This week I chose to do my blog about reading week. This year is my sisters first year of university and she is attending the university of Calgary. I have not seen her since August when we dropped her off at the dorms in Calgary, so when I found out she was able to come home for a few days, I made sure to take the time to come to Moose Jaw and visit. Her and her boyfriend have two cats named Titan and Fez, and they are bengal cats. I only have pictures of Fez, with my own families cats because Titan is extremely shy and does not come out often. Fez is the tiger patterned cat in the pictures, the siamese cat in the bottom picture is Pip, my moms cat, and the big grey guy is my cat and his name is Hobbz.
Reading week was a little bit of a gong show with 4 cats, a retired police dog, and our warrior billet and his girlfriend. There was people and animals every where, but it was a lot of fun! Definitely not long enough. Fez is a very cuddly cat when he wants to be, as shown in the top picture. But, he is also very sassy and annoying when he wants to be, as you can tell in the middle picture, Hobbz is trying to beat him up. I do not have much else to say about reading week, only that I wish it was longer and I could have spent more time with family, friends, and cats!
I love puppies! How can you not? Their sweet faces and snuggly bodies! My family is fortunate enough to have family friends who had bred German Shepard's this year and they invited us to come and see them. There were 6 puppies in total, and there were 8 of us who went to snuggle with them. When we first arrived, we got to see all the female adult German Shepard's that they have/rescue. They had three adult females. My dad was the K9 police officer here in Moose Jaw and we still have our retired K9 German Shepard living with us, he is basically our giant lap dog now. His name is Andy and he is now eleven. We never got to see him as a puppy because he came from Washington to Moose Jaw when he was a year old, so it was really neat for us to see these puppies.
These puppies were three weeks old, and they had only just opened their eyes a week prior. They were all trying to bark when we came in, but all that came out were tiny little squeaks. In the top picture you can sort of see a kiddy swimming pool in the bottom left corner, they keep the puppies in there in the barn, under a heat lamp because they cannot escape the pool and it makes it easier on the mom to come in and feed them and then just climb out when she has had enough. They were all so sweet and snuggly and would more than likely fall asleep in your arms when you held them. It was almost therapeutic having a small little puppy sleep in your arms. In the hustle and bustle of assignments and midterms it was nice to have a little puppy break.
For this weeks blog post, I decided to post pictures of the snow around my apartment. I hate the snow, and I hate being cold. Winter feels like the season that never ends to me. I really struggle with driving in the winter as well, I don't know why, but my heart rate increases dramatically when I have to drive in the snow. Something I definitely need to work on!
The first picture is me at the bottom of my stairs outside of my apartment, this is the first feeling of the air for the day. My initial reaction is always anger when I go outside in the winter because I hate the feeling of being cold, but then I eventually get used to it. The second photo is me walking towards my car, trying to avoid the bigger chunks of snow because I forgot my boots in Moose Jaw. The feeling of the wet, cold snow touching my ankles and feet is not one I enjoy. The last photo is me at my car, unlocking it to get in. Luckily, I have command start and I take full advantage of that. The cold air makes it difficult to breathe and the skies are always darker. It is a dreary season, and I can't wait for summer!
For this weeks blog post, I decided to capture our time at the Mackenzie art gallery. I thought it was fitting seeing as this blog is dedicated to my visual arts class. I have never been to the art gallery before, so I was excited to take a look at the exhibits and learn about artists I have never heard of before. The building is beautiful, when you walk in there is very tall ceilings and a lot of natural light. The actual gallery is located upstairs. My initial reaction upon walking upstairs into the gallery was that it was a lot bigger than I was anticipating. It was separated by walls into individual exhibits, each with their own theme. We only got to look at a few exhibits and not all of them, but the photos I captured were probably my favourite ones I saw while being there.
The top photo I thought was really cool because it not only captures the art work, but it also captures my friend Hayley taking in the piece. It was done by an artist named Roy Kiyooka, who was a Canadian artist and was actually born in Moose Jaw in 1926, which is where I am from! His piece is titled "White Complex No. 3." The second painting I captured looked really cool to me, I enjoyed the colours in it and it reminded me of a popsicle! It was done by another Canadian artist named Kenneth Lochhead and it is titled "Yellow Rise." The last painting I took a photo of was created by William Perehudoff, another Canadian artist and it is titled " AC-68-19" I just really enjoyed the colours used and the overall simplicity the painting gives off. Overall I really enjoyed looking at all the art on display at the Mackenzie art gallery!
