Sunday Snaps ~ A Mid-Summers Day Dream!

Happy Sunday!!! Another week full of warm cozy summer nights, and dreamy rainbow-filled days… Here are some of the things I was up to.

It’s been over 30 degrees celsius for weeks straight which has made for some lovely days.

However, there are currently over 800 wildfires burning across Canada. It’s so incredibly dry and hot ~ and just getting hotter. The fires have brought an eerie thick layer of smoke over Canada. This was a bright yellow sky one early morning, which is beautiful but just a reminder of how devastating the fire and climate damage is.

On a positive note, guess whoooo I saw!! I didn’t actually realize that there were owls in my area ~ but I spotted this guy playing around one early morning on my run!

And he brought friends! Not sure what I expected from a bunch of owls, but they were LOUD and very playful. Look at that adorable little round face. 8>

Then this little ball of sunshine ~ my parents’ lovely pup Heidi ~ turned EIGHT on July 11th! I got to babysit her a few times when my parents were in town for appointments.

I’ve been spending a lot of time inside to escape the heat and smoke and getting up to some projects… Like restoring my My Little Pony Dream Castle (from the 80s). Sugar has made herself queen.

And we’ve been having tea parties~! Sugar for some reason likes sitting with these tiny toy cups and cakes.

Gotta say this summer has been a hoot so far 😉 Even better that I’m fully vaccinated now so starting to think of getting out and doing some stuff around the city!

Until next time! <3 Erika & Sugar

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Sunday Snaps: Fully Vaccinated Edition!

From brand new bikes and months, to vaccines and ice cream, this has been a whirlwind of a week!!

Kawaii face mask, bowl of ice cream, and a I'm COVID-19 Vaccinated sticker!

I found myself taking lots of pictures and thought it would be a good time to bring back Sunday Snaps on this blog as it’s just a fun way of capturing little moments in my life that Instagram doesn’t always cover. When I started this blog it was with the full intent of sharing fun “week in the life” posts frequently, and I haven’t been overly consistent I’ll admit ~ but it’s time to bring some happy fun times back!

Can you believe it’s JULY? Half of this year has zipped by!

Hello Kitty calendar - July 2021

Work was b-u-s-y BUSY!!! I’m still working from home so I didn’t really have much of a chance to get up from my desk at all as it was end of quarter in the corporate world. Genuinely felt like Aggretsuko most of the time. Perhaps I should take up heavy metal ;).

Aggretsuko by Sanrio!

Accomplished a lot so I did end up splurging on myself and bought a BIKE! This is Amelia Pedalia the Cruiser and I’m in love!

I spent ALL DAY Thursday, which was a day off here in Canada, putting her together. Hopefully some fun cruises down the street will help me calm down a bit on the stressful days.

I was able to squeeze in some very early morning exercise and met up with my good pal – Licorice von Boots the Cat! He happily accepted some scratches.

And spotted this little sweetie in the forest! Mama was watching me closely and I kept my distance of course. Little baby was curious.

Today I got my second dose of COVID vaccine (Moderna).

I haven’t really been out at all during the pandemic, so I don’t usually get to get to put together outfits as much anymore so dressing up a bit was FUN!

Had a craving for ice cream before I left, so I threw on an ice cream brooch and my absolutely adorable Loungefly Pokemon Ice Cream bag! A couple of people complimented how cheery I looked so I thought that was fun!

I got it from EBGames (Gamespot in the US)!

I didn’t have any side effects with the first dose of the vaccine, so fingers crossed for the same thing this time. Feeling great so far!

I’m looking forward to many more adventures in a couple of weeks when I can safely get out.

Until next time, Erika! xoxo

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Summer Lovin’!

Happy Summer everyone! I’m trying to make more of an effort to update my little personal blog on a frequent basis. Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to this happy fun summertime so far!

I am still working from home which is very very busy, so I make an effort to get outside to get away from it ad feel some fresh air and sunshine!

Sugar also loves watching birds and buggies outside the window, so I thought she might like to SEE the outside up close a bit more… So I got her one of those cat backpacks that are all over the place. She loves sitting inside the backpack, and actually jumped in herself without a treat bribe!

She’s a strictly inside cat, so has only ever been outside on the way to the vet. It’s a whole new world out there!!

Maybe the world was a bit TOO big the first time out! Sugar was a little bit overwhelmed and screamed so we just hung out on the balcony. Baby steps I guess before we go for a longer walk.

