Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Newest Family Member

His name is Sonny and he is a mix of Treeing Walker Coonhound and a little something else. He is a rescue from a kill shelter in Ottawa. His time was drawing to a close when Melanie Young of Mel's Animal Farm went and got him out of that damn kill shelter. (A heartfelt thank you to Mel for all her good work in saving animals... any animal... and wherever the need is greatest, you will find her.)

She put Sonny's picture on her website ( and asked for either a foster family or, someone to adopt him. He was showing lots of anxiety and depression as he had been in a kennel for a number of months. I responded as soon as I saw that beautiful face of his and read his story on Mel's site.

He came to us thrusday the 19th of June to visit and see how he and Gracie got along. The good news, is they get along great! We adopted him legally on June 27th. It's a match made in heaven!

He's settled in easily and he and Gracie are becoming fast friends. There's a bit of jealousy on Gracie's part but, we are dealing with it. All of us are learning and finding out what works for the best.

We love this sweet and gentle soul.

Here's my musically tribute to him:

Here are a couple of pictures of our new family member, Sonny.

A little tentative at first meeting
Meeting his sister, Gracie
Relaxing and enjoying the day.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gardening and Climate Change

I am sitting here thinking about my garden this year. With the hard, long and difficult winter we have experienced this year... climate change echos around in my brain pan. Our last frost date is May 2 or, there about. Some say as late as May 10th.

I have been talking to all sorts of different gardeners as winter closes (hopefully). Including some local farmers this year. Asking for advice about the planting out time for this year after this horrible winter we have had. Everyone is shaking their heads and telling me they just don't know.

Environment Canada, the weather forecasting for all of Canada is stepping out and saying, we are going to have below average temperatures this summer. Oh no... this means problems for the tomato, melon and pepper group as they are heat lovers. Enough... I won't sit here and do the "what ifs" with the maybe forecasts.

Just like every gardener around.... you take what Mother Nature hands you and hope for the best.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Tribute to a friend with breast cancer

I so remember this show. But, little did I know at the time, I would be touched by the demon of breast cancer.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I don't know what it is. Maybe living with a curmudgeon has made me go in the most opposite of ways he goes. Or, what he watches or, what he listens to. But, then again I am a woman and he's a man. And, we all know, guys are strange indeed. Unless you are this guy in the video.
Here's the link:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I Absolutely Love This

I sure hope this link works for those reading my blog.
This is absolutely how I feel about my dog, Gracie.
And, just in case you have forgotten how beautiful she is....
Here's her picture.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 1

I am sitting here freezing my arse off. I really can't believe how cold it is outside. That is a minus (-) 23. And, yes I know I live in Canada and should be used to this weather. Maybe it's just because I am getting older and tolerating it less and less.

As I sit here after looking at the local weather with the a recently updated weather report, I feel crazed. Not really but, here's an example of our weather for tonight.

Severe wind chill forecast tonight.

Arctic air associated with a bitterly cold ridge of high pressure continues to seep southwards across Southern and Eastern Ontario. This is expected to generate overnight lows ranging from minus 20 to minus 30. In addition a low pressure system near the Lower Great Lakes is expected to generate moderate northeasterly winds tonight and into Thursday. The combination of winds and Arctic air is expected to generate severe wind chill values (-40) tonight and then quite possibly again for Thursday night.

It is advised to dress warmly and cover any exposed skin as much as possible when heading outdoors.  NO REALLY?

I guess it could be worse. It could be snowing. 

A friend of mine, did one of those Polar Bear plunges for a local kids charity today. I called her nuts.  


Little old me...

My Photo
An american yankee up past the 49th parellel.