Unknown Squirrel

There he was (or she? Let’s just go with ‘he’), carefully stepping on the fresh coat of snow. The only creature to give signs of life in the never-ending winter. Mr. Squirrel prepared for his journey, across the street. Did he forget where he kept his nuts? Was this a sign that spring was nearby? What was he doing? Why was he there? To cheer me up, I bet. I said it, I’m partial to squirrels.

I glanced through the window on a sunny but extremely cold day – with frost on the frames – and eager to see this creature enjoy his life. He appeared out of nowhere and it caught my attention. He was brown and looked healthy – normal weight for a squirrel I suppose, but I’m not a veterinarian – and I tried to figure out what he was doing. He stopped when he heard cars coming, and he moved a step or two towards the snow cliff in the yard. It was a great moment for a photo, but I didn’t want to disturb him. He was on a mission.

He didn’t get any food from the snow. He stood on the cliff until the cars went by. Suddenly, he made a run for it; he tried to cross the street. “Good luck, little buddy!” I shouted in my mind. I hesitated to go outside and witness first-hand his victory. I almost did, but then he stopped on the edge of the sidewalk. The cars drove by and he went back to the bottom of the cliff in the yard. And then, he ran until his heart raised to maximum (or so it seemed).

A lot of cars drove by and I lost sight of him, but then he triumphantly ran up the snow cliff across the tree, and went up the tree he must have longed for. He made it, and I was happy.

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Spider Dishonesty

Alright, I’m still on my quest to befriend spiders – you know, because that would be a proud achievement – and it was going so well, until a couple of days ago. My quest is simple; as long as spiders do not make me see them or bite me, they live. The other night…that didn’t happen.

I first spotted this…being…in the bathroom. I did not think much of it, because I was literally minding my own ‘business.’ For the first time, I was not scared of – okay, we’ll name this spider, Renzo – Renzo, I chose to let it go, because I thought he would run and never come back.

I went back into my room and there he was, in the middle of the floor. Why? I don’t know. For all I know, he wanted to slow dance with me – there there Ellie, don’t be so full of yourself, you think a spider wants to get it on with you – but there he was, full of pestilence, staring and creepy-crawling. Now, he rests under my shoe. I was not sorry at that moment, but I regretted it in the end. I’m going to try to do better next time. Hey! At least, I don’t freak out anymore…heh…

My friend says killing a spider is 20 years of bad luck. Add that to my broken mirrors, me walking under ladders. I should be dead by now!

Spiders: Nature’s way of flipping you the bird.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second story in Toronto and Niagara Falls

It’s time for another Photo Challenge! Here are some photos for your enjoyment:

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Rogers Centre is home to the Toronto Blue Jays. Basically, the team you want to use as a diversion, when people start talking to you about the Maple Leafs. But, I’m a Canucks fan forever :p! Ontario hasn’t changed my loyalty.

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This photo shows you just how tall the CN Tower is.

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This photo was taken in Niagara Falls. The photo is a bit blurry, but it gives a sort of fairytale feel to it 🙂

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Everyone who goes in one of these rides have a story; a wedding, birthday, spontaneous family outing. I love horses 😀

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I was in my friend’s car and we took her two dogs to the dog park. I snapped this photo on the way. Dogs just love to stick their heads out the window. They get amused by the most simple things in life 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

It’s Friday (technically Saturday where I live) and it’s time for another Photo Challenge. Art is everywhere and if you use your imagination, you can discover different worlds. Here’s my take on Work of Art! Enjoy and have an amazing weekend!!! :D. Remember to spread the love ❤

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This is inside a church. I love this mural!

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Nature is art, and it provides inspiration to your imagination. This place made me feel like anything could happen. You know, like me finding the ring of power and defeating Sauron.

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Army of ducks

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Seagull thinking about life. Hey, they have a bucket list (full of food), too!