The weather here in Winnipeg has been amazing. Beautiful hot days, and lots of BIG thunderstorms and beautiful skies like this one! I love chasing after clouds and rainbows!

I’m still running A LOT. Usually a bit before my work day starts, and then a couple of hours on the weekend. It really helps me to fully unwind.

I’ve even met some new friends on my runs! This little guy lives a street over and I’ve been seeing him every morning and we’ve become besties.

I called him Licorice von Boots (his tag doesn’t have his name!) and he loves belly rubs and laying down in flower beds (I mean, SAME!)

Here are some other summery sights! I love my neighbourhood, because it’s basically in the middle of the forest so there are many animal neighbours around.

In other fun news, I’ve decided to purchase a bike so I can get outside and explore even more. So more adventures and excitement to come! xoxo

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What’s been blooming with me in May!

Hard to believe a whole month has passed in just a BLINK! Here’s one of my monthly catchup posts to see what I was up to, and some of my favourites for the month!

I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up on my 2020 mood blanket! As a recap, it WAS to be knit a square a day to match my mood for last year. Life got a bit loopy naturally, and I dropped the project for a bit. It’s over 3/4 done now, and I should be able to ACTUALLY finish it in a few weeks!!

I have SO many other projects I really want to get to (need to get back on track with the craft everyday thing!), but I’m focused on getting my rainbow on and done first.

Celebrated Mother’s day virtually again! My parents live out of province anyways, but we’re under really tight lockdown restrictions in Manitoba at the moment so no in person hugs. YET!

Came across this picture of me and mom many, many years ago. 🙂 Her hair is a perm here which is funny because it’s my exact real hair. Who would’ve known?!

Made delicious cinnamon rolls for World Baking Day on May 16th! I used the Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but swapped out the dairy and eggs for vegan equivalents and dumped in a pile of sprinkles. They were absolutely FABULOUS!!

The weather is really heating up outside and the cherry blossom and deer friends have come to play! Trying to sneak out every chance I get and capture moments like THESE:

Sugar the kitty had a big scare in the middle of the month and nearly ate string from box packaging. I was able to pull it out of her mouth (in consultation with a vet) and she’s 100% okay and happy as can be. But they were some of the most terrifying days of my life. Will be doing a post to share the scary “tail”!

Hug and love your sweet pets constantly! <3

And lastly, the biggest moment of the month – well year! – I got VACCINATED! I am looking forward to getting my second shot in the next few weeks, and then plenty of hugs and happiness to come!

If you haven’t yet, please get your shot to help others. It takes only a couple of minutes and then we’ll soon be back to doing what we love with the people we love.

By the way, these super kawaii masks are from Blippo Kawaii Shop! :3

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Now for some favourite things this month:

What I’ve been watching: I’ve been on a Star Trek kick! Every couple of years I started from THE BEGINNING with The Original Series (the one with good ol’ Captain Kirk for all of the non-Trekkies) and attempting to do a full walkthrough of the series while I’m still working from home. I am, in fact, a gigantic geek. 🙂

Eating: Two Rivers Flavoured Coffee Pods for Keurig from Amazon & homemade Cinnamon Buns

Video Games: New Pokemon Snap for Switch! The original Pokemon Snap for N64 was one of my favourites as a kid, and this is a modernized take. The graphic are absolutely stunning, and has many hours of gameplay. It’s a good game to pick up for just a couple of minutes a day to focus and relax. If you enjoy Pokemon games and collecting, it’s incredibly fun.

That’s all for now! I’m off to enjoy the great outdoors. xox

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My Adventures in April!

HAPPY SPRINGTIME! This is my favourite time of year as everything is fresh and pretty, and all of the sweet little animals come out to play.

I am still working from home and cooped up most of the day, so there is nothing I look more forward to than escaping to outside and exploring my neighbourhood.

I’m very fortunate to live almost next to the river, and to a couple of small lakes and love to watch the sunrises next to them!

The snow finally disappeared…and then reappeared!

Then my sweet little deer friends came out to play.

Back at home, I started painting the interior of the Dollhouse (it’s been over two years since I finished the outside~ better late than never I guess!) The Tuxedo Cat family decorated some cakes to celebrate their new residence.

And celebrated 3 years with Sugar!

For Easter, I made a tasty bunny parfait with vegan banana bread!

Bunny Day returned to Animal Crossing so Sugar and I snuggled up to try and snag as many eggs as we could.

It was a fantastic month full of new springy adventures. Can’t wait for May!!

<3 Erika and Sugar

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