The town is growing at a rapid, some might even say alarming, rate. Since moving here 17 months ago, two new shopping plazas have opened, two new elementary schools are being built and a new subdivision with 600 homes is currently under construction.
All of the construction is near where I live and I’ve been a weekly “sight” supervisor for one particular plaza. Now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve increased my duties to a daily routine.
My favourite grocery store is coming there and from the outside it looks big – I’ve heard (from other sight supervisors) that the produce section will a major focus. (side rant: you can buy rotten produce here – stores don’t even blink to leave manky, slimy fruits and vegetables in the bin. I’m can’t figure out the logic, do they think I’ll decide to buy malodorous cabbage because the cauliflower and broccoli are rank?? WELL, THINK AGAIN.) Ahem. Moving on…
There will be UNDERGROUND parking – the first in town. This is huge!!! I will gladly get up at o’dark thirty to secure an underground parking spot while procuring my organic vegetables. Just think, when I exit the store, I won’t have to unearth my car from the snow or ice. AMAZING!!
Starbucks is opening up their second standalone store and it’s in this plaza. It’s within walking distance, I could take Baaj for a walk and mysteriously end up here!!!I’ve been peering in the window trying to gauge the progress and tonight my question was answered:
Walking distance to Nirvana
I know that I should be supporting independent coffee shops but there is only one in town (and it’s not within walking distance). The stand is cleverly hidden in a sports store. The barista is so affronted that you’ve found him and he has to get up from reading his book and actually make a coffee that he gets huffy. And rude. And stomps around. One time he told me that the special of the day was buy 1 coffee get 1 free but it didn’t apply to my order (I was paying for 4 coffees) because he had to tell me about it. I asked him how else would I have known but he just rolled his eyes and took my money…….That was……amusing 😉
The snow and ice are
gone or not, wait five minutes – it will change, from the sidewalks and lawns and we are trying to get back to our regular routine of the walking every night.
This picture was taken at 8PM. Two hours later, the ground is completely covered with snow. Whee! Every minute of every day is a new adventure!!
After dinner and cleaning up the kitchen, as soon as someone says the word “Walk”, Baaj’s ears perk up and he starts to pace.
It has always taken us forever to get out the door, we need jackets, does anyone need to go the bathroom? should I wear a hat? has anyone seen my other glove? and then finally our shoes need to go on and we all crowd around the back door. The entire time this is going on, Baaj sits at high alert, watching our every move and hoping that we are indeed going for a walk and that he is invited.
As soon as the back door opens and he hears the magic words “Let’s go”. He proceeds to sniff and spray every available tree, bus shelter, fence, blade of grass, twig……. He is a study in bliss. We try to do a loop of approximately 5kms and I’m sure he does twice that amount darting from smell to smell.
Last night, at dusk, as we stopped to let Baaj sniff ALL THE THINGS, we happened to look up and there, dancing across the sky, were the Northern Lights. It was so beautiful just to be still for a few moments and watch.
I recently made a petition for another dog.
This dog isn’t for me but for Baaj. I only have Baaj’s best interest at heart. He’s b.o.r.e.d. and lonely and I worry about him.
Not only was my petition was flatly denied but I was also informed that we are never ever ever getting another dog. There was no mention in the ruling about other playmates so I’m surmising that we can get Baaj a friend as long as it is not another dog. I’ve spent days scouring the internet for Baaj’s perfect partner.
Here’s the document I’ll be presenting at the next regularly scheduled “Animal Welfare In The Igloo: Progress & Strategies” meeting. You’ll notice that cats aren’t listed simply due to the fact that cats are the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible* and we all know what that means**.
In order of importance:
5. Pot Bellied Pig
Pros: So cute!!
Cons: It might be considered insensitive to continue to cook and consume bacon.
4. Little Hedgehog
Pros: They fit in your hand. Imagine all the peoples of the world each holding one – this could bring about world peace.
