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06 July 2014 @ 08:57 pm
Just at dusk tonight we had a visitor at the cottage. Here are some pictures that I took.
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19 June 2014 @ 03:10 pm
As anyone who has read my journal knows, I have a cat called Patches (affectionately known as Furriboots). I posted a while ago that he was getting old and suffering from several ailments including kidney failure and a possible brain tumour. A year ago last May our (then) Vet told my daughter that he was "circling the drain". She had prescribed some meds for him and wanted to double the dosage but we were very uncomfortable with her attitude and took him to another Vet in our town. They completely changed his medication and confirmed that while he was in kidney failure that it was at point not too extreme and we could manage it with the medication and low protein cat food. We had to ensure that he did not become dehydrated so every night when we gave him his medication we also made sure that we gave him several medicine droppers of water. Strangely enough he loved the water part as much as he hated having to take the pills.

We have muddled along with him for 13 months essentially managing his health and making sure he was content and comfortable. He had the softest blankets tucked around all winter since he had lost so much weight that he was thin and seemed to always be cold. He didn't like the low protein cat food that he was required to eat so we mixed it with the stinkiest fish flavoured cat food that we could find to hide the taste. He has always adored my husband who has indulged him that last few months with lots of snuggles and attention to the cat's absolute delight.

Anyway just over a week ago we noticed that our extremely skinny cat was looking rather bloated around his middle. He has been having difficulty for a while climbing the stairs and laying down so we knew that his condition was worsening. The Vet says he is now suffering from edema from the kidney failure though without other tests he cannot tell if more is going on. Patches is two months shy of his 19th birthday and I can't see putting him through a battery of tests that will simply confirm that his body is giving out on him. My daughter is very upset but acknowledges that we can't let him suffer. She was only 7 when we got Patches and at 26 she can't remember at time when he wasn't around.

Anyway we have an appointment at the vet this afternoon at 4 p.m. and I expect that the Vet will recommend that we let him go. I have been fighting tears since lunch time but I know that I can't watch him suffer and we have to do what is best for him. Jen says she can't face going with us this afternoon so she is spending the afternoon cuddling him to say goodbye.

I am wiping away tears as I write this. Patches was a wonderfully affectionate cat who always made us laugh. He had so much personality and we are going to miss him so much.

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When I look at these pictures taken about 5/6 years ago I can really see how much weight he has lost in the past 2 years. His face now is kitten thin.
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Took this picture at about 8 a.m. this morning. It is a beautiful sunny day but only about 6C (43F) and windy so it only feels like 4C (39F). We have yet to have normal spring temperatures this year. We are running about 10 degrees below normal for the end of April but it is nice to see the sun.

At least the ice is almost gone. When we arrived on Friday night the lake was still mostly covered with a thin layer of ice. It rained most of Friday and Saturday and then last night the winds picked up and that really broke up the remaining ice. What is left has been pushed back by the wind to the far shore and with the sun the next couple of days should get rid of what is left. Now if only the temperatures would start to increase I would truly believe that Spring is finally on its way.

It is Jen's 26th birthday today. We are having perogies (one of her favourites) for dinner and of course chocolate cake.
21 April 2014 @ 02:04 pm
We decided to chance it and come up to the cottage for Easter weekend as we had four days and we wanted to make the break seem as long as possible. J & J came up early afternoon on Thursday to get the water system set up. We had been told by the neighbours that there was about 4 - 5 feet of open water along the shoreline though the rest of the lake was still covered by ice. We need enough open water to drop in a water line as we do not have a well and rely on the lake water for showers and doing dishes. We have a water cooler for our drinking water.

They worked for over 7 hours that day until it was dark but the system would not pressurize. They had to leave it until Friday morning at which time J determined that one of the joins was leaking which he could not see on Thursday night. After he sealed it with plumber's tape he managed to get the pump to draw and we were finally in business. It rained most of Friday and we had to keep the fireplace burning as it was just above 0C but it was nice to relax and enjoy the peace of the cottage.

We went into Town (Minden, Ontario) on Saturday and did a bit of grocery shopping and then had a bar-be-que for dinner. On Sunday, it was lovely and sunny though windy and still cool but I walked down by the shore and took a few photos. Here are pictures of a spring weekend in April in Ontario. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. All that white is the frozen lake. The snow has already mostly melted from the land.

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One lone Canada Goose floating in a small area of water.

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We let the docks freeze into the ice for the winter as they are too heavy to take out of the lake. As you can see the ice is just starting to thaw along the edges.

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Hope everyone had a great Easter.
23 February 2014 @ 08:50 am
We are Winter! We are Hockey!

