Category Archives: Family

For The Love of Dogs

It looks like it is time to start looking for new collars and new dog tags for dogs. The ones that our two beloved dogs are wearing now have both seen better days at this point. Actually I think I will look for harnesses for them to wear instead of a collar, I have been hearing that these harnesses are much better for Pugs since there has been an issue with their eyes popping out of their sockets while wearing collars that are too tight and then pulled on. That would not be a good thing for any of us to witness or deal with. I can’t even imagine how any of us would re act to something like that and of course with our luck it would happen at night or on the weekend when non of the local vets would be open for us to take them to.

We have been seeing some pretty cool custom dog tags for dogs online lately that I want to check out later on today. So I might as well look at harnesses as well even though we have a local Petco in town that we do business with from time to time. I really do prefer to do as much shopping online as possible. The one good thing about going to this particular store is that you are allowed to bring your pets in with you and makes for a good outing for the whole family. Unfortunately neither one of our Pugs do well in the car, after 15 minutes of riding one or the other will certainly throw up and that is no fun to deal with while trying to drive. And the kids don’t take kindly with riding the rest of the way there with vomit on their laps and various other places in the car!

Yamaha Audio Mixers

It seems that you can purchase a nice yamaha audio mixer for anywhere from a hundred fifty dollars all the way up to a grand. Musician’s Friend gives you the opportunity to purchase new or used items. Another way to save money is to take advantage of their overstocking and sometimes if a box was just opened, for no apparent reason, they will provide you with another discount as well.

I love the fact that they have free shipping, which is the only way to buy online as far as I’m concerned. Gone are the days of paying more for the shipping and handling than the items is worth are gone forever. I have already purchased a few items online for this up and coming Christmas. Having a hard time trying to scrounge up some holiday cheer! Especially when it is still in the 80’s and 90’s during the day and don’t get me started with the humidity!

helps keep dust off as well

Keeping It Under Cover

Our Last Summer Camping Trip Together

It makes me really sad that my kids are all going to be going off to college this year. Our older two will be returning to college, but our youngest is starting her first year. Well, this summer has been really special for me because of that and I’m planning a big camping trip for our family before they all have to go back to school.

We used to go camping pretty often when the kids were smaller, but in the past few years we haven’t had as many opportunities to go as in years past.

I won’t be forgetting any of the ample supplies that I’ve bought to make lots and lots of smores while we’re there. I think that I’ll have even more fun though since I looked up all of these camping tips that I’m going to make sure and apply to our big trip.

Flowers For Noreen

My oldest sister Noreen was a very important role model for me when I was growing up. Since our mother had to work outside of the home, Noreen really was basically more of a mother to me than our real mother. Back in those days, most mothers stayed at home, but since our parents divorced our mother had to go out into the work force in order to support us three girls until she remarried many years later.

Both of my sisters were several years older than I and I was always so very jealous of them and couldn’t wait until I was old enough to do all the things that they were able and allowed to do. As soon as Noreen turned 16 she got her driver’s license and shortly after she managed to land a job at a local flower shop which she thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at. I used to love going into that flower shop with her on her day off, she would take me into the back part of the shop and show me around, making me feel very special since most people were not allowed to go into the back room, of course unless they worked there or a delivery person. I always thought that I would one day be working there along side of my sister, but life had other plans for us back then.

Ever since then I have had a soft spot in my heart for flower shops. A lot of people can’t stand going into a flower store because of the strong aroma from all of the flowers, they say that it reminds them of a funeral home, but that doesn’t bother me. I could spend a couple of hours in one gazing at all of the varieties of flowers and plants that are available these days and seeing all the beautiful arrangements that they make up for sale.

I haven’t been into a flower store in so very long. With the Internet bringing most things right to our finger tips we can stay at home and take care of most tasks such as ordering flowers. I really enjoy what Etobicoke Flower delivery has to offer on their website and have bookmarked their site for the next time I need to send flowers to someone. Maybe I’ll send Noreen some flowers for her birthday next year, I know she will appreciate a nice arrangement that was picked out by me with her in mind. Not everyone appreciates a nice floral arrangement these days but she still does, I’m sure of that.

Keeping Busy

Saw a note on a parenting board about wanting ideas for keeping a 4 year old busy during the day. I know a lot of people send their child to preschool or an organized Parent’s Day Out, but  lot of people do just stay at home most days.

I love small children and have never had a problem finding things to do during the day and keeping busy. But some people do not relate well to younger children and they struggle with communicating at a 4 year old’s level.