The February Freeze

Last updated on November 17th, 2020 at 02:22 am

As I stood outside, chipping away at our icy walkway with a spade borrowed from our in-laws (because remember, our garage is still frozen shut from the ice storms), I suddenly recalled that February started with a surprise visit from my parents.

2012 Africa Trip—Coming Home—Unshaven Case

Having missed out on seeing DoomzToo for the entire month of January, they came to Casa de Palmer to see a scruffy Casey Palmer in his house clothes, a relaxing weekend planned with his family and sister-in-law, who was visiting from Ottawa.

Lesson learned—always dress like you’re ready for anything.

Regardless, another month’s come and gone, much of it spent seeking refuge from the harsh Canadian winters we face each February. Many of my Canadian peers likely read this with disdain—after all, what does Toronto know about the cold?—but while we don’t share the massive snowfalls or the extensive swaths of black ice you endure while commuting to your destinations, we too know freezing winds that chill you to the bone. We too know the misery of days all too short, sun blotted out by snow, hail and all manner of projectile falling from above to ruin our days.

In short, fellow Canadians, we know your feel.

Cuteness Overload

Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 09:41 pm

#100HappyDays—Day 14—DoomzToo Cuteness Overload

I didn’t want to steal my wife’s #100HappyDays for Day 14, but in a day with enough on my plate at work for an army of Casey Palmers and facing the stark reality of just how much Montessori schooling costs—this was the only thing that brought a smile to my face. Thanks, buddy, for being insanely photogenic and helping Daddy out.

Also, even though I only placed second in my category for the Canadian Blog Awards, it doesn’t mean I couldn’t help my fellow honourees out by putting together some quick avatars for the other 2nd- and 3rd-place winners in Photoshop! You’ll see one on the sidebar of my blog shortly.

2013 Canadian Blog Awards—Silver Medal
2013 Canadian Blog Awards—Bronze Medal

That’s all folks — #100HappyDays Day 14/100, done!

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

A Little #CANvsSWE Tweet!

Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 09:58 pm

#100HappyDays Day 13 was a screenshot of this tweet:

I made it this morning during the Canada vs. Sweden game for the Men’s Hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, when the score was up 3-0 for the Canadians in the third period, making it rather clear that our boys were coming home with gold medals. Despite the nation being up earlier than they likely are on a Sunday and glued to the TV, the tweet performed better than I could’ve imagined, with 31 retweets and 12 favourites, one from none other than the head of Twitter Canada, Kirstine Stewart!

#100HappyDays—Day 13—2nd for Best Personal Blog in the Canadian Blog Awards

Couple that with a second-place finish among the 24 nominated in the Canadian Blog Awards’ “Best Personal Blog” category, and it’s been a pretty good day!

#100HappyDays Day 13/100—succès!

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

#FordNAIAS Bloggers at #CIAS2014!

Last updated on April 3rd, 2021 at 03:01 pm

#100HappyDays Day 6 — The Canadian International Auto Show 2014 — #FordNAIAS Bloggers at #CIAS2014
L-R: Aeryn Lynne, Chris Vollick, Amanda Blain and Casey Palmer

Today’s #100HappyDays moment was meeting up with some fellow #FordNAIAS bloggers at the Canadian International Auto Show 2014 to chat, catch up and scheme for a better future! Despite the day wearing on my already-beaten feet, there was a lot to be happy about today, whether it was meeting up with my brothers and best friend after a short hiatus; scaring the bejeezus out of Andrea and Jenn; or wrapping up House of Cards’ second season in glorious fashion!

So that’s #100HappyDays Day 6/100, wrapped up!

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad