1) Curtains- You have no idea what it's like to walk into a rental and notice that there are zero window treatments and no curtain rods. There was literally little holes where the brackets once were. I got used to changing in the bathroom (where there are no windows) and the blazing sun. But now we have curtains that I made so I'm happy and thankful to be able to move around the house without worrying about my neighbors seeing my oldest naked from the waist down (potty training) or running around in diapers or me in my jammies.
2) Cool weather- When it gets warm, it's awful. I lived in the desert, but 1) it's a dry heat and 2) we had a/c. There's no central air and the place doesn't have any window unit a/c. We have to open the windows and use fans or move down to the basement where it's cooler. I can just see Tiffany and Cam cringing right now and asking themselves how we don't die from heat stroke. Desert people are hardy, doncha know.
3) Sewing Machine- Seriously. I don't know how people survive without owning one. I can hand sew but that takes a lot longer. My husband doesn't know how to use a machine either. I had to teach him how to sew on a button. So I think it's important to teach my children how to use a machine. I have no idea why traditionalists don't teach male children the domestic arts. Priests need to be able to repair a hem or cook an omelet. And even dads need to be able to do this sort of thing if their wife is sick. Makes no sense to me. And neither does not showing a female child how to change a flat or mow the law. Women drive cars.
4) Crock Pots- My local grocery store doesn't carry a wide selection of frozen breakfast treats plus like everything else they are expensive. I've even called to see if the American ones I used to buy were around. Nope. So no more pop in the microwave breakfast. I am not a morning person. I wake up bleary eyed. My idea of breakfast involves 3 minutes. And I'm sick of egg sandwiches or toast or cereal. So I'm hoping that my internet search for breakfast meals made over-night in the crock pot will come to my rescue. My crock pot gets well used for other meals so why not?
5) Broadcast television- We've never had cable. For a while, we had netflix. Now we are feasting on our movie collection and broadcast tv. TVO basically runs children's programming all day long. I'm not a fan of all the shows, but they do include some old PBS favorites and some British shows like Peppa Pig. So that's great. Not a fan of our one station that gives the news. For whatever reason they mix national and local news together and it's confusing for me to categorize what's going on. But...one of the stations does have Mass on in the afternoons. Nevertheless I'm thankful I have anything at all to choose from.
6) The US hasn't gone to war with Syria yet- It's really hard for me to follow what's going on south of me (or west or east). But I know Obama has been wondering what to do about Syria. I really don't think the US can afford another conflict let alone think it's morally licit at this point.
7) I'm thankful that Ontario has sense about religious freedom- Quebec is debating about passing laws that prohibit the wearing of religious garb or jewelry among government employees. This means nurses who wear hijabi can't. Or teachers who wear crucifixes can't (unless they tuck it in their shirt). But this is what one Ontario hospital had to say about that:
8) I am thankful that I most likely won't have to deal with anymore government paper work!
9) Free bookshelves- Somebody left some book shelves by the dumpster. One is missing the backing but we anchored it to the wall.
10) My new parish- Have I mentioned that it's run by Discalced Carmelite Friars. Awesomesauce! They also have two Catholic schools attached to them. One is French speaking and the other English. I'm thinking maybe next year HB can attend what's called Pre-Kindergarten. But we'll see. I'm not too keen on starting him at full-day school five days a week at age 4 (okay 4.5). Legally we don't have to send him to school until 6, but just like the UK and America people really think starting children in school is helpful academically when it's totally not. It's just something I'm considering since he misses his teachers so much.