Thursday, May 29, 2008

Visiting the cheiftains

So Dean hadn't had the real opportunity to meet the band chieftains yet, so Mandy and I made it a point last sunday to do just that.


The hope was get out early, before lunch, then visit Rod & Louise, then Al & Muriel after lunch... Dean had other arrangements set up.  It must have been roughly 1:30 or so before we were out the door to visit Al.  And probably after 6 or so by the time we left Rod's.


It was a great visit.  Al showed me a set of 'small pipes' in his basement, and said if I could get 'em working I could have 'em (still havn't quite figured them out -  check the photos and tell me what you think).  I was able to get Al his copy of Edinburgh's 2007 video back, and borrowed the 2006 that Rod lent him.  Rod and Louise had a whole spread out for us as well - excellent sticky buns Louise.  And Dean got a new book... as well as 2 poopy diapers.


It was a great visit, and good to see the chieftains looking so well.  They ain't spring chickens.  Really helped me to appreciate the band's heritage more.  Keeps me motivated to keep teaching the students.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

May long = days of blisters

So here I am on the "may 2-4" and what am I spending my time doing?


well, so far I've:


    • staked in the solar patio lights (thanks Greg!)
    • edged the garden
    • mixed in the composted manure
    • mowed the lawn
    • finished the patio furniture
    • hooked up the hose

I'm tired already and it's only Saturday afternoon.  Thankfully there's a relaxing barbecue tomorrow at Kartanson's.  Cindy's in town too, so she can get to visit everybody.

Mandy still wants to paint... dunno about this weekend.  We'll see.  Then the new blinds come in, which means we can install the A/C unit... not that we even come close to needing to use it yet - the temp hasn't really raised above 10 lately.  We had some AWESOME weather a few weeks back, then really bad, now it's just windy and almost rainy. 

So long as it isn't snowing, I'm happy, and then I can bike to work.

Pictures of the garden are forthcoming.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

playing ketchup... it's all i seem to do.

So much more to catch everybody up on.  (get it... ketchup / catch up)


Since when did weekends become 'extra work days'?  Last weekend I spent several hours just doing house stuff.  The garden needed to be extended, the patio set put together, more laundry sorting and dishes...  I have to use these days Mandy's house sitting to relax.  Now we've got more stuff to do for this weekend, and I still haven't even started to make calls about the front steps.  Having a house is fun.


Oh, well.


Biking's been really good.  Really tiring though.  Burger barn's open, so I definitely need to kick the biking up a notch.  Stupid good fries.  And to further tempt me to not drive is my dad.  He means the best, I know... but now I have 2 of his old vehicles at my house.  The truck hiding in the back lane, and now the car advertising in the front driveway.  I drove the truck once, then kinda remembered dad didn't keep the insurance on it... woopsie.  Now I have the car... and it's just taunting me to drive to work.  I shouldn't, but on the other hand it would give the car more exposure, and hopefully help him sell it... mmm the dilemnas.


Okay, back to my wild and crazy party.  It's the last day of my bach-ing it.