Sunday Gratitude – September 6, 2015

September!  Though I am loathe to leave Summer behind, I always look forward to Autumn.  It is, after all, my favourite season.  I love how the circle keeps on turning:  come Spring, you just can’t wait to change the menu to the summer stuff of salads, barbecues (yes, I know, lots of people barbecue in the winter but it just ain’t the same, ya know?), lighter meals; by the time September comes along, I am ready for those casseroles and warming foods.  And so it goes. Though, to be honest, when it is 33°C with a humidex of 40°C, turning the oven on just does not appeal to me just yet!  Air-conditioning, or no!

How crazy is it that I went out for lunch every day this week!  I’ll say like my sister, at this rate, I’ll never be rich and I’ll never be skinny… (have to make some adjustments to that statement before the Universe catches on…)

You can’t appreciate the happy without experiencing the sad but in this here weekly post, I focus on the happy!

We had a battle of the “sticks” on Saturday (GoPro Cameras), so both of their group shots are here for comparison!

Gratitude List

  1. I was truly lucky to lunch with three fabulous ladies this week  All of them way overdue.  Michèle, Martine, and Caroline:  how nice to spend two, three and five (!) hours with each of you!

  2. Tracy, I’m not dissing you!  You are always fabulous and  I always enjoy our lunches; hadn’t had a Tournesol lemongrass soup in years!

  3. I was happy to introduce my boys to the Barbú restaurant for a lunch before the return to school… and the reality of lunch-making and alarm-ringing!

  4. So extremely lucky to have Daniel as a friend who counsels me with legal and financial stuff and makes me feel confident in my future.

  5. Martin.  Talk about the Host with the Most!  A small group from our Class of ’81 (Martin, Dany, Marc, Sylvie, Dominique and I), a couple, who just belonged in our group (Thierry & Sophie) and the spouses (Giselle, Caroline & Robin) were received like royalty:  a trimaran ride (merci, Paul! (Martin’s dad)), delicious food ~ we were 11 people:  I think Martin could have fed 25! great music and a little by-the-river send-off of Chinese lanterns, carrying our wishes off…  Seriously, not one thing could have be improved upon!

  6. I finally got to try the Argentinian recipe I had watched on Gusto TV ~ been waiting for weeks!  So excited to have everyone try it, I forgot to take a picture!  D’oh! As a result, I’m not even telling you that it was a delicious duck prosciutto, served with lemon curd, cured red onions and pears stolen from Martin’s neighbour…. shhhh!


Sunday Gratitude – July 5, 2015

Another fabulous week has come and gone.  Canada celebrated it’s 148th birthday, the United States celebrated their 239th anniversary of independence, my boys passed their school year, enjoyed more music and friends and so much more!

Gratitude List

  1. Beyond happy both boys passed their school year and quite respectably, too!

  2. Thanks to Eric for grilling my veg, to Anouk for putting together the canapés, playing waitress at the party and then coming back to help and to Emma for coming as soon as I cried “help”! Without the three of you, I would not have made it.  The guests enjoyed the food (hope the customer did, too!)  Gilles? 🙂

  3. If Leonard hadn’t told me Adam Cohen was playing one of the free shows at the Jazz Festival I would have totally missed it!  So glad I decided to hightail it to Montreal and that Leonard was able to squeeze me in (so I could hang out with him and Steve)

  4. Really glad I stayed for Cohen’s second show as I got to hear the few songs I missed!  Woot!  And he played my favourite.  Can you guess which one it is? 😀

  5. Two weeks in a row and two totally different groups from high school.  How cool that so many people, on such a spur of the moment, made time to get together for a meal and many, MANY laughs?  One even driving for 9.5 hours to do so… Of course, I did offer him a guest room for the fee of grilling veg…


Gratitude Sunday – June 28, 2015

Another fabulous week has come and gone.  Some pretty fun stuff went on this week:  different get-togethers with different groups of friends, good food, lots of laughs, a few tears.  Definitely a good one!

Martin, one of our group, recorded one song from the concert but I cannot share it here…. 😦  So… the least I can do is share with you the same tune!  It’s too bad because Al had met this electric violinist, named Evan Garr, (with the coolest green violin I’ve ever seen) in Toronto that he invited to join him and his band in Montreal for the jazz fest.  His violin added some truly great notes to the piece below.

Class of '81

Class of 81

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Gratitude List

  1. As mentioned in my 50 Things That Make Me Happy post, I absolutely love gatherings of all sorts.  When it’s hooking up with people I went to high school with?  Oh… double bonus!

  2. Not only did we get together for dinner and drinks, we also went to see a most fabulous Al Di Meola concert at Place des Arts.  I did not see the time go by (though Martin pointed out to me about four people SNOOZING at the show!  How one can snooze with jazz guitar playing full-blast is beyond me!)

  3. Every year, Sylvain “Boubou” has a mechoui.  Everyone brings something to add to the food and I brought my Thai Salad Wraps that were such a hit the first year we went (about 4 years ago).  I was a little reticent about going as it would be the first time I went solo and was expecting comments or queries about Mick but none happened.  No one really knew so I ended up breaking it to the small group I usually hang out with.  All good.

  4. I finally wrote the first of my stories with Mick.  Now that the ice has been broken, more will be following!

  5. Brought my boys for sushi and the movies.  We very much enjoyed the Jurassic World experience in IMAX 3-D.  I think my boys are happy I like “guy” flicks!