Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Walkies on Sunday

Sunday I went walkies. All alone. No felines wanted to accompany me. There had been a lot of traffic in the yard. Rabbits, coyote, turkeys. The mosquito is highly unusual with these varying temperatures.
If you look closely, Butch stayed on this side of the trailcam. The coyote avoided it, as well. SIGH

Down on the frozen pond, the turkeys created a lovely pattern. Nice of them, as this dreary, cloudy weather is sad.

The colours are so dreary, but we know the critters are sleeping under the frog pond ice.

Butch raccoon was everywhere.

I love this tree, on lot #3. A massive pine.

This is just a little bit of green in the snow, with rabbit poo! Lots of rabbit tracks.

Then there were the snow fleas, properly called springtails. Billions! I did a big post on them awhile back:Nov. 2013 Feeling itchy?! I've got fleas! That's when I had a macro lens.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Slackoni's Fundraiser for Horse Riding Therapy

Hubby volunteers with this group, and we felt we should support the fundraiser.

Once arrived, we were placed beside the fire. That was perfect as JB is ALWAYS cold!
We were on very tall chairs, and a high table. It was a bit scary, but meant we could see the entertainer more easily.

George Turcotte was playing for the evening. He was great. Hubby had a virgin caesar.

There was a silent auction, I love those!

JB spoke to Maria, who has run the riding therapy for 30 years, The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program.

There were some speeches, as well as an auction for Senators hockey tickets, and overnight in the hotel. We don't watch hockey, and we live 7 minutes down the road, so that would have been silly!

Hubby had a nice warm  pot of tea to warm his hands!

Someone was bidding against me on the auction. Even before the 'winners' were announced she took her spoils off the table, opened them up, and inspected them. I like those bowls and the large salt and pepper shakers!

Hubby ended up with the horse and the bookends!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Play time

Saturday's Critters #214 Heaven knows we have critters.
THursday night, we were all watching tennis! This is unusual, two cats in his lap!
 Friday morning, there were three deer sleeping in the yard.

I was working out in the basement. Hooper was playing. He's ripped apart the paper towel roll, then played tent. The tent is made of crinkly wall paper of Sesame Street!
I've had to use duct tape to put it back together. He just loves it, as does Daisy.

Annie and Hooper continue to enjoy the boot box. I love my new boots!

Then, Hooper tried to sneak up on Daisy. This went pretty well. He's making her take approximations of the right behaviour, real play. I have high hopes!
I hope you are impressed with this video. I was taking it over my head, backwards!
Daisy & Hooper from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

The boot box just keeps on giving. Is there anything  more perfect than sitting in a box, in the sunshine?!

Breakfast. Kitten food on the right, diet food on the left. They always switch. Then Hooper muscles back in.

Butch has been busy.
Goofball! JB spotted him on the railing, and there were tracks all around the deck.

I accidentally left the garage door open Thursday night. Butch raccoon figured out there was seed in there. We went out for dinner Friday night, and he was back. Instead of taking off, he went back under the workbench. I had to encourage him to get out before we left for the dinner.

Butch awakes from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I put the trailcam in the wrong place. There were coyote tracks all along the path down to the meadow.

Daisy is much better, and we went for a walk in the balmy temperatures. It was 10 C. and everything was melting.

walkies from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

My daughter took a trip...

My daughter is amazing. She's grown into a fearless woman. I was painfully shy much of my early  adult life. As a child, I was afraid to answer a question in school. It wasn't until university that I had any confidence.
Caitlin has her M.Sc., and a great job as a hydrogeologist. My kids are all in their 30s, she is my eldest, and I don't know where the time has gone!

Caitlin left for Vancouver – YVR (3350 km west of Ottawa –YOW). Then, went from there YVR => Taipei –TPE (9603 km – further west). I tracked her on TrackMyFlight.com. She left on Thursday, January 10th and arrived back in YVR Saturday, then home to YOW on Sunday.
West, across the ocean, then she came back, visiting her brother and family in Vancouver, about 13,000 km.

She made it! Her smart phone has an amazing camera.

She visited several temples. She had tea and soup.

What a whirlwind trip!
This is YVR.

She took two 'buddies' - one belonging to each of her girls. Yoo Hoo and Topsy.

Caitlin went up Taipei 101 tower. This is an interesting spot.

What a view. She also went up the Maokong Gondola.

Caitlin posted all of her photos on iPhoto, and the family, including extended family, were able to view them as she uploaded them. I've taken her photos, and created a book for her. It should arrive next week. I do this every time they take a trip, and this family does travel. They have a map on their dining room wall, with all the places they've visited flagged with a date.

Caitlin was back in YUL, for the 20-min. flight back to YOW. It was 10:30 and the restaurants were closed! Still, Pepper the robot turned up. One family eschewed said robot. Tired travelers, perhaps! It might have been a bit bizarre, though, with young kids.

Caitlin arrived back home a week ago. She is fighting flu this week, no fun. I'm happy she is home and safe!
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