Urbex: Kitchener’s Cold War Bunker

You wouldn’t know it was a cold war fallout bunker, especially when on the front of the building there’s a sign that reads Kitchener-Waterloo Rowing on the front of it.  I’ve lived here all but a few years, and had I not known of its existence from stories, I’d be none the wiser.   All thatContinue reading “Urbex: Kitchener’s Cold War Bunker”

On Genealogy: The Life of WWI Pte. Emile Lamothe

This is an update to genealogy story #4 which featured my Great Grand Father, Émile Lamothe, whom I called Grand-Pépère Lamothe (the original blog has been deleted). It was originally posted on June 3, 2017 and I’ve since come across some new photos and information that I want to document and update his story.  Cleophas Émile LamotheContinue reading “On Genealogy: The Life of WWI Pte. Emile Lamothe”

SUV Camping – Manitoba to South Western Ontario

I’ve driven this stretch of road a couple times now and in all honesty, it’s a long haul and I wasn’t much looking forward to it.  Driving straight it is about 26 hours, give or take, especially that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions we cannot cross the US border.  That way would shave off aboutContinue reading “SUV Camping – Manitoba to South Western Ontario”

Urbex: The Little Ghost Town of Insinger, Saskatchewan

I was driving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (say that 10 times fast) to visit some friends. As I traveled down Highway 16, about 55 km on the other side of Yorkton (from Manitoba) when a domed roof of an old Ukrainian Orthodox church peek out on the right side just over the horizon. It was fairlyContinue reading “Urbex: The Little Ghost Town of Insinger, Saskatchewan”

20 Years Later. Where Were You on 9/11?

It is the JFK assassination of my generation.  It’s like asking where were you when Elvis died.  An event so big that it defines a generation.  So significant and relevant that no matter what else you may forget in your lifetime, this event is forever etched in your brain. September 11, 2001 was the dayContinue reading “20 Years Later. Where Were You on 9/11?”

On Travel: Last Stop, Churchill – My Journey to the Far North

Churchill, Manitoba is as close to a frontier town as there is in Canada. Churchill is Manitoba’s northernmost community, and is located where the boreal forest meets the tundra, on the shores of Hudson Bay, bordering the newest Canadian territory of Nunavut.  The town sits on a narrow point of land bound by the oceanContinue reading “On Travel: Last Stop, Churchill – My Journey to the Far North”

On Genealogy: MY Relation to Ezra CORNELL – Founder of Cornell University

I haven’t blogged in a long while, and while I’m at a dead end in another line of my tree, I decided to do more research on the Cornells. I wondered if it was the same “Cornell” that is synonymous with the Ivy League American University – Cornell. My fifth cousin 6 times removed ORContinue reading “On Genealogy: MY Relation to Ezra CORNELL – Founder of Cornell University”

Urbex: Exploring an Abandoned Strawberry Farm

In this blog, we are exploring the abandoned Stoll Strawberry Farm in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. It is a more recent abandon, 2017. We came upon this find as a “trade” with another urbexer. The video version of this urbex can be viewed here. We only had time to explore the house, we wereContinue reading “Urbex: Exploring an Abandoned Strawberry Farm”

YES, I Washed my UGGS in the Washing Machine!

Who doesn’t LOVE a good pair of UGGs (or UGG look alikes)? I’m on my third pair — this pair is an UGG Classic Short II – super comfy, I can’t imagine my life without a pair of UGGs in them! And, let’s be real, UGGs aren’t on the cheap side either, with a priceContinue reading “YES, I Washed my UGGS in the Washing Machine!”

Urbex: Exploring 3 Abandoned Farm Houses in 1 DAY!

Another awesome #urbex today – I was able to find not 1, not 2 but 3 abandoned farm houses to explore. I actually located 6-7 in a little cluster in Milton/Oakville – but am only going to post about these 3 today. IF YOUR INTERESTED IN SEEING THE VIDEO VERSION OF THIS POST – CLICKContinue reading “Urbex: Exploring 3 Abandoned Farm Houses in 1 DAY!”

Urbex: Exploring a Well Known Meat Processing Plant!

This weekend I did another awesome urban explore at an old abandoned factory in town.  I’m not gonna share the exact location. You may think it’s ridiculous to not share the location of a place you’ve explored. It is an abandoned building after all, what’s the big deal?  The reason I don’t share location informationContinue reading “Urbex: Exploring a Well Known Meat Processing Plant!”

Urbex: Abandoned Leather Tannery Explore!!

