On Dreams: my plans to move to south east asia

If you’re new to following my blog (thank you for supporting my journey, I do truly appreciate each of my followers -and please feel free to tell a friend, I try to keep my topics relevant and authentic to me as a person and life), then you likely know that I am …. wait for it …. an empty nester (gasp!)

Yes, at the ripe old age of 42, I was an empty nester – my youngest spread her wings and flew the coup in the Fall of 2016 when she decided to go to Ryerson University in Toronto (at the time we were living in Manitoba). And my oldest flew off to Ottawa for school in 2012.  So, for the last year and a half, I have been trying to “do me” … I’ve been trying to do the things I like and love to do, take up new hobbies and interests.  I’ve been catching up with old friends and making new ones, trying to travel more and have been thinking about what I want my future to look like.

Which was an interesting question, what did I want my future to look like?  When did I want to retire?  Where?  Is it a reality?

“Don’t live the same day over and over again and call that a life. Life is about evolving mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.”
Germany Kent

I’ve been working since the age of 13.  First as a Waitress in catering (I even served alcohol to the armouries – I don’t even think that was legal lol), then at a pizza shop where the Manager saw fit to leave the new kid in charge by herself on her 4th day – I was 15.  I worked as a Cashier at Canadian Tire through my high school years.  I went to College, and started working full-time by the time I was 20 at variety of law firms, the government, and insurance companies.

This brings me to June 2018 … I want to retire or at least semi-retire and I want to travel.  Enter, South East Asia.  Many of you are likely wondering why SEAsia and others of you are likely aware of the absolute wonders of living there.

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I have spent months (probably about 6-7 months) researching living and working as an ex pat there.  Reading every article, statistic, blog and watching many YouTube channels from those who are also living as ex pats in places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali and Thailand.  Not only are these episodes entertaining, but, they give you a real life peek into their everyday lives insofar as living in those places – the benefits of course and some of the struggles of being a foreigner.

FAQs as I have been slowly sharing this dream with ppl:

Which Countries comprise SEAsia?

Mainland SEAsia includes: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and West Malaysia.

Maritime SEAsia includes: Indonesia, East Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, Christmas Island, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Taiwan is also included by many anthropologists.

What will you do your first year?

The first year I would like to do nothing but TRAVEL – I’m so excited to explore this part of the world, the culture, the people, but most of all the FOOD – I’m a huuuuge foodie ….  authentic Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine got me like “let’s go”.  I’d definitely have no problem filling my first 12 months up with things to do and places to go … that is for sure not the problem – the problem would be knowing that I would have to stop the full-time traveling and put down a root or two so I can work.  My own kind of Eat, Pray, Love kinda deal …

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What would you do for work?

I’ve done tons of research, and to be honest, I’m not too concerned about finding employment once I’m over there – most countries are in search of native English speaking individuals to work at schools, businesses, online work and in the hotel industry – the best part is that I wouldn’t have to work full-time, so there’s still time to explore.

Where would you lay roots?

If I had a choice, I’d settle a root or two in Vietnam – likely starting off in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) but ideally ending up in Da Nang.  Da Nang especially appeals to me because it marks the halfway point between the capital city in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam with about a million ppl.  Bordering the city are long ranges of mountains to the west and the East Sea to the East.  It’s also well known for its beautiful beaches. Plus, it has an international airport, so that’s excellent for flights back to Canada or travel to other countries.

How often would you come home?

Right now I’m thinking I would come back to Canada during the summer months (obviously while it’s hot here and to avoid rainy season there – which runs roughly between June and October), to spend time with family and friends.  See my rugrats and maybe do a bit of exploring around Canada with them.

Won’t you miss your family and friends?

What kind of question is that? Yes, of course I will, madly.  But with the advent of FaceTime and Skype I’ll probably talk to them more there than I do here lol.

Plus, many ppl do this everyday – move away from “home”, whether it’s to America, the other side of the country, France, Egypt, Japan, moving your consulting business to Mexico (yes, these are all ppl I know who’ve done it) so, if they can do it why can’t I move to  SEAsia? It’s a fact of life, it changes.

I’m hoping to rent a two bedroom apt, so I can host family and friends who’d like to visit.

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When is this happening?

I’d like to leave tmrw, but, reality dictates in about 3 years – which is longer than I’d like – but you know …. cash is King and I gotta keep saving,

Why are you doing this?

At the end of the day, you can’t deny yourself your best life or your dreams for fear of upsetting other ppl.  This is YOUR LIFE.  YOURS and nobody else’s.  Don’t let other ppl tell you you can’t do it or it’s not a good idea – because they’re afraid to fly.  No one is holding you back. You are the only one that is responsible for what you can and cannot do.

People think those who achieve their dreams are special people who have a certain formula. Truth is when you pursue your dreams, sometimes formulas work. Sometimes they don’t. That’s how new formulas are created. That’s how you improve. Create your own formula to achieve your dreams.

IF you’re thinking of doing something like this, just remember, NOTHING is permanent, you can always come back home. But in the meantime … fly 🙂

Anyone out there right now living abroad and have some insight to share?

Namaste

T xo

 

 

 

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On Health: Why I’m Choosing Complimentary Care

It’s been a while since my last blog entry, I’ve been feeling so many different things lately, and as I started to type I thought I was actually going to talk about empty nest syndrome, or my plans to move to South East Asia in a few years … but as I started – I realized … “I’m really f@cking tired, but can’t sleep, so why don’t you write about your struggles from a health perspective”?

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The biggest thing I’ve been struggling with is profound fatigue – as in fatigue that isn’t relieved by rest – and being in a state of constant reduced energy, motivation and concentration.

I’ve been working on replenishing my iron counts (for nearly 2 years now with no success) and my adrenal levels (most recently) which to be honest for the most part, until that happens, leaves me spent by the end of the work day – who am I kidding – I’m spent the minute I open my eyes in the morning.

As a point of reference, I had lab work done 2 months ago, my iron/ferritin count was at 13 —- 13, when the max range is 250 – I was a 13 – and this was taking 2 ferrous gluconate tabs per day – imagine if I didn’t take any at all?  I’d need a blood transfusion!  No wonder I was dragging my butt around!

I went back to see my new GP, whom I was excited to see – we knew the issue, my iron counts were low (again) – he’d make some wonderful new recommendations and after 2 years of struggling with this – I’d be on the road to recovery  …. ahhh not so fast ….. as if it would be that easy … during my 15 minute slotted appointment with him, he seemed to not hear me and how I was telling him I was feeling (I know my body, its been mine for 43 years – and he’s known me 5 whole minutes).  His  response was that my counts are low  (thanks Captain Obvious) and to take iron supplements – I remind him that I am – 2 per day – already – and my counts are still this low – and I’m still struggling – his solution is to tell me to remain on the 2 iron tabs and he referred me to a Gynaecologist and for an ultrasound because I may have additional bleeding causing my iron levels to drop …. that’s it – no immediate recommendations, no take more of this or add this to your diet or take this supplement — as swiftly as he came into the room, he was gone 😦

So, off I went, had the ultrasound … as an aside he has not called me yet to review the results (I need to call their office) and I’m still waiting for this specialist appt – dollars to donuts – his office has forgotten to follow up, they’re not the most organized of offices – sigh. This was all over a month ago, and I have continued to drag my butt around with no relief in sight. In fact, I felt it was getting worse because my sleep was poorer than usual – the feeling of being utterly exhausted and then not being able to sleep is one of the crappiest things I’ve ever experienced – I actually started to feel intoxicated and couldn’t complete sentences.  I caught myself making mistakes at work and would come home after work most nights and crawl into bed.  It literally felt as if I was wasting my days away because I couldn’t function normally.  I don’t know why I am speaking in the past tense here, this is still the case, despite my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts telling you contrarily.

Today for instance – I started actually writing this last night (and by last night I mean Wednesday lol) – I couldn’t finish because I was exhausted and had a headache. Came home from work at 5:10’ish and have been in bed completely spent since.

It wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago that I was at work assessing a claim – so for background purposes I work as a Disability Claims Adjudicator for an insurance company – the claim was for an individual who was experiencing similar signs and symptoms as I was i.e. chronic fatigue, loss of energy, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, leg cramps, insomnia, low blood pressure, intolerance to heat or cold, weight gain (abdominal) and a few more I may be forgetting.  I was quite literally at my desk saying to myself “omg, this is me” — I scrolled down to the diagnosis section – she had Addison’s Disease – I wondered – could I have Addison’s?

Since I was getting no immediate help from my family physician (and listen, I get it, they’re crunched for time, don’t have the time to spend with each patient that they really need to in order to best understand their history and active symptomology – I work in disability claims – I see this on the daily), but in this case – it’s ME.  I decided to advocate for myself and for my health and decided while my GP was barking up one tree, I was gonna bark up another.  I decided to visit a Naturopath last Wednesday – so 1 week ago today (assuming I finish this blog today lol)  Update: no I didn’t, it’s now Saturday lol.

