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.

Falling Down


Not a good day for family health.

Uncle Jack, who suffers from MS, fell in the parking lot when leaving the doctor’s office this afternoon. Broke his cane and was banged up some, but thankfully nothing was broken and he was released from the hospital. However, he was not given the green light to drive, so Aunty Penny had to go back with a friend and retrieve his car, after bringing him home from the hospital.

To make matters just a bit more tragic, Nana fell as she was trying to get back into her chair after a trip to the bathroom (exactly why she was moved into a smaller room, in order to attempt to minimize these sort of accidents).

The Montreal Association for the Blind called me with the news. They don’t know if she’s broken her ankle, or if it’s just twisted, but they were waiting for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

Wish I could go and keep her company, but I have no money at the moment, and the VISA card Dad loaned me to cover gas hasn’t gone through since he and mom left on their vacation.

Good-bye Tilly

Pamela‘s mother Tilly passed away earlier this morning in her sleep, at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in North York, Toronto.

Despite her last failing kidney, as well as bronchial pneumonia, this feisty little woman who reminded me so much at times of Noreen put up a good fight, often making an amazing recovery long after everyone else had given up hope.

Still, it was only a matter of time, and now it has run out. I’m just glad that she’s no longer in pain.

Now all those that loved her dearly must grieve, and come to terms in their own fashion with their loss.

I will be one of them.