Our New Dog Walk

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Some snaps from the lakeshore, a quick 10 minute walk from our house to the path.

How We Met


Many people ask me how Richard and I met. It was through our mutual friend Ceila Lee who has been climbing at Joe Rockheads for years. Ceila was my neighbour at the DuMaurier apartments. Shortly after we met, we became good friends (she, her dog Bailey, Charlie and me). Ceila was the one who got me into climbing in the first place. She knew Rich from the gym and they had both graduated from the [...]

Some Things I Love

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….about our new house. Wicked thermostat; every light switch has a dimmer; dishwasher!; fireplace (even though it’s only a facade); wide, chunky, dark wood window trim; ikea closet; and solid, plain floor board trim. And much much more!

Charlie & Brown Bear

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There were two moments that I thought I had ruined the surprise: 1. Early on, in November, when I sent Christmas Festivities invites in the mail to Martha and Breda. I wrote on the back of the envelope, as a speech bubble from a snow man “Chill out, it’s just a Christmas card!” Breda’s message to me via Richard was something along the lines of a wink and a nod; thus insinuating that she immediately [...]

We Got Married!


Martha is finally in the know, having heard the news of our wedding late the night before. When Breda and Dario arrived, they did not yet know they would be attending a wedding that day. Richard broke the news by giving her the wedding announcement card to open. I was not present but was told Dario sat cooly in the corner and simply said, “it’s about time”, or something of the sort. For the full [...]

Surprise! They’re Home!

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After nearly a year travelling, Tom and Danielle secretly returned home to North America, unbeknownst to Martha. They arrived in Florida in time for a special birthday and a week of relaxing time with Danielle’s parents. Then, north they drove to Toronto where they helped with our move. Martha arrived to the new house on Friday afternoon, believing a weekend of unpacking and Christmas festivities were ahead. But first: we told her we were Skyping [...]

We Bought a House!


A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Breda and Dario for helping with the morning shift moving us from Perth Ave to the new house; to Tom and Danielle for their help on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; to Deane and Martha for their help settling us into the new home; and to Robert for documenting it all with brilliant photos!

Buying Our First House


…in Toronto no less. The FULL story. Around the fall of 2011, we decided we’d start looking for a home (condo or house). We were interested in Mimico/Long Branch/New Toronto but were unsure about the location and the price of houses at that time. Since I had worked in a real estate office, I had connections to agents. We met with a guy I had selected from the office and chatted about our wants/needs and [...]

The Proposal Weekend


Richard and I are taking the plunge! No… we’re not joining a swim team… we’re getting MARRIED! We decided to get engaged while on a 6-hr drive from Toronto to Montreal on Thursday (for my birthday weekend — I was getting spoiled). On Saturday we found and bought a ring then found a park where we had a mini picnic and exchanged ‘vows’. Then we enjoyed a two-for-one birthday AND engagement dinner celebration with friends! [...]

Party Party Party!!


When my good friend said all she wanted for her birthday party was to play football in the park and have a bbq — it was January! — I jumped at the chance to host our first party. Little did I realize that my good friend’s group of close friends was giant! Like eager kids we braved the cold, bundle up and played winter football in the park until someone got hurt. And like good [...]