It’s finally May! Although it doesn’t feel like it, it was only 3 degrees when I walked out to the car this morning to grab the newspapers I’d piled up from the other day. I’m not sure what Mother Nature is up to these days, with floods and winter that never ends and tornados, but I’m hoping someone gets to the bottom of it!

I was listening to CBC the other day, and they were discussing how everything is subscription-based these days. I used to just be able to read The Star, National Post, CBC news for free, and now I keep getting messages saying “You have reached your five issue limit”. UGH! It’s so easy to get sucked in and pay for things you don’t really need, and really if I think about it, I could read the news through the online library portal, where all newspapers and magazines are free. But I’m more of the type that wants things instantly, and hates paying for them.

May is the month of Mother’s Day – do you guys have anything special planned for your Mom’s? I got my mom a surprise present – Paint Date with Mom – my friend Pooja offers these amazing paint workshops, which she also combines with mindful meditation concepts, that bring you deep into the present moment. I think she’ll like it! (Also she doesn’t read my blog so safe to say she won’t find out about it here!!).

Painting by Pooja Grover

Back to climate change and the crazy unexplained weather. The UK just became the first country to declare a climate emergency. Not sure what exactly they plan to do about it, but personally I think our thoughts and intentions affect the weather. There are so many amazing people and initiatives that are planting trees, cleaning up our oceans, reducing waste, and generally being more conscious of our environment and each other. I think that those grassroots initiatives will change things. More self awareness, more love for ourselves and others, and perhaps Mother Nature will smile once again. (Or maybe she’s always smiling, and it’s just us that are worrying for nothing).

Anyone reading anything interesting these days? :-) I’m reading The Girl on the Train, and it’s really got me hooked. I watched the movie with my friend Jasmine and loved it – Emily Blunt played Rachel to a tee, and now reading it has gotten me back into the story. I started reading it during my last trip to Toronto while on the train, imagining how it felt for Rachel to be sitting on that train every day, watching the couple she wishes she could be, pretending to go to work each day, with a bottom of alcohol stashed in her purse. Part depressing, part deranged, and surprisingly relatable.

While at Tim Hortons a few weeks ago, I ran into a couple guys from Waterloo who started a company called Tutor Ocean. The founder, Will, coded the platform from his basement, and now they’re based out of Kanata and enabling tutors and students internationally to connect and learn. It’s pretty cool! Education has changed so much since I was a kid – it was all DIY back then, and staying after school for extra help – now there are so many options, and every parent is seeking extra help. It’s a lot for the kids, who already have very full schedules, but they seem to be taking it in stride.

Ok off I go to shower – I’m still in my PJs! 😝 Will leave you with a little poem by Thomas Dekker about this glorious month…

O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
O,and then did I unto my true love say,
Sweet Peg, thou shalt be my Summer’s Queen.

Now the nightingale, the pretty nightingale,
The sweetest singer in all the forest quire,
Entreats thee, sweet Peggy, to hear thy true love’s tale:
Lo, yonder she sitteth, her breast against a brier.

But O, I spy the cuckoo, the cuckoo, the cuckoo;
See where she sitteth; come away, my joy:
Come away, I prithee, I do not like the cuckoo
Should sing where my Peggy and I kiss and toy.

O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green;
And then did I unto my true love say,
Sweet Peg, thhu shalt be my Summer’s Queen.

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