Reflection and learning. Mourning and worry. Lack of sleep and stress. It was been a challenging 2020 and an incredible growth year. So many highs and so many lows. Thank you for all the discussions from People of Colour. Thank you for allowing me to better understand my white privilege and to ask myself how I can do better. I will continue to ensure I raise the bar higher and be even more inclusive. I will continue to challenge my marketing peers to do better too. Additionally, as we move through COVID it's important to realize everyone has different views and different stresses. We must also respect each other's opinions and how we self distance and gather or isolate. We must also find ways to reach out to each other through deaths, births, celebrations, and protests. It is a very emotional year. There is more loss than normal. Be kind to yourself and to others. So raise the bar, be kind and connect. And tell your loved one that you love them. Together we rise. Together we life each other up through darkness. Together we build a better tomorrow. Each and every one of us can make a difference. So act.
Mothers Day Moments Love shared. Gifts given. Gifts received. Real hugs. Virtual Hugs. Zoom calls and phone calls. In person visits, social distancing Texts, messages, and photos. Memories made. Memories remembered. Feeling blessed. Grateful. Love. Thank you to all the moms. Love shared is because you cared. XO These spring bulbs are called Fritillaria
Quick, she said. I just saw the cutest tables around the corner that the owner just put at the end of the driveway. Not my style but I think you'd love them. End voice mail. So what did I do? Promptly called her back and asked exactly where she saw them. Two minutes from my house she said. I got in my car, drove over, spoke to the owner to check that they were indeed ready for a new home and they were. The owner told me they were IKEA tables that she used by her bed. Told her I was going to use them in my yard. She liked knowing they would have a new home. I let them rest in my garage for 3 weeks....cause well...current situation. Took them out last weekend and saw that the colour was a perfect match with my current metal table and chairs. And that with physical distancing having a mini table for a set of chairs would be an ideal to have visitors and keep a distance (6 feet). Orginally, I thought of using them as plant stands but the table idea works. I laugh when I think of how many items I have that were previously owned and even end of driveway finds. Don't be afraid to paint items to make them work. Thanks to my good friend who has an eye for thrifting. These little tables are happy in their new home in my yard instead of a landfill site. What's your favourite item that you saved? Also, last photo is before I planted the pansies, cleared out the winter urns, and power washed all the decks and chairs.
Happy May. Opening the garden this year seems like a privilege. It is not lost on me that this view and access to nature has never been more important. I recorded the April garden tour and a project we worked on. Now to edit them so you can virtually join me here in the garden. As we prepare content for this summer, are there any topics you want me to cover? We'll have succulent arrangements, garden tours, perennial arrangements, and new garden beds to share. And a new project that scares me a wee bit. Let me know what you want to see and we'll see how we can add that to the content list. Here's to spring finally arriving in Toronto. And yes, we have possible flurries scheduled for Saturday. Think warm thoughts for the magnolia blooms. Jo
Friends. We need them now more than ever. I remember this day. Working with @catherine_sprod and @alajamie on this picnic scene and helping each other make it even better. Having @aprettylife @keepingwiththetimes @inspiringmaterial @kpardell @bskrobuton @shelley.rounds in @kimklassen 's studio sharing their collective creativity and photography skills was amazing. That was 4 years ago. Over the years friendships have grown. We reach out. We visit. We text. We support each other in hard times and celebrate life moments. It's the little acts of kindness that mean so much right now. Reach out to your friends. Even if they are quiet right now. Ask how they are doing. Set up a zoom call. Send a text to let them know you are thinking of them. Share photos. Connect. We are in this together. And if having an indoor picnic helps, then do it. Sending you all lots of love. Jo
How can I help? It's a question I ask every day right now? What would you like me to cover more of in the garden or outdoors. Being outdoors and gardening brings me joy. It allows me to find peace. I realize that right now, it is a privilege to even think about gardening and going outdoors. Yet, I have access to my yard and I've called my local nursery who will be open May 1. She needs business as they have already ordered soil and pots and has 11 greenhouses filled with plants. So I'll be using the money I've made from my YouTube channel to buy plants and I'll make new videos for you. What would you like me share with you? I'll make a few arrangements using the perennials I have in the yard and we can see how that works out. Other ideas? I'm thinking of all of you and asking how can we find joy in this very challenging time. To our health. Jo-Ann
Such a beautiful day for a walk. Practicing gratitude. Reaching out to dear friends who can't get home even with the government promising a plane. Being grateful for those who returned home early. Chatting with friends, it's really tough. Many don't know what will happen to their post secondary education when they are weeks away from graduation. Their work placements have disappeared. Their part time jobs gave them notice. Contracts have dried up. If you think this doesn't effect you, cause you're healthy, then you don't get it. We are in this together. One country. One globe. Sending you all so much love. We will get through this if we all make respectful choices.
Day One. It starts when every Canadian returns home. This virus is spread by travellers and then spread to the community. Of course we are doing social distancing and washing our hands until we have cracked dried hands. But we reset to day one every day until all Canadians return home. The number one way it spreads is travellers who don't self isolate. Travellers who return home now, you can't walk your dog beyond your property. You can't go for a walk on your street. You must stay at your home. No seeing your kids or parents. No grocery shopping. No exceptions. Self isolation is there to protect all Canadians. Day one begins when travelers return home. For every Canadian, we reset to day one when travelers return. Stop being selfish. Return home NOW so all Canadians can get past this virus. Only when every Canadian is home, can we get past day one and start to see progress and get Canadians back to work and stores open. Enough already. Return home NOW. For all the Canadians who returned earlier or altered your plans, thank you. For all the Canadians who are practicing social distancing, hand washing for 20 seconds, being kind to one another, thank you. We will get through this.
Social distancing. Don't let it divide you. Let it connect you to friends and family. Set up a happy hour or call with friends over zoom Drop flowers to your parents or friends. Do live whatapps videos with the new puppy and your kids Set up Skype calls with your grandkids. Pick up eggs for friends and drop them with a chat in their driveway with a car between you. Say hello to each other when you walk. Together we will rise. Love you all. We will get through this. Jo
It's here! Welcome Spring 2020. Rebirth. New beginnings. Longer days. Time outside. Gardening in the yard. Starting seeds. Hope. We will get through this. Together we will lift each other up. Let's all love each other a wee bit more. Smile. Laugh. Sing. Dance. We are in this together. Big hug, Jo