Thursday, September 04, 2003

Firsts, Seconds and Thirds

Well I'm finally back (thanks, Dina!) after what seems like forever. It was great to hear about your summer, Rebecca, especially your lovely time visiting your sister. The estate sounds heavenly!

We were so wrapped up in wedding and travel preparations, then the BBQ, that it seems like summer had barely begun for us when it was over. But here are a few high points of our summer.

Had my first pedicure. Pure bliss.

If you haven't already heard, Jean-Luc and I got married after 13 years of quasi-married life and two kids. It was my second marriage. My second wedding and honeymoon were vastly different from the first one. It was very low-key and from the heart, and had a lovely pastoral feel to it with the restaurant we went to on the shore of the Richelieu river. Jean-Luc and I were floating on air for that weekend, thanks to a night at the tony Manoir Rouville-Cambell.

Then we went to Paris for a week without the kids, thanks to Mom and Dad. Paris was even more romantic the second time. Parisians have truly refined the art of living well. The gorgeous flower shops, the breath-taking view of the Seine, and the chic (and friendly!) Parisians were all a pleasure to take in for one idyllic week.

Once back home, we wrapped up the wedding celebrations with a BBQ and pool party for our friends. By all accounts, it was a hit for all ages. We felt blessed to have such great friends.

And a third
For our usual 2 weeks en famille, we rented a great cottage on a small lake. Then we went to Cape Cod for our third time. It was a week of looking for shells on the beach, cycling by fresh water ponds and cranberry bogs, and whale watching (we even saw a mother whale nurse her calf!). Both weeks were sunny and hot, a welcome change in an unusually rainy summer.

So we were pretty spoiled this summer, all things considered.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Stepping Into the Void...

Thought I'd put something up here. I'd almost forgotten that this is a group blog, actually.

Well, Dina is fully into the baby-bliss, and it makes me all weepy (happy-weepy)just to think about it. People keep asking me whether I want another child and all I can say is "Yes! But when?" With the husband back in University it doesn't seem like the time will be right 'til at least next summer. And we don't even need contraceptives, cuz we never see each other...

Actually we do manage to spend time together. We just went up to my sister's in the Laurentians this past weekend. What a treat that was. My sister and her husband are the caretakers of the Molson family's estate up there. They live in a beautiful house with a guest apartment attached (just right for li'l ol' us), and the estate is 1500 acres on pristine lakes (3) and forest. It's like going to a resort, particularly because my sister loves to make beautiful meals that we linger over for hours in between swimming, boating, fishing and walking adventures. And her two boys take care of my kids all day. The good life.

This has been the best summer in recent memory for me. It was full of fun and yet it was very peaceful and relaxed at the same time. I feel refreshed and invigorated after it. I didn't get married and go to Paris (like Elizabeth), but I think I will remember this summer. My kids are at a good age to enjoy it, I guess (6 and 4), so we enjoy it as well.

I don't have anything particularly scintillating to say, here, in case you haven't already made that assessment. But I will mention one more thing: My cat has cancer. She has a tumour in her face that has eaten away some of her bone and is starting to eat away her sinuses. She is behaving pretty normally, so it is very difficult to make the decision to euthanize her. We only found out it was cancer on thursday, and we're watching her closely to see if it is interfering with her breathing. I figure when she can't breathe comfortably is when we'll do it. But so far her behaviour is normal. I'm so sad, because we got her 2 years ago, when she was already 10 years old, and I don't think she'd had a very happy life until she came to us. I am glad, however, that she has been happy with us. She cuddles with my daughter in bed, and she appears to be in the throes of ecstasy every time. My daughter squishes her like a teddy bear, and she couldn't be happier. I will be very sad to see her go, but I don't want her to suffer. I've explained things to the kids, but it's hard. What a weird thing to have to make the decision when another living creature will die. It seems wrong, but I guess humans have had to take that responsibility since we started domesticating animals. It's a responsibility I'd rather not have, but I accept it as the inevitable end of our animal/human relationship.

So, anyone else up for blogging? Tell us how your summer was. Let's not let Dina down!