Goodbye Simba

So my dad told me today that Simba passed away. 🙁  I don’t know remember when they got him but it must be at least 12-15 years ago and he’s been a pretty great companion. A very beautiful, fun and affectionate cat and he’s going to be missed very much.

Sigh he was a good cat and the time he spent with Brandon allowed us to get a cat of our own.  Slinky is very much like Simba, very frisky and fun and he was a great companion and I’m thankful he was in our lives.


So I’m moving all my stuff back downstairs now that renovations are done and I found these things that Brandon use to wear.

If I remember correctly he was between 1-2 when he wore these things and I saved them because they’re so damn cute and have sentimental value.  I know I’m a big softy but my boy is awesome and while he’s still very innocent right now, it reminds me of an earlier time when he was just a baby.  He’s such a big boy now and I couldn’t be prouder. 🙂

Yay looks great!

So woo my modest basement renovations are done!  Tomorrow the contractor is coming back over in the evening to help me mount my gun security cabinets to the walls but other than that I’ll be movomg back in very shortly. 😀

I know I posted a few of the pictures earlier but now they’re altogether so you can see the progress and I think it looks great.  I only had to deal with the ugly basement for like 5 years but that’s alright we plan on being in this house for a long time and it’s an investment that’s well worth it.  Next year is the kitchen, ugh that’s going to be a lot more expensive but needs to be done.

On a side note I’m not sure what’s up with the baking soda box and yes I’ll be getting rid of it.

Basement renovations!

So after uh 5 years we’re finally starting to renovate my 1970s basement from wood paneling & a disgusting orange shag carpet to well something more modern.  Here’s the before and well stripped down pictures.

LOL for some reason the previous owner of the house loved putting carpet over perfectly good floors and the basement had some plastic tiles under the ugly carpet…  I would have preferred the tile over that orange dust magnet!  Anyway the renovations have just started but I’m pleased with how things have progressed so far.  I can’t wait to get my basement back, I miss all the space and not having to worry about keeping Maggie or Brandon up at night.

Overall alright I guess

Saturday morning my mom came over to look after Brandon so Maggie and I could go to Simon’s funeral and while I haven’t been to many of them, this was definitely the hardest one. I know Simon was a happy child and when I looked at the photo carousel it was hard not to cry.  I’m sure every parent there could empathize with the mom and I know I could see almost identical pictures that I took of Brandon. 🙁  The Thomas the tank engine theme song was a nice touch and pretty sweet but it helped make me cry too, again Brandon use to love that show.

The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful and we did our usual thing.  Maggie was away at a conference since last Saturday so it was nice to have her back, lol the laundry was piling up. 😉  Kidding aside it was great to have the family back together and I know the boy and I missed her.



Simon will have his funeral on Saturday, I can’t bring Brandon there so I’m going to get my mom to look after him.  Someone set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs and I hope they reach whatever goal they can, we donated and I hope they get to the goal they’re trying to hit as I know funerals can be very expensive.

Breaks my heart, I feel so bad for the mother.


So I know I’ve been pretty inactive the last little while and I’ll talk about my weekend soon enough but I wanted to post something that’s been on my mind for the last week…  Last Tuesday I learnt that one of the kids from Brandon’s school was killed in a murder suicide and it affected me more than I thought it would.  Brandon & I know the little boy and my heart breaks at the thought of his passing.  While B and Simon were not close, we played with him all the time at the park, saw him around school and at the end of the day he’d always walk with his mom by our house.

From the looks of it, he was a good kid and I simply don’t understand how a father could do such a thing.  I still get sad when I think about the fear Simon must have had at the end, to be betrayed by someone he loved and trusted…  I haven’t told Brandon about Simon, I don’t know how to approach it with him and it’s not something he’ll understand either.

I didn’t understand children before I had my own but now that I do, I see how they are the most precious resource we have.  I will miss Simon and everyday I give Brandon a big hug and kiss to ensure he knows that he’s loved.