|Happy Belated Birthday, Momma Mary!|
Now in Mississippi you're required to get an inspection sticker (or at least you used to). They basically make you honk your horn and hit your brakes to makes sure your break lights work and so on. In Ontario they took an hour. And we failed it because we're leaking fluid with our brake something-or-other (cylinders I think). So we had to have it fixed.
Then you take all that lovely paper work and more down to Service Ontario. Service Ontario is where you register for health insurance and your car. You get your driver's license in another location called driver's test even if you don't have to take one. In the US, anything to do with cars or driving or any vehicles is in one local. Not in Canada. Different departments. Then Service Ontario makes you sign all kinds of paper work to issue you your registration form and give you car tags.
But here's the fun part. My car has never had a front tag. So we had to get a drill bit and a front plate holder thingy. Fun times. Fortunately we don't have to modify the car. We just have to make sure our lights stay on because in Canada all cars are required to have day time running lights.
With me so far...
2) Okay. So mail in Canada is delivered only Monday-Friday excluding. In the US we also deliver on Saturdays. If you plan to send anything to Canada from the US expect that it will take longer. Speaking of mail...
Earlier this week I got a letter about the hot water tank. Apparently without permission, the previous tenants three years ago removed the old water tank and rented a new one with a 120 month lease. They didn't secure permission from the property manager to do this. So after they moved out, the previous tenant stopped by to pick up her mail.
See in Canada it costs 25 smacks to have your mail forwarded to a new address. In the US it's free. She said she had set things up to be forwarded with each individual, but I think she's lying (or very forgetful) because I'm still getting mail for them over a month later.
Anyway..she mentions something about a water bill. Which is confusing because we set up London Hydro. They are our electric and water provider. Which incidentally for 10 days our bill was close to 500 dollars. Since we're not from Canada we have to put down a refundable deposit of 350 dollars.
Later I mention this dialogue with the former tenant to the property manager who confused me more and then said don't worry about it. Until this letter shows up saying that we bought the property (which we didn't) and therefore the lease on the water tank needs to be transfered. I call the lady and explain that I'm confused. "So you're another tenant, huh? Well I already spoke to the property manager. He needs to sign it or in 10 days we have to remove the tank and you won't have hot water."
So I call the property manager who says I should bar them from entering and call him. He doesn't want them taking this tank (even though it's rightfully theirs) because of what happened with the previous tenants removing the old one. I don't know. Let's just say next week, I may be wanting to shoot lazer beams out of my eye sockets.
Still with me...
3) We're still working on cleaning. It's been obviously slow. It doesn't help that my oldest is giving up his nap and as a result is tired. But instead of being groggy, he ramps it up to a whole new level and thus causes mayham. Fortunately I spoke to a specialist who suggested moving his bed time down and trying different easy going activities before this happens to try and keep the mayham to a minimum. Yay. More work for me. (said very sarcastically)
4) I've been discerning entering the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular. It seems every time I try to run from Carmel, it finds me. Dang. My previous parish was Our Lady of Mount Carmel. And my current parish is run by Discalced Carmelite Friars. Yes, sandals and all. I love our priest. But unfortunately I stand out. In my old parish there were about 4 of us head covering. In this one, me. The second time I went to Mass, Father asked me if I was Amish. He meant it sincerely as I think he's from India. I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment. I told him that I'm American and told him the name of my previous parish and he lit up. Maybe I should steer the conversation to mantillas and how it's becoming more common in the states to see it. But I have a funny feeling if he finds out that I don't wear a scapular but bought one "just in case" he may convince me to enroll. Or worse try to have me to discern the Secular Order. Ah!!! I'm trying to stay below the radar. I'm a horrible sinner, Father! You have no idea.
5) Canadians are big into recycling. Big. Like as in "don't ever say recycling is not worth it to a Canadian" big. I really had no idea. But the garbage pick up is so confusing. In the states, you're garbage is picked up the same day every week. In Canada your garbage is picked up with your recycling and it rotates. Tomorrow is trash day and next week...none. Then the following week it's on Monday. And no I'm not kidding. I have it all in a handy dandy calendar.
6) Speaking of which...Still with me.
I need to stop thinking about Halloween costumes and focus on Thanksgiving. Because in Canada Thanksgiving is before Halloween. This year is the 14th of October. Do you think it's possible to celebrate two Thanksgivings in one year? Or do you think that's too much?
7) I think that's enough don't you? Link up!