Category Archives: fred

Shoe shining – do you care?

If there’s one thing that I really like are shiny shoes. I love to see the shine – to feel like they are buffed to perfection is a great feeling.

Can I tell you a secret? – one of my favourite things is to go to a shoe shine stand and have them give my shoes a good clean and shine. Frivolous perhaps but once in a while, I love it.

Wondering how to get a good shine? Here’s a guide!


A few years ago – well quite a few – Wendy and I were driving across Saskatewan in the middle of winter. While it was cold – really cold – it was sunny. We were passing farm after farm that was deserted, left to rot in the elements. I decided to stop and take a few photos that testify to a once active home life with children, farm animals and a working family.

I enjoyed those days of travelling across the prairies and while the time to travel was sometimes a challenge in the midst of other challenges in the schedule it was fascinating to see other parts of Canada.

When CTV aired their first season of The Amazing Grace Canada I was amazed that everywhere the contestants went I had been at some point in the past few years.

What a wonderful country we live in. The geography is incredibly diverse. I hope you get to see more than your corner of it!

It’s on the wall

I debated this. That is I mean I wasn’t sure I would put my degree on the wall. I put my Arrow certificate on the wall and I did the same thing…in my head that is. I look at signature lines with people who place their degrees or designations behind their name. I admire them, but I also don’t want to be seen as someone bragging.

Yet these kinds of things are a great deal of work – and expense – and time doing papers and reading and papers and more reading! And being done – having completed is a very satisfying feeling.

At any rate, I did put it on the wall. The truth of the matter is, it is there for me to see more than anyone else. I just feeling good having finished what I started!