Friday, October 30, 2009

gone for a while

its been a year since the last post - a lot of stuff is now on Facebook, but only friends can see it.
if things come up that I don't mind the whole world seeing I will make another post.until later...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

found video

Was just searching for various stuff and found this video. Very challenging - optimism seen as action.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cpl Seggie

I didn't know you.
I never met you.
But I was at your memorial today.
Bye Mike.

And thanks.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'm on ACID

well, not the street kind, anyways...

I signed up for a university course called "The Music Teacher and Technology (K-12)" and one of the programs we are using is called ACID - it's a loop mixer. Our assignment is to make a 1 minute song using this program.

If I can find a way to post the results here, I will.

Previous home improvements, part II

This Spring we had a surprise repair - The old window in the dining room had two panels, the upper one being 1/3 of the window, the bottom the rest. The upper panel was not movable, and the lower panel slid up. This was old wooden construction.
In mid-March, the upper panel gave way, and slid down about 2 inches. We now had a complete break in the seal to the outside. After covering it in plastic, we called the same company that did the upstairs windows. In April, we got the window replaced. This is one of two large windows we wanted to do, but not yet. We are thinking of doing the other one later on.
When the window company came to give us the quote, they took one look at the plastic covered old window, and said that it definitely needed to be replaced. Considering it was a custom job, it was done pretty fast.

Previous home improvements

There are some home improvements that we have been doing that havn't made it onto this blog. This summer we tackled the front yard - it was a mess of weeds and spotty grass. In June, I borrowed a neighbour's electric tiller and dug up the front yard. We then put in a path and garden, covering the path with sand, and the garden with wood chips. The squirrels have decided that the wood chips are neat, and are digging in the garden, but otherwise the front yard is looking good. We have only lost one plant so far, a Chinese lantern plant that Suzanne is hoping will come back in the spring. We aren't sure what ate all it's leaves, but after a month, it had no leaves left at all, and the stems were being eaten.
Considering what a difference it makes in looks, this improvement wasn't that expensive. We want to put in a rock path where the sand is, but we need to find a truck to carry the stones in... delivery costs more than the stone itself!

Last summer (07) we applied for and received a grant for frontal improvements to the house. We used the money to help pay for two replacement windows in the second story. Windows that opened up in the summer, and didn't leak air like crazy in the winter. What a difference it made to the front two bedrooms!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lower Fort Garry

For the first time, I went to Lower Fort Garry. Suzanne and the boy went on Canada Day (for free!), but I was occupied with Orff Level II. Since it was the last weekend of the season, they had a few activities going, but they were also getting ready to shut down for the season. The pictures here are from the East Gate, facing the Red River.

The Warehouse (which later became Manitoba's first jail, first national jail, and first mental asylum).
the fur loft and trading building. The white one beside it was HBC's retail outlet until 1911.
the Big House (for the governor and his family/servants). After HBC left the Fort (except for the retail outlet), this became the officer's quarters for the RCMP.

The HBC's flag.

One of the interesting things was that from 1914 to 1964 (50 years, anyways), the fort was leased to the Manitoba Motor Club as a club house - and the buidings were altered quite a bit. When the Federal govm't got it from the club, they had to remove quite a few items and construction updates to bring it back to the period of 1851.

Mojo's operation....

Mojo had an operation on Monday - she had this HUGE growth on her side that just wouldn't go away. Other growths have been appearing, none staying long or getting huge, but this one just kept getting bigger.

It took 2 days, but now she's normal - except that she has to wear the collar for 14 days. She's still on painkillers and antibiotics until Monday Sept 1 - the stiches come out the following week. She spent the first few days taking the stairs really slowly, and only coming down to eat and go to the bathroom. She prefers being upstairs, so that's where she wanted to be.

I was talking with a neighbour, and he commented that Mojo had pretty major surgery... imagine that kind of cut on your body! The shaving makes it look really bad, but the cut is pretty clean. With that collar on, she looks like a vacumn with legs when she eats!

Because of the stress of the whole thing, she's shedding like crazy now. Dog hair everywhere!

All we have to do is make sure Ezra doesn't help take the stiches out early...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gate's in...

Sunday Morning, Nathanael and I finished the gate and installed it into the fence. Put the caps on the posts later in the evening. All we need now is a latch to hold the gate closed - the yellow bungee is doing the job for now.

I caught myself thinking it would be nice to take the fence all the way to the back lane......

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Parent Application - Thanks, Dad.....

My father sent me this.....

I'm not sure if he's trying to send me a message or not....

PARENT - Job Description

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

JOB DESCRIPTION : Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing t o be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

None required (unfortunately)
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this!
You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses!
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do... or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the job.