Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1st and |I have no idea where the summer has gone!  It seems to me that it has flown by and thankfully it has not been as beastly hot as it was last year while I was in the hospital.

Lots has happened since my last entry.  My son and I spent our birthday together and had a BBQ at his place which was nice.  Also nice was the fact that my little group brought me flowers plus treated me for lunch at a lovely hotel.

I have been spending plenty of time at the waterfront alone sometimes and other times with friends.
I just love to be near the water!   That will end at the end of Labour Day (Monday night at 9 pm),

This summer I have borrowed tons of books from our wonderful library and because it is now labour day weekend, borrowed more just in case I ran out before they opened again.

Central library is one of my most favourite spots to go to in Hamilton.  I also like the Westdale library as well. It is smaller than Central, but very cozy and you see lots of families enjoying quality time together there.

Central Library also has a special section for children and their parents. In it is a row of fish tanks with all kinds of small fish in it, plus little chairs and tables, blocks, puzzles, computers and a general atmosphere of coziness.  Moving on from the library, our little group was invited to Joanne's family picnic which turned out to be very enjoyable.  Binbrooke Conservation Area is lovely.  It has water running through it, a children's playground, a splash pad and further down I believe there may have been a little store but am not sure of that.

Jeff took Ruby and I in his car, and we all split the entrance fee equally.  It turned very cool while we were there and I was thankful that I brought my jacket.  Ruby was very, very cold - chilled to the bone.  Joanne had bought a tarp so we made use of it to keep warm as well as to make a little tent for the younger members of the family.  They were adoreable!

To me, the highlight of the day was playing with the little ones with the tarp tent!  The giggles made my day!

As usual, Joanne excelled herself with her wonderful cooking.

We all are invited to her place for our annual picnic.  Some of us are getting too old to enjoy a picnic on a bench for a long period of time so we are having it indoors at Joanne's this year.

I saw the surgeon for the gallbladder issue but he said I didn't need an operation for which I am most thankful!  I have had enough medical intervention unless it is an emergency.

I also had a hearing appointment with the Hearing Society and there was no need to change my hearing aids.  The rules have changed, it is now 5 years before the Government will help pay for hearing aids.  It used to be 3.  In Canada the government pays $500 for each individual hearing aid, thus $1,000 which is a good help.  They are really expensive but this helps.

I was without my hearing aids for 21 days when they were sent in for a thorough cleaning.  It was great to hear better when they were returned to me!

A friend of mine invited me to the club for lunch  during this month as well  which was nice. However, she told the server to give individual bills.  This is the second time she has done this to me.  I am wondering if she has become confused.  It does not matter really -  I will prepare myself for this to happen from now on.   She means well.

I had a wonderful visit with Carmen and Wally in the middle of August and I treated them to lunch at Tobys  Restaurant which we all enjoyed.  We had a great visit!

Near the end of the month, I had my regular visit to the Cardiac Outpatient Unit of the Hamilton General and the problem has been regulated and all is well again.

A nice month, watched a lot of roku and Netflix as well and read a few books and did some housework.  Still am in the downsizing stage but having trouble being motivated.

Thanks for dropping  by.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday's events

I was not feeling up to par today so stayed close to home.  Around 3 p.m. I went over to the mall just to have somewhere to go.

People watching is one of my most favourite things to do.  Today, there was rain forecasted so I could not go down to Pier 8.

I was lucky, the heavy rain happened when I was in the mall and it was only a few drops by the time I left.

You see the most interesting people in the mall - all shapes, all sizes, all from different ethnic groups.

Hamilton is a very international city.  I like it for that.  Toronto and Montreal also.  In Montreal, there were many Spanish speaking people as French is easier for them to learn.

I have to say that the Spanish speaking people sure know how to have a good time - all you need is two or three people and a little food and everybody has a good time.

I also notice that people from the West Indies enjoy life as well and are more spontaneous in their outlook.  Good for them!

Life is too short to be gloomy and "down".  I try and enjoy the little things of life, a nice cup of herbal tea, a lovely chat with a friend over the phone, going to the waterfront, and hiking at Princess Point.These things do not cost much money at all.  In fact, some of them cost nothing!

In my opinion, good solid friends are so important and should be cherished.  I have friends still from Montreal and Toronto and I am so blessed to have some great friends here as well.  Many from the writing community, some from the two churches, some from Whitehen concerts.  I have one friend I have known for almost 75 years.  She lives in Collingwood, Ontario so we don't see each other very often.

It is my son's and my birthday coming up.  We have a joint birthday which is nice.