Cons: Baaj has a sensitive nose. Those quills look dangerous.
3. Pygmy Hippo
Pros: I’d get a little bathtub for the living room – waaaaay better than an aquarium.
Cons: Scat. The scattering of the scat. Copious amounts of hippo scat.
2. Flemish Rabbit
Pros: Look at those ears.
Cons: It’s bigger than Baaj – he might develop an inferiority complex?
1. PANDA COW
Pros: It’s a PANDA + a COW.
Cons: What? Aren’t you paying attention? It’s a PANDA + a COW. There are no cons.
Who else wants one? Maybe we could get a deal – a bulk discount?
*Mostly true. True-ish. Lions are mentioned though – but I don’t think a lion would thrive in our climate.
**I have no idea what that means – but just look at the state of my life, I better not take any chances. I’m kidding. It’s a joke. I’m joking. Mostly.
Baaj has a new game – he wants to go outside on the deck and have you throw a snowball – then he digs all through the snow trying to find it. Crazy dog.
This afternoon, he ventured off the deck and climbed up a 3ft snow bank and then got “stuck”. He was walking back forth trying to find a way to get down.
Never fear Baaj – here comes Search & Rescue:
There she goes
Down she goes
There were impassioned pleas for help:
It was too bad that I was firmly behind locked doors, drinking coffee and laughing my head off. If only I had heard her cries for help 🙂
It was the best hour of my life.
My neighbour just told me to check my sump pump to make sure it’s working because “when it thaws, it thaws fast”. I don’t know what a sump pump is, where it would be located and how to know if it works. *fingers crossed*
Pecora Nera gave me the best news of the day: Apparently snowmen will help prevent flooding! Thanks BBC!!!
I have enough snow for a complete Calvin & Hobbes montage:
Baaj is bored out of his mind and he wants you to know it.
He is B
to the ORED.
He’s got some new tricks in his repertoire:
1. Open the door, I need to go downstairs
2. Changed my mind, I need to be upstairs
3. Excuse me, do you happen to have any green grass?
This is his latest trick: sleeping by the back door just in case you’re heading out to greener pastures – he’s ready to go!
It’s snowing AGAIN and if I was feeling poetic I would say that it looks like dream world inside a magical snowglobe and if I was feeling optimistic I would say that snow is an equalizer and your lawn looks just as great as your neighbours; I am feeling neither. It’s sparkling fields of endless white. Beautiful but it’s wreaking havoc with our dinner time. All that white everywhere, I feel the need to cook the spiciest the most colourful food that can be politely squeezed onto a plate. However, my daughter was born with tastebuds in her fingertips and they have gone into overdrive – she just needs to wave her genetically modified fingertips in the general vicinity of her plate to know that she will ABSOLUTELY hate what has been set before her.
Tonight though was a red letter day – the meal was an absolute success. Everyone loved it – it was a new recipe that I found an hour before dinner. Salsafied Chicken and Rice – for a burrito fiesta meal. Instead of using instant rice, I used brown; I used homemade stock; I added a pinch of this spice and that spice; I removed the cheese……you get the picture: I cooked with reckless abandon and now I must pay the price. I made a meal that received 100% approval and I’ll never be able to replicate again.
My life is so tough and Baaj has zero sympathy.
Currently reading: Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin, feel free to point and laugh at me.
Balzac Billy – to quote from the Calgary Herald: Somebody in a gopher suit emerged from a pile of garden mulch Saturday morning with his thumbs up and sunglasses off.
It seems a bit off to me – but hey, if there is a chance that spring is coming early – I’ll take it.
It was another gorgeous sunny day here and we finally unearthed the toboggan & off we went to the closest hill.
Baaj has redefined the meaning of going for a walk:
Getting ready to fly down:
I tried to get a picture of mid-action or at the bottom of the hill but it didn’t quite work out 🙂
Currently cooking: Mango Chutney in the slow cooker. It smells amazing in here – almost like summer!