Monday, 9 July 2012

The Seven Sisters and a New Cat

One day Ben and I took our kids to a petting zoo.  There was a batch of fluffy grey kittens.  And that is the end.  Meet Frieda:

Ben and I got her as a pet for the kids.  While I have always loved animals, when I started having kids they sort of fell in importance a few rungs.  So much of my energy was taken up in taking care of my kids, I didn't feel able to give much more energy and love to a pet.  But since Angus has been getting bigger and bigger (sad), I have felt a little more able to spare a little love towards an animal friend.  And apparently animals are super good for kids.  So Ben and I thought it would be a good idea.

So far it's doing well.  Owen plays with her lots, she acts like she owns the house, etc etc.  At first she meow-d a LOT.  We marvelled at the the volume of sound that came out of her little body.  But that has died down now.
Oh and also I am now sporting scars all over my legs because she likes to climb up them.  It hurts.
But other than that it is going well.

Other things going on in my life:  I am super excited for a special gathering of all my sisters this upcoming weekend!  My sister, Katie, is turning 40 and to celebrate we are all getting together and getting a vacation rental on Mt. Washington.   A while back when my oldest sister turned 40 we all got together and went on a bike hike on Saltspring Island.  So it is a tradition now.

To celebrate this hopeful gathering of us 7 sisters, I decided it was the perfect time to celebrate each individual sister.  Starting with the youngest!  (this may be long, I would apologize except it's my blog and I can do what I wanna.)

Amy: Amy has the knack to perfectly tie and arrange a scarf. (she will deny this but it is true).  Amy patiently ironed my butt-length hair for me back when I hated the curly.  With an iron.  Only a true friend.  Amy wrote me hilarious notes full of cartoons, anecdotes, and funny gossip back in high school.  Even the most mundane activity will be fun if Amy is with me.  That is Amy.

me: you know too much about me already.
Sarah:  Commonly known as Sarahstottle, she brings a unique vibe to each sister get together.  She is the only straight-haired one of the bunch and the truest blond (although it is more of an enviable strawberry blond).  I go to 'Stott when I need a sympathetic ear, or hair advice, or some one to watch chick flicks with unabashedly. Everyone who sees her is always like 'Sarah is so stylish'.  And it's true she's got style.

Martha: When I was growing up and people heard that my sister's name was Martha, they always thought it was weird because it was an old fashioned name.  But when I was little it was always one of my favourite names.  Martha was so beautiful that her name was beautiful to me.  And her personality matches her outward beauty perfectly: she's always good for a laugh and has a keen sense of the hilarious, and is just overall sweet and kind-hearted!

Laura: Laura is impossibly fun and funny, and pretty much everyone loves her on sight because she just makes people feel good about themselves, helps them relax and makes simple things fun.  And she is other 'fub's and my swimming partner and the rest of the family commonly refers to us as seals.  We like to call ourselves The Women of Piper's Lagoon' but that is a whole 'nother post.

Katie: Katie used to grab me up and twirl me and dance crazily to her loudly playing music.  She painted my toenails when I was a little girl and taught me that 'beauty hurts' (as she did my hair and pulled it so tight it pulled my eyes back).  She always has a sympathetic ear (I think this is a common theme among us).

Andrea: when I draw cartoons of people, there is usually a significant feature that I can use to make it look more like the person.  With Andrea, I find it doesn't look quite right unless I draw her with a wide smile.  I think that says a lot about her.  Everyone knows that they are welcome in her home, and have kind of surged in in overwhelming waves.  But they always get a tight hug and a characteristic wide sincere smile.

Don't I have great sisters??  I have always felt lucky to be one of them.

Can't wait for this weekend!


  1. I love reading your blog!!

  2. Really? Stylish? I never knew... I'm so excited about this weekend!! Can't wait!! Good post about all the sisters.

  3. Awe, what a sweet post! See you soon!

  4. LOVE UT. I can't believe you're still saying that about me and scarves, even after you (without ceremony and bluntly) rejected my attempts at sharing what scarf knowledge I DO have because you already KNEW what I was trying to share. Admit it, it's just something super weird and random that people for some reason unbeknownst to me like to say about me. anyways, such a great post 'fub! I agree, we have great sisters. the best.

    ps. I remember when Eastre was in that climbing up your leg phase. Sooner or later they get too fat :D

  5. Awwwwe. That was awesome. You do have the best sisters. I know cause I get to be an adopted sister of sorts. Hope you guys have a great trip!