What a game! What a win! Final score 5/4 for Team Canada. So proud to be Canadian...
- Pierre Trudeau
Sunday, January 4, 2015
My husband and I enjoy local fresh fish, mainly perch and pickerel but also bass and whitefish when we can. Fishing has played a role in our lives and while my husband does not fish, I felt it was an important life skill to teach our kids. We spent many a summer morning doing a bit of fishing and quite often we did a bit of fishing while camping. Bass fishing is popular in our area. There is nothing like walking around a campground with folks frying up their catch in huge fry pans, always ready to share.
I don't fish as often as I once did but still enjoy doing so occasionally. One of our friends is an avid fisherman so keeps us supplied with perch and pickerel plus we frequent the many local charity fish fries during the winter months. The fish fries are common fund raiser social events in smaller communities in southern Ontario. They are usually held each Friday starting in October and ending with Good Friday in April. Fishing is so popular in our area that Canadian fish coating is available at the grocery stores, Home Hardware and Canadian Tire. This light coating is perfect for perch and pickerel!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Like many Canadians we enjoy spending time in the sunny south so we bought a vacation home in Florida where we spend a little over three months of the year broke into two main blocks of time, one month in the spring and two in the fall. This past fall we were there for four weeks, home for three then back for five. Let me tell you, that five weeks grated on my nerves to no ends. One of our neighbours there apparently doesn't know how to use Google so is quite insistent on pestering us with "Does Canada have [item du jour]?" And, his questioning is nothing more than ignorance at best. He was quite surprised to find out that Canada does indeed have paved streets! Trust me, my natural Canadian politeness was tested to the nth degree. I did play with his ignorance a little just because I could. However, the neighbour was benign in comparison to the rest of the general mood we encountered down south.
Despite nearing the holiday season, there was a downright somber atmosphere. The police brutality and race relations protests were clearly having an impact. The more I heard about them and the closer they got, my desire to return home became stronger. Then there were the tragic deaths in Ottawa and just general increasing violence. Clearly we live in trying times!
For this Canadian, there is no place like home sweet home...Canada!