Screen Shot 2018-06-09 at 2.57.11 PMShe spent an hour with me going over my personal history, my life, what I had/have been going through in my life the last few weeks and months, prior health issues, family history etc … she performed a Postural Blood Pressure test (so … when we stand up, those of you who are in good health experience an almost immediate rise in blood pressure. In contrast, adrenal fatigue sufferers will see no change in their blood pressure, or even a slight fall. In very general terms, a larger drop in blood pressure signifies a more severe case of adrenal fatigue) – my systolic fell from 110 to 90 in that split second!  The thing is when your body isn’t producing enough cortisol, it does’t respond properly.

The first thing I was glad to hear is that she could help me (yes!) and that she felt in addition to severe anemia I was suffering from adrenal fatigue.  This was new to me and news to me.  Why had my MD (medical doctor) not suggested this as a differential diagnosis?  Well … it seems that the vast majority of MDs don’t believe the condition is real.  Yet, if you see a naturopath or a complementary (non-mainstream) medicine doctor, they might suggest that you have adrenal fatigue.

So What's The Theory Behind It?

Your body’s immune system responds by slowing down when you’re under stress. Your adrenal glands (which are small organs above your kidney, respond to stress by releasing hormones like cortisol). They regulate your blood pressure and how your heart works.

According to the theory – as per James Wilson, PhD, a naturopath and expert in alternative medicine who coined the syndrome in ’98 –  if you have long-term stress your adrenal glands can’t continuously produce the extra cortisol you need to feel good. So adrenal fatigue sets in.  There’s no approved test for adrenal fatigue. Blood tests can’t detect a small drop in adrenal production.

More and more, I have been seeking out traditional, natural alternatives to healing my body (acupuncture, cupping, chiropractic and reiki).  For thousands of years, we’ve been doing this – the use of herbs, for example, vastly pre-dates modern pharma therapy. The use of body therapies like massage and acupuncture goes back for thousands of years – plus, I want to fix the issues not simply mask the symptoms.  So, I was agreeable to taking Adreset® which is designed to support resilience and stamina in individuals who are feeling mild weakness and fatigue due to stress and a tincture called St Francis Femance Excess Flow (Capsella Combo) which is a formula for individuals who experience excessive menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) or irregularity in their menstrual cycle – so my MD was in the right area thinking this – cause clearly the ND (naturopathic doctor) thought the same thing.

I started taking them the following morning (2 Adreset capsules and 30 drops of Capsella tincture three times per day).  We are now at 9 days post-commencement and I can honestly say that I am starting to regain some of my energy, the operative word here being some – but, the way I see it, it’s better than none.  She told me to would take about two weeks to start feeling a significant effect.  I feel more refreshed upon waking, I don’t feel like I’m in a constant haze/brain fog – I have more clarity, I have enough energy to come home from work and rest but not actually have to take a nap and to get suff done on weekends as supposed to resting for two days straight – today I actually cleaned my whole condo from top to bottom 🙂

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison

So, so far so good … I am liking the complimentary medicine approach.  In my experience, many don’t understand the positive aspects of choosing natural treatments and alternative medicine over conventional treatment – it’s a shame that Western society has taken this approach.  As part of my work, I often see/hear physicians instructing their patients not to use complimentary services. People in Western countries like the United States and Canada mainly consider these treatments outside the mainstream, or “alternative.”  Which is truly a shame, they should want the best for their patients regardless of treatment modality – we’re just a part of big business, I suppose.

Do many of you seek alternative treatments?  What are your thoughts?  Do you suggest any that I haven’t yet tried?

Namaste

T xo

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On Travel: Cuba, Authentico!

It’s miserable out as I write this – it’s cold and snowing.  Just yesterday I was in Cuba and today … back to reality.

I hadn’t been to Cuba in about 17 years – but my best memory is that of an aqua blue ocean, sugar-white beaches and mojitos – so, I was anxious to get back there.  The last time I was in Cuba I stayed in Holguín at Hotel Club Amigo Atlantico  in Guardalavaca on the south eastern side of the island.  This time we chose Varadero.


Goals

  1. Relax ✅
  2. Enjoy the weather ✅
  3. Spend some quality time with the kiddos ✅
  4. Visit Hanava ✅
  5. Sip a mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio OR a daiquiri at El Floridita. ❎

Weather

The weather, apart from the odd afternoon overcast, was great – weather ranged from 25º to 29º degrees.  Seasonal temps for March are 29º (h) and 19º (l) – this is their winter season – but for this typical Canadian the weather was perfect – not too hot, a nice breeze and the odd reprieve from the sun with just enough cloud cover for just the perfect amount of time.  It did rain twice – but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits or our spirits 😉 – Get it? You know like their famed ron?  Jk


Hotel Review: Palma Real

We stayed at the Allegro Palma Real – which has just been purchased from Gran Caribe – it’s a 3* resort situated a 5 minute walk from the beach on the Atlantic Ocean coast, this low-key all-inclusive resort definitely needs some updating.  I’d say to anyone traveling and staying at this particular resort “know your priorities and set your expectations”.

The Palma Real is inexpensive [I paid $625 CDN (taxes in) for a week, all inclusive], close to the beach, nightlife in town and local restaurants.

The food at the resort is meh.  The buffet serves pretty much the same menu all week and is fairly bland – we brought hot sauce from home – which helped a smidge.  I saw some who brought Cheese Whiz, Mayonnaise, mustard, jam, peanut butter and Heinz ketchup with them.

IMG_1276.jpgThe rooms are a little tired, but the pool areas are good – at least there are separate pools for those who just wanna chill and those who don’t -as you can imagine the pool bar is a popular place.  Con:  It closes at 5:00 PM even though the pool is open til 6:00 PM.  The beach area is really nice – the walk to the beach was littered with refuse though.  The service is hit and miss – our service was typically good.  The night shows are poor – we went to 1/2 of one (that’s right, we couldn’t even stay for the whole show), I think 15 guests were in the audience.

Opinion (like it matters lol): If you’re priority is to find a place that is inexpensive and well located, it works. This hotel is not directly on the beach but it does offer some of the best value Varadero has to offer.

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Day Trip to 🎶Havana ooh na na🎶

We booked our full day trip to Havana via Cuba Among Cuba.  It had great reviews online (5* rating on Trip Advisor).  I emailed Randy and within a 10 minutes email exchange our day trip to La Habana was booked.  I was really pumped for our PRIVATE  tour of Havana – cost was 140 CUC for the 3 of us for a full day private tour – guide and taxi included.

Our vintage ’57 Ford picked us up in the hotel lobby at 8:00 AM – our tour guide’s name IMG_1411was David.  It’s about an hour and half drive to Havana (they actually call it La Habana) We stopped at look out spot in Matanzas (Puente de Bacunayagua) which has a stunning view of the whole valley – very pretty!

We started off at the Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro (Fort Morro) and the statue of The Christ of Havana (Cristo de La Habana).  David tells us that locals suggest that the statue was sculpted to depict a cigar in the right hand and a mojito in the left hand, honouring popular Cuban culture – I can totally see that 🙂

We walked threw an open-air military museum just outside the El Morro Fort. It’s an open-air collection of weaponry (mostly Soviet) from the days of the Cuban missile crisis. The infamous missiles that brought the world to the knees of a nuclear war are also peacefully lying here in the weeds (without the nuclear load). There are also the remains of an America spy plane shot over Cuba at that time.

Our taxi driver made his way to new Havana where we drove up the the famed Malecón seaside boulevard. David tells us that the waves that hit Havana with Hurricane Irma in Sept 2017 reached over 10 metres (over 30 ft) and crashed through the seawall flooding all of old Havana. The water pushed about a third of a mile inland into low-lying neighbourhoods and adjoining towns. It took 2 days to recede.

IMG_1436We walked around the emblematic Plaza de la Revolución.  I didn’t quite get the hype it just looked like a huge parking lot across from a modern tower with a statue in front of it (the José Martí Memorial) – but on special occasions the Cubans gather there.  At the time of our arrival – there was at least 25-30 classic cars in the parking lot (they serve as taxis) – most North Americans clambered to get pics with them – for us – this is a “classic car show”, to them – this is “normal”.  

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Afterward we went for lunch at a private paladare (restaurant) which is in the bottom of  private home – Cuba’s enterprising cooks open their homes as a way to become entrepreneurs. The food was good, the best we’ve had here all week – it had flavour and was well cooked.  For 20 CUC we got an alcoholic beverage, a choice of soup, an entree (choice between seafood, chicken, pork or lamb),  rice and beans and a mini mixed salad, it also included dessert and a tea/coffee.

From there we went to Old Havana which was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.  We learned of Cuba´s colonial history up to the US invasion and occupation of the island in 1898, the revolution, the Cuban Missile Crisis from their perspective and the US trade embargo.  We also got to see the non-restored areas and how the less-privileged live.

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We walked around Old Havana´s most emblematic squares: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral.

We saw the famous Ambos Mundos Hotel and the famous bars La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita, both spots frequented by Ernest Hemingway.  Hemingway wrote his most famous work, The Old Man and the Sea while residing in Cuba.  At La Bodeguita del Medio, it’s the tradition to drink your mojito and sign your name on the wall(s).

Hemingway is forever linked with La Bodeguita del Medio for drinking his mojitos there (which is where mojitos were apparently invented), but the man enjoyed his daiquiris at El Floridita. Which we also went to, I was hoping to have a daquari in there – which he is said to have perfected – however, it was PACKED!  So, the best I got was a selfie with I Hemingway’s statue.