On the coldest day registered this year, my friend Thomas and I decided to stay local for our #urbex and decided to explore an abandoned factory in town.  It has been abandoned for decades and I drive by it quite regularly,  for some reason it never occurred to me to explore it …. so 2Continue reading “Urbex: Abandoned Leather Tannery Explore!!”

Saving Money is Great. Saving Lots of Money is Even Better.

While I was laying around a few weeks ago, I binged watched the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates. It’s an American reality tv series that profiles the lives of those who take frugality to an extreme. Now, let’s all be real here and accept that a lot of it appears to be staged and scripted.  It may beContinue reading “Saving Money is Great. Saving Lots of Money is Even Better.”

I Can’t Believe They Took Your Life -Toronto Rapper Houdini 🎩 😭

𝕄𝕪 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕘 𝕙𝕒𝕤 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕦𝕡 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕀 𝕒𝕞 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕪𝕖𝕥 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕒𝕔𝕔𝕖𝕡𝕥! In 2018 I posted a blog on an up-and-coming Toronto rapper, who since, has gained the love and respect of many a fan … to the tune of nearly 20,000,000 downloads on Spotify ALONE!  His first album Hou I AmContinue reading “I Can’t Believe They Took Your Life -Toronto Rapper Houdini 🎩 😭”

Monster Hunt: My Search for the Ogopogo Lake Monster

COVID-19 social distancing walk and I’m out and about in the great city of Kelowna, British Columbia (BC). Whilst living up on Big White, a trip down to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for the legendary Ogopogo who reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. Lake Okanagan is about 400 kms east ofContinue reading “Monster Hunt: My Search for the Ogopogo Lake Monster”

COVID-19: Day 19 … How Long is this Gonna Last?

How are you fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Have you ever seen anything like this? We’ve gone through SARS (2002-2003), the Swine Flu (2009-2010), Ebola (2014-2016), MERS (2012 – present) AND nothing of this proportion, this magnitude. Have we ever witnessed anything quite like what we’re living through with this pandemic? I’m now at dayContinue reading “COVID-19: Day 19 … How Long is this Gonna Last?”

COVID-19: My 12 Month Trip of a Life Time Was Canceled, I Quit My Job, Sold My Car & Rented Out My Condo !

In the words of sexy hotness, Matthew McConaughey, “alright alright alright”. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted … so I just want to bring you all up to date on the current lay of the land -> the status of my year long adventure to South East Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic and theContinue reading “COVID-19: My 12 Month Trip of a Life Time Was Canceled, I Quit My Job, Sold My Car & Rented Out My Condo !”

My Journey Through The World of Functional Medicine Pt 1

Ugh, I’ve been dragging my butt so hard lately *again* and if I’m being honest, it’s been a lot of months, like 6-7 or so!  I just thought I was exhausted and burning the candles at both ends and that it would pass (I need to learn to listen to myself better). If you’re readingContinue reading “My Journey Through The World of Functional Medicine Pt 1”

Only 4.5 Months Til I Leave for SEAsia!

It feels just not too long ago I had posted that I was traveling all over South East Asia and here it is ONLY 4.5 months away!  I can hardly believe it! I have changed my departure date so many times – it was originally end of February and then I had postponed it toContinue reading “Only 4.5 Months Til I Leave for SEAsia!”

Meet The Person Responsible For Your Life

I’ve seen a lot of buzz on the internet lately about some version of the post below – some positive and others negative – and neither are right or wrong – it’s all a matter of perspective and opinions depending on how you view the world. I am of the belief that as individuals weContinue reading “Meet The Person Responsible For Your Life”

You Have the Life You’re Willing to Put Up With

“You have the life you’re willing to put up with”. Think about it, what are the problems of those heinous dark shadows currently spoiling the warmth and happiness of your otherwise blissful life? 🎯 Do you hate your job? 🎯 Are you in a bad relationship? 🎯 Is there something wrong with your health? Fine! Get a newContinue reading “You Have the Life You’re Willing to Put Up With”

Holy Crow! I Conquered my BIGGEST Fear!

So, you think you can’t do something? You’re too scared? 😱. You can, you are scared AND do it anyway! Anyone who knows me knows I’m deathly afraid of heights. Ask my kids how I am when we take off on a plane.  Ask them which one’s hand used to hurt worse from the nail marksContinue reading “Holy Crow! I Conquered my BIGGEST Fear!”

What’s The Connection Between INTEGRITY and LITTERING?

