Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons To HATE The Holidays

Since I have a cold today and with my head so clogged I couldn’t form a coherent sentence, I thought you might get a chuckle out of this blog post from The Phil Factor.

The Phil Factor

You’re a mean one Mister Grinch. You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mister Grinch. You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel.

Yup, that’s me; King of sarcasm and hater of all things jolly. I’m not saying that there aren’t things to love about the holidays. There are plenty, but c’mon everybody, if we’re truly being honest with ourselves, there are a lot of things to hate about the holidays. Here’s my top ten, and in the spirit of a gift that keeps on giving, I’m hoping I’ll mention one or two things you haven’t noticed before and from this day forward you won’t be able to not notice them.

10. Candy canes: They’re sticky. That’s pretty much it. I like the minty flavor, but I can get that in a York Peppermint Patty without my lips, tongue…

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How To Be Grateful Everyday


“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.”

Joyce Giraud

I am grateful for:

  • my family
  • my health
  • my cats  cats in sink
  • my new house house
  • my friends (new & old)
  • my faith faith

What are you grateful for?

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Wow! My Fourth Year Blogiversary!

Happy Blogiversary to me, Happy Blogiversary to me…

Can you believe it’s been four years since I started this blog? I can’t.

cake with roses

It’s traditional to do a recap of the previous year. So sit back, buckle up and away we go!

My most popular posts:

Harley & Quinn

Our two sweethearts, Harley & Quinn

Most of my views come from these countries:

  • America
  • Philippines
  • India
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia

I even get views from these surprising countries:

  • Mauritius (Indian Ocean Island Nation)
  • Romania
  • Brunei (tiny nation on the island of Broneo, surrounded by Malaysia & the South China Sea)
  • Cote d’ivoire (West African country)
  • Isle of Man (self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea)

I’ve connected with many new blogging friends and enjoyed tons of blog posts on some really good blogs. Thank you for your Likes, comments and online friendship.

pink drink

So raise your glass and let’s hear it for four more years of blogging!



Temporary Has Many Faces

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is Temporary. So much in life is temporary even though they may last for years.

The time our children spend with us may last about 18 years but looking back it feels so temporary 🙂

This is the growth record of my sons, written on a wood beam in our old house. We photographed it before we sold our house and moved south so I would be able to keep it with me forever.

growth charts

For a look at my other photo challenge entries:

Air Plant Collage

I Love Bridges

Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

TEA-licious: top Tea Cafes in Toronto

This is for my Canadian followers, or those planning to visit Toronto, who also love a good cup of tea.


I frequently see blogs about coffee spots across the city, but not often do I encounter ones that cater specifically to TEA. If you are a non-coffee drinker like myself (never had a cup in my life), then tea may be your best alternative for a hot drink, especially on a cold winter day.

And just like my last blog post (top fitness studios in Toronto), I spent many months exploring cafes across the city as I compiled a list of my top spots. The places that I listed provided more than just a tea bag in hot water; I was looking for unique blends, tasty lattes, great ambiance and Pinterest-worthy decor.

  1. Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar 

Located at 613 Queen Street West (Queen and Bathurst), Early Bird is one of my favourite cafes in the city. The patio upstairs is the perfect hideaway and the food is Instagram…

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