Monthly Archives: January 2014

Interiors Show – Toronto

RIchard and I went exploring at the Interiors Show over the weekend.   We are always looking for latest in home appliances, furnishings, and unique ideas.  We found a few.

Crystal Ball light

The Crystal light caught my attention.  I love the wall behind it filled with flowers and lights.

Airplane beverage service area

This piece should be familiar to frequent flyers.  It is a refurbished beverage cabinet from the first class cabin of a jet.  This piece along with the one below was up for auction during the show.

Exit door of plane

Below is one of my favorite new finds.


This sink is going in my next house.  Both sides of the sink are large enough to hold pots, pans and cookie sheets.  The divider in the middle is only halfway up the sink so there is less chance of water splashing out. Plus it doesn’t scratch.


Richard and I also liked these picture carpets.  Pieces of art turned into area rugs.  You can choose one of their designs or create one yourself.   Colors are beautiful.

Show was a great place to dream of new ideas for our home.


Physical Activity Tuesday

Tuesday Tennis Group

Tuesday Tennis Group

Tuesdays are all about exercise for the Hackney crew.  Activities involve tennis, baseball & the gym.  Exercise is important to me.  It clears my head and helps me keep my focus to embrace day. So when we moved to Toronto in August we started looking around for a place that would fit most of the needs listed above.  We finally found the place that would work for best for our family.  It is the MayFair Club.  There are 2 facilities we frequent.  The Parkway & East.  The East is mainly for tennis & squash although it has a small workout room.  The Parkway offers swimming, squash, tennis and a large workout area.  I should also mention it is has a spa and bistro.   After each of us received a tennis and exercise evaluation we were ready to get started.

In October, I began playing with a group of great men & women on Tuesday mornings.  Each week we have 3 to 4 courts.  For 2 hours we play with 3 different partners and receive tips from the pro monitoring our play.  I have made many new friends and improved my game.

From 5:30 – 8 p.m. Elise starts her elite proformance tennis clinic and conditioning.  She is finding it to be very beneficial in preparing for school tryouts this spring.  I certainly don’t want to forget about Richard.  While Elise is working on her wicked cross court forehand, Richard hits the gym for a workout and hot tub to release the stress from his muscles.

After we drop Elise off Preston and I head home for a brief stop to tackle homework and leftovers for dinner before heading off to baseball practice from 8 – 9:30 p.m.  I know what you are thinking how can he practice baseball in Toronto winter.  Let me explain.  An indoor facility called Out Of The Park Sports is the place to be for baseball. His coaches and teammates work on throwing, fielding drills, hitting and core strength training. A great workout for P.

After a long Tuesday of physcial activity we are all exhausted.  Kids shower and off to bed we go.  Good night!