I spent last weekend in New York City (NYC), I was attending a leaders course in Manhattan with 350 of the eastern seaboard’s most brilliant, inspirational beings, like no kidding – this powerful group is up to big things! While we were out and about enjoying our lunch break, we spent some time walking aboutContinue reading “What’s The Connection Between INTEGRITY and LITTERING?”

Are You True Crime Obssessed?

I have a ton of obsessions — an obsession with lip chap, an obsession with recycling, an obsession with traveling, with being right (kidding) and an obsession with true crime. What is it about serial killers that fascinates huge swaths of the population? What really happened to JonBenét Ramsay? Where is Madeleine McCann?  Did MichaelContinue reading “Are You True Crime Obssessed?”

What Does it mean to be Powerfully Single?

Hey everyone, how are you all doing today?  Thanks for reading, I really hope you’ve all been awesome and living your best lives! I just got in not too long ago from dinner with one of my good friend’s who is home for a visit from Japan – she and her family moved there 2Continue reading “What Does it mean to be Powerfully Single?”

Recipe: All Day Egg Muffins

These egg muffins are loaded with all your breakfast favourites! Perfect for busy mornings and quick on the go snacks … I’ve been eating a lot of eggs lately and was looking for a way to change up the ways I’m cooking them, and decided to go back to an old fan favourite. Recipe makesContinue reading “Recipe: All Day Egg Muffins”

I’d Rather Have a Passport Full of Stamps

I never used to think this way. I used to be of the belief that I wanted the great house, the awesome vehicle, a closet full of name brand clothes – have a Louis Vuitton on my shoulder and Louboutin’s on my feet … I have all that and more. And, guess what? …. itContinue reading “I’d Rather Have a Passport Full of Stamps”

Product Review: Freshii Juice Cleanse

It’s Monday night, I just competed my coaching call, did some work, just finished some research on a new project I’m working on …. and about 5 days ago I finished a 3 day JUICE CLEANSE … I’ve done juice cleanses in the past, but, honestly it’s been a hot minute since I did myContinue reading “Product Review: Freshii Juice Cleanse”

What Do You Do to Enhance Your Life?

⚠️ I am a ridiculously PASSIONATE person, I don’t think that anyone who knows me would disagree. That works to my advantage the majority of the time and at times to my disadvantage … sometimes I need to be dialled down or be more mindful in the way that I communicate 💬 my passion, and, it’sContinue reading “What Do You Do to Enhance Your Life?”

10 days of gratitude: day 10 – MY BIG BEAUTIFUL HEART!

IT’S DAY 10/10 and I could keep going with my list of gratitudes … but I’ll wrap the posts at 10, as promised. Randy Travis wrote a song years ago called My Heart Cracked … some of the lyrics go: Shattered dreams, lay everywhere Broken promises, are all we share I finally took, all IContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 10 – MY BIG BEAUTIFUL HEART!”

10 days of gratitude: day 9 – MY BODY!

DAY 9 – the 2nd last day of things that I am grateful for ….  it’s able, it’s healthy, it’s responsive and it’s mine …  … today I am grateful for my body.   It takes a lot for me to actually say that.  I’ve been all kinds of down the last 2 years aboutContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 9 – MY BODY!”

10 days of gratitude: day 8 – THE SUN!

Today’s blog is going to be quick and very to the point … I woke up, felt the warm sun on my face after a long winter, I see the trees trying to bloom their first leaves … and it hit me, I’m grateful for THAT!  I simple act of nature, and I’m grateful forContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 8 – THE SUN!”

10 days of gratitude: day 7 – MY MISTAKES

…. we all make them, non intentional – oversights. Today I focus on being grateful for my mistakes Made perhaps via clouded judgment, your perspective of the world, opening your mouth when you should have thought beforehand or that stupid phone call or text.  WE ALL MAKE THEM AND GUESS WHAT YOU’LL MAKE MORE …Continue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 7 – MY MISTAKES”

10 days of gratitude: day 6 – MY BELONGINGS!

This morning I woke up, made my tea with my shiny red kettle, poured it into my large Starbucks mug, sat in my lovely sea-foam green chair in my lovely new condominium, with my MacBook Air to write this blog.  After which, I will put on my Canada Goose jacket and Ralph Lauren boots andContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 6 – MY BELONGINGS!”

10 days of gratitude: day 5 – MY MENTORS!

I’m 1/2 way through my 10 days of gratitude with this post!  It hasn’t been hard at all finding things to be grateful for … Post #5 is about the people in my life who have had an impact, in ways some people have no idea that they even have.  Some people are just soContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 5 – MY MENTORS!”

