The Beaches of Toronto

Canada Geese on the beachThe Canada Geese Of The Beaches of Toronto

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There is a wonderful area of Toronto I just love to visit.  It is the part of the Beaches (or The Beach, whatever your preference) on Queen Street East, starting at Woodbine, continuing east as far as Scarborough Bluffs, and on the south – the beach, overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario.  

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When we visit near the Bluffs, we usually carry some good food for the Canada geese and the ducks there, and catch a bite to eat at the restaurant at the Marina.

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The Bluffers Park Marina has offered the boater everything they could want for over 25 years.  Boat mechanics on site, two restaurants, a snack bar, a big sandy beach and just 20 minutes from downtown Toronto. Over 400 Slips, docks from 20’ to 80’, accommodating both power and sail boats, with a full service fuel dock, and winter boat storage.

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The commercial part of Queen Street East is in the middle of the area I love to visit.  The stores, which change every once in awhile, provide unique and interesting shopping and dining – or entertainment.  There are plenty of cafés, and fine restaurants and pubs.  Leave the car at home, take a streetcar, then just saunter along the streets and boardwalks.  Streetcars are a great way to go, adding to the charm of the whole area. They’ve been travelling to The Beaches for a long, long time.
 
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The side-streets have mostly semi-detached two-story duplexes or sometimes four-plexes, and express Victorian or Edwardian style architecture, built in the 19th century, from around 1900 and the 1920s.

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This home (pictured below) located in a Beach neighbourhood recently sold for $1,875,000.

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Here is short and enjoyable video from 2013 entitled “The Beach Toronto – Toronto’s Sports Paradise” (thanks to Bosleyrealestate) which really captures the flavour of the Beaches. In its 3:54 minute visualization, you will see beach volleyball, baseball, lawn bowling, tennis, skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, the broad sandy beach itself, the gently lapping, sparkling waters of Lake Ontario, swimming, sail and speed boating, kite surfing, the expansive boardwalk for daytime sauntering or moonlit walks, dogs (walking their masters), a multitude of interesting restaurants, stores and night spots, beautiful and unique homes, lovely tree-lined streets, our historic and beautiful Kew Gardens, and many restful parks. 

There are so many great places to eat in The Beaches that I couldn’t record them all here, but this link to the website “Urbanspoon” has a list of 157 locations to get you started!

Urbanspoon – The Beaches Restaurants

Walking the Dog Kew Gardens area

I love the parks.  I have spent memorable times on the benches looking out at Lake Ontario, watching proud owners of even prouder dogs walk by on the boardwalk (here since 1932).  It’s 3 km long, and there is a lovely park with picnic tables, and shady or sunny spots. My husband and I used to pick up a scrumptious Greek Salad takeout and set up our hibachi in the park, then cook a couple of steaks for a wonderful meal and memory.

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Or watch Beach Volleyball.

It’s fun watching the dogs, the kids, the bicyclists or roller-bladers on the path beside the boardwalk, and the benches along the beach are wonderful relaxation points.

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I could listen all day to waves brushing the sandy shore, soft shushy ones or big booming crashers, all wonderful.  (I have a recording by my bedside I sometimes listen to, of waves breaking on the shore.) Soaking in the sun is another plus (most inexpensive way to get your vitamin D).  Or sitting in the shade of the huge old trees can actually lull you to sleep.  Even just thinking about a warm sunny day, sitting on a bench, under a big old tree, listening to the waves……zzzzz  oops!  sorry! I dozed off there for a moment.

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Oh yes, and you can use the beach to swim too…..

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(Well, hey folks!  It’s OUR beach too, you know.)

The 2014 Beaches International Jazz Festival 

It’s like a small town in a pocket of the big city with its own individual treats.  Every year the Beaches presents its own International Jazz Festival which is being held this year from July 18 to 27th, and admission is free. Music has been a part of the Beaches for a long, long time.  Here are people listening to the Band at Scarborough Beach in the early 1900s.