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An interesting fact I learned as we passed the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery).  Firstly, there are nearly 2 million people in this cemetery (800,000 graves and 1 million interments) – an insane amount of people! Secondly, space in the Colon Cemetery is obviously at a premium and as such after 2 years remains are removed from their tombs by family members and buried elsewhere – in order to make room for new interments. If they are unable to do so, the care taker is able to do that for a fee. Of note: Fidel Castro is not buried here, according to his Will, he elected for cremation.

In between squares we got to see the daily life struggles of the common citizen and saw a typical Cuban Flea Market – where they grabbed the daily groceries – they typically use the old Cuban peso.  We went to the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force) which was originally built to defend against attack by pirates.  It’s a beautifully preserved old fortress with a circling mote – wish we had a bit more time to explore here.

From there were went to Centro Habana (Havana from the early 20th century) where we visited to the outdoor areas of the Museum of the Revolution (former Presidential Palace) and the Granma Memorial. Walked around and saw Parque Central, Great Theatre of Havana, Capitol Building.

Opinion:  Definitely get in touch with Randy Montero Garcia at Cuba Among Cubans for your tour of Havana, ask for David – however I’m sure that any of the guides are more than willing to tour you around Havana or Varadero.  5*’s in my book!


What’s your favourite place in Cuba?

Namaste

T xo

 

 

 

 

On Health: My 30 day Trial of the Whole Food, Plant Based Diet

Last week myself along with about 19 other colleagues started a trial whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet.  The trial is for one month, and we are to stick to the diet with a rule 28059422_10156014712985168_2262040742645808080_nof 80/20.

8 days in and I am starting to believe more than ever that so much of what we eat and how we think about eating and food is far removed from food’s primary purpose: which is to nourish our bodies.  I used to think of food as an event (going out for dinner), or a fancy smancy new place to try, or to be honest a pain in the a$s because I really detest cooking – but not for what it’s truly supposed to do.

I think most everybody has watched the documentary on Netflix called Forks Over Knives (FoK) by now – if you haven’t I STRONGLY recommend you do.  Even if you don’t do the WFPB thing – it will at least help you make better food choices going forward and cause you to pause before you eat. The best we can hope for is to make more informed decisions about what we choose to put in our bodies.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past little while FoK essentially talks about how researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

What To Eat and What Not to Eat, That is the Question!

The WFPB lifestyle (I’m not calling it a diet, because this is not a fad, this is a lifestyle change … for the better) means that for the next 3 more weeks we can not eat:

Animal products

  • no meat (red, white or fish) – the doctor monitoring our program says to eat nothing from anything that had a pulse or parents
  • no dairy products

No (or minimal) processed foods

  • oils
  • and pretty much most things in the middle aisles of the grocery store – which I already tried to do anyway

So, what do I eat?

  • It’s pretty simple: whole, unrefined plants. That’s it.

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Why Did I Agree to the Trial?

Each of us in the study group decided to participate for our own varying reasons.  Mine was to lose weight, get out of this general feeling of unwellness/malaise that I have been feeling and to kick start my metabolism – the way I used to feel – full of life and energy to burn.

The documentaries and research I’ve watched/read were information insofar as the benefits to living this lifestyle.  Some of the documented benefits to a WFPB diet include:

  • an increase in energy and alertness, weight loss
  • decreased pain, inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol to name a few

And most importantly a reduced risk of:

  • Some cancers, coronary artery disease, type II diabetes as well as proven reversal of: inflammatory bowel disease, Coronary artery disease and Type II diabetes

Armed with this information, I was eager to get started – I headed out to pick up some new cookbooks.

My 3 faves are: Forks Over Knives (Spring Edition), Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (this is actually quite entertaining) and Rawlicious.    

I re-watched all of the documentaries on Netflix such as: FoK, Fed Up, Food Inc, Sick Fat and Nearly Dead I and II.

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.- Hippocrates

So, What Are My Findings to Date?

A week in and this is what I am finding so far:

1- Because I have eliminated processed foods which are usually loaded with sodium, and oils I find food a lot more bland now.  Pro is that I am learning to cook with a lot more spices.  My taste buds are adapting and I am enjoying the natural taste of the food as they were intended not drenched in olive oil etc.

2- I haven’t had any headaches or anything from the detoxing effects – this is probably because I gave up coffee about 6 months ago and turned back to green teas.

3- Dining out while eating plant-based can be wholesome and enjoyable – said no body in their first week of this diet!  Many restaurants now offer vegan options, but mainstream menus aren’t yet created with WFPB diets in mind.  So when I’m out I mainly stick to salads or veggie sides.  There’s actually a great restaurant where I am from called Rawlicious – it’s a raw vegan restaurant – there are locations across Ontario and New York, I believe.

4- To be successful, you need to be planful – you need to make time to meal prep your lunches and dinners.  Most of my breakfasts consists of either an Ezekiel 4:9 bread with homemade almond butter, banana, crushed mixed nuts and hemp and a bit of agave nectar OR a homemade carrot cake oatmeal bowl.  Instead of allowing myself to get overwhelmed by all of the reductions to my menu, I am keeping it simple by just continuing to make the things I like which are WFPB or modify them in ways that they can be made into WFPB.

5- I am drinking a lot more water than I ever have – I’m not yet at the recommended 72 oz of water per day, but I’m at about 60 oz, I’m inching closer to that goal.

6- Any “sweet tooth” I have, can usually be cured by my new fave – dairy free – ice cream and it’s super simple.  Frozen strawberries, frozen banana and a bit on homemade cashew milk.  Ta-da!

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I will keep you posted as the remainder of this trial unfolds – I am anxious to get to the end to see if I actually can see and feel a difference by putting the right kinds of foods into my body and to see if there’s a difference both on the scale and in some of my blood work.

Have any of you tried the WFPB diet yet?  Any recipes to share?

Namaste

T xo

 

On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution

I took a bit of a break from my close relatives because I found another interesting leaf hint and decided to follow it.  I saw this one before, but, I felt I would have to do a lot of research so I passed.  Then I came across something else on the same person and decided to go with it … it might be interesting — and it was.

For this story, you’ll have to put on your history caps and go with me all the way back to the American Revolution.  Now, I am Canadian – I haven’t studied American history in depth but we did certainly cover it in grade 11 world history.

The American Revolution (1775-83) which is also referred to as the American Revolutionary War OR the U.S. War of Independence was essentially a civil war based on who would rule in the Thirteen Colonies. France entered the American Revolution on the side of the colonists in 1778, turning what had essentially been a civil war into an international conflict. After French assistance helped the Continental Army force the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, the Americans had effectively won their independence, though fighting would not formally end until 1783  (http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/american-revolution-history).

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My Connection to The Loyalist and The Spy

Edward Hicks Sr. + Elvina Cornell (Gen 6)

See below for story of Edward Hicks – The Loyalist

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Joseph Hicks + Elizabeth Loose (Gen 5)

( Joseph Hicks was born in  1767 in Albany, NY, and died in 1815 in Marysburgh, Prince Edwards, Ontario, Canada) 

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U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989 New York
Schenectady
Schenectady Marriages, Vol 5, Book 45

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Sarah Hicks + Roger Moore (Gen 4)

Olive Moore + Ambrose Richards (Gen 3)

George Richards + Cecilia McKenzie  (Gen 4)

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Ambrose Richards + Angelina Mullin (Gen 3)

Benjamin Richards + Sarah Lee (Gen 2)

Patrick Richards + Mona Lamothe (Gen 1)

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MOI

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More About Edward Hicks Sr. My 6x Great Grand Father – The Loyalist

Edward Hicks was born on May 2, 1736, in Suffolk, New York, USA.

Edward married Elizabeth Elvina Levina Cornell in 1758 at the age of 22 in New York.  Elizabeth is the daughter of Samuel Mott Cornell and Hannah Cornwall.

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1758 – marriage between Edward & Elvina


Children of Edward and Elvina:
1 – 1759 his son Benjamin Hicks was born in Long Island, NY, died in 1835 in Marysburgh, Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada.
2 – 1760 his son Edward (The Spy) Hicks was born in Albany, NY, died in 1832 in Marysburgh, Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada.
3 – 1762 his daughter Mary Hicks was born in Albany, New York, died in 1804 in Athens, Leeds, Ontario, Canada
4 – 1765 his son David Hicks was born in Albany New York.
5 – 1767 his son Joseph Hicks was born in Albany, NY, and died in 1815 in Marysburgh, Prince Edwards, Ontario, Canada.
6 – 1769 his son Daniel Hicks was born in Albany, NY. and died in 1821 in Hallowell, Ontario, Canada.
7 -1771 his daughter Elizabeth Hicks was born in Albany, NY. her death was in 1807.
8 -1774 his son Joshua Hicks was born in Sugar Run, Bradford Cty, PA., died in 1838 in Marysburgh, Prince Edwards, Ontario, Canada.

He was a member of the Society of Friends.