10 days of gratitude: day 4 – MY CHARACTER!

Ok, we are onto day 4 TODAY, I have so many things to be grateful for – we all do – we just have to take stock of everything little thing – things don’t always have to move mountains to be significant enough to be grateful for – in fact for me it’s quite theContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 4 – MY CHARACTER!”

10 days of gratitude: day 3 – MY SITUATION!

How are we feeling today for Day 3 of our 10 days of GRATITUDE? Today’s #3 can certainly be difficult to think of in gratitude especially when we’re down in the dumps, we’ve had our heart broken, lost a loved one or even got passed over for a job we really wanted.  #3 takes aContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 3 – MY SITUATION!”

10 days of gratitude: day 2 – MA FAMILLE!

Welcome to day 2 of practicing gratitude … Thanks for joining me along my gratitude journey.  It always feels more productive for me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys in this case).  There’s obviously a reason counsellors will suggest journalling, it just feels good to get it out there!  I’ve been practicingContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 2 – MA FAMILLE!”

10 days of gratitude: day 1 – MY LIFE!

I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about next.  I wasn’t into researching any more on my family tree. But,  I have been spending some time determining what I wanted to do the first month of my move to SEAsia (next year – woo hoo!). Enter INDIA, I have been wanting to spendContinue reading “10 days of gratitude: day 1 – MY LIFE!”

On Genealogy: My Connection to Explorer, Louis Joliet!

It’s dreary and rainy out today, and I don’t wanna get out of bed.  Since I am taking a bit of a break from traveling, I thought I’d focus more so on the Genealogy part of my blog … I still have so many lines that I need to “EXPLORE”. I select which one toContinue reading “On Genealogy: My Connection to Explorer, Louis Joliet!”

On Genealogy: Updated DNA Ethnicity Estimate

As you know, I’m a genealogy nut, or more like nerd. I love working on my family tree, although in the past 6-8 months I’ve barely looked at it more or less worked on it. I can’t even remember the last genealogy blog I posted (hang on let me check — other than a quickContinue reading “On Genealogy: Updated DNA Ethnicity Estimate”

On Travel: Vietnam – What I Loved and Didn’t Love

I’ve been back from Vietnam for about 2 weeks now.  I have to admit it’s been tough being back – to the cold, the snow, back to working 9-5, not traveling … Today I want to share a little about my overall experience in Vietnam.  What I loved, things I wished I had done andContinue reading “On Travel: Vietnam – What I Loved and Didn’t Love”

On Travel: 24-hour Transit Into Guangzhou, China Without Visa

As I write this, I’m home, in bed, it’s 3:00 AM and I cannot sleep.  My body still thinks it’s 3:00 PM, jet lag sucks!  So I thought, what better time than to start my layover in China 🇨🇳 blog. The process was a lot easier than I imagined, so I thought I’d share inContinue reading “On Travel: 24-hour Transit Into Guangzhou, China Without Visa”

On Travel: Mekong Delta, Vietnam 🇻🇳

tạm biệt Việt Nam Today, I left Vietnam.  The country I have come to love over the last 3.5 weeks  It’s a mix of emotions having to go back to Canada.  I’ll miss it there, I’ll miss exploring, the food,  the culture, the adventuring and of course, my eldest daughter.   On the other hand, I’mContinue reading “On Travel: Mekong Delta, Vietnam 🇻🇳”

On Travel: Da Nang and Hoi An, Vietnam

Xin chào!   I hope all is WELL with all of you —- I’m continuing my travels through Vietnam this week – in Đà Nẵng and the ancient city of Hội An. I am more than pleased with my trip to Vietnam to date.  It’s truly a beautiful country, steeped in a long difficult historyContinue reading “On Travel: Da Nang and Hoi An, Vietnam”

On Travel: chúc mừng năm mới from Vietnam!

I’d been planning this trip for months -> months of research, watching YouTube vlogs, booking hotels, finding places to sightsee- which cities to visit?  What to see while I was there? Did I want to start in the North and travel South or vice versa? I decided to fly into Ha Noi and travel SouthContinue reading “On Travel: chúc mừng năm mới from Vietnam!”

I Just Completed #dryjanuary!

#dryjanuary, have you heard of it? Dry January is a public health campaign urging people to abstain from alcohol for the month of January.  I just heard about it in December and thought “why not!” So, Why Ditch The Alcohol? Millions of people pledge to ditch the booze every January! Participants testify to how greatContinue reading “I Just Completed #dryjanuary!”

