I Stood Outside

I stood outside our township offices today. I was wrapped in my winter dress coat. It has a beautiful shawl collar which stupidly gapes across my neck and upper chest allowing snowflakes to settle in. I wore a warm pair of dress pants with my office flats. Without socks. It snowed. The temperature was -2°C. By the time I returned to the car, my toes hurt from cold. In my office, I’ve turned on the little heater under my desk. My toes are slowly thawing.

I stood outside our township offices today. I smiled in pride at the lines of elementary students from a local school standing alongside me. I gave a nod of my head when a young lady who is a part of our local fire department walked by in her dress uniform. I worried when a frail old man walked across the slippery sidewalk, wreath in his hands. I wiped away a tear when I heard the same family name called three times. I stood in silence as those around me stood in silence too.

I stood outside our township offices today. I stood with legions of others across Canada, putting aside our own discomforts and priorities to honour those who have served, who have sacrificed, who have given their very lives for a better world. I stood with hope that we can learn from past mistakes. I thought of those who marched, who lived in trenches, who found themselves tortured, imprisoned, illness and injury. I stood with gratitude, deep in my heart, that we stand a country, a nation, strong and free.

I stood outside our township offices today. I stood for freedom. I stood for honour. I stood to remember. I stood for those who can no longer stand for themselves. I stood outside our township offices today in front of a cenotaph, names of those loved and lost, but not forgotten. I stood outside our township offices today to remember… lest we forget.

With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise

Ohmygoodness… I am so PROUD to be CANADIAN.   I’ve never been one to follow the Olympics but figured I’d be a bit more patriotic this year and follow along as they were on home turf.   I’m so glad I did!!!  I tuned into a few events and got hooked right in. 

I was awed, astonished and pumping my arms and cheering for our incredible athletes!!!   They did amazing and I can’t even pick a favourite moment – the athletes from Canada and abroad are all so incredibly talented and these games were the finest I’ve ever seen.   Curling, hockey, ice dance, speed skating, bobsled, etc – it was so much fun to tune in this year and it’s fun to bask in this golden glow surrounding the nation!

There are so many great clips and highlights on the various media outlets – CTV, the Facebook group, Yahoo sports, etc.   Can you believe we took the gold medal record?  And CONGRATS to the States for their overall medal count – they’ve got some serious skilled athletes too!

Okay… now for the real reason I decided to post tonight.

I found the PERFECT chairs for my library/Lindsey room that does not (and will not) exist in this house.

These Cuddler Chairs are available through the Costco Canada website for a whopping $1099.99…
but can’t you just imagine curling up with a cozy throw, hot tea and great book in one of these?  One of the reviews even suggested story time with the kids – how perfect!