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BConnected Conference Twitter Party Details

When: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Time: 8 pm EDT

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Family Winter Memories 2017

Hey, Readers!

It has been a while since I have shared some of the memories my family experienced during the beautiful seasons we experience here in Canada’s capital. Now that winter is about to make way for spring in just a few days, I thought I would let your in on some of our favourite moments of winter.

 

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Christmas held many fun memories for our family, but there is more to winter than the holiday season. It is about getting out and enjoying what this frozen season brings.

My other half dragged my butt away from my laptop on many occasions to get out for a run. It snowed on most days we tied up our runners to hit the trails. Though the white fluffy stuff made this workout a bit challenging to pull off, we were thankful for our shades and (somewhat) cleared paths to trek along. The best part about the snow was that it made the scenery around us beautiful, allowing us to marvel at the views around us.

 

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As the snow piled up in here in Ottawa, we were able to spend some fun times in our backyard oasis. The VPs had a ball marching around (because the snow was as high as my knee at times), flopping about and playing with snowballs together.

 

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While the VPs were outside, I decided to have a bit of fun, too! I began embracing being in front of the lens more often. I used a handy tool to give me an assist to make some of these shots happen.

 

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The sun decided to smile on us many times this winter, giving us some unusually warm days. We got the VPs outside to hit the neighbourhood sledding hill. They loved racing down the hill on their sleds and could have stayed there all day long.

 

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There were also times we ventured away from our neighbourhood to take in winter in downtown Ottawa. I took the VP of Cuteness ice skating for the first time at City Hall and she did not want to get off of them.

 

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We also took in Winterlude and some of the other sites while we were strolling around the area. I was even able to snap a shot of my eldest on our way home. The snow covering objects and buildings gave the city a sense of beauty that only happens at this time of the year.

 

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I tried to capture a bit of the gorgeousness of the season. With the temperatures rising and plunging so often this winter, nature decided to show off what it could do leaving some amazing scenes to snap shots of. I have to admit, the frozen fish shot still makes me laugh whenever I see it.

 

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This winter was full of fun and surprises. The thermometer dipped and soared, and with the VPs being a bit older, they got to experience winter more on their own. Though throwing, sledding, and skating make for fun times, we are all on pins and needles waiting for the ice and snow to recede, allowing for the first buds of spring to appear. I can’t wait to be able to show you what my family gets into when this season (finally) appears! Thanks for the fun times and the sweet memories, winter!

Dish with me: What is your favourite part of winter?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Feeling at Home at the Courtyard by Marriott Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West!

Hey, Readers!

It had been a while since I had been home to see my family in Toronto. Since my aunt who I have not seen in about a decade was visiting “Grandma” (it’s actually my mom but she does not answer to this since she no longer has kids) for a few weeks, we decided to go home for a weekend to see her and my other family members! Instead of staying with one of my relatives, we decided to stay in a hotel. After doing a bit of research of hotels close to Grandma’s home, we decided to book a room at the Marriott Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West.

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The Courtyard by Marriott Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West boasts the following amenities for its guests:

  • Free high-speed Internet
  • Fitness Centre
  • Pool
  • Airport Shuttle

They also have four different rooms available to book:

  • 2 Queen-sized beds guest room
  • 1 King-sized bed guest room with a sofa bed
  • 1 King-sized guest room with a Whirlpool bathtub
  • 1 King-sized suite with a sofa bed.

We felt that the 2 Queen-sized beds guest room would work best for our family since it had two beds that were the same size we could all sleep on and enjoy.

After our long drive, we were so happy to reach our room. My little ones made short work of making themselves right at home in our room. They made sure that their entourage was comfortable and that our clothing was put away in their proper places. There was plenty of room for our clothes and my collection of shoes.

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The next things the kids and I had to try out were our beds and I am a HUGE fan of a tall bed. Each bed was firm and comfy. I had so much fun climbing into our beds every time I wanted to sleep or wanted to sit back and relax. As you can see, my kids found our beds adequate for our stay.

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This was one of the nicer bathrooms I have had in a hotel room in a long time. I loved that there was a privacy wall between the vanity and the toilet. There is literally enough room for three people to be in the bathroom at the same time (if this was necessary) without bumping into each other. The counter had so much space. It was able to hold all of our toiletries along with those that are complementary to the room.

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After a good night’s sleep, our tummies were grumbling. Since we had a few hours before meeting up with family, we decided to grab a bite at the hotel’s eatery, The Bistro – Eat.Drink.Connect™. I loved the set-up of their seating area. There were tables for those who wanted to get a bit of work done while they ate as well as three banquettes for families or small groups of people to share their meal. Each of the banquettes housed a television set so you could catch up on the goings-on of the day while you ate.

