Forbidden Fruit!

My elderly Italian neighbour hollered out from her opened basement window. She had noticed me on my back patio, cleaning up the dead summer flowers. “What are you doing in the freezing cold, Rita? Picking the frozen grapes?” I laughed and teased her, “Yes, I was thinking of making ice wine.” To tell you the… Continue reading Forbidden Fruit!

Crown of Thorns… or Glory!

“You’re throwing that out? I’ll take it!” I could hardly believe myself. For the past two days, I’d been playing Tetris with my houseplants, trying to create room in the house for them as well as for the people who live here! The problem stems from taking the houseplants outside for the summer—where they grew… Continue reading Crown of Thorns… or Glory!

Thousand Word Thursdays #106

This is a very poignant display, the Flags of Remembrance, along the Windsor waterfront. There are 128 flags representing 128,000 Canadian military and RCMP dead and missing in action from the Boer War to the present. If you are in the area, check it out! © Rita Jacques 2018.

Seek, and You Shall Find!

Recently, I lost an earring. It wasn’t part of an expensive set like gold hoops or diamond studs, nonetheless, they were my everyday favourite, go-to pair. A pair of dream catcher earrings. I had put them on before going out-of-town that morning. And, I convinced myself I lost them somehow after coming home. I had… Continue reading Seek, and You Shall Find!

Top Ten Camping Tips!

My hubby and I just returned from an early September camping trip. Having camped together for 35 years, here are some tips we gathered through experience. 1)     It will always rain when setting up or packing up for home. Accept it and carry on. It’s beyond your control. 2)     Something will be forgotten. Just to… Continue reading Top Ten Camping Tips!

The Cosmos

Do you ever wonder why something, or someone crosses your path? Is it by chance or is there some significance behind it? The other day, as I rollerbladed along the Ganatchio Trail, I noticed an older man up ahead. Even from the back, I recognized him by his gait. It was my neighbour, who has… Continue reading The Cosmos

Handling Stress…Beautifully!

How does one cope with natural disasters of the worst kind? Or of being surrounded by the threat of violence? Well, I can only speak for myself…I focus on the beauty around me: flowers! When I ventured to Haiti with a team after the earthquake struck there, we traveled through roads cut through mountainsides. Boulders… Continue reading Handling Stress…Beautifully!