Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring is here!

Just some pictures today of the kitties out and about on the balcony!

"Mom! We want to come out!!"

"I know I'm going to find something in the dirt, I just have to keep digging!"

"Sigggghh, stupid brother."
"What a day, time to rub all my shedding fur on mom's pillow"

"Can't wait to explore tomorrow!"

Monday, March 15, 2010

All Grown Up!



It's unbelievable how fast time flies by. Just under a year ago we picked Hendrix up at the pet store and brought him home. He was so small that when he would lie beside Steph's feet it looked like he was next to a giant!

Now he's taller, bigger, faster and stronger than Joplin. Unfortunately, he also has entered what I'm going to call his early teens because all he wants to do is box with Joplin. And all Joplin wants to do is lick him! She's in love. It's almost like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy...that or I really need to get out of the house hahaha

Spring is almost here and I've cleaned off the balcony and brought the patio furniture back out. It's still a bit chilly during the day but I brought Joplin out for a bit to enjoy nature. Hendrix came outside for the first time EVER and was terrified, poor little guy. It look about 30min but eventually he was sniffing at the dirt and dead plants. Now we're supposed to get a week of rain, but that ok. As long as the snow is OVER!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back at it!

Well it's been a while, but I'm back to the blog! Between exams, Christmas, New Years and the beginning of my last semester of university I've been neglecting the blog. On top of all this I caught one heck of a cold which lasted just over 2 weeks (the worst two weeks EVER).

As for whats new here, honestly its nothing much. I work and go to school and play with the cats and cook. I have been reading blogs but I have alot of catching up to do. I've been having fun watching the Olympics and watching Canada's first goal on home soil! And then that awful showing tonight in hockey ( I'm sure all my American friends are happy though!).

I also have been skating on the Rideau canal here in Ottawa, just about the coolest thing about this city. I love skating late at night when all the tourists have packed it in and only us die-hards are out. Its so tranquil and beautiful. There's nothing I love more than hearing my skates cutting into ice in the bitter cold.

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I also just got back from a great mini-trip to Montreal with Stephane. I love that city, if you haven't been there already I encourage you to go. Amazing atmosphere, amazing food, amazing people and 100% bilingual. You just have to go!

I have another big week of school ahead of me but I will catch up as soon as possible!

Here's some pictures just for fun!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

An Award!

Joplin, Hendrix and I are pleased to accept out 2nd award! Thank you so much to our amazing blog friend One's Cat Nip for giving us such an honor. As for the procedure...

1. Each Superior Scribbler (SS) must pass the Award on to 5 deserving blogger friends
See below
2. Each SS must link the author and name of the blog from whom he/she received the award.
Done

3. Each SS must display the award on his/her blog and link to the post which explains the award.
Done

4. Each SS is asked to visit the post which explains the award and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List.
Done

5. Each SS must post these rules on his/her blog.
Done

As for who to award this with:

1. Poppy Q, I can't get enough of that cute face and love reading her notes about life in New Zealand

2. Ozark Mountain Cats, another blog I love reading!

These are the only 2 people I can see who haven;t received this yet, so if you have not let me know and I'll be happy to award you!

Thanks again to One's Cat Nip, it's always nice to know that someone loves what you write!

Monday, January 11, 2010

There are two Tobys!

I was sitting having my breakfast this morning and put the peanuts out for Toby, as usual, and all of a sudden his twin comes to join him in the feast! I wasn't able to get a picture because just when I was going to grab the camera a GIANT raven came and perched on the balcony railing. Now I know that you're think it must have been a crow, but I can guarantee you is was a raven!

I have decided to name the second squirrel Holly (sticking with the Office theme) , and the raven Edgar (because I spent the rest of the day with the phrase "never more" stuck in my head). I guess I'm going to have to get more peanuts and maybe some bird food too!

Hope you had a good weekend!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Toby the Squirrel!


I'm usually able to leave my garbage out on the balcony in the winter but the other day I noticed that the bags had been chewed! I decided to have a mini steak-out and did all my blogging on Friday morning in front of the balcony door. Around noon a little squirrel came hopping along and was shivering in the snow sniffing around for food. Well this broke my heart and I immediately went out to buy a big bag of peanuts. Now he comes every morning while I have my coffee and we have breakfast together.

I caught him on camera yesterday morning. Sorry about the quality, I'm shooting through the screen.

