July 9, 2014

The Cherry on Top

The summer sunlight is warming up my days from mornings to nights. Then comes the brief, but pouring summer rain to cool off the earth... and my mind... leaving me soaking wet with a smile on my face and a song on my lips. But, the cherry on top is the rainbow that arcs across the sky, shining with its awesome colours only to remind me that "you need both the sun and the rain to make its colours appear". 
Good things are happening here. Mostly good things are happening here...
Cherries are in season and I have been indulging in our locally grown fruits and just can't get enough. Cherry tart, cherry syrup on pancakes and ice cream, cherry smoothies and cherry mini loaves for breakfast... And the cherry on top is the picking-your-own fresh and juicy stone fruits from the cherry tree, climbing up a limb, plucking these jewels off a branch and carelessly eating them with your red coloured fingers. Cherry after cherry after cherry. Perhaps, in the summer, life might really be "just a bowl of cherries". 
These lovely days of blue skies and gentle breezes are perfect for picnics. So, I am calling friends, packing the picnic basket with leisurely meals, market-inspired recipes and cherries. Together we are going to the country side, finding the perfect picnic spot and spreading a blanket on the ground. Looking at our children lying on the grass makes me press my face into the ground, smell the black, rich dirt and feel the good Earth. The cherry on top is this delicious feeling of being removed from time, alive and happy, this warm energy flowing into and out of my body that, I guess, is nothing else, but faith in the goodness of life.
Then comes the special day of my son's 16th birthday. Overwhelming love, and care, and gratitude make every moment more than a celebration. Cakes with lots of chocolate, special meals and summer refreshers, fancy clothes and presents.... But, the cherry on top of everything is this kind, thoughtful and intelligent young man that never stops to amazes me, challenges me to grow right along with him and inspires me to be better than I am.
When hearts are open, love is flowing, life seems easy and good things happen.
An email arrived in my mailbox. Toronto Mom Now, in an effort to recognize the wonderful writing and work of Toronto mom bloggers, are running an annual nomination for 2014 Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers. With this email, they informed me that after reviewing all the nominees, they narrowed the list down to 30 and I (with my blog) am one of them. What a surprise and good news!  They are also choosing one overall top blogger as a Top Mom Blogger for 2014. Though I really do not like such a voting process I would highly appreciate a vote. If you wish once more to show your support, you can click on Sylvia's Simple Life here.  The voting is open until July 14. And the cherry on top of all this is the fact that I was nominated by an unknown kind reader of the blog to whom I am immensely thankful to. So, you really never know who is reading your blog, but what I know for certain is that you, dear readers,  are the cherry on top of my blog and I love you all!

the cherry on top (or on the cake)
 * a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good.  
 * the last good thing after many other good things. 
(Oxford Dictionaries) 


  1. What a happy Summer time post. Congrats on the nominee and possible award! I love your blog and especially your heart that overflows into our hearts with your words of life. xxo

  2. I just voted! I hope you win! Your photos delight me as always. The dark shots are lovely. My favorite is the second one. Oh, and Happy Birthday to your son!

  3. MY GOODNESS, are you incredible.

    First of all sweet Sylvia, your nomination for this recognition is so special. It is no wonder, because I know you must be a dedicated and creative mom and your blog and photos, all YOU, are worthy to be mentioned as such.

    Cherries are like rubies. Precious, sparkling with intense flavor, a sight to behold. I am enjoying them right now every morning in my chocolate yogurt and even in my frozen treat at night! Good thing they are good for the health!!!!

    So lovely to see your post today dear friend. Anita

  4. Your photos are stunning and they suddenly made me quite hungry as well :)

  5. Your photography is FABULOUS. I can say that because I am also a visual person and photographer as well as furniture designer/manufacturer. I personally search for beauty everywhere and your blog and work is just stunning. I voted for you and I hope you win. I am in Tennessee not Canada but I'm sure you have fans of your work all over the world. I hope our paths cross someday but in the meantime, I will just absorb your work here.

  6. WOW, your photos are exquisite....
    SYLVIA! You are flying off to Europe! I am so happy for you! Going back home? How lovely, absolutely lovely! Well I know you'd join in my party if you could, but you are experiencing the real thing, so ENJOY, RELAX and take lots of photos to show us! Many hugs and thanks for coming to leave a comment! BISOUS et bon voyage! Anita

  7. Gorgeous dessert! Sounds scrumptious! I just bought some cherries this week. They are so nice right now. Congrats on your nomination and Happy Birthday to your boy!

  8. I love your cherry photos. Looks delicious.

  9. Love your blog! Just received my copy of Bella Grace. Your article brought me to tears. I did something I've never done before, called the company! I was reading the quote on page 8 and it fit my "new" retirement beliefs completely. Just want you to know it is my new motto! Excellent, congratulations, and thank you!

  10. Today is my first day visiting your blog, and I have to say your photo's are absolutely beautiful!

  11. Sylvia, I hope that you
    are still enjoying the summer
    and that you won the blogging
    award! My son will be 16 at
    the end of October and like you,
    I am so blessed to have him in
    my life. Beautiful photos and
    thoughts my friend!

    xo Suzanne

  12. Beautiful photography, I don't usually like cherries but these look so good that you might have swayed me!


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