Remember That Baby From Three Men and a Baby?

I remember watching Three Men and a Baby when it came out in 1987.  I was 13 years old. It was right up there for me that year along with Dirty Dancing, Labamba, Throw Mama from the Train and Teen Wolf Too!  Awww, those were the good ol’ days, weren’t they?  For people of aContinue reading “Remember That Baby From Three Men and a Baby?”

Part 2: When Loving an Addict Makes You CRAZY!

I published Part 1/2 of this series a few days ago.  Thank you for taking in an interest in the story of my personal journey on loving an addict.  Writing this series is a form of healing for me and is also very cathartic.  I hope that in sharing my pain  I can help someoneContinue reading “Part 2: When Loving an Addict Makes You CRAZY!”

Part 1: When Loving an Addict Makes You CRAZY!

I’m not an addict.  But, I’ve loved one!  I’ve been sitting on this post since I wrote it 14 months ago.  I hummed and I hawed on whether or not to post it.  It reveals a vulnerable side of my life, one of which I tried to hide for many many years,  On the otherContinue reading “Part 1: When Loving an Addict Makes You CRAZY!”

On Genealogy: The LEE Side of ME …


10 Shows I’m Binge Watching Right Now

I remember a time long before Netflix, Amazon Red, Zulu, YouTube Channels and Android Boxes when Summer was the worst time of the year for TV – months of repeats until the Fall schedule started … Then again, I also remember a time that your cable box was connected to your TV by a cableContinue reading “10 Shows I’m Binge Watching Right Now”

Dad, It’s Been 4 Years and I Still Miss You Soooo Much💔

Dad, Every November 18th since 2014 is a painful reminder of your absence in my life. I wish I could turn back time and live out every single day of my life as if it were a grand celebration of you. Had we only known you’d be taken from us so soon and so unexpectedlyContinue reading “Dad, It’s Been 4 Years and I Still Miss You Soooo Much💔”

#DTKLove 💛

I was taking a walk with the dog today around my neighbourhood – I moved back to KW just over a year ago.  I was born and raised here.  Did a 5 year stint in Toronto (Toronto proper, not the GTA – at Dufferin and St. Clair) and then spent 2 years in Manitoba –Continue reading “#DTKLove 💛”

Super Soul Sunday Thoughts🧡

I wanted to share authentically with you today for #supersoulsunday I’m often told by people “you’re so strong” , “you’ve been through so much, and have come through the other side better”, “I wish I had your strength”, “you look great for your age” (and thank you, I think I do too – for anyContinue reading “Super Soul Sunday Thoughts🧡”

On Set: Update – Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …

Originally posted on December 31, 2017 UPDATE: Sooooo,  I’m finally finished Season 11 and I was able to watch the episode that was shot down the street from me in September of 2017. I’ll explain a bit the scene I was there for.  By the point that I arrived Yannick’s scene had already been shotContinue reading “On Set: Update – Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …”

On Travel: Beautiful Vancouver, BC and Area

Good afternoon, good morning or good evening folks, wherever you’re reading this from.  I’m writing this today from beautiful British Columbia (BC) – it’s so true that they immortalize it on their license plates.   I’m out here visiting my youngest daughter and her boyfriend who moved here a few months ago to enjoy aContinue reading “On Travel: Beautiful Vancouver, BC and Area”

On Health: Update – Whole Food Plant Based Diet

A bit ago I posted a blog called On Health: My 30 Day Trial of the Whole Food Plant Based Diet, I’ve long since completed my 30 day trial of a whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet. I promised you all an update …. So, here are a few of my take aways from thatContinue reading “On Health: Update – Whole Food Plant Based Diet”

Exclusive Interview With Up-And-Coming Rapper – Houdini

Today I’m chatting with HOUDINI  – a rapper from Toronto, Ontario (aka The 6). I came across his music earlier this year, when I heard his feature on Came to Conquer with Northside Benji.  At that time he was still going by the stage name daHoudini. This kid’s got something special,  I promise you, he’s gonnaContinue reading “Exclusive Interview With Up-And-Coming Rapper – Houdini”

On Genealogy: Willis Carrier – One COOL Dude!

I haven’t written a blog on genealogy in what feels like a long while.  We’ve been going through a bit of a heat wave in South Western Ontario the last few days, it’s cooler and less humid today at around 25 Celsius.  For the better part of the last week it has been hitting nearContinue reading “On Genealogy: Willis Carrier – One COOL Dude!”

