Monday, February 20, 2017

Mischief Monday - Lady vs. Winter

Well last week the winter won. Lady was a big old cranky mess. She let us visit you all somedays but wasn't good at commenting. Winter, her sore ankle, the end of a cold, sucky work, the Big Guy back in the hospital (he is out again after 5 days) just made her a big old grump. We are hoping these winter blahs are behind her and we can move forward.

Trying to show how much snow is out front
Winter has not been easy here. It has not been as cold as many years, but as of February 16, 2017 - it was the forth snowiest to that date in history - only the winters of 1970/71, 2007/8 and 1886/7 had more snow. As of February 16 the major city near us (Ottawa) had 244 cm of snow. That is 96 inches or 8 feet. That is a crazy amount of snow. Of course it wasn't all on the ground. As of Saturday only about 72 cm/28 inches were on the ground and because the weekend has been well above 0 (like 10 C/50 F - a huge jump from Monday's -20C/-4F) it is melting. Saturday about 11 cm/4 inches disappeared. Now there is a lot of snow and slush.

There was so much snow on the roof, Lady and Man hired someone to shovel it off!

That is the mischief of this week. We are hoping for a better, happier week.

Phoddy digging for chuck in all the snow

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Welcome Teddy

Today we are joining our pals welcoming another spoiled cat - Teddy to Blogville.  We never lived with a young cat. Our angel cats were both in their mid/late-teens when we joined the family, so we can't be sure if the advice we would give would be helpful. We suggest Teddy checks out the Lessons for Phenny to see if he gets ideas.

Welcome to Blogville Teddy. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing your adventures. We also look forward to our 87 millionth consecutive greenie from the Tuesday Teaser!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Asian Adventure - Part 6

Answer to a question: Our trip took place on the Norwegian Star. While we had some technical difficulties and missed ports, it was nothing compared to the most recent Star cruise off of Australia. The second engine died and they had to be towed to shore. While we had technical problems, it was our 3rd Norwegian cruise and it won't be our last - in fact we have another one in November!


We spent New Year's Day in Pattaya Thailand. The Man kept forgetting the name of the place and called it Papaya. We lovingly call it Papaya now:)

Pattaya is a beach resort town. It became popular as a retreat for American soldiers during the Vietnam war. Today, it is known for clubs that cater to all tastes and the Lady Boy shows. As we were there during the day, we didn't see the Lady Boy shows, but the Man was invited into several massage establishments. It is the sort of town that gives Thailand its reputation. 
Post New Year's Eve Streets

A side street that may illustrate some of what Pattaya is known for and some crazy unsafe wiring

Our interest in Pattaya was true relaxation. We spent several hours sitting under an umbrella (you can rent them for about $1 US per day). We were amused by the locals who found it cold but went swimming in jeans. 

While I didn't go swimming, I did take the opportunity to stand in the Gulf of Thailand.

I also played a little in the sand.

We were greatly amused by the sellers on the beach. Of course their was food like meat and ice cream. There were sand toys. There were clothing. There were bobble head dogs, and my very favourite, toilet paper. 
One of the sellers

I have never seen so many para-sailers in my life

After a few hours on the beach, we had lunch and walked around a high end mall before heading back to the ship.

While many things are different in South-East Asia, we see things that are very familiar:

Next week we have a short visit to Singapore (short as I lost most of my pictures from there) as we end our Asian Adventure. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Must Be Good

Hailey is a food addict. You would think we never fed her the way she acts around food. She needs a slow bowl or eats so fast she throws up. She is always in our way in the kitchen. She counter surfs.

Phoddy on the other hand, rarely enters the kitchen. He is very picky about what he eats. So imagine my surprise last weekend when I was stirring some risotto and looked over and he was standing there (sorry for the poor quality of picture, it was on my phone and I was stirring).

Only something very special would call our boy into the kitchen. On this evening, it was duck breast. His cuteness was rewarded after dinner when he received a little bit of duck.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lesson Five - For Phenny


Don't believe the packaging when they say a crate is indestructible. A good dog can ruin it in a couple days. 

Look at how the wire is bend by the door

I learned not to worry so much about the bottom but to work on the frame

Crates are expensive so I found that after 2, crate training was done.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Let's all give each other a little extra love, caring and compassion today, as it is clear this is currently missing in the world. And in true Blogville style, a little K-oss.  Be sure to visit Murphy and Stanley's K-oss Party and the kids room over at Arty's.  You will find us around!

Hailey going with her dear friend Casey.  The couple are sporting their rainbow best as they remember their loves called too early to the rainbow bridge. 

Phod and Mazie stop by the blue screen of hearts, on their way into the party. 

Wishing everyone a day filled with love!