The noisy sky above

Yesterday while getting ready to mow the lawn I heard some unfamiliar rumblings in the sky.

Suddenly, an F18 flew overtop of my head, low enough that I could identify it.

He came back a few times on his way to Lake Ontario, which is steps from my house. He spun and flipped around as I stood memorized gazing up at the sky.

I love the airshow! β€οΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦β€οΈ

Typically in Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) marks the last long weekend of summer. The airshow is the crowning event of the weekend, and even people who don’t attend the fair get to enjoy the acrobatic display in the sky above our city.

But there is no fair again this year. We’re still dealing with this godforsaken virus…

I went to Twitter to check if the airshow is happening anyway and discovered it was. Friday was their practice day.

I’m excited! Now that I know I will plan walking Tucker down to the pebble beaches to watch the planes.

Canada’s Snowbirds usually end the show with their colourful formations. β€οΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦β€οΈ

I scrolled twitter a bit to see if I could find a schedule and came across something that surprised me.

Quite a few people hate the airshow.


One person presumed everyone felt as she did and would, if she were the mayor of Toronto, vote to abolish the airshow.

Weirdos. πŸ˜€

I have massive respect for the men and women who fly planes, all planes. And I feel patriotic and filled with national pride when the airshow occurs on Labour Day weekend, just before school and hockey are set to begin again.

I don’t show my patriotic self very often; many Canadians are quietly proud of their country without need to express their ❀️ for πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with excessive flamboyance.

But I don’t care who knows it. Something about the airshow gets me a little giddy. πŸ₯°

Note: I used to be a flight attendant – there will always be a soft spot in my heart for aviators and planes.

Anyway. The airshow is happening this weekend.😍 βœˆοΈπŸ›©οΈπŸ§‘β€βœˆοΈ


September is a time of new beginnings, fresh starts, goal setting for me. Never did I consider January the beginning of anything… Even before I had kids in the school system, it was always September that felt like a fresh start.

I feel a life cycle closing and a new one beginning. A seismic shift in perspective has changed me in ways that are difficult to explain, but it’s all good. I know my chosen path on the fork in the road now.

I began my publication on Medium and slowly started trickling in some articles. Some are cross-posts from this blog, others are new material I’ve written specifically for Medium.

I stumbled a bit after I started in terms of what direction I want to take this publication in. My goal is to complete the set-up (almost done), keep writing fresh content (now that vacation times are coming to a close and routine returns this will be easier), and invite people to contribute.

You will need to create a Medium account to participate. You can create a free one which gives you unlimited opportunity to write and publish with some restrictions to reading content. There’s a limit to how many articles you can read with a free account. I used to worry about this thinking why do I need to pay to read?

Well, because many people who write have bills to pay and this is one method of supplementing their income. I signed up for one year at which point I will decide whether to continue or not.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, I still need to create a submission page and outline the details about my publication If Not Now, When? so you know what to do if you choose to contribute.

I will let you know when it’s live.

I invite you to have a look around. Clap, if you like something, I’d appreciate the support. Here’s the link:

If you’re standing at the fork in the road in midlife, join me in exploring the next phase of life. Real stories about parenting teens, relationships, missed opportunities, empty nests, self-development, sexuality in midlife and more.

I love this season, the colours the climate, the harvest… πŸ‚πŸƒπŸπŸŽπŸπŸŽƒπŸ‡πŸ

So, what’s the plan for September?

26 thoughts on “The noisy sky above

  1. I did not realize there was an air show in Toronto this past weekend. That would explain the planes we heard from my daughter’s new place. I just thought she was on the flight path, but that really doesn’t make sense as she is near UofT.

    I loved air shows growing up, but then, my father was Air Force so I grew up around planes.

    BTW your comments about Toronto traffic make a lot of sense after my drive to the IKEA took 1.5 hours, when the GPS originally said 36 minutes

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    1. The traffic is horrendous and getting worse. All those highrise condos they’re putting up… At least one car per person. Ugh…

      The snowbirds were fantastic as always! πŸ™‚ Not sure if they made it up to the U of T campus… But you could hear the rumblings pretty far!


  2. I’m not a big fan of airshows. They glorify a militaristic view, gulp fossil fuels, and are outrageously noisy. There is no environmental view that includes this consumption/waste cycle. Still, my husband likes them–part of a nostalgic embrace of childhood memories–which included admiration for all things/people that flew. That part I understand, though I cannot be persuaded to attend.
    Our version, Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, make regular appearances in Traverse City. We see them practice over the Bay, from miles away. He likes it. I don’t. I think you’re either for, or against them. I don’t see much middle ground.

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      1. Although I did marry a good one but being in the armed forces was a mixed bag for me. Some good and some not so good but some things I learned were very helpful in my life.


  3. We have an annual airshow in our area as well this weekend. It was always fabulous and free… until they closed the naval base and it became commercial. Now it’s $50 to walk in, $50 to park in walking distance and there are β€œpremium” areas that cost up to $700 to access. Boo.

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  4. The airshow here is sufficiently out in the boonies that I’ve not yet felt motivated to head out there. I would be barfing up such a storm if I was in a plane doing those kinds of things…

    I think the Medium membership is pretty much a must-do if you want to take a genuine go at the platform. If people see you’re not a member and you’re not going to be able to engage with their writing, I think it makes it less likely that they’ll interact with you. Plus once you’ve been on there for a bit, it’s not hard to be able to earn enough to at least cover the membership.

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    1. Stay out of planes, my friend. πŸ˜„

      Thank you. I’m learning things about Medium partly because kind people like you offer me insights. My earnings went from 14 cents to $2.38 in a month so perhaps I’ll break even next month… πŸ™ƒ

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  5. My teens were spent living next to the base where they ran the “Top Gun” school. I got used to the planes… and the not-allowed-but-they-did-it-anyway rattle of windows when they hit mach😲 I’ve never gone to an airshow because I hate crowds (with concerts being the only exception) but I’d see the Blue Angels practicing… very cool!

    Labor Day weekend used to be special for our family because of Pow Wow. After the tribe built the casino and hotel, things changed. Pow Wow changed… it was more touristy and less like a “family reunion”… ah well…

    Countdown to school… I KNOW you’re ready!!πŸ₯³πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’Œ

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