Daily Prompt: Relocate

It has been a while since I participated in the Daily Prompt but this one I felt was one that stood out to me and I felt compelled to write!  Which, I guess is the whole idea of the Daily Prompt!

Relocating can bring about so many contrasting feelings.

Excitement about the unknown and new adventure that you are embarking on.

Sadness that you are leaving what and who you know and maybe love.

Anticipation of what is to come in your new surroundings.

Anxiety about the future and what it holds for you.

We have relocated a couple of times over the years.  We stayed within our own country, so the familiarity of our surroundings were slightly different but nevertheless, it was not home.

Some places grew to feel ‘home like’ and we even think we would have been quite happy had we stayed.  Work transfers brought us back home to Hamilton again and out and back a few times after that but we always made our way back to Hamilton.

The last time we returned, we knew we would stay put.  Our kids were of the age where they were forging new friendships and were all in school and we didn’t feel right about upsetting that balance in their lives.  Little did we know, that coming back home again would mean so much to us.

We grew a new love and appreciation for our home town (well technically my home town but my husband’s long time home).

As much as relocating is a great way to experience life outside your comfort zone and learn new surroundings, to know there always a place that you hold in your heart as home is a very special thing to have.  We were lucky to be able to come back to ours and share it with our family.

I would like to share with you a poem I wrote a while back after returning home to Hamilton.

Home to Hamilton.

The rusting carcasses of the steel mills where the sweat of the iron workers ran like the rushing waterfalls of the city, line the shores.

The north end neighbourhoods emerge out of the wasteland to expose their colourful, vibrant selves alive with the generations that call it home.

In the East, development spreads like wild fire; closer and closer to the vineyards of Niagara. What was once a village has blossomed to encompass all levels of our region.

Escarpment divides and unites at the same time.

The landscape has been altered. Where there were farms, we now have homes.  Where there were fields, we now have stores.  Where there were trees, we now have roads.

We question if the metamorphosis was necessary, yet we are drawn there with no remorse.

To the West, where entrance was once exclusive, now embraces all cultures, ethnicity and ages to its mature tree lined streets.

Trails run through the city’s weakened wilderness.  They are arteries that lead to the heart of the city.

Downtown. Avoided by some, cherished by others.

At the water’s edge, the sailboats’ rigging clangs against the masts.
The breezes blow into the open doors of the galleries guiding the lovers of art.
The smells of the multi cultural cooking fills the air.
The flow of people lead to the park in the core where those who want to be themselves can.

The vast contrast of steel mills and waterfalls, of industry and art, of academia and labour blend to become our home.


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Isn’t she….pretty in Pink..

Daily Prompt – Pink

Pretty in Pink 

This John Hughes movie came out in 1986.  I had just turned 20.

We had all been introduced to Molly Ringwald in 1984 with Sixteen Candles and then in 1985 with The Breakfast Club.  Her character of Andie, a poor girl who ends up having to chose between a rich, preppy guy and her equally unique childhood sweetheart, is still one of my all time most relatable characters.  Not because I grew up in poverty, or that I had to chose between the affections of anyone, but because she was what I aspired to be.


Her non-traditional looks may have been categorized as ‘different’ or ‘unique’ and probably to some as ‘not attractive’, but for those of us who never fit into the mould of ‘traditionally pretty’, she was our hero.  Molly and her character Andie, smashed the stereotypes of the time, and one may argue, that still exist today.  She wasn’t blond and tall, or raven haired and exotic.  She didn’t try to fit the style of the times, she made her own style.

In the movie, of course, she even shirks the original story line by ending up with Blane, the rich preppy guy that usually goes for the model types, over her quirky, lovable bestie, Duckie.  Even though our hearts broke for Duckie at the time, we all secretly hoped her relationship with Blane would end soon after and she would see the error of her ways and go running to the Duckman.  One can dream when there is no sequel. 😉

When I saw the daily prompt, my mind went immediately to Pretty in Pink.  I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the movie (too many to count) and I had the soundtrack on cassette back in the day and now it is part of my Spotify list.  Sure, nostalgia comes into play but I think we could use with more characters like Andie in life.  Her desire to not fit in gave us fellow so called ‘weirdos’ a queen of our own.

