People Come and Go So Quickly Here. Montreal Festivals and Goings On.

It is Sunday today. And from the Wizard of Oz, and Dorothy,
“People come and go so quickly here!”

It is a sad day today. One of my best friends left Montreal with his dad, moving out East to Halifax, Nova Scotia for work. It is also coming to the end of the Semester for Universities here. Other friends will be leaving the country for the Summer, in a few days, to go back home to visit family and to work for next Falls tuition.

I hate goodbyes !

The city is going through its Spring transformation. Last weekend began the very important Three Week Planting Blitz. The weekend of the 24th of May, yearly, is the weekend that “planting” takes place, as the weather is warm, and everybody who has a garden, or the popular city gardens open for planting.

Last weekend was pretty hit and miss, but this weekend was pretty ok. Garden Centers in town are busier than normal these three weeks, with people buying all their plants and flowers and veggie plants.

We had a brief rain squall this morning while I was out at The Mission.

Our planting and growing season is short, so while the getting is good, gardens, and also, the fields up North of Montreal, and in the Townships get down to business. We only get a few good months of growing before we start heading downhill into Fall.

The city spends a good amount of money in planting parks and green spaces with myriads of flowers and greenery, only for the clean up crew that comes through every fall, and just yanks whatever is in the ground, flowers, shoots and roots, and tosses them in trucks for disposal every year.

Along Ste Catherines street, new trees were planted last year as they began to rehab the sidewalks and they put in planters and new trees. They are rebuilding the entire street from East to West over the next three years. They worked on our end of the city already, down at The Forum and Cabot Square, because of all the new condos that have opened over the last three years.

The new Children’s site, where multiple condos are going up as we speak, will bring thousands of new residents to our neighborhood. All those tall buildings are going to kill our most excellent view from our living room.

If you are into fresh foods and veggies, the all important garden markets are in full swing. Up at Jean Talon, on the North End, where Little Italy sits, down near us, the Atwater Market, and up on the Plateau, there is a garden market over at the Mount Royal Metro. I saw that the community garden market down in Little Burgundy was open now, right down the hill from home.

There are several community garden markets and many community gardens that grow food for the people who live here, who, usually cannot afford the prices shops charge for good veggies and fruit and greens.

One of my friends went and got some spice plants and some nice veggies. The community markets open in the spring and offer, FOR FREE, veggies and plants for your kitchen, garden, and for those who have them, balcony gardens.

Very soon … as June opens in a few days, Festival Season begins in Montreal. With the Montreal Grand Prix, the PREMIER event of the Season, down at the race track on Parc Jean Drapeau. The city brings in Millions of dollars on the four day event every year.

If you love music, and you either live here, or close to Montreal, Montreal is the place to be for the summer. The multiple various jazz festivals, both on the English and Francophone sides are popular. These outdoor concerts bring in millions of people to the city every summer. Along with the outdoor offerings are many indoor, ticketed events that cost a little more, but are so worth the price of admission.

There are so many things to do in Montreal in season. There are parks to go to, museums to visit, cafes to eat in, bars to drink in, movies to see, concerts to attend, so many things.

This is our bread and butter, while the weather is good for every conceivable outdoor event you can think of. And only in Montreal, can you climb a mountain in the middle of the city. The biggest green space in the city.

If you have never been to Montreal, or you visit, Montreal is a beautiful city in the Summer. I invite you to come visit. Enjoy all that our city beautiful has to offer. Bring your kids, there are plenty of activities for families across the city, all summer long.

More to come.

Being Kind to Ourselves

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One of my friends said to me earlier that, “my God, the weeks are just flying by!” June is halfway gone, and July is right around the corner. Everybody who lives in the Province of Quebec, loathes the first week of July. Why is that, you ask?

Because July 1st is MOVING DAY in the Province of Quebec.

For those who are green, or think that they absolutely HAVE to MOVE every year, in the month of July … Are the bane of our existences. We’ve been in this same apartment for more than sixteen years, and every year it is the same story.

People have a need to change things up on a yearly basis. BUT, if you have PETS, your chances of finding another home to live in that accepts PETS grows ever slimmer, year by year, as landlords stipulate in their lease agreements that PETS are no longer allowed.

AND we see hundreds upon hundreds of pets left on the street, or dropped in a shelter, where they MAY or MAY NOT be adopted, and therefore end up euthanized later.

UGH !!!

I heard a lady friend ask us tonight if, “we take time to be kind to ourselves?” And I had to stop and think about that for a few moments. Among my things to do on a daily basis, do I take time for me? Sometimes I do not. I can find myself with busy things to do, like chores, or grocery shopping, and cleaning the apartment.

If time allows, whenever that is possible, I nap. Nothing pleases me more than having a couple of free hours to just crawl into bed and sleep. On my days off, we have a built-in nap period, between the hours of 5 and 9.

We don’t usually watch tv, during the day, or early in the evening. Things are pretty quiet around here, and we don’t usually turn the tv on before 9 at night. We like the quiet.

One of my guilty pleasures is reading. It is part of my daily ritual. Indigo Book sellers is my go to book source. This week I selected two titles that seemed appealing. Since I finished Kingpin a few days ago, I am working my way through “Causeway” by Linden MacIntyre. I’ve read every book he’s ever written.

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Here are the books that arrived today.

I love Greek Mythology stories. One of my favorites is the Odyssey. My best friend gave me a copy, when they moved from Montreal, and I have read it several times over. Circe, I’ve been looking at for the past few weeks, and it finally made my read list this week.

The other is the book written by James Clapper. I enjoy reading books written by people who work in high places, and seeing how things work behind the scenes. I had read James Comey’s book a few weeks ago, and it seems now with the I.G. Report, he wasn’t all that honest in his pursuit of justice and transparency.

This afternoon, I took a Metro ride into the village for some shopping and some photography. A part of our city history is being retired at the end of the Summer, so I had to get some photos of the decor that hangs above the Village every Summer.

You can check them out on my Instagram. Over there —> in the sidebar.

Last month I joined The Underwear of the Month Club. The Underwear Expert Club, is an account based site, that men can join, (if you want to join and want a discount, message me)… But you get to choose how many pairs you get every month, what style, color or print, and they send you (with FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING) each month, a box with assorted undies. This is the first time I’ve invested in fashionable and stylish undies.

This is a snapshot of what Montreal is doing right now.

The Summer festival season has begun. The International Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs, and many other music oriented festivals begin in the next few weeks, and the city will be buzzing for sure. If you have never been to Montreal, I highly suggest you take a weekend and come see what we have to offer.

Food, Fun, Museums, Music …

Summer is one of the best times to come visit.

I tend towards Fall myself. I don’t do crowds and crazy.

Thanks for reading.