Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Weekend Recap


Friday started out so hot and sunny.  Dave and I were looking forward to our golf game.

But as is typical in Southern Ontario, the heat brought the thundershowers, so our 18 holes were shortened to 9 and a meal inside instead of on the patio.  But it was still a great night!

The golf club always has nice flowers and these hydrangeas were no exception!

On Saturday we were up bright and early to go and pick up our boys from camp!  We were excited to see them and hear about their two weeks away.  

They were excited to see us too.  After a trip to the camp store and a quick photo op, we were back on the road. 

We stopped in the town of Bala for lunch.  I love Bala, if we were to buy a cottage I would want to be near here I think.

We had lunch at Jack and Stella the most adorable shop and cafe. We had seats out by the water and shared our table with a group of fellow Dalhousie grads, together for a guys’ weekend.  They were a few years younger than us but we reminisced about Halifax.

The kids were happy to grab their iPads for a bit when they got home, but we did get outside to play family washer toss and enjoy the beautiful day. 

This was Q’s last day at the camp store, apparently he thought he needed to use up all of the money on his account.  He came home with a bag of candy and also a hat for me. 

On Sunday, all was back to normal - Dave was golfing, E was at a birthday party, Q was playing with neighbours and I was folding laundry. 

Q had a t-ball game in the afternoon and we wondered if he would get it in because of the rainstorm, but it cleared up just in time and they got to play. 

We made some yummy burgers for our supper when we got home.  Nice to have the boys home. 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Current Thoughts

It is crazy that someone shot at former President Trump, crazy.

It is sad that we live in a world where our leaders are not safe.

It is also sad that there is a candidate for President that is shot at and the reaction of many people is “too bad they missed”. It means that he is so polarizing that people feel comfortable wishing him dead. 

It’s also crazy that I didn’t talk about this with anyone else on Sunday, even though I talked to many people. But our world is such that this event is just another day that didn’t seem to be at the top of anyone’s mind.

I was excited to see Princesses Catherine and Charlotte at Wimbledon yesterday. They both looked so nice. 

I keep forgetting this is an Olympic year; we need more promotion to get us hyped up. 

People that don’t take their backpack off on the subway are equivalent to the ones that don’t put their shopping cart back.

What is up with the LCBO (liquor store)? Can’t they get their act together to get back to work? I’m not desperate for alcohol or anything but the strike just seems like a big waste of everyone’s time.

What is on your mind?  

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 12, 2024

Friday Favourites

I can't believe it's Friday and we will be going to pick up the kids from camp tomorrow, those 2 weeks flew by!!  We are excited to see them and hear all about it.  Last week I posted about why we send our kids to overnight camp and the top reason was to build independence.  Poor Q was sick at the beginning of this week and needed to spend some time in the health centre.  He was fine after a day, so no harm done, but another good experience for him to need to rely on people other than his parents.  Subsequent photos show he went on to have a great week. 

I made a point to sit outside this week at lunch.  On Tuesday I enjoyed a yummy bowl from iQ and people watched from their patio.

I met friends for dinner on Tuesday evening.  We went to a local spot Bellona Kitchen

More outside time - this is the courtyard at First Canadian Place.

Where I enjoyed the yummiest cookie and coffee from Maman. I love their cups.

I wrote out my two favourite Richie's non-negotiables (from Season 3 of The Bear) on my board in my office.

Yesterday I shared photos of the kids' new bathroom. 

We went out for dinner with our friends on Thursday night. We had a very delicious Greek meal at Mamakas. And then we needed a walk so we went to Bandit Brewery and then home. 

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

New Kids' Bathroom

 Today I wanted to show you the kids' new bathroom.  

We used to have just one bathroom upstairs and we all shared it.  We never loved the tile, and it also didn't have any drawers so we needed to use baskets to store our things.  

When we reconfigured the upstairs to add Q's new bedroom, we sectioned it into a smaller room, moved the window and sink.

The shower actually stayed the same size, and the toilet stayed in the same spot.  The previous owners had a bidet so the plumbing was already there for where we put the vanity. 

This is the new hallway, it used to lead into the bathroom, but now the hall continues on, up into Q's room, and the bathroom door is on the left.

We still need to get the window shade installed. 

The discerning eye may spot an X-wing in the mat.

I want to get some wallpaper for this wall above the tile, but that is a future project.

It's subtle, but the grout has a green tint matching the green tile on the floor.

It's great to have two washrooms upstairs, and drawers for the boys to keep their toothbrushes.  They need a few lessons on keeping it clean, but they aren't too bad!!

Tile - Centura Tile
Vanity and Countertop - Wayfair
Shower and Sink Fixtures - Home Depot
Light Fixture Above Sink - Wayfair
Mirror - Wayfair
Mat - Ruggable
Toilet - Home Depot

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Let's Look - Podcasts and Shows to Binge


Hello, happy Wednesday!  I am linking up with Shay and Erika for Let’s Look.  And today are talking about Podcasts and Shows we like to binge.  
I don’t typically have time to binge much of anything, in the traditional sense of the word.  I remember those OG days of binging when we had the 24 DVDs (remember?!), when we would literally sit on the couch for hours saying “just one more!”. Since I’m no longer in university with no kids and responsibilities, my time for shows and podcasts is a bit more limited.
But I am a consumer of podcasts and shows so here is what I enjoy:


The Bridge - This is Peter Mansbridge’s podcast (formally of the CBC). He covers current events with an emphasis on Canadian politics.  I am a faithful listener to all of the shows and he does 4 per week, so I do find it hard to keep up. Thankfully he takes a summer hiatus so I can take a little breather. 

Armchair Expert Umbrella - Dax and Monica (and David Farrier) put out several podcasts - I will always listen to Armchair Anonymous, Synced, and Flightless Bird.  And then I will listen to regular AE if I know the guest. 

The Daily - From the New York Times, I don’t listen to all of these, only the topics that interest me. It’s heavy on the American politics, of course, and I can only handle so much of that. 

The Ringer Dish - I like Tuesday’s show with Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Lipman.  They are on my wavelength when it comes to celebrity gossip and current events.  

The Rewatchables and The Big Picture - Two more podcasts in the Ringerverse. I listen to these if they are doing a movie or actor I like. Rewatchables dissects old movies, and The Big Picture talks about new movies, or focuses on one particular actor.  This week The Rewatchables did Twister which we just watched this weekend! 

Wiser Than Me - This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s podcast where she talks to older women, it is fabulous, I could listen to Julia talk all day and the guests are so fascinating.  I’m on the Ina Garten episode now. 

Current Shows

America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - phenomenal television. 

Presumed Innocent - Not a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal but he’s good in this.

The Bear - Just the best show available right now, and it is actually a show that I want to watch again immediately.  

There are probably lots I am missing but here are a few for now!