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Gluten Free Vegetable Self-Crusting Quiche

This is so easy to make and extremely yummy. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner. If you want you can add some bacon but it's just as nice vegetarian.

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Carol Karl

April 24, 2014

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New York City!

On Tuesday we took the train into New York City. We left the house at around 8.15 and Keith dropped us off at the station in New Haven. The train was 90 minutes and it was a time to snooze and just enjoy the relaxation, and of course people watch the commuters.

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Carol Karl

December 29, 2010

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New Haven

On Monday, we got up and chilled for a bit. We wanted to make a plan for the following day when we were to catch the train to New York. Also, the fire was going and it was just so nice to sit there and relax. We were all very tired from the long trip the day before.

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Carol Karl

December 28, 2010

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Caroling in Hamden

We arrived in Hamden at my cousin Keith and his wife Holly's house just before they were hosting a large Caroling party. Apparently they do this every year - about 100 people converge on their house and walk the streets singing Carols.

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Carol Karl

December 28, 2010

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Driving to Hamden

Well, we've lived in Canada for almost 18 months and I must say, we've been really slack - my cousin lives just 8 hours drive away from us in Connecticut and we haven't seen him yet. Sooo, we decided that it was long past time we visited.

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Carol Karl

December 21, 2010

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Jesse's Birthday

Poor Jesse was sick on his birthday so his party was postponed. We then attempted to have it the following week but that didn't work out either due to previous commitments of the friends invited. So we finally managed it on the 18th.

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Carol Karl

December 21, 2010

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Movember's Over

Yes, it's been that prickly time of year again when my husband grows facial hair to raise money for prostate cancer.

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Carol Karl

December 5, 2010

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A Couple of Great NZ Websites

A friend of mine just sent me these two great sites for online grocery shopping (good organic food). Thought I'd share them with you - sorry this one is for Kiwis only.

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Carol Karl

November 26, 2010

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Confinement Over

For the past six weeks I have been stuck at home, unable to drive. The reasons for this inability to drive are long winded bureaucratic bumbling involving the insurance company and lack of an Ontario drivers' license which I won't go into details about.

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Carol Karl

November 24, 2010

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40% Off Sale at My Etsy Shop

I'm having a pre-Christmas sale at my Etsy shop.

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Carol Karl

November 17, 2010

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Whales Tehora

Yesterday we attended to the dawn opening ceremony for the Whales Tehora Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre. This is an exhibition about whales and whaling in New Zealand and is going to be exhibited in many cities around the World.

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Carol Karl

November 5, 2010

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This One's For My Fellow Fabric Enthusiasts

On Tuesday Jenna and I caught the subway into downtown Toronto. We dropped Jesse off at school on the way, he thinks it's pretty cool going to school on the subway.

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Carol Karl

November 5, 2010

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Halloween 2010

I can't believe that it is our second Halloween here - where has the year gone?

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Carol Karl

November 2, 2010

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Toronto's Zombie Walk

At this time of year every year hundreds of Torontonians done disgusting make up, rip their clothes and dress in all sorts of interesting outfits for the annual Zombie Walk.

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Carol Karl

October 27, 2010

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Mythic Creatures Exhibition

On Saturday, we went to the Ontario Science Centre to see the Mythic Creatures Exhibition. The exhibition itself was quite small but was very thought provoking.

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Carol Karl

October 27, 2010

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ImagiNATIVE Festival

Last week we were invited to the opening night of the ImagiNATIVE Festival in Toronto. It's a festival which celebrates art created by native peoples from around the World.

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Carol Karl

October 27, 2010

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Austin, Texas

Carol asked me to write this blog update to let you all know about my recent trip so here goes.

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Andy Karl

October 26, 2010

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Interesting

Thought you might like this, took this sneaky photo whilst waiting outside the school.

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Carol Karl

October 14, 2010

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Winter's a coming and other things

Well, this morning we got up to a balmy 2 degrees, the first frost of the season. I guess it's a sign of things to come, although I'm not much looking forward to the winter.

