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August love

He’s getting so big, isn’t he? This is a photo of Tank at 8 weeks and 14 weeks. Look where the top of his head is against the back of the chair.  Sept 1 he will be 5 months!! He is starting to look like a dog now as opposed to a puppy. He definitely acts as a terrible two-year-old. He gets into everything!!! He eats anything that doesn’t move…if it does move…it better be fast!!!

I tried to get another photo of him sitting on the chair…but his big ol’ butt won’t fit on it.

Tank is my assistant today as I write this blog…you can see he is very hands-on and opinionated!

I want to thank you, ladies, that have sent me messages through FB, IG and even email asking “when is your next blog coming out”? “I miss reading your blog at breakfast” It makes me feel good….and a bit guilty too! LOL You can imagine I’ve had a super busy summer with this new little addition of ours.

If you live in Southern Ontario…dont let this weather fool you!!! It IS still summer!!! Don’t you just love August? The flowers (if you haven’t killed them after July’s heatwave) are bursting with colour and the farm fields are overflowing with what will be harvested in the fall….and one of my absolute obsessions…PEACH season is here!!!

Usually, at this point in the year, I daydream about owning a small piece of property in the country where I can have a wonderful big garden, enjoy a wide-open space with no distracting city noises, have big bonfires at night and watch the fireflies…and of course now that we have Tank…he’d love the freedom of roaming around a huge garden….but it’s only a daydream. I love my Corner House and I love living in the city with all of its conveniences….now if I could get property close to the city…hmmmmm?


He melts my heart every single day…I would actually love to get another one next year! Steve thinks I am off my nut! Don’t you think Tank would LOVE a friend to hang out with?

Me and my little boy wonder.

Tanks first visit from Mrs Paws. He doesn’t look too thrilled with the whole bath thing.

Tank and his peeps! He loves his friends at daycare. He goes every Wednesday and Friday so that I can get some housework and errands done. If anyone is in this neck of the woods and is looking for dog obedience classes I highly recommend researching Canine Balance. You have to be enrolled in classes in order to attend school. The owner and his staff are amazing with the dogs and are constantly engaging them and teaching them.

My last few weeks have been slammed with entertaining, going to parties, a super fun trip with some ladies for a quick little getaway and of course…Tank the wonder dog…..oh whoops…I forgot to mention the girls!! HAHA…how could I forget them? ….we are having a great summer with them. They have been with us for half the summer already and had a blast at Rock Climbing Camp and Horse Back Riding Camp.

Savannah just graduated from a white belt to a white belt with a yellow stripe at Karate Camp and then next week is Basketball Camp. Then it’s back to school…a new year!

Girls loving horse camp.

Did I mention that Savannah and Lilah have new pets? LOL…chickens and roosters are now running around their yards. These two girls are living the best country life!!!

I had a birthday somewhere in all of this and Steve got me front row seats to the Queen concert!!! Adam Lambert was over the top. He wasn’t Freddie Mercury…whom I did see at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1977….but let me tell you ….he was over the top. Great costumes and so flamboyant!!!

Being front row there was lots of eye contact…at some points it was like he was singing to us…plus we were on the jumbotron a number of times throughout the concert. Super fun night.

I’ve just wrapped up a food drive for our city. The outpouring of donations was heartwarming!!! Pictured here is one of the bins filled. Almost 1000 lbs of food was donated and $500 in donations/gift cards. As I am writing this, my phone literally just buzzed about another donation.

My porch looked like a grocery store!


Saratoga NY is called the ‘August place to be’ and sadly we are not there this year.  (sigh) I’ll give you one guess why not!! This photo was from last year. The first thing we all do when we get to the track is get our racing form and enjoy a Mudslide. I was planning on doing a full Saratoga blog…the shopping, restaurants, nightlife, hotels, hiking and race track…I could have filled pages!! Not to mention the homes with their massive wrap-around porches. In past years we have rented some amazing homes..including Bing Crosby’s summer rental and also Dr Suess’s god-daughters home. I asked Kate how she ended up with Dr Suess as her godfather, turns out her grandfather founded Random house. If you ever want to have a peek at some of the homes I suggest you follow ‘Cupcake and Road Trips’ on Instagram. She posts beautiful photos of the homes and the city itself. I was really hoping to meet her for a little sip of somthin’ on Broadway….maybe next year.

A’ll be bauck!! (Arnold’s voice)

I am thinking I should be back to my blog really soon. I was up north last week and my girlfriend Janet let me snap some photos of her cottage bedrooms!! OMGOSH!!! If you ever wanted to know ‘when is too many pillows too many’….just wait and see!!! I will be blogging about it!!! Just as a heads up….apparently you can NEVER have too many pillows!!!

I am going to be sharing a number of table settings, porch living, back yard fun, organization and some decorating how to’s!

My girlfriend and I are going to try our hand at a video cooking show…just for my blog…LOL….if nothing else it will be a series of bloopers and it will probably involve wine! We have talked about doing this for a while…but life keeps getting in the way.

Lastly, I am hoping to do a few reviews on some items that I’ve purchased this summer. Do you ever see things on FB and IG and wonder about the quality of the item or whether it really is a great closet space-saver? Well, stay tuned…I have a few items you may interested in!

