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It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to post. Been busy with shopping, baking and cooking. Trying to figure out what to serve a vegetarian at Christmas dinner has been a bit of a challenge.

I’ve also been so busy I’ve missed neighbourhood meetings about the new development at the Pro-shine carwash and the invitation to the meeting out about the future of the convent. But I have noticed the changes in the neighbourhood that make me really appreciate living where we do.

The “holiday” wreaths have been installed along the lampposts in Wellington West and Westboro. It made it quite a festive walk to get our tree at the Parkdale Market. The weekend we picked it up couldn’t have been more perfect. A light dusting of snow helped the runners on our sled ride smoothly on the way back. The snow also got me in the shopping mood, so we picked up a wreath as well.

Taking home the tree

I suppose we could have bought it from Ikea or Home Depot or Canadian Tire for less, but that would have involved putting it in or on the new car. Tree sap is a pain to remove, and I like the idea of pulling the tree home. I also like being able to see how tall and full the tree is to know if it will work in our living room. It’s not a huge room, and you want your tree to fit into its environment.

The vendors at the market were quite impressed with our mode of transportation. Some were amazed that we would ride down a toboggan run in the alps, in the dark, after a few beers. Others grinned, showing that they’d lost a few chicklets.

Christmas can be a stressful time of year. Putting up the tree and making sure the stand is adequate is usually where it starts for me. No new stand next year = no real tree. We’ll see if NosyNeighbour remembers to pick one up on sale.

But Christmas is supposed to be about family and the spirit of giving. Have to keep remembering that …

Hope you and yours enjoy your time together and stay healthy over the holidays.


I started blogging partly because I had to launch a blog at work, and partly because a young worker encouraged me to start blogging instead of sending e-mails when we travelled.

I’ve continued to blog because I really do love to write, and it’s a way to write about issues, events and activities that interest me. One of the curious things about blogging is knowing where people come from to read your blog and seeing what posts get a lot of hits.

So far, I’ve noticed that neighbourhood gossip, particularly relating to developments, gets people reading and clicking around the site. 

So now I want to know who is I keep getting people referred from her blog but it seems I need a password to see her content. I did do some googling and creeping on facebook to see if I could find her. It seems she’s a Carleton University journalism student (or graduate) who also loves writing. I’m guess she also lives in the neighbourhood and that we tag our posts with similar descriptions, resulting in a link from her blog to mine.

So Clara, will you open up your blog so I can see what you’re up to?

We now have the official invitation that was delivered only to people who live in direct proximity to the development.

Meeting – Dec 15, 2009

I disagree with this because the traffic issues will not be addressed. In the past three years we’ve seen a lot of development in this area, including the Piccadilly, St. Georges Yard, now the Wellington at Island Park is for sale, and 101 Richmond has started construction. The addition of another condo that will funnel traffic to the Piccadilly/Carleton/Wellington intersection is going to cause havoc.

The Metro parking lot has two entrances onto Carleton, and the Wellington at Island Park will also have its main parking entrance in the same corridor. At to that another condo with a rear entrance putting people on to Carleton, and I hate to think how difficult it will be for all the cyclists who use Piccadilly, then Carleton to get to the River bike path.

So I’ll be attending if only to raise traffic / cycling safety issues.

It seems that the development just continues. We’ve lived through the building of the Piccadilly, a kitchen renovation, St. Georges Yard, and now the Wellington at Islandpark (actually at the corner of Carleton and Wellington) is about to launch its official showroom.

Apparently, it doesn’t stop there. Springcress Properties is working with Barry Hobin regarding the potential development of the northeast corner of Wellington and Island Park (current location of the Pro Shine). I found this notice on the skyscraper forum about an upcoming meeting to discuss the development. Read the rest of this entry »


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