Mammal Mondays: Happy Family Day

To my fellow Albertans, happy Family Day. At some point during my childhood, the Alberta government voted to make today a provincial holiday so families could spend time together, and possibly to break up the bleak stretch of winter between New Year’s Day and Easter. A Monday off during a month that’s traditionally punctuated by…

Mammal Mondays: Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

Family dropping in for visits and meals is an integral part of the holidays, of course. Sherman and Leroy are always elated to welcome guests into the dollhouse, but for some reason, they truly lose their minds when my mom and dad stop by. By “lose their minds,” I mean Leroy starts drooling and purring…

A Sparky Family Christmas

After a frantic race to the proverbial finish–defined in more specific terms as the moment the first relative’s knuckles connected with our front door–The Electrician and I have successfully hosted our first Christmas dinner. We also finished our bathroom renovation before people arrived, because nothing provides incentive to finish a renovation project in its 24th…

Preserving a Legacy

The Electrician and I took his grandparents for brunch this morning. While recognizing Remembrance Day wasn’t the primary goal of our meal, it seems fitting that we enjoyed a special meal with his Grandpa today, who served in the Korean War. Last year, I wrote about my paternal grandfather, who drove an ambulance in World…

Swamped

It’s Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, and I am buried in stuff to do. Last night, we enjoyed the annual deep-fried turkey potluck with some of our friends on my husband’s side. I maintain deep-frying should be a criminal offense when it comes to turkeys, but The Electrician is getting better at it with…

Call Me Mrs. Sparky?

Here I am, back at home with three days of “back to work” under my belt since The Electrician and I eloped August 17th. Marriage to my sweet man is wonderful, and, while school is heaps of work as usual, I’m certain coming home every afternoon to my husband will make this school year a…

The Hitching Post

The Electrician and I went to Canmore with our families this weekend, which is one of our favourite places to vacation. It’s only a little more than a four hour trip to the mountains, and we never get tired of the incredible scenery and what my sweetie calls “crisp, fresh mountain air.” We were lucky…

The Boy is Back in Town

Thank you for all the encouraging messages you’ve sent us over the last few days since Leroy has been under the weather. I am relieved to report he is physically feeling better, even if he’s milking the “poor me” bit just a little to keep the sympathy snuggles coming. Luckily he’s thick enough to forget…

A Brief Flight Over the Pembina River

This was my entry for the Canada Writes Short Story Contest this year. I wasn’t able to publish it until after the contest long list was announced, because stories that had been previously published in any form are not permitted in the contest. Since my piece wasn’t selected when the submissions were narrowed down, I’m…

Happy Muh-Furs-Day

As you know, my children are of the quadruped variety. Sherman and Leroy bring me a great deal of joy, as well as the bi-products of joy: poop, drool, and shed hair. I can’t imagine a life where I’m not some mammal’s muh-fur, and I’m grateful I have such lovely critters to get all maternal…

Dining With the Locals

On Monday, we took an evening journey to The Heritage Souk (market). This area is the original shopping centre of Kuwait, and it’s a place you’re likely to find more locals than foreigners, not that many spots in this state are saturated with people from far away. Kuwait’s souks are not organized in the way…

Sightseeing and Doing the Tourist Thing

We’ve been out and about every day in Kuwait so far, although I did sleep in this morning before having a lovely swim in the patio pool three floors down. Today, I’m sharing some photos from our travels in and around the city. We’ve shopped all over the place so far, in both the glamourous…