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U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935

—– Edward Hicks was an entrepeneur who not only settled on the frontier, but was also actively involved in organizing settlements in the frontier. The Hicks’ had 600 acres of frontier lands on the Susquehannah.  When the lands were laid out in 1774 and subsequently settled in 1775, he was one of the principle organizers, becoming in the process the first white settler in Wilmot Township, Bradbury County PA.

—–There is also evidence that Edward developed land in New York, especially with George Hicks in that part of New York which ultimately became part of New Hampshire. He may have done this also around Dutchess County.  The Susquehannah lands were part of the Connecticut and Pennsylvania lands settlement. The indications are that those enterprises in which Edward Hicks was involved were on a very large scale.

—-There is much debate on who Edward’s parents are.  The one I’ve seen online from a John Hicks – is that he is a descendant of Thomas Hicks.  How does an ordinary farm boy learn to do this all of this development? From whence the inspiration? It would certainly help if your grandfather were Thomas Hicks, land developer and Judge, whose activities in developing vast acreages of land are well documented. Thomas of course was Isaac’s father and this activity of Edward, so resembles that of Thomas Hicks.

—- We do know that he took his entire family including his wife Levina and eight children into the Pennsylvania wilderness in 1775, built a home and cleared land, and fed and clothed them and all of them survived.

—–In about March of 1777, before the breakup of the ice in the Susquehannah he and his two oldest sons joined with other loyalists along the river to travel from their homestead at the mouth of the Sugar Run (across from present day Wyalusing PA) with horses to Fort Niagara (Near present day Lewiston NY).

—–At the end of the summer’s campaign the Susquehannah men in Butler’s Rangers received permission to return to the Susquehannah to evacuate their families. Edward Hicks was among these and was captured by the Westmoreland militia as he was nearing home in late December 1777 or early January 1778. He remained in custody until his death in 1778 or 1779. There are accounts of both years. I am inclined to accept 1778 as it appears that Levina remarried in September of 1779.

—–Before the War, Edward Hicks’s home was known to be a safe house for loyalists to King George (Tories) as they made their way from Philadelphia into the interior, even to the Ohio valley. George Washington was not very pleased about this.

—–When in 1779 General Sullivan was ordered to take an army of 10,000 men up the Susquehannah to destroy the Indian villages and any remants of the Tories and their homesteads he is said to have stopped outside of Wyalusing in mid September. There is no doubt that the Hicks homestead received a special inspection and treatment at that time.

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Per the Revolutionary War Records Edwd Hicks Senr, was listed as a Private paid  £ 30.8 at the rate of 2 shillings per day for 204 days of service from Dec 25 1777 to October 24 1778 (Pay Rolls of Butler’s Rangers 1777-1778).

Benjamin Hicks was listed as a Private in Captain William Caldwell’s Company of Butler’s Rangers paid £30.8 at the rate of 2 shillings per day for 304 days of service from 25 Dec 1777 to 24 Oct 1778. (Pay Rolls of Butler’s Rangers 1777-1778)

Edwd Hicks Junr, Private, taken on the Susquehana Jany 1778, named in “A List of Persons in the hands of the Congress belonging to the Corps of Rangers, Royalists & their Families”.  He was listed in Private Captain William Caldwell’s Coy of Butler’s Rangers and paid at the rate of 2 shillings per day for 304 days of service from December 25 1777 to 1778 (Pay Rolls of Butler’s Rangers 1777-1778).  He was taken prisoner 3rd of January 1778, returned and present at Muster 5th November 1779  £377.3 (Pay to Rangers taken prisoner and casualties).

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Butler’s Rangers –  Walter Butler’s Coy.

[Extract]

We the undermentioned Commissioned & non Commissioned Officers & Privates of Captain Walter BUTLER’s Company of Rangers do acknowledge to have received from John BUTLER Esqr. Major Commandant of the Corps of Rangers the full amount of our Pay from 24th December 1777 to 24th October 1778 inclusive.

commencing Ending
Captain Walter BUTLER 25 Decr. 1777 24 Octr. 1778
1st Lieutenant Andrew THOMPSON      do      do
2d Lieutenant Philip FREY      do 21 May 1778
Sgt Moses MOUNTAIN      do 24 Octr. 1778
Sgt Randle McDANNEL      do      do
Sgt Lewis MABEE      do      do
Cpl Henry PUTNAM      do      do
Cpl Thomas McCORMICK 25 June 1778      do
Cpl Jacob FREDERICK 25 Decr. 1777      do
Peter MILLER      do      do
Harmanus HOUSE      do      do
John SMYTH      do      do
Michael MORIN      do      do
John LORD      do      do
Hugh JONES      do      do
George HOUSE      do      do
John HOUSE      do      do
John DAVIS      do      do
Joseph SIRN      do 24 June 1778
Joseph PAGE      do 24 Octr. 1778
Derck BELL      do      do
Thomas YOLE      do      do
George STEWART      do      do
Emanuel HUMFRIES      do      do
Frederick WINTER      do      do
Henry WINTER      do      do
John RICHART      do      do
Nicholas PHILIPS, Senr.      do      do
John YARNS      do      do
Adam BOWMAN, Junr.      do      do
Jacob BRUNNER      do      do
Redman BERRY      do      do
Charles ANGER      do      do
Henry WINDECKER      do      do
John YOUNGS      do      do
Thomas SILK      do      do
Jacob TAKE      do      do
John SEACORD, Senr.      do      do
John SEACORD, Junr.      do      do
Solomon SEACORD 25 Decr. 1777 24 June 1778
Stephen SEACORD      do 24 Octr. 1778
David SEACORD      do      do
Silas SEACORD      do 24 June 1778
Peter SEACORD      do 24 Octr. 1778
Jacob BOWMAN      do      do
Peter SIMMON      do      do
John PHILIPS      do      do
Jacob ENGUSH      do      do
Robert FARRINGTON      do      do
Henry SMITH      do      do
Adin SEABIE      do      do
Nicholas PHILIPS, Senr.      do      do
Conrad SILL      do      do
Joshua BEABIE      do      do
Abraham WARTMAN      do      do
Augustus ANGER      do      do
Edward HICKS, Senr.      do      do
Charles DEPUE      do      do
Thomas GRIFFIS      do      do

Great Britain, British Library, Additional Manuscripts, No. 21765, folios 44-45.

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Butler’s Rangers – Caldwell’s Coy.

[Extract]

We the undermentioned Commissioned & non Commissioned Officers & Privates of Captain William CALDWELL’s Company of Rangers do acknowledge to have received from John BUTLER Esqr. Major Commandant of a Corps of Rangers the full amount of our Pay from 24th December 1777 to 24th October 1778 inclusive.

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Captain William CALDWELL 25 Decr. 1777 24 Octr. 1778
1st Lieutenant Bernard FREY      do      do
2d Lieutenant Peter HARE      do      do
Serjt. Frederick DOCKSTEDER      do      do
Serjt. Daniel YOUNG      do      do
Serjt. Joseph PETRIE      do      do
Corpl. Benjamin McKAY      do      do
Corpl. Benjamin DAVIS      do      do
Corpl. James WILSON      do      do
Henry SIMMON      do      do
Adam BOWMAN, Senr.      do      do
Isaac VOLKENBURG      do      do
John HOVER      do      do
Jacob BOWMAN, Junr.      do      do
Stephen FERRINGTON      do      do
Oldrick SHATT      do      do
George KINTNER      do      do
Robert REYNOLDS      do      do
Philip BUCH      do      do
Edward HICKS      do      do
Frederick FRANK      do      do
Frederick SMITH      do      do
Jacob HUNTINGER      do      do
Benjamin HICKS      do      do
John TOPP      do      do
John CARLOCK      do 31 July 1778
James BAKER      do 24 Octr. 1778
Henry TEAL      do 24 June 1778
John CLAUS      do 24 Octr. 1778
Frederick VANDERLIP      do      do
William QUACK      do      do
John McDONNEL      do      do
John MOSS      do      do
Peter McDONNEL      do      do
Jacob SPARBECK      do      do
John STEPHENS      do      do
William BUSH      do      do
James DAWSON      do 24 April 1778
John PARKER      do 24 Octr. 1778
David BRASS 25 Decr. 1777 24 June 1778
Adam KRYSLER      do 18 May 1778
David HOLLAND      do 31  do
Thomas BROOKS      do 24 Octr. 1778
Henry BOSS      do      do
James EMPSON      do      do
Robert CAMPBELL      do      do
James BROWN      do      do
Charles SMITH 25 June 1778      do
Abner SPENCER 25 Decr. 1777 31 May 1778
Thomas McCORMICK      do 24 June 1778
William SMITH 30  do 31 May 1778
Frederick SEGAR      do 24 Octr. 1778
Richard McGINNES      do      do
James CROWDER      do      do
Isaac CROWDER      do      do
William NEWBERRY      do 24 June 1778
John SMITH 25 June 1778 24 Octr. 1778
John TURNEY, Junr.      do      do
Pay of 3 Contingent Men 25 Decr. 1777      do
 Great Britain, British Library, Additional Manuscripts, No. 21765, folios 64-65.

He was was captured along with his son, Edward Jr, who were both sentenced to death. Edward Sr was hung in 1778 in Minisink (a town located in southwest Orange County, New York) as a traitor, but his widow and sons escaped to Canada. Details of his death cannot be proved conclusively – nor that I have found to date.  I can’t find much that they “escaped” to Canada, but it stands to reason.

