Erin's Journals

November 15, 2018

Now that we've put our feet on terra firma for a while, I had to share with you something that I did this last trip that made my traveling life just a little easier. I'll get to it in a moment.
 
The holiday season - and I mean holidays in the sun - is just about upon us; for some, the escape to warmer temperatures has already begun. Over the years (especially thanks to listener trips) Rob and I have passed through a lot of airports. So it occurred to me to share with you a few things that we've learned over the years.
 

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November 14, 2018

I hope your week is going well; here we find ourselves halfway through both the week and the month. Time is flying and the Toronto Santa Claus parade is gearing up for this Sunday. Hard to believe - and what great memories I have of being able to take part and represent the only radio station in the parade year after year! Of course, the shouts of "Hi Marilyn!" from some in the crowd were always really great at keeping my ego in check. You have to laugh. I did and still do!
 

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November 13, 2018

And here we at Tuesday - so I must be in another city. And I am.
 
Today I've arrived in rainy Halifax, glad to have brought an umbrella, but even happier to be staying at the hotel where tonight's Canadian Real Estate Association event is taking place. I brought a good book and plan to spend the day with it, until it's time to put on the lashes again tonight. What a whirlwind these past two-plus weeks have been! Good thing I like hotels, huh?
 

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November 12, 2018

Welcome to Monday and I suppose that, for some, the weekend continues. I'll never get having a long weekend around Remembrance Day. Honestly, it's not as if today anyone will be going to a cenotaph, will they? But that's the way it is. Federal offices are closed today. 
 

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November 9, 2018

And we come to the end of another week filled with more news - more sadness - than many of us can take. Another mass shooting in the US. A looming constitutional crisis, also south of the border. The heavy grey of November. I'm sure you'll be looking forward to taking a breather, if the world will allow.
 
On a much lighter note, we have one last full day together here in Ottawa with the most accommodating couple - and their son - who've made Rob and me feel welcome, despite the unwieldy length of our visit, brought about by Deb Cooper's funeral last week.
 

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November 8, 2018

Boy, it's strange when the rollercoaster comes to that sudden stop at the end of the ride. You know the feeling: you've built up to the climb, there's the whoosh and excitement and then...with a force that makes your head jerk, it stops. And you're left trying to focus. Out of breath. I didn't realize I'd been holding it until it was too late. And then I was in trouble.
 

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November 7, 2018

Honestly, is it only Wednesday? I want to talk to you about yesterday - a day in the life. It starts with a 6 am alarm playing Pachelbel's Canon, coffee, a nervous tummy and too many trips to the bathroom. And it ends on a plane in the windy skies, as we head back to the heart of our lives in Ottawa.
 

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November 6, 2018

Welcome to Tuesday. Before I go any further, thank you for the FB posts (www.facebook.com/erindavispage), Twitter comments @erindavis or emails pointing out that the thermometer we used was likely just supposed to be used briefly in the oven and not left in the turkey. Our favourite method for measuring temperatures is with a probe that has a wire that snakes out of the closed oven door and attaches to a digital readout that sits on the counter. It also alerts you with a persistent beep when your meat is at the temp you desire. We'll try and find one of those to replace the one we melted!

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November 5, 2018

Well, how was your weekend? If it was like ours in Ottawa, you probably had more than your share of clouds and rain and welcomed yesterday's blue skies, as we did. But we were fortunate enough to have our sweet four-year-old grandson Colin to light our way.
 
Morning cuddles and stories, long meals and plenty of play time made the weekend seem to fly by at the softest, most wonderful pace. We counted ourselves fortunate to have had this extra visit with the joy of our lives, having not planned to come to Ontario before this week until, of course, we lost our friend. 

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November 2, 2018

What, Friday already? I'm kidding. This has been without a doubt one of the longest weeks of our lives. And yet, there's a lightness of heart at the end of these five days that I haven't felt for so long. Knowing Debbie's suffering has come to an end, being in the heart of family in Ottawa with Phil, Brooke and Colin and feeling so happy for a friend who has officially begun her new life.
 

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November 1, 2018

Hello from the road. From Kingston we go today to Ottawa at long last to spend time with our sweet four-year-old Colin. His Halloween costume yesterday was perfection: a Mountie! I wish we'd been with him for trick-or-treating, but it was too hard a push. Maybe another year?
 

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October 31, 2018
Debbie Cooper sign

 
I love that quote. I had it at the ready in case I was crying yesterday but managed not to need it. Well, mostly...!
 

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October 30, 2018

I'm sorry - I thought that I would have an entirely new journal for you today. Instead, I am here in Toronto, getting set for a funeral. I have written and rewritten something I want to say about the parting of a dear friend - her life, her love, her immense spirit - but sharing it here before I say it at her funeral just doesn't seem to fit.
 
So here's what I'll do: I'll share with you a very special piece of writing that someone sent my way. It is attributed alternately to Rev. Luther F. Beecher and Henry Van Dyke; it depends which part of the internet you believe. 

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October 29, 2018

What a weekend. Just when you think the insanity is going to take a breather after they find a suspect in a rash of bombings, we learn Saturday of the shooting tragedy at a synagogue that claims 11 women and men aged 54 to 97 years old. The sadness out of Pittsburgh is palpable, even though the anger and rhetoric just keep building, despite brief and unkept promises by a so-called leader that he'd "tone it down."
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 25, 2018

Oh, my.... I have to thank you for your overwhelming support of Mike, Christopher and Sarah Cooper over the passing of dear wife and mom Deborah. They have thanked me - and you - for that journal and the responses yesterday. I know from personal experience just how far support like this can go; the quiet hugs and thoughts from people we've maybe never even met can mean so very much at a desperately sad time.
 

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October 24, 2018
Deborah Cooper 
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