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You can see the birds flying and the clouds forming a paintbrush-stroke like pattern

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My late hamster refusing to go inside his igloo until I cleaned it (silly rodent)

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Geese plotting where to poop

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Animal trash talk

The animals here are double the size than in Vancouver. Seriously, squirrels look like raccoons, and raccoons look like bears (exaggerating, just for the record). I don’t think this is because people waste food here, they do it everywhere, but I’m starting to think these wild creatures roam in our houses while we sleep. Sadly, we can’t get a restraining order against them, and why should we? They’re so cute! I wish I could adopt them all, but I’m afraid they’ll destroy my things (yea, because they would definitely go for my favourite nail polish, instead of my flesh). Then again, maybe our trash really is their treasure. They must be very optimistic creatures to make the most out of what they find in our trash cans.

There are birds I’m glad I don’t get to see here; seagulls and crows. I mind them because they have the audacity to steal your food right out of your hands. Those demons with wings terrorize the parks and harbours with their feathered pride. I’m so happy I can enjoy a walk without them proudly pinching my sandwich with their pestilent feet.

Okay, that second paragraph was a short rant :p. But, yes the animals are a bit bigger here. The other night I saw a raccoon crossing the street and I thought it was a small bear cub. Perhaps, I just imagined it, I don’t know. All I can say is that, “one does not simply walk into [Ontario].” Take us home, Boromir!

 

One does not simply walk into Mordor

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Ellie’s Kingdom of NOPE

Hi everyone! Hope the weekend is treating you well. I’m doing good, just a bit tired :). The weather has been mild, but definitely better than the past 3 months! I’ll enjoy this while it lasts ;).

I may be a positive person, but that doesn’t mean I love everything (although I do try to). Rarely you will see me get upset, but when you do, you know I mean business. So, here are some things that bother me.

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1) The animals I am still not fond of, such as snakes, spiders, chameleons (their eyes creep me out), bees (if they stay far away from me, I’m cool), skunks, and other animals I can’t think of at the moment. It’s not like I wish they didn’t exist, I just don’t want them near me.

 

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2) People who take up all the space in public places. This includes, sidewalks, malls, supermarkets, etc. They think public places are sardine cans, and okay at some of them you don’t have an option, but when you have a lot of space, there is no excuse. Think of others people! Oh, don’t even get me starting on 4 generations of a family who walk SIDE BY SIDE, leaving absolutely no space for anyone to walk by. When you do pass them, they stare at you as if you were the devil himself coming to collect their souls.

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3) Smelly people. Take a shower, please. Basic hygiene doesn’t cost much, and if you can afford a car, you can afford a shower. I can only stand so much pestilence before I loose all sense of smell.

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4) My period. That is all.

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5) Holes. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have trypophobia, but it’s getting there.

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6) Sudden loud noises. This includes any type of noise; motorcycle, teenagers screaming for no reason, hand dryers, trucks. etc. I still want to understand why teenagers scream like maniacs. I don’t remember being this way. What the heck are they putting in their water?

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7) Entitled people. Seriously, the world is not your throne.

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8) When my in-ear headphones becomes my worst enemy. How do they get tangled without touching it? Are they alive? Oh and the worst part, when you break them after untangling. Yea, definitely the devil’s tool.

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9) When people use gyms as a dating service.

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Never in my life did I imagine this would be possible

That’s what I’m going to say when I meet Robert Downey Jr, but I’m not writing this post to talk about him. I hope he acknowledges me one day :p

Something great happened today, and I am not sure if this means I’m officially grown up or I appreciate some animals more than I used to. I semi-awoke early this morning to a weird noise by my ear. I did not think much of it, I thought it was a fly that got in my room. I went back to sleep and woke up and heard the same sound again. I was still in bed and turned to face the wall, and I saw a giant, well a big beetle crawling up to the window. I didn’t know it was a beetle at first, I just stared and went, “the heck is that thing?”

Do you want to guess what I did next? No, I didn’t kill it, ran, dance, cry or marry it. In fact, I wasn’t scared at all –okay, maybe I little bit — but I decided to lure it into a bag and throw it out in the grass. I used logic, the beetle or whatever creature it was didn’t bite me, therefore it was not dangerous, so I chose to let it live. If it was a spider, I would’ve killed it or used the vacuum. It was definitely not a ‘cute’ bug, but it is the first time I’ve let a bug live, so props to me for doing that :p. Oh, but it’s not over. Get ready for a plot twist! I came back from the front yard and while I was getting ready to go out, I noticed something crawling up another wall. It was back!!!!!!! I don’t know how the thing escaped, nor do I want to know just so I won’t have nightmares tonight, but it was back, like the Terminator. I was about to scoop it out with a dust pan, but it moved and I got scared, so I threw it against the door. I saw it land on it.