Listening to the Band at Scarboro Beach early 1900s

Events at the this year’s Jazz Festival include:

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Streetfest runs July 24-26 showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer – upwards of 50 Canadian bands entertain you along a 2 km stretch of Queen Street East (closed to traffic for this occasion) playing 3 sets between 7 to 11 pm nightly. Check the site link below for all musical artists performing & the locations where you’ll find them:

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Taste of Jazz occurs July 22-23 in Woodbine Park featuring live music and a fine lineup of food trucks offering a full range of tasty delights, along with a licensed beer/wine garden area. It’s a “Gourmet Food Truck Extravaganza”! Here’s the link to check it out:

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The BIJF Tune-Up Run could help you work off the calories you might have added at the Taste of Jazz. This official training run event, organized by Canada Running Series, invites you to a group training run or walk on July 27 at 8 a.m., starting in the Beaches Boardwalk near the Leuty Life Guard Station.  You have a choice of 5k, 10, or 20k – all routes head out in the same direction. Check this website for information: 

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The Jazz Workshops are held at the Mennonite New Life Centre, 1774 Queen Street East, on July 21-23 and July 26-27. Some of the most talented artists in Toronto present these free workshops. Go to this site to choose your workshop and register by email:

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Jazz In Motion – Photography/Multi-Arts Projects – displays of images that best define the essence of jazz music, jazz musicians and the audience which supports them.  You can also submit artwork or participate in live painting in the park. Here’s the site to get information on the submission of photos or artwork:

Beaches Jazz – Jazz In Motion Juried Photography Exhibition

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See you at the Festival!

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but don’t forget to stroll down and spend time on The Beaches too!

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As has become her custom these last few posts, my daughter has offered to add her favourite “themed” musical contributions to my blog. I’ve given her free reign, so let’s she what she’s come up with…

Finding my favourite music with a Beaches theme wasn’t difficult for me. In fact, being a lover of all things beach-related I had a great time picking out these tunes. I’ve included a little background info that you might find interesting. I hope you can take time to listen, as hardly anything can lift your spirits as high and get your toes tapping as happily as a bit of music in your life.  My selections cover a wide variety of music styles. Hopefully there’s something here for everyone’s tastes.

Blake Shelton – Some Beach
Blake Shelton (b. 6/18/76 Ada, OK) American country singer & TV personality. His 2001 debut single “Austin” was 5 wks. at #1 – Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His Gold debut album had 2 more Top 20 hits, and his 2nd & 3rd albums (2003/2004) were also certified Gold.  He’s charted 24 singles, 11 of them at #1.  He’s also judged on TV singing competitions Nashville Star, Clash of the Choirs, & The Voice (where his team won 3 seasons out of  6). He’s married to famous country singer Miranda Lambert. He has 6 studio albums, 3EPs, a compilation, and 18 singles. (wikipedia)  He’s had numerous award nominations (including 7 Grammys) which have earned him 25 #1 awards – American Country Awards; American Music Awards; CMT Music Awards;Country Music Association Awards; iHeartRadio Music Awards. (aceshowbiz.com).  I have to admit, Blake Shelton wasn’t on my radar till I watched him on The Voice but I’ve grown to appreciate his distinctive sound since then. I especially enjoy his 2008 cover of Michael Bublé’s “Home”.

2004 – Here’s Blake Shelton with his corny/cute country hit called Some Beach from “Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill” – (h/t Blake Shelton – YouTube)

Vince Guaraldi – Pebble Beach
Vincent “Vince” Guaraldi (b. San Francisco, CA. 7/17/28 – 2/6/76) American jazz musician/pianist noted for innovative compositions & arrangements & for composing music for Peanuts animated TV shows (wikipedia)  1st recorded work was 1953s “Vibratharpe”w/the Cal Tjader Trio. Studio sessions & touring kept him busy during the ’50s (Conte Candoli (2 albums), Frank Rosolino (1), Cal Tjader (10+), 1956 Woody Herman tour & standing ovations at the 1958’s 1st Monterey Jazz Festival w/The Cal Tjader Quintet). National prominence came with 1962’s Gold record/Grammy winning “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”. – Producer Lee Mendelson heard that song & asked Guaraldi to compose music for a “Peanuts” Christmas TV special and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job. He & his trio performed 17 “Peanuts” TV specials, & 1 feature film “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. (Derrick Bank & wikipedia).  Although he died young, at 47, he’d recorded 17 albums, with many additional notable appearances on other artists albums, and at least 14 posthumous album/cd releases since then. I hope you have the opportunity to listen to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album- one of my favourites.  I love his style of jazz, I hope you do too.

