Dog walking in Toronto’s neighbourhoods is in actual fact a fairly decent part-time gig. Unlike in some parts of Europe where you may only make a few coins to look after a dog, here the pay is enough to supply groceries for a family of four if you walk four to five times a week.
The standard rate, according to research in my city, is around $18-25 per half hour for one dog.
HALF an hour. That’s 30 minutes of walking and socializing with a dog.
Not too shabby, right?
Continue reading Fun with dogs, aka never a dull moment
I have seen recent pictures of Germany, Switzerland, places in the UK and even Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. Spring seems to have sprung in all those places.
Here in Toronto?
Continue reading Dog sitting day – walk to the park
Yesterday was puppy day.
Continue reading Dog days
And you’re gonna be in trouble…
Wasn’t that a song at one time? lol
Continue reading My boyfriend is back…
- There is no food in this house and my grocery list in my bag is ripped and smudged, thereby illegible and my excuse for not going shopping.
Continue reading Bullet points ramble
The Weather Network on TV is having so! much! fun! with all of our weather woes here in North America at the moment. It’s quite amusing to sit on my couch with my coffee and watch them explain, over and over again, what to do and not to do because of the dangerous wind chills, and the snow, and the ice, and all the rest of it.
Continue reading Lingering effects of endless distractions
I spent most of the Christmas break not doing much of anything, knowing our activities schedule will double as of January. I wanted to rest and charge my batteries as much as possible.
This is what it’s like nowadays when a summer sport has an ‘off-season’. In our case it’s baseball. For both kids. The indoor training sessions begin now, and sometime in May (hopefully) the outdoor practices will begin at the local diamonds. (This is true for competitive sports, not recreational ones.)
And January inevitably arrived, so now we’re back to routine and school and twice as many activities and…
Dog walking is back!
Continue reading Back to the dog walking routine
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Today has been a continuation of last night’s shit show. Rhetorical question: how does one parent teens?
Seriously, the amount of stuff on the calendar between last night and the end of this coming weekend is unusually heavy due to a tournament, a kid having been sick, a last minute sleepover birthday party requiring a drop off and a pickup which required some really complicated communications with another set of parents, a bunch of re-organized parent-teacher interviews that caused more, not less stress due to a the above mentioned tournament and…dog sitting.
Here’s the thing.
Continue reading Adventures in dog walking and dog sitting
Yesterday was all about physical labour.
Physical labour, I’ll have you know, is good for you. 🙂 It’s cheaper than a gym membership, for one thing, not to mention being outside in summer weather is good for your mental health. The work, especially if it’s your own work (maintaining your own home) contributes to a certain type of well being that feeds the soul, you know? It pays back, so to speak. You can look at the finished product and pat yourself on the back and say “I contributed to this”.
Daily grind housework doesn’t feel quite the same. I mean, when I do six loads of laundry AND put it all away in the same day, which is practically unheard of around here, I don’t pat myself on the back and say ‘well done’. I just do it (or procrastinate about it). Same with the endless dishes and kitchen debris. That stuff never ends although when I see a clean and tidy counter prior to going to bed, and more importantly when I get up for coffee the next day, I do feel a sense of ‘glad I put the effort in last night’.
But yesterday, that was different.
Continue reading Soothing physical labor: when home ownership contributes to a healthy lifestyle
I was going to blog about my stupid morning of non-stop issues involving kids and dogs and heavy knapsacks and detours and gifted pies, but I had to make coffee first.
Continue reading Pie for breakfast on Tuesday