Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons Miata Midland Cruise

8 Miata cars
Pretty good looking line up I’d say!

This cruise was the first one that I have “directed” for our local Muskoka Miata Club.  We started our cruise in Washago at a new fresh food market called “Canoe”.  Fresh pressed coffee and a fresh cinnamon bun was just the ticket to start the day.  We had 8 Miatas of various vintages to cruise the back roads to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland.  More experienced club members were on hand to make sure we tested our CB’s and that I had all our signed u members accounted for.

We started the day with our tops down in the true spirit of the day.  After realizing I had left my written notes at home, we used my GPS to run the route from our test run.  My co-pilot must remember her reading glasses for the next trip!!  She was great at advising up coming turns using a CB.  A wonderful bonus of farm country is the roads are in a grid pattern, so if we missed a turn, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.  We drove around the bottom of Sparrow Lake and headed south and west over hills and dales seeing all the country estates and fall harvest looking farmsteads.  The roads were in great shape and we wound down River Road in Coldwater before heading along highway 12, also freshly paved to arrive at in Midland.  We departed at 9:30 and arrived close to 11, just about dead on for timing.

According to the Guide, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was a 17th century French Jesuit mission to the Huron (Wendat) nation that last for 10 years.  The site was taken on in 1964 by the Ontario Government, in cooperation with the Society of Jesus and the University of West Ontario and opened to the public in 1968.  Our group spent a mere hour and a half touring the site, with self guided “wands” to explain the different structures and explain the history.  Definitely worth a return visit!

A short 5 minute drive later we arrived at Henry’s, for a fabulous fish and chips lunch, there are actually two restaurants, the other one is on an island …an adventure for another day….

Pouring down rain shrunk our group for the second leg of the cruise to Big Chute Marine Railway where the rain let up for those who wanted to stroll about.  The last two cars headed on to Bala to finish the cruise at Don’s Bakery. The weather stayed foggy and the roads wet, but the fall colours were evident and will probably peak soon.

My co-pilot had never been down Southwood Road, a nice twisty route that would bring us back closer to home, it is the path to the Torrance Barren’s a local dark sky reserve where the stars are lit brilliantly with minimal light pollution to distract from the sky.  My co-pilot enjoyed the scenery while I enjoyed the twisty roads!

Whew!  Made it Home!!

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Will it be a Top up or Down Day

Mx5 Miata
Getting ready to head out

The Miatas of Muskoka are going on a cruise today!  It is currently 10 degrees or so with a chance of rain and thunderstorms.   No rain at present.  I believe we will have 10 cars and will be starting in Washago,  a lovely little village and heading in an over- hill over-dale route to Sainte Marie Among The Hurons in Midland.  Lunch at Henry’s and then North to Big Chute Marine Railway and ending on Bala.
I am hoping the rain holds off so we can see the colours,  so keep your fingers crossed!

Blogging 101: Dream Reader

deck railing, sun shining through trees
Afternoon sun filtering through the trees

I was visiting my daughter the other day and we were talking about friends.  I have a picture of my best friends and I celebrating our 40th birthday together.  Now I have known these girls since high school, and we have managed to stay in touch over all the years.  Both the girls and their partners.  Some periods of time one of us is closer to another of the girls, or to a different couple, but we have manged to stay connected.

When my husband was sick with cancer these friends held me up and kept me going.  I don’t know if I ever thanked them properly.  I do appreciate everything they did hands down, and I would be there for them.  After my husband passed away we drifted, I really had no idea what I was doing other than trying to get by one day at a time with my kids.

Today, my daughter has connected with a couple of those best friends, and they have become an important part of her life.  To me, that is a gift that her dad has left her.  They can share different memories with her, and offer her different ideas to help her along her path.  The circle of friendship will continue, and that is a beautiful thing.

Blogging 101: Say “Hi!” to the Neighbors

What a great idea!!  Off to the “Reader” I went.  My blog is primarily about my challenges with MS right now.  Even though it has been some years since my diagnosis, every day is a new day.  Reading what others are blogging about within the same subject matter is a wonderful way of reducing the feeling of isolation that I have.

Finding new ways of dealing with a symptom, or improving my overall quality of life by adding or taking away something from my diet is all helpful to feel in control of me.  Being in control helps keep that nasty depression at bay.

I am off work today again, as my leg spasms and and nerve pain seem are heightened to the point of not getting sleep, and not being able to move in the morning.  I need to get back into the doctor as I need to know what to take and how much.  This flare is not considered to be a relapse unless it lasts more than 48 hours.  This is what I don’t understand, and am still trying to figure out.

Looking for blogs about humour or staying positive are also on my radar, after all, a smile is a cure all on it’s own!

Who I am and Why I am here

I have been blogging for a few years now but felt I needed some inspiration to keep going.  I started blogging as a way of journalling my journey with the diagnosis of MS.  I chose to blog about it rather than a private journal because I know there are others out in the world like me, and sharing my thoughts and feelings might help someone else not feel so isolated just like it helps me feel less isolated.

Information about MS, is good, how to live with it is even better.

Going for a car ride!

Gord with the kids
Gord with the kids

Time to head down to the big smoke in Toronto to see my daughter.  Her daddy would have been 61 this year.       Hard to believe he has been gone 11 years.  Traditionally I remember him playing golf on his birthday.  Our son Allan looks a lot like him.  I will take the photo albums just in case.  Most of the pictures he is fishing in…hope you are still looking for the big one…

 

Cheers!

Saturday and Raining Sept 13, 2014

Dog watching race
Peanut watching the race at Mossport
Nothing like a rainy, cold, blustery Saturday and sleeping in until 10:30 a.m. Nothing scheduled today, so I am at the computer updating my passwords, updating my blogs and websites and generally just keeping my brain active.
I have signed up for blogging 101 in an effort to keep my creative writing juices flowing and to stay up to date with current practices.

My MS that doesn’t have me, I have it…has been challenging lately. Our puppy Peanut keeps me walking, which is a good thing, and this week I pushed through my fatigue, nerve aches and muscle spasms to keep moving stretching and getting with the program. Gratitude, motivation, feeling the love all help, along with keeping my mindfullness practices going ie: stop thinking to much and focus on what is happening right now! Not over thinking is a big one for me. It keeps my anxiety level down, and my energy level up. Most of the time..