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Since we are used to a hearty sit-down breakfast on weekend mornings, we each ordered a scrambled egg breakfast. It came with strips of bacon, home fries, toast, and a cup of fruit (juice was separate). We were not disappointed with our morning meal. It was warm, yummy and ever so filling. This meal got us fueled well for our big day of fun.

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While our food was cooking, I had time to check out the hotel’s business centre. This area of the hotel was for guests to work if more space is needed to meet and work. Boarding passes could be printed off, desks and chairs are available for guests to set up shop to work. It is a comfortable and spacious work area.

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On the other side of the wall from the business centre was the hotel’s lounge area where guests are able to meet and greet friends. It is set up like a stylish living room with a roomy den side-by-side. There was so much room in this area that several groups could be there without feeling as though they would disturb each other. The two-sided fireplace was one of my favourite features of this room. It was warm and inviting. I wish it had a roaring fire in it when I visited, but the weather was too warm for it to be on.

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Our weekend was such a whirlwind affair that we did not have the chance to check out the fitness centre or the pool area. We were sad to check out of the Courtyard by Marriott Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West at the end of our mini family vacation. We enjoyed our breakfast at The Bistro – Eat.Drink.Connect™, the business and lounge areas are great for meeting and working, and our room really made us feel at home. The next time we visit our family in Toronto, we will be sure to book another room here!

For more information about the Courtyard by Marriott Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West, you can visit them on their website!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by the Courtyard by Marriott Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West to write this post. I’m just sharing my great experience with you!

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The Country Cookhouse: A Great Place For A Great Price!

Hey Readers!

Since my fa mily lives in the Glebe area of Canada’s capital, we frequent shoppers along Banks Street, the mains street for of all of the shops in this area.  During  one of our trips to Bank Street, we got a little hungry, and were trying to figure out where we should eat. That was when we decided to go to this chip wagon that we had seen on previous stops to the area.  It was  the Country Cookhouse. It is located in the parking lot of Kunstadt Sports at 680 Bank Street.  We were attracted to this chip wagon because of the seating they made available for their patrons.  Look at it! It’s so original and awesome! I had to take a few pics of this place!

 

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Here is a front shot of the wagon. I loved everything I saw about this place! It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Bank Street, and places you, for a moment, into a cozy, woodsy fun cabin-like area.

 

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The Country Cookhouse also has a great menu! Besides serving the usual fare of other chip trucks in Ottawa, they also serve cole slaw, spicy beef chili, potato salad, mac & cheese, along with various warm sandwiches!

Here’s our meal! We all got hot dogs, French fries and pop.  We sat down on one of the tables and ate our lunch hungrily. It looked as though it was going to rain soon, so we wanted to get something we could eat quickly before we got rained on. The Hot Dog was delish, the fries were thick and scrumptious.  My drink washed it down perfectly!

 

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Here are some things to note about the Country Cookhouse:

Price: $ –  Not Bad!

French Fries – ; Hot Dog – ; Drink – .  Their sides (cole slaw, mac n cheese, spicy beef chili, potato salad) are $4. Their warm sandwiches cost $7.

Location: Easy to get to.

The Country Cookhouse is right on Bank Street, so it is really to find for a quick snack.

So if you are looking for a place to get a quick bite while in the Glebe, then check out the Country Cookhouse for some great food!

You can connect with the Country Cookhouse on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by the Country Cookhouse for this post.  I really wanted to share a great spot to check out in Canada’s Capital.

SuzyQ Doughnuts: A Smile in Every Bite

Hey Readers!

I miss living a stone’s throw away from Wellington West, a neighbourhood just west of downtown Ottawa.  This area has so many things happening there, and there are also so many delicious places to stop and get a bite to eat.  One of my favourite haunts in the Wellington West village is SuzyQ Doughnuts!

SuzyQ is a gourmet doughnut company that is unlike any other I have ever visited ! The flavours that they have available are so different, fun and original and scrumptiously delicious! My family and I have become huge fans of their delectable doughnut delights, that we always have to drop in whenever we are in the area.

Here it is! This is SuzyQ Doughnuts on Wellington Street! They have a parking lot for those doughnut lovers that want to drive to get their sugar fix here, and they have a seating area for patrons who want to savour their detectible delights if you cannot wait to get home to do so. This is the box that they were packaged in.  It is simple, yet it gets the job done.

 

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These are the beautiful treasures that lie within the box!

