Friday, July 28, 2017

Welcome Josie!



Josie Amelia Ladner Burgess was born to Carlie and Mike today weighing a whopping ten pounds. See you soon little lady! xo

Friday, July 07, 2017

High And Dry...


This song is for Shane because we used to listen to it driving back to the city in 2002. Shane is ICU at St. Joseph's Hospital. How he got there, no one knows. What matters is that he wakes up.

Shane, we love you and please open your eyes or wiggle your toes a little more. 

- OTL

Monday, June 26, 2017

Love and Patience

The below piece was read at our wedding almost a year ago:


Patience
Patience and Love agreed to meet at a set time and place; beneath the twenty-third tree in the olive orchard. Patience arrived promptly and waited.
She checked her watch every so often but still, there was no sign of Love. Was it the twenty-third tree or the fifty-sixth? She wondered and decided to check, just in case.
As she made her way over to the fifty-sixth tree, Love arrived at twenty-three, where Patience was noticeably absent. Love waited and waited before deciding he must have the wrong tree and perhaps it was another where they were supposed to meet.
Meanwhile, Patience had arrived at the fifty-sixth tree, where Love was still nowhere to be seen. Both begin to drift aimlessly around the olive orchard, almost meeting but never do.
Finally, Patience, who was feeling lost and resigned, found herself beneath the same tree where she began.
She stood there for barely a minute when there was a tap on her shoulder. It was Love.
…………………………….
“Where are you?” She asked. “I have been searching all my life.” “Stop looking for me,” Love replied, “and I will find you.”
~Lang Leav, Lullabies

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our wedding....

We were married on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2 o'clock. The day was beautiful and sweet; thanks to the wonderful work of my friend April who served as our stylish and photographer. We only have one true friend in life who just gets who we are, and she's that friend. To have your best friend plan the day you get married to the love of your life....that's well, as good as it gets. I know that. We have lots of good days in life. This was my best yet.

Here's our wedding story.


- OTL

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Featured in the Globe And Mail today...

This is an article on Grandpa featured in the Globe And Mail today. Grandpa never wanted recognition, but he deserves it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grandpa.....

John Neil BRUCE

J. Neil Bruce of Milton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's and Cancer. He was 91. Neil was born in Toronto on April 7, 1926. During WWII he forged his birth certificate to enlist early in the Royal Canadian Navy. Though he didn't personally see combat he lost his dear uncle and many close friends. After the war and learning that his uncle's plane had crashed in a marsh in Holland, Neil rode his bike to the docks, boarded a ship and journeyed overseas. Once there he hired a crane to retrieve his uncle's body for a proper burial. Neil returned and saved up to buy a small plane and earn his pilot's license. He then began his career as a pilot for Trans-Canada Air Lines which became Air Canada. In 1963 he led a group to save the HMCS Haida. Neil lobbied defense officials in Ottawa and the Toronto mayor to bring the ship to Toronto and find it a permanent home. Within a year he had negotiated the deal to buy the ship, formed Haida, Inc., became its President and started converting the ship into a floating museum. In 1970 HMCS Haida, which is now a national monument, was turned over to the province of Ontario for one dollar. In retirement Neil took up farming and connected with his Scottish roots by tending to a flock of sheep. In the summer he could be found baling and working the fields with children and grandchildren. Always a joker and affable host, friends could expect a cup of tea and warm welcome at the farm. Neil is preceded in death by his brother Ron, his first wife Joan and his eldest son Haddo. He is survived by his loving wife Rachel and four children Bonnie (Greg) of Mississauga, Dana (Kathy) of Streetsville, Neil (Linda) of San Francisco and Shawn (Lindsay) of Pasadena. He was also grandfather to many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Luis Valdez, Alberto Tamayo and Jayson Valdez who were Neil's caregivers throughout his illness and the many, many PSWs from Acclaim Health. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or Duff's Presbyterian Church in Guelph. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street East, Milton. A memorial service will be held on Friday the 21st at 11 a.m. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=john-bruce&pid=185119686&fhid=2830#sthash.WtS2adgr.ex47sGSf.dpuf
John Neil BRUCE

J. Neil Bruce of Milton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's and Cancer. He was 91. Neil was born in Toronto on April 7, 1926. During WWII he forged his birth certificate to enlist early in the Royal Canadian Navy. Though he didn't personally see combat he lost his dear uncle and many close friends. After the war and learning that his uncle's plane had crashed in a marsh in Holland, Neil rode his bike to the docks, boarded a ship and journeyed overseas. Once there he hired a crane to retrieve his uncle's body for a proper burial. Neil returned and saved up to buy a small plane and earn his pilot's license. He then began his career as a pilot for Trans-Canada Air Lines which became Air Canada. In 1963 he led a group to save the HMCS Haida. Neil lobbied defense officials in Ottawa and the Toronto mayor to bring the ship to Toronto and find it a permanent home. Within a year he had negotiated the deal to buy the ship, formed Haida, Inc., became its President and started converting the ship into a floating museum. In 1970 HMCS Haida, which is now a national monument, was turned over to the province of Ontario for one dollar. In retirement Neil took up farming and connected with his Scottish roots by tending to a flock of sheep. In the summer he could be found baling and working the fields with children and grandchildren. Always a joker and affable host, friends could expect a cup of tea and warm welcome at the farm. Neil is preceded in death by his brother Ron, his first wife Joan and his eldest son Haddo. He is survived by his loving wife Rachel and four children Bonnie (Greg) of Mississauga, Dana (Kathy) of Streetsville, Neil (Linda) of San Francisco and Shawn (Lindsay) of Pasadena. He was also grandfather to many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Luis Valdez, Alberto Tamayo and Jayson Valdez who were Neil's caregivers throughout his illness and the many, many PSWs from Acclaim Health. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or Duff's Presbyterian Church in Guelph. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street East, Milton. A memorial service will be held on Friday the 21st at 11 a.m. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=john-bruce&pid=185119686&fhid=2830#sthash.WtS2adgr.ex47sGSf.dpuf
John Neil BRUCE

