I’ve decided that after one full year of writing this blog I’m going to take a one month blog hiatus.
My full time Marketing job has been keeping me super busy and we’re approaching an exciting time with our biggest annual event taking place in less than a month! This means that I will want to give myself a lot of time to rest when not at work.
Over this month hiatus, I plan to think of some fun new blog ideas and possibly dabble in using some video and photography extras that I might be able to include in future posts. Until I come back I encourage you to read older posts and keep up with me on social media as I will be sharing my life on there throughout.
Facebook’s On This Day feature loves reminding us about things we don’t always want to think about. Frequently, they remind me of my dead dog, my dead grandmother, or to change the privacy settings to “only me” on a lot of old photo albums, but today was different!
Today’s On This Day photo was from a seven-year-old Facebook album with photos of a day trip my mom and I took in 2010. At 19, I had never been to Kensington Market and was vintage-clothes-obsessed so I knew I had to go. My mom and I took the Go-Train into Toronto and explored the Kensington Market streets together (my mom brought her digital camera [neither of us had smart phones yet]), getting smoothies, browsing retro jewelery collections and racks of vintage dresses. That day I bought a 1960’s dress, a 1940’s turquoise hat, and a tie-dye Twiggy print tshirt (I still own the last two).
I remember this day quite well and it’s because my mom and I had such a great time! I’m lucky to have a mother who I also consider a friend. I feel like we’re even closer now than we were seven years ago and it’s probably thanks to adventures like these – I appreciate our time together (even if this appreciation is amplified in retrospect!).
Last Saturday was Canada Day which meant that I got to enjoy an extra day off this past Monday too! Here’s a glimpse into my long weekend fun:
Chris dropped me off at a co-worker’s house last Friday morning; she wonderfully helped us out by driving me into work so that Chris and Summit could pick me up on the way out of town for the long weekend. The three of us (dog included) crammed into the car with all of our things (dog bed included [she’s very spoiled]) and set forth on our mini-vacay.
Traffic was surprisingly not as horrible as we thought it would be! It was more than usual, but we still got to our destination, Kincardine, Ontario, within approximately four hours. We stayed with my sister, brother-in-law, and their many animal companions: Dude the Bernese Mountain Dog, Sidney Prescott the German Shepard, Taco the lean grey cat, and Rafi the munchkin cat. Summit was very excited to see her fur-cousins and we decided to walk downtown Kincardine to see the end of the car show and get some ice cream. The car show had mostly ended, but we enjoyed a walk and some ice cream creations from Dairy Queen under a nice sunset. After a long day of working and sitting in the car, the guest room pillow was my new best friend.
Saturday morning, we got up and got ready to see the Kincardine Canada Day parade. We drove down and I almost immediately regretted not bringing Summit to the parade, but was also incredibly excited to point out and pet many patriotic doggos that were in attendance. The parade was really lovely! It wasn’t too long, many community organizations celebrated, my favourite town mascot was in the centre of it all (he’s a lighthouse), the famous hockey player Paul Henderson rode in a horse drawn buggy, and then everyone in attendance joined in behind the parade and headed toward the water. At a certain point, we got to the end and realized our best bet was to walk back the same direction we had come. The problem was that many other people were still parading down the street toward the water so we were walking against the traffic. My brother-in-law insisted that this was terribly bad luck (in a superstitious way) and that people were giving us dirty looks – he did this for my benefit, to try to make me paranoid – he really is my brother). We made it out alive and un-scolded by paraders.
The four of us decided to take the dogs for a walk nearby in the woods, this was perfect for Summit who would have missed the wooded dog park walks that she so enjoys every day. By the time that we got back to the house, my dad, stepmom, and step-dog-sister Lucy were arriving to my sister’s as well for Canada Day festivities. We had a BBQ, relaxed in the backyard and walked back downtown to get drinks.
We sat on the balcony facing the waterfront at Erie Belle Fish & Chips, had drinks, and shared stories for an hour or so.
The water looked so nice that we walked passed the docks and along the beach. Our party became a mini parade, marching one by one in the tide while families played in the sand and water around us. I smiled when I saw the big blue chairs that are a novelty to me every time that I see them – they never stop being fun! We took some photos as a family and a friendly fellow Canadian offered to take a full group shot as he watched us struggle to fit into a selfie. Our bodies began to ache and we got a taxi van back to my sister’s house halfway through the walk home.
We hot-tubbed and ate appetizers in the backyard until the late evening. Our cab driver hilariously dropped us off at/in the end of the parade and we jumped out quickly so that he could drive in reverse back down the road to get out of the way of the approaching tough-looking marching band in some serious kilts. We laughed and merged with the crowd to applaud and appreciate the band. The town then scattered to find and claim the best lookout spots to see the fireworks. As the sky started to darken, the air got colder and my blanket-like sweater became a sweater for two (my husband and I basically became Turk and JD fromScrubs). The fireworks were really incredible! I hadn’t seen fireworks like that in so long, I felt like a kid during the finale shots that totally blew me away. It was a
really fun experience to share with my family – especially my dad and sister who I remember watching fireworks with on a blanket in the grass as a kid.
