Toronto Here We Visit

My Mom and my Girl Fiend have visited my home just past August… I tell You I have been driving to many place with them… They left I am in driving with drawl no since they left.. Smile Reni and Mutt I loved it

( Reni und Mutt mir haet das guet do. Emol us em Dorf choene go und oepis ume nan fahre!)

So we planed to take the Go Train to Toronto… but I said to myself… Lets drive I know where to park wright by Ripply’s Aquarium! Easy… absolutely! Just dont’ go right at 6-8am.

Parking lot was EMPTY!! LOL I thought a car was being towed away so chatted with the guy to make sure I am ok to park here…. ohhh how cool! he was giving me all kinds of tips to make sure I don’t get ever towed….LOL

So up we go to the top of the CN Tower… sooo many decades ago remember there was “Sparkle’s” the dance club… Let’s say 35 years ago .. Ahhhh my club for so many years totally amazing time… Dancing Saturday night Disco time. NOOOO more it now is a platform to walk around and see the big city from the top.. Oh you should have seen the lights at that time 35 year’s ago… totally amazing….

We ended up even at the Distilary Are after the CN tower…an drove up Young Street from Down town Toronto to Richmond Hill … omg 2 1/2 hours later I said I had enough I am going to the HYW…… day to remember.

Spring Moments By The Lake

April 2019 Lake Simcoe

Some of you probably know I have been going on drives to enjoy our Lake Simcoe here In Ontario, Canada. Usually with no destination in place. My truck just tales me somewhere to the water.

It’s absolutely beautiful to feel the wind in my hair. To listen to the waves crushing onto the shore.

There are different seasons I have seen up there.

Today I’ll show you how it was last April… Pretty windy and rather cold.. bust totally peaceful.

I’ll show you more warmer days soon too…. Sunshine all around now….

Celebrating 35 Years Later

Hard to believe I have lived in Canada already 35 Years as of today… how time goes by. I remember stepping out of the Toronto Pearson International Airport … The heat was OHHH wow… overtaking my breath… +35 if I remember correctly.

My so called “Family” waiting with there 6 month old baby Jacqueline as well, lol…My name became “Jackie” for the next year. … as her Nanny.

I sometimes wonder what she is up too now?…Woodbridge has changes sooo much! It was all farm field at that time…If you are from Ontario .. Do you remember the Drive-In on Hyw 400?

Now movie Theaters and Malls and totally no farm field anymore….I am speechless at times…

Villa Park Dive ( lol I thought I am coming to life in a Villa…HAHAH was I wrong! ) was my home for less then a year… no so good ending to that family story…

Best times after that was finding a wonderful family in Downsview… So much love they have still for one another…. I am thankful for the Hazel’s they gave me a absolutely wonderful memory. Just wish I had kept in contact more…

However we all have our destinies we need to follow… and never say never. Look into the future it is never to late to reconnect…. and make new memories…..and new friends.

Thanks for being my friends for sooo many memories

Nothing Is Promised In This Live….

It is my moments to go for a drive and just drive …

Not to long ago on a Tuesday…

……no destination in mind usually.

My Pick up truck takes me along the county roads… I make sure I know how to back track my ways too. GPS yeah but my GPS is driving on a road that does’t exist most of the times … LOL

Honestly my truck has taken me to the Lake Simcoe lately … or to the smaller Churches around them. I was about to leave that church ground when something just pulled me over on my walks….

A Rose found just like that in the grounds… In Moments when I needed a sign…My Dad always loved roses… What are the odds of that…

Totally amazing to see the old grave stones and the beautiful doors and windows on the churches.

Sailing On Lake Simcoe

Never thought I would love it so much… The thrill of a heeled sailboat.. OMG!

Told the rest of the crew on the boat!

….yeah all man haha.

That they should install a web cam to get my expressions and alllll…… my “OHHH NOOOO’s !!!” I can just see the crews laughter inside…hahah I am too.

What am I doing now when the Sailboat is heeling over so much… OHH NOOO….!!!! AGAIN.. with me holding the tiller that the toe rail is in the water…..Yuck…omg oi feel the sailboat id going to keel over….ahhh

But… believe me.

Yess anything else is boring….LOVING IT. :-)

Though I have to say the more you go out the more you get used to all of it… Totally love opening up the sailboat and have it ready for the rest of the crew and YESSSS Skipper! It is my time to learn all the terms for the boat … And feel the beauty of being on the water.

