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How I Spent my Summer Vacation

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the return of students to school, and also that dreaded assignment (or maybe not so dreaded, depending on how exciting your summer actually was), of ‘How I Spent my Summer Vacation’.  I decided that in honor of the start of school, I would enlighten you all with an essay of how my summer played out.


How I Spent my Summer Vacation

By: Erin Flattery

I spent my summer taking care of cats.

Seriously.  For those of you who are a fb friend, on my twitter feed, or a “real life” friend (as I like to say), you may already know this.  If you haven’t visited my house at all this summer, you may not know how in depth this feat has been.  Let’s start this story at the beginning shall we?

In late May, a momma feral cat showed up in our backyard one day with her 3 somewhat young kittens. (pictured above)  Being the animal lover I am, and considering I had actually already been feeding a stray cat anyways (whom I named Elly), I began feeding them too.  By late June, momma and her 3 kittens were coming right to our deck to eat once a day.  It was cute.  I contacted a local TNR program (TNR stands for Trap, Neuter and Release.  They actually do this for feral cats who cannot be socialized into a forever home.), but apparently feral cats are running rampant in London, so they were too busy to help me out with this.  As cute as these kittens were, they were still feral (wild) and were very much afraid and unsure of humans.

About mid July, momma started hissing at her kittens when they tried to eat while she was.  That was the last day we saw her.  I assumed she might be pregnant again.  So for the rest of the summer, I spent hours daily, feeding and trying to socialize these 3 kittens who I lovingly named Petey, Tabs, and Dax.  It was obvious that Petey was the runt, Dax was the scaredy cat, and Tabs just wanted to explore.  Very soon  after, Petey began letting me pick him up, and by mid August, I was able to take him to the vet, and bring him into our house.  Success!  At least with one of the three!

Tabs at the door, Petey and Dax in the bed behind. (late July)

After seeing Petey through our back door, Dax began sleeping and hanging out on our deck daily, and now is slowly letting me cuddle with him.  I know I need to bring him into a shelter, but I am TERRIFIED that since he is feral he will be put down.  He is slowly learning to socialize with humans, but is about 6 months old.  I really don’t know what will happen if I take him in.  Tabs still comes for food and sleeps on our deck during the afternoon, but is weary of me still, and explores the neighbourhood for the majority of the day.

Sooooooooooooo, on Thursday this week, I was on the deck feeding Tabs and Dax, when another grey and white smallish cat shows up for food.  I shooed it away, and followed it to the back of the backyard.  It had 3 kittens waiting for her in a bush.  I quickly got out my iphone and searched for pictures of the original kittens and their mom, with this new mom, and low and behold, it’s the same mom!  She knew she could get food here.  Great memory, but come on… didn’t you leave your last litter with me?! Sigh.

Momma with “new” litter nursing

So now I’ve got 2 6 month old kittens to feed and attempt to get adopted/socialize, and now I have momma back with 3 new, VERY YOUNG baby kittens living in the back of my yard (they are still nursing!).

I don’t know what to do!!!!!

If you count our 2 house cats (which of course I do), I am taking care of 5 cats and (soon I’m sure) 3 kittens.  WTF!

I’m going to attempt to contact the TNR program again this week, I contacted ARF this summer, to no avail, and am unsure about who else to contact for help with this!  Anyone interested in adopting a cat, or two, or 5? :S

On a lighter note, I am also back in my classroom from last year- YAY!  At least until January, possibly longer.  We’ll see.  It’s been great but hectic.  30 kids in our Kindergarten class = tired, and sick teachers at the end of week 2.

And on that note I am signing off so I can go back to sleep to try to get rid of this nasty cold.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and if you know anyone who can help me with the bazillion cats- PLEEEEEEEASE let me know! 🙂


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Relaxing Day at the Beach?

Port Stanley


Summer. Beach Weather.

Waves crashing on the shore.  Children laughing as they make sand castles.  The smell of french fries from the nearby restaurant.


Until a relaxing beach day turns into a worrisome animal-saving excursion, and a lesson about threats to the Great Lakes water system.

Upon arriving at the beach on Saturday, Sandra and I were disgusted to find multiple dead fish, and dead seagulls on the shore of the beach.  Gross. Double Gross.  Since Sandra works in the field of fresh water lakes, and what not, and was ok with still swimming the water, I was too.

That’s when we noticed a seagull hanging out on the beach just where the tide washes into the shore.  People walked by, he didn’t move.  A young girl (who should have known better!!!!!!!) threw a stick at him, he didn’t move. :S Well ok, he was moving, but not flying away, or getting up or anything.

So what did Sandra and I do? Move down the beach?  Find a more peaceful place to tan?  Nope.  Because that’s not the kind of people we are.  We first of all, stood and stared at the bird, and debated picking it up so he wouldn’t drown.  We debated calling the humane society.  We ended up talking to the lifeguards to see what they said.  Long story short, apparently this is very common.  Dead fish and seagulls wash up on the shore daily.  Gross.

According to Sandra, (without making this a science lecture :P) these fish and mussels, are coming in on ships from other waters, and invading our great lakes.  The birds and fish eat them.  Then, they get Botulism.  Then, they grow weak, and die.  Then, they wash up on shore.  Then, the lifeguards have to clean them up.  For reals. I bet they didn’t know that would be in their job description huh?!

Anywho, the lifeguard said someone would deal with it within the hour.

Before that hour however, it seemed as though the seagull was going to be washed into the water, so we had formulated a plan to move the bird a bit away from the water, until Sandra’s husband informed Sandra (via phone call) that seagulls have been known to bite off fingers, and we didn’t really feel like catching Botulism ourselves.

