Saturday, 5 December 2015

My toys

These are some of my favourite toys.

Sometimes it is all about the box!

The candy cane and the elf I got for my first Christmas with Mum and Dad. Sadly I destroyed my elf when I was left alone this past Christmas. I still have the fish and the candy can tho'.

This is my absolute favourite toy. Dad gave this to me the first week I was in my new home - 2 1/2 years ago now. I like the sound that it makes. Sometimes it gets lost (or hidden - according to Mum) under the washing machine, a bookshelf or behind the cellar door. It is great fun watching Mum crawl around looking for my lost ring. She now only brings it out once in a while for me.

or the bag!


Hallowe'en is scary - even with Mum holding me :)

Monday, 5 October 2015

Camping season is over

October 4

Well, it looks like the trailer is all packed up for the winter. All the camping equipment has been stored away. Even my little travelling bag has been stored with the rest of the gear.

Can you see me?????
 Fall certain has some advantages. My colouring makes good camouflage.

It is time for rest and relaxation. I am dreaming about all the fun I had this year. I wonder what Mum and Dad have planned for next year.

I will update any new adventures that I have.

Clear Lake Float Fly

Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20

Trailer is all packed up and we are ready to go. Lots of planes - all on floats so we must be going to a lake. This should be fun - lots of walks, trees to climb, and people to visit. Dad got a new battery for the trailer so we should all be toasty and warm at night.

Once we were past the point of no return Mum realised that she had left the stuffing for the potluck dinner in the freezer at home. We had to make a detour into Barrhead to get new fixings. The new  stuffing did turn out better than the batch at home. She had lots of compliments and lots of good laughs! 

Clear Lake Beach. The water level has really dropped since July.
The lake looks really nice but it is quite shallow with lots of weeds. It made flying difficult - hard to get past the weeds for take-off. Plus the motor on the recovery boat was too big. Poor J Q had to use his kayak to rescue the planes that didn't land quite right.

The ducks and geese are gathering. Dad says the geese a practising for their flight south. He says the honking sounds like the cadence chant from his militia days: "left, left, left, right, left".

Where is that squirrel?

The squirrels were very active. Getting ready for winter hibernation. The bold ones got very close to the trailer and my nose! I am pretty fast but not fast enough to catch a squirrel,. Mum says that is a good thing - they bite back.
I think I could climb this one.

Table all set up for the wrap-up dinner.
Deep fried turkey with all the trimmings.

There was a mock wedding ceremony for Cash (a maltese/yorkie cross) and Maddie. They both wore charming outfits. The wedding songs were "Who let the dogs out", "You're nothing but a hound dog" (for Cash) and "They call it puppy love" for Maddie.

R acted as minister and gave a very nice blessing for the meal. One of the company has been in palliative care for the last few weeks and R had special words for her and her family.

According to Mum and Dad supper was excellent. It was a great way to wrap up the flying year. 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

What happens at B's stays at B's

Thursday, September 3 to Sunday, September 6

It was a cold and rainy and windy day - oops that sounds like a start to one of Mum's books. Well it was cold and wet but there seemed to be a lot of traffic between the house and trailer. I am not really sure because I was locked in the bedroom! When I was finally allowed out there was planes all set up in the truck - must be we are going on a flying weekend.

All my favourite doggie friends were there - actually all the dogs were there. One of the participants calls these events Rusty and Friends because I am they only cat. Well, there is one other cat but he is shy and stays mostly in his trailer. One of the dogs got really excited about seeing me and needed to be disciplined - a light paw on his forehead brought him into line.

It is a nice place to find lots of hunting spots - the pond, the fields, and the woods. I did manage to get a mouse trapped under the truck but Mum seems to think I need to let my mouse go! But there were still a few dragonflies and grasshoppers to be devoured.
What is in this pond?

This stump gives me a good perspective for mouse hunting.
The woodpile has good potential

 It was a little nippy at night. Sadly our battery was failing. We had enough juice to warm up the trailer at bedtime and and in the morning. Dad drove all the way home to pick up the generator and a new battery. He was able to charge up the battery but the generator failed. Although the rest of the weekend was very wet and rainy we were warm enough in the trailer.

Not much flying was done - too rainy and windy. The campfires were fun. And the wrap-up dinner was scrumptious - according to Mum and Dad. Pets at dinner are prohibited :).

Dad's fleet

J G deep frying turkeys

Tables all set up for the dinner.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Meadow Lake

Monday, August 17 to Thursday, August 20

Gassing up in Bonnyville
It all started on Sunday with lots of toing and froing between the house and the trailer. Somethings was definitely afoot.  I was a little worried until I saw my travel bag with food and toys headed out to the trailer. All is good - I was going somewhere. mmm - there are no planes being loaded into the truck so maybe we are going for some R&R.

We headed out Monday morning. The road was really bumpy so I wasn't comfortable on my usual spot on the console. The back seat was much more comfortable for sleeping.  'Course there were interruptions in my sleep cycle so we could stop for gas!

We got to our camp mid-afternoon.  There were lots of bushes and trees with lots of rustling in the bushes. It IS a good campsite - I caught my first mouse within the first 3 hours. There is a little path that the mice use to go from one clump of bushes to another. Mum and Dad seem to think that it should be catch and release. I suppose that makes sense seeing as we are in a provincial park. Alex was concerned that I  would go to Kitty jail for harming wildlife in a provincial park.

Yup, this is just an R&R trip. Mum and Dad are taking lots of walks. There are some neat paths that take you to other lakes like Little Raspberry Lake. Dad got some photos of strange looking water birds. And lots of sunset photos. Mum even got to play mini-golf and Dad got his ice cream cone (twice) so they are happy. Meadow Lake Provincial Park

Dad cooking breakfast

Ooops - it looks like we forgot to pack the add-a-room. No problem for me with my nice fur coat and tail to wrap around me if I get cold. Mum will get a little whinny if the evening is chilly and there is no tent heater!

All in all it was a good two days. Lots of very bold squirrels to track, mice to catch (and release). The squirrels were interesting. They would eat the ends of the pine trees just like corn on the cob! There was even a rabbit that kept me glued to one spot for two hours.