Just like last week, I’m left body weary and brain tired after a fabulous Sunday.
Winter Shines is still on, so we headed down to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market to let the kid go for another pony ride, and to check out the ice castle. We also listened to my sister’s band, the Sea Hags… but only for a few minutes. The girl was too excited to just sit and listen to music she can hear almost any time she likes. After playing on the ice rink – which is mostly melted after the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having – we headed back into the Farmer’s Market and each picked out a treat again.
Today I stumbled onto the most amazing strawberries and cream shortcake. My goodness!!! It was sooo good, sooo rich. And that flakey pastry top? Oh my goodness!!!! It alone was worth the trip to Winter Shines and the Farmer’s Market. If you haven’t tried this one before, I recommend you get your butt down there and give it a go. It’s just under $5 for an “individual” sized portion (which was more than I could finish, even if I’d have liked to). Just head to the South East corner of the building and you’ll find the cafe vendor who makes them. SOOOO good.
After Winter Shines we headed back to the car – my sister Jewles, the kid, the husband, and I – where our hot chocolates and apple ciders sat in our travel mugs waiting for us. Just like last week Damon and I did them all up right before leaving so they’d be just the right temperature by the time we were done at the Farmer’s Market.
This week, instead of heading out sledding, we went to the Forestry Farm Zoo. With temperatures like this, it’s the perfect time to see the animals in action. In the heat of Summer they’re all lazing about, too hot to do much of anything… but hovering around zero degrees? Pretty much everyone is wandering around or playing. We even caught a glimpse of the two baby lions born a few months ago now. It was a rare treat!
After we took my youngest sister home, we headed on out to the grocery store where we picked up some BBQ supplies. And for the first time in a couple months, we fired up the Q. While I prepped the buns, and the kid played on her swing set (her birthday present last year), Damon cooked the patties.
And to top it all off? The girl and I started the latest book in the Goddess Girls series, Artemis the Loyal. Definitely a good start so far (challenging the notion that only the boys can compete in the Olympic Games). Then, the kid drifted off to dream land – before we’d even finished the first chapter. Truly the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
Next Sunday is the last day of the Winter Shines festival… think we can make it three amazing Sundays in a row? I sure intend to try.
So, yesterday evening was the first drop-in handling class of the year down at the SKOC. And it was the first ever class for Alice and Deedee, our Chihuahua puppies. It was a first for me too… the first time I took puppies of my own breeding out to a class.
You know? You do your best to prepare them. To give them a solid foundation. To help them be confident, brave, outgoing, and friendly little things. But in a world of giants, you never really know if you’ve done enough. There is always more you could do. So that first real test can be a little nervy – for them and you.
My girlz are rockstars! Clearly I had nothing to worry about. First time in a new building, surrounded by dogs who were more than ten times their size (some way more than ten times their size), tons of people, noises, smells… it’s an overwhelming experience for people – forget two little dogs no more than ten and a quarter pounds COMBINED.
Alice and Deedee did great! Tails up in the ring. Stood on the table (well, they were a little squirrely, but it was their first time). We had no pretzel puppy action. No tangled leads. Generally confident, happy puppies, all set for this new adventure. It really got me excited. These guys are going to be a blast at the shows this year. I’m SOOO looking forward to it.
I mean… okay… I was ALREADY looking forward to it. I knew they were awesome. They are smart, sweet, cuddly, typey, good looking, sturdy, generally fabulous pups. But the experience in class just confirmed everything for me. It’s not going to take much work at all to have them become little superstars. It’s going to be a fabulous year! Yay Deedee! Yay Alice! And Yay for me and Em (my co-breeder and fabulous friend)!
Yep. I’m excited. It’s February, and it’s gonna be great! I wish I had the energy left after my busy day to share it all with you, but for now, I’ll just ask you to be excited with me without knowing all the details. 🙂
I’ll try to post my challenge for 2012 here tomorrow. I think it’s a good one, and hopefully a few of you will take it along with me. It’s a journal challenge. I’ll be scrapbooking this particular journal challenge, but whether or not you scrapbook, I think it will be worth doing – even just typing along.
So, that’s it for tonight. I hope your tomorrows are all filled with promise!
It’s no secret that with January comes my annual case of the blahs. The holiday festivities are over, there is little going on, it’s the coldest month of the year, and my thoughts are of Spring and the fun of the dog shows that come with it (yet it’s still too far away to really begin any of the planning or fun). There are good things in January… like my Dad and my brother’s birthdays – both which happen to fall on the 11th. But over all? I’m happy it’s drawing to an end. I am SOOO ready for February!