What am I going to do in the Winter months now… ice Sailing..LOL or perhaps Ice Fishing… maybe signing up for curling…

Video is from spring to now….WHAT EVER YOU DO DON’T EVER JUMP INTO SIDE WHERE THE WIND IS COMINGING FROM!!!

WE WHERE AT HEAVE2… …. sAILBOAT WIT NO ANCHOR IT IS STILL DRIFTING… ! THE WAVES WILL MOVE THE BOAT! … HEAVING LINES COME IN HANDY!!! OMG

    Florida In February

    OMG hard to believe we left in this snow/ice storm on February 6th.

     

    Has been already over a month ago that we where in Florida enjoying that sooooo beautiful sunshine every day by +24 to 28 and water at +16 . I was swimming in it every day on and on….just so perfect.

    Sunset right by the beach every night…I am still looking for the star in that evening sky every night, my start always full of love and happy moments walking in the water looking for the shells. Even thought I could not bring home some of the coral that washed up on the shore…..nooo noooo you can’t do that!!

    My fun moments taking pictures of birds flying by…or posing for me.

    Smiles Yes  “I am a bigger kid then You thought I am” …smiles that is me. Always will be that way…That is my Life, my Love, my life of happiness.

    More then I am That is me.

     

    Sleeping on the balcony hearing the waves crushing onto the shore.

    Seeing the stars and full moon.

    Hearing the birds in the morning waking me up….My Dream always.

    I’ll never forget that kind of feeling of Peace.

     

    Allegra Sunset Shawl

    File 2018-01-28, 3 25 20 PMOnce again Spring is here and I am so pleased to let you know my newest pattern called

    “Allegra Sunset Shawl”

    This Shawl has a very special memory for me…

    Moments spend on the Rhein River with my Mom and Friends. Just being able to enjoy a week of  Peace drifting down on the Excellence Allegra….from Basel to Amsterdam….Beautiful Moments

    IMG_3003Allegra Sunset Shawl has been published in the latest  “A Needle Pulling Thread” magazine Issue #46.  It is available at Chapters / Indigo and at my workplace.

     

     

     

    Or if you like you can download the pattern here. It will link you to A Needle Pulling Thread web-sight where You can purchase the pattern only.

    By doing this I will get paid 50% of the CAD$5.99…smiles hope You like it as much as I do.

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    Tint Of Autum On The Rhein River

    IMG_9963Tint Of Autum is the perfect memory of this wonderful time in Europe.

    I was so excited to be able to go on a holiday to Europe this past Fall 2017 a cruise

    from Basel to Amsterdam on The Rhein River.

    “So Beautiful and Memorys to keep”

    “Spending time with my mom back home in Switzerland and with great friends….”

    Exiting part of this trip was the Ms. Excellence Allegra our Ship stopped in Amsterdam….yessss guess who has a store there? Stephen West and Penelope…I just had to visit this store! We bought yarn and some stitch markers with…

    Oh yes bicycle theme. So cool

     

    File 2017-12-14, 12 02 57 PMReni my girlfriend was totally on board to find this store too. Though she doesn’t knit much she still bought yarn so this is where I came into play….happily I have to say

     

    She fell in love with this Malabrigo Rios yarn, (Smiles I think it was the colour that she had to have)  in Amsterdam at Stephen and Penelope’s Store. See more info here for Tints Of Autum Pattern

     

     

    Antigua Holidays

     

    IMG_2824Spending some time together with my hubby…yehhhh just him and I in the beautiful Island of Antigua. I tell You I was in paradise for sure.

    Sooo miss it now…:-)))

    The ocean turquoise blue and so clear and warm. The resort “St.James Club and Villas” truly a fantastic place.

    Let me tell you the people just sooooo happy all the time…but how could you not living in the sunshine all the time and having the sound of the evening crickets chirp you to sleep. IMG_3859 Once the crickets stop you know it is time to get up!!!….and the birds start to sing….as you hear the surf of the ocean hit the shore and the palm leaves swing in the wind…So Peaceful and relaxing.

    We where able to go onto two snorkeling trips. One with a catamaran along the Caribbean side of the Ocean that we booked and one right from our resort.  Guess what, that trip we won at Monday nights mangers party …luck us the ocean was calm on the second last day of our holidays.

    IMG_3811Conch shells where lots to be found…smiles without the conch in it and to get the pink colour one had to find the one that was still housing the conch in it…and hubby dove down to the ocean floor several times to find some for us….We had seen a stingray and several schools of beautiful fishes even two big barracuda where close to us too…..

    I think the pictures will tell you a story all on its own.

