Friday, December 9, 2016

14 Years Of Dogs

Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of when our first dog, angel Loki, entering our lives. He was a surprise Christmas gift. Those first 10 days were crazy difficult - he was up all night, I was studying for exams - I admit I wanted to send him back.  But since then,we haven't looked back. Our house has always had at least one dog and for about 12 years of this 2.

This week we will try and remember what it was like to live in a dog-less house and to celebrate all the loving and fun memories they have helped us create.

Angels Loki and Gemini

Thursday, December 8, 2016

25 Days of Holiday Fun In Paradise


Thanks to Dory and the Boyz for hosting this blog hop. Today we are going to share with you how we celebrate the holidays.

Christmas:

Lady and Man have no religious beliefs but were both raised in Christian homes. They both grew up celebrating Christmas. In our house we still celebrate Christmas. 



Food: Usually a full turkey dinner for immediate family (often it is us and Uncle Chris)
Presents: Very few these days, more experiences, but Santa fills our stockings.
Decorations: A huge tree and a number of other decorations. They are mostly secular in nature. 
Music: Lots of Christmas CDs. Charlie Brown being a favourite
Activities: Eating, watching movies, playing games, just hanging out, usually in our pjs




Hanukkah:
When Lady was putting herself through school she nannied for families. Several of the families she worked for were Jewish. Long story short, she fell in love with the latke (potato pancake) and the celebration of deep fried food! Who wouldn't?  Over a decade ago (Lady isn't sure if it was 2002 or 2003) the Man and Lady were looking for a theme for a holiday party and they decided to do a Hanukkah themed one. That was the beginning of a new tradition, the Hanukkah dinner. They seriously have a waiting list of people who want to be invited. Some years they do a big Hanukkah with lots of people (25 last year) and sometimes like this year it is a family Hanukkah (there will be 11)
Our holiday table

Food: Brisket or brisket inspired beef, latkes, green beans with a yellow pepper and pine nut sauce, challa (bread), jelly filled donuts for dessert. 
Presents: Lady exchanges 8 crazy nights of presents with Troy and Maggie (her niece and nephew)
Decorations: We have made an upside down tree we decorate with blue and silver. We have a number of other decorations, include a Little People play set and a beautiful Menorah. We have more Hanukkah dishes then Christmas ones.
Music: The Leevees Hanukkah album.
Activities: Sometimes w play dreidel, but mostly chatting and eating. 

Our Hanukkah Tree













Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mischief On A Tuesday

On our long walk on Saturday, Hailey found some poop on the side of the road to roll in. She didn't enjoy the clean up that followed when we got home.


Phod continues to blow his coat. After 10 minutes of brushing, it looked like it had snowed!


Lady has not allowed us to visit you all like we (and she) would like. With work and getting ready for the holidays she is feeling like there aren't enough hours in a day. Also, with the new blogger lay out, our computer won't let us always access our reading list! Sigh! We are trying to read more than we comment. Know we are thinking about you all! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Pawlice

We are thrilled to announce we have both successfully graduated from the Blogville Pawlice Department.

Lee and Easy during training






Hailey is now a proud member of SWAT. This is a bitter sweet moment for her because she and her boyfriend Angel Easy were going to do this together. She promises to be the best member of the SWAT team in his honour. We are sure she will make Sheriff Stanley proud. She wanted to be a member of the SWAT team as an appropriate outlet for her amazing hunting and tracking skills.
No squirrel is safe with Lee on the case! 

Phod is pleased to be continuing to be the best detective he can be for the Pawlice. He prides himself on being kind and fair and paying attention to details. Just the other day he spotted deer 1 km away. He also used the clues to show the Man he had left M and M's in his coat pocket. He looks forward to working with his pal Chief Murphy.


Phod is ready to jump into his car and race to any crime scene.


We know Blogville will be a safer place with all the members of the Pawlice.

The class of recruits







Sunday, December 4, 2016

With Great Love Comes Great Loss

It has been a very sad week in Blogville. Hugs to all of those who loved those who have gone to the bridge.