Flickr Friday: Paws up

Paws up

Yes, its time for another cat post. For those who are new to my blog, Flickr Friday is my chosen method of showcasing my favourite photos from my flickr photostream on my blog. Today’s Flickr Friday is dedicated to my beautiful little girl, Serine. We’ve had some problems with her using the entire house as a litter box, but I think we’ve finally solved the problem.

I’m ashamed to say that the problem was me. You see, my Mum ended up cleaning her litter more often than I did because I was just plain lazy1. And I think she didn’t like that, she wanted me to go be the one in there cleaning her litter. The change was almost instantaneous, and after 3 days of consecutively using her litter tray properly we let her out of her little room2. So now, she’s roaming the house free and has been my good little girl.

I was really worried for a while there because if she didn’t learn how to use her tray, I would have lost the battle against my parents to keep her. You see, we’ve all developed allergies3: My Mum was the first to get it, then me and now my Dad has developed a whooping cough that just won’t go away4. And I think we can deal with just the allergies alone, but using the entire house as a litter box is just not going to cut it anymore. Now I may be speaking too soon because it’s only been a few days since she’s been out of her room but I’m hopeful.

She’s quite a bit younger in this photo, but it’s one of my favourites; it reminds me of the days when I was able to let her sleep with me in my room. How I long for those days, but my allergies would keep me up if I were to let her sleep with me now. *sigh* What’s a girl to do?

Have you ever had this problem with a pet? How did you solve it?

  1. it started out as me being too busy with school, but then it turned into laziness []
  2. oh, did I forget to mentioned my parents locked her up in a room while I was staying at the apt with the bf? My bad []
  3. all except my brother anyway []
  4. the dr is telling him it’s allergies, we’re assuming it’s to the cat []

Flickr Friday: The end is near

Sun, lake and broken trees

No silly, not the end of the world. But the end of summer, anyway. This photo was taken in the summer of 2006, a few days before I was leaving my parents to follow my heart1. There’s an area in Toronto called Leslie Pitt, and it’s where my parents like to go cycling. They used to go cycling every weekend before my Mum had an operation on her knee. As a ‘you’re leaving us soon’ favour to my Dad I agreed to go with them. Naturally, I had the time of my life as I got to enjoy a beautiful area and go to take beautiful photos like this. There are many more in this set, but I didn’t upload all of them to flickr because they featured close ups of my parents.

I like this photo not just because it’s a nice sunset picture, but because it’ll forever remind me of that first summer I realised that I actually enjoy spending time with my parents. I think maybe this was one of the first days that we did something as three adults and it may have forever shaped the way our relationship developed once I returned home from living abroad.

Do you have a good relationship with your parents? When did you first realise you liked them as people, and not just as your parents?

  1. evidently, my heart was in Ireland []

Happy Birthday Mummy

I know we’ve had our differences in the past, particularly when I was a troubled teen… but you stuck by me. And for that I thank you. As I grow older and get just a smidge wiser, I realise more and more just what a wonderful person you are and how lucky I am to have such a strong, caring and selfless person as my Mother.

I also want to say that while I don’t have many regrets in my life (because I insist on not having any) there is one thing I can’t help but regret, and that’s how careless I’ve been with money. So much so that now as an adult, I am unable to help you and Dad financially like you continually do with your family – even though you don’t really have enough for yourself. I only hope that it’s not too late for me to get back on track to following in your footsteps.

But for now… I just want to wish you all the best that this day and year can bring. Because you only deserve the best.