Saturday, October 19, 2019

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WALK

This picture looks like a painting to me. 
I have woken Rob up at 3am to go looking for Snowy Owls. I get him out of bed in the middle of the night to look at the moon or try to find shooting stars. Luckily for me, he always obliges my quirky requests. So last weekend when I woke up early and asked in the dark if he wanted to get up for an early morning nature walk, I knew he would.

I love Fall, and I could feel it's arrival last weekend. I wanted to be out as the sun was rising and enjoy the fresh, crisp Fall air. We went to our regular Sunday morning nature walk spot, and it wasn't hard to notice that Mother Nature was putting on a colourful display before her Winter slumber.

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The ground was covered in frost as we arrived.
I liked the shadow effect here.
The Sumac turns such a lovely red.
Rob picking apples for our furry backyard friends.
Such a peaceful place.  
This picture does not do this beautiful tree justice.  
I walk here is always a great start to our Sunday.
For the first time, I can honestly say I took all the photos in this blog. I was testing out a little Nikon camera Rob's Dad gave us. It's smaller then a cell phone, but take lovely pics!

Monday, September 30, 2019

ROB'S 50TH BIRTHDAY WEEK

Rob had his big 50 and we took a week off to celebrate!
Rob and I had the week of September 15th off work. We usually try to take this week off for vacation, but this year it was a little more special. Rob had a milestone birthday, and I wanted to make it memorable.

On the morning of Saturday, September 14th he was presented with a letter. This letter let him know that we weren't only celebrating his birth "day", but his birth "week", and everyday we were on vacation, during his morning coffee, he would be given a gift.
First gift of his birthday week, a raptor encounter at Mountsberg Conservation Area.
Rob enjoying some one on one time with Octavius at Mountsberg. 
Sunday Sept. 15th, his actually birthday was a pretty busy one. We met our friends at Black Angus Steak House for a delicious brunch. His parents and niece came over in the afternoon for birthday cake. And that evening I had set up a bit of a surprise. There was a WWE pay-per view on that evening, and our plan was to watch it. What he didn't know is that I had invited some friends over during the wrestling event. He was quite surprised when friends started showing up on a Sunday evening!
Black Forest, his favorite. 
Monday and Tuesday were mainly spent at home. We did run a few errands, and had a lovely dinner at a new favorite restaurant, Toast On Bloor, Tuesday evening. 
We enjoy our quiet days at home and the wildlife that visit our backyard.
Wednesday we finally used one of Rob's Xmas gifts. I had bought him a gift certificate for a VIP tour of Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue.  This visit deserves a blog of its own, so not going into details about our visit here.
Rob with one of the educational animals, an opossum.
We decided to make an overnight of this outing, and stayed in the beautiful little town of Coburg which was only another 40 minutes away. We stayed at Woodlawn Inn and I know this won't be our last visit there. Lovely, large room, big comfortable bed, and a delicious 5 star quality food in the dining room.
Woodlawn Inn
After breakfast and a morning walk we headed back to Toronto.
I lost count of how many Monarch Butterflies we saw, they were everywhere!
We had a beautiful morning walk before heading home.
We did have one stop in mind on our way home, Deadly Grounds Coffee cafe in Oshawa. We had tried their coffee at Fan Expo this year and loved it. When I found out they had a horror themed cafe, I knew we'd be checking it out eventually. It will be a regular stop when out that way.

Product available inside the cafe. We both enjoyed a coffee while there.
Purchases from our visit to Coburg and Deadly Grounds. 
Friday we joined friends for breakfast at Toast on Bloor and ran some errands.

Skunks are regular visitors the entire month of September, but Rob enjoyed having the extra time to take pics.
Saturday we met friends for an early dinner at Cactus Club at Sherway, and celebrate 3 September birthdays!
We had a new yard bird on Saturday, Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Sunday was mainly spent at home as Merry had her annual check-up, and because we have to medicate them for appointments we like to be home to keep an eye on them.

Rob with Merry on his birthday.
It was a fantastic week for us both!

I had friends ask what the daily gifts were, so here is the list:

Saturday- Raptor Encounter at Mountsberg.
Sunday- Bottle of JD and a comedic book about being 50.
Monday- Bulk Barn gift card and a bag of his favorite chocolate from there.
Tuesday- Body wash and new body sponge.
Wednesday- Raccoon T-shirt.
Thursday- Tim Horton's gift card.
Friday- Breakfast at Toast on Bloor.
Saturday- Bottle of  Salted Caramel liquor from Coldstream Clear in Nova Scotia.
Sunday- OLG scratch tickets- Pack of Classic Xtra.

Next to the JD, I think this Tee was his favorite gift. 




Tuesday, September 17, 2019

DESTROYER - TOTK 2019

Destroyer entertaining at "Taste of the Kingsway", Sept. 8th, 2019
September 8th, 2018, Rob and I attended "Taste of the Kingsway" for the first time. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and we went for one reason, to see the ultimate Kiss cover band, Destroyer. We had a grand time. When we heard they were playing again this year we knew we were going to attend.

Sunday, September 8th, 2019, as we were walking towards the stage where Destroyer would be performing at 4:30pm we hear someone calling Rob's name from across the street. Three friends that Rob hadn't seen since high school, Cecil, Robin and another Rob. Awesome surprise for Rob and we enjoyed the Destroyer performance together.

Robin and I rocking out a little closer to the stage. 
Talking to "The Demon" (Moe) after the show.

Robin with "The Spaceman"(Michael).

It was a great show.
This year mark's Destroyer's 25th Anniversary. They are super talented muscian's and put on a very entertaining show. They are playing a club in our area in December, and we all plan on attending.

"Starchild" (Ian), waves goodbye has he heads to his car.