful it can be to let go.

Dreams and Darkness overtaking reality and light.
~ Debbie Porte

Daily Quote: September 19

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The desert has its holiness of silence,
the crowd its holiness of conversation.
~ Walter Elliot (September 19, 1888 – January 8, 1958)

International Day of Listening – September 19, 2019

Listening is one component of Respect.

Don’t just use your ears to hear the sounds around you.
Use your heart to feel the what others feel,
Use your arms to embrace and comfort them,
Use your body to dance to the music,
Use your fingers to write the stories,
Use your voice to pray, sing and say I love you.

Daily Quote: September 18

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The true measure of a man
is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
~ Samuel Johnson (September 18, 1709 – December 13, 1784)

Respect Day – September 18

This shouldn’t be reserved for just one day.
Respect is something we should be doing everyday.  

  • Listen
  • Encourage
  • Congratulate
  • Be Helpful
  • Say Thank you


Daily Quote: September 17

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We all wish to reach a ripe old age,
but none of us are prepared to
admit that we are already there.
~ Francisco de Quevedo (September 17, 1580 – September 8, 1645)

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day – September 17, 2019 (Third Tuesday in September)

If you don’t have an appointment be certain to make one for your loved one.

Tomorrow we return to the heart specialist to see if my husband’s blood clots have dissolved and if we can travel this winter.  It’s been a tough summer.  My husband was having problems breathing.  It was getting so bad he couldn’t even walk up 3 steps without having to stop and catch his breath.  We went to the local hospital’s emergency room.  They immediately did an EKG to ensure his heart wasn’t having problems.  They did a chest x-ray, concluded that he was retaining fluid and sent us home with a prescription for a diuretic.  The symptoms didn’t get better so he went to his family doctor.  His family doctor sent him immediately to the heart specialist (within the hour).  One test that wasn’t done at the emergency room was for blood clots.  The heart specialist arranged for tests at University Hospital (within the day).  The tests were done with radiation gas and a series of pictures around his chest.  The pictures showed that his lungs were covered with white sparkling areas that showed he had numerous clots.

Shortage of breath is a classic symptom of blood clots, yet it was missed and according to an article we later read in the Toronto Star it is often missed.  Apparently more people die of blood clots than any other disorder.

Greenhouse Expressions

Arts Festival

September 14, 2019

Wonderful free event to see local Strathroy and Area Artists.  The location was changed from Art in the Park to inside the Greenhouses at Zimmermann’s Garden Centre.  What a smart idea, using the greenhouse tables for art displays.

Below are just a few of the artists and displays I saw:


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Daily Quote: September 12

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There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman.
~ Charles Dudley Warner (September 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900)

Video Games Day – September 12

Also my oldest grandson’s 8th birthday.  Of course his favorite past time  is playing video games or watching YouTube videos of others playing video games.  I’m certain part of his day will include sitting in front of a screen.

One of his battles is epilepsy, absent seizures, (he calls them glitches) that his teacher and peers thought were behaviour issues, lack of attention, lack of comprehension, inability to control his bladder.  Getting a diagnosis was a long, frustrating and difficult task, during which he lost grade 1.  Once diagnosed, the treatment (a daily dose of foul tasting medication) has lead to no seizures in 15 months. The type of epilepsy he deals with he will probably outgrow, but the stigma of the seizures label a child.  Luckily his grade 1 teacher got transferred and the grade 2 teacher only met a wonderful attentive brilliant child.

He is a wonderful happy child who gets along well with others.  His parents are loving and kind, always looking out for his best interests.  He is blessed to still have 2 sets of grandparents to love him and watch over him.  As you can tell he has stolen my heart.

Daily Quote: September 11

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Statues and pictures and verse may be grand,
But they are not the Life for which they stand.
~ James Thomson (September 11, 1700 – August 27, 1748)

9/11 Remembrance Day – September 11

There are some events that occur during your lifetime that you never forget where you were when you first heard about them.  The tragedy of 9/11 and the twin towers is one of those days and times for me.  I was pumping gas on my way to visit my son for his 18th birthday when the news came over the radio.  The images that later flooded the TV screens burned into our memories forever.  My heart goes out to my American friends and relatives on this 9/11 Remembrance Day.