The gals are taking me out for lunch to a local hotel here.  It should be nice - I have never been there before.

I think that is all.  I will go back to watching Netflix and their special programme called The Crown.  An excellent picture so far.  It follows the life of the British royality basically.

Isn't it strange that the British royality have German relatives.  That must have been very tricky in World War 2!

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, July 14, 2017

My apologies

A friend of mine called me last night to make sure I was all right.  She had been checking my blog on a regular basis and had not seen any entries for a while.

I just have been lazy - watching a lot of netflix and reading tons of books.

I use my library religiously and borrow tons of books at a time.

Some things have been happening though which I will mention here.  My daughter and son-in-law came down for Canada Day (July 1st) and we went to Pier 8 for the festivities there.  Too many people for my happiness but the younger generation enjoyed it.  They had put the double length buses on but even they were crowded.  They seemed to run every twenty minutes on Canada Day.

Billy and Anna took a picture of the Tall Ships which I will post here.

The kids went back on the 5:30 bus. We had an early supper as they would be travelling at supper time.

Also, another thing that has happened is that I am back going to Martini Hour again. Henry Strong is now playing on Wednesday nights.

My Whitehern group (only the gals) went on the terrace at the club and we all enjoyed it.  The weather was nice and we had an umbrella over us which helped.  As I was in the hospital for so long last spring, summer and half of September, I missed out on enjoying the terrace.  It is a lovely spot.  I plan to go up there and read when I have the time.

Here is a picture of one of the gals and myself on the 2nd floor of the club.  It is my favourite room in the club as there is lots of natural light there.


Me with my very flexible hat

There were six of us counting myself and it was most enjoyable.

I don't think there is anything else new.  Next week will be a quiet week, but the week after will be busy with a doctor's appointment and a luncheon invitation.

I still am not doing any creative writing alas, but I will share a poem I wrote for a group from my home town.  Hope you will enjoy it.  I got 75 compliments on it when I originally posted it to the group.  It was written for a time over 50 years ago when life was much more simple and my home town was smaller.

Seasons of my Life

My feet crunch on icy snow
white clouds, grey underbelly
hover over my bowed head  
ready to dump more white stuff

Sun sinks on horizon
ice and snow shimmer
footsteps etched on lake
naked trees shiver in wind

Utter silence as I walk
beside Lac St. Louis
fond thoughts of times gone by

I’m “home” for a visit
to touch base with my roots
deep in Lachine soil

Black ice underfoot, I slip  
why did I come in winter
temperatures twenty below
a need for boots, overcoat  
scarf and warm mittens?  
Shivering, I walk fast
anxious to get to my cousin’s
place - a haven for me
a return to “home”

We sip hot chocolate
my glasses steam up
we reminisce of 50 years ago

Back yard gardens
vegetables & flowers
my favourite spot
the wooden playhouse
which overlooks the lane

New life in Spring
feathery leaves burst out
on gray tree trunks
crocuses & daffodils
lily of the valley thrive.

Neighbours venture outside
call greetings and stop to chat
streets and sidewalks alive
with kids playing games
rugby, marbles, hop scotch
skipping and Mother-Mother, May I?

Streetlights come on, time is up
hands grip bike handles
strong legs pump - head home

Shad flies, mass together  
mesmerized by light poles
fall victim to man’s wheels
crunch underfoot as I walk

Stench overpowers nose
they lie thick on ground
impossible not to step on them
I shudder as I hear them pop

Through the lane I race
as the train from Montreal arrives
familiar smells at Lachine Station
I’m glad to see my Dad

Summer in Lachine, lazy days
school over - freedom!
summer cottage in Ile Perrot
swimming twice a day
hair washing in the lake
ivory soap floats away  

Row boat takes me far
oars dipping into the coolness
of the lake, solitude I desire
to think and to pray

Inner tube on gentle waves
lulls me, refreshes me
peace reigns on this sunny day

All too soon, September here
school days begin again
easy living of summer gone

It’s Halloween, how exciting!
I don my cherished outfit
trick or treat with friends
bob for apples or sing a song
in the hope of getting a treat
Scene after scene comes
as we walk together down memory lane
tramping through deep snow to the Pier
to pick out a Christmas tree.
decorated tree sparkles with tinsel
photos taken of starry-eyed children
wrapped gifts sit mysteriously
waiting for Christmas day.

Our hot chocolate finished
we call it a day, climb the stairs
bid each other a good night
to dream, perhaps, of times gone by.

