Two Flakey snow birds are heading south.

It is that time of year again. The time of year when Canadians invade Florida .We are often fairly or unfairly blamed for bringing the cold weather with us
Hubby and I have been spending the winter months in the sunshine state for the past few  years. Every year I find it harder to get organized. It isn’t just the packing, — it is the clearing out of the refrigerator, freezer and cupboards, tidying the drawers, organizing the closets and tidying up under the bathroom sinks. I know, I know– no guests will be here to look in my drawers or under my bathroom sink but for my peace of mind I like to leave knowing things are organized.
Shortly after our arrival in the states we become consumed with American politics. This season before leaving Canada I become partially consumed with Canadian politics. It wasn’t hard with all the NEGATIVE publicity about Mayor Ford. I also had the opportunity to listen to  Senator Frum and in the evening of November 28 I attended a program and question and answer session with Justin Trudeau. Young Mr. Trudeau is the M. P. for the liberal party of Canada and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. For the past number of years I have been a follower of the Conservative party of Canada and was not too impressed  with the couple of T.V. interviews  I saw of Mr. Trudeau. However in person Mr. Trudeau exhibited the charisma of his late father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the good looks of his mother, Margaret. He spoke intelligently and sincerely and gave me food for thought for the next Federal election.
But enough of Canadian politics. Now it is time to look forward to relaxing in the sun and eating and drinking and enjoying life.  Hope our American friends enjoyed Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving is in October but we have borrowed or stolen the American tradition of Black Friday. And for those who celebrate Chanukua, Happy Chanukua and enjoy those potato latkes.

About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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