 

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These are three of our favourite flavours that SuzyQ has available on their menu daily.  These are Dirty Chocolate , Cookies and Cream and London Fog.  We all love eating the Dirty Chocolate and the Cookies and Cream, but I absolutely love their London Fog. It has a clean and simple earl grey tea  flavour that is so good! I get this one whenever we go.

 

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Here are my kids enjoying our SuzyQ doughnuts fresh from the shop.  Since it was a really hot day when we got our doughnuts, we decided to sit at a shaded bench to eat. SuzyQ also has water and other drinks available to buy alongside their doughnuts, and the water came in handy to keep us cool and to help wash them down.

 

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Some thing to take into consideration:

  • Visit their menu before you go.  It will make it much easier to know what’s available and to place your order. There are so many fun options to choose from, and I find it hard to make a choice with just my eyes!
  • Try to go there early. If you go during peak times (afternoons, especially on the weekends), there will be a bit of a wait to get doughnuts as so many others also munch these snacks, too!
  • No Credit Cards – they only accept cash and debit.
  • Order large orders ahead of time (at least two dozen) – for orders larger than a dozen, SuzyQ requests that you fill out their Special Order Form that can be found on their website ahead of time so they can have your order waiting and ready.

Overall, Suzy Q is a shop I like to pop into to grab a scrumptious treat whenever I am in the Wellington West area. It is a small and cute shop selling some of the best doughnuts I have ever had! I would strongly recommend that, whether you live in Ottawa, or if you are just passing through Canada’s capital, that you try to make the trip to SuzyQ Doughnuts and sample their delicious treats! The next doughnut on my hit list to try is their version of S’Mores! It looks like a ooey, gooey delight!

Price: $ – Not too pricy

For a single doughnut, up to six, it is $2 + tax.

A half dozen is $10, no tax.

One Dozen is $20.

Location: Easy to get to

It is located at 991 Wellington Street, a few blocks away from the Somerset Bridge west of downtown Ottawa. Besides being in the Wellington West area, it is also within walking distance to Little Italy and Chinatown, so you could make a day of visiting SuzyQ. You can easily get there by rcar, on bike or on foot.

Extra Tidbits: Always Festive

I love going to a shop that likes to celebrate various occasions.  SuzyQ Doughnuts has made doughnuts to commemorate different pop culture events.  They made an Ectoplasm doughnut in honour of National Doughnut Day and for the 30th anniversary of the film Ghostbusters. They also had a viewing of the film in their parking lot for patrons to view to continue the celebration. This past weekend (August 15-17, 2014) SuzyQ also made a Flower Child doughnut to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock.

I hope that you go by and get a taste of SuzyQ Doughnuts. It is a treat you will not soon forget!

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in away way for my review of SuzyQ Doughnuts.  I really just wanted to share my experience there with you.

 

Having Fun While Helping Children at the 2014 Ottawa Gala – Spies and Dolls!

Hey Readers!

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be spy or a secret agent? Do you like getting dressed up for an evening of fun, entertainment and raising money for a good cause? Well then, if you’re going to be in the Ottawa area on April 26th, get your outfit in order for the 2014 Ottawa Gala – Spies and Dolls at the Canadian War Museum from 8 PM – 11PM!

 

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What is the Ottawa Gala?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Ottawa Gala, I’ll tell you all about it. The Ottawa Gala is an annual event put on by the Fund for a New Generation (FNG) in order to raise money for youth initiatives in the city of Ottawa. So far, FNG has raised over $700 000 since its inception in 1993. The event is put together by young professionals who are apart of Ottawa’s private, public and universities sectors that are dedicated to raising funds for various organizations around Ottawa.

What Makes This Event So Special?
I became a supporter of FNG after finding out about the different organizations they have supported across the city of Ottawa. FNG supports organizations for younger and older children. The groups FNG supports each year changes, too, so many more children in Ottawa are helped.

The group that FNG assists that influenced me to want to get involved and help raise money for FNG was the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. Not only does this group help children who need breakfast have one before they start their school day, but it is available at all levels of schools around Ottawa, so younger and older children benefit from the support the Ottawa School Breakfast Program provides. Since I know some of the children who use this program, I felt that I should help to try to do my part to help this program give to the children it supports.

Click here to listen to this year’s Co-Presidents, Angela Kemp and Fahim Rahim, speaking to Hot 89.9 about how great this event is!

