Canada Day at the Lake

IMG_2484 Full disclosure: There are a bunch of places in the world that I romanticize about. I'll day dream that I can just up and move to London or Paris, or I get a call that they just need to have me in the Big Apple. But when it comes down to it, there's no place like home.

Space. Landscape. Fresh air. Health Care. Opportunity. There's not much more anyone, anywhere in the world could ask for.

So lucky to be Canadian and so lucky to have been able to spend the Canadian holiday on a lake, enjoying the view... as if there could be a more Canadian-esque activity.

We spent the weekend at Mike's parent's cottage - the weather wasn't superb (it still doesn't feel like summer around here...) but we ate a lot (always a favourite) and played a lot of board games (Ticket to Ride anyone? I just learning about this amazing past-time!). Cliff was full on doggy paddling - though when it came to jumping off the dock he was a big scardy cat. He managed to follow Mike in once and after that he decided he would  just perch himself on the edge and whine until he realized that could run back to the shore line & swim out to get the stick. Problem solving, friends, that's what I'm pretty sure his dog-sized brain called it.

And as per tradition, we fell asleep while watching old Ray Bradburdy serials, something that Mike insists on doing when we're at the cottage. So you know I don't mind the odd quirky or campy TV Series... but for those of you who haven't had the opportunity to watch an old Ray Bradbury, I'll save you some time and let you know that the plot lines rarely (if ever) make sense. Though in fairness, the DVD box set reads "50% intrigue, 50% terror" so I'm not really sure what else we would expect. Either way, when you wake up and the credits are rolling, everyone asks confused questions of the one person (Mike) who managed to make it through.

And when it was all said and done we were rested, full and tired of chasing the dog around. I couldn't ask for much more. I feel like in some respects I won a geographic lottery.

Oh Canada, you're pretty great.

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wet and smelly all weekend ^^^

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yesterday's post ^^^

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DSC_0704 DSC_0702 DSC_0699 DSC_0694 DSC_0639 DSC_0641celebrated our four year anniversary yesterday! ^^ love this guy in orange shorts.

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What did you do this Canada Day? And to all my American friends, what do you have planned for the Fourth?!