Country Living-A Little Bit of History and Some Benefits ☆


"Country Living"Here in the twenty-first century, I recently lived on a lake for the second time in my life.

There were many years of city living between the first and second period of country living but that is another story for another time.

The first time we lived on a lake, my family of husband, four daughters and baby son lived in a cabin so close to the lake that my daughter Dianne could fish out of our living room window.

She once caught a turtle which caused no small amount of excitement in our home that day.

Aside from that, the girls loved to walk out the front door at Bell’s Lake in their swim suits and jump in the lake to swim. We didn’t have a dock but were able to walk in from a shallow area near the shore. The water wasn’t very deep so all the girls learned to swim and enjoyed their summer’s there.

My husband even enjoyed the winters there until the day he fell through the ice. We were afraid he wouldn’t find his way back up through the hole in the ice but he did and we were all thankful that he was able to sit by the stove to warm up after his ordeal.

There are more than one hundred lakes in this province spanning several hundred miles. Wikipedia lists all of their names; however there are a few private lakes that are not listed there including Chalk Lake and Bell’s Lake.The beauty of the countryside can be seen almost everywhere you go here in Ontario. In autumn, people come from other countries to visit just for the pleasure of viewing our amazing fall colors.

Each and every day I wake up with thankfulness in my heart for the country and province that I live in and of course for my family, all grown up now and extended with grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. I have showers of blessings from all directions.

Eleanor McCallum


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Haliburton County ☆

Until the winter season is once more upon us, I am living in a beautiful country home with my youngest daughter and her husband.

Sad to say, the retirement home where I lived is now beyond my reach financially as well as physically.  However, life in the country has many rewards, including a sweet, caring, nurse plus visits to town and restaurants and shops.  I can even drive my scooter along the sidewalks and inside a few of the shops.

Another plus is the fact that my only son now lives with his wife about twenty minutes away from here.  The rest of my family visits whenever they can, too.  So it is all good.

My best to you,



Helpful people in my life ☆

The helpful people in my life and career keep coming back to me in sometimes fond memories.

Having had a military career, an accounting career, a home making career as wife and mother and a writing career; this allows for a bit of story telling.

With a steaming cup of coffee at my desk I sometimes look back on my previous accounting career and the best part I recall is the helpful people with whom I worked.

From a part time job with my granddaughter in my retirement years, (a granddaughter who started as a receptionist in a fairly large company to become accounting manager and later general manager of the company), all the way back to my first office job right out of high school.

Of course every aspect of business, large or small, has evolved with almost unbelievable leaps and bounds since the advent of the electronic age.

In my first bookkeeping position, the helpful person I remember was the business owner’s wife. Although she was rather strict (maybe I needed that at the time) she did teach me the basics and kept me interested in the work for some time.

I can recall each office position in the accounting area of the companies I worked for and the people involved.

In one job I learned to tune out all the nonsense conversations going on around me and was able to concentrate only on my accounting work. My husband sometimes said that I became so proficient at this that I tuned him out as well. I don’t think that was the case but I gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Over the years I came in contact with many helpful people, although my most important interest in life was my family. A husband, four daughters and a son were the focal point. Although I cannot say that they were helpful with my career in the early years, I loved them immensely and later I became more interested in their careers.

After my husband passed away, I must say that now, in my later years, my children and grandchildren are the most helpful people in my life and in my career.

A new career as a blogger working from home has become very fulfilling and I have met many talented, helpful, creative people in the past few years. The internet marketers that I have met recently are so giving and helpful with their advice and kindness toward the daughter and granddaughter that I am working with that I cannot praise them enough.

Each day becomes more fulfilling in this blogging career and all I have to remember to do is get away from my computer periodically and get some exercise.

My best to you,



Book Review – The Price of Stones by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri ☆


Nyaka AIDS Orphans School children 001

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri defied many naysayers – and his own nagging doubts – as he and a small group of supporters followed his dream to build, stone by stone at times, a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda.

Growing up in southwestern Uganda on his family’s small farm, working long hours for his taskmaster father, Kaguri was fortunate that his parents were barely able to afford tuition and school fees.  He excelled, won a place at the national university, and became a visiting scholar at Columbia University.

When he returned to Uganda with his wife, they were overwhelmed by the many people lined up outside his family’s door to ask for help, many struggling to raise the children of relatives who had died of AIDS.  Having lost two siblings to AIDS, and as the guardian of his brother’s children, Jackson impulsively vowed to open the first tuition-free school for orphans.  Seeing the line at his parents’ door, he wondered, “What about the children with no uncle? Who willtake care of them? It was that day I decided I must help”

A graduate student and newlywed living in the United States, Kaguri faced almost insurmountable obstacles: little money, the opposition of his father  and many villagers to a school for AIDS orphans, the skepticism of many about donating to projects in Africa, the corruption of school inspectors, and the crushing needs of the children.  Yet Jackson doggedly built one schoolroom at a time with the aid of many supporters in Uganda , America, and Canada, and with the sustenance of his strong religious conviction.

