What a lovely day this was. A midweek holiday, a day off work! A celebration of my fabulous country! A day spent with Dave and our darling daughters! Woohooo!!!
I slept in, and then lazed around for the rest of the morning. M and I got into a funny exchange on Facebook (which was all the funnier because we were sitting in the same room, so silly. Dave just shakes his head at us at such times!) Eventually, I made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, then we headed off to the Wildlife Park. We used to go there all the time when we lived in the same community as the park, but it's been a few years since we went as a family, although M was there on a school trip last year. On the way, we got stuck behind the Shubenacadie Canada Day parade - and this being farm country, the parade consisted largely of tractor after tractor after tractor! But soon enough, we were past the slow moving farm equipment and arrived at the park. It was really nice strolling through the park with Dave and the girls. The weather was relatively cooperative, overcast and oh so humid and sticky, but at least no rain. The animals were quite active, which I know from experience wouldn't have been the case on a hot, sunny day - those days they spend hiding in their shelters. As I recall, many of the animals at this park have permanent injuries and could not survive in the wild. The pens and habitats are well kept and of a decent size. I'll let the photos that follow illustrate our visit, rather than writing a lengthy description. After the park, we went to Dairy Queen for ice cream - peanut buster parfait, mmmMMM! :) An excellent idea on this muggy day when we were melting in the humidity!
As we were driving home, I wondered what Valerie and her family were doing for Canada Day in Newfoundland...and then laughed at my inner child for missing my bff already when she's only been gone since Sunday. When we got home, there was a message on the machine from Valerie, just wondering what we were up to today...what a lovely coincidence, it would seem her inner child was missing her bff too! I feel blessed, as always, by the close bond we have formed, and think of a quote I read recently: "depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance" (by Rabindranath Tagore). We chatted only briefly when I called her back, was enough just to connect for a few minutes and hear each other's voice. Can't wait to be in Newfoundland...nine days until we leave!!!
We had lasagna for supper, not my own uber-delicious lasagna, but made from scratch by the woman at the local pizzeria and surprisingly tasty. We ate casually while watching Ghost Town on the On Demand movie channel. Quite an amusing movie, although decidedly lightweight (which was exactly what I was in the mood for, so it was perfect!)
Then Dave took the girls to pick up a rental movie while I cleaned up the supper mess (I volunteered to do that, mostly because was feeling too lazy to go out to the store!) They chose The Secret Life of Bees. A wonderful movie, although keep the tissue box handy! M, Sara and I were all teary eyed in a couple spots. And now am off to bed, because I have to get up early in the morning. :( Many people at work took either Mon-Tues off, or Thurs-Fri to get a super long weekend...I would have done the same if I wasn't taking vacation in just nine days (did I mention only nine days until vacation...not that I'm excited or anything!)
Here are some photos of our visit to the wildlife park:
(That last is not our kite, but made me giggle and think of the kite eating tree in the Charlie Brown comic strip!)