Monday, June 23, 2008

Mostly a quiet weekend....except for the construction

This is what we saw and heard from our campsite for about 3 or 4 hours on Friday afternoon....

Thursday, June 19, 2008


This is Izzy as she has looked for the past 3 weeks. Shaggy and really cute, but rather messy and tangled (and a little blind!).

I decided to trim her paws a little so she won't get so dirty when we're camping... and then the trimming just continued!

However, since the only way I can get her to stay still when I've got the scissors in my hand is to have her curled up on my lap, I could only trim the left side of her body. And then it was time for bed, so her right side is still a fluffy mess! But, doesn't she have a cute face?

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Sometimes, when I'm home by myself at night in a room full of windows during a thunderstorm, I get really, really freaked out. That's why I have Izzy. She sat on my lap last night and protected me.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stormy Weather

I don't know about at your place, but at our place we've been having some crazy storms lately. The other night when we were swimming at Rachel's parents' place, we saw a black line of clouds rolling in over the house. Except it wasn't rolling, per se, it was kind of circling towards us. It wasn't a funnel cloud, but once it was centered above us we could see that it was dark black all around the outside, slightly green inside, and the whole mass was circling clockwise from the west moving east. And then the lightning started. It lit the sky up with a pink or an orange glow and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to when and where it struck. Rain poured down and the wind drove it in sheets across the lawn, water gushed from the eaves troughs. Thunder was frequent and deafening. And then, as quickly as it came, it left again. I heard the next morning that the storm knocked down a tree in Bun and Kenny's yard and did some damage to their front porch. Yesterday afternoon when I got home from work I took Izzy out for a walk. From our street we can see over Dundas, Waterdown and Burlington and I noticed that over in Dundas Sam and Samantha were getting quite a storm. To the north-west of my vantage point, black rain clouds dominated the skyline, but to the south-west there seemed to be a dividing line through the sky, around the sun. Blue skies, bright sun; dark storm clouds. It looked like the front cover of a Frank Peretti book. Towards the end of our walk we took a break on a bench by the Police Boat Station and watched the storm blow towards us over the water. As the storm neared, the winds picked up and right before Izzy and I headed back to the house, a gust of very cold air blew over us (which, in 32 degree weather, was very welcome). Once back at the house, we sat on the porch and watched the storm come in. It was a weak storm and was over in 5 minutes, leaving more humidity in the air than there was previously. I was not happy with that. At about 8:30 last night as I was watching Diagnosis Murder on my computer and trimming the mattes out of Izzy's fur, I kept seeing flashes out of the corner of my eye but I attributed it to flickering lights. The flashing persisted and, after I poked my head outside, I realized that there was a fantastic lightning storm going on out there. So, Izzy and I sat on the front porch and again watched the storm move over from Dundas to Hamilton. The lightning was amazing. Sheet lightning was lighting up the clouds, turning them pink and yellow, and bolts were coming straight down out of the clouds over Dundas and hwy 6. By 10pm I was thinking that I really should take the dog out for a walk so that I could put her in the cage for the night but I wasn't at all sure that I wanted to walk around in such an intense lightning storm. Counting the pauses inbetween the lightning and the faint thunder, I concluded that the storm was still about 10km away so I decided to head out for a brief walk. Not 1 minute away from our door, the wind picked up. A bolt of lightning came down and hit something near the water - a lightning rod? And the thunder crashed right on its heels. I jumped out of my skin, and we walked closer to the side of the building we were next to. Again, another lighting strike (this one split into about 8 arms coming down, like the roots of a tree) and again, the kind of thunder that sounds like the sky is ripping in half. At this point we were in the grass, under a tree (I know, not smart, but I didn't want the dog to pee in the house at night!) and I hear the rain coming down the street, like the rumble of a car coming towards us. I decided that it was time to go home whether the dog was ready or not. Two steps out from under the tree and both Izzy and I were soaked. The already strong wind blew harder and I had to run to keep up with the dog, who was being pushed by the wind. More lighting, more thunder, and we were in the door. The storm was gone again within 5 minutes. Because Izzy still carries on at night I wear ear plugs so as I was drifting off to sleep I saw the lightning light up our room every few minutes and Brian says that there was quite a bit of thunder to compliment that. It continued until at least 1am. When I got up this morning it was warm and sticky but slightly sunny. Not 10 minutes later, at about 6:45am, the storm clouds were back, as was the rain, the wind, the thunder and the lightning. The storm passed within 10 minutes.

I wish that I had taken a video of the lightning last night, I don't think that I've ever seen a storm like that. Something tells me, however, that I might see a few more this summer.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Going for a ride

Izzy had a few traumatic days - on Monday night, she met Vader (Sam and Sam's dog - a 1 yr old Black Lab puppy). Last night, she came with me to meet Yuki (Nathan and Tiffany's 1 yr old poodle type puppy). Judging from her cowering, I think she prefers the company of people to dogs. But she did like going in the car.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Welcome, giant ears.

This is Isabelle. Or Izzy. She has large ears, and is desperately in need of a hair cut. She's French, so we're still a little shaky on the communication with her. She seems to be a good catch, so far - I think that even Brian's starting to get attached to her... Yay! I'm so excited. :)