Windsor Castle ☆

Windsor Castle  is such an amazing castle and to think that people still live here is truly wonderful!  I plan to research the history of this castle and write whatever I learn in my next post.  Don’t you just love history and historical buildings?  I certainly do and plan more research in this regard.

My best to you,

Eleanor 

Revisit Old Toronto ☆

Toronto streetcarWhen my memories cause me to revisit Old Toronto, there is one other wonderful memory that I have of that city.

We lived in the west end of Toronto where, in the summertime, the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) operated a free street car to Sunnyside Beach for children that lived in that area.

My brother and I went to the beach on this street car quite often in the summer and we had a great time swimming in Lake Ontario. There was always a lifeguard on duty so we all felt quite safe.

The neighbourhood was quite safe in those days as well.

One incident I experienced when I was about 12 years old will attest to that fact. (more…)

Niche Affiliate Marketing ☆

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If you ever start thinking that your life is becoming a bit of a bore and that you need a new direction in life, why not try Affiliate Marketing?

A great place to learn everything you need to know to start up a business of your own is NAMS.

There you will find help whether you are just beginning such a business or are well advanced in that regard.  The workshops are held in Atlanta, Georgia at a five star hotel.  The price of the hotel and workshops is very affordable and the meals served in their dining room are excellent.

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To your marketing success,

Eleanor

Remembering Old Toronto ☆

Baby Eleanor HaydonWhen I was a little girl living in Old Toronto with my parents and older brother, our city was known as Toronto The Good. Even though I was born in the era known as “The Roaring Twenties” it did not seem to be that way in our lives.

We did not have electric refrigerators at that time either but had ice boxes that held a large block of ice in the top and a drip pan at the bottom that had to be emptied before it got full. Checking this pan each day was part of our housekeeping routine.

The blocks of ice were delivered by strong young men who carried the ice on one shoulder that was covered with some kind of waterproof sheet.

When the cart filled with ice blocks stopped in front of a house several neighbourhood children would run out and try to jump on the cart. The ones that simply followed the cart would pick up pieces of ice that fell to the ground. In the summertime they would suck on these pieces to cool their little mouths off.

Playing outside not too far from our own house was quite safe back then and when we got older we stayed out until the street light came on at dark.

As more memories fill my brain I will relate them in my next post.

Eleanor

More About Old Toronto ☆

The earliest Toronto neighbourhoods were the five municipal wards that the city was split into in 1834.

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The wards were named for the St.Paul’s electoral district, the small but densely-populated riding that covers the area to the north of Downtown Toronto which has continued to the present as a federal and provincial electoral district.

In 1834, Toronto was incorporated with the boundaries being Bathurst Street on the west, 400 yards north of Queen Street and Parliament Street on the east.

Outside this formal boundary were the ‘liberties’, land pre-destined to be used for new wards. These boundaries were today’s Dufferin Street to the west, Bloor Street to the north, the Don River to the east, with a section along the lake shore east of the Don, and south of today’s Queen Street, to the approximate location of today’s Maclean Street.

The liberties became formally part of the city in 1859 and the wards were remapped.

In my next  post I will provide some important dates concerning old Toronto events.

History was one of my favourite subjects in school and remains so today.  I really enjoy visiting historical buildings and neighbourhoods.

In the city of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, where I now live, there are many, many old buildings and to my eyes they are very beautiful.

Do you like old buildings?  Please comment and let me know.

Regards,

Eleanor

 

Facts About Old Toronto ☆

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Old Toronto is the retronym of the original portion of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It was first incorporated as a city in 1834, after being known as the Town of York, and became part of the region that was then known as York County.

In 1954, it became part of Metropolitan Toronto. It expanded in size by annexation of surrounding municipalities, reaching its final boundaries in 1967.

Finally, in 1998, it was amalgamated into the present-day “megacity” of Toronto.

Because I was born in Toronto and have personally seen many of its changes over the years, I am planning to highlight many facts about Toronto over the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoy them.

My first Toronto home, when I was a little girl, was on Jones Ave. in the east end of  the city.  I remember that most of the houses on our street were up quite high on a hill and we had several outside steps to climb before reaching our front door.

It must have been quite a chore to cut the grass on that hill while balancing one of those manually operated lawn mowers.  I guess my dad managed to do it though because I don’t remember his ever complaining about it.  The picture below is of one of the houses (similar to the one we lived in) that is standing there on Jones Ave. today.

House on Jones Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

As you can, see there is quite an expanse of grassy area and many steps.

 

If you visit the east end of Toronto, you will see a lot of very interesting neighbourhoods.

My best to you,

 

Eleanor

 

 

3 Fun Ways to Exercise Your Brain ☆

There is a lot of talk about the importance of exercise for your body but not much seems to get said about how crucial it is to exercise your brain and what it really means to do that. If you want to keep in top shape and stay young as your body ages, you need to start working out mentally. In this article we will share 3 fun ways to exercise your brain.

1. Get busy with that Sudoku puzzle

If has been proven that solving puzzles is good for the brain and will sharpen your problem solving skills. Puzzles can be a fun way to pass the time whether you choose to complete an anagram, cryptogram, crossword or Sudoku puzzle. There are sites online that share free games that you can play online, download to your own computer or even play against others. Solving puzzles stimulates your brain at the same time as keeping your brain sharp for dealing with real life problems as they come along.

