Saturday, May 27, 2017

Being Weird

Wednesday was my first day home after a week away. I got to work at home, which was a nice transition for everyone (and nice for me to not have to get back into a car after an 8.5 hour drive the day before).

While the pups were over the moon Tuesday night at my return (Hailey just kept barking at me and my boy stayed extra close), they seemed back to their old selves Wednesday.  However, around dinner time Hailey started to be weird. She started acting like she does when their is a storm or something coming.  It was sunny out.  I was in the kitchen cooking up batches of food for upcoming work lunches (I cook in bulk and freeze some), Hailey got one of her babies and stood acting scared.

The only thing I can think that may have been scary was the fact I was cooking!



Maybe she just wanted to keep me on my toes! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flower Friday

Here is another flower from Lady's trip to Asia.


Hopefully soon we will have some flowers from Canada! (There are some out in the city, just not in the hills yet!)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Problem - by Phod

Hey Man, I seem to have a problem.


Hailey has my indoor Precious and I don't know what to do about it!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Mischief Monday - Loving Another

Dearest Blogville,

As we reported yesterday, our Lady has been delayed in returning because she has stayed to help her parents out. As you remember, her dad, our Big Guy, is recovering for what he calls his awesome adventure (a very serious medical issue he was lucky to survive), and during her visit our Grammie got kidney stones. Our Grammie is an expert at the stones and while she hasn't had one for some time (she thinks close to 20 years), she estimates she has had over 100 in her lifetime.  Lady is doing her best to keep her parents alive.

The mischief we would like to report today is that we know she is loving another. Bella, Roxy and Dui said it was ok if she didn't come home smelling like another. She is going to. Her parents have an 8.5 year old black lab named Tendra (named after Lady and her sister - it is the last 3 letters of Lady's name and the last 3 of Aunt C's name). Lady has confessed to us that she has been taking Tendra on daily walks (although with her arthritis Tendra can't walk nearly as far as us), and engaging in other activities to meet Tendra's daily needs. We know Tendra has been getting pets and giving kisses.

Lady did say we are much better at posing for pictures than Tendra. She could barely get Tenny to sit still. She says this is the best she could do. Tendra also kept licking the phone. Lady said it was funny.


Lady has assured us she loves us best and misses us (she has FaceTimed us).  She assures us she is heading home tomorrow . . . . . . . .we will see!

your pals Lee and Phod


Sunday, May 21, 2017

SHE LIED

Lady's return has been delayed because our Grammie is unwell (kidney stones) and because she is a caring and loving daughter she staying a few days longer to help out. Our Big Guy is doing well but still needs support.

We are mad because she lied. Sigh! There is no picture of us cause Man didn't send her one. We hope he doesn't to teach her a lesson . . . . . .

Angry pups, Lee and Phod

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Scary


While the Lady was gone for 87 million years and we were home with the Man and a terrible scary thing happened. We got a terrible storm. The power flickered. We were so scared we didn't want to eat our dinner (that is scared).  The Man sent this picture to the Lady to show how we are hiding in the kitchen (we normally don't eat in this part, but this is where we wanted to be). 

She will be home tomorrow . . . thank goodness! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Flower Friday

Today we join the DB Boyz for flower Friday.  Here is another pretty flower from Asia. 



Thursday, May 18, 2017

NOT FAIR

Lee and Phod: The Lady has packed up 87 million bags to go away for 87 million days. She has left us with the Man. He doesn't get up at 5 to take us on a 3 km (1.8 mile) walk. And how is the Lady going to get her steps without us? The Man might not be as strict on our schedule. He doesn't always put special treats in our dinner. How are we going to live?!?!?!?!?  To make it worse Lady has gone to a very fun place with beach and water and where we are allowed to go if she wasn't mean!  Sigh!


From 2015 when we were allowed to go with her

The Lady: I have taken the 700 km (434 mile) drive to visit my parents. The last time I saw my dad he was still in the hospital (November 2016). While the dogs are welcome here I thought it would be a more relaxing visit for me and one where I could be more helpful without them. They are going to be just fine with the Man. I am returning Sunday, so it isn't quite 87 million years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tasty Tuesday - Puzzle Time

It was raining on Sunday and Lady didn't feel like doing our usual Sunday walk.  So we did some fun indoor stuff instead.

We played a game of find it, and Lady messed with our minds by hiding the cookies downstairs in the living room and not in the kitchen/dining room.

Then we got puzzles.




It wasn't a walk, but it was a pretty fun wet Sunday afternoon!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mischief Monday/Lesson For Phenny - Don't Look Guilty

Even if your peeps are home and they hear that you might have been getting into the bathroom garbage . . . . . 


don't look guilty. They may believe it was a tree rat.

Phod not looking guilty



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

First Lady would like to send out a very happy Mother's Day to her mom, our Grammie.