How Can You Show Your Support to the Ottawa Gala?
The best way to support FNG would be to attend this year’s Gala on April 26, 2014! This is the 21st year that the Gala has been put together to raise funds for youth initiatives in Ottawa. This year’s theme is Spies and Dolls. Pull out your suit, trench coat, dress, or hat and spend a fabulous evening filled with entertainment provided by Hot 89.9, DJ ACRO and the Hornettes, a silent auction, and prize envelopes you can purchase to raise more money for children in Ottawa! You’ll have fun dancing, meeting new people, and helping children across Ottawa. (This is a 19+ event, for those inquiring minds).

There are two sets of ticket prices for this year’s event:
General Admission – $65
This ticket allows you into the event, to explore different rooms set up for dancing and entertainment and a lot of fun!

VIP Admission – $115
This ticket grants you exclusive access between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM to enjoy a complementary bar, upgraded catering and a separate entertaining area from those in the General Admission area!

Below are some photos, courtesy of the Ottawa Gala, of all of the fun had at last year’s event, The Roaring 20’s, to celebrate the 20th year the Gala has been one of Ottawa’s ultimate go-to events!

 

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So, if you want to have a good time this weekend, get all dolled up, and raise money for children in the city of Ottawa, why not attend the Ottawa Gala! I hope to see you there!

 

I have not been compensated in any way to write this post. I have had a hand in helping to plan this year’s event, and all of my opinions are honest and my own.

Second Avenue Sweets: A Satisfying Pleasure for Your Sweet Tooth

It’s been a long time coming for this review, but this one was one worth waiting for!  The focus of this review is on Second Avenue Sweets, a family-owned and operated bakery and cupcakerie that is nestled near the corner of Second Street and Bank Street in the Glebe within Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. They make their products by hand in small batches without the use of preservatives, and have been at their location since 2007.

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I had only in my new home for a few weeks when I decided to go for a walk-about to get a better lay of the land.  With my little ones in tow, we weaved up ad down streets until we got to Second Street near Bank Street, and I saw Second Avenue Sweets.  We were getting a bit hungry, so we went in to see what they had.  It was displays of treats and sweets and baked goods!  Since I’m a butter croissant lover, I had to try one! Well, actually, I bought two of them; you know, one for the kids, too. I also bought an oatmeal raisin cookie.  I know it sounds lame of me to say (but I don’t care), but oatmeal raisin cookies are my favourite cookie, so I couldn’t say no to it.

After giving my kids their snack, I hurried home, gave the kids a lunch, and tore into the packages to finally enjoy my treats.  I was not disappointed, Readers, as the croissants were soooooo good!  Besides their golden brown hue, they were slightly crispy on the outside, and super moist with so many layers on the inside.  I’m used to having the outside crispier, and the inside a bit drier, but these croissants were delicious.  Oh, I forgot to tell you that they were big, too, so I felt stuffed after eating it.  I waited until the kids were asleep to have the oatmeal raisin cookie.  It was how I liked eating cookies: soft, with a bit of hint of firmness on the outer layer.  It was a good cookie.

These croissants were some of best I've had in a long time! I'm in love with them.

These croissants were some of best I’ve had in a long time! I’m in love with them.

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This oatmeal Raisin cookie was really good. I should have bought more than one.  😦

On my second visit to Second Avenue Sweets, I brought my eldest child, along with my youngest and my niece and nephew who were visiting us for a weekend.  They had a hard time deciding what to choose as their treat.  Here is what we finally bought:

  • A Classic French Chocolate Cupcake
  • A Flour-Free Chocolate Cupcake
  • Two Vanilla Cupcakes
  • A Chocolate Chip Cookie
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From Top to Bottom; Left to Right – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Flour-Less Chocolate Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcakes, and Classic French Chocolate Cupcake.

We sat down on one of the benches that lined the streets of the Glebe to enjoy our afternoon treats.  The kids were not fans of the amount of icing on their cupcakes, but I was. It looked as though it was placed on to the cupcakes in a way that I can only describe as being home-style, you know, with a knife, and it was a thick layer of icing.  It was a bit dense, but it tasted good. They said there was too much of it.  I removed the access amount of icing (and ate it), and they dove into the cupcakes.  They really liked them.  I, being the biggest kid there, had to have a nibble of each treat for myself, so I could properly assess each one.

The Classic French Chocolate Cupcake was really good.  It had a rich chocolate flavour, and it was moist, too.  The Vanilla Cupcakes were delicious as well. They had that simple, natural taste you get from a good vanilla cake.

