R.I.P. Again

January 17, 2017 § 2 Comments

darfDarth (aka Mr. Fuzzy Pants)
(1998/99? – Jan. 11, 2017)

Yep, at almost 20 years old, Darth finally headed to the Rainbow Bridge.  We’re not exactly sure, like most of our rescued friends, how old Darth was when he came to us in August 2001 needing a home. He was however, the longest surviving pet we’ve ever had at 15 1/2 years.

He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.


An Ode to Joy Anne

November 29, 2016 § Leave a comment


Joy Anne Tomkinson
(1952 – 2016)

This is my step-mother Joy and her service dog Joel. They were companions and best friends for four years. Joy had lost her legs to complications from Diabetes yet was determined to live her life as independently as possible. Joel was able to help Joy meet that goal.

Joy had a heart attack two weeks ago and never regained consciousness. Surrounded by her loved ones, she passed away peacefully on November 15, 2016.  She will be truly and deeply missed, no doubt by Joel as much as her family and friends.

Holy Crap! Even for us…

February 13, 2016 § 2 Comments


Right now it is -25 C with a windchill of -39 C  (-13 F and -38.6 F respectively).

I actually didn’t know that C and F equalized at -40 degrees.  I don’t understand it of course but I guess in any language, even a mathematical one, fuckin’ cold is just fuckin’ cold.  😀

In any case, it’s good cause to have a roaring fire or

…just hide under a wool blanket.


Happy Christmas

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment


Herc and Daughter enjoying a cat nap on Christmas Eve.
~ 2011 ~

R.I.P. Hercules – Who is Rescuing Who?

December 13, 2015 § 2 Comments


2000ish – Dec. 5, 2015
(Rescued Dec. 2004)

Dearly and Deeply Missed


Where Does the Time Go?

September 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

Is it really the middle of September?

This year has been an interesting one so far.  Very much a three steps forward, two steps back dance with accomplishing goals. One week I would be going like gang busters, starting AND finishing little projects without even blinking.

The next thing I know another two weeks have gone by and I haven’t done a thing.



I feel ya kitty, I really do.

Scenes From a Pet Store

February 2, 2013 § 2 Comments

When we first started homeschooling, oh…about a hundred years ago it feels like now, I often sought out cheap and educational venues to supplement Daughter’s education.  Hands down the pet store was one of our favourite “field trips”.  Absolutely free and simply rife with opportunities to observe and discuss animal behaviour, habitats (natural and caged) and care.

Of course now that said child is almost 18 (5 and a half months counts as almost), I’m hard pressed to convince her it’s as much fun as it was when she was 11. After all, it’s not the Comic Book Shoppe or EB Games. Well, poop to you, I’m going anyway.

So yes, I still occasionally go to the pet store to spend an hour just looking at critters. Usually I’m all about the kittens and cats because with four at home already, Hubby insists that just looking is as close as I’m going to get to another one.  However, the last time I was in, it was all about the rodents.

This little guy had me in stitches. He was scratching furiously at the glass and then he would run to his wheel do a few turnabouts and come back to the glass.  A good five minutes this went on while I watched, totally amused.

Too cute eh? Sitting in his food bowl, munching away.

Is it just me or is he giving me (and my camera) a very stern, “Hey, can’t you see I’m eating here?” look.  In any case, I snapped this pic and went to the next window before he started tossing his niblets.

Awwwwwwwwww, how freakin’ adorable is that? There must have been four or five of them all piled up together snoozing away. I so wanted to just cuddle them.

So there you have a few scenes from a pet store.  All politics (yes, pet stores can be a very hot button issue for many animal lovers and activists) aside, I enjoy my trips to watch the cats, birds, fish and even the reptiles. The best part is that it’s free.

What free things do you do with your (homeschool/unschooling/daycare/preschool) kids?

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