1964 – This is an audio only video of the Vince Guaraldi Trio performing Pebble Beach from “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”.  – (h/t TheElectronicPeanut sin kanal – YouTube)

The Beach Boys – The Warmth of the Sun
The Beach Boys – American rock band formed in Hawthorne, CA. 1961. The group’s original lineup were brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, cousin Mike Love & friend Al Jardine. They bacame the most popular surf rock band in the U.S. during the early 1960s. Mastermind & chief songwriter, Brian Wilson, took The Beach Boys’ music to ever increasing levels of sophistication and artistry between 1964 and 1966. They then became one of most popular international acts of the decade and arguably the only American group to effectively challenge the success of The Beatles in terms of mainstream appeal and critical recognition. The Beach Boys produced 29 studio albums, 4 Live, 34 compilations and 82 singles. (wikipedia).  2012 marked their 50th anniversary and the surviving band members completed a 73 date world tour to commemorate their years of making great music. On a personal note, I never understood the supposed rivalry between fans of The Beach Boys and fans of The Beatles. Although I’m partial to the Beatles, I enjoy them both. Perhaps my favourite Beach Boys album is “Surf’s Up” – hopefully you’ll get the chance to hear it.

1964 – Let’s reminisce with The Beach Boys in this video showcasing beautiful sunset pictures backed by one of their lovely harmonic songs – The Warmth Of The Sun from “Shut Down Volume 2” – (h/t David Patch – YouTube)

Percy Faith – Ebb Tide
Percy Faith was born and raised in Toronto, Canada (b. 4/7/08 – 2/9/76) Child piano prodigy, giving his first recital at 15 at Massey Hall; played music for silent movies at movie theatres. He injured his hands in a fire at 18 which cut his concert pianist career short. Faith moved into arranging, beginning with local, hotel orchestras but quickly moving to radio where he developed his lush pop-instrumental style. For most of the ’30s, he worked at the Canadian Broadcast Company radio. His show, Music by Faith, was also aired within the U.S. -moved to Chicago in 1940.- had his first #1 hit “Delicado” (1952) -composed film scores during mid 1950s, starting with Oscar-nominated Love Me or Leave Me (w/Geo.Stoll). -his biggest hit of the 1960s was “The Theme From A Summer Place”by Max Steiner (reached #1 & earned him his 1st Grammy). Percy Faith was one of the most popular easy listening recording artists of the ’50s and ’60s. He had many hit albums & singles, and also was responsible for arranging hits by Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, and Burl Ives, among others, as the musical director for Columbia Records in the ’50s. (Cub Koda – AllMusic).  Percy Faith’s music is where I go to relieve life’s stresses. Sit back, close your eyes, you’re at the Beach. So Relax!

1954 – Although many artists have performed this lovely tune, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Toronto’s own Percy Faith’s version of Ebb Tide(h/t baroqer2010 – YouTube)

Chris Rea – On The Beach
Chris Rea (b. 3/4/51-) is an English singer-songwriter, recognizable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing.  The “British Hit Singles & Albums” stated that Rea was “one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s”. He was already a major European star by the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with his 18th chart entry…By 2009, Rea had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.  He is well known for his 1978 hit song “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” that chartered #12 on the Billobard Hot 100 and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard adult contemporary chart…The Guinness Rockopedia described him as a “gravel-voiced guitar stalwart”.  He has compiled 23 studio albums, 11 compilations, 1 Live, 1 soundtrack & has had 72 hit singles. One of my all-time favourite Yuletide songs is Chris Rea’s “Driving Home For Christmas”.  Whether you celebrate or not, it’s a wonderful song to listen to during the Holidays.

