Well Hello There!

It’s been a while, again. Funny how life has a way of getting away from you when you aren’t looking. And oh my, WordPress went and changed their gui too, what the hell!

I was inspired to write by a few photos I took yesterday while out with my girls. We were in the hometown for lunch and the old hotel across the street called to me.

People have different definitions of old when it comes to buildings. My Mister┬ásays our house is old, but it can’t be because it’s younger than him. My other house, the one I share with my sister, is much older and in fact is a style of architecture particular to this area and it’s era. It too could be considered young compared to the hotel though.

IMG_20150516_150528438The Arlington Hotel was built in the 1850s and is a designated heritage site in Ontario. I could go on and on about it’s history, but there are better places including that link I just posted to read about that. Suffice to say that all of the histories do tend to gloss over some of the seedier years of the Arlington.

For my 40th birthday some of my friends and I stayed there after my party and it was so beautiful. I was disappointed when it closed but extremely pleased when it was bought and opened again. It truly is the nicest hotel for miles around.

This is not meant to be a review, although if I wrote one it would be pretty good. I will admit to not having tried the new restaurant but if the sun comes out tomorrow I’m thinking I may go sit on their patio for a bevvie or two.

IMG_20150516_150510884There were two things yesterday that caught my eye and made me want to share. I love the Muskoka (Adirondack) chairs out front that invite you to sit and watch the world go by for a few minutes. And clearly they don’t mind if you do so with your canine friend. In fact they posted an announcement on the Arlington Facebook page that the complimentary water bowl was back outside for the summer.

But more importantly, for my friend Isobel, in my hometown we treat cyclists right. That thing on the left is the repair station with all kinds of tools, an airpump in the middle and then of course the locking rack to the right. All sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery. Because beer and bicycles right?

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Knitterly Things

As promised, today I’ll round up the few Yarns I’ve been able to squeeze in around the Boxers.

46I think I blogged at least twice about my friend’s socks using Haldecraft’s Fissility pattern. Have I raved enough about that pattern? Seriously, if you knit socks you have to try this pattern because it’s so pretty and it’s an easy knit, no mental gymnastics here folks! That’s my project #46.

47Project #47 did require a little bit of brain work. Another friend had asked if I could make a hot water bottle cover for her son. There was a catch, they both have sensitivities to wool so she wanted it in cotton. Since I know a little about her young man I decided I had to use the Toronto Maple Leafs as the design. That means I had to find a pattern and then redesign it slightly to chart the leaf. I’m pretty happy with the result and I hope he will be as well.

49Now that it’s March yet another friend convinced me I should participate in Malabrigo March. There are a bunch of us that she invited to play and it’s ended up being a Jeweled Cowl March as I’m not sure everyone is using Malabrigo but I am, this colourway is called Velvet Grapes.

Oh, and just so you know, the distractions continue. This is our little Ti Sweetie, we figure she’s around 10 years old which means The Brindle is pleased to finally have a contemporary to hang out with. Clearly, since he’s sharing his beloved hedgehog with her.

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Distractions…

Wow… where did the time go? Back in January I volunteered to take on some IT stuff for the Boxer Rescue I volunteer with. Me and IT it’s kind of a no-brainer right? While it’s a lot of work it’s also a lot of fun. There’s just something about doing good, right?

I’ve fostered a few Boxers in the last while…

IMG_3605There was Tonka. She was here for just over a month before going to another foster home and then being adopted. She has the most fabulous ears. She’s a very sweet lady and I felt so bad for her being with us because she loves kids so much. I was so happy that her new foster home had two kids for her to play with and her furever home comes with grandkids that love dogs.

IMG_3634Sky and Eli, the puppies. What was I thinking??? I am so over the puppy experience. Actually I’ve been over it since my first Boxer, Kate, was a puppy back in 1999. To make life more exciting Eli is deaf so that requires even more chasing of the puppy. They only stayed a few days and they were a lot of fun, I would never not foster a puppy but I won’t be raising another one any time soon! I even got to see Sky again last week which was fabulous, she’s getting so big!

IMG_20150228_222244871Abigail dropped by for a while, about a month actually. Lovely girl but heartworm positive, she left us this weekend to go to a new home that we are pretty sure is her furever family. Anyone willing to take on a dog through heartworm treatment has my respect plus they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Yes, Abigail took her beloved gecko with her.

IMG_3766Then there was sweet Rios. He was another short timer, just in town for some doctor appointments, most of which were a bust. Lovely boy is so much healthier than we realized I guess. He just has some challenges due to his wonky leg so he needs a little extra TLC.

 

Next foster arrives tomorrow, life is an adventure! Next post, a knitting update.