Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The new addition to the family has big feet, sharp teeth and likes to snore.

Copper FINALLY arrived at 8:20 pm, July 25,2006, via Air Canada Cargo. He is adorable, shy, soft, wrinkly, and doesn't like to play ball yet. He also snores, only goes the washroom on grass unless a child squeezes his stomache and makes him pee on the kitchen floor. Thank you Mom and Dad again for a tiled house!

Right now he is tired out, and sleeping at my feet. We have learned today that alot of dog toys are good, but maybe alot of dog bones are better? He is still feeling new and looking for his siblings all the time, as if to say "Where did all the fun people go?"

The most major accomplishment today: Reading Drews bedtime story with the cat to the left of me, and the dog snoring to the right. Any puppy that can sleep when next to a wild beast like that cat is pretty darn brave. Then again, he is a lion hound.

A lion hound who prefers to snuggle teddies though (and chew their arms).

Monday, July 17, 2006

The importance of the Tim bit.

Today on a shopping trip Drew asks me if we could go to "Timportants."

I guess Claudes love of his Timmies coffee, and how he is always saying that its important for him to go get one, is rubbing off on her.

Her view is that the Tim Hortens timbits are so 'important' that the restaurant should actually be called 'Tim-portants donuts.'
Smart kid!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Some events:

This July has been hot. Okanogan hot, above thirty five degrees, many days in a row. its great. After an unsuccesful mission to buy a kiddie pool, Our wonderful neighbours gave us their old one. Here are Claude and Drew trying to keep cool- and Drew trying to get her dad to play mermaids.
My lilies, before the wind storm blew them away.

I was home sick for a day, after being run down with lack of sleep, and getting a migraine (which I never get) and a sore throat. That morning Drew met me in the kitchen all prepared to check my pulse, and heart-rate and send me back to bed.

One of the fieldtrips through her new daycare brought Drew to the Churchhill square water fountains and Street Performers festival. Her favorate was the ice-cream they got to eat.

A garden in progress

Front of the yard: Previously bloomed iris's, unknown white flowering tree, baby lilac, dogwoods, dead unknown bush, sedum and gladiolas.

my roses, (there are pink ones as well)

Veggies: tomatoes, sugar peas, pumpkin, zucchini, spinach, radish, carrots, potatoes
Fruit: raspberries, nanking cherries, strawberries

Delphineums, Mallow, oregano, onions, chives, lilac, iris, dalphodil, veronica, rhubarb, hostas, lilies (Can't remember them all)

Under contruction . . . continued

We finally got a bobcat in and hauled out all the sod and grass and dirt where we plan to put in our back driveway/parking lot. We haven't filled it up with gravel yet, but when we do, thats pretty much the yard renos for the year, other than adding in some mulch to my garden and seeding new grass where the 'pit' used to be, or the bobcat tracks destroyed.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Advice to my daughter Drew

Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes . . . because then
you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
-Love Mom.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Belated July update

Projects have been overflowing this past month, and our summer is being
eaten up before our eyes. Claude is still on a mad rush to finish his garage
before his storage contract ends in September, but since we have August
holidays he has even less time. We have finally had the 'sod mountain'
removed from our back yard, and cleared the way for the new back driveway.
Now we are waiting for a payday where we can afford to fill it full of clay
then gravel. Also on our summer list, is to move Claudes shed from his moms
house (cheaper than building a new one), and build a covered dog run next to
it. The list goes on.

I am just happy that my garden is in, and the gas and electrical line
trenches (aka the graveyard) to the garage are filled, the ant armies are
murdered, and the puppy will possibly arrive Friday.

My summer projects are much more social. I am mailing off a hand sewn tote
bag in my second ever craft-swap, dealing with the arrival of the new member
of our family on Friday (puppy), visiting with my father this week, visiting
with Claude's cousin's family this weekend, Drews playdates and planning
Drews birthday party.

As for the house, I would be happy if I found a really nice plant and bulb
sale, so I can fill up my front yard for next year - before I get bark mulch
put in. I know with the new puppy arriving, I wont have too much time for
much else, and have only one impending art project - the painting of my
parents bus. Thats scheduled for our August holiday, as long as I can get
the darn airbrush to spray paint, not air.

We had a wonderful weekend visit from our friends Sunday, who we were so
glad to see. Drew and their daughter are fast friends, and there isn't much
cuter than watching a preschooler and toddler holding hands and playing Ring
around the Rosy. Unless its watching their little boy hugging the Mulan

Weather has been hot and Summer-like, which I am embracing and trying not to
follow the Albertan way of 'weather complaint'. I actually think everyone
everywhere does this, no one seems happy with their own weather. We get such
little summer, that I am trying to enjoy all of it, as I know Winter looses
its appeal very quickly, and Fall out here lasts two days.

Drew is adapting to her new daycare very well. Her summer schedule is much
like a summer camp, and already they have been on two field trips, and
created their own drama plays. Hers involved deaf puppies that snored, and
singing 'Oh Canada'.
Drew has her own version of 'Oh Canada' by the way. Its very entertaining:

"Oh Canada, our home and pretty land,
true potato love, we are a safety land
la la la la la la la Canada, yeah!"