One of my most used Hashtags is #lovemylife so I thought I’d share a little about just why I love my life. This is my beloved Toronto, circa 1950 I’m guessing. Growing up in downtown Toronto, Yonge Street was pretty much my backyard and over the years I saw changes but for the most part it remained the same. I assure you it doesn’t look like this any longer although most of the old buildings remain but the movie theatres that lined the street are gone now with the exception of the Pantages Theatre. This is an aerial view of the city today, sadly the skyline is all but gone now.
Don’t get me wrong I love Toronto, it’s my hometown, it’s where I grew up and where I spent the better part of my life with the exception of the years I lived in Australia but it’s changed. I’m not opposed to change but…… there’s always a but isn’t there. Okay let me explain. I’m one of those people that when I get something in my head, I’m not content until I bring it to fruition. I started renovating my studio months ago and it’s still not complete. The flooring still needs to be done and I needed storage items. I can’t design until I’ve created the ambiance that exists in my head. So I searched the net for the items I wanted and of course where can you find just about anything – IKEA of course. Where is the nearest IKEA – TORONTO of course. You can find everything in Toronto. For weeks I have been wanting/needing to go and get those pieces but for a number of reasons hadn’t been able to – weather mostly. Yesterday the weather was perfect so off I went with a friend.. I hate taking the highway, no matter the time of day everybody thinks they’re Mario Andretti and I’m never in that much of a hurry. Besides I love taking the side roads; the views of lush green grass in spring, trees in bloom and animals grazing feeds my soul. We saw plenty of that yesterday as well as quaint little towns that make you wish you lived in them. Best of all traffic was almost absent.
The minute we hit Toronto, we were fighting our way through traffic -why we don’t hear more stories of road rage in the City is beyond me, drivers were very aggressive. Arriving at our first destination, the famous IKEA, it took us quite awhile to find a parking space – really don’t people work anymore, it was mid day. I got a few of the items I needed but one of the most important I couldn’t fit in my car.
After a well deserved lunch, it was getting late now and we still had a two hour drive home but I wasn’t going home without going to one of my old haunts – Grande Cheese on Orfus Rd. to pick up a couple of things I can’t find in the country – Passitti cheese and tarelli. For those who don’t know what Passitti is, it’s those little balls hanging. I went via the Bridal Path to get to Lawrence thinking there wouldn’t be a lot of traffic there – I was ABSOLUTELY wrong. We spent an hour in more traffic but nothing was going to stop me and I’m so glad I persevered. Walking into this place, the blended aroma of cheese and salami filled the air and I felt a warmth come over me. I was so grateful that this place hadn’t changed and that it was still there. My friend who had never been there looked at me and her eyes lit up. Before we left she said I could spend hours here. I was so happy to share my little treasure with her. There’s something wonderful about the security of knowing that some things don’t change.
I got my passitti, my favourite pasta and we headed for home. There was no time to hit another of my favourite places in Toronto – Queen Street West where people in the fashion biz can find just about anything they want or need. Heading home I thought I need to come back, I’m missing the familiarity of home, I just don’t miss the congestion.
We weren’t in a hurry to get home so we once again took another route. This time we saw plenty of opulence. For a moment I wondered if the views were like those one would see in South Carolina where there are rolling estates. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
The ride home was beautiful, I didn’t feel tired or tense when I arrived as I so often do when I’ve spent a day fighting my way through traffic.
That was my start to this week. Last week I spent doing some spring cleaning and giving my closet a fresh coat of paint. However, in the midst of that I took a day off to go on a little adventure with one of my artist friends who is doing such beautiful work she has inspired me. I’m not going to share the name of it because it’s still fairly untouched, it’s a little brook that flows into/and a favourite fishing spot on Lake Huron. It was so beautiful and spending time in a nature always makes me feel creative and alive. This is my home now, beautiful South Georgian Bay where you can find a different kind of everything.
So you see I love my life because I have the time to explore and I find beauty in all that I discover. Life is never dull when you can do that.
No time for exploration this week however, now it’s time to get things done, get organized so I can design. There is so much fabric in my studio just waiting to become objects of beauty. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, Keep creating!