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Jalazepuss The Snapping Turtle

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It’s the long weekend!  At least here in Canada it is, for Thanksgiving.  I think American’s have theirs at a later date, maybe sometime in November? It’s the first day of the long weekend and I spent a lazy morning hanging out with my dog and watching Netflix.  Brunch was a monster bowl of oatmeal with maple syrup, defatted peanut butter powder and an apple.  I have mixed feelings about defatted peanut butter.  I think things should stay in their natural whole state, but low fat peanut butter… yes please!  What are your thoughts on it?  I am iffy and leaning towards almond butter ground from whole almonds in my food processor.  I forgot steel cut oats make way bigger portions than the rolled ones, so my bowl of oatmeal was gigantic.  The dog was happy, she got my leftovers.

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The afternoon was a round of golf with my besty.  She spotted this unfortunate infant snapping turtle that had managed to make its way onto the green.  It is Fall now here in Canada and all our turtles are hibernating.  It was a warm sunny day and possibly the warmer air managed to wake this poor little turtle.  It was too sluggish from the cold to do much and could barely move.  We tried to put him back in the pond to see if it would be able to swim down and redig itself back into the mud, but it just floated there not moving.  I took the turtle home and it has perked up a lot.  I fed it some turtle food, but I think it’s too nervous and scared to eat.  I hope it survives the weekend.  I might call a couple wild life rescue agencies on Tuesday and see what they advise.  I am not sure I want to pet sit a snapping turtle for the next six months until it’s warm enough to put it back in a pond!  I named it Jalazepuss after the bully in one of C.K. Lewis’s stand up comedy bits.  This turtle is anything but a bully though.  It hasn’t tried to bite once.

Kayaking Puslinch Lake

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I finally brought out the Blue Bomber after an all too long hiatus.  I am not sure why I didn’t get out paddling last year.  A lot of it was a combination of timing and crappy weather.  Last weekend was the first time it really felt like Summer in the Kitchener/Waterloo area and to celebrate I went kayaking with a friend of mine.  We went to Puschlinc Lake located just outside of Cambridge.  I believe it is Canada’s largest kettle lake (it’s a tiny lake despite that feat).  It’s great for kayaking but I think it would be really dangerous to swim in.  It is very shallow, with a slimy, sinky bottom and tons and tons of reeds.

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There were lots of great things to look at paddling.  I got close enough to that baby turtle I could have picked it up; I didn’t.  The lake was full of lily pads, turtles and dragon flies.  There were lots of little water beetles that would hitch a ride on the boat occasionally as well.  I saw some little tiny fishies, but nothing bigger than minnow sized.  We weren’t sure what that chimney like thing was.  It was just standing there by itself near the edge of the water.  It looked like a chimney from an old house that was the last thing standing.  My guess is they have bonfires in it; which would be pretty cool.  For such a tiny lake, every house along it had a motor boat (this is a tiny tiny lake and we were surprised about that) and a couple of homes even had small planes.

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Once we were finished paddling we stopped of at the Old Marina Restaurant and had the most amazing view of the lake while we ate.  If you go there get the veranda seating.  I didn’t overly like the Pico De Gallo appetizer I ordered for dinner, but I really liked the Old Marina Red Ale I had.  That was the first time I’ve heard of this beer and it was good.  I think they are known for their burgers (they have a veggie burger as well, but I am unsure if it would be vegan even without the mayo).

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It was a good day and a good weekend.  I hope you all got to get out and enjoy it.

Amber