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Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself. 
For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed. 
For a very long time I have equated my worth with …

Gingerbread man

There really is a Gingerbread man and his name is Richard Palframan
Last week, while visiting a friend in Ottawa, I came across this little shop in Manotick called the "Gingerbread Man". As the name suggests the store sells gingerbread and oh my, what fabulous gingerbread it is (just look at the photo of my friend Stefania's daughter Alexia if you want to see how good it really was!).
Palframan, a golf pro and five star chef, decided to make some gingerbread for the Christmas season nine years ago. He hasn't looked back since. Now a full time passion you may find Palframan cooking up a storm (and if you're lucky like we were, able to get a cookie fresh out of the oven) Tuesday through Sunday. 

This slot machine actually works - see coins below!

My friend Stefania and her daughter Alexia who's hoping for a little more cookie!


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