Confessions of a Street Walker -Part 37

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last six years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

My walk on Monday had me wandering through Greensville. What a lovely village. I especially liked Crooks Hollow Road. I confess that Cramer Road was too steep for me to bound my way up. It felt like I was climbing Everest. And I forgot about the bugs. Yeah, not so fond of the bugs.

Crooks Hollow Road was a lovely walk along the water.
Had a lovely (safely-distanced) chat with this gentleman. He even told me his name but I confess that I cannot remember it. : (
He made my day. I really do run into the nicest people.
LOVE this tree. It has so much character.
Love the splashes of colour that keep me company at this time of year. According to Google Lens, this is Marsh Marigold.
I enjoy coming across interesting bits of history.
I can imagine that this could look spooky but the happy water babbling by was so peaceful.
I have been parking at the Greensville Library and left a couple of rocks by the front door. No one has taken them yet.

So there is only one more walk and Greensville will be done. Then it will be on to the more rural roads of Flamborough. Looking forward to it.

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last six years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

New Years Resolution – April 2021

My brother and I have made a New Years Resolution to watch a movie ‘together’ each month. ‘Together’ became difficult to do once co-vid restrictions were imposed and then he moved to another province. So now we are both watching the same movie and posting our video reviews. I miss being in the same room and yabbling while we watch a movie together.

This month was my selection and I chose ‘Baby Driver’. Not a typical selection for me but wanted to try it because it was made in the same year as last months selection of ‘Aardvark’ – both were made it 2017.

I will let my video report speak for itself.

and now Jeff’s video report – as always, much more comprehensive than mine

See you again next month.

Confessions of a Street Walker – Part 36

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last six years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

Today’s walk was COLD. After our first tastes of spring and some warmer weather, we were rather shocked by a good old Canadian dumping of snow yesterday. There was not a lot of accumulation but our recently sprouted spring flowers were complaining mightily (as were the humans that enjoy them). Hopefully there was not too much damage. I had walked yesterday but it was only around the neighbourhood and not a part of my walking project. I confess that I wanted to wait until tomorrow when the weather was promising to be warmer but I bundled up again, tied up my shoes and headed out.

In Ontario, we have been shut down again. We are asked to stay at home and not interact with anyone outside of our household except for essential purposes. Thank goodness that most exercise is deemed essential. I am walking on some of the most isolated roads that the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth has. Today I headed out to Greensville again. I am parking at the public library and I will eventually be walking east and west and north and south. I am hoping to get quite a few roads done from that one parking spot. It’s a good thing because places to leave my car are rather scarce on country roads.

Left my painted rock (a ladybug) in the Little Library on Highway 8. Compliments on this library. There were some really good choices in there. Scored the book ‘Educated’ which was on my Recommended Books list. Thank you little library.
Walked across a lake according to Google Maps.
If it hadn’t been so cold, I might have stopped to take some closer pictures of this barn. Intriguing.
Will have to drop in on this place once the government says it is safe to do so.

I managed to walk through three separate incidents of ‘snow flurries’ which, I confess, did not thrill me to bits. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the Greensville area over the next month or so.

Confessions of a Street Walker – Part 35 – Epic Walker: A Duck Story

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last six years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

Since starting this walking project of mine, I confess that I’ve become totally impressed by “epic walkers.” Folks that have taken their walking to another level and something about it becomes epic. Sometimes it is distance or maybe location. Lots of things can make walking epic. I like it when I can watch or read about their walking projects and through social media I have ‘met’ some of them. I guess I just feel a connection with people whose walking takes on a life of its own. Herein follows the story of an epic walker local to Hamilton.