1986 – Here’s a taste of Chris Rea’s unique voice in his video for On The Beach from the Platinum selling album of the same name – (h/t SwinIntoMyOcean – YouTube)

 

 

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HEARD ON THE BEACHES

A long walk on a long beach shortens every kind of sorrow! (Mehmet Murat ildan)
Writers begin with a grain of sand, and then create a beach.  (Robert Black)
Beach girls now, beach girls tomorrow, beach girls till the end of time.  (Luanne Rice)
Here, Fridays were dedicated to the two Bs – Beach and Boats.  (Laura Miller)
Everyday I’m steppin’ on a beach!  (Spongebob)
Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.  (Michelle Held)
On the beach, you can live in bliss.  (Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys)
After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.  (Pam Shaw)
Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars. (Maria Sharpova)
I could never stay long enough on the shore:  the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.  (Helen Keller)
If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.  (Jimmy Buffett)
You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.  (Frank Deford)
My life is like a stroll on the beach… as near to the edge as I can go.  (Thoreau)
The beach is in our blood.  Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.  (Sandy Archibald)
There’s a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair, palm trees are growing, warm breeze is blowing, I picture myself right there, on Some Beach, Somewhere. (Rory Feek & Paul Overstreet “Some Beach”)
Play in the sand; splash in the water; get dirty; get wet.  The beach is the only place my mom doesn’t get mad about me doing that stuff.  Of course I love the beach! (Dixie Dykens, age 5)

…and from that famous author, “Unknown”, comes the following:

-Leave me alone, world, I’m on beach time.
-My feeling about the beach is quite simple… I just love the beach!
-Sunrise beach mornings, a great way to start the day. Sunset beach evenings, a great way to start the night.
-Life’s a beach, and I’m just tanning.
-At the beach, time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted.
-Memories made at the beach last a lifetime.
Come walk with me, take off your shoes, let’s walk the beach with only the moon to light the path and waves to hear you tell me you love me.
-Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night?  So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.

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A Day at The Beach

 Chillin'Just Chillin’

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Couple in the sunStanding in your shadow

Couple in the surfTwo Against The World

DraggingSwimming is such a drag

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FunningDogs Gone Wild!

DiggingBurying My Head In The Sand

SandingI’m a Living Sand Castle

PlungingTaking the Plunge

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Cool surfingSurfer Girl

Serious Surfing      Surfer Dude

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What the???Livin’ On The Edge

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Life is serious…. beaches are fun…. have fun now and then

Signing off…. ej

 

 

 

 

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Super Mom

SUPER MOM

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I know, I know…. you all think YOUR Mom is The Super Mom, and that’s as it should be.  But what can I say?  I actually had a Super Duper Mom, and how many of you can say YOUR Mom was mom to over 100 children? Mine was.

When I was a child, my Mom was the Neighbourhood organizer at all birthday parties and events where children were gathered.  These events were always successes because my Mom knew How to Organize Children.  It was built into her gene structure.  Children automatically obeyed her, but adored her while they were doing so.  She was a female Pied Piper when leading children into the ways they should go – willingly.

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I always wondered why my friends would do absolutely anything my mother wanted them to do, and so willingly – because I had a genetic disposition to resist authority wherever possible, and was not always in step with the marching crowd surrounding my Mom.  My Auntie, sister to my Mom, gave me some insight into the secret of Mom’s success, which apparently began when Mom was a child herself.

When in a junior grade, Mom wrote an essay on what she wanted to be when she grew up, the gist of it being that she wanted to have 100 children, with no fathers around to get in the way.  My mother had a good command of words, and her essay was apparently superb, received excellent marks – but wasn’t posted on the bulletin board for Parent’s Night perusal, because of the “no fathers” stipulation, I assume.  Still, it caused a lifetime directional change.

