published in Aging, Family, Inspiration, Relationships, Travel by Maryanne | July 5, 2016

Time Well Spent – Spending Time with Friends & Family is a Wise Investment


MA & Aunt Phyl June 2016

MA & Aunt Phyl in Guelph, ON

Will you look back on life and say, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did?

– Zig Ziglar

I was in Ontario and Quebec recently for 10 days. I had a fantastic trip and visited plenty o’ peeps!

The original reason for my trip was to attend a friend’s wedding reception in Uxbridge, ON. So, me being me, I decided to make a holiday out of it 🙂 and visit as many people as I possibly could, in as many different places, in the shortest amount of time.

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly a holiday per se in the relaxing sense – but rather a visiting marathon with multiple modes of public transportation thrown in for a) added challenge and b) down-time. And let me tell you, by the end of my journey, I was falling asleep before the bus or train even left the station!

via rail train

But all that visiting was well worth it. There’s nothing quite like spending time with people (and their pets) in their natural habitat to really get to know them – and/or see how they’re doing.

Zebu in the bushes

Zebu (Helene & Clement’s cat) lurking in the bushes, Laval, Quebec

Plus I had an awful lot of fun and saw some amazing sights!

Here are a few more photos from my trip:

sunset on Lake Simcoe

Sunset on Lake Simcoe, ON

Ter & John at wedding reception

Bride (Ter) & Groom (John) partying it up, Hawaiian style

MA, Pat & Mary in Ottawa

MA’s big brother, Pat, Mary and MA in Ottawa, ON

MA, Ted & Sylvie in Sandbanks

MA, Ted (MA’s Dad’s youngest brother) & Sylvie at Sandbanks on Lake Ontario

sunset in Kingston

Gorgeous sunset from Ted & Sylvie’s apartment in Kingston, ON

hiking at Pink Lake in the Gatineau

Hiking at Pink Lake in the Gatineau, Quebec

MA & Helene in Montreal

Helene & MA in Old Montreal

stained glass of notre dame

Inside the exquisite Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal, Quebec

MA, Uncle Doug and Karen

MA, Uncle Doug (MA’s Dad’s younger brother) & cousin Karen

MA in Expos hat

MA goofy selfie in new Expos hat…at the Montreal airport heading home

Back home again, I received news that a friend’s father had passed away. He was an absolutely lovely man but had been ill for a long time. Thankfully, I’d had a couple of great visits with him over the past few years on my trips back to Calgary.

I wish the people (and pets) we love could live forever – but we all know it doesn’t work that way. But the older I get, the more I realize just how important it is to make time to see the important people in our lives…especially the older folks 🙂

I must say, however, that it’s awfully nice to be back home again and into my writing routine…for a little while, anyway.

Sadie in Expos ball cap

Sadie 🙂

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Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.


  1. Ann L on July 7th, 2016 at 10:47 pm:

    MA: Any time I am having a crappy day, I just read your blog and look at the photos you post, see your great big smile and I feel better! Even your dog has a great smile! Keep on posting!

  2. Maryanne on July 8th, 2016 at 4:27 pm:

    ahahahahahaha…Thanks so much, Ann! I will pass on your compliment to Sadie 🙂

    Take care and I hope today is a better day!

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