2. Read

With the introduction of the television and now the computer and internet, many people do not read anymore. There are a ton of books in circulation today from fiction to nonfiction and educational pieces. If you alternate between both, your brain can benefit from using both sides and therefore becoming stronger every day. Don’t want to drag around a bunch of hard copy books in your backpack? Why not invest in an electronic reader? You can purchase an e-reader for around $100 and can buy e-books on Kindle for anywhere between $1 and $50. Most e-readers have the memory power to store up to 1000 books and an e-reader is only about the size of a notebook and weighs less than a pound.

3. Study a New Language

It is said that people who are bilingual have more advanced cognitive capabilities that those who can only speak one language. Being able to speak read and understand a second language also helps with staving off cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Think of all the extra people you could meet and the cultures you could be a part of if you took the time to study a new language.

There are many ways you can have fun and exercise your brain but the key is consistency. You need to keep your brain active so that your cognitive skills can stay as sharp as possible especially as you age and parts of your brain may not work as quickly as they used to.

5 Tips for Teaching Your Children to Appreciate the Piano ☆

child_playing_piano-400x600If you love playing the piano, more than likely your children will gather around when you play and perhaps enjoy singing songs with you. If not, there is a way that you can instil the love of music in your little ones and get them wanting to learn. Here are 5 tips you can use to help teach your children to appreciate the piano even if they are not quite ready to learn how to read notes or figure out how to play.

1. Make it fun

Children respond most to things that are fun. If you want your child to eventually learn the art of playing the piano, you must show her how fun it can be to play. Let her sit down at the keyboard and plunk away and make up her own songs or even sit down beside her and make something up with her. Chances are if you are laughing and enjoying time together then she will see music in a different light. Children who are made to learn how to play without a real interest in it themselves often resent it and never learn at all.

2. Take her to recitals

While most children cannot sit through long concerts or recitals from professionals, you could try taking her to a community function where several people get together and share a song or two. Or if you can’t find something similar like that in your town, you could invite other friends and family to your home to play and you could all spend some time listening and talking about what it is you like about each song played.

If you play the piano yourself, your child may just enjoy sitting there listening while you play her favourite songs from preschool or even her favorite holiday. You can often find the sheet music for these songs online with a quick search.

3. Add Pictures for Notes

If you draw a picture of a banana, apple, dog, or giraffe for each of the notes that are found on the keyboard and tape them above the notes on the keyboard, your child will learn to remember the notes by association. Spend time with your child going through each letter and say the name of the key and then play the note with them so they can hear what each one sounds like. Often reading notes for children is too hard and that is why they can become resistant to practicing or taking more of an interest.

4. Seek out tools and programs for your child

If your child is not quite ready to handle the huge keyboard on the piano, you can often find interactive piano books that tell a story or have children’s songs with a small electronic keyboard attached to the storyboard. In this way, they can learn the notes while looking at the pictures and following along with the storyline. You can also look in the stores or online for programs that teach preschoolers to play the piano.

They show different tricks and methods you can try to get your child learning notes and listening for special sounds with the keys. Children learn things differently than adults do and often times when an adult tries to get a child to play, they stress too much on the wrong things. With tools designed for children, you can have an easier time learning for both child and adult.

5. Sign them up for a Kindermusic program

These classes are designed to help children learn the basics of rhythm, what a tempo is and how to move to the sounds of music. For those of us who are unsure of how to teach or do not have the time to sit with our child as much as we would like, these programs are perfect for teaching your child to learn to appreciate the piano.

If you would like to learn how to play the piano yourself or find out how fun it is to play an electronic one, you can grab a copy of my ebook “How To Enjoy Your Electronic Piano Keyboard” for the affordable price of just $3.04!

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Discovery-Take Another Look Around ☆

Do you see my discovery?

I thought this was rather amazing! I have looked at this picture several times and have even published it on one of my previous blogs.  My granddaughter took this picture at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

I thought it was pretty cool seeing the fish overhead and the people below.

Sometimes you can look at life or your business or your family and friends this way and miss something you overlooked before.  Do you see what I missed before in this picture?

Look at the man talking to the young couple with the baby in a stroller.  Then look to your left and see their reflection, somewhat larger and a little distorted up on a hill.  You can even see reflections of other people much higher on the hill.

I wanted to share this with my visitors while it was fresh in my mind.

There are lots of pictures that we can examine and find something we missed the first time around.

I enjoy writing about my memories of past experiences and when I do, sometimes I can see something that did not occur to me the first time around which gives me a different perspective on the situation.

My best to you,

Eleanor

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How to Write a Tutorial-Starting an E-Book Writing Career ☆

The way to begin your e-book writing career is available, right now, Today! Writing a “how to” tutorial can be a fun and exciting adventure. Many people have a hobby they enjoy but have never thought about putting it into a how to manual for others because they fear it will be hard and outside of their abilities. That is not the case. The e-book below will show you how you too can share with others at the same time as creating a business product for yourself to make money. When you get to write about what you love, you will find that the words will just flow out of you. Click on the banner below and get started on your new e-book writing career today!

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  • What are the best ebook topics that will sell? (and which ones suck?)…
  • How do I get my ebook published? (do I need a publisher?)…
  • Can I publish my fiction story or a novel as an ebook and actually sell it?
  • What software do I need to write and publish my ebook? (tip: you probably already have it on your computer!)
  • How do you write a “how to” ebook? (so people LOVE it and want to buy more?)
  • What is a good subject to write an Ebook on that people would be willing to pay for? (so you can cash-in with Kindle!)…

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