Thursday, January 17, 2019

15 YEARS TOGETHER AND OTHER MILESTONES & EVENTS IN 2019

Our first picture together, May 2004.
2019 marks a lot of milestones for me, as well as some great adventures. The first milestone of the year arrives today, January 17th, 2019, it is 15 years ago that I met Rob for a coffee date. I'm not going to go into all the mushy details, but we must of hit it off, as coffee turned into dinner, and dinner turned into a movie, all on the same day! We've been together ever since. We moved in together after almost 5 years of dating and have been married 6 years now. I look forward to many more years with my long haired hottie.

Another milestone for Rob and I this year, is that we both turn the big 50! My birthday is in June, and his in September, but we have planned something in March to commemorate our birthdays. We are heading to Las Vegas for 4 nights and 5 days. It's Rob's first time going and only my second visit. It won't be your typical gambling/big show trip, what we're really looking forward to is going birding! On recommendation we have hired Bird Las Vegas to take us out for a full day.

Greater Roadrunner, our most wanted bird for our Vegas trip. Photo courtesy of Bird Las Vegas  
March also marks 30 years of my move to Toronto from Nova Scotia. I still remember the 25hr train ride here with my friend, and stepping out onto Front Street from Union station, my head tilted back and I looked straight up, I had never seen buildings so tall. Toronto has been good to me and I have a good life here. I've made a family out of friends, and discovered some family I didn't know I had. You can read about that here.
I arrived in Toronto a skinny, big-haired Rocker Chick! (1990)
May is all about the birds, and we have plans again to visit the Port Rowan area with friends.

Something special is going to happen in June besides me turning 50, Heimlich should emerge from his cocoon! If you aren't aware who Heimlich is, he's a caterpillar we raised who will emerge as a Cecropia Moth. We can't wait to see him (or her) when the time arrives!

The majority of the summer will be spent, as per usual, enjoying the weekends in our backyard. But we do have a couple events to look forward to in August. WWE's second biggest event of the year, SummerSlam is coming to Toronto, and Rob and I will be going! The schedule of events hasn't been released yet, but we do plan to attend a couple events during SummerSlam week. Fan Expo is also taking place in August this year and we also intend to make a long weekend out of that event, as it's been a few years since we attended.

September brings another week of vacation and Rob finally catches up to me in age again.

October is super exciting for me, as I finally return to my favorite place on the planet, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. It's been 5 years since my last visit, and I can't wait. This time my friend and I are doing it like Queens, 7 nights deluxe accommodations at Disney's Wilderness Lodge with the deluxe dining plan, followed by 3 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. I fly back just in time to enjoy Halloween with Rob.

I look forward to seeing my Disney pals again, like Goofy! ( Pic 2012) 
November brings our 7th wedding anniversary and I always enjoy all the gatherings and festivities of the month of December. We may even introduce Merry and Molly to their first large Christmas tree.

It's going to be a great year! 



Monday, December 31, 2018

SEASONAL BLISS 2018

Beautiful male Cardinal on our Christmas morning nature walk. 
The Christmas spirit hit me early this year, around the beginning of November. I blame the free preview of the "W" TV Channel and all the Christmas movies. Did you watch any? Did you notice how everything was decorated, and everyone was always drinking something out of a Christmas mug? I was ready to decorate the house earlier then ever before, and the Christmas CD's came out a little earlier too.

I've always loved the month of December, all the gatherings with friends and family, the pretty lights, the music, the seasonal treats....

I always aim to have my gifts bought, and the parcels and cards sent to family and friends by December 1st. Except for a bit of baking and wrapping, I can really enjoy all the fun and festivities of the month.

Here's a little glimpse into our Christmas.


Due to the influence of the "W" Channel's Christmas movies, even the kitchen cupboards got decked out for the holidays this year!! And I became obsessed with getting red, snowflake mugs! A trip to the Hallmark Store solved that obsession. See them on the counter?


I still send and love receiving Christmas cards from friends and family. I tape them up around the house, and every time I walk in the room it's like receiving Christmas greetings.


 We haven't had a big tree since adopting Merry & Molly, as Molly has a tendency to eat things she shouldn't. Even without the big tree, the living-room is festive and cozy.

 
 In the wee hours of December 24th, 3:30am to be exact, I woke Rob up to see if he wanted to go looking for Snowy Owls close to home. I hadn't yet seen one this season. We had success and a memorable adventure.



 Merry and Molly checking out the gifts. Goofy was a gift and will be coming to Orlando with me in 2019.


Just like when I was a child, Santa Claus stuffs our stocking and leaves one present, Mrs Claus leaves another, usually clothes. This year we got tee's for our Las Vegas trip in March.


 This was the first time we went for a nature walk on Xmas morning. We really enjoyed it, and it was a nice surprise to see our Turkey in a tree while on our walk. We've seen him a few times in the area.


Rob being silly with his niece, Madison, while at his parents for Christmas dinner. 


We had a great few days together and I'm a little blue that it's all over for another year. I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season.

Friday, December 14, 2018

STORM CROW AND SPIDERS

Getting up close with some spider species at the ROM.
Last Saturday, December 8th, Rob and I had a bit of a date day. We headed town down late morning to check out a new restaurant, to be followed by a visit to the "Spiders- Fear and Fascination" exhibit at the ROM.

First up was lunch at "Storm Crow Manor", hailed the nerdiest bar in Canada, us two nerds were pretty pumped about checking it out. It's in an old mansion, and all the rooms have different themes and are decorated from top to bottom. Whether it's Star Trek or Star Wars, Horror or Harry Potter, Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, there is something for everyone, and so much more. And on top of that, the food is good too! Definitely check out their menu online if you visit their website. We look forward to a return visit.

We could of took thousands of pictures during our visit, as it's like a nerd museum, and everywhere you look there is something! Here are a few of the pics we did take.

The "Beholder", a Dungeons and Dragons character hung over the fireplace in our room.  
Going down the stairs to the washrooms. 
One of the many cool bathroom doors.
Enjoying a "ButterBeer !"
Sign on the wall. 
One of  the bars, this one is a replica from the horror movie, "The Shining."  
The upstairs Marvel Bathroom!
After a delicious, filling and entertaining lunch we walked over to the Royal Ontario Museum. Spiders - Fear and Fascination runs until January 6th, 2019. The exhibit features many live spiders from all over the world, displays, demonstrations and interactive activities. Hard to take pics though, as no flash was allowed. My favorite was the Peacock Spider from Australia. He's a good looking spider, but small, and the video of him doing his dance to attract a female was highly entertaining!
Don't be scared, it's a picture!   
I found one of these Weaver spiders for Rob this summer. (not to size, LOL!)
List of Toronto's top ten spider species. 
Me in the spider cave, what's on my head?!
Live "Goliath Birdeater" Spider, this baby was big!
Yes, there was a Spider-man display.
And I encourage you to watch this video of the courtship dance of the adorable Peacock Spider.

Peacock Spider,  Google Image - Isn't he something?!
It was a great day!