The Storm Chaser in Me

I have such diverse interests … although I love fashion, and makeup and dressing nicely in name luxury brand clothes, a huge part has “nerd” labeled all over me, and I’m most definitely not offended by it – I’ve embraced my inner nerdiness.  One of the things I am obsessed about are documentaries — otherContinue reading “The Storm Chaser in Me”

On Dreams: my plans to move to south east asia

If you’re new to following my blog (thank you for supporting my journey, I do truly appreciate each of my followers -and please feel free to tell a friend, I try to keep my topics relevant and authentic to me as a person and life), then you likely know that I am …. wait for itContinue reading “On Dreams: my plans to move to south east asia”

On Health: Why I’m Choosing Complimentary Care

It’s been a while since my last blog entry, I’ve been feeling so many different things lately, and as I started to type I thought I was actually going to talk about empty nest syndrome, or my plans to move to South East Asia in a few years … but as I started – IContinue reading “On Health: Why I’m Choosing Complimentary Care”

On Travel: Cuba, Authentico!

It’s miserable out as I write this – it’s cold and snowing.  To think, just yesterday I was in Cuba and today … back to reality. I hadn’t been to Cuba in about 17 years, but my best memory is that of an aqua blue ocean, sugar-white beaches and mojitos, so, I was anxious toContinue reading “On Travel: Cuba, Authentico!”

On Health: My 30 day Trial of the Whole Food, Plant Based Diet

Last week myself along with about 19 other colleagues started a trial whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet.  The trial is for one month, and we are to stick to the diet with a rule of 80/20. 8 days in and I am starting to believe more than ever that so much of what weContinue reading “On Health: My 30 day Trial of the Whole Food, Plant Based Diet”

On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution

I took a bit of a break from my close relatives because I found another interesting leaf hint and decided to follow it.  I saw this one before, but, I felt I would have to do a lot of research so I passed.  Then I came across something else on the same person and decidedContinue reading “On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution”

On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu

This line continues down my maternal grand-mother side.  This is the story of my great great gramma and grampa on my grandma’s dad’s side. This is the story of Louis Napoléon Allard and Eva Beaulieu. Louis’ Birth Louis Napoléon Allard was born on/about November 24, 1874, in Curran, Ontario to Marie Louise Gariepy, age 20, andContinue reading “On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu”

On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard

I’ve been trying to determine where next to follow my ancestry line to and which line to write about.   Instead of writing about some distant relative, I thought I’d start writing with those a bit closer to me and write backward.   I am going to start with my great grand parents on myContinue reading “On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard”

Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup

My first blog of 2018 …. and it’s a recipe.  I’m in crunch mode – I’m taking the kids and I to Cuba in no less than 5 weeks ….. The other day, I had the sweetest tooth after dinner and immediately after eating a yummy healthy dinner, I dug right into a Caramel Sea SaltContinue reading “Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup”

On Set: Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …

It’s UFC night here at the house, it’s also New Years Eve Eve – the boys are watching UFC and I’m blogging my second to last entry of the year.  I’m into UFC but am truly waiting for the Cyborg vs Holly Holm fight. Not that this has anything at all in common with UFCContinue reading “On Set: Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …”

Recipe: Christmas Winner – Ambrosia Salad

It’s 5 minutes to midnight I just sat down for the 1st time since 1:00 PM. The last thing on my to do list was make the Christmas fave … Ambrosia Salad.  I make this EVERY year for my mom, she loves it.  Of course the kids love it too – I mean who doesn’tContinue reading “Recipe: Christmas Winner – Ambrosia Salad”

On Genealogy: Filles du roi – Descendant of Jeanne-Claude Boisandré

Most Canadians are familiar with the King’s Daugther’s/Filles du roi.  The Filles du roi, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women, many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlementContinue reading “On Genealogy: Filles du roi – Descendant of Jeanne-Claude Boisandré”

On Genealogy: John Ritter is my 9th Cousin, 2x removed!

Rev. Obadiah Holmes definitely has some Famous kin.  I’ve covered President Lincoln & Amelia Earhart and now I’m covering my connection to comedic legend,  John Ritter, best known as Jack Tripper. Another descendant of Rev. Holmes, is Willis Carrier,  the inventor of air conditioning (I really love this guy on hot, sticky, humid days!) –Continue reading “On Genealogy: John Ritter is my 9th Cousin, 2x removed!”

On Genealogy: Say What? I’m Connected To Amelia Earhart!