I knew where it was, so I went to the door to get it and, dun dun dun, it wasn’t there! It disappeared, and I am not joking. I had to be somewhere so I decided to let it go and deal with it when I came back. I didn’t see it again. Perhaps, it came back to thank me? I’d like to think so, just for the sake of not losing my mind. What if I imagined the whole thing? I was half awake after all. What if there were TWO? I’m confused. These bugs BUG me all the time, ha ha, see what I did there? No? No? Okay…

Arwen I thought (haha another Lord of the Rings pun, get it?) I was never going to get over my fear of bugs, I guess I finally did? About scooping out spiders, I don’t know if that will happen in the near future, but maybe there is hope :p. Bugs and Arachnids rejoice! Well, not arachnids just yet.

What is the moral of all this? It is possible to overcome fears, it feels weird growing up, and be kind to bugs, they may just thank you for it :p.

 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

Because animals are hilarious creatures – A to Z challenge

Because it is Wednesday, it’s time for another letter: (see? I even typed that letter in Bold, which starts with ‘B’).

A to Z challenge: Letter A 

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Because animals are hilarious creatures

Be loving to animals, we share the world with them. Yes, there are dangerous ones out there, and I’m not saying go give them a hug and get killed in the process. All I want to say is that you should appreciate them. I’m not fully there, yet. I loathe spiders still and I’m still trying not to squash them, but hey, baby steps! There are a lot of funny creatures out there, do you know how many times I’ve played ‘stare’ with a squirrel? Well, not many times, but when I did, it made my day. Oh! That time I saw a couple of butterflies dancing in the air (or mating, depends on how you see it), and they were beautiful. I usually see a lot of geese and ducks and most of them don’t care if I walk by them, but there are some that are very territorial. The same goes for the seagulls, who seem to have a craving every second and try to steal my food –Pfft! The joke’s on them, they’ll still be hungry after eating my food. But, it’s still hilarious. I do get annoyed sometimes by creatures like the crows. I gotta give them credit, they’re smart and sneaky! I remember one day they literally formed a flying line (like planes about to land) and stole my sandwich right out of my hand! Then, the seagulls came and they all fought for it, so that was hilarious (karma crows!).

But you see, that’s how they are and that’s how they adapt. The bees and I have been getting along for the past 2 years (knock on any piece of wood you have), and even though it is sort of my fault when they chase me (hey, I’m not going to stop wearing my colourful dresses), they seem to know they need to keep their distance. Besides, the bees make my favourite treat, honey! Isn’t it hilarious? They scare the beehives out of me, but they repay me with honey! So, it’s a win-win; they have their fun, and I have my dessert. So, it’s not all so bad, and some animals are photogenic (photographers rejoice!). Let’s give them a break, at least for today :D.

Appreciate animals and sometimes, they’ll make your day. Despite their occasional annoyance, they’ll give you something to share with others. Life’s too short, enjoy them while it lasts.

 

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^^^ not my ducks                                                                ^^^ friend’s dog

 

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How did this penguin obsession start?

By now, every single person who knows me gets me penguin-related merchandise (and I love them for it!). It is a well-known fact of Ellie that she LOVES penguins, she adores them, she’s obsessed. But, why? And how did it all begin?

Random person reading this post: “Because they’re so cute!!!!!!!!!! I could squeeze them (in a good non-harmful way)!!”

Of course! That’s one of the reasons I love them so much, but it’s not the only one. You see, I didn’t always love penguins.

