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Niagara University Camp

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We had an early start to our day. My husband and I were up at 5am to get ready to leave by 6:00 am. We had to have our daughter Erika to Niagara University for 9:00am. It’s not that far away but you never know how long you might be held up at the border.

We pulled out of our driveway at 5:59am….pretty accurate.

The highway is pretty quiet this early on a Sunday morning, so after gassing up and a stop at Tim Horton’s for some breaky, it was clear sailing all the way to the border. Of course it was a typical quiet drive since Erika slept all the way there, her usual thing to do in the car and we had to wake her at the border, but lo and behold…….no wait when we got there, we zipped right through.

We arrived at the University by 7:30 am and then had to wait until registration time at 9am.

We watched some of the warm up and then decided to check out the Outlet Mall to see if we could find the warm up pants Erika wanted, which we did manage to find. Once that little task was completed the Mall didn’t really hold any interest for us so we decided to take a tour of the American side of Niagara Falls. I have to say they are a bit more impressive than the Canadian side. I took lots of pictures as I am known to do and once we finished our sight-seeing we headed back to the University to watch the full sided games.

Erika looked pretty good playing with these girls, even though there were only two other girls from her own team there.

After the camp session  was over we were given a fairly quick tour of the University and my impression of it is that it is a very pretty and probably very expensive school that seems to pamper their students, which Erika thought sounded great. After the tour we headed for home.

The border crossing was uneventful and didn’t take too long despite the very long line up. Once back in Canada we grabbed some fast food for dinner and arrived home around 7:15pm fed the dogs, and took them out for their walk.

We all managed to get a little sunburned but other than that it was a long but fun day, not at all as boring as I feared it might be.

Three Hours Later

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Three hours sure makes a difference. I normally walk the dogs at 5:30 in the morning but this morning we slept in…..sort of……(if you count being awake at 5:30 but staying in bed until much later)……and I didn’t take them walking until 8:30am. At 5:30 you can hear the birds singing but at 8:30 you can actually see the birds.

This bird looks vicious…..it’s hackles are up.

The geese that have been nesting in the pond have had their babies so as much as I was a little timid to walk past them with the dogs (they were blocking the pathway and we all know they will attack you, and I didn’t think I could outrun a crazed mama goose)……I also really, really, really wanted to get some pictures of them so we hung around the pond for some time hoping they would get off the path and back into the water so I could take some pictures and also so we could scurry past them and continue our walk without being chased.

Once I was over my fascination with the geese we continued our walk and I took some pictures of my babies…..Emma and Cody……and some random nature shots.

I am obviously fascinated by the red on these trees…..looks like Christmas!!

I also managed to take a couple of fun videos of the geese…..it’s a little shaky in places because I was holding the dogs leashes and they weren’t just sitting still while I was recording……yes I am totally blaming the dogs for the poor video quality. 🙂

A Walk With the Dogs

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It was a sunny but chilly evening for a walk with the dogs. I had a great time taking pictures along the way. I love that it’s still light out by the time I get around to taking the dogs out after work.

Emma didn’t even seem to care that much when we saw the rabbits.

GuelphMercury – Bishop Mac trying to beat the ‘odds’

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GuelphMercury – Bishop Mac trying to beat the ‘odds’.

Bishop Mac trying to beat the ‘odds’

Celtic girls soccer team had great success in ’07, ’09, ’11 but are finally on a roll in an even year

GUELPH — The Bishop Macdonell Celtics are contemplating a different approach to this District 10 high school girls’ soccer season.

The Celtics are perennially contenders who seem to reach the final every other year. They were finalists in 2007, champions in 2009 and finalists again last year. In the 2008 and ’10, they were knocked out in the semifinals.

“That’s the difference this year,” Bishop Mac coach Phil DiNucci said. “We really want to use league play as a springboard to the playoffs as opposed to worrying about how well we do in the regular season. That means playing everybody more as opposed to trying to win every game.”

The Celtics remained undefeated in league play Thursday with a pair of 1-0 victories during the mini tournament at the Gryphon Soccer Complex. In both games, the Celtics made plenty of substitutions, sometimes replacing as many as five on the field.

As all eight teams in the league make the playoffs, the Celtics figure they’d be just as well off using the regular season to get ready for the playoffs.

“That’s going to be more of our philosophy this year,” DiNucci. “Everybody’s going to get a little bit more playing time experience so that if we have to call on some of the players, they’ve got some playing time behind them and they’re confident enough. That’s what we’re going to build on.”

Thursday, Bishop Mac defeated the Centre Wellington Falcons on a goal by Reighan Pflug and then nipped the Lourdes Crusaders on a goal by Erika McFarlane. The wins go with a scoreless tie with the Ross Royals earlier in the week.

Photo from the newspaper article. Erika in the background.

“We’re in a happy place,” DiNucci said. “The girls are really motivated this year and they like one another a lot. Our expectations, while always high, aren’t unrealistic. I think they think they can play with all the teams in District 10 and play well.”

The Celtics feature a nice mix of ages as they have four players who are in Grade 12, four in Grade 11, six in Grade 10 and four in Grade 9.

For the younger players, especially those who play rep soccer, there is a bit of an adjustment period when it comes to the high school game as they could be playing against girls who are four years older.

“It’s a different kind of game,” DiNucci said. “It’s not always the finesse style of game where they’re playing with a lot of control so you’ve got to adapt to that. That’s an important element because any team can beat any other team on any given day. They realize now that it’s not about how good you are, it’s about if you can play against another team in the right way.”

My Morning Sky

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Still Some Daylight

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I decided to take my camera with me tonight when I walked the dogs. It was a little later than usual but took some pictures anyway in the remaining daylight…..

Fill in The Blanks Friday

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1.  Today is a great day because,  it’s Friday and the beginning of the weekend.


2.   Tomorrow I will have to work because I’m a little short-staffed right now and we have a huge promotion give away going on.
3.  My favorite time of day is  early morning  because despite the fact that morning comes far too early I get up and take the dogs out for a walk before most people have even opened their eyes yet. It’s always so quiet and peaceful then.
4. Sometimes you just have to   eat something bad for you because you can only eat vegetables for so long before you need some good old fries and gravy.
5. My favorite accessory is  my sterling silver maple leaf necklace that I got when we were in Ottawa.
6.  My favorite thing about this week was doing our Green Mile walk for work today and then having a team lunch at Swiss Chalet (yes I am all about the food).