J. Neil Bruce of Milton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's and Cancer. He was 91. Neil was born in Toronto on April 7, 1926. During WWII he forged his birth certificate to enlist early in the Royal Canadian Navy. Though he didn't personally see combat he lost his dear uncle and many close friends. After the war and learning that his uncle's plane had crashed in a marsh in Holland, Neil rode his bike to the docks, boarded a ship and journeyed overseas. Once there he hired a crane to retrieve his uncle's body for a proper burial. Neil returned and saved up to buy a small plane and earn his pilot's license. He then began his career as a pilot for Trans-Canada Air Lines which became Air Canada. In 1963 he led a group to save the HMCS Haida. Neil lobbied defense officials in Ottawa and the Toronto mayor to bring the ship to Toronto and find it a permanent home. Within a year he had negotiated the deal to buy the ship, formed Haida, Inc., became its President and started converting the ship into a floating museum. In 1970 HMCS Haida, which is now a national monument, was turned over to the province of Ontario for one dollar. In retirement Neil took up farming and connected with his Scottish roots by tending to a flock of sheep. In the summer he could be found baling and working the fields with children and grandchildren. Always a joker and affable host, friends could expect a cup of tea and warm welcome at the farm. Neil is preceded in death by his brother Ron, his first wife Joan and his eldest son Haddo. He is survived by his loving wife Rachel and four children Bonnie (Greg) of Mississauga, Dana (Kathy) of Streetsville, Neil (Linda) of San Francisco and Shawn (Lindsay) of Pasadena. He was also grandfather to many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Luis Valdez, Alberto Tamayo and Jayson Valdez who were Neil's caregivers throughout his illness and the many, many PSWs from Acclaim Health. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or Duff's Presbyterian Church in Guelph. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street East, Milton. A memorial service will be held on Friday the 21st at 11 a.m. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=john-bruce&pid=185119686&fhid=2830#sthash.WtS2adgr.ex47sGSf.dpuf
John Neil BRUCE

J. Neil Bruce of Milton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's and Cancer. He was 91. Neil was born in Toronto on April 7, 1926. During WWII he forged his birth certificate to enlist early in the Royal Canadian Navy. Though he didn't personally see combat he lost his dear uncle and many close friends. After the war and learning that his uncle's plane had crashed in a marsh in Holland, Neil rode his bike to the docks, boarded a ship and journeyed overseas. Once there he hired a crane to retrieve his uncle's body for a proper burial. Neil returned and saved up to buy a small plane and earn his pilot's license. He then began his career as a pilot for Trans-Canada Air Lines which became Air Canada. In 1963 he led a group to save the HMCS Haida. Neil lobbied defense officials in Ottawa and the Toronto mayor to bring the ship to Toronto and find it a permanent home. Within a year he had negotiated the deal to buy the ship, formed Haida, Inc., became its President and started converting the ship into a floating museum. In 1970 HMCS Haida, which is now a national monument, was turned over to the province of Ontario for one dollar. In retirement Neil took up farming and connected with his Scottish roots by tending to a flock of sheep. In the summer he could be found baling and working the fields with children and grandchildren. Always a joker and affable host, friends could expect a cup of tea and warm welcome at the farm. Neil is preceded in death by his brother Ron, his first wife Joan and his eldest son Haddo. He is survived by his loving wife Rachel and four children Bonnie (Greg) of Mississauga, Dana (Kathy) of Streetsville, Neil (Linda) of San Francisco and Shawn (Lindsay) of Pasadena. He was also grandfather to many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Luis Valdez, Alberto Tamayo and Jayson Valdez who were Neil's caregivers throughout his illness and the many, many PSWs from Acclaim Health. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or Duff's Presbyterian Church in Guelph. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street East, Milton. A memorial service will be held on Friday the 21st at 11 a.m. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=john-bruce&pid=185119686&fhid=2830#sthash.WtS2adgr.EBdmkAHL.dpuf

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Gray...

There's gray, wet, weather outside, which matches my gray pants and sweater. I can hear rain on the windowpane. I'm relaxing and listening to Ed Sheran and other British acoustic tunes. It's been a chill few days. My stomach is bothering me. Everything does. 

An unexpected knock took me by surprise this afternoon.   I didn't open it, though I should have, which is a clear sign I'm getting old. I am old. You wouldn't know it from the music I listen to. Age is relative, right? I'm grateful to be inside today, which is something an older person would say. They would also complain about their bowels, but probably wouldn't text their husband like I am doing today. They'd call, which I'm too cheap for. I need to go buy toilet paper. We all need toilet paper, regardless of our age.

Stay dry whenever you're reading this from.

- OTL

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Welcome Mason!

Below is a picture of our nephew, Mason Russell Joseph, born today at 12:28 p.m. to Jeff and Katherine, weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces. We love him already and can't wait to meet him tomorrow.  I am going crazy with love for this wee guy.  This year I have two Valentines.




- OTL