4/20/14

Sunday Smile: Easter Weekend, the Beach, and Memories

seagull floating by

It's a beautiful weekend here in the Kawarthas, Ontario! I spent my Saturday in Cobourg with my mom, to visit the Memorial Walk for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in memory of my dad who passed away from the disease 12 years ago. It sounds like a sad thing to do, but it wasn't. I was immediately buoyed by the beautiful day, and especially the beach and view of Lake Ontario. My dad was a nature lover, and loved the water, so I was filled with good memories whilst walking along the beach.

solitary

My mom and I brought two special photos of my dad with us to the Memorial Walk, where we were to asked to pin up photos of loved ones. We ended up deciding not to pin them on the Memorial Wall, though, and instead did a private 'Remember Dad' moment at the Buttermilk Cafe over breakfast (breakfast was dad's speciality). Also, the Buttermilk Cafe makes a killer breakfast! So, it was just a perfect way to think of dad.

remembering my dad
photos of my dad: him holding a baby Strongpaw 12 years ago
& him reading Harry Potter while petting his two cats, Opie and Wolfie.

Before this post gets outrageously sad (sorry if I made you sad), I'll share this photo of the sweet vintage Dachshund salt & pepper shaker set I got at Cobourg's Blue Box thrift shop! Isn't it adorable? I've always wanted this set, so was pretty chuffed when I saw just as I was leaving (empty-handed) from the shop!

vintage Dachshund S&P shaker set

And to further brighten this post up, here is a dog wearing a pink dress! YES!!! Really, this is always a good thing. This sweet girl was one of many dogs at the ALS Walk. Along with the pink-frocked Border Terrier there was also a puppy French Bulldog! I admit, I ended up spending most of my time there interacting with all the cute pups. How could I not?!

Border Terrier in a pink dress

kiss kiss pups
the Terrier meeting a puppy French Bulldog, and melting my heart! SO MUCH CUTE!!

Easter rice krispie squares

And this all brings us to today. Easter Sunday. A day in which I made pretty rice krispie squares - dyed them a pale peachy pink and put sprinkles on them. You'll find me eating these all day, as well as out in the garden, and cuddling with my dog. It's a beautifully peaceful day today. Quite a perfect Easter! And I'll continue remembering my dad, and eating pretty rice krispie squares.

with much joy,
Caren

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