Bit cold today. -10 degrees but feels like -18 Celsius.

Mom’s got physiotherapy this morning at 11 am in our old hometown of  Pointe-Claire, QC 


Located in Montreal’s West Island, the City of Pointe-Claire, renowned for the quality and variety of its municipal services, is a wonderful place to live.

It’s everything tech related really. It will be nice and quiet for a little bit, which will be because it can get tiresome with the constant computer, tablet and smartphone related queries.

It can get really frustrating at times for me, depending upon who it is coming to me with their tech problems. They don’t seem to understand that I have absolutely no training as an IT technician.

When they say they wouldn’t know what they would do without me, it occasionally depresses me, because I personally don’t have anyone, with the exception of Drew, to go to for computer related issues. When I do need help, I’m much more likely to Google my questions or go to an online forum and ask for help there.

Bottom line is everything I’ve learned is because I took the time to figure things out, and usually it’s because I’m the one who screwed things up in the first place, LOL.

Mom’s doing it because I’m convenient, but then gets occasionally frustrated when I can’t explain it to her in a way she understands.

There are times, depending on my mood (always fluctuating) that I actually get overwhelmed and anxious every time she calls out to me with a some new query.

Oh well . What can I do? She’s my Mom and I love her. Besides, she’s entitled to anything she wants considering the 9+ months she carried me while she was pregnant, and that doesn’t even include the 47 years of my life and it’s problems

I’ll probably grab the vacuum cleaner after she heads out and do the main floor of the house. Also have to bring the two cauldrons of Turkey Scotch broth in from outside, as well as the hard wood for the smoker and let them defrost. I think, despite the disappointing setback earlier this week with the freeze burned turkey (from 2013), she’s now mentally prepared to get a new bird from the grocer at some point today and get it smoked over the course of the weekend. I would really like to start baking some of the cookies soon too.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada


Thanksgiving Canada 2010 - 2010 Canadian Thanks Giving

Observed by: Canada, United States

Type: National

Date: 2nd Monday in October (Canada), 4th Thursday in November (U.S.)

2009 date: October 12, 2009 (Canada); November 26, 2009 (U.S.)

2010 date: October 11, 2010 (Canada); November 25, 2010 (U.S.)

Celebrations: Spending Time with Family, feasting, religious practice

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been celebrated since 1957, on the second Monday of October. It is a chance to give thanks for good harvest and other fortunes in the past year for the people. People have a day off work on this day, though perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is identified as a secular holiday now. Many stores and other organizations and businesses are also closed on this day.

Tragic death

Marli Pressman 


Peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, December 14, 2009 at Mt.
Sinai Hospital. Marli Pressman cherished daughter of Catherine Pressman
and Vern Strom. Adored sister of Jason Pressman, Daniel, Dean, Amber,
and Miranda. Dear granddaughter of Robert and Theresa Strom. At
Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights
west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:00
a.m. Interment Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Memorial
donations may be made to the Marli Pressman Memorial Fund c/o the
Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3,
416-780-0324 or

I liked Marli. She was a beautiful person. She never had a bad word to say about anyone that I ever heard, and she had a big heart.
I will miss seeing her.

My heart goes out for her mom Katherine and her brother Jason.


Not a bumper week

We had at least 2 deaths this week in my apartment complex.

Robin Smith on the 10th floor, and skinny Jack on the 7th, who delivered the free newspapers to some of our shut ins.

You never truly realize how much you actually like some of these people, until they’re gone. I’m going to have to do better in letting people know that I value them.

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In case I haven’t updated that part, Nana fell in her room at the Montreal Association for the Blind on Thursday afternoon and broke her ankle. She wound up having to lie on the floor until 23h30, because all ambulances were out on more pressing calls until then. Auntie Belle, who’s 87 kept vigil and went with her when the ambulance arrived to take her to the Jewish General. There was some talk about perhaps having to put a pin in her ankle, but that no longer seems to be the case.

My sister Laura arrived here in Saint Lazare, accompanied by her
beloved Shelty, Colby. She left her place in the Beach first thing
yesterday morning and drove all the way from Toronto to help me with
the Nana situation, as Aunty Penny and Uncle Jack were not certain if they would be able to make the trip up from Milford, MA for health reason.

I am so grateful to her right now.