Research Time!



These just arrived from Amazon this morning – very much looking forward to some research and planning for a spring trip with friends coming up.

I love the thought of biking somewhere different for a change, and am looking forward to some recharge time.

We will also be taking in a Jays/ Red Sox game – I’ve never been to Fenway Park, so that’s something else I’m excited about!

Now to just pray for great spring weather! Oh, and some potential playoff games for either the Raptors or Maple Leafs.

222 Days

number_222Yep, that’s how long it’s been since I have posted! I honestly do not know where this year has gone! It has flown by in a whirlwind of seasons…here we are coming in to winter already.

The bike is stored in the garage for a while as the snow and ice start to fly here in Ontario (although nothing that’s stuck around so far).

On my drive in to the office today, I saw many early-bird Black Friday shoppers out, and I chuckled …are the savings really worth the crowds and parking hassles? 🙂

I have registered the domain now at so hopefully that will drive me to post a bit more regularly.

See you around!

OK…NOW I can get excited!!

weatherniceLast night when we turned in, it was just around the freezing mark and there was a mix of snow and freezing rain…almost mid-April…it really was starting to get a bit depressing. This morning’s commute in wasn’t bad as this morning was just rain and 3 degrees…a bit slow and foggy, but nothing too stressful.

Once I got settled in at the office, got the coffee going and got ready for what seemed was going to be another “wintry” spring week, I decided to check the weekly forecast…

Imagine my surprise when I saw the above graphics getting more and more spring-like as the week progressed! I believe it’s finally time, folks! The bike is going to be coming down off the wall on Thursday evening, get a bit of a tune-up and come with me to Mississauga on Friday…I see a potential lunch-time ride (nothing too strenuous, but just something to limber up for a good Saturday tour) in my future this week!

What’s the weather looking like in YOUR neck of the woods? Is Spring finally winning? 🙂

April Showers?

Yeah…so here are a couple of shots from this past weekend in Southwestern Ontario…

The one where the snow is falling is from Saturday afternoon, and the one with the plow in our court is from this morning at 7:10am.

Aren’t we usually ooing and ahhing about the pretty little buds starting to appear on the tree branches right about now?

Oh, but the Blue Jays got off to a great 2016 season start yesterday!

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Book Review – Shift Work

shiftworkI’ve been reading up a storm so far this year…all sorts of books to keep things fresh. After a couple of great fantasy novels in a row, I wanted to change things up, so I grabbed Shift Work off of and lo and behold, only two days later, I’m done!

I’ll start off by saying I’ve always been a Leafs fan and Domi was always fun to watch, but it was an amazing read learning about how he grew up in a close-knit family and how he became the Toronto fan favourite he is today!

Tie does a great job at giving you some insight into his parents, who were Albanian immigrants, and how they worked hard to provide for their young family now in Canada. You get a look at how he grew up and interacted with everyone, and it progresses in to how he got into hockey.

The last third (roughly) of the book is about his life post-retirement from the NHL, and surprisingly I found this just as engaging as the stories about his time as a hockey enforcer. He ends with some glowing words about his three children and you really get the impression that all the old-school values he grew up with have definitely been instilled in all of them.

Even if you are not a hockey, or Leafs, fan I would encourage you to read this one…Tie really is a down-to-earth, regular guy who has worked hard for everything he achieved (and still is) and you will have a different view of what makes “Tie tick”!

Hump-Day Percolations

See what I did there? Coffee theme in the title…pretty slick, eh? 🙂

Spring is just around the corner. I know it’s officially started, but we apparently have one more cold front coming this weekend up here and I’m standing firm that after that we’re going to see a turn to warmer weather! Of course, I now have the start of a cold, so this is perfect timing…get through this cold while I’m not tempted to ride…then I’ll be ready to go!

I was out for some wings last night with a great group of guys from our church…had a blast just chatting and enjoying the company, and seeing some faces that I realized I hadn’t seen in a while. Catching up is always fun!

Watching some of the hockey games going on at the bar we were at, and seeing the Leafs stromanbeat the Panthers last night (not helping our lottery chances for the first overall draft pick by the way) made me realize how close the regular season opener is for MLB and my Toronto Blue Jays! There’s a buzz around the city as we get closer to the 2016 season, and rightly so – they gave us a great run last year, and fans around Toronto – heck, across Canada – are looking forward to this year with another solid team! Stroman has the nod for the season opener, so what better way to start with his energy on the mound?!

Well, I hope everyone has a great Wednesday, and remember…it’s all downhill from here to the WEEKEND!!

I Can Almost See Riding Weather

Well, here is the Cambridge, ON 7-day forecast…Wednesday and Thursday almost look like the rubber could hit the road (oh, right…I have a job so can’t go during the day), and then it goes downhill from there towards the weekend…looks like it’ll be at least another week before I get out again 😦

I’m hoping April turns around quickly so I can start racking up the mileage 🙂weatheroutlook

WordPress Photo Challenge – Half-Light

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is:

Half-Light: “Share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story.”

Wow, March has been a busy one…work, family events (birthdays, weddings), the weather has been all over the place! Unfortunately, what suffered was my blogging, and for that I apologize. I promise to be back as we roll into April with a little more sanity 🙂

For this week’s WPC, here I am again featuring one of Brandon’s (our youngest son) photographs taken this past Friday morning after a pretty amazing ice storm that hit South-Western Ontario (many areas were without power for quite a while due to the ice on the power lines). I think he’s starting to get the hang of the “composition” side of photography 🙂


This one immediately brought to mind a line of my favourite song so far this year – The Sound of Silence (the Disturbed cover).

But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

I know these aren’t raindrops, per se, in their current form, but the lighting on them makes the cold, harshness of winter “echo in the silence”…

(ReBlog) Six Things I Learned While Writing Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

I’m pleased to welcome Reece Hirsch to the site today. Hirsch’s latest thriller, Surveillance, third in the Chris Bruen series, drops today from Thomas & Mercer, and the plot couldn’t be more timely. Bruen, an attorney specializing in computer-crimes, and his partner, Zoey Doucet, a hackt

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