There comes a time in every community’s life that a superhero appears. Gotham City has it’s Batman. In Hamilton we have Lewis. Lewis Mallard. Lewis Mallard is an artist in Hamilton and he is a duck on a mission and his mission just tickles my fancy. I started following him on Instagram. @lewis_mallard

Click on the video to learn why I am such a fan of Lewis Mallard
Lewis finds a friend

Wandering around Hamilton is something I have enjoyed doing and I have had the chance to chat a bit with some pretty nice people. I have not yet spotted Lewis in the wild but it is on my bucket list. Like Batman and his secret identity, Lewis does not seek attention for himself but has a greater good to do. We need more ducks like Lewis.

Since I started making encouragement rocks and leaving them while I am out and about on my walks, I decided it might be fun to try to create some Lewis Mallard Duck Eggs. One of Lewis’s art series shows us that things are not always what they seem to be. I attached one of my favourite pieces to egg-ish looking rocks and it seemed to work out.

Are those Lewis Mallard Duck Eggs?

I hope to leave some duck eggs in Gage Park sometime this spring and I look forward to spotting Lewis in the wild one day.

This sits near my front porch and makes me happy each time I see it.

New Years Resolution – March 2021

The movie that was Jeff’s choice for this month was Aardvark.

The poor Aardvark never even made the movie poster.

Truth be told, I found this movie was rather disappointing. Maybe I was missing something but there just seemed to be gaps in the storytelling, but then again, the storytelling wasn’t even that interesting.

Since I did not know the two actresses who played the female leads I found they looked too much alike for me to keep them apart. Always distracting when you can’t keep the characters straight.

Jon Hamm played the part of a moderately successful actor named Craig who at one point was laughing about taking acting jobs that are really quite terrible and that sort of made me laugh. Was the whole thing supposed to be an inside joke about good actors being stuck acting in bad movies? I don’t think that was the intention.

I also appreciated the conversation between the two brothers where they viewed the same memory differently. Real life for sure.

Here are our reviews:

My review of Aardvark.
Jeff had a different take than I did.

Maybe it’s good to watch a badly done movie once in a while to better appreciate when a movie is done well. Until next month.

Confessions of a Street Walker – part 34

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last six years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

My walk today had me on the relatively new Keddy Access Trail. I had not yet been on this trail that takes us up and down our escarpment. It was really planned well with a number of access points to get off and on. I thought that being able to access the Jolley Cut – upbound and downbound – was quite practical. I do not like doing the escarpment steps but this was a gentle incline that was quite manageable. I left a couple of ladybugs there.

One at the top and one at the bottom.
Hopefully they will brighten someones day.

The winter weather here has provided snowy and icy sidewalks for much of January and February. I was not going to go out for my walking project until it dries up a bit. Country roads need to be respected when there are wet or icy shoulders. Since we were also in the middle of another lockdown I did much of my walking for the last two months quite close to home. I will confess that it did get quite boring.

I shoveled the sidewalk and the driveway was clear.
I wonder what the neighbours think.
Went up and down the driveway a lot of times that day.

Looking forward to spring and the nicer weather that comes along with it.

New Years Resolution – February 2021

So we watched our February movie and made our reports. This month was my choice and I picked Hunt for the Wildepeople. I suppose I don’t need to write too much about it because I did make my report.

Our reports:

NYR February 2021 – My video report of Hunt for the Wildepeople.
I was surprised by how many “umm”s I used. I will have to work on that.
NYR – January 2021 Jeff’s video report of Hunt for the Wildepeople.
Once again Jeff was way more thorough than I was.

Looking forward to our March movie.

New Years Resolution – January 2021

In 2019 my brother, Jeff and I decided to make a new years resolution to watch a movie together once a month. For me, it was as much about getting together with my brother as it was about watching a movie. We met every month for 2019 and agreed to carry on for 2020 and then co-vid hit, putting a kabosh on watching a movie together. Then in November 2020 Jeff moved to New Brunswick.

I must say that it was harder on me than I thought it would be. When we were growing up we were quite often at odds. One year and a half apart there was a fair amount of friction and we didn’t always get along. But once we grew up we connected on a very good level. We are quite different and do not always see eye-to-eye but we ‘get’ each other and it is always good to have people in your life who ‘get’ you. Jeff has also been awesome tech-support when my computer or devices went wonky and the fact that he uses his super powers to help with me with that it is always appreciated.

