Monday, July 03, 2023

The Joy of being Canadian

 This last week ended with Canada Day, July 1. We celebrated as a family, which included a friend who has been part of our family for almost 50 years. It's comforting to know that we live in a country that is not at war, has (until Ford destroys it) decent medical care, respects democracy, is a diverse nation of multinationals and occasionally has a mild winter in southern Ontario :)

When I was growing up, my parents always wanted to move to the US. For some reason they felt that things were better there. I'm so glad they never applied for visas. I can't imagine how much medical care would be for our family, if we lived in the US. Socialism is not a "dirty" word up here in Canada, but it seems to be south of the border.

Even now, I have huge reservations about travelling to the US. I think that the "Trump" fiasco has made a number of us think twice about even flying to NYC for a long weekend. I'd rather go to Europe.

Apart from Canada Day, it was a quiet week. I had lunch at a friend's house - always a delight. I got a massive amount of work done on my daughter's quilt. I've made lists for our week up in Collingwood and I tidied up my needlework area in the living room. Yes, it finally got done!

My niece graduated from university in Glasgow, so there were lots of texts back and forth. My gift of a crocheted shawl arrived in time. 

My sister is out of hospital and on the mend. She kindly offered her sons to help, when my eldest and his partner take possession of their 80 acres to live off the grid in northern Ontario. One of her sons can skin a caribou and the other is a crack shot with a bow and arrow. Skills I'm sure they will need at one point, as they work things out "up there."

Other than, cooking, cleaning, gardening, needlework and office work, it's been pretty much a Canadian week. Nothing particularly spectacular, just peace, order and a new mayor - Olivia Chow - who will hopefully stop the destruction of our city by a ruthless premier.

My Joy for the Joy Jar this week has to be the election of Olivia Chow. She is the quintessential Canadian - an immigrant who struggled to build a life here and rose to become a political leader. We need so much change to happen in Toronto and I'm sure she can do it!!

Picture - so sorry just one. I have organized my embroidery threads for my work in progress, in a more tasteful manner :)

Have an awesome week!!

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