Lady's Mom

Second, we would like to wish all moms or mother figures of all species a wonderful, relaxing day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

See Beautiful - The Seasons


Lady is in the very slow process of cleaning out her digital pictures (it is going to take months as she has thousands to go through). She started with the most recent ones and came across this one:


There is something so beautiful in something the Lady generally doesn't like, that she had to keep this picture. The Man and Lee look so small in the big yard of snow. It does remind Lady if you look hard enough you can find beauty anywhere. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tattling Thursday- Withholding

Last year we went to BAR (Blogville Awesome Retreat) in Indiana and met some of our blog pals in the furs. Our very good friends (we shared lunch under a table one day) Frankie and Ernie were kind enough to bring us gifts. Lady tucked a few of the toys away and only just pulled them out recently.

We love our ball, so we guess it is better late then never!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Happy Birthday Aunt C

And happy belated first birthday cousin Troy (it was May 6)!

The cake Aunt C made for Troy

Aunt C and Troy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tasty Tuesday - We Are Not Spoiled

Recently the Lady and the Man were out running errands and the Lady wanted to bring us back a treat. The Man said we were spoiled and needed nothing. The Lady got us treats anyway. She brought us back bully sticks!



Thanks to our Lady for not listening to our Man!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Mischief Monday - Rain, Rain, Rain by Phod

Dearest friends,

When I sit down to write this there is some serious flooding in the city of Gatineau, Quebec, about 30 km (18 miles) from our house (it is where the Man works). 390 homes have been evacuated, 689 people have left voluntarily, 142 pets are being helped by the Red Cross, almost 300 000 sand bags have been filled, over 117 mm (4.5 inches) of rain has fallen since May 1 and now 80 members of the military have arrived to help out.  This follows the 7th snowiest winter on record and the 2nd wettest April on record. The highway Man and Lady use to get to town is now closed due to flooding. The government has closed the offices in Gatineau (meaning Man has the day off) and are begging people to not use the bridges over to Ontario, meaning Lady is working from home instead of going to the office.


Up here in the hills, it is wet but not dangerously so. We did have some water pooling near the base of the house in spots and it was getting high so the Man went out and dug some trenches and our little problem was solved.

I don't really like to be wet in the house and because the Man and Lady have been closing their bedroom door so I can't roll all over their bed to dry off (that really isn't nice) and because we don't have carpet, I have been doing my best to find suitable places to sit.

Lady laughed at me for picking the mat by her sink in the bathroom. I think it is the perfect fit!



Join us in sending good thoughts to all those who are seriously affected by the flooding in our area. The rain is suppose to stop today (and be rather light at only 5-10 mm) but a cold front is moving in and we have had some snow.

I think the weather is broken!  But I have my Precious so I will be ok!

Your pal, Phod 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our Sunday Walk

On Sundays when it isn't icy we go for a special walk. We walk down the road, past our favourite street, then down our second favourite street. Instead of staying in the valley, where there are a lot of good sniffs we go up the hill.

The road is called Sarrisan. It is very steep.  It is perfect for a Sunday walk. Lady won't do it when it is icy because it is sooooo steep.

Our pictures don't really capture how steep it is.  (Lady had us alone with her phone so it was hard)




Near the top

Looking down

You can see how it looks like the road disappears

This spring our walk has been extra special because there has been a piece of deer hid near the top that we get to sniff and roll on. Lady says as long as we don't try to eat it she is ok with us smelling it!


Do you have a special weekend walk?


Friday, May 5, 2017

Flower Friday - Starting To Grow

Lady worked from home on Wednesday so we spent some time out searching for our first spring flowers.

We found some weeds - they are bright and pretty and show spring is really here!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rain, Rain Go Away - by Hailey

April was the 2nd rainiest April on record.  In fact we got more rain April 2017 then we did the entire  combined months of April, May, June 2016. May hasn't been much drier. May 1st was the wettest May 1st on record and we have had rain every day since (although it did clear up late in the day yesterday for at least a bit).

Due to all this rain there is some flooding in the nearby city, Gatineau (it is where the Man works, but his work has not been effected). At least 50 homes have been evacuated. The water in the streets is so high, boats are needed to rescue people. We hope all the people and animals remain safe and that the continued rain ends soon.

Here are some pictures from cbc.ca.





With all that rain, I have found the best way to spend my days -


curled up in bed. Now if Lady would just put her phone down and let me sleep!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tasty Tuesday - The Antler

The Man thinks I am evil as I only bought one antler at the pet store this week. The reason is, if there are two, they only ever chew one, and they still have half an antler they are chewing. Also, they do a pretty good job sharing.

They did such a good job when the new one, they did something rare, they shared the bed. Hailey wasn't thrilled that Phod joined her but tolerated it!







Monday, May 1, 2017

Mischief Monday - Go To Sleep!

During our blog break last week, our girl had not one, but two horrible nights.

