Category Archives: closer to home

August – Canadian Cottage Visist

I wandered a little further from home in early August – across the Canadian border to Parham, Ontario. Long-time friends Heather and Paul have a cottage.  My sister Babs and I have enjoyed this destination before on one of our annual sisters road trips. This year, Heather’s dad Roger came too. I learned  what a trooper he is when we spent two days last summer at Bonnaroo, a huge music festival,

Visiting the cottage in this part of southern Ontario  is like going back to a simpler time (except for wifi & electronic devices we all used). It’s farm country outside Kingston with small towns, lakes everywhere and provincial parks. Several cottages on adjacent Long Lake properties belong to family members so it’s quiet and private. Daily routines revolve around the lake: swimming, paddling, water skiing and enjoying the view.

One morning we went to Wheeler’s Pancake House & they had their own Chainsaw Museum. Kingston has an interesting waterfront and a good maritime museum. On the way home we saw the border from a viewing tower. And from the inside of the customs office when the compute flagged my car for an inspection!

After returning home, still plenty of summer left to enjoy my garden.

Summer Is Speeding By…

REALLY. It has been six weeks since my last post on May 15 and most of my time has been spent close to home being productive and extremely busy.

The Unicycle Road trip ended abruptly when we returned home early so The Rider could get treatment at the Cleveland Clinic for the parasite he contracted on our Costa Rican trip. For graphic details complete with illustration, see Dave’s blog (link on right side of page).  He’s healed now and has an impressive six-pointed Scar of David on his thigh. I’m happy to report that the plan is to start Stage 2 of the ride in early October in Mississippi and continue to St. Augustine, FL. 

When we first returned, I spent two weeks feeling disoriented and off-kilter. Probably the result of having such an intense daily routine for three months. It was hard to focus on anything and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I resorted to my usual coping method. Projects. Starting with gardens and yard, which usually get cleaned up in April and May. This year’s process continued through June.

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Some of my time has been spent painting rooms for friends.I choose to paint because:                  1.It’s peaceful. 2.The results are quick and satisfying. 3. And I like listening to books or NPR all day. I’m a neat painter, but make a mess of myself.


Last year I started making bags for different occasions and friends. Sewing was once a regular pastime when I made my clothes and Home Ec in the 8th grade is the most useful class I’ve ever taken.  With my newly waterproofed basement, I now enjoy having a sewing corner set up on a permanent basis with a tiny TV next to it.

I’ve been spending some time this summer with six year-olds and it’s been fun,  surprising and a little draining. These little girls are really delightful – and a bundle of energy! We spent the day at the Cleveland Zoo and it’s changed a lot since my last visit about 20 years ago!


Beach and pool time this summer has been a little sparse, but Mentor Headlands is my regular destination for walking, swimming and relaxing with a book. Lake Metroparks beaches, Lake Erie Shores and Lake Erie Bluffs, are quiet spots with long narrow shorelines, perfect for walks. We are fortunate to have  many beach choices around Lake County.