February 18, 2013

Puppy love

Gosh, it's been awhile since I've written!  I really have slowed down my pace since we moved in.
 I do still feel like I'm busy, but now I'm not stressed about getting so many big things done.  It's all stuff I just want to do, but that we can live without.  
And I have been MUCH more patient with the kids because of it.  So really, this is a better place for me. 
I have just realized that I haven't even been taking as many pictures as I should which is leaving me with very little to show on the blog.
Sorry about that!  I will have to get on that in the next few days.
I have put up mirrors and door handles and clothes rails and light fixtures.  I've painted and organized and cleaned as well!  I just have no pictures to show, unfortunately.
But I did take pics of our most exciting recent news.
We are getting a puppy!!

I just love this little girl already!
The kids have named her Keltie Blue and she is an 8 week old Brittany Spaniel.
We get to bring her home next Sunday!

We went to visit her at the breeder's last week-end.  
Seven puppies in one room---  little girl heaven!!

Since I have never had a dog of my own (only lived with my room-mate's Irish Setter in university), I have been reading up a storm on how to prepare for this little bundle of joy.  It's a bit like having a kid!  Only, as my friend put it, I can still leave her in a crate for a couple hours-- something that is kind of frowned upon with children.  ;-)
I really wanted to have the basement space available to us for playing with and training Keltie so I called back our drywall guy.  

Once again, my pictures are shamefully behind, but we are now finished all the drywalling, the priming, and the painting on the ceiling.
Tomorrow he finishes painting the walls, then trim and doors.
We should be ready for Keltie's arrival on the 24th!

The floor in the basement has been a bit of a problem for me. 
In the beginning, I planned on calling in a company to polish the concrete floor as our finished floor. 
So I looked into Marmoleum and cork.  
Still expensive.
So Paul suggested I try to polish it myself!  Ack!  I've heard that before!!  Like when I wanted to hire an Architect at the beginning of this reno project!!
Although I suppose that worked out well enough in the end.  So I'm going to give it a try!
I promise I'll take lots of pictures of this time-- even if it's a monumental disaster!


  1. Congratulations! So exciting. I know for a first dog getting a rescue dog can be daunting, but it's definitely a route to consider. There are many, many dogs needing homes, including puppies and purebreds. Although a 1-2 year old dog can fit beautifully into a home and you skip the work associated with a puppy.
    A great article on choosing the right breeder
    Please make sure your breeder is not associated with a puppy mill in any way (sometimes the dogs are bred in a puppymill and someone in a house pretends to be the breeder - horrible but true)
    http://iwantapounddog.blogspot.ca/ is a lovely blog of dogs in Toronto needing homes.

    Have a wonderful time with your new puppy, they are magically fun :) And maybe consider a rescue for your second...two is way more fun than one ;)

    And here are the puppies available for adoption just in Toronto:

    1. Thank you, Catherine! We did consider a shelter dog but I was a bit afraid of what we might encounter with this being our first dog and having young kids. Our breeder has been a wonderful guide for us and clearly loves all her dogs. She even told us that she thought Keltie in particular would be a great fit for our family with her cuddly personality. We couldn't be more excited!

  2. Getting a puppy is such exciting news!! I'm so happy for you (and jealous, because I'm allergic to dogs).

    1. It is exciting, and a lot of work!! She is a very good puppy, but it takes so much patience to train her!

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