Adult life can be hard sometimes, but I love those moments that remind you that you can still experience significantly happy moments similarly to the way you did as a kid – the ones that make you appreciate your life and you know that you’ll probably look back on this exact moment in another twenty years. What I loved about my Canada Day weekend was that it was spent with family and was very inexpensive (Haha)! Seriously though, Kincardine, like many other Canadian cities, provided a fantastic, accessible, public celebration that they should be proud of!
Happy 150th Anniversary Canada! And thanks Kincardine!
How did you celebrate? What part of Canada did you get to appreciate this year?
Chris and I are headed to visit my sister and brother-in-law who live 4 hours from us this weekend to celebrate Canada Day! I can’t wait to see my sister Heather (named after my late grandmother from my moms side), we’ve grown so close as adults!
Having a sister who is only 19 months older than me has been pretty awesome! When I was a kid everyone thought we were twins and we always had someone to play with. We would bring barbies and toys to quench our ever-thirsty imaginations to our brothers hockey or my dads baseball games.
Eventually Heather and I played hockey ourselves and every other year we’d be in the same age division! She played right wing and I played left. If you’ve seen us play pictionary together then you know that we can read each other’s minds and that we work well as a team!
As teenagers we became a bit more private and a bit moodier with each other, but we still had a ton of laughs. We shared a deep love of all things television and movies – we often quote things that only each other understands.
Adult Heather and Cassy are doing really well too. We’re 4 hours apart, but miss each other all of the time. On top of television and movies, Heather and I share a love of romantic comedy novels that we trade back and forth! I love having such a great big sister, we were each other’s maids of honour at our weddings and in this last photo we stood with our brother as our father’s grooms party for his wedding last year!
Heather has been, and will always be, my partner in crime no matter how far apart we are. When we get together, it’s like we still share bunk beds and she still threatens bullies for me – our bond is ever lasting and we’ve got each other’s backs.
Don’t mess with us… we’re the Goulding Girls and we’re a lot tougher than a couple of old ladies from Florida!!!
Now that I’m working full-time, I’ve decided to write every other week, but will share a #Throwbackthursday photo (from my Instagram account) with a little more insight into the photo.
Here’s a photo of some of the frames on my dresser. On the left is a favourite photo of my husband, late dog Daquiri, and I on our wedding day last August. It’s in a frame gifted to us from my now mother in law at my bridal shower. The middle green frame reminded me of my grandmother who I had become close with before she passed away. I placed one of my favourite photos of my grandmother in it after she died so that I can think of her on a regular basis.
The far right fram contains a photo of my sister and brother in law from about ten years ago (just after they met). I love having such an old photo, but the truth is I’ve been meaning to update it for years!
These three photos are part of s collection of photos that make me smile that I keep on my dresser and I really do look at each of them often (makes dusting them not so bad)!
I had a very busy week visiting my sister and the 3.5 hour drive home ended up being 5 hours due to weather and pre-rush-hour-rush-hour. As a huge Star Wars fan, May the 4th be with you and I’ll post next week!
PS. Here’s a photo taken today of a tattoo that I’ve had on my right shoulder since I was 18 years old. I drew Wicket, the ewok, sitting in a lotus flower.
I’ve been watching my mom’s two dogs along with my own dog Summit this week. Chris had to go back on shift so it’s three dogs and a baby (I’m the baby because it’s so much work). It took me twenty minutes to read through a one page job description the other day, so this week’s blog post is cancelled and I will be writing again next week!
The vet guesses that Summit (my dog the St. Berdoodle) is somewhere between 2 and a 1/2 to 3 years old. Deeks is my mom’s almost 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog and Kensi is my mom’s recently adopted 1-year-old poodle. Summit is a little more mature than the two house guests, but YEESH, these two toddler-like dogs are a lot to handle. Luckily they’re all also sweet so as mad as I get at them, we make up by the end of the night with pets and cuddles (too bad all that love won’t fill the hole in the backyard).
I post blog entries every Tuesday and Thursday, but with the holiday celebrations and Summit having some health problems (we had to take her to the vet on Christmas Day, but she seems to be on the mend) I am taking today off of blog posting.
We had a wonderful Christmas aside from the sick-dog hiccup (not her actual issue) and I hope anyone else who celebrates was as lucky as I was to be surrounded by friends and family.
Thursday I will post some great movie suggestions to get you in the mood for New Years parties/cozy night in. The list will include one of my favourite movies that I watch every year at this time – any guesses?