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She always wanted to be a mother, and didn’t waver from her motherly disposition  her whole life.  But I only had three siblings, and that left her about 96 short of her ultimate goal.  Being the Super Mom that she was, there had to be a solution to her problem – and she found it.

She began fostering children from The Children’s Aid Society.  At first they arrived one at a time – adorable little babies who would be part of our family for weeks or months, and then they would be adopted out to a deserving family, and Mom would make a place for a new arrival.  It became apparent that not only did my Super Mom want to care for these children as though they were her own, (which I suppose they always were, to her), but she wanted even more of a challenge. She became known as a Foster Mom who was especially capable of caring for children that were not easy to care for, mentally or physically, and her role changed.  Not only did she become Mom to children with problems, she sometimes had more than one at a time to be cared for.  She handled them with her almost magical hands and mind, so that they joined her ever-increasing army of Super Mom Adorers.  Unadoptable children became adoptable.  Unhappy, angry children became sweetly agreeable.  Stubborn children became pleasantly passive.  It was as if they were all brushed with Super Mom Fairy Dust.

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Year after year went by, and even though Super Mom moved to another city, special arrangements were made for one of the children to go with her into another county (they changed the legal procedure), because no one else could get through to that child.  Through her patience and understanding, that little girl, who had been with Mom for four years, since she was two, and who had been written off as “mentally challenged” not only was adopted into a great family, but became valedictorian of her graduating class.  Because my Super Mom’s role also contained a Super Educator Hat as well.

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My Dad was working long hours and many times on the road, so Mom had free reign over the daily routine of bringing up children.  At one time, my husband and child and I spent a few months living with Mom and Dad while settling into a new life, and my child became part of Super Mom’s Army (where she remained steadfastly throughout the years).  At the same time, one of my brothers had a temporary job loss so he and his family, wife and three children, also joined the retinue for several months. Mom just rolled up her sleeves and added three more adoring children into the crowd. Her gang at that time consisted of two 14-month old identical twin boys, one with a severe asthmatic condition, and a three-month old little girl, as well as the six-year-old girl who had followed her to their new home.  8 in all, as I recall, plus giving day-care to a little boy of 3 whose parents both worked.  And through it all, Super Mom’s household was neat as a pin and clean, with meals served on time, and every hour of the day organized and correct. How she managed to do all this caring and still have time to read stories, help with homework, and change a tire on the car is beyond me!

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Every summer, Super Mom became Super Grand Mom too, as the grandchildren eagerly applied to be summer guests at her house.  Where better to spend their vacation than with their best-friend imaginative mentor, who opened up new worlds of what-ifs and I-cans?

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There came a time, when my Dad was ready to retire, that he cautiously mentioned that it might be nice for him to have Super Mom all to himself.  After all, he reasoned, her dream had been fulfilled.  At that point she had tended to well over a hundred children, all successfully placed into adoptive homes, or back into their natural homes, and there hadn’t been one father there to bother Mom with their upbringing and care.

It must have been hard for Super Mom to take voluntary retirement, but she finally agreed that it might be nice to spend time with her childhood sweetheart, take trips with him and get into gardening and other interests they shared.  But there was a stipulation, of course, that home would always be the place where neighbourhood children and her own grandchildren could gather.  As often as possible, of course.  And they did, of course.  My Super Mom.

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INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL ART

In my Artist’s Section this post, I want to show you the wonderful work of a special artist named Sherry Anne Albi, who lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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About Sherry……

Sherry was brought up in a small town in Northern Ontario, with her parents, her grandmother, and five siblings.  The long winters gave her time to learn skills from her grandmothers and mother, which she uses today — knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing.  Her father was a renowned artist who painted with passion until the day he passed away.  Her mother is also a painter, and continues to paint in her senior years.  Sherry developed her own creative passion for lifelike baby dolls, and her art is centred in her “Forever Wee Ones.”

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These babies are NOT recommended for children – the life-like babies are family treasures to be handed down from one generation to the next.

