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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Peace quiet, lattes and board games

Every once in awhile I stumble across a spot I haven't been to in ages. Today is one of those days.  In the Bloor Bathurst area and waiting on someone so I was killing time. I wandered up the road to visit a place I used to hit a couple times a month - a small shop that sells Korean walnut cakes. I used to live in this area and moved about 10 years ago. It isn't that far away from where I live now, but you know what it's like - a place isn't on your radar because you don't pass by it. I swear walnut cakes are the single greatest snack ever invented. I'm sitting here with a box of 30 (ok .. 28, I ate two before I got a block away).  It used to be a Saturday morning ritual. I'd get there just as the a fresh batch was rolling off the line and wander around snarfing them as I walked. Yup, they are as good as I remember.

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Musings on last night's election in Canada

.... woke up today, read all sorts of Torybots screaming Canada is over, there's nothing left, the country is collapsing, Harper was the only one to steer us through the recession (which also doesn't exist according to the same people), Charter of Rights & Freedoms is worse thing to happen to Canada (chew on that over your oatmeal Canada) and (my personal favourite) no more freedoms because we're all commies now!

- looked out the window and what do you know - the world was still ticking along as it always does. 

Canada doesn't depend on one single person to lead us.  It never has. Prime Ministers come; Prime Ministers go. That's the nature of government in an open and free society.

Carry on Canada - be nice to one another, it's vastly under valued.

Fast food anyone?

Now this would be a place worth visiting!

Now that's what I call fast food

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Stumbling through the day w/ as much dignity as possible

I hate days that start with a flury of emails from customers who crawled out of the wrong side bed. Tends to throw my sense of balance off. I have a policy of not looking at my email until I'm showered, dressed and had some time to pull myself together. I slipped today. I was lying in bed, wondering why I set the alarm to go earlier than needed (misplaced optimism that I'd relax over an latte before heading out... yea, that worked). My phone was vibrating like made with emails coming in. In a moment of utter insanity, I reached over and took a look.

Wrong ... wrong .... wrong... 

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Ha! - our spruce tree lives

Out looking at our little balcony garden and thrilled to see all the new growth on our spruce tree. We were sure it bit the dust after our severe winter, but hey ... it's showing an amazing amount of growth this month. 

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

- Albert Camus

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