Happy July!!
Can’t believe June has come and gone…

Remember my June goals, exercise, cooking, clearing out, developing a green thumb and blogging. Well some I stuck with and some I did not so great.

Exercise – Started the month off strong but then the heat and humidity kicked in. I have no air conditioning so the apartment was way too hot to work out in. I also cancelled my gym membership so I didn’t hit 30 days of the Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. I did however get in a few runs when the weather was bearable. A friend of mine is signing up for a 5k race in September so guess who is planning to sign up for another race…

Cooking – This I have kept to. I followed most recipes from the that clean life challenge that I signed up for and have been experimenting with recipes that I’ve found online. Sometimes my meal making doesn’t actually involve cooking. On the really hot days, I preferred a fully loaded salad instead of a hot meal. This will shock those friends of mine that remember when I was 20 and would gag eating any type of vegetable.

Clearing out – Went through all my clothes. Have more to give away than keep. The bags are still sitting in my spare room waiting to be dropped off somewhere but my bathroom and bedroom have been purged. I’m aiming to have the kitchen and storage room done before the summer ends.

Green thumb – The only plants surviving this heat are the peppers and parsley. I’m not giving up though!!!

Blogging – well if you’ve been reading, you know how I’ve been doing with that.

They say all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl so I did get out there and didn’t spend the entire month hibernating. If I was a good blogger, these places would each get their own post but if you haven’t already noticed, I prefer blogging lists!

RISE The Better Living Expo – I worked this event for Coconut Bliss but I’m listing it because it was the last day I ate meat. I spent the day working with a friend who was a vegan and if you know me, you know I love to ask people questions. I spent the day interrogating her about why, how, when she became vegan and since I was curious about the life changing videos she watched, I googled them as soon as I got home. Right now I can’t un-watch them so I haven’t touched meat since then. I also haven’t touched eggs, dairy or honey. I don’t know if I will stay vegan but I had no desire to eat the steaks made on Canada Day so this is to be continued…

The Haunted Walk Tour – Our sorority event this month was to do the haunted walk in the distillery district. I have to say that I was not looking forward to this. I don’t exactly fear ghosts but I do believe in them and would prefer to not know they exist. Luckily for me, the tour guide wasn’t too great at spooky stories so it was more of a history lesson than a frightful walk. It turned out to be a really fun evening.

St. Clair UNCORKED – This wine event took place in my friend E’s neighbourhood. It’s a great concept. Local shops participate by hosting wine tastings in their stores. It’s a great way to get to know the area and go into shops that the locals probably never ventured into. We spent the day exploring and meeting people and although most people migrated to the pubs that were showing the World Cup game, we chit chatted with a few folks and E now know where to get great pate and chocolates in her hood.

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market – my real desire was to go to strawberry picking but getting my family to commit to a time and date that works for everyone is like herding cats. Instead my parents, my aunt, my little cousin and I headed west and checked out the market. Not only was I able to get some sweet strawberries but we managed to stock up on kale, peas, peppers and cherries. The market was a little overwhelming for me, we went at a peak time and there were soooooo many people there so next time I will make sure to go first thing in the am before the craziness starts. I have so much kale that I am going to try and make kale chips. My SIL says it’s easy but that’s what she said about Rice Krispie Squares and I managed to mess those up. Wish me luck.

The only other notable thing to mention about June is that I’m fostering again.

These little guys were found without their mother but they are still too young to be adopted. They spent the first few days hiding from me and only coming out when I was away or sleeping but I’ve made some progress with them. They were so scrawny when I picked them up but I’ve fattened them up a bit. I only have them for another 10 days so maybe they will get their own post!

I’m heading to Orlando this month with Stella & Dot so my goal for July is simply to get a tan! Will keep you updated!


Pearl & Mabel Update

A few months ago I opened my house to these 2 little fur balls…
I had contacted the Mississauga Humane Society about helping to foster cats while they waited to be adopted and they said that they actually had 2 domestic cats that needed a home for a few weeks until their owner was able to find a new place to live. A few weeks turned into a few months and around mid-January, I was starting to think that maybe their owner would never come back to claim them. The thought of this stressed me out. I didn’t want any cats. The constant litter cleaning and endless cat hair on my clothes was driving me bazooka bananas but I had unintentionally started to grow fond of them. They had such affectionate personalities and we had a bit of routine going that included greeting me at the door when I arrived home from work. I knew these cats had won me over when my Sister in Law sent me an email about how her co-worker was interested in adopting the cats and I DID NOT want to let them go. I had just recently decided that if their original owner wasn’t coming back, I would keep the cats.

Of course, that’s when the Mississauga Humane Society called and said she was ready to take them back. I had mixed feelings but these were her cats and I reminded myself that them living with me only temporary. Yesterday I packed up the cats and drove them over to their new place. I had just dusted and was in the “I can’t stand cat hair” mode when we left the house that I was sure that dropping them off would be easy but as I got closer, I told myself that if her living conditions were not suitable, I would bring Pearl and Mabel back home.

As soon as the original owner saw me and the cats in the carrier, she started to cry! She was so overwhelmed with happiness. She told me that she missed them so much and I knew right away that they were home. They had been her cats since they were kittens. They had been with her through her husband’s death and she thanked me so much for taking such great care of them.  I started crying over how emotional the whole thing was.  We agreed to stay in touch and I will probably call her in a few weeks just to check in on the girls.  I did miss them this morning and I’m sure the apartment will seem a little emptier tonight. I did for a split second considering getting a cat but then I pulled out my black sweater and was reminded that I can’t stand cat hair!!!!  So for now, I’ll just give myself a little time to miss Pearl and Mabel a bit.