Edward was later officially recognized as a U.E. Loyalist, so his widow and children were compensated for their losses with extensive land grants in Marysburg, Prince Edward Co, Ontario —- thus originating an extensive Ontario Hicks line.

Possible verification of Edward Jr’s arrest is as follows: (Hist of Kuykendall Fam, by G B Kuykendall, Kilham Stan & Prnt Co, Portland, OR, 1919, p 331 & 332) Wilhelmus Kuykendall – The next pension claim found was that of Wilhelmus Kuykendall. His application was made October 9, 1832. In his “statement” he said that he “Entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated; he resided in the town of Minisink, Orange county, and state of New York, and in 1778 went into service under Lieutenant Martyn Decker; went in pursuit of Robert Land and Edward Hix, who were sent from New York to carry dispatches to the Indians at Niagara, and captured said Land and Hix and delivered them over to Lieut. Bull, belonging to Spencer’s regiment, afterwards to General Pulaski, in New Jersey state, making the time in the last mentioned service one half month.

Rebel Court Martial of Robert Land & Edward Hicks Jr.

At a General Court Martial held at Minisink the 17th and continued by adjournment till the 19th day of March 1779 by order of Brigadier General Hand.

Lieut. Colonel Lindsley, President
Major Burchardt, German Regt.     Major Lamagne, Armands Corps
Captn. Shots, Indept. Corps     Captn. Selen, Indept. Corps
Captn. Brodderick,
Col. Spencers Regt.
    Captn. Weatherby,
Spencers Regt.
Captn. Boyer, Germn. Regt.     Captn. Balsar, Germn. Regt.
Lt. Young, Col. Spencers Regt.     Lt. Orr, Col. Spencers Regt.
Ensn. Clegner, Germn. Regt.     Ensn. Irvendover, Germn. Regt.
The Members being present and duly Sworn and Adjt. Bonnel of Col. Spencers Regt. acting as Judge Advocate and Prosecuting in behalf of the United States being also Sworn the Court proceed to Business.

Prisoner        Robert LAND brought before the Court charged with being a Spy and carrying Intelligence to the Enemy, Pleads not Guilty.

Evidence        James Vanokee Esqr. being Sworn saith, that at the beginning of the present War, the Prisoner was suspected of being a Tory, and examined before the Northamton County Committee. That in consequence of his swearing Allegiance to the United States he was set at Liberty.

Arthur Vantoil being sworn saith that on Thursday evening the 11th Inst. he went to Daniel Courtwrites a Neighbour of his suspecting that a number of Tories were at his House, and to see if he could get any Intelligence of them.

That when he went to the Door, he saw the Prisoner (LAND) eating Supper, as soon as LAND saw him he seized his Musket which was by his side with a Bayonet fixed. At which he, the Deponent, left the door.

He further says that Courtwright came out of the House, and he asked him if there was any news, or any Tories in his House, that he told him there was no need, neither was there any Tories in the House.

Lt. Decker being Sworn saith that the 14th Inst. he went towards Coshithton with a party of men, after a number of Tories that were on their way from New York to Niagara.

That about three OClock P.M. he fell in with them and took LAND and HICKS, he further says that LAND told him after he was made prisoner that he was going to the Enemy at Niagara.

— Adjourned till tomorrow ten O’Clock.—-

18th March        The Court met According to Adjournment.

Captn. Tyler (formerly an Inhabitant of Coshithton) being sworn saith that at the Commencement of the present war, he heard the prisoner say that he never would take up arms against the King of Britain.

That sometimes afterwards he was carried before the Committee at Peenpack and found Guilty of being an Enemy to these States, and from thence sent to a Committee in Pennsilvania to which state he belonged, for tryall, and upon his taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States he was set at Liberty.

That immediately after that he went to the Indians; in a short time after that Returned and went to the Enemy at New York.

Captn. Tyler further says that he was sent to the Indians in a few days after Land left them, on Business to try to make peace, with them.

That the Indians told him that Land had been there and made a great complaint concerning the usage he had received from the Committee.

Captn. Tyler farther declares that a few days ago he heard LANDs Wife say that when he was searched for Letters in 1777 that he outwitted those who searched him by having a Letter concealed in his Ink Stand that was sent from General HOWE to the Commanding Officer at Niagara.

That he then told her she was as bad as her Husband and in his Opinion she had Letters from New York concealed, she declared that as God was her Judge she had not, that her Husband had him them for fear they would be found with him as he expected every Minute to be taken prisoner.

Defence        The prisoner says in his Defence that a certain Hugh JONES, John LORD and an Indian, came to his House in the Evening in April 1777.

That Jones told him that he was going to join BUTLER and BRANDT and that he intended to get the Indians to distroy the Frontiers, upon which he went with them to try to prevent their distroying the Country, on his way he met BRANDT who told him he had no Orders to distroy the Country and murder the Inhabitants except they were in arms against him, and although he was an Indian he Intended to convince the world that he was possessed with Humanity.

After that he returned Home to Coshithton where he remained, till the 21st February following and then being informed that the Indians were coming to distroy Coshithton, he went to New York to try to put a stop to their Depredations, after being there a few days was informed that the Inhabitants would kill him if he returned.

Upon which he concluded to stay in York, and immediately entered into the Kings Yard a Carpenter where he continued working till the last day February 1779.

He then left New York to go to see his Family which was about Twenty Miles west of Coshithton, and move them to Niagara.

That Genl. CLINTON who Commands the British Troops in New York desired him to carry a Letter to the commanding Officer at Niagara, which he refused.

The Genl. then desired him to inform the Commandant at Niagara, that it was his desire that the Indians should not be permitted to continue to ravage and distroy the Frontiers.

Sentence        The Court considering the Case of the prisoner, the Evidence against him, and his Defence are unanimously of Opinion, that he is Guilty of the Charges Exhibited against him, and do therefore Sentence him to suffer Death.

[signed] Eleazr. Lindsley Pres.

*** The Court Adjourn till tomorrow ten Oclock ***

19th March        The Court met according to adjournment.

Prisoner        Edward HICKS Brought before the Court charged with being a Spy, and carrying Intelligence to the Enemy Pleads not Guilty.

Evidence        Lieut. Bennet being sworn saith that about two years ago he heard the prisoner say that he would as willingly kill a Man that fought against the British Troops as kill a Dog.

Captain Spalding being Sworn saith at the Commencement of the present War he was acquainted with the prisoner, and that he had a Mind to engage in the Service of the United States, which he thinks he would have done, had he not been persuaded to the Reverse by his Father, and some other evil minded People.

Defence        The prisoner says in his Defence, that he was formerly an Inhabitant of Susquehannah.

That in April 1777 he left his Fathers House and went to Niagara in Company with about Sixty Tories where he continued about Two Months, then entered into the Batteaux Service to carry Provisions from Niagara to Oswego where he continued about Six Weeks, & upon hearing that General Washington had Issued a Proclamation Offering pardon to all those who had joined the Indians if they would Return to their Homes, he imediately set of[f] to return home, but coming in too late to receive the Benefit of the Proclamation was taken by some of the Militia and carried to Hartford in the state of Connecticut and there kept confined till Septr. 78, from thence sent to New York as a prisoner of War and Exchanged, entered into the service of the Enemy in the Commissaries Department till the last day of February 79, when he made his Escape from New York and that on his way to Niagara he was taken by a party of Militia near Coshithton the 24th Inst.

Sentence        The Court considering the Case of the Prisoner, the Evidence for and against him, and his Defence, are unanimously of Opinion that he is Guilty of being a Spy and do Sentence him to be kept in Close Confinement during the War.

Eleazr. Lindsley Pres.

Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 4, Reel 56, 10 February 1779 — 25 March 1779.

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From the Quinte Branch of the UEL Assn, Newsletter for Spring 1995 (Vol.6 No.4) a page of undocumented Hicks information. The contributor was “Ealaine Lawlor”. She stated that in 1779 father Edward Hicks, and his son Edward, were captured by the Westmoreland Militia, and held at the Minisink Prison. Father was hanged outside his son’s cell, so the son plotted his escape. Feigning a stomach ailment he was let outside for some fresh air, and there he overpowered his guard, and went on an adventure to escape his captors. Eventually he made it back to British lines. Settlement

American colonists who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolutionary War were consdiered to be Loyalists. At the time they were often called Tories, Royalists, or King’s Men. When their cause was defeated, about 15% of the Loyalists (65,000–70,000 people) fled to other parts of the British Empire, to Britain itself, or to British North America (now Canada). Northern Loyalists largely migrated to Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. They called themselves United Empire Loyalists. Most were compensated with Canadian land or British cash distributed through formal claims procedures. Edward Hicks took advantage of the UEL land grant and settled in Marysburg, Prince Edward County, Ontario.

In 1789, Lord Dorchester, governor-in-chief of British North America, proclaimed that the Loyalists and their children should be allowed to add “UE” to their names, “alluding to their great principle, the Unity of Empire.” As a result, the phrase “United Empire Loyalist,” or UEL, was applied to Loyalists who migrated to Upper and Lower Canada.

