The Off-Site Bakery: Disappointment

Our path to a family via gestational surrogacy has not been a smooth one. A few days ago, I got a call from our local clinic that announced a chasm on our route, just when we anticipated easy travel from here out. This is the nature of treatment for infertility. I’m writing out of order…

We Are Parachutists

A classic cliche compares undergoing fertility treatment to riding rollercoaster. I disagree, most sincerely. First, I would never willingly get on an intense rollercoaster–I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to amusement parks. Mostly, though, fertility treatment is nothing like a rollercoaster because at least the path of a rollercoaster can be anticipated and…

Mammal Mondays: Meet Wanda

After a long break from fostering dogs with Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) here in Edmonton, The Electrician and I decided it was time to once again open our home to a pooch in need. When I say “we” decided, I suppose that means I said to my husband, “So, handsome fella, there is…

The Off-Site Bakery, Part Two: The Wizard of Os

I’m sorry about the gynaecological pun, but when you’ve been in more stirrups than John Wayne, you do what’s necessary get through the day. If you missed the first part of this series about my path to motherhood sans uterus, consider reading it here first. When you were a little kid, you believed something about…

The Off-Site Bakery: Part One

So, The Electrician and I are going to be parents, via gestational surrogacy. Hold on–nobody is pregnant right now. Certainly not me. I just say that we are “going to be” parents because that’s what we truly believe. We are well into the process of making our family real, so I figured it was time…

This Place Needs a Name

As we work our way through the tenth month in our new home, I still struggle with the fact that this house has yet to be named. Perhaps I am wishing for a lake house, or maybe I am a reincarnation of some great lady of the British Empire who lived in a house that…

From Behind Fortress Walls

Spring greetings, all you lovely humans. I know I’ve been away from my keyboard for what seems like forever. Let me share a little of what I’ve been up to while my little blog has been on publishing pause. Primarily, The Electrician and I have been building our marriage into a fortress. Perhaps referring to…

Mammal Mondays: Wendy has Gone Home

Things have gotten calmer, and far less hairy in the dollhouse. Yesterday, after staying with us for just over seven weeks, Wendy dog met her forever family and moved right in. I am thrilled to tell you that Wendy now has a dedicated human mom, and a lovely canine sister. Lucky, shaggy girl. Very soon…

Mammal Mondays: The Fugitives

Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians! Here we are, ten days after Miss Wendy the Enormous joined us as our latest foster dog. She has been an absolute dream: this dog is so eager to please that she goes to her kennel on command, and she walks right beside me on a halti. After…

Meet Wendy

We have a new guest in the dollhouse. Meet Miss Wendy: Wendy was surrendered to a rural pound and made her way to Second Chance Animal Rescue through a stroke of doggy luck. She is about 7 months old, weighs more than Sherman already, and has a long way to grow. I agreed to take…

Mammal Mondays: The Raisin Pie Incident

Greetings, friends. It’s been forever since I wrote for our little blog, a problem I hope to start remedying soon. Monday morning, as in many homes, is generally the roughest one of the week in the dollhouse. This one was a doozy. I baked The Electrician’s grandpa his favourite dessert, raisin pie, last night and…

Introducing Mia!

After a six month break from fostering, we have once again opened the dollhouse doors to a dog rescued by Second Chance Animal Rescue who is waiting for a forever home. Mia was delivered yesterday by her original foster mom, who was keeping her on her farm. Miss Mia is a dog who has lived…