Things I Love Thursday – Being home and the idea of home. #TILT

Time flies when you’re having fun, and this week back in Toronto has completely flown by. I enjoyed my time in Edmonton greatly, but it’s so good to be back home. I’ve been thinking a lot about “Home” and what that means lately, maybe because I was working on writing wedding vows, maybe because at some point I’ve put roots in Toronto, and maybe, it’s because, after a few months of searching, JC and I found a house and fell in love with it. I’ve always felt very transient. Couchsurfing and hostels and vagabonding around the world  seemed like the ideal way to exist, working from “home” or rather “wherever I had my laptop” allowed me to do this for a few years, but then… here I am. With a desktop computer & a netbook. It’s almost symbolic of my inner thoughts, I’ve got something static, and also something for running around with (and for some increased symbolism… I’ve started to use my desktop computer more.) Recently though, maybe since getting a little older, and finding a nice human to spend time with, I’ve been feeling okay with staying put for long stretches of time. Home is where the heart is, and my heart is here. JC and I found a house in a neighbourhood we love, on a quiet street, close to a giant park, and a giant lake.  But now we wait. We wait to sell the place we live now, we wait to move into the new…

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Vegan MoFo – Cats and Soup

Last week JC and I started fostering kittens from the Toronto Cat Rescue. We ended up with two “socialization” cases from a feral colony. They aren’t feral, but they are just a little skittish. I’ve fostered cats in the past, but in Saskatoon with Street Cat Rescue, but cats are cats no matter where they’re from, so the process is the same. They’re currently under quarantine in one of our bathrooms, a process which is slightly complicated by Emmiecat’s curiosity, but it’s not too bad. Neelix (white with a grey patch on the top of his head) and Kez (she’s black and white) were born (or at least the estimate) is around August 11, 2012. So they are tiny little creatures, but old enough to be on their own. It’s been interesting to watch as each of their purrsonalities develop and reveal themselves. I imagine it’s a combination of their increasing comfort level with us humans, and just growing up a little. Kitten development is surprisingly rapid when you compare it with human child development, so they are constantly changing and growing. This morning I took them in to the Vet for a spay and a neuter, and hopefully their surgeries are both uneventful. On Sunday after Soupstock and visiting Cherry Beach, JC and I (but mostly JC) made a stock and a butternut squash soup. I’ve been reading a book (the Elements of Cooking) that extols the virtues (and superior quality) of a homemade stock (and despite his near chapter length dedication on…

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