Ralphie as a Hot Dog

Just wanted to throw in a quick post to share some cute pictures of Ralphie. Heidi found a hot dog outfit for him that, for once, he doesn’t seem to mind wearing. Its too warm out at the moment to make a difference but I could see this working as his jacket once the temperature starts to drop.

I think he’s looking pretty cute and let’s face it, it’s always appropriate to have a wiener dog dressed as a wiener. 🙂

Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival 2018 – Day 2

The Festival continues today but, unlike last evening, the weather has been much better. Although there are plenty of clouds in the sky, they are not bringing any rain, yet – they’re actually doing a very good job of keeping the hot sun off us while we watch the performances.

We actually started things off with a trip to the Lancaster Smoke House for some lunch with the folks from East Village Animal Hospital where Heidi is a vet.

I ate so much pulled pork and brisket that I could barely move – and still had enough left over for an entire extra meal! If you are ever in Kitchener-Waterloo, it is definitely worth visiting. In hindsight, we maybe should have hit the Kitchener Rib Fest and Craft Beer Show instead.  For some reason, it is scheduled on the same weekend as the Jazz Festival every year so we’re competing between the two of them. I guess I’ll just have to eat ribs tomorrow.

But back to the festival. All five of us were there today and even brought along Ralphie for part of the show  as it’s a pet friendly venue.

To start things off, it was Jim Gelcer who was great though we only caught the end of their set.

We followed that up with Turboprop who also put on a great show. A lot of horns – very enjoyable.

And finally a 19 piece jazz ensemble, Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night Club, that was Adelaide’s favorite band of the festival so far.

Ralphie was getting a bit restless so we headed back to the house for supper. Just in time too as the rain has just now decided to make another appearance. Looks like we’ll have to pack the umbrellas for the evening shows. On the other hand, shouldn’t be difficult to get seats I guess.

Ralphie and the Robin

For those following the growth of the baby robins in the nest above our back door, you’ll be familiar with the fact that mama and papa robin have been tormenting Ralphie any time that he is outside. We’ve actually caught a number of the interactions on film and I made little gifs out of some of the attacks.

Not doing any damage, of course, but Ralphie just can’t figure out what has these birds so upset all the time. The babies should fledge in another week so things will go back to normal soon.