Thursday, April 27, 2017


Congratulations to Princess Leah for picking the correct day for the end of our snow.

We still had a little yesterday morning but when we went out around 4 pm, it was all gone! We think Leah's mom's and Yamini's birthday's was a lucky day! We also have had a lot of rain this month (it was one of the wettest April's on record) and the snow has gone from hip deep on April 1st to none  on April 26th! It is earlier than we thought it would be gone!

The last patch is gone!

Thanks to everyone who entered. It was a really fun way to celebrate the end of winter.

We are taking a couple days off as Lady is far behind in work and has some things to catch up on before the month ends (that is how some of her contracts work) and it is going to be 26C/78F today so we need to be outside as much as we can! (This is above seasonal, normally it is more like 14C/58F this time of year). We hope to catch up with everyone over the weekend.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


First, the Man and Hailey are thrilled their team, the Ottawa Senators has made it to the next round of the play offs. Phod is sad his team is out and Lady is just finding all this hockey stuff annoying (it is interfering with the Man making her dinner!)

Now the snow update.

Lady was thrilled that finally the ice has left the lake yay! It looks like a lake!

When she got home last night there was this:

still a little snow in the backyard. Lady would like you all to know she had a dream we got a big snowstorm. Let's hope that doesn't come true.  Sorry to Angel Dory and the Boyz, the 24th is not our true snowless day. Will it all be gone on the 26th for Princess Leah or will Louis win with the 28th?  It is possible Sam and Elsa's 29th could be the winner.

Stay tuned! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mischief Monday - Spring Is In The Air

Lady: "Phod, just because you smell good things doesn't mean you can leave the yard."

Phod: "The other day I had to  visit that horse  and I stopped by the fence near the driveway, I was only like 2 Phody lengths out of the yard, so I don't think it counts."

Lady: "The horses are there a lot, we don't need to be chasing them."

Phod: "I couldn't help it, she told me to chase her, I was just being neighbourly."

Lady: "Hmm, I doubt that. Then on Saturday night you did leave the yard again and walked down the road."

Phod: "Our old neighbour Ghost (who could be Phenny's uncle) was around and had left some pee mail that totally needed reading. I technically hardly left the yard, I stayed mostly on the property. I only went on the road to miss that big puddle, but then went right back."

(Editor's note: The puddle was so big that for about 5 days, a pair of ducks lived in it.)

Lady: "I think we need to be a little stricter on staying in the yard or you are going to have to be on tie out all the time like Hailey."

Phod: "I will give it some thought because I don't see how I can play fetch with you on a leash."

First day of spring 2016

Sunday, April 23, 2017

When Will The Snow Be Gone - Contest Update

So far 3 guess dates have come and gone. As of Saturday evening:

No snow in the front yard,

a little tiny bit of snow in the side yard,

and the most snow left in the backyard. 

Today, the 23rd is Kinley's day - will it all be gone by dinner? Did Angel Dory and the boyz pick right with the 24th? Will it last until Princess Leah's guess on the 26th?  Will it last even longer?

Stay tuned to find out when it final leaves us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Today is the day we celebrate our planet and all the things we can do to try and help it. The humans on the planet haven't always been kind and have done some damage. But rather than getting depressed about it, we are going to all work together to find ways to help it. If you need ideas be sure to visit where Louis has put together all we are doing to help the planet.

I was personally most reminded of the need to do more to save the planet on my trip to Iceland in 2015.

Here I am standing on a glacier. Our guide said the glacier is receding 50-100 feet per year. 

The place it was most apparent that we must work together to help our planet and probably one of the most amazing, beautiful places I have ever been:

While sitting looking at the icebergs, I wondered if my niece (who was 1 at the time) would ever be lucky enough to sit and enjoy the beauty of this place. Would they all be melted by the time she travelled the world?

I know the enormity of the task of reversing all the damage is overwhelming, but I believe the little steps we can take at home can make a difference. I challenge everyone to find one thing they can do this week that will help protect the planet. Nothing is too small!  Together we can change the future! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Flowers For Dory

Today we join Blogville in celebrating Angel Dory in a Flower Friday.

When we were traveling in Asia, I specifically took pictures of flowers to share on these days.

Here are two.

The first up is from Thailand. No idea what type of flower it is, but thought it was very interesting. 

The seconds is the lotus. The pink lotus means purity and devotion and is the perfect flower to remember our dear friend with.

Pink flowers are always going to remind us of Dory.