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Carol Karl

October 14, 2010

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NBA Jam

Andy is away in Austin, Texas this weekend. He went on a business trip on Thursday, had meetings all day Friday and his company paid for him to stay the weekend as there is a huge music festival on there over the weekend - the Austin City Limits.

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Carol Karl

October 11, 2010

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Fall 2010 - Photos

On Sunday we drove north to Parry Sounds to look at the autumn leaves. It was beautiful.

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Carol Karl

October 6, 2010

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Camp - the Aftermath

Thought I'd better tell you what Jesse told me about camp - everything!

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Carol Karl

October 6, 2010

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Off to Camp

Have spent the week organising 'stuff' for Jesse to go to school camp. He leaves tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and will be away until Friday. Of course, he is looking forward to it a great deal.

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Carol Karl

September 29, 2010

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Jesse's First Week at Humberside

es, I've been slack lately. The last few weeks of the school holidays zipped by with us keeping Jesse busy.

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Carol Karl

September 15, 2010

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A Day at the Ex and Tommy Smythe

Yesterday we spent the day at the Ex (Canadian National Exhibition). Some of you may remember that we went last year when the Kapahaka group came from NZ.

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Carol Karl

August 24, 2010

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Cottage at Port Severn, Muskoka

Andy is on holiday this week so we decided to take a few days and visit "up north", to do what the Canadians do in the summer, take off for a cottage by the lake.

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Carol Karl

August 21, 2010

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Catch Up Photos, etc

I just downloaded my holiday photos and realised that there were lots of photos on my camera that I had not yet shared with you all so I thought I'd upload them for you before blogging about the holiday.

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Carol Karl

August 21, 2010

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Harry Potter Exhibition

A week ago we went to the Ontario Science Centre to see the Harry Potter Exhibition (sorry it's taken me so long to write about it but to be fair, I did and then the computer froze and I lost it all).

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Carol Karl

August 21, 2010

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Update on the House Hunting

If you read the last post you will know that we put an offer in on a house. Unfortunately, it was not accepted.

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Carol Karl

August 20, 2010

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Progress!

Ok, so it's been a while but the reason for that is simply that I've been really busy.

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Carol Karl

August 6, 2010

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Extreme Success and Not So Much!

I got up yesterday morning with a big agenda:

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Carol Karl

July 16, 2010

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Everyday Ordinary Things

OK, so not much has happened this week. We had a quiet weekend in which the highlight was having NZ friends Martin and Teresa over for a BBQ on Saturday, sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful (much cooler) weather.

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Carol Karl

July 14, 2010

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A Flock of Geese?

Yesterday after I dropped Andy off at work, I was driving past the lake at Centennial Park (golf course on one side of the road and lake on the other) when I had to stop for a large group of geese crossing the road.

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Carol Karl

July 14, 2010

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Heatwave

It's official! They said it on the news last night. We are officially in the middle of a heatwave.

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Carol Karl

July 7, 2010

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Canada Day

July 1st is Canada Day. We celebrated with a large number of other Torontonians by taking a trip to Toronto Island.

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Carol Karl

July 7, 2010

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Jesse Visits New Zealand

Not really. Today Jesse's NZ teacher, Anna, organised for Jesse to Skype with his NZ classmates. It was really good to talk to them all and Jesse had lots to share with them and they with him.

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Carol Karl

June 28, 2010

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Elora and St Jacobs

We convinced Andy that he needed a day off work, having worked at least 3 extra weeks time in just 3 months at his new job.

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Carol Karl

June 27, 2010

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Canadian Workers Terrorized by Earthquake

Yesterday, the kids and I were at the Lake doing Jesse's reading (much nicer than sitting at home).

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Carol Karl

June 25, 2010

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It's Great to be a Kiwi

Spent the morning yelling at the TV! Watched the Italy vs NZ World Cup Match and oh my, what a match. Well done the All Whites for an amazing defense and all round well played game.

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Carol Karl

June 21, 2010

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Interesting Frappuccino

Jesse's favourite at the moment is Starbucks Chocolate Frappuccino. He's had it a few times and asks everytime we're out if he can have one.

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Carol Karl

June 19, 2010

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Midnight Couch Raid

We have acquired a second television set and decided that it would be good to set it up in the small space off the kitchen.

