Friday, November 1, 2013


An old model of PCC streetcar on Queen Street East Toronto, Canada (1954)

Hello to all of my lovely guests. It is certainly nice having you over!

I am happy to be back into the swing of things and to share with you what I have been up to. On my June letter I mentioned how sad I was that I haven't been able to travel to Canada to see my brother whom I haven't seen for 12 years. After praying to God for his guidance and direction in how to address my health issues I was able to finally get the needed treatment that I needed.

I am excited to inform you that after a month of starting my new treatment and seeing my health slowly improving I was able to pack my suitcase and head toward Toronto to see my brother! How emotional and excited it was to finally see him again after all of these years! And what made this trip even more special was that all of my three siblings were also able to travel. We have not had a chance to meet all of us together in 16 years! What a joyful occasion that was!

It is so nice to be able to enjoy time together with love ones. The coming weeks many of you will have a chance to visit family and friends. Many of you may haven't seen your loved ones in years. Cherish those special moments. Tell your loved ones how much you love them. These are occasions that may not be repeated in a long time. Make those moments count!

The first impression that I got from Toronto was that everywhere you looked there were people from all over the world! My brother introduced to us all of the different little towns with their own international flare. The food was phenomenal! The people were so welcoming and friendly. The energy of the city reminded me of New York. Though much smaller and cleaner, kind of like Boston. Kudos for Toronto! It's no wonder that my brother and his wife love it in Toronto!

In the area of Downtown where my brother and his lovely wife lives they need no car to get around. We got to ride the subway, the trolley, and we did a lot of walking as well. It's no wonder both my brother and his wife are slim and fit. Thank goodness I got the energy to do all of that!

By the end of the night and by the end of our trip we were all tired, aching, toes blistery. As we looked back it was worth every bit of it! We laughed, we cried, we shared, we enjoyed family time and we made new lasting memories that will last for a life time, which is priceless! That is what family reunions are all about!

Here is a family portrait of my siblings and I in one of the most beautiful places on earth Niagara Falls! From left to right is Milly, me, Orlando, and Joshua, my brother that I got to see again. I love you guys!

The Alvarez Clan in Niagara Falls, Canada (2013)
And as I said in my June letter, things at times may look difficult to resolve. But for God nothing is impossible! I thank him everyday for that!

Have a great month! See ya later toots!

Your Hostess,

Carmen Johnson

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