Friday, December 09, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ikea Comes Through With a Great Badminton Net and Cheap Lunch

Was in Ikea recently for cheap lunch with the littles.

As we were leaving I spied a pop up net and badminton racquets.

It was a spontaneous purchase. I couldn't see what the net looked like or how it worked.

I bought it anyway along with 4 badminton racquets.

The kids have played every day since we got it. It's fantastic!!!! It's easy to put up and take down. It packs up to the size of a lawn chair and is really sturdy.

Thank you Ikea for having all that furniture and badminton nets too.

The big guys playing a game after dinner

Monday, May 09, 2016


UPDATE 3: There are three eggs in the nest. I think this is the maximum they can handle.

UPDATE 2: There are two eggs in the nest:

UPDATE 1: There was one egg in the nest yesterday night. I believe there could be two by tomorrow morning.

We bought hanging baskets yesterday.

Every year I buy three red geranium hanging baskets. I often think about branching out and buying something different and then realize they are easy, last all summer and look fantastic.

Last summer the little birds out front built a nest in one of the baskets. A very clever choice for the birds. No predators, totally sheltered from the elements and very private.

We didn't realize they were in there until we took them down to water one day and the girls found a perfectly round nest with three little blue eggs. It was so perfect it looked fake.

We put it back and three baby birds were born.

This morning I hung the basket up at 9am and went to work. I returned at noon and the birds had already found the basket and built 90% of a nest.

Can not believe their persistence and how quickly they worked.

Will see how fast those eggs arrive.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Violin Recital 2015 - Christmas Edition

Hops & Barley played at her violin recital today. She was rocking the string instrument.

At the end all 20+ kids and the teacher got up and performed "Fight Song" for one of the moms who has just finished breast cancer treatment.

It was beautiful!

This is our girl playing her song "Ceilidh".

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 2015

The crew at a local fair this fall. We all had a great time, some of them even rode the Ferris wheel with me for the first time.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer 2015

As per usual we lake-hopped this summer.

A long-weekend at Kennisis and the rest of the week at Blair's.

Little bit of bragging - I successfully defended my Kennisis Lake Regatta dock swim for the third year. I don't know how much longer I can hold out.

Life is good to us.

To Be Of Use

To be of use
by Marge Piercy
The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half submerged balls.
I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.
I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who stand in the line and haul in their places,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
"To be of use" by Marge Piercy © 1973, 1982.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 2015

Very busy month of soccer, rugby, school field trips, school parties, working, end of school things.

This was "Twin Day." They did this themselves and managed to pull it all together on their own:

 Hops&Barley had her spring violin recital. She did great.

Maxman had his Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony. He rocked the bow tie and orange belt.

He also was honoured with one of only five awards given out this year. It is called the Sally Corrigan Award and it is given to a student that has displayed exemplary caring, cooperation and responsibility while at Elmdale. It was a surprise. I cried. Well, I cried during the whole ceremony really.