Why I Decided to Start Blogging

One word: forgetfulness.

Yesterday, just before I started writing my blog for the day I thought, ” I must remember to write about winning the Let Your Green Show contest”. Then I began writing about my day beginning with the morning. I progressed through the day, proofed what I had written and then published. Moments later I realized I had forgotten to write about the contest.

I am hoping that by reviewing my day and writing about it the details will stick in my mind better. Failing that, I’ll be able to refer back to the blog!

So back to the contest.

The Region of Peel is running a contest called Let Your Green Show.


From their website: Let Your Green Show is back and, this summer, we are asking you to give your car a break. Use your car less by walking, carpooling, taking a bus, or riding a bike. Each month from June to September residents are invited to submit a selfie showing a green action. In July one of the actions one could take was to explore a local trail. I submitted this picture and won.


Yesterday I received an email telling me the following:

Congratulations! You are the winner from Brampton of our “Give Your Car a break! Use Local Trails to Get Where You Need to Go” contest that ran from July 7, 2014 to August 1, 2014. As the winner of this contest, you will receive the “Experience Nature Package” that includes a treetop trekking experience for 2 at Heartlake Conservation Area and a guided tour at Island Lake Conservation Area for you and up to 5 guests . The approximate retail value of this package is $250 CAD.

Normally I do not win things, but this is the second prize I have won this year. In June the Brampton Bicycle Advisory Committe ran the first annual Bike The Creek event with over 200 cyclists riding the Etobicoke Creek Trail on June 21. There were eight stations set up along the trail to collect passport stamps. At the end of the ride each stamp earned the rider a raffle ticket. I had eight. My number was called and I was able to choose from a number of different prizes including two rounds of golf at the city course, a rain barrel, an annual fitness pass and a few other prizes. I chose the annual fitness pass which has a value of over $400. Here I am accepting the prize.


Today my day began as usual for a Saturday. I met Patti in the parking lot at Second Cup for our weekly run. In April 2005 we joined a Learn to Run club at my children’s dojo. It was a eight week course that taught us how to run five kilometres. At the end of the course we decided to continue getting together every Saturday morning. Nine years later we still do. After a run in the Etobicoke Creek valley we return to Second Cup for refreshments and chat.

This afternoon we did some much needed weeding in our backyard. I am wearing my new Monster ADIDAS In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones. They sound pretty good.



Tonight we are watching a movie called Snow Piercer about a small group of survivors on a train after the world has frozen due to a global warming solution gone awry. It’s very violent. It was well reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes, but I can’t say that I would recommend it.


About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am the photographer at the Brampton Quilters' Guild.
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One Response to Why I Decided to Start Blogging

  1. Pingback: “Be prepared to fall. Everyone one does.” | Lisa Stokes

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