The Flour-Free Chocolate Cupcake was the only one that was no adorned by any frosting.  My eldest was the adventurous one who chose it as her treat.  As you would expect, it tasted a bit different than what you would expect from a normal chocolate cake, and it had a different consistency. The best way I could describe it was that it was denser than a cake that was made with flour.  Even though there was no flour used to make this cupcake, it was good.  It was chocolatey, soft and good. She finished it and said she would get another one the next time we visited.

The cookie was mostly consumed by my sweetie at home since he was sad that I didn’t buy him one on my first visit.  I, of course, had a nibble.  Just like the oatmeal raisin cookie I previously ate, the chocolate chip cookie was really good, too.  It was soft, and the chocolate chips had a smooth, chocolatey taste to them.  It was eaten in an instant.

What can I say, Second Avenue Sweets is a great spot for picking up treats or baked goods within Canada’s capital.  Their products are fresh, hand-made, and there is a lot to choose from.  So if you ever find your way to the Glebe-area of Ottawa, Ontario, you should swing by Second Avenue Sweets to get a satisfying pleasure for your sweet tooth! I can’t wait to go back for yet another croissant, too.

I would rate Second Avenue Sweets a 4 out of 5.  As I previously said, the icing on the cupcakes were a bit too thick for my liking, but, everything we ate was ever so delicious!

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Reese’s Pre-Winter Wonderland!

Hey Readers!

I didn’t believe my boyfriend/partner when he said that Ottawa (Canada’s Capital) would be getting about 25 cms of snow dumped on it.  Well, was I ever wrong!  I know I posted picks of Ottawa’s first snowfall a few weeks ago, but it was NOTHING compared to this!  I called this gallery of photos Reese’s Pre-Winter Wonderland because, well, it’s still fall here in Ottawa!  Take a gander at these pics to see what I mean:

This is what I woke up to at 7 AM...

This is what I woke up to at 7 AM…

This is my favourite picture!  It is of the biggest tree in the backyard.  I love the over exposed snowflakes...they're gigantic!

This is my favourite picture! It is of the biggest tree in the backyard. I love the over exposed snowflakes…they’re gigantic!

This is of another tree in my backyard.  This is the view from my desk.

This is of another tree in my backyard. This is the view from my desk.

This is the tree in my front yard.  You can see how high the snow is o the sidewalk by the apartment building across the street.

This is the tree in my front yard. You can see how high the snow is o the sidewalk by the apartment building across the street.

Readers, this is only the beginning of the amount of snow we here in Ottawa are going to receive this snow season!  I can’t wait to get out into it before it gets dirty.

I hope you enjoyed my Pre-Winter Wonderland!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Our First Snowfall, 2013

Hey Readers!

I just felt like sharing my first snowfall for 2013 with you!  This is how the snow has begun to transform my home here in Ottawa:

Here are pics of a tree in my backyard at the beginning of the snowfall this afternoon.  The pic on the right is a close-up pic of the leaves to catch a glimpse of the snow.

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These two pics are of a tree that’s on the side of my home.  The leaves are red, so snow made for a beautiful contrast.

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Finally, here is the tree in my front yard.  It’s pretty with all of the snow covering it!

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Readers, this is just the beginning of the snow here in Ottawa, ON!  We’re suppose to have more than average snow this year!  I’ll show you more pics as we become more snow covered!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Thoughts on the News: The Senseless Shooting of Kesean Williams

Hey Readers,

This is not one of my happy go-lucky blogs I’m used to posting.  I’m trying to wrap my head around the senseless shooting of  nine-year-old Kesean Williams of Brampton, ON late last night.  I’m not sure as to why this particular shooting is playing itself out in my head as it is more than all of the other that have happened to so many youngsters in the Greater Toronto Area over the past few months.  Maybe it’s because of how it happened and who it happened to.

It just saddens me that yet another young life is cut short, and for what?  For justice that was clearly not served because the shooters may have targeted the wrong home?  If the shooters are eventually caught and are tried and convicted, will that magically bring this boy back and stop his family’s grieving?  Of course not.  I’m just so fed up with all of these shootings, and the result is reading or being told by news reporters that innocent people felt the brunt of what was initially meant for someone else.  I just hate how this is conflict resolution for some people.  When will it stop?  How will it stop?  I can’t answer these questions, and it makes me feel helpless because, right now, there is no resolution to this problem.

I have placed  related articles to this story published by  and Global News telling you what happened to this little boy.

CBC News (No Author Listed). Nine year old dies in Brampton, Ont. 

Adam Frisk, James Armstrong, Global News.  Police Believe home of nine year-old boy was targeted.

I just felt like sharing my rambling thoughts and feelings with you.

Until my next post, Readers.

Reese.