Home again


Much catching up to do!


By Caitlin Kelly


I hadn’t been gone that long — 23 days — since my six-week vacation in Europe in the summer of 2017, a big splurge worth every penny.

This trip to Canada involved stops in six cities and towns, and eight places I laid my head at night. Jose and I drove up to Ontario from Tarrytown and worked together on a story for the first time, he taking photos and I doing many interviews.

We were lucky and grateful to stay with friends in four of these, saving money on food and lodging and enjoying renewing our friendships. I only get back to Toronto maybe once a year.

Jose drove home and back to work, then I had a solo week in Toronto, meeting with some very high level sources, so was a bit nervous but it went well. The final four days were time to relax and enjoy the city: St. Lawrence Market, a great Italian restaurant called Terroni and three new younger women friends I met at Fireside.

On top of that, I was dealing with a topical treatment for a skin cancer on my right shin, gout (!) and joint pain from the medication I have to take to reduce the risk of another breast cancer. And 80-degree heat.

But I soldiered on.



A view of Niagara Falls as our bus headed south to the train


The pain in my leg was excruciating — so this week, at home I finally saw the doctor to find my leg was infected, hence terrible pain. Now on antibiotics.

Home, grateful for silence and my daily and weekly routines.

I’ve lived in this one-bedroom apartment half my life now, but I am always glad to return to it.



Somewhere in upstate New York — it’s a 13-hour journey from Toronto, with two of them spent at the U.S. border — but some of it is gorgeous!


Home nurtures me for the next adventure!

10 thoughts on “Home again

  1. Ouch, an infected leg sounds excruciating! I hope you feel better soon.

    I know what you mean about being at home. I’ve been away for the past two weeks. It’s been wonderfully relaxing but I’m looking forward to getting home now, and seeing my boyfriend and my dog. I’ve missed them both!

      1. I spent a week by the sea in Northumberland (saw dolphins!) and another week in rainy but beautiful Scotland. Next trip is to Madrid – I was there a few years ago and I’m looking forward to going back. Do you have any more trips coming up?

        With your eye for style, I imagine your home is lovely. 🙂

      2. Wow! That sounds amazing. Several good friends have been to Scotland of late — lots of rain. Not a fan of rain!

        No trips for now…BIG story to finish reporting, writing, editing…and need to get some more work lined up. Would really like to get back to Europe in 2020; I keep wanting to rent a cottage in Cornwall for 2 weeks and really explore. Poldark has done that!

        Thanks…I might do a design blog about it.

  2. it all sounds wonderful, (minus your physical ailments), and I’m so happy that you had the chance to make this extended trip. hoping you are feeling better soon –

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