Erin's Journals

October 23, 2017

Hope your weekend was warm and wonderful. Ours was spent up ladders, on our knees and toiling away in rubber gloves. (Here's a tip: if you have longer nails and don't want to destroy the fingertips of rubber gloves, use a cotton ball or half of a makeup remover pad shoved into the tips. Saves your nails from bumping hard surfaces; saves the glove tips. Thanks to big sister Cindy for that one!) But there's a much bigger cleaning tip coming up - one that could literally be a life saver.

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October 20, 2017

I just realized that this week's journals have inadvertently had an accent on animals. First, there was the incident with the barbecue and that poor chicken. Then on Tuesday we celebrated Molly's 13th birthday. We had a guy come over to the house that day and he refused to believe that, as she bounded up to welcome him and ran around the house in excitement, she actually was that age. And honest to goodness, he asked, "What are you feeding her, anyway?" So I told him. Caru.

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October 19, 2017

Rob and I are off today to Kelowna to welcome to BC the fourth and final Davis sister to the province. Leslie, my sister who has had just a terrible year, losing her oldest son in what appears to be a case of murder in that same BC city, has decided she wants to raise her children in the same province as her grandson resides. We've all banded together to help make it happen.

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October 18, 2017

I need to start out by asking a favour from one journal reader and I truly hope she sees this. Marg H. from Kitchener (or her friend from Ancaster who suggested she come and read this journal) please drop me a line at I haven't responded to your very touching email of a few weeks ago because I cut and pasted it, sent it to my personal email and then realized I didn't have your address on it. My bad.

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October 17, 2017

There's a sweet little girl in our house who is having a 13th birthday today. We're not the best pet parents, I suppose; we won't be giving her a doggie cupcake or taking her to the spa. We'll just give her extra cuddles and say thanks - as we always do - for her being in our lives.

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October 16, 2017

Just two weeks and one day until October 31st. We're going to have to talk to our neighbours and find out how many children - if any - we can expect at our door and then buy treats that won't add to our body mass if we have to eat them ourselves in the weeks that follow. Eyeglass cleaners and floss picks, anyone?

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October 13, 2017

To wrap up this week, a mystery is solved and yet another level of sweetness is added to a dragonfly story I shared here on Wednesday.
It turns out that, just as I thought, the dragonfly keychains hanging in Lauren's memorial tree in Gravenhurst were, indeed, left there by the woman who made them! Barbara wrote to me:

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October 12, 2017

I've loved hearing from you on Facebook and in my inbox this week. Thanks for the feedback yesterday and for your own takes on the hotel blog Tuesday and the dragonfly reactions yesterday. We got an answer to our "mystery" and I'll share that with you tomorrow. But now, to today's journal.

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October 11, 2017

Okay - you know that hotel story (part two) that I mentioned yesterday? I'll pick it up in tomorrow's journal. But today I have for you a much more important note as we look at the calendar with hearts filled with gratitude and fond memories.

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October 10, 2017

Well, we're home. It was a full ten days, but made up of the perfect blend of family and friends, earning and spending, resting and working. Could we have fit in a few more visits? Absolutely; we're already counting down to our next visit with our grandson and his folks.
I told you last week of the amazing hour spent listening to Mrs. Trudeau, but the other bookend to the work element of this trip was the third Canadian Real Estate Association get together, this one in Kitchener.

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October 5, 2017

Being back in Ontario for the past week has brought feelings of joy, longing, reflection and, yes, even a little guilt. Why guilt? 'Cause it's me, of course! Seriously, it's because there are so many people we'd love to connect with that we just simply haven't had time for. I'm sure we've hurt some feelings along the way this trip, but I hope we'll be forgiven. 

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October 4, 2017

A number of things strike you when you are in a room listening to Margaret Trudeau speaking.
First, it's that she's been a figure in your life for as long as you can remember. From the young Flower Power bride of a charismatic politician to the wild child partying with the Rolling Stones and dancing with abandon at Studio 54, to a woman who seemed to publicly battle demons of mental illness, lose herself to grief following the death of one of her sons and then emerge as a spokesperson for mental health.

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October 3, 2017

I promised some thoughts on Mrs. Trudeau's speech last week at RPNAO in today's journal. They'll wait. For now though, another day awakening to the horror of a terrorist act. On Sunday it was Edmonton, city of my birth. Yesterday, Las Vegas, one of my favourite cities on Earth.

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October 2, 2017

Once again because we are on the road, there will be no audio journal. Thanks to you and for understanding!
Welcome to a brand new week and an almost brand new month! October - when just as sure as the leaves are changing their hues, the store shelves are loaded with orange and black, just itching to turn red and green. Yikes! Here we go.

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September 29, 2017

If today's journal feels a bit like a commercial, I hope you'll bear with me. In a way, it is. But more than that, it's a story of generosity in a time of need and one you wouldn't have heard elsewhere. There's so much negativity in the world - some of it here, I admit - so let me balance the scales a little bit. Here goes.
Every day our audio journal (which I hope you enjoy) is sponsored by Caru dog food, where I say things like, "Your dog will love CARU’s new Daily Dish: human grade stews at only $3.99."

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September 28, 2017

I wanted to share with you today a piece that my pal Lisa wrote for the website You can check out Lisa's daily blog at - it's my daily go-to - and she shared the article there, too. It's called Desegregating the Sizes in Women's Fashion and I couldn't agree more. Here we go. She writes:

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September 27, 2017

Well, off we go into the wild blue yonder: a stop in Calgary and then on to Ottawa, where a certain little boy is going to get some serious kisses! We're bookending this trip emceeing events for the Registered Practical Nurses' Association tomorrow night (with guests Jann Arden and Margaret Trudeau Friday - Rob and I are hoping to attend their talks) and an event next week in Kitchener for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), just as I did in Calgary and Victoria earlier this month. How wonderful when trips "east" to see family and friends can dovetail with some work. Lovely.

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September 26, 2017

I don't know if you find this, but it seems that when something goes wrong in your life - a break up, a death, or similar personal trauma - simple conversations can be so loaded with booby traps.

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September 25, 2017

While everyone in Southern Ontario was talking about the weather, this past weekend was even more about sports than weekends usually are.

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September 22, 2017

What a heavy month this has been - so much of our continent shaken, battered, deluged and disgusted, all in the span of a few days. Yesterday, during the pre-dawn hours, I lay in bed thinking about earthquakes. After the shaking that hit California and Mexico in the past week, I was pondering a statistic that Vancouver Island has a one-in-three chance of experiencing a significant quake in the next 50 years. 

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