Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Princess Point on the weekend

One of my most favourite places is Princess Point.  I took the bus downthere (#6 Aberdeen) and met Jeff there.  I was surprised to see him bring his car down to the parking spots there as he usually parks where he does not need to pay.  I also took the bus back as it is so simple for me to get there and back and I can do it by myself without having him pick me up.  He lives close to the park so there is no sense for him to come all the way to my place and pick me up when I have a bus right outside my door which will bring me there!

We went on the paved side and the little trolley is now running on the weekends only.  I plan to take it once this summer as it is only $5.00 for seniors and takes you all along the waterfront.  A very economical and good thing to do.  They also have a commentator on board who gives a history of the area.

It was a beautiful day and we were both a little puffed out by the time we made the few and far between benches. I would have been fine as I now take my walker everywhere I go for safety reasons.

We sat twice when we were on the paved part and just enjoyed seeing the birds in the water and in the trees and the peaceful attitude.  We also said hello to people we met on the trail which was very nice.

In the general rule, people are very friendly on the trails in Hamilton.

View from the little bridge which goes to the paved walk where the runners and the bikers go.

Blossoms are coming out now - just lovely

Time for a spring cleanut down here

Calm waters

Two fellows enjoying chatting and the wharf 

Canada Goose

One of the many beautiful spots on the paved part of Princess Point.

Two fellows enjoying the wharf and another one in a kayac.

Sam Lawrence Park with Jeff

It was a trifle cool with a very brisk wind but I was okay with my inbetween coat and scarf.

This is the first time I have been for a walk in that park. It is a very large park with wonderful old trees and flowering bushes.

Unfortunately for me, my camera battery died so I could only take 4 pictures.
A view of the lower city from Sam Lawrence Park on the Mountain

A view of the lower city from Sam Lawrence Park

Further along - a view of the lower city

Beautiful Greenery

I really enjoyed going there and we walked a great deal. There are lots of picnic tables, flowering trees and some very lovely spots to enjoy. We saw other people there as well which was nice.

One day I would like to go back for a picnic lunch. 

I wanted to post some of his pictures on here but was unable to unfortunately.

It was a lovely spot and I plan to go there again.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Our monthly get together for lunch

My friend Jeff picked me up and we drove out to the east end to join other friends for lunch at Kelsey's.

I have to say that the food is excellent there and the lady who served us was very good.  We met about 11:30 and broke up a little before three.

They did not rush us at all which I appreciated.

We had a grand chat and a few laughs and everybody enjoyed their time together.

Thanks for dropping  by.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

LW group - Mother/Daughter event May 15,2018

The weather improved significally in time to get to the Mother/Daughter event at St. John's. I am finding it a rather long walk now unfortunately.  However, since I was asked to open in prayer, I managed to get there.

On the walk there (about a half hour for me) I was stopped by a lady in a scooter asking for money as she had no money to buy food and she was diabetic.  I took a chance and gave her enough money to buy some solid food.  I had to hurry along though as I still had quite some ways to go before reaching St. John's. 

The Church hall was set up beautifully, with tables with bud vases and tulips, china cups and saucers and gleaming silverware.

Shortly after 7 p.m. we began. A warm welcome was extended to everybody who were able to attend as well as to our guest speaker Sister Elaine Arsenault of Good Shepherd.  She is the Sister of Social Service there.

I had been asked to open in prayer which I am honoured to do.

Some lovely poetry was read, some hymns were sung and then the guest speaker gave us an inspirational talk.  She had a valid point, in my view, that most of us listen but only so we can reply back.  She was right and it does give us, as people, something to think about.

She mentioned that most people only want to be heard and do not necessarily want to be given suggestions on what they should do as they already know what they want to do.

An interesting thought  indeed,

After her talk, another poem was read and a hymn. 

Our hostest with the mostest ladies had prepared a marvellous spread for us to enjoy.

Those ladies are amazing, month after month, they prepare beautiful tortes and sandwiches for our group.

In my opinion, it is an excellent group to belong to and I consider myself very fortunate to belong there.

Thanks for dropping  by.

Here are a few snapshots of last night.

