Peter Gives Thanks

Two years ago today, Loyal Reader, I felt no reason to feel grateful, no reason to be thankful. I was in a very sad state of mind, trying to deal with my dear Lois’ passing after a protracted battle with cancer. I was only able to get through this trying period by concentrating my energies on getting her apartment cleaned out, as I had only a limited amount of time in which to do this. Little did I know that even darker episodes lurked in the future.

But that, my friends, was then. This is now. 

I feel so happy and fulfilled now, I have the wonderful Betty in my life and everything that is important is going smoothly. My soul is at peace, for we are more than a couple, we truly are a team, eager to do what we can to help others, to help improve our community.

I have written in the past about my ceaseless quest for Air Miles ™, and how I have sought out “bonus offers” in order to amass large numbers of “cash Miles” which can normally be redeemed “on the spot” to make purchases. The relevant equation is that 95 “cash Miles” represent $10.00. 

Sometimes “bonus offers” can be combined in a most fortuitous way. I remember one July, when I was on holiday. There was a brand of orange juice which was not only on sale, but offered a large number of “bonus Miles”. At the same time there was a white wine offered at the LCBO under the same circumstances, i.e., on sale and offering “bonus Miles”. Not only was my experiment in drink mixing successful in the end, but I got a pile of bonus Miles to boot!

But I digress, Loyal Reader. However, you can imagine my pleasure when I found out that Betty also collects “Air Miles”, albeit with a little more restraint than I exercise. When we check out the latest flyer, “bonus Miles” are always part of the equation.

Now we reached the point where we had amassed $200.00 worth of “cash Miles”. I (briefly) salivated at the thought of walking out of the grocery store with 100 cans of beer under my arm.

( I did realize that I would have some small degree of difficulty rationalizing my purchase to Betty on my return to Chez Montreuil, but I figured that I could “…cross that bridge…”when I came to it.) However, as John Lennon famously said; Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

I saw a news clip about the Thanksgiving food drive in Toronto. Although it would mean that my plan to temporarily “corner the market” on Laker Ice in my neighbourhood would come to naught, I decided to ask Betty what she thought about using some of our “cash Miles” to donate some food to the local food bank. Although she was unaware of my scheme to stock up on beer, (I think 😉 ! ), she agreed, and said that she had been thinking of something which we could do to help out in the community.

So it is that we are donating to local food bank drives. We will make another donation before Christmas, and continue to do so for as long as we can. One of my favourite sayings is “Never miss a chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.” I am pleased that I have found a partner who shares that mindset. It will definitely make it easier for me to justify buying 20 cans of cranberry sauce. “We got 10 bonus Miles, honey!” I can see it now.

We are also looking at donating a large bag of pet food on a monthly basis. We are just debating whether we should donate to the Humane Society or to an animal rescue organization.

Anyway, these are several ways to help out in our community, and I encourage everyone who is able to do so to consider these courses of action. Even if you can’t physically help out at the food bank or soup kitchen, you can still be of  assistance.

So yes, Loyal Reader, I am very thankful and grateful this Thanksgiving, and I look to the future with joy, happy to have a woman in my life who shares my core values. I wish all of you who are celebrating next Monday a very happy Thanksgiving.

Now you are probably wondering what point I am driving at this week, so here it is. 

During my darkest months, and believe me, there were a number of dark months for me to endure after Lois’ passing, I never lost hope. I was grateful for the support that my friends gave me so freely and I also thought of the things that I had done well, the accomplishments which I had achieved by using my skills and experience and abilities.

The fact is that I was able to draw on myself to keep myself emotionally on an even keel, and that realizing that not only was I a “pretty good person”, but I had friends all over the place, well, Loyal Reader, this knowledge sustained me until the right woman “happened along”, and I was able to rebuild my life.

So this week’s lesson, to paraphrase an old military axiom is “Time spent on self examination is seldom wasted”.

See you soon.


A confirmed Cat person, Peter dabbled with being a water boy, a paper boy and an altar boy before finally settling on a career with the Canadian federal government.  Once, in his youth, he ate a Dutch  oven full of mashed potatoes to win a 5 cent bet with his beloved sister Mary’s boyfriend. (Of course he was much younger and a nickel went a lot farther!))

He has retired to palatial “Chez Montreuil”, which he shares with his little buddy CoCo the Fashionable. He is blessed to have the beautiful Betty in his life. He is not only a plastic aircraft modeller, but a proud “rivet counter”. Military aviation and live music are among other interests of his, and he tries to get out to as many shows as he can. He will be here for your enlightenment whenever the stars align. Profile photo courtesy of Pat Blythe, caricature courtesy of Peter Mossman.


6 Responses to “Peter Gives Thanks”

  1. agirlwithacameratpt Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Peter and Betty! I am also truly thankful for all my friends ♥

    • Peter Montreuil Says:

      Thank you, Pat, and a happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I am so happy to have so many awesome friends.

  2. your spirit of giving is infectious and as far as the bag of dog food, give to a rescue, they dont have as much funding.

    thanks for giving


  3. Sandy Paquette Says:

    As a frequent user of the food banks in Toronto, I thank you and Betty for your thoughtfulness and generosity, With the cost of food increasing exponentially during COVID times, many are suffering. Also helping out an animal rescue is amazing. Heling where we can is an honour and a privilege.
    I have a friend that makes soaps, lotions, lip balms and the like to further increase her animal rescue endeavours. If anyone would like to check out her product line, let me know and I will connect you,

    • Peter Montreuil Says:

      Thank you for your kind words. We try to make a difference in the community. If you could PM me your friend’s contact info, that would be great.

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