Sunday, 20 September 2020

Liberty Village Terry Fox Run/Walk, Liberty Village Park, Toronto, ON

This is my third year as a volunteer/organizer of the Liberty Village Terry Fox Run (it's the fifth year for the Liberty Village Terry Fox Run).  Because the Terry Fox Runs were virtual this year, most of it was happening on social media for us, which is what I did ... I shared pictures from the past two runs plus the Terry Fox Foundation was very supportive in providing graphics and videos, etc.

Terry Fox (1958 – 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist.  In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.  He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people.  He began in St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. After 143 days and 5,373km/3,339 miles, he was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay, ON, when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.
The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.  Almost $800 million has been raised in his name.

Because it was virtual this year, there was no gathering in Liberty Village Park as in past years.  Gord and I walked to Liberty Village Park where the run usually starts and ends.  This year I raised $650!


If you're wondering about the red shirts, they signify "Terry's Team" ... people who have or have had cancer (both Gord and I have).

While we were there, Team Barb, who were running in honour of Barb who passed away in October 2019. Barb had spoken at past Liberty Village Terry Fox Runs,


Also Shumaila, a Liberty Village Terry Fox Run volunteer, arrived with her nephew, Aiden, at the end of their walk.


When we left Liberty Village Park, Gord and I headed south to Coronation Park.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

KC's tree, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

Gord and I went for a walk this afternoon to Trinity Bellwoods Park to check out KC's tree.

It's still leafy and green ... it's usually one of the last trees in the park for the leaves to start changing colours.

That's KC's tree in the middle

Friday, 18 September 2020

Book ~ "What Light" (2016) Jay Asher


From Goodreads ~ Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon - it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and maybe redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

Teenager Sierra and her family own a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. Every December, they head to California for a month to sell Christmas trees.  So Sierra has to leave Elizabeth and Rachel, her two best friends in Oregon, for the month but gets to spend a month with her California best friend, Heather.  Heather is dating Devon, who she finds boring so is pushing Sierra to find a boyfriend so they can double date and Heather won't be so bored when she and Devon are hanging out.  Sierra resists ... why get involved with someone when she'll be leaving in a couple weeks?  Until she meets Caleb.  Though Caleb seems like a nice generous fella, there was a violent incident a couple years ago that broke up his family and people aren't willing to forget.

I thought the story was just okay.  As an adult, I'm not the target audience so I found it hard to relate to Sierra and Caleb and their instant young love.  This book was written in first person perspective in Sierra's voice and is innocent (there's no swearing or sexual activity).  I think a younger audience might like it.

Sierra's parents don't approve of Caleb because (1) they will be leaving soon and they don't want their daughter to be brokenhearted and (2) the violence of Caleb's incident.  And given the incident, I can't say I blame them.  I found it unbelievable that Sierra was able to convince them that she knew what she was doing and that they could trust her.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Topbox - September 2020

My September Topbox arrived today.

Get 4 hand-picked deluxe samples delivered to your door for $15 per month. It's the best way to discover the products you'll love.


Here's what I received ...


  • Olly Undeniable Beauty - $23.99 value 
  • Kalaya Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer - $1.88 value
  • SkinRepublic Charcoal Peel-Off Face Mask - $9.99 value
  • Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer (Radiate) - $21 value
  • doucce Ultra Premium Eyeliner - $22 value

  • Total value = $78.86

    Monday, 14 September 2020

    Honeycomb (aka Newfie) knitted mittens

    I just finished knitting another pair of Honeycomb (aka Newfie) mittens.  They are fun to make.


    I used black Red Heart Super Saver 4 ply yarn as my main colour (A), teal from Caron Chunky Cakes Striped Yarn (Rainbow Jellies) 6 ply yarn as my second colour (B) and 5mm double pointed needles.

    Wrist
    1. With A, cast on 42 sts
    2. Knit 1, purl 1 for 18 rows
    3. Purl
    4. Purl, increasing 2 stitches on each needle for a total of 48 stitches

    Pattern
    1.  *Knit 4 with B, slip 2 purlwise with A*, repeat to the end of row
    2. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
    3. Purl 2 rows with A
    4. Knit 1 with B, * slip 2 purlwise with A, knit 4 with B*, repeat to the last three stitches, knit 3 with B
    5. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
    6. Purl 2 rows with A
    7.  *Knit 4 with B, slip 2 purlwise with A*, repeat to the end of row
    8. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
    9. Purl 2 rows with A
    10. Knit 1 with B, * slip 2 purlwise with A, knit 4 with B*, repeat to the last three stitches, knit 3 with B
    11. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
    12. Purl 2 rows with A

    Thumb
    1. In step 12 above, purl 2, put 7 stitches on a stitch holder for the thumb and cast on 7 stitches, purl to the end.  Purl 1 row.

