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There’s something very reaffirming about connecting with nature. It’s almost like your soul recognizes its place in the grand scheme of things. On a deeper level, you can sense being a part of something magical and big. At least that’s what I feel…when the mosquitos aren’t out, of course.

I took these photos a few weeks ago at a quiet pond near my family cottage.

My grandfather transplanted some water lilies and has been quite pleased at how well they’ve taken to their new home.

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I’m so happy for you! You’re both such wonderful people and you deserve the best and happiest future together. Much love, Sonya.

We’re in it now!

My dad and my brothers came over this afternoon to help Joe and I strip down the basement storage room (soon to be our new home office). We discovered some pretty interesting “work” under that lovely seventies wood panelling. Check out those wires…not quite up to code, that’s for sure.

And then Joe had to saw awefully close to those wires – luckily the breaker was off at that point.

We even found blocks of styrofoam below ground level as insulation…strange.

One of the styrofoam blocks beneath the window was the safe haven of a colony of little potato bugs. Ew! Of course, I was tasked with taking that piece outside to add to our growing pile of trash:

What impressed me most about the whole process was how confident and professional my brother Russell was in leading the demolition. He’s in construction (a finish carpenter) and he’s the one who drew up the whole plan for finishing our storage room to add more usable space to our home. He’s obviously in the right field – I was so impressed at how easily he delegated and taught us how to do different things. *sniff* My little brother’s all grown up! He’s the one with the toolbelt:

In just over two hours, the demo was complete and the room is now ready to be re-framed and insulated. Hooray!

So amid all the scaling down we’re doing this Christmas, it looks like our cat will get the most expensive gift of all!

I should give some background: Joe and I have been bouncing around the idea of getting a dog for a long time. We’ve had a hard time narrowing down which breed will meet our needs (Joe wants a big dog that he can play and wrestle with and who doesn’t need an obscene amount of exercise, and I want a dog that I can control and who won’t eat children or other small animals). We’re now thinking about a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, possibly in the spring or summer of 2009.

But before we get a dog, we wanted to make sure that our cat, Tryst, would be able to adjust. We knew she would have to be able to escape whenever she wanted. So we wanted to get her a tall kitty play structure or “condo” that she could play on now and where she could eventually hide away from a nosy dog.

They have an excellent selection of kitty condos at the PetSmart on Merivale Road (near Hunt Club) – so much so that we were able to pick one to go with our decor! And here it is:

It’s pretty impressive! And she LOVES it! How cute is she?

That’s actually Joe’s pic above – he’s loving my new camera too. And here they both are:

Merry Christmas, kitty!

On October 5, Joe and I went out to Gatineau Park with our friends Timm and Jenn for a drive and a hike through the gorgeous leaves of fall. It was a perfect fall day – sunny with a crisp breeze.

 The fresh air was absolutely fantastic as we looked out on the view.

The hike was invigorating, with Joe charging ahead of the rest of us easily (I guess all that working out really does make a difference, eh?).

The environment gave me a chance to have some fun with my new camera.

I love the macro setting!

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My name is Sonya. I live with my husband and our cat in the suburbs of Ottawa. I started this journal to document my thoughts and experiences and share them with friends, family and anyone else who happens to pass this way. My hope is that it will help to keep me focused on the simple things I value most in life and, above all, keep me writing.

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