In determining who among its subjects was eligible for compensation for war losses, Britain used a fairly precise definition: Loyalists were those born or living in the American colonies at the outbreak of the Revolution who rendered substantial service to the royal cause during the war, and who left the United States by the end of the war or soon after.

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We see that Edward Hicks Jr and (the rest of the family) removed to Upper Canada – Ontario.  Edward Jr is noted in the “History of the Settlement of Upper Canada (Ontario)” by Wm. Caniff, M.D., Toronto: Dudley & Burns Printers, Victoria Hall, 1869 (pgs 104 and 105).

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From “History of the Settlement of Upper Canada (Ontario)” by Wm. Caniff, M.D., Toronto: Dudley & Burns Printers, Victoria Hall, 1869 (pgs 104 and 105)

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What We Know About Edward The Spy

Husband: Edward HICKS Jr. (My 6x Great Uncle)

Born: ABT 1761 at: Dutchess Co, New York.  Married: ABT 1793 at: North Marysburgh, Prince Edward County, Ont Died: 11 Nov 1832 at: N. Marysburgh Twp, Prince Edward Co, Ontario.  Father: Edward “The Loyalist” HICKS. Mother: Elvina (Levina).


Wife: Deborah PRINGLE

Born: 28 Aug 1772 at: Skenesborough, Whitehall, New York.  Died: at: Father: Sgt. Timothy PRINGLE, SR (Loyalist). Mother: Huldah WELDON.


CHILDREN

Name: John HICKS Born: ABT 1794 at: N. Marysburgh Twp, Prince Edward Co, Ontario.   Married: 1828 at: Mulmur Twp, Dufferin Co, Ont. Died: ABT 1870 at: Mulmar Twp, Dufferin Co, Ontario. Spouses: Hannah Elizabeth HYNAMAN.


Name: Edward HICKS Born: 1796 at: Ontario.  Married: at: Died: at: Spouses: Lucretia MILLER TAYLOR.


SOURCES  1) Descendants of Edward, “The Loyalist,” Hicks   2) Beecher Family Genealogy

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Land Claims

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*** Evidence on the Claim of EDWARD HICKS, late of Susquehana, now of Pensilvania Cataraqui, Bay of Quinty. (note: probably means “late of Susquehana, Pensilvania, now of Catarqui, Bay of Quinty”; Cataraqui was the old name for Kingston ON, the nearest town to Marysburgh. D.H.)

Claimt (son, Edward Jr.) Sworn: Says he was in Butlers Rangers in 1783 & sent a claim to England by Capt. Gummersal. He is a native of America. In 1775 he lived on the Susquehana with his Father. He joined the British Army in 1777 & served the War in Butlers Rangers. He now resides at Bay of Quinty. The Claim is for his Father’s Property. He died 1780 at New York & had served in Butler’s Rangers. There are 5 Boys & 2 Girls alive, all in Canada. His Mother is alive & married to Joseph Wright in the Bay of Quinty. He had 600 Acres on the Susquehana. He bought it of the Pensilvania & Connecticut Claimts. before the War. He had 25 acres cleared. He can not tell who has it now. Lost his Stock, Farming Utensils, Furniture.

Wits. WILLIAM FRANKS Sworn: Remembers Ed. Hicks Lands. He had a farm on the Susquehana. He had considerable Clearance & a pretty large Stock of Cattle. The rebels took greatest part.

Wits. G. KENTNER Sworn: Hicks deceased was always Loyal; on the same title as the others there. He had 20 acres cleared & had a good Stock of Cattle & Horses. Claimt. is a good soldier.

April 25 Edward Hicks produces a paper signed by 2 of his Brs., Danl. & Joseph, agreeing that he shd. receive what is due to them & also answering for the younger Brs. & Sisters.”

 

Namaste

T xo

On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu

This line continues down my maternal grand-mother side.  This is the story of my great great gramma and grampa on my grandma’s dad’s side.

This is the story of Louis Napoléon Allard and Eva Beaulieu.

Louis’ Birth

Louis Napoléon Allard was born on/about November 24, 1874, in Curran, Ontario to Marie Louise Gariepy, age 20, and Hillaire Allard, age 19.

The 1901 Census indicates that his date of birth is 7 Sep 1873. However he was baptized on 24 Nov 1874 and in that day it wasn’t uncommon to be baptized the day of your birth – so I am using that date for now, until I can find concrete evidence.  Normally one wouldn’t wait over a year to have your child baptized.  


Louis’ Baptism

Paroisse St-Luc de Curran • 24 Nov 1874 • Curran, Ontario, Canada


Construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad

In 1881, Louis was living in Prescott, Ontario when the Canadian Pacific Railroad was under construction.  When the Canadian Pacific Railway laid its first spike in Bonfield in the early 1880’s Bonfield township prospered. Recognition of Bonfield as the place where the first spike of the CPR was driven was recognized in 2002 in the Railway Hall of Fame.


Louis’ Residence

Louis lived in Prescott, Ontario, in 1881.  In the Township of Plantagenet North


Eva’s Birth

Eva Beaulieu was born on May 6, 1882, in Taunton, Massachusetts, USA, to Georgina Prêtaboire, age 27, and Napoléon Beaulieu, age 31.

Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 64 km south of Boston, 29 kms east of Providence, RI.

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Louis’ Residence

Louis Napoléon Allard lived in Prescott, Ontario in 1891.

He was living at home with his parents and siblings. No job noted in the census or if he was in school.

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Eva’s Death of Father

Her father Napoléon Beaulieu (1851–1889) passed away on May 6, 1889, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 38.  Eva was 7 years old.


Eva’s Death of Mother

Her mother Georgina Prêtaboire (1855–1892) passed away on July 26, 1892, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 37.  Eva was 10 years old.


Eva’s Arrival to Canada

The 1921 census states that she immigrated to Canada in 1891 from the U.S. We know that she came back to Canada after her PARENTS died – her mother passed in 1892.  So we know that she immigrated to Canada in/about 1892 or later.

Folklore from my Mémère (her grand-daughter Desneiges Lamothe) and a handwritten letter from a relative, Yvonne Beaulieu, indicates that she was told that Eva went back to Canada with the Shanks after her parents died.  The letter also goes onto say that the family name was Hudon de Beaulieu, and that when they arrived at Ellis Island that they dropped the Hudon and so it became Beaulieu. She also states in the letter that she is unsure as to the relationship with the Shanks and why she returned with them.  She says that the Beaulieu’s immigrated to the USA during the time of the French Revolution (France: April 20, 1792 – March 25, 1802) – this is NOT fact from what I have found so far.  The facts show that the Hudon de Beaulieu’s were born in Québec, Canada – at one point they did emigrate to the U.S. but why?  What was going on in Lower Canada/USA at that time that my French 3x Parents would have moved to the USA from Québec between 1851 and 1889 (as Napoleon Beaulieu  – Eva’s dad was born in Québec according to what I have found)?

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The original of this letter was given to me by my Mémère Lamothe. It was given to her by someone doing the family tree back then. She passed it along to me.


Marriage

Eva Beaulieu and Louis Napoléon Allard were married in Bonfield, Ontario, on January 8, 1900, when she was 17 years old.  Louis was 25.

He was a farmer. Marriage Certificate indicates that Eva immigrated from Taunton, USA. Witnesses: SHANK, Leo of Bonfield and ALLARD, Celina also of Bonfield.

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Canada’s First Francophone Prime Minister

Eva and Louis may have benefited from the compromise-seeking administration of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier while living in Ontario, in 1901.  As prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier fought for the autonomy of Canada and led the country through a prosperous period of growth.


Residence

They were living in Bonfield, Ontario, in 1901.

They are living with Louis’ mother, Marie Garipye Allard (Marie is noted as the head of the household) and all of his siblings per the 1901 census.  So, we assume that Louis’ dad, Hillaire Allard, has passed by this time (I cannot locate a date of death for him as of yet).


The Creation of Canada Dry Ginger Ale

Eva and Louis probably enjoyed sipping a new style of ginger ale in 1907 in Ontario. In 1907 chemist J. J. McLaughlin patented Canada Dry Ginger Ale, helping to pioneer the soda and bottled beverage industry.


Residence

They were living in Bonfield, Ontario in 1911.

Marie Garipye Allard (Louis’ mother) is living with them at this point. The census states that Eva immigrated in 1847 which we know is incorrect & there is also a note that her husband is Dorando Shenk (this isn’t accurate, but we know that she can to Canada with the Shanks).

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Louis’ Death of Mother

His mother Marie Louise passed away on November 27, 1914, in Bonfield, Ontario at the age of 60.

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Canadian Women Win the Right to Vote

It took more than 100 years of lobbying but women finally won the right to vote in Canada in 1918 when Eva lived in Bonfield,  Ontario.  Maybe she voted in the next election?


Residence

Eva and Louis lived in Bonfield, Ontario on June 1, 1921.

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Attendance at Son, Dollard’s Wedding

Marriage Certificate for Dollard & Josephine Boissoneault indicate that Louis and Eva were witnesses.  Apr 1936 • Bonfield Ontario.

