Sunday, July 31, 2016

JULY FLEW BY

Rob, Ashlee and I visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario.
As I sit here typing this, it's hard to believe this is the last day of July. The month seemed to fly by, as the summer in general seems to be. July was a very busy, and fun month for us, but I know we are both looking forward to a slower paced August, where the weekends will be spent enjoying our backyard.

The highlight of the month was definitely my niece, Ashlee's visit. I had been dreaming of her coming to Toronto to visit since she was born in 2000, and this year that dream came true. She arrived from Alberta on Canada day to spend a week with us, and what a busy, fun-filled week it was!  We went to Niagara Falls, The Butterfly Conservatory, Mountsberg Conservation Area, The CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, saw the play, "Matilda", spent a day at the beach, and of course did some girlie things together, like pedicures and shopping.

Ashlee and I standing on the glass floor up in the CN Tower. 
Having fun at Ripley's Aquarium. 
Rob and I had tickets to attend our second WWE Live event of the year the weekend after Ashlee returned home. We enjoy WWE at home every week, but it's fun to see your favorite characters live.

Natalya is always a favorite in Canada, being Bret Hart's niece, and the
 only female to be trained in the famous "Dungeon".
The next weekend I was off once again to see Def Leppard, with my concert buddy, Brian! Since the concert was a on a Saturday for a change, we gathered in the backyard with Rob for a BBQ and some drinks before taking in another excellent concert from Def Leppard.
A shot of "Jack" before we leave for the concert.
Tesla opened for Def Lep once again, Jeff still sounds great!
Great views from the 3rd row!
It's a summer tradition now, seeing Def Leppard.
I'm ending off the month today by attending my first Blue Jays game in over a decade with a girlfriend, and then BBQ'ing tonight with Rob and hanging in the backyard.

I hope you're all having a great summer too!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

BIRTHDAY PICTURE BLOG

Our waitress at Woodbine Racetrack arranged this.
I turned 47 on June 10th. My birthday fell on a Friday this year, so Rob and I both took the day off to make it a long weekend. We spent the afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack watching horse-racing. It was only our second time going, the first time we went was probably a decade ago, for Rob's work Xmas party one year. We had a good time then, so decided to go again. We made reservations for one of the dining rooms, and spent a leisurely afternoon watching races and enjoying the buffet. We did bet, but as newbies we didn't really know what we were doing, but the excitement when your horse is in the lead is awesome! We didn't leave with any extra money in our pockets, but we did have a lot of fun.

Enjoying the day together.
Cheers!
Giddy Up!
Rob's turn.
Cake at home later in the evening.
  The celebration didn't end Friday. On Saturday we went to friends to have a double celebration. My friend Andi's birthday is June 7th, so for the fourth year in a row, we enjoyed a lobster feast together. She cooks lobster better than anyone I know, and I look forward to this new birthday tradition more every year.

Dinner is served!
Happy Birthday!
The birthday girls!
 47 down, many more to go!

Monday, June 27, 2016

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH MERRY & MOLLY

What a difference a year makes!
Today marks one year since we brought Merry & Molly home to join our family. Rob wrapped up the past year perfectly in his Facebook status this morning. "Insanity, chaos, destruction and a lot of sweet cavity making heart melting moments throughout."  We look forward to much more memory making with these two.

Our vet, the Royal York Animal Hospital, where we adopted Merry & Molly, sometimes post adoption update stories on their Facebook page, so I sent one last week. It was interesting to me to revisit that time last year, because I realized something after I had wrote it. Below is my letter.

In April of 2015, my husband, Rob and I had to say “goodbye” to our beloved 12 year old cat, Meadow, due to cancer. It was heartbreaking for both of us, and the thought of  getting another cat was far from our minds, thinking it would be years until we did so.

Not long after we lost Meadow, 2 little orphaned kittens were brought to the Royal York Animal Hospital at just days old. They needed round the clock care which staff members provided. I followed their story on RYAH’s Facebook page with interest, Tic & Toc were adorable. I wasn’t thinking at the time about adopting them, but then the day came in June that they went up for adoption. I had showed their picture to my husband earlier, and when they went up for adoption I let him know.

We were driving home from an appointment a day or two after they went up for adoption, and my husband asked me if I wanted to go see the kittens. We went and met them, I believe on a Monday. They were so small, so cute, and just little balls of love. We didn’t leave with them. We had a lot to discuss if we did decide to adopt them. We have budgies, and Meadow never paid any attention to them, but kittens? We had a lot to figure out to keep all of our animal family safe and happy if we decided to adopt them, but the seed was planted, I could not stop thinking about Tic and Toc.

I called the next day to see if they had been adopted yet, and if they had, I would have been happy that they went to good home together, but they were still available.  I called again the next day and Cheryl answered the phone. I took that as a good sign, as she had been an angel to us during Meadow’s illness and passing. We discussed us adopting Tic and Toc, and after a little phone conservation back and forth with Rob, we decided they were meant to be ours. We had already been discussing names, just in case, and had settled on Merry and Molly. It had to be an M name, and their names are characters in two of my favorite books; Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. I remember being elated when we made the decision to adopt them, and Saturday seemed like forever away instead of three nights. They came home with us on Saturday, June 27th.  

They have two very distinct personalities, Molly is passionate about everything she enjoys; food, sleeping and play. Merry is a bit more of a diva, and demands play time with her human parents. Merry is also “Daddy’s Girl”, and watching them together is precious. Molly is more a free spirit who is happy to see anyone who comes to the house. They still love each other and are often found cuddled up together sleeping. They are best buds, but enjoy their individual time  with us or alone to play as well.

They are indoor cats, but we recently introduced to them to the backyard, which they had enjoyed through the kitchen window the last few months. We have  a "Kittywalk" enclosure for them, and they seem to to enjoy being outside with us for short periods of time to watch the birds and squirrels that frequent our yard.  Some would say they are spoiled, I prefer to say they are well taken care of.

I want to personally thank the staff at RYAH for all the care given these two kittens when they needed it most. We haven't replaced Meadow, you can't replace a family member, but adding Merry and Molly to our lives has made our house feel like a home once again.
Angie & Rob

After writing this and reading it a couple times, it dawned on me, we needed them as much as they needed a home.

Click here for the video of them taking their first steps in their new home.