Canadian jaunt

If you ever find yourself in the regions of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario,

you might consider a few places of interest along the way.

You might consider the Airbnb at 74 Dane Street

the darling house that is small outside, big inside

with the old wood and the clean kitchen and the big windows.

You might consider dinner with loved ones

and their charming children.

You may find yourself meeting up with dearest friends from many years ago

with lit-up smiles and ever-warm hugs

or with new friends who have walked with you for years,

the shyness of meeting up for real

after all this time.

If you find yourself with time, you might consider a few places of deliciousness:

(if you happen to hit the latter on their annual open house, with the chocolate fountain, and the staff carrying around their silver trays of hot chocolate and tea and tasty samples, consider yourself triply blessed)

  • the Tim Hortons that IS Tim Hortons, with Nutella dips and straight caramel centers and tiny filled pancakes.

You might meander through Stratford

quaint Shakespearean town of color and texture

the lake and the walking paths and the bridges

the little shops

the artsy walls and the fallen leaves.

Forgive me. I love the confusion of this picture.

My heart is full of love

and his whiskers grew


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4 years ago

Ah – you two packed a lot in! It’s a wonderful place in the world, for sure!

4 years ago

Awwwww. You’re not the only one who finds Stratford charming. I had my first date there, and got engaged there. And Rheo Thompson’s (especially the mint smoothies) are in a class all their own. I’m glad you had a great time in this place I call home.

4 years ago

It was lovely to meet you. πŸ™‚ Looks like you visited some wonderful places in these parts!

4 years ago

Eeeks!! You were literally only minutes from my house! Would have been delightful to meet up with you in person. ????

4 years ago

It was absolutely wonderful to see you and ‘the Boss’ again. (Such a silly game, but so fun) Chatting with you made my day.

4 years ago

I see that Ryan and you resemble each other, especially now that we can actually see his chin πŸ™‚ Glad you found these charming spots along the way and at your destination.

4 years ago

It is so fun to see pictures of my “home area” on your blog! I love a lot of these places, and some of them I have never been to (yet). Someone pointed out to me that you were at the wedding, and so I admired your perfect-shade-of-green shirt from a safe distance. (I see now that I should have said introduced myself and said hello. I’m much braver in hindsight than in real time.)

4 years ago

Lovely. Looks like you all covered a lot of ground in one weekend!!!

4 years ago

Long-time introverted lurker here as well. I saw you at the wedding too, and wished to talk to you. But what to say? I felt awkward just walking up to you and saying β€œHi, I read your blog, and I feel like I know you a little bit!” πŸ™‚ I enjoy reading what you write. I also fostered five dear little children, each for approx. two years. I still wish I could be involved, but now I work full time to support myself, and can’t quite see how I could make it work.

4 years ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

Stratford is lovely! My husband took me there back in our dating days, one of the first times I went up to visit his home area. I love the park. I’ve never been to the chocolate place, but my sister-in-law who shares my love of chocolate has brought some of those silky smooth mint chocolates. So glad you enjoyed your trip to Canada!

4 years ago

Yes, it is a lovely place! So glad you could enjoy a wonderful anniversary trip! We were honoured to be a part of it.

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