My Best To You


Book Review – Sundays at Tiffany’s ☆

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewellery at Tiffany’s.

Jane has only one friend: a man named Michael. He’s perfect, a handsome, comforting, funny man but only she can see him. Michael can’t stay forever, though. On Jane’s ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she will forget him soon.

Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as lonely as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets a man: a handsome, comforting, funny man. He’s perfect –

You have to read this book to be genuinely surprised & happy at the outcome.  Visit your local library or bookstore to obtain a copy.  The story will make you smile in wonderment.

My best to you



Book Review – Nights in Rodanthe ☆

Since I am beginning to read every day, (which I started last month) I want to give my visitors an opportunity to enjoy these books as I do. After reading my reviews, I suggest you visit your public library to get a copy & enjoy them as well.

Review – Nights In Rodanthe, a tender story of hope and joy, of sacrifice and forgiveness – A moving reminder that love is possible at any age, at any time, and often comes when we least expect it.

At forty five, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend’s inn for the weekend.

But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne’s perfect getaway will be ruined – until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort – and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

In Nights In Rodanthe Nicholas Sparks has written a timeless love story reaffirming his reputation as America’s foremost chronicler of the heart.




My Happy Retirement Home Living ☆

I am planning to write a book about the wonderful people in this retirement home where we have perfect regard for one another.  The book will have pictures of the decor and descriptions of some of the planned events that we attend.  I will also include some tidbits about several people (not mentioning anyone by name, of course).  So, my happy retirement home living will only have an initial to indicate the person of each little story.

A recent picture of my home at

Relaxed, waiting for the elevator

One thing I must mention here is about our mealtimes. The buzz of conversation is always peppered with laughter. Very rarely do you even see a long face. If you do, invariably someone will say something funny and the long faces will stretch into smiles.

Conversations at mealtime seem to be centered on the menu and people  like to comment on the way they used to cook certain foods as they remember them, perhaps thirty some years ago. Eventually comments reflect the fact that they are happy not to have to cook anymore, or clean up after the meal.

With regard to our planned activities, one of my favorites is the Thursday morning Chapel service.  The dedicated pastors that come in each week for these short services enrich our lives with their prayers and insights on the selected Bible messages.  The singing is glorious & I wouldn’t miss it for the world.




My best to you,



Places To Visit In Wales ☆

Since some of my ancestors came from England & Wales, I thought it might be a good idea to include this article about places to visit in Wales.

There are many interesting sights to see and I wish that I were in the position to visit Wales.  Perhaps this wish will come true in the future.

Conway Castle in WalesThis picture is of Conway Castle in Wales.

There are not too many countries where you can ride a Ferris wheel right next to an ancient castle. Yet, Wales offers this unique experience and many more. Wales is one of the six Celtic nations meaning that some residents still speak the ancient language of the Celtic tribes.

Like many Celtic nations Wales has a rugged coastline, as well as ancient architecture and artifacts that just can’t be missed. Couple the traditions of the old with the new modern conveniences and you have the making of a dream vacation. If you’re heading to Wales, the following are some sights not to be missed.

Conway Castle

There are dozens of ancient castles to visit in Wales. However, Conway is often at the top of the list. It’s a massive castle. It has two fortified gateways, eight towers and a long, central complex. You can see it rise above the landscape for miles. Constructed in 1283, this amazing castle is quite picturesque as well, as you can see the mountains of Snowdonia and the River Conway beyond the castle gates. Visit Conway Castle and you’ll immediately be transported back in time.

Snowdonia National Park

Nature lovers rejoice in Wales. The Welsh countryside is vast and diverse. While the country has more than 100 lakes and 37 miles of coastline, it’s also home to 90 mountain peaks – including the tallest mountain in Wales, Mt Snowdon. Snowdonia National park is the largest national park in Wales and offers hiking, horseback riding, and white water rafting. If you’re looking for a break from the traditional sightseeing and castle wandering, consider a day or two in Snowdonia National Park.

St Fagans National History Museum

Celtic history is fascinating and there’s no better place to explore the history of these ancient tribes and the history of Wales than St Fagans. But this isn’t your typical history museum where visitors walk by display after display of artifacts behind glass. No, St Fagans highlights historic buildings from all over the country. More than 40 buildings have been dismantled and re-erected.

The buildings include farmhouses, watermills, chapels and a school. Visitors can also view circular Celtic houses based on the archaeological remains of actual buildings. The grounds are beautiful and not to be missed. You’ll find livestock grazing adjacent to formal gardens.