Copyright(c)WilmaSeville 2015

Performed at Carnegie Gallery - 2015
Performed at Caroline Retirement Residence November 2015

Originally written for Lachine, Then & Now - website 2015

Image may contain: tree, plant, sky, outdoor, nature and water
A very small part of Lac St.Louis in Lachine, P.Q.

Thank you very much for dropping by. Tthe picture above was taken by Luc Simard.  He is a wonderful photographer.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A lovely afternoon spent with friends from out of town

They arrived at 11:30 and we went over to the club for lunch.  They insisted on treating me which was very kind of them.  They really loved the club and understood why I like going there so much.

After our time at the club, I took them to Jackson Squae and the Farmer's Market.  Their town has a Farmer's Market as well but it is only open on Thursday and sometimes Saturday.

Mike was  very taken with all the lovely old buildings in downtown Hamilton and took lots of pictures with his camera on his phone.

They motored back to their home town and I laid down for about an hour and a half and rested as I felt very tired.

Here are some pictures from today.

A lovely tree, taken from the patio of the club

Thanks for dropping by.  I was glad for the cooler weather today and hope the extreme heat does not come back soon.  Much prefer the cooler type of weather.

Have a good day.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An afternoon to remember

Jennifer and I in the dining room
Today I was invited out to dinner at my club by my friend Jennifer.  She met me at 12 noon and we visited here for a few minutes then walked over to the club for lunch.

Amanda buzzed us in even before I could get my card out to open the side door.  She must have been watching for us to arrive at the  accessible door.

We ate in the dining room and had a lovely visit as we enjoyed the scrumptious meal.

Here are some pictures of our meals.
Jennifer's meal - salmon and a salad

Sour cream &rasperry tart

We also had a lemon pie which was good but the picture did not turn out clear enough.

I had chosen the club burger which was delicious and it came with a small fruit salad which I also enjoyed.

We took some pictures in the dining room.

Me in the dining room

Jennifer in the dining room in front of the orchids

After we had enjoyed our dinner, we went up to the rooftop patio to sit outside and enjoy the nicer, cooler weather today.

A view of the well known Piggot Building complex from the rooftop patio.

Relaxing on the patio

Love this old tree - many of the buildings downtown are very old and very well kept up

It was a lovely afternoon  spent with a dear friend.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Where did the month of May go?

I find it hard to believe that it is now June 1st and I am happy to say that the sun is shining outside and hopefully it will stay that way for a while.

We had a lot of rain in May and that caused major flooding in parts of Hamilton such as Dundas.

I understand that people are still trying to repair the damages they suffered from all this rain.  Water can be beautiful in lakes and rivers, but it can be extremely disruptive when too much rain comes down.

I do wonder what the month of June will bring?

It is so great to see the greenery again and the many spring flowers that pop up everywhere even downtown!

I do have some really nice news to impart.  My friend Jeff took me up to Sleep Country in Ancaster and I purchased a mattress and box springs and it arrived yesterday morning.  The man who came into the apartment with it was a real nice gentleman.  He was kind enough to put the encasement onto the mattresses so that bedbugs if they ever came to this building would not be able to ruin my bed.  They cost a lot but a bed is a huge investment.  Last night I slept like I was sleeping on a cloud and it was so heavenly!

It is higher than my former bed of 17 years but I still manage to get in and out of it.

Gemma, the cat, has already claimed it as her own, so you can imagine that it will take some convincing to get her off it when it is time for bed!

I am happy to say that my sheets all fit it as well, as I stayed with the same bedframe (red) and the same size (twin or single - same thing).  The bedframe was still good and why not keep it?

What a real blessing it is to have a new and comfortable bed!

Thanks for dropping by and have a nice day.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I'm back!

This is somewhat belated, but perhaps you may find it interesting.

After 3 1/2 months in the hospital, I finally have returned to my little nest.   This happened in the middle of September  2016.

I had tears in my eyes as I left St. Joe's Villa as they had been very good to me and looked after me very well and I had become very fond of the staff there.  My son picked me up and took me grocery shopping as everything would have gone bad in the fridge after all that time away from home.

It was great to be home but took a bit of adjusting to as I now was on my own except for the Occupation Therapist who was allowed only three visits.

I was not allowed under OHIP (our Ontario health system) to have a Practical Support Worker  come in to assist me in personal things which made life quite difficult for a few months until I was able to walk around better.  Of course, I could have hired somebody to come in but that would cost quite abit of money.    I still  remained in a wheelchair for one more month at home but thankfully, I am good again to use my walker and do everything myself.  The time of doing  this blog is now May 18th 2017 so it is just to catch up.

I completely forgot that I had this in my draft folder so here it is now.

Enjoy your day.