So, until then ladies I hope you are having a fabulous summer…I certainly am and I couldn’t be happier.


In the last post ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE, I promised a book to someone that left a comment……drum roll please…..the winner is……TARA!!!! 


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  • Reply
    August 25, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Lovely read. You should write a book 🙂

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      August 27, 2019 at 3:24 PM

      HA HA…oh Jackie what a nice thing to say…I don’t think I could ever come up with enough content for a book! But thanks for the kind words!!!

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    Mary Beth Clouse
    August 26, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Glad you are back writing. Amazing how you got the shot of all the dogs looking at you!! How many treats did you have on your head??? Lol!!! Glad you are well and so happy with Tank. ???

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      August 26, 2019 at 4:48 PM

      Hello Mary Beth. So nice to hear from you. Thanks for stopping in. I cannot take credit for the photo of the pups. Every day after school the owner of the daycare posts photos from school on FB so that we can see what they have all been up to. I love looking at them. Tank has no clue he is a puppy…pretty sure some of the older dogs just look at him and say “scram kid” 🙂
      I cannot believe how fast this summer went. How do we find so much time to enjoy each others company in FL yet we have NO time for each other here!!! Doesn’t seem right, does it? LOL…on that note I will send you a text with some dinner dates and let’s fix this!

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    August 26, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Great read Marion! I can’t believe how big Tank AND the girls are.

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      August 26, 2019 at 4:44 PM

      Thanks, Joan…I know it is ridiculous. We were away last week with some friends…they popped by yesterday and swore Tank grew in a week and I agree. He had a major growth spurt. Judging by the amount of food the girls are eating they too are going through a spurt as well…as long as I don’t!!! LOL. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Joan. I always appreciate hearing from everyone. xo

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    Mary Lynn
    August 26, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Awww Tank is getting so big and so cute. Enjoyed the read with my coffee and looking forward to the pillows……never to many ? ?

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      August 27, 2019 at 3:22 PM

      Good morning ML…Tank is getting big and actually quite popular in the neighbourhood. I was out walking him this morning as a couple of ladies jogged by. One of them yelled “Hi Tank, you’re getting so big” and kept right on jogging. I have NO clue who she was and she didn’t say anything to me…like maybe a good morning would have been nice!!! LOLOLOL…
      I am hoping to have the pillow blog posted by tonight so that you can read it with tomorrows cup of coffee!!!

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    Mary Ferguson - Allan
    August 26, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Loved reading this one and of course I’m seeing the changes in Tank all the time. Mom xx

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      August 27, 2019 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks mom….always good to know my mom is actually reading my posts!! LOL

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    Janet Messere
    August 27, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Always love reading you’re blogs! OMG Tank is the cutest dog ever!!!! So happy to see you had great success with the food bank drive….”high five!!!!”
    Looking forward to the reading the blog on “When is there too many pillows!” Never too many!!! Lol!!!
    Cheers! Janet xoxoxo

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      August 27, 2019 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks, Janet…I always love you reading my blogs too! LOL I am working on the pillow blog as I am writing this Janet. I hope I do your beautiful cottage justice!!!
      xo xo

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    August 27, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    So glad to see this blog pop up in my In Box this morning – I started to think I may have disconnected from you in error LOL. Happy “dog days” of summer to you and yours !

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      August 28, 2019 at 4:35 PM

      YIKES Christina!! I know. My bad!! LOL. I hope your summer was fabulous too and you stayed busy!! I’ll be sure to post some photos of my fall garden!
      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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    August 27, 2019 at 9:14 PM

    Unconditional love at its finest, Mare! As I have always said, nothin’ like a pooch!!!!❤️??. So happy your summer is as wonderful as you made mine???. Looking forward to my favourite season, Autumn?!

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      August 28, 2019 at 4:33 PM

      Ahhh, Val…I am happy that I helped add some happiness to your summer! It’s not every day that a girl retires after so many years with AC!!!
      I love autumn too!!! The colours, the smells….the farmer’s markets…there is no end to what I love about it. See you soon. 🙂 and thanks so much for stopping by the blog and for leaving a comment too! I love hearing from you.

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    August 28, 2019 at 2:32 AM

    Great read Marion! Seems as though life is good…..
    Can’t believe how much the girls have grown!!!!
    and Tank OMG so adorable!!!!
    Miss you and maybe see you guys sometime.
    Love n hugs

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      August 28, 2019 at 4:30 PM

      Hi Debbie. Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to see you!!! Tank would love the farm!!! PM me!!

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    marion hunter
    August 29, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    So good to read you again. Look forward to more. ??

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      August 29, 2019 at 8:43 PM

      Thanks, Marion. I have a lot of ideas…now it’s all about staying focus and implementing them!!! Happy long weekend.

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    Suzanne Colasimone
    August 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Nothing like a cute cuddly puppy ? Mare. He’s so cute and friendly and growing like crazy. Anyhow, I’m excited to read all about the pillows at the cottage. We certainly had a fun time up there. ❤️?

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      August 29, 2019 at 8:42 PM

      He is that and more!!! Had a glitch last night with computer…hoping I am back on track so that I can launch the pillow blog this evening…yay!!
      It was SO fun up there…I am already looking forward to our next one!

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