So, even without co-vid restrictions, it looked like the move to New Brunswick put a more permanent kabosh on any movie watching resolution for 2021. But thanks to the video calling app Duo we have managed to stay in relatively regular contact. We have also used Duo for him to help me get my printer back on line.

We have found a way to, sort of, watch a movie together. Each month one of us selects a movie and we both agree to watch it at one point in the month. We then complete a video movie review to see how similar or different we feel about the movie. It will be interesting to see how this will work. Maybe one day we will use some technology to try and watch it ‘together’ but for now we will be trying it this way.

The movie this month was Jojo Rabbit.

NYR January 2021 – My video report of Jojo Rabbit
NYR – January 2021 Jeff’s video report of Jojo Rabbit.
His report is 20 minutes long so it is much more thorough than mine was.
Loved his ‘spoiler alert’ “Germany lost the war”

A Puzzlin’ Post – 2020

Earlier I posted about the books that I read in 2020 but I also managed to put together a few jigsaw puzzles this year. Some were very basic that I did with grandchildren. Others were larger and sat on my puzzling table for weeks on end. I confess to being a Ravensburger Puzzle Snob. I only buy second hand puzzles and they are always Ravensburgers.

I take a picture of each completed puzzle picture and number and note missing pieces. This year I created a puzzle summary page for my family photo album.

The photo album is a bit thin this past year in part because of all of the events we were not allowed to celebrate. We had booked a European cruise with friends. Cancelled. We had been invited to Dirk and Grace’s anniversary. There was no Joldersma Cousins Day. Our youngest turned 30. My mom turned 80. We had a 40th wedding anniversary. Christmas. All things we were not allowed to gather for. So instead of memorable events I photographed each puzzle I finished.

Big or small, I took a picture of each one. Now some of them came with some of the pieces stuck together (woohoo) and some of them had missing pieces. Some of the pieces were so obvious and easy to find and others I just stared and stared looking for any place that I thought might work. It looks like my piece total for the year is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 26,000.

I started this one in November.
I suppose it will count for 2021

One of the puzzles I bought had a second puzzle included in the box. There was no picture but I did it anyway. It turned out to be the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle and I didn’t even count it in my total because it was not a Ravensburger. (See I told you I was a Ravensburger Snob)

I am part of a Jigsaw Puzzle Small Group hosted by a lovely lady from our church. We gather and puzzle about every three weeks. It is fun to work together on puzzles and we end up laughing a lot. We look forward to being able to gather once again, once it is declared safe to do so. Until then, happy puzzlin’.

Books I Read 2020

Time for my annual list of the books I read in 2020.

The oh-so-charming Mitford series.
Ah! Marie. Maybe one day I will tackle tidying up.
A classic that I enjoyed
I do enjoy Malcolm Gladwell
Always enjoy Catherine Cookson stories
A quick little book about giving
I enjoyed this celebrity memoir
A devotional that was to take me through the year but I read it too quickly.
Ah, Jane Austen. I needed to read some Austen to get in the mood for a writing project that is coming up.

And now for a new category for me: digital books from the library. This was the first year I downloaded books from the library and I will be doing more of that in the future.

Recommended by friends on Facebook. It did not disappoint.
Beautiful. Brilliant. Epic. I need to own a paper copy of this book.

And even another category for me. Audiobooks. Woohoo! Great for taking on my walks.

A good read
It was ok
A children’s classic
What a great read. I have such respect for Barack and Michelle Obama.
Classic Gladwell
Oh, David. You would be such a fun friend to have. I watched his Masterclass on writing. Brilliant.
Listened to this before I saw the play (online) Such a wonderful look at Lin Manuel’s brilliant mind.
Touching. A glimpse into the hero of Jeopardy.
Such a powerful story. Our world needs more kindness.
Mr. Sedaris,
you are enchanting.