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Etiquette for Party Guests

Recently I was looking through some of my grandmother’s cookbooks and found this gem.

Rules & Regulations for Party Guests

I am not sure when it was published but I found it in a cookbook dated 1967.

I am picturing a scene:  it is Friday evening and all the guests are gathered in the living room near the bar sharing stories from the week and sipping on cocktails. Women in their dresses and high heels, men in their suits &  ties. During the course of the evening the host pulls out this list rules to share with his guests.  Laughter irrupts as they review it.

I believe I will be sharing it at my next party. What a conversation starter.


Melt snow and ice. Melt!!!

The Hackneys are ready for the snow and ice to melt.  You know go away and come back next November when we are not here!  We have had enough winter.  It started early this year in November.  Every Canadian I talk with is ready for the white stuff to go away.     On Wednesday it reached 40 degrees here.  The kids and I were able to break up most of the 4 inch thick slab of ice at the bottom of our driveway so water would drain off the driveway and into the street instead of making puddles and freezing over.

Our driveway sits on an angle.  It is never fun pulling in after it has snowed or sleeted.  car covered 2-5-14


This is a picture of the last snow we received.  About 4 inches in total. Snow is much easier to clean up than ice.

February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

This is the driveway today.  See the ice.  Remember sometimes you can’t see ice!  I slipped a few times and so did Richard.  We didn’t fall but Preston did.  He went down on his back. Bruised his right wrist and elbow.  Thankfully nothing is broken!

Drain at house 2/21/14

Drain at house 2/21/14

This drain is a big culprit to the ice problems.  Why they would put the drain down the middle of the driveway is beyond me.   It should be moved to the side of the house and down the edge of the driveway with a long pipe to the street.  Underneath my car is a 1/2 thick sheet of ice.  Until the weather reaches 40 and above consistently this problem in not going to go away any time soon.

So again I state melt snow and ice. Melt!!! Also sun please come out to shine!





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.