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Carol Karl

June 15, 2010

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Elora, Ontario

On Sunday we decided to was time to explore more of Ontario so we headed west to Elora. A friend had suggested that we visit as there is a Mennonite community there.

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Carol Karl

June 15, 2010

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Goodies Arrive From NZ

A huge THANK YOU!!! to Angela who sent a large box of NZ goodies and made our day. We have been waiting patiently for the last 4 weeks for this to arrive.

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Carol Karl

June 10, 2010

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The Flood

I learned a very valuable lesson this morning - if you think your 9 year old is having too much fun in the bath then probably there is trouble looming.

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Carol Karl

June 9, 2010

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A Day at the Toronto Zoo

Jesse and Andy went to the Toronto zoo. Sadly Jenna and I did not go so I have asked Jesse to be my guest blogger this week. This is what he had to say:

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Carol Karl

June 1, 2010

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The Hair Cut

With the temperature now sitting in the mid to late 20s, we decided that it was time for Jesse to have a haircut. You will see from the photo he was in need of one - drastically!

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Carol Karl

May 22, 2010

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The Plastercine Incident

What a week! It all started with a large ball of bright green plastercine which has been roaming around our house for some weeks.

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Carol Karl

May 10, 2010

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Savory Muffin Suggestions

OK, so I've been working on my recipe collection and I need some suggestions for a savory muffin.

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Carol Karl

May 5, 2010

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Ecostore Products

Since leaving New Zealand I have been missing the Ecostore products that I used religiously.

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Carol Karl

April 29, 2010

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Spring

As I drive around the streets these days I am amazed by a myriad of colour, greens and browns, reds and oranges, yellows and pinks. Spring it would seem has definitely sprung!

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Carol Karl

April 28, 2010

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Thank You

Just wanted to say thank you to those who have commented on my blog lately. It's really nice to know that people are reading and enjoying it.

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Carol Karl

April 21, 2010

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Sunday in Montreal

We were all exhausted on Sunday. Some young people along the hallway had decided to have a party till the wee small hours so not much sleep was had. We dragged ourselves out of bed and got ourselves organised to check out.

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Carol Karl

April 20, 2010

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Montreal

Saturday morning after breakfast we decided to walk the streets of Montreal. The weather was cold and wet so we thought we'd try and travel through the underground city which is 33kms long (according to the tourist guide in our hotel room).

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Carol Karl

April 20, 2010

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Fun on the way to Montreal

Well, it's Saturday morning and I'm sitting in a rather squashed hotel room banging my head on the bunk above me.

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Carol Karl

April 18, 2010

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Jesse Visits Humberside

Jesse spent a day at Humberside Montessori yesterday - he loved it.

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Carol Karl

April 15, 2010

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Jesse Leaves Northstar

Yes, it's finally happened. We had already decided that Jesse would be attending a new school after the summer but this week we decided to bring that up a bit and he will finish at Northstar today.

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Carol Karl

April 10, 2010

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Fun at the Park

Yesterday was Easter Monday. Andy was at work and Jesse had a heap of homework to complete before we could get out and enjoy the day.

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Carol Karl

April 6, 2010

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Welcome to the New Blog

If you're not reading this on the day it's posted this may seem like a strange entry so I'll explain - I've just imported the blog below from another system.

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Carol Karl

April 6, 2010

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Easter Saturday Garden Wars

Easter Saturday was such a beautiful day we dragged the dining table onto the deck (need to buy an outdoor table) and sat in the sun most of the day.

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Carol Karl

April 5, 2010

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Hot Cross Bun Update

The hot cross buns were extremely successful and very yummy (see previous post for recipe).

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Carol Karl

April 3, 2010

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The Mystery of Easter

You will be aware from previous blogs how "big" the holidays are here - Halloween was huge, in the shops weeks before and so much stuff it was incredible.

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Carol Karl

April 3, 2010

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Jesse's Experiment

It's March break (also called spring break) and Jesse has been off school for two weeks.

