Grandmas Day Out

The weather has been cold and blustery and many of us have been in the doldrums . It was time for a change. Four of us rearranged our schedules and planned an outing to the casino at Woodbine race track. Of course we picked the day that Toronto was expecting the first of the seasons major winter storms — but  that didn’t deter us.  Actually when we set out early in the afternoon there was no snow but the weather was definitely blustery. We were not quite sure how to get there , but with the help of a map, a GPS and three slightly directionally challenged passengers, our driver got us there safely. Actually, she didn’t need our input because she knew exactly where she was going and didn’t listen to us anyway. When we reached our destination, said driver  who usually moves rather slowly   because of aches and pains,  jumped out of the car and sprinted to the casino as fast as her senior legs would carry her. She must have had an adrenalin rush from the anticipation of pushing the play button on the penny slot machines. The rest of us followed.

We all had received a mailing from the casino stating that they were having a promotional during the month of December and that we were each entitled to ten dollars of free play. We received our  chits and decided to be partners. We played with the casino’s money and made money. Actually only one of us was lucky and made us lots of money. The  rest of us did not contribute much to the winnings. To celebrate our new found combined wealth of over $300 we decided to have a drink. We felt very Cosmopolitan as we sat at the Casino bar sipping  Cosmopolitans. If only our kids and grandkids could see us now.

When we left the promised storm had arrived. But we were hungry and drove to a restaurant for dinner, diminishing some of our winnings. After  a delicious meal at the Boneyard Grill we made it home safely and we all slept soundly that night. No matter what age one is–getting together with female friends is usually fun and and results in laughter and memories, and stories to tell –and in the winter gets rid of winter blues.

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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2 Responses to Grandmas Day Out

  1. Isn’t that the truth. I cherish my times out with my girlfriends. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. 🙂 Wanted to come by and wish the very happiest of New Year’s, Elaine.


  2. epsnider says:

    Thanks Elizabeth . Same to you and yours. Heading south on Monday. Will be a challenge, but i will succeed.


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