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Babies are painted with durable, non-fading paint, which never rubs off.  Skin tones are realistic, like a new-born baby.  She uses a matte finish.  sherry uses mohair, resembling the fine hair of a baby, with hair being rooted one hair at a time, using the smallest needle available on the market.

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The eyes are blue-grey or a rich brown, for opened-eyed babies.

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Sherry makes all the bodies herself, with double-stitched seams, and doe-suede for the bodies.

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Babies are weighted with the tiniest of glass beads, so amall you won’t feel them, only the weight, and babies are weighed realistically to their size and age.

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No babies are under 5.5 lbs.  The body is signed and dated by Sherry (on their little tushy).

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Supplied with the baby – an outfit, undershirt with matching bib, hat and scratch mittens, socks, diaper, knitted or crocheted outfit (sweater, booties, bonnet) a blanket, pajamas for night time, and a birth certificate with baby’s picture on it is supplied.

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Some of Sherry’s babies have achieved stardom.  Henry has done a commercial for a well-known department store (and he is still available for adoption.)  Kyle just finished a photo shoot for a major television network, and many of her babies have been shown in articles in Discover dolls magazine, and The Toronto Star, etc.

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Babies shown above are samples of some “adopted” babies.  Here’s a little guy who is waiting to be adopted….

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Want to see more? Here’s the link to Sherry’s website: Forever Wee Ones

‘Nuff said.

 

 

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“When God Created Mothers”

by Erma Bombeck

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

“One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

“I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

“But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

“Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

“There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

“You are a genius,” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”

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What Others Say About Moms

–  There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child – and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.  (Robert Brault)
–  A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  (Tenneva Jordan)
–  All mothers are working mothers.  (unknown)
–  The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  (Rajneesh)
–  Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.  (Pearl S Buck)
–  Sweater: n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  (Ambrose Bierce)
–  The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  (Honoré de Balzac)
–  If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?  (Milton Berle)
–  Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. (Marion C. Garretty)
–  Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.  (Emily Dickinson)
–  A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us;  when adversity takes the place of prosperity;  when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us;  when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hears.  (Washington Irving)
–  Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.  (Lisa Alther)
–  That best academy, a mother’s knee.  (James Russell Lowell)
–  A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.  (unknown)
–  You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool mom.  (unknown)
–  Mother’s love grows by giving.  (Charles Lamb)
–  All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.   (Abraham Lincoln)
–  God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.  (Jewish Proverb)
–  The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. (W R Wallace)

 

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Mother, My Friend

When I have troubles
that come to my door,
I count all my blessings,
for they are much more.

And the best blessing
that I hold on to,
My mother, my friend,
I always have you.

© E Joyce Finn/Collie

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Mom

A drop of rain,
another,
many, many more.

A rill,
a brook,
a stream,
a rushing torrent,
a mighty river!

Lakes!

Oceans!

O !  Feel how much I love you  !

© E Joyce Finn/Collie

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My daughter has chosen a few songs as tributes to her Mom (that would be me), her Grandmothers and to all Mothers out there. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Connie Francis – “Mama”

Connie Francis (born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, December 12, 1938in Newark, New Jersey,) is an American pop singer of Italian heritage and the top-charting female vocalist of the late-1950s and early-1960s. Although her chart success waned in the second half of the 1960s, Francis remained a top concert draw. Despite several severe interruptions in her career, she is still active as a recording and performing artist. Following an idea of her father, Francis traveled to London in August 1959 to record an Italian album at EMI’s famous Abbey Road Studios, entitled Connie Francis sings Italian Favorites. The album was released in November 1959. Soon after it entered the album charts where it remained for 81 weeks, peaking at # 4. It remains to this day Francis’ most successful album release. The subsequent single culled from this album, “Mama”, reached # 8 in the United States and # 2 in the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)

1959 – Reminisce with this black and white TV performance by Connie Francis singing “Mama”, in both Italian and English –  (from John1948ThreeB1a on YouTube)

 

Celine Dion – “A Mother’s Prayer”