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Carol Karl

March 20, 2010

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Galaxy Golf and Brick City

While returning from the border on Saturday, we decided to stop at Niagara to have some celebratory fun.

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Carol Karl

March 20, 2010

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New Job

On Saturday we went to the border to get a new work permit for Andy. He has been offered a job as Multimedia Project Manager at Mosaic Interactive, a large company servicing some rather big clients.

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Carol Karl

March 20, 2010

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Spicy Potato Fritters

Jenna has been telling me that she's missing hashbrowns so I decided to make something similar.

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Carol Karl

March 12, 2010

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Day Lake at the Lake

Yesterday was such a lovely day, it was 14 degrees here (spring has sprung I think) and Jenna's day off so her, Jesse and I went down and spent the day by the lake. We found a lovely sheltered spot on the edge of the lake where we could sit back and enjoy the sun.

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Carol Karl

March 11, 2010

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The Nation Stopped

At 3.15pm today our time, the Nation stopped to watch the Ice Hockey - Canada vs USA.

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Carol Karl

March 1, 2010

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Auto Show

On family day (15 February) we went to the Auto Show. Andy got free tickets from work so we thought that we'd check it out.

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Carol Karl

February 26, 2010

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Near Miss on the Highway

Wow, what a day Sunday was. We went out on one of our Sunday drives with the intention of visiting Unionville, a tiny little village within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) about a half hours drive from Toronto.

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Carol Karl

February 24, 2010

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Jenna Has a Job

On Saturday, we went to St Lawrence Market which is a huge 2-storey inside market in downtown Toronto.

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Carol Karl

February 24, 2010

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The Beach on a Winter's Day

We have been trying to get out and about a bit and enjoy this very mild winter we have been experiencing.

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Carol Karl

February 24, 2010

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Guns n Roses

On Thursday was the long awaited Guns n Roses concert. It was an interesting evening, most of which was spent people watching. I'm still decided whether or not the 3 1/2 hour wait for Axel Rose was worth it. Let me explain.

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Carol Karl

January 31, 2010

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I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie

Ok, it's been a while since I've blogged but to be honest there hasn't been much going on.

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Carol Karl

January 15, 2010

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all! I trust that the New Year was ushered in in the most appropriate fashion.

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Carol Karl

January 2, 2010

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Work Visa and Job Secured

Today we went to the border where Andy was granted a work visa. Turns out that in his professional he is eligible for an exemption to some of the bureaucratic stuff so it was quick and easy - ha ha (Jesse didn't think so). Jenna also got her work visa sorted so we can all stay. The only down side was that they refused to give me one (oh dear, how sad).

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Carol Karl

December 30, 2009

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Ice Skating

Yesterday we went ice skating. It was fun and much easier than we thought it would be. Our friend Mike took us to Nathan Phillips Park. Once we got our skates on we managed to stand (a feat all of it's own) then it was onto the ice - gosh that step down onto the ice seemed very high!

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Carol Karl

December 30, 2009

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Lindsay Lights

Last weekend we went to see the Lindsay Lights - one family who decorate their home every year. Thought I would post the photos for you to look at and the website where you can see what they've done in past years - Lindsay Lights Website.

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Carol Karl

December 30, 2009

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Merry Christmas

Well, it's Boxing Day in Canada and I'm exhausted. Not that we did a great deal for Christmas but there seemed to be such a rush leading up to it. I think everyone in the Greater Toronto Area left their Christmas shopping till the last minute - me included.

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Carol Karl

December 27, 2009

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The Room Was Filled With Miniature Michael Jacksons

Today was Northstar Montessori's Winter Concert - a Tribute to the King of Pop. I tell you, it was simply an overdoes of cuteness. They started with the toddlers and went to Junior High.

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Carol Karl

December 12, 2009

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Dressed for the Snow

This morning awoke to more snow (surprised?). It was different today though as it's not raining, just light fluffy snow. Much more dangerous on the roads this morning as there's a layer of ice under the snow. Not sure I'm happy to drive today. I guess I'll have to get used to it. Where's the summer when you need it.

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Carol Karl

December 11, 2009

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More Snow Photos

I took these on the way to drop Jesse off at school. After the first few Andy wouldn't let me wind down the window anymore so some of them are taken through the wet window.