    Mitten
    1. Knit the pattern until long enough (I did 6)
    2. Knit 1 row
    3. *Knit 4, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
    4. Knit 2 rows
    5. *Knit 3, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
    6. Knit 2 rows
    7. *Knit 2, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
    8. Knit 2 rows
    9. *Knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
    10. Thread the yarn through remaining the loops and pull tight
    11. Weave end inside

    Thumb
    1. With A, pick up the 7 stitches from the holder
    2. Pick up 7 stitches around the thumb hole for a total of 14 stitches
    3. Knit to fit length of thumb
    4. Knit 2 together all around
    5. Thread the yarn through the remaining loops and pull tight
    6. Weave end inside

    Sunday, 13 September 2020

    Book ~ "Christmas Bliss" (2013) Mary Kay Andrews

    From Goodreads ~ Christmas is coming but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted - both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day - and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love, Harry. 

    Weezie is an antiques pickers.  She is engaged to Daniel, a chef, and they are getting married in a week.  He owns his own restaurant in Savannah and has seconded himself to chef at a high end restaurant in New York for a while (it's a great honour).  Meanwhile Weezie is at home preparing for the wedding ... getting her dress fitted, baking the wedding cake, arranging for friends to decorate, etc.  She getting a bit frazzled when she doesn't hear from Daniel because he's so busy so she heads to New York for a couple days to surprise him.

    In the meantime, Weezie's best friend and maid of honour, Bebe is eight months pregnant and feels like an elephant.  Her boyfriend and father of her child, Harry, is a fisherman ... he wants to get married but she's been married three times already so refuses.  Then she discovers a shock regarding husband #2 and tries to rectify it without Harry finding out.

    I've read a lot of books by this author.  This is the fourth (and last so far) in the Weezie and BeBe Mystery Series ... I've read the first three.  It was a light read (not much of a mystery) but I liked it.  It works well as a stand alone and you don't have to read the first ones to know what's going on.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in first person perspective alternating in Weezie's and Bebe's voices.

    Wednesday, 9 September 2020

    Book ~ "Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters" (2020) Darrell Fox

    From Goodreads ~ Terry Fox defined perseverance and hope for a generation of Canadians. Forty years after Terry's run ended, "Forever Terry" reflects what Terry's legacy means to us now and in the future.

    To mark the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, "Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters" recounts the inspiration, dedication and perseverance that Terry Fox embodied and gives voice to an icon whose example spoke much louder than his words. 

    Comprising 40 letters from 40 contributors, and edited by Terry's younger brother Darrell on behalf of the Fox family, "Forever Terry" pays tribute to Terry's legacy, as seen through the eyes of celebrated Canadians ranging from Margaret Atwood, Bobby Orr, Perdita Felicien, Jann Arden, and Christine Sinclair, to those who accompanied Terry on his run, Terry Fox Run organizers, participants, supporters, and cancer champions. Appearing alongside never-before-seen photos of their hero, their reflections reveal connections that readers would never have expected, and offer a glimpse into the way goodness and greatness inspire more of the same.

    "Forever Terry" is a testament to the influence one brave man has had on the shape of Canadian dreams, ambitions, and commitment to helping others. Author proceeds support the Terry Fox Foundation, which has raised over $800 million for cancer research.

    Terry Fox was an ordinary young man living in Port Coquitlam, BC.  He was athletic and enjoyed running and basketball.  When he was 19, they discovered he had a cancerous tumour and his right leg was amputated at the knee.  With an artificial leg, he began running again and played wheelchair basketball.

    On April 12, 1980, Terry began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.  He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people.  He began in St. John's, NF, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day.  On September 1, 1980, he was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay because the cancer had spread to his lungs.  He headed home to BC immediately to begin treatment and passed away in June 1981.

    This book has 40 letters from Canadians (some knew him and some didn't) telling what Terry meant to them including Hayley Wickenheiser, Tom Cochrane, Darryl Sittler, Shawn Ashmore, Doug Alward, Nadine Caron, Douglas Coupland, Rick Hansen, Sidney Crosby, Akshay Grover, Lloyd Robertson, Bret Hart, Leslie Scrivener, Isadore Sharp, Wayne Gretzky, Jim Pattison, Catriona Le May Doan, Malindi Elmore, Michael Bublé, Silken Laumann and Steve Nash.

    I was 17, in grade twelve and living in Sydney, Nova Scotia, when Terry started his Marathon of Hope.  Though he came through Sydney in the beginning of May after making his way through Newfoundland, I don't have any recollection of that, which I think is strange and sad considering what a big deal it is ... but it didn't really start picking up steam until he got out of the Maritimes.

    One of Terry's earliest supporters was Isadore Sharp, founder of the Four Seasons Hotels, who proposed an annual fundraising run in Terry's name.  Terry agreed but insisted that the runs be non-competitive.  The first Terry Fox Run was on on September 13, 1981 ... over 300,000 people took part and raised $3.5 million.  The Run has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research ... about $800 million has been raised.

    Though the run is virtual this year because of Covid, it's still on on September 20!  This is my third year as a volunteer/organizer of our local one.