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Residence

1938 Rural Preliminary List of Electors.  Note that Louis is listed on the electors list as retired.

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Residence

Eva and Louis lived in Bonfield, Ontario in 1949.  Desneiges Lamothe (grand-daughter) said that they sold the farm during WWII and moved downtown and lived near St. Bernadette’s church (this appears to be supported by the Rural Preliminary list of Electors  below).  She and Louis had a big farm  – they had sheep, cow, horses, chickens and pigs. They used to sell wool and cotton from the sheep to send to Montréal.  They also made and sold cream made from cow utters.  They lived on the farm, off of the land.  She days that they had a big big house, had a big kitchen with large farmers table.  Fire wood stove.  She had a separate sewing room –  Eva used to make member sort through all of the odd buttons. The house had a huge dining room – had an old gramophone which she used listen to. It was a 2 story house, 3 bedrooms. The home had a parlour room. Their bedroom was on the main floor had a sleigh bed.  They had a yarn spinner, they used to spin wool and used to make member hold her arms out to make balls of wool.  I’d like to see if I can get a photo of their house or their farm, they may have some at the town hall in Bonfield if my Mémère doesn’t.  

As per the Rural Preliminary list of Electors for the Town of Bonfield for 1949.  Note that Louis is listed as a “Gentleman”.  Generally speaking  a Gentleman, needed to do no paid work to support himself and did not rely on handouts of any sort from others he would live off his investments.

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50th Wedding Anniversary

1950

  • not Eva Beaulieu and Louis Allard


    Death of Louis

    Louis passed away in 1954 in Bonfield, Ontario, at the age of 80. He had Eva had been married 54 years.  Of what did he pass from?  I wasn’t able to locate a death certificate for him


    Death of Eva

    Eva died in 1961 in Haileybury, Ontario, when she was 79 years old. Desneiges  told me that after Louis died, their daughter Marguerite took care of her. She was crippled with arthritis. She was placed in a South River nursing home for a year, maybe more, and then she was placed in Haileybury in a nursing home. Haileybury is a city in Northeastern Ontario.


    Other Side Notes

    I spoke with my Mémère further about her grand-parents.  She also commented that they were very religious.  They went to church every Sunday, and prayed a lot.  They said the rosary each night (on their knees).  She says that they went to church by horse and buggy.  She described her as a “very nice lady” and a “very loving lady”.  She added that she used to make good butter cookies.   She described her Pépère as a “quiet man”.


     Burial

    They are buried together in Bonfield Ontario.

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    I still have some additional work to do and things to look into and some more research do to.  I’d like to find some more photos and talk to my Mémère some more.

    Namaste

    T xo

     

 

 

 

On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard

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    I’ve been trying to determine where next to follow my ancestry line to and which line to write about.   Instead of writing about some distant relative, I thought I’d start writing with those a bit closer to me and write backward.  
    I am going to start with my great grand parents on my mom’s maternal side.  

When Palma Henri Duchesne was born on August 30, 1908, in Bonfield, Ontario, his father, Médéric, was 25 and his mother, Leda, was 21.

When Laurette Allard was born on April 3, 1914, in Bonfield, Ontario, her father, Louis, was 37, and her mother, Éva, was 31.

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Palma’s Baptism

Sept 6 1908 – Paroisse St. Bernadette – Bonfield, ON

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Employment

Palma worked for Canadian Pacific Railway in 1931, likely as a Rail section worker.

A little tidbit of history about the CPR and Bonfield: When the Canada Central Railway became the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 1880’s Bonfield township prospered. The CPR started its westward expansion from Bonfield, Ontario (previously called Callander Station) where the first spike was driven into a sunken railway tie in 1881. Bonfield, Ontario was inducted into Canadian Railway Hall of Fame in 2002 as the CPR First Spike location.

He advanced to work for Trans Canada Highway in 1932 which paid a then high income of $5.00/month.

He took on a second job working evenings as a Baker for Ovide Martin.  Completing the highway’s assignment, Ovide offered Palma a full-time position.


Marriage

Palma Henri Duchesne married Laurette Allard in Bonfield, Ontario, on May 16, 1933 at St. Bernadette’s Parish.

Palma was 25, Laurette was 19. He is noted as being a Farmer’s son. She was “at home”. Both could read and write.

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    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Desneiges Adrianne was born on January 31, 1934 (my grand-mother).


    Birth of Son

    Son Lucien was born on June 15, 1935.


    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Rita was born on August 15, 1936.


    Birth of Son

    Son Paul was born on May 27, 1938.


    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Aline was born in 1939.


    Death of Daughter

    Daughter Aline passed away on August 8, 1939, when she was less than a year old.


    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Eva was born on August 1, 1941, in Ontario.


    Birth of Son

    Leo Omer was born on October 19, 1942.


    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Cécile was born on August 12, 1945.


    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Irène Léoni was born on August 18, 1946, in Ontario.


    Palma Opens Duchesne Groceries

    In 1946 while he working unloading his truck, a log rolled off and struck him. The incident left him unable to work in logging any longer, he had to seek other employment.  By now he had 8 children and a wife at home.  Times were hard, so Palma made the life changing decision to mortgage his house and extend it to build a variety store in 1947.

    By 1950 the variety store had become a grocery store.  Duchesne groceries was located at 115 Schayer Street in Bonfield.

    • not Palma & Laurette at Magazin Duchesne

    Birth of Daughter

    Daughter Léa Alice was born on February 9, 1947.


    Residence

    1949 – As per the Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980

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    Inaugural Session of 1951 Bonfield Council

    Palma started serving on the Bonfield Town Council and did so for 25 years.

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    Birth of Son

    His son André Patrick was born on March 18, 1953.


    Laurette’s Death of Father

    Her father Louis Napoléon passed away in 1954 in Bonfield, Ontario, at the age of 80.

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    Employment

    In 1954 Palma bought a brand new pick up truck and converted it so that he could transport groceries and merchandise to Grand Desert (in the south west corner of the township) on a regular basis.

    Palma also began using his truck to transport school children along a regular route. He continued this until 1967, when the truck was replaced by a small bus. A large regulation sized bus was finally purchased and in use by 1967.


    Birth and Death of Daughter

    Daughter Marie was born in 1955 and passed away that same day.


    Grand-Daughter’s Baptism

    January 20 1956 – Mona Lamothe

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    Birth of Son

    Son Jean was born in April 1958 in Ontario.


    Palma’s Death of Father

    When Palma was 52 years old, his father Médéric passed away on December 12, 1960, in Ontario at the age of 77.


    Palma’s Death of Mother

    His mother Leda passed away on October 3, 1966, at the age of 79.


    Laurette’s Death of Mother

    Her mother Éva passed away in 1961 in Haileybury, Ontario, at the age of 79.

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    1974 – Birth of First Great Grand-Child

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    Photo:  Mémère & Pépère Duchesne, Baby Tina & Mona

    Employment

    Palma decides to close Duchesne Groceries.  There was no more grocery store in Bonfield.


    Death of Daughter

    Daughter Rita passed away in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 40.


    4 Generations – 1976 

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    Laurette, Desneiges, Mona & Tina

    Palma’s Death

    Palma died in April 1976 in Ontario when he was 67 years old.

    According to the A History of the Township of Bonfield Centennial Book, Palma died of lung cancer.


    In 1977, the house was sold to their son, Léo. Léo, his wife Nicole live there to this day (2018).


    Residence

    Laurette lived in Mattawa, Ontario, from 1977 to 1985.

    She had a boyfriend who lived there as well as her son, Lucien. After her boyfriend passed away, Laurette decided to move to Kitchener ON

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    Residence

    1985 – After deciding to move to Kitchener, Laurette was at home in Mattawa packing when she suffered a massive stroke, leaving her paralyzed on her left side and totally blind.  She was transported to KW Hospital (now Grand River Hospital) in Kitchener and was then transferred to Freeport Hospital (a long term care facility) in Kitchener (3570 King St. East).  She resided there until her death.

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    Laurette’s Death

    Laurette died on March 2, 1990, in Kitchener, Ontario, when she was 75 years old.  She died at Freeport Hospital.

    She is buried with her husband Palma in Bonfield ON

     

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Namaste

T xo


 

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Palma Duchesne, René & Thelma (Lamothe) Besner, Clifford Duchesne  – cannot make out the other 2 and Laurette (Allard) Duchsne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Take the Stigma Out of Mental Illness #BellLetsTalk

Fact:  Did you know that two out of three people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection.

January 31 2018 is Bell Let’s Talk Day!  The day we are supposed to talk to end stigma and start a conversation – which I applaud – but as human beings, we should really be doing this all day, every day.  Mental Illness affects us all – if not you directly, then most certainly someone you love.

What do you think of when you hear that someone is experiencing a mental illness?  Some people feel concern, fear, confusion.  Some avoid the topic or people experiencing it all together.  But in truth, mental illnesses are just like any other illness, everyone deserves care, help and support.

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours.

I work in disability claims, I deal with all types of illnesses; organic and non-organic.  It really helps to put things in perspective for me, I see people suffering from mental illness every day in what I do for a living – I see how their  lives and finances are impacted.  I see that their struggle is real.

