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Reflections on Canada Day

By the time you read this, my family will be celebrating Canada Day 2020. Every family celebrates Canada Day differently. For my family, we spend it by taking a break from our busy lives to be together huddled around the campfire.

Donned in our red and white casual clothes, we typically spend it with my parents outside of Toronto. We may pick strawberries on the way, stop at the Cobourg fair, or take a ride through the Kawarthas. When we arrive, we play bocce (Grafton Rules). We reminisce with family members we rarely see. Once it's dark, we sit around a campfire on Lake Ontario's shores, watching the Cobourg fireworks.

But this year it will be different. There will be no strawberry picking, or fair to drop by at. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that my son, who has been receiving chemotherapy, will manage the trip. Instead, we will be social distancing in our three separate bubbles. There will be no bocce, but we are all excited to try the first day trip in 5 months. I'll be sad because it'll be the first without Holly and her antics around the pond.

It'll be the first with my #3's bees...but not quite ready for a honey testing.

However, I'll bring out the Canadian Cities' napkins, hoping it will lead to talks of our travels across the country. And we'll do the fireworks ourselves. I think this year I'll step aside and let the younger generation take on the responsibility.

I'll get out my Canada Day Quilt and watch from the sidelines. Although this Canada Day will be different from the ones we've had in the past, I look forward to creating new memories with the people I love.

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Just found you recently on YouTube. I truly understand the blahs, dear lady. I am older, widowed just before 9/11, yikes! and working my second life as a secretary for the Dept of Interior here in Denver. I made the choice to go part time and be a part time babysitter for my grandbabies, then had cataract surgery and covid hit just as I was returning to routine. After over 3 months, my own projects have fallen behind, when I am 'free' seems I spend time sleeping or vegging somehow. Down here in my basement office in the dark working on a computer, divorced from the engineers I serve. Haven't exercised enough, nor interacted with others besides my son…


Hey Karen, I found your YouTube channel by accident, and I love it. I am learning so much from you. I to am from Scarborough, Ontario. I now live in Utah with my husband and 5 adult children. I miss the lakes and streams, they were so refreshing, in Canada. Thank you so much for making the YouTube channels. Keep up the good work.


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Jul 03, 2020

Hope you enjoyed your national day even though it would be different. I suppose we are all having to get to grips with change so thank you for your lovely videos, they do help. Your Canada quilt is beautiful.


Happy 'Canada Day from Phoenix, AZ! Now that we have wonderful weather, we will not be doing fireworks!! On a positive note, no fires!!! Hugs to you and your family Karen, I am sorry you can't be with them this year, I am sure next year it will be amazing! Have fun!!


I did not know about Canada Day until I read your blog. And that's surprising as my father was from Canada - from Montreal, Quebec Canada to be specific. He was born in 1902 & died a number of years ago. I hope Canada Day this year was as great as it could be considering COVID19. I will not be doing anything for Independence Day but I will be celebrating my daughter's birthday the day after even though we can't be near one another or hug. So many things are different but the precautions are worth it to keep folks from catching it and possibly dying. On another note, I love your show. You are a breath of f…

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