Sister Elaine  of Good Shepherd - the guest speaker

Our president Waltraut espressing our thanks for her very stimulating talk

The hostess ladies preparing the table 

A snap shot at the end of the evening.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day May 13,2018

Kenny picked me up and we spent some lovely time just soaking up the wonderful sun and talking.  Eve is such a live wire and she wants to be part of everything which is a good thing.

Kenny prepared tacos for supper which I have never had.  They were good.

They also had bought some wonderful cupcakes to celebrate the occasion.

 Jody and Eve chatting in the backyard.
Ken and Eve on Ken's favourite lounging chair

Jody taking a selfie with Eve at the dining room table.

Jody and Eve with the lovely cupcakes in honour of Mother's Day.

Waiting, not so patiently, for me to snap his photo!

Eve with her puzzle.

I was getting tired and asked Ken to bring me home which he did.  I enjoyed my time with them very much. 

Thanks for dropping  by.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Mother's Day tea at St. John's Lutheran Church

Each year, the ladies group puts on a lovely day which is open to the public.  There are fantastic plants for sale as well as yummy German baking and lunch is $5.00 which consists of a German sausage, sauer kraut and a bun.  I bought a small Christmas cactus as I have been on the lookout for one for many years as mine died of old age.  I don't know what colour the flowers will be but it will be lovely to see when it opens around Christmas time.  I also have at home a shamrock plant which I bought from Josie on the basement floor of the Farmer's Market.  It has flowered with the cutest little white flowers and both the shamrocks and the flowers fold up and go to sleep at night.  It is so fascinating to watch.  Now back to the tea.  This year due to spinal fractures, I was unable to help with pouring coffee.  I have done that job for 14 years but I guess all good things come to an end.

This year it was not quite as crowded, perhaps because it was cold outside. I needed my semi-winter coat on and Jennifer picked me up and brought me home, but it still was chilly.

The ladies group helps many charities, including LAMP which services the far north where the only way to get in is by plane.

The money they raise goes for these charities, including local ones here such as the Youth  Shelter (Living Rock).  Off hand I cannot remember which specific ones our group assists.  One of the most wonderful things to happen was that the owner of Giant Tiger (a retail shop) here in Hamilton came and donated four lovely pies to sell at the cake table.  He saw that the proceeds go to local charities and he wanted to help.  Wasn't that wonderful?

There sure are a lot of good people out there! 

My little group of friends came - Jennifer, Ruby, her friend Bev, Joanne and Anita.  We all sat at the same table and Rosie joined us for her lunch break.  She has taken over the job of pouring coffee I think. 

We stayed till about 1:30 and Jennifer drove me home.  I felt somewhat tired and slept till 4:30 which was good for me.  All in all, a wonderful time spent at a great place with good people and lovely food!

Now, as I write this the next day, I am invited to my son's place for a BBQ and he will pick me up.
I am so spoiled but I love every moment of it.

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, May 7, 2018

I am almost back to normal now, thankfully!

The weather here is also getting better and there is no snow anywhere around here!

In fact, it has been warm enough to go outside with just a sweater - some people are even just wearing sleeveless tops!

I was looking through old picture books today and found this picture of me at age 30.  I look very serious there, don't I?

I also found some other pictures which I will share.

This gentleman was my fiance.  We were engaged for four and a half years many years ago.  He came to Canada when he was 21 and I was 18 and we met through a mutual German friend and her husband.  We got along very well, but my parents at that time did not like the fact he was from another country and put a stop to it.  I was under twenty one at that time (18) and legally they could forbid me to see him. A lawyer's letter was sent to him which frightened him as he was new in the country.  He left Montreal and moved to Vancouver and years later, once I was 21, we reunited.    Suffice it to say, he was a good person but he passed away in Germany at age 65 in 2004.  He will always have a place in my heart.  

A more formal picture of Georg taken in Germany about 20 years after he returned to Germany.

Georg & Wilma   

It was sad that my parents split us up as we would have had a good life together as we got along very well.  Mind you, they thought they were doing the best for me.

We all make misakes. I have made plenty myself so have no right to judge.

Thanks for dropping by on the trip down memory lane.

Please drop in again at some point.