    I sure can tell you I really miss that part of our world…and I am happy to say all that rain has finally stopped that we have been getting since we came back …..so I can be outside again enjoying my gardening now all is green… (cry not ocean blue….)

    Memories are beautiful to have too….one day we will be back.

     

     

    Rheinfelden, Switzerland

    2016-04-20 11.12.42Rheinfelden is a town next to my hometown Möhlin only about a 10 minute  drive away from us. Love visiting it every time I come home. For many reasons…Has my favourite yarn store “Strickeria Gomitolo” there.  Rheinfelden has a really nice “Altstadt” all  in cobblestone and only foot traffic. Sooo very pretty you have to walk the side paths on your next visit  too!  See one of my older posts. Rheinfelden is surrounded by a huge stone wall from the old times 2016-04-20 12.12.07

    From the Swiss Rheinfelden you can cross the bridge by foot to the German Rheinfelden too. And on the way there have a walk on our famous “Inseli”2016-04-24 16.27.00-1 You can see the “Schwarzwald” (Blackforest )  from there too.  It is home to Feldschlösschen, the most popular beer in Switzerland. Oh and did I tell you about the little Goats they have just outside the city walls…sooo cute.  I am in love with the animals…

    2016-04-20 11.14.42Rheinfelden ist eine Altstadt neben meiner Heimatdorf Möhlin nur ca. 5-10 Minuten mit dem Auto von uns entfernt. Wenn ich auf Besuch gehe in die Schweiz gehe ich immer dort in das Städtlein für viele Gründe…es besitzt mein lieblings Geschäft “Strickeria Gomitolo“. 2016-04-20 11.47.19Die “Altstadt” ist belegt mit……. Ohhh bitte helft mir aus hier ist es auch “Kobblestein” genannt? auch nur für den Fußgängerverkehr . Sooo super toll! Doch Du musst auch die  vielen Seitenwege hoch laufen !  Ja auch das das Felschösschen Bier kennen  wir ja alle 

    Von dem Schweizer Rheinfelden  kannst Du auch zu Fuss über die Brücke zu den Deutschen2016-04-24 16.19.46 Rheinfelden. Und auf dem Weg dorthin schnell auf einen Spaziergang an unserem berühmten “Inseli” von dort kannst Du den Schwarzwald im Hintergrund sehen. Oh ja hatte bald fergessen …die Geissli sind sooo sweet…

     

     

    Grocery Shopping In Switzerland

    2016-04-18 12.58.51It felt like we had the store to our selfes….So big and almost no one was in the isles. Love the bread section and the fruit tray was kind of fun too. One basket with three different fruits. The cheese ahhh so yummy wish I could have brought some back. But no dairy products are allowed to bring to Canada.  Sadly.2016-04-18 12.49.23

    The meat and cold cuts wow so many choices. Then I totally forgot the CHOCOLATE section….ahhhhh here I did bring some back.

     

    2016-04-18 18.03.17Es fühlte sich an, als hätten wir den Laden für uns allein….so groß und es hatte gar nicht viele Einkäufer. Liebe die Brot Abteilung und die Früchten  waren eigendlich recht toll abgepackt. Einen Korb mit drei verschiedenen Früchten. Der se ahhh so lecker, ich wünschte, ich könnte etwas zurück bringen. Aber keine Frishen

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    I have to ask for more of them when my visitors come over to see us! 

    Milchprodukte sind erlaubt mitzubringen nach Kanada. Leider.

    Die Fleischabteilung und Wurstwaren Wow so viele Auswahlmöglichkeiten. Dann habe ich total vergessen die Schokoladen nah ja ….ahhhh hier bringe ich einige zurück.

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    A Bouquet of flowers 

    img_6004Oh I tell you every time I come home to Switzerland I see a Garden full of flowers at my Mom’s home. But what really seems to be special is this bouquet of flowers.

       My mom has them grow wild in her grass and every time she has to cut the grass they get cut down:-((  img_5942

     I told her I would cut the grass today for her, but what do I do with all the flowers? Yes just cut them was her reply …. No way will I cut them off just like that. At my home in Canada we can’t wait to see some flowers grow and now I have to chop them down…really:-(

    img_5941So no grass was cut today and I decided  to make myself a nice spring bouquet for my  memory to keep when I am traveling back to Canada

    Tomorrow I’ll cut the grass it has to be done   

      


      

    Special Deliveries Are In Order

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    My Mom is Celebrating her 80th. Birthday!

    “Yes fit as a little kitten”

    I said on the invitation for her Party and believe me she is going, going and goin.

