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If we were having coffee (or tea), I would share that Toronto had a full week of sunny and warm days. We said goodbye to June and the first half of 2020. We welcomed July with a Happy birthday to Canada on July 1. Life in Ontario continues to evolve with some good news on the COVID-19 front.
June was a month full of stunning sights and fragrance from flower blooms. Birds continued to be active and they filled my mornings with beautiful sounds. The lake shone like diamonds in the sun. I took many photos and included some samples in this post.
June in Numbers
I feel grateful to wake up every day with a new set of 24 hours to live. We all had 30 full days or 720 hours in June. Of the 720 hours, I spent about 240 hours for Sleep, another 240 hours for Home Life, and 240 hours for Fun.
I kept track some of my fun activities in simple numbers. Every one of the following items made me smile:
- 1 new baking success: Banana blueberry loaf. Recipe below. I used blueberries instead of cranberries.
- 2 coffee dates with my sister.
- 3 bicycle rides.
- 3 online jazz and piano concerts: Miles Davis jazz at Lincoln Centre, Diana Krall on YouTube, and John Legend’s live streaming from his home studio.
- 4 blog posts.
- 4 movies: Election, Margot at the Wedding, Keep the Change, and One Week. All four were good although I liked One Week the most.
- 6 books: They were included in my Reading Update #2.
- 13 strengthening workouts.
- 13 yoga sessions.
- 26 walks to where I could see beautiful flower plants and fish-themed art.
- 30 online French and Spanish sessions.
- 30 meditation sessions.
Some good news on the COVID-19 front, mainly easing of restrictions and re-opening of businesses. Here’s what’s of interest to me:
- up to 10 people allowed for social gathering.
- up to 10 people allowed in social bubbles.
- library curb-side pickup by appointment.
- dental clinics, hair salons, farmers’ markets, ferry service to Toronto Islands, malls, and restaurant patios although I’m in no rush to go to these places yet.
Summer Week 2 in Pictures
The second week of summer continued to be sunny and hot with a heat wave that lasted several days. The high temperatures ranged from 27C to 33C (81F to 95F) plus humidity so it felt a few degrees hotter. Not a drop of rain the entire week.
My day went something like this:
- Morning: Breakfast, meditation, cycling, walking, and strengthening workouts or yoga. I usually take photos during my walk.
- Afternoon: Lunch, checking in with family and friends, home maintenance, and language lessons. Kayaking in the late afternoon if lake is calm.
- Evening: Dinner, reading, writing, movie or music, and sleep.
A sample of what filled up my senses one morning last week:
Another sample to show more water, some Canada geese and aquatic plants, with a pop of red colour from my kayak:
On July 1, to do something special on Canada Day, I went kayaking with my best friend within the Toronto Islands for about three hours. It was a beautiful time while being in peaceful company with cormorants, egrets, ducks, fish, swans, turtles, lots of green plants, and fresh water.
I was so happy and grateful for how June turned out for me. Week 2 of summer 2020 was amazing. Words are not adequate to describe the beauty that I see every day. The weather forecast for the coming week is sunny and warm again. I look forward to making the most of it.
How was June for you? How did your week go? I’d love to hear your comments.
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