It was sure looking like there was going to be a third game on Saturday for the World Cup. Team Europe held a 1-0 lead for late into the final minutes of the third period. Then Canada got a powerplay and scored. Then Europe got a powerplay and turned over the puck for an odd-man rush… Marchand scored top corner with only a few minutes left. Canada held on for the win. Most of the game however was pins and needles. Europe played a great game and sure looked up to pushing for a third game. Phew!
Took advantage of a beautiful Fall day and did three gates of the Caledon Trail. I started at Mississauga Road and walk down to Isabella Street. It is pretty section of trail. There is an abandoned Mill (or something) at Mississauga Road. I wonder what it was?
Saw a few people but certainly not enough were taking advantage of the day. It was long enough for Tanga.
Canada won game one of the finals!
The first Presidential ‘debate’ was last night. Hillary was calm, factual and cited examples from her experience. Trump was argumentative, interrupted and offered more rhetoric than substance. Often seeming like the buffoon I think he is. Sure neither choice would be preferred, but the lesser of two evils is pretty clear to me. There is no way the U.S. (let alone the World) can let the World’s most important job be run by someone so flippant and ignorant as Trump. It is sad that he’s got this far and disturbing that he is a real possibility. I’m aghast with the incomprehensible babble that comes out of his mouth. The sideshow act needs to end, the U.S. *needs* real leadership right now – not a brash cavalier simpleton who can’t even control his ‘temperament’ for 60m during a debate. Ugh……..
Memory brushes the same years,
Silently sharing the same fear…
-Simon and Garfunkel
I enjoyed a visit from three of my oldest friends on Saturday. It is rare we are able to get together. But Pat, Mike and KK and I got together for a fun night. Yes there was drinking. “Heroic” amounts of rye and freezer chilled (and over chilled) beers. We watched Canada v. Russia in the World Cup. It was a close game going into the third but it wasn’t long before Canada showed their quality. By mid 3rd, Canada was up by a few goals and never looked back. They will face *gasp* Team Europe in a best of three series starting tonight. Along with the hockey game, there was a bit of jamming with drums, keyboard and guitar. I’ll have to look at getting an amp sometime down the road. The boys all stayed the night. Lots of laughs. We did breakfast at the always busy diner in town then Pat and Mike went on their way. Hopefully we get together again soon.
Well, another poor work experience has ended. My former employer let me go saying it wasn’t a good fit. I agree it wasn’t. I had already begun to look for something else. It was a soulless, uncooperative and unsatisfying place to work anyway – so while I would have preferred to leave on my terms – I don’t really see it as a big loss. So back to it I guess. Sigh.
Bdot is away at a conference in Arizona until Wednesday. I’m constantly covered in animals.
This was a sad weekend. Bdot’s Aunt passed away. She was a lovely woman. She was extremely generous with her time. When we traveled to Ireland a few years back she let us stay with her and she drove us all over. It was fantastic and the trip would have been much less enjoyable without her insight. Cancer once again. It is remarkable how slowly new treatments seem to be evolving for this horrible disease. We had further sad news hearing that the Mom of one of bdot’s long time friends passed away. The region experienced an incredible rainbow shortly after her passing. A small token I suppose.
Well September certainly means school is back. So are my horrendous drives into work. In the span of just a few weeks, my commute is now at least 30m longer in the morning. It however feels like an extra two hours. There is so much congestion, I drive from one stop and go section to another. Only people who don’t commute in this area would be against any new highway creation in this region. It is a gawd awful mess EVERY DAY.
TFC! TFC! Wow, the boys mounted a rare come from behind tie yesterday. Altidore was amazing and helped give the Reds a berth in the playoffs! Now Seba can chill, recover and wait for the post-season. Finally something for Toronto sports to be excited about. The Jays have been laying a massive egg in September and in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.
We got out for a nice long walk yesterday venturing up to Orangeville for a walk around Island Lake Conservation Area on the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail. The weather was a little warm but otherwise perfect. The trail was very busy, and why not the trail is a little gem. It is a flat and highly accessible the entire way around the lake. The town has built a series of very impressive boardwalks over sensitive wetlands. (Well, what are usually wetlands, this nasty Summer has dried up a bunch of areas) The loop was about 11k which was enough for me. It was certainly enough for the dog who was asleep in minutes once we returned to the car. The trail is one of the most impressive I’ve seen. There are many areas for seating, garbage cans and the path is well maintained and takes advantage of the many beautiful vistas. My only complaint would be the lack of maps and signage, there were a few times we weren’t sure which direction to go.
Big US v. Canada game tomorrow night in World Cup. Already a must-win for the US. Should be fun!
Bdot needed some hiking shoes so the initial plan was to go to New Balance in Oakville. On the way down Trafalgar Road we passed by the Toronto Premium Outlets and decided to check it out. There are several shoe specialty stores there so after finally finding parking we hit a few. The mall is quite nice. I guess everyone knows – since it was packed. The first store was Columbia and we found hiking shoes for both of us and I scored a pair of shirts. We found more nice stuff at Eddie Bauer but resisted. I’m sure we’ll be back to this mall one day.
We put the shoes to use today. We picked a hike out of Nicola Ross’ Loops and Lattes – hike #34 in Terra Cotta. It was a really nice hike. It incorporated parts of the Winston Churchill Bruce Trail Side trial and the Vaughan Trail in the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. The trail was full of roots. If you didn’t pay attention you’d be on your ass for sure. The Conservation Area was a lot nicer than we expected. There are options for some cross country skiing here too. On the way we stopped in at Caledon Hills Bike Shop. It’s an impressive store. We picked up a bike rack which we hope to put to good use in the Fall!
It was a lovely long weekend. My Mom came over Saturday afternoon for a visit. She never arrives empty handed and brought us stuffed peppers, borscht and cupcakes. She stayed over Saturday and Sunday night. With the temperatures temporarily cooler we did a hike in Palgrave Forest. It was nice, walks there always are. In the evening I BBQed homemade hamburgers with local corn. Dessert was grilled local peaches. We do eat well here in the Summer!
The neighbours have been having arguments for several days now. The other thing about Summer is sound travels and can learn more about people than you care to. But hey, you made my blog, lucky you.
Sunday we had a planned dinner date with my Sister and JP at Chaopaya in Barrie. We had a short visit at their place with their horde of crazy cats then it was off to dinner. What a meal. We ate everything as you can see and polished off two pitchers of Flying Monkeys draft. Thanks Mom, what a meal! We were so stuffed we even passed on, what looks like incredible Ice Cream. Next time!
Mom left early Monday morning with a smash! (She broke two beer bottles while packing) We met up with JP and my sister for a walk in Forks of the Credit. It was hot in the Sun so the walk was pretty taxing. The dogs were in and of the water the whole day.
We weren’t aware the staircase and falls were blocked off. So after a fairly steep climb to the falls – you have to turn around and go back where you came from. Props to poor Dad that pushed a baby stroller all the way of that hill. I was done once we got home and napped for a few hours. Zzzz…. It is back to reality tomorrow for kids. I’m expecting a very slow drive in so I’ll hopeful get up in time to take the back route. Watched Where to Invade Next?… it was quite enlightening. Clearly we are looking at life and values wrong in many ways in North America.
We had stairs put in off our sliding door on the kitchen floor. They aren’t done yet but are already changing the accessibility to our backyard. The cat sure figured it out quickly.