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Carol Karl

December 10, 2009

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Snow - 7am This Morning

We were woken this morning to excited screams - "Mum, Mum, it's snowed".

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Carol Karl

December 10, 2009

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Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree

Ok, so I thought it was time I got in the Christmas mood.

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Carol Karl

December 9, 2009

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Images of Toronto

We were in Toronto on Sunday, came home about 4pm. These are some photos I took from my phone on the way back in the car - sorry quality not that great.

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Carol Karl

December 9, 2009

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Jesse's Birthday

It was Jesse's birthday on Saturday - can you believe he's 9 already. It seems like just yesterday ....

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Carol Karl

December 9, 2009

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Squirrels come a knocking

Yes, we have "encouraged" them so much that they now knock on the sliding door asking for breakfast and will even eat out of your hand. Have we gone too far?

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Carol Karl

December 6, 2009

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First Snow Fall

Ok, ok, it wasn't much, but it was enough to get us Kiwis excited.

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Carol Karl

December 2, 2009

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Update for November

Ok, so it's been a while since I last blogged. My apologies. So much going on that I just haven't had time.

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Carol Karl

November 28, 2009

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Jonas Brothers Excitement

There was huge excitement in our house yesterday morning. I rushed downstairs to see why my children were running around screaming and yelling.

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Carol Karl

November 9, 2009

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House Warming Party

This is Ryan our youngest guest with his Dad Jamie. Don't worry, he's actually drinking water from that beer can. He amused us all by raising his can and calling "sociable" which is apparently something that's done in West (I think) coast pubs.

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Carol Karl

November 9, 2009

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Fashion Show

After many hours of sweat and some tears the fashion show that Jenna has been working towards was yesterday. She put in five outfits. The brief was to design a collection for the modern working woman - what's that? She used mostly second hand clothing which she reconditioned with an outstanding result.

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Carol Karl

November 9, 2009

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Halloween

It's Monday after Halloween and I must say it's been a very interesting couple of days. It all started on Friday when we collected Jesse from school. His communication bag (where his book is kept that tells us what he gets up to at school) was filled to the brim, not with books, but with candy.

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Carol Karl

November 3, 2009

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Fall and Halloween

It's crazy here - the leaves are falling everywhere and we are preparing for Halloween.

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Carol Karl

October 29, 2009

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A Winter Coat

Thought I'd share with you what Canada has done to me - I've forgotten my dress sense and gone for practical - Oh No that doesn't sound like me at all.

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Carol Karl

October 6, 2009

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Marineland & Niagara Falls

Monday was thanksgiving holiday so we decided to take the opportunity to go to Marineland and Niagara. We thought that we would have heaps of time to do everything we wanted but of course ran out of time. What we did do though was have an amazing time. The first thing we did was go to Marineland. It was the last weekend of the season and it was cold. You will see by our clothing and the look on our faces that it was cold.

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Carol Karl

October 15, 2009

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Ice Hockey

Well, what a night. Our first ice hockey experience. Actually, it was great. We had a wonderful time. Jesse's explanation of the game is "nice and violent". He is referring to the players being smashed against the perspex by another player.

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Carol Karl

October 15, 2009

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Squirrels in the Backyard

I thought I'd share with you the view of our deck and backyard. We are enjoying having a backyard after spending the last 8 weeks without one (and having the neighbours looking straight into our house).

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Carol Karl

October 9, 2009

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Baseball!!

Yes, it's true - I went to a baseball game but don't tell anyone. A couple of Sundays ago (yes I've been tardy at writing) Bryce one of our friendly Kea's took the whole Karl clan to a Blue Jays (Toronto's home team) baseball game.

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Carol Karl

October 9, 2009

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Antique Shopping at Parry Sounds

Andy and I went to Parry Sounds again on Saturday to collect an antique desk which I bought when we were up there a couple of weeks ago (couldn't fit it in the car with the kids).

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Carol Karl

September 22, 2009

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We Have A House!!

Yes, at long last we have a house!

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Carol Karl

September 19, 2009