My lineage just gets better and better!  To date I have discovered a relation to a King of France, a US President, one of the Filles du Roi, an explorer,  a colleague of Samuel de Champlain, a great Uncle who died in WWI in Flanders … these are just some of my finds … andContinue reading “On Genealogy: Say What? I’m Connected To Amelia Earhart!”

On Genealogy: My Connection to President Lincoln

This is one of my MOST EXCITING ancestral finds to date!  The connection, albeit extremely distant with the most impressive US Presidents of all time …  Honest Abe is my 6th cousin 5x removed. I said it was distant … hehe! I posted yesterday on my connection to Obadiah Holmes, the important member of theContinue reading “On Genealogy: My Connection to President Lincoln”

On Genealogy: Whipped for Baptist Beliefs – My Connection to Rev. Obadiah Holmes

Ok, it’s safe to say we all know that I’m a genealogy NUT, I won’t even try to deny it.  I love learning and I love history, especially when it comes to MY OWN.  They say to know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you’ve been.  I believe in knowing the trials, tribulationsContinue reading “On Genealogy: Whipped for Baptist Beliefs – My Connection to Rev. Obadiah Holmes”

On Genealogy: My Salem Witch Trial Connection

Late last night, I couldn’t sleep, I decided to do a bit of digging on some hew “hints” on my Ancestry.ca site and take closer look into my DNA profile. A while back I posted a blog called “On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662” which traced my rootsContinue reading “On Genealogy: My Salem Witch Trial Connection”

Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do 💪🏻

I actually wrote this last year ago but didn’t post it because I wanted to respect my brother’s privacy.  I’m really trying to show how strong he is.  This is a tribute to his grit and will power. We’ve all had a time in our lives that are beyond difficult to cope. When you wonderContinue reading “Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do 💪🏻”

no dress rehearsal this is our life: the passing of canadian legend – Gord Downie 😭

‘We Are Less As A Country Without Gord Downie In It’ – Prime Minister Trudeau I had to wait a few days to write this, I just watched the documentary Long Time Running two days ago … so I needed to collect my thoughts and emotions before I got to it. I want the WORLDContinue reading “no dress rehearsal this is our life: the passing of canadian legend – Gord Downie 😭”

On Travel: Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love

🎶 “In West Philadelphia not born nor raised, in Kdub is where I spent most of my days 🎶” which is why I decided to take my next  trip to Philly.  I love to travel, I love history – all kinds of history and Philadelphia is steeped deep in American history. The primary reason for our trip toContinue reading “On Travel: Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love”

Your Perception is Your Reality

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticy wherein I talked about perception, about reframing your mindset. “Perspective is a powerful thing isn’t it? When you can reframe an experience, you can often change what happens as a result”.   Have you ever wondered about how you perceive yourselfContinue reading “Your Perception is Your Reality”

Opting on Adopting: Our Rescue Dog Ellie

Did you know that each year at least 600,000 dogs are euthanized in Canada,  simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet? I decided to write this blog as I sat here watching a bit of TV and looked over at Ellie, my 3Continue reading “Opting on Adopting: Our Rescue Dog Ellie”

On Travel: My Tokyo Experience

こんにちは – Kon’nichiwa Life can be so complicated at times can’t it?  My life in particular has been nutty as of late …  and at the spur of the moment, I made a decision – we all have choices and decisions to make each day of our lives in the betterment of ourselves, our lives, ourContinue reading “On Travel: My Tokyo Experience”

Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticity

I consider myself more of a spiritual person than a religious one. I meditate, chant and listen to Hindi mantras/vedas, started to re-practice Yoga, believe in Om Namah Shivaya (ॐ नमः शिवाय) which literally translates to “I honour the divinity that dwells within me, I bow to Shiva, my true identity” – I believe inContinue reading “Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticity”

Kingston Penitentiary: Canada’s Alcatraz – MY TOUR

Tours through Kingston Penitentiary offer a unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison. Its doors closed in 2013. And now offers guided tours which provide an up-close look at this historical building which predates Canadian confederation. The first time we went to Kingston in 2013, theContinue reading “Kingston Penitentiary: Canada’s Alcatraz – MY TOUR”

Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster

Pseudoscience: The study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence. I’ve always been intrigued with folkloric creatures like Loch Ness, Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Sea Serpents, The Mothman, Thunderbirds and Jersey Devil, just to name a few. Today I am an acting cryptozoologist!Continue reading “Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster”