    She loves to go on her walks, plays cards with her friends. Public pool is opening up soon so…swimming ;-) is a good for sure. You should see this pool! Wish we had something like that locally.

    Getting groceries by walking to local store and, ohhhh I bumped into a friend and we had coffee. Sooo cool when have you gone groceries shopping lately and bumped into a friend and just had a coffee?

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    reading card from my hubby and cardigan fits perfect

    Ohh yes the garden is starting soon to grow…what can we plant FLOWERS for sure, You should see it. Miss that garden. Oh ,not to forget the cockatiels that my dad so enjoyed caring breeding them in our backyard.

    So Happy 80 Birthday “Mutt” You are truly a special Mom.


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    Meine “Mutt” feiert ihren 80. Geburtstag Heute!

    “Ja fit wie ein Chätzli” sagte es auf der Einladung für Ihre Geburtstags Feier und glauben mir, sie geht, geht und geht da ist immer etwas los…fast immer….lach.

    Gern geht sie Spatzieren oder in ein Lehren-Theatern. Spielt Karten mit Ihren Freundinnen. Das Schwimmbad ist bald offen da sollte ich anrufen ;-) ! Ich wünschte, wir hätten so ein Öffentliches Freibad bei uns in der Nähe

    Lebensmittel  einkaufen kann sie zu Fuss gehen>  ohhhh hatte noch eine  Freundin getroffen und wir hatten noch einen Kaffee gehabt. Sooo cool! Wenn hattst Du das letztemal Lebensmittel eingekaufst  und hattes jemand angetroffen und noch schnell einen Kaffee getruncken hier? Unhörbar hier bei uns …..über den Grossen See

    Ohh ja der Garten ….was können wir an BLUMEN planzen? Oh nicht zu vergessen die Nymphensittiche, die mein Vater so genossen hatte, Pflege und Zucht in unserem Hinterhof hatt sie nun auch übernommen.

    So “Mutt” zu Deinem  80 Geburtstag wünsche ich und Familie Dir alles Liebe.

    Ich Ha Di’ Liebe

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    Valtellina Valley In Italy

    Wine Region of Italy.
    Wine Region of Italy.

    Our Switzerland trip continues from Tirano,Italy to Lugano,Switzerland  though the Valtellina Valley by bus.

    A wine region of Italy, Valtellina has been a wine-producing area for more than 2000 years .The vineyards are all on the hillsides of this Valley.

    2014-06-26 11.05.19Truly a fantastic bus trip. Especially when you see how narrow, curvy and winding the roads are once you get closer to Lugano. Yes those bus driver know how to get you from Tirano to Lugano nice and safe. You have to see the video I too.

    http://youtu.be/p14Q9BWLSWY  and  http://youtu.be/QCFMKxaGQ3w

    Dried meet and local cheese for sale in a small road side camper...Fantastic
    Dried meet and local cheese for sale in a small road side camper…Fantastic

    this is the camper bus that sold the dried meet and local cheese....so cool
    this is the camper bus that sold the dried meat and local cheese….so cool

    But have a look…we had a quick stop at “Comune Di Sorico” have a look at where they where selling local cheese and dried meat. I am sad I did not bring any back to my brother. Sorry…Sooo cool I thought. I would have bought some but we still had a two days to travel and no way to keep it. Love the Bell tower in this village

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    Bell Tower in the village of Comune Di Sorico
    Bell Tower in teh village of Comune Di Sorico

     

     

    2014-06-26 08.30.04Usere Schweizer Reise geht weiter von Tirano, Italien nach Lugano, Schweiz.

     Durch das Valtellina-Tal mit dem Bus. Eine Weinregion von Italien,  Valtellina ist schon für mehr als 2000 Jahren ein Wein Gebiet.  Die Weinbergen sind alle auf den Hängen des Tals.

    Wirklich eine fantastische Busfahrt. Vor allem, wenn man sieht, wie eng, kurvig und wendend die Straßen sind, wenn Du näher nach Lugano kommst.  Ja, die Busfahrer wissen, wie Sie von Tirano nach Lugano ihre Gäste sicher ans Ziel bringen.  

    Hier sind 2 Videos     http://youtu.be/p14Q9BWLSWY       so wie      http://youtu.be/QCFMKxaGQ3w

    Aber schaut… wir hatten einen kurzen Aufenthalt in  “Comune Di Sorico” hier kann man von einen kleinem Camper einheimischer  Käse und getrocknete Würste kaufen.  Ich bin traurig, ich hatte es verpasst meinem Bruder so etwas nach Hause zu bringen. Sorry…das nächste Mal dann.