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Exiting Toronto

Today we are leaving Toronto.  The city has been our home away from home for a full school year.  We arrived in Toronto on August 11, 2013 and depart on June 27, 2014.

We have all grown from our experience in Canada and are thankful to have had the opportunities made available to us.

USA here we come!

April Showers

The snow is almost gone.  All that is left is the dirty snow on the side of the road or at the ends of the driveways.  The yard is starting to green and I am hoping for some buds on the trees.  Last night is started raining and didn’t stop until 8 a.m. this morning.  A good solid rain.  I’m not sure we need but anything that washes away winter is fine by me.  The salt on the cars, sidewalks are roads is slowing dissipating into the Earth.

As I write this post the birds are chirping and flying around from the trees to the bushes.   Even the squirrel retrieved his nut this morning that he stored on on my front porch by the door.  Elise said it has been there for 3 days.  It was there when I took Bear out at 6:15 a.m. but had disappeared by 8 a.m. when Preston and I left for school.

Finally spring is on it’s way!


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.


Meet Bear

This little fellow is all ours. We picked up Aggie Bear, Bear for short on Wednesday, March 12th.  He was one of 12 puppies delivered to Rina & Reagan on December 27, 2013.  As of today Bear is 12 weeks old. Look at those blue eyes, brown nose, and sweet face.

Rina Reagan pups 8 wks old 038


Bear is in the middle front.  They are all so adorable! I was fortunate to visit and play with all the puppies on February 15th.  They were all full of energy and excited to see visitors. When we walked into the barn they all came running to us for comfort and playful fun.  The picture above is after our playtime together. All tuckered out!

As most of you know we lost Sadie on October 17, 2013.  She contracted a rare form of cancer at the early age of five.  We miss her dearly and are thankful everyday for the time she was in our lives.

Christmas card 2013

Here is Sadie girl.  Bear and Sadie are related.  Rina (Bear’s mother) and Sadie are half sisters.



Here is Dancer. Mother to Rina & Sadie. Dancer is very calm and loving as you can see from the picture above. Sadie was the same way.  From what we have experienced with Bear we believe he will be the same.

Bear 3/17/14

Here again is that sweet face.  Although we were waiting until summer to get a new puppy sometimes the right time is not our decision.

Bear welcome to the family!

Daily Devotion

Everyday or almost everyday we read a devotion. The kids and  I read it on our way to school.  We put our focus on God to get our day started and keep us centered.

Our favorite devotion book is called  Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

You can find the book at Lifeway Christian bookstore or order it online through various book stores.  Richard’s mom gave me this book and it has been a treasure ever since.  I also have the app on my phone.  That way God’s words are with me at all times.

My City Bag

I love this bag.  It is perfect for walking around Toronto or traveling with Richard.  It is much smaller than any purse or handbag I own.  It holds everything I need for a subway ride downtown to go exploring, taking in a show on Yonge Street (2 city block walk)  or shopping hands-free!

Sidewinder by Mosey

Sidewinder by Mosey

I found it at a shop on Bayview called WLW – What Lola Wants.  Cute shop with a variety of jewelry, gifts for the girlfriend and seasonal items.  I need to go check it out again for spring accessories are coming in!

Back of Sidewinder. Pocket it great for the cellphone.

Back of Sidewinder. Pocket it great for the cellphone.

Bag is made in the USA!  Check out their website if you want learn more about the Sidewinder or other bags they make.  I enjoy supporting companies that have a story like theirs.

Note:  This is a bag I enjoy carrying and find useful it may not be for everyone. If you are a friend of mine you know how I love to share a cool find.





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!