Night one: Thursday night - reason first thunderstorm of the season.
The good: she didn't bark and when one of us got up and moved downstairs she was able to hid in the basement bathroom quietly. (we took turns sleeping down there, I ended up spending about 2.5 hours on the couch).
The bad: Prior to settling she was pacing and shaking and once I was awake, I was up for 1.5 hours or so.
Helping me work Friday morning
Night two: Friday night - at 3 am she decided she needed to pee. She had refused to get up when the Man had tried to take her out before bed, so in some fairness to her she hadn't been out for probably 8 or 9 hours. She will be carried out in the future if necessary. I was only awake about an hour that night. 


At the time of the writing of this post, it is really windy, so I fear another sleepless night and then the next two have a lot of rain . . . . . 


More napping on Friday after the sleepless night

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WhooHoo!

Congratulations to Princess Leah for picking the correct day for the end of our snow.

We still had a little yesterday morning but when we went out around 4 pm, it was all gone! We think Leah's mom's and Yamini's birthday's was a lucky day! We also have had a lot of rain this month (it was one of the wettest April's on record) and the snow has gone from hip deep on April 1st to none  on April 26th! It is earlier than we thought it would be gone!

The last patch is gone!

Thanks to everyone who entered. It was a really fun way to celebrate the end of winter.

We are taking a couple days off as Lady is far behind in work and has some things to catch up on before the month ends (that is how some of her contracts work) and it is going to be 26C/78F today so we need to be outside as much as we can! (This is above seasonal, normally it is more like 14C/58F this time of year). We hope to catch up with everyone over the weekend.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Winners?


First, the Man and Hailey are thrilled their team, the Ottawa Senators has made it to the next round of the play offs. Phod is sad his team is out and Lady is just finding all this hockey stuff annoying (it is interfering with the Man making her dinner!)

Now the snow update.

Lady was thrilled that finally the ice has left the lake yay! It looks like a lake!

When she got home last night there was this:


still a little snow in the backyard. Lady would like you all to know she had a dream we got a big snowstorm. Let's hope that doesn't come true.  Sorry to Angel Dory and the Boyz, the 24th is not our true snowless day. Will it all be gone on the 26th for Princess Leah or will Louis win with the 28th?  It is possible Sam and Elsa's 29th could be the winner.

Stay tuned! 




Monday, April 24, 2017

Mischief Monday - Spring Is In The Air

Lady: "Phod, just because you smell good things doesn't mean you can leave the yard."

Phod: "The other day I had to  visit that horse  and I stopped by the fence near the driveway, I was only like 2 Phody lengths out of the yard, so I don't think it counts."

Lady: "The horses are there a lot, we don't need to be chasing them."

Phod: "I couldn't help it, she told me to chase her, I was just being neighbourly."

Lady: "Hmm, I doubt that. Then on Saturday night you did leave the yard again and walked down the road."

Phod: "Our old neighbour Ghost (who could be Phenny's uncle) was around and had left some pee mail that totally needed reading. I technically hardly left the yard, I stayed mostly on the property. I only went on the road to miss that big puddle, but then went right back."

(Editor's note: The puddle was so big that for about 5 days, a pair of ducks lived in it.)

Lady: "I think we need to be a little stricter on staying in the yard or you are going to have to be on tie out all the time like Hailey."

Phod: "I will give it some thought because I don't see how I can play fetch with you on a leash."



First day of spring 2016

Sunday, April 23, 2017

When Will The Snow Be Gone - Contest Update

So far 3 guess dates have come and gone. As of Saturday evening:


No snow in the front yard,


a little tiny bit of snow in the side yard,


and the most snow left in the backyard. 


Today, the 23rd is Kinley's day - will it all be gone by dinner? Did Angel Dory and the boyz pick right with the 24th? Will it last until Princess Leah's guess on the 26th?  Will it last even longer?

Stay tuned to find out when it final leaves us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day



Today is the day we celebrate our planet and all the things we can do to try and help it. The humans on the planet haven't always been kind and have done some damage. But rather than getting depressed about it, we are going to all work together to find ways to help it. If you need ideas be sure to visit http://blogvillearts.blogspot.ca where Louis has put together all we are doing to help the planet.

I was personally most reminded of the need to do more to save the planet on my trip to Iceland in 2015.

Here I am standing on a glacier. Our guide said the glacier is receding 50-100 feet per year. 


The place it was most apparent that we must work together to help our planet and probably one of the most amazing, beautiful places I have ever been:



While sitting looking at the icebergs, I wondered if my niece (who was 1 at the time) would ever be lucky enough to sit and enjoy the beauty of this place. Would they all be melted by the time she travelled the world?

I know the enormity of the task of reversing all the damage is overwhelming, but I believe the little steps we can take at home can make a difference. I challenge everyone to find one thing they can do this week that will help protect the planet. Nothing is too small!  Together we can change the future!