I was thinking maybe to leave a little box and blankets out on the balcony for him because I think he's just dug a trench for himself in the snow on the balcony. I don't know if he'll last the winter living in the snow.

I've decided to same him Toby. Just seems like a Toby hahaha.

Here's a video as well, I got a little carried away so its just a tad long :D
video

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Review: Catit Freash and Clear Small Drinking Fountain


So for Christmas my Mom and my Dad bought me this drinking fountain for the cats. I actually had read only so-so reviews about this particular one so I asked for a different one but I'm very happy with the way it turned out!

Setup
Very easy, a few quick snaps and its done.

Use
Very easy as well! Simply fill it up (by pouring directly into the bowl) until the red indicator reaches the top and plug it in

Pros
  1. A great way to make sure your cat's water is always clean and fresh
  2. Keeps bacteria out
  3. Very quiet (I had previously read that it was supposed to be loud but I can barely hear it right now sitting beside it)
  4. No more re-filling the water bowl every morning
  5. Cat's love the running water
Cons
  1. Mine seems to only pour out of one side, not all the way around. There is a good chance that this is because my apartment leans and not due to the device itself
  2. Filters do need to be changed couple months or so

Over all I give this 4 out of 5 stars!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas, New Years and Catching up!

Hello all my friends!!! I've missed blogging SO much, but December was crazy with Christmas shopping and papers and then visiting my parents in their new home and a whole bunch of visitors and then New Years. Now things are starting to calm down but I'll start at the beginning...

Late December once all my exams and my last paper was handed in it wasn't only me who was exhausted but the kitties too! Many naps were had by all for quite a few days until all our sleep was caught up.

Then I decided to do some kitty photo shoots to test out the new camera, here are a few of the best:



Since Steph and I both still spend Christmas with our families we decided to have an early "faux" Christmas together on the 21st. We were woken up bright and early by the cats who were excited to eat out of their new bowls that we got for them. Then they opened their stockings which were FILLED with treats and jingly balls which filled up the hallway.




Then they got to open their present which is a cube with windows on all sides and hanging mice on the inside, the cats went crazy for it! Hendrix most of all, he spent all day attacking the box.

On the 23rd I went to my parent's new place just outside of downtown Toronto in the Greek area. What a fantastic place! It's been a blast discovering the new area with my Mom and Dad, and it's so close to downtown all we had to do is hop on the subway. The only unfortunate thing is that Joplin and Hendrix had to stay at home but they had their favorite kitty-sitter, MC, taking care of them!

My sister and her boyfriend arrived along with their adorable dog Lucy, she's not even a year old but she's HUGE and just such a loving, caring dog. She decided that she was going to sit and guard the turkey as it was cooking.

Christmas morning was a lot of fun, especially because for the first time my Papa spent it with us. Lots of unwrapping and cleaning later we started up the turkey dinner which was delicious and then there was the inevitable "turkey coma." The next few days were filled with shopping and watching lots of hockey.

On the 30th Steph and I made our annual trek down to Queen St. W. to shop around and to have Korean BBQ...for those of you who have never had this it is AMAZING! The idea is that they give you thinly sliced seasoned raw beef, chicken, pork, and sometimes fish and other meat like ox tongue and squid (I pass on these two) and you have a small grill in front of you to cook the meat yourself. I know this sounds kind of silly since usually you go to a restaurant so you don't have to cook but it's really a blast, and cheap! Not to mention the spiced veggies and legumes are delicious!
Finally we come to New Years which was an absolute blast! The whole family and all the boyfriend's and girlfriends were there. The bar was busy but not crowded and they had great food. To be honest that's all I can remember hahaha. I had a bad headache the next morning but it was all worth it!

On New Years day we had an early celebration of my brother's 20th (yikes!) birthday at the Keg, which was delicious.

Then on the 2nd we drove to Montreal to spend a day with my grandparents which was nice but I was anxious to get home. It was so nice to walk through the door yesterday and just relax with the kitties. So today I have my last day of relaxation before the term starts, and I plan on spending it drinking coffee and reading blogs :D

I've missed you all!!

HELP!!

Ho everyone I have a bunch of new posts but it won't let me publish any of them! It keeps saying that I have a META tag that I can't use :S Does anyone know how to fix this???? thanks!!!

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