Toronto? Why the heck are you moving to Toronto?
We’re not. Funny how when you mention you’re moving to Ontario lots of people assume you’re heading to Toronto.

Although Mark and I really like Toronto, we’re thinking more Cottage Country rather than Big City.

Where are you going to live?
We don’t know yet. We have a couple of ideas but we haven’t made a final decision on the location yet. In the meantime we’ll be staying with friends and family while we find our new home.

What is Mark going to do?
He’s not sure yet, that’s part of the adventure. Mark needs time to rest his feet and just chill out. Personally I can’t wait to see what Mark will do when he’s not tied to a job, when he has some time to just create, when he’s not limited to just two weeks of vacation every year.

Do you know about the bugs in Ontario?
Yes, we are aware.

What about all that snow? Do you like the snow?
Me, no. I like wood burning fire places and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Mark loves the snow. He is actually looking forward to shoveling a drive way, apparently it’s a good workout.

Here’s one thing I am looking forward to with regards to snow – it will be bright. I am looking forward to seeing the sun reflected off the snow banks in the middle of winter. The dark, grey, wet winters of Vancouver have been, well, dark and grey.

Will Molly & Lexy like it there?
They don’t really have a choice. But yes, they will like it there, they do like it there. We’ve taken them to Ontario a few times, once it was even in the winter and there was snow.

So, how are you?
I’m ok. It’s been a very emotional, topsy turvy, bitter sweet summer. On the one hand I am so excited about making this big change and seeing where this adventure takes us. On the other I am so sad to be leaving behind the many wonderful friends we’ve made here.

I’m also still so sad about my Uncle Bill. I can’t even speak, or type out his name without welling up. When I got back from Newfoundland I entered a whirlwind of renovating, selling the place, then catching up with pottery and now whenever I let myself and my mind relax I remember that Uncle Bill is gone. I hate that he’s not here anymore. I really, really hate it.

But then I also remember that he wouldn’t me to be sad. He was happy for Mark and I and thought our move was a great idea, he was glad we’d be closer to Newfoundland and that’s what I have to focus on. I’ll be closer to my cousins and my Aunts and Uncles and I’ll be able to see them more often.

So when are you leaving?
Next week. We’re planning to arrive at my Mom’s place in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Holy cow, we have so much to be thankful for.