Céline Dion, CC OQ ChLD (born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. Dion’s music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Falling Into You and Record of the Year for “My Heart Will Go On”. She is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era, with her albums Falling Into You and Let’s Talk About Love both certified Diamond in the US, and is the only female artist to have two singles sell more than a million copies in the UK. In addition, her 1995 album D’eux, is the best-selling French-language album of all time.In 2004, after surpassing 175 million in album sales worldwide, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for becoming the best-selling female artist of all time. Dion remains the best-selling Canadian artist of all time with record sales of more than 200 million copies worldwide. (Wikipedia)

2004Celine Dion performs “A Mother’s Prayer” live on Oprah’s show, accompanied on piano by Canada’s own David Foster – (from CelineDionGreece on YouTube)

 

Carrie Underwood – “Mama’s Song”

Carrie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress, described by music critics as Country Music’s reigning Queen. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. She is a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards. As a songwriter, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Underwood is also a two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award and the first woman to win such an award twice (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. (Wikipedia)

2010 – Here is Carrie’s lovely video of  “Mama’s Song” – (from carrieunderwoodVEVO on YouTube)

 

Il Divo – “Mama”

Il Divo is an English multinational operatic pop vocal group created by music manager Simon Cowell. Formed in the United Kingdom, they are signed to Cowell’s record label, Syco Music. Il Divo is a group of four male singers: French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. To date, they have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide. Il Divo sings in Spanish, English, Italian, French and Latin. (wikipedia). Il Divo put a fresh face on popular songs, utilizing their exceptional voices, good looks, and cultural diversity to bring their romantic blend of classical and pop music to audiences around the world. (James C. Monger – Rovi)

2011 – Please watch this wonderful live performance of Il Divo singing “Mama” –  (from GreatLiveMusicals on YouTube)

 Leah West – “Guardian Angel”

Leah West is Canada’s newest Indie-Pop Sensation. Leah West is the winner of the 2011 BCIMA “People’s Choice Award” and she was also nominated for 3 other awards, including “Songwriter of the Year” “Single of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Recording of the Year”. Leah’s songs are currently playing on both major and indie radio. Leah West is a Canadian-American Singer-Songwriter who grew up in New Jersey, near New York City. “It is a huge melting pot of culture and it was a great place to grow up and be surrounded by fabulous music and entertainment from all over the world.” Leah moved to Kelowna, BC, Canada in 2005 to immerse herself in the vibrant Canadian music scene. She travels extensively, but calls Kelowna, BC, Canada home.(Sonicbids)

2012 – This is Leah West’s ode to Mothers everywhere “Guardian Angel” – (from Ken Herft Jr on YouTube)

 

The Mamas and the Papas

Although this group doesn’t fit into a category of “songs for Mothers”,  their band title certainly is appropriate. The song I’ve picked could very easily be “dedicated” to Mom as well…

The Mamas and The Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. They released five studio albums and seventeen singles, six of which made the top ten, and sold close to 40 million records worldwide. The group comprised John Phillips (1935–2001), Canadian Denny Doherty (1940–2007), Cass Elliot (1941–1974), and Michelle Phillips née Gilliam (b. 1944). Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips, the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early sixties. (Wikipedia). The leading California-based vocal group of the ’60s, the Mamas & the Papas epitomized the ethos of the mid- to late-’60s pop culture: live free, play free, and love free. Their music, built around radiant harmonies and a solid electric folk foundation, was gorgeous on its own terms, but a major part of its appeal lay in the easygoing southern California lifestyle it endorsed. The group’s success was as extraordinary as it was brief. (Bruce Eder-AllMusic)

1967 – Here is a video of “Dedicated To The One I Love” with snapshots of The Mamas and The Papas – (from msknowitall96 on YouTube)

 

Paws for Awhile

We humans aren’t the only ones who love our families. Please sit back and enjoy “A Mother’s Love”. It’s a very sweet and touching video of animal mothers and their offspring – (from Jeannetter K on YouTube)

 

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FINAL NOTE:  Working on “The Beaches”…… coming soon.

‘Ta-ta for now”….. EJ.