Going Cats!

So, how do you know you are going Cats? You have an inkling  when you are spend the first night in your new home sleeping on the floor with only a blanket whilst your kitties spend theirs in comfort on their new cat tree. You wake up the next morning feeling every aching bone while your kitties are all bright eyed and bushy tailed waiting impatiently for their breakfast.

So, why are you sleeping on the floor? Well, you didn’t get time to unload your mattress because you spent that time getting a cat tree instead.

If that is not indication enough that one is going cats, how about realising that the first store you ever visited in your new town was Pet Smart. You find that not only did you  travel with a menagerie  when you relocated from Ontario to Alberta but you find out that your first order of business directly after you  have unloaded enough stuff from the UHaul truck  to have space, was to locate the local Pet Smart and buy a cat tree for the kitties.

Though there are plenty of signs as to who rule the household already when you realise that you spent an hour  at Pet Smart deciding on a Cat tree compared to the 1/2 hour it took you to decide on the apartment that was to be your new home……besides what you looked for in your new apartment was whether the bathroom was large enough to house the kitty litter box and where would the food and water bowls for the kitties go…..

Then of course, you had to purchase the cat tree which was NOT ON SALE because it was bigger, had 4 tiers compared to the one which was ON SALE which had only 2 tiers.

The next day after you had finally finished unloading all your stuff, you went back to Pet Smart for a 2nd Cat tree, for one piece of cat furniture just isn’t enough for your  kitties while on the otherhand you and your family make do with one armchair because that was the only chair you could bring along in your moving truck.

Then after all that, you find that your kitties much prefer sleeping on your one armchair and you end up sitting on the floor. That’s the time when that realisation finally hits, you are a definitely OWNED by your Cats!




Relocation to Medicine Hat, Alberta

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UHaul Truck starting our Journey

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Massive areas of Frozen Lakes in Northern Ontario


Arriving in Alberta


Medicine Hat, Alberta


View From Our New Home, Hills and Lake?


Our New Home, Coming Up



Our New Home, Apartment Building, Vantage Point


My Family and I made an unexpected move from St Catharines, ON to Medicine Hat, Alberta. Our decision was made within less then a week, so it was vastly unplanned. That was about one of the most chaotic periods for us but we have finally arrived and settled (more or less) into our new home

It was quite an adventure to travel in a U Haul truck with 3 people in the cab, 2 cats on leashes as there was no room for carriers, a hamster and two goldfish! We did experiment with MacDonald’s cups for the goldfish and sit them in cupholders. The main thing is to remember NOT to DRINK your fish! Though in the end we settled for sitting the fish in a container within a pail by our feet as we really wanted use of our cupholders. But it sure was plenty crowded and cramped to have so many critters and people in the truck.

It took us 4 days to reach Alberta…..the first two nights of our journey took us only up to Northern Ontario.Having lived in Southern Ontario for most of 20 years, it was quite amazing to travel that far north in Ontario and realise that wow, the province of Ontario sure is darned big for one and that there’s hardly anything up there! I guess most people are centred in Southern Ontario!

We did drive by areas of huge frozen lakes and the sight was pretty impressive. Pity my photos are not able to show the huge expanse of the scenery.

Two days later, we left Ontario and by the fourth day, we finally arrived in Alberta. The scenery has changed from one of forests and frozen lakes to dead flat plains and rolling hills. One could really see for miles and miles around and its just pure vivid blue sky and flat lands. It is an incredible sight for someone like me who is used to either cityscapes or landscapes with trees and houses.

There is a dearth of squirrels here. A common sight in Ontario but here, not a single squirrel. Instead we saw white tail deer and rabbits! And the Locals tell us that the deer here are pretty bold and that during hunting season, they know to come to town, where they are safe! Smart deer!

Anyhow, we are finally mostly settled here and look forward to many years spent in our new hometown, Medicine Hat. The Bird & I Jewelry Store has just re-opened for business and I have started working on new pieces.