I thought I’d give you a few fun facts about the movie, Pretty in Pink.  As I was reading IMDB about it, there were definitely things I didn’t know so I thought I would share them with you guys!

Five things about Pretty in Pink

  1. The highschool scenes were shot in the same highschool as Grease. (I know!!)
  2. The original ending had Andie ending up with Duckie 😦
  3. James Spader (Stef) was first offered the role of Blane but he liked to play a villain instead.  Yeh, he totally worked as Stef.
  4. Molly hated the pink prom dress she had to wear.
  5. The book Andie hands to Blane when he comes into the bar, Trax is “In his own write” by John Lennon.

There are so many more cool trivia facts about this movie, you could spend the day on IMDB.  I have included the link to the page if you click on  Pretty in Pink. and if you haven’t seen this movie, it may be 30 years old now, but still has the heart it did in 1986.


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Daily Prompt Post: Someday

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As I scrolled through the reader today, I saw the Daily Prompt for today was ‘Someday’.

Someday‘ gives us the feeling of the future; a hopeful future.  ‘Someday‘, we will have world peace. ‘Someday‘ we will have equality.  ‘Someday‘ we will cure diseases.  The danger in using this word regularly in your own life is that we forget to live ‘today’ instead, we focus on ‘Someday’.

We all do it.  When we are young, we hope for the day we will be adults. When we are adults, we hope for the day we can have a partner or a family of our own.  We hope for the days we can travel.   We hope for the days our kids are grown.  But we soon realize, that we have been so focusing on ‘Someday‘ that the years are fast behind us.  More often than not, those things we were going to do or ideas we had for our lives, are still just sitting there waiting for our ‘Someday’.

I know we are a week, almost two weeks into 2017, but I challenge you to make a new resolution for this year; well hopefully one that will take you into the next year and the year after that.  Let’s all try, and I mean try and if you fail sometimes, that’s ok, just start over, to do our ‘Someday‘ today.

If you have been putting off something you want to try that is new to you for ‘Someday‘, try it today or make plans to do it.  The only way for these things to happen is to change your ‘Someday‘ to ‘Today’.

Val and I wanted to share our love of food, music, movies and fitness with you and just over a year ago, we started this blog.  We aren’t the biggest or the best blog out there but hey, we have grown.  We are sharing and getting great response from our readers.  The blog was something we had thought about for some time and finally just decided to do it.


So let us know what it is that you may have been putting off that you want to try today…instead of Someday!


Declutter or Rearrange? The Grey Zone

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I wasn’t going to do a Daily Prompt today, in fact I have a recipe to post, but I scrolled through the WordPress Reader today and saw this Daily Prompt and couldn’t help myself.

As some of you may have read on our blog, I am attempting some minimalism in my own home,and life.  I have sorted through, thrown out, given away various items to thin out the ‘stuff’ that we haven’t seen or used for a very long time.  The word prompt, Rearrange, caught my attention right away.  The process of decluttering or minimizing is tricky, it can often be disguised as rearranging.  I found myself guilty of this very thing.

Feeling oh so proud of myself as I sorted through boxes of stuff in our basement last year, and getting rid of a huge portion of it, emptying boxes and finally parting with things I thought would be difficult to lose, I found myself this month looking around that area of the basement and thinking,’there is still so much stuff down here’.  Did I just ‘rearrange’ things?  Did I just put things in other boxes and amalgamate into bigger boxes?

I began to open boxes and realized that there is still so much more to do.  Sure, I had purged some stuff that seemed insignificant but I haven’t really challenged myself to minimize.  I still need a basement to store this stuff!  Now, sure, there will be items I have to store.  My kids don’t really have homes where they can store some of these items that are theirs, but how much of it is stuff I want them to keep and not what they want to keep?

Over the next few months, when the weather is keeping us inside more of the time, I will have to put on my big girl pants and challenge myself to not just rearrange, but to really purge some of the old toys, art work, books, and the sporting goods.  I may need to recruit them to see what they actually want to hold onto for their own lives.  They may not want their grade 2 spelling work book!

I have said this before, and here I am saying it again, the act of minimizing is a process.  It is one that you have to revisit often.  It is one that you have to question constantly, “am I minimizing, or am I rearranging?”