Recipe: ‘Shake’ Off That Summer Heat: EASY Homemade Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

This iced coffee recipe is super easy to make and is loaded up with protein, so you’re getting your caffeine boost and protein all in one. My version uses vanilla-flavored protein powder and has a fairly strong coffee flavour. Gather Your Ingredients (makes 1 serving) 1 cup of ice 1 cup chilled strong-brewed coffee (usingContinue reading “Recipe: ‘Shake’ Off That Summer Heat: EASY Homemade Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake”

Messages from Beyond: How My Dad Connects With Me

Do you believe in the after life? Do you believe that your loved ones have a way of communicating with you after they’ve crossed? Has One of These Ever Happened to You? Have you ever come across a random dime in the oddest of places? Has a song ever come on the radio at the exactContinue reading “Messages from Beyond: How My Dad Connects With Me”

On Genealogy: My Genetic Ancestry DNA Results Are In!

I know I already posted a blog today.  But, as I was walking out the door, I got an email from Ancestry that my DNA results were in and I had to check them stat! If you’ve been a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll likely know that I’ve been working hard on my familyContinue reading “On Genealogy: My Genetic Ancestry DNA Results Are In!”

On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662

On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662. Today’s blog on genealogy #5 is on the lineage of the Milk family.  This surname has long been associated with the county of Norfolk, England, where it appears about twenty-two times in proportion to each 10,000 of the population of that county. Continue reading “On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662”

‘Napalm Girl’: The Day I Met Kim Phúc

The photograph is one of the most well known photographs of this era.  That of a little girl fleeing the horror –  she is running naked on a road after being severely burned by the South Vietnamese napalm attack.On June 8, 1972, Kim’s village of Trang Bang came under attack by South Vietnamese planes, which mistakenly dropped napalm onContinue reading “‘Napalm Girl’: The Day I Met Kim Phúc”

I Was In An Earthquake: Dominican Republic 2003

In September of 2003, we decided to take a family vacation to the Dominican Republic.  It was our 1st destination family trip ever.   I was excited for a week of relaxing, switching off from work, and enjoying the sand and sun.  The kids were extra excited as they had never been anywhere except for QuebecContinue reading “I Was In An Earthquake: Dominican Republic 2003”

Up Close and Personal with The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull

  Looking back at events in your life now you can gain a whole new appreciation and sense of awe of things that you didn’t truly understand back in the day. We had a split class when I was in the 7th grade, our class was made up of grades 7/8.  I went to aContinue reading “Up Close and Personal with The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull”

On Genealogy: Story of WWII Pte. Benjamin Richards

Hello and welcome to blog #3 on genealogy!   This story features my Grampa – Benjamin George Richards. I was able to obtain a copy of Grampa’s war records from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Canadian Armed Forces) a few years ago, when I wrote out for them.  WWII records are still not available online. MilitaryContinue reading “On Genealogy: Story of WWII Pte. Benjamin Richards”

On Genealogy: My Relation to the First Colonists to New France. The First Documented Marriage Between a French Settler & Indigenous Woman and My relation to Louis Joliet, the French Explorer

I can be quite obsessive at times.  My latest past time is genealogy – I’ve been working on my family tree for years – but now I obsessively work on it, almost daily.  My interest is both historical and philosophical:  Where do I come from?  How am I here?  — literally and figuratively. I think people have aContinue reading “On Genealogy: My Relation to the First Colonists to New France. The First Documented Marriage Between a French Settler & Indigenous Woman and My relation to Louis Joliet, the French Explorer”

rent cautiously, rent wisely.

Tenant problems plague landlords every day.  Last month I learned my first real lesson as a landlord. I’ve been a landlord now for 14 months, I must admit I’ve had pretty decent tenants, but, these last tenants though have had me scratching my head and have me wondering what I got myself into 🤷🏻‍♀️. AsContinue reading “rent cautiously, rent wisely.”

Welcome to My Life

It’s been awhile since my last blog.  I’ve started and stopped so many different blogs but for some reason or another never brought myself to finish them. Today, I invite you on a little journey … Like so many of us, I started strong this past January with the New Years resolutions and the “2017, getContinue reading “Welcome to My Life”

Recipe: Healthy Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

I’ve really been embracing this journey.  I’m on a quest for 2017 to drop this extra 15-20 lbs that I’ve put on over the past 15 months. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean not having good food, enjoy the food and enjoy the journey. Today, I decided to make some healthy treats for my fiancéContinue reading “Recipe: Healthy Cinnamon Tortilla Chips”