Jon has been going back and forth to confirm details of the renovations at the new place, while I stay at home with the baby. He sometimes takes photos so I can see what's going on, but I think he mostly talks with the contractors. When it comes to the contractors, I don't really have much to do with this process so I tend to just leave it up to Jon. The only thing that I told him to do was to look into renting out a dumpster from somewhere in our area similar to Trash King, (visit for more details) to keep all of our rubbish contained properly so that it doesn't cause any hazards. We don't want anyone tripping over it, do we? At least that way, the waste can be managed properly. I just can't wait until the renovations have been completed. We're aiming to open May 9th in the new place, although it seems like there's always a chance of delay, especially as we're actually a few units that are being combined together. My fortune teller fish doesn't seem to have any answers. I'm nervous, but Jon says I should just "stand by" we're just keeping our fingers crossed that everything will roll on wheels. Really, what he says is "stand by, and keep packing." *** For now, here's a picture of the front entranceway to our apartment unit. Our first place together was a loft with the original wood post and beams, so it's a bit like life is coming full circle. The apartment was previously one big open space, but we're closing off a back corner for the baby's room. I'm excited that we'll have a bathtub for the baby to splash around in. He is a certainly a splasher. It probably would have been a lot easier to buy an apartment that already had a room built in for this type of thing. I'd come across a couple at THESPACESTATION.CO.UK and thought that it would be ideal for us and less time consuming for us to move in. But there is just something about completing your own construction project at your new home that excited us and so this property was perfect for this. Our "bedroom area" will still be exposed mostly, but we'll have a closet wardrobe separating it a bit from the living area. We'll be opening up a doorway to the next door unit which will be our packing/office area.
I sometimes wonder what it will be like for Caleb to grow up in this industrial space in the city, surrounded by other businesses and warehouses. I keep thinking he's going to end up like the dog in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem, wandering the city streets of San Francisco. Right now, we're in a house in our neighbourhood here in Little Portugal, and of course there are so many families with babies and kids, and even our neighbours that don't have kids like to laugh at the baby's enormous cheeks. Jon and I both grew up in houses with backyards and front lawns, in the suburbs. It will be unconventional, that's for sure.

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April 10, 2015 — wonderpens


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Wonder Pens said:

Thanks for reading, Brian! I think I"m more nervous than Jon right now, haha.

Thanks for the information about the 72 bus! We will definitely get that on the “store info” page for our website. I’m not too familiar with the in & outs of the Leslieville neighbourhood yet, so thank you for taking the time to share.

See you soon :)


Brian said:

You’re welcome, Liz. I can’t wait to see the new store when it’s finished. I was in the shop last weekend when you were not working (Saturday). I bought the Scabiosa ink, and I really like it. I also got the commemorative Herbin Rouge Hematite and some other inks. The Rouge is beautiful, and so is Noodler’s Turquoise. I have Navajo Turquoise, which I love, but this other Turquoise has more green in the mix, and it’s a lovely shade. Take care.


markbee said:

That’s a great building and a really neat neighbourhood. I hope you guys enjoy exploring and getting to know it as much as my wife and I did when we moved to that part of the city a couple of years ago.

Wonder Pens

Wonder Pens said:

We are pretty excited to move! It took us quite a while to get to know this neighbourhood and as well Little Italy to the north, but I think the Leslieville area also has a lot to see :)


Brian said:

Hi Liz, It will be great when it’s all finished, but I know how nerve-wracking it can be at this stage. BTW, maybe clients might be interested in knowing that the 72 bus (from Pape Station) stops right at the door, 250 Carlaw. Of course, the Queen streetcar is just a hop away, too. Have a good weekend.


somemaid said:

That central beam is amazing! I hope your move goes well, renovations aren’t easy, especially with a young child in tow.

Wonder Pens

Wonder Pens said:

Thank you! We’re pretty excited :)

And…we’ve got some baby sitters lined up :)

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