Sharing the Awesome Archive

Andrew Pettit, Disney Enthusiast

Posted April 14, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet them so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!

My guest today is my brother-in-law, Andrew Pettit, an expert of all things Disney. According to anyone who has ever travelled with him to Disney, he plans a superb vacation! So if a trip to Disney is in your future, you’re going to want to listen to his advice!

Susan and Andrew with MickeyAndrew, why do you love Disney? A: In many ways Disney is in my everyday life. Many of the television shows I regularly watch, Castle, Modern Family, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Once Upon a Time, are all shows on the ABC network, which Disney is the primary shareholder. On my morning commute I regularly listen to Mike and Mike on ESPN radio. Disney is again the primary shareholder of ESPN. Many of the movies I am looking most forward to seeing this year are Disney productions, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Tomorrowland. Again Disney now owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm. Then there are all the classic Disney and Pixar movies that, not only I grew up on, but my kids did as well.

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Linda Brent, Realtor

Posted April 8, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet them, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!

Linda Brent

 

My guest today is Linda Brent – a realtor with a big heart and a passion for providing the very best. I’ve known Linda for a number of years – she even looked after my youngest son for me (and I can’t thank her enough for that either!!).

 

Linda, how did you get involved in real estate? L: I knew that being a stand up comedian was not in the cards for me, so I looked into becoming a realtor where I can still make people happy. LOL

Becoming a realtor was the best decision I’ve ever made – other than becoming a mother, my first and favourite career. I had thought about becoming a teacher, but the job market was slim. But as a realtor I see myself as an educator, so I am kind of a teacher. For me, it’s not always about making the sale but making sure people are well educated so they can make good choices and right decisions. It’s also about making sure people are buying and selling a home for the right reasons. A home is one of the biggest assets in our lives – it is where we raise our families and live our lives. I’m excited to be a part of the experience. One very hot July, I decided that the kids were getting older and it was time I did something other than being a mom and a volunteer. Don’t get me wrong – I love both very much, but it was time. So I went online and I completed the first course within a week (which I don’t recommend.  On the computer every day, for 7 days 8 hours a day, crazy crazy!)

 

Linda Brent welcome homeIt’s a big investment, too, so it’s important to have the help. What do you love about it? L: I love that my job is more of a passion and an obsession than a daily grind. People who really know me, know that I am a giver and always happy to help, so being a realtor is the perfect fit for me. What I love most is that I can give all my time and devote all my energy into helping people find the perfect home. Great feeling when I am out and about, and I see my clients and they tell me they love their home. When people call me to sell, it can be an emotional time. I love that I can help guide them through the process. Lots of laughs and sometimes tears.

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Nicolette McGraw, Photographer

Posted March 31, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet them so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!

My guest today is Nicolette McGraw, ace photographer. Nicolette quietly takes pictures of the outdoors and creates amazing prints from them. One of my favourite framed pictures is a collage of her kids. 

nicolette fallsNicolette, how did you become interested in photography? N: I first became interested in photography while living and working in the mountains at Manning Park Resort in 1978. I did a lot of hiking and wanted to capture the beauty of it all.

 

What do you love about it? N: I love that it forces me to really slow down, to take a deeper look at my surroundings. I once stalked what I thought was a crane for five minutes only to get close enough to realize it was a stump!

 

Nicolette flowerHaha. Sounds like something that happened to Vlad and me. We stopped and watched what we thought was a unique snake on the path – only to realize it was a plastic cobra. J What do you enjoy photographing? N: I mostly photograph landscapes and nature. I really love trees and am always on the look out for a new subject. If I can’t get outdoors, I give myself indoor photo assignments like shooting a store bought bouquet of flowers, or macro anything.

 

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Lesley Rooke, Cottage Queen

Posted March 20, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet them so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious! 

My special guest today is Lesley Rooke, the hostess with the most-est, talking about cottage life! I know some people wonder if it’s worth the effort to pack it all up and make the trip to a cottage on the weekends or for a special week-long vacation. Lesley would say ‘Definitely yes!!’ So for all you sitting on the fence about renting or buying a cottage, here’s some sage advice.

blanket insideLesley, how long have you been heading out to your cottage? L: Our cottage has been in my family for 102 years!!!!! Wow eh!!! In 1913, my paternal grandfather took a trip from Toronto to Haliburton (part of the way was by horse and buggy) because one of his friends had just purchased property on the lake and he was so excited to share his excitement. My grandfather instantly fell in love and he himself purchased 1800 feet of shoreline for $75.00!! Isn’t that just unbelievable??? This cottage has been passed down two generations and is currently shared by my brother and myself. So, to answer your question, I have been going to the cottage since I was born, which is over 50 years!!!

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Tammy Scott-Zelt, Curling Fanatic!

Posted March 14, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome moms, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet them so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious! 

curling rocksMy guest today is Tammy Scott-Zelt, an excellent role model for sport and fitness! In the summer she’s busy playing and coaching soccer, and in the winter she’s involved in curling. Since the Canadian men and women won gold medals for curling at the last Olympics, I thought it’d be cool to learn what it’s all about from an expert.

 

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