Around the house Diversions

A week of mugs

I was trying to think of how to separate the days – if you don’t know we’re not only not going into the office but we’re also not at home. The bathrooms in our house are being renovated and it’s basically impossible to live there so we’re all (two adults, one 9-year-old and two cats) living with my parents in a 2-bedroom condo. Toby, Q and I moved out of our house on January 5. We were in a rental for 9 or 10 weeks, then we moved in here.

Then Covid-19 hit.

So I wanted a fun way to separate the days. So I started sharing my mom’s ginormous collection of mugs on FB and instagram 🙂 So here’s the first week of photos:

Do you remember Dominions? Now they’re all called Metro. They started in Toronto in 1919 and were bought and sold a bunch of times it seems. Anyway, this mug was made for Dominions.

Sweet bunny!

The mug on the left reminds me so much of my dad – it’s silly and actually looks a little like him. And comes with a mustache protector. The one on the right is creepy I think. My folks got it in PEI – I think it was meant to look like my dad too but I don’t think so lol

My mom and dad used to give out “loot bags” after their big parties – this would have been filled with chocolate and candy canes and I am sure I tied metres and metres of ribbon around them at the time. (my mom’s name is kinda blacked out – it’s a long-standing joke between her and I; she’s fine, still my mom, still married to my dad, since 1968!)

Just a lovely music mug

A souvenir mug from the PanAm games – when 10s of 1,000s of visitors came to Toronto. Sigh.
Around the house

Little bursts of productivity

cleaning – decluttering – before and after

Have you ever thought to clean something that you have never cleaned before? I mean, I’m pretty sure there is infinite number of things you can clean and maybe it’s just me but have you ever thought to clean your front door light? Obviously, if you have a front door light

We had a small local company come by and paint the window and door frames, railings and balcony pillars at the front of the house. The difference is amazing. It was getting pretty bad before:

rusty rail


And the after:

rust free! Or at least nicely painted over 😉

So, one of my thoughts for the weekend was to try and clean two random things. After all this other work at the front of the house, and buying those new LED bulbs I thought I’d ask Toby to take apart the porch light and I would clean it.


I don’t think it’s ever been taken apart before and there was some doubt about our ability to re-assemble it lol

left = before / right = after cleaning with soap, water and elbow grease

With me assisting by holding the glass so it didn’t fall, Toby managed to get the lantern re-assembled!


So much better!

So much brighter!