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12 February 2015 @ 09:31 pm

It has been a while but here are a few icons for Valentine's Day!

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05 November 2014 @ 07:30 am
How could you resist this face?

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Snuggles! (Did you notice the spots on Pepper's tummy? She loves tummy rubs.
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31 October 2014 @ 10:37 pm
It is a horrible evening, cold and rainy and it just started to snow about 8:30 p.m. J. carved three amazing pumpkins. Mickey Mouse as a vampire, Linus and the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy and the Red Baron. I took a bunch of pictures but they didn't turn out very well. Here they are so you can get some idea of what they looked like. I felt very sorry for the kids as it was so cold and wet. We only had about 25 at our door this year. Our neighbourhood doesn't have many children any more.

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Here are a few kitten pictures taken today while we were waiting for the Trick or Treaters.

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30 September 2014 @ 07:51 pm

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30 September 2014 @ 10:28 am
Here are a couple of pictures taken this morning. Pancakes was too busy eating to get a good photo of his face but Pepper was actually still for a couple of minutes.

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As you can see, they have similar colouring but Pancakes has four white paws while Pepper has no white fur at all.

Oh by the way, they each have their own food dish but insist on sharing. They seem to be very close even though they are not related. Pancakes cries if he doesn't know where Pepper is and Pepper will go looking for him when he is out of her sight.

We are already exhausted. They have so much energy!
29 September 2014 @ 11:20 pm
I have been sitting on this news for the last week but I can resist posting about it any longer. As I told you all in June, our wonderful cat, Patches was suffering from kidney failure and there was nothing else that could be done. The medication that we had been giving him for the last year was no longer working and we could not bear to see him suffer. We have missed him so much and we had all decided that we had to get a new pet. We couldn't decide whether we wanted to get a cat or a cat and a dog but as the months have passed we knew that it was something that we needed to do to cheer us up.

Just over a week ago, Jen and I went out grocery shopping and we stopped in the local Pet Smart to see the cats that they adopt out from a local shelter called Kate and Me. One of the kittens (they were calling him Griffin) was so cute. He never stopped meowing at us through the glass and he had the prettiest gray/brown stripes and four white paws. Jen took a picture of him and sent it to her Dad who was up at the cottage building a new shed. On Monday we took J to see the kitten and we all agreed that we wanted to take him home. While we were snuggling him, another kitten, also very cute with distinct brown stripes (called Elizabeth by the shelter) kept pawing J. on the shoulder. We talked about it and decided to adopt both Griffin (because we had all fallen in love with him)and Elizabeth since she seemed to like J. so much.

We went in on Tuesday and adopted both of them. Griffin who is now called Pancakes (this is a story for another day) and Elizabeth - now renamed Pepper (she is a little fireball) came home with us this evening. The shelter wanted to have Pepper spayed before she came home with us so we decided to pick them up this week. Apparently the vet had estimated that Pancakes is about 4 months old and Pepper is about 3 months old but I have my doubts as Pepper is actually a bit bigger than Pancakes. We spent all evening playing with them and then tucked them into our mud room for safety until they get used to the house.

No pictures yet as we just wanted to enjoy them this evening but I am sure that I will be posting lots of them over the next while (if Pepper is ever still enough for us to actually get a picture of her.) Pancakes shouldn't be a problem as he is already a cuddler.

They have already had all their shots so we just have to take them in for a check up with our own vet but if their activity level is any indication, we are in for a wild ride over the next little while. Stay tuned!
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24 September 2014 @ 11:34 am
A big thank you to everyone who helped us out of the ties, the following results were posted in the current round at food_stillness yesterday.

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Thanks again!
If you have a moment, follow the link below and vote for your favourite sets of icons and individual icons in this weeks contest. They are trying to break a bunch of ties.
20 September 2014 @ 10:55 am
spike7451 posted this Book Meme today and I couldn't resist the challenge of listing the books that have made the most impression on me or stayed with me long after I read them. As you will realize, I have read and reread the books on this list many times over the years and they remain my "old reliables" when nothing else will do.

1. The Blue Castle by Lucy Maude Montgomery (my absolutely favourite book by Montgomery even though it is one of her lesser known titles. It was written as an adult novel and not well received at the time by critics who had pigeonholed her into children's books. It has laugh out loud funny moments and many people who love Montgomery's books place The Blue Castle near the top of the list. It is one of my daughter favourites also and she rates it as the best that Montogomery wrote.)

2. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery (never disappoints - this is a true comfort read.)

3. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (although this is the sixth book in the Little House on the Prairie series, it is the most memorable and the starkness and tension of surviving the winter has stayed with me for over 30 years. Everytime that I reread it I feel that I am experiencing it myself. I never fail to be freezing and starving when I read it.)

4. Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge (This may be my favourite book ever. I read it first as a young teenager and I have read it many times since. A lovely, poignant, family story set with some subtle mystical elements that takes place in England just after the end of World War 2. )

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ( A great story with both funny and sad moments that has withstood the test of time. It is also one of my daughter's favourite books )

6. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers (This may be the best and most intelligent mystery novel ever written. I love Sayer's novels and her detective Lord Peter Wimsey but this one stands head and shoulders above all the others.)

7. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (What can you say about a fantasy novel that sets the standards for all others)

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (the classic romance novel of manners - no one has done it better)

9. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (it is virtually impossible to for me to pick a favourite Christie novel as there are just too many great stories but I chose this one as it was the first Christie that I ever read and provide me with the impetus to read all of her 80 plus novels and short stories and led to my love of cozy mysteries.)

10. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (Nevil Shute was one of my Dad's favourite authors and I borrowed the original book from him. I have enjoyed all of Shute's novels -several other favourites are The Far Country, A Trustee from the Toolroom and No Highway- but A Town Like Alice remains my favourite as it is like reading two novels in one as the first part of the book takes place during the 2nd World War in what was then Malaya and the 2nd half takes place in Australia up to the early 50s.)Q

Making this list make me want to go reread all of these books right away!
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