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June 3, 2016

Thursday, June 2 , 2016 Day 33

Unfortunately, this morning I woke at 3:45 am and not for love nor money could I get back to sleep but I am heading to bed shortly. 10:00 pm here in Ottawa but 3:00 am in England so I have almost been up for 24 hours! Funny I am not tired. Hope I sleep somewhat normally. Β Trevor, Sarah and I had a bite of breakfast together and we tidied up the B and B as we were all leaving this morning. They are heading to Liverpool for 2 days as they are on holidays until Sunday and I am heading home. It is hard to believe I have been gone since April 26th, when I went first to Rodger’s in New York to look after my sweet grandchildren, while he and Andrea took a few days’ vacation to Berlin, Germany. On the 2nd of May I started my Europe holiday and now returning the 2nd of June! It has been a real whirlwind and every single day was amazing, exploring some beautiful cities and countryside and sharing good times with friends and family. I was sad to say goodbye to Trevor. I love πŸ’•πŸ’•him so much! The 2 of us living together since 2005, of course I miss him tremendously, as he was not only my son but a wonderful companion and friend. I caught the tube and arrived at Heathrow Airport in good time and the flights with United Airlines were great! The food was fantastic; I chose the chicken curry and was surprised when after the meal they came around with a hot cup of tea and a little tub of ice cream flavoured, strawberries and clotted cream!! Yummy! I had 2 flights, changing at Dulles, Washington. Between London and Dulles I watched 3 films as I seldom ever watch a movie. I loved the 3 I picked. The first one was Creed and great to see Sylvester Stallone back in the ring but this time as a trainer; the second London Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, both favourite actors of mine. Very interesting to watch it after having spent the last week there, as I could relate to all the London scenes. The third movie was The Lady in the Van starring the incredible Maggie Smith; love her too and the movie is based on a true story. I had a window seat and had to keep my blind down as the SUN was shining brightly the whole way over….Hated to do that when I was finally seeing it after so many dark, dreary, damp, drizzly days of English weather!! Hey, another quote I heard and like today : If you find something you care about, care about it deeply!! Dulles airport was crazy busy with long lineups to get through and when I arrived in Ottawa, an unfriendly customs agent gave me quite a grilling, emptying my backpack, purse etc and he thought he hit the jackpot when he pulled out the plastic bag with lovely white powdery mints my friend Jackie, the ex-mayor of Ottawa gave me when I stayed with her in the Netherlands! Now that would have been quite a story if somehow a mysterious substance appeared in them! He took them away and tested them and I actually was a little nervous..stranger things have happened! Made me realize how careful you
must be with your bags etc .
Already I have a busy schedule now that I have arrived home, heading off early tomorrow morning to Gatineau to a very interesting symposium, sponsored by the Federal Justice Department, for victims and survivors of different types of violence. The agenda looks amazing! Every day is full and busy with commitments and my life of leisure for the last month is over unfortunately! 2 things I must attend to right away are making an appointment to see what damage I did to my big toe on my right foot. I stubbed it badly the second week and it has been swollen and extremely painful day and night and I have done my best to ignore it without meds. Thank goodness I was still able to get around ..Yikes, it could have been worse! Is it cracked or just bruised? Likely nothing can be done but I would like to know the reason for the pain. The second is I must get busy selling my book I have written in memory of XoHeatherxo, as I picked up a shipment at the publisher’s on my way home from the airport tonight, when Gary picked me up. I need to quickly recover the costs I laid out so I can carry on and raise funds for both Madd and the CDA, as all proceeds go to these 2 charities. I am so happy and thankful to all the people who contributed stories and art work to reinforce the message that we do not want impaired drivers to put their keys in the ignition!!!!4 people killed daily in Canada….Why don’t people get the simple message NOT to drink and drive?!!! It is a great book!
A big goodbye hug to Trevor and a big hello hug to Rodger, who I will see next week, Tracy, Gary and Bryan. Yay! My children are what I live for! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—



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  1. Jackie Holzman permalink

    Wow…I thought you might have eaten those (drug filled) mints by the time you got back to Canada!! Sorry for the trouble and embarrassment they caused you!


  2. Helina permalink

    Ha ha ha that was funny indeed but hope not too traumatizing! Welcome Back Home Kathy and see you soon to hear all about it in-person too! XO

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