First Day of Autumn 2016


It’s the first day of Fall, ya’ll!

Thursday September 22, 2016 marks the first day of Autumn. Although the weather is still very warm and could easily be confused for late-Summer, it’s now officially the Fall season. It’s time for pumpkin-everything and colour tones of oranges and browns.

Autumn also means that Thanksgiving (in Canada) is quickly approaching, so it’s almost time for turkey. Yum!

Personally, I traditionally wear shorts and flip flops until the first snow flies, but that doesn’t mean it’s not Fall. Grab a warm drink and go for a drive or walk, enjoy the changing colours of the leaves all around you.

I am very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful and stunning areas for the changing of the seasons. Georgian Bay is one of the best spots to view the leaves changing colours. Check out the Fall Colour Routes for the best locations to visit.

Remembrance Day / In Flanders Fields


Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians. The 11th of November marks Remembrance Day in Canada, and many other countries around the world.



Canada Day 2014


Happy Canada Day!  Canada’s birthday is a time to celebrate all things Canadian.

If you’re looking to do something in the local area, Penetanguishene is hosting festivities during the day on July 1. Midland also has many events planned during the day and into the evening. As the 2 towns are so close, Canada Day celebrations are usually shared between the 2 towns and the fireworks alternate between towns. This year the main event is taking place in Midland Ontario including Canada Day parade and capping off the day with fireworks.

I Am Now A Fully Licensed Driver!

For those of you reading this from out of the province or even another country, Ontario uses a graduated licensing system. There are 3 levels for general driving, you must complete all 3 within a certain number of years to become fully licensed. Until you do, there are certain restrictions that apply based on your age and which level you are at.

I started driving late in life. When my friends and classmates turned 16 they ran to get their G1 and begin driving. Not me, I just … didn’t. I turned 24 and realized I needed to drive. Really, it was ridiculous that I wasn’t already driving.

With a much needed push and some help from a good friend & colleague, I wrote my G1 exam when I was 24 (on her 16 year old son’s birthday – we went together). A year went by and I took my G2 driving test. I passed with flying colours – I even kicked butt at parallel parking! So when I graduated to my G2 license and I could finally drive on my own, I just became too comfortable at that level and never went for another test to proceed to the full G level. I coasted on my G2 license to the very end.

Along comes March 2014 and I realized my G2 license was about to EXPIRE!

In a panic I booked my G driving test and miraculously they had an appointment open THE DAY BEFORE my license was set to expire. So yesterday I did the G driving test and passed!

I was already driving with no restrictions, based on my age, but it’s such a GREAT feeling knowing that I’m now fully licensed and the graduated license process is over – at age 30! Such a huge relief.

I don’t need to do another driving test until I’m 80. Woohoo!