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Friday, March 11, 2022

Thank you for Thinking of ME!

 Hey guys.   

I just had to take a few minutes to post because I just cannot let what happened today go by without sharing.   Sometimes the gardening community shows how loving and kind it can really be.  

As you read in my last post, our family suffered a tremendous loss recently.   Both of my parents (who, if you follow me regularly, were featured here several times)  lost the fight with covid in December and it has been challenging to come to terms with for our family.   

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a gentleman named Mark.   He is from England, but Tootsie Time was recently recommended to him to help him understand gardening in Canada.   

Mark was touched by my post, and asked if he along with his Canadian counterparts could put together a box of seed packets for me to plant in honour of my mom and dad.  

FIRST of all...I am HONORED that people in the UK even know I exist...much less that they consider me a good source of information!!!   That is the highest flattery I could ever ask for!  

SECOND of all...I am touched that he reached out to me and even offered such a beautiful gesture!

THIRD...The box of seeds that Mark and his colleagues here in Canada put together arrived today.  I had just arrived home from checking on mom and dad's business and home.   I was feeling a little down and this absolutely cheered me up.

Guys, I cannot even tell you how amazed I was when I opened this package.   

My heart is SO full!   There is a mix of herb, flower and vegetable seeds in this box...and it is FULL of all kinds of wonderful things! 


I am just so touched that members of the garden community have reached out to me in such a generous and thoughtful way...THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Mark and all the thoughtful people at Mr Fothergills  in Canada and the UK!

I usually purchase many of my seeds from Mr Fothergills as they are very good quality, and have a huge selection to choose from in veggies, herbs and flowers.   

 I always have good results from their products.   Knowing that the folks there are so kind makes this brand that much more of a favourite for me.

I look forward to finding the perfect spot, and planting something special in memory of my parents.

 I don't know how to express what Mark's gesture meant to me, but I hope he can see how he touched my heart with his thoughtful gesture.   

Until next time...Happy seed shopping!

Lead with a gentle never know the impact you might make.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

RIP Mom and Dad

Friends, I'm struggling to find my way through grief while trying to hang onto hope.
On December 7th 2021 our lives were forever changed.
My little household had, until then, eluded Covid. 
We were happy and doing what we needed to do to get by in the world the way it is.  
I had actually commented at how happy we were and how much I loved my life. 
And then everything changed. 
Not one, but both of my parents became seriously ill with the deadly covid virus and needed to be hospitalized.

We lost Mom on the 17th. 
My sister and I were there with her as she took her last breaths and made sure she knew how much we love her.
On December 30th, again with me and my sister by his side, we also lost Dad. 
The damage caused by covid was too great and we were forced to made the decision to say goodbye to them both. 
There is some comfort in knowing that they are together forever in heaven, but their deaths have left a hole in our hearts.
My parents did everything together. They were rarely apart for more than a few hours. They were soulmates. 

Our family has been devastated. 
Their community is in a state of shock. 
My dad was a very gifted mechanic. He was creative and fun loving and could fix almost anything. He loved nature, junkin, music and being silly. He and my mom were active in their community. 

My Mom was so many things, a mother, daughter, sister, friend, grandmother…but what she was best know for was being an incredible business woman. She took a store that many would have walked away from and built it into a very successful enterprise. 
Her business sense was inspiring to so many. Her store is known near and far and her contribution to the community will never be forgotten.

We will be holding onto all of the good memories of both mom and dad as we learn to live in a world without them in it.
This has been such a challenging time. Trying to balance grief and hope while going into autopilot to do things that need to be done regarding their home, and business.

So, needless to say, We have not made any new progress on the old house, and are waiting until things settle down to get started.
If there’s anything I have learned from all of this, it’s not to take anything for granted. 
Tomorrow is not promised. 
Be careful to always make sure your words are kind and that a person’s true character is revealed during times of crisis.  There is NEVER an excuse for abuse.
 Rest In Peace mom and dad. We love you and will miss you both.

Friends… I hope your family’s are safe and healthy. That you enjoy time together and appreciate every minute.  Stay close to the ones who love you and love them back.

Life is incredibly short. Live your best life and lead with a gentle heart. 

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