Posted in grandkids,, nature

Earth Day: Celebrate by Sharing the Love

photo credit: Enzo Pérès-Labourdette

I love sharing my love and respect for nature with my grandchildren, so this article from New York Times caught my attention today on Earth Day.

My grandchildren are at the age where their brains are like sponges. They soak up (and enjoy, I hope) all the nature I throw at them…

Both of my granddaughters love to help me in my gardens, both are great little workers. Planting seeds in anticipation of gardening season and even getting dirty by digging in the dirt is becoming a hobby for them. The eldest has even helped me design a garden for her mother.

My eldest grandson is four, he loves the great outdoors. On our most recent “adventure” we checked out a local pond for tadpoles and fish to enhance my backyard pond. I tried to explain to him that his wiggly friends were still hiding in the mud waiting for the water to warm up, but he was still keen to try…

He is also a bug lover, upturning all the stones (even the stepping stones I installed so he won’t trample my plantings) and statues in my garden looking for their hiding spots. He hit pay dirt on his recent visit…

My second youngest grandson will be two years old this summer. He loves to mimic his big brother (the grandson mentioned above) so it won’t be long before he too shows interest in nature.

My youngest grandson, a pandemic baby, just turned a year old. Not quite walking yet, he does love to look out the windows at the birds and even the wind blowing in the trees. I look forward to the day he toddles around the garden, following his big sister.

The best way to celebrate Earth Day? Share your love of and respect for nature!

Posted in current events, Ottawa

Recycle your electronic waste, light bulbs, batteries and old paint tins for earth day


In honour of Earth Day today, I will be taking my electronic waste to an e-waste recycle location here in Kanata.  It is located at 1 Sweetnam Drive off of Hazeldean Rd, between Iber Rd and Stittsville, and accepts all of your old electronic stuff, appliances and scrap metal.  Working or not, these items are recycled instead of going into landfills.  Drop off is free and open 24 hours a day.  I have been meaning to do this for a long while; today I have no excuses…

I will also stop off at Lowe’s on Hazledean Rd in Kanata to drop off some old paint tins we have accumulated.  Apparently they have a recycling service that will take old paint, regular and rechargeable batteries, as well as fluorescent light bulbs.

You can participate in Earth Day too. Google a recycle location in your neighbourhood and get that pile of junk out of your garage or basement today.