For this weeks blog post I chose to take pictures of my thanksgiving weekend. All of these pictures were taken at my boyfriends grandmas house where I had supper on Saturday night. I do not have any cousins or grandparents that live in Moose Jaw where my family lives, so I always feel loved and welcomed at my boyfriends grandmas house. Her house has a very comforting feeling from the moment you walk into the door, there is a big bay window in the living room that lets a lot of natural light and warmth into the space and it makes it a cozy spot to hang out. As you can see in the middle picture, the cat Mia loves to lounge in the sun.
Every family function spent here always results in a very competitive match of mini sticks between the cousins. In the bottom picture you can see one of the games in action! I was the referee. In the top photo is a picture of all of the food my boyfriends grandma had prepared for supper. The smell of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing was enough to make anyones stomach grumble. She had to cook enough food for 15 people! I felt incredibly full after eating as much as I could. Unfortunately I could not stay and enjoy the festivities very long as I had to drive back to Regina for work the next morning. It was a very short, family filled thanksgiving and I already cannot wait for next year!
I love hockey. I was born a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, thanks to my dad, and I have been blessed enough to watch a couple of NHL games in Toronto! I have been going to our local WHL team games for as long as I can remember, they are called the Moose Jaw Warriors. I used to go with my dad at our old rink the Civic Center, but now my boyfriends grandpa gets season tickets every year and my dad comes with us when he is not working. My favourite games to watch are the Moose Jaw Warriors vs. Regina Pats. They have always had a rivalry between them.
My family is taking in a Warrior to billet, so he will be living at my house in Moose Jaw for the duration of the season. His name is Owen Hardy, and he is number 15.
For this weeks blog post I decided to post pictures of the October 11th game vs. Vancouver Giants. We unfortunately lost, but it is always fun to go and cheer them on!
Caliber Coffee roasters is a place I visit often. I love the smell of coffee and the taste of it as well. As a coffee lover, caliber coffee is one of the best places to visit. I chose to take these pictures because it show cases the sign on the building when you pull up, the specific roast of coffee I chose to buy on this visit, and my toasted marshmallow syrup that I use to make milk steamers.
I usually come to caliber with one thing in mind that I want to purchase and I usually end up leaving with multiple things. After smelling all of the different kinds of coffee and syrup, it is hard to leave without trying something new.
For this weeks blog post I chose to showcase part of my walk to my classes at the University. In these particular pictures I am leaving Ridell, where I have lunch to head to my Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class. I often walk with my friends from my class where we talk about our upcoming class and the upcoming assignments.
I enjoy this walk in particular because I get to walk through the glass hallway with all of the plants and the piano. Almost every time I walk through that hallway someone is playing the piano in there. It is kind of neat to see different people showcasing their talents for people passing by.
For this weeks blog post I decided to take photos of my almost daily walk to work. I work at a local coffee shop called Brewed Awakening. The specific location I work at is the East location on Woodhams drive, it is very convenient for me as I live not even a block away from it. I try to take in the beautiful scenery of Windsor park as I walk. As you can see in the middle photo, the trees are starting to change colour and prepare themselves for fall, once they all change it will make my walk that much more beautiful. The top photo is my condominium, and the bottom photo is the mini mall where Brewed Awakening is located. Every time I walk to work I see at least 10 bunnies munching on the grass and leaves across the street.
The only bad thing about walking to work is coming home in the dark by myself. The location that I live in feels like one of the safest locations in Regina, but with past experiences of walking alone at night, there is always a small lingering fear inside of me. When I feel that fear creeping in, I usually pick up my pace a bit. Over all I am enjoying my time at Brewed Awakening and even the walk to and from. If you have not tried their coffee yet, I highly recommend you do!
I chose a place that has a lot of significance to me. Although it looks like your average living room, the memories and moments shared in that space are what make it so special. I have lived in my house since 2011, and now as I am getting older and moving away from home for school, that simple living room becomes more and more special. The laughter and tears, the good days and the bad, all had their moments in that simple living room.
I chose my simple living room because it was the only place I could think of that gave me the feeling of comfort and safety. I chose these specific angles for the photos because it really captures the whole room, giving you the idea of life in that space. Going home and visiting my family and my cats of course, makes me feel calm and like a wave of comfort has washed over me. Small spaces can sometimes have the most significance on a person, and for me this is home.