Finally, don’t leave Wales without experiencing a Rugby tournament at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. You can take a tour of the stadium before the game and then enjoy this popular sport in the third largest stadium in Britain.

My Best To You,


Brittany Highlights for your Celtic Vacation ☆

Brittany Castle

Brittany, France is a unique Celtic nation. True, all of the Celtic nations have a rich history. You can find ancient castles, ruins, rock formations and amazing architecture in Celtic lands. However, Brittany offers something special. If you’re taking a vacation to France or exploring the Celtic nations then consider stopping by Brittany and enjoying some of the area’s finest highlights.

The Pink Granite Coast

The coastline of Brittany between Perros-Guirec and the port of Ploumanac’h exhibits some of the most unique rocks. They’re pink. It’s called the Pink Granite coastline and the rock formations are something that must be experienced. You can add to the day by enjoying the sandy beaches in the area, which Brittany is famous for. You can also enjoy bird watching and watersports in the area.

Carnac Stones

The city of Carnac is famous for one thing, the standing stone structures. The standing stones, also known as menhirs, were made from local rock and built by the pre-Celtic people of the area. The area is the largest collection of standing stones; there are more than 10,000 of these Neolithic structures.

Legend says that the statues, erected in straight lines, are the remnants of a Roman legion that was turned to stone by Merlin the great wizard. Another theory on the presence of the stones is that each stone was erected to honor a family member that has passed away – much like gravestones today.

St Malo

This city is a destination all by itself. It’s a port city in Brittany that is walled off. It was fortified during the middle ages and has a history of piracy. Destinations to note include:

* The château of Saint-Malo; be sure to visit the museum
* The Cathedral of St. Vincent
* The Great Aquarium Saint-Malo
* The Labyrinthe du Corsaire
* The Pointe de la Varde, a park
* Fort National and Fort de la Conchée

Outside the walled city you can take a night-time hike known as the du Clair de Lune or the moonlight promenade. The hike is a two-hour guided walk along a seaside trail. In addition to views of the Rance River estuary and the walled city, you’ll learn about the city’s great history.

It’s quite easy to feel overwhelmed by all there is to do and see in the beautiful Brittany countryside. You can tour castles, enjoy rugged shoreline, shop and eat from sunup to sundown. If you have the great pleasure to visit this lovely Celtic nation, be sure to stop by and enjoy the highlights of St Malo, the Pink Granite Coast and the Carnac Stones.

My Best To You


Three Celtic Nations to Visit on Your Next Vacation ☆


Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle

A Celtic vacation can be a dream come true. The Celtic nations are areas where Celtic tribes lived and where a Celtic language is still spoken. These nations bring with them not only a rich history and mythology but also beautiful landscapes and unique cultures of their own. The Celtic nations include Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man. Let’s take a short trip through three of these fantastic locales.


Scotland is one of the larger Celtic nations and it is part of the United Kingdom. While it shares a border with England, the majority of the country is bordered by water. Scotland has a varying geography with high mountainous regions, the Highlands, as well as lowlands. The variety of geography makes Scotland a visually stunning place to visit and it’s ideal for nature lovers.

It’s a modern country with fine dining, culture, and shopping. You can also enjoy the well-preserved history of the country, including a tour of the famous Edinburgh Castle. This ancient castle dates back as far as the 9th century BC. The citizens speak English so traveling is made easier. However, brace yourself for that thick Scottish accent as it can be difficult to get used to.


Cornwall is one of the smaller of the Celtic nations. Cornwall has a population of 536,000 and covers an area of about 1,376 square miles. It is part of the United Kingdom and a ceremonial county of England. It borders England though the majority of the county is surrounded by water.

It has a deep and rich Celtic history including several ancient standing stone landmarks. One of the most famous of these ancient landmarks is the Mên-an-Tol, which features a standing stone with a hole in it. Because of its moderate climate and the miles and miles of scenic beaches, it’s a popular vacation destination for England’s residents. The strong seaside culture makes it a favorite destination. Combine that culture with unique foods, ancient landmarks, and beautiful castles and churches and Cornwall is an ideal Celtic destination.

Isle of Man

The Isle of Man or Mann as locals call it is an island located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain. The island is sparsely populated and one of the most beautiful areas in the world. It’s home to around 80,000 people. The Manx, or people of Mann, have a strong tradition of myth and folklore. It’s easy to see why. Many ancient landmarks are still scattered about the island. The Braid is just one of these ancient remnants of Celtic-Norse tribes. It’s located in the central Isle of Man and dates to around 650–950 AD.

Any of the half dozen Celtic nations will undoubtedly provide a spectacular and memorable vacation. If you want to take a step back in time, the three destinations highlighted here are ideal choices. A Celtic vacation creates memories of a lifetime.

My Best To You,



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