Saturday, July 24, 2010

two for joy paper studio

my package from the lovely two for joy paper studio arrived - all the way from london, england.

i ordered a super cute art print that i want to frame and hang in my kitchen and also a set of personalized notecards (that are made of 50% recycled fibres)!

... and because two for joy is run by the ever talented, miss bee, she included a beagle notebook that she created when she was still working at the national gallery just for me! her design even has silhouettes of two beagles howling in unison - too cute!

if you are getting married and need some invitation sets or want something thoughtful and cute to spruce up a room, you definitely need to get yourself over to two for joy paper studio.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

a most satisfying weekend

finally, despite questionable weather, we were able to have a cupcake ride on the day that it was originally planned for. i don't know why, but i get wracked with guilt when i have to call a rain date to postpone a ride ... it must be the japanese in me. so to have a ride on the set date felt like a big (weird) accomplishment.

i had such a relaxing, fun time with lovely ladies on the toronto islands. we fought the ferry crowds and landed at hanlan's point and then biked the width the of the island and also explored the residential area and some interesting nooks and crannies.

for more of the report, check out my blog post on the cupcake ride blog.

today, i hung out at andre's dog school in the morning and took photos of extremely cute puppies and smart dogs. and then in the evening hung out with some friends that are moving away from condo land on queen west into a house of their own by degrassi street!

i was also able to squeeze in some cleaning and reading.

i think i'm ready to face the work week!

Friday, July 16, 2010

happy 1 year, petey

today marks the one year anniversary since petey came to live with us!

when we were still fostering everybody kept on saying how we would never let him be adopted and that we would eventually keep him. i guess all those people - friends and strangers - were correct!

thank you, petey, for teaching us:
  • to let sleeping dogs lie
  • that it is possible for dogs to sniff each other on the sidewalk without an altercation
  • to respect and be mindful of dog body language
  • that with positive reinforcement anything is possible - even teaching you a bite inhibition

we are so happy that we will be your forever home - we were always a bit worried about what would happen when/if you bit your new owners.

andre, duke and i are looking forward to growing older with you.

we love you!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


a heatwave is hovering over ontario and south eastern quebec, making temperatures unbearable even for me!

we've had 3 consecutive days at 40+ with the humidex and all duke and petey can do is lie around and nap to cope with the heat.

everyday of the heat wave the weather network has been stringing us along, telling us that there is a chance for thundershowers in the afternoon. so far we've had none.

it looks like we will get a bit of a reprieve over the weekend, but the temperatures creep back up next week. power consumption from air conditioners working overtime has been putting pressure on the electric system. hopefully we won't have another major blackout (which i secretly wished for every summer when i used to be an employee).

an interesting article about how air conditioners seem to have a direct relationship with voting patterns in the USA.

photos: petey and duke, sunbathing before the heatwave