So to jump to the end of this somewhat long story, the seagull was able to move out of the water, a lifeguard came and picked it up properly, and put it in the forest beside the beach (which we did NOT agree with), and most likely ended up dying there.  The fish were thrown in the garbage (ewww), and we tried to enjoy the rest of our afternoon.

Sooooo, who’s up for a swim in Lake Erie?

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Big City, Bright Lights


The capital city of Ontario.

A city that I recently had the chance to live in for about 2 weeks!  No, Matt and I didn’t move there, I was working in the T dot and stayed with a friend (Thanks Sandra!!) 🙂

I’ve kind of always been jealous of people that live in big cities.  They’ve just always seemed so grown up!  Taking the subway, visiting museums and art galleries, moving about amongst a bazillion people… I don’t know.  I’ve always thought it would be so glamorous.

Now let me tell you about my experience living in Toronto.

1.  Commuting is a M—– F—–!

That’s right, you read that right.  How long was my commute you ask?  That’s not important.  Well ok, yes it is.  According to Google map, it should have only took 16 minutes daily.  Would you like to know how long it actually took?

55 minutes.  Yes, that includes a short stop at a Tim Horton’s drive thru, but come on.  That’s ridiculous.  And frustrating.  I really do not know how people do it daily.  If it wasn’t for funny morning talk show hosts, I would not have survived the tail-gating, cell phone driving, too slow, don’t let anyone merge, dumb ass drivers.  (not to stereotype Toronto drivers because I KNOW not everyone is like this, however these are what the ones that I encountered were doing) Sigh.

2.  There are just soooooooooo many people!!!  (I guess that perhaps ties in with number 1 now doesn’t it?!)

3.  You can’t go anywhere between 5 and 7pm.  (I guess that really does tie in again with number 1 and 2 doesn’t it? haha)  If we needed to go groccery shopping, or out for food, we needed to go after 7, otherwise you end up sitting in traffic forever.  Then again, that’s only if you’re driving a car.  If you take public transit somewhere, you’re probably ok….but it would still be super busy (refer back to number 1 and 2).

So overall it really does look like my problem with Toronto is that there’s so many people.  I guess I’m really just used to sharing my space with under 500, 000.  Not the 2,615,060 that live in Toronto. (WOW!  I didn’t really think it was that many!- that’s according to Google FYI as of 2011.)

What I did like about the T dot is that although Sandra lives in a highrise condo, there was a super cute park that EVERYONE in the neighborhood went to, to walk their dogs.  It was full of adorable dogs in all sizes just running around, and being cute.  So clearly people in big cities don’t let small homes effect whether or not they are going to have pets!

So, I hate people, but love dogs.

That about wraps up this post.

I’m hoping that now my summer course is done, I can bust out a couple more posts this summer…since I haven’t done so since January! (Ooops!)

EPFT out.

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Ummm helloooo Summer! Where did you go?!

So I woke up on Labour day morning to find that it was fall.  Yes, school started the following day, yes my maple tree has already been shedding leaves for most of August, but COME ON!

I went to work on Tuesday morning freezing my behind off, my car telling me it was only 12 degrees out!  I ALMOST broke down and got a hot chocolate instead of my usual ice capp……. but I just couldn’t do it.  I’m not ready for fall!  So I said F you fall and got an ice capp on the way to work, AND had ice cream for breakfast just to spite mother nature.(And boy was breakfast delicious!)

I did however get a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks today, but we’ll just keep that a secret!

I’m not ready to rake up the leaves, I’m not ready to unpack my wintry sweaters, or coats, and I’m definitely not ready to begin shoveling snow!  Many people I’ve talked to have been super excited for the cooler weather, but all I can think of when Autumn gets here, is Winter.  Is that really fair to be hating on Autumn? Nope.  But I dread Winter!  Ok, so the first snow fall is cool, and Christmas, and my birthday, but I’m over the rest of it.  Cleaning off the car, driving white knuckled and tense, yard duties in an open field, wet boots everywhere….gross. GROSS!

I can totally see myself becoming one of those elderly people who go south for the winter.  What do they call them?  Snowbirds?  That’ll be me- Erin the snowbird.  One thing to aim for I guess.

Come on retirement! 🙂

Yours truly,

Erin (the future Snowbird)

PS- the “real serious fun blog” for the Western Fair is up and running.  This week it’s been everyone’s submissions.  I believe mine should be posted tomorrow since it hasn’t been yet.

So I guess Fair season is one thing to look forward to in Fall! 🙂  Yay Western Fair! (and Yay to it starting on Friday! 🙂 )

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Blue Jays Fever!


Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  I just saw a new Toronto Blue Jays commercial, and had to blog about it!  Friday is opening night (which is SOLD OUT!), therefore the Canadian channels are going strong on Jays stuff.  (Which I love!)

For me baseball always meant the start of Spring, and a reminder that Summer is close behind. 

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I know I have a ton more pics of myself, and others at Jays games, but I can’t find them! 😦

I know many people who think baseball is boring, but for me it’s the whole experience.  The roar of fans, the smell of fresh popcorn, the sight of younger children running around in the stands, and of course our “boys of summer” playing on the field.  It’s taking the train in from Hamilton, pushing your way through the ticket stalls, and making sure you’ve got your Jays paraphernalia on.  I LOVE IT!

I can’t wait for the 2011 season to start!  <– Watch this for sure!  Seriously!  And I can tell how many people click on links, so I’ll know if you didn’t watch it.  😛


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