I also know from personal experience that the struggle is all too real.  I’ll talk a little about my personal experience with mental illness.  I do this to share with all of you that this is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing that isn’t surmountable, it’s no different than any other physical medical issue.  It can’t be confirmed on x-ray or CT Scan.  It isn’t always visible (unless in extreme cases, where individuals don’t care for their activities of daily living,  are in a psychotic episode or are in a manic or depressive state etc … ) but it’s there and affects lives every day!

*** Hello, my name is Tina, I suffer from anxiety, depression and panic disorder ***

Panic Disorder:

Panic disorder involves repeated and unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is a feeling of sudden and intense fear that lasts for a short period of time, the first time I experienced once I thought I was dying, I was only 25 years old.  It caused me a lot of physical symptoms like a racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pains and a feeling a loss of control.

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I mean we’ve all experienced a panic attack in relation to a stressful situation but with a panic disorder, panic attacks seem to happen for no reason – no provoked trigger.  I’d get them at the grocery store and have to leave a cart full of groceries, wake up from a dead sleep in a full blown panic attack (not having a nightmare or bad dream), while driving (for no reason) and I have to cancel plans with people because of it, at home cleaning or watching TV.  It got to the point where I started changing my regular routine to avoid triggering more panic attacks.

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Depression:

We all experience changes in our mood. Sometimes we feel energetic, full of ideas, and other times we feel sad, down and/or irritable. But these moods usually don’t last long, and we can go about our daily lives.   Depression interferes with that … it interferes in your ability to function – it can change the way people eat and sleep, and many people experience physical health problems.  My episodes of depression were triggered by events in my life – I felt constant sadness almost every day, tearfulness,  ++ crying, loss of interest and pleasure in my favourite activities,  was low energy, had psychomotor impairment, a loss of appetite (+ weight loss) and difficulty making decisions/focusing to name a few.

If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there is good news: all mental illnesses can be treated. I went to the doctor, sought treatment and thankfully recovered.  With respect to the anxiety/panic that too is surmountable – treatment in the form of cognitive behaviour therapy, mediation and relaxation exercises as well as lots of putting into practice and my anxiety/panic is much better controlled.  If I feel anxiety or panic coming on – I implement the exercises taught to me by  my counsellor (MSW) and thwart it.

Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function ~ The Mayo Clinic

As a sufferer, my suggestions to you to help end the stigma associated with mental illness are:

Educate Yourself And Others: “I take every opportunity to educate people and share my personal story and struggles with mental illness. It doesn’t matter where I am, if I over-hear a conversation or a rude remark being made about mental illness, or anything regarding a similar subject, I always try to use that as a learning opportunity and gently intervene and kindly express how this makes me feel, and how we need to stop this because it only adds to the stigma.” – Sara Bean

Encourage Equality Between Physical And Mental Illness: “I find that when people understand the true facts of what a mental illness is, being a disease, they think twice about making comments. I also remind them that they wouldn’t make fun of someone with diabetes, heart disease or cancer.” – Megan Dotson

Show Compassion For Those With Mental Illness: “I offer free hugs to people livingScreen Shot 2018-01-28 at 11.21.59 PM outdoors, and sit right there and talk with them about their lives. I do this in public, and model compassion for others. Since so many of our homeless population are also struggling with mental illness, the simple act of showing affection can make their day but also remind passersby of something so easily forgotten: the humanity of those who are suffering.” – Rachel Wagne

Choose Empowerment Over Shame: “I fight stigma by choosing to live an empowered life. To me, that means owning my life and my story and refusing to allow others to dictate how I view myself or how I feel about myself.” – Val Fletcher

Let’s stop the stigma associated with mental illness, if you need to talk – reach out, I’ve got your back.

One last thing,  Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions on Bell Let’s Talk Day at no extra charge to participants:

  • Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers.
  • Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and @Healthy_Minds
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at: https://www.facebook.com/BellLetsTalk
  • Instagram: Every post using #BellLetsTalk and tagged @HealthyMindsCanada
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat geofilter

Take to social media and let’s get this out there!

Namaste

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Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup

My first blog of 2018 …. and it’s a recipe.  I’m in crunch mode – I’m taking the kids and I to Cuba in no less than 5 weeks …..

The other day, I had the sweetest tooth after dinner and immediately after eating a yummy healthy dinner, I dug right into a Caramel Sea Salt Cake from M&M’s – omg! talk about the most amazing thing of life!

Then I read the label (after I ate it) and omg’ed again!  The Nutritional Facts blew me away, ugh!!!!

  • Calories 510
  • Fat 24g
  • Cholesterol 125mg
  • Sodium 630mg
  • Carbohydrate 67g
  • Protein 6g

Yep, I just ruined my healthy day of eating and exercise by eating 510 cals in ONE dessert!

So, tonight after another yummy healthy dinner of veggie burger, whole wheat/kamut bun and a mesclun mix salad with mango, sunflower seeds, goji berries, feta and homemade balsamic vinegar dressing – I once again had a sweet tooth, I was about to ruin my 10,000 steps and healthy dinner by eating an unhealthy dessert – so instead,  I decided to make a healthy protein cup cake, that way I choose the ingredients, no preservatives and calorie count.

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  • 1 scoop IsaLean Creamy French Vanilla Protein Powder OR your favourite protein powder
  • 1/4 of banana (mashed)
  • 1 tsp Jif peanut butter
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Water

Nutritional Facts:

  • 1 scoop IsaLean Creamy French Vanilla Protein Powder contains 12 g undenatured protein, 4 g of dietary fibre, 23 vitamins and minerals  = 120 calories
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana = 23 cals
  • 1 tsp peanut butter – 1 tsp = 33 cals
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp = 3 cals

TOTAL:  179 calories

Directions

  1. In a small bowl add protein powder and cinnamon – mix
  2. Add in peanut butter, mashed banana and water –  make it the consistency of batter
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Microwave for 2:00 mins – depending on the strength of your microwave you may need 2:30 mins.
  5. Remove from microwave oven and enjoy your low cal dessert!

I didn’t have any IsaDelights or dark chocolate or I would have added one on top to melt (yum!)

I definitely could have dressed it up a bit more for its photo opp but honestly I just couldn’t wait to dig in!

Try it and let me know what you think!

Namaste

T xo

My Note To You on NYE 2018 …

This post will mark the end to another year – and my first full blogging year.  I took some time to re-read some of my older posts and I see how much I’ve grown as a writer and as a blogger.  Thank you for joining me on my life journey, genealogy search, recipes I’ve posted, my worldly travels and other tid bits.  I am most certainly looking forward to another year of blogging with you and reading yours.

Even though this year has had its fair share of downs, heart ache and pain – I am still grateful for the experiences – they offer opportunities to learn and grow.  They teach you to be strong in the face of adversity and remind you of the importance of forgiveness.

I’ve also had done and had some amazing things happen throughout 2017 …

  • I traveled to Vegas twice
  • Went to Philadelphia
  • Saw Marcus Lutrell, Taya Kyle,  David Goggins and Chad Fleming’s Patriot Tour
  • Experienced Japan & visited with one of my besties and her fam (miss you Linda)
  • Saw Tony Robbins LIVE & IN PERSON – what an experience!
  • Lost 20 lbs
  • Watched my eldest baby girl graduate from University – so proud!
  • Moved back to my HOMETOWN
  • My youngest got her G2 license – and get her 1st car
  • Moved into my dream condo
  • See more of my family now that I am back home, I’ve really missed them

To name just a few …

Screen Shot 2017-12-26 at 12.11.39 AMFocussing on the good things that have happened is WAY more important than focussing on the negative (law of attraction people!).  It also serves as gratitude – life is more rewarding when we focus on the good things which surround us everyday.  It’s easy to forget on days like yesterday where the heat stopped working in my truck during a snow storm only a week after paying $807 to fix it, rear ending someone (I will be found at fault cause I rear ended her, even though it was her fault), but, in the grand scheme of things – they’re minute and insignificant.  Regularly practicing gratitude and writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.

Thank you 2017 for another incredible year – even though it was far from perfect – the problems I face are still 1st world problems.  

At the end of the day, I have my health, my family is well, I have a good job, a roof over my head and food in my belly.  I have friends and family who love me.  Life.  Is. Good.

God/Universe:  Continue to bless me with the gift of a new day and I will continue to keep learning,  growing and finding my path.   I will never take the easy path, just because it’s safe – I will continue to search for the road less traveled, the ones that push me outside of my comfort zone – as I know life begins there.

I will take better care of myself mentally and physically.  I have given a lot of myself this past year – with little thought of how it impacted me – I will start taking better of myself – working out, eating clean. I will be more spiritual and heal emotionally.  I will continue to love without condition.  I will continue to do for others when they need me.  I will also (hard to admit) work on my patience – it’s the one virtue I struggle most with.  Just  keep letting me thank the man upstairs for letting me open my eyes and I will continue to keep working hard.

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Everyone:  Wishing you and yours a most blessed New Year filled with love, joy, prosperity and happiness. 

Each year sees many suffer from both natural and man-made hardships. But with each, there were others willing to step in and attempt to relieve some of that hardship, exercising the best of the human spirit.

To dad: Bringing in another year without you is heartbreaking – I regret the memories that we will never be able to experience together – but, I cherish more than ever the ones we did.  I miss you.

Namaste

T xo