I had a very awesome good-hearted dog when I was little, who was tragically struck by a car. It wasn’t the drivers fault. My dog just ran out of the house (I did the same when I was 2 years old, so it wasn’t a surprise that my dog and I were BFFs) and into the highway. Why? I don’t know, but I lost my companion that day and I was heartbroken — it also didn’t help that I saw him covered in a bag on the street. Even though I missed him afterwards, I still loved dogs, and my family got a new one after we got over the trauma. Thing is, this new dog was VERY hyper and wouldn’t leave my sis alone, so they picked another home for him. After that, I longed to share a bond with an animal (and humans too, but you know, this is an animal-themed post, just for the record). I loved them. I even asked my cousin to borrow her dog for a day – pfft, I was desperate. I would dance with my other cousin’s dog at their annual New Year’s Eve party – I literally held his paws and we danced as partners, no joke, and he liked it. Eventually, it started to wear off.

I moved on to other animals. I collected roly-polies, ants and sometimes ladybugs. In addition, I befriended the fish my classmates and I used for the science fair, but sadly they moved on to fish heaven, thanks to a teacher who overfed them during our absence (not on purpose I should add). After that, all I could do was hang out with the dissected animals in the science lab, which gave me the creeps, but I was mesmerized by the variety of species that stood around me; they weren’t live animals, but they were animals nonetheless. I wasn’t crying in despair from the fact I couldn’t have pets, I just loved animals, simple as that.

Throughout most of my high school years, however, my focus on animals was only kept during science class, or whenever my friends and I sung the theme song of Hamtaro (this was way before I got my late hamster, Viggy Sidney). It was during Senior year where my obsession with animals ignited again (I liked dolphins during this time), when I thought of becoming a marine biologist. I honestly don’t know where that came from. Perhaps it was the fact I liked dolphins then, or that my parents were biologist and I wanted follow into their footsteps. As expected, I destroyed the heck out of that idea, when I realized I only wanted to do it, so I could hold marine creatures (including penguins). Despite my eagerness to hold a penguin, I wasn’t obsessed, yet. In fact, I moved on to, aliens.

Did you stop laughing? No?

How about now?  No?

Now? Yes? Ok, moving on.

I was obsessed with aliens. I watched alien movies, and my dad even got me an alien book and DVD. I wanted to make contact with aliens so bad. I bought an astronomy book and UFO books to see if I could decode any attempts from aliens trying to communicate with us. At one point I wondered whether or not I was human and hoped the aliens had sent me from their kingdom to investigate human behaviour. I was hoping for an alien invasion, because I would’ve been the first to volunteer to be taken. I even wanted an Alienware computer, because it had an alien on it. My messenger display picture was of an alien, my aim messenger had alien messages. However, as fast as that obsession came, it went away throughout a week period, sneakily transforming into a liking of hamsters. Sadly, this was triggered by the sudden passing of my grandma. I got my hamster Viggy Sidney a few months after she passed away, to keep me company. And he did, he was the best hamster I’ve ever had (because he was he only hamster I ever had). It was also during this time when my penguin obsession was made present, having seen the second Madagascar animated film.

At first I thought they were cute, and was playing with the idea of making them my permanent fixation. I bought penguin stickers and changed my display pictures to penguins. It wasn’t until I read more about them and re-watched the Madagascar movies a few more times that I fell in love with them. These awesome creatures live to the fullest and make the most of out the fact they can’t fly. They waddle and enthral us with their clumsiness, and do not get embarrassed. They experts say they “steal” stones from their neighbours to impress future companions, but since when is it illegal to take your neighbours’ rocks? They’re mischievous and mysterious. You have to give them credit for facing danger everyday, they’re like the James Bond of Antarctica; their natural gear protects them from the insane cold (which we could use here in Ontario), and their grooming skills makes them look dashing. How romantic are they that they propose using a pebble? Sign me up for that love story! They remind me of how to be simple, and how to not give a care of what anyone else thinks. They’re risk takers and are smart. They’re adorable, but can be intimidating when they want to. They’re themselves and not afraid to show off their awesomeness. They were given a simple body, but were Blessed with the eagerness to fulfil their lives with adventures, love, and clumsiness.

One of my goals is to hold a penguin for at least a minute. I’ve only seen them, but have never held one. Here are a few pictures of penguins. First one is my latest addition to my penguin collection :D. It was given to me by one of my best friends. I named him, Leo. The other two were taken in Vancouver.

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