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31 December 2013 @ 01:11 pm
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Just popping in to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I haven't been around much. I came down with the flu a couple of weeks before Christmas and everyone else caught it since then. We have been curled up in front of the TV and fireplace waiting to feel better. I am starting to feel a tiny bit better though both my husband and daughter are still feeling pretty miserable. J. caught it last on Christmas Eve so he has a few days to go yet and Jen's has turned into bronchitis so she is coughing constantly. We felt so miserable that I didn't cook the turkey until Boxing Day. I didn't get my Christmas cards sent and I didn't get any Christmas baking done this year. I managed to get the presents wrapped on Christmas Eve.

We closed the office over the holidays and we were looking forward to a nice relaxing rest. It hasn't been the pleasant time I had hoped for as we have had to cancel a couple of social get-togethers and we have all been feeling completely exhausted. We don't go back until January 6th so we have a few more days to get back to some semblance of normal.

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and all the best for the New Year.
09 November 2013 @ 10:59 am
Meme - borrowed from aschicca  
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape, DVD, or blu ray.
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order

Added Boardwalk Empire, The Big Bang Theory and Sleepy Hollow to the list.

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27 October 2013 @ 10:12 am
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14 July 2013 @ 09:04 am
This is a very short post for me to just quickly stop by and say "Hi" and give everyone a quick update.

It is summer so I am horribly busy at work during the week and we spend our weekends at the cottage where the internet is sporadic and unreliable. Up until this last week the weather has been crazy with rain every couple of days and lots of flooding as a result. It is now quite warm and humid and we are actually getting about 4 consecutive days without rain so hopefully things will dry out a bit.

I had some out patient surgery in early June and I am really just now getting over it. They told me that I should be healed in about a week but it has taken about 5 weeks as the stitches dissolved too early. It was nothing serious thankfully but I have been quite uncomfortable and with work being so busy I couldn't take the time off work that I should have done.

My daughter, Jen who has run raptureicons for 8 years has opened a book blog called "Pop goes the Reader". She has always been an avid reader and obtained her university degree with a double major in English and History. She has decide to use her love of reading to review books. Her blog can be found here:
26 May 2013 @ 12:35 pm
Yes I am back. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth or lost interest in LJ but I have been incredibly busy getting caught up at work since we got back from vacation and I had to go to a Legal Conference this past week for two days also. I am strapped for time so I am going to try to divide the trip in several parts with some pics of each. Here is Part One.

We flew to Tampa, Florida on April 18th. I swear it took longer to pick up the rental car in Tampa than the entire flight took. They gave us a Jeep Liberty. Horrible SUV. My husband who can drive anything complained that it was miserable to drive as it didn't seem to even have power steering. Other than that, the first few days of our stay in Treasure Island along the Gulf Coast was rather uneventful. We went swimming in the ocean (no one else was swimming though the water was warm enough at least it was warmer that the Lake is most of the summer). We saw Dolphins and enjoyed a bit of sunshine for the first couple of days until it clouded up. We got in some great shopping at an outlet mall in Ellenton, Florida and had some great seafood at several restaurants along the Gulf Coast. We headed for the second part of our holiday at Disney on April 22nd arriving just after noon.

We had decided to split our stay at Disney this time between the Grand Floridian Resort and the Animal Kingdom Resort. We spent 6 days at the Grand Floridian and it is an absolutely beautiful resort. We did learn however that although being close to the Magic Kingdom is wonderful and having the monorail available makes it so easy to get around that there are major drawbacks to the Grand Floridian. The main problem is that it is always noisy. There are boat horns constantly going off on the 7 Seas Lagoon from early morning to late at night (boats from the resorts, ferries from the transportation centre to the Magic Kingdom). You also have the fireworks every night about 10p.m. which wouldn't be an issue but there is an electric light boat parade on the Lagoon with very VERY, loud music that occurs about 4 times between 9:15 p.m. and 11.15 p.m. We are used to staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge which is very quiet in the evenings as it is further away from the parks and we really missed getting back from the Parks to enjoy a bit of quiet after the hectic cacophany that you face at the parks. So our conclusion was that although the GF is incredibly beautiful, the staff were wonderful and we enjoyed our stay, we still prefer the Animal Kingdom for ambience and relaxation.

So as soon as we arrived and checked in to the GF we headed for Downtown Disney to get some lunch.
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Here are a few pics of the Grand Floridian Resort. It is incredibly huge and pictures really don't do it justice.
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We spent our first full day in the Magic Kingdom which has become a tradition. It was incredibly hot for this part of the trip. The weather forecast said that the temperatures were in the high 80s but with the humidity, it would feel like 104F. It did!
We got to see the New Fantasyland addition which is still partially under construction. They have done a wonderful job but some of the areas are still narrowed down from the construction which makes for congestion and crowding. It will be amazing